How You Can Help A Little Girl Make A BIG Difference

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My daughter Journey had so much fun helping others on her birthday last year that she decided to host another Give BIG Birthday Party!  To celebrate her 8th birthday, Journey is asking family, friends and you to celebrate with her virtually by making a donation to Water.orgWater.org is a non-profit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.  Since we recently relocated, Journey and I thought hosting a virtual party would be a creative way to include her friends in her birthday celebration.  Then we thought— since the party is virtual, why not invite everyone?

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Eat & Tell: Spring Cupcakes

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Spring has finally sprung and I decided to celebrate with these adorable lemon cupcakes! The tree outside my kitchen window inspired the bird’s nest. The lemon buttercream icing, topped with toasted coconut, Mini Robin Eggs, and rainbow sprinkles is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Continue reading

How To Throw A Philanthroparty That’s Fun & Fulfilling

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Last year, my daughter agreed to do something really special for her birthday.  Rather than have a party that focused solely on her, she hosted a philanthroparty.  Wondering what a philanthroparty is?  Simply put, it’s a party with a purpose.

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4 Tips To Spark Your Creativity

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been suffering from an acute case of constipation. Mental constipation, that is. I think the stress of getting settled in a new place, project deadlines, and a never-ending to-do list has caused a major blockage. My creative flow is at an all-time low. While this bout of constipation has been extremely frustrating, it is also a sign that it’s time to take a laxative. So here’s what I’m going to do…

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Making Your Relationship Last

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It’s Valentine’s Day!  Although I’m not a fan of this holiday, I know many of you are patiently awaiting your flower delivery and looking forward to a romantic evening.  While this is the day to “dress up” your love, take a few minutes to peel back those rose petals and make sure you have planted seeds to make your relationship LAST. Continue reading

Wedding Style: Vintage Chic

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I am so excited to share the story and the beautiful pictures from the wedding that I planned a few months ago.  The timing couldn’t be better as the wedding is currently being featured on essence.com! Continue reading

What Am I Waiting For?

red clockI’m down to the last bit of packing for our move and I’ve noticed something.  I have a ton of underwear.  I only wear a fraction of them on a regular basis.  I’ve mentally separated them into categories.  Please tell me I’m not alone here… Continue reading

4 Key Steps To Raising A Child With Vision

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It is often said that we become what we believe.  One of the most notable books on the subject, The Secret, is all about the law of attraction, positive thinking and visualizing your dreams to fruition.  I am a firm believer of this and when my daughter turned 3, I began to introduce this concept to her as well.  It might seem like a young age to start a discussion on such a mind-bending subject, but I figured if I can train her to go to the bathroom, to hold my hand in public places and all of the other rules of childhood, why not train her to believe that her dreams are there for the taking?  And while working with her to develop this characteristic over the last few years, I’ve had a few epiphanies myself! Continue reading

Between Us: Overcoming Being Overwhelmed

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I have so much to do I don’t where to start.  My husband left this week to start a new position in another state.  So I am temporarily a married single person—again.  And as soon as he walked out the door, the pilot on the hot water tank went out, the smoke detector started chirping because the battery needs to be changed and it snowed!  It’s like the house knew he had just left!  On top of that, I have 3 weeks to pack up our house to move (and everything that goes along with it) to a house that we have yet to find.  All while I continue to run my business—oh, and manage my blog.  And let’s not forget about this arctic blast that had me stuck in the house with a 7-year-old for 3 days! Continue reading

9 Things That You Should Not Do in 2014

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Happy New Year!  While you are busy making a list of all of the amazing things you plan to accomplish in 2014, here are 9 things that you should definitely NOT do this year. Continue reading