Happy Friday! How did your work week go? Did you accomplish any of your goals this week? I think I made great progress on my work goals. I’ve been feeling very inspired to continue working on a few creative projects I have going on at the moment. Travis made a BIG accomplishment this past week:… Read More #FridayVibes Weekly Top Five (8/10/2018)
Last year, when I was pregnant with Zephaniah the healthy foods I used to love eating were homemade salads, cottage cheese, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. I also enjoyed eating tilapia fish tacos and salmon. (Here’s my homemade fish taco recipe with sweet potato fries if you’d like to try it.) After I gave birth, I… Read More Can Eating Fish During Pregnancy Help Reduce the Risk of Having a Preemie?
I did it, you guys! I reached my one-year milestone of exclusive breastfeeding! Yay! Although Zephaniah’s first birthday is August 14th, I am celebrating our one-year breastfeeding anniversary early because it’s National Breastfeeding Month. The month of August brings forth three great breastfeeding awareness campaigns: World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month, and Black Breastfeeding Week. World Breastfeeding… Read More Celebrating Breastfeeding in August
Our week started a little on the crazy side. It all started with Zechariah having a severe allergic reaction to a mosquito bite. At least, we think it was a mosquito bite that caused the reaction. He was bitten on Saturday after playing outside with Elijah, Zhen, and friends. Sunday morning after waking up, he… Read More Happy Tuesday!
I realized something the other day: I haven’t really used my camera to take pictures of the kids and our family outings. I’ve been using my smartphone and posting our adventures on my Instagram Stories. As much as I love using the Insta-Stories feature, the images and short videos I capture cannot be printed out… Read More I Promise to Take My Camera Wherever I Go
Happy 4th of July, friends! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine and making memories with your loved ones. Here’s a cute story to brighten your day. This one comes from Texas in Southwest Houston and it is sure to make you smile. New parents Linda and Thomas Agi welcomed quadruplets on June 1, 2018. Mr. and… Read More Four Little Blessings for the Fourth of July
Ouch! Baby biting while breastfeeding is no fun. Trust me – I know. Zephaniah biting me was one of my biggest fears about breastfeeding. I had never breastfed any of my other children when their teeth were coming in so I didn’t really know what the experience would be like. Nevertheless, I was determined to… Read More The First Time My Baby Bit Me While Breastfeeding
Lately, when I take the kids to the playground, I pick a swing beside them and start swinging. If I have the baby with me, I hold him in my lap and we swing together. I had forgotten how fun it is to swing on the swings, letting your legs soar up to the sky… Read More Remember What It’s Like to Be a Kid Again
Something funny happened to me this morning. I woke up early, around 5 A.M. because the baby couldn’t sleep. When I looked at my phone to check the time, I noticed I had a text from Elijah. “Can I get a tattoo?” his text message read. My first feeling was shock. “Um, what?! A tattoo?!!”… Read More How I Really Feel About My Teen Son Wanting a Tattoo
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
My mom has always given me the best advice. One thing I know for sure is I can count on my mom to be there for me and listen when I need someone. Whenever something major happens in my life, the first person I think to tell is my mom. If I need help in… Read More My Mother’s Best Advice
Mother’s Day is this Sunday and there’s still time to plan a special celebration to honor your mom or a special woman in your life. If you need a little help planning a something for Mother’s Day, then check out these ten Mother’s Day celebration ideas. 1. Go antiquing! I love going to antique… Read More 10 Last Minute Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas
Happy Friday, friends! I am SO happy the weekend is finally here because this week has been a very busy week for me. Travis started work at a temp job so we had to readjust to his working outside of the home again. It was nice having him home for four weeks and getting extra… Read More Do Something For You This Weekend
By Allison Kugel Same Jersey Shore cast (sans ex-castmate Sammi Giancola), same nickname… new outlook on life. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi started off our conversation by letting me know that she prefers to be called Nicole. The thirty-year-old married mom of Lorenzo, 5, and Giovanna, 3, was also quick to clarify that a duality… Read More Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Back to the Beach with Jersey Shore Reboot
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
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
Zephaniah is my fifth baby, and yet he is the baby who I have exclusively breastfed the longest. Zechariah, the fourth child of my bunch, comes in second. I exclusively pumped for nine months with him. I mean, I guess if you want to be technical about it, I nursed Zechariah the longest so far.… Read More Seven Months of Exclusive Breastfeeding
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with life that you could just burst? I know I have had many moments in my life where I felt completely overwhelmed that I felt like I couldn’t think anymore. As women, we wear a lot of hats in our life, don’t we? We are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters,… Read More Why It Is Important to Incorporate Self-Care into Your Everyday Life
Hey, it’s the weekend! Do you have any big plans this weekend? We’re having a “snow weekend” because we got hit with quite a bit of snow on Friday morning. I feel like it snows almost every week. It seems like it’s neverending. Since I’m from Tennessee, I’m not used to all of this snow.… Read More I Feel Like I Live in a Snow Globe
What’s one #momhack you would recommend to a friend? For me, it’s got to be babywearing! Seriously, friends. I don’t know what life would be like if I didn’t have the option to wear my baby. I wouldn’t be able to get half of my errands done without it. True story! Zephaniah (now 5 months)… Read More Babywearing is Saving My Life Right Now!