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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The Heart of a Dancer..A Queen Remembered

Good morning ladies and gentleman, as October comes to a close for the month, we remember those who have fought for their lives and are still fighting to this day to find a cure for a disease that comes in many forms. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our job is to be educated and aware of the early signs and stay united in the fight for the cure. Breast Cancer is not just a women’s disease but also a men’s disease.

I want to tell you a story about a daughter, mother, wife and accomplished dancer. Her name Sonia Vargas.

This is her story told by my dear friend Valerie Padilla, her daughter.

Sonia Vargas, 23 years ago never knew that simply taking a bathe would change her life forever. She worked as a secretary, was a dedicated mom, wife and she loved to dance. She taught her daughter Valerie, everything she knows about dancing, which I have witnessed first hand, from the Salsa, Tango, Fandango, Bolero and many more. Sonia was around 39 years old when she discovered a lump under her arm during a routine breast exam. Monthly exams of your breast are very important for early detection.

After discovering this lump, she immediately went to the doctor and had a mammogram done and they discovered a mass in the early stages. They were able to start her on chemo and began her fight. Sonia, a beautiful woman, lost all her hair and like most woman, the depression started and she felt she was no longer attractive. The family did everything they could to help her regain her confidence by buying her wigs and telling her she was beautiful everyday to keep her spirits up. Positive prayers and proper treatments made the cancer go away….so they thought.

One year later, the breast cancer that once was a distant memory, came back more aggresive. Sonia was given not alot of options accept for a masectomy. Women who are faced with the prospect of losing their breast, it is not an easy decision. We pride ourselves on how we look and in making this decision she decided to do nothing. Of course, the cancer decided to spread and it invaded so aggressively that it grew out of her body as a 3rd breast on her chest and became a part of her everyday life. She, like many women loved to look and smell good at all times and to have to live day by day with a growth on her chest, losing her hair and feeling sick all the time, it felt like she lost a big part of herself.

Her daughter Valerie, said that as her mom became sicker, she had to take care of her bathing and feeding her regularly. Valerie accounts that the growth smelled like rotten meat to everyone and people stared at her all the time. As the months went by, she became thin and frail and was admitted near Fathers Day of June 1998. The hospital she was admitted to was where she worked and she had the best care around her family and friends. When she was in the hospital, her doctor told her that it was so aggressive that chemo was not working and there was no cure.

She had to make another decision and she decided to keep it from her kids. Valerie was a teenager and being the oldest of 3 children, she felt helpless, pain and she wanted to do everything she could to take care of her mom. Her mom was her inspiration and hero growing up doing the dance group together and she just wanted to help her mom. After awhile, Sonia couldn’t speak but she could hear everyone. All her family, friends and co-workers did a prayer chain and sent flowers to lift her spirits.

October 24, 1998, Sonia Vargas got her wings at the age of 42 and left behind a spirit in her family that will last forever. It has been 21 years and Valerie celebrates life everyday for her.

Valerie and the women of her Empowerment Group just recently took a trip to Puerto Rico October 11, 2019 and we celebrated Valerie’s 43rd birthday!! Chapter 43 for Valerie was important to her and sharing her moms story touched all of us.

Her moms angelic looks, spirit, heart for dance, her love and caring for others and beautiful personality inside and out shines through her everyday.

Below is a chart of what to look for when you do your monthly breast exam. Early detention is the key.

I want to give a big thank you to Valerie Padilla for allowing me to share her mom’s story and to educate other women about the importance of early detection and treatments.

“Living my birthdays not just for me but for my mom’s life” Valerie Padilla

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Book Review #1:Rachel Hollis

Hey hey guys, I am doing something a little bit different these coming months where I am going to introduce you to my world of reading. Now, I will admit, I have not read a book all the way through since 50 Shades of Grey Part 1 came out but I have always wanted to read interesting works by other writers. The book I am going to review this month is a book written by a great women who loves to help other women get out of their way and see what the potential that they already have. Growing from tragedy and being able to be successful in life with some bumps along the way is real-life for her and she wants you to know-ITs Normal! Introducing a lady I highly respect for her courage and empowerment of other: Rachel Hollis

I read this book from cover to cover and was amazed at the similiarities we have. I thought I was the only one thinking and going through it. For those of you who do not know who Rachel Hollis is, she is a Mom of 3 boys and a 1 girl, wife to Dave Hollis and founder of a lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and Ceo of her own Media company. She has alot of followers online via instagram, facebook, youtube etc. She is a woman who likes to tell it like it is, she encourages, enlightens and works to help others acheive the same sense of confidence she exudes throughout everything she does with the help of God.

I am going to review this book in 4 parts:

  • Why did I pick this book to read?
  • What part of the book, really hit home for me: (ex. made me cry or have a aha moment)?
  • What is one thing I took away from the book that I will change in my life?
  • How would I rate this book out of 5 stars?

Rachel Hollis: Girl, Wash Your Face

  • I picked this book because it came highly recommended online. I was curious as to what washing my face meant so I said this might be a great book just by the title, so I bought it. I never realized when I opened it, I would never be able to put it down. It spoke to me so well. Everything, well almost everything, was so similiar to my life I couldn’t believe that this nice young lady had gone through all that and still managed to be a great women waking up everyday helping people with her wisdom and lending a helping hand.
  • A part in the book that really hit home for me was Chapter 15: I Will Never Get Past This- when she talked about her family. Not being as close as she wanted to be after the tragedy just trying to salvage what was left of her relationships and picking up the peices and moving forward in church and counseling, which is always the best medicine. I cried through the whole chapter.
  • One thing she stressed so much in her book about is being happy with who you are. It doesnt matter what you didnt accomplish or who hurt you in your past, you are responsible for your own happiness. Never let others believe you are never good enough to try new things or pick up where you left off with years ago. Always try to be you and be happy for you not anyone else. I realized that in trying to make others happy all at once, I have made myself unhappy. I have decided to run away from toxic or negative things and let others be unhappy by themselves and take care of me first. Be there after I am taken care of then console others.
  • 5- star rating from me for original content, very personable and uplifting!

Looking forward to reading her other book:

Girl, Stop Apoligizing

Ordered my copy from Barnes and Nobles today and will start reading after my 2nd book which is from a new first time author who writes about how the word of God influences your life processes everyday. Click link below to purchase Marcus Myrick’s

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31 Day Challenge-Day 31

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Things that can probably drive a person crazy but I try to hide about myself….let’s get started

  1. I grind my teeth all the time. I believe it is a nervous tick I have, as a result my jaw is always hurting.
  2. I like to sleep on my stomach because I don’t like looking at the ceiling. For some reason, the ceiling creeps me out.
  3. I like to keep the closet door closed because I think there is something living in my closet.
  4. I do not like my food cold at all. My meal has to be steaming and the cold stuff has to be the right temperature.
  5. I walk through my house in the dark and hate to turn on lights. I figure if there is a power outage, I am prepared.
  6. If I have a light on, it stays on and my family goes behind me and turns them off.

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning all about me…wait till next month when I dig just a little deeper!!

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31 Day Challenge-Day 6

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   Personality traits that I am proud of…there is just so many…I guess I can do 3..Image result for free clipart images of heart1.

 My heart is really huge. I love to care for others and give when I can.  I have spent my life making sure that my family and friends were well taken care of before my needs.  I don’t like to see others struggle so I do my best to make them feel better and help them as much as possible.  

2.                                    Image result for free clipart images of decisive                                         I am a very decisive person.  When I roll up to a drive-thru restaurant, I am already aware of what I want to eat before I get there.  In life, you have to make several decisions and I think it is important to clear about what you want so that there is no wasted time.  

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I love making people laugh. I am a very positive person who loves to spread joy around.  I believe that laughter is the best medicine to a happier life.  If you can’t laugh everyday, then your life is not complete.  

   Well, those are only 3 of my best traits…I have more but maybe some other time.  Don’t forget to:

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31 Day Challenge-Day 2

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Okay, so today you get to learn 20 facts about me you didn’t know…this should be interesting..lol Here is goes

  1. I enjoy the beach and ocean but am deathly afraid of drowning due to the fact I never learned how to swim.
  2. Most women love to shop, I hate shopping. I can’t stand the long lines, spending money I don’t have, the in and out of the car runs and especially using the bathrooms in public…yuk.
  3. My favorite colors are black and red.
  4. I am a big fan of antique and fast cars, I don’t collect them but I like watching the shows where they have collectors buy them.
  5. I love to dance and sing, although with dancing I am limited to my upper arms and shoulders because of my back and knees.
  6. I do not like politics of any kind. I don’t like talking, debating or even watching the news about it.
  7. I worked in the industry of Retail grocery and distribution for over 25 years. This field is the reason I am now disabled.
  8. I have depression and anxiety along with bi-polar disorder.
  9. I have a degree in Business Management.
  10. I am a mother to an Autistic child.
  11. I am learning how to play the guitar-not ready for a band yet, though…lol
  12. I prefer hot to cold weather, although I sweat alot.
  13. I once drove my Camaro along the grass during construction on the freeway for 2 miles to get to a bathroom and didn’t get pulled over. I had to go bad..lol.
  14. I love celebrating people’s birthdays.
  15. I am in the process of writing my first book.
  16. I don’t like negative people, I stay away from them.
  17. I get motion sickness when I ride in the car so I sit up front.
  18. I had only one boyfriend in my life and I ended up marrying him. We are going on 20 years.
  19. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 40 years old. My mom said finally…lol.
  20. My one-year anniversary for my blog is coming up in September 2019, I need to reach my goal of 500 followers so don’t forget to…

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31 Day Challenge-Day 1

    Hey guys!! How are you? So, yes, I am starting a new challenge which I have never done before except Black History Month when I had to come up with a new history fact for 28 days.  I love challenges so I am embarking on a writing challenge for 31 days where I blog about random facts about myself.  The fun thing about this is that it will test a person to see how well they know themselves.  Let me introduce you to:

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   So, let me introduce myself, I am LaFrieda and I am the owner of MMMoffamilyentertainment and I am a wife and mother of three and I live in Lakeland Florida.  I was originally born and raised in Cleveland Ohio,  the Heart of Rock-n-Roll, which is probably why I love rock-n-roll so much.  My favorite bands are Journey, Led Zeppelin and Eagles.  I also love R&b, country, jazz and pop!! In my free time, I love to write and attend movies, which is why I am an entertainment writer.  I am recently retired due to disabilities and have decided to make the most of my life by living it everyday despite my limitations.  As I said before, I took on this challenge to write for 31 days and want you all to get to know me a little better.  That’s all I got for now, don’t want to give away to much, now would I..lol? 

    If you would like to join me in the 31-day Blogging challenge that would be awesome!! I would love to read more about my fellow bloggers.  Give me a shout out by messaging me and I will send you the prompts if you don’t already have them.  Let me know in the comments what you think and don’t forget:

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How high can I go?

Hey hey guys, its LaFrieda, and I have been working on something that has got me so excited!! I love challenges and I am going to tell you guys what my next challenge is. I am challenging myself to get 500 followers by my one year anniversary of my blog which is in September!!

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I need your help!!

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I love helping and inspiring others and want to include everyone in my journey.

My blog has been nominated for Sunshine Blogger Awards twice and I have just been excepted in the organization of empowered women called P.O.W.E.R. Check out my latest blog post on Autism.

 

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Family meeting for June….the winner is…

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   Okay so…no this is not my bedroom but I am showing you this because like this simple bedroom, me and my husband don’t need alot.  We have just recently gotten rid of most of our furniture in our bedroom and found that it is so much more space to spread out.     Anyway, this is the scene of where we had our May family meeting in.  We decided to make it informal this time and it was a lot shorter.  

Where we left off last month was that my daughter received the Employee of the Month!!

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She was awarded it by her brothers in May for taking care of Sage. She was exempt from chores for the month of May.  She got to choose who was Employee of the Month….

And the winner is…….

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Brian Sr.!! Yeah!! She chose her dad because he was very helpful with everyone’s chores.  As his prize he gets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday off of chores for the month of June including cooking.  So this is how he will be spending his weekends for now…..

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lol….he loves to be outside!!

This month he celebrates his 54th birthday and Father’s Day!!

So as for chores, I have simplified it to make it easier on everyone with responsibilities….

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Family meetings are a must…it brings families closer together!!

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