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9 Spring Inspired Date Ideas

Hello Beauties,

We’re now less than two weeks away from the beginning of Spring, how exciting?! I’m definitely looking forward to clearer skies and blossoming flowers.

This year, Spring is bringing on a whole new meaning for me… It means that the baby will soon be here! With just 13 more weeks to go, I’m expecting a lot more baby shopping, some baby shower fun, and will hopefully finalize all of my last minute nesting touches over the coming season. With all of that on my plate, I can’t forget about my hubs. Now’s the time to start thinking about some fun date ideas that we can squeeze in before baby’s arrival. I literally just realized that the next few months will be the last that Jan and I will EVER have together with just us two! #reality

Here are some of my favorite Spring inspired date ideas. Of course not all of these are pregnancy safe, lol, so I personally will have to wait for when I’m pregnant free again for some of these fun activities.

Lets Get Physical

  • Biking: – Take a tandem bike ride together. You’ll learn to coordinate together and it’s a good workout where you have no choice but to keep up with one another.
  • Visit the Orchard: Get your hands dirty with your love with some fruit picking. I love fresh fruit and what better way to stock up on them than to actually go out pick them yourself!?
  • Stroll Around the Botanical Garden: This is also a great time for a photo op, which I’m always down for. So put on your favorite spring dress and take a stroll in the nearest Butterfly or Botanical Garden. It’s fun, relaxing, and you can get a good walk in while you enjoy each others time.

Lets Eat

  • Picnic: I just love a good picnic. Jan and I do this every spring. All you need is a blanket, some light snacks, booze if you can get away with it, and each other. It’s fun and can actually be very relaxing. Sometimes Jan and I will go a good minute without talking. We’re just in each others arms, staring at the clouds and enjoying each other’s company.
  • Outdoor Dining: If a picnic is not your thing, dinning outdoors for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, could be a great option. Now I don’t mean just at any ol’ restaurant. Don’t go have a meal outside of a McDonalds and call it a day. Choose some place nice where there is an actual wait staff catering to you. It’s a day date! Make it romantic.

Adventure Time

  • Wine + Ride: I looove Napa. For the most part all there is to do is eat and drink wine, but I love both of those things! Lol! One thing that I haven’t tried in Napa yet, but really reeeeally want to is to climb aboard the wine train to visit local wineries, castles, etc. I know a few people who have tried it and they’ve given me great reviews. I will definitely have to knock this off of my bucket list when baby’s out so mommy and daddy can escape for some adult time.
  • Tour a Nearby Town / The Big City: I enjoy visiting the big city just as much as anybody else, but I typically like to know exactly where I’m going and what I’ll be doing there. I’m not a fan of crowds, so I need some sort of game plan ahead of time. One thing I’d love to do is act as a true tourist and take a real tour of the big city. That way I can get a sense of all that SF has to offer, and if I’m lucky I’ll most likely get to see a few new places to try out for more date ideas.

Big Events

  • Local Festival / Carnival: One thing that I love about Jan and our relationship is that we’ve always acted like such big kids. So going to a carnival, eating junk food, playing games, and riding the not so scary rides are right up our alley. Maybe we can sneak in one last trip to the carnival with just us two before we have a kid taking up all of our time on the tea cup ride. Could be a romanic escape to just make you feel young again… I say this as if I’m old as dust… Lol.
  • Farmers Market – Flea Market: If picking your own fruit on a date isn’t your idea of romance, and if supplying your own food for a picnic isn’t ideal, there’s always the farmers market. Most farmers market’s have more than just local farmers, but also food vendors serving up something nice and hot to eat. I love any farmers market that has a place in the grass to sit, eat, listen to music, etc. It’s a great excuse to get outside. There’s also flea markets to consider if your up for bargaining for some great deals.

xoxo Jamela

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What are your favorite Spring inspired date ideas? What was your most romantic Spring date?

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Confidence is Part VIII

Hello Beauties,

August has been such a long and full month! My goodness, I thought it would last forever! But here we are on the last day of the month, and here I am just like every month thus far this year with a brand new post on confidence. This one is all about how to be confident in your relationship. This month Jan and I celebrated our 2nd year wedding anniversary. So naturally I find it only fitting that I talk about how confidence can play a role in maintaining a successful relationship. Believe me, I can go on and on with examples for this month’s confidence category, but I cut it down to just a few.

Part VIII

Confidence is…

  1. Trust and Honesty: We all know communication is the key to a great relationship. With that comes trust and honesty. If you are confident in yourself and what you bring to your relationship, you  should have no reason to doubt your partners loyalty and commitment to you. You should trust that your partner knows how good they have it and know they wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize the relationship. In other words, don’t be that girl/guy who is constantly monitoring their partners phone and Facebook likes… assuming that there’s dirt to be found. Now, if you actually have concrete proof or reason to believe that there is something dirty going on behind your back, then be honest. Bring your concerns to the table and address them head on. If you don’t trust a word your partner says, then there you have it. Zero trust and honesty equals a relationship with individuals who have zero confidence. Zero confidence in themselves and/or each other. Be honest with your insecurities, your dissatisfaction if any, and your overall concerns for you and your partner. This conversation should be easy to have with the person you love, and if it’s not, there is most definitely a problem. It can be hard to find someone that you can trust whole heatedly these days. Friends gossip to each other and relatives spread the word like wild fire between one another. So that one person you should always be able to count on for a listening ear, an honest opinion, and sealed lips when it comes to private matters  is your partner.
  2. Looking to the Future: I find it odd when couples who have been together for a long time… lets say 2+ years are uncomfortable when it comes to talking about their future together. As if discussing the next step in their relationship is disastrous. Lets face it… We don’t get into relationships thinking about how soon it’s going to end! And for SOME of us nearing our late 20s / early 30s, we’re definitely not dating for funzies any more. At this point in life, we’re ready to find that one person we want to build our future with. Have children, travel the world together, etc. So if you want to show your sweetie you are confident with your relationship, talk about it! Talk about how great the relationship is, where you see it going, and how soon you anticipate taking that next step. On the other end of the spectrum, if you don’t see anything at all in the future together, better to stop wasting each others time and YOUTH while you still can! I know a number of people who are looking for “real love,” and are feeling anxious about their time clock running out and dying forever a lone!! LOL… Okay, that’s a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean. There’s no reason to rush into a relationship because you think you’re too old or whatever the excuse may be. If you’re single, think about where you see yourself and the next 5 or 10 years. If you want kids, how early do you picture yourself having your first child. Based on that, you should be able to gauge whether you still have time to play, or if you need to set higher standards for your future person.
  3. Inspiring and Supporting: Telling your partner you support them isn’t half as important as showing them. Encourage each other as individuals and inspire each other by showing interests in each others goals, hobbies, etc. If your partner feels that you have confidence in them, that will build their confidence that much more. Jan is an amazing Graphic Designer, Music Producer, and Singer/Song Writer. He’s got unbelievable talent… and that’s something we can both say with confidence. To top it off he is pursing all of those skills professionally. He’s been working as a Graphic Designer for years, and as of this year, he has finally introduced the world to his first love, music. Check him out, and stay tuned for more! (shameless plug for my boo) But honestly, building each other up is a great way to show your partner how much you care and believe in them. I’ll always be Jan’s number one fan! And your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend should be your main cheerleader as well. I believe that when you see the person you love thriving at something they are passionate about, it encourages and inspires you to do the same. I’ve always admired Jan’s talent. Just the other day I was telling him how I wish I was a cool kid like him… making beats and all. But then he reminded me that I have talent of my  own too. No matter what it is, “it’s yo thang… do what you wanna do.”
What do you beauties think? Does confidence play a role in relationships/in your relationship? Please share!
xoxo Jamela
Confidence attracts.

Summer Lovin’ – Date Ideas

Summer lovin’ happened so faaaaast, summer lovin’ had me a blaaaast, la la la laaaa! LOL!

Hey there lovelies,

Summer romance… gotta love it. So far this summer has been pretty amazing, and I’ve especially enjoyed the late night summer dates with my main squeeze. If you’re like me, you want to keep things hot with your boo-thang all year round. Here are some fun ways to keep the flame going the entire season, or to at least start the spark, lol.  Keep your summer romance hot beauties!

  1. Under the Stars: Cuddle up with your love bug behind the steering wheel, with some popcorn and cotton candy at a drive in movie. If you need more leg room, find out if your town has a movie in the park event so you can pull out the blankets and cozy up in the grass. Outdoor movie too basic for you?? Dine, take a night stroll in the city, or dance the night away under the stars. There are plenty of outdoor events like music festivals (i.e. Outside Lands), and outdoor dancing to keep you active and entertained. Don’t forget about fairs. Kissing at the top of the ferris wheel is just like kissing under a Christmas mistletoe, it’s required. #smooches
  2. Picnic: I LOVE PICNICS! At the park, a sunny day at the beach… even your own backyard or patio if you want to be more secluded. Pack an easy lunch or light snacks to feed each other. Maybe even fly a kite! Most importantly, bring a bottle of bubbly!
  3. Berry Picking + Wine Tasting: Get your hands dirty by picking fresh fruit to pack in your picnic basket. If you’re not into “hard labor” for a date, there’s always wine tasting. You can cool things down by touring an indoor wine cellar. Or if you can’t get enough summer sun, there’s always outdoor tastings or wine trains where you can enjoy the vineyards and beautiful scenery.
  4. Resort + Spa: The only time my husband is down for a mani pedi is if it’s at a lavish spa. So why not make it a relaxing day trip to a resort or spa where you can get couples massages, mani pedi’s, facials… the works! Or you could save a few bucks by staying in and pampering each other… this is way more romantic than going out. Light some candles, have music playing in the background, and you’ve got yourself a home spa!
  5. Get Wet: Mind out of the gutter folks! A day at the beach or simply sitting poolside is a must. After dipping  your toes in the water, a cozy bonfire to keep you warm while gazing up at the stars is a romantic treat. And s’mores… s’mores are also a romantic treat. Lol!
  6. Weekend Getaway: If you can’t go on a real vacation, a weekend road trip, or a daycation to a nearby city is a great alternative. Slow down time by doing some laid back activities that don’t require a lot of planning. It’s a short/mini vacation, so it’s meant to enjoy each other’s company while recouping before heading back to the real world.
  7. Adult Game Night: Strip poker anyone? I mean… it is summer after all. Why not make an excuse to take off as much clothing as possible? LOL! It probably won’t take much to convince your partner. Get out the wine glasses and start shuffling those cards. Make it fun.
  8. All In: Horseback riding, rent a tandem or surrey bike (hilarious and fun), rent a convertible for a day, take a city tour, watch the sunset / sunrise, visit the pier, go to an ice cream shop or food truck event and eat junk like your teens again. Do it all!

Share your favorite summer date ideas.

xoxo Jamela

“You are my summer love.”

Starting a Tradition

Hey Beauties,

Family means everything to me. The relationships that we have with our loved ones help mold us into the people we grow to become. Without a doubt, my mom and siblings have influenced me in so many ways, and I’m sure that they would say the same about me. The times we shared together as kids created an unbreakable bond that has carried over into adulthood.

I am now at that point in my life where starting a family of my own is weighing heavy on my mind. Wondering what type of mother I’ll be, how my marriage will change (because it will), and how my child(ren) will turn out to be. I want a close knit family that loves spending time together. I truly believe that one great way to achieve this closeness is by starting and continuing family traditions. Jan and I may not have kids just yet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the habit of having a few family tradition(s) with just us two.

Something as simple as breakfast together is a good start for us. Every weekend we sit to have breakfast together. From preparing the meal together, to setting the table and dining together, and even the cleanup. During the weekdays we aren’t able to do this due to our work schedules, so breakfast together on the weekends is a must. If time were a little slower than maybe we could do something as simple as this everyday. Since that isn’t our current reality, this is the next best thing, and I love it.

If you are looking for fun and engaging traditions to start with your family, here are a few ideas to consider.

Daily

  • Family Meals: Share a meal together as a family. Choose whichever meal of the day that’s most convenient for everyone in your home. A lot of families now a days completely skip out on having a meal together, or they let TV and phones distract them from having quality family time. Let’s bring the family back to the table to enjoy delicious food and each others company.

Weekly/Monthly

  • Game / Movie Night: Game night and movie night are both fun and affordable ways to bond and spend time together as a family. Alternate the two if you can’t decide on one! Allow everyone a chance to pick a game or choose a movie… and don’t forget the snacks! Jan and I occasional babysit our nieces and nephews overnight, and we always have a movie night. We order pizza, pop popcorn, build a fort… Jan and I practically become kids again.
  • Cook Together: I love cooking with Jan. We have our traditional weekend breakfast, and we occasionally cook dinner or at least meal prep together. I usually tend to be a little less willing to cook on weekdays… but lucky me, I got a man who loves to cook, and he’s damn good at it!
  • The Peak and The Pit: I love love love this! All you do is simply take turns sharing something positive and negative that happened during the week/month. This is a great way to get everyone talking. The topics and stories that people share make for great conversation. Doing this with your loved ones also provides a safe place for everyone to express themselves.

Annual / Seasonal

  • Vacation / Getaway Together: Vacations are always great. It’s nice to go some place different to explore and experience new things. At the same time, you don’t have to go some place far to have a good time. It could be a fun weekend getaway to your favorite town, a one day family beach trip, or even a trip to an amusement park. My mom would take my siblings and I to Great America every summer when we were kids, and we loved it. That was our Disney Land. Do whatever works for your family… and your wallet.
  • Holiday Shenanigans: Whether it’s trimming the Christmas tree, dressing up every Halloween, or watching the fireworks on the pier every 4th of July, holidays are perfect for traditions. As a kid my favorite holiday tradition was decorating the Christmas tree. I still love it to this day!

Spiritual

  • Family Prayer: Pray as a family. It could be over a meal, or it could be a morning or bed time ritual. Even if your family isn’t religious, make time for meaningful conversations on anything positive in your life and use this time to express gratitude.

What are some of your favorite family traditions?

xoxo Jamela

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

11 Tips for Maintaining a Successful Relationship

Hello lovelies,

Today marks my 11th year “couple anniversary” with Jan. I’ve been blessed with an amazing man and an incredible relationship; filled with limitless love and genuine friendship.

Throughout the years I’ve been asked by several friends and acquaintances just how Jan and I have managed to stick together for so long. A lot of people believe that relationships take hard work, but that isn’t the complete truth. ALL relationships come with challenges… Friends, family, and so on. It’s how you work through those challenges that determine it’s fate.

In celebration of my 11 successful years of love, I’m sharing 11 tips for keeping your relationship strong and long lasting:

Yep, that’s right, 11 solid years… no breaks in between. It is possible people!!

11 Tips for Maintaining a Successful Relationship

  1. Laugh… A LOT: A couple that laughs together, last forever! So have fun, be silly and play often.
  2. Support + Build Together: Support each others aspirations, create goals together, and comfort each other in both the highs and lows.
  3. Always Make Time: Spending one on one time with your love is… or should be, one of the best feelings. However, just as you want to spend time with your partner, you also want to give them some breathing room. It’s all about balance. Don’t smother nor neglect one another.
  4. Communication: I can write an entire post on communication, but I’ll save that for another time. Here is the gist of it. Be honest with your feelings and always try to seek understanding. BOOM!
  5. Don’t Sleep on It: Never go to bed angry with one another. It’s unhealthy for both you and your lover. Take a short break to cool down and collect yourself, then go fix it! Oh and just saying “sorry” and “I love you” isn’t enough. Really talk it through.
  6. Keep the Attraction: Often times when we first start dating or crushing on someone, we’ll tweak our appearance just enough to get the other person to notice. It’s important to recognize that even if you are in a committed relationship, that doesn’t mean that you should “let yourself go,” or stop keeping yourself up. Do all of the things you did when you two first started dating… the things that attracted you to each other in the first place.
  7. Be Spontaneous: Keep it fresh… Change things up… explore and learn new things together.
  8. Never Stop Dating: I love a simple Netflix and Chill night with my hubs, but I also really enjoy getting dolled up and going out on a real date together. It doesn’t matter what you do (dinner, movie, cooking class), so long as you are enjoying each others company and time out of the house.
  9. Be Friends: You don’t have to be best friends, but there should definitely be a friendship factor. You want to be able to be yourself around this person 100% of the time.
  10. Intimacy: This is about much more than sex. Be affectionate with hugs and kisses throughout the day. Maybe even spend some time staring into each others eyes… if that’s not to creepy.
  11. Love Unconditionally: If you’ve been with someone as long as Jan and I have been together and you are NOT in love, than you have some serious reevaluating to do. Just don’t go jumping into a relationship for all the wrong reasons. Real love comes naturally and unexpectedly.

xoxo Jamela

 

Material Love

Hey Beauties,

I love seeing couples that are genuinely happy together. There is nothing more beautiful than two people sharing their lives together and building a bond that can only be shared between the two of them. However, not all relationships are as beautiful and authentic as they appear to be. There are all types of relationships with there own unique qualities, as well as flaws. You’ve got the love birds that can’t get enough of each other, the besties that act more like friends then lovers, the love to hate you couple that fight all day and make up all night *wink wink*. One particular type of relationship that I could definitely live with out, are the ones based on material things. Sadly, I’ve been seeing this materialistic love thang more and more often, and it’s kinda driving me nuts!  I mean… “Things” don’t have anyTHING to do with love! Love is sooooo much more than that… You’ll have to excuse me for this little tangent that I’m having right now.

I’m not a fan of couples that use gifts as a crutch to lean on when times get rough. Gifts aren’t meant to fix every problem, and sometimes they don’t work at all. A little communication can go a long way… and its free! I find it hard to believe that couples are truly satisfied in their relationship when material items are all that is used to show their love and affection. If all there is to show for your relationship is a few big ticket items… then I’m sorry… but that really sucks. 🙁 I can’t stand to hear a person speak only on what their partner has tangibly given them, and never on the time spent together and the intellectual things that make being in love worth while. Sometimes I just want to ask these people… “Is that all?? Gifts on top of gifts but never any of your partner’s time?” Perhaps what they think is love is not really love at all. Or maybe giving things to each other is the only way they know how to show their love. Call me old fashioned, but time together is by far biggest gift of all… You can’t get a refund on time.

All things have expiration dates, including people. My advice to any couples that fall into this category would be to focus more on spending time together and creating memories that will last you a life time. Not going around bragging about the latest gadget that your boo just got you, which only makes you look materialistic. Spoil each other with cuddles, kisses, laughs, and most of all love. Leave the big toys for Christmas, birthdays, special occasions, and then maybe an occasional “just thinking about you” gift. Just don’t let that be the only way you show someone that you love and care about them.

Thoughts anyone?

xoxo Jamela

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

Funsized Housewarming

Hey Beauties,

It’s been a little over a month since Jan and I moved into our new place. After taking some time to settle in we finally had our housewarming. Nothing too big or fancy… but still full of love and lots of laughs. Here are some tips on preparing for a small… a.k.a. **funsized** housewarming/event.

1-2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE HOUSEWARMING

  1. SEND THE INVITE: After you’ve decided on the date and time of your housewarming, determine how many guests you can accommodate and send out the invite. For something as casual as mine, creating an informal Facebook Event is invitation enough. One good feature of a Facebook Event is the ability to see guests accept or decline their invitation in real time. This makes it easier to keep track and refer to the number of guests you can anticipate attending. Another great thing about this modern invitation approach is that guests can post their questions and comments in one place for all to see. This decreases the amount of repetitive questions that you may grow tired of answering. If it’s open for all guests to see, there is no reason you should have to answer the same question twice. If you’re going for something a little more formal, the traditional approach of mailing out invitations is always a great way to add a personal touch. You’d definitely have to do this 2-3 weeks before the party… so hop to it! Be sure to provide a postage stamp with your invitation if you prefer that guests mail back their RSVP, or at the very least provide a phone number or email address where guests can RSVP.
  2. PLAN THE MENU: Normally when my husband and I have get togethers with our family and friends we have pot lucks to take the load off of meal prepping. This time around we were feeling a little more generous, so we decided to do all of the cooking. We only asked that our guests bring adult beverages to share. We went with an Asian inspired dinner menu – chicken lettuce wraps, Asian meatballs, chow mein, honey walnut shrimp, fried tofu and Asian salad. For dessert we made homemade pineapple upside-down cupcakes using the recipe from one of my previous posts. Unfortunately I did not get to take pictures of our buffet table before people started to indulge. Hopefully the pictures I have here of the honey walnut shrimp and pineapple upside-down cupcakes are enough to express how good everything else looked and tasted!

1 WEEK BEFORE THE HOUSEWARMING

  1. CLEAN: Get some cleaning done early by putting away things that you don’t want your guests to see and/or touch. Be sure to make your place kid friendly if you are expecting guests to bring their little ones along. About 5 of my nieces and nephews came to my housewarming. I wasn’t sure if they’d have much fun in a small apartment, but they found ways of entertaining themselves. They even managed to play a few rounds of hide and seek for a little while… which I thought was odd… this is just a 2×2 apartment we’re talking about. When the night was over I did find that my closet had been ransacked and my shoe rack knocked over and dented! Luckily my husband was able to pop the bars on my shoe rack back into place the next day… otherwise those little rascals would’ve had some explaining to do. Hahah!
  2. MILD DECORATING: Do just enough decorating so that it appears that you actually live there! Put away all moving boxes and unfinished household projects, hang a few pictures on the walls or set some up on a shelf, maybe light a few candles to set the mood, and remember that plants are always a great way to bring freshness inside a home and can even double as a statement piece (I’ll be sharing some of my DIY decor projects in later posts). Jan and I spent the first month in our apartment preparing our living and dining spaces. Our goal was to make those spaces as complete as possible before we started inviting guests over. We always want people to feel welcome and comfortable in our home, and I believe we achieved just that at our housewarming. Guests complemented our modern yet cozy style, so I was happy! Though our bedrooms we’re unfinished, we still showed them to our guests during the tour of our home. This was just to show the little bit of progress we had made in those areas. After all, a housewarming is about sharing your home… all that is finished and all that is still a work in progress. Plus, you never know… by sharing what you plan to do with an unfinished space a guests just might have a helpful suggestion to share. I am however a private person, so I don’t feel that sharing my bedrooms are necessary anytime after the housewarming. In other words, if you want to show off all of your rooms at a later time when everything is complete, by all means go for it! Just know that it is not required, and that it is perfectly okay to keep a closed door policy on rooms that you’d like to keep private.
  3. SHOP: Make your list and check it twice! Be sure to shop for all utensils, table settings, cooking supplies and ingredients, etc. Jan and I also used this time to borrow a foldaway table and food warming trays from my mother in law as part of our buffet style dining.

DAY OF THE HOUSEWARMING:

  1. MEAL PREP: Prep your meals early in the day so that when it gets closer to the time your guests will arrive you can just pop things in the oven and set the tables. The food will still be fresh and warm by the time all of your guests arrive.
  2. SET UP + FRESHEN UP: Jan and I left the dinner table completely clear so that people could eat comfortably, and we set up a second table to display the food. A center piece wasn’t really necessary for our type of crowd. We knew that playing cards and games would come out at some point and that the centerpiece would just get pushed off to the side anyway… so at least we saved on floral. I’d recommend a centerpiece for a nice dinner, but if you just plan on partying it up, less is always more!
  3. HAVE FUN: After all the hustle and bustle of planning and preparing for your housewarming, grab a drink to unwind and enjoy the company that came out to celebrate the next step in your life. Whether your new place is a small apartment or a huge house, it is still the place that you will call home. Getting people together to celebrate, bring joy, and create memories in your new home is always a must.

Share your own housewarming experiences and tips here!

xoxo Jamela

 “Do what makes you happy, be with those who make you smile, and laugh as much as you breathe.” – Unknown

Mathematics of Love

Hey Beauties,

I absolutely love LOVE! In honor of MCM, I’m going to share with you the beginning of my very own “boy meets girl” true love story… in a nutshell of course. My husband Jan and I have been married for almost 1 year now, but we’ve been together as a couple for over 10 years. I know I know… “What took you guys so long to get married!?” Believe me when I say that if Jan and I could have gotten married sooner, we would have! It was all in good timing. I’ll share my wedding story at a later time. For now, here’s the story of how Jan and I became an item.

Jan and I met during our Freshman year of High School, but we didn’t really get to know one another until the start of our Junior year. We sat next to each other in our algebra II class… 5th period to be exact. Being the goofball that he is, Jan would always find ways to make me laugh. Totally disrupting my learning! But he was cute so I didn’t complain. As time went on, our friendship grew and our fun joking relationship added a new feature… flirting. As luck would have it, we also had 6th period together, so we started accompanying one another to that class. We weren’t very discrete with our flirting though, because our friends would all “oooo and awww” as we walked to class together. We even started holding hands just to get people to do a double take. It was pretty fun.

The second semester of Junior year was when the magic really happened. Jan finally got up enough courage to ask me to junior prom. Then just two days later, he walked me to my locker and asked me to be his “girl.” I was so excited! From that day on we’ve been inseparable. We went to the same college, graduated a semester apart, moved in together, and finally said our “I Dos” just this past year. We’ve been on quite the journey together.

Our love fell into place so naturally and there isn’t one thing that I would change about it. This just goes to show that love can find you at any moment and at any age; young or old. Love found me at the young age of 17 in my high school algebra class, and its been with me everyday since.

Share your true love story with me! I love hearing about love! For those of you in loving relationships, how did you meet the love of your life? If you haven’t met that special someone, have you ever been in love? Are you ready for love? Is there a couple you admire with a love that you strive to have someday? Come on beauties, lets hear it!

xoxo Jamela

“The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.” – Ritu Ghatourey

The Love We Crave

Hello Beauties,

The Crave + Love portion of my blog is about two things that I do in fact love and crave wholeheartedly, and those are my relationships and FOOD! I mean honestly, the two go hand in hand. Hahah! Just like I crave delicious food, I crave great relationships with my husband, family and friends. And just as I love the people in my life, I love food! Maybe on different levels… but you catch my drift.

There will be plenty of post in the near and distant future surrounding these two topics. As far as cuisine goes, I’ll share some of my favorite food and drink recipes, places to dine, and more. In regards to relationships, I’ll be sharing some of my personal experiences, and my thoughts and opinions on all relationship types. Everything from dating and marriage, family and friends, etc.

I’m looking forward to sharing my stories and hearing yours! #thelovewecrave

xoxo Jamela

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