September is National Preparedness Month

what to do in a natural disaster

A few weeks ago, Ayva and I experienced our first California earthquake. While we were fortunate to not have any damages related to the quake, but it made me start to think of disaster preparedness, and what we would need in the event of a natural disaster. My friend, Elizabeth from the organization Activation ReACT put […]

The Most Important Thing Is Love

The Underground Girls Of Kabul

Once upon a time, in my former life, I was a Teaching Artist who helped encourage creativity in young children. That career path was awesome, but it meant a lot of piecing together gigs here and there to make a full-time living. The summer months were different, though. During the summer, I taught theater at […]

Super Simple Snickers Cake Cookies

Snicker Cake Cookies - Mama Knows It All

I love to bake. All I need is my sidekick, Ayva, a little inspiration, and butter. Lots and lots of butter. My inspiration today came from a challenge. Terrence and his co-workers are having a competition to see who can make the best cookie, and of course, we’d like Team Riley to win. The winner won’t […]

Disney On Ice “Worlds Of Fantasy” Coming To Oakland!

Disney On Ice Worlds Of Fantasy

I am a U.S. Family Guide Blogger, and will receive comp tickets to this event for coverage. If you love Disney movies, then you’ll love Disney on Ice! Terrence, Ayva and I went for the first time last year, and had an incredible time. The ice skaters are incredibly talented, the show is fast paced, […]

Surprise Snacks Make Bedtime Easier

abound snacks 5

Bedtime for a 5-year-old. It can go one of two ways. Fortunately, we’ve figured out a system to make it smooth, painless, and dare I say, enjoyable? For a long time, nights were hard. Really hard, y’all. Fortunately, I married the most brilliant man ever, who came to me with a suggestion. He said, “What […]

Fall Apple Spritzer

Fall Apple Spritzer w/ Sweet'N Low

I’m celebrating the season with this Fall Apple Spritzer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars As soon as the weather starts to cool off, all I want to do is curl up with a book and get into the taste of fall. I don’t mean pumpkin, either. I’m totally not one of […]

Make An Easy (And Cheap!) Jewelry Holder For Your Little Girl

jewelry holder finished

Ayva loves necklaces. And bracelets. And rings. And headbands. And anything else that sparkles, glitters, or looks fancy. What can I say? She’s a girly girl, and I love it! As she gets older, her jewelry multiplies, and I needed to find a way to organize them so that they don’t get broken, and we don’t […]

Zazzle’s Dazzling Cases

Zazzle iPhone 6 case

Thanks to Zazzle for partnering on this review. This post contains affiliate links. Last year, when Apple released the iPhone 5s, my husband set his alarm early and headed to the Apple store at the break of dawn to pick his up. I calmly rolled over when the alarm went off and went back to sleep. […]

Don’t Stress Snacks! California Raisins To The Rescue!

California Raisin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Raisins. There are lots of things that stressed me out about Ayva starting school this year. My number one worry wasn’t about whether or not she’d like her teacher, or if she would make friends. Nope, the thing that kept me up at night […]

{Saturday Sights} Meet Sparkle The Betta Fish

Meet Sparkle The Betta Fish

Thanks to the National Geographic Kids Insiders program & PetSmart for the fab fish supplies! We added a member to our family today! Sparkle the Betta Fish is Ayva’s new pet, and is sure to be a source of parenting inspiration for me, as well. Ayva is at the age where she’s craving an increase […]