The Television Bond

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Reminisce about the good old days of television with me in this sponsored story. Back in the day, watching television was a family event. We didn't have a ton of channels or shows to choose from like we do now. We didn't have DVR, weren't able to watch it later On Demand. When our show was on, we … [Continue]

Kid Friendly “Fried” Ice Cream

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Honey Bunches Of Oats sponsored this Fried Ice Cream recipe experience! Do y'all remember the chain restaurant from back in the day that used to have fried ice cream? I can't remember what it was called, but it was a Mexican place and they gave their fried ice cream a shout out in every … [Continue]

The True Strength Of A Daddy

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This story is sponsored by Lunchbox and Dove Men+Care. #TrueStrength My husband's first meeting with our daughter was via video when she was a 1-year-old. He and I had been talking for weeks on the telephone after meeting at a conference, and we had decided to upgrade our communication to include … [Continue]

Easy Baked Tortellini

Easy Baked Tortellini

Pasta. Am I right? I don't even have to explain what I mean because if you're a carb-head like me, you already get it. Pasta,the ever versatile, ever delicious food that comes in different shapes and flavors, is truly a blessing in my life. Without it, there would have been many nights that my … [Continue]

Mommy Needs Her Bath

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I’m sharing how I use Zep PowerFoam Tub & Tile Cleaner to get a cleaner bathroom as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars Showers have always been my happy place. Everything about the warm water running down my body helps me to center, focus, and find a few minutes of peace … [Continue]

Ayva’s Many Hairstyles + A Hair Update


Ayva and her kindergarten classmates performed in a play today, and at the end the teachers shared an adorable slide show with pictures from the entire school year. It was so cute to see photos from the children's timid first day and watch how their personalities started to come out as their … [Continue]

The Key To A Kid-Friendly Sandwich

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This Hellmann’s Best Foods at Walmart post is sponsored by Lunchbox. #SqueezeMoreOut You know what I recently realized? I've never met a person who doesn't like sandwiches. Sure, I've run into folks who don't do carbs or gluten so they can't eat them, but to not eat a sandwich because they don't … [Continue]

Summer Of Yes: Family Bucket List

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I’m super excited to be partnering with Gold Emblem Abound at CVS/pharmacy as one of the #CVSTrailMakers this year! Last year I had big plans for the summer. Then life happened, work got busy, and Ayva, Terrence and I didn't do half of the things that I wanted to do. I vowed that this summer … [Continue]

Saturday Sights: A Quick Tahoe Adventure

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Every since I joined the Riley family, I have really learned a lot about vacationing and getting away. My husband and in-laws take vacationing very serious. They live by the phrase, "work hard, play harder", and it didn't take long for Ayva and me to adopt their way of living. I have to admit, I was … [Continue]

Family Movies For Family Memories

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Summer is all about the outdoors for our family. From walks around the lake, to dinner on the balcony, our family is committed to soaking up every single bit of sunshine that the day offers. Once the sun sets, and we finally head inside, Terrence, Ayva and I snuggle up on the couch for family movie … [Continue]