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Lead the Way

Saturday, September 8, 2018

 
 
 
While crafting this post I literally just realized that all of Hendrix's outfit is Target! I love that place.
 
 
 
Onesie: Target // Tulle Skirt: Target // Cowgirl boots: Target // Turban: See this post
 
 
 
 





 
Hendrix's onesie says Malcolm, Martin, Harriet, Ida... Lead the Way. I love putting Hendrix in cute clothes, especially ones that really say something. I have a huge job to do. Grow and water an individual. And I plan to impact her with those who came before us and set an example.














We are picking up some Fall items for Hendrix and I have a couple things I have my eye on. But I had to get some cowgirl boots for her. I can see her in these with so many outfits. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
In most of her pictures she is taking off in a run and I have to pause and catch up to her real quick! But those are the pictures I love because they really show her personality. Can you just look at the legs in these boots!! Adore!

Decatur book fair

Sunday, September 2, 2018

It’s been a great summer for books. We got a chance to explore at the Decatur Book Fair yesterday. It was hot but we listened to some authors talk about their books, and saw some titles we wanna buy. We even came across some live poetry at a little coffee shop. Ate some lunch, and of course we stopped and had ice cream at the cutest little shop. 






Hendrix’s outfit 
Kimono: Crazy 8 // Romper: Old Navy // Shoes: Converse






I didn’t get a good full outfit picture but I’m wearing 

Dress: Forever21 // chains from my shop: Jade Vintage and Jewelry // Shoes: San Edelman by way of TJ Maxx












We’ve been singing about the importance of sharing and saying please and thank you. So Hendrix even loves sharing with people that she meets. ❤️





















After a full day Hendrix kicked back and fell asleep. I don’t know why my child always has to have her feet propped up, lol!





How did you kick off your long weekend?

We're Going to Need More Books

Sunday, August 26, 2018




Hendrix definitely loves two things already... books and music. We recently found a place nearby our home called Books by the Pound. You get as many books as you want and they weigh them. You just pay $3.99 per pound. I got Hendrix a few books but it takes sooooo long to look through them. So Hendrix just decided to kick back and flip through Pocahontas while I looked around for some books for mommy.





I'm really into spiritual, self help, and autobiographies lately. I want so many more autobiographies now after listening to Jenifer Lewis' "The Mother of Black Hollywood" and Gabrielle Union's "We're Going to Need More Wine" on audible. have a huge want list of books on amazon right now for me and Hendrix both. Here is what is on our list... I'm making my way down it slowly but surely!







A few on Hendrix's List


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"How to Trick the Tooth Fairy" by Erin Danielle Russell




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"All are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold




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"What is Light" by Market Sheppard





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A few on my wishlist



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"Black Privilege" by Charlamagne the God




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"The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz


            What do you have on your book wish list?                                                                                              

Baby Selfies

Tuesday, July 24, 2018







Sometimes all I can do is look at this child in amazement. She is learning more and more each day. Learning from me and her other cherished ones. As I grow sometimes I learn some nerve-racking things but I know that ultimately my knowledge will make me a better mom. Unlearning is my job so that her awareness is atop of mine.  Ps. It’s super hard to take a selfie with her now because she grabs and tries to control the phone. 


What are some things your child does that just makes you laugh and shake your head? ❤️❤️

Transparency

Saturday, June 9, 2018







Haven’t been posting myself lately. I may be wrong, but I’ve felt like there’s not much to show. Hendrix is the cutest part of me lately. 80% of the time I’m as pictured. No makeup, lounge wear, and possibly hair unwashed. 


I haven’t dealt with this feeling in a looonngggg time so it’s quite unusual but my esteem of self is quite low. I dare not say that I am not beautiful. How can I say that when I have birthed and nurtured a child. When my skin is still smooth and glowy, and my hair thick. What I can say is that I don’t know how to own my beauty right now. I don’t know how to navigate the extra 25 in my curves. I’m unsure of this new skin. She isn’t familiar. 


Now I’ve never been petite. And I follow a wealth of curvy bloggers but can’t grab a hold of the same confident look they have. I follow beautiful mommy bloggers but can’t take a fresh white bright photo with my baby in tow because I’m so flustered from working full time and being a mom. How do I do it all? Well I know, I love to write. I love a good outfit and photo. And I know that in due time I will figure it out. I know that I am beautiful because I tell myself that in the mirror each day along with the other mantras that matter. But until I ace this part of the journey here I am, how I usually look. Fresh faced and undone. But like the phoenix, the billowy clothed queen will rise again.

Walk it, Talk it

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


 
 
 
Let's talk about this outfit shall we? Daddy got her dressed today. He decided to throw on her boy jeans from Macys with the matching jean jacket and her SOUL onesie. The turban was my suggestion (I'm sure he wouldn't have been able to do her ponytails).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My first turban purchase was before she was even born! I had it waiting for her. It was from Mommie Me Turbans, in my favorite color mint green. I think her shop is on hiatus, but she can still be found on insta @alexiscireturner or @alexisaciredeisgns.
 
Her second turban in floral I bought was from Little Knots. This is probably my favorite turban of hers. Now while these turbans are SUPER CUTE, they are about $15 to $18 a piece. Oncea poncea time (like my gran would say)... I could do that but ummm I be tryna save a little coin. But they do have some new prints I definitely want to get her for summer tho!!
 
Sooooo her next 4 turban purchases were from Ali Express. I picked up this green one pictured, a black, red, and baby pink for get this.... $1.55 each!
 
I do plan to purchase some more turbans from other small businesses but since I want her to have like every color, I gotta get some low priced ones too.
 
 




 
 
We went for a little stroll and bead shopping in downtown Lawrenceville, which is really cute by the way. Stopped for food and ducked in and out of some boutiques. Everyone stopped to speak to Hendrix. I have a little social butterly
 
 
Shop Hendrix's turbans here.
 
 
Other links where we have purchased here and here.
 
 
Soul Onesie: Target (sold out)
Jean Jacket: Macys
Boy Jeans (distressed by me): Macys



PS. It was so hard to get these pics. As soon as I put her down she'd take off! Lol! Of course looking for twigs and things on the ground to put in her mouth. I already have a toddler!

Things I’ve learned being a new mom

Sunday, January 21, 2018

There is absolutely nothing anyone can do to truly prepare you for motherhood. Of course I received loving advice from my sisters and my family but it’s nothing quite like experiencing and learning for yourself. 

So here are some things I’ve learned in this short 8 months. 






1. You will never be able to quantify the love for your child(ren).  There is no description for the immense amount of love. You would do anything for them. Slay any dragon or climb any mountain. As a matter of fact, I am so in love with Hendrix, I had developed some pretty bad anxiety. But that’s for another post...








2. Take the help. Living in another state apart from family has been my norm during my adulthood. But don't think that you are a failure for needing some assistance. Even if you just need a little me time. It doesn't make you selfish, it makes you human. I'm really not trying to sound cliche, but you can't pour from an empty cup. I've heard that a lot but it's never rang so truly. I just remember feeling too overwhelmed to meditate. Too overwhelmed to do the things I used to do to center me. When I forced myself to take time for these things I started to morph back into someone recognizable.








3. Things will not be perfect. Your birth may not go as planned, you may have issues breastfeeding, you may have a totally different expectation about a lot of things but you have to roll with it. You’ve just carried a life and birthed a new person into the world! You are a fucking rock star. Period.







 4. Get some fuck it about you. This one is from my older sister. Haven’t cleaned the house cause you were trying to get some sleep, fuck it. Haven’t deep conditioned your hair in a month, fuck it! Sometimes you have to let it go, you'll get around to it.







5. Life may become wacky, but in a good way! As you may or may not see in the picture my debit card is sitting in my bra, lol! Why didn’t I realize it? Because that is it’s second home. Running around with a babe can be a challenge so everything in reach is a must. And don’t get me started on how many pairs of flat shoes I’ve bought in the past year. Style change. Still me, still hippie-ish, still glam-ish, still vintage, but oh so comfy.







I can't believe she will be one year old before I know it! Thanks Hendrix for loving me and teaching me. I can't wait to see what else we learn together.