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Motivational Monday Fitness Check In: February

MyBBLife: Healthy Living Update

 It’s the first Monday of the month and time for my healthy living journey check in! As most of you know, I’ve been at this healthy living journey for a while now and in the past I regularly rarely updated you all on my progress. This year, I am getting back into the habit of doing it because I realize it helps keep me accountable. As a result, every first Monday of the month, It’s all about me! ;-) If you are new to this blog and my journey thus far, be sure to check out this section of the blog for a full run down (with pictures) ;-)

These monthly check ins serve as an update of my journey as whole, from nutrition to physical activity, and my actual progress (if any) on the scale. This month I am adding a new section “Non-Scale Victories” because I have learned that sometimes, not all healthy living victories are on the scale. As always, I will also share a few of my favorite workout songs as a bonus.

Let’s get to it!

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30 by 30 list Update!

30 by 30 list

Since this is my last year of the “20s” (yikes), I made a plan back in September to follow through on some of the goals that have fallen by the waist side each year in the form of a “30 by 30″ list. If you missed that post and need a little re-cap, check it out here.

As promised when I wrote that post, I’m going to keep you all updated on my progress! I’ve decided to do an update post on my list quarterly. My “year” began in October, so my quarterly updates will be this month, June, and my final update in October. I actually don’t think that’s quarterly, but it sounds right in my head, so I’m gonna go with that.

Anyway…let’s get to it! All updates to the list will be noted in bold italics.

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Influenster J’Adore Vox Box

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Hey Everyone!

As many of you know, (or don’t) Influenster is a community full of people like you and me that review products with each other for the opportunity to be rewarded by some of your favorite brands. Active members (apparently like me) of the community are chosen to receive Vox Boxes to review on our blogs and Youtube. I was selected for my first box back in September and I reviewed it here. I was selected for the new Vox Box campaign and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the video of Kami trying to get into it when I received it last week! This month’s Influenster box is all about love, hence the name…”J’aDore Vox Box”.   

I’m going to take the same approach as I did last time with my Vox Box review and this post will be just an ”unboxing” and a preview of what’s inside. After I’ve had a chance to use all of the items, I’ll be back with my full review.

Here’s a peek of what’s inside!

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5 Ways To Celebrate Black History With Children

Black History Month with Children

As an African-American, I take the month of February and observance Black History Month seriously. As an African –American MOTHER, I feel it is my obligation to teach my children the importance of this month and of our African-American heritage. Last month, on the Dr. King holiday, my daughter, Kayden asked her father and I why didn’t other people like us “brown people” and what made Dr. King so important. We explained to her that sometimes people just weren’t taught to love everyone despite their differences, and went on to teach her about why Dr. King was so important.

I’m glad that my daughter has some knowledge about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, but in reality, they are just SMALL parts of our African-American History . It’s unfortunate that sometimes that’s all our children are taught in regards to black history. It is the responsibility of us, their parents, to pick up where the schools lack in educating our children about their history. Not just this month, but all year.

How do you celebrate Black History Month? Join me here at Kokoa Magazine as I share with her readers 5 ways to celebrate this month-long occasion with your children!

Comments have been disabled here so we can discuss over at Kokoa! See you there!

Easy Vegetable Soup

Easy Vegetable Soup

The next few days forecast in my area is calling for snow for the second time this month, and in the South that is a rare thing around here. Which means schools are closed, offices are closed, and the kiddies and I are “snowed in”. When I got off work early yesterday, I KNEW that vegetable soup was going to be on our menu for the evening and probably for lunch today and tomorrow as well.

I made this soup for the first time about a month ago and it’s actually my grandmother’s recipe. She makes the BEST vegetable soup in my opinion and I was SHOCKED to learn that she pretty much cheats with the ingredients used to make it (you’ll see what I mean later on)! She doesn’t read this blog though, so I’m guessing I will be safe sharing it here. Now If you know my grandma and I in real life…don’t y’all go telling her that I shared her recipe ;-) .

This soup SUPER, DUPER EASY to make and more than likely most of the ingredients you need are probably already at hand in your pantry, which is always a plus.

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