All Good Things

I'm just coming back from The Curvy Con in New York, and I'm still trying to process it all. It was the longest yet the most rewarding business trip.

So, I'm going to skip my musings for a day and just direct you to my Curvy Con/NYC recap on God's Favorite Surprises.
You'll see why it's hard to process it all.
All good things.

Dress: ASOS (Of course) Click here
Shoes: Steve Madden (old)
Bag: Zara (sold out)

Sidenote: Please tweet ASOS on my behalf and tell them that they should consider having me as a brand ambassador/social influencer because everything I wear is from them! Click here


Thanks JC Penney!

As you know, this weekend I went to The Curvy Con to mingle with bloggers and to be a vendor for God's Favorite Surprises. 
JC Penney proudly sponsored The Curvy Con all while launching their new line, JC Penney Boutique. 
The Boutique focuses on the plus size figure assuring that women feel confident, sexy and trendy while still being affordable. 

During the Curvy Con, JCPenney launched a powerful body positive message with some of the nation's leading voices in the plus size community. Specifically, this year's Project Runner winner Ashley Nell Tipton. 

In a culture where body shaming has become the norm, this video embodies the notion that all bodies are beautiful and capable and enough. 

Here is the #hereiam campaign, created to empower us all!
I was completely moved by the powerful message,  especially as a mother of a little girl who will face a world that will constantly tell her she is not enough

#sponsor #ad  #hereiam


New York, Here I Come!

This week, I will be headed to The Curvy Con events in New York!
It's a two day event, Friday and Saturday (June 17th & 18th)
I will be there as a blogger but my business, God's Favorite Surprises,  is also one of the vendors!
I'm so excited!
I hope to see your face.
I will be in work mode most of the day but hopefully I will get to sneak and do one fun thing Friday night or Saturday night! 

I wish I had enough time to do a little mini meet up!
Follow me on Instagram this week and see what I get into!
Let me know if you will be there!
If you see me at The Curvy Con, stop by and say hi!
And buy something:)

Oh and the t-shirt I am wearing! 
I had these t-shirts exclusively made just for The Curvy Con. 
These cards and mugs are the best sellers on my site so I decided to make a few t-shirts for the New York crowd. 
Why is this important to you? 
Well, because AFTER Father's Day, I will be selling these as part of a package on God's Favorite Surprises. 
So, think of someone in your circle that deserves to be told "You Are So Dope!" then order a t shirt/mug combo and I will send it to them! 

Shirt: God's Favorite Surprises (Available after Father's Day)
Adidas Pants: ASOS
Shoes: Nine West

I also worked exclusively with Dana from Pardon My Fro to create another card for all of  the #girlbosses in our circles who simply SLAY! 

To catch a sneak peek click here 

Wish me luck in New York and if you're of the praying kind, pray for safe travels for me! 


At Least I Am Consistent...

I had it all planned out. 
I saw this dress and literally screamed TC! 
Do you know TC?
You should. 
Because what are you doing with your life?

Dress: ASOS here
Bag and shoes: Zara (sold out) 

TC from Good Times! 
Remember her?
That's why I bought this dress. 
And then I was going to do a whole post about TC. 
Then I typed in TC from Good Times in Google Search.
Because I apparently already paid homage to TC. 
So no point in writing about TC again because duh. 
I will say that any day that I dress like TC from Good Times. 
It probably was a good day. 

P.S. Shout out to bloggers who in the game back when using a tripod was the only way you could blog! LOL 


Simple Girl

I find joy in the simplest things lately.
Little stuff.
Things most people overlook.
For example, I began this random habit of drinking hot water, honey and lemon every morning and night.
Not for a detox.
Just because I love it.
It literally brings a smile to my face when I can sit down and enjoy a hot cup of water, honey and lemon.

My daughter and I went to Walmart the other day. While she was in the basket, she randomly told me she needed a hug.
I stopped what I was doing just to give her a hug in the middle of the aisle.
Those are the things that bring me joy.
I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with being a mom or getting older wiser.
But the simplest things bring me joy. 

 Not an Apple Watch.
Not the latest shoe.
Not having the dopest car.
Simple things.
No fuss.
That goes for my style lately too.
I love a layered outfit.
But I adore when I can throw on a few pieces in its simplest form and feel like it speaks to the zen up in this ratchet soul of mine.

Denim Dress: Zara (here)
Bag: Zara (here)
Shoes: Zara (don't see them online but I got them in the store about a month ago)
Glasses: Vintage
Necklace: FrugalFinds NYC
Hat: Forever 21


Stepping Into My Season

Someone asked me the other day if I missed teaching.
Not a whole lot.
I don't miss the stress. The anxiety attacks. The not feeling like I am not getting support from parents and administrators.
But that doesn't mean I'm not a teacher at heart.
When you pull back all the layers, I'm still a teacher.
A few recent experiences have helped me see that it's just a part of my nature.

I have been going to different schools lately for Career Day on the behalf of my business, God's Favorite Surprises.
I have been conducting Thank You Card etiquette classes.
Because when was the last time you got a thank you card from a kid?

I'm so H-town. You can find me throwing the H sign in almost every selfie on my phone. LOL! #sophistiratchet
 Each time, I go for  Career Day, I think that I'm just going to speak about being an entrepreneur and about the importance of college.
But it never goes down like that.
I seem to always go into "teacher mode."
After 10 minutes of standing in front of kids from kindergarten to 8th grade, they have to actually do something with their hands. (In teacher speak, that means "manipulatives")
That's when the teacher comes out. 
I have to get my teacher voice on to facilitate a Thank You card writing lesson and become a major multi-tasker.
And guess what...I DO miss that.
I miss that part.
Facilitating actual learning.
And maybe I enjoy it a whole lot more because I'm in the classroom on my own terms.
Teaching about something that I am passionate.
Because again, when was the last time you got a handwritten note from a kid saying thank you.
Heck, even from an adult?

I think this season of my life is all about perspective.
I could scoff at my past profession and run from it like the plague.
Or I can embrace what I loved about it and make it a part of my new life.
It makes my life feel a lot more cohesive if I take that approach.

And this way of thinking, is what you call GROWTH.
Give it up for your girl!  
(P.S. I almost hate to give a disclaimer. I almost didn't post these pics because of that gut. Black doesn't hide everything. But I bet you know someone who didn't wake up this morning. Yeah. So, I'm good. I was tripping with myself for a hot second.)
Hat: Forever 21
Jeans: ASOS here
Body Suit: ASOS here
Shoes: Zara (I picked them up in the store, I don't see them online.)
Bag: Gifted by Juanette from Zara (It's literally my favorite bag, I want to buy a back up) here
Photography: Lacoste Photography


Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed

Lately, I've been really benefiting from simply opening my mouth. 
I tend to filter what I tell people about by myself...specifically, my projects, my dreams, my goals. 
I think maybe it's because I have experienced people who nod their heads when they say they get you, but really they don't. 
Otherwise known as dreamkillers.
The doubters. 
The never did nothing so they don't understand someone like me who truly tries to go for it in all aspects of life. 

For example, I have a personal Facebook page and a business Facebook page. 
I never share what I'm doing professionally on my personal page because it seems to me like that Facebook is the land of "visible likes" and secret screenshots. 
So, I would just post an occasional pic of the kids or an occasional selfie but never promoted my multiple streams of creativity. 

Then one day, a few weeks ago, I just had a moment and decided that if I don't tell people that I have a business and a blog then they won't know. 
I'm so brilliant. (sarcasm)
I think maybe  because I've heard a few people say things like "what does she do again?" and "She left her stable job to do what?"
Mind you that these are people that I know. That have access to me outside of Facebook. 
That can literally dial my number and ask me any question they want. 
So I held back. 
Held it in. 
Thinking that networking could take place outside of my "inner" circle. 
Social media wise that is.
Daishiki Dress/Top by Eldior Sodeck via Zuvaa
I think technically it's a top but you know I'm fast! 

Well, a few weeks ago, I simply posted the link to my business site, God's Favorite Surprises and basically wrote, "You know me. Support my business before you support a stranger's."
And guess what, I've gotten a great response every since. That post led to a few people reaching out to me to work with them in some capacity. 
And guess what, it didn't hurt me one bit to do it. 

The moral? 
Actually, there are several...
1. Closed mouths don't get fed. 
2. It's not your business what other people think of you. 
3. Chances are they ain't thinking about you anyway. 
4. Stop having invisible wars. You can have a whole fight with yourself based on what you think might happen and it could all be just your imagination working against you. 

Open your mouth, and watch things move for you. 
Can I get an amen!?!?

*Photos by Lacoste Photography


Mother's Day...The Aftermath

How was everyone's Mother's Day!?!? 
My Mother's Day was great! 
I actually spent the day recuperating from the night before at Queen Bey's concert. 
Can I just say that LIFE WAS GIVEN! 
I'm a part of the Beyhive but only a general member.
I'm not one of her Worker Bees.
They do way too much! 
Dress by Aakasha on Etsy
Shoes: Aldo (got them last year)
Necklace: Frugalfinds NYC

I promised you a style post didn't I!?! 
Well here it is! 
You have been reading about me trying to build a wardrobe I love and this one certainly makes the cut! 
I tend to use this as my "work dress." 
I wear it to meetings on the behalf of my business or networking events. 
I just switch up the hair and accessories. 
It's black, It's stretchy. It's chic. 
Done and done. 

Thank you to all who ordered from God's Favorite Surprises this weekend! 
It's after Mother's Day but you still can still use MOMFRIEND2016 as a code to get 20% off products and services until May 14. 
Remember, it's for you to buy someone else in your life who is dope! 
Don't be selfish! Share the love! 

(I'm holding one of our limited edition "You Are So Dope" mugs in the shots above! This one is selling out! EEK! )


A Treat for That MomFriend In Your Life!

Mother's Day is in just a few days!

God's Favorite Surprises has the perfect personalized cards and mugs for the favorite mom in your life.
Did you know my line of cards and mugs were exclusively designed by Pardon My Fro!?!
They will only be available for limited time! 

Photos by Pinwheel Portrait
Styled by me!
Look at my mini-me!

Remember, God's Favorite Surprises is not a card company. We are a concierge service. Your Concierge of Kindness to be specific. 

We hand write cards on your behalf to encourage someone, to say thank you or to stay connected. The catch is that we ALSO ship the card to the person for you! One less thing you have to worry about forgetting! 

Thanks for the support in advance! 
And here is a gift! Use code MOMFRIEND2016 to get 20 % off services and products until May 14!

Next week, I will have a style post! I've been feeling inspired and stylish and I have a lot to say these days! 

Oh! And while you are at it, click this link to hear my podcast interview with Womaneur Crush Wednesday where I talk about the spirit behind my brand! 
If you have Itunes, click here and click on the podcast released on 4/19/2016. 

This all ain't for nothing honey! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! and tell me what you think! 


Can't Keep This Girl Down!

What is happening!
So much has had happened since the last time I posted (*cough* in November 2015)
Let's just get started, shall we!
Shirt from Thug Life Shirts
Skirt from ASOS here
Shoes from Nine West
Scarf from Target
Clutch gifted by this chick from Zara
I am at home with the 8 month old.
He. Is. So. Yummy!
He is starting to scoot around and he certainly has an opinion about what he wants to eat everyday.
He has perfected the art of gagging on his food to let you know that he doesn't want to swallow it.
It works every time too.
I just scrape the food he hates off his tongue and go find something else.
Who am I?!?
When did he become the boss of me!?!

I have purged my closet twice.
And guess what.
I seriously don't miss a thing.
I am SUPER particular about what I buy now.
The quest to own only the things you love is an going journey.

In the last 6 months, I have truly experienced people at their worst. I mean at their ABSOLUTE ugliest.
And believe it or not, it's been family that has been doing the DAMN fool lately.
I have witnessed EXTREME selfishness but on the other hand, I have been on the receiving end of amazing acts of SELFLESSNESS.
One act is that my in- laws are literally flying into Houston from Atlanta this summer JUST TO BABYSIT my kids while hubby and I take a trip!
Can you say AMAZING!?!
Who does that!?!?
An awesome mother in law, father in law and sissy n law, that's who!
I love that my children have so many grandmothers and grandpas, aunties and uncles that want to be in their life. It's an absolute blessing.
I do not take it lightly.
The hubby and I finally found a church we love near our new neighborhood and it's been cleansing to have a church home.
We both have been listening to God as he reveals to us how you can be surrounded by toxic people or in toxic situations and not even know it.
It's amazing the older you get how things that's been in front of you all of this time and could have been holding you back are revealed.
Hashtag Growth!
Here are some updates:
Next Sunday, April 24th, I will be a guest speaker at the 'You Are Beautiful" Symposium in Houston! I will specifically speak about Dressing Your Body At Any Size! Can we say AMEN!
I can't thank Kendra of Kendra's Beauty Corner enough! I'm so nervous yet so excited!
Here is the link for more info!
My "Concierge of Kindness" business, God's Favorite Surprises, will also be a vendor at the "You Are Beautiful" Symposium!
We will have limited edition cards and mugs that you can buy for yourself or buy for someone else and we will surprise them with it!
And look at who might be working my booth! (Not really but if it makes you go to www.godsfavoritesurprises.com and place an order, maybe I will make it happen!)
I also am still blogging over at Invisible Crowns (Click here) and loving it! It's the perfect space where I get to share my musings about being a mom with my buddy Nicky.
Today we were actually interviewed for Feature Friday here!
Check it out!
And just because they are so cute, here is a shot of my kiddos at our first family photo shoot together.
Can't wait to get the pics from Pinwheel Portrait!
(Yep, that's her real hair. She will be 3 in a few weeks! Wow!)
What have you guys have been doing since the last time we connected!?
Did you get married?
Get pregnant?
Quit a job?
Got a new job?
Kicked out a boyfriend?
Finally told somebody that they are selfish, judgmental and manipulative?
Got a new car?
Bought a cute skirt?
TELL ME in the comments! I'm NOSEY!
P.S., You can always look for me on social media, mainly Instagram.
@godsfavoritesurprises (My concierge business)

(These are all IPhone pics. I need to get my life in order)
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