Just Me . . . Having the Best Birthday Ever!!!

As I mentioned in my last post, a special day was right around the corner that I wanted to share with you guys. And that special day was (drumroll, please) my birthday! I know that I say this every year, but me and Goodmommy had such a blast, and I still can’t hush up about how hyped I am.

Even though birthdays come back every year, they’re a really big deal. It’s not just a day about you, but also a celebration of the beautiful and wonderful gift of life that God has blessed us with. Life has it’s ups and downs for everyone, but the fact that we are still breathing is a blessing within itself. In reality, every day is worth celebrating.

Sending time with Goodmommy is always a blast, and I want to share how we spent our special day with all of you, as well! Okay, enough of the chatter, now! My 2022 birthday post is a go!

Our first stop was probably one of my favorites out of the whole day; and it was only just beginning! We decided to stop at Claire’s to do something that we’ve been talking about for years–getting my second ear piercing! And considering that Claire’s has been known for piercing ears for decades—or 40 years, to be exact—we thought it would be a great place to get the job done.

I actually got my first ear piercing when I was a few months old, so I obviously don’t remember anything from that experience–though Goodmommy’s retelling of my baby-self’s reaction always makes me giggle. As a result, I never knew how it felt to get your ear’s pierced before my birthday, so I was naturally a little nervous. But considering that I handle shots so well, I knew that this was going to be a walk in the park.

Despite our original plan to get the silver cross, we decided to get a stainless-steel star after the reccomendation to get a smaller earring. And I immediately fell in love with the results–it’s small, sweet, and simple. I can’t thank Goodmommy enough for getting me my second piercing! In fact, I loved it so much that I may even get another one, in a few years.

Before we left our house, Goodmommy shared with me that she was contemplating taking me to a surprise destination for my birthday celebration, and I was over the moon to find out that it was Barnes and Nobles–my favorite bookstore.

If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog, you already know how I feel about books. And what I really appreciate about Barnes & Nobles is they’re variety–not only with the genres of their books, but with the types of items that they sell, too! As soon as I saw on a sign that the Young Readers’ section was upstairs, we took a ride on the escalator and searched around the entire second floor.

After a few minutes of searching, I finally found the section in question, and I couldn’t have been more excited by the shelves of novels that stood before me. I really love how this section in particular had literature that varied from pictures books to upper-middle grade, which makes it appropriate for a large range of ages.

We ended up purchasing three awesome novels–one of which was a graphic novel–for about ten bucks each. Another one of them was on my TBR (or to be read) list for this year, so I was super grateful for the opportunity to finally read it! Oh, and don’t worry, y’all; I’ll be posting all the book reviews for each one soon. ;))

So, I’m a firm believer that birthday’s don’t have to break the bank. But a simple piece of cake is always nice. And that’s why our next stop was no other than The Cheesecake Factory. Now, in case I’ve never mentioned this on my blog, cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts, and we hadn’t had a slice for like, two years. So as anyone would assume, I was greatly anticipating eating a slice.

Me and Goodmommy are on a health journey, so it was a little shocking–to say the least–to see the amount of calories in a slice of each cheesecake. Seriously though, one slice is like half of the calories for the day! And although all of the options looked absolutely delicious, we both decided to stick with the classics–a slice of Cheesecake Factory’s original cheesecake.

After we saw the fact that it was a full house inside the restaurant, we decided to eat our delicious treats in the car. But I didn’t mind, at all; we had a close up view of the entire food court section of the mall!

To all of the cheesecake fans who don’t think they’d like the plain original, I’ve got to press the fact that The Cheesecake Factory knows what they’re doing. The piece of cheesecake had the perfect amount of sweetness, and the soft texture of the cream cheese melted in your mouth with the perfect serving of sour cream to eat with every bite. What can I say? If you’re looking for a tasteful—and delicious—dessert with fewer calories, the Classic is probably the way to go, in my opinion.

While that sweet surprise was absolutely delicious, we wanted to work off some of those calories. So we ended up making our last stop at Celebration Station, which is this amusement park full of rides (go-karts, water karts, roller coasters, etc.) and an arcade.

After entering the building, we decided to buy a couple hundred coins and explore the arcade. It was actually my first time ever visiting this place, so when I looked it up and saw the booming reviews, I was really anticipating exploring. And trust me, it didn’t disappoint!

What I find so captivating about arcades are all the bright lights. As someone who’s naturally attracted to colors, I got excited by seeing the games. There were so many games to play. And I have to admit that most of them are super addicting!

One of the first games that I played was a massive claw machine that was full of large bags of 5,000 tickets. I tried it about three times, and I got a good grip on all three tries. But as always, the grabber didn’t seem like it was strong enough. Boy, I would’ve really loved those tickets; just imagine the prices I could’ve won.

After about a half hour of exploring, we decided to check out the additional games located upstairs, and Goodmommy’s eyes lit up when she spotted two huge pool tables. She’s told me several times how she used to play pool years ago, but I never had the opportunity to play pool with her. That is, until my birthday.

At first, I was struggling with getting a good grip on the pool stick, but eventually I got the swing of it, and I was able to hit the balls. Practice makes improvement!

But honestly, seeing how happy it made Goodmommy to play a game of pool with me is what really made it all worthwhile. Just look at her!

Finally, here’s a quick selfie of me to get a closer look at my outfit. Goodmommy did such an awesome job on my hair, didn’t she? She really made me feel special on my special day, and I am forever grateful to her for that.

I have to admit that this birthday was genuinely the best that I’ve ever had. Sure, I say that every time my b-day arrives, but my 2022 celebration is going to be hard to beat. I thank God for letting me and my Goodmommy having such a blast! I hope we get to make many, many more blessed birthday memories together, for many, many, many, many, many more years to come!

What are some of your favorite that you’ve done on your birthday? I would love to read your responses down below in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! God bless you all, and I will see you all next time!

Thank you, Lord, for another happy and blessed birthday! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The I Love Summer Tag ☀

Hey, everybody! My name is Q’Zion and welcome or welcome back to my blog. I hope you are having a fantabulous day or night!

I decided that today I wanted to post something really simple, but still summer-related and fun to read. So, I decided to make another tag, which is officially dubbed “I Love Summer.” Since I am a big fan of the sunny season, I created this tag to celebrate and give you all some info on my summer habits and preferences. Let’s get into it!

Rules

1. Ping back the creator of this tag by providing a link to the original post.

2. Post these exact rules on your post of this tag.

3. Answer all 11 questions.

4. Nominate some of your blogger friends and/or leave it open to anyone reading.

5. Have fun!

I Love Summer Tag

1. What’s your favorite thing about summer?

I really love the bright weather, especially when the weather is around 76-80 degrees with a small breeze. Just after spring, nature is flourishing and that makes for a really photogenic season.

2. What is your signature summer style?

I usually wear bright colored tops–mostly t-shirts–with comfortable leggings or jeans to match. My jewelry usually has lots of color to match with my outfits and make the colors pop. And I’ll usually add a pink or orange lip gloss to tie it all together.

3. Which dessert do you prefer during the summer?

Milkshakes, obviously. I get them once a month. But to be fair, I was doing so before summer even started lol.

4. Beach or swimming pool?

I like both, but I will say swimming pool because I’m not the biggest beach go-er.

5. Where would you spend your dream summer vacation?

I would love to go to either Italy, Sydney (Australia) or Jamaica. I would probably spend most of my time checking out the famous landmarks to learn more about each country’s history and local restaurants to familiarize myself with different cuisines.

6. Do you think that you spend more money in the summer?

Yeah, for sure. I tend to stay home a lot more when the school year is in session, just because during the weeks I have work to do and feel like doing nothing but resting when the weekends arrive. The summer gives me much more time to relax, which makes going out of the house a lot more appealing, to me.

7. What’s the most annoying part of summer?

The insects–particularly the lovebugs, gnats, and mosquitoes. Especially the mosquitoes.

8. Do you spend most of your summer indoors or outdoors?

Indoors. To be fair, just because I go out more in the summer doesn’t mean I do so that often.

9. Who do you spend your summers with the most?

My family, particularly my Goodmommy and intermediate family. I haven’t even really spent much time with my friends from school, but we have made sure to check up on each other through texting.

10. What scents do you associate with summer?

Pineapple, watermelon, saltwater, and barbecue.

11. What colors do you associate with summer?

Warm colors like yellow, red and orange since they remind me of heat, and where I live is pretty hot during this time of year. But any bright color gives me the summer vibes–like sky blue and hot pink.

Nominees

I’ve nominated everyone who likes the season of summer to replicate this tag. If you do decide to give it a try, I hope you have lots of fun with it and I’m excited to read your responses!


Thank you so much for reading this fun tag with me! Let me know in the comments if you all enjoy my tags and would like to see more of them, in the future. It’s a lot of fun making them, so I hope you like to read my tags, as well!

Have a fantabulous rest of your day everyone! Laters! ☀

We made an Etsy shop for our T-shirt business!

Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

So, as some of you know, me and Goodmommy have our own t-shirt business. Although we’ve only started recently, business is booming, and we are continuing to grow our audience through family and social media.

However, we questioned what we could do to grow our business; we knew that we needed another platform to give us exposure to a larger audience. That’s when we got the idea to create an Etsy account! Considering that it has a wide-ranged audience with extremely low fees and we can create our own shop to sell our inventory, we thought that this would be the perfect way to take the next step!

If you would like to support our business and check out our shop, please check out our social media platforms down below.

Etsy ~ RoyalTCustomDesigns

Instagram ~ ladytarilyn_jenkins

Keep in mind that while anyone can look at our social media accounts and our products, you must get the permission of a parent or guardian who is over 18 years of age to order one of our shirts. It’s super exciting to see our Etsy shop officially up-and-running, and I am so excited to see our business continue to exceed our expectations.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all. See you next time! ✨

3 beautiful dresses for 1 blessed girl

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pair of sneakers with leggings or overalls and a t-shirt. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to get all dressed up once in a while, too. While I do have a large amount of dresses in my closet, almost half of them are too small. What must I saw~I’m a teenager. We grow both mentally and physically.

Lately, we’ve been getting more involved in church, and it’s been so long since we went shopping for some church attire, or any formal clothing, for that matter. While Goodmommy was out today, she bought 3 beautiful new dresses for me, and I CAN’T WAIT to wear one of them next Sunday.

I love specific elements of each dress, so I’m thrilled to share my opinions with you.

1 ~ Sky Blue with Bows

Even though I love all of my new dresses, this one might just be my favorite. The color is a really pretty sky blue with this texture along the hemline and the bottom of the sleeves, both of which are topped with an adorable bow. Something about this color just stands out to me. And although the dress is fairly simple, the small details tie everything together is such an elegant way.

2 ~ Teal with Ruffled Shoulder

The next dress is a greenish-blue or teal color. It has these slightly ruffled shoulders and coordinating ruffles along the bottom. This one is probably the most plain, however I know the whole thing will pop once I pair it up with some jewelry. Overall, I’m excited to try on this dress: I think it’ll look really gorgeous, once I try it on!

3 ~ Navy Blue with Rhinestones

I absolutely adore the design in the middle. But to be fair, I love almost anything with a heart on it LOL. The rhinestone really shine and stand out. Plus, the navy blue is similar to the color of my birthstone, which makes me love this dress that much more.

Overall, each of these garments were great new additions to my closet, and I’m so thankful to God and to Goodmommy for these beautiful dresses. Look out for pictures of me wearing them in future content!

Question of the Day: Which of my dresses (from this post) do you like best? Feel free to comment down below.

And that’s all for today, everybody! I’ll “see” you next time! 👗💖👗

We’re Business Owners ~ T-shirt Galore

What’s up, everybody? I have a question; have you ever wondered what it’s like to have your own business? There are a lot of small businesses in many communities, which probably includes yours. It’s National Mom and Pops Business Owners Day, and to celebrate I think it’s a great idea to talk about being an entrepreneur.

Although it can be a lot of work, being your own supervisor can be extremely rewarding in more ways than one. About a month ago, me and Goodmommy decided to start our own business in the textile industry. We customize t-shirts, cups or vases, cards, paper, and a variety of other mediums.

So far, it has been such an amazing experience to spend time with my Goodmommy and work with fashion and design. Not to mention that’s it’s good practice for when I open my own business, one day.

Today I’m going to show you guys some photos of the shirts (and other projects) that we’ve completed. Let’s get this party started! ✨


One of my favorite parts of the designing process is staging the t-shirts for a photo after we’ve finished making it. We often use clothes from our wardrobe to give our audience an idea of what they could wear to match with each shirt. The pictures end up looking so fashion-forward, in the end.

Goodmommy and I love to show off our shirts whenever we go out (and at home, too.) For the most part, we get plenty of compliments on the sweet sayings. But to be fair, who doesn’t like a good t-shirt? They’re simple, convenient, and they can make a statement–literally.

All of our shirts are inspirational or uplifting in some form. Many designs are pertaining to our faith, to encourage others who buy our shirts, as well as those who read them. Surrounding yourself with positivity, especially on your clothing, can be very helpful when you need some motivation.

I know, I know. I did say that we do other projects, too. While shirts and t-shirts are our main products, we have been practicing some other projects, too.

For example, here is a craft that we did earlier today. We designed these gorgeous paper flowers for the first time. Although it took a little while to assemble all three, they were super fun to make and great for decoration and other possible projects, in the future.


I hope you all enjoyed taking a look at some of the products that we’ve made to celebrate the many small business owners who try to spread positivity in their communities around the world. The best thing about having your own business is that it isn’t even “work.” When you create a company that you love, you are doing what you love, with the ones you love, every day.

If you are interested in any of our products at Royal T Custom Designs or you would like to see some more of our inventory, please visit our Instagram business page @ladytarilyn_jenkins. You must be 18 years or older to order, so if you are under 18, please order products ONLY with the permission of your parent or guardian. Thanks!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all. See you next time! ✨

The Beauty of Jewelry

Exodus 35:22 NIV (New International Version)
All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.

Jewelry has many different purposes: a representation of our faith, our culture, our family history, our relationships, our sense of fashion, and the list goes on. In the Bible, it was even used as an offering to the Lord.

One of my favorite things about jewelry is that it doesn’t have to be super extravagant or flashy. Jewelry can be as simple as a chain or as elegant as a thick beaded necklace. Even the smallest piece can enhance an outfit by adding the small but sweet “cherry on top.”

Considering that Goodmommy has her own jewelry business, she is always super sweet when she shows me the jewelry that she’ll know that I’ll love (that’s just how well we know each other.) It’s amazing how even a small necklace or simple earrings can tie a whole outfit together and make even the most casual attire elevated with elegance. Plus, it’s another way of displaying our love for God, and as followers of Christ, it’s important that people can see the Lord in us as His examples. I have my own jewelry box in my room to keep everything organized.

This short-and-sweet post dedicated to National Jewel Day was a joy to write. Me and my family love jewelry for more reasons than one, and I thank God that we can use jewelry (in a tasteful manner) to give Him glory.

Question of the Day: Which type of accessory do you like the most (rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) Feel free to comment down below. (P.S. my personal favorite would be both necklaces and earrings :))

Thanks so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! 💎

My *colorful* headband collection

So, for my virtual public schooling, I usually have (at least) one Zoom class every day. On Monday, both my electives and one of my main courses from Tuesday to Friday. I really enjoy them, because they give me a chance to interact with my classmates and look good while doing it.

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with my headbands for a little while now. Since most of them were multi-colored, I asked Goodmommy if she could get any single-colored head wraps for me. And, of course, she delivered! Thanks, Goodmommy. :)) ❤️

And now that I look at my growing collection of head wraps, I realize that it’s getting pretty big! That’s when I knew that it would be a fun blog post idea.

Here’s a short and sweet look at my *colorful* headband collection.


First up are my Top&Top Kotted Headbands. The intricate designs are so detailed, and the color choices are spectacular. What I really love is the fact that you can mix-and-match the headbands with your outfits. They’re really comfy, too.

Slideshow #1 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

The next ones are made by the same company, but they are unknotted with stretch elastic in the back—the part that goes around the back of my head. The patterns on this set kind of remind of different cultural patterns, for some reason.

Slideshow #2 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

Second to last are my Knotted Louis Vuitton headbands. I adore the simplicity of these designs. They can go with a multitude of colors and aren’t super detailed or complicated. Sometimes, that’s just what my outfits need.

Slideshow #3 (please press the arrows to see each headband individually)

And last, but not least, are the single-colored headbands that I was blessed with today. There are 5 in a pack (2 black, 1 grey, 1 dark blue, and 1 red.) I really wanted these so that I could match them with multi-colored outfits. Sometimes, all an outfit needs is one neutral color to tie it all together.


As you can see, I have a lot of headbands. However, I love them all. They’re simple, chic, and they allow me to be creative. And what is fashion without creativity?

Have a beautiful, blessed day everyone! See you next time! ✨

Celebrate American Heart Month by wearing your red!

Believe it or not, the most common reason for women’s deaths in the United States is heart disease. It’s also the leading cause of death for black and white women in the United States. Even during the pandemic, heart disease is actually higher on the top 10 causes for American women’s death than COVID-19. Surprising, I know.

It is for this cause that February is also known as American Heart Month. And you might want to know how you can do your part.

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day, where we can all come together and wear something red–whether it be a red shirt, red lipstick, red gloves, a red purse, etc.–to spread awareness and honor the many women (and men) who have passed away due to heart disease, as well as support the American Heart Association’s stride to reduce these statistics.

And the great thing about this movement is that we can still make a difference by simple acts, one being wearing red. While tomorrow is the official National Wear Red Day, if you want to show extra support for women’s heart health, you can even wear red (or something red) all month as a tribute to American Heart Month.

You can even shop at an online store called ‘Go Red for Women,’ owned by the American Heart Association, to buy your red clothing and accessories and donate as support toward the great cause. It’s amazing how we, as citizens, can truly make impacts in our communities, while getting fun items to support our health.

Also, if you would like some health tips for how you can keep your heart healthy, feel free to press this link.

So go ahead! Wear your red! Spread awareness for American Heart Month and women around the world!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! 💖

This or That #6 – Fashion Edition

Hey, y’all! Welcome to a new episode to one of my series — This or That. ✨

Just in case you are new, in this series I provide a list of this or that (item vs. item) questions about either random topics or the one of my choice. Today, we’ll be discussing all things fashion! Feel free to tell me your answers to each question, down below.

Let’s get started, fashionistas! ✨

1.) Silver 💎 or gold 💛?

Whether I wear silver or gold jewelry depends on what outfit I’m wearing. Both can be beautiful accents to tie an outfit together. But my go-to would be silver, since it goes with every color and you can wear it during any season. Gold doesn’t look cohesive with every color scheme, so the times that I can wear it are limited. Also, my nameplate (or my necklace in the shape of my name) is silver, so I tend to go for accessories that will match—most of which are also silver.

2.) Jumpsuit or romper?

Technically, a jumpsuit and a romper are the same thing, except a jumpsuit has pants and a romper, well, shorts. At this time–also called winter–I will say that I would prefer a jumpsuit. They are extremely cozy and a fantastic option if you want to wear a one-piece that doesn’t show too much. I prefer to wear rompers in the summer and spring.

3.) Sandals 👡 or sneakers 👟?

I must admit that I’m a sandal girl, primarily due to the comfort factor. I have about 10+ pairs of sandals (some bedazzled, some leather, some elastic) in my shoe collection, and I’m absolutely obsessed with them! They’re so comfortable and easy to put on, yet sandals are the perfect mix of casual and classy to go with any outfit. Well, except for those that go between your toes. Then…not so much, lol.

4.) Low or high boots 👢 ?

While both are cute, I will say high boots. Particularly knee-high boots. They’re chic and can make an outfit look sophisticated and elegant, or more playful and casual. While I love knee-highs, any type of cute boots are good, in my book.

5.) Backpack purse 🎒 or crossbody purse 👝?

To me, there’s no comparison here. I love a good crossbody. The diagonal line that they create when worn are like the bow on top of a Christmas gift. Crossbodies make looser clothes look more form fitting and are great if you have a more casual sense of style. Besides, they prevent me from misplacing anything. In short, they’re convenient.

I had a lot of fun adding a new addition to one of my favorite series. I’m curious about what your answers to each of these fashionista questions are. Maybe we had some alike. I would love if you comment down below your thoughts to one or all five of these this or that inquiries!

Here is a link to the rest of the series if you’d like to see more.

Thank you so much for reading! :)) Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! See you later! ✨

It’s Church Day! | To God Be ALL of the Glory

Today is Sunday, also known as church day! I must admit, it had been a while since me and Goodmommy had attended a church service outside of the house. Don’t get me wrong, we still listen to God’s Word (usually with our own Bible studies as well as YouTube teachings) and communicate with Him every day. However, ever since COVID hit, we’ve been staying at home for pretty much every occasion except necessary errands.

But me and Goodmommy know that fellowship is a form of worshipping the Lord, and we think that it’s about time to get back in to the groove of attending church to fellowship with other believers and continue to learn the Word of God,

This was my very first drive-in church service ever, and it happened to be at my great-grandmother’s (Goodmommy’s mother’s) church, but I really enjoyed it! I love praise and worship, and this method of service allowed me and Goodmommy to give God all of the praise without having to put our masks on or get too close to others.

In service, we were given a challenge to read the book of Ephesians, which will help us learn and identify our spiritual inheritance. In other words, it will help us recognize what God does (spiritually) in us when we are born again, in Him.

Here are a few pictures that me and Goodmommy took of each other after returning home, following the church service. We wanted to wear something that was classy, but not too fancy (since we barely went out of our automobile.) It’s important to both of us that we let God’s light shine through us, from the inside out.

Although my eyes were squinted in most of the pictures due to the sunlight, the pictures still came out great! (Thank God)

I hope you all had a great day fellowshipping with your family and possibly with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Remember that God deserves ALL of the praise. This is the day that the Lord has made. We should forever rejoice and be glad in it!

Have a blessed day, everyone! ✨