Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LMLIM Week 1 | Apple-Berry Pie Pops

YUMS!  Today's tip falls in the food category and this is one that I will keep in my recipe box for years to come.  I seriously like sweets, way to much, but instead of eating an entire pie (trust me I could) these pops are the answer.  Plus they are really, really good!

Didn't have any popsicle sticks :)

I didn't add the berry portion to the recipe because the kids don't really like raspberries but they probably wouldn't have even known *shrugs shoulders* but that is the one thing I left out.  I'm also filing this in the easy to make category.  Frozen pie crusts anyone?  :)  Give it a try and impress your family!  Get to cooking Momager.

Food tip from Food Network Magazine 10/13

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LMLIM Week 1 | Tax Savings

Whelp yes I procrastinated and did my taxes at the very last minute.  Luckily for me one of my favorite magazines had a great tip for completing my taxes online at a really low cost, FREE.  Well for the Federal taxes but I had to pay a little ($14.99) to e-file my California taxes.  I used tip #3 to take me to the H & R Block online program and found it very user-friendly and simple.  My taxes are all filed and I can check that one off my list.  This really was a life saver.

If you haven't done your taxes yet you are defiantly going to be subject to paying a penalty so try using this tip to save you some extra money.  Taxes already done, good for you!  Remember to save this link for next year.  Every little bit helps when you are saving your Single Mama Dollas!

Lifestyle tip found in All You Magazine 3/14

Monday, April 28, 2014

LMLIM Week 1 | A Chic Chignon

LMLIM = Living My Life In Magazines, you can read the first post about this "project" by clicking here======> Living My Life In Magazines

I have always wanted one of these in my hair.  Trying several times and failing you can imagine how excited I was to find this really quick and easy way to create a chignon.  I don't even really know how to pronounce it.  Teeheehee

There are two modifications I did however to this tip.

     1.  Since this is No Heat April for me I had to work this with some curly/wavy hair.
     2.  I didn't use any hairspray.  It leaves my hear very dry and feeling funny.

So here is the tip from the magazine and below are pictures of how my style turned out.

I actually like it and plan on wearing it a lot in the hot summers of Bakersfield.  My only issues were I'm not a fan of rubberbands in my hair because when you take them out they pull at the hair.  I also had to keep re-adjusting the actual chignon during the day because I felt pieces coming down.  Maybe that is why the hairspray would have been a good idea.  None the less I'm very happy with the result.  Let me know if you try this tip and send me some pics.

Beauty tip found in All You Magazine 3/14

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A special weekend edition of Livin It Up With The Curvy Momager

You all know I rarely post anything on the weekends BUT we aren't traveling so I have a little spare time.  I have news that I'm pretty excited about too!  Last year one of my Vision Board goals was to be in a magazine.  I didn't know what for, how it was going to happen or even if anyone would be interested but it was my goal.  In November I was fortunate enough to link up with someone from All You Magazine and VIOLA that accomplishment has been checked off.  It took a while for me to appear but this month (the May Issue) you will find me on page 111.  [Insert Saturday Night Fever dance emoji here]

Now before you go calling my momma and congratulating her it is just a small feature...featurette...hell they mentioned me but I'm elated.  When you put out those little nuggets in the universe they really do come back.  One pretty major piece too is, as I was reading Essence magazine last night I just happen to see an advertisement for All You Magazine.  Which means more people are finding out about the publication.  HOLLA!!!  Another nice piece is that it falls right into my format of Single Mama Dollas that you see on my blog occasionally AND my new segment Living My Life In Magazines SCORE!!! 

All You Magazine is sold at Walmart and Vons but you might find it in more areas.  Check their website!
Thanks All You, I hope we can work together again.  I really have a lot more people to reach with my message ya know!?!?!? 

Lovin Life,

The Curvy Momager

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fo Shizzle Fridays | Tea is Hot

Fridays are reserved for everything that The Curvy Momager considers HOT!  Have you heard???  Oprah is coming out with her own tea line via Teavana.  Yes she turned 60 and it's definitely not slowing her down!  The tea is scheduled to be released this Tuesday at Starbucks.  She worked hand in hand with the team at Teavana to come up with her perfect blend.  I personally love tea over coffee and can not wait to see what it taste like especially since we have a new Teavana that just opened up in Bakersfield about 6 months ago.  She is promising a very robust flavor full of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamon -- a 'lil on the spicy side!

All of us are in luck however because to kick off the sell of the tea everyone is entitled to a free cup at Starbucks on Tuesday, April 29th in the US and Canada.  YES!!!  Check out the Tweet she sent out this week and make sure you set your alarm to go get your morning cup of Oprah Chai.

Another cool factor about this tea is not only is she giving us a cool vibe back to tea drinking BUT a portion of proceeds from the sale of all tea will benefit youth education.  One of them being her girls academy in South Africa.

Get ready for #TeaTuesday and make sure you use social media and thank Oprah for your cup of Chai.

Happy drinking,

The Curvy Momager

Monday, April 21, 2014

Moment In Life Monday | Journey to D1

It was a weekend full of fun!  Not only did we celebrate Easter but Boogie and his team brought home the championship!!!  He has 5 more tournaments to go and summer basketball camp.  This #Journey2D1 is expensive but so worth it.  If you would love to help support his basketball dreams you can visit the Curvy Momager Facebook page and look for the Donate app.  More information is in the picture below.  It takes a village and this mama and kid would be grateful for the support.  TEAM HUNT

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fo Shizzle Fridays | I'm Getting a New Look

I'm planning a new look and I need you to help me decided if it's going to work.  Click the video and comment on if this is a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down!

With Style,

The Curvy Momager

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Whatchu Doin Wednesdays | Livin My Life in Magazines

I have already professed to everyone how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE magazines.  Well as I was going through and getting some of the clutter out of the house I had what Mama Oprah calls an Ahh Moment.  I'm always tearing out pieces of magazines and keeping them for future reference and future reference and future reference.  Yeah you get it.  So it's time to either start using some of the advice I'm saving or throw it away.

So here's the skinny.  Over the next month each week I'll be picking a tip from each of the following categories to try out:

  • Beauty
  • Food
  • Lifestyle (Fitness, entertaining, etc.)
  • Fashion
  • DIY (I'm a little nervous about this one)

Each day I'll share my experiences right here for the world to see and maybe get a chuckle out of.  It
shall be interesting.  Be sure you follow along, you might get inspired yourself.  Okay I'm off to scour through my clippings...hopefully I'll be able to tackle my clutter at the same time.


The Curvy Momager

Monday, April 14, 2014

Moment In Life Monday | Monday Maunin' DJ

I got the music in me and I woke up to this song this morning.  Erica Campbell's new CD is on one ya'll.  Purchase, download and praise!  Right now you can enjoy the HELP video by clicking play below.  Stay encouraged.

Didn't that feel good?  Tune in tomorrow to a new episode of Curvy Momager GirlCode at 6PM PST LIVE on the Curvy Momager YouTube Channel.

Enjoy your Monday,

The Curvy Momager

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fo Shizzle Friday | Hot Sprumer Trends

Only $49.86
Oh yes it might be Spring but trust me in Bakersfield it is Summer.  It hit 97 this week.  Fo Real??? So instead of Spring I'm naming this season Sprumer.  Get it Spring mixed with Summer.  I'm also sharing some of my hottest finds of what to wear in this extreme heat to match it's hotness.  I'd love to see what you have planned to add to your Sprumer wardrobe.  Send me a picture in your hottest Sprumer outfit and I'll post on my IG Account (@curvymomager) making you InstaFamous! 

Cuz I'm a Michael Kors kinda girl
Stay hot or cool Curvy Girls!

Walking the runway,

The Curvy Momager


Yes Lord!
This is gonna have me on sit up patrol! Monif C

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thankful Thursday | Volunteers

Whelp I am tired!  It's National Volunteer Appreciation Week and I have been working all week to make sure my peeps know they are appreciated.  I even put the cutest video together with some of the other staff members (they really rock) from the hospital to the tune of Pharrell's Happy.  Yeah that copyright infringement thing didn't scare me.  LOL  I'm sure that Skateboard P will forgive me for this one.  Anywhoo, if you wanna check it out just click on the PLAY button and get Happy!  Don't forget to thank your favorite volunteer this week too.  At church, at school, at work or maybe right in your own home....Volunteering Makes the World go Round!

Staying happy,

The Curvy Momager

Monday, April 7, 2014

Moment In Life Monday - I am Piacasso

Can I just tell you that it has been an incredible weekend?  On Sunday The Phenom and his bball crew took the championship at their weekend tourney.  Go FW Extreme!  Friday night however I had a chance to do something I had been waiting to do for a long time --- paint!  Now I can be pretty creative, more so when I was younger but I never thought I would have been able to paint the masterpiece (insert grin) that you see below.  The folks at A Toast To Artistry however made it possible and our instructor was excellent.  Trust me if you don't think you can do it....YOU CAN.  We had over 50 budding artists at this event and everyone's creation was different and just as spectacular.  If you are in the So Cal area you have to go to A Toast To Artistry event.  Check their website calendar for an event near you and let your creative DIVA out!

Signing off,

The Curvy Momager

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday | The Experiences

Let's face it we all have plenty to be thankful for.  But have you ever taken the time to think that some of the most ratchet things that have happened to you have really turned out to be ultimate blessings?  I was reading this post 30 Things I am Thankful For on Thought Catalog and loved what the writer Sarah McCartan was thankful for.  Here's one of my favorites:

Read the entire post, be thankful for all those experiences good AND bad and embrace Thankful Thursday.

Stay blessed,

The Curvy Momager

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whatchu Doin Wednesday - April Photo Fitness Challenge

Yep you guys are about to put up with my fitness photos everyday over the next month.  These challenges seriously get me motivated, besides the tightness of all my waistbands lately.  I took a month off (much needed) and I really can tell the difference.  No beating myself up though because I'm gonna WIN!  Join me for April's photo fitness challenge and tag me on Instagram when you post your pics @curvymomager.  Let's do this together 'cuz team work make a dream work!

Staying dedicated,

The Curvy Momager

PS.  The winner of our Brackets and Babies Challenge was Nicole Penney of the blog Business of Being Mom.   Thanks for entering Nicole!  Be sure to check out her Mommy Blog all about how she is surviving Mommyhood!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tequila Talk Tuesday - Single Mom Date

Usually the TTT is only on Facebook but today I decided to make sure I share this topic with all my blogger friends BUT make sure you follow on Facebook too!  Here's the topic, give us your answer in the comment section.  The Curvy Momager will share her response later in the day.

  • Tequila Talk Tuesday: Fellas chime in on this one. A single mom goes on a date with someone new. They have a great time. She brings him home and he finds that she is a mom, something she didn't reveal during their date. She left her young (under 9) children at home while on her date. That night he stays over and they "sleep" together. As a man what do you think of the encounter? Do you respect the mom for leaving her kids alone while on a date with you? What do you think about meeting her children and not even knowing she had children? Thanks Author Crystal Hickerson so giving me this topic today!