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6 Things I Do To Feel Good EverydayFeatured

When was the last time you just felt good? I mean, so good that nothing anyone did or said to you could make you feel no other way but good. The feel good where you were energized, light on your feet, no complaints, mentally whole, just good.

I don’t know about you but I strive to feel good everyday! Keeping in mind that every day things will be thrown my way that may compromise this intention, carving out even just an 15 minutes of “feel good” time is essential for me. I find that when I start my day implementing some of my favorite “feel good” techniques the rest of my day is half the battle. Also, if I find myself not feeling so good, recollecting on these exact feel good moments I had previously helps give me the little push I need to conquer anything thrown my way.Continue reading

Atlanta, Experiences, Family, Travel

The Ultimate All-Access Experience At Atlanta’s College Football Hall Of FameFeatured

Disclosure: My family was hosted by the College Football Hall of Fame for this visit.  However, all opinions are my own.

Are you a football fan? If so, you do not want to miss the opportunity to visit the College Football Hall of Fame! Even if you are not a football lover, I am confident that you will love this place and all of the interactive fun it has to offer.

If you ever wondered what it is like to be a football player you will get your chance. If you are a big history buff, you will get your fix. If you are obsessed with the latest technology on the market you will be impressed. If you need some new football paraphernalia it’s available for purchase. If you want to feel like a star, get ready to watch your face light up on the big screen. What ever your interest is, College Football Hall of Fame has something for you!

This is a place that the entire family will enjoy experiencing together. There are awesome memories to be created for people of any age. There is fun to be had at every turn. So grab your cameras and get ready to experience football in a whole new way. This place is a must-see when in Atlanta!Continue reading

Atlanta, Experiences, Family, Travel

7 Major Reasons You Should Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center AtlantaFeatured

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with US Family Guide and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. However, all opinions are my own.

Are your children big LEGO fans? Honestly, I don’t what kid isn’t!

With an 8-year-old Lego Lover in my household, LEGOLAND Discovery Center has been on our family experiences bucket list for some time now! Unfortunately, there is not one located in Houston. As a result, I jumped at the opportunity to pay them a visit on our family trip to Atlanta. The kids were so excited when I finally told them that we were headed there. What kid doesn’t love Lego’s!?!
As an adult, I’m pretty intrigued by the LEGO’s myself as they make them much more cooler today then when I was a kid! So, if you’re in Atlanta don’t miss the opportunity to beat boredom with a visit to this awesome LEGO experience.

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Family, Las Vegas, Reviews, Travel

Family Friendly Las Vegas: CSI: The ExperienceFeatured

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with US Family Guide and CSI: The Experience. However, all opinions are my own.

Are you familiar with the television show CSI? If not, you are missing out! But, not for long because you too have the opportunity to experience first hand what its like to be a crime scene investigator.

Every day social media pulls out the investigator in us as we comb the internet for answers to our lingering questions and peaked curiosity. So why not put those skills to use on your next visit to Las Vegas at CSI: The Experience. This is something the whole family will enjoy! We love watching some of today’s hottest shows, such as, Criminal Minds, First 48 and SWAT. As a result, we were thrilled when we got the opportunity to put or investigator senses to use at CSI: The Experience on our visit to Las Vegas.Continue reading

Family, Las Vegas, Reviews, Travel

Family Friendly Las Vegas: Madame Tussaud’sFeatured

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with US Family Guide and Madame Tussaud’s. However, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever been to Madame Tussaud’s? If not, you are in for a real treat!

Make sure that your camera has a full charge! Grab your selfie sticks and get ready to strike your pose among the stars! Madame Tussaud’s is probably the closest i’ll ever get to posing with my favorite celebrities! This is the perfect place for the entire family to visit on your next trip to Las Vegas. I previously gave you tips on 8 ways to conquer Las Vegas with children, add this to the list to make your trip memorable, literally!

I entered with a full charge on my cell phone and left with a dead battery. We had a blast andContinue reading

Family, Las Vegas, Reviews, Travel

Family Friendly Las Vegas: Real Bodies At Bally’sFeatured

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with US Family Guide and Real Body’s at Bally’s. However, all opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that I love to travel!

However, it has become clear that there are many layers to traveling. I enjoy all the fun that comes along with it but also feel that it’s important to get my educational fix while on the road. When we travel as a family, I always make sure that we have walked away having learned something new. As a result, I was so excited when we got the opportunity to visit REAL BODIES at Bally’s on our family trip to Las Vegas.

Have you heard about Real Bodies at Bally’s?Continue reading

Houston Guide

Houston Date Nights: Houston Axe ThrowingFeatured

Disclosure: We received a complimentary lesson to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are my own.

Are you tired of the same old boring movie and dinner date nights? If so, you are in for a real treat!

Axe Throwing, have you heard about all the hype surrounding this trendy sport? It seems as if the trend is catching on quick as ranges continue to pop up all across the nation. Who knew that throwing an axe could be so much fun!?! The great thing is that Houston is lucky enough to have a range of its own and I couldn’t be happier considering this date night with a twist is just what my date life needed. In fact, its what all relationships need! Fun!

It’s a great addition to Houston’s entertainment scene and Continue reading


6 Effective Ways To Discipline Your Kids That Will Benefit You BothFeatured

Do you find yourself constantly having to discipline your children? If so, you are not alone. My kids are really respectful and well mannered but they argue none stop! I also find that I have to repeat myself over and over again way too often.

Stop arguing, I repeated once. In unison they both said “okay”. I thought I said to stop arguing, I exclaimed, this time with a little more indignation in my voice. “Okay”, they said, in an attempt to convince me that this time would be different. By the third stop arguing, I am nearly loosing my mind! To be honest, my first instinct is to go pop them for not listening. When they were younger a little pop to the hand would do the trick.

But who am I kiddingContinue reading

Events, Holiday, Lifestyle

Your Super Bowl Party Sucks If You Don’t Have These 6 ThingsFeatured

It’s almost Superbowl time!

I am just here for the commercials and the good eats. Don’t judge me! I’m not the biggest football fan. You will call me more of a bandwagon fan. I normally roll with the team that KB is rooting for or if i’m feeling competitive i’ll go against the grain for a little trash talking fun. However, I love a good party and every year I look forward to all the hype that Superbowl Parties bring!

So, while I am not the biggest football fan, I am a fan of the parties that surround it. One thing is for sure, I know how to throw a great party! There are certain elements that all parties should contain. So, if you are having a Superbowl Party this year add these 5 things to your party to ensure it is a blast! Trust me, you won’t regret it.Continue reading


6 Ways To Help You Overcome The Disappointment Of Your Difficult PregnancyFeatured

Hey, Fancy Mama’s! My name is Brandi and I almost died twice giving birth. Almost nine years later, I am still haunted by the memories of my difficult pregnancies.

I have two beautiful children, but I don’t know what contractions feel like. All the controlled breathing techniques I learned were in vain. I spent so much time practicing how to push and I never got to do so. KB has never got to see his children born. I never got to hold my children once they were delivered. No one could have ever paid me to think that I would no longer be pregnant at my very first baby shower!

Despite these negative memories, I Continue reading

Family, Houston Guide, Travel

3 Days In Houston With KidsFeatured

So you’re planning a trip to Houston soon!?! Should you travel to Houston with kids? Absolutely!

Houston is the fourth largest city  in the United States and it’s easy to see why visitors and transplants alike continue to adorn the city with it’s diverse culture.

As a first time visitor to Houston, see for yourself why the city is steadily growing and thriving year after year!Continue reading

Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For HerFeatured

I’m totally a sucker for love! Are you?

February is one of my favorite months of the year because it boast all things LOVE! With the new year comes new holiday’s. It’s evident every time you walk in the store! I’m always astonished as to why i’m seeing Christmas decorations in October and Valentine’s Day decorations in December. It’s unbelievable how fast they push the next holiday upon us. However, who can skip the aisle with all the cute pinks, reds, polka dots and hearts? I know I can’t!
I usually find myself celebrating this holiday as a family rather than just KB and myself. I think its fun to go out on a family date or create a special environment at home.

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Family, Food, Inspiration

8 Easy and Safe Smoothie Recipes That Kids Can Make FastFeatured

Are you or your children smoothie fans?

I’m constantly looking for healthy, quick, easy and safe recipes that my children can make with little assistance since they are getting older. We are big fans of smoothies, especially for breakfast! However, I always find that I am the only one making them.

The last thing I want to do is hinder my children from learning important independence skills and that includes safely learning their way around the kitchen. So, I decided to search for smoothie recipes that they can make with little to no help that involves just a few ingredients and no cutting.

No matter the time of year, smoothies are a healthy snack or meal replacement option that can literally be made in a hundred different ways. Most childrenContinue reading


2018: Get To Know Me With These 18 Random FactsFeatured

Hello 2018!

Somewhere between all the Happy New Year post and the joy of having a fresh start, I realized that I never officially introduced myself to you. I started blogging consistently six months ago, gained many new followers but to be honest I  have been pretty bad about connecting with you.

As a result, I plan to do a better job this year of engaging with you guys! So, let me start off the new year right by officially introducing myself to you!!!

Hey, My name is Brandi and here are 18 randoms facts to help you get to know me better!Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Lifestyle, Travel

2017 Year In Review: My Favorite Memory From Each MonthFeatured

Wow! It’s hard to believe that 2017 is over!

I had an awesome 2017…I RE-STARTED MY BLOG, had some awesome travel opportunities, had plenty of first experiences, met some great new people, and overcame many lessons in marriage and parenting.

I say confidently, that I will be entering 2018 a much better wife, mom, blogger and woman overall!

As a result, I invite you to come along on my 2017 journey from January to December….Continue reading

Family, Holiday

5 Simple Ways Every Family Should Start The New YearFeatured

Are you ready for the New Year?

If you’re anything like me, you are still in shock that it’s that time of year again already! We can normally find goals and resolutions being tossed about as people prepare for the New Year. It appears to be every man for themselves as they seek ways to improve their quality of life, declutter and leave old habits in the dust. However, how often is the new year outlook focused on the family rather than the individual? Sure, Mom and Dad have their own personal goals and things they want to accomplish as individuals. But when families come together they are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with!

Family goals areContinue reading

Family, Holiday

50 Festive Activities To Do With Your Son NowFeatured

Looking for festive things to do with your son this holiday season?

It’s the perfect opportunity for you to have a festive good time with your son! It’s the prime time to past down family traditions, to educate him on the reason for the season, to bond and make memories. It’s the most wonderful time of the year so why not schedule in some mother son time to do joyful things together. Building a powerful relationship with your son is very important and the number one way to do so is by spending quality time together one on one.Continue reading

Family, Holiday

50 Festive Activities To Do With Your Daughter NowFeatured

Looking for festive things to do with your daughter this holiday season?

It’s the perfect opportunity for you to have a festive good time with your daughter! It’s the prime time to past down family traditions, to educate her on the reason for the season, to bond and make memories. It’s the most wonderful time of the year so why not schedule in some mother daughter time to do joyful things together. Building a powerful relationship with your daughter is very important and the number one way to do so is by spending quality time together one on one.

In justContinue reading

Gift Guide, Holiday

Gift Guide: Sensational Gifts Your Host Will LoveFeatured

If you’re anything like me, you have already started filling up your calendar for the rest of the year. Are you hosting any fancy parties this holiday season or are you accepting all invites to some of the fanciest gatherings in town? Either way, hosting a gathering during the holiday season is a lot of work and should be rewarded. There is just certain guests etiquette and unfortunately not all people follow the guests protocol. There are so many sensational gifts on the market that your next party host will love!

Don’t be the guest that shows up empty handed, throws back several cocktails, eat several plates and even takes one to go!Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Lifestyle, Travel

The Easiest Way To Conquer New Orleans With KidsFeatured

When you think of New Orleans, you think of Mardi Gras, King Cake, strolling the French Quarter sipping Hurricanes, catching beads, awesome parades and attending Essence Fest with your girl friends. But, how often do you consider Nola when it comes to planning your family vacation? I bet it’s at the bottom of the list with places like North Dakota and Kansas! However, I am telling you to not sleep on New Orleans as a family friendly travel destination. We visit at least once a year and Niah and KJ love it!

Each time we visit, we find more and more to do. I anticipate Continue reading


Monthly Intentions: DecemberFeatured

What’s the best way to hold yourself accountable?

Share your intentions for the whole world to see!

Hello December! November was my second month sharing with you my monthly intentions. As October was coming to a close, I realized that I was behind on quite a few of my goals. At first, I became discouraged but then I realized that accomplishing goals is a marathon and not a sprint! I realized that I am not perfect and that it’s okay to fall short sometimes. I realized that it’s best to make some progress rather than no progress and that’s what I did.

With this same mindset, as November came to a close, I feel proud of everything that I have accomplished this far. AlthoughContinue reading

Food, Holiday, Inspiration

30 Festive Hot Chocolate RecipesFeatured

Seriously, there is no winter without a cup of hot cocoa! For my family there is no Christmas Eve without a cup of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. How do you like your hot chocolate, with milk or water? We love milk! However, I’ve learned that there are so many more options. Like, what rock have I been hiding under!?!

Hot Chocolate is the perfect drink to get people in the holiday spirit. It makes for a great gift and it’s the perfect addition to your Continue reading

Gift Guide, Holiday, Lifestyle

The My Little Pony Lover Gift GuideFeatured

Does your little girl love My Little Pony? Did they make it to your daughter’s Christmas list to Santa?

My Little Pony party themes and Halloween costumes have been all the rave!

I remember as a little girl having a Rainbow Brite stove and refrigerator. It was absolutely my favorite and most memorable toy from my childhood. I thought to myself, they just don’t make toys like they used to! Then my daughter came along and Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Houston Guide, Lifestyle, Reviews

Houston Alert: A Unique Experience At Distroller World USAFeatured

This post was sponsored by the Distroller World USA. However, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever heard of Distroller World? If not, I advise you to look it up because it’s a unique experience that will have your children crowning you mommy of the year! You all know that I’m always encouraging people to try new things. So I was very excited on Saturday when we had the opportunity to visit Distroller World for the first time! You all know how i’m such a big advocate for experiences over things. I must admit that I had never heard of Distroller World until we received the invitation. I don’t know how I let this unique experience slip under the radar! As a result, when I received the invitation for the kids and I to come out for a VIP Experience at Distroller World here in Houston, TX I absolutely had to go.

The vibe isContinue reading

Holiday, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Slay Your Friendsgiving With These Little SecretsFeatured

Are you hosting a Friendsgiving this year? I’ve experienced my fair share and trust me they are a ton of fun! Well, that’s if you apply the secrets i’m sharing with you today on how to slay as a host. The goal is to always have your guests leave looking forward to the next one. Having had such a great time that they go around town telling people about the awesome time they had. The type of memories that you are proud to have pop back up on your Facebook feed for years to come. So much attention to detail that it’ s a no brainer when receiving more than one invite that your friends will be attending your Friendsgiving instead!

Somehow over the years I’ve made a name for myself from the type ofContinue reading

Educational, Family, Gift Guide, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Gift Guide For Slime LoversFeatured

My children love slime! In fact I think that Niah is completed addicted! Every time I turn around she is using my laundry detergent or baking soda. Whenever she runs out of supplies you should see her in action trying to convince me why I should take her to the store for more glue and contact solution. It’s the cutest little addiction I have ever seen to be quite honest. However, I try not to resent slime so much but when I find myself covered in glitter I can’t help but add slime to my list of no thank you’s! Somehow, I always find myself Continue reading

Family, Inspiration

Loose Lips Sink Ships: 11 Things You Should Never Say To Your HusbandFeatured

Have you ever heard of the term loose lips sink ships? This eludes to the fact that speaking without thinking can ruin things. Don’t let your loose lips be the reason your marriage fail. Don’t let your disregard for your husband’s feelings ruin your future. Have you ever just set back and just thought about how damaging words can be? The real in depth meaning of just one or two words can be hard to come back from.

I’m such an advocate of applying the “if the shoe was on the other foot method”. This is just you consideringContinue reading

Family, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Beat Holiday Blues With These 11 Easy TipsFeatured

Tis the season to be jolly!! Christmas music blares from the speakers at your local department store and you head towards the nearest exit. Your neighborhood is filled with decorated homes, all except yours. You turn out all the lights when the carolers approach your home. The time and weather changes have you staying in and sleeping an unrealistic amount of hours. Phone calls, texts and holiday party invites go unanswered. Before you know it you’re drowning your feelings in a bottle of wine and a gallon of ice cream. Have you ever been in this place? Do you know someone else that have been in this place? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s sounds like a case of the holiday blues. But, what can you do when holiday blues kicks in and it’s proven to be no easy fight to win?

Holiday Blues is defined as feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression during the holidays. While the holiday’s are supposed to be a time for happiness, togetherness and cheer, it’s frequently the opposite.Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Food, Travel

My Weekend In Pictures: Hello AustinFeatured

Hello Austin! We’re always looking for an opportunity to travel. Slowly, weekend getaways are easily becoming our favorite. Why? Because, you can take them more often and most times they are more cost effective. This weekend we took a short road trip to Austin, just because! We got just the right amount of sun and fun.

Here’s a look at our weekend in Pictures…..


We checked into our hotel Friday evening atContinue reading

Family, Holiday, Lifestyle

Add Some Sparkle To Your Daughter’s Holiday PhotosFeatured


Add some sparkle to your daughter’s holiday photos! With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect opportunity to schedule your holiday photo shoot. It’s been way to long since KB, the kids and I have had one. This year I plan to snag some Christmas photo’s with a local photographer. I realized that I need to schedule something fast before the calendars fill up and it’s too late to add our photos to Christmas cards to send back home for the holidays.

It’s always so hard to decide what to wear for pictures. Trying to decide on colors and patterns that compliment each other for the four of us absolutely stresses me out! I can attest to that being part of the reason we have not taken family photos in so long. I just didn’t feel like combating the tasks. I must admit that 2017 has been a great year and my only goal is to close the year with the same eagerness I started it with so I decided to stop making excuses and make it happen.

When Niah and KJ were smallerContinue reading

Inspiration, Lifestyle

Monthly Intentions: NovemberFeatured

What’s the best way to hold yourself accountable?

Share your intentions for the whole world to see!

Hello November! October was my first month sharing with you my monthly intentions. As October was coming to a close, I realized that I was behind on quite a few of my goals. At first, I became discouraged but then I realized that accomplishing goals is a marathon and not a sprint! I realized that I am not perfect and that it’s okay to fall short sometimes. I realized that it’s best to make some progress rather than no progress and that’s what I did.

Keeping this is mind, I am ready now more than ever to take on the month of November! I can’t believe that we are just two month’s away from 2018. Where did this year go!?! Great things have been accomplished in two months that have changed the world so I still have time to make a great impact on 2017 and you do too.

What are you going to be intentional about this month? We all have have goals. I challenge you to Continue reading

Lifestyle, Reviews

Purchasing A New Car: 7 Tips To Consider When You Are Always The Designated DriverFeatured

“Sponsored Post.”

How often do you find yourself with a car full of passengers? Whether you are a soccer mom on the weekends, a babysitter during the day, the designated driver for the birthday girl or the lunch driver for co-workers, Cars.com gives you a peace of mind while you are on the road. Somehow, I always find myself chauffeuring around my daughters teammates, transporting my family to the next local event or escorting friends for a night on the town. With my frequency of being in the driver seat, I want to insure that myself and my  passengers are safe and comfortable at all times. That’s why when I purchase vehicles there are certain things I look for. If you too are always the designated driver, consider the tips below to help guide you through your next vehicle purchase.Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Reviews

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A Lesson In ParentingFeatured

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

As I grabbed a hand full of popcorn my eyes played witness to a imaginative story of perseverance, work ethic and lessons in parenting. What initially sparked my interest was eventually lost in the distinctive characters that tugged on heart strings with their witty sense of humor and emergent temperaments. In an instant, my perception of the Winnie-the-Pooh books that drove my childhood was forced into maturity by the back story of the movie. My eyes then filled with tears as I was forced to confront my roles as mom and blogger thanks to the Oscar worthy portrayal of the bruised family relationships that filled the theater.Continue reading

Family, Inspiration, Lifestyle

My Favorite Must Have Resources For Keeping In Contact With Friends & Family After RelocationFeatured

With more and more people relocating each year, the importance of keeping in contact with friends and family is greater than ever. Somehow through the chaos of getting settled in we should give tribute to our love hate relationships with social media. Keeping in contact with those at a distance is probably the one thing that social media is good for. As if these social sites could feel our loneliness they continue to drown us in new features that keep us, that have relocated in the loop.

If you have been following me, you will know that my family and I picked up and moved from Detroit to Houston in 2011. We filled up our car to the brim with our necessities and drove thousands of miles to create a new beginning and we haven’t looked back since. The hardest part of the journey was leaving our family and friends behind. The even harder part was forcing our children to adjust to a new comfort zone without the comfort of family, which is everything to us. However, through trial and error we found a system after all these years that works for us.

Although, we may have family come visit here and there or we may travel back home periodically, it’s still difficult to be present for important memories, like birthdays and major holidays. Realistically, some people may never travel to come visit you. Don’t take it personal! It’s also important toContinue reading

Family, Food, Review

Grow Your Avocado At Home With AvoseedoFeatured

This post was sponsored by the Avoseedo via US Family Guide. However, all opinions are my own.

Do you love Avocado? How about Guacamole? I’m a huge fan of both avocado and guacamole! Have you ever watched the price of Avocado’s inflate and thought to yourself, I wish I could grow my own at home? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are in for a real treat. Thanks to Avoseedo, you can!

I’ve found that during certain times of the year the price for avocado is a bit inflated. As a result, I don’t get my fix as much as I would like. However, having the opportunity to grow my own at home will solve this problem. The best part about it is that its a great family activity. Its an educational opportunity for children and its really easy to do. I’m so excited to watch my avocado tree grow!Continue reading

Lifestyle, Travel

17 Tips That Will Help You Travel More For LessFeatured

Travel is defined as making a journey, typically of some length or abroad. I love to travel! My travel obsession started a few years ago after stumbling across a post on Facebook about how a newlywed couple sold all of their belongings to go on an indefinite Honeymoon. I read their story and became so inspired. To me, it made complete since! I’m all for experiences over things. At the time, I was traveling here and there but I wasn’t making travel a priority. As a result, my mind set changed and what I spent my money on did too.

I get asked more times than I can count, how I travel so much. They ask me if I book my own travel. People have suggested I become a Travel Agent because I travel so frequently. Some people jokingly insist that I won the lottery or that my family sells drugs! In one retrospect its flattering but in another its just down right disrespectful. KB and I work just as hard as the next couple. The difference is that we may choose to spend our money on travel first. We make time to travel. We think outside the box. We budget travel. We save. Most importantly we follow the deals!

While some people are spending their money on the latest fashions, we’re unbothered by it all. While some woman are spending hundreds of dollars for a hairdo, I either do mines myself or get a style that will last for months at a time so that I can save in this area. KB cuts his own hair always and KJ’s hair too. I may meal plan. I may only do free things around the city. I may be sporting the same hand bag I’ve had for years. You may see us on social media with the same outfit we’ve worn the last few trips but guess what, we’re there!

My advice to those desiring to travel more is to make travel a priority.Continue reading

Beauty, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Moms On Trend: The Hottest Fall Nail Colors You Can’t Go WithoutFeatured

I’m a big self-care advocate, especially for Mom’s. We spend our days trying to juggle so much that stepping away to pamper ourselves is absolutely necessary. You may have heard me mention on several occasions that one way to lighten our mood and have us feeling great is by adding a pop of color to our lips and nails. I’ve also mentioned how creating a regular self- care routine like painting your nails on a certain day of the week will send your confidence through the roof!

Here in Houston and other southern cities where it’s remotely warm all year around it’s easy to rock bright colors and still feel like you you’re summer time fine. However, fall is my favorite season so I like to create my own fall regardless of the temperatures by sporting colors that take me there.Continue reading

Lifestyle, Reviews

Here’s Why You’ll Never Have To Tie Your Shoes Again With HICKIESFeatured

This post was sponsored by the Hickies via US Family Guide. However, all opinions are my own.

Do you hate tying your kids’ shoes everyday before they step out of the house? Do you hate stopping to tie your own shoes mid-run? As if the world haven’t been screaming for solutions to this problem for centuries, HICKIES has finally answered our prayers! HICKIES products turn any pair of sneakers into convenient, comfortable, and stylish slip-ons that are perfect for any activity from playdates to family walks in the park.

My daughter is ten years old and really into fashion. As a result, I understand the importance of looking stylish and HICKIES definitely helps serve this purpose. I used the colorful pair of HICKIES to turn her sneakers from just fine to just fierce! She’s also a cheerleader. She tested them out at practice and they were so convenient. I will say that they made practice a breeze, no more shoe laces coming undone. They worked so well that I told other cheer moms about them too.Continue reading

Educational, Family

9 Ways To Make Learning Fun For Your KidsFeatured

Today, our children are growing up in a different day and age then we were young. They are heavily influenced by peers and technology and unfortunately the innocent means at which we used as learning experiences are no longer available to our children. It’s important for us to remember that we are our children’s first teacher and by creating a fun learning environment at home it will influence your child to have a positive outlook on learning at school.

Some days my children are overwhelmed with homework. As a result, the last thing I want them to do after learning in school all day is to have a negative demeanor towards learning. This inspired me to think outside the box and really come up with some fun ways  to not only help my children find learning exciting but yours also.

My favorite fun opportunity to help my children learn is Continue reading

Experiences, Family, Food, Houston Guide, Lifestyle, Reviews

Texas Rennaissance Festival: An Awesome Sunday FundayFeatured

This post was sponsored by the Texas Renaissance Festival via US Family Guide. However, all opinions are my own.

I have been living in Texas for six years now. It seems like from the very start the one event that I annually hear so much about is the Texas Renaissance Festival. It’s been on my bucket list of things to do here in Texas. Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it! To me, it’s the perfect time to nest and create fun memories with your family. Yesterday, we did just that as we headed to the  Texas Renaissance Festival for an interesting Sunday Funday.

If you don’t know, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million visitors each year to its 55-acre New Market Village and Fields of New Market Campgrounds in Todd Mission, Texas. This immersive experience features world renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from September 30 through November 26, 2017. For more information, please visit www.texrenfest.com.

Yesterday, was the 1001 Dreams themed weekendContinue reading

Inspiration, Lifestyle

35 Frightfully Fun Ideas To Help You Celebrate A Friday The 13th You Will Never ForgetFeatured

This year Friday the 13th falls in October! Quite frankly, it’s my favorite month to celebrate it in. It falls right in line with all of the other spooky Halloween celebrations that take place throughout the month of October. Who’s says that you can’t celebrate Halloween until it’s actually that day or the weekend of!?! I  sure didn’t! I’m a big fan of celebrating national holidays with family and friends, calling on every ounce of creativity to make sure my guests have an unforgettable time. That’s why I am so excited to be celebrating Friday the 13th with my family this year. In the past, I’ve done everything from girls night in’s to playdates.

This year, I’m going to celebrate with my family. Since, I’ve been in a low key mood lately we will stay in, watch scary movies, and maybe snuggle up under a Halloween throw blanket or wear cute little Halloween themed socks. I also see some Halloween inspired snacks in our future to indulge in during our movies.

The fact that it falls on a Friday for eternity makes guests smile because for most there is no school or work the next day! Adults can over indulge on spooky cocktails and the kids can stay up later playing with their friends at Boo Bash’s.Continue reading

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Why You Should Schedule A One Hour Appointment With Your HusbandFeatured

So, I’m sure you are wondering why in the heck should I schedule a one hour appointment with my husband, right!?! “I see him everyday”, you’re thinking! “We text, we talk on the phone, we FaceTime, we go to sleep together at night for crying out loud!” You are probably accurate in these statements but are you truly getting the one-on-one time that a marriage needs to flourish?

Scheduling a one-on-one appoint with your husband doesn’t always have to be a negative thing. Sometimes when I tell KB I want to talk, he automatically think it’s in regards to something bad. No, this is not always the case! Some times I just want to share with him some of the new ideas I came up with. Maybe I want to tell him about some great opportunities the kids have. Often, I may just want to stare at my husband one-on-one with no distractions, no music, no television, no cell phones, no kids…just him and I. One hour a week with my husband, no distractions is not asking too much. In my opinion it’s not enough. But guess what? It’s just enough to keep your marriage and house hold functioning like a well oiled machine.

For example, I will tell KB something while we’re siting on the couch together. He’ll reply as if he was listening attentively. I’ll remind him about what I said in a few days and he’ll say you never told me that. You know why? Cause when I told him I was competing with ESPN!Continue reading

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Monthly Intentions: OctoberFeatured



Hi there! Thanks for joining me as we bid a farewell to the month of September. Hello October! Boy, did you roll around fast! I wouldn’t consider October to be my favorite month of the twelve but I must confess that it is a fun month and who doesn’t love fun, right!?!

Lately, I’ve been really big with brain dumping, goal setting, diving into my planner, calendaring and things of the such. However, I can’t say that I’ve stayed a hundred percent focused and made honest progress toward all of my goals. That’s why this month I decided to share my intentions for the month of October in hopes of holding myself accountable. I plan to do this monthly to see where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I’m headed.

The thing about Intentions are they are just that, intentions! Intention is defined as a thing intended; an aim or plan. Plans are not always set in stone but they do provide a foundation to walk toward your goals. As I take this journey, I will do my best and forgive myself where ever I fall short.Continue reading

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Hotel Spotlight: Holiday Inn San Antonio – Northwest/SeaWorld AreaFeatured

This year for KJ’s 8th Birthday he requested to visit Sea World. This was a great choice in my eyes because it’s a short distance away from home which meant that no flights were needed. It was also a bonus that their water park, Aquatica, was open because the last time we went it was closed and much colder. After securing our tickets it was just one thing left to do and that was to book accommodations for our stay!

I’m a big fan of using Hotwire to book our hotels for short stays. It’s something about going all in blind that makes the process so exciting and the savings are real! After doing some research, I placed my bid. We ended up with the Holiday Inn – Northwest/SeaWorld Area. I must admit, I wasn’t the happiest at first but as I dug deeper I saw that the hotel was quite nice.Continue reading


10 Tips That Will Help Working Moms Achieve A Better Work/Life BalanceFeatured

I pulled up to work with just enough time to park and take that last gulp of my green tea. I could feel my hair frizz and my skin start to perspire. My worst nightmare was becoming a reality. I just couldn’t fathom the fact that I was rushing through life robbed of time, slaving for corporate and blind to the real joys of being a mom and wife because time wasn’t on my side. I found myself rushing to work, rushing from work, rushing to get the kids to activities, rushing to appointments, rushing to cook dinner, rushing through helping the kids with school work and rushing through life in general.

I became fed up! I knew that something needed to change. If I was going to be a working Mom, I knew I had to create my own balance and you need to do the same! After starting the journey of finding the perfect balance I realized that finding a unique balance between home life and work life wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. It was tons of little things that I changed that made all the difference.

Simple things like putting up pictures of my children at my desk or placing them as my computers screen saver helped to keep me motivated throughout the day. If you don’t have a desk, placing your kids as the screen saver on your cell phone will still give you the push you need.

Whatever small changes you make towards reclaiming your freedom and living life on your own terms I’m confident you won’t regret. As you take the journey to find your balance here are 10 tips to get your creative juices flowing…..Continue reading

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8 Ways To Conquer Las Vegas With ChildrenFeatured

There was a time when I thought Las Vegas was the adults only capital of the world! My eyes would buck and my skin would crawl every time I walked the strip and saw parents toting their children about. I thought, they must be out of their minds! That was before I had kids of my own of course. Las Vegas has come along way in terms of having an array of things to enjoy for all age groups.

My children have been twice and each time they’ve always had a blast. However, I do feel like there are smart ways to conquer Las Vegas with kids as well as not so smart ways. That’s why I am here to share with you the things I’ve learned along the way in hopes of making your trip a little bit easier.Continue reading

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From Little Kids To Little Chefs With Maggiano’s Kids Cooking ClassFeatured

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Maggiano’s Galleria-Houston, but all opinions are my own.

You may know Maggiano’s Little Italy for their fabulous scratch-made Italian food. You may have previously savored one of their authentic Italian meals from their brunch, lunch, or dinner menus. Maybe you sipped on a glass of red wine at their trendy happy hour or was spoiled by an array Italian cuisine at an event held in one of their classic banquet facilities.

But did you know that aspiring young chefs have the opportunity to enhance their culinary palate at Maggiano’s Little Italy kids cooking classes? If you didn’t, don’t feel bad because I didn’t either. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to transform my two little kids into two little chefs and I’m so happy I did! Maggiano’s Little Italy conducts so many interactive classes throughout the year, for both kids and adults.Continue reading


35 Quotes To Inspire The Overwhelmed MomFeatured

As moms, we have good days and bad days. Some days we wake up with the energy of a 2-year-old and end the day with a smile as wide as the sea. Some times our days are doomed from the time we wake up until the time our head hit the pillow at night. Other days we may be low on patience and our eyes may whale with tears if our eye liner goes on crooked. Yesterday, we may seem like complete failures to our children. While today we are reminded that we are their hero. But tomorrow know that no matter what storm your day may bring you are awesome, you are important to so many people and you have the ability to control any situation thrown your way and come out of it looking like the boss mom you are!Continue reading


How To Support Your Daughter After She Starts Her Menstrual CycleFeatured

As a mom, just like you, I’ve watched my daughter grow year after year. Knowing that she would eventually start her cycle and officially become a young lady. Seriously, are we ever ready!?

I don’t know about you but I wasn’t. I wasn’t ready for the talk. I wasn’t ready for buying double the feminine supplies. I wasn’t ready for the questions. I just wasn’t ready!

As if mother nature told me screw you Mom, you better get ready!! Niah wakes up yesterday morning grumpy, continuing to confirm the morning person she is not! Next thing I know, I hear her yelling “Mom, I think you need to come here”! Lord knows, I didn’t want to move from my comfy spot so immediately my irritation set in.

As if I couldn’t move any slower, I headed to the bathroom to see what the urgentness was. It was then that I felt like someone had slapped me in the face. It was then that I was forced to deal with the reality that my 10-year-old had started her menstrual cycle!

Imagine my surprise, imagine my heart break! I just want my baby girl back….

But then the inevitable happened, my heart softened! My first born, my only daughter, my baby girl has entered this new phase in her life. As a mom, my duty is to make sure she succeeds, has the best resources, and the best memories to share with her daughter.Continue reading


The Book That Saved My MarriageFeatured

Have you ever experienced disappointment or doubt in your marriage? Where you just set back and was like “God, I don’t know what I’ve gotten myself into but I didn’t sign up for this”!

Where you’ve had to say “Hey, I know I heard you correctly when you said he was the one but I don’t know how much more I can take”!

Have you ever felt stuck in your marriage? Where you realize that your happiness is being compromised and all you can do is just get on your knees and pray…

Well, if you ever experienced any of these feelings I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I have too!

Statistics show that 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce,

so unfortunately we are not alone.Continue reading


Never Tie Your Shoes AgainFeatured

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10 Ways To Achieve Your Mommy Makeover Without The KnifeFeatured

Us moms are everyday woman who desire to look and feel our best. We want to look good while pushing the strollers. We don’t want to get winded by chasing our toddlers. We want our husbands to tell us we’re beautiful. We want to be admired for having 3 kids and a six-pack. We wear many hats so why not wear them well, right!?!

I’ve thought many times about paying thousands of dollars to go under the knife to achieve the ultimate mommy makeover. Then I realized that a mommy makeover is not all about appearance. The frugal side of me thought I could save those thousands and apply it to something more meaningful.

I’m not knocking the mommy’s that have as I’m sure you look amazing! But for the Mommy’s who can’t afford it or don’t want to splurge, know that there are other things you can do to achieve your mommy makeover without the knife. Know that there are other ways you can still be beautiful and fulfilled.

As you continue your journey to obtaining your mommy makeover without the knife here are 10 suggestions to inspire you…Continue reading

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5 Effective Ways To Get More Out Of Your MarriageFeatured

To the girl who is one tear away from throwing in the towel. To the mother who is fighting to keep her family together so that she won’t become a single mom. To the woman who has lost all hope and is thinking about finding happiness in another man. To the lady whose self-esteem is so low because your husband no longer romances you. There is hope! Don’t give up! Keep fighting, keep praying, keep pushing.

We all know that marriage is hard and that it takes work. It’s not unordinary for you to be madly in love one minute and then questioning your future the next.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for twelve years now. I wish I could say that it has been a walk in the park. I wish I could say that it has always been peaches and cream but realistically it hasn’t. The moment you can be honest with yourself and decide to truly give your marriage the fair chance it deserves is the moment you will never regret.Continue reading

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Travel Diary: Girls Trip Aboard The Carnival ValorFeatured

Long before the movie Girls Trip gained in popularity, my big sister, Niah and myself packed our bags and set sail on a much needed cruise for 4 nights, 5 days upon the Carnival Valor. We left from the Galveston, TX cruise port.

Niah was gifted this cruise as a gift for her 10th birthday from her awesome aunt and uncle. I was just tagging along for the fun!Continue reading

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10 Little Ways To Be A Better MomFeatured

There’s no such thing as a perfect mom, a perfect father or a perfect parent!

Being a mom doesn’t come with a hand book, an instruction manual or even a glass of wine for that matter! I’ve found that it’s all trial and error, putting your best foot forward, and learning from your failures and your successes.

I know mom’s that have been brought to tears because their child has had one too many tantrums.

I’ve felt defeated when I couldn’t have lunch with Niah at school because I had to work instead.

I could go on and on with stories from moms who are discouraged and overwhelmed. The most important thing mom, is not to beat yourself up! I guarantee that despite how you feel, you look like a hero in your child’s eyes.

As a result, relax, exhale and check out these 10 tried little ways that will help you feel like a kick ass mom in no time…Continue reading

Food, Houston Guide, Lifestyle

Yelp Elite Experience: Agu a Ramen BistroFeatured

Last weekend, I was honored to have the opportunity to attend yet another Yelp Elite event!

I check reviews religiously before trying out new places or things. I also make a conscious effort to leave reviews to help the next person in their journey of trying some place new. Unlike many other review sites Yelp rewards frequent reviewers with the ability to apply to their Yelp Elite Program. If your approval is granted you have the opportunity to attend fabulous events specifically for Elites only. Establishments adorn Elites with some of most fabulous food, drinks, and activities that make Elites the talk of the town and all for FREE!Continue reading

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Travel Diary: The Beautiful Las Brisas Hotel In AcapulcoFeatured

KaRon and I spent our 12th anniversary at the romantic Las Brisas hotel. I’m very big on reading reviews before testing out new places and I found consistency in the fact that all signs pointed to this hotel being the place to be for our romantic journey. The hotel is strategically placed high on the mountain with spectacular views of Acapulco. Imagine being greeted with sincere smiles, the option to taste rum popsicles, pink jeeps that sweep you off to your casita, and a beautiful oasis hosting a space thats filled with privacy and romance.Continue reading

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Travel Diary: My First Experience With AeroMexicoFeatured

It’s been a while now since I’ve caught the wanderlust bug. The destinations continue to change and so do the occasions. Last year, KaRon and myself didn’t venture out of town for our anniversary. We stayed local and had a great time. However, this year I knew it was time to change our scenery so I began searching for deals for our anniversary. With so many options to choose from it seemed like a pretty continuous search but finally we caught the best deal yet. We found a great deal to Acapulco, Mexico for 4 nights, 5 days! Initially, I was worried about the safety there because the news made it sound like World War II. Eventually the fear was filled with excitement. I became a little inquisitive about flying Aeromexico though, as this would be our first time and I didn’t know what to expect.Continue reading

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Post Mother’s Day ReflectionFeatured


I love Mother’s Day! Aside from my birthday it’s the one day that I get to spend doing whatever I want and I hardly ever miss the opportunity to remind KaRon that it’s my day! I usually come up with my own plans because I want to ensure that I spend the day doing exactly what I want. It’s just the planner in me I guess. So imagine my anxiety over the one thing that I can’t control.Continue reading