The Twenty-Second

The Twenty-Second

According to my journal, it all started June 22, 2001. I was fresh out of college and starting a new career. Business was slow so I was journaling about how much this fellow had control over my thoughts. I found myself doubling his name. While my boss was giving me the rundown of my duties for the day and I couldn't help but anticipate my date with Tim.

6 Months Blogging Update

6 Months Blogging Update

I have been blogging for six months now and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, to build a following is a lot of work, but a like or a comment from you makes it all worth it! I want to thank you all for reading & especially for being vulnerable with me and sharing your thoughts and feelings when you feel inspired to. I really appreciate your support, comfort, and love. I read every single comment and it helps to shape LavandaMichelle.com into the best blog possible.

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

Don’t Let Baby Weight Become The Bane Of Your Life

You’ve probably heard horror stories from other moms who have found it impossible to shed their baby weight, and you are terrified that the same thing will happen to you. However, the fact is that if you are mindful of your weight from the get-go, and make a conscious effort to take care of yourself, you shouldn’t find that baby weight is too much of a problem for you.

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

Focus On Fitness: What To Do When Your Motivation Is MIA

We start a fitness regime with great gusto only for our interest to dwindle a few weeks later. Suddenly, that energy has drained from every fiber in our bodies, and the last thing we want to do is hit the gym. If this scenario sounds familiar, and you’re struggling to stay on the exercise bandwagon, you’ve come to the right place. If your motivation is MIA, I'm here to help get you back on track.

A Very Emotional Valentine’s

A Very Emotional Valentine’s

As the nurse wheeled her next to me and helped me raise my bed, she asked if I wanted to hold her. Before she could complete that sentence I had my arms stretched out for my baby. I pulled her next to me and gave her a gentle hug and kissed her head covered by a pink cap. I laid her on the bed and unwrapped her blanket so I could pull her cap off. I said to her, “You have all your toes, and fingers and a head full of curly hair.”

Valentine’s Day 2005

Valentine’s Day 2005

As I sang, tears fell from my eyes because Tim was not there with me. My brother had gone and Zoey looked so much like him and he was also my sunshine. Then the phone rang to my room and it was Tim. His first words to me were, “I love you.” My voice cracked as I uttered, “Then why aren’t you here?” Although I knew the answer, my heart was broken. I couldn’t believe I said those words because my heart screamed, I miss you and I love you too. But my mouth betrayed me and expressed words that I didn’t mean to say.

How to Survive the Emergency Department During Flu Season

How to Survive the Emergency Department During Flu Season

Bringing a sick child to the ED can be stressful, especially this winter with hospitals nationwide reporting record-breaking admissions.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there have been 30 flu-associated fatalities in children since January 13 of this year. For parents who find themselves making a trip to the ED during the winter flu season, CHOC Children's has these pointers:

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

According to my journal, it was Wednesday, February 13, 2002. I was finishing lunch with two of my gal-pals who had given up on Valentine's Day. They both had reasons and I didn’t want to argue. Out of the three, I was the hopeless romantic.

5 Good Habits to Instill in Children

5 Good Habits to Instill in Children

Childhood should be full of care-free fun and happy memories, but that’s not all it is. The job of a parent is to make sure that their children are well-rounded, productive members of society. And while that might seem like a daunting task, most of it comes down to following a few simple habits. If these are instilled in your child from an early age, they’ll be able to stride out into the world the best they can be - and if they’re happy and confident, it’ll be all the more straightforward to take care of all the important tasks in life.

Raising Healthy Babies

Raising Healthy Babies

There are plenty of things that you can do to protect their health, but it is important to make sure you’re not being overprotective. They need to make their own mistakes and find things out for themselves, it is a natural part of learning. But as a mother, this just becomes so hard to do. Don’t be too overbearing, but don’t take too much of a back seat. It is important to remember that there are going to be things that will happen out of your control as well. So if you’re wondering what you can do to make sure you’re raising healthy babies, I’ve created a guide for you outlining some of the best things that you can do.

SunShine Blogger Award

SunShine Blogger Award

Fast forward a couple of decades or three, and I find myself a blogger. As I hear the chimes coming through my computers notifying me that I had a new follower, like, and/or someone commented on my post. I was surprised that one of my newly beloved blogger, Lambam,  had nominated me for the SunShine Blogger award. I humbly smiled and shared the news with my hubby. Then I told him about her blog.

A Pro Guide to Save Enormously on Sportswear Online

A Pro Guide to Save Enormously on Sportswear Online

In today’s society, online shopping is one of the most trending forms of shopping. Now, most of the people prefer to buy things from the online store rather than physical store due to the shortage of time and occupied schedule. Wondering how to save more money on your shopping? From your weekly exercise wear to your next gym wear purchase, here are a few smart, manageable, money saving tips. Here in this post, I have a full pro guide to save big money on sportswear Shopping Online.

Your Checklist To Avoid A Stressful House Move

Your Checklist To Avoid A Stressful House Move

You could be moving to a different location, needing something bigger, maybe even looking for something smaller. Either way, you need to sell your home and relocate. This may seem like a monumental task, but don’t worry. Below is your go-to checklist to take you from wanting to live somewhere else to kicking off your shoes and having a relaxing evening in your new home.

The 2018 Bundle Festival

The 2018 Bundle Festival

With this Ultimate Bundles Festival (or UBFest, for short), each day you’ll have a chance to buy one amazing bundle that’s at least 93% off retail value, but ONLY until midnight each day will you be able to snag that day’s bundle.

The Bridge Between A Blog & The Big Time

The Bridge Between A Blog & The Big Time

For a lot of people, being able to make money through something like a blog will probably sound far-fetched. Of course, to achieve something like this, you’ll have to gain popularity, fighting for the top spot amongst loads of other blogs. This will be a long journey, with most people doing it for fun rather than trying to make a living. With this approach, though, it can be impossible to find the next step you need to take when your blog reaches this level. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the common routes which people will take when starting their career as a blogger.

Escape The Snow Travel Gift Guide

Escape The Snow Travel Gift Guide

After a wonderful dinner with my family, I grab the travel guide and I dream of any place to escape the snowstorm we find ourselves in the middle of. Then I sit and write a list of the things I will need for this trip. I also included the picture to help my hubby as he is the one who will receive my finished travel gift guide.

Essential Advice for a Calm and Relaxed Pregnancy

Essential Advice for a Calm and Relaxed Pregnancy

The advice you’re going to find right here will help you to stay calm and relaxed 100% of the time, and that’s something that will benefit your body and your baby. So read on now if you want to start learning.

Stay In Good Shape

Stay In Good Shape

So many people adopt the classic mentality of buying a gym membership that they never use or assuming that “dieting” means starving yourself until you’ve lost weight and then resuming your old diet as normal. Being truly healthy isn’t about achieving quick results; it’s about creating a lifestyle that you’ll be able to maintain on a permanent basis. Sometimes, that does mean you’ll only see results gradually but you’ll be able to maintain those good results forever if you stick to your healthy routine.

Fitness Ideas To Expand Your Horizons

Fitness Ideas To Expand Your Horizons

If you have felt the pressing need to try something new, then trying an outside-the-box fitness idea might be just what you need. Say goodbye to the gym, the weights, and the same old pilates stretches, and embrace something truly different that still provides a route to reaching your fitness goals.

And The Award Goes To

And The Award Goes To

Thank you to Vidya for awarding the Liebster to me! I love her blog and definitely thrilled that she thought I deserve this award. Thank you to my family, friends, and followers as well for being a wonderful support system.

I Love You

I Love You

When I was a teenager, I felt that I would end up meeting this godly, virtuous, beautiful, intelligent, poetic, classy, and funny girl. She would be strong with a little attitude, have an affinity for hip-hop and R&B, and most of all, love God. I was young but my thoughts were old. I wasn't rushing the day to come but I felt in my soul that it eventually would. One day it actually did and I knew it that very same day. 

Remembering Valentine’s Day

Remembering Valentine’s Day

I did know one thing and that was that I didn’t feel that love for him – the kind that my gal-pals were expressing for their boyfriends. I loved that we could talk about anything and that he made me feel safe. I loved receiving and sending him letters. I loved encouraging him and being there for him while he served our country. I thought it was noble of him. After a few years of dating and meeting his family, I realized I was in love with the idea of love, but not with him.

How To Adapt Your Work Life To Pregnancy

How To Adapt Your Work Life To Pregnancy

You’re going to want to make sure that you have a comfortable pregnancy. And if you want to have a good year too, that means you have to make some adaptations to your daily life. But I'm not just talking about getting your husband to do the dishes because that’s not going to take a load off of the biggest chunk of your day - work. So here’s how you can adapt your life at work to make your pregnancy more comfortable.

Take Control of Your Own Life

Take Control of Your Own Life

We never truly are in control of our own lives. We need money, which means we have to work, which means we spend our whole lives working to see most of it thrown away to living. When you think of it like that, it is a pretty daunting thought. But, there are ways you can take control of certain aspects of your own life. All you have to do is have the willpower to do so. Because even though there are certain aspects, such as work, that we can’t control, the ones we can control we often can’t be bothered to do so.

Get Your 2017 Instagram Best Nine

Get Your 2017 Instagram Best Nine

As I look back on 2017, I take a moment to reflect on my passion turn revenue source, my blog. I wrote my first blog four and a half months ago and I started an Instagram account shortly after that.  While on Instagram last week I noticed a post displaying 2017 Best Nine Collage. I thought it was a cool thing to like back at my account and see which post perform the best.

Enhancing Lives in 2018 One Family Member At A Time

Enhancing Lives in 2018 One Family Member At A Time

Many people fall into the trap of trying to do too much. In truth, you can enhance the lives of the most important individuals in your life with just a single gesture for each.

Learning to Love Yourself and Your Body

Learning to Love Yourself and Your Body

One of the biggest reasons for people wanting to lose weight and get fit in the first place is because they want to look good. While it can be the motivation that helps you get fit, you can’t make it your only goal. Your motivation should be to improve the overall health of your body, to learn to respect it and treat it with the care it deserves, not because you want to shape it into a body that you desire.

Don’t Stop Until Your Blog Is Engaging

Don’t Stop Until Your Blog Is Engaging

It is the secret ingredient for succeeding in the twenty-first century. The problem is, people still aren’t quite sure how to make their blogs engaging enough to convert.

Creating The Perfect Baby Sleep Space

Creating The Perfect Baby Sleep Space

One of the biggest challenges in motherhood is the lack of sleep. Exhaustion is no joke, but from the third trimester onward, exhausted is exactly what you are. There are many books that you can read to tell you how to make your baby sleep through the night, but all the literature and all the articles in the world have no impact on the baby – they haven’t read them!

Getting the Most from Your New Workout Regime

Getting the Most from Your New Workout Regime

There’s no point working hard to achieve your goals for a few days and then giving up. Bear in mind that results aren’t going to be immediate. You need patience. But when you do start seeing positive changes in your figure, stamina, and overall wellbeing, everything will be worth it! So, even if you’re feeling a little lazy or down one day, make sure you still stick to your plan and attend any classes or sessions you’d originally planned to.

New Years Day

New Years Day

As I heard the door lock one tear fell from my eye. My grandma walked over to me and said, “Now, your Mom is sad that you did say goodbye.” I ran to the door and I caught her before she left the porch and screamed, “I love you mommy and I’m still mad!” She turned and smiled as she blew me a kiss and mouthed, I love you too. 

Letters To Santa

Letters To Santa

This was I really really really tried my hardest to listen to Tonja, but she gets on my nerves. She always takes my doll without asking and she doesn't let me play with her dolls. She even told my mom that I took a candy cane off the tree even though she did to. I will try harder next year. School is fun my new teacher Mrs. Matthews allows me to help in class, I love to be a helper. I also won first place in the science fair for my volcano. I hope you like the cookies we made, I made the one with the red and white snowflakes.   P.S. Santa: I know I haven't asked you for anything in years, but this year I would love a Subaru Forester.  I so love this vehicle and it is perfect for my family.  I promise to drive with care.

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

My favorite part of the letter and the thing that made me the proudest was when he wrote that not only were my parents taking over some of his responsibilities, but he would also need me to take over some responsibilities as well.

5 Family Bonding Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss

5 Family Bonding Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss

Having a tight-knit family can really change how your kids feel when growing up, and it can teach them about your values and how to act around others. It’s important for you to set a good example for them and make sure they are happy.

3 Ways Blogging Improves Your Life

3 Ways Blogging Improves Your Life

When you develop a blog and cultivate a readership, you’re essentially sectioning off a corner of the internet that’s just for you. If there’s a burning topic you want to discuss or just a place you want to vent and be understood, then your blog provides the opportunity to do just that.

Think Fitness Isn’t For You?

Think Fitness Isn’t For You?

So no, fitness doesn’t have to be exclusive to people who can focus on something with all of their energy. Even if you just have five minutes to spare or you can’t afford a gym membership, you can do some lunges with nothing more than a bit of space and know-how.

5 Places New Moms Can Turn To For Support

5 Places New Moms Can Turn To For Support

A huge number of women will turn to their parents for support when they have just given birth. You will find yourself leaning on your own mom a lot, as she has been there, done it, and experienced it-- as a result, her pearls of wisdom are always going to be valuable.

Last-Minute Christmas

Last-Minute Christmas

If you have to do things last-minute, it makes it even more difficult to create a magical day. I have some useful tips for creating a magical experience that's fun for the whole family - including you.

Summer of ’01

Summer of ’01

We laughed and joked and talked and what seemed like 20 minutes was actually 3 hours. The night was approaching fast. My mother sent my sister out to tell me about dinner and we started saying our goodbyes. Once again, we got caught up in another 20-minute conversation that lasted another 3 hours. The porch light had come on and I recall telling him, “I enjoyed our conversation, but I really have to go. I start my new job tomorrow and I need to rest.” He asked for my number and I told him, “If I see you again, I will bless you with my number.”

Nineteen Seventy-One

Nineteen Seventy-One

Although I wasn’t originally sold on the idea, I came to believe we shared a story that was meant to be. Whatever the future holds, every moment we’ve shared together and apart has shaped the people we are today.

A Zebulon Thanksgiving

A Zebulon Thanksgiving

As I walked in the door, I smelled the food cooking and the aroma of Thanksgiving making my stomach growl. I was admittedly distracted by her eye-catching fall decor. I was more amazed by the work she did on her mantle. It was absolutely stunning.

ThanksGiving

ThanksGiving

While in college, I spent Thanksgiving with my sister Debora and her new son, Sean. I remember talking on the phone with my mom the entire time while I tried to recreate her stuffing. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. I was crushed when I realized I didn’t have Sage and there was no store open.

The Weekend (Part 2)

The Weekend (Part 2)

Then there was a moment of silence followed by fast approaching footsteps coming down the stairs.  I look to see her standing there out of breath as a few drops of tears fell down her eyes. "Come and watch Stranger Things with me you big baby,"

The Day After Halloween

The Day After Halloween

Sometimes, when I was too excited to sleep, I’d sneak in the hall and watch my parents decorate and I would fall asleep there with my cat, Sheba.

The Weekend

The Weekend

I was happily surprised today when one of my daughters came to me and wanted to know if she could share her story on my blog. OMG! Tears. I couldn't deal. So today I would like to introduce you to my creatively unique 11-year daughter, Zaya. The following is part 1 of  "The Weekend."

She’s My Hero

She’s My Hero

My heart melted for my mom in a whole new way. I felt the love that she had for my brother and her cultivating of his imagination.

2-Month Blogging Update

2-Month Blogging Update

I published my first Blog on August 19, 2017. It was a short introduction to me. I was so nervous because all I knew was journaling. It was my very own self-therapy. It has always been effective and it only cost me a journal and some ink.

Lavanda Michelle now on Youtube!!

Lavanda Michelle now on Youtube!!

It was so much fun making this video with my hubby and learning more about technology. I look forward to making more of these and sharing my experiences through this medium. In the meantime, go ahead and subscribe to my channel. Thanks!

An Autumn I will Always Remember

An Autumn I will Always Remember

According to my journal, it was Saturday, October 12th, 2002. I was awoke refreshed from a good night’s sleep. My little miracle, Zyan slept well the entire night. I remember looking at the alarm clock – it was 7:02 a.m.

How Intermittent Fasting Aided In My Weight Loss

How Intermittent Fasting Aided In My Weight Loss

This is the method I used to jumpstart my weight-loss journey which helped me to lose 70 pounds within 90 days.