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Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

My son and I just celebrated his second birthday on January 30. I’ve had baby fever something fierce for about 6 months now and the idea of waiting until I find the elusive “one” in order to have more children seems absurd. I’m ready to […]

First Football Game – Miami Dolphins win against the 49ers

First Football Game – Miami Dolphins win against the 49ers

A few weeks back Z got to experience his very first NFL football game: Miami Dolphins vs 49ers! I was a little apprehensive about taking him to the game because I knew it would be a crazy long day, but overall he behaved incredibly well […]

Minimalist dining room wall art – DIY on a budget

Minimalist dining room wall art – DIY on a budget

One of my favorite mommy bloggers, Life as a Rambling Redhead, recently renovated her new home. Her kitchen is literally to die for. In it, she hung up this beautiful minimalist wall art that simply says “gather” in a scripty font. It’s gorgeous, but her framed wall art was $75 from Small Woods; way out of this single mama’s price range. So I decided to make my own, and change it up a bit so it wasn’t blatantly stealing her idea. Ha!

I have a large open wall in my dining room so a single frame would have felt out of place. The wall opposite the dining room is my living room gallery wall, so I didn’t want to compete with the busyness of that either by putting up another gallery wall. Instead, I opted for a simple three-piece wall art set for my DIY dining room decor on a budget. (more…)

Choosing the right daycare for your toddler

Choosing the right daycare for your toddler

Back when I was preparing for maternity leave, I was on the hunt for the perfect daycare. I wanted video camera access, a high security facility, organic menu items. Well, wasn’t I the pickiest little first time mommy?! But how do you choose the right […]

5 Tips for buying a home — the second time around

5 Tips for buying a home — the second time around

The home-buying process this time around though is the polar opposite. It was a nightmare and caused weeks of stress and several crippling anxiety attacks. I will NOT be buying another home anytime soon because of this scenario and Z and I will live in this home until I get married one day in the far off distant future, and even then we might still live here.

Here are a few tips for buying a home — the second time around.

Smart Shopping – Saving & donating when money is tight

Smart Shopping – Saving & donating when money is tight

Saving money is incredibly important to me as a single mama, but there are times when I want or need some things and money has to be spent. Here is where Giving Assistant comes in and, literally, saves the day. Not only do you get cashback for every purchase made at any one of hundreds of online retailers, but you also have access to a ton of exclusive deals and specific retailer tips. Oh, and you can choose to donate a portion of your cash back benefits to just about any charity of your choosing! (more…)

A letter to my son who will grow up to be a black man

A letter to my son who will grow up to be a black man

Z, I know you are only a year and a half old, but it’s time you learn to control your free spirit and quiet your inquisitive voice. Although beautiful traits and a fantastic sense of wonder that most would encourage you to have, these are […]

What to do if your toddler suddenly gets carsick on a road trip

What to do if your toddler suddenly gets carsick on a road trip

My 17 month old gets carsick. At first, I thought it was a fluke. Z got carsick for the first time while driving through windy, hilly, one-lane, mountain roads of North Carolina. I was having bouts of motion sickness as the driver, so I wasn’t […]

What parents can learn from the Harambe tragedy

What parents can learn from the Harambe tragedy

As you may have heard by now, a silver back endangered gorilla named Harambe was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend when a 4 year old boy navigated through the safety barriers and fell into the enclosure.

 

And the mother of the boy, Michelle Gregg, is facing a barrage of hate and accusations of neglect in retaliation. There’s even a Change.org petition with more than 55,000 signatures (as of 11:25 p.m. ET 5/29) to  hold her responsible in the death of Harambe and to have a child services investigation opened for the children in her care. (more…)

#spotlightweekly – Red

#spotlightweekly – Red

Red, red, red. Honestly this is one of my favorite colors to wear and I don’t own enough of it.   Ever since I was little, red has been “My Color.” I had this red terry cloth romper I wore everywhere, my prom dress was […]