Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

August 15, 2014

Thoughts on #Ferguson


There are so many thoughts swirling in my head and feelings heavy in the pit of my stomach as I try to begin making sense of the mess that is Ferguson. I watch news clips, I read articles, I keep an eye on my twitter feed. I read through the discussions happening on Facebook facilitated by people I care about of all colors.

And my conclusion?

Is that there is a lot of hurt and confusion happening right now. 

I believe…

…that people have a right to be angry.

…that it is possible to support law enforcement and still disagree with what is happening in Ferguson.

…that it is increasingly more difficult to trust anything I read and see in the media.

…that I am PART of the media.

…that I cannot begin to know what it is like to be a person of color in America today.

…that racism does exist. And if you don't believe that, you need to wake up.

…that the way protests were handled in Ferguson was wrong.

…that there are bad police officers in the world. Just as I believe there are bad doctors, bad teachers and bad parents. And that we should not let this acts of darkness shut out the many other acts of light that these groups of people bring to the world.

…it is a disservice to a community when the people cannot trust and do not respect those who are supposed to be protecting them.

…that police brutality is an increasing issue in our country. 

…that we don't know the entire story of what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.

…that Michael Brown was shot 35 feet away from the officer that shot him in a position of surrender.

…that we don't know if Michael Brown "strong-arm robbed" a convenience store. But Michael Brown could have robbed two convenience stores prior to meeting Darren Wilson. And he could have been arrested for those supposed crimes and brought to trial, because that's how our law is SUPPOSED to justly work. Had that been the case, he'd still be alive.

…that punishment for a convenience store robbery does not constitute death by firing squad.

…that we could all benefit from open, honest conversations with one another.

…that we still have a long way to go to be "The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave."

…that we cannot presume anything about anyone until we've walked a mile in their shoes.


As we process what is happening in Ferguson, as we try to make sense of our own thoughts, as we struggle to know what we believe, we need to allow ourselves to become uncomfortable. To hear what others are saying. 

And above all things, put ourselves in the shoes of others: our minds in their minds, our hearts in their hearts. 

What is it like to be her? 

What is it like to live his life?

How does she perceive me

How does he perceive I perceive him?

It is a long road, and it's a journey we have to make.


August 10, 2014

Real Mom Back-to-School Battle on Philly Fox 29

Is everyone else gearing up for Back-to-School?

We're checking out the school supplies list and I'm already dreading the morning chaos of getting the kids ready and out the door.

Don't even talk to me about making lunches.

My girl Joey of Real Mom Media will be sharing great #BTS tips and resources tomorrow morning on Philly Fox 29 with Jennaphr Frederick.

And I'm crazy and agreed to be part of a battle royale between my bloggy friends Steph of A Grande Life and Devon of Mama Cheaps. We'll be racing one another to see who can get their kid ready for school the fastest. 

We have, like, 2 minutes to wake our kids up, make lunch, and get them to the bus.

Like I said: cray-cray.

I'm not going to tell you to watch because I'm all PLEASE DON'T WATCH ME MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF ON LIVE TELEVISION. But I promised Joey that I'd share this post. So there's that.

Also? I wouldn't mind some support. Since I'm pretty sure Devon and Steph are going to kick my booty. So maybe send me a little love and encouragement. 

A little #TeamCSHM love, perhaps, across FB/Twitter/Instagram?

The segment aires live at 9:45 AM EST on Philly FOX29.

So. Yeah.

The Dyson DC59 Motorhead (Today's Special Value on QVC!) #CordlessOnTheQ

There is nothing so frustrating in life than having a vacuum that doesn't work.

And believe me, I speak from experience.

We never invested in a quality vacuum. We just got the cheaper versions of the appliance, which worked fine at first. I'd take these vacuums out and they'd happily suck up the dirt and muck that built up over time on our carpets.

Until they didn't.

I've had The Stubborn Toddler vacuum (the kind that throw a tantrum and  wouldn't pick up anything I directed it to). I've had the Regurgitating vacuum (the ones that would suck stuff up then promptly spit it out 5 seconds later). And I've had the Psychopath vacuum that would suck up dirt, throw up dirt, overheat and generally make me feel like Michael Keaton did in Mr. Mom.

We've all been there.

I've learned my lesson and realize, now, the importance of investing in a GOOD vacuum. Otherwise, your entire house suffers. Literally.

A few months ago, I had the chance to review the Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Stick Vac

And people? It changed my life.

First, I had no idea how amazing a cordless stick vacuum could be. Gone are the days of wimpy stick vacuums that couldn't pick up a crumb if you hand fed it. And gone are the days of doing the "Cord Tango" with your corded vacuum as you attempt to neaten up your house.

Well, the DC59 is now new and improved.

Meet the Dyson DC59 MOTORHEAD:

It looks familiar, no? 

With a body that is very similar to the DC59 Animal, it could be it's twin. But the pink handle is not the only difference. I got to do a side-by-side comparison of the two vacuums, and they offer two very different services.

First, the DC59 Motorhead has a much more powerful motor. You can feel the sucking power as it glides over your carpet. This is something that the DC59 Animal was lacking. 

The Animal is perfect for homes with mainly hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring. It did a decent job on carpet, but it wasn't made to be a solely-carpet vacuum. This is also clearly seen with the wider nozzle and larger head and brush.

The motor upgrade on the DC59 Motorhead makes this stick vacuum completely versatile, able to attack dirt on flat and carpeted surfaces with the greatest of ease. As with the DC59 Animal, it has this fantastic wall-mounted docking station where the vacuum charges when not in use. It is light (only 4.96 lbs) and you empty dirt from the bin with one touch of the release button.

I LOVE THIS, people.

This magical device has a retail price of $549.99. And believe me, it is worth every penny.

But today the Dyson DC59 Motorhead is the QVC Today's Special Value. Today only (until 11:59pm), you can purchase the Motorhead for $449.99 (yes, that's not a typo - a savings of $100) on, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

This price includes:
  • DC59 Motorhead 
  • Soft dusting brush 
  • Flexi crevice tool 
  • Articulating hard floor tool 
  • Wide nozzle

It also comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty! HOLLA!

I'll just leave this here so you can check it out on QVC yourself.

Who will be the proud new owner of a 

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum today?

You can connect with Dyson on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

I received this product to facilitate a review and to inform my readers of this promotion. All opinions are, as always, completely my own. I like to keep it real, y'all.

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