Creating Holiday Traditions

Christmas Wreath

The holiday season is among us , you may have a young up and coming family or a well experienced family ; my point for saying this is we all love traditions. I am a huge traditionalist especially now that I have my own family. I love the traditions that my parents bestowed upon me! I really wanted to add to the or put my own spin on things.

Just this past Thanksgiving my family had our own Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving without our entire family. This Christmas we won’t be doing Elf on the Shelf, I really wish that we could but I figured my daughter wouldn’t understand the concept and the Elf would become her favorite toy instead. We do intend to leave milk and cookies for Santa!

Here are a few traditions to try with your family:

  • Watching Christmas Movies

I’ve been encouraging the Christmas movies because I want my daughter to understand who Santa is and that he isn’t scary.

Santa Claus

  • Go See Santa and Take a Picture

We took Mariah to see Santa last year and she did very well, but this year not a chance. She was not feeling Santa at all! We even sat with Santa to make it easier. I think we can chop this up to her needing a nap. So, make sure that your little one is well rested and dressed for the occasion.

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  • Dress for the Occasion

I think it is so cute to have matching pajamas or t-shirts to wear for picture day or the holiday festivities.

  • A Delicious Family Treat/Santa Treat

Recently, I attended an event at church for Friendsgiving and I tasted one of the most delicious cookies EVER!

S'more Cookie

This S’Mores Cookie was beyond delicious and it has definitely made the list of cookies for Santa. I found a delicious recipe on Pinterest for a S’mores Cookie .

I hope that my family traditions give you ideas for your family!

From my family to yours Happy Holidays!!!


Balancing Boys, Entrepreneurship and being a Full time student…


Straight away, if you’re reading this post, allow me to tip my hat to you! First for considering motherhood, then for enrolling in school, and lastly for contemplating running a business at the same time. You must be as crazy as I am! Even if you find yourself with a helpful significant other or a phenomenal childcare situation, and especially in the case that you haven’t, just know that you are not alone. I have been flying this mission solo for the last 19 months! Have no doubt in your mind that you can do it too, and hopefully these tips will help.

1. Get organized. When I’ve completed my tasks at the end of each night, I make a list of what has to get done the next day and prepare the things I’ll need in order to complete each item on the list. Getting it all out on paper before bed helps me in two ways: I don’t lay awake at night with these thoughts swirling in my head and ruining any chance of restful sleep, and I don’t forget something, spend too much time in the morning preparing, or rush through everything the next day. I also take this time to review my calendar to add last minute meetings, play dates, etc. Getting organized will help you to better manage your time, and the key to time management is priority. The first thing on my calendar are my non-negotiable appointments. For me, that’s anything pertaining to my kids and family, then class assignments, and so on. Decide what these are and keep them. To those tiny humans, you are your word.

2. Learn how to swing a bat. The last 3 years of my life have been curve ball after curve ball…after curve ball. It’s how I know I’m doing something right. Many times, you hear moguls talk about alignment and things falling into place when you are in your purpose. My purpose has been in my heart and my gut, but nothing has gone according to plan since I chose to pursue it. For some, like me, this is a path of growth, and that means resistance. So expected the unexpected and keep swinging for the fences, even if you miss. No one is counting how many swings you take, only the number of balls you hit.


3. Always have fun. Doubt, fear, anxiety, judgement. You will know these feelings better than you know your neighbors. You met them when you found out your first child was coming into the world. And again when you sent your application to become a student. Starting a business – well you may as well have asked them to move in with you. How do I evict them when they have overstayed their welcome? Some days it takes longer than others, but I have to. I have to reach deep down into the belief I draw from caring for my family. Part of that caring is showing them that there’s more to life than trading your time for money to do something that doesn’t light up your soul. It’s showing them the importance of pausing for a moment to enjoy that moment: my baby taking his first steps or my toddler showing me lines he learned from his favorite movie. Also, it’s self-care. Indulge in that chocolate lava cake to celebrate a small win and take a hot bath with a tall glass of wine.

4. (And final) Ask for help! Sometimes I get so caught up in my “Boss mom can do-it-all” attitude and all it gets me is a hot ticket straight to the land of burnt-out-babes. Maybe you’re not the most organized person, but I bet you know someone who is. Staying up late several nights a week to clean up your website or call clients? Perhaps join a couple of moms on a kid swap so you can schedule some regular beauty rest. Those cliche’s about teamwork are time tested; don’t be afraid (or ashamed) to reach out a hand. Like I said up top: You’re not alone.




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The Go To Guide :Packing for a Beach/Zoo trip!

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Image: April’s baby giraffe, “Tajiri”

Have you ever gone to the beach or zoo and you were over the experience within the first hour? Then you have come to the right place. Here is a short survival guide to make it through those tough adventures. Enjoy this awesome read!

When going to the beach/zoo you have to make sure that you have your essentials or your family outing is going to be short lived.

We have all gone somewhere that is suppose to be really enjoyable , but it feels more like a punishment because you are missing those satisfying essentials.

As you can tell by the sort of suspenseful jabber that this blog totally focuses on what you need to have in your cooler or backpack.

Well, here are some things that will turn that dreadful day into a fabulous adventure. (this will totally make your life a lot easier)

Tommy Bahama - Pineapple Deluxe Backpack Beach Chair This chair got GREAT reviews! Lots of good stuff!

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The Beach List

  • Cooler
  • Towels
  • Beach Mat
  • Umbrella/ Tent
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Fold-able chairs (no one wants sand on their butt lol)
  • Baby Powder W/ cornstarch based (this is to remove the sand)


I highly suggest that you freeze your drinks!

  • Water infused with fruit and mint
  • Simple Meals: Chicken salad or lettuce based salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Various dry snacks

Even when going on a zoo excursion you are going to need the food items because depending on your family size buying food is going to get pricey. Plus who wants to wait in those long lines, everyone will be all tired and over the trip. It is best to prepare for the unexpected.

Make life an adventure because you don’t want to miss out on awesome memories sweating the small stuff!


Donna P.