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Mommy of the Moment!!

 

I love doing Mommy of the Moment!  This summer has been a whirl and I have so much I want to share with you all when life slows down. Mommy of the Moment allows me to take time to slow down and write and shout out awesome women doing what they do best!

Today the mommy I want to highlight is…

Brandi Marie!

 

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Brandi is just a powerhouse and I am in awe at how she juggles it all! Brandi is the mommy to the handsome and smart Chase who will be starting Kindergarten this year!  Not only has Brandi served in the Military, she also has been a force to reckon with in corporate America, with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Brandi not only kicks butt as an amazing mom, she also kicks butt as an entrepreneur who runs two businesses!  Brandi we salute you on so many different levels!

Oh yeah! Did I mention she also hosts women’s empowerment workshops as well!  I had the pleasure of being a vendor and guest at one of her workshops titled The #Selflove Series. The #Selflove Series was such a great event and  really empowered everyone in attendande. We discussed beauty, finances, health and so much more! I was so happy to attend as a vendor and came home feeling rejuvenated and was able to think about things in my life with a fresh perspective.

Brandi runs Creatively B Marie and Yours Truly Event Planning.  Here is a little blurb from her websites with more information!

These are links click them!! : )

Creatively BMarie was born after an influx of custom requests from clients with the Designer, Brandi Rogers, through her event planning company. Insert shameless plug here: @yourstrulyep!  From there, the brand has FLOURISHED into something beyond the imagination, and requests have been non-stop. At Creatively BMarie, we believe in quality, compassion, and care for each client, as we understand how it impacts every their brand and vision. The term Brand Yourself comes from the deeply rooted belief and understanding that your brand and image is key for success. As you embark upon the journey of your next event or business endeavor, consider CBM to help you along the way. Specializing in custom chic logos and business branding tools, as well as custom treat bags and event products, we are certain that we can help you create something amazing.

Yours Truly Event Planning specializes in social events and workshops  that bring people together, but we don’t call ourselves full service for nothing! There is no challenge we aren’t willing to take on, as we aim to be the premier event planning company in the area. From conferences to baby showers, we can accommodate your needs accordingly.

I know first hand how awesome of an event planner Brandi is. Brandi helped so much with our launch party for Pretty as Porcelain, she was so great to work with! If it meant she had to make prize bags, decorate the space, or just keep me from freaking out she did it! She kept us on task and organized and we all had a great time.

 

 

I love throwing and hosting events and she managed to take on all of the parts of planning events that I don’t enjoy. Organizing, scheduling, cleaning, calling venues and budgeting. ( I just like to make things LOOK pretty. )

Brandi keep up the amazing work and I can not wait to see all that you do!

If you know anyone in need of graphic Design services or Party Planning Services please check our Brandi Marie!

 

 

motherhood, parenting

Mommy of the Moment!

When I created this blog, I wanted to showcase just how awesome mom’s are. Whether a single mom, married mom, a young mom, or an old mom we are required to literally kick ass every single day.   Each week I will pick a mom ( Or you will suggest a mom) for me to share with my readers just how amazing she is and just to give credit where credit is due!!

The mother I am writing about this week is my bestie, and sister from another mister the lovely and talented….

Morgan Brown!

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Morgan is the mother to Michal 5, and Donovan 9. Morgan is the true definition of resilience and determination.  After separating from her husband and beginning life on her own, she began her career in corporate America, but for many single moms corporate America isn’t ever really a good fit, due to schedule demands and generally most places of employment not really giving a damn if your kids have dinner and a kiss goodnight before bedtime.

Realizing that she wanted more for herself and her children  she decided to open her own Childcare facility! Guess what?? In just 8 short months from leaving her job the doors to Cozy Home Cares are open!

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I have personally witnessed her plan every aspect of her daycare from start to finish. The children have daily lesson plans, created by herself and her super genius teacher cousin Fred Jenkins.  The children are always engaged and are even learning sign language, yoga and gardening!!

Cozy Home Cares is located in the middle of the Avondale in Cincinnati,Ohio and is truly giving back to the community. She works with parents and truly wants her home to be a second home for their little ones.  It can be hard to trust daycares with some of the horrors you hear on the news. Cozy Home Cares has cameras that the parents are able to access at anytime and she even offers weekend services for parents who just need a break! So if you are someone you know is in need of childcare do not hesitate to call Morgan!!

Way to go Morgan for being an amazing mother, a boss babe, and an all around great friend. Keep kicking ass and taking names just how you have been! Here’s to Cozy Home Cares becoming everything you have ever wanted!!

 

 

 

advice, motherhood, parenting

Mommy Guilt and Not Spoiling the Child. Help!

“But what will you do??”   “Don’t hold the baby too much! You’re going to spoil him!” “Don’t just let him cry! You will stress him!” “Oh you work? Well who watches the baby?” “Oh that has got to be so hard to be away from him!”

Those kind of questions and statements can really mess with your head, because it begins to turn into Mommy Guilt. Which I had really badly when Aviry was a baby.

I will admit I often care too much about what people think of me. (I’m still growing y’all) What I end up doing at times is I OVER COMPENSATE for everything. I buy toys for Aviry because I feel guilty about not having my life in perfect order before he was born. I allow wiggle room that otherwise wouldn’t be given to him because I felt bad I had to work AND do homework. Little things start to slide. “Go ahead Aviry watch one more Episode. Have another cookie. Sure only 10 more minutes.”

We are entering a phase of  Aviry not completely understanding that everything we provide for him has LITERALLY been through hard work, sweat and at times many, many tears. At 9 I don’t expect him to understand this but I struggle with this situation.  How do you keep your child balanced in today’s world?  I want Aviry to understand hard work and appreciate what he has,  yet as a child I remember what struggling financially felt like and IT SUCKED. I don’t want Aviry to feel that. I learned very early on the importance of hard work and it has helped me tremendously in adult hood. Aviry is such a smart and amazing kid, I don’t want him to misunderstand the importance of hard work, or hinder him because of what he has or doesn’t have.

Parenting is just this constant journey where each day, week or minute can change. One day I feel like Super mom and the next I’m confused as ever. I’m not worried I know that Aviry will be just fine but any pointer or tips are always appreciated!

How do you teach hard work and instill passion into your children? What tips do you have for me as a mom who tends to over compensate?

 

 

beauty, Hair

Love My Hair a 30 Day Journey

The Journey to a better me, to a calmer and to a happier life has been taking place all year. From finances to beauty I am stepping it up a notch!

Due to these changes I am embarking on a 30 day Love my OWN hair journey.

A huge struggle for me is heat! I love a good blow out! Eliminating heat for a lot of ladies is something that comes easily. Although for me not too much. I struggle with what to do with my natural hair. I tend to get  insecure about the way I look when my hair is in its natural state. I love my hair, yet I haven’t figured out how to wear it when is is in its natural, curly, puffy, frizzy state.  So I am challenging myself to learn more about my hair to appreciate the texture I have and to love it just the way it grows.

Today is day one and honestly today was kind of a fail. I took my sew -in out last night. beautiful Hair from my online store prettyasporcelain.com. I deep conditioned my hair and it feels really really good and It feels really really soft.

Then I thought I could get fancy. I chose to do a twist out on my hair and if it did not dry all the way so it looks really messy. Even messed up my nails twisting my hair.  Luckily I was prepared for it to be messed up. I’m a trial by error hairstylist. I pulled out a cute little head wrap and it saved the day. I like my little high puffball I have going on today.

I  wish my twist out would have came out better here is a photo of day one after salvaging the twist out. I’m ok with it!

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I used Cantu Moisturizing Curl Cream, Coconut oil and Eco Style styling gel for this twist out.

Hopefully day 2  will be  better! We will see!

29 days to go of loving MY HAIR!!

Update!

Day 2 twist out. Turned out a little better but by the end of the day it was just a massive Puff. Luckily my friend who is a natural hair expert gave me a ton of advice and some product-recommendations.

She told me not to pull apart my twist too much so that my hair has room to untwist on its on and she also recommended using wrap lotion to help hold the twist!

That will be something to try for day 4 because I fell asleep before I could twist my hair. So we shall see!

it’s been a struggle! Trying to tame my hair. But I have to say I have gotten a ton of compliments. Which is nice but I’m running out of ideas

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Notes to Self.

Reminders for myself to keep my mind right.  I just decided to make a list of things that I know will help take my life to the next phase, and that I believe will help me to become my best self.

  • Sharon stop hitting snooze. Seriously.
  • Fuck Netflix and every other time wasting streaming service.
  • Go outside.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Ok maybe you don’t need to hit the gym everyday, but do a light stretch and workout daily.
  • DRINK WATER.
  • Pay bills in advance.
  • Save your money.
  • Time is fleeting so really embrace the moment.
  • Slow down.
  • Other people’s time is important.
  • Stop being a people pleaser.
  • Aviry is only getting older.
  • Time is money.
  • I am in charge of my destiny.
  • Love hard.
  • Breathe.
  • If I think the dogs need a bath, they need a bath.
  • Always work in your passion, It never feels like work.
  • Finish what you started.
  • Hug often.
  • Laugh.
  • Take naps.
  • Kiss longer.
  • Wine is cool, but don’t be cheap.
  • Show gratitude.
  • Pray.
  • Mediatate.
  • Say no.
  • Sing
  • Read.
  • Act.
  • Remember your why!
  • Trust your gut.
  • You don’t know it all.
  • Follow through.
  • Follow up.
  • Dance.
  • Learn how to swim.
Uncategorized

5 Reasons I love Spring Break!

Its that time of the year Spring break is in full season!

Whoo hoo!  SPRING BREAK!!!  ( Takes shot and smashes beer bottle on bar!)

That’s how I always imagined spring break would be if I had ever made it to some wild crazy place where the college kids go. Ahhh well, those dreams died pretty quickly when I became a mom at 20.  I have to admit I have grown to be ok with avoiding the hangover that I am sure accompanies spring break during college.

What I am familiar with is Spring break and Motherhood, and I tell you what. Teachers deserve a RAISE. I know my son has this endless supply of energy and somehow teachers manage to keep a gaggle full of children calm enough to educate them!! That is surely some type of magical power.

We usually go out of town for Spring Break, but our work schedules have become a bit hectic. So I have decided to write 5 reasons why I love spring break.

  1. Being able to watch Aviry play, often when school is in session he darts to Netflix or Youtube and it drives me nuts! What I get to see over Spring Break is he actually loves to play with his toys and has an extremely vivid imagination.
  2. I enjoy the flexibility that comes along with spring break, I enjoy staying up late, and finding fun things to do, but HONEY let me tell you my son eats like a man and is a walking hurricane.  With all this being said I wish that all of my days offered the same flexibility that Spring Break brings to my family.
  3. Not having to catch the school bus when it’s dark outside.
  4. Finding a new and fun place to go in the city.  Although we weren’t  able to go out of town this year I think its important to still find a place to have a blast at.
  5. The day feels longer.

Does that make me crazy? I love when the day seems longer and time moves a little slower.  It’s nice to not be in a rush to have dinner on the table by 6:30.

All I know is thank the Lord for Spring Break because its been nice to slow down a bit.

What do you do to keep your little ones occupied for spring break?

Until next time you wonderful mommies out there!

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Birthdays!

Aviry has just turned 9 a little over a week ago I can’ t believe it,  I like to post twice a week, but with a new job and a birthday to plan I have been a tad busy. 

It seems like just the other day I was scrambling around like a chicken with my head cut off to pull off the “perfect” party for a 1 year old. ( Word of advice to all the mommies out there, DON’T GO CRAZY FOR A PARTY YOUR CHILD WON’T REMEMBER!)  Also if you are anything like me I know you won’t take that advice, but I do wish I would have dialed his party back some. It was a lot of pressure for a person who had never thrown a birthday party for a one year old. 

So in the spirit of having a 9 year old! I will share a few great places to take your littles ones, and some tips to get you through the chaos that are children’s parties!

I am a huge fan of having parties at a venue, the cleanup is minimum and its nice to try a new place. Living in Cincinnati we have had some amazing parties at a variety of locations some of our favorites are listed below.

  1. Scene 75 – Scene75 is your place to go for FUN! With more than 10 attractions, 120 arcade games, full bar & food options, Scene75 has something to do for all ages! Not only is each Scene75 one of the LARGEST indoor entertainment centers in the country, but it also was recently awarded #1 Entertainment Center in NORTH AMERICA by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. We’re not kidding around about being the best spot for a celebration or day of fun. Now that Aviry is older Scene 75 allows Aviry and his friends to pick their own activities which he loves! (Scene 75 is also great for a date night!)
  2. Sky Zone- I love Skyzone. I had a fear of trampolines growing up and SkyZone definitely allows me to be a kid again I feel so free jumping!! Oh wait… This is about Aviry.  Aviry thinks Skyzone is one of the most “awesomeness” places ever! Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They are the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. They have been voted the number one out-of-the box workout, the best birthday party ever and best indoor family fun day. Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.
  3. The Cincinnati Zoo- Having a winter baby can make party options limited. When a dear friend of mine discovered the Cincinnati Zoo has birthday parties, I was very excited to celebrate Aviry’s Birthday there!  We celebrated his party a few years ago and I am pleased to say the packages are even better now than they were before. Packages include activities for the little ones, Animal viewings and admission to the zoo for your guest. 

Home Parties

Home parties always remind me of my childhood. For a few hours I don’t mind children everywhere and cupcake frosting on the walls!

Listed below are a few  suggestions on having an at home party with ease. 

  1. Have everything done beforehand. No Last minute runs to get candles, or plates. The more organized you are prior to the party the better! Lists are your friend! Also you can find great decoration kits online!
  2. Have a schedule for your party, and stick to it. I learned this valuable piece of information from my friend Brandi at Yours Truly Event Planning. She helped me plan an event recently and was a stickler about scheduling and it really helped the flow of the event. I am adding her tip to my rule book!
  3. Enlist help! I am super fortunate to have close friends with children who are around the same age and they are the best helpers! From decorating to cleaning up. I know my girls have my back.
  4. Try to avoid candy with wrappers and gum. ( You will thank me later.)

What are some of your suggestions for a stress free Birthday Party at home?

 

 

 

Home Decor, motherhood

Decorating Like a Queen but spending like a Pauper.

Decorating a space makes me very happy. I love to decorate and I truly believe that your home should be your zen place.  Whether its decorating a room, the home for the holidays, hosting a party or even decorating a cake. I enjoy pretty things and I enjoy creating pretty spaces.

Although I enjoy a beautiful space. I am not a millionaire… yet.  so I enjoy being creative on a budget, I also love that my home feels like a very peaceful place. I  feel settled and my apartment feels like a home.

So I just wanted to share various projects that I have done around our place that are wallet friendly!

Table Decorations

Food Displays

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Christmas Cookie Bar and lots of sweets! 

Plants or flowers

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Flowers from My Love always brighten up our home!

Plants are such a great way to brighten up any area, I decorated flower pots for less than  5.00 and now I have lovely plants to bring color to our home.

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So if I have any advice for decorating like a queen on a pauper budget they would be.

  • Stick to solid or fairly neutral colors for furniture. That way when you are in the need for a change in your home, you can switch pillow or throws for very little cash.
  • Don’t be afraid to thrift store or the dollar store. Some of my best finds have been at places you wouldn’t expect.
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Dollar tree and thrift store combo!
  • Paint and spray paint are game changers! This shelf was once a boring old gray thing, now its GOLD!

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  • For those with limited storage space, furniture with storage will be your best friend!

Aviry picked this storage Ottoman from Bargains and buyouts $20 Bucks! I love it!

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  • Ask for the input of your family, I think one reason why people enjoy our space is that we decorate as a family. ( I still have the final say) Because if I let the boys decide everything we would have 6 tv’s in our living room. In all seriousness, they gravitate towards items I typically wouldn’t. Yet they always look great in our home and our house is a fusion of all of our ideas.

It was Carlos’s idea to mix and match the bar stools! Love it!

What are some of your decorating tips and tricks? I’m no interior designer but I love feeling at peace in my space and I love looking at pretty things. I can’t wait to look back one day at this post years from now and be so happy to see, that at this place in my life I am happy with our place and I have created a home out of a small space.  : )

Health, parenting

Head Cold Remedy

UUUURRRGGGHHH

I have had the most annoying cold/allergy attack ever!  Luckily I have a secret weapon.

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All you need is…

Tea.

Honey.  ( I typically prefer Local Honey, but this is what I had today)

Lemon.

Dash of Cayenne Peppers.

Hot Water.

It is so soothing and the Cayenne pepper helps to clear your sinuses.  You can get away without the tea. I like to drink it with chamomile tea at night.

Give it a try!

I also bet this would be really tasty iced!

Yum!

motherhood, parenting

A 90’s Summer for an iGeneration kid.

Aviry is in need of an old school summer. By old school I really mean a 90’s kid summer (Because I am not that old!) that’s how I grew up and I want Aviry to be able to experience some carefree old school fun.  In honor of preparing for an old-school summer I am creating a list of some of the fun things we used to do as kids when it was summer vacation and I want my son to be able to experience that as well!

We live in the city in an apartment where there really is not a lot of play space. : ( I grew up with a backyard. And I know that within the next year we will have a home with a backyard for Aviry. He uses the apartment as a play space but I don’t want to stifle his creativity just because I’m not a home owner yet. Aviry prefers the indoors and I want him to see what exciting things can happen outdoors!

I have compiled a list of ways Aviry can have a 90s kid summer! Who needs YouTube when you can play outside all day?

  • Super soakers, water guns, water balloons, and sprinklers no summer is complete without any of those items and we all know why!
  • Hide and go seek in the dark as a parent this game actually terrifies me but as a kid it was the most fun!
  • Riding your bike everywhere you can.
  • I think there should be at least one night he’s able to stay out when the streetlights are on. (With adult supervision of course) #helicoptermom
  • Road trips.
  • So this may not appeal to all the boys out there but I think jumping rope should be a major part of every childs summer. I WAS A BEAST AT DOUBLE DUTCH.
  • Sleepovers!
  • Limited Technology!
  • Parks and playgrounds.
  • I think playing sports is an awesome way to really have a 90s kid summer. It doesn’t have to be on the team but I think there’s nothing like a good old fashion basketball game or a good old fashion baseball game to just keep your child in shape and to learn healthy competition.
  •  Popsicles! Ice cream trucks! Every time an ice cream truck comes by we are there! OK. well maybe not every time but we will be regular customers of the ice cream truck.
  • Maybe it’s the Chicago in me but my summer was definitely spent eating sunflower seeds and pickles so I will probably pass that traditional to him as well.
  • Learn how to fix a popped bike chain.
  • I want him to have a friend over for a few days or him go over a friends house for a few days for so long that they actually  know what it feels like to get tired of someone. But still love them enough to where you’re still best friends.
  • Saturday morning cartoons! Staying up late with me watching movies that I used to like when I was a kid Saturday morning. Although I am not sure if he is going to love the Baby Sitters Club!
  • I want him to find a book that he actually loves and I want him to just spend a day in the house reading because he wants to.  Thank the Lord for DogMan.
  • Rollerblading.
  • Making our own popsicles.
  • Lemonade Stand.
  • Hikes.
  • Old school ice cream parlors.

What are your best memories of Summer Vacation? What fun activity do you think our iKids would love!

I would love to hear and pass them along to my kiddo!

Make it a great one!