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| I've been married for 12 years [tuh-day], have had 4 businesses, and I'm 2 kid's mama. I'm crushin' on my zaaaaamn self. 😍 #goneheadgirl // #theprinceandthepmommy

| I've been married for...

| 🎤🎵 𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙤-𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙨𝙨?

Growing up, I never dreamt about my husband or what he'd be like. I just knew I wanted 2 kids -- a boy + a girl. I think God somehow knew that I'd never be able to dream up a husband as great as you, so he never created the wonder in me. Thank you for being the man you are + growing with me as I've been molded into the woman I've become -- the woman I am still becoming.

March 18, 2007 -- I married my best friend. [swipe for proof] ❤ Now 12 years and 1200 hairstyles later [swipe again for our very first pic ever] -- I love you still, more, and better.

𝙃𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙮 𝘼𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙧𝙮, 𝘽𝙖𝙗𝙚! #031807 // #theprinceandthepparents

| 🎤🎵 𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬...

| 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 Sunday turned 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 Sunday.
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I had a conversation with a sales associate named Willie, at a store in the mall. I told her about celebrating my anniversary tomorrow. She said: Never stop dating + making time for one another. She shared that she'd been married for 34 years, until she could no longer love her ex-husband past his drug addiction. She was an older, black woman with the most welcoming smile and warm brown eyes -- and I'm absolutely positive she gave me an discount on my purchase. #dontquestionyourblessings

As I walked towards the main doors  another associate informed me that the store gate was closed. As we waited for a manager, I had a conversation with her about our height, our tall husbands, and our tall kids. After 15 more mins of conversation about instilling confidence in our kids, she was informed that the mall doors were locked + I would have to leave through another exit. This woman told her manager, "I'm driving her to her car. She is parked clear across the other side of the mall." And that's what she did. As we drove she told me that women have to look out for one another, that she'd been married for 25 years, and she loved my jeans. When we got to my car she said, "My name is Lorraine. Let me know if you ever need anything." I asked her if I could hug her -- and I did.

Tonight when I went to Subway to grab my kid's food, the guy and I chatted about his job and what he's going to school for. I didn't catch his name but he hooked me up on my sandwiches.
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Today I learned that there are still inherently good people in the world, kindness costs nothing [and might even save me something], and God speaks to us in the most unexpected places -- through the most unexpected people.

I gotta say it was a good day. ::Ice Cube voice:: 🤗 // #theprinceandthep

| 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳-𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 Sunday turned 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀...

| g o o d  m o r n i n g | *bright-eyed bushy-haired* 🌅 #baddieP #foundinmyphone [when her bangs started growing out ❤] // #theprinceandthep

| g o o d...

| When you are a creative + known by those around you as such, there is always the question of "What's next?". Lemme tell ya.
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In college, I had The Recycled Denim Co., where I would trick out people's jeans in the dorms long before destructed denim was a thing. Since then, I have had an etsy shop -- BellaBeauPeep, a women + kids clothing line -- The Pink Lemon, my photography business -- @shaylajilesphoto, and this IG account -- a whole lotta work. I've spent countless years booked + busy, with sleepless nights + days I can barely remember. So what's next? Not | a | damn | thing. 🤸🏾‍♀️ <<<< [that's me saying "weeee!"] I'm chillin'. Bare minimum. Not feeling inspired + learning how to be ok with that.

Creatives gon' create -- but we're also not gonna rush our magic. ✨🌹🌻🌸 // #theprinceandthepmommy #theprinceandtheptravels

| When you are a...

| 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻... What a beautiful time it is to be a US.  We have entered an era where we are flipping over the tables on sexism, discrimination, and insubordination -- paving the way for little girls like mine.
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Whether you are out there making power moves, boss moves, money moves, or mama moves -- keep moving. Keep the movements. There is still so much work to be done + I'm rooting for us all!

Happy International Women's Day! ❤ // #theprinceandthep #BaddieP #sweettoothhotel

| 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻... What...

| One day last week, I woke up + you couldn't tell me nothin'. I got in a good workout, had a clean meal, answered some emails, and felt completely capable. Then, school let out, I picked up my portion, and it happened. 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 happened. 𝗠𝘆 kids happened.

The constant arguing, tattle-telling, having to repeat myself, complete disregard for my requests, loud outbursts mixed random sounds -- Lawd!! I cried. @ThePrinceandthePDaddy's kids stole my joy + my day went from wonderful to "WHY LORD?!" Bruh.

If you're waiting for the feel good ending that begins with, "They're a lot of work" and ends with some form of, "but I wouldn't have it any other way" -- stop reading 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙖.
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The truth is, motherhood is draining as hell. Being responsible for the needs, emotions, and energy of any human other than yourself is work. Doing that for multiple tiny humans is WORK work. Some days these kids make you want to hit the bottle. Some moments you just let them cry it out + leave the room because you choose your own sanity. Some days you want to look them in their sweet faces + tell them, "You got me all the way effed up". Some days the phrase, "fight or flight" makes you feel like you got options.

You aren't alone, mama. Don't let perfect posts make you question yourself. Behind every curated square is a mama bribing or threatening her kid(s) for a pic. 😄 Having it all together is a myth. Some days you just survive + best believe, we are all in this thang togetha! ❤ #mamatribetribulations // #theprinceandthep #BaddieP

| One day last week,...

𝗢𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆'𝘀 𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 #𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗕𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗣

Me: You always have something to say + don't know how to just be quiet + say 'Yes Ma'am'. You have a smart mouth.

P: Thank you.

Me [in my head]: This lil heffa thinks I just complimented her! What in the...
Me [outloud]: 😳 Having a smart mouth is not a good thing.

P: Why?? Because I AM smart!

Me: You are smart but when someone says you have a smart mouth, that means you are a talk-backer. It's NOT good!

P: I don't get it.

Me: Nevermind. 🤦🏾‍♀️ #icant

𝗔𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗸𝘀 -- come👏🏽get 👏🏽ya'lls👏🏽 kid👏🏽!! Ain't even your season yet + already actin' a fool!! Smdh. #shewassosincere #whatmorecouldisay 🤷🏽‍♀️ #mamasaidknockyouout // #theprinceandthep

𝗢𝗻 𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆'𝘀 𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝗳 #𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗕𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗣...

| 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻'𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.
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Almost 4 years ago, @watermeloneggrolls reached out + asked if she could send my daughter a book -- HER children's book. I was intrigued so I skimmed her IG and made some basic observations: "She wears a lot of black🕴🏾, she's vegan, she has a kiddo the same age as mine [arranged marriage goals], she loves her man, she's bold." At the time, I was heavy into kid's fashion + curly hair, so I didn't follow too many accounts that focused on anything outside of that. I'm so glad that I got over the WHAT I follow, and started paying more attention to WHO I follow. Who I have an emotional connection to. Who I relate to. Who challenges my thought processes.

I thrive off of authentic connections + my heart smiles every time I see this woman. Yous a real one, Ash! ILY ❤ #whenigISreality // #theprinceandthep

| 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗼...

| 𝗦𝗼 𝗜 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗟𝗔 + 𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁.

Not because I didn't have a great time, but because I did.
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It was literally the most cumulative fun I have had in a long time!! I saw a lot of beautiful faces, drank the best drinks, ate at the cutest spots, laughed so hard I cried + cried so randomly I laughed. ☺ It such an on time getaway + I'm grateful for the opportunity.

I lived in the moment without feeling the need to photograph all the food, curate all the moments, or edit images non-stop. I saved "the 'gram" for Uber rides, savored special moments with special people, and saved my sanity from feeling the need to capture it all.

My oh my, how times, circumstances, and priorities have changed. ❤ #sowingseason P.S. I made an LA 🌴 highlight ft. some of my fave moments. // #theprinceandtheptravels #LaLaLand

| 𝗦𝗼 𝗜 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼...

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