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.

How 9/11 Changed My Life

How 9/11 Changed My Life

on September 11, 2001, I didn’t have an ounce of fear in my body. I literally watched my world change before my eyes. I didn’t realize that through all the pain I witnessed and loss of life, I had ...

Self-Love Saturday Selfie #SSS

Self-Love Saturday Selfie #SSS

Saturdays are still the same, only these Saturdays lately, I make it a point to give myself some self-love. I got a mani-pedi one time. Another time I just took the time to relax in a bubble bath. I finished my work early one day and no one was home yet, so I treated myself to my favorite restaurant. It became important for me to give myself some special me-time.

Daddy’s Little Girl

Daddy’s Little Girl

I was so mad at him that I wouldn’t say a word to him to entire week before he left us. My life was so different after that. I was in constant state of confusion and anger because my parents couldn't work it out. No matter how much he gave me over the years, I refused to say, "Daddy".

For Love or Money?

For Love or Money?

When I became a mother my passion for journaling grew exponentially because my girls gave me so much material. I would literally journal nearly three times a day. I'd write letters to my girls on how excited I was to be their mother. I'd write about our daily adventures and how much they were growing. I had so much to say about the beauty of motherhood.

How I lost 70lbs and jump-started my weight loss journey

How I lost 70lbs and jump-started my weight loss journey

After 3 months of this lifestyle change, I had lost 70 lbs.

My Largest Weight Ever!!!

My Largest Weight Ever!!!

...indulging a little too much, and a little too often resulted in a slow gain of 100 lbs pounds by my late-30s.

Hello You!

Hello You!

I’ve been journaling for seventeen years now and have loved every second of it! I decided to add my Journal to a small corner of the Internet.