Keep Kids Busy When You’re Getting An Oil Change

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FueltheLove #CollectiveBias Ayva and I have been real road warriors this summer. Even though she's only been out of school for a couple of weeks, we really have been seizing the day and going on tons of new adventures. Because we're in the car so much, and since it's been so long since I had an oil change, instead of heading out to do an activity like bowling or visiting the zoo, we headed to Walmart. Ayva was a little bummed at first that we were running errands instead of our usual fun day activities, but I promised her that we'd still have a great time. … [Continue]

Go To The Beach And Then Watch A Beach Movie!

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I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam. I love everything about the beach. The sand and water really give me life. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I take a short drive and sit by the water, soaking up the sun and waves. You know what else I love? Beach movies. I always have. Back in the day I'd watch those sixties beach films like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach" and imagine myself bopping and dancing on the sand, too. Ayva inherited my adoration of all things beachy. In fact, she is just as into beach movies now as I was back in the day. It's really cool to be able to watch them with her, especially since there are quite a few remakes that are even better than movies that I used to watch. Our favorite right now is definitely "Teen Beach Movie". We have probably watched that movie 800 times since it came out last year. It's streaming on Netflix, so we can watch it whenever we want. … [Continue]


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Remember how I said that this year is the summer of yes? So far it's working out pretty good. I've still been kind of overworked and having to resort a little bit to the "one minute, babe" during the day with Ayva, but I'm definitely making an effort to do better. After tomorrow afternoon, my … [Continue]

Okay, Junie B. Jones. You Win.

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Junie B. Jones. I have had a love/hate relationship with homegirl for years now. Back when I used to write curriculum for early elementary students, Junie B. Jones certainly didn't do me any favors. That little girl can really jack up some words! From her wretched grammar and spelling to her sassy … [Continue]

Math Made Fun With UMIGO

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Your child can have fun while learning math concepts! Find out how in this story sponsored by UMIGO. There are a lot of benefits to being a mom who works from home, especially during the summer. I get to spend quality time with Ayva doing fun activities, and I have an opportunity to really … [Continue]

Berry Infused Lemonade

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Learn how to make Berry Infused Lemonade in this story sponsored by Sweet’N Low® and Socialstars. #donthesitaste The 4th of July is one of those holidays that has always been super relaxed in my family. We rarely venture out since we know most places are going to be crowded, so it's a good … [Continue]

Becoming Daddy


It was February 1, 2014. I can't forget the date because it was the day of Ayva's kindergarten assessment and we were moving next door to a bigger apartment at the same time. Terrence and I had been married for just about 6 months, and we were all really comfortable in our new role as a new … [Continue]

Cookie Crisp “Dark Side” Milkshake

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Get Star Wars movie posters from specially marked boxes of General Mills cereal! This is a sponsored story. Star Wars. You either really love it, or you really hate it. There doesn't seem to be any in between when it comes to the epic movies. Even if you aren't a huge Star Wars fan, you have to … [Continue]

Bratfest In Bed


Ayva and I surprised Terrence with Bratfest in Bed this morning! Thanks to Johnsonville for sponsoring this story! Father's Day is fast becoming one of our most favorite holidays. Ayva and I love putting together a good surprise, and Terrence is typically our unsuspecting subject. Father's Day … [Continue]

The Television Bond

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Reminisce about the good old days of television with me in this sponsored story. Back in the day, watching television was a family event. We didn't have a ton of channels or shows to choose from like we do now. We didn't have DVR, weren't able to watch it later On Demand. When our show was on, we … [Continue]