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]

One Thing Every Parent of a High School Senior Needs to Do

One Thing Every Parent of a High School Senior Needs to Do

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYes2018 #CollectiveBias The new year is a great time reflect on the past and make plans for the future. My biggest questions as I look toward the next 365 days is, “How I can create more “yes” moments in the New Year?” The new year will be my year of “yes” when it comes to my three teens, especially my oldest son. He’s leaving for college in the fall and the One Thing Every Parent of a High School Senior Needs to Do, is spend more time with them. I want to soak up as much time with my high school senior before he leaves. Instead of working [Click here to continue reading]

DIY You Got This College Survival Kit

DIY ‘You Got This’ College Survival Kit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatMakesDove #CollectiveBias Hey loves this DIY ‘You Got This’ College Survival Kit is super easy to make, filled with inspiration and is a fun way to encourage a special women in your life. If you’ve been wanting to step in and be an inspiration to another woman, this may be the thing for you to do. I have been talking a lot about this online and sharing how important it is for us to know our purpose so that we can empower others in theirs. It is devastating for a woman to live her whole life discouraged and unsure of the value she adds to the world. [Click here to continue reading]

31 Day Fitness Challenge for Childhood Cancer

31 Day Fitness Challenge for Childhood Cancer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand . The opinions and text are all mine. My oldest son graduates from high school in less than a year and has no memory of when we had a scare with Leukemia. He was about 18 month old, so tiny and vulnerable. I remember clearly when the doctors said the word L-E-U-K-E-M-I-A. It felt link my insides melted into my feet. My blood felt like it had turned ice cold and I held back the urge the cry. I refused to become emotional. Instead the warrior in me went into fight mode. I see that same fight in the efforts of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s Million Mile. September is Childhood [Click here to continue reading]

Should I Make My Teen Wear His Eyeglasses Even Though He Thinks They Aren’t Cool?

“This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.” I am having the hardest time getting my sixteen year old to consistently wear his eyeglasses. He’s at the age wear he’s concerned about his looks and even though he picked his glasses, I usually have to tell him to wear them.  If it were just a matter of fashion I wouldn’t bug him, but as his mom, I know how important it is for him to see well. Now that he’s driving it’s even more important.  Each year before school resumes, I take all of my children for eye exams, even my two who don’t wear glasses. A child’s inability [Click here to continue reading]

4 rules my teen and I use to conquer back to school shopping

If I had to give moms advice, it would be to involve your teens in things that concern them as much as possible. I delegate as much to my teens as they can handle especially when it comes to back to school shopping. A few weeks ago, I challenged them to tackle their own back to school shopping list. I gave them a few specific rules and they did an amazing job. I’m sharing my 4 rules that helped my teens do their own back-to-school shopping on sheknows.com this week. Click on the image to read what rules I give my kids when planning for back-to-school. This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Levi’s® and SheKnows. ____________ Join my exclusive email community and get my [Click here to continue reading]