Last Minute Holiday Home Prep: The Quick Clean

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I’m sharing tips on last minute holiday preparations as part of a sponsored campaign with CVS/pharmacy. If you’re anything like me, with less than a week less until Christmas and you’re not even close to being prepared, just know that this is a judgement free zone! What can I say, the last month has been hectic, and […]

Make A Clementine Mojito For The Holidays!

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I Christmas-tized my mojito drink recipe as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #SweetNLowStars  I’ll never forget the first time I had a mojito. I was in my early twenties, living in Philadelphia, and a friend from North Carolina had come to visit me. I wanted to show off a bit, so I suggested we […]

Being An Actual Mom

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I remember the first night it happened. It was 7:00 PM and I had just finished getting Ayva ready for bed. She had her story, I’d supervised her brushing her teeth, and she was snug and tucked in the bed. It wasn’t until I leaned in to kiss her that she said, “What? No dinner […]

Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influencer Central for Rosetta Stone, and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #RSKids  Last summer, Terrence and I were determined to teach Ayva how to read. We purchased a bunch of books and other materials aimed to help children become better readers, […]

‘Tis The Season To Teach Kids About Acceptance #ShineBright

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I am a ‘ShineBright’ Ambassador and have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. One of the things that surprised me the most about Ayva starting kindergarten is talking to other kindergarten parents about how early bullying starts. We’re very fortunate to be in a school where bullying isn’t tolerated, and that the […]

Do You Have Kmart’s Best Dressed Home?

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This is a sponsored post. I am a K-Club blogger, but all opinions are my own. You know a good way to get to know someone’s personality? Check out the way they decorate their home for the holidays. I’m serious! You can learn so much about folks from the types of decorations they choose to […]

Creating A Christmas Eve Ornament With Your Children

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Christmas Eve, for a child, has to be one of the most exciting nights ever. Even if you aren’t expecting a bunch of gifts, anticipation of the unknown is enough to keep you from being able to get to sleep all night. Many families have traditions like reading a book like “The Night Before Christmas”, or […]

(Video) Being In 2015 – My New Year Resolution

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I know it’s kind of early to start thinking about the new year. We haven’t even made it to Christmas, yet. This last year has gone by so fast that I have no doubt the next few weeks are going to fly by. I had a few moments to reflect triggered by a family tragedy, […]

What Is It About Pajamas At Christmas?

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I was invited to #ShowYourJoe (and my jams) as part of a sponsored campaign with Kmart. What is it about pajamas that makes folks go crazy for them during the holidays? For as long as I can remember, I’ve received a new pair of jammies for Christmas. Of course that means you might find me […]

Differences Help Us Shine Bright #ShineBright

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I am a ‘ShineBright’ Ambassador and have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. Every year since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed watching Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer whenever it comes on television at Christmas time. I’ve sang the song, made crafts depicting the famous reindeer with the shining nose, and introduced my […]