Five Posts to Write Right Now

This is definitely something to keep in mind when I need an inspiration. As a new blogger, this is great information.

The Daily Post

Whether you’ve been blogging for a decade or for a week, sometimes it can feel like inspiration has taken a day off. Next time that happens, give these post ideas a try.

1. The quote-first post.

It’s sometimes easier to put your own thoughts into words when someone else’s words are already there on the screen. Have you come across a powerful quote in the news, or read a great opening sentence in a novel? Is there a line in a song you’ve recently heard that you keep thinking about?

Start a post by quoting it. The quote can be as simple as a line of dialog from Game of Thrones, or as thought-provoking as a short passage form Plato in this fascinating essay on crime and free will. You could write about how the quote affects you, why you think it’s interesting, or how it relates to something you’d written about before. Or just use…

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My hair journey: Starting Over…

It started about 5 years ago when I decided to do the BIG BC (big chop of course). It was a scary feeling but I knew that I needed a change. At that time, I only had one daughter who has a head full of hair. I wore the low hair cut for about 3 years and LOVED IT!  Then, I had a fourth child..thankfully, he was a boy! But, then I wanted a change. I started growing my hair back and I thought it would be easy! WRONG!  After baby #4, my last baby was born 2 years later and the baby is a GIRL!  Now, I have two heads of hair to comb plus mine. Let’s just say that was not settling to well with me.

After much contemplation, I decided once again it was time for a change!  Something had to give and why not start with me, especially since I despise combing/styling my own hair.  I had to make a decision between growing locs or pay to have braids in my hair every two months (which would cost about $250 every two months ).  Since I am budget conscience, I figured growing locs is the best option…at least that is what I thought.

The process of growing locs is long and tedious.  You must have patience because your hair WILL go through changes.  When it is first done, it looks great but during the locking process, it becomes messy since you are not doing anything to it except tying it down at night.  This is where the patience kicks in and frustration sets in.

On April 29, my new journey to healthy hair and locs begin.  I met with a new found friend and natural hair care technician who examined my hair and said, “Yes, your hair needs a new beginning!”

On April 30, 2014, Monique combed out each two strand twists, locs and interlocks which had developed in my hair. It only took 7 hours!!  PSA: You can take out your locs without having to do the BC.  When all was said and done…hydration, deep conditioning and about an inch of trimming, I had a SHORT Afro.  However, at the end of the day, I have healthy hair and NOW THE JOURNEY BEGINS!

The journey begins with combed twists.

The journey begins with combed twists.

The DVD player is a MUST!

Stop! Leave me alone! Don’t do that! Don’t touch me! Are we there yet? The radio is too loud! I don’t like that song. It’s too cold…no it is not! Yes, it is!! On and on and on it goes until at least the youngest three fall asleep. Then there are a few moments of peace and quiet. And I do mean just a few moments. Then it is back to the exchange. Hence, the reason why the DVD player is a MUST HAVE on road trips.

For our trip to Destin, FL, we decided to rent a van instead of putting the miles on my 2005 Honda Odyssey which has a DVD player. Yes, I use movies to have some quiet time in the car while I am driving, especially since I drive a lot. When my husband reserved the car, he specifically asked for a Chrysler Town and Country because we KNEW it had a DVD player. However, when we went to pick up the car, Enterprise only had a Dodge Caravan which did not have a DVD player. Naturally, I was not happy because I had checked out videos from the library to avoid as much bickering as possible. Can you imagine riding 5 to 6 hours with kids ages 14 to 2 years old? If they were quiet, it would not be a problem. However, my kids are boisterous, independent and bold. This is why I prefer driving at night while they are asleep. Therefore it is a MUST…a REQUIREMENT…not an option to have a DVD player in the car for our next vacation.

The preparation is what’s hectic!!!

Getting ready for a vacation is very hectic especially when you have to make sure that all SEVEN of us have the things we need and are ready to leave on time (yeah right). The kids definitely do not understand all that goes into going on a trip. Their only concern is how many days are left before we leave. Meanwhile, I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I am not excited until I am riding and the car is loaded. But, if you are the mommy or parent that has to prepare, you already know what needs to take place. Let’s just start with ensuring that all swimsuits and swim shoes from last year still fit…but of course not…at least three of the 5 have grown so off to the store. Then you have to make sure that Ariel (the 2 yr. old) has NOT “misplaced” the “#vacation” toothbrushes. Yep…she misplaced them…so add that to the list. Then, of course, I cannot find the sunscreen and floats from last year…so these things are added to the list. Then, on top of all that, I still have to clean the house, plan to cook just enough food prior to leaving to avoid leftovers, do laundry and pack. Oh, and let’s not forget all of the unexpected things that happens and throws you off course. Just thinking about all of this has made me tired. I need a another vacation already and we have not left yet. Nevertheless, we are #blessed to have this chance to enjoy time away from the hustles and bustles of life. #Vacation #Destin #longridewith5kids #funwithfamilyandfriends


Well, the time has come to introduce myself to the blogging world. My name is Michele. I am a wife, mother of 7 of whom five are at home, and a Pastor’s wife. Oh, did I mention that we are a blended family? With all of these hats I wear, I am busy. A busy bee and loving it. I would not trade it for anything. I am balanced and blessed.

I have been married for 16 years this year. My hubby is a great provider, father, Pastor and most of all my best friend. Our children range from ages 29 to 2. My oldest two are grown and on their own. Our oldest daughter, 29 years old, is completing her Masters degree in Education. She is a Kindergarten teacher and is getting married in October 2014. Our second daughter who is 26 years old is free-spirited, a writer and an upcoming blogger. Our first son who is 15 years old son plays the cello, loves soccer and is an avid reader soon to be blogger. The 8 years old son is the social butterfly, basketball player and drummer. Our youngest son, who is 4, is the ultimate drummer and singer of the family. He will break out with a song at any given moment. Then we have our two daughters at home. Our 7 years old daughter has Severe Speech Developmental Delay but she does not allow that to stop her. She is very friendly and loved by all. Last but not least is our 2 years old ladybug who is the princess of the house. She is the last child and she knows it.

Hence, the reason for my blog. It is my desire through my stories and experiences, I will encourage other moms/dads through it all, and you will survive and even have some fun along the way. We are all busy and balanced, but most of all we are blessed.