December 21, 2014

Season's Greetings...

I need to put a disclaimer before I start this post...

*DISCLAIMER* This post is not meant to offend anyone who is non-Christian. If you ARE offended, let's just agree to disagree, and then go eat some seafood salad, followed by rosemary chicken with herb roasted potatoes, and finish it off with Rubis (chocolate) wine and a slice of almond vanilla cake topped with melted chocolate ice cream, crushed peanuts, and coconut candy.

The other day at work, I was walking along the hallway, saw a coworker. I was about to say hi when he greeted out, "COMPLIMENTS!!!" I literally screeched to a halt and had a very confused look on my face. I asked, "Compliments? As in, how? I don't understand."

He replied, "Compliments of the Season." And then it dawned on me that he was wishing me holiday cheer (lol, silly me). But the thing about it was, I was genuinely confused by his greeting. Coming from the States, where everyone tries to be politically correct, the non-religious, non-cultural greeting around this period is, "Happy Holidays." So I guess the Nigerian counterpart would be "Compliments [of the season]" right?

Well, after that exchange with my coworker, we went on to talk about holiday greetings in December. In the States, you have people celebrating Hanukkah, you have some others celebrating Kwanzaa, and then you have those celebrating Christmas (Christians focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ, and others focusing on Santa Claus). 

In the past, I've always said 'Merry Christmas' without really attaching any meaning to it. The truth of the matter is that it's become so commercialized, that more and more Christians are even forgetting that we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus Christ. This year though, I'm choosing to say it more intentionally. Fine, not everyone is a Christian. But if you're allowed to practice your religious beliefs freely, then why shouldn't I too? So with that, I say to you and yours...


December 18, 2014


I've been meaning to do a giveaway, and since I'm back now, this one is perfect timing, as we're just a week away from Christmas!!!

December 17, 2014

Blogging Tips: Blog Etiquette

Hi everyone!

I hope you're having a beautiful day so far, and if not, I hope it gets better for you :)

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but kept procrastinating for one reason or another. Sometimes I'd ask myself who gave me the right or confidence to think that I had any advice to give. At other times, I figured that as a new-ish blogger, and not enough years, experience, blog views, I was certainly not an expert and definitely in no position to dole out blogging tips. Yes, I admit I have insecurities about my blog - in fact, I may share it in another post. But the bottom line was that, I didn't think I had anything to offer.

However, that isn't true. The fact that I've gotten more than one email asking for advice, and others reaching out to me, means that the blog has impacted at least one person in a positive manner. And with that, I think it's good enough for me to share some tips.

Berry Lovely Links

I hope you're having a good week so far :) As always, I've rounded up some pretty interesting links to share with you.

December 15, 2014

Twas a Berry Full Weekend!

Yo yo,

Guess who's back!

I've actually been back for almost a week. I'm not sure I'm flying Air France ever again - I was just so uncomfortable. And then I got into Lagos in the middle of election primaries and fake fuel scarcity. Well, thank God for journey mercies, and Cakes is sooooo happy I'm back and has threatened that he's never letting me travel again :p

This weekend was a very busy one. I had 4 events to attend (I know this is not the advice I gave in my How to NOT Spend ALL your money this Christmas post), but I had a lot of fun :)

December 13, 2014

How to NOT Spend all your Money this Christmas

Hey everyone,

Christmas is almost here, and if you have eyes and/or ears, you've noticed all the retailers, businesses, and promoters around trying to lure and seduce you into buying one or twenty things. SALES SALES SALES, they call out. DISCOUNTS, they cry out. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME-EVENT, they scream. If you're anything like me, you're very highly tempted and have drummed up a long list of things you want to scoop up. But guess what happens if you buy everything you want [without having a busload of money to back it up] - you get broke! So I thought I should come to your rescue and help you save some money this holiday season.