Mothers gaining angels?

Mother’s Day….such a special day, I’ve spent several school years making cards and arts and crafts for the two most important women in my life. Every year they would act surprised and shocked and explain how my “gift” would be placed on their desk at work or placed on the fireplace at home so all could see. I beamed every time thankful that my gift was well received & perfectly crafted. Once I started high school the buying gifts dilemma started, what do you buy a woman that has everything? What do you buy someone with $13? Of course a teddy bear and card! What mom doesn’t need that? But you can’t repeat that the following year so a coffee mug is a must to have down on the list. Each year I bought random gifts and my mom loved each one, by this time my mom would buy my gift for my grandma and I would just add my name to the card.

Once I became a mother I realized that the homemade gifts ARE beautiful and the cards with  the words Mother’s Day mushed up together are priceless. My grandma and mom weren’t playing, there were really happy that I took time out of my busy play time to focus and create a masterpiece for them. I love seeing my child so happy to honor all the moms in his life, it’s a blessing in itself.

Now as a adult and a mom myself I spend more money on my mom’s gift and a longer time picking out a card…not because I have to prove to her that she was the best mom ever, but just to show her I appreciate all she has done for me and my family and that I’m grateful she’s my mom.

In 2008 my grandmother passed away and my mother lost her mother… My mom lost her best friend. I lost one of my best friends…I thought how could we go on? How can we celebrate Mother’s Day again without grandma?! I couldn’t phantom smiling and embracing Mother’s day knowing I could never give my grandmother a card or a new housecoat or pair of slippers again. But what really made me stop and think was mom would no longer have a mother! She wouldn’t be able to hug the woman that brought her into the world. The first Mother’s Day after my grandma’s passing came and it was almost like any Mother’s Day until we talked about my grandmother and how she would dress sharp as a tact & have her Mother’s Day hat on with the rest of the Mothers of the Church. I began to mourn all over, not just for me losing my grandmother, but for my mom losing her mom. I couldn’t imagine not having my mother. No matter how she may irk a nerve every now and then, she is my mother and I am her first born! This is the woman that kissed my boo boos, hot combed my hair Sunday nights, and saved money so every Christmas was better than the last. The woman who carried me 9 months and still carries me to this day spiritually and emotionally when I’m down.


The strength my mother shows is remarkable and I know there are a lot of other women and men mourning the loss of a mother or a grandmother I want to encourage you and let you know that each year that passes you get stronger and know you didn’t lose a loved one…you gained an angel!

To those who are blessed to still have your mother and or grandmother in your life please cherish these moments and not just on holidays but everyday.

Palmolive Soft Touch Influenster

I got mail today!! Who doesn’t love mail? Let me rephrase that who doesn’t love mail that DOESN’T involve bills? This afternoon I got a knock on my door from the Mail Carrier, I had a package! The box was bright green and pink.



It had that famous Influenster logo attached also Palmolive Soft Touch was noted on the box. The box was long like a gift box for wine, don’t ask me how I know about a wine box size. Once opened up the package included two full size (25 fl oz) Palmolive Soft Touch soap bottles. One bottle included was a Vitamin E, that bottle boasts that this formula is great for soft hands. The second bottle was Coconut Butter and that formula is noted for having a silky smooth feel. Both bottles of the Palmolive Soft Touch dish detergent mentions that they were designed to be mild on hands while still leaving your dishes sparkling clean.



The box also included a note card welcoming me to the Palmolive Soft Touch campaign. Also there were four $1 dollar off coupons for me to give to family and friends. Super cool! I get to keep one of the two full size bottles and give the other bottle away to one of my family members another cool feature. Both bottles smell lovely and I can’t decide which one to keep and which one to give away.

I am a huge fan of Palmolive not just because I got to sample their new product, but I actually use their soap on my dishes currently. I love this dish wash liquid!

I encourage you to check out Influenster if you like trying out new things and don’t mind conversing and sharing your thoughts with others. Check their site out, you will be glad you did.

*DISCLAIMER* I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster, but my thoughts are my own.

Tamar Braxton’s Baby Shower!

The super cute and very pregnant Tamar Braxton and her husband Vince had a HUGE Baby Shower this past Sunday filled with celebrities. The “Backyard Boogie Baby Shower” was a red carpet event and Tamar stole the show wearing a stunning white dress and her signature flowing blonde locks. Tamar was glowing.


Tamar family came out to support and they all looked really cute!


Tiny and T.I


Toni and Tamar

Toni and Tamar

And it is true…It is a boy

Its a Boy

I just love Vince and Tamar!

Vince and Tamar

Congrats and the best of luck to the new parents to be! I also heard the new season of Tamar and Vince will show the birth of the baby..super exciting!


*Disclaimer* These images are not mine and don’t belong to me.


I am proud to say I am a member of “SheSpeaks” and boy it’s pretty cool. I received a box with four PG items. They were sent for me to test them out and give my honest review. I love that the items I received were full size bottles and not sample sized I also loved that the products were all PG most loved items so these were popular and top sellers.

The box with the PG products and information.
The box with the PG products and information.

The box was filled with a “Tide to go”, Gillette Fusion Soothing Moisturizer, CoverGirl Outlast Lipgloss duo, and Olay Total effects 7 in one deep penetrating moisture advanced anti-aging body wash! There was also some information on the campaign and what I was to do with the products. Very easy program and lots of fun. I enjoyed each item, although one of the products had to be used by my husband (Gillette Fusion Soothing Moisturizer) he loved the fact I had something to share with him.

I have been a fan of Procter and Gamble for as long as I can recall. They have become a brand America can trust. So when I received the package from SheSpeaks I was ecstatic and honored to review items from such an reputable company.

Full sized products
Full sized products

SheSpeaks isn’t just about free samples or reviews, but its an online community where women share thoughts, recipes, events, and pictures. Since its just for ladies its a comfortable sounding board and safe heaven where you can be discreet with a cute username and join a sisterhood of woman all over the USA talking about things you may have thought of or even had questions about.

If you haven’t heard about SheSpeaks here is a little info from their website:

We inspire women to discover, influence and share products. SheSpeaks is a community powered by women who love to get the latest scoop and share what’s hot. SheSpeaks gives you many ways to have a say, share and inspire others. Read and comment on our blogs, share hot deals and offers, create a review or join our discussion boards. You’ll get helpful information, tips and expert advice on a range of topics, to keep you in the know. It’s free to join and if you participate regularly in our community you might just get something free delivered to your door.

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