Sunday Family Funday 


Hello everyone and Happy Sunday 🙂 

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 😊 

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 

New Month, Fresh Start…Hello August! 


Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday 🙂 

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 😊  

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 Goodness 


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 

That Healthy Lifestyle 

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday 🙂

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 🙄) 

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 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 2 

Sammie 

“I really don’t want you to go,” my girlfriend Rachel said to me. I really didn’t know what to tell her. I mean we have been talking about this since I received my acceptance letter. And to be real, I really didn’t understand why she was acting like this since she was the one who encouraged me the most to keep up my grade so that I could get into the college I wanted to go. I guess she thought that I was going to go to a college in New York. I looked at her and shook my head. She really didn’t understand. 

I looked back at the crowd as my best friend’s mother finished giving her speech. I was so happy and excited that all of my best friends had graduated high school and were now headed to the same college. We had found out a week earlier that we would all be staying in the same dorm, Channing Hall together. I thought that was great because we had made a vow that we would help each other and do what it took to graduate college and make something of ourselves. 

“Y’all good over here,” Dove said as him and Justin came over to where me and Rachel were standing. I have them the “I’ll tell you later look” but said out loud, “yea, we’re straight, but what’s going on with y’all.” 

Dove looked at us with a grin and said, “I’m going to catch up with y’all later. Tasha invited me back to her house.” We all laughed at him. “Don’t do nothing I wouldn’t do,” Justin said as Dove walked over to Tasha and she led him to towards her house. 

It was a great day. The neighborhood was out along with our friends and family to celebrate us leaving for college soon. Growing up in the projects like we did, you didn’t see that often so everybody and they Momma was proud of us. 

I glanced back at Rachel and seen that she still looked mad and turned to Justin and said, “I’m going to walk her home, I’ll hit you up later.”

As we walked to house in silence, I began to think. I just had the feeling that this just wasn’t going to work. I was going away to college and she was acting like it was the end of the world. For the last couple of weeks instead of  enjoying our summer together like we planned, she was always acting mad. It’s like she didn’t want me to better myself. 

She just didn’t understand that I was doing this for us, to make sure that we would be good for the rest of our lives. She was turning into somebody that I didn’t want to be around and I didn’t know if I wanted this relationship anymore. 

I couldn’t even enjoy the party that was suppose to be celebrating me and my friends because we were arguing. I really didn’t have time for her negative attitude anymore. 

When we reached her front door, I stopped her before we could go in. I turned to her and said, “Look, we gotta talk”. She replied, ” Yea, I really got to talk to you too.” 

I stayed quiet as I waited for Racher to start. I figured if I let her tell me that this relationship was over first I wouldn’t feel too bad for breaking up with her. 

She took a deep breath and then looked at me in my eyes and said, ” Um..I know I’ve been acting crazy lately Sammie. It’s because I’m scared…um…Sammie I’m…I’m pregnant.” 

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 😁).  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 

Mid-Week Motivation 

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! 

It’s the middle of the week and I know that a number of you guys are counting down the days until the weekend. I hope that everyone’s week is going great thus far and is filled with great possibilities and blessings. 

I just want to remind each and everyone of you that is reading this to stay focused on the goals that you set for this week. Also, I want you all to remain positive. I know that the work/school week can get hectic but just keep going and to try to keep a smile on your face. 

I hope this little mid-week motivation keeps you all going for the rest of the week. Until next time… 

-Toya 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 1

Justin 

Just sitting back listening to the music and enjoying the weather at my going away party. Everybody from the neighborhood, my friends and family came out to show mad love on this Saturday. My Moms had the grill going as she stood and laughed and joked with her friends. I could hear her saying, “My son made it y’all, he’s going to college!” I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about the long road to get to this day and to just think that in less then 48 hours my two best friends and I were leaving the rough streets of New York behind and traveling to Georgia to college to make something of ourselves. Myself, Sammie, and Dove all made a vow that no matter what we would graduate college and become the best men that we could. Growing up in the neighborhood that we did, you didn’t see black boys going to college too often, so you could only imagine how excited everyone was once they found out that we all had made it. 

“Don’t forget about me man, I’m proud of you man!”  I turned as I seen Dove’s cousin Boo shout to him as he headed my way. “What’s up Dove, my man!”, I stated. He looked at me with a grin on his face and said ” Yoo, you see how Tasha looking over there, mannn.”  I couldn’t help but laugh. He was the one out of the group that chased the ladies the most. ” You thinking about Tasha when we are on our way to college. Bigger and better things bro.”  I told him still laughing. He shook his head and started walking towards Tasha. 

My Mom started to yell for everyone to move towards the porch because she had an announcement to make. I started to walk towards the porch as my eyes connected with my mother’s. I knew she was proud of me but I also knew she was more proud of herself. And she deserved to be. After having me at a young age and working hard to provide for me, she had been told more times to count that she could not raise a boy by herself and that she was not in the position to give me a proper life. So, I knew how she felt now that she had raised me to become the man I am today and is getting ready to send me off to college, when everyone had thought that it was impossible. 

I seen my other best friend Sammie, and his girlfriend Rachel sitting off to the side not looking too happy. I knew that with him going away to college it had caused some tension between them and I hoped that they would figure it out because I like them together. They had been together since freshman year of high school and I knew that they loved each other.  

My mother called me up to stand next to her as she addressed everyone at my party with tears in her eyes. By the time she finished telling everyone how proud she was of me and about the hard road that lead to this very moment, there was not a dry eye around us. Even I shed a few tears.  

**Thanks everyone for reading the first part of this story. Be on the lookout for Part 2 coming next Sunday. Also, remember to comment so that I can interact with you all. Until next time… 

-Toya

Introducing My New Series : Short Story Sunday 

Hello everyone! 

I would like to introduce you all to my new series, Short Story Sunday. So basically I will post a short story or an continuation of a story that I am working on each Sunday. I look forward to sharing my work with you all and I also want to say thank you to everyone that had shown me love so far! 

Tomorrow I will start the series off with a story I am currently working on called ” The Channing Hall Boys”. I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it. Enjoy your Saturday guys! 

-Toya