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Dallas peeps -- who's ready for some Discotech?! 🕺🏾✨💃🏽 The @sweettoothhotel is baaack + this is definitely my favorite installation yet!! Glitter, glow, and all the Instagram-worthy rooms are in-store so make sure you follow along in my stories tonight for a sneak peak!
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We are so excited that we are kicking off the grand opening by giving one lucky fran TWO tickets to Discotech! Here's how you win:

1. Follow @theprinceandthep AND @sweettoothhotel
2. Tag your babe or your bestie who you wanna to bring with ya! (one tag per line)

I will announce the winner on this post at 12 PM CST on Monday. Shout out to @ta_visuals for this cool shot 📸 of me!! I had SO much fun doing this shoot!! // #theprinceandthep #sweettoothhotel #Discotech

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| A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of partnering with @mcdonalds to celebrate #McDTeacherAppreciationWeek at the #McDLunchBunch event. This event was created to thank our teachers for all of their amazing contributions + collect school supplies for North Texas Teachers. To wrap up the school year [my kiddo'slast day is Friday 😳], we want to giveaway TWO McDonald's gift cards!

1. ❤ this post.
2. Tell us what you love about your kiddo's teacher.

Easy Peasy! 🙌🏾 Giveaway ends Friday, 3/25 at 3 PM CST + giftcards will go in the mail in Monday. 🤗 #McDNorthTexas // #theprinceandthep

| A couple weeks ago,...

𝗧 𝗘 𝗡 🎉 | It is made up of 4, the number of the physical creation + 6, the number of man. As such, 10 signifies testimony, law, responsibility and the completeness of order.

It is hard to believe that something I contributed to creating, is growing up into such a thoughtful, kind, affectionate, and charismatic young man. [swipe] We feel so blessed that you picked us in the journey of life, and our prayers for you exceed far beyond words. MJ, I wish you EVERYTHING that God has in store for you. You are better than my dreams -- such a sweet reality -- and loving you for the last 10 years has given me so much joy! We love you, Tink Tink!

Happiest Birthday to you!!! 👑 ⭐ 🙌🏾 #051609 // #theprinceandthep

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| There have been days over the last 8 or 9 months where I have found myself frustrated with P's curls for not "acting right". 🙈 As you know, no two heads in our house are alike -- at all -- so hair products, routines, and apparently curl patterns [for hubby + the kids] are endlessly evolving.

It's a common misconception that only white mama's have a learning curve when it comes to having kiddos with a hair texture different from their own, but in the words of Maury, "That's a lie." We all struggle ya'll! Some more than others, but the distinction between the two isn't race -- it's knowledge. Trial + error are the name of the game, and my most recent lesson has been in learning what haircut works with the different patterns on P's head. A year ago, her curls changed from perfectly tight ringlets to perfectly wavy, ringlet-y, zig-zaggy "curls". 🙄 She has loose waves on the undersides of the back of her head, so I gave her a "V" or a "U" cut [𝙨𝙬𝙞𝙥𝙚] to shorten those low hanging side waves so that when her hair is dry + styled, it all appears to be the same length.

This curly hair journey takes a village, Google, some You Tube videos, and some IG curlfriend stalking -- but we gon' get through it, ya'll! 😅 *𝗖𝗟𝗜𝗖𝗞* the link in our bio to subscribe to our You Tube Channel! New vids coming SOON soon! // #theprinceandthephair

| There have been days...

| My womb has carried 3 babies. I have experienced the joy of seeing 3 active little ultrasounds. I have announced 3 pregnancies + felt all the congratulatory feels. While I was only able to welcome two of my beautiful gifts earthside, with them has come hope, joy, unimaginable understanding, and appreciation for my little blessings. Being a mom is the highest honor I have ever + could ever receive. I am thankful for my portion and grateful for each + every day I get to love + learn from them.

Have a blessed Mother's Day to meee, my mama, my mother-in-love in heaven, all of those who have been mamas to us, and to all of those who love with a mama's heart. Whether you have lost, adopted, fostered, cared for, or supported a child -- you are celebrated today + always. ❤ XO, #theprinceandthep

| My womb has carried...

#ad I can't believe that I am coming up on my 9th (almost 10th since MJ's a May baby) Mother's Day! It's been a wild ride and I've had fun finding things to do to with my kiddos over the years, including matching my outfits to theirs! lol @ChildrensPlace has the cutest collection of Mommy + Me tees in stores right now, so you can match with your minis, too. Hey, you gotta do it while you can! Shop all the cuteness using the link in my bio! #MatchingMinis // #theprinceandthep https://izea.it/aWKtH5K

#ad I can't believe that...

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗯𝗲 𝗮 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝗵. 𝗜 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝘁.
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I'm always tired ya'll. Let's talk about this month alone. In addition to keeping up with every day things in my household, I have to manage an active 🐶 who takes medication for an autoimmune disorder. I have to speak at my kid's career days, make sure they have what they need for school field trips (Daddy too since he chaperones), help with field days for two kids, and finish planning MJ's birthday + mail invitations for a party that's next weekend. I have campaigns due + criteria to meet for those, videos that require prep work before I send them to editing, grocery shopping, errands to run, doctor appointments to schedule, workouts to get in, meal prepping, taxes to finish, etc. I also have an overwhelming amount of events to attend this month (3 this week, alone). I do my best to show up + support my friends when they host functions (I know a lot of boss women that do a lot of bomb things 🙌🏾), but the reality is, I'm usually sitting there thinking about all the things I have to stay up late to do that night, or just praying to God I make it home without falling asleep at the wheel.
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𝘼𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙. 𝙈𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧. 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙪𝙥 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩. 𝙂𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙟𝙤𝙗 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠. I can only be at so many places + do so many things, for so many different people before the anxiety kicks in + the Xanax comes out.
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This is 𝗠𝗬 reminder to stop, breathe, rest, ask for help, and exercise my "no". [No, no, NO!] I'm putting my own oxygen mask on.
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This is 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 reminder to ask your friends, who you know are busier than life, if they are ok. Then ask them how you can pray for them. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness // #theprinceandthepmommy

𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗯𝗲 𝗮...

| I adore you BACK, @taylormadu!

Almost 3 years ago, we took a chance on eachother in the mean streets of Deep Ellum. 😹 Your energy was like "Ayyyyee!!" + my energy was like "OooO-Kurrrr!", so I knew right then you were the Tay to my Shay. We go together now fran! 😝 I love the woman of faith you are + your heart for giving, for serving, for community -- for Jesus!! Through that infectious grin of yours -- I see favor all over your face + I am so so proud of what you've been able to accomplish through @sosocialgirls! I can't wait for the next one!! 💃🏽 I crush you hard, Tay Tay! ❤ // #theprinceandthepfaves

| I adore you BACK,...

| As much as I appear to share on this platform, I am actually a very private person. I am effortlessly transparent, yet cautiously vulnerable. I am outgoing + friendly to many, yet I consider my friends few. I can forgive you AND forget you, because forgiveness is not a gaurantee of friendship + my love IS conditional. I may love you, until I no longer like you -- but I will leave you, because I have the gift of goodbye. I am a comforter, but I am also confrontational. I am drawn to authentic energy + can sense a fake an aura away. I am always 100% myself, but you may never really get all of me.

So if I reeeallllyyyyy love you, I love you hard. Like SO hardt. I come with compassion, charisma, tough love, opinions, accountability, prayer, and will be your personal cheerleader. And if I take a chance and let you in, you've got me. You've got me good. ❤ #Taurusvibes #whataboutchofrans // #theprinceandthep

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| The #1 hair issue ya'll ask me about when it comes to your kids is DRYNESS. I always respond with: How often do you deep condition?

By the age of 3, your kiddos need a good hair routine. 💆🏽‍♀️ If your little is being exposed to the elements (and they are unless you live in a cave), deep conditioning (DC) a couple x's a month is necessary. Yes, it is a time commitment --- but most things worth having, are. I NEVER wash my kid's hair if I can't DC it, and I rarely DC without heat ♨️. They have low-porosity hair which means the conditioner doesn't penetrate the hair cuticle, and sits on top. Have you ever tried to use regular shampoo without water? Of course not. So deep conditioning without heat makes no sense either. It is a game changer.

Here are some "kid-friendly" ways we DC with heat that don't require sitting wrinkly in the tub, or under a hooded salon dryer for 20 mins.

1. Apply DC in the tub after washing, then let them get out + put a thermal heatcap (see my Amazon store) on them for 20 mins while they play, eat, read, etc. This is my fave method.
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2. Before outdoor events in the summa tiiiiime! The ☀️ is all the heat we need + then rinse when we get home.
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3. Run a hair steamer (see Amazon store) through their hair for 15-20 mins while they watch tv/tablet.
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4. A messy blow dry on medium heat. Then rinse. This is my least favorite way to DC, but it works in a pinch.

And a few things to note:

Tip #1 - If you are letting your kiddos sleep with deep conditioner in their hair - stawwwwp. ✋🏾 DC is a weekly treat, not a buffet. Too much can be damaging and 
hygral fatigue is real ya'll.

Tip #2 - Always cool water rinse to close the cuticle after you've pumped it full of goodness. My kiddos hold their heads upside down over the tub, I rinse their hair + scalp with lukewarm water and then do a second rinse with cold water on their hair only -- no scalp.

Tip #3 -- Try adding 🍯, 🥑, or 🍚 water to your DC.

Whew. 😅 Hope that helped! // #theprinceandthephair #curlyhairtips

| The #1 hair issue...

LOVE + MARRIAGE

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