My first TRADER JOE’S Haul! (Shop & Cook With Me!)

My first TRADER JOE’S Haul! (Shop & Cook With Me!)

I went shopping at Trader Joe’s and bought a bunch of the items the everyone is talking about on Tiktok, Instagram and Youtube-snacks, desserts, dinner items, vegan “must haves” and more. Then I taste tested EVERYTHING and discovered some Trader Joe’s favorites that I never knew I needed in my life!

Watch the entire video!

Spring Cleaning!

Spring Cleaning!

Since we have to stay home right now anyway, I took some time to do some spring cleaning and organizing around the entire house! I tackled my pantry, Ziya’s playroom and my glam room! Hope this video is motivating and satisfying for you!

Watch the entire video!

My Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

My Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

I fell in love with my new house the minute I saw the large, open family room and kitchen area with the oversized patio doors and windows. Compared to my previous living areas, everything felt so bright and full of natural light. I chose white walls, super white trim, white cabinets, and mostly white countertops to make the most of the bright, clean, open look.

I added matte black cabinet hardware and two black light fixtures, and I think I’ll purchase some new barstools in black as well.

I’ve still got some finishing touches to add to this space, but I’m really happy about the way it’s turned out so far.

Let’s Get Personal

How many of you guys are familiar with a website called Tumblr? Back in the day, that was my holy place. From the ages of maybe 15-19 years old, I lived on Tumblr. It was a place where I could post whatever I wanted, whether it was fashion related, a poem I just wrote, or long letters to myself. It was the best place to vent because not very many of my “real life friends” used the site or followed me on it. It was pretty much all strangers interacting with me. Other depressed kids, or kids with cool style who lived in New York. I loved having these people follow me, reply to me, and give me advice. It was like an escape from reality. It opened up a door to different cultures, art, music, ways of thinking…stuff I couldn’t get from my mostly white suburb in Texas. Most of the time, it didn’t feel like the people around me locally could relate to anything I was struggling with. I was embarrassed to talk them anyway. It was much easier to type out my feelings and get feedback from thousands of miles away. Spoiler alert: Tumblr isn’t the same anymore and I haven’t used the site in years. But because of that, I also feel like I haven’t gotten the opportunity to “type out my feelings” much lately. (more…)

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Happy Father’s Day!!!

In honor of Father’s Day I wanted to take some time today to share some pictures of some of my favorite memories with my dad. Bonus–you get to see some old goofy pictures of me too!

(more…)

What Moms REALLY Want – By My Mom!

What Moms REALLY Want – By My Mom!

Hey y’all!  Chef Toni here, hijacking Raven’s blog today. Mother’s Day is next weekend and I know some of you are scratching your heads about what to get your mama. Let me give you some perspective, from a mom’s point of view.  When it comes to Mother’s Day, I’m an expert. After all, I’ve birthed four babies and I’ve lived through 35 Mother’s Days!!! By the way, that’s me, my mom, and my grandmother holding my first-born, baby Ashleigh in the picture above.

Me & Baby Raven

I think I speak for most moms when I say the first thing we want in LIFE is for YOU, our precious offspring, to be healthy, happy, and productive. After that, we’d like a little peace. When you were little, it was peace and quiet–now, it’s just PEACE. We’ve cherished your gifts through the years—handmade cards with drawings of stick figures, flowers and hearts, clay and paper mache’ masterpieces… and later, the carefully selected, sweet, and inexpensive trinkets from the dollar store. HOWEVER, if you’re old enough to read this, you may want to think about upgrading your treats for mom on Mother’s Day.

(more…)

Sign up for exclusive content, secret giveaways, and more!

IT'S LIT! Welcome to the Squad!