Music | Album Review: “Ella Mai” by Ella Mai

For the past year, I have been loving Ella Mai’s music. More specifically, her “Ready” album featuring the hit “Boo’d Up” that also makes a debut on her current album, “Ella Mai.” A little more about the artist is that she is from England who is taking the United States by Storm with her catchy, upbeat music about love that anyone can relate to. She also knows how to switch it up, and slow things down at the same time with her enticing love music giving that classic Rhythm and Blues feel. This review is going to talk about the most popular songs she has on the album, per Apple music, and then I’ll discuss my personal favorite. So let’s get to it:

Good Bad

“Good Bad” is so catchy and carefree. I love it! The music kind of reminds me of “Beautiful Liar” by Beyonce and Shakira the way it starts with these snake pipe sounding instrumentals. We’ve all had some good bad behavior every now and then. This song goes into how her lover sometimes takes on whatever emotions she has that day, when it may not even be about them. She even talks about how their response is, and it is pretty realistic to some people’s responses that I’ve heard. I think that’s what makes it such a hit because everyone can put a mirror up, and be like that has or is me. Also, she is real about it giving her reassurance that she has their attention. Now I wouldn’t recommend to constantly wake up with an attitude to get attention, but I will recommend dancing the night away to it.

Whatchamacallit (Featuring Chris Brown)

“Whatchamacallit” is based on a forbidden romance, which you guys know is a guilty pleasure of mine to write about so I can see why this song is so popular, and right up my alley. For this song, I can already see the hip-hop dances coming out to it, and has a fast enough beat to play at a club, but easy to listen to with the windows down and hair flying all around. I can’t wait until she and Chris Brown perform this song together or at least I hope they do; that man can dance his behind off. Anyway, if you’re on the prudish side you may not care for what they’re talking about and that’s fine, but you must admit the beat is striking and you’ll definitely find yourself bobbing your head. It kind of reminds me of “Loyal” by Chris Brown like they took some of the music and reworked the notes or something. Maybe that’s just me; who knows.

Shot Clock

“Shot Clock” is basically a song about being a catch and the person not realizing her worth; I feel most of us can agree we’ve been in this place at least once in our lives. It’s unfortunate, but at least she was able to flip it into a hit. I also like how she ends this song with her doing what I call poetry, but someone else may see it as her just talking to transition to the next track. Either way, I like the way it ends although this isn’t one of my most favorite songs on the album. However, I do have an appreciation for it.

Gut Feeling (Featuring H.E.R.)

“Gut Feeling” is one of those songs I personally know all too well. When you feel your love interest at the time is starting to pull away, and maybe has found someone else. It definitely sucks, but again that is no challenge for Ella Mai. She is able to turn any of the negative events of love into a smash. Again she ends it with her talking which is always a nice transition. I think I’m noticing a trend in which ones she chooses to do some sort of poem or talking at the end of. Bare with me here, it seems like the songs that could get you to a “Drake and Drive” state of mind are the ones she does them for, and then she’ll follow it up with a lighthearted, bring the confidence back type of jam. Let me know if you see this pattern too; if you’ve listened to the album.

Trip

“Trip” actually is the follow-up song to “Gut Feeling” featuring H.E.R.; “Trip” talks about how basically she is “tripping” over this person’s love, and the type of person they are in a good way. It’s evident that she really cares about this person from the start to the end, and wants to make sure she is really careful with how she deals with them. The beat is pretty cool, laid back and easy to listen to while in the car solo or with whomever. It’s a sweet, little love song I can appreciate, and I feel this one is pretty relatable too.

Paige’s Personal Favorite: Naked

Now “Naked” isn’t at all what you would think. It’s not some overly sexual, sex goddess kind of song it is more pure, real and what I think a lot of people want, or at least what I want. That is a true love song for someone to see her for who she is and still sticks around no matter what. She goes into describing her flaws, how other people perceive her, and then is honest and tells what she wants in the partner, to whom she asks if they can be that person to love her “naked.” This song really hit home for me more than it probably should, but I’m glad it did and I love it. So if you haven’t listened to it, you definitely should. I also want to mention that the instrumentals are so calming and smooth. The guitar is the main instrument and you’ll hear the drum accompaniment very lightly in the background keeping the beat. It’s just greatness I tell you from the lyrics to the instrumentals! My Honorable mentions Are: “Dangerous,” “Everything” (Featuring John Legend), and “Boo’d Up”

Album Verdict (1 worst – 5 best): ★ ★ ★ ★

 

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Health & Fitness | Mango Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are a great way for anybody to get in their fruits and vegetables without having to chew every bite. Lately, I’ll admit I haven’t been eating the best so in order to counteract some of the damage I’ve been doing, I decided to put this quick and easy smoothie recipe that you can do too!

The great thing about this smoothie is that you’ll already have 2 of the 3 servings of fruit you need in a day. Come on now that is awesome! I use a Nutri Ninja blender to get all of these delicious, nutrient-dense ingredients into a simple decedent blend.

Mango strawberry smoothie

Some of the key vitamins and minerals you’ll find in this smoothie, starting with the strawberries are Vitamin C (Skin) and Potassium (heart). The Pineapples are jam-packed with all kinds of nutrition such as Vitamins A (immune system) and C, Calcium (bones), Magnesium (blood pressure), and even Iron and Vitamin B-6 (Heart disease) to name a few. Mangoes are my absolute favorite and they’re equipped with Potassium, Vitamins A, C, and B-6, Calcium, Iron (red blood cells), and Magnesium. But, enough education let’s get down to the good stuff and make this thing:

Mango Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Mangoes (Use Organic when possible)
  • 1/2 Cup of Frozen Pineapples (Use Organic when possible)
  • 1 Cup of Fresh Whole Strawberries (Use Organic when Possible and another trick is to leave the green stem on for extra nutrients)
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Use your favorite brand; I used Silk)

Blend for 1 minute and Enjoy 🙂

*Serving sizes are One 24 oz or Two 12 oz

Mango strawberry smoothie blend

Reflection | Why I Started Blogging

I don’t know if any of you ever wonder or even care why, but I thought it would be a good idea to share with y’all why I started blogging. Honestly, there are a million reasons I can think of, but today I’ll just go over these top five.

Journalism Major

The first reason is that I was made for this! I was a journalism major when I was doing my undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas. An interesting thing about that is that I actually didn’t start off as a journalism major but was a marketing major. I toyed with the idea before I applied and ended up going against it for whatever reasoning I had at the time.

I quickly had a change of heart after my first semester of having to take dreadful accounting. I’m hoping that once I start making enough money I can just hire someone or find really good software to do the accounting portion of the business for me because I definitely don’t enjoy it.

I honestly only barely passed that class by God’s grace and nothing else! Like the greats have said, “stick to your day job and what you know.” I plan to definitely take this advice to heart and execute it with pride!

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Career Change – Freelance Writer

As you may know, if you’ve read my perfectionism issue blog post, I used to be an auto claims adjuster. Although at times I really enjoyed the job and enjoyed working with the people in the office it had serious drawbacks.

Claims handling has to be one of the most stressful jobs you can ever have and I give mad props to anyone who can stick it out and do it with grace and ease, but I couldn’t. Essentially with all the negativity I eventually snapped and let’s just leave it at that so I wanted a serious change.

Not only for my peace of mind but my overall health. I had gotten to 98 pounds, but I digress. What better change would there have been knowing my background than to go into freelance for writing!?

I’m still starting out, but the main goal out of this career change is to become a freelance writer and have my own business all the while being involved in Children’s Ministry and counseling to kiddos. However, I’ll talk about what being successful in this looks like for me another day and more about my graduate studies.

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Not New to Blogging – Tumblr

What do you know, I’ve done blogging before on a less professional scale. I used to have a Tumblr back in grade school that I would just write and reblog things on. I’ve completely forgotten what my username was and that page has long since been taken down, but I say all this to say I’m not a spring chicken to having a blog.

Now the other aspects of blogging like making money out of it I’m definitely new to, but I’m so, so excited to learn and develop as a writer and hardworking professional.

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Passion for The Art

I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t have a passion for something! My passion happens to include just the very act of writing whether that be writing an article like this one, writing in my journal offline or writing poetry; I love to do it all! Ever since I was a little girl I had a niche for writing. I would always score the highest in English and well like I said, I ended up graduating college with a journalism degree. I love writing and writing seems to love me.

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Hobbies

So let’s say I don’t end up making this a career and just stick with what I’m studying now in graduate school, Children’s Ministry and counseling. Well, this will still be a great hobby to have. I love talking to Y’all and sharing my life whether that be my thoughts or literally what I’ve been up to it doesn’t matter again I love it all.

This is so therapeutic for me that it really doesn’t matter how much I make doing it I”m just happy to be doing it. I know you could have read any blog on WordPress or the Internet, yet you’re reading mine so for that I’ll be forever grateful and thankful.

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Conclusion

Well, there you have it. Those are my reasons for starting Food for thought by Paige Redwine. I still have a ways to go, but I feel with my dedication and your faithful reading we can make this great and enjoyable for us both!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I hope you find it in your interest to come back and read more soon! I try to post at least 2 to 3 times a week if not more. Also if you blog, comment on why you started blogging or if you don’t, why you don’t do it. Either way, I want to know 🙂

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Reflection | Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

  1. I’ve only been out of the country once in my whole 23 years of living. (Shout out to Jamaica and Mexico!)
  2. I graduated college in the states in 3 years. (I give all the credit to Summer School. I’m conflicted on whether that should be a yuck or yay)
  3. I have a green belt in Taekwondo and sometimes I think about enrolling again to get to my black belt, but then again…
  4. Just know that if we meet in person I may interrupt a lot on accident so sorry in advance! I truly don’t mean to it’s just a bad habit that most people with ADHD have.
  5. I love to sing and am a member of my church choir
  6. I play two instruments. I’ll let you guess which two, but no cheating if you know me outside of the web
  7. I am currently getting my masters in children’s ministry
  8. In high school, I was the goody two shoes with a dash of spice. (Don’t get on my bad side lol)
  9. I’ve never lived outside of Texas (That needs to change!)
  10. My mother passed away when I was one year old leaving me to be raised by my grandparents (I call them my parents though and still have a relationship with my amazing biological father; I’m one lucky girl!)

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Foodie Finds | Decaf Coffee, Pumpkin Pie Spice & Everything Nice

Now if you know me then you will know I am literally obsessed with Starbucks and coffee in general. But what I’m not obsessed with is the feeling of too much caffeine, especially with anxiety. Depending on how much I or anyone who struggles with anxiety has it can make it soar through the roof and not to mention cause insomnia and other problems. However, today my coffee lover friends all that changes!

While I was in Walmart (I know huge shock because I am an avid Target fan, but they weren’t open yet so Walmart it was) just looking for some powdered creamer, I came across not only the creamer I was looking for but my new best friends FOLGERS DECAF COFFEE CLASSIC ROAST and DELIGHT PUMPKIN PIE SPICE CREAMER! Like oh, my word how did I get so lucky today!? I have been trying to find Folger’s classic roast in decaf for a good year now and couldn’t find it on Amazon for my Keurig or in Target (God’s gift to shoppers). So I am so so excited that I don’t have to give up Folgers and since it is Fall I will definitely pumpkin pie spice it up every chance I get! Of course, as soon as I got home I dug into them and made myself a special decaf treat and it didn’t disappoint even if it came from hell…I mean Walmart. Here’s how I made my cup in no particular order:

  • 2 single cups of Delight Pumpkin Pie Creamer
  • 1 teaspoon of Folger’s Decaf Classic Roast
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (I know that’s a lot, but hey there’s no judgment on this page)
  • 8 oz of hot water from my Keurig (not that that’s all that important, but you do need hot water – major key)

The end results….deliciousness and my personal heaven for my taste buds!

My thoughts on the creamer: I usually go with Coffeemate for my creamer, but this Delight one was really good and pure. It tastes like legitimate pumpkin spice and not that artificial mess they try to give you from brands that won’t be named. Overall I’m pleased with my purchases and will actually go to Walmart again *gasp*. What can I say I give credit where credit is due.

*Everything was purchased by me and all opinion and thoughts are, of course, my own 🙂

Poetry | I Let Him Go

It’s 2013.

Victory Hall.

It started with a kiss

before the downfall.

Bed. Pants forced down.

“Do you want to fuck?”

Rings in my ear

Paralysis overtakes my body

I can’t move my mouth

My mind says no

but I can’t even shout.

Was it the kiss?

The disrespect?

I’ll never know.

He took what was his

& I let him go.

It’s 2015.

An apology is in order

*Ping*

Facebook messenger tells me

“I”m sorry for what happened”

Again I let him go

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