{Saturday Sights} Afternoon Tea at American Girl

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  Afternoon Tea at American Girl is one of those memory making moments that parents are always hoping we’re giving our kids. After a particularly rough day last week, the mailman delivered an unexpected gift card, and I said to Ayva, “Bump it. We’re going to American Girl.” I discovered via the American Girl website […]

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, […]

Cute Kid Gift Alert: Budsies Brings Artwork To Life

Budsies Stuffed Toy

We’re living in the age of technology, and, is it just me or do kids seem to be a lot more harder to please than we used to be when we were growing up? Holidays and birthdays for little kids used to mean stuffed animals and coloring books. Now, they’re getting iPads and cellphones. I’m […]

Summer Dance Camp Essentials For Girls #TargetColors

Fact: Shiny pants help you dance better.

We are officially in summer mode in Casa de Riley, so you know what that means…time to go shopping! No, really, this time we really need to. Ayva is heading to dance camp next week, so we need to make sure the girl has everything she needs. Heading to Target for gear for dance camp […]

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 […]