This post may have some sponsored links, but all opinions are that of my own.If you’re like me and you have a demanding job ( preschool Teacher), blogging often takes a back seat. With the ever so demanding world of blogging/vlogging it can get discouraging. It has taken me quite a while to take my blogging seriously. A part of me is happy for slowly dipping my toes in one by one before jumping in.
I have been going through a lot in life and blogging/vlogging had been my outfit. It has been therapeutic. My love for fashion and education has been revived and having an outlet to share it has been great. I have finally figured out some sort of schedule ( i think, lol) and finally found a consistent photographer ( i hope, lol), which means i don’t have to take my own pics anymore.
I absolutely give it to those people who blog/vlog daily or on a very consistent basis. One day i have hopes one getting there. For those who think blogging/vlogging is easy… you’re absolutely WRONG! I have taken series of photos and when it was all said and done, after all the hard work none were suitable, either my face was off, my body was off, the light was off, something was off. Ive taken a but of pics and a shot videos to fine my SD won’t read… It has been frustrating but that’s a part of life.I still have more work to to and more material to get to continue to improve, but slow and steady progress.
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Shoes: Here ( they are currently having a sale, get these for 19.99)
Trench: Similar one here. The one I have is years old.
My love for fashion is deeper than the simple items put together. As I’ve mentioned before in previous post, fashion is an art from. It’s a way to express yourself without saying a word.
Generally speaking I’m very shy. People tend to mix that up for me being mean, standoff is or stuck up. I am none of the above. It’s rare that I will start a conversation (although in my older years I have done so more and more).
My awkward shyness has often been a down fall. Even when my business was up and running and I would get complimented on things that could be found in my boutique I wouldn’t self promote. While my business was doing well it could have been doing much better (I closed due to my move and will be reopening very soon).
My bold statements usually comes in the form of fashion. Fashion speaks for me. It gives me a voice. I take time to carefully think about what I want to put together. No thought goes into what others will think as I am picking it out, but after I wonder how ppl will take it in. Most times it’s hit but I have had my misses.
This is one of my favorite looks, it’s bold, it’s daring, it’s me. When I put this look on I laughed think. People are going to think I’m crazy. Black girl, white thigh highs??? I didn’t care because as I slowly put it together I loved it. I mean fashion is all about taking chances. So put on the outfit you love but your not sure if everyone else will. You may be surprised.
I don’t really have many outfit deets.
I purchased these thigh high stockings from walmart.com
My shoes are from shoedazzle.com
Skirt was from Target.com years ago when Peter Pilotto had a line there.
Children are sponges. There is no limit to the information that they take in, before even being born the things you surround yourself with can help your baby. Singing, reading and talking to your baby has proven to be very helpful in language development. As parents it is important to watch what you day around children. It is equally as important to pay attention to how you say things. Pronouncing things the accurate way proves to be extremely helpful.
Talking “baby talk” may sound cute but it actually hinders a child’s speech. I have come across so many children that have a hard time pronouncing words because they are still taking “baby like”. More and more children are needing to take speech.
As adorable as it may sound for your little one to mis-pronounce a work correcting then is more helpful to the in the long run. make sure you are eye to eye with the child, have them watch your mouth and repeat you, be as clear as possible so they can see and hear the correct way to say it.
Language development in children starts at a very young age, The more you talk to them the better their language development will be.
I have come to the conclusion that I am OBSESSED with Olive for the fall. One day I was looking in my closet and I came upon a bunch of olive items. It was not only my clothing but shoes as well. After seeing this i decided to do a series on my love for olive. I picked FIVE yes five looks that I loved and will be blogging about them. All these looks are super inexpensive and easy to put together (even with other colors). I start this series off With this sweater dress.
This item can be worn as a dress or a sweater. I paired it with some pattern stocking and black sorts ( underneath). I added some lace up boots to bring this look together. This look can be easily done with an over sized sweater, some leggings and tall boots.
To add some of my on personal style i threw on this leopard belt and an off color ( off being that it doesn’t “match”) purse.This is one of my favorite comfortable fall looks.
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The season is upon us… it’s finally feeling like fall and winter is tapping on the door. One of the best and comfy pieces you should have for your fall/winter wardrobe are sweaters. Lots and lots of sweaters. I have complied a small list of what I think are must have sweaters. You can find them all at Shein.com
My first pick is this beautiful Golden sweater with black and white stripes. It is the most casual one of my pics.. You can rock this with some dark demin skinny jeans and riding boots. Find it here.
My next pic is the super adorable red smock sweatshirt. This can be paired with a pencil skirt, straight leg pants and/or skinny leg jeans. you can find it Find it here.
Now we all now I am not a big fan of pink, but when i saw this sweater i was in love, it also comes in4 other colors. It is so girly and cute. I would pair this with a leather mini or pencil skirt. You can find it Here
My next choice is this seemly simple style sweater with a twist. The bow on the front of this sweater gives it that extra push to set it apart from a simple sweater. Find it Here
Last but definitely not least this area fur and blog sweater…. I mean, need I say more? This swearer has my name written cllllll over it. you can find it Here
Find these and so many other beautiful sweaters at Shen.com
What does date night mean to you? For some ( including me) date night is a romantic night out with their sweetie. This can be a nice dinner and a fancy restaurant, a drink ( or two or three) at a bar you don’t usually visit, a lounge, or even a movie.
Some date night are spent with the family, you, your sweetie and the children may go out to do something that satisfies everyone ( well maybe not everyone, but almost everyone).(Stephanie @stephaniegivesyoulife)
What makes date night different from any other day/night you spend time with your loved ones? For me date night is about spending that quality time disconnected from everyone else and connected to my significant other. For some the same rules apply but with more than their significant other but with their family.
Your attire will be dictated by where you go. Sometimes you want to get all dolled up to go to nice dinner or lounge. Other times you dress down to go bowling or to catch a movie.
I believe date night ( specifically with your significant other) is extremely important. We live in an age where people are so connect to their phones that they do not get the opportunity to connect with their person. For me 2 times a months is the minimum. Do you have a date night? What are your favorite things to do for date night?(Robin @robinavidor)
Some ladies and I decided to come together and show off our date night looks. I’ve added everyone’s Instagram handle incase you want to see more of their wonderful looks.
Self Help is a part of development that I continue to see falling at the waist side. With the rush of the world we live in parents don’t have the time to wait for children to dress themselves. This can be detrementil on so many levels. Self help skills really help children. It gives them pride, pride for achieving something. When a child wants to do something on their own, let them. It starts with them wanting to feed themselves. Children are often eager to feed themselves but because a lot of food is messy, parents tend to intervene. When a child feeds his/her self they are working on, fine motor skills, as mentioned here. It also helps with eye hand coordination.
Self help also includes when children go to the restroom. At the preschool age Teachers are not allowed to go in the restroom with children, but why would you want them to? children should have their privacy ( to an extent) when using the restroom. I have come across many children who can not pull their pants up or down and/or clean themselves properly. After having many conversations with parents they don’t realize that allow children to learn to use the bathroom and clean themselves ( with their supervision) can be helpful to them when they enter preschool.
Start small, make a plan and start with letting them pick out their clothing. Teach them how to tell the difference from the front and the back. Then let them put on their underwear. Once they master that you can move on to one item of clothing at a time. I say don’t do it all at once because it can be over whelming to some children.
” I did it”, are some of the sweetest words to hear, children love when they concur something. instilling self confidence early on can be long lasting. Children love having the ability “to do”. Allow them to do, it will pay off on so many levels at the end.
It’s been a year since I’ve packed up a few things and moved out here to Georgia. If I say life was great I would not be speaking the truth. Transitioning from one state to another is not the easiest thing. Feeling the disconnect from the life one has lived for their entire life is a constant feeling, at least it has been for me so far.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Georgia and have no plans of moving back to New York, but change is very difficult. The area I live in (Lawrenceville) is different, different culture, different lifestyle, just different. It’s not a good or bad different, just a different to get accustomed to.
Making friends, finding a job, becoming acquainted it is all a work in progress. I miss my set of Friends. Making good friends is hard to do as I mentioned in a previous blog post Here. There are times i feel nostalgia when thinking about New York and I begin to miss simply hanging out with friends.
Finding solid ground as far as work has been a challenge for me. As much as I love what I do I think I will have to take my self back in the public school system. I am a preschool teacher and it is different ( to say the least) out here in my experience.
All in all if you’re anything like me. Change is hard. As hard as it is, making this move was one of the best decisions I have made and although it is indeed hard it was necessary and I do not regret it.
Jacket: Amiclubwear – similar
Hey all, A few may know but many may not but, I have been a Teacher for over 13 years. For the Majority of those years I have taught preschool. Along with being a preschool Teacher I tutor young children. In doing both, I have noticed some things that I felt I needed to share. Now let me start by saying I am no expert, in fact some of my beliefs may differ greatly from other experts, with that being said I will start with my first tip, a tip you may hear over, and over and over.
Strong fine motor skills:
A lot of people either don’t know about this or do not work on this. This goes for parents as well as educators. First thing first.
What are fine motor skills?
Fine Motor skills are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. When I talk about fine motor skills on a preschool level I am talking about the small muscles in fingers and the movement of the wrists. Many children have very poor fine motor skills because they are not given the opportunity to use their hands as often as necessary. Strong fine motor skills help with coloring, writing, pulling on and off clothing and shoes, tying laces, buttoning and un buttoning.
How to help strengthen fine motor skills?
A lot of parents don’t want to hear this but messy play is great for strengthening fine motor skill. Play dough is great for building these skills, finger painting is also something that will help with this. Simple activities such as punching holes into a piece or cardboard and allowing the child to string through those holes, squeezing eye droppers full of water or paint on to paper, using tweezers ( plastic, child friendly tweezers) to pick up items, and even allowing them to put rubber bands around a can ( can food) are great for fine motor skills. There are of course many more but these are some of my top Fine motor activities.
Friendship is a huge deal for me. I don’t call just anyone my friend. It makes me cringe when some people just willy nilly throw around that word, there are people that call any and everyone their friends. Some people meet some one one day and the next they’re “besties”, then wonder why that friendship doesn’t last. Don’t get me wrong there are a few occasions where some ppl just click. They meet one day and they’re life long friends. I have a few of those. But even with those friends it wasn’t an overnight friendship.
I hold my friends close to my heart and I know my friends do the same. I would do anything for them and I know they would for me. I have lost a few friends during what I call growing pains. Losing friends is something that’s not easy. It’s worse than a breakup with a significant other in some aspects . With friends you share almost everything, your ups, your downs and depending on how long you’ve known them they know virtually everything about you.
Your friends speak the truth when you have lost your mind. They are brutally honest when you need them to be. They are the shoulder you lean on and that listening ear when you need to vent. I cherish my friendships, it hurts like hell when one of them ends.
Once the smoke has cleared I realize that as painful as the ending of friendships is, it is often for the best. Either interest have changes, support of one another has diminished, jealousy rears its ugly head or any other issues that can occur between people. things happen and people grow apart. It sucks but it is necessary at time. Keeping toxic people in your life simple because you’re “friends” makes no since.
I rather have a small group of great friends than a large group of ok friends. The older I get the less patience I have and the more weary I am about making new friends. The sad realization is not everyone has an interest in being a good friend. Some are only interested in having good friends.
Dress: Just fab
Jacket: Ami Clubwear