3 Ways to Get Ready Faster aka on Mommy Time

Every mother out there knows that the effective way to get through any day of the week is to do everything at the same time, efficiently and effectively. Even if it means skipping a few hygienic steps along the way. The struggle is real, I won’t lie but I think I’ve been able to cheat the system.

…Or at least pretend I did. However, if you keep reading you’ll be able to get your skin care regimen done in half the time and still look like an Instagram-mom. Or at least you’ll be able to look like a human and not a zombie fighting the toddler apocalypse.

Moisturizing Body Scrub

One of my favourite, I mean absolute favourite skin care routine is shower time. Unfortunately, my toddler…you know what I mean.

I can’t always pretend to be on a weekend getaway or make time to moisturize my skin, so I do the best that I can.

This winter was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. I had to take action in some way, shape or form and so I did. But I needed to do it, in time and on time.


Introducing the LuvBody Pure Shea Butter Organic Scrub with organic turmeric & sweet orange.  The only body scrub I have ever used that actually keeps my skin moisturized.

On the coldest days of the year, my skin would start to itch as soon as I left my house. Maybe it took about 15 minutes of waiting for the bus, but you get my drift. My skin was screaming  for some love, but my time was telling me that time was not on my side. I couldn’t find the right skin cream or make the time to search for it.


Knowing that I needed a good body scrub and get my skin feeling nice and smooth as soon as possible I had to take action. So on a cold winter night, once the baby was asleep, I drew myself a bath to warm myself up. I used this amazing scrub and the results were beyond what I could imagine. It was everything I needed in a scrub.

The ingredients were natural without any weird chemical made in a lab with potential carcinogenic effects in the long run. The only damage I could do to my skin is to over scrub and further damage the skin I was trying to repair. I was loving my scrub a bit too much. So I had to minimize it to once a week.

It was definitely the best way to get my skin glowing in the dead of winter. I honestly believe that without it my skin would’ve died.

One Step Make-Up Remover

I am big on proper skin care. I did the whole double cleansing method, using the micellar water, using makeup remover wipes and even a makeup remover face towel. Believe these are all great ways of ridding your face of your daily makeup application. After a long day, when it’s finally time to hit my bed, I found that all of these makeup removal application took a long time. In fact, it took longer than I was willing to spare. So either I fall asleep with a face full of makeup or I need another solution.

inf_1553171435611-01218399974.jpegI found this Neutrogena naturals fresh cleansing and make-up remover on clearance at my local Rexall pharmacy. I was drawn to the fact that most of its ingredients were natural based. It claimed to be able to remove make-up and act as a face cleanser.

I won’t lie I was scared because it was not oil free, but the way my skin was acting, I knew I didn’t have much to lose except my money.

One pump was all I needed. It didn’t matter if I had a ton of make-up on or minimal 5-minute daily face (you know, just enough make-up to look human). This cleanser was up to the task every single night.

The first week, I experienced a few outbreaks and the smell can be a bit off putting at first, but otherwise this has cut down my nighttime routine a ton.

5 Minute Make-up

20180705_123508-01-011907797856.jpegEvery woman needs a fail proof 5 minute make-up routine whether you are a mother or not. My favourite routine consists of four items:

  1. Foundation
  2. Blush
  3. Mascara
  4. Lipstick

I actually have eyebrows so I don’t need to fill them in to go to the grocery stores. I don’t need every blemish hidden so as long as I have a decent foundation on I’m good. If I really need to add a pop of colour I use a coloured lipstick. A bold red lip can pull a look together in no time. Now if you plan on being out for more than 3 hours, I highly recommend setting your make up down with a spray. It doesn’t hurt and it’s literally two seconds to do.

I hope you enjoyed it.

How do you cut down on getting ready?


Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Primer Vox Box

Hey there! I’ve been m.i.a for awhile and I’m so sorry. But I’m back and will do my best to stay consistent.

I received the Marc Jacobs Epic Lash Primer as well as their Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. This 2 step Volumizing duo does just as the name suggests.

I found that both were super easy to apply. But you have to be careful with the mascara. It can easily clump your lashes if you go in with a heavy hand. It’s definitely smudge proof and really long lasting. It’s easy to remove without drying out the lashes.

How did you like it?

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner Review

Ever since Wal-Mart started carrying curl friendly hair care, I’ve been super excited to try them all. I mean who doesn’t love Wal-Mart, right? I knew the prices would be affordable and that would make it easy to fit into my budget.


For those of you who’ve been following me, you know that hair care is one of my most passionate subjects. I most definitely owe this to my daughter. Ever since she was born I made a conscious effort to be careful as to what I would spend my money on when it comes to hair care.


So recently, I was in a bind and decided to try a new product. I decided to get the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner. It promises to soften curls, help to seal split ends, strengthen damaged or frizz prone hair, soften curls as well as it’s for all types of curly hair. So I was pretty excited. I have curly hair with different curl types all throughout my hair (thanks to my previous pregnancy and getting older). I have type 4a/4b curls so I definitely need a conditioner to take care of all my curls.

Here are my thoughts.

This conditioner is packaged wonderfully. I love the pink bottle with the cursive wirting. I find that it has this femininity to it, that just appeals to me. I love the pump. It’s so much easier to work with a pump than without.20190226_114628-02121305572.jpeg

The conditioner is creamy and smells great. It has this opaque, white colour to it. It applies easily on the hair and the slip is AMAZING! I love how quickly I could run my hands through my hair without having to struggle or fight just to have my hand back from my hair. It’s also amazingly cheap. It only cost $6.97, I mean you can’t beat a price like that for a curl conditioner.

The only con that I have is the amount of pumps I needed to get this all over my hair. Every section required at least two pumps to get the product to do what I needed to do. At this rate I know that this conditioner may not last as long as I would like. Therefore, in the long run, it seems like it would be costly then cost efficient.

Have you tried the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Conditioner? How did you like it?


Mom’s Prep Guide for Sunday Mornings


I recently wrote about How To Survive Church with a Toddler, and I was asked about  getting ready for church? I thought, that is so true! What about the mornings? Thank God I only have one but for awhile we struggled to even get out the door and very soon we were barely getting anything out of the service because we were so late.


As much as this post is geared towards Sunday morning it can be applied for all events where you just want to get out of the house in one piece without having to feel like you have fought two worlds wars. I mean there’s no need for you to feel like you are fighting your household when you should be enjoying this time. And yes, getting ready in the mornings can be fun.

As a kid, Sunday mornings sucked. We were always late and we always seemed to run out of time no matter what the situation brought. Fast forward 20+ years and I saw myself conducting business the way it had been my whole life and I knew it was time for a change.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

The five P’s are essential for anything with a goal attached to it.

I absolutely love going to church, my favourite part is the worship. I love to worship. In order for me to get to the worship portion, I have to be there on time. So that became the goal. How do I make it to my place of worship for 11:00 a.m.?

1. Have a goal

You need a goal. A very tangible and specific goal. In my house, I know that if we are to make it on time for worship we need to leave by 10:25 a.m., latest 10:30 a.m. and that is non-negotiable.20171105_104723740541751.jpg

If you have a spouse, share your goal with them. If your kids are of age that they can understand share it with them. When you include everyone in your hopes, dreams and goals you would be surprised at how willing they are to help out. Most of the time, the “world wars” that we as moms fight are because we are trying to do it on our own. We are not alone, we have our family. Families stick together.

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If you start preparing day of, you’re in trouble. Sunday mornings should be as stress less as possible, at least that’s what I believe. If you could remove some of the load off, why wouldn’t you? As much as you think you can’t, you can. Just get ready, the night before.

You know you want to do a twist out, do it the night before. Get your clothes ready, the night before. Get your kids to pick their clothes the night before. Get that diaper bag ready the night before. In the morning, all you really have to do is follow through and eat breakfast. Believe me, things are a lot smoother in the mornings when the thinking has been done the night before

3. Have Fun!

I can not stress this enough. You need to chill out and HAVE FUN! Put on some music, some uplifting music. Dance with your family! Sunday mornings are great. There’s not much sense in going to church angry and mad at your family for making you late. By the way, stop blaming your family for making you late. They can’t make you late, you made you late.

But in all seriousness, HAVE FUN! Everyday you are alive is a good day. You get to be with your family. You love these people, they aren’t perfect but they are your people. Some of them you were very instrumental in bringing into the world. So let’s makes Sunday mornings great.


Did you enjoy this post? I hope so. If there’s anything I missed please let me know.

How To Survive Church With a Toddler

Every Sunday, we go to church as a family. We attend a pretty vibrant and loud church,

20190204_115850_00001137990843.pngwhich my daughter absolutely loves but then the preacher begins to prepare as the sermon is about to be given and that’s when all hell breaks loose. My daughter all of a sudden decides that the church is now too quiet and she must take charge and fix the solution.

Sometimes we get the sympathetic stares from others as we try to shh her into quietness. We give her the stare-down, you know, the “you-better-behave-yourself-and-shut-up” look we once suffered from our parents. We’ve tried to be diplomatic with our toddler, let’s just say that didn’t work. Eventually, we just ended up annoyed at our toddler, defeated as parents and embarrassed at our “failure” as church parents.

I spoke to a friend of mine who is also having the same issue as me. We would meet with restless toddlers in our hands, understanding each other’s struggle all the while sharing what we were going through as mothers. Another friend of mine altogether stopped going to church because her toddler wouldn’t stop making noise. I realized this was an all too common issue for not just myself but many church attending parents, so I prayed about it. Is there a way to make church enjoyable for the whole family?

Expect What You Get At Home

20190204_120146_00012006991538.pngMy toddler is a loud, exuberant, vibrant ball of energy. She loves to laugh, sing and dance. She’s always been that way. She loves to run, jump and make new friends. She’s super fun. To be honest, I should’ve known better than to expect her to instantly shut that down just because we entered a building. Come to think, that was silly on my part. She’s comfortable enough to be herself in a different environment and that’s great.  I’m just saying I got what I got. I have a loud kid. She’s a great kid, but she’s loud. I can’t expect her to be a completely different person because of where we are. And come to think of it I wouldn’t want her to.

Engage Them In Worship

This may be easier to do if you attend a church that practices worship in a musically loud way. I find that my worship expression takes on a different form when we worship together as opposed to letting her figure it out by herself. During worship we clap our hands, dance, shout, sing, sometimes we run. She’s involved in all of it. In fact, we even do this at home. So when she sees it at church it’s not foreign. She’ll say, “Amen and Hallelujah”. As of late, Jesus has been her favourite word to say. (I did not force it on her!) Bring the church experience down to her level, you may be surprised at how your perspective may change when it comes to the way you do church.

Entertainment is Your Friend


Snacks, videos, colouring books whatever you need to keep them quiet, DO IT! Go all out. Does your kid love watching Peppa Pig? Then bring Peppa Pig to church. God can save Peppa. Does your baby love to eat animal crackers? Then let your baby become the ark the animals get on it during church (I know cheesy Sunday School joke, lol). Does your toddler enjoy colouring? Then let them creative in the sanctuary. You never know, you could be raising the next great artist. I mean the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted by Michelangelo in church, right? At the end of the day, church is meant to be enjoyed not dreaded.

Step Away When Necessary

Sometimes your little one needs a time out and that’s ok. Sometimes you need a time out and that’s ok too. Growing up, church used to last a good six hours. Yea…I’m not doing that to my baby girl. If that works for you, cool but be ready to take a break because your little one needs it. For us, the church service takes place during her nap time so we know that halfway through we’ll take her to the lobby and she’ll take her nap. Sometimes frequent breaks are necessary and that’s alright. At the end of day, we’re at church. We had a goal and the goal was to go to church as a family. Maybe your little one needs a snack, step away. Maybe your little one wants to fix the quietness of your church (like mine does every it’s time for the sermon), time to step away. Or, maybe your toddler is inspired to train for a marathon and the church space is the appealing ground for your toddler, (I don’t know, it’s the only logical idea that comes to mind), guess what? It’s time to step away. Don’t be afraid to step away with your little one and press the reset button.


I hope that this is helpful. How do you keep your sanity with your toddler at church.

Make Bath Time Great!

Bath time is hands down our favourite activity in our household. Bath time is so much for her. She loves being in the water as long as it’s warm. She gets to splash it, gets wraps herself in it (or she tries) and we have our most interesting conversations during bath time. It’s mostly one sided because all I hear is gibberish and I can’t respond accordingly but you get the picture.


She understands that bath time precedes bed time. She’s aware that in the next 30 minutes after bath time ends, bed time will follow and that’s ok. This is the time we get to spend together and it’s as much about her being clean as it is about us engaging together. This is our time and get to spend it together.

*FYI: Some of these items have been gifted but the opinions shared are mine nonetheless.

So this is how we do bath time in our house.

  1. Bubbles20190122_201534-011635871559.jpegMost babies and toddler have delicate skin to begin with. Winter doesn’t help. So we might as well cater to their needs and keep their skin baby soft.

Jonhson’s has recently relaunched their baby care line and their lavender bubble bath smells so good. The lavender smell is not overpowering, it’s faint like a whisper for your nose.

But this girl only cares about bubbles. She always wants to eat it too, I don’t know why. She loves to touch it and try to mold it. I think she’s just trying to make sense of this soft white foam that can’t seem to hold itself still. It’s quite fascinating to watch her with the bubbles.

2. Gentle Cleanser


LaRoche Posay has a great skin care, especially for sensitive skin. Their Lipikar line has been a life saver for my baby girl. It’s fragrance free, super gentle and so creamy that it just feels like a satin glove on your skin. It lathers beautifully and keeps her skin from being dehydrated.

She loves to just put it on her skin by herself. In fact, lately she’s been asking me to do things by herself. She’s pretty good at wiping herself with the wash cloth too. My little girl is growing up (insert tear). Where does the time go?

3. Toys!


Toys are always fun. We always incorporate some kind of toy with her at bath time. Some times we use the rings, sometimes it’s a cup and other times it’s a pitcher. A jug or juice pitcher that would otherwise be used to pour water on her.

Honestly, most kids do not need much to keep themselves entertained. I don’t even know why I bother buying toying when she’s more interested in a pitcher, a bag or a box as a form of entertainment but she is and that’s that.


I hope these tips help. How do you keep bath time entertaining at your house? Let me know in the comments below.

How To Enjoy The Process


Enjoy The Process

Chances are, you’re in this moment in your life where things aren’t exactly the way you dreamed it to be when you were little. You are probably facing some financial difficulties, you’re not exactly sure where to go career-wise, and/or maybe you are just so stressed out by the everyday hustle and bustle you’re just discouraged because everyone seems to have it all figured out. Well the good news is, I have some tools to help you enjoy the “process”.

The “process” is often likened to that period in your life when you as a caterpillar are going through your metamorphosis. I say this because process is practice for your God given destiny. It’s practice for you to live out your purpose. While you are waiting to become the butterfly of your dreams take advantage of the time you’ve been given and learn to love yourself all over again. The “you” before social media and the social constructs of your environment determined who and how “you” should look like, act like and be like. The real “YOU”.



The key to getting to your “butterfly” moment is taking advantage of time. Everything takes times and unfortunately there is no app for fast forward or slow down time. If we did we would miss out on key transformative moments  within us and in our life. See you are destined for amazing things but you can’t fully function in your destiny if you don’t have the training and the habits to ensure continuous success.

For example, if you have bad spending habits no matter how much money you receive in the bank, you will always end being broke. In fact, you may end up saying over and over “If only I had more money!” after countless amounts of raises, job changes (with better salary), cheaper rent spaces, promotions upon promotions, etc. It won’t matter because you haven’t developed the habits to promote healthy financial decision-making skills.

So take advantage of time.

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During this time, get to know yourself. Chances are you will absolutely FALL IN LOVE with yourself. Why? Because you are the coolest, most amazing, awesome human being you know.

How do I know that? Well you keep taking care of yourself, pushing yourself to do better and be better. Are you perfect? No maybe not, but you are learning and that’s key.

Before you were brainwashed into thinking you had to completely change your passions and desires to fit someone else’s ideology of who you are, you were still you. You just didn’t know and/or care what anyone thought. In fact, back then it didn’t matter.

Honestly, there’s no better time to do it. If you don’t love you, then you won’t be able to appreciate anybody’s love towards you. You are deserving to live out your dream and to see yourself as worthy of living out your destiny. Your God-given destiny is there to you bless you as well as your loved ones and anyone else you would encounter.

Don’t be afraid or ashamed. You got this!


In closing,

all of this is going to require some work. The process will be over before you know it if you get this early. The sooner you learn to enjoy it, the better.

The process is practice for the moment you step into your destiny. Make your mistakes now, ask your questions, develop those habits and love yourself. You will not regret it.

And remember,

YOU got this!


My Birthday Traditions


Ever since I gave birth to my daughter, my birthday took a back seat. Mind you growing up, my birthday was not exactly one for major celebration.

My mother did the best she could as a single mother. She made it as special as she could. There were years where the finances were so bad that all she could do was wish me a happy birthday. As much as these memories sting, there were other birthdays where she’d throw me a birthday parties. Regardless, she taught me to be grateful for the moment that I’ve been gifted.

But now that I’m an adult I’ve decided to take charge of my birthday celebration. What’s great is that this year my husband actually remembered my birthday! YAY!

So here are my birthday traditions.



I always make sure that I have a birthday. To be honest I don’t know why it’s such a big deal for me to have cake but it just is.

My favourite is the McCain Deep n Delicious marble cake. It is found in almost every single grocery store and affordable no matter what financial constraint I’m in.

I call it a win win!

Family time


This year we decided to do something indoors because of the weather. We went to A Gym Tale where my daughter could run around. Her having fun is actually entertaining on so many levels.

I love my family and being around them just makes me happy.


Prayer of Gratitude

This is something my mom used to do on every single birthday. I’m not going to lie, at the time I down played it as not being important or even necessary. Looking back I see, she was teaching me to be grateful for another spent learning, growing and being. So many people do not have that opportunity but I do.

So now I do it for myself. I give God thanks for another year where I get to grow, learn and be.

It’s amazing how perspective can truly make any day the way you want it to.

So here are some of my birthday traditions. It’s not fancy or crazy but they make every birthday that much more enjoyable. No matter the situation.


Do you have any birthday traditions? If so what are they?

Postpartum Pregnancy: What I Wish I Knew


What I Wish I Knew About Life After Pregnancy….

First off, I want to say welcome to MOTHERHOOD! We are an exclusive group of ordinary woman gifted and entrusted to love, take care of and raise a brand new human being. This fun job comes with superpowers where strength undiscovered is suddenly utilized and where your love knows no bounds for your precious bundle of joy. Unfortunately, as amazing as motherhood is, there is a transition period that I personally was unaware of until after I had my baby girl. I thought I would share it with you.


What first caught me by surprise was lochia. What is lochia? I call it 9 months worth of menstruation that suddenly flows out of you for about 2 months. At least that’s what it felt like to me.

I couldn’t use a tampon because…well there’s something about pushing a human out of your vagina. You just don’t want anything up there for awhile.

My favourite pads were anything that could take heavy flow. I mean HEAVY!

It looks scary but it’s not.

However, if you ever feel unwell or something seems off, don’t hesitate to get checked out. Hemorrhaging can occur after birth.


Then there’s the inexplicable fear of pooping. I know it sounds absurd but again something about pushing a kid out that makes pushing anything out of your body so undesirable.

The good news is you can’t push your organs out of your body. That was my fear (don’t judge). You will be fine. All you gotta do is take some stool softeners until your first poop.

Breathe and push. It’ll be over before you know it and you will be back to your regular pooping self…

Until the next kid.


Ok, “Snapback” is a lie straight from hell. It’s an illusion created by the Illuminati, just kidding. (Or am I?)

In all honesty, I expected to go from the top pic where I’m 198 lbs to my pre-baby weight, which is the bottom pic, like Beyonce did. Ha! What a joke that turned out to be.

So for a year people thought I was pregnant after I had the baby…despite my workout regimen and my morning smoothies. None of it worked.

All I’m saying is be kind to your body. It’s transitioning as well. You didn’t gain all that weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight. Take your vitamins, drink your water and be patient with yourself. Your body has done an amazing work, so be kind to yourself.


Sleep is the only thing I wish had some sort of preparation tactic for…alas there isn’t.

Unless the good Lord above has mercy on you, you might get a baby that sleeps through the night right off the bat. It does happen.

Unfortunately for most that is not the case. Mine didn’t start sleeping through the night until she was 1 year old. Some sleep through the night earlier and some later.

Whatever happens, know that you are equipped to handle this. Yes you will be exhausted and yes, your limits will be pushed but you got this Mama. God created you for this purpose and you’re the best mother this little baby has.

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Last but not least, the joys of motherhood is largely understated. There is something about getting to know someone who could care less what you look like, doesn’t care about your past or your shortcomings they just want to love you and let you love them.

In turn, they get to know you. The real you. The fun, quirky, weird, loud, funny, goofy, most loving part of yourself you have to offer. Believe me, they love every part of you to pieces. So embrace the love they have for you.

You will learn more about yourself and your purpose once you hold them in your arms, wipe their tears away and make them smile. That warm and fuzzy feeling may not hit at you first (it didn’t for me) but you learn and adapt and become the supermom you were destined to be.

I hope this helped. If it did, let me know in the comments.

How To Succeed in 2019

20190101_130457_00011633164719.pngWant to live your BEST life in 2019?

Every year, millions of people take into consideration their strengths and weaknesses. We take stock of where we’ve been, to try to gain some clarity as to what we want the new year to bring us. While this idea of setting new goals is great, the truth is most of us are going to end up exactly the same way we started. Not because we want to but simply because we keep doing what we’ve always done.

Today I’m sharing with you how you can guarantee your success in the new year. I’ve been able to condense it into three very simple steps and I hope this will help you.

As much as I’m writing this blog for you, this is for me. These key steps will help me live out my best life for me and my loved ones. I guess you can call them my 2019 New Year Resolution.

20181128_115459_0001696431869.png1. Be Intentional

“What Do You Really Want?: The key is living with awareness and intention”

– Helen S. Rosenau, The Messy Joys of Being Human: A guide To Risking Change and Becoming Happier

Your intent is just as important as your actions. Your intentions will determine what you do and how well you do it.

I remember being in school knowing fully well that if I wanted to do well I’d have to study. If I glanced over my notes the night before, I’d pass but barely. If I studied the night before, I would pass with a decent grade. But if I took my time the week of the test, understood the material and could teach it myself then I was getting top marks for sure. I was intentional with my studies and nothing less than success was within reach.

Life works out the same way. Once you know what you want, be intentional with your actions. That may (will) include changing your habits but it will bring you what you want. Let your intentions be the fuel to your destiny.

20181222_1646122. Confront Every Challenge

“…I started to realize how many great things could happen by confronting the things that scare you most”

– David Archuleta, Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance.

Most people I know hate confrontations. It’s like facing the scary monster under the bed. I can’t blame them, it’s true.

It’s scary. Who wants to engage in a conversation where pride and ego take over, tears can flow and feelings are hurt? Nobody. Who wants to be exposed for their faults and flaws and risk being seen as the villain? Nobody. Who wants to be tested? Nobody. It’s not pleasant and going through it isn’t pleasant.

Confrontations aren’t meant to be pleasant. Challenges aren’t supposed to be enjoyed. But the payoff is the GROWTH and it’s so worth it. Everyone who has confronted their fears and met the challenges head on have been called bold, brave, courageous, etc.

They are the heros we talk about, the role models we look up to, the game changers who pave the way. We write books about them and watch movies about them and their lives.

Challenges are all around us and they come in different forms. Sometimes it’s having that difficult conversation, not being able to pay the bills on time, losing/gaining that extra weight, quitting that job, putting your mental health first, cutting off some “friends”, making yourself heard, etc. Whatever it is we have to take responsibility for our actions and choose to confront every challenge. Why? Because otherwise we lose and I don’t know about you, but I need to win this year. I AM winning this year.

Sandy3. Consistently Do Good

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

Doing good is easy when you feel good, really hard when you’ve been hurt. When you get cut off on the road, or when you’ve left behind and forgotten it’s nearly impossible. But the Bible tells me that if I do good consistently then I will get what’s mine. Good is going to come to me. That’s a promise I can bank my entire future on because it’s true.

Let’s do good this year. Let’s do it over and over again.

Happy New Year!

I hope these tips will help you reach goals and ultimately live your BEST LIFE!