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December 30, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: He Wants It All

I love this song and the lyrics are such a blessing. It makes me want to dance and I probably will...


Have a safe and blessed weekend!
nkoyo

December 29, 2011

A Better Me Challenge


I am uber excited to let you all know that I have joined the A Better Me Challenge run by fellow Mom Blogger and Olympian, Annett Davis of Fit Moms Fits Kids Club. Thanks to twitter and her lovely reminder tweet this morning I am on board.

The A Better Me Challenge starts January 4, 2012 and will run for 28 days. To get us starting the New Year on 'the good foot' (in my James Brown voice). Clearly I am excited about this challenge. I was searching for something to give me daily motivation and that took a holistic approach (mind, body & spirit) and Annett's challenge is going to do just that.

Visit her blog to learn more about the challenge and some tools you'll need for an EXCUSE FREE 28 days. 

Getting ready for the 2012 race season!


nkoyo

2012: Holstee Manifesto

The manifesto below was on a co-workers desk. I started reading it and realized that after the birth of my son I kind of let my self go. I think all moms at some point do this. You think family first and by the time you get to yourself on the list there is no "time".
Cheers! To moms in the New Year and putting time on the calendar for just YOU.


nkoyo

December 28, 2011

WordFUL Wednesday

I noticed that on some blogs and blog challenges there is a post called Wordless Wednesday. Were blogger's post pictures (family photos, cute puppies, babies smiling etc.) instead of the usual post. I decided to do the opposite WordFUL Wednesday. I enjoy positive and inspirational quotes and will be sharing from now on.
So for our first of many WordFUL Wednesdays a quote from Fredrick Douglas...
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
nkoyo

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas ... Happy Birthday Jesus...

I pray everyone has a blessed day filled with love, laughter and great memories.


Donny Hathaway - This Christmas
nkoyo

December 23, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Merry Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year...
I pray everyone is having a blessed holiday season. To the last minute shoppers here are some tunes to help put a pep in your step.

The Jackson 5 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town 

Mariah Carey, John Legend - When Christmas Comes
Have a blessed and safe weekend!
nkoyo

December 16, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Harold & The Purple Crayon

The weekend before last Yus and I went with my brother-in-law, niece, & nephew to see Harold & The Purple Crayon live. It was a great experience and I loved the contemporary dancing. Yus enjoyed the lights and music and even clapped.

It was my first time taking him to a play and because it was interactive I think he enjoyed it a lot more.



Have a safe and blessed weekend!
nkoyo

December 9, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: The Little Drummer Boy

Another proud mommy moment...

My so will be singing (more like standing and dancing) with the children's choir at our church this Sunday. They will be singing a couple of songs including the Little Drummer Boy.

Ah! too cute!



Have a safe and blessed weekend! 
nkoyo

December 6, 2011

Holiday Travel Plans

Off to grandma's house we go...
Growing up I lived just 2 hours (or 1.5 depending on how heavy my moms foot was) from my Nana & Poppy and the decision to fly or drive was always an easy one. I'd have to say that growing up in NJ you were always just a road trip away from NY, Philly, DC and the parks in VA. Now, living in the Midwest is a different story. Yes, in my eyes things are close, 3 hours to the Dells, 4 to St. Louis and 5 to the Mall of America; but I haven't come across many who love to make those kinds of drives on the regular. 
Either way, I have to say, I'd prefer to drive than fly but in the event you can't (like my Chicago to NJ/NC trips) I stumbled upon The Savings Experiment and her lovely Holiday Travel video. She mentions a great site called Befrugal.com where they have a "Fly or Drive Calculator" that calculates costs such as, time spent at the airport and pit stops.
I'll definitely be putting Befrugal.com in my family trip planning arsenal since it was also mentioned it's cheaper to drive when the trip is 4 hours or less. If the drive is planned during nap or sleep time and if there are enough movies and games to play it's definitely do-able. This past September I drove with mom and little sister from NJ to NC like always except this time Yus was with us. So we left at our usual time, 3am and he slept as planned until our first pit stop in VA (4 hours later) at the Cracker Barrel. We did the diaper change, ate, stretched and hit the road again. Four (4) hours and 2 movies later we were at my great-grandma's and he was ready to get out and run free.
Road trips and flights with the little ones take crafty planning but don't hesitate to add 30 minutes or an hour to the trip for the kids to stretch and play. It will do you and them some good. My motto is to tire them out for the ride by any means necessary and the people who look at me crazy in the airport clearly have NO kids at home and get smiles from me in return.
Have fun planning your holiday trips if they are not planned already!
nkoyo

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  


The Robinson ~
nkoyo

November 18, 2011

The Lighting of Magnificent Mile: Sweet Coco's

Yayayay! Mickey, Minnie and the gang are coming tomorrow and I'm definitely more excited than Yus. He has no idea they are coming, let alone who they are. The 20th annual Magnificent Mile lighting kicks off the holiday season here in the Chicagoland area and this year we're having a party.

So, while my SiL is in full on party planner mode. I'm perfecting my Mickey Mouse cupcakes to give to the kiddos. Thanks to Frenchie and Flea's  for the peppermint patties ear idea for the cupcakes and to Martha for a great yellow cupcake recipe. I can say now that I am no longer a box cake girl!  

I started baking last night and will finish tonight (there was no way I could bake 50 cupcakes in one night). I'll wake up early tomorrow morning, decorate and box my Mickey cupcakes and head downtown to my MiL's house for the festivities.

Click here for more info on the 2011 Magnificent Mile lights festival and I'll add some cupcakes pictures to this post over the weekend.


Does your family have any holiday traditions or starting any this year?
EDIT:
Here are the Mickey Mouse cupcakes I made



nkoyo

Weekend Grove Music: Beyonce 'I Was Here'

I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that my parents were able to afford me. I was blessed to go to great schools, meet and make friends from all around the world, and have an awesome relationship with my parents. I thank them for there hard work which in turn showed me that hard work yields greatness.

I feel that I am leaving my mark and want to be able to allow Yus to do the same. I want him to have more than I had, travel further than I have, and leave his mark on this world. I pray the strength and meaning of his name gives him courage to succeed and accomplish much!

Yusuf ~ Arabic for "He shall increase"

Love this video!



Have a safe and blessed weekend ... leave your mark on this world! 
nkoyo

November 14, 2011

Motherhood: A Thankful Job

Over the weekend I had an awesome revelation. I remember being pregnant and speaking with moms and friends and family about becoming a mom. I was so excited to start this new chapter in my life called motherhood with all the ups and downs and lefts and rights that came with it. 

There was one common theme that I kept hearing, "Girl, being a mom is a thankless job". I thought REALLY thankless! Sure our husbands may not wake up every morning and say, "Thank you for going to work, taking care of the kids, cooking, and cleaning." But I'm sure he shows his appreciation on a daily basis, by helping out when needed, keeping his distance during that crucial 'time of the month' and changing that awful diaper that has you gagging.

Think about it, even our kids thank us every day. For instance, like clock work Yus rises at 5:30am, yells into the monitor, and when I turn on the light and say good morning he smiles. That's a thank you. When I get him dressed in the morning and he claps when I pull his shirt over his head and say peak-a-boo. That's a thank you. When I read him a story and he claps. That's a thank you. Every time Yus claps, smiles, giggles or laughs, it means thank you mommy. 

Motherhood is a thankful job. The appreciation is all around us. We just have to accept not always hearing it and instead see it in what our spouses and children do. 


What do the little people and big boys in your life do to say thank you?
nkoyo

November 13, 2011

Sunday Blessings: Children's Service

My husband, is an associate minister at our church, Second Baptist Church in Evanston, and has been selected to teach the youth today. 
He'll be speaking from Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of Bags of Gold/Talents - using what God has given you to make the most out of you have. It reminded me of Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything Silly Song. Showing children that when you don't do anything with you have, it gets you know where in life. No traveling, exploring, learning, or fun with friends, etc.

Loves it! Thanks Veggie Tales!
Be Blessed...
nkoyo

November 11, 2011

West Suburb Activites:

I'm always scouting for weekend and evening activities in the burbs to attend with Yus. These are some really fun one's that work for working moms...
Barnes & Noble Story Time: 
Dupage Children's Museum (DCM) Family Fun Night: 
~ this Friday, 11/11 have fun Sculpting a Fairy Tale in the art studio from 5-7pm and the museum is open until 8pm on Fridays for extra family fun.

nkoyo

Weekend Grove Music: Five Jive w/ Elmo Hammer

Yus loves the "123 Count With Me" Sesame Street movie and his absolute FAVORITE song is Five Jive. He does this circle move with his right foot planted on the ground and the left foot moves him in a circle. Too funny!
Have a great and safe weekend!
nkoyo

November 10, 2011

Easy Prints: Walgreens Photo Center

It's Holiday time and living so far away from my family is tough. We won't be going East this holiday season :( but thanks to Walgreens Photo Center I was able to send Yus' school photos quick and fast. I uploaded the photos, picked sizes, and selected pick up in store. I chose the store closest to my mom and her screech of excitement was confirmation I did a good job. My mom loves prints! She likes to carry them in her brag book and buy cute frames to showcase "GiGi's baby" in her home.

Since, I'm terrible at snail mail these days, even though I carry stamps in my wallet, it just doesn't ever make the mailbox on time. I have to set a reminder on my phone and leave a post-it visible just to remember. Hence, why I love ordering online and shipping directly to the sender. The joys of modern technology. 
nkoyo

November 8, 2011

Well Visits: Cold & Flu Season

Dr. Anderson is an awesome doctor
Yes, it's that time of year again. Two years ago a flu shot was not on my radar. It was for parents and my great-grandma and I was neither. Now, I am all for the flu shot - up to a certain age. 

Have you had your flu shot yet? 

I had mine and Yus had his yesterday along with his other 15 month-old shots. I had to work so, James took Yus to the doctors. Of course pictures were taken to document the moment and Yus was a trooper!

I still believe in the thought that too much medicine will not allow your body not to fight back as hard as it should. So, we try not to give Yus medicine every time his nose runs. Our immune systems are set up to fight and repair. I like to think I'm the female version of Wolverine, the self healing body, a little shake of the head, exercise, orange juice and vitamins does a body good. 

Hope your home is prepared for cold and flu season. Here are some things we added to our grocery list: 
  • disinfecting wipes 
  • honey liquid cold medicine (I still can't swallow pills to well)
  • throat lozenges and spray 
  • tissues w/ aloe and Vic's (AMAZING!)
  • orange & cranberry juice 
  • peppermint tea 
  • honey 
  • apple cider vinegar (mixed w/ warm water and a bit of salt - shake or stir and gargle - on hand in case you run out of throat spray)
What's on your list this cold and flu season?
nkoyo

November 4, 2011

Weekend Groove Music: India Arie

I am going to my first ever natural hair event Treasure Our Tresses with a couple of co-workers. I've been natural (no relaxer) my entire life. This should be lots of fun. So, let's ROCK OUT to India Arie - I Am Not My Hair.


Have a fun, safe and blessed weekend! 
nkoyo

October 31, 2011

Update: Put Down the Pacifier


This is just too cute! Click here to get tips and more videos of Elmo helping kids to be a big kid.
nkoyo

Happy Halloween: Dupage Children's Museum

I was able to take Yus to the Dupage Children's Museum for the Halloween event. The museum is amazing! We stayed about an hour and I had to pull Yus away. He enjoyed playing with the blocks, the music room and I think his favorite was the water and wind area.

Thank goodness the museum provides clothes covers for the water area, otherwise Yus would have been completely soaked. We will definitely be back again soon since we didn't get to see the entire museum. I had to pry Yus away from everything just for him to get through the first floor.

Happy Halloween!!!! Be safe and have tons of fun.
nkoyo

October 28, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Put Down The Pacifier

Oh! Sesame Street how I love thee. Starting today, Elmo is helping kids to put down their pacifier's. It's a week long initiative ending Nov. 4th that will provide daily tips and trips for leaving the pacifier behind and becoming a big kid. Check out the video clip below and I'll be posting more on Put Down The Pacifier this week. 

This is right on time for us. Yus is currently only using his bow-bow for bedtime and extended car rides, which is a huge milestone for us. A few weeks ago his teacher informed me that he hadn't been using his bow-bow during the day or at nap time so there was no need for it anymore at school. So, we decided to do the same thing on the weekends and its been working so far so good. Hopefully this week of tips and tricks will set us over the top. I'd liked to have him off the bow-bow by the New Year.
Wishful thinking?
nkoyo

October 27, 2011

Mom Alert: Mom Banned from McDonald's

A girlfriend of mine, sent me this link earlier today and I was really grossed-out. A fellow mom and doctor, Dr. Erin Carr-Jordan, has been banned from East Valley area McDonald's in Arizona. She started a campaign against dirty restaurant playgrounds which yielded harmful bacteria on playground equipment. Her intent is to get these playgrounds cleaned up and have state and federal government law put into place for regular cleanings of the equipment.
I guess my assumption and my moms too, when I played freely in restaurant playgrounds was that the play area had a cleaning schedule just like the bathroom. Well, I guess not! In an effort to help the cause I have signed the petition on the Kids Play Safe site.
Yus is currently not interested or big enough just yet to play in these play areas but I will have to set some ground rules to make sure he's safe. 
  • No eating in the playground 
  • No touching anything that looks foreign 
  • If you see something foreign, exit the tunnel/ball area (or what have you) and let me know immediately

What do you do with you kids?
 nkoyo

October 26, 2011

Pinterest: Bento Lunches

... so I absolutely love this site. So, many different ideas and crafts to choose from and pin. I stumbled acrossed Bento Lunches yesterday and immediately got excited for my future lunch packing days.

In the spirit of Halloween here is the sandwich monster.

photo credit theberry.com
 nkoyo

October 24, 2011

Workout Train

Yes I am back on the workout train. I started 2 weeks ago with my co-workers, one of which happens to be sixtwentyseven. Below is my work schedule:

Monday: Spin Hybrid Class

Tuesday: C25K - treadmill workout

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Butts & Guts Class

Friday: C25K - treadmill workout

Lets hope this sticks through the holiday season so I can loose some more of this baby weight.
Do you have a workout schedule that's working for you? 
nkoyo

October 23, 2011

Sunday Blessings:

A family that prays together stays together...



Be blessed! 
nkoyo

October 21, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: Change the World

I saw this earlier in the week on CurlyNikki.com and I knew this would be our song for the weekend. Yus loved it, he did his little arm move and squats while the song played.


Check out CurlyNikki.com for an earlier interview with Joey Mazzarino, the creator of Change the World and I love My Hair. Sesame Street you've done it again.

Have a safe & blessed weekend!

nkoyo

October 19, 2011

2 Years Ago Today: My Therapy

On October 19, 2009 I became the 1 in every 3 women that doctors speak of. I had a miscarriage. I didn't know who to reach out too, why it happened to me, or even what it meant for our family's future. 
I remember the pain. Calling my husband, letting him know something just happened and I was leaving work and headed to the doctors office. I called my mom and explained through tears that I had lost the baby in the bathroom and was on the way to the hospital. My doctor (my cousin-in-law) called in an immediate blood test and while waiting for the results she checked me. The first sign of God's presence, my doctor was in the office and had an opening. A family member could deliver the news of the loss and embrace me while I cried. She began explaining the reasons and statics.
  • That something was wrong with the baby and my body decided that rejection was best and not to hold on to the baby.
  • That 1 in 3 women have or will have a miscarriage.
  • That having a miscarriage didn't mean I couldn't get pregnant again or have a healthy pregnancy in the future.
On the way home, I spoke with my mom. She informed me that my paternal great-grandmother had experienced a miscarriage. My first thought was, why didn't I know this? Why had it been kept such a secret? In that moment, I vowed that I would tell my story, whatever the outcome. My mom always taught me, that we as women need to be a support system for one another. But how could we be supportive if we keep painful secrets from one another. How can we support each other through the difficult times if we don't share those moment?
I must be honest, if  it wasn't for my Aunt Glo and my SiL reminding me of faith and that God doesn't put more on us than we can bear. I might not have made it through my own selfish darkness. I say selfish, because as the week went on I had forgotten that such a loss could impact my husband. That he could be feeling pain and uncertainty as well. And that the same questions running through my mind could be racing through his. We had been fighting and blaming one another instead of leaning on and supporting each other.
Once again God showed up, in another talk I had with my Aunt. She reminded me of all the things the doctor had said and told me that my body was built to carry a baby and that it was at it's most fertile. Instead of fight we starting loving and I found myself a year later on October 19, 2010 holding and praying over our son Yusuf. God is so good!
As I reflect back, I know that on this day our marriage became stronger. There is something about experiencing a loss together and growing from it together that makes you closer. I pray my story leaves you with hope and reminds you that the dark cloud doesn't last always.

nkoyo

October 17, 2011

Play Time: Q-Tips

Seriously, I'm starting to wonder if we should even buy toys for my son anymore. He would rather play with Q-Tips. I can get so much done when he has a box. Laundry, dishes, a shower, you name it!

Moms I know you can agree, there is that one commonly used item that your child would rather play with than their toys.

Yus loves his Q-Tips!

nkoyo

October 14, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: New Way To Walk

Since Yus is walking all over the place these days, here is a New Way to Walk with Destiny's Child...


Have a safe and happy weekend! 
nkoyo

October 13, 2011

Sweetest Day

Us Circa 2009
This “Hallmark Holiday” was created in 1921 as a promotion for Cleveland confectioners. This day usually comes and goes in my house but this year we might be celebrating. Saturday night, the marriage ministry at our church is headed to Boocoo, for a dance and potluck.
We do have a birthday party that afternoon, so it really depends on how I feel. Either way, we will be having a date night soon.
nkoyo

October 12, 2011

Fall Season Excitement: Sonny Acres Farm Adventure

This past weekend Yus and I headed out to Sonny Acres Farm. We arrived at about 11:30am and the farm was hoppin'. Not too crowed but just enough to make it an adventure. He had taken a nap on the car ride over so the first 15 minutes was wake-up time. Not so bad, since I had to get my barrings and get tickets for the pony ride and kiddie koral.

The farm is amazing to say the least. It truly does cater to families and has something for everyone. Since, I knew Yus wasn't going to last long. I only purchased 6 tickets, $6. Just enough for the pony ride, 3 tickets and the kiddie koral, 2 tickets per child and 1 ticket for adults (but if you have more than 1 child the adult doesn't need a ticket). 

Mr. Pony

Yus was a little hesitant with the pony. It was funny, the girl that took our picture said, "He's not too impressed with this pony." Hahahah! The ride wasn't too long and I was glad I decided to wear my sneakers instead sandals. Not a good look to have pony poo in the toes.

He walked/ran around the kiddie koral. It's like a small gated obstacle course for the little ones, I'd guess for ages 1 - 7. Yus went through a tunnel, that I thought was dark, but my little man has no fear, so I wasn't stopping him. He also thought it was a good idea to touch everything. We both learned he's not a big fan of hay.


Kiddie Koral

By the time we did those two things and I took pictures of him by the pumpkins it had already been an hour and half and we were both tired. Sonny Acres does have a petting zoo but I thought he was a little too young for that. Next time I'll add it to the list of to do's.

Suggestions:
~ Do take a stroller - they do offer wagons for older kids
~ Do bring sanitizer and hand wipes - they have Porto-potties and an outdoor changing area for little ones - not sure if there is an indoor changing area for chillier/colder days
~ Food is carnival style - tons to choose from and moderately priced - although we didn't eat
~ Do take a picture by the scare 'How Tall This Fall' it makes for a great height chart and can become a tradition


'How Tall This Fall' 2 feet

All in all, it was a lot of fun and we'll definitely be returning next year.




nkoyo

October 11, 2011

Fire Prevention Week: October 9-15, 2011

Fire prevention was a serious topic in my house growing up. I remember taking the information home and my mom and dad tasking me with the responsibility of keeping them informed on new prevention ideas.

Letting me lead our family fire drills was my first leadership role and it gave me confidence to do tons of other things. So, task one of your children to be the home fire chief for the month and use the National Fire Protection Association website to get more ideas and get the kids involved.
nkoyo

October 10, 2011

Breast Cancer Awarness - Know Yourself

It's breast cancer awareness month. As women we need to take care of ourselves and why not start each day with a self breast exam and making time for our annual visit, as uncomfortable as it might be. Below are a few tips for the self exam and questions to ask your doctor and if your husband, walks in while your examining yourself, teach him how as well. This is not a woman only disease. 
To learn more about breast cancer, click here
For questions to ask your doctor, click here

It's great when music helps the cause as well. Musiq Soulchild has recently become an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Circle of Promise. A movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. "Yes", features breast cancer survivors from the Atlanta metro area and the video was directed by Juwan Lee. It's a moving show of transition, love, support, and determination.


nkoyo

October 9, 2011

Sunday Blessings: Thankful 5

Seriously this was hard. I'm thankful for so much in my life, that narrowing it down to just 5 thankful things was tough. 

5 Things I'm Thankful for: 

1) Waking up every morning 
~ knowing that our days our numbered, waking up each morning reminds me to actually live everyday to the fullest 

2) Being a mother 
~ the pain of losing a child is like nothing I've ever experienced before and knowing that so many other women experience the same pain, defeat, and shame; really makes you cherish the moment when God blesses you with the precious gift of being a mom 

3) My husband  
~ the love, support and trust is like no other friendship/relationship

4) Having a roof over our heads
~ working in downtown Chicago I see homeless men/women and families daily and it makes you realize how tangible some items are in our life and how fast they can be gone

5) Family
~ it's truly my foundation and what I pray J and I are able to provide Yus 


thanks plinky.com for the challenge
nkoyo

October 7, 2011

Weekend Groove Music: India Arie

I really enjoy when celebrities are on Sesame Street. I love music and love that Yus is really starting to be aware of the rhythms and moving with them when he hears a song. 
So, let's jam out to the ABC's...  
 Have a safe and happy weekend! 
nkoyo

October 6, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

I'd like to thank Between Two Rams, the Academy, my husband, my baby boy... MOMMY LOVES YOU YUS!!! :-) No, seriously, thank you! I have always seen blogs get awards and I wanted one. You have no idea how exciting this is for me.

I'm going to follow the leader on this one and link to the mom blogger who gave me this award. Nicole at Between Two Rams is an East Coast mommy doing a great job juggling motherhood, family, and blogging. Also, I am to share 7 things about myself and pass this award on to 15 other bloggers .

My 7 things:
1) I have a love affair with chocolate. Anything chocolate is amazing to me.
2) My favorite color is orange. It's just bright sunshine and makes me smile.
3) I love laughing and joking. I'm far from a comedian but I like to think that my theatrical personality makes my story-telling abilities amusing for all.
4) Dancing makes me feel better. It allows me to express all kinds of emotions. I trained for 16 years with the Venettes Cultural Workshop in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and African. When I went to college (Seton Hall University) I started Silent Praise, Praise dance ministry with my best friend Ryanne and realized that I could merge my talent with praising God. Loves it!
5) I love blogging and freelance writing - it's such a great outlet
6) I really can't wait until my son starts playing sports. I dig the soccer mom thing minus the minivan. I'm just not a minivan girl.
7) I have finally found my style ~ I'm classic meets trendy! Meaning all my major pieces are classic and I add trends in with accessories. Needless to say my wardrobe is going through a slow overhaul. :-)

Now I grant the below bloggers ~ the Versatile Blogger Award ~ check them out:

nkoyo

October 5, 2011

Daycare Fundraisers

I received my first school fundraiser on Friday. I was wanted to be really excited for it until I read the fundraising information . It read as follows: 

AFFY TAPPLE APPLES 
Remember everyone needs to sell 4 cases -- $30/case
Order forms received: 9/30 Friday 
Order forms turned in: 10/4 Tuesday 
Apple pick-up: 10/7 Friday 
Money due: 10/14 Friday 

Now, I know I'm new to school fundraisers but that seems like a REALLY fast turn around. My first thought was that since J picks up Yus he had forgotten to give me the note. But it says FRIDAY, so clearly I received the form in a timely fashion. 
My second thought, was maybe they sent out a fundraiser pre-note with all the info and I just missed it. No, that can't be. I would have definitely remembered that. My final thought - How in the WORLD am I going to sell 4 cases. A case includes 24 apples, I googled it. Clearly, I'm not buying 4 cases and I don't expect anyone in our family to buy a case either (although my FiL is buying a case). What do I do with all those apples anyway? In good conscience I can only eat one and then I start thinking about cavities.

Oh! Lawd, I don't want to be one of those parents that doesn't ever participate in fundraisers but man, I don't even feel like I've been given adequate sale strategy and implementation time. 

Really, in my head fundraising goes like this: 

AFFY TAPPLE APPLES 
Remember everyone needs to sell 4 cases -- $30/case
Order forms received: 9/30 Friday 
Order forms turned in: 10/21 Friday 
Apple pick-up: 10/28 Friday 
Money due: 11/4 Friday

I get at least a month to plan, sell and prep family and friends. I remember fundraisers at school and having WAY more time than a week to turn in the order form. Am I wrong? 
Photo credit: http://www.fundraisingcandy.com 

nkoyo

October 3, 2011

Hair Puller vs. The Screamer

I've always been one of those girls that wanted boys, thinking that girls are more expensive. The clothes, matching hair bows, shoes, dance lessons etc. I still think girls are more expensive but I'm starting to believe that they are a lot calmer and less physical. 

Since, giving birth my only side-affect has been the breakage of my edges (on my hair line). Not so bad, since I can cover them with a head band or pull my hair back into a ponytail. Unfortunately, Yus thinks my hair is a toy. Especially now that him and J play WWE wrestling and Yus assumes that all the rough-housing can be done with mommy too. He enjoys grabbing my face, around the eye area, which causes him to laugh uncontrollably and me to shriek. He loves pulling me in for sloppy kisses which is cute and I love it! Except most times those kisses always come with a few strands of hair loss.

Needless to say, I've have to resort to taking my prenatal vitamins again in an effort to promote some hair growth from all the hair pulling. I mean seriously, boys are ROUGH. I go to sleep some nights in pain, wishing I didn't mind taking something to relieve the headache that always seems to follow. 
I do let him know that his hair pulling hurts mommy and remove his hands from hair but I think he's just not old enough to understand his strength just yet. 

Any advice, on how to get my 13 month old to be more gentle with me is MUCH welcomed!
 
nkoyo

October 2, 2011

Sunday Blessings: Proverbs 4:12

"As I go forward step by step, the way will be opened up to me."
Proverbs 4:12

nkoyo

September 30, 2011

Weekend Grove Music: What I Am

Every morning this past week Yus has watched a Sesame Street DVD. He really loves them and it's funny to watch him talk to the TV. I know this weekend will be filled with more Sesame Street and fun outside if weather the permits. So here's Will.i.am's Song "What I Am".




Yus at the park last weekend!

Have a safe and fun weekend!
nkoyo

Fall Season Excitement: Sonny Acres

Can you smell the crisp fall air? I'm so excited for this holiday season. Yus is older and I feel this holiday season will officially begin his holiday excitement. I absolutely LOVE the holidays and can't wait to share them with my family.

Fall brings, Halloween, Thanksgiving and house decorating. So, if you live in the Chicago Suburbs or surrounding areas I'll be venturing out to some fun harvest time places.

First stop: Sonny Acres Farm early October

This is a family owned pumpkin farm by the Feltes', located in West Chicago on 29W319 North Avenue. I am really excited to go. This will be our first time and from what I hear this will mostly likely become a family tradition.

Entrance is FREE to the public. There are rides and tours that do cost, so bring cash, according to the website. There is a list of Fall Things to do and I'm really excited about taking Yus to the Kiddie Koral and the Petting Zoo so he can interact with the animals. I also want to check out the Harvest Barn for Fall farm stand items.

Yus is still a little too young to carve pumpkins but I think seeing them and touching them will be lots of fun.


nkoyo

September 27, 2011

Headbanger - Hold the Heavy Metal

Dr. Mom appeared again last night. This is time I diagnosed Yus with a concussion. It's amazing how Sunday night J and I were just talking about how we have to be really careful where we place Yus now that his *'spaz-out'* moments are starting to happening.
I sat Yus on the kitchen floor, so I could get him some milk (big mistake) and he decided that's not where he wanted to be. It happened in an instant but here's the slow-mo version.

I sat Yus on the kitchen floor, reached for the sippy cup on the counter, turned to the fridge for the milk and then I noticed 'Super Dad' jump from the couch and I heard this bang. I turned and Yus was SCREAMING and J was picking him up.
It happened so fast. I finished getting his milk and went over to check on him and his eyes were droopy (in my opinion). I told J he had a concussion and that we should head over to Elmhurst Immediate Care. I'm telling all this to a man who has had 5 count them 5 concusions in his HS football career. He politly said, "I think he's fine. In an hour if he hasn't perked up we can call the nurse and head over."

In short, we didn't have to go to Immediate Care and J's judgement was spot on. An hour later he had finished dinner and was playing around like nothing happened. I did do the follow the finger and eye test just to make sure before he went to sleep 5 hours later. :)



*'spaz-out' moment - noun. akward movement, tantrum; verb. to lower one's self to the ground in order to get their way*
nkoyo

September 23, 2011

Reading is Fundamental

So, I must admit I haven't been doing a great job in this department. By the time I get home from work and figure out what's for dinner, eat, cleanup, play, give a bath. It's already 8:30pm and I'm beat.  Seriously, there is NO EXCUSE why I can't insert a 5-12 page book in to that nightly routine. I need a slap on the wrist.
I'm not even going to list the excuses and reasons I could come up with. I'm just going to pretend like my mom just said, "Munch, no TV Monday - Thursday on a school night." BAM! It's done. Extending by personal TV ban through Friday. We make story time at our local Barnes & Noble on Saturday mornings and Sunday that's a no brainer. So, I'm pledging to my Yus that mommy and/or daddy will read to you every night from here on out and not just when the wind blows.


I grew up on these books & so will Yus

nkoyo
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