Halloween Happenings

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Halloween was never one of my favorite holidays. Even though I went to school for theater, when it came to dressing up, I just never had any good ideas. Being a mom, though, I really don't have a choice about whether or not I like Halloween. It's a part of parenting, and it's actually one of the best parts, too. Past Halloweens have been pretty uneventful. I went to the store to purchase a costume and that was it. This year was different because Ayva actually had an opinion, and we had several events to go to where a costume was needed. Last weekend we went to Great America to trick or treat with Snoopy and his gang. Ayva and I went out really early Saturday morning to find a costume and actually ended up with two. The first was a cheerleader uniform, and the second one was Cleopatra. She decided that she'd much rather have Cleopatra, so I figured I'd take the cheerleader uniform back. It started to rain that afternoon, and not wanting to ruin her expensive (for us) Cleopatra … [Continue]

Get Ready For Holiday Snacking!

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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...'tis the season for overindulging, am I right? From candy to pie and everything in between, usually around this time of year I'm digging out every pair of pants that I have with an elastic waistband to get ready for the season of holiday eatings! The last few years have been different, though. Every since I had Ayva, I'm conscious of displaying healthy eating habits. It certainly makes sense to enjoy the delicious holiday food offerings, but I don't have to be a pig about it! My biggest weakness when it comes to eating right during the holidays is probably eating on the go. I love shopping, and with the stores open late, I'm out all the time looking for steals and deals. I love to browse while sipping on a decadent coffee drink (tons of calories!), or mull over my purchases as I through drive through for an order of fries (tons of bad fat!).  Of course, my little roadie, Ayva, is always with me, so she picks up my habits. There's one very … [Continue]

3 Simple Ways To Track Your Child’s Mini-Milestones

3 Simple Ways To Track Your Child's Mini-Milestones

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team.  I've always envied those amazing moms who take the time to organize their children's baby books. Not only are the pictures in chronological order, but they've also remembered to write down all of the milestones. First tooth? It's in there. First step? … [Continue]

Spiced Almonds Make A Great Snack

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I don't know about y'all, but around here, the fall is a time for gatherings. Potlucks, meetings, get togethers, there's always something going on. At many of these events, folks are asked to bring a little something to snack on. Gone are the days of everyone bringing a casserole or entrée. Now, … [Continue]

Wiggly Teeth (A Kindergarten Curiosity)

Wiggly Teeth (a Kindergarten oddity)

It's the phrase that parents of 5-year-olds everywhere dread. Sure, we know it's coming eventually. Until it does, though, we push it to the back of our minds, and go about living our lives in a make-believe fantasy world where parts of our children's body don't just arbitrarily fall out. Then it … [Continue]

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

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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 … [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 … [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!

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The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star" contest. The first time I ever visited a Hard Rock Cafe, I was a senior in high school. I had traveled with a … [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]