The Moth: The Traveling Sandwiches

A few years ago, I was introduced to a non-fiction book called, The Moth. You can find it HERE. The Moth was a book of short stories that were told in their truest form around the world by individuals in a live group setting.  It was called The Moth because every time they would get together to tell their stories of what happened to them moths would fly in through a hole in the screen and gather all around.  Live Moth events, referred to now as “Moth StorySLAMS” would take place; I picture the setting like going to a comedy club.  But in this case, these weren’t jokes, although some were funny.  They were real life events. Continue reading

Celebrating my birthday with a GIVEAWAY!!

The month of May is my Birthday month and also my 6 month blogging anniversary.  The saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun” definitely applies here!

For my birthday I wanted to do a giveaway to one (1) lucky winner. The prize will consist of e-gift cards to a few of my favorite stores totaling $75.00. ($25 increments to Target, Victoria Secrets, and Amazon)

You’ll have up until 5/4 midnight (EST) to get your submissions in.  The winner will be announced on my birthday, May 5th, via blog and on all social media sites.  Be sure to look out for that post as your name may be listed as the winner and additional information will be posted on how to redeem prize!

To qualify, click HERE !! 

*Earn additional entries by liking and/or sharing the post that I’ve posted on IG or FB by using the hashtag #itojablog (You can find my social media links under MENU in the right corner of this blog)*

**Tag a friend or two for even more entries**

Updated 5/5/18–This giveaway has now ended.

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Good Luck!

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Have you cut the cord?

Hey Friends!!!

Today’s question is brought to you by whatever streaming service that is out seeking your patronage.  Streaming TV seems to be the new “IT” thing to do.

I know for me, I was interested in saving money on my cable bill, however, I wasn’t really sure which route to go.  I didn’t have any problems with my cable besides the fact that every year it goes up more and more.

We were currently paying over $200 a month for cable, internet, and a phone that we NEVER used.  We only added the phone because of the bundle package that would essentially make our bill lower, so they claimed.

Before we decided to officially cut the cord, we did some trail runs with 3 different streaming services.  Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.  Before I give details on each, I would advise doing the trail runs at separate times.  That way you will have enough time to fully explore and get a feel of the streaming service.  I, however, signed up for all three at the same time and now I don’t feel like I had enough time to fully get a feel of all of them.

Let me also add, that as I have been researching different streaming services, there’s no way to fully be able to test all of them out and to really get a feel of which one will actually work best for you because there are so many.  For instance, there is DirectTV Now, YouTube TV, and of course the grandfather Netflix and a ton of other streaming services that I was just totally unaware of.  pexels-photo-704555.jpeg

MY REVIEW:

Hulu Live:

If you are familiar with Netflix this is very similar.  As it gives you shows and series, both new and old to watch and binge on.  The big difference with Hulu is they will air current running shows usually the day after their original air date (this feature cost $7.99).  With Hulu Live, you can also watch Live TV.  So the news, sports, different shows, you can watch as they air (this feature cost $34.99).  Hulu Live also has the option where you can pay extra for unlimited screens.  So you aren’t just limited to two screens (this add-on is an additional $14.99).

Sling TV:  

Airs shows and series as well and you can customize the packages to what you want to watch.  The call it A-La-Carte TV.  If you just want sports they have a package for that.  Of if you just want Kids TV, they have a package for that, etc. (depending on which package you choose determine how much you pay per month–packages start at $20/month).  The one thing that I did like about this particular streaming service is that they had a TV guide that look very similar to what you would get if you had cable and was searching for something to watch.

PlayStation Vue:

Here you will find many of your TV shows and channels that you can watch live (prices range from $39.99 to $74.99/month).  They also have On Demand where you can record shows as well, which is great.  They do not have the streaming catalog of movies and sitcom series as Hulu or Netflix would.  However, they specialize in movie channels and premium channels such as HBO and Showtime; so that’s where the higher price range comes in.  A good thing about this option is very similar to cable with all of the live TV options and you don’t have to have a PlayStation in order to enjoy this streaming service.

Pros:

Our biggest takeaway in cutting the cord was saving about 35% on our total cable/internet bill.  We also don’t have to pay for any equipment, we’re not on a contract, and we can cancel or pause subscription at any time.

There are a lot of TV shows and complete series of shows like the complete series of the Golden Girls or Living Single available at your fingertips that you wouldn’t have with a regular cable subscription.

Cons:

It takes some time getting use to turning on the TV and then having to go to the streaming channel and literally search.  As with cable you can just turn the TV on and enter your channel and enjoy your show.  With streaming it’s not so easy.

I miss the TV guide.  We went with Hulu Live because we liked what they had to offer as far as TV shows, the live option, and the catalog of movies and TV series that they have available; but we’re missing the TV guide.  We also decided to add the add-on option for multiple screens for $14.99/month.

We also miss certain stations such as VH1 or BET but if you know someone who has cable and who are willing to give you their login you can download the app to your TV -if you have a smart TV or Fire Stick, etc.- and log in that way.  (shhhhhh—-don’t tell anyone I told you that).

Tip:

Amazon Fire TV Sticks are one of the go-to media players available today.  The Alexa voice remote makes it easy to search for shows and channels.  This media player also gives you the access you’ll need in downloading additional apps and TV shows along with games and music. Click on the picture below to order yours today!

This post may contain affiliated links but all opinions are of my own!

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5 reasons to read “The Face of Expression” By Aaron Woodson

As you all know I’m always eager to highlight up and coming Entrepreneur’s around the world to my readers.  With that being said, this months Entrepreneur Spritzer is all about the new book, TheFace of Expression by Aaron Woodson.  If you’re not familiar with my Spritzer you can get caught up HERE!!

5 reason why you most certainly need to grab a hold of this book:

1. It’s a book of short expressions: This makes it easier to read and easier to keep up with especially if you live a busy life.  You don’t need to remember certain characters or plots in order to enjoy this book–a few short stories before bed is perfect.

2. It’s relatable: One could easily find at least two or three stories to relate to while reading this book, if not more.  This book also give you a little bit of poetry, a little bit of truth, a little bit of exploration, a little bit of wonder, a little bit of fiction, and a whole lot of non-fiction, cultural experiences, and self-awareness.  Everyone should be able to relate.

3. It provides confirmation: Confirmation that some of the same expressions that the author highlights in this book are the SAME expressions I have also had throughout life.  It lets me know that I’m not the only one thinking these things and it’s ok!  In short, it confirms that the “little party” going on in my head is normal.

4.  It takes you on a journey: A journey through life and a journey through a mans point of view or perspective which is something that we don’t always get the privilege of seeing.  I truly love when a man is able to be vulnerable and is able to express his vulnerability in a way that also shows how masculine he is.  Kudos to you!

5.  It’s easy to judge a book by its cover: Lastly, you should read this book because the cover of the book had me second guessing myself.  I thought I was in for some kind of dark-mystery book and once I opened the book a light bulb went off!  Ahhh….expressions!  Thoughts!  Journaling! Inspirations!  While the cover didn’t connect with me at first…if you’re like me and sometimes judge books by its cover…then you should ignore the cover and grab this book  because you’re in for a nice surprise.

Another great thing about The Face of Expression is that it can be purchased through Amazon and for your convenience I have provided a quick link HERE for my readers.

This post may contain affiliated links but all opinions are of my own!

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Today, my curls are popping!

Before we touch on my curls today, let me just say that my hair has been the topic of many discussions.  People are constantly asking me where did I get my hair from?  What are you mixed with?  Honestly, I DO NOT KNOW.  But I will find out soon and when I do I will be sure to keep you all inform.

But I am not ashamed to say, I know I have good hair.  I don’t make any apologies for that.  Although many people have hated me for it.  Which is sad.  My hair has always been natural.  Never had a perm or relaxer.  It is naturally curly so sometimes I just embrace the curls.  While other times I’ll wear it straight like seen HERE.  It has grown over the years and I’m ready to go back short, so stay tuned for my hair journey because the saga always continues.

But for TODAY, Yaaaaaaasssss.  A sisters curls were popping.  They don’t pop every day.  Sometimes the curls look flat and not as full.  But today they came through.  I had washed my hair about two days prior so today while in the shower I wet the hair, added some curl bounce conditioner from the Kimble Hair line, dried it with a t-shirt (I learned this on YouTube) and then added some styling foam by Carol’s Daughter.  That was it.  Pop, Pop, let it Pop.img_3411img_3410img_3414img_3416

Did you have a good hair day today?  Any curl tips or secrets you’d like to share?  I’m all ears.

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Black Card Revoked!

It’s officially Black History Month, and I want to change things up, so I feel its only right to begin with a new card gamed titled “Black Card Revoked!”  Find it HERE.  So in this game, you can pretty much play however you feel fit.  Because the instructions are clearly typed saying, I know you will make up your own rules anyway, so play however you want!  But then they give some general guidelines; like, you can play the religious version and every time you miss an answer read a scripture from the bible.  Or, play the gambling version and when you get an answer right, you get a point.  The goal of the game is to try to answer your question correctly so that your black card, or all the things that make you black (besides your skin color) will not be revoked. Continue reading