Black Owned Business Feature: The Precious Home

I can’t believe it is February already! I am so ready for the nice weather to get here, we had a little preview this week but Winter will be back soon lol. Today’s Black Owned Business Feature is a pretty new company and a recommendation from Ivy’s Tea Co(I talk about this company a lot if you haven’t noticed lol). If you guys know me, I love candles and I knew I had to support The Precious Home.

The Precious Home was created by Dacia Page in 2018. The vision for this brand was to create candles to help you enjoy the space you are in. I just love that their philosophy is a this bible verse from Proverbs which fits the company so perfectly: A HOUSE IS BUILT BY WISDOM AND BECOMES STRONG THROUGH GOOD SENSE. THROUGH KNOWLEDGE ITS ROOMS ARE FILLED WILL ALL SORTS OF PRECIOUS RICHES AND VALUABLES(Proverbs 24:3-4) The Precious Home is not just about the candles but is also an Interior Design company and offers E-Designs as well.

What is so unique about The Precious Home’s candles is that they are made with 100% Soy wax and free of dyes. I didn’t realize that some candles contain a lot of harmful ingredients and soy wax is a safer alternative to use for candles. It is also eco friendly and from American grown soy beans. I noticed the difference whenever I burn these candles verses other ones I own. The ones made with soy wax burn so evenly and do not burn the sides of the container.

Whenever I burn one of these candles, it does make home feel better and cozy. I just loves these candles and their unique scents.

They also just launched a massage candle just in time for Valentine’s Day or any relaxing day. I can’t wait to try mine soon!

I highly recommend everything from The Precious Home. You can check them out here: https://www.theprecioushome.com 

Please support this Black Owned Business and I will see you guys tomorrow!

Sometimes It’s Hard….

I often visit my old blogging platform and came across this post I did back in July. It made me think about what is currently going on and about life. Life is not meant to be easy, there are going to be some rough times. I just wanted to spread some encouragement today. Enjoy!

You know when you keep thinking of something and you just feel like you have to get it out? That was me before sitting down to write this post. I had something else planned to write but I kept thinking…sometimes its hard and it just evolved from there.

We all heard the sayings, life isn’t fair, life is hard and so on. Sometimes life can be hard but we don’t experience it for long. There are so many things that I want to do but I know I can’t do a million things at once. I can’t just pick and go anymore, I’m someone’s parent now. There are times I want to but I know things have to be planned out now. I will get to those places I want to go, just have to be patient and plan it out.

It seems like we focus so much on what is hard about life that we forget about the easy stuff. We sometimes forget about all the good things that happen and to be grateful for getting through those rough patches. You may not like your living situation but you have a roof over your head and a place to call home. You may not like the place of employment but you have an income and can say you have a job. We are somewhat taught by society to focus on those hard times, it makes us forget about the good in the world.

I remember a time that I took my son to Chick Fil A and it was super crowded. I think it was one of those days that there was no school and all the parents were thinking the same thing lol. I kept thinking we weren’t going to find a a place to sit and I know he wanted to sit inside and eat. My son asked about where we were going to sit and I said I hope we can find a seat when the woman in front of me turns around and says to her friend to save a table and she said I got you. She didn’t have to do that but it made me forget the crowded place and the worry about finding somewhere to sit. It was such a nice act of kindness. I was super thankful and so appreciative. It made me think about doing more random acts of kindness to spread more positive vibes around. We need that more than ever today.

I just want to encourage all of you reading this to think about the good more than the bad. Yes there is a lot of horrible and bad things happening but it takes a few seconds to think of something good and it could change your whole mood. 

Is Social Media Ruining Our Life?

When you hear the words social media, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a place where you share your life or a place where you are trying to become “instantly” famous or a place to promote your business?

I feel like social media is driving everything and somewhat ruining our lives. I remember one day last week YouTube went down. I didn’t know anything about it until I logged into Twitter(which I am struggling to utilize lol) and saw the commotion. Like what would everyone do if YouTube went away? What would you do if all social media went away? Would you still be able to promote your business by word of mouth or the old fashion way before social media took over? Would you be able to function in society without being glued to your phone?

I remember being out one day and I saw a family out to eat and all of them were on their phones. No one was talking to each other, they were checking emails, sharing memes, taking pictures of their food and so on but no actual interaction. It made me think about how much social media has changed this world. We have to capture everything on our phones but not live in the moment. I am guilty of it when I’m out eating, out with my husband, out with friends, at a concert, at an event, I am capturing stuff. There are times where I will live in the moment and not be on my phone but I am still trying to capture those moments.

I use social media myself to promote my blog, my brand and just for fun but I feel some people just overshare their entire life online, like everything. I feel that you should keep some things to yourself. I personally don’t share everything and feel there are things that you need to keep private. There are people who hide behind the keyboard and write hateful comments all day which I don’t understand why. Why waste your time following someone you don’t like just to post ignorant comments? I honestly will never get it. There are people on social media that I do not care for and I just don’t follow them or pay them any mind. It is that simple if you don’t like someone, there is a thing called an unfollow or block button. There are people who use social media to try to be the next big thing after seeing other people do so. Success does not happen overnight and if it does, it was by luck. I have been working so hard on being successful at what I do, trying to get brands to notice me and just chasing those goals that I have been working for. Sometimes it is posting the right thing at the right time or having those right hashtags and so on. Sometimes it can be too much trying to get noticed for the right reasons.

I feel like social media is kind of ruining things. You can become consumed in trying to be like those #Goals you see and stop being in touch with reality. There are people on social media who front and pose like everything is perfect, they have it all together when they really don’t. The biggest thing I have learned is just to be yourself and be authentic. You should not try to live outside of your means just to be noticed on social media and be famous. You should not act like something you are not just to “fit in” with the social media norm. You should be your genuine self and I have seen being authentic work in the right way.

What would you do if social media disappeared tomorrow? Would you be able to survive?

Have a great start to your week and see you guys Thursday!

~**Drea Notes**~

My family and I finally went apple picking! We had so much fun and I think we got too many apples lol!

It seems like we skipped over Fall and Winter is here! It has been so cold and windy lately.

Black Owned Business Feature: Garner’s Garden

I had such an amazing weekend! I attended the Fearless Conference and will have a recap on that next Tuesday. Today is another Black Owned Business Feature with Garner’s Garden.

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I discovered this company watching a YouTube video by The Minority Report. If you don’t follow her or subscribed to her channel, you need to like now lol. She gives insight on so many products by Black Owned Businesses. She was comparing this company and another Black Owned company that sold oral care products as well. I was so interested in trying these products out and have been using them for the past couple of months.

I was a little scared at first to steer away from the traditional tooth paste and mouthwash that I have been using for years but I wanted to try something different. The ingredients in these oral care products are natural so you know what is in your mouthwash or toothpaste. There is no guessing what a certain ingredient is that you cannot pronounce. Garner’s Garden uses ingredients such as peppermint oil and activated charcoal in their products.

It made sense to purchase the Oral Care trio where you get the Oxy-Pulling Pre Brush Rinse, Natural Mouthwash and Tooth Powder for 22.97.  You start off with the Oxy-Pulling rinse. This is an alternative to the traditional oil pulling which helps draw out bacteria that causes oral diseases. After you using the rinse it is time to brush your teeth. I thought that I would use this like I would normally brush my teeth, use the tooth paste and rinse with the mouthwash. I was really surprised that both of these products are used to together. You would mix both the mouthwash and tooth powder together and brush for 2 minutes.

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I will have a full in-depth review of these products but I am not going back to the regular toothpaste and mouth wash I was using before. I really love the results and have noticed a huge different in my oral care. This oral care system is just amazing and I highly recommend this. Garner’s Garden also has hair, body and facial products as well. You can check them out RIGHT HERE!!

Please go support this Black Owned Business and let me know what oral care products you are currently using. See you guys Thursday.