Congratulations: Mandy Moore is a Mom.

As we continue to live in the new world of Covid-19, more moms are joining the mom family. This new journey has been interesting to many new moms since the beginning of Covid-19, more than one year ago. One year later, Mandy and her husband Taylor Goldsmith have a cute baby boy named, August Harrison. According to People.com baby August was born on Feb. 20, 2021. Mandy posted a picture of her adorable son on her twitter account labeled, “This is Gus and #ThisIsUs.” After her television sitcom, This Is Us.

As more moms are welcoming their new bundles of joy into the world, Moms like humanitarian and musician Ciara, continue to navigate motherhood with ease. Mrs. Russell Wilson (her husband, is an NFL player and fellow humanitarian), have added a second son to their now family of five.

These new moms are navigating a new world, which relies on careful maneuvering and care. How are you as a mom navigating the world of Covid-19. I am working from home, and it feels like a never ending day and night of motherhood. Today, was the 1st day this week I was able to take a ride by myself.

It was delicious.

xoxo,

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Wellness Wednesday and Therapeutic Thursday Blog 2/28 & 3/1

Happy March 2018 Loves,

Yesterday left me needing a short break and I forgot to up load the Wellness Wednesday post. I needed some much needed wellness care and was going to the gym. Unfortunately, Lambchop’s autism center called and told me his ABA (applied behavior analysis), therapist called in short notice and I needed to pick him up. Thus, cutting my gym time to a halt. I really needed that gym session yesterday. Also, my sitter cancelled on me for this weekend so, yea….I needed some mommie gymtime and my body is feeling the stress of the last few days.

Nevertheless, Lambchop did not get upset when I picked him up early. My wonderful husband made sure he had Chickfila, for snack time and Lambchop was busy eating that to notice the big change, thankfully. 🙂 We made it home through the mind boggling traffic in New Orleans to get to our little home and Lambchop ate, had a bath, played around, had reading time and off to bed he went.

I was able to sneak in a long bubble bath and finally relax a little until I was off to bed as well. ♥

Thursday,

I woke up this morning to my husband not remembering to set the alarm. Lambchop missed the school bus and husband was in super dad mode. Before I could say much, lol….they were out of the house and on their way to school and work. I was able to muster the little energy I had…(I woke up to sharp, muscle spasms). I did a little leg and back exercises before getting ready for work and out the door to teach I went. I made sure to take some tylenol before my day was to get hectic, because I am also a teacher and my high schoolers are just like my children as well, along with the personalities to match, lol!!

We’ll chat later.

XOXO,

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY BLOG 2/21/18

Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 12.59.15 PMI am in the 3rd day of the week after a long Mardi Gras week off and two days trying to get over a viral infection. I do not feel as if I had enough time to get better. Between taking care of my son, who has autism and is under me 24/7, to the demands of being a wife and house cleaner, I am exhausted. I am investing the time into taking naps when I get off of work, maintaining my blog and just trying to keep my head on straight. I was late for work this week, two days in a row 😦

Normally, I have my stuff together, but the last few weeks have been a little rough. So, what do I do?

1. Pray for release of the pressure.
2. Communicate my needs to my spouse.
3. Rely on him more to navigate the chores, I am too exhausted to take up.
4. Keep my son, Lambchop on his schedule, to relieve the pressure off of me.
5. Remind myself that it’s going to be ok.
6. Take naps daily.
7. Go to bed early.
8. Do not stress over things I cannot control.
9. Pray more.
10. Relax, Relate, Release.

Happy Wellness Wednesday,
XOXO

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!

ROSES ARE RED

VIOLETS ARE BLUE

TODAY IS ABOUT LOVE

AND I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

There is nothing more poignant than spending Valentine’s Day with the loves of your life. My husband and son are those persons. They bring me a whirlwind of emotions on a daily basis, lol! Nevertheless, we as wives and mothers would not have it any other way. So, on this Valentine’s Day 2018, I wish you nothing but smiles, heart flutters and butterflies.

 

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My Lambchop feeding the ducks with my husband in New Orleans ♥

Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

XOXO,

4373FASHIONLANE

 

Day two of my viral infection, being a mommie, schools out for my son, Mardi Gras 2018 and other tidbits.

  • Happy Friday Loves,
  • We are gearing up for the weekend, Mardi Gras and getting over a viral infection. I am on day 2 of being home sick. This morning I am still in recovery mode from being ill. My son’s school is out today.
  • His school is celebrating Mardi Gras break a little early. I woke up around 8ish. Hubster was already gone to work. We have this routine that he leaves before our son and I because Lambchop (our son’s nickname), has Autism and separation anxiety. We tracked the anxiety triggers and are finding ways to work around it.
  • I am a special education teacher and this step (tracking behavior triggers),  is easy for me, 🙂
  • We are doing well with Lambchop thus far.
  • Breakfast: Pancakes, eggs, smoke sausage, milk, and juice. 
  • Lunch: Not sure what’s on the menu for that. 
  • Blog: I am always looking for ways to update the look and character of 4373fashionlane.com. 
  • Pinterest: I am working on being better at adding blog postings and tidbits on the site. I have claimed the site on Pinterest, finally!!! xx. 

  • xoxo,
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How do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?

  • I was prompted to read a post called: I quit social media for a week and it didn’t change my life., in one of my blogger support groups, (Black Bloggers United) on Facebook.
  • Please read the article for yourself. It’s a cool read. This reading led me to pose this question: how do we maintain a thick skin while navigating the world of social media?
  • Many bloggers, social media entrepreneurs and folks in general, struggle in this arena. How can you maintain a separate space for emotional sanity when all around you are people perpetuating a perfect life scenario?
  • The answer is you must have a strong core. Otherwise, everything this we see will leave us miserable. We are in different categories of life and thus our standing in life leaves us fully or partially fulfilled.
  • How do you build a strong Core? Find what inspires your spirit the most and dive into that area.
  • Additionally, find what is inspiring and bask in that aspect on social media.
  • There are times where I too, venture into a little ratchet television, social media postings and gossip blog sites, for kicks and giggles.
  • Some people who are fulfilled in life look for inspiration and social media is not always the fix for this.

Author, Jasmine Lamb, explored three areas where her life did change when she unplugged:

1. I read more—I buy new books as much as I try new lipstick, so, a lot. I finally got around to making a dent in some pretty crucial reads. Instead of stopping to take mental work breaks to scroll through my various timelines, I picked up a book instead.

2. I doubted myself less—Let’s face it, comparison is a total killjoy. Every time I felt I had made significant progress in my entrepreneurial journey, I’d stop to scroll through Instagram and immediately felt I was back at square one. Quitting Instagram allowed me to be more present in the everyday wins and look at my experiences as a continuous story that’s just as unique and valuable as anyone else’s.

3. My focus shifted—Not only was I more present, but I started to think of new ways to be creative in my “in-between” time, whether it was brainstorming new ideas to reach my business goals, choosing to meditate and re-affirm the day’s intentions, or having more real-time conversations with people I value in real life.

So, the question is, how do YOU maintain a thick skin navigating the world of social media?

xoxo,

4373fashionlane ♥

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Could it be…fashions most influential couple are done? We hope not. There is still hope.

Us Weekly is reporting that Kim is ALLEGEDLY, hanging in there, but is seeking a way out of the marriage. I FOR ONE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. WHY? Kim loves Kanye. Kanye loves Kim. Both of them love their kids. They went through a lot to become man and wife and build a family.

Next, I do not see Kim giving up so easily. She is a fighter and a woman who loves her family. Kim is the next Queen of the Kardashian Clan. She is very careful of who and what happens in the family. She is right to care for her husband, while making sure he is mentally prepared to be around the children. He could possibly feel overwhelmed still and is in need of assurances.

Next, men in the African American community do not admit when help for emotional selfceare is need. Honestly, that is considered a taboo. It was brave for Kanye to agree for help. Good Job Kanye. Kim and Kanye, we wish you all love, blessings and closure to this uphill chapter in your lives.

 

Baby news for Scandal Actress Kerry Washington :-)

The amazing actress (Scandal, Django, etc), and her husband (former NFL standout), Nnamdi Asomugha, have welcomed a healthy baby boy named, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha. They are now the beautiful family of four. The family welcomed a daughter, Isabelle, in April 2014. Congrats!!!

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Kid meltdown; working through mommyhood😒

Today, was my day! 

  • Kid had a meltdown cause husband playing catch me & kids wasn’t done having fun. 
  • Kid has to go to camp. Dad must go to work. 
  • Me: thinking: this is gonna end bad! 
  • Dad forgot the rules of the house. 
  • Pack kid up and leave quickly. But! Nooooo! He just had to have playtime @ 7:30am. 
  • Thus, leaving me to deal with the meltdown.
  • I’m driving signing to him. I need help and he smiles and takes off. 
  • After I’ve been kicked in the back and shoulder for the next 30 minutes. I send him a long text…….
  • He responded, “I’m sorry. I though you were telling me he was crying🤔😒🙅🏾
  • I didn’t even respond back! It was not worth me getting angry again. 
  • Camp is over and we’re waiting for the next camp session. 
  • My shoulder and back feels like mush🤕
  • We’re riding in the front this time and playing classical kids songs for pre school. 
  • He: son, has been eating and drinking like this morning never happened. 
  • Me: writing this blog post! 

I’m the Special Education Teacher, so I guess I have everything under control?🙃🙃🙃🔜