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36 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today, Tomorrow and Forever

In the midst of the Kavanaugh hearings, Jeremy Scott took the finale lap at his spring 2019 show in a t-shirt that urged viewers to “Tell Your Senator NO On Kavanaugh.” For his fall 2017 show, Christian Siriano sent a model down the runway in a shirt that read “People are People” set to Depeche Mode’s song of the same name. The week Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape, Dior’s runway was peppered with signs like “Women Raise the Uprising” and “Consent.” If the fashion community has proven anything, it’s that it is willing to fight against inequality and social injustice. But what about the injustices plaguing its own industry, from the lack of Black representation on the runway to the lack of visibility and opportunities afforded to Black designers?

As the world grapples with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery—Black humans who were targeted and discriminated against because of their skin color—now is as good a time as ever to pour dollars into the Black designers, creatives, and businesses who are often overlooked. A re-post is not enough. A hashtag is not enough. But a purchase goes a long way. Ahead, 36 Black-owned brands to shop from today, tomorrow, and forever.

https://www.elle.com/fashion/shopping/g32741893/black-owned-fashion-brands/

Victor Virgile – Getty Image @gettyimages

When you get a moment check out the link attached from Elle Magazine for a list of amazing black designers and brands. I loved seeing the creativity and passion that went into their creations and have my eye on a few pieces for myself.

We can all thrive in a space that promotes diversity and inclusion!

All the best,

Xoxo

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All the best!

Xoxo

Sandra

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Dreamin in Denim!!

My love for denim is a new found thing since my resignation and being a stay at home mom. I lived in suits, dresses and business attire for years and my weekends were yoga pants and a tee shirt or pull over. It has taken some time for me to just disconnect and get out of the mindset of business wear. Now that I am liberated from suits one of my favorite pieces in my spring and summer wardrobe is my denim romper. The varying textures of denim fabric has really evolved over the past few years and there has been a renewed interest in denim looks. I am on the hunt for a distressed denim romper or jumpsuit and can’t wait to share once I get it. I have linked my Like to Know It page with links to some of my favorite pieces.

What do you think about denim and the way it’s coming back around as a must have item in fashion and our wardrobes?


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Xoxo

Sandra

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Parenting Through Quarantine


It’s all fun, games and tons of laughs until you remember that you are now Mom, Teacher, Computer Technician, Homemaker, Full Time Chef, Stuffed Animal Wrangler, Lego pieces and train track finder. This is my new life at least for the foreseeable future and I know i’m not alone and cheering all of us on along the way. We’ve got this and we don’t need to be perfect, and i’m not event trying. I am just trying to do the best during this COVID-19 pandemic and get us through the end of the school year. With all of the risks involved in him going back to school and no assurances that he will be safe I will adjust for as long as needed. I had been homeschooling him up until he started Pre-K so maybe this is a sign that I should homeschool him full time next year.

How are you doing out there? I’m on week 5 of Virtual Learning and I must admit that the first few weeks had me pulling my hair out and my days were the longest. I felt like I was missing some of his work assignments as I was trying to maneuver the schools online portal. I knew my son had a full day of school away from home but did not realize it was this much work. I love his teacher and how she has ensured that the class stays connected daily. He loves that he has a virtual homeroom were they have morning announcements, math and critical thinking problem solving session. Its so good to see the class interact and share their activities with each other. My son is having fun and love that he is home and can go from class to playroom in a split second. I am not sure mommy is too happy with that one but its the least of concern based on what else is going on.

How are you guys doing with the work assignments? It seems that the work keeps increasing as the weeks go by. He has 2 biographies that he has to write by next week. I am still trying to remember if I had to do that in 1st Grade but know I didn’t. He loves math and whips through solving the problems and gets the writing done slowly. I am also his built in cheerleader so I am cheering along every step of the way.


During this coronavirus pandemic and such uncertain times, things have changed for all of us in more ways than we ever imagined. The choice is to be realistic and know that my family’s health and safety along with our family and everyone we come in contact with as well is important. I’m choosing to make the most of this time at home as well as find ways to enjoy this time with my loved ones. I am also taking moments for some long overdue self care and journaling. I encourage you all to make the most of this time at home and most importantly stay safe!

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Stay safe and we will all get through this stronger than when we began.

Xoxo

“I Said I Want the Red Bowl!” Responding to… | PBS KIDS for Parents

As we all adjust to homeschooling during the COVID-19 outbreak and these uncertain times. Change can be hard for everyone and that is multiplied for children. We have to remember that our childrens schedules and their sense of structure has been upended. They are missing their teachers, friends, schedule play dates and extra curricular activities.

I know that we can get through these times with using everything in our parenting toolbox and be successful in our kids continued learning and development. I came across this article with a few resources that could help as we move forward.

How are you doing adjusting to homeschooling and trying to maintain a schedule and balancing?

Learn how to turn children’s moments of irrational behavior into lessons that teach them how to manage their emotions.
— Read on www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/said-want-red-bowl-responding-toddlers-irrational-behavior

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Xoxo

Sandra

8 Online Learning Resources for Kids During the Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreak!

In these uncertain times we are all having to adjust our lives and thinking around our family’s safety, our children’s continued learning and what we do individually to support what is occurring with the corona virus pandemic.

With the closing of schools we are challenged with keeping our children on pace based on where they are academically. In addition to creatively filling their schedule with learning activities that won’t have us all going stir crazy as we are sheltered in place and quarantined as we wait out this corona virus pandemic.

I’ve used various learning sources as supplemental learning tools to teach our son at home before he started school and continued using them. I’ve added some of the sites that can be used to help in maintaining learning paths that include fun activities. Some of these activities have a learning component but is structured as a game.


ABCYya App – https://www.abcya.com/
Starfall ABC’s App – http://more.starfall.com/
IXL – https://www.ixl.com/
Moose Math – http://www.duckduckmoose.com/
Fabian Jr – http://www.funbrainjr.com/
Fish School – http://www.duckduckmoose.com/
PBS Kids – https://www.pbs.org/anywhere/home/
ABC Ninja – https://play.google.com/store/

My parenting toolbox includes using YouTube as a resource with some math, reading, social studies lessons, but it is monitored and limited to the specific topic alone. This is obviously the hardest option because there are ads for other topics popping up that may not be relevant to what you are covering and then they want to watch those videos and it distracts from what you are trying to accomplish during that moment.

Some of the apps have a monthly fee, some of them allow you to utilize portions of the learning tools for free and as you go to higher levels you are required to subscribe. Some schools are providing online resources that are free to their students. In cases where you do not have Internet at home you may be able to receive up to 2 months of free high speed service through Comcast Internet Essentials Initiative.

Here are a few suggestions to help us all get through this change and keep our sanity while still helping our kids learn.

  1. Wash hands multiple times during the day. 
  2. Wipe down the surfaces and tools being used. 
  3. It’s important to make every attempt to stick to a schedule. 
  4. Follow wake up time, shower, get dressed, recess and lunch times. 
  5. Look for fun alternatives to teach a subject (i.e. Science experiments or Arts Classes on YouTube) 
  6. Look for Virtual Field Trips to use for social studies. 
  7. If you miss something do it the next day. 
  8. Focus on the core subjects first. 
  9. It’s okay to miss some things and not get it right. We’re in for the long haul.

What are some of the things in your parenting toolbox that you are using to bridge the learning time during this quarantine while still working from home?

How are you guys doing and what are some of the unconventional things you’re doing to build in fun activities to keep sane?

XOXO
Sandra

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8 Online Learning Resources for Kids

‘Step back’ is the language of control. We can thank Harry and Meghan for that. – The Washington Post

LVMH Converting Its Perfume Factories To Make Hand Sanitizer

LVMH announced today that it is converting three of its perfume manufacturing facilities where it normally makes fragrances for its Christian Dior, Givenchy and Guerlain brands to make hand sanitizer instead. It’s accomplishing many things with this change.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/richardkestenbaum/2020/03/15/lvmh-converting-its-perfume-factories-to-make-hand-sanitizer/amp/

Lunch Struggles!

Who loves to fix lunch for there kids to take to school? When I say it’s a struggle to prepare lunch for the little guy with all of his allergies, it’s not an exaggeration. There is no easy way out or quick lunches to prepare for him to take to school. Eating lunch that is provided at school in the cafeteria is never an option with all of his food allergies.

Over the past few weeks I noticed that he was not eating what I was sending for lunch and his lunch box or container would still be full when I went to empty it to clean. We talked about it and he said he just didn’t like what I was sending for lunch. I figured out that I better get creative so that he would eat his lunch. I though since the foods he can eat are limited and what he likes to eat is limited then one of the options would be to make his foods look fun, have him choose what he would take for lunch and have him help me prepare.

I found the coolest ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”PLANETBOX Rover Eco-Friendly (opens in a new tab)”>PLANETBOX Rover Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box and bag combo. It’s easy to pack his favorite items with the 5 sections of the lunchbox. It gives me the flexibility to have all of his items in one place and he doesn’t have to open up multiple containers and leave them at school. The really cool part of the lunchbox is that it comes with 2 portable containers where you can use for dip, yogurt, applesauce, dressing etc.

Who loves to fix lunch for there kids to take to school? When I say it’s a struggle to prepare lunch for the little guy with all of his allergies, it’s not an exaggeration. There is no easy way out or quick lunches to prepare for him to take to school. Eating lunch that is provided at school in the cafeteria is never an option with all of his food allergies. 

Over the past few weeks I noticed that he was not eating what I was sending for lunch and his lunch box or container would still be full when I went to empty it to clean. We talked about it and he said he just didn’t like what I was sending for lunch. I figured out that I better get creative so that he would eat his lunch. I though since the foods he can eat are limited and what he likes to eat is limited then one of the options would be to make his foods look fun, have him choose what he would take for lunch and have him help me prepare. 

I found the coolest Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box and bag combo. It’s easy to pack his favorite items with the 5 sections of the lunchbox. It gives me the flexibility to have all of his items in one place and he doesn’t have to open up multiple containers and leave them at school. The really cool part of the lunchbox is that it comes with 2 portable containers where you can use for dip, yogurt, applesauce, dressing etc

PLANETBOX Rover Eco-Friendly Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box

I have been testing out different combinations of foods for him to take to lunch. The lunch menu for today included (2) gluten free mini pancakes with syrup in the mini cup, blackberries, blueberries and watermelon. I use the decorative cutters for his fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, cucumbers and watermelon. He loves to help me cut out the shapes and then eats the little pieces after we cut them out.

Some of the other foods that have been easier to send with him and that does not come back home has been Sushi, steamed broccoli, gluten free homemade french toast, salad, gluten free pasta and dairy free yogurts.
Here are a few pictures of some fun and delicious lunch options we have created so far. Again, the small wins in having this new lunchbox give me major options In selecting fun lunch items for the little guy.

Do you have any lunch struggles with kids that have allergy considerations? I know I have other mommies out here with some of these struggles.

Xoxo

Sandra

Sushi, Avocado & Fruit Lunch
Gluten Free Pancakes & Fruits

Doctors Advise Parents to Worry About the Flu | Parenting | TLC.com

Professionals say parents should be more concerned about the flu than coronavirus.
— Read on www.tlcme.com/parenting/the-flu-is-a-much-bigger-threat-than-the-coronavirus–doctors-te

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Family

Fun Valentine Day Ideas for the Whole Family!

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here. Weren’t we just celebrating Christmas and New Years yesterday? We are almost in February and before long it will be summer.

I will admit that sometimes planning for the perfect Valentine’s Day can be stressful if you let it. Sometimes less but heartfelt is more and the thought that goes into planning something memorable than costly and creates a lasting memory. I believe in maying Valentine’s Day sentimental, fun and doing the unexpected things that we can go back and talk about after Valentine’s day has passed.

If you are in a crunch for time or prefer to shop for a gift, then my Valentine’s Day Gift Guides will be perfect for you to check out. I have pulled together gift guides for kids, him and her with items ranging from $8 – $100. I also provided the links that will make it easy for you to select. Hope you find something for your loved ones or you are able to take a few suggestions from the list below to make it a fantastic Valentines’s Day.

1. Leave a love note or card for your spouse or kids in different places daily.
a) Pinned to clothes, in shoes, TV, remotes.. etc. b) Favorite cup or mug, inside refrigerator etc. c) In bathroom on the mirror or in shower. d) On Pillow or in their lingerie or pajamas drawer. e) Place them in their car, purses, briefcases, backpacks, lunch boxes, favorite book etc
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2. Leave rose petals on the floor leading to different places daily during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. (This one may be tricky if you have kids)

3. Plan for an intimate activity in each of those locations on those days. It could be as intimate as reading a love poem together or something more elaborate. Use your imaginations.

4. Surprise your significant other when they get home by meeting them at the door with a glass of wine, beer or their favorite drink.

5. Take a drive to a nearby park and have an early Valentine’s Day picnic watching the sunset or a late night rendezvous watching the stars.

6. Visit an Arts Gallery and take in some of their Valentine’s Day activities.

7. If you have kids look for activities that will include kids as part of the event.

8. Bake Valentine’s Day cookies with your kids and have them help you fix a Valentines Day dinner for the family.

9. Have fun with using red food coloring to fix dinner and create fun along the way.

10. You really can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed, which also happens to be the best start to Valentine’s Day.

11. Visit a favorite area with restaurants and bars. Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop from place-to-place, grab seats at the bar or if they have an outside seating area, and order different kinds of wine and appetizers while  playing footsie under the table. 

12. Flash back to where it all started for your relationship by reinacting your first date. Play a memory game to see how much details you can remember from your date and order the same items for your evening. 

13. If you and your loved one are into physical fitness go for a bike ride along some of the historic sites in your city. Almost all of the big cities and towns have bike rental websites online, including tandem bikes, that have affordable hourly rates.

14. Seek out some of the areas that are not busy this time of the year and off the beaten path, take a Valentine’s Day weekend excursion somewhere that will get you both exploring the unfamiliar. Make reservations through an Airbnb or other source instead of going through the more expensive hotel options.

15. When museums stay open after-hours, they tend to spice things up by throwing a party or holding a special event—especially on Valentine’s Day. Take an after-dark art tour for two like the one offered by some Museums. Complete with a picnic basket for two, chocolate truffles and champagne, accompanied by live music.

16. Plan a scavenger hunt at home. Think for items you can use to hide that are his and your favorite intimate items. Be creative and make up your own with fun and erotic prizes. (You can also do this for kids by using some of their items they love the most. favorite toy, book, etc.. Make up prizes based on what you do for rewards. If you don’t have a reward system then maybe you can do movie tickets, visit to their favorite park, local ice cream shop, etc. )

17. Venture out for a sip and paint activity in your area. You can find some great deals on Groupon for your area or maybe look for areas a that have museums close by that you can visit. Suggest that you use a car service or designated driver to ensure you’ll get an unforgettable night and reach home safely.

18. February weather isn’t always the most romantic, so if you’d rather stay in on Valentine’s Day, channel your inner kids and play your fave childhood board games. It’s a great way to laugh and bond without just watching a movie like usual.

19. Do something adventurous and out of the norm. If you are in a warmer climate try a hot air balloon ride. If you are in a colder climate then try indoor skydiving. There are great finds on Groupon where you can get up to almost half off the cost.

20. Check out some local talent for a comedy show, open mic or new artist in your area. You can usually find them listed on Eventbrite or Groupon for your areas. Another source is the display boards at your local coffee shops.

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Have a Happy and Memorable Valentine’s Day!❤️❤️

Xoxo

Sandra Ann

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