Back On The Menu Challenge At Build Pizzeria

Pizza at Build In Berkeley

Thanks, BEANO® +DAIRY DEFENSE™, for sponsoring this post and helping me put dairy back on the menu! Two lactose intolerant people walk into a pizza shop... Sounds like the beginning of a really bad date night, right? It didn't turn out that way for Terrence and me, on a visit to Build Pizzeria in Berkeley the other week, though. Build is a really cool spot on Shattuck Ave. where you can create your own pie. I've passed by a few times, determined to get Terrence to take me. He's not as obsessed, I mean, enchanted with pizza as I am, but he finally gave in and we headed there one Sunday after church while Ayva hung out with my in-laws. We've been trying BEANO® +DAIRY DEFENSE™, and decided that Build would be the perfect place to really put the over the counter digestion aid to the test. I mean, if we can eat pizza with every single one of our favorite toppings and still be able to enjoy each other's company afterwards, we'd know that Beano® +Dairy Defense™ is the real … [Continue]

Stay UNDER Grocery Budget? Yes! #GroceryChallenge

Grocery Budget Tutor

I've shared a lot about some of the financial struggles that I had as a former single mother. Even though my family is doing much better now, I'm still dealing with some of the challenges of being working poor for so many years. Thanks to my brilliant husband, I'm working on paying off debt, clearing up my credit and establishing a real savings. I understand that none of this will come easy or quickly, so I'm always looking for ways to make my money work smarter, not harder. My friend Amiyrah understands exactly where I'm coming from, and has tapped into her entrepreneurial side to help families just like mine. Her new web-based coaching/concierge business, The Grocery Budget Tutor, will show families how to stay under their budget without using coupons or buying processed foods. Who DOESN'T need that, right? I'm so proud of my friend and am really happy to share her new venture with you all! The Grocery Budget Tutor is kicking off with a Back To School Challenge, and you could … [Continue]

Overcoming Perfection (Oh, and I wrote a book.)

Overcoming Perfection - Mama Knows It All

I remember the exact moment I became a perfectionist. I was in college, working part-time as an administrative assistant at a large pharmaceutical company. It was in the late 90's when the economy was booming, and everyone with "manager" in their title had a secretary whether they needed it or not. … [Continue]

Chilling And A Sweet’N Low Lemon Drop

sweet n low into the shaker

Our Sweet'N Low Lemon Drop was shaken up as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars My husband and I are the king and queen of the  after work wind down. Every night, at 7 PM PST, we put our child to bed, and the chilling commences. Some evenings we fire up the DVR and catch up … [Continue]

How To Be A Better Lover In 20 Minutes Or Less

How To Be A Better Lover In 20 Minutes Or Less

As a newlywed, I'm always open to advice from women who have been married longer than me. Making sure my husband is happy is a priority, and I know that my happiness is important to him as well. The two of us were absolutely made for each other, and being with him is (without telling too much of our … [Continue]

Still Got It: 5 Creative Ways To Start A Workout Routine

Poise and Yoga #PoiseWithSam

I'm getting active with Poise Microliner as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #PoiseWithSAM I need to work out. There. I've said it. It's not because I don't like the way that I look ('cause Mama looks good!), it's really about the way that I feel. I've been sluggish and lethargic lately, … [Continue]

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as … [Continue]

{Saturday Sights} Afternoon Tea at American Girl

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  Afternoon Tea at American Girl is one of those memory making moments that parents are always hoping we're giving our kids. After a particularly rough day last week, the mailman delivered an unexpected gift card, and I said to Ayva, "Bump it. We're going to American Girl." I discovered … [Continue]

Getting the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires

Eagle Goodyear

In 2003, I drove from North Carolina to Philadelphia to start a new job. Immediately upon arriving in the city, I ran over a huge pothole. Nervous that I had busted a tire, I got out of the car and surveyed the damage. My tire was fine. Awesome! Unfortunately, the Philly streets offered many, many … [Continue]

Happiness Is: My Essence Fest Experience #CokeEssenceFest

Celebration Wall - Essence Fest

The Essence Music Festival celebrated 20 years this past weekend. Last year, 500 thousand folks were in attendance, and this year, I was fortunate enough to be in that number. I was invited by Coca-Cola to attend the "Party With A Purpose" as a VIP Mom Blogger, and it definitely tops my list as one … [Continue]