Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life at Loews Portofino Bay Despicable Me Suite

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This part of my series on our experiences at the Family Forward Conference. For my overall impressions, visit here.   During our visit, we stayed at the Loews Portofino Bay resort. It is a beautiful Italian-village themed hotel. Every detail on the property is really reflects a stay in the Italian village Portofino from the cars parked outside to the greetings used by the staff to the music in the common areas. I really felt like we were traveling without a passport. Can you see this … [Read more...]

First Lady Hats, VP of Urban Division and What it means to be black’ish?

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What does it mean to be black? Can you be black-ish? Are you really black if you’re bi-racial? Answering this question is at the heart of the new ABC show, black-ish, premiering Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30 pm. The show is a described as “a fun yet bold look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. Andre 'Dre' Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the 'burbs. But has success brought too much … [Read more...]

Parenting Continuing Education – Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate!

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A year or so ago, I asked my husband to rate me on a scale of 1 – 10 as a wife and mother. He didn’t rate me a perfect 10 and I don’t know that I really was expecting it. That conversation is one of the turning points made me think differently about how I approach my family life.  I keep up my certifications for professional reasons, I attend blogger conferences for professional development but am I as deliberate about being a wife and mother? With this in mind, I jumped at the chance to … [Read more...]

Fancy or Casual: Achieve Your Personal Style with Motions!

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While I love trying new things (and am admitted product junkie), you have to admit there's something comforting about being able to use the same brand you've known for a while. It's even better when you've been able to evolve together like Motions and I have done together. Regardless of how I've worn my hair over the last few years, natural, relaxed, straight, curly, or even in braids, Motions products have consistently been a go-to brand for keeping my hair strong and beautiful. They've … [Read more...]

So that one time at the Family Forward Conference….

So that one time at Family Forward...

My family spent a weekend at the Family Forward conference at the Universal Orlando Resort. I can only say that it was amazing from our Minion Suite in the beautiful Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the hilarious Blue Man Group show and three days at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including special conference only parties at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Jurassic Park Visitor Center.  It’s so much to share that I’ve been thinking about the … [Read more...]

Grub Burger Bar Review

Grub Burger Bar Review

The boys and I were invited to lunch at GrubBurgerBar by another blogger (you can check out her full review here). I’ve passed by several times because it’s right in our backyard, so I was thrilled to visit and let you know what we think. We had the opportunity to sample a full variety of items on the menu. However, because we were hosted I wanted to try it again with an average experience before telling you just how much I loved it. On our second visit, it was just as great and I can without a … [Read more...]

$500 Cash Giveaway

Summer is officially over for most people. We've finished our vacations, went back to school and are now settled in for a few weeks rest. I am so ready to get a little rest before we jump into a busy holiday season. Wait, STOP. I have one more summer fun treat. How about a $500 Cash Giveaway? Wouldn't that be the ultimate treat to finish off your summer (and hopefully start on the vacation savings for next year)! Welcome to the $500 Sweet September Cash Giveaway! I have joined forces … [Read more...]