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    School Is Back In Session

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Now I may not be able to remember my first day of school but I do remember how much I loved school. My mom kept me home with her for a couple years and then sent me part-time to a local preschool and I loved it. I still have vague memories of eating Playdoh (praises that it was non-toxic even then), playing dress-up and making a friend that I still keep in touch with today. I’ve always loved learning and have been committed to making myself the best version of Aaronica that I can be which is why I’m really excited about all the opportunities to continue my learning with online courses.

    Back To School With Concordia University

    Not that I have all the time in the world, but I chose to enroll in a course with Concordia University this year. Although I already have an M.B.A., I chose Concordia University because I liked the format of their courses. I’ve tried others and it was a little too much to keep up with. There were all these discussion boards, three million pages to read, and then participate in chats. I just don’t have time for that!

    Classes Structured With Me In Mind

    I’m a mom of 2, wife, domestic engineer and I’m building multiple businesses while I work with clients. Time is not something that I have a whole lot of but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want continue to better myself. I love how the format of the classes feel like they’ve kept the busy person in mind.

    Email

    The classes for the courses are delivered to your email and have everything that you need right there. There’s no searching a site for the course, the week of class you’re in and the corresponding material. This works for me now and I love it.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Video

    Each class has an accompanying video with it. The best part is that although it’s a video, it’s not something you necessarily have to watch. I’ve had my videos playing while I’ve been typing or just plugged into my ears as I’ve been in a waiting room. It’s compatible with computers, tablets and phones so the videos are accessible everywhere.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Worksheets

    This might be my favorite part. The worksheets essentially tell you what you’re looking to gain from each of the classes. I love that because I’m listening to the videos with purpose. And this helps me learn. I see, hear and write down the information and that really seals the deal for me.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    How To Create Your Personal Space

    I’m currently enrolled in a course titled “How To Create Your Personal Space”. After reading the following goals and course outline, I knew I had to enroll now:

    • Why having a personal place is needed
    • How to teach yourself to professionally grow
    • The importance of connecting
    • How to succeed with encouragement

    2017 is going to be a big year for me—I’m claiming it now—and I want to be as prepared as possible. While I understand that balance is something that I can achieve over time, I want to set myself up for success when it comes to making sure that my personal is ready for the success of my profession.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    I know that it’s hard to balance work and personal life and that it’s not just me who wants to see success in this area of life. As you’re setting yourself up for the awesomeness that awaits you in 2017, I want to encourage you to look into different ways to push yourself to the next level. For me, it’s been taking the time to learn for the sake of bettering myself for me. If this is you, check out what Concordia University has to offer. But take the time to better yourself—you’re worth it.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Have a question about…anything? Shoot me a message or leave me a comment!



    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.**

    Book Review: 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.

    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?