Tough, optimistic, neat, enthusiastic, intelligent, and loving were the adjectives used to describe me from my eldest daughter.
I haven’t always been big on celebrating birthdays but once I turned 30, something shifted. I started to reflect more, and appreciate more of what life had to offer and realized that I had to make the most of each and everyday.
Since my baby girl absolutely loves being a princess and dressing up for church, she has quite a few dresses. Red, blue, polkadot, striped just to name a few. Every week we go through her closet to get her outfit ready for church, and she usually has a say of how the outfit will come together.
She gets in front of the mirror and twirls and says, "Wow! I'm a princess!"
With that princess mindset, you know mommy does not have a princess budget. I frequent my local Value Village to snag beautiful dresses that little ones have outgrown, often finding ones that have never been worn.
Can you tell which of these dresses were bought a regular price?
Take a guess?
3/4 these dresses were found at my local thrift store. I know, I know! I'm always saying give it try, but for real, use all the money you'll save to splurge on the extras. Get your nails done or grab pizza with kids. With the rate that my girls are growing, and the way I love to shop, I want my coin to stretch as far as possible.
You can really find some great treasures like this dress my eldest wore to a wedding over the holiday season.
Happy Friday JR !
,Although we live in the Greater Toronto Area now, we are born and bred Toronto die-hards. From the nightlife to the multicultural pockets that highlight the city; the international cuisines to its thriving sports scenes: there is no better city to raise our families. Thank you Toronto for always bringing your 'Eh' to the world. 183 never looked so good.
I remember the day I decided to quit my 9-to-5. To be quite honest, I just couldn't take anymore. The anxiety attacks, the depression, and just the overall unfulfillment professionally left me to make some big decisions. So when I finally took the leap, sans job; it seemed like God answered my prayers when an opportunity came up to work from home.
While I am grateful to work for an amazing company in the comfort of my own home, I've quickly learned that there are things that contribute to a successful home work environment.
Working from home is a dream come true. However, it can come with its challenges. But with a few tweaks, I'm hoping to make the best of this new experience. For those who work from home, what do you love best? What techniques have you implemented to make working from home work for you?
I'll be sure to keep you posted on my office transformation.
With spring just around the corner, it means that most of us ladies are working out and trying to eat right in hopes of getting those summer bodies in shape. Summer bodies are made in the winter...right?
From my experience this most definelty includes BRIDES!
I have a few weddings this summer, two of them destinations, and I too will be preparing myself to not only stand for the couples-to-be in their bridal party, but to also flaunt it on the beach! 😜
I recently went to the National Bridal Show in Toronto with a bride and her maids! We went there with intention of seeing what was on trend for the upcoming wedding season and of course hoping to win free prizes.
We walked through the aisles stopping at each booth to see what they had to offer and what might our bride need as she preps for the wedding and life afterwards.
There were cakes, photographers, accessories, vacations and so much more. We divided and conquered as we were prepared to fill out ballots in hopes to winning prizes. We had pre-printed labels with all the brides information on them so we wouldn't have to write it all out. We just pulled off the sticker and placed it on the card or piece of paper. Talk about efficiency.
We were definelty tired after being on our feet all day, but did enjoy sharing the experience with the bride-to-be. She was not hard to spot amongst the see of women to figure out whether or not she was the bride, as she wore a veil to let you know #IamtheBride 👰🏾
I will say this, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to talk about your plans to each and every vendor.
Most of all enjoy the experience. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but with the right people around you, you can get this things done and have fun! Stay tuned for the wedding experience this summer!
Happy Friday JR!
2017 and your girl is still walking away with amazing finds from my local Value Village.
I always tell people, "Don't go shopping only when you know you need something specific." Check out the stores for sales and unique pieces that will come in handy one day; especially in these winter months when last season's products are marked down heavily.
Recently, I saw this dress and didn't have any real intention for it, but knew that it could be thrown into the rotation somewhere. I didn't know exactly how I would wear it or when, but I knew I would find a way to make it work.
I got home searched through my closet and remembered this white collared shirt with some ruffles down the buttons. I've had for about 6+ years. With the deep V in the front I knew that I would need to put something underneath, especially since I wore this to church. This was an ideal outfit when I found out I had to do welcome at church. Chic and appropriate!!
For all all those who donate to their local consignment stores, keep doing so. "Your trash is someone else's treasure!"
Happy Friday JR!!
Happy New Year! It's been a long time, 🙈I know, but honestly life has really been taking me for a little spin. I've been trying to get it together and I wanted to share where I'm at and where I'm headed.
2016 was a good year. I personally was able to rebuild and restore some relationships, while making memories that will last a lifetime. I started playing volleyball again (My first love in sports). I've been vegetarian for a year! No more chicken wings! 😂 I have found that there are great alternatives, but it also helps that I eat fish, so I guess you could say I'm a pescatarian. With this lifestyle change I have lost weight and feel better. I find that I am not as tired as I've been in the past years.
So what will 2017 look like? Who will be around? What will it feel like?
I personally refuse to indulge in negative energy or space! I am currently focused on positivity, and seeing everyone win. I have realized that even those who claim to stand behind you and support you, may only do so with conditions.
Not sure who will be around this year, but I'm hoping for genuine relationships even if they are just for a season.
I have a few trips planned in the summer and will definitely take all who want to come along for the ride.
So with all the plans in place I'm honing in on "My F.O.C.U.S"
There is no time like the present for me to really be intentional. I am hoping this will be one of the best years yet! I encourage you to find your "Focus" and make 2017 memorable.
Faith, Focus, Finish
Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the wedding of a good friend. She stood for me as a bridesmaid five years ago. I was so happy to see her join the club! #wifelife She is so full of life and such a warm spirit. She's always laughing and made a exceptionally beautiful bride.
She had a wonderful mini bachelorette and a wonderful wedding with family and close friends.
In true TK fashion, I utilized my #thriftfinds for the weekend's festivities. For the bachelorette party, I wore a teal flared skirt with a patterned off-the-shoulder top. I really enjoy dresses and skirts. It gives me an excuse to show off my legs. Lol
For the wedding,I decided to go with a bright floral sheer dress. While the wedding was outside on one of the hottest days, reception venues are usual cold. The long sleeves were a perfect balance. I picked up this dress a couple months ago knowing I had a few weddings to attend this summer. I decided to belt it to give the dress some shape.
With all the events this summer, I'm so glad I scored some great finds. If your social calendar is anything like mine, and you have many events to attend, I challenge you to try getting an outfit together with at least 1 piece thrifted for your next outting.
Are you up for the challenge?
Happy Friday JR!
Do you have an activity that you do with your spouse? Do you work together? In ministry together, or on an extra curricular team?
I know some may be saying, I would never be on the same team with my spouse, or work with them on a project or in ministry. Too much stress if things don't go according to plan.
Well #boothang and I play football together. He's the quarterback and almost everyone teases him that I'm his #1 receiver.
Could it be that we have a chemistry on the field that stemmed from a personal relationship? Or is it that he trusts that if he throws the ball my way I'll catch the pass? Whatever the case is, I will say that doing a competitive activity with your spouse comes with its challenges and rewards. Winning is always great, but losing is tough. For me , trying to find the balance of speaking up and knowing when to shut up is unique in itself.
Sometimes I feel like that expectation is greater on me more than my teammates from my husband in regards to how well I play. Sometimes it seems like I never have an off day. Maybe that is his way of pushing me to excel past just being good. It does come with loads of pressure, which I don't always feel like carrying. A couple years ago I said I was going to leave the team and play with another and he gave me a side eye. Needless to say we still play together and I don't see myself playing for another team anytime soon.
Playing football together has taught me things about my husband and how he reacts while under pressure. But it also shows me that if he has me has a constant support 9/10 we will win--on and off the field. It helps to know that there's not a thing that we can't tackle together.
Sonext time your spouse says "babe lets do.....together," don't count it out! You may learn some valuable lessons about them and yourself.
#Myguyshii reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age, especially the way he responds to the world around him. When I was 10, my mom stopped subscribing to the Toronto Star; and banned me from watching the news. I would see the images of the Gulf War and be overwhelmed. Really overcome with emotion. The scenes were simply too much for my little mind to bear. I was acutely aware of what was taking place in the great big world. I could read after all. And although I knew that what was happening was "far away", the tears I shed were still real. My mom's way of dealing with my responses to the current events was to shut it all out.
Fast forward twenty-odd years later, I see him in my then position. Wide-eyes misty, mouth open, and asking questions. In nine years, I've had to explain Sandy Hook, South Carolina, Mike Brown, Treyvon Martin, just to name a few. I've had to explain why Black lives matter. Now with the recent Orlando massacre, why all life matters...again.
My impulse is to turn the TV off. To not read the big words in the paper with him anymore. But that would mean shutting the world out. It would mean not showing him that bad things happen. It would create a fallacy that only good is in the world.
So we are having the conversation about tradegy. He is asking questions.
"Why would he hurt people he doesn't know?"
"Did he killed them because they are gay?"
"Is God happy or sad?"
I answer candidly.
"I don't know why. He doesn't seem like he was very well."
"He killed them because he had more hate than love in him."
"God is never happy when someone dies."
He tells me he's scared and doesn't want to die. He tells me he doesn't want to hate anyone that much.
I tell him that death is a part of life. And if we love our Creator and love each other we will have a better life than the one we have on Earth. I tell him that the real tradegy in this will be if we do not learn to love everyone despite our differences. Because God says to love first. And no matter what, love is the greatest answer. Love wins. Always.