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April 17, 2012

Run Like A Mother (RLAM)

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I am very excited about my first 5K this season on Mother's Day.

Check out RLAM site to learn more and sign up...
 
nkoyo

April 3, 2012

My 2012 Race Schedule

My thought process is... if I post this I have to stick to it... so here goes!

May 13 - Run Like a Mother 5K (virtual)

June 24 - DG 5 Miler

July 4 - Elmhurst 4 On the 4th

Sept 29 - Aids Run/Walk 5K/10K

Nov 4 - Hot Chocolate 15K/5K

Nov 24 - Turkey Trot 5K

 nkoyo

March 27, 2012

BULLY - March 30th

I know my child is too young to go see this movie but as parents we have to teach our kids that just because someone looks, acts or does things differently than them, doesn't give them the right to tease or cause mental/physical harm to their peers.

If you have middle school and high school children please take them to go see this movie and have an open discussion afterwards. Don't limit the conversation and let your child actually tell you what's going on in their school.  If you have younger children, start now teaching them that teasing and bully is not an acceptable action. 
 
Most importantly give your children love and support each and everyday. 
 
 
In theaters March 30th. Check your local theaters for show times.  
 
 
To sign the petition, click here 
To learn more about the Bully Project, click here  
Visit the Faceboook page to join in the conversation 
To help your child deal with Bullies, click here 
To learn more about teaching your child not to bully, click here 
 
nkoyo

March 7, 2012

WordFUL Wednesday: "Up All Night"

I came across this great pin on pinterest earlier today and it really spoke to me. Shout out to Kristen, from Clam Chowder for Lunch for writing such a mom-ivational post. I recently spoke about not calling my weight "baby weight" anymore since it's been longer than a year and this post just solidified why my "hot mom" journey is better than my pre-mommy journey.

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Check out Kristen's article on Momfliter here.
nkoyo

March 6, 2012

Healthy Living: Take 2

They say, "a family that prays together, stays together" but I also think, "a family that eats clean together, stays together even longer". 

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It's easier when your entire family is on board with a healthy lifestyle. And by entire family, I mean your extended family too. That way you have ABSOLUTLY no excuses for weekend gorging and scale or exercise set-backs. I've been able to lose 10lbs and counting so far because my entire family is eating clean.  

I love the *side-eye* family members give when you start making what they think is your Sunday dinner plate and you add some mac-n-cheese. Ahahahaha when now the mac-n-cheese is designated for the kiddies only. The *side-eye* turns into a smile when you pass the plate to your son and hand him the spoon. 

What I've been doing:
- 3 meals a day + 2 snacks 
- 1/2 my body weight in water 
- no sweets (I had a minor slip-up on this but I've been back on track for the past week now)
- 3x/week cardio (my fav Mel B Totally Fit) and Yes I do the Brit accent while working out  
- I've started using my Laptop lunch box to assist w/ proper portion control  


Have you and your family jumped on the clean eating bandwagon? 
 
nkoyo

February 22, 2012

WordFUL Wednesday: Muhammad Ali

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.
Muhammad Ali ~ statement after losing his first fight in 1973

My political career, as I like to call it, started with turning a Muhammad Ali quote into my campaign slogan. Thanks to my dad, my first race in 1996 for Class Secretary was "Float like a butterfly, Sting like a Bee, Vote Coco White for Secretary." I used that slogan all the way through High School, undefeated. Student Council instilled leadership and gave me opportunities, advantages and experiences, that I will cherish forever and will pass on to my child.

nkoyo

February 20, 2012

Black History Month: Happy Presidents Day

It's Presidents Day and for the first time in my working career, I have off. 
Happy Presidents Day to our 44th President Barack Obama. 

"Rosa Parks sat, so Martin could walk... Martin walked, so Obama could run...  Obama is running, so we all could fly" ~ Jay-Z NYC Concert 10/5/08
nkoyo

February 17, 2012

Weekend Grove Music: Whitney Houston

 
Rest in Peace Whitney! 
Have a safe and blessed weekend!
nkoyo

ALERT: Organic Baby Food High Levels of Arsenic

 
Yesterday, I received an article from Yus' school regarding high levels of Arsenic found in Organic Baby Food. If you are currently using baby food for your child this may be of interest. 
 
Please click here for more info. 
 
nkoyo

February 16, 2012

Black History Month: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance.

I remember the first time I ever heard the name Langston Hughes. It was a Saturday morning at the Venettes Cultural Workshop, my dance school in Long Island, NY. I went there every weekend (almost) from the time I was 21 months until my sophomore year in high school. I learned a lot about dance, myself, and most importantly my heritage. I remember my Aunt Vanessa saying you will all need to recite this poem for your dance. Langston Hughes', "Ballad of the Landlord".

I learned that poem...

Landlord, landlord, My roof has sprung a leak.
Don’t you ’member I told you about it / Way last week?
Landlord, landlord,
These steps is broken down. / When you come up yourself
It’s a wonder you don’t fall down.
Ten Bucks you say I owe you? / Ten Bucks you say is due?
Well, that’s Ten Bucks more’n I’ll pay you
Till you fix this house up new.
 
And have yet to forget it. 

Thank you for your contributions, your shoulders we stand on.

nkoyo

February 15, 2012

Healthy Living: Take 1

So, my competitive side has reared it's ugly head. In the past 2 or 3 months my handsome husband has lost approximately 40lbs. SERIOUSLY, I just can't deal. I'm still carrying around this 30lbs that just won't go away. I refuse to call it "baby weight" since my baby Yus is now a year and half. My "baby weight" window has expired. Clearly I have NO MORE excuses (since my husband can do it) and with the summer quickly approaching I have to get my butt in shape literally and figuratively.

Since, March starts, the Spring/Summer event calendar with his graduation, a Mike Epps show (gifted by my lovely MiL), my BFs wedding, and then a family vacation. Not to mention I turn 27 this year. Like, seriously I can't be the unfit chick in the family photos anymore. It's just not hot.

So, things must change and I'm taking it one step at a time. First, up my food in-take. I've cut out sugar and limited the starches. Which means, when dinning out, I'll I be scoping the menu before hand for the healthiest options. 
 
Kudos to me because I didn't par-take in the VDay sweets and I even walked into Dunkin Donuts and bought munchkins and donuts for Yus' class and his teachers and didn't have notta one. HOLLA! I inhaled a lot though while I was in there. :) It just smelled so mmmmm good.
 
It's worked in the past and I need to start doing it again.

So see ya later unfit momma...
nkoyo

WordFUL Wednesday: Marian Wright Edelman

The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.
Marian Wright Edelman ~ The Measure of Our Success (1992)
nkoyo

February 14, 2012

Black History Month: Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey (1931 - 1989) started the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with a performance in 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Since then, the company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on 6 continents.

Mr. Ailey created his dances from his experiences growing up in Rogers, Texas. I love, love Alvin Ailey productions and my favorite ballet by far is Revelations. Check out the video below to learn more and click here to see when the Alvin Ailey Company or Ailey II is in a city near you. 


Thank you for your contributions, your shoulders we stand on. 

nkoyo

February 13, 2012

Black History Month: Camilla Williams

This week it's all about the arts. 

First up, Camilla Williams, believed to be the first African American in a major U.S. opera company. 
She made her debut in 1946 with the New York Opera Company, singing her signature role, Cio-Cio-San, in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". 
Highlights: 
  • Retired from Opera in 1971
  • Taught at Brooklyn College, Bronx College, and Queens College 
  • First African American professor of voice at Indiana University 
  • In 1983 guest professor at Beijing's Central Conservatory
  • Retired from teaching in 1997 
Camilla Williams recently passed, January 30, 2012 from complications from cancer.  To learn more about her story click here


Thank you for your contributions, your shoulder's we stand on. 
 
nkoyo

February 10, 2012

Weekend Grove Music: Amel Larrieux "No One Else"

Ah! Happy early Valentine's Day... I absolutely LOVE this song.

Have a blessed and safe weekend ~ praying we don't get snowed in...
nkoyo

Black History Month: Philip Emeagwali

Nigerian born (1954), Philip Emeagwali's is an expert in mathematics, physics, and astronomy, Emeagwali won the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers' Gordon Bell Prize in 1989 for an experiment that used 65,000 processors to perform the world's fastest computation of 3.1 billion calculations per second. Emeagwali's computers are currently being used to forecast the weather and predict future global warming. 


Thank you for setting the tone, your shoulder's we still stand on.


nkoyo

February 9, 2012

Black History Month: Mark Dean

Mark Dean (1957) led the team of IBM scientists that developed the ISA bus—a device that enabled computer components to communicate with each other rapidly, which made personal computers fast and efficient for the first time. Dean also led the design team responsible for creating the first one-gigahertz computer processor chip.

Highlights: 
  • Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997  

Thank you for setting the tone, your shoulder's we still stand on.
nkoyo

February 8, 2012

WordFUL Wednesday: George Washington Carver

"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." - George Washington Carver

Carver was an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. To learn a bit more click here

Your contributions live on and your shoulder's we stand on.
nkoyo

February 7, 2012

Black History Month: Edward Alexander Bouchet

Edward Alexander Bouchet was the first African American to graduate from Yale College (1874). In 1876, he  received his Ph.D. in physics from Yale, and became the first African American to earn a doctorate degree. Bouchet spent his career teaching college chemistry and physics. 

Edward Alexander Bouchet (1852-1918) 

Thank you for the paving the way, your shoulder's we stand on.

nkoyo

February 6, 2012

Black History Month: Rebecca Cole

Continuing with the theme of scientist/doctors & inventors, Rebecca Cole was the second black woman to graduate from medical school (1867). She joined Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first white woman physician, in New York and taught hygiene and childcare to families in poor neighborhoods. 

Rebecca Cole (1846-1922) 
Thank you for your contribution, your shoulder's we stand on.

nkoyo

February 3, 2012

Weekend Groove Music: Take the First Step

Yes, another Elmo in Grouchland song. We march in a circle to this one. 



Love this song. Great motivation to help mommy get back in shape #hotmomalert stay tuned...

Have a safe and blessed weekend!
nkoyo

Black History Month: Henry Blair

Thanks to Mr. Henry Blair the first seed planter was patented in October 1834 and soon after in 1836 his cotton planter was patented. Mr. Blair signed his patents with an "x" because he could not write.  

Thank you for your contribution, your shoulder's we stand on.  
nkoyo

February 2, 2012

Put a Little Boogie in It

My soon to be 18 month old Yus is blowing his nose all by himself. I can't take credit for this success at all. It started about 2 months ago. We were driving to Momo & Papa's house and he proceeded to blow snot in his hands. DISGUSTING, yes I know. I wasn't going to do "the pull over on the side of the highway" because it wasn't going to help. Amidst my yelling STOP Yus continued to blow and laugh.

Long story short, his nose was running the beginning of this week (teething is sooo much fun) and I handed him a tissue expecting him to do his normal wipe of the nose but instead he blew and blew and blew then wiped. I did the mommy cheer, you know it,

Hand clap, slight squeal "Way to go Yus, good job baby" 
 
and he's been a nose blowing toddler ever since Monday.

Man times flies... 
 
When did your LO start blowing their nose? 

nkoyo

Black History Month: Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Bath is the first female African American to patent a medical invention. In 1988 her Cataract Laserphaco Probe was designed to use laser to quickly and painlessly vaporize cataracts from patients' eyes. 

Thank you for your contribution, your shoulder's we stand on.
nkoyo

February 1, 2012

Black History Month: Daniel Hale Williams

February marks Black History month and I want to take the timeout amongst my mommy ramblings to highlight some of the greatest pioneers in America. I want to start the month with scientist/doctors and inventors. 
I stumbled upon this name during the time my Nana was preparing for triple-heart bypass surgery and my inquisitive mind led me to reading pamphlets on open heart surgery. I found a book on African American inventors and Dr. Williams' name was next to open heart surgery. I proceeded to tell my Nana how he could possibly be related to Poppy since his last name was Williams. :)

Doctor Daniel Hale Williams, was accredited with the first open-heart surgery, performed on July 9, 1893. 
Highlights: 
  • 1891 - founded Provident, 1st American interracial hospital, which was also the 1st nursing school for Blacks
  • 1913 - only African American member of the American College of Surgeons 
  • Utilized antiseptic and sterilization procedures 
  • Began practice in Chicago at a time when there were only 3 black physicians 
 Thank you for your contribution, your shoulder's we stand on.
nkoyo

WordFUL Wednesday: UNCF

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste" 
nkoyo

January 27, 2012

Weekend Groove Music: Mine

Yus' new word is MINE. And since we were gifted Elmo in Grouchland from my SiL two weeks ago he has watched it at least 50 times. No exaggeration. So, thanks Elmo for adding to my son's vocabulary. His nose even scrunches up when he says it... too cute! For now that is... 


Have a safe and blessed weekend!          
nkoyo

January 26, 2012

Kindermusik Classes

So after a lot of back and forth, on my part. Yus and I finally went to a Kindermusik class. We arrived early (which calmed my nerves) with enough time for a diaper change and for him to get to know Joan, the teacher, a bit before the other kids came.


There was a drum in the center of the room with sand discs and zig zag discs for the kids to use to bang on the drum. As the kids started coming in the class, Yus kept playing on the drum and then started interacting with some kids that were his size (or what he thought were his size). The kids ranged from 3 months to 7 years old and there were about 7 kids in the class. Some new like us, others old pros. 

Yus & Ms. Joan
The class started with a Hello Song, rhythm movement, and then the Good Bye Song. Our first class was an hour long and Yus had a blast! I'm pretty sure all the classes are about an hour. The next 11 weeks should be tons of fun and the class also includes a Kindermusik instrument set for fun play at home. We will mostly likely sign up again, and again, and again.
 
I guess this starts my mommy taxi days.

Click here for more info on a Kindermusik near you.

nkoyo

January 25, 2012

WordFUL Wednesday

With gratitude, all life appears as a blessing - without gratitude, all of life is perceived as a burden.

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie
nkoyo

January 19, 2012

We Are Pacifier FREE!!!!

Yes you read that correctly, today makes 1 week of NO bow-bow.


pics on Sodahead

I decided, I had waited long enough and there was no time like the present. Since October he's not been allowed to have his pacifier at school. So, Yus would walk in the door, hand his pacifier to his teacher and keep on moving. He took a nap without it, played without it, everything. Like I've said before, Yus is smart and knew that he could only use his bow bow at home. Now if I was a genius, I would have nipped it in the butt then, but I wasn't ready. Clearly I needed the bow-bow more than he did.

With my new job, our new schedule and the New Year, I decided it was time. I started slowly, no bow-bow in the car, and 2 days into, only bow-bow at night, a light bulb went off. "It's so rude of me to tease Yus with the bow-bow at night." He goes all day without it, let's just go cold turkey. And last Thursday night was rough but after milk and what felt like 10 minutes of crying he was sleep. Sweet Success and Victory all in one. Friday night was a little better, he only cried for 5 minutes and to sleep he went. Saturday night he was plan exhausted after a fun filled day of playing with his cousins. A little toss and turn and he was out. Sunday night was a breeze and we haven't looked backed since.

Next, we will conquer toilet-training... 

NOTE: Yus is teething AGAIN (when will this end) so what I call success my husband is still wishing for the bow-bow. HAHAHAHA! But I know all he needs is a little orajel and he's fine...

How did you break your child from the pacifier? 

nkoyo

January 18, 2012

WordFUL Wednesday



Whatever you are, be a good one.
~ Abraham Lincoln
nkoyo

January 13, 2012

Weekend Grove Music: I'm Elmo And I Know It

Yus is going to LOVE this when I show him tonight. 
 


Thanks to the children of Jeff C. of PAFilmsdotcom for creating such great lyrics for a kid-friendly version of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It". 
 
Have a safe and blessed weekend! 
nkoyo
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