Friday Finds: Sunglasses

1. AMZTM Classic Simple Oversized Polarized Women Sunglasses
2. CATWALK Mashadies UV400 Oversize Polarized Sunglasses
3. U.I station Mirrored Sunglasses 
4. Gucci Black & Green Browline Sunglasses 
5. Womens Cat Eye Mirrored Revo Reflective Lenses Oversized
6. Kate Spade Women's Amarissa Aviator Sunglasses,
7. Betsey Johnson Womens Tortoise Sunglasses
8. Gucci Sunglasses 
9. Leckirut Women Shades Classic Oversized Polarized Sunglasses

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My mother-daughter business trip with India

This post is sponsored by the Dove Self-Esteem Project

I went to Mom 2.0 Summit last month, which is a conference for influencers in the parenting space. It's my favorite conference every year and this year I decided to take India with me. She's always been curious about the conferences I attend, and as she's getting older I thought it could be inspiring for her to see so many female entrepreneurs. So she attended as an "intern" and helped out where she could. She attended some of the sessions but also just enjoyed tooling around the hotel on her own.

Dove was once again the key sponsor, and it's a brand India is familiar with because earlier this year, we took part in the #HourWithHer, a toolkit for talking about confidence and self-esteem with young women. India and I spent an hour using their resources and helping India to flip the script on a situation where she had lacked confidence. They had these resources available at Mom 2.0 as well as a beauty bar, which India took full advantage of. 

While there we got to watch the latest film from Dove's Real Beauty Productions, produced by Shonda Rhimes. It's called “An Hour With Her and it features Chelsea Harris, who was mentored through the Dove Self-Esteem Project ten years ago. She carries foward what she learned, and the impact it had on her life, as she mentor s16-year-old aspiring actress Caralyn Singleterry. Caralyn is struggling to overcome negative feelings around her appearance. It's a really powerful story about the impact of mentorship with young women and Caralyn's struggle is so resonant.

India and I also had the chance to attend the Iris Awads together. It was fun to get dressed up and go to a fancy event with her. I was up for an award and didn't win, and I actually was really grateful for an opportunity to let her see me lose gracefully and to have her witness how we were all sincerely cheering each other on. I'm so grateful for the support and encouragement of my friends in the blogging community and I loved having India there to bear witness to this kind of female friendship.

I think she left empowered, excited, and ready to be her own boss-lady.

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We chat with Karen Walrond on how to cultivate healthy friendships, Kristen divulges her goal to stop multitasking, and Sarah shares about her new meditation journey.
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Is yours the black kid?

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from March 2008.

It's always funny seeing people trying to be PC about our transracial family. It's like everyone is scared to say the word "black" or describe him in those terms. I am constantly chuckling to myself when people will say, "is that your son over there, with the blue shirt, and jeans?" or "is your son the one with dreadlocks?". Particularly because in most scenarios here in vanilla OC, he is the one-and-only black child in a 20-mile radius. So why does it seems so weird just to cut to the chase and say, "the black one. Mine is the black kid".

And yet . . . wouldn't that make you kinda cringe to hear? But why? Why would I need to dance around a descriptive term that we all understand? Why does it seem crude to describe him in terms of his race, which is the most obvious feature, when everyone else feels fine to describe their children by other obvious features (the redhead, the blonde, the one with two pigtails).

Anyways, yesterday there was a new mom at our playgroup, and for the first time since we adopted him, someone just asked the obvious. She looked at the kids and turned to me and said, "is yours the black kid?". And after a little nervous chuckle, and amidst the stares of several mortified moms, I said, "yes, mine's the black kid". And in my mind I was thankful for this one person who felt that Jafta's being black was just a simple question, and nothing more.

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Wednesday's Child: Frankie

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.


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