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Mocha Dad

  • Last-Minute Shopping Hacks for People Who Hate Waiting in Lines
    I am a last-minute shopper. It is a badge of honor I wear with pride. I love the hustle and bustle of the crowded malls. I love the sound of Christmas music playing in the background as people scurry to snatch any remaining items from the shelves. I…
    - 22 Dec 16, 11:20am -
  • Top 10 Best Gifts for Dads
    Shopping for dads can be tough at times. What do you get for the guy who has everything? We’ve curated a list of the 10 best gifts for dads this holiday season to help make your shopping a little easier. 1. Kenmore 4 Burner Stainless Steel Lid Gas…
    - 17 Nov 16, 5:41pm -
  • It’s Time to Honor Our Veterans
    According to the 2014 U.S. Census there are over 21.8 million veterans in the United States. Members of my family are represented in this number. In each major conflict that America has been involved in, my family members have fought bravely and serv…
    - 9 Nov 16, 10:26am -
  • 4 Off-The-Beaten Path Family Travel Destinations
    I like to travel. However, I don’t like going to the same destinations all the time. I enjoy variety and I’m thrilled when I discover places to visit. I’ve added the following destinations to my travel bucket list and you should to. These fou…
    - 2 Nov 16, 8:45am -
  • Dad Time Weekend Sweepstakes
    Life is hectic, especially if you’re a dad. Between work, driving kids to their activities, attending functions, and doing chores around the house, there is rarely any time left for rest and relaxation. However, taking time to decompress is importa…
    - 28 Oct 16, 8:50am -
  • How to Plan a Guys Getaway With Your Sons
    Although I enjoying traveling with my whole family, I sometimes like to take my sons on a short trip for guys weekend. We like to call our journeys, MANcations. These mini-vacations give us time to bond, have fun, and create long-lasting memories. I…
    - 17 Oct 16, 8:36pm -
  • 6 Ways to Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping
    It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us. As I type this post from my office in Houston, TX, the temperature is 90 degrees (Jack Frost, where are you?). Nevertheless, I’m already making my holiday shopping plans. Here are a…
    - 13 Oct 16, 1:36pm -
  • Cool Mobile Tech for Busy Families
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Families are busier than ever before. With work, sports, music recitals, and other pressing commitments, families must find creative ways to keep track of everything and stay connected to one another…
    - 11 Aug 16, 12:10am -
  • Sears Back-To-School Fashions
    My sons and I have a Back-to-School tradition. Each year, we go clothes shopping during Texas’ Tax-Free weekend. People always tell me I’m crazy to brave the crowds, but I love it. Shopping during this weekend is exciting, but it also marks the e…
    - 8 Aug 16, 10:43pm -
  • How to Stay Safe When Traveling with Children
    Travel is fun, enriching, and relaxing. It is a great way to connect with your family and teach your kids about the world. Unfortunately, the world can be a dangerous place and it is important to think about safety when planning your journey. By taki…
    - 25 Jul 16, 7:24pm -

My Brown Baby

  • Musical Healing: The MyBrownBaby Blackety-Black Spotify Playlist
    It’s quite simple, really: music heals. And right about now, we need some healing. When I’m in that kind of space, when self-care is paramount...The post Musical Healing: The MyBrownBaby Blackety-Black Spotify Playlist appeared first on MyBrownB…
    - 16 Nov 16, 1:04am -
  • When The Challenges Are Stacked: Raising My Black Daughter With Special Needs
    There is joy in parenting black children with special needs. But what happens when you have to educate her and everyone else about the double social stigma?The post When The Challenges Are Stacked: Raising My Black Daughter With Special Needs appear…
    - 15 Nov 16, 11:51am -
  • A Declaration For Children: Our Vow To Uplift Through Books
    With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we children's book authors and illustrators vow to use our work to seek equality, justice, and peace for children.The post A Declaration For Children: Our Vow To Uplift Through Books appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 14 Nov 16, 9:01am -
  • Trump Election: How To Talk To Your Kids About This Mess
    Oh, be clear: like many of you, the day after the Trump election, I woke up not quite sure what to say to the girlpies....The post Trump Election: How To Talk To Your Kids About This Mess appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 10 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • The MyBrownBaby YOU Want: Take Our Survey
    After eight years of bringing you posts that matter to Black moms, MyBrownBaby is stepping into a new chapter. Take this quick survey to help us retool. The post The MyBrownBaby YOU Want: Take Our Survey appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 8 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • It Matters: Vote in Tuesday’s 2016 Presidential Election
    This is our house—our America. And when our house is chaotic and disorganized and dirty, we clean it. Because it is ours. We own it. Vote. It still matters.The post It Matters: Vote in Tuesday’s 2016 Presidential Election appeared first on MyBro…
    - 6 Nov 16, 2:00pm -
  • My Black Son Could’ve Been Shot By Police In My House
    When her Black son forgets the secret word needed to turn off the burglar alarm, this mom imagines the very worst: police showing up to her doorstep.The post My Black Son Could’ve Been Shot By Police In My House appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 1 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • This NFL Wife IG’d the Cutest Pregnancy Pic Ever—and Got Bullied For It
    By MARTAVIA WYNN Last month, I uploaded this pregnancy pic of my growing family. My intentions were to announce to my relatives and friends that we...The post This NFL Wife IG’d the Cutest Pregnancy Pic Ever—and Got Bullied For It appeared firs…
    - 31 Oct 16, 12:01am -
  • Beyoncé Jack-O-Lanterns Slay
    Look at these Beyoncé pumpkin carving templates!The post Beyoncé Jack-O-Lanterns Slay appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 27 Oct 16, 10:55am -
  • Birds, Bees and Truelove: a Father’s YA novel Tackles Sex and Abstinence
    A respected children's book author opens up an honest conversation about sex by letting his son read his young adult novel, "The Making of Dr. Truelove."The post Birds, Bees and Truelove: a Father’s YA novel Tackles Sex and Abstinence appeared fir…
    - 26 Oct 16, 12:01am -

Black and Married with Children

  • Ladies, If You Meet This Kind of “Nice Guy,” Block Him and Run!
    Have you ever dated this man? When you first met him, he seemed like the quintessential gentleman (with a touch of swag). He’s sweet, showers you with compliments, and communicates with you consistently. But there’s a dark side to this “nice gu…
    - 1 day ago 27 Apr 17, 8:20am -
  • 5 Straightforward Steps to Becoming a Better Husband
    I’ll be honest and admit a truth: as husbands, we don’t always get it right. With the pressure put on us to perform in so many roles, sometimes the hardest thing in the world to do is to admit when we are wrong. Knowing he let his wife down or fe…
    - 2 days ago 26 Apr 17, 10:40am -
  • What Your Wife is Really Thinking, When You Get in Trouble Out of the Blue
    The mind of a woman is one of the great mysteries of the world. Since the beginning of time, man has tried to understand his woman and anticipate her needs. Unfortunately, he usually ends up even more confused. Husbands, there are things you do that…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 11:13am -
  • Student Loan Help – 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Untrustworthy Student Loan Servicers
    I hate student loans. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for the education that those loans afforded, but I despise the paperwork, the hassle, and the never-ending interest which make paying off student loans such a herculean task. Student loans re…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 11:08am -
  • A Dozen Great Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh
    As I reflect on my relationship (which I have been in now for over 16 years, more than a 1/3 of my life), I am so grateful for the fact that it doesn’t feel that long. In fact, the longer we’re in it, the better it gets. And as I take a step bac…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 10:50am -
  • 4 Ways to Protect Your Kids’ Online Privacy from Everyone but Yourself
    I’ve teamed up with Consumer Reports and am proud to be one of their paid brand ambassadors; my personal opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Consumer Reports. We have four kids (9, 10, 15 and 23 years old.)  And I feel like I have been fi…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 6:14am -
  • Infidelity in Marriage: Here’s How to Rebuild Intimacy after an Affair
    If I told you that the day my husband confessed his affair, we had sex the same night.  Would you believe me or think I was pulling one over on you?  Do you even believe it is possible to reconnect intimately immediately or does the thought of havi…
    - 4 days ago 24 Apr 17, 5:48am -
  • Is It Okay for Love to Be Conditional?
    If I had to say what I love most about my relationship with my husband, it would be how he loves me unconditionally. He’s never made me feel like his love for me has conditions attached to it. Never makes me fee like I am constantly trying to earn…
    - 7 days ago 21 Apr 17, 6:13am -
  • Parents – Here’s One Less Thing for You to Do
    It’s spring! And if you are like me, you are ready for the temperature to warm up and you’re also ready for your home to feel fresh, clean and spring-like too.  Hence the sudden need for spring cleaning. But who wants to spend all weekend cleani…
    - 7 days ago 21 Apr 17, 6:12am -
  • Financial Intimacy – What is It and Why Black Couples Need It So Much?
    Of the many intimacies that we attend to and invest our energy into throughout the course of a relationship, financial intimacy usually is not at the top of the list…despite its impact on the day-to-day functioning and operations of a household. …
    - 8 days ago 20 Apr 17, 8:58am -
  • 3 Ways To Deal With the Pressure to Get Married Without Losing Your Mind
    “I just came here to find a husband.” That’s the sign Ayana Evans wore to a party she attended a few years ago. The picture she posted on her Instagram, shows her standing on the balcony, scanning the crowd below, with a sign taped on her back.…
    - 8 days ago 20 Apr 17, 6:23am -
  • 4 Toxic Thoughts that Men Need to Stop Having in Their Relationships…NOW!
    You might be familiar with the famous quote “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your dest…
    - 8 days ago 20 Apr 17, 5:47am -
  • What Kind of Mentality Should I Look for in My Future Spouse?
    Dear Dr. Buckingham, My guy friend often tells me that he is for me and has my back. Usually I am a good read of character, but for some reason I cannot figure him out. He acts a little self-centered at times so I am not sure that he is ready to be i…
    - 10 days ago 18 Apr 17, 5:56am -
  • T.I. Says His Marriage Distracted Him From His Mission? Is It a Cop Out?
    I eat, sleep and breath love, romance and marriage. You can usually find me caught in a deep discussion about it or researching and finding ways to learn even more about what makes marriage work. It’s what I do. So I found myself really intrigued t…
    - 10 days ago 18 Apr 17, 5:00am -
  • When Should a Married Couple Seek Help for Their Communication Problems?
    Sex, money, and communication: We often hear about these as the “big three” behind marital conflicts and failures. Sex is the one we talk about most often, with problems in the bedroom and infidelity being at the center of most discussions about…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 6:30am -

We Got Kidz

  • An Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece that You Can Make with the Kids
      Thanksgiving is fast approaching; and if it’s your turn to host the holiday festivities this year, you may be hard-pressed to find a few easy, unique, and creative ways to decorate your home. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be. Y…
    - 3 Nov 15, 9:00am -
  • 11 of the Worst Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids
      I’m sure we’re all familiar with how crazy and downright disturbing some adult Halloween costumes can get. (Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman couples costume?? Seriously??) The reality is that it’s very easy for some kid’s costumes to cr…
    - 18 Oct 15, 9:00am -
  • Here’s a Convenient Way the Prepaid Visa® RushCard Can Help You Manage your Budget
    It’s been a few weeks since I partnered with Visa Clear Prepaid and received my Prepaid Visa® RushCard in the mail. Since budgeting and grocery shopping for a family of four can be challenging, my plan was to add my weekly grocery budget to my car…
    - 20 Aug 15, 8:00am -
  • Natural Hair Kids Product Review! Aunt Jackie’s Girls [Video]
    The kind folks over at Aunt Jackie’s sent us their full line of Girls products for us to try. Of course we were eager to test them out and share our results with you guys. Check out this super cute video outlining how to use the products and our fa…
    - 13 Aug 15, 9:40am -
  • Saving Money and Sanity with the Prepaid Visa® RushCard
    I’m so excited! You guys are in for a treat as I’ve just teamed up with my friends at Prepaid Visa® RushCard to share with you a couple of amazing ways to keep your family on budget and more organized. Back in college, I used a prepaid card to h…
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:00am -

The Young Mommy Life

  • Monster High Dolls Make Christmas Come Alive
    This post is sponsored by Mattel on behalf of WomensForum.com. It’s the funniest thing. My kids will sit with their eyes glued on YouTube for hours if I let them, watching others (usually adults!) open up and play with popular toys and video games.…
    - 8 Dec 16, 12:28pm -
  • Monster High Dolls Make Christmas Come Alive
    This post is sponsored by Mattel on behalf of WomensForum.com. It’s the funniest thing. My kids will sit with their eyes glued on YouTube for hours if I let them, watching others (usually adults!) open up and play with popular toys and video games.…
    - 8 Dec 16, 12:25pm -
  • New American® Girl Character Encourages Girls To #LiftYourVoice
    This post is a collaboration between TheYoungMommyLife.com and American Girl. American Girl dolls are recommended for girls 8 and up.  I want my daughter to be able to see herself in her world. Since she was born I’ve searched high and low to surr…
    - 20 Aug 16, 6:27am -
  • Tackling My Emotional Eating Habits In The Quest For Better Health – #LifeIsWhy
     This post is sponsored by American Heart Association, but all of the opinions and stories are my own. “Mommy, how come every time we go to the grocery store we have to stop in the bakery section?” my daughter asked me a few months ago. I stoppe…
    - 30 Dec 15, 1:00pm -
  • Shop Cricket Wireless This Holiday Season + A Giveaway!
    This article is sponsored by Cricket Wireless. All opinions are 100% my own. I don’t know what it is about the holidays (maybe it’s all the gift-giving and get-togethers?), but without fail I start thinking about my budget and how I can save mone…
    - 11 Dec 15, 9:39am -
  • Three Ways Husbands Can Support Their Wife’s Transition To Natural Hair
    When I was pregnant with my son seven years ago, I decided to stop getting relaxers and start rocking my natural hair texture. I had no idea what my natural hair texture was, but I remembered that the last time I wore my hair as it grew out of my sca…
    - 8 Dec 15, 11:23am -
  • #TreatYoSelf: 25 Gifts Under $25 To Gift Yourself This Holiday Season
    I know so many of us are running around crazy, trying to ensure everyone else has a lovely holiday season. Prepping menus and racing to stores (maybe doing a little online shopping?) — whatever it is, it’s keeping us busy. And while many of us ar…
    - 4 Dec 15, 2:40pm -
  • How I Find Time To Bond With My Daughter Every Week
    I used to fret about getting quality time with my daughter, as she is at the stage where she prefers being curled up in the corner with a good book (she is my child for sure!) versus hanging around her mom all day. Sob. She’s entering that tween st…
    - 23 Nov 15, 11:13am -
  • Don’t Be Scared To Show The Real You
    Last week was a difficult week on many levels. Personal challenges were coming at me left and right and at one point, I burst into tears in public, sobbing quietly on my way to the car. I went home to do what I always do — get in the bed and cry pr…
    - 17 Nov 15, 9:12am -
  • “Mommy, She Looks Like Me!” The Dove Hair #LoveYourCurls Campaign Shows Why Representation Matters
    “Mommy, that little girl looks like me,” my daughter says, excitedly, tugging my arm to get me to turn my head as we cruise down the aisle of Target. A cute black girl with a halo of tight curls is featured on the signage in the girls’ departme…
    - 16 Nov 15, 10:13am -
  • Do You Wanna Be Happy? (The Secret Might Just Be Easier Than We Think)
    Every day for the past two weeks, I’ve listened to one song on repeat: Kirk Franklin’s newest single, “Wanna Be Happy?” If you’re tired of being the same If you’re tired of things not changing It’s time for you to get out the way Don’…
    - 30 Oct 15, 11:09am -
  • [GIVEAWAY] 4-Ticket Family Pack To The Great Lakes Science Center
    I was provided full admission to the Science Center for my family and four full admission tickets for a giveaway to my readers, by Great Lakes Science Center. As always, all opinions are my own. As my children are growing older and their schoolwork g…
    - 30 Oct 15, 10:12am -
  • My First Stitch Fix Box: Like “What Not To Wear” But Without The Humiliation
    Back in the early 2000s, my favorite show was “What Not to Wear.” I absolutely loved watching Clinton Kelly and Stacy London ambush an unsuspecting, fashionably atrocious woman and needle her into admitting that she needed help with her style cho…
    - 21 Oct 15, 1:14pm -
  • Caring More About How My Body Feels Than How It Looks
    This is a sponsored post by Fiber One and these opinions are 100% my own. Last year I published a piece on giving up my Netflix membership so I could sign up for a gym membership. The goal was to get active and do something about the bad habits I had…
    - 11 Oct 15, 7:12pm -
  • Are You Giving Yourself Permission To Be Happy?
    My 30th birthday is a little over a month away and this weekend, I took the bold step of purchasing two plane tickets (one for me and one for my hubby) to head to New Orleans to ring in 30 properly! Some of you might not realize how huge this is. I h…
    - 6 Oct 15, 11:19am -

Diary of a First Time Mom

  • Pittsburgh Park Road Trip
    Dear Diary, You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find something fun to do outdoors. Pittsburgh, voted one of the most livable cities, is filled with fun, family activities to celebrate spring. We live near a popular park, so our adventures are…
    - 5 days ago 23 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring
    Dear Diary, Spring is officially upon us! The season brings warmer weather and roads trips. As you make travel plans to enjoy the rising temperatures, be sure to add car maintenance to your itinerary. Although you will no longer navigate around snow…
    - 6 days ago 22 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Botanical Garden Road Trips
    Dear Diary, April showers bring May flowers across the commonwealth. You can take a quick road trip to check out Pennsylvania’s most popular floral displays. If your children tag along, be sure to bring magnifying glasses, so they can get an up clo…
    - 12 days ago 16 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Spring Clean Your Car
    Dear Diary, Spring is upon us, which means many people are clearing the clutter and cleaning their homes. It’s also a good time to clean your car and wash the remnants of winter away. Although the snow melted, the salt still sticks to the exterior…
    - 13 days ago 15 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Easter Parade Road Trip
    Dear Diary, Getting dressed in your Sunday best this Easter? You can strut your stuff in Philadelphia. Only a five-hour drive away, your family can attend the 86th Annual Easter Promenade in along South Street. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from th…
    - 15 days ago 13 Apr 17, 4:34pm -
  • Easter Egg Hunt Road Trips
    Dear Diary, Hop, or drive, on over to Easter egg hunts throughout the Pittsburgh region. This is an egg-cellent way to enjoy the warm weather and explore nearby communities. You may even spot the Easter Bunny himself! Here are our favorite four event…
    - 15 days ago 13 Apr 17, 4:28pm -
  • VIDEO: Best Books for Babies and Toddlers
    Dear Diary, As a child, you couldn’t catch me without a book in my hand. My idea of fun was spending a Saturday at the library, checking out every hardcover I could carry. I would read to anyone who would listen, including my Cabbage Patch Kids lin…
    - 16 days ago 12 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Best Pets to Adopt for Little Kids
    Dear Diary, Life with pets is nothing like life without them. These four-legged friends use their superpowers to make you laugh even when you are sad, wake you up early even though you are not a morning person, and go for a late night stroll no matt…
    - 18 days ago 10 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Time Out Tips
    Dear Diary, Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m the captain of Team Time Out! Often, I bump heads with other mothers who try to make me switch to the spanking side. However, I can’t imagine raising a hand to my daughter when I always tell her not to…
    - 21 days ago 7 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • IVF: What One Mom Wants You to Know Now
    Dear Diary, Garmin should create a GPS to navigate the road to fertilization. Instead of entering an address, women could plug-in their age, medical information and family history.  The system could map out the fastest route to conception. …
    - 23 days ago 5 Apr 17, 7:00am -

Baby Making Machine

  • I’m Back… (Sort of): Here’s to December
    “This is my favorite time of year!” My daughter told me as we began unboxing our holiday decorations. My husband pulled down the tree and ornaments from the attic. “Is it your favorite time?” She does this a lot lately. She’ll tell me her f…
    - 29 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • An Interview with Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Disney’s “Moana”)
    She’s adorable, inspiring, and the youngest Disney Princess to grace the big screen. Walt Disney Studios is introducing 16-year-old (her birthday was yesterday!) Auli’i Cravalho to the big screen in Moana.  Auli’i Cravalho interview.  I’ve…
    - 23 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • Thanks to Moana, I Finally Listened to Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda Interview
    Confession: I didn’t know who Lin-Manuel Miranda was until a little more than a month ago. I guess you could say I was living under a rock–Or just am not a huge Broadway fan. But you know what I am? A Disney fan. So when I read that the talented…
    - 22 Nov 16, 3:50pm -
  • Dwayne Johnson on Moana: ‘They did a tremendous job of representing our culture’
    When I shared the list of people I’d be interviewing during the the Moana press junket half of my friends seemed to be most excited about our interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the other half was most excited about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…
    - 21 Nov 16, 7:45am -
  • I’m Taking a New Approach to Christmas Gifts This Year
    Every year I seem to go a little above and beyond when it comes to Christmas gifts for my kids. This year I’ve been debating quantity versus quality and what they want versus what they need. I think I’ve come up with a good way to get a well-roun…
    - 18 Nov 16, 8:00am -

Cinco Mom

Good Enough Mother

  • GEMs Of Beauty: The Top Moisture for Mamas!
      GEMs Of Beauty: The Top Moisture for Mamas!  In the Northeast, winter used to start sometime in November, get hellaciously cold after the holidays, and then maybe start to warm up by the end of February. Remember March coming in like a lion? Well…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Our Story Begins: Grief Grenades That Come Out of Nowhere
    Our Story Begins: Grief Grenades That Come Out of Nowhere I’ve been through many things in the last six years.  A lot of stress, a lot of frustration, a lot of love, a lot of confusion, all of it coming at me from all directions. I didn’t really…
    - 5 days ago 23 Apr 17, 2:33pm -
  • Moms Must Read: Five Hot Movie & TV Reads This Spring
      Moms Must Read: Five Hot Movie & TV Reads This Spring Spring is a time for renewal and for trying new things. The weather is getting warmer and people are finally able to step outside to enjoy the weather without the burden of heavy winter gear.…
    - 8 days ago 20 Apr 17, 2:39pm -
  • Live, Love, Blend: Help Children in Broken Families (VIDEO)
    Live, Love, Blend: Help Children in Broken Families The title of this post is also the title of the short video below, a video that is very hard for me to watch. The boy you’ll see sharing his pain is my son. When a producer from Marriage Today con…
    - 9 days ago 19 Apr 17, 7:00am -
  • Our Story Begins: Talk. Read. Sing.
    Our Story Begins: Talk. Read. Sing. I was one of the first in the “Sesame Street” generation.  I was part of that era of kids who saw PBS putting educational information on TV.  We watched Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo on Saturday mornings and when…
    - 12 days ago 16 Apr 17, 8:04pm -
  • Raising Gaybies: Let Go; When It’s Time To Loosen The Parental Grip
    Raising Gaybies: Let Go; When It’s Time To Loosen The Parental Grip   On my desk, I have a rock. I see it everyday.  The rock is inscribed with the words “Let Go.” It’s message is becoming more powerful by the day. It really stands for “L…
    - 17 days ago 11 Apr 17, 8:37am -
  • Our Story Begins: Buying a Hobby
      Our Story Begins: Buying a Hobby I had taken to calling it my “mid-life crisis car.”  Recently I bought a 1977 MGB.  I hadn’t really been looking for a car, let alone a British convertible that came out when I was just 7-years-old.  The f…
    - 23 days ago 5 Apr 17, 10:14am -
  • Our Story Begins: Listen to the Music (6 Years) (Video)
      Our Story Begins: Listen to the Music (6 Years) (VIDEO) Six years. That’s how long my journey on this new life has been.  Six full years as of this moment since I watched my wife pass away. That’s not author’s flourish or fiction, by the wa…
    - 33 days ago 25 Mar 17, 11:53pm -
  • Mom’s Must Read: Women’s History Month Picks
       Mom’s Must Read: Women’s History Month Picks March is the month we celebrate the role women have taken in American history. Women have given so much to history: we’ve worked as mothers, soldiers, suffragettes, teachers, government workers,…
    - 35 days ago 24 Mar 17, 8:03am -
  • GEM Recommends: MD Complete Dark Spot Corrector
    GEM Recommends: MD Complete-Dark Spot Corrector   Hey Y’all..  Got a product I tried recently that I want to tell you about. Well, I didn’t actually try it; my daughter Casey did and it’s nothing short of amazing! Okay a little backstory; whi…
    - 37 days ago 22 Mar 17, 1:34pm -

4 Hats and Frugal

  • newPIXAR Tour + Pixar Campus Fun Facts and #Cars3!
    Thank you to Disney and ABC Studios for inviting us to attend this experience. What happens when you take 25 bloggers to the Pixar Animation Studios campus for the first time ever? They lose their minds! Well, in a good way. As part of our #Cars3Even…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Apr 17, 2:43pm -
  • 3 Simple Habits To Start Now
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Clorox. Humans are creatures of habit. Whether they be good or bad, we base our lives around the everyday things we do. I’m a creature of  “this better be simple, or I’m not doing it” habits. I’ll admi…
    - 3 days ago 25 Apr 17, 8:08am -
  • Solid Purple Hotness
    I’m having a full on love affair with purple right now. From food (eggplants are AMAZING) to clothing, this color is changing the game for me. I’ve always loved purple, but lately, I have been substituting it for any hint of black in my wardrobe.…
    - 11 days ago 17 Apr 17, 4:01pm -
  • Puppy Dog Pals – Cute New Disney Junior Show!
    The fact that I am so excited about a new Disney Junior show arriving might be embarrassing if I didn’t have children. But, Puppy Dog Pals is one of those new shows everyone should be excited about! A show about two cute puppy brothers, with a fun…
    - 15 days ago 13 Apr 17, 1:03pm -
  • 3 Reasons Kids Should See Disneynature’s Born In China
    Thank you to Disney Films and ABC for inviting me on this press junket for Cars 3, Born In China, The Toy Box, and Puppy Dog Pals. There’s something about the beauty of nature. It’s something the whole family can enjoy, and if your kids are anyth…
    - 18 days ago 10 Apr 17, 1:30pm -
  • The Toy Box + an Interview with Mentor Jen Tan
    What would you do if your kids could decide what the next big toy would be? As a parent, the idea intrigues me, since my kids have very opinionated views of the new toys that are released. Well, The Toy Box on ABC will give us a peek at what this pro…
    - 21 days ago 7 Apr 17, 10:46am -
  • A Movie Review of Gifted with Chris Evans
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Mama Knows It All

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