Eat & Tell: Easy Walnut Blondie Recipe

Walnut Blondies

As usual, I was craving something sweet.  So I headed to the kitchen to see what I could whip up with what I had in my pantry.  I decided on blondies since they are easy to make and I happened to have all of the ingredients.  Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

The Process Of Letting Go Of Your Child

The Process Of Letting Go Of Your Child

When I noticed that an overnight trip was a part of the 3rd grade curriculum at my daughter’s school, I furrowed my brow for a sec. But I shrugged and thought, “No biggie, I’ll just make sure I’m one of the chaperones.” Until I found out that parents weren’t allowed to chaperone. Not one. Then I realized that for me, this trip had become the first step in the arduous process of letting go of my child. Continue reading

Friday Find: The No Touch Pen

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My name is Simone and I am a germaphobe. It’s been 10 minutes since I last washed my hands. I loathe touching surfaces. I do the knuckle punch on keypads and touch screens. I keep a glove in the car just for pumping gas. And there are wet wipes and hand sanitizer in my purse at all times.  I have good reason.  There’s poop on everything…well, at least on surfaces that we touch during a normal day.  High levels of E. coli (bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals) can be found on 70-80% of grocery carts, 71% of gas pump handles, and 68% of mailbox handles to name a few.  Yuck!  If you are as grossed out as I am you’re going to love this week’s Friday Find, the No Touch Pen.

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7 Foods That Naturally Boost Your Energy

7 Foods That Naturally Boost Your Energy

You wake up feeling great. You’re knocking out your to-do list and having a super productive morning. The afternoon rolls around and all of a sudden it hits you like a ton of bricks. The overwhelming urge to take a nap. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, try any of these foods to naturally boost your energy and get you through the day.  Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin Recipe

I love zucchini but I wasn’t sure that it belonged in muffins, especially not with chocolate. But because chocolate was one of the main ingredients, I put my doubt aside and gave it a try. Wow! They are soooo yummy! Like a piece of moist chocolate heaven. Turns out that the zucchini that adds extra moistness. It absorbs the cocoa and disappears, leaving behind no zucchini taste, only chocolaty goodness. And who doesn’t love vegetables that taste like chocolate, right? Continue reading

Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

Before I Die: 5 Lessons About Living Life To The Fullest

I first learned of the Before I Die project when one of my close friends wrote a blog about participating in a workshop inspired by the project. The project was created when Candy Chang, an artist who had lost someone she loved, painted the sentence, “Before I die I want to______” in chalkboard paint on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. The next day, the wall was full of personal aspirations and reflections from those that had picked up a piece of chalk to share a piece of themselves in a public space. Continue reading

What To Do When Another Kid Calls Your Daughter A B?@#CH

What To Do When Another Kid Calls Your Daughter A B?@#CH

Journey came home from school last week and told me that a boy called her a “bitch” on the school bus. While this wasn’t the first time she had heard the word (that was on the playground!), it was definitely the first time she had been called one.

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10 Things You Should Keep In Your Car During Winter

10 Things To Keep In Your Car During Winter

There are so many things that can go wrong while driving in the winter. Icy roads and snowy conditions increase the chances of you having an accident or getting stuck in your car. With record snowfall and freezing temperatures across the country, here are 10 things to keep in your car during winter to survive a roadside emergency: Continue reading

Birthday Party: Put A Spin On Your Princess Party & Host A Royal Celebration


It’s been almost 3 years and I can’t believe I’m just posting this party!  Every girl wants a princess party and this was Journey’s biggest bash to date.  It was one of the best (and hardest) parties I’ve ever planned because it was the first time that I attempted to make so many of the decorations.  It took me months to finish it all, but everything turned out fabulous! Continue reading

7 Ideas For Hot Valentine’s Dates At Home

7 Ideas For Hot Valentine's Day Date At Home

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the busiest night of the year for restaurants? That means if you haven’t made a reservation by now, you’ll either be eating a blue light special at 3pm or with the hipsters at 10pm. Why not ditch the crowd altogether and get things cooking at home with one of these date night ideas. Combine a few of them and have even more fun! Continue reading