BOSSMOM Nation x Next Round Kids:

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Well hello! So nice of you to take a minute and join us :) Shah here, it's been a while since we've shared in this blog space. We've taken some time to reflect on where we began, where we are and where we're headed. Today's post is all about the arrival of my soon to be 4th child!! Major!! And the way we gathered to celebrate while giving back.

Quick Story: I met Juanita, (pictured above to the right) the founder of Next Round Kids, a few years ago while we were both volunteering as hairstylist with Sol Sisters Organization. We connected, lost touch, then reconnected through social media. We planned a day to meet & catch up, while chatting she shared with me that she'd started a non-profit organization "to empower families by providing free clothing to families and building a network of support that will help bridge the economic gaps in our families and community."  As a wife and mother of 2, she made time to create a cause with reach and impact in our local community. I was very impressed! From that point on we stayed connected and I kept her in my thoughts to support when I could.

Fast forward to the inspiration behind my baby shower gather/sprinkle/celebration...I haven't had interest or felt the need to have a baby shower after my first born. And I had ZERO plans to switch things up the 4th time around. Until...the idea come up to use this as an opportunity to invite out my local "mama tribe" to meet, celebrate, and donate our gently used maternity and kids clothing. Like myself, I figured most moms have clothes that our children have grown out of and we're in need of a reason to clear them from their closets. This was the perfect time to collaborate with Juanita! I shared the idea with her and made it happen :)

 

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The entire day was a group effort! I couldn't and wouldn't have done any of this without my peeps! Starting with this delectable spread supplied by Good Eggs, they were founded in August 2011 in the Mission district of San Francisco with the mission to help grow and sustain local food systems, worldwide. Good Stuff!

My girl Malika Yasmin laid things out so effortlessly, not to mention the fruit infused, super refreshing sparkling water drink she made. Take me back to this spread please!!

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I enjoyed the company of mamas and children running around freely. We laughed, shared stories and the different stages of motherhood we're experiencing. It was just as easy-breezy fancy free as I imagined :)


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Me with this lovely mama, Brandi Riley from "Mama Knows It All Blog" we conversed online for a little over a year and finally met in person! I love when that happens, don't you?! Also let's take a minute to appreciate the amazing floral arrangement made by my sweet friend Crystal Cara. She outdid herself!


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Young sisterhood in the making...


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Between the support from my tribe, the gift of giving, and my super comfy custom fit dress by my good friend Taylor of Taylor Jay Collection, I couldn't have asked for better vibes. I left the day feeling so full of goodness. Cheers to continued growth and support within my motherhood community and beyond.

With Love, Shah :)


Photography by: Kimberly Daley of Arayaace Photography

The Most Important Thing You Need to do on Nov. 8th!

The Most Important Thing You Need to do on Nov. 8th (after feeding, bathing, and schooling your kids)

The upcoming presidential election is unlike any election most of us have ever experienced and I think I speak for most of us when I say, I can't wait for it to all be over! And in a few days, it will be just that - over! 

This election year, Presidential debates became a prime time spectacle of sorts, likened to a heavyweight boxing championship. There is the never ending Twitter feud, not to be confused with the Drake/Meek Mills beef, outrageous allegations, and exorbitant campaigns. It all makes for an unusually entertaining, electorate experience but not without consequence. Many would argue that the country is more divided now than it was eight years ago or even one year ago. There have been some harsh, offensive and downright unacceptable rhetoric used and often echoed during this election year. Many minority groups are feeling the backlash and continue to feel polarized as we approach Election Day. One large group includes women and #BossMoms alike - which is why it's more important than ever that we make sure our voices are heard on November 8th. With a little pre-planning and tweaking your to-do list, you can vote faster than your favorite Barista can make your latte. 

As #BossMoms we have an opportunity to be a part of history in the making. For the first time ever, we have a presidential candidate who is a #BossMom. But, I'm not here to tell you who you should vote for - as #BossMoms we are smart enough to make our own decisions and if we can spend weeks and months researching where our kids should go to school, what they should eat and what instruments they should play to help improve their concentration, then I know for damn sure we've already done our share of research on who should run our country. 

 

So you've done your research, you've looked at the facts, now what?! Hopefully you've registered to vote by now and you have received your voter ID card in the mail.

The actual voting process is easy but it's the process of finding time in your schedule and getting to your local polling station that can present a challenge. Whether you're a working mom, SAHM, #BossMom or all of the above, finding the time to get out and vote is no doubt a task that involves some pre-planning. You're likely staring at several loads of laundry, helping the kids with homework, paying bills, making dinner, scheduling a conference call, juggling work, planning a date night, at Target, writing a grocery list or planning your Thanksgiving dinner. Our to-do list is continuously growing and even when we cross something off, it's inevitable that another task is almost instantly added. But if there's one day we should press pause on our daily tasks, errands and to-dos, it's November 8th. Carving out a very small amount of time on Election Day to vote could help define how the next four years of our lives and very importantly, our children's lives are spent. 

 

I recently read an article by a 96-year-old senior editor of the New Yorker. Yes, you read correctly, 96 years young. The editor wrote about past elections he's voted in, and how how this year he will cast his 19th vote in what he believes is the most important vote of his lifetime. That message really struck a chord with me. If this writer has been voting since the 1940s and an election in 2016 is by far the most important election he will cast a ballot in - that is saying ALOT. His message was crystal clear - vote!

 

#BossMoms, on November 8th and in some states possibly earlier, make your voice heard and vote. If you need to ask Bae to stay with the kids while you run out to cast your ballot, do it! If you need to make arrangements with the sitter, nanny or relative - do it! Get together with other moms and take turns voting while one watches the little squad. Vote on Election Day as if the future of our #BossMomNation depended on it! 

 

Written by : Rosanne Ramkarran

JORD Watch Collaboration

I absolutely love my JORD watch, it’s light wooden aesthetic is what caught my eye. It’s such a cool watch & fits well into my casual wardrobe. The watch is very lightweight and fits comfortably on my wrist, this is perfect because as an active mother of 3 it’s very important that anything I wear be fuss free.

 

When I received the watch in the mail I was pretty impressed with the packaging as well! It came in a nice wooden box that I decided to keep &  store the watch in order to maintain the quality. If you’re looking to add a unique accessory to your collection I would recommend this watch for sure! Lightweight, neutral wooden tone, with a comfortable fit are all qualities that you can’t beat in a watch.

 

We are excited to participate in an exclusive giveaway with JORD Wood Watches for our audience! That means you!! All you have to do is click the link below and fill out the entry form for a chance to win a $75 e-gift code to shop or a $20 e-gift code to shop just for entering. Super cool right?!

 

Enter here by Oct 9th https://www.woodwatches.com/gi/3456

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches