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Coffee Shop Chronicles: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books

I want to embrace the freedoms that I’ve worked for and have been afforded to me. More midday trips to the park. More random afternoons of play. More exploring and coffee shop working. More meeting up with like minded women, moms, writers, and entrepreneurs for lunch. ~ Things I Want to Do in 2018

We’ve barely started the year and already I’m noticing a difference in how it’s been progressing. Typically around this time of the month, I find myself wondering where the time has gone but, right now, I feel different. I feel good. Like the month is progressing at a nice pace and that I’ve accomplished a ton. Which I have. Between launching my podcast, showing up here in this space often, and landing a new branding client, it feels good to be following the intentions I set for the year.

Exploring my city and taking advantage of the freedom freelancing provides is one thing I’m focusing on, so when my friend/business partner asked to meet up for a late working lunch last week, I packed up my laptop and headed to her suggestion: Uncle Bobbie’s.

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books
Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books is a coffee shop meets black bookstore that opened up in the Historic Germantown section of Philadelphia at the end of last year. It’s the manifested dream of Temple University (TU!!!) professor and social commentator Marc Lamont Hill. Both of my parents spent a good portion of their childhoods and early adult lives in Germantown and I have many memories visiting grandparents and family there. To visit and see a black bookstore and coffee shop flourishing here brought warmth, hope, and pride to my heart.

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books
As soon as we entered, we knew this was something special. Head wraps and natural hair were in abundance, black folk from babies to elders were present, as well as all the black books you could want. Bookish friends, you understand the joy this brought. My friend wanted some insight and help with launching her blog (I am BEYOND excited for her new venture. It will be everything and I can’t wait for her to share) so it was her treat. I appreciate good friends who appreciate my work and experience in this space. Grilled panini with mozzarella, tomato, and spinach hit every spot I needed. Philly in January is notoriously cold so we warmed up with–wait for it–French Vanilla Banana Hot Chocolate with almond milk. I LIVE.

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books
We got there pretty late in the afternoon and settled in at a table near outlets (nothing we had was charged smh), but there were lounge chairs and couches, longer tables in front of windows to work and people watch, and a cozy room in the back with more space for collaborative work and exploration. The atmosphere was dope. So warm and inviting. It felt like home here and as the evening progressed, more people arrived and it soon felt like one big gathering of friends and family. We were so comfortable, we didn’t wind up leaving until around 8pm.

Before we left, we knew we’d found a new regular spot. Discovering black owned spaces like this in Philly has become a new adventure for us and this one did not disappoint. I fully intend on making this a routine stop during my coffee shop working days or whenever they’re having dope events. If you’re in the Philadelphia area or visiting, stop by, grab a book and a hot chocolate on your way. ~xoxo


Every Sunday I share a letter from my journey with those on my email list. WELL SPENT is part things I’ve come across that inspire me, things I think might resonate with you, and a lesson from the journey.



Life

Freedom: A Day at Smith Memorial Playground

Freedom

Lately I’ve been really into podcasts, blogs, newsletters or whatever other kind of content I can get my hands on about how to figure out what it is you want do. Shocking, I know. Creative struggles. But, I’ve been coming at it from more of a peaceful position these days, one that is not focused so much on the answer, but moreso the journey. The nuts and bolts of it all. One of the things I’m starting to understand is that, I really just want freedom. Honestly, at the core it’s freedom. There are of course levels to it: finances, time, location etc. but it all comes down that. Knowing this to be absolutely true, has helped me approach my work differently. I know you’re wondering what in the world that has to do with Smith Memorial Playground…right, I’m getting to that.

Last week my boys celebrated their birthday (yes they have the same one). I spent the night before picking out the perfect cupcakes for Sdot’s class–he was being super picky per usual. But, since he was going to be in school for the day, I wanted to do something fun with Man Man. I decided to take the afternoon and spend the day with him (and hubs) at Smith Memorial Playground. We had a perfect day and it really reminded me that, I’m already doing what it is I want to do. The freedom to take afternoons off and make memories with my boys. That’s it at the heart of it. Freedom.

So we spent the afternoon chasing, crafting, playing, building, swinging. It was everything. I also spent the night writing but it was well worth the trade. If you’re not familiar, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a playspace in Philadelphia that is dedicated to providing children with unstructured free play. The Playhouse is tailored mostly towards toddlers and preschoolers but older kids can definitely enjoy the playground. It was a bit chilly…October of course…so we spent most of the time indoors. I’m basically obsessed with this place now and we’ll definitely be visiting much more. Along with other places in Philly. You would think for a philly mom blogger who sometimes writes listicles of things to do in this wonderful city, I would…do more things here. I don’t. It’s weird. But, I’ll be exercising that freedom that I talked about earlier to get to know my city better. Until then, here’s a few photos from our day at Smith Memorial Playground. If you’re in Philadelphia or coming to visit, this is a must stop. Happy November.

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Arts + Culture

Black Art: Cash Crop “Works by Stephen Hayes”

Cash Crop

On the 3rd day of Kwanzaa the hubs and I took the kids to one of my favorite places in Philly. We were headed to the African American Museum of Philadelphia to celebrate Kwanzaa. One of my favorite celebrations at one of my favorite places?! WIN WIN. I was more than ready to learn more about the holiday, listen to drumming, sing songs, and of course African dance! What I did not expect was see to see a life changing exhibit that literally took my breath away and moved me to tears. Before this day I had never heard of Stephen Hayes or his exhibit Cash Crop…but after this day I would never forget.

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Fashion Style

Style Files: Fall Wish List

Fall Style Wish List 2014

As excited as I am about it being Fall, sadly my wardrobe was BARELY ready for the chilly 50 degree weather that hit Philly last week. Where does the time go? I really thought I had a little longer to get my Fall wardrobe together but…no. Over the weekend I did some very light shopping to pick up some staples but there are of course there are items that I haven’t gotten yet. Not exactly staples but definitely closet essentials. I’ve already put a few things on my Nordstrom wish list, you know, just in case the Mr. is feeling generous again!

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Beauty Makeup

Beauty Faves: Drugstore Lipsticks for Fall + Winter

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I might be biased seeing as though Fall is my favorite season, but there really is nothing better than dark sultry makeup. I take full advantage of the cold months to wear as much dark lipstick as I possibly can. So it’s only right I make a post about it right? That and it gives me an excuse take all the selfies I want. I’m working after all ;). Best part of all? You can get all of these vamp babies for under $8. Yasss hunny! Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship Events

{Philly} Event Alert: Cupcakes & Conversations

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Philly loves! Spreading the word about another event in the city. My blogger bae Lissa invited me to a panel discussion this coming Saturday, October 25. She’ll be on the panel discussing all things blogging, social media marketing, and building your business online with a couple other fellow Philly Bloggers. If you’re in the area this Saturday be sure to check it out! You get can tickets for the event here.

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Beauty Makeup

Weekend Beauty: Viva Glam Rihanna 2

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Happy Sunday beauties! It’s late but I’m finally débuting my newest makeup obsession. Last week I posted on Instagram about how the Mr. went creeping on my Nordstrom wish list and got me Rihanna’s Viva Glam 2 lipstick and lipglass. When I got the package at work…. faints. Yes it was that real.  This lipstick is such a unique color I wasn’t sure how it’d look but just knew I wanted it. I mean the packaging alone is worth it!

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Entrepreneurship Events

{Philly} Event Alert: 2nd Annual Women in Media Conference

Event Alert_Women in Media

Happy Saturday loves! Stopping in to tell you all about another great event coming to the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. The Women in Media Conference is taking place next Saturday, September 20, 2014 here in Philly. Fellow bloggers, writers, journalists, and media professionals, if you’re in the area please come out to support this awesome initiative. Check out the release below for more details.

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Beauty Makeup

Beauty Shop: Maybelline The Nudes Palette + Giveaway!

Happy Friday. Happy August. Happy Day! Can you believe it’s August though seriously? Where is the time going?! Le sigh. So anyway, guess what? I finally got my hands on the new (well maybe not so new since it only took me forever and a day to find it) Maybelline Nudes Palette. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I first found out about this. A drugstore neutral palette?! Here for it. Yes ma’am.

Maybelline The Nudes Giveaway

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Life

Reflections: Beaches + Birthdays

Can’t believe it’s been a year already. It seems like only last week I was posting about turning 26 and yet here I am at 27. This year has seriously flown by. When you’re caught up in the day to day it’s easy to lose sight of the progress, the journey. But when I really think about it…I’ve accomplished so much during my 26th year of life. It feels good and a little surreal that I’m really in my late twenties. For real this time, like I can’t even pretend anymore.

Beaches and Birthdays

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Beauty Skin Care

Summer Beauty: Skincare Regimen

When it comes to this beauty thing, it’s easy to blog endlessly about the newest lipstick or favorite bronzer or which foundation I’m loving at the moment (because it’s forever changing). But I know for me, one thing that I tend to overlook here on the blog is the importance of caring for your skin. I’ll be honest though,  and I’m no professional, but I’ve watched my fair share of YouTube videos where the skin care routine is literally 50 million steps and I’m just O_O yea, no. Ain’t nobody got time for that. But some type of skincare regimen is important. Especially in the summer when you’re out in the sun, beach, oily, sweaty and…you get the picture.

Summer Beauty_Skincare Regimen

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Entrepreneurship Life

Love in Links

Keep Going

TGIF. For real. The first week back after a holiday is always sooo long. I’m glad the weekend is here. Not that I’ll be doing much relaxing but a girl can dream. This week was definitely an inspiration when it comes to blogging. I found some awesome new blogs, learned a lot, and definitely refocused after listening to a super motivating podcast by Myleik. You should need to check it out. We have the same mantra. Keep Going. It’s on my vision board and errthing. Here are some more links I’m loving this week.

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Fashion Style

Currently Loving: Bathing Suits…

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Choosing the right bathing suit is always like mission impossible for me. I don’t do the bikini thing, y’all already know. So I’m forever searching for the perfect high waist or chic one piece. I’m headed to the beach in a couple weeks so obviously finding the right bathing suit is all I’ve been thinking about. Here are a few that have caught my eye and are exactly what I’m looking for.

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Beauty Life Motherhood

Beyond Beauty: Self Love…

If you’ve been following the blog for some time you may have come across my Love Yourself Completely post. I’ve posted it twice here and both times I was met with such love and encouragement from Queens (here and on my social media accounts) about the message. In that post I talk about loving yourself completely and embracing everything about you. Total self acceptance. “Flaws” and all. I also talked about the things I experienced in my past that I learned to embrace and accept about myself. That transparency with you all was major for me. I’ve never really spoke out on something so personal. Writing about beauty is easy. It comes naturally to me and it’s something I’m passionate about. But what’s not so easy is being transparent and I was really happy to see such positive feedback.

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