My Favorite Body Part(s) & Why

I’m am so all over the place with my “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me” series. I’m really supposed to at installment number 21. But, I’ve decided to jump to number 27. I guess there are no rules when it comes to this project.

If I had to choose my favorite body part as a teen, I would have had to think long and hard. Back then, I didn’t appreciate my unique features. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t confident or maybe I just didn’t know who I was. Now that I have a strong sense of who I am, I can answer this with confidence with no further explanation needed.

 

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As I prepared to write up this installment, I asked myself – “How do I do this without sounding conceded?”

But what the heck, I might as well shout it to the heavens. I grew up during a time when dark-skinned girls, like myself, weren’t told they were pretty. Light skin, long hair was preferred.

It took a while to feel comfortable in the skin I’m in. So when it comes to choosing my favorite body part, I can’t just choose one.

I love my skin.
I love my eyes.
I love my smile.
I love my hair.

There’s nothing wrong with loving more than one body part. It doesn’t make me conceited. It just means I’m comfortable in the skin I’m in.

So, what’s your favorite body part? Shout it out loud and proud!

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My Favorite & Least Favorite Thing About Parenthood

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When I think about what I love most about being a parent, so many things come to mind. I love every little milestone. I’m always snapping photos of my little ones every chance I get. But, sometimes I sit back and soak in the moment because my kids will only be kids once.

I can’t believe that my little Princess is already three! She’s reading books, writing her name, and dressing herself. I’m amazed at how much she learns each day. I’m proud of how well she’s handling her big sister role. She adores her baby brother, and he loves her too.

Baby O sat up for the first time on Christmas Eve – just one day shy of turning five-months-old. He’s become quite an independent guy. He’ll sit quietly and play with his toys. He’s not talking yet, but I’m not quite sure he knows that. He’s never quiet. He’s talkative like his mama and big sister. He’s already fitting into 9-12 month clothing.

Each milestone – no matter how big or small – goes unnoticed. That’s what I love most about being a parent. But, my least favorite thing about parenthood is how much I worry about my kids. Are they safe? Am I making the right decision as a parent? Will someone try to harm them? These are just some of the questions that run through my head. I try not to let it consume me. But it’s hard, especially when hear about kids being hurt or killed in the news.

I won’t harp on the negative. I just pray for the safety and well being of my kids everyday.

God has truly blessed me with two wonderful children.

What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about being a parent?

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My Favorite Holiday & Why?

I’ve gotten so far behind on my series, “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” I initially planned on finishing it up in 30 days. But, other duties distracted me from keeping up with it. Now that I think about it, pausing the series has been beneficial because I can now include Baby O in the last nine installments. I’m supposed to be up to number 21. But since we’ve just gotten over Christmas and New Year’s, I wanted to skip to number 23 – My Favorite holiday and why?

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When I was a kid, 4th of July was my favorite holiday. My aunt and uncle held a barbecue every year at their home in The Bronx. They whipped up all the best Jamaican dishes like rice and peas, pepper pot soup, and curry chicken. Add reggae music to the mix, I felt like I was back home. There were also the American staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken.

Now that I’m all grown up and married with kids, I’ve got a lot to live up to in the holiday department. My relatives no longer live in The Bronx, so there are no more 4th of July barbecues to look forward to. But, Christmas has become ‘the holiday.’ I’ve even gone against my beliefs for the sake of my kids believing in the magic of the Holiday, including baking cookies for Santa.

I used to get so stressed out from trying to please everyone during the holidays, but I’ve realized that putting less pressure on myself makes the time of year go by so much smoother. I’ll continue to put all my focus and energy on my little ones. I’m more concerned with spending the time with my husband and kids. Watching them open their presents are precious moments I’ll never forget. I guess you can say Christmas has become my favorite holiday.

What’s your favorite holiday? Why?

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Significant Childhood Memories Revealed

It’s been a while since I posted for my “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” As you know, I’ve been crazy busy with my two little ones. Boy, do I have a lot to catch up on!

I see Princess getting bigger every day, and I can’t help reminiscing about my own childhood. Here’s the 20th installment of my project.

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Thoughts on Becoming a Parent

I’m only a few short weeks away from giving birth to baby number two. It still feels surreal. The impending arrival of my baby boy or girl makes me think of when I became a parent for the first time.

I’ve always taken care of children growing up. I was always the designated sitter for my niece and nephew. I enjoyed playing with dolls too. So I guess you can say that I’ve always had that motherly instinct.

But being a parent it completely different from taking care of other peoples’ children. I couldn’t exactly say, “Ok, I’m done. Let’s drop this kid off!” Having a baby doesn’t mean you get time off from being a parent (even when you send them off to daycare). I always knew that I wanted to be hands on, and continue working full time. It’s been tough, but I’ve managed just fine. I feel so fortunate to have the help of my mom and a wonderful husband.

However, I try to be there as much as possible because time flies! One day my kiddos will be all grown up and I’ll be left wondering where did the time go?

Check out the 19th installment of my project, “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me!”

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How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

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What My Husband Loves Most About Me

You may say I love you to each other everyday. But, do you ever think about why your spouse or significant other loves you so much? This is my 18th installment of my project, “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” Here’s what my husband loves most about me.

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What does your spouse love most about you?
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