Philadelphia Eateries: Neighborhood Ramen

I feel like being in Philadelphia these last 8 years has been a blur. So much that in these last few years I’ve finally taken a step into what the city has to offer. Food is such an important part in how we live and socialize.

It’s important to find the right place to eat depending on your purpose. As a mom I love finding kid friendly locations. However since I’m more than just a mom I love finding the locations that allows me to have a date night, time with my girlfriends or just a solo spot to not have to share.

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Neighborhood Ramen.

Neighborhood Ramen

I haven’t had ramen noodles since college. Back in the day ramen noodles wasn’t something that was fancy or even all that good. It was a means of eating to take that next test. However since no longer eat college ramen noodles it was refreshing to try the more sophisticated and grown up ramen that is Neighborhood Ramen. They are located at 617 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA. The location holds about 20 people and they do not allow for take out. Everything is made fresh. Also they tend to sell out so pay attention to their Instagram! I personally wouldn’t have had any to take home anyway. This is not the college ramen I remember 20 years ago.

Service was fast as well as excellent. My ramen, Yasai, which is a vegetarian ramen was more better than I could have anticipated. The only issue I had was I have never used chopsticks and apparently I don’t have the skill set to use them. That didn’t stop me from enjoying my entree.

Who would have known that ramen would take off like it did but it has. If you follow them you will notice if you eat all of your ramen there is a happy face at the end. I never want to be a quitter or maybe I was just hungry but I made it!!

They have many options so I’m sure you will find something for your palette. Come hungry and be ready to eat! Neighborhood Ramen is the adult ramen I didn’t even know I needed! Thank you for your hospitality!!! I will be back!

I recommend this for family with kids who are older and appreciates ramen, causal date days, getting friends together, and even solo eating experiences.

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Women History Month: Ila McKee

As we continue our series of interviewing women for women’s history month, we catch up to Ila McKee, a woman, mother, podcast personality, and overall a strong woman full of confidence to conquer anything thrown her way!

In life is all failure really a fail?  Failure is often determined by not trying.  If you want to go back to school but you never fill out an application is a failure.  However going and having to retake courses is not. We have to be willing to always see our goals and pursue them in all adversities. We have to be willing to get in the game of life instead of watching only from the sidelines.

As women there have been many times in history where the things we have achieved have come under scrutiny.  However often times no disrespect to a man, we had the finesse to make the goal a reality.  Women are strong individuals and there is nothing we can’t do.

What is one failure you are comfortable sharing that taught you the most lessons? From that or any failure, what other lesson not mentioned in the question above have you learned?

I don’t believe in failure so to speak. For me failure is a state of mind. It took me more than 25 years throughout my life to come to terms with the notion that “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION”. I may slow down at completing a goal or task I set out to do, I may even get distracted, but to fail overall; not happening. To me failing is to never try. Whether it’s trying a new dish out at a new restaurant, putting in an application for that dream career, or asking that cute guy who gives you “that stare” every morning when I order my coffee; I might hear “application declined”, the food may not be as tasty as I hoped or that cute guy might say “he’s taken/not interested” but it doesn’t mean I failed. It just means I must find another equation to get the answer I desired. I’d much rather lived knowing I tried and repeatedly tried at what I put my hear tor mind to, than to have not tried and live with the never-ending question of “what if”. Failure is only possible if you never try. My step father (the man who raised me and my siblings as a single father) taught me this at a very young age. For this I can’t thank him enough.

What are is the 3 things you would want to tell other younger woman in regard to lessons learned?

Self confidence if KEY! Never allow anyone to categorize of tell you what you are and are not capable of accomplishing.
Nothing is forever and EVERYDAY is a chance to change your life for the better. So, live in the moments that make you happy. Repeat those moments and make new ones as often as possible. Stay away from negative or past regrets; you can’t change them and reliving them will not do anyone any good. Dwelling on bad times does one thing; only wastes your time now.
DO NOT let 1 “No” stop you from reaching your goals or dreams You may will go through 1 million “No’s”. But all it takes is one “YES”!

When you hear confidence in a woman its the sexiest thing on her.  When I think about my own personal younger self I remember how carefree it makes go back to my 18-year-old self.  We as women know that we can do anything. Sometimes we let the hang ups of setbacks stop us. Setbacks are apart of our walk. You’re not failing or falling you are simple tripping gracefully.  When you realize that in your missteps there is usually grace that follows and that your goals are being altered to fulfill your greater purpose, you got this! You can be afraid, upset, hurt, or even in tears but always take the first step. In the first step, fear can’t remain!

What are your 3 goals for your future?

To ensure that my children, my family and myself are completely financially stable and able to live comfortably.

To continue to install positive morals and integrity in my children’s lives that they apply to their own lives and their future children’s lives generations to come.

To live a healthy (mentally and physically), happy life at peace with all terms in my life. Anything else I set my mind to accomplish if I work hard for it and keep my faith in allowing Gods will. He hasn’t failed me ever

If you could sit down with any woman past or present who would that be?

My mother; Mary Evelyn McKee. She took her life when I was 12 years old. There are just so many things I never got the chance to ask her. I’d be content with just being able to be in her presence again. She was a positive light in anyone’s life who crossed her path. If anything, just to let her know I love her, to tell her about her grandchildren and just be able to laugh with her again. To give her comfort in knowing her legacy lives on through her family and that I love and miss her dearly.

I know your mom is proud of you and your fight to always continue in the excellence that she instilled in you.  Not only are you an amazing mom, your mom is still guiding you!

IF you have any projects that are coming up in the future what are they?

I’m currently working on a memoirs book that details my life and lessons I’ve learned along the way. Also, a possible anthology in conjunction with my production owners at TCP Network. But that’s going to take some time. I’ve always said I would do. What better time than now?!
I’m currently hosting and coordinating with my colleagues on Raw Royalty Podcast; a raw unfiltered public radio station and podcast with professional woman who are career minded, some are mothers, we’re all hard workers, spiritual and unfiltered about expressing our views on life and its many lessons. Building our name and our brand to be an international household name. Working on Raw Royalty Podcast brand marketing for future merchandise, skin care  products and beauty products, in conjunction with our production company The Culture Professional Network and the affiliated clothing brand Regal Finesse. Also hosting upcoming events as well as producing/operating a few events ourselves. You can also find Raw Royalty Podcasts on Instagram

What is the one thing as a woman that you believe women need to know to make their mark in this world?

To always believe in yourself. No matter what your circumstances are. Bad times never last forever, neither do good times. So, learn from the bad times and cherish all the good times. Above everything remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD. Because while you are stressing about your troubles and trying to think of “master plans” to solve them, there are more than 7.7billion people in this world doing the same exact thing; just trying to live a happy life and survive life struggles. YOU ARE NOT ALONE….

Thank you Ila.  You’re a woman, a mom, a bomb podcast personality and you are a woman who hasn’t let a setback stop you from crushing your goal!  ToiTime appreciates you and wishes you well on your memoir and life journey.

Easy Transition With Go Vegan Philly

So last week on my Instagram I put out a call for any Philadelphia Vegan restaurants. I am happy to report that several did and today’s highlight goes to Go Vegan Philly

So I was able to have a successful full vegan weekend this past weekend.  In addition to that I was able to experience an amazing, flavorful experience with Go Vegan Philly. First of all let me share with you some of my personal reasons or my whys. I am transitioning to Vegan, one I believe with the assistance of my doctors this is the best meal plan for my life. If you ask the others in my house its a NO go. However that is not deterring me from choosing a Vegan lifestyle. My other issue is that I want to be able to eat clean. You know if you have been following me that over the past Summer I began substituting Vegan dishes and substitutes into my everyday eating. One of my issues that I experienced as I begin transitioning is the fear of having to only eat vegetables alone, meaning just salads. I love salads but let’s be real it’s not enough and I was finding even with several options for Vegans it was semi processed and definitely not whole foods that I need and believe will be better overall. I’ll admit a lot of it had a lot to do with ignorance of what it means to be vegan.

I feel I have had every salad combination there is. As I get more and more into it I am finding some amazing foods that can even surprise a non vegan. This is where Go Vegan Philly comes in. I had Jerk Chicken (Jack fruit) over rice with sautéed kale and cabbage and plantains.  Let me tell you I have personally been to Jamaica and had it from the natives and this dish is super bomb and close.  I kept telling myself to separate the platter. Have a little as a late lunch and then have the rest for dinner after a workout. NOPE! I ate the whole thing in a matter of minutes. Here’s my take. I no longer have to compromise flavor for a Vegan lifestyle.

I took the time to interview the owner of Go Vegan Philly and here’s what I learned:

Shaun Thomas has been Vegan for 4 years. He has had his home based restaurant for over a year and its taking off. I can definitely see why. His family is also vegan as well. He makes it all from mac and cheese to fried chicken and its ALL 100% Vegan.  From first to last bite I am super hooked.

Him and his cousin Charmain Quarles are the chefs. I watched them in action as they prepared these dishes. They serve each meal with love and smiles. They worked extremely well and I just blended in the background to see how their chemistry meshed and it was amazing. I love food and I love to eat. I don’t want to just eat salads and then feel like I lost something by switching. That is exactly what Shaun’s vision is. He wants people to feel like they are getting the foods that they grew up with that is flavorful but remains healthy and a great alternative to those who are transitioning. When he made the decision to go Vegan, he woke up and just did it and stuck to his commitment. That is truly admiral. I aspire to take that full-time leap.  So far I am doing well.

Jack fruit “Jerk” chicken, plantains, and sautéed cabbage and kale

The dish I had blew me AWAY.  From the reviews of even non Vegans, its spot on. The food was more than amazing.  I was full and not looking to snack on things or revert to a meat based meal later on that day.  If I am honest,  I ate around 4pm and didn’t feel the need to eat again until the next day at breakfast.  I asked Shaun what are his dishes and his response was simple, tell me your favorite meat based meal and I can make into a Vegan dish.  Take a look at some of their other dishes and you can be the judge:

 

If going Vegan looks like this and has my taste buds in full bliss, you can kiss meat based meals goodbye.  So as the journey begins send good vibes.  Also for those wanting to know, Go Vegan Philly does offer a meal plan service that I will be taking part in.  As I type this, I have already eaten the second platter.  Thank you Shaun, Charmain, and Go Vegan Philly you got a solid customer here!

Follow Go Vegan Philly on Facebook

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All orders can be placed by calling/text 610-616-3083

Hours are Tuesday-Friday; 5-9pm and Sat/Sun 1-6pm

Go Vegan Philly is located in Delaware County

As with any lifestyle change be sure to make the decision that best suits your end goal. Also be sure to research and have an open mind. Often times we are afraid to try new things because it challenges us to possibly end what we “always” known. Research! Research and then stick to your commitment!

Let’s flood Go Vegan Philly with orders and love! It’s well deserved!

 

 

 

Women’s History Month: Cheryl A.

Pain will have you react in very weird ways.  You find yourself isolating yourself or cutting off relationships.  It’s necessary to find the balance in who is for you and those who aren’t. Pain can distract you from fulfilling love that you need.

What is one failure you are comfortable sharing that taught you the most lessons?

I failed as a daughter. As most of you know my mother passed away in 2004 and as the saying goes, when the elders pass, the family falls apart.  Well, that’s what happened with me.  I’ll put my disclaimer in now and state that I am solely speaking for MYSELF and MY experience only.  I can not and will not speak for anyone else.  So back to my failure.  In dealing with my mother’s death, I failed at being a daughter to my father.  Yes I lost my mom, but my dad lost his wife.  As I look back, I realize I let my immature, unforgiveness and pain take over and to be honest, cut my dad out of my life.  For what reason, well, I really don’t have one.  So this is why I say I failed as a daughter.  I wasn’t who I was supposed to be to my father and let years go by without any communication.  I even got married without my father walking me down the aisle or even in the building! Now, that I have to live with.  No one is perfect and parenting doesn’t come with a guide.  So regardless of what failures my dad had, he was and will always be my father.  Now, I don’t have any horror stories and I WILL NOT cast my dad in a bad light because that would be a lie.  So like I said, I went on about my life after my mom passed as if my father didn’t exist, leaving him to grieve alone for years to come.  How sad and horrible is that? How do you call yourself a Christian when you aren’t doing right in other areas of your life? Then wondering why other things in your life aren’t lining up and there are no breakthroughs, elevation or real peace.  Yeah that was me and I can be honest and open and tell my truth.  So what is that status of my relationship with my dad now?  We are GREAT! It took a random encounter to bring me to my dad again and since then we were able to pick up like nothing ever happened.  My dad and I are both different people now and we both have forgiven and moved on.  It’s great to go back to being Daddy’s Little Girl (I”m the youngest girl)! Now only if I can get him to move to Miami with me! 

It’s refreshing to hear your vulnerability in how you describe your relationship with your dad.  You only get one set of parents and to be able to make amends now so you can make the best of an amazing relationship.

From the failure with your dad, what other lesson have you learned?

Don’t let your emotions control your decisions.  When you make decisions off your emotions, often times it is the wrong decisions and you are left dealing with the consequences that may take years to recover from.  Live in peace.  Meaning, do whatever you need to do to have complete peace in your life.  Whether it’s forgiveness, restore relationships or even end relationships, do what you need to do to have, protect and keep your peace.

What are is the 3 things you would want to tell other younger woman in regards to lessons learned?

  •  Cherish your parents (or whoever raised you), spend time with them, call them, create   memories

  •  Speak up.  Be honest about your feelings and thoughts.  Communication is key.

  •  Be Sensitive.  Parents go through things they would never discuss with their children.  Parents have feelings and emotions just like we do.

 

What are 3 goals for your future?

 Buy a house

Own my own Bakery

Own Rental Properties

If you could sit down with any woman past or present who would it be and why?

My mother of course! I always wondered what our relationship would be like now if she was still here! She was a woman full of wisdom and grace and I definitely could use some of both right now! Navigating life as an adult without your mother really sucks! There are times I want to pick up the phone and call for that good ole’ motherly advise, but then reality sets in…no more calls!

IF you have any projects  that are coming up in the future what are they?

I’m focused on building up my business, Miss.Sis.Bakery (Sis was my mother’s nickname).  I’ve been networking and trying to get my business out there through being a vendor at various events and local markets.  I’m located in North Miami, I’m a regular vendor at Gulf Stream Green Market on Sundays from 9-2 until May 26 and have various scheduled events on other dates.

What is the one thing as a woman, you feel helps or helped you make your mark in this world?

 I have always been a woman to stay true to myself.  I’m a woman of my word.  I’m not easily influenced or swayed to go along with the masses.  Too often, especially in this day and age, its hard to find people who you can truly trust and have your best interest at heart.   Therefore, I try to be what I am looking for or in need of.

Thank you so much for speaking authentically and I hope that this will help in your continued healing.

For all of those who may be experiencing the lost of a loved one, know that my heart is with you.  Know that you should remember that others surrounding the deceased processes death in different ways.  Try to be there for one another.  Don’t let pain and emotions run your life.

You can find Miss.Sis.Bakery on Facebook

You can also follow on Instagram

Sunday Message: Give Up Cycle

There are many things in life that we all have to push through is not giving up.  It comes in cycles.  You get really motivated and if you’re not careful, you go into justifying why its okay and you will get back into a flow after a while. As time keeps going you fall off completely telling yourself the goal was necessary.  Such a harsh pattern to be in.

There are ways to get past.  One take your bigger goal and break it down into smaller goals.  This is a good way to get the motivation moving towards the goal of completion. With technology there’s no reason you can’t keep your goals in your mind, on your phone, and in your vision.  What are you doing daily to keep the goals fresh on your to do list?  I usually look at my vision board that I took a picture of and attack one thing in each category that will get me to the finish line. How can I be productive?  How can I use that idle scrolling on social media time to push me to better limits?  This is the mindset to have daily.

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Failure is a apart of life.  We win and lose at variations. Failure hurts. Failure burns.  Failure is embarrassing.  Some of my most humbling failures still make me emotional but I know it is necessary for my story down the line. Consistency is necessary and staying the course comes from not getting stuck in the giving up cycle, where we let the human part of justifying why we fell off and staying in that part of cycle stalls our progress. Think about it in simple ways.  If you ask a kid why they did something they most likely squirm making up excuses that don’t make sense. That is how we look in the mirror of life using excuses like “not having enough money,” “too tired,” “not strong enough,” etc. Meanwhile those who have less than us take the same excuses we sell ourselves in their watered down versions and make magic.

Giving up cycle comes to all of us.  Just because you see someone have a different level of success than her, stop focusing on that.  Focus on how you can take charge of your areas, stay out of the giving up cycle and  find ways to rise above it.  Life is already going to deal its own cards, why add onto it by sabotaging yourself. Start this week writing down what you want to do to be successful on your own terms.  How will you make it happen? Focus on that this week not the small failures you may have experienced this past week.  It will only keep you on the hamster wheel and not much will happen there.

Wake up.

Make that list.

Make a plan for that list.

Find joy in the midst of pain.

Make this week better than last week!

You got this!

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Women History Month: Tameeka W. and Kenisha W.C.

Being in business for yourself is really the way to go.  You can be your own boss, set your own goals, and manage your life better than having to work for someone else. One of the greatest things about being in business is that everyone always sees the finished products. They never pay attention to the time where you missed family time, you don’t get paperwork correct, the blood sweat and tears, etc. It takes dedication to accomplish goals. With that being said, let’s talk to Tameeka W.; CEO of Right Way Home Care Services  and  Kenisha W.C; COO as they are opening up their own home care business.  I know that for me one of the greatest challenges can be having to find someone to assist in the caring of your loved one when they aren’t able do to do so. When my mother in law couldn’t care for herself the biggest issue was in how to maintain working, and being there for her everyday needs. We had to make the unfortunate decision to move her out of her home because we weren’t familiar with home care services that could have been available to assist. Thanks to Right Way Home Care Services another family will have the peace of mind that we didn’t.

What was your reason with opening Home Care Business?

We wanted to start the Home Care Business because of our personal and employment experiences. We both have a passion for helping people.

I (Tameeka) was a care giver during college before obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. My mother in law has Home Care that comes to her home and assist her with her needs. Watching the other companies and how they operated I decided to open my own business. My goal is to operate differently from the other companies that have been working with my family. This is when I introduced the Home Care business to my sister Keneisha who is a CNA to be and my business partner.

Keneisha has been a caregiver since she was 17 years old. When I introduced the idea of opening up a Home Care Agency she was excited and on board. With her experience as a CNA and my Social Work background I knew this would be a successful venture.

Have there been any failures with opening up a business or any failures that opened the door to success that you want to highlight?

One difficult time that we had with starting our business is obtaining our license. The first time we sent it out it was returned with more items needed. We had to do more research and get assistance from our consultant to send out the correction information. After further assistance, research, and hard work we were able to obtain our license.

Anyone who has ever had to be licensed or is thinking about being licensed should know there are strict guidelines in what is and what’s not accepted. So if you can get someone in the business that can assist you into making thing run smoothly for yourself.

What is the one thing you want to tell your younger self?

One thing that we would tell our younger self is to stay true to yourself. A woman should never let anyone distract them from achieving their goals. Everyone is not going to have your best interest at heart, but you have to persevere through the adversity to be successful.

Knowing who is in your corner and who isn’t important.  It’s one of the hardest lessons because everyone who has had longevity with you doesn’t mean they always make the final cut in your life. Be careful in making sure you can clearly see someone and listen to those around you.

How can women be champions through mistakes?

Women can be champions through their mistakes by learning from them. Women should understand that one mistake does not define them. They can either let that mistake break them or make them. It is important to sit back and evaluate the mistake and set goals to grow from the mistake. There is always room to be successful we just have to be motivated and work hard for the success.

Tell us in detail all we need to know about your business.

Right Way Home Care provides Non-Medical Home Care Services. The services that we provide but are not limited are personal care (bathing, dressing), ADL’s, Light House Keeping, Transportation to Medical Appointments or the Grocery Store, Medication Reminders, and Respite Care.

What are 3 goals you are actively working on and how will you achieve them?

The three goals that we are working on are introducing Right Way Home Care to the community, Becoming experts in the business, and obtaining consumers. We will achieve these goals by introducing the business at our event. We will be having a Grand Opening Celebration on May 18th. After the Grand Opening we will be open for service. We will attend conference and trainings to help us become experts in our business. Last, to achieve the third goal we will be doing marketing on Social Medial, in nursing facilities, hospitals, adult day care, and other locations.

 

Follow them on Facebook to obtain more information for the grand opening

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Right Way Home Care is located in Lancaster, PA

Their website is Right Way Home Care

You can follow them on Facebook

You can also find them on Instagram

Continued blessings to you both as you enter this new chapter of your lives. I pray that when someone needs assistance for their loved ones that they give you that call. There is honor in caring for those who have cared for so many of us all of their lives. I wish you both nothing but success.

tammeka

Tameeka Way, CEO of Right Way Home Care Services

Kenisha

Kenisha Wright-Carter, COO of Right Way Home Care Services

Women’s History Month: Zulma M.

How someone treats you matters. It sets the tone for respect or disrespect. Often times we get upset but there are times we need to look in the mirror. How we respond to the treatment says continue or stop. If we are honest not being direct is usually the culprit. We are still talking about failures and sometimes the failure to not allow others to dictate out lives needs checked.

What is one failure you are comfortable sharing that taught you the most lessons?

One of the many failures that I will have to say that has taught me and continues to teach me is allowing others to dictate or control me.

Again the concept that in order to appear respectful its best to keep quiet or not to rock the boat. That is a misread. You have to be able to speak up and mean what you say but you don’t have to be mean when you say it.

From that failure, what other lesson have you learned?

The lesson it taught me is that I have a voice and I am light and once I saw that and owned that no one could tell me otherwise.  I have allowed the opinions of others dictate how I was to live, to behave, dress and how I was to be all around.  I would have rather pleased them and allow myself to fall into a sunken place because I wanted to be accepted and loved, but deep-down resenting myself.

As I stated I learned to love myself, to accept myself and work on changing me for me not anyone else.  I have learned that I am different and that is okay that is actually great, I learned that my voice matters, maybe not to anyone else, but it matters to me.

Wanting approval is one thing. Wanting approval above our own voice is not okay. You can love you and make others around you align themselves accordingly.

What are is the 3 things you would want to tell other younger woman in regard to lessons learned?

Learn to love yourself…it will be challenging at first, but it is sooo freeing.

Do not allow the things programmed in your mind dictate who you are.  So often we are subjected to the thoughts and beliefs of our parents, teachers, friends and loved ones and it is a battle of who we truly are.  What I will tell you is research, allow your heart to lead you.  We have all the answers within us, but are you open enough to hear.

Pursue your dreams – there is no limit to what you can do.  Whatever you feel in your heart do it.

We can take on the things that we are taught and add or subtract from it what we need to be the adults that we need to be. It’s okay to go against the grain especially if it will yield a happy, confident and well-loved woman in its place.

What are 3 goals for your future?

To complete 2 certifications – Neuroscience certification and my Life Coaching Certification

Release weight – physically, emotionally and mentally

Travel – I want to travel the world and be an international motivational speaker

If you could sit down with any woman past or present who would it be and why?

I would have to say -Harriet Tubman – she was(is) a hero (Shero) – the fact that she was a slave she did not have no support, but she found a way to escape and not only free herself, but she came back and saved others too.   She was selfless and I would love to hear how she overcame the obstacles, the hardship what drove her to do the things she did etc.

Harriet Tubman definitely was one strong woman to do the very thing of helping slaves escape knowing she could be put to death.  We won’t step out and blog, be a creator, or go after that job and our lives aren’t even on the line. Don’t hesitate to step out in life and do things for others as well as yourself.  You got this!

 

IF you have any projects that are coming up in the future, what are they?

I am going to be hosting a workshop for women in late spring early summer. Planning to host a part 2 Vision Board Event as well.

Zulma is also on the Marketing Team for TCP I have not doubts that anything you start you will finsih

What is the one thing as a woman that you feel helps or helped you make your mark in this world?

Learning to be me and accepting me for who I am and the fact that I desire to exude Love to everyone, even those that do me wrong.  Staying positive as often as I can and remember to.   I have learned that what you put out into the Universe it will return to you.  So I choose to remain positive through adversity, give love at all times.

Thank you Zulma for participating and we wish you much success as you continue to live life on your terms and branch out!

You can find Zulma on Facebook or Instagram