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White but Not Privileged: How to Understand What Is Going On Right Now

If you have a few minutes, please read this piece by DGGYST on privilege. It is dead on 🎯

Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

I had an unusual upbringing. My parents were both mentally ill, homeless, and addicted to drugs. My siblings and I slept in a three drawer dresser (one drawer for each of us) in the back of a van my parents drove up and down the country. When my dad got too violent, maybe taking a knife to my mother, maybe tying her up and striking her, we would stay in a women’s shelter or a homeless shelter. Not for too long, though, because there was a constant need to outrun Social Services and the police.

The psychotic, dangerous road trips would always end with my father in jail, my mother in a mental institution, and my siblings and me in group homes or foster homes. These bastions had their own drawbacks, namely physical, sexual, and verbal abuse, but they were a short reprieve from hunger and homelessness.

Notably, I lived…

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Not Black Enough. Not White Enough.

Before you read, I want you to keep this in mind: racism is not political. Anti-racism is not political. You can change your political affiliation at a whim, but I cannot change the color of my skin or the way people treat me because of it. I have long felt that it “wasn’t my place”… Continue reading Not Black Enough. Not White Enough.

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Brand Spotlight: Dipalicious Nails

This entire week has knocked me down and dragged me by my frizzy, unwashed hair from Monday through Humpday. Holla if you feel me. Anyone else get the official “we aren’t coming back for summer camp” letter? Anyone else drown their sorrows in tiramisu and chocolate chip cookies? My mama gifted me some homemade tiramisu… Continue reading Brand Spotlight: Dipalicious Nails

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Taste the Rainbow

Why is it that every weekday lasts about 72 hours, but when you're geared up to enjoy the weekend...you blink and it's gone? Can't I get one single weekend where I'm like ok then, I think that's enough of that. Work, here I come refreshed and ready. Hah. This weekend, I learned a few things.… Continue reading Taste the Rainbow

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The Next Right Thing

I got word today that all schools in my city will be closing for the remainder of the school year. It was coming, I know. It's necessary if we're still trying to #flattenthecurve, but I'm angry. It's not because I have to keep my kids home- they're my people, I am their safe place, I… Continue reading The Next Right Thing

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Spring Has Sprung

I’m feeling so ready for outdoor time, flowers and herbs and vegetables. Before you guys picture my home as a blooming escape complete with overflowing, heavily manicured plants and a lush landscape...don’t. The most outdoorsy thing I’ve completed this year was raking the leaves when the trees got confused over the past few weeks. Having… Continue reading Spring Has Sprung

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Please Stop Licking the Dog

How is everyone handling the craziness that is life at the moment? The sheer absurdity of having everything feel absolutely normal and all topsy-turvy at the same time? I’m currently working my normal hours from home while watching my three hellions and homeschool starts tomorrow for my oldest as well. Yaaaayyyyy. I’m excited for him… Continue reading Please Stop Licking the Dog

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New Top Coat, Who Dis?

You guys, so much to say and so little time! Sparkle has a new top coat that they're testing out, have you heard of it? It's Glossy Top Coat 2.0, and I got to try it out and I'm smitten. The first time I used it, I'm not sure if I put it on too… Continue reading New Top Coat, Who Dis?

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Just UGH. Lemons, meet Lemonade.

My cuticle lines have been trash lately, and I've killed two top coats in the span of a week. My Triple Vitamin went first, but I've been using it since early December so honestly that's not that big a deal. It was really low anyway and turned into a stringy mess. I moved on to… Continue reading Just UGH. Lemons, meet Lemonade.

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Nail Addiption meets Nail Dipaholic

Hey y'all! It's been a bit. Life changed recently and I haven't really had any time this past week for much besides work, sleep, meals and kid stuff. My goal every night was to be in bed by 10 and up early and I did it! But man, I am not a morning person. I… Continue reading Nail Addiption meets Nail Dipaholic