We Should All Be Like Five-Year-Olds

we should all be five-years-old

In the last 6 months, Ayva has gone to dance camp, taken swim classes, joined a soccer team, been promoted in her Bible classes, and started kindergarten. She's learning to read, taken up drawing (a lot), and has recorded 2 videos for her YouTube series. Every morning when she wakes up, she pulls out her writing tablet to practice writing the words that she knows, or creates stories with the dozens of stuffed animals that sleep in her bed. Basically, she's totally rocking life. … [Continue]

Trick Or Treat Safely With Life360

Life360 for Trick or Treating

I'm excited to partner with Life360 for a series of posts to keep your family connected! Whenever October rolls around, there are two things that will happen with 100% certainty. First, my family's schedule is going to be completely packed, and there will be days that we feel like our heads are going to explode. Second, we are going to go through at least a million iterations of Halloween costumes for Ayva because…5-year-old. There's not much I can do about the costume situation, but we're going to master the schedule thing this year. Mainly because I'm a scaredy cat, and having Terrence in San Francisco every day, and Ayva at one of her many activities, I freak out when I don't know exactly where my family is at all times. … [Continue]

Want To Know How People REALLY Make Money From Their Blogs?

Blog Money Confidential Workshop

When I made the decision to start this blog over 4 years ago, I had no idea that there'd come a time when I'd be able to rely on it as a consistent source of income for my family. It was profitable about 6 months in when I made my first $35 on a campaign. Back then, my site was hosted on Blogger for … [Continue]

Better Tailgating Snacks

Gold Emblem Abound

My family and friends here in California love to get together. I'm an introvert, so it took awhile for me to get into the swing of things. Folks were so patient with me, though, and understanding as I took a little bit of time to warm up. Now, believe it or not, I've joined them in thinking of ways … [Continue]

He Didn’t Marry Me For My Math Skills


My husband is the money guy in our relationship. Me? I'm way too much of a hippie to be bothered with things like the bottom line. When you're married with a child, though, that flower child attitude about finances isn't going to work. Before we got married, we sat down and really hashed out our … [Continue]

When Your Child Is The Only Black Girl

The Only Black Girl: Helping Your Child Fit In Without Losing Compromising What Makes Them Special

Welcome visitors from Essence.com! I hope you enjoy this post and others here on my site! Get a sense of who I am by checking out my About Me page. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to visit! For two years since we moved to Oakland, Ayva was the only Black girl in her school. … [Continue]

A 49ers Fan Walks Into A Craft Store…

San Francisco 49ers

Thanks to Verizon for sponsoring this fun 49ers party! I can admit it. I'm a fickle football fan. Three years ago, I bled green for the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, when living in Philly, you don't have much of a choice. Relocating to Oakland gave me the freedom to pick a team based on their … [Continue]

We Got Married Despite The Statistics


My marriage to Terrence never should have happened. If we really assess the situation, we probably never should have met. I was a single mom with a broken heart who was in no way ready for love. He was a hurt bachelor who had vowed to never get married. I lived in Philadelphia. He was in San … [Continue]

Sweet’N Down Low Mug Cake

Sweet'N Low Mug Cake

I'm snacking on the down low as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars I have a question for the Moms out there, and I want you to answer honestly. Who among you has waited for HOURS until your child was absolutely, positively asleep before pulling out a sweet snack so that … [Continue]

Coffee House At Home With NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

dolce gusto 2

They say good things come to those who wait. Well, that's fine and good, and normally I'm a pretty patient person. When it comes to my morning coffee, though, HONEY…I am an entirely different species. I wake up and I need my coffee now. Like, right now. As a work at home mom, my time is super … [Continue]