Reasons Why 5-Year-Olds Are The Bomb

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You know, when Ayva was born way back in 2009, I would have never imagined that I could love her more than I did that first day I laid eyes on her. Well, I’ve been proven wrong over and over again, with my adoration for her growing exponentially every single year since. There’s something different […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Kid Stays In The Video With VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch

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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 […]

{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 […]

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 […]

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 same time I’m freaking out […]

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 you can follow along from […]

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, and the police for a […]

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 with […]