Sunday Family Fundayย 


Hello everyone and Happy Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I hope that you all are having a wonderful day on this beautiful Sunday. 

Before I became a mother, I would spend my Sunday’s getting ready for the work week. Now as a mother, we use Sunday’s as family days. We usually do something fun, whether we spend it at home or go out as a family. 

Today we decided to use this Sunday to take our son to the park and then out for ice cream. Days like this just makes my heart smile because I really enjoying watching my son have such a fun time playing. 


I encourage everyone  to take one day out of the week to have family time. Not only is it a great way to spend time with each other but it also creates lasting memories. And gives us a time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the week and to just enjoying the time with the ones you love most. 

Not a parent? No problem! Take a day to spend with your parents and/or your siblings. Do something that will rejuvenate you for the rest of the busy work week. 


Parent or not, just take time to do something with the people you care about that makes you feel good and warms your heart. Life is too short to not take time out of our busy lives to spend time with loved ones. Make sure to comment below and let me know how you like to spend family days!

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya

Study Tips for Online Students


Hello Everyone, Happy Thursday ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I hope that you all have been having a great week so far and are accomplishing the goals that you set out for this week. 

This is the season of going back to school. While I scroll down my Facebook timeline, I see many parents posting there children’s first day of school pictures. And that makes me smile. All of th children look amazing with there nice school clothes on, with a bright smile plastered on there faces. There excitement instantly warms my heart. 

I don’t have a school age child yet, AyeJay is only one. I know the time will come soon for him to become a big boy and head to school. I’m sure that I will be that parent that tries to hold back tears as I wave bye. 

Even thought I have some years before it’s my son’s turn to head to school, I, on the other hand, will have my first day back at online school in less then a week. I have been a online student for quite sometime now and I love it! I believe that this form of school just works best for me and my family at the time. 

With online school you do have to have a lot of self discipline if you want to be successful. There is no one there reminding you to study for a test or to even get started on an assignment. It’s all up to you. I have came up with a few study tips that has helped me to become an successful as a online student. 

Study Tips : 

  1. Dedicated Study Space – I recommend finding a place where you can go and study without any distractions. This will allow you to focus at the task as hand without any interruptions. Also, I would recommend leaving your cell phone out of this space so that you won’t be tempted to scroll on Facebook. (Haha) 
  2. Build A Study Plan- A study plan is critical in online learning. This will help you to stay on track with what needs to be done. A study plan can include a calendar, a to-do-list, time limitations, etc. 
  3. Stay On Schedule- I know that with online school it can be very easy to not stay on schedule and procrastinate on work. That’s why it is very important to stay on a schedule when it come to studying and completing assignments. 
  4. Stay Motivated- I would say that the best way to stay motivated is to get engaged in your experience as an online student. This can mean rewarding yourself for a job well done or simply decorating your study space. 

Well everyone, these are just a few tips to help you to become a successful online student. Please comment below and let me know of some of your study tips, even if you’re not a online student, I still want to hear from you guys. 

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

Short Story Sunday-The Channing Hall Boys:Part 3


Dove 

Putting back on my clothes,I looked back at Tasha’s naked body laying in bed sound asleep. I couldn’t help but smile to myself. I was known amongst my two best friends as the ladies man. All the girls from around the way wanted to get with me and I couldn’t blame them. Standing 6 feet tall, dark complexion, muscles and dread, ask any girl and I bet she would tell you that I was the man. I could wake Tashe up and let her know that I was leaving but nope I was good on all that. 

I left her house and walked to my house where I lived with my aunt. Today had been a great day. I had celebrated the last days of being in the hood with my family before it was time for me to head off to college with my two best friends. I’m not going to lie, I thought that I wasn’t going to graduate from high school. But Sammie and Justin helped me to get my grades together to make sure that I was going to college with them.

I lived in the projects with my Aunt Jewel who I loved dearly. She had took me in when both of my parents decided that drugs and alcohol was way more important them being a parent to me. When I walked in the house I noticed that Aunt Jewel was on the couch as th nightly news watched her sleep under her blanket. I walked to my room and pulled my phone out of my pocket and laid across the bed. I had ten missed calls and five text message from Tasha. I looked at them and shook my head and pulled up my Facebook app instead of reading one text from her. 

I mean Tasha was cool and all but I don’t know why she was blowing my phone up. I wasn’t looking for a relationship and what had took place at her house a couple of hours ago was just that, nothing more. 

On Facebook, I noticed that I had a message from this other cutie, Maria, that I definitely wanted to get up with before I left for school. She was in my inbox telling me how proud she was of me and that she wanted me to come over so she can show me exactly how proud she was. Without a thought, I messaged her back and told her I was on my way. I mean, she was fine and I really want to see how proud she was of me. I laughed to myself as I got my things together and walked to her house. 

When I arrived she was there standing, waiting, in barely nothing. I reached in my pocket to pull out a condom. She took it out my hand and said, “Ohh baby, you don’t need that. I’m on the pill.” 

I dropped the condom on the floor and proceeded to let Maria congratulate me on all my accomplishments. 

Fake friends


Hello everyone, I hope that you all are having a good day/night, depending on when you are reading this…

I know that we all have a “friend” that acts as if they are your best friend but in reality they are not. You know the kind that is always by your side acting as if they are cheering you on, but they are really praying on your down fall. 

Yea that’s the type that we all need to stay far..far.. away from. 

When I was in middle school I had one of those friends. She would alway have something negative to say about anything and everything that I was doing. But at the same time she would make me feel as if she was a true friend, even though she would talk bad about me behind my back. Yea, I know it can be confusing because I sure was confused too. 


Now as an adult, I have came across people that do the same thing. But since I know better, I do better. I refuse to have those kinds of people around me. I have also realized that sometimes you can generally like this type person but deep down inside you know that you should stay away from them. I mean is it possible that there can be bad qualities to a good person? Or that they really don’t realize that they are hurting you? 

Well, we don’t need that type of negativity in our lives so beware of the fake friends. Comment below and let me know if you ever experienced a “friend” being fake.  


Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

New Month, Fresh Start…Hello August!ย 


Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Today is the first day of August! This is another opportunity for a fresh start for everything. Whatever happened in July is the pass and it’s time to leave it there and move forward. 

I pray that this month brings many blessings, great opportunities, and great times for each and every one of you. As you all go through this month remember to try and stay positive and to keep a smile on your face. I mean nothing can keep a person down  for too long with a smile on their face, right ๐Ÿ˜Š  

I pray that each wand every goal that you set for this month is accomplished. Or that the steps you take to reach those goals are the right ones and get closer to reaching your goals. Even when it seems like it may get hard, keep going!  


Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

Green Goodnessย 


Hello everyone, happy Monday! 

I’ve been trying new, different things since I have started my journey to a healthier me. This green juice, which I like to call Green Goodness is so delicious and easy to make. 

No, I have not gone on a full blown green juice diet but I have been replacing my breakfast with this juice. The benefits of juice give me a great start to my morning and it tastes great. 

Yes! It actually tastes great. Here is the recipe that I used this morning…  

  1. Handful of spring mix greens
  2. Handful of strawberries 
  3. (1) Banana 
  4. (1) Cup of Water 

From my recipe you can can see that I just basically eyeball the ingredients, haha. But you can measure them out if you want. I just go with the flow when making these delicious green juices because they taste great every time I make them and that’s all that really matters, right?  

You can mix and match any kind of fruits and veggies with these juices to your liking. 

If you want, you can head over to Pinterest where you will find many more green recipes to try. 

I like to put my juices in mason jars after I make them and pop them in the fridge until nice and chill. Here’s what it looks like 


Make sure to comment below and let me know if you have ever tried one of these green juices and what are your thoughts on them. 

Until next time… stay positive 

-Toya 

Trying New Things!ย 


Hello everyone and happy Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I hope you all are making your way through this week with a positive mindset and are taking the necessary steps to reach the goals you have set for your self. 

This week I have done just that. I want to push myself to try something new each week. You know like get out of my comfort zone and do something or go somewhere that I wouldn’t regularly go. I’m getting older not younger and when I look back on my life I want to say that it was filled with adventure. I want to try it all even it I don’t like it, at least I can say that I tried, right? 


I am the kind of person that loves to put everyone before myself. I guess that just comes with being a wife and a mother. But believe me when I say, I love it, I really don’t mind at all. I just have to start doing things for me. So, this week I am taking a break from wife and mommy mode and I am going to have a girls day with a few friends. I am excited about spending time with my friends and I know that I will have to stop myself from checking in with my family while I’m out but it’s going to be fun. 

Also, I want to try a new hair color. Something that I wouldn’t imagine on myself. I change the style of my hair often, but never the color. I’m looking forward to that as well. 

I think that we all need to try different things from time to time. I believe that it gives our lives a little spice ๐Ÿ™‚. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you guys think about stepping out of your comfort zone.  

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

My Son Turns One


Hello everyone! Happy Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’m taking a break from my Short Story Sunday series so that I can share with you all how we celebrated my sons first birthday. 

As you all may or may not know I struggled with trying to figure out what to do for my son’s first birthday. I am a new Mom and my husband and I found it kinda difficult to come up with something that was appropriate for him and still allowed him to have fun. 

At the very last minute, literally the day before his birthday, we decided to have a small gathering with a few friends and family. That way he can still be comfortable and have a good time. 

So I immediately went into overdrive mode. I had less than 24 hours to make my son’s birthday amazing, even though he may not remember one second from this day. We decided to do an Elmo themed party since that is his favorite character at the time and I had already ordered him a birthday shirt months prior with the bright red character on the front of it. 

Yesterday at his party, my son spent most of the day crying. He cried when people tried to hold him, he even cried when we sang happy birthday to him. By the end of the party he warmed up to everything that was going on and started to enjoy himself. But at the same time I wouldn’t change nothing about that day. 

My son, who I had prayed years and years for was  healthy and celebrating a year of life. I was so happy that I cried tears of joy. Overall his birthday was a success and it taught me a valuable lesson: never wait until the last minute to get things done. Lol. 


Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

That Healthy Lifestyleย 

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚

It is almost a year since I had my son and I have been trying to get healthy for about six months now. I have changed my diet and I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a weeek. Yes, I said try (haha).  Sometimes when I wake up I would much rather stay home and play with my son then go to the gym to sweat. (I know ๐Ÿ™„) 

So far, I have lost some weight but I am still not where I want to be. Which brings me to my question. Why is getting healthy so hard? Or maybe, it is not hard at all and it is just me. 

I am fine with eating healthy and I don’t mind working out, really I don’t. For me it’s more about staying consistent. I can do good for a week or so and then I just slip back into my old habits. 

I guess I really need to change my outlook and mindset on the whole “getting healthy” thing. Then maybe, I will be able to commit to this journey for more than two weeks. 

Now as I write this, I realize that I really want this for myself and that I need to make the necessary changes in order to see the results that I want to see. I believe doing something, like getting healthy, is a mind thing and if I put my mind to it I can achieve because healthier is better. So with that being said I’m committing to this healthy lifestyle and I’m definitely going to keep you guys posted on my progress. 

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

First Week As A Blogger…

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! 

This time last week I was still thinking about starting my blog. I really wanted to start one because I love to write and have been doing so since I was a little girl. I just didn’t know if I was ready to put my work out there for any and everyone to see. 

My husband encouraged me that morning as I fed our son saying, ” You can do it bae, you love to write, so why not?”  I looked at him and said, “Okay, I am going to start it today.” 

Well that was a week ago, a whole week!! (Yes, I am smiling while writing this ๐Ÿ˜).  I’m super happy that I have decided to start my blog and share my writings with you all. Since I have started this journey and have become apart of this community, I have met some pretty dope people and have read some amazing work. 

I’m proud of myself for just going for it even though I was a little unsure at first. This just goes to show you that you can do anything you want to do and to not let your own self get in the way of you being great. 

Thanks to all of my supporters that are supporting me on this journey, I appreciate each and every one of you. Until next time…

-Toya