Parenting

What Every Parent Needs To Know Before Handing Over The Keys: Making Sure Teen Drivers Get There Safe

What Every Parent Needs To Know Before Handing Over The Keys: Making Sure Teen Drivers Get There Safe

This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own. What Every Parent Needs To Know Before Handing Over The Keys: Making Sure Teen Drivers Get There Safe. It’s not the extra cup of coffee, uncomfortably hot evening, or the stress of the day-to-day that […]

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One Question You Should Never Ask Kids, Or Anyone

One Question You Should Never Ask Kids, Or Anyone

When we find ourselves just baffled by our children’s actions, it’s typical for us to ask kids to explain themselves. We don’t always ask nicely. Really, we can be downright mean about it. Everyone gets frustrated with their kids from time to time. We’re human, and we lose our patience, say things we don’t mean, […]

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Walmart’s Unlimited Lowest Priced Plans Now Include Even More 4G LTE Data

Walmart’s Unlimited Lowest Priced Plans Now Include Even More 4G LTE Data

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias It’s that time of year, when home becomes home again. The kids are starting Summer vacation and they are yours to enjoy. All. Day. Long. You know what that means, right? You just can’t get […]

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7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

Maybe it’s because we’ve all said the wrong thing before, that my article last week, 7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent of A Child With Autism got so many shares and views. While there were plenty of readers who have some type of relationship with Autism, I’m sure there were just as many people who were […]

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7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent Of A Child With Autism

7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent Of A Child With Autism

  I am encouraged by the general efforts of our modern society to learn and understand about what it’s like for a child with Autism. We are making strides in the right direction. That’s great! Still, as a parent of three children with Autism, I often find myself surrounded by ignorance. Don’t be offended. That’s […]

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Daughter, You’re The Best Of Me

Daughter, You’re The Best Of Me

I spent my whole life praying for a daughter, a mini-me. That was, until I met you. You’re the very best of me. From the first breath you took, I knew. I’d rather have one you, than a million mini-mes. I say that from my heart. Never try to be anyone else. Being yourself is […]

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Lifestyle

Charleston Shooting: FBI Hate Crime Statistics Show White People Commit Hate Crimes More Than Twice As Much As Black People

Charleston Shooting: FBI Hate Crime Statistics Show White People Commit Hate Crimes More Than Twice As Much As Black People

  With NINE people dead in the Charleston shooting, I have to ask… What did Black people ever do to “us?” Besides, clean White people’s houses, raise their kids, have their kids, get beat, get raped, get tortured, be bought, sold, segregated, continue to worship, pray, and march for peace, still love the little White kids like […]

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Walmart’s Unlimited Lowest Priced Plans Now Include Even More 4G LTE Data

Walmart’s Unlimited Lowest Priced Plans Now Include Even More 4G LTE Data

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias It’s that time of year, when home becomes home again. The kids are starting Summer vacation and they are yours to enjoy. All. Day. Long. You know what that means, right? You just can’t get […]

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10 Things Work At Home Moms & Work Outside the Home Moms Have in Common

10 Things Work At Home Moms & Work Outside the Home Moms Have in Common

When it comes to working moms, there is a continuous banter between work at home moms and work outside the home moms. Sometimes, it’s just hateful, as if we are on opposite sides parenting. Even when we don’t mean to take sides, we often find ourselves on the defensive, warding off insults from them. It’s the divide of […]

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Is Your Blog Scalable? How To Increase Your Blog Income: Three Easy Tips

Is Your Blog Scalable? How To Increase Your Blog Income: Three Easy Tips

  People have been asking about my blog. Friends, fellow bloggers, and even many of my awesome readers (those groups overlap!) have often asked me how I started my blog. The most frequent question I get asked about my blog is how I make money, and how I manage to increase my blog income.  My […]

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From Almost Homeless to Walk In Closets: Spring Cleaning In Our New Place

From Almost Homeless to Walk In Closets: Spring Cleaning In Our New Place

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias While everyone was gearing up for their Spring cleaning, I was having crisis. We all have hard times. I usually prefer to write about them in retrospect.  It’s hard to think clearly when one is in […]

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5 Tips To Better Blogging with Intel® Technology

5 Tips To Better Blogging with Intel® Technology

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Intel via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Intel. Whether you blog for fun, business, or both, you’ve probably discovered that it’s much harder than you thought. Despite the serious learning curve, you keep going. Of course! […]

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Food & Drink

Italian Turnover & Tortilla Chips Recipe

Italian Turnover & Tortilla Chips Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellSavings #CollectiveBias You know that with back to school just around the corner, I’ve already started to think about quick and easy weeknight meals. Saving money is an important factor, too. Campbell’s has me covered with big savings […]

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Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips

Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips The other day my friend told me she is tired of working all week only to have her earnings “already spent” by the […]

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Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes

Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias “Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes” Cabo, Australia, Paris, New Zealand, Greece, and Japan are just a few of the amazing places I’ve seen as some of my friend’s Summer […]

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Easy Dessert Recipes: Courtesy of the 7th Minion

Easy Dessert Recipes: Courtesy of the 7th Minion

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #The7thMinion #CollectiveBias You remember, don’t you? When we were growing up, we begged, pleaded, and promised to do every chore in the house if our parents would buy us that one special cereal. There were only three reasons […]

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Kick Start Your Summer Fun with this Candy Garden & DIY Candy Necklace Bling

Kick Start Your Summer Fun with this Candy Garden & DIY Candy Necklace Bling

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias The Summer Fun Can’t Wait As much as we try to enjoy the moments with our children, sometimes all we can do it survive them. Now that most kids have started Summer vacation, we’ll be trying […]

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Spice Up Your Cracker With This Mango Pico de Gallo Recipe: RITZ® Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest

Spice Up Your Cracker With This Mango Pico de Gallo Recipe: RITZ® Snackify Challenge Instagram Contest

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutItOnARitz #CollectiveBias I have another secret to share. I hate electric stoves. Our new place has a gas stove! Unfortunately, most of the rooms are stilll a mess with boxes of important things that all need to be […]

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Crafts & DIY

Send Smiles With This DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Tutorial

Send Smiles With This DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Summer makes me happy and way-over-the-top a little sentimental. This time of year, nature is boasting it’s most beautiful colors, in plants, trees, fruits, vegetables and even, especially people. Summer […]

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5-In-1 DIY Games: Educational & Interactive Floor Based Fun

5-In-1 DIY Games: Educational & Interactive Floor Based Fun

We spend the entire school year looking forward to Summer. We miss our kids and can’t wait to spend some quality time with them. Then, just around this time, a few weeks into Summer, we start to panic, just a little. Summer days are longer and much more expensive. We’re struggling to keep the kids […]

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Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Remember when your children used to come up to you, give you an energetic poke in the thigh to get your attention, and point? We identified the object they were pointing at, named it for them, and sometimes even let them have it! It wasn’t really that complicated. In fact, teaching children to label things is […]

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Fun Ways to Accessorize Your Candles For The Holidays

Fun Ways to Accessorize Your Candles For The Holidays

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   So Much Has Changed… Five years ago, I was pregnant with triplets and my whole life was about to change.  Family is the focus of many Latino families, and it’s definitely what is most important to us! […]

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Elegant DIY Everyday Moments Keepsake Tutorial: Plus #RegaloDeAmorPampers Giveaway

Elegant DIY Everyday Moments Keepsake Tutorial: Plus #RegaloDeAmorPampers Giveaway

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.   When the triplets were born almost five years ago, at just over two pounds each, the hospital put them in Pampers for micro-preemies.  They fit babies up to four pounds and the triplets were swimming in […]

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Teach Kids About Social Responsibility: Eco Bunny Craft For All Ages

Teach Kids About Social Responsibility: Eco Bunny Craft For All Ages

Everyday is a learning adventure for moms.  We’re constantly trying to teach our children the right values and to take personal responsibility for their actions.  We make every effort to teach by example, with the goal of helping our children make the world a better place.  In order for that to happen, we must also […]

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Alicia*s Blog

Life As A Loser In Your Forties

Life As A Loser In Your Forties

It’s easy to feel like a super hero when you’re a mom. You’re a Teacher, Counselor, Mentor, Protector, Provider, Handy-Woman, Taxi Driver, Chef, Ouchie Fixer, Advocate, Wardrobe Consultant, and General Manager of your own Parenting hub. It sounds amazing! And, it is. It’s amazing to wake up one day and realize all your dreams are coming true. But […]

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From Almost Homeless to Walk In Closets: Spring Cleaning In Our New Place

From Almost Homeless to Walk In Closets: Spring Cleaning In Our New Place

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias While everyone was gearing up for their Spring cleaning, I was having crisis. We all have hard times. I usually prefer to write about them in retrospect.  It’s hard to think clearly when one is in […]

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I Might Not Be A Real Super Hero, But I’m Pedro’s Hero: En Español w/ English Translation *Tearjerker*

I Might Not Be A Real Super Hero, But I’m Pedro’s Hero: En Español w/ English Translation *Tearjerker*

When asked to write about his hero, Pedro chose me; mom! Like most moms, there are days where I can’t get a grasp on all the #momfails I manage in a 24-hour period.  Despite my best intentions, everything goes wrong, no one gets enough attention, and I’m left feeling like I wish I could get a do-over […]

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Our Day Trip To San Francisco: A Photo Journal – Bridges, Treasure Island, Battery Mendel

Our Day Trip To San Francisco: A Photo Journal – Bridges, Treasure Island, Battery Mendel

Exploring the Bay Area, and especially San Francisco, is one of my favorite things to do. There are so many places of interest, including tourist attractions, treasures known only by the locals, and historical landmarks.  A day trip doesn’t have to cost money. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the day, for people with […]

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Querida Latina, I Judged You For Not Speaking Spanish. I’m Sorry.

Querida Latina, I Judged You For Not Speaking Spanish. I’m Sorry.

I spent most of my life with nonexistent ties and a fictitious understanding of the Hispanic culture I love so much.  I had an undefined and peculiar cultural influence, considering my roots.  I grew up as a Puerto Rican & Italian girl most often not-so-endearingly referred to as, the white girl. My mother relocated several times […]

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Things From My Childhood My Own Children Will Never Experience The Way I Did, Because Change Is The Only Constant

Things From My Childhood My Own Children Will Never Experience The Way I Did, Because Change Is The Only Constant

I have.  I’ve enjoyed my experiences.  I enjoyed my childhood.  I enjoyed becoming an adult, a woman, and a mother.  I enjoy my memories.  I enjoy them so much, I’m heartbroken about the things my own children will never experience.  Those experiences are fading away for everyone, in our new world of advanced technology and […]

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Special Needs

Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Teach Kids To Identify Feelings: Super Fun & Easy DIY Activity To Help Young Children Express Their Emotions

Remember when your children used to come up to you, give you an energetic poke in the thigh to get your attention, and point? We identified the object they were pointing at, named it for them, and sometimes even let them have it! It wasn’t really that complicated. In fact, teaching children to label things is […]

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7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

7 Things All Parents of Children With Autism Need To Hear From You

Maybe it’s because we’ve all said the wrong thing before, that my article last week, 7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent of A Child With Autism got so many shares and views. While there were plenty of readers who have some type of relationship with Autism, I’m sure there were just as many people who were […]

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7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent Of A Child With Autism

7 Things You Should Never Tell A Parent Of A Child With Autism

  I am encouraged by the general efforts of our modern society to learn and understand about what it’s like for a child with Autism. We are making strides in the right direction. That’s great! Still, as a parent of three children with Autism, I often find myself surrounded by ignorance. Don’t be offended. That’s […]

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Five Year Old Seeks Police Intervention

Five Year Old Seeks Police Intervention

  Did I tell you that the police have already been to our new place? Yep! It seems that a call was placed from one of our new neighbors. That story truly merits it’s own post, but I’m waiting, semi-hoping I’ll actually figure out who made the call. Still, it’s hard for me to understand […]

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We Had A No Birthday Party Celebration: I’m Still A Good Mom

We Had A No Birthday Party Celebration: I’m Still A Good Mom

I’ve been thinking about the triplet’s 5th birthday,  pretty much since they were born.  For whatever reason, I had decided that five-years-old is the magic birthday.  I was sure it was the age they’d first really understand the significance of having a birthday, especially a party, with all the extras! The birthday party I imagined was […]

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FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

***Disclosure:  I am not an attorney. I cannot provide you with legal advice regarding special needs education or any other matter.  I do take part in some advocacy work as a volunteer and not in an official capacity.  None of the information provided is intended to be used as legal advice and it is not […]

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Recent Articles

New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

New Technology Could Soon Put An End to Texting While Driving

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Could new technology save lives by putting an end to texting while driving? Antonio will be fifteen years old in just a few short months! I can’t believe that my little BABY is taller than me, heading to High School, and almost ready to drive! I snapped that picture above when I was working on […]

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@TheGoToMom Shares a Message of Hope #BostonMarathon

| April 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon   Submitted by: Kimberly C. Blaine ~ @TheGoToMom

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By @247ModernMom “Dead Babies Club”

By @247ModernMom “Dead Babies Club”

| April 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

One angel.  Two angels.  Three angels.  Four.  Five angels.  Six Angels.  Tens of thousands more. One dead baby.  Two dead babies.  Three dead babies.  Four.  Five dead babies.  Six dead babies.  Tens of thousands more. I read every blog, article, and random ranting I post out loud to myself, over and over again, before I […]

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By @247ModernMom “Abort Mission:  The Journey of a Prisoner at War With Herself and The Battle That Gave Her the Freedom to Cease Fire”

By @247ModernMom “Abort Mission: The Journey of a Prisoner at War With Herself and The Battle That Gave Her the Freedom to Cease Fire”

| March 27, 2013 | 14 Comments

“I am a LOSER!  I am less than nothing.  The only reason I can figure that God put me on this earth is to show the winners an example of what could have been, if they had been put on earth to define worthless, like me.”  ~Alicia Gonzalez (Sometime, long ago) At some point, early […]

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By @ideabloke “Curve Ball – Master Life’s Hardest Transitions”

By @ideabloke “Curve Ball – Master Life’s Hardest Transitions”

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are few things in life that capture our attention so forcefully than an unexpected transition.  Now to be fair, life transitions and changes can be wonderful things, especially when they’re part of our master life plan.  Transitions are part of life and indicate growth.  These can include graduations, promotions, bar mitzvahs, etc., and are […]

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By @247ModernMom “SM Friends & Parasites: Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi”

By @247ModernMom “SM Friends & Parasites: Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi”

| March 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Memorandum To:      Social Media Icons CC:      Brands From:  24/7 Modern Mom Media Date:    3/07/2013 Re:     SM Friends & Parasites:  Givers, Takers, Strategists, & Paparazzi Okay, boys and girls, I’m going to tell you exactly what I tell my children.  Much like you have probably told your own children.  Not everyone is your friend.  I know that we […]

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New Standards in Public Education

New Standards in Public Education

| February 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, there are new standards in public education that will kick in this Fall. They have been named the “Common Core State Standards.” In a nutshell, the new standards are:   uniform and adopted by 45 states so far (exceptions include Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia) which means no matter where […]

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Have a Loving Relationship with the Staff at Your Child’s School: How To Do It

Have a Loving Relationship with the Staff at Your Child’s School: How To Do It

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

I think we’ve all been there…another school year.  New staff members. How can I make sure I have positive relationships with those at my child’s school? This certainly isn’t a beginning of the year thought but one that parents contemplate frequently and one that I advised on regularly as an elementary principal. As the parent […]

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By @PeggyHarperLee “Teach Your Child to Love Herself”

By @PeggyHarperLee “Teach Your Child to Love Herself”

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The top 5 tips to teach your child to love herself Valentine’s Day today is all about romantic love, a concept enthusiastically supported by greeting card companies, florists, and restaurants. By all means, give a card and go with your sweetheart to dinner. After all, one of the best things you can do for your […]

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By @Elizonthego “Women In Business: Intro”

By @Elizonthego “Women In Business: Intro”

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

This segment of 24/7 Modern Mom is for that mom who is juggling raising her family and working.  Not just working outside the home, but working from within the home.  Perhaps you are starting a business online, or your business is being a stay home mom.  Maybe you are barely grabbing a coffee through the […]

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By @JoaniPlenty “5 Ways to Love Your 40s”

By @JoaniPlenty “5 Ways to Love Your 40s”

| February 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

1).  Be nostalgic. Do not allow your big hair pictures of the past to get you down.  Instead, think of the good times and reflect on how far you have come. 2).  Forgive. Sometimes, when we look back on our lives, we may feel regret.  Regret for things we have done and regret for the […]

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Waiting For Kaitlyn: True Story Of Love, Life, & Motherhood

Waiting For Kaitlyn: True Story Of Love, Life, & Motherhood

| February 14, 2013 | 8 Comments

‘ Editor’s Note:  I had dreamed all my life of a daughter named Kaitlyn. Even after my dream faded away — through a miscarriage, bad advice and self-defeat — Kaitlyn fought her way into existence. This is my true story of love, life and motherhood. ________________________________________________________ When I was 20 years old, I was told […]

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Defining Love? Or Love Defining You?

Defining Love? Or Love Defining You?

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

“I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” (M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled) I love this definition of love. I love it because it embodies the fact that love is an action. I love it because it involves loving myself […]

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Italian Turnover & Tortilla Chips Recipe

Italian Turnover & Tortilla Chips Recipe

| July 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellSavings #CollectiveBias You know that with back to school just around the corner, I’ve already started to think about quick and easy weeknight meals. Saving money is an important factor, too. Campbell’s has me covered with big savings […]

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Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips

Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips

| July 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias Jalapeno Cheese & Spinach Dip Recipe: Baked In Onion Bagel Bowls + Bagel Chips The other day my friend told me she is tired of working all week only to have her earnings “already spent” by the […]

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Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes

Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes

| July 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias “Treat Your Friends To A Hawaiian Staycation: Easy Party Ideas & Recipes” Cabo, Australia, Paris, New Zealand, Greece, and Japan are just a few of the amazing places I’ve seen as some of my friend’s Summer […]

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Send Smiles With This DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Tutorial

Send Smiles With This DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Tutorial

| July 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias DIY Flower Vase & Matching Butterfly Summer makes me happy and way-over-the-top a little sentimental. This time of year, nature is boasting it’s most beautiful colors, in plants, trees, fruits, vegetables and even, especially people. Summer […]

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Easy Dessert Recipes: Courtesy of the 7th Minion

Easy Dessert Recipes: Courtesy of the 7th Minion

| July 6, 2015 | 3 Comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #The7thMinion #CollectiveBias You remember, don’t you? When we were growing up, we begged, pleaded, and promised to do every chore in the house if our parents would buy us that one special cereal. There were only three reasons […]

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