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| 𝗠𝘆 𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝘆 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲. 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿.
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I remember allllll the years I dreaded Valentine's Day + New Years Eve. 😔 I viewed them as 👫🏽 holidays + spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself -- wondering why no one chose me. It always felt like everybody had somebody, so I questioned what was wrong with me.  𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙚. I wanted my worthiness to be validated by someone else's willingness to bring me flowers + candy, take me to dinner, or kiss me at midnight.

Sounds silly, right?? So what I'm saying is, don't let ONE DAY make you forget how magnificent you are + undermine God's blessings for your life!! Send yourself the flowers, meet your girls for dinner, and treat👏🏽yo'👏🏽 self👏🏽 fran! Find value in being 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 yourself instead of allowing the enemy to manipulate you into feeling like you are 𝗕𝗬 yourself.
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I tell my kids I love them a dozen times a day, but asked myself how often do I look in the mirror and tell myself the same? Practice self love + stop letting what the world is doing, distract you from what God is doing within you. ❤ ℍ𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕃𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝔻𝕒𝕪!
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P.S. I dread this day single + now I dread this day married. Too much pressure to do the most or buy the perfect 🎁 -- the irony. 🙈 // #theprinceandthep

| 𝗠𝘆 𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝘆...

| I've been noticeably absent from 'the gram. I say "noticeably" because the DM's that range from "I miss your posts" to "will you be doing hair videos again?" are telling.

So, here's the deal ya'll...#realtalk

I'm over it. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I poured 5 1/2 years into this platform + the return has exceeded my expectations. God has been so good to us! I have gotten so many opportunities over the years that have afforded my family things + experiences that we could never otherwise imagine. It has been amazing + I know this platform will continue to serve me well, but in another capacity.
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A lot has changed. I'm losing followers faster than I have the time to notice -- and I get it. Many if you started this journey with us when kid's fashion was hot + P was young enough to stay home with me so I could do her hair all the time. But my kids are growing up. I have multiple moms telling me their 4th grade daughters are in group texts with their friends, all "fighting" over my son. I have to keep him focused on academics + athletics ⚽️ while teaching him the value in being a KID, so these girls don't try to grow him up too fast. P plays ⚽️ year 'round for ✌🏽 different leagues and is a top scorer for those championship winning teams. I couldn't imagine loading my car up with clothes and 📸 for hours like we used to.
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My interests have changed and I'm growing as well. I find peace in self care [mental + physical], "sparking joy" in my home, laying in bed with my husband + binge watching shows, being a soccer mama, cuddling with my kids, hanging with my girls, etc. I am being drawn to my joy and I like it here. 💕 I am present.
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We may not be what you expected or have deviated from what you initially came for, but that's ok! God is blessing me right where I am, and I know His will only gets better for the willing! #ordermysteps // #theprinceandthepmommy

| I've been noticeably absent...

| Once upon a time, a mama took her daughter to get a flu shot. 💉 3 weeks later, she caught the same strain of flu she got the shot for. 🙄 The End. #ohshegotheFLUflu #Pgotfluedoutin2019 #littlebunnyfluflu 🤧 #undereyebagsinthecoupebustinouttheflu #sickymode 😷 //#theprinceandthep

| Once upon a time,...

| This weekend, my husband made the comment, "Your social calendar for 2019 is lit!" [He jealous or nah? 🤣] I told him that I was reclaiming my time. 2017 was a blur. I poured so much into The Prince + The P as a brand [that I haaate calling a brand], in an effort to set us up for success. In 2018, all that hard work paid off + the opportunities came pouring in. But what should have been an awesome year was hi-jacked by my OCD, anxiety presented itself, and a series of unfortunate events invited in depression. I was a whole arse mess + it took a trip to Hawaii to find my peace again.
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So yes, a month into 2019 and I've been enjoying the downtime [sans broken arm 😫], focusing on my mental health + physical wellbeing, Marie Kondo-ing my life, and enjoying the moments when I can just BE. I can't speak to how 2019 will be as a whole, but I'm taking it a day at a time, and finding more reasons to smile along the way. ❤ #grateful // #theprinceandthepmommy

| This weekend, my husband...

| "𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙪𝙣." - 𝘼𝙡𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩 𝙀𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙞𝙣

I often wonder how much more I could have done + would have done, earlier in life, if I had someone really believe in me + nurture my interests as an adolescent. I think the thought of those around me was that it took money to pour into dreams, when all it really takes is effort.
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As a creative, one thing that really gets me excited as a parent, is watching my kids explore their gifts + tap deeper into their interests. I am a HUGE advocate for nurturing kid's creativity. If you see they have an interest in photography, teach them how to use a camera or email a local 'tog' who will let them shadow a photoshoot. If they have a passion for writing (like my son), get them a journal or bound books with empty white pages where they can write and illustrate. My son enjoys making stories using Powerpoint, writing poems + short stories, and drawing comics. If they enjoy art (like P), take them to the museum and ask for a guided tour so they can learn, keep restocking their art supplies, and frame their own little masterpieces. No matter what creative abilities they lean into, the possibilities are endless.
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It is so important that we pour into our babies, give them hope, feed their dreams, and spark their creativity. We are  raising some pretty dope humans + the future needs their contributions -- it makes a world of difference. ✨ // #theprinceandthep #dallasmuseumofart #pintsizedpicasso #minimuse #dallasinfluencer

| "𝘾𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜...

| 𝗦𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 [𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆], 𝗜 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴. Unfortunately, not a good thing. 😫 I was standing on the ice skating rink talking, and then without warning, found myself on my hands + knees -- rocking back 'n' forth -- in excruciating pain. A kiddo slammed into me from behind, and I smashed into the ice.
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Back in November, I saw a picture of myself where I swore I was cute that day, but the photographic evidence called me a liar. 😔 That next day, I asked my Booskie to do a @beachbody program with me. I knew from past experience how well they worked + I knew we both needed the accountability. We started #80DayObsession together on video chat every day + we were geeked to start Phase 3 the upcoming Monday. I had actually completed 50/80 days and was entering the final phase!! 🏋🏾‍♀️ So as the pain from my wrist + elbow kept me up crying that 1st night [and 2nd, and 3rd], the realization that I couldn't even open a bottle of water without fighting back tears, let alone hold + lift a weight, set in. I was 💔. I went to urgent care [and later an ortho specialist], found out I had a sprain + a fracture, and was defeated.

So the enemy thought.
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See, my #fitsisterhood 💪🏾-- @laneyfit @lovemisstosha @fittabulouslife @erickaellis -- lifted me up in prayer, gave me encouragement, cried with me + poured positivity into my spirit. ✨ Many of you did too!! 🙌🏾 That Monday, I didn't start Day 51 in the program, but I did get my 🍑 in the gym and I went haaaard FOR ME!!!! I cried on that Stairmaster ya'll 😭 !! And I have worked out EVERY 👏🏽 SINGLE 👏🏽 DAY 👏🏽 since! I have cradled this broken elbow through jump squats, ab exercises, and lunges on sliders. I take pain medication to sleep at night, then I get up + praise God for all my working limbs each morning. I've lost 2 lbs since breaking my arm 🙃 + I can't lift a weight but if I can lift someones spirits right now, I'm telling you -- FIGHT!! Fight the excuses, fight the disappointment, fight the self-doubt + show up FOR YOU! 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵𝘆! ❤ // #theprinceandthep

| 𝗦𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 [𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆],...

| What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you remember?
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From early childhood to adolescence, I wanted to be either a veterinarian or a pediatrician. Then I decided to be a counselor because emotions interest me. Then came college + I chose marketing as my major -- because I was good at it and yea...less schooling 😂. I use my marketing degree every day [ thanks @instagram ], but I've spent the last 8 years as a pro photographer. I've had my own clothing line + an Etsy shop in between, but to be honest, I'm in search of my next adventure. Maybe event planning or mental health advocate -- that thing that sets my soul on 🔥. What is your dream job? I need ideas. Lmbo // #theprinceandthep

| What did you want...

|𝗕𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗲 𝗣 𝘃𝘀 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣. [s w i p e ] They're both my faves. ❤ She's definitely her mother's child, except it took me 20 years to find the confidence she's had since she was 2.

One of the girls at school told her that her braids smelled like ramen noodles. It was my fault -- I went a little too heavy on the earthy ayurvedic oils 🙈 -- but P told me she responded and said, "I did NOT like that at all -- it's rude! And I told her I don't care + I love ramen noodles anyway!!" ✋🏼 #thatsmygirl She's self-assured + self-aware + self-motivated. She's my Aries Fire Child + I love her to life! // #BaddieP #SweetP #theprinceandthep #adidassuperstar

|𝗕𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗲 𝗣 𝘃𝘀 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗣....

| Happiest Founder's Day to all the Lovely Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Innnncorporated!! Skee Wee My Sorors!!! 💕💚 #AKA #1908 #FoundersDay2019 #J15 #17Club #Perseverance #ThetaEpsilon #20Pearls

| Happiest Founder's Day to...

| Hey Frans! I didn't do a full on "this is how you do box braids" tutorial, because You Tube is full of those, but can we talk about this rubberband method?

I have been doing box braids for 16+ years, so I know how to braid without the rubberbands. I thought I'd give them a shot to see what the difference was and OMG -- it took me forever!! 😭 This was my first + last time banding!! A) The bands didn't keep her braids any more tamed + created a build up of lint around them. B) I put her hair in loose braids, so they didn't decrease any tension. C) they made gripping even harder for me because I was so focused on trying to cover up the bands.

Does the rubberband method work for you guys? If so, how? 🙄 Song Mix: @djliltaj // #theprinceandthepvideo #theprinceandthephair #kidsboxbraids

| Hey Frans! I didn't...

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The Prince + The P was first featured on The Huffington Post after being recognized as a fashionable kid. For more on  this article, see HERE.

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