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Welcome Home: 25th Essence Festival

The 2019 Essence Festival kicked off in New Orleans on July 4th with Essence in the Park. Guests were treated to a musical selection featuring MC Lyte. 

MC Lyte

The festival consists of three star-packed days of performances, vendor activities, forums, and much more across several venues throughout the city. 

Featured guests on the Walmart stage included Anthony Anderson, Dr. Curlina  and Dr. Heavenly from Married to Medicine. They discussed the importance of managing your health at all ages. #ReignOn. 

The cast of the Brian Banks movie. The inspirational true story of Brian Banks, an all-American high school football star who finds his life upended when he's wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit premiers on August 9th. Sherri Shepherd is pictured here in a stunning red romper designed by Rachel Roy. Similar Jumpsuits available at Boutique Sales Chic.

Frugal Flirty N Fab Contributor Prinsetta Myers and Sherri Shepherd

Tamron Hall is returning to daytime television with her own talk show this fall on ABC. According to Tamron, “Fashion will be a big part of the show. I want y’all to gag when you see Tamron”. Tamron’s new show will be taped 3 times a week and have 2 pre-recorded viewings. Here’s Tamron looking lovely in her floral printed dress

Fans were in for a real treat as their favorite celebrities stopped by the #fanzone. The cast of the final season of Power gathered to take pictures and engage with very excited fans. 

There was no shortage of activities including several democratic nominees making a stop to attempt to appeal to black women voters. Kayla Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker are amongst the few who visited this year’s festival to expound on their plan to win the 2020 presidential election. Booker, in particular states that we should not ask candidates what they are going to do, instead we should ask what have they already done. Looking forward to hearing more from the candidates this election cycle. Our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama graces the Superdome with her presence to discuss the elements of becoming Michelle Obama. It was great to hear first hand the trials, tribulations, and victories she has seen in her lifetime. 

Saturday night ended with none other than this years lifetime achievement award recipient Mary J Blige. She is a regular on the Essence stage and of course was amazing as usual.

Tyler Perry graced the stage on Sunday morning encouraging everyone to just be kind and the rest will follow. 

Along with a host of others Donnie Mcclurkin took us to church! 

One can not go to New Orleans and not indulge in the food. The food speaks for itself. 

Did you attend the 25th Annual Essence Musical Festival? What was your favorite part of the event and will you be attending next year? For additional info please visit

*Post courtesy of Frugal Flirty N Fab Contributors Sheniqua Dillard & Prinsetta Myers


Thanks for the Staying Power Mean Green!

FABulites, As we come to the close of yet another year I know many of us are focused on what things we'll be changing for the new year but today i'd like to take this moment and talk about something that will be staying the same and that's the trusted cleaning power of Mean Green!

It's been a long year for the Frugal Flirty N Fab and throughout it all I've found the act of cleaning to be both challenging and therapeutic but no matter what the day brought I was always comforted in knowing I had Mean Green by my side. From pitching my business, Boutique Sales Chic at vending events, to family events held at the house, to my ultra demanding Spring Cleaning Challenge the one thing I always knew I could count on was the staying power of Mean Green. For those of you who are just joining me for the first time and might be unfamiliar with Mean Green let me just sum it all up by saying its the strongest degreaser and cleaner you can buy for the money when other cleaners simply just won't do. It's the most honest brand available considering it gives you the performance you can always count on and who doesn't love a good performance. Inside and outside, nothing works better than Mean Green.

I was first introduced to the fabness of Mean Green in the beginning of the year when I set out to be a little more conscious about the cleaning products I was using around my family and kids. I wanted to do my part in supporting a brand that would not only get the job done but was always safe to use around pets, plants and people. As the love affair blossomed I not only learned that it was eco friendly but that I could use it on vinyl siding,  the exterior of my car,  in my laundry as a  pre-treat on tough stains and more. The possibilities are endless with Mean Green.

While many changes will be made as we head into the New Year it just feels right knowing some things will be staying just the same and thanks to the staying power of Mean Green we can all rest assured that change is not for everything! Are you fan of the Cleaning power of Mean Green? 


Caregiving Made Easy with the Sam's Club Caregiving Program.

"This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own."
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Growing up the eighth of nine children was the most amazing childhood experience. I was always surrounded by family, fond memories and tons of love. That's why it was pretty much a no brainer  when the conversation came up of being a caregiver for my parents and with the help of an amazing support system and programs like Sam's Club Caregiver Program I proudly took on the role.

There I was 9 months pregnant when I got the call, It was my sister on the line telling me to get to the hospital because my mother was being brought in. This wasn't a new phone call for me but this was the call that changed my life for good. You see that was the day my mother suffered a stroke that would land her in the hospital for good causing her to never be the same again. It was over 3 years my Mom spent between the hospital and the rehab facility that became her home and over three years I did my best at caregiving for her. You see my mother was a very kind and loving woman and I took it upon myself to make sure that even though she was no longer able o care for herself that she remained that way. It's now been a little over a year since my Mom's passing but instead of drowning in my tears I instead focused on the beautiful life she provided me and find joy in knowing I provided her the same.

I have currently taken on the role of my Dad's caretaker but some may see it as him taking care of me. My father is 85 years old and I can proudly say living his best life. He drives, he cooks, he even picks my now toddler up from daycare daily and that's why I'm so appreciative to stores like Sam's Club for making my caregiving experience an easier and more enjoyable one for me.

It's at Sam's Club I can make sure my father has all his daily prescriptions and where we are both able to stay up to date with his health and wellness. I personally find Sam's Club to be both more convenient  and cost effective than other retailers as well. I mean where else can you go to get your daily meds and cake samples at the same time.

I take pride in knowing that thanks to the Sam's Club Caregiver Program I'm able to provide my father with the items such as Ensure and Glucerna that keep him strong and striving on a daily basis as well as products such as Depends and Poise pads should the need arise.

No one said being a caregiver was easy but I can attest that it's quite an amazing experience. Yes there will be days when you're over worked and overwhelmed but there are also days when you rejoice in the fact of being able to care for your loved ones. When thinking of becoming a caregiver I would advise you to just be prepared and take things day by day. Always be aware of what your options are try to keep an open mind. No one can tell you exactly what you'll experience from day to day but find comfort in the fact that you're taking care of someone you Love who undoubtedly loves you back!

Are you a current Caregiver? What are some of the highs and lows you've experienced and how has the Sam's Club Caregiver Program made it easier for you?

*This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sam's Club but the opinions listed are all my own.*