Traveling with a Toddler

I believe that it is important to explore our world through different means such as literature, music, art but especially through travel. I’d like to start a tradition of traveling with my family at least once a year. I, unfortunately, have only traveled outside of the United States about 6 times in my life and it was in the earlier part of my childhood and teenage years.

The last decade of my life, happened to be my entry into adulthood and while I spent my time working, contributing to my community and acquiring higher degrees, the exploratory element was at a standstill.

Hubby and I would like to enjoy our days off trekking across the country and abroad with our daughter. This is something we look forward to and fear…simultaneously (is this even possible?)

For a couple that struggles with a Target meltdown (almost every single time! what is it about target and toddlers??), how will the experience be traveling at this age?

Well…we hope to share these experiences in this section. Hopefully you don’t read about us in the international news…

*Headline* Toddler Takes Down the Eiffel Tower single-handedly, Parents pictured below *insert bad picture*

 

Where have you traveled with your little one? How was the experience?

Bringing in the New Year…the ‘traditional’ southern way

On our table tonight (my last carnivorous meal!) we will have a traditional southern New Years dinner: BBQ ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and corn bread…yummy! Even on her way to an overnight shift, my mom made sure to prepare a pot of collard greens and black eyed peas.

Along with some bubbly we will bring in the new year with our pj’s on, prayer on our tongues and full bellies.

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Bubbly!

 

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New Year’s Eve 2014! Our pork of choice was fried chops.

So what is the meaning behind this meal?

  • Pork represents health and continued prosperity
  • Greens (collards, mustard, turnip, cabbage) represents the present paper money
  • Black eyed peas (or any other field peas) represents good fortune or coins
  • Cornbread represents gold

 

All together the meal represents financial prosperity, good luck and good health in the coming new year for everyone who partakes in the meal.

Whether we truly believe it or not, this is how previous generations in my family did it, how I brought in the new year each year with my family and I plan to continue it with mine.

 

How do you bring in the new year?

Who do YOU love? New Years Eve – Part I

I’m not big on resolutions but I do like to take the time throughout the year to re-evaluate where I believe I fall short.

Growing up I was an avid reader, I find myself not taking the time out to read outside of work or school. This will change. Parents are encouraged to read to their children, but what about ourselves?

Which goes to my next point:

Sometimes I forget that I am a person outside of my daily roles:

Wife, mother, daughter, sister,  friend, employee…

It’s all too easy to get caught up in everyone else and lose the person you’ve known all your life, the person that means the absolute most…YOU!

I’m dedicating the next five months to…ME! My birthday is on May 16th (Go Taurus!) and I want to be happier, healthier…more sane!

I’m going to give myself a goal of at least an hour of ‘me time’ every day. It will allow me to be a little more even keeled (hopefully!). I will lean on but not limit my cleanse to:

  • Food (Vegetarianism)
  • Health (Multi-Vitamins, Daily Workouts, Hydration)
  • Spirituality (Meditation, Reflection, Dedication)
  • Entertainment (Reading, Cultural Performances)

My goal is to take note on how I look and feel during this period and after 137 days I’ll post an update–with the nitty gritty…grrr!!!!

 

Who’s with me?

MPA Graduate!!

Hey World!

Boy has the past month been the most challenging in my adult life. I graduated earlier this month with my Master of Public Administration…

I did it!

I was offered (and accepted!) an awesome career opportunity and we have to move 3 hours away to the state capital in one month!

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I am excited and absolutely nervous about this change but I look forward to it! This is a milestone that I embrace for myself, my husband and our daughter. This journey is one I look forward to sharing with you all.

Stay tuned as we embark this change with open arms, tears and laughs. I’m going to miss being close to my family and friends. Now to find a new home 🙂

Mommy and Daughter graduation day!

The search has begun…

Juice Feast – Day 3 recap

Hey World!

Just stopping in to update on my Juice Feast. I have a long way to go but hey I’m up for it!

At the end of Day 2, I had a tension headache like you can’t believe :/ I messaged Danii who then asked how much water I drank throughout the day. Then I thought about how I failed to take in my H2o in my weight in ounces. Shame on me! After being more mindful of my intake on the 3rd Day, I’d like to express how energized and light I feel .

Let’s see if I can keep this up tomorrow, the day my thesis is due…blah!

Sam enjoys the juices too. I get to share my journey with my picky eating toddler 🙂

Juice Feast – Day 1 recap

Although I am writing this post through the lens of a mom, this is for everyone. As people we get wrapped up in the daily movements of our life and fail to fully provide TLC for ourself. Whether it is work, a hobby, family responsibility: self comes last (or in the middle) even if we don’t want to admit it.

After experiencing an indescribable weakness and vertigo, I decided to be more aware of what I intake. My body spoke and it is time for a re-set. I reached out to my fellow mama, friend and juice & brew extraordinaire Danii from houseofjuicebk.com, to start a 30 day cleanse.

This is in no way a gimmick: no shakes, pills, creams or hand stands first thing in the am. Just straight organic and local cold-pressed juice combinations and probiotics to feed my exhausted and vitamin starved body. I invite you in as I go through this one day at a time. I’m scared, nervous but excited and anxious to see and feel better after this journey. I’m hoping for a lifestyle change.

Are you with me?
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Along with one meal, this is what I drink everyday with my weight in water.

Happy Mama’s Day…

Mother’s Day is everyday but still…who doesn’t like a whole day designated to saying “Thank You” or “I love you” or”Let’s go to dinner”? I love these kind of days when I can eat whatever I want without a bat of an eye.

It is my second official Mother’s Day and I am spending it with my family. I was a tad disappointed that I did not get flowers or tickets to a concert ( a girl can wish right??) but then after cooling down I looked at what I do have and I came to my senses.

Several times a week, I am greeted with a home cooked meal by my husband and the refreshing smile and goofy acts of my daughter. I am grateful.

I am spending my mother’s day barbecuing in my backyard with family and some Rumchata shakes!!

As I type up this blog I am taken back to the moment I met my baby Sam. When I became a mom! I still can’t believe it. Watching her grow and form into her sweet, silly and sassy self makes me tear. I love being a mommy and I am thankful that I had her (and not another sperm and egg combo haha). She has made my life exponentially better and brighter. Each day is not the same. My patience has been tested and my faith has been refreshed. All that I do is for her and my fore-mothers. I want her to be the best at what her heart desires and I want her to know that I go on each day for her. She makes me realize the woman I am and can be.

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I thank my mama because she did it all, even when she was exhausted from work we always made it to our singing lessons, violin lessons, track meets, tennis meets, whatever was our hot activity of the moment and she was our biggest supporter!

I love you mama and I hope that I am making you proud!

How are you spending your mother’s day?