Rolling Video Games of Chicagoland!

Summer is here and in my household that means Birthday Mania! Dereon’s Birthday, Baby Chance’s Birthday, my Mom’s Birthday, my little sister Eboni’s birthday, plus a few uncles, cousins, and girl friends birthdays as well. Whew! So I can’t play around with waiting around to plan Dereon’s birthday party because our month of June is so busy! 

This year Dereon was torn on what he wanted to do for his birthday, which isn’t like him. Normally it’s pretty clear what he wants to do, but this year he was stuck between a Game Bus or Great America. I kind of didn’t like the Great America idea because the weather can be messy in the beginning of June with lots of rain and that would limit his ride time at the theme park. So I started looking at Video Game buses to check prices, availability, and options. I ran across some unprofessional companies in this process and some places didn’t even answer or return my call! I finally spoke with Rolling Video Games of Chicagoland and they made things easy as pie. My date was available and booking the party didn’t even take 5 minutes. I showed Dereon the website before I confirmed everything and he was sold! He hasn’t stopped talking about it yet.


Rolling Video Games of Chicagoland comes to you and offers you all the coolest games and gaming systems in an climate controlled decked out bus! Being able to service up to 24 people at one time is pretty impressive and they have more than five 55″ TVs. You can even play a few dancing games on the outside when the weather is nice!


The going rate for these buses can get pretty expensive, but Rolling Video Games of Chicagoland is the best priced to me. You have your own “Game coach” that comes and help keeps the party going and gives the kids (or adults) game instructions, etc. 


Customizing your event is easy, you can do as little as 2 hours or add more for those serious gamers! Game selection is up to you too. Kid friendly games like “Just Dance” is available but if the crowd is into more of the “action” games then “Halo” and “Call of Duty” is right at your finger tips. 

Up to four people can play per TV so you don’t have to worry about telling the kiddos to share. This is partying in VIP the right way with less stress. I definitely recommend Rolling Video Games of Chicagoland and I can’t wait for Dereon to play all his favorite games with his favorite friends! Check out their website or give them a call at (708)-733-5300 an let them know Keyonda sent you! 

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I’ll be posting pictures and live footage from Dereon’s Birthday Party today on my Facebook, SnapChat (arealurbanmom), Instagram, and Twitter!

Gostosa Hair Extensions: Spring Weave Make Over!

Spring is here and Sunmer is right around the corner. You can now pull out your colorful outfits and get your hair from under those big bulky hats and finally let your hair blow in the wind.

This Winter I wasn’t concerned about my hair as much and I kept it in weaves, wigs, and other protective styles. My goal was something that would last and was decent. I was throwing a hat on my head 80% of the time so I didn’t need a style too dramatic. 

However Spring snuck in and I started to realize I had a few trips and things coming up and my little “quick weaves” and basic styles weren’t going to do the trick. I wanted a sew in that cold be versatile while still being cute.

My Baecation was slowly approaching and I was super excited to get sexy and beautiful for my husband. So I wanted my weave long and wavy (that’s his favorite lol)! I also knew we would be going out of the country and traveling to the Bahamas so I need quality hair that can stand the test of salt water from the ocean and chlorine from the jacuzzis and pools! I didn’t want nothing I had to constantly keep up with I wanted carefree hair while looking like a million bucks! Was that a lot to ask for? Lol.

I found the perfect extension company to fit the bill and an amazing stylist as well. They are truly a dream team! They are officially my glam squad! The products, the service, and the entire experience has truly been amazing. Gostosa Hair Extensions and DeeCannStyle you guys rock!


I posted my Spring Weave Make Over pictures on my social media accounts and everyone went crazy. I got inboxes, shares, retweets and tons of comments! I felt like a millions bucks! And when my husband and oldest son saw me they really made me feel like a star. I was officially addicted to Gostosa Hair Extensions and Deecann Style!

The Gostosa Hair Extensions company carries several different types of virgin hair: straight, wavy, and even curly! I was sold on the company after I read up on how they treat their hair and wash the chemicals away from the extensions. That’s so important when you are buying hair as an investment because you want the best and you want to be able to reinstall your hair more than once so quality is key! 

Now let’s get to the good stuff, I know you want to see pictures and hear about the pattern I got and my overall thoughts. I will spill the beans, but I will let you know this will be a 3 part series because I’ve done so much with this hair I want to give you guys all the info!

My appointment with Traveling Mizani Hair Stylist DeeCannStyle was at 10am a week before my Baecation. I picked that date because it worked best for my husband’s work schedule and I wanted a day to get pampered and not feel rushed or worry about the kids so I selected a day Dennis would be off so he could stay with the kids. That worked out perfectly. Dionna’s salon is in the South Loop and wasn’t far from my home at all. Once I was dropped off I didn’t have to wait to get my natural locks washed and detangled. Dionna took her time untangling my hair softly and carefully since I’m tender headed I winced a few times just for the effect LOL. She was gentle and she educated me on my hair as she washed and deep conditioned it. After my hair was all cleaned and conditioned we went to her station where she blow dried my hair and also gave my ends a healthy trim. It was definitely needed! 

Now I met with Dionna and also the owner of Gostosa Hair Extensions Mrs. Herzog for an hair consult the day prior to my appointment. They were both very educated on hair health and what extensions worked best in different environments. Dionna asked what type of look I was going for and I stressed that I wanted my hair style to be as carefree as possible for my trip and upcoming events as well as healthy on my damaged hair. After seeing that my edges were thinning we decided on a middle part to give my edges a rest and help them grow while still giving me a sexy middle part to rock. The hair was selected was truly gorgeous! Gostosa Hair Extensions Indian Temple Hair. This hair is amazing. The natural state is wavy, soft, and luxe. The maintenance for this hair isn’t major and that’s a really impressive feature for me because I wanted to look good without a lot of effort (I am a mom of 2. Lol)


Dionna did a braid pattern that was so flat I couldn’t even believe it! As she did my sew in I didn’t feel any real pain and thats so uncommon I have had a million of sew ins and I’m in pain by the first track but not with Dionna she took her time and she made me feel comfortable. I was on snap chat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posting my process and she was so warm and welcoming. She explained to me with the type of hair I was getting installed I could get my hair wet and the waves would pop back in place. She also told me that she has used the Indian Temple hair a few times her self and she was in love with it. 

My hair was done before I knew it and I was smiling so hard! The hair looked amazing without even being flat ironed or curled. Just a little of my natural hair was left out and it blended so well you couldn’t tell where it ended or started! The Indian Temple hair is so versatile and light. It was able to lay flat while still giving me the bounce and body I needed. 

When I stood up I felt good. My sister always says “when you look good you feel good” and that’s so true. I felt like a hot momma! Every woman should feel like that. No questions asked!


I had a 26″,28″, 28″ installed. Dionna just trimmed slightly to frame my face but none of my wrefts were cut so I can keep using this hair for different installs. This hair is perfect for the mom on the go to the fashionista! It can be curled, dyed, blow dried, cut and everything else you can do to hair. It’s virgin hair at its finest! Gostosa Hair Extensions has a gem in their hands! Guess what guys? They are holding a promotion now that if you purchase their hair online you will get 10% off your order! This a sale you don’t want to miss! Visit Gostosa Hair Extensions today!


Special thanks to Mrs. Herzog for allowing me to rock your Luxe Hair line! Gostosa Hair Extensions is the truth and I can’t wait to try your other hair selections as well. Thank you to DeeCannStyle for using your blessed hands on my happy head LOL this is the best sew in I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to sit back in your chair again!


Part 2 of my Gostosa Hair Experience will drop soon. Stay tuned!

A Real Urban Mom riding the 2015 Subaru Legacy

Guys I’m super excited to say this… my family and I are test driving the 2015 Subaru Legacy! We will have the car for a whole week and we’ve already been putting that baby to use. We’ve ran errands, did last minute Christmas shopping, dropped off gifts and picked some up from family and friends. Whew!

The funny thing is the car just fits perfectly in our life. It’s not too big and it’s not too small. Our boys fit comfortably in the back and have some room to move around and Dennis has enough leg room when driving and being a passenger (he’s 6ft.) Since I’m short I love the fact the seats can be moved by a push of a button.

The gas mileage on this car has been amazing, we have been all over Chicago and we still have more than a half tank of gas! I’m impressed. I’ll keep you guys posted on what else the Subaru can do later this week!

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Keep an eye out on us on social media because videos and pictures are being uploaded constantly! We are loving this car and super blessed to have it for a whole week!

Tomorrow isn’t promised

Two days ago we said goodbye to my Father-in-Law. My husband lost his father and my children lost their grandfather. I was left speechless because I honestly thought he would recover from his sickness and things would be like normal or even better. Sadly that didn’t happen.

Death is going to happen, I understand that people are born and that people pass away, but when it hits home it’s a different story. The thought of a loved one no longer being around stings…memories of the past flash in your head and then you realize that you have to go on without this person. Pain.

A funeral is reminder to live. It’s a PSA to not take life for granted and to love those near to you like there is no tomorrow because sadly there might not be.

Hold your kids a little tighter tonight and make sure your family and friends know you love them.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

So I joined my friend Natasha from HousefulOfNicholes on her #HousefulOfCookies challenge! 11 days of cookies recipes are on her blog and my recipe will make it 12. I’m not a baker at all, but I wanted to push myself this Holiday season. So I attempted to make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with the kiddos!

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So I’ll be honest my husband Dennis helped me mix the ingredients together because my mixing skills aren’t the best. Another confession I left the cookies in a little to long so they weren’t super chewy. But they were good! And I will make them again soon, but won’t keep them in the oven as long. All my friends enjoyed them so that’s all that matters!

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The time it took me (my husband) to  blend and prep was about 10 minutes.

Baking time was around 10 minutes.

These cookies are good, simple, and cheap to make!

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What do I need to make them?

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 stick of butter

How to make them??

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips.
When blended, mix in the chocolate chips.
Make 2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. You don’t want to make them too big because they do spread.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the cookies sheet for about 30 seconds to 1 minute before letting cool on a wire rack.
Makes around a dozen small cookies.

Make a dozen and let me know how it goes!

Hello, December!

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Whoa! The last month of 2015!!! Can you believe it?? I can’t. It seems like yesterday was Just the beginning. Sigh. I’m thankful for another year and to grow old, but it’s just happening so fast.

I plan on soaking up every day of December. Watching my boys grow up and trying new things. I want to live life a little more structured in 2016. For some reason 2015 was so random and kind of free spirited which isn’t bad, but with life being so short I think I should plan more and stick to it.

Anyways, enough of my random venting I want to wish you nothing, but blessings, peace, and fun this month. Enjoy your family, friends, and food!

Xoxo,

Keyonda

Fund Raising for the Perfect Event

Sometimes putting together a special event can be difficult. A special event doesn’t need to be a big company gala or some other corporate activity. It can be a 50th wedding anniversary, a special birthday party, proposing to your significant other or really anything in your life that is out of the ordinary. But how are you suppose to raise enough money to do such an event? Maybe you can take on a second job, but that might be out of the question and it might not even be enough to raise what you need. You can go door to door, selling cookies or tins of popcorn, but then you might have some scouts chasing you down for infringing on their selling territory. So what in the world are you suppose to do? Have you ever thought about fund raising? No, not like a bake sale where everyone in the neighbourhood knows about it (which in turn might completely destroy the element of surprise for your special event). No, you need to look at fund raising through the modern era. Gone are the days of trying to sell books out of a catalog to raise a few extra dollars or whipping up a batch of your grandma’s famous cookies to try and make cash. You need to take it to the 21st century, which is all online. The Internet gives you greater exposure and really increases the chances of raising the money you need while also keeping it hush-hush (if you need it to be). 

Raising Money for Anything and Everything

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Different events and activities need money. It isn’t just “feed the hungry” campaigns or other extremely large orders designed to help hundreds of thousands of people at once. There are other campaigns that might need money for a small group or even an individual. The larger organizations are able to generate more exposure and reach more people, so what should be done for a smaller group looking to raise money for a singular event? The Internet is still there able to help out, the group or individual just needs to know where to look and how to proceed. Funding for non-profits and the tactics used by these organizations can be utilized by a singular individual or group as well. It just comes down to taking advantage of what the Internet is able to provide. The Internet makes it possible to create pitches and to showcase why the event or activity is so important and why it needs funding. 

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The Internet is King

So how can the Internet help you or your organization raise money? You just need to create a pitch and show the world what the money is going to be done for. Maybe it is to help a sick child make it to an amusement park or perhaps it is for a church group to go to South America to help with a school construction. There are plenty of excellent organizations and plenty of people who are always on the look out for ways to give back and to help a just cause. So, as long as you are looking to do good and to help others, the Internet is a fantastic way to pitch what you want to do. Plus, with a creative pitch online, you are able to reach millions of more people than you might with a bake sale. So, the next time you are looking to bring in money for your organization but are just at a loss for what to do and how to do it, remember the Internet is your friend. 

*Guest post by Ronell Stewart

A party on the bus…Chicago style!

Two weeks ago we ventured to Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest for a early birthday celebration for my husband’s birthday. Although Six Flags isn’t too far from us it is a nice drive to the park. Since it was a large group of us that were going we decided to look into getting a bus or van to accommodate everyone and to save money. After calling a few places I was just thinking about everyone driving there on their own because the quotes I was getting were too expensive. However that all stopped once I spoke with Marvis from Flash Transportation.

Marvis was polite, professional, a down to earth guy he checked his schedule to confirm he was available for our time slot and he explained the booking process. Once I got everyone on board we got the deposit and booked the date I was able to rest assured that our transportation was covered.

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The trip to Six Flags was fun and stress free. We listened to music and had a few cocktails to build up our courage for those crazy roller coaster we were going to be facing.

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Once we made it the park we were dropped off right at the front gate so we didn’t have to walk long at all. Marvis told us where he would be when it was time to leave as well.

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The park was packed and we had to wait a long time to ride one of the more popular coasters, but overall we had a great time.

Midnight was closing time and I called Marvis to let him know we were heading towards the exit gate and he had the bus running and waiting with the heat just right for our journey back home. We grabbed our cocktails and laughed about the rides and screams we had just experienced. I have nothing but good things to say about our ride with Flash Transportation and I definitely recommend them for all your travel needs. Call Marvis at 773.802.1690 and let him know Keyonda sent ya!

Wait it’s November already?

Sheesh! November. 2015. Seems like I was just saying “Happy New Year!” Yet I’m preparing for a whole new year. This year has gone by really fast. It hasn’t been the best year, but I have had some awesome highlights. No matter how good of a year I’ve had I still have so much to be thankful for so November will be that month for me when I look back at all the things I should be thankful and grateful for.

Earlier today I was strolling on Instagram and I ran across a #30daysofthanks post on my friend Laila’s page (check out her blog). I was instantly reminded of my blessings and miracles and I want to encourage everyone else to meditate on the good.

After some research I found out a Blog called One Thing Alone kick started this challenge and I love it. I’m sharing it below and I encourage you to really look at the challenge. We have so much to be thankful for!!!

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Easy Healthy Fall meal with the help of Johnsonville Naturals brats!

It’s official Fall is here. Chicago had a calm summer not too many real hot days and lots of warm days. However Fall has come in with a vengeance. It’s really chilly and the sun doesn’t stay out long at all. I don’t mind Fall to be honest Fall is my favorite because I love a good movie, under a blanket and a lovely warm hearty dinner.

I decided to start looking for some easy meals to make this Fall for the family and I thought about cabbage. It’s fairly easy to make, affordable, and pretty tasty when you add the perfect meat and seasoning. Last Sunday I decided cabbage would be our dinner and I began prepping.

Cabbage is pretty easy and there are many ways to prepare it, but this is how I made mine.

1. Cleaned and chopped my cabbage.
2. Boiled the cabbage with my basic seasonings (season salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic.)
3. After the cabbage boiled down I sliced up some Johnsonville Natural Brats and sautéed them in a skillet until they were brown on both sides.
4. After the brats were browned I added them to the cabbage.
5. As the brats and cabbage cooked together I quickly made a batch of cornbread.

And then BOOM! All done!

Let me tell you my house smelled amazing! Dereon kept asking when dinner would be ready. Lol. The prep only took about 10 minutes and I cooked the cabbage at medium heat for an hour. The brats only took about 5 minutes to brown and they finished cooking off in the cabbage.

Johnsonville’s new Naturals Brats really gave my cabbage a kick and made it more hearty. The packaging is smart because it has a clean and simple label. Plus the Naturals line does not contain artificial ingredients, flavors, colors or preservatives. The line focuses on high quality, natural ingredients, such as premium cuts of meat and flavorful spices to deliver great taste. I’m a true witness to that!

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What’s your favorite Fall dish? I’m looking for a few more to add to the rooster but I will surely be using this cabbage and Johnsonville combo again!