And just like THAT we drank the Santa Claus Kool-Aid

Growing up my parents didn’t teach us to believe in Santa Claus.  They wanted my sister and I to know that they worked hard as ham to put everything underneath the tree.  Having us believe in Santa Claus was like giving someone credit for work they didn’t do and that wasn’t happening over on 9981 Goodluck Rd.  Beyond that, like most Christians, we were taught that Christmas was Jesus’ birthday. That the three wisemen brought 7lb Baby Jesus gifts and that, that was how the entire gift giving scene entered the picture (I still don’t know why we give and receive gifts on someone else’s birthday… I’d go crazy if my sister or cousins got gifts on my got darn birthday…hmph). Continue reading

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Chase’s First and Last Superhero Birthday Party at Our Home

It has been quite some time since my last blog.  Who knew that planning a four year old’s birthday party would totally take me OFF of my blogging game. While I would LOVE to just write one long post that provides an update since the last post, I’d rather save a little bit for the days ahead.  I promise you, between Chase’s recent questions (i.e. Mom, did someone take my boogers?), Chris’ irritation with my natural hair journey (or maybe it’s just the shedding that he doesn’t like… the furry, fuzzy, spirally curls that insist on falling from my head aren’t my fault) or the realization that we are content with two kids only… there is more than enough to share!  However, for now… I wanted to share Chase’s birthday party.

His theme was “Chase’s Superhero Training Camp Birthday Party”… While I did most of the planning on my own (side eye to Chris)… I must say, Dad came through with awesome graphics and day of help.

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Babies for Big Bird!

Like many of you, I watched the Presidential debate last night.  My 12 week old son also watched it.  Now I don’t know how you all feel about the Big Bird, Sesame Street comment, but I know how I feel.  Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang taught me how to read and count (of course with the help of my parents).  Now 20+ years later and they’re teaching my 4yr old the same! He’s hooked!  When I told Amari, our 12-week old that he might not have the same opportunity that we had… he quickly protested and I’m with him!  One hour of Sesame Street equals one hour of Mommy and Daddy or ME time! Imagine life with Sesame Street and Netflix – it’s amazing! Now imagine life without it…

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Five Words No Baby Wants to Hear


Mommy’s going back to work!!!!

He didn’t take it to well…

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Ten Basic Reminders All Couples Should Have in Their Phones

Let’s be real, relationships take WORK.  Anyone who tells you marriage is easy is as my mother would say, a bold face liar (regardless of how good they make it look).  I LOVE my husband, but Lord knows I do not always like him.  And while I know he loves me, I KNOW he doesn’t always like me either (silly rabbit).

Marriage takes a lot more than reminders to keep a happy home, but with the haste that life, kids and whatever else you may have in your mix may cause, I have found that reminders help.  And, they’re reminders for a reason.  Sometimes they’re difficult to remember and easy to forget…

That said, here are ten basic reminders all couples should have in their phones. The time you set the reminder for is up to you and your schedule, but I do recommend you set them all as daily reminders.

1. Say “I love you”

Yes, it is understood, but hearing and saying it goes a long way.

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