Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Murmurings: No See, No Hear

This weekend when we went to a children's museum ( more on our trip later), but while Gabrielle was exploring one of the areas that was supposed to look like a woods area. There were places to climb trees, rock walls, places to crawl and a fish tank tunnel to crawl through.  While in this part of the museum,  Gabrielle began to run around to with  4-5 other children in the area.  I was just sitting there listening to all the children, who just met, call each other names, laughing, and talking to each other. I turned to my husband and said, " They just met and they all act like they have known each other forever. Children don't see color."  He agreed and we just watched and listen some more as they played and little would we know the events of Saturday were taking place in Virginia.  Children don't see color sex or race, they just see another child. Why do people teach hate instead of concern for one another?  Why can't this world be like a 5 year old exploring and playing with other children? I ache for the people involved in this weekends incident as well as for the children of this world. What are we teaching them and are we really leading by example?  It makes me concerned for Gabrielle and her life. What struggles is she going have growing up a woman of color?  Am I preparing her for world out there? Sometimes when things like this happen, it just makes me want to hold her close and never let her go. I will continue to teach her to have different experiences, explore different cultures and accept people for who they are and not by their race, color or creed.  I will try not to worry if my husband will make it home safely from work each night.  I will pray over her daily for her safety, family and friends safety and the safety of this country and this world. Eventually, change will happen. I have to believe that.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Murmurings: Did I Really Buy That?

After weeks of saying,"No." I gave in and purchased my daughter a fidget spinner.  After I purchased it, I thought, "Why did I buy this thing?" I know why I just wanted her to stop talking about it and obsessing about when she saw one in the store. Why did I do that? UGH!!! Just for instant mommy gratification. I am think that this is one of dumbest toys ever. Now she is running around to all the kids in the neighborhood or anyone that she sees saying, "I got a fidget spinner." I want to say " WHO CARES!" at the top of my lungs every time she says it.  I think I made things worse. I guess I thought that it would lessen her talking about it if she obtained one. Now I am second guessing why I even purchased the darn thing anyway. As most mommas do, I will figure out how to get through this temporary obsession by, ummm, I don't know maybe making it disappear, running away when she is playing with it or just learning to play with it myself (NOT). There has been one good thing with this piece of junk being in the house, every time she acts like she is going to act up I just state that if she does not behave the figgy spinner (as she calls it) will go away. It gets her back in order real quick.  I am just going to just going to have to put my M on my chest and suck it up for the next few weeks until another new thing pops up that she wants.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Golden Girls: Girls Weekend

This past weekend I spent the weekend with a few ladies that I call my "Golden Girls". I have known
 these ladies since college. We have decided that we would make Cincinnati Music Festival one of annual trips together. Friday we decided wear t-shirts that were alike. We actually got a lot of compliments on them. In between the listening to BBD ( who I love) Kem and waiting for Mary J. Bilge taking the stage, we laugh and talked like we were still in college.

Saturday we relaxed and shopped. We tried to get one of those free MAC lipsticks, but we weren't so lucky. I did realize that we are getting "old", because couple of us really needed a nap and I was one of them. For a treat, we went to a restaurant Mr. Sushi to celebrate another friends birthday. The food was really good and filling.  The ticket on Saturday was great as Fridays. I really enjoyed Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia, what a show. Trying to be young and keep the turn up going, we went to an after party at Jack's Casino. I don't know what I was thinking, because I spent more time at the penny slot machines than at the actually party.  I don't know were the time went, because before we knew it, it 4:00 am. I do not know what we were thinking, the turn up became the turn down due we were all ready for bed.

It was a wonderful weekend with wonderful people. I love these women.  It is so easy being with them, just like our lives have not changed from when we first met. I truly enjoyed myself, with conversation, definitely the laughs and of course the company. I can not wait to do it again soon.
My Golden Girls minus one...she had not arrived yet.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Monday Murmurings: Night Night

I love my bed. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. I think that you love it even more when you go out of town or have which I experienced this past weekend or a busy family to take care of.  Rest is essential and a comfortable place to rest is key to the mind and the soul.  Add in some nice cotton sheets, a fluffy pillow and some soothing music will help you to dream away. It is time for me to rest do I ending this until next time  Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

What do you do to get a good nights sleep?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Love School Supplies

Sshh...I have a secret I love school supplies.  I do not know what it is about the new pens, beautiful journals, vibrate markers and shiny notebooks. I have been stalking the newspaper ads and tv commercials to see what is on sale this week for me to grab up.  I like to pick up new items because my intent to get my home office and work cubicle organized and refreshed for the season.

Since it is my little one first year in Kindergarten, I have even more of an excuse to search through the shelves for deals. For you to fully understand here is a list of thing of why I love school supplies.

  1.  It's new                                                                                                                                Everything is so new, bright and shiny. It makes me feel all sparkley.
      2.  All the pretty colors.
       Everything seems so colorful and bright, like it is springtime in fall. I think that the reailers think        the brigher it is the more your going to buy. Well... it's working.

       3. You always have somthing to write with.
       Pencils, pen, erasable ink and colorful ink all make sure that you always have something to write        with.

       4. Glue and tape. 
        What all the craft projects that you can do with all that tape and glue. 

        5. Plastic containers.
        Containers big and small are available to get your space together.

       6. Wide-rule, thin rule or notebook.
       I love a pretty journal or colorful notebooks with inspiring message. It makes me want to write. 

       7. I can start picking up items for Christmas 4 months away.

        8. You can never have enough Sticky-Notes.
         There small, cheap and can be pretty.

        9. All the different types of markers.
         I love all the different types of markers. Ones that smell, write big or small I have a use for                  them   all..

        10. Discovering something new.
        There is always something new to explore or discover when I go school shopping. I am up to the          challenge.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Crockpot Strawberry Applesauce

Cooking is one of my happy places. I had a friend give me ALOT of apples and I did not know what to do with them.I went on Pinterest and started looking up some recipes that have apples include. You know there are lots of recipes. I decided on one of them for standard applesauce but decided to make it my own. My daughter seemed to enjoy it (kid approved).  The recipe is located below if you want to make yourself.

Crockpot Strawberry Applesauce

6-8 Apples ( you can make use any apple that you want, Gala are the ones that I used)
4-8 Strawberries ( you can use any fruit that you like or just make plain applesauce)
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 water
1/4 lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to the Crockpot. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, until the fruit is failing apart. One done, mash the fruit with a potato masher or a fork. Take an immersion blender and blend the fruit until smooth or the consistency you like, sometimes I like mine a little chunky.  Enjoy!

You can freeze the applesauce for about 2-3 months in a Ziploc bag.  To defrost, you can place in the microwave for about 20-40 seconds.

Friday, July 21, 2017

I Am On Instagram

I have created a new Instagram page for my blog. Follow me at Sweepingmom on Instagram.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

First Day of School Pictures

I can hardly believe that it is almost time for the kids to go back to school.   I know last year I saw alot of first day pictures with cute little signs that the kids were holding. Since my little one is going
to Kindergarten (which I can not believe), I wanted one for her to sign to hold to the little photo shoot that I am planning the morning of.  I did not want to buy an expensive chalkboard one,even though they are cute, due having to store it and locate it each school year. I have found a few printable solutions that I wanted to share, so if you want some blackmail pics at the high school graduate party you can use these or create your own. These are just a few that I found that I like.

If you are not feeling crafty you can also check Groupon, eBay and Esty for vendors that sell them or have printable formats that you can purchase.

There are so many options that I am not sure which one that I am going to use, but I will surely post of photo once I decide. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Deals, Deals, Deals....Amazon Prime

Do you love Amazon? July 11 is Prime Day. You can start shopping for those deals for the summer, early Christmas shopping or just picking up a few items for yourself. If you are not a Prime member, you can sign up for Amazon Prime membership for a free 30-Day trial. Good luck, find thoses deals and happy shopping. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Murmurings: I Am Tired

  • I am tired.
  • I feel puffy right now and know that tomorrows doctor appointment is not going to be fun.
  • I have been so busy this month already that I have not been really taken care of my self.
  • I want a nap.
  • I wish my laundry would wash and put itself up. 
  • I love my bed. 
  • I have been really enjoying the rain, it waters the garden for me. 
  • I have been exploring the Viceland Channel. Interesting programming.
  • I really enjoyed youth week this past week at church.
  • I think that I am addicted to pretzel buns and honey mustard. 
  • I am obsessed with eyeglasses and have started my daughter on the path. 
  • I like that I can work in the community.
  • I need to blog more.
  • I need to get up and restart my morning prayer routine. 
  • I love ice cream.
  • Do I really want to take my daughter to see Kidz Bop with a whole lot of other screaming kids?
  • I think I am going to keep my hair in braids. 
  • Ready for my girls trip.
 What are you murmuring about? Thats enough babbling from me. Goodnight.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love is Love

Last weekend I went to the PRIDE parade with my friend Dani. It was so much fun and relaxing. There was a sense that every one was welcome no matter what they looked like, dressed like, fat, short, rich, poor or who they love. You were accepted for you being YOU. That is a sense of peace that I have not felt in a very long time. I sometimes wish that everyday, every one could feel like that.

It was hot that day, but we did not care we had some much with making friends and seeing old ones. Dani  and I decided that this will be one of annual summer things that we are going to do, without the kids for some girlfriend-mommy-free-time. I took a lot of pictures of the days events so that I could remember that feeling all year though.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dear World......

Dear World,
I know I have not blogged in awhile, but I needed to let somethings out. This past weekend, has been emotional between all the politics, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and watching Hidden Figures and An American Girl Story: Melody, I have been fighting back tears.  All  have thought about is the United States going back to a time when people of color or women did not matter? It makes me question about what opportunities will my daughter have? What will the world look like for her? Is it going back to separate bathroom, fountains and doors? At the moment, it sure feels that way. I can not shake this feeling and the closer the 20th gets the more worried I get about it. I really trying to keep hope alive but day by day, my hope is being chipped away. I have tried to distracting myself by not watching the news, but it still seeps in. I am trying to find the positives in all this but at this time, I only see one which is people starting to mobilize and band together for common cause, but did it take all of this for this to occur. I am trying to keep my head up for my daughter, who knows little about what is going on,who loves to play and laugh, has a beautiful spirit and has a bright future ahead of her. I continue to prayer and look for guidance for solutions to this and keep my family and friends close as they are a comfort to me. I have to believe that their is going be some good out of all this, if I don't there is nothing else hang on to for the future.

A Concerned Parent and Citizen

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Happy Founders Day to the Ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Happy Founders Day to the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.  I wish you all well in your endeavors and am proud to be a member of such a great sorority. EE-Yip!