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#motownmom: Making Foam Soap on a budget #14anhr #frugaldiva #motownmoxiemom

I’ve just fallen in love with foam soap in my bathroom and I have an old Caress foam soap bottle.

I was pretty tired of paying CVS an arm and a leg for a refill on this soap and now that I have this video and of course I have Dr. Bronner’s soap in my house, I’m going to do this from now on.

I also added a little peppermint oil drops and it’s just heavenly.

Let me know if you’ve tried this as well or what do you use? Do you even like foam soap?

Comment below and lmk

Dr.Educational Arts Society Newsletter – Vol. 55 – The Community/Business Initiative #motownmom

Get Involved – Upcoming Event in May
The Community/Business Initiative

  • Show Your Wares or Services
  • Hear Music
  • Food     Fun     Family
Contact – Call 248 828 – 4316
100% Cotton T-Shirts – How to Get Yours
Support: Create a Smile with Music
Order Your Shirt Here
Order Your Book Here
Detroit’s Eastside:
 Moving Ahead
313 571 – 2800
The Eastside Community Network (ECN) is “people driven” and
“growth determined.”  Since 1990, it has motivated and initiated positive transformation of Detroit’s east side.  As Educational Arts Society’s COO Dr. Mamie Smith listened to the voice of ECN Director  of Community Organizing and Planning Angela Wilson, she heard goal direction, confidence, self-reliance and we are proud of the work we are doing, but we know…the job is not done.
Walking around the website of ECN, one sees positive signs of the organization’s purpose: positive change in neighborhoods, engagement of residents, leadership development, and youth attraction.  It advocates “sustainable development” through:
  • Quality Education
  • Diversity Inclusion
  • Community Connectivity
  • Re-Purposing Vacant Land
  • Healthy Families
Smith was motivated to attend the next Meeting!  ECN’s impact on the east side has been steady and recognizable.  They demonstrate that  “communities grow as people grow.”

Discount Candles

1484 Gratiot Detroit, MI 48207
313 566 – 0092
What is Discount Candles about?

Discount Candles doesn’t sell just any kind of candle. Instead, they specialize in 7-Day candles, a religious item that’s said to help with everything from healing the body to winning the lottery.  So…walk on over there and . . . see what’s in the future for you.
The 20 SHOPPE Fundraiser

Get (NEW) designer women and children clothing, purses, wigs, cologne, jewelry, vintage wear, all for $20.  There are a variety of styles and colors.  Selections may be one piece, two-piece or three-piece, with each at the price of twenty dollars.  Funds aid in the purchasing of instruments for children. Appointments only.  Call 248 828 – 4316 or email

ANNEX to the Parham Academy of Performing Arts
Piano     Voice     InstrumentS
FREE lessons in voice and piano to children who qualify.
All lessons are 30-minutes.
Paid lessons are $25.
Contact Dr. Smith @
                501 C 3 Non Profit
248 599 – 2827
Educational Arts Society, Inc., P.O. Box 70894, Rochester, Michigan 48307, United States

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association Early Conference Registration Ends in Just 3 days @bmbfa #detroit #mothers #motownmom

MARCH 6, 2020. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
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Courtyard Marriott
333 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Driving Directions

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Nursing contact hours & lactation consultant CERPs provided by LER. Dietitian & Social Worker CEs to be announced soon.
Kiddada Green
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
Wednesday Afternoon, May 13th
The mission of the Black Breastfeeding Caucus is to mobilize families, communities, and public/private institutions to create strategies, make decisions and implement action steps that result in equitable breastfeeding support for black families.  The BBC Annual Meeting is a reserved space for black people to address and advocate for racial equity in breastfeeding support. The annual meeting is open to both current and potential members who self-identify as a black person with an intentional purpose of working on behalf of the community.
Wednesday Evening, May 13th
The conference kicks off with a formal observance of national contributions to the field, leading field spokespersons, a celebrity ambassador, heavy hors d’oeuvres and motown sounds.
Thursday Afternoon, May 14th
Enjoy a maternal child health immersion experience like never before. Participate in site visits to several of Motown’s traditional and non-traditional maternal child health service providers.  See innovative models, tour sites and learn from program staff and participants about their birth and breastfeeding practices. Additionally, delight in a photo opp at one of Detroit’s historic sites.
Thursday Evening, May 14th
Motown karaoke! Come dressed ready to network, dance and sing.  Motown costumes encouraged but optional.
Friday Morning & Afternoon, May 15th
Enjoy lectures, plenaries, panels, masterclasses and workshop sessions from a diverse group of field builders and maternal-child-health experts.  Get a better understanding of ways to address the specific socio-cultural needs of black families as related to birth and breastfeeding. Explore and examine leading information about the most current practices, studies, experiences and program models. Sessions focus on direct service, advocacy, research, community programs and public health.  Also included is the Red Table Talk: BMBFA Edition.
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, 19750 Burt Rd Rm 205, Detroit, MI 48219

the Perfect Mother [video] #motownmom – we have to remember we aren’t perfect, but we can be so good we make it look easy

we have to remember we aren’t perfect, but we can be so good we make it look easy


Preparing for Emergencies at home #MotownMom #Urban


I can say first hand I know how it feels to have emergencies. When I was a single parent, I constantly stay on alert.

I can say always have a plan for everything. Fire, Crime, Shortages (especially when you’re broke but even pandemics come to mind), we went through a power outage when the east coat went out, Car stolen and more!

Per the CDC you should have and I’ve put my thoughts in

  • Paperwork – Collect and protect important documents and medical records
    • Keep all this in a bag. When I had my fire, the fact that I could just grab a bag with all our important papers was a life saver. I didn’t have to think. I just knew grab the big black bag in an area I could easily get to.
  • Personal Needs – Gather food, water, & medical supplies to last at least 72 hours

    • For personal needs you need to make sure you have enough in your house for a month for each member
    • One case (24 bottles) of water per person in the house and also put an extra at the bottom of a deep freezer or if you don’t have one a regular freezer.
    • Check out our grocery list site to make sure your pantry is well stocked
  • Prescriptions – Prepare your prescription medications for an emergency

    • Stock your prescriptions for at least three months if you can. I get migraines and I make sure I have at least two to three months of Excedrin with Caffeine  on hand.
  • Power sources – Prepare for power outages with backup power sources

    • Also think of power sources for CPap and any kind of breathing or other medical machines
    • Gas or Propane should be stored safely and ALWAYS keep you vehicle over a half tank of gas
    • Buy rechargeable power supplies and extra cords on hand.
  • Practical Skills – Learn Life Saving skills, such as CPR, to use until help arrives.

    • Try to learn a little gardening, home building skills, can food, fix cars, weapons handling and so forth as well.

Hey Moms, Are You Getting in the Way Helping Others to Help Yourself? #motownmom #selfcare


Getting out of our busy mode and into our heart occasionally, I’m certain that many of us would find at least one moment during our day where we could pause, reflect on a situation, and see something that we can do to make a difference in someone else’s life.

The pace of life and work has increased a lot and I daresay we don’t give as much thought as we could to the circumstances of other people’s lives. Sometimes, we’re so caught up in our own struggle that we don’t think we can even afford the time to “give” our time, suggestions, talents, to others. And yet, if we do, we are rewarded.

We are often times, throughout our lives, able to experience richness, synchronicity, and reward through small acts of generosity. This isn’t even about money, although sometimes the rewards will impact our financial status as well. And yet, we fail too often when we are so self-absorbed or consumed by our own situation thinking we’d give up too much by helping.

So, this is just a gentle reminder for all of us to pay attention to at least one “little thing” that will make a difference for someone else. Try to make it for someone you don’t know well or don’t know at all; family and friends are too easy and natural.

Grocery List for the Busy Mom when you want to make sure you have enough food in the house #MotownMoxieMom

Never have the time to make that grocery list. Print out a couple of these and stick them on the refrigerator. This way the whole family can help keep track of everything that’s needed in the house and more.


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Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage –

37 Foods to Hoard – Survival food storage you can get from the grocery store –

Home Stockpiling of Food and Essential Items –

Affordable yearly memberships to get at tax time #DetroitVilliageMoms #motownmoxiemom

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Side hustles you can do from home #motownmom

Someone asked me about this but I can’t remember who. And then this wandered in my YouTube feed. Had to share

Know anymore that’s not suggested in the video? Add to comments

7 Unique Ways To Make Someone Smile (Random Acts of Kindness Day) #motownmom #selfcare


Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Do something nice for another person just because?

Maybe make their day a little bit brighter?

It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. You won’t know how many people are encouraged by your kindness because smiles are contagious.

Sometimes helping someone else smile can help you put on a better smile for yourself.

Try out one or more of these 7 ways today to put smiles on their faces.

1. Write an encouraging note to others that have encouraged you or that need encouragement. Handwritten notes that are given to encourage, not just for thanking someone for a gift, are rare. That makes handwritten notes even more special. Start a new practice of sitting down and writing an encouraging note on a regular basis. You just might start an epidemic!

Tip: Write with a blue pen. It’s a great mood enhancer for the person reading

2. Take a friend out to lunch or invite her to your home for a meal. You will get to know each other even better than you do right now. If you feel like being more adventurous, throw a party for several of your friends and put smiles on a multitude of faces.

Tip: Find a great indie film, invite friends over and watch and discuss it afterwards. Everyone BYOW (Bring your own wine). Tuck all the kids in the back and just enjoy spending the evening with friends.

3. Give someone an inspirational book to read. You will feel good doing it, reading the book will change the person, and they will think of you every time they read it.

4. Ask a friend or relative if you can take care of their kid(s) for a day or evening. If you have been a parent, you know the value of being able to have a few hours of “adult time” without worrying about the children. Don’t wait to be asked to baby-sit when it is required. Offer to do it at a time when the parent can do something fun and relaxing.

Tip: schedule a play date with a mom just because when you’re picking up the kids from school

5. Deliver a meal to someone you know that is sick or having a rough time. We have all been sick and know the last thing you want to do is be out of bed. There are also times when life is tough and it is hard to do all of the daily chores. You can be a tremendous help by providing a meal that can be enjoyed.

6. Volunteer time to supporting your local church or charity. Every minute you dedicate to a church or charity will cause many smiles. You will put a smile on the face of each leader just for helping without being asked. You will also be putting smiles on the faces of those that are being helped through the organization.

Tip: Bring the kids along so they can see acts of giving

7. Thank everyone that supports you throughout the day. The list of those that you come in contact with is endless. Remember family and friends, secretaries, co-workers, teachers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, store employees, janitors, gas station attendants, those that deliver your mail and newspaper, and servers at restaurants.

Tip: grab thank you card packets from the Dollar Store and just send off a postcard in the mail.

I know this is a list of 7 ways to put a smile on someone’s face, but there is one more way that can’t be ignored. Reveal a genuine smile to everyone you meet. You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile!