My life as a mom…making it easier on myself

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  Moms lets face it we have way too much to do everyday and we think there is no way to make it easier…actually, I have found alot of ways to make things easier on myself.  Meet me and my teens…

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  My kids are now teens and I thought it would be easier as they got older…nope…it just gets more difficult to communicate to your family that you need help.  I have a disability, so everything I do daily centers around making sure that things get taken care of around the house.  Every once and awhile, my teens amaze me and do something without asking.  I love being a mom but I am so tired all the time.
   I am getting a lot of request from moms about how I come up with all these ideas to make things simpler in my household.  So I am going to share with you 5 tips on how I manage my daily maintenance with 5 grown people in the house….
  • Tip #1  Everyone knows that laundry is a pain and if you could do less of it you would, right? Everyday, I heard from the kids “Where are all the towels?” or “Every time I go to wash up there are no towels?”  Someone would be assigned to them and wouldn’t do them so I got frustrated with them using our whole inventory of 15 towels in one day so I reduced everyone to a lovely beach towel cloths.  My husband loves Star Trek so special ordered it, I have the Tiger because I love them, Briana has a doggy because she loves animals, Devon loves wrestling so I special ordered the All-stars WWE and Jr. has the Patriots, which is his favorite team.  These do not absorb water and can be reused over and over until they are dirty.  We only do the wash cloths and hand towels which is so much better.FB_IMG_1558746059035
  • Tip #2 Writing notes around the house…very important!!  For some reason, saying it and writing it gets two different results.  From air conditioner settings, to trash and recycle to driver safety.  We are recycling now to use less trash bags and it saves a lot of money.  If anyone has teen drivers, the S.M.I.T.H method will help in guiding them in checking the right things when getting in the car.  I came up with this when my oldest started driving 5 years ago and now I use it for my daughter.FB_IMG_155874606473120190523_112835[1]
  • Tip #3  Cleaning supplies have gone down to bare essentials.  I have found that the chemicals are too toxic to me, pets and the environment, so I only use Vinegar, Water and for tough stains baking soda.  To clean messes off counters we use the towels given to us from the Florida Tropics soccer game we go to.  Make sure you keep Clorox wipes to clean off phones since they have more germs than a toilet seat.FB_IMG_1558746069653
  • Tip #4  Kitchen cabinet organization is a must!  I had to redo all the cabinets because I could never find anything.  It helps when putting groceries away.FB_IMG_1558746074875
  • Tip #5  Last but not least…please have monthly family meetings.  We set up who does chores and talk about what is going on the next month.  Communication is important in a house with many people, always include the children’s input.  Chore charts for reminders and schedule times for work and activities are marked down.FB_IMG_1558746080218

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Here are some books available online to also help moms with making their lives a little easier….

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Recommended movie for this week…2019

   Okay, I know you all have heard about those times when you think of the worst thing in the world that can happen to you when you move into a neighborhood…imagine it coming true and you are stuck in it with no way to get out!!  Well, this week, I went with my son to see a movie that scared the b-Jeepers out of me…I definitely am not moving ever again!!  Check this trailer out from the movieThe Intruder

Okay so tell me after seeing this you wouldn’t be scared to move..lol  If you see this movie the main stars include Dennis Quad, Meagan Good and Micheal Ealy.  

Other movies that I am definitely going to see are below…check out the trailers below!!

Taking Uber driving to the next level…hilarious…lol.  This comes out July 12th in theaters with Dave Bautista and Kumai Nanjiani.
He’s a bad-mutha…shut your mouth!! This right here is a definite to see..hilarious!! It stars the original character for Shaft in the 1970’s, Richard Roundtree , his nephew in real-life Samuel L. Jackson for Shaft in the 00’s and a new recruit Jr. Comes out June 14, 2019!!
For the little ones who have fallen in love with Toy Story like my family…this will be a great movie!!  

Okay so I have to confess…here it goes…I have not watched Avengers Endgame yet..there I said it. I know it was one of the greatest superhero movies of this year but what I want to know is will this be the last one because this last one is 3 hours long…my boys saw it and loved it!! Hopefully I can get in a superhero mood and watch it from beginning to end on my own time which I don’t get a lot of as a mom…even with teens.  Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it.

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Dropping to second isn’t bad….Rays verses Yankees fighting all the way

On Sports in Florida….

   Tampa Bay Rays are now in second place after losing the last game against the Yankees which are their number one competition.

Eastern Standings:

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rays logoTampa Bay Rays  27-17

red sox logoRed Sox  25-22

blue jays logoBlue Jays  19-28

orioles logoOrioles  15-32

  Tampa Bay Rays has 2 secret weapons to close out games…but lately whether it be postponed games, rain outs or just previous poor pitching, they have not been able to fully utilize their pitching staff. I call them “The Double-Mint Twins”

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On the bright side…The Rays has been on fire with home run hitters..here are the star players…

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Brandon Lowe– (10) home runs for the season, Yandy Diaz-(9) home runs for the season and Austin Meadows-(9) home runs

Game stats for The Rays…

4/20 & 4/21
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4/22, 4/23(2), 4/24
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4/26, 4/27, 4/28
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4/29, 4/30, 5/1,(2), 5/2
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In the last game, The Rays really got shaken up when one of their hitters Daniel Robertson got hit in the face by pitcher Chad Green during a fast ball.  He is going to be okay and Chad Green respectfully was removed after that pitch from the game.  We don’t know if this was retaliation from a bad hit to one of the Yankee hitters in a previous game or not but these guys need to stay focused and remember what the ultimate goal is to make it to THE END!! Good Luck Tampa Rays in the next 20 games…hopefully you will get right back on top!!

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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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“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…..

 

Check her out on Facebook and Instagram

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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Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful….with Nedra

Image result for rare touch hair palace   Renedra G. Barksdale20190402_144420 Owner & Master Stylist of Rare Touch Hair Palace

Rare Touch Hair Palace specializes in all types of styling techniques such as: 

Sew-Ins, Protective Styles, Colors, Cuts, Chemical Treatments and for those who want on the go access, check out her specialized wig styles!!

Other services provided by Rare Touch Hair Palace are Braiding Hair Styles.  Contact for Braid Specialist below and also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Quetia Ammons – (863) 812-5570

 

Courtney Holloman – (863) 212-1313     courtney

Braided wigs and eyebrow treatments……

At Rare Touch Hair Palace, you are not only our #1 priority…you are FAMILY!!!

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Renedra, Quetia and Courtney- Hair Specialist

**Book your appointment today with our specialist get the Royal Treatment. 

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Blessings to Success……with Anjie

About the Author:

    Anjie Williams-Brown is from Nashville, Tennessee.  Her background and specialty is organization. ​ She lives in Nashville Tennessee but home is Birmingham Alabama. Anjie has three children and six awesome grandchildren, the youngest is two and the oldest is 15. She is married to an awesome man of God. She is the proud owner of Phoenix Rising, specializing in handmade candles and glass etching.  She also enjoys reading, writing, and crafts of all types.
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*To find out more about Anjie on Facebook by clicking here Anjie Williams-Brown

AGAINST ALL ODDS by Anjie Williams-Brown
 Imagine what it would be like if everyone allowed life’s obstacles to slow them down. Just think how stagnated life would be if we allowed two little words to control our lives. Those two little words are “I Can’t”. I can’t causes several domino effects:
1. It puts our minds in a defeatist state.
2. It causes us not to accomplish our goals.
3. It is contagious; it tends to affect everyone around you.
There are a few things that come into play if those two words take up residence in our minds:
1. We sell ourselves short. 
2. We will not allow ourselves to reach our peak potential.
3. We exhibit a negative opinion ourselves.
Think for a moment—what if………
1. Justin Timberlake was afraid to sing.
2. Daniel Radcliffe had never stepped out to be Harry 
Potter.
3. Howie Mandel didn’t start out on St. Elsewhere.
4. Jay Leno never told a joke
5. Keanu Reeves, Whoopie Gold berg, Sylvester Stallone 
and Danny Glover all stuck their heads in the sand.
If they used the “I can’t” theory they would have never been successful. Justin Timberlake has a combination of ADD and OCD. Daniel Radcliffe has dyspraxia –a neurological disorder that affects his motor skills. Howie Mandel is ADHD and OCD. Keanu Reeves, Whoopie Gold berg, Sylvester Stallone, Jay Leno and Danny Glover are all dyslexic.
There are so many ordinary people with extreme dysfunctions, the Vietnam vets who lost their limbs, but never stopped striving for a better world. The banker with Multiple Sclerosis. The lawyer with the scars of Polio or the quadriplegic mother of three. Yet, they never stopped realizing their dreams or reaching their goals.
  Each of us are reasonably healthy, but yet we constantly use the words “I can’t”. Can’t is such a helpless word that it needs and apostrophe to hold it together. As women of faith we should never put I and can’t in the same sentence. It has been said that God has blessings stored up for us and all we have to do is ask. If we constantly say “I Can’t” we will never be in a position to receive them. Remember, some of our best accomplishments are the ones we obtained against all odds.
Anjetta (Anjie ) Williams-Brown

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Strawberries and Rock-n-Roll……

   Me and my husband attended this great festival tonight featuring the bandStyx

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    “Styx” an American band from Chicago formed in 1972. The playlist included songs like: Mr. Roboto, Too Much Time On My Hands, Blue Collar Man, Lady, Renegade, Miss America and more!

Here are some photos from last nights concert…..

Band members included: Tommy Shaw, JY Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips.

Check out the Festival if you are in Florida it has great vendor foods, rides and games for the whole family along with rockin’ music. Enjoy!!

 

Spotlight for March 2019

    This month I am so honored to feature not only a great business lady and mother but a women who has been like a sister to me and a great friend for over 7 years.  We met in 2012 when I was looking for a natural hair braid specialist and she was remarkable with how she did her work that ever since she has been my go to person for everything from braids, sew-ins, curly hair and the recent bold short styles are just many of the styles she has “Slayed” for me and others.  Introducing my girl with the magic touch……
Danielle Renee Julian

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 “Great hair doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by APPOINTMENTS”  Renslayedhair

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Me:  “What is your name?”
Danielle:  “Danielle Julian but everyone calls me Renee”.
Me:  Where are you from?”
Danielle:  “I am from the beautiful island of Antigua. Located in the Caribbean”.
Me:   “Tell us about yourself and your beautiful family?”
Danielle:  Omg 🥰🥰😊😊! I am a family of 5. I have 4 beautiful children. 3 princes and 1 princess! Love them more than life itself.”
Me:  “Tell our readers how you started with your business and what your plans are for 2019? ”
Danielle: When I was younger my career goals were to be an Immigration Attorney, I started school and while going to school I hated it. I said this is not for me. I was bored and didn’t want to fail so I went and got my braiding license since I already knew how to braid hair. And I fell in love from doing hair! I would watch other stylists in the salon that I worked and I would get so inspired! So i stop going to school and invested in my new career! I gained clientele and grew more as a stylist! I decided to go back to school and obtain my cosmetology license and I now currently rent a suite inside of a Barbershop where I am doing great as a cosmetologist. For 2019 I plan on preparing to open my own upscale salon offering hair and aesthetic services and also provide professional products.”
Me:  “What is your greatest accomplishment to date and why?” 
Danielle:  My greatest accomplishment are my children! They are my motivation to do what I do and to grow as a stylist and good person.”

 

Me: “Do you consider yourself pessimistic or optimistic when it comes to your business?”
Danielle:  “I consider myself optimistic, I am a person who sees so much potential in myself! I picture a vision of what I want for myself and for my business and I can see great things in the future for me as a professional stylist and a successful business woman.”
Me:  “Is there anything in your business you would like the opportunity to change?”
Danielle:  “Not really but I plan to do more in this business than stand behind the chair. I wanna have my own products as well an educational system for future stylists.”
Me:  “What do you love about your business and why?”
Danielle:  “I love putting a smile on my clients face and what gives me more drive is that fact that they are all super supportive of me.”
Me:   “What was the most difficult thing you ever had to deal with when it comes to your business?” 
Danielle: Unsatisfied and Problematic clients and working for people who were envious.” 
Me:“If there was any advice you would give a young entrepreneur starting out, what would it be?”
Danielle:  “Yes of course! Stay focused, take classes to always perfect your craft and your client is your main priority in this business it always helps to keep them happy! And always be reliable I had to learn that tremendously!”

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Me: “What social links and websites can our readers connect with you and your business?”
Danielle:  “As of right now I am working on connecting more to other people on a broader scale but as of right now Instagram (@renslayedhair) is my main connection”.

 

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“One of many satisfied customers including me…thank you for having a Passion for hair and your customers!”  LaFrieda Smith

I want to thank Danielle Renee Julian for being my spotlight for this month and if you have not checked out her website do so on instagram by clicking here Renslayedhair.

Interview by: LaFrieda Smith
Guest: Danielle Renee Julian