July 14, 2017
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A year ago, I cheered that I had a bladder of steel. I would listen to friends and family discreetly discuss their incontinence issues and I would have an air of superiority that I did not experience bladder leaks. Then, we threw a party for Bee. Our home parties always include the kids’ favorite: a bounce house. Our fun house provider drops off the house the night before and picks it up the day after. Lucky us! We always get our money’s worth. We jump before and after the party. That’s when mom tries to show off her “skills”. But this time, I got a little more than expected.
July 4, 2017
Happy 4th of July!
Half way through the summer and moms are already ready to send their kids back to school. If you don’t send your children to an all-day summer camp, you can quickly find it’s difficult to keep them occupied and still offer variety, every day, for an entire summer. Last year, I gave you an all-inclusive activity list, but as the cost of camps rise, here are a few things you can do to keep a cap on that budget and still have a great time with your children! Here are six FREE ways to entertain your children this summer.
April 7, 2017
In the start of the spring season, our bodies are transitioning from the cold weather to a warmer climate. The reason behind this is that the air pressure is changing and our body system had now adjusted to the harsh cold that was recently upon us. Many people experience flu and coughs as the readings drop on the barometer. On the other hand, when the temperature rises, weather-sensitive people experience migraines, joint aches and back aches.
Saving yourself from getting sick can be a troublesome task and an even more concerning thing is when you have a family to look for. Changing weather, especially the shifting from cold temperatures to warmer seasons can leave a lot of people vulnerable. With the increasing warmth and high humidity levels, it becomes easier for bacteria to travel through the air, increasing your chances of contracting airborne illnesses. The kids go to school and interact with other children, where they may get a viral disease or you can get any bacterial infection in an office or a store. There are multiple precautions that you can take to make your spring better, happier and healthier.
March 15, 2017
I love to volunteer. Thankfully, over the last five years, I’ve had the ability to do a lot of it. One of my passions is educating girls in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Even though I don’t actually work in any of those fields, I feel like I had given up on it early. My grades stayed at As and Bs throughout high school and in college (except one class) in those fields. I didn’t consider it a possibility because I didn’t know anyone else going into it. I wanted friendship and comradery and I just didn’t see it in those fields.
February 16, 2017
I’ve done it all, lengthy goal lists, SMART goal lists, and last year, I chose a word. We are a month and a half into the year and quite frankly, I can’t come up with a word. Therefore, I’m choosing to go a year without a word.
I love to create goals and attain them. I love to be able to use a checklist. Most of all, I love to feel accomplished.
Since becoming a stay at home mom, accomplishment comes far and few between. Even if I can get a project completed, it’s quickly replaced with a new one.
January 24, 2017
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It’s Thursday night. After a long day, which only ends after ballet class, basketball practice, and tutoring, you walk into a quiet and calm house. Too calm, in fact. And you realize something’s off, really off.
Then, you realize what it is! Dinner is NOT cooking. No one else is supposed to be cooking,
Dinner is NOT cooking. You were responsible for dinner and you completely forgot to prepare. Everything in the house is frozen and it would take you no less than two hours to make it… and you don’t want Chinese, again.
January 18, 2017
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In December, I went to my first blogging conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I was going to navigate it. Really, I was scared of the commitment and whether I was going to take this blogging thing seriously. I volunteered for Shiftcon early on 2016 to make sure I couldn’t find a reason not to go.
Top 10 Finds from ShiftconShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability, and platform growth. If you didn’t know, I started blogging because I was a Beachbody rep. Now, several years later, I’m no longer a rep, but I’m still blogging. So I thought ShiftCon would be a great fit for me. I’ll go over all of the reasons why I loved ShiftCon tomorrow, but today, I’m going to tell you about all of the wonderful goodies I received as an attendee.
10. Chili Lime Cherries by Stoneridge OrchardsA deliciously sweet, tart and spicy snack, the best things in life. These no fat, all-natural Montmorency Cherries are seasons with Tajin, which is just divine to suit a variety of taste buds.
9. Hemp Heart Bites by Manitoba HarvestI’ll be honest, I was skeptical. The squares looked dry. But once I tasted them, I had to double check the serving size to make sure I didn’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. With 10 grams of Omega 3&6 and 10 grams of protein per serving, These satisfy my sweet tooth AND my daily protein requirement.
8. Goddess Garden Sunscreen StickAt #ShiftCon we learned so much about the benefits of utilizing sunscreen, including how increasing the SPF doesn’t necessarily mean better for you. The added protection (and often the white residue) is because of unnecessary and unnatural additives. That’s not what I want, especially since I live in a state where the sun shines most of the time.
7. Monkfruit Sweetener by LakantoThe sweetener wars are intense, but I have found one that tops all others. Monkfruit Sweetener is a little sweeter than sugar, but has ZERO additives, ZERO Glycemic value, ZERO aftertaste and is a 1:1 sugar replacement. Use in place of sugar everywhere without spiking your insulin.
stopped using fabric softener
January 6, 2017
The commercials have been all over the place and I can hardly turn on the television without seeing an ad for this film:
I have to admit, I knew little about this story, or should I say stories.
These three women were an integral part of history.
Katherine Johnson – the brains behind getting many men into space, including the flight of the first man in space, John Glenn. Glenn’s confidence in her mathematical ability forced NASA to request Katherine’s verification of the trajectory before his launch.
January 5, 2017
2016 ended with a bang ~ and not a good one.
This world lost a host of widely known celebrities that have shaped our lives –
- Carrie Fisher, a champion for female empowerment
- George Michael and Prince shaping many memories
- Big Ang, who brought us some great entertainment on Mob Wives
just to name a few off the top of my head. But so many more recognizable people died as well.
Lori Anne was a mentor, a confident, a leader. As sad as I am that I’ve lost her, I can’t help but think about how many lives she touched.
December 21, 2016
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I would have to say that I was hesitant to get Amazon Prime, so less than a year ago, I sent out a Facebook question:
Responses to this post really got me thinking and I joined shortly after.
At the time, I was not aware of the awesome Prime Photos aspect, but believe me, I have been wildly impressed. Amazon has taken the time to code Prime Photos to tag them, which means that I have been able to find a photo super quickly. After I logged in my family, I was able to quickly find old photos in mere seconds, as opposed to combing through thousands of photos.
December 17, 2016
This morning, I spent several hours with one of my favorite non-profit organizations, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – West Palm Beach Chapter. We celebrated our annual gift of Christmas dinner, where we, as members, pour into three families and give them a prepared meal, followed by gifts for the whole family.
The Gift of Christmas Dinner
We chose the families in a couple of ways: collaborating with other organizations that aid single mothers or personal recommendations from members. This year, we opted to have the members make suggestions for the recipients.
December 11, 2016
This review has been compensated by Put Me in the Story.
Honestly, I am loving this new trend of getting personalized story books. I was able to personalize a lot of things as a child because April is so common and, well, it’s on the calendar. However, my siblings aren’t so “lucky”. They have beautiful names, but I could never find something personalized for them. Now, Put Me in the Story not only personalizes the book, it actually puts your child in the story!
Finding the Right Book for Each Daughter
Both of my daughters have very different personalities. Bee is kind and thoughtful, but often headstrong and persistent. Butterfly, on the other hand, loves to play princess and acts her role in the family – the baby.