Traveling With Babies! OY!

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First test of the folding stroller in NYC subway

I just for got back from my trip to the UK. My first time flying with a baby in tow. It wasn’t bad at all. A lot easier and FUN than I thought. My baby @DaGoldChain turned 9 months on this trip. Most mothers are not aware of flight bassinets readily available for babies under 24  pounds. No matter the class you fly, you will automatically get the bulk head seat IF you request for the in-flight bassinet! That is because the wall in front of you will be used in hooking up the bed!

Some of you sent me inbox/emails asking how he got around with his usual regular leather stroller seen all over his social media pages. Fret not, I managed to get my hands on the world’s smallest folding stroller long before it made it’s way to the states during my first trimester. I knew instantly I had to get have it when I saw it in Asia where it was actually invented. That was spring of 2015. I was able to put it to good use on this recent trip to the UK but not before testing it out here in NY (as seen in the subway picture above). You can imagine the flight attendants’ (and fellow passengers who insisted on knowing where to buy one) faces when I suddenly started folding the stroller and shoved it right into my bag at the gate! That took away the need to have to wait to check in the stroller at the gate and having to wait to retrieve it at the final destination! I literally rolled my baby out of the aircraft when we landed.

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Now imagine getting around in the underground in London. Absolutely no handicap/elevator access at most stations! A nightmare for mothers with bulky strollers! Luckily this only weighs 9 pounds and was foldable where it needed to be done and carry the baby by arm up the stairs or baby in the stroller. A life saver!

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His usual leather stroller in NY

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In-flight bassinet

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West Indies Parade Delivered!

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Mayor De Blasio showing his support for the Caribbean community

New York City’s true and finest, all races, ages and nationality from far and wide came out in full force to celebrate the West Indies parade in Brooklyn in real Caribbean fashion. The Eastern Parkway was lined with the best Caribbean cuisine and finery money could buy. Everything from jerk chicken to collard greens were on the menu long before the parade itself was underway. Participants of the parade usually spend months and quite a few quid preparing their costumes for the big day. They did not disappoint! Did I mention they now have vendors selling vegan caribbean food? As a proud vegetarian of 6 years, I was in my element!

Without further ado, featured below are some of the images I managed to capture before I myself soon found a plate full of baked cabbage and collard greens to binge on! To see larger format of the pictures, simply click on it. All rights reserved!

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Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez stopped by with Governor Cuomo

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1952 FDNY fire truck made an appearance


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Cop Killing Protest in NYC

a2As expected, New Yorkers took to Union Square and the streets of the city to voice their disapproval in the recent killings of young black men Althon Sterling and Philando Castile just 24 hours apart. The entire nation is outraged over the incidents. A peaceful protest was organized in the big apple sending NYPD police officers to work overtime and extra hard in containing the crowd. Below is the video footage and images from the event. My heart goes out to all families affected by this devastating blow. This could have happened to anyone and anywhere. Gold help us all!

 

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Black Men Not Safe In America!

x_lon_baton_160706__105947.nbcnews-ux-1080-600You want American Dream? Nah wake up! This is reality in the land of the free! Black men get gunned down in cold blood like rats! Watch the graphic video footage below and soak it in. If you have any heart and red blood in your veins then you should be moved by this. And if not, then you’re just as heartless as the hateful cops! Is this what our black sons have to look forward to? The poor guy was working hard selling CD’s in street corners to feed is 5 kids. If he doesn’t work and relies on welfare, he’s condemned, if he works he’s also condemned! Black men just can’t win!!!! What gives?! Within 24 hours another was gunned down in front of his family! My heart is heavy this very moment. This is hard to stomach as a mother. Alton is after all someone else’s baby too at one point! America wake up! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! My condolences to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s family.

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The Weekend in Red, Blue & White

bHow else to celebrate America’s birthday holiday weekend if not in red, blue & white fashionable pieces. It’s hard to walk across the streets without someone with a piece of US flag colored scarf, bag or pin proudly celebrating life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, the day England lost their holdings in the New World! Alas! I present to you series of images of my 5 month old little cub (who now has over 10k Facebook followers thanks to you) and I enjoying his very first 4th of July weekend accompanied by his dotting dad! God bless America, land of the free, home of the brave! Ahem..at least the last time I checked.

Photo credit for the most part to my wonderful hubby, baby dada! 🙂

Hope you all have a good one and drive safely!

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Pride March Like No Other



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Alas! The Pride March took place in New York City successfully without any glitches despite rumors and fears of terrorist attacks in the wake of the devastating killings in Orlando of Gay/Lesbians celebrating at Pulse lounge. Trust New Yorkers not to be bothered by anything. Spectators reached an astounding tens of thousands, possibly a million to take in the festivities. Celebrities and giant corporations made sure they were not left out of the movement. Companies such as Microsoft, Wholefoods, Universities, banks, even Facebook and airlines were present. Crowd favorites such as the cast members of Orange Is The New Black as well as Sex & The City Cynthia Nixon made an appearance with their respective groups. Security was at an all time high but hardly noticeable. This is probably one of the best Pride March in the history of the movement. Thanks in part to the onslaught in Orlando that brought everyone from around the world to either take part or watch the parade. Everyone had one thing in common, in support of Orlando.

More images, especially the X-rated ones, will be posted on my facebook page throughout this week. So be sure to stay tuned there. To see bigger versions of the images below, simply click on them. Remember, all rights reserved. 🙂

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Cast members of Orange Is The New Black

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NYC Mayor, Al Sharpton and SATC actress Cynthia Nixon

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Cast members of Orange Is The New Black

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5 Mos Post Pregnancy Body

postpregxMy journey, post pregnancy body challenge…5 months and counting! In case you missed my pregnancy-baby arrival post, check it out here.

What can I say, good genes definitely has a part to play in what I’m about to describe below. I’m not here to deceive anybody. I had my first baby 5 months ago and I’ve been somewhat busy getting my body back in shape. I beat up myself in yoga classes and even venture into Pilates for the first time! Got to say the core workout gives me exactly what I’m seeking. While at home, my baby who now weighs over 20 pounds helps in the matter, joining in on the fun! Not interested in using boring old weighs, instead I have more fun and play with my baby while working out! (Be sure to see the video footage below of us working out together. He clearly enjoys it too.)

About 3 to 4 days a week we take long walks between Union Sq and Central Park round trip, that’s about 6 miles (with him in the stroller of course).  Just last week I could finally fit into my old jeans and pre-pregnancy bras!

And what about the diet? Nothing special! I simply ate sensibly, carbs in the afternoon, protein and veggies at night -vegetarian! Absolutely nothing in large quantities. And of course, the rest I left to God and good genes. I weighed about 183 pounds at baby’s birth and now over 40 pounds lighter at almost 5.10″ tall. I have a few bits more to go and trying to stay on target…going for the lighter weight, long before I was even pregnant. Hope I’m not being too greedy. Wish me luck! 🙂

And yes, that’s all my hair! #noweave #nowig #youarewhatyoueat 🙂

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Mind Over Madness!

13490837_10154319736994602_6844227914248089691_oThe bold, brave and beautiful came out in full force earlier today to convene at the cross roads of the world, Times Square! Every level of flexibility and body shape braved the onslaught of endless tourists camera trained on them during downward dog and many other compromising yoga asanas. Nothing left in shock value when it comes to dealing with New Yorkers. Safe to say we’ve seen it all and done it all. New Yorkers celebrated summer solstice in true New York style, barely clothed in the heart of the city, maintaining a complete zen in the midst of the madness! This would mark the 14th anniversary since the Times Sq. Alliance launched this fitness movement. Oh, don’t miss me in the pictured above executing a headstand…just warming up of course. 🙂

All the pictures were taken using my cell phone. Not bad uh.

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First Mother’s Day & My Wedding Gowns

12495228_10154029258964602_4994691945603045119_nI’m officially part of the club!!! My very first Mother’s Day as a mother!!! In case you’re wondering when I became a mother, check out the blog posted back in January. I mean, who knew! I never thought it would feel so good and am so grateful to have my sweet chubby cheek little munchkin @DaGoldChain, who is now almost 4 months old this week. He has really changed my world and given a new meaning to my life in a way that I could never have imagined.  There is nothing like love for one’s own child which I have only now come to realize knows no bounds.13147520_10154205241339602_8089282953329058887_o

And what about the baby father my Facebook friends keep asking? 🙂 Well, he’s been my partner-in-crime for a decade now and happens to be my best kept secret who shares my desire to keep our private life far from the public eye!  I am so blessed to have a husband (yes you read right, husband) who understands me and is confident enough in our relationship not to feel the need to be included as part of my public persona. We had a very private fairy-tale wedding at the Pierre in New York, with a very international flare which included our families and friends from around the world.  Private as it was, we still got featured in Town & Country magazine as a newly wed shortly after. I think that had something to do with my gorgeous haute couture wedding dress designed by none other than the legendary John Galliano during his tenure at Dior Haute Couture. The dress was one of 4 changes I had that day. Others were by Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka and traditional Nigerian attire. This would be the very first time I am publicly sharing my wedding dress photographs, after all these years. I guess I am drunk on motherhood and it feels so damn good! Did I mention my baby & I were featured on the cover of LadyBrille magazine?12716056_10153980102479602_8841149948470260370_o

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A pre-mother’s day gift from my beloved husband and baby

I am incredibly lucky to have the love of my husband and my baby who somehow conspired to present me a pre-mother’s day gift, the most beautiful bouquet of flowers I have ever seen, matched in beauty only by its amazing fragrance which I cannot even begin to describe. It has perfumed our home like a spring garden!

Wishing all you mothers and mothers-to-be, the very brightest Mother’s Day.

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Walking down the aisle on my wedding day in Dior Haute Couture

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At my wedding reception in Reem Acra at the Pierre

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The embroidery details on my wedding dress by Dior Haute Couture

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Thanks to the pregnancy, I have a full head of hair! No weave, no wig 🙂


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Madness on 5th Ave

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 6.04.51 PMOh, how I wish words could explain what I encountered while walking home in NYC freezing cold weather shortly after Christmas in December of 2015. He stomped out of a high profile residential building on 5th Avenue in Manhattan! Obviously a promient man in the city’s fabric of high society. Could he be high on drugs, mental issues, alcoholic, love life gone wrong? Only God almighty above can answer these questions. I certainly wish him well because this right here…is a serious issue! ONLY IN NEW YORK!

First put your kids away, then watch the video footage below…and yeap, that was my phone being knocked out by the guy at the end. YIKES!

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