Category: Family

Vaughn Nicolas.. our 1 year old

The country has experienced chaos due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Life as we know it has changed. Masks wearing, social distancing, working from home etc. However, during this time, I had the joy and honor of watching my youngest son grow.

Vaughn Nicolas turned 1 on 4/23 (yesterday) and it indeed was a joyous moment yet an emotional one too. V, has brought so much happiness and laughter to our family, and we truly are complete. However, with any milestone, I think about the members of our family who are not physically here to view these moments. I also get emotional because it means he will grow into his OWN independence and not need me as much and he’s the last one for the team. So no more little babies 🥺.

Either way, I’m beyond blessed to have his presence, to smell him, hold him and Love him! I’m thankful to be chosen to be his mama, and will do my best to nurture him and his big brother until my last breath.

I’m glad to blog again and why not start back with a post about our little Prince?! 🥰

Thanks for reading,

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Where is the love Wednesday: Emotional child support

This is the sad but true case for many families. How can an adult bring their emotions and vulnerability to their interpersonal relationships if that tool wasn’t given? Should EVERYTHING fall on the parents? No. However, emotional support to your children is just as important as physical and financial support.

Has this been you? Did you turn to another family member to provide that emotional support? Or did you find yourself doing the work on your own with a therapist?

What does the child do? Thoughts?

Thank you for reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Let’s be realistic parents

Hey all! Happy 2020 to you and your loved ones!

I was reading a devotion today and it spoke about how parents should make everything for their child a learning experience. As we know children asks a Ton of Questions or they try their best to figure out physical obstacles and usually need assistance.

I take pride in considering myself a learning mom. SVJ, has taught me a lot about parenting, patience and humility. I will be first to say “I don’t have it” and I’m not referring to monetary exchanges (low key sometimes lol) but more so in reference to “The Answers“.

I believe there is nothing wrong with telling your child or any child, that You don’t know the answer. I’d suggest even saying “let’s research together to see what we come up with”. I also believe that we can question the “norm”. It’s quite interesting to think out of the box.

I’m sure there are plenty of parents with this philosophy while I’m sure others feel the need to give an answer just to quiet their kids or their response is the status quo. Trust me parents, I’m not judging you at all. I’m just suggesting more ways to help our kids explore by us being Realistic.

What’s your thoughts parents? Are you honest with your kids and tell them that you don’t know? Do you allow your kids to question the norm? Let me know below! Thanks for Reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Parents get to KNOW your kids

As a parent, we do our best to raise our kids to be decent individuals. Even though there are tons of books on parenting, it’s just a role that you have to learn once your in it.

Some of the biggest mistakes that parents make is set the idea of who their child is in their heads versus learning who their child really is. Parents can have the thought that their child will get high marks in school like they did or become that all-star athlete like they were and it’s not fair. Parents also raise their children to be a certain way, obtain certain values and when that child goes astray, we sit and wonder “why?”.

Please do not take this post as me saying that we can’t set rules and the tone for the upbringing of our children. My point is that a certain point in the adolescent/young adult stage, we need to communicate with our kids. We need to understand their voice, likes/dislikes, how they see the world and thoughts about love, etc. Once this happens, your son or daughter will present their true selves to you. It doesn’t mean we have to agree or even like it, but we do have to show Respect to them.

Thank you for reading!

Nicole Cherise ♥️

Where is the Love Wednesdays: balance.

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to all. 

In our busy lives and schedules, sometimes we can get overwhelmed by the amount of places that we all have to be at once. It’s hectic and without organization, we can truly go crazy. If you are in a relationship with someone or have a family, this can be a challenge as well. What can we do? Find a Balance.


Finding a Balance in our lives helps keep us not only sane but it gives a sense of stability. We have significant others, children, elderly parents, demanding jobs/businesses, meetings, down time with friends and so on. I recommend prioritizing and go from there. 

What are your priorities? 


In my life, my list is: Faith, Family and Career. My faith is my intimate relationship with God. I need that for strength as I battle Multiple Sclerosis, life set backs and guidance to name a few.

Family, comes first! Friends are my personal picked family so they are included. My husband and son comes first no matter what. They are my back bones and their happiness and loyalty means the world to me. Therefore, I can’t put them on the back burner or place things that hold No value over them and their Needs. Of course my extended family and best friends are next in importance because I love them and they are my support system. 

Career is important because it’s how we bring home the bacon lol. Rather it’s a 9-5 job or opportunities for entrepreneurship, what we produce are a representation of us. 

Sometimes when there are distractions or an imbalance of things in your life, someone or something can feel neglected. That’s the last thing that we ever want to do. So, set your own priority list and stick to it. Communicate your intentions and goals and I’m sure all will work 😊.  I hope this helps someone today that may struggle in their area of life.

Thanks for reading friends! 

Nicole Cherise ❤️


An Afrolicious Father’s Day recap 

In this picture, we were leaving the cemetery. We went to visit my fathers grave site. I was very emotional because this was the second Father’s Day without Daddy. 

I didn’t stay down though. We also celebrated my husband’s 3rd Father’s Day. I’m truly blessed to have him, he’s a great husband and father. He supports us and loves unconditionally. ❤️

I know with time, thing will get better. Therefore, I’ll cherish the memories shared with Daddy and enjoy the new memories with hubby and our son. 

I hope all enjoyed Father’s Day and for those in mourning, keep your head up!

Nicole Cherise ❤️