I had to be ashamed of myself but I’m not. I walked into Walmart and begin laughing hysterically. They had pumpkin spice everywhere. Now I’m a give you a little backstory: my friend, Shawn despises pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice season and everyone who loves the taste of pumpkin. He thinks it’s the most ridiculous thing in the whole world. And because I pictured his face when I walked into the store, I began laughing so hard I was crying.

Let me explain this pumpkin spice thing to my white friends. Never bring a pumpkin pie to the cookout. Black people’s thing is sweet potato. Sweet potato pie is like our national apple pie. And it doesn’t matter how good you think your pumpkin pie is, it’s never going to measure up to a sweet potato or bean pie. 

Oh, this Walmart haul is ridiculous. They got pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, rice crispy treats and ice cream. I even bought pumpkin hand soap. (So far, the ice cream is my favorite.) 

My initial reaction was to call you for something stupid and ask you to come over. Then, I realized I moved to a whole different state so in the middle of trying to annoy you, I have a whole bunch of pumpkin spice stuff that baby girl and I are going to be eating in honor of you because nobody else in the house will eat it. They all looked at me like I was crazy and turned up their noses.

Just the image embedded in my head of your turned up face brought me so much joy. I love you with all my heart. Let me go drink this latte…Pumpkin Spice Latte, that is. LMFAO 

(I hope the kids at soccer will eat some of this pumpkin stuff I bought.) Lmfao


Being a mother, it’s my duty to make sure my child eats and eats well. So, I cook but it doesn’t mean I enjoy it. Yes, I have a beautiful kitchen but it’s not my favorite room to spend time in. See I am used to working long hours, eating whatever has been provided and had no problem spending most of my money ordering takeout at the Cheesecake Factory, lol!

3 times a day 7 days a week, I am tryna think of things to feed my mini me. I know it’s every mom’s favorite thing to do right….wrong! I notice my weeks go by better when I meal prep and think ahead! I have a 5-year-old so keeping it simple is always a plus. I’m going through a phase where I am fresh out of ideas about what to cook. I’m on the hunt for some yummy things that are also healthy. Calling all Moms help me out, please share. What are you cooking tonight?


My daughter brought it to my attention that I no longer make her fun food! She was right, she’s only 5 so food should still be fun! Only problem is she now eats a lot so the cute little plates I used to make her would now be an appetizer. I had just brought all of our Halloween decorations inside from the garage, so I figured what better time than now to make some spooky pancakes! Lol, look I’m no food designer and they aren’t Pinterest worthy but the great thing about kids is they aren’t judgmental. They enjoy and appreciate the effort. She giggled with every bite! Keep your kid’s food fun! It’s a great way to make memories…


Today was one of those days my kid didn’t feel like eating. I’ve noticed during her growth spurts one week she won’t touch food, then the next she’s eating everything she can find all day. Instead of stressing out and tryna convince her she needs to eat, I pick my battles and I simply make her Fairy Juice. Lol, yes I tell her it will make her fly, lol! Since she tries to fly anyway! The lil white lie gets her to drink every drop! Everything in it is 100% natural and healthy so if she doesn’t eat anything else for a while, I don’t worry!
Handful of Spinach
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
Coconut water and Ice!
Vooolaaaaa, we have Fairy Juice! Also, a really happy momma! In between sips, I convince her to drink up so she can fly away! Works like a charm, so get your little Fairies or Superheroes flying.
Good luck parents!


Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what’s available at home. That’s why it’s important to control the supply lines – the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks. Follow these basic guidelines:

  • Work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of 5 servings a day.
  • Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese.
  • Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as eggs and nuts.
  • Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so your child gets more fiber. (No Wonder Bread and Cocoa Pebbles.)
  • Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods and choosing healthier cooking methods such as broiling, grilling, roasting, and steaming (bake chicken and pork chops).
  • Limit fast food and other low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy. But don’t completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them “once-in-a-while” foods, so your child doesn’t feel deprived. Limit sugary drinks, such as soda, Kool-Aid, Tang and other fruit-flavored drinks. Serve water and milk instead.


Okay, women, I have to ask, “What are you feeding your families?” You are what you eat!!!!! Do you remember that old saying? Look at the food you are putting into your child’s mouth. French fries and chicken nuggets are saturated in grease. Grease and water do not mix right? Think of your blood like water. When grease is put into your system it doesn’t dissolve, it gets stuck on the walls of your arteries.  That can lead to your heart causing your arteries to build up film and eventually clog, just like a pipe in the sink with too much grease in it. This causes heart attacks. You won’t put grease down your sink, why? It will clog the pipes right, but yet, you will put it in your body. As if there are no pipes to clog inside of you. What about your arteries?  You need to think of them as pipes. The pipes down the sink you can replace, the ones in your chest you are stuck with for life.

I can’t front, I was raised on the same food as you but now I’m an adult. I looked around at my forefather’s and analyzed why they passed away: cancer, heart attack, high blood pressure, sugar diabetes. It’s in my bloodline, so I have to be smarter. I have to take their mistakes as a learning experience and not pass those poor eating habits on to my child. Not saying I’m going to cut soul food out of my life but learn how to cook it a different way and have a variety of different foods.

Teach your children that salads can be a meal. I am amazed at the number of black people who honestly don’t eat salad. In fact, there are a lot out there that have never even had one. Also, why are we so quick to take a laxative instead of eating foods that are high in fiber that would keep us regular? We all know the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They say that because the skin from the apple scrapes the intestinal lining as it goes down in our system, pulling away any build-up and helping the colon to remove it from our system.


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I hear people say all the time they do not like water and just can’t drink it. Well, eat it then… I know it sounds crazy, but watermelon is 92% water! So, there is nothing wrong with eating it as well as drinking it.

Watermelon has a high water content so it helps keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin leads to a dull appearance. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less able to recover from damage. Our body is full of ‘free radicals’ that damage cells over time and can be attributed to the cause of aging skin. Watermelon is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins C and A, which help reduce these free radicals and can slow down the signs of aging. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which can help reduce skin pore size and the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands secrete. Watermelon is believed to help with acne due to this these properties. Watermelon is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.

Watermelon is full of an amino acid called arginine. Arginine is essential in our bodies and helps with blood circulation in the scalp. When your blood is circulating in the scalp, your hair will grow. Watermelon seed oil will help moisturize your hair.


I asked my daughter what she wanted for breakfast in the morning last night before bed.   She said, “I don’t know mom.”  I was starting to feel bad because it feels like I make the same things over and over out of convenience.  It was obvious she was starting to get bored. At 3 a.m. she woke me up and said, “Mommy, since we moved in April you haven’t made blueberry muffins.”

Guilt set in.  She was right, I hadn’t. In fact, I hadn’t even thought about them. I tucked her back in and told her blueberry muffins were a great idea. It only takes 33 mins from start to finish and I always keep frozen blueberries in the freezer! My goal is she always eats fruit at breakfast so BAM no more thinking for me. I got up in the morning and made them.  Happy Baby, Happier Mommy! She ate 3 of them and was full!



1/4 cup coconut flour

1/3 cup tapioca flour

1/4 tsp pink salt

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp unrefined coconut palm sugar or tbsp of raw honey (I use honey)

1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup of coconut oil melted and cooled

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 cup of frozen organic wild blueberries washed and drained

2 mashed bananas (I use them instead of 4 eggs. 1/2 a banana can replace an egg)afms-bb-muffin-batter-on-plate


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. In a bowl mix together flours, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl mix oil, applesauce, vanilla, honey or sugar and bananas or eggs.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in drained blueberries.
  6. Grease muffin tin or use cupcake liners, like I do.
  7. Pour batter in muffin pan evenly.
  8. Bake until golden brown, 16-20 minutes depending on oven.



For this Wellness Wednesday post, I want to share a list of foods and how they benefit our bodies.




protect your heart, prevent constipation, block diarrhea, and improve lung capacity, cushion joints


combat cancer, control blood pressure, save your eyesight, shield against Alzheimer’s, slow aging process


help aid digestion, lower cholesterol, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, guard against liver disease


battles diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, control blood pressure, smooths skin


protect your heart, quiet a cough, strengthen bones, control blood pressure, block diarrhea


prevent constipation, help hemorrhoids, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, and stabilize blood sugar


control blood pressure, combat cancer, strengthen bones, protect your heart, help weight loss


combat cancer, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, boost memory, prevent constipation


strengthens bones, saves eyesight, combats cancer, protects your heart, controls blood pressure


combats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects your heart, and helps hemorrhoids


saves eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, and supports immune system


save eyesight, protect your heart, prevent constipation, combat cancer, promote weight loss


protects against prostate cancer, combats breast cancer, strengthens bones, banishes bruises, guards against heart disease


protect your heart, combat cancer, end insomnia, slow aging process, shield against Alzheimer’s


promote weight loss, protect your heart, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure

Chili peppers

help with digestion, soothe sore throat, clean sinuses, combat cancer, boost the immune system


promote weight loss, help to stop strokes, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure


protects your heart, boosts memory, combats cancer, boosts immune system


helps digestion, battles diabetes, protects your heart, improves mental health, boosts immune system


lowers cholesterol, controls blood pressure, combats cancer, kills bacteria, fights fungus


protects against heart attacks, promotes weight loss, helps stop strokes, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholesterol


save eyesight, conquer kidney stones, combat cancer, enhance blood flow, protect your heart

Green tea

combats cancer, protects your heart, helps to stop strokes, promotes weight loss, kills bacteria


heals wounds, helps digestion, guards against ulcers, increases energy, fights allergies


combat cancer, protect your heart, control blood pressure, smooth skin, stops scurvy


Same as lemons


combat cancer, boost memory, regulate thyroid, help with digestion, shield against Alzheimer’s


control blood pressure, lower cholesterol, kill bacteria, combat cancer, strengthen bones


lower cholesterol, combat cancer, battle diabetes, prevent constipation, smooth skin

Olive oil

protects your heart, promotes weight loss, combats cancer, battles diabetes, smooths skin


reduces risk of heart attack, combats cancer, kills bacteria, lowers cholesterol, fights fungus


support immune system, combat cancer, protect your heart, strengthens respiration


prevent constipation, combat cancer, help to stop strokes, help digestion, help hemorrhoids


promote against heart disease, promote weight loss, combat prostate cancer, lower cholesterol


strengthens bones, relieves colds, helps digestion, dissolves warts, blocks diarrhea


slow aging process, prevent constipation, boost memory, lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease


protects your heart, battles diabetes, conquers kidney stones, combats cancer, helps to stop strokes


combat cancer, protect your heart, boost memory, calm stress

Sweet potatoes

save eyesight, lift mood, combat cancer, strengthen bones


protect prostate, combat cancer, lower cholesterol, protect your heart


lower cholesterol, combat cancer, boost memory, lift mood, protect against heart disease


promotes weight loss, combats cancer, conquers kidney stones, smooths skin


protects prostate, promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, controls blood pressure

Wheat Germ

combats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion.

Wheat Bran

combats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion


guards against ulcers, strengthens bones, lowers cholesterol, supports immune system, improves digestion

*Lemon yogurt is the only one that is a natural antibiotic with no side effects.

Did you learn anything new?  Let me know in the comments!


One of the hardest parts for me becoming plant-based is giving up TACOS!! I just didn’t think I could do it, so I had to figure it out! Not only tacos, but I am a major sour cream lover. How was I going to live without sour cream? SMH. Well, I figured it out. I am not a tofu lover or maybe I just haven’t figured out how to cook it right yet. Most tacos recipes I noticed are full of veggies and as much as I love veggies, let’s face it, they are NOT the star of a TACO! I talked to an old lady in Sprouts and she told me to try Tempeh. Bless her heart, she really sat there and explained to me how to cook it and everything.

If you’re looking for delicious vegetarian tacos that don’t consist completely of vegetables, then these tacos are for you!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 6-8 tacos


Tempeh Taco Filling

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups tempeh
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste 45 mL
  • 2 Tbsp water 30 mL
  • 8 taco shells hard or soft (I still like to fry my own shells)
  • Optional yums
    • Hot sauce or Taco sauce
    • Cilantro or parsley
    • If you like it spicy, add jalapeños
    • Vegan sour cream (easy to make in a blender using raw cashews, water, tangy lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, salt to taste)


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium/high heat.
  2. Roughly grate tempeh using a box grater, then add to the pan. Cook until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices, salt, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook another 5 minutes, then add the water and cook just until water has evaporated.


Now that I got tacos down; I have to figure out how in the world I am going to survive without PIZZA!! For more great Vegan friendly recipes check out