Halloween Happenings

Ayva Halloween

Halloween was never one of my favorite holidays. Even though I went to school for theater, when it came to dressing up, I just never had any good ideas. Being a mom, though, I really don’t have a choice about whether or not I like Halloween. It’s a part of parenting, and it’s actually one […]

Get Ready For Holiday Snacking!

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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…’tis the season for overindulging, am I right? From candy to pie and everything in between, usually around this time of year I’m digging out every pair of pants that I have with an elastic waistband to get ready for the season of holiday eatings! The last few years have been different, though. Every […]

3 Simple Ways To Track Your Child’s Mini-Milestones

3 Simple Ways To Track Your Child's Mini-Milestones

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team.  I’ve always envied those amazing moms who take the time to organize their children’s baby books. Not only are the pictures in chronological order, but they’ve also remembered to write down all of the milestones. First tooth? It’s in there. First step? Yup. First word? You betcha. […]

Spiced Almonds Make A Great Snack

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I don’t know about y’all, but around here, the fall is a time for gatherings. Potlucks, meetings, get togethers, there’s always something going on. At many of these events, folks are asked to bring a little something to snack on. Gone are the days of everyone bringing a casserole or entrée. Now, you’re more likely […]

Wiggly Teeth (A Kindergarten Curiosity)

Wiggly Teeth (a Kindergarten oddity)

It’s the phrase that parents of 5-year-olds everywhere dread. Sure, we know it’s coming eventually. Until it does, though, we push it to the back of our minds, and go about living our lives in a make-believe fantasy world where parts of our children’s body don’t just arbitrarily fall out. Then it happens. The day your […]

Tough To The Core: Brawny® and Wounded Warrior Project®


I’m honored to be partnering with Brawny® to share about Wounded Warrior Project®. There have been several times in life when I’ve had to tap into my toughness. Times when I wanted to cry or give up, but instead I found the strength to push through and keep going. One time in particular, during my […]

Encouraging Imagination

Imagination Matters

Ayva doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time. It’s not that we don’t believe in computers or television. In our family, though, and with our particular child, we find that a lot of television or time spent on the computer affects behavior. Oh, she’s fine for 1 or 2 of her shows, or while playing […]

Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B Airs Soon (and I can’t wait!)

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This is a sponsored post to promote the movie, “Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B” coming to Lifetime. “Who is the L-I-Y-A-H? “ That’s the question we all were asking back in 1994 when the late R&B singer Aaliyah came out with her song “Back & Forth”. I was in high school then and can still […]

Meet The Hard Roxtars!

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The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest. The first time I ever visited a Hard Rock Cafe, I was a senior in high school. I had traveled with a few […]

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Verses For Women Who Are Stepping Out On Faith

Stepping out on faith isn’t a concept that’s foreign to me. When I moved to California back in 2012 with 4 suitcases, 2 carry-ons, and a toddler, I had no idea what the outcome would be. All I knew was that God had always taken care of me, and I had no reason to doubt that […]