Adulting With Jam + A Giveaway!

Today's post is sponsored by Woo Garden. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  When I was younger, I probably ate enough Knott's Berry Farm jam to fill an entire swimming pool. It was practically seeping out of my pores from all of the peanut butter and...

The Social Experiment Everyone Should Try

Last week I started a social experiment without even realizing it. Let me back up a bit and explain. After having a great conversation with a friend Friday morning, I found myself with this burning desire inside to spread some love. I'm weird like that. So I came up...

To All of The Non-Mom Friends Who Still Show Up

To all of the non-mom friends who still show up. This one is for you. I decided to have children years before my closest friends. I didn't run the idea by them or discuss how it may change our dynamic as friends— I just did it. I don't think we think about things like...

A Healthy Life Starts With A Healthy Mind

In my deep quest to find myself— or rather, to lose myself— I've tried pretty much everything under the sun. The first diet I ever went on was the cabbage soup diet when I was in the 8th grade. You mean, the one that is only meant for extremely overweight people who...

Cheesy 80’s Christmas

  *All photos were taken by Brenda Munoz Photography* My husband isn't much of a social media guy, which is hilarious considering the fact that I've made a career out of it. He pretty much only uses the internet to look at funny fail videos, read updates on the...

Halloween Recap: Hercules Family

Happy Candy Coma Day! But seriously, did you guys get Reese's Pumpkin wasted last night once the kids went to bed? Ain't no shame in the steal-your-kids-candy-game. You deserve it after all of the work you put in getting costumes together and going door to door!...

How To Win At Family Halloween Costumes

To say I love Halloween would be a gross understatement. I was born only a few hours shy of the holiday, which is reason enough to love it. But, there's something so magical about getting to pretend to be someone or something else for a day— which is probably why I...

10 Minute Look For The Hot Mess Mama

I was talking with a girlfriend yesterday about mommy fashion bloggers and we were baffled at how they have the time to look so put together all of the time. Mommy Fashion Bloggers: I'm NOT dissing you. In fact, you impress me— like woah. I'm in awe of your time...

Why I Buy From Mom Bosses (And Why You Should Too)

Photo: Brenda Munoz Photography Another day, another Facebook invite for protein shakes or mascara or cleaning supplies— am I right? Seems like everyone these days is involved in some form of MLM (multi-level marketing) or home business opportunity that they are just...

6 FREE Fall Printables

Fall is approaching whether you like to guzzle down pumpkin spice lattes or not, my friends. Personally, I am a fall addict. It could be due to the fact that I was born just hours before All Hallows Eve, but I swear pumpkin runs through my veins, and I legitimately...

Understanding The Background Of A Mother’s Love

That's me at the ripe age of 2.5 months, gently cradled in the hands of the women who had dreamt me up in her mind for over 20 years.  When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Terri's response was always simple: She wanted to be a mom. October 30, 1987 that...

13 Myths Uncovered About Marriages

Marriage has quite the reputation around it, don't you think? Some see it as a drag, while others spend their entire lives with a cutout photo of their head glued to a wedding dress clip out on the very top of their dream boards. But what happens when the wedding...

Thunder Thighs and Powerful Lies

Nearly every day in the car, my four-year-old son will look down at his thighs, call out for my attention with an excited "LOOK!", and declare: "Mommy, mine are getting big—like yours!" He will then grab his tender limbs and shake them around, repeating...

Adulting With Jam + A Giveaway!

Today's post is sponsored by Woo Garden. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  When I was younger, I probably ate enough Knott's Berry Farm jam to fill an entire swimming pool. It was practically seeping out of my pores from all of the peanut butter and...

Ditching The Niche

It's a sloooow creep back up to the mic. My head more focused on each step than what is right in front of me. Looking down as my toes lift and fall back onto the cool tiled floor. Finally, I have arrived to the place my feet set out to take me a lifetime ago. And so,...

The Best At-Home Teeth Whitening System For Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever bought a teeth whitening system, only to throw in the towel halfway thorough because of tooth sensitivity? If so, you're not alone. I've never been the type to experience it right away, but usually by day 3 or 4 it becomes a real problem and I end up...

Chicago Recap: The Food, The Attractions, The Experience

  Every time I told someone I was taking Derek to Chicago to celebrate his 30th birthday, I was met with the same response:  Why Chicago? In fact, after the 5th person or so asked, I began to wonder if I had made some sort of Birthday-ruining mistake by planning...

Never Pay Full Price Again: The Best Money Saving Apps

 You'll never pay full price again with these amazing money saving apps. I love saving money, don't you? It's seriously the best, and yet, I haven't ever been one to actively seek it out. I don't have the patience to cut coupons or spend hours combing through the...

How To Teach Your Children About Diversity

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." - Dr. Seuss It's Read Across America Day! 20 years ago, it was decided to create a day of celebration to get families and children excited about reading. And since the Dr. is such a household name,...

How To Use Hug Time To Create A Happier Homelife 

We all hear about the terrible twos and threenager stage, but I once had a friend explain to me that four is where the real chaos starts, and as we creep up on D's birthday I'll just say this— the struggle is real. "Why" and "No, I'm not going to" have taken reign...

Understanding The Background Of A Mother’s Love

That's me at the ripe age of 2.5 months, gently cradled in the hands of the women who had dreamt me up in her mind for over 20 years.  When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Terri's response was always simple: She wanted to be a mom. October 30, 1987 that...

13 Myths Uncovered About Marriages

Marriage has quite the reputation around it, don't you think? Some see it as a drag, while others spend their entire lives with a cutout photo of their head glued to a wedding dress clip out on the very top of their dream boards. But what happens when the wedding...

Ditching The Niche

It's a sloooow creep back up to the mic. My head more focused on each step than what is right in front of me. Looking down as my toes lift and fall back onto the cool tiled floor. Finally, I have arrived to the place my feet set out to take me a lifetime ago. And so,...

Chicago Recap: The Food, The Attractions, The Experience

  Every time I told someone I was taking Derek to Chicago to celebrate his 30th birthday, I was met with the same response:  Why Chicago? In fact, after the 5th person or so asked, I began to wonder if I had made some sort of Birthday-ruining mistake by planning...

The Social Experiment Everyone Should Try

Last week I started a social experiment without even realizing it. Let me back up a bit and explain. After having a great conversation with a friend Friday morning, I found myself with this burning desire inside to spread some love. I'm weird like that. So I came up...

To All of The Non-Mom Friends Who Still Show Up

To all of the non-mom friends who still show up. This one is for you. I decided to have children years before my closest friends. I didn't run the idea by them or discuss how it may change our dynamic as friends— I just did it. I don't think we think about things like...

A JORD Wood Watch For The Man Who Taught Me To Value Time

I was ten minutes late for my first date with my now-husband. It's something I'll never forget, because he'll never let me live it down, but also because he called me and said, "Are you seriously standing me up?" (Spoiler alert: I wasn't). Thing was, ten minutes late...

How Do You Do It All?

(Photo by Brenda Munoz Photography) "How do you do it all?" A friend asked me this at dinner a few weeks ago, and our conversation stuck with me like a magnet to a fridge. In the moment, I was quick to respond with an "I don't!"— perfectly timed and delivered for...

Mamas Are Killing Themselves: We Cannot Continue To Ignore It

I wonder what photo they would use? Probably one I hate. Like that one where I've got that big goofy grin and you can see my baby fat and double chin. That's the one they would grab, I'm sure. They would use that dopey face and vast dimples to paint me as a loving,...

When The Days Feel Longer Than The Years

Mommin' 101 teaches us that "the days are long but the years are short". Throughout the younger years of your children's lives, especially, you will hear this countless times from older and wiser women in the grocery checkout line. From grandmothers at the park with...

13 Myths Uncovered About Marriages

Marriage has quite the reputation around it, don't you think? Some see it as a drag, while others spend their entire lives with a cutout photo of their head glued to a wedding dress clip out on the very top of their dream boards. But what happens when the wedding...

Big Changes Are Coming

Big changes are coming, and I'm bursting at the seams with excitement! A month ago I crept back into this space after a hiatus, letting you know I was ditching the niche and officially writing about whatever I wanted when I wanted. And then I went silent again. As I...

Come Hang With Us At The 2016 Cake Expo (Local Giveaway!)

I loveeeee cake. In fact, it's a bit of a running joke in my family because whenever it's someone's birthday I'm pretty much guaranteed to be sitting next to the cake with a fork in hand, just shoveling away at it as opposed to putting it on a plate like a civilized...

Twenty-Wine Birthday Party

Remember when I said I wasn't going to let the last birthday of my husband's twenties just sneak on by? Well, I was serious. It's been a while since we've hosted a party at our house (read: we have two small children) and we recently redid our deck in the backyard...

This Is How Everyone Should Celebrate Their Birthdays

I guess you could say the end of an era is upon us in this household. Derek and I have spent the majority of our 20's together, and in 2017 we will be saying goodbye to them forever. We always joke about how old we are. Of course, we know that literally speaking, we...

Straight Outta Jury Duty

Dear Mr. Franklin: You are hereby notified to report for Jury Duty February 29th. Please call our toll free telephone number between the hours of 6pm and midnight to verify if you are needed at the Compton courthouse for service.  “Yeah ok let me stop life and get on...

Irish-ish

I'm Irish, in the same way that my dad claims his 1/16 Yucca Indian roots. My disconnect is probably the reason I have the worst luck. It's like St. Patty's karma for not caring enough in my youth to learn about my ancestors. "This is what you get for thinking you...

Anything That Can Go Wrong, Will

There's an ongoing joke in our household about how Derek should have asked my parents for more chickens and goats in his contract to "take me off their hands" (marry me) because of how unlucky I am. I'm pretty sure I'm still living off of the bad karma I received in...

20 Stocking Stuffers For Him (That He’ll Actually Want)

I'm the worst at remembering to fill stockings. I think my brain just sees them as decoration and forgets, thus, I am always doing last minute scrambling to fill that bad boy up for Derek. I hate the idea of spending money on useless junk for the sole purpose of...

Small Business Giveaway!

*Nobody paid me. These are my genuine opinions from shops I truly love*  I have a serious love for small businesses— always have. When we travel, we always try and find the hole in the wall restaurant, the little boutique off the beaten path, the places that are...