The idea that moms should place their dreams and self-care on hold once they have kids is false! I recently came across an Instagram post that said, “Of course her kids come before you! Heck her kids come before her.” Many people would agree with this and there were a lot of likes and virtual hi-fives...

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This post was supposed to go live last Monday. And I find it so timely that the reason it didn’t is because I ended up getting pretty sick all of last week. So I tucked the laptop away and took and break to take care of myself. And I’m so excited to share what’s within...

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a Blogger Ambassador/Correspondent for the Ubiquitous Expo. As always, all opinions are my own. I am thrilled to be invited back again as a Blogger Ambassador/Correspondent for the 2016 Ubiquitous Expo. If you missed my recap and deets from last year, you can check it out here. I...

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Last week I had the privilege to interview the lovely Coleen Otero. She’s a celebrity Hair/Makeup Artist who lost it all. Four homes, luxury cars, and several businesses! With 5 children, the Otero family was forced to get help by living with family to rebuild. Her work has been featured on Bravo, BET, NBC, CBS, Macy’s,...

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Business Travel Blunders You’re away on business travel, and you’re so focused on your business it’s easy to lose connection with your loved ones at home. You also forget to bring them a souvenir from your trip so on the way home, you rush through the airport and you grab the first thing you find...

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This past Friday, my family got to spend the day at Six Flags America for their annual VIP/Media Crab Feast and to check out their new Splash Water Falls water park. We love Six Flags because it is close to home in MD and there is so much to do! I recently shared my experience...

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Self-love Self-love is something that took me many years to learn about and accept. I had been mistreated for so long I began to accept the negativity that I allowed myself to fall victim to. So many women across this world fall into this same trap but I’m here to tell you there can be...

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Are you constantly on the lookout for the next million-dollar idea? Do you have a notebook full of inventions or business concepts that you think could be truly great? You’re not alone. Lots of people have good business ideas running through their head. So how do you know when your idea is good enough to...

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I just came back from being recognized at the Canadian Black Women’s Awards ceremony, and as much of an honour being nominated and selected was, the opportunity to be in the midst of so many inspirational women was just as great an honour. The wisdom shared was incredibly amazing. To see so many black women who...

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Last week I had the privilege to participate in a roundtable discussion with Vanessa Morrison, President of Fox Animation Studios, along with a number of other bloggers including Mommy Noire and Mocha Moms, to name a few. We got the opportunity to ask Morrison about her involvement with the ICE AGE series and animation career....

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Praying for your husband

Praying for Your Husband is so Simple

July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Praying can be Simple & Direct Ladies, are you praying on a regular basis? Do you go to God with your problems, thoughts, and frustrations? Praying isn’t as hard and difficult as it seems; it can be simple and direct. Heavenly Father, help me. Father, heal me. Heavenly Father, please forgive me. Those are simple...

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If you follow me on Snapchat (christinestvil), Periscope, Instagram or really any other social media channel, then you already know how much my girls and I love GaBBY Bows. Gabby Goodwin and her mom, Rozalynn have solved the age-old headache of missing and/or disappearing barrettes. They’ve created a double-face, double-snap barrette that holds hair in...

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Changes & Parenting Au-Some

Changes and parenting an Au-some child

July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Changes in routines with an Au-some child can be difficult for both the parent and child. Most kids on the Autism spectrum have even more difficulties dealing with changes in a routine compared to typically developing children. It can be a daily routine or even a season routine (Spring into Summer). When change occurs and...

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I have alopecia! This means I live with hair loss. My scalp is covered with bald spots so I shave my head weekly. The number of U.S. women experiencing some form of hair loss is 21 million. Relevant Research, Inc. International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery 7.8.2014  Barbershop My life changed the day I walked...

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Is it just me or is “everyone” pregnant all of a sudden? Lol. I’m seeing pregnancy announcements and bellies popping up all over the place. It’s funny cause before I used to get baby-fever, but now with my 4 boys, I’m more than good, and I’m simply happy for those expecting their little bundles of...

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of sneaking in some mommy time to spend the night out with some of my very favorite Bloggy Boos. We were invited to check out the new location and VIP soft opening/launch of Not Your Average Joe’s (NYAJ) in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. I actually hadn’t really heard much about...

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What is summer vacation if it is not jam-packed with fun, and gets even better when it can be done on a budget? The kids want the fun and mom doesn’t want to break the bank. Here are five resources that will help you score some inexpensive summer fun and make everyone happy. Groupon, Travel...

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Yes, I said it! All lives matter is incorrect. Of course, in theory, all lives matter is a correct statement. However, it’s a thoroughly incorrect rebuttal to #BlackLivesMatter. The fact that there is even a retort to #BlackLivesMatter at a time when it’s evident that we are being denied the basic, inalienable rights of LIFE,...

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black husband

Open Apology to My Black Husband

July 13, 2016 | 3 Comments

To my beautiful, strong, BLACK HUSBAND! I want to first start off with an apology. I am publicly apologizing for not respecting you when you deserve my respect and so much, more. Watching the news over the last couple of days got me twisted, babe. I am going to say, I am even a bit ashamed...

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Raising a black son in america

Not Guilty: Raising a Black Son in America

July 12, 2016 | 1 Comments

There are moments in history so monumental that any and everyone you meet remembers where they were and what they were doing at that time. When a man walked on the moon. When JFK was shot. When the Challenger exploded.  When Barack Obama was elected president. As a mother raising a black son, for me, one...

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It’s been quite a week since last. Last Monday was Independence Day, but the day’s that followed certainly didn’t feel like our community had liberty of any kind. I know people unplugged from social media cause it was just all too much. Unplugging Unplugging and finding your focus is not only recommend but good for you to...

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Traumatized #AltonSterling

#AltonSterling — We Are Traumatized

July 8, 2016 | 1 Comments

Early Wednesday morning as I was scrolling through Instagram, I saw a meme that read “Six Shots” and the caption read #AltonSterling. The sad thing is that I already knew what had transpired before I even knew the story. The combination of that meme and caption let me know that a black person had been...

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Empty nest syndrome

How to Deal With Empty Nest Syndrome

July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Are you experiencing that sad “Empty Nest Syndrome”? Your last baby is now finally settled in her or his kindergarten class, what to do with your free time? High School graduation is finally over and the last child is off to college. The house is now empty and free from noise. That leaves yet another...

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Let me start this post by saying: Disney nor Disney Junior have confirmed anything about Doc McStuffins being cancelled after Season 4 premieres later this month. That being said…they also haven’t confirmed that it is not being cancelled. This is why #RenewDocMcStuffins started trending this past Saturday, July 2nd and people are still bombarding the...

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formation

There’s Always Time To Get In Formation

July 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

Almost a month ago, I received a very unexpected surprise. A college acquaintance sent me a Facebook inbox message asking if I had plans for that evening. The message really threw me off because I live in Illinois and she resides in Alabama. Thus, I really thought she had accidentally sent it to the wrong...

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Award Winning Television Producer, Endyia Kinney-Sterns, the “Go To Guru” for reality television, wife and mother of two. Kinney-Sterns has 15+ years of producing quality TV experience, working as the Vice-President of Development for OWN Network and working alongside Oprah Winfrey, developing shows for major networks such as VH1, NBC and BET to a...

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It’s independence day here in the US. And now that I’m older, this day continues to bring on new meaning with each level of my journey in this thing called life.  As I watch the fireworks tonight, I’ll be thinking of all of the moms who have been able to claim their own freedom just...

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Disclosure: This post and event coverage is sponsored by AT&T. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own and that of the contributing writer. Last week, my good friend had the opportunity to attend the AFI DOCS Film Festival in DC and Silver Spring, MD on behalf of AT&T.  What exactly is AFI DOCS...

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Nowadays, we all hear the word manifesting being tossed around daily, especially in the entrepreneur world. We hear about using the power of your thoughts and positive thinking, to change our life circumstances. We also hear about using our imaginations to “act as if” we have already achieved our dreams which will then allow us to...

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the wild side

How To Walk On The Wild Side For .99 cents!

June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ever feel like your life has gotten a little too humdrum and predictable? Ever want to break out of a self-inflicted mold, defy your own conventions and norms, and otherwise shock the heck out of the people who think they know you best? (People like my Mother – but shhh! I’m not supposed to write...

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