Wednesday, July 29, 2015

And I wasn't Disappointed

Happy Hump day!!! Picture me blowing a horn. Some are complaining about the heat wave we are in the middle of but noooooo not me. Bring it on, I just finally was able to erase those memories of shoveling my car out of the snow. I am making the most of this summer regardless what comes my way and speaking of what has come my way....

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I had a great opportunity not to long ago to take a break from my grandma duties if even for a few hours and go meet one of my man crushes. I have several but this one has been on going since 1999.
He is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside and talking to and with him is inspiring, uplifting, informative and freeing. I was fortunate enough to meet Tyrese!!!
Yes ladies, that Tyrese sing to me "Lately", kiss on me "Baby Boy", shot down the Decepticon's in "Transformer's movies", drive fast and say the silliest things "Fast and Furious franchise" Tyrese!

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I got the chance to join him at a meet and greet in Brooklyn thanks to a friend of mine. What a blast.
He discussed several things, he really is a talker but I am too so I didn't mind. It beats meeting someone you have admired and them turning out to be a total jerk. He shared his journey spoke about family, love, life, and being comfortable with who you are once you have found clarity. He spoke about his music and his acting career, his passion for new possibilities and of course his love and respect for Paul Walker. He shared his views on parenting and the importance of Co-Parenting in a civil manner. His court struggles and the disservice bitter x's project on their children. I even asked questions about the songs on his new album (which btw I totally love) and I wasn't disappointed.
He answered mine and every other question very specifically and clear.

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Ladies he confirmed that with anything in life as long as you have great communication anything is possible. There are great men and women out there you just have to know what you want and put yourself in the place to find them. And his smile is not bad at all, it truly melts you away. I was happy to have been a part of his last album promotional stops. When you decide to end something important in your life it should reflect the love you had for it and the joy it bought you. It should be the best you have to offer and this album totally reflects all of that and more.
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Tyrese, thank you for sharing your space with me and with so many others. It has been a pleasure to watch your growth and development. I look forward to your future endeavors for I know you still a lot more to offer this world.

So lovelies if you get the opportunity to meet someone you have loved from a distance I hope you grab it with both hands and I hope it isn't a disappointment.

Always stress free xo.

Monday, July 27, 2015

End of July Turn it Up Tuesday

It's our 97th week, which means we're only a few short weeks away from the 100th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! Wow almost @100! like Natasha pointed out thank you guys for always joining us and making this one of the best parties ever! Keep the greatness coming we love you all for the support, let the fun begin.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

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And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Free chose Increase Your Website Traffic with Social Media from Blog-Rite. "Promoting my blog is key and know the how and when to promoting my content is just as important."
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. "Great tips for using social media to promote your blog posts! Check it out and learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how."

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Free chose 6 Tips to Increase Page Views with Simple Blog Changes from Amanda Unfolded. "Increasing my page views is something I strive to do every day."

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Dawn chose A Lightning McQueen birthday cake from Living on Grace. "My son loves Lightening McQueen, and when he saw this post all i got from him was “Can i have that for my birthday???” His birthday is in November LOL"
Kelly also chose this post. "My son is turning 3 in December and is absolutely obsessed with Lightning McQueen! This cake has given me some inspiration for what to make for his birthday – I love this."

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Dawn chose Minion Fan or Fanatic? 10 Wild Minion Crafts for Adults from The Jenny Evolution. "Minions..... What can I say..... EVERYONE loves minions......enough said"

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Amy chose Smore Ice Cream Pops from Lou Lou Girls. "With it being the summer time, I am obsessed with s’mores. So I love coming across different variations of s’mores recipes. I can’t wait to try this one!"

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Amy chose How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms from Parental Journey. "I picked this post because it’s been a challenge getting my son to clean up after himself, I love the tips and suggestions in this post to help establish more of a routine so that I’m not always the one that need to nag him to do it."

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Kelly chose Free Reading Reward Charts from Life Over C's. "As a Librarian by day, I am a big believer in teaching children the importance of reading when they are young. Literacy rates have declined over the years and this is a great incentive for children to want to read."

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Elaine chose Bacon, Cranberry and Pecan Salad recipe from Summer Scraps. "A wonderful blend of my favorite ingredients."

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Elaine chose Mango Chutney Chicken from Suburble. "I love mango chutney and I rarely find recipes that have it as an ingredient."

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Stacey chose No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites from Krystal's Kitsch. "These look amazing and all of the ingredients are fully stocked in my kitchen! I love finding quick and easy snacks for the kids, especially if they are no bake, since I don't like using my oven in the summer. I can't wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing!"

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Stacey chose 50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes from One Little Project at a Time. "Last winter I bought the ice cream maker to go with my Kitchen Aid mixer and have yet to make any ice cream this summer. I look forward to trying out a few of these recipes. Thank you for sharing!"

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Kori chose Get A Toddler To Sleep Through The Night from Practical Mommy. "I chose this one because I have a toddler who will not sleep through the night... we're looking for solutions and this post helped."

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Kori chose Processed Food Alternatives for Super Busy People from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. "I chose this one because we're trying to eat healthier and one way to do that is by reducing the amount of processed food we eat. I can't eat too much of it anyway because I get migraines, so this post is definitely useful."

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Tina chose How to Fold Napkins Into Pinwheels from AttaGirl Says. "Beautiful pinwheels .I love it!Learn how to fold your pinwheel napkins and impress. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us."

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Tina chose Patriotic Desserts for the 4th of July from Organized Island. "I love this nutella cupcakes.Easy and so tasty.I adore Nutella recipes.Thanks for sharing this tasty idea with us."

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Mari chose 55+ Grilling Recipes from Top Bloggers from Juggling Act Mama. "Loved Ang's grilling share so many choices sure to find something that suits everyone. I love grilling it's quick and easy and helps with healthy choices."

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Mari chose Simple Nutella Cupcakes from Organized Island. "Raquel's Nutella treat looked so yummy and I just bought a jar at home so look forward to trying this treat!"

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Tiffany chose Originality & Uniqueness in Your Branded Elements from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. "In this post Tenns from Bliss and Faith touches on how important it is to stay original in your branding and how that can ultimately lead to your success in a world where so many try to be just like everyone else."

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Tiffany chose 13 Things You Miss When You Become a Mommy from Fun Money Mom. "OMGosh Lisa has seriously been in my head with each of these points. As a Mom you give up a lot but I think you don’t realize how much…I mean I haven’t had a warm meal in years!"
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. "Lisa hits the nail on the head with her 'hilarious but true' list of things mothers can no longer do. I only have one child and I could completely relate to all 13 things!"

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Sarah chose Sew a Kiss the Frog Bean Bag Toss and Learning Game from Sew Travel Inspired. "such a fun, unique, & creative way to engage with your children, in numerous ways."

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Sarah chose Repainted Welcome Mat from Love My Big Happy Family. "I like working with hana (melting beads) and feel this is the perfect summer camper craft that kids would love to make and customize. My girls would love to have this on their backpacks showing how much they love camping."

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Karren chose Snickers Ice Cream Sandwich Cake from Three Kids and a Fish.

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Karren chose Get Your Grill On – 35 Yummy Grilling Recipes from Pink Heels Pink Truck.

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Anuja chose Avocado + Mint Smoothie from View From the Fridge.

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Anuja chose Golden Stenciled Bedroom Wall from Albion Gould.

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Natasha chose Stop, and calm the f*#k down from Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red. "Love. This. Post! It is so important for us as parents to take a step back and calm down. And this post explains it all - it's almost like Emma was reading my mind!"

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The post with the most views is 10 Sure Signs That You Are A Mom from our very own Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

I too want to scream at Your kid sometimes

Hey dolls! Everyone enjoying their Summer? I am! I have been deleting all things Back to School that I see in my inbox sorry if you were one of those I am just not ready for another school year yet. Life moves fast as it is without us speeding it up more than necessary and yes my baby is grown and I don't really need to worry about back to school but guess what...I do, it's called tuition bill coming soon. That's why I am not rushing it I would love for it just to be about pencils and notebooks but its bigger than that so in the meantime I will totally continue to just enjoy my warm weather and push away school stuff for a little bit longer thank you lol.

So let's see so many things going on in the news that I want to chat about I had to make a list to keep me focused. Open discussions and dialogue are my favorite things but sometimes emotions, even mine can get in the way of growth and learning.

Today I want to chat about our Maine neighbors and the "Diner drama". So many things have been said and written I see both sides and they both have merit. This is my take...
No one has the right to just yell at another person's child BUT when what is going on with Your child invades My space then the rules change.

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From the Diner Owner's side:
-she offered options
-has right to provide quality service for ALL customers
-has right to take matters into her own hands in her establishment for the greater good
-has right to an opinion and to comment
-does not have the right to yell at a customer...period
-doesn't have to deal with crying kids for lengthy amount of time

From the Parent's side:
-have the right to take their child anywhere they wish
-have the right to respectful and courteous service
-have the right to raise their child as they wish
-should have taken child outside earlier
-should be more mindful of their child's needs

To summarize my thoughts from the information I have gathered...

As a mother I would never wait around for over 30 minutes to be served anywhere especially with a small child and then another 40 minutes for service? That is insane and irresponsible, especially for food if your child is hungry or if you (parent) didn't even bring things to keep your child busy. They are not like us they get fussy and impatient, heck I am an adult and can't sit around too long waiting for my food when I am hungry.

The mom claimed the diner was noisy? Hello! it's a Diner, people gather around table talking and laughing having fun while eating their food. It is not a restaurant setting where the volume tends to be less animated. If your child can't deal with large crowds and noise it is your responsibility as the parent to know where you can take your child so they feel comfortable. No one knows my child better than me and if my choices cause an issue and my poor judgment brings about discomfort to other's then I am totally to blame and I should own up to my part of the responsibility.

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As a mother whenever my daughter would start to show signs of uncomfortableness and I saw a crying session coming I would wet a napkin with warm water pass it round her face excuse myself and take her outside. Why would I want to cause a scene? Why should anyone have to deal with my crying child? I don't want to deal with any one's crying child and I shouldn't have too. I would definitely give you a look or possibly even walk over and see what we can do.

That the Diner owner was out of line with the yelling is a given. That was disrespectful in general I don't care about the age. People being upset about the fact it was a child is sort of silly in general as if kids get a free pass. Discipline your kids period and someone else won't feel the need to do it for you. Handle your biz and no one else will have to step into your space. Everyone doesn't have a filter that is why you are responsible for your child in public places at all times. That the language she used may not be how we would have handled matters? ok I get that, poor judgement period.

In over 20 years of parenting I too have found myself on both sides of that diner drama. Not necessarily exactly like that but in parks with bully kids or kids just running crazy period. Parents on the phone or reading while their kid grabbed my kid's toys, parent bringing kid to a birthday party doing them and not paying attention to their child's behavior. Going into a grocery store and having to deal with running kids in the aisles. So many stories so many ways to handle a situation. I have definitely raised my voice to another person's child and I wouldn't have an issue if vice verse as long as you are mindful of your words and don't touch my child. No one sets out wanting to discipline another person's children but if you aren't around to do it or if you neglect to do it properly in someone else's space again...it is bound to happen.

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I think the lesson we should all take away the bigger picture per say is we as parents must make better choices when taking our kids out to eat in public places. We must be better prepared to tend to their needs and we must take proper actions to keep all party's involved as comfortable as possible.
They are our responsibility, it is up to us to take care of them properly. No business is responsible to make your child comfortable. Good service safe environment yes period.

To the diner owner...I am not mad at you but I do think perhaps in the future you may want to be more mindful of your words. Your language is not one that resolves matters but instead instigates more negativity. I think your energy would be best served invested in matter that opens communication, understanding, respect and resolution end of the day if it was another person with a different personality I am sure things would have ended very differently. I know for me they would have.

What do you think? Is it solely the responsibility of a parent to control their child in public places? As a business owner am I responsible for keeping your child calm and cooperative during their stay? Would you say something to someone else's child? Does it depend on circumstances or just never?
Please share your thoughts.

Always stress free xo.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Salmon and Steamed Veggies w/ a Glaze and Herbs

Hey lovelies today I want to share something I made a few days ago in a matter of 30 minutes while I paused a new find on Netflix. I must say I am really leaning towards cancelling my cable for good. I mean I am finding so many other ways to catch the shows I actually watch and it hasn't been through my cable.
The new show I found that has me on a marathon?...DareDevil!!! Yes I said it, not the movie version with Ben Affleck though I enjoyed that one too, this is a new series on Netflix. It's awesome very dark and it sucks you in and it has Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio just to name a few. If you haven't seen it go give it a try.

Anyway I am so into my marathon that when I got up to make this I totally left my phone in living room so I only took pic of finished product, please give me a pass this time xo.

Thursday's Treat...Salmon and Steamed Veggies w/ a Glaze and Herbs!

Ingredients:
-salmon
-broccoli medley bag
-thyme
-rosemary
-olive oil
-salt
-pepper
-honey
-mustard 
-garlic powder
-parm cheese


This was super easy and fast. I took half a bag of Broccoli Medley mix I bought at Western beef and placed in medium pot added 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of Olive oil mix and put flame on low, covered for about 7/10 minutes.
In another bowl I mixed 1/2 tsp of the following...thyme, rosemary, pepper, garlic powder and salt. I added 1 tbsp of honey and 1 of mustard. I mixed it all together till well blended then dipped my Salmon fillets till fully covered.

I broiled the Salmon in toaster oven for about 10 minutes, I love the outside to get nice color and crispy like coating from the honey. I used aluminum foil to catch any droppings and easy clean up.

My last sprinkled treat was a bit of Parm cheese over the veggies...done.
Yummy, easy peasy, healthy and fun, enjoy!!!

Always stress free xo.