Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Help Subway Restaurants Support Local Charities

Summer is almost over and that means for us with kids that schools will be reopening. Unlike the East Coast our kids go back to school in the middle of August. That means that we've already done our school shopping and we're already Back In School. Summer is filled with lots of sunshine, fun and for some travel. This Summer has been special this year when it comes to SUBWAY® Restaurants!

Participating SUBWAY® Restaurants located in the U.S.A. and Canada came together with several charities as an act of giving back to communities. Their campaign “You Share. We Share” is being participated by over 7,800 SUBWAY® Restaurant locations to help support different charities. Charities is something that we here at Growing Up Madison love to promote.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gone Too Soon

Yesterday August 19th, I lost one of the most important person in my life. My mother and my best friend. My mother has been there for me since day 1 and now my life feels empty without her. She was not only a mother but a grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and a great friend to many.

The words cannot describe how I'm feeling at the current time but I know that she's in a better place now, no longer suffering in pain and for that I'm grateful. Gone too soon but would never be forgotten. May her soul rest in peace and one day I hope to see her again.

Those who frequently visit Growing Up Madison, I'll be gone today to prepare for her funeral in the Caribbean. I'll be back on the 30th. Thank you to those who offered their condolences via Facebook and texts. Our family is currently in mourning but with your prayers we will persevere.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Shop Back to School Like A Boss At Walmart - #BTSLikeABoss

I'm not a fan of shopping for back to school. I absolutely hate shopping because of the crowds. It's one thing to go into a store and everyone is looking for the same thing. It's another to go from store to store and not find what you're looking for. This back to school shopping this year has been super hectic for us. I have one child heading into her 2nd year of college, one going into his second year of high school and yet another just starting out in Junior High School. So what's a mom to do when you have three kids to shop for and so little time. You go to Walmart and shop #LikeABoss.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Just For Me Hair Milk Collection - #happyhairtime #5FingerChallenge

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central forJust For Me. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

My pre-schooler was born with a head full of hair. As a newborn all that was required of me to recreate the perfect hairstyle was a brush. As she got older and her hair got kinkier I realized that a brush wasn't going to cut it. Being Caribbean-American as I like to call us, our hair need a lot of tender loving care. My oldest daughter has decided to go back au-naturale and has been transitioning. When she was younger one of the products that I found worked wonders in her hair was the Just for Me haircare line. Yes it's been around for as long as I can remember. Back then we lived in New York City and it was easy for me to find it. Having moved to Colorado it was a little difficult to find here so I started using other products. I was so happy to hear that Just for Me is now available at Walmart.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Support Creativity with Gymboree for Back to School with a Giveaway

In just a few days the kids here in Colorado begins school. As a matter of fact a few of the schools have already begun. While my kids love having all the new things that makes going back to school fun, I personally hate shopping. I hate the crowds and the back to school rush. I hate lining at the cash registers waiting on moms and dads to purchase their gazillion composition notebooks, pens and even crayons. The one thing that I don't mind is the clothes shopping and Gymboree makes it so easy to shop for my little one. I have been shopping at Gymboree even before she was born and when I decided to stock up her nursery, Gymboree was one of the lines that I stocked it with. So there was no hesitation when it comes to buying clothing for back to school that Gymboree was obviously one of the stores that I would head to.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Yoplait Vanilla Yogurt With Blueberries Pops #WholesomeSnacking

With this being summer we have hit temperatures in the 90's and it's been a scorcher. There have been days where all we've done is just curl up on the couch with a good book, a movie and lounge with the central air keeping us cool. On the days however when the kids do want to go outside it's always great to have a healthy and nourishing snack. You may have heard me say quite a number of times that we don't do soda or sweets in our house. It's a very rare occasion that it may be seen, like the case of party. We are lovers of fruits and yogurt and one of our faves is Yoplait and boy do we love to get creative with it. Today I want to share one of our favorite. Yoplait Vanilla Yogurt with Blueberries Pops.