Tough To The Core: Brawny® and Wounded Warrior Project®

#ToughIs

I'm honored to be partnering with Brawny® to share about Wounded Warrior Project®. There have been several times in life when I've had to tap into my toughness. Times when I wanted to cry or give up, but instead I found the strength to push through and keep going. One time in particular, during my difficult pregnancy with Ayva, I even surprised myself. I was in pain all the time, constantly nauseous, and generally just unable to function. After 6 months and dozens of emergency room visits, out of concern for my unborn child (and because I was tired of being pitiful), I decided that it was time to get strong and fix my situation. I didn't have a partner to support me, and I didn't have a car, so I called a taxi cab to take me to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital,  I told the staff that I refused to leave until we figured out why I was so sick. After multiple attempts of trying to send me home, they finally relented and admitted me. Two days into my hospital stay, a … [Continue]

Encouraging Imagination

Imagination Matters

Ayva doesn't get a whole lot of screen time. It's not that we don't believe in computers or television. In our family, though, and with our particular child, we find that a lot of television or time spent on the computer affects behavior. Oh, she's fine for 1 or 2 of her shows, or while playing a couple games, but after that, Ayva zones out, and starts getting irritable when we tell her it's time to unplug. Fortunately, she has a huge imagination and is able to find creative ways to keep herself busy. We very rarely hear the dreaded phrase, "Mom, I'm bored". … [Continue]

Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B Airs Soon (and I can’t wait!)

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This is a sponsored post to promote the movie, "Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B" coming to Lifetime. "Who is the L-I-Y-A-H? " That's the question we all were asking back in 1994 when the late R&B singer Aaliyah came out with her song "Back & Forth". I was in high school then and can … [Continue]

Meet The Hard Roxtars!

HR Roxtars Logo

The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. The first time I ever visited a Hard Rock Cafe, I was a senior in high school. I had traveled with a few teachers and classmates to a marketing club competition in Orlando. One evening when … [Continue]

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Stepping out on faith isn't a concept that's foreign to me. When I moved to California back in 2012 with 4 suitcases, 2 carry-ons, and a toddler, I had no idea what the outcome would be. All I knew was that God had always taken care of me, and I had no reason to doubt that this situation would be … [Continue]

Confidence With A Smile

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Invisalign sponsored this conversation about confidence with a smile! I was looking through family pictures the other day, and realized that I only smiled in the posed pictures. In the candids or shots that I was in the background of, I looked pensive or deep in thought. Photo after photo showed … [Continue]

We Should All Be Like Five-Year-Olds

we should all be five-years-old

In the last 6 months, Ayva has gone to dance camp, taken swim classes, joined a soccer team, been promoted in her Bible classes, and started kindergarten. She's learning to read, taken up drawing (a lot), and has recorded 2 videos for her YouTube series. Every morning when she wakes up, she pulls … [Continue]

Trick Or Treat Safely With Life360

Life360 for Trick or Treating

I'm excited to partner with Life360 for a series of posts on keeping your family connected! Whenever October rolls around, there are two things that will happen with 100% certainty. First, my family's schedule is going to be completely packed, and there will be days that we feel like our heads … [Continue]

Want To Know How People REALLY Make Money From Their Blogs?

Blog Money Confidential Workshop

When I made the decision to start this blog over 4 years ago, I had no idea that there'd come a time when I'd be able to rely on it as a consistent source of income for my family. It was profitable about 6 months in when I made my first $35 on a campaign. Back then, my site was hosted on Blogger for … [Continue]

Better Tailgating Snacks

Gold Emblem Abound

My family and friends here in California love to get together. I'm an introvert, so it took awhile for me to get into the swing of things. Folks were so patient with me, though, and understanding as I took a little bit of time to warm up. Now, believe it or not, I've joined them in thinking of ways … [Continue]