March Book Review+ Women Race and Class

I decided to read Angela Y. Davis’ Women Race and Class because I wanted to celebrate her as an inspirational black woman. Do believe this is her first book. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. I need some knowledge and inspiration this month. I guess you could call it a quarter life crisis or just my depression creeping back up but either way I’m trying to pull myself out of a hole of self-loathing.

I think the tough thing for me is remembering that everyone has a different life path. Last year I went through something really traumatic. I was abused everyday and had to live in a domestic violence shelter. I had a conversation with my therapist about how I feel left behind because my friends are growing in their careers. It’s silly because I’m doing awesome things as well. I won a fellowship for a writer’s residency. My therapist made the point that is having a degree a big deal? I’m doing great things already without one. But my mind always goes back to black excellence. Doesn’t having a degree equal black excellence in the black community? Am I really doing my community any good? Am I setting a good example?

I’m still trying to figure things out and maybe things will just fall into place. All I know is that I love being a writer and right now that’s the only thing I can hold onto right now.

Book Wish List+Book Recommendations

I love to read and books are a huge part of my life. I write them and read them so you can definitely understand why. I thought I would share my book wish list with you all. Also, it would be great if you all could recommend some books in the comment section. Thank you!

Sharon Tate: Recollection

I’m a huge Sharon Tate fan and style definitely inspires mine. I think it’s important to remember her for her grace and beauty instead of the terrible way her life ended. This book is full of photographs and recollections from her sister Debra (who wrote it), her family, and friends. I think this book is a great way to celebrate her life. This book is definitely something I would love to read. Also, not book related but how would all feel about a Sharon Tate inspired makeup look?

Wildwood Imperium

I actually owe you all a HUGE book review on this series. But I can’t do it until I read this book which is the last. Even as I type this I’m trying to find the words to describe how magical these books are. I know the last is probably just as good. If you don’t mind reading children’s books(this one is nearly 600 pages), fantasy and books with really good amazing illustrations definitely read this series. when I get the extra funds I’ll pick this one up to complete my collection and give you the whole review.

It

Growing up my favorite movie was Stephen King’s It. I still love the movie and when the new one comes out this year I’ll be first in line. I love Stephen King and I’ve read most of the classics but for some reason not got around to reading this. I would to like start reviewing more horror books on here for you all if that’s something you’ll be into.

 

I have a book wish list on Amazon HERE. I update more on Amazon than Goodreads so I figured it would be better for you all to keep up with what I want to read or have already read. 

If you recommend me a book  I will add it to the wish list so don’t be shy in the comments.

 

Tabletop Board Game Cafe+Cool Cleveland Places

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Since moving back to Cleveland I’ve realized that we have some pretty cool and unique places here. A couple of weeks ago I went on a date and we went to this incredible place called Tabletop. Tabletop is a board game cafe. I mean they seriously have almost 1,000 different games! They also serve drinks and food. To play as many games you want for however long you want will only cost you $5. So this place is very affordable.

Tabletop is located right in Ohio City on 1810 W. 25TH CLEVELAND, OH 44113 so it’s in a convenient area.

When we got there on a Saturday night it was really packed and there weren’t any empty seats. The staff was COMPLETELY KIND though. They took my date’s phone number and gave them a call when. We sat in the car for maybe five minutes and got a call that there was a table available for us. Our server was the sweetest!

We played games from 9 pm to almost 1 am so the hours are wonderful! My date had the locally made Kombucha from Bearded Buch and I had a cup of lemon ginger tea. We also shared a yummy dessert which was pudding, whipped cream, crushed cookies, and gummy worms. Definitely nostalgic to my childhood!

This place is so cool and the staff is so friendly. I love it here and plan to go more often. If you live in or near Cleveland definitely give this place a visit.

You can keep up with Tabletop on:

http://www.tabletopcleve.com/

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Facebook

*This post is not sponsored

 

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation+Review


Maybelline sent me their new Dream Cushion foundation to try. I’ve been in need of a new foundation for awhile now. 

You guys know that I don’t really wear makeup often but when I come across a really good foundation l love adding it to my routine.

For me I need a light formula that still leaves my face a nice poreless canvas. This foundation definitely does the job. I don’t like foundations that leaves my skin cakey or dry. This doesn’t cause those issues, instead it’s so light that I don’t even feel it throughout the day.

So let’s get into why this foundation is different than the rest. The foundation is in a saturated sponge that you use with a makeup sponge to press into it. This gives you the right amount of coverage.

I’m in the shade caramel and it matches me perfectly. That’s also a concern I have with foundation, I can never seem to find a correct shade. But if you want to try this foundation and have a similar skin tone to me try the shade caramel. 


Overall I really like this foundation. It’s definitely going to be a part of my low maintenance makeup routine. 

Thank you Maybelline and Influenster for allowing me to try the #DreamCushion foundation. 

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*I was sent this product to review.

Wicca+Afro Latina 

Hola, you wonderful people! I wanted to give you all an update about being Wiccan and Afro-Latina. 

My Wicca belief is very important to me and so is my practice of witchcraft. I’m also extremely proud to be Afro-Latina. I know that some people may feel uneasy about witchcraft and Wicca but to be honest there really isn’t a reason to be. 

It’s actually really funny because I’m currently learning so much about being Wiccan/witch and Afro-Latina and it’s very exciting. I’m learning about a culture I didn’t have the opportunity to explore as a child and I’m learning about a new religion. 

I’m happy I have this platform to share with you all my journey of being Afro-Latina but I wanted to know if you would have an interest in witchcraft? 

Let me know in the comments! I could share some witchcraft diy tips and answer whatever questions you have.

Latism 16+More Information

Still love this photo Madison took of me. Click the photo to check out our photography.
Still love this photo Madison took of me. Click the photo to check out her photography.

I mentioned a month ago that I would be going to Orlando, Florida for the Latism 16 retreat as a top digital influencer. I’m extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity. I wanted to share with you a bit more about the retreat and what it means for me as an influencer.

Latism empowers the Latino community. That is extremely important to me since I’m Afro-Latina. There are different categories that I want to share with you and how they relate to me and what I do.

Business-I’ve never really saw myself as a businesswoman. But now I can see why I am. I work hard on this website and try to bring the best product reviews, advice and other things for you all. It’s only me doing this so it takes a lot of dedication and work. But I love it and it’s no different than another business person.

Civic Engagement- I love volunteering and giving back to my community. I grew up in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio and I know first hand how hard it is sometimes. But I also know how great it is to get the opportunity to meet people who made a difference in their lives.

I would love to start doing more speaking opportunities at high schools. It’s definitely something I want to do.

Diversity and inclusion- This topic means a great deal to me. Being disabled has it’s challenges and this means a lack of diversity. Growing up I always wished to see more women who looked like me and I hope I can be that woman for another young disabled girl.

Education- I had the opportunity to go to a performing arts high school and university. I think education is important and no matter what field a child wants to get into, they should have the opportunity. I also think education can happen outside the classroom. There are so many other ways to learn, this is why I put an importance on reading.

Health- I’m open with you all about my type 2 diabetes and even my bladder issues. I think people should be open about these topics. I like knowing others deal with it also and I feel less alone.

Policy- This is a tricky one for me, so I’ll ask you all. WHat does policy mean to you?

Tech Entrepreneurship- I’m all for entrepreneurship and let’s be honest technology isn’t going anywhere. We have to embrace this new way of doing business.

 

I love you all and can’t wait to keep you updated about my trip to Orlando!

Wearever Incontinence Panties+Review

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When I first started this blog I wanted to share my life as a disabled woman. As you all know I have a rare birth defect called sacral agenesis. This makes it so I am unable to walk. I’m not paralyzed, just can’t walk. But another part to it is incontinence . I know that this isn’t a topic that is usually discussed but I find it important to discuss it. This blog is our safe place and for me to just ignore this isn’t fair to you guys.

I’ve always had issues with my bladder, even as a little girl, I tried everything including catheterization. It’s a tough thing to deal with especially when I was a teen in high school.

But now I’m 24 and I need to feel confident in that part of my life. For one thing I want to feel like any other woman. I want to wear panties that actually feel and look like regular panties.

Even being intimate with someone can be embarrassing if you deal with incontinence issues.

So when I got the opportunity to review the Smooth & Silky Seamless Incontinence Panties by Wearever I knew I had to share it with you all. I won’t lie, I was nervous about sharing this with you all. It’s something I’ve always kept private. But honestly, we shouldn’t have to keep this private. It’s not just an issue disabled women deal with, it’s actually very common. Sometimes after giving birth women have bladder leakage. With age comes bladder leakage, a new medication, the list goes on! So, since this is a safe place I’m telling you to not be ashamed or embarrassed! You’re not defined as a woman by your bladder!

I got my panties in a size S/M, they come in three colors black, white, and beige, I chose black. I hope they release more colors. You can buy a single pair, a 3 pack, or 6 pack.

PHOTO BELONGS TO WEAREVER
PHOTO BELONGS TO WEAREVER

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According to Wearever these last up to 200 wears. You can wear them up to 200 times! They also save you a lot of money compared to disposable underwear. You wash them with your laundry because they really are just normal underwear. The only difference is that there’s a special padding in there call Unique-DriTM that keeps the liquid trapped and doesn’t cause leakage so you don’t have to worry about any leakage. It also locks in odors so you don’t have to worry about that.

These are also seamless and won’t leave you with panty lines.

They feel like normal panties and it’s great for women to have something that makes them feel confident and comfortable. You can visit the links I gave you to find the design that works best for you! #weareverUS

 

*This post was sponsored by Wearever, all opinions are my own.

Latism 16+ Travel With Me 


Hola! I haven’t posted in awhile because I was a bit sick. But I’m back now and with some exciting news! I was chosen as a top influencer to attend the 2016 Latism retreat in Orlando, Fl at the Disney Coronado Springs resort! How exciting is that?! 

To be honest I was completely shocked when I found out about me being chosen. I really wanted this so you can only imagine my excitement. Latism stands for LATINOS IN TECH INNOVATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA. It’s to help empower Latinos. As an Afro-Latina I am so very happy about this. 

As many of you know I’m disabled and being a woman of color who is also disabled and bisexual is not easy, but I hope my story and tips I pick up along the way will inspire someone.

I was 17 when I started my blog and now I’m 24. This is the biggest thing that has happened for me as a blogger. Last year I had a rough time, but I had a lot of people support me. It’s amazing what a year can do. I know that you guys are a huge reason why I get the opportunities I receive. Thank you for all of your support. I wish I could take each and every one of you with me but the the most I can do is offer you all a discount. Visit the conference website here and use the discount code  Influencer16.

I hope to see some of you there!

Another exciting part to this (besides the possibility of Mickey Mouse waffles) is the fact that I will be going on my first airplane flight. I’m so excited and anxious but I think that if I plan on being a role model for disabled individuals I have to show them and able-bodied people that being disabled doesn’t change how much you can enjoy life. You can travel and explore just like everyone else. My anxiety will be fine, I am learning many ways to control it.

I love every single one of you. We’re a family. I hope you all are excited for this. I’ll be vlogging and blogging my whole experience so make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel.

“The reason I’m really appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.” -Selena Quintanilla 

Simple Skincare+Review

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I’ve been wanting to try out some products from Simple since I first heard about their brand! So when I was sent some new products to try I was so excited! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try out these new products, Simple!

I was sent the new Dual Effect eye makeup remover and the new Hydrating Cleansing oil. I’m so in love with both of these products. I definitely needed to update my skincare routine and these two products fit into it perfectly.

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I have oily skin and normally try to avoid anything with oil. I also get the occasional breakout during my period. This means that I need products that will calm my skin without causing more problems.

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I wear waterproof mascara and getting it off is a pain. But when using this the makeup comes of with a couple of swipes. The cool thing about this product is that there’s two layers. You shake the bottle to mix the two layers and then use a cotton pad to take your eye makeup off. It comes off like magic.

It also didn’t irritate my eyes or burn them. I’m in love with it.

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I was worried about this when I first received it. Like I mentioned before my skin is oily, so the idea of putting more oil on my face was  odd. But it proved me wrong. With a dry face and dry hands you put a few drops of this on your face and your makeup just melts away. Even my stubborn Colourpop came off with ease.

You then rinse it off with warm water. My face wasn’t left oily or greasy but kind of matte but also hydrated. This is definitely my new favorite facial cleanser.

Overall I highly recommend these two amazing products.

*Sponsored by Simple and Influenster