Itoja’s Top Blogs + My Number 1 Blogging Tip!

If you’ve been following me for some time now, then you are aware that I’ve written about everything under the sun.  If you can name it, I’ve probably written about it or given my two cents about it in some form or another.  This is one reason why I like to call myself your virtual best friend—because I’m here to give you the 411—and one of the reasons why you’ll never catch me conforming to a niche.

With that being said, I wanted to highlight a few of my top blogs thus far.  Perhaps there is one on the list that you didn’t get a chance to read or maybe you’re just interested in seeing the blogs that has gotten the most love over time. Whatever the case may be, I have them here for your review.  Believe me, they range from Love and Romance to smoking weed.  It’s a wide spectrum.  It truly makes me laugh out loud!  But, I now know what you guys are into! HAHA.  Listen, this is a no judgement zone so no worries here! Continue reading

How To Write The Perfect Wedding Toast

Believe it or not, fall is one the busiest seasons to get married.  You may ask how do I know this. Well, you could Google it, and of course Google will tell you the same thing, but remember I work at a Bridal Store, so I know firsthand that this is true.  Many engagements happen during the Holiday season (Nov-Jan). For those couples who plan to get married rather quick, a late summer or early fall wedding is ideal.  This gives them roughly 8-10 months to plan a wedding and that’s doable.  Then you have a lot of couples who want to get married in cooler temperatures (not too hot and not too cold) especially if their nuptials will take place outside.  Plus, there is something about fall colors that everyone just loves.  This takes me back to my original point that fall is one of the busiest season to get married!

Now, for the rest of us, those who are in a wedding this fall or perhaps even attending a wedding in the upcoming seasons, and you’re contemplating on the speech you’re going to give, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

What you need to know about AirPods

Technology has begun to take over the world.  Before we can get use to one specific device another one is coming out doing something better and different than the last.

AirPods, are Apple’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds and was released on December 13, 2016.  Upon it’s original release, I knew I wanted them but to be honest I was very skeptical.  So I put my want on the back burner and continued on with life.

Again, with every new invention, a better one will soon be released—at least this is the case with Apple.  So in March of 2019 the second iteration of the AirPods were released.  I thought it was finally time to give these AirPods a try, besides it was time to see what the hype was all about. Continue reading

How to get a free U.S. Passport!

It’s the beginning of July and I’ve been officially married for 10 months!  Marriage itself has been a blast and I’ll be sharing more about our first year of marriage as we get closer to our anniversary date; but one of my main struggles thus far has been getting my name changed!!!

Ugh! It not only takes forever, but each place or account have different requirements when it comes to changing a name.  Unless you have to get your name changed, you fail to realize how many businesses you are affiliated with.

Most couples plan an extravagant honeymoon traveling to a tropical island or a country outside of the United States that requires a U.S. passport.  For us, we did a Carnival Cruise to Cuba (click HERE for that blog) that required passports.

I had a previous passport prior to traveling to Cuba but it had expired and I had no choice but to get a new one.  I took care of all of that around the middle of June last year.

After marriage I had copies of our marriage certificate made.  I finally got my license renewed and my name changed, however, I was curious to know if I could use my new license and my old passport together.  After Googling I found out that the name on your license had to match the name on your passport – SHUCKS.

I knew I definitely wanted a new U.S. passport; they last 10 years and it makes traveling so much easier.  But I didn’t want to spend 120 more dollars getting my name changed again after only having it for less than a year.

[Puts on thinking cap]

After doing a little investigation on the passport site, I found out that if your name has changed less than one year after U.S. passport was issued AND your U.S. passport is less than one year old you can have your name changed on your passport for FREE!!!!!

So this is for all of the newly married ladies out there.  Take advantage of this NOW!

I almost missed my deadline because my U.S. passport was issued on 6/30/18.  By the time I figured this out it was already the beginning of June 2019.  I had to move really fast.

Let me just tell you that if I had missed this deadline I would have been HOT.  Like on fire HOT.  Oh man, I would have been so pissed.

But thankfully I got everything (name change application, most recent U.S. Passport, a color photo, and marriage license) sent to them on time.

ps: Whenever you’re mailing off U.S. Passport documentations be sure to send it off via Certified Mail. Sending your items off via Certified Mail allows your package to be tracked and it’s also insured.

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The Nitty-Gritty of being an Entrepreneur

Over the past year, I’ve highlighted several different entrepreneurs on the blog.  There is a special admiration that I have for anyone who’s had a vision, written the vision, and has made a blueprint of how they wish to carry out their dreams.  I truly admire those people.

What I do not admire is how people like to try to force entrepreneurship onto others. Honestly, nothing bothers me more than hearing someone say work for yourself and not for someone else. Reason being? It doesn’t work that way for everyone.  Continue reading

15 Travel Tips For 2019

It’s 2019 and it’s time to start planning our vacations for the year.  I am a big advocate for vacations or small weekend trips.  I believe it’s necessary to step away from your every day life a few times a year to explore, relax, and to enjoy life.  I often hear about people not having time for vacation or not having enough money for a trip and it saddens me.  It only means that they did not properly plan and in my book, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!  Quite frankly, I can’t imagine life with out a trip. Continue reading

#LoveIsAJourney

We met through mutual friends many years ago and dated briefly during the Summer while I was home from College.  On Father’s Day of that year, I total lost my car and Larmar transported me back and forth to work whenever we weren’t on a date.  In the Fall, I returned back to school, 2.5 hours away from home, and we decided to go our separate ways.  Larmar says, I broke up with him, I, however, do not remember it that way.  For years, we didn’t talk to each other and only saw each other in passing once I moved back home; still never having a conversation with one another.  Just a quick wave and that was it.  In 2014, Larmar asked to be my friend on Facebook, like most women, I contemplated before accepting.  You know, been there–done that!  After a few months, he would start small conversations.  His consistency, patience, and all around “good dude” persona, along with the ability to make me laugh non stop drew me in.  He was like a best friend and he still is.  After 4 great years of dating, we decided to get married! Continue reading