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Now If Your Mom (Or Pops) Didn’t Teach You How To Clean House…

Last week, I blogged about a dad who started a YouTube channel to guide kids and young adults who are growing up without a father figure so today, I’m blogging about those of us whose mama didn’t teach us certain things about keeping house.

Just in time for Sprie I get accused of being anti-feminist. Here is some back story:

My roomate in college grew up in a military parent household. Her dad learned how to properly make a bed and crease the corners perfectly . She was great at folding laundry. Her shirts were exquisitely creased. Her socks drawers were meticulous as well. Her mom, I assumed, was all about organization and order and structure.

I envied my friend Richiey, who I had also went to high school with before we both matriculatated to the Unviersity of Maryland at College Park.

While I always have considered myself a neat and orderly person, I could not match the pristine way she was able to keep her things and phsyical space in tip top shape all the time.

She was the best roomate.

Now as for me, my mom worked as a housekeeper when I was a child  so you’d think I would have learned a thing or two about cleaning from her. Nope! After a day of cleaning hotel rooms, she had no energy left to teach me the proper way to clean house.

That is why I was so excited to receive this book called “Home Comforts: the Art and Science of Keeping House” from my law school class mate years later as a wedding present back in 1999.

It was a hardback book, not too fancy but amazingly went through everything in painstaken detail. They do not sell it any longer though you can still probably get a softcover version HERE!

I have a full review on the blog you can read HERE. I recently did a quick video review that you can watch here:

Viral: Dad YT Channel Helps Fatherless Kids He Once Was

 

Are you ready for another feel good “dad” story, just in time for Father’s Day in a few weeks?

About a month ago,  Bellevue, Washington native Rob Kenney launched a special YouTube channel dedicated to showing kids who may not have a dad in their life how to fix every day things.

Kenney’s channel ‘Dad, how do I?’ was in response to his own upbringing where his father abandoned him and his siblings after divorcing their mom.

In an interview with Shattered Magazine, Kenney  said of his dad who he explained has cheated on his mother “he got custody of us, but he didn’t really want us…I think he was kind of done by that time.”

After he grew up, Kenney turned to his faith as a Catholic and decided that when he became a dad himself, he would focus on raising good adults.

“I never wanted to be wealthy. I never wanted to be necessarily successful,” he explained. “My goal in life was to raise good adults — not good children but good adults — because I had a fractured childhood.”

And that’s what he did until his own kids grew up and left the nest.  He has now turned to making sure all those other children growing up without the presence of a father in their home will have a place to go to get some fatherly advice.

Since his story went viral, Kenney’s channel has amassed 1.4M viewers as of this post!

Great job! I’m a new subscriber!

Breaking Down the CARES Act IRS Stimulus Rebate/Refund Checks {Video}

In a new YouTube video, I respond to a lot of myths and misunderstanding people have about the Coronavirus CARES Act IRS Stimulus Rebate/Refund Checks,

To react to the dramatic and devastating economic impact the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having on the United States economy, the government recently created a new law called the CARES Act which, among other things, provides emergency payments, loans and grants to small businesses and individuals.

According to recent reports, the relief checks will be deposited into people’s bank accounts starting today, April 9th.

However, there is a lot of misinformation about the $2T Economic Bill, called the Cornavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, especially about the individual rebates that the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration have been tasked with getting into citizens’ hands.

Common remarks and questions I’ve seen made about the rebate/refund check I’ve seen include:

“Man, the government isnt’ sending us any money! ”

“How can they afford to pay us when we got a $16T deficit?

“I heard it’s an advance on your tax refund for next year!”

“Nothing it Free! Of course, we’re gonna have to pay it back!”

Although the $1200 refund checks are technically an advance on a 2020 tax credit, that money will NOT be deducted from your tax refund next year and in this video I explain why in my recent YouTube explainer video.

But first, I go through some basics of federal US Civics 101 and specifically go over, generally, how the US Gov gets revenue, what it does with that money, and I give a very brief walk through on how tax credits work to help people realize why it will not be deducted from future refunds.

It ends with a discussion about the fact that 17 year olds and young adult and college kids who are still supported by their parents are excluded from funding and what I think we should do to change that.

WATCH:

 

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R&B Divas alum KeKe Wyatt Is Expecting 10th Child

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R&B Singer and R&B Divas: Atlanta reality TV star Keke Wyatt is expecting baby number 10!

The Southern beauty announced the news on her Instagram account on Monday.

“My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!” she captioned a slide show featuring a series of maternity portraits starting with one of her in a floral decorated bathtub wearing a lace body suit, another of her in a blue and white sequinned gown and a pink lace dress.

“We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family,” then plugged her soon-to-be-released YouTube series about her life called The Keke Show.

“You will see me balancing wife, mommy and artist!!! Trust me… it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars.”

This is the first child for Wyatt and Darring.

Wyatt has eight children with ex-husband Michael Ford and another child from her previous marriage to Rahmat Morton.

Wyatt and Morton got married when the singer was 18-years old and divorced in 2009.

Inside Shay Mitchell’s “Magic Mike” Baby Shower

Pretty Little Liars star unveiled the 4th episode on her pregnancy journey YouTube series, Almost Ready, featuring a very unconventional strip club baby shower.

“I know, I know, I said I didn’t want a baby shower, but I changed my mind,” the Dollface actress opened up the video which showcases shower decorations but opens with her and girlfriends walking the Hollywood strip on their way to see Magic Men Live!

During the fun, Babbel texted his boo a few times, “Hey babe. How’s it going,” he asked, following up with, “Do you guys want snacks?”

Too funny!

 

WATCH!

Ameriie is In the Homestretch of Her First Pregnancy

Singer turned anthology editor and YouTube Book and Lifestyle vlogger, Ameriie (yes she spells her name with two “i’s” now) is about 30 weeks preggers and set to give birth to her first child.

The “One Thing” singer announced this past January that she and her SONY Music executive husband of 7 years, Lenny “LG” Nicholson, are expecting. An entire month passed before she resurfaced on Instagram to post a bump progression photo when she was 27 weeks along.

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Organic? #27weeks #thiswas1weekagotho

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Earlier this month, the DC native and “Why Can’t We Fall In Love” hit maker promoted her line of sweatshirts, coffee mugs and t-shirts, Red-River. Looking good mama! And this sweatshirt sold out within 24 hours of posting it on her Insta, she shared in a subsequent post! Wow! The power of influence!

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Kylie Jenner to Become a Mommy Blogger, Join Fashion Blogger Baby Boom

When Kylie Jenner released her YouTube video announcing that she gave birth, a few people nudged established YouTubers because the 20-year old brand new mom blew them out the water by getting 34 million and counting views within 24 hours of the release.

“To Our Daughter” already has 28 millions views, and is the number one trending video. Even veteran YouTubers are bowing down to her success.

no pressure to youtubers but kylie released a video that’s decent in length, probably has good retention, and all it took was a secret baby

She has also been rumored to transform her famous selfie make up brand and become a mommy blogger.

“As soon as the baby is born, she will make an announcement and introduce the baby to her fans. She will also address the fact that she went ‘dark’ on social media and in the public,” a source which accurately predicted it all told Entertainment Tonight “Yes, she will release a photo, and yes, she will acknowledge the baby. She’s excited to continue to be her authentic self, and that will soon mean being a mother and sharing that with her fans.”

And apparently, if this is true, the Kylie Cosmetics founder she will be part of a trend of former beauty influencers and bloggers who have recently given birth and may be considering shifting the focus of their presence to center on parenting and mommying.

31 weeks and Leo is as big as a coconut now ? #LeoncinoMio #AmericanDays

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W magazine reported that top vlogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Arielle Charnas of Something Navy are expecting too. And Women Wear Daily also recently did a piece on the fashion blogger baby boom.

Kylie is on trend again, it seems.

This is a first child for Kylie and her boyfriend Travis Scott.

photo: WWD Collage

Tia Mowry-Hardrict Is Living Her Best Life And Doing It Fashionably Too!

Tia Mowry-Hardrict has been coasting this second pregnancy and been looking good doing it.

All Black Everything! The TV actress recently shared a photo of herself in a cute  black Alexander Wang mini dress dress,  black Stuart Weitzman boots styled by Kendra Garvey and Anton Khachaturian.

She is definitely going to make it in our roundup and contest on the most fashionable celeb preginista of 2017 list that is forthcoming (Look for it soon here!)

Mowry recently launched her own YouTube channel, Tia Mowry Quick Fix where she shares quick little video tutorials for parents, the home, the kitchen and more. It’s the latest endeavor for the pretty actress, who started out her career on the hit TV show with her twin sister Tamera Mowry-Housley, Sister, Sister.

She has starred in The Game on BET and three seasons of Instant Mom on Nickelodean, before launching cooking shows on The Cooking Channel and The Food Network.  She has also released a few books, a Yoga DVD and some baby and pregnancy products with her sister.

She also recently shared a photo from her wedding with husband Actor Cory Hardrict, with whom she shares a son Cree and has been married to for 10 years, but together as a couple for 18! Wow! Love it!

 

More fashion IG shares below:

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After Baby: 5 Quick Ways to Shred Belly Fat

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After having a baby, a lot of women struggle with toning up their mid-section and shedding unwanted fat in their belly. There is a common misconception that sit ups or other abdominal exercises alone will help tone the core.

To the contrary, says Clark Shao, YouTube star and certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist.

Shao says to lose the most amount of unwanted fat, women should work out the largest muscle groups on the body – the butt and legs rather than doing sit-ups or crunches. While it is true that crunches will help to create lean muscle, it usually will be buried under the fat.

“As you develop your butt and legs these large muscles will need lots of energy to sustain themselves and will seek body fat as fuel,” Shao tells Bellyitch. “You will notice all those trouble areas shrinking (lower belly, love handles, butt, thighs and even the jiggly part on the backs of your arms!) because this is where all the excess fat is stored on the female body.”

Shao recommends trying a quick fitness routine first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast. It will energize you and is give your metabolism a boost that will keep you burning fat all day long. Here are the exercises and reps:

  • 20 Body Weight Squats
  • 20 Plie Squats (wider stance and toes pointed outward)
  • 20 Alternating Jumping Lunges (10 each side)
  • 20 Single Leg Calf Raises (10 each side)
  • 20 Mountain Climbers

1) Body Weight Squats:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. You can place your hands behind your head. Begin the movement by flexing your knees and hips, sitting back with your hips. Continue down to full depth and quickly reverse the motion until you return to the starting position. As you squat, keep your head and chest up and push your knees out.

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2) Plie Squats:

Move your legs so that they are wider than shoulder width apart from each other with your knees slightly bent. Your toes should be facing out. Slowly bend your knees and lower your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Press mainly with the heel of the foot to bring the body back to the starting position while exhaling.

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3) Alternating Jumping Lunges:

 

Assume a lunge stance position with one foot forward withthe knee bent, and the rear knee nearly touching the ground. Ensure that the front knee is over the midline of the foot. Extending through both legs, jump as high as possible, swinging your arms to gain lift. As you jump as high as you can, switch the position of your legs, moving your front leg to the back and the rear leg to the front. As you land, absorb the impact through the legs by adopting the lunge position, and repeat.

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4) Single Calf Raises:

Stand on a flat surface or get a block, the ball of your foot should be resting on the edge of the block if you have one. Raise the other foot slightly off the floor or hook that foot around the opposite calf. Slowly raise your heel as high as it will go, pause and squeeze, then slowly bring it back down to touch the floor.

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5) Mountain Climbers:

 

Begin in a push-up position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg until the knee is approximately under the hip. This will be your starting position. Explosively reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe, and bringing the other foot up with the hip and knee flexed. Repeat.

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When you have completed all 5 exercises, this is one round.  Push yourself to see how many rounds of all 5 exercises you can do. If you do this 3-4 times a week, you’ll notice a difference in your energy, mood and body – particularly your belly – after just a few short weeks.  No matter where you start off, you’ll notice you’ll be able to do more as each week passes.

Good luck!

 

VIRAL: UK Orangutan Kisses pregnant Woman’s bump through Glass (VIDEO)

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An orangutan at a UK zoo named Rajang is my kindred spirit. I gravitate towards pregnant women and take notice of them immediately wherever I go, in all social and work settings.

So too does Rajang who kissed the pregnant belly of a 37 weeks expecting mom in a recent YouTube video that has gone viral and is making the media rounds.

The primate can be seen kissing the bump of mum-to-be Maisie Knight twice through the glass enclosure at the Colchester Zoo as Knight pressed her belly against the glass.

Knight’s beau Jay Clarke films the action before the couple uploaded it onto the popular video sharing social media network.

It’s the cutest thing!

Zookeepers say that’s Raj’s thing. He loves to interact with pregnant visitors. So sweet!

See the YouTube video below: