What has happened to communication…it is not getting better

  What has happened to communication these days…..we go from this

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Landlines at home and you have a answering machine…to beepers to cell phones on the go that have to stay charged and near you at all times… 

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 Simplified word and game processing to worrying about viruses on your operating system from the internet…..

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   Listening to the same great song over and over every time you start the car….to cleaning a shiny piece of plastic that gets scratched when you play the same song over and over…

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Parent teacher conferences in person to email me and I will get back to you…….

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 Listening to a radio program to watching the first color program to breaking the bank on buying expensive screens to watch TV as a luxury…..

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  Big Speaker radios to dance in the club or your house with records playing on the record player to I don’t want to be bothered with your music, so I am putting my headphones on….

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Family dinners at 6pm every night where the family talks about their day to people eating alone with their cell phone in hand and distancing themselves from everyone….

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to having sex without dating what happened to courting someone and getting to know them…really?

    I am talking about communication because I am an old-school soul.  I loved living the simple life where kids played outside with their imagination until the street light came on.  Now it seems, since technology has taken over every kid growing up now has to have a phone, big television or the latest gaming system to preoccupy their mind from being creative with their time.  There are way too many conveniences and it causes alot of anxiety and depression not only for those who are baby-boomers but the teens who are pressured by what they see on you-tube and television programs these days that provide a false sense of reality for them.  Being rich doesn’t come from living in Beverly Hills, you have to work for it, having designer clothes are not supposed to make you feel more important than everyone else..you are paying for the name on a plain shirt. Teens and most adults don’t realize these things because of the songs that get sang and the shows that create a false message about how the world really works.  People since technology, have decided to communicate through towers instead of face to face.  Families are not the same anymore with dinners and conversation, teens are eating in their rooms or worse skipping meals.  Communication is a must-have in any relationship from parent to child, husband to wife, sister to brother and friend to friend…we have to get back to the old days when we all knew each other better by sitting our techs down and speaking from the heart.  

This clip is from my favorite Christmas movie…when times were simpler.

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Flat Stanley….visits Florida 2019

  Hey everyone, so for the last couple of weeks, I have been working on a project called Stanley.  Stanley was introduced to me by my niece who is 7 years old.  Her class was given the assignment to send one of their family members in another state Stanley to visit them and participate in activities.  Meet Flat Stanley….
  Yes, he is Flat! Some of you may remember the story of Flat Stanley and how he became flat.  He has done so many adventures in his series of books. Check out his books at Flat Stanley Books.
  I decided for this project to make his adventure into a PowerPoint Presentation…which was such a great way to put everything together.  Below Flat Stanley can tell you about his trip to Florida!!

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  I decided to let my niece talk to Stanley after 2 days to make sure he was okay…he loved seeing her from Ohio.

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   So that’s the story of Flat Stanley in Florida!! We enjoyed him and had so much fun…until next time on Flat Stanley’s adventures….check him out by clicking link at Flat Stanley Books

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Mothers….the reason for our existence

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From pregnancy…to birth….to boo boos, to first day of school🎒, to first date💑, to graduation🎓, to weddings💃 and Grand kids👶👧…we are so extraordinary for our strength day-to-day. So In honor of Mother’s Day I ask my mothers……
“What is the one thing you treasure most about being a mother?”
      “The one thing I treasure most about being a mother…..
   I love when I can be a part of every aspect of my teens life. Every emotion from happiness about making the team, to sad when they get a bad grade after studying hard, being heartbroken over a crush and being super excited when they get accepted at the college they wanted to go!! When I have seen my children from birth experience life and I can be there to either celebrate their accomplishments or comfort them in their disappointments. As a proud mom…I love it!!”😍
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Mom of 3(2 boys and 1 girl), Entrepreneur and Blogger. 
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Mom of  2 boys, Entrepreneur and Health/Wellness Coach
 “Tough question! I would have to say the fact that I get to help shape two people who WILL be such a positive force in this world – and to truly understand what unconditional love is – motherhood is it ALL!”
Marquita Myrickmarquita
Mom of 2, Entrepreneur, Mindset Coach and Professional Coach
 “Just one? lol I treasure the teaching moments I have with my kids because I know that all I invest into them now will show up differently and refined to them when they’re older. I like knowing I’m a huge part of their foundation.” 😊  
Jennifer Kenneljennifer k.
Mom of 3 girls,  Owner of Confident Beauty by Jenn and Online Boutique Boss
  “Hmmm… Gosh, this is a hard question! I think one thing that I have come to treasure about being a mom is the relationship change. Like, I treasure all the memories of when my children were little. And, I miss those early years. Even my youngest, is 14 now and so I am not needed the way I once was.. I don’t get many of those, I want to cuddle mom, she’s the best, coolest person ever moments.. But, since my oldest has moved out and started living her life on her own, there is more understanding, more respect and appreciation. Not to mention, she comes to me as one of her best friends, not because she has to, because I am her mom.. But, because she wants to.. She loves me, she trusts me, we are real friends and even though I am not needed the way I once was.. I am still needed and seeked out, on a different level now.. <3″
Laura Luly Bortos56436490_10218780624168361_4128594840071962624_n
Mom of 2 boys, Entrepreneur and Holistic health enthusiasts
 “That I get to teach and guide my children every day and watch them grow.
Chris Tina50524840_10217666600077882_5511358676255899648_o
Mom 1 daughter, Entrepreneur and Holistic lifestyle advocate
  “Wow, there is so much. I love the unconditional love, the ability to grow every day and be a better person than I was the day before, getting a chance to being a part of my kids journey,...💕💕💕”
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Mom of 2(1 daughter, 1 son) Life and business coach & Int. Speaker
  ” Being able to be a kid again!! As a mom of a boy I treasure seeing him grow into a loving romantic gentlemen not afraid of his feelings and always seeing the little boy he will never grow out of. As a mom of girl I treasure playing dress up showing her how to do her make-up running and playing outside doing Cartwheels and Flips, and practicing her cheer routine.
Being a mom is the most wonderful person to be!”
Erica Nicole48411805_10217750444169948_3847503816257699840_o
Mom of 2 (1 boy and 1 girl) Moderator for Liberated Ladies
  “Hearing my kids laugh and have fun.”
Mea Rivers55869319_10215988168194300_5480793468479471616_o
Mom of 1 daughter, Owner and Manager Of Care Circle LLC
  “Knowing that Genesis loves me no matter what, my flaws and all.
Being able to raise an African-American woman to be anything that she wants to be, although challenging but she has the opportunity.
Looking into her eyes and know that God chose me to bring this angel of love into the world to make this world a better place just by having her here…
Oh you did say one thing” 😂
Gabrielle Clark56962007_335649737091543_9012966068674625536_o
Mom to 1 daughter, Entrepreneur and Jewelry Queen
  “EVERYTHING. I love my daughter so much.”
Deborah Johnston Craig52692450_10157074951927899_7822436537638846464_o
Mom of 2 (girl and boy) and School Teacher
  “That whatever my kids may be feeling, whether good or bad, they come running to me. I’m their safe place.”
Erica Thompson41141711_10212441973034900_2458191516451995648_n
Mom of 2(1 boy and a girl) and Owner of Latte Creations
“Hmmmm my two little ones showing me how much they love me.”
Nicole Obeshinenicole 2
Mom of 1 son, Certified Healer of Postpartum and Blogger
 “All the wisdom and knowledge that Dylan teaches me. He is in the moment, free from judgement, and honors who he is and how he feels.”
Margo Wooten34639_135858823107403_4699330_n
Mom and Grandma
  “Treasure ? My time alone to go to pee in peace when my husband is home from work.”
Valerie Padilla31957252_10213045322060135_1592534535751335936_o
Mom of 1 son, Entrepreneur and Empowerment Advocate
“I live the ability to be a role model for him. I love teaching him to be protective, influential for others and how to be great being himself. I love it when he calls me mom, I love cooking for him and I just love everything about being his mom.”

I want to thank all these ladies for answering this question for me…you all are truly amazing!! If you would like find out more about these mom check them out on Facebook and Instagram

 

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 Thank you to all Mother’s on this day…you are truly appreciated!! Happy Mother’s Day!!
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Driving with safety first…2 down 1 to go!!

  When your teens reach that age where it is time to let them mingle with the rest of the world, it can be a little scary for most parents😮….but for me…Nope.

   I couldn’t wait to get my teens out there experiencing the world but they have to be comfortable doing it on their own first then you push them out the nest…so on that note, I will tell you what I am most proud of right now…My teens are driving!!

   First came my oldest son 👨‍💼Brian Jr. who is almost 21 years old-he got his license at 16 years old. Second my daughter 👸Briana who has her permit at 15 years old and will be getting her license in December and my youngest son 👦Devon who is almost 19 years old is in the process of getting his permit. He was delayed in getting his license because of the Special Education program which doesn’t allow for him to take drivers Ed. online …which I thought was ridiculous. 

   Two years ago, when Jr. started driving I came up with a way to ensure that my teens practiced safety everytime they got in the car. Of course, it is pure coincidence that our name is Smith and it helps them remember this before they pull out the driveway…

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 S.M.I.T.H is our way of making sure that our teens know what is important to check when driving a car every time. 

  Along with the S.M.I.T.H, we make sure to teach our teens about distractions behind the wheel, like the radio, eating food, friends and most importantly texting or looking at your phone while driving…anything could jump out of nowhere and cause many casualties.  

Year one rule: No radio use during driving. Always tell us where you are going and text when you get there.  When you are leaving text us to let us know when you are coming back. 

   Teach your teens about the responsibility that comes with the keep of the car such as gas, insurance, registrations, keeping license current and most importantly what to do if they are involved in an accident.

  I know this is alot but teens have to realize they need to get a job and take the next step in being responsible for being an adult. 

 

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Family meeting…..letting the cub be a bear

Previously on the Smith Family meetings…..
   Last three months, the Smith Family has been implementing a new chore system consisting of random selection of numbers and choosing the Employee of the month.  In the month of February, we had me as the winner, then Brian jr. and Devon for March…now the question is who was deserving of the Employee of the Month for April!

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   Since Jr and Devon were exempt from chores last month, they voted and the winner was…….
  Congratulate Briana!!🎉( She showed great care when it came to her dog Sage and was able to balance schoolwork and after-school sports at the same time. 

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  Now that is not the end of this story….In doing this monthly meetings, we did start off with Zoom and while it was fun to do this…every felt that it wasnt effective to do our meetings this way. So, I came up with having a round table meeting where we all can look at each other with copies of the meeting agenda in front of us. At first, I was very upset at the fact that the family knew about the meeting time but did not show up when requested so it was late.

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  After we did finally get started, I compiled an agenda on paper for our topics so everyone could follow along.

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   Everyone this month got to look at what chores were on the paper and chose what they wanted. Devon picked #1, Sr. picked #2, Jr. picked #3 and I got what was left which was Sage. Briana being Employee of the Month was exempt so she will be monitoring everyone to see who gets rewarded for May.  Now after we had our meeting…the next day it was brought to my attention by Devon that dishes⛾🍴🍽 were not assigned as a chore. Uh-Oh!!😮
  After thinking about it I decided that the 3 guys should split it up but it took all but 1 day and they were piling dishes like the water had been cut-off..lol. I decided to split Sun-Thurs and I do Friday and Saturdays, that way it gets done👍
   Another topic which was important to cover was shopping for the teens. Me and my husband are getting older and want to make life easier for ourselves. I proposed that the teens start to compile their own lists and the three of them go shopping for their needs instead of relying on us to do it for them. Basically, I have let go but my husband hasn’t…so this had to be forced on the table. The teens will learn how to bargain shop and look at prices and maybe they wont be so quick to pick up as many items when they have a budget. So this month is when they start the program…I know it will work out just fine. 

*Very Important: Have family meetings so that everyone can be on the same page. Especially when your kids are grown-up….it makes a big difference when they go out into the real world🌏

Stay tuned to see who gets Employee of the Month……

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Under Pressure….It isn’t easy being a Rays player

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Tropicana Field located in St. Petersburg, Florida is home to our own Tampa Bay Rays!!

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Our starting lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays: Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Kiermaier, Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Daniel Robertson, Tommy Pham, Guillermo Heredio and Austin Meadows

Pitcher Tyler Glassman was 4-0 until last night when he was pulled from game 22 against Boston Red Sox after pitching his limit.  It was devastating to the Tampa fans that we would pull our best pitcher out after losing 3 consecutive games in a row. This game was lost by 1 point.

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Catchers Mike Zinino and Fernando Perez:

AL East Standings: W/L

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To all my sports fans…Good luck with your teams!!

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Recommended movie for this week……

My friend and I saw this movie last friday and it was opening weekend. This movie grossed 15.5 million$  last weekend taking second over Hellboy which came in third to Shazaam which was 1st. This movie was written by a 14- year old star who is known as the youngest in Hollywood history. Her name is Marsai Martin and her movie is “Little

This movie was hilarious and is a must see!!! It was inspired by the classic “Big” starring Tom Hanks.

If you live in Lakeland Florida, stop by Cobb Theatres for their award-winning Funnel cakes, Smoothies and fresh popcorn with an ice cold drink!!

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Enjoy the Movie!!!🎬📽

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“The cover comes off…No more filters!”

The Cover Comes Off….No More Filters!”
The other day, my daughter was getting ready for her date and she asked me “Do these pants make me look fat..and does my hair look right?” I said, “You look beautiful princess.”

“The question I am asking myself is, “Why am I telling her she is beautiful, when I can’t even be convinced myself I am beautiful on the outside as well as inside…so I decided…No More hair extensions, perms, just natural back to my roots. Lip gloss and baby oil.”

-I have short grey hair….why?….Life and illness
-Stretchmarks on stomach, butt and thighs….why?….3 beautiful angels born who are my whole world
-Boobs sag almost to my stomach…why?….Its Gravity..lol
-I forget things sometimes….why?….Im 41
-I gained 10 lbs this last year….what am I doing about it?……Eating healthier and walking

*So in Essence…I want men and women to know that until you are comfortable with your own skin inside as well as outside, the world will always expect you to look like you came out of a magazine. Inspired by my beautiful princess, Briana. Love you mom❤

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Spotlight for April 2019

Changing your mindset…..with Kate

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*When you focus on the good, the good gets better.✌K.S.

Love, Love, Love this months Spotlight!! She is just so extraordinary with the amount of energy and passion she has for people all over the world. We met last year through social media and it has been such a pleasure to watch her be so successful not only in business but in her own day-to-day life as a mom and wife. She is such an inspiration to me and I wanted to share her with you all…meet my good friend Kate Scully.

The many faces of Kate Scully…..

 

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Me: “What is your name?”                  Kate: “Kate Scully.”
Me: “Where are you from?”

Kate: “From Chicago, spent the last decade abroad in the middle east, and just moved back to Chicago last year!”
Me: “Tell us about your lovely family and what you all like to do for fun?”

Kate: “I have two wonderfully crazy sons, Jameson (5) and Rhys (3), my husband Joe, and our puppy Louie who is a 60lb bernedoodle. We love traveling, going on adventures, the beach, and just hanging out together as a family.”

IMG_20190411_094620Me: “Tell our readers all about your business(s) and what’s in store for 2019?”

Kate: “I am a wellness mentor with a virtual franchise in the health and wellness industry. I absolutely love making new friends, connecting with others around the world, and helping people learn how to live their best lives through changing their mindset and nutrition. Big things to come in 2019 as our company is in a massive expansion phase; and I am partnering with other entrepreneurs globally who have a similar mindset and a passion to help others change their life.”
Me: “What was/is your toughest battle personally or professionally?”

Kate: “Probably the last year of my life, moving across the world with my family, dealing with reverse culture shock after 10 yrs abroad, and starting both a brand new business along with a new full time job as well!”
Me: “Share your most inspired story with us from 2018?”

Kate: “During the summer of 2018, I followed my gut and took a huge leap of faith. I left my teaching job and took on a completely a new role as an instructional coach at a new school – which comes full circle as this school is where I went to elementary school! And at the same time is when I jumped into this new business opportunity to start helping more people beyond my classroom walls. I finally feel truly aligned in my passions and my role as a mentor in both the educational setting and the wellness world.”
Me: “As an optimistic women in all aspects of your life and in helping others, is there anything you can honestly say you tried and failed at and never did again?”

Kate: “Yes and no! Of course I’ve failed! Failure is simply a stepping stone to success and I strongly believe that in order to succeed you need to fail forward, many many times. But honestly I don’t think I’ve ever NOT tried something again after a failure. Besides art. 😂 I took an art class in high school which I failed miserably at. Haven’t tried my hand at art since then!!” 😉


 Me: “What is your biggest pet peeve?”

Kate: “People who are close minded and refuse to listen or have a conversation.”
Me: “What social media links and pages can we find out more about you and your business?”

Kate: “I use my Facebook page to network and connect with others – and would love to meet you through Messenger! Send me a friend request and a message and would love to chat! Also you can follow my Instagram page – my handle is Kates0486.”

 


Me: “Do you have any special offers or discounts in your business you would like to share with us?”

Kate: “Yes!! This week actually we have a double promotion going on. I’m offering free memberships (which give you 25% off all of our products for an entire year – like a Costco membership but guaranteed to get you feeling better than you ever have!) Also this week there is free shipping and an additional $30 off on our starter packs! As always we have our eat for free club which I’m a HUGE fan of – free food ALWAYS tastes better! 😉😉 Please do let me know if you have any questions and looking forward to connecting with you a soon!”

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Interviewer: LaFrieda Smith

Guest: Kate Scully

*I want to thank Kate Scully for being my Spotlight this month. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram for more of her story!

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Letter to my wife…..20 ain’t enough.

   My husband told me the other day that he had a dream and when he woke up he had a 5-line Limeric in his head of our last 20-years of marriage💍…he said “I wrote it down and went write back to sleep..If I hadn’t I’m sure I would’ve forgotten it..lol”. So he read it to me….I 😢

To my wife:
20 years married is alot to serve
with each other we quite deserve
Happy, sad, bored or excited
together as one we stand united
and with this I ask for the next 20 to reserve.

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Love you so much babe❤😘🎸😢

Happy💍 20th Wedding Anniversary…I had such a beautiful second honeymoon with you in Daytona!!🏖👫☺

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