Hello Spring. I’ve Missed U.

Why, hello there spring; so nice of you to come! Today marks the first day of spring… What did you do to celebrate?

I went to the big public library downtown Los Angeles. Today was an adventure. I first packed a backpack, then I walked half a mile to the bus station. After about 12 minutes or so, the bus opened its doors to 5th & Hope. 

As I hopped off the bus I excitedly took in the busy scenery – I loved every minute of it.

Here are a few photos I snapped while at the Central Library…

 

 

    

Today was an awesome day. I got lost in the children’s literature section. A lot of work was done so I’m happy.   

The library offers a coding program to middle grades 4-6. I found this to be really cool. And in April there’s even more science-related activities going on for the kids. Go check them out! 

Advertisements

Who is Ce’Marie?

Who is Ce’Marie? Unsure what Ce’Marie World is all about?

I’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find the ‘About Ce’Marie’ synopsis, which you can also find housed under the ‘About Ce’Marie‘ tab. Read on and get a better sense of who Ce’Marie is. Please share your thoughts at the bottom :)

~ ♥︎ ~

Welcome to the Fabulous ♥ Fashion World of Ce’Marie! We’re excited you stopped by for a visit :)

Who is Ce’Marie: Ce’Marie is a young, spunky girl. This blog highlights her and all that she stands for — which is equality, creativity, and individuality. Ce’Marie is smart and imaginative. She loves a challenge and lives for adventures.

Our Audience: Ce’Marie World is mostly for the parents and educators of smart, brave, ‘not-your-average’ “princesses” (princesses inclusive of all: tomboys, daddy’s and mommy’s little girls, athletes, etc. – all of who are brave and special in their own way).  Non-profits and other people and establishments that cater to the needs and bright futures of young girls, can find their place here as well. You’ll also find articles for your little girls here, too. We are all in this movement together!

Think About It: Share her adventures and explore with her in her world of imagination…

Let’s take a moment to imagine your daughter expanding her mind, growing her imagination, and loving reading. Now imagine her exploring all the possibilities of who she can be. Ce’Marie books offers this & so much more! Let your daughter get hooked on reading with Ce’Marie as we expose the best, long-kept secret: Being different is the new black.

Our Mission: At Ce’Marie, we are dedicated to empowering young, fashion-forward minds with strength and self-esteem in a fun, educational way. Imagination is everything to us. We provide a safe, encouraging environment to dream and explore the possibilities. Through creativity and validation, our goals are to put more people in the media who “look like us” and to teach girls the importance of living by our motto: “E m b r a c e YOU. I n s p i r e OTHERS.” ©

Find Us! You can find Ce’Marie in action in her empowering and fashionably illustrated picture book series, self-titled Ce’Marie (coming out this summer). The book series follow her many girlhood adventures. So be sure as to always check back here with us for news, advice and quirky facts about all things girl-power and/or Ce’Marie related! — As Ce’Marie will learn and expose one of the most important, long-kept secrets to your little girls:
Being Different is the New Black.

Join the movement! Fill in the form below to be added to our email newsletters, or if you have questions, comments or concerns, leave us a note :)

8 Spare-Time Activities for Preschool Girls

photo

On babysitting duty? Are you the busy mommy of an adorable, high-energy preschooler who is in need of  fun ideas that will keep your little “mini-me” smiling? Or maybe you have a little granddaughter, niece, sister or goddaughter and you are looking for some high-energy, explorative girl-time activities to release some of her energy into? Well you’ve come to the right place!

Sometimes I babysit, as a side job. And I am pretty darn good at it. My objectives are always to do at least one thing educational, feed them the meal/snack their mommy left with them, have a lot of high-energy fun (this way they’ll take a nap for me, hehe) and lastly, make sure they return safely to their mothers, in one piece.

My formula is simple.

I first lay out a blanket, a blanket in which you are OK with getting a little dirty and possibly having to wash often (I figure the blanket getting dirty is much better than my carpet getting stained).

This blanket I call the “magic carpet” — they absolutely love it!

Together you two can spread the magic carpet out in a designated area, and if you’d like, you can also add pillows underneath the carpet to give it a more comfortable, plush feeling. Then each of the activities listed below are to be done aboard the magic carpet – which makes for an awesome adventure only the imagination can enjoy (not to mention a much easier and faster clean-up! – as a result, everyone is happy ;)

So… (*drumroll please) the 10 totally cool and fun activities Ce’Marie, especially, loves for her family or babysitter to do with her:

1. Read to her, better yet, with her.

By reading to her in a way that she is engaged and following along (as in having her actually looking at each word as you read each one), will help her to mentally start forming cognitive thinking and build her vocabulary.

We all have that preschooler who wants to know why and what does that mean, and why again – which is awesome! It’s really a beautiful thing how interested and curious they are at this age. And here’s a cool fact for you: From the time a child is born til the age of 5, his/her brain and knowledge is developing and growing at a faster rate than it ever will again.

When we read to children, and even talk or sing to them, their brain cells “are literally turned on” like a light switch.

2. Color pictures.

If I had to rate this activity on a scale of 1-5 for level of complication — easily, its a 0.9, meaning it’s one of the easiest activities you can provide for your little girl to do.

If your girl is anything like the preschoolers I have babysat, then she will for sure have a ball coloring pictures from her favorite character’s coloring book.

By the way, did I mention this is one of those activities that require little to no involvement? While she’s busy making her pretty pony neon yellow and red, you can kick back and read your favorite novel, get started on cooking or catch up on work. This one is pretty easy to do.

But use your time wisely and get right to whatever it is you choose to do with the down time, because once she completes the picture, it’s show and tell time.

Try skimming the coloring book with her before she begins, this way you can have her choose 3 of her favorite pictures to color. Mark those pages for her with post-its and voila!  You’ve scored yourself some time.

3. Complete puzzles and riddles from coloring activity books and/or puzzle boxes.

They are at a beautiful age, an age in which they LOVE to read, write, learn and explore. So whether it be via reading books, coloring books or activity books, learning will take place in some shape or form. Puzzles and riddles are good tools to learn analytical skills and new words, among other great benefits.

I’m a strong believer of it never being too early to introduce children to higher learning, not when it comes to academia.

And if you do not have a riddle book that is her reading level, this can turn into an activity that you two can do together.

Putting together a puzzle of her favorite characters can be interesting. It also has the ability to get her brain working, in her attempt to figure out which piece goes where. Puzzles are a good challenge, a challenge in which your little girl will not shy away from.

Without her even knowing it – she will be working on her memory and stimulating her brain’s growth.

4. Draw a masterpiece, then write the character’s story behind it.

Have your preschooler draw a picture, letting her know that afterwards she will be explaining the actual story behind her picture. This not only helps her to develop the skills of brainstorming, planning then executing, but also encourages storytelling and a love for writing and illustrating.

It’s up to you how in depth you want to go with this one.

You can have her describe to you each of the following: the setting, characters, plot and what’s going on in the picture she drew. Or, you can simply leave it at, “Draw a cool picture then write the story behind it.” With the latter directions, she will have the freedom to provide a unique story of her choice.

At this age, children are learning their likes and dislikes and discovering their skills and natural talents. So this is a fun, creative activity that you can do with her.

Have a show & tell of both of your masterpieces and enjoy allowing your imagination to run wild.

At the end of the activity, if she enjoyed it, frame her photo and story in her bedroom for her to always see and remember how fun it was to write and illustrate her own short story.

5. Create collages.

When I was a little girl, I loved to look at the pretty, glossy photos of magazines.

If you have a stack of magazines lying around (which many of us do), recycle a couple of them by giving your little girl some to sift through and find appropriate photos that in some way or another interests her or fit within the chosen theme.

Collages are great visual projects to make – you can start with a theme, for example, the outdoors. Have her find (and help her cut out) as many pictures from her two magazines that have something to do with the outdoors. Then on construction paper or a poster board (size of your choice), have her arrange the photos in a way that makes sense to her. Lastly, with a glue stick, have her glue the photos down.

Collages are great, interactive activities for finding similarities and differences in photos. Completed collages can also later become pages of a scrapbook, a scrapbook gift in fact :) You can give her a theme for each page, like daddy’s favorite thing to do, daddy’s favorite color, daddy’s favorite sport, etc. A theme specific to a particular person’s likes can become a handmade scrapbook collage gift for them (birthdays, father or mother’s day, anniversaries, etc).

When engaging in the activity, girls are actively searching and loving the exploration for something in particular, like all things “outdoors-y”. This activity gives them a head-start on developing good research skills.

**And a couple activities outside of reading & writing…

6. Paint nails.

No, like literally.

Ce’Marie is not the best at polishing the actual nail itself. She’s more of a wide-stroke painter. So I would call it more of painting your fingertips (laughs).

BUT, that’s why I have this tip for you – which can actually also turn into a fun game – place a strip of tape around each nail to serve as a “NO PAINT ALLOWED CAUTION ZONE” then play nail-zilla and Edward “tape” hands for a few minutes. It will not only be a great laugh but it will also teach your girl how to polish the nail, well for the most part.

7. Go for a walk…

At the park, around your neighborhood, at the museum, and my all-time favorite–> at the beach. Hey, I’m a Cali girl :)

Taking a walk is the perfect way to end a day of excitement. The walk will bring her back to a calm place and help her to realize just how sleepy she really is (chuckles).

If you decide to take a walk to your local park, while there, allow her to have fun on the swings, monkey bars and the other equipment there. Play with her. Take sack lunches and have a mini picnic (don’t forget the hand sanitizer!).

Museums are great places to have intellectual talks with your little one. Look at the art and take turns sharing your thoughts on it. Share with her when the work of art was made and by who. Briefly explain the artist profession to her. Her interest may be piqued by a particular something and this might just mark the start of a young Picasso.

Lastly, the beach is quite a wonderful getaway. You get to enjoy the serenity of the waves hitting the rocks and the birds chirping. But be prepared to make a day out of it. Kids love the beach even more than you do. And definitely expect your little adventurer to feel the urge to at least get her feet in the water. If your girl is anything like those I’ve babysat, she’ll want to not only get in the beach water but afterwards play in the kid’s outdoor showers.

The purpose of this last activity is to slow it down, reflect on the day’s activities and to engage in good conversation. The beach may not be ideal for this “cool down session” because an adventurous kid cannot deny the temptation of the beach water and sand. So then what should have been a quick 30-45 minute wrap-up, will indefinitely turn into a few more hours of fun. So choose the location wisely :)

Parent Bonus: Create mood boards.

Similar to collages, you can orchestrate a mood board-making party. Same materials of magazines, scissors and glue are needed, along with random trinkets (like rhinestones, buttons, feathers, yarn, crayons, etc) that may come in handy – can also be helpful to bring a 3D element to it.

The difference between the collage and mood board – for the sake of this article – is we will use the mood board to present emotions.

This is a healthy exercise for the child. It’s a clever way to keep up with how she is feeling at any given moment.

For example, explain to her that a mood board conveys her current, past or future mood. Have her describe how she is feeling today, at this very moment. We will use the emotion “happy” for an example. Have her search the magazines for anything and everything that either portrays happiness (like a smiley face or someone jumping for joy) or anything and everything that makes her happy (like picnics, butterflies and puppies), and of course she can mix the two. You can leave it at that then at the end have her explain her board.

Or, mommies, you can have her make an entire story out of it; help her to get passed a sad moment. Break it up into pieces. Instruct her to think of a moment when she was sad and have her also think about what happened that helped her return to a happy state or what could happen that will make her back happy. Have her express her emotions through magazine images.

This is a clever way to stay in-the-know about your little one. Expressing her emotions are healthy for her and enlightening to you. It will also make it more comfortable for her to openly share what’s going on and reinforce to her that you are the person she can always talk to about everything.

~ ♥︎ ~

Try out one (or all) of the activities above and let me know how it goes. Which seems to spark your interest the most? Do you have a different activity your little girl loves to do? Please share!

5 Good Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library

1461566_569830563089760_829497900_n

When I was around 3 or 4 years old, I remember my mother took me to the local public library. I was an avid reader by that age, whether I read the words correctly or not, I was a true storyteller – sharing an elaborate story based off its illustrations alone.

So going to a place that housed so many books, on top of books, on top of books… I was right in literary heaven! From colorful picture books to interesting topic-specific fact books, I wanted them all to come home with me. And with my new library card in tow, the library became a weekly venture for my mother and I.

Why should you make sure your kids take occasional trips to the library? Christine French Cully, Editor in Chief of Highlight Children, provides these 5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library:

1. Regular library visits inevitably leads to more reading.

  • Remember, within the first 5 years of a child’s life, their brain and knowledge is working at a faster rate than it’ll ever work. So go, feed that baby’s brain. They’ll thank you in a big way later, after graduating from an Ivy League university ;)

2. When you visit the library, you can expose your kids to more books and magazines than you can afford to buy.

  • Take home as many cool books as you can carry out to the car. Then after that load is read, return it and get a whole new pile of books. Explore the many aisles of the children’s section and allow your kid to pick up his/her favorites. It doesn’t get much better than that.

3. Your local children’s librarian can recommend books that you may not know of or think to suggest, broadening their tastes and expanding their minds and vocabulary

  • Constant learning and exploring their imagination is the point, right? :) And you’ll be surprised – by what books you may see as random – your child fall in love with and want read to him/her every night

4. Library time is active, not passive

  • Libraries often host events where they bring in animated storytellers, different engaging shows and even the authors themselves come in and interact with the kids. Connecting with their favorite books and its authors along with the other little library goers, really gives the children an invaluable experience.

5. Owning a library card teaches kids responsibility.

  • Owning their own library card make kids feel responsible and important. They learn to keep up with it and value their belongings.

To read the entire, original article, click here.

How about you – what are your library stories? Do these 5 reasons sound about right to you? Or based off the 5 reasons will you now take your kids more often? Let us know below! :) #SomethingAboutCeMarie? She loves books!

1472932_569830346423115_2114516464_n

—–

Work Cited

Original article is courtesy of Huffington Post.

View the original article here.

Back To Junior High School

photo 1

Will Rogers Middle School. Who would’ve thought I’d be back there? Not I. Well, at least not until I had a car load of children to drop off, became a member of their PTA, and stopped by the auditorium for the orchestra concert that hopefully one of my-to-be children will be a part of.

But why was I there? In preparation for Ce’Marie‘s release, I decided to set up an appointment with the counselors of my alma mater to discuss the issues they see on a daily basis from the adolescents there. So on Wednesday, March 12, at 11am, I went on my mission. It was an amazing visit. Even the ride down Ximeno Avenue and 4th Street to get down the hill to the school was an experience. I had not been back to the area in over 12 years. But things seemed to have stayed as they were before; same ol’ pizza parlor on the corner of Ximeno and 4th Street, same ol’ donut shop and adjacent burger joint across the street, even the people in the area seemed to be the offspring of the people I had remembered a good 12-13 years prior. Maybe I was hallucinating. Whatever it was – it seemed like just yesterday I had departed my usual city bus in my red/black/white uniform on Ximeno Ave. & 4th St. to begin my downhill walk to my school.

I gained valuable information and got many questions, and then some, answered. I left with a sense of accomplishment and gave myself a pat on the back for a business meeting well done. I received great feedback from her and it felt amazing. I am so excited to get this book completed! By the time it is done, it will be one of my best works of art. My goal is for it to exceed (or at least closely compete) with my best quality work to-date. I am ready to get it into the little hands of our young female leaders.

The future is bright. Stick around for an amazing adventure.

xoxo

Today – International Women’s Day ♥

Today is International Women’s Day!

We love to spotlight days like this. It’s awesome that there are so many organizations around the world that continues the fight & work towards equality for women. And I am especially happy that the Women’s Suffrage did not just end once women were given the right to vote. Enjoy some empowerment below:

“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”

– Loretta Young

~ ♥ ~

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.”

-Charles Malik

~ ♥ ~

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher

~ ♥ ~

For more information on International Women’s Day – visit their website by clicking on their logo below or by clicking here:

iwd_long

—–

Work Cited:

  • Google images

28 Days Of Royalty: A Black Woman’s Smile

Good Morning Mothers,

*♥* This video is for you, not the babies – please be advised that the video requires Parental Guidance.

If you’ve ever been called an angry black woman, or asked to give your opinion on behalf of all your people, or went to a predominately other (Caucasian, Asian, etc.) university in which you’ve been mocked or chastised by the others or even by your fellow African Americans because you being you is simply different from them being them, or maybe you are from a background of mixed ethnicity and people attempt to degrade and downgrade you as if you are any less than who or what they are…

We understand.

Some forget the past and are insensitive to the fact that some people have a long history of turmoil, pain and hardship… However, I urge you to not sulk around and dwell on this. Let’s end the cycle of pulling out the “race card” just because we can. And instead, I challenge you to speak up and act peacefully towards a real change — and in doing so, if that’s labeled as pulling out the “race card”, so be it. It is not enough to just get angry at the ignorance we witness and are subject to but it is especially not recommended to throw ignorance at ignorance. So I propose we do our part in helping the next generation(s) see a different day and age. And in doing so, smile… Help combat the stereotype of black women being angry all the time.

Let’s work towards bringing to fruition a day and age where our children are aware of their worth. Content with the things that are happening for and by them. Aware of history – their own and beyond that. Eager to help, serve, love and be kind to others. And unapologetic for their differences–i.e. their natural skin tone and natural – big hair, larger than “average” nose and other features, likeness of a certain genre(s) of music, clothing, topics, etc. and/or choice of study in school and career.

Over at Ce’Marie headquarters, we are working towards our goal of getting more diversity into the media – first step, book 1 of la Ce’Marie picture book series.

What are you doing to make a difference for today and our future generations? Please share below :)

Until next time,

xoxo

—-

Work Cited:

  • Video: Ty Gray El spoken word & youtube

28 Days of Royalty: Madame C.J. Walker

Determined ♥ Innovative ♥ Inspiring.

Do you have a bright idea that you think can help many people and in the process pay your bills and possibly even send your children to college? Did you give up or slow down on that idea because it was just too difficult, strenuous and/or too time-consuming to achieve? This is perfect for you! Read on and learn about a courageous African-American woman who bravely built her company from the ground up even when all odds were stacked against her and her only daughter.

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 on a Louisiana plantation that her parents sharecropped, Madame C.J. Walker would go on to become America’s first self-made female millionaire. Walker became an entrepreneur after suffering from a scalp disorder that resulted in severe hair loss. During the 1890’s, when her hair began to fall out, Walker sought remedies that she hoped would cure her scalp condition. In 1905, Walker began working as a sales agent for Annie Malone, another black female hair product entrepreneur. The sales position relocated Walker to Denver; this move became the catalyst for Walker’s success. There in Denver, she found her third (but short-term) husband Charles Joseph Walker, changed her name to “Madame” C.J. Walker, founded her own hair product business, and began a door-to-door sales hustle of her products. She strategically traveled the deep south to promote and teach interested potential customers how to get the most out of her products. As business picked up, Walker moved to Pittsburgh in 1908 to temporarily run her business and open a beauty college-like establishment to train her sales teams. The actions Walker took in her business were innovative, creative, and avante-garde. In 1910 she had moved her business to the then-largest inland manufacturing area, Indianapolis. There she built a factory, a one-stop shop (hair and nail beauty salon), and another beauty college. Throughout the growth of her “all-things hair and beauty” empire, Walker supported the efforts of black higher education and the civil rights movement. She donated generously to what we know today as Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) and to organizations like the NAACP.

~ ♥ ~

Madame C.J. Walker December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919

Madame C.J. Walker
December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919

“I got my start by giving myself a start.”

“One night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. I made up my mind that I would begin to sell it.”

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the south. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.”

– Madame C.J. Walker

~ ♥ ~

~ ♥ ~

Embarking upon the entrepreneurship path is not an easy one but it is a well-worth-it one. Each individual is born with and acquire through schooling and training special skills and talents. If there is a special something you do well and enjoy doing, take the leap! Be bold and put the fears to the side. Become the entrepreneur you are absolutely capable of becoming. Requirements: Hard-work. Dedication. Time. Persistence. Patience and Positivity. Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Do your homework and research whatever it is to learn more and to stay in the know.

—–

Work Cited

  • madamecjwalker.com
  • video: WSHH youtube

28 Days of Royalty: Oprah Winfrey

28 Days of Royalty: Highlighting Black/African-American Trailblazers

Today, I share with you a little something about a woman who I have looked up to for years upon years and day-dreamed about sitting next to on her infamous couch. This beautiful woman puts the “O” in ‘awesOme’ (and ‘Outstanding’); in working towards becoming who she is today, she was Persistent, Resourceful, And Hard-working.

She is: Ms. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah

Oprah is a media guru, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is looked up to by many, young and old. She is courageous, influential, and pioneering. Like many successful people, Oprah started off small and went through her unique trials and tribulations. But as we can see – she finished off stronger than ever. Oprah works her a** off and her efforts continue to pay off – with her being a billionaire at the top of her game… (cues song: Started From The Bottom, Now We’re Here by Drake).

I leave you with this:

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

– Oprah Winfrey

—-

We would love to hear from You! Who else in the media do you think is a great, positive influence and trailblazer? Please leave us a comment below :) xoxo