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HEY SUNBUTTER! He Likes It

HEY SUNBUTTER! He Likes It!

It would be awfully selfish of me if I didn’t share this tidbit of information with Mom Bloggers Club. As much as I would like to be the keeper of this secret, I just can’t. It’s totally worth sharing, and you can thank me later. Unless of course, it was something that everyone else already knew about. Lol! I found something else that my son gave his stamp of approval on, and so, I proudly gave it my Mom Approved stamp of approval as well, after trying it for myself. SunButter came into our lives last week, while setting up for a Moms Group, to try out the product and see what we all had to say. I wasn’t 5 minutes in, before my own son had cracked open the On The Go sized, SunButter Single cups.

It was a hilarious moment, because as I was trying to video the real, raw reactions and thoughts of the moms that attended, my son can be heard, butting in, to say: It’s good! I’m eating it all up! There couldn’t have been a more natural and unrehearsed moment, as he continued to dig into the cup with his saltine cracker. Take One, Final cut- My work was done! He dismisses us, to ask “Can I have another cracker?”

Where do you go from there? Does it get any better? I found a snack, on my hunt for some back to school goodies, and I got one that he took to, off the bat. #Winning I know that moms everywhere can absolutely agree, that this is a monumental moment, when you have a picky eater; one who is hard to please sometimes, who judges food by the smell, the texture, the look, the everything else that frustrates you while you’re saying, “Just Eat The Cake Anna Mae!” All the while, wondering if your child is malnourished, because he won’t eat anything on his plate.

He’s an active 6- year old boy, who’s always running, jumping, flipping, bouncing around off walls, beds, sofas etc. He’s a playful ball of energy who thinks that sleep is the enemy. To get him to sit down is one thing. To get him to sit still is another thing. While getting him to eat, is not impossible, it has been a challenge.

However, on that one-day last week, and every day up until the SunButter On The Go Single cups were all gone, I accomplished a moment of silence. That’s the big secret I had to share. Thank GOODNESS, we had more!

This has made it onto our list of top 5 things to add to your child’s lunch box, while considering that its Back to School time. It also makes a perfect on the go snack for adults! Check out these awesome recipes for incorporating Sun Butter into y…

SunButter Curry Meatballs

Here are a few fun facts: 7g Protein, USA Grown and Made, More Vitamins and Minerals than NutButter, Top 8 Allergen Free, Non GMO.  SunButter Sunflower Butter comes in 5 choices:

Natural -most popular variety – with 7 grams of protein per serving!

Creamy- Creamy, delicious and easy to spread – perfect for snacking

Natural Crunch- Delicious roasted sunflower seed flavor with a crunch you’ll love

No Sugar Added-Simply roasted sunflower seeds and a hint of salt for flavor.

Organic-SunButter Organic is made without added sugar, salt or hydrogenated oil.

SunButter On The Go Creamy Singles -Six convenient 1.5 oz. cups of Creamy SunButter with 9 grams of protein per serving!

Originally posted on Mom Bloggers Club, Here

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5 Ways My Life Has Changed, Since My Son Has Been Living With His Dad: The Pros And The Cons

  1. My schedule is random unless my is visiting on the weekend. When he’s home with me, I provide the stability and the structure as well as discipline that he needs, by following a schedule to keep him on track with bed time, dinner, breakfast, play time, reading etc. It was a schedule that I implemented for him long before he was living with his dad. Now that he’s gone, I sleep in, I eat out, I cook less, and I eat whenever and whatever I want. I take longer naps, make runs to the store at any time throughout the day, no matter how late. I can travel more if I’d like to and not worrying about who would take him to school and pick him up, or even the fact that he would have to miss school. I can take last minute media assignments, make last minute plans, and spare of the moment trips out of town/ in town or even out of the country. Overall, I have free time to pursue many endeavors.
  2. Anxiety: For a while, I had my anxiety under control. I did not experience anxiety on this level at all, prior to having a child. It was not until my child was taken from me, over an accusation, proven to be false; which left me in such a helpless and anxious place. It was because I could not help my child. I could not do anything to give him what he asked for, which was to stay with me. That is when I began to experience anxiety again. The decision on who he would live with, did not rest in my authority. It was not in my hands and no one asked my son where he wanted to be. The reason the anxiety heightened and escalated to the place where I am today, is because over the last 4-years, I became aware of things that were taking place, when my son was not in my care and after hearing so many things, it caused my anxieties to soar through the roof. While most of this, is a thing of the past, it was traumatic for me, and I still live with it, constantly finding ways to cope; reposing in the assurance that everything happens for a reason, and I have seen some of the advantages and blessings come out of it all.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Teresa

  1. Parks will never be the same: One of my son and I favorite pastime was to go to the park. We discovered just about every park there was, in the city. We settled on two, to call own, which were closest to the house. I spent many flex-days there with him and while he would play, I caught a spot under the tree. Today, it’s hard to drive by those parks. It’s hard to sit in those parks, work out, run around or walk around those trails. It’s a real challenge to be there, if other children are there. I have been in a place, where I couldn’t watch the other kids play, without breaking down. Though I am getting better with regards to seeing other children, I have yet to overcome the anxieties of going to those parks without my Bambino. When I do have him, we still make the most of our time. I found another park to create memories at, until the time comes…
  2. Insomnia: In other words, I cannot sleep at night…. Literally. (due to the anxiety) At times, I have been up 48 hours straight. That had a lot to do with the anxieties as well. Constantly worrying about where my kid was, who he was with and if he was OK. I had been fed some things by the Amicus on our case, in which she thought to be disturbing. Naturally, it disturbed me at that point as well. For 4 years of constantly hearing more and more, I was finding that my nights were getting longer and longer. Time passed like molasses. I would lay down with every intention of sleeping, but couldn’t make it happen. Still, to this very day, I have nightmares, terrible dreams that wake me from my sleep, where I fall to the floor and pray that my child is OK. He may be doing terrific! And that’s what I hope, but until I can get over the thought of anything happening to him, I will be woke.
  1. I have more Me Time: Me time has showed to be my best friend. It’s A time to get back to me, and focus on improvement. There’s always room for improvement, right? And since I do have severe anxiety and insomnia, it gives me the opportunity to work on getting myself back to a place, where I am rested, refreshed and refined. It allows me the time I need to “talk” about why I can sleep, why I have so much anxiety, why I stopped traveling as much, why I don’t leave the house as much, why I can’t sit in the park and watch other children play, or why I cannot do anything about what has transpired, but that I can find ways to cope with it. Me Time, gives me the space and time I need to do my make up again, do my hair again, celebrate myself again, in all that I do. Me Time helps me get back to the business of this empire and to pamper myself, heart, mind, body and soul. Me Time has encouraged me to get out of the house and to get active in the world again.

Article Originally posted Here, On Working Mother

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5 Things That Every Super Single Mom Can Appreciate!

When it comes to showing a Super Single Mom, that you care about them, there are so many ways to do it. Vacations out of the country, expensive gifts, which include jewelry, such as: Promise Rings, and the Tiffany Diamond Pendent that she has been looking at, are nice, but are sometimes not affordable at the time and other times, the timing is just all bad.

When thinking about what to give that Super Single Mom, who happens to be a co-worker, your best friend, your relative, or your business partner, the gifts may also vary. You don’t always need to break the bank, to make grand gestures. When they are heart-felt and much needed, they are also appreciated! Here are some universal, fool-proof things, that every Super Single Mom can appreciate.

FROM A MAN:

romantic tripA Romantic Day Trip: (If you’re romantically involved) In which, she may stop calling herself “Single.” As stated, a full-blown vacation may not be possible or even feasible at the time, with regards to work schedules and raising kids. They take time off and proper planning, whereas a day trip is well within reach.

Pick her head on things she would like to do and local places she would like to visit, such as: The Botanical Gardens, The Arts Museum, etc. Plan a picnic, a walk in the park, or a boat ride to follow. For the day, make her feel like she is out of town, and away from the madness, even though it is just 10-30 miles away.

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A little handwritten note: Notes are perhaps the most sentimental thing you can do for a woman. Here are some ideas. Just tell her something that she has not heard in a while. Remind her of how you feel about her. Let her know how much she means to you. Be willing to be vulnerable. “You’re beautiful” “You are appreciated” “You look great today, as usual” “You are a great mother”

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Breakfast in Bed: Nothing says, “Good-Morning” like breakfast in bed. Waking up to a home-cooked breakfast, is in the mind of every super single mom. If you are dating, to the point that you are occupying spaces together, the kids are getting along, and they spend an inordinate amount of time together, as the two of you pan out blending the families, whereas things are getting serious; this will earn you major cool points.

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A Surprise Lunch/Brunch or Dinner: Surprise her with a date to one of her favorite restaurants. It shows that you’re interested/still interested in dating her, in that you even remember what her favorite restaurant is. Take care of the arrangements beforehand, so that she doesn’t have to think.

Women who have been working, thinking and making all the decisions at work and at home, all day, just want someone to finally say: “I made reservations for lunch, at The Walnut Cafe. I am picking you up at 1:00 P.M.” Or, “We have dinner reservations. I will meet you at the house, and we can go from there. I have made arrangements for a sitter. The kids will have dinner ready when they get home from school.”

bath and massage

A Massage: Schedule a massage or DIY. But do it good. If massaging is your thing, why not save on the masseuse, crack those knuckles and put those palms into action. Use some lavender, peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil, after she has taken a long, hot bath. She has been running around with the kid(s) all day, and she just wants to come home and relax. You can help her achieve this, by addressing those pressure/stress points in her neck, back and shoulders.

FROM FRIENDS ETC.

spa dayA gift card to the spa: A trip to the Spa, one evening on her way from work, is the best. If it’s coming from the company, it’s all around winning situation for the employee and the employer, when the employer gives her the 2-hour early dismissal from work, so that she can make this possible. If she cannot do it during the week, she will at least have the GC, so that when she carves out enough time or when an impromptu situation arises, where she can break away to use it, she will appreciate it.

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A gift card for family night out: Show your friend and Super Single Mom that you have thought about the fact that she does all the picking up and dropping off the children, at school, after school practice, sporting events and gets them ready for school and prepared for bed. Allow her a free night from the kitchen and give her a GC that will take care of dinner for her and the kids for a night.

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A coupon for a cleaning service: You should have thought of this one before. How many times have you heard a Super Single Mom talk about all the cleaning that she must do when she gets home? How many times have you heard her complain about having to run behind the kids and clean up mess? Take care of one of those times, by giving her the gift of a cleaning service for the day.

bottles of wine

A bottle of Wine: I realize I could just be speaking for a small group of people, as I recognize those who may not drink wine. However, for those who do, and you know who they are (as I raise my hand, really-high) they will appreciate it, more than you know. Contrary to widespread belief, mommies do like wine. Wink-Wink. Working Mothers do like wine and when they have a moment to do so, they do sip. Guilty as charged.

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Wash and Detail her car: That’s right! She doesn’t have time to do this. It needs to be done. She will appreciate it. There are French-Fries every-where, that match the little hand prints all over the windows.

Well, there you have it! Find one thing from the list above, and show a Super Single Mom, that she is appreciated.

Article Originally Published on Working Mother

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6 Things A Writer Is More Than Likely To Have With Them At All Times

Note Pad / Journal and Pen: As a writer, I can attest to the fact that sometimes thoughts will hit you while standing in the crowded line at the neighborhood grocery store, while purchasing Broccoli for the evening, to cook along with fried corn and steak. Your inspiration can come from anything as small as seeing a toddler crying in the store, a customer dispute with the store manager, to the smell and aroma that’s chasing you down from the deli, all the way to the car that almost hit you, as you were leaving the store. People always ask me, where does my inspiration and ideas come from.

It’s really this simple: I am already inspired to write, I remain in a constant state of being inspired to write, because I love the art of expression. The only way that I know how to do that, is through writing. My ideas come from anywhere and from anything. Every day, there’s a story to be written. I keep my note pad ready for those moments. I jot down ideas as they come and even if they don’t make the final cut, I don’t throw them away. I save them, and often find myself back on that page, building from that thought when and if have a momentary block. I have been known to pull off the road, just to write an idea down or to complete notes and bullet points I want to cover once I begin to write about it.

Camera: They say pictures are worth a thousand words. I think they meant to say, photos can be worth a million bucks. Because sometimes that “money shot” is real! Aside from being in the right place at the right time and having the once or twice in a lifetime opportunity to be the author behind that money shot, having a camera allows you to capture moments that you will never be able to reproduce. That may be your child swinging on the swing, taking a leap into mid-air and landing on his feet. It could be your child taking on the monkey bars, backwards or making rocks jump across the lake. It could be spare of the moment, candid photos that will last a lifetime, in which you can share with readers, who are then able to see the event that you attended, as something worth attending for themselves next year.

It may be at an outing, where you’re having the time of your life and you want to share it the next day, but words could never describe the fabulous time that you had, whereas a photo, nails it. Candid photos also make great talking points and writing prompts. You can present a photo and ask readers to give you their rendition or version of events of what transpired that evening. In this, comes inspiration, because everyone’s answer may be different, and it may spark an entirely different article or blog post for you. Plus, it increases engagement.

A Snack: Because we all like a little protein snack while we are on the go. Truth is, while we are fed very well at events, sometimes we find ourselves talking the entire time and forget to eat. Between events, especially when you get to the point that you schedule yourself for 2-3 different appearances or editorial assignment, which are happening back to back, you don’t have time to stop for food. The lines are too long at the drive thru’, the traffic is too thick to get off the freeway and chance being late or even a no show, so you need to have something in your purse that will carry you from point A to point B.

Plus, it’s an excellent idea anyway to have an extra pick me up to rejuvenate yourself, refresh and hit the reset button before arriving at the next event. As a writer, you may end up at the park a little longer than planned because you found something inspiring to write about, after meeting a mommy of 6, who’s recently widowed or divorced, who just made a move to the city. And because you don’t want to interrupt that stream of thought, behind your belly rumbling, you will tank yourself that you had something right there to snack on. People always ask about writer’s block, and while I have only experienced it once or twice in the last 10 years, I can say that the reason I don’t deal with it now is because I never stop writing. My thoughts lead me. If something says write, right now, I don’t put it off.

Calendar/ Planner: Keeping a calendar and planner keeps you on point. It prevents you from double booking yourself at an event, or for any programs, tours, conferences or workshops that you have a desire to attend and take part in. If you have reached out to tourism bureaus and PR companies about events, it’s an innovative idea to write it down immediately, upon approval to attend, so that; Number 1. You don’t forget, and number 2. You don’t end up somewhere else, when you should have been at the event you obligated yourself to. A calendar and planner keeps you organized and if writing/ blogging is what you want to do, organization is a must when it comes to attending events or taking on press trips and Editorial assignments.

Plus, it puts things into perspective to where you’re able to see deadlines, to make good on your promise to companies to provide them with reviews and or ratings of their product and or services. It helps you plan accordingly, not to take on too much. You do not want to tarnish your rep, by forgetting or not delivering in a timely or promise, because the competition is thick. There are other writers out there waiting in the wing for an opportunity like that. Don’t mess it up, by not having logged it from the jump. Forgetting does not send the message that you take their brand serious or that you’re responsible enough to handle an assignment.

Cell Phone /Recorder: This is because sometimes it is not as convenient to pull off the road and jot things down. You may also be in a position where it’s better to record your own thoughts and ideas, versus writing them down for later review and consideration of a topic to write about. You can use a recorder as a sounding board Listening to yourself helps to break even with what deserves a title and what goes on the back-burner for a later date.

As a writer, there’s also many opportunities that may arise where you have either planned to interview someone or the impromptu opportunity arises, and you always want to be prepared! Cell phones also offer the option of easy posting. If you have something that is worth sharing in the moment, whether it’s in conclusive with an all-out article / post or the picture that’s worth a thousand words to let your audience to #StayTuned, A cell phone with wi-fi capabilities will help you achieve this.

Tablet/Laptop: There comes a time when you spend countless hours at your local coffee shop or lounge, conveniently located at the entrance of your subdivision; where all the notes that you’ve kept on your recorder or the notes that you’ve jotted down all week, in your journal will need to be transferred or transcribed into a post.

Everything you have done all week to accumulate thoughts and ideas, will not be front and center, ready for a place on your writing list. Is it a book, a chapter a book, an outline, a post, a blog, an article, a thought that will inspire an outline for a story? Whatever it is, you now are face to face with your tablet or laptop and it’s time to get to writing. What are you waiting for?

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Why The Pillow Of Health Will Help You Win Father’s Day And How I Have Determined That It’s The Best

Now that Mother’s Day is out of the way, it’s time to start thinking of Dad. Father’s Day is just around the bend, and it would be wise to start making a list to determine the most suitable gift for the man or men in your life; as well as to show appreciation and thanks for them being the man that you love, and/or look up to in life. In making this determination, I made a 3-bullet point check list, which includes dad, significant other and friends who are fathers; to ensure that I address their needs and wants: Benefits, Price, Give Back Initiative.

As a Single-Mom, I have to be mindful of my buying decisions. I have come to enjoy picking out and purchasing the ‘right gift’ for people, based on the economic and financial sense, that if you are going to spend money, that you should also make it count. As I have grown older, I have concluded that people love to be on the receiving end of something that required sentimental thought. Addressing that, has now become my objective around buying decisions. In doing so, I jotted down some questions for the person who remains on the top of my list in the Father category. This would be my dad.

  1. What exactly does dad want or need? I have found those answers by asking: What does he seem to enjoy or appreciate? What makes him smile? What brings him joy? When is he at his best? What does he complain about most? Since your father’s needs may vary quite a bit from the want and need of your significant other, the answers to the above questions may be different, and should be considered.
 

The objective should then be: Because I love you so much, I want to assist you in achieving something that brings you the greatest joy. I want to give you something that you can use that will mean the world to you. I want to have a part in your happiness. As for my dad, health, sleep, rest and relaxation would cut it, because it tackles his needs and wants. He is at his best when he is well rested. He complains about his neck, his back, and his head quite often and he loves it when he wakes refreshed and refined after a good night of sleep. He seems to be at his best at that point.

PILLOW OF HEALTH

PILLOW of HEALTH was developed by a leading manufacturer of medical equipment.

 

Among some of the other things that my dad may be receiving this Father’s Day, I could not think of a more perfect gift for him, other than the Pillow of Health; whose claim to fame is that they are born out of love. It is a product that is manufactured in the USA, with over 20-years experience in hospital pressure relief products. It has been tested and endorsed by professionals: Neurologist, Sleep Doctors who specialize in sleep science & Chiropractor recommended. Most importantly to me, it’s a product that gives back: PILLOW of HEALTH Kids Pillow™ For everyone sold, they give one to a child with cancer! So, what about this Pillow of Health? For starters:

  • It’s the most luxurious, customizable, therapeutic pillow! The PILLOW of HEALTH is the perfect combination of materials in an adjustable pillow, allowing you to experience the feel of a pillow that will adjust to your needs each night, providing you with the most incredible quality of sleep you have ever experienced*.

PILLOW of HEALTH is designed to provide the most restful and comfortable sleep of your life. It’s adjustable design and high quality materials make it one of the most luxurious pillows available today. Quality sleep can also benefit your immune system, heart, weight and mind.

The foam in Pillow of Health® products has earned the CertiPUR-US® seal from the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, Inc. (AFPF). The company earned the designation for its foam by using only flexible polyurethane foam that has been approved by an independent laboratory where it was analyzed, tested and certified to meet specific criteria for physical performance, indoor emissions and environmental stewardship.

Pillow of Health® is an innovative, premium quality adjustable pillow that has a zipper opening on the side to allow users to add or remove the medical grade filling to achieve the desired level of comfort and support. Pillow of Health® is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant and machine washable and dryable. (www.pillowofhealth.com)

PILLOW OF HEALTH

PILLOW of HEALTH is proudly MADE IN AMERICA. It is designed to withstand regular machine washing and drying without losing shape or softness

The below BENEFITS are what makes this my personal choice, in achieving a Father’s Day Win-Win.

PILLOW of HEALTH is One-of-a-Kind – Offering combined benefits not provided by any other pillow!

PILLOW of HEALTH was developed by a leading manufacturer of medical equipment. This pillow is far superior to any other pillow on the market today. It is not only comfortable, cool and durable but also certified to contain the healthiest fill components available.

Adjustable Firmness for Your Unique Comfort Level

PILLOW of HEALTH is CUSTOMIZABLE; you can add or remove filling to fit your desired firmness level through our proprietary zipper opening to create the perfect level of comfort for your body. You’re in control.

Healthiest Pillow with Certified Medical Grade Foam

The pillow is constructed with a SCIENTIFICALLY ENGINEERED MEDICAL GRADE FILL specifically designed for pressure relief to provide optimal comfort and support. PILLOW of HEALTH is CertiPUR-US® certified and is ANTIMICROBIAL, HYPOALLERGENIC and DUST MITE RESISTANT so you can breathe easy. Moisture Wicking Cover Keeps You Cool and Dry

The outer layer is constructed from the most TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED MOISTURE WICKING FABRIC available to keep you cool and dry. Fabric is 40X MORE BREATHABLE than any other fabric providing a cooler and more comfortable temperature all night long, resulting in a better night’s rest. Luxurious, Durable and Washer/Dryer Safe

PILLOW of HEALTH is proudly MADE IN AMERICA. It is designed to withstand regular machine washing and drying without losing shape or softness. Premium-Quality Materials

PILLOW of HEALTH is made with only the SUPERIOR PROPRIETERY MATERIALS, guaranteed to last, ensuring the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had is the sleep you get to enjoy every night with PILLOW of HEALTH.

30 Day Sleep Trial Guarantee

Limited Lifetime Warranty

I do believe that I will once again nail Father’s Day with this perfect, hand selected and thought inspired gift; which my father will love and appreciate. So, to my sisters, I will say….. I WIN AGAIN!

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What Makes This Mother’s Day As Special As It Was The Last Six Years

What Makes This Mother’s Day As Special As It Was The Last Six Years

Throwback Thursday, I am in my closet, rummaging through some things and I found a Mother’s Day card that my son made for me last year. I had it hung up on our bedroom wall, until a few weeks ago when I decided to move out of our home. I came to it, while searching through a bag for something else, altogether. I stopped to reflect on the hand print that was within one of the cards, that he documented with finger paint. There was another one where he wrote, “I LOVE YOU” But, Love was in sign-language. On the inside, a special note: Happy Mother’s Day.

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I paused, yielding to a few tears of joy… lending my heart to some more than welcomed memories and thoughts that flickered through my mind, followed by revelations, of how I blessed I am to have someone call me MOM. It is such a wonderfully incredible and indescribable feeling all at once. What an Awe-Amazing place to be at 4 months before I turn 40! I am Mother. I am still Mother. And why in the world am I crying right now? LOL…. Those emotions are something that comes with being a mom. In fact, my best friend witnessed me cry once and I was 34 years old then… He starred at me, without saying a word. Then he finally said, I am trying to figure out what to say, because I have never seen you cry. LOL…. Anyway, in this most precious and beautiful moment of seeing these cards, feelings of joy rush in.

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So, when people ask the question, what do I want for Mother’s Day, I am still stuck in such a place, where my answer is, I already got it. My child. What do you give a woman who has everything she wants and everything she needs, loves and desires, whereas the answer is simply, love, love, love and love? I get it, and I understand that the entire world does not revolve around the happiness and joy that my son brings to me and that some people might argue that it could be unhealthy …. Please understand that I am truly just speaking about the overflowing love I have for my son and the gratefulness that I show to my creator for making it possible. I realize that a woman can find love and joy in many other things…but hey, for the record… I got that covered too – and everything is all good. But I am talking about the bean-misters right now. I don’t praise him, I just love him.

The last 3.5 years have been extremely bumpy…where my child was concerned, as his father and I, were in and out of court of some of the pettiest things you could ever think a pompous narcissistic and controlling father could do to the mother of his child. A 4-year cycle of erroneous motion after erroneous motion, which his father filed, almost made me throw in the towel.  However, when I look back on the fight that I put up, to save my son, I have no regrets. When I look back and see that I truly still came out on top- I am even more thankful that I could have had that kind of love in my heart to go as far as I did for my child. To look at him, is to see a reflection of me… and to know that it was all in the name of love, love, love love, and so, it was all worth it. Love is a language that stretches across barriers, breaking levies, steering through mountains, trudging through treacherous paths and untrodden territory; by which is only understood by people who have experienced motherhood… and people who have experiences true love, and for those who know what unconditional love is.

I was made for this. It only strengthened me and encouraged me, to be strong and to be here for my son. The struggle…It helped me survive. The sleepless nights…they are still here, and from what I hear, they will always be here, so long as I am a loving mother. With that, I rest in knowing that it’s only because I care so much and because I love him so much, that I want to make sure that he is ok, wherever he is and with every breath he takes.

I am happy today. I am happy knowing that I survived some of the worst times of my life. I survived some of the most devastating and heart breaking news, but I am still a Mother and I still have my child and that is the best Mother’s Day gift I could possibly ask for. When someone loves my child, and someone cares for my child and shows a vested interest in his well-being, that is the best gift I could receive as a mother. When someone ask, how my child is doing, and they call him by name or have been around long enough to know the nicknames I have given him (Prince Cornelius, Bambino, Bam-Bam) it makes me feel good all over again. When my friends ask, how’s Lil’ C doing, how’s Big C doing… my heart melts.

It is a pleasure and an honor to have been commissioned with the task of being a Mother. It is a Pleasure and an honor to have been assigned to this little boy. I could not imagine life without him. Even when I think about how much easier it would be, I reflect on the wonderful times we have shared over the years…I think of all the times that he has made me laugh, all the times he made me think outside the box, overcome some of my own fears as well as the times that he made me realize how much he needed me to survive….and nothing, not even peace, could replace that. I live for the chaos that the four- foot tornado brings. And though I cry a lot behind some of the things he does, this is my first stab at this parenting thing, so I can only imagine what he’s going through, taking his first stab at this co-parenting thing…So I have loosened the reigns a little. But what he doesn’t know is, my grip isn’t on the reign anyway. It’s on GOD, and GOD’s promises, to protect him, guide him and keep him safe. I am so fortunate. I am so thankful. And I am so blessed, to be celebrating my 7th Mother’s Day, as the mother to Deon Cornelius Kenny, AKA, Prince Cornelius …. Bam-Bam …My Bambino!

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Momma’s Getting A Brand New Bag For Mother’s Day, and A Chipolo, To Help Her Keep Up With It

Chipolo

Chipolo

Chipolo Mother’s Day Collection

Bluetooth Tracker that mom will love. Available until May 16, 2016.

Someone had my mom and I in mind, when they thought of this “Find your stuff for DUMMIES” Chipolo. O.K., maybe too strong of a word to use, but I am sure you would agree that when you have misplaced your keys in the past, or you simply don’t know if someone moved it, you have called yourself a big dummy when you found it several minutes or even hours later. “Dang, I looked there! It wasn’t there” UmmHummm, sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

If only I had this two months ago, as I packed away items to give to the Salvation Army, in preparation of moving out and relocating. I lost my keys in the process. I thought for sure that I packed them in the SA bag, by mistake. I spent 5 days in the house, without access to everything I needed, while waiting on a new set which was sent overnight- however, did not arrive until 5 days later. Once I got the new set, I found my keys in a suitcase that had been sitting next to the bed the entire time.

Hey, it happens to the best of us! Especially Moms. Mommy Brain is something very real. I have totally experienced it in the last 6 years. Sometimes you simply can’t remember all the stuff that you forgot, because you are sharing your brain with toddlers, preschoolers, kinder-gardeners, or even your husband (don’t tell him dad said that). And in the case of keys and cell phone, the idea of it getting up to walk away by itself is not possible, so you are stuck with your memory lapse until it comes back to you.

Chipolo

MOM BRAIN

When “Mom Brain” has you stuck

How about we reduce that time, by using something that will help us reunite with our lost or misplaced and beloved items, that are usually right under our nose, most of the time. Chipolo offers a unique solution that fuses with the time we live in. A Bluetooth and Wi-Fi world. Now you can be tech-savvy, up to date and fashionably discreet, with this small accessory. Chipolo Plus is the world’s loudest Bluetooth tracker that helps you find them in seconds. Chipolo doubles as a remote shutter for your phone’s camera – so moms can capture their family’s best moments without needing a selfie stick.

So, when was the last time that you sat your Key chain down, which has every key from your house, your car, your safety deposit box or even your storage and file cabinet key attached by a ring? When you lost it the first time, did you really think that it wouldn’t happen again? Of course, you did.

It’s a part of my mother’s weekly routine to misplace her cell phone within the confines of her bedroom. She can also open her car and start it without putting a key into the ignition, so long as the keys are within range. The only problem with this convenience is, it forces her to sit them anywhere near the car, but when it’s time to get out and lock it- she can’t find the keys. We’ve found them under the seat before, in the glove compartment and even in the trunk on one occasion. But in all instances, it was after several minutes of wasted time.

Chipolo

Finding Keys Made Simple

Find your keys and phone much faster

This is how it works: When you’re looking for your lost item that Chipolo is attached to, it will make noise when you signal within the app on your phone that it’s lost and will ring until you find it or mark it as lost.

Attach a Chipolo to your keys, wallet, luggage, or anything else that’s important to you. When your Chipolo tracking, device is up to 200-feet from you, you can enable the device to play a 100db melody until you find it.

If your misplaced items are out of Bluetooth range, you can check the Last Known Location feature on the app for a map that shows you where it was last seen.

If you mark your Chipolo as lost and are out of the 200-foot range, Chipolo Community enables every phone with the app to help you search for the lost item. Select Notify When Found in the app and you will get an alert when your lost item is found. As soon as someone in the community comes within range of your item, you will receive an email with its new location.

If you’ve misplaced your phone, double press your Chipolo to make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent.

Flowers and candy are nice, but not after they both get old and stale. A gift that never gets old, is one that will always be appreciated.

Timeless gifts are what’s in! Therefore, Chipolo has earned its spot on my MOM – APPROVED, Mother’s Day Gift-Guide for 2017. My mother will thoroughly enjoy the fact that she can rest well, knowing that she has a personal assistant, Mother’s Day Edition Chipolo; which will aid her in locating her things, such as, cell phone, laptop, and other necessities… when she misplaces or loses them in the house, garage, backyard, office, or car again. This special edition item is available until May 16, 2017

Benefits that your mom will love: Water resistant Up to IP5 standards. 12 months battery life. Works on Android and Apple Devices. Easy to use App. You can use up to 9 Chipolos on one device.