Reinventing The Feel #NakedMoms

Reinventing The Feel #NakedMoms

I can remember the exact moment I changed from being Brandi to Brandi, Ayva's Mom. It was on the day of my ultrasound to determine my unborn child's gender. When I heard the words, "It's a girl!", my life was forever changed. My heart exploded, the agape love switch turned on in my brain, and I haven't been the same since. That day marked the start of my reinvention. Not just a change from the way I saw motherhood, but a change in the way I saw myself. Quite frankly, before I became a Mom, I … [Read more...]

Every Waking Moment Doesn’t Need To Be Blogged

Every Waking Moment Doesn't Need To Be Blogged.

Anybody that knows Ayva and me know that we love being on the move! From the time she was a tiny baby up to now, she's been my roadie for the last few years. Once I started blogging and writing about our adventures, forget about it. We were up and down the road creating blog-worthy experiences and pinnable moments. I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunities that we've been able to have because of my work, and they have really enhanced our lives. You know what, though? Every mom moment … [Read more...]

Preschool Style: Pink and Lace

Preschool Style: Pink and Lace

As Ayva gets older, she's becoming very specific about her style. The more feminine, the better. If it's pink, that's like icing on an already super sweet, super girly cake. I don't mind, really. I mean, I used to try to get her to expand her taste. The reality is, she's growing up, and being able to choose clothes that she likes just plants the seed for making other choices for herself. So, pink and girly it is! My Mother-In-Law really gets Ayva, and loves shopping with and for her. She has … [Read more...]

Did You Get A Chance To Catch The #Ickies? #ad

Clorox Ick Awards

Remember back in college how you could go to a party, jam all night long, and still make it to class the next morning? Well, those days are long gone for me. Honestly, I'm still recovering from the completely epic Clorox #Ickies Twitter party  last Wednesday. Oh my goodness, y'all, that party was off the chain! I mean, some of the icky stories our participants told could only be told behind the anonymity of a twitter handle, that's how bad, and good, they were. I even shared my most horrific … [Read more...]

It’s #MagicAtPlay With Kohl’s Disney Collection

#MagicAtPlay

My daughter changes her clothes at least 3 times per day. It's not unusual for her to go from her jammies to a princess dress of some sort, then a leotard with a tutu, something completely out of season, and then, finally, school clothes. As the mother of a preschool fashionista, I always has to be on the lookout for cute new styles because...wardrobe change! The new Disney / Jumping Beans® #MagicAtPlay line at Kohl's is just the kind of adorable fashion that I'm charged with looking out for. … [Read more...]

Clean Closet. Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.

No Room In Your Closet? Donate to Goodwill!

It's starting to warm up here in Northern California, and that means I'll start my annual whining. "I have nothing to wear!" "Everything I have is too big/small/medium!" "Wah wah wah! I need new clothes!" That wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have a closet full of clothes, some that I've had since college. Did I mention that I was in college nearly 20 years ago? Let's take a peek inside my closet: Hmm...okay. That's from my freshman year in college. Let's dig a little deeper and … [Read more...]

Time to Celebrate Week of the Young Child™ 2014!

The Week Of The Young Child

Every year since Ayva was born, I've looked forward to The Week of the Young Child™. Sponsored by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The Week of the Young Child™ encourages me to be intentional about celebrating the things that makes my little girl special. This year will be extra significant, because it marks Ayva's last year in preschool, and her graduation out of the "young child" category. I'm not ready, y'all! I know, I know...I'd better get ready, … [Read more...]

10 Things To Say To Your Child Every Day

10 Things To Say To Your Child Every Single Day

Not a day goes by when I don't go to bed thinking of fifty ways that I could have been a better mom to Ayva. I mean, I know I'm a great mom. I love Ayva more than anything, and I work hard to make her happy, but there's always room for improvement. I could always be more attentive, or more patient. Then, there's nights like tonight, when I was on my way to the market to get groceries for dinner...and ended up going through the drive through at a fast food restaurant. How To Be A Better Mom In … [Read more...]

18 Health Tips for Work At Home Moms

18 Health Tips for Work At Home Moms

This summer will be my 2 year anniversary of becoming a Work At Home Mom (WAHM). I love being able to make a living from the comfort of my couch. Or deck. Or favorite coffee shop. It's definitely a blessing to have the flexibility of continuing to advance my career while being able to watch my little girl grow up. One challenge I've faced as a WAHM is remembering to make my health and well-being a priority. I've had to be very intentional about taking time to take care of myself. Take a look … [Read more...]

Little Remedies for Entertaining Your Sick Child

Little Remedies

Since moving to California almost two years ago, we've been very blessed that Ayva has only fallen ill once. It stinks to see my baby sick! Instead of singing at the top of her lungs, jumping off of things, and being a generally busy in the way that only preschoolers can be, she was laying in the bed, quiet and lethargic. In between cuddles, wiping her down with cool cloths, and giving her Little Remedies® to soothe her sore throat, I also had to find ways to entertain her during the times when … [Read more...]