Catherine's NYC Staycation

How many times have you explored the city that you live in? You know, went somewhere new and just had fun or relaxed without the pressures of checking your inbox for a few hours. Very rarely do we take the time to enjoy moments of pleasure in our own city. I’ve been living in New York for almost four years and there are still so many things I haven’t done. So when Catherine’s decided to surprise four bloggers with a NYC staycation I gladly excepted.

Staycations are actually quite simple to plan and can save you lots of money on expensive plane tickets and car rentals. But what you don’t want to do is stay in your hotel room the whole weekend. So here’s a few ideas for you to help you plan your next staycation in New York.  View Full Post

woman putting on sunscreen

The good news: you’re putting sunscreen on yourself and your kids.

The bad news: you might be doing it all wrong.

When you don’t apply sunscreen correctly it provides far less protection than you need from the harmful sun damage. Here’s the seven most common mistakes people make when putting on sunscreen–and what you should do instead! View Full Post

What Women Want 2016

One of my new favorite things to do is to get out in the community and chat with you beauties. I’ve learned SO much these past six years (geez it’s been that long huh). I’d be selfish not to share my gems with you (and I am selfish with my food and jewelry and my gum… and basically everything but blogging)! View Full Post

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I took my first real cruise this year. And when I say real I mean it was more than a few days at sea. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. But like most trips I take, I just threw some things in a bag and kept it moving (because…packing sucks!). And because packing, and unpacking, sucks this is my version of packing.

Listen, that was a horribly bad idea!

I forgot SO much stuff. My entire week consisted of top of the morning grunts followed by, “I wish I had…”! So I made a list of things that we need to pack for before we take our next cruise vacation!

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Mike Khari Me Christmas

Me, my son and Leeroy.

So! Did you know that I am a mother? Yep! My son will be 21 years old this August, SHAT! (yes that also means that I am 39 and maybe unicorns have blessed my skin care regimen #MelaninRocks).

Point is, I’ve done this. This meaning motherhood. I’ve got lots of stories. From funny, to sad to “OMG he did what?” and yet I am still learning. There was this time that I left my son in his crib for 15 minutes and when I returned there was doo doo all over my walls resembling Picasso’s first paintings. Lessons learned. But I also learned that I didn’t really have to “whip my son’s ass” (except that time I knocked the wind out of him with my little ole fist) because he was more hurt by the fact that he has disappointed me and his grandma. Lessons learned.

That’s the thing about motherhood. It’s just one long ass repeated lessons learned moment. Which is just one of the reasons you should appreciate mothers. We are innovators. We are chefs. We are doctors. And therapists. We are “any and everything” you need us to be at any moment you ask us to be said “whatever you need us to be”!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I sat down with Elite Daily for a little comic relief and shared a few nuances no mother likes to admit. Check it out. You’re welcome for your daily laugh today! View Full Post