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Jackie Robinson West, You’re still Champions.

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As I began my day this Wednesday morning, the news headlines and social media was already buzzing about the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team. Not good news of their continued success as students, honor roll announcements, and stories of moving beyond homelessness…Nope. But headlines that rang out “Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League World Series title…Little League Punishes Chicago Team…Jackie Robinson West stripped of U.S. Little League title for cheating.

My heart began to ache for these boys, who had the opportunity to experience what even some adults could only begin to imagine. The group of young men who ignited a city and gave hope to countless children and families of how far you can go when you work hard and believe in yourself. A CBS Chicago journalist put it best in his article, “Even the most feel good of feel good stories — one in which children achieved and in which their joy in doing so brought joy to millions of viewers — can’t feel good because adults suck. And that’s when these all-star teams become objective units comprised of little people for whom baseball has become a job, not a game.

I wanted to write a personal letter to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team.

Jackie Robinson West, you’re still champions. Do you know what a champion is? Someone who commits an act of the following: extreme courage, extreme awesomeness; one who is worthy of positive recognition for such an act (Urban Dictionary). There isn’t anywhere in that definition or any explanation I’ve found that states a champion is someone who has received an award, ring, title, or trophy. The good thing about being a champion is that NO ONE can take it away from you, it is something that reigns deep inside of you. NO ONE can take away the hard work you put in practice after practice and game after game. NO ONE can take away the memories you had to travel from state to state with your families and teammates and abroad. NO ONE can take away the celebration you have in your heart and experienced in front of thousands of Chicagoans in your hometown. NO ONE can take away your visit to the White House and the opportunity to meet and be honored by the President of the United States of America. NO ONE can take away the memories from your trip to Disney World and the countless fun you had. NO ONE can take away when the Cubs wore your jerseys during their practice and you sat in the dugout.They may have taken away the title and the trophy, but don’t allow them to take away your dream, your will, and your fight for you’re still champions. Still our Champions!

“Declare yourself a champion in the morning for you conquered many unseen and evident life battles through your years; at night declare it again for the many more battles you lived through in that day.”
― Wayne Chirisa

 

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The Five Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

hbmv5vmqgxmhug_small To say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a dreamer would be an understatement and devalue his Legacy. The goal of every dreamer should be to move from dreamer to doer as Dr. King did. A passionate leader with a heart beyond his years, a dream that still reigns true 52 years later, and a destiny fulfilled.

As a dreamer, I only hope to have half of the qualities Dr. King exhibited. As, I read the transcript from his 1963 “I have a dream speech” from his heart, flowed these qualities. These were not only what he believed in, but what he aligned his life with, and what he wanted to see in the lives of other people.

Five Dreams of Dr. King

  1. Dreamed of Unity. He knew he couldn’t fulfill his dream alone. He believed as a people we should have prayed together, worked together, struggled together, went to jail together, stood up together, and believed together.
  2. Dreamed through Difficulties. He was arrested 30 times, stabbed, his home bombed with his wife and child inside, and encountered countless acts of racial and social injustice on his journey.
  3. Dreamed of Transformation. He dreamed that one day America and the people in it would be transformed beyond their current state of segregation, injustice, and oppression.
  4. Dreamed of the next generation. His dream was beyond the current generation, but a multi-generational dream to live in peace and to have a fair chance at existence and success.
  5. Dreamed with purpose. He had a purpose to bring light into dark places, to empower others to fight with character for equality and to create a better life for generations to come. Purpose fulfilled.

He taught us about life through his life: 

Discipline & Dignity

“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

Faith

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

Hard work

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Love

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

Responsibility

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”

Survey Results are in + What’s coming to OHM in 2015!

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First things first! Thank you so much for participating in my 2015 Reader Survey! The responses helped me to get an idea of who you are and to gather your input regarding topics close to your heart. I have already begun to create content around your suggestions, as you will see below. Although the survey results are closed, you can always leave me suggestions here in the comments or email me at info@onehautemommi.com.

 

 

 

Here are the results….

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Were you surprised by the results? In addition to the survey, many of you included so many words of encouragement and I really took them to heart. THANK YOU! I will be writing more in 2015 than in 2014 and I have so many new and exciting post and series prepared for you!

I wanted to share a few of them with you…

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I’m so excited about these 2 series, Haute Mom’s have Purpose is an interview series, where you will have the opportunity to read interviews from women who are not only making it happen in their purpose and careers, but also in their homes. Look out for the first post this month! I receive questions all the time from people who are looking to start blogging. I’m in the process of working on a series entitled “So you want to blog..”Learn what this blogging thing is all about! Stay tuned!

Thank you for hanging with me! Don’t forget to share OHMommi with a friend or family member. Also, click here to sign up for email updates and receive these post freshly delivered to your email inbox always spam free!

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Matters of the Heart: The Healing Process

 

These words are my raw unedited thoughts, jotted down on my phone. I hope you are encouraged.

The healing process

mattersoftheheartMany people negate the healing process of the heart. We move on quicker than the word NEXT, never to allow true healing to take place.

Go outside fall and skin your knee. Think about the healing process.

1. Wipe the scrape
2. Apply an antiseptic
3. Put on a bandaid
4. Next day take the band aid off
5. Apply more antiseptic
6. Let the scab develop
7. In a week the scab falls off
8. Once the scab falls off apply some cocoa butter or scar cream to minimize the scar apply as needed

After sometime the scrape is completely healed. You’ve taken care of the wound, minimized the after effects and scaring. Complete healing has taken place.

Why should the healing of the heart be any different? Why should we pay more attention to a scraped knee with multiple steps of healing and ignore the years of damage done to the heart due to physical abuse, heartbreak, death, infidelity, and stress.

What steps do you need to take for your heart to heal? You know if you leave the bandaid on too long, the sore gets infected, it never heals. Take the bandage off of your heart, apply the necessary medicine, let it get some air, and let healing begin.

LaChaya T.

10 Ways to Be Happy and Stay Happy, Thanks Pharrell

 

happyThanks to Pharrell and his powerful pen, million billions of people are singing, dancing, and experiencing a new brand of happy. When this song comes on, I just help can’t help myself…I get happy!

Based on Pharrell’s song “Happy” here are 10 ways to be and stay happy!

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break

1. It’s ok to take a break.

I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space

With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

2. Don’t care what other people think. 

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

3. Erase limitations. How else could you feel like a room without a roof?

Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

4. You have to want to be happy. Control your emotions, don’t let your emotions control you. 

Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth

5. Acknowledge you deserve to be happy. Happiness is the truth.

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you

6. Know your worth. When you know how important your happiness is, you’re not to keen on giving it away. 

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

7. Bad news will come and so will unpleasant situations, but say come what may. Can’t nothing bring me down! 

8. Don’t allow negative people to disrupt your day! Don’t bring it to me! 

9. Be careful who you allow into your space.

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level’s too high…

10. Be happy no matter what! 

Everyday you have the privilege to wake up in your right mind, breathing, and operating without help…you are blessed. Don’t spend your time being depressed, unhappy, and around unhappy people. Choose to be happy.

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#GMCChristmasDrive: 2014 Cadillac Escalade Review

CadiCollageMost people would never believe that GMC pulled up to my house on a cold Monday morning and dropped off a brand new (barely 1000 miles on it) 2014 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition to me and my family with a full tank of gas. Well they did, *slowly breathes in the new car smell* and what perfect timing it was as we were just starting our Christmas shopping!

Space/Seating

With seating for seven, the Escalade has nice space and adequate seating, with a 6 ft 5 Hubby and two kids size is always an important factor in our household.  I would note however we did seat adults on the third row and it was not a comfortable ride if you have knees, and we were disappointed to know if you’re carrying large packages or grocery and need extra trunk space you would lose the back row totally which isn’t conducive for a family with more than two children.

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Entertainment

Did I say our kids were ecstatic, if we would let them sleep in the Escalade they would have. This truck is a perfect for a road trip car (minus the trunk space)! Complete with 3 DVD screens all with separate DVD players so you have the capabilities to watch 3 movies at a time, wireless headphones, and remotes to control each monitor. Even the smallest trip required a movie playing from Matilda to Crooklyn.

Comfort

Chicago winters can be brutal especially this one, but the comfort of the Escalade made it all the more bearable! Equipped with remote start, this truck kept everything that could possibly need warming comfortably warm. Front and Rear seat warmers, heated steering wheel, and cup holders that keeps your drink the proper temperature whether hot or cold.

Safety

As a parent, what’s more important than safety! Equipped with driver and passenger side air bag, side curtain air bags in all rows, traction control,  but that’s not all. It has a feature which I loved called the side blind zone alert, so anytime someone was riding along side of the truck an orange light illuminated to let me know it wasn’t safe to change lanes. Handling a truck this size definitely requires extra safety coverage.

Thanks to GMC, District Drive, and G. Schmitz & Associates for your great service!

This post is part of my involvement in the GMC District Drive Program. All opinions are my own.

 

What greater gift than love

I love Christmas time; it’s my favorite time of year! We get to spend time with our families, put smiles on faces, and most importantly give love. Yesterday, I watched the news (which I rarely do) and it was negative story one after another. In Pennsylvania, a 94-year-old man was robbed in his home and all of his Christmas gifts were stolen, in Chicago a man hit four cars and fled into an American Girl Store on the Magnificent Mile, and countless murders and robberies filled the news reports.

While many people are fighting, killing, and stealing to give Christmas gifts, Jahi McMath’s mother is hoping for a Christmas miracle so she can show her daughter not what she bought her for Christmas, but to give her the greatest gift she has…Love. Jahi McMath is a 13-year-old girl who went in for a routine tonsil removal surgery and is now brain-dead, and her mother is fighting to keep her on a ventilator, while the doctors want to remove it to end her life.

I didn’t intend to write about this today, but I can guarantee the last thing on this mothers Christmas list is a physical gift, but love for her daughter. Many people become depressed during the holiday season because they can’t afford to buy people gifts, but there is one gift better than anything you can buy in a store…. LOVE. Consider all of the people who receive gifts on Christmas, but don’t experience love all year-long. So if you find yourself on hard times, don’t feel bad Love goes a long way and it lasts forever.

This Christmas as you celebrate and show love to your families, say a quick prayer for a miracle for Jahi McMath and her family.

MerryChristmasOHM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from One Haute Mommi and Family!

A week in review: Haute Multi-tasking Mommi’s!

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In cultured-media this week has been crazy! Just as we stop having heart palpitation’s from the ever so creative writings of Shonda Rhimes and her team of Gladiators

and realized that yes, we have to wait until February 27th to get our next fix of Scandal…. BOOM! Baddie Bey releases her fifth studio album and edgiest album yet! NO marketing. NO single. NO viral campaign. NO sneak peek. Not only did Beyoncé break the rules she made some new ones also. The bar is set. Who’s next? This should not only change music but how we start things in our lives…NO HYPE. Whatever you’re working on…Just drop it and fill in the spaces later. Thanks Bey for the inspiration! Let’s keep it real though, you still need Marketing! Don’t try this at home kids, Bey has a major following!

 

*Side note* She recorded this album, filmed the videos with no hype, on a world tour, all while being an Haute Mommi and wife. What’s my excuse!

 

This week Supermodel Gisele Bundchen shared a pic on her Instagram page of her breast feeling her 1-year old daughter while getting the full treatment by her glam squad. What a way to multi-task! I have breast-fed 2 little ones while doing many things, but a glam squad was not one of them. How blessed is she? When I first viewed this pic, I thought “Thank you!” This is real life…not the glam squad for most, but a glimpse into the life of a mother, replace the make-up artist, nail tech, and hair stylist, with a laptop, screaming 3-year old, and a bag of fries!
Have a great weekend!

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Cant see? It might be time to change the lens.

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“View life through a wide-angle lens attitude and see your horizons broaden.”
― Stephen Richards

Looking for that moment of clarity. Can you see it? It might be time to change your lens. “It” may have a different meaning for each of us. I’ve been looking for something, but I’m not quite sure what it is. It can be pretty frustrating because I know something is there, but I just can’t see it. I can’t grasp it. So at this point in my life, I’m searching for clarity.

There are many devices that were created to improve or enhance our vision. Our natural eyes were created with the highest quality, but without certain devices it’s impossible to see many places and the depth of certain situations. .

Sometimes in life we need to examine ourselves closer and other times we need to take a step back and see things from different angles to reach another level of focus, clarity, and vision.

• Goggles help you see underwater. You might need to wear your goggles to see where you’re going through tears, pain, or disappointment.
• Glasses/Contact lenses help to see objects in front of you closer or further away. If you’d just put your glasses on, what you’re searching for is probably right in front of you or could possibly take you a little longer to reach.
• A Magnifying glass helps you to something closely. Many decisions require you to look beyond your current view, you have to get down on your knees to get close up to see what’s really there.
• A telescope helps you to see something very far away even further than a pair of binoculars. We have to learn to look beyond our current circumstances to see our potential for the future.
• A Microscope helps you to see things that are smaller than the naked eye can comprehend. We can be looking for something big when what we need is already in our hands; it was just too small to see.
• A Periscope is a lens used on a submarine to see far below sea level. The quest for clarity requires digging such as research, exposure, and soul-searching.
• An ultrasound is a lens used to take medical images of the body. Clarity requires pushing through what you see, hear, and know to see what is really beyond the surface.

Earlier in the week, I posted this thought on FB.

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I realized I was looking at my situation with a telescope when I really needed a microscope in my hands. What I needed was right in front of me, I just needed to take actionable steps to truly see it. What situations have you been looking at with the wrong lens? Pick up the right one and take action!

Have a great weekend!

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PowerMyLearning: How I prevented summer brain freeze? (Sponsored Post)

This post is sponsored by PowerMYLearning. All opinions are my own. 

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What child do you know dreams of having a summer filled with learning activities and brain motivating tasks…Yea me neither! Due to the Chicago Public Schools strike last fall and school starting back earlier than usual this year; my daughter had an abbreviated summer vacation. It took no time for her to quickly forget about homework and all of the other fun things that happen throughout the school year.

During summer vacation, I received an email to preview a free learning site called PowerMyLearning http://powermylearning.org/ for my 5-year-old to prevent what is called “Summer Slide” which is the educational growth a lot of children lose during the summer months. The same day I created an account for my daughter to use and she loved it and so did I. The activities were age appropriate and many of them were familiar to her and featured activities she was used to doing at school. She enjoyed playing games that taught math, spelling, and time. The great thing about this site is it’s not only for smaller children but has activities up to the 12th grade. For the parent you can monitor which games your child can play and also their progress.

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PowerMyLearning is a great and free way to engage your child and also a chance for them to have fun learning. We will definitely continue to use this site!

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