Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy 39th Birthday To Me!!!! -- My 30's

Hey Y'all,

I love birthday's especially mine!!!!

On November 2nd I welcomed the last year of my 30's. This decade of my life has been utterly amazing. At 30 I become a whole new person, my name was changed and my heart grew by leaps and bounds. At 30 I became a mommy the most awe inspiring role any woman can ever hold. At 35 my life became even sweeter when I welcomed my special babies into the world. Shock and awe at the fact that I could produce twins is an understatement. To this day I still look at them in amazement. My children have helped me craft a life of purpose. They have allowed me too see the best and worst of who I am as a woman, wife, daughter and Friend. In 2008 I left a job that I thought I would have for years to come. But staying stagnant is not the way of the 21st century. I endeavored to be a champion and started a new career path that I wasn't sure I was cut out to do; but alas God had an awesome plan. It was at this new job that I made post college life long friends. It is at this job that I added a new title to my name. I became a blogger. My love for writing was rekindled and an opportunity to be an influencer in my community was born. In my 30s I was treated  to first class celebrity filled trips that I didnt pay a dime for. At 37 the unthinkable happened I was laid off of my job. I was shocked, sad and confused but something positive can often result from a negative situation. While out of work I learned, patience. Something that only come with time and experience.

I had the opportunity to spend quantity time with my babies which is something I never had the chance to do. And through this experience I learned how to be patient. Patient with myself the children and the process of finding a new job. It was not easy and many things Reade stopped from us including our home. It was through that process however that the bond between my children and I became stronger than super glue. I discovered how smart and unique each of them are. Today I can honestly say I would take nothing in place of my journey. While unemployed I started a crochet business! I named it after my beautiful daughter and have been experiencing an wonderful amount of success. In my 30s I learned to love everything about me. My highs my lows and everything in between that makes me an awesome Me. In my 30s I feel in love with my husband all over again. I feel in love with his zeal for life, desire to succeed and his adaptation to the ever changing facets of fatherhood. In my 30s my love for God and his word have developed ten fold. I hunger and thirst after righteousness like never before. I attribute my spiritual growth to the Bible lead and spirit filled teachings of my bishop and Pastor, who were also added to my life in my 30s.
This final year in this decade is shaping up to be one for the record books. In the past three months I have traveled to four different states three of which I haven't been to since I was in my 20/early teens and one I've never been to. I'm super excited about the coming year and continuing to leave my mark on this world. It is My desire to leave this earth empty. As my bishop says. I want to use every gift God has given me. I refuse to hold onto anything that I'm supposed to pour out into this earth.

Until next time...
MUAH

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Werther's Original® Baking Bash MommyParties

Hey y'all,

A few months ago I was picked to host a Werther's Original® Baking Bash MommyParty!!!! I was super excited especially when I received my box of yummy Werther's Caramel in the mail! My mother in law was watching them like a hawk because she didn't know what I was planning to do with them. I allowed her to sample a few of the smooth caramels and she was hooked.

This past weekend the kids and I had a sugary bash on our play date. We made the most delicious caremel apples and fun filled caramel topped sundaes.

Here are a few pictures from our play date!








The caramels are great and will be included in a few snacks during this holiday season. I wasn't paid for this program but I'm so glad that I was able to contribute. It was a fun play date and we'll do it again. Please check out their site and enjoy the yummy recipes they share. http://werthers.werthersecloud.us.

Until next time...
MUAH!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Say, NO MORE! to Domestic Violence

Hey y'all,

October is full of awareness! Yesterday I posted about Breast Cancer and today I post about Domestic Violence Awareness!


Did you know...
One in three women (30%) report being a victim of domestic violence; one in five women (20%) report being a victim of sexual assault.

60% of Americans, 15 years of age or older, know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Among the 70% of women who have experienced domestic violence and told someone about it, more than half (58%) said that no one helped them.

Three out of four (73%) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about violence in the home.

Three quarters of Americans (75%) say they would step in and help if they saw even a stranger being abused, but almost two thirds (64%) of Americans age 15 or older say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.

The Avon Foundation for Women commissioned and funded the NO MORE Study, conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, to research domestic violence and sexual abuse among teens, ages 15-17,and adults 18 and older, in an effort to further support the Foundation’s mission of educating people to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence. Click here to download a PDF of the full study.

NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  Supported by major organizations working to address these urgent issues, NO MORE is gaining support with Americans nationwide, sparking new conversations about these problems and moving this cause higher on the public agenda. I fully support this campaign and hope that you would as well. Please learn more here.

Until next time...
MUAH

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ladies... Don't Be Afraid to Touch Yourself!

Hey y'all,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A time set aside for education, engagement and early detection of this deadly disease.

According to The American Cancer Society in 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed among US women, as well as an estimated 64,640 additional cases of in situ (abnormal cells inside a milk duct in the breast) breast cancer.

That year, approximately 39,620 US women were expected to die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

Breast Cancer is real. It effects so many families, it goes beyond color lines, social economics, religion etc. It is a destroyer of families and is not to be ignored or discounted. As I do every year I write about Breast Cancer and the effect it had on my family. The loss of two of my aunts and most recently the disease has reared it's ugly head into my generation and touched my beautiful sister in law. Thankfully with knowledge and aggressive medial and spiritual measures my Sister is on the mend. God is certainly good and His mercy endures forever!

Please self test and be aware of the changes your body may be going through.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. Everything has gone digital so please download this app with reminders etc.

Self Exam Directions...
1) IN THE SHOWER
Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) IN FRONT OF A MIRROR
Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) LYING DOWN
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

This year I am making these cute Breast Cancer Awareness earrings and will donate a potion of the funds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Inc.  in honor of my Aunt's Ruby and Betty. Please show your support at Leah Simone Designs.

Until next time.... be safe.
MUAH!

Friday, September 20, 2013

We Did It! Hooray!!!!

Hey y'all,

As of 2:50 pm this afternoon 9/20 we have completed 2 full weeks of school!!!! We survived back to school night, Myles is his class Mayor, Leah has a boyfriend (a boy that's a friend) and Erick has been wearing his glasses consistently and got an 85% on his first test AND he signed up to play the trumpet!!!!

To say it's been a whirlwind of activity in our house is an understatement. I am a lunch/snack packing pro now and have the cookie cutter sandwiches down to a science. I'm tired however of them eating salami sandwiches everyday so next week I think I'm going to shake their lunch bags up. Wondering how they'll do with some friend chicken, baby carrots etc. Not sure but the sandwiches can't continue into next week.

So grateful that we are in a great school system with small class sizes we are blessed. Hoping that your first couple weeks of school have been successful.

Until next time...
MUAH

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Back to School 2013

Hey Y'all,

We did it. Our children started school today! I shed a few tears but I made it through! Cannot believe all three of my little ones are in school!



Until next time...
MUAH!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back To School Fashion (CRISIS)

Hey Y'all,

Why oh why can't everybody make their children wear uniforms? I know I wrote about trying to get Erick to wear uniforms to school when it wasn't a rule but now I have three little people to send off to school and I can't figure out what they should wear. I want my little ones to have their own fashion identity and not look like everyone else specially since they aren't wearing uniforms. But if I'm not mistaken I'm sure just about every mom in the northeast will be visiting Children's Place for their back to school fashions! Although I love their jeans I really don't want Leah to end up having the same shirt on that her desk mate is wearing. What pray tell should a budget conscious mama do?

I know what they won't be wearing....



What style will your kiddies sport this year?

Until next time...
MUAH!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Suicide Watch...

Hey Y'all,

While scrolling my Facebook timeline I saw the image of Lee Thompson Young, the former star of late '90s Disney Channel series The Famous Jett Jackson, and current star of one of my favorite TNT shows Rizzoli & Isles, the caption was about his self inflicted gunshot wound. He is dead. 
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Although the following information is dated the numbers are daunting and I know they are higher today.
According to the CDC:


  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2010.
  • There were 38,364 suicides in 2010 in the United 
  • States--an average of 105 each day.
  • Based on data about suicides in 16 National Violent 
  • Death Reporting System states in 2009, 33.3% of suicide decedents tested positive for alcohol, 23% for antidepressants, and 20.8% for opiates, including heroin and prescription pain killers.
  • Suicide results in an estimated $34.6 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.
Warning Signs of Suicide:
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or  having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or  in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden  to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about  seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.
What to do if you see these signs:
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any fi rearms, alcohol,  drugs or sharp objects that could  be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention  Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency  room or seek help from a medical  or mental health professional
My prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this amazing young man. I pray that if you are feeling like there is no hope and your life isn't worth living, that you would contact someone. Reach out to a family member, friend, clergy, your local hospital or even police station to get the help you need.


Until next time...
MUAH!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

STRANGER DANGER: What would your child do?

Hey Y'all:

We have had the stranger danger talk with our children. Don't go with strangers, don't talk to strangers etc. but if you take a look at this video let me know what you think your children might do when a cute dog and a 'safe' looking man is involved.



Baby my heart was in my mouth after watching this. How do we really teach our children about strangers and who they should and should not trust? Check out Raising America with Kyra Phillips on HLN tomorrow 8/2 at Noon.

How have you handled this discussion with your children? Please leave comments.

Until next time...
MUAH!

5 Must Do's with Your Girlfriends (sister friends, gal pals, bff's etc)

Hey Y'all

Today is National Girlfriend's Day.
Girlfriends or sister friends as I refer to mine; are the women you can always depend on. Whether you call on them to share exciting news, need a shoulder to cry on, someone to pray with, hang out, babysit etc. a true Girlfriend has your back! I recently lost one of my girlfriends and will miss her dearly. Some of the things on this list are activities that we shared and I'll miss doing them with her but will make sure I hang out or catch up with my living girlfriends more often.


5 Must Do's With Your Girlfriends

Watch a chick flick. Send the kids and your honey out for a play date, call up your girls and watch the eight films I've listed below. You know as you watch, laugh and cry they'll hand you tissues.

  1. The Notebook
  2. The Secret Life of Bees
  3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1&2)
  4. Titanic
  5. Steel Magnolias (the original)
  6. The Women of Brewster Place
  7. Waiting to Exhale 
  8. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Throw a Party. Doesn't have to be a special occasion just a reason to get together. Throw a tea party, dress up and have a blast. Parties are always a good way to get all your friends in one place at one time. 

Go Shopping. Who doesn't love some good retail therapy? I don't know about you but I rearly shop for myself these days. It's either about the kids or the house, never really for me. So going on a little shopping trip with your girlfriends might just get you into Victoria's to pick up a secret. What might be even more fun is doing a clothes,shoe and accessory swap. Clothes Swap is a new trend and all the rage these days. Why not hold a clothes swap with your girls.Clean out your closet and accessory box of items you no longer wear bring them to one location and make the swap. It's fun and a great way to keep money in your pocket.

Take a Road Trip. Doesn't have to be anywhere far but a nice getaway with your friends is always a positive. Now let me caveat this... do NOT go anywhere with your freeloading friend (we all have one) make sure the girls you invite are gainfully employed and won't have any issues with expenses. 

Capture A Memory. If you watch a chick flick together document it, if you throw that party make sure you get a picture with all your girls, going shopping snap a pic and on the road trip make sure you document the adventure! Pictures are truly worth a thousand words so make sure you have a lasting memory. 

Until next time...
MAUH!




Girlfriend's Day and Other Fun, Weird and Interesting August Observances

Hey Y'all:

As you can tell I took the month of July OFF!!! I had so much going on that I didn't make any time to write consistently. Now that things have settled in both my personal and professional life I'M BACK!

What better way to start off August then to share the array of interesting and often bizarre observances for the month. Today August 1st is Girlfriends Day, here is a full list of observances by month, week and day from www.brownielocks.com. Which one(s) will you celebrate/participate in?

August Observances

American Adventures Month
American Artists Appreciation Month
American Indian Heritage Month   (See also November)
American History Essay Contest (8/1 - 12/15)
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celery, Fennel and Cactus Month
Children's Eye Health & Safety Month
Children's Vision & Learning Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Golf Month
Happiness Happens Month
Motor Sports Awareness Month
National Catfish Month Link
National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month
National Goat Cheese Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Panini Month
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
National Runaway Prevention Month
National Truancy Prevention Month
National Water Quality Month
National Win With Civility Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Orange and Papaya Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month

 August Weekly Observances
*International Clown Week: 1-7
*Simplify Your Life Week: 1-7
*World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7
National Farmers' Market Week: 4-10
Old Fiddler's Week: 4-10
*Rock for Life Week: 4-7
Assistance Dog Week: 4-10  Link (Second Week That Starts on the First Sunday)
Knights of Columbus Family Week: 4-10
National Resurrect Romance Week: 4-10 (2nd  Full Week)
Exercise With Your Child Week: 4-10
National Fraud Awareness Week: 4-10
(This is sponsored by the FCC and has to do with phone & mail fraud.)
Single Working Women's Week: 4-10 Link (Week always has the 4th in it)
Exhibitor Appreciation Week: 5-9
Intimate Apparel Week: 5-9
National Bargain Hunting Week: 5-11  (First Mon.-Sun Week)
Psychic Week: 5-9  (First full week)
Sturgis Rally: 5-11
National Hobo Week: 8-11
Elvis Week: 10-16
Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week: 11-17   (Always 2nd Week)
Weird Contest Week: 11-17 (Second Week)
*National Aviation Week: 15-21  (Always week of Orville Wright's Birthday on  19th)
Little League Baseball World Series: 18-24
Minority Enterprise Development Week: 18-24
*Be Kind To Humankind Week: 25-31
National Safe at Home Week: 26-30 (Last M-F Week)

August Daily Observance 
NOTE:  An * in front of the day means that the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.
*Girlfriend's Day: 1
*Lughnasa - 1
*National Minority Donor Awareness Day: 1
*Respect For Parents: 1
*Rounds Resounding Day: 1
*Spiderman Day: 1
*US Air Force Day: 1
*World Wide Web Day: 1
*World Scout Scarf Day: 1
International Beer Day: 2
*India Pale Ale Beer Day: 2
Satchmo Days: 2-4
Braham Pie Day: 3 (First Friday)
International Tree Climbing Days: 3-7  Link  (First Weekend)
National Mustard Day: 3 (First Saturday)
* Watermelon Day: 3
*Coast Guard Day: 4
*National Chocolate Chip Day: 4
*Single Working Women's Day: 4
*Social Security Day: 4
Friendship Day: 4 (First Sunday)
National Doll Day: 4  (First Sunday)
National Kids' Day: 4 (First Sunday)
Sister's Day: 4 (First Sunday)
Assistance Dog Day: 5   (Monday of Assistance Dog Week)
*International Beer Day: 5
*National Oyster Day: 5
*National Underwear Day: 5
*Hiroshima Day: 6
*National Fresh Breath (Halitosis)  Day: 6
National Root Beer Float Day: 6   (See also August 19.)
National Night Out: 6 (First Tuesday)
*Lighthouse Day: 7
*Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day: 7
*Professional Speakers Day: 7
*Purple Heart Day: 7
*Dalek Day: 8
Eid-Al Fitr: 8
*The Date to Create: 8
*Happiness Happens Day: 8
*Odie Day: 8 (Garfield's pal)
*Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night: 8
Kool-Aid Day: 9-11  (Always 2nd weekend)
*International Day of The World's Indigenous People: 9
*Veep Day: 9
Worldwide Art Day: 9
*National Duran Duran Appreciation Day: 10
National Garage Sale Day: 10 (2nd Saturday)
*Skyscraper Appreciation Day: 10
*Smithsonian Day: 10
*S'mores Day: 10
*Ingersoll Day: 11
*IBM PC Day: 12
*International Youth Day: 12
*Sewing Machine Day: 12
*Vinyl Record Day: 12
*International Lefthander's Day: 13
*National Navajo Code Talkers Day: 14
*V-J Day: 14
*Best Friends Day: 15
*Chauvin Day: 15
*National Relaxation Day: 15
Hug Your Boss Day: 16   (3rd Friday)
*Joe Miller's Joke Day: 16
Men's Grooming Day: 16  (3rd Friday)
*National Airborne Day: 16
International Geocaching Day: 17 (3rd Saturday)
International Homeless Animals Day: 17 (Third Saturday)
*Meaning of "Is" Day: 17
*National Thrift Shop Day: 17
*Bad Poetry Day: 18
*Birth Control Pills Day: 18
God's Preeminence Day: 18  (Third Sunday)
*Mail Order Catalog Day: 18
*Serendipity Day: 18
(World) Daffodil Day: 18
*Aviation Day: 19
* "Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day: 19
 *World Humanitarian Day: 19 Link  (Different than Humanitarian Day on 1/15)
Cupcake Day: 19   (Third Monday)
Earth Over Shoot Day or Ecological Debt Day: 21
National Medical Dosimetrist Day: 21   (Third Wednesday)
*Poet's Day: 21
*Senior Citizen's Day: 21
*Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day: 22
*Be An Angel Day: 22
*Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition: 23
*Valentino Day: 23
*Pluto Demoted Day: 24
*Vesuvius Day: 24
William Wilberforce Day: 24
*National Waffle Day: 24 Link
International Bat Night: 24-25  (Last Full Weekend)
*Founders Day: 25  (National Park Service)
Go Topless Day: 25 Link  (Last Sunday)
*Kiss and Make Up Day: 25
*National Second-hand Wardrobe Day: 25
*National Whiskey Sour Day: 25 Link  (Also observed on 29th)
*National Dog Day: 26
*Women's Equality Day: 26
*Slow Art Day: 27 Link
*The Duchess Who Wasn't Day: 27
*Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day: 28
*Radio Commercials Day: 28
*Crackers Over The Keyboard Day: 28
*According to Hoyle Day: 29
*Individual Rights Day: 29
*International Day Against Nuclear Tests: 29
*More Herbs, Less Salt Day: 29
*National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day: 29
*National Whiskey Sour Day: 29   (Also observed on 25th)
XIV Paralympics Games: 29-9/9
*National Holistic Pet Day: 30
*National Toasted Marshmallow Day: 30
Franchise Appreciation Day: 31 (Saturday of Labor Day weekend)
*Love Litigating Lawyers Day: 31

Until next time...
MUAH!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Truth About Heat Stoke

Hey Y'all

Today is National Heat Stoke day. I know summertime is winding down but the hot weather might be around for a little longer. I just watched this video and it REALLY messed me up.


Source: Upworthy.com

This reenactment got me to the heart so I knew I had to share it.
As a mom I know how preoccupied we can be when running errands and often times we forget lots of things.  I've been guilty of moving to fast and almost left a kid in the car buckled into their car seat. ALMOST. If you've read my blog you know that my husband has locked the twins in the car before but that was a accident. We have never left our kids in the car intentionally. Running into the store real quick, take your kid with you, just dropping something in the mailbox, don't leave that baby (or pet) in the car. A simple inconvenience can divert a lifetime of pain.

Here are some valuable facts about heatstroke that you need to know. Please share this information with your loved ones and be sure to check the backseat before you leave your car.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

National Sunglasses Day: June 27th

Hey Y'all,

In honor of National Sunglasses Day I share this picture of the 3 Little Brown's with you.


What do Chinese judges of the 12th century and modern poker players on TV have in common? Both groups have used sunglasses to hide the emotions in their eyes.

"For centuries, Chinese judges had routinely worn smoke-colored quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions in court," according to Idea Finder. Sam Foster is credited with elevating sunglasses to their current status as a fashion accessory. He began selling his Foster Grant sunglasses in Atlantic City in 1929.

Today we use sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. We also wear them because they look cool. Various movie icons have relied on sunglasses to achieve their look. Consider Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Tom Cruise in "Risky Business," and Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator."
[Source:Yahoo!]

Until next time...
MUAH!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throw Back Thursday: The twins

Hey Folks,

Just want to say thank you to who ever came up with posting pictures for Throwback Thursday's. As I searched my Facebook account I came across some great pictures of my children that reminded me how far we've come. The below picture is of the twins sitting in their infant carriers. I don't remember how my husband every carried both of them around but he did.


Now they are big 5 year olds. Time really flies when you are having fun.

Hope you are enjoying your day.
Until next time...
MUAH!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Fun 2013 - Daddy School

Hey Y'all,

Last year this time I was unemployed and the twins reaped the benefits of Mommy being home. Although I didn't have much money I made the most of our days together with Mommy School in the morning and fun field trips in the afternoon. We visited Imagine That Children's Museum, Turtle Back Zoo, Scribbles in the Mall and took a few day trips to visit some of my stay at home mom friends. They loved every single moment of my unemployment and their private time with me.

This year however I'll be making my way to work everyday except Friday and Daddy will be working from home. I took a hint from my good friend Tara over at The Young Mommy Life and have set up a nice schedule for the Three Little Browns who won't be going to summer camp and only visiting Nana for a few weeks.

Monday - Friday

  • 10:00 - Noon 
    • Daddy School. - It is imperative to keep those little minds going during the summer. Daddy School will consist of reading comprehension, math and social studies for Erick and Penmanship, learning their address, basic math, site words and coloring inside the lines for the twins. Crafts will also be apart of daddy school. Mommy will check everything when she gets home in the evening. Tasks will be done both on and offline. We have access to very good educational sites and we'll make use of them for all age groups. Our top 3 online sites are 
    • http://www.abcya.com/ 
    • http://www.ixl.com/
    • http://www.abcmouse.com/  
  • Noon - 1:00 pm 
    • Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
    • Free play (snack will fit in here somewhere)
  • 3:00 pm -4:00 pm
    • Reading Circle - Summer reading guide for all age groups can be found here
On field trip days the schedule will be adjusted depending on the field trip location. If it's a late afternoon trip then Daddy School be still be in session.

Here are some of the places I will encourage him to take them.

How is your summer with the kiddies shaping up? Anybody going to summer school or camp? I'm always open to ideas so please share in the comments section.

Until next time...
MAUH!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Love/Avon Army of Women: Going Beyond a Cure

Hey Y'all,

Each year, 19,000 new cases of breast cancer occur among African American women. That’s 19,000 too many.

I don't know about you but my family has been severely affected by breast cancer. Two of my aunts were taken from me way to soon due to the disease. I know that I carry the gene and am prepared to have my first mammogram next year (I'll be 39) and I make sure to give myself breast exams at least once a week. I have three beautiful children to care for and a fantastic husband to love until we are old and gray. I will not become a victim of this horrible disease. So when I heard about the Love/Avon Army of Women project I knew I had to participate.

According to the American Cancer Society, our five-year survival rate of breast cancer is 77%, compared to white women's rate of 90%. African American women are more likely to develop breast cancer at a younger age, and we tend to develop more aggressive tumors, which are harder and more expensive to treat.
Enter Dr. Kathleen Arcaro from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She studies breast cancer by studying breastmilk, which is full of breast cells key in figuring out how breast cancer develops. Over the past ten years she's worked to improve our understanding of breast cancer risk, and her findings may lead to new screening, prevention and treatment strategies.

The problem? Black women are underrepresented in the research. As a result, findings that work for white women or women with less aggressive forms of breast cancer, don’t work for the majority of black women grappling with the disease.

To ensure her findings are applicable to women of all races, she has been working to recruit African American women for the Love/Avon Army of Women, a project aiming to recruit one million women to sign up to participate in breast cancer research (if they choose to do so). By signing up, participants will receive an email newsletter with breast cancer research opportunities. Some research is as simple as a questionnaire or a phone interview.

Having African American women well represented in the breast cancer research is key, for her research and many others.’ So Dr. Arcaro hopes black women will sign up for the Army of Women (and be sure to select “breast milk study” in the drop down menu to help track the impact).
You can learn more about Dr. Arcaro’s work, and see if you or other women you know might qualify for one of her studies, at the website of the UMass Breastmilk Lab, and follow the lab on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Please sign up today!
Until next time...
MUAH!


Monday, June 10, 2013

No More Juice Boxes!!!

Hey Y'all,

I just read an article that made me sick to my stomach! We've all at some point given our children juice boxes or pouches. They are quick, easy and most times mess free. After reading the below article from ChildrensMD I have banned my children from consuming these death traps (strong words I know). Please inform all of your loved ones about the risks of tainted juice boxes and pouches. This doctor also makes a VERY good point. Children don't need to drink juice. It's pure sugar most times (even though the packaging says less sugar), and it's not good for their teeth or health. The best alternative to juice boxes is WATER!!! If they want something with flavor, infuse your water with fresh fruit. I've been seeing pictures all over instagram with fruit infused water here is a site that lists some pretty good recipes. Lets keep our families healthy, begin today!

Source: ChildrensMD

A patient came to my ER after noticing green slime coming up the straw from her Juicy Juice box. Her mom cut open the box – and brought her straight to the doctor.  Here’s what we found in the unexpired juice box:

Moldy Juice Box Moldy Juice Box
Her juice box was full of mold—green slime that lined the edges of the box.   Apparently moldy juice boxes and juice pouches (such as those made by Capri Sun) are nothing new.  If even a tiny bit of air gets into the container molds can grow.  Air can get into a juice box through a hole that’s so small you can’t see it, and it doesn’t cause leaking.  Such a tiny puncture also permits the sugars in the juice to ferment, turning the product into a form of alcohol.
Juicy Juice and many other kid’s juice products are made without preservatives, permitting mold to grow even more easily.
The good news for my patient is that moldy, fermented juice is usually not very dangerous to drink.  An upset stomach and a totally grossed out mom are the most common complications.
But I recommended she cut out the juice, anyway.  Why?  Because juice is so full of sugar and calories that some have called it a gateway drug.  Sugar ingestion can actually cause release of natural opiates (really).  Opiate release stimulates the desire for other sweets and junk food.  High salt and high fat foods can also trigger release of pleasure-inducing opiates.  This is why so many people binge on ice cream, potato chips, and other favorite junk foods like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
The more sugar-laden juice your kids drink, the more opiates flood their system, and the more they will beg for another juice box.  After drinking all those calories and stimulating their sweet tooth, chances are your kids won’t be interested in dinner.   Some high sugar, high fat, high salt food might sound good, though.  Sound familiar?
Too much fruit juice can also cause tooth decay, diarrhea, and flatulence.  There are plenty of other healthy foods that contain the vitamins your kids need, and without the high sugar and calories.   Kids just don’t need juice. 
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this guidance regarding kids and fruit juice.
  • Juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants before 6 months of age, unless directed by your physician.  Occasionally small amounts of fruit juice may be recommended as a treatment for constipation.
  • In children ages 6 months -6 years, fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit over whole fruit.  Whole fruits also provide fiber and other nutrients.
  • If you do let your kids drink fruit juice, do not allow your child to carry a sippy cup, bottle or box of juice throughout the day.  Intake of fruit juice should be limited to 4 to 6 oz/d for children 1 to 6 years old. For children 7 to 18 years old, juice intake should be limited to 8 to 12 oz or 2 servings per day.
  • Never serve your kids unpasteurized juice.
  • These recommendations are for 100% fruit juice, which differs from juice drinks.  Fruit drinks often provide little to no nutritional benefit.
OK, I admit it, I’ve bought juice boxes for birthday parties and soccer games.  They are convenient, they keep kids happy, and they’re probably healthier than soda.  But you just can’t tell from looking at a juice box if it is moldy—you won’t know until you start drinking, and sometimes you won’t know until you get to the bottom… So as for my family, we’re going back to the cooler of ice water for soccer games.  If the kids complain, we’ll hand out good snacks.
Sincere thanks to the patient and her mother who permitted the photography of their juice box and gave permission for the publication of this story.
Until next time...
MUAH!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{From The Archives} Email Etiquette Tips

Hey Y'all,

According to my calendar this week is National Business Etiquette Week: 2-8 

I thought it fitting to re-post something I wrote a while back after receiving a rather unprofessional email at work. This etiquette shouldn't only be used as best business practices but for personal emails as well.


32 most important email etiquette tips:

1. Be concise and to the point
2. Answer all questions, and pre-empt further questions
3. Use proper spelling, grammar & punctuation
4. Make it personal
5. Use templates for frequently used responses
6. Answer swiftly
7. Do not attach unnecessary files
8. Use proper structure & layout
9. Do not overuse the high priority option
10. Do not write in CAPITALS
11. Don't leave out the message thread
12. Add disclaimers to your emails
13. Read the email before you send it
14. Do not overuse Reply to All
15. Mailings > use the bcc: field or do a mail merge
16. Take care with abbreviations and emoticons
17. Be careful with formatting
18. Take care with rich text and HTML messages
19. Do not forward chain letters
20. Do not request delivery and read receipts
21. Do not ask to recall a message.
22. Do not copy a message or attachment without permission
23. Do not use email to discuss confidential information
24. Use a meaningful subject
25. Use active instead of passive
26. Avoid using URGENT and IMPORTANT
27. Avoid long sentences
28. Don't send or forward emails containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist or obscene remarks
29. Don't forward virus hoaxes and chain letters
30. Keep your language gender neutral
31. Don't reply to spam
32. Use cc: field sparingly

Until next time...
MUAH!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters (Repost)

Hey Y'all,

A Facebook friend shared this list from Life To Her Years and I had to share half the list with you. It's heart warming and thought provoking.

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of
affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn't happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait until her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

Be sure to read the rest of the list here

Until next time...
MUAH!

Monday, June 3, 2013

National Leave Work Early Day and Other Fun, Weird and Interesting June Observances

Hey Y'all,

There is an interesting observance for every day and month of the year. Today June 3rd is National Leave Work Early Day (which I will be participating in) and in the coming days we'll be celebrating National Doughnut Day. Here is a full list of observances by month, week and day from www.brownielocks.com. Which one(s) will you celebrate/participate in?

June Monthly Observances

Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
African-American Music Appreciation Month
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Awareness Month (APS)
Audio Book Appreciation Month
Beautiful in Your Skin Month
Cancer From The Sun Month
Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Celibacy Awareness Month
Child Vision Awareness Month
Children's Awareness Month
Corn and Cucumber Month
Country Cooking Month
Dairy Alternative Month
Effective Communications Month
Entrepreneurs "Do It Yourself" Marketing Month
Fireworks Safety Month
Gay & Lesbian Pride Month Link
Great Outdoors Month
International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
International Men's Month
International Surf Music Month Link
Dairy Month Link
Lane Courtesy Month
Perennial Gardening Month
Turkey Lovers Month
Lemon and Mango Month
Migraine Awareness Month
National Accordion Awareness Month
National Aphasia Awareness Month
National Bathroom Reading Month
National Camping Month
National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
National GLBT (Gay,Lesbian,Bisexual & Transgender) Awareness Month
National GLBT (Gay,Lesbian,Bisexual & Transgender) Book Month
National Candy Month
National Fruit and Veggies Month (Also September)
National Ice Tea Month
National Migraine Awareness Month
National Rivers Month
National R.O.S.E. Month
National Safety Month
National Smile Month
National Soul Food Month
National Steakhouse Month
Okra & Pluot and Aprium Month
Pharmacists Declare War on Alcoholism Month
Potty Training Awareness Month
Professional Wellness Month
Rebuild Your Life Month
Skyscraper Month
Sports America Kids Month
Student Safety Month
Vision Research Month
World Naked Bike Ride Month (Northern Hemisphere) omen's Golf Month
World Infertility Month


June Weekly Observances
International Clothesline Week: 1-8 (First Sat-Sun Week)
Black Single Parents Week: 2-8
End Mountain Top Removal Week: 2-8   (First Full Week)
National Business Etiquette Week: 2-8 (First Full Week)
National Headache Awareness Week: 2-8   (First Full Week)
National Sun Safety Week: 2-8
National Tire Safety Week: 2-8
Rip Current Awareness Week: 2-8
(World) Dystonia Awareness Week: 3-10
Superman Days: 6-9
Great American Brass Band Week: 6-9
Worldwide Knit (and crotchet) in Public Week: 8-16
National Flag Week: 9-15
Jim Thorpe Native American Games: 9-16
National Automotive Service Professionals Week: 9-16 (Week That has the 12th In It)
Men's Health Week: 10-16
Nursing Assistants Week: 13-20
US Open Golf Championship: 13-16
Duct Tape Days: 14-16  Link
Universal Father's Week: 16-22   (3rd Full Week)
Meet A Mate Week: 16-22
Old Time Fiddlers Week: 17-22 (3rd Week)
Fish Are Friends, Not Food! Week: 23-30   (Last Week)
Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 23-29   (Last Full Week)
Carpenter Ant Awareness Week: 23-29 (Last Full Week)
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: 23-29   (Always on the week that has 26th)
*National Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness: 27 -7/4
Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 27-30 (Last Weekend Thurs. to Sun.)
Water Ski Days: 28-30 (Last Full Weekend)

June Daily Observances
NOTE:  An * in front of the day means that the observance is on the same date every year regardless of the day it falls on.
Do-Dah Parade Day: 1 (First Saturday)
Drawing Day or Pencil Day: 1  (First Saturday)
*Heimlich Maneuver Day: 1
Horseradish Days: 1-2
*National Go Barefoot Day: 1
National Trails Day: 1 (First Saturday)
*Say Something Nice Day: 1
*Stand For Children Day: 1
Turtle Races Day: 1  (First Saturday)
Xterra Off-Road Triathalon: 1
Children's Awareness Memorial Day: 2 (First Sunday)
*National Bubba Day: 2
National Cancer Survivors Day: 2 Link (First Sunday)
*Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day: 2
*Chimborazo Day: 3
National Leave the Office Early Day: 3
*Audacity To Hope Day: 4
*International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: 4
*Apple II Day: 5
*Hot Air Balloon Day: 5
*National Moonshine Day: 5
National Running Day: 5 Link  (First Wednesday)
National Tailors Day: 5 (First Wednesday)
*World Environment Day: 5
*D-Day: 6
*Drive-in Movie Day: 6
Doughnut Day or Donut Day: 7-8 (First Fri.-Sat. in June)
*(Daniel) Boone Day: 7
Positive Power of Humor and Creativity Days: 7-9
*VCR Day: 7
Banana Split Days: 7-8
Belmont Stakes: 8
International Young Eagles Day: 8 (Second Saturday)
*National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: 8
*Upsy Daisy Day: 8
Worldwide Knit (and crotchet) in Public Day: 8  Link
*World Oceans Day: 8 Link
Abused Women and Children's Awareness Day: 9 (Second Sunday)
Children's Sunday: 9 (Second Sunday)
* Donald Duck Day: 9 Link (See Also March 13)
Multicultural American Child Day: 9 (Second Sunday)
Ride The Wind Day, Ride For Wind Day or World Wind Day: 9k (Second Sunday)
Race Unity Day: 9  (Second Sunday)
*World APS Day: 9 Link
*Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day: 10
*Ball Point Pen Day: 10
* Iced Tea Day: 10 Link  Note: June 10, 1904 was a Friday.
*Corn on the Cob Day: 11
*Crowded Nest Awareness Day: 12
*Loving Day: 12 Link
*National Jerky Day: 12
*National Peanut Butter Cookie Day: 12
*Career Nurse Assistants Day: 13
*Queen's Official Birthday: 13
*Army's Birthday: 14
*Family History Day: 14
*Flag Day: 14
*National Bourbon Day: 14
*Pause for the Pledge Day: 14
*(World) Blood Donor Day: 14
Work@Home Father's Day: 14  (Friday Before Father's Day)
*Magna Carta Day: 15 Link
* Native American Citizenship Day: 15
* Nature Photography Day: 15
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers: 15
The Wicket World of Croquet Day: 15
*World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15
World Juggling Day: 15 (Saturday closest to the 15th)
*Worldwide Day of Giving: 15
*Bloomsday: 16
*Fudge Day: 16
Family Awareness Day: 16 (Third Sunday)
Father's Day: 16
 Husband Caregiver Day: 16
Isra Al Mí Raj: 16
*Ladies' Day (Baseball): 16
*Stewarts Root Beer Day: 17
*World Day To Combat Desertification and Drought: 17
Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles) : 17  (Third Monday)
*International Sushi Day: 18
*Garfield the Cat Day: 19
*Juneteenth: 19
*World Sickle Cell Day: 19
*World Sauntering Day: 19
*American Eagle Day: 20
*Ann & Samantha Day: 20 (also Dec. 21)
Dump The Pump Day: 20
Recess At Work Day: 20 (Third Thursday)
* World Refugee Day: 20
*Atheists Solidarity Day: 21
*Go Skateboarding Day: 21
National Daylight Appreciation Day: 21
National Flip Flop Day: 21  (3rd Friday)
Summer Solstice (Summer) : 21 1:04 am EDT
*World Handshake Day: 21
(Do not confuse with National Handshake Day - different sponsor on June 24)
*World Humanist Day: 21
Take Your Dog To Work Day: 21   (First Friday after Father's Day)
Ugliest Dog Day: 21  (Third Friday)
ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day: 22-23   (Fourth Full Weekend)
Great American Backyard Camp out: 22 (Fourth Saturday)
Polar Bear Swim: 22
* Stupid Guy Thing Day: 22
America's Kids Day: 23 (Fourth Sunday)
*Baby Boomer's Recognition Day: 23
*Let It Go Day: 23
*Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments): 23
*Public Service Day: 23
Ryan Moran Day: 23  (The First Full Moon in June)
*SAT Math Day: 23
*Celebration of the Senses: 24
*International Fairy Day: 24
*Color TV Day (CBS): 25
*Global Beatles Day: 25
National Columnists Day: 25 (Fourth Tuesday)
Please Take My Children To Work Day: 25 (Last Monday)
Tammuz: 25
*International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26
*International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: 26
*National Canoe Day: 26
*Decide To Be Married Day: 27
* "Happy Birthday To You" Day: 27
*Industrial Workers of The World Day: 27
*National HIV Testing Day: 27
National Bomb Pop Day: 27  (Last Thursday)
National Hand Shake Day: 27  (Last Thursday)  (Different sponsor than World Handshake Day)
Tour De France: 29-7/21
Descendants Day: 30 (Last Sunday)
*Leap Second Time Adjustment Day: 30
(Note: This is listed as an observance title only. Some years scientists do not make adjustments.
But, if they do, then it's done on either June 30 or December 31.)
Log Cabin Day: 30 (Last Sunday)
*NOW (National Organization For Women) Day: 30

Until next time...
MUAH!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Five Reasons Why My Children Won't be on Facebook Until 16+



Hey Y'all,

I haven't done a Five reasons why post in forever. Today's post is prompted by an article I read about yet another young person who took their life because of cyber bulling.

5 Reasons Why My Children Won't be on Facebook
 (or any other social media site) Until 16+

I of course searched the net for legal reasons etc and found a great article on Your Sphere For Parents which lists Three Good Reasons Why Your Child Shouldn't Be on Facebook, which are privacy, inappropriate content, and COPPA which is an Internet privacy law called The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. COPPA, was put in place for a reason: to protect the personal information of children online. I work in advertising and clients were often upset that they couldn't target 13 year old girls for products they were trying to market to children. It's DANGEROUS to have young children on line point blank PERIOD!

Here are MrsDeveter's 5 reasons why my children won't be on Facebook (or any other social media site) are as follows.


  1. Sexual Predators - Men and women are still trolling the internet looking for willing participants to fulfill their sexual desires. They are seeking out unassuming young people who are clueless about their last history test so forget about someone making sexual advances on them. A 13 year old girl should NOT be posting pictures of herself in a bikini in the dressing room of Abercrombie and Fitch! I don't care if you are standing right there as she snaps the shot it just shouldn't be done. Pedophiles are real! They are abusing our children and many are causing parents like this mother to almost kill them. My children will not be put in a position where they are unsafe. So nope they won't be on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or the like for a very long time.
  2. Cyber Bulling - It shouldn't be but it's REAL and most times it begins with a photo. Camera phones in my opinion are the WORST and best thing that ever happened to mobile devices. I am a picture taker. I find myself snapping shots on average five to six times a day, forget about if we are on an outing it's way more. Children however can find themselves in bad situations, post a picture of someone without their knowledge and shed a negative light on them. A young girl made a bad decision to participate in a end of summer party, got drunk, passed out and boys took advantage of her sexually. Pictures were posted to Facebook and the young woman took her life. Now there is a family without a child and some more parents who children have been charged with a crime. Don't get me wrong the girl could have still gone to the party, gotten drunk and been photographed without the use of social media. The fact is social media WAS used and her life was put on display for all to see. She felt degraded for something she couldn't even remember and ended her life because of the shame. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hello - My Very First Vlog

Hey y'all,

I know it's been a while. I really haven't had time to write so here's is a quick hello via video. My very first vlog. Which I think I'll do more often.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

True Love

Hey Y'all,

"Truly" was the last spelling word on my 8 yr old's list for homework one night. "My dad is truly in love with my mom" was the sentence he came up with.

My husband and I hug, kiss and show plenty of affection towards one another in the presence of our children. Our youngest son 'screams like a girl' (his words not mine) when ever we kiss in front of him. Our daughter say's 'do it again' and my oldest apparently just watches. He knows what love is. He knows that his mom and dad may have lively discussions (we don't argue) and even disagree but he know's that his dad is truly in love with his mom and vice versa.

I didn't grow up with my dad in the house and didn't see him everyday. I didn't see my parents kiss or show one another affection.Aside from my mom preparing my dads meal with care I can't say that I ever saw the affection a man gave to a woman.

I'm blessed and I know it. I'm blessed because my husband and I are able to give our children everything that we lacked in the area of marriage and relationship as children. I pray that our children continue to see our love and know that's it right to show affection toward their loved ones. I posted this picture on my Facebook page and I now have 66 likes! I'm glad that others appreciate what I have and am proud to share.

Until next time...
MUAH!

A Mother's Hands - Author Unknown

Hey y'all,

I read this post on a friends Facebook page today and thought it appropriate to share on my blog. As a mother I found this to be very profound and thought provoking. It caused me to mentally evaluate the way I'm raising my children. Let me know what you think.





One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent. He asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "no".

" Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

"My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

" Where did your mother work?"

"My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

" Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

"Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Laughter makes it all better....

Hey Y'all,

I haven't had much to post about (I lie just haven't had the urge) but this made me laugh so hard today I had to share.
funny auto-correct texts - You’re Welcome.
Have you ever been to the site www.damnyouautocorrect.com? if not you need to visit whenever you are having a rough day. You'll be cheered up instantly!

Until next time...
MUAH!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Def Poetry - Sonia Sanchez - Poem for Some Women

Hey Y'all,

Sonia Sanchez is an African-American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children's books. She was a recipient of 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.
Born: September 9, 1934 (age 78), Birmingham
Spouse: Etheridge Knight
Education: Hunter College (1955), Howard University, New York University
Awards: American Book Awards, Frost Medal
Nominations: National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry


Until next time...
MUAH!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Poems by My Sister...


Photo: Headed out for that 8-6....Feeling Bright! 


Happy Monday from Humana ♥♥♥


Hey Y'all,
I love to showcase the talent of my family so today I will share a couple of poems written by my beautiful sister Vanessa. She wrote these when she was a teenager and gave them all to me. When I found them in a folder this morning I thought they would be perfect for today's poetry post.

I hope you enjoy them.

Questions at Night

Why?
Is the Sky?

What starts the thunder over head?
Who makes the crashing noise?
Are the angles falling out of bed?
Are they breaking all their toys?

Why does the sun go down so soon?
Why do the night clouds crawl hungrily up the
new-laid moon and swallow it shell and all?

If there's a bear among the stars as all the people
say, won't he jump over those pasture - bars
and drink up the mily way?
Does every star that happens to fall
Turn into a fire fly?
Can't it ever get back to heaven at all?

And why
is the Sky?

Dreams
Hold fast to your dreams
For if dreams die
life is a broken winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Until next time...
MUAH

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Open Toe Shoe Pledge

Hey Y'all,

It's that time of year again! The time when folks start taking off stocking and socks and start wearing flip flops and sandals.
It's time to make the pledge again because I saw some toes this afternoon that were in need of a little help from our friends who specialize in making ugly feet pretty!

Please take this pledge and adhere to it! By the way this isn't only for women, hey you guys out there that think it's ok to have jacked up feet in those sandals this is for you too!



People get your feet right before you put on those $2.50 Old Navy Flip Flops or $3,000 Louboutin platform sandals!

THE OPEN-TOED SHOE PLEDGE
*please raise your right hand and say the following*

I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. And the sides and tops of my feet will not pudge out between the straps.

I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

I will shave the hairs off my big toe.

I won't wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.

If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr.. Scholl's if my feet need him.

I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids' sizes. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she asks me if her feet are too ugly to wear sandals. Someone has to tell her that her toes are as long as my fingers and no sandal makes creepy feet look good.

I will promise if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.

I will promise to go to my local nail salon at least once per season and have a real pedicure

I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear...

Ladies if you have taken this pledge, please sign your name in the comment section.

By signing this pledge, you are acknowledging that you will abide by all the guidelines set forth above, and will abruptly let a woman know if she is in violation. Let's keep this Summer crusty feet free!! Not only with the fellas appreciate it, but those of us that do take care of our feet will too.

**LADIES SPREAD THE WORD.TELL YOUR GIRLS TO SIGN THE PLEDGE**

**FELLAS PASS THIS ALONG TO YOUR LADY FRIENDS TOO**
Until next time...
MUAH!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Poetry: Chants and Street Rhymes

Hey Y'all,

I'm a Brooklyn girl and I remember doing cheers and street rhymes with my friends in front of our house in East NY and with my cousins in Jamaica Queens. We would play hand games and sing them while jumping rope. I think that Chants and Rhymes should also be celebrated this National Poetry Month.  I enjoyed these growing up.

Share yours in the comments section.

Ooo-ah
Ooo-ah, wanna piece of pie,
Pie too sweet, wanna piece of meat,
Meat too tough, wanna ride a bus,
Bus was full, wanna ride a bull,
Bull too fat, want your money back,
Money too green, wanna jelly bean,
Jelly bean not cooked, wanna read a book,
Book not read, wanna go to bed.
So close your eyes and count to ten,
And if you miss, start all over again.

My daughter LOVES this one.


Until next time...
MUAH!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Poem of the Day: And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Hey Y'all,

Happy Birthday to Dr. Angelou.
Today's poem is written and recited by her.


Until next time...
MUAH!

Happy Birthday Mommy

Hey y'all,

Today is a very special day. It is the day of the birth of my mother Marian Bennett!
She is a jewel
a treasure
a friend
an inspiration
an encourage-r
a prayer warrior/partner
a confidant
a cheerleader
My Mommy!

Yup I still call her Mommy.
So what I'm 38 years old.
She'll forever be my Mommy, not Mom, not Mother, not Ma. Mommy!

Marian Bennett is a true Brooklyn Knight! She was born and raised in East NY Brooklyn and although she now reps Raleigh NC she will forever be a street wise Brooklyn Knight. She raised my 4 brothers and 4 sisters and I as a single parent and she did everything within her power to make us God fearing citizens of the world.

My Mommy is the oldest of 19 children (11 survived, 5 of which she raised). She didn't have the best of everything and was unable to finish college because of her responsibilities to her family. She never married but adopted 8 children that she knew was in need. She doesn't own a big fancy house but will open her doors to anyone who needs food and shelter. She doesn't drive a  top of the line vehicle but she'll give you a ride to Walmart any time day or night and not ask for a cent. My Mommy is a true woman of God.
My Mommy is an inspiration to any and everyone she meets.
My Mommy is 67 years young today and  I'm forever grateful for her life. She doesn't move as fast as she used to, she doesn't have that soft plumpness of her 50's either. She seems a little smaller to me now that I'm grown with children of my own but she's my Mommy and I'm so glad that she is. If only I could be half the mother that she is I'll be satisfied with my life.

Happy Birthday Mommy and Many Many More!!!!

Until next time...
MUAH!

Happy 5th Birthday Leah & Myles

Hey Y'all,

When I found out on Oct 1, 2007 that I was pregnant with twins I think I was in shock for about a month. When I found out that one of them was a girl I was in shock and disbelief for the entire pregnancy. I remember asking the sonogram tech every time she did an exam if my girl was still a girl....  Today we celebrate 5 years of their life!
My babies are 5 yrs old.

They went from this...



To this...

















Then this..














And now this in what seems like a blink of the eye!


Happy 5th Birthday babies! This year you go to school and meet lots of new people. Please continue to be the funny, adventurous, engaging, beautiful children that you are today. We love you.

Until next time...
MUAH!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Whatever Wednesday: Reality Bites!

Hey Folks,

Welcome to a new edition of Whatever Wednesday. I haven't had much to rant about (well not here anyway) so I haven't posted a Whatever Wednesday in a while. Today however I have something I gotta get off my chest.

Reality TV! It is distasteful, annoying and taking over our lives. I just read an article from AdWeek.com that spoke about Bravo increasing their 'original' programming. Why Bravo, why. Isn't all the Housewives drama enough? Do you realize how terrible these 'reality shows' (they are not real people. No one ever goes to work, no ones goes to the bathroom and everybody has drama. Never once has there been an episode of one of these 'reality shows' that someone isn't having a ridiculous argument or fight of some sort) are?

I got suckered into watching a few minutes of Married to Medicine and was confused the entire time. There was two women insulting one another etc and I still have no idea why. It was senseless and a waste of my valuable time.

According to TV Guide the first reality show aired in 1973 and was titled "An American Family," a 12-episode documentary that aired on PBS in 1973. The show chronicled the everyday lives of the Loud family over a seven-month period, showing the tensions that led to the divorce of Pat and Bill Loud, as well as the life of their openly gay son Lance. This was groundbreaking television at the time.

Something like this to me is reasonable it's a documentary of sorts. I mean I used to watch TLC shows about real people, but that reality TV is much better done and just the stories of peoples lives shown for educational, motivational or inspirational purposes. The crap that airs on Bravo, MTV and the rest of the networks is purely salacious, scandalous, ratings grabbing trash. What can one learn from an episode of Love & Hip Hop? I mean I'm sure you can learn the latest slang in the baby mama drama world but what really are these shows teaching? I honestly miss a good sitcom and kiss the feet of Shonda Rimes and Dick Wolf for continuing to give us good scripted TV. I cannot and will not fall prey to the ridiculousness of the Bravo shows...

Do you watch reality TV? Why?????

Until next time...
MUAH!

MTA Poetry In Motion: Rag Time by Kevin Young

Hey Y'all,

I am a New Yorker through and through and I enjoy reading the poems that the MTA selects for the Poetry in Motion program. Here is a little background and today's poem by Kevin Young.

Since 1992, when it first displayed an excerpt from Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," MTA's Poetry in Motion program has brought more than 200 poems or excerpts before the eyes of millions of subway riders and rail commuters, offering each a moment of timelessness in the busy day.
Until next time...
MUAH!