Rebranding, Repurposing, & Refocusing

So much has been going on in my life but I wanted to take a moment to pause and sincerely say Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported and continue to support me throughout my journey.

I appreciate your patience as I continue to figure it all out.

Currently reBranding, rePurposing, and reFocusing!



Hello 2015

Although it saddens me to say this is my very 1st post for 2015, it is. Where do I start? Happy New Years, Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Memorial, Happy Fourth, for goodness sake Happy Birthday’s to all those who have celebrated. Wow that was a mouth full to the least. It’s so crazy how rapid we have gone through the months so far.

I have been contemplating the right time to make my debut entrance back to the blogging world I suppose, not really knowing where to start.

You see my life has taken a turn. A turn into maturity. Did you think I was going to say something else, LOL? Not that I was not mature before but I have been trying to make something out of this world we call life. Having my 2nd child in December, going back to my 8-5 in May while gaining more and more responsibilities.

Being in my 30’s now there is not much room for me to act or play as though I am new to the game. I have children I have to be a mother to. I have staff to lead to success. Yes, returning back to work I finally received notification that I was promoted to a sup of a team of 20. As confirmed just more & more responsibility. I tell you I have been working on this thing called time management but every day is different.

While juggling all of that, I have never forgot about YOU! It has been attempting to figure out when I will be able to be consistent. After all this thing called writing & spying somewhat keeps me sane. You know my lil’ outlet to run to. Well all in all I would like to say Thank you for sticking with me. I have met some amazing people who I will be posting & sharing about.

For those that may not know I love showing support. In the next few days, weeks, months to come I will be introducing you to them while all continuing to spy. I do look forward to connecting again.

Yours truly

Nika Marie

Baby Bloggy Boot Camp

This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

Eye spy an event that had been posted on Facebook about expecting moms and moms w/ children under the age of 6 months to attend Baby Bloggy Boot Camp. An instant email went out to the SIT GIRLS for more deets.

A mother of 2 now with the newest addition at the time being 2 months; I figured this was the perfect event to continue with my networking and socializing for 2014. Not to mention the event hitting home run; Baby Bloggy Boot Camp touched on many topics from creating compelling content for moms, tips on sponsorship(s), and becoming a mommy blogger.  Great topics, right!  I thought so. I mean I am a mommy and a blogger.


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Baby Bloggy Boot Camp was held in San Diego, Ca, at the Bahia Resort Hotel February 28th. bahiaNot only was this a perfect opportunity to keep on a socializing pace but we, my family and I, were all able to head up to Diego to visit my sister and her family throughout the weekend. In all honesty I had no idea what to expect as this was my 1st conference I would be attending.


An agenda to start at 9:30-12:30pm in what you would have expected to be a sunny day was not so shiny. Rain rain go away but that didn’t happen as it was here to stay but this was not to stop me from attending.

I walked into a room with ladies ready to check us in and an even bigger room filled with mothers, some expecting, some with their child, and chandeliers. This was not your typical boot camp running and being screamed at by Sargent’s. LOL.


My table consisted of 6 ladies including myself. Katie @overflowinbrain to my left and Meghan @crazycasak to my right. Intrigued by Shara @palmsandpigs who came down all the way from Charleston had me beat. Thinking my Orange County to San Diego drive was aways to go was definitely no match to Shara whatsoever.

Baby Bloggy Boot Camp was a definite success. I left with a ton of information, met some lovely ladies, including Amy, a blogger at Amy Corbett Storch.  Amy shared her testimony to her successful blog and switching over to now a mommy blogger. Her story was surreal and really authentic. It was such a pleasure meeting her. I have to say it was the highlight for me to speak with her after the event. Amy was definitely down to earth and didn’t mind providing me a few pointers.


Starting my day with this event left me feeling secure that I was meant to do this. With effort, confidence, and most importantly originality this was my brand to perfect. Not being alone as I too was surrounded with many mommy bloggers who were there to strengthen their knowledge.

Take Away

Not only were we able to take home a great deal of information to help out with blogging but we received some awesome take homes as well for our sweet babies. This was definitely a great treat for my little Miss Olivia and I.

The products provided included a Liz Lange maternity dress, honest diapers that included a compact lotion, detergent, and body wash to name a few, and three very well needed products: Ergobaby swaddler, 360 carrier, and wrap carrier. Awesome right?


The Liz Lange dress was a bit large for me but that didn’t stop me from rocking out in it.  This is what happens when you’re socializing, the common sizes are taken. Nonetheless, I went as far as heading down to Target to search for the maternity wear as it can be figure flattering, offering affordable luxury, and did I mention you can locate it at Target too. Although I’m no longer pregnant the selection and styles are awesome.

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The honest collection was oh so new to me as it was the 1st time hearing about it at the event. The Eco friendly diapers were just the cutest thing ever. Due to the diapers being a bit big in size for Olivia now; I decided to go on the site in get the right size. It was so nice to see they have a discovery kit which includes your 1st set of 10 stylish diapers & wipes (10 count) at no charge.  The only responsibility you had was shipping and handling cost that may vary depending on where you reside. I fell sooo in love with the diapers that I ordered a bundle.

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You too can order your diapers here:

The 360 carrier has been my all time favorite. This piece has been everywhere. Grocery store, pretend city “museum”, park, walking…Let’s just say where hasn’t it been. The wrap carrier and swaddler were very useful items as well.  If it was not for the live tutorial of the wrap carrier, I would have been lost.  Thank you thank you thank you for this demonstration it certainly made things easier.


To link directly to the Ergobaby products, here are the available URLs:


The products received were all so lovely and now plays a big part in our daily routine duties. Thank you so very much Liz Lange, Honest, Ergobaby, and Sit Girls for the swag bag.  Oh and last but not least thank you to Sugar Wish for the candy during the event.  It was sooo delicious.

Please view the listed sites below:  These are a few of the ladies I was able to come in contact with.

It was such a pleasure ladies!

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?  Do you have a favorite?  Do share below.  Thank you for stopping by.


I repeat This post is written by me on behalf of Liz Lange and Ergobaby.  Product was provided.

A few more pictures from the event.

Thanks for stopping by!



In My Closet: Shoedazzel

My addiction since being on maternity leave has been shoes, shoes, shoes.  Well, really all time but more so now. A faithful shoe dazzle gal since 2009.

Meet the new members to my closet.

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Boy I cant wait till I’m rocking these babies and getting all dolled up.

Have you had any recent addictions lately? Do you shop at Shoedazzel? If so, what’s your favorite shoe?

Brunch with Tieko: Branding

Early February I attended my 1st event starting off 2014.  Blogging for a year now, I vowed to myself to step out of my comfort zone with attending more events and networking because after all I have too much personality not to socialize, LOL (at least I like to think so).

With writing and fashion being a passion of mine I decided to birth  A platform from which I would be able to meet, collaborate, and network with many talented people.  Spying, interviewing, and bringing positive energy to one source.  Spying on fashion, art, inspiration, bloggers, lifestyle, and everything in between.
Drawn in by the phrase “STOP TREATING YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A HOBBY” spoke to me loud in clear.  For me having a full-time job and family duties to an extent can leave my blog being that hobby when in doubt it’s NOT.
Kicking off my 1st event this year with the perfect agenda “Your Next Step; the Five Stages of a Small Business and Where Branding Fits In” hosted by Tieko Nejon accompanied by Leslie, a blog connoisseur, and Mai, a fitness phenam.  This was definitely an event I could not miss.
In attendance was between 40-50 guests all ready to hear from our host Tieko Nejon.  Held at the Paul Martin’s American Grill in El Segundo, CA, for a small cost of $20 which included brunch and beverage not to mention the great agenda topics from the host.
Meet the host:
She’s simply phenomenal!  A personality like no other who is REAL and not to mention she is a wardrobe and style consultant.
Check her out and you be the judge
Learning many things from marketing and branding, brand platforms, media kits, and facts such as 7/10 people surviving businesses within 2 years and 52% working from home.  Investing, networking, getting serious, doing the work, creating schedules, building clientele/audience, opportunities, and the list goes on.
Many of the topics I have learned about and for me it was pleasing to know, being a new blogger to the scene, it was not foreign but to witness Tieko speak so passionate and break it down with her own visual aspect allowed it to make more awareness.
Hearing it all be put into perspective also by the co-hosts made it more surreal.  From one quitting a job to follow her passion and another being the brand and face of their business.  Two different authentic angles that worked for them and shared giving the attendees a sense of any things possible.  I have to say this was definitely an event you didn’t want to miss if you were in the LA area.
The event was nothing but perfect and although I arrived solo; I ran into some familiar faces I follow on social sites and have formed relationships with Jana’e Holmes ( and Mylah Stanton (  My BLM Sistas which was created by Leslie Young who was one of the co-host.
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“I enjoyed the fellowship, the learning, and Tieko’s energy! It was awesome meeting Facebook friends in person.”
young leslie
“What I enjoyed most was the deep wealth of information that Tieko shared, not only from what she knows through her scholastic background but what she’s learned from first hand experience.  And it was so nice to see the BLM Girls in the house!!!”
“I loved the wealth of information and being surrounded by entrepreneurs. The event made you really think about your brand and how to be successful. I loved every minute! Especially seeing you!” 😊 (I’m blushing)
Here are a few pictures I was able to capture before having to head out.

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Love for the kids: Outcome

Love for my children is what I will continue to display to my babies as often as I can.  An amazing idea discovered on INSTAGRAM mentioned here was definitely fun and to think this was just recently made up. Who would have known the idea was floating on Pinterest the whole time for what I know to be over a year.

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This goes to show I am not as active on Pinterest as I would like (soon to change).  Arts and crafts have always been something I have enjoyed and now I will be able to continue bringing a  creative imagination to life with my little ones.

My childhood friend Jessica Aguirre reached out to me identifying taking part in this creative idea over a year ago. Jessica was even able to keep it up for over a year before the hearts started coming off. Having 3 kids now, Jessica had decided to display her LOVE for her daughter Kimberly as her 2 boys were to young to understand. 15 hearts in total and in between space floated a balloon to fill in the gap.  Pictured below was Jessica’s heart-felt creation after a year.  Of course the balloons did not last but if you ask me this was amazing to see even after a year there were a few hearts to look back at.

Eye Spy Love for the kids Jessica

Now here is my replica of this creative idea.  Done with construction paper and a few foam glitter sheets not to forget tape and a permanent marker all purchased at the 99 cents store.

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I have to say my son really enjoyed it.  As for Olivia, she’s to young to understand but one day we will all be able to share.

What do you think?  Did you join me with a heart a day?

Valentine’s Day occurs everyday: Real Love

It is officially VALENTINE’S DAY.  Happy Valentines Day to ALL whether you are celebrating it with a significant other, friend, or alone make the best of it.  “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible,” George Chakiris.
Now while we like to get excited on this 1/365th day, we need to be mindful that love should occur everyday and by everyday no matter what.  It’s the little things that matters.  Don’t get me wrong I do get it.  You like all the gifts and pleasing this one day creates and demonstrates in addition to the exchanges in the gifts but why can’t this also occur February 15th, 16th, or everyday?
With love in the air I would like to ask, What does love mean to you?  How does one keep love fresh?  What is the secret to longevity?  Is love sacrificed for happiness and or vice versa?  These are a few questions I asked a few couples randomly.
Shakita & Kendrick
Shakita & Kendrick have been together since high school and this April will mark seven years of the 2 being together.
“Love is truly something that can’t be put into words. I have always thought of myself to be a romantic, believing that love conquers all. Love means everything to me. When I first fell in love with my fiancé, it really was the most amazing experience & still is today. Just to have someone to confide in and someone who sometimes knows you better than you know yourself. It’s something that’s truly priceless and I’m glad to have a REAL love in my life. To sum it up with a quote “I have found the one whom my soul loves.”  says Shakita.
“I keep love fresh by simply waking up every morning with a “Lets Do What We Did Back In High School” type of attitude. As soon as I wake up every morning, I immediately want to start a conversation with Shakita, no matter how bad my morning breath is or how sleepy she may be even though I know it gets on her nerves. Lol!” Admitted Kendrick.
Kendrick continued by saying, “I usually work overnight, so whenever I get off in the morning time and finally make it home, I’ll tell her simple things like what happened at work or what my schedule is going to be like the next week just to hear her voice. Every time we go out on a date, I anticipate them with excitement like it’s our first. I still write little love letters to her expressing how I feel about her, how happy I am of her accomplishments, etc. We workout together and learn new things together. I think it makes our bond stronger in a way.”
Sealing  the deal with marriage this May, Shakita and her fiancé Kendrick also share Valentine’s Day as the day they got engaged.
Chanea & Ejuan Banks
Married for 5 years with 2 kids Caden and Hailee

“Love isn’t one big thing it is a million little things….Love is unconditional, respect, trust, along with give and take.  Love is when you can accept a person with all their imperfections and nonetheless you still see their perfections.  Love is when you make each other laugh at the silliest things that no one else would ever understand.  Love is a beautiful thing when you share it with the right person.” Mr. & Mrs. Banks stated.

“The secret to our longevity is clear communication, compromise and friendship.  Becoming a stronger bond through every curveball life throws us and putting God first in all that we do,” replied the Banks.

Leia & Nile Mashaka

Married for 4 years together with 2 children Eli and Micah


“Love is patience, time, understanding, forgiving, evolving, undefined, and in the biblical sense agape love…love everlasting. Love should accomplish 2 things: happiness and growth both individually and together. It’s inspiring, to always want more, for each other and with each other.” says Leia.

Nile continued, “Love is never sacrificed for happiness because love is happiness. There are compromises, but that’s not a sacrifice.


Love is a beautiful thing whether you are loving something and or someone.  Real love is not only celebrated on February 14th.  So while the chocolate, flowers, and candlelight dinner may be in reservation it’s an ongoing treatment that never ends.

Romance, humor, joy, compatibility, trust, respect, caring, tenderness, or patience all contributes to happy love and this we just witnessed above.

Shakita, Kendrick, Chanea, Ejuan, Leia, and Nile I wish you ALL a Happy Valentines Day yesterday today, tomorrow, or simply whenever you decide to celebrate.

Thank you for sharing.

Sending a special shout out to the loves of my life Oscar, Elijah, and Olivia.  Happy Valentine’s!

Will today be like every other day or does it mark for a special occasion?