Love Is In the Air … Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake for My Love

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

This Valentine's Day, my heart wished for a big beautiful bouquet of roses when I woke up. Instead, I was gifted with a sinus infection on top of the pneumonia I'm now dealing with. Romantic huh? But I'm not going to let a couple of illnesses ruin my day. Instead, I'm going to remember that beautiful, wonderful man that has become an amazing husband and cherish him all day long. This husband of mine isn't the easiest man to find the perfect … [Read more...]

Home is Where the Heart Is … Or Is It?

illinois snow

Over the years, my husband has joked about moving to Florida. He's always dreamed of retiring there. I kind of assumed it was nothing more than daydream chatter until this past year. He's gotten very serious about moving there and gone as far as applying to several police departments all over the state. At first, I was all over this idea but I imagine that's only because we were dealing with subzero temperatures here in Illinois. That kind of … [Read more...]

5 Things I LOVE About February (and Winter) #DunkinMugUp

jon and cat dunkin mug up

In Illinois, February can be a harsh month. It's often one of the coldest of the year and there's usually a blanket of snow and ice that comes with it. But you know what, being born and raised here, I've come to appreciate the bitter cold and changing seasons. I honestly couldn't imagine life without snow. For me, I think there's a lot to love about this month, aside from Valentine's Day. 1. I LOVE watching my kids squeal with excitement as … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Birthday

31 baskin robbins birthday cake

Friday, January 31st was my 31st golden birthday. It was a day I had spent years looking forward too. It was this time a year ago that my dad was telling me how we should all do something really special since this kind of birthday only comes once in a lifetime. Turning 30 was rather depressing but 31, it was something I wanted to actually celebrate. But as always, life never goes the way you would hope. Rather that spend the day eating deep dish … [Read more...]

$200 Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY & An Unlikely Love Story

wedding day

I was provided with a promotional item by . All opinions have not been influenced and are my own. A little over 13  years ago, I was 17 years old, still working as a grocery store cashier at my first job. My eye was on the prize ... get my car payment, insurance and monthly gas expenses paid. When I wasn't working after school, I was keeping my nose in the books so I could maintain straight A's and get into the college of my choice. … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Doing Something Drastic


I've been promising the girls I would get their hair cut for weeks now. It's something that has been long overdue considering Kaydee, like me, only gets her hair trimmed once a year and Miss Emma has never had a haircut at all! With their curly locks and slow to grow hair, there just hasn't been a real need for it. But that's not the only reason. Here's the thing, my children are bi-racial and their hair texture is very different from my … [Read more...]

Weekend Things

tink the yellow labrador

This past weekend wasn't particularly special. We spent a lot of time at the mall with the kids, bouncing around the stores and watched that absolutely awful Lifetime remake of Flowers in the Attic. It was so bad I had to find the 1987 version to show my husband why, as he'd never seen it before. Speaking of movies, this was a completely ridiculous purchase but I had my reasons. We got the girls a copy of Disney's Frozen soundtrack to the play … [Read more...]

Downhill Sledding Fun and #OlympicsAdventures

snow adventures

NBC has asked me to help promote the 2014 Winter Olympics. I am being compensated for my participation in the program but all opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of NBC. For the first time ever, the 2014 Winter Olympics will kick-off February 6th on NBC, one night before the opening ceremonies, featuring new Olympic sport Snowboard Slopestyle! This is an exciting time for our family because for as long as I can remember, I've … [Read more...]

our first-ish Christmas

matt kaydee emma christmas 2014

First-ish ... probably not a real word. Actually, I'm quite sure it would get rejected in any real Scrabble game. But clearly this wasn't our first family Christmas, but in a way it was, so it was first-ish. Last week, we had our first family Christmas without our extended family. It was my first Christmas without my dad. Nothing was different but everything was different. I started watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve at 7pm, like … [Read more...]

Ideas for #OlympicsAdventures Before the 2014 Winter Olympics


Growing up, I can remember being glued to the television every other summer and winter to watch the Olympics on television. I remember being mesmerized by ice queens Michelle Kwan, Nancy Kerrigan and my forever favorite, Kristi Yamaguchi. These were the kind of athletes that inspired me to work (and play) hard. They're also the kind of athletes I want my own children to look up to and aspire to be like. photo credit: Kevin Rushforth … [Read more...]