In the past, gardening wasn’t something I normally did because I wasn’t really good at it. I even tried caring for succulents and somehow couldn’t keep the poor things alive. A couple of years ago, I bought a few succulents from Pot and Box and Telly’s Greenhouse. I had read that if you don’t have a… Read More Eastern Market’s Flower Day Has Inspired Me to Give Gardening a Try
When should teens start thinking about life after high school? Now! It’s never too early to have a conversation with your teen about preparing for a career and college. I started talking to Elijah and Michala about college and jobs once they started high school. It has been an ongoing conversation over the years. I… Read More 5 Tips to Help High School Students Prepare for College
Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a good weekend and a blessed Mother’s Day celebration. Did you do anything special for Mother’s Day? Travis actually planned our Mother’s Day festivities and it was a very nice surprise. I’m usually the one who does all of the planning for our family events so it was nice… Read More Thankful for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend
It’s Children’s Book Week (April 30 – May 6) this week and we’re excited to take part in the festivities! The kids and I are BIG readers and we love visiting our local library and the Detroit Public Library. For us, celebrating Children’s Book Week is just another great reason to share our love for books… Read More One World, Many Stories: Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2018
I can’t believe it, you guys. I now have an 18-year-old! Elijah turned 18 last week, and I have mixed emotions about it. On one hand, I feel very happy for him because he is my son. Of course, it makes me happy to celebrate his birthday. Yet, on the other hand, I can’t help… Read More An 18th Birthday Celebration in New Baltimore and Downtown Detroit
I just had to share this because when I read the Instagram post, it truly touched my heart. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced the birth of his baby girl on Instagram today, and the post he wrote is just so beautiful. Did you see it? If not, here it is: Skin to skin. Our… Read More The Rock’s Announcement of His Daughter’s Birth is Everything!
Happy (belated) Earth Day, friends! Did you do anything special in honor of Earth Day? It was a beautiful day here in Metro Detroit so we took the kids to Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township, MI to play and have a picnic. All five of the kiddos were so excited to get out… Read More 10 Reasons to Get an Annual Pass to a Metropark
How was your weekend? Our weekend plans were canceled because of the cold, icy weather. I had wanted to go to Eastern Market on Saturday to do some of our grocery shopping there and hang out for lunch, but it was too cold and rainy for the baby and the toddlers. We had an ice storm on… Read More The Cold, Icy Weekend Was Perfect for a Trip to the Bookstore
The Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation invites graduating high school students to apply for an educational scholarship in connection with Michigan’s largest youth-centric event, Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD). Students can submit an application and essay prior to the April 27 deadline. Students graduating from a public, parochial, private, or charter school who have been accepted into a… Read More Apply for a Metro Detroit Youth Day Scholarship by April 27th!
How was your holiday weekend? Did you do celebrate Easter or do anything fun with your family? We celebrate Holy Week and Easter, but unfortunately, we didn’t make it to church yesterday. We did have plans to attend Easter service. I even woke up early to prepare for it. I had the kids’ outfits ready… Read More An Easter TV Segment on WXYZ Detroit & Easter Family Photos
I’ve always been a big reader, but I haven’t kept up with my reading in over a year. It really makes me sad because I love reading books. I’m making it a point this spring to read more books, even if it’s just one book a month. Do you like to read your books on… Read More 5 Books We’re Reading Right Now
Today is a very special day. It is Michala’s 16th birthday! SIXTEEN! I can’t believe my sweet girl is sixteen-years-old now. Seriously, slow down time. Elijah turns 18 next month and Zephaniah is almost crawling. Being a parent is such a joy and makes you a little sad at the same time because it’s hard… Read More Sweet 16
By Allison Kugel Dr. Drew Pinsky’s long-running call-in show Loveline, with Adam Carolla, aired on MTV for 32 years and pioneered a pop culture adaptation of relationship and safe sex education. The show, featuring an assortment of celebrity guest hosts, served as a lifeline to multiple generations. Dr. Drew’s Teen Mom franchise, also an… Read More Dr. Drew Pinsky Talks Mental Health and Gun Violence in America
How was your weekend? I didn’t post yesterday because we were busy running errands and getting paperwork together in regards to Travis’ recent unemployment. It’s been a busy time for us with this recent job loss. There are moments when everything is good and then there are moments when we feel stressed and a bit… Read More A Stroll Down Library Street
Dress-up is one of Zhen and Zechariah’s favorite games to play at home. We have two storage boxes full of dress-up clothes for the toddlers. Zhen has at least two Frozen costumes and Zechariah has a kid-size policeman uniform and a ninja costume. The toddlers are also really into superheroes like Batman and PJ Masks.… Read More Do Your Kids Like to Play Dress Up?
How was your weekend? I’ll be honest with you. I had a hard weekend. Travis lost his job on Thursday and we have just been feeling so down about it. It was a complete shock to Travis. He had no warning whatsoever that he would be cut from his job. I think what makes it… Read More Tough Times Don’t Last
Friday is the busiest day of the week for us. Our Fridays are always busy because we have homeschool group at a church in our area. Right now, Elijah and Zhen are taking a class at our homeschool group. While they’re at class, Zechariah and Zephaniah play in the playroom at the church. Michala hangs… Read More An Entire Day for Just the Kids and I (with NO Social Media!)
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a snow storm on Friday so our homeschool group was canceled. The kids and I ended up taking a snow day from school and we watched some movies and relaxed. Well, the kids relaxed more than I did because I had some writing I had to finish… Read More Celebrating Love with Family (and Our First Michigan Snow Storm)
You know what I wish? I wish that time could slow down for just a little bit so my sweet baby boy doesn’t grow up so fast! Zephaniah will be SIX-MONTHS-OLD next week! Where did the time go? I was talking to my mom about this the other day and I told her I feel… Read More Turn Your Baby’s Photographs into Canvas Wall Art
“I know of one duty and that is to love.” — Albert Camus Have you put up any Valentine decorations in your house or office? We’re definitely feeling the love over here. For the first time, I decided to decorate our home for Valentine’s Day. The kids and I are loving it and it has… Read More All the Feels for Valentine’s Day: Cards, Decor, and Gift Ideas