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October 2017

Trick or Treat! Halloween Safety Tips for Every Family 

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Halloween is here! We know how much you want to keep your kids  (and your fur babies) safe on this sometimes scary night, so here are the best safety tips we could find all in one place! From costumes to crosswalks to pets, these links are all you need to help you check off any last minute boxes and have a fun and safe Halloween. 

SafeKids.org

American Academy of Pediatrics 

Pet Safety

CDC Tips 

Mayo Clinic

ASPCA

RedCross

US Food & Drug Administration  

Tips for Teens from Seventeen

Teens and Tweens 

Be safe this year!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: High And Wide

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What’s better than one way to wear pants? Two! There’s nothing better than wardrobe versatility. I especially love if I can wear items year round. Appropriate layering and a change up of accessories can dramatically alter a look and get you more bang for your buck!

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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Little Lady In Leather

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Fall is here! And it’s time to break out the leather! Well, faux leather to be exact. This jacket is last year’s Target line. The dress and shoes are from Meijer. Holup, don’t laugh or sleep on Meijer, let me explain what happened here!

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How To Avoid The Common Money Mistakes Moms Make

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(Isaac with his first piggy bank at 2 weeks old.)

In this space I typically talk about my tits and such, but today I want to talk about money since I’m a financial coach in real life. Having been in financial services for the past 16 years, I’ve seen women make easily preventable mistakes with their money, including myself. Now, as a mom and wife, the stakes are higher. If I fail financially then my family will likely fail too.

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Tired Mommy Diagnosis: “Ya Doing Too Much” Syndrome

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Do you ever have days when you feel like you are going to mentally explode?  Where the to-do list is so daunting you become paralyzed with inaction? You may not be able to place your finger on the exact term to describe it but I have found one: YaDoinTooMuch Syndrome. It disproportionately affects moms because of our super human powers to keep multiple balls in the air, but even the greatest super heroes have their moments of weakness.

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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Fun With Shades

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If I’m ever missing a pair of shades, they are most likely in the possession of this little diva right here! She is literally my mini me and likes all the same accessories I like. Her fall dress is perfect for the changing of the seasons since it has 3/4 length sleeves. It’s Target’s most addictive line, Cat & Jack. The sparkle shoes (that coincidentally match the sparkle heart of the dress) are from H&M. The shades are from Charlotte Russe. Check out her backyard photo shoot below!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Mad About Saffron

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I remember when a Gap commercial came out in the late 90s, set to the tune of Donovan’s Mellow Yellow. It was such a catchy tune but more importantly it featured one of my favorite shades of yellow, Saffron. In today’s look I’m soaked in Saffron!! Since the Chicago weather is looking more like summer than fall, I’ve made every opportunity to extend light weight pieces “out of season.”
I paired a flowing mock wrap maxi dress purchased at Akira a year or two ago with a bold statement necklace from Charming Charlie and a fabulous Etniciti clutch to a dear friend’s birthday celebration. My sunglasses are several seasons past from Ann Taylor Loft. 

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Swoon Alert: New Cartoon Focuses On Black Dad Doing His Baby Girl’s Hair

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Stephen and Zuri in “Hair Love.” Art created by illustrator Vashti Harrison.

 

 

 

 

This story first appeared in Forbes and is reprinted with permission of the author.

The concept behind a Pixar-style animated short about a 4-year-old named Zuri and her dad, Stephen, is so popular that the internet funded a $284,000 Kickstarter campaign helmed by NFL wide receiver-turned-filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry. In fact, “Hair Love”–the story of a black dad who does his daughter’s hair, for the first time, because mom is away for the day–is so overwhelmingly embraced that Cherry is now literally turning away funds.

“It’s one thing where you wanna say ‘yes,’ but at this point it’s closed off,” says Cherry, whose film should release by August 2018. “We may try to continue to find a way to get people involved if they want to be. But right now we’d say no, which is essentially a weird thing to say. It’s a very strange thing to even say.”

People are excited about this short film, myself included. It’s because the still drawings already provide a glimpse into strong family bonds and the nostalgia behind something every little girl can relate to: Their dad (or granddad, or uncle, or brother) doing their hair. And because Cherry’s film is showcasing a strong black father who wears his own hair in ‘locs and loves his little brown-skinned, Afro’d daughter, the concept is even more personal. That’s because mainstream films don’t often showcase the love between black fathers and daughters. And, mainstream films don’t often showcase happy, smiley, well cared for and much loved darker brown-skinned children at all.

“I think it comes down to this,” says Cherry, whose film resume includes several music videos and “The Last Fall,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and took home a Best Screenplay award from the American Black Film Festival. “Our biggest goal and task, in these times, is to normalize black people, you know? I think that’s the biggest weapon our artists in these times can bring to the table . It’s all about humanizing us. Representation matters. We’re saying that I need you to know that I’m a fully realized human being. I am a son. I am a daughter. I am a mother.”

Cherry goes on.

Meet Zuri, the new star of “Hair Love.” Some Kickstarter contributors will snag a Zuri doll.

“This wasn’t created to rock the boat, but with ‘Hair Love’ it’s important because we’re normalizing our hair, black fathers and black daughters,” says Cherry. “We’re normalizing things that you don’t (see normalized) in mainstream media.”

Some people might say that black dads aren’t shown as such in mainstream media because they are largely absent, but those naysayers would be wrong. As was pointed out in this article on parenting site Sassy Plum, and by various studies and multitudes upon multitudes of personal experiences, compared to dads of other races, black dads are just as if not more involved in the lives of their children.

“Unfamiliarity and lack of understanding begets frustration and negative assumptions towards black men,” writes the author, who also refers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that showcase black men are extremely involved fathers.

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