Single Mom Chronicles: DIY Fitness-TRX Suspension Training Kit


My new work schedule prevents working out during the day and the evenings are out. After picking up my daughter from afercare we are home by 6.   Next up is homework, dinner and bedtime!  It is beyond difficult to expect my little one to sit in a gym daycare after a long day that starts at 7:30AM.

If you can’t go to the gym then create an in home gym.    I decided to purchase the TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) Suspension System from City Sports.   When I joined my gym in June I worked out with a trainer  and used the TRX.   


Can I tell you I am sold on this in full body workout!!!!!! I found a great 20 minute beginner workout on the YouTube channel #RealFitTv with Dana Lee.

A few tips as you begin with your TRX:

  1. Hydrate, keep water bottle close
  2. Fuel the body prior to the workout
  3. Use your core for every exercise, breathing is key learn to effectively inhale/exhale on each rep, work on form each time you use the system
  4. Pace yourself as you begin and gradually challenge yourself
  5. Do what feels comfortable for your level not what is on the video
  6. Set aside time at least 2-3 times a week, enjoy and love the results!

I will come back to show my progress after about 4 weeks.      This is one mom’s journey to being FIT AND LEAN!


Single Mom Chronicles: Holiday Shopping- Mom Picks at Amazon

Single Mom Chronicles: Diary of A Divorced CocoaMommy-Being Mary Jane, Season 3 Ep.4 “Being Kara” What I Learned?

What I Learned From This Episode?

This episode hit home for me on so many levels  as a divorced mom.   Her meltdown was so REAL and did you notice her coping method?

  1. It is FINE  to not be SUPERWOMAN!
  2. We will be be LATE!
  3. Juggling work and home is not a CAKE WALK!
  4. It is CHALLENGING to have it all without sacrifices
  5. Sometimes a MELTDOWN is needed, even if it’s about baking brownies!
  6. Never let anyone else make you feel guilty for being a working mom
  7. Don’t second guess who you are as a mother
  8. Find an OUTLET(find time to decompress) that works for your schedule
  9. Don’t COMPROMISE your happiness to please everyone else
  10. Don’t LOSE YOURSELF!
  11. Oh and last but not least I would never move in with my ex!

Cooking and Baking By Me: Apple Bread


Why I love Pinterest?  It is a visual smorgasboard of everything you can think of eating or making in your kitchen.  This is another hit from Pinterest one of the best new recipes I have tried.   It is definitely moist and the crumb topping is the best part of the recipe.

1 cup sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups apples, peeled and finely chopped
Topping ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter, softened (room temperature)
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
Directions for making the Best Apple Bread:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, blend in the eggs and sour cream. Add the flour, soda and salt, mix just well enough to incorporate. Mix in the vanilla. Stir in the apples. Spread the batter in the bottom of a greased loaf pan (or one lined with parchment – see above).

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the topping ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the bread batter.

Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until done.

My Kid’s Chronicles: DIY Blog Series – Halloween Costume

It was fun to create an original costume.  However if we decide to do this next year. We have to make a DIY costume that works for the Halloween parade and trick-or-treating.  I think next year she said a mermaid or unicorn.  DIYCostumeBefore









My Kid’s Chronicles:Holiday Toy List- Are you ready for Christmas shopping? Top Picks by Kids at Amazon

Single Mom Chronicles: 5 Misconceptions About Being A Single Mom



I have learned so much in the past 5 years and most of it has been eye-opening.   It’s funny how life gives you a full perspective on your past, present and future.   My past is definitely not a reflection of the future I see for myself.

Some major assumptions I have discovered on this journey:

  1. I’m lonely.  My marital status has changed which in no way means lonely.  Being alone is a fresh start to find and have what I truly need.
  2. I’m looking for a surrogate parent for my children.   Please stay in your lane.   Your perspective is appreciated not sure if it will always be welcome but appreciate your effort nonetheless.
  3. I really need your advice.   If you have not walked in my shoes please do not assume I value your opinion or critique of my life.
  4. I am needy.  Do not get me wrong.  It’s nice to have people in your corner however do not overcrowd my space.  I love ME time.
  5. I want to remarry.   My divorce is the start of a new chapter and I really need to use that time to find ME!

One of my favorite inspirations!!!



Review: Shark Rocket Powerhead- My New Favorite Household Tool!



How many of you enjoy vacuuming?  Well I have found the BEST housekeeping tool ever invented for your carpets and hard floors.    What is it? You ask, SHARK ROCKET POWERHEAD!  


I have 1400 square feet of living space the majority of it is hardwood flooring and vinyl flooring in the kitchen.   If you have hardwood floors you know the housekeeping chore of dust accumulating every other day.

My biggest pet peeve with any vacuum is the weight as you move from room to room.  It feels more like a CARDIO workout than simple housekeeping.    The POWERHEAD is only 9lbs, yes 9lbs!!!!!!   You can move so quickly from room to room without feeling exhausted.   Oh and the weight in your hand is only is 1lb!!!




The roller garage is so easy to pop open(SLIDE TABS AWAY FROM BODY),  PRESTO THE DOOR POPS OPEN,  and USE THE RED PULL TAB TO REMOVE THE BRUSHROLL! SharkRocket-Take6


Do you have carpet and hard floors? Guess what you can change out the brush roll between either the carpet brushrool or the hard floor brushroll.


Bye DustBunnies under the bed, it moves around, under and in between furniture!!!!



Messy kids in my dining room……crumbs under the table….SharkRocketBeforeHardwood


Have no fear the SHARK ROCKET POWERHEAD here!!!!!



My new Shark Rocket Powerhead makes housekeeping EASY AND QUICK!   The one time I look forward to cleaning!

*The Shark Rocket Powerhead was received free for review purposes only.    All opinions shared are my own.



Cooking and Baking By Me: Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes


Every day should start with breakfast and these are hands down the best pancakes..It will make you drop the mix in the box.   I found the recipe on  AllRecipes.


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 cups buttermilk
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, butter and buttermilk. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar; stir into the wet ingredients just until blended. Adjust the thickness of the batter to your liking by adding more flour or buttermilk if necessary.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Continue with remaining batter.

Single Mom Chronicles: Review-Single Mother by Circumstance, Single Parent by Choice


Tiffany Mack’s ebook: Single Mother by Circumstance, Single Parent by Choice

I love connecting with single moms across social media. Who knew listening to a scope titled Black Girls Golf would lead me to Tiffany Mack’s ebook Single Mother by Circumstance, Single Parent by Choice.

It was such a great read I had to share with my single moms.   It is Tiffany’s viewpoint on the difference between a single mother and single parent.    She too is a divorced mom which she states being a single mom equates to your marital status, Single and a Mother.   While being a single parent is by choice.   Personally I find it difficult to ask for help if it is someone outside of family or close friends.      One important fact that Tiffany points out is to wisely select those in our community at large to assist with parenting our children.

Five Things I Learned:

  1. Commit to creating a village for my children.
  2. Set boundaries with my children and provide explanations.
  3. Be honest with my children, the discussions should be age appropriate.  They know and understand more than we think.
  4. Be honest with others in terms of my needs, allow others to pitch in.  This is only possible if others know what you need.
  5. Acknowledge I am not superwoman, take time to decompress!

To read some wonderful words of wisdom,  check out the ebook Single Mother by Circumstance, Single Parent by Choice :Strategies from a Single-Mom Who Never Became A Single-Parent at  TiffanyMack.