Friday Four: Enriching Your Childs Education

College-Money2One thing most parents think about as their child(ren) enter high school is will my child be able to pay for college IF they decide to go? I know that I do.

We have a child in college. Two in high school. Another two in primary courses and then two more that are still building a foundation and love of learning.

We got off very easy with the first one, as he was scouted by top athletic departments in the U.S.. So not only is his books,education and housing covered, he also gets a little pocket change. We may not get off that easy with the rest of them. So now we are looking for college money. Of course we prefer grants and scholarships, something they won’t have to pay back. If I haven’t learned anything else since my Johnson and Wales days…… student loans suck! debt

My parents never wanted me to work in college, but I needed more than what they offered so I always secured me a little job to cover my  fun exspences. I did work study and part time work with a temp agency all through my college years and I’m so glad that I did.Because I was a mom even in college, I was able to send money and gifts to my parents for my children. That FELT good in itself.

Because I am a self proclaimed conserver, I came across a bunch of resources that may help with our other children. Hopefully you can find something of use as well. It was a 2012 copy of Essence Magazine: Essence 2012 money for education

Essence QC Supermom Education money Now, if I could only find that tree my daddy kept asking me about!!! Here’s four more ways to make it happen!money tree

Creative Ways to save for college

Practical Money Skills:College Savings

VERY weird scholarships you can apply for now!

Earning pocket money for college students

Wednesday WOW: Win FOUR tickets for the January 9th Monster Jam

My four little guys are about to hail me as the “Worlds Best Mom Ever!!!!” The Queen City and Feld Entertainment is bringing the love of loud – sparks flying – Monster truck loving thrills to our front door next month and needless to say, my boys are READY and eagerly awaiting! #MonsterJam

While they are literally traveling all over the world, Monster Jam is coming to Time Warner Cable Arena Friday, January 9th, 2015, and Saturday, January 10th. Bring your crew out to witness the breathtaking stunts and power of the world’s most popular Monster Jam trucks. Before and after the show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the drivers and trucks and get autographs, presumably from the drivers, not the trucks- of course.

Now, allow me to tease you a bit. Turn your volume waaaaay down, this sucker is VERY LOUD! ..

NICE RIGHT?????

Win FOUR tickets for the January 9th Monster Jam at 7:30 p.m. Here’s how to win:

  • Be an subscriber to my Facebook and Google page. (Subscribe here and here please.)
  • Leave a comment to this post saying what your monster truck name would be. Or the Monster Truck name of someone you know or have heard of, if that person was a monster truck. Make sure to leave your real name too, because the winner will need ID to pick up the tickets.
  • On Monday, December 22, a winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries and emailed.

Follow the fun at #MOREMONSTERJAM

See you there!!!!!Feld Entertainment Monster Jam

QC Supermom “aka” Jelly Kelly Monster Truck

Depression: When the music changes, so does the dance

Mental illness is real and should not be taken lightly. This is the second beautiful soul to leave this Earth, that I know of this year. Monday was such a sad day. I felt a real lost! Everyone should feel like they have someone on their side with resources to talk to because they do. My hands are up in the air!!!!You know someone with mentla illness and it's alright.

Have I ever been depressed? YES. At least 4 times a year. For different reasons, at different times of the year. Many do not know, but I lost my 11yr old daughter in 2005. She was just 11 years old and yes, my world changed that cold dark morning in October- days before my 30th birthday. It was unexpected and heartbreaking. A year later, my mom, my best friend transitioned too. My husband is not the friendliest at all times, (poor thing, is a veteran and came home with PTSD), my money isn’t either. My amazing children do not always do what I expect from them all of the time. Even on a more personal level, I can’t loose and keep off the weight, no matter how well I eat and stay on the go. Live is full of challenges. I don’t know if I’m coming or going at times myself!

Why I never harmed myself: Good question, I still can’t figure it out. Grace and mercy I guess! Going from a well paying corporate career to a stay at home mom is a big adjustment. I have 8 living kids that truly need me, a bright future that I’ve worked so hard to grow, and most of all, I want to see my children become productive adults.

Depression is the most common form of mental illness, affecting more than a quarter of Americans at some point in their lives.

Depression is the most common form of mental illness, affecting more than a quarter of Americans at some point in their lives.

When I heard the news of Titi, I came across a post by my friend, LaQuita Bullock, a mental health activist. She shared:

Mental illness is REAL! So many of our people suffer in silence afraid of judgment and criticism. Its ok to get help! Its ok to not be ok! If you feel like you have no where to go or that you just don’t feel right, go get help. People with diabetes seek help, people with high blood pressure seek help! They take medicines and try to help themselves get better. Why can’t it be that way with a mental health issue?! I have spoken to psychiatrist, been diagnosed and I’m still living! Its not a shield of doom to have a mental illness. Anxiety attacks, uncontrollable mood swings,flash backs that scare you for days, depression so bad the only out you feel there is is death! But I sought help! I didn’t let mfs tell me what I needed. I just did what I needed to do for me and my family. Now I help others, and it feels good! Were going to break this stigma especially in minority communities. Its ridiculous to look down on someone for something they can’t help! It aint the devil, we aint crazy, you just STUPID! Step up your knowledge game.
My page on mental illness and I’m here if people want info or help. Message me on my page. This was such a huge loss. Rest with angels Miss Titi
Www.Facebook.com/minoritymentalillness 

Karyn Washington- blogger/activist

“I wish someone had told Karyn Washington that she didn’t have to be strong.” – @gorgeousingrey

NOT one more!!!!!

To learn more about suicide and the state of mental health in the Black community, click the links below:Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the wildly successful natural hair care line

Why We Need to Call Suicide What It Is

The Fight Against Black Depression Continues

Friends, family, strangers and all between,  remember this, however long the night, the dawn Will break! Get help now. Please seek help National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 – QC Supermom

Stop The Stigma of Mental Illness

Eaim Turns 8 with Dr. Seuss!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”- Dr. Seuss

Eaim turns 8

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!- Dr Seuss

 

YESTERDAY, WE CELEBRATED 8 YEARS WITH MY SON AT HOME WITH JUST US 8.

Dr. Seuss quotes

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss

We did everything for under $80! I think I shocked my husband as well. Eaim was so excited to see everything up and laid out JUST for him.

I chose Dr Seuss because I love the messages of wisdom that are in his witty rhymes. I also wanted him to transition into a more responsible mode of thinking. Who better than the good ole Doc, right? He enjoyed reading his back splash of balloons, greeting and wishes too. His favorite one was:  “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”

-Dr Seuss

Birthday boy dinner

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

To make them, I selected a few things from my craft box and homeschool kit.

We copied, pasted and printed much of the bright décor,, then glued them on the back splash. The balloons were mix matched because the little ones kept playing and busting them up. We also used craft tissue paper and construction paper of all sorts. You’d be amazed at how far a little creativity will get you.

Eaims 8

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

We made the menu based on what he asked for: It helps having young children that can help in the kitchen.

Birthday Boy’s Menu-

  • Smore’s cake
  • Whopper smoothie
  • Nacho Tacos w/avocados and sour cream
  • Tortillas chips and queso
  • and a red bean and rice

We try to make a big thing out of our children’s birthdays because we don’t celebrate Christmas like many.  They get no gifts from us* on that day. Instead we serve the less fortunate or spend that time getting ready for Kwanzaa.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who will decide where to go.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who will decide where to go.

 

Biggest Challenge:  Prepping everything without him knowing for sure. I kept telling him it was for his sisters class Christmas party. Unfortunately, he figured out his whole punched and looped name wasn’t a normal name for a party drink.

 

Most proud of: His siblings begging to help make it possible. They wanted him to be happy on his day.

His Biggest Gift: being able to go to the computer lab with out an adult. (At our community computer labs you must be older than 8 to surf alone)

What’s next: SHOPPING! He has funds to shop at a small business this week. So it goes without saying he will be celebrating his birth ALL week LONG! Oh my!

Instead of birthday licks, he got Birthday  showers!

Instead of birthday licks, he got Birthday showers!

To my sweet Ramuntu, gosh, life is better with you!  We named him after SaMya, his sister that transitioned at 11yrs old. So grateful to God for allowing us to be your guide this life time around. Love you always wonderful son!   In the end, this year celebration was low stress, low mess, and high quality! Perfect!

Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. -Dr Seuss
 More Dr.Seuss 
and here - just click either one!  Every hour was worth putting this together for him, for us.
   Have a great week, QC Supermom!
The Big Sister, NC's mobile baby sitter

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr Seuss

 

Friday Four: Black Lives Matter!

The truth is Black Lives Do Matter. Have you ever been so disgusted and sad that you didn’t know what to say? As a mom and consultant to other mothers, that’s exactly how I have been feeling about these last few weeks of police murders. I do realize it’s both blacks and whites, because I am a African american mom of 5 sons, I’ll focus on that.

I believe that white skinned people were born from dark skinned people. I believe that NOT everyone from one race is perfect. I believe that the times we are living in are scary. I also believe that it’s the perfect time to make changes for the better IF we come together as ONE! -Kelle Pressley

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More PROOF there is no American justice against ILLEGAL, excessive use-of-force, by the police.

Read what some guys in blue are saying about these cases; very shocking and bold. See here!

You can draw any conclusions you choose. I will never see the logic to killing a man for shoplifting. It was wrong but let the punishment meet the crime. Have you signed the petition yet? If not, do it here!

It’s a outrage and it has got to stop!

Make sure you read in the comments. PlanetEarth Trimtab MAKES SOME STRONG POINTS TO PONDER.

Here are 4 ways we maybe able to fix this ongoing tragedy;

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The Illuminati Organization is an elite collective of political leaders, business owners, entertainment celebrities, and other influential members of this planet. By uniting leaders of the world in an unrestrictive, private domain – free of political, religious, and geological boundaries – our organization helps to further the prosperity of the human species as a whole.
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You will not find us praised in any history book or document. However, The Illuminati has helped shape every major movement on this planet since the first human government was established. Our work is often marked by distinct symbols as a means of tracing our influence through history for those wishing to investigate.
With gentle and unknown guidance from our organization, the human species is allowed to function in their natural order while playing the part of gears in a machine for the betterment of the world

1. Create a revised  psychological test and require the entire law enforcement industry to get tested quarterly.

2. Encourage more women and minorities to run for more political offices.

3. Empower more minorities to learn the law and how to use it.

4. Racism is taught. Teaching them from birth that all are equal will result in a more diversity sensitive race.

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Oooh, and please don’t miss this video…….Shame on these parents!  PUT ON YOUR ear phones…….. so sad.

(let me know if you can’t see/hear it…. I couldn’t once I published it but it’s actually here…. go figure)

Wednesday Wow: The Perfect Child Care Center

Imagine what the world would be like…
if all children were taught how to meditate;
if they were fed a properly nutritious diet from birth;
if they were healed with natural remedies instead of chemicals;
if they were treated with love and respect;
if they learned to love instead of hate;
if they learned how to handle anger;
if they were encouraged to develop their intuition… and on and on.

If you can imagine this, then you can imagine the effects that this holistic childcare program could have on the future.

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I’ve been pondering a business venture for a long time now and I think it’s time to move on it. This child development Center would raise the bar of expectations for children in early childhood in the following areas: • Language & Listening Skills • Pre-Math Skills • Physical Science • Music Appreciation • Creative Art • Physical Education/Gross Motor skills and the parents/caregivers can attend FREE monthly evening wellness seminars.

Child care in the country can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 per year, depending on the region and quality of the care, and what are you getting for it? I think we can do better. Our children, our future, and our community, deserve better.

lllookIn the meantime, here’s a summary on how to find one to best fit your child(rens) needs for now.

Inspect the center.

Walk around and see how the children are responding to their surroundings.
Make sure there is enough staff .

Check sleeping area, make sure you do pop -ins so as to see staff in area where children are sleeping.

Ask to come when children are preparing for lunch also eating lunch, make sure your child eats those foods you send ,especially if of another religion .
A must ,check out the temperment of staff during play time and as well as when pickup
time is .
If your day care provider is always showing teeth all the time something is up .
At times day care providers go through some stress like parents do.
Rules are a must. QC Supermom CDC

Do not spank my child,share with me my child’s behavior and you are welcome
to do time out if child understand.

Keep in mind they act out and want parents, at times.

Rule: Show love and do not compare children with others,some are fast learners and some are slow or maybe special needs and moms don’t know yet .

Make sure they explain about what the rules are doing sickness in daycare.
Have emergency plan also have numbers of second contacts.
Last but not lease make sure your child is doing something appropriate. Toys are
a must. Inspect all city papers every three months. I could go on  and on, but I’ll stop there.

Hope this helps!

Let’s teach all children to love, create, meditate, be thoughtful, be responsible, eat properly, value their own health and well-being, and view others with hopeful, mindful, holistic awareness. Holistic Childcare is a tangible process to improve the world, and help create a brighter future for us all. I can’t wait to make you a believer!

Life Insurance is for the living

Efinanciall_LifeEnsurance_Revised_72_BraftonLIFE INSURANCE….. say it with me; LIFE INSURANCE!

No one wants to talk about life insurance. But every parent should. Some parents, like myself may feel that insurance protection is unaffordable; others may just not know. Being uninsured can have a devastating effect on the entire families life! I learned the value of a policy when my 11 year old daughter passed in 2005. Although we had the funds to cover her final exspenses, we could have kept the money in the account for the other children educational expenses.LIfe-insurance-you-need-chart

It all boils down to one question, if you die, will your loved ones suffer financially? 

If the answer is “yes”, you need life insurance. It,provides cash to your family after your death. This cash (known as the death benefit) replaces your income and can help your family meet many important financial needs like funeral costs, daily living expenses and college funding. What’s more, there is no federal income tax on life insurance benefits.

There are situations where a policy on a child makes sense, but in most cases, experts say it’s more important that the parents have life insurance.- FoxBusiness

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I will admit, it’s scary, a lot to consider…and even easier to overlook; because it is another human being relying on you for the next 20 years. Not just emotionally— but financially too!

One thing remains true for many single parents, Your children depend on you and only you. So what would happen to them if you weren’t around for them tomorrow?-NewYorkLife

“Having a life insurance policy could mean a spouse or children won’t have to sell assets to pay bills or taxes” in the event of an unforeseen death. Think about it.  After a death, the bills continue. Would they be able to meet ongoing living expenses like the rent or mortgage, food, clothing, transportation costs, healthcare, etc? What about long-range financial goals? Without your contribution to the household, would your surviving spouse be able to save enough money to put the kids through college or retire comfortably? That’s alot to consider. It took my husband and I three weeks to find a policy that fit our family’s budget. If you need help with “the talk” call my friend, Sulayman Nyang Jr. His office can help you and I trust them. So what are you waiting on. Look, it’s always a struggle when you lose someone you love. But your emotional struggles don’t need to be compounded by financial difficulties. Life insurance helps make sure that the people you care about will be provided for financially, even if you’re not there to care for them yourself.

Sulayman Nyang Jr  (704) 596-3799
9739 Northlake Centre Pkwy
Suite H

Charlotte, NC 28216
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For many people, Life Insurance can fill an important role in the financial protection of spouses and children, and can also help older couples plan for retirement.- EverPlans

Get more information here- NerdWallet

Find different needs categorized here!

How much do you need? Click here!

As a parent it’s your job to consider the “what ifs.” You babyproof your home, buy car seats withthe top safety ratings, and keep up doctor appointments, and the number for Poison Control. It’s the same idea with life insurance. “You buy it and then hope you never have to use it.”

Be Covered, QC Supermom

Friday Four: Getting Out Of Town

driving in the mountainsI don’t like to drive long distances. When my older children were smaller, I missed out on alot because I had no desire or help to share the burden of driving long distances or watching the children. My husband was either working or didn’t want to go where I wanted to go.

Now that our oldest son is playing basketball in college, my husband has an incentive to be the designated driver for out of town trips. I can’t tell you how much I appriciate that, but our latest trip opened my eyes to something rather significant.

Last week we went to see Hampton University play against Appalachian State University in Boone NC.

Noah made friends with the enemy.

Noah made friends with the enemy.

That ride was excellent! I couldn’t keep my camera down. It was mountains, hills, valleys the entire time. Talk about beautiful!  Who knew we were so close to all this beauty?  I took while riding. The university sits on the top on another mountain that placed us 3333 ft. above sea level. I like walking in places with my tribe. We almost took the entire row.

Two hours later, we were on our way back home. Talk about bitter sweet. I was happy that we were able to put in $15 in gas to learn about a part of our state that we’ve never been to before. They got to see first hand what mountains really looked like, and how it felt to rise in elevation. It was clear that there are some things, you just can’t get the feel of from a picture or youtube video. There is something to getting out of your home land and seeing more!

I have been missing out on too much, and so have my children. What if I had another interested mom? we could share traveling expenses and child care, while exploring new things with our children? It could happen! (I tell you sense comes last sometimes,I could just kick myself!)

Boone NC
Boone NC

 

 

Boone mountains

I do plan to return with a mom friend and her children in April. By that time, we will have saved up enough to go hiking, eat local and just be authentic tourist for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a little more information about the Men’s Basketball teams that played last week:

QC Supermom in Boone NCAppalachian State University is a comprehensive, public, coeducational university located in Boone, North Carolina, United States. Appalachian State was founded as a teacher’s college in 1899 by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty.

QC Supermom and Hampton UniversityHampton University is a historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1868 by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War to provide education to freedmen. In 1878 it established a program for teaching Native Americans which lasted until 1923.

Wednesday Wow: Who hires moms and why

Recently it hit me. Why am I not sharing my client list? After all, I absolutely LOVE each and everyone that I serve and they are a perfect fit for not only my brand but for other mompernuers as well.

So from this day forward, I will showcase at least one of my clients per month. They way, you can see some amazing businesses and of course my clients get a free plug! Everyone wins! Okay, let’s get to it! First up is Lapronda Spann. She is the owner of Lain Consulting. I worked with her this summer. Spann and QC Supermom

I can say many things about Lapronda…. and I think I will. She is a powerful, single mom, intelligent, soft spoken, spicy, family oriented, classy, home owning supermom. Her super power is helping non profits not only find money, but also select a strong board to keep them in business.

What I love about working with her:

She loves seeing strategies marked off her vision board. She sees opportunities, risks, and challenges then smashes them down one by one.  This little lady is by far a great role model.

She shared: It was a case of the “horrible bosses” that spurred LaPronda Spann in 2012 to finally turn her side gig into a successful, full-time consulting firm.

During the eight years prior, Spann worked full-time in the nonprofit hospital sector in Winston-Salem and Charlotte while helping a few nonprofit clients write grants, after a friend suggested in 2004 she get a business license.

“He saw value in the company,” Spann said. “I didn’t take it seriously.”

But all that changed when she began working in a new section of the hospital for a new boss. It took about eight months for Spann to realize the arrangement just wasn’t working.

“It was the best blessing,” Spann said. “At that point, I just wanted to manage my own schedule and do what I was good at.” – L.Spann

With a little help from others, including her mom, daughter and CPCC she did it!

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Here’s what she do at Lain Consulting LLC.

She serve:

  1. Dreamers, Visionaries and Entrepreneurial Spirits that are looking to establish charitable organizations
  2. Small to medium sized agencies
  3. Federally designated nonprofit organizations
  4. Organizational leadership that are committed to growing and sustaining the nonprofit long term

Yes, she’s that remarkable. Here’s why I think you should follow her:

Key accomplishments: Months after launching her Charlotte-based business, Spann was awarded certification by the city and state, opening the door to government contracts. She grew revenue tenfold in her first year and doubled her client base.

Lapronda reminds me of that Kenny Rogers song, ” The Gambler ” This is the hip hop mix. (I needed something to get hype for a quick workout. this one worked)

Watch this video of Ms Spann in action.  I LOVE it in the end when she reintroduces herself by  starting of with….  “I AM the ………..”

More in the news about Lapronda-

CPCC feature

NCIMED coverage

Read her full feature in the Charlotte Business Journal here.

I had to include this promo video of her, it’s excellent! (I may need to get back on this steam engines payroll!)

Follow your dreams, QC Supermom

Penguins of Madagascar; the QC Supermom Review

Super spy teams aren’t born—they’re hatched. Penguins of Madagascar  has to be the cutest movie yet this year!  Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private join forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind, led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then—you know),

Dr. Octavius BrineAnyhoots, their mission is to help animals who can’t help themselves. The Penguins work with the North Wind led by “Classified” to prevent Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world. (Scary right?)

We were given a few tickets to disburse, so the fun was magnified because my moms from Queen City Stay At Home Moms were able to join in the fun. Yes, it’s a great movie For any play group to plan and attend together!Queen City Sta At Home Moms

 

As always, kids see things we adults may miss, so I asked my tribe what the thought of it. Here’s what they said:

Take a peek at this trailer and go see it this WEDNESDAY in theaters while your Thanksgiving dinner continues to digest!

eliSee everything Penguins Of Madagascar,  here on Dream works. Penguins Of Madgascar