Happiness Is: My Essence Fest Experience #CokeEssenceFest

Celebration Wall - Essence Fest

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 … [Continue]

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

2don't let the smiles fool you

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 … [Continue]

Honeymoon Fail

honeymoon fail

This post was sponsored by SONY through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about SONY, all opinions are my own. I had big plans for my honeymoon last September. Since my husband was so good about abstaining until our wedding night, I was going to … [Continue]

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 a 5-year-old ball of positivity. … [Continue]

Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Pockets

Easy Cheesy Sausage and Spinach Pockets

Thanks to Johnsonville Sausage for sponsoring this post and inspiring a delicious new dish! There's something about eating outside that makes the meal feel extra special. It doesn't matter if it's at a restaurant or outside on my back deck, eating al fresco is one of my favorite ways to dine. … [Continue]

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 a family vacation, … [Continue]

The Luckiest Girl In The World

Ayva and Dad

Gonna just warn you. This post is going to be sappy. I feel like after some of the brokenheartedness that I've dealt with in my life, though, I've earned moments where I can just wax poetic about how lovely things are. Terrence + Ayva = I'm the luckiest girl in the world Y'all, as I sit in New … [Continue]

Putting Dairy Back On The Menu

Macaroni and cheese

Thanks, BEANO® +DAIRY DEFENSE™, for sponsoring this post and helping me put dairy back on the menu! Did I ever tell y'all that I'm a picky eater? Oh, I am, and it's bad. After 35 years, though, I've just accepted it. I like what I like.  The one food that I NEVER have a problem with, however, is … [Continue]

Mom’s Formula For Summer Family Fun


Our family had a great time drinking Capri Sun while exploring the great Oakland outdoors as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. #CapriSunMomFactor Summer is here which means moms everywhere are trying to figure out what to do with the kids. Being a mom is a lot like being a concierge, … [Continue]

Going To The Essence Festival! #CokeESSENCEFest

Essence Music Festival

Loads of thanks to @CocaCola for inviting me to the 2014 Essence Music Festival and for taking care of my travel and accommodations. #CokeESSENCEFest I'm so honored to share that I've been invited by Coca-Cola to be a VIP Mom Blogger guest for the 20th Annual Essence Music Festival presented by … [Continue]