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Cultivating Experiences, Carowinds

Hey y'all!

I've been on a mission to create memories for my daughter. Living in the age of social media and saving everything to "the cloud," it's easier to capture moments and have them to look back on. I don't have any pictures of myself before the age of 5 or 6 because we lost everything in a fire. And then the pictures that I did have from my high school days, I lost in the flood. Insert sad face.

I realized that I've been going a lot of places for vacation (without my kid) and that she deserves some of that time too. I've made a promise to both of us that we will see more and do more. She LOVES to DO things. Whereas I am comfortable relaxing with a good book or movie.

Carowinds offers a free season pass for children age 3-5. It's less than an hour drive for us and will fill up so much time that would otherwise be idle. I grabbed a season pass for myself as well. I added the unlimited drink option (you can get fountain drinks every 15 minutes) …
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A Wrinkle in Time: Movie Review

What are the critics saying about this movie? Did you read the book? I didn't read the book. I did go see the movie.

#BabyMagic got excited every time a preview played for A Wrinkle in Time. So naturally, I had to take her opening weekend!

If you haven't seen it and are planning to go, don't read this. Spoilers may be included!

I cried like 70% of the movie. It resonated with me. If the critics are saying this movie is bad, don't listen to them. Take your children to see this. They need to see it.

The way that Charles Wallace was his sister's biggest fan gave me ALL the joy. All of it! He believed in her when she didn't know that she could believe in herself. He spoke on her behalf because even as a little brother, he saw all of her potential. Every little bit of it. When Mrs. Whatsit had no faith in Meg, he still advocated for her.

Again, I have not read the book, so I have nothing to compare it to. I imagine that some elements of the book had to be lost in or…

Black Panther: Movie Review

Please tell me y'all have seen the movie? If you haven't, don't read this post!

Let me give you a little bit of my back story on this Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am a Marvel fan. I don't read the comics, but the movies?! I'm here for them. Some of them are blah, but I watch them anyway. Why? Because usually they overlap and share stories. So, in preparation for the opening of Black Panther, I watched ALL of the Marvel movies in order of the stories, not the release date. I followed CNET's guide and it was pretty accurate. I did not watch the TV shows because I would still be watching. You don't have to. The movies will fill you in pretty well.

Now, for what I thought.

1. This movie was beautiful! The colors, the wardrobes, the technology, the natural hair, the beautiful black people that starred in this film, it was amazing!

2. The women. OMG. The WOMEN! The strong women in the movie inspired me. Okoye makes me want to shave my hair back off. Nakia makes …

About 4 Years Ago...

About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism (Graves' Disease). Not long after my diagnosis, I had the Radioactive Iodine therapy to kill my thyroid. It was told to me that the only alternative was to have my thyroid surgically removed and not many doctors still do this. *I know better now.*

4 years later, it is still a struggle. 4 year later I am still under my endocrinologist's care and must see him every 6 months. 4 years later my medications are still being adjusted. 4 years later this shit still sucks.

I try not to complain. I recognize that I will have to take synthetic hormones for the rest of my life. I have now recognized that I also have accepted that I will be on the fluffier side (compared to my what used to be normal size). Unless I quit eating all the food that I love (I'm not doing that) and have a very strict exercise schedule. Have I told you that I also have exercise induced asthma? What does that mean? It means that the last time I really pushe…

A Day for Love

Happy er Belated Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a day full of love and sweet things! This year I decided to sell treat boxes. It was purely monetarily motivated and I should have started doing it a long time ago! I had already set plans in motion to go to Essence Fest and frankly, it's not cheap. I'm not poor, but I'm far from rich. I have to have extra hustles.

I went back and forth about what I would put in the boxes and how much I would sell them for. In the end, I under priced them. It was a tremendous amount of work! Over the two days that I was baking I maybe got 4 hours of sleep. And the first day I had to work a full day and then go home to bake.

It was fun though. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. The best things for me were having extra bowls and beaters for the KitchenAid (thanks Gabrielle) and mixing the dry ingredients into ziptop bags so the measuring and sifting was already done. This saved me LOADS of time! What I won't do if I…

Kindergarten!

I attended orientation for Kindergarten in the last week. KINDERGARTEN! Like didn't I JUST have her? Where does the time go? I want it back!

I can not believe how fast this time has gone. I usually feel like there aren't enough hours in a day to get done everything I need to do. We have to get something fun in this summer!

So my general feeling at this orientation was extreme sadness. Extreme! Why can't she just stay 3 and potty trained and not needing me to pay for daycare forever? I don't want that. LOL!

In the midst of all of this, I recognize how extremely blessed we have been. I just can't believe how fast the time flies.

She is already talking about what she wants her 5th birthday theme to be. It's a toss up between Disney Descendants 2 and a Unicorn theme. I'm not even sure we will go the party route this year. But I say that every year and it always turns into a party. I want to do something else that she will remember and correlate with her 5th bir…

State Fair-ish Turkey Legs

Have you all ever eaten a turkey leg at the state fair? Or any amusement park? If you have, you know they are delicious and HUGE! They are also very expensive, which is why I hardly ever buy them. I'm frugal and I never finish the thing.

They are delicious though! I am often asked about food and recipes. It's not very often that people share their secrets with me (aside from me looking on Pinterest-that doesn't count). One of my friends at work was telling me how she makes turkey legs in the crockpot. She sent me a detailed text message (that has since been deleted) and told me her method. I though it was genius when she told me. But I didn't save it and the only thing I remembered was McCormick Mesquite seasoning! I didn't want to take her through texting it to me again, so I just went with the flow.

I went to the store and purchased smoked turkey legs. I got 5 for $6. That's about half of what 1 costs at an amusement park or fair. They also aren't so big …