Giveaway: Bring on the Bump

Bring on the Bump Giveaway!!!

Bump Date: 22 Weeks 4 DaysBalance has been the overarching motif for the past few weeks in my household. Between teaching remotely, homeschooling my daughter, and being a wife, everything has started to become one big #quarantined blur. However, creating a daily schedule has helped me keep balance and sanity during these surreal times.

Here are some beautiful mamas/moms-to-be that juggle motherhood with style and grace:

@chelseyann__

@chequelagaines

@geneve2011

@priddle08

@s_price11

Exciting new I’ve teamed up with @motherhoodmaternity to challenge you expecting mamas to enter the “bring on the bump” contest! ⁣⁣⁣

How to enter:

⁣⁣• Follow @motherhoodmaternity & like the contest post ⁣⁣

• Post your bump photo with #MHJuggle & Tag @motherhoodmaternity

• Tag 5 moms in your squad to join

⁣⁣•This giveaway runs from 4/1-4/25 2020 ⁣⁣And a random winner will be chosen each day to win a Motherhood Maternity care package including a $100 gift card to motherhood maternity! ⁣⁣ #MHjuggle#brandssupportingmoms

MommyMoments: 5 Must-Haves

I know it’s been a minute but I’m back with brand new motherhood content, organization hacks, and beauty tips. Life has been a whirlwind for the past few months (more about that coming soon, but 2019 is here and it’s time to get things in order. Let’s face it as moms, wives, career women, and entrepreneurs our day is jam-packed with numerous to-do items. With that being said, one of my goals for the new year is finding ways to better organize my days, weeks, and months so that I can conquer these tasks efficiently. So to kick things off, today I’m sharing my top 5 busy mom must-haves.

Planners: Raise your hand if your life revolves around your planner. I’ll be the first to admit my planner keeps me sane. It helps me keep track of my personal tasks as well as my family’s busy schedules. The personal planner I’m currently using is the Glamorous Planning Planner, but usually, Michaels is my go-to spot for all things planner related.

Functional Purse/Tote Bag: I’m so guilty of carrying around my purse, work bag, and iPad case because I never know when I’m going to need something. But lately, I’ve been following the motto “Work smarter, not harder.”; so I decided to invest in a more functional tote bag which can hold everything I need while I’m on the go, but still looks cute. Piper Nobel makes amazing functional totes and purses and is a great starting point for anyone interested in consolidating their load.

Digital Calendar: All phones and most tablets have some sort of digital calendar. Since my phone uses Android my go-to is Google Calendar. I love the fact that I can add events and appointment directly from my email, sync my info across various platforms and devices, and share planning items between my husband and me. If Google isn’t your thing, then check out your respective app store for the hundreds of calendar options available there.

Checklist App: Checklist apps are great for ensuring the more immediate to-do items in your life are taken care of. There are a million checklist apps so research and find the one that works best for you. My current favorite is Wunderlist: it’s very user-friendly and helps me keeps my day together.

Water Bottle: I know this seems random but daily water intake is vital. Personally, having some form of a water bottle with me is a great reminder to mind my water intake. The cup I use the most is my Zak! brand tumbler, which is similar to the more expensive Yeti cups but is way more affordable and just as effective.

I hope you find these tools useful and be sure to hit the comments below with some of your busy moms must-haves.

Brand Ambassador: Pineapple Clothing

Our Sunday family outing turned into a Disney dress shopping spree for this kiddo but at least we were cute  (Look at how adorable our tops are!!!)

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We’ve team with Pineapple Clothing to be brand ambassadors for their mommy and me line. If you have the time check out their website; it has tons of mommy and me outfits just in time for Easter. Get 20% off with the code: beeedw 

Shop: Pineapple Clothing 

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

February is the month of hearts, love, and flowers, but if you tend to procrastinate in the gift department like me then you’re probably rushing to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Don’t fret, because I have some last minute DIY Valentine’s gifts that your loved ones will fall in love with.

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Valentine’s Day Jar

Step Outin Style!

Mugs Set

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Sweet Treats

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Spa Time

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Love Notes

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Let me know some of your favorite DIY projects in the comments below and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for tutorials of the projects listed above.

 

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MommyMode: Raising a Strong Daughter

“She’s sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.”

 

The quote above describes my daughter to a T. She loves to learn, expresses herself using creative outlets, and is completely fearless when it comes to jumping off of everything she sees. In a few days my daughter Brielle will be four years old, and while I’m still processing this fact, I am extremely proud of the kid she’s become so far. From the day I was told that there was a little queen growing inside of me, I knew I wanted to raise her to be strong. With this new wave of black pride sweeping across our culture, I am more confident than ever that even after she leaves the nest, my daughter will continue to flourish as self-confident black woman.

 

I’m still learning tips and trick along the way but here are a few of my favorites I’ve rounded up so far:

 

Let her create her own identity:

As parents we often have an idea of what we want our kids to be like; from sports to clothing we low-key always want some input. But around the time Brielle turned 3 we decided as parents to start letting her pick out her clothes or choose what activities she would like to participate in to help her build her own identity. There are still situation where we step in to make executive decisions(because wearing Jordan flip flops in 10 degree weather is not going to happen), but for the most part we give her space to be herself.

Surround her with positive examples:

My daughter made me a better person, so everyday I try to be a positive example for her in return. I also make it a goal to surround her with positive images with her books, clothing and tv shows, making sure she sees people that looks like her in a positive light. Representation Matters.

Raise a free thinker:

I want Brielle to always be a free thinker. It’s easy to get boxed in to society’s norms and feel the need to do what is expected of you.  I’m raising my daughter to make her own choices,  ask questions, give her opinion, and do things HER way.

 

 

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Book Review: My Hair is Poofy & That’s Okay

If you have followed my blog for any time now, you may have noticed that I make it a priority to encourage my daughter to love and accept who she is and what she looks like. Many young females, especially girls of color, grow up with such a negative view of themselves that it leaks over into adulthood, creating completely avoidable self-esteem and self-worth issues. So, anytime I am offered a chance to review a children’s book such as My Hair Is Poofy & That’s Okay by Nikkolas Smith, I jump at the opportunity to continue exposing my child to positive literature. With its beautiful and unique illustrations, relatable storyline, and overarching message of embracing your self-image, this book will be a mainstay in my daughter’s library for a long time.

 

Kids are very smart; they notice how you dress, speak, or what books you’re reading. Ever since I was blessed enough to become a mother, the phrase “Representation matters” has become so much more meaningful to me. Young minds need to be exposed to literature and characters they can relate to, and Poofy is definitely one of those characters. She has a big personality, self-confidence, and a massive crown of thick curly hair which my daughter loved. The illustrations are amazing with vivid colors and brush strokes, great detail in every character’s features, and a lightness that makes you want to keep turning the page to see how great the next one will be.

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The importance of being unique is displayed throughout the book, but I love the fact that the story also highlights the idea of not letting others negatively label you because of your uniqueness. Although the story does jump around a little bit pertaining to the scenarios, there is always a positive and uplifting message being echoed by each of the characters. I am a mom to a brown skin girl with a head of thick curly hair and because of authors like Smith she is able to read stories and see images that look like her. It fills me with joy any time I am able to expose my little princess to a character like Poofy and hear her say “She looks like me!”

 

Over this past year I have purchased and had opportunities to review many children’s books for my daughter, but My Hair Is Poofy & That’s Okay definitely stands out as one of our favorites. If you are interested in purchasing a copy take a visit to author Nikkolas Smith’s website (https://www.nikkolas.art/shop/poofy) where he also has artwork, stickers, and other literature. If there are any other positive self-image children’s books you would like to suggest or share, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll see you all next time!      

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