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New Year’s Eve Traditions

New Year’s Eve Traditions

The good ole country girl in me knows there are certain traditions that you just have to uphold when it comes to New Years Eve or your whole year will be bamboozled, hoodwinked, ran a muck, led astray!

How you start the new year, is how you end it!

You can not, I repeat, cannot go into the new year with a dirty house. Of course, your house should be clean all year but this is a special kind of cleaning, like the cleaning your mom made you do when on punishment. I mean, scrubbing base boards, wiping down walls, dusting, washing and folding all clothes in the house. Like good ole old school cleaning. Yes, today, I will be the Black Cinderella! Clean your house, clean your old habits and clean out the old to welcome the new!.

New Year’s Eve Meal

Now once again, y’all know I am a southern belle. M.I. crooked letter crooked letter I hump back hump back I, to be specific. So, of course one of the dishes to eat on New Year’s Eve will be good and country.giphy.gif

Black eyed peas are know to bring good luck into your new year! They should be partnered with green vegetables as they are supposed to reflect the welcoming of money into your new year. I don’t know about you, but I am def trying to be cashed out. Fish are lucky  for multiple reasons such as swimming forward and progressing in life!

Our whole meal tonight will be black eyed peas, cabbage, corn bread and fried catfish with my favorite Frank’s Red Hot, Hot Sauce. The sauce doesn’t resemble anything for the new year besides good flavor in ya’ ear or should I say mouth. Tasty! Now, my aunt just called and told us that lobster tails are on sale 👀 We may have to slide those on the plate, too. I mean, why not? 😏

Midnight Kiss

I believe in spending New Year’s Eve with those you love the most whether they are family and/or friends. This year, we are keeping it simple with my husband, son and parents. At the stroke of midnight, I will be sharing a kiss with my bunny aka Bay and my little hunny. Excited to bring in the new year with those I love the most!

Tomorrow, I will sit down and clearly finalize all of my goals for 2017. What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done!

What are your New Year’s Eve Traditions?

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Christmas Dinner: Sweet potatoes, mac & cheese with collard greens, these are a few of my favorite things!

What better way to celebrate the holidays than being with family, friends and of course having your favorite drink? 😏  I mean, what is a party without a pequito le turn up? Yes, that is a mixture of Spanish and French. I am trilingual. You mad or nah?

Hannnn. This year we hosted Christmas at our house with my side of the family. Traditionally, we spend Christmas Eve at my in laws baking cookies for Santa with the chil’ren, playing our favorite card games while eating the best seafood boil ever and sipping on our favorite dranky drank. We spent the night there to be awaken early in the am by the same said chil’ren who want to open up their Christmas gifts. Works out perfectly because once they are done opening gifts, we head home take a tiny nap and get prepared for the night time festivities.

Christmas day my parents and siblings come over to exchange gifts and partake in family fun! This is our second year in our home and I really wanted to get extra fancy with a formal table setting for everyone breaking bread together.

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You know, put some stank on it! I will have something for everyone – my mom doesn’t drink, my dad loves a good vodka or tequila, my husband only drinks dark liquor and my youngest brother drinks ummm whatever (when you’re young, you can do that.) Unfortunately, my oldest brother and sister in law decided to move across the world to the east coast right before having my nephew! 😞 Thus, they weren’t be able to join us this year. Thankfully with technology we were able to FaceTime them to make them feel included in the festivities.

Here is the table setting for Christmas dinner. How did you make your holidays extra special?

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Love in the details..

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Couple’s Trip to New Orleans: Baecation Recap

Baecation was exactly what we needed. Time away, just the two of us with plenty of libations to consume and food to enjoy! The city of New Orleans has this whimsical appeal to it with energy that is indescribable. Southern hospitality is an understatement there! From the time we landed, each individual we encountered, from our Uber drivers, waiters and  random people we met throughout our stay – were determined to ensure we were enjoying our time there! To say we enjoyed ourselves, is an understatement!

We stayed at the luxurious Loews hotel located on Poydras which was perfect location nestled into the downtown area but walking distance from Bourbon street. While we debated staying near Bourbon Street or downtown NOLA, we quickly decided that getting sleep without the interruption of thy turn up taking place outside was more important than being by the action. #SleepOverTurnUp

Our hotel was right across the street from a Harrah’s casino. Since it wasn’t Vegas, we automatically assumed that the casinos would be like local casinos back home near Chicago, where you pay to play and to drink. We were pleasantly surprised when playing black jack that drinks were complimentary like Vegas! Heyyyy now! My order of water quickly changed to a margarita on the rocks.

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We really wanted to see the lay of the land, learn about the history and the locals since it was our first time visiting. But, first, we had to eat! Our location was literally 2 blocks from the famous New Orleans Riverwalk with beautiful scenic views, shopping and dining options.

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Our first meal of the trip was on the river at Crazy Lobster while trying their infamous Voodoo Juice. Yes, I was scared of the name but LOVED the taste of the rum punch concoction. We loved it so much, we took one for the road to explore the rest of the city!

Yes, y’all, you can drink while walking down the street in New Orleans! Come all the way throughhhh!

Might I add, I also found a Groupon for $30 for $60 worth of food. Ballllllin! Y’all know I love a good deal!

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The first night, visited the fun shops, bars and even had dinner on Bourbon street ago Oceanas. Friends of ours recommended their surf and turf in which my husband ordered while I tried the “Taste of New Orleans” that provided NOLA’s infamous dishes. fullsizerenderSidebar: Naturalistas, if you’re thinking of wearing your natural hair straightened in NOLA, don’t LOL Here is a before and after humidity shot of my hair. When in doubt, bun it out. I didn’t bring any product for a bun thus had to go for the easy bun look.  Shout out to the local beauty supply store for having my favorite edge control available to create a slick bun later on in the trip!

With a high of 75 on day 2, we were excited to try an outdoor activity! We found a Groupon for Cajun Critters in Westwego which was about a 10 minute Uber ride from our hotel and  free ride at that since my husband had never used Uber. We used code fhdeszs2ue for $10 0ff our first ride! Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge as being an alligator hunter with over 20 years of experience. It was refreshing being one with nature and seeing the alligators up close and personal.

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Of course we had to try the beignets, french doughnuts, from Cafe Du Monde – The Original French Market Coffee Stand Since 1862. They were literally everything they were hyped up to be! We loved them so much that we went again on our last day. 👀 Sweet, hot and delicious! They are squared donuts served warmed. Pair it with their signature coffee au lait!

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My favorite restaurant from the trip, hands down was Drago’s. They are said to be the originator of the charbroiled oysters that did NOT disappoint. When ordering, we weren’t quite sure if we would absolutely love the oysters and thus opted for ordering a half a dozen versus a full dozen. Our waitress advised that everyone loves the dish and assured we would want to double up; she was right! I cold have eaten them as my entree and been entirely satisfied. You know it’s good when you start trying to figure out how you can make it at home! Since we had the dozen when it was all said and done, we decided to split the Mixed Grill Seafood Platter – which we loved just as much! Not to mention, the drinks were great with a strong delightful kick.

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Get the look! Pants: Light Pink Jeggings, tops: Bodysuit – comes in various colors! & Body suit – comes in various colors!, shoes: Suede Nude Booties

I live for a great brunch. So, it was legit critical for me to find a great breakfast spot.Thankfully our Uber driver recommended Ruby Slipper Cafe. I am a sucker for a deal and reviews and thus always research ahead of time. After pursuing the menu, I was pleasantly surprised with the selection and to find a coupon for a free side by simply signing up for their rewards program. Easy button! Signed up in last than 2 minutes and got our beef hash side for the free!

My husband always jokes about how decisive I am when it comes to ordering, I will stare at the menu, ask for the waiters recommendation and still ponder between my top 2 items! I was considering between two different egg benedicts, but with their “The Peacemaker” option, I was able to get one of both! Hubby ordered the banana foster french toast.

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Let’s also pay homage to this super sized mimosa! Come throughhhh!

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The New Orleans Riverwalk had a plethora of shopping and our favorite was a boutique winery shop with wine tasting and bottles for purchase. For the free 99, you were able to sample the frozen wine selection. For $12, we received a souvenir wine glass and were able to sample 5 generous pours of wines from local vendors in New Orleans to international wines from Italy. In addition, they had frozen wines in different flavors such as Peach Passion Pinot Noir, Zinfandel Mango Nola Hurricane Cabernet to name a few. Not to mention, the service was impeccable with a great hostess and ambiance as the NOLA music played in the background.

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If you haven’t noticed by now, we ate [and drank🍹] pretty much everything on this trip! #RealLifeGoals Dinner this particular night was at Royal House. Our server had been with the company for 8 years, knew the menu like the back of her hand and recommended the best dishes for us to enjoy. She was lively, energetic and recommendations of the crab stuffed mushrooms, fried oyster alfredo pasta and butter pasta dish with Clams, Mussels and Scallops were on point!

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Scenic shots of NOLA streets.

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Sums up the trip!

Married life is lit!

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Get the look! Jewelry:  Branded Royalty Choker, jumpsuit – H&M, shoes –  Suede Nude Booties

We will definitely be back to visit NOLA and recommend it for a Baecation or group trip with the plethora of le turn up options! Have you ever visited? If so, comment your favorite things to do in NOLA!

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Baecation to New Orleans!🍹

Y’all, I.Am. On. Count.Down! Like rets ta go! This week, the hubby and I are taking a #Baecation to New Orleans! Can we talk about how happy I am?

Things that make me happy:

  1. Spending time with Bay
  2. Food (Close tie for #1!)
  3. New experiences
  4. Reasons to dress up (#ProfessionalDresserUpper)

Let’s also talk about how all of these things will be achieved on this trip:

✔️Quality time with Bay

✔️Indulging in delectable dishes

✔️Exploring a new city while

✔️Engaging in new experiences!

✔️Slaying 💁🏽

I absolutely love to travel! Maybe it’s my background? 🤔  My dad was in the Navy which led to us living all across the United States from as far as Mississippi, to Virginia and even overseas in Italy. I am no stranger to a long car ride or hopping on a plane.

Not to mention, while growing up, my parents were the king and queen of road trips! We would frequently visit my family down south traveling from our home in Chicago to Mississippi, Tennessee, St. Louis or Atlanta to name a few.  When it came to preparing for a road trip, my mom DID. NOT.PLAY. Point blank period. Talking about suited and booted? Babbbby! She would have capri suns, choice of ham, turkey or salami sandwiches accompanied by fried chicken in aluminum foil and snacks for our trip. We would want for nothing. She would even have the wet ones to wipe your hands, pillows to sleep on and blankets just for us to be knocked out under.  Until this day, she is known for this. We just visited family in St. Louis this fall and my cousin who rode with us specifically was looking forward to the snacks and accommodations that come with traveling with my mom. Rest assure, my cousin wasn’t disappointed! Now, y’all already know I get sidetracked. I digress.

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Nonetheless, I am beyond excited to take this Baecation to Nawlins (New Orleans!) As much as I have traveled down south, I have never been there! Neither one of us have been. I heard the turn up there is mad real but let’s be clear, I am really excited about the food. From creole dishes with my favorite seafood entrees to trying the world famous beignets, I am ready to see what’s the hype is about! Where are you favorite places to go or things to do in New Orleans? Comment below! Look out for my recap when I get back!

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TURN DOWN FOR WHAT? Your reputation! 5 Things NOT to do at your Company’s Holiday Party

TURN DOWN FOR WHAT? Your reputation
5 Things NOT to do at your Company Holiday Party

 

Company parties can be a great chance to get to know your coworkers outside of work, seeing everyone dressed to the nine and really just to have a fun night! However, keep these things in mind or you may be the talk of the night but not for positive reasons…

#5 NO EXTRA SHORT OR TIGHT CLOTHES: Yes, it’s a holiday party where you want to show up and show out but be smart, like come on, you know better. In high school, we had set rules for proper attire. If you put your hands to your side and your clothes were shorter than that, then it was too short! Apply that same rule to the company party and you will be good in the hood. This is not the club this is a company party. Sure, be the Beyoncé of your company. Slay! But, be Beyoncé in Halo not Beyoncé in Drunk in Love! Just. Don’t. Do. It

#4 NO TWERKING: As soon as you feel your back begin to arch and hands drop to the top of your thighs, STOP. You have gone too far. Straighten your back, get you a glass of water and sat it on down, not sit, sat. Period. Just. Don’t. Do. It.

#3 NO SHOTS: The purpose of a shot is to enhance the progression of your level of inebriation (aka get tipsy quicker.) WHY would you need to do this at a holiday party, with coworkers, your manager and the CEO of your entire company there? Why? I’ll wait… Just. Don’t. Do. It.

#2 NO GETTING DRUNK. #3 leads us into this. I mean that’s pretty simple and straight to the point. What else do I really need to add to that? Have a drink or two, socialize but keep it cute and classy – not wasted and nasty. If you get drunk, you played yourself. Just. Don’t. Do. It.congratulations dj khaled you played yourself

#1 DON’T FORGET TO LEVERAGE THE OPPORTUNITY: Whether you are a looking to climb the corporate ladder or leveraging you current role to fund your entrepreneurial ventures, keep in mind that you are in a room full of connections. You never know who is watching you, you are still in a professional setting! The manager for a future role you’re interested in pursuing may remember you from pop lock and dropping it on the dance floor. Or the room could be filled with future clients or potential customers for your own business venture, you just never know. Work the room, introduce yourself and let people know who you are! If you don’t take charge of your destiny, who will?  Just. Do. It.

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Outfit: Forgiving look after Thanksgiving 👀

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It is that awkward time of year where you want to start thinking about getting snatched to the GAWDS in preparation for the whole “New Year me” mantra. 🙄 At the same breath (or bite), you also want to eat everything in sight from holiday leftovers, drink hot chocolate by the fireplace while watching your favorite holiday movies or eat all the random treats your coworkers bring into work (only the store bought ones because some people will play with their dogs before they hand roll those cookies for the department potluck. Oh, you wanted to know the special ingredient in her recipe? It’s dog hair. I am a dog lover and have 2 myself BUT I love food sanitation, too.) I digress.

If you’re like me, you have this inner battle of eating healthy, working out and living your life it’s golden. At the same token, sometimes you really just want to embrace those carbs and chocolate because life is too short to worry about what you’re eating. The gag is, life will actually be much shorter if we don’t pay attention to what we are eating.

In the meantime, I am wearing outfits that are forgiving after Thanksgiving. We all know about trying to hide that roll trying form from those Thanksgiving yeast rolls. 👀 But, I’m still cruteee though 💁🏽. I love to put some stank on this outfit by adding knee high boots or remove some, not all, of thy stank by wearing cute flat boots and leggings. Cozy yet flattering. #ToBeRuby

Get the look!

Choker: Branded Royalty Comes in gold, too!

Outfit: Grey Sweater Dress

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Who is Ruby?

Welcome to my blog!

Ruby is an entrepreneur 📖, fashionista 👠, wife 💍 and mother 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 embarking on this thing called life. Peruse my page to find details on what to wear to your next event, creative dinners for the week, balancing family or fun date night ideas. Subscribe to my page to be in the know when new posts are made available! 👑 👄

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Friend, is that you playaaa, coming across the himalayas?!  (Trivia: Name that show! If you can’t, I am saddened, deeply saddened.😫) Andddd, if you don’t know, now you already know – I loveee to make people laugh.

 Anywho, hello there! If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in knowing what it’s like to be Ruby? As a wife, mother, entrepreneur and fashionista, my life is full of exciting events, milestones and successes that I want to share with you!

I will share how I balance it all and laugh together at mistakes when I don’t.👀😂 Now, not everything will be all rainbows and unicorns. However, there’s nothing a bottle of wine can’t solve. 🍷😏

Here, you will learn what to wear on a hot date night, favorite dinner recipes and how to build your business while keeping yourself first!
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Welcome to my blog: To Be Ruby!

Friend, is that you playaaa, coming across the himalayas?!

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(Trivia: Name that show! If you can’t, I am saddened, deeply saddened.😫) Andddd, if you don’t know, now you already know – I loveee to make people laugh.
Anywho, hello there! If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in knowing what it’s like to be Ruby? As a wife, mother, entrepreneur and fashionista, my life is full of exciting events, milestones and successes that I want to share with you!
I will share how I balance it all and laugh together at mistakes when I don’t.👀😂 Not everything is all rainbows and unicorns but nothing a bottle of wine can’t solve. 🍷
Here, you will learn what to wear on a hot date night, favorite dinner recipes and how to build your business while keeping yourself first!
Subscribe to my newsletter to be apart of this journey full of fashion, food, family and fun! Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @ToBeRuby!