Friday, February 5, 2016

Thought Bubbles 2052016

The Carolina Panthers are going to the SUPER BOWL!!!....

When they win I hope Cam dances ALL up in the camera...

I finally saw The People v. O.J. Simpson and it was really good...

I still need to watch Lila & Eve...

My little NICU Grad is growing up so fast...


Lately I've been listening to a lot of Anita Baker and Big Tymers...

Everybody get your roll on... Caught up in the Rapture of you...

My Birthday is on Sunday and all I want to do so far is eat Chinese food on Saturday and watch the game on Sunday (with nachos and wings)...

Chuck E. Cheese was at school pick up yesterday and it caused quite the cluster...

Kids were screaming and begging parents to take them to see the mouse at his house...

Well played PTO...

I was recently presented with an award from the United States Army for being an awesome wife...



They also gave me a tote bag. I think I'll regift that to my husband to use as a diaper bag though...

I really hate that Periscope has turned into such a big classroom...

I miss interacting with people without it being a lesson...

Looking forward to receiving a Calphalon Dutch Oven in the mail soon...

Blogging has its perks...

Watching them play gives me the most overwhelming feeling of happiness...


My goal for the day is to sanitize the floors and paint my nails...

Beyoncé is back in the halftime show. Wonder how many people are hating that...

I'm here for it. Make that money Bey...

Grown Woman is pretty much my anthem for the year...

Watching that video makes me feel like the gym is a necessity...

A new blog series all about me getting in shape after #grandfinalebaby will be starting soon...

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I may pop up on Periscope later on today to lighten up the mood over there...

No expert advice. Just me and these kids...

Who do you have winning the Super Bowl? It better be the Panthers...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Black History Month 2016

This year for Black History month I decided to focus on three themes voting rights, famous inventors and black women who rock. I chose these themes because I wanted the kids to have something to relate what we're learning to their everyday lives.


So far this week we've read Lillian's Right to Vote. We talked about how important it is to vote during the elections to make your voice heard. I thought this was a very timely theme since we'll be voting for the next President soon.

Our family has been voting for things (like what's for dinner and what movie we want from RedBox) all week. They're young but I think they got the idea behind voting and I know Savannah understands the price that was paid for us to be able to vote. Lillian's Right to Vote is an amazing story that teaches children about the 15th Amendment, 19th Amendment, the march from Selma to Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act. We'll be adding it to our library.


Today we learned all about George Crum and how the potato chip was invented. These kids love chips. I read George Crum's bio while the kids ate chips. On Friday we will make our own just like George did. Savannah and I made a rhyme to help her remember today's lesson...


This month we'll be learning all about Garrett Morgan, George Washington Carver, Madam CJ Walker, Benjamin Banneker, Lonnie G Johnson, Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, Sheila E, Diana Ross and President Barack Obama. I'll be sharing our lessons here all month!

How are you celebrating Black History with your family?

Monday, February 1, 2016

32 Things to do Before 33 : BIRTHDAY Countdown

Remember when I did the 31 things to do before 32? Well I didn't actually do it but I blogged about wanting to do it. My year got kind of thrown off when I got pregnant and I forgot all about my little list of things to do.

Thank God for do-overs. And birthdays.

Here I am again celebrating another birthday (on Super Bowl Sunday, #keeppounding)! I'll be 32 on February 7th and I am very excited. For some reason I get excited about my birthday now more than I ever did when I was younger. This year is especially special because the Carolina Panthers are playing in Super Bowl 50 (and Beyoncé is back in the halftime show!)! 

I was born and raised in the Carolinas so I'll be watching the game and celebrating my birthday at the same time.

Anyway - I thought I would create another list of things to do before my next birthday. A mix of some of my old goals and new goals too - here is all I want to do, see and experience before turning 33...
32 Things to do Before 33
1. Watch the sunrise
2. Learn photography
3. Go to a concert
4. Learn to braid
5. Journal 


6. Get a massage
7. Paint my nails every week
9. Volunteer for a good cause
10. Speak in public
11. Be kind and Give grace
12. Complete 32 random (or not so random) acts of kindness
13. Social media fast
14. Plant a small garden in containers
15. Read a novel
16. Read a self help book
18. Color more


19. Paint a picture
20. Fix sewing machine and use it
21. Send a letter (or two or three)
22. Mail out Christmas cards
23. Discover a new place
24. Stand next to the ocean (or an equally beautiful large body of water)
25. Join a Pilates class


26. Practice Yoga
27. Take a dance class
28. Run a 5K
29. Take my husband on a date
30. Host a Thanksgiving dinner
31. Pray more. Worry less. Love hard.
32. Watch the sunset

Have you ever done a birthday bucket list before? What would be on your list?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Natural Hair Pixie Cut For the Win

One of the best decisions I made in 2015 was getting my haircut. I didn't know how much energy I was putting into thinking about my hair until it wasn't there anymore.

When I mean to tell you that my haircut has changed my life I'm not kidding.

I was literally living in a ponytail...


I couldn't even find pictures for this post of me with my hair out. All of the pics on my computer have me rocking braids (which I love) or a ponytail. Sad. In 2015 I went back and forth with the idea of cutting my hair. I really didn't want to get a perm so finding a stylist that could cut and style natural hair was very important to me.

After a long search (it seriously took me all year) I found a stylist that I love. She's professional. She doesn't double book and she's very talented. 

natural hair pixie cut

It has made a world of a difference for me to no longer be worried about, "What am I going to do with my hair....". When my hair is straight I roll the top in rollers and I wrap the back in a silk scarf at night to sleep. It stays straight until it gets wet. 

natural hair pixie cut


I haven't worn my hair naturally curly since getting it cut until yesterday. My birthday is next week so I pushed my hair appointment back to have fresh birthday hair. I washed my hair using Cantu's shampoo and I used Savannah's Just For Me styling products. The results were incredible...

natural hair pixie cut

natural hair pixie cut

Gosh this post was full of selfies. Sorry 'bout that. Anyway, cutting my hair has been one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. I don't have much time these days to pull myself together and a haircut has made me look & feel pulled together without much effort.

Now if I could just make it to the gym I might be on my way to shutting 2016 all the way down...

Have you made any changes lately that have improved your quality of life? 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

40 Ways to Recharge Solo

Have you ever just needed to recharge? I'm not talking about a girl's night out or a vacation. I'm talking about a couple hours alone to just breathe and think, recharge.

In the past I have confused this need to recharge with the need to have some good girlfriend time. I would maybe meet a friend for lunch or go shopping and we would have a great time but...

When our little outing was over I'd get back in my car and still not feel recharged. Even though I would have had a blast with my friend I'd still feel like I could use a couple hours completely unplugged. As I have gotten older I have embraced the beauty that is alone time.

Being a military wife has made very comfortable with doing things solo too. Whenever we relocate I do lots of things by myself while I'm getting adjusted to our new surroundings. I thought I would share some of my ideas with you here...


1. Have lunch at a restaurant you have always wanted to try.
2. Visit a makeup counter and have a new look created for you.
3. Find a new fragrance.
4. Volunteer at a local pet shelter. (WARNING: This may result in a new furry family member!)
5. Try a new fitness class.
6. Take a dance class.
8. Paint a picture.
9. Attend a cooking class or demonstration. (Williams Sonoma offers some great free classes.)
10. Go to the movies.
11. Learn a new craft or hobby. (Michael's and JoAnn Fabrics offer classes)
12. Enjoy a mani pedi at a place nicer than your normal nail salon.
13. Get a massage.
14. Do some reading at your local library or favorite book store.
15. Get a haircut.
16. Carelessly wander the aisles of Target or Home Goods.
17. Have some coffee and dessert at a mom and pop diner.
18. Get fitted for a new bra.
19. Go for a walk.
20. Visit an esthetician and get a facial.
21. Check out a new gallery in a museum.
22. Watch the sunrise.
23. Meditate.
24. Clean out your email inbox at Starbucks. Grab a snack and take advantage of that free wi-fi.
25. Shop for swimsuits if it's that time of the year...
26. Or shop for shoes instead.
27. Go thrifting.
28. Pop up at a couple open houses or visit some model homes for interior design inspiration.
29. Visit a local winery...
30. Or buy a few bottles of wine you haven't tried and do a tasting after the kids are in bed.
31. Shop for antiques at a flea market.
32. Take a nap. At a hotel. With room service.
33. Go for a swim.
34. Volunteer at a food bank.
35. Visit a botanical garden and take instagram worthy pics with your 'real' camera.
36. Get behind the wheel of a car that you love during a test drive.
37. Grab one of those coloring books for adults, put on some music and get creative.
38. Play solitaire.
39. Order Chinese and catch up on your DVR.
40. Go for a bike ride.

It is a beautiful thing when you can spend time alone and enjoy it. Treat yourself to some alone time when you can. It is so refreshing to be able to hear yourself think or enjoy something uninterrupted. There's nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself. See anything on this list that speaks to you? What are some of your favorite ways to spend time alone?

Monday, January 25, 2016

How I Handle the Stress of Being a Mother

Lately I have been so busy. I literally run from one task or baby to the next all day long. It can be overwhelming and emotionally exhausting trying to keep up with everything. I don't know about you but when I recognize myself falling into a place where I have no balance I start practicing some pretty bad habits.

I start looking around at what everyone else is doing, trying to figure out how I can catch up and I find myself complaining more than I should. When this happens I remind myself about three of the best rules that I live by. These three little mantras keep me centered and content in the midst of all the craziness that being a woman tends to bring.

inspirational motherhood quote


Comparison is the thief of joy. Whenever we compare ourselves to others we fight a losing battle with ourselves. What another woman has going on in her life has absolutely nothing to do with my personal journey or God's purpose for my life. We are all on different paths for a reason. Allowing yourself to become distracted by comparing yourself to someone else is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. Therefore, I don't compare myself to anyone else.

As I am growing I have also learned the difference between healthy and unhealthy competition. As women, I think we are in situations often where we feel like we have to compete. Whether we realize it or not we feel tempted to keep up with the Joneses. We sign our kids up for all these activities or we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves so that we can 'be the best'. Or so that we can appear to be the best. Motherhood isn't a sport in the Olympics. I don't compete with other women because I recognize that we are all trying to do our best. There's no need to try to out Mom someone. It's stupid. I have learned that you'll run yourself ragged trying to prove to someone else how great you are. Either they'll see it or they won't. Their opinion of you doesn't make you any less awesome.

I think we are all guilty of complaining at some point. The occasional vent is understood but complaining all the time about everything is a slippery slope. I believe that we are the words that we speak. It is always my goal to be careful with what I give life to with my words. Sometimes it's hard when you're in your feelings not to say how you may truly feel about something or someone. It is always my goal to speak positively about whatever I'm going through. No matter what it's about. I don't complain because I have learned that in the end it gets me no where. Instead I pray about everything and complain about nothing. (this is the toughest one for me lately)

These three little mantras help me as a woman and as a mother. When the kids are acting crazy I don't compare us to another family, I don't try to force them to be like someone else's children (me competing as a Mom) and I don't let the occasional vent go too far.

What do you think about the idea of keeping these three Cs in mind when dealing with different issues? I have found that they can be applied to just about any situation.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thought Bubbles 3/52 2016

Well. The eBook went out yesterday and I have been a nervous wreck ever since...

I am so glad that it's Friday...

I am also glad that we live in a place where it doesn't snow...

But at the same time I wish I was home...

I just threw some cookie dough in the oven. Save will be greeted by fresh baked cookies when she gets home from school...

My birthday falls on Super Bowl Sunday this year...

I need to start working out consistently but my motivation is lacking...


We're not even suppose to take selfies at my gym but I snuck this one after a late night session...

I love the way chocolate chip cookies smell when they're right out of the oven...

Why is Sesame Street on HBO?...

I need a good magazine subscription...

And a vacation...

And a pedicure...

My daily salads for lunch have been so good lately...

lunch salad with sardines

Sonya from Saving Everyday with Sonya K put me on to sardines and now I can't get enough...

I am considering wearing a wash n go for the first time since cutting my hair...

My stylist is amazing. She's talented and she doesn't double book. Winning....

Ready for a chill weekend....

Right after I get some cleaning done...