We Moved to A Different State

Sort Of!

Hello, Dears,

How are you and how was your day, your week and everything?

I am hoping great so far.

So We moved! Yes, we moved from Florida to Kentucky. Some of you who know me, know that I used to live in Louisville, Ky and then moved a few years ago.

I must add, that I have lived in 3 different states in 3 years! Let that sink in for a bit! And no we are not a military family. I have a lot of love and a lot of respect 💪 for the military for their services to the countries they serve in.

Louisville, Ky

I lived in Louisville for almost a decade, worked here, got married here, had my baby here. I have loved this city, I might add, it has loved me back- I call Louisville home and the friends I have here are (almost) family to me. My husband and I moved in 2017 from Louisville to Naperville, Illinois.

Naperville, IL

We lived here from March 2017- June of 2018. We decided to move to warm and sunny Florida since we visited FL every year since 2015.

Tampa, Fl

This is where my husband and I have been coming to for a bit. I loved it (still do)- the palm trees, the warmth is the closest thing to being in Nigeria lol. The Jamaican food that I had brought back food memories about the food I ate in my grandmother’s house in Nigeria. My colleagues at work made the best coffee brew yet- super strong Cuban coffee, a few sips and you are good to go. I decided right there and then, some of the best home-brewed coffees should include Instant coffee- ask me the brand of coffee if you want to try it.

Back to Louisville

You might ask why did you choose to move? I will tell you in one word- FAMILY.

We moved to be with family and close enough to visit them and not spend days (when you travel with a toddler) on the road.

God is a faithful God, and He blessed my husband and me with jobs in less than a month of applying. We got hired and we made the decision to come back to Louisville, Ky. I can unashamedly tell you that we MISSED being in Louisville.

The Move!

It was not easy, I made the short video to show you a glimpse of the day of travel. We - No- my husband packed the UHaul truck and I must add, one does not think they have much stuff until they have to move. We found items from our first move from Louisville. We got rid of old stuff and the stuff we could carry, we carried in the truck.

We stopped in Macon, Georgia and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Macon I-475 and rested. The guy at the reception desk that night -Tommy- was very kind to weary road travelers like us. We slept, woke up, had breakfast and got on the road and drove the remainder of the 6 hours to Louisville. We arrived in the rain. I did not worry. It was GREAT to be back- after being on the road for about 13 hours. (This is not an affiliate link and I am not being paid to post this)

And by the way, we arrived on Sunday night and I began work on Monday!

That’s all for now- there is so much unpacking to do! You might see UHaul boxes in most of my pics on Instagram where I post often. You can reach me there and by email (theizorapodcast@gmail.com) to keep up with what is going on, join me there.

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For all my readers and listeners to the podcast, Thank you. You were with me in Florida and I say, thank you and hope you would keep reading and listening.

Hope you have a great weekend and I will see you in the next episode,

God bless,

Ezanya

A (Device Free) Way to Travel with a Potty Trained Toddler at Night


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Hello everyone
How are you?
On this episode, I am coming to you live from my beloved Louisville Ky.

I just celebrated my birthday, and Granny Ann's birthday.
In vacay mode currently- celebrated my husband's grandmother's birthday too.


Have you traveled with a toddler? How did that go?
I'd share my experience here

I got off work and my hubby picked me up. They had dinner earlier. I came home, Showered and got ready to ge in the car. We had 13 hours to go since I was not going to drive but my husband was my goal was to make sure we all had all we needed and we were comfortable

Thing We Took:
-Water
-Snacks
-Fruit
-Turkey Jerky
-Books for my toddler to color on
-A tablet for the toddler with downloaded apps not needing Wifi- just in case you need it.
-Favorite toddler books and colors
-Knitting yarn for me
-Chargers for devices
-Audiobook(s)
-A favorite cd with songs for the toddler
-Potty Seat for toilet
-Pull ups n big kids under wear



What We used
-Water
-Snacks
-Turkey Jerky
-Audiobook
-CD w favorite Song

How it Went Down…
One thing I am glad we did was to get little one in his pj's. I had him wear his pull ups and made sure all he had to drink was water... Juice makes the kiddo pee a lot 😓
When we got in the car, all we did just chitchat for a bit and soon enough, lil one fell asleep. I read a book on my phone and the hubs listened to sports on the radio ( Sirius FM- is awesome for roadtrips👍🏽).
After about 5 hours, toddler woke, are we there yet? Nope
He ate jerky with us, sang his favourite songs .. I fell asleep 😴😴😴

When we stopped for gas, we all got out to stretch and use the resroom, even lil man did too.
We got into the car and kept driving... Toddler and I fell asleep while the hubs listened to his audiobook till we got to our destination.

What I learned
1. Communicate. Yes even here it is important. I started telling to little one months ago we where going to travel to see his extended family, why we were going and my inlaws also talked about it. We made sure to build excitement around it- we were happy to be taking a vacay too so our excitement I think spilled out to the little one. When we were in the car, the little one was excited; we talked and sang and talked and he fell asleep. He was excited to see his Nana ❤

2. It is easier to enjoy your audiobook and also stay awake listening to it if the lil one is asleep. Be careful not to pick something with eerie sounds or loud noise in it- you might startle your kid. If it is possible, listen to it prior to the trip or read reviews before you buy it just to make sure

3. Stay dehydrated. Rather than soda, drink water on the road. It keeps from swollen legs if it is a long drive.

4. Understand how much your toddler uses the bathroom if they have water vs juice and choose the best drink for them. In my opinion, juice makes them go every other couple minutes, so we drank water.

5. Choose the right apps that do not require wifi for your tablet or phone for your kid. I had read a post about some good apps for traveling but the apps where not for android phones.
Here are some free ones I downloaded for android:
- Coloring and Learn, it has many sections and he seemed to like it.
-Baby Panda Robot Kitchen, we played this when we got to our destination, even adults might like this one.

Finally,
Enjoy your time on the road... It is better to have all you need packed than not enough. I had a charged tablet ready for my toddler to use but I was hoping he slept on the drive so would not bring it out. I am glad he did sleep. It made for an excellent next day where he was not cranky but ready to have a good time.


Changes
Episodes would be going out on Saturdays not Wednesdays like before, I'd talk about life changes happening in my life on the next episode.

As always, remain blessed and I'd see you in the next episode.
Ezanya

When we stopped for gas, guess who was asleep ?

When we stopped for gas, guess who was asleep ?

Was surprised at midnight with a Birthday cake. I was getting help blowing out candles

Was surprised at midnight with a Birthday cake. I was getting help blowing out candles

Happy 85th Birthday Granny Ann ❤

Happy 85th Birthday Granny Ann ❤

Made a quick stop in Louisville, Ky

Made a quick stop in Louisville, Ky

What Do You See In The Mirror?

When you look in a mirror what do you tell your self?

Do you tell yourself positive words like the words from Aibilene Clark in the movie- The Help:

“You is kind”

“You is smart”

“You is important”

I asked this question on Social Media and Roselomon responded that she told herself that she was favored. I appreciated that. That mindset I believe makes opportunities happen- calling things into existence. I really like that.


Mirror Mirror

In Snow White, the evil queen often asked, “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the land? The mirror would respond “My queen, you are the fairest in the land.” You can Google Snow White and read about it.

This episode is not about Snow White, it is about me. This week is my birthday week and I have been thinking.

I went to Ross to find a dress for an event and for the first time in a long time, I really looked at myself in the mirror!
Yes.
It was a full-length mirror.
I have not had to buy a dress for a while- no major event requiring a new dress and all. For other activities, I have got tops, and pants and my good ol' pair of jeans!
You might ask, why.


WHY is this important?

I knew I had gained weight after having my Lil one and I will tell you, we have moved two states in the past 3 years too. And would be moving again, I started school and so on...
And I have to add I worked nights! Some of the baby weight I lost before that job came back with love and a vengeance
I knew where the coffee and donut spots were and the kept me company in my bid to stay awake working nights.
Guys life happened!
Does this relate to you or anyone?

I did try on a couple of dresses and bought one, a top and a pair of pants. I loved the dress. I also noticed I had dropped a dress size from when I got a dress in December. That was worth rejoicing. I ended up returning the dress the next day.

Returned Dress
I loved that dress, it was aquamarine and the cut of the dress was just what I liked. I could dress it up or down and wear it to any occasion. I returned it because it did not suit my goals!

Starting Again

When I stood before that full-length mirror, I saw myself. For some reason, this time I really saw myself.
Look,
-I love who I am- a child of God fearfully and wonderfully made.
-I love my kiddo and my husband and I know that I am loved.

However,
I am not being a steward of what God had given me by neglecting to take care of myself. I work in a hospital and have seen that some things can be prevented. I am also not helping my joints by carrying all this weight so I have decided to begin again.
I am not going on a diet, this is a mindset change and discipline about food and exercise.

Hebrews 12: 11 states: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

This will entail discipline and by God’s grace, I am ready for it.

Would you join me? If your answer is yes, message me here on Instagram or email me at theizorapodcast@gmail.com.

If you have changed your lifestyle and it has helped you, please share with me and the readership of this blog and podcast!

Thank you.

I end with this

Do you remember Micheal Jackson's Man in the Mirror song? He began with

I'm gonna make a change,
For once I'm my life
It's gonna feel real good,...

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer...

So I ask you when you look in the mirror, what do you tell your self? I am hoping you see yourself and say that

Just as you are; you my dear are absolutely loved- John 3:16

Always,

Ezanya

Florida Aquarium & Sparkman Wharf

We went with friends to visit the Florida Aquarium and I was VERY impressed! I cannot believe we have been in Tampa this long and we are only visiting it just now.

Have you been to the Aquarium?

If you have not and you live in Tampa, it’s environs and/ or you are planning a trip to Tampa, I highly recommend you visit it.

I am not one to go out and look at animals or I should say that I love animals but I am not one to spend all day at the zoo. However, I enjoyed my time at the aquarium and my little one did too. We walked from one end to the other and saw some fishes, lemurs, turtles, jellyfishes, and so much more. The aquarium had so much to offer and I cannot put it all into words! Go and see for your self🙂

The one place I did not visit while at the aquarium was the gift shop! I was doing myself a favor because I would have spent money that I did not have 😜

There is I believe a hurricane simulator in the building, and you pay to experience it- kids and their parents go in and experience it. Outside the aquarium, at one end of the building is a splash pad for kids which I think is great considering the sweltering heat of Florida. The kiddos loved it. The adults can seat and enjoy food and drinks while the kids can go and cool off in the splash pad.

I am glad we went with friends who knew the area well- they suggested we eat at Sparkman Wharf and boy; am I glad we did! Sorry, I did not do any food pics since I scarfed down my food before I remembered to take any pics. The Wharf has rows of shipping containers colored vibrantly that serve as “kiosks” for one to place/order and then pick up your food. A few feet away from the containers you have a place by the water where you find tables with lawn umbrellas where one can sit and look at the water or maybe listen to music coming from the band.

I loved being here. I had a great time and the kids loved it too. From what I hear, there is more development to come in the area and I might dare say that if I come back in about a 6 months or a year- there would be so much to see and possibly love!

So,

If you plan on visiting Florida Aquarium do so and also plan to stop at Sparkman Wharf for good food and drinks before you go back home.

As always,

Love,

Ezanya

Disclaimer

I was not paid to write this. I had so much fun being here, I had to share it. Should you visit after reading this, let me know.

Entrance to Florida Aquarium
Skin Shed from a boa constrictor
Good Friends
The mouth of this is scary!!! #Megalodon
Standing Fiercely in front of Megalodon
Sparkman Wharf Sign

Why We Need to Practice Self-Care

If you are a parent, taking care of yourself is not just locking yourself in the bathroom for a couple of minutes to have time to yourself. If you work, it is not about just “vegging” in front of the TV or your phone to unwind!

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What then is taking care of yourself aka “Self Care”?

According to the World Health Organization, “self-care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, to prevent and deal with illness.” This term is super broad, and it covers a lot of things. We know we need to take care of ourselves, but do we take care of ourselves? Do you?

I had mentioned earlier that I would cover this topic and I say that because of something that happened at work. Recently, I went to work and then found out that one of the girls who came in often had quit and was as not working anymore. I do know that she was taking classes and had a young daughter; I was surprised that she had quit!

I wondered was it because work was stressful or was it a combined with other stuff going on at home? What was it? I do not know since I did not have her phone number to call her. I have been thinking about her quitting since. And I ask, what if it were me? I have been in her shoes!

Why We Need to practice self-care:

I believe the number one reason is to prevent burn out.

I was listening to an episode of  Rachel Hollis’ Rise Podcast (Episode 112) and she defined Burn out as doing something that does not light up your heart anymore. 

This resonated with me- I was tired at home, work, mentally, physically and I had no passion for anything.

Momma’s let us talk- this idea of self-care might be a foreign concept. Our mom’s worked or were busy from sun up till sundown and they are the first to wake up. It does not have to be so. It is so easy to care for others and forget about ourselves. Sometimes we work, and then come home and take care of the home, do school and take our kids to every place. We do not stop and then at the end of the day, we crash and go to sleep and repeat this the next day. It has to stop. It took prayers to God to help me to defeat this cycle!

The next reason is to prevent stress

Stress can affect our minds and our well being and we end up not being able to be fully present in the things we do. Stress can cause us to think irrationally

Finally, to excel in all we do: when we take care of ourselves we are able to care for others, and are able to give 100% to our loved ones, our jobs and all we do!

How to Practice self-care:

1.      When was the last time you went for a physical, do you take multivitamins? It is not just for when you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant. And men, it is not just ladies who need multivitamins, talk to your doctor regarding your joints, your prostate health, your heart

2.      Exercise. I need not say much here. Exercise is essential to taking care of yourself. It helps our physical, mental and overall outlook on life

3.        Practice self-care at work too. As a Histotechnologist, I wear my gloves, lab coat, goggles and shoes that cover my toes. If pouring fluids, I use a shield to protect my face and or eyes. For other workplaces, we practice good sitting body positions like

  • Keeping the joints such as hips, knees, and ankles open slightly (more than 90°).

  • Keeping the knee joints at or below the hip joints.

  • Keeping ankle joints in front of the knees.

  • Keeping a gap the width of three fingers between the back of the knee joint and the front edge of the chair.

  • Keep feet flat on the floor or on a footrest.

  • For more information check out the OSHA.gov (Occupational Safety and Health Administration website

4.      Get a massage! You do not need to pay spa fees for this, go to the mall, (there is no shame here) and get it done. Some of my work has repetitive motion and I can tell you sometimes, muscles that I did not think I had hurt. Massages go a long way. And get your spouse/significant other to give you a massage.

5.      Take care of your skin. Living in Florida, the beauty of it is that there is lots and lots of sunshine. However, on my visit to the clinic for a work eval, I was asked do you use sunscreen and I was like- ahem no. The doc was like you need it now that you are in FL. To prevent skin cancer, I need to be protected from the sun by using sunscreen

6.        Look good! You do not have to spend lots of money to look good. And do not use the “I am married who cares” excuse. Looking good feels good, it boosts our confidence and so much more. I wear scrubs to work and I love it. They are comfortable and all they hide a multitude of love handles. When I dress up to go out, even my son does a wow! You look, good mommy. Even that little compliment goes a long way.

Regarding looking good & feeling good; I had broken out on my face and I had tried a lot of things to get rid of it. I was listening to  YouTube and had stumbled upon how this YouTuber had started taking care of her skin. She mentioned a 10 step Korean Skin Care routine and how her skin went from blah to amazing. I will share the link  about what the 10 steps entail. I know 10 steps sound like it is a lengthy process but this can be your own spa day at home! You can treat yourself and your spouse and thank me later. Note this website also has a shop- I am not being sponsored. I found the information very helpful.

Did I try the 10 step routine? Yes-on a weekend.

Did it take care of my breakout, yes! If you want to know what exactly I use after reading this 10step routine outline, message me and I would Share it with you.

The final self-care step is to pray for yourself! Proverbs 3:24 says: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

 Sometimes, we might lay down and the day’s activities,  what we have to do might keep us awake. Pray for yourself, your family, your mind, relationships and everything that worries you.

 Commit the worries to God (Philippians 4:6); and the Peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus- Philippians 4:7

Self-care did help me get back to feeling myself!

Have a great day.

Ezanya