1 Outfit, 2 Ways

I have several trips coming up this summer starting with a work trip to Boston this week and I'm doing my best to STAY OUT OF THE MALL, y'all. I placed a 6 month shopping ban on myself in January (which I've mostly failed at because a good sale is my drug of choice), because I have so many things in my closet that I've either never worn or only worn once or twice. And that's just plain crazy. So, rather than go out and buy a bunch of new stuff I'll wear only o… Read more

My Middle Child

My Ryann. Oh, my middle child, Ryann. She's both a toddler AND a middle child at the moment. Pray for us. Our family dynamic is such that she was once the only child in our home since my stepdaughter lived with her mom the first 2.5 years of Ryann's life. So, for 2.5 years, she got all of our attention. Then literally within the same month (March 2016), we brought her baby sister home and my stepdaughter moved in with us full-time. We went from 1 kid to THREE KIDS FULL-TIME i… Read more

Red Table Talk

Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne, and daughter Willow debuted their Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, today. Y'all...the first episode was EVERYTHING. I even dropped a couple thug tears. In the episode, Jada, a fellow bonus mom, sat down with Will's ex-wife and her bonus son's mother, Sheree Fletcher for a very (and I mean VERY) candid conversation about their 20+ year co-parenting journey. While you could feel the love and respect between the two, you definitely… Read more

THE Perfect Summer Handbag

You know what? I'm not - and have never really been - into handbags. I'm pretty practical when it comes to bags. It's kind of a chore to move all my junk from one bag to another. So, it's highly likely that you will see me carrying the same handbag for a year or longer. BUT...every now and again, a cute bag will catch my eye and I HAVE to have it, which is basically how this pretty little thing ended up in my closet recently. Not gonna lie though - it's not the mo… Read more

Dear Bio Mom

I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to write (and post) this because my pride says that you don't deserve a mention around these (blog) parts. BUT, you know what? I decided that I needed to share this for me - and maybe to encourage a fellow stepmom. And maybe even you if you ever read this. So, let's cut to the chase. I'm hella pissed off at you. And frustrated. Really frustrated. When I signed up for this stepmom gig almost 9 years ago, I really had no… Read more

Assuming the Worst

I was chatting with one of my best friends the other day about marriage woes. Specifically, the difficulty of giving one another the benefit of the doubt. Like, that being our default when we interact with one another rather than assuming the worst. Seems simple, right? Yeah, no. Not always. The beginning of 2018 was rough for Q and I. Like, really rough. Maybe I'll share more at some point, but for now just know that it was ROUGH. Once the dust settled, and we were able to talk … Read more

Supplements + Pregnancy? Yay or Nay?

About 3.5 years ago, I started a supplement regimen simply to lose my kangaroo pouch that I acquired after having my first baby girl. In about 90 days, I lost that pouch + so much more. Who knew that healing my gut with quality supplements would enable my body to burn fat AND zap my seasonal allergy flare-ups and intense sugar cravings? Who knew?! Fast forward to exactly one year after starting these supplements...found out we were expecting our second baby! Leading up to that exciting… Read more