Special Occasion

Hey ya’ll!!! I know it’s been awhile but I am back to blogging…with a new perspective. If you noticed I changed the blog’s name to Several People’s Mama a few months ago. The reason for the name change was to reflect my new position in life as a seasoned single mama of four. The blog will still cover style and beauty of course because that’s my first love but I will also include more posts on cooking, lifestyle and managing life as a single mom. I hope ya’ll will stay tuned. There will also be some YouTube videos! I’m so excited!!!

Now about this dress! I bought this dress from H&M (sold out) almost two months ago. It was love at first sight and I knew exactly how I wanted to style it but still never wore it. I was saving it for that non-existent special occasion. Let me say this we have to stop living our lives and not enjoying the things we love because we’re waiting on something special to happen. WE ARE THE SPECIAL OCCASION. Everyday we wake up, open our eyes and take a breath is special because someone somewhere didn’t get that opportunity. We are what makes life special. We create the experiences and the memories we want. We are the magic! So whatever it is you’ve been wanting to try, wear, go or do, don’t wait! Life is short, YOLO, etc – in other words, MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF!!! Sorry for the all caps but you have to understand the only thing in your way is YOU. PERIODT like the City Girls say.  And you’ll discover thru the new blog content I’m on a mission to live life for me on my own terms. So what’s something you were saving for a special occasion?

Earrings & bangle : Paparazzi (Contact me to purchase)

Love, Ricki

What to Wear?

Dress: Forever 21 (Here in other colors) Shoes: Zara (no longer available)

So today I thought I would share a simple date night look with y’all. Let me first say being seasoned and dating is very interesting! There are a lot of things that have changed since my younger days. And unfortunately actually going out on a real date doesn’t happen like it used to. I won’t comment here but check out my instastories on IG where I talk about what I believe a real date is.

So what would a seasoned woman wear on a dinner date? Something slightly trendy, stylish and accentuates your best accents. This dress fit all of that in my opinion! This dress was a winner in my eyes because it was on trend with the button down look, midi length so you don’t show much leg but had some sexiness with the neckline. Now this dress was perfect for ME. As a seasoned woman you should be familiar with your shape, what you feel you look good in and your best assets. My suggestion (and this is totally opinion) but I would wear a dress or skirt that embodies those qualities for the first date. Femininity is a lost art that men still appreciate.

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I also liked this dress because I feel with a tank under I could wear it again for work with some heels or cute slides. You know I always like to get the most bang for my buck! So tell me what would you wear for a first dinner date?

Love Ricki

Things to do besides think about a man!

We have all been there. We were feeling someone and everything was cool and then boom you’re not sure what happened or what went wrong but you are now being ignored or even ghosted. I have said so many times and I will say it again. Match his energy. But I also know we are human and it is easier done than said. So when he’s on your mind and you want to text, call or even do a drive by (don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about!) get out your feelings, block him and turn your phone off and do something else! Suggestions are below lol.

  • Clean your room or your house
  • Read a good book
  • Start a blog or make a new blog post
  • Start a business
  • Go back to school or finish that paper you were working on
  • Research and start a new career
  • Journal
  • Go to church
  • Pray for yourself and others
  • Volunteer (at a woman’s shelter)
  • Cook a good meal or bake something and eat it without guilt (allow yourself grace!)
  • Babysit
  • Exercise
  • Take a long walk
  • Take a road trip
  • Travel to your dream place alone
  • Go to the nursing home and visit (you might gain some wisdom in the process)
  • Cook a meal and bring it to a single mama
  • Visit loved ones
  • Make a bomb ass playlist
  • Organize a space in your home
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Watch ratchet TV and be happy that isn’t your life lol
  • Read your bible (read Ester, Ruth or the Song of Solomon)
  • Write a 100xs you will not text or call him!
  • Go shopping or window shopping
  • Call your mama or daddy
  • Call, FaceTime or Skype a friend and have a good laugh or cry
  • Make a new friend
  • Send nice comments to your social media peeps
  • Take yourself out on a date
  • Take a hot long bubble bath
  • Play with some toys LOL
  • Donate something (clothes, time or money)
  • Research and start a new hobby
  • Wash and clean your car
  • Have a dance party
  • Hug and kiss on your kids
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Go to Dollar Tree or your local dollar store
  • Decorate a space in your home
  • Put flowers on a loved ones grave
  • Paint your nails and toes
  • Wash and style your hair
  • Put on something cute and sexy
  • Look in the mirror
  • And remember you are worthy of the best!!!

Love Ricki

Easy Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp fried rice is a favorite at my house and easy meal to whip up even on a weeknight. I wanted to share the recipe with y’all and a little tip I recently discovered. This recipe comes together quickly and uses basic ingredients but you can definitely turn it up a notch or two by adding specialty flavorings found at your local Asian market. Let’s cook!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 package of medium size shrimp, peeled and deveined. I used larger shrimp for this particular recipe because I was serving it as a main course instead of a side dish
  • 1/2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of onions (I used a shortcut, a bag of frozen onions cause I was too lazy to chop veggies)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 bag of frozen peas and carrots
  • Soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsb of sesame oil (this is optional but it gives it great flavor and is easy to find. I found mine in the Asian food section of Walmart)Ingredients

Directions

Began by heating the vegetable and sesame oil in a large skillet on medium high heat

Add the beaten eggs and lightly scramble. Then move eggs over to a cooler part of the pan.

Add frozen peas and carrots and sauté til warmed through. I also added the onion and garlic to the frozen veggies.

Add shrimp and cook. I seasoned my shrimp with a light sprinkle of soy and teriyaki sauce, garlic and onion powder and a dash of ground ginger and rice wine vinegar but season however you like just be careful with the soy sauce cause it will cause your dish to be salty and we will be adding some later.

After the shrimp are cooked thru add leftover COLD rice. This is the trick to good fried rice. Fresh or warm rice will just become mushy so this is the perfect recipe to use up those leftovers in the fridge. You can add whatever kind of frozen veggies you like and leftover chicken or make it strictly vegetarian. You can also make it low carb by using riced cauliflower just make sure it’s cold!

Now mix everything together and add soy sauce to taste. I usually only add a few dashes and let the kids add more if it isn’t enough for their taste buds.

Now you’re done and you have a very delicious meal or side dish and it’s easy, quick and budget friendly!

We like to eat ours with homemade egg rolls and this time we also added homemade crab rangoon.

Please let me know if you try this recipe and also what other recipes you’d like to see on the blog!!!

Love Ricki

The Shirtdress – 3 Ways: Part 1

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Dress : here Shoes: no longer available

One of my main goals when it comes to buying clothes is to be able to wear the item in several ways. I had been wanting this cute shirt dress from NY and Company for a minute but it was either not on sale or not in stock. So when I finally visited my local mall and it was there and on sale for 50% off I figured I would snatch it up. A shirt dress is a wardrobe essential because it easy to wear, just add some accessories and it can be styles in several ways.

I personally thought of at least 3 ways I could wear it and plan to show you in upcoming blog posts. First up is the obvious way, as a dress! I paired this with some simple silver jewelry which I got from my Boo The Cost Conscious Fashionista who is also my sponsor on our Paparazzi jewelry team. Check out my $5 bling here. I also went with simple wedges I got from Just Fab. They are a dupe for the popular Marc Fisher wedges for a fraction of the cost. To join JustFab use my referral link here (I do earn rewards so you’ll be helping me bring more cute shoes to the blog! LOL). Easy, lightweight and a perfect look for summer. Stay tuned for more ways to wear this item!

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Love Ricki

The Perfect Summer Side Dish: Broccoli Salad

Summer is here and you need quick and easy and light dishes to make with the BBQ or take to a cookout. Broccoli salad is the perfect addition!!! My kids love this and every time I’ve brought it to any gathering it’s gone!!! So make sure you give it a try this!

Ingredients

• 4-5 cups broccoli florets 1 lb, this was about 2 heads of broccoli for me

• 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese thicker

• 2/3 cup dried cranberries

• 1/2 cup crumbled bacon

• 1/4 cup of chopped pecans

• 1/3 cup red onion diced into small pieces (50g)

Dressing

• 3/4 cup mayo

• 1 1/2 Tablespoon white vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of milk

• 3 Tablespoons sugar (40g)

• 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix

Instructions

1 Combine broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, pecans, and onion in a large bowl.

2 In a separate, small bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar, and dry ranch dressing mix until smooth and well-combined.

3 Pour dressing over broccoli combination and toss or stir well.

4 Serve.  Keep refrigerated if not consuming right away.

Summer Essentials-The Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuit: here

I will be the first one to admit I wasn’t ready for this heat! As much as I complained about the cold weather I really wouldn’t mind it right about now! Yesterday in Houston the temps reached 100 degrees and if you have ever been here you know humidity made it feel even hotter. To prepare for these rising temperatures (cause it will only get hotter) I am wearing jumpsuits all summer and you should to.

The jumpsuit is a summer essential in my opinion because it’s easy to put on (until you have to go to the bathroom) and it’s an outfit you can put together in a hurry without much thought cause it’s all one piece. Just throw on your Paparazzi jewelry (shameless plug but check out our fabulous $5 jewelry here !) and some shoes and you are out the door in no time!

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This one is from Forever 21 and the lightweight material makes it perfect for this heat. I am also in love with the color because it exemplifies the spicy seasoned woman!

I plan on getting the most out of my clothes so you will see me wearing this jumpsuit to work with a white shirt underneath since I work in a casual environment on a future OOTD (follow me on Instagram at Rickiloves to see) I could definitely see it with a cardigan too.

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Look forward to seeing more jumpsuits on the blog cause I think I’m slightly obsessed.

 

Do you enjoy wearing jumpsuits or are they just too much of an inconvenience? Comment below.

Love Ricki