"All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within." - Horace Friess

Friday, February 15, 2013

The 3 Month Frugal Date Challenge


Yes! I renamed the challenge! :) 

I decided to do this challenge for a few reasons. 

One of them being that I am currently doing the 52 Week Money Challenge. (http://doublesavingdivas.com/2013/01/08/52-week-money-challenge/) with a few friends. 

Also I wanted to challenge myself to make the most of the time I spend with my sweetheart. We have a wonderful time with each other. I want to continue to make fond memories to reflect upon. :)

Lastly, I am a very frugal young woman being that I pay for my own education, I am ALWAYS looking to spare a couple of dollars. *Ahem, ain't nothing wrong with saving some cash!*

Kiesha & I had a conversation about adjusting the amount marker for the challenge to $20 instead of $10 because... "we love to eat!"

So do I! *rubs tummy slowly*

The Rules:

For 3 Months & 12 dates you must record in a note or post a photo of your frugal date. With each posting, please include your date activity, meal and cost. 

At the end of challenge thank Noah & I for making your pockets fatter! LOL..

No seriously.... 

At the end of the challenge, the last couple or person standing will receive a FREE $20 gift card!

WOOT! FREE MONEY! 

(You must complete 12 DATES to be selected!)

I would suggest that you all make use of blogs, Groupon, your local library, and even Craiglist to explore ideas for your dates. 


Here's a date example:

*Note: I am a weirdo. I love to do odd things so keep in mind that your dates (being with/out a partner can be as strange as mines or weirder. LOL)

Saturday: Selecting a Wine for a Later Date at Trader Joe's : $9, Villa Alena Moscato d'Asti
Jazz Music at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Admission: FREE!
Spray Roses: ??? *Noah surprised me with FLOWERS!
2 Glasses of Wine : $10
Dinner at Hot Tacos: $ 6

Date Total:
$25 (over) whomp, whomp!

*I told my sister about this date and she said, "Who eats tacos after a glass of wine?!" Well, we do. LOL*


I found a couple links that may help you guys out!

Couples:

20 Dates Under $20!: http://ideas.thenest.com/love-and-sex-advice/anniversaries-dating-ideas/slideshows/20-dates-under-20.aspx

10 Dates Under $10: http://blog.datehookup.com/10-dates-under-10-dollars/

$10 Meals with Melissa Darabian:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/ten-dollar-dinners-with-melissa-darabian/recipes/index.html

10 Dates Under $10 Buckeroos: http://littlelucktree.blogspot.com/2012/02/10-dates-under-10-dollars.html
Singles:

DIY Spa Treatments: http://www.mybeautybunny.com/diy-spa-treatments-bathroom/

Try a New Resturant: http://www.yelp.com


Friends:

Roller-Derby:http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-border-city-brawlers-1?pt=aUR7ooDAAAACtjoRtyKpA7mJ-JDOEIgbX

Comedy  Showhttp://comedycastle.com/show.cfm?id=206882



Local:

Free Jazz Concert: http://www.freeismylife.com/2013/02/free-valentine-concert-with-alexander.html


Alright! GET READY, GET SET, go be FRUGAL! (Seriously, get outta here!)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Lazy Summer Picture Blog 2012 Part 1

I have so much to SHARE!

Okay.... here we go!

I love the interesting stuff you see on the city bus. 











       I reached my goal!!!




















Trip to the Arcade with the family







Funky Outfit for the 1st time

Oh I decided to not cut my hair ANYMORE. I love cutting it in the summer because my hair is so MASSIVE. I decided to see how long it will grow. Hmmph...


Monday, April 9, 2012

I will be selling art at....



ILLPLAYBILL, Detroit's new Hip Hop Theater Group is proud to present: A Man Can Change Pt #3: DEDICATION. The Words, Music, Art, and Stories of 7 Men. Saturday, April 21st 8pm at Jazz Cafe Detroit. The evening will be hosted by Fluent and will feature some of our cities DOPEST Poets. If you attended AMCC before or heard the buzz...you know whats up. Come open and leave uplifted as Men from Detroit's tremendous Art community show you what dedication is all about. The night will include a live band, $5 drink specials, A full menu of delicious food being served, 1$ Raffles for ILL gift bags and some of the best Poetry you've ever heard! Artwork will also be on display and available for purchase along with vendors selling Jewelry, Clothing and more. 


The lineup is:

Fluent
Mike Will
Caesar
Ju Hall
Alex White
Black
And Shaka Senghor

For AMCC #3 the theme is DEDICATION...

ILLPLAYBILL is dedicated to doing what we love however we want...

...what are you dedicated to?

Saturday, April 21st. Jazz Cafe Detroit. 350 Madison, Downtown Detroit.

Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door. EARLY ARRIVAL is strongly recommended for seating purposes. Doors open and 8pm and show starts PROMPTLY at 9pm.





My artwork:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Updates March 2012

My life has been a bit busy with school and projects.
 I am writing a lot mini pieces of Facebook and my other hiding place. 
I might share over here if you are interested in my public journal.
 I don't mind sharing it. :)

Are you interested in hearing my uncollected thoughts? LOL

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Alone But Not Lonely: My Trip to The Art Museum

Over the past few months, I have been moping around about not having a companion. (I was dating someone long distance and then prior to that I had a summer fling (local partner) that I attended events with.) Once those dynamics ran its course, I was feeling lonely especially since it is the winter time. Bummer! However, my friend reminded me that being alone doesn't mean you are "lonely". In hopes of raising my "Debbie Downer" spirit I begin to do simply things that I once enjoyed prior to my relationships.

The wonderful thing about living in Detroit is, there is something to do daily if you are open minded! Yesterday, I went to do some research for my semester project at the library but adjacent from the library is the Detroit Institution Arts (DIA). When the bus arrive in front of the library, I decided to go look at some artifacts instead of textbooks for inspiration. BOY! I am so elated that I did because the DIA is not only AFFORDABLE but breath taking!
I spent a few hours enjoying the art, crying at the small features films with guests and even inviting myself to school tours by blending in. (Shrugs, I mean all I had to do was write in my notebook and ask questions. I am a student after-all).

I had an amazing day because I did something different than my usual coffee shop routine. It felt good to do something different and exciting alone for a change.
and as for my Winter Blues, well what winter blues?

*What is your favorite activity to do alone?
**I will continue to keep you posted on my favorite outings that I enjoy alone through my Alone But Not Lonely series.


This how the Greeks cleanse themselves with Olive Oil. 


This is from the Egyptian Series I am not certain who this was. I believe  a man and his wife. I do remember reading this piece was in honor of what they desired in their next life. Youthfulness and love. 

From the Americas Series, Two Lovers Kissing. A Older Man and a Younger Woman believe to be the Goddess of the Moon. 

African Art Series: A Man on Horse from Nigeria

This is a palace door. I recently learned that a door  with writing and symbols told wonderful messages about their family. Or even warned a intruder about the family as well. This door is not translated but I love the imagery.

Combs or commonly known as Afro Picks in America


Arabic Bowl from the Islamic Art series: The writing reads "Sincerity demands deeds..."


A modern piece of art from the African Art series. The bowl represents a woman. The long neck of the bowl is in honor of the hairstyles of Kenyan woman & the larger and round bottom is to represent the curves of the women. 


If you want more information about the DIA, visit their website at http://www.dia.org
You can also see the artifacts up-close by typing in the title in the search engine on their site.
I apologize for the poor photos. I used my camera phone due to leaving my camera at home.