Sep 15, 2014

Weekend Fun- Dr. Oz and Gwinnett County Fair

Another weekend filled with jam packed fun with my girls!  I love these moments spending quality time with them because tomorrow is never promise, so live every day like it's your last.


Since I work full time during the week, I miss a lot of precious moments of school events with my girls and I try to make it up to them on the weekends.  I may be tired and want to use my weekends to catch up on sleep but I want to make sure I spend my quality time with them.


Hopefully within a year when my job relocates I'll be 100% financially independent so I can be with my girls a lot more.  I hate seeing them grow up so fast and missing out on a lot of events happening in their lives.


This past weekend, the girls and I headed downtown Atlanta to drop in and see Dr. Oz speak at the Hilton Hotel.   We only caught the first 5 minutes of him speaking since the ballroom was filled up to the max which left us standing in the back.  We couldn't take just standing there for 90 minutes so the girls and I left to head to IKEA to pick up bedding for our beds.  There were local bloggers at the Dr. Oz event that stayed and had a chance to meet Dr. Oz in person, I could have too but it was too late for me to get on the media list, maybe next time.


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After scrambling around IKEA feeling like cattle bunched in together due to a huge crowd of people shopping for home design goods, we sat and ate lunch there, purchased our bedding, and then proceeded to attend the Gwinnett County Fair.

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It has been a tradition for us to attend the county fair when it comes into town.  My girls now looks forward to riding the more grown up rides instead of the kiddie ones.  They kept wanting me to go on the fast rides with them but this momma doesn't do fast rides, rides that goes upside down, or roller coasters- yes I'm no fun.

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I love the aroma of funnel cakes, corn dogs, and chili cheese fries filling the air!  I did good by not purchasing any fair foods since I ate at IKEA before we arrived, but it was very tempting.

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What I also love about the fair is visiting the farm animals in the stables.  Local farmers brings their live stock like sheep and cows to see if their animals are Best in Show to win prizes.  The girls and I didn't sit down to watch but we did watch a milking cow class.  We were shown how cows were milked and how cows has a baby every year to help continue to supply milk.  Cows as young as 4 years old starts having babies and they stay pregnant for 9 months, which means they have a baby every year- that is news to me.

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The girls and I also visited a couple of other exhibits, a petting zoo and also a monarch butterfly exhibit.

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I really loved walking into the butterfly exhibit and feeding the butterflies- they're very beautiful and have amazing bold colors and exotic designs.  I was curious as to how the owner of the butterflies travel with them and how she catch them to travel to different fairs and she told me at night the butterflies flies to the top of the net to go to sleep and she catch them all then.  If she is traveling far, she freezes the butterflies and they go into hibernation- hmm that's news to me too.


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We spent several hours at the fair but once nightfall hit and the teens started arriving, it was time for us to head home.





If you're in the Atlanta Metro area, make sure to attend the Gwinnett County Fair.  There are pageants, magic shows, circus shows, rides, exhibits, and so much more!  Fair is from September 11th-21st.


How was your weekend?




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Sep 12, 2014

Product Review Weekend Link Up Party #ProductReviewParty #27

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Sep 11, 2014

black-ish Show Coming to ABC

In this day in age, reality shows seems to rule television.  But what's worst is a lot of these shows are not suited for the little ones to watch, especially African American reality shows.  I'm guilty as charge watching these train wreck shows but it would be better if there were more positive programming showing African American families at a positive light.


I remember during my childhood of days growing up watching shows like Family Matters and The Cosby Show.  These showed Black families who stood by each other and uplifted one another.  There were always a moral of a story presented on each episode on each shows. 


You don't see shows like these anymore and that's very disappointing.


I just gotten an email of a press release the other day about a new sitcom coming to ABC called black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.  The show will air September 24th at 9:30pm.


This show looks likes it'll be funny to watch, but I'm not sure if I'm really feeling the title of the show.  Here are more details about the show in JET magazine.


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In the September issue, JET presents two covers – one with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as they prepare to launch their new program, black-ish, and their second annual “40 Under 40 list,” featuring none other than the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions as the iconic image.



Shows such as The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and My Wife and Kids were programs that depicted the African-American family on mainstream television in a positive light.  However, the presence of the Black family on network television has been largely missing, other than on reality shows, since these programs went off air.  This fall, the show black-ish is set to premiere on ABC on September 24, quenching the desire of those looking for diversity in their television programming.  



“Around the time of President Obama’s presidency, it seems like there was a switch toward the reality representation of Black families, “said the show creator Kenya Barris. 
“Now you have Love & Hip Hop or Hollywood Exes that show Black families as a lot more disrupted.”



Unlike the Cosby Show, black-ish explores how a well-to-do African-American family in a predominately White neighborhood deals with maintaining their Black cultural identity while also "assimilating" into the culture of their neighbors. 



“I think it’s a lovely thing that we’re being compared to something as great as The Cosby Show was at its time, but we’re not trying to emulate them,” said Anderson about the show. 



Anderson will play the family’s father, Andre Johnson, and Ross will play his wife, Rainbow Johnson. 





 The JET September issue is now available in Apple, Google Play and Amazon stores for download.  The magazine has extended the free trial period until September 30.  Tips on how to download the latest edition of the JET digital magazine can be found at jetmag.com/godigital.  Content on the app is refreshed every Friday on the “Weekly Tap In” and “Beauty of the Week” pages.  




About JET
JET magazine, initially billed as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine,” is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the Civil Rights movement.  The publication is now in an all-digital format, and the new digital magazine app will leverage a variety of storytelling tactics and provide enhanced reader engagement.  Today’s coverage includes current events, entertainment news, healthy living guidelines, and fashion and beauty tips.  The magazine has been a trusted news source to Black Americans since 1951, bringing life to its popular catchphrase: “If it isn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.”

Visit JETmag.com. “Like” GetJETMag on Facebook, Follow @GetJETMag on Twitter and Instagram




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Sep 10, 2014

Top 10 List of What I Like about the Fall Season #FallSeason

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I may moan and groan that Summer went by way too quickly but I actually like that the Fall season is around the corner.  The weather is prefect and leaves creates such beautiful warm red, yellow, orange and brown hues.  I thought this would be a fun post to talk about the things I like about Fall.


 

 

Here is my Top 10 List of What I Like about the Fall Season:



1. Warm Drinks-  I'm a tea drinker and I love drinking hot tea when I can so in Fall I'll be drinking even more of my favorite chai teas.  Also other warm tea drinks I like is Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks, it surely does gets your taste buds going.


2. Boots-  I love bringing out my boots and pairing them with leggings, skinny jeans, and even some dresses.  There are so many different styles of boots that I love them all!  Every season I'm always finding myself buying a new pair or two, or three!


3. Cardigan Sweaters- I love cardigan sweaters because they give you just the right amount of warmth and style.  You can still get away with wearing your summer time shirts while wearing your cardigan sweaters.


4. Fall Foods- Fall is a time to not worry about your weight and chow down on some comfort foods. My crock pot will be working overtime this Fall, especially when I make my homemade chili.  I can't forget all those yummy Fall desserts like pumpkin pie, apple pie, and anything with cinnamon and spice in it...yummy!


5. Fall Shows- New shows and old shows starts to return on tv during the Fall.  I don't really watch much tv anymore like I use to but I love catching up on new and old reality shows- it's my guilty pleasure.


6. Fairs and Festivals-  The girls and I love attending fairs and festivals during the Fall months, especially pumpkin patches and wandering in corn mazes.


7. Football-  Are you ready for some football?  I know I am!!!!  I know this comes as a bit of a shocker of me liking football but I love watching my home team (Oakland Raiders) play.  There is a lot of trash talking going on in my household because Mr. M loves San Francisco Forty Niners which is the Raider's rival team.  But it's all good clean fun.


8. Time Change- I love when the time change and we get an extra hour of sleep, that is very helpful.  Only downside is that it gets darker earlier.  Time Falls back on November 2nd.


9. Fall Holidays- Halloween is always fun because my girls loves playing dress up in their favorite cartoon character costumes.  We hit up our local mall to do our trick or treating there since it's much safer and they get buckets full of candy.  Thanksgiving is another favorite Fall holiday because our family get together, we break bread, and we share what we are all thankful for.


10. Fall Birthdays- There are a couple of birthdays in my household happening in the Fall!  I have a birthday on September 18th (well technically it is still Summer) and my oldest daughter will have a birthday in October.  You'll read about what we did for our birthdays on this blog. 


What do you like about the Fall Season?

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Sep 9, 2014

August Favorite Products 2014 #MustHaves


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Wow August just flew by didn't it?  In the month of August, I've gotten some pretty cool products that are must haves for everyone.  Check out what I was crushing on last month.


Nikon Coolpix P600-  Have you noticed better quality photos on this blog?  I finally took the plunged and purchased myself a camera for this blog.  Since I was really enjoying my Samsung S5 photos, I felt like if my blog is now a business I needed to treat it that way so a professional camera was a must.  I get invited as media to a lot of events and busting out with a cell phone to take pictures doesn't look very professional in my opinion.  This camera is simple amazing!  It may not be a DSLR but it is one step close to one.  No need for changeable lens because this camera has a 60x zoom!  Also this camera has a built in Wifi so you can transfer your photos to your cell phone or tablet.  Pictures comes out crisps and clear. Camera has a built in flash also.  I haven't tried the video option yet but I bet the videos comes in clear like the photos.  I love that this camera is also user friendly.  I'm still learning about this point and shoot Nikon camera and all the features but I'm having a really fun time with it.  Camera is a bit pricey at over $400, but to me it is well worth it.


Fab Kids- I've seen and heard of Fab Kids before but was too nervous to purchase their clothing for my daughters because I wasn't for sure how the quality would be or the fitting since they're only online.  Good thing they contacted me to review their clothes and I fell in love with their summer clothing collection.  You can read all about my review here.  Also you'll start seeing more reviews of their clothing line on this blog.


Neutrogena- Yes I know I have used their skincare products when I was in my teens but I forgot about this brand for some reason and Neutrogena contacted me and reintroduce me and I'm so glad they did!  Their skincare products has been amazing to my skin and making my skin look more refresh and youthful.  My acne is starting to be non-existent thanks to their wonderful skincare line.  Make sure to tour around this blog for my reviews and giveaways.


Elf on the Shelf- I've heard of Elf on the Shelf but never had the slightest idea what it really was all about.  Good thing I was invited to a event to learn about the Elf on the Shelf tradition.  The girls were gifted with a girl elf that they can't wait to bring out on Thanksgiving.  She'll be watching the girls behavior and making reports to Santa (Evil Laugh).  You can read all about the event with me meeting the co-creator here.


ALTAR' D STATE- While at Play Nintendo Tour event, I needed to take a retail therapy break away from all the games and gamers and I noticed a new store had recently opened at the mall we were at.  I'm starting to really like the hobo chic style because it's very mellow and has a relaxing feel to it.  I noticed ALTAR' D STATE is a Christian clothing store with a message Stand Out For Good.  If you have a prayer request you can submit one at their store or online at their website.  This company also gives back 1% of their sales to local and international charities.  They also fund their employees volunteer hours each month.  The downfall about this clothing store is their prices are a bit expensive, so I'll shop there about a few times a year.



What were some of your favorite products in August?

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Sep 8, 2014

Macy's Fall Fashion Show Event with Emme Recap #MacysEvents @SheSpeaksUp @Macys #ad

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I was invited by SheSpeaks to attend this fashion event.  I was compensated for my time and all opinions are my own.


Last week, I was invited to attend a fashion show at Macy's Lenox Mall in Atlanta that was hosted by Emme, the first plus size super model!


Since I couldn't go to New York Fashion week (yes, I got invited to attend a fashion event in New York but not at Mercedes-Benz), it felt good to be able to go to a fashion show near my home.


When I got the invite about Emme's fashion show, my first thoughts were, "Who is Emme?"  With me being the sorta fashionista, I felt bad that I didn't know who Emme was.  I thought maybe she could be a designer who was showing her Fall collection.  I should've done some research before I attended the event.  But good thing my fashion maven bloggy boo Marie from The Curvy Fashionista explained to me who she was.  Come to find out Emme is a close friend to Marie- how cool is that!

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Marie is the lady with the gray sweater dress on

I took off an hour early from work, rounded up my girls from day care, and we were off to the Macy's fashion show!


It never fails when I attend events with my girls first thing they do is raid what ever food and drinks they can find- LOL!

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We got the 5 star treatment of being able to have front row seating and get a up close look of Emme and the models.  We were also served hors d' oeuvre while we were seated too- I told you 5 star treatment!


I got to meet and greet all my local blogger buddies while the girls and I patiently waited for the show to begin.


The show started a bit late but I didn't mind at all since it was a Friday night and I was just happy to be in attendance.


The presenter walked upstage and got the crowd ready for some fun with Emme.  I was so anxious for Emme to walk out.  I have never met a super model before and sitting there wondering how Emme would look in person had my mind racing.

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Once Emme strutted out behind the curtains, I instantly felt a great connection with her.  She was beautiful, wonderful spirit, great sense of humor, and had on a killer leopard jumpsuit on!


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Emme went on and greeted the crowd and then introduced herself.  She had us log onto our phones and tablets to a website to do one trivia question about herself.   The question was, "Where was Emme raised?"  Answer was Saudi Arabia but she was born in New York.  She returned to the states when she was a teenager.  While staying in Saudi Arabia, she witnessed women being treated poorly by getting stoned and they were not able to have a voice of their own.  This makes you appreciate the freedom we have in our country to be free to be what we want, wear what we want, and have our own voice.


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Emme also explained that she is a every day mom, cancer survivor,  and helps show women to love their curves.  She talked about how happy she was with the fashion industry to start catering to women that are full figured.  Curvy girls can now look beautiful and have heads turning just like the women who wear single digit size clothing.  No longer do they have to wear wide jeans ( which makes you look bigger ) and over-sized shirts.  


Now, FASHION SHOW TIME!  I noticed what were in trend for Fall featured in the show were leopard prints, ankle boots, camouflage prints,  moto jackets, sweater dresses, wrap dresses, mix prints, skinny jeans, skirts, and warmer colored clothes.


Stand out brands worn during the show were Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, and INC Internationals Concepts.


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One of the models were wearing a pair of ankle boots by Giani Bernini I recently purchased from Macy's!  Looks like my Fall fashions are off to a great start!  The model had the cutest outfit on with those boots.  That was my favorite outfit of the night!


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It was great to see my mommy blog buddy Joyce from Mommy Talk Show strut it down the runway, she had the crowd roaring!  She was very nervous before the show began but she walked down that runway like a pro alongside the other models.


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Highlight of the show was when Joyce's son came onstage with her because he wanted to be with his mom.  You know, a mother's job never ends and that was such a heartfelt moment- priceless!


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Once the show ended, there was a questions and answers segment. Top questions were:


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  • Can you wear white after Labor Day?  A lot of people said yes but a couple said no because it depends on where you're at.  Like lets say you're in New York after Labor Day, you wouldn't wear white out there since it is one of the fashion capitals and the fashion rules are pretty strict out there.  Well, I think people should wear whatever they want and that includes wearing white after Labor Day.  Who cares what other people think!

  • Does the word Plus Size sound offensive?  A lot of people in the audience felt like this word sounds offensive.  I'm not plus size so the word doesn't offend me but I know some people prefer the word curvy instead of plus size and full figured.



After the segment, we got to meet Emme!  What a special moment that was and she loved my girls outfits, including mines.  She even complimented me on my eyebrows!  For her to squat down to my girls level and talk to them and take a picture with us this way made me love her even more!  Emme is such a down to earth person that really cares about her fans!  She is a person you should get to know and follow.


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The event turned out great and the girls and I had a fabulous time!  It was such a joyful experience to witness.  This event gave me great ideas what to add to my Fall wardrobe.  Hopefully I get invited to more fashion shows because I really enjoy learning about different fashion trends.


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Do you find the word Plus Size offensive?  Do you think it's ok to wear white after Labor Day?

 

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