9 Jul



All my life I’ve been pretty low maintenance, on any given day my “hairdo” consists of a comb and a brush of the hair, my “makeup” consists of carmex lip balm, my “outfits” consists of what I can get away with not ironing.  If I had to name my style it would be “messy chic” (I put alot of thought into that name).  *Enter Instagram*

If you’re living under a rock Instagram is like the super addictive facebook of photography, you get to post pictures all the live long day of whatever you like.  At first it was a fun way to share milestones, funny moments and happy times with your “friends/follwers” but now it’s turned into a full court pressure cooker.  For those of you who thought it was just another app think again…there’s rules to this sh*t I wrote me a manual!!!

*Be cute: Heavens forbid I get caught in the background of your instagram pic looking ratchet.  That’s like social networking suicide. 

*Be extra witty: I mean I’ve already been blessed with the gift of being witty and sarcastic but if I’m brave enough to post a tweegram instead of a picture it better damn well be funny and worth it. 

*Be selective: I may think all your posts are pretty/funny/cool but if I like too many I’m a stalker, if I don’t like enough I’m a hater.

*Be creative: If I post a picture of anything besides myself it has to be interesting and picstitched to intrigue. 

*Be mysterious: Oversaturation isn’t good in any form.

*Be polite: If I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

So there you have it, my simple rules to maintaining a healthy and fun instagram account. 

I know I’m not alone in this so please share some of your instagram rules!

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”


23 Feb

Two days ago I’m at work listening to my ipod with my extremely inexpensive yet highly effective silver ipod speaker:











On comes “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone.

 I go to turn it up because I love this song!

When all of a sudden my belly starts to squirm and turn and do somersaults. 

I look down and see that infamous (and a little bit freaky) wave that all moms-to-be talk about.

I take a sec to enjoy the wave show.

The song and the wave both abruptly come to an end.

As I pressed the repeat button on my ipod (partially because I love the  song and partially because I was experimenting), the wave began again.

Could it be! Yep! I think she likes this song!

As I replayed the song a couple more times I sat and envisioned her tiny little body in my belly doing intricate jazz dance moves.

And I smiled, the proud mommmy smile.

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beanie Baby loves good music!

So this is for you Beanie Baby on Good Music Thursday!

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”


16 Feb

My pastor always says that God has blessed each and every one of us with a gift and whatever that gift is we must treat it as such and share it with the world.  For some of us it takes a lifetime to figure out exactly what that gift is but for Whitney it was clear and apparent and not up for discussion!  I loved Whitney because to me she was beautiful, fiesty and of course because that girl could sang! 

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that it was really painful to see her life play out in the later years and see her gift twirling down the toilet bowl.  I wished that I could hug her and tell her all the things I hope her loved ones were telling her.  It is truly sad to lose yet another great talent and voice.  I hope that she has finally found peace and I pray for her little one. 



16 Feb

Everytime I watch the movie “Enough” starrring Jennifer Lopez the one thing that always sticks out to me and catches my attention is when her best friend Ginny played by Juliette Lewis says “You have a divine animal right to protect your own life and the life of your offspring”.  For some strange and unknown reason that one line was so powerful to me.  And now that I am approaching motherhood and preparing for my Beanie Baby to enter the world this statement is ringing true in so many different ways.  Things that I would have just shaken my head at in the past now bring up emotions in me that I’ve never experienced. Deep, ferocious and furious emotions.  This story for example:

A teacher in Queens decided that it would be a good and also nice idea to have her 5th grade class make holiday cards and write letters to her boyfriend.  Not too bad is what you’re saying, I bet.  Nope not at all, until you find out that her boyfriend is incarcerated for CHILD PORNOGRAPHY among a rap sheet of many other things.  Go ahead, I’ll wait for you to process this.  Ready? Ok, let’s go! 

As if that weren’t bad enough some even included information such as their names and home addresses in these letters/cards.  Why?  Because they were instructed to do so if they wanted to receive cards in return from “people who did not have a home or do not feel well”.  Fortunately for these children the package of cards and letters were intercepted by a guard who didn’t find it appropriate.  She is now on desk duty somewhere in Long Island City…Far from kids and on her way to getting fired I hope!

Now I try not to judge people and their decisions as much as possible IF their choices don’t harm and affect others.  What Lil Miss Melissa Dean wants to do on her own time is her business but when she puts a classroom full of kids in harm’s way then there’s a big motherflipping problem.! HUGE!  I’m sure these children thought nothing to be wrong of the assignment their teacher had given.  Afterall, she is their teacher and they have to do what’s instructed in order to get promoted to the next grade right?

Now more than ever I appreciate the little things that my parents taught me when I was younger.  Some of the things made no sense to me and they sometimes sounded like my own personal broken record but now these same lessons I must pass on to my daughter especially in this world around us.  Things like always ask questions, even if you think it’s a dumb question ask anyway.  If something doesn’t seem right don’t do it.  And most importantly never be afraid to talk to your parents.

What did you do/learn in school today has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning, hasn’t it!

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”


9 Dec

Happy Friday Friends!!!!


29 Nov

I sat down and watched the news a couple of days over the Thanksgiving weekend and I’m baffled by what makes “the news” these days.

1) *gasp* Jenny from the block is really Jenny from the lot! J.Lo wasn’t even in the Bronx during the taping of the Fiat commercial. She was actually on a Hollywood lot while a J.Lo double visited the Bronx. Well where are the lawyers and judges because this is just criminal. (whispering) psst hey you! yeah you! a little closer.  ANYONE WHO’S EVER BEEN TO THE BRONX ALREADY KNEW THAT!!!!!!!!! Get a clue news people.  Now carry on!

2) The parents of the 1 and 3 year olds who went viral with their YouTube video of their 2 kids getting ahold of a 5 lb bag of flour are under “scrutiny” <- news peoples’ word not mine because they’re believed to have staged the flour catastrophe. I’ve 2 words! WHO CARES!!!!!!!! As long as they didn’t use taxpayers’ money to clean the flour ridden mess and no children were beaten to smithereens during the taping of flourgate why is it anyone’s concern???!!!!!

3) Again Miley Cyrus is in everyone’s bad graces because she made a comment about smoking weed.  I believe the exact quote was “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much [expletive] weed.”  Now everyone is in an uproar, the majority are probably parents who allow their young impressionable daughters to idolize her.  I know someone’s gonna be pissed at me for saying this buuuuuuuut, if the news didn’t make things like a 19 year old enjoying her birthday with friends headline news maybe these young impressionable children wouldn’t have a clue what Miley does when she’s not performing.  In a day in age where all these other starlets are smoking crack, shooting heroin, snorting cocaine and everything else under the kitchen sink while stealing jewelry, missing court dates and showing their cooters for all the world to see, do we really have our panties in a bunch over weed????  I’m not condoning it but if we spent a liiiiiiiiiiiiiittle more time raising our children instead of letting the actors, musicians and famous people of the world do it, maybe sh*t like this wouldn’t be BREAKING NEWS!  I’m just saying.

I found myself saying “Who gives a f*ck!” more than I’d care to admit while watching the news this weekend.  I see more relevant, informative, life altering news on my way to work every morning.  And then they wonder why the sale of newspapers and the viewership of news has gone down.  You can’t keep feeding us garbage expecting us to eat it.

“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”


24 Nov

This is my favorite song to listen to during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s season! Enjoy!


“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”