Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blink and You' ll Miss It

In some weird twisted way, high school doesn't seem that long ago. Sure next year it will be 20 (TWENTY - wait whut?) years since I graduated but I remember it like yesterday. In particular I remember my 8th grade graduation. And all the feelings I had before high school. 
I only bring this up because 3 weeks ago, one day before my 37th birthday, 23 years after my own, we sat in the sun to cheer for Sweet Pea at her 8th grade promotion ceremony.
Talk about a surreal #realmommoment .

It's not the first time she's been "promoted", so there were no tears on my part, but the emotions were still there. The swell in my heart and the lump in my throat as I listened to the ASB president wish his friends, the class of 2020 an awesome summer. 

What the french. Class of 2020? 
It seems so surreal. 
I am not, for the most part, a sentimental parent. I don't mourn the passing of every stage and lament the lack of babies in my life. I am enjoying every part of this parenting stage but dammit if this wasn't one of those "moments". The ones that define the phrase "The days are long but the years are short." Because they are. I'm not gonna tell anyone to cherish their kids when they're young and revel in it because that can be hard to do. But it does go by fast. I'm almost unsure of how we got here because it seems like it was yesterday that she was born. 

But now, we're 6 weeks out from high school. High school. This is a whole new era for us. We've never navigated these waters before and I'm both scared and excited about what the future holds. Because parenting in 2016 looks a whole lot different than it did in 1993. 

Yeah, Wednesday June 8 2016 was one for the books. Watching our girl receive her diploma was legit icing on a cupcake of a month and it was even better with our family there to support her.   

High school y'all, it's happening. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

5 Reasons To Vacation With Your Family


1)  You will discover new things about each other.
Sure you live with these people 24/7 365 but something happens when you get away from home and your normal routine. Things can get a little crazy and if it's a road trip you can guarantee you're going to learn something about one another. And there will be carpool karaoke, because duh. 

2) You get to bend the rules
If you're a super strict/ by the book type of parent you can have an a 'vacay parent personality' and be the fun spontaneous person of your dreams. Let's face it, vacation mom is lot more chill about missed naps and late night treats than mom at home. 


3)  Magic can happen: While there are moments of irritation because, family and plans going awry, there are these moments of magic that occur when everyone is getting along or you can tell they enjoyed their day and you're just like yesss, this is why we did this. Even if it only lasts as long as the tram ride back to the car. 

4) Try new things: We like to eat and generally when we go away we discover a new favorite place and dish we've never tried. In San Francisco it was prosciutto and honey topped fries in a pizza joint. Who knew? 

5) Inside jokes: There will always be stories that remain funny only because it is shared between sibilings,/ parents. It's kind of fun to not only be able to share a look with my husband when we spy something that's related to our joke but to get my kids in on it? That is priceless. 

* Bonus*
Quality time with other family members or friends. If you happen to go with friends and their families or bring a family member (mother/father-in-love) along it can be added fun as it gives you all a break from being "on" all the time! 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

One Night Only

Last night was a little bit like magic. It was the first time in a LONG time that all of my husband's best friends were out to celebrate their other friend. Are you confused yet?
D has 3 best friends. They've known each other since junior high and have somehow managed to maintain their friendships. It's a beautiful thing. And this past week, one of them, my Gemini twin, turned 40. His annual white party is always a hot ticket and basically our one night out a year where we TURN UP, well as much as our 30-something bodies will let us. It's always a good time and y'all know how I feel about breaking out my dancing shoes so I was down. AND my birthday is in a few days (4 to be exact)? I am hella down. 
For as long as we've been together we've gone to this annual party and the cast of characters has changed over the years as relationships come and go. I think the only year I missed was right after I had Baby Ninja because tired. 
But last night, last night something magical happened. The entire crew came out. Well not the entire famdamily, that is hard to pull off. But I mean the core four. 

We ended up picking up the birthday boy's wife and our other friends met us there. When I saw who was in that car I got really excited. The gang's all here. For real. 
I've known my husband for almost 20 years so I've watched these men grow into who they are today and it's both inspiring and hilarious. I love them all so much and I really like watching them together. They have their own language and are basically brothers. It's hella dope to watch black men support each other the way they do. 
Back to last night though - we all walked in the club together and it was like a scene from a movie as the crowd moved aside as we danced our way through the club to the VIP.  Can I just say I love being older and being able to sit my tired butt down on a cushioned bench when I don't know the song or my feet hurt? It is a perk of both knowing the party promoter and being older. Cuz yeah, no.
If you follow me on SnapChat (and if you're not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?) then you already know what the view was like.  The DJ and emcee were old friends so it was a mix of new school (WTF is this?) and HELLA old school ( "Is this 'Freak Hoes'???) and the hubs and I cut a rug for hot one and then took our old asses up to VIP to people watch. 

As always, I grabbed a moment with the birthday boy and we both cheesed out at the fact that everyone was there. Us. The family we created, we were all there for one night, rocking to the beat. No matter that some had a plane to catch this morning - we made it happen for our boy. It was a moment.


Yeah, last night was magic. My whole body hurts and Baby Ninja woke up ready to partay before 8am but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

When Keeping It Real Goes Right

“This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” 

I don't know about y'all, but lately I've been more into the social media channels that show the real side of people than anything else.  Platforms like SnapChat and FB live or Periscope are fun ways to really get to know the personality behind the brand of some of my favorite online peeps. Myself included. It's hella fun to see people with their kids or do face swaps with their husbands or just put a rando filter on them. I love it all so much. Real is where it's at. 

And we were all reminded of that not two weeks ago when Candace Payne (Chewbacca Mom) went live from her car in the parking lot at Kohl's. That was the most viewed live video on Facebook EVER. All because she was willing to put it all out there and just be her authentic self. The mask alone was funny, but her pure joy and full belly laugh stole the show. Within hours the mask sold out everywhere and jumped in price about about 100% on Ebay. Crazytown. 
But it got people talking again about authenticity and it's importance in this digital age. Having a space that represents you and your brand in a clear and memorable. And having .ME domain name is the perfect step! I've already said how it easy it was for me to create a media kit with their template that was a direct reflection of Carpools to Cocktails and having a .ME domain name would just be icing on the cake.  One of the things I dig about it is that .ME offers premium domain names, which naturally resonate with readers due to their memorability and meaning. 

This year is all about re-birth of sorts for me, well for this blog really. I neglected it quite a bit last year and while it was for a good reason, I missed it and am working hard to get back to where I was. In the meantime, I'm making sure my site matches up with my personality and represents C2C in a true light. My tribe is all about keeping it real and I love that they show that in all forms.

They share the real and the messy as well as the picture perfect that we all still like to look at. I dig that. Being able to show all sides is so important in what we do. For those that are starting out and ask how they can be true to themselves while still being able to work in the wild west that is the internet. I  encourage them to start with a space that makes them feel like them and go from there. Share what you feel comfortable with and take pride in knowing that messy is just as good as "pretty perfect" if not better any day of the week. 

How do you show your TRUE self on the internet? Is there one platform you prefer over another? 


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