So, I attempted to take pictures for our Christmas cards this year. Boy, oh boy, was it “interesting.” I’ll just let my facial expressions tell the story.
This is how it started. At least she’s smiling, right?
Starting to get annoyed.
What are you looking at, Rea?
The silliness begins
Believe it or not, we did manage to get a few great photos and I was able to place an order through Shutterfly this evening. They had sent me a discount code via email and I also received free shipping, thanks to another code on their website. I can’t wait to share the final products.
My shirt: Zara, Skirt: JustIn, Shoes: Forever 21; Rea’s Dress: Gymboree, Shirt: Old Navy, Shoes: Marshall’s
In just over two short years I had become that mom. You know, the one who would stop at nothing to get her hands on the hottest of the hottest toys on every kid’s Christmas wishlist. In my case, it came in the form of a little doll named Dottie.
Yep, that’s her!
Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is a Disney character who plays doctor and “fixes” toys. She also teaches viewers about eating healthy and has become one of the most popular TV shows among young children. Cute, I know. And popular, too. So popular that I couldn’t find her anywhere on Cyber Monday. Oh yeah, except on Ebay — for $75!!! Curious (and a little frustrated,) I sought help on Facebook. ”Apparently this Doc McStuffins toy is a hot item. Does anyone know where I can find one?” Within minutes friends from all over the state were on the hunt for little Dottie. I couldn’t believe it. I truly felt touched. I hadn’t expected a response. And I really didn’t imagine that people would be dialing up their local toy stores on the hunt for the item of my Mommy Dreams, because my baby is really too young to know what she wants for Christmas. (Like I said… that mom.) Later that evening, a friend in another city had purchased the doll and promised to send her to us by the end of the week. I was blown away! When I returned to Facebook to express my gratitude for the help, I received the response, “It takes a village to make Christmas wishes come true.”
Just when you think you’re alone or that being a great Mommy rests solely in your shoulders, you’re reminded that it truly does take a village. And I wouldn’t want to belong to any other.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
And with that, I’m back.
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My daughter has been one of my natural hair inspirations, and though we have different textures and she’s a child I regularly find myself adopting some of my haircare practices on her hair. One way I attempt to keep her hair moisturized and healthy is to utilize protective or low-maintenance styling during the week. That includes braids, twists or any other style that does not require daily brushing and combing. Also, I spritz her hair with water and olive oil each night to keep the style moisturized and she sleeps on a satin pillow. I’m not the best braider or stylist in the world, but I do what I can, while trying to avoid rubber bands, tight ponytails and grease. Check out Rea’s latest look: flat twists and two strand twists:
This is Rea after a trip to the pool and shampoo.
I started with three twists hanging down in the front. Sleepy head didn’t last 20 minutes.
One-fourth of the way through.
I had to pull her “bang” back because it was bothering her.
Duration: 2 hours
Products: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner, Olive Oil, Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
In two more weeks another one bites the dust. Yep, another single lady will be taken off the market. This weekend we celebrated the last days of Marshelle’s single life.
Bride-to-be having a blast
This guy didnt wait on the crowd to start partying
What a blast Rea had at her cousin’s first birthday party. From ponies to a moonwalk to a train and more, there was plenty of fun for the kiddos. Oh, and did I mention Rea’s favorite, Elmo, was there?
Ten minutes after we left, she was knocked out. My kind of party!