Tag: advice

How to Buy Christmas Gifts at the Last Minute and NOT go Broke

Let’s be real, if you still have Christmas shopping to do, you are officially behind and in the category of “last-minute shopping”. Don’t worry, I’m there too. I just started my shopping this past weekend and I still have quite a bit more to do. The holiday season can be really stressful for Royals on a tight budget. As I’ve gotten older, I really enjoy buying gifts for my family and now that I’m working, I can’t get way with a macaroni necklace for my mom (not that I even want to). It would be so easy to go to a really nice store and just buy the most expensive things I know those I’m giving gifts to would like, come home, wrap it up, and relish in the fact that it took my less than three hours to get my shopping done. Unfortunately, the way my bank account and bills are set up, this isn’t an option and I have to be much more strategic with my shopping. In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer I figured I’d share my personal game plan for buying Christmas gifts at the last-minute and not going broke! (more…)

How my BGLO changed my life

Approximately 5.5 years ago, on April 22nd, 2010 I was initiated into the best Black Greek Lettered Organization (BGLO) known to mankind (yes, it’s that great), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 13th, 1913 by 22 women wanting to promote academic excellence and social justice. Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has been trail blazing and expanding its reach globally. The sorority currently has over 1,000 collegiate and alumni chapters within the states and more than 200,000 proud members.

The Tau Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, was chartered on April 30th, 2004 on the campus of The University of Miami by 17 SAGAcious Divas. Since’s it’s introduction to UM’s campus, the TP Divas have received highly esteemed honors such as inductions into Iron Arrow Honor Society (the university’s highest honor), Mortar Board, Rho Lambda, and several other accolades. TP Divas are the women often seen leading the pack both in and out of the classroom. We pride ourselves on upholding the organization-wide commitment to bettering the community.

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Mother ALWAYS knows best

When I was a teenager, I definitely thought my mom was trying to ruin my life. Our most memorable rift was over a boy (duh) I just knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with. He was the literally the boy next door and represented everything the boys at my boring private school did not. He was older, had “street cred”, was adorably shy, and man was he handsome. At first, even my mom couldn’t get enough of the boy next door, but eventually his bad boy ways caught up to our fairytale romance. She banned me from any and all communication and told us both she had no problem burying us in the backyard because she’d kill us both before the relationship carried on. I vividly remember being “heartbroken” and calling myself being sneaky so that we could carry on this secret love affair. Eventually, he messed up even more and I realized that my mom had been right all along. He was indeed really handsome and had a sweet personality, but his life choices were not those of a man I should spend my life with. Mom-1, Roxy-0. (more…)