8 Tips On Maximizing Productivity



1. Wake up earlier: If you’re not a morning person, waking up earlier can totally be a hard task but just think about how much more productive you can be if you a) allocate your time more effectively and b) value your own time in order to execute better time management.

2. Exercise (typically in the morning): Much like waking up earlier, if you’re not a very active person then the very thought of exercising can be exhausting. However, I can assure you, exercising before getting your day started gives you more energy. Studies have proven that stimulating your mind and body physically before beginning your day gets your adrenaline pumping; helping to give you the kind of motivation you need to stay energized through-out the day.

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Book Your Next Ride With Blacklane Limousine Services



Looking to be chauffeured for your next trip to the airport, girls/guys night out or simply a night out on the town? If so, then book your next trip with Blacklane chauffeur services. I was very happy with a recent trip out on the town with a girlfriend. Talk about excellent service!

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Short Hair Don’t Care: The Big Chop



So it finally happened, I cut my hair!

I had been contemplating cutting my hair for some time now and I’m happy I did it.

I think short hair allows you to have more fun with your versatility and personal style. There’s really but so much you can do with long hair.

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Health Tip: Fruit and Veggie Salad Combination


I wouldn’t really consider myself a health nut, more like health conscious, but I have to admit that I’m a foodie! And one that’s had to learn to curb her sweet tooth and for foods rich in flavor, spices and sugar.

As you can imagine, this is an ongoing battle and major dilemma when trying to be more heath conscious and eating green. But, I’ve learned a simple trick — supplementing some of the richer ingredients for healthier ones and combining the two. Instead of rice, eat a baked sweet potato. It will satisfy your body with enough healthy carbohydrates while keeping your energy up and satisfying your sweet tooth. Supplementing ingredients richer in flavor and spices work for salads as well.

Here’s my homemade fruit and veggie salad combination that leaves me satisfied both in flavor and appetite.

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Ms. Toni Quotes: “Be Grateful”

“Sometimes we’re so busy complaining about what we don’t have, we forget about all that we do have. Be grateful.” – Ms. Toni

Believing You Can Do It Is Half The Battle


I had an ah ha! moment today. Although it’s a saying I’ve heard before, I have asserted myself in always believing that, “if you already believe you can do it you will”. Whatever that it is.

I haven’t always been confident and a part of that was simply because, like most people, I had to grow up and experience life in order to become who I am and what I want to be; the kind of person I want to be. Quite often, I doubt my ability to take risks and travel down the path of unknown possibilities. This is especially true when I think about my career as a budding media personality and entrepreneur.

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My First YouTube Vlog

I told you guys it was coming and here it is, my very first video blog. Like I mentioned earlier in the year, I set a number of goals for things I’d always wanted to do but have been putting them off for one reason or another. Vlogging was one of those things. And, as I mentioned I would conquer that fair and do my first YouTube vlog by the end of January. Well, I did it!

It took a week or two just to get the video up but, yes, it was done at the end of January. It was important for me to stay on track and not procrastinate so it’s important I note that. Lol

Check out my first vlog and please do not hesitate to share your thoughts.

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Ms Toni: Changing The Direction Of The Blog

So I’ve decided to take the blog in another direction. Although I initially intended on making this blog, ‘a blog about blogging’ and my tips on blogging, I want to incorporate more of me.

Since the blog’s title is, Ms. Toni, why not talk more about Toni, right?

I’ve also just started a new Youtube channel so please subscribe to YouTube: I Am MsToni. And, while you’re at it please also subscribe to my pop culture blog and channel: YouTube: Cotten Kandi and YouTube: Cotten Kandi Online

Remember that vlog I told you guys I would do before the month was out. I did it!

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New Year Not So New Me, Why I Don’t Do Resolutions

Each year when the clock strikes 12 and we ring in a new year, most people think a magic wand will appear and wipe them a clean slate. Not so much.

Let me explain why I don’t do New Years resolutions. It’s pretty simple really. They are often unrealistic.

“New Year, New Me?” I think not.

The truth is we can’t change anything in a single hour, day, week, and in some cases, months. Making any changes in your life is and will be a task that requires consistency.

At midnight 2014, I was with friends at a semi-packed club in Washington, DC and as I looked ahead I made mental notes of specific areas in my life that required changing.

There’s a very good reason why I chose the above image. That photo was taken, perhaps 45 minutes, prior to ringing in the New Year. It reminds of how far I’ve come and, yet, how far I still have to go. But, I haven’t changed. I am simply a better version of myself, a work in progress, still.

The notion that anything really changes after the ohh rahs, cheers, and glee we exude in our, typically, inebriated stage has always been a pet peeve of mine. Honestly, nothing’s really changed. But it can if you really want it to.

Here are a few areas in my life I aspire to change and methods, I believe, will aid me in getting there. I hope they’ll be useful tips for you as well.

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Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Movie Screening & Review

I was among the fortunate chosen to attend ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ movie screening in New York City last Friday, and let me just say, I was overwhelmed with emotion and delighted at how good this film was. If you haven’t had a chance to see Lee Daniels”The Butler’ please do so. The film is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, the real life butler, who worked in The White House for eight Presidential terms.

The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, ‘The Butler’, and his life story serving eight United States Presidents during a time of racial turmoil and division in American history.

The movie opens with a young Cecil Gaines witnessing his father (played by David Banner) being gunned down, in a cotton field, for confronting his white master after raping his wife (Cecil’s mother played by Mariah Carey).


Let’s be clear. The film is not a slave movie. Although we see much of what America had been like during the time of the Civil Rights Movement, this movie is about a man and his family and how those changes affected his life and theirs.

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