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June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and celebrations are happening all over the country. In DC, Grace foods is helping foodies celebrate by bringing their famous jerk festival to the streets of downtown Washington. Kids under 12 are free, and would probably be interested in trying out jerk burgers, hot dogs, jerk ice cream or jerk popcorn. There is also a Kids area with games and kid friendly activities. Adults pay $20 in advance, or $30 the day of the event, to sample a variety of Jerk dishes such as chicken, pork, fish, lobster (pictured).
The event takes place on Sunday, June 19, on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 12th and 14th streets, from noon to 9:00 p.m. Organizers of the event say that "the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival DC will highlight the food, music and culture of the Caribbean." Celebrity chefs will compete in a jerk cook-off to see who takes home the Dutch Pot Trophy.
Entertainment: Freddie McGregor, Christopher Martin, Ikaya, Edwin Yearwood, No-Maddz band, Image Band, and DJ G-Nice, Sounds of Culture, Pan Lara Youth Steel Orchestra, Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Judith Falloon-Reid, Richards Carnival with masqueraders in 2016 DC Carnival costumes, and comedian Michael Campbell. Tickets available online at www.DCJerkFestival.com. Gates open at noon.Add a comment
GIVEAWAY TIME! If you are in DC, LA, or Chicago, you can enter to win a family pack of tickets to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows!
Are you available on these dates?
LA - Wednesday, June 1, Baldwin Hills at 7:30PM
DC - Wednesday, June 1, Regal Majestic at 7:30PM
Chicago - Wednesday, June 1, Regal City North IMAX 14 at 7:00PM
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows is in theaters on June 3rd. Enter to win a family pack of tickets to see it early. Click here to enter.
Watch the trailer here... teenagemutantninjaturtlesmovie.com
What's it about? Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
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Up to 5 tickets are available for the following locations, dates, and times: LA - Wednesday, June 1, Baldwin Hills at 7:30PM; DC - Wednesday, June 1, Regal Majestic at 7:30PM; Chicago - Wednesday, June 1, Regal City North IMAX 14 at 7:00PM. Tickets are not valid for any other locations, dates, or times. Winners must accept by email with name and email address by 1 pm EST on May 31st. I was provided with the tickets for this giveaway.Add a comment
It’s not often that I get to hang out with my oldest son – just the two of us. My husband swears that we are the silliest people when we are together. I think that we are that times ten when nobody is around. We were given free admission to the press screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass, so we decided to make it a mid week movie night. The trailer alone let me know that it wouldn’t work for my two youngest even though it is rated PG. It wouldn’t be too scary for the eleven year old, but there were no cars. If there are no cars… like not one… the movie is a no. That would have been almost two hours of complaining. My youngest thinks a LOT, and the premise would have her way too worried about life, death, and who knows what else. She avoids all things potentially “creepy,” and I help her.
I don’t remember seeing the first one, mainly because I tend to sleep through movies…. It’s dark, cell phones are off, and let’s face it. I have three kids – that’s a recipe for a great nap. So, I had no idea what to expect for this one beyond what I saw in the trailers. People were there in costume though, so by the time the lights started going down, I was thinking that it was going to be a big deal.Add a comment Read more...
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I LURVE the beach. Every summer I end up on many beaches, but most of the time, I still feel self conscious. You know when you get out on the beach and you see people who put on their swimwear and rock it like they just don’t care? Big and tall, pudgy, thick, belly bare - don’t care… those types of people fascinate me. They really do. I wonder where they get that confidence from, and how I can get a big cup of it.
Even at 100 pounds, I was trying to cover things. I had no jiggly bits, but I still felt some kind of way about my body. Now that I actually have things that overflow my clothing, I’m wondering what on earth I was covering up.
Well, this summer, I’m not trying to miss out on all the fun sitting under some umbrella or half drowning trying to wear a sarong. I plan to be like these women who just let it all hang out… but… okay wait… not ALL of mine will be hanging out. I’ve found the cutest suits that will keep some of it in. For under $25! Guess who’s ditching the sarong and still feeling fabulous in these tropical print retro high waisted styles? Me. Click on the images to check them out. Be sure to check the size chart before you buy. Not ready to buy? Pin it for later!Add a comment
I was interviewed by Caribbean mom (Trinidad) and beauty and wellness blogger, Dixie Nichols of Inside Outer Beauty on her latest podcast. She was a wonderful host, and asked some questions that really made me think. We talked homeschooling strategies, self care, and favorite books. Click here to check out the podcast on her blog. Be sure to share it with anyone you know who is considering homeschooling. I give my top three rules to homeschool by and more!Add a comment
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I am not a huge Mother’s Day fan. Yes, I am a mom. Yes, I have a mom. I have a mother-in-law too. Still not a fan. Let me clarify. I am not a fan of it in its current construction.
First of all – it is on a Sunday. That means church for a lot of us. What is required for church? Getting kids ready for church. What is that? Work. What is the last thing I want to do on a day that everyone is telling me is MY day? Work. I should be able to choose the best day for Mother’s Day according to my preference and level of exhaustion.
Mother’s day lunch, brunch, dinner in any form? No thanks. Why? I am glad that you asked. If we eat at home, guess who is cooking? If I get breakfast in bed, who is responsible for the rest of the meals? Me. If we have company for dinner, who has to make sure the house is clean before and after? Me. All of that sounds like work. Mother’s day brunches? There are so many reasons that I dislike them, so I’ll just say this, those are work too. Kids spilling things, waiting in line for the coveted seafood or steak? Nah. I’m good.
Pedicures? That is often a Mother’s Day gift giver’s “go to” gift. Did you know that we have to do a pedicure before we get a pedicure just so that the technician doesn’t talk trash about our feet? Work. You know what we don’t want to do on Mother’s day? Work.
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For those of you who have moms that are difficult to read when it comes to Mother’s day gifts, here is my list of 7 gifts that are better than brunch on Mother’s Day. These are mostly suggestions for spouses, since they are the ones with the money. Kids can continue to give macaroni necklaces and breakfast in bed. Either way, just let them sign the card… we like that.Add a comment Read more...
Everyone from Toronto to Melbourne said that his cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” was magical. I wish I could find a video to share with you, but I can’t… I guess I’ll never see it for myself… or hear it. Musicians from my life soundtrack keep dying.
A friend of mine’s big sister had his album back when I was in, oh I dunno, second, maybe third grade - I think. We were at her house and we had a dance contest. I remember having no idea what I was doing, but they told me I was a good dancer. I decided to believe them. Something about his songs made me feel alive and powerful and talented. That day made me believe that I could actually do something that I clearly… could… not… do.
That was the magic of Prince. Everything he did and was defied all superstar logic. He was 5’ 2”, wore high heels, and his eye makeup game was on point at all times. His skin, at 57, looked like he washed it three times a day in the tears that those doves were crying… Within 45 minutes of his death he was number one on iTunes. He shouldn’t have been a star… He should still be with us, not among the stars. I shouldn’t have been a dancer. But he was. But he is. But I am.
Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson. June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016.Add a comment
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I’ll be finishing up my second year of law school, and I can’t wait for summer to begin. Unlike traditional law students who are looking forward to trying out law firm or clerk life, I am looking forward to spending time with my kids, working on my blog, and heading to the beach for some much needed (and well deserved) R & R. I’ll be using Groupon Coupons to get all of my summer shenanigans done… for less.Add a comment Read more...
As a Caribbean woman, I was taught very well defined gender roles. Whether or not those played out in real life is another blog post for another day. When my brother played a sport, he got the best of everything – equipment, shoes… when it was my turn? Not so much. “Why am I buying my girl child gym boots anyway?” They would reluctantly buy my basketball hightops, but with little fanfare, and even less money spent. The same went for my soccer cleats… I brushed this off as just the way things were, but I couldn’t imagine saying this to my li’l bit. Caribbean women are used to getting this contradictory information from their parents. You can (and must) do and be whatever you want to be, and must not let anyone deter you. (YES!) However, men get special privileges and consideration when it comes to just about everything. (WHAT?) It was really very confusing.
This morning, I gave my daughter a writing prompt that opened her eyes just a little wider to how the world sees her as a girl. I am in law school, and when appropriate, we talk about the cases that I am reading. We have talked about equal protection and Title IX before, so when I gave her the opportunity to do research and write about her ideas on wage equality in professional sports, she went straight to her copy of the Constitution. I gave her some statistics and the text of Title IX. Armed with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and some of the history books on her shelf (she’s a big history buff), she set out to prove that women deserve equal pay in professional sports too.
Every now and then she’d run into the room and ask questions like, “What are government subsidies? What is a salary cap?” In between questions, she’d yell out from her room, “Well how unfair is THIS? So guys make WHAT? Did you know that women only make…” Before I knew it, her brainstorming note page was full, she had mapped out her argument, and her first paragraph was done. I just sat there looking at my Administrative Law outline wishing that I could be as passionate about the Administrative Procedures Act as she was about this.Add a comment Read more...
I created this parody for my Copyrights class at Howard University School of Law. Photo credit: Eva Greene Wilson
A long time ago, in a land not that far away, I was a single mom of one adorable little boy. When I tell you he was cute? Laaaahhhhdamercy he was cute. That little face could get me to do just about anything… except budge on that 8:00 bedtime.
Is bedtime like THIS at your house? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmq9fqAnjG8
For all my years as a parent, I have stuck to the 8:00 bedtime. The night time routine has changed, but if we can manage it, we do something with all of the kids before lights out. It usually involves some sort of party type behavior... Here are some of my favorite activities that lead to a peaceful goodnight.
1. Think. When the kids were toddlers, we either read bedtime stories or did flash cards while they were in their beds. You would think that turning the lights off and making everything quiet would help them sleep more than being quizzed or asked to make up alternative endings to stories, but after 15 minutes of flashcards at the end of a long day… everybody is KO’d.
2. Laugh. Many nights we turn off the lights and tell “switch stories.” Each person gets 15 words or a certain number of seconds to tell their part of a story, and then it’s the next person’s turn to continue the story. The only rule is that it has to be funny, not gross or scary, only funny. I’ve been told that making people laugh is one of the hardest jobs. Apparently it really is exhausting, and will have the kids out like a light.
3. Dance. That is how we deal with that sudden, curious burst of energy that some kids get before bedtime. We turn on the soca, and challenge them to a dance off. At the end of 20 minutes of laughing at us, jumping and waving, muscles are tired, energy is drained, and they pretty much fall asleep in the second round while waiting for their turn to tear up the dance floor.
My first born has gone from toddler to teen, and the 8:00 bedtime isn’t really a thing anymore, but he still gets in on the activities. You are never too old to hear your mom read Fox in Socks.
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Do you dread bedtime? Do you end up giving up on putting the kids to bed just to keep the peace? What are your favorite strategies to make bedtime a breeze? Share your tips in the comments!Add a comment
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