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CVS Game

I'm back in the game ya'll!  Back in the day when Dave and I were newlyweds and had just bought our first house, I started playing the CVS coupon game.  I was able to stock up so much that I remember coming back a year later after moving back to New Mexico and Dave still had not had to buy toilet paper!
I haven't played in a very long time because coupling takes time. Recently, I came across this great Youtube channel and it seriously inspired me to jump back in. Right now I'm only dealing with CVS, I haven't bothered to begin planning for other shopping trips.
Jumping back in hasn't been with out flaws. Last week I watched Toni's video spent Friday night printing and clipping coupons, made my list, thought I had a plan, and then woke up Saturday morning ready to go. Something didn't work just right because I ended up spending about $120 out of pocket. I did save like $50 and the good news is I earned $15 in Extra Care Bucks (ECB). So this week I was r…

Queen Sugar Ep. 7 Recap - So this is what it looks like

Note: I am not going in the business of writing recaps. This episode requires some processing for me, so I'm writing to do just that.



If you haven't been watching the masterpiece that is Queen Sugar by Ava Duverney on OWN, you should start now. Whatever you are doing, leave work, take a break, sit down and watch.

Last week's episode opened with Charley laying in the chair and ottoman, motionless, emotionless, just laying there after learning the truth about her husband. I can't even describe the emotions I felt during this scene because I knew it. I've been there before. I was texting one of my girlfriends and she said "so this is what it looks like". That one image, with Charley laying there, barely moving, barely breathing, is familiar.  What Ava captured in art fully imitated life.

Then there was Ralph Angel. Gosh if I don't know that man. The man with so much bottled up inside. The man that finds his worth in his work yet nothing is really working…

Colin Kaepernick is bae

I really don't need to say anymore.  
I've been saying people with a platform need to take a stand. I didn't want any Black athletes to travel to Rio for the olympics to represent the USA. I realize that is a big thing to ask. That is the dichotomy of being Black in America.  Black athletes representing a country and winning gold medals in the name of a country who doesn't fully see us. 
So Kaepernick gets all my love for taking a stand by taking his seat.  Personal protests have always been the catalyst for greater awareness and action. 
Let me tell you a quick story. This summer at our Scentsy convention, Orville gave a moving and authentic speech that touched on the current times. I could see how he genuinely felt about what he was saying. There was a moment where this quote by a Scentsy consultant's husband was placed on the screen. I realized when he said "he's Black", everyone remained seated, but when he said "and he's a cop" eve…

My son is now a big brother

My ex-husband welcomed another child to the world last weekend. My son is now a big brother. It's something I've known was coming since Christmas. It's something people don't talk about. 
I don't know why. I don't want to live a life unaffected. Journeying through as if major life events don't take my breath away, knock me to my knees, whimpering in bed at night. Life affects me.
I remember when David told me he was having another baby. It felt like a life sentence.  I remember abandoning prayers that although separated, our family unit would remain intact. I remember staying silent because it wasn't my story to tell. I remember wearing the narrative like a heavy coat.  
I cried. I was mad. Sad. Confused. Angry.  Affected. Why don't people talk about this? 
Then one day I woke up at peace. I'm never afraid to do my work. To find the place where love abides.  I recognize that we are always, in all ways, healing. Yet this was something I didn't wan…

Lunn Family vacay - 2016

Summer summer summertime! I realized coming to write this post that I hadn't written about our trip to Vegas at the beginning of the summer, so that will be to come.
What do you get when 13 people meet in Orlando to take the kiddos to Disney and Universal? Fun. 
At Christmas, my sister-in-love and I talked about spending Christmas 2016 at Disneyworld. Then, shortly after it was announced that my nephew's AAU tournament would be hosted in Orlando this summer. So we set our sights to all go down.

We rented a house from Home Away. It was located in a resort community. Well the initial house we rented had a bug infestation, but they made it right before we made it to town and moved us to another house, but once we got into town that house had no ac so they moved is to another. Two days in we discovered the hot water went out so they again moved us to another house but allowed us to keep the house we had, so I'm not sure I would recommend this particular company although they did …

#dontrape

By now you have probably heard that a student athlete from Stanford University was convicted on three counts of sexual assault for raping a  young woman, who was unconscious, behind a dumpster. The judge sentenced him to 6 months in jail stating "a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.” The news of this story spread quickly and outrage has been heard loud and clear, including a petition for the judge to be recalled.

We should remain outraged at what happened at Stanford but we must also recognize that this story made national news and is being shared because we are more outraged about things that happen in elite spaces. These atrocities are   happening on a daily basis in our communities. Victims who know their perpetrators are not believed because surely they did something to make them believe they had given consent. Most cases of sexual assault are void of DNA evidence and aren't even forwarded for prosec…

Sunday Dinner

Many of you know my grandma is the cook of all cooks.  It's often so very hard to please her at some of the finest restaurants because she knows she could make it better.  In an attempt to have her spend a few more days in Albuquerque with us, my sister and I offered to cook for Sunday dinner.
My sister laid out a pretty extensive menu: roast and beans, grilled hot links, corn on the cob, cornbread, cake, fresh fruit and more.  I decided to make mac n cheese and lemon garlic butter roasted chicken.  I'm so happy to be able to say dinner was great and Granny approved.

The story behind the Mac-n-Cheese
When I first got married, I once had a really yummy mac-n-cheese recipe that I found online. It was so good.  Over 5 years later, I couldn't remember where I got that recipe so I started searching for a new one.  I first found Monique over at A Diva Can Cook's recipe.  Monique is amazing and I reference her blog alot.  I wasn't completely happy the first time around …

Microagressions abound

I was once invited to a house party at a friend's house and in the course of her introducing me to the other ladies in attendance she said "Niecy comes from a working class family like me....".  I remember being caught so off guard and smiling oddly. Not only was she completely wrong in her assumption about my family's background, I wondered if she had introduced the other ladies making an assumption about their class in their biography?  What point was being made by talking about my family's background, even if not completely mistaken in doing so?

That was over 5 years ago and while no one at that party probably even caught on to it, it has stuck to me ever since. I remember exactly what I was wearing, where I was sitting, aware of all my senses in that moment.  That's what microagressions are. They fly by the person handing them out while clinging to the person being transgressed on like a little sucky leech trying to remind you "this is what society …

My garden

I have been looking forward to the spring time so I can get outside and start planting my garden and decorating the patio. I love taking it outside when it is warm.  I've been daydreaming of Casa Azul, dreaming up some serious inspo.


Every time I get serious about starting, it gets cold again. I know it's too early to start planting but these 70 degree days make it hard.

So this week I started plotting planters and decided to start on a small scale.  I bought a new plant (it's pink and green) for 50% off because they had had it in their freezers from last year for my office. It makes me happy. 

Then I bought this cute vase from Target with the idea of repotting some succulents I had. That didn't work too well. 

So one more trip to the store and we sorted some things out.



The cute stand was just a standard black plant stand that you know had to get a touch of my favorite gold spray paint. Voi la. 


There's something therapeutic about getting your hands in the dirt an…

Your presence is water - Week 3

This week started with a worship song by Anthony J. Brown and Group Therapy that set the atmosphere for my week. The song says "Your presence is water" and when you really grasp the magnitude of His presence it makes seeking Him and knowing Him through His word all that more vital. Without water, our physical bodies will literally shut down and die. Without His presence, our spiritual lives will shut down and die.  I entered this week with a desperation to be in His presence. 
Isaiah 43:18-19 • Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! 
John 4:14 • but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Proverbs 11:24-25 • The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The o…

His Word is my lamp - Week 2

This week's verses:
Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. • Matthew 6:18
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. • 2 Chronicles 7:14
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. • 3 John 4
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting. • James 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. • Phillipians 1:6
He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. • 1 Peter 3:11-12
I will remember my covenant between me and you. • Genesis 9:15
They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to pray. • Acts 2:42
Be strong in the grace that is Christ Jesus. • 2 Timothy 2:1

Morning Routine

I am addicted to my cell phone.  It is true and the first step is to admit it, right?
From sun up to sun down, the wee hours of the morning and late at night, I'm attached to checking something on my phone.
Perhaps it's the 22 voicemails or the 58,000 emails sitting in four email accounts.  Maybe it's the 99 unplayed podcasts or the constant stream of Facebook alerts and unread messages.  Maybe just the constant flow of information. I don't know, but I'm addicted.
Since September when we moved to the new house I've been trying to be extremely intentional about creating a sanctuary space in my home.  I've shaped my space where I don't have a tv in my room, I don't allow any work to be done in there, and I try to avoid bringing things in there that add chatter and noise to the space.  It is truly my place to relax, recharge, and retire.
Except for my phone.
In my efforts to be intentional, I've been trying to not sleep with my phone on my bed.  I…

I'll be home for Christmas

This was our first Christmas in our new home. Here's a few snapshots of our decor.





Now to get busy taking it all down.

Filling my thoughts with His thoughts - Week 1

This week's verses:
Jeremiah 31:3-4 • I will always love you; that's why I've been so patient and kind to draw you to my heart. You are precious to Me and I will build you up again.
Proverbs 3:5 • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. 
Proverbs 16:3 • Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
Jeremiah 29:11 • For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and future. 
Psalms 34:7 • For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.