Annie – The Perfect Holiday Gift #AnnieMovie

Annie The Movie Blog Review

  Go see the Annie movie this weekend or at least some point over this Christmas holiday. It’s truly a gift for the whole family with a smart story, a soundtrack that will be all over school programs this year and acting that is worthy of winning awards. My family was invited to a pre-screening and we loved it. Annie is a rare movie because it entertained my whole family (mom, dad, 2 & 6 year old boys) without resorting to cheap jokes to entertain the adults or silly puns or … [Read more...]

20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Under 10 Minutes

20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Under 10 minutes

I love the Elf on the Shelf ideas. I should rephrase that I like him and my son loves him! Our elf is officially Elfie Elf Pierson. He’s been in our family since 2012 and my son adores him all year round. We have the elf Movie, a plush elf, he’s asked to have the elf visit for his birthday…He just loves the magic of the elf. He gets up looking for Elfie each day and now my youngest is in on the action too. We don’t put a ton of stock in the “Santa’s watching” aspect of it but it’s more of a game … [Read more...]

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Celebrating  Kwanzaa (2)

I’m laying out my holiday plans and this year, I’m adding into Kwanzaa to the celebrations. This will not be my first time celebrating Kwanzaa; it’s a family tradition from way before I was even born literally. However, I realize that most people don’t know the basics so here’s my primer for Kwanzaa 101. I need to add just like Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter or lots of other holidays there are different understanding and family traditions of how people celebrate. These are all based upon … [Read more...]

Holiday Celebrations: My Family’s Kwanzaa Traditions


Kwanzaa was such a part of my family holiday traditions growing up that I’m almost ashamed to say that this will be the first year I’m really going to make it the celebration as I knew it. For my family at the heart of the Kwanzaa traditions is the celebration of family, community and culture. Most years, we celebrated Kwanzaa in California at my aunt’s house because she was the elder. Since the tradition is older than me, I’m not sure how it began but either she or my mother would setup a … [Read more...]

Six Organizations I Support on #GivingTuesday

Organizations I support on Giving

  This year, I’m all about Giving Tuesday. I didn’t shop Black Friday but I really want to make an impact on #GivingTuesday. While it’s only one day, I’m proud to say that I support all these organizations year round because they do good work. I’ve vetted them with Charity Navigator to make sure that they actually are accountable and doing what I believe they are. They are listed in no particular order of preference. It's just a list. Save the Children … [Read more...]

The Sandals Foundation at #BeachesMoms

Adam Stewart Quote

My family had an amazing time at Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos. You can read more about our trip here.  However, one of the things that made me love it even more was learning about the Sandals Foundation. The Sandals Foundation is the reflection of the Stewart Family’s love for their home in Caribbean and their way of reaching out to their extended family. Adam Stewart, is the CEO of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) but also has made the Sandals Foundation a priority by choosing to serve as … [Read more...]

Atlanta Annie Movie Screening Giveaway – #AnnieMovie


  After all the events of the past week, I just keep remembering the song from the Annie movie,  “The sun will come out tomorrow.” I have to admit, I can’t wait for tomorrow.  Annie has been a favorite of mine since I first saw the show in 1984 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. It might have been my first musical and it started my lifelong love of musicals that continues to this day. I am so excited to introduce my sons to this updated version. Unlike previous movie versions, … [Read more...]