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    I’m Having a (Twitter) Party!! |#CountdowntoGrindelwald

    If you know me then you have at some point heard me profess my love for all things Harry Potter. I fell in love with the wizarding world in elementary school and I’ve been a potterhead ever since. I watch the movies every single time they’re on tv, the DVDs got me through some of my loneliest moments when I first moved back to NYC and I can read the entire series in a week without skipping a beat. 

    When Fantastic Beasts was first released I was hesitant. I take my love for Hogwarts seriously and I hated the idea of them trying to tell any other story that wouldn’t be a good one. But I was sooooo wrong. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an amazing movie!! And my love expanded. When I saw the first trailer for the Crimes of Grindelwald I probably held my breath the entire time. I seriously can’t wait for this movie in November. 

    So in complete impatient anticipation and to connect with more fans, my friend Sanaa and I have decided to hold a weekly Twitter party to #CountdowntoGrindelwald. Starting 9/16 Each week on #WizardingWednesdays we’ll be having a discussion based on one year at Hogwarts concluding with Fantastic Beasts on the last week. We have some amazing giveaways planned and we’d love to have you  join us!! 

    RSVP below so you can stay up to date with the Twitter party, get a sneak peek at our giveaway sponsors and #CountdowntoGrindewald with us!  

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    #BuyBlack – 14 Black Owned Businesses to Shop for Back to School

      Image via Cocopieclothing.com

    Image via Cocopieclothing.com

    We’re two weeks away from back to school here in NYC and if you’re anything like me (a procrastinator) you still have some shopping to get done. My back to school list isn’t that long because RJ is only going to pre-k and he wears uniform, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting some school supplies in the house for writing practice, and he gets to dress down once a week so he definitely needs clothes since he grew TWO sizes last school year.

    It’s really important to me to support black owned businesses so of course when I started the (google) search for supplies that’s what I wanted to round up. From stationary to t-shirts, I’ve included the brands I’ve found for all you black owned back to school needs. 

     

    Stationary 

    Innovative Supplies – https://www.innovativesupplies.net

    Brown BabyCakes – http://www.brownbabycakes.com

    G&G PaperCo – http://gandgpaperco.storenvy.com

    Moe Melanin – https://www.moemelanin.com/

    Brown Girls Stationery – https://browngirlsstationery.com

    Oh So Paper Co. – https://ohsopaper.com

    Shades Calendars – https://www.shadescalendars.com

    Back Packs

    BROWNKIDSSWAG – https://www.brownkidswag.com

    Blended Designs – https://blendeddesigns.com

    Makeka Designs – bit.ly/back2schoolstuff

     

    Clothing 

    pintsizefaith – https://www.pintsizefaith.com/kids/

    Cocoa Babies – www.CocoaBabies.com

    Flexin’ in My Complexion – https://www.flexininmycomplexion.com

    CocoPie Clothing – http://cocopieclothing.com/

    Did you finish your back to school shopping? Know of a black owned business that should be included? Leave your comments below! xoxo

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    My Second Child Made Me Forget Everything I THOUGHT I Knew About Parenting |#MomTruths

    I feel like I’ve always been a pretty confident parent. If there is one thing that parenting has taught me it’s always been to follow my instincts and to trust my gut. I’m definitely not a perfect mom but I know that I try my hardest every single day and as long as my kids go to bed happy then I’ve succeeded. 

    That being said, being a mom to two toddlers… two boys… two wild little beings…. is HARD AF! When Zayn was first born, I felt like I had it pretty under control. Then he started moving…. and LORD did he start moving. 

    I’m convinced Zayn has “been here before”. There are some days I wonder if he was ever even a baby. He is nothing like his brother was at one year old. He’s a runner, a climber (I’ve left the room several times to come back and find him standing on the table), he can throw a tantrum that rivals the big toddlers and he knows what he wants. RJ has always been a busy body but NOTHING like Zayn. I long for silence and dread it at the same time because that usually means hes playing in the toilet. He is definitely giving me a run for my money. 

    All that being said I love being their mommy. I love watching them grow into their own little people and seeing how their personalities differ and how they love the same things. Motherhood is truly a journey and just when you think you have it figured out they switch up on you. I thought I had parenting pretty figured out but Zayn came to show and prove that every little person is different and they all need love in different ways. 

    How are your kids different? Was parenting your second child anything like your first? Lets talk in the comments! xoxo

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    5 Tips for Breastfeeding Moms at Disney World

    Last week my family took their first trip to Disney World and not to sound cliche but it was MAGICAL! The boys are still young and we had a bunch of other things planned for our trip so we dedicated a day to Magic Kingdom and we got their EARLY. I think being from New York none of us were prepared for the intensity that is … the Florida HEAT. When you’re a nursing mama, that amount of heat means your baby is going to want to nurse WAY WAY more than usual and I KINDA was prepared but I just wanna give y’all a few tips so that you’re more prepared than I am.

    Know The Park

    With a place that is as huge as Disney that seems impossible but for real, I’m telling you… utilize those maps! It makes it so much easier when you know where you’re going, when you’re going to be stopping, and what you’re going to be doing. Everyone will be way less aggravated if you don’t feel like you’re wandering aimlessly. You can easily access maps to any of Disney’s parks HERE and you can filter it by activity, age, thrill level etc etc. 

    Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate 

    More than you have ever hydrated before! ESPECIALLY if you aren’t used to the southern heat because neither I nor my kids were prepared. Keeping yourself hydrated will help you with milk production and you’ll be able to keep your baby hydrated. Also, if you’re nursing a toddler realize they are HOT and that is why they’re nursing like a newborn again. It’s perfectly OK to give your toddler water, they NEED it. The great thing about Disney is that there are water fountains a plenty and you can ask for a cup of water at any concession stand. 

    Utilize the Baby Care Centers

    Each park has a Baby Care Center that is perfect for moms with little ones. Each center has an air conditioned seating area, space to nurse, pump, changing stations and any supplies that you may have forgotten when you were in a rush to leave your hotel room. These rooms are perfect for taking a break from the beautiful chaos outside and cooling off while you tend to baby. Make sure you familiarize yourself with where the centers are located in each park, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! 

    Ditch the Nursing Cover

    Or use a very very very lightweight cover. Trust me when I say…. it’s too hot for all that. The fight to cover Zayn alone would result in us losing 20 pounds each from sweating. Nursing two kids for over a year I’ve come up with all kinds of discreet and quick ways to nurse without drawing attention to us. And honestly this far into the game, I don’t care anyway. Plus, it’s a family park. I didn’t run have that fear that anyone was going to boob-shame me out there, if anyone even noticed. 

    Nurse on the Go  

    When all else fails, when your kids are in that long line waiting to ride It’s a Small World for the 5th time in a row, when the Baby Center feels like it’s 100 miles away, when your baby JUST CANT WAIT! there are plenty of shaded areas where you can sit on a bench and peacefully nurse your little. There was plenty of seating near stroller parking areas and I nursed Zayn by a few. It wasn’t bad at all.

    When the day came to an end I was super proud of my nursing experience at Disney. I didn’t once feel overwhelmed or confused and I kept things super simple. Knowledge is power so the more you know going into the parks, the better. Remembering these 5 tips could make your day 10x better!  

    Have you been to Disney with your nursling? What was the experience like for you?  

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    The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE Fits ANY Lifestyle! |Car Review|

    Mitsubishi loaned this vehicle to LifewithTanay in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE and I’m just gonna be honest and say, I was pleasantly surprised. The very first vehicle that I drove for review purposes was the 2015 Mirage and the vehicle has definitely been upgraded since then! The feel was completely different, the trunk space was plenty and the inside still had that spacious feel despite being categorized a subcompact car.

    As I was driving the Mirage I found myself asking WHO IS THIS CAR FOR?

    And the simple answer I came up with is point blank: “ANY AND EVERYONE”. My family of 4 fit comfortably inside the Mirage with a stroller in the trunk, ample space for groceries and the babies loved jamming to Apple Music at full volume (dancing kids *shrugs*). I could easily imagine college aged me, driving this car around full of friends and with a $17,000 starting price point for the SE version, it makes it an amazing first car for parents shopping for their teens (if parents still do that). Active stability control, rearview camera and enhanced visibility are just some of the amazing safety features that the Mirage are equipped with making it an amazing car for first time drivers/car buyers. 

    In short, if you need a vehicle at an affordable price, equipped with amazing safety features, that doesn’t lack the things you love like Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the 2018 Mirage G4 SE is a fit for you. To check out more features visit Mitsubishi’s website here

    Have you ever driven the Mirage? What are some of your must have features in a vehicle? Leave a comment below! xoxo

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