I must admit that this is something that you can’t prepare for, something you could never guess was coming. To see a city that have grown to love over the past seven years under water still doesn’t feel like reality. Not being able to go to the grocery store, school or down the road due to flood waters. Hearing tornado sirens all through the night, the amount of uncertainty that we’ve experienced these past five days. Being a young mom to a toddler and remaining calm in the situation but I’m forever grateful.
To see a family with a young child carrying everything they own in a pack and play my heart broke into pieces. I will never take the simple things for granted. Which brings us to today we have gathered our family we will volunteer. We will help in any way to rebuild our city and we will continue to pray. Yes many can not donate this we understand but if you can pray or even be a helping hand. hoUSton will show this country how to come together no matter race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. For all those who have reached out thank you.
I began packing Mahkai’s lunch a couple of weeks ago and have seen changes in his after school hunger, his bowl movements and as an added bonus he loves to carry his cute lunch box that I purchased at Kroger. Packing a lunch can be time-consuming to some but it’s so worth all the benefits like knowing exactly what your toddler is consuming.
I start by packing Mahkai a AM snack: granola bar and oranges
For lunch he has: chicken nuggets and steamed broccoli and carrots, with an Honest juice
Pm snack : Apple sauce and graham crackers
Bonus Snacks: pretzels and fruit snacks
I also always make sure my little guy has water to hydrate and I label it with his name, Each snack and meal is labeled to help his teacher, left up to any child or toddler they would just eat all the snacks from their lunch and toss out the food …… I did it growing up (sorry grandma). That’s all for Tips Tuesday be sure to share the tea.
Home for me is a city that if your not a Cardinals fan you will get the dirty eye. I have always had a love/hate relationship with St.Louis, a city full of so much history but so much crime and destruction at the same time. Brining Kai for a visit was exciting for me he would be able to try my favorite foods, see my old stomping grounds as well as see family members he had never seen.
We drove to St.Louis, a car ride I was afraid to take there is nothing like a cranky toddler. To my surprise he was a breeze on the twelve-hour car ride he mostly just slept. As soon as we arrived I went to my grandma’s house and we grabbed my all time favorite Chinese food now I’m sure other cities have Chinese food but no one, I mean no one can top St.Louis Chinese. Where else can you go and get crab ragoon, and shrimp fried rice and the total be less than $10. I sat there and indulged in the greatest meal and topped it off with a Vess soda. Nothing about that meal was healthy and I was okay with that.
We decided to have Kai a pre birthday turn up “Toy Story” themed. We had a Woody Character, a bounce house the music and food flowing. Family gatherings wouldn’t be family gatherings without the adults whipping out the spades table. I woke up the next day to bruises from attempting to win a potato sack race, man ol man I’m not as young as I thought I was.
My favorite holiday in St.Louis has been 4th of July not because of the BBQ but the VP Fair its something about fireworks that gets me each year. The fair comes once a year and during the 4th of July holiday it’s filled with games, food, live free music and fireworks. My best friend and his girlfriend invited me and Kai to accompany them to the fair I think I was the most excited of the group. We ran to the food stations as soon as we arrived, then caught the free concert “3 Doors Down” who just happened to be one of my favorite bands in high school, I was surprised I still knew all the words. Here comes the boom, I assumed Kai would be afraid of the fireworks but he just sat on my lap amazed watching all of the colors. My only re
gret was forgetting our stroller in Houston therefore the entire group got a full workout taking turns carrying my 35lb toddler.
Majority of St.louis attractions such as Art Museum, History Museum and Zoo are free so they are def on our line up while on this visit.
I loved to bring my son to see my different world and the place I once called home. I moved away over seven years ago and have never looked back. This
city has made me I’m deeply rooted from my country grammar to sugar and butter in my grits. Although Houston is now home St.Louis will always have a piece of me. I enjoyed seeing family and friends. Coming to St.Louis showed me that Houston is not just my new home because I have lived there but because Houston changed me from a child into a woman. Houston is where I found myself, where I found love and created a family so St.Louis raised Houston made seems rather fitting. Until next time St.Louis.
I may not care about fashion for myself but for my little guy I get a bit excited. I’m still frugal with his clothes I use coupons, shop in the off seasons, I even cut old pants into shorts during the summer. Our favorite stores to shop are Zara, H&M and OshKosh to name a few. But here below is the details of his look book A-Z on school days.
I love to throw on hats on bad hair days even if he doesn’t keep them on
- Shirt: Carters
- Shorts: Gap
- Shoes: Carters
- Hat: Gap
The second look was throwing in a pop of color
- Shirt- OshKosh
- Jeans- Oshkosh
- Shoes- Lebron
Wednesday better known as hump day, we go a bit more relaxed
- Shirt: Carters
- Shies- Adidas
- Shorts- Carters
My pick of the week was different shades of blue
- Shirts- H&M
- Shoes- Oshkosh
- Shorts- Carters
A little goes a long way.
- Shirt- H&M
- Shoes- Adidas
- Pants- Zara
Overall I save time by picking out his clothes on Sundays and having them set aside for our busy week. I always try to have fun with his outfits and keep him comfortable. Kids grow fast that’s why he never wears anything that I’d be afraid for him to lose or destroy with juice stains which are the worst. Let us know which was your favorite pick of the week.