Before I settled on my favorites, much of my money went into testing personal care and beauty products until I found “the one”. A significant amount of that spend was also on must-have, recurring purchases such as acne-slaying skin products, shaving cream and costly razors.
Recently, I’ve ditched the razors along with the bumps, ingrown hair and discoloration that can come along with shaving. My newfound love is laser hair removal, which has completely changed my life.
More than two years ago, year-round warm weather and a new job were among the reasons why I decided to return to Barbados from America. I ignored criticisms that I was making a huge mistake by giving up a “better life” to return to “backward Barbados” (their words, not mine). And I am happy I did.
However, there is one thing I would like to change about my back-at-home experience.
In Barbados, people celebrate Christmas by giving their homes a design overhaul. I don’t go all the way like some of my relatives and neighbors, but I do try to add a bit of this (or that) to my space for the holidays. This tradition is part of the reason why I recently took a trip to Millhouse in Canewood, the home décor hub of Barbados.
Today, I woke up bursting with pride because Barbados, my homeland, is celebrating 50 years of Independence.
Of course, I took time to prepare and treat my friends and loved ones to a few Bajan delicacies–with a twist.
Bajan bakes and mauby
It’s a balmy evening in Barbados and I’m sitting face to face with Paul Carrick Brunson. Endorsed by Oprah, adored by tens of thousands of social media fans and now, by a group of Barbadian women who have just heard him speak on life, love and success.
Paul, a mentor, entrepreneur and TV host, known for his matchmaking skills, is here as the keynote speaker at an inspirational event, Live Again: The Barbados Experience. The universe conspired for me to interview him for this post and I am beyond grateful! You’ll see why as you read on.
Ever posted content you put your all into creating? And when it went LIVE, it got just a handful of likes? And they weren’t even from the people whose attention you really wanted to get? Just a few friends, family and relatives hitting that “like” button to remind you that they were cheering you on?
It’s scenarios like this that make brands and businesses look for the easy way out in a cutthroat, competitive digital space. But few fully understand how social media shortcuts and digital faux pas can alienate customers and followers, and even lead to reputation and financial losses.
Last month, I invited a few friends over and included gourmet popcorn in the snack lineup.
When my guests started asking where it was from, I couldn’t help but smirk a little. Truth is, it wasn’t store-bought, I hadn’t spent a fortune on it–and I’d made it under 10 minutes.
I thought I would share the recipe with you.