We Got Married Despite The Statistics


My marriage to Terrence never should have happened. If we really assess the situation, we probably never should have met. I was a single mom with a broken heart who was in no way ready for love. He was a hurt bachelor who had vowed to never get married. I lived in Philadelphia. He was in San … [Continue]

Sweet’N Down Low Mug Cake

Sweet'N Low Mug Cake

I'm snacking on the down low as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars I have a question for the Moms out there, and I want you to answer honestly. Who among you has waited for HOURS until your child was absolutely, positively asleep before pulling out a sweet snack so that … [Continue]

Coffee House At Home With NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. They say good things come to those who wait. Well, that's fine and good, and normally I'm a pretty patient person. When it comes to my … [Continue]

Potato, Sausage and Pepper Frittata

Potato, Sausage and Pepper Frittata

This delicious recipe post is sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage. Monday is typically pizza night at our house. There's something about the first day back to school and work after the weekend that pushed dinner waaaaay down the priorities list. The thing is, Terrence is kind of tired of pizza, and … [Continue]

How Ayva Got Her Name

How Ayva Got Her Name

It's been a little over a month since Ayva started kindergarten, and I'm incredibly amazed at the young scholar my baby girl is becoming. Every week she comes home with all of the work she's completed in class in a folder, and it's hard to believe that she does that much in less than 6 hours each … [Continue]

Teaching Kids About Fire Safety with Sparky The Fire Dog

Teaching Young Children Fire Safety

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the great folks at NFPA & WeAreTeachers. This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and as Ayva is now in kindergarten, it's the perfect time to be really intentional with lessons about fire safety. Does your child know what to do if there's a fire in … [Continue]

Family Fun At The Sacramento Zoo

Ayva and the zebra

This past weekend, Ayva, Terrence and I jumped in the car and headed to Sacramento for a quick overnight getaway. Every once in awhile it's nice to just go, you know? We hit the road without telling Ayva where we were going and made our first stop at the sweet Sacramento Zoo. The zoo has been around … [Continue]

I Didn’t Get The iPhone 6 (But I Did Get A Cool Case From Zazzle!)

Zazzle iPhone6 case

Thanks to Zazzle for partnering on this review. This post contains affiliate links. It's a discussion that couples around the world have been having for the last few weeks. There've been debates, possibly even some separations, but there was no escaping "the talk". Terrence and I had "the talk", … [Continue]

Play In The Rain With Bogs Footwear

Play In The Rain With Bogs Footwear

Many thanks to Bogs Footwear for sending Ayva insulated boots to try out! I used to hate the rain. Right now, though, California is in the middle of a drought, and I feel silly for so many years of cursing the sky whenever it opened up. It's true that you never miss a good thing until it's gone, … [Continue]

Quick Cheese Muffins

Easy Cheese Muffins - Mama Knows It All

Cheese muffin. I mean, really. There is no way that one could go wrong with a muffin that has delicious flecks of cheddar cheese in every single bite. How did I get to this delicious discovery? Well, this evening, I was struggling to figure out dinner because: Friday, tired, don't feel like cooking. … [Continue]