Alannah Birthday

Tomorrow, my sweet girl turns 5. For weeks, Alannah has been asking me about my own 5th birthday. What I wore, how we celebrated, the gifts that I received. Nothing came to mind, but I did remember that I was extremely happy, and beyond blessed.

There’s magic in the age of 5. You’re one of the big kids that goes to school. You’re one of the cool kids that writes the FULL alphabet, draws pictures, and has complete conversations with your friends and family. You are pretty much a grown-up, right? This is how my own little girl views the big event of turning 5. More “big girl” clothes, better shoes, lots of friends. To her, 5 is almost 1o, and 10 is when you’re really in the Big Leagues.

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As I watch her grow, I can’t help but think of the world she’s thriving in, and how much heartache and suffering she may endure. I’ve made many wishes for her.

That she’ll find her calling.

That she’ll always love adventures.

That she’ll fall in love.

That she’ll know all about gratitude.

That she’ll create her own family, in whatever way she chooses to do so.

That she’ll always love to learn.

That she’ll demand respect from others, and give it when it’s due.

That life won’t break her down, but break her through, into something truly awesome.

That she’ll be selective with her friends, and keep them close.

That she’ll live in truth and joy.

That she’ll enjoy the laughs and the tears, equally.

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I wish all of those things for her, yes. But I have a deeper wish for her. A wish that correlates with how our world is today, and how I pray it will become in the future. My big wish?

I wish that she will grow up to celebrate being the beautiful Black girl that she will continue to be. That one day, she’ll fall in love with a person that will make her feel so important and valued, that it scares her a bit. I wish that person, man or woman, of any nationality, will become her family. That she will feel safe with them, walking the streets of their town with their children, however many they may choose to have. That if she and her Love decide to live in a southern state, like South Carolina, they would be welcomed with open arms and no prejudices. That if she decides to marry a beautiful white woman, that their family can attend services at a historical black church, like Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. That she and her family can be present with The Lord without feeling judged or condemned by the Christian community she’s loved since she was 2 years old. I want her to have no fear of being truly herself. I want her to feel the freedom of being who she is in her soul, and not the version that is “good in public” or “polite for the white people at work.”

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Be fun. Be wild. Be open. Be a leader. Be dramatic. Be elegant. Be strong.

Be Straight. Be Gay. Be amazing. Be safe. Be loved. Just be.

Happy birthday, my spectacular little angel. May all the wishes that I have for you come true.

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I used JOHNSON’S® for my little one and for myself as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore

During the summer, we love to take little trips to our local parks. We sit in the grass, play with bubbles and have little snacks. This is the first summer where Baby Frugal has enjoyed our family tradition, and we’ve made sure to include our favorite JOHNSON’S® baby products. Plus, I use a few park tricks that make our experiences so much more fun!

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When we take our park outings, I make sure to pack extra diapers, baby snacks, and a packet of JOHNSON’S® hand & face wipes. With a baby that loves to take off crawling, I need a soft yet sturdy wipe to get him all clean before he eats his snacks. Since they help t wipe away 95% of dirt and germs, I even use them on the older kids.

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I lay out our favorite blue blanket, top with Baby Frugal’s Star Wars lovey and our snacks, and just chill. This is one of my favorite parts of summer. Spending down time with my little one, and bonding with nature.

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One of my favorite tips when hanging out at the park? Sprinkle JOHNSON’S® baby pure cornstarch powder with calming lavender & chamomile under your blanket. Not only does it make your area smell heavenly, but it keeps the bugs at bay. Try it next time you hang out at the park!

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Summer fun with baby can happen right in your own neighborhood, just as long as you have the right resources and a taste of adventure.

What are your favorite must have items when you take a summer outing with a baby?

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Rainy Day Fun with Capri Sun {Plus A Giveaway!} #CapriSunCrew

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Looking for rainy day activities that you can do in the summer? Check out this idea. #CapriSunCrew #ad

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64 Dollar Grocery Budget – Harris Teeter

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Are you a Harris Teeter shopper? Here are great tips to help you shop there on a budget, and without coupons.

Today’s 64 Dollar Grocery Budget challenge is from my friend Nichole of Butterscotch Sundae. I love that  Nichole was up for doing the 64 Dollar Grocery Challenge at Harris Teeter. I’d heard so many things about the grocery chain from regular HT shoppers, and was curious if this challenge could be done without the use […]

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Real Tears and The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Comic-Con Reel

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(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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Type-A New York City Bootcamp {Ticket Giveaway!} #TYPEANYC

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Would you like to win a ticket to Type-A New York City Bootcamp? Enter here!

As an online influencer, we have a plethora of conferences, summits, and bootcamps to choose from when we are ready to attend them. From local events, to conferences held abroad, there are so many options to expand our knowledge. Type-A New York City Bootcamp needs to be on your list. Type-A New York City Bootcamp #TYPEANYC will […]

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64 Dollar Grocery Budget Series – Harp’s

July 6, 2015
Trying to figure out how to shop at Harp's on a small grocery budget? Check out this post for some easy tips!

When my friend Mel, from Adventures of Mel, agreed to try the 64 dollar grocery budget challenge, I was so excited. Not only is her photography amazing on her blog, she does a great job of providing easy recipes, sharing fun places to travel to with your family, and interesting conversations about life in general. […]

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Lemon Meringue Bites

July 2, 2015
This quick snack is a delicious spin on the original lemon meringue pie dessert.

Lemon Meringue Pie is one of my favorite desserts in the whole wide world. I love the airy meringue topping, and the tartness of the lemon filling. This may be why I will stay up at night and eat spoonfuls of lemon curd from time to time. One night, I was rummaging through the kitchen, […]

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Summer’s In Full Swing

July 1, 2015
Summer's In Full Swing

I have to admit, as soon as I became a mom summer scared me. What was I going to do with a kid in the summer? Do I have to send them to camp? Why are there so many camps? WHY DO THESE CAMPS COST SO MUCH?! I panicked a bit. Once I was put […]

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Your Spot On The Couch #SummerWatchathon

June 30, 2015
Do you have a special spot on the couch that you claim during TV time? Here's how this family gets ready for show time. #SummerWatchathon

This is a sponsored story on behalf of Acorn Influence. When it comes to family TV time, we each have a spot on the couch. I think every family has their “spots.” It’s where each family member feels the most comfortable. Where your butt groove is prominent, and you know exactly where to place your […]

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