Oct 20, 2014

Cookie Cocktails: The Recap


Hello Beauties! As you know, this past Thursday I was a featured speaker along with Renae Bluitt from InHerShoesBlog.com at the Cookie Cocktails event in NYC. The beautiful room at the 40/40 Club was packed with female entrepreneurs and bloggers looking to own and manage their own brands and opportunities. I was so humbled & happy to be a part of it. There were great questions, idea sharing and networking. It really made me happy to see women support each other in this way. We need more of this in the universe.

Special thanks to Alee-Sha Steward, I Plan Events and Patrice Cameau, The Cookie Life for putting the event together. See photos and fun times below: Photos by U.Kay Photography

Renae, Alee-Sha Steward , Patrice Cameau and Me!
   
Giftbags & Photo props




If you missed it don't worry because you can click here for some of the key takeaways and brand tips shared via an article written by Brandis Snagg as featured on InHerShoesBlog.com.




Oct 16, 2014

Words To Live By

Who wants to get up everyday to do something they hate. Life is hard enough, make sure you find your passion and hold it close. Always remember to...


I'll see you all tonight at the 40/40 Club for the #CookieCocktails event NYC edition, where we'll talk about this and more. Don't be late-I've included the event details below.






























Oct 1, 2014

BBQ Chicken Pizza: busy mom style

Today I traveled to LA on business but two days ago I promised the kids they'd have BBQ chicken pizza for dinner that upcoming Wednesday. Of course I hate to break my promises soooo...

I set my alarm for 4:30am, snoozed twice  and then finally got up at 5am after a nudge from daddy. Next came a shower and a few last minute things thrown into the suitcase and I was ready to head downstairs to make lunch and then the pizza (this pizza feels like it needs a theme song now). 


The pizza is a easy make no-brainer and a take on what I used to order at California Pizza Kitchen back in the day. It's an instant crowd pleaser and my kids called me in LA to say how much they loved it. 

So with that I'm sharing my semi-homemade recipe with you so you can add it to your own repertoire. Hope you enjoy:



INGREDIENTS:
-Whole wheat pizza crust or flatbread (pictured from Target)
-Grilled chicken strips (I buy the bag of Tyson ones from Target-they are kept frozen).
-BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
-Shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese (Smoked Gouda works well)
-Red onion thinly sliced & green onions fine chopped
-Cilantro (optional)
-Arugula (optional)
-Baking sheet

DIRECTIONS
Place pizza crust on baking sheet and sprinkle cheese liberally to your liking. 

Take a good handful of the frozen chicken strips and put into bowl. Microwave on high for 1.5 minutes to defrost, let cool. Take a knife and cut the strips into 2 inch pieces. Pour BBQ sauce on chicken and toss evenly. Top pizza with coated chicken.

Next sprinkle with red and green onion then drizzle BBQ sauce across the top and bake until cheese is melted and flatbread is crispy but not hard.

Top with a little cilantro (omit if your family doesn't like) and a little Arugula for a few extra veggies or serve with a salad. 

Yum!!


Sep 23, 2014

7 Healthy & Green Recipes to Try with Your Kids

Getting kids to eat their greens is no easy task--Duh! Being creative with presenting veggies in a way that is familiar to children can be a good strategy to get vegetables off the plate and into those little  stomachs. Here are seven easy recipes to try: Photos via Pinterest





  Spinach Smoothie via Marin Mama Cooks 



Kale Chips via Modern Parents Messy Kids











Green Bean Fries via Super Healthy Kids 




Broccoli Cheddar Biscuits via Cooking With My Kid



 Artichoke Dip via Food Network




Sep 22, 2014

Cookie Cocktails: The Contest- Don't Miss It!


C.O.O.K.I.E.
Would you like to win a free ticket to @theCOOKIElife’s #NYC #COOKIECocktails launch for female entrepreneurs? 

You know the one where I'm speaking and Renae Bluitt from In Her Shoes Blog is interviewing me (that's news is hot off the presses yawl).

You're Invited: #COOKIECocktails NYC Edition
Here is what you need to do to be entered (its sooooo easy):

  1. Repost the event flyer (purple) on your Instagram page. You can grab it here or easily from a post I recently did.
  2. Follow @theCOOKIElife and @chicbusymom 


Note:  Contest ends Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12PM EST. Winners will be randomly selected and must 
be located in the NYC area.



The Baby Raincheck: Do you have a Family Plan?


 The Baby Raincheck
Essence magazine, September 2014 issue by Charreah Jackson

A baby girl is born with 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Those are all the eggs she will have for a lifetime. By puberty we have around 300,000 eggs and lose roughly 1,000 of them each month. 



I have been fortunate. When it was time to have children I had already met the love of my life during my much younger, hotter years (#realtalk). I honestly didn't put a lot of thought into having children I just figured when I wanted them I would just get pregnant. My husband and I both knew we wanted them and we agreed we wanted five. He was an only child and I had come from a big full house of kids so the rest was all she wrote.

I didn't really have to think too hard or figure anything out because my husband and I both were superhero baby makers. By the time I was 36 I had three children and we both knew that having 2 more was not an option-we were done! I was able to close off my baby making tunnels and settle into parenthood or our circus. Take your pick.

Our journey was not without a few bumps in the road. We had trouble with two out of three of our pregnancies. There was extreme Fibroid pain for our first that left me bedridden for 5 of my 9 months. I had pretty much sworn off children for a while after that. Then our second pregnancy was met with a rare disorder that left my daughter dangerously spending the 8 of her 9 months in between the layers of the amniotic sack instead of within it where she should be. 

By the time we got to baby #3, I was 35 and considered high-risk (given my two previous pregnancies compounded with age) but I believe a higher power had figured we'd been through enough. The last pregnancy was a breeze and pretty much uneventful. I'm also happy to say that all my children are healthy.

That's our abbreviated story but there are many women today who have a different one. They either are having trouble making babies for various reasons, finding partners to make babies with, or their partners have low motility sperm (slow sluggish sperm that's not interested in dancing with your eggs), etc. This is where The Baby Raincheck comes in. The article which I quote at the opening is based on an interview between the author Charreah Jackson (Essence Relationships editor) and Tai Beauchamp's (Style expert, philanthropist and media personality) decision to harvest and freeze her eggs for her future family. The article has sparked such a dialogue that the ladies put together a panel of health and relationship experts together to inform our women of their options and decisions they can make today to set the course for their future families. 

The event was hosted by Latham Thomas (wellness & birth coach, yoga teacher, and author on the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement) of MamGlow as part of her salon series. She along with Charreah (moderator), Tai Beauchamp, Dr. Juliet Nevins (Obstetrician & GYN and author of belowthebellybutton.com) as well as Dr. Michelle Callahan (TV Relationship expert and author of Ms. Typed) rounded out the discussion. It was an amazing evening and I want to share the highlights with you in the form of digestable tips. I hope if you are reading that this may help you or someone you know. 

From Latham Thomas- quote of the evening 'we have the sunshine between our thighs'--I'm totally using that again. More from this wellness genius...
  • If you know you want a family in the future its important to put as much investment in that as you do your career. You are never too young to begin this conversation with yourself from a very holistic perspective. 
  • Your body is a vessel, take care of it so it can do what you want it to do later.
    • How do we maximize our fertility? Be mindful of how you take care of YOU.
    • Before you can mother anyone you have to mother yourself first (my mom says to me all the time)
    • Feed yourself first. Be aware that food, media, and relationships are all things that affect your stress
      • Stress affects secretions. It programs cells (it can deter your ability to conceive)
      • Foods come with information- it can reprogram our cells for optimal health. Pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth
From Tai Beauchamp
  • Things to consider if you want to harvest your eggs
    • Have more than one healthcare consultation.
      • Be active participants in our health, go in with questions
    • Understand your end goal. Is it motherhood- do you want to raise the baby alone? Is it marriage? Do you want to have a partner in the process. All things to consider first.
Your physical self...via Dr. Juliet and Latham
  • Dr. Juliet- take care of your reproductive organs today for tomorrow
  • Be mindful of the HPV and other STDs that go untreated
  • Fibroids- Dairy is evil and you acutally don't need to drink milk. Dairy promotes fibroid growth. It's a reproductive byproduct it builds mass (bad word). It has hormones in it and as a result interferes with our hormones. 
  • Your womb is a sacred space where all your creative ideas are born
  • Listen to your whispers when they get loud is when you have an issue. Meaning, pay attention to the small things happening within your body before they become a bigger problem that is out of your control





My old friend Dr. Michelle Callahan
Always remember you have more options then you think you do. You have do your research and you have to truly  know what your plan is.

For more information and to read the article check out the September issue of Essence.




Sep 21, 2014

Sunday Funday: NY On Location Street Fair

A little red carpet action
Its been a while since I've taken the kids on an excursion so when my fellow blogger friend Danielle from Dellahsjubliation posted about the New York on Location Festival this AM I was like BOOM! I said to my hubby this is what I want to do today.

The all day street fair (11am-5pm) and celebration highlighted the work of the experienced professionals who make what you see on TV/film possible.  Some of your favorite/memorable scenes were shot here in NYC on location (get it?) The event took you behind the scenes to see how it all works.

We headed to Astoria, Queens which is code for Long Island City to Kaufman Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image.

My oldest is interested in film making so I thought this would be fun for him. Unfortunately, in the end he as well as my entire male crew had to miss the trip.

My daughter and I had such a ball learning about all the behind-the-scenes to making film and TV shows. Keep reading for our photo recap- fun FREE times!!




STUNT WORK



 CAMERA RIGS



Techno Cranes are used to get aerial crowd shots and such


TRAILERS are used on set locations for various needs from housing the stars, catering, hair & makeup to wardrobe and production offices. Trailers allow you to service all needs directly from the truck. 

Taking a bite out of Craft Services
A celeb's home away from home



Electrical Truck

Checking out how fight scenes are made




Did you know rain machines makes smiles?


I hope they do this again next year--it was really fun. I would love to know much more in advance so I can tell more people about it.