Category: Parenting

Just A Mom Conquering The World

Moody Babe Lashes is up and running! Girl, stop playing and cop you a pair, or two or three. Life is short, but your lashes don’t have to be.

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Starting a business during a pandemic seems crazy but why not?! I had all this free time and something that I was passionate about to focus on. It just made sense. It’s like the universe aligned and once my wheels started turning with my business idea, everything began falling into place. Even the few roadblocks I faced couldn’t stop me. Yeah, I encountered my first business mistake and it was truly upsetting but I persisted on.

I had to prioritize my time, step away from my blog for a while and put in the work between distance learning and putting food on the table. Was it rough? Yes. Was it worth it? Hell yes.

It was not easy juggling all that I take pride in doing but to see your vision come to fruition will put you over the moon. It’s a feeling like no other. Follow me on my journey to conquering the world. The obstacles I overcame to get here brings me so much joy and happiness. I deserve all of it too. I busted my butt to make my dreams come true.

The amount of support I have received thus far has been so encouraging. I’m glad I didn’t give up my first bump in the road. Those mistakes just made me wiser and more sharp. I absolutely love doing anything related to Moody Babe Lashes from designing my website (fun, but very stressful) to marketing and branding my business. I’m thoroughly committed to growing my baby and seeing how big I can grow her. My passion keeps me focused.

My first business mistake.

I knew I wanted to make Moody Babe a brand. I loved the name. I choose it because I felt it represented me. I am definately moody, especially when I don’t get my way. I am a Leo. It’s one of our traits but I also felt many girls can relate because depending on our mood depends on how we choose to go out in the world that day. Whether it’s glammed up or casually dressed in a white tee from Target Moody Babe Lashes would be your favorite accessory that you would want to leave him without.

I also felt like it correlated so much with my lashline since I was going to offer different varieties of styles for all our moods. I looked up domains and no had taken Moody Babe. Looking back I should have bought it then but I didn’t know at the time which website platform I wanted. I was torn between Wix and Shopify and until I could commit to one I didn’t want to buy and spend extra money to convert anything. Being cheap in the end cost me more money.

My old business cards.

I was buying business cards and moving with every intent to buy that domain name. I actually was using it in my bio and on my business content because every week I would check to see if it was still available and it was so I felt like I still had time. Boy was I crushed when I finally picked Shopify over Wix and it was taken. I felt like someone stole my idea and I instantly regretted not just purchasing it right away because now I had a 100 business cards already paid for with a website that was not mine. My logo was complete and I loved it but now I would have to change that too. It was awful.

Pinterest taught me how to take product photos in my living room. : )

This whole ordeal could have been prevented if I followed the sequence to starting a legit business. Although, aggravating I sucked it up and changed my business name from Moody Babe to Moody Babe Lashes the same name as my Instagram handle which I think is better so there’s less confusion finding my store. Whoever did buy the domain still doesn’t have their website up and running. I’m curious to see what they do with the branding of Moody Babe but what I learned out of all this is never skip steps and act fast on your ideas. It’s even motivated me to get LLC right away which a lot of small businesses don’t do until they start making money but I wanted to protect my idea and make sure nobody did it before me. I just needed to secure my name before I lost it again.

Moody Babe Lashes

I set my launch date for July 3, 2020. I stuck to the plan and followed through. That day my website went live and I made my first 3 sales online. I’ve been never been so happy. To finally see my vision executed after procrastinating for so long was amazing. I definitely am where I belong. I got the entrepreneurial bug now and I’m excited about the future of my business. I know I still have a lot of work to do but I remind myself daily that if I don’t just go for it as soon as I think about it and wait until I think I’m ready I’ll be always behind. I changed my thinking and ultimately it’s changing my life. The extra money I make will help improve the quality of life for my family, will help me do more in my community and allow me to teach my kids about generational wealth.

The evolution of dreams.

I want my kids to be set up for life. That has always been a dream of mine. I’ve decided to get get more aggressive on going after the things I want in life. I don’t care how much I put on my plate at this point. I’ll still be blogging, getting Moody Babe Lashes where it needs to be and being a phenomenal mom. I got goals I want to reach and nothing is going to stop me. I’m dedicating this next half of the year to truly believing in myself. Stay tuned.

With the current unknown circumstances how do you find motivation to still pursue your goals?

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Amazon Prime For Only $5.99 A Month!

If you receive SNAP or Medicaid benefits you qualify for Amazon Prime for only $5.99! Typically the subscription is around $15 a month so this is a huge savings for the long lists of benefits you receive.

The perks you get with Amazon Prime is simply incredible. Get access to free fast 2-day shipping (more like one day shipping though), thousands of movies and ad free music. So basically on top of getting great deals all your home essentials you get tons of other free things to smile about. Amazon sure does work hard to deliver smiles.

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I use Amazon a lot. Anything you can think of your sure to find it on Amazon’s site. I personally love Amazon especially for business essentials. My number one goal with my lash business is to have good customer service and that means being reliable and staying stocked up with inventory. Amazon makes my life so much easier because I’m able to order when I’m low and receive my goods often times the very next day if I order before 3 PM. The fact that delivery is so fast and convenient is worth your wild. Oh and their free returns policy makes them brilliant.

I also think it’s pretty cool that if you have Alexa or any compatible device similar to Alexa that you can ask it what are the deals for the day and she’ll actual tell you. She’ll give you a long list of random deals available and she’ll even take it a step farther by asking you if you want to order that item right then and there. How convenient to be able access deals without have to scroll the actual website. Very innovative.

If your a new mom one thing you’ll love about Amazon Prime is that if you set up your baby registry with Amazon you get an extra 15% off baby items still remaining on your registry. That means whatever nobody got you off your registry list when you decided to purchase the items yourself you’ll get them for a discounted price. We all know that babies need everything so this perk alone pays for the subscription with its savings. Also, if there’s something you can’t find on Amazon there is a universal registry button that allows you to add items from other sites.

30 Baby Priducts I Won’t Live Without And You Shouldn’t Either

A friend was just telling me the more people buy stuff your registry Amazon will actually start sending you gift cards. Plus you have 365 days to return any gifts. This is bomb for busy and forgetful people like me who need more than 30 days sometimes to remember to return something. I call this incredible customer service. They absolutely get us. They’ve figured out what we need and have made the shopping experience stress free. I no longer have to go in a store and I can still get all the products I need without having to wait to long or worry about if I made a mistake because I can easily return it with a quickness.

Amazon has gotten even better they now offer Amazon Fresh, a grocery delivery service that delivers within 2 hours after purchasing. As a prime member you get exclusive discounts on Whole Foods. It even includes free shipping if you spend at least $35. If you have an Amazon Prime VISA you get %5 cash back.

Sign up now for a free 30 day trial and see if the prime membership is worth it. All you need is a valid credit card. You can cancel at any moment. To cancel make sure “auto renew is turned off”.

You want to know more? Check out Amazon Prime: 21 Benefits Members Get

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Don’t Be Afraid To Vaccinate Your Children. You Don’t Want To Take Any Chances.

Vaccinations are medicines that prevent serious diseases, such as, measles, whooping cough, and polio. Vaccines work by teaching the body to fight specific diseases. It’s important to vaccinate babies and young children because they can’t fight these diseases on their own. The Covid 19 pandemic is an example of what can happen in the world without one vaccine.

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Many of us have lived in a world where most of the infectious diseases (7childhood diseases) have been eradicated because of vaccines so we hardly have to face children dying from whooping cough or suffering from disabilities from vaccine preventable disease. If your a new mom and your afraid to vaccinate your child don’t be. Having your child vaccinated on schedule is one of the best ways to keep them healthy serious illnesses and complications.

You can keep track of your child’s immunizations by:

When your child gets his first set of shots the doctor will give you his immunization record to keep track of his vaccinations. There is also a registry that keeps track of your vaccines even up into adulthood.

A common worry is that vaccines cause autism.

I once had a co worker that blamed vaccinations for her sons Autism. She’s not the first person I’ve heard who has felt there is a correlation between vaccines and Autism. There are lots of false information that has been released on the internet but studies show there is no link. There are mild side effects such as a redness, sore arm and fever can occur within 12 hours after shots are given. This reaction is normal and happens because the vaccine is working. Your child’s body is making new antibodies to protect itself against the real disease. A fever will typically go away in 2-3 days. Other than fevers your child is more likely to get struck by lightening than to have a allergic or harmful affect caused by a vaccine.

Excuses to avoid immunizations

While other parents choose not to get there kids vaccinated for religious reasons. This one I had to google and found that back in the day Jehovah witnesses banned their congregations to get vaccinated but since then that policy has been reversed and now it’s up to each individual. Now the most used excuse to not vaccinate is due to parents would rather try a homeopathic approach to illness. They believe if they eat right and stay healthy with natural remedies their immune system will protect them from diseases. Then, there’s those darn conspiracy theorist that think diseases are man made by the government so they can make money. Therefore, they opt out.

The laws for opting out vary from state to state.

Check out 10 Reasons to get vaccinated

Quick story time: With my first son I was 19 years old and clueless. I didn’t question anything about vaccines. I just got them because the pediatrician recommended them and daycare said he needed them. I stayed up to date with his immunizations and dreaded every single wellness visit but got through them with lots of tissue and Tylenol. With my second child I decided against vaccines until I met a patient in the medical field who ended up getting Merca from someone mishandling it at the hospital she worked at.

Out of all the people who came in contact with it and was hospitalized she was the only one who survived. Everyone else died but her. She was fortunate to be alive and she persuaded me with her arguments about vaccines because she basically put it to me like you get them to protect your children from everyone else. My stance was that the body shouldn’t have foreign objects in it. I believed that God made us so that we could self heal. At that time I believed medicines were for people who were impatient and didn’t understand how the human body worked. Boy was I ignorant. That and I think I was more curious to see the difference in getting them done versus not. I was just skeptical. I didn’t want to be putting poison in my kids body if I didn’t need to.

My son right before his 18 month shots.

Don’t wait. Vaccinate!

Then she talked to me about how everybody wants to come to America and you don’t know what they are bringing over here from other countries when they come. Other countries don’t mandate vaccines so because of different regulations my child would be more susceptible to whatever unknown viruses and diseases they brought over here and could ultimately die from them.

I got to thinking how selfish of me to make that decision not to vaccinate her and protect her from the unknown so I immediately made a pediatric appointment for my daughter, to get her caught up on her immunizations. The worst part is that I traumatized her because since she was so far behind she received like 8 shots in visit. I felt horrible having to have them done at one time but I figured I had to toughen up because it was in her best interest. If I would have stayed on top of it she would have likely only had 2 or 3 at time. I could have prevented her fear earlier on but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m all for holistic healing to a certain extent. I understand that at some point medical intervention is great and in some cases even better. I can’t lie not all pharmaceuticals are bad either. I hate pain and I Thank God for Ibuprofen when I need to relieve myself of pain. I get we all have our stance on vaccines and in my opinion the risks outweigh the hidden dangers. I’d rather be safe and protected from measles than to be fearful of a fever. I’m just saying. Wouldn’t you prefer the lesser of the ladder?

Germs are constantly changing but vaccines help everyone in the community.

Immunizations save lives everyday. The more people who are vaccinated, the less chance an infection has to spread. There are 14 different deadly diseases that your child needs to be protected from. Every vaccine has different components. Do your research because CDC suggest that individuals stay away from some vaccines depending on if they are medically compromised. So although routine vaccines are recommended for children make sure you get the ones they need and avoid the ones that your pediatrician recommends you avoid.

Most health insurances cover immunizations but if you have no medical insurance you can always afford vaccines for your child. The health department can guide you to many locations that offer low cost or no cost fees for immunizations.

For more information on latest pediatric immunization schedule check out the CDC or ask your healthcare provider.

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How To Discipline Your Child Without Spanking Them

Hi, moms. I think we can all agree that motherhood is the hardest hood and one of the most difficult part in raising kids is disciplining them. We love our kids but not when they act up. I don’t know about y’all but this quarantine was just what I needed to tighten up my little gang or should I say gang gang gang since there’s 3 of them. My kids are ages 1-14 and I discipline them without spanking them. If your looking for an alternative way to discipline that doesn’t include spanking your kid keep reading.

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My kids are not to bad but as they get up in age the challenges are different but still there. I can definitely see where I went wrong with my first child and I see things I need to nip in the bud with my second child. In all honesty I’m just trying to do my best before the third one drives me insane. My main problem with the bigger ones is getting them to do chores in a timely manner, not wanting to do what I’ve asked and fighting amongst each other. I literally almost want to air box them because I get so frustrated that everyday I have to repeat myself or have to ask more than once for them to do something. My youngest’s new favorite word is no and he has just discovered how to be manipulative LOL. He throws tantrum now too.

Lately, I’ve noticed the eldest two can be pretty cutthroat with each other and will get physical with each other quick. They both have snippets of my hot tempered attitude and I’m sure they probably cuss behind my back now but they better not ever let me catch them. It’s been very frustrating seeing them constantly go at it and have to always break it up. Diffusing blow outs has become my daily routine. Cook, clean, and breakup fights. Not how I envisioned my Covid vacation. Matter of fact, it got so bad the first week we had to have a family meeting about all their arguing and fighting back and forth being unacceptable while we’re all in quarantine all on top of each other with no where to go.

Then there is the toddler. My favorite baby because he’s my only baby, but boy does he give me a run for my money. He’s acts every bit like a almost 2 year old. He’s not bad but like any child his age has lots of energy and to much time on his hands. Then you add him taking lesser naps you have one mischievous child. On a normal day with him I do lots of creative play and outdoor activities but since we can’t go outside he’s been bringing down the house. His favorite place to run around is the kitchen. It drives me crazy.

This little bit of time in the house has shown me that we’ve outgrown our condo and have limited space now that we’re a bigger family. It doesn’t mean we can’t make it work or get along. We just have to try a lot harder under the circumstances. I was tired of constantly having to tell them to watch their smart mouths and stop yelling at each other. For some reason dad doesn’t get their lip service. He misses all the good stuff (I mean drama) of course. I don’t think I’m a push over by any means but I’m not super strict either. When I say tighten up it just means get a better routine that fits all of our needs so that I can expect certain things done by a certain time. That way I don’t get angered. That along with doing as I say and being consistent.

I have to admit I get excited when this happens.

I’m good for threatening but not following through. That’s been something that I’m working on. Now if I say anything I DO it to make sure they are clear of their boundaries. That method seems to be working so far even for the toddler. My objective with him is just to establish right and wrong by applauding, giving lots of hugs and kisses or high fives when he does something great or shaking my finger and saying calmly “No,no,no” when he’s crossed the line. Then when he tests my patience further will I put him in his crib for time out time. He hates that and usually corrects himself.

So far for my family implementing time outs have worked. I have spanked my kids in the past as a form of discipline but only for severe things and I didn’t see it working enough for me to keep doing it. Plus every bad bad action doesn’t require a spanking. I now believe in first talking to my kids like adults. I feel like they are very smart and don’t know what they don’t know so the very first offense I now like to give them the benefit of doubt. I prefer to communicate my unwillingness to accept the type of behavior that they are exhibiting that’s pissing me off at the time. Then, if that doesn’t work and they still continue to act up and disobey me it’s time out time. I realize I don’t need to put my hands on them to discipline them or punish them.

Timeout is good for me and for them. It gives them time to calm down and me time to think through a plan to cope with their unacceptable behavior. It’s not something I suggest doing for hours on end but rather 30 minutes just to pause and say let’s figure out the root of the problem before reacting because you can lash out and scar your kids. Afterward, have a discussion about why they are on time out and what other consequences will occur if they continue with the same bad behavior.

Toddler drama

The same way I believe in bribing kids I also will take things that I know my kids love away from them to get the results I need. The first thing that’s going is the phone, then the PlayStation or whatever my child is obsessed with at the moment. If I bought it, shit, even if I didn’t buy it I will take it away from them for talking back to me, deliberately disobeying me, fighting, name calling or not paying attention and causing themselves harm.

Parenting tip: Watch the kids your kids are around. Rule of thumb birds of a feather flock together so beware of any manipulative kids in their inner circle. Also, take a look at their parents if they lack discipline skills you better believe their kids don’t have any home training and that influence of your kid is powerful if they are hanging together.

Don’t fear parenting your child. Do what’s right and what’s best. Kids need structure and discipline but as always it’s not what you do but how you do it. The goal is to make sure your child has coping skills when things dont go his or her way and that they don’t become out of control. I seen a post that said “Are your kids acting up ? Whoop they ass because CPS is closed.” For the record that is so not true. My aunt is a social worker and they are definitely still protecting children during this time. They are staying on top of all their cases and making sure to prevent another child from going through what Gabriel Fernandez did.

If you don’t know who Gabriel Fernandez is and haven’t watched the The Trial of Gabriel Fernandez on Netflix I suggest watching it. It’s is not easy to watch but it will show you why physical abuse is just not right. It’s about an 8-year child whose abuse by his own parent led to his untimely death. These parents were unfit and took spanking to discipline their child to another level-abuse. As a child I grew up getting spanked for bad behavior and ultimately did want I learned to my children. I didn’t even look at it as not normal but as I grew into my parenting I decided that it didn’t make me feel better, my child feel loved and was not for me. There had to be another better way to discipline so I looked for alternative ways to punish my children for bad behavior and settle on time out as a punishment, more chores, restriction and canceling anything fun until I saw improvement.

I’m not trying to tell you how to parent your kids this blog post is merely my opinion. I just know that I don’t want to be like Gabriel Fernandez’s mother Pearl and not see how detrimental to her child beatings are emotionally as well as physically. I’d rather teach my children with love then negative aggression. Disciplining you kid isn’t bad but beating them is a crime. Learn to stop yourself from spanking your child.

Proverbs 13:24 says those who spare the rod of discipline hate their child. Those who love their children care to discipline them. That doesn’t mean beat them, it means let them know when they are wrong and correct them. Not only that, but love your child enough to let them know how to treat other and themselves.

In what ways are you disciplining your children at home? And is it working?

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Baby Teeth Matter

I work in the dental field as a dental assistant and I’m always surprised how many parents don’t realize how important it is to take care of your child’s baby teeth. Teeth in general are just as important as your other body parts. You want to take daily care of them just as you would your your liver or your heart.

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Life Doesn’t Come With A Manual It Comes With A Mother

I consider myself a momma bear mixed with a lot of momma shark do do do do. I am extremely over protective of all the children in my life. They are all my babies. Whether they are blood related or not they are by hood law my family and that’s not up for debate. Therefore, if you mess with anyone in my family but especially any one of my kids. I’m going to step in and take up for them. I will defend them wrong or right. It’s family over everything.

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