Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 #LifeYouWantMIA

When I initially heard about Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 months ago, I automatically told myself that while it sounds amazing, I can’t go. I didn’t check ticket prices or anything, I just automatically assumed that it was out of my reach. As much of a dreamer as I am, there are certainly things I’ve convinced myself are out of my league…but more on that negative attitude later. Thanks to Jesus and a little self confidence, I was able to get a media pass last minute (and I do mean last minute). I was able to shuffle some things around and hit the road with only two days notice with my baby and best friend Wannie. Ain’t God good?

Belle Goes To See Oprah

After a quick stop at my moms place to get refreshed and secure a sitter for my little one, we headed even further south on i-95 to catch 2 hours of Oprah. Leaving later than we planned, it was a mad dash to the American Airlines Arena as we applied our makeup and squealed in excitement about the weekend. We knew we were in for a treat and I was really excited that we were able to experience it together. Parking fees on Biscayne were astronomical, but we were luckily able to find parking in the arena garage before running around in heels to find the media entrance. By the grace of God we got to our seats before Oprah hit the stage.

Belle Jheanell // Oprah's Life You Want Weekend TourProcessed with VSCOcam with x3 presetWannie and I had a couple, “Oh sh*t – we’re about to see Oprah” moments! We both jumped through some hoops in order to be in attendance, it was surreal that we made it. It’s true what they say, when you want something bad enough, you WILL figure out a way to make it happen! 

The energetic crowd simmered down once the light dimmed and we directed our attention to the stage for a video of Oprah. It showed much of what we already know. Clips of her starting off as a news reporter and then excelling to become the media powerhouse, entrepreneur and humanitarian that she is today. The presentation alone was full of inspiration, but when she made her way down the stage, I thought the roof was going to blow off the arena.

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My biggest take away from this night was a concept that I’d learned a few years ago, but have not been consistent with.

“You are co-creating your life. You co-create your life with the energy of your intention” – Oprah Winfrey

The Law of Attraction is a law that I learned through reading The Secret and helped me to turn my life around. It made the impossible come true, yet I’ve been spending the last few months in a negative space and not living the way that I know will change it for me. While there are many Laws,Oprah lives wholeheartedly by the Law of Motion and Physics. It is law, and how energy works whether we believe it or not, and we are all energy. If you’re skeptical about that, it’s physics. Research it and do what you’d like with the information. You can literally change everything in your life by shifting your mindset after becoming enlightened with this. I’ve seen it happen with others and myself – but we are human, and sometimes we need a reminder.

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(our mini physics lesson)

“My life and show took off when I realized I was co-creating my life” – Oprah

“You become what you BELIEVE not what you wish for.” – Oprah

On the tough moments in her life and ours:

“Your life is always speaking to you. My life was speaking to me and I wasn’t listening” – Oprah

Day 2 was filled with a myriad of speakers including Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Elizabeth Gilbert and more. We did spiritual exercises with Oprah using our workbooks and really dug inside ourselves to find our truth. Some of the exercises were emotionally heavier than others and some audience members were chosen to share their findings on stage with Lady O. We also witnessed a woman receive a donation from Toyota to find her non-profit that helps inner city children in Miami. Being the generous soul that she is, Oprah matched Toyota’s donation. It’s safe to say that the entire arena was brought to tears at the generosity of the women on the stage.

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It was an extremely powerful weekend – life changing really – and I’m so happy that I got the opportunity to attend. One of my favorite parts was thinking about what we wanted to be when we were children. As a child, I wanted to be a writer. I spent hours writing in my journal, writing stories and acing my English classes. I also remember finding all natural beauty remedies and trying them on everyone I could get my hands on. For example, in 5th grade I read that bananas were good for your face, so I proceeded to give my friend a banana facial. Is it coincidence that I became a blogger and the formulator of an all natural beauty brand? I guess not.

Funny how life works, isn’t it?

“Be grateful, even for the smallest things” – Oprah

“Gratitude is the fastest and most powerful way to change your vibration.” – Oprah

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Fall Style Guide

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I think we are all in shock that it’s November. The weather is cooling down and The Holiday Season is closer than we’d like to admit. The change in temperature means that it’s time to update your wardrobe. As much as I love the new clothes, the actual shopping process can be quite daunting for me. I know it can be overwhelming trying to figure out exactly what you need, that’s where my 2014 Fall Style Guide comes in. I’ve done the work for you. Here’s a list of necessities for you to add to your closet this season :

Faux Fur Vest 

Chunky Sweaters

A Killer Coat 

Leggings (play with textures – leather, vegan leather, velvet, different colors, etc)

Boots

Oversized Handbag 

Update Your Makeup

Happy Shopping!

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Toddler Boy Room Decor Idea

When I was pregnant with my son, I had my heart set on a particular grey crib from the moment that I saw it. The fact that his name was Grey and the crib was in the color “cool grey” meant (in my pregnant mind) that it was meant to be. As his 2nd birthday approaches, we’re really starting to think about him having his own room. The grey crib that I loved so much has been converted into his toddler bed which is great, but at night he hops out and climbs into bed with us. I love cuddling with my baby and all, but he always makes it a point to jump and then get comfortable right in between my husband and I. He then faces me and wraps my arms around me, lol. I know they say that boys are territorial over their mothers but goodness!

It’ll be a few more months until we’re no longer sharing a room but I’ve been slowly collecting inspiration (on Pinterest of course) for his very own room. Like the rest of my house, I imagine that it will colorful and full of prints without being too matchy. I love to coordinate colors but not have everything look like I bought it together – like my outfits. Here’s what I’m thinking so far, but I’m sure it will change by the time I’m ready. Maybe even by next week.

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Any Suggestions On Must Have’s For My Boy’s Room? I’d Love To Read Them!

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21 Months of Motherhood

BELLE JHEANELLBaby Center emailed me today to inform me that my baby is now 21 months and 3 weeks. Of course I already knew that, but I love the reminders and reading about his development as he grows. It’s hard to fathom that the little 6 pound something baby I brought home is now almost 2 years old. He’s really great at communicating (quite the talker), loves to run, dance and do silly things to make us laugh. He also doesn’t play about his food and is (almost) always asking for a cookie. He also makes sure to tell us “buh bye” when he hops on his toy truck and scoots himself forward. His favorite movie is “Cars” and he also enjoys watching Barney and Clifford on Netflix.

This weekend at Oprah’s Life You Want Tour, we had to make a chart about our life categories and rate each area with a happy face, so-so face or sad face. Motherhood was only one of two portions of my chart that had a smiley face. I’m not the perfect mother (I don’t think that person exists) but I feel great about my abilities and the child that I’m raising. Motherhood is a TOUGH 24 hour job that requites mental, physical and spiritual strength. It is the hardest job of my life that leaves me feeling drained at times, yet it’s what fills me up the most. I love being a mom. There’s nothing like having my son grab my face and kiss me, hug me, call me “mommy” or want to cuddle with me. It also cracks me up when he tries to repeat everything that he hears us say.

I’ve grown leaps and bounds since bringing him into this world – he’s made me such a better human being.

I’m still trying to decide what to do for his 2nd birthday. Last years party didn’t go as planned, so part of me wants to have another one to make up for it. A vacation (more so for his parents than him lol) would be nice or maybe we’ll do a simple zoo day. Whatever it is, I love to celebrate him and the joy he’s brought to our lives.

Motherhood. It’s rough but rewarding.


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Target Dream Office Decor Inspiration – Threshold and Nate Berkus

I’ve been in my new place for almost 3 months now and haven’t really started to decorate as yet. If you’ve moved, you know it takes a while to settle in and get familiar with new surroundings – as well all the mental anguish that comes with relocating, lol. While everything is together for the most part, my home office is empty except for a few of Grey’s toys. I imagine that it will actually end up as an office/play area although that may sound counter productive. But hey, that’s the balance of being a MOMtrepreneur.

I spend a lot of time in Target and have always loved their home decor. Threshold and Nate Berkus are my favorite! Now that I’m finally seeing the opportunity bring my creative space to life, I’ve been piecing my inspiration together before I actually go shopping. Here’s my dream office decor inspiration from Target:

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I’d Love To Know What Your Dream Office Looks Like! Please Leave A Comment Below.

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5 All Natural Beauty Must Haves For Every Home

As much as I love to browse of my local Sephora, I try to keep things as natural as possible around here. Truthfully, I barely wear make up these days as I’m typically home running behind my toddler or whipping up Jolie Bloom goodies. However, my skin is in the best condition it’s ever been – except during my pregnancies, the glow was real! Keeping it minimal  has done wonders for my typically greasy and acne prone skin. The following are all items that I use for various needs, and you may already have some of them in your pantry. These 5 all natural beauty must haves for every home that you won’t harm your wallet or your health:

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What Are Your Favorite All Natural Beauty Must Haves?

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Relaxed Family Style At Lake Eola

Every once in a while you have one of those days when you sit back for a moment and think to yourself, “This is a good one”. I’m slowly venturing out in Central Florida and made it to Lake Eola Park over the weekend. I drove by a little while back with Wannie (my unofficial tour guide) and knew that I had to make a day out of it with my family. The weather this past Sunday was glorious – 70′s with a light breeze – a perfect day to spend outdoors. As a former New Yorker, I definitely appreciate the higher temperatures, however they don’t lend to good outdoor family activity days. There’s free yoga on Sundays as well as the Farmers Market – both of which I plan to check out next time. But yesterday, it was so good!

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Daddy // Shirt: Mossimo | Jeans: Express | Watch: G Shock | Sneakers: Reebok

Baby // Shirt: Cherokee | Jeans: First Impressions (similar) | Sneakers: Jordan (similar)

Mommy // Chambray: Wet Seal (similar) | Scarf: Love Culture (similar) | Shirt: Hanes | Leggings: Forever 21 | Sneakers: Jordan

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My main goal with this visit was to do the Swan Boat ride. I prayed it wasn’t too expensive – it actually turned out to be extremely affordable at $15 for 30 minutes. We had such a fun and relaxing time on the water, I’d love to do this at sunset with just the hubby and I for date night. How romantic would that be?

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I’m really excited about the Fall season and seeing more of what Central Florida has to offer. It’s certainly a family friendly area which is exciting for us as parents. I’m always on the hunt for fun and cheap! Let’s see what else I can find :)

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SHOP THE BABY’S LOOK

What Did You Do This Weekend? Please tell me in the comment section below.

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Wave Of Light

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Last night I searched the house feverishly for a lighter. Of course I couldn’t find one when I really needed it. In the couple weeks of moving here, I’ve never realized that we have no matches or a lighter.

“Tonight is Wave of Light. I have to light a candle for Jolie.” I kept repeating to my husband.

“It’s ok if you can’t light the candle. You do a very good job of letting Jolie and the world know that you’re always thinking about her.” he finally said.

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Wheat Berry Cafe

wheat_berry_cafe_12345678Wheat Berry Cafe was one of the first places on my list to eat once I moved to Central Florida a couple weeks ago. I had my go-to healthy spots in Fort Lauderdale (you can read that list here) but needed to find some new places since relocating. It’s taken me a couple weeks to settle in, but I finally made it!

wheat_berry_cafe_1belle_jheanell_wheat_berry_cafeAs a native Jamaican gal always in the mood for something tropical, Cole suggested that I try the Jumping Sun. It contained a blend of mango, banana, pineapple, honey and coconut oil – it was so yummy. So much so, that Baby G took my juice away and never gave it back…and trust me I tried to take it from him, lol. But how can you yell at 1 year old that just wants to drink fresh juice? Especially when he has a face like this…

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If you’re ever in the Altamonte Springs/Longwood area, Wheat Berry Cafe needs to be in list of places to grab a healthy bite or sip on raw juice. They even have vegan and raw desserts that I intend to try during my next visit. I’m also REALLY looking forward to trying their cleasnes! Stop by and tell em’ that Belle Jhéanell sent ya!

WHEAT BERRY CAFE & RAW JUICE BAR
1150 Douglas Avenue Suite 1010
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
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Sister Style

Belle JheanellDid you catch yesterdays post about my 1st Pop Up Shop for Jolie Bloom? This post is all about what I wore, actually, what my sister and I wore. We’re 13 years apart but we often find each other looking and one another saying, “I wanna borrow that outfit from you”. Sure there are outfits she wears that I have no business in and vice versa, but for the most part our styles are very similar.

While browsing Target for something to wear to the event, we both ended up picking up pieces that were a variation of each other. Floral for me? Not a shocker. Jay tends to wear a lot of prints as well. We thought it would be cute to rock our similar outfits at the Pop Up, so we went with it. She served as photographer and did a great job! Did I ever mention that she takes most of my outfit pictures? She’s so good!

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DSC_6883DSC_6881Grey wanted to show off his new car.

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Me // Romper: Long Sleeve Romper Floral – Xhilaration® | Necklace: Walmart | Pumps: BCBG // Jay: Pants are the Easy Waist Soft Pant Floral Print – Xhilaration®

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What Do You Think About Our Sister Style?

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