The Grooviest Night Of My Life

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Thanks to State Farm® for sponsoring this post and helping me to remember how my family got in the groove at our wedding! Find out how you can get in the #StateFarmGroove at the end of this post! I wasn’t one of those girls who spent her childhood planning a wedding. I don’t remember ever […]

On The Go With GoBank

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Many thanks to GoBank for sponsoring this post. There are so many wonderful things about my job as a freelance writer. Not only do I get to do what I love every single day, but my work also takes me on a lot of different travel adventures. Over the past year, I’ve traveled to about […]

It’s California Great America’s 40th Season!

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This summer is going to be epic for a couple of reasons. First, it’s Ayva’s first official break from school. She’s finishing up kindergarten in a couple of weeks, so starting now her summer vacations will be a lot more meaningful. Also, 2015 marks the 40th season of California Great America! I didn’t have the […]

The Summer Of Yes

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One summer, when Ayva was 2, she and I jumped on a NJ Transit bus and headed to Atlantic City from Philadelphia. We didn’t have an agenda or a schedule, and as a matter of fact, we didn’t even have hotel reservations until I called to make one as we were making our way down […]

Design An Abstract Snack Bag

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I’m super excited to be partnering with Gold Emblem Abound at CVS/pharmacy as one of the #CVSTrailMakers this year! Can you believe that school is almost over? It really seems like Ayva just started kindergarten, and here it is already about to end! It’s crazy. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to having more […]

There Will Be Stains

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Learn how Zep Instant Spot Remover Towels gets rid of stains as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #ZepSocialstars There are a few things that are inevitable when you live in a house with a child, or a pet, or any living, breathing being that has the ability to move. First, there will be messes. Second, at some […]

Coils And Curls: Making A Beauty Impression On My Daughter

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I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman who didn’t have an interesting relationship with her hair, myself included. For a lot of my life, my hair and I were in the “it’s complicated” phase. A texture that is coily, kinky, curly AND straight, becoming a mother, and being a woman of a certain age […]

But What If I Have Company And THEY Want Coffee, Too?

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Coffee was invented to give us all an incentive to get out of bed in the morning. I’m convinced of it. I’ve shared before that I sometimes go to bed early just so I can wake up at the crack of dawn and get a cuppa joe. Yup, it’s that serious. My paternal grandparents would get […]

Ayva Is Six

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You’d think I’d be used to it by now. By the grace of God, it’s been happening every May 7th since 2009, and yet I’m still in awe of the miracle that is my child’s birthday. I mean, when you really stop and think about it, a child grew in my womb. A human being […]

Mary Is My Mama Inspiration

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I’m putting my heart to paper this Mother’s Day thanks to Hallmark. #PutYourHeartToPaper #ad I always knew what kind of mother I wanted to be. My goal from day one of motherhood was to be a loving, attentive, and supportive friend to my daughter. I know some parenting experts suggest that you’re not supposed be […]