Is It A Movement Or Nah?

LIFE. Life can be glorious. Life can be beautiful. Life can be challenging. Life can be unpredictable. Life moves at the speed of light. Encompassing life and everything it has to offer can be one hell of a ride! As women, we often tackle these things in life- joy and pain- often without even blinking or missing a step. But what happens when that problem or issue we thought wasn't too big of a deal becomes insurmountable? Who do we turn to? Often times, we turn to our closest friends, our sisters; those who are blood and those we were gifted by God for a lack of blood bonds. There's something about being encouraged, inspired and motivated by a fellow femme; a FEMALE. Lately, there has been a "movement" (I put that word in quotes because do they ever last?) of #IAMFEMALE. While it is the most popular thing right now, for me it is a way of life. In my opinion, supporting and being there for one another as women should not be a movement but a way of life; it is something I take pride in.

When you say you're a friend do you really know what you're saying? In essence, you are saying, "I will be here for you whenever you need me- not when it's convenient but whenever you need me. You are saying that you will be supportive, you will be a listening (unbiased, non-judgmental) ear and a strong shoulder. You are saying that you know your life is full of us and downs as well but you will always make time to simply "be there" when needed. You are saying, I am your sister, I am your keeper, I am YOU; because in reality, you could be her one day and she could be you one day. As adults, we have established a specific group of people we "choose" to associate ourselves with and give them titles. Personally, I have endearing names for my friends-it makes me feel a closer connection to them. While I have several blood sisters, my closest friends are an extension of my sisterhood and the word friend is not something I use loosely.

It's easy to say I'm strong, I got this; it's easy to say, "If that were me, I would..." but you never really know how strong you are until you are forced to be strong. It is in those moments of strength that we often find our weaknesses as well. Be the type of FEMALE that is not afraid to share; if you don't share no one will know you are in need. Be the type of FEMALE who can receive the shared information and act upon it as true friend should. Be the type of FEMALE who is proud to call herself a "Sister-friend" because she embodies the true meaning of sisterhood while being a friend at all times, not only in times of "movements".

For me, being FEMALE is not a movement, it's a way of life!

Brunching With a Purpose

As many of you know, I blog from time to time. Recently, a group I belong to, D.I.V.A. Brunch, asked that I keep up with the blogging for our many events. What a great idea! This will help me blog on a monthly basis at least.
I will write the blogs for my group and share them here with you all as well. I'm really looking forward to this. I spent my entire evening tonight getting our blog page for the group all caught up on the last three months of our Brunching and Purposeful volunteer work. Check it out and let me know what you think.
You can find my blog posts HERE

Read Across America

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!! The famous author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904. He is famous for books such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Fox in Socks, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and many others.
All four of our children grew up listening to Dr. Seuss stories read by us.

In celebration of this famous author and his works, today, March 2nd, is known as READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY. Please take time out to read to your children everyday; when you pick up a book, "Oh, the places you"lol go!"

By the way, stop by Target today and pick up a copy of The Cat in the Hat. It's on sale for only 5.00

First Take

Am I the only one who has a slight addiction to this show? I absolutely love watching First Take in the mornings while getting dressed for work. Being a sports follower, I really like hearing what they have to say. Stephen A. Smith, Keri, and Skip have great chemistry; even when they agree to disagree.
Whether you watched the game, missed it, want to know what's going on in the sports world, this is one of the shows you can get your sports fix from! 

Happy Monday! Hope you got your sports fix this morning. I sure did!

14 Days of Love Recap (Late Post)

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Sometimes I go all out for the fan if it falls on a weekend. If it falls on a weekday, I usually do something really nice for them; I love the look on their faces when they wake up and see what treats are waiting for them.
I show my family love all year long; however, having a very special day makes things a bit exciting. Sometimes I choose to just reflect on the love that God has for us all. You can read that HERE But this year I thought I'd try something a bit different. I just LOVE PINTEREST because I find so many great recipes, crafts, clothes, shoes, projects, etc!

This year's Valentin's Day excitement came off one of many Boards on Pinterest. It's called 14 Days of Love. The object is to give my sweeties something different everyday for 14 days. I absolutely loved this idea and I headed straight to Target to find what I needed.

Here is what I found at Target:
Every single item listed on the Pinterest Board

I found these cute tags in the Scrapbooking aisle at Target. I used these black and white ones for my son.
I used these pretty pastel colors for my girls.
The link on Pinterest made these printable labels available at no cost. I printed them and cut them out with cute scissors.
I loved these notebooks and pencils! I purchased very cute plastic treat bags with VD designs on them and packaged these with the quote: You're just WRITE for me Valentine!
I purchased enough materials for all four of my children (including the college students). I shipped the pre-packaged treats to my college students along with a very special card for each of them to open on VD. Every morning, I'd awake before the two small kids and place their treats on their dresser so that when they awakened, the treat was there every morning. I would text my eldest daughter every morning with what I was leaving out so that she could make sure she and her brother were enjoying the same treats that their younger siblings were enjoying. 

My kids really LOVED this idea. My son even tweeted his daily treat! I really enjoyed doing this for my sweeties! I may do it again next year!
How was your VD?