The last three years have been great, I have connected with other moms, made new friends, live and socially.

BUT.

There is always a but, how effective is my platform. I am always at a cross roads as to what content to post that will create a discussion. When you look at all the social media influencer pages everything is prim, proper, beautiful, even mystifying with bold pictures.

BUT.

At first, I truly blogged in hopes of gaining followers and being labeled as an “influencer.” Securing the bag and gaining popularity was high on the list.

But now that my kids are growing, I cannot help but notice the world and the times we live in. To be a great parent is to make your mark, set paths and examples and legacy for your kids. The ultimate goal: for them to have and be better than what you are.

We are living in horrible times with that demon and his inept wife as president, yes I said it, I have no sympathy for her either. Women have often been just as treacherous as their racist and bigoted counterparts.

Being a racist is becoming popular. Hatred is becoming popular. Violence is popular. And it could happen to anyone at anytime.

No racism has always been there. We’ve just never seen it’s ugly face displayed as often as we see on TV.

I loathe him and all that his administration and followers stand for.

There is no safety, no peace, no kindness, no compassion, no tolerance and lastly there is no GOD in this administration.

Haven’t you noticed?

I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career I have a responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular.’ – Beyonce

At this point in my life, at 40, popularity isn’t even a goal for me. Change is. Doing what is mandatory for my kids to thrive in America. I want to use this platform to shed light on the good in the world but also the worst of it.

But first, VOTE them out of office. I’m with Maxine Waters, if you see them in public, let them know how you feel. After all they work for us, our voices.

The youth of today began this millennial movement for change with the March for Our Lives movement to change gun laws.

I am delighted young people are aware and involved. Watch out!

I hope you’re registered because voting, not just in the presidential election, but primary elections will change this presidency. Vote out the senators, state representatives and lawmakers that do not have our best interests at heart. You can register and check to see if your registration is still valid here it only takes 30 seconds.

Do you know her?

Her name is Nia Wilson.

Say it with me.

Say her name.

Nia Wilson.

If you haven’t heard of her please click here to be informed. She was the victim of a horrible white supremaciat stabbing attack that took her life and left her sister critically injured.

I mean what in the fuck is going on.

Being racist is becoming popular. Hatred is popular. Violence is popular. And it could happen to anyone at anytime.

Yes, even you.

We have loads of work to do. It’s cool to post your beauty hacks, dopest outfits and places and people you have seen. Enjoy life, really enjoy it. But can you really be at peace when another’s life doesn’t matter, isn’t fully capable or allowed to enjoy the liberties and freedoms of the world.

But don’t forget life outside those squares is real. I hope you are using your voice for change as well. We can’t be distracted by what only makes us feel good. We have to always be affected by that lump I our throats, the drops of our stomach and tearing eyes to stay connected to each other I this world .

It’s really simple, the solution that is.

LOVE.

I know it cliche but it’s the truth. Because within love you find, peace, hope, faith and ACTION. Love is all of those things but most of all, it’s a verb.

Love is action.

So I will be at rallies this year, protest, signing petitions, making donations and whatever it takes to make change happen.

But until then I will enjoy babies and my family in my lifetime and pray this world will be different for #dembabies

Blessings!!

xo,

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vegan chickpea curry

*****the opinions expressed in LCC are just that, MY two cents!! ****

This vegan thing is getting way out of hand. I’m hooked on the chickpeas and curry recipes. Both have extremely helpful benefits for you as well. See here and here.

At first this was just a seven day kind of thing but now it’s been 16 days and I’m kinda liking it. Don’t get me wrong I caved in for some hot wings a several days ago. My ultimate goal is to reduce the meat intake. I’m transitioning… barely vegan!

So I made this Chickpea Curry and it was delicious nevertheless.

Okay so let’s get to the recipe.

It’s fairly simple the entire time was about 10 minutes prepping and 10-15 minutes cooking time.

I uploaded the video for this recipe as well!

But if you need to see it like me as well, keep scrolling!

First you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Veggies (I used spinach, Ive used carrots and potatoes before)
  • Spring H2O to dilute to thickness desired
  • Basil leaves
  • Bay leaves for rice
  • Basmati/Jasmine rice

I first began to cook my rice, it will be finished by the time the curry is done.

Sautée onions until clear for about 5 minutes. Add garlic next and cook for five minutes more.

Next add your can of coconut milk and stir. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add chickpeas, green onions, tomatoes, soy sauce and simmer. After about 5 minutes add your spinach or depending on what veggies you have. For example carrots and potatoes should be added early on. Soup will cook longer as well so turn your heat down.

Squeeze lime juice in now or wait until you’ve fixed your bowl. I like the sour taste afterwards!

I hope you try it and tell

Me what you think? I’m ready to venture out to more vegan delights, what do you suggest?

*****the opinions expressed in LCC are just that, MY two cents!! ****

xo,

Jada

just say no to school

I think somebody is ready for pre-school…

I create a schooling activity with Sage for about an hour or so a day, hell, 10 minutes most of the time. It’s mostly sporadic throughout the day but consistent.  We read the Sage the same book over and over for about a month.  That was a tip from a schoolteacher.  He recognizes sounds, knows A,S,Z (in that order) and knows his name when he sees it.

consistency.

I am winging this basically. BUT he can say thank you, please, and covers his mouth when he coughs. #thatsmyboy I want him to be polite first as well as smart.

Please and thank you will take you a long way!

I feel a little less guilty when he pulls out his school books!  My fiancé and I have mulled over the idea of homeschooling but I’m not sure if I’m quite organized enough. I read to Sage pretty much every night and I can see him picking up on certain pages and says what’s he’ll see next.  I feel as though I am holding him back from learning and discovering new skills, life skills too.

Socially, I want him to come be aware of other people and their differences.  But it’s a scary world.  I don’t want to instill the fear I have for him, not only as my child but as a BLACK child.  Most of the world doesn’t seem to care for or about them.

Now what the real deal is….. I don’t want NOBODY to mess with my kids.  There are so many crazy things and people, it’s incomprehensible.

I just have to pray and ask for discernment.  And a prayer of protection over them too.

progress.

I love watching him grow and learn and figure things out on his own. I’d like to think I helped in those decisions he’s making. *toot toot but I still take first priority in teaching him manners.

I love polite children.

I believe manners come with discipline so I’m getting a twoofer.

What convinced you to do homeschooling?

 I would love to hear tips and suggestions!

thank you for reading.

please come again.

be happy.

jada

toddler outings 

June is here and summer is around the corner.  The kids will be starting preschool in August and I am not feeling that.

Another post.

I want to spend as much time with the boys as I can before their first day.  I am really sad about that too.

So June is full of activities and I want to share a few of the events we will be visiting this week permitting the weather holds it together.

I’m not sure where you’re from but Atlanta always has tons of activities to do year round but the summer is when the festivals, summer concerts and family friendly activities really begin.  I read a few magazines to find things to do like Atlanta Parent, The Creative Loafing and Georgia Family Magazine.

Click the links for more detailed information.

monday. 

We’re in for the day after the weekend activities but we will work on ABC flash cards and do our regular which is lunch in the park by our house at Clayton County International Park.


tuesday.

We’re headed to Tot Spot at Atlantic Station.  We haven’t been here before but I hear a lot about it.  We (I) can’t wait for Tuesday to roll around.  This week it’s a tennis theme sponsored by BB&T.

wednesday. 

This week we’ll take Marta, our public transportation system here in Atlanta to Centennial Park and do lunch.  I know it sounds mundane but the sounds and the people watching make for great a day out and Sage loves trains so I can’t wait to see his face.



thursday. 

We’re headed to story time and arts and crafts at The Atlanta Baby Exchange.  We’ve been going here for a over a year now and have grown with the other moms and tots.  We love Ms. Tovliyaa, our story reader!

Pic courtesy of ABE

friday. 

Summer in the City begins in Downtown Decatur from 5-11.  A family friendly festival where the streets meet the beach.  

saturday. 

This is Juneteenth month and we’re going to the Juneteenth Festival with YaYa.  So pack your chairs and pull up to watch the parade.

What are you guys up to his week? Hope to see you at some of these events!

be happy.

Jada 

Eyecandy Project 52: Week 1

So begins the photography challenge with Everyday Eyecandy’s Project 52 to fine tune my new found photography hobby.  The theme for week 1 is WHO ARE YOU? Visit her website to check out the details.

I posted this pic yesterday on the blog to introduce the photography challenge for the week.  I decided to use it because it celebrates and captures who I am in the moment. It’s an ever changing growth process.

 

“I am a mommy who revels in loving this little guy who turns three months old today! Happy birthday baby! 🎉🎊 I am a girl who enjoys the simple things in life like love, big laughs, funky socks and digging into a big ‘ol bowl of cereal at night while twiddling my toes.”

The themes for this challenge are pretty interesting and will be challenging for me but I will tap into my gift of creativity and click what I see! Won’t you join in?!?!

 

Everyday Eyecandy weekly themes.

Will you try this challenge? I’d love to see your pics!  Leave a comment here, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

****the opinions expressed on LCC are exactly that, MY two cents!!****