Don’t Stress Snacks! California Raisins To The Rescue!

California Raisin

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Raisins. There are lots of things that stressed me out about Ayva starting school this year. My number one worry wasn't about whether or not she'd like her teacher, or if she would make friends. Nope, the thing that kept me up at … [Continue]

{Saturday Sights} Meet Sparkle The Betta Fish

Meet Sparkle The Betta Fish

Thanks to the National Geographic Kids Insiders program & PetSmart for the fab fish supplies! We added a member to our family today! Sparkle the Betta Fish is Ayva's new pet, and is sure to be a source of parenting inspiration for me, as well. Ayva is at the age where she's craving an … [Continue]

Rollin’ With My Baby For Life

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This post is sponsored by Toyota Buckle Up For Life.  Ayva and I spend a lot of time in the car together. It doesn't matter what the destination is, my little roadie is always ready to roll. From Saturday morning bagel runs and shopping, to school, ballet practice, or church, she and I are like … [Continue]

Creative and Colorful: The World Of Eric Carle at Gymboree

Dots & Flowers: Eric Carle At Gymboree

This post contains affiliate links. If you're a parent, chances are you're extremely familiar, and quite fond, of Eric Carle books like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, and The Grouchy Ladybug. His lovely, colorful photos bring delight to babies and mamas alike. Ayva and I have read The … [Continue]

How To Have An Awesome School Year

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The school year is in full swing now. Most kids, including my little kindergartener, are starting to get used to the routines, and are still pretty excited to head to school in the morning. In order to keep the excitement up, I have a few tips on how to have an awesome year. Even though Ayva just … [Continue]

The Unexpected Perks Of Being Married

The Unexpected Perks of Marriage

When I said "I Do" to Terrence nearly a year ago, it was one of the best days of my life. It's like that for most people, though, right? We get married because we love each other, and we know that from that day forward, we'll have a partner to go through life with. Those are things that we expect, … [Continue]

Newlyweds Need To Talk: Tips For Communication

Newlyweds Need To Talk - Tips for Communication In Your First Year Of Marriage

Seven days from now, I'll turn in my sweet little Newlywed Bride tiara and replace it with my more regal Experienced Wife crown as Terrence and I celebrate our one year anniversary. It's hard to believe that it's already been nearly 365 days of happily wedded bliss. Even more surprising is the fact … [Continue]

Reasons Why 5-Year-Olds Are The Bomb

Little Girl On Monkeybars

You know, when Ayva was born way back in 2009, I would have never imagined that I could love her more than I did that first day I laid eyes on her. Well, I've been proven wrong over and over again, with my adoration for her growing exponentially every single year since. There's something different … [Continue]

Make Mornings Easy With El Monterey Breakfast Burritos

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Thanks to El Monterey for sponsoring this post and helping me make mornings easier! School started last week, but months ago, I knew that we'd have to do things a little differently. When Ayva was in preschool, she would half eat a bowl of cereal in the morning for breakfast, and I'd have my cup … [Continue]

I Shaved My Legs – Day 1

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I shaved my legs today. Yeah. In the grand scheme of life, that's not something to brag about, but for Blue Brandi, it's an accomplishment. Over the last few months I've been teetering on the brink of extreme sadness, and more often than I'd like to admit, I've stumbled through days pushing with … [Continue]