I live in a town where a river passes through it. Creeks were in my backyard and lakes only miles away. My brother and I were always surrounded by water. And we loved it. You couldn’t keep me out of the water when I was little. Now that I am a parent, I made sure to teach my children how to swim as soon as they were ready. Here’s how I believe you can teach children to swim.
Have you ever picked up your cell phone right after your alarm goes off and start browsing your notifications only to realize that several hours have gone by? Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get caught up in the rabbit hole of intriguing Instagram stories (we know this is one of Aaronica’s favorite things to do!) and the constant Facebook updates from friends and family. We unknowingly live our regular lives through the lives of our best friends in our heads on social media rather than creating those amazing moments ourselves. Learn to unplug–it’s becoming a necessity.
On Friday, July 20 I turned the big 35. I’m not sitting here freaking out over getting older. After seeing all the youthful faces at my family reunion, I’m not concerned with wrinkles or looking older. But what does concern me is that I feel like the life is being sucked out of me by, well, not really living with intention.
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I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked if black people need to wear sunscreen. At the same time, I can’t count how many times I’ve had sunburn. It’s a common misconception that black people don’t burn in the sun and that we don’t need sunscreen. We do. Everyone does.
I’m a wannabe country girl who can’t give up the city so when I had the opportunity to hang out with some dairy cows on one of Organic Valley’s farms, I jumped at the chance. I’m still breastfeeding BC and while I was away from him, I was on the pump. Naturally as I hung out with the dairy cows, I realized that they had quite a few things in common with nursing moms.
Summer is my favorite time of year. The days are longer, the fruit is better, and this is the perfect season to make those family memories that will bring about nostalgia for many years to come. Conquering summer with a toddler is a balancing act however. There are very small windows between heat tantrums and nap time tantrums to make outings enjoyable. This toddler friendly summer bucket list takes into account their “lengthy” attention spans, but is also easy on your wallet so in the off chance a mission has to be aborted, it won’t be a budget strain.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Girl Scout sooooo badly. My brother was both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout and I remember going to the meetings because my mom was a Den Mom–cool, right? Well for some reason, Girl Scouts just never happened for me but I so badly wanted it–especially since Troop Beverly Hills was one of my favorite movies growing up.
Having some beers and malt beverages with your buds in the summer is always a good time. Whether you are by the pool or by a fire, sipping your favorite drink is refreshing. This summer, there are some really popular beers and malt beverages that I think you should try. I also want to show you these super cute cups that I have been making and using for my drinks. They are awesome!
Whenever someone says that I live in Hotlanta, I roll my eyes despite the truth of it feeling like Hades everyday when the summer season is here. I know. I’m being dramatic. In order to stay cool in the face of heat, I’ve made a quick list of summer must-have products that will do the job.
You guys have heard me talk about Organic Valley a bit on my site and a lot on my social media accounts. The truth is, I love them. I love them a lot more now after visiting them in Wisconsin for the Organic Connection: An UnSymposium. I didn’t even know that UnSymposiums existed but Organic Valley (OV) opened my eyes to this life!