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

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

Back to School & Long Weekend

Hello Everyone and welcome back!

Did you start school?

Did your kid go back to school already and how was that for you?

Did you have one of those moments where you are saying under your breath - I am so happy school begins again (phew)! Or were you sad that the kids had to go back to school?

Did you know that you can find back to school events on Eventbrite? Just type back to school bash, back to school events in the search bar and see what comes up.

As a young parent, I am learning by observing that the month of August around the country marks the beginning of the school year or preparations for the school year. We find that stores make accommodations or show their wares that help or promise to help parents and students transition into the new school year. I am getting my mind ready for when Othniel starts school!

Would I be the parent who bawls? Or be like, hurray!!!! A new season has begun?

A few weeks after Othniel was born, I started work and he was in daycare. It was rough but we made it work for us, however, I THINK it is different now that he talks and can tell you bye mommy see you later- in other words, I am a big kid now…

What is that like? Parents, share!

If you had a crazy week or weeks because of kids going back to school, take a deep breath, you have a 3 day weekend coming up. Yes, Monday is Labor Day and you can sleep in (is there such a thing if one has kids?) or you can pretend to sleep in 😁

Now that I have a toddler with a vocabulary that consists of WHY and HOW; I am trying my best to not say because I said so! To do that, I am doing a bit of research to answer some of his questions. So should your kid ask you about what Labor Day is about, here are some answers for them

  • The first Labor Day happened in New York City in 1882.

  • Labor Day came about because in the 1830s manufacturing workers spent as much as 70 hours a week at work

  • Union organizers focus was to get a shorter workweek for workers, and extra days off during the year.

  • President Grover Cleveland signed the Labor Day bill into law in June of 1894.

To read more on this checkout Jay Zargosky’s article regarding Labor Day! Working in healthcare, staff shortage and sometimes circumstances beyond our control can cause us to have more than 40 hour work weeks. Having a day off is wonderful.

Bring out the barbecue and let the celebrations begin!

Have a great week!

Ezanya

S is for Screen (time) & Sleep

Hello Everyone,

Did you watch the Lion King yet?

What team are you on; the team that says, I would not see the new one or remakes of good movies (which I belong to) or the team that says, I do not mind seeing it re-made?

Whatever team you belong to, a big welcome to the blog!

Today, I want to look at screen time. I have a toddler and would very much like to know if I am going to be like my mother and tell him- do not stand too close to the television it might damage your eyes. However, is he not already looking too much into another type of a screen- my cellphone which I let him play on and my old Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet?

I recall growing up and hearing my mother say, do not stand too close to the television, it might damage your eyes! I had often wondered if that was such a thing! Back then there were no computers (that we had at home) and there was no such thing as cell phones or little portable viewing devices. We went outside to play and when we were done, came into the house, ate dinner and went to bed because we were tired.

Here are a few things I have experienced:

I recall when my kiddo Othniel was much younger, and I introduced PJ Masks to him. I used to work nights then and on this weekend, I told myself I was spending time with him so we would watch a kid-related show. I left the show on for a couple of episodes and the mistake I made was we watched this before bed. I am going to tell you, that night was not a restful night for him. He tossed and turned all night long. To test my suspicions I told my husband we should not let Othniel watch any shows before bed for a few nights. Those nights we did not watch any of the shows, he slept good and long and was not cranky. That right then settled it for my, no cartoons before bed!

I found this article about the recommendations from the World Health Organization about no screen time for babies and only 1 hour for children under 5! I learned the hard way but glad to see that this article was out to help parents. If I had known then, I think I would have kept them! A baby or kid who does not sleep means a tired parent or caregiver the next day!

As a working parent, I would say I agree somewhat with the guidelines. There are many ways to interact with my kid after work and bond with him. Screen time is one way but it should not be the only way. When we play outside or take walks, I noticed he goes to bed early and without fuss- which gives me more time at the end of the day to do what I need to do. Or go to bed early to wake up early to do what I need to do for work/school.

With taking classes and working, I have been negligent sometimes of how long and late I leave the TV on or let Othniel play on his screen because I am trying to get something done for school. I was super happy when I saw a poll on Instagram stories done by Total Pickle regarding if we let our kids have screens before bed. This was super exciting for me to see the poll and learn something new. I read from the poll that

  • Late use of screen leads to kids not getting quality adequate sleep which results in mood swings and unpredictable behavior! This is a drop the mic moment for me.

So are screens evil? No, but as parents, I believe it is my responsibility to help my toddler be at his best.

  • I have decided to be intentional about what Othniel watches. When he is on the YouTube app for kids, we put a time limit on it and we go from there.

  • We watch new shows together and if we notice that he is picking up behaviors or attitudes that are not what we want, we address the behavior and that show gets blocked! Parents, we have to be like Mufasa when he went to rescue Simba and Nala from the Hyenas (Yup!, I used Lion King)

Some suggestions from Total Pickle Poll (Check out their Instagram page, it has a wealth of information for parents of young kids 😍

  • Move to earlier in the day, so they have at least an hour to wind down before bed

  • Give your child a short warm bath, and then read a book in a dimly lit room. Both of these will raise melatonin levels which is so important for aiding your child’s restful sleep

  • If you need more information on screen time check out this site

Do you remember the children’s song by Cedarmont Kids called: Be careful little eyes what you see? This might be an old song but it is so applicable to today!

What do I let my child see?

What do I let him hear?

The Father up above is looking down in love…

This is not just for the kids’ it is also for me the kids’ mom who lets him see, hear and watch! What he watches today may affect his tomorrow!

Have a great week friends!

Ezanya