The Best Princess Partea’… Eva! #Disneyside

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Let me start by saying when I was contacted and told I was chosen to host a #Disneyside party I was beyond excited! We have a 2 (almost 3-year-old) daughter and I knew she would love it.

If you have toddlers you know their attention span is less 0! About 4 months ago I let her watch Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana…to my surprise she loved it and it kept her attention.

(So it’s my go to when I need a few minutes to get some housework done).

 

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(Above is the invitation I created…using my creative design skills)

When we received our #Disneyside package we were equally pleased with items that had Sofia the first on it (another favorite Disney princess). Which worked out well because we just saw an episode of Sofia the first when Princess Tiana stopped by to give her some advice.

As I begin to plan for the party I really wanted to incorporated Princess Tiana. It was a challenge finding things because she has been out since 2009. After posting what I was looking for on Facebook one of my fellow moms told me about a local store that had some Princess Tiana party items in clearance. I went their the next day and after seeing what they had I decided to talk to the owner to see if they would be willing to donate some items for the party as a sponsor. They graciously said YES and we received the following Princess Tiana items from The Party Shop (Southside Blvd location):

– Princess Tiana Rings
– 5ft Princess Tiana cardboard (see below)
– 6ft Princess Tiana wall backslash
– Silver leaf Princess Tiana tiaras
– Princess Tiana napkins
– Princess Tiana tulle skirt costume (see below)

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As a mompreneur I am very involved in the community and I always try to find ways to collaborate and help support other small businesses.

Since we had toddlers I didn’t have “planned” activities. This age group is creative and just want to play with one another so I just had an open play area for them to play with my daughters’ toys. I did however let them watch The Princess and the frog movie while they ate popcorn in their cardboard cars (which my husband made 30 minutes before the party!) We also had pizza, turkey and ham sliders, fruit (donated by our friend at Dole) and strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing my cousin made…yummy. Of course the kids only ate the frosting! #classic

 

 

(Below photo is of the girls watching the movie in their cardboard cars)

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(Above photo is our “spread” for the day plus Hershey kisses (in their special frog box)
“I will neva, eva kiss a frog” – Princess Tiana!”)

Since it was a nice day outside we decided to take the kids outside and blow bubbles. I think this was the highlight of the day! Plus they got to go home with AWESOME good bags(see below): nail polish, lip gloss, a ring, a bracelet, stickers!

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Special THANK YOU to Mom Select, Disney, The Party Shop, HP, All, Twinning’s Tea for all the products. This was an AWESOME experience and we appreciate being selected. Next stop Disney World!!

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration party.

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What do you fear the most: success or failure?

During our virtual meeting today, the Mentoring Mamas™ group  discussed the topic: What do you fear the most success or failure?

success or failureI shared my experience with the group…

From an early age I always knew I wanted to start my own business. I would admire women who I saw that were in executive positions or ran their own company. But one thing that “scared” me the most was it seemed the more successful you become the more you would be scrutinized and judged… especially in the public.

For someone who is reserved and private  this aspect of being successful didn’t appeal to me at all. Once I eventually started my own company I think internally I turned down opportunities because I was afraid of it becoming  “too big”. I was afraid of being too successful and the fear that it would change me into a person I didn’t want to be. But now as a mom I view success from a different perspective. I don’t want my daughter to grow up and be afraid to try new things or step out of her comfort zone. You never know until you at least try, right?

One of my favorite quotes is “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think my fear of success has held me back from really pursuing my purpose and being the best me. This year my goal is to step outside of my comfort zone and see what happens. No limitations!

Some takeaways:

• Don’t let fear stop you from being your best!
• Step outside of your comfort zone!
• Turn your obstacles into opportunities!
• Change your mindset: Think Positive!

What do you fear the most: Success or Failure? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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What Dr. King’s (MLK) legacy means to me…

Earlier this month I was asked to write about Martin Luther King,Jr. (MLK) and the impact of his legacy. As I thought about what approach I would take, I decided to make this a conversational post. Although topics about race can be daunting, they are conversations we need to have. 

In my short lifetime, I’ve experienced many challenges as an African-American woman, but I have also seen many positive changes. Several years ago when I was in college, I was “confronted” by a police officer and accused of stealing a classmates’ textbook. It was later discovered, after the book was found, that the classmate had simply misplaced the book. It was my understanding I was the only one questioned and the only African- American in that particular class. No apology for falsely accusing me was ever offered nor was there any acknowledgement of wrong doing rendered. Although this happened to me over 15 years ago, the events of that traumatic day remain with me still.

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I share this personal story because sometimes bad things happen to good people. I don’t believe all law enforcement is bad, but this encounter made me more cautious of people I come in contact with. I understand that every situation is different and should be treated as such. I believe that people’s views and reactions to situations are largely based on their personal experiences and those views influenced from their family and friends. The recent events involving Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown and Eric Garner and NY police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have reminded us all of the tension that remains regarding race relations and how we as a country need to create more effective solutions.

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Now that I am a mom, my hope is that I will be able to instill the right values in my daughter. I pray she makes decisions based on merit and not solely on how someone looks. How do you explain to your child that someone was killed because of how they looked or the color of their skin? Has anyone ever had this conversation? How did your child (ren) respond? How did you respond? As a country, do you think we will ever get to a place where race isn’t an issue?

Will Dr. King’s dream ever fully come true? I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.- Martin Luther King, Jr.



To continue the conversation think about participating in the following activities:
    

– See the new movie Selma, then get together with a group and talk about it.

– Participate in the National MLK Service Day to create a “Better America”.

Let’s continue to have these conversations and hopefully create solutions for a BETTER way of LIFE.

Please feel free to share your thoughts or experiences in the comments below.

** This post was originally written for Military One Click**

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The SWEET spot of Downtown JAX!

Recently I had the opportunity to celebrate AIGA Jacksonville‘s 25 Anniversary!! It was great seeing so many familiar faces… I have been on “hiatus” since I had my 2 year old. (I know new moms can relate to this). AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) is now offering  membership rates as low as $50/year. AIGA offers members a full profile online, discounts on events and competitions, access to content on aiga.org and so much more. It’s a great time to become a member if you’ve been thinking about it!

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The event was hosted by Sweet Pete’s new location in downtown JAX. The new location’s decor is like a contemporary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There will also be a restaurant Candy Apple Cafe, offering a menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and a children’s menu. The cafe and dessert bar are scheduled to open December 15.

In addition to buying all types of candies, ice cream and apparel, they offer tours, parties (children and adults), field trips, and candy making classes. This is definitely on my radar as a location to have my little ones birthday party!

During the AIGA event, me and my friend ventured downstairs to take a look around!  We saw the space for the Candy Apple cafe, the area where they were making candy and the icing on the cake…. we met owner Peter Behringer in person! (As seen on The Profit). He was  nice enough to take a picture with us. (pictured below)

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Next time you are downtown ( JAX) , stop by Sweet Pete’s and give them a try. You won’t be disappointed!!

 

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