Remember the Furry Ones at Christmas

Layla loves Christmas

It's less than a week until Christmas. I hope you're finished your shopping for everyone. Little girls and little boys, husbands and wives. Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Sue. And the fur babies. You did remember the fur babies, right? Contrary to … [Continue reading]

I am an African (and other surprising facts)

Where do you come from?

Can you tell by my hair or my skin color or my eye color? Do I look like what you think of as an African? As with any race, nationality or ethnicity, many of the defining characteristics are only skin deep. Others do have their roots in … [Continue reading]

3 Cameras to Covet from Best Buy

Best shot

A few weeks ago, I created what I think was my best gift guide yet. I always look for cool, slightly unusual, and definitely not pie-in-the-sky items. I had four subguides broken down into kids stuff, socially good products, out of the ordinary gift … [Continue reading]

Find Your Tidings of Comfort and Joy

How to handle stress during the holidays

The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. With all the wonderful smells of cookies baking and ham roasting, families gathering round the Christmas tree, and enjoying evenings with hot chocolate watching our favorite Christmas … [Continue reading]

Another Year of Book Club Reading

Another 12 books for book club reading

I did it again! I read 12 books in one year! And this year, I actually read even more!   I'm a member in good standing of my local book club. Since we started in November 2012, I've only missed two actual book clubs AND I still made sure … [Continue reading]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

Vintage elf

Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. … [Continue reading]

For all the fine, thin, straight-haired girls out there


They say the grass is always greener on the other side. And that certainly seems to be the case with women's hair. Those with full, curly locks wish they could tame their hair into long, sleek locks. Meanwhile, those with straight hair long for just … [Continue reading]

3 Easy Ways to Stay Unstoppable as a Mom

Motherhood is hard

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my … [Continue reading]

A Story of Friendship

Emma on the pillow

I think the biggest naysayers when it comes to pets believe that we merely project our human emotions and sentiments onto our pets. But the biggest advocates for the unconditional love we get from our pets know better. In watching the relationships … [Continue reading]

#GivingTuesday and Why You Should Give


Remember when it used to just be Thanksgiving? It was about the parade on TV and seeing Santa Claus at the very end. It was your dad watching football all day while your mother slaved away in the kitchen. It was when we stuffed the turkey because we … [Continue reading]

A List of My Favorite Movies Ever


There's one question that tells you so much about a person and yet it's a question I find so difficult. What is your favorite movie? Because the answer really is: it depends. Are you looking for something deep and meaningful? Something that … [Continue reading]