52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 42

My Favorite Tv Shows

1. Inspirational television- I watch Joyce Meyer Monday-Friday to keep me motivated and inspired throughout my week.

2. I enjoy watching for fun House Hunters. Whether I am in a house hunt or not, it is cool to see so many families and couples finding a vacation or their forever home.

3. I a big fan of food and because my son is studying to be a chef, I am so fascinated with new recipes and tasting new things. I watch Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guys Grocery Games along with the show Carnival Eats and Man versus Food.

4. Comedy Shows are always great for pick me ups. Laughter is the best medicine in life so I watch comedian sets on TuBi or comedy central.

5. Last but not least my reality and drama inspired shows. I know most of them are scripted but it awesome entertainment. I am currently watching 90 day fiance. I am anxiously waiting for the fall lineup since football has started at my house. The men love 🏈🏀🏒⚾️football, basketball, hockey and baseball. Dont get me wrong, I dont dislike sports, I watch baseball and hockey and love playing basketball. I never been really big on football for some reason. I take this time and watch Tyler Perrys Sistas and The Oval, along with Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 41

My Biggest Accomplishments

When I think of accomplishments in my life I can remember alot of things that I have done in my life but if I had to break it down to my best things, they are as follows:

I turned 20 and started my journey into motherhood❤❤❤ 3 beautiful children who are now 22, 20 and 17.

Next on my list and I did a challenge on this last year for the 31 days: Click below to read :

My Most Proud Moment

Second on my list-“I Bought a House!!” I worked very hard for 5 years with endless days of no sleep and thinking about nothing but making sure my family was happy and my kids grew up in a great city.

I got a college degree!!📚 I worked my full time job for 5 years and during this I obtained my degree in Business Management in 2015. I went and got a tattoo on my arm the same day I graduated.

Last but not least becoming a successful adult. Not alot of people can say that they have been able to go through life challenges and say that they are able to be a functioning adult and to top it off take care of other human beings.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 40

Ten Things on My Bucket List

I did a challenge last year called the 31 day challenge where I answered 31 questions for 31 days straight and one of them was about my bucket list. Check out the link to read my list:

Top Things on My List

One of the things on my list, I did get to do halfway which was travel to one of destinations I wanted to see which was Puerto Rico. I got to go last year with 8 wonderful women and had a great time!!❤ Check out my fabulous trip to Puerto Rico by clicking link below:

My Trip To Puerto Rico

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Blogging is so much FUN!!!

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of my blog!! 🎉I had so much fun this year, even with everything that has happened in the last 6 months…I have been able to still have my writing be so positive. I wanted to start out by thanking Fashion Potluck for recognizing my writing and creating a free platform for women to write, inspire and promote their work.

In the past year, I traveled, met new people and was able to tell peoples stories.

In October 2019,  I had the opportunity to visit one of the places on my bucket list which was Puerto Rico.  I went with 8 wonderful women who are from a group I talk alot about because of the sisterhood they represent. Click here to read all about my trip:My Trip to Puerto Rico

In October 2019, I also wrote a blog post raising awareness for Breast Cancer and I was able to tell my friends mom story. It was a great honor to do it. Click here to read: The Heart of a Dancer

In May 2020, the group celebrated 2 years with over 4,000  women members and unlike last year, we had a celebration virtually. I wrote a post to commenarate the occasion. Click here to check it out:Queen On

In June 2020, I had the pleasure of being featured in a great blog I follow called Lauras Books and Blogs! Click here to check out my interview:Lauras Books and Blogs

During quarantine, I have been reading more and I have read several books and decided to start a Book Review section for author titles.

First author I read was Rachel Hollis and I read completely”Girl Wash Your Face” and working on “Girl, Stop Apologizing” Click here to read my review:Rachel Hollis Book Review

The next author is a friend of mine Trisha Williams and she has written over 17 titles. She is also in editing and consulting helping other writers get their story out. These are the books I have read so far from her and going to keep it going! Click here to read my review:Ireesky Fiction Book Review

Right Now, I am working on a 52-week Blog Challenge and I am in week 30. I have a new blog post up every Wednesday on My Blog.

I am so looking forward to what is in store for the next year!!☺

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 26

The Best Parts of the Season….

If you don’t know by now, I live in Florida and have been here for 8 years.  As long as I have been here, we don’t have the change of seasons but change of temperature. We go from hot in the Winter, hotter in the Spring, hot death in the Summer and little bit hot in the Fall.

So basically all I am saying is, we have nothing to look forward to as far as temperature is concerned but we do get hurricanes.  I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio born and raised and I can tell you what the best parts of those seasons are.  Although it is cold 9 months out the year, I wouldn’t trade wearing tank tops and shorts for anything.  

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4 Seasons……..

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Winter:

  1. Snow covers grass, you don’t have to worry about cutting the yard
  2. Christmas- My favorite season
  3. Snowball fights
  4. Fully clothed, covered bodies.  Don’t worry about my weight

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Spring:

  1. Fresh flowers
  2. Not to cold or too hot
  3. Getting together for Easter holiday dinner
  4. Rainy days with a lot of movie night

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Summer:

  1. Going to the beach
  2. Family Vacations
  3. Walk out to the car without a coat and warming the car up

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Fall:

  1. Kids start school
  2. Colorful leaves
  3. Candy on Halloween

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 24

Why does it seem like we are always going in circles like the Earth’s orbit?

Of course, this post was supposed to be about one thing and now with everything that has happened since the last week of May, it has to be included in this post.  We all have heard by now about the unfortunate death of an African American named George Floyd who was murdered by police officers during a routine call May 31. As we take a moment of silence to pray over the family he has left behind we have to be advised that it can be any one of us at any time.  The fact that he was a black man has stirred things up like back in the Watts Days after the brutal beating of  Rodney King in the 90’s.  I remember watching this as a teenager and just can’t understand for the life of me, how or why people get so angry and want to attack someone almost to death.  With the right to bear arms and be able to defend yourself, it seems it stops with citizens, and allows for authority to do whatever they want and get away with it, Period.  R.I.H

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I am just so tired of all of it, it makes me so sick that as a black person I can’t even rely on the police to protect me, not to say there isn’t a small % of good cops but I am losing faith in their training and morality.  All these riots that are happening, with all the protesting with Black Lives Matter shouldn’t be happening right now. 

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My Biggest Dream In Life……

Everyone who follows me knows that my children are half black and 1/4 white and 1/4 Puerto Rican and I am worried about their safety.  We teach our children to be respectful to authority at all times even when approached by police but what happens if a cop is having a bad day and my child becomes a target.  I want to get back to seeing pictures and videos of  police rescues and doing good in the community.  It is a fact that now that everything is where it is at, not alot of kids want to be policeman in this day and age.  It really shines a bad light on the motto “Protect and Serve”   Although what has happened is devastating, I don’t agree to compiling violence with violence.  We all have a responsibility to make sure that we don’t set bad examples for those we have that look up to us.  I want to see that everyone band together in peaceful unity and not destroy everything that we have built as a society.  We have to think back to how Martin Luther King would have handled this, besides he has a street named after him wrapped around the Earth.

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Racism, Equality, Political Change, Separate but Equal, Peacefulness and Unity. All these things are what should be happening right now. Just a reminder of what we are and should be wanting to see come to light. 

Talking about something keeps it a dream.  We must act everyday on change to make a dream a reality.  For every person you come in contact with be cordial and put all prejudice aside. 

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….There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?”
We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of
police brutalityMartin Luther King Jr.  (excerpt from  I Have a Dream Speech)

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 23

What I Spend My Money On?

In this day and age, the many ways people spend money varies from what their needs are from day to day, month to month and year to year. Most of us have kids, medical bills and debt floating around. The times now are getting shorter and shorter and what we really need to ask ourselves is what do we want to leave behind, or more importantly, what can we just live without.

I have always been a sentimental person and love to by things that have meaning and can be of use. These are some of the things I spend my money on:

Old School Entertainment

As you all know I love music and movies so one thing I spend my money on are DVD movies. I love being able to pop a DVD in and enjoy a movie. We used to have VCR’s, which were great until they messed up tapes really bad. My husband still has a box of VCR tapes hoping VCRs will come back in style..lol. DVD movies can get scratched but they are easy to come by with cheap prices on Ebay and Amazon.

Household Items

They just don’t make things as durable as they used too. I literally buy Tupperware and kitchenware every 6 months. Yesterday I got these cool non-stick copper pans that I have always wanted. I am one of the dishwashers in the house and I hate scraping food off skillets. As Seen On TV had these wonderful skillets…had an omelet just this morning. I also buy curtains and bedroom accessories as needed.

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Keepsakes of the Family

I love taking pictures and capturing great moments in time. I made these frames with my two boys graduations. My oldest son graduated in 2017 and now my youngest son graduates this week 2020. 2 down 1 more to go….my daughter will get a similar frame next year when she graduates.

One Outfit a Year for my Birthday

Almost every woman loves birthdays and celebrating them BIG! I, myself, love to celebrate it every year and how I do it by either traveling or having dinner with my husband, family and friends. I took a trip one year with my daughter to New York. I usually buy myself an outfit-like a dress, get all prettied up and take a photo.

So that’s all I spend my money on that is sentimental to me.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 22

Working On My Fitness

Everyday, as I get older I have come to realize that I am not 20 years old anymore. I get up every morning blessed to be alive. I developed osteoarthritis before 40 years of age and I have to do daily therapy at home to keep my joints moving. I sometimes use a yoga ball to stretch my muscles and it makes my back and joints feel good.

For many years, me and my husband have had this tradition in walking 3 miles a day to help with our mental health. We listen to music while doing it. I love listening to music while doing anything, it always makes me feel better.

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This was me in 2013 hitting the books. The days when I had my wired headphones, great music and adrenaline got things done for me after working so many hours a week.

These days, I am digging deep into who I really am these days. I am thinking twice about the relationships I have and focusing on positive energy and I feel a whole lot better about life. I listen to 30 minutes a day to Christian teachings and while it took me along time to find the person who would connect with me spiritually; I found Joyce Meyer. For those who are not familiar with her, she is a Christian who speaks on teachings from the bible and relating it to real-life everyday living. I like her life stories and her way of simplifying the meanings of each translation. You can find her on the WORD network on cable. Also she has a podcast, radio broadcast and is on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check her out at Joyce Meyer Website

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As for my hobbies, right now, since there is a pandemic going on being sociable these days is hard so I keep my blog writing going and I keep positive busy by getting the family together once a week to have a Family Day. We have a nice at the table brunch together, then play board games, eat dinner together and have movie night.

Another way I work on my fitness is paying attention to how my body feels. I am having digestive issues now and with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, I am having to cut back on sugars, dairy products, get more sleep every night along with taking probiotics and I am feeling better everyday. Overall, I stay positive, keep my energy up and survive.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy days ahead!!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 21

If I could eat one last meal

This one is not about being in prison and being set to be executed or today being my last day alive, I decided to put a twist on this post to make it less emotional. If we thought about all the things that we take for granted in this world from the air we breathe, appreciating the beautiful flowers to the foods we eat everyday.

If we had a moment in history where our main source for food, which is farming, disappeared and is no more, what would we do? Think about it, most of our nutrients, reasons for some health issues and problem with obesity, lies in the foods we kill everyday.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that animals shouldn’t be eaten but if you thought long and hard about the pros versus the cons. I just recently started to cut back because of digestive issues on beef and replaced with turkey. I replaced pork with fish, occasionally I will have a bologna sandwich or a piece of bacon but it is bad for my blood pressure.

If today was the last day for these animals: Cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys, there would be no more beef, pork, turkey or dairy products.

For me, I love all these animals and wish we didn’t have to kill them. But if I were to eat one last meal it would be ribs, fried chicken, beef hamburgers, steak cut french fries, my homemade potato salad, greens, biscuits and for dessert is a scoop of every ice cream ever made.

If there was no more animals, we would have to grow our own versions of food. Right now, with the pandemic going on, essential workers taking risk at factories and precautions not to infect the product has failed leaving alot of companies to shortage of meat. Some companies have already started and I think at some point we can make things healthier, homemade, grown in our own gardens to help us live better and fulfilled lives.

Well, I have given you something to think about!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 19

My OCD Habits

Right off the top of my head, I can think of alot of things I do out of habit but I will pick the top three for me which affect my everyday life.

#1 Licking my Lips

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I have a tick in which I continuously lick my lips. I don’t know why but it brings me comfort when I am nervous or sometimes when I am thinking about something.

#2 Everything Has its Place

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Just like the picture above, I like things to be put where they belong and not thrown anywhere. It makes me feel unsorted when things are not clean. Now, that I have stopped working, I am working on this by taking a couple days off housework every Friday and Saturday and making sure I practice letting things go. it is very hard to watch dishes pile up in the sink and towels run out.

#3 Grocery Store order on conveyor by department

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This picture shown above is chaos to me. I like my dairy products, produce, meats, frozen, paper goods and canned foods together on belt so that when they are bagged they are easier to put them away once I get home.

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