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The Bikini Declutter Project

The next installment of the Spring & Summer Series of 2021 is HERE. The BIKINI DECLUTTER PROJECT. And, I’m giving an overhaul to my bikinis and one piece swimwear! Now, I’m not sure how well this is going to go; but, I’m going to give it the ‘ol college try!

*this should prove entertaining.. and you didn’t go to college.

Au Contrere, ma frere! (Did I french that right? haha)

Eh, No.

And hey! Actually, I did, thank you very much. Just more of the community variety. *shrugs

So, over the past year, well let’s face it, since the whole world went on a pause, I felt it was time to give my wardrobe some sauce. Or rather, pull some out of it! Ha!

And what better way than to start all that monkari joy sparking, with swimwear!

*You’re still saying it wrong… It’s KonMari.

Yeah, yeah. Ya’ll know what I mean! Don’t steal my joy! *so punny!

One of my goals is to upgrade the armoire. And that includes revamping to a better version of my poolside glamour. As we all know, I’ve been on hiatus for far too long, I’m back posting videos to my regularly scheduled YT Tuesdays! (And blog/pod Wednesdays!) And I’ve already begun with the third installment of the Spring and Summer Series of 2021 with THE BIKINI DECLUTTER PROJECT (and try-on haul)!

I had to kick this one out of my vault because I’ve been on a mission to really give my clothes (and in this case, bikinis!) an overhaul! Join me! What’s your wardrobe look like these days? How’s your swimwear game?

But first, the rules:

The bikini declutter project got me shuffling through my work piles too – and as I’m checking off lists and to do’s that have been stacking up – I released some new books! Are you a journal nut? Do you like planning your vacays with travel planners/bullet journals? Then, give my Amazon Author page a looksie! Oh, and don’t forget to buy some copies todayto add to your collection!

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Get Your Nails Did! Or don’t…

We have been taking some inventory as to where we are taking Rita Slanina into this new decade and well? I’ve got nothing. IMG_2572

Not a clue. No idea. Not one iota of a thought.


I’ve grazed through all the old blog posts, youtube videos, music albums, thespian ventures and book projects and it seems the way to somewhere… vacant with possibilities. And yet, so many possibilities, I’m thought-adjacent vacant.


With 2020 forging on, I can’t help but feel that I’ve made sure to take a look back at yesteryear and really take pride in the new skills I’ve learned and shared with you all, offer up book suggestions that I’ve enjoyed and/or learned from, and really take an overall interest in what the future should look like for me and us here at

I would like to venture into some fun videos this year. Yay! A few shopping hauls, another book list (naturally, said the author), and some writer and actor tutorials for you guys as well. Woohoo! Maybe even a couple vlogs from some upcoming trips planned for this year. You know, that inside peek at what I run around doing. So BOSS. As, I compile the massive list of “OMG – I. MUST. DO. IT. ALL”

IMG_1395The reality is, I just cannot do it all. Nope. At least, not with a family and all that in tow. As women, we gotta choose you know. No you don’t! Yes. You do.

*hears gasps and rejections erupt

I can’t say I’ve done nothing. But, I can say that I’d wish I could do more. MORE. MORE! How much more can you get? As much more as I want, elephant pants!

Maybe sacrificing that wonderful sleep a bit is where it’s  at… hmmm, thoughts abound.

 *insert opposing scenarios here*

HOW IT SHOULD PLAY OUT: She’s bright-eyed and bushy tailed, every moment that’s called upon her. Sleeps 3hrs/night and never has bloat face. She’s SO happy it makes everyone around her nauseas. Accomplishing goals so fast, she has time to spa day, chill on the beach, and brunch with the girls. *Garcon! Pelligrino for the table, si vous plait. Room temp.

HOW THAT ACTUALLY PLAYS OUT: sleep deprived, she wanders into her office, hair falling out of the half-assed bun she put together as she filled an overflowing third cup of  coffee before 6AM. Spills the cup. Then refills while cursing the cracked carafe of the coffee pot she has yet to replace. She sits at her laptop to get in some work on her manuscript. A case of writer’s block conveniently arrives – decides to move onto emails. Oh, wait, check casting notices… Moments later, hubby walks in on her passed out on the keys of said laptop. 

So, what does this all mean?

Sadly, not much. Argh. I know. There’s also this other side of me which wants to just kick pexels-photo-1030973back and chill. *sings, “Do you like pina coladas” as loud as possible. Re-align with my inner chi or some ish. Ohm. But, doing that would require a pullback from all things professional, I suppose. NO! Don’t! It be great to integrate that into but that’s just not part of this company’s M.O. Or is it?


I’ve decided pulling back the reigns a bit and re-harnessing my energies will be the best strategy going forward. Let’s see where that yellow brick road takes me!

IMG_5206Our first video of the year is up NOW on my channel. Check it out! It’s a lifestyle DIY video on doing your own acrylic nails. I started doing my own nails as more of a curiosity as to how easy/difficult it would be. And? And, it just wasn’t as difficult as I thought it be. The time it took me to do my nails vs. sitting at a nail salonwas about the same. However, the cost of doing them myself vs. sitting at a nail salon was far worth it. There are kits available everywhere and great deals. The amount I have spent on tools and products to accomplish this feat was approximately the same as one salon visit! And it has paid for itself 4-fold now. I have enough product to last me for quite a bit of fills and full sets.

If I haven’t convinced you to attempt this at home yet, watch the video below! Remember to like, comment and subscribe!! hugs!

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Cheats & Eats 4 NaNoWriMo

Is it cheating if you planned it ahead of time?


I guess its all in how you look at it, really. Not really.

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If planning ahead means I’ve saved myself time, energy and gave myself an extended writing period then…

Hell yeah!

Call me a cheater!

*slaps forehead

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I cannot express enough how planning ahead and scheduling your success can mean for your writing goals! I know…

  • It’s tedious!
  • It’s time consuming!
  • It sounds too hard!
  • There’s no time!
  • Where do I even start?!

I can make these excuses just as much as the next guy. But, you know what? At the end of the day, we all have twenty-four hours and how we use it is ultimately up to us. If you don’t have time, you simply didn’t make it a priority.


I know, I know. This is too harsh. But, I’m hard on you because I care!

This preptober week,  I show you how I get organized at my desk for  NaNoWriMo!

**just in case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is**

NaNoWriMo is an online writing challenge inviting you to write 50k in 30 days and it happens in the month of November. Holy smokes, that’s just around the corner! I know, so we gotta get prepared and get ready NOW! 

I believe snacks and meal planning are a vital component to keeping your writing goals on track. Why. Uh, because we need nourishment to keep our energy up, silly, and in doing so, we can KEEP plugging away toward that 50k! And we need to find ways to limit our interruptions. I find that I will either forget to eat or pop up and head to the kitchen so much, my distraction level is so high and, ultimately…  no words make it to the page!


I know, right!

So, take a peek inside my NaNoWriMo Survival Kit for some ideas of your own!

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Meal Planning Checklist


 ~~~~~Food Items~~~~~


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 ~~~~~Non Food Items~~~~~

These items, I imagine you can grab anywhere or you already have on hand:

Pens, Markers, Highlighters
Sticky Pads
Google Calendar
Storyboard for your novel (If you have one)

If you want to see how I plan my dinners for the month, how I stay hydrated, or just want to see me babble on about Preptober… Check out this week’s episode on YouTube!

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Also… I will leave you with one last thought. Oh no. Oh yes. I heard this the other day and it has just “stuck.” I hope it resonates with you the way it has with me!

Interruption is the thief of creativity.