Back At It Again…

If you judge people you have no time to love them.

โ€” Mother Teresa

Hello, hello, hell-o! I’m back, I’m excited and I’m blogging again. This is my first post on this new blog. Yay! I’m picking up where I left off. I am ready to share, engage and enjoy. Iโ€™m just getting this blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’• A. Ross ๐Ÿ’‹

Shrimp Tacos – easy, quick, simple

Okay so I made a quick simple snack for the first time. I was sitting on my sofa and wanted to make something really quick. I felt like I wanted a shrimp quesadilla but I’d never made one.

Shrimp Soft Taco๐Ÿค๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ˜‹

I mistakenly deleted my photos but I did find the one photo that I sent to my sister n law. We love exchanging food pics. Here’s the ingredients and products used.

10 large shrimp (peeled, deveined)

2 flour tortillas

Mozzarella cheese

Cheddar cheese


3 Garlic cloves

Old Bay Seasoning

Olive oil


1 Lemon

Heat oven to 350ยฐ

Add tablespoon of olive oil to the pan medium heat

Toss in garlic cloves chopped, allow the to fry a half of minute

Toss in shrimp add a teaspoon of butter

Cook for 4 minutes until shrimp are done, squeeze lemon, sprinkles red pepper and parsley flakes (optional)

Place tortillas on pan rub a thin layer of butter

Places both mozzarella and cheddar cheese on the tortillas

Place shrimp on top of cheese

Fold over, place in oven on aluminum foil

Heat for 5 minutes or until cheeses have melted and tortilla a slight crisp.

Remove from the oven, allow a minute to cool – add remaining shrimp to the top of each taco.

Eat!!! Shrimp and cheese taco. I also added a tad bit of sour cream and taco salsa. Umm, yummy!๐Ÿ˜‹

If you try this snack please tag me on Instagram at only1april_

I’d love to see your recreation of it. Yessssss.

It was very good and I’ve definitely enjoyed making it as well as eating it.

Happy Cooking! Sending positive vibes your way, always.

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’•A. Ross๐Ÿ’‹

Mindful Monday…

It’s Monday again. I’m here back like I haven’t been gone for weeks. Either way I’m here today. It’s a rainy, foggy day but I’m grateful to be alive, able and in my right frame of mind.

Let’s start today with a few positive affirmations that resonate with us. I’ll start with what I’m currently feeling. It’s all about flooding our minds with positivity, pushing out negative talk and thoughts.

I love and accept myself.

I trust the Power of the Divine.

I am strong and I will preserve.

I trust my inner voice.

I am perfect and whole in this very moment.

I live in the rhythm of life.

I am aware of my magnificent life.

I feel loved and appreciated.

These are a few affirmations that I choose to repeat to myself at different times throughout the day. I’m not always flowers and star dust. At times I’m fire and f-bombs because things get to me. I allow myself to feel my emotions but not live in them.

I’m human and I still have times of uncertainty. Times of frustration that causes me to have to step back and re-evaluate things and get back to center.

Affirmations are everything. They work, they bring light into our space when things are cloudy or dark. They flush negative thoughts out replacing them with positive ones.

I prefer to speak affirmations that resonate with my current situations at the time of my need for speaking them.

I challenge you to speak life over yourself. Pour love into yourself daily. Give yourself space to feel your emotions. Acknowledge why you’re uneasy and move on and let it go. Do not allow it to sit with you and rub you the wrong way.

Sending love and hugs your way. Remember you are worthy of everything you desire.

Stay in balance. Allow yourself to effortlessly flow without no force. Easier said than do but necessary.

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’•A. Ross ๐Ÿ’‹

YouTube vibes…

Good morning yall,

I hope you have rested well and woke up happy, beaming with dope ass vibes. Okay!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I’m in pretty good spirits today. I’m excited because I stayed up til 2am editing and uploading my fourth YouTube video.

I’ve wanted to start and grow a YouTube channel and tribe for many years. I’ve finally learned the basics in editing which was once a beast I was intimidated by. No more!

I’m not an editing guru but I’ve learned enough to get my videos to be a bit more cohesive with other properly edited videos.

This morning I loaded a video about fragrance oils a topic I love. I shared a haul of new oils I recently received as well as some I already sell on my website. They all smell so good so I’m pretty excited when fragrance oils are the topic at hand.

Today is the start of a new day here in America. I’m not a political person but I pray American citizens can be see better, brighter days ahead. I pray for equality, true justice for black and brown people. Hopefully the next four years can include a better leadership for this country. Not to mention less division, hate and police brutality on people of color.

I’m here for the good. It’s all about good over evil in my book of life. However, I’m very aware that at times peace and love will turn into fuk this shit. This I know for sure.

If you’re interested in checking out my YouTube here’s the link.

Eighth & Ross, LLC

I hope you’re day is filled with genuine smiles and inner happiness.

Peace Love & Light

A. Ross ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’‹

It’s Me Again…

Well hello hello,

It’s 2021 and I’ve been laying under a rock since September 2020. Last year was a serious year man. It’s was one of those eye opening years. One of those okay you better wise up and rise up. 2020 shook a lot of families up, devoured some lives and it still continues.

We’re in a new year with it’s very own fine details that’s yet to fully reveal themselves to us. So far we can probably all agree that we’ve never seen 2021’s kind of energy. Let’s start and stop with The White House situation.

Again, just saying 2021 isn’t looking too together itself. Yet I still look forward to a love filled, justice driven, disciplined, productive, prosperous, happy, healthy year. Last year was frustrating in many ways but it was still a good year to me.

I started a candle business called Eighth & Ross. What was once just a simple thought in 2017, developed into a whole mentally nagging vision in 2018, put into creation 2019 and released to the world 11/11/2020.


Eighth & Ross is about self love, self care, (inner) lit vibes. We create toxin free, ethically sourced, coconut wax, luxe, scented candles. Each candle is mixed and handpoured by me. I create candles in small batches (for now since I’m still new and small), our fragrance oils are prarben free, phthalate-free, clean scents. Only quality products are used to create our close to perfect luxe, scented candles and wax melts.

Check out my website if you’re interested in browsing our candles. Sign up for our newsletter to receive 15% off your initial order.

Lavender & Sage – Zen Blends Collection

Also we’re having a GIVEAWAY on our Instagram business page here. It’s my very first giveaway and I’m so excited. I hope my candle giveaway winner loves candles. Trust me our candles are amazing, you’ll definitely want to fall in love with them. The jars can be repurposed for those like myself who keeps everything for something ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

I’m proud of myself. I finally gave life to my vision. I researched and practiced and repeat. I can’t wait to get bigger and better as a business woman and business.

I hope your 2020 was a decent to great year. I hope you’ve pat yourself on the back just for simply getting through 2020. It wasn’t a cake walk for most. Going forward in 2021, I pray good health, happiness and financial abundance in every life that reads this post. Until my next post.

Peace Love & Light

A. Ross


In less you’re living under a rock I’m sure that you already know from the topic what this post is about. Yes, Chadwick Boseman, King T’Challa from Black Panther our superhero has transitioned from the physical realm to the spiritual realm.๐Ÿ˜ข

We’ve lost a real life superhero. A true man of power and strength. A man of perseverance and consideration. A man with an amazing portfolio with many amazing movies you must see. He was the truth on screen and off. Chadwick Boseman lost his physical life to a long battle with Cancer.

He was so considerate of others that he did so much to touch our youth since 2016 around the time he was diagnosed. He used the strength he had to continue doing works he loved as an actor. He also took time out of his life to inspire, love on and pour into youth fighting his same fight. He was definitely a true superhero at heart. Selfless, determined and admired by so many. A true gem of a man, a true servant of the Most High carrying out his earthly duties until his last days able to. King T’Challa rest in power. โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ–ค

Chadwick Boseman

Let’s continue to pray for his family. I’m sure that if we’re hurting, they’re hurting more. I’m asking the Source to comfort them during this time.

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’•A. Ross ๐Ÿ˜˜

Never Give Up

Hey y’all, it’s been a minute but I’m here today. I’m wishing everyone that reads this an awesome day ahead. Let’s make it great.

I wanted to speak on life today and how hard it gets and how it makes us feel. We all go thru hard times that leaves us feeling sick, tired and drained. We all lose certain things and people in life that makes us feel that starting over is not only hard but maybe impossible.

Tuesday a lady I know that comes to my job office often came in full of joy. This was new for me seeing her this way. I’m use to seeing her dragging in, complaining about everything and nothing at all, sad looking and just overall unhappy. Whenever we do engage in discussion I find myself speaking life into her and trying to lift and encourage her.

Recently she lost her bestfriend in the world. She lost the very person who loves her most and knows her best, her mom. Her mother died in a senior living that didn’t allow visitors so she died alone. That really hurts a child no matter your age. We want to be there alongside the people we love while they’re living in their last days. Our presence alone in those last days means just as much to us as it would to our loved ones. However, because she couldn’t visit her, it has taken a toll on her.

Tuesday she came in happy, smiling and she stopped at my desk. Hey April! OMG I’m so glad you’re here. You wouldn’t believe what happened to me just now. Well, she ran into a rapper who happens to be married to her favorite rapper, Cardi B. Y’all know him. She even got a chance to get a picture and rap for him.๐Ÿคฃ She showed me the pics and man oh man was she excited. It made me excited just seeing her genuine joy and happiness. Her face had light to it. It was really fulfilling.

She got serious and said April I was going through it. I’ve been sad, crying and just miserable. I’ve been asking God for a sign to keep going and I just know this is my sign. This is my sign to keep going to not give up. This is my sign not to call my ex back because he was no good for me anyways. April my mom did this from the other side didn’t she? I said you better know it dear. I said, our Ancestors are our guides if we allow them to be. Your mother will never leave your side. I’m glad you received your sign to never give up. You have everything you need to keep going and push through the sadness. She agreed as she continued to thank her mom smiling.

Y’all it gets hard for us all. At some point or another shxt gets heavy. The difference between many of us is that some of us are burned in the fire while others are built from the fire. You got to allow it to build you instead of burn you. We must find our strength to push through. Whatever that looks like for us individually please just keep pushing.

My girl left the office yesterday glowing like I’d never seen her before. I loved seeing it. It was confirmation for me (not that I needed it) that between our Ancestors and the Universe, we (you and I) are never alone. From the physical realm to the spiritual realm we are connected. Asรจ’O!!!

If you’re reading this young or old keep going and please never give up. You got this shxt!

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’•A. Ross ๐Ÿ’‹

Birds of a Feather…๐Ÿ•Š

Hi there,

Today I didn’t plan to post shxt but after getting a text message I felt so deep, I decided to share my thoughts.

Y’all I love praying. I can get in my car and just talk to the Creator, the Source for my full ride, short or long. Bathroom, kitchen I mean grocery shopping you name it, I’ll pray any and everywhere. I’ve enjoyed praying since a child. I find it necessary and helpful. I also love to meditate but I seem to pray more.

That said, when praying I often times have asked to be connected to my proper tribe. Ya know, people who vibrate on your same frequency. People whose trodding a similar journey or have already been where you’re heading or trying to go. I’ve always heard birds of a feather. However, it was usually used to describe bad company verse good.

In my prayers, I ask for people who I’ll naturally rock with. People who I can bounce ideas off of, create with, be challenged by, learn from, grow with. People who are already successful or well on their way. People who’s building and in constant motion, positive spirits as well as those aligned with their purpose.

These are the type of people I pray to connect with. I know my tribe is out there, I patiently wait until it’s our divine time to link up.

Daily my sister sends me screenshots of her Joel Olsteen morning messages. I highly appreciate them as they often hit right on time. Pretty much like today, the daily prayer I’ve posted is pretty much similar to my prayers as you can see.

Joel Olsteen message

So this made me want to share my thoughts because I really felt this prayer. I gave thanks to the Source for this message finding me. Signs are everywhere if we just pay attention. I know I’m on my way to being successful in the ways I’d like to be. I just can’t wait to get fully connected to those I’m supposed to be rocking with the long way and the strong way.

Do you have a tribe that you’re growing with? Are you connected to those that lift you and help you grow? If so, share your thoughts on how your tribe benefits you. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time. I’ll continue vibing how I do.

Peace Love & Light

๐Ÿ’•A. Ross๐Ÿ’‹

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