Toys and Imagination……Then and Now

Did your Toy Box look like this?

Or this….from handmade toys to toys you hold in your hand, toys have changed so much over the past 40 years.  Kids as young as 3 years old are getting electronic toys for Christmas and birthdays and the prices for these items are extraordinary. 

Remember Family Game Night…Did it look like this? 

Or does it look like this?

   Not everyone knows how to work a game controller but it seems as though in order for people to spend time together, they have to know how to play the latest video games.  Board games and cards were more inviting and made room for everyone to play.

Remember arcade games….this was how I played games….

This is how they play now….

PlayStation, X-Box and other game consoles use these controllers for gaming.  From my experience with these, there are 10 or more different commands for using these and you have to use them at the same time..phew.  Hats off to those who are able to keep up.  Don’t get me wrong, some of the games are really fun but I would rather have three buttons on my joystick(which is what we called it)…lol.

Other ways for game play now….the ever popular latest creation to technology…

 

The Smartphone(used to download all the latest in video games and applications)Classic games like PacMan, Frogger and Uno have been made available on these devices.  The only problem with these devices after long-time use, your device can sustain a virus or over-heat. 

10 of the best toys of the 70’s and 80’s…taking a look back! Can you name all 10?

Happy Playing!!

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Friendship…How many do you really have?

  The meaning of friendship to me is a person who is there for you through the good and the bad.  The people who call you for no reason to see how you are, catch up with you on current events and making sure you are doing well.  I have had my fair share of what I would call Friendships for the Moment because people have taken advantage of how generous I am and use me for the what they can get out of me.  Or the friendships that come from having something in common like one friend-those never last for me because everyone eventually goes off and is separated from the new person in the group. 

    Friendships are made when you are younger and also when you are older.   Personalities change and interests come with most friendships.  Most relationships can withstand the test of the time with living in the same neighborhood and sharing their lives together.  Friendships long ago used to last years but given the changing of people and the technology, it becomes increasingly harder to maintain a solid friendship these days. I have seen people on Facebook and Instagram rate their friendships by likes and comments on their posts and it causes people to unfriend.  Friendships are not based on likes, it is all about how we support one another through the good and bad times.  Supporting one another through achievements and failures is what is needed to show love to another.  

Friendships come in many forms from pets, family and couples.  Loyalty is the number one in friendships…which is so hard to find these days.  Love comes in many forms and recognizing it can be the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

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    In the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people and am thankful everyday for their friendships.  I met a man 20 years ago who started out as my boss, then an acquaintance then….we all know how the story goes.  My husband of 20 years, we are best friends for life.  About 23 years ago, when I was 18,  I met a women who I never knew would make such an impact on my life to this day. We understand each other and have watched both our lives unfold -the good and the bad.  She has been there for me and still is.  Although we live miles away, she is my BFF for life and nothing will ever change that.  

To answer my question: How many friends do you have?  I have 2 Bff’s I love dearly .                                  

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31 Day Challenge-Day 3

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    Hey hey, its Day 3, its time to go back, way back, back in time to September 2018.  How did MMMoffamilyentertainment get its name?  Well, here it goes….

I always wanted to start a blog and just didn’t know how.  I researched and found WordPress which is phenomenal.  Next, I had to come up with a name.  I thought about the things I love which were my family, music, movies and anything that is fun.  When I started my blog, it was just about my family, musical concerts I attended and movies I recommend but then it occurred to me that I needed to broaden my audience a bit.  The rise of entrepreneurship inspired me to have a section for businesses to get their products out there. After doing that, I got an idea to feature inspirational people and then it grew from there.  So, the MMM that you hear is Music, Movies, and most of all Madness.  And for the other part, I am all about Entertainment!!  This is how MMMoffamilyentertainment was born.  

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Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 4….

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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!!

If you are a entrepreneur, blogger, inspired individual looking to advertise for free and get exposure, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog and Dm me your subscriber name, Thats it!!

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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Ive got the POWER!!

Just when you get to the point when you have given up….then you get that phone call. Everyday, I am usually not looking at my phone and looking to see whose calling but this particular day I was. That day, there had been a number that had been calling me over and over for about a month and I would never pick up. I have this rule..if you are not in my phonebook or I am not expecting your call, I don’t pick up. I listened to my voicemail and found out that my life was about to be blessed beyond comprehension.

I bet you guys are wondering what did they say in the message….here it goes..

“LaFrieda, you have been chosen to be accepted into our organization called P.O.W.E.R. We would like to congratulate you on being such an inspiring women of entrepreneurship along with your blog MMMoffamilyentertainment. We would like to speak to you as soon as possible when you receive this message.”

I dropped the phone…..I spoke to my advisor and she said that someone gave them my name and said that I was deserving of this honor♥️

I have been recognized by the P.O.W.E.R organization for inspirational writing!! P.O.W.E.R stands for Professional, Organization for Women Empowered Recognized. I am featured in this months magazine!!☺

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This magazine features beautiful and empowering women who are professionals and entrepreneurs including famous people!! Go to P.O.W.E.R Magazine.

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If you are part of the P.O.W.E.R organization check out my online profile and lets connect!!

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My weekend as a Queen…trip to New York City

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New York City...home of the Yankees, Statue of Liberty and the birthplace of rhythm and blues- Harlem.

   This was my second visit to New York.  I visited in December 2017 with my beautiful daughter Briana, who celebrated my birthday with me and got to experience for the first time New York city in the winter time.

 

  I left for New York on May 24, 2019 on Delta airlines, which there was a delay in take-off due to a gasket that needed to be replaced.  These planes come equip with in-flight movie and television selections and also complimentary drinks and snack of your choice.  I was able to capture the CitiField  baseball field when landing in New York.

 

When I arrived, I had to call my hotel for a shuttle, which was very convenient for me not having a car.  I stayed at the Extended Stay Suites in Queens.  It was located in flushing and the hotel was very nice. I didn’t get to do sites because of the distance, if I did get around it was Lyft and ordering through Grub Hub.  I f you ever stay in New York..stay in the city..it is less expensive and you can travel by subway like me and my daughter did the first time.  

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The next day, I was getting ready for the highlight of my trip..The Valerie’s Women’s Empowerment Group 1 year anniversary Gala!!  It was exciting to meet so many women who share the same heart as I do for others.  This group has been apart of my daily life since last year and the women who made it all possible and getting such incredible women together is Valerie Padilla.  She started this group May 25, 2018 and wanted to make a difference not only in women’s lives but help those in need in her community.  Check out my post in Getting Real section called ”You are a Queen today and everyday…women-empowering-each-other-2019″

 

  I had such a great night with all these ladies.  Everything was so elegant and beautifully done.  We all ate, drank, cried, danced, laughed and hugged alot.  I was so overwhelmed by how much everyone loved one another in sisterhood and lifted each other with touching speeches and memorable moments.

A heartfelt moment where I hadn’t even got out my seat and I started crying…..

 

Loving yourself and others unconditionally…Priceless” L.S

  Valerie gave out many trophies to her Queens that were close to her heart and this is me receiving mine for being that women who inspires her and continues to do wonderful things for others. It is truly amazing how self-less she is and how many lives she’s touched

The Guest of honor Queen Valerie wears many hats but she wore her crown that night….

 

She is a dedicated mom, wife, sister, best friend.

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   In leaving the party, I had some difficult getting my Lyft driver to pick me up in front of my address…which I couldn’t figure out for the life of me but I had these two ladies that helped me out tremendously and I thank them so much!! That is what women supporting each other is all about.

 

  The next day I was so tired but nothing is going to stop me from coming back.  I am so looking forward to what is next on journey…and the story is to be continued…..

 

Check out this group on Facebook clicking here Valerie Women’s Empowerment Group

Also on Instagram by clicking here Valerie s Women Empowerment Group

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Visit the city of New York with Times Square, Yankee and Mets Stadium, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Awards night with fellow bloggers 2019…Take 2

  OMG…..I am so overwhelmed this week!! I have been nominated for the second time for the Sunshine Bloggers Award!!!

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  I was nominated by this blogger, her name is Mrs. Ski.  She loves anything outdoors from plants to herbs and spices and even nature life with the animals.  She can show you how to become one with your environment and take advantage of the green scenery.  I want to start growing veggies in my backyard and hope to learn alot from her.  Continue reading about her on her blog site -click here Outdoor with the Ski’s

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award received by fellow bloggers who feel that their peer exhibits the character writing of one who inspires and expresses positive messages throughout their blogs.

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  • List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
  • Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about their nominations

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Questions from Mrs. Ski

  1. Why do you love blogging?  I love to write about my experiences and share them with the world.  I believe that if one writes down in words and express their feelings about things, share ideas and go on adventures with others, it is very healthy for the mind and soul.
  2. What is your favorite hobby besides blogging?  I love to travel.  Wherever the wind wants to take me to I try to go.  I like experiencing new things and meeting different people and cultures.  I wish I had unlimited funds but hey you only have one life…live it up!!
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Well, right now I am working on finally using my passport and travel to Puerto Rico with a group of wonderful ladies.  This will be my 1st time but if I wanted to just go on vacay for a week all-inclusive Hawaii for me!!
  4. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog?  I am a mom of three teens, wife and blogger full-time.  I recently retired after 23 years of retail after being disabled.  So I take care of my family and travel when I can to see the states.  My blog was inspired by my family of 5.  We are such a close family, not to say we don’t have our battles but I tend to write alot about our entertainment such as music, movies, sports in Florida and common everyday things that make me so proud of my family.  I also feature bloggers and entrepreneurs to add a business side to my blog to inspire others who want to find their passion.
  5. What is your favorite season?  Since I live here in Florida, we only have one season HOT….lol  What I can tell you is that because my wedding anniversary is in April, I love Spring…its the season of love for me.
  6. How often do you post in your blog?  I usually go in spurts and pull an all-niter where I will schedule at least 4-5 new posts per month depending on what is happening that month.  This week I worked on 5 posts and that will probably be it until the end of the month.
  7. Do you love blogging?  Most definitely!! I am avid in writing out my experiences and love to share with people.  I especially love when I post something that sets a light bulb off in someone’s head or makes them feel special and inspired after reading it.
  8. What is your favorite type of food?  I don’t have a favorite type but I am very picky when it comes to what goes in my mouth.  No room temperature, No legs on it or feet, Not the color of puke and it has to be neat on my plate otherwise I don’t even give it a second look.
  9. What got you started blogging?  A couple years ago I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and I needed an outlet to give myself a purpose for getting up in the morning.  I’ve had alot of family tragedies over the past few years and this seemed to make me happy.  Today, I am doing so much better coping and my blog pieces have inspired and I have made countless amount of people happy.
  10. How did you choose your blog name?  Well, my blog is inspired by family entertainment so I knew that had to be in it.  Next, the topics I talked about had to have music and movies in it.  I had to come up with another M to describe my life of excitement and chaos at the same time so I came up with  M-music, M-movies and M-madness of Family Entertainment.
  11. What is your least favorite chore?  I do not like Nagging.  It seems that all we do daily is tell people to do the same thing over and over and they act like they are listening.  I have to add that to tasks to do daily on top of chores so I count that as a chore.

The Bloggers I have nominated for:

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  1. Garf – Morning Side Fit
  2. Paloma – Wander Through
  3. Brenda, Andrew and B Dish Our Town
  4. Elena Toma Beauty Magic Box
  5. Cindy Moore Cindy Goes Beyond
  6. Gina Smith Living the Smith Life
  7. Christine King Christine King
  8. Life, Travel and Soul Life Travel and Soul
  9. Christy Adventures of a Mom
  10. Ene Abah Belle Tammy Blog spot
  11. Paul McGinley Mr. Anything Goes

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite time of the day to eat?
  2. Who do you most credit for the success of your blog?
  3. If you could change one thing you did yesterday, what would it be?
  4. If you had to live in one climate, which one would it be Hot or Cold?
  5. Do you like to cook?
  6. In your travels, what was your favorite place to visit and why?
  7. What is something you are dreaming about doing in this lifetime?
  8. Have you ever been to all 50 states?
  9. What was the best thing that ever happened to you?
  10. What is your favorite cuisine?
  11. Name one thing that inspires you when you blog?

Thank you everyone for being so inspiring.  I love all these blogs for the passion for traveling and living life to the fullest!!

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Awards night with fellow Bloggers…2019

Congratulations to MMMoffamilyentertainment for being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

   I am so honored to receive this nomination from a fellow blogger of mine who I have just recently connected to in the past few weeks. They have received the Liebster Award, Blogger Recognition Award and the Sunshine Bloggers Award twice.  This particular blogger I met in a group of other inspiring bloggers and loved how they posted about things that inspire them, experiences they had and giving back to their fellow bloggers by featuring them as guest bloggers who have positive messages to share with readers. This person is Charli Dee.  Check out her story at Life With Charli

“Even just a little inspiration goes a long way.” Charli Dee

Thank you so much for nominating me!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award-  

   An award given by bloggers to their peers to honor those who inspire and spread positivity through their blogs.

Rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award-

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award Rules and display the logo on your site.
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions given by person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees about their nominations.

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Questions from Charli Dee

  1. Which of your blog post is your favorite?     “The cover comes off…no more filters”  I wrote about being able to be free from having to look the way society expected me to and teaching my daughter the same.
  2. What is your favorite color?    My favorite color is Black or Red, especially when I am picking out a nice car.  I love the shine it has.
  3. What is your favorite food?  I don’t have a particular favorite because I love all food but I do have a couple rules before eating it- it has to be hot, not spicy, not moving and look good on the plate, presentation is key.
  4. Do you have a secret talent?  I recently found out that I am really good at creating ideas in my head while I sleep.  Most of my blog posts come after I have been dreaming.  I probably could write a book but I wanted to start my hand in blogging first to see how it goes..lol
  5. Which season(Spring, Winter, Summer, Fall) is your favorite?   So, I live in Florida and basically we have 3 seasons-Hot, Very Hot and Don’t Even Bother Coming Out Hot..but when I lived in my hometown Cleveland, Ohio for 35 years, I loved the Spring with fresh flowers and it was a great time to clean inside and outside of your house.
  6. What song would be your theme or anthem?  My current theme song is “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.  I have been through so much in the last 6 years that I am a survivor.
  7. Who is your favorite celebrity?  Surprisingly, I don’t have one.  I am all about knowing the real person not the character they play on t.v. so I really can’t say that I love any celebrity.
  8. Do you have a favorite book?  Right now, I am trying to get into reading but can’t seem to find the time or me time for that matter to get it done.  I have 3 teens and a husband who take up most of my time. I write in my blog early in the mornings and that’s about all the time I have.
  9. Do you have a favorite movie?  Well, I actually have 3- Saturday Night Fever, Jackie Brown and Goodfellas.  I can watch these over and over and never get tired of them.
  10. Do you have a t.v. show you’re binging on right now?  I think if I can remember a couple weeks back, I watched the new show “The Enemy Within”  This is a must see!!
  11. What is the one thing you love most about blogging?  I love being able to share my life with others through my eyes.  Writing about things that are on my mind and being able to share  with others what inspires me about them.Related image

So here are My Nominees-

  1. Davis– Everything Starts With Tea
  2. Liz Deacon- Mummy Overload
  3. Nicole Obenshine- Postpartum To Powerful
  4. Carolyn Thomas- Heart Sisters
  5. Laura Wright- On the Wright Path
  6. BBB- Beauty Beyond Bones
  7. Katricia- Simply Katricia
  8. Khia Glover- Notes By Khia
  9. Laurie- Life McLean
  10. Up and Forward- Up and Forward LA
  11. Tera, Jessica and Stephanie- It’s My Crazy Beautiful Life

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Questions for My Nominees-

  1. What got you started in writing your own blog?
  2. Are you currently writing a book or have published one?
  3. What is your favorite part of the day(Early Morning, Midday Afternoon or Late-Night)?
  4. Are you able to recite the alphabet backwards?
  5. Name one thing that inspires you about being a women?
  6. If you were to travel anywhere in the world that you have never been, where would you go?
  7. What is your favorite song of all time?
  8. If you could go back in time to any year where would it be and why?
  9. Which method of traveling do you prefer(car, bus, airplane, train or bicycle)?
  10. What is your favorite dessert?
  11. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
To all my fellow bloggers…

***Thank you for being so inspiring and giving readers a chance to experience your life through your writing.

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The end of a season….123…Team

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  Lady Naughts Softball team played 16 games and had a season like no other in past years.  This group of ladies ended the season 7-9, when in previous years both JV and Varsity didn’t win games at all. The girls played hard and with a lot of heart along tears shed at some of the games.  Lakeland High School should be proud of these girls because of their determination and the way they practiced 5 days a week and showed up to PLAY.

 

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Moments from previous games….

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Scores from the last 8 games…

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Finishing the season out with 7-9 , so proud of these young ladies!! 

   On May 10, 2019, Lakeland softball coaches Chip and Mike had a Softball banquet to honor both JV and Varsity softball teams along with an appearance from Deron Collins, the Athletic Director of Lakeland High School.  The ladies were all given gifts from their coaches, were praised on their performances and exchange gifts with each other as a team to show their appreciation for one another.  Here are some of the ladies from the team all dressed up  for the banquet including my daughter Briana.

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Until next season ladies…..123 Team!!! I will Miss you

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Check out my previous post under Sports Florida on the Lady Naughts to see what they have been doing all season!!

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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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