Coming Full Circle: The Wedding Announcements Have Been Published and I’m Overcome with Joy as We Celebrate This Experience of a Lifetime

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Hello Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

Happy New Year! How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! I’m sitting here typing this post and looking at the Sunday edition of The AJC.  You know. It’s almost surreal.  It seems like just a short time ago (more than 30 years), I would sit in our apartment in Southwest Atlanta or later in our DeKalb County home and read the wonderful wedding announcements in the society pages of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. This publication is the premiere newspaper of the South and parents of all cultures made their children’s engagement official in it.


Antasha and her brother Jay in 1990.

Antasha was a child walking about or sitting and playing with her toys as I was totally engrossed in this popular section of the newspaper.  Maybe it was my youth (I was in my early 20s), but I didn’t consider that, soon enough, Antasha would be getting married. At that time, I didn’t imagine that Tony and I would be joining this special group of parents who had completed this rite of passage that has gone on for centuries!


My basket full of newspapers announcing my daughter’s wedding!

The AJC Wedding Announcement

But in the blink of an eye, time has flown by and my Baby (she’ll always be my baby) is getting married. I went to my local Kroger this morning and bought up more than half of the copies.  I opened the newspaper to page E15 and saw that she and her fiancé, whom I affectionately nicknamed Jules, have taken their place on the pages of this ICONIC publication. And wow! The AJC was kind enough to place it in full color! Even better, her announcement is right next to the Dear Abby and Miss Manners columns! Nostalgia swept over me! I loved reading those columns and now Antasha’s announcement is next to it! Please click on this link to view the article.


Jules is reading his wedding announcement in On Common Ground.

On Common Ground News Wedding Announcement

A wonderful new African American owned publication was founded when Antasha was seven or eight years old. On Common Ground News publishes exceptional content weekly to benefit the entire metro Atlanta area. I was pleasantly surprised to see their print publication from this past Friday, January 10 which featured a beautifully designed and creative presentation of my daughter’s wedding announcement! I am so very grateful that they shared our great news in such a lovely way! Please click on this link to view the article.

The Herald Newspaper Wedding Announcement

My husband and I were raised in Savannah, Georgia.  The Herald Newspaper is a BELOVED publication in the city. Weekly, they publish EXCEPTIONAL articles and announcements that the community loves! How nice of them to publish the wedding announcement of Antasha and Jules!  Please click on this link to view the digital article.  If you reside in Savannah, feel free to pick up a copy!

Experiencing an Outpouring of Love from Everyone!

Tony, Antasha, Jules, and I, as well as our families, are simply amazed by the outpouring of love, encouragement, and support that we have received from so many people! We are blessed beyond measure and thank God for each of you! I will be posting to social media and blogging about this amazing experience as well as writing a seven-part wedding series for the 2020 Wedding Season! Feel free to follow me @LesliesLane as I will often post to social media in real time!  Also, I want to send a few shoutouts to some very special ladies!

Ida Kroell of Georgia Palms & Gardens – The Amazing Venue

Antasha and I visited several prospective venues. She would ask me, “Mommy, what do you think?” I would tell her, “It’s really nice. But is this the place?” That is… until we went to visit Georgia Palms & Gardens. When I got out of the car and starting walking, I was just struck and had to stand in place. I just began turning around and looking in all directions.  I said, “Antasha, this is the place. It is absolutely beautiful.” This tranquil, rustic, upscale, all-inclusive wedding venue features 6.5 acres of beauty, two gazebos, an elegant outdoor ballroom, a regal B & B Inn, full-scale wedding planning and coordination, stylish décor, and so much more!

Ida handles everything from start to finish! You can select the package of your choice and let her take care of the rest! If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, she can include it in your package and will handle everything on the day of the wedding.  If you have a coordinator, she will work side by side with the person to make your vision a reality! I’ll be talking a lot more about this wonderful venue in the weeks to come! I don’t want to give away all of the magical surprises Ida and her exceptional team have in store for us!

Bernadette Birch of Over & B’yond Event Planning – The Wonderful Coordinator

Bernadette is my sorority sister and she is so creative and kind. Her amazing boutique company creates blissful memories for the bride groom that can range from complete planning and curated services to month of or week of coordination. I’ll share more about Bernadette over the next several weeks as she goes over and beyond! Please stay tuned!

Special thanks to The Jewel Tone Innovation Squad! I’m going to introduce these lovely ladies to you during the month of the wedding! Thank you so very much for allowing me to express the joy in my heart! Have a great week!


Leslie E. Royal

Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, social media influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) — How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps (Leslie’s Lane Inc.) ($9.95) Follow Leslie! Instagram and Amazon Author page

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Feel Free to Check Out My Article on entitled “26 Last Minute Luxury Father’s Day Gifts You Can Give Dad Well After the Holiday’s Over!”


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How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! I’ve just published my article on Medium entitled “26 Last Minute Luxury Father’s Day Gifts You Can Give Dad Well After the Holiday’s Over!” Feel free to click on the link below and check it out! Thanks and enjoy your week!


Leslie E. Royal


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Amtrak Unveils Amazing BOGO Free Offer on Roomettes and Bedrooms! But Reserve Your WONDERFUL Rail Experience Now! The Sale Ends June 10, 2019


Greetings Family and Friends! 😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! As many of you know, I am a global travel journalist and I love traveling the world! But did you know that I have never been on Amtrak? My hubby Tony and I have always said that we wanted to take a train ride!  Well… we will do so quite soon!

Amtrak has just offered a limited-time summer sale!  If you buy one sleeping accommodation such as a roomette or bedroom, your companion rides with you for FREE! How cool is that? Well… my hubby and I took advantage of this offer! He bought the ticket and I’m his plus one! This just keeps getting better! Meals are included in the price of the ticket!

In your private room, you’ll relax in your seats by day as you behold the beautiful landscapes of America.  Late into the evening, your chairs convert into beds for a night of calming rest. You can purchase your tickets between June 4 – 10, 2019 on . It is valid for travel from August 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

“We believe that the journey is part of the adventure. Recognizing the need to get more out of every moment, we wanted to offer our customers a truly unique way to experience the country this summer,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson. “With our sleeper sale, customers can share the experience while taking in some of the best views and sightseeing opportunities the United States has to offer.”

For more info on the newest state-of-the-art lines, exclusive lounges, special perks, the New Generation Acela Express, a romantic getaway, exciting landscapes, the most scenic routes, and things of that nature, please check out the links below! Thanks, and enjoy your week!


Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, social media influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, The Ashro Blog, and Travel Bags with Annita. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of:  Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) – How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps (Leslie’s Lane Inc.) ($9.95) Follow Leslie! Instagram and Amazon Author page

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Select Your Stunning Outfit for Mother’s Day with My Ashro Article! And… Join Me in Saluting Special Moms & Women!

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View Each of These Six Ensembles in the 2019 EXCLUSIVE Ashro Mother’s Day Lookbook!

Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a wonderful day! Mother’s Day is on the horizon! It’s time to purchase a lovely ensemble for yourself and the special women in your life! I really enjoyed being a part of creating the EXCLUSIVE 2019 Ashro Mother’s Day Lookbook! Please click on the link below to view it. Just click on each arrow to the right to view the six beautiful images! Feel free to read and share it with others!

Go Beyond Beautiful This Mother’s Day with This Lookbook!

Leslie Ashro White Quad

It is an honor to be an Ashro Brand Ambassador! I loved strolling in this Carmela Jacket Dress! You’ll love their white dresses!

On a Another Stylish Side Note…

Are you ready for your White-Hot Summer of Elegant Fashion and Sensational Style? Whether you’re having Sunday Brunch with friends, High Tea with your women’s social group, All White Affair with your fellow alumni for Class Reunions, White Night Extravaganza with relatives at Family Reunions, and Special Celebrations for your churches, sororities, and other special interest organizations, Ashro has the IDEAL white dress or pant suit for you! It is indeed my pleasure to serve as a Brand Ambassador for Ashro and Lifestyle Contributor for The Ashro Blog! Ashro is the leading fashion company for women of color. I am wearing the Carmela Jacket Dress! Click on this link to view it as well as many other sensational styles! —…

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Happy Mother’s Day to All the Great Moms Around the World!  We Salute You!

Also, I was honored to have written a SPECIAL FEATURE for Mother’s Day which included tributes from women to their mothers and mother figures! Ashro would love to see your Mother’s Day tributes! Can you click on the link below, scroll to the end of the published poem, and upload photos and tributes to your mother, grandmother, aunt, godmother or other mother figure? We would love to share it with the world.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Special Tributes

Just One More Thing…

I would love for you to take a look at my articles on The Ashro Blog. They spotlight the AMAZING things that African American women are doing in their communities around America! – – Please see some of the links below! In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it would be nice to re-introduce you to the ladies that were featured in my articles over the last 12 months! After you read the articles below, be sure to follow them on their social media pages! They are doing exceptional things right now! Invite your friends and family to follow them and Like their pages too! You all will be glad you did!

Please feel free to follow me on all social media platforms @LesliesLane – Anything that you want to know about fashion, careers, FREE stuff, discounts, global travel, and exceptional resources are available on my sites! Currently, I write for ESSENCE, Upscale Living, AAA Southern Traveler, The Ashro Blog, and Travel Bags with Annita! I will be unveiling a new publication in November 2019!

I would love to include you in upcoming articles for a few of my publications! So, please be on the look out for future posts with varying opportunities!

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Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!


Leslie E. Royal

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7 Love Tips! Couples Love Expressions! Self-Love Actions! EXCLUSIVE Romantic Getaways! The Gift of Petrossian! It’s Valentine’s Day and Leslie’s Lane is Spicing Up Your Life! Enjoy!  

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Tony and Leslie E. Royal


Hi Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! Valentine’s Day is so very special! I enjoyed writing several articles that I think you’ll love!  Please take a look at the EXCLUSIVES that I have written!  Just click on the links! Additionally, I wanted to share 7 Tips on Self-Love and Selfless Love by Dr. Joyce Morley!  When reading the Ashro Blog article on “Self-Love and Selfless Love for Valentine’s Day”, you will see 10 tips from her.  I couldn’t include all 17 if her tips in the article for my publication.  But I didn’t want you to miss out on the other great tips!  Please find them right here in my blog post!  How cool is that? Thanks, and have a great week!


Leslie E. Royal

7 Tips on Self-Love and Selfless Love by Dr. Joyce Morley

Dr. Joyce Morley

Dr. Joyce Morley

  1. When you love on others, you free yourself to be you, without fears and without inhibitions, gaining more inner strength, inner peace, inner satisfaction, increased self-confidence, and increased self-esteem.
  2. Love is greater when it is used as a verb, showing action.The way you treat you through the actions you take is indicative of the way you not only treat others, but also indicative of the kind of treatment you expect and accept from others.
  3. Everything starts with you! It is important that you love you and love on you, not only on Valentine’s Day, but 365 days of the year, unconditionally and without boundaries. You deserve it!
  4. Loving on others through the use of your time and talents also allows you to have increased feelings of self-acceptance and self-love, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-fulfillment.
  5. Loving on others is more than providing material things; it’s sharing of your time. It’s about sharing YOU with others, through genuine acts of kindness, unconditionally!
  6. When you spend time with you at a spa, salon, massage therapist, or other self-focused engagement you will experience feelings of self-fulfillment, self-acceptance, and self-love. Your engagement in self-time can also foster inner peace, clarity in thoughts, clarity in feelings, feelings of empowerment, as well as feelings of total freedom.
  7. Loving you gives you permission to love others unconditionally, without clarifiers; not so much for what they do, but for who they are; a human being like you! …And the greatest of these is love!


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Check out My Home Business Magazine Article: Unearthing Popular Work-from-Home Sites! Share it with Everyone You Know! They’ll Thank You for Sure!

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Hi Beautiful Family and Friends!

I wanted to share this important information with you! Do you know someone who would like to work from home? Do you know someone who needs a second job? Do you someone who is interested in mystery shopping? Do you know someone who is looking for multiple streams of income? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please share the link to my article below with them.

Further, my first book has links to more than 500 corporate jobs as well as info on how to create your dream career!  Just click on this link to learn a little about it in Leslie’s Lane The Book!

Thanks so much and enjoy your week!


Leslie E. Royal

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These 12 Mesmerizing, Modern Day African American Heroines Are Changing the World Before Our Very Eyes! Check Out An Ashro Contemporary Salute to Black History Month! You’ll Love it!

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You know… February is that special time of year in which we remind ourselves and educate others on all of the profound things that African American men and women have accomplished over the years. Over the decades, we have looked back proudly on the accomplishments of our forefathers and foremothers in the fields of education, science, politics, religion, medicine, technology, art, and journalism among other genres.

 But today, as we celebrate Black History Month, we do so with newfound meaning and renewed expectations.  We’re spotlighting women who stand on the shoulders of historic giants. As they shatter glass ceilings and defy society’s norms and expectations, we’ve noticed that they don’t just check off one box in the career category.  These nonconformists are magnificently multifaceted, multitalented, and multidisciplinary. Read their stories below. Follow them on social media. And watch them, in living color, as they serve their beloved communities even as their meteoric stars are on the rise.

Greetings Beautiful Friends and Family!

How are you? I trust that you are having a great day!  The two paragraphs above are actually to introduce to my article just posted to The Ashro Blog!  I was both honored and humbled to be able to feature these powerhouse African American beauties belong!  They are AMAZING to say the very least!  Just writing and subsequently reading their stories inspire me to be my very BEST!  I trust that their stories bless you as they did me!  Please click on this link to go directly to the article! Once you read it, please feel free to share it on your social media sites!  It’s great to spread Good News!

 Congrats to Tiffany Aliche, Tonya Anderson, Dr. Annette Boone-Hicks, Shantay Carter, Jessica Frances Dukes, Robbie Huff, Angela Hutchinson, Sydney James, Dr. Bernetta Jones, Adriene Kinnaird, Candace Mitchell, and Tish Norman!

#iAmAshro #Ashro #BlackBeauty #AfroCentric #AfricanInspired #LesliesLane #blacklove  #blackexcellence #blackgirlmagic #black #blackpower #blackisbeautiful #blackwomen #blackgirlsrock #fashion #blackpride #blackwoman  #blackqueen #blackfamily #blackhistory #BlackHistoryMonth #instagood #instadaily #instahistory #WomensHistory #History #Sheroes #Heroines #beautiful #happy – @LesliesLane – @ShopAshro – @TheBudgetnista – @TheBooneClinicPC – @WOIINC – @JessicaFrancesDukes – @Artisticpreneur – @SydneyGJames – @IamTishNorman

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