Make A Simple Giving Bank

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Many thanks to CARE for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to learn more about this great cause! My family is blessed to have a comfortable life. We live in a lovely apartment in a beautiful neighborhood. Our daughter goes to a private school, and we have 2 cars. Even though funds get tight … [Continue]

You Belong Here. Don’t Let Comparison Tell You Otherwise.

You Belong Here.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty emotional for my family. One of my brothers went missing the Monday before last. He got dressed for work, walked his dogs like he did every morning, and walked out of the house leaving his wallet, keys, car, and phone behind. For 8 days my family, his … [Continue]

Fruit Of The Spirit Ladies Craft Evening

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveDoveFruits #CollectiveBias The last couple of months have been pretty hard for my family. We've dealt with quite a few setbacks, and it's definitely taken its toll on my husband and me. … [Continue]

I Let Down My Guard And Caught A Cold

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I’m sharing how to prevent the flu this cold and flu season featuring Zep as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #ZepSocialstars Back when I lived in Philadelphia, I'd pride myself on my ability to not get sick. It was a gift, really, to go through an entire snowy, wintery season with not … [Continue]

Daddy’s First Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance

Here's something a little different for Mama Knows It All. My husband, Terrence, is sharing his thoughts on the blog today. He wrote this post, on his own, without me asking, and I'm really so incredibly proud to share it with you all: This weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying Ayva to our … [Continue]

Take A Better Social Media Pic In 3 Steps

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Learn how to take better social media profile pics! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias It's probably the most important photograph you'll take in your life. It's the one that people who don't know … [Continue]

I Don’t Know How To Play With My 5-Year-Old

How To Play With A 5-Year-Old

The other day, Ayva said to me, "Mom, why don't you ever play with me?". I reminded her about all of the things that we do together, shopping, cooking, reading books, but she wouldn't let up. "No, Mom. I mean, like playing. In my room. You never play with me." Ayva was right. I don't ever … [Continue]

Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

Crispy Marshmallow Fantasy Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CrispyIsBack #CollectiveBias They're baaack! Gosh, I'll never forget the first time I was introduced to M&M's® Crispy. My best friend, Hope, had just returned home from a trip to … [Continue]

What I Learned About Marriage From Claire Underwood

What I Learned About Marriage From House Of Card's Claire Underwood

As a semi-new wife, I'm always looking for positive examples of marriage to use as a guide in my relationship. The wives at church, different friends and family, if you're a wife who's doing marriage right, I want to know about it. One wife that is doing it right something is Claire Underwood from … [Continue]

I Love Steel Cut Oats

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Thanks to CVS/pharmacy for sending heart healthy products for my family to try! I've said it before and I'll say it again. Eating oatmeal doesn't fill me up. In fact, it's just the opposite. If I eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, 10 minutes later I feel like I haven't eaten in 30 days. For … [Continue]