Moving Mommy Monday

With all the fun I’ve had this past week you would think I was about to start school again. This last week has been LOADED!! This is why I love summer!! Being out doors and spending time with family always brings me joy.

Here’s what went down this weekend for me and my crew☺


Hubby and I experienced 2 new spots. We’ve had our eyes on this shop Rasta Tings in Montclair for 3 years, no exaggeration. BUT this weekend we finally got to go in. It’s a great shop and EVERYthing in it is from Ethiopia. They had some beautiful blankets and clothing, incense, jewelry and baskets too. The owner is from Ethiopia and brings tings😉 back. He doesn’t open often because business isn’t that great. This reminded me why we need to support small local businesses. These businesses help keep our communities diverse and we get to learn a bit about what’s REALLY going on in the world and Not just what the media likes to share. We were only in Rasta Tings for about 20mins but were able to get a little history lesson.

We also had dinner at The Blended Beverage and it was very yummy. It’s a meat-free restaurant and the serve some raw food items as well. I had a ginger chkn wrap and my husband had a citrus chkn wrap. We shared a pineapple and mango smoothie. Everything was SLAMMIN! This is another spot that was pretty empty. It’s owned by a Nigerian woman, whom we didn’t get to meet😒 but was yet another reminder to support smaller businesses.


We went to the park for a bit with the little one. And he had a ball. He’s so friendly and even though he says only a few words, you can tell he’s a great communicator.


My crew and I headed over to Brooklyn to meet up with our cousins and aunt for the 2012 AfroPunk Festival. Is was so much fun just hanging out listening to so music and watching people (one oft favorite things to do). There was so much creativity and positive energy in Commodore Barry Park. I’ll be more prepared next year with a few snacks, more water, a blanket and a little cash to support all the local artists and vendors.


Finally this mommy ended the weekend with a little family fitness. We are definitely working on becoming a healthier crew and I love it. I set out to run 11 miles with my running/marathon training buddy. (btw those are my compression sleeves I’ve been sleeping with after long runs, they’ve been very helpful with the recovery process). I was also able to get in a 3 mile run/walk with my mom and little one in New Jersey while my aunt and cousin got in 4 miles in New York. Oh and my other aunt completed her first 5K in Martha’s Vineyard!! WOOPWOOP!! What a great way to make health and fitness a fun, family affair?!?! I’m so proud of my family for getting out and moving.

I’m so grateful for all of these blessings.

Making moves as a mommy…it’s a work in progress😉!

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4 thoughts on “Moving Mommy Monday

  1. I have been eyeing Rasta Tings too !!!! I think 3 yrs also. Lol….. I wanted to go to the AfroPunk festival so bad but we were in Virginia on vacay. You guys just keep getting cuter and cuter. Your doing a FANTASTIC job as a mother 😘

    • That’s funny I’ll have to find the business card and give youths number he said to call when you want to come. Hope you had a great trip!! Can’t wait to read about it😊

  2. Carolyn Burnett

    Jill I so look forward to your moving mommy Monday, I feel I’m right there with you guys.

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