This year we decided to spend Easter 2017 in Las Vegas. We’ve never celebrated Easter anywhere else besides California so this was a special treat for us to head out for a few nights and stay in a hotel. Of course we stayed at our favorite spot in Vegas, The Four Seasons. My one tip for parents wanting to visit Vegas but desiring to stay away from the smoke is to choose a hotel without a casino. That way you get the fun of Vegas (weather and quick vacation drive for SoCal residents) without the asthma attack from all the smoke.
“It’s such beauty in black people, and it really saddens me when we’re not allowed to express that pride in being black, and that if you do then it’s considered anti-white. No! You’re just pro-Black. And that’s okay. The two don’t go together. Because you celebrate Black culture does not mean that you don’t like white culture or that you’re putting it down. It’s just taking pride in it, but what’s irritating is when somebody says, you know, “They’re racist!” , “That’s reverse racism!” or, “They have a Black History Month, but we don’t have a White Hostory Month, but we don’t have a White History Month!” Well, all we’ve ever been taught is white history. So, why are you mad at that? Why does that make you angry. That is to suppress me and to make me not be proud.” -Tina Knowles
My family and I are usually on the hunt searching for the best museum, zoo or local Los Angeles kid friendly activity. But as it goes our most favorite past time is visiting our local park, laying out our large blanket and exploring the beauty right in our own backyard. With so much happening on our end with the lost of a dear family member, traveling for work events and preparing for my two oldest to start “big kid school” anything outside of our current daily routine has been placed on the back-burner. Basically more of a hustle bustle type of life lately. With that said, today we decided to get out and get exploring. There’s nothing like laying out on the grass, feeling the wind of your face and hearing the laughter coming from the playground as your children play. One of the many perks of our local park is their nature center. Birds, a possum, deer and snakes it’s definitely a fun extra to visiting the park.
Here are a few pictures from our fun and local day out and about. Looking at these pictures I CANNOT believe how BIG my babies are!!
I’ve been rocking with Ergobaby for a long time. About 6 years to be exact. I was gifted my first Ergo carrier when JJ, my oldest was a few weeks old dealing with colic. My dear friend’s little boy also had colic and she informed me that her Ergo was literally a Godsend. Little did I know this carrier would change my life in more ways than just allowing a tired mama the ability to get back to my daily routines and my baby a little comfort.
Fast forward 6 years, 3 kids and numerous daily outings as a family of 5. What remained is my love and connection to Ergobaby. As my children grow my dedication to this company has shifted a bit.
Last month I shared my current goals. One of those goals was to become a babywearing educator. Working as a Brand Ambassador with Ergobaby truly propelled me to become a babywearing educator. I was already familiar with SSC (soft structured carriers) like Ergobaby but also wanted the opportunity to share other options with parents like wraps, ring slings and much more. With that said I began searching for a course or program to become a certified babywearing educator. I came across The Center for Babywearing Studies (CBWS) after being referred from the best educators in the business.
It’s been awhile since I shared by personal dreams and goals with you guys. This year has been full of growth, change, challenge and reflection. I’ve grown so much as a mother and wife but more than anything as a WOMAN! My goals are clearer than ever. I am more inspired, driven and committed to my personal growth than I ever would’ve imagined. You see… when you go through something devastating there’s that moment which you reflect and have an opportunity to change or accept. I’ve never been much of an accepter so my reflection was driven on CHANGE. How can I be a vessel of CHANGE? How can I INSPIRE WOMAN in my own community? How can HELP the community I’m most familiar with, the community of motherhood?
All those questions lead back to being a mother. I want to stay in my community of motherhood. This is where I flourish, where I am most comfortable, where I connect the most and feel I have the opportunity to help and grow within myself. This is when I came to the conclusion that I want to become a IBCLC. That means International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Not only did I breastfeed my babies longterm I felt a strong connection with mothers who both struggle with breastfeeding and those that do not have the knowledge or support to breastfeed. Of course I want to reach all mothers but I definitely will be staring with those within my own community.
Did you know, “For years it’s been shown that black women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding than other races. From 2000 to 2008, only 58.9 percent of black women initiated breastfeeding compared to the 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Hispanics, according to the latest data from the CDC. As Black Breastfeeding Week notes on its site, there’s also some suggestion that increased breastfeeding could help lower infant mortality rates. This is why Brandy Sellers from Not So Private Parts and myself hosted the Black Breastfeeding Week event. It was to show that we are here! That we do matter! And that more needs to be done.
My position with Ergobaby currently requires me to travel occasionally for events. I absolutely love exploring new towns and cities, especially the ones I would never think to travel to before it became a work obligation. To date Ergo has sent me to Utah and Colorado. Both states had unbelievable food! You can read about my Utah experience here.
For my Colorado trip I had the pleasure of bringing my husband Jason with me . This was our first trip without the kids and although we missed them it was a nice break from our normal routine. In between my work schedule we had tons of fun doing simple things like going to the movies, going out for food and exploring downtown. Here are a few pictures of our visit.
“Empowered Women, Empower Women”
FACTS: “For years it’s been shown that black women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding than other races. From 2000 to 2008, only 58.9 percent of black women initiated breastfeeding compared to the 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Hispanics, according to the latest data from the CDC. As Black Breastfeeding Week notes on its site, there’s also some suggestion that increased breastfeeding could help lower infant mortality rates.
“We noticed that as breastfeeding promotion increased, the face of it was still very white and every year we’re still having more research come out showing that there’s a disparity in support for breastfeeding for black women,” Sangodele-Ayoka said. The CDC suggested in 2013 that black moms may need more targeted and direct support so that they can not only initiate but also continue breastfeeding.”
Aren’t those statistics mind blowing? As an African American woman myself I never realized how privileged I was to have so much breastfeeding knowledge and support during my nursing years with the kids. I am proud to say that I successfully nursed 3 babies all close to the age of 2. I did it because I simply knew the importance and had tons of women around me encouraging and supporting my decision.