I’m So Thankful

Pregnant Fun

So…it’s November. And next month we get to celebrate the last day of 2015. In.sane. I’ll spare you the “Whoa, this year went by fast!” comments, but seriously y’all…this year has gone by so very quickly. I ended 2014 with a renewing and refreshing state of mind. I finished a self-improvement program and had so many ideas and goals set for myself. Things that I wanted to do and accomplish. And well…

I didn’t do it ALL. And that’s okay. As long as I am granted another day to live, that means I’ve got the chance to keep going towards those goals. Right now, though? I just feel so incredibly thankful. The seasons has me feeling this way. Here I am on the brink of Thanksgiving and 39 weeks pregnant and I am just washed over and over with graciousness and satisfaction.

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5 Toddler-Friendly Road Trip Activities

This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Traverse.

5 Toddler-Friendly Road Trip Activities

It’s alllll about traveling with toddlers. Which, by the way, is no easy feat. It’s not for the faint of heart and really only seasoned parents should attempt this. You know I’m kidding, right? As parents, sometimes NOT traveling isn’t an option so if you’re going to do it with a wiggly, impatient kind-of-crazy, toddler, you should at least be prepared, right? July is the IT time for many Americans who are looking to road trip – since we love traveling, we are no exception. Truth be told, I wish we were cruising around in a Chevrolet Traverse, but until then, we’re happy to get around any we can. Geared up, of course!

For parents of toddlers and preschoolers, it is essential to keep the littles entertained every step of the way during the trip. Happy kids means happy and safe drivers. We do more flying than driving (and you would too if your kid talked as much as mine does) but, when we do hit the road, we’re carrying the following with us.

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Celebrating Summer (and other occasions) with a Coke

​Man, lemme tell you..it doesn’t even feel like summer JUST started. Remember, I’m in Florida. We are summer. We complain when it gets lower than 70 degrees outside and we complain when it’s hotter than 90 degrees outside. Yet we chose this life.Summer means spending more time outside soaking up Vitamin D (safely, of course) and spending time with friends and family. For the record, I did very little working out to prepare for this summer but whatever. You will still find me in a pool or beach somewhere; pudgy tummy and all. 
Summer also means celebrating Esposo’s birthday! 

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Tips for Visiting Fort San Cristóbal in San Juan, Puerto Rico

I majored in Africana Studies when I was in college. Somewhere between my Journalism classes and Spanish minor classes, I fell in love with all things African and African American. I’m a American but I’m Black yet I had very little knowledge about Africa, the continent, the diaspora and how they impacted our world back then and today. I am still fascinated by history and so when it was suggested that we visit Fort San Cristóbal while vacationing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was ready to go!

Fort in Puerto Rico

Fort San Cristóbal

Truthfully, I’m proud that my pregnant butt managed to climb all of those stairs and slopes in that heat. The view was worth it and I was grateful to have experienced that with my family.

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Vacationing and Baby Baking

Mannnnn, you guys. 

I am soooo here for a stress-free life. I want to live it daily. I yearn for it. I crave it. But truthfully, I only get it when I’m on an exotic island, staying in a hotel and breathing beach air daily. So yeah. Our family vacation was in Puerto Rico this year and we had a blast.

Beach at Puerto Rico

Elle didn’t want to leave the water or the pool and Esposo and I loved having so many helping hands assist with toddler duties. We were so excited to get away on a date but uh, we took a nap instead. Which was probably better than a date. Just sayin’. Good sleep is a GOOD thing. I would have also loved to take a ton of pictures of the property to come back and do a thorough post on it but geez, guys…I was a true bum in Puerto Rico. And I’m soooo okay with that! But I did take soooooome pictures.

20 Weeks Pregnant - Baby #2

I know, right? From the woman that was all like Isn’t 1 kid enough? and from the mother who never once in her life had baby fever comes a baking fetus. Isn’t life hilarious? I have to find the humor and joy in it all. Here I am still shocked that I’m a parent of 1 and I’m about to be parent of 2. Someone hold me.

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An Open Letter from Godbaby Clumps

Guess who turned a year old the day before Valentine’s Day?

You guessed me? Sophie Simone? Alright!

You’re so smart. The other day Godmommy Clumps let me borrow her MacBook. And without her knowing I managed to prop her camera up and have a little photoshoot. What can I say? After watching her do it so many times, I wanted to try it myself.

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FOTD Friday:The Bahamian Edition

Happy Friday!!

[Really quickly—I just wanted to send out my thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family. Michael Jackson’s music was a staple in my household. He is a legend. And the beautiful thing about legends is that they live on forever. I believe in remembering the past and celebrating the present (Sankofa). He will join Luther Vandross, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Marian Anderson and others. This PYT will always love you, MJ!]

It just occurred to me that I never posted photos of my trip to the Bahamas. And since my skin is currently enduring burns in 3 places (brown skin DOES get sunburned….I’ll spare you the photos) I didn’t that that doing a FOTD would not be a good idea.

So let’s do a POTD–Place of the Day.

Welcome to Nassau, Bahamas.

I’ve been here once before but really got to explore the city THIS trip.

The first two days were nothing but this…..

I know. Uneventful, right? It rained. And rained. And rained. And rained. Somehow, it didn’t bother me. Being able to sleep beyond 6 a.m. was vacation enough for me! And then around the 2nd day we were there….the sun came out!

Hey there Carnival!

View from my hotel room.

Outside of Atlantis…

….and then inside. The designs are breathtaking.


The sisters posing…

Every single time I travel, I ALWAYS have a hard time taking pictures of everything. I am too busy “taking in” the sites to even think about snapping shots. *sigh* More of a reason to return!

Off to the streets!

Thank you, Courtney for being natural in this photo..

Here goes my Dad…

“Hey Brit, look….there’s a MAC.”


But I didn’t buy anything. Wait….now that I think about it, I didn’t get any souvenirs from the Bahamas. Mannnn….

Senor Frogs!

This photo is currently the background on my laptop. Loves it! And I loved the conch fritters there. I will say the BEST conch fritters eeeever are at The Conch Shake in Provos, Turks. Amazing!

Look! It’s ClumpsTV. Or Clumpsivision. LOL! Yes, I spent $14 to check good ole’ Clumps and to tweet. It was hard being Blackberry-less for almost a week.

More random shots!

What to wear on Paradise Island? A color liner, mascara and a glittery Dazzleglass. That’s all! LOL @ what I was listening to.

Sister shots….

opps, forgot to “smile with my eyes”. Next time, next time.

These chicks are clearly loving their desserts. LOL!

Of course the nails STILL got polished everyday. I’m rockin‘ Diamond Cosmetics’ Hot Summer Pink!

….and then back to Miami. We stayed at the beautiful Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach. A terrible storm hit and what happens? Lights go off in the hotel. And they don’t come back on. For hours. And hours. We ended up being forced to leave.

The horror.

The commotion….

But what’s any family vacay without some random “something” happening?

Oh! I also swam with dolphins which was an amazing experience that everyone must do once in their life.

Another great trip!


Back to NYC and definitely Vegas.

Doing any summer traveling? Take me with you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

A Mother’s Day gift by Carol’s Daughter

Mother’s Day is right around the corner…..and while I know most of us don’t want to get all caught up in another commercialized holiday, if anyone deserves a special day, it is Mom!

Well, at least my Mom. She is greatest. Even when I pulled some crazy stunts.

-Like when I came home with tattoos and piercings after my first year of college.
-And when I changed my major….three times.
-Oh…and when I moved to the other side of the country.

Mom is my biggest fan and supports so many of my ventures. She deserves only the best. But what do you get a woman who seems to have everything? And what she doesn’t have….she makes?


Carol’s Daughter’s Pearls Gift Set

What Sephora.com says this gift set:

Carol’s Daughter Pearls Gift Set allows you to experience Pearls in two forms—a fragrance and a crème. When layered together, the bergamot, lemon, and verbena tinged fragrance lasts longer and has a more vibrant scent. What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Synthetic Dyes – Phthalates – GMOs – Triclosan

This is right up my Mom, the herbalist’s, alley. She loves fragrances sans the bad chemicals. And this is probably one of the BEST scents for Spring. And come on girl….you just HAVE to love the packaging.

For $49.50 you get the Pearls fragrance with body creme. My Mom will absolutely LOVE this. And since she is an active reader of Clumps…I know she is somewhere shrieking over ONE of her Mother’s Day gifts.

Love you, Mommy!!

Anyone own this or plan on getting this for that special Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Mother-in-law, friend or sister? You can find out more about this darling little gift set here.

Because Moms deserve it!

Sephora.com, Inc.