Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer Favorites 2014

Spring/Summer…Where do I begin?  Well, first of all, we really didn’t have a Spring.  Try telling that to my allergies.  I still had to use Allegra and tried the new Mucinex Allergy too.  Started on the meds long before spring was supposedly here.  It was more like Winter, then Summer came in steady.  Also, I thought it would be better if I just did faves based on the seasons instead of month-to-month.  And as usual, life happened which caused the delay.  I don’t know how I’m going to get better at getting my feelings out right when things are happening instead of just wallowing in sorrow.  In May, my family suffered another blow.  My aunt Crlyn from New York/Va. Beach passed away.  She was diagnosed with colon cancer right after we saw her during the holidays looking and feeling so good.  However, by the time she went back home, stomach pains became persistent and before you knew it, they were wheeling her up to the oncology floor.  A tumor was wrapped around her colon.  Surgery and chemo for a few weeks, then she unexpectedly breathed her last breath.  As mentioned in an earlier post, A broke her finger, potential buyers visit the house, but still no offers to buy, my grandma-in-law, Elaine, passed away during our first week back to school, and the weekend before Autumn officially began, my step grandma on my dad’s side passed away.  Funny man, Robin Williams, shined a brighter light on depression after his shocking suicide, and funny gal, Joan Rivers, was taken away due to medical negligence.  I should also add that one of...

The Right Message At The Right Time

The very classmate who coined the nickname “Smiley” on me in high school, is the very classmate who is out there changing lives and continues to find the right words for the right time to that troubled soul, no matter who is reading/listening.  On his Facebook page status this morning, the key word ‘suicidal’ touched my heart, so I knew I had to read the rest.  It’s exactly what I’ve felt-recent deaths have befallen my family, our house is on short sale, life dragged us and is still dragging us to the bone.  Then just as my good friend, I’ve had to ask myself lately if I’ve been trusting the One True God to do everything in his power for me to see things differently, to trust in HIM completely.  It’s so difficult to even want to wake up in the morning, however I’m glad I did today to see this message at an opportune time.  I thought it needed to be shared.  You can follow Jacob Hobson for more ‘morning coffee’ inspirations on FB at https://www.facebook.com/jacob.hopson. Take a look: The moment you feel at your wits end… the moment you want to say screw the world… the moment you say the world will be better without me… I want to suggest to you that you have made God an option and not your only Choice!! This post is going to be kinda sensitive for me but i made it [sic] thru!!! Can i tell you that i have been suicidal…. Yes preaching, praying, and prophesying and STILL feeling like the world would be better without me, because nothing in my life...

New Blog Alert: Argyle Cottage

I have to give a Shout Out to my neighbor, Jill Lang.  She enjoys crafting, natural, organic food and products like SheaMoisture. She recently launched her blog at Argyle Cottage. Like me, she is a loving wife and mother who was sort of stuck in life, dreams on the pause button while teaching kids with special needs.  I told her that from the looks of things, if someone isn’t going to give us the job we want, then we’re going to have to create it.  To quote her, “So badly I want to be paid for the creative things I do. So this is the first step in holding myself accountable. You never know who may find it and like what you have to say.  I’ve always been a “writer” and said to myself you just have to do this and put what you love out there. I majored in fashion design and minored in media studies because I wanted to work for a fashion magazine. So this will be my chance to have my own ‘magazine.'”  Oh Yeah!  She is truly venturing out, getting fit and wants to share with the world her lifestyle ideas focusing on creative living.  Her posts will include topics about food, crafting, fitness, and other inspiring topics to her.  Jill informed me that she can be contacted via personal email:  jilllang11@gmail.com; blog email:  argylecottage@gmail.com; and Instagram @argylecottage. Check out the brief ‘About‘ page from the site and show some love: About Hello! My name is Jill. Join me as I celebrate the everyday joy of living a creative life. I share kitchen adventures, inspiration...

I Was There: Yolanda Renee Takes The DMV

I made it to my second hair event:  “Yolanda Renee Takes Your City Tour-Yolanda Renee Takes The DMV.”  Before that, she was in New York and made sure to do something for her area this time.  I found out about the tour from her YouTube channel and checked out her blog to see if any of the cities would be near me.  I was going to push myself into getting over the fear of making it to more events so I could continue to be inspired to blog.  Side note:  For those who may not know, the DMV I’m talking about doesn’t handle driver’s licenses and vanity plates.  DMV stands for DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  Might as well be one giant state altogether, right?  Hubby drove because in usual fashion, I would have been too nervous to drive in that area.  He did not mind, though, because he took D to see the new Disney’s “Planes” sequel, “Planes:  Fire & Rescue,” for father/son time while the event went on. Saturday, July 26, the Maryland native had her Meet ‘n Greet at Bar 7, a sassy little “all black errryyyttthhang” nightspot with a bar, lounge area, stage and DJ booth located on 7th Street.  I invited my cousin, Pinky, to go with me, so she and my mom arranged to come from NC the night before.  My mom got to spend some girly time with my daughters.  The 6-9pm event was $40 + tax for VIP if you didn’t pay in time for the early bird special at lower rate.  To make sure I didn’t mess up our regular budget,...

Busted!

When I initially started this post, it had been a week and 2 days since our family experienced its 1st case of a broken bone.  Due to life going on as usual, now it’s been 3 weeks and a day and unfortunately, the broken bone was experienced by the littlest one of the bunch, A.  That’s right, my 5yr-old has had to deal with a broken finger. Friday, June 27, close to 5pm, K claims that she wanted to change her clothes.  Usually, the kids stay in their pajamas all day if we’re not going anywhere.  I guess K was feeling a little funky, so out of nowhere, she decided to change her clothes.  I did not know that the other kids, including D our son, were still playing around, jumping and clowning in the bedroom.  My big girl wanted privacy.  No one called down to me on the 2nd floor to get the other kids out of the way.  No one suggested she go into the bathroom or my bedroom for privacy or tell D to get out.  No one respected anyone enough to realize it was time to stop playing.  Instead, K slammed her room door shut, and I guess as A was walking out, her left hand was close enough to the back of the door hinge where it closes that her ring finger crunched in it.  B even said she heard a crunch sound. Enter pulsating screams.  I was on my laptop when A shouted, “Look at my finger, K!”  She ran downstairs with eyes bigger than her little body shouting, “Look at my finger, mommy!”...

I Was There: Natural “Thangs” Expo

In the first of my “I Was There” series, I’m finally posting details about the 1st hair event I attended.  It was the Natural “Thangs” Expo @ the Highlightz Event Center located at 454 Cambridge St., Fredericksburg, VA.  I found out about it through someone else’s FB page-my neighbor with natural hair.  Someone tagged her and suggested the event to her, but she didn’t go.  Well, I pondered and pondered and became brave enough to go by myself Saturday, April 19.  It was hosted by Santasha Quarles, a YouTuber with the name, Santasha’s Styles and by Locks4ever, a salon specializing in SisterLocks by Charlotte Van Horn.  She also served as the comedy relief and she was funnnnnnyyyyy.  Both ladies were very friendly and down-to-earth.  This wasn’t your typical fancy, smancy, foo foo type event with celebrities and big name sponsors, but it was nice.  The band did a fantastic job covering old school and current songs. The center is located in a part of downtown I don’t usually go to, so I did have to stop and ask if I was going in the right direction at a gas station because as with most of the streets in the area, one street turns into another street.  So, when the names change, there’s no warning, and it certainly wasn’t reflected in the MapQuest directions, so I kept asking myself, “is this right?” in a nervous chatter.  The building it was in was decent.  What’s interesting about it was the fact that the center has a really nice pic of itself on its Facebook page, yet when I get there, one...