New Years in New York with Scrubbing Bubbles®

New Years in New York with Scrubbing Bubbles®

New Years in New York City was a blast! Between the fanatical energy, my drop dead gorgeous husband and the opportunity to work on an amazing, charitable campaign, I couldn't have asked for a better start to 2014. Scrubbing Bubbles® is sponsoring this post so that I can share the great time we had in New York on New Years, the official launch of Scrubbing Bubble's Let's Bubble program! Daddy D and I needed the quality time together, but more than that, it was nice that he was able to experience exactly what I do when I travel for work. The man-power and expertise required to pull off an … [Read more...]

Time To Rethink My Day: Conducting a Gut Check (literally)

Time To Rethink My Day: Conducting a Gut Check (literally)

Does a new year always mean a new you? 2013 was pretty good to me. For the first time in my life, I don't have pressing needs or wants. Certainly there are goals I want to accomplish and resolutions I want to develop, but overall, 2013 was very kind to my ambitions, marriage and the growth of my beautiful babies. However, 2013 also saw the growth of my waistline. And as the new year rolls in, I've spent a consider amount of time thinking of how I spend my day tending to my obligations as a mother, wife and blogger. The Polar Loop: My Tool to #RethinkYourDay I'm excited to work with my … [Read more...]

Family Legacy: Building a Happy Marriage

Family Legacy: Building a Happy Marriage

Communication and marriage: Mission Impossible? So often I write about positive parenting, raising happy kids, building our family legacy. I write about those things because I am always thinking about those things; giving these babies a youth full of traditions and relevance to their overall life is something so dear to me. I want them to look back at their youth when gauging how to live their future. But, I don't frequently write about how important my marriage is to the foundation of our family legacy. Before we were married, Daddy D and I had all the time in the world to communicate. … [Read more...]

Birthday Traditions: The Birthday {Pan}Cake

Birthday Traditions: The Birthday {Pan}Cake

Sunday Pancake Breakfast is a tradition in our home. It's one very close to Daddy D's heart, as his own Dad used to make them for him every weekend. Daddy D has told me how Grandpa Bell would make extra large pancakes, taking his time while a young, little D waited anxiously at the table. They would chat about their week, my father-in-law molding my husband into the extraordinary man he was destined to become. With Alina turning three this week, birthday traditions have been heavy on my mind. Grandpa Bell and Alina's wonderful Daddy are the foundation of the birthday {pan}cake, a tradition I … [Read more...]

Toddler Advent Activities: Holiday Traditions

Toddler Advent Activities: Holiday Traditions

Do you remember making these paper advent calendars at school? I do! And I loved them! After searching around for a simple, fun, yet easy to make advent calendar, I decided that I would stick to what I know and incorporate the paper chain advent calendar into our family holiday traditions. Nothing fancy; just strips of paper stapled together to create a chain perfect for little fingers to tear, one for each day closer to Christmas. Alina pretty much has no clue why a paper chain is hanging on the wall  in between her and Sebastian's room, but she likes the idea of being able to rip … [Read more...]

From Black Friday to #GivingTuesday: Ways to Build a Giving Legacy this Thanksgiving

From Black Friday to #GivingTuesday: Ways to Build a Giving Legacy this Thanksgiving

I say it almost daily, with pride in my pursuits and purpose in my choices: my kids lead a charmed life. Alina knows nothing of wanting or needing. Sebastian always has a full belly and a happy smile. Daddy D and I focus nearly entirely on the growth of our tiny people, and despite our struggles, I know the kids are leading a happy childhood. It pains my heart to know that not all children are blessed with abundance. So with Thanksgiving fast approaching, I started to take note of the traditions and legacy we build for our family during the month of November. We all know about Black Friday, … [Read more...]

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