Shopping at Marshalls and T.J.Maxx: Things You Should Know


For many years, I had a love-hate relationship with TJX stores. You know, the family of discount stores that includes HomeGoods, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx.

Finding clothing in my size was a rare occurrence. Finding size-six shoes, even rarer. And scoring items I needed in a complete set was a miracle. Think: curtain panels for a space with more than two windows or dinnerware for a party of six.

Recently, I realized I’ve been going about my shopping at TJX stores all wrong.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Island Style!

Caribbean gift ideas

It’s no secret that I’m a proud Caribbean woman.

I’m a sucker for the vibrancy of our culture, our sense of style, our food, the magic in our music, our signature island lilt. The list of island things I love could go on and on…

It should be no surprise, then that I’ve pulled together an island style holiday guide.

It features delightful, high-quality products made in the Caribbean or by Caribbean people, which have gotten my attention this Christmas.

Hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

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Are You Ready to Own A Dog? Lessons from My Weekend with Dingolay


I used to imagine myself sauntering around with an impeccably groomed, cute-as-a-button, pint-sized puppy peeking out from my handbag.

Last week, I volunteered to help my friend Ayanna dog sit her super-cute pet, Dingolay (pronounced ding-go-lay). And after spending two days with my “god-dog”, I’ve been wondering: Am I ready to be a pet owner?

If you’re reading this and considering buying a dog, allow me to assist by sharing a few things you might want to think about before you drop bills on one.

Do not get a dog if…

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