Home-Caring in My Connected Home



Dear Diary,

Safer-At-Home Day 214: I’m self-caring at expert levels. I call it “home-caring”. 

For the last 7 months (honestly, for the life), I’ve been a salt-bath taking, incense burning, face-mask rocking, meditation loving, gratitude recording, cardio slaying Mama, and while that’s still absolutely the case, I’ve graduated. My brand of self-care has expanded, not just to include the people I love and live with (twenty-four-frickin-seven), but also the space that we love and spend ALL of our time in, together, constantly. The walls that once seemed to be closing in on me, are now supporting and reinforcing the peace I’m actively cultivating.  While it’s easy to get swept up in the chaos and lack of control out there, I choose to focus on and revel in the harmony and control that I can set up here.  And thanks to science (I friggin’ love science), Home Depot, and a little research, I’m keeping myself and my family safer at home like a boss. Our space is the ultimate fully connected home - a self-care haven, and that’s the focus of today’s “focusing on the GOOD” gratitude entry! I’m thankful for: 

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Creating Your Clean Safe Haven


It was July 2020. We were 4 months into our diligent, safer-at-home practices when it happened.  Our air conditioner broke. In Florida. In summer! It was almost comical. We’d been very careful—not eating out, not going out, soaking produce, letting delivered packages sit for days on end downstairs (it became more superstition than anything) and disinfecting all the delivered groceries, twice-- but now, we’d have to break the barrier. We’d have to let someone, from out there, in here!  It would be a first, as we hadn’t ventured out since March 8th! But I was ready. 

I wasn’t fearful, I was just being careful, I told myself, as I placed the call to request a repair man. But when he showed up later that day, peering at me through the glass window on the door, without a mask, I almost freaked out.  But I did ask him if he had one.  He pulled a crumpled paper mask from out of his shirt pocket and reluctantly put it on before entering our home. Thankfully, he had paper booties for his shoes, but pretty much touched everything with his bare hands on his way to and from the faulty unit which was located on the third floor, and at one point, even asked to use our bathroom!  

When everything was back in working order and I walked him out. I closed the door behind me and immediately jumped on the internet and began researching smarter, safer, pet, and kid friendly solutions for keeping my house clean during a pandemic. With the help of Home Depot, a trusted source to alleviate home safety concerns, here’s what I came up with:

Top 3 Reasons Why ‘Like A Boss’ Should be Your First GNO of 2020

#HoroscopeAF: January 10th will be your first and most epic Girls’ Night Out of the year. Expect a typical booked and busy Friday turned lituation, when you head out to the movies that evening to celebrate your best life with your best friends as you all laugh your asses off at what’s set to be the best all-ladies comedy of the year!

From HBIC energy to expert j-rolling to coochie cakes, here are a few reasons your crew should absolutely go watch ‘Like a Boss’ to inspire and kick off 2020.

1. The Trailer-- Watch it now, headphones all the way ON. #NSFW.

I’ll wait…

Sounds hilarious, right?! We know! So go ahead and send off that group text (and the link to this article) to have the girls mark their calendars for January 10th 2020. K, bye!

Kidding, kidding…

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How to Get This Bright White Smile- Sponsored by Colgate®



Hola Chica!

Due to the genetic hand I was dealt, my first few permanent teeth came in at some epically tragic angles. So way back in nineteen hundred and ninety-three, my parents took me straight to the orthodontist and I began the long and arduous journey that is metal braces, despite the fact that I only had like four adult teeth at the time. That’s how crooked they were -- an orthodontist thought it best to immediately place ‘emergency’ brackets on those four, while we awaited the arrival of the rest of my permanent teeth, adding brackets as we went! I’m talking six plus years! Luckily, they came off in time for me to slay prom, and my mostly straight and white teeth got me through college, graduate school, and into my first years of true adulting.

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