Thursday, July 28, 2016

In Real Life

Re-entry is hard. 

I'm breaking the longest hiatus I've had since I started blogging in 2009. 

When the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shook our nation it too shook me from this space and activated me in other ways. 

Thank you for supporting me in other places where I've been active online and for those of you who have been interacting with me IRL, thank you especially. 

There is so much work to be done and as I write this in the halo of a history-making moment where the US is experiencing the first woman accepting a party's nomination for President, I realize this is just the beginning. 

I am in the midst of some of the biggest changes and challenges I've ever had in my life and I'm nervous but excited at the same time. 

I can't wait to share everything that's happening, but for now moments like the one above are just a snippet of what I'm relishing. 

My family and I are having a beautiful summer making memories here in Portsmouth, NH. It really is a special season we're in and I thank you for following my family's journey. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Our July 4th Weekend at Montreal's International Jazz Festival

Happy Independence Day! We've been in Montreal since Saturday night and are heading back home after a few more adventures today, but yesterday we spent the day at Montreal's International Jazz Festival. Since we had already experienced July 4th in our new city of Portsmouth last year, we decided to switch it up a bit this year. We didn't realize the Jazz Festival would be taking place when we first booked our trip, and I was a bit nervous it would be too much, but it worked out for the best!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Life with Grayson: 2 Years Old

Grayson's been 2 years old for 4 days now, and it feels like it's been much longer than that! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Prep for Summer Travel & Avoid the Oops

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart; all opinions expressed are my own.

If there's one thing you know about my family from following my blog it's that we like to go places. We were in Tennessee last month and NYC this month followed by Montreal this upcoming holiday weekend then my hometown of Columbus, Ohio in August. One of my top tips for successful travel is making sure to be prepared for returning home and that means making sure we're stocked on basic necessities like diapers, body wash and toothpaste. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lovebirds' 7th Anniversary Weekend in NYC

Happy Monday! It's our busiest time of year between the ending of Nia's school year (she started camp today!), our wedding anniversary (yesterday!) and Grayson's 2nd birthday (today), and we did it up big this time around with a quick trip to NYC.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Working Out With Michael Strahan & Meta Appetite Control

Disclosure: I was invited by Influence Central to attend a private fitness event as a guest of Meta; all opinions expressed are my own. 

Last week I was back in NYC as a special guest of Meta Appetite Control attending a private fitness event with Michael Strahan, his trainer Latreal "La" Mitchell and nutritionist Jessica Fishman Levinson. I was excited for a fitness challenge as I've been consistent with PiYo since last spring and as a fellow gap-toothed cutie, I've enjoyed watching Michael Strahan's post-football career take off. I was also intrigued by Meta's new product line - it's come a long way since being the fiber supplement of my parents' generation, and I was excited to see how they could help me control my cravings, of which I have many!  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Our Chill Father's Day Weekend

It's the official first day of summer, and we're already off to a running start! We had a relaxing weekend kicking off a beautiful stretch of weather at last over the next few days here in Portsmouth. I asked Uka a few times what he wanted to do for Father's Day, and he said he wanted to keep it quiet and most importantly, watch last night's game. That worked for me!


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