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Monday, July 20, 2009

Good Reads!

My name is Joy and I am a Readaholic! The summer before 11th grade I read all of the romance novels in the Manhasset Public Library. Some of my recent faves are Midnight by Sister Souljah (can't wait for the sequel), American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (interesting perspective about Laura Bush and family), My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (touching and in theatres) and Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger (author of Devil Wears Prada). I'm currently reading Julie & Julia by Julie Powell (in theatres also).

Yes, you can... but no you shouldn't..

Down with Chia Obama. The American people would flip out if President Obama started wearing an afro. The pseudo Obama comes in Determined or Happy poses.

Financial Tip of the Day!

Having too much fun with your credit cards?!? Get a charge card. This is essentially a short term loan because you pay the balance off in full at the end of the month. On time payments will reflect positively on your credit report and even though 'credit' is not provided, there is usually a spending limit. If utilized properly, this can help you get on track to being debt free!! Want more credit card tips... post your questions and I do my best to answer them or refer you to a source to address your needs.

lights, camera, action!

Stone is loooovvving the camera!!! I am loving her bedhead.

Jibber Jabber

So somehow there are a million things to do in a day. I have to make picking up the laptop a habit (they it takes 21 days to form a habit). When I start writing it's usually because I have material. But then "my material" disturbs me and I tell myself I am going to do this later. How do I believe the same lie every day? I have a SOLUTION... more videos. 


 

This morning I put our exuberant dog Ralph, a miniature Eskimo and toy Collie mix into the backyard.  Let me tell you, as sweet as Ralph is, he can possibly be the most annoying emcee in the history of the world.  If you even think of walking past my house, Ralph is going to let everyone know 24/7.  We have had Ralph since he was a puppy and got him two weeks after we got married (in 2003). Kyle worked as a valet at nights and I wanted something warm in bed with me (hello… that's why I got married!). Ralph was also an early graduation gift, as in I bought him 5 months before I was scheduled to graduate... and yes, I did graduate.  Ralph and my bonding in bed quickly ended after he released a warm stream of potent puppy pee on my new duvet the first night. Not only did I start walking that 8 week old puppy in the brisk Philadelphia snow that night... my puppy trained within days!  I'm not up for puppy roulette. At 7:15am, I turned on the sprinkler in the mini lawn and garden in the backyard and sat in the sun. What a great way to start to the day!


 

It really excites me to add little elements of organization and cleanliness to my home. Yesterday, I cleaned and lined 80% of my cabinets with new tile pattern contact paper (picked it up at Bobby's Department Store in Brooklyn for $1.99 for 9 ft), hung a sequence of pictures of Stone and Kai above the cabinets in the kitchen, weeded and watered the front yard and went shopping for baby gifts.


 

Thursday was both my father and my nephew's birthday, so my sister Tiffany came to NY with her son (my nephew) Kai and her husband Rob from Chicago. My daughter Stone is Kai's long lost twin. Kai is Stone's shadow and always shows love and affection- to the point of physical attack.

Friday was hair day. For me hair day is a deep condition with either Una, Alter Ego or Sebastian, a roller set at the Dominican Salon, and rollers at night. Depending on the day and time I get out and out in 2.5 hours or less. I have even been in and out in 45 minutes, however, I went in washed with a deep conditioner in my hair. I can't speak for all black women but most have many chapters in our book of hair. My sister is fully engaged in the great battle. The rumble in the jungle… at least that is what her roots are like. The fight of the Perm versus the Virgin (hair)… when a woman chooses to grow out the perm and go natural. That is one battle I will watch from the sidelines! In May, I went to visit my younger sister Tiffany in Chicago and help out with her best friend's Angela's wedding (Tiffany is the Matron of Honor). The older sister in me took over and with no beauty salons open at 10pm on Friday night, I appointed myself to the task. She is pregnant and let's just say her she reverted to the "When my mom does my hair it doesn't hurt…" and I retorted "How the heck can you go for so long without washing your hair?! It can't be that bad of a process… Can it?" First she made me part it into four quadrants. She tells me it's all the rage for 'the transition.' It got done and she looked beautiful. I also did Sandra, the Maid of Honor's hair (sometimes I have Asian hair, so hooking it up is a breeze). Pictures to come!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Origins Charcoal Mask rocks!!!


HELLO WORLD!!!!!

Finally... no excuses! Uncut! I come to you as I am.  Like, what is wrong like being a Celebrity in your own mind? My life is full and I want to share it with you. Don't worry, I know who I am! And I am OK with not being perfect.  I am a child of the King and the most fabulous me that ever existed!!! Holla!!!!

A REAL Happy Housewife of New York. Wharton school graduate. Long Island girl. Financial guru. Bargain hunter. My good friends call me Jackie O (of all trades). The truth is I enjoy luxury and know that you can get it for cents or less on the dollar if you do some research. I am a 27 year old woman with a touch of ADD and way too many creative interests. So I thought why not share!! My life is far from boring and with a 2 year old little girl named Stone Love (which is like mostly like living with an angel and occasionally like being tortured in late night potty sessions- the record is 10 times after she was put down).

This blog is an opportunity to live out loud the life I live. It is a challenge to me to try to track the myriad of things that happen in a day and create a living journal of Joy. I want to live my best life and thought about my life goals. I have helped many clients make successful financial decisions and we always start by writing a plan. How can you live the life of your dreams if you can't even write them down? How can you maintain your dream if you don't know what it takes to sustain them? You can make today better than yesterday with the stroke of a pen!!!

I would love this to be a forum where most anything can be discussed. Consider it a one woman hot topic spot with financial suggestions, parenting advice and anecdotes, spicy Jamaican and international cuisine recipes, beauty and shopping hits and misses, Reality TV, news, and anything else that can be discussed.

Please share your love for joy with everyone you know!

Disclaimer: The thoughts in my mind do not define me as a person… if I could control them I would.