A mother’s job is never done…and more


HEY YA’LL!!!

I wanted to drop in to say hi and talk about various things. First off I would like to commend all the parents out here that go above and beyond to keep their children safe and who listen to their babies. I’am experiencing some very alarming things myself having a special needs child in the public school system and finding out that when parents are left out of the loop wheter intentionally or unintentionally that it only takes away from a childs best overall experience. I want to take this time to say please parents who bus their children or drop them off and pick them up. PLEASE observe your childs behavior especially if they are non-verbal. Recognize that something may be occurring with them on the bus rides or with them at school to warrant their change in behavior. Get the contacts of all of those OVER the staff at the Dept of Ed or Special Education Office as it may just be that imperative that you speak to those NOT connected to or aka “buddy buddy” with the Principals and AP’s. Utilize the Parent Advocates for Children’s Hotline and even take the free course/class to become a parent advocate yourself. In any case wheter you have taken a class or not YOU ARE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST ADVOCATE!

I just wanted to say that first and formost. And also, when you can drop in to see who and how individuals interact with your child please do so. Get the Parent coordinators info to gather all the dates for meetings and workshops so that you can attend. Ask questions there and network! I’am a Teacher at heart and always will be. And when I became a para as well I wanted to make a positive difference in a childs life. My own child ended up proving to need all that I have to offer and so that has been the case that he is my main priority. Bottom line is that all who work with such children ought to be properly trained. They should have patience and understanding. They should be driven to find solutions to create a better atmosphere for the child. Not to help create the meltdowns but help prevent them. Not to demonize a toddler or adolescent with a disability and push them down some “school to prison pipeline”. But tap into their full potential and help them to be the best that they can be. It pains me to see and know that many schools do not get adequate staffing or training to deal with special needs children. Yet interact with them daily! Also, that IEP’s where Behavior Intervention Plans should be created are not and therefore the staff are running around like chickens with their heads cut off when encountering a child who needs an ACTIVE PLAN AS PER THEIR IEP states. In short parents it’s up to us to protect, ensure of childrens IEP’s are followed and respect is given to our children when we are not present. Now that I have spoke on what is most dear to my heart we can move on to what life offers that counters all the stresses of everyday life….for me that is my love for Organic and plant based skincare lines. My new Vegan lifestyle, Beauty box subscription boxes and Food subscription boxes that makes every month feel like Christmas 😍

We (me and my mini me) are looking forward to recieving our second “Love with Food” box. The link for this one can be found in the prior post! We are also looking forward to the “Degustaboxusa” that rarely dissapoints. Since it is November I have my fingers crossed for some good pumpkin products or cake mix! As far as Beauty boxes are concerned the only one that excites me is the “Onxybox”. Links for this box can also be found in a prior post of mine along with Degustaboxusa! Now as far as new products that I have tried recently and have fallen in love with and may have mentioned in a prior post and will again they are the “Goddiss Yoni Wash” and “Blemishless liquid face mask” by The Urban Goddiss, the “Lanbeli Soap” and lip balm by Senica Naturals , the “Starlightbutter” by Mercuryiii. The “Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse” by DP HUE that I now know of thanks to the October 2017 We Are Onyx Box. Last but not least the “Hemp Heal Hempseed Master Salve” by Natural Mixologist! And if you follow me on IG then you know that there are some new products by different creators that I want to try asap! Im on a budget and actually have enough of what we need and will not be greedy but when Im down to my last plant based bar of soap and moisturizer I will surely be checking the following businesses out! These are their IG accounts and their links. There are some Jewelry and Apparel accounts among them as well! Check them all out when you can!

@thesheabuttercreamdiva The Shea Butter Cream Diva

@dylansdelights___Dylan Delights

@peaceofjewel Piece of Jewel

@monie_skin_care Monie Skincare

@magnitude_mbs Magnitude mbs

@pink_pearl_naturals Pink Pearl Naturals

@ince_apparel_jewelry Ince Apparel Jewelry

@ladyteecollection Lady Tee Collection

@deelioness_jewelry Deelioness Jewelry

@Lavish_eyelashes Lavish Eyelashes

@pppartwork PPP Artwork

@twistbyvee Twist By Vee

On this note Im out. I had a big bowl of Oatmeal with some apple sauce, raw sugar and raisins and I just want to sit and chillax . Ah, and work with my LO on his potty training since he is home today. (School trip today that parents were not allowed on unless they arrived at the site of the trip separately -___-….. smh. Such a shame. We shall take our own trips with family where I can ensure his safety. If you know your child you can relate) Until my next post….stay sweet ☺

November 8th 2017 at 9:32am

Contest winner!

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Hey ya’ll! Omg, I feel like a stranger on my own site because it has been waaaaayyy too long since my last post! Twenty five days to be exact. I have been on IG though so my apologies for not giving this site the attention I gave it when I first started it but that will soon change. I have some good news. My schedule is settled now and I shall be re-vamping this site shortly come October! For those who love the simplicity of this layout you have nothing to worry about because so do I! There will be some minor cosmetic changes to the set up BUT bigger changes on the quality of photos you will be seeing soon! Im about to get my photography on and combine everything I love. From foods and geeky boxes to make up subscriptions and more….it’s gonna be lit! But enough about that, let me tell ya’ll about how I actually won some goodies via a IG contest thrown by one of my newest and favorite beauty box subscriptions called WeAreOnyx! If you dont know about them here is your opportunity to learn about them now ESPEACIALLY if you are a woman of color! What did I win? I won three lippies by Clecosmetics and to be more specific they are called “Melting Lip Powders” in the colors Barbie Pink, Milk choco and Ulta Summer. I also won their non foaming cleanser and their Oxygen foaming cleanser. See images below…

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If you follow me on IG at tie_aka_kickrocs101 then you have seen these images and more so I will stop here! If you have not then you should go over to my IG and take a look! I have never won anything so this was fun and exciting! Im not gonna lie though Im saddened because I know my chances of winning another great contest prize via WeAreOnxy are limited now. But hopefully one of the companies I have contacted expressing how much I would love to review their products will grace me with some goodies and I will feel the same excitement as if I have won something. But while Im talking about excitement let me show you this month’s WeAreOnxy box I was EXTREMELY excited for and was not dissapointed by one bit! Check it out, new box and all with interior artwork I opted to show off by turning the box inside out and re-folding.

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I love everything I received in this September 2017 box! Perfume by TokyoMilk that lasts and smells good! Law Beauty Essentials polish in 2pm wine that is so Divine. The lipstick by Belle Pierre that is velvety soft, moisturizing with a sweet note. The great for sensitive skin 4 in 1 lotus facial Cleanser by Purlisse and the finishing powder by Kiss Professional I can’t wait to use. The perfect box…..and I say this every month lol. It was even more perfect since I won one of their contests.

There are some other things I want to mention in more detail but for now I will just share that they are so worth checking out. One because what they have are plant based and organic and second if you follow me not just to watch my hair journey but my skin journey you will see that I’am maintaining what use to be my so problematic skin with these two companies products that I just adore now. If you didn’t know before now you know….Natural Mixologist  and The Plant Laboratory products are EVERYTHING to me!

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Again if you want more of my input on the two above companies and products just check my IG page out. Until next post, stay sweet!

 

Sat, September 23 @10:45am

July 2017 WeAreOnyx Box!


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What can I say other than I’am completely satisfied with the products selected yet again! The theme was on point and well…I’ll just leave the link to my unboxing video right here WeAreOnyx Unboxing! I have yet to photographe each item but the video will do the items justice. For such a small box it sure packs a punch of goodness 😍

 

First We Are Onyx Box!

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Hey guys! I totally could not patiently wait for this so I will just cut the small talk and get right into what we all recieved this month and for me my very first box from We Are Onyx!

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Oh, let me just say that I’am hype about every single product! I shared the card above that on one side features the artwork and on the other the contents so you can see right away that this box is giving you value! I was able to subscribe with a code for $5 off each month for the duration of my stay with them making this and my future boxes $20 flat! Can you see why Im excited 😄But even at the orignal price of $25 this box is worth it! Now unto the first item by Rutz Naturals for your viewing pleasure…..

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And the Second product by Oils Of The World…..

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Now the third item by Eden BodyWorks almost made me cry when I thought it had all spilled out since the exterior was wet but it had not and the bottle does not have any punctures so we are good. It just leaked a little (Unlike the other oil this one did not come in bubble wrap ) Smells amazing so I’m happy it is still full!

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And the fourth item by Measurable Difference a blush in Strawberry Sorbet 😍 I like Blushes…I normally use them as eyeshadow too so guess who is happy 😊

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The fifth item is by ColourPop and from their Lippie Stix line in the color Dukes Matte!

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They even included and in their own words “A lil nugget of gratitude!” By Rutz Naturals

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I’am very happy I decided to try this box out! It looked like a box that would have items that not only I but my mini me could use and they did not disappoint! I will be back to add my opinions on the other items as we use them. The lippie Stix is already a winner because come on you can’t go wrong with a lippe really. If I had recieved an undesirable color I would have mixed it with another to create a whole new color but that was not the case today. I usually receive pink lippies from other subscriptions so this was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Also, it says matte but it has a subtle shine and is very smooth and moisturizing!

Until next post, stay sweet. Im out ✌

Wednesday June 21th 2017 @8:11pm

“Volume Up” theme….so two “sistas” this month were used for it….hhhmmm

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Hey ya’ll! So, I have already shared the contents of my IPSY Glam Bag on social media but I saved a few of my personal thoughts for here and a private account so here goes! I love the bag every single month that I receive it or that I’m subscribed to receive one.

It appears that they really do pay attention to your product reviews and the whole nine yards. They even went as far as to have one of the three faces of Ipsy be a young beautiful female of color aka what we call “Black”. And yes, she has blue eyes……so it would appear that it was too much to expect a black woman with a common eye color to be selected just like when “Blondes” with blue eyes are used when that is not a common physical trait. In any case at least they have included ALL representations more or less like the different types of people that subscribe to their beauty bag. I totally give them props for that! I already know what type of world and industry this is (sigh). One thing is always said like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and another thing is always projected like a standard of beauty or beauty hierarchy which tells you who the beholder is at the end of the day as far as how this society sees it lol. Before I get into what grinded my gears lets just take a look at what I got this month. I’ll post the link to my YouTube channel below so that you can see everything better afterwards.

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Oh, I even took advantage of a Ipsy Deal they had and this is what came in that box

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I have to say the polish so far is my favorite product from that offer!

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Okay. Now, having said all the above lets Tak about what grinded my gears. The theme was what? VOLUME UP…. and they chose this month to have not one but TWO women of color for this theme that are not usually used for their campaigns and etc. Some may have missed the stereotyping but I did not! Sadly, in this Country and all over the world Women of color are said and ALWAYS depicted to be loud mouthed, outspoken or unmanageable females. Usually the darker the black female is the more “ratchet” her character has been as we have seen portrayed for YEARS on TV shows, movies and music. To the point that I honestly believe many sistas have bought into that image but that is a whole different topic for another post. Anyway, of ALL the months I find it no coincidence that two “black females” were used to promote the theme “Volume Up” and as they elaborated they wanted everyone to challenge themselves in regards to “Fearlessly Expressing” Themselves

-____- So for me it read as if and always that the only females who can do such are Black Woman. Bottom line, I found the whole bit insulting to me and to all the other race of women but then again black women are always depicted and have been for years as loud mouths and etc so this subliminal stereotypically representation nonsense probably went over so many peoples heads. You can think what you may or want to. I mean maybe others felt or will feel it was a compliment! To each their own. I CAN  understand that as well and play devils advocate. I could have said to myself “Hey, who better to showcase for “Volume Up” than women of color whose natural hair defys gravity and whom could have easily modeled whatever line of mascara that promised volume. Whom have been labeled outspoken and etc primarily because they/we have had to speak up against SEVERAL INJUSTICES against us and our people throughout history so “surprise surprise” the stigma that is attached to us til this day is of such so why not own it! I know the flip side. TRUST ME. But Im just sharing what was my pet peeve this month regardless! And to my recollection I have never disliked their themes or execution of them. Even when they did not have anyone who looked like me I thought well hell that’s a just the normal run of the muck American style Advertising and Marketing by any other race to leave out those of color and if a company did include us I knew they just wanted our money or to appear politically correct lol (Shrugs). I can’t say for a fact that it was INTENTIONALLY done to offend anyone so I wont dwell on it. Of course it absolutely may have been done with the thought that no one would see it as such. They tend to put their “best foot forward” with positive vibes/images/messages out that it would be hard to suspect that. I only really care about the products coming my way each month so I saw the subs and brushed it to the side until some mins ago when I decided to blog. And in this day and age it may be a trivial matter and/or of little importance to anyone. And I know no one or no company is perfect so I will let them have this one. Anyway for a much better look at the products I receieved and their size check out my Ipsy Unbagging video on Youtube.

Until the next bag or box….stay sweet ✌

Monday 6/19/17 @12:18AM

 

December 2016 Ipsy Bag 😍

Hey ya’ll, I’m just going to jump right in with the pics of the products from my December Ipsy bag yaaaasssss lol

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This hand cream smells so good! 😍 And I pretty much loved everything I recieved in this months bag. After my vacation from them this was a great start to another beautiful experience. I got a pink lippie (unlike what it looks like in its container) when at first I thought it would be a RED lippie I had hoped for by Tarte……but I will take it! I like the texture or consistency but not the applicator but hey we can’t win them all.

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Again, this bag with 4 to 5 deluxe or full size samples of beauty products is $10.89 a month! You take a survey to recieve products geared to your likes! If you want to get the January bag just use my referral link and enjoy. (Ipsy!) Talk to ya’ll later, stay sweet ✌

12/17/2016 @ 10:23am

 

Good Afternoon, is your “MyBestBox” on it’s way because mine is 😌

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I cant wait! A lifestyle box for me and my Little one to try out as they sometimes have some very healthy edible goodies in their boxes or smoothie ingredients! Along with some non edible items that are practical/useful! If your interested then use my referral link to check them out My Best Box! You will also be receiving $5 off your first box if you choose to subscribe with my referral link! That takes care of the shipping fee for the most part so that you only pay the cost of the box which is $24.99 and some change. One dollar ($1) to be exact towards shipping. So not bad at all especially for the quality items I have seen others recieve in their boxes via Youtube unboxings.

Also, check out the Founder and her description of the company and more here via Good News Baltimore’s Youtube Channel My Best Box CEO and Founder

Talk to you guys later and thanks for stopping by 😙

October 1st 2016 @ 3:05pm

June 2016 Ipsy Bag!!!

Hello everyone! This month I had to be cheap and choose one beauty bag subscription to continue and I ended up selecting Ipsy! I seriously am sad that I wont be getting the Lipmonthly bag this month and I only discontinued it because I have way too many lippies that I need to go through. With that being said here is what I got this month with my $10.89 from Ipsy this month 😎

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June 16th @ 5:57PM

May 2016 Lipmonthly bag!!!

Hey everyone 😙, this month’s May Lipmonthly bag was awesome in my opinion!  We recieved four items but the Retail vaule for all four added up to $68.95 and if you are subscribed you pay a little less than $13 a month for this bag! Just like Ipsy we get a make up bag of a different design each month and 4 to 5 products. Check the items out below!20160521_143156

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So Susan, Jello shot (lip and cheek stain) Vegan, 99% Natural, 78% water based, No mineral oil, No parabens, No Phthalates, No Gluten, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic

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In the Color Guilty Pleasure
In the Color Guilty Pleasure

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5/21/16 @3:10pm (sat)

“Oh Snap” Literally! The May 2016 Ipsy Bag has arrived


Ipsy is something eles! Just when I thought that they could not impress me anymore they went and designed the cutest make up bag for our goodies to be sent to us in thus far. No zipper this time but a snap closure and numerous places tourist would want to visit when traveling all over the world on this bag.

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In addition, I can say I received another great selection of wearable makeup/beauty products…..YEESSSSS! A lip balm by The Organic Pharmacy, a eyeshadow quad by Pacifica, a shimmer bronzer by HIKARI, mascara by Smashbox  and hair oil by EVA NYC. With two additional lippies I selected using some of my points by Lip Lacquer! The first thing and only thing I have used so far was “The Organics Pharmacy, Antioxidant Lip Balm”. Smelled great but the texture left me wanting more….sort of on the watery side….and I hate that. But the scent is amazing and so are the ingredients. I will do some research on this company to confirm wheter they are 100% organic or what later….since the name says organic at least some percentage of the materials used or product “should” be organic…right??? Then again Pharmacy is in their name hmmmm. ANYWAY, Lol, I wont bore you guys with a bunch of images because I shared what would come in my May bag in the post before the one after this so yea if you want close ups please refer to that post. I’ll just show you a couple pics. Flash….no flash and re-positioned. As always, for $10.89 a month total this is a great experience and way to learn about various products. As well as start your make up stash!

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And oh yea, here goes a pic of me with some of the Antioxidant lip balm on after using another sheet mask by Tony Moly called Nutrition that did not irritate my skin at all. So like I said in my prior post about my first experience using sheet masks, every mask in that Tony Moly set has different ingredients and purposes so I will stay away from the very icy feeling one called Clear skin in the future lol. Im in love with sheet masks now!!!

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My next post shall be about the May 2016 Universal Yums box so stay tuned!

5/13/16 @6:21PM