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Home is Where the Modern Map Art is…

Home is where the Modern Map Art is… Isn’t that how the saying goes? Because I could’ve sworn I’ve seen it quoted somewhere …hmmm… Oh, I know!!! I must’ve seen it on Modern Map Art‘s website right before they gifted me this awesome artwork! For […]

Buddha Belly Bowls

Buddha Belly Bowls

So I might as well face the facts – I never began my Summer Body routine, I never picked up a barbell, and my menu choices at Panda Express can definitely tell you that eating healthy was NEVER an option! I can always strive to […]

Shimmy Sistah Takes a Chance

Shimmy Sistah Takes a Chance

No, No, and No again! I did NOT take a chance on , but if falling in holy matrimony with Chance the Rapper counts, then so be it!

Chance the Rapper Concert Experience

So besides mastering Buddha Bowls and working out 5 days per week, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to date my mommy. Thankfully, and unlike my previously failed New Year’s Resolution commitments, I’ve been pretty steadfast with this one!

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper Ticketmaster

To kick the New Year off correctly, we set our sights on all things lively, enjoyable, and fun! Our first stop was the Honda Battle of the Bands where the only thing missing was Nick Cannon himself. Next up, we crossed off a bucket list item by seeing DL Hughley in concert. As if having our funny bone tickled by DL wasn’t enough, we also managed to see Chris Rock at the last minute. And to top it all off, we opted for some good ole downward dog and warrior 3 poses during our Hip Hop Yoga session with Miss Jaimee Ratliff.

Lakewood Ampitheater

Now some would be exhausted by now, but certainly not us! As a matter of fact, we just returned from Chicago’s own 79th Street by way of ATL’s Lakewood Amphitheater when we went to see CHANCE THE RAPPERRRRRRR! 😛  😛

Be Encouraged Tour Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper Be Encouraged Tour

To be nice, I’ll give y’all the benefit of the doubt seeing that I’ve been MIA for awhile, but for the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with this man – like literally obsessed. My baby brother introduced me to him years ago, so I’ve been following his every move for quite some time now. It’s practically to the point where even Bieber has had to step aside!

Coloring Book Tour

Chance the Rapper Coloring Book Tour

Anyways, due to my most recent obsession, I thankfully (and after hitting the refresh button 21 times) managed to get tickets to his concert!!! Of course, rounding up my mother to go was next on the agenda – to which she eagerly obliged! And now FOUR MONTHS later, we were FINALLY able to see our Chano riding through the streets – we be like ♪ “there he go!” ♪

Chance the Rapper Tour

Chance the Rapper Chano

Did we cry, smile, dab, and leave feeling encouraged, inspired, and empowered? Yes! There’s more to it though…Honestly, his presence…his words and aura bestow a sort of solace upon you. Surely, you’ve felt it as you gaze at his performances on TV and jam to his tracks on Spotify, but it’s nothing like actually being there.

Be Encouraged Tour

He’s such a wonderful individual who inspires the masses and as you can see, his influence is definitely gaining traction. Hopefully, with these snippets of my adventures with him, you’ll be encouraged to jump on his bandwagon before it’s too late! Don’t worry, I won’t judge! 😉

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Were y’all lucky enough to get his tickets before they sold out in 24 hours like I did? Show me the pics! Send me the highlights! Our memories will last a lifetime!!! 🙂

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♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

So you thought Waldo and ole Carmen Sandiego did it best? Well, from the looks of things, no one disappears better than Shimmy Sistah! And to think, I just pinky promised all of you that going ghost was a thing of the past. 😛 For […]

◊ Shimmy’s 2016 Christmas List ◊

◊ Shimmy’s 2016 Christmas List ◊

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus…and I got jealous. 🙁 So to make myself feel better, I’ve decided to selfishly make my 2016 Christmas List with hopes of at least hugging an elf or two! 😉 If you, too, are obsessed with all things shiny […]

Over 100 Best Books for the Consciously Woke

Over 100 Best Books for the Consciously Woke

Amid the endless yet most reprehensible rhetoric, countless vigils, cries for justice, and marches on main, we have a nation of uniformed individuals quick to memorize Shirley Caesar’s menu just in time for the holidays.

Now don’t get me wrong, greens, beans, potatoes, and tomatoes all sound quite appetizing, but realizing and placing value on our past while attempting to prevent it from becoming our future must remain priority.

To get us started, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of over 100 Books for the Consciously Woke to enjoy. From the autobiographical memoirs and poetic prose to the revolutionaries lending their expertise on how to lead movements that actually beget social equality and justice, this list has it all. It will continue to inspire those already aware and awaken those who are not.

Don’t forget to list your favorites in the comment section below and feel free to share this post by using the hashtag #consciouslywoke!

100 best books for progressives and woke

Fiction

1. Native Son – Richard Wright
2. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
5. Little Green – Walter Mosley
6. Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth – Richard Wright
7. Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin

Autobiography

8. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X, Alex Haley, and Attallah Shabazz
9. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. – Martin Luther King Jr.
10. Angela Davis: An Autobiography – Angela Davis
11. Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
12. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – Harriet Jacobs
13. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography – Booker T. Washington
14. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela
15. Revolutionary Suicide – Huey P. Newton
16. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography – Ralph David Abernathy
17. Through My Eyes – Ruby Bridges

Poetry

18. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf – Ntozake Shange
19. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes – Langston Hughes
20. African American Poetry: AN Anthology, 1773-1927 – Joan R. Sherman
21. Selected Poems: Claude McKay

History (African American Studies/History)

22. The White Man’s Burden: Historical Origins of Racism in the United States – Winthrop D. Jordan
23. The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A. D. – Chancellor Williams
24. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans – John Hope Franklin and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
25. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi
26. Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006 – Manning Marable

Graphic Novels

27. Dark Girls – Bill Duke
28. The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution – Bryan Shih and Yohuru Williams
29. March: Book One – John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
30. March: Book Two – John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
31. March: Book Three – John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Feminism

32. You Can’t Touch my Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain – Phoebe Robinson
33. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl – Issa Rae
34. We Should All be Feminists – Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
35. Women, Race and Class – Angela Davis
36. Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
37. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism – bell hooks
38. Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
39. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America – Melissa V. Harris-Perry
40. The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America – Tamara Winfrey Harris
41. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty – Dorothy Roberts
42. Sold into Slavery: The Story of Adaku, A Black Slave Woman – Mary Devey
43. At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power – Danielle L. McGuire
44. Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement – Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin

Masculinity

45. Between the World and Me – Ta’Nehisi Coates
46. Looking for Leroy – Illegible Black Masculinities – Mark Anthony Neal
47. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
48. Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education – Mychal Denzel Smith
49. If He Hollers, Let Him Go – Chester Himes

100 best books for progressives and woke

Politics

50. Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X and Barack Obama – James Lance Taylor
51. Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion – Melanye T. Price
52. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation – Kwame Ture and Charles V. Hamilton
53. A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America’s Racial-Aversion Crisis – Cornell Belcher
54. Black Yellowdogs: The Most Dangerous Citizen is not Armed, but Uniformed – Ben Kinchlow
55. Bernie Sanders, Independent for President: His Life Story, Ideas and Goals, Plus a History of the Regan Revolution and the Rise of the Billionaire Class – Matt Dukes Jordan

Activism

56. Negroes with Guns – Robert Franklin Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., and Truman Nelson
57. Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism – Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
58. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 – Juan WIlliams
59. Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party – Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
60. Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America – Peniel E. Joseph
61. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma of the Selma Voting Rights March – Lynda Blackman Lowery
62. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement – Angela Davis
63. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
64. When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First Century Social Movements and the Activists that are Transforming Our World – Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
65. From Dictatorship to Democracy – Gene Sharp
66. This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century – Mark Engler and Paul Engler
67. Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Ride Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World – Srdja Popovic and Matthew Miller
68. Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict – Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan
69. Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything – Becky Bond and Zack Exley
70. Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy – Rinku Sen
71. The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution – Micah White
72. Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change – John Lewis
73. The Black Revolution on Campus – Martha Biondi
74. The Struggle for Black Equality – Harvard Sitkoff
75. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change – Aldon D. Morris
76. The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression – Peter Joseph

100 best books for progressives and woke

Biography

77. Michelle Obama: A Life – Peter Slain
78. Narrative of Sojourner Truth – Sojourner Truth
79. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision – Barbara Ransby

Memoirs

80. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s – Henry Hampton, Steve Fayer, and Sarah Flynn
81. Diary of a Freedom Writer – Darrius Garret
82. Notes of a Native Son – James Baldwin
83. Letters from a Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr.
84. The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. DuBois
85. The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin
86. The Fire Next Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Jesmyn Ward
87. Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey – Marcus Garvey
88. When I was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection – Norman R. Yetman
89. To Die for the People – Huey P. Newton
90. The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts form the Black Freedom Struggle – Clayborne Carson, David J. Garrow, Gerald Gill, Vincent Harding, and Darlene Clark Hine

Books to Media

91. Queen Sugar – Natalie Baszile
92. Dear White People – Justin Simien
93. Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup
94. Roots: The Saga of an American Family – Alex Haley

The Law

95. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
96. Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow – Daniel Hunter
97. Natural Hair in the Workplace: What are Your Rights? – Tracy Sanders
98. Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter – Jordan T. Camp
99. Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond – Marc Lamont Hill
100. Black Resistance/White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America – Mary Frances Berry

Mental Health

101. Black Skin, White Masks – Frantz Fanon
102. Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Joy DeGruy Leary
103. The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter Godwin Woodson
104. Breaking the Curse of Willie Lynch: The Science of Slave Psychology – Alvin Morrow
105. Medical Apartheid: Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A. Washington

Humor

106. Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years – D.L. Hughley
107. How to Be Black – Baratunde Thurston

I commend ALL of you who have made it to the end! Remember to list your faves below AND use the hashtag #consciouslywoke once you share this post!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 100 best books for progressives and woke

Horizontal vs Vertical Resumes | Which is Better?

Horizontal vs Vertical Resumes | Which is Better?

HR reps and employers receive dozens of resume’s and applications per day and the last thing you want is for your resume to get muddied alongside everyone else’s. Therefore, why don’t you quit following the traditional 8’ by 11’ outline for resumes featuring a bolded […]

♣ Single Sistah Soldier Brigade ♣

♣ Single Sistah Soldier Brigade ♣

CALLING ALL CADETS! Sergeant Shimmy is here to report for duty and her first order of business is to share why she’s content being single! Now before y’all start drawing conclusions and second guessing who you know me to be, let me issue a disclaimer: […]

I’m NOT Registered to Vote…

I’m NOT Registered to Vote…

Those are the words my little brother uttered to me the other day…

Should I Register to Vote?

Now if you know me, then you know that confusedly following behind while badgering him about this oddity was next on my agenda (because letting him walk away unscathed just didn’t seem right…). He didn’t let that last for long though. With the quickness, his nonchalant attitude towards exercising his rights and protecting his liberties basically stopped me dead in my tracks.

Am I getting old, I pondered? Was he a Bernie or Bust supporter and I hadn’t realized it yet? For the life of me I just couldn’t figure out WHY my little brother wasn’t registered to vote and seemed to have no intentions of even doing so.

I mean, had he not heard of Bloody Sunday? …he attends an HBCU in Alabama for crying out loud… Did he forget about how our parents were barely in their pre-teens when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was finally passed? Or was he onto something???

Perhaps it was the electoral college’s influence that swayed his decision, or maybe it’s the fact that no matter who sets foot into the Oval Office, the Senate nor House will never let him/her truly fulfill and keep all promises they vowed to keep while campaigning for our votes. And we can’t forget how underrepresented African Americans are coupled with the many times we are slighted even as we fight for justice as advocates of peace and equality.  Or, like I stated earlier, maybe he’s onto something…

Thankfully, after seeing me fret over reasons and wondering if he was, in fact, smarter than the average bear, he finally decided to elaborate a bit! Phew!

“They’re robots.

Figureheads who never truly let you dig deep. They put on this front and portray something/someone they are not. And thankfully, social media and various other resources help us capture some of this transparency yet to be seen from any of the candidates we have to choose from.

Oh yeah, and another thing…they also try to emulate Obama which simply cannot be done. He was, is, and always will continue to be genuine with his approaches to how he governs and cares for the American people. The only way they can possibly duplicate his style is by being themselves and showcasing their personal elements to us – the American people. Don’t make Spotify playlists in order to get the young vote, stop using useless rhetoric for TV time, and don’t, all of a sudden, start hanging around Blacks while quoting our vernacular in order to pander the minority vote as well – it’s just lame.

…and sis, I’ve been lazy! Of course I’m going to register to vote!” 😉 

Pretty smart kid, isn’t he? Not as smart as me, but his intellect will do…for now at least!

Honestly though, I think the little tyke has a point. Even though he does have intentions on registering to vote, his lack of enthusiasm stems from the same sentiments you and I all share. Is Trump as evil as his hairline? Is Hillary always on espionage? Will our nation regress if one or the other is elected? Do they really believe that #BlackLivesMatter? Or is it all a ploy? A façade to get our votes and have their way with us once in office?

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To be nice, I’ll guess I’ll go ahead and give these candidates the benefit of the doubt by saying that maybe their antics thus far were to simply get us talking. Ya know, generate buzz. To get the votes needed in order to get to where they are now. If this is indeed the case, then they have around 70-odd days to utilize their platforms to address the real concerns of Americans and foster even more progressive change for the betterment of our nation.

Am I being too optimistic? Giving them too much credit? You’re probably right, but a girl can daydream, right?! 🙂

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Raise your hand or, better yet, comment below on your thoughts about our upcoming election. My brother and I can’t wait to read your responses!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 

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↓ The Ultimate Study Guide ↑

Is this post going to be as adorable as those Back-2-School commercials featuring the Cool Kid Crew singing and dancing with the ultra cool moms in the background that buy them Crayola instead of Rose Art? Hmmmm, let’s think…uh DUH! Actually this post will be […]

♫ Drops of Jupiter ♫

♫ Drops of Jupiter ♫

Who else remembers that song? Who else has memories of plugging their foamy yet lightly padded cover cushioned headphones into their Sony Walkmans during bus rides home with the HIGHEST of hopes set on listening to Train belt this ballad without any skips in sight? […]

Carnival Crusin’

Carnival Crusin’

Shipwrecked is an overstatement, but just go with it! 😉

Carnival Cruise Lines Paradise

So I’m sure ya’ll remember me boasting about my upcoming journey with the chicest shoes to match. Well, we’ve anchored and I’m finally ready to share the scoop on all things skiff and so much more!

Now Lord knows I’m always ready for a challenge and taking the road less traveled just happens to be my mantra. However, when Mother Nature is in the mix, I tend to back off and let her do her thang. Carnival Cruise Lines doesn’t see it that way though…

Despite Tropical Storm Colin bringing forth forceful winds and surging waves to the Coast of Tampa and the entire Gulf, Carnival Cruise Paradise mustered their might and opted to continue our scheduled excursion abroad.

Did this come with a few complications? Of course! 😛 Not only did we have to remain at the Port of Tampa for an extra day (until the storms subsided), but because of this delay, we also had to miss out on visiting the Grand Cayman’s all together. 🙁 This detour of distress did afford us a couple of extra hours in Cozumel and a few extra bucks credited to future cruises booked through Carnival; however, those gestures weren’t enough for the dismayed guests (including ourselves). It just dampened things a bit, ya know?

On the other hand, things weren’t totally adrift. The crew, maintenance staff, and food were impeccable!! 😀 In fact, the propulsion system had some major difficulties, but with the assistance of the crew and succulent entrees, we barely even noticed!

Overall, I’d say the trip was a mild success. The absence of cell service and lack of internet (unless you forked out the $25 per day for it) definitely provided some much needed time for self-reflection and fostered opportunities to meet people organically. I even got my mother out of her mussel shell to help me perform karaoke LIVE to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies’ which was undoubtedly a hit!

So tell me, where are y’all headed this summer? Ever been on a Carnival Cruise? Encountered Colin? Share your stories below!

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♫ Shimmy Sistah’s Playlist – Vol. 2 ♪

♫ Shimmy Sistah’s Playlist – Vol. 2 ♪

Whether you’re working out, prepping for Memorial Day festivities, or are just curious as to what Shimmy’s listening to this month, then look NO further! Below, I’ve compiled my list of jams I can’t get enough of! ♫♥♪ 1. Daddy Lessons – Beyonce 2. Angels – […]

♠ Vixen Versa ♠

♠ Vixen Versa ♠

Let’s face it, buying a new car can be a daunting, if not intimidating, experience. Between the car salesmen breathing their hot breath down your backs and hovering over your every move – all the while practically shoving financial literacy terms down your throat, it’s […]

≥ Class iZZZ in Session ≤

≥ Class iZZZ in Session ≤

Who else absolutely ‘s that darn Arby’s “WE HAVE THE MEATS” commercial? I know I’m late, but that goofy yet awesomely savvy and much memorable slogan is quite the tagline! …but I digress… 😛

Soooooo besides Justin Bieber’s face, there aren’t too many things that tickle me PINK…except for THIS announcement!!!

***SHIMMY HAS A JOB***

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***CUZ SHE SLAYS***

That’s right!!!! I’m ELATED to announce that after 3 months of searching to my heart’s content, I’ve finally found an actual job and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Now despite my elation and overall unbounded happiness, I must admit, there were times where I felt discouraged, incompetent, and just downright dumb due to the harsh realities that play a role in the entire job search process. With my family, friends, and the accompaniment of Baby Jesus, however, I overcame these insecurities and feelings of despair. Cuz let’s face it, walking around with dashed hopes and dreams will TOTALLY hinder me from embarking on my journey to basically becoming the World’s BESTEST Professor of Economics!

So, if you’re ready to tag along with me on this cooler than cool quest, then grab your Trapper Keepers, pretty-n-pink pens, and let’s ‘Make like Malthus‘ and get to educating and enriching the lives of everyone! 😉

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♥ Shimmy Sistah’s Brassiere Collection ♥

♥ Shimmy Sistah’s Brassiere Collection ♥

Wanna see my unmentionables? Then head here! But if it’s my Bedazzled Belly Dance Bra Collection you’re here for, then look NO further!!! I must admit, belly dancing is my passion, and there’s absolutely nothing I adore more; however, financing this fancy can cost quite […]

»My Way or the Highway«

»My Way or the Highway«

Have you ever met someone and it just seemed right? You know, the feeling you get when the stars align and serendipitous occurrences happen by chance? Well, until recently I haven’t been able to attest to such pleasantries, but now that I FINALLY have, I […]

¿Having Halitosis Problems?

¿Having Halitosis Problems?

natural cures for halitosis organic cures for bad breathTHE DILEMMA

Okay Shimmies, I admit it. I have BAD BREATH. I’m not kidding either. My breath is rank, stank, and all those other adjectives used to describe “smelly’. It’s like whatever I eat seems to just settle on my tongue – breeding stinky breath germies. 😛

THE SOLUTION

Thankfully, my friend Brandon, came to my rescue!!! 🙂 Hoping to cure my unforgiving bad breath, Brandon sent me some yummy Rosemary Mint and Coconut Ginger flavored mouthwashes by Nature’s Artisan.

Nature’s Artisan is not your typical oral care solution. Priding itself in being able to intertwine the wonders of nature with the discoveries of science, Nature’s Artisan freshens your breath using au naturale ingredients and modern approaches – including Xylitol which is basically a fancy and much better alternative to sugar! 🙂

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THE RESULTS

I’ve been using this mouthwash for the past few weeks now and I must say that my expectations have been met! Being a fan of organic products makes me a tad biased, I know, but honestly, my halitosis hitches have been cured! 😀

Not only does this mouthwash taste wonderful and freshens my breath without all of the harsh ingredients featured in other competing brands, but my fresh breath actually LASTSSS! No joke! I can brush, floss, then rinse with my Nature’s Artisan mouthwash all before hitting the hay to get my 8-hour slumber, and when I awaken, my breath is still bearable!

That’s right! After gargling and swishing for about 30 seconds, my mouth is all tingly and my breath is fresh for hours, all the while experiencing little to no sensitivity! 🙂

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves by clicking here!! Tell em Shimmy Sistah sent ya!

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Have a bad breath remedy you swear by? Be sure to leave them below because I’m sure some fellow Shimmies (and I) would love to know! 😉

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully ♥

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∴ 5 Belly Dance Myths Debunked ∴

∴ 5 Belly Dance Myths Debunked ∴

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING TMZ TELLS YOU!!! Shimmy’s here to set the record straight on ALL Belly Dancing fibs, fabrications, and fables!!! Let’s get started! 😀 1. Spelling B-Sting I’m a belly dancer, so you’d think I’d know…but au contraire, my little ones! The most common mistake, mishap, […]

∝ Catch Up & Caliches ∝

∝ Catch Up & Caliches ∝

CALICHES CUSTARD

Remember that hiatus? You know, the one where I ghosted ya without any rhyme or reason? Well, Shimmy is here to catch-up with you all, say she’s sorry, and plead for the prettiest of pardons! So hurry!!!! Go grab your chilled Caliche Custard, cozy with your fiercest fleece, and THOROUGHLY enjoy! 😉

The Doctor is In 

GARREY CARRUTHERS NMSU GRADUATION

I FREAKING GRADUATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right!!! Your very own Shimmy Sistah is a bonafide, real live doctor! (The 1st in my family too! 😉 ) This past December (the 11th to be EXACT), I graduated from the illustrious New Mexico State University with my doctoral degree in Economic Development!

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NMSU GRADUATION

Now does this mean I can prescribe your meds for your tumultuous tummy? Of course, not! But can I decrease inflation rates while summoning the GDP Gods as I makeshift ways you all can save more than you spend @ Forever 21? Well, DUH!

Break a Leg…or Maybe 2

LAS CRUCES DOGGY FASHION SHOW

To say the least, performances are my passion. From the practices and preparation, to the primping and prancing – there is nothing I enjoy more than shimmying with my Shimmy Sistahs!!

LAS CRUCES DOGGY FASHION SHOW CHARITY EVENT

This past year, we performed for children, our beloved Pagan Festival, Hallow’s Eve, and we even managed to get a charity event in there as well! Now, and as you can all see, we had a great time and we looked even better, but instead of focusing primarily on just our beatitudes and bellies, we remained fixated on working together, strengthening our sisterhood, and collaborating with local organizations and the community. These principles are essential and quite crucial for any group, troupe, or dance team and thankfully, our dedication, efforts, and love of dance paid off (10 fold)!! In fact, our persistence afforded us a chance to be featured as a 2015 SPOTLIGHT SHOUT-OUT HIGHLIGHT for our local community!

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You guessed it!!! Shimmy’s a celebrity so watch out Kimye! 😉

LAS CRUCES ZOMBIE WALK

How did the GRINCH steal Christmas?

With a scimitar, of course! 😉 JK, Shimmies!

These holidays were actually filled with plenty of family, festivities, food, and fun! Not only did I go home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I managed to enjoy my time there as well!

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HIGH MUSEUM CHRISTMAS

ATLANTIC STATIONS CHRISTMAS

You see, my previous holidays have always been spent either studying, writing, or resting but THIS year, I dabbed with my cousin, met my Knight in Shimmying armor, play-dated with my mommy, and became Grinch-y Green with the utmost envy @ this dude! 🙂

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it was………LIT.

What more can I say? She makes us say “uhhhhh, UHHHHH. Nah-Nah-nahnah!” My Shimmy Sistah, Jordan, pushes us to the limit – like she LITERALLY makes us her “No Limit Shimmy Soldiers!” 😀

First, she had us learning new techniques. Easy. Then she suggested swords. Simple. Next, she starts with this whole “tribal” thing. No (Keith) sweat. THEN all of a sudden, I’m guessing because we never stopped her in her tracks before, she springs this whole “Let’s dance with FIRE” idea on us. FREAKED. US. OUT. 😐

I mean, WHO in their right mind does this? Turns out, just about every belly dancer out there…excluding me…until NOW!

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¿Now what?

Besides watching All about the Benjamins and grubbing out on all of the yummiest candies my little tummy can take, I’ve just been applying for jobs, wigging out with Wendy Williams, and praying my nation votes for anyone but #Trump! 🙁 Oh yeah, I’ve also been plotting (like Pinky and the Brain Brain….) on improved blogging topics, volunteering opportunities, and all things belly dance worthy – implying that sticking around for the journey should be a given!!! So stay tuned, Shimmies!!! I’ve got LOTS more in store like my beloved H&M! 😉

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully ♥

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♥♪♥♫♥ Shimmy’s Playlist – Vol. 1 ♥♪♥♫♥

♥♪♥♫♥ Shimmy’s Playlist – Vol. 1 ♥♪♥♫♥

I wish I could say this is my current TWERKOUT BOOTY PLAYLIST, buttttttt it isn’t…! These are just my jams! My jams that get me through those early mornings, lazy afternoons, and cozy yet long nights! Check them out and tell me which ones are your […]

⌊ PULLING A PΛTTY ⌋

⌊ PULLING A PΛTTY ⌋

Pulling a Patty…don’t know what it means? It’s basically neglecting your Shimmies, not telling them where you are, where you’ve been, and why you’ve escaped – ALL the while working on your dissertation, applying for j-o-bees, teaching all things economics, performing dazzling routines for the […]

¨Perks of having SMALL BOOBS¨

¨Perks of having SMALL BOOBS¨

IMG_0693Let’s face it, tiny ta-ta’s get a bad rep! Yeah, there a few who think they are cute, many loathe them, some couldn’t care less and, of course, we have those that, in a drunken stupor, would attempt to motorboat them regardless of their great divide! But are their ANY perks to having boobs whose sizes reflect our scholastic GPA’s? I mean, besides being a part of a REMARKABLE Itty-Bitty Committee, there HAS to be something us members have to look forward to, right? Well, duh! 😉 Shimmy’s top seven are below!

1. Keith No-Sweat

Breaking a sweat in the gym never felt so good especially since we don’t have to lift and wipe excess perspiration from under our Beautiful Bouncing Buddahs!

2. No bra? No problem!

That’s right, Shimmies! Don’t feel like strapping on? No worries! Come as you are – bra-less and unrestricted! You feel great and look even better! 😉

3. Self-Check in a Cinch

Don’t wait until October to check your Sweater Stretchers especially since it won’t take long at all!

4. Stuck like Glue

Wanna stargaze? Enjoying the crazed visuals you depict as you paint the sky with your imaginative cloud creations? Well, do that without worrying about your boobies falling prey to your armpits! Don’t believe me? Put any bountiful Shimmy to the test!

5. Jumpin’ Jack your Rack

Being top-heavy is NO issue for those who have to stuff with tissue!

6. Size Small, Please!

Not only do our favorite boutiques stay stocked with our size, but they often place those items on sale! Better bargain and bang for your buck, when 32B is the size of your cup! (See what I did there?) 😀

7.  Call of Booty

Oftentimes, when we lack in one arena, we are more than able to compensate in another…it’s just life! With that being said, our bodies are no different! So don’t fret because your rack is lack! Turn around, Shimmies! Show them your booty’s got back!

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So there you have it! How did the Chairman of Itty-Bitty do? Now I’m sure I missed a few perks, so I’m gonna need my Shimmies to list more below, but in the meantime, remember that the validity of your bodies, no matter their shape, size, or stature, should NOT be given the stamp of approval by the social constructs our society places on them. I don’t know about you, but I treasure my Gerber Servers no matter their size and YOU. SHOULD. TOO.

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully <3

– Shimmy Sistah

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† Survival Kit for Maintaining a HIGH Self-Esteem †

† Survival Kit for Maintaining a HIGH Self-Esteem †

‘First Aid Kits’ come stuffed with antiseptics and Sesame Street Band-Aids, ‘Black Girl Starter Kits’ come jam packed with hot combs and Michael Kors, and the ‘You Can Beat Me Up, But My Dad Will Sue You’ starter pack is filled to the brim with […]

Legends of the Hidden §hirley Temple

Legends of the Hidden §hirley Temple

Let’s forget the anecdotal writing here and get straight to the point!…just kidding! 😉 You know Shimmy can’t POSSIBLY begin a post without a fable or two! 🙂 So you know when you walk into Macy*s and see the cutest Material Girl outfit on the […]

¡¡¡SHIMMY TURNS ONE!!!

¡¡¡SHIMMY TURNS ONE!!!

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<3 May the 14th be with YOU! <3

Yeah? No? Okay…well, I tried…as usual! 😉

GL – George Lucas, to me, is considered to be the renown archenemy of the AWESOME OPOSSUM Planet of the Apes franchise since the late 70’s. Why have I given him this alias, however? Well, it’s only because he masterfully managed to create the iconic Star Wars Trilogy that would rival my simian homies for decades to come. How shady is THAT? And let’s not forget to mention how he has also donated over $1 million to aid in the majestic construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, established his own nonprofit organization, and pocketed a whopping $4 billion when he successfully sold his filming company to none other than Walt Disney! (Who knew Walt had THAT much money? Does he have a son or nah?…) 😉 But seriously though, what hasn’t Lucas done? All that’s left to do is avenge Ultron and Robert Downey Jr. claimed that feat last weekend!! He could always star our beloved Lupita in the next installment of … wait he did that too! Jeez Lucas! Can you like STOP being so great?!?

<3 Facebook – “Helping people remember birthdays since 2004!” <3

MZ – Need I say more? Mark Zuckerberg, in the most unconventional and unprecedented ways possible, has become a more than influential token of our past, present, and future generations to come! From the memes we share, to the annoying “Play Trivia Craaaaack NOW” notifications we receive every 12 mins, Facebook is an essential, and oftentimes necessary, time consuming component of our daily lives. For example, because of Mark’s ingenuity, we can now squabble endlessly down our News Feeds while waiting in line to place our orders for crab rangoons, face sleepless nights because our poor elbows are trying their darnest to keep our celly’s from splatting our contoured noses, and we, or course, luxuriate and bask in the essence of being able to chime in on where Stacy went, who accompanied her, and if her ex knew about it! 😀 HA! I just made a funny! 😉

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Now I bet my Shimmies are wondering as of WHY I am rambling on about these accomplished young fellows! Well, it’s because none other than SHIMMY SISTAH shares a BIRTHDAY with them BOTH! 😀 <3 😀 <3 😀 Taurus bred with an incredible journey ahead, Shimmy Sistah, alongside her two comrades, will be celebrating her birthday on May 14th, 2015! And guess WHAT! I’m inviting each of YOU to commemorate with her! SOMEBODY SCREEEEEEAAAAMMMMM! That’s right! I want all of YOU to come along for the ride! This means giveaway goodies and glitter GALORE!

On May 14th, I will be selecting a SHIMMITASTIC winner who will receive everything from my favorite mascaras and iTunes gift cards, to all things shiny, glistening, and PINK! Are there rules? Of course, there are, but they aren’t complicated, so don’t fret! 😉 All ya have to do is subscribe to my blog by pressing that follow button below so you can receive instantaneous hip-worthy updates! Oh yeah, also follow me on Instagram and Facebook @shimmysistah! And last but not least, comment below on your most memorable birthday experience! Was it spent with a special heartthrob who surprised you with hip scarves, bindis, and Sadie CD’s? Or was it spent @ home in complete tranquility and solidarity – away form the chaotic cacophonies we hone through each day? Do tell!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully <3

– Shimmy Sistah

¡THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL USA RESIDENTS!

RULES:

1. Subscribe to my blog by clicking that BLUE follow button below in order to join Shimmy on her incredible journey to inspire those who aspire for more!

2. Mark Zuckerberg says ya gotta like my Facebook Page by clicking HERE!

3. Follow Shimmy on Instagram to see all of my Selfie Stick SkillZZZZ by clicking HERE!

4. Gimme the deets on your most memorable birthday experience by commenting below!

<3 GOOD LUCK <3

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♥ Live Life, Beautifully ♥

♥ Live Life, Beautifully ♥

Earlier this year, little ole me had the opportunity to be featured on Real Brown Girls amongst a plethora of dynamic, influential, and beauteous women doing some pretty awesome things, including forging movements for all things ladylike, depicting tales of when solitude was their only […]

♦ I’m in Control ♦

♦ I’m in Control ♦

How am I feeling today? You want the truth? I’m feeling pretty darn weird, if I do say so myself! (No Jay-Z voice needed!)

β ELECTRIC LADY! β

β ELECTRIC LADY! β

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Me and the rain just don’t get along and October 19, 2014 – my first day donning my rad Electro Phi Beta jacket – was no different… 🙁

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…I am Polygamous…

…I am Polygamous…

¡¡¡CARPE DIEM!!! #YOLO Life is short. Buy the shoes. I know I’m not the only one who has noticed these cute quips, quirks, and quotes mocking the fact that life is short, thereby making living it to DA FULLEST a duly noted priority! Well, that’s […]

←Make Haste, NOT Waste→

←Make Haste, NOT Waste→


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