Friday, November 30, 2012

The Clock

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Faux Pearls: Gift
Tank: H&M
Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Dots
Shoes: Steve Madden

Can you believe tomorrow is December 1st? This year has swiftly gone by. I'm excited that my birthday is in two months. I can't wait to celebrate me and the gift of life I've been given. I do it with the same two gals since forever. We are tossing around ideas this year but haven't really decided on anything specific. Any suggestions for a girls's weekend?

As the clock winds down on 2012, I'm starting to reflect on the good and the bad. I'm considering how I can improve myself, the blog, return to graduate school, find a job that will allow me to help youth soar and become their very best but most importantly grow closer to God.

On the other hand, I'm sad to be leaving the year that has held so many life altering events from losing my Granny to coming to the realization that as a teacher I'm not making much of a difference in this educational war. I can tell you both were huge blows to my spirit, heart and mind!

What I do know is the clock of life won't stop ticking! This means I need to get in gear, jump in feet first, grab life by the horns and ride off into the sunset with a heart of gratefulness. I need to be merry for the many joys knowing Christ has given me. I need to grow as a parent because soon I'll have a high schooler living under my roof... YIKES!! 

There are somethings I need to do differently going into 2013. Like creating a list of what I want in a mate. I need to develop a 5 and 10 year plan that includes everything from where I'll be living to financial goals. I keep saying I'm going to start writing in my prayer journal  and I haven't. I pray. I just don't take the time to sit quietly and listen and write. I would like to take a class to become fluent in Spanish, learn to write grants and go on a date or two....maybe more. My son is getting older and I don't want to find myself dropping him off at college, to return home and find out I don't know how to be anything other than a mom. Boo to that idea :(

Yeah this clock is ticking and I have plans. What are some things on your agenda to close out 2012? Will you beat the clock?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Weather Permitted

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Earrings: Country Dollar
Blouse: Forever 21
Clutch: Charming Charlie
Pants: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden 

Saturday night I attend a birthday celebration for one of my sorority sisters. She turned 50 and her party was all the way turned it. Good fellowship, delicious delights and old skool music plus football!

I ordered these faux panel pants when Kirna Zabete released a line for Target. These were a must have and I anticipated wearing them at some point in January. When they arrived months ago, I told Shea I had two complaints  1. they were too hot and 2. they were too tight. I must also thank her for picking this top during one of our too few shopping trips. 

Well baby the weather was perfect Sunday night and I whipped these out and headed off to celebrate 50 years of fabulous living. Thank you South Florida Fall weather for granting me permission to showcase these sexy pants. My mom was in town visiting for Thanksgiving and the look received a thumbs up from her. That's always blogger news worthy!

Can't wait to do a printed tee and blazer as I've seen all over the WWW as long as the weather allows. LOLOLLLL!!

The party was so live like thissssssssssssssssssssssssss:



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Manic Monday


I realize I’m always writing about my work adventures but today…y’all today I just flat lined!!! I asked my students twice was it me? Are my expectations to high? I’m asking you if you think I’m stuck in old school discipline that just won’t work with kids today?

Seriously, when did it become ok to use profanity in front of an adult and dare them to correct the behavior? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleared my throat when I heard a child curse like a drunken man. Instead of “excuse me Miss,” the student will look at me with a bewildered face and say "whaaaa."  Umm not whaaaa boo but why. Why isn’t your vocabulary more so that you can use words more politely is what I’m usually thinking. Is it wrong that I sometimes just pretend not to hear it because it has become the norm in middle school?

And who decided that pulling on your pants all day, wearing a pencil behind your ear with an empty backpack was what made a guy cool in school? As much as I like the guys with a bad boy streak, well at least 98% of bad boy in them, I crushed on/dated the nerds (just didn't marry one). I was so not into guys who couldn't add without a calculator or read. Now our beautiful daughters gravitate towards them like bees to honey. Let us pray!!

I’m even beginning to see kids wear price tags on their clothes and shoes. Once again honey boo boo why?? We did this in the 90's and prefer that no one and we mean absolutely no one awakens this trend. Do the kids, hell the parents know their kid is classified by the government as a poor but rocking name brand with tags on it and not enrolled in advanced or honors courses???

Y’all I work in a broken system. The adults who fail to address the issues and set boundaries are teaching these same kids that there are will be no boundaries in their adult life. Something we all know just ain’t true. This burden feels like a brick around my neck and I’m trying to keep myself and the youth assigned to me from drowning. But what can one person do in this B I G ole fight? How can I ever make a difference when I’m one of the very few.


Do weigh in for those of you parenting or teaching and finding success. I’d love to read your thoughts & comments.



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Grateful, grateful, gratefulness!


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I hope every had a wonderful turkey filled day. The first thing I did when I awoke was call into the prayer line after which I continued with my only private prayer time and a few worship songs. One that turned me to mush is Awesome by Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago. Have you heard it?

My mom is here with us and I’m so thankful she cared enough to come spend time with us here. We cooked just enough for our tummies (didn’t want to be wasteful) and relaxed. I had a chance to read two novels and I’m working on my third. The first was Identical a teen read by Ellen Hopkins, then I read 80 poof lives (a heart wrenching novel written by a local lawyer near my hometown) and now I’m reading the dew breaker by Edwidge Danticat.

We skipped the sales. How did you make out with finding sale items on your list?
I’d much rather be paying for graduate school. Nevertheless I’m grateful for so much daily such as: 

1. God! Without his love for me y’all, I think I would have given up on life many moons ago.
2.   The man child. My reason for not quitting and giving up. He’s growing into such a wonderful young man. I’m beyond blessed to have such a warm and caring son who is smart, articulate, handsome, tall and has a heart for God.
3. Music. There’s always a song that ministers to whatever need I have. I grew up with a father who is a self taught musician, a great vocalist (he sang in a Gospel a quarter) and the radio on 26/9/ 
4. Books. Like music they gave me what I needed growing up during difficult times. As an adult I still find reading to be the greatest love that I have. Yes even more than shopping!! Words can be strung together so eloquently and captivate my mind for hours on end.

So you see the simple pleasures in life and family are what I’m holding most dear this year. As the year winds down and I find my birthday approaching in 2 months, I anxiously anticipate the future blessings in store for me.

What are you most thankful for?




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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Confusion

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Are you wondering what relationship the title of this post has with the photos? Well, we don’t really get a winter here in South Florida as you know. We are currently enjoying some beautiful cooler weather so the only place I can wear winter gear during the Fall months and not sweat to death is church. The Bishop keeps the sanctuary like a meat freezer!

Now the confusion for you might be that I’m not wearing a full winter outfit. I usually don’t. I lightly layer and remove what I can at work when it warms up. Note all the sun shining through in every photo. It was about 80 degrees. Gorgeous day. Besides there isn’t a fashion that says I have to be dressed like an Eskimo if and when the temperature drops.

Thanksgiving is Thursday. How excited are you? I’m excited to see my mom. Sadden that this will be my first year without my Granny..sniffs. I’m going to focus on the happy and enjoy the food. I don’t jump on the I’m thankful bandwagon for one day. There have been so many challenges in my life the last year that I’m grateful for all that I’ve survived, that my loved ones have survived and for the gift of life. I hope you are as well.

Sunnies, earrings and skirt: Thrifted
Sweater & clutch: NY & Co.
Shoes: Aldo


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Peaches & Cream or Not


Have you ever worn an outfit that was great in theory but didn’t execute well on camera? That’s the case with this look. I received numerous compliments on the look but when I downloaded the pictures all I saw was how weird I looked so go easy on me with the comments!! The good thing is the weather was perfect and the man child captured beautiful shots. I love my kid (makes heart with fingers like my students) :).

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I really wish I could capture how great Karrie (my hair) looked. I’m elated to say I made it to a year of growing up my brush cut but I’m still trying to figure out how to style my hair myself. I’m surrounded by talented folks who can braid, flat twist and a host of others things. Funny thing is when I talk about someone pampering this head of hair, they all smile and say how much my hair has grown out but emphasize how thick it is. Really it’s their way of saying no, lololll!

I’m accustomed to it though. All the numerous times I’ve been Team Natural, I’ve always had to plead and beg to get someone to two strand twist my hair or braid it. My mom gets the same treatment so usually we just wear our hair short. But I’m committed to allowing Karrie to grow and do her thing.

As of late my go to products are all by Shea Moisture. I also want to give shea butter in raw form another chance. When I used it before, it made my hair hard. As she grows, I’ll experiment more. For now, I’ll rock my signature fro cause life ain’t always peaches and cream (refer back to my thoughts on this outfit).

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Sunnies: Thrifted
Peplum top: Marshalls
Clutch: TJ Maxx
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: Steve Madden




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Monday, November 5, 2012

Oxblood or Burgundy?

We've been blessed to have some Fall weather last week and I broke out the few pieces of Fall gear that I own. This blazer is a thrfited treasure. The title has everything to do with the fashion world calling a favorite in the Crayola box oxblood instead of burgundy. For a while, I kept saying oxyblood. O-O 

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Sunnies & blazer: Thrifted
Tee: Forever 21
Jeans & Necklace: New York & Co. 
Shoes: Zara

What say you? Oxblood or burgundy?



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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Sequins

Happy Sunday loves,

This is what I wore to early morning service today. Nothing like a bit of sparkle to brighten an early morning worship experience.

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Earrings: Aldo Shoes
Top: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Marshalls
Bangles: Charming Charlie
Clutch: (very old) Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman via TJ Maxx

I included the head shot of Karrie so you could see how well she's growing. I've decided to stick with using Shea Moisture products for the next month only with my Tressemme Naturals Conditioner and Suave Coconut conditioner. Other proudcts I was using was enhancing my curls but I'd have major buildup by day 3. My favorite oils are castor, jojoba and olive oil. I'm getting bored with the fro and I haven't been able to get my hair braided because of my busy calendar. Everyone loves it this way and I don't do much to it but ensure that it is moisturized and my ends sealed. Major compliments. you know what they say, if it ain't broke don't fix it right?

I'm watching the Rickey Smiley Show for the first time. It's funny. Not rolling on the floor funny but funny. Have you seen it? What do you think of it?

I'm off to make Sunday dinner which should have been prepared yesterday. Here's to falling back and getting that extra hour of sleep!

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