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10 Books by Black Authors

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Black History Month is the month we celebrate the achievements of Black and African American people from the past, present, and future. I want to celebrate Black Authors in support of #BlogBlHistory. If you’ve been following my blogging journey thus far, you know that I am in support and encourage minority children to have books that represent themselves and showcase their culture.

In a collaboration with Kathryn T. Hall, we are working together to Blog Black History, #BlogBlHistory . Check this list of both established and up and coming Black Authors. If something catches your eye please add it to your “books to read” list and share it with a friend. 10 books by Black Authors.

10 books by black authors
  1. A New Me by LaToya Desamour

LaToya was a colleague of mine. She is both an educator an an author ( a woman after my own heart).

2. Lottie Paris Lives Here by Angela Johnson

3. Kace Learns to Fly by Laymon Hicks Jr.

This Black Author exudes greatness and the go-getter spirit. He was the President of Student Body during my tenure at FSU.

4. June Peters, You Will Change the World One Day by Alika Turner

June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day by [Turner, Alika]

5. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

6. Dirty Love by Kenya Wright

7. Plight of the Savage by Reggie Cuyler Jr.

This is Black Author is a college classmate of mine and wrote this novel (his first) while we attended University. It was so interesting to see the process from beginning to end as he launched his first novel.

8. The Proposal by Jasmine Guilory

9. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

10. How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Some of these books I personally own and have read. Others are either on my wish list or to be read lists. I love a good book (I actually even enjoy okay books), but I especially appreciate excellent books by Black Authors.

What Black Author are you supporting during this Black History Month.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her
Valentine's Day Gifts for Her
Valentine's Day gifts for her
Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her | Lani on Life

With just a few days left until Valentine’s Day, we can’t forget about the special women in our lives. We need to find some quick and purposeful Valentine’s Day gifts for her. Yeah, chocolate and flowers are on sale, but please don’t get your special someone chocolate and flowers if she’s not into that. Personally, I like Valentine’s day gifts with a little more thought and effort behind them. Running to your local Walgreens 20 minutes before you walk in the house is not cool. But have no fear, I’m here to help you choose some stellar and affordable Valentine’s Day gifts for all the special ladies in your life.

Face Masks

Most ladies have some form of a facial or skin care routine. And to be honest, most of those items are expensive! Do a little research to find out what your loved one typically uses or is interested in trying. There are literally thousands of options out there. Although this could be a little overwhelming, I’m sure she will love the extra thought and effort that went into finding masks that fit her skin type and personality for Valentine’s Day.

Edible Arrangements

Valentine's day gifts for her- edible arrangements
Edible arrangement

I am not the chocolate in a heart box type of girl, although I do love good chocolate. When you blend fruit and chocolate together, you have a combination sent straight from heaven! The only true effort you need to put in is getting your order placed in enough time to have it delivered or picked up, as they are especially busy around Valentine’s Day. This is a great Valentine’s day gift option for ladies who like healthier options during the all-out candy fest we know as Valentine’s Day. Plus the fruit arrangement comes in a cute vase that can be reused or repurposed.

Accessories

Every chick is different when it comes to their accessory game, but we all like something. Whether that is earrings, necklaces or sunnies (and diamonds of course). A low costs option is to shop with your local paparazzi accessories consultant to choose several pieces. Each piece is only $5, is nickel and lead-free and looks fab. Imagine that big smile when we walk in the room and see our vanity covered with accessories. Yes! And the smile you’ll have when you think about how much money you saved. I love to mix and match my accessories with my outfits and paprazzi gives me the ability to do that without spending hundred of dollars on one piece.

IPSY

I love ipsy! This is truly the gift that keeps on giving (as long as you pay). I already have my monthly subscription and I’m loving it. If you choose this option for a Valentine’s Day gift for her, she will get a new glam bag every month. Each month you get a cute little makeup bag filled with sample sizes of several different products. This subscription program does require the recipient to fill out a profile so they can try and tailor the items to their liking. Being that this is supposed to be a gift, you can take the survey yourself based on what you know about her. She can always take the survey herself later which will change the items sent.

So there you have it, a quick and affordable list to help you show your loves some love on Valentine’s Day. Remember this “holiday” is just an extension of the love and affection we should show to one another on a daily basis, so don’t stress. Check out this post if you also need some ideas on Valentine’s day gifts for him.

What’s on your radar this season ?

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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One Month Blogging Update

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So after a month of blogging, it is time that I reflect on my goals. I started my blog with an idea, concrete plans, and realiztic goals. I must say that after the initial research of what it takes to run a successful blog and the habits of successful bloggers I was overwhelmed by the amount of advice but confident I could consistenlty tackle those tasks.

Along with my blog, I also launched my social media profiles, so there has been a lot going on on this side of the net. I am learning how to balance all the mediums and get them to work in my favor.

Without further ado, here is my one-month blogging update.

One Month Blogging update

Blog posts: 8

Page Views: 227

Not my finest accomplishment, but I am a new new blogger. Like, learning how to blog and how to get it out there and seen by people type of new girl. I am proud that I broke over 100 page views because I was not sure if that was going to happen!

Instagram followers: 136 Follow me —> Lani On Life

Facebook Page Likes: 97 Go like me —-> Lani On Life Facebook Page

Twitter:

Twitter has been an awesome stronghold for my blogging journey. In just this month I have made some great connections with other bloggers and can see myself building my online support tribe. I am truly excited to see what Twitter is like in the next month. I went from starting a new account to 80+ followers, and 17.8K impressions.

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One Month Blogging Update: Twitter Analytics

Pinterest:

Pinterest came through in the clutch as I decided later in the month to begin creating pins for my post. I have seen amazing growth with Pinterest in just the 2 weeks I have begun using it and I’m sure I haven’t even scratched the surface just yet.

one month blog update: Pinterest analytics
One Month Blogging Update: Pinterest Analytics

Hot Post:

My best posts were Why Black Kids Need Books with Black Characters and Making Homework With Your Kids Easier. Both shared over 20 times.

Blog Subscribers/ Email List: 76

This is the best accomplishment of my one month blogging update. There is no way I could have fathom reaching 76 subscribers so quickly. E-mail lists are hard to build up and I am so blessed mine is on its way to greatness already!

As a new blogger I thought this was pretty cool to see some evidence that people are reading, sharing, and enjoying the blog. I hope that month two is even more successful than the this first. I have set my sight high for month two and I plan to crush it!

one month blog update

Thank you to everyone who has supported the blog thus far, it truly means the world to me. I am excited to see this journey unfold and I am humbled that you are here with me.

What are your blog goals for next month?

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

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Love is in the air, and Valentine’s day is around the corner. So, we are all in need of some Valentine’s Day gifts. If you’re as shocked as I was at how quickly things in your local Walmart changed from Christmas to Valentine’s decor, raise your hand. Go out and get his Valentine’s Day gift while you still have time. Here are some Valentine’s Day gifts sure to keep all the important men in your life happy.

Valentine’s Day Gift for Him

Hangry Kit

This is a wonderful novelty gift and is very close to my heart. My husband is known to get hangry every now and again. The Hangry Kit can be stored at home, in the car, or at the office…wherever hunger strikes. This snack pack is a great Valentine’s Day gift if you’re into the more simple and practical things.

Personalized Pick

If your beaux is the musical type, this Valentine’s Day gift will work perfectly. As he is strumming away at guitar, he can remember your love because you’d totally pick him every time. So mushy and so cute. That’s the point of Valentine’s Day right!

Grooming Kit

As manscaping is becoming the new norm, there are gifts out there to support that energy. Whether your guy is in to growing and grooming his beard before no shave November, or ensuring he has the right waves in his hair, this gift is for you. With so many tools included in this kit, this can work for many different types of men. My favorite feature is the beard shampoo and the metal tin it comes in. Those two items really turn up the fancy factor.

Docking Station

For the tech, or non-tech guy. This docking station is a shoe in. I like this docking station better than some of the others on the market due to its sleek wooden look. Additionally, there are cute little notches to hang other gadgets of your choice.

Lingere

If all else fails, go with the tried and true, lingerie. Yes, ladies, it will look great on you and that is all that your husband cares about. He won’t complain that you bought yourself more clothes because after all the lingerie is for him too. If lingerie isn’t your thing, but you want more innovative ways to dress up for Valentine’s Day, check out Urban Cosplayers for some cool ideas.

The thing I really enjoy about all of these Valentine’s Day gifts is that they can be used for any holiday, reason, or season. They are not “themed” and therefore do not have an expiration date. If you do not celebrate 2.14, no worries, save these gift ideas for the next Birthday, Anniversary, or “just because” situation. Whatever gifts you decide to buy for your loved ones, just ensure they are from the heart.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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How to Build Your Tribe

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Build your tribe: Emit the vibes you want to receive 

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”. Well, the same applies to build your tribe. Your vibe attracts your tribe.  You must emit the aura you want to attract. If you want to build your tribe with women who empower one another, you must empower. If you want to build your tribe with friends who are movers and shakers, start moving and shaking. You will get back what you put out. I want to build my tribe with ladies who drip glitter, determine their own destiny’s, and lead prosperous lives. So that means, I better start (and keep) dripping!

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Routine maintenance of your tribe  

This is the part where most of us struggle. Adulting, in general, is the struggle, but add finding (and maintaining) your tribe in the mix…le sigh. Everyone knows you’ re busy and have boss moves to make, but make time for your tribe. First, set out allotted time to spend with your tribe. Text, talk, tweet, go out for a drink. Don’t let your relationships fall to the wayside. We make time for the things that are important to us. Honesty, I’m still working on this part. I get so caught up in my goals, I sometimes forget to connect with my tribe.

Yes new friends, join my tribe! 

Seriously, the days of  “no new friends” have passed. If you want to build a tribe, you must accept the awkwardness that is making new friends. Now, I am not saying you need a ton of friends, but those two awesome girls (or guys) may be the perfect addition to the boss tribe you are building. Move past your comfort zone and get to know people before you decide…”Nah I’m good on friends”.

In the end, we all want a tribe that helps us become our best selves, holds us up when we are falling, and has a hair tie in their purse when your hair decides to have a mind of its own. Finding the right people to complete your tribe is no easy feat, but hey, Wakanda wasn’t built in a day and neither will your life be.

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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2019 Vision Board

If you haven’t read the blog post, Things 2018 Taught Me then, read there first so you aren’t confused as to why my vision board this year is so important to me.

Each year I get together with a few of my girlfriend and we partake in visions and vino,, where we create our vision boards for the year and of course sip some wine. This year we couldn’t coordinate our schedules properly BUT…the vision board must live on.

The way I create my vision board is the method I use, you are free to use whatever works best for you.  There are concrete concepts I revisit and rethink each year, they are always the starting point of my vision board.  So, If you’re in a rut on what should be on your board, here are some things to get your vision board started.

Choose a photo that represents something you for your life

First of all, Taraji is an entire mood and THAT is how I’m walking through 2019! For me, these photos represent undeniable confidence and acceptance of self. Choose something that embodies the woman (or man) you see yourself as in the new year.

Vision Board: Life photo

Pick a power color

A power color is a color that makes you feel bold, professional, and excited. I always choose a power color for the year, and many times the color transfers with me. My power color has been gold for a few years running now. I am sticking with gold and adding blush because who said only one color could make you feel powerful.

Select a wardrobe staple color

Personally, I tend to flock to one color in my wardrobe for a season of time. This year, I  am living for Army green (no, this has nothing to do with me being a military wife). Not only does this help me with my styling for the year, it always helps me to switch up my wardrobe hues from year to year if I so choose.

Vision Board: Wardrobe Staple Color

All of the above things are essential to my vision board but are not as important as those I’m about to share. To ensure your vision board is not full of trivial things, dig a little deeper and identify what you want to manifest for yourself in the new year.

Add personal items to your vision board
  • I always include something about my relationship with God and my family.  If we are not improving, we are not growing. Add important visual or words about your family and your religion to your vision board.
  • Finances are always a hot topic when creating a vision for the new year. I set an “extra” finances goal because a girl loves to travel, shop, and drink Starbucks…even though I have a Keurig at home.
  • Declare it. I choose a quote/mantra for the year. This year I have chosen, “I will manifest ______” (insert what you’d like to manifest this year)! If a quote is too long, choose a word that will reign over your life for the year.
  • Finally, set a personal goal (something to work on for me, with me, by myself). This can range from fitness, healthier eating, writing a manuscript, drinking a glass of wine a day…you get the idea.

Whatever method you choose, write the vision and make it plain. Hang your vision board in a place you will see it on the daily as constant reminder to get your butt in gear towards those goals!

So do tell, What visions do you have for your life in 2019? How do you organize your vision? Drop a comment below.

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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