Category: Life

Our Baby Shower! 11/11/17

As of today, I’m 37 weeks pregnant! Can’t believe I only have 3 weeks left until my due date… and really, at this point Aria could come anytime.

Thanks to our family and friends who came out to our baby shower in back in November, we’re prepared with everything we need. Now we wait. ⏰⏳

In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos my Aunt took of the baby shower. My mom and boyfriend’s mom put it all together and it turned out BEAUTIFUL!

Cupcakes by my best friend Kat Buj. If you live in North Carolina and need any homemade baked goods, hit her up on her Facebook page: Buj Bakes

We had delicious food, a Mom-osa bar, played games… it was a fun day and we appreciated all the love for baby Aria. 💖

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Family and FOOD!! Autumn Leaves Festival 2017

On Friday I got to go to the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mt. Airy, NC. I look forward to the Autumn Leaves Festival every year, because basically all the festival is is good ole southern food and shopping— my two favorite things!


My family and I have been going to the festival every since I can remember. My grandparents grew up in Mt. Airy and we still have some family there.


I was extra excited this year, because as y’all know I’m pregnant. Pregnancy has given me the ability to eat more than a grown man twice my size, so I was ready to indulge in allllllll the food that I’m usually too full for.

When we get to the festival, we always stop for a ground steak sandwich first, then make our way through all the other food stands as we shop. This photo is actually the second ground steak sandwich I ate as we were leaving. I was too hungry to take a picture of the first one. 😂

And last but not least, the collard greens, fatback, and cornbread sandwich…


I had a dream about this sandwich a few nights before we went to the festival, so I was so happy when I finally got my hands on it lol.


In between all the eating and shopping, my little cousin, Xalia, got fairy hair done. If you look closely you can see the little rainbow streaks in her hair. It was so cute!

Autumn Leaves Festival 2017 was a success!! Even though I had heartburn for 12+ hours afterwards, I have no regrets. 😂

Hope y’all had a good weekend as well!

Want To REALLY Get To Know Yourself? Live Alone

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Living alone is so liberating. Your home, your rules, your decor, your food… you get the point. If you wanna clean the house naked, blasting music you can. Or if you don’t wanna clean you don’t have to.

I lived by myself for a little over 6 years and I learned A LOT during that time. Not just typical things like how to cook or how plastic grocery bags are perfectly good trash bags. I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted out of life.

When you spend so much time by yourself, you have no choice but to get to know yourself. You spend your free time doing exactly what you want to do when you want to do it. You find many more hobbies and interests that you didn’t know you had. And most importantly, you get comfortable doing all those things by yourself.

I truly feel that once you’re comfortable being by yourself and doing everything by yourself, for yourself, you’re so much more comfortable and confident in any situation, whether it be your career or relationships.

My boyfriend and I have been living together for almost a year now and I absolutely love having him to come home to and spend time with. Our “cohabiting” relationship has been successful so far and I attribute it to the fact that he and I both lived alone before we moved in together. Not saying anything negative would happen to our relationship, but we both know if it did, and we had to be back on our own, we would be fine. I know I can easily take care of myself and he can do the same… and that’s what makes our relationship that much better. We WANT to be together, but we don’t need to. I think that is especially important as a woman.

So want to find out who you REALLY are? Just live alone for a while. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you find out.

I’m Back And I’m Better! (Announcement + Update)

I know I’ve been gone for tooooo long. I was on a roll blogging regularly for about 6 months straight and then… life happened. To be honest, I still could have and should have continued blogging, so I’m not gonna make this post a whole list of excuses. Instead I’m going to come right out and share what’s been going on in my life since we last talked. Sooooo…

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I’M EXPECTING!!!

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AND IT’S A GIRL!!!

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Yes, my boyfriend and I are expecting a baby girl in January! I’m super excited to have a little diva running around.. and as you can see, my dog Lady is excited about becoming a big sister lol. I’m currently 23 weeks, so a little over 5 months pregnant. I was super sick and exhausted the entire first trimester, but I’ve been feeling fabulous during my second trimester. The baby is healthy and developing normally, so we’re happy about that.

Well, that’s where I’ve been! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming… Talk to y’all later!

I’m Lovin’ The McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes

With as busy as I am between working multiple jobs and being a student, I’m not gonna lie.. I eat fast food a lot. I stop by McDonald’s a lot because they have the best iced coffee. Although I can drown myself in McCafe iced caramel mochas, I get tired of eating nuggets or a plain ol’ chicken sandwich after a while. That’s why I was excited when I got to try the new Signature Crafted Recipes at McDonald’s.

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I got to do the tasting with my ladies at Triad Women Bloggers Network and I think all of us were impressed with how easily we were able to customize our own perfect sandwich. I started out by choosing what meat I wanted on my sandwich, what type of bun, and finally, the topping. I ended up with this:

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A maple bacon dijon buttermilk crispy chicken sandwich on an artisan roll! It was delicious. It was much more filling than a typical chicken sandwich and definitely more flavorful. The butter milk crispy chicken was topped with white cheddar, lettuce, Applewood smoked bacon, and a creamy dijon sauce. *insert heart eyes emoji*

We also got to try a new invention by McDonald’s… the frork:

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The idea is that you stick three french fries in it and use them to scoop up and eat the toppings that fall out of your sandwich. I found out that it’s also a fun way to dip your fries in ketchup.

All in all I was impressed with the sandwich I created off of the McDonald’s Signature Crafted menu. I didn’t have to put any ranch dressing on it.. and trust me, if it doesn’t need ranch it’s pretty damn good.

I plan on going back and trying some of the other combinations– the sweet BBQ bacon flavor is next on my list!

3 Style Items That Empower Me

***Guest post by Melissa Jellie from Individually Chic***

As a female, it’s important to me that when I go out, I feel confident. Many of the jobs and fields that I work in are prominently male. My style changes daily based on my mood of the day. Some days I dress in all pink and dresses, while other days I dress more street or punk. Some days it’s a combo of many style! While I’m usually confident, here are three style items that make me feel extra empowered:

 

Shoes

I have a lot of shoes. Probably too many. There are a few pairs of shoes that I own, though, that I rock no matter what the rest of my outfit is.

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My pink Dr. Martens are one of my favorite pairs of shoes that I own. I was on a waitlist for about 2 years just to get the perfect pair of pastel pink boots – which sold out so quickly. These boots are bigger than some of the other boots that I own and I just feel cool when I’m out wearing them. I can do anything.

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My black heels also empower me. These heels aren’t just any heel – they’ve got a beautiful loud click when you walk on a hardwood floor. There’s something about that click that makes me walk with a bit more confidence. I feel like a model or something. If you’re in a quiet store, you may feel a bit awkward, but I’ve learned not to. As long as you look confident, nobody will question it.

 

Leather Jacket

I got my first leather (pleather) jacket a long time ago. It was a beautiful moment. I was probably in high school still. It was a black leather jacket with a cool splatter effect on the inside. I rocked it with every outfit that I wore.

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Since then, my collection has grown. I now own 7 leather jackets all in different colors so that I can have one for anything I wear. When I wear a leather jacket, it automatically spices up my outfit and I’m fierce. Now pair a leather jacket and one of the shoes from above. OH BOY.

 

A Bold Lip

I actually wear a paler lip on most days – either a pastel pink or a more nude color. It’s just easier for my every day life. When I’m going out for the night or just when I feel like it, however, I throw a bolder, brighter lip color on. These are the days when I actually get the most compliments. A bright lip not only brightens my face up, but my personality because I KNOW I’m pulling it off well. I especially love wearing a bold lip with a black top or jacket to make it pop a little more.

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So combine a cool shoe, a leather jacket, and a bold lip and you will have an extra boost of confidence to guide you through the day! Even separately, these all empower me and make me feel like a strong woman, whether I’m at work or just out grocery shopping.

By Melissa Jellie from Individually Chic. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Lazy Girl Gets (Somewhat) Fit

You’re probably reading the title of this post and thinking, “Whaaaat?! Morgan’s in the gym??” 

Yes girl. I’ve actually been in the gym, working out regularly for the past 3 weeks. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you Instagram fit people out there, but that’s an all-time record for me.

When it comes to physical activity, I’m about as lazy as they come. I never had an interest in playing sports growing up. In gym class when we had to do the mile run, I walked. That was back when I could eat as many chicken tenders dipped in ranch as I wanted without gaining a pound.

I’m 25, almost 26, so obviously my metabolism isn’t what it used to be(that’s so cliche but true). I decided it was finally time to stop making excuses and actually get in shape. To be honest, I’m not overweight. Now I know there are people out there who consider anyone who isn’t stick thin overweight and that’s cool, that’s their opinion. But medical-wise I’m not overweight. I’m on the upper end of average and I’m fine with it. My decision to start working out has little to do with the way my body looks and more to do with making me feel better overall and giving me something to do when I’m bored.

Like I mentioned in my last post, my friend Sam was a big influence on me wanting to get into shape. She had her second child last June and started on a fitness journey a little over a month ago to lose the baby weight. She’s been kicking ass and inspired me to do the same. Going to the gym with her helps a lot, because she pushes me to do more than I would do on my own(I told y’all I’m lazy). Plus it’s fun– it’s like we’re hanging out at the mall or Starbucks… but we’re at the gym working out.

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We’ve been working out 3-4 days a week and I’ve been tracking my workouts(heart rate and calories burned) on my Apple Watch. For the workouts I do 20 minutes of cardio on the treadmill, then lift weights for about an hour. One day I do arms, one day legs, and one day full body(and another day full body if I’m able to work out 4 days that week). I also use the MyFitnessPal app to track the calories I intake and my macros. Although I try to consume a certain number of calories a day, I’m not really eating clean. I’ve been watching what I eat somewhat by making healthier choices, but if I’m really craving something I’m still gonna eat it whether it’s healthy or not.

If I end up losing some weight from being more active then I’ll be happy. If I feel healthier and no longer lose my breath from walking a few feet, but don’t lose any weight I’ll be happy too. I’m gonna continue to be happy with my body the way it is, no matter what size I am and no matter what anyone else’s opinion of it is. And I hope you ladies reading this are content with your bodies as well, no matter what shape or size you are. And if you’re not fully content with it, that’s okay too. If you want to make some changes, then do it girl! But don’t let anyone but yourself tell you what to do with your body.

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It’s #SelfLoveSeason Y’all

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Hey loves! It’s March and we’re on the horizon of my favorite seasons, Spring and Summer. I love the warm weather, sunny skies, and bright colors… oh, and my birthday’s in July! Spring and Summer signify happiness, in my opinion.

One of the positives, but also negatives, of this time of year is that everything starts to slllooowww dowwwnnn. The days get longer, school winds down, and for me personally, work slows down as well. This leaves a lot more free time on my hands than usual. As someone whose life pretty much revolves around work and school, it’s easy for me to get bored and start questioning who I am outside of my accomplishments.

This year I’ve decided to dedicate spring and summer to finding new hobbies and activities I enjoy, and getting rid of some of the meaningless, time-wasting activities I participate in way too much. Sooo, I’m dubbing this time of year #SelfLoveSeason.

One of the activities(or should I say addictions) I’ve decided I need to cut wayyy back on is social media. Social media is the biggest waste of time. I start my day by scrolling through all my social media timelines and before I know it an hour or two have passed and I’m still in bed. I’m rarely even talking to anyone(except on twitter… hit me up) and I’m getting absolutely nothing out of what I’m reading/watching 95% of the time. It’s just a way to pass time and be nosey to see what drama is going on in ex-classmates’ lives.

So instead of scrolling aimlessly through my phone all spring and summer, I’ve decided to start doing more meaningful activities that will help me grow as a person, as well as make me more active:

  1. Read more – I’ve started reading a lot more recently. This is gonna come as a shock to any of my friends and family that are reading this, because I’ve honestly hated reading all my life, but I discovered motivational/self-help books and they actually keep my interest. They give me motivation for my day and also teach me things.
  2. Work out – It almost sickens me to write this, because I really enjoy just sitting on my ass, but I started working out again about 2 weeks ago. One of my best friends, Sam(who y’all have seen in some of my vlogs) and I joined a gym and we’ve been working out together 3 days a week. I’ve gotta admit that working out with a friend makes it so much more fun. I actually look forward to going to the gym now!
  3. Find new hobbies – Outside of work and school, I really have no hobbies. I’m going to try different activities to hopefully find some I really enjoy and want to continue. The first on my list to try is a local jewelry making class.

Happy #SelfLoveSeason!!

I Dare You To Be Body Confident

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This is a guest post by Nisaa from thedowndeep.com.

Welcome, welcome to the conversation!

I first and foremost want to thank Morgan for featuring me at Her vs. World!

Today, I want to present something to you that might be a little more… edgy and direct than my usual style – we’ll see how it goes.

So in that case, I’ll take a minute to introduce myself:

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Hi, I go by Nisaa, better known as the founder of a blog called Down Deep.

I’m your average high school liberalist.

My dream schools are NYU, Colombia Uni, U of Miami, and the “Berk.”

I’m slightly more anti-social than people would normally assume by my personality.

I ask lots of questions.

I work like 3 jobs… in school full time, and I’m somehow still breathing.

Down Deep is my favorite thing to do on my free time. That and web surf Instagram feeds.

Oh and one last thing that this article will actually be about–I hate body shaming. Hate it.

With that said, I’m sure you can judge by your observations that I am most definitely dynamic, not at all complex. I’m full of candid dreams and simple requirements – nothing much to see here. But today I kind of want to hone in on the last quirk about me. Especially with the situation of a new leader in town and the presence of one of the most sacred (or simply recognized) months in black history, it’s an important thing to highlight and discuss.

Knowing myself, I am aware that this is an issue that I happen to belabor at an abnormally-constant rate. So. Instead of just writing an 8 page lecture about the importance of body confidence, I’ll make a list of 5 Thoughts I dare you to think regarding body-power and body-recognition. Enjoy!

  1. My body is my own. Not to be shamed, compared with, envied, categorized, represented, nor degraded.

Every women today does not recognize that their body is a paradise. A heaven for the children, a source of pleasure for themselves and for their partners, may they choose to engage with one. Euro-centric beauty standards have become an uncomfortable counter-reflection in the mirrors of colored boys and girls. Thankfully, pop culture is starting to recognize the rainbow true to the spectrum of beauty and acknowledgement.

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  1. My body is a garb of royalty – to be adorned, adored, and acknowledged.

Body empowerment has become such a socio-political topic in media when, with all due respect, it’s my shit to comment on and my shit only. Too thin? Next. Too thick? Try again. And personally, I don’t subscribe to these standards. We women have to take responsibility of clarifying societies place in terms of their say on our bodies. We want to blame media for our lack of empowerment and we have all rights to, but at the same time proactivity is the only method towards progress. Take a stand and be about it!

  1. My body is merely perceived as a perspective; it is crucial to realize that, regarding judgment, what is good is true in my book. And what is bad is… well, propaganda.

Body confidence is all about knowing that you are all you have to offer and being sure that this will always be enough. Taking ownership of your bid to the world is how we can maintain a positive ecosystem rid of body shaming. As cliché as it sounds, the haters are GONNA hate. What else can we do but turn a cheek and tell them to kiss it?

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  1. Blemishes? Imperfections? whAT ERR THOOOOSSEEE?

Flaws are not flaws as much as they are distinctions. While you’ll find me preaching about inner beauty constantly, I will always advocate for conjuring your inner Beyoncé strut and working it in the faces of all those who told you that you couldn’t. Admire the unique assets custom-flaunted by the one and only You.

  1. My body is the business and I am the BOSS, running this enterprise since day 1. As any business does, mine has its quirks, but what business has ever thrived and grown from insecurities?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a CEO that didn’t know how to take a compliment. I know I’m sort of belaboring it, but… OWNERSHIP, ACKOWLEDGEMENT, AND CONFIDENCE! Women today have to learn how to remember the women they wanted to be when they were younger… and then BE her with the necessary edits and “glow ups” included. Be a leader for the little girl in you who started believing somewhere along the span of puberty that she wasn’t the shit anymore.

With that said, what are your thoughts on body confidence? Make sure to share them on social media!

P.S. Your “Challenge of the Week” is: Take a bunch of selfies… and actually POST them… EVERYWHERE! #BeBodyConfident

Want to read more from Nisaa? Visit her blog thedowndeep.com and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

What To Do When You DON’T Get Your Dream Internship

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It’s the first week of the new year and also soon to be the start of a new semester for college students. Since everyone’s thinking about their resolutions and goals for 2017, I want to talk to y’all about something that affected my whole year last year, even though it definitely shouldn’t have.

Last year around this time I was beginning to apply to all the prestigious broadcast media summer internships across the country. I applied to at least 20. I couldn’t wait until April came around so I could start receiving offers and choose which internship would be perfect for me and my career! I just knew I would be getting multiple offers.. I mean, I worked in the industry already, I had interned at a local radio station once before, and I had pretty good grades. I guess I was over confident, because I got NO offers. Zero.

Getting an internship in a big radio and TV market, such as New York or LA, had been one of my biggest motivations for going to college in the first place. My whole plan was to get one of those internships, work my ass off, and hopefully have a job waiting for me once I graduated. After I didn’t get a single offer I felt lost on what to do next. I also felt pretty discouraged. I had been working myself to death, not getting any “me-time”, and I had nothing to show for it. To be honest, I stopped working as hard in school,  because I didn’t see the point. Now, almost a year later, I realize my life and my career are not over just because I didn’t get my dream internship. Getting discouraged and slacking in other aspects of my life did nothing but set me back further.

So to those of you who may be going through this same situation, here are some tips to keep you focused and moving forward despite not getting your dream internship:

Think positively.

Blah blah.. I know. Everybody tells you to be positive when you’re in a crappy situation, but it’s true to an extent. I’m a firm believer in the saying, “what’s meant to be will be”. Maybe this opportunity wasn’t for you. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be any less successful than the student who did get the internship. It just means you’re going to find success through a different opportunity– one that will be a better fit for you. Think it into existence.

Keep doing what you were doing.

It may seem like your hard work hasn’t paid off, but as long as you keep working hard it eventually will. Giving up will definitely keep you from reaching success. As long as you give your all to work, school, or whatever it is you want to be successful at, you will be rewarded eventually.

Give yourself some “me time”.

I know I said to keep working hard, but also make sure you aren’t burning yourself out.(This is something I’m still working on myself) It’s okay to give yourself some free time to just chill and do things you enjoy. Don’t feel guilty about it. It’s necessary. Even if your me time is sitting on the couch eating a whole carton of ice cream and watching Teen Mom. After giving myself some time to relax I always feel so much more motivated and ready to take on whatever tasks I need to accomplish next.

Set new goals.

So your original plan didn’t work out.. It’s not the end of the world, even though it may feel like it at the time. Don’t stay stuck. Think about what the next steps are you need to take to continue furthering your education and your career. You can still get the end result you wanted without the internship. You just have to find a new route to get there.

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