Enjoying Family Time Locally| Art Walk

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Like most people, I am really big on family time. Whether I’m kicking back on the couch watching a good movie or taking a trip to the closest park, I always try to include my family. Those moments that we spend together are priceless—especially since our children are growing like weeds. One of our favorite things to do (particularly since we’ve relocated to a small town in Southern Maryland where there are no malls or major activities) is check out the local events. If you’ve ever needed a good reason to attend the events in your community, here are a few: 1) They are usually free or very inexpensive 2) They are usually in support of or created by small businesses 3) They are almost always family friendly This Friday, we had the opportunity to check out First Fridays in Leonardtown, hosted by the Leonardtown Small Business Association, and this […]

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10 Simple Ways To Use Your Past to Make A Major Difference

We all have a story. It doesn’t matter whether your struggle was surviving the death of the parent as a young child or overcoming a fear of balloons. There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. How many times have you thought to yourself if I knew then what I know now or I wish I had someone to tell me that when I was their age? Why not allow that someone to be you? Everything that we encounter in life is all a part of a greater plan. God knew that you would make it through that tough moment in life and that your story would bless so many people. As a matter of fact, that seemingly unbearable chapter in your life is tied to your purpose here on earth. So, here are 10 simple ways to use your past to make a difference. 1. Start […]

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The Struggle Of Being Christian And Pro-Black

In light of all of the recent events in the news, it seemed necessary for me to not only share my point of view but to share my personal struggle when it comes to racial injustice in America. Before anything else, I am a follower of Christ. Everything else takes a backseat. But there is no denying that I’m an African American woman. Just like my relationship with Christ, my race has had a profound effect on the person that I’ve become and has shaped many of my experiences in life. This is and has always been my struggle: Do I identify with the struggles of my race or does my identity as a Christian overshadow any involvement in advancing the interests of Black Americans? Can you really be a follower of Christ and profess to be pro-black? I personally don’t believe the two are mutually exclusive. I’ve always considered […]

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8 Ways To Stay Fabulous On A Budget

I’ve been a SAHM (stay at home mom) for a year and a half now and I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to maintain my style without breaking the bank. As a single income family trying to get rid of debt, weekend shopping trips have become a thing of the past and my financial priorities have shifted. However, I was not willing to forsake my flyness in the name of frugality (I’m just being honest haha). Whether you’re saving up for a vacay or just trying to find new ways to be more budget consciousness, this post may be helpful to you. Here are 10 ways that I stay fabulous on a budget. 1. Shop at discount stores I don’t shop very often but when I do shop, I’m usually at a TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Ross. Five or six years ago, you couldn’t pay me to […]

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10 Good Reasons To Let It Go and Move On

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I know many of us have heard DJ Khaled talk about the infamous ‘they’. ‘They’ are the naysayers and haters that speak against you and never want to see you win. Well, today I’m going to talk about ‘it’ and whether we know it or not, ‘it’ can have a greater effect on your life than ‘they’ ever could if you allow it to. ‘It’ can be anything that you’ve been holding to—a bad breakup, negative feelings toward a parent, a petty fight with a friend. Anything. Here are 10 good reasons to let it go and move on. 1.    It’s probably been eating away at your conscious and wearing you down. 2.    It’s affecting who you are as a person. 3.    It’s affecting your relationships with others. 4.    It’s become your life story. 5.    It’s keeping you away from your purpose. 6.    You will feel so much relief when […]

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Keys To A Happy and Healthy Relationship// Featuring My Husband Nathan

My husband Nathan and I were talking about what we think makes our marriage a happy marriage and we came up with a few things that we consider to be ‘keys” to maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. There’s a lot more to add to this list such as faith, praying together and respect but the five on this list are still pretty important. Check out our conversation: Trust Nathan: “Trust your partner enough to know that when they say they’re doing something, they’re actually doing it. And other stuff, like you know, trust your partner to go out be with their friends and have their own thing. Get rid of insecurities and try to fully trust in your partner. When you don’t have trust, your mind starts wandering and focusing on the wrong things. When you don’t trust them, you spend more time trying to figure out if they’re […]

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My Non-Preeclamptic, Successful VBAC Birth Story!

Guys, I’ve been itching to tell this story for so long because it was seriously one of the best days of my life. What better time to tell it than my little man’s first birthday! So let me first tell you guys a little bit about the birth of my daughter so that you can fully understand the blessing of my son’s birth. When I was 37 weeks pregnant with my daughter I went to Labor and Delivery with some serious symptoms and it turned out that I had preeclampsia. After tons of testing for about a week, I delivered her via C-section. No signs of labor, just extreme urgency from my doctors. Fast forward 3 1/2 years later… At around 4:00 in the morning on May 1st, 2015, I started having really strong Braxton Hicks. I had been having them a lot throughout this pregnancy so it was nothing […]

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