Category Archives: Random Savviness

Dusting Myself Off…

Clearly, I’ve been gone too long…my last real post was back in January.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sad, I know. And I could give excuse on top of excuse for my blogging absence but I’ll save all of that for yet another day. After days, weeks and finally months of putting off writing because I thought it would be impossible to bounce back after such a long break, I decided to just go for it…

And here I am!

I’ve learned that “it’s harder to catch up, than it is to keep up!” Something my dad would always say to me back in the day when I was in school and I would put off studying or homework assignments. So yep, this awful habit of procrastination has haunted since I was a younger and apparently it’s a trait that I may have passed on to my children (which is a topic for another day).

So instead of what I call “selling you dreams” by rattling off my a list of personal goals and blog teasers for the upcoming months, I’ll just say that I’ve decided to just “dust myself off and try again…”


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If at First You Don’t Succeed…


It’s January 31, 2014, so that means we’ve made it through the first month of the New Year!

I’ve already experienced a few bumps in the road in these past 31 days. But I count in all joy and that’s why I wanted to share this post with y’all today.

Now I know a lot people find making resolutions pointless. But I think subconsciously we all make mental notes at the beginning of the year on how we want to improve ourselves and ways to make our life better. We create vision boards, set goals, hit the gym more often, begin saving money daily/weekly (y’all know about the money savings challenges out there) and even try eating right…I know I’m not the only one! But somewhere after January 1st all of our wishful thinking melts away just like the snow in Springtime, probably even faster than that.


It says ALL things!

“They” say around only 8% of the people who set resolutions actually achieve them. How discouraging right? But that doesn’t have to be the case, we can be in that 8%! We can achieve all the things we set out to accomplish this year…we really can! Here’s what I plan to do to help me succeed this year…

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What you think has so much power! And if I doubt myself there’s no need anyone else trying to motivate me, right? Change begins within!

Eliminate and avoid the negative people!


I saw this on Instagram the other day and it’s so necessary. There will always be naysayers no matter what it is you’re trying to do and those people have no room in my life. I want to surround myself only with those who want to succeed in their own lives and those around them.

Don’t quit!

20140130-154539.jpgI know that I won’t be motivated or filled with inspiration everyday but I have to remind myself why I started in the first place.

I know it’s all easier said then done, but I’m really determined to make this year different. So far I’ve been doing pretty good with most of my goals and resolutions for the year. I will admit there are some that I’m really struggling to maintain. But everyday is new day to do better! So remember *singing in  my Aaliyah voice*, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again…”

How are staying focused this year? What motivates you to set/accomplish your goals?

I did it!


I did it! Yes! Finally after a whole year of procrastinating, I did it! I now have my Vision Board completed and hanging on my wall. I’m so ready for the new year!

2014 here I come!

The process

The process

The rough draft

The rough draft

Y’all know I struggled with getting my vision board started but I’m happy to say it ended up being a lot easier than I thought (once I committed). And I even finished well ahead of my set deadline…woot! And although I’m still not quite what my “vision” is for my future, I do see somewhat of a pattern on my board. I highly recommend that everyone do a vision board at least once…it was such awesome feeling when I hung my vision board on my wall!


I’m so excited about 2014! Are you?

Have you created a vision board before? Do you plan on creating a Vision Board for 2014? What goals have you set for 2014?

Parenting…Who Knew?


Who knew that parenting would be so hard, right? I didn’t! I’m a mom of three boys, 12, 5 and 4…and let me just say there’s never a dull moment in my house, like never!

I guess it’s true what they say, all the stuff you do as a child comes back to haunt you when have kids of your own. I was a very rebellious, argumentative and stubborn child. I’m sure a lot of you find that hard to believe but its true; I gave my folks a run for their money. And man let me just say, I’m getting all back…not from just one but from all three of my boys. Like I said there is never a dull moment in my house.

Aside from the financial struggles/obligations of parenting, the task of raising responsible, respectful and intelligent children is a tough job. And I’m slowly learning to conform, against my own will I might add, to not let the little things get to me. There are just some things that aren’t going to change, like that slight smell of urine in my boys bathroom that never fades or the countless number of toys that end up under my couch no matter how much I clean and fuss!

I was once asked the question, “Does it ever get easier?” This was coming from a woman, with a two-year old son and she was asking in reference to me dealing with my oldest. All I could do was laugh. In no way does this whole parenting thing get easier, the issues just change. So instead of struggling with potty training, the never-ending NO phase and temper tantrums at two…I battle with making sure he’s actually bathing while taking a shower, helping him with his homework/studying and dealing with his pre-teen attitude at 12. The struggle is real and it never ends!

I have those days, I assume like most moms, when I wouldn’t be the best poster child candidate for the “Should I Have Kids” campaign…lol. To say I’ve learned a lot about myself since I’ve become a parent would an understatement, I didn’t know who I was until I became a parent. Children are like little mirrors, imitating your every move, even those faces I make subconsciously when I’m annoyed. Now don’t get me wrong I love my boys to the moon and back! And despite the day-to-day struggles of parenting, it really is a blessing to be able to watch them grow and change every day. I wouldn’t change things for the world but believe me it’s not easy.

Here’s a little parenting humor for y’all…

Parenting Humor





What are you parenting struggles? What advice would you give to a new parent? What’s your funniest childhood memory?

I’m Back….

So I have been M.I.A. for quite some time. *drops head in shame* But life has been giving me a run for my money and your girl was struggling to just keep up. I did manage to stay in touch via Facebook and Instagram but that’s it. But finally things have seemed to slow down or maybe I’m just now catching up, either way I’m back…And it feels good! I’ll be posting more soon so stay tuned….

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And thanks so much y’all for being patient and sticking around! Now let the blogging begin! WOOT!

My Job Chart: FREE Online Chore Chart

I know that I have been MIA since the fourth of July but things around here have been crazy busy…I’ve been trying to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer Vacation with my boys. But I couldn’t pass up sharing this cool site with y’all….

Although I’m a SAHM (stay-at-home mom), I refuse to spend every waking moment cooking and cleaning; I decided that this Summer was a perfect time to really buckle down on my oldest and give him more responsibilities around the house. Well basically more chores…lol. So when I saw My Job Chart I thought that it would be a great tool in helping us both keep track of his chores and allowance.

My Job Chart is the free, easy to use, online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to save, share and spend.

Sign up is easy and best of all it’s FREE. Come back and let me know what you think!

Michael’s Passport to Imagination

Being a SAHM (stay-at-home) I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive/affordable activities to help keep the kiddos busy and me sane during the summer…If you follow me on Facebook (and I hope you do) then you may have seen a post earlier this week mentioning the Passport to Imagination Craft Adventure at Michael’s. I was thrilled when I discovered it…

Michael’s Passport to Imagination is a 7-week crafting class for kiddos. The “2-hour crafting adventure takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to noon” at your local Michael’s Store. And it’s just $2 per child per session. The crafts are designed for children ages 5 and up. Like I said I was thrilled…it’s affordable, offered several times throughout the week and indoors away from the scorching heat.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you're in Michael's.

Be sure to pick up your Passport to Imagination Guide Book next time you’re in Michael’s.

I immediately checked out the Travel Itinerary for the Passport Imagination and I couldn’t wait to take my boys! But my youngest is just 3 years old and class was for kids 5 and up. If you have kids then you know that no one can be left out….so I called ahead to my local Michael’s store to see if it would be ok for me to sit in with my youngest to help him with his craft and they said that it would be fine. WOOT! Be advised that I’m not sure if that’s the norm for all locations so be sure to call ahead first if you too have a little one under the age of 5. I decided that today would be a great day to do, it’s week two of Passport Imagination and Michael’s headed to South America. The craft today was something simple and not to girly, perfect for my guys….

Week 2 Crafting Projects

Week 2 Crafting Projects

My oldest

My oldest busy crafting his vase.

This guy is so creative!

This guy is so creative!

By youngest trying to keep up.

By youngest trying to keep up.

Some of the kids' crafts

Some of the kids’ crafts

My boys had a blast! And the instructors were amazing! I’m so glad that we went on today, we will definitely be going back. Like I mentioned it’s Week 2 of Passport Imagination, so that leaves 5 more weeks of crafting fun. If you still on the hunt for something fun and affordable to do with your kiddos, I highly recommend that you check out Michael’s Passport to Imagination!

Have you checked out Michael’s Passport to Imagination? What summer fun activities do you have planned for the kiddos?

Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome, amazing dads out there.

And a special Father’s Day shout out to two of the greatest men I know…


To my dad, who has been an outstanding example of what a real man should be. If it wasn’t for your love, guidance and protection throughout the years I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. Thank you for being my daddy!


And to my hubby, the greatest dad my sons could ever have! Thank you for nurturing and loving our boys. And most of all a man of God and example for them to look up to.