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Southern Fried Family Reunion

By January 27th, 202173 Comments
There’s no rest for the weary y’all and we’re still going harder
than a mug over here. A last minute decision to road trip to
Reidsville, NC completely derailed the ‘Imma park it for a month and get
my ish together’ plan. In this instance, ‘Ish’ being, my health, and
more specifically, my diet. Between the MSG from my ramen binges, the
excess sugar from my desire to consume buckets of Orange Soda like my
name was Kel, the sodium from all of the preserved and pre-packaged junk
and complete and utter lack (and avoidance) of vegetables and water,
it’s no surprise that I’ve been sick, sluggish and foggy as hell. I was working out sporadically at best, and religiously forgot to take my
vitamins. So terribly ratchet.

Right before we left, I was getting back on my game. I
had resumed my 3-4 mile daily walks and was eating pretty healthy meals,
even drinking some per Cindy Blackman.

Southern Fried Family Reunion
I’ve also added chlorophyll to my list ‘o supplements… re-read Cindy’s interview when you get a chance. Thank me later!  She’s like, 50… looks 30. Her write-up is full of gems.

 I was doing my best to resist sugar, dairy and extra additives in
order to reboot my system but all bets were off as soon as Hubby
declared that we were packing it up and heading to his annual family
reunion. In Reidsville, NC. The South. Where everything is fried,
smothered, covered and swimming in gravy and delicious bacon fat. And I
can’t lie, I stayed in the kitchen. In the got damn refrigerator,
eating up all the food… all the chicken…all the pig feet…all the collard
greens…all the hog maws. But seriously…

I. Ate. Everything.

Even got
with the banana pudding and went in on the sweet potato pie. But
tomorrow’s a new day.

*hits the reset button*

hubby setting up shop
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Southern Fried Family Reunion 

The homie Kerricka!
Southern Fried Family Reunion
(pictured below on the left) is not only a cousin, friend and Gia’s
godfather, he’s the custodian of the Flack family history.  He’s rebuilt
it from the ground up and in the process, happened upon a piece of living history, his long lost cousin Toady. Check out the full story HERE
Southern Fried Family Reunion

In the brown shirt (missing for 10 years), Toady is pictured here talking with a reporter from the local paper. 
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Ken reppin’ Team Natural!
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Vivian Inez on the mic! 
She’s the eldest member of the family and the sole surviving sister to
hubby’s grandmother Mary Magdalene Flack McDonald. There were 10 children in that first generation and we were taking a moment to honor and celebrate her.
Southern Fried Family Reunion
Southern Fried Family Reunion
partner in crime, cousin, friend and Boogie-Sitter, Kim!
!Southern Fried Family Reunion
Southern Fried Family Reunion
What I wore:
Southern Fried Family Reunion
 Southern Fried Family Reunion
Shirt- gifted from ROMWE
Lace Pants- gifted from ROMWE
Flops- (old) Aldo
Hair- …dirty as sin so I oiled it down and bunned it up. I plan to wash and re-style tomorrow.

The Boog Cam-
Southern Fried Family Reunion
‘got a new Stroller450, ain’t no toddlers messing with me.’
Southern Fried Family Reunion


  • hunnybun says:

    that drink looks…interesting but the outfit is amazing. Its casual but dressy and very chic. Never would have thought purple and orange would work. Boogie woogie is gorgeous as per usual. And ure lucky you get to go to reunions. We dont really do that in the carib plus my family is all over the damn globe so count ure blessings.

  • keisha billups says:

    I love your stories. They are hilarious. I too am trying to get back to healthy eating, but aint no way I could drink whats in that cup. Looks NASTY!! lol. Hair looks fab, and Gia is so dang on cute it's ridiculous.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to a family reunion in years. It was nice to see the fam celebrating and Gia looking adorable as usual. Nik your hair was so cute. I decided to detangle my twistout with oil, put my hair in three chunkie twists overnight to keep it stretched and did a high bun with a headband similar to yours. I loved the look and didn't mind the frizz. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Brooke B. says:

    I try so hard to eat healthy, but everyt time I get a good run something (food) is thrown in front of me & trips me up. I'm a foodie by heart & it's hard to give up altogether on those southern comfort foods especially when you come from a big southern fam as I do. I still make sure I exercise every day its helped a lot for those days I slack off.

  • Erika A. says:

    Wow, Toady's story is heartwarming! I'm so glad he was found. Amazing. Gia is too cute! She's sure growing up. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself in NC. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading about your fam. (P.S. I've been going on ramen binges lately myself! lol Thought I was the only one. Now, it's time to get back on track!)

  • trinity says:

    Thanks for sharing. "Toady's" story is so heartwarming.

  • Brianna says:

    Yes! I got a 33.8 ounce bottle for $16. I hope that is not true! Its the only thing my hair loves in the summer. Sigh.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks lady! I fall off the wagon often but I'm still mindful of portions and the truly ridic food choices. I generally do better, even when I'm being bad 🙂

  • CurlyNikki says:

    SO SO sorry for my tardy response. I emailed you back a minute ago! I will most certainly take you up on that offer! And no, our trip was so quick we didn't make it to Cafe du Monde. I could go for some right now though! 🙂

  • CurlyNikki says:

    but it's important to note that I'm still hungry, lol!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I'm back on my game as of tonight. Had sauteed broccoli, peppers and rice for dinner!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    when we say, 'say cheese', she puts her hand on her hip, leans to one side and flashes a huge grin. HAM. But when she's done taking pics, she yells, 'no' and turns away from the camera. Off the chain.

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • CurlyNikki says:

    whatever I'm using on mine. In these pics, however, I used Qhemet Biologics' Cocoa Tree Ghee on dry hair.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    hey boo! You always get my inside jokes, lol! Hope all is well!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I didn't eat no pigs feet! lol, but I"m not against trying them. It was a quote from Friday, lol!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    such a blessing that he was found and what's cooler is that the entire community chipped in to help pay the fees for him to be admitted to a group home for treatment. He looks like a completely diff man than the one in that pic in the paper.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Brenda and will do! 🙂

  • CurlyNikki says:

    You'd love them… they're more like jeggings with a lace overlay… super cute!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks lady! We miss you!!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    really?! Thanks for the heads up! What is this I keep hearing about them discontinuing Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat? Tell me it isn't so!

  • Brianna says:

    Love the family reunion. Amazing story! A little off subject, but ulta is having a liter sale on Redken products. I remembered reading here about it.

  • Gaye Glasspie says:

    That story tugged at my heart Nikki! What an awesome thing. Everytime I see a homeless person I wonder about the family

  • AMRobby says:


  • Brenda says:

    Hi Nikki! Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips and stories. I visit your site several times a day for new postings. Keep'em coming.

  • ksegundo says:

    Toady's story has me in tears!

  • Landry says:

    I just can't believe you ate pig feet, and what are hog maws? lol! 😉 I feel you about eating it ALL–I always go overboard like this on the holidays. All that food is just staring at you, begging to be eaten. It's just too hard to resist. hehe! I LOVE your hair bun—to cute! And your daughter is too cute, I love her little belly!

  • Traveria Turner says:

    LMAO at the line from Friday! I caught that NIkki! Hysterical!

  • Tasha says:

    Would you please share what products you are using on boogs hair?

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, thanks for sharing your family reunion with us. I love that you and your families get together often and the smiles and laughter are plentiful. I teared up at the story of finding Toady. It is wonderful that he can now finally be with family and receive proper treatment. Truly a miracle. I wonder how many other "Toadys" are outh there. Girl, who among us has not succumbed to the dee-lish (but unhealthy) Southern fried cuisine!! 🙂 Life is short….indulge every now and then. You still look great in spite of "falling off the wagon." 🙂 Boog is getting so big! Love her new wheels.

  • Mel says:

    Hey Nik, the pics are lovely. I met you at the meetup in NOLA (young looking 37). I sent you an email with an offer of better restaurants to try whenever you make your way back to the city, and it's on me! Also, did you make it to Cafe du Monde?

  • tiffany goff says:

    blending, juicing, eat raw has literally changed my life!! from pms not as bad to energy THRU the roof to my nails growing faster in the shortest amount of time and harder than ever to loosing the stubborn belly bulge/bloting to my hair growing in better etc etc etc etc!! continue to encourage everyone, nikk!

  • kenishaf says:

    we all love us some baby GIa lol i never known a almost 2 year old that pose and smile for almost all pic love it

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki I'm loving the new comment section! Please keep doing what you're doing!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    15 lbs?! It doesn't show. thanks for the sweet compliments and lets all reboot together! Check back in with me soon to see how I'm doing 😉

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thank you chica! Wish I could've met you in NOLA… it was a sight to behold! Thanks again for all of your support and keep in touch! xx

  • hairscapades says:

    I have my family reunion this upcoming weekend and I'm in the same boat as you Nikki … except, I picked up 15 lbs, unlike you!! So, need to get it together ASAP!! Boogie is an absolute doll and, dirty or not, your bun looks BEAUTIOUS;)!! LOVE IT!! You are always too pretty and feminine!


  • Kalicia Fields says:

    I just have to say, your blog is everything, its so real and personable. I've been reading since the beginning… I wish I could have met you in New Orleans. Maybe one day "friend in my head". May God keep blessing you and your family.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    wow! Thanks for making my night! You all inspire me everyday. We've gotta support each other in this thing!

  • AWilson says:

    Thanks for sharing your family with us, and thanks for all the health and wellness information you provide. It's really been convicting my spirit lately and I can't ignore it any longer. So thank you for all you do because you've helped so many of us more than you may ever realize.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks! Hoping to make it easier to comment and such, plus the site was in need of a facelift! I love the natural moment you described! I find myself in similar situations alllll the time! A 5 minute trip to Walgreens turns into 30 minutes with the exchange of email addresses and phone numbers, lol. Thanks for the comment!

  • Natural Sunshine says:

    Can't wait to see the upcoming post. I like the new layout changes you made. Keep up the GREAT work! I share your blog with everyone I come across. I am not on Twitter but I thought I would share a natural hair moment. I was in Target yesterday (SM on sale for $7.99) and I was with my BFF's and I was stopped by 2 ladies who needed hair advice and then someone else saw us talking and she started listening and asking questions too. I swear it was like 10 of us in the natural hair section at Target – I loved every bit of it.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I've got some Boogie posts coming up, she's growing up fast! Her bday is next month!

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  • CurlyNikki says:

    ewwww! Do it!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    it didn't taste bad… but the consistency. LAWD. I need a bigger straw.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, thanks Yolanda! The orange pants were much better in person than they appeared on the website, should've got them in the other colors too!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Rhonda girl!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    let's hit that reset and start tomorrow! Well… maybe Tuesday, I'll have a long day in the car getting back home filled with fast food I'm sure :0/

  • CurlyNikki says:

    my dad's side of the fam stopped having reunions too… petty family drama 🙁 Life's too short. Glad to hear you had a fab Memorial day though! And rock that bun proudly! I think I'll wash and put it right back up!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thank you! She talks too… alllll day. I need to shoot a vid for y'all.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Yvette!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Samantha!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    you should've seen him yesterday, he was beaming!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    soooo St. Louis!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • IKa says:

    lol at gong harder than a mug!

  • I Am Your People says:

    I teared up reading about Toady. And, of course, there's never enough Boogie pics 🙂

  • Frances says:

    Beautiful as always!

  • D Pick says:

    Love to see family celebrating. Nik~ your hair is so cute; love the orange pants! Gia is entirely too cute as usual…stylin' and profilin'.

  • Kimba Azore says:

    For tomorrow, one word…Wheatgrass!

  • Ron Brown says:

    Cute pics of the fam. Off topic, but that concoction looks like something I've seen in a baby's diaper. I just hope it doesn't taste/smell like it. lol

  • Yolanda says:

    I promise you can rock just about anything and make it fly! Hope you had safe travels back home!

  • Rhonda C says:

    Toady's story was a heartwarming one and we are all rooting for his continued success! Loved the family pics and especially seeing Gia. She really has transformed unto a happy (loved) little girl. Nik, only you can rock a "dirty as sin" bun with such confidence. *loveit*

  • Jacinta W. says:

    I am so with you on falling off with my diet and exercise routine. In fact, I am just getting in from my family reunion in NC as well. We definitely do eat some of the most unhealthy food here in the South but it is just SO D**N GOOD!! I plan to hit my reset button as well and get back on track.

  • Megan Montgomery says:

    I love your hair and your outfit I wore my hair in a top knot bun thIs whole week because it is hot, humid, and raining in Las Vegas, Nevada. The only good is that my hair has stayed moisturized lol! I miss family reunions, ever since my uncle and aunt died the family went their separate ways and stopped the tradition. my family just my three brothers and my mother and I have our own family reunions with our close friends and some family members on Memorial Day. It good to be around family.
    Megan Montgomery

  • Jillian says:

    I love your bun and the outfit. Gia is getting so big!

  • Yvette says:

    Those tangerine pants!! Great story too

  • Samantha Chiamaka James says:

    Gia's adorable!
    And your hair looks so pretty (Gia's does too) 🙂

  • Jenni Lovette says:

    Gotta love the fam. reunions. You looked so cute! I love how you said "than a mug." SO St. Louis 🙂

  • anonymous says:

    That story about Toady is crazy…luckily they found him.

  • Gina says:

    I love those pants!

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