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Author Spotlight: Thea Fielding-Lowe

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Author Spotlight: Thea Fielding Lowe |

A few months ago Elle and I took the girls to the 4th Annual African American Book Fair at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum here in Baltimore. {Side note: I wrote a post about it and it never made it’s way to the blog}. While there we met so many African American authors and illustrators, it was amazing! We met a lovely author by the name of Thea who authored two children’s books: “Hey Auntie, What Color Is God?” and “The Birthday Story”. She had such a sweet spirit and I mentioned I would write about her on the blog. Well guess what? She reached out to me and I had a chance to interview her last week. You can thank me later.

Author Spotlight | Thea Fielding-Lowe

Dae: I remember when we met you told me the muse behind “Hey Auntie, What Color Is God?” was your then 4 year old niece Ysa. Who was the muse behind “The Birthday Story”?

Thea: “The Birthday Story” was originally written for my Pastor’s Anniversary. I was asked to write a story about him so I prayed and fasted. At 5am the day of the celebration the words began to flow. After presenting at the ceremony my pastor said he thought I had another book. I made some edits, a coworker offered to do the illustrations and viola!


Dae: Did Ysa know you were writing a book or did you surprise her?

Thea: No, I didn’t know I writing a book either. I didn’t write the book until 5 years later. The conversation when Ysa asked what color is God stayed with me and one day the Holy Spirit led me to write it down. My Pastor’s wife wanted to get more into her creative side so I asked her if she wanted to be the illustrator and there you have it.


Dae: Does Ysa have any plans to follow in your footsteps and become an author as well?

Thea: Not now. She recently graduated high school and is planning to become a nurse.


Dae: What was the writing process like for you? Fast and easy or did you face some difficulty or writer’s bock?

Thea: Pretty easy. I wrote down the conversation with Ysa and went from there. The hardest part was illustrating Jesus. I didn’t want his face to be a specific color so all the illustrations of Jesus are from the shoulders down.


Dae: Did you ever dream of becoming author? If so, was children’s literature the genre of choice?

Thea: Never thought so! Reading and English were a struggle early on, I saw a reading specialist. In 7th grade my love for reading and books increased.


Dae: How has being an author changed your life?

Thea: Being an author makes me feel like I can do anything! It has been a confidence builder and allowed me to see God is using my weaknesses for his glory.


Dae: What was the feeling when your first book was picked up by the publishing company?

Thea: I got the call while on vacation at my Mom’s house. I missed the call! When I listened to the voicemail I screamed and ran through the house. I was overjoyed! All my siblings were there which made it even better. I hope this inspires them to use their talents to follow their dreams.


Dae: How did you find illustrators?

Thea: For “Hey Auntie, What Color Is God?” the first lady of my church wanted to be more creative. I offered and she accepted. For “The Birthday Story” a coworker offered. God laid it all out for me.


Dae: It’s obvious you love children, are you involved in any community or faith based your programs?

Thea: Yes, my day job is Education Program Manager.


Dae: Tell us one thing that’s not in your bio.

Thea: Hmmm…I love TV and movies. I would love to produce a women’s talk show! I’m actually finishing up the pilot. It may be web based in the beginning but we’re hoping for a network to pick it up.


Thank you so much Thea for the opportunity to pick your brain a bit! I wish you ALL the best in your future endeavors! I’m also on the lookout for your talk show!

Thea’s books can be found on Amazon and her website and for a limited time you can receive 15% off your purchase by using the code LIONESS at checkout. My Siamese Twin

July 5, 2016

Mama Tip | Saving Money with Groupon Coupons

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**Housekeeping: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
The weather is getting nicer and baby girl enjoys being outside. Of course we must look our best (at least she must) while out and about in these streets. Then add in the cost of these outings and my purse is getting a bit lighter. Like any other shopper and Mama I love a good deal, clearance and coupons. Enter Groupon Coupons
We all know and love Groupon for a deal and now they have coupons to add to the savings. Stores like Nordstrom and Carter’s (our faves!) for the outfits and JoAnn’s for the days we stay in and get creative or organize. And if for some unexplainable reason shopping isn’t your thing, Groupon also has coupons for Dell and HP and GoDaddy to help you take care of business. Maybe you’re planning a vacay, guess what? Groupon has you covered there too with coupons for Travelocity. This is truly a win-win situation!
With over 50 coupon categories and hundreds of retailers to choose from you’re bound to find a coupon you can use. So stop worrying about the cost of museum admission, what the kids are going to wear to that birthday party this weekend and what to get the kid for a gift. Just head on over to Groupon Coupons and get to shopping! You know you want to. 
Added bonus – Impress the hubbs with all the money you saved!
Follow #GrouponCoupons on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with new deals! My Siamese Twin
May 1, 2016

7 Places To Eat During Blogalicious 2015

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Blogalicious Weekend in Baltimore, MD |

Seeing as how I’m a blogger and I live in Baltimore one would assume I’d be attending Blogalicious this weekend (September 10-12) right? Well…not really. I would love to go and I thought long and hard about it but baby girl is due on September 11th and I didn’t want to risk losing my money. 

Since I won’t be in attendance I thought I’d help my fellow bloggers out with some personal recommendations on where to eat in the area. Why where to eat and not what to do? Well, I’m nine months pregnant and food is my life right now! And I also thought you’d be busy with workshops and networking.

Starting Point – Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 700 Aliceanna St Baltimore, Md 21202

Neighborhood known as Harbor East

1. Starbucks – Coffee ain’t never hurt nobody!

  • 635 S President St
  • 2 minute walk 

2. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

  • 720 Aliceanna St
  • 1 minute walk
  • 5 for $6 til 7pm Happy Hour
  • 8 for $9 til 10pm Happy Hour
  • Happy Hour is the most economical time to visit.
  • I haven’t been in a while but it’s one of my fave places in Harbor East. 
  • I spend $18-$25 on average

3. Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion

  • 720B Aliceanna St
  • 1 minute walk
  • Happy Hour 4:30 – 7:00
  • I haven’t been in a while but I enjoyed the Happy Hour. The drinks and appetizers were pretty good.

4. Whole Foods

  • 1001 Fleet St
  • 5 minute walk
  • Good for healthy snacks and the salad bar.
  • I spend $8 on average at the salad bar

5. Teavolve

  • 1401 Aliceanna St
  • 6 minute walk
  • Hands down my fave place in Harbor East!
  • The food and service are always on point!
  • Vegetarian & Vegan options.
  • I suggest the shrimp & grits, or anything from the breakfast menu
  • Check their Facebook page before going, they sometimes close for private events.
  • I spend $15 on average

6. Gordon Biersch Brewery

  • 1000 Lancaster St
  • 4 minute walk
  • Open late with bar
  • Garlic fries are a must!
  • I spend $15 on average

7. Nalley Fresh

  • 400 E Pratt St
  • 12 minute walk (neighborhood changes from Harbor East to Inner Harbor)
  • Vegetarian & Vegan options
  • I love this place so much I get my car out of the garage in the middle of the work day to drive there!
  • Personal description – Chipotle on steroids!
  • I spend $10 on average

There are a ton of other restaurants to eat in the area. I shared places I’ve actually been and enjoyed. Please let me know if you try any of these places and how you like it. Oh yeah…have tons of fun at Blogalicious!





September 9, 2015

7 Women I Admire on Social Media and Why

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I’m obsessed with social media. I mean who isn’t in 2015? Over the past year or so I’ve come across some ladies that are girl crush worthy, and not just for looks.

Myleik Teele – She’s the Founder & CEO of curlBox and currently fearing nothing! She drops all kinds of knowledge on her Instagram page and is a physical and virtual mentor to many. I consider her a virtual mentor myself. I almost forgot to mention the books she recommends…chile…enough to make you cut the cable and self educate.

Mia Ray – She’s a momtrepreneur and fashion & lifestyle blogger. She is running things you hear me?! She’s raising two boys and running two brands all at the same damn time. Her energy and drive help me get going. That’s the kind of mama I plan to be, running my home and my businesses.

Nicole Walters – Also known as Naptural Nicole. I just started following her about a month ago and she keeps my mind on expanding my coins! #MonetizeThyself She’s recently been killing the game on Periscope and is now known as #ScOprah or #ScopeQueen. Girlfriend is killing it! Best of all we’re in the same city so I’m hoping to meet her soon. 

Shanel Cooper-Sykes – She’s been keeping my spirituality on point for years now. She’s a life coach and author (to name a few) and an over all beautiful spirit. “My mission is to inspire and motivate people of this generation to reach our full potential, mentally, physically and spiritually through every form of media available to me.” – from her website.

Mattie James – Known on the web as Mattieologie. I recently began following her and I love her blog! She gives great blogging tips almost daily on her blog and podcast and they never disappoint. She’s also a new mama, which I love because I secretly cannot stop following new mamas these days.

Regina Anaejionu – Also known s byRegina. Her blog is o-mazing! If you’re a blogger or plan to become one, be sure to check her out. She offers products and courses and I’m sure her knowledge will help you grow. She’s another one of my virtual mentors.

#BLMgirls – This is a group of ladies that are keeping me going on slow days. They are full of energy and information and I’m so happy to be a part of this tribe. Shout out to Leslie Young to starting this awesome group!

There are plenty other ladies that I admire on social media but these ladies I check for the most. Check ’em out, I’m sure you’ll like them too!

July 22, 2015

Top 10 Items I Want From My Baby Registry

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Of course I want it all, I mean, I registered for it right? Right. But there are some things I want more than others. 

Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System in Downton

This system is awesome! I love that it has the Click Connect car seat, that is a must for me regardless of the stroller. But the stroller won me over because the baby can face me or the world without the car seat. 

B gave it a test drive when we registered for it a few weeks ago. He said it has a smooth ride and is height appropriate, which was a concern. B is 6’3″ and I’m 5’9″. The last thing I want is to be hunched over pushing my baby around town, that just ain’t cute.

The link above shows the travel system in Francesca, I chose to get Downton which is all black with silver accents. I like the sleek look of all black, plus it matches most of my outfits and the car interior.


Ingenuity Washable Playard with Dream Centre

Why am I excited for a playard? This one is washable! If you know me personally, you know I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Not to mention the bassinet and changing table attachments. I’m planning to use this in our bedroom for a while before transitioning her to a crib.When she outgrows the bassinet part I plan to get a playard mattress. The piece of cardboard  mattress that comes with is…ummm…too damn hard for a baby to be sleeping on.


Mombo Nursing Pillow

Yes, I know that says Mombo and not Boppy but hear me out. I discovered the Mombo about a year ago while shopping for a baby shower. I loved the vibrating insert which prompted the purchase. After doing more research lately I like that one side is soft and the other is firm. Plus, I’m not to keen on following the crowds.


4Moms Spout Cover

I have a small fear that the water may be too hot or cold when giving baby a bath. This lil’ gadget solves that. From what I gather, you hook this on the tub spout and it reads the temperature of the water. Genius!


Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano

I can only imagine that I’ll love to see my baby kicking away at this thing. I’m not a big fan of noisy toys but I saw this and fell in love! 

It comes in two versions. This one can be hung over the side of a crib or playard. The other is an activity mat. I saw a YouTube vid where baby was long and quickly outgrew the mat. Seeing as how B and I are on the taller side I decided to go with this version.


Infantino Fusion Flexible Baby Carrier

I love the idea of baby wearing. After reading some reviews and watching some videos I decided to go with this carrier. It can be worn on the front or back, although I will only be wearing on the front, I need to know what’s going on. It seems easy to get on and off and B likes that it’s not fabric, that’s not his style.


Stork Craft Glider and Ottoman

I wanna be one of these mamas who rocks her baby (and herself) to sleep. Not to mention I’ve always loved rocking chairs. I had a little wooden one when I was a toddler and I always ask B to buy me one when we go to Cracker Barrel. Anywhoo, this one has plenty cushion and matches the color scheme I want for her room.


Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat

Yes, Ingenuity not Bumbo. They are pretty similar and in the same price range but the Ingenuity won me over because the age range is slightly wider. I know, it’s the small things. I also like the attachments that are available with the Ingenuity.


Crane Elephant Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

First of all, this thing is adorable. Secondly, we use one in our room so I’m pretty sure baby will need one too. Thirdly, the elephant won me all the way over! A few days before we found out the sex of our baby I had a dream the baby was an elephant. Crazy I know, but I’m pregnant, forgive me. 

Anyhoo, I was telling a co-worker about my dream and she said elephants are good luck in some cultures and they represent money in others. So we decided we are having one rich lucky charm of a baby.


Munchkin Steam Guard Electric Sterilizer

Back to this germaphobe thing, yeah, it’s that real. Look, I have to ensure her bottles are squeaky clean and free of microbes. We don’t have a dishwasher (I know, I know, it’s 2015) and I cannot imaging hand washing bottles. I would have to get a separate dish pan and all to ease the anxiety. This will handle that for me.


Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer

Yes, this makes 11, consider it a bonus. Now when it came down to a bouncer/rocker/vibrating chair they all started running together. It got to the point where we went down the aisle for the second time and I just scanned a pretty one. Nevertheless, still a necessity. 


Creating my baby registry was fun! It was like creating an Amazon Wish List with items people will actually buy me. These items are listed in no particular order. If you have any of them and can offer a personal review, please do so in the comments, I’d love to know the juicy details.

**This post contains some affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase from one of the links I will receive a small commission. But you were gonna purchase that anyway right? So now we both win.


July 10, 2015