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We Started a Podcast!! Here is Why..

So, a few months ago my sister and I started The Successful Sisters Podcast and, it has been so exciting to see it taking off and the feedback we have gotten from it, but I really wanted to share with you guys why we started this as I think that is the most important thing. A little over 6 months ago, I was interviewed on an insanely popular podcast “Cat & Nat.” After being interviewed about my career as an influencer, mom and diversity in this business they mentioned that I should really consider starting a podcast. I had heard this many times over the last few years, but they were the straw that broke the camel’s back. We chatted specifically about the lack of diversity in podcasting, especially with black women and I knew I wanted to bridge that gap. That has a lot to do with why I started this career as a blogger and influencer in the first place so, it definitely pulled at my heart strings. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am an open book. One of the biggest compliments I hear is that I am an open book, honest and vulnerable on my channels. So, I figured I could do the same over on our podcast. I am super close with my sister, Twila (we even live in the same neighborhood) and after chatting with her about the idea, a light bulb went off. See, my sister is also an

Dear White Mom’s: What I Need You To Know….

Dear White Moms, You are my friends. You are my sisters. We are the same in more ways than we are different, but there are a few things that I need you to know. I have three black boys. They are the sweetest and most amazing humans I’ve ever met. They are incredibly intelligent, creative, artistic, caring, thoughtful, compassionate, friendly, and respectful. These aren’t just the characteristics of my three black boys, but of black boys all over America. My heart aches when I think of anyone not being kind to my children. I so desperately want them to be treated fairly, and to be able to live their normal lives in peace. I want them to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. I want them to reach every single dream they have and to live safe lives where no one tries to bring harm to them because of the color of their skin. I need your help. I so desperately need you to have conversations with your children about racism. Racism isn’t always blatantly expressed. It can be very passive and subtle through messages conveyed in our culture. These types of messages have been communicated throughout our entire lives, with their true intent often going unnoticed. As parents, you can completely change this through intentional conversations. You see…I grew up in a predominately white area, and attended a small conservative Christian School. The amount of racism and ignorance I dealt with from white privileged children was tremendous. I

Adventures by Disney Review

This post is sponsored by Adventures by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own. If you are looking for a review of Adventures by Disney trips, you have come to the right place. This past weekend, My mom and I went on our first girls trip…just the two of us to New York City! We jumped on a plane to experience Adventures by Disney NYC. Disney rolls out the red carpet like no one else. If you haven’t heard about these trips, Adventures by Disney provides hassle-free group travel to domestic and international locations. You become completely immersed into the culture, people, and places of the location you visit. Adventure by Disney plans your entire itinerary. Your package will include most meals, admission to various attractions, VIP access to private events, amazing accommodations, transportation, and 2 adventure guides. I have visited NYC multiple times, but I’ve never experienced it like this. This trip is perfect for families, best friends, and couples. It is truly designed for everyone, at any age. We felt like the trip was made just for us. We experienced a short preview of the full trip, and were able to experience many of the highlights the Adventures by Disney NYC trip has to offer. From the moment we stepped off the plane and were transported by driver to the hotel, we felt like movie stars. We had a little free time to explore the city on our own before meeting-up with the other members of

5 Qualities To Look For In A Close Friend

As many of you know, I am very passionate about friendship. I’m constantly reading books on the topic, searching the Bible for what it says about friendship, looking for ways to grow, and challenging friends to do the same. So much of the Bible focuses on making relationships, connecting with each other, carrying each others burdens, dealing with conflict, and truly loving each other. Pursuing “real connections” beyond the surface in friendship is important to Christ and it’s important to me.  We all desire to have strong, meaningful relationships, and there are certain qualities you can look for to help you gain a strong, meaningful friendship with others. I’m sharing with you the top 5 Qualities I look for when desiring that type of depth in friendship. 1. It’s a 2-Way Friendship. This does not mean 50/50. That is just unrealistic. There are stages in life where one friend might be more of the initiator in conversation and getting together. However, you should still not feel like you are the ONLY one reaching out. In the past, I had a few friendships and realized I was the only one putting in effort to grow the relationship. When I would stop contacting them, I wouldn’t hear from them at all. I even had a friendship in my life actually end that way. It was heartbreaking. I decided not to reach out, and see if they would still make an effort at the friendship. I never heard from that person again. It

Style & Fashion ~

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The Best & Easiest Way to Shop for your Kids

This post is sponsored by Stitch Fix Kids, yet all opinions are completely my own. You guys know I am a major fan of Stitch Fix and I get a box every month. They have taken my wardrobe to another level while saving me a lot of time shopping in the stores. When I learned there was a Stitch Fix kids option too, I knew I had to try it out ASAP for my boys. Stitch Fix Kids is a personalized styling service with expert stylists who get to know your kid’s unique preferences to understand what you want to receive for your child in that season or for any occasion. When you sign up at www.stitchfix.com, you are able to fill out a profile for your child, and your personal stylist will choose 8-12 items that will fit your child’s style, sizes, and budget. I love that I could

A Complete Review of Stitch Fix: My Own Personal Stylist

Thank You Stitch Fix for sponsoring this post. All opinions are completely my own. I have been using Stitch Fix for the past few months, and I have to say that I am a BIG fan. If you are looking to step up your style, or just have a personalized stylist pick out some amazing items for your wardrobe, this is for you. So, let me explain how it works because that is the best part. Stitch Fix is a personalized styling service where your personal stylist learns what styles you like, and sends you items you’ll love. You can easily sign up on their website, fill out a questionnaire, and one of the expert stylists will pick out clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories that will fit your style and budget. You can get designer brands or more affordable items. I tend to lean towards more budget-friendly items on a

Heading Back to School with OshKosh

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Our home is in full “back to school” mode. Our youngest will be starting his last year in preschool, Our middle son is headed to 5th, and our oldest is headed to 8th grade. My mama heart is screaming “Time, Please Slow Down!!.” I love shopping for my boys, and finding great styles that bring out their personalities. There are so many fun options that OshKosh offers that are perfect for children with different personalities and styles. I love to let them choose a few items without my help, and see what they come up with. My 4 year old is so predictable. Anything with blue is usually his go-to. So, I try to encourage him to try out some styles that aren’t ALL blue, but with blue accents

Cooking & Recipes ~

No-Bake Energy Bites

These delicious no-bake energy bites are quick to throw together and full of wholesome ingredients!

The Best Homemade Mac and Cheese

This homemade mac and cheese recipe is so easy and full of flavor. The melted cheese sauce adds to the show stopping, delicious rich flavor that everyone will love! Perfect for dinner or a side dish! Hands down the most requested dish in my house is Baked Mac and Cheese. My kids ask me to make it every week, and will eat a whole pan without blinking. Over the years, I have always loved baked mac and cheese, but didn’t love the recipes I found online. I would ask some of the cooks that I looked up to if they could share there recipes, and I just molded it to make it my own. So, I encourage you to do the same. The key to this recipe is making a cheese sauce. You will still get the creamy texture while making sure that every noodle is covered in cheese! Baking

Authentic Slow Cooker Carnitas

These are the easiest carnitas you will ever make. They are cooked in a slow cooker, and are perfection. They have an authentic flavor without all the hassle!

Vacation & Travel ~

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Big Island Hawaii- All you need to know

In this post, I will share all we did on the Big Island in Hawaii, where we stayed, what we ate and all the details so you can plan your vacation. We spent the last 8 days in Hawaii, and to say it was magical may be an understatement. We had the most amazing trip and all 5 of us agreed that it was our best vacation yet! As you see different parts of this trip, you may feel like we spent a lot. We did. However, you can definitely do this trip on a much tighter budget and I will share a few tips on that later on. Also, I wanted to share why we decided to splurge a little bit on this trip. I have shared in various posts that we live under our means, and are very strategic with our financial decisions. We also have learned to

The Top 5 Things To Do in Vail, Colorado in the Summer

Thank You Vail Tourism Board for sponsoring our time in Vail.  All opinions are completely my own. This summer we were able to take our family to visit Vail, Colorado, thanks to the Vail Tourism board. This goes down as one of the best vacations we have ever had. It was insanely beautiful, and there were so many activities for families during the summer. Our boys are 12,10 and 4 and Vail had something that catered to every age range. Even as parents, we felt so pampered being there. Vail, Colorado Vail has a very exclusive feel, where everything feels 5 star. The resorts, the food, the transportation, and the activities. We stayed in a beautiful condo at the Antlers at Vail. It is located at the perfect location so it is easy to access everything.  There are plenty of beautiful trails, and a convenient transportation system that will easily

What is the best age for Disney World?

Our family has been to Disney World many times, and the number one question I always get is : “What is the best age for Disney World?”. Well…I just returned from a fabulous trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida with my youngest son, my sister, and my nephew. We took our 2 five-year old boys to all 4 parks, and it was amazing! To be completely honest, the best age is ANY AGE! Ha! My husband and I still feel like we’re the “best age” also. However, I do think preschool ages around 3-5 are absolutely perfect. They are definitely not too young, and there’s so much for them to enjoy in each of the 4 parks. I highly recommend staying at a Disney Resort. This makes transportation from park to park easy and convenient…a major plus with little ones in tow. Also, this immerses you completely into the

The Ultimate Vacation on the Disney Dream Cruise

This post is sponsored by Disney Cruise Line, yet all opinions are completely my own. This past week we went on the vacation of a lifetime! We took a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line to Castaway Cay and to Nassau, Bahamas. Disney Cruises are truly 3 vacations in one. It is a majestic cruise vacation, the magic of all things Disney, and a tropical beach vacation all rolled into one. If you are looking for a review of Disney Cruises, or a review of the Disney Dream cruise ship, you have come to the right place. I am breaking down my absolute favorite features, perks, and tips for enjoying a Disney Cruise. The Staterooms Let me just start by saying this…I have traveled on other cruises. There nothing even close to comparable to cruising on the Disney Dream. The staterooms feel magical in themselves. The enchantment from every Disney

The Best Place to Stay in Carlsbad, CA

Thank You Carslbad Inn Resort for sponsoring our stay. All opinions are my own. We just got back from California, and had such an amazing time. We took our kids to the San Diego Zoo, and to LegoLand for the first time. We made some amazing memories that will definitely last a lifetime. We stayed at the Carlsbad Inn Resort, and it was absolutely beautiful. My parents live in California so we went to visit them for the holidays, and then took a road trip to San Diego. The Carlsbad Inn Resort is an oasis, and conveniently located just 10 minutes from LegoLand. The location of this place is amazing, but let me first tell you about their amazing rooms and decor. When you enter this resort, it has a cozy yet elegant feel. The staff is super friendly, and make you feel right at home. The property consists of

Parenting & Motherhood

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Preparing to send a kid to college? I’ve got you covered (and so does Discover® Student Loans)!

This post is sponsored by Discover Student Loans So, I officially have a kid headed to college. That feels even weird to type. I truly don’t understand how these parenting stages go so incredibly fast. I literally feel like he was crawling yesterday now he’s driving and looking at colleges while planning his entire future. Also, is it weird that I wish my kids could just live with me forever?! I just wouldn’t mind! Ha!  I mean honestly this is such a bittersweet time for our family. There is a sadness that comes with letting go after taking care of someone for their entire life and what feels like half of yours.  On the flip side, there is also a great sense of joy and pride. You have raised this human and tried to teach them the best you can to be a good person and live with purpose and

For the Mama Tired of Diet Culture

Recently, I wrote on Instagram about my feelings on being tired of diet culture and I realized how many people felt the same, felt frustrated with their bodies, social media, TV, and just exhausted by it all. I’m realizing how many toxic messages that women are taught every single day about their bodies, what makes them valuable and what body type they should strive after. Even when women try to go against the grain, we are constantly bombarded with the idea that we are not enough. We aren’t pretty enough, skinny enough, rich enough… but these eye lash extensions will get you closer… so will eating a handful of almonds for every meal…. and exercising like you don’t have a job…. Also, lip fillers will really make you more valuable…. Well, I’m TIRED…and honestly, saddened by how I’ve seen this effect so many women that are absolutely stunning, yet they

Lessons Learned: Your kids need you to be vulnerable

Parenting is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done in my life. I desperately want my boys to grow up feeling empowered to be the best versions of themselves…with the least amount of emotional scars from home. I was really blessed to grow up in such a positive home with amazing parents. They loved each other and loved Jesus. They constantly encouraged us to be everything we could be, seeing the best in ourselves. Sadly, most of the people closest to me in this life didn’t have this. I realize it is rare for people to leave their home without some kind of trauma. They often have to push past this because of their parent’s toxic behavior, or various battles they were fighting during their childhood. Knowing this has definitely created a sense of fear and concern. I often wonder if my husband and I are doing things

Friendships ~

When Trusting Others Feels Unsafe

The older I get, the harder it is for me to trust people. It’s hard to trust…really anyone in life. I have many experiences at this point in life telling me things like : It’s not safe…Don’t do it! Stay to yourself…Don’t let people in. Won’t this save you from hurt and pain? Many tears and broken relationships have led me to think the smartest thing to do is to keep to myself. To stay away from making deep friendships or share honestly about my life…it will be lead to heartbreak. Even though this almost feels proven in my life, I have realized this is the absolute worst way to live. This leads to loneliness and heartbreak also. I have been allowing fear to overcome my thoughts, questioning the amazing people in my life due to experiencing hurt and disappointment. The more people I talk to, I realize this is

The Importance of Having Mom Friendships

The hardest stage to keep close friendships is literally the one we all need it most. Mom friendships are important, while raising children for so many reasons. There are studies on the positive effects of these friendships on mental health. Friendships like these, help us find more joy during one of the most challenging seasons of life. Over the years, I’ve found mom’s can be some of the loneliest people. Yet they are constantly surrounded by people…little people. I am a mom to 3 boys, and have been for 14 years. Motherhood has been the biggest joy of my life while still having it’s share of challenges. Many moms feel like they are spread so thin during this stage of life, it is hard to sustain deeper friendships. This is the time we are balancing many hats, and usually feel like some are dropping. We are harder on ourselves than

How to Tell when It’s Time to End a Friendship

 Proverbs 12:26a “The righteous choose their friends carefully..” Friendship is a blessing in each of our lives.  It is a necessity for living a full and enjoyable life.  We all naturally want to connect with each other and have meaningful relationships.  However, I’ve learned through the years, that not all friendships are healthy to hold on to. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to let certain friendships go. Let me say quickly, I do not think this always has to be an intentional conversation to end a friendship (that is totally up to you).  There was a time in my life where I had to sit down and acknowledge that the friendship was over.  However, it’s not always that serious.  I’ve experienced times when I just made a mental choice to withdraw gradually from a friendship. BUT I will say that I am always willing to have the hard conversations necessary,

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