Take A Better Social Media Pic In 3 Steps

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Learn how to take better social media profile pics! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias It’s probably the most important photograph you’ll take in your life. It’s the one that people who don’t know you judge you on and decide whether to […]

I Don’t Know How To Play With My 5-Year-Old

How To Play With A 5-Year-Old

The other day, Ayva said to me, “Mom, why don’t you ever play with me?”. I reminded her about all of the things that we do together, shopping, cooking, reading books, but she wouldn’t let up. “No, Mom. I mean, like playing. In my room. You never play with me.” Ayva was right. I don’t ever […]

Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias They’re baaack! Gosh, I’ll never forget the first time I was introduced to M&M’s® Crispy. My best friend, Hope, had just returned home from a trip to Atlanta where she found a few bags in an […]

What I Learned About Marriage From Claire Underwood

What I Learned About Marriage From House Of Card's Claire Underwood

As a semi-new wife, I’m always looking for positive examples of marriage to use as a guide in my relationship. The wives at church, different friends and family, if you’re a wife who’s doing marriage right, I want to know about it. One wife that is doing it right something is Claire Underwood from the Netflix series, “House […]

I Love Steel Cut Oats

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Thanks to CVS/pharmacy for sending heart healthy products for my family to try! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Eating oatmeal doesn’t fill me up. In fact, it’s just the opposite. If I eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, 10 minutes later I feel like I haven’t eaten in 30 […]

Two Birthdays

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They were born on the same date. February 25th. My mother, Sheila and my stepmother, Sabrina. The both of them were in my life for as long as I can remember. My dad and Sabrina got married when I was 5 or 6 so there wasn’t ever really a time when I didn’t know her. She’s gone […]

The Benefits Of Doing Yoga With Your Child

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Yoga is great for kids! I’ll tell you why in this sponsored campaign with POM Wonderful and Millennial Blogs. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m always rushing Ayva from here to there. In the morning, it’s a mad dash to get her to school. After school, it’s back to the house to […]

The Hi-Low Dress: How Little Girls Can Wear It

How To Style A Hi-Low Dress For Little Girls

Ayva would like to thank The Children’s Place for providing a gift card to check out a fun fashion trend! Ayva goes to a school where she has to wear a uniform every day, and frankly, that was something that kind of made me nervous when we were deciding where to enroll her. How would […]

Encouraging Positive Behavior In Kids

Encourage Positive Behavior In Kids

  When Ayva was a toddler, I discovered Jane Nelsen, Ed. D and her Positive Discipline pedagogy. At the time, Ayva was still doing things like biting and throwing tantrums, and I needed some sort of support to manage that behavior without losing my mind. Learning about positive discipline was a parenting game changer for […]

{Video} Christian Grey Is No Mr. Riley


This weekend, the long awaited (by some folks) movie, “Shades Of Grey” made about 90 MILLION dollars. Wow. Listen, I don’t have any skin in this game (Yikes. That’s a totally unintentional pun), but I’m not surprised the movie made so much money. Love it or hate it, people are talking about “Shades Of Grey”. […]