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    Lauren Lake: The Do-It-All Mama

    Dont judge me: I’ve always had a thing for those courtroom shows. I’ve pretty much watched them all: Judge Mathis, Judge Judy, Divorce Court, etc. They go hand in hand with my crime show addiction. One that I’ve recently started watching has been Paternity Court with Lauren Lake.

    Paternity Court with Lauren Lake

    This is not your typical Maury show where folks are going on to find out who the daddy is. Yes, this is obviously one aspect of the show since paternity is a question. But Judge Lauren Lake offers a bit of a different perspective in her show. She’s a spitfire that has something to say to the moms and dads that are coming on her show. Sometimes it’s hard to hear but after talking to her, I learned that it’s always coming from a place of love.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    The Mom Behind The Judge

    I had the opportunity to interview Judge Lake and what I learned about her was incredibly refreshing and eye-opening. She has an extensive background that includes singing backup for well known artists but yet she decided on law as her ultimate tool to using her voice to inspire and uplift families to do better. She’s a mom to a 6 year old son. When asked about how she balances her roles as judge, entrepreneur, mom, and wife, she shared her truths–it isn’t easy. She lost her mom in 2010 and wishes that she could ask her how she made motherhood look so easy. But what she said is something that’s so in line with my own thinking–she doesn’t do it alone. She’s learned to have a team around her and not beat herself up because at the end of the day, our children just want too see us happy. As women, we can be so powerful and in balancing all aspects of our lives with help, it gives our children permission to be powerful too.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    Lauren Lake with Steve Harvey

    One of the things that I loved in learning about Judge Lake is EVERYTHING she’s involved in. She’s mulit-passionate and is making it happen as the co-founder of WEEN, the woman behind Limitless Living, Judge, wife and mom. She uplifts women through her organization of women exectutives and her LaurenLakeLimitless.com which is launching soon. As a fellow multi-passionate entrepreneur mom, I really wanted to know how she involved her son in what she does. She said that she will let her son watch some of the more appropriate shows with her and discusses the important family lessons. She also brings him to her speaking events and he hears her messages. It’s important to Lauren that her son see her change the world so that he can too.

    My interview with Lauren Lake literally gave me chills of excitement. She balances it all using a village that she’s created and she’s showing her son a legacy and path that he can follow. This is one of the most important things we can do as moms and I love that she’s doing it with her son.

    Be sure to catch Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court on your local station.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    **Pictures courtesy of Facebook.
    This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.
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  • Reviews

    Timeless: New Fall TV Favorite + Interview

    I have a confession to make: I love fall TV. I know, as a working wife and mom of 2 who has very little time how can I feed my addiction, right? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way and one of the new TV shows I’ve added to my must-watch list is “Timeless”. I’m not a fan of history so I didn’t expect to love this show but I do.

    New Fall TV Show: Timeless

    Timeless” takes place in the current year but through a Mr. Peabody-esque time machine, they are able to travel back in time to historic events. Without giving any spoilers, here’s a brief synopsis from the NBC website:

    When a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, planning to use it to change the past events to destroy America in the present, the only hope is a team of unexpected heroes composed of a scientist, a soldier, and a history professor. The trio must use the stolen machine’s prototype to journey back in time to critical events, being careful not to affect history themselves, while working to stay one step ahead of the villain who would unravel the timeline and understand the mystery driving his mission before it’s too late.

    Sounds good, right?

    Well it is. Like I mentioned, I’m not for history. It’s really boring to me and certainly wasn’t my favorite subject throughout any of my academic years but I love this show. Why, right? Reading about history and what historians want us to know isn’t fun. There are so many pieces that are left out. But to watch it and have it be exciting and interesting is something totally different—this is what “Timeless” offers.

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    The Cast

    The cast has great chemistry and is a good mix of both well-known with up-and-coming actors.

    Lucy Preston: She’s the historian played by Abigail Spencer.
    Matt Lanter: He’s the muscle played Wyatt Logan.
    Rufus Carlin: He’s the scientist played by Malcolm Barrett
    Garcia Flynn: He’s the villain played by Goran Visnjic
    Denise Christopher: She’s the Homeland Security head honcho that recruited the team played by Sakina Jaffery.
    Connor Mason: He’s the CEO of the company that created the time machine that was stolen and he’s played by Paterson Joseph.

    Interview with Abigail Spencer

    I was pretty excited to interview fellow working mom Abigail Spencer. She’s a mom of an 8 year old son named Roman. I’ve not done many (if any) interviews before and I have to admit that I was a little nervous–I mean, I’m chatting with a star! But as soon as she got on the line, all my nerves dissipated as her bubbly personality made it feel like we were talking to an old friend.

    TIMELESS -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    TIMELESS — Season: Pilot — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    When given the opportunity to ask a question, I asked “What is one event from history that you would change?” Her answer was really relatable:

    I would change Eve eating the apple and the way the country was founded since we’re still feeling the repercussions.

    Given the current state of affairs, I totally agree with her on this. Spencer is a devoted mom who flies back to LA every weekend to be with her son. I loved how she answered another interviewers question when they asked how she balances motherhood with work. Her answer was something that I think all working moms can benefit from:

    I include him in my work and invite him into the process. He’s been on every set and knows the people that I’m working with. But it truly takes a village.

    It was really cool to just chat with Spencer and hear that she’s a normal mom balancing a pretty unique role in an up and coming TV show.

    Timeless: My Thoughts

    As I mentioned before, I’m not your history lover or buff. I remember the important things about US history–I’m definitely better with the history of my people though. I loved how there was no warm up period for the show. It jumps right into the action so you know by the end of the first episode if this for you. The characters are a good mix and have great chemistry. I love that the show doesn’t completely shy away from some of the hard to swallow truths of our present and history–namely that of being Black in America.

    There are a lot of comments made by Rufus in the show that I’d love for them to elaborate on. He’s the Black scientist being sent back in time. In the episode airing tonight, October 10 at 10pm EST, the characters are faced with a hard decision that could ultimately change the present for the better–or worse. In the first episode we saw how one change in history with the Hindenburg drastically changed Lucy’s life and I’m interested to see how things continue to unfold.

    Tune in every Monday night at 10pm to NBC to keep up where Lucy, Matt and Rufus go and how changes in the past affect their present!

    Now it’s your turn–if you could change one historical event, what would it be and why?

     This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.
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  • Reviews

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    One of the things that will never get old around the TCM household is a good book–especially one that’s written especially for one of my girls. We’ve all seen those books that they’re customized for your child and they end up being these cheesy, generic stories that are just…basic. When I was approached by Lostmy.name I wasn’t sure what to expect but their website spoke to something different.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I love how we could personalize this!

    The Plot

    This is an adventurous tale of how a little girl realizes that her name is missing from her room and she goes to find it. She’s given each letter of her name by different characters whose name begins with the same letter. A lion gave her the “L”, a mermaid gave her the letter “M”, and so on. She goes on discovering new creatures as they give her the letters that spell out her name.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    What We Loved

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I had the opportunity to customize it so that it was especially for her and it stars a little brown girl. I talked about how important the representation of little brown girls that looked like her was previously and the same still rings true. My favorite books for my girls have great rhyme and this book has great rhythm to it making it an easy read.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    This book isn’t your basic book by any means. The little girl encounters an Imp and words like frightfully, dreadful, spellbound and tremendous challenging her vocabulary. It takes her on a journey meeting new creatures and exploring her wildest dreams with the beautiful illustrations. I love how the book stretches her already budding imagination and encourages her thinking outside the box.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    From The Mouths of Babes

    When mini saw the book, she didn’t want to let it go as she flipped through the beautiful imagery. She was so surprised and excited when the book concluded by spelling her name. As someone who’s name was never found on key chains, mugs, pens and the like, this was so big for both of us. Her name is unique too so to be able to provide her a story that was made just for her makes me feel amazing. She kept asking me if I painted the book for her and telling me that she loved how beautiful the pictures were. I’m honored that she would think that I could paint such beautiful imagery!

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    About The Publisher

    In 2012, four friends came together with the intentions of creating a one of a kind personalized book for children. After working late nights and long hours, success was theirs. In 2014, “Lost My Name” was named the biggest selling children’s book of the UK. The rest is history–or should I say the future!

    Interested in getting your child a book made just for them? Order yours today at www.lostmy.name.

    **I received this book in exchange for a review. Our love affair with the book is true and our own.**
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  • Reviews

    Book Review: Mary Had A Little Glam

    Who’s fleece was white as snow!

    Ok, so that’s not part of the book but it seemed to flow so well!

    Mini and abc are AVID readers so when we were contacted about reviewing this book, my arms were out like “Gimme! Gimme!” Though I was excited about the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let me preface this by saying that I have two of the most girliest girls in the world. Our all time favorite book is “Shoe-La-La”. Not only does it have great rhyme to it, but it has so much more dimension to it than you would think by it’s name.

    And the same is true about “Mary Had a Little Glam”.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Representation Matters

    We live in a predominantly white area. Mini was the only little black girl in her class last year. We’ve dealt with the issues of not loving her beautiful brown skin to her hating her curls and one of the things that has helped us in handling this is making sure that mini sees little girls that look like her in books, dolls, and shows we watch.

    “Mary Had a Little Glam” screams carefree black girl all over it. Both mini and abc LOVED this book and we read it at least 3 times once we got it. They were so excited to see a balanced little girl that looked like them.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    The Plot of “Mary Had A Little Glam”

    Mary is a little brown girl that is a glamorous little girl. She still has her little lamb but it’s rocked as a furry purse and naturally, every where that Mary goes her purse is sure to follow. I love how the author, Tammi Sauer, and the illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, tied in bits and pieces of the original story. But Mary was FAB-U-LOUS in this book! Outside of being incredibly cute and glam, I loved how secure with herself she was and how she loved making her friends feel good about themselves as well.

    As a mom to little girls, this is such an important lesson. This day and age bullying is so big and breaking each other down with snarky remarks and mean spirited taunts are so harmful it’s really refreshing to see a book that highlights sharing the beauty of each other. In the book, Mary jazzed everyone up and made them feel good about the things THEY were good at.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Our Favorite Part

    The plot twists at the end and I love it! What’s the point in being a girlie girl if you don’t know how to get a little dirty too? This book had a great main character that I could feel good about my girls emulating. The rhyming and prose was perfect and it had a good reading rhythm to it which is really important for abc’s age. It was relevant to where mini is in life and development so I loved that.

    I’m so happy that “Mary Had a Little Glam” has joined our collection of books!

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Growing up, what was your favorite book/story?

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  • Entrepreneurship

    5 Ways To Rock Your Next Conference

    So you’re registered for a conference and you’re ready to soak up all the information you possibly can. But that’s not all you should be doing!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    How To Maximize Your Conference Experience

    Conferences can be overwhelming in both a good and a bad way. I used to actually plan conferences for a living (there isn’t much that I haven’t done in my career!) and know just how much can be jam packed into them. While conferences are really great for information presentation, that’s not the only thing that you can get from them!

    While at the conference, here are some tips to making it count:

    1. Network with other attendees.

    This is huge whether you’re at a blogging conference, tech conference, mom conference, whatever. Often times people feel like they shouldn’t network and really connect with other attendees because they’re there getting information the same way you are so they must have nothing to offer. This method of thinking couldn’t be more wrong! Conferences are where you meet your tribe and people who can hold you accountable to your goals. Meet and greet your fellow attendees!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    2. Network with the presenters.

    This is kind of obvious but not really. I can’t tell you how many conferences I’ve planned and attended where people just dipped after the presentation instead of exchanging information with them. This is ABSURD! They are clearly an expert at whatever topic they are speaking on but they may also have more information to offer so network and see what that is!

    3. Exchange business cards

    And make notes on them when you get a chance. Some think that business cards are impersonal but they can also be a great ice breaker. I have square cards that I got from Moo.com and absolutely love but they’re also a great conversation starter! I met someone at my most recent conference–Blog Life University Conference (BLU)–that had a flip card! It was really cute and we just started chatting easily because of it!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So You Rocked Your Conference, Now What?

    Just because the conference is over doesn’t mean you’ve fully rocked it. The post conference to-do is just as important!

    4. Follow-up with your new contacts.

    And keep their business cards. Seriously. I have a drawer with them. Why? Because in this business of blogging where I’m constantly receiving digital notifications I can get overwhelmed and the cards serve as the perfect reminder of who I want to connect with. This goes for brands, fellow attendees and presenters. After the conference is over, send a follow up email just saying hey and some other awesome words. I got an email from Jenny with The Melrose Family following the conference and I loved feeling like she remembered me and I mattered!

    5. Make a plan to apply what you learned.

    At BLU, I was super excited for the Pinterest & Travel sessions–these are 2 things I’m pretty passionate about. I learned soooooo much from Kita and Tiffany but in order to NOT be overwhelmed, I developed a plan of action to really make all the information I learned count. I mean, what’s the point in attending a conference if not to make you better right?

    A Review: Blog Life University Conference

    I can’t even sum up the experience with 1 word–so many of them come to mind as I think back on my experience! But let’s get down to the nitty gritty:

    My “Not So” Fave

    Initially when it started, I thought that this was a conference I should have attended last year when I had made the decision to go full time as a blogger/writer/influencer. The experiences were relatable but I felt like it was a little toooooo elementary for me.

    And that’s it.

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    My Fave

    Everything else! Ha! No but seriously, the sessions were basically everything that I needed. I had my first post get some quality attention so I learned how to make that happen again. I’m rather Pinterest savvy but I learned some even better tips to take my Pinterest game to the next level. And like I said, travel is something that I’m really working on ramping up. Kita gave some incredible tips and steps on how to make that happen.

    Oh, and did I mention there was a party after?

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Dixie Crystals sugar scrubs + Unlimited DoubleTree Cookies + Chateau Elan Wine = one happy conference attendee!!!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Do you attend conferences? What’s your favorite go-to tip?

  • Entrepreneurship

    Blogging Conferences: Why You Need To Attend Them

    A little over a year ago I decided to be super serious about this blogging thing and make it my full time job. Yes, job. I left corporate America to pursue this increasingly popular profession. But I wanted to because I want to make a difference in the world and this is just the start.

    Last year, I had the opportunity to attend SoFabUOTR in Atlanta. It was a blast. I learned so many things and truly fell in love with the whole idea of blogging conferences. I left inspired, enriched and ready to take on the world as an amazing blogger. While I haven’t blown up just yet, I do attribute a lot of my success this past year to the conference along with some of my amazing mentors.

    But if you’re a blogger or looking to become one, you need to attend conferences. Why, right? Here are my top 3 reasons why you should be there:

    1. Hands-on Learning

    Within the blogging community there is A LOT to learn and digest. Between the algorithms of every social network changing, learning how to succeed, and trying to figure out what works best for you, there’s a lot of information to be acquired. Instead of scouring the internet for all the answers, the conferences have the information that you need at your fingertips.

    2. In-Person Networking

    Yes, social networking is the wave of the now but honestly, nothing beats networking in-person. Getting to know companies and what they need and how you can provide it while making a lasting impression is really important. There are some things that are lost in translation via social networks and meeting face to face bridges that gap.

    3. Meeting Other Bloggers

    This may be my favorite thing. Other bloggers offer a wealth of knowledge and truly get what you’re going through. I am a firm believer that once you become a blogger, you need to have blogger friends. We’re the only ones who understand the thrill of a high profile person sharing your posts!

    BlogLife University Conference

    Atlanta, GA – July 21-23, 2016

    Yes! You read that right! This month BlogLife University Conference will be here in Atlanta!!! And they’re here for my birthday weekend!!! So I’m telling you this for a reason–you should be here with me. They’ve put together a truly stellar conference that is already telling me that this will be a fruitful event. Check out the different sessions they’re offering:

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    And they’re speaker line up? Bananas… Don’t know who they are? Google them!

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

    Register Today!

    I even have a discount for you because who doesn’t love to save money. Click here to register and then enter code “BLU16” to get $100 off the ticket! Yes, I love you guys that much!

    If you’re serious about blogging you need to meet me here!!! I hope to see you!

    Serious about blogging? Then you need to start attending conferences and here I tell you why. Live in Atlanta? There's a conference here this month!

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