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“I got home at 5:15 and headed out to a 5:30 violin lesson and 6pm football practice…I picked up my mail as I backed out of the driveway..on the way I got an overwhelming sense of dread thinking about cooking dinner…as I thumbed through my mail I came across my BLESSING in the form of Fast and Fabulous meals…the best part is for several of the recipes I already have ingredients on hand!!! Cooking is a CHORE that I don’t enjoy but I am so looking forward to cooking each and every Fast and Fabulous recipe!!! “- Meisha Finney Hall

“My 3-year old requested chicken, rice and broccoli for dinner when I picked her up today. Lo and behold, your cookbook was in the mailbox when we got home. The Italian Chicken made for a quick and tasty meal, along with our broccoli and rice! I absolutely love your cookbook and look forward to using it often!!!”- Shevonya Noble


This delicious Shrimp & Grits recipe is just one of the meals you will learn to cook in my cookbook!




Cooking Party Recap

My latest cooking lesson party was a success! Lots of fun, laughter, and of course, plenty of cooking. I instructed the ladies on how to cook chicken fried rice, french toast, and more. Our beautiful spinach and fruit salads with homemade salad dressing were a big hit. Save the date for my next cooking party demo and cookbook signing on Friday, August 16, 2013 in La Plata, MD. Details coming soon. Good bless you!



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Running On E?

EThis month has to be one of the busiest months of my life. I am planning my biggest cooking party to date, I am hosting another private function, I am planning my oldest daughter and friend’s graduation cookout, I am helping my daughter wrap up college plans, I am traveling out of state with my husband, taxiing my son to basketball practices and games for the two basketball teams he is on, attending music related functions for my youngest daughter, putting the finishing touches on my cookbook as well as another special project cookbook, hosting out of town guests at our home, and giving some private cooking lessons. Yes, that is all happening this month. I have already completed an out-of-state weekend basketball trip with my son, coordinated and attended a make up session and a senior photo shoot for my oldest daughter, supported family members at a music concert, just to name a few. All of that, and we are just eight days into this month of May. Did I mention that I am a couponer, avid home cook, and the one that handles bill paying and grocery shopping for my family of five? Whew! That just made me tired all over again.

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I am against moms being excessively busy. After all, the name of this blog is Supermom Decoded, where I give tips as to how moms can enjoy this motherhood journey, which often times means saying “NO” to doing some things. Soooo, how did I get here? Hmmm…I’m not really sure (or maybe I am). I just know that right now, I am doing NOTHING for a couple of hours (besides typing this blog). In the background, I have pure worship music playing (music that is just exalting God, not me). My “to do” list is screaming at me. I can hear time ticking away as I fight away the anxious thoughts of missing a deadline, causing one of my beloved projects or events to possibly not turn out as perfect as I imagined if I don’t act NOW.

Here’s what I know for sure: If I am on E, empty that is, none of these events are going to turn out well anyway. I would show up fragmented, smiling outwardly but empty inwardly and depositing into others when my own spiritual account is in the negative. That would only last for so long. Just like a car, I would eventually run out of gas and just give out. Our cars alert us when the gas tank is low, but what alerts us humans as we fly through the busyness of this life? I honestly believe The Lord always prompts us gently, telling us when we need to slow down some, when to lay aside our busy agendas and just sit still, hear His voice, focus on His word even the more. Although it seems like we are the glue to so many other people’s world, and in many ways we are, the world really will keep moving on if we pull aside for a little bit and refill. I cannot think of too many things that will work long-term without recharging, refilling, changing out the batteries, or being plugged in to a constant stream of power. We are not any different.

So, I am just writing this blog to remind me and you not to get caught up in busyness and giving out to others to the detriment of your own spiritual, mental, or physical health. Listen and know when to bring it in some, and just be still, refill in His presence. Don’t live life on E.

supermomdecodedlogo13aHelpful scriptures: I Chronicles 16:27 AMP; Exodus 33:14; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 97:5


Super Mom Decoded Tip: Though few will admit it, we all can get out of balance sometimes. The earlier you recognize you are headed towards E, the quicker you can correct it. You can’t continuously give out what you don’t constantly put in. 








***This post has not been edited yet. It’s just straight from my heart to the keyboard.***

Confessions of a No Prom Mom

prom picturesWould you believe that my oldest child is having her senior prom tonight…but she is not going. Although I have waited for the past 17 years to go shopping for her prom dress, shoes and jewelry, to hire a make up artist, to help her in the selection of her prom date, and to go all out paparazzi style in my photos of her, those experiences will pass me and her by since she decided not to go at all. So, I will have no pictures and no memories of this once in a lifetime event. I was really disappointed at first, but then I had to realize something that every parent must realize: Your child is NOT you. Sure, they have some of your qualities and attributes, but ultimately they are their own person. And the older and more independent they get, the more you will see that. Socially, my daughter tends to be more like my husband (who only agreed to go to his senoir prom 2 weeks beforehand after his friends pulled everything together for him). I am quite to the opposite. I was the social butterfly in both high school and college, and I still enjoy being social today. I was active in anything that involved social activities. I would not even think of missing a party, not to mention any of my once in a lifetime senior year moments, especially PROM! But again, my daughter is NOT me. I have to constantly remember not to put MY expectations on HER. I must give her space to fully be who God created her to be.

Every parent has or will walk down this road. We want things for our kids that they may not want for themselves. Many of us have our own set of expectations for their lives. If we played basketball as a child, we get disappointed if our child is not the least bit interested in sports. If we excelled academically in school, we certainly expect our kids to do the same. Most of us already have expectations that our kids will get married and have grandkids for us to love. What if our kids decide to remain single and never have kids? DISAPPOINTMENT! I know my situation just involves a prom (Yes, I can be a bit of a DRAMA MAMA). In the grand scheme of things, SO WHAT, right? It’s not like my daughter is bringing any dishonor to our family by not attending the prom. She is a great kid that does not cause us any trouble at all. I am very proud to be her mom, even though I am a no prom mom. Plus, I have two younger kids, (daughter and a son). I just may get my chance to be a prom mom someday after all! (Keeping hope ALIVE).


P.S. -YES, my daughter ok’d this blog post. 🙂




Supermomdecoded Tip: Our kids won’t always be or do what WE think they should be or do. Stop tripping! Commit to love them anyway. Give them space to be who THEY are, not who YOU want them to be.

Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Strawberry ice cream is one my daughter’s favorite flavor of ice cream. When I discovered a recipe that did not require a ice cream machine, I was determined to try it. I tweaked an ice cream recipe I found on the back of the can of sweetened condensed milk and made my own flavor.  I topped the finished ice cream scoops with caramel and garnished it with a fresh strawberry. It a delicious treat.

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Follow this easy recipe and watch the how-to instructional video below.

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe


2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups of strawberries, diced into small chunks


In a large mixing bowl, whisk heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks are formed.

In a separate bowl, blend sweetened condensed milk and strawberries until mixed well.

Fold strawberry and condensed milk blend into whipped cream evenly.

Transfer contents into a 2 quart bowl with a lid.

Cover and freeze for 8 or more hours.

Scoop and enjoy!

Watch this quick instructional video.


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Supermomdecoded tip: The best way to learn new recipes is to try new recipes. Leave a comment below to let me know if you plan to try this. Be sure to follow up to let me know how it turned out.

Party Like A Rock Star

Me at my birthday party. CHEEESE!

Me at my birthday party. CHEEESE!

I love to celebrate special occasions. My mother raised me that way. There was not one birthday of mine that went by without being celebrated. What great memories she created for me. During that time, there was no Chuck E. Cheese’s. At best, my party would be at McDonald’s. But typically all of my parties were held right under our carport on a beautiful summer Saturday. My mother and I were the party planners. She would have me choose the theme of the party which would be reflected on the white sheet cake overloaded with colorful butter cream icing. Bozo the Clown, Winnie the Pooh, and Barbie were some of my most memorable themes. The invitation list always consisted of family members, neighborhood kids, and occasionally a few friends from school. My guests and I proudly wore our coned-shaped paper birthday hats until the elastic holding it down broke or became too unbearable around our little faces. Our entertainment consisted of us playing pin the tail on the donkey, bingo, or running around chasing each other. Capturing the memories was easy with our Polaroid camera that developed pictures right on the spot as we fanned the photos back and forth. Those were the good old days. Memories were made. Mission was accomplished!When I my oldest daughter turned one, my mother and I got together once again to plan the ultimate house party for her. We invited lots of guests, hired a clown, ordered tons of pizza, and had plenty to drink. We were so excited to pass this party tradition on to my daughter. To our dismay, my daughter slept through most of the party. The preparation of the house before hand and the clean up after wards was more than we could have imagined. We vowed to never throw a house party again.

Bowling birthday party for my son's 11th birthday.

Bowling birthday party for my son’s 11th birthday.

The next year we went to Chuck E. Cheese’s for her party. We paid our money, walked in when the party started and walked out when it was over. Ahhhh…..we had found our answer to a stress-free party. Like most parents, I despised being at Chuck E. Cheese’s but my kids loved it. Party places like that served us for most of my three kid’s birthdays. Then, finally, they outgrew those places. That’s when I had to dig in and find creative ways to celebrate their birthdays. We have had spa parties, dinner and a movie parties, scavenger hunts, bowling parties, America’s Next Top Model parties, and a candy themed Sweet 16 party. Let me warn you, the parties get more expensive. In our home, we throw a party to celebrate every time our child turns a year older. We throw a big party at 13 and 16 with smaller celebrations for the ages reached in between. Not a year goes by without being celebrated at all.

My daughter True's America's Next Top Model Sweet 16 Party

My daughter True’s America’s Next Top Model Sweet 16 Party

Let me start by saying, I enjoy planning parties and various events for my loved ones. It’s a fun hobby for me, but if event planning is not your thing, HIRE an event planner. There are way too many details that go into having a successful event. If it’s not your thing, put it in the hands of a pro. If you want to plan and execute the event yourself, here’s a few helpful tips:

1) Pick a theme. The internet is a great source of inspiration. Be sure to pick something that really represents your child’s personality. For instance, don’t choose a 70’s theme if your child is uncomfortable with wearing crazy costumes and dancing. I can sense when I have found the right theme because the moment I find it, my mind begins to race with ideas on how to customize it for my event. I don’t want to totally copy someone’s idea, I want it to inspire me to create my own.

2) Create memories inside of memories. As if throwing a sweet 16 party isn’t memorable enough, find ways to create memories while creating the party memory. My daughter and I created additional memories by constructing all her invitations together by hand. We also had fun shopping together for her outfit and for some of the party decorations. Consider having a party planning meeting with your child over their favorite meal. Perhaps you can go to the spa together to have your nails done for the party. Create memories leading up to the event to make it special every step of the way!

Sweet 16 Candy Themed Party for my daughter Fahrelle.

Sweet 16 Candy Themed Party for my daughter Fahrelle.

3) Venues & menus. The type of party you want to have should weigh heavily on your menu and venue selection. If you don’t want a sit down dinner, serve finger foods on small plates instead of heavy dishes that require the use of silverware. Find a venue that suits the type of party you want to have, at the location and price you desire. Every venue has different restrictions, so read the contract carefully before signing.

My daughter True's 17th birthday dinner at P.F. Chang's. Attire: neckties

My daughter True’s 17th birthday dinner at P.F. Chang’s. Attire: neckties

4) Budgets & Buddies. Creativity can cost you extra money or save you extra money. Predetermine your budget for decorating, food, photographer, wardrobe, entertainment, venue, etc. Use online shopping to get decorations for much less than many of your retail craft stores offer. The best budget saver is a creative buddy! Get a creative friend on your team that has a knack for finding cost effective ways to bring your vision to pass. Having a fresh set of creative eyes can offer you a fresh perspective. Two are better than one!

5) Get some FUN out of your FUNction. Don’t allow the party details to stress you out to the extent where you forget to have fun at the party. Participate in a game, dance, chat and take pictures with the guests, laugh with your kids. At the end of the day, you want to walk away with some great memories, too.



Supermom Decoded Tip: I encourage all parents out there to celebrate each year of your child’s life. Find a way to create a memory around that special day. Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive to be memorable.






Other Birthday Celebration Ideas

  • Create a scavenger hunt for the birthday child to find their gifts around the house.
  • Cook their favorite meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Take them out to their favorite restaurant (for an extra bonus, check them out of school and take them)
  • Invite their friends over for pizza and movie night.
  • Have a small dinner party at a restaurant for them and their closest friends.
  • Add some excitement to smaller parties by requesting all the guests dress in a certain wardrobe. (Football jersey of their favorite team and player, your child’s favorite color, etc. For my daughter’s 17th birthday, we had a dinner party at P.F. Chang’s and had all the guests, guys and girls, dress in white shirts and black neckties)

Make Up Tips for Busy Moms

I admire mothers that take the time to look great in public. Caring for a child that can do little to nothing for them self is hard work. If you are a mom to a newborn baby, you know that getting to take a shower every day is a luxury. Needless to say, packing up the kids to leave the house can be a huge production. Honestly, who feels like devoting a lot of time to their own appearance after overseeing the appearance of little ones? I believe that every mom really wants to look fabulous, most just do not want to devote the time to it or do not know how to look great in a small amount of time. I connected with the always fabulous mom of two young kids, Make Up Artist Niki Monty to get her Top 5 Make Up Tips for Busy Moms. Here they are!


1. Begin with a Clean Canvas – applying makeup is simplified when the skin is properly cleaned and groomed. Be sure that the skin is properly cleaned, toned, moisturized and that hair removal (waxings, etc) have been taken care of. This bi-weekly – monthly maintenance will make applying your makeup quicker and drastically enhance the finished look. The most cost effective and results proven products I’ve used is the Artistry Essentials skin care system which offers a balancing system for oily skin and a hydrating system for dry skin.


2. Use a Tinted Moisturizer and/or Liquid Foundation for Protection and Coverage – one of the top makeup myths is that foundation is harmful to the skin. This is false in so many ways. Foundation and tinted moisturizers actually act as barriers between free radicals and your skin. As mothers, we’re often on the go and extensive exposure to sun, weather and the like are inevitable. If you prefer light coverage and want something that will brighten and protect the skin without a lot of coverage, a tinted moisturizer is great. Use your finger tip to apply a dime-sized amount beginning in the middle of your face and working outward. If you prefer more coverage use the same amount and method to apply liquid foundation (preferably with SPF), followed by a pressed powder. *If neither of the aforementioned options provide enough coverage use a concealer to cover blemishes, dark spots and the like. MAC Prolongwear Concealer is the BEST, it’s in liquid form and a tiny dot goes a long way. Artistry and NARS both manufacture great tinted moisturizers, they differ in price (NARS being more expensive). Loreal True Match, MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid and Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk are all great liquid foundations with varying price points. Loreal True Match and Ima3360372026112_4_LUMINOUSSILKFOUNDATIONn also offer great pressed powders at CVS and Target.



3. Keep Facial Hair Groomed – for ideal makeup application and overall look, women should keep facial hairs at a minimum. While daily shaving and plucking can be somewhat tedious, wax removal is ultimately better for the skin. Most women who have moderate – normal hair growth can go two weeks or more without waxing. Less than two weeks is not recommended unless you have rapid hair growth. Schedule wax removal and brow maintenance to prevent daily shaving and tweezing.


4. Use Lipstick and Liner – in recent years women have shied away from lipstick, creating a generation that prefers gloss for convenience. While I love a great lip gloss, lipstick lasts much longer. With gloss you find yourself applying the product more because it’s not as dense and pigmented as lipstick, resulting in short lived appearances of sheer, shiny lips. If you love the shine that lip gloss offers try using an amplified lipstick or putting a gloss over top of your lipstick. Lip liners also seem to be a thing of the past, however they’re the best thing to keep your lipstick from feathering. If you prefer a single color lip and don’t like the contrast between liner and lip color, use a liner that is the same color as your lipstick. Another option is to fill the entire lip with lip liner and top with a gloss for shine, this way you get long lasting pigment and shine without using 3 products. Drug stores have great options for lip color, although you can’t sample the colors most have generous return policies and will allow you to refund/exchange opened cosmetics. If you prefer to try before you buy you may want to purchase from a department store, which may increase your price but will allow for sampling and professional consultation. IMAN, MAC and YSL have great, quality lipsticks.

3005. Liner and Mascara are Musts –eyeliner and mascara are the two most budget friendly beauty fixes. Never spend a lot of money on mascara with the intent of looking like the models on the ads – if you want optimal length and volume use faux lashes and call it a day (lol). Seriously, most mascara ads use a model with several layers of lashes and insist that by paying $30 for mascara your lashes will miraculously transform into what you see in the picture; not true. If you naturally have long, voluminous lashes, a good $7 mascara provides sufficient enhancement. If you have short, sparse lashes, a good mascara will enhance them as well. In order to provide the most drama and length you may want to consider a pair of faux, natural looking lashes. My 2 favorite mascaras are Maybelline’s Great lash for length and L’Oreal Voluminous for Volume. Eyeliner is also a good quick fix, shaping the eyes and minimizing the appearance of bags and wrinkles. L’Oreal Infallible 16 Hour Eyeliner is perfect for everyday use and is sustainable for long days without smudging. 300-2








Supermom Tip: Take the time to step up your appearance. Your appearance speaks to others before your words are able to. Look your best. You deserve it!


*Artistry products can be purchased at nikimonty.com, via the “Shop” tab. For questions, readers can email Niki  at info@nikimonty.com.   

Make Up Artist Niki Monty (Photo Credit: Clark Bailey Company)

Make Up Artist Niki Monty
(Photo Credit: Clark Bailey Company)








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Sweet and spicy salmon

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Cooking Party Again?

Who would have thought that I would keep hosting these things called “cooking parties”? I surely did not know what would become of them when God gave me the idea to create and host one. Well, one led to another one, and here I am about to host my fourth weekend of cooking parties. The results drive me to continue to host them, despite the intense effort that goes into it. These classes have given women from various backgrounds the spark they needed to get creative in the kitchen again. To my surprise, the ladies that have attended were not just stay at home moms. Some of the ladies that attended were empty-nesters looking to cook better quality meals for themselves, newlyweds looking to wow their spouse in the kitchen, engaged ladies planning to start this cooking thing off right and single women that just want to invest in improving their cooking skills.  Check out this quick recap video of the last cooking party I hosted. As always, the results were amazing!

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Shrimp & Grits cooked and plated by attendees.

Shrimp & Grits cooked and plated by attendees.

I am already so excited about the upcoming cooking party weekend happening April 5 and 6, 2013 (registration closed). We will be cooking up Southwest Grilled Chicken, Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans and more.

Southwest Grilled Chicken

Southwest Grilled Chicken

If you are in the DC/MD/VA area, and interested in attending, contact me at supermomdecoded@gmail.com. I love helping others to win in the kitchen!




Supermom Decoded Tip- Do not be defeated in the kitchen. Get the help you need to wow your family with quality meals. They deserve your very best!


My Top Three Best Dressed List

Fashion plays almost just as an important part of the Oscars as the Oscar award itself. You can find every fashion lover’s eyes fastened to the red carpet to see who is wearing what on that night. I have picked my top three best dressed celebs that attended the Oscars. Here they are:

#3- Kelly Rowland. I am a huge fan of black and white. This Donna Karan Atelier dress does not dissapoint!

#3- Kelly Rowland. I am a huge fan of black and white. This Donna Karan Atelier dress does not disappoint!


#2- Naomi Watts ROCKS this beaded one shoulder Armani Prive. She shows how to reveal very little skin and still look HOT.

#2- Naomi Watts ROCKS this beaded one shoulder Armani Prive. She shows how to reveal very little skin and still look HOT.


#1 Halle Berry. This custom Versace metallic dress is just EVERYTHING. She was certainly the BEST DRESSED at the Oscars.

#1 Halle Berry. This custom Versace metallic dress is just EVERYTHING. She was certainly the BEST DRESSED at the Oscars.


Best make up goes to Adele. Whoever beats her face deserves an Oscar themselves. What a fabulous job!

Best make up goes to Adele. Whoever beats her face deserves an Oscar themselves. What a fabulous job!

So what do you think of my list? Who did I leave off? Who should I have omitted? Leave your comments please!