Look What I Squeezed In!

Though today is a football night and B’Dazzle has practice. I am happy because I squeezed in time to sauté shrimp and t go with leftover brown rice. During football season, cooking shrimp is reserved for weekends.

I’m feeling special today! Lol!

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💫 100 Happy Days Challenge Day #24 Bam!!!

Enjoy your evening and thanks for stopping by. 😄

100 Happy Days Update

With 88 days remaining of my 100 Happy Days Challenge, I am diggin in full steam ahead.

So far I have not struggled with finding things that make me happy. It is the capturing of the image that is trying to sabotage my success. What’s up? My iPhone is near capacity. Lol!

Every where I go, the novice photographer in me, is taking pictures. I’ve got tons of apps (mostly Free), videos and documents. Who knew that a phone would replace a desktop? You know what I am getting at right? iPhone 6 or iPhone plus💋

Today’s happiness came in the form of a delightful bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and fresh strawberries. I usually add blueberries, but ran out, so in a split second, I sliced up the strawberries and covered my oats. Amazing!! You have to try it.

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#100HappyDaysChallenge #100HappyDays4Lexa #Day 23

I must rise and shine early tomorrow.

Sweet dreams!

4 Tips for Finding Balance, Peace and Success

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Are you a “Broke Brand” struggling to find balance in your life?   Chances are you might be a BB and you are unaware of your status or are too busy immersed in your daily routine to realize it.

A self-described “former Broke Brand,” Adrienne Graham wrote an informative piece on Finding Balance, Peace and Success.  I had to share this with you and hope that it does help you in some way.

4 Tips for Finding Balance, Peace and Success.

Enjoy!

This Is How To Drink Tea

Last night it was chilly outside on the football field.  Tonight was chilly, but I was armed with two additional tops, including an oversized hoodie that kept me warm.

But what really warmed me inside and out and made me childishly happy was that finally, I got to use my Simply Better Tea, Tea Traveler today.  I brought mine from a tea shop in Smithville; however they can be purchased online.

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So over tea bags, I have been wanting to return to what I knew as a kid.  Sipping my mom’s and grandmother’s tea made from the root of a plant or fresh leaves, pulled straight from mama’s back yard.  None of the grandkids knew that tea bags existed.

What’s so special about this traveler? It has a removable infuser, so you add the loose leaf tea of choice in first.  Secure the infuser on top and pour boiling water in the traveler.  Then simply enjoy freshly brewed organic (if you chose)  tea!   It’s potent but delish!  The aroma is inviting and relaxing.

Today I chose the Turmeric Ginger.

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Although the two are said to have many health benefits, I picked this blend because I enjoy the bold and spicy flavor of both herbs.  Oh it was wonderful!!  The experience of the tea was a great distraction because I wasn’t happy to miss the gym today. Grrr…  :(

Anyways, it’s bed time.  Will talk to you again soon. :)

Sweet dreams!

 

 

Celebrating 81 Years

Happy Birthday Mom!!

Today is mom’s 81st birthday.  Talk about blessings!  Well, first I am blessed to live to see my mom celebrate the milestone.  Second, she’s blessed, because many folks do not live to see 81. My children have had precious years with their grandmother. The blessings are endless!

“Lena,”  “Florence,” “Grandma Dynamite,” “Grand mom,” whatever you choose to call her is very much alive and kickin!

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 Happy that mom is celebrating her 81st Birthday today!   #100HappyDaysChallenge #100HappyDays4Lexa  Day#18

Known quite well for her outspoken and sharp tongue.  Rarely asked for her opinion, yet she will still (to this day) give it all to you.  The good, bad, and the downright ugly!  She will tell you,

 “My mom always told me to tell the truth, so that’s what I do!

Known by everyone as mama and pop, my grandparents raised mom and 12 siblings in a small shack in the country, a good 20 miles or so from civilization.

They lived without electricity, gas, or running water.  Getting up in the middle of the night to use the “bathroom” meant going outside to the outhouse.  And yet today, I have the nerve to turn my nose up to a port-potty.  Back in the day, mom would have been too darn happy to use that amenity.

Laundry meant using a washboard.

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 Just imagine laundry for 15 family members using wash boards!

Every school day, she (and her siblings) walked miles on a long dirt road, narrowed by over-sized oak and pine trees, to catch the school bus.  Rain, shine, hot, and frigid cold—didn’t matter they still walked wearing hand-stitched clothing and run down shoes, eating mama’s (my grandmother’s) homemade biscuits.

Mom survived some real hard times.  I was curious about 1933, the year she was born, so I hit the internet!

* The average cost of a new home was $5,750!

* My favorite board game, Monopoly was invented

* The chocolate chip cookie was invented

* 1933 was the worst year of the depression

* The Drive-in movie theater was invented

* On September 10th, the first Negro League All-Start game occurred.

It is no secret that mom and I rarely see eye to eye (I’m laughing), but that has no impact on the love or affection that I have for her.  Every other day we disagree about something (I’m dead serious), but I still show her the respect she deserves.

While I don’t agree with some of her methods of raising me, I am certain that my daughter can say the same about me.  It is what it is.  I think it is Oprah who says, when you know better, you do better.

There are no do-overs in life, I affirm that each generation should learn from the previous generation and raise the bar with regards to everything—education, parenting, careers, etc…

I am grateful and happy that she is still going strong!  Mom is still independent.  Today, if you even look at her the wrong way or mess with her kids (there are two of us) or her favorite sisters, she will give you the cussin out of a lifetime.  Lol!!  Years ago she’d slap you in a heartbeat.  Haaaahaaa!   Though it wasn’t funny then.

Anyways, I give props to mom because she empowered me and taught me to be the strong, to be resilient, to be independent, fight for I want (figuratively & literally), and to be the bad ass and confident daughter that I am today.  Hehe!  Funny but true.  Thanks mom!!

Never wanting anyone to make a fuss over her on birthday, I’m not sure how she’d feel about this post, but I plan on sharing it with her (later) in a very special way.

Happy Birthday Mother!!!

Thinking Positive

“Positive affirmations are phrases that we say to ourselves to build confidence and train our minds.  They work on the subconscious, which is most receptive early in the morning and late at night.”

-www.notestoself.com

I stumbled on these lovely “notes to self” socks and could not resist buying several pair for a special someone.  These are the coolest socks!

#100HappyDaysChallenge, #100HappyDaysChallenge, Day #17 (I revised the number.  I got confused) Lol!
IMG_3031.JPGSchool is back in session and football season is in full affect, which means sitting on the sidelines cheering on B’Dazzle! It’s late and I’m sleepy.  Lol!

Sweet dreams!