The Lesson In The Blessing: 3 Things I Learned In 2013

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Last week, I was blessed to be honored as one of the 25 Most Influential African-American Women in Cleveland by Heineken.  What a great way to end the year!   I was so inspired by my fellow honorees and their amazing stories.  In addition to having the pleasure of spending the evening in the company of these amazing women, I was reminded of three very important things. Continue reading

Keeping Kids Busy During The Holiday Break

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Monday is the first day of the long winter break.  While I love spending this extra time with Journey, keeping her busy can be quite challenging.  So this year, we are going to use the break to learn more about our family—and have some fun along the way.  I’m sharing our project so that you can do it too!

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3 Ways Your Child Can “Give” This Holiday Season

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We often ask children what they want for Christmas, but seldom ask them the question, “What are you giving?”  As they eagerly anticipate opening their Christmas gifts, it’s important to remind them that everyone isn’t lucky enough to have gifts under their trees—or even have a tree for that matter.  But with a bit of help, there is so much that our little ones can do to help those in need during the holiday season. Continue reading

Girlfriend Gift Guide: Makeup + More

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Last week I featured 10 fab accessories under $100.  This week it’s makeup, beauty products and more!

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Flu Shot

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Flu season is among us!  And with it comes the decision of whether or not to get a flu shot.   Most health professionals recommend that you and your children get vaccinated as a preventative measure.  But can you really get the flu from a flu shot?  Does your baby need to get vaccinated?   How do you know if have the flu or just a bad cold?  To get answers to these questions and more, I’m separating flu fact from fiction with Dr. Danny Avula, Deputy Director of the Richmond Health District. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Pumpkin Spice Applesauce

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With so many crisp apples and pumpkins a plenty, I thought I would add a twist to my usual applesauce recipe by adding some pumpkin puree.  My little taste tester gave it a thumbs up and I’m sure your kids will love it too! Continue reading

Girlfriend Gift Guide: Accessories

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Every Christmas, I have to listen to my family friends go on and on about how hard I am to shop for and how they never know what to get me because I have everything.  While I certainly don’t have everything and I don’t really need anything, there are always a few cute little things that I wouldn’t mind receiving.  In case you are in the same boat, I put together this list of fab accessories and trinkets to serve as gift ideas for girlfriends, sisters, moms—and me!  And they are all under $100! Continue reading

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

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Since today is National Cookie Day (yes, there really is such a thing), I decided to try a new cookie recipe.  I made them last night and sent them to school for Journey’s class to enjoy.

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Best Deals For Cyber Monday Shopping

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I love a good deal as much as the next guy but I refuse to buy into the madness that Black Friday has become.  I’d much rather catch the sales on Cyber Monday, as I jump at any opportunity to shop in my pajamas.  Here’s a list of some of the deals for online shopping tomorrow: Continue reading