Lifestyle Parenting

My oldest daughters launched their business, ScentSc8pe! They sell a variety of homemade bath & body products.

I had been thinking of the concept of this business for about six months.

Originally, I was going to take on ScentSc8pe, but with the condition of my current business, Glamsc8pe, I knew that was a tall order. After several months, I decided to approach my girls with the business. Why not?! I saw this as a great teaching moment. I thought they would have fun while learning the basics of business.

The girls were very excited to start this venture. It was not only a chance for them to learn business techniques, but it was also a great opportunity to work on their relationship. They are in two different age groups, but I think that the sisterly bond is extremely important.

I like to use everything as a teachable moment. Having fun is great, but parenting during the storms is the most important test.

ScentSc8pe By Ariana & Amariyah was born on January 1st, 2021.

It has really been a fulfilling experience. Besides strengthening their bond, Ariana & Amariyah have used this time to really showcase their many talents.

Amariyah has a very creative nature. She is most definitely an actress. Sometimes that’s a great thing, and other times, not so much.

Ariana has a knack for learning. Like myself, she is a visual learner, and is open to learning new things. Sometimes she let’s her stubbornness get in the way.

Well, they both do. This produces another teachable moment: working through differences.

Boy, do they have differences. At the end of the day, they love each other. Even through some challenges in their relationship, they have been able to weather storms. Situations that were meant to destroy their relationship have actually strengthened it.

You may think that I sound silly, but sibling rivalry is a real thing, and it can last into adulthood. Satan is a crafty asshole, and he is definitely in the business of sowing seeds of division.

God is a fierce protector, however.

I’m proud of Ariana & Amariyah. Please support my girls by shopping their website:

Thank you & God bless


I Keep Praying, But I’m Not Receiving!

How many of you thought that prayer would exclude you from adversity? I used to be that person.

With that mentality, I would get so mad at God when bad things would happen. I thought prayer was supposed to cover me. I always learned in church that certain things wouldn’t happen to me if I just pray.

It’s simply not true.

It seemed like the harder that I prayed, the worse things would get.

As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what happens to me often.

I liken this adversity to “training”. I think that God is preparing you for what you are about to receive. When you are hired to a new company, you have to go through a preliminary process before you can get to the next level. I think that God is allowing you to go through to see if you are fully prepared to handle the next step.

For instance, I ask God all of the time for an increase in my business. Last month, I went through some terrible growing pains, and I was ready to give up because I stopped seeing the vision. Let’s call it was it was: I was throwing tantrums. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t getting business. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t receiving support from people who SWORE they would support me. I was acting like an entitled ass.

How was I expecting to get a seat at the adult table when I was still acting like a child. How was I expected to handle a business “boom”, when I can’t even handle the growing pains? You know what they say: “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”!

The thing is, God is not going to put more on us than we can handle. He knows what I can handle, and he knows what you could handle. In order to elevate to the next level, we must mature mentally and spiritually. You can layer as many bricks as you want, but if your foundation is shaky, your work will eventually crumble. This is why you can’t look at the next person. You might get jealous because you don’t know what preparations that person had to go through. You don’t know what growing pains that person had to go through. You don’t know if that person’s foundation is sturdy. Congratulate and focus on yourself.

I could have quit in May, but I picked myself back up after two days of tears and anxiety. I could have given up, but I wouldn’t obtained the many blessings that I received a few days later. My team, especially my sponsor, really gave me that emotional push. However, I must learn to see it for myself. I must encourage myself.

I think that God wants us to seek him when things are good and when things are bad. We tend to see him when we hit rock bottom, and then forget him when we are satisfied.

Yesterday was another rough day. I woke up motivated, and then everything that could go wrong all went wrong. I pulled myself from the brink of a tantrum. I did that! I can’t always control what happens, but I can control my outlook. I truly believe there is a reason for everything. I truly believe there is a preparation for everything. You have to go through the rain to get to the rainbow.

All I know is that I want to be mentally strong enough to go through whatever I have to go through to get what is mine.

If you are interested in jewelry, I sell paparazzi jewelry through my business, “Antonia’s Glamsc8pe”. Feed your $5.00 habit at my online store: