Not Your Average (Billy) Joe: The Artist, Mother, and Creative Genius

For this blog post I decided to interview a good friend of mine, Billy Joe Michel, (30), who is an extraordinary artist living in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, although much of her work is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you followed her on Instagram, (@miss_billyjoe) you would see just how awe-inspiring her life is. To rewind just a bit, Billy Joe and I met back in December of 2012 in Dallas, Texas, when the father of her kids and Supreme were teammates on a basketball team. We had just moved to Texas, and it was around the holidays, so we had a small get-together at our home, and BJ and her family came. Billy Joe and I immediately bonded over the fact that we were both Scorpios (oh hello there Scorpio Season that begins today!), were moms of young kids (Zé had just turned 1, and I was 7 months pregnant with Vito, and she had two small kids at the time), and even had similar tattoos of “Live Laugh Love” on our ribs. We would go on to have several playdates where the kids would play, and we would bond and learn more about each other. Continue reading “Not Your Average (Billy) Joe: The Artist, Mother, and Creative Genius”

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What To Wear To A Concert-(Plus Story Time Of The EPIC Concert I Last Attended!)

Happy Monday Fabbies! Are you so excited that the weather is finally starting to cool off? Well, depending on what part of the world you live in, it’s beginning to cool off. Here in sunny Arizona, it is still relatively HOT during the day (like high 90’s) , but our mornings and nighttimes are nice and cool. It is definitely sleep-with-the-windows-open-at-night weather. Anyway, nice Fall weather aside, can we talk about female rapper Cardi B, and how she recently made history by becoming the first female rapper to reach the Number One spot on the Billboard singles chart without featuring any other artist in nineteen years?! (Lauryn Hill was the first to ever do it back in 1998.) That is a HUGE deal! If you are not familiar with who exactly Cardi B is, a quick google search or a visit to her Instagram page will quickly tell you everything you need to know. But I will say, she is most definitely a Fabbie: Fearless, Unapologetic, Confident, and Fabulous! And I am totally a fan and a part of the #bardigang. (What her fans are known as). She has been performing around the world, and the energy from her concerts seem bigger than life, and I would definitely pay to see her perform in person.  Continue reading “What To Wear To A Concert-(Plus Story Time Of The EPIC Concert I Last Attended!)”

Detox Mondays Update! 6 Months Later!

Happy Monday Fabbies! Can you believe that it is already September?! Seriously though?! 2017 is flying by at warp speed, and I am still scratching my head trying to figure out where the time went. I did want to check in though, and give an update on #DetoxMondays, which I started back in March. (To see my original post on why you should detox and what #DetoxMondays is all about, click HERE.) In the last 6 months, I have continued to detox every Monday, with the exception of one day back in July when I was traveling from Dallas to Phoenix on a Monday, so I detoxed that next day (Tuesday) instead. My detoxes have been pretty consistent, where for 24 hours, I eat only fresh fruit and/or raw veggies, drink smoothies, and drink lots of water.  Continue reading “Detox Mondays Update! 6 Months Later!”

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

Hey Fabbies! One of my absolute favorite things to eat in life are sandwiches. This has always been the case, even before going Vegan years ago. I love a good vegan grilled cheese sandwich, a portobello mushroom burger (but on sandwich bread, so it’s more like a mushroom sandwich), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and just about anything else you can stick between two pieces of multi-grain or spelt bread. A few months ago, I began cooking with chickpeas (OMG where have they been all my life?!), and have learned that they are one of those versatile foods that you can combine with literally ANYTHING and make it taste good. So after making everything from desserts, to meals, to snacks, chickpeas have become a staple in my pantry, because they are not only full of nutrients, but they also are inexpensive (one organic can of chickpeas is only 99 cents,) and are great go-to options for easy recipes. Continue reading “Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe”

It’s Our Two Year Wedding Anniversary!-Throwback Photos of Us (And A Few Current Ones)

Hey Fabbies! Today happens to be my 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Whoop Whoop! Cue the fireworks, pop the champagne, pass the j, and all do all those other celebratory actions that come with yearly milestone events. Supreme and I got married two years ago today in Costa Rica. (To see my wedding photos and all things wedding-related click HERE). Our day started off with sheepish “we-been-together-so-long-that-we-truly-almost-forgot-it-was-our-anniversary”, grins at each other. And not in a clichéd old married couple way, where you are either tired of each other by now or you don’t celebrate anymore because “ehhh what’s the big deal”? But we truly are at the point where we celebrate each other often and throughout the year, and not just on “holidays”. So when things like Valentine’s Day or Anniversaries come up, we treat them just as special as any other day, and that is by honoring, respecting, and loving each other unconditionally.  Continue reading “It’s Our Two Year Wedding Anniversary!-Throwback Photos of Us (And A Few Current Ones)”

Does Anybody Else Enjoy Grocery Shopping? +My Typical Grocery List

Happy Weekend Fabbies! I have a confession: I love going to the grocery store. I love grocery shopping. (Which really makes complete sense since I love food so much.) This love for grocery stores began when I really started cooking. This happened in 2010 when I moved in with my then-boyfriend, now husband, Supreme in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to 2010, I could probably count on one hand, maybeeee two, on how often I cooked a meal. Like, a full meal that I prepared. Not a frozen pizza, hot pocket, peanut butter & jelly sandwich, hot dog, ramen noodles or TV dinner (these were staples in my fridge back in the day! Haha! But let’s be clear: I still eat the vegan version of these things from time to time too.) It wasn’t until I moved in with my Honeybee in 2010 that I decided that I needed to go ahead and cook more. He was a professional athlete at the time, so I was like, “hmm, it probably will be best if I cooked so he can have energy to play…” Now, I was no cook either though. I mean, I knew how to prepare a few dishes, but I never grew up in the kitchen helping my mom cook. My mom cooked the food, and I ate it. Simple! Fast forward to adult life, and my meals consisted of going out to eat with friends or fast food, hot pocketing it or hot dogging it up, and eating at my job.

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My Trip To Dallas To Visit My Sisters and Friends! (Tons of Pictures!)

Hey Fabbies! A few weeks ago I took a trip down to Dallas, Texas. My older sister Tamika lives there, and my good friend Brittanii just moved right outside of Dallas at the start of the year. Brittanii held a Rodeo-Themed birthday party at her home, and I would not have missed that for the world! Her party could not have come at a more perfect time, because it gave me the opportunity to not only see her, but to also reunite with my sister Tamika, AND my younger sister Diamond came down for the weekend from Mississippi as well. I had not seen any of them since almost a year ago when we were all together at my house for #LitintheDesert Girls Weekend! This was also my first kid-free weekend in over a year, so it was a much needed little getaway for a Mommy break!  Continue reading “My Trip To Dallas To Visit My Sisters and Friends! (Tons of Pictures!)”

My Weekend In LA for the Vegan Food Festival! (TONS Of Pictures!)

At the end of May, my family and I took a quick little weekend getaway trip to LA/Anaheim, California to attend the annual Vegan Food and Beer Festival. I have been wanting to go to the this festival since I learned about it while living in Los Angeles two years ago, but our schedules were never free during the times that had it the last two years. So this year was our year to go! While the Vegan Festival was in Los Angeles, we stayed in Anaheim, CA which is nearby. I meant to blog about our trip sooner, but I did not realize how many pictures I had compiled from the trip, so going through, editing, and deciding which pics to post took a lot longer than expected. But this post comes at the perfect time anyway, because I have another upcoming trip to Dallas, Texas this weekend, where I am going to visit my older sister and nephew, PLUS see one of my good friends, Brittanii, who is having a birthday party at her house! I will definitely write a blog post all about that trip when I return next week, because I know it will be a long weekend full of much-needed girl time and FUN!

But back to our fab weekend in Cali; it was a quick weekend 4-day trip, and I will share what I wore, what we ate, (except for what I ate at the actual Vegan Fest; you’ll get to see all of that on my next vlog on YouTube when it’s ready!), and how much fun was had! Continue reading “My Weekend In LA for the Vegan Food Festival! (TONS Of Pictures!)”

Some Of My Favorite Looks From Fab & Ravenous Boutique!

Hey Fabbies! Earlier this month, I celebrated six months of my online store,  Fab & Ravenous Boutique being open! I opened my store on Friday, January 13th, 2017, (I will never forget that date. Friday the 13th! Easy to remember right? haha) and have learned a lot in that short amount of time of being open. I will write an entire post on that at a later date. 🙂 But for now, I wanted to share some of my favorite looks that I have worn from my store over the last 6 months! Some items are sold out, but I still have many items available for you to shop. I will be expanding my merchandise a great deal as the summer progresses, and I cannot wait for you guys to see!  Continue reading “Some Of My Favorite Looks From Fab & Ravenous Boutique!”

Best Moments From My 2016 Vlogs is Live!

Hey Fabbies! If you follow me on any of my social media, then you already know that I posted a video a few days ago, that is a compilation of my favorite moments from my YouTube vlog series: “The Fab and Ravenous Life”. It’s been several months since I last vlogged, as I have been busy with life and running an online boutique.  But! I am definitely bringing the vlogs back very soon, with the first one showing my time at the Annual Vegan Food Fest in Los Angeles, California! My videographer, Bryan “Flashy” Armstrong was there to capture it all, so I can’t wait to share that with you! Ya’ll! So. Much. Food!!! I will also do a blog post soon on that entire weekend, including what I wore, what we ate, and more! Continue reading “Best Moments From My 2016 Vlogs is Live!”