Staying Connected to My Grandchildren

How I Stay Connected to My Grandchildren + Meet my Granddaughter Jalayna

On August 11th one of the sweetest babies I know was born. Jalayna is my second grandchild and first and only granddaughter. My grandma dreams have come full circle with her birth. My daughter gave birth to her brother five years ago and along she came in 2017. She’s super calm and always smiling. The only time she cries is if she’s, hungry, sleepy or hurting otherwise she’s very laid back. She’s super observant too. She’s always looking around checking things out. She’ll be six months and will spend her first weekend with her grandpa and I this month. I couldn’t be more excited. I know she’ll wake me up at night to eat, and need me to change her pamper and focus on her [Click here to continue reading]

Yakitori Chicken Fried Rice

Yakitori Chicken Fried Rice in 9 Minutes

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. This week has been a bit of a struggle y’all. I found myself swamped with work, a birthday to celebrate and a sick kid. The week was hectic, it was only Tuesday, and if I didn’t come up with a better plan for dinner we were going to spend a small fortune eating out. I called my husband and asked him if he’d pick up some Ling Ling Asian Food Yakitori Chicken so we didn’t have to cook from scratch. My daughter hadn’t been feeling well and was out of school so I was behind in work and knew I’d be working late. This was our first time making the [Click here to continue reading]

The Risks of Sepsis Infection at Home and Abroad

The Risks of Sepsis Infection at Home and Abroad

This is a post prepared under a contract funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and written on behalf of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network for use in CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis educational effort. Opinions on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CDC. I have an amazing love of world travel and recently spent two weeks in Kenya serving with an education and medical team. As a world traveler, I have a responsibility to protect myself and know the health risks. There is one health risk that affects you and me called sepsis. Today, I’ll tell you about The Risks of Sepsis and Infections at Home and Abroad. My team’s job was to [Click here to continue reading]

5 things every retiree should have in place before their last day at work

5 things every retiree should have in place before their last day at work

I’m coming up on my 41st birthday in a few weeks and have been talking a lot with my husband about retirement. Our children will all be adults in four years, at that time we’ll transition into empty nesters, then one day retire and do more travelling. My thoughts on 5 things every retiree should have in place before their last day is a sponsored post written by me in partnership with VSP® Individual Vision Plans. My husband and I both left our jobs over a decade ago and now make a living working for ourselves. In essence, I wake up everyday feeling like a retiree, because entrepreneurship has given me the financial and time freedom I didn’t have with a job. Our retirement talks [Click here to continue reading]

Kenya Travel Wardrobe

Kenya Travel Wardrobe

I had the most amazing time in Kenya and still have so many pictures to sort through, print and blog about. I was looking through some of the photos and decided to start with a recap of what I wore. So the weather was amazing y’all. Something like 70 degrees every day we were there. Perfect weather for the safari’s and traveling from city to the bush. We touched down in Nairobi where we spent two days (more on that later) and we traveled to the smaller cities and national reserves. I loved how I could pretty much dress there the same as I do in the states. I did buy a bunch of camping style clothes, but I really didn’t have to do that. [Click here to continue reading]

How To Get More Done On Wash Day

How To Get More Done On Wash Day

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Who would have thought that when I became and adult I’d look forward to stopping by Best Buy on the weekends? For some reason or another Germaine and I find ourselves at Best Buy to pick up a tech product or to research a major appliances purchase. Just last weekend we were there in search of a dryer because the heating element had gone out on ours. Laundry for a family of five is a never-ending task, but with some planning is manageable. To stay on top of our laundry we do five simple things. How To Get More Done On [Click here to continue reading]