Archive | December, 2013


23 Dec




When Christmas finds you may your heart be full of excitement in the beauty of the holiday!

Playing McDonald’s with Caleb, a few Christmases ago. One of my favorite holiday memories.*



We hope that your Christmas holiday is a wonderful one filled with miracles and joy!







May the spirit of Christmas be with you!




Christmas karaoke memory moment: Me singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer starring Caleb














Let peace and the wonder of love be in your presence!!!







Magical moments created with love, kindness and laughter!!!


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To become precious moments of memory, the pictures and videos of our minds.




Merry Christmas with love for you and your family, sent from the love of ours!!!!










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Written by Veronica M. Benson for Ve Michelle Writing Communications

Video & Photography by Veronica M. Benson






Some Random Facts About Me!

20 Dec


By Veronica M. Benson


1. I had the best childhood and there is nothing about it that would ever make me not want to go through it again. From Christmas caroling, sledding, camping, snowball playing, water fights with each Super Soaker that came out and more. Playing in my grandmother’s yard and the peach tree she had grew the most delicious peaches. (I miss her, and wish she was here to meet my son! She used to chase us down the alley with what we called “pinching bugs” and living lobsters, then take them inside and put them in a pot and cook them! LOL

2. Graduating from college felt mandatory for me, like graduating from high school was. These standards will be applied to my son’s education as well.

3. I enjoyed growing up around all the guys in my family. I learned a lot watching them and listening to them when they interacted with females. Mostly bad things!

4. Every Spring or Christmas break I was always washing walls, washing blinds, cleaning the house or in the kitchen with my mother cooking. We were happy just to not be doing chores when we were done. Never thinking of Spring vacation trips like kids do today.

5. I can honestly say that each of my siblings got more whoopings than I did.

6. I chipped the bone in my elbow as a kid around 8 or 9 on the patio deck in my grandmother’s backyard. My mother didn’t believe I was hurt so she made me ride to the hospital on my bike. Once she saw my arm turning colors she saw that something was wrong. I’m pretty sure we were at the hospital by then.

7. I watched and listened to Immature and Marques Houston and went to concerts for years starting at age 10, and I just met him this year. I still love him.

8. Working in advertisement one of the best things I learned is

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9. Growing up as the baby for 10 years, I was the least watched after. My mother tells me to this day “I never had to worry about you.” And she never has, I’ve always been able to take care of myself. It’s great to know I never cause her any worry, though she still might.

10. I was the first to graduate from college in my family of my siblings and cousins. I didn’t have a mentor or somebody I modeled after. I just made my own way and did my own thing.

11. I got my talent of writing poetry from my dad. I’ve written it since I was 12.

12. I think sympathy is one of the most wasted emotions there is.

13. I taught my son to use the bathroom (boy style), shoot his first basketball, his ABC’s, how to write and spell. Although he has male figures in his life, including his dad.  He got his library card at 3 because he could write his name. He got salvation at 3 because he knew God’s name.

14. I never wanted to be or never imagined getting married before my son and now that he’s here, I never need to be.

15. As a single mother I never tell my son he’s the man of the house. God is in that position and provides everything!

16. I still don’t know how to whistle.

17. During college, African dance was physical therapy for me, I connected to it right away.  It’s probably one of the things that helped me finish stress-free.

18. I really don’t like stupidity, ignorance or air-headed simpleness.

19. I’ve had pets since I can remember including: dogs, cats, turtles, gerbils, hamsters, snakes, lizards, birds and  fish. We always had a pet in our house.

20. I love shoes and purses!

21. Laughing is one of my favorite things to do.

22. Listening to music is a love of mine.

23. In kindergarten kids cried because their mothers were leaving, I cried because mine wanted to stay.

24. When my mother was really sick, I was 10, I took care of her. Including dressing her. I don’t remember completely, but she does.

25. I worked with my dad at the University of Chicago while attending college. That was a good time for us.

26. My oldest nephew who is 13, I treated and kept with me as if he was my child. Before I had a son. I took him to school and work with me, but I do remember being happy to drop him back off to my sister.

27. I had my foot ran over by a car. My mother was the driver.

28. I got my belly piercing at 22 with my best friend.  One of many memorable experiences we shared together.

29. I don’t like outside work in the yard, with bugs and dirt.

30. I’ve worked ever since I was 12 years of age.

31.  Writing is my most favorite thing to do! It’s effortless for me.  I love words.




Veronica M. Benson for Ve Michelle Writing Communications © 2013

Photography by Veronica M. Benson

Escaping The Pressures of the Holidays

10 Dec

By Veronica M. Benson

Tis the Season to be Jolly!


Is it really?  The holiday excitement usually starts a little before Thanksgiving and if not then, you’re immersed into it Thanksgiving day. If not at Thanksgiving with the last minute grocery store visits, dinner hosting and guests arrivals, there’s no escaping it for all the pandemonium surrounding “Black Friday.” If that’s not enough, the weekend passes and if you think you’ll be able to start the following  work week in peace,  “Cyber Monday” is waiting right there for you. I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what you say and what you do, you will fall victim to the deals that are being advertised and dished out to you in a way that you can’t resist. You may not buy the biggest item on the list but you’ll definitely buy something.


Unless we all have won the lottery, struck it rich or are heirs and heiresses to millionaires’ fortunes, the reality with spending remains. That we can’t get everything we see and think we would like to have. In my experience with advertising and in my research and findings I discovered, if you get close enough to some of the things that are popular that you think you want, you’ll do one of 3 things. 1.) Buy the very item you want, no matter the cost at a sacrifice in not getting something else. 2.) Find another product similar to the one you want and at a reasonable price then still have money for other shopping or 3.) Realize that the product you want is not something you’re interested in at all and contently continue on with your Christmas shopping without it.

While holiday shopping can be an adventurous and fulfilling part of enjoying the season, there is much more offered that is easily overlooked that you won’t necessarily find in the aisles of your favorite store.


1. Take a break and pull away from social media. Immerse yourself in real life & see how WONDERFUL and MAGICAL the Christmas holiday is.

2.Get involved in volunteering, at homeless shelters, disadvantaged children’s organizations & food pantries that give back to people.  It’s a great gift to do for others. The Holiday is a good time to start.

3. Advertisements can make you want everything you see. Go through some of the things from last Christmas, ( & this might be a good idea to do with your children) There may be some things you have never touched. And for your children, toys that they’ve not yet played with.

4. With children, changing their rooms around with organization can make these toys more appealing present tense. Yes it’s Christmas, so naturally, children are going to want more. For the toys they don’t want or no longer play with and are in good condition, have them donate them to children who need them. (Kids will find this rewarding for themselves).

5. Love is the greatest gift to get wrapped up in during the holiday season. Find your own energy and be comfortable in it. Discover and enjoy the simple things that are available to you.

6. Get cozy and all snuggled up with covers & movies on the couch. Watching holiday classics such as: The Christmas Story, Prancer (a favorite of mine), Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to town, The Santa Claus and more. Kids love this! Add snacks and hot chocolate. Just don’t forget the whipped cream.

7. You can follow tradition or, start something NEW!

8. The work that comes with children getting new toys and technology, whether from parents as a gift or from Santa, is to teach them to take care of it and appreciate it. (Make sure that everything a child gets is helping to advance them.)

9. Apple is likely to come out with a new product every year. It’s not necessary to get each one. They probably all do the same things.

10. Christmas is only one day out of 365 in a year. Don’t lose your mind for one day when there are so many other days that you can save that for.

11. Partake in the free moments of the holiday season. Like seeing the Christmas tree being lit downtown, Zoo lights festival, admiring decorations around the neighborhood and playing in the snow if it falls in time.

12. Be extremely prayerful. Jesus is the reason for the season. Even though it’s evolved to many other concepts, it’s important to remember this.

13. The world has nothing to do with how things are done in your family and home. Don’t feel like you’re missing out by not keeping up with everything and everyone.

14. Enjoy and inhale, each & every day of the holiday season. You don’t have to do something extravagant every day, but make it memorable + magical your own way.

15. You may not go out Christmas caroling but sing Christmas songs with your children. It’s fun watching them learn the words to the songs.

16. Tis the season to not be too far from God. The realness, holiness in the spirit of God. Not false substitutes. But God himself.  There is nothing else like it!

17. Do not ruin other’s  holiday traditions based on your own belief and traditions.  Do what you would in your household without interfering with another’s. (Especially for those who don’t believe in Santa!) The spirit of Christmas affects us differently. We all celebrate it differently in some way. *

Be grateful for what you do have, especially if health is one of those things!


Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday Season!!!



Veronica M. Benson for Ve Michelle Writing Communications ©2013

Photography by Veronica M. Benson

Ready for the Holidays!

5 Dec



I found things from my Christmas list as well as Christmas decor all in the same places.

World Market being a favorite store of mine, they have a lot of vintage and memorabilia and collector’s items as well.

I also stopped by Target which is not at all unusual.  I shop at Target regularly, all year long, but then again, who doesn’t?

If you are looking for Christmas decorations, do not leave out some of the well maintained dollar stores, like Family Dollar & DollarTree. I have decoration from previous years that I’ve been able to store away after holidays over the years. You’ll be surprised.  I’ve also seen lower priced Christmas lights and decorations in Family Dollar.

When you have time to eye-buy and window shop before you make any purchases, take notes to remember where you saw something that caught your eye. Or better yet, take pictures!

While Wal Mart is not the store that I run to or is first on my mind when shopping, they have a variety of sections where you can do more than one type of shopping at a time. They are good for having movie classics, even if you have to do a little bit of digging and searching. I’ve also taken notice of some of their interior home decorations and styles.

Holiday shopping is fun because you are not doing it everyday or every time you go to the store. You can choose certain stores to focus on for shopping or you can go in and out of different stores to see if you’ll find something new and unexpected.  If you’re into savings and bargains this kind of shopping is usually for you.

Never cancel out shopping at stores because of what you expect the prices to be. Whether you only expect higher price tags or ones with lower prices, you’ll never know what you might find!


Some of my favorite stores for holiday shopping:

> Walgreens/CVS

> Sears

> Water Tower Place

> Macy’s

> Crate & Barrel

> World Market

> Target

> DollarTree

> Home depot

You can always call and look online at stores to save you from making extra trips. Even though it seems like you’ll be able to make the store magically have what you want by appearing in person, after they’re out of the product you’re looking for, you can’t, not every time and you’ll be glad to have taken advantage of these resources. Have fun! Remember holiday shopping is supposed to be fun.

Here’s to happy holiday shopping!










Veronica M. Benson for Ve Michelle Writing Communications © 2013

Photography by Veronica M. Benson