Mommy Hasnt Showered | Adventures Of A Blended Family Momma Of 5 Littles
Hi, I'm Renee! I'm a single momma with 3 littles just blogging my way through life, helping moms, sharing my faves and loving every minute! Join me on my journey from being a hooters girl to a six-figure-earning single mom and boss babe!
St. Micheals is located on the Eastern shore appoximately 2 hours from our house which makes a nice little day trip. My in laws live pretty close by the festival which is is very convenient for a fun family outing. This is the second year we went along with my in laws,sister and brother in laws and spent the day on the shore trying the best of the best of the area.
Although it rained quite a bit this entire weekend the shores beauty still shined through.
My second favorite of the day!
Although it was raining we had a blast.
My absolute favorite of the day! If you have a chance make sure to check it out.
Just fair warning that things are about to get real serious up in here! Although I have a HUGE passion for business, specifically small business, this is first here on the blog. I seriously would love to talk about all the positive first but for now let’s talk about *IMO* the top 5 business killers
1)Not being present
There was a company I once worked with and the main thing they would blame others “poor” performance on was “not working the business”. For starters, I HATE that term, it’s very off-putting and such a blanket statement. YUCK, YUCK,YUCK. I’d much rather just point out the fact that a lot of people are just not THERE.
There’s nothing like representing your company and being lost.in.the.sauce. Why are you lost in the sauce? Well, its because you are in LaLa land my friend. Whether its the fact that you have a lot going on or you aren’t THAT interested in what you’re doing YA NEED to keep it together. Train, update yourself on your products, attend events, network and BE PRESENT!!
2) Making crummy statements and frequently mixing both personal and business life
Sitting on the internet and consistently making bad comments about your great Aunt May and then airing out your family’s dirty laundry is a HUGE turn-off. NO …Just NO. Pretty much every day I witness some pretty cringe-worthy stuff either on the internet or in person.
3) Being spammy
“Hi, I haven’t seen or talked to you in 10 years but…. will you buy my crap” is NOT the way to do business. Its a good way piss people off! Even with the *slight* chance they might have been interested, you have now put such a bad taste their mouths about you AND your business.
4) Not in it to win in
Picture this….”Yeah, I kinda like this product or that product” or “I have used this or that and I’ve heard it’s not the best”. ***crickets***
WHAAAAAT?! I don’t care if you are selling combs to a bald man IF that man has a beard you better sell the heck out of your new” beard comb” (which you NOW think works better as a beard comb because of the length). It’s not lying, its called being creative. Put your thinking caps on and get those lips moving with the most convincing pitch about your product! You use it, you LOVE it, and you need to OWN it.
Do NOT commit yourself to too many things. You WILL get tired, cranky, lose track of what you are supposed to be doing and then hate EVERYTHING. It’s so to get caught up in the “yes game” of life ( more on that later). It’s easy to put yourself into a cycle of scheduling 55 things a day when you only have time for 10. Don’t set yourself up for missed deadlines and even worse, burnout. Make clear time limits from the start and actually stick to it. Just remember this,”You have one ass, therefore you can ride one horse”. Now let that one soak in!
Well folks, there you have it. My opinion of the TOP 5 BUSINESS KILLERS. Now sit down and think about what you can do differently in your business! Have you been guilty of any of these? If so leave a comment below about how you turned the horse around and made a change for the better.
This year I finally completed the ” grow out phase” in my transition into natural hair. It’s been one heck of a ride that all started HERE, the day I got all of my hair chopped off. Over the process I wore my technicolor weave until my hair reached what I believed to be shoulder length.
This is me the day I decided to take it all out and boy WAS I SHOCKED!!! Look at all that hair!!!!
Over the next couple of days, I had some luck with a quick “wash and go” but it was very hit or miss.
This day I blow dried it and then twisted it before bed to create “beachy waves”. BEFORE
Note to self……….DO NOT ATTEMPT to “trim” your own ends ***face palm**.
Ok….this is where it started to get tricky. The humidity here in Maryland is OC in the summer and I was at a complete loss as of what to do with my hair on said days. NOTE the frowning face LOL. I almost gave up wearing natural hair because of this EXACT thing happening the second I walked out of the house for at least 2 weeks straight!
I had a REAL lack of moisture issue to battle at the beginning of my journey. This seems to be a problem with a lot of people who transition over to wearing natural hairstyles. You can see in the picture below how dry my ends are. UGH …it kills me to see this!
As a parent, safety is a top priority on my list. As a firefighter/ paramedic, I have seen first hand the devastation that can occur with the improper use of car seats. Thousands of children are killed or injured every year because of the lack of knowledge on proper car seat usage. Please take some time out of your day TODAY to perform a car seat check!
Here are some tips for parents:
When you buy or receive a new car seat, unwrap the manual and actually read it! Not only is it there to show you the proper placement for your child, but how to properly install it into your vehicle. The information will also include steps to register the car seat. Registration of a car seat is imperative because if there is ever a recall you will be notified.
Do a wiggle test. Does your seat rock or wiggle excessively if you shake it? If the answer is yes, your seat isn’t installed properly.
If you are unable to secure your seat or if you are unsure if the car seat is installed properly don’t be afraid to reach or to the local police station, fire station or local hospital. If they are not certified to install or test car seats they will point you in the right direction. Check out more information on https://www.cars.com
Our second day in New Orleans we decided to hit up the Crescent City BBQ and jazz festival. Neither of us are big jazz lovers but we love live music, the outdoors and trying new things. As we approached Lafayette Square Park we could hear the music of Louis “ Gearshifter” Youngblood and could see the entire crowd dancing!
When we first walked up we were confused because we didn’t see a ticket booth but low and behold the event was FREEEEEE!
Southern Comfort was the very first tent we walked past and they were passing out beer coozies, shirts and beads. I also experienced a taste of my first “Southern Mule” which was simply delish to say the least.
After we stopped and picked up the free goodies we made our way over to the food area where several companies had made BBQ and other Louisiana goodies. While we were standing in line it was announced that they were actually holding a competition and asked everyone to take pictures and use specific hashtags on IG in order to vote for our favs!
I had never had shrimp and grits before so this was our first purchase and it was AMAZING! We ended up eating grits with cheese from another stand as well and I forgot to take a picture because we scarfed it down so fast LOL.
Our next stop was to the drink stand that was sponsored by ABITA. It was our first time even hearing of the company and we couldn’t make up our minds so we decided to get “ Purple Haze “ a raspberry lager and “ Peach lager”. 12 drinks later we declared this our official Louisiana drink fav.
Next we stopped at the booth where all of the event information was being passed out and picked up the cards with the program. The event ran from Friday to Sunday and was hours upon hours of both locals and musicians from it of town. It was pretty awesome they had 2 different stages set up so there wasn’t a lag in music performances. We parked our ourselves in the grass next to the north stage but had a good view of the south stage as well.
My favorite performance was by a local named Samantha Fish. Her electrifying sound was a mix between Grace Potter and Amy Winehouse. After her performance we stood in line for 20 minutes for a autographed CD and quick picture.
After 4 hours at the festival we had to go back to the hotel and take a nap. Our bellies were so full we were literally falling asleep on the lawn. All in all we decided that although we STILL aren’t huge jazz fans, we will attend as many festivals as we can since the ambiance was so great. Until next time…