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Sometimes Gray Is Okay, Sometimes It’s Not

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Covering grays is easy with Madison Reed's Root Touch Up! This is a sponsored story. #TouchUpForHair #Sephora #MadisonReed My hair started going gray right after I had my daughter. When I saw the first strand, I thought that for sure it was a mistake. As I investigated closer, parting my hair and really getting into the thick of my afro, I was shocked that there were many, many gray strands hiding up in there! Look, I'm not against gray hair. The problem with my gray hair is that it only shows up when I need to pull my hair back and go casual. As long as my hair is styled, the grays are covered. It's those days when I want to wear a ponytail and yoga pants that they come out trying to make me look bad. I can't have that, not even on my low maintenance days. … [Continue]

Special Snacks For A Super Student

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School is back in session and my super student is ready! Gold Emblem Abound snacks are the perfect addition to any lunch. This is a sponsored story. #CVSTrailmakers Way back when I was a new mom and Ayva was just a little baby, the idea of her going off to elementary school seemed so far away. It's pretty amazing how fast time flies, though. She's a big girl now, a six-year-old, and a budding little scholar. As she continues to grow up and become more and more independent, Terrence and I are holding on to as much parental responsibility as we can because it makes us feel good to know that she still needs us. It's also a way that we show her how much we love her. … [Continue]

Project Mc2 Proves That Smart Is The New Cool

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You know how a new show comes out and there's all sorts of hype around it but when you watch it, you're totally disappointed? That seems to happen a lot, especially with shows for children. Project Mc2, the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused original mini-series on Netflix … [Continue]

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

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This Grilled Cheese Roll Up recipe was created in connection with my agreement as a contributor to Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Grilled cheese sandwiches have to be one of the greatest recipes ever made in life. Buttered bread and gooey cheese? Does it get any better than that? When it comes to … [Continue]

Viva First Grade!

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It's the end of the first week of the first grade and I still can't believe we're here. Ayva and her friends are growing up so fast, and it's both amazing and incredibly heartbreaking to watch. What happened to my baby? I'll never forget how adorable Ayva was last year when she started … [Continue]

The Last Less Messy Days Of Summer

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Summer isn't over just yet! Discover how to take advantage of the last, less messy, days of summer in this story sponsored by  Jif™Bars and Socialstars. #TeamJif It's the first day of school, but you know what? We aren't forfeiting our last few weeks of summer. Nope. Autumn doesn't officially … [Continue]

5 Ways To Dress Up A School Uniform

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When Terrence and I first started looking at schools for Ayva to attend, I was vehemently opposed to her going to a school that required uniforms. As a former educator, I understand the benefit of children having the freedom to express themselves through their clothes. Uniforms, I thought, … [Continue]

Our Evening At Smith’s Garden Luau in Kauai

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Why has it taken me over 30 years to get to Hawaii? Oh my goodness, y'all, it's one of the most beautiful, enchanting places that I've ever visited. Everything is so lush and bright, and I swear I smelled fresh flowers every single place I went. It was totally a dream and I have to go back there … [Continue]

We Spent $34 On School Supplies

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As the mother of a first grader, my new favorite time of the year is fast becoming back to school time. It's not because I get to send Ayva out of the house. I like having her around in the summer, even if she does drive me bonkers every once in awhile! See, back to school time is my favorite time … [Continue]

Mango and Lime Caipirosca

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See how the islands inspired this yummy cocktail in this story sponsored by Sweet’N Low® and Socialstars. #donthesitaste I am convinced that there is nothing more inspiring than sitting outside on a Hawaiian island listening to waves crashing the shore, or palm trees blowing in the wind. There's … [Continue]