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| a whole mood. my favorite vibe. 🖤 #baddieP
p.s. i don't even know who this is ya'll. we pulled into a random 🌮 truck, took pics for 6 mins tops, she did her thang, and then we rolled out. skrrrrrt! 🤠 // #theprinceandthep

| a whole mood. my...

#ad So we spent the summer staying up late and eating our hearts desires, but now that school has started, I’m on a mission to fill my kids up on all the good stuff. I don’t know about ya’ll but my kids come home from school staaaarving, so afterschool snacks are always on deck! This is where @KrogerCo helps a mama out. I love their @HonestTea Blueberry Raspberry Juice bottles because they’re the perfect size for my growing babes + I can drink them too! lol They contain no artificial sweeteners and have no added sugar, so they are also ideal for school lunches + soccer practice, too! #KrogerHonestKids // #theprinceandthep

#ad So we spent the...

𝗜 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗠𝗝 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮 𝗕𝗜𝗚 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆.
Last week, after we sent the kids to bed, MJ came downstairs and said, "Mommy when you finish, I need to talk to you about something." My mind started racing, ya'll.

I went up to his room + said, "What's up buddy?" He asked me, "Do you think I'm skinny?" I looked at him and gave him my honest answer: "Yes." I asked him if someone was teasing him at school + he said no, but one of his friends had used it as an adjective to describe him, and he felt some type of way about it. I talked to him about how he felt about himself, showed him a bunch of pics of Hubby when he was his age, and told him all the ways God made him unique. "You're skinny. I'm skinny. Your sister's skinny. Nothing is wrong with having a different body type. Your friend didn't mean it as an insult. People are going to call you 4-eyes, freckle face, afro hair, and a bunch of other things in life that WILL actually be meant as insults. Be confident in who you are because what they say is a reflection of them, not you. If someone says -- 'MJ, you're skinny!' Then say, 'Yep, I am.' Don't be afraid to own who you are!! It takes your power back. Do you understand what I'm saying?" He started smiling and said, "Yes!" + gave me the BIGGEST hug!! 💕 I also thanked him for trusting me with his emotions by coming to talk to me.

As I got up to leave the room I said, "Are you skinny?" He proudly said, "YESSS!!!" + started laughing. I secretly wish he'd said, "HELL YES!" but I'll save that for a few years! 🤗 #ProudMOMent #mySONshine // #theprinceandthep

𝗜 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽...

| *𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜* 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵.
I am usually the person people seek out for advice. I've been married longer than 90% of my friends, I'm very self-aware, my well-behaved kids make me look good, and I am a cheerleader/encourager by nature. I'm the person who you love to talk to because I'm going to hold you accountable + tell you the truth, but I'm also the person you hate to talk to because I'm going to hold you accountable + tell you the truth. I am the strong friend + I accept that.

I have always believed that who you hang around + who's there for you are two different things, but lately I have the desire to reconcile the two. I want the people I hang with to be the people who are there for me. So when a real-life friend sees me sporadically break down in my stories or knows I'm having a hard time because my anxiety is overwhelming, yet never reaches out -- it is a missed opportunity to check on me. It is a missed opportunity to show you care. It is a missed opportunity to be kind. It is a missed opportunity to make a difference.

I'm sharing this because there are millions of people walking around with a story. People who feel alone, people carrying around misguided energy, and people so depressed + riddled with anxiety that staying in this world feels unbearable. People who are cutting themselves -- not to end their lives but to displace the pain + people who are isolating themselves into oblivion. There are people -- like me -- with tattoos on their wrists that cover up an unwritten story.

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱. Then check on them, again. Because being an authentic friendship is more than happy hours + hangouts. You can't make them talk but you can show them you care.

And if you are that strong friend -- it's okay to set boundaries. It's okay to say, "Sorry friend, I have a lot going on with me so I can't even process this right now." It's okay to not answer that phone call. It's okay to say "no". Know your triggers. You can't breathe life into other people if you're constantly gasping for air. ❤

| *𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜* 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀...

𝗪𝗵𝗲𝘄 -- 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽.

I went on a solo trip to San Fran this week + thought spending time alone would be both introspective + reflective. It was not.
Day 1 -- After 3 flight delays, I arrived + was bored out of my friggin' mind. Being an extrovert with anxiety was a whole new grab bag of emotion that I wasn't prepared to process. Desperately wanting to explore, but being fearful of catching trains + "ubers after dark" in a new city brought on all the panicky feelings. I ate dinner in the hotel, slept with a chair against my room door, took 1/2 Xanax, and prayed for a better tomorrow.

Day 2 -- My bae in the bay @genevieve.groom rescued me + took me around the city before I had to work an event. It was exactly what I needed -- amazing energy + an angelic face. She was the water this wilting woman needed, ya'll. I loved soaking up the city -- it was the besssst!
Aside from that, I couldn't wait to get back home to my people. I had a flight canceled, an airline change, 2 more canceled flights, 3 flight delays, and shed some tears in between but I maaaade it, ya'll.

I like experiencing life with people I love + I enjoy spending time with people I like. It is well with my soul. ❤ Happy Sunday! // #theprinceandthepmommy #theprinceandtheptravels

𝗪𝗵𝗲𝘄 -- 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽. I...

𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙛𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮.

It begins with two flawed people who created an imperfect love, and then gave life to two of the most perfect humans our hearts have ever known. ❤ How our story ends, only God knows, but I hope it's somewhere under the sun -- just like this.

Thank you @jessiingram_ .  For capturing the tears, the fears, the cuddles, and the kisses. I don't think another photographer could have framed our life quite like you. We will cherish these images forever. ✨ // #theprinceandthepfamily

𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙗𝙚...

| 𝙃𝙞, 𝙢𝙮 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄'𝙢 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡.

When I was in high school, being confrontational was viewed as a negative trait. People were intimidated by "the confrontational girl" + thought she was looking for a fight. As I matured, I realized that being confrontational is quite the opposite. It is looking for a resolution. We tend to treat confrontation as something that should be avoided, but when done with the right intentions, confrontation is an act of respect. It is caring enough to address a situation head-on -- eliminating the opportunity to make assumptions.

Being confrontational doesn't mean I need to go off or go in to be heard. It doesn't mean I need to be hostile, aggressive, or abrasive in my approach. It's not communicating my feelings through anger, or with an attitude, to be understood. It doesn't mean I need to "tell them about themselves" to tell them how I feel.

What it does mean is that,

𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙠, 𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙚, 𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨, 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨, 𝙤𝙧 𝙗𝙚𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙧𝙨 -- 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚, 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙨𝙚, 𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛.

I have been the girl who compromised herself to "keep the peace" + lost my voice in the process. I lost the ability to advocate for my own 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦 of mind. Speaking up can be hard, bring anxiety, and strike fear of the other person's response. When I started choosing myself more, I started favoring authenticity in actions + standing up for my truth, even if other people I loved or associated with didn't like it. Confronting a situation doesn't mean we will agree, but it's me caring enough to reconcile a conflict. It's when I fall silent that brings the real concern.

Don't be afraid to choose you. You are your most powerful asset. ❤

| 𝙃𝙞, 𝙢𝙮 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨...

| Last week, a girl at school told another little girl that she "didn't really like P and was only being her friend because P's popular + everyone likes her ". So not only are 2nd graders out here using people, but they are worried about popularity?! 🧐 Luckily, P was unbothered but she has such a big heart for friendship that the next day after school, she told me this same girl was being really nice to her + she told P that she's "her friend now". [ ⏸ : My mind recklessly said -- "She got you 🤬 up." ] ▶️ : I actually said -- "Nope. She doesn't get to be your friend, now. She's doesn't appreciate you + she doesn't get to use you + then decide you are a valuable person to her. That little girl is NOT the kind of friend you want." Then MJ chimed in + said, "I wouldn't trust someone like that." + P said, "Yea, I know." [She's an Aries, ya'll. 🤦🏾‍♀️] And she understood.

P is just barely starting to navigate the world of females + friendship so it's important to me that she knows that forgiveness is not synonymous with acceptance. We can't control what people do + but we can choose what position we let them play in our lives by setting boundaries. ✋🏽#backbackgimmefiftyfeet #treadlightly // #theprinceandthep #BaddieP

| Last week, a girl...

| This week, my mom surprised the kids + baked some over-sized oatmeal raisin cookies while they were at school. She didn't put a ton of sugar in them -- just enough to make them sweet. The kids were so excited when they got home that I let them split a cookie for snack. MJ ate his so slowly that I had a feeling he only finished it to be nice. P took two bites, looked at me + Grammie, and said, "It doesn't taste good." 😯 This girl right here speaks her mind. She marches to the beat of her own drum + I hope she never stops. #sponsored Shoes: #VansKids x @HibbettSports // #theprinceandthep #baddieP #styledbyHibbett #ownthehalls

| This week, my mom...

𝗢𝗵 𝘆𝗮'𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄...😏 #fbf but #DMXCHALLENGE style. 🙌🏾 #baddieP Shout out to @sosheargenius for creating such a fun challenge! // #theprinceandthepvideo #theprinceandthephair #dmxchallengekids

𝗢𝗵 𝘆𝗮'𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄...😏 #fbf...