Urban Horticulture in The QC.

Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime

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It’s been a minute huh? Ok, here’s a very fast  update. I’m on the Bulb’s advisory board! (Yaaaay Me!) And I’m also now a certified in CPR for youth and adults.

For the last 6 weeks, home-schooled students across Charlotte from 3 years old to 16 have been learning how to grow food in small spaces. These kids were from very diverse walks of life.  I taught Urban Horticulture and the focus of the class was self sufficiency.

Each class was taught in a age appropriate group using engaging strategies to encourage creativity and exploration.  The students face literally lit up with our weekly gardening adventures.

So far we have successfully learned how to make:

  • Seed Bombs
  • Hydroponic Plants
  • Mini Greenhouse
  • Raised Bed Gardening

The biggest take home for these students were

 

For me, it was verification that parenting greatly reflects a garden.

We all begin as seeds. The better you tend to it the seeds, the better it grows, and the more fruitful it will be. To do the opposite is perilous. Too many weeds and wild animals will destroy it.

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Disclosure—> I am not a master gardener or carry any degree in the science of horticulture. I am just a mom that believes in self sufficiency and have learned so much from local master gardeners and lots of trial and error with my little guys in tow.

 

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Wednesday Wow- Early Voting Party & Parade To The Polls- Charlotte 2018

MomsRising is doing it again!   For the third year in a row, we’ll be celebrating early voting with a family-friendly voting party at the Beatties Ford Rd. Regional Library, at 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, in partnership with FedUp and QC Supermom.

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Join us as we help make voting fun for the whole family! It’s a FREE family voting celebration November 3rd in Charlotte from 9 am-12 pm at the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library early voting location (2412 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte). There will be face painting, a balloon artist, crafts, snacks, story time, voting swag for the kids, music– and even a voting parade around the library! Mecklenburg County residents who are eligible to vote can then cast their ballot at the early voting location in the library. Haven’t registered yet? No problem! You can register and vote at the same time during early voting.

There’s a lot at stake for women and families this election season and we must ensure that the voices of moms and the people who love them are heard at the ballot box. And – as an added bonus! – we’ll be building a whole new generation of voters. Research shows that children who see their parents vote are more likely to grow up to be voters themselves. Mark your calendars and plan to join us! #MomsVote #BeaVoterRaiseaVoter 

 

Follow along on social media: Take a picture of you and your voting squad and post it to social media before or after you vote. Let everyone you know how and when you voted by taking a picture and posting it to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #CantWait2Vote and tag @MomsRising! We love to see your smiling faces as you vote and this also reminds your friends and family that they should vote as well. If you are unable to attend, we still hope to see pictures of your family voting traditions, new and old.

If you aren’t able to make it to the party: You can find information on early voting locations, schedule, and absentee voting here, or you can call the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections at 704-336-2133.

Have questions about your voting rights in NC? Check out this great website from our partners at Democracy NC designed to answer all your questions.

 

Breastfeeding mom asked to leave public library computer room – UPDATE

I wanted to share a quick update. I’ll make this long story short- So back in August of 2012, Noah was just 2 months old when then Beatties Ford Regional library, librarian manager, Ms Iris, asked me to stop feeding Noah where I was seated.

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This the exact shirt, day, position, and hour with which Noah’s feeding was violated.

Wednesday Wow!  Breastfeeding In the QC,” by Kelle Pressleyqcsupermom, 22 August 2012:

I thought this would be a quick visit, but it wasn’t so I shift [my two month old baby] inside my white, thin, cotton shirt to feed him.  The only thing visible was his soft curly brown locks.  Seconds later a library volunteer approached me(twice),then the female security guard (twice), and finally the older female supervisor.  The message was consistent, plain and clear.  I cannot nurse at the computer.  I had to stop, get up and go into their 8x10ft nursing cellar.  I refused each time telling them I knew my rights and not only were they violating my rights as a library patron, but also as a breastfeeding mom.

The coverage with Dan from SafeLibraries was interesting as well –

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@CMLibrary, which harassed #bfing @QCSuperMOM, has blocked me from reading its @Twitter feed! So much for #FreeSpeech! http://t.co/EwWrSABw
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@SafeLibraries Untrue. ^jd
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So yeah, I was heated for a long time. But got over it as the feeling of accomplishment

 

filled my spirit. Knowing that standing my ground would definitely encourage other moms to breastfeed with pride as well. And it did. The story traveled further than I have traveled so far.  I could never be hushed for something I believe in- I’ve always been

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That little dark stuff room is now a nicer place to nurse.  Of course if you want to let the liquid gold flow in the lobby you can, but, I thought I would share that with you.

I was there this week and ran into a long time employee of the library.  She,  Ms Vivian shared with me that it was created after my breastfeeding incident in 20I2. She then invited me to tour inside the newly updated nursing moms space. What was a flex space for small storage is now a intimate, cozy, tiny silo for all nursing mom’s.

I’m okay with that, but more importantly interested in ensuring more staff*, understand the importance of not breaking breastfeeding moments.

Breastfeeding is normal. It can be done in public by women who ARE more comfortable with it than I was with no problem. And the fact is, in most place, they’re protected by law to do so. – CafeMom

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-To all the new moms that a fearful, ashamed and any other way un-encouraged to feed your baby your liquid gold, please read this and understand that you are everything your baby needs to survive! It was given to us as a gift from God. Before there was formula, there was breast milk. And if you truly want to give your child the absolute best, go on and slide a boob up in your little ones mouth.

12 most Ridiculous Places Moms Have Gotten Smacked for Breastfeeding

Today, Noah is a water loving, homeschooled, world traveling,  garden sowing, basketball playing, Discovery place going, ChickFila eating, superhero!

Disney On Ice -presents World Enchantment

Nobody does it better than Disney! Grab a sweater and go!

Get ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice where Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney Pixar’s Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Be amazed and join Ariel as she dives into the underwater kingdom of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and other favorites from the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from Sunnyside Daycare in one of their most daring adventure ever from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 – proving that the toys are back in town! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from the BAFTA and Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Join Anna as she embarks on an epic journey with the hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff to find her sister, the magical Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

We cant wait to see you there!

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Homeschooling with Hurricane Florence

First off, let me just say, “I survived Hugo”!Hurricane Hugo damage totals.

Hugo was scary. It was loud. It was confusing. And it was destructive.

I remember following it’s path. Noting what it was doing in each town it touched. My parents did everything they could, from boarding up the windows, getting tons of supplies, and even waiting in a gas line for 3 hours only to get 5 gallons. As it was the limit per car.  Then Hugo hit. We all slept together in our parent’s bed and oddly enough, we siblings fell asleep till the next day. That morning we woke up to many disasters. Starting with a big hole in the roof of our back porch and a fallen tree in the front yard. My dad wanted to go out to see what damages occurred in town.  And boy it was a mess!! Our little town of Hemingway is still recovering. From that experience, I’ve learned to be mindful but not fearful.

So when I heard about hurricane Florence, I knew what we needed to do, and what nonessentials to remiss

My husband purchased a generator months ago. That was the best investment yet. We purchased 2 cases of water, fruit, rice, beans and ordered pizza. We knew we wouldn’t get over a category 1 effects of Florence and that wasn’t enough for us to leave our home.    https://www.facebook.com/clt.stories/videos/729447094062156/

So it’s Sunday and Florence has done her damage, as she approaches Charlotte!!!!! Screenshot_20180916-102307.png

Florence weakens to a tropical depression but flash flooding is far from over

Although flooding is still possible, I can take the rain. Heck, I LOVE the rain and wind flow. No problem there. But the kids are a whole different story. Sure we could have just cuddled up and watch movie galore and played a few cards games but we’re extra. lol

  1. We did container gardens with our worn out Nike sneakers.
  2. Played card games.
  3. We cleaned up our closets
  4. Researched hurricanes. We learned what causes them, what it is, and how they end.

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My message is this, you control their world. Make it scary or make it empowered.  The difference is information and creativity. Neither of them are expensive. Okay, gotta go hide and take a nap. (((Hopefully)))

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Florence Notes:

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Check out these checklists while you have power/ WiFi -( click here! https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan  )1537109464577_411.JPEG

 

And we have a little stupidity (opportunist) Just read it.

Making a Isicholo: 4 Simple Steps

You may not be African, or plan to wear this ceremonial hat, but the sheer ingenuity in knowing it’s easier to make than it looks should be enough to get excited about this South African – Zulu woman’s hat.

 

 

 

 

So I have a wedding in less than 48 hours. I just p aid and picked up my hat a local seamstress created from the fabric I purchased. I was hoping I would eventually fall in love with it once I got home….. but I didn’t. It looks like a pope’s hat. I couldn’t even get my daughter to make it for me. So I decided to bite the bullet and make it myself.

After much research and the awareness of limited time, I choose to create a simple hat.  To me it looks like a mixing bowl with the bottom cut out. Yes, genius right? It’s the gift of being left handed. But the question is…. will it work?  Here are my steps. I’ll post the picture below to share the results.

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I’m using Gorilla glue. beautiful African fabric, scissors, a ruler, and a regular plastic bowl from a local discount store.  –) So far the cost is low. The fabric will be the most expensive item.—)

See the magic in the slide show below.

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During my research, I came across Beyonce with a similar hat on and said to myself, ”

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Self, you may need a cape too!’ I quickly snapped back into reality, because sewing, crafting is not the plans for my Friday.

I can’t lie. I really think I’ve done something fancy here. Next up on my to do list is the entire collection below. Of course you can check out the designer for these online. Her link is in the picture.  If you like what I did, leave a message. I may do more videos.more zulu life

Wednesday Wow: Male Rasta Models

I want my boys to model. Not JUST because I think they are cute,but because they have loads of personality and one day, they’ll need college tuition.  Makes sense right?  They are homeschooled so we have literally nothing to stop us from going for it.

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I have been researching for a while now and what I have learned I’m sharing now. Enjoy! Now, if you know something that I don’t please share. I’m sure there are others that would love to get their kids into modeling as well.

 

1. Follow submission guidelines
Some agencies requests submissions via snail mail, but submission guidelines vary between agencies. Submissions should include accurate measurements of your child and current photos, no: hats, bows, sunglasses, food on the face, face paint, etc. Snapshots by mom or dad will suffice.

Every single submission is reviewed, and if the agency is interested, they’ll follow-up with a phone call to discuss the next step: an in-person interview. If you don’t receive a response, wait six months and try again. Whatever you do, resist the urge to follow-up with phone calls or emails, which are strongly frowned upon.

2. Have the look and personality of the moment
Blonde hair and blue eyes may have once been the look du jour. But Not ANYMORE!! As The world diversifies so will the need for diverse models.

Wallflowers need not apply; outgoing, independent kids do best on set. “Photographers love the confident children that walk in the room and take charge,” says Vernon. If your child is selected for an interview, let their personality shine, keeping the interview as casual and natural as possible.

3. Flexible schedule
Last-minute jobs are standard in the business. The Kim Dawson Agency employs homeschoolers and kids from private and public schools. Agencies prefer talent that lives nearby, where most of the work will take place. Even a town over might be considered too far.

4. Well-behaved parents
While kids are being courted, so are their parents. Agents can smell a stage mom a mile away — a deal breaker for most. From following directions during the submission process to knowing how to act on set, agencies want to know that parents are going to play by the rules should their child get signed. Vernon says turn-offs include: “the parent that always talks for their child, tries too hard to convince us that her child is perfect or over exaggerates her child’s abilities.”

Should your child get signed, she warns to practice caution on social media. “I had a child almost lose a part in a movie due to the fact that somebody posted on Facebook that she got the job prior to the movie getting to release it.”

5. Stay away from scams
Unfortunately, scams are prevalent in the modeling world. A basic rule of thumb is that agencies shouldn’t make money unless their talent makes money. Steer clear of lesser-known agencies that request a signing fee or push young children to participate in costly modeling classes or workshops.

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  TOP BABY MODELING AGENCIES

Once you’ve decided to take the agent route, the next question is what are the top baby modeling agencies? Take a look at this guide from The Bump to find the right one for your aspiring baby model.

John Casablancas Modeling & Acting Agency. Established in 1987, John Casablancas is the premier modeling agency in Connecticut.

Pros: The agency has ongoing relationships with more than 400 Connecticut companies. Clients have been featured in Target ads as well as ads for Eastern Mountain Sports and Eblens.

Cons: If you’re looking for an agency that is strictly for baby models, this is not the one. The agency also serves teens and adults.

Contact: For more information on getting your child to become a baby model, you can fill out an online form or call the agency at 860-563-5959.

Future Faces NYC. Future Faces NYC has an excellent reputation as being one of the top children exclusive agencies for baby modeling.

Pros: Future Faces is a “boutique agency,” meaning it carefully hand picks each model with the certainty of success.

Cons: Because of its reputation, the agency receives hundreds of submissions daily, so competition is fierce!.

Contact: For more information, e-mail Future Faces at info@futurefacesnyc.comor call 212-203-6898.

Model Scouts. With decades of experience, Model Scouts of New York City has placed clients with big name companies like Vogue and Marie Claire.

Pros: There are a lot of success stories to come out of this agency like placements for the winner of America’s Next Top Model.

Cons: Besides receiving a high volume of applicants, this agency does not specialize in baby models, but still places them frequently.

Contact: To get started you can fill out an online form and upload photos. The agency can be reached at 888-888-0512.

Wilhelmina Kids & Teens. Wilhelmina’s routes can be traced back to 1967 when it was founded by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper. Wilhelmina Kids & Teens in New York City represents newborns to teenagers, making it a good choice for baby modeling.

Pros: Wilhelmina is a big name and carries a lot of prestige. Being repped by this agency is a big deal.

Cons: Everyone wants to be represented by the best, so competition is fierce. Bring baby’s A-game!

Contact: Your best bet is to submit online. You could always go the snail mail route, but why waste time?

Paloma Model & Talent. A family-owned and operated business, Paloma Model & Talent is run by two sisters in Southern California.

Pros: The agency is on the smaller side, providing more personalized attention. Even better? The owners are mothers who can relate to many parents’ concerns about baby modeling.

Cons: The agency is rather new, having been established in 2011. Some parents looking to get their babies started in the industry may see this as a drawback.

Contact: Paloma Model & Talent is extremely eco-friendly, so nearly all submissions are done electronically through an online form.

 

For more information —-> (HERE and HERE !)

For a complete list of agents in the Atlanta area and

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more information on professional acting opportunities, visit www.backstage.com/resources! Here’s more in Atlanta.  And more!

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National HomeSchool Spirit Week

We have been homeschooling for 13 years now! It works for us! Right now we have four boys homeschooling and I recently (get this) started teaching again out side of the home. For  three years I taught SES in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system with MasterMind and Centipede Math tutoring companies. And even now, I tutor privately (moonlight) with Wyzant.  (I know- what don’t I do- right?) But get this, it’s at the local YMCA and it their African american homeschool  group. And it’s something we do here for our class study, Urban Horticulture. { Growing produce, flowers, and other plants in small spaces scientifically and aesthetically}  I make a little change AND my boys get to attend other classes at a big discount! It’s a when win as I see it!

Now, my question to you is – have you heard about National Homeschool Week? Neither did I, but that’s okay. Here’s what it looks like:  National HomeSchool Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort to support homeschooling families, share homeschool resources, and to amplify homeschooling parents voices. Granted, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states now. Yet, the battle for public opinion is where we have more work to do.

It is celebrated September 17th – 21st each year.

Monday-> Selfie With Your Favorite Teacher-  Dress alike, move alike, Ask her/him to                                                                                   look like you. Just take a really nice                           picture    and share it Use hash tag —>                                                                                                                       #HomeSchoolersBeLike

 

Tuesday -> Make A Law            No Written Homework on Thursdays, All A’s reward of                                                         5 day beach vacation. Pizza for your birthday week.                                                               You get the picture. Take one for the team and Think                                                             Big !

Wednesday -> Create It!           Get your sibling together and make an obstacle                                                                      course. Create an outfit out of colorful duct tape or                                                             your old graded homeschool assignments, make                                                                       some fun jewelry from old fabric, paint your own                                                                 selfie. Design your own ‘spirit wig’ with ribbon from                                                            the local Family Dollar store

Thursday –> Go Green.                    Recycle your stuff, Reduce your waste,—find a                                                                          smart a fun way to reuse your school supplies! 

Friday –> Give Back Friday             Visit a senior living center, go read to shelter                                                                             pets, deliver needed supplies to the homeless. 

Those are just a few example of what to do on those days. Make those days yours. You maybe lucky enough to get a nonprofit to work with you or a few donations from local businesses if you need financial support.- Kelle Pressley

I love this daily missions.

They all reflect the quality, and progressive education we parents provide in a fun way. As you see homeschooling is slowly buy surely gaining credibility, traditional traditions and performance standards. Our goal is to create options that make it easier for all parents. Help us show some of the faces of homeschooling–and homeschool groups.

Join us and even tell someone about this upcoming fun week!

 

 

Lyrics of Guantanamera (A Girl From Guantánamo)

Celia Cruz was absolutely incredible!!! No one or nothing has ever had me so interested in learning Spanish! I’m thinking that I need to take those two Spanish classes over a Johnson And Wales University.In this blog, the famous song Guantanamo is translated! SWeeeeeet!

The Hesitant Prize Fighter

Hmm I heard this since I was a boy, and only lately I understand that its one of the most
widely known Cuban song. Which is also turn into a patriotic song in Cuba as well..

This version that I am sharing is not revolutionary.. hence its more loving type of lyrics
I also decided to translated Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera as with reference to a girl from Guantanamo instead of the patriotic meaning.

Title: Guantanamera (A Girl From Guantanamo)
Singer: Celia Cruz

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Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.X2
Y antes de morir yo quiero
cantar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera Guajira GuantanameraX2

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En junio como en enero.X2
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Guantanamera Guajira Guantanamera X2

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmn encendido X2
Mi verso es un ciervo…

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Wednesday WOW- AAU, USBA, and the TBT

I need a vacation! This basketball life is a beast!

My four guys are determined to follow in their big brother’s path and who am I to refuse them? Jervon plays overseas and when he comes home he plays on a ProAm team. It helps keep him in shape and secures our family and friends the opportunity to see him play in the U.S.

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It seems like the season never ends because of all the traveling and tournaments. But each year, there are certain games, that can’t be missed. I’m gonna tell you about them right quick.

TBT- Image may contain: one or more people They’ve been around since 2014. It’s the highest stakes basketball played anywhere in the world. Single elimination. A multi-million dollar prize. Winner takes all. TBT brings out the best in everyone. TBT champions have won $5.5M, including $5M by back-to-back-to-back Champions, Overseas Elite and $500,000 by the original TBT Champions, Notre Dame Fighting Alumni.  This years pot is $2 million dollars!

AAU-logoAAU-  is the largest sport in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) the oldest and one of the LARGEST non-profit sports organizations in the US since 1888. We have been involved in this organization since 2005. Jervon played on Team United and the boys started with them. But now they are on Grind Academy’s roster.

The USBA tournament  is an upper class, high quality basketball tournaments for youth travel teams throughout the United States sine 2006.)

This past tournament with USBA was super fun and affordable because it was in Charlotte. This year  Allen Iverson, Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets guard, LeBron James (he was there to support his son Bronny)

 

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The Basketball Tournament album: TBT 2018 Midwest Regional.

If you are in Atlanta this weekend, come hang with us this Friday!

Game Days (HERE!)

Next game Super 16 in Atlanta, G.A. at the Georgia State University.  Prime Time plays Friday at 9 p.m.

In closing, Jervon prayed for one brother, and was given 4. They all share the same love of the game and with his guidance basketball will continue to rule in this household.  Because he’s been through these  experiences, it help the boy navigate smarter towards their goals.

Raw Truth-> This didn’t happen over night. It didn’t happen without help from others. And it surely wasn’t cheap! We constantly use our creativity to save money and enjoy local activities when available. But it works for us. Our goal is to get all of our children free higher education.  And for us, basketball and tennis has been the key. Anything above that is a blessing.

FAVOR Please?—–> If you learned anything from this post, type ” #4MoreThanMe “. It’s a family hash tag! Thanks!