Play In The Rain With Bogs Footwear

Play In The Rain With Bogs Footwear

Many thanks to Bogs Footwear for sending Ayva insulated boots to try out! I used to hate the rain. Right now, though, California is in the middle of a drought, and I feel silly for so many years of cursing the sky whenever it opened up. It’s true that you never miss a good thing […]

Quick Cheese Muffins

Easy Cheese Muffins - Mama Knows It All

Cheese muffin. I mean, really. There is no way that one could go wrong with a muffin that has delicious flecks of cheddar cheese in every single bite. How did I get to this delicious discovery? Well, this evening, I was struggling to figure out dinner because: Friday, tired, don’t feel like cooking. I looked in […]

{Book Review} Prissy On The Moon

Prissy On The Moon

Prissy On The Moon by Dolores Andral (illustrated by Vladimir Andral) is a fun book for little girls. Prissy is a little girl with a huge imagination. One boring day, Prissy decides to pretend that she’s on the moon. On the moon, Prissy can be as loud as she wants! Since she’s tired of being told […]

Fall Leaf Collage Craft

fall picture 3

Today was a day of firsts. Not only is the start of fall, but Ayva and her kindergarten classmates went on their first elementary school field trip, too. The class appropriately went on a nature walk and collected leaves, sticks and rocks. Ayva wouldn’t tell me what they did with the leaves (“It’s a surprise, Mom!”), so as […]

3 Cute Personalized Gifts For Kids

Put Me In The Story

Have you ever tried to find the perfect gift for a special child in your life and just couldn’t find something that made you say, “Yes! That’s it!” Most children are pretty easy to please, but the look on their faces when they receive a present that’s extra awesome is basically a gift for the […]

Don’t Hate Me But I’m Already Shopping For Christmas

Kmart Layaway

This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart K-Club blogger, though all opinions are my own. Back in the day my Christmas shopping M.O. was to wait until Christmas Eve, wake up early, enjoy a cup of coffee, and leisurely pick up presents for all of my loved ones before the stores closed early. […]

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, […]