Overpacked Living & Oversized Jacket

Mother celebration month is officially here! When I think of the woman balancing motherhood alongside all her other responsibilities the first word that comes to mind is:

Pressure

This is probably not the word you wanted to see, but I am just being honest. There is always something that a Mother has to do!  Personally, I have this underlying pressure to fit everything in, to make sure everyone under my roof is pleased, and to make sure my individual identity remains in tact. It is a lot & that is before extending to the responsibilities and expectations outside of the home!!! Over the past few weeks I have reflected on this struggle and have determined that some of this pressure may be:

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Kimono Robe, Jean Overalls, & Grilled Cheese

You ever have those wardrobe items that you just wear all the dang time!?! I certainly do & I am not ashamed at all. I am an aspiring minimalist who is proud to not have a personal closet overflowing with clothes. Every time that I am in my closet or folding laundry – I look to see if there is anything that I can sell or giveaway. “Y’all We Need to Streamline” That is the phrase I say non stop in my house. My husband just laughs at me and the kids simply stare at their mother. But for real, … Continue reading Kimono Robe, Jean Overalls, & Grilled Cheese

Love Series: Pearls of Wisdom

My whole life I have been surrounded by incredibly strong women! In fact, the Lord blessed me with the honor of having 5 grandmothers during my lifetime!!! 3 greats and 2 grands – to be exact! Over the past 4 years, three of them have passed away and my heart will never be the same. I am forever grateful for all they taught me and miss them dearly. Thankfully I will see them on the other side – in eternity with our maker. We All Are Passing Through My Great Grandma Pearl is the last Great I have left on this … Continue reading Love Series: Pearls of Wisdom

Love Series: The Black Woman

Dear Black Woman – This one is For Us By Us. If you are reading this and are not Black – that is okay! I love you too! As Tina Lawson, the mother of the dynamic daughters Beyoncé and Solange, said on the “Tina Taught Me” interlude: “ It’s such beauty in Black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being Black; and that if you do then it’s considered anti-white. No! You just pro-Black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together. Because you celebrate Black culture does not mean that … Continue reading Love Series: The Black Woman

Super Bowl Sunday Swag

Football season brings flashbacks to my childhood – the traveling, tape watching, and all the fancy perks of being immersed in the world of the National Football League. Now, as an adult, there are three triggers that bring out my inner football fan : The release of Hard Knocks on HBO – to get hype! My husband’s fantasy league draft – to talk trash! Super Bowl Sunday – to eat snacks! 😀 To celebrate the big game I pulled out some official NFL swag – the leather jacket that my Queenie Mommaz used to rock! 🙂 I absolutely loved wearing this … Continue reading Super Bowl Sunday Swag

Money: January No Spend Challenge

I have officially completed day one of the No Spend Week Challenge! A week ago, I had $354 of “play” money left for the month and I knew that I would be spending a nice chunk of that celebrating the birth of my husband. I gifted him some new basketball shoes so he can pretend to be LeBron in his work league. 🙂 We also had some time together without our dependents (YAY)! My sister watched the kids and we got to catch up with some friends from our Alma Mater! Then later we went out for a yummy Sushi … Continue reading Money: January No Spend Challenge

Money: Budget Based Adulting Allowance

Money is a tool. A tool that is used to help you, your family, and ultimately communities. Talking about money can sometimes be very difficult because many of us want more of it, yet do not have habits established to be good stewards of the money that we do have. We think that getting more money – will get rid of our debt, increase our savings, and/or enable us to be out here LIVIN LIT LIVES! Sure (with a shoulder shrug) – that is possible – but more money does not make that happen. You do. It is a personal … Continue reading Money: Budget Based Adulting Allowance