Random Thoughts on Thursday

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We changed Roey’s school from where he was to a school that immediately seems a thousand times better. His teacher loves him up, and the other students are so warm and cute and well behaved. The school has way more rules and is stricter than the shitshow place we had him in before. I’m so grateful we found it! He likes it and wakes up saying, “i’m going to my NEW school” instead of “I’m staying home and mommy’s staying home ok?” (on a loop, mind you) So much less heartbreaking now!


I miss coaching. I have been in the set up mode for so many other projects, and I have not done any life coaching, or run a challenge group in ages. So I’m starting one for May 11th. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow…I just am quite excited! I have been doing a tiny bit of 1:1 coaching online with my beachbody clients but I am ready to relaunch my coaching biz. Time to hang my shingle once again!


Oh my gosh. B-School, I’m going to have to do a full post on this, or maybe a video, but damned if that program didn’t do a number on me. I’m of two minds about the program, but I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about building their business, and can spare two Gs. I’m getting a lot out of it, and I haven’t even utilized all of it, and totally avoided the FB group, which is where a lot of value is as well. If you’re considering for next year, do not hesitate to ask me anything about it.


We were going to take a mini trip this weekend for John’s birthday, but decided to make it a staycation instead, leaving the kids with my family so we can….drumroll please…. Paint the house!! Yeah…it’s gunna be a rager.  I couldn’t decide between these paints above so I’m gunna just use em all 🙂 Which do you like?


With no mini-trip, I’m now in vacay mode. I have NYC in July, and Michigan in August, but May and June are barren. Plus we still haven’t decided on our October anniversary trip. We go back and forth… Hey…. help us decide:

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What’s on your mind this Thoughtful Thursday?


10 Things I’m Thankful For

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I am overflowing with gratitude and so full of thanks…

Today I’m linking up with TheSitsGirls for a day of gratitude in their back to blogging linkup. Join us!?

Here’s what I’m thankful for:

1. Oprah’s tour.

You gunna come see me, Mama O, and Auntie I? We’re tourin the country… didn’t you know?!


Come see us, we’ll tell you how to get your life together! LMAO

I am so psyched yall. I’m gunna see Oprah! And Iyanla!

Got my press pass confirmation this afternoon and bout lost my mind.


You can’t tell me nuthin for a good.. month behind this lol


I’m gunna soak up everything I can, and I’ll definitely come give a good recap for you girls as well!

(Can someone just tweet me and remind me to take pix plz)

2. Rohan talking so much and so clearly

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fixin’ to say something smart

This is one chatty kid! We have some legit conversations. And he knows all these words that I didn’t realize he did. And words he shouldn’t like “Mom, Kaya’s crying again. Freakin’ A!” ::sigh:: #mommyfail

3. Kaya being sleep trained

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Think she’s teething? LOL

It took one day. She was a good sleeper, and regressed a bit when her two lil teeth were popping in. We did one day of the same modified sleep training we did with Roey, and boom. She’s good to go again. #easybaby

4. Actually attending the events I’m invited to


(with GuyaneseSista)

I’ve been turning down events left and right, giving my spot away to bloggie friends, and realized that I only have a few more months of NYC events so I need to make use of em as much as possible! I have started showing my face at events again and it feels good.

5. Business Clarity & Success

I felt foggy, but am getting clearer, more focused, and have a good plan forming. Exciting things ahead for Dani. I’m also thankful for the successes I’m having lately with collaborations, sales/earnings, and growth, both in the blogging/writing side and on the beachbody/coaching side.

6. Florida Stuff

So, no cruise next month, sadly. That doesn’t sound like a good thing, but it really is when coming from a financial standpoint. John and I will have a much less fancyshmancy anniversary, but it’ll be better in the long run. This also means no Florida trip, which sucks, but I’m going in December and that’s really right around the corner. Also starting to look at places to live down there…really exciting stuff.

7. Decluttering

You know me. I’m on a permanent decluttering/paring down mission that never ever…ever…ends. I started another round yesterday and I’m feeling so good.  I read a quote that really sums up how I feel about it:

According to Oprah’s favourite organiser Pete Walsh, clutter can affect everything in your life:

You want a life built on a solid foundation, but you can’t even see the floor beneath you. You want to lose weight, but your kitchen is overwhelmed with appliances you never use. You want to build your career, but your office literally makes you feel ill. You want to change? This is where it starts: your home. Where you live, breathe, rest, love, and create. Forget the self-help books. Get rid of the clutter. Get organized. If you do, I promise that every aspect of your life will change in ways that you never imagined possible.

The way I see it, it’s all about self respect and self-love.

8. Scandal returning to TV tonight.


Don’t judge me. Yes, this makes me very thankful dammit!! Just get you some wine, and watch.

PS: it comes on at 9pm now! How to get away with murder comes on right after ::fingers crossed that it’s a good show::

9. Healthy habits requiring less effort

I wanted a sweet treat late last night. Specifically I wanted french toast drowning in syrup and butter. My craving was so strong and so specific that I wondered for a split second if I was pregnant. Instead, I had some water and waited. The craving still didn’t go away, so I had a chocolate shakeology. That hit the sugar spot, and killed the craving. If I were in a different place with my healthy habits, I would’ve made a big ol pan full of delicious french toast last night. I’m really thankful that getting healthier, and working out consistently, is getting easier and easier again. I love it!

10. This Guy


Don’t ask why he’s making this craycray face, I don’t remember.

What are you thankful for right this minute?!


Thursday Thoughts

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I’ve said it before, and I maintain my position: OKDani.com readers are the bestest people on earth. Thank you for your FB msgs and emails, and even the comments here on my last blogpost. Things are OK. We are going to be OK, I’m just taking a little breather in Florida. I love your love. Thank you so so very much.


You know that “Linda, Linda, honey, listen!” kid?  (If not check the video here) Well, I am scared my son is going to turn out just like him! He is funny…but doesn’t realize how close he is to getting punched dead in his face sometimes…. (I’m just being dramatic, we’re a no-spank household but you feel me)… Today he “shushed” me when i told him to do something!!


He’s taking things out of the cupboards and I asked him to put them back. He ignored me, so I got my stern voice out and told him to put them away now! He said: “Shhhhh mommy. Kaya seeping. Kaya seeeepiiing” in a hushed but urgent tone. I had to turn away so he wouldn’t see me crack up. But he did…he ran around to my face and did a fake laugh and said “it’s funny mommy!”

This kid just makes my day, minute by minute.


Thursday is becoming my favorite day. It’s pay day from beachbody and I get to see who in my team has grown, advanced in rank, and it’s a fresh start for the new week. I wanted to let you girls know 2 things:



1) Today starts beachbody’s summer sale. They have some of their popular programs and equipment marked down crazy low. (I bought myself a foam roller, stability ball and medicine ball set, along with a p90X tank top all for $30 or so) Check out the sale HERE and let me know if you’re interested in saving an additional 25% off the sale price by joining as a discount coach (a discount coach is just someone who signs up just for the 25% discount on goodies)

2) A few OKDani readers have reached out to me about becoming coaches, and one determined lil lady just signed up with our team outta nowhere! So I wanted to share with those who may be thinking about it or curious that tonight at 9pm there is a webinar discussing what coaching is, how it works, etc. If you want the link to the webinar let me know! (It will be recorded so if you’re not free at 9pm eastern I can get you the recording afterward)


Roey’s turning 2 on Saturday. No big party this year. Just a lil cake and burgers with a couple of my friends and their kids. I only have 2 days and I still haven’t bought the boy a present. One gift is definitely going to be a pair of sunglasses… He’s obsessed with mine.  I found this: 

elmo in sunglasses

And I think I know who did it: 




I think I want to get braids or twists put in for the summer. I’ve never done that before or had hair put in my head other than for a shoot and then taken right out. I’s scurred!!!  I saw some pictures of fat marley (havana?) twists and am now obsessed… I need to figure something out that requires little (read: ZERO) effort and won’t get busted from all the sweaty exercise I’m doing…. Any ideas??!!


Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday


Again I’m borrowing K. Elizabeth’s Thankful Thursday theme….since there is just SO *bleepin* MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!!


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Happy Easter! 

I’m thankful for this upcoming weekend that I’ll be at my parents’ house. It’ll be nice to have my mom’s help with the kids and nicer to have some delicious Jamaican food on Easter! Last Easter my mom was in Florida so I went over to hang with my dad and brother. I had to cook (boo.) but we had a great time and lots of laughs. This year I’m sure will be just as fun/laugh filled, but with an additional family member and a yummy meal that I don’t have to make 🙂


I’m thankful that I don’t really have to leave the house, when NYC area weather is doing craziness like this:

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Seriously it was 80, and super warm and sunny, we were out in the backyard, John lost his mind and tried to turn on the AC. Windows were open, birds were chirpin….and then all of a sudden it’s in the 20s and it’s snowing.  WHY?  I don’t know. But I’m thankful that I don’t have to go out and deal with mother nature’s moodiness if I don’t want to!


Despite the cray cray weather I’m thankful for the summer approaching. The year is flying by, but I hope the summertime goes niiiice and sloooowww. I’m thankful for all the summertime fun like grilling in the backyard, and my summer travel to conferences and Florida.  Thankful for the warmth that is coming our way. You will not find me complaining about the heat or humidity…that’s for sure!



Real Quick: I’m thankful for my awesome children, the beachbody business going really well and having more income, feeling more “normal” each day and healing up well after Kaya’s birth, the health of my family and friends, chase bank not letting people commit fraud on my account lol, water, children’s books and abcmouse.com, the internet at large, e-nypl (new york public library online), and the game of thrones.


What are you thankful for today?

Random Thoughts on Thursday



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I’m in a crazy state. It’s a mishmash of super excited and super tired and drained. Tired and drained because this little girl in my belly is terrorizing me way more than her brother did. And super excited because my new business venture is doing well so soon, and I get to meet my “terrorizer” in a week. Can’t beat that.

Have you been in a crazy dual state like this before?


I’ve been going back and forth on going to the BlogHer conference this year, but have decided to nut up and go. I’ll be hauling a 4 month old, and reppin’ two blogs (I started a separate beachbody coach blog), but I think it’s going to be a great experience. The flights…notsomuch. But worth it in the end.

Are you going to BlogHer’14 or any other conferences this year?


The apartment is finally coming together. I have to figure out a way to get John to go through his unpacked items and pare down even further…(or maybe I should just tossin’ stuff). But otherwise it’s starting to look like home to me 🙂 I have a few more odds and ends to make it a lil better but I’m happy with it. The kids’ room is totally undone. I can’t decide if I want to make a gender neutral room or a girl side and a boy side. ::sigh::

What say you? Gender Neutral or Boy & Girl Bedroom?