The Summer Of Yes

Kohl's Summer Collection

One summer, when Ayva was 2, she and I jumped on a NJ Transit bus and headed to Atlantic City from Philadelphia. We didn't have an agenda or a schedule, and as a matter of fact, we didn't even have hotel reservations until I called to make one as we were making our way down the highway. This wasn't one of those typical family beach trips with luggage filled with sand toys and tons of different outfits for the planned activities for each day. I didn't even pack a bucket or a shovel. This was a "we need to get away from all of this concrete ASAP or I'm going to lose my mind" type trip. It was the best trip ever. Ayva, even though she was still a toddler, was extremely vocal, and proved herself to be an incredible travel companion. She had fantastic ideas ("Ice Cream, Mommy?"), and was nothing but fun the entire time. We rode a bike down the boardwalk at the crack of dawn, ate donuts on the beach every morning for breakfast, and laughed as we sat on a bench watching birds go after … [Continue]

Design An Abstract Snack Bag

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I'm super excited to be partnering with Gold Emblem Abound at CVS/pharmacy as one of the #CVSTrailMakers this year! Can you believe that school is almost over? It really seems like Ayva just started kindergarten, and here it is already about to end! It's crazy. I have to admit, I'm looking forward to having more time with my buddy. She's not going to be little forever, and as she gets older, I imagine she'll want to spend more time with her friends and less time with her poor old mama. I need to make our summers together count for as long as they last! (Why yes, I am very melodramatic. Ha!) Memorial Day is going to kick off our amazing summer, and we got prepped by designing a cute abstract bag that we can carry when we head off to see fireworks.  It's perfect for carrying essentials like snacks and a camera, and it's adorable, too! … [Continue]

There Will Be Stains

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Learn how Zep Instant Spot Remover Towels gets rid of stains as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #ZepSocialstars There are a few things that are inevitable when you live in a house with a child, or a pet, or any living, breathing being that has the ability to move. First, there will … [Continue]

Coils And Curls: Making A Beauty Impression On My Daughter

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I don't think I've ever met a woman who didn't have an interesting relationship with her hair, myself included. For a lot of my life, my hair and I were in the "it's complicated" phase. A texture that is coily, kinky, curly AND straight, becoming a mother, and being a woman of a certain age … [Continue]

But What If I Have Company And THEY Want Coffee, Too?

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Coffee was invented to give us all an incentive to get out of bed in the morning. I'm convinced of it. I've shared before that I sometimes go to bed early just so I can wake up at the crack of dawn and get a cuppa joe. Yup, it's that serious. My paternal grandparents would get up at 5:30 every … [Continue]

Ayva Is Six

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You'd think I'd be used to it by now. By the grace of God, it's been happening every May 7th since 2009, and yet I'm still in awe of the miracle that is my child's birthday. I mean, when you really stop and think about it, a child grew in my womb. A human being that can walk and talk and READ came … [Continue]

Mary Is My Mama Inspiration

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I'm putting my heart to paper this Mother's Day thanks to Hallmark. #PutYourHeartToPaper #ad I always knew what kind of mother I wanted to be. My goal from day one of motherhood was to be a loving, attentive, and supportive friend to my daughter. I know some parenting experts suggest that you’re … [Continue]

Tending To My Child

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Have you ever read something that made you stop in your tracks and have to go back and read it again? That's what happened when I read Isaiah 40:11. It says, He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those … [Continue]

Extra Squishy Mommy

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Ayva loves to snuggle. On the rare occasions that she catches me with both hands free, she cuddles up to me and pulls my arms around her tightly. On days when I have a gazillion hours of work left to do, and I'm on a deadline, that cuddle can feel like a distraction. My mind starts trying to figure … [Continue]

Light Up Your Summer With Galileo

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Thanks to Galileo for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to think creatively about summer camp! There is something really awesome about the look on a child's face when they try something new for the first time and it actually works! That's why science is so awesome. And art. And nature. … [Continue]