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F I V E Blogging Years + All Good Things Come to an End


On August 10, 2010 I hit publish on my first blog post ever. Never in a million, kabillion and trillion years did I think I would still be here. These five years have passed swiftly and have allowed me to connect with awesome women all over the globe, hone in on skills and passions I didn’t know I had and most importantly document my life in written and visual prose that will always be here when I am old and gray and my children are grown and gone. While there is the caveat of not living in the moment and trying to document everything for blog content there is the upside that you get to live those moments AND capture them for memories.

It is for these memories that I will continue to blog until I no longer have the desire, but Lipgloss and Binky as we know it is coming to an end. I started this blog when I was 31 Adrian was 4 and Addison was 3 months. We are now 36,  9 and 5 respectively. Just as they have grown, I have as well. When I started this blog I was not concerned with anything at all home, organization or cooking related. Five years later I am in a new place and keeping my home is just as high on the priority list as keeping myself fashionable and in the know. I’ve come full circle and I see myself growing into a woman who is more concerned with making sure her husband, children and home are all healthy and happy which in turn results in a happy Mimi.

I’ve said all of that to say, the name of this blog is changing. Addison is no longer needing a binky, after all she did just go to Kindergarten! The new name will encompass home, organization, DIY, fashion, beauty, life….I mean really the content won’t be changing much but it will be better branded and formatted. As I speak with women I realize that we all want organization and peace in our homes so I am looking to not only share my experiences but tips on how to keep things in order while looking fab. From a non cooking, disorganized woman to one who now yearns for order and good cooked meals this change is indicative of where I am in my life.

The blog name will be changing  on Sept. 1.  These next few weeks I will continue to post here with new and improved content. This URL will be redirected, not sure yet if the feed will be seamless so I will be reminding you over the next few weeks to sign up for the newsletter and follow on my SM sites because I would hate to lose some of you in the transition.

I understand everyone won’t make the move with me, but with those that I lose I will gain more. I’m looking forward to what is to come with my new brand and changes. I’ll still be the same Mimi, just a whole lot more focused on  encouraging women to build a well rounded existence that includes taking care of home and themselves.

Some of you have been here since the very beginning, and we’ve grown into friends. I’m looking forward to building more meaningful relationships with some of you through my little home and social media accounts on the web in the years to come. Cheers to F I V E more years…..maybe!

 

 

 

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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Laila (@FrontRowMama)
    August 10, 2015 at 11:53 am

    WOW has time flown! It’s been awesome to watch you and you brand grow. Can’t wait for September1st!
    Laila (@FrontRowMama) recently posted..5 Shows to Watch on Netflix until Scandal Returns

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Laila you have been riding since the very beginning and I appreciate you!

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    Jemilah
    August 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Awesome. You almost scared me I enjoy your blogs. Congrats

    • Reply
      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks!

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    LaShawn
    August 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    yesss! Can’t wait!!
    LaShawn recently posted..Letters To My Sons: Back to School

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      You already know what is coming!

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    Kita
    August 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    You talk about crying. Tears are coming to my eyes met you in Nov of that year gosh 5 years. Time flies. Can’t wait to see your new beginnings!
    Kita recently posted..Managing a Busy Household:Tips from The Container Store

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Girl. I remember the first tweet you ever sent me for some reason, something to do with children never keeping socks on their feet. Remember our first play date, Addison was still in the stroller now them folks be bending corners up in here. Glad our paths crossed.

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    Sheree
    August 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I can’t wait to see what’s next!!! Congrats Sis!
    Sheree recently posted..Young Living Essential Oils – I’m in Love!

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Sis! Growth is scary, good and necessary!

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    Taya Dunn Johnson
    August 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Looking forward to it sis! And yes Lord, time go so much faster than we would like.
    Wherever you go, I will follow!!
    Taya Dunn Johnson recently posted..Tears On The Side of the Road

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      You are one of those that I’ve “met” and will always consider a friend. Riding with you has been like having all of the feels for someone I’ve laid IRL eyes on. I have prayed many a night for you and Lil TDJ so happy our paths have crossed!

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    Bernetta
    August 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I know it’s going to be great! So happy for you and excited at the same time. I love how you crafted the images in this post too!
    Bernetta recently posted..Top 5 Things That Change at Home When School Starts {FabTopFive}

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you for being an integral part of my village. I appreciate you!

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    Tia
    August 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats!! This is still one of my favorite blogs! Can’t wait to see the new name and site!
    Tia recently posted..Back to School Tips & Hello Fresh Giveaway

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      You’ll be one of the first to know for obvious reasons! You are one of my faves as well.

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    Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)
    August 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Happy for you. I’ve been 5 years for me too as of this November!
    Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) recently posted..This May Be the Last Month I Go to the Grocery Store

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      5 years seems like so long when you think about it. Thank you for all of the tips that you’ve shared with me. This community has been amazing, so much so I can’t help but to change rather than let go.

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    christina
    August 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    WOW! Five years?! Jeez that flew by! I’ve always enjoyed your blog (and of course, getting to meet in person) and will definitely be following! Here’s to five more years (and more) of continued success!
    christina recently posted..Sample Sunday : What Kinda Grown Man?

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Yours was one of the first that I ever followed! Thanks for all of the design help you offered me as well!

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    brandi
    August 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    This is incredible! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
    brandi recently posted..Getting Organized Using Outdoor Space

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Brandi! I’m excited for new beginnings and new opportunities.

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    Siobhan (BeFree Project)
    August 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I think this is my first time visiting your site. LOVE the photos! Congrats on 5 years of blogging. I’ll definitely be following to check out your new site/content. Best wishes!

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been a lurker over at your place, so I truly appreciate the visit.

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    Jada Wingo
    August 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Yes!! Change is growth. Congratulations and best of wishes on any and all future endeavors!! I’ll certainly be following Mimi!!

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Same to you! No too much longer now before everything changes in the best way for you!

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    Keia
    August 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations on five years!!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

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      Mimi
      August 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jaime
    August 10, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I’m excited to see what is next for you! As for your feed transitioning, theoretically it should. I’ve changed my blog name, platform and hosting over the years, and when done correctly, the feed has switched as if nothing happened.
    Jaime recently posted..Stream of Consciousness: Running DC {week 57} #DC #SOC #freewriting #blogging

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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    August 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I’m super excited! This makes total sense. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you, mama!

    Crazy, I remember that picture of Addison climbing out of the crib!
    Camesha | Mama Motivator recently posted..Choose Your Words

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    Louida
    August 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Girl you almost scared me for a moment because I thought you were going to stop blogging!!!! But I completely understand why you want to change your name, I want to do the same too since I’m not all about product reviews. Change is good and congrats to 5 years of blogging and cheers to more years!
    Louida recently posted..2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD Review

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    Law_Fal
    August 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Lord have mercy! Those five years have flown by! You’re still one of the realest and I look forward to these new adventures!
    Law_Fal recently posted..Adjustments.

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    Chanelle
    August 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Change is a good thing! Congratulations on the 5 year milestone! Cant wait to see the chnages reflected on your blog!
    Chanelle recently posted..Making New Friends

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Chanelle! It was a hard decision to make but one I know was needed. Thank you for stopping by.

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    Stephanie
    August 11, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I almost died when I read Lipgloss and Binky was coming to an end! Thankfully you just meant the name not the blog. Can’t wait to catch up with my virtual home girl on the new website!
    Stephanie recently posted..Marriage Secrets

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:08 am

      You know I had to keep it interesting. I’m not going anywhere, makeovers are good!

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    Bunnie
    August 11, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Congrats on the Five lady! Looking forward to your next chapter – I know you will do big things!
    Bunnie recently posted..IN THE OFFICE: GIGGLE GIRLS BOOK CLUB

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Bunnie! Miss you.

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    Trina - Baby Shopaholic
    August 11, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I thank God for your blog. If it wasn’t from you blogging we would never have met. I consider you a great friend. Looking forward to the re-brand!
    Trina – Baby Shopaholic recently posted..1st Day of Kindergarten

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    Lisa
    August 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Hi. Mimi I just recently started following and I enjoy your blogs and I look forward to the new move. Congratulations !

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Lisa!

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    Tiani
    August 11, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Geesh…I kinda got nervous for a bit. But man, am I so happy and excited for what’s to come. I love it…absolutely love it! Congrats on your new transition. I know it’s going to be a wonderful one!
    Tiani recently posted..Make Note of My Notes: March 31st, 2014, 7:36 AM

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Thanks! I like chaos, especially doing this right after the back to school rush!!

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    Mrs. Delightful
    August 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Why was I about to start crying??? You really scared me, lol I’m glad you are still here!!! I really love stopping by your blog. Xo
    Mrs. Delightful recently posted..Summer (Project #52) Mexican Corn

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:17 am

      I’m not going anywhere for awhile!!

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    Carla
    August 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Ok — first glance I had to skip to the part that provided an explanation other than what I initially thought. I almost picked up my phone and sent you a text saying, “Nah”. LOL! I’m glad that you’re sticking around — your blog is one of my absolute favorites and you have inspired me more than you will ever know. I can’t wait to see what’s in store. (:

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:21 am

      No, you have inspired me. To see you over these years blossom into this wonderful, strong woman makes me happy. If I did leave this place you know where to find me! Love Ya

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    Makiea
    August 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I met you here. I love watching your growth over the years. I actually remember when cooking was not your thing and look at you know. The way God has blessed you over these years is nothing short of amazing! I’m so proud of you!

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Yes, you are one of the OGs around here. We need to catch up!

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    Cashana
    August 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I love coming here and reading your posts. Almost thought you were saying goodbye, but I look forward to what you have in store.

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      Mimi
      August 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Cashana!

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    Valerie
    August 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Great!! I can’t wait to see what the rebrand will be! I absolutely love your blog and happy that you are not leaving us! 🙂
    Valerie recently posted..Recap: Miss Black USA 2015 is…

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    MJ
    August 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Awwwww go Mimi. I’m so happy to be in this journey with you. You inspire me to go the distance. I just spotted the baskets to get my pantry in order. FINALLY! Guess I should by them.

    Looking forward to another 5 + years.

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    Kurlylicious
    August 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I’m so excited for you Mimi! I remember when I first found your blog, I went back and read every post! I feel that we are friends and I was so very happy when you told me you were joining my sorority, so now we’re more than blogger buddies, twitter boos, we’re Sorors too! I look forward to your change, I know it will be as fabulous as you!
    Kurlylicious recently posted..What I Wore Wednesday – Sequin Distressed Boyfriend Skinny Jeans

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    Adanna
    August 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Congratulations on 5 years blogging! I’ve always enjoyed your stories and photos and I’m loking forward to your next chapter. Wishing you lots of success!

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    Tia
    August 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Love this! Congrats!!!

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    Felicia
    August 15, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Faints @ you being a noncooker just 5 years ago! I would have never known.

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    Dani
    August 16, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    5 short years are 5 big years… time is crazy. I love how you’re evolving. Excited to see the new binkyless blog.
    Dani recently posted..I Quit My Job To Do What I Love

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    farrah
    August 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    MIMI, you play too much!! I thought you were going to say you weren’t blogging anymore 🙁 Ok, so I am so excited for his new journey and I will continue to be here and post a comment for you! As much as I love this blog, I am pretty sure I will love the new one as well!!! We still need to meet up, I may be your way in Oct., I will let you know.

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    Dee
    August 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see the new site!

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    Unlikely Martha is Live - Unlikely Martha
    September 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

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    Alisha
    September 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Mimi I’m so excited for you and I started my blog over 7 years ago (with a LONG break) and I can so relate to how you have grown and changed. I’m actually scheduled to talk with someone this week about re-branding and making a change as well. Congrats and continued success to you! <3
    Alisha recently posted..Love at First Sight…It’s Wine of Course!

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      Mimi
      September 5, 2015 at 7:20 am

      I already told you to go ahead and take that leap, you won’t regret it especially if you have been thinking about it for awhile.

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