Creative Galaxy Inspiration: “Make a ‘Bueberry’ Pizza”

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

One of the things I really enjoy about being a mom is having an excuse to do arts and crafts without people looking at me like I’m crazy. If you follow my public instagram account, you know that I love crocheting because it’s relaxing, and because it’s also introduced me to other types of crafts like the time I tried to make buttons. My newfound love for crafting is also being passed down to Sesame. One of the first crafts I did with him was edible finger painting and I even let him finger paint cards that he sent his grandmothers for Mother’s Day.

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Mind Right Monday: Relax, Relate, Release

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Mind Right Monday link-up hosted by yours truly, Dani from Ok, Dani and Reese from Reese and Coco. Just make a post that includes 1) your GOALS for the week and 2) what you’re GRATEFUL for, and BOOM You’re Done!! Oh and link up your post at the end… (If your post doesn’t meet those two requirements, it will be deleted)
Here’s how I did last week…
  • Catch up on all grading (seriously it’s a massive pile right now)
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal

Yea I only accomplished one of my written goals. I did also manage to finish all open custom orders for Hook Smart though.

This week’s (main) goals
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal

I am grateful for…

  • Sleep (Sesame has been sleeping more, which means I’ve been sleeping more)
  • Clothing Sales (I snagged some nice fall pieces last week )
  • My son’s relationship with his grandparents. Even though neither set live here, he still talks to them regularly and gets excited to see them.
  • Having options

What’s on your list this week? What are you giving thanks for this week?

 


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Type-A Conference Recap: Baby Food, Disney, and New Friends

This post is long overdue, but as some of yall know I attended my first blogger conference during my birthday week. The first day of the conference was my actual birthday, which I was nervous about but it worked out for the best. I wanted to write this the week after, but life happens and it honestly gave me some time to reflect on the experience as a whole. Here are a few of my highlights from the weekend:

1. Eating Baby Food…

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Okay I know that seems a little strange, but go with it lol. One of the sponsors from the conference was Beech-Nut,  a baby food company. They’re rebranding and created an amazing new line of baby food that actually tastes like food. Seriously, we sampled a ton of it and I even took there #NotBabyFood Challenge.

 

Aside from being pleased with the fact that the food tastes like FOOD, I really enjoyed meeting the people who work for the company. They were honest and genuine, and spoke to all of us like we were people and not just another way to advertise their products. Sesame is two and a half, so his baby food days are done, but I enjoyed their food so much I told them to come out with healthy toddler/preschool snacks next.

2. The Disney Party

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There was a Disney party on my BIRTHDAY!!! Yes, you read that correctly. If you really know me, you know that I’m a big Disney fan and that Belle is my favorite princess. Costumes were encouraged, but not required. I went as a modern day version of Belle or what I imagine she would look like if she were around in 2014… oh and Black lol.

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3. Making new friends/Meeting them IRL

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Lindsay from RedHeadBabyMama via her Instagram acct

I’ve gone to academic conferences in the past, so I know all about the conference experience, but I was surprised to leave with new friends. In the past, I’ve attended the conference with a group of friends from school and kind of ended up stuck to them. Sure, I’ve talked to other scholars at these conferences, but it’s really hard to make a new friend when you’re trying to make sure you sound intelligent at all times. By lunchtime on the first day, I had already been approached by one person who follows Hook Smart on Instagram and sat at a table with women who read my post on Ferguson. Every time I looked like a deer in headlights because of my shyness and anxiety, someone would come up and ask me if I needed help or tell me to sit with them. We were all there to learn about growing our blogs, so I expected a little competitiveness, but everyone I spoke with was very helpful and didn’t mind sharing their “secrets.” Plus, it was so awesome to finally meet some of the bloggers I follow online in person. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I know I’ll see them next year.

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Fadra modeling one of my Hook Smart creations. Picture via her blog, All Things Fadra

 

With a bunch of the ladies from Georgia Social Media Moms and one of the nominees for the "We Still Blog Award" via A Bug and a Bee

With a bunch of the ladies from Georgia Social Media Moms and one of the nominees for the “We Still Blog Award” via A Bug and a Bee

 

There are so many other things that I enjoyed, but since my blog isn’t about “how to blog” I won’t bore you with the details. There are some other things that will creep up in posts over the next few weeks though.   Have you ever attended a blogging conference? What was your experience like?

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Mind Right Monday: Grading, Grading, Grading…

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Mind Right Monday link-up hosted by yours truly, Dani from Ok, Dani and Reese from Reese and Coco. Just make a post that includes 1) your GOALS for the week and 2) what you’re GRATEFUL for, and BOOM You’re Done!! Oh and link up your post at the end… (If your post doesn’t meet those two requirements, it will be deleted)

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Last (well two weeks ago) goals…. I didn’t finish most of my goals, so I’ll just bold the ones I did and let it go for now. 

  • Workout and Meditate (I’m not going to say how many times a week)
  • Add new neck warmer styles and candy corn hats to my Etsy shop
  • Design gift card for Hook Smart
  • Finish 3 out of 5 outstanding Hook Smart orders
  • Brainstorm next post in the Raising an Advocate series (what y’all wanna talk about?)
  • Conference decompressing (organize contacts, follow up with folks, read through notes, etc)
  • Plan out special blog posts for the next few months.
  • Catch-up on grading (I’m sooooo behind *sigh*)
  • Email my advisor for real this time (I’m scared…)
This week’s goals seem simple, but they’re going to take A LOT of time
  • Catch up on all grading (seriously it’s a massive pile right now)
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal
I am grateful for…
  • My sisters (the ones who’ve been checking on me lately) they know who they are
  • My “on-line” friends. They’ve really been keeping me afloat lately.
  • My little family
  • Great health insurance

What are you grateful for this week? What’s on your weekly agenda?


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Mommy Sanity Secret: Zifty Delivery

First I want to say that this is not a sponsored post at all and Zifty has no idea that I’m actually writing this post right now.

Okay now that I got that out of the way, here’s some backstory. Before I got married, my bachelorette pad was smack dab in the middle of the city and I had access to tons of different food options (walking distance and delivery). At some point, I discovered Zifty and I think they were still relatively new at that point. Once every two weeks (sometimes once a week), I would order dinner from them and make sure there was enough for lunch the next day. For someone who doesn’t drive, it was a gold mine of yummy food right at my finger tips.

Well when we got married, we moved and our new area didn’t have Zifty as a delivery option. We’ve been here about 3 years and I would randomly think about Zifty and check to see if they delivered here yet, but still no luck. So, imagine my surprise a couple Sundays ago when I saw a Zifty delivery car in our neighborhood. As soon as I got home, I checked to see if they delivered over here and THEY DID!!! Since I had been at a conference all weekend, I hadn’t meal planned or made a grocery list, so I ordered dinner from them the very next Monday. I was so excited I tweeted about it and they of course responded because that’s what companies do nowadays. I was planning to add them to my tricks for staying sane post when I’m overwhelmed with work, but no they get their own post today.

If you’re following on Facebook, you know I’m not feeling the best today. I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with college student germs or something thanks to my wonderful students. I decided that I wasn’t going to make lunch today, but I didn’t want Mr. S to have to pick something up for all of us during our break, so I ordered from Zifty. Once again I tweeted them thanking them for saving me from making lunch today and this was their response:

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So, not only did they respond, Lance (the owner I think) went to my Etsy shop and shared my pumpkin hat on their timeline. Oh and then proceeded to order one for his nephew. Think that’s all? No, he had his wife (I’m assuming) write me a handwritten thank you note for ordering from them.

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I’m pretty sure this is the best customer service I’ve ever received… seriously! If you’re in the Atlanta area, I encourage you to check them out and let them know Danielle from Mamademics sent you!

P.S. I didn’t proofread this post yet because my lunch is waiting…

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