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Reiko/ God’s Favorite Shoes  Houston• Lifestyle Your humorous guide to eclectic style, motherhood & everything in between. Mom to @zaviandzara #JLMBoxAmbassador

It’s here! The end of the school year! A few more days for me...technically. (more on that later) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I bet you think I am going to say something so deep and analytical. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Or share my end of the year musings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Or talk about what kids need to work on in the summer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Or how you can find ways to thank teachers for teaching your babies all year long...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Welp. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Sorry.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But did you like me “teacher style” outfit posts though? I honestly only bought about 5 new pieces of clothing this entire school year and I just remixed them to death! I really found ways to shop in my closet! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here’s to the summer, new things, transitions, lessons and working on your damn self! 🙌🏾🙌🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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(Go to “Teacher Style” in my profile highlights to see all of my outfits)

One of my favorite things to do is to help working women and moms find their voice when it comes to their personal style.
As the school year winds down and the summer feels within reach...I look forward to creating more of these moments. It speaks to the creative in me.
We will be wrapping up our style session with @ritacrockett with a final reveal in a few weeks. To catch up, go to my highlights and click on GFS Styles😘

How would you describe your personal style lately?

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There are days when l feel like l am making a difference. And then there are days, much like last Friday, when l feel like a small, insignificant bystander in a larger than life version of The Hunger Games.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Am l warden, or an educator?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Some days l can't tell where my responsibilities begin and end.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Some days l wonder. With a heavy heart and no idea what next.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And then someone tells me my job must be delightful because l get the summer off. 🙄⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My views on yet another mass school shooting on the blog today! (link in bio)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#massshooting #gunlaws #nra #educatorsagainstgunviolence

Ahead of our giveaway this week, l thought it would be good to introduce the family behind the @justlikemebox brand!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"We are the McNeils, the family behind your Just Like Me! Box. We started Just Like Me! Box because, like you, we were frustrated with amount of time and research it took to find books that were reflective of our babies and their experiences. Our goal is to use literature to inspire our kids to dream big and keep pushing through any unique adversities they may face. To physically show them through books that they can be whatever they want to be- because you can’t be what you can’t see. We’ve learned really quickly on this journey that its not lack of content that makes Black children’s books hard to find but lack of publicity. We are working really hard help authors get their books in the hands of your children through our box and other avenues. We are learning together, growing together, and spreading joy to our boys and girls together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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- Mose, Tamara, MJ and Jade⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷: @sophiabarrettstudiosweddings⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Don't you just love them already?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#readtoyourkids #blackchildrensauthor #blackkidsread

As a working mom of two, l am constantly running a race against time. Time to do all the things l need to do to keep the kids healthy, fed, clothed and educated, but also time to be there when they need me the most (case in point: recent health scares with Zara) which often requires shuffling, shuffling, and more shuffling. On top of that, l really care about making sure my kids are good, happy, well-rounded human beings and there are days when l feel like l cannot do it all, even in a two-parent household.
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l want to feel more relaxed and fulfilled as a woman, wife and parent. So l'm taking back our evenings with the help of a family favorite, the @justlikemebox.
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I know l'm not the only mom wondering if she's spending enough quality time with her kids - and so l am spreading some #justlikemebox love by giving away a 3 month subscription to 1 mom who is all too familiar with  #momguilt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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To win a JLMB subscription for you or a mom you know, post an Instagram post of your own (using your own picture / any picture) telling me your thoughts on mom guilt. You can share your experiences, how you deal with it and/or how a monthly kids book subscription will impact your home environment in a positive way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The rules:
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1. Please tag me @godsfaveshoe so l can find your post and end your post with #momguilt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2. Mailing list subscribers receive an additional entry into the giveaway. Those already subscribed will automatically receive 1 entry and new subscribers will receive 1 entry too. So, you can be entered into the giveaway twice by subscribing & sharing your post. (Visit the blog to sign up.)
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3. Following, tagging or using the @justlikemebox hashtag (#justlikemebox) is not a competition requirement - but if you are interested in kids literature written by black authors or kids literature with black characters - this is a space for you and your family!
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4. Only entries tagging me (@godsfaveshoe) will qualify for entry. Post entries by Friday, May 25th.
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The competition winner will be announced on Sunday, May 27th. 📢
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One-year-old Zavi coming through with some Saturday morning cuteness...😍

Today we celebrated Zara’s @zaviandzara pre-k graduation. It was such a big deal to everyone in her class. She totally rocked her two speeches in the program and I couldn’t help but be a proud mommy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But it was kind of surreal to enjoy it because just a few hours earlier and about an hour away from us was a mass school shooting in neighboring Galveston. There have been fatalities, one being a teacher. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s right up the road. Galveston is where Houstonians go for a taste of beach life. To think that this is hitting so close to home struck a nerve with me. All day as a mother and also a teacher, it’s hard to process the world we live in now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Even at the school where I work, we had to go into “secure” mode because of the single act of a child with access to a gun and hate in his heart just a few miles down the road. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So much to process while I really wanted to just enjoy my own kid’s first experience with graduation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Enjoy your kids. Get them therapy. Talk to them. Lock up your guns. Vote these heartless politicians out of office. Now there is more talk of teacher being armed in schools. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Let me say for the record as a veteran educator... that is NOT smart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We all want our kids’ to enjoy life. To grow up. To graduate. To make an impact. Students and teachers shouldn’t have to live in fear in schools. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#iteach #momlife #family #texas #thisisamerica

Three of the biggest reasons why l don’t have a YouTube channel. 🤦🏽‍♀️ Or maybe, three of the biggest reasons why l should! You decide. We will be unboxing this month's @justlikemebox on the weekend and to celebrate, we'll be giving away a three month subscription! Giveaway information will be shared on Sunday. 📖 (PS. I am definitely opening the box this time, @zaviandzara like to reuse them at home so The Zara Show will continue with some minor adjustments!) #justlikemebox #blackliterature #JLMboxamabassadors

If you watch my #teacherstyle Instastories (go to my highlights to check them out), then you know I’m NEVER without my statement earrings. They almost are always some version of hoops.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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These Enli Hoop Brass Earrings (sold out) from @shopbohogal are just my style.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As a working mom, there are mornings when l need to grab and go.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Next time you're shopping, buy a couple of earring sets and leave them in your car. When you've had a crazy start to the day, you can easily slip these on before stepping into the office or the classroom in my case!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How many back up earrings do you have in your car or bag right now? I have 3 in the car and 2 in my bag. 🤷🏾‍♀️
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#imomsohard #statementearrings #bohogaljewelry

A few Saturdays from now l will be sitting down for a good meal in Atlanta! No kids to entertain, and no household errands to run - can we say “me time!?! “😊️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Your girl is headed to GA for a #girlstrip and though my schedule is tight with activities and a couple of family visits - I need a Southern breakfast in my life!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I know how hard it can be to make time for yourself when you are a working mother, and even if you're just a grown woman taking care of business! So, l want to hold you accountable by creating a tiny space for you to chill all the way out! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Whether you just want to eat without little hands digging in your plate, or just to come by to say hi to this Texas girl, l'll be at the @flyingbiscuitatl 🙌🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If Atlanta is your home, l'd love to give you a hug while l'm in town. Some of your faves may be there as well! Let me know. It’s super informal, hugs and food are the goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#atlantatrip #houstonblogger #chickenandwaffles #comesayhi

Just because @zaviandzara ’s original Uma-themed party was canceled, doesn't mean that l am leaving you hangin'.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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All details about Zara's costume and her private birthday celebrations at home are on the blog today!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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PS. I think these ideas could also work great for older kids who have outgrown traditional kids parties. 🍕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#kidspartyideas #descendants2 #uma #disneyparty

My goal as a parent is to raise the most self-sufficient, God-fearing adult as is humanly possible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I am a flawed parent, but l am also a great parent. I don't desire accolades or gifts, l just want my babies to be okay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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One day, maybe, or maybe not, l'll have two more children (meaning their spouses) and l want to know that l've prepared them well for life, for marriage and for anything else that they set their eyes upon.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Missteps and living on a prayer most days...l think l've done pretty okay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I think Zara's birthday was such a big deal for me because it means l've been a mother for FIVE whole years now. I've graduated from just getting through each day and keeping her alive, to enjoying her and her brother to the fullest.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Happy Mother's day to all the mommies enjoying their babies today and everyday - even if they drive us nuts! And Happy Mother’s Day to my mom (who is undoubtedly keeping the streets hot because she is a busy body 😂) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#happymothersday #mothersdayunplugged

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