Make Mornings Easy With El Monterey Breakfast Burritos

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Thanks to El Monterey for sponsoring this post and helping me make mornings easier! School started last week, but months ago, I knew that we'd have to do things a little differently. When Ayva was in preschool, she would half eat a bowl of cereal in the morning for breakfast, and I'd have my cup of coffee. Neither one of us are really big breakfast eaters, but with longer, more packed days, breakfast is no longer optional. I can remember crashing in school right before lunch because I didn't eat enough. I want to make sure Ayva has enough protein to get her through the entire day, and to help her to be alert to get the most out of kindergarten. Equally as important, I need to make sure I have the energy to work, be a wife and mother, and take care of our household. After confessing to friends that I didn't eat breakfast (and getting in trouble for it!). I was pumped and ready to try out El Monterey Breakfast Burritos. Stuffed with delicious fillings like eggs, sausage, bacon, and … [Continue]

I Shaved My Legs – Day 1


I shaved my legs today. Yeah. In the grand scheme of life, that's not something to brag about, but for Blue Brandi, it's an accomplishment. Over the last few months I've been teetering on the brink of extreme sadness, and more often than I'd like to admit, I've stumbled through days pushing with every inch of my life to Earlier this year, a switch flipped in my brain, flooding my mind with terrible memories that have been working overtime to remind me that  I don't deserve love, I am ruined, broken, and otherwise not worthy. Lies. Depression is a dirty, filthy liar. Except that, sometimes though, depression is convincing. And like a possessive lover that uses mind tricks to control, depression has had me questioning every move I make, scared to bare myself, anxious about going out and being around people because I'm  ruined, broken, and otherwise not worthy. Everything from the clothes that I've been wearing to the way I've been styling my hair have … [Continue]

The Kid Stays In The Video With VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch

VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch

Thank you to Vtech for providing the Kidizoom Smartwatch for us to review and give away! I remember my first camera. My grandmother bought it for me before I moved with my family to Germany as a way for me to document out travels, and keep everyone updated on our adventures. The camera was a … [Continue]

{Saturday Sights} Ayva Is In Kindergarten

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Yesterday was the first day of kindergarten. The beginning of a new era for my little Ayva, and our entire family was excited for her to get started on this next phase of her life. Terrence set her alarm the night before to wake her up at 6:55, but Ayva was already up before her Minnie clock started … [Continue]

Good News! Ice Cream Is Back On The Menu!

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BEANO® +DAIRY DEFENSE™ sponsored this post and helped me put dairy back on the menu! Today was a day of celebration for many reasons. First of all, and most important, Ayva started kindergarten! Yes, my baby girl is growing up! Day one went off without a hitch, and she can't wait to go back next … [Continue]

Books For Kids (And Parents!) Starting Kindergarten

5 Books About the First Day of Kindergarten

It feels like Christmas Eve in the Riley house tonight. Even though it's August, the anticipatory energy is in the air, and the adrenaline rushing through our bodies is palpable. Or that could just be me. Oh my goodness, y'all! Ayva starts kindergarten tomorrow! I am incredibly excited, but at the … [Continue]

International Can-It-Forward Day #CanItForward

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Have you always wondered what it would take to preserve your food? Intrigued by fruits in mason jars, and homemade tomato sauce? Well, then you'll want to keep up with what's going on with International Can-It-Forward Day today! There are lots of different educational events all over the country, or … [Continue]

Help Your Child Understand Ferguson (And Other Tragedies)

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I was 6 years old when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on a house in a residential neighborhood in the city. The house was inhabited by members of the group MOVE, a Black liberation organization founded by John Africa. There had been a lot of conflict between MOVE, the community, … [Continue]

Old Traditions Made New With #CanItForward Day

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandmother's kitchen. There was a big table with plenty of chairs for all the folks who would drop in to visit her all the time. In that kitchen, at that table, she mixed cakes while chatting with friends, started her mornings with devotion and Bible readings … [Continue]

Sweet Suite – At Home! #SweetSuite14 #BBNYC

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Many thanks to the organizers of Sweet Suite 2014 for the Box Of Awesome! They call it the "Biggest Night of Play", and for good reason. The Sweet Suite is an amazing, interactive, personal expo of the year's best toys that's organized by the talented Laurie Schacht, Charlene DeLoach, Joey … [Continue]