10 podcasts that will spark creativity and confidence

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In need of some creative inspiration? Having trouble getting those creative juices flowing? Here are 10 podcasts to listen to spark some creative energy and confidence in your life.

The Happy Hour Show with Jamie Ivey:  This podcast by Jamie Ivey is one I look forward to listening to on a weekly basis. The faith-based podcast focuses on interviewing female trailblazers who have taken huge leaps of faith. She discusses everything from relationships, friendships, books, food, fear, confidence, loss, maintaining a work-life balance, and celebrating successes in life.

The Creative Empire ™ Podcast by Reina Pomeroy & Christina Scalera:  I discovered this podcast for creative entrepreneurs last year on Instagram. If you are looking to grow your business in 2018? This is the podcast for you. It’s hosted by two female entrepreneurs.  They discuss everything from legal issues to marketing advice. During each episode, they interview a female entrepreneur about her success as a business owner.

The Strategy Hour by Think Creative Collective: I just discovered this podcast last month and I’m obsessed. The dynamic duo shares actionable strategies to help grow your business. They discuss the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. Each podcast episode has tons of takeaways that will inspire you to start working on your branding right away.

Side Hustle Pro by Nicaila Matthews: This podcast is another one of my weekly listens. I discovered this podcast last summer when Mashable profiled the host Nicaila Matthews. I love this podcast because she features successful black females who went from having a side hustle to turning their passions into a full-time gig.

The Marie Forleo Podcast: Marie Forleo is a thought leader, entrepreneur, and life coach. Best known for her B-School, a program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs build their business. Her ultimate goal is to help you be the best you and achieve greater happiness in all areas of your life

The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher: I often discover podcast interviews when my favorite influencers and bloggers are being interviewed. I discovered this podcast when Lara Casey was being interviewed by Jenna Kutcher. The Goal Digger Podcast is for creative girl bosses. Her podcast is light-hearted and helps you tackle your goals along the way. 

Girl Boss Radio by Sophia Amoruso:Host Sophia Amoruso is best known for owning the online retailer, Nasty Gal. But she also has an awesome podcast that I’ve listened to for years. She inspires listeners to be a #girlboss with her candid interviews and life stories. She does a great job at selecting top female entrepreneurs who are disrupting a certain industry.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: When I need an emotional uplift this is what I listen to. Oprah’s podcast is amazing and very inspirational. Each week she dives deep and interviews celebrities, athletes, pastors and best selling authors about their personal journeys through life. I recently got her book which takes snippets from the podcast.

Myleik Teele’s Podcast: Listening to Myleik’s podcast interview is like having a conversation with the sister you never had. She keeps the conversation honest and real and doesn’t hold back on discussing life as a female entrepreneur. Her podcast is discusses everything from setting goals, staying motivated, being your best self, dating, relationship, and career advice.

Being Boss Podcast by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon: Being Boss is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. Hosts Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon share stories, interviews, and advice on how to boost your confidence, build your brand, avoid burning out, and being a boss in life.

What are your favorite podcasts? Tell me in the comments below. 

How to have the perfect Galentine’s Day!

Everyone is gearing up for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. But did you know that tomorrow is Galentine’s Day? It’s a spinoff of Valentine’s Day that is a day to celebrate yourself and your BFF’s around you. So invite your best girlfriends over or prepare to cozy up at home alone. I’m teaming up with Babbleboxx to share tips on how to have the perfect Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day at home this year. With the right snacks, playlist, mood-setting accent decor, and drinks you can have a poppin’ day filled with love this year. 

Let’s discuss how to have the perfect Galentine’s day this year. 

The Essentials:

Something Sweet by Edible Arrangements

Everyone needs a little something sweet on Valentine’s Day. The Be Mine Bouquet from Edible Arrangements is the perfect way to enjoy something special without wrecking your new years game plan. The balance between the dark chocolate and the fruit is just what every girl needs a little Vday love. 

Smart Snacks from Popcorn, Indiana

Plan to kick back tomorrow after work and watch a good chick flick while enjoying a popcorn from Popcorn, Indiana.  I love their Kettlecorn and Black and White Chocolate Drizzlecorn. It’s GMO-Free-, free of fructose, and made with whole grains. The combination of the sweet and salty flavors satisfies my taste every time. 

A Little Love and Passion by Chesapeake Bay Candle

When hosting people in my home, I always love to brighten the room with a nice scented candle. This love + passion candle by Chesapeake Bay candle’s mango and grapefruit scent is feminine and flirty perfect for a Galentine’s day bash. 

Loungewear by Maidenform

Every girl needs a matching bra and panty set as a gift for Valentine’s Day. Host a lingerie swap with your friends for Galentine’s Day. Every person planning to attend rsvps with their sizing requirements and brings a new matching bra and panty set from Maidenform wrapped in a red bag. At the end of the night, everyone gets to go home with a gift. 

Toast to the evening with a glass of Lucky Traveler Blackberry Shandy

I have to admit I’m not really a beer drinker but I always stock the bar with the best libations for my friends. This Shandy by Lucky Traveler appeals to the fruit lovers pallet. This beer commands attention because it is made with fresh berries and has a unique fruity flavor. 

**This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com**

2017 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for

2016 was a great year for the food, fashion, and design industry. Turmeric became the spice everyone wanted to use in their food, off the shoulder tops had a big comeback, the design industry made florals hot again. 2017 is rapidly approaching and I am already looking forward to seeing what’s going to be a popular trend in the new year. Pinterest just released its 2017 Pinterest 100 trends report earlier this month and the list is filled with a few surprises. They developed this list based on the most popular pins saved on Pinterest during 2016. 

2017 Fashion, Food, Design Trends
Here are the top 12 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for in 2017. 


  1. Food is Medicine- In 2016, foods that were good for your health like turmeric saw a big upswing. Everyone, including myself, wanted to consume this powerful spice because of its known health benefits. The trend of using food as medicine is here to stay.  Look for foods like grapeseed oil, jackfruit, and kimchi to pop up on your favorite restaurant menus, cookbooks, and food blogs in 2017. 
  2. It is all about Cuban Cuisine– The travel ban to Cuba was lifted in 2016 and Americans are starting to travel to this destination again. Cuba will be the place to go in 2017 but it will also have an impact on our culinary cuisine at home. Expect to see Cuban empanadas, ropa vieja, guava inspired desserts on restaurant menus in 2017.   
  3. Brew your own beer at home– The craft beer industry was all the rage in 2016 and local breweries were popping up everywhere. In 2017, people will want to know how to brew their own craft beers at home. So expect to see home brew kits like  this one sold in grocery and liquor stores around the country. 


  1. Camel is the new black– Camel was a popular color this fall for the fashion industry. The color is becoming a staple piece in many people’s closets. This is a trend that is here to stay in 2017. 
  2. Statement sleeves are the new off the shoulder– Cold-shoulder tops were cool while they lasted but expect to see a lot of people wearing bell-bottom sleeves next Spring and Fall like this one.
  3. Men will add scarfs to their accessories collection-I was just at a holiday party and all men wearing plaid scarves with their blazers. I love that this look is becoming a trend. 
  4. Earthy GreensThe Pantone Color of 2017 was just announced and its “Greenery”. This bright neon green color is earthy and refreshing. Based on the spring runways from Fashion Week, we can expect to see a lot of this color in our spring wardrobe. 


  1. Natural hair and beauty will take center stage– 2017 is all about everything natural when its comes to skin care and beauty. I already rock this mantra but I’m excited to see more natural hair and beauty products on the market. 
  2. Micro-blading is the new threading– Microblading started to generate buzz during the latter part of 2016 but it looks like this trend will become popular in 2017. This process takes a few hours so expect to block out some time on your calendar to get this done. Curious to learn how the process works? This video tutorial explains it all. 
  3. It’s all about the Gold-plated nail- Last summer it was all about the round-shaped nail but this summer everyone will be wearing gold plated nails. I like this trend and I definitely might test this out for NYE. 


  1. Chip and Joanna Gains made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again- One of my favorite HGTV shows is Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gains. I love their farmhouse inspired designs. Their show has made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again. Expect too see more of this style in 2017. 
  2. Jewel tones take a strong note-Jewel tones are expected to dominate the design industry in 2017. Vibrant colors like emerald greens will bring homes to life. 

What trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are spending today spreading affirmations of love to your loved ones, friends, and family.

Here are a few special ways to enjoy today:

If your single, check out  this article from Bon Appetit on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Planning on staying in this evening? Check out this article from the Kitchn on how to have the perfect date night at home.

How cute are these ice cream sandwich hearts that my friend Kris made.

I’m obsessed with red velvet anything! This recipe for red velvet waffles has me drooling at my computer.

Live in Atlanta? Check out this list of 13 great affordable places to take your Valentine to eat today from the Eater.

February Birchbox

This weekend I received my February Birchbox in the mail. I was excited to see what was in this month’s box because I’ve heard that February is the best month.

This month’s box include great beauty samples from the several new brands. Check out what I got this month below and what I think of each product so far.

Colorescience pro ® | Glow and Travel Puff – I haven’t tried this because it’s a self tanner and I’m already pretty tan.

Jouer | Luminizing Moisture Tint- This product is great! I wore it this weekend and it wasn’t too thick and didn’t wash me out.

Orofluido ™ | Hair Oil

WEI ™ | Chinese Rose Foaming Cleanser- I am always looking for a good cleanser and this one worked great. My skin felt great after using it.

Chuao Chocolatier | Spicy Maya ChocoPod

Birchbox Extra: Digital Download of the new Green River Ordinance, an indie rock band

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription based delivery service. Each month I receive a box of new beauty products to receive. It costs $10 a month. It’s so popular that there is a wait list to sign-up. So if you want to get wait listed click here to sign up.