Chicago Baby Show & Giveaway! #MTChicagoLounge

Pinch me. On August 26 I’ll be heading to my first Baby Show in preparation for my baby. Is this real?!?

The 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 & 27 at Navy Pier will be part of the largest show series for new and expectant parents in the country. Built off the 7 years of success with our New York Baby Show and their inaugural LA Baby Show last year , no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from Chicagoland, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood.  Read More…

Once Upon a Summer in Chicago When Everybody Was Alive #Summer17Writing

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As a child the last day of school was always the best day of my life after Christmas.

It would begin in late spring when summer would tease us with the glory of what was to come. When bubble coats and wools hats no longer served their purpose. We’d shed off our extra layers and run out to recess. Spring fever was at an all time high as teachers and students struggled to finish the year strong. The last school bell on the last day of school signified that we’d made it. Grey skies, snowstorms, and freezing temperatures were officially a thing of the past. Our future was bright with summer camp, bussing open the fire hydrant, choke sandwiches, chasing ice cream truck, pickles & sunflower seeds, a family trip down South, and the grand finale would be the Bud Biliken Parade.

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5 Reasons “All Eyez On Me” Wasn’t the Lifetime Disaster We All Thought It Would Be

Source: www.thesource.com

Source: www.thesource.com

I can’t be the only one who saw the comments on social media. If I’m honest I must admit I agreed. After seeing the trailer for All Eyez On Me to be quite frank, we weren’t impressed. Maybe because it was Tupac. TUPAC. I emphasize his name, because sometimes the world of cinema has a way of producing extremely TERRIBLE biopics for the celebrities we cherish the most. From Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B to Whitney, we realized these production companies weren’t loyal and desperately waited for someone to get it right (shout out to B.E.T. for The New Edition Story). Welp, it’s safe to say you can’t judge a movie by it’s trailer (see what I did there?), because All Eyez On Me was phenomenal. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Here are 5 reasons why:

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I’m Hurting And God Still Wants To Use Me

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“In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history, which adds to its beauty.” -Unknown Photo Source: Pinterest

*taps mic*

Is this thing on?

*blows dust off blog*

I haven’t posted since January. Why? I felt like I didn’t have anything to say, which leads to another “Why?”. Because I was hurting.

Last year I filmed a video entitled “Dear God Where’s My Baby?” in which I poured my heart out about the struggle I was having in waiting on God’s perfect timing to open my womb. Can I be honest? After the video things got really bad. I did and said some things that I’m not proud of. I lived in a tormented state of confusion as the doctors reported that they found NOTHING wrong with my husband and I. On many days I wondered if it was possible for my hurt to sink lower. I found out it was as I sat on the couch one day with tears streaming down my face as I told my husband I no longer had the desire to live. More tears stream down as I type this, because I can’t believe how low I was.

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I’m Officially A Filmmaker & Why I Can’t Be Silent Anymore: Life Update

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I’m alive and my hope has been restored.

In early December I felt like I had nothing to look forward to. I won’t go into the details of everything, but just know it was bad. “Good Morning Heartache” was my theme song. Blue was the color of life. I was grieving. What exactly? Everything I felt like I lost. I had little desire to live, because I didn’t see my purpose. But I also had no desire to die. So I just existed. Read More…

Don’t Forget the Promise #Believe2017

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Photo credit: mindstepinc.com

A few weeks ago I went to visit a buddy of mine in hospice. Yes, hospice. She had a stroke this summer. To my knowledge she was on the road to recovery. I’d snap her a few times and she would respond. There’s even a video of her on Facebook learning how to walk again. This is why I was shocked to receive news that doctors had given her 5 days to live. Read More…