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    Top 5 Tips on Baby-Proofing for your Crawler/Cruiser

    RJ is at the super exciting age where he gets into EH-VER-EEEEE-THANG! I am on the go nonstop trying to keep up with his little butt and make sure that he isn’t getting into anything that will hurt him or me or my sanity LOL. He isn’t quite walking yet but he can crawl between rooms in about 5 seconds and he cruises along the furniture like hes on a mission! I never imagined myself writing a post on baby-proofing but in an effort to help other mamas out I’m going to share what has been working for me at this stage.

    1. Cover all outlets and keep cords out of sight! And I literally mean every outlet. Outlets are at perfect eye level for crawlers and there’s nothing more exciting to a baby than the unknown. I didn’t think my son would even acknowledge the outlets but he knows where pretty much every outlet is and his little fingers, toys, tongue are always exploring. If possible keep all cords out of sight as well. Charge your phone on a table or counter top and out of reach for the little grabbers.

    2. Lock the cabinets. Because exploring is the theme of this post. Babies are nosier than grandmas (you KNOW your grandma lives in her window, MINE DEFINITELY DOES). I’ve caught him countless times trying to open cabinet doors. Thankfully I haven’t left him long enough to destroy a room but if left with the opportunity, my kitchen would be in disarray from him pulling everything out of the cabinet.

    3. Cover all sharp corners. This is mostly for the cruisers. Learning to walk is fun for babies but I swear RJ forgets that he doesn’t have it down pact yet. He frequently just lets go and then hes flailing around when he remembers that he doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing. Covering the corners may be more for your own sanity because I swear (even though he can’t reach up there yet) that he’s going to hit his head or face on the corner of a counter or table or something. This tip is great for moms with coffee tables or end tables.

    4. Don’t leave anything on the floor. Before baby, we used to leave any change that fell on the floor there (because “money on the floor brings more through the door”). Old sayings aside, did I tell you that RJ is quick? And those little hands are faster! At his age everything goes to the mouth so that leaves NO room for error. Shoes included, put them somewhere out of reach for the little.

    5. Sweep/vacuum frequently. And this final one is definitely for your own sanity. With babies being curious they see every doggone speck! I can’t tell you the number of times my heart almost fell out my butt once I saw that hand-to-mouth motion and I thought RJ was putting something dangerous he found on the floor into his mouth and it turned out to be dirt or a piece of hair or something that’s just as equally gross but not life-threatening. I try (and sometimes fail) to sweep everyday because our house traffic is pretty high, and our floors are light colored so it’s easy for him to find little dirt pieces and my heart just cant take it.

    What are some ways you babyproof your house? Looking for products to help babyproof? Check out my must-haves.

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    Keeping My Personal Goals in the Midst of all the #RelationshipGoals

    If you havent seen the hashtag #relationshipgoals then I’m not sure if you even have social media. It’s definitely a “thing”. People use it on memes of couples, quotes, celebrity couple references, and even their friends relationship pictures. If you see a relationship that you like or read a quote that you want your relationship to be like then #relationshipgoals.

    I’m a sucker for love. I love all things romantic and fantastical and pretty. So even IN my relationship I’m always looking for ways to better US because I want to have a “model relationship”. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing to strive for. I want my son to want to love like his parents.

    Anywho in the midst of all my #relationshipgoals I became so focused on the “us” that I neglected me. I’m the type to go ALL IN. If I’m succeeding then I want my partner to be right there at my side doing it with me. I’ve just started to take the time to step back and strive for individual goals as well. It’s OK to have personal goals and take time for yourself when you’re in a relationship (not only is it OK it’s NECESSARY). I literally wanted us to be a team with everything. I want to lose the little baby fat that I have so I say “WE need to go to the gym”. No Tanay, YOU need to go to the gym. Your fat isn’t on his body! It’s OK to do it alone. I wanted to get into YouTube so I’d say “WE need to make a video” and then be frustrated if I felt like he wasn’t interested that day. 

    I have to focus on things that I want to do for myself and realize that it’s OK to want to do them BY MYSELF. Being a team is great but you self accomplishment is just as important.

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    #SandraBland

    If you know me, you know I’m emotional. 

    If you knew me during pregnancy you know that my boyfriend banned me from watching the news during pregnancy because it literally made me cry every single time. So I continue to avoid it. 

    I wanted to ignore the Sandra Bland news so badly. I wanted to close my eyes every single time I saw a video or post on Facebook because part of me felt like if I didn’t acknowledge it that it would just go away. 

    But how long can we just turn the other way? How many people have to die at the hands of corrupt law enforcement before WE as a community make a change?

    Being a blogger, or even just being a presence on social media gives you a voice. It’s time we stop sharing the WorldStar videos, and making memes and use our voice for something other than gossip. Pray for the family of Sandra Bland and please continue to #SayHerName. Don’t let the media distract you, if you’re not a part of the solution you’re a part of the problem.

     

    If unfamiliar with the Sandra Bland story, feel free to watch the full video of her arrest here

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    There’s Room for All of Us!

     I went to Canva to create an image for my post, and saw this. I think it fits today. =)

    I went to Canva to create an image for my post, and saw this. I think it fits today. =)

    This week has been so overwhelmingly amazing! I have been watching broadcast after broadcast on Periscope from women who have just been uplifting, encouraging, and helping each other navigate the ins and outs of this blogging game.

    It is so wonderful to be a part of a supportive community of women because when it all comes down to it we have to support each other or no one else will. It is so easy to feel over (or under) whelmed when it comes to blogging because it feels like the blogging community is huge.

    I personally used to easily get discouraged when it came to my blog because I felt like, no one is listening, and if you want to take blogging to the next level then engagement is something that you WATCH for when you’re blogging. I feel so much better about my capabilities as a blogger after this week.

    Happy Friday my loves! Take the weekend to embrace everything that you have learned throughout the week and come back Monday grinding harder than ever! The top is lonely if you’re up there alone and there’s room for all of us! In the words of Nicole, “It can’t be my yacht every weekend!” LOL.

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    Bonefish Grill: A Restaurant Review

    I had the opportunity to visit Bonefish Grill about a week ago (*hits shmoney dance*..LOL) and lets just say… I was less than impressed. Bonefish Grill is a casual dining seafood chain restaurant something like… Red Lobster minus the cheddar biscuits. 

    My cousin wanted to go out and celebrate her birthday the last Friday in June and since everyone (or just me?) loves food, restaurant ventures are always fun for me. I had never been to Bonefish Grill prior to this but a quick Yelp search left me confused (does that only happen to me?). I can never trust Yelp when it comes to mixed reviews because they are all either 0 or 100 there’s never an in between. But, I am a pretty fair and easily pleased person when it comes to food (Olive Garden is one of my favorite chain restaurants) so I knew two things for certain; Not to have TOO HIGH expectations and that I had to give it a try myself.

    #MajorFail.

    The restaurant itself is really nice. I love good vibes and I definitely felt like I was about to enjoy my experience when I arrived. That’s when the downward spiral commenced.

    – Our reservation was at 9.. we were seated at 9:45 and it wasn’t even crowed. Not that big of a deal because when you’re in good company you don’t stress about small things like time. Everyone was just looking forward to eat. I was starving!

    – We had two waitresses for our party of 8.. who I guess decided they no longer wanted to serve us after taking half of the drink orders.. proceeded to pass the table to someone else … who then told us the waitresses had left for the day as we watched them serve other tables. STRANGE! But again… it was a birthday, no biggie!

    – I will say that the bread and basil pesto they serve to every table is really good. I had to verify that it wasn’t just my extreme hunger taking over, because did I mention I was STARVING?

    – I wasn’t impressed with the food portions either. A tablespoon of mashed potatoes, 2 small crab cakes and a sirloin which was ordered medium but cooked well done. #FOODFAIL. There’s nothing I hate more than food disappointment. You know when you’re super hungry and you’re looking forward to your meal and it’s just ALL wrong. UGH. *inserts tears*  

     Oh wait, 1 crab cake? I don't even remember anymore. Lol

    Oh wait, 1 crab cake? I don’t even remember anymore. Lol

    And I honestly could rant about the continuous fails, lack of customer service, just bad experience for much much longer but then you’d stop reading. Just know I was thoroughly unimpressed. As far as Yelp! goes for these reviews, I’d probably side more on the negative side. I was not excited. 

    I’d still give Bonefish Grill another chance because other than the complete lack of good customer service, the food was pretty good. I’ll give them the benefit of doubt and say that the bad experience stemmed from it being the end of the week as well as the end of the day. It could happen. Nobody’s perfect. 

     At least I got a cute selfie out of it, and in the grand scheme of things that's all that matters. LOL

    At least I got a cute selfie out of it, and in the grand scheme of things that’s all that matters. LOL

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