The Sunshine Blogger Award!


*Smiling from ear to ear*

I am super excited to announce that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Awards!!

A huge thank you to Artgalblog for even thinking of me and my blog for the nomination. Please go and check out her lovely blog and let her know that I sent you!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger you nominated you.
  2. Answer your questions
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers
  4. Give 11 questions to the bloggers you nominated

Questions and Answers

  1. Explain the name of your blog. My blog name is my name lol and it means me sharing my life with my readers.
  2. What are the 3 things you will never blog about and why? I literally blog about everything.
  3. If you could meet 1 blogger in person who would it be and why? I can not choose just one, I want to meet you all. Yes, you too that is reading this right now. I want to meet you!
  4. If you were to eat only one food for the rest of your life what would it be?I believe that I could eat chips for the rest of my life lol.
  5. If animals could talk who would be the rudest? I would say the Alligator.
  6. If you could change the colour of your eye what would it be? I want hazel colored eyes like my hubands’
  7. Where is your favourite place in the world? My house and my mother’s house.
  8. What is your favourite movie? Save the Last Dance
  9. What’s the 3 things annoys you the most? Liars, small insects, and not being able to finish what I started.

10. What is your favourite emoji? The heart eye emoji 😍😍😍

11. What is your favourite word? Love 

The Bloggers I Nominate Are….

  1. The Shining Gem
  2. The Relatable Realist 
  3. 3cstyle
  4. motherofangels3
  5. The Godly Chic Diaries
  6. Shut Up Smiley
  7. Bayance
  8. Barbara Brazen
  9. Chloe Akemi
  10. Mandy Mercy Mwende
  11. Bonsalles Art

My Questions

  1. What makes you the most happy?
  2. What’s your favorite social media site?
  3. Favorite holiday?
  4. Do you have any fears?
  5. Who do you go to for advice?
  6. What do you like most about blogging?
  7. Favorite color?
  8. How tall are you?
  9. What do you look for in a friend?
  10. Your favorite dish to make?
  11. What is your favorite music to listen to?

Thank you all for reading!

Until next time…Stay positive?

-Toya

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Last Party Of The Summer! 


Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday 😄 

Yesterday in the US we celebrated Labor Day! Labor Day recognizes the workers and what they contribute to society. Many choose to use this day as the last time to get together with friends and family one last time before the summer comes to an end. 

I had the pleasure of going back home and celebrating my Labor Day with my family. I live about four hours from my family and with my busy life it’s hard for me to go back and celebrate holidays with them. 

So you guys already know that I was very excited to spend time with them. My family spent the day in my Moms backyard barbecuing and having a good time. We laughed and ate good food. I was happy to see my son play with his cousin whom he doesn’t get to see that often. 

That party was our last time to have fun in the sun, even though it rained a little, we still enjoyed ourselves. I was having such a good time that I didn’t take plenty pictures to capture the moment. 

Yesterday was great but so was the entire weekend. It’s nice to spend time with family and having a great time! 

Stay connected with me through social media : 

Instagram: _latoyamarie_

Snapchat: toya-marie

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

New Music Wednesday: Interview With Artist Dre Wells!!


Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday!
I am happy to announce that the artist Dre Wells has a new EP! This EP is called Vibes.  This six track CD is something that you can put on repeat all day and vibe out to.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dre Wells all about his new EP Vibes.

Me: What is the inspiration behind this new EP Vibes? 

Dre Wells (DW) : I wanted to put out new music for my Fans. This EP has a new sound that my fans are not used to hearing from me.  I was testing the water with new sounds and a different direction.

Me: How long did the process take for you to come up with all six songs? 

DW: Believe it or not, it only took me a week. Which includes writing, mixing and mastering.

Me: What do you want you fans to take from Vibes? 

DW: I just want everyone to embrace the story that I’m telling with this EP. I want them to put this on and play it from track one to track six.

Me: What’s next from Dre Wells? 

DW: I’m always writing, recording, and producing writing. Just be on the look out for more music from me soon.

Vibes is available for download on all music platforms. Including iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, etc. You can go and check out his website, where you will find more amazing music by clicking here.

You can go and listen to the new EP Vibes here

His other social media sites are listed below:

Twitter
Instagram  

Take a listen to the EP above and let me know what you guys think! 

Until next time…stay positive!

-Toya

Study Tips for Online Students


Hello Everyone, Happy Thursday 😊 

I hope that you all have been having a great week so far and are accomplishing the goals that you set out for this week. 

This is the season of going back to school. While I scroll down my Facebook timeline, I see many parents posting there children’s first day of school pictures. And that makes me smile. All of th children look amazing with there nice school clothes on, with a bright smile plastered on there faces. There excitement instantly warms my heart. 

I don’t have a school age child yet, AyeJay is only one. I know the time will come soon for him to become a big boy and head to school. I’m sure that I will be that parent that tries to hold back tears as I wave bye. 

Even thought I have some years before it’s my son’s turn to head to school, I, on the other hand, will have my first day back at online school in less then a week. I have been a online student for quite sometime now and I love it! I believe that this form of school just works best for me and my family at the time. 

With online school you do have to have a lot of self discipline if you want to be successful. There is no one there reminding you to study for a test or to even get started on an assignment. It’s all up to you. I have came up with a few study tips that has helped me to become an successful as a online student. 

Study Tips : 

  1. Dedicated Study Space – I recommend finding a place where you can go and study without any distractions. This will allow you to focus at the task as hand without any interruptions. Also, I would recommend leaving your cell phone out of this space so that you won’t be tempted to scroll on Facebook. (Haha) 
  2. Build A Study Plan- A study plan is critical in online learning. This will help you to stay on track with what needs to be done. A study plan can include a calendar, a to-do-list, time limitations, etc. 
  3. Stay On Schedule- I know that with online school it can be very easy to not stay on schedule and procrastinate on work. That’s why it is very important to stay on a schedule when it come to studying and completing assignments. 
  4. Stay Motivated- I would say that the best way to stay motivated is to get engaged in your experience as an online student. This can mean rewarding yourself for a job well done or simply decorating your study space. 

Well everyone, these are just a few tips to help you to become a successful online student. Please comment below and let me know of some of your study tips, even if you’re not a online student, I still want to hear from you guys. 

Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

New Month, Fresh Start…Hello August! 


Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday 🙂 

Today is the first day of August! This is another opportunity for a fresh start for everything. Whatever happened in July is the pass and it’s time to leave it there and move forward. 

I pray that this month brings many blessings, great opportunities, and great times for each and every one of you. As you all go through this month remember to try and stay positive and to keep a smile on your face. I mean nothing can keep a person down  for too long with a smile on their face, right 😊  

I pray that each wand every goal that you set for this month is accomplished. Or that the steps you take to reach those goals are the right ones and get closer to reaching your goals. Even when it seems like it may get hard, keep going!  


Until next time…stay positive! 

-Toya 

My Son Turns One


Hello everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 

I’m taking a break from my Short Story Sunday series so that I can share with you all how we celebrated my sons first birthday. 

As you all may or may not know I struggled with trying to figure out what to do for my son’s first birthday. I am a new Mom and my husband and I found it kinda difficult to come up with something that was appropriate for him and still allowed him to have fun. 

At the very last minute, literally the day before his birthday, we decided to have a small gathering with a few friends and family. That way he can still be comfortable and have a good time. 

So I immediately went into overdrive mode. I had less than 24 hours to make my son’s birthday amazing, even though he may not remember one second from this day. We decided to do an Elmo themed party since that is his favorite character at the time and I had already ordered him a birthday shirt months prior with the bright red character on the front of it. 

Yesterday at his party, my son spent most of the day crying. He cried when people tried to hold him, he even cried when we sang happy birthday to him. By the end of the party he warmed up to everything that was going on and started to enjoy himself. But at the same time I wouldn’t change nothing about that day. 

My son, who I had prayed years and years for was  healthy and celebrating a year of life. I was so happy that I cried tears of joy. Overall his birthday was a success and it taught me a valuable lesson: never wait until the last minute to get things done. Lol. 


Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

First Week As A Blogger…

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! 

This time last week I was still thinking about starting my blog. I really wanted to start one because I love to write and have been doing so since I was a little girl. I just didn’t know if I was ready to put my work out there for any and everyone to see. 

My husband encouraged me that morning as I fed our son saying, ” You can do it bae, you love to write, so why not?”  I looked at him and said, “Okay, I am going to start it today.” 

Well that was a week ago, a whole week!! (Yes, I am smiling while writing this 😁).  I’m super happy that I have decided to start my blog and share my writings with you all. Since I have started this journey and have become apart of this community, I have met some pretty dope people and have read some amazing work. 

I’m proud of myself for just going for it even though I was a little unsure at first. This just goes to show you that you can do anything you want to do and to not let your own self get in the way of you being great. 

Thanks to all of my supporters that are supporting me on this journey, I appreciate each and every one of you. Until next time…

-Toya