Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias They're baaack! Gosh, I'll never forget the first time I was introduced to M&M's® Crispy. My best friend, Hope, had just returned home from a trip to Atlanta where she found a few bags in an airport convenience store. Hope has always been thoughtful, so she saved the bags to open until we got together. We sat in her bedroom going on and on about the crispy, crunchy centers surrounded by chocolate in a candy coated shell, trying to figure out what they tasted like. We finally gave up when we realized that they were M&M's® Crispy That's it. They were in a class of their own. … [Continue]

What I Learned About Marriage From Claire Underwood

What I Learned About Marriage From House Of Card's Claire Underwood

As a semi-new wife, I'm always looking for positive examples of marriage to use as a guide in my relationship. The wives at church, different friends and family, if you're a wife who's doing marriage right, I want to know about it. One wife that is doing it right something is Claire Underwood from the Netflix series, "House Of Cards". Although she's calculating and sometimes pretty darn evil, there are still a few important lessons that wives can learn from her. Conflict Can Be Productive Growing up, most of us are taught that conflict is bad. Claire Underwood knows that's not the case. She isn't afraid to really dig into tough issues regardless of the topic, and even if it's with her husband. Claire gets that dealing with problems head on can actually help to keep a relationship healthy. There's no passive aggression, no secrets, when something's wrong you say so, and then start solving the problem. Terrence and I don't have a lot of conflict, but when we do, we always end up … [Continue]

I Love Steel Cut Oats

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Thanks to CVS/pharmacy for sending heart healthy products for my family to try! I've said it before and I'll say it again. Eating oatmeal doesn't fill me up. In fact, it's just the opposite. If I eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, 10 minutes later I feel like I haven't eaten in 30 days. For … [Continue]

Two Birthdays

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They were born on the same date. February 25th. My mother, Sheila and my stepmother, Sabrina. The both of them were in my life for as long as I can remember. My dad and Sabrina got married when I was 5 or 6 so there wasn't ever really a time when I didn't know her. She's gone now. … [Continue]

The Benefits Of Doing Yoga With Your Child

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Yoga is great for kids! I'll tell you why in this sponsored campaign with POM Wonderful and Millennial Blogs. I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm always rushing Ayva from here to there. In the morning, it's a mad dash to get her to school. After school, it's back to the house to figure … [Continue]

The Hi-Low Dress: How Little Girls Can Wear It

How To Style A Hi-Low Dress For Little Girls

Ayva would like to thank The Children's Place for providing a gift card to check out a fun fashion trend! Ayva goes to a school where she has to wear a uniform every day, and frankly, that was something that kind of made me nervous when we were deciding where to enroll her. How would she get to … [Continue]

Encouraging Positive Behavior In Kids

Encourage Positive Behavior In Kids

  When Ayva was a toddler, I discovered Jane Nelsen, Ed. D and her Positive Discipline pedagogy. At the time, Ayva was still doing things like biting and throwing tantrums, and I needed some sort of support to manage that behavior without losing my mind. Learning about positive … [Continue]

{Video} Christian Grey Is No Mr. Riley

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This weekend, the long awaited (by some folks) movie, "Shades Of Grey" made about 90 MILLION dollars. Wow. Listen, I don't have any skin in this game (Yikes. That's a totally unintentional pun), but I'm not surprised the movie made so much money. Love it or hate it, people are talking about "Shades … [Continue]

Ways To Encourage Your Daughter To Love Her Natural Hair

Ways To Encourage Your Daughter To Love Her Natural Hair

Whenever it's shampoo night in our house, there are always lots of tears, a ton of frustration, and a lollipop to bribe Ayva to sit still. Despite the battle, though, the one thing I'm very conscience of is making sure I'm not complaining about her hair. It's hard enough being a little Black girl in … [Continue]

How To Win The Morning

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This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own. #MorningWin Every morning, after I drop Ayva off at school, I return home and the race to get it all done before I have to pick … [Continue]