International Can-It-Forward Day #CanItForward

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Have you always wondered what it would take to preserve your food? Intrigued by fruits in mason jars, and homemade tomato sauce? Well, then you’ll want to keep up with what’s going on with International Can-It-Forward Day today! There are lots of different educational events all over the country, or you can follow along from […]

Old Traditions Made New With #CanItForward Day

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandmother’s kitchen. There was a big table with plenty of chairs for all the folks who would drop in to visit her all the time. In that kitchen, at that table, she mixed cakes while chatting with friends, started her mornings with devotion and Bible readings with […]

How To Advocate For Your Children To Succeed


How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed by Janeane Davis BOOK BLAST Janeane Davis, Superwoman, mother of 4, wife of 24 years, and friend wrote the book “How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed” in order to help parents use their skills and talents to help their children reach their own definitions of […]

Stay UNDER Grocery Budget? Yes! #GroceryChallenge

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I’ve shared a lot about some of the financial struggles that I had as a former single mother. Even though my family is doing much better now, I’m still dealing with some of the challenges of being working poor for so many years. Thanks to my brilliant husband, I’m working on paying off debt, clearing up […]

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween […]

Getting the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires

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In 2003, I drove from North Carolina to Philadelphia to start a new job. Immediately upon arriving in the city, I ran over a huge pothole. Nervous that I had busted a tire, I got out of the car and surveyed the damage. My tire was fine. Awesome! Unfortunately, the Philly streets offered many, many more […]

Happiness Is: My Essence Fest Experience #CokeEssenceFest

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The Essence Music Festival celebrated 20 years this past weekend. Last year, 500 thousand folks were in attendance, and this year, I was fortunate enough to be in that number. I was invited by Coca-Cola to attend the “Party With A Purpose” as a VIP Mom Blogger, and it definitely tops my list as one […]

Don’t Get Dragged: Why I Don’t Take Blogging For Granted

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Six years ago, as a pregnant single mother, I walked out of Social Services crying because I was turned down for every single service I’d applied for. Food stamps, utilities assistance, transportation voucher. I didn’t qualify for a thing. I worked full-time, and although I didn’t make enough to cover all of my bills, it […]

Just Married? New Baby? Need Health Care?

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This post is sponsored by Element Associates. Remember a few months ago when I shared information about Affordable Healthcare? I hope that you all were able to get registered before the deadline. If you weren’t, no worries, because open enrollment will begin again in November. Until then, however, did you know that certain qualifying life […]

Take Care, Caregiver


I love being a grownup. The freedom  to do what I want when I want is totally worth having lived those awkward high school years. Each year, I feel like I’m growing more into myself, and I feel really grateful to be alive and healthy. The only downside to being an adult and getting adding […]