Nothing to give and that’s okay

So I am fighting either allergies or a cold and as if that is not enough several other areas of my life are going bonkers.  I realized I missed my first deadline for this post over the weekend and have been scrambling to come up with something empowering to say. All I found were crickets and tumbleweeds! I realize that right now the sickness and obstacles are here and all I can do is rest.

So this week I’m giving you permission to take off the super hero capes and just take care of yourself in any areas that needs healing or rest. I came across this statement below and I thought it was perfect for this week!

Cheers to empty cups that need to be filled!

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“When you cup is full this is the perfect poem to move forward!”

Still I Rise- Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

by Maya Angelou

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.

 

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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jamaican Chicken Soup

Smarty Marty Stirs up the pot this week with her take on delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup!

Let’s prepare ourself by gathering up the fresh ingredients needed for this Foodie Idea of the Week

You are going to need the following ingredients

INGREDIENTS

½ Chicken (cut in 8 pieces)
2 sprig Thyme
1 tbsp Salt
1 stalk escallion
4 Pimento Berries (Allspice)
½ lb Yellow Yam

2 Irish Potatoes
2 lb. Pumpkin (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cho-cho (Christophine) (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 pk Jamaican Chicken Noodle or Cock Soup
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Preparation

METHOD

1. In a stock pot, add three quarts of water and then add salt to taste. Bring water to a boil then add chicken, pumpkin, and cho-cho together. Boil for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the skins off the yellow yam and potatoes and wash these root vegetables in cold water to remove the dirt.

3. Cut each vegetable into four slices and then add them to the pot.

Special tip: – You man add spinners (small dumplings) to the soup at this time if you wish.

4. The flame should be turned to high at this point and allow to boil for 15 minutes.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, turn the flame down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Check the yellow yam to ensure that it is soft. If not, cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

Cook’s tip: You can speed up the time to prepare this chicken soup by slicing the yellow yam into thinner slices.28238759_2166712833339654_138183401461697417_o28515186_2166716750005929_7117494094711498964_o28616320_2166718143339123_8985270204872366549_o

Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty

Recipe By – http://www.jamaica-land-we-love.com

Remembering Yesterday-Taylor’s All Access VIP party!

It’s official you are  a teenager!

You are an official teenager you’ve turned 13 and your favorite celebrity is Chris Brown.

This was a no brainier to create this custom party collection for my niece’s best friend Taylor.

We created what we called our standard party collection which included table signage water labels cupcake toppers.

With the wide smile on her face we knew this gathering of some of her favorite folks. So as we recap Taylor’s officially 13 party.. complete with custom party supplies and family and

We set up a photo backdrop and took fun photo of Taylor with friends and family. friends…

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This celebration was a Big Hit and a Big Surprise to Taylor!

E*Press*On

Express Yourself! E Press On
“Express yourself, you gotta be you and only you, babe
Express yourself, and let me be me
Express yourself, don’t tell me what I cannot do, baby
Come on and work your body”-Salt-N-Pepa

Mix it Up!

This little miniature beauty is all you need to mix up some delicious treats! This Dash Brand cutie is the closes thing I have to a kitchen Aide, but it does the trick..

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grab delicious recipes at https://www.instagram.com/unprocessyourfood/

Milestone Moments- 30th birthday Celebration 

When you have a milestone birthday it’s always great fun to come together with a few friends and family to celebrate this journey in your life. All that you’ve accomplished to this point and goals that you are setting for the future. Krista invited us all out to celebrate with her and announce a launch of her business Krista’s Birthday Koncepts! This is a ninche marketing focusing on planning and styling  Birthday celebration with special emphasis on milestone party! So here you have us gathered at a favorite Tex Mex Restaurant. Great night of friends conversation and fellowship! 


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