Teach Me Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday to you all! It has been more than a while since I wrote a TMT post. This past couple of months have been a whirlwind of changes. The change I am referring to is my son 🙂 He is growing so fast and learning so quickly and I actually tear up when I say this ,but he is becoming so independent. I have learned so many little mommy hacks and every day tips in the past couple of months I actually had to sit down and make a list so I wouldn’t forget. Let’s get started cause I am really excited to share!

In one of my past TMT posts I wrote about how to keep your kids sleepers by simply cutting the toes off and hemming them if you don’t like the look of a rough cut. Well, I am not going to say I learned this but instead I will say I was reminded of the Queen of all money savers when it comes to kids clothing. Thrifting! I have always enjoyed thrift shopping I am only sad that I started so late in life lol. Throughout college I gave away so many items with tags on them because I either forgot I owned them or I gained too much weight to fit in them. I walked into a little piece of heaven named Kid Zone Thrift and went BANANAS! I spent a total of $20 bucks and walked out with so many pieces of clothing for my little guy and most of it was brand spanking new. Best of all I purchased about four sets of pajamas for $1.99 a piece. Check out the picture below to see one!

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I even purchased a couple of t-shirts and two pair of shorts. No need to cut and sew sleepers anymore!

My next TMT tip this Tuesday is all about preparation. I don’t know about anyone else, but I actually can not stand carrying about those big bulky baby bags. I have even tried just purchasing a canvas bag, you know like the ones from your college days. Yeah, I quickly remembered why I hated those too. They get too heavy and I end up with a bruised shoulder or back pains. What makes it worse is I somehow seem to forget the perfectly packed baby bag that took about 30 minutes of my life to pack and then I end up stuck with a diaper full of poop explosion, an upset baby and a headache lol. So, I wised up and decided to create and emergency baby stash in my car. Yup. I mean I have everything in a bag in my trunk. I’m talking diapers, wipes, nasal aspirator, a second outfit, an empty sippy cup, sunblock, baby lotion
. Let’s just say I am stock piled just incase. Simple hack for any mom out there who hasn’t already thought it up.

My last TMT tip is actually something my wonderful husby taught me. Yes Ladies, our husbands can teach of a thing or two about parenting 🙂 My husband, son and I were recently at a birthday party for a cousin of mine. It was outside at a park and yes it was pretty warm out. My son was very thirsty and unfortunately the sippy cup we had on hand had leftover milk in it and we would rather wash it out with soap and water before letting him drink that so, Steven, my husband took my water bottle pulled out a knife from his key chain (yes my husband walks around with a utility key chain) I joke on him all the time up until he used that knife to poke a hole in the cap of the water bottle. This way baby pie can tilt the bottle up like he would his sippy cup and drink until his little tummy is content. I am going to be honest y’all, husby never looked sexier 🙂 Now when we are out and the opportunity presents it’s self I never hesitate to hydrate my son by any means necessary. Some may think it’s a bit much, but given the situation and my sons temperament when hungry or thirsty, I was one satisfied mama.

Well that’s about it for my TMT tips, I realize this is all baby related but lets me honest my life revolves around my number one guy Ty these days. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and most of all I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! Stay Inspired folks!

Aspire to Inspire,

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Thankful Thursday

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It is 6:53am on Thursday morning and it is now 54 degrees, when yesterday was 72. Too much of this kind of weather can drive anyone crazy. I love cold weather because it gives me the okay to throw some thick leggings on with boots under a pea coat and scarf and still look somewhat fashionable. I just wish our cold weather were more consistent.

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This week I am thankful for the warm weather we have had lately. The weather in NC is far from normal. It can go from 40 degrees one day to 72 the next. This week we actually had two beautiful, sunny days! Yes, I am very excited about that lol. I am over winter at the moment and can not wait for the first day of spring. I have it marked on my calendar, although around these parts it doesn’t exactly mean that the weather will be warm, still I am hoping for the best.

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This spring, I am looking forward to quite a few things:

  1. Gardening, I am obsessed with trying to not only master planting, but growing my own vegetables. So there will be a lot of YouTube watching in the near future.
  2. My usual park runs! I love my treadmill, but I really don’t use it the way I should. The reason, I need fresh air! My treadmill is crammed in a corner of a guest bedroom with the view of a wall. It only does the job for so long. The park in the spring is great, it’s not too hot, the air is crisp in the morning and it provides me with scenery that isn’t a wall. There are two seasons I love the most and that is fall and spring. You get the best weather in both. Not too hot or cold, the leaves changing colors in the fall are beautiful, the sun shining just right in the spring is the perfect warmth. Yup I am reminiscing. It is definitely time for spring.
  3. Last but not least, my baby pie’s birthday! On May 4 my son will be 1 years old. It is so hard to believe my little 7 pound baby will be turning one in two months. He is growing so fast, I was warned to be ready for the day I turned around and he is a toddler. My heart sank just a little yesterday as I was leaving a store and the sales clerk asked how old Ty is. I accidentally said 9 months and had to correct myself. “10 months, he is 10 months today.” My little baby pie is growing up and somehow I wish I could slow him down just a little.

What are you all thankful for this Thursday? Leave it below if you would like to share.

Have a happy Thursday and Stay Inspired!

Aspire to Inspire,

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Teach Me Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday People! The monthly TMT is on, and I decided since its Black History month I would fill this post with many thanks to the men and women who fought for many African-Americans rights. This will not be so much a Teach Me Tuesday, but a reminder of what those have done before myself to not only pave an easier path for us today but providing better opportunities today. So here goes!


 

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As if I really need to explain any further. Her name says it all. As a child my mother would always use the saying a wise man keeps his mouth shut. I think of Rosa Parks when I think of this saying. She made history without saying a word. She sat in silence and let her body language do all the talking. The epitome of both power and poise.

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Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet and to publish a novel. Born in 1753 into slavery, at the age of was sold to a John Wheatley whose family provided her with an education that was not very likely for most african americans in slavery. By twelve she as reading greek and latin, these works inspired her own work. She is known for her work poems on various subjects. She went to court in 1772 to defend her work, because many white people could not believe she wrote such amazing literature on her own. She was praised by George Washington and the infamous Jupiter Hammon (another african american poet) recognized her work in his own writing. If you haven’t heard of Ms. Wheatley or ever read any of her work,you can buy it here. I love to write and have had a bit of anxiety about putting my poetry online lately. Hearing her story of how she had to fight to prove her work definitely puts my anxiety in check. Thank you for the inspiration Wheatley, I will never doubt myself again.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. King believed in peace, unity and love. What more is there to say. He is infamous for so many things. The most popular being the dream he spoke into existence. He believed in using his words as weapons. His words will forever be remembered, and his actions will forever be honored.


These are only a few from a list of honorable first in african american history. If you are interested in learning about the first flack doctor, lawyer, or elected official click here. As I read the list I humbled myself. I felt both proud and great honor.

Happy Black History Month!

Aspire to Inspire,

Nettafied

Thankful Thursday

 

 

 

 

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Happy Thursday to you! This week I am thankful for longer nap times! I used to wish I could get my son to sleep longer than 30 minutes at a time. I would hear other moms talking about how their child takes naps for 1 or 2 hours, and I’m over here like can I get 45 minutes lol.

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I work from home now, so it is imperative that I manage my time wisely. This could not have happened at a better time. My son now sleeps for a total of 3 hours! Its good stuff. I know it’s seems weird that I am excited about nap time but you guys just don’t know how long I have dealt with 30 minute breaks throughout he day. It’s not like I sleep when he sleeps, I wish it were that easy. My decisions ranged from should I clean, prepare food for Ty, get dressed, feed myself or just stare at he wall for the 30 minutes I have, and how much can I get done in that time frame.

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I love spending time with my little one, nothing compares but it would be much easier if that’s ALL I had to do. Obviously, I don’t live in that world (if it’s ever found, let a sista know). I am able to get projects for work done plus some in those glorious 3 hours. No sleep though…..yeah…. no sleep lol. I am actually enjoying these long naps so much at night I look forward to nap time the next day. I put him down in his crib and do a happy dance, I am not kidding. It’s the dougie, I do the dougie. LOL!

 

All the same it never fails, an hour into his nap I find myself peeking into his room because I miss him. Then I remember all the times I would be rushing around the house to get things done in a 30 minute time frame. I look up and thank God for the next two hours I have left.

What are you Thankful for today?

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Thankful Thursday

 

 

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Thanksgiving!! A time to get together with family and friends who are like family to celebrate just being together. To me Thanksgiving is a time to not only give thanks for the things you do have (like good food) it’s a time to be thankful for the things that could have been as well. I think a lot about what direction my life could have went when I was younger. Sometimes we go through things for the purpose of coming out of them victorious. When we look behind us to catch a glimpse of the past that could have been, most will smile and be  thankful for where they are today.

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I believe our lives are a series of events that take place based off of our reactions and decisions. We are given free will to do as we please. So, what I am thankful for on this lovely crisp Thanksgiving day? Free will. I am proud of the decisions I have made in life both good and bad because as clichĂ© as this sounds, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without those decisions. With that  said, today shouldn’t be the only day we give thanks. I know some of you may read this and see my weekly Thankful Thursdays and think how is it that she has something she is thankful for every week? My answer to that is I woke up this morning. That alone deserves so much more than thankfulness. Let’s try to be thankful for everything we are given good and bad. I am even thankful for the bad ( and by bad I mean for me, not in general)people placed  in my life. Some of those people I never want to see again, but all the same I am thankful to have met them, for without them I would not be able to identify the type of friendships I don’t want.

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Now all seriousness aside 🙂 I am very thankful for good food this Thanksgiving lol. I have been on a strict juice diet in hopes to lose this excess baby weight. I’m excluding Thanksgiving Day because let’s be honest not even a dieter of all diets could control their urge to not eat on such a day as Thanksgiving. I will continue the day after, it’s soo hard y’all! 😩 but it is very much worth it.  Thank you for stopping by to check me out weekly. Thanks for listening while I ramble on about baby, weekly thanks, natural hair, and feeding my DIY addiction. I appreciate all of you so much and I am very thankful for you guys 🙂  What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving week? Happy Thanksgiving and Stay Inspired!

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Thankful Thursday!

 

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What are you thankful for on this lovely Thursday?  This week I am thankful for patience. I recently received some wonderful news from an old co-worker/friend who is receiving the fruits of her patience. She is about to make a great career move and I am so delighted for her. This has been a long time coming, although at times it was hard and aggravating for her to be patient I know now she understands the long wait was worth it. I love you girlie, you deserve this and need this change. Have you ever heard the expression patience is a virtue? I am sure you have. I have never really been the type of person to rush into things. I like to take my time and weigh my options, but there are moments when I just want to jump into something without giving a second thought. I have learned over time that patience always gives you what you want in the end. Most of the time you are 110% more satisfied than you would have been if you hadn’t waited.

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Please don’t mistake this post as me saying that you get what you want by sitting around and waiting. You definitely need to put effort into what it is you so desperately want. I just find in my experiences patience has always provided me with more than what I wanted. It also provided what I needed. So the next time you want to rush into making a huge purchase or making a rash decision on the first thing you see, remember that patience will eventually get you what you are longing to have.

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Always keep in mind that just because things are not happening the way or when you want them doesn’t mean that they will not happen. In perfect timing anything is possible. Stay Inspired, patient and thankful lovely people!

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