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Dr. Lil, Empowering Women’s Growth One Click At A Time I recently connected with Dr. Lillian Gibson (Dr. Lil), clinical psychologist, author and relationship expert to catch up on her latest projects that she has in the works. At late, Dr. Lil is busily managing her virtual platform or “habitat” as she calls it, that is empowering women’s growth one click at a time! The focus of that growth and empowerment is in their mental and physical health and relationships. Dr. Lil’s virtual business Female Autonomy within Marriage has been in existence for 5 years. Through her online platform, she serves her digital community through a virtual habitat that focuses on empowering strong women to grow happy relationships via on-line workshops, books, and blogs. What influenced your decision to go into the emotional and mental health industry? “My passion and drive to help empower women started when I was young girl after being swooned by progressive women within my family and community. I studied them and desired to become who they were…well most parts of them”. Noticing, that their busy…

Planning for your wedding day is probably one of the most exciting times in your life. It can also be one of the most expensive events you’ll plan. These 10 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding will help you save money. You can get swept away for hours, dreaming about your wedding day! With so many beautiful photos of dresses, flowers and centerpieces on the internet and in magazines, it’s no wonder that brides get swept away just looking at everything and dreaming about their own wedding day. Having so much to plan and think about can be a bit overwhelming for many couples, especially the thought about how much everything is going to cost. 7 Things to Do First When Planning Your Dream Wedding If you missed part 1 of my 4 part blog series Wedding Planning 101. Check out 7 Things to Do First When Planning Your Dream Wedding. Keeping well-meaning family and friends at bay during this time who may bombard you with a lot of unsolicited advice about everything from the colors you should pick to…

Cooler Weather and Food There’s just something about cold weather and food! When the temperature drops outside, I love to warm up inside in more ways than one. Cool weather and food, go together like salt and pepper. If you stopped by my home for a visit on a brisk cool fall evening or a cool Saturday afternoon, the first thing that’s going to capture your attention is the delicious smells coming from my kitchen. Here’s a quick fix recipe that’s a crowd pleasure for sure and it’s a nice addition to any football spread that’s sure to please. Make it tonight and don’t forget to share photos and tag me so I can see how great this recipe turned out for you. Need some Recipe Inspiration? Click below for the latest recipes on the blog. Garden Fresh Summer Soup Stir Fried Vegetables with Cauliflower Rice

Planning your wedding day can be exciting and fun but it can also be stressful if you don’t have a spending plan. If you don’t know where to start, here’s 7 first steps to planning your dream wedding. Preparation Is The Key There’s a distinct difference between Designing your wedding and Planning your wedding, knowing the difference can save you time and money. Designing your wedding is combining all the elements that create a beautiful experience in what your guests will see, hear and do at your wedding. Planning your wedding is coordinating the logistics, managing the financial resources and vendors. Simply put, Design is about making your wedding look beautiful which is what most couples focus on and Planning involves managing the financial resources, logistics and vendors for your wedding. What usually causes couples stress when planning their wedding has more to do with not knowing how much everything will cost and what tasks need to be managed. You can Design and Plan Your Dream Wedding without all the stress and here are 7 things to start with. 7…

Beauty is skin deep, or in this case beauty comes from the inside out. My plant based lifestyle has led me on a journey to also incorporate more natural products into my skincare routine. When I couldn’t find store brought products that were all natural, I created my own. Brighten, Exfoliate and Moisturize If you deal with hyperpigmentation or dryness then you’re going to love the avocado and lemon mask. The blueberry and yogurt mask is great for toning your skin and the milk and oatmeal mask is rich in vitamins A, D and E that you can use to exfoliate your face and hands. Here are 3 beauty masks you can eat that are quick and easy to make. My “inside out” recipes are wholesome for your body and great for your skin. Avocado and Lemon Mask Mash 1 ripe avocado with the juice of 1 lemon and apply to your fresh washed face and neck. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water and pat to dry. Viola, you just gave your skin…

Talk about a celebration that had the guests on their feet the entire time! Our Real Wedding Feature, Session Party of Two. The Sessions hosted such a fun and engaging event that had their guests dancing, laughing and enjoying every single moment of their beautiful and fun wedding day. It didn’t matter that the rainy weather changed their plans to have an outdoor ceremony on the lush and sprawling lawn of Rockwall Manor at the Springs Event Venue. The celebration was moved indoors and their semi-formal wedding was an epic success. THE COUPLE: Sapphire and Donavon Session CITY OF WEDDING: Rockwall, Texas THE VENUE: Rockwall Manor at The Springs Event Venue WEDDING DATE: September 22, 2018 Marrying my best friend Sapphire and Donavon met in 2007 in college. Sapphire, moved from Massachusetts to attend college her freshman year and met Donavon who was a Sophomore. After exchanging phone numbers, they learned that they only lived 15 minutes from each other. The two were both weathering a few individual life challenges prior to meeting each other. They bonded naturally because they…

The Wedding Day The Couple: Courtney and Yashama (Shama) Thompson City of Wedding: Azle, Texas The Venue: The Orchard Wedding Date: August 18 2018 Befitting Act of Love Sentimental, heartwarming and endearing are three words I would use to describe Courtney and Shama’s wedding. The couple’s intimate ceremony featured so many touching moments, like the washing of the feet, planting ceremony and having family and friends form a circle of love around them. How they met and fell in love Courtney is a consultant and Shama is Professor and their paths crossed on the internet. These two love birds met online and fell in love. The online platform that they met on was Black People Meet. For those of you who still don’t believe you can find love online, I beg to differ with you. There are so many couples who successfully find love online like these two did. The Wedding The two chose The Orchard as their wedding venue because the property had cabins that could accommodate lodging for family and friends. The couple’s intimate ceremony was attended by…

I know what you’re thinking, “soup in the summer”, yes a fresh garden soup is comfort food but this light summer soup won’t weigh you down and is full of delicious goodness. This plant based recipe can be adapted easily to a semi-vegetarian recipe by adding fish or shrimp. I choose to keep it plant based because you get plenty of protein from the cannoli beans and the great northern beans. Try making this quick and easy recipe as an addition to your weekly meal prep or anytime you want to get more fresh vegetables in your diet in a delicious way. I’d love to see how this recipe turned out for you! Please leave a comment below and share on your favorite social media platform. Some other flavorful summer recipes you may want to try are: Summer Greek Salad

Meet The Couple Sarah & Matt Manley are both native Texans. Their love story began in College Station, TX in 2014 were they met through mutual friends. Both truly believe that their meeting and falling in love was 100% God’s Plan for their lives because their love didn’t happen right away, it took some time for things to develop between them. After love blossomed, they got engaged! Matt orchestrated everything and created a special moment they could share with family. He arranged a holiday vacation that included both families getting together the day after Christmas in Tennessee where he proposed in true gentlemanly fashion. Wedding Details Wedding City: Aubrey, TX Venue: The Milestone Mansion Wedding Day: May 27, 2018 Color Palette: Dusty Rose & Cream with a pop of Burgundy Theme: Romantic, Energetic and Fun Their Wedding Day Memories “The most memorable moments would probably have to be the first look and the private last dance. These moments were special because we were alone, just soaking in each others love.” “I am so glad we decided to do the first…