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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tips on Saving Money

One of my biggest challenges in life has always been saving money and preparing for emergencies. This is still a challenge for me, yet I am working hard at it. I found a great article that provided some tips on saving over at The article was written by Keesa Schreame. Check it out:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Communicating With Our Children. Why It's So Important

As a parent, I've learned that communicating effectively with our children is important and it varies for each child. My mother was a yeller and I've learned that so am I. I've also learned that yelling is not very effective. 1., it's offensive (I hated to be yelled at as a child), 2. it doesn't necessarily guarantee results and 3. it damages the trust value between the parent and child. Johanna Sorrentino, wrote an article titled "The Art Of Communication". This article provides really good tips on how parents can be effective at communicating with their children and getting desired results.

This is a really good article for parents of teenagers. I have definitely taken pointers on how to become more effective with communication with my own teenager.

Here are a few quick pointers in the article, but I suggest you read it in its entirety.

1. Teens don't want to hear "No." They would rather hear other options that lead to "YES"
2. Criticsm damages your teens self esteem
3. Don't lecture. It's not effective
4. Have family meetings where everyone has an opportunity to share their feelings
5. Work to build trust with your teen by really listening to him or her

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Still Standing

If you haven't alredy done so, please go out and pick up Monica's new album "Still Standing"! It is awesome! There are 10 tracks. I can truly say that this is an album that I can listen to from beginning to end. Go support Monica yall!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

AIDS Walk Charlotte 2010

As a reminder, AIDS Walk Charlotte, 2010 is taking place on Saturday, May 1st. For those of you interested in walking with you, you can join my team by going to! YES, the name of my team is Fabulous in 2010!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

My New Favorite Beauty Product (Mat Velvet by Make Up For Ever)

A few weeks ago, I went to the mall to replenish my Prescriptives foundation only to find out that Prescriptives was no longer in business (at least not at the malls.) I don't know the full details of whether company completely folded or not. All I know is that you can't get their products in any of the malls in Charlotte, N.C. any longer.

I shared my disappointment with a friend who told me about her recent experience with Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet Matifying Foundation!!!! Let her tell it, this make up made her looked airbrushed! After testing for the perfect match (that's another story) I've found my new favorite beauty product!!!! This foundation is great so far. It has staying power, it really IS a mat foundation, it covers my blemishes, but doesn't look caked on like some well known beauty products and most of all, it's OIL FREE. Just what I need!

My only dissapointment is that there is no perfect shade for me so I had to purchase two different shades. Color match 80 is a little dark for me (but will probably work perfectly in the summer) while color match 75 is too light. So basically, I have to mix the two together to get a perfect match (See my pics below). But hey I guess it pays to look fab!! I also purchased the translucent powder which adds a flawless finish while absorbing the oils in my face. Okay ladies, what's your new favorite beauty product?

Well the weekend is over. Back to another work week. Not having a fabulous Monday! I need some encouragement. Nothing is really wrong, just in a stinky mood! Don't like when I feel this way because usually someone else will feel it too! :(. All it takes is for one of my co-workers to rub me the wrong way. If anyone has any encouraging words, please send them my way. I could really use them today!

My weekend was somewhat stressful. My dog got really sick and had to be hospitalized Friday night. She's home and is much better now. I had to kick out a pretty penny for the hospital care. Any hoot, I'm glad she's better!!! Sunday was spent with the kids and some of my younger cousins. I really enjoyed them, now back to another work week.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Happy Friday!!

Today is a beautiful day and I feel beautiful right along with it.....for no apparent reason at all!! LOL. Honey, sometimes, we have to convince ourselves of what we really want to believe!!

I hope everyone have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend. Be sure to do something nice for someone today........even if they don't deserve it. It will make you feel good!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

AIDS Walk Charlotte 2010

Okay fabulous people! Put your walking shoes on and let's do this! Power 98, Kiss 95.1 and Rosedale is sponsoring the 2010 AIDS Walk Charlotte! The walk is scheduled to take place on May 1, 2010. This is a 2 mile walk through our Historic Fourth Ward Community. I am walking in memory of a very special loved one!

For more information and to join the walk, please click here: For those that can't walk, you can still make a donation to show your support.

If anyone is interested in building a team to walk together, please let me know in comments. I'll definitely work it out.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

AIDS Walk Charlotte 2010

Save This Date!!

The AIDS Awareness walk for Charlotte is scheduled for May 1, 2010.  I'll have more details for you shortly.

2010 Census Form

Good morning!!

Back at it again, ready to make it a great day! I just completed my census form and dropped it in the mailbox. Be sure to complete yours. Heard some talk on the radio this morning about how the form displays the race for African Americans. If you've completed your form, maybe you've noticed the section where it asks your race. One section states Black, African American, or Negro. Haven't seen Negro on anything in a while. What's your opinion about this? I'm not personally offended because I try to ignore nonsense, however others are offended (understandably). What do you think?

Also, I found this article about it on New York Daily News Website. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Do you!!!!

When you commit to something, there's always going to be challenges trying to keep you from your committment. There will always be someone telling you that it won't work or that it's not a smart decision. And there will always be a voice within telling you not to do it. IGNORE that voice and those people. Stand up to the challenges and committ to whatever it is that fulfills you. I know this for sure and I honestly have allowed that voice to dictate some of my decisions. I know that I am fabulous and so are you!! Get to moving and ignore that voice. It's NOT real. Do what you feel will fulfill your dreams and ultimately your life. As my friend always say, DO YOU!!!

Good morning fabulous people!!

I'm up and at it early this morning. It's beautiful day so far and a new opportunity for us to make it whatever we want it to be. I want to make it a good day! NO DRAMA! Spring is approaching and I'm definitely ready for it. Usually around this time, people start new diets and workout regimens. I've committed to eating better as well as bringing my own lunch to work. So far, I've done a good job (although it's only Tuesday LOL.)  I need to start back walking and working out. My schedule seems to be so busy, but I'll figure out a way to get it in because I can't wait to get into a springish, summerish dress! Okay ladies, what are some of your workout routines and eating regimens looking like? Please share how busy women/mothers can get a quick workout in without having to go to a gym?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Checking In!

Hi All! I've been away for a minute. Things have been crazy and somewhat stressful on my side. I apologize for the pause, but I'm back and ready to get back into the swing of things!! I missed Woman and Girls AIDS HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! Shame on me. I do apologize. I hope all is well and I'll get back to posting soon! Thanks to those that have checked on me! :0)