This will technically be my first Valentine’s Day as a separated/single/unattached/free woman in over twenty years. Gasp. I’m not really clutching my pearls over here because truth be told, we never really celebrated Valentine’s Day in a big way. I was usually the one doing all the work — planning for dinner out (if we even…
My daughter Maya was so excited to begin the process of Invisalign that she was practically giddy. Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults and teens. No mouth full of metal for this girl — these clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve her smile. As you can see, my girl and her smile needed a little bit of help. She is turning 14 this month, and it was high time we did something about those pearly whites.
I just want a man to gift me my favorite Prince album just like Mars Blackmon did for Nola Darling. Would it be 1999 because I’ve always had this thing for Lady Cab Driver. What about Sign ‘O the Times? I mean, Adore, ya’ll. Need I say more? Parade has always been one of faves because anotherloverholenyohead is so underrated and any…
When my daughter Maya was three days out of the womb, she found her thumb. It wasn’t a surprise since I saw her sucking her little thumb in an ultrasound a few months before. I just didn’t realize how much the thumb-sucking would affect her teeth. As she grew older, she always had the cutest little bunny teeth. I wasn’t really concerned until she began losing her baby teeth. That’s when we began to notice her overbite. I knew without a doubt braces would be in her future.
When it comes to scary movies, I’m the biggest chicken ever. I don’t like gore, horror, zombies, anything devil related and/or blood, basically. October is one giant trigger month because of all of the previews for scary movies out. Not a fan. Nope, I ain’t the one. Stranger Things is my jam, though, and season…
I need ya’ll to tell the truth. Especially the mamas. How on Earth do you sneak in time to watch all of your favorite Netflix shows? With the kids around alllllll summer long — all up in my business 24/7 — finding a moment of quiet solitude to watch those non-child friendly shows can seem freaking impossible. But it’s necessary. Sometimes we just need a moment to relax.
There is nothing like the smell of a freshly bathed baby. Hold that baby close and take a deep, luxurious inhale of their sweetness. I do believe this is why I had six children — I couldn’t get enough of that baby smell! Of course, I had the usual mom concern about the safety of the products I was using on my baby’s tender skin. I spent a lot of time in the shopping aisle, doing my best not to freak out as I trying to decipher the labels. It was so confusing.
As the weather heats up and my kids are home from school, one of my go-to meals to feed my family is ceviche. Ceviche is God’s gift to our taste buds. Fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, abalone, octopus — it’s what seafood heaven tastes like. If you haven’t tried ceviche before, I don’t know if we can be friends. Ceviche is a seafood dish that is tossed in citrus juices that “cook” the fish.
My kids must be part fish. They love to swim and frolic in the water. Ocean, lake, river, swimming pool — they don’t discriminate. Throw in some tall water slides and a lazy river and they are happy as can be. When I told my daughters we were going to be guests at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove to celebrate Dia de Los Niños, they were so pumped.
For years I’ve gone the usual route and used nothing but fine artist paints — you know, the stuff that comes in a tube or a pint. Sometimes it’s hard to break out of that fine art mindset — I guess you can call me bougie that way. Hah. Recently, I noticed some really cool murals in Southern California that were being painted with interior acrylic latex paint, the kind traditionally used to paint walls. That’s when I decided to collaborate with Sherwin-Williams and create some art for National Painting Week.