Being Nanekia…Praying for the Enemy

A few weeks back I posted a video about the Power of a Praying Friend. It’s easy to pray for those we love, but what about those that make it hard for us to like them or they don’t like us, what do we do with them? Check out the video below.

 

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The House of Sickness…

house-of-sicknessOn the blog, The House of Sickness. A few of my personal home remedies to cure sickness.

Made it through Christmas, YAY! As we prepare to go into the New Year I can hear a sniffle here and there.  OH NO!! I don’t want to start off a new year with rounds of sickness in the house.  So here are 5 home remedies i use to get rid of colds fast.

  1. Garlic, Honey, Lemon Tea: You will need…1 medium clove of garlic, 1 lemon
    1 teaspoon of honey, warm water. Directions-Crush up the garlic clove and place it in a glass along with the juice from the lemon. Top it off with the honey (you can add more to taste if you like) and then top it off with warm water. Give it a stir, and then drink entirely. Repeat 2-3 times a day for the duration of your symptoms.
  2. Sweat It Out: I get all bundled up, I go in the bathroom, close the door, turn the hot water and sit. As soon as the bathroom gets steamy i start blowing my nose.  Whatever evil germ is in me always seems to get flushed out. I then nap and repeat at least two more times.
  3. Vapor Rub & A Massage: My grandma did this so I do it too.  Good old Vick’s Vapor Rub, i put that stuff everywhere! just kidding! But I start with my feet, rubbing and massaging in a downward motion, my granny told me the way to move a cold is to massage down and out, I then put my socks on to keep the vapor in. Next I massage my back ( I get help) massaging down and out again.  lastly my upper chest area, gets the down and out massage.  I then layer my pajamas and take a nap.
  4. I believe in the power of vitamin C. This method only works in the early stages of a cold.  I up my vitamin C intake with drinking more orange juice, grapefruit juice, Emergen-C, and my normal vitamins. I basically go into vitamin C overload, just kidding but it does help when you first notice a sniffle if you combine this with the steam room and the vapor massage.
  5. REST!!!!!!I’m always doing something, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for my body to recuperate. When I’m sick, I know that’s my body’s way of telling me I need to take a break.  So I settle my house, drink some tea, put a few bottled waters at my bedside and turn on the tv until I drift off.

This is what works for me and my house.  Let me know what works for you and your family.

Santa Gets No Credit!

no-santa-stickerIt’s that time of year where most parents credit Santa for bringing gifts to their little bundles of joy.  NOT THIS YEAR SANTA!!! It’s all in love, find out below why we moms are taking back the credit our kids give Santa.  Happy Holidays!
(featuring Ayesha Ansari)

  1. I didn’t see Santa standing his out of shape behind in line for this Hatchable that I had to arm wrestle somebody Granny for.
  2. When that credit card bill comes in January, will Santa allow me to list him as my payment method.
  3. Where the hell is Santa when I’m tripping down the stairs in the middle of the night to put presents under the Christmas tree, slip and fall and end up with a $500 copay.  Can I get on Santa’s insurance plan?
  4. Where is Santa when I have to drink this milk and eat these cookies, despite the fact I’m on a diet and lactose intolerant and will spend Christmas morning in the bathroom.  I could throw the stuff out, but will Santa reimburse me for my groceries?!
  5. Where is Santa when your kid gets mad because they got Elena of the DR instead of Elena of Avalor?  They’re the same right?!
  6. Where is Santa when you’re out Christmas Eve at 11:59pm trying to find your “beloved mother-in-law” the perfect gift? She ain’t gone like it no way.
  7. Where is Santa when you’re trying to prepare a Christmas meal to feed 25 people but your budget says you can feed 2, you and the dog?!
  8. Did Santa pay $586,785,830,809.71 to fly your son home from college, only to tell you he wish he stayed on campus?!
  9. Did Santa sit and plot out every sale, print coupons, calculate cash back, donate blood to give your kids Christmas magic?!
  10. And lastly was Santa up until 5am wrapping gifts, making sure every bow was perfect only to have a little terror wake up at 5:02am and rip what took you 10 hours 45 minutes, 6 seconds to wrap.

So sorry Santa this year I’m taking all the credit.  Moms unite, it’s time Santa gets put in his place.  By the way Santa if you’re reading this it’s a joke, lol, I’m on the NICE list right?!

Homes for the Holidays!

homes-for-the-holidaysWe made it to another holiday season. I love the holidays. The shows, the songs, the smells, I love Christmas lights they always bring out the amazed kid in me. I love it all except…The dreaded holiday visits. I know I’m not the only parent that has to plot out maps to figure out where we go first, who we are going to see, can we make it to everyone’s house in a blizzard. Two years ago the kids and I literally drove through a blizzard, it took us 2 hours to get to a place that normally takes 15 minutes. I’m so happy to spend time with family and friends, but do we have to fit all these visits into one day, Christmas break is two weeks, we have time, right?!

Between the arranging and re-arranging of house guest, brunch, dinner, opening gifts, playing with gifts the day is jammed packed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for it all, but I’d appreciate my peoples even more if we were not guilted into coming to 12 houses, staying for 10 minutes, not long enough to take our coats off, we miss the whole visit. There’s no joy standing there coats on, making excuses as to why we can’t stay. I want to create memories not maps!

Solution to this! Hide in your house, don’t open the doors, pretend you’re not at home. Just kidding! Talk with your family, the ones you will be in the car with. You all decide as a group at least two locations you should go to. If you are married or dating, there should be one place to represent each family. Spend the morning in one location and the evening in another. This should give you enough time to hug, sing, eat, and be merry with the family.

The holidays should be about creating moments for you and your family and friends to share. Don’t let guilt take that from you. Besides if all else fails you can pack Christmas in a car and Angela Bassett-Waiting to Exhale it and try again next year (just joking).

What are your holiday plans? Where will you end up?

Bad Moms Unite!

bad-momsI’m one bad mama! I’m known for being late, I’d rather pay the fee than bake or sale stuff.  I don’t keep all of their art projects and most of their pictures in the last few years or so are stored in my phone.  I’ve let them fall asleep with the clothes they’ve played in all day on, I’ve forgotten a vitamin a time or two.  I swear, I get angry, I use white sugar, we eat Little Debbie snacks.  I could list a bunch of other stuff I do or don’t do that would have some label me as a bad mom.  There are moments where I’m like dude that was bad! Lately, I don’t feel bad, I feel like I’m winning or at least that’s what I tell myself.

Recently I’ve watched a few TV shows (probably more hours than I should) and movies that are celebrating bad moms.  Have you guys seen the movie “Bad Moms”? I swear I’ve had a day where I wanted to tell those “active” moms at the school to shove it or when I’ve wanted to get dressed, go out, sip my martini, and hang with my girls, in the middle of the day.  Does that make me a bad mom?! If so sign me up. One of the shows I watch, that I love is “American Housewife.” The character is probably more like the moms you know then the ones who pretend to be perfect and are not.  She’s kind of my shero.  Through out the show she tries not to give in to the pressures of being this perfect mom (due to the community they just moved into), but sometimes she does and it almost always backfires.  Once she goes back to being herself she’s happy, she’s a better mom. The other moms would consider her a rebel, I’m a rebel (of sorts).

We are all bad moms.  At some point we all feel like we are getting it wrong and maybe we are. There is no manual that tells you how to do this, be a mom. I’m not sure I would follow a manual if one was given to me. What I do know is that most of the moms questioning themselves love their child(ren). Those moms, like myself would leap into action without hesitation to protect, provide for, hug, kiss, and mom stuff our child(ren). Moms we love our child(ren), that’s Momming 101. I believe our child(ren) are specifically designed for each one of us. In those moments where we question ourselves out of fear of not doing it right, that’s called concern, and if you don’t have concern then you might be a little janky.  We are all winging it and no one, at least as far as I can see has perfected momming.

So in those moments when your child(ren) are mad at you, you miss an event, or you walk around for hours with baby puke on your shirt, because heaven forbid someone tell you, throw your hands in the air winner and think of those little cute, germy faces and how much they love you and you love them. GO ON WITH YO BAD SELF!

 Check out my previous post: You Are The HOTTEST MOM!!!

You Are The HOTTEST MOM!!!

Guess what Hot Mamas?! We made it! Another year, another opportunity to celebrate our greatness. I don’t know about you but this year has been full of ups and downs. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Many doors were opened, growth took place, I was uncomfortable and stable at the same time. WEIRD! I feel like we are doing and celebrating life together. So for this month’s Hot Mom, go ahead extend your arm and pat yourself on the back because it’s YOU!!! We are all awesome moms who deserve to be celebrated.

I know that we can all be taken for granted and in this moment especially during the holiday season you tend to hear about what others need and you don’t really get to voice your own. We as moms usually just suck it up. Soon school will be out and everyone around us will be getting a break. YAY!!!!! In those moments when you feel like you are not rockin it our as a mom remember this, YOU ARE. Each one of the moms celebrated in the last several months have qualities you have in you. You are one transformed super mom and you are appreciated.

So CONGRATS HOT MAMA! You are it, YOU ARE THE HOTTEST MOM!!

To view some of the moms celebrated please see their stories here:

Tenisha

Robin & Jalisa

Nanekia

Carlyce

Ayesha

Deborah

Laniece

Niesha

Erika

Hot Mommy Moments!