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Maternity Wear Brands to Love

Besides eating whatever I wanted and being doted on by family and friends, my favorite part of being pregnant was super cute and stylish maternity clothes. I couldn’t bear living in leggings and oversized shirts for 9 months! While maternity items tend to cost more than standard sizes, here are some brands with affordable prices and options to suit any style:

Old Navy Maternity– With staples from outerwear, tops and accessories you can’t lose. Most regular sized items are also available in maternity sizes. Always a good deal to be had with rolling discounts, sales and clearances.

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School Daze

Always looking for a fun way for my son to go to daycare and rep his cool kid persona. He’s a pretty tall kid, so his pants become short quickly and turn into high-waters after a couple wears; here’s a cool way to show off that look! Capri style pants are definitely in. Cuff those pants/ roll them up and rock them with skippy loafer style boat shoes. We also matched Kaiden’s personalized birthday themed onesie from http://www.lilinash.com with this outfit. Check out my cool kid!

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Get my mommy look- B$%#! Stole my LOOK

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Coat- $11 Target (Ever see a really inexpensive coat but you realize its missing something? I got this coat on sale at target for $11, removed the belt and added a vintage fur collar and broach to it. Everywhere I go someone ask… where’d you get that coat!

Dress- $10 Marshall’s

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Rope Belt- $0.99 Marshalls

Boots- $15 Shoe Dazzle (Oldie, but a goodie. I got these when I first signed up and they were 70% off my first purchase and then I canceled my membership a few months later.

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“I have a dream”- Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I still have a dream; deeply routed in the American dream”, is a quote from the famous “I have a dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963. This race relation speech is a staple of words that can be used as a measuring tool of sorts to gage in 2016 if we have advanced within our race war from the 60s to now. Unfortunately, things seem to have digressed oppose to getting better. As I watched “The View” today on my given day off to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., it was reported in 2010, 76% of Americans felt as if race relations were becoming more equal in America and in 2016 only 34% found that statement to be true. How sad is it, that as time evolves, we as a people, American people, have reverted back to a slave mentality. Where did we go wrong? Why are things going backwards opposed to forward?

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The year of the Do’ers! Happy 2-0-1-6

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Tips for a Successful 2016!

So of course like a birthday, the New Year signifies a milestone in which you can look back, reflect, get mad, start over, and redo what hasn’t been done the year before. You see all these post of New Year, New ME; followed by a ton of naysayers and people who predict that you will give up and forget your yearly goals after the 5th day in the year. Even though, this is common practice and many don’t follow through with their New Year, New ME, new resolution mentality, we are here to share some key tips on how you can have a successful 2016.

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Lackadaisical Mommy

120309002_Booth_Woo_376192cAnyone else lackadaisical moms like me? So this morning I got up bright and early… sick as ever… laid in bed coughing up my lungs and kidney, suffering from the flu, knowing good dag on well I should of gotten the flu shot, and finally decided to roll out of bed at 830am. So I crawl and got myself ready and then my son Kaiden. As I got to the daycare, only 2 minutes away from my house…. things looked a bit strange. The lights were off… Christmas tree lights out… no kids in sight… back door closed…. no toys scattered across the yard. I began the frantically call my day care provider… no answer… then it dawned on me… I immediately contacted a parent I had as a facebook friend and she informed me the DAY CARE IS CLOSED TILL JAN.4th. I was shocked. No one told me… well not verbally anyway (Kanye shrug). You know those notices they put in your kid’s bag pack and it says, “URGENT PLEASE READ”, the notice I threw to the side and said whatever ill read it later… yea that paper, that notice, that important piece of information. What an oversight. I must get my life right in 2016. What will I do when my little guy starts school in 2 years? I need to get it together. I have no idea how to be a functioning parent (says this sarcastically). I lied when I said I could do it all. SHEESH! –unorganized parent

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Father-Son beef? Whats beef?

shaniqua-tompkins-reveals-dirty-secrets-about-50-cents-alleged-abusive-pastWhen you google 50 Cent son beef, a slew of headline appear, “50 Cent threatens to shoot his son on Instagram” “50 Cent disowns his son in alleged brutal text exchange” “Rapper Calls 16-Year-Old Son ‘F*Cking Crazy, Stupid, Little A**Hole” and the list continues. I am disheartened by the headlines that expose such a strained relationship between a son, his mother, and his father. I am a big fan of Curtis Jackson, fitty, 50 Cent, the Queens born native who has what seems like a nothing to something success story, but it confused me why Iyanla or Dr.Phil or damn it even Oprah hasn’t stepped in to help mend this messy ass situation that seems to have been going on for years now. I love a good success story of a person that has made it from the bottom and now they are on top… but to what expense? 50 has a hit series on TV, he’s stared in reputable movies and he has a very successful rap career, but to me the one job that you should be doing the best at… you seem to be doing the worse? I hate that as an adult he is publicly going back and forth with his son and his son’s mother. It’s deplorable and disgusts me as a woman and mother to see. In my head (of course none of my opinion really matters, because its only that… my opinion), the perception I have of Curtis James Jackson III is this cocky, New York, street dude who curses you out and spits on you if he doesnt successfully get your number as hes standing at the bodega with his boys and you are walking past… and he also seems like he has the personality of that sweet guy that would buy you door knocker earrings with your names sprawled out in diamonds with a matching Chanel bag with a note inside that said, “If I got locked up and sentenced to a quarter century, could I count on you to be there supporting me mentally?” My kinda guy lol (Ready to die was MY SH%T! (50 Cent debut album))”, but he’s really tripping and I am at lost to why hes handling this situation with his son so poorly. I can’t imagine his sons hurt seeing how he boastfully flaunts his new son all over his Instagram page and having him grow up with his dad being this active “good dad” role… how hurtful for his eldest son, Marquise Jackson. Of course I don’t know the back story and of course I have no idea what role Marquise’s mom plays in 50 not having a relationship with his son, but his son is now a young adult, if Curtis wants to foster and build a relationship with this young man, he can. It just really bothers me to see this get played out publicly and having him “diss” his son repeatedly. I’m sure his son’s “I don’t care” attitude just shows hurt and embarrassment he really is.  It’s sick… and I just worry about what kind of man his son and father his son will become. This is a young man that wasnt loved by his father, one that was publicly ridiculed by the one person I am sure hes always wanted approval from, one that gave him the face he wears. I’m not sure what I want from 50. This is the person that allegedly, the news or blogs (same difference), reported that he burned down his house that his baby mother lived in because she wouldn’t willingly leave the home, why do I expect more from this man… I still do though. The situation is sad and I just hope that we as parents start to look at some of the damage we are doing to our kids. We are adults and need to look at the bigger picture and put our pride and ego’s aside. Looks like the son, his mother and 50 have so much built up animosity from this strained long going tumultuous fight… but who will be the bigger person to repair this relationship? Anyone? 50 continues to blame his son’s mother for this disconnect with his son and then tells media outlets he wants to focus on his relationship with his second son, since he has none with his first. Is it me, or does this seem asinine and destructive either way… you’re still not getting into heaven bruh, its still wrong; just sharing my thoughts. What do you think about this rocky, father-son relationship? Check out more at http://www.twobrooklynbabes.com 2016 im trying to write more. back to basics.

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Happy Veteran’s Day and shout out to the Mommy Vets

I remember in the early 2000’s after high school when one of my girlfriends said she was joining the military. I thought it was so cool and actually something I considered for myself not knowing the direction life would take me after completing my education. I looked into it… but it never happened. My good friend joined the air force and while she was in the military… she had a beautiful baby girl. Fast forward to the Afghan war post 9/11; she was there. Holding a big gun on tv and wishing her family in Brooklyn a Happy Holidays. I remember I couldn’t stop crying. Her daughter was young at the time… and her mom was caring for her daughter… but still. Now that I am a mother, I can’t even fathom that life changing decision. I know mothers separated from their children as early as image49 image50 image48 image47a couple off to serve. Your kid barely knows who you are at that point. That’s an age where they need you so critically. Its scary to even think about. But you know what… These mama’s made the sacrifice; and for that… I am grateful. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.months to go off to serve. Your kid barely knows who you are at that point. That’s an age where they need you so critically. Its scary to even think about. But you know what… These mama’s made the sacrifice; and for that… I am grateful. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.

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My little guy’s haircut

Surprisingly… hair cuts havent been bad. Kaiden says he doesnt want to get one…. but they take about 5 – 10 minutes and as soon as hes about to get fussy, I can say look….. your done. This is my son getting a big boy cut this past weekend.

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Daddy Halloween

Saw this guy and he looked super cute with his baby in a carrier on Halloween. What did you dress up as?
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