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10 Things you to took for granted as a kid you wish you had as an adult

Now that I’m an adult looking back on childhood, being a kid was much easier than I thought. My only responsibilities were to go to school, clean the bathroom, and play! Oh those were the days! As most kids, I couldn’t wait to grow up, that’s all we talked about, when I’m grown I’m going to do this, when I grow up I’m going to have! Can I go back? LOL!
So I compiled a quick list of things we took for granted as kids, we wish could do or have now that we are adults.
1.Naps. I didn’t fully want to take advantage of naps as a child. Maybe I thought I was going to miss something!
2. Falling asleep in the car or on the bus. There wasn’t a car/bus ride where I didn’t fall asleep! A car/bus ride for
me was an instant sleeping aid.
3. No Worries and stress.
4. Not having to pay for anything. You went everywhere and did everything thing and always wanted to spend those few dollars you had! Now that I’m an adult can we go back to the way it used to be!
5. Chores. I hated chores and got paid an allowance to do them! Now I get to clean the entire house for free!
6. An in-house cook. My mom prepared home cooked meals every night but of course liver and onions never sounded good and still don’t!
7. School was your job. I couldn’t wait to get my first job and have responsibility, now I wish all I had to do were to go to school.
8. Blissful ignorance. When I was growing up I thought everyone was middle class, grew up and found out, we were all struggling!
9. Creativity and Imagination. I made a car out of a couch, a stage out of a radiator, blankets into a house, and turned a closet into a bedroom. I wish creativity flowed so easily now.
10. What’s one thing you took for granted as a kid that you wished you had as an adult? Leave #10 in the comments.
Be encouraged.

Little Miss question asker

photo(2)My almost six-year old is a human question asker! She has the ability to fire off questions left and right about any random subject, person, place, thing, or the well-known how do babies come out of the mommi’s tummy (out of the belly-button…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

I take most of the blame for all the questions; I’m pretty open with her about world events, disasters, and our local Chicago violence. I don’t want her to be afraid but aware of what’s going on in the world around her. Although it was my goal for her to be more aware than afraid, she has is very inquisitive especially when it comes to tornadoes.

This week alone I have been asked questions like:

What happens when it rains on a plane?

What if a tornado happens while you’re on a plane?

Can we have tornadoes in Chicago?

Are there tornadoes in Mexico?

It’s raining, will there be a tornado?

Pray for me……

I consider myself pretty curious…. well more curious than most (just ask my friends).  When I was a child there wasn’t Google where information is seconds away from our fingertips…we had a stack of encyclopedias! It was frowned upon when a kid asked to many questions to adults. I ran out of fingers and toes trying to count how many times I heard an adult tell a child “You don’t question grown folks”. Imagine if my curiosity was nurtured into adulthood. I would be more open-minded, handle challenges differently, and gain a different appreciation for our world.

So with that said…I’m ready for Little Miss Question asker and Miss Question asker # 2.  They can fire away all the questions they want (except where do babies come from…nope not ready to deal with that yet). I know these questions are building up her little brain, encouraging her to explore the world, and enhancing her imagination.

How do you encourage your child’s natural curiosity?

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Two words most parents don’t like to hear in regards to their daughter:

1. Deodorant

2. Training bras

(There are a few more, but we won’t go into that)

It’s not like those are bad words, but they are indicators that “your baby” is growing up, and if you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily have a problem with your child getting older, but you do mind them growing up.

I have a lot of friends and family members that are now taking that dreaded trip to the mall to buy their daughter their first training bra. Is it me or does “the change” seem to be happening younger and younger. I am so happy “the real change” for my oldest daughter is at least 6 or 7 years from now (wishful thinking). I have to begin praying for my husband’s acceptance of “the change” right now! A couple of months ago we were in a department store and I was looking through the clearance rack and spotted some $.50 training bras, I joked and said maybe I should buy a few of these because of the deal for when she get’s older. He rapidly shook his head and said, “I don’t want to think about that right now!”

My oldest daughter who is almost 6 is experiencing a different type of change, instead of training bras I went shopping for deodorant. Last summer I started noticing a change, so I started paying extra attention to those areas and using baby powder to stay fresh during the warmer months. Now that the summer is almost here, I realized that powder just wouldn’t do! I ventured to our local Walgreens and purchased Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant for her to try out. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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I want to hear from you! How old did your child start wearing deodorant or need a training bra? How did you cope with “the change”?


The Road to MBA

Hey y’all! Thank you so much for hanging with me! Life has been sooooo crazy, with the busyness that already accompanies the summer months, Taylor graduating from Pre-K, and finishing up my graduate degree.

This has been a longgggggg road,  three years filled with late nights, long papers, and never-ending threads. In between Morgan was born and life happened. But I’m still here! I am so grateful for all of the love and support that I experienced during this time. As an adult with a family, when you make the decision to go back to school it is not only an adjustment for you, but it is one for your entire household. When I get my degree on Sunday it should read LaChaya, Darrell, Taylor, Morgan, and Bernice because they were just as responsible for my completion of this than I am, I couldn’t have made it without my TEAM.

As I get ready to pull up to graduation on Sunday, my last stop on the Road to MBA; it is really a time of reflection for me. If I could be transparent with you guys…….I am nervous! The pressure is on to use all of this information that I learned, to continue to be productive, not get too relaxed, and not to mention student loans!!!!! As fear begins to sit in…..this feeling is all too familiar, this is the same feeling of uncertainty I felt when I first made the decision to start grad school…what if I fail…….what if the work is too much, and look at me now at the end of another chapter of life. I can’t wait to experience what the next chapter holds as I chase kids and BIG dreams.

Thanks again for your support!

Children’s Book Week

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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
Emilie Buchwald

This week has been set aside as Children’s Book Week (May 7-13). No matter what stage of life your child is whether they are six months or sixteen, reading is very important to their learning and social skills. A greater emphasis should be put on reading not only this week but everyday of our lives. In children reading enhances their vocabulary, thinking skills, and concentration. It has been shown that children that have been read to before their preschool years have higher aptitude levels , longer attention spans, and better memories.

Many schools and libraries are holding special events for Children’s Book Week or you can check online at http://www.bookweekonline.com/local for events happening in your area.

Here are some fun things you can do at home to encourage a greater love of reading:

  • Take turns making up stories with your child
  • Play dress up as your favorite story book characters
  • Make custom book marks
  • Take photos and write stories with them
  • Help your child write their own books






Yesterday Taylor and I created our own story book and we had so much fun spending quality time writing and drawing. I’m sure she will remember this when she gets older, I know I will. Happy Reading!


If I didn’t have kids I would……

How many times have you heard someone say this? How many times have you used this in regards to your career, school, dreams, or goals?

Does this sound familiar?

Girl, if I didn’t have these kids I would be back in school in a heartbeat……Man, if I wasn’t married I would move to another state and pursue my dream…..if I wasn’t a single parent I would open up my own business and quit my job…..I don’t have the time……I don’t have the resources.

This is going to hurt but here goes! Sorry to break this to you but these are EXCUSES! Let’s stop using having kids, being married, or a single parent as an excuse to not complete what we know we should be working on.

Having a family should not hinder us but it should push us even harder to do more, because we have these little people who are watching everything that we do, it’s even some grown folks watching us for inspiration. So leave the excuses behind and get about your business! As a married woman with kids, I had to learn that I can’t do what works for other people who aren’t in my situation, but I had to accept opportunities that I can handle. So that may mean that I can’t go to school during the day or after work, but I may have to take weekend only or online courses to fit with my family structure or I may not be able to only work on starting a business, but I might have to work a 9-5 also. It is never easy when you are doing a whole lot, it can be a lot of late nights, early mornings, and stressful afternoons, but when you have greater responsibilities you have to make a greater sacrifice.

I am truly blessed with a great support system, it isn’t easy having a family, going to school, working, blogging, and chasing dreams. I thank God for blessing me with a supportive husband that understands the value of the investment of my personal time that I am pouring into school and my career.

So whatever it is that is holding you back from finishing, writing that business plan, dreaming, writing, baking, moving, saving, creating etc. LET IT GO, time is ticking stop making excuses and start chasing down those dreams.

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Have a great day!