An Act of God

Lord we thank you for waking us up this morning and now we ask that you bless those who see this that they would have a sense of humor…

That being said let me preface that some folks seeing An Act of God will laugh some serious laughs while having the time of their lives. Others will be so irritated and that’s life right! I watched how up and down the opinions were. One thing you can’t say is that you were bored or that you didn’t have a good time. It was a great night!

I enjoyed watching Kim Wayans in all of her glory play God. No one can do it like she does! She’s hilarious just as we would expect her to be. I am a people watcher and nothing gave me more comedic relief as watching others enjoy. I also loved watching people miss some of the comedic cues as well. Some didn’t even get Kim Wayans’ throwback to Ms. Jenkins. I laughed even harder as those around me and my husband said they didn’t get the reference and we were dying from pure laughter. Once I have to explain a joke it loses its funny so I tried to just give the ones around me the look and chuckle.

I also enjoyed watching Benjamin Brown playing Michael the angel. His charismatic personality really shined. Got to also give it up to Peter DeLaurier who played an exceptional Gabriel. I heard some reference An Act of God as a one woman show. It wasn’t. Kim’s natural comedic timing was also played off the energy of her co-stars! The whole play gets a thumbs up from me. Taking some of the things we think of when we think of God and finding a way to be timely and relevant to today’s top pressing issues was a great way to have a Saturday night!

You will learn new commandments and enjoy answering some of the questions of how we all came to be…. where are we headed…

Be sure to come prepared and come with an open mind. If you leave your pretenses behind you might find that it’s ok to laugh a little or maybe a lot. Oh and if you think you’re just going to sit and watch you’re wrong! The show is interactive.

You can catch An Act of God until October 13th! Do not miss this production. God is not lost she’s been found in Kim Wayans! Get your tickets here!

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Day 17 Self Care September Challenge

Today I dedicated to taking time for me! I needed to prepare for Blogher Conference. I wanted to let my space be truly about me. I’ve been taking care of everyone else and for once I needed the day before to just have some me time.

I started my mornings at on of my favs: Saxbys! By now you should know I’m a little addicted to their matcha drink called Bib Mood. Anytime I can get it I do! Let me point out a few things. Today there was a company meeting and about 90% of the tables were taken. My barista made sure that she not only took her time with my order but she asked me how I was doing! I think it hit me. It’s been crazy and this time out was necessary. I let it be known to those around me that I would not be taking calls outside of true emergencies, no cleaning, no nothing that wasn’t about me! It felt amazing!

I also did another trip to Target. How about I even used the drive up method and still took myself to Target for a Target run! I also needed to go and do a little shopping as well! I wanted to be sure I had some little trinkets that I needed for the conference!

I also enjoyed one of my absolute favorite things to do as that is play with spa masks!! Today’s mask was by Soap and Glory

I was able to finish packing! I was able to relax! I was able to feel accomplished! I think I need to do this more often giving my family a no can do day or even a few hours!

Pod Brooklyn

So before I break down my time at the Blogher conference I wanted to do a review on the Pod Brooklyn where I stayed. Pod Brooklyn or any of the Pod Hotels is not your average hotel chain.

They are about condensing and eliminating waste. It’s like a capsule of a hotel without all of the extras you think you may need. To me it felt like an upgraded college dorm with limited spacing. As much as I thought in my head it would be an issue I was wrong. I chose this hotel for 3 reasons: it was less than 10 minutes from the Blogher venue, the reviews were great, and it had a rooftop bar! Say what you will but if I was spending some mommy free time I had my priorities in order. Did it make my cut?

I loved it! I enjoyed the staff who greeted me with a smile as soon as I walked in. I was expecting the hotel to be off to itself on a property but it was within the block along with other businesses. I was in New York so for location it definitely fit!

Off to my room I went and I kept my expectations to a minimal! When I walked in initially it looked like a regular room. I was stunned when I went to the bathroom and that’s when you could see the Pod like room. The bathroom stall was also located inside of the shower. I kind of grew a little frown. For spacing it’s genius but it was different.

FYI by the time I went to actually use the bathroom not one issue arose. I’m not gonna lie and act like it wasn’t weird seeing the toilet all wet up while I showered but it was not a thumbs down for me.

The room was smaller by volume but not by quality of sleep. I don’t know if it was a mix or not having my family with me, the long conference day, or the amazing food I had but I got the best sleep I hadn’t had in a long time. If I hadn’t had to get back for events I would have booked another day! Seriously my sleep was soooo comfortable.

Let’s talk views! The Pod hotel has great views. I was in the D Pod on the 3rd floor and I loved how each section was set! I also enjoyed with all of the amazing lighting!

The food at the Pod Brooklyn was provided by Clinton Hall which was adjacent to the hotel. I can’t express enough how good the food was. Service was great and the drinks were great. Expect New York pricing-I think I had forgotten that part of my trip somehow. I have zero complaints!!

Crispy Cauliflower Taco-can they just mail me some?!

Garden Burger ALT with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and their CH (Clinton Hall) sauce

They have a happy hour that’s from 11-7!!! I got there a little after 1 and needed that red wine before the conference. It took the edge off! The only down side to Clinton Hall was for breakfast the pastries and fruit that they advertised they barely had. They had no pastries to be honest. If I hadn’t been on my way to the conference where they were serving us food that would have been a deal breaker. I would say they need to focus on having stock

All guests receive 15% and you know I’m here for some coins to be saved!

Now the rooftop bar is so nice. My only issue is that it was freezing! It’s a breathtaking view but me and cold don’t get along. The bartenders were amazing and fun. I did eventually take my food back to my room!

If and I hope I soon visit another Pod Hotel especially the one here in Philly that just opened to compare. As much stress that has been going on I could use a staycation! I would jump at the opportunity wherever I travel to stay at a Pod Hotel. Consider them when you’re booking. They also have family Pod rooms which look to be super cute and fun for my family or yours!

Pod Brooklyn went above and beyond to do one major thing and that was to keep customers happy! Even if I hadn’t liked the rooms or the concept having great customer service goes a long way! When I checked out they held my bags so I could explore. The parking attendants were great too. Although the parking is around the corner a few feet from the hotel and not fully associated with them, it still was a great experience!

Day 16 Self Care September Challenge

Today was all about my twin. Taking her into the doctors to be super sure she was healing accordingly. These last few weeks since her emergency surgery has been full of ups and downs. Trying to manage life, the house, her daughter, her and her medical needs it I’m honest has been one of the most demanding things to date! However I would do it all over again if necessary. Nothing in this world brings me more joy than helping family.

Seeing her progress has been nothing but great! She’s pushing through faster than expected! I’m grateful for that. The day that we took her into the hospital I wasn’t expecting such a traumatic experience. I did everything I could to manage my emotions at least in front of her. I didn’t want her to know how scared I was. Although folks think we aren’t close that’s the furthest thing. We are in constant communication. I know things before most and we are connected. I never want to see her or my brother in any pain. I’ve always been super protective of my siblings especially my twin!

As she gets better I hope that she continues to take care of her health. Although the issue might have occurred without intervention I would hope that we we are about to enter a new season of life that we would keep our health top notch. Our health is really our wealth! Without it we simply can’t do a thing! Make your appointments for everything that needs checked: vision, dental, hearing, mental health, and for my ladies gynecological, and physicals! It’s important for us to be well rounded.

Later in the day I was able to have an adult moment and go to dinner with my girl Cherryl! We had an amazing time at Cuba Libre! They are celebrating Center City Restaurant Week here in Philly. For $35 you get a 3 course full sized portion meal! They also have two speciality drinks that are only available during Restaurant Week called the Haku-Tini and the Agave Old Fashioned!

End the night with Tres Leches! The ONLY night this special isn’t available is Saturday September 21st! Other than that come out and explore the goodness that is Cuba Libre!!

Today’s self care push is knowing it’s okay to be scared! I was scared out of my mind when she had surgery. I was scared for her recovery process. I’ve seen my sister go through some things but this by far had to be the hardest! I’m grateful for my village who helped keep me grounded, helping in any way, or just brought me a glass of wine!

Day 15 Self Care September Challenge

So on today it was all about the Burger Brawl. I was asked to be a judge for the competition and I was nervous. This was my first Burger Brawl which is about 60 restaurants that compete for best burger. They are judged on presentation, taste, and quality. It seemed simple enough but again not knowing that to expect always causes a place of anxiety for me.

Once there I became more at ease and let my guard down and it was a lot of fun!! From the amazing drinks to the variety of burgers I loved it! The event was sponsored by Jim Beam!

Jim Beam had a garden and of course at least 5 different samples to try at every corner of the Garden! They also had a Cut Throat Cocktail competition!

In addition to the drinks were of course the burgers. There was a burger for everyone! From vegan burgers to burgers with seafood there was a little something for every palette!

The judges choice winner was from Lucky’s Last Chance and their Pickle Monster with several pickle choices and even a pickle chip!

The winner for people’s choice was Bainbridge Barrel House! Look at this beauty:

So overall I took my family who had a great time! In addition to family fun I loved spending time with some amazing talent in the city! I learned a lot about several restaurants I had never eaten! I plan to go and have a sit down meal with several of them soon!

Today’s self care dos:

  • Having to take Deep breaths
  • Calming myself down by tapping method
  • Relaxing once comfortable and enjoying my time
  • Not being so rigid

What do you do when you’re in your day and unexpected events flow into your life? Find peace even in the midst of chaos!! One thing I do is take a big crowd-there were over 3900 participants and make it small. I’ve been known to walk to the side and gather myself and then enter back into the crowds! It’s what I do because sometimes crowds can be intimidating. I should be used to it at this point but there are times when it can be too much! It’s okay if you too experience this as well!!

Day 14 Self Care September Challenge

Today I went to pick up my son’s birthday cake from Domestic Goddess Bake Shop! Even in the years that we don’t do a party for each child we still make sure that we have something special just for them! She surpassed my expectations! My son is a Spider-Man super fan! She kept to the theme and I wanted to focus on the webs! She did a great job!

When I walked in the house and he saw it he lost it! He had no idea I was getting him a cake! One thing about being a mom is being able to see the smiles on my kids face.

The Make Up Date

So I was alerted to an event at King of Prussia Bloomingdales! It was a make up event and it was everything I didn’t know what I needed. I think next year I will invite a few friends. I loved it! I loved the way we were treated. We were greeted by Prosecco and mixed drinks! Talk about a way to start the day!

Also they had pastries of all sorts available! I thoroughly enjoyed it! My first stop was to get a prize out of the makeup gift vending machine. After that my eyebrows needed threaded! The way I was looking Lawd a mercy!!

Shout out to Callen Hunter who answered the call of these wayward brows!! Check her out if you are in or near the Philly area! She hands down did an amazing job!!

We had a little issue in line. One of the patrons decided to jump the line. It wasn’t funny but funny because the young ladies I met and had quickly befriended got her altogether. I found out she was the mother of the make up artist, Kelli who slayed and beat my face. We will come back to that in a minute. You ever meet someone who just makes you feel so warm?! That’s what Kelli’s mom made me feel!

Next stop was to get my lashes done by Fifty Two Cosmetics! These young ladies are doing it big and not just with their lashes! They were sweet and answered my questions and they were so good they were moving through that line!

I had one personal goal and that was to buy a new foundation. I wanted it from Bobbi Brown and their long wear full coverage smelled good and did what I needed! It was light and refreshing! I bought it after Kelli whipped me into shape!

Can we take a moment to say yasss to the back drop by slays display!!! Who doesn’t loce a good clean Instagram background?

I was tired but headed to Evil Genius 8th birthday block party! Penn State was playing!! We Are!! They won by the way!!!! Anyway I had their “The Gang turns 8!” It was really good! Evil Genius is known for silly names but serious drinks! I saw ace throwing games, fried icecream, and good fun!!

I had a full day! The thing I paid attention was having fun! I needed this fill day to myself! Sometimes self care looks like having a day. I combined my love of being dolled up, blogging events, drinks, and solitude into one full scoop!

What are your go today? What makes you feel full, honored, and whole? Do that and do it often!!

Day 13 Self Care September Challenge

Today is Friday the 13th and a full moon. I remember waking up and saying that I wasn’t gonna give into the shenanigans of the day but then….

You see it right?! I broke my whole nail completely off. Yes the whole thing. I take pride in my nails. I love them I make time for them and they are all mine until I had to go and get a tip! What?!!!!! I was putting toilet paper in the closet and shoved a little too hard and the nail came off clean! I am grateful that it didn’t bleed. It was painful oh and let me let you know I had just walked in the door from the nail salon and had to go back to get it fixed!!!!!!!!

Oh the pain and the stress of now having to help my twin get ready for an appointment before I went back to the appointment already had my head on a swivel! But I got through! I took a deep breath and pushed through.

The rest of my day was a blur. I was doing laundry, cleaning the house, and taking care of my twin. Finally it was time for me to get out the door. I needed to be at “There in the light of darkness…” play later in the evening. Thankfully with about 30 minutes to spare I get in and I get dressed. I order myself a drink only to spill some of it-in real life I’m a bit clumsy. The show was amazing! You can see my review here!

I was never so happy to get into my bed and sleep in all of my days!

Things that I noticed or that helped me through:

  • Taking a deep breath
  • Realizing that things can be fixed
  • Keeping mindset in tact
  • Putting things into perspective

All of these things had to be constant reminders for me. Making sure I talked myself through the tense times. Yes outside of the nail breaking was also the thoughts of can I get everything done? Managing time better! Learning to let some things go or come back to it! These are thoughts we all have daily. It’s how we manage the thoughts that make or break things!