How Ayva Got Her Name

How Ayva Got Her Name

It’s been a little over a month since Ayva started kindergarten, and I’m incredibly amazed at the young scholar my baby girl is becoming. Every week she comes home with all of the work she’s completed in class in a folder, and it’s hard to believe that she does that much in less than 6 […]

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 […]

Extraordinary Ayva

Extraordinary Ayva

Not long ago, after putting Ayva to bed, Terrence said to me, “You know what I love the most about Ayva? She can have a bad day, get in trouble and have to get a time out, but when she wakes up the next morning, it’s like it never happened.” It’s true. My Ayva is […]

Creating Camp Mom: Summer Fun At Home!

Creating Camp Mom

So far this summer, Ayva has gone to a week of dance camp, an amusement park, the movies, and had a playdate. Not bad for a kid that’s only been out of school for two weeks, huh? Terrence and I have filled several of the remaining weeks of summer with more camp, swim lessons, and […]

Conversation Starters For Good Talks With Little Kids

Engaging Conversation Starters For Good Talks With Little Kids

If you’re blessed like me to have an energetic 5-year-old in your life, I don’t have to tell you that there are days when I wonder if my child is ever NOT talking. From age 2 until about 8, kids seem to dominate most conversations that they’re a part of. A piece of it, I’m sure, […]

Check Out Amazon Studio’s Kids Show, Tumble Leaf

Tumble Leaf

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Amazon Studios. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for participating.” Ayva loves television, and I can’t blame her. I mean, who wouldn’t love relaxing in front of a screen and being entertained every […]

Preschool Is Ending. Hold Me.

Preschool Girl and science

In a couple of short weeks, we’ll be closing the chapter on one of the most fun, most challenging chapters of Ayva’s life. She’ll be finishing up preschool and heading to kindergarten in the fall. Is this outrageous or what? I’m just getting used to being the mother of a preschooler and now, grade school? […]

What To Do When Your Child Has A Sassy Mouth

sassy mouth

Have you ever asked your child to do a simple task, and instead of just doing it, they give you fifteen thousand reasons why they can’t do it? Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a conversation with your child and ask, “Who are you talking to?” because their tone was crazy. […]

Awestruck And Anticipation #NakedMoms

Awestruck and Anticipation #NakedMoms

Five years ago today, I was sitting in my small, 4 room apartment in Philadelphia with a newborn Ayva. Just 7 days old, we had only gotten out of the hospital 2 days earlier. The first night, my our home was filled with people. My sister, Ayva’s godmother, and godfather all stayed the night to […]

Ayva is 5

Ayva is 5

Really? Like, where does the time go? Ayva is 5 years old today, and I’m actually still tripping over the fact that I even had a baby! Now that baby is a walking, talking, singing, dancing little ball of sass. This year is particularly poignant because it’s her last year of preschool. Kindergarten starts in the […]