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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...]

Put Me In The Story! – Super Sweet Personalized Books

Put Me In The Story

Growing up, one of the most special gifts I received was a personalized storybook that included my name as one of the character's. Like most kids, my name was one of the first words I could read and spell, and I was incredibly excited to be able to identify it in a real book! Ayva loves stories just as much as I do, so I knew she'd enjoy being the main character in an adorable Put Me In The Story book. Ayva is starting kindergarten in the fall, so the book, "I'll Never Let You Go, Ayva" … [Read more...]

Making A Diaroma With A Preschooler

Make A Diaroma With Your Preschooler

In a few months, life as we know it in the Riley Family will change forever as Ayva starts kindergarten. I'm having a really hard time believing it, because, wasn't it just 4 days ago that I brought her home from the hospital for the first time? I mean, come on life. Slow down, why don't you! When I'm not being delusional about the start of grammar school for my little girl, I'm slowly starting to prepare her for the big K. We work on her reading, writing, and math often. Lately, I've started to … [Read more...]

Our Fun #DisneySide Ice Cream Social!

#DisneySide Ice Cream Social

One of my favorite things about living in California is spending time with our friends from church. With Ayva being an only child, it's always nice to fellowship with the other families so she can hang out with other children while Terrence and I can fellowship with the parents. My in-laws are the Queen and King of Get Togethers, so when I was offered a chance to host a #DisneySide Celebration, they were gracious enough to offer their home for a fun ice cream social! It just so happened that … [Read more...]