The Great Adventures of Da Bratt Pack: WE RISE FESTIVAL

"Hey young world....the world is yours
Hey young world....the world is yours
Young world young world...the world is yours
young wo-ah-huh-huh-huh-urld" - Slick Rick
This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend the We Rise Fest. Like all of the other events put together by our dear friend Nico (nicosuavalicious) it was super dope. What's We Rise you ask? We Rise is a pro-peace art and music festival that was birth as a response to ongoing violence in our city. 




There is something about bringing everyone together and feeling like you are apart of a community that just feels good to the soul. As I walked around with my husband and two small daughters in tow a sense of pride fell over me. I was proud of all the small shops coming together giving us those local, original, one of a kind goods that teaches people to buy local and put their hard earned money back into our community to help build it up. I was proud of the young men and woman using their words and voices to make us think, uplift our spirits and put us in a groove.




 Let's not forget the young talented hands that created masterpieces that spoke to EVERYONE both young and old. I mean these kids, young adults, grown ass people were just so talented you couldn't help but feel inspired. There was something there for everyone, I'm talking crazy talented photographers, jewelry makers, poets, muralist, painters, singers, the list goes on and on. Just think all of this happening right here in my city, all this talent right here in my city. I mean how could I not feel proud?


I want to say a special thank you to everyone involved It was really a beautiful thing and I'm glad I got the opportunity to witness it. I'm glad my kids had to the opportunity to be there as well. I hope this event showed our youth that we care, we are listening, and there are so many more positive things you can be doing with your time. As a mother raising little creative souls I hope that attending an event like this show them that they have the power to change the world!















If you are interested in learning more about this festival check out their Instagram WERISEFEST.  

PEACE 


I left with a dope necklace from www.freaktique.com
Aya left with a beautiful piece of art from Iona Johnson Instagram handle kkoch.deul

OH, AND A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO OUR FAVS Cummer Museum FOR THE SUPER CUTE CRAFT AREA!! THE GIRLS LOVED IT!


       

FIVE FALL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IDEAS

Ok, so I just realized today all three of my children celebrate their birthday in different seasons. My oldest is a winter baby like his mom, my middle child birthday is during the summer, and the baby of the family was born in the fall. How lucky are we? With the youngest of the tribe birthday coming up fast I thought it would be fun to share some fall birthday celebration ideas with you all. Whether you're throwing a traditional birthday party or heading out for a day of fun fall can be one of the best seasons to celebrate a child's birthday. The weather is nice, there are already a few holidays lined up, which means there will be tons to do around the city, and the stores are full of fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations so finding decor is a breeze. Here is a list of five fun fall birthday festivities. 


1. Throw a costume party! With Halloween right around the corner stores are stocked full of costumes at all price points or pull out old costumes from previous years for your little party guest to try on.

2. A family fun day at the farm. It's fall which means lots of farms are geared up for pumpkin season. From hayrides to bounce houses and even petting zoos, your local farm can make for the perfect birthday celebration. Oh, and did I mention the adorable photo opts EVERYWHERE!?

3. Fall festivals. What is more festive than a festival? Everything your child needs to celebrate all in one spot. There are yummy treats, fun rides, and ends fun to keep a smile on your birthday girl/boy face.

4. Go camping. Trade in the traditional sleepover for a camping trip! Here in Florida, it gets extremely hot in the summer, too hot for camping. Well, for us at lease, it's too hot to camp. With cooler mornings and nights and fairly warm evenings, the fall season seems like the perfect time to get in a good ol' camping trip.

5. Go apple picking. It's officially Fall which means apples are ready for picking. After a fun day of picking apples head inside to create some yummy apple desserts together. Who says you only have to have cake on your birthday?


With my children being different ages I find that not only does the birthday girl have the time of her life but the others have just as much fun celebrating with the toddler. We make some of the best memories as a family, and even find a few fall traditions forming outside of her birthday. This year I'm leaning towards a festival or day at a local farm to celebrate the youngest of the tribe. We have about a week left to pull it together but this last minute mama isn't worried one bit, whatever we decide to do our Little Miss Lennox will be happy as long as we all sing to her. That is her only request this year 😂

That Dope Mom Guide To Transitioning Your Kids Wardrobe From Summer To Fall

Here in the sunshine state, we do not have the luxury of experiencing the beauty of SEASONS! There is pretty much Summer, Summer, a quick Fallish/Winter moment, then back to Summer. For this reason, that good old tradition of season shopping I grew up with does not exist for my little ones. We spend most of our year in warmer or downright HOT weather so the majority of their wardrobe consists of summer clothes. Now with all that being said, we are in North Florida which means it does get cold! Come late October early November we may need a light jacket in the mornings and at night. 



Whether you're a mom on a budget or you live in a place that doesn't allow you to enjoy the joys of seasons like me here are 5 tips on how to transition from summer to fall.

1. Layer up! Your sons favorite summer tank can easily be worn in cooler weather by simply throwing a long sleeve button up over it.

2. If your daughter is anything like mine summer dresses are their jam. Put a simple tee underneath that summer dress and BOOM a fall jumper for the win.

3. Trade in those cute sandals for a pair of fly boots! By adding boots to any look it will automatically give it more of a fall vibe.

4.While bright colors are always fun for the summer throw in some fall colors (burgundy, mustard, olive greens ) shorts and short sleeve shirts while shopping so if the weather is warm they can still give off fall feels. 

5. Layering leggings or tights under shorts, skirts, and dresses are always an affordable and equally adorable option. 


I hope this quick list of 5 ways to transition your little one's wardrobe from summer to fall helps. If you have any tips don't hold out on me share them down below! Us moms have to stick together through any kind of weather. See what I did there?...

Together..weather...transitioning from summer to fall post...ok ok I'm done. 😂 Leave those tips in the comment section below. 

Why We Added Positive Affirmations To Our Children's Daily Routine

"I know I can (I know I can)
Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it)
I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be)" - NAS






Are daily affirmations apart of your families routine? For a long time, they were not apart of ours. It all started with homework. I'm not sure the exact moment it happened but one day I began noticing my daughter becoming less confident in her school work. Whenever we would go over homework she would either not answer at all or whisper the answer. This was extremely confusing to me. She doesn't really struggle academically and if there is something she doesn't know she catches on pretty quickly. No to mention just about all the answers she would whisper would be correct answers. After many talks and me telling her how smart and capable she was it was clear that she needed to rebuild confidence in herself. This is where our morning routine of daily affirmations was born. We could all use a boost of self-love before starting our day.   

As parents it's important for our children to hear from us how special they are, how loved they are, how smart they are and how much we support them but it is equally important for our children to create this within themselves. I believe it builds confidence, self-love, and acceptance. Children's brains are developing and learning behaviors and habits so by starting them off young their brains are wiring this positive self-belief system. Affirmations can be a powerful thing. Our parents can tell us how exceptional we are all day but we need to believe this for ourselves in order to build real confidence and self-love. 

Raising little black children in today's world it is even more important for them to know themselves, who they are and what they stand for. For them to be confident in themselves no matter what others may think of them. I don't want my son to feel like he has to cut his hair to be successful, or my daughters to think they can't speak up for themselves without becoming a negative stereotype. Not to mention they are being raised in this social media era were followers and likes are often misinterpreted as love and success. I don't want my littles to grow up needing that type of validation from anyone, not even me. 




Thanks to a few black own companies like Soulseed LLC and  We Are Karasi you can have amazing affirmations at your figure tips. We love our mommy and me affirmation cards from Karasi. They were created by visual artist and doula Angelica Marie, who is all about empowering and uplifting womxn of color. 


When I met Akim at a local event I was extremely excited to learn all about her brand Soulseed LLC, which is all about promoting black excellence by any means necessary. Raising a little black boy I was drawn to the fact that she provided affirmations for little kings as well. With her creatively designed created cards, your littles get to actually look at their reflections while repeating their affirmations, dope right? 


I can honestly say since adding positive affirmations to our daily routine I have seen a boost of confidence in all of the children. I pray that as they get older they continue with their daily affirmations and truly believe deep within themselves that they are MAGIC!