Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fashion - #Sophistiratchet Chic



When you touch 3 boros a day.... throw some of that #sophistiratchet in there... hat & shirt - #newyorkcompany

skirt - @express

#Harlem #lic #brooklyn #lawstudent #blogger #ratchetprofessional #1L #nycfashion #irunthesestreets #Lawschool #dynamictrinityπŸ’ͺπŸ’•

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

#Thanksgathering - Its THAT time of the year!


This post is #sponsored by SC Johnson and Daily Break as part of my participation with Blog Meets Brand.



It's that time of the year ya'll. “Thanksgathering.” When families gather, things get messy. *SC Johnson can help.* When distant relative become a little less distant; your kitchen gets more use than it's had ALL year; and that guestroom that doubles as a home gym/home office/pet's room will finally be used for actual guests!



To help out with all of that holiday prep, SC Johnson and Daily Break are giving us the chance to test our Thanksgiving knowledge with their trivia, turk-ify your family, and get a $5 Mastercard® when you upload a receipt for participating SC Johnson products. 



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Loving The Skin you're In!!

When I have a few minutes to myself, I like to check in on the various online communities I am a part of. One of them that I adore is L'Oreal's C Space Beauty Community. Its' a great place where beauty and skin-care lovers discuss, suggest, review, and participate in all things beauty. 

Image source: Balancing Beauty & Bedlam

One of the activities really resonated with me. The activity requested we write a letter to our future female relatives about beauty - what I've learned about beauty, what I consider beauty and how my cultural upbringing influenced ,my idea of beauty. As a mom and an aunt to some of the most awesome, intelligent little melanated women, I wanted to learn to love and appreciate the beauty in themselves, regardless of the opinions of those around them. To take pride in their blackness. To know that their Black is Beautiful!!!!

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I really wanted to share this with all of you. It's up to us to instill confidence, self love, and appreciation of individuality in our children.
To my Daughter, Nieces, and future Grand-daughters & Nieces:
If you remember one thing I tell you remember this: YOU ARE UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL. Your brown eyes, broad noses, full lips, dark gums, tightly curled hair, curvy shapes, and beautiful skin filled with melanin is a beauty unappreciated yet fully desired. Know that society and the beauty industry do NOT define you. They don’t necessarily understand the specific and unique needs of African American women, & honestly some don’t want to. But true beauty is deeper than trends and a small groups of people. 
I want you to find inspiration in those who not only look like you but also those who push the boundaries of what beauty is, those who appreciate the uniqueness in what makes us individuals. Appreciate the beauty in your surroundings. I want you to love and appreciate you, your journey, your differences, and your individuality. When exploring your beauty options, do what works for you. Let your soul, imagination, and preferences drive you. Trends are cool but they aren't for everyone. Experiment, experiment, experiment. Expensive is not always Best! Be open and vocal. If something works or doesn't let it be known. Trust me baby, there are others in your predicament. 
It took me well into my 20s to appreciate who I was and who I was becoming. It took for me to realize that I define what I find beautiful. Appreciating your beauty, your individuality brings about a freedom that builds unbelievable confidence. Loving who you are is beautiful! 
To know that my features are the features of generations of strong, determined, and resilient women, brings pride. A pride I want you to know and own. My nose is your nose, my eyes are your eyes. You are me and I am you. 
And Baby, You’re Beautiful! You are a Legacy Bound!
Love, 
Gma & Titi


How do you define beauty? What would you tell the young women in your life about beauty?

LB

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A day in the life


#tbt when I was πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Cha-Cha-licious🀣🀣 for @msrachel_b epic bday 🀸🀸pole dancing event @poleticjusticeinc #goodtimes #whataworkout #swinging @lset24 @dope71786 @priincess_stushhh.

If you're interested in a fun workout, building confidence, and having a good time with your girls - then definitely check out --> Poletic Justice <--. They offer so much more than pole dancing/specialty classes and it's EMPOWERING frfr!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

San-J Tamari Lite Soy Sauce (Sponsored!!)

Thanks to Mom's Meet I got to try #sanjtamarilite πŸ€—πŸ½πŸ΄

Made an Easy, breezy stir fried shrimp & string beans with brown rice.

Used the Tamari soy sauce & Loved that it was low sodium too! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ–’

#momsmeet (p.s. didn't use ALL the sauces!)πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Monday, October 16, 2017

#TRPSupports - BOSS MOMS on National Boss's Day (Sponsored Post)

CELEBRATE BOSS MOMS THIS NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY

(This post is being shared as part of our participation as a SoFluential. The words expressed here belong to Lauren Smith Brody, but TRP supports her vision.)

By Lauren Smith Brody

Did you know that today (October 16) is National Boss’s Day? Here’s my take: The bosses who should be celebrated with the most cupcakes and flowers today are Boss Moms—working moms who do it all and get it done at all hours of the day, and with only a fraction of that time rewarded with an actual paycheck. In fact, according to a recent survey by Total Wireless, 95 percent of moms say that the most stressful part of being a working mom is the pressure to juggle work and family responsibilities to perfection. Do they always get it done without ever losing their cool? Au contraire, ma mere.

In my version of this national holiday, being a Boss Mom means you bless the mess, celebrate the journey that got you to where you are today and realize that a satisfied life is rarely a balanced one...but a happy one. That’s why I’m teaming up with Total Wireless to celebrate Boss Moms and how they do it all on National Boss’s day and beyond.


  1. LEARN THIS TERM: “MENTAL LOAD.” The mental load is the reason that I know how many eggs are in our fridge right now and how high the temperature has to be in order for my boys to be allowed to wear shorts to school (love that dress code). It is also the reason that I occasionally forget to sign a check that I put in the mail (thank you, payment apps for helping me out here). The mental load is the labor we do in our minds keeping track of 1,273,038 things even when we aren’t technically working or parenting. And that work deserves to be acknowledged. 
  2. HOLD THE JUDGEMENT, PLEASE. Here’s something wonderful about 2017 (an otherwise complicated year, to say the least): We are officially no longer living in a society where it is socially appropriate for working moms to judge stay-at-home moms, and vice versa. I’ve interviewed hundreds of moms for my book and company, and the general consensus was this: We are all just doing our best to raise the next generation. And yet, so many mothers still admitted to judging themselves. Enough, I say! According to the same survey by Total Wireless, 95 percent of moms know that the journey to success hinges on having the confidence to make the necessary choices...and often those choices include sacrifice. Do not feel guilty. Instead, celebrate your accomplishments. It’s all part of the journey of satisfaction we’re modeling for our kids. 
  3. SKIP SOMETHING. Want to know the best feeling in the world (better than the candle-lit bubble bath you’ve been meaning to take for three years now)? Open up your calendar and delete one thing from next week. Here, I’ll even give you your excuse: “I’m looking ahead and realizing I’ve overscheduled myself for next week. Let’s please cancel/move our lunch/meeting/obligation/endeavor/commitment.” Another option if it’s something you can’t miss entirely: Downgrade an in-person meet-up to a phone call. Everyone’s more efficient that way, and you can order groceries online at the same time if needed.
  4. CALL YOUR OWN BOSS MOM. Better yet, FaceTime her (because you know she won’t mind if you’re not wearing any makeup...or if you have to leave her staring at the ceiling while you attend to the 2-year-old’s bloody nose). Whether your mom worked out of the home or not, the list of skills you learned from her is surely long and mighty. (The same survey I reference above found more than half of working women consider their own moms the ultimate “total boss.”) Did she teach you to drive (thus ensuring you can do that last conference call of the day while in the privacy of your own car)? Did she force you and your sister to “work it out between you two” (and give you team-building skills that you use to this day?). It’s vital to acknowledge that stuff, not just because it makes her feel appreciated...but because it makes you realize how much wisdom you’re imparting to your own kids that they’ll use one day. Oh, tell your mom that part too! 


This National Boss’s Day, join me and Total Wireless in celebrating working moms for everything they’ve accomplished—including the choices and sacrifices they’ve made to get where they are today.

With great coverage on America’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE† network, Total Wireless gives you the confidence to plan and celebrate the ‘total boss’ mom in your life—all from the palm of your hand with your smartphone. Learn more at TotalWireless.com.

Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement to help businesses and families improve workplace culture together; she is the author of the best-selling book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. Prior to launching her own business, Lauren had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the executive editor of Glamour magazine. She’s partnering with Total Wireless to share her Total Boss Mom strategies—hectic schedule, two little boys, messy home, and all. Check out TotalWireless.com to learn more about the latest phones and the best deal in wireless. 

*The 30-Day cycle for Shared Data Family Plans begins on the day the first line/device is activated. Any line(s)/device(s) activated later in the first 30-Day cycle will receive only the number of days remaining in that cycle. A month equals 30 days.
†To get 4G LTE speed where available you must have a 4G LTE capable device and a 4G LTE SIM card. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Please always refer to the latest terms and conditions of service at TotalWireless.com.

This survey was commissioned by Total Wireless and conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1,069 online respondents between September 29, 2017 and October 4, 2017. For further information, visit www.survata.com. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

From the INSTAGRAM


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Happy #humpday fam! This week is flying by.... waiting for my #weekendshenanigans . .#lawstudent #Lawschool #grinding #DynamicTrinity

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Importance of Self-Preservation



I'm a big supporter of "Self-Preservation". The idea of worrying solely about yourself, and doing what you want to do for you, is one of the main aspects of maintaining your mental health. It's how you stay you. Staying resilient on this ride called life, means sometimes throwing your self in a bubble and putting a "Do Not Disturb" sign around it.

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I talk about self-care quite a bit, well self-preservation is the shell to self-care's hermit crab. They need each other to survive - you need them to survive. You're only as good as your best self. Self-preservation is that cocoon that bring you to your best self. I know all the leadership, self-help, professional development books and sites will tell you - self-preservation kills good leadership, stifles progress. Well if you're burnt out, easily agitated, disheartened and jaded, i doubt being a great leader is at the top of your to-do list.

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There are times when I feel spread thin, Making sure everyone and everything is taken care, well except me of course. That's when i notice that i am more irritable, unable to focus, lethargic and most times super petty and outright off putting. When it get to that point, I know its time to withdraw, limit social interactions, stay close to home and do some self reflection. When I am outside my character, I know its time for me to focus on me and figure out what made that sudden shift. When I'm not at my best, everything suffers - relationships, school work, career and professional identity, and more specifically my mental and physical health.

You may feel overwhelmed from balancing the responsibilities of family, work, school, etc; you may feel as if you are putting more into a relationship than the other person and its slowly draining you; you may feel as if you don't have what it takes to get that managerial position you've been "eyeing" for well over 6 months....these are all reasons to self preserve. To limit outside distractions until you can get what truly matters to you right & in order.

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I am not saying shut yourself off from the world. What I am saying is - TAKE TIME FOR YOU - Take time to withdraw from the world to recharge, re-new, and reinvigorate yourself. Learn to say - NO! and mean it. Its okay to not want to save everyone, everyday. It's loving yourself enough to know you've reached your limit. Self-Preservation is not the end all to be all. At the end of the day, we humans are social creatures, we just have to learn to appreciate the solitude. There's beauty in being with just yourself.

Self-preservation is a process. Its something you build upon to adapt to you as grow, as you and your goals change. So how can you start the process of building up you own cocoon......

  1. Distance yourself from toxic personalities. Some people thrive on criticism, harping on others’ flaws and shortcomings. Their criticism is draining, sapping you of emotional energy. Remove yourself from these unhealthy situations. (psychcentral.com)
  2. Mindfully disengage. Read a book. Put your records on. Watch your favorite throwback ‘90’s movie. Take up that painting class you’ve been putting off. Think about how magical you are. Allow yourself the space to take a mental vacay, even if only for 5 minutes. You deserve it. (forharriet.com)
  3. Accept help from others, especially in a time of change. So many of us are adjusting to physiological, medical and emotional issues. During such adjustments, so many think either, “I can do this all on my own” or, “I need everyone to help me.” There's a balance, you'll find it with experience. (lifemattersmedia.org)
  4. Be compassionate with yourself. Be gentle to yourself. Don't be so quick to criticize or chide yourself. Take time to commend and appreciate your journey your successes, overcoming obstacles. (success.com)
  5. Set Boundaries. We all need some boundaries, in our professional,personal and social lives. It always helps to create , maintain and protect your own space,and get others to respect it.When creating  a boundary,either physical or emotional,make sure to be respectful, calm,but firm about it.You don’t owe anyone an explanation about these boundaries, they are necessary for your self-preservation. (sepiadahlia.com)


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please excuse us as we put on our face!

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Hey Ratchet Professional Fam,

We've been M.I.A the past few weeks for various personal and professional reasons:

  • LB is 4 weeks deep into Law School and it's definitely been a transition balancing that Dynamic Trinity. Between family, work, and countless case briefs, there is barely time to breathe, nonetheless sleep, but as the ever incomparable Tim Gunn says "Make It Work" and we damn sure will.
  • The type of content and the focus (more family and lifestyle content) of the blog is undergoing a transition. We are working on creating more original content like images, recipes, & collaborations. We're also streamlining content across all of our sites (FB, Instagram, Twitter) 
  • Unfortunately we lost an admin - Lyrical Movements - for personal reasons. She is no longer associated with The Ratchet Professional but we wish her nothing but success!
  • We are looking for another admin to add a fresh perspective. Are you a single parent looking for a creative outlet; a student looking to improve your writing skills and provide a fresh perspective; maybe you're retiree looking for a way to give your years of experience to a open and willing ear. Regardless of who you are, we are interested in what you have to say, so shoot us an email at whoistrp@gmail.com.
(Image source: Narelle Fasulo)

SO Fam, expect new content in the coming month. And THANK YOU for sticking it out with us! 

~LB

Monday, August 21, 2017

"Monday" - I don't hate you as much as I used to.

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I HATED Mondays! Seriously, I am not the least bit of a morning person and Monday's seemed like one big ole morning (YES, the whole day). I was on Garfield's side for the longest (don't sleep on him, under all that petty is a pretty smart feline!!) It wasn't until recently when I started to embrace how truly special Mondays are. Mondays force you to change your perspective, to shift from weekend mode to weekday mode. They are a fresh start to the (work)week and an opportunity for greatness.



Considering that I have more on my plate than a buffet connoisseur, I definitely needed to shift my perspective from having a serious case of the Mondays (every Monday!) to looking forward to accomplishing some real sh!+ for the week. So how did I go from hating/despising/cursing to the high heavens Monday, and now singing its praises?



Well it took WEEKS of routine and change, motivation and determination, and a kick in the a$$ by my boss (because - I am THAT person, who is always 15 minutes LATE to everything!). Oh, and these tip:
  1. Use a Planner. As I said in the previous post, the use of a planner not only helps you plan out your time, but helps you see what you've been doing and motivates you to keep up the momentum. Use some of that free time over the weekend  (or those last 30 mins on Friday,  - lets be serious there is NO work being done the last 45 minutes of Friday!), to review for the week ahead and avoid the Monday rush of trying to plan your week while your week is subsequently happening. 
  2. Get in routine. I now spend my Sunday evenings primping and prepping for the next day and the week ahead. Face masks, ironing of outfits, touching up of nails and hair, etc. I also have a set bed time (by 11:00 pm) but trust me, this was hardest of all to get used to (all the good shows come on Sunday nights, but I digress!!!). However, once I (and my body's internal clock) got in line, it actually helps me move through my days (and weeks) a lot smoother. I don't feel as tired and I am more able to crises  All to start Monday looking and feeling my best, which helps me tackle Monday, #likeaboss.
  3. Maintain Balance. unless you work weekends, keep WORK out of your weekends. Don't answer those emails or calls - in fact if you aren't on call TURN THE WORK PHONE OFF!!!!!!! Not just for your own sanity (and to avoid resentment) but the sanity of your friends and loved ones. Its also a great way to keep your weekend to yourself. Remember the WORK-WEEK is for WORK. You'll feel refreshed and hold less animosity and resentment towards your work, because you would have had a real break, a separation from it for a few days. You'll come into work with fresh eyes, which is helps you solve problems and accomplish task more efficiently.
  4. Make Monday something to look forward to! Wear a new outfit, try a new hairstyle, get your weekly mani/pedi, or treat yourself to your favorite lunch. Changing the atmosphere and your perception of Mondays into something to look forward to instead of dread, shapes the rest of your week. Positive thinking breeds a Positive environment!

Do you LOVE Mondays? What are some of your tips and tricks? Share 'em below or on our Facebook & Twitter 

~LB

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Balancing the "Dynamic Trinity"

All of my adult life, I've balanced work, school, and familial responsibilities. With a great support system (I see you, FAM!), and a goal to leave something meaningful behind for my children, I managed to obtain both my Bachelor and Master degrees while balancing the "dynamic trinity". It's been exhausting, exciting, stressful, and motivating all at the same time. And it's been worth it. Each degree earned meant personal & professional advancement and an opportunity to relate determination and hard work to my children.  Hence why I am returning to school once again - this time Law School, because  I aspire to have an alphabet soup of letter behind my nameπŸ˜„πŸ˜„, showing the world that #blackgirlmagic is REAL.

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Why call this balancing act the Dynamic Trinity, well it takes a certain kind of individual to take on the responsibilities and obligations that entails managing a family, progressing along the career ladder, and embarking on a journey of knowledge, all at the same time. It takes tenacity, determination, resilience, confidence and faith to juggle these three very heavy containers. I mean have you watched a juggler, that skill is dynamic.


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The thing is balancing the Dynamic Trinity seems normal to me. And its actually the norm for so many of us - single dads, working the mid level position while attending online classes for that MBA; the 20-something sister who helps her older sister out with childcare, while attending GED/CNA classes 4 afternoons a week; or the at her prime, career shifter, who decides to go back to school and get that degree in Interior Design because she always aspired to have her own design boutique. The list goes on.

Photo Source: Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education

So how can WE successfully balance the Dynamic Trinity? Several colleges and universities offer their students handbooks and brochures on balancing work, life, and school. These are good place to start, because they offer you information specific and relevant to you.  If you're already in school, check with your school's student affairs office.

Photo Source: University of Wisconsin @ Green Bay

Here are a few tips, gained from experience:
  1. First & foremost, you need to identify your support system. This is the group of individuals who understand, support, motivate, and are rooting for your success. They can be your family, your friends, fellow classmates, co-workers, professors & supervisors, anyone that can offer you genuine support. Trust me, you CAN'T do this alone. Remember, to take time to thank your team, keep them in the loop (your schedule, career and school plans) and spread the love. 
  2. Time Management is a MUST! I'm not the most routine individual, so a planner (both print and online) definitely saved me from forgetting parent-teacher conferences, monthly staff meetings, and deadlines for school assignments. Schedule time for you to study, to spend time with family, and some time for yourself. It might seem odd, scheduling your life but being aware of your schedule, whether weekly or daily, helps you stay on top of everything, which decreases stress. The less stress, the better you'll feel and able to tackle everything on your plate.
  3. Listen to your body. If you're feeling tired, overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed, etc., take time out to center yourself. If that means taking a "mental health day" and staying in bed, DO IT, you've earned it. While the journey is long and at times rough, there is no need to overwork yourself. You have to be at your best if you're gonna make it to graduation! 
  4. Set realistic goals, then be flexible. It took me an extra year to get my undergrad degree due to taking time off due to a high risk pregnancy. When I returned, I had a new job and gained experience from a brief stint in AmeriCorps. I was actually better prepared that last year. If I'd let that time off knock me off track, I probably wouldn't be where I am today. Don't let setbacks derail you! Life happens, better to change with it. The end game is the same, the journey doesn't have to be. 
  5. Look at all the options. Is it possible to take hybrid (online classes with some face-to-face days) or online only classes? Is your employer flexible regarding time/schedule or even book or tuition reimbursement? Does your school offer child care services? Explore every opportunity to better support your goals, accepting help and advocating for yourself is one of the main aspects that will get you through the journey. 
I have no doubt that ya'll are out there doing the damn thing, getting those grades, passing those classes, taking your seats at the table, and making those family memories while living life. I'm rooting for you, you amazing DYNAMIC juggler!

Have any tips? Questions? Interested in taking the Dynamic Trinity on? Hit us up, we got you!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Keep Grinding"

The last two weeks have been CRAZY! I was accepted into Law School (and the joint MPA program!), increased responsibility at work (I asked for it!), and I've been in a Duke's of Hazzard type situation with my local post office (like, come on guys, you have one JOB - deliver the mail!). Through all this, I'm happy to keep going, to keep doing the damn thing, to keep grinding. Like my grandpops used to say, "When you stop moving, stop striving, You die!"

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Life is about progression. To live is to be in a constant state of movement, of change. The things that drive you, your passions, your goals and dreams need you to keep pushing and striving for them. That's the grind! Dictionary.com defines "grinding" as "working or studying laboriously". It's SO much more than that.


It's getting up everyday, whether your working two jobs while going to school, so you can get your foot in that door; or taking on more responsibility at work due to staff shortage, with little experience but a heart full of faith; or taking that leap of faith and taking your hobby of photography full time and quitting that sure thing of job that you hate. It doing what YOU need to do to get to WHERE you want to be.

Now the journey won't be easy, baby. There will be bumps, detours, and straight catastrophic events, but you'll get through them - that's the grind! Resilience, determination, and perseverance is what will get you through it, help you while on the grind. You have to keep going, achieve those dreams, simply SUCCEED! I'm rooting for you, luv!


Whatever your hopes, dreams, or passions are, NEVER stop striving towards them. Wake up everyday with a purpose to get just one step closer to that goal. Pound the pavement, knock on those doors, stay home to study and miss the 3rd "party of the year". Trust me, when you're sitting on that throne, that stage, that seat at the head of the table the journey, "the GRIND" would be well worth it!


LB


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer '17!!!!!!!



RE-POST!!!!!!!!!!

Summer '17 has OFFICIALLY started fam! Longer days, hotter nights, and good times to be had all around. LET'S GET IT!!!!!



We're working on bringing you new posts, reviews, GIVEAWAYS, and content - including videos,  guest bloggers, and recipes (Yasssss, you know we're foodies, check the IGs!!!!); and a little bit into the world of the Admins..


While you wait, check out some sites that offer some legit advice on career, relationships, finances, and parenting. Hit us up if there's a topic that you're interested in, have any questions, or just want to say Hi! We're here!

Seriously, ya'll send us your ideas, videos, inspirations. We want to give you what you want to see!


One a final note, Thank You! for sticking it out with us, We Appreciate You!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Know Your Worth


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This week I caught up with a few members of my tribe and over drinks and tacos we discussed how hard it is to truly know and appreciate your worth or value. Too many of us don't realize how much we actually bring to the table, whether in our personal or professional lives. We tend to ignore the gains, losses, and lessons that shape up and guide us. We allow other's perceptions of us define us; we revert into the "victim" when things don't go right; we take the blame for things outside our control. Making it happen in life requires resiliency, determination, drive, and self-awareness - all things that are internally motivated. Qualities that only you can nurture.

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Knowing your worth is more than being fairly and adequately paid for your work. Its being respected by all people in your life, its being appreciated & supported by your partner; respected & loved by your children; and trusted & adored by your friends. Its having faith and confidence in YOURSELF!

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Unfortunately, for me, it took obtaining a bachelor's degree, 4 years in an entry level Human Services position and a promotion to realize I have a lot to offer. I gained a new respect for my journey, my experiences, and my failures, the things that shaped me and brought me to the place of total respect of myself. That newfound respect translated into confidence and assertiveness. Qualities that have helped me move further, better accept and move on from obstacles, and work toward the goals I set forth for myself. Its FREEDOM!


How you see yourself, translates into how other people treat you. If you have negative thoughts, a lack of faith, or an overall ambivalence about yourself then others will treat you as less than deserving of respect, consideration or overall acknowledgment. The manner in which you carry yourself, shapes other's perspective of you. YOU own that narrative, it's your STORY!  Write it as you see fit and people will play along. Value yourself and others will follow suit.


Appreciating your experiences, your qualities and personality traits, passions and drives; the people in your life; everything that "make you, you" is the first step in realizing your worth. There is value in knowing, loving and appreciating WHO you are. That self love translates into everything aspect of your life - it guides how others perceive you, how they respond and respect to you; it guides your determination  and your drive. Its shapes you & your environment! So take a moment and determine your value, decide what you will and won't accept from others, from life. Make a decision to LOVE yourself and get ALL that you deserve.

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When did you determine "YOUR WORTH"? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

#ProductReview - #Clasier Bamboo Cutting Board (#Sponsored)

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I've been making it a point to make more meals at home and give GrubHub and UberEATS a break. And to make those awesome, creative meals, you've got to have the right tools. One of those is a good quality cutting board. IDK about you, but the counters in my rental are NOT Granite and really cant handle too many knife marks or curry stains.

So, I was stoked to try out Clasier's Bamboo cutting board, courtesy of #Tomoson. According to their website, Clasier is a Brooklyn, NY based company (YASSSS! My Hometown!!), with the mission "to bring to the household quality supplies making the day to day family chore exciting and fun!" Classier states that their #Clasiercuttingboardwutensils is:
  • ALL NATURAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL
  • STRONGER THAN REGULAR CUTTING BOARDS 
  • EASY TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN
So you know, I had to give it a try and test it out. What follows is my honest review, but first check out the Flipgram for a look at the set.



First off, I appreciate the size, I can cut all the veggies for my stir-fry without having to waste any other dishes. Its sturdy with some weight but not too heavy. It can stand up to some chopping. It has an edge around it that it deeper than other boards so it can catch whatever juices or seeds you will come across.

When I first opened it, it had an odd smell. So I gave it a quick wash with lemon and salt and let it dry completely. Once dry, I "seasoned" it (like you do a cast iron skillet), by rubbing on some olive oil with a cloth and letting set overnight. Once set give a quick wipe w/a clean damp cloth and we're good to go (REMINDER - do this at least once a month to maintain your cutting board). Trust me, its WORTH it)

It is very easy to clean - wash with soap and water (but don't submerge in the water) and let dry completely before next use. I've had it 2 weeks and it has yet to stain - and I made some curry and spilled a little bit of soy sauce (provided you don't let it sit!).

It does seem to be made from a different material than tradition wooden cutting boards and doesn't absorb or retain as much water either (which is desirable, to avoid mold and discoloration). Its actually quite quaint and can be used as a cheese plate or the like.

Now these utensils are BAE. I run through utensils regularly, whether they melt (cheap plastic ones brought in a hurry); are lost (I have children, man), or due to regular wear and tear, I am constantly replacing utensils. I like these though, they are sturdy, have yet to burn, or melt, or stain, and the variety is cool. I particularly like the flat spatula one the most - breaks up my meat, great for a stir fry and making scrambled eggs - plus it's easy to clean. Like the cutting board - don't let these guys sit submerged in water.

Overall, I like this set. While its not the cheapest, its definitely a well made product and recommend it for any foodie's kitchen.

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#TRPSupports - Women's Health

As women, one thing that should be a priority but usually falls to the bottom of the list is - OUR HEALTH! We always put the health and well being of others, whether they are our children, relatives, significant others, or clients/customers. We tend to forget about taking time out to make sure we're running in tip top shape (YES! Even you, Wonder Woman).

With that, I'd like to focus a bit on our lady bits! Women's reproductive health is a BIG issue right now! With the impending changes to the Affordable Care Act, women's health is at risk. We risk access to contraceptives, to procedures and medications that can save lives, and the right to make our own decisions over our bodies.


One of the decisions regarding our health involves the ingredients that goes into feminine care products, more specifically tampons and pads. Products most women use regularly! According to Seventh Generation:
[Feminine Hygiene manufacturers].. "Aren’t required to disclose ingredients, many do include some basic information on their packages about the ingredients — unless they use fragrance. A ‘fragrance’ in a product can be made up of 50-200 different ingredients, many for which health data simply doesn’t exist". 
In other words, companies DO NOT have to disclose what in the products that we are using in the most SENSITIVE parts of our bodies! I don't know about you, but I DAMN sure want to know what is going into my body, especially something I am expected to use for a good 30+ yrs of my life. So how do we change this?

With........Women, like you, me and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), are out there hitting the pavement and making moves with some very forward thinking companies (like Seventh Generation & Women's Voices for the Earth) to ensure that there is transparency in feminine care products. In fact,
On May 23, women from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill to send Congress a message: It’s time to care about feminine care. Period.

So join me and other women, in making a stand:

To Take Action and contact your local representative ⇉click here⇇

A special S/O to Seventh Generation for the inspiration and information! #comeclean #generationgood


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#ProductReview - MyBruneiStore's Self Adhesive Bra (Sponsored Post)

Two weeks ago, #tomoson & MyBruneiStore let me review this self adhesive bra - You know the one that ALL the Craze.

Although, this post is sponsored, all words and opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

Well, I have mixed feelings.
First off I'm a small boob chick (B-cup) and while it did cover the girls and the nips.... It didn't really provide any support or make a difference. I think its great for very thin or exposed garments that make wearing a regular bra unsightly or inappropriate. Even with the strings, I struggled to make any semblance of cleavage. Based on my experience, I think these guys are better suited for those with a fuller chest.

As far as the material and its ability to stick: I'll give it to them that it's definitely soft and comfortable to wear with little irritation. The silicone sticky gel is Strong & Sticky (check the video). I have sensitive skin and the bra was comfortable and easy to wear for a few hours (probably longer, if you don't sweat much.

The bra is quite inexpensive and arrived within 5 business days and was shipped very,very economically. Not in a box but in one of those small white postal/parcel packages with some bubble wrap on the sides.

IMO, its probably worth it simply to avoid bra lines and to cover your nips. If you are looking for help in the cleavage or support department, this are NOT the bra for you.

Below is a Video of the actual bra and the site.

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#ProductReview - Game Face Grooming (Sponsored Post)

  
This post is "Powered by BrandBacker" and sponsored by Game Face Grooming, however all words and views expressed here are 100% my own.


Ever been in the need for a quick wipe of the face, felt the heat, sweat and grime building layer by layer from walking around the neighborhood? Well, Game Face Grooming, thinks they have the product for you! Their Cleansing Facial "Refresh & Rejuvenate" Wipes - wipe away dirt, grime, and sweat while also hydrating the skin. And..... 
All products are:
Paraben Free
Hypoallergenic
98% Natural
100% Biodegradable (TENCEL)
Dermatologist Tested
Made In The USA!"
Everything on the package.....Made in the USA!!

#GameFaceGrooming offers a variety of grooming products, primarily geared towards men, but encourage women to give them a try. Which I definitely put to the test, In fact, a few of the family got involved as well (The Boo and my 14 year old son). I wanted to make sure I gave you a well rounded review!

First off, the wipes are huge, which is definitely a benefit when having to remove the amount of sweat, grime, and stickiness that happens during a summer in the city. I have the added need of having to remove make-up so the more surface area the better. I definitely appreciated it and felt that I could get a really clean face without having to use another (which saves money!!!). 

These guys are BIG!

As far as texture, they are soft, yet durable, They can take a decent scrub without feeling rough. My son liked that it was tough yet soft at the same time. I assumed that since they are geared towards men, they would be drying for my skin and wouldn't stand a chance against my eye shadow and matte lip. 

My Son giving them a go.

Surprisingly, they took off a good amount of my make up without drying my skin. It didn't work for the waterproof mascara and eye liner though! The boo was actually surprised that his face didn't feel as tight as it usually does, when he washes his face. So yes, #GameFaceWipes do HYDRATE as they claim to do.  

So soft and they Hydrate!

Both The Boo and I enjoyed the scent. It kinda reminds you of baby powder but slightly masculine with a whiff of sandalwood or a musk. While it lingers a bit, it isn't annoying in the least bit, really pleasant. 

These wipes are great for men and women; they're versatile (they take off make-up without drying and all with one wipe, people) and portable (great for the gym or to stick in your desk for a fresh-up). 

I recommend you check them out. Game Face Wipes come in 3 varieties and as Underarm/Body Wipes, so you'll be able to find the one that works for you. Check out their site Game Face Grooming and find them at GNC and Walmart.