• Family,  Health,  Kids

    A new year and motherhood butterflies

    Every year when the children go Back-to-School I get a mix of emotions. I feel butterflies in my stomach. It feels like a fresh start to a new year. I have always based the “new year” on the school calendar since I was a little girl. It just feels so structured and the fall brings in cool weather and change. The past week I’ve found myself debating my role as a parent. My children are in Second grade and Kindergarten. How did that happen? Motherhood seems overwhelming at times. I question: Am I making the best choices for my children? Am I giving them enough of my time? Are they…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health

    Decisions Decisions

    “Why is it that any one decision always seems too small to be the biggest decision of your life?” We make choices every day. Some make more than others. As parents we get bombarded with questions, endless questions. At times I feel like I’m playing a game of trivia and failing miserably. I don’t know everything despite what my children may think, but what I do know is that thousands of tiny decisions have brought me to where I am today. I’ve been a single parent for 4 years now. That used to sound scary, but now it sounds comfortable. I know what to expect, I set my schedule, I…

  • Family,  Health,  Kids

    Schools out…

    As the end of the school year arrives today, I can’t help but reflect on the year. I’ve always used the school year as a time reference to gage the changes and growth in my life, even as I child. This morning, I find myself thinking about all the ups and downs my children and I faced this school year. The days I forgot their water bottles on the counter and had to race back home. The times we searched franticly on a Tuesday morning for a missing book that had to be returned because it was “library day.” All the little responsibilities that go into raising school aged children.…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids

    Happy Birthday Mom

    Mom, you raised two little girls alone. You gave us the world when you weren’t certain what tomorrow would bring. You taught us that love wins, that words don’t break you, that strong is beautiful, and that second chances sometimes are even better than first. “No” was not in your vocabulary. You encouraged me to love and learn, to wear my heart on my sleeve. You showed me that with each step I took in life you would let me lead the way, but follow close behind me. You listened and watched. You supported and loved. And just when I thought I was alone, you were there to catch me if I…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids

    A Step-Father’s Love.

    A step-parent is so much more than just a parent; they made the choice to love when they didn’t have to. A “father” isn’t defined by the man who made the child, but by the man who extends his hand, heart, and time to help raise and love that child. It takes a real man (selfless, strong, kind) to raise someone else’s children like they are your own. It took me years to accept this amazing man into my life as a father. I wasn’t a child when my mother remarried. I was an independent, stubborn teenager! Now, I’m older and wiser and beyond grateful. Happy Birthday Ron. You have…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

    “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” I am proud of many things in my life but nothing tops being a mother. I see who I want to be in my children’s eyes. They have given me the greatest role in being their mother and have guided me through some of the best and most difficult times in my life. My children have shown me that I can achieve greatness and their love is unconditional. They have allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. Because of them, I know that bravery means being the only one who knows you’re afraid. It means smiling and moving forward because that’s the only direction…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Helen Ficalora Giveaway!

    I have loved Helen Ficalora’s delicate jewelry for almost a decade now. Her signature designs inspire beauty, love, peace, and for me….MOTHERHOOD. I wear my children’s initials in the disk charms, my birthstone, and my lucky number every day on a delicate chain. These charms were the first to inspire the alphabet craze. I love the personalization and style they bring to each individual. Whether you are a  mother, daughter, sister, or friend, these simple and elegant charms allow you to build your own story and hang it close to your heart.             The newest addition to my collection, the Sterling Silver ‘MOM’ Disk Charm, is one that I adore so much that I have teamed with up…

  • Family,  Health,  Kids

    Get out of your own way

    Sometimes I don’t feel like I have enough patience. I don’t feel like reminding my children a half a dozen times to do something. I don’t feel like cleaning up the living room for the tenth time this week. I don’t feel like cooking dinner for one adult and two children (who never want to eat the same meal). Sometimes I don’t feel like getting on the treadmill or exercising at all. Sometimes I don’t feel like being an adult. And sometimes my feeling are real… I may not feel like being an adult, or being patient, or being healthy, but I know that I want my children to look…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Advice for my daughter

    On International Women’s Day I think of my daughter and this is my advice to her… Make the decision to be different. Use your unique qualities to inspire others rather than compete with them. Don’t imitate, choose your own passion. Take a new direction and try a brand new path. Pave the way for yourself. Choose goals that are worth the struggle because in the end when you achieve them they will feel that much better in your grasp. Be yourself because nobody else was meant for the role. Celebrate difference. Applaud creativity. Encourage love. Build each other up. Compliment what you like and be smart enough to ignore what…

  • Family,  Food,  Kids,  Style

    Little love for our classmates

    The kids and I worked on creating simple and sweet valentines for their friends and classmates! One had to be “candy-free” because of school policy so we decided to do a fun Valentie offering a cute saying and gift! The other Valentine my little lady is handing out to her kindergarten class! Kids love lollipops (if candy is allowed). I thought “I’m a sucker for you” would make the kids giggle! I printed the cards from home and used a Google app called “Fotor” to create them. It offers free templates and the ability to custom design your project! The bouncy balls came from the $3.00 section at Target and the…