If you're like me, there aren't enough hours in the day to lean into your passions, be a Michelin star chef (or get your child to eat their veggies), raise the next tech giant (and monitor their technology use), while looking like you got it all together.Read More
2016 is special for me in more ways than one! My lil' mama will be three-years-old this year, and starting preschool sooner than I can process. So we are getting a head start on the basics of learning, playing with sounds and colors.Read More
Everyday, I wake Ayo up with big kisses and a high-five. I usually have her oatmeal prepared and on the table waiting for her to enjoy breakfast. From the moment she wakes up, until the time she goes to bed, I affirm her worth, or what I like to call, her inner awesomeness. I'm constantly affirming she's beautiful, intelligent, forgiving, loved, and safe. Since she was an infant I would hold her in my arms and affirm these same things.Read More
Ayo is two. She doesn't talk much; well not as much as her pediatrician thinks she should be. I never found this to be an issue until after our return from our two-month trip to England earlier this year. We came home to red alerts. A seasonal cold warranted her a trip to the doctor where her sitter was told she was delayed in speech and those were possible signs of autism. Imagine sitting at a new job with work-related stress trying to come up to speed and you receive a call of this nature. I was physically sick. This information tormented me. Had I not done a good job as a mother? Better yet, had I failed as a parent?Read More
Ayo and I decided to get out and take on the beach. We've had a long few weeks, and an outing was very necessary to just sit and marvel at God's beauty. While Ayo conquered her fear of sand (it was her second time at the beach), I was finally able to be comfortable in a bathing suit. I love sharing these moments with her. It didn't take much money or effort to find peace. We embraced the love in the sun. Thank you Universe for this moment of pure bliss!
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Sightseeing has always fascinated me. I love the feeling of seeing the natural and man-made wonders of the world. I've been fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful monuments in and out of the country. Up until this past Sunday, April 26th, I had never been to the Statue of Liberty. It wasn't that I didn't want to, it's just no one ever took me as a child. I'm grown now, and the excuses of not being taken don't work anymore. This was the perfect opportunity to take #SweetBabyAyo to see Lady Liberty up close and personal.Read More
I woke up with my body aching from our adventure the day before. Lifting Ayo up and down the stairs was not fun or easy. Nonetheless, I realized I was in Paris! I had so much to be grateful for. So I got up, washed my face and changed my attitude. Finally, I was ready to start my day.Read More
We arrived at the airport two and half hours early to catch our flight. Thankfully, I checked-in online because the line was incredibly long. We didn't have to check our bags. I decided to carry on my duffle bag to make it easier to push her in the stroller. Have you ever tried to push a stroller and suitcase at the same time? Yeah. Not happening. We had two full days in Paris, and I needed to be as strategic as possible. Going through security is always a headache, but try that with a small child. I had to breakdown her stroller, take off our coats, and then get my bag searched while trying to hold her in my arms. Sadly, we lost a few good hair products. I was so happy when it was over.
It was time for some fresh air, literally. Due to my strenuous school schedule, it'd kept us cooped up in the house for the first two weeks of our trip. I decided to take Ayo to visit my old stomping grounds in Worcester, Worcestershire.Read More