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Body Motherhood Monday

VIDEO: Five Summer Exercises for Motivated Moms

This month we are discussing all things Summer & stay tuned because this season I will be sharing more health related post: Exercises, eating healthy, recipes, and more. 

I love the saying, “You get your summer body, in the winter!” But what about keeping your summer body tight! During the summer, we are making sure our children are entertained with activities, vacations, bbq’s, and just family fun.

We just can’t forget to take care of ourselves and maintain our summer body that we worked so hard for over the winter and spring months. There are so many types of exercises that can give great results, but the experts keep coming back to the basics.

If you are pressed for time, these core exercises will give you results and can cause you to break a sweat!

Check out my video of the TOP 5 SUMMER EXERCISES for MOMS:

Here are the top 5 exercises broken down and what they do for your body:

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Improve your circulation, good for digestion, build muscles throughout your body, improve posture, burn fat, tone your whole leg and can't forget about that bootay!

Check out my collaboration with 4 other Fabulous Atlanta Bloggers as we all speak about Summer from a different perspective:

Kita: 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer
LaShawn: Top 5 Quick Summer Getaways from Atlanta
MJ: Top 5 Summer Eats and Treats in Atlanta
Mimi: Top 5 Summer Drinks

Motherhood Reviews/Recaps

3 Reasons Parents & Children will Love Sprout’s New Original Series Floogals

When you are the parent of a toddler, it’s sometimes hard to find a great mix between watching something that entertains them or educates them. It’s great when you can find a program that does both.

Welcome to Earth! 

On January 23rd at 8pm, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, Junior Boomer land on earth from planet Floog. The three curious FLOOGALS land in a yard sale and then sold when they are mistaken for a toy. Now, they’re in the home and property of a young child – their exploration begins as they navigate life on earth with humans (or hoomans, as they call us).

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of dining with the marketing team that gave us a better understanding of what we can expect from this Sprout original series.

A sneak peek episode of FLOOGALS which aired on January 18 was Sprout’s highest rated premiere in women 18-49 and kids ages 2-5 since the debut of the Sprout original “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” last year.

I let my 2 year old sit on my lap and watch one episode, he was glued to the screen. He would look at me an smile from time to time, that’s how I knew he was really enjoying the show. I personally love the cinematic feel. It’s almost 3D-ish, it looks like you’re right their in the bedroom.

Why Kids Will Love It:

  • It’s told from 3 different perspectives. All kids are not the same, so with three diverse characters, they are learning about the same thing in different ways.
  • It’s not a boy or girl show but a children’s show. Children will be able to focus on the fun stories and adventures of the FLOOGALS versus worrying about if it’s too girly or boy specific.
  • They can watch it anytime or anywhere. Although the shows debuts at 8pm, there’s an app that can also be downloaded on any tablet. They will also run shows during the daytime as well.

Why Parents Will Love It:

  • FLOOGALS applies STEM learning into it’s lessons. While the kids are enjoying the FLOOGALS navigate a new land, they are also learning.
  • It’s targeted for children between the ages of 2 – 6, the perfect age for children that are also learning their environment and full of questions.
  • With the debut of this new series, it will have at least 50 new power packed episodes. This gives the children a good amount of time to learn the characters with great new lessons.

To learn more about FLOOGALS and Sprout’s original programming, visit Sprout Online.

Motherhood W.I.F.E

7 Huge Takeaways My Children Shared After Watching War Room

War Room came on the scene and blew everyone away. Period.

This movie is a marriage, relationship & personal prayer life game changer. Or least it can be if you are open to it.

I honestly can’t see how you can come away from watching War Room and not be moved, not even a little bit. The night we first saw the movie, my grandmother watched our children so we call ourselves doing a date night.

What was supposed to be a lovey dovey night, ended up being an all night discussion (after the movie) as we dealt with some things in our marriage that we both can do better with.

I honestly didn’t think my children would want to see this movie, and it never crossed my mind to let them watch it (at least not now). Well, last Saturday evening, my husband told our children he wanted them to see something.

When he said, War Room, my daughter got excited! I’m honestly not sure why, but she loves watching movies as a family, so that could have been why she was happy.

My son immediately let out a grimm whine, “Mommmm! I don’t want to see War Room! I heard it isn’t that good!” Now, I am really intrigued at his response. I asked,  “Who could have possibly told you that? Your other 10 year old friends?”

The funniest thing was, during the movie my son was the main one talking during every scene; laughing, giving his thoughts, and even crying on certain parts. Yes, my 10 year old son cries when he’s sad during movies.

He’s sensitive.

He ran over to hug me at least twice during the movie.

Needless to say, they both enjoyed War Room and even shared with me their 7 Takeaways:

Son (10 years old):

  1. Always Pray – No matter what, prayer can change things.
  2. Don’t fight against your prayers – If you pray for it, believe it will happen. Don’t ask for something and do the opposite because you really do not believe it.
  3. Love your husband – In the beginning, my son did not like the “husband” in the movie because he was a jerk to his wife and daughter. However, the shift that he made in his life and behavior, brought my son to tears.
  4. Let God takeover – When you give God control, anything is possible.

Daughter (8 years old):

  1. Always listen to your heart – listen to the small voice in your head.
  2. Never cheat on a girl – you have to see the movie to get this statement.
  3. Never say that your parents do not love you – the little girl in this movie was so powerful. Not only do you want to be a better spouse, but a better parent!

I love hearing their perspective on certain things. Not only did they enjoy the movie, my daughter watched it again tonight (her choice).

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From a parents perspective, War Room helped reinforce to me that our children are paying attention to us all.the.time. They also feel when we aren’t giving them our all.

Lately, my daughter has been all up under me. Hugging me more, kissing my cheeks, or just coming in the room to stand near me. It took me a while to realize, she doesn’t want anything (like a toy), but just more time with Mommy.

She really just wants more of my attention.

I’ve started stopping what I’m doing and just hugging her. Talking with her, making sure she is good. I’ll make a joke and her smile will light up the room.

I feel like I am going off on a tangent, but honestly War Room can make you look at many different areas of your life. Just like a good book, the more you read it – the more lessons you get from it.

What is War Room?

With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer.

This movie grossed $68 Million world wide! 

Also, neither one of my children could tell me what a War Room was at the end of the movie, although I did make sure I fully explained it.

Have you seen War Room? What was a major take away for you in terms of Parenting? Marriage? Do you have a War Room? Would you let your children watch it?

Motherhood Monday

Letters to My Children: Two Sons One Theme

It’s so much to tell them and I want to make sure it all sinks in. If I had the wisdom, I have now at 21 or even 15 – I’d be a different person.

I have two sons, they are 2 and 10. It’s almost like they are twins that are 8 years apart.

Although there is a major age gap, I am so happy to see the love and respect between these two brothers. I only pray that their relationship will grow and they will be best friends for life.

Letters to my sons

I wanted to participate with Letters to my Children with LaShawn of Everyday Eyecandy because it was important for me to leave something for my children while I’m in the mindset I have today. Visit next month for my letter to my daughter.

Dear Earl & Emory,

I love you.
You are my boys.
My suga’s!
My first and my last!
My beginning and my end.
My expectation and my surprise.
I love you.

To my big boy Earl, I want you to continue to be who you are. You are full of life, you pay attention to everything and ask questions. Never stoping watching what goes on around you. Never stop asking questions when something doesn’t seem right. Never be afraid to walk away from a situation where it doesn’t agree with your spirit.

You love to dance and always have! Your skills have grown and you still make me laugh with every new move you create. I pray that if God has carved out that path for you, that you will be open to great things happening .

Earl, I just want to you be strong and be a leader. I want you to be a good friend and have good friends. I want to you help others and but understand you can say “No” if you need/want to. I want you learn when some one is trying to take advantage of you and when they really care about your well being.

You are the first born and the example for your sister and brother. I know being the first born comes with a lot of responsibility, you are up to the task. Baby, continue to be a risk taker and run for your dreams. Mommy is right behind you.

Emory, you are momma’s baby! I’d kiss you 1000 times a day but you would push me away right around kiss #6! I was surprised when I found out we would be bringing home another bundle of joy, but oh what a joy you have been.

Letters to my son

You are the sweetest and smartest cutie around these parts. You amaze me how you communicate, at 2 years old, what you want and don’t want. I love listening to you learn new words. I love how you come get me when you’ve done something new and you want to show me. I love how every morning when you see me you say, “Hi Mommy!” “Hi Daddy!” “Hi Earl!” “Hi Sister!”

We reply, “How are you Emory?”
You say, “Good!”
I reply, “Did you have a good night sleep Emory?”
and you give me the sweetest, “Yesshh!”

I am looking forward to having full conversations with you. My prayer is that you continue to grow with your siblings and that love and laughter will always reign supreme in our home.

I can see how much joy you bring around this house and we’re all so over protective of you! I see the love you have for your sister and brother. I watch how you learn from them, which means they have to do right in front of you. I see how you’d rather run with them then chill with me.

You’re growing up, but just know Mommy’s always here.

Two Sons One Theme: Mommy loves you!

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Head over to read LaShawn’s letter to her little man on Everyday Eyecandy and complete the circle of other mothers!

Interviews

Paternity Court’s Lauren Lake Tells Me Why You Can’t Go By Looks but Science

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Do you watch court tv? Do you think it’s real or just for tv? I had an opportunity to attend a taping of Paternity Court and actually meet family attorney Lauren Lake afterward. On the episode I was able to attend, the young lady had two children in question and the test revealed that the gentleman in court was the father of one but not the other.

The court room was shocked, but at the moment we all realized that – this is real life! Paternity Court (similar to Maury) reveals DNA results for parents who are unsure about whether “They Are The Father!” The show was renewed for a 2nd season and starts September 22nd. Check your local listing for your network schedule.

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As I mentioned above, I was able to ask Judge Lauren Lake a few questions after the taping:

What is the biggest misconception about paternity in GA?

The biggest misconception that we tackle on the show is that the Paternity lies with the father’s lack of responsibility. We find that the women are the keepers of the secret. That’s not just a Georgia thing, but also a nationwide thing. The lady today left out that she was sleeping with someone else.

People want to make it a dirty little secret. It’s a child’s right to know who their parents are and we need to regard it as such. Most of us are 2 to 3 degrees of separation between some person/family member away from someone who has issue with paternity.

The truth is always absolute. That is what we give here.

Why do people think they can tell paternity by looks only?

There have been times where I have sat on the bench and have been confused in the testimony. I have 20 years on the bench and still say, “Well she does have his nose.” Sometimes a child can look just like the person but that doesn’t mean that they are related. We sometimes create the result we want to have.  When people start saying, “I didn’t know because the baby did not look like me.” I understand that from a human standpoint, because people always pick out the features of a child.

Do you do the test here at the show? No, we have a lab that administer the test.

When do YOU find out the results of the DNA test? When I read the results in front of the courtroom. Everything I say after I read the results is coming from my heart and experience.

How many take people up on the counseling? Very many and they give them resources in their home state. They also follow up on them. We are dealing with people’s lives and we want to make sure they are on the right track.

Do you watch this show? What do you like about it?

Motherhood Monday

My Kids Told Me How to be a Better Mommy : The Conscious Parent #Lifeclass

10355819_10203032825255111_41455739550613146_n[1]Friday afternoon I picked up my oldest two children from school and while driving home I decided to ask a tough question. “What would make me a better mommy?” They both stopped what they were doing and just looked at me for a second. I think they were surprised and unprepared. Then they started to rattle things off! Thank goodness it was only 3 things, but I am sure these three things could change the dynamics of our relationship.

  1. “Stop yelling at us!” – My 6-year-old told me #1 & #2. I actually knew this was coming though. I know I yell and I want to stop. Sometimes afterward, I do feel bad. I know it has to be better way, but without thinking you sometimes go back to the way you were raised.
  2. “Stop interrupting us and talking over us when we talk!” – STOP! Who are you talking to? I didn’t say that, but wanted to. I just let that marinate for a while. I questioned myself, do I really do that? I am sure I do. I am the mom, I must have the last word. Or do I? Do I let them get out their points and looking back, sometimes I don’t.
  3. “Take us more fun places!” Now my 8-year-old son told me this and I got a little defensive. I reminded him how I take them places all the time! I quickly started rolling off the movie screenings, six flags, museums, parks, events and on and on!! Then he said, “Oh yeah mom! You’re right, but we want more.” I just said, “Ok.” I had to sit and think, kids don’t dwell on the past. They are always in the present. They enjoy what they are doing and when it’s over, they are on to the next. So although they are enjoying some event every week, once it’s over – where are you taking us next. I get it now.

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I watch LifeClass every week and think those classes are truly a gift. I have learned a lot about myself and enjoy the many Ah Haa’s. If these types of things would have been taught in high school or college who knows where I would be. This weekend I caught Super Soul Sunday & LifeClass with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent.

Super Soul Sunday came on around 10am and I really saw so many things I could be doing different in my parenting. I couldn’t wait for Lifeclass later that evening to get more into the conversational lesson of The Conscious Parent. There were so many lessons & tweetables during this show that I couldn’t name them all, but here are a few nuggets.

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Our children show us a mirror to our undeveloped selves. #gulp #SuperSoulSunday — Amanda Littlejohn (@amandamogul) May 18, 2014

What did I learn? What I am walking away with from the show is that I need to connect more with my children. I need to not rush through the day or even experiences with them. I need to actually be present in every moment, because they can actually tell. When you are present in their conversations, lives and true experiences it’s a different outcome and a true relationship builder. It changes their behavior and their experiences as well. It is going to cause me to really look at myself but I am up for the challenge.

I am going to get this book, and have a sit down with the hubby although I actually think my husband is more connected than I am. He’s a great parent. To read more or purchase the book click here.

Did you watch it yesterday? What are you thoughts? Could you learn anything from Dr. Tsabary?

Motherhood Monday

Motherhood Monday : Fly By July Competition Against Friends

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Yep! Fly By July is what we are going for. These are two of best friends: Aseelah & Collie! (The ones not pictures are not in this contest.) Aseelah & I are doing a girls trip in July and LOVE TO COMPETE against each other in just about every category! Well, Collie is also going to be at the same place this summer and wanted to get in on our friendly competition. Continue reading to find out what I am doing to win this contest!  Continue Reading

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Motherhood Monday :: Have You Had The Sex Talk with Your Child? (Video)

Last week we (my family & I) were driving somewhere and I whispered to my husband, “Babe, when do you think we should talk to E about sex?” I don’t think he expected that question by his facial expression but he replied with, “Soon!” And we both turned and looked at him in the back seat at the same time. He was talking to his sister. I then said, “Good, but Miss Missy doesn’t need to be there! Although I am afraid he will tell her what we told him!” Miss missy is my daughter. My oldest is 8 and my daughter is 5.

My son doesn’t act interested in SEX but I know he likes girls. He was even trying to court a certain young lady all last year (2nd grade). He bought her a Valentines. He would try to play with her on the playground and even his friends knew he liked her. This school year (3rd grade), they are still in different classes so he might only get to see her at lunch. But….. I think he still has that crush.

What made my son blush? (Fast forward to sec .27)

I remember when this movie first came out and my son saw this scene. The moment Alvin & the Chipmunks saw the Chipettes my son blushed and look at me shyly. It was a look that said, “Is Mommy watching me watch this?” My children love to watch movies over and over again and whenever this scene comes on, he still gets the same blushed look on his face.

Why do I think it’s time? I actually don’t know if it’s time. This is my oldest child and I am just trying to be proactive. I rather he learn the proper things from his parents first. I know that his friends are eventually going to tell him wrong things based on their experience or what they might have been taught. I also don’t want my son to be afraid to talk to us. He was pretty open about the class crush, but what about as he grows?

What do I say? Again, I actually don’t know! I might let hubby start the conversation and chime in. I know I am going to google “How & When to speak to your child about sex.” At least I know that when it’s time to talk to the 2nd and 3rd child – I will be better prepared.

Have you had The Sex talk yet? How did it go? What did you say? How did they respond? Give me the details!