Microblading

By now I am sure you have heard about microblading. Microblading is a beauty trend that is all over the internet. Whether you have seen the good, the bad or anything in between, I am sure you have heard of it. If however you have not heard about microblading, I am here to help catch you up to speed.

What is microblading?

Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that fills in an individual’s eyebrows or reshapes their brows with tiny lines of ink that looks completely natural.

How long does it last?

Microblading lasts between 1-3 years since the pigmented color does not go down as deep as tattooing.

How much does it cost?

The price range varies depending on where you live as well as the permanent makeup artist you choose, with the average cost ranging from $350-$800 according to www.browsandbeauty.com.

Where can you get the procedure done?

To start your microblading process, it is best to begin with a licensed permanent makeup artist. It is always good to stalk Instagram for permanent makeup artists in your area so you can look at pictures of their work or even testimonials their former clients have posted as well as Google the company once you have decided who will be your artist.

What are the benefits?

I don’t know about you, but I was not born with perfectly arched, amazing eyebrows. For this reason, I started getting my eyebrows done many years ago. I began with getting them shaved then waxed and eventually progressed to threading. With many years of eyebrow abuse under my belt, you can say my eyebrows were in desperate need of a makeover. Enter microblading… With microblading, I don’t have to fill my brows in at all. Every now and then, I pluck some stray hairs out but other than that, there is minimal upkeep. With me not filling in my brows, it has cut down my makeup routine in half in the mornings.

What is the difference between microblading and tattooing?

When eyebrows are tattooed, they are there for life, permanent and if a client is not happy with their results, they have no choice but to deal with it. With microblading, the pigment is semi permanent and will eventually fade which allows clients more flexibility if they are not happy with the end result to change the shape or thickness with their follow up procedure.

My personal experience…

At the end of February, I finally took the plunge and decided to get my eyebrows microbladed. I had been toying around with the thought for over a year when I met my amazing friend and makeup artist Cali. I would always ask questions and tell her I was going to do it but I would talk myself out of it thinking of how painful it would be. Finally in February 2018, I got the nerve to do it. I texted her and told her I wanted to make an appointment to get it done and I wanted HER to be the one to bless my face with her work of art.

She set the appointment up and from that day until my appointment day, I watched so many videos and testimonials of girls who had gotten their brows done. What I saw was flawless brows that looked so natural. At that point, I knew I made the right decision.

THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE…

On the day of my appointment, I was instructed to not…

  • Take aspirin, vitamin e or ibuprofen
  • Drink alcohol or coffee

AFTER THE PROCEDURE…

  • No cleansers, creams, makeup or any other products on the treated area
  • Let scabbing and flaking occur naturally
  • Avoid sun exposure 3-4 weeks
  • Avoid sleeping on your face
  • ***Return 4-6 weeks after the initial procedure for a touch up***

My permanent makeup artist is Cali, a former parent and friend of mine who is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is beautiful both inside and out and is an amazing permanent makeup stylist who is skilled at what she does.

When I got to her office, she gave me a rundown of what she would be doing and asked if I had any questions. I did not have many since I had drilled her for over a year and dr.google had answered all the questions that came about prior to my appointment.  She then took a before picture and put some numbing cream on my brows to sit for a few minutes before beginning the procedure.

Once the numbing cream had set, it was time to start. I was SO nervous. During the procedure, my leg kept doing this weird reflex thing that I seemed to not be able to control when she would begin each stroke. Eventually, I got used to it and was able to sit still for the remainder of the session. About two hours later, I was done with minimal pain. I felt a little stinging once I got home, but nothing that was too much to bare.

That evening when I got home, I continued to look at my eyebrows, I couldn’t help it. They were finally dark and thick the way I always wanted them. I made sure to follow my post care procedure outside of the coconut oil because I wanted to be sure my brows would take all the color in with minimal fading.

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A day after the procedure

After six weeks, I went back for my touch up and she was impressed with how well my brows kept the color. I required minimal color and was on my way in less than an hour.

I absolutely LOVE my brows. It has helped me to shave time off my morning makeup routine and on the days I don’t feel like putting any makeup on, I still look halfway decent because my eyebrows are groomed.

If you have ever considered getting your brows microbladed, take the leap. If you have not and you still are getting your brows waxed, plucked or threaded, consider microblading. I promise you will not regret it.

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If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or South Florida area, pay my girl Cali a visit. You can check her out on Instagram… @calihalie_beautytherapy. She is amazing and you will love her. On her page, you can see other people’s results and you can also dm her for any questions or inquiries you have.

If you decide to take the leap and get your brows done, I would love to hear about your experience! That’s all for now…

Friday Favs

Happy SATURDAY!!! I felt like this day would never come. Not only did we start the week with a full moon but we are less than a month from summer break and everyone is restless.

On April 29th, we had a “Pink Moon” at 8:59 pm. It supposedly only lasted for five hours but the side effects have been lingering for days. So apparently, full moons last longer these days than they did before. Or maybe it is the fact that I am a teacher now and I am able to predict a full moon without having to watch the weather report…

The kids seemed to be extra talkative and after talking to several other teachers, I was able to realize, my class was not the only class this held true to.

Not only was the full moon an issue this week, but we also have been off our usual daily schedule between trying to complete assessments and projects. If you have never taught or volunteered in a kindergarten classroom, a structured environment is imperative in kindergarten for things to flow smoothly. Kinder cuties need structure and routine and anytime those things are taken out of the equation, things can get a little hairy. LOL.

mothers day project

Next weekend is Mother’s Day and we have been doing “all the things” to get ready to shower the moms of our classroom.

I am not at all crafty and try to avoid all artsy projects as much as possible. I know, it sounds strange coming from a kindergarten teacher but art was never my strength. Since I am not artistic, I often try to find activities I can print on construction paper and quickly assemble.

This Mother’s Day craft from KinderTykes did not disappoint. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-Craft-3776875.

We worked on this project this week. My kids enjoyed creating the flower pot as well as writing about what they loved about their moms and what made them special in their eyes. Next week we will finish our Mother’s Day gifts with a hand drawn tile and a plant each child has been growing for the past few weeks.

kindergarten black girls teach inquiry

So last week on Instagram, BGT (Black Girls Teach) posted this picture in their stories. I of course sent a pic and what I loved most about teaching kindergarten. jadyn and i bgt pic

This is the picture I sent. Yesterday, I received a message that I will be featured next Friday!!! You will have to check on their Instagram page next Friday to see all the deets.

https://www.instagram.com/blackgirlsteach/

   

 

This week, our school celebrated Teacher Appreciation. My parents have been absolutely amazing in spoiling me and showing the appreciation they have for my role in their child’s life. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and supportive parents. On Friday, I even was surprised with this coffee from my Room Mother from last year. Her son has moved on to first grade but they still find opportunities to show their love and I am forever grateful for them.

starbucks teacher appreciation gift

To end my school week, I saw my sweet student holding a small note. She looked concerned because the bell had rung and her mom was there to pick her up. I asked was she ok and she gave me this note to give to our school Assistant Principal. I told her I would make sure to give it to her and I sent her on her way. After dismissal duty, I took the note to the Assistant Principal and as I was walking it over, I quickly read it…

I could not believe she had written that note! Last night I sent her mom a quick dm and she said she had the idea to do it all on her own… Cue the water works. Does your school take teacher requests? Ours does not but, I think this request should be honored, don’t you? LOL.

How was your week? Eventful? I would love to hear about it!

Partnering With Your Child’s Teacher

Starting school can be both a fun and scary experience. Going from a small daycare where parents are able to speak with their child’s teacher daily to a public or private school of several hundred students where parents may or may not see their child’s teacher on a daily basis can be quite intimidating for the child as well as the parent.

In situations like this, how is it possible to develop a relationship with your child’s teacher? How do you effectively communicate with your child’s teacher?

There are several things parents can do to set the tone for a successful academic year while also making the transition from daycare to elementary school a little easier.

To have an effective successful school year, a parent should strive to have a positive partnership with their child’s teacher. In my opinion, the following tips can help parents foster a positive parent/teacher relationship…

Establish a routine of open communication from day one.

Although you may not see your child’s teacher on a regular basis, that should not deter the communication. If you have a question or concern, you should feel comfortable to reach out either in an email or phone call and allow the teacher to respond within 48 hours.

Prior to the first day of school, most schools have a “Meet the Teacher” event. This is a time where students are able to see their classroom, meet their classroom teacher as well as drop off their school supplies.

In kindergarten, this is a “Mini Open House.” I say it is a “Mini Open House” because this is the child’s first time entering the public school environment and everything is new to the child and their family. For the teacher, there are several questions that must be answered before families can leave…

  • How will your child be going home for the first day/week? Is this different from how they will go home the remaining portion of the year?
  • Will they bring lunch from home or buy school lunch?
  • Do they have any known allergies?

In addition to these questions, most teachers have an index card set out so parents can jot down the phone number they can be best reached at as well as any email addresses they prefer to receive correspondence from the school.

As a kindergarten teacher of 10 years, I also leave out a parent questionnaire for parents to complete. I have found this questionnaire can be quite comforting for parents as they are able to put down things that are not traditionally asked by the school.

Questions such as, what is your child’s favorite subject? Do they have any hobbies or extra-curricular activities they are involved in? Are there any academic concerns the parent has regarding the child?

Throughout the year, I try to make it my business to get to know each and every one of my students in the classroom as well as their family dynamics.

Do they live with both parents; do the parents share custody and if so, which weekend does each parent have; as well as are there any extra-curricular activities they are involved in. If the child is in any extra-curricular activities, I try to attend them and show my support to let them know I truly am there for them.

Simple things such as this really can make a difference in your relationship with not only the child but it can also help bridge a gap between school and home. The student feels you love and care for them and that you are invested in their interests and when they feel this way, they strive to do their best and work hard in the classroom so they will not let you down.

Do you communicate your expectations for your child to their teacher? If you do not, how do you expect the teacher to know what your expectations are?

Another tip that can help foster positive  relationships between parents and their child’s teacher is to get involved.

Get Involved

Many schools have an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) where parents are able to join for a small fee. Upon joining, parents have access to firsthand information regarding volunteering for school/classroom events and they can also choose to hold a position on the executive board.

In addition to PTA, a lot of teachers have numerous classroom volunteer opportunities where parents can help out. Opportunities such as a volunteering to help out during parties or chaperoning on field trips are just a few.

If your schedule does not permit you to help during the day, some teachers send home activities to be cut out or organized.

One of the most important volunteer opportunities in the classroom is the Room Parent. A Room Parent works closely with the teacher to organize all parties in the classroom as well as correspondence between the teacher and other parents regarding these events.

Keep It Positive

Whatever you do, do not speak negatively about your child’s teacher in front of your child regardless of how you may feel about them which will allow your child to form their own thoughts and opinions. Strive to treat each other with respect at all times.If any problem arises, reach out and address it in a professional manner as quickly as possible. Often times, situations arise that can lead to a misunderstanding in which a simple call or email could have resolved it before it blows out of proportion.

Benefits of Partnering With Your Child’s Teacher

Did you know that simply having a positive parent/teacher relationship can contribute to your child’s academic success? How you perceive your child’s school as well as their teacher can really help how your child perceives education. If children have a healthy relationship with their teacher, it can foster a love for learning and the child can soar both academically and socially.

“Students with parents who are involved in their school tend to have fewer behavioral problems and better academic performance, and are more likely to complete high school than students whose parents are not involved in their school” (https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/parental-involvement-in-schools/).

What are some of the ways you partner with your child’s teacher? If you do not currently, how do you plan to in the future?

2018 Vision Board…

2018 The Year of Expectation vs Reality

I was challenged to create a vision board for 2018 to include all things that are important and a priority in my life. You may think, there are so many things that are important, how can you narrow it down to just a few? I agree. It was a little difficult narrowing it down but of the many things that I had to choose from, these seven focus areas are THE most important. My friend Susan from school created a vision board group on Facebook and shared her past vision board from 2017 to give us a visual as well as ideas of what to include in our vision boards.

I have done vision boards in the past however, I took this one more serious because although 2017 was a good year, there was a lot of not so good things that happened. Vision boards are visuals that are used to concentrate and maintain focus on goals you have set for yourself. You can do vision boards online using technology or you can create one using paper. My board lands somewhere in between.

I used a poster board, pictures from magazines and online and stickers from my sticker vault. Continue reading to see what I included in my vision board…

My vision board

Faith

This is an area that is extremely important to me. It has helped me in the toughest of times as well as the best times. This year, I would like to grow stronger in my faith by completing devotionals daily and journal my lessons. Writing in my journal will help me commit the lesson learned to memory and help me implement what I have learned into my life.

The book I have started

Family

This area breaks down into two areas…

Husband

Mario works extremely long hours. He goes in at 2 am and sometimes does not make it home until 6 pm. With that being said, time is limited for us to reconnect. We rarely get a date night in and more times than not, it feels like we are just passing each other by on this thing called life. This year, I would like to have a scheduled date night once a month and connect more as a couple where we are acting more as “one” in our decisions, the way husband and wife should be.

Children

This year, I plan to have intentional time together with the kids, fun family outings once a month. Also, something else that’s extremely important for me is family dinner time. I am guilty of veering away from the way I was raised for dinner time. Dinner growing up was eaten at the table with both parents and my brothers. The table would be set and we would pass the dishes around that held the food. We discussed our day and had conversations with each other.

Today, dinner looks a little different in my home. I fix everyone’s plate and we sit in front of the tv. Cell phones are not banned and we are not actively engaged in conversations with each other. The goal I would like to put in place is to have a no cell phone dinner time where we discuss our day and just catch up on what is going on in our lives.

Finances

Saving money is not my forte. I am slightly addicted to shopping. When I am happy, I shop. When I am sad, I shop. I even shop when I am stressed… Do you see the problem here…This year, I would like to budget better. To do this effectively, I have purchased a budget extension pack to use with my planner. The rent we pay is ridiculous and the amount we pay is much more than many pay for their mortgage. Our lease will be up this year so we are wanting to purchase a home. In order to purchase a home, our finances must be in order. I have also been looking into the Dave Ramsey Budget and I am trying to implement that as well.

Well Being

This area is soooooo important. I deal with anxiety and when I am stressed or lacking rest, the anxiety is at an all time high. I want to devote time to take better care of myself through my yoga practice and a better sleep routine. When I work out, I instantly feel better. I feel I look better in my clothes and my mood shoots through the roof. Both of these things help my self-esteem boost and it is imperative for me to stay consistent in this area, doing yoga 5 days a week.

When it comes to my sleep schedule, I currently do not have one and recently have been falling asleep on the couch while watching tv. My sleep is interrupted through the night with my 4 year old climbing into our bed. She has gotten better and only comes at most two times within the night but I need that to be reduced to zero times.

 Journaling is something I would also like to stay consistent with. For as long as I could remember, writing is something that has been an outlet for me. When I need a brain dump, I often journal in whatever random notebook laying around. This year, I would like to journal 3-5 times per week in the same journal. Nothing extreme, just a quick 5-10 minute session for things I am grateful for or things that may be overwhelming me during that season in my life.

Towards the end of 2017, I began getting regular manicures. I would like to continue with this which helps me to get “me time” and come out with beautiful nails.

Friends

Friendships are very important. I have said it before but I truly mean it. Friends are family that you get to choose. Moving around a lot growing up, it was always easy for me to meet and befriend new people. Although I know a lot of people and I am friendly with more, I only call a few my true friends. This year, I would like to spend more time building and fostering relationships with people who love me for me and do not have hidden agendas. I want to surround myself with people who help me become a better person, who I can laugh and have a good time with.

Work

Teaching

This is my 12th year teaching and I would like to get out of the classroom. This year, I am planning on beginning the route to getting my reading endorsement.

Blog

Last year, I began blogging monthly, for the most part. This year, I would like to step my blogging up and do it more consistently, at least twice a week. The crazy thing is, I do write often, much more often than I post. I just am so ADD that I fail to complete it and jump onto something else and I haven’t gone back to complete them. As of right now, I have 12 posts that are saved as drafts and need to be posted. I will be working on getting those out as well. I also would like to do more collaborations with other bloggers and possibly some small businesses locally.

Limelight

Many of you know I am a Beauty Guide for Limelight. A promotion I was able to accomplish in November. In 2018, I would like to qualify every month and post regularly about this amazing company. I have a draft saved that discusses Limelight and the products more thoroughly, so please stay tuned to hear more about that.

Travel

This is an area that is very foreign at this time. I have not traveled on a vacation since 2012 for my honeymoon. Traveling is something I used to do often and it is great to just disconnect and see different parts of the world. In 2018, I would like for us to travel as a family on a vacation and as a couple, have a staycation or a weekend getaway.

If you have ever created a vision board, I would love to hear how you did it and if you were successful with achieving the goals you set for yourself. Do you set goals/resolutions? Please share how you keep track of them.

Happy New Year!!!

Blogger Recognition Award 2017

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I am so honored to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by www.timeswithkai.com, a self-proclaimed “Pineapple Mom.” On her blog you will find things to help you along your motherhood journey. From breastfeeding diaries to healthy toddler snacks. If you are not following her, check her page out, you will not regret it.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

The Blogger Recognition Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers recognizing the hard work and dedication it takes to keep their blog current.

Why I started blogging…

Creating pieces through writing has always been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember. As a child, I used to write short stories as well as poetry as a way to channel my energy. As I went through middle and high school, I was not writing as often due to my busy schedule. Fast forward to summer 2016. I decided to document our life journey on a blog as a way to reflect back upon in years to come. I wrote one post and I talked myself out of continuing with the blog. I was so nervous of how people would perceive me as well as what they would think about me and why I was “telling all my business to the world” as I have currently been asked. In 2017, I am not sure if it was a combination of age and wisdom, but I stopped caring what others thought and decided to pursue my passion. I would love to continue writing on this platform but I would also like to retire from teaching and get paid for writing for a magazine or company.

Advice for new bloggers

Set a schedule…

This is something that is imperative for the growth of your blog. Staying organized through a planner is the way I keep track of upcoming blog posts as well as when they will go live.

Don’t Give Up

Blogging is not easy and in the beginning, it is hard to be honest. Do not allow others to talk you out of it and most importantly, don’t talk yourself out of blogging. If you got into blogging to become famous or make money, this may not be for you. In the beginning there is a lot of hard work put into building your audience and at times it seems as though you have no audience. For me, the way I knew blogging was for me is because regardless if no one reads my blog, I love it and it is a fun outlet for me.

My nominations

You should definitely check out the following bloggers…

Disclaimer…

I was not able to gather a group of 15 “new” bloggers. Most of the bloggers I know are established bloggers who have larger audiences.

www.sincerelyonyi.com

http://www.myhappylifeproject.com

www.ora-adzlin.blogspot.com

www.thethirdwhitehouse.com

www.thismomlifebyrosie.com

http://www.thebeekeeper.blog

www.katlynchledder.com

Rules for the bloggers nominated

Write a post to showcase your award.

Give a shout out to the blogger who nominated you. Don’t forget to link their blog.

Share a brief story about how you started your blog.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Nominate 15 other bloggers.

Comment on each of the 15 blogs letting them know that you’ve nominated them.

Something New

a year from now
So true.

November 5th was a day that changed my life in many ways. At around 9:15am, I received a call from my mom telling me that my dad had been rushed to the hospital from church and he had possibly had a stroke. I quickly threw my clothes on and got to the hospital as quick as I could. When I arrived, my dad was in and out of consciousness and I had a hard time processing everything that was going on.

A few moments had passed and the surgeon came in to tell us he in fact DID suffer a stroke and he had a massive blood clot on his brain that they would be monitoring for the next few hours.

Fast forward to the following day while at cheer with Jadyn, my mom called again to tell me that they were going to do emergency surgery to remove the clot. I ran into Jadyn’s cheer practice, ripped her out and burned rubber all the way home. I dropped her off home and went to the hospital to be with my mom, my aunt and one of my mom’s best friend Shirley who is more than a friend. She became family when I was a little girl.

Dad’s surgery went well and his surgeon said the clot was sitting right on the top where he did not have to drill to remove it. Turns out, the surgery was life or death. If we would have decided to opt out, he could have potentially died.

Halloween 2017
hand holding
A living miracle.

After surgery, my dad was placed on a ventilator and did not look like himself. The underlying factor to my dad’s stroke was high blood pressure. When I found that out, I KNEW it was time to make a change…

In every situation that has occurred in my life, I try to learn something from it. The most important lesson I learned in this situation is that I am in dire need of a lifestyle change.

Back in 2015, I was introduced to the Beachbody 21 Day Fix Program and had great results. I learned to make good food choices and began eating exactly what I needed based on my body. I lost 11 pounds and several inches and overall felt better about myself. As time went on, I allowed life to get in the way and I started skipping workouts and I was not properly meal planning which caused me to have “cheat meals” on a consistent basis.

Fast forward to 2016… I had a physical through my PCP as well as an allergy test. When I got my results back, I was shocked. I was pre-diabetic and apparently allergic to all of my favorite things… peanuts, the “whole egg,” crab, shrimp, walnuts, bananas blah, blah, blah. What you don’t realize is, these are things I eat regularly.

I immediately called my younger brother Chris who owns “Berry Natural” a natural juice shop along with his wife Ashli in Northwest Arkansas. Anytime I have nutrition/diet question, I contact him and he tells me what I should do.

https://www.facebook.com/berrynatural/

For the past few years, his response to any and all of my questions has always been, “Whole30,” “Whole30,” “Whole30.” Major eye roll. Surely this “Whole30” could not be the resolution to ALL of my health concerns, right? I would research it every time he told me to start it and I ended up talking myself out of it each time. It was too strict for me and how could I ever survive on such a strict meal plan???

The Whole30 is a program that resets your health and takes away all good things, I mean all sugars and processed food. If you have any food sensitivities like I do or health ailments, this program would be great for you to try.

farmers market run
A few things I picked up from the farmer’s market to get me started with the Whole30.

In the past, there never was a perfect time for me to start. There was always a birthday, holiday or celebration coming up and I would put it off until a better time. I am not one to wait around for my health to take a turn for the worse so I have decided to jump right in and start officially the day after Thanksgiving.

I plan to incorporate my Beachbody workouts into the Whole30 and track my progress in my fitness extension pack as well as my meal plans here on the blog. My brother said if they are able to talk his father in law into doing the Whole30, they will all join me along this journey. To be honest, it is a little nerve wrecking to think about all my favorite foods being thrown out the window but the fact that I will be overall healthy and have resolutions to some of my gut issues makes it all worth it.

planner with fitness

planner close up

My father is on the mend and will be transferring to a rehab facility where they will work with him aggressively through physical therapy as well as speech therapy. When he finally makes it home, I will force him into the Whole30 along with my mom and help them with meal planning as well.

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Thumbs up was the only way my dad was able to communicate for a few days after surgery.

Have you ever done the Whole30 before? If you have, I would love to hear about your journey… Success stories, pitfalls you ran into, or any other advice you can give me would be amazing.

Hurricane Irma

​Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or you are traveling to an area known to have hurricanes, you must be prepared for what can happen. When it comes to hurricanes, individuals are alerted and have the opportunity to prepare before the storm arrives as opposed to tornados. Since hurricane warnings are given, it is wise to take heed and not wait until the last minute to gather things necessary to survive in the event the hurricane comes and you are unable to leave your house.

We just experienced our first “real” hurricane. When I say real, it is because Hurricane Matthew from 2016 was our first but we didn’t have any effects. This year however, we endured the effects of Hurricane Irma. Major winds, no cell service and loss of power for long periods of time. We knew the hurricane was set to make landfall days in advance but my husband and I waited until the last minute to prepare because we both were working and taking kids to afterschool activities. With us waiting so late, we were not able to get the items we would have liked and there were slim pickings at the grocery store for non-perishable items.

Earlier in the week, Hurricane Irma was predicted to be a category 5 storm, we are thanking God that the original track the storm was on changed and we didn’t endure the devastation we were expected to. Because we live in what my husband likes to call a “forest,” we chose to stay with my parents who have a new structure that is also equipped with hurricane impact windows. The first night we were there, the power went out fairly early before it seemed the storm amped up. Around 3 am, the power was restored and we were able to sleep without sweating profusely. The next day, Sunday, the power went out at 8 am just after we made coffee and the winds were kicking up.

My parents stay on a lake and the wind was blowing the water so hard it seemed as though it was raining. We were without power all day and I was without cell service the entire weekend. Sunday was the hardest day. The kids were getting restless, and my youngest kept asking when the “tornado” was coming. They were not outwardly afraid but I know their anxiety level was on a 10 because they did not know what to expect. We were tracking the storm on hurricane apps on our phones as well as a battery operated radio which was great because we at least had access to the outside world and what was going on with the storm. That evening, we were all over the power being out and were sweating as we tried to fall asleep. As soon as I had drifted off to sleep, Jordan woke me up screaming we have power! We have power! The air kicked on, we plugged up our electronic devices that were half dead and laid back down knowing the worst of the storm had passed.


The next day, we had a hot breakfast, hot lunch and enjoyed the beauty of sunny skies. Mario and I ventured out to access the damage in our area as well as to see if it was safe to return home. There were many trees down in our area at the entrance as well as throughout our complex. When we made it upstairs, we realized the big tree that hid our balcony pretty nicely had been plucked apart and had loss many of its limbs. There were several small trees down in the playground and a large tree had fallen into our pool. We were thanking God that we did not have any loss of property or damage to our home. We took a few pictures and returned to my parent’s house to begin packing our things.

tree at gatetree uprooted

tree in pool

We made it through the storm with minimal inconvenience compared to our friends and coworkers. As of today, Tuesday, several still have no power and actually are without water while some have boil bans in their area. I am so thankful the storm was not as bad as they originally predicted because we were not as prepared as I would have liked. This experience taught me to start prepping for hurricane season far in advance. I would like to share with you some things that could help you prep for hurricane season and be sure to have all the essentials in the event a hurricane hits your city.

Prepping for hurricane season

  • Prepare a hurricane emergency kit at the beginning of hurricane season. Things you can include in the kit are…
    • Batteries for radios, flashlights as well as backup batteries for cell phones and tablets.
    • Store at least three gallons of water per person, enough to last three days.
    • Cash if banks or ATMS are shut down due to power outages.
    • Non-perishable food items for three days such as canned meats, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly and crackers.
    • Hand operated can opener.
    • Air mattresses and pumps.
    • Flashlight
    • Battery operated radio
    • Crafts and activities to keep your children occupied.
    • Wipes
    • Whistles
    • Paper plates, cups, disposable forks and spoons
    • Paper towels
  • Fill your car up with gas in the event you have to evacuate your home as well as if gas stations are closed after the storm has passed.
  • Gather all important documents and store them in waterproof containers.
  • Create/review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Locate the nearest shelter or pet friendly shelter if you have pets.
  • Download apps on your phone that can help you communicate if you lose cell service. There are several apps that can let people know where you are located, if you need help as well as if you are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store as well as a shelter finder app.
  • Install hurricane impact windows if you own your property. If you are unable to install hurricane impact windows, use hurricane shutters or board up your windows with plywood that is 5/8” thick.
  • Turn your refrigerator to its coldest temperature in case you lose power and use a cooler to keep things in which will also help keep your refrigerator closed so items will stay cold inside of the refrigerator.

I hope this has helped you get an idea of how to properly prepare for a hurricane in the event you live in a hurricane zone or are vacationing in a region known to have hurricanes. If you need any other information, FEMA has a great list that includes a list of essentials to include in a basic emergency supply kit as well as additional items to consider putting in your supply kit.

If you have ever experienced a hurricane, I would love to hear about your experience. Are you the organized type to prepare at the beginning of hurricane season or are you the procrastinating type?