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Dining room wall art – DIY decor on a budget

Dining room wall art – DIY decor 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 […]

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

About a year and a half ago, I bought Z and I’s first home — a cute little townhouse in a quiet neighborhood close to family-friendly activities. It was a dream scenario with no hiccups along the road. I found a private lender through Zillow who connected me to a realtor and everything went as smooth as butter.

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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. (more…)

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 […]

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 entirely surprised when he got sick halfway through the trip.

But on a recent 9 hour drive to Florida, where the roads are straight and flat, my toddler got carsick on two separate occasions hours apart. The first, completely my fault because I passed him the iPad preloaded with Elmo and Sesame Street kid’s games hoping to occupy him for a little. Not even five minutes later and I realized how terrible of  a decision that was.

The second time though, we were an hour from our final destination and the cruise control was on. I don’t know what triggered the motion sickness episode, but it was a doozy. It took a good 35 minutes to “clean up” and after an already exhausting trip, I was beat. (more…)

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 […]

#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 […]

Mommy and Son Vacation Part 1 – Bear Lake Reserve

Mommy and Son Vacation Part 1 – Bear Lake Reserve

Mommy and Son Vacation – Part 1 Bear Lake Reserve

There was a whole lot of sweat, a few tears, a broken iPhone screen, a lap full of throw up, and several wrong turns, but I would do it all over exactly the same 100 times more.

It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to take a solo vacation with my son. We travel a lot, but it’s mostly to see our family in Florida. The last non-Florida vacation we took was to Colorado with my brother and mom for a few days. The travel portion was done solo, but the overall trip was as a group.

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Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors

Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors

Spring home decoration – Flowers & bright colors Now that the cold weather is finally in the rearview mirror and Spring has sprung, it’s time to update the interior decorations to match! My favorite way to instantly brighten up the house is to place beautiful […]