Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud (1Cor.13:4-8). These are the heart felt words I read for the bride and groom on that beautiful day in September. The tent was set days ago and the sun stood brightly above as to agree. Ms. Latonya Michelle Tinsley would soon become Mrs. Latonya Michelle Bell, a love story that began some thirteen years ago. The Bell Wedding a beautiful merge of two families and a true testament of love, patience, and kindness.


LaTonya, affectionately known as “Tonya” is a Mother of 4, Grandmother to one beautiful baby boy, Aunt and Sister to many. She’s spent her lifetime giving and doing for others, taking care of loved ones, and raising her family. If anyone is more deserving of joining in holy matrimony with their King, it is she.

20140930-102044-37244917.jpgAwaiting The Beautiful Bride.
LeVaun Graves (son) (Grandmother of the Bride), Jaylen Tinsley (nephew) , Linda Tinsley (Mother of the Bride)
20140930-100552-36352450.jpgThe Flower Girl prepares the red carpet for The Bride.
20140930-100121-36081818.jpgLaTonya given away at the alter by her oldest son LeVaun Graves

The #Tinsleys (Amil, Jaylen and Yonikka)

Latonya has a special place forever in our hearts. Long before we were related by marriage, she had already been my sister. I too met Tonya about thirteen years ago around the same time I met my husband Amil. When Jaylen was first born Amil and I were teen parents and needed all the help that we could get.

Tonya kept Jaylen each day we went to school as if he were her own, always rearranging her schedule, and never complaining. I believe that love is lead by example, I’m so happy to call her sis. I’m sure everyone has a “Tonya Tinsley” story. Love is patient, love is kind.

The Cake

Ok Tinsleys on 3


Picture Perfect


Groom getting his groove on with his mom.

20140930-112022-40822617.jpgMother of the Bride and I .. Ms. Tinsley aka LinTin

20140930-112022-40822323.jpgLaTrice Nicole (daughter of the bride)


#Selfie with the Groom and Pastor



I love when the music plays at a wedding. Not the actual band but the orchestration of the hard work, thoughts, intentions and love that it takes to make the actual day flow. Weddings are so magical! The essence and the energy of the environment are unmistakable. If you are so lucky to witness love learn. If you are so lucky to be in love feel. If you are so lucky to be loved… love. Love is patient, love is kind.


Best Sandwhich Ever: Ernie’s Market

Whoooo Loves You Baby?!

Ernie, expert sandwhich crafter and owner of Ernie’s Market in Oak Park Michigan, loves each one of his customers in his sandwhich shop and he isn’t afraid to tell you so. 20140726-174131-63691792.jpg
Visiting Ernie’s Market is a definite must-do while visiting the Metro-Detroit area. Located just minutes from downtown Oak Park, Ernie’s Market has been a hometown favorite sandwhich shop since it’s opening in 1955. Being the only of its kind, sandwhich lovers come from all over the country to have an Ernie.

It isn’t just the food that attracts you, it’s the ambiance, the vibe of the market, and Ernie himself that keeps you coming back for more. You couldn’t pay for a better experience or a better sandwhich.

It was hard not to notice the smell of fresh green onions, the smiling faces,’or the fact that there is no menu.
Around the market there are photos of happy Ernie’s customers and numerous plaques, awards and recognitions that Ernie’s Market has received over the years including Channel 4’s Detroit’s Best Sandwhich Shop Award 2013 and Ernie’s Market Day declared by the City of Oak Park as February 20th.

Along with the amazing soul of a man and irresistible sandwiches that Ernie’s Market is known for, you can also find an assortment of hometown favorite treats like BetterMade Snacks and Faygo Beverages.

I agreed to the big $5 Ernie sandwhich loaded with fresh sliced smoked turkey, chicken, and all the fixings.

After fist pounds, a handful of Hershey kisses, and fifty cent can sodas we were on our way.
What amazes me is how we all stood in line for just a few minutes with Ernie, and a great sandwhich of course. I believe the human soul is attracted to the essence and light of love itself, I also believe that Ernie really loves to make sanwhiches. Somewhere inside of this energy filled man there lies a relentless soul that follows his dream daily. One man, one market and that’s all he ever wanted. The love is free.

Ernie fixing our sandwhiches. Don’t forget to add the extra love.

Our Ernie Samwhiches. #YUM

Ernie’s Market
8500 Capital St. Oak Park, MI 48237
Phone (248) 541-9703

Slogan: “Whooo Loves You Baby!!”

Ernie The Man

After you’ve had your Ernie!!
Don’t forget to vote for Ernie!
Help Ernie’s Become Best Sandwhich Shop 2014

The #Tinsleys @ Ernie’s Market


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More of His Love

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The only place you will stand in line for 40 mins and a $4 sandwhich

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An Ernie Sandwich, BetterMade Chips and Faygo Cola #MadeinMichigan

Until next time …


A Stress Free Answer For Natural Or Relaxed Hair: Chevelure by MiMi Review

What if I told you that I’ve found the holy grail equivalent to everything sweet, sultry, nourishing, and strengthening inside of a shampoo bottle? What if I also told you that this magnificent products root seed is from the motherland of Guinea and is available right here in the states?


Women everywhere are dumping their big name, sulfate filled shampoo bottles for something a little more all natural and 100% real. With tons of hair care products out there to choose from, it’s important as consumers to know what kind of scalp treatment you are really receiving. 

Standing in front of the aisles does build up the pressure to choose but does a pretty label always mean beautiful results? Are products available over the counter the best suited for the job?

If you are like me then you are almost always experimenting with styles somewhere in-between natural hair care and those needing touch up relaxers. Braids and short trims, I’ve had my fair share too. I can never quite decide exactly how I want my hair except for in the moment of the style.

20140723-124818-46098581.jpgWith my on the go lifestyle, I’m the kind of woman that requires the freedom to style my hair however I want. I also require the kind of hair care product that nourishes and moisturizes my scalp without weighing it down and is completely stress free and that is why I love Chevelure by MiMi hair care products.


As a new wife and always hip mom, I now often find myself in the men’s and little boys aisles to see what hair care products they have for my guys. I’ve found that there isn’t much to choose from when it comes to all organic and safe for all. Choices include either grabbing a shampoo bottle from the local Walmart or Beauty Supply on a trip for myself or lending my shampoo/conditioner bottles and sweet smelling scalp oils to them too. I definitely don’t mind sharing but I would rather a hair care system that I know works great for everyone.


Chevelure, from Old French chevelëure, meaning head full of hair, is the root name behind the brand Chevelure by MiMi, founded by Emilie Doumbouya-Hill. Better known to her loved ones as MiMi, she has created the perfect natural solution for healthy, tangle-free, and easy-to-manage hair.

I fell in love when I was introduced to ChevelurebyMiMi products. The simple 3 step strengthening shampoo and conditioner system grows hair beautifully with continued use and is safe for the entire family. Chevelure by MiMi contains only the most natural ingredients. The strengthening shampoo made with ginger root, olive oil, aloe vera, rosemary and tea tree to moisturize and nourish the scalp.


The Peppermint Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Oil is my absolute favorite during the week scalp moisturizer. It’s light, keeps my scalp nourished, and smells delicious. It helps relieve itchy, dry scalp. Stops flaking and soothes dry, brittle hair. Normalizes and balances scalp moisture levels for lasting comfort and soft touchable hair and is infused with peppermint, tea tree, rosemary and vitamin E.


With the use of Chevelure sulfate-free products my hair grows thicker, fuller, longer and is easily manageable. Whether I want to wear it naturally curly-froish, or I decide to use a relaxer and wear it sleek, it is always my choice.

Since using Chevelure by MiMi, my hair is stronger from the root and is no longer brittle or weak. I’ve saw instant results after just one use. I use and recommend Chevelure by MiMi products to all of my friends and my entire family uses Chevelure now too. Because of the all natural ingredients Chevelure is even safe to use for all ethnicities and ages.

 If your style is ever so changing, you are somewhere in between too, or you need something safe, organic and little all natural for the entire family to use… Chevelure by MiMi is for you.


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Purchase Chevelure by MiMi in Person
Sunday July 27, 2014 Atlanta, GA
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Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards Weekend Expo

Friday-Sunday August 8-10 Atlanta, GA

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The Fish Food Story

The little gold fish in the tank were so very hungry for two days they hadn’t ate

The water was cloudy they could barely see

They kept swimming and they kept opening and closing their mouths

For one to breathe and for two to eat

There was no food in sight only water

They kept on swimming kept on gobbling up the water through their gills

One day the fish food was placed at the top of the water in great abundance

Neither fish swam to the top

Neither fish skipped a beat

They just kept swimming and gobbling until one tasted sweet victory right on it’s tongue

The food just fell into their mouths as they continued to swim

The food just fell into their open mouths

Their hearts were content with the yummy goodness of nourishment

Their hearts contents with satisfaction

We too can learn a great lesson from these here fish

Never fret when you are hungry, never fear or lose your cool

Just keep on swimming like you do

And all of the nourishment you need will fall too with effortless ease

Written By: Yonikka K. Tinsley

July 15, 2014




Happiness Is

On my journey I’ve discovered that happiness is. Happiness is anything and everything that you’ve ever wanted realistically now.

The point of life is happiness

Not to devour it all in one sitting but to continuously, consistently, tirelessly, effortlessly, be in a state of true happiness.

What if we could make it all perfect in the blink of any eye or what if it is already perfect?

It is already perfect and what you see depends on your perception. A faulty perception is often due to lack of focus. Your focus is all that you have, you’ve heard me say this before.

There are so many things we can choose to focus upon in life, the good and the bad. Use your deliberate thought to filter the not so favorable and focus on the good.

Do we just ignore the bad?

No we never ignore the bad we sift through it, filter it, learn from it… Everything but focus upon it.

The first step to attaining happiness is maintaining focus.

We already know that we can not control the circumstances but one thing that we can control is what we choose to focus upon.
Happiness will not shout at you that it’s here because it is simply everywhere that you are. Are you here too?

What if instead of making things so super complicated, we asked ourselves on a daily basis what truly makes us happy? If you do this you will see that the world, especially your world, is already made up of these very things.


5 Ways To Happy

1. Start With A List
Of all things that you love.
Each day add more to your list. Make it a running list and keep it with you everywhere that you go. Read it over and over. Get the feel good feelings going.
2. Call Someone You Love. Tell them that they just crossed your mind. Ask them what they’ve been up to.
3. Cook Dinner For A Loved One. The energy of food is so contagious. Spread love and warmth over food. Have fun from beginning to end planning the meal, prepping, and devouring. Enjoy the conversation held and the satisfaction of a job well done.
4. Complete That Old Goal.
It’s never too late to go back to our old lists of things to do and see what we did not do yet. There was a reason for your initial urge. Close out old energies and satisfy your soul with goal completion.
5. Experience Something New
Ever wanted to try something new like yoga, heading to a comedy show, or joining a new book club? Listen to your inner voice and let the fear go. New experiences lead us down paths we couldn’t imagine!


Images shot in Detroit, MI
JULY 2014
Written By: Yonikka K. Tinsley


Victoria Beckham ‘buys amethyst to protect Harper Seven’

Victoria Beckham has reportedly bought an amethyst to guard her baby daughter Harper
The former Spice Girl, who also has three sons with husband David, is said to be “obsessed” with crystals.

“It’s no secret that LA has had a positive effect on her and she’s embraced the alternative lifestyle approach a lot of the celebs get into when they’re living there,” a source told Now magazine.

Her crystal obsession is one. She’s bought a huge rose quartz, which is also known as the ‘love stone’, and some amethysts to keep near Harper’s cot for protection and to help her sleep.”


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