Counting My Blessings

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So, I’m back!!!! I took a little blogging hiatus to move our family from our temporary Summer home (with my Mom in Birmingham, Alabama :-)) to our new home in New York.  Due to the timing of it all, we already knew that we would be in a hotel for about a week, but we needed to get the kids up here for school. Then comes the monkey wrench….we’re forced to stay in the hotel for AN ADDITIONAL WEEK due to issues with the divorcing couple selling the house. All kinds of emotions ran through my brain and body. I was upset. I was hurt. I was sad. I was appalled. How could  delays with paperwork and battling attorneys disenfranchise my family like this?!?!?

Before I snapped out of my “woe is me moment”, which lasted for a few days I might add, I was feeling some kind of way because of a PLETHORA of things. During this experience, I began to share these tribulations with family and a few friends. I soon began to find and count my blessing in each instance. God is so amazing. Yes, I believe in “silver linings” but I also believe that the Almighty is always working in the favor for those who believe.

I was so upset that I was forced to use a laundromat. (I realized that my family was blessed to have all these clothes that needed washing.) I was so sad that BOTH my kids started their first day of school living in a hotel (My kids were happy and excited about their first days and even more excited about the great hotel breakfast. Kids are so resilient!) Why, oh why were forced to eat out every night at a restaurant, when we didn’t decide to make it a “cold cuts” night? (It’s a blessing to have to decide WHERE to eat, not if my family is even GOING to eat at all.) The other bonus was the kids went swimming every night and we all know what that means… Zzzzzzz…I love it!

As you can see, yes we were inconvenienced greatly for almost two weeks due to what felt like petty nonsense, but on the other side of this – there is fighting couple, going through a bitter divorce which I’m sure is hurting a lot of people involved as well. I am so unbelievably grateful for the many prayers that were sent up by beloved friends and family.

If you’re even reading this, I know that you are a supporter of this blog and the Smart & Sassy Mom brand. Thanks to all of you and I’m glad to be back. Don’t YOU forget to count your blessings. I guarantee that once you start, whatever you’re crying about will seem very small compared to what you have in your favor.

If you know you’re blessed and you want to share, we want to hear about it. Share below.

 

Keeping it Smart & Sassy,

My Exciting Opportunity to Chat with Anthony Anderson About His Upcoming Sitcom, “Guys with Kids”

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Two weeks ago, thanks to another great blog I write for called ““Black and Married with Kids”, I had the opportunity to interview actor/comedian, Anthony Anderson. We all know him from his roles on NBC’s “Law & Order”, “Me, Myself, and Irene”, “Transformers”, “The Departed,” “Scary Movie 3,” “Barbershop,” “Kangaroo Jack,” “Exit Wounds,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Two Can Play That Game”, “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, K-Ville” and more. In his latest venture, he’ll be starring in the highly anticipated sitcom, “Guys with Kids”, premiering Wednesday September 26 on NBC.

“Guys with Kids” is a new comedy from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jimmy Fallon about three 30-something dads who try to hold on to their youth as they face the responsibilities of having kids. Thankfully, Gary (Anthony Anderson), Chris (Jesse Bradford, “The West Wing”) and Nick (Zach Cregger, “Friends with Benefits”) have each other to help navigate the highs and lows of fatherhood – while still trying desperately to remain dudes.

Its going to great having good clean comedy on TV once again, as well as seeing Tempestt Bledsoe. Having Jimmy Fallon’s hands in it is already a PLUS! I’m grateful for the opportunity and glad that my first celebrity interview was with a funny, relatable, down-to-earth guy! Thanks Lamar and Ronnie Tyler! Hope you’ll be tuning in. I sure will!

To check out the interview in its entirety go to: http://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/2012/08/bmwk-talks-to-anthony-anderson-about-his-upcoming-sitcom-guys-with-kids/

Keeping it Smart & Sassy,

My Makeover…

African American Makeover, Makeup Artist

For the first time since my wedding day 7 years ago, I received a makeover and I was completely happy with it. I had it done for a photo shoot. Just wanted to give these hard-working people a quick spotlight. If you’re in Birmingham, Alabama or surrounding areas make sure you check out Deondra Brooks, MUA for your makeup needs. She is available at: 205.910.0255 or cut2dye@aol.com.

If you’re interested in a Natural and Proud Sistas shirt or other accessories contact them at info@naturalandproud.com and be sure to like their Facebook page NAPS!

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