• Acceptance,  Family,  Goal Setting,  Journey,  Life,  Love,  Marriage,  Motherhood,  Womanhood

    Maya Angelou: Be The Kind of Woman She Wrote About

    Wow! It has been a while since my last post and have we been busy! Nothing like a teenager, a toddler, and a newborn to shake things up a bit and keep us in a constant state of exhaustion. I wouldn’t trade any of this madness that is my life for the world though. But I am not against bribery for some “me time.” lol I want to write today about something that was recently said to me and hasn’t left my mind… assumptions that a blog of posts to inspire authenticity and positivity have maybe been misunderstood as “fake.” To be honest, most bloggers/influencers come across this way really.…

  • Baby,  Baby Products,  Children,  Family,  Journey,  Life,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Product Review,  Travel

    DockATot: Worth it?

    DockATot, my honest review…     I have seen this innovative product that is extremely multi-functional all over social media. I saw this around the time I had my now two year old son, it looked heavenly, I was sleep deprived and desperate for sleep. However, I was worried because everything we were trying to get my son to sleep was not working… so, because of the unknowns and maybe even more so because I had already spent a fortune trying other failed products, the price tag of the DockATot kept me away, mostly because no one I knew had one (yet). I thought maybe just another “incredible” blogger product rather than…

  • Children,  Family,  Journey,  Life,  Love

    Love You Long Time: Life’s Toughest Lessons

    Every day for the last few months I have wanted to share my thoughts, my feelings, my sentiments… but every time I went to my computer to type, the cursor just blinked at me. Overwhelmed, I would exit the screen and crawl back into my shell… I think this shell has provided me shelter from the pain, but really it’s provided me a barrier from embracing and facing the truths and harsh realities that comes with life, in particular: death. I created this blog as a space to feel safe through honest expression and to share with others in hopes that maybe something I may be going through, they might…

  • Family,  Journey,  Life,  Marriage,  Womanhood

    &: A Reflection of its role in Marriage

    Ah, the ampersand… the typographical equivalent to a wedding ring, marking permanent relationships. It may be strictly by coincidence that I am drawn to this symbol, considering it was once recognized in the 19th century as the 27th (my favorite number) letter in the alphabet, following ‘Z,’ and taught for years in the British schooling system. Although it was officially dropped from the alphabet, its draw and significance remains. It is absolutely a fascinating symbol that many designers, businesses, and people love to use, draw, re-create, and explore it’s many abilities to change yet remain the same. Someone once described it as a “shapeshifter that could change at a moment’s…

  • Children,  Family,  Journey,  Life,  Marriage,  Womanhood

    Anniversary: Living our Happily Ever After

    Today marks four years since I married my dream-come-true Prince Charming… Happy Anniversary my love! We dated about two and a half years before walking down the aisle… so we are still very young into our life together! (Although I must admit it feels as if we have spent a lifetime together at times – in a good way of course.) I find myself reflecting on our wedding and wanted to share some of my thoughts and what I’ve learned so far… Our wedding was so beautiful, I get choked up thinking about all of the love, hard work, and efforts put in by so many to make it the…

  • Journey,  Life,  Travel,  Womanhood

    NYC: Not Your Average Girls Trip

    Last week I was fortunate enough to experience a girls trip to NYC with my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws. Let me tell you… it was not your average girl’s trip to the big apple, aka the “city that never sleeps,” in which we did very little of indeed. When we first started researching and planning our trip to NYC, we of course found the usual: places to eat, must see’s and must do’s, as well as all the latest and greatest hip spots and trendy places to shop. Our list was long and honestly could have been longer… I think you could spend a straight month in the city and still…

  • Children,  Family,  Journey,  Life

    1930: A Year Worth Remembering

            We had the honor of celebrating my grandfather’s birthday yesterday… how lucky am I to have my grandfather still, alive, and well… only, he’s sort of missing. You see, my grandfather has dementia and as you may know by the clinical term, his memory is failing, disappearing into the distance, further and further away. I wonder where he goes? When I sit with him, in the flesh, I see my grandfather, I feel his presence, he is there. He looks up and recognizes me, or at least I think he does, then he disappears. I get my hopes up time and time again, although I am…

  • Children,  Journey,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Womanhood

    Bubble: Burst it!

    Burst your own bubble! Not the happy kind (we like those)… I am talking more about the kind of bubble that we all seem to find shelter in, our comfort zone, otherwise known as the place that we find safety and security. Why do we tend to stay in our comfort zones? Me, I find that it’s safer and quieter inside my bubble… I don’t risk embarrassment, humiliation, judgment, controversy, change… most of all, I don’t risk rejection!! Why do you stick to the limits of your bubble?  You see, I find great joy in forging relationships with people, however I find that rather than “winning friends and influencing people,”…

  • Journey,  Motherhood,  Womanhood

    She: Little Miss Everything

    She. Lately I have been observing and thinking more in depth as I notice an expression or the disposition of the women surrounding me. I have seen pain, exhaustion, worry, fear, happiness, love, and this sort of mysterious wonder. I look in the mirror and at times I don’t recognize the person staring back at me. I see the fine lines making themselves all too comfortably at home, embedding themselves deeper and deeper with each passing day. There are moments I catch a glimpse of the younger version of me and I sigh in relief, “oh there you are… thank goodness, I thought I had lost you for good.” It’s…

  • Journey

    Ego: the ugly (non)truth

    I think one of the hardest things in the world is to wrangle in our thoughts and transform them, especially when they are negative! It is much easier to drown than it is to float… I’m not sure why that is really? It feel so good to float… euphoric. We don’t like to wallow in self-pity, we can’t stand it when others do, we don’t enjoy feeling “less than” nor do we like to feel all of the heaviness… I believe we all want that “one thing” to save us from drowning, mostly to save us from ourselves. So, why do we give in every single time that feeling of…