Usher Talks Girlfriend, Justin Bieber & Delayed Album

26 Oct

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UNCF's 35th Annual An Evening With The Stars - ShowUsher‘s finally opening up about how his relationship with Grace Miguel has changed his life for the better.

The crooner has been pretty veiled about his involvement with Grace, especially since they started seeing each other during his separation from Tameka Raymond. That changed during his recent chat with Billboard, when he gave Grace lots of praise for ugrading not just his career but his life in general.

“I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career,” Usher gushed. “She’s someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.”

Usher revealed that Grace has encouraged him to take some more time to really get out…

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The World Natural Hair Show Weekend

3 May

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As a new naturalista, I have been attending the World Natural Hair, Health, and Beauty Show (WNHS) since 2011. As a matter of fact, that was my FIRST natural hair event. Needless to say, I was OVERWHELMED by all of the vendors, attendees, entertainers, etc. Since then, I have learned to navigate that weekend.
On Friday, I went to Celebrity Stylist April B for a coiled updo. She replicated one of her hairstyles that was featured in Ebony Magazine. In true April style, she customized the style for me by adding color and more. She is truly a #naturalhairslayer.
On Saturday, I was anxious like the 1st day of school. The WNHS is like a family reunion for naturalistas. My first stop was at SheaMoisture’s booth for their new cosmetics line. I received a mini makeover and bought their new lip crayon for my sister and me. They sold out…

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WE’VE MOVED!!! WE ARE NOW AT WWW.NATURALBABYDOL.COM

21 Jan

Good Morning Everyone!!!

We wanted to let you know that we have moved from http://naturalbaby.wordpress.com to our new site HTTP://WWW.NATURALBABYDOL.COM

PLEASE BE SURE TO COME OVER AND JOIN US THERE!

THANK YOU!

~NATURALBABYDOL

 

Press Release: Fantasy Abounds When Knights & Dragons Unite

15 Jan

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FANTASY ABOUNDS WHEN KNIGHTS & DRAGONS UNITE

Medieval Times and Dragon Con partner for a theme night of fantasy, cosplay, and competition.

ATLANTA (January 15, 2014)—In a realm where fantasy abounds, two imaginary worlds collide with Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament’s inaugural Dragon Con Night, a partnership with Atlanta’s famed pop culture convention.

On Friday, January 31 for the 8:00pm show, Medieval Times entices guests to find their inner geek in pursuit of making memories and bringing imagination to life. Doors to the Castle officially open at 6:45pm, and the program begins with a costume contest featuring a $1,000 grand prize for the winning adult’s costume (ages 13+) and a deluxe Medieval Times gift basket for the winning child’s costume (ages 12 & under). All costumes are welcome, and there is no need for costumes to be medieval in nature. All contestants must arrive by 6:45pm in order to be eligible for entry. Celebrity judges include Roy Wooley, two-time Face Off runner-up and Netherworld makeup artist, and Medieval Times’ Head Knight and cosplay genius, Jason Jones.

In hopes of welcoming fans of fiction, Medieval Times offers substantial savings for this special show with All Seats $28 using code 28DCON.  Upgrade packages are additional, but guests in costume will receive a free upgrade to VIP Royalty, while supplies last. Please arrive early, as VIP Royalty is in limited supply.

Don your finest costume, step into a world of fantasy, and join Medieval Times and Dragon Con for an experience where heroes are born and legends take breath. For reservations, please visit the gift shop at Sugarloaf Mills, call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878), or visit bit.ly/dconknight.

About Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Medieval Times Entertainment launched in Majorca, Spain, in 1973 and opened its first North American Castle in Kissimmee, Fla., in 1983. Now regarded as North America’s longest running and most popular dinner attraction, more than 50 million guests have experienced Medieval Times at Castles in Buena Park, Calif., Schaumburg, Ill., Hanover, Md., Lyndhurst, N.J., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, FL and Toronto, Ont., Canada. In 2007, the company moved its North American headquarters to Irving, Texas, close to the company’s Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas. Medieval Times is online at http://www.medievaltimes.com and reachable at 1-888-WE-JOUST (888-935-6878).

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, pop culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe! Dragon Con is a 4-day event comprising approximately 3500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations, and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks that include writing, alternate history, anime, gaming, costuming, space, science, independent film, podcasting, Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files, and many more. Now in its 28th year, Dragon Con will be held Labor Day weekend, August 29 – September 1, 2014 at The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, The Atlanta Marriott Marquis, The Hilton Atlanta, The Atlanta Sheraton, The Westin Peachtree Plaza and The America’s Mart. Visit www.DragonCon.org for more details.

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Live up to your Resolutions & Vision Board Aspirations in 2014

15 Jan

On yesterday January 14, 2013 I decided to leave the office for lunch instead of sitting in my cubicle pretending that I am having lunch when in reality I am still working. I was in the mood for Shrimp and Grits so I decided to come to Broad Way Diner located in Fayetteville, GA. It’s a great spot for me to escape the day’s hustle and bustle of the corporate world. I celebrated my 38th Birthday on this past Saturday and a few of my aspirations are to expand my business, continue on my blogging journey, travel to at least five new places in the world, take my kids to at least three states that they have never visited and enlarge my territory. I was sitting in my cubicle today and I realized that may of the people that I work with will never live their true dreams, never reach for anything other than what they can see in front of them, never truly experience life because of fear or aspire for better. Why? I have learned in my experience that just as the saying goes “A closed mouth will never get feed”. I encounter countless individuals daily that have million dollar ideas but penny ambition to work hard to see their dreams come to fruition. I thank God daily for creating me a “fearless woman”. Its 2014 and I’m sure New Year resolutions have been made and vision boards created but my question to you is what have you done up to today that has put you one step closer to your dreams/goals? You’re vision board is compiled of many things that you hope to accomplish in 2014 but what have you done to drive the process. You have to put in the work. Have you put in the work? One must not sit around and expect for a successful business, new car or home, new position at work or that much deserved raise to fall in your lap. Life just doesn’t work that way. YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE WORK!

Here are Naturalbabydol’s Tips to pursuing your 2014 Goals:

1.            Create your vision board or purchase a journal and make it your vision or dream journal. (I do both so that I have a board at home and a journal that I can have readily in my purse)

2.            Once your aspirations, goals and dreams are written then re-write them individually on post its. (I prefer the long ones so I can write more)

3.            Take the post it notes and stick them in the places you are the most in your house (Bedroom mirror or window, refrigerator, cupboards, doors, laundry room. OK you get the idea! I also stick them in my cubicle at work)

4.            Break down your goals in dreams. Prioritize them so that you can get a better understanding of which ones are easier to meet than the others.

5.            Conduct research. Find a mentor. Arm yourself with like-minded individuals.

6.            NOW THE FUN BEGINS. YOU HAVE TO PUT IN THE WORK!

One aspiration that I wrote in my vision board was to be able to serve on a blogging team for 2014. Although I am fairly new to the blogging world in my mind there are no limitations. I may not be ranked among the top sought after bloggers but who says that I can’t accomplish what I desire to in the blogging world. I wrote the vision and made a plan, and then I started to contact various conferences. Why? Because I will never be afforded the opportunity if I don’t sell myself and distinguish what sets me apart from others. I have the opportunity to tell to the world who I am, what I can bring to the table and how I can build a brand. Because of my aggressiveness I have been selected to work on two blogging teams so far. How’s that for putting in the work? This was just one of many goals written in my vision book and one more entry that I can mark off as complete. I challenge everyone to write the vision, make a plan and PUT IN THE WORK!

~Naturalbabydol

Chick-Fil-A Truett’s Luau

1 Jan

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Imagine how excited the kids and I were to see that we had a brand new restaurant that had just opened in our area this month. We have passed by it several times and I promised the boys that we would go there to eat over their Christmas break and what better day to go than New Year’s Eve. The restaurant is located in Fayetteville, GA off of Lanier Ave/Hwy 54. I was told by the hostess that its the first of its kind among many more different ones to come. I have always been a fan of Chick-fil-A and their awesome service. I can’t ever remember a time when I have ever had bad service at one of their restaurants and that’s one of the primary reasons why we dine there at least twice a month.

The moment that we entered the restaurant we were greeted and immediately seated. The restaurant was decorated with Hawaii décor and the servers were dressed in Hawaiian theme uniforms…too cute! Here’s a look at what they have to offer on their menu:

Appetizers:

  • Calamari
  • Roasted Shrimp
  • King Hawaiian Rolls

Soups & Salads:

  • Asian Salad
  • Cobb Salad
  • Island Chicken Salad & Greens
  • Chicken Noodle, Vegetable & Creamy Potato

Sandwiches

  • Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
  • Luau Fish Sandwich
  • Aloha Fish Sandwich
  • Truett’s Luau Burger
  • Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Island Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Chick-fil-A Nuggets
  • Chick-fil-A Grilled Nugget

Entrees

  • Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Maui Shrimp
  • Traditional Hawaiian Plate

Breakfast

  • Loco Moco
  • Chick-fil-A Breakfast
  • Chick-n-Mini Breakfast
  • Banana Macadamia Nut Pancake
  • Aloha Breakfast

Desserts

  • Handspun Milkshakes
  • Pineapple Macadamia Nut Milkshake
  • Hawaiian Shaved Ice
  • Frosted Pineapple
  • Kouko Cake

Of course the kids decided on chicken nugget kids meals and Hawaiian Shaved Ice for dessert. I decided to have the Maui Shrimp which was served with jasmine rice and stir-fry vegetables. I did not want the vegetables so I decided to get waffle fries instead. The atmosphere at the restaurant was simply amazing and it is indeed a great place to visit. The highlights of the restaurant include the fact that their is a waterfall outside that you can enjoy while eating which will be greatly appreciated in the warmer months and lets not forget that you can also host luau parties here in the warmer months. How cool is that? I can’t wait until the spring. Stay tuned for future post as they have upcoming events in 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

~Naturalbabydol

TOYS“R”US® Tabeo™ e2

28 Dec

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Operating system: Android Jelly Bean 4.2

  • 8″ Screen
  • Dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and a quad-core GPU offer quick and easy browsing, viewing and gaming
  • Customizable parental controls let you limit the content your child views and the amount of time he or she spends using certain apps
  • Preloaded with 30 apps, including learning apps like Operation Math, games such as Bejeweled 2 and Fruit Ninja, and more
  • tabeo App Store offers access to thousands of free apps, with 25 preselected apps suggested to help children with special needs learn and develop specific skills
  • Removable hard case with rubberized siding shields the tablet when dropped from a low height or when bumped into other objects
  • Dual-facing camera, microphone, built-in speakers and G-sensor
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • Plays video files with .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov and .flv extensions
  • MP3, WAV, APE, OGG and FLAC audio playback
  • 8 GB of internal storage; expandable up to 64 GB with a microSD card (sold separately)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Bluetooth and WiFi enabled

Sold Only at Toys R Us

Retails for $129.99

I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas. I felt the need to write this post on Toys R Us’s new android Tabeo e2 Tablet which was supposed to be the next generation of awesome tablets for kids. After conducting weeks of research and reading countless reviews I decided to purchase a set for my two younger sons ages 10 and 7. My primary reason for the purchase was to one provide them with educational tablets that in others opinions had been compared to an iPad except this was a less expensive version and more kid friendly. I currently own both an iPad2 and a mini iPad and my kids are on them non-stop conducting research for school, watching kid movies or playing games. I figured this purchase would be a great investment.  First of all these little boogers are not easy to find. I searched for over a month trying to locate these devices. I had to travel to multiple counties here in Atlanta to finally get my hands on two of them. Ok lets fast forward to Christmas Eve night. I was  already up super late playing Santa Claus and imagine how disappointed I was when I plugged the devices in to charge and two hours later attempted to complete the parental information on the tablet. The tablets will not work if you do not complete the parental information and the issue that I was having is that the tablet would not load. UGH!!! Not to mention that I purchased two and neither one of them worked correctly. I gave the tablets try after try to no avail did neither one of them work. Needless to say that I was livid! So the kids never knew that they had them and I returned then to Toys R Us on the day after Christmas only to find out from the nice lady at customer service that they have been getting returns on the Tabeo E2 all day. All I could do was say Wow! This tablet gets zero stars from this Mommy!

~Naturalbabydol

Powerocks Review Week One

24 Dec

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Blogger 101: Always have a charger on hand in the event that your iPhone, iPad or Android phones battery completely dies.

I was excited to find out that I was chosen to receive the Powerocks Magicstick to demo and provide an honest review on the product.  I allowed my Magicstick to completely charge over night so that I would be able to effectively give my honest review on how it stands up against previous brands that I have used in the past. Honestly for me I am on Social Media from the time I wake up in the morning until the time that I go to sleep at night so one can only imagine how many times my battery dies on all of my devices in a day. On yesterday I decided to put the Magicstick to the test. I discovered that both my iPhone 4S and iPhone5 batteries were dying so I plugged my iPhone4S which had a 40% charge @ 11:46am  into the Magicstick for its first charging session and here where the results:

I can say from my experience that the charging process was quick and needless to say that I was happy so I decided to charge my iPhone5 as well. The iPhone5 was already at 69% when I began to charge it and here are its results:

  • @12:43pm the charge was @69%
  • @1:08pm the charge was @90%
  • @1:21pm the charge was @97%
  • @1:31pm the charge was @100%

Hey in my book that’s lightning fast charging especially for a Social Media Manager and Blogger. I am constantly on the go and using all of my devices to post up to the minute moments on social media. I was also able to charge both devices a second time later on in the day so hey…so far so good! Stay tuned for more news on my Powerocks Magicstick.

My Powerocks is here!!

23 Dec

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I’m super excited because my Powerocks portable charger arrived on yesterday and I can not wait to give it a try. I have tried several in the past that only lasted a week so I’m curious to see how the powerocks will compare to the others that I have used. I travel international often and the need for me to have a dependable charger is a must have for my career. The powerocks can be used for all devices including but not limited to phones, cameras, portable game systems, GPS devices, mp3 players and more!

The powerocks device is made using the highest quality materials and the best lithium-ion battery available. Its is conveniently small and suppose to be very powerful! I liked the fact that when I opened the package I noticed that there is a bag to store your charger in which is major plus for me because it prevents it getting damaged in my purse. I also noticed the bright red light when I plugged it in to charge which lets me know what percentage of charge I have which is another plus. Basically a red light means 0-30%, a green light means 30-70% and blue means 70-100% HOW COOL IS THAT? We’ll lets give it a try! I have it charging and tomorrow I will give it a go!

**You can receive a 20% Discount by using code: Powerblog20**

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Oh No! I dropped my iPhone! A Social Media Mgr & Bloggers Nightmare

23 Dec

Oh My! Where do I start? On last week I was dropping my SUV off to the mechanic for him to correct a mistake that he made so of course you already know that I was steaming hot when I got to the shop. In the process of explaining to the mechanic what was wrong with my SUV he proceeds to grab the keys out of my hands and my baby (iPhone4S) goes flying and the concrete caught her fall. Lord she was cracked at the very top. Why you ask? Because the plastic film that is supposed to keep her safe started to peel back hence you will see the extent of the damage in the below picture. Needless to say I cried. Yep! I cried!

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As I was heading back to the office I remembered that I met Terrance known to us bloggers as BrothaTech at Blogalicious5! I sent him a message on Facebook because you already know that at that moment I wasn’t thinking about searching for his business card. I was hysterical! BrothaTech responded immediately and asked me to answer four questions and requested a picture of my iPhone. I was so excited that he was able to make me an appointment immediately to repair my baby (iPhone4S). When I tell you that he provides top-notch service please believe me. My iPhone was repaired in less than an hour and I was excited to get back to blogging and posting pictures. LOL. Here’s a picture of my baby after repairs.

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I also have an iPad2 that he will be repairing after the New Year! Please make sure that you check him out for assistance with your technical devices and yes he repairs all brands. Here is his info:

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THANK YOU BROTHATECH!!!!

~Naturalbabydol

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