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Tips for Caring for Natural Hair in the Summer

I decided to grow out my naturally curly hair way back in 2009, and I have never regretted that decision. I have never felt more like myself than I do with natural hair. But one of the biggest adjustments was learning how to care for it, and that there is a difference between what I do and the products I [...]

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An Easy Pool Solution When You Have None

There's not much I miss about apartment living, but there is one very important thing that my family misses tremendously when Georgia spring turns into oppressive Georgia summer: The swimming pool. We used the pool in our apartment complex regularly, because all of us love the water. These days, when we want to go swimming, we have to trek to [...]

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Balance Bar Lets Me Snack Guilt Free

Disclosure: Balance Bar has provided me to with product to facilitate this review, along with compensation for my time and effort in creating this content. As always, all opinions are my own. Anyone who knows anything at all about me knows I have a sweet tooth. It's my vice. Even a few years ago when I was on my weight [...]

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Second Car Search: Mazda CX-5 Great for a Small Family

Disclosure: In partnership with Drive Shop Atlanta, I received a car to review for a week. All opinions contained below are my own and 100% honest. For years, my family has lived with one car. Save for a short time when my husband and I both had vehicles, we lived with just one, and we were able to make it [...]

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Mornings with a Two-Year-Old Rebel

Baby Juliza is 2 and a half years old now. Old enough that I may have to stop referring to her as "baby" Juliza soon. You would think that sometime during that period, she would have learned how to sleep. As in all the way through the night. Not halfway. Not a quarter. But all the way. Don't get me [...]

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Outfit: Summer Dressing

Can I be honest for a second? Summers in Georgia are generally too damn hot to be worried about getting dressed up. Most days, stepping outside feels a lot like turning on a blow dryer in my face at full force, and I just want to wear effortless outfits that don't require much thought. So when Walmart asked me to [...]

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Kid Style: Stay Cool for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is regarded as the "official" start of summer, and lots of families take advantage of the occasion with cookouts or trips to the beach or pool. Our Memorial Day celebration is a bit different: Every year (except last year, because toddler), we spend the whole weekend celebrating Atlanta's Caribbean Carnival. There are parades, concerts, picnics and parties, and [...]

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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Saved My Daughter’s Life

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals via Mode Media. The following story is entirely my own and reflective of my actual experience. As a parent, there is little that feels worse than being completely helpless when your child is hurting. And yet that is precisely the place my husband and I found ourselves in back in 2010 [...]

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Outfits: Leave Nothing But Footprints (+ Giveaway)

Lately, life hasn't given me many reasons to feel like dressing up. Of course, once upon a time (not that long ago, really), I didn't need a reason to get dressed. I just did it because it made me feel good. Well, I'm trying to get back in the habit of doing that. And I couldn't think of a better [...]

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DIY Gymnastics Medal Display

When my husband and I bought our daughter a Groupon deal to try out a few gymnastics classes a few years ago, we had no idea that it would become her passion. We were honestly just trying to help her find an activity that would burn off extra energy. At the time, she was still being treated for leukemia, so [...]

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