July 30, 2014

My Man’s Smooth Summer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias I can’t believe its almost August.  My family has been a well-oiled go machine since the beginning of this smooth Summer.  It has all been a delicious blur of fun.  Now we’re just being lazy, kicking back at home, relaxing.  Letting the kids make toy messes in the living room, me not putting on my face and Chris… not shaving.  I tease him that he’s letting himself go when he doesn’t shave. I pull out the why can’t you look smooth like Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby and he counters with why can’t you look like Beyonce.  We joke around like that.  It’s Continue Reading »

Roy Choi at OC Fair

I was hiding out for a couple weeks.  July was ugly for us and I didn’t want to go anywhere.  It was all good, I needed time to mourn and time to heal.  The only important date on my calendar was the 24th.  Kogi BBQ Truck founder Chef Roy Choi (his resume is deep yall but he’s most famous for that) at OC Fair. I was inspired by seeing him as a Top Chef judge and making no apologies for who he is. Straight up street, real and obviously ethnic – all things I struggle with as a blogger. But seeing him in person, in his element and beloved by a diverse crowd in ethnicity and age motivates me to continue Continue Reading »

July 20, 2014

I Unofficially Attended Apple Camp

Duke did Apple Camp last week and so did I, kinda sorta.  First, you can’t just drop off your kid at Apple Camp.  You have to be physically in the store, which is cool cause I don’t really leave my kid with just anyone.  I kinda wanted to learn iMovie too so it gave me an excuse to legit hang out without stalking my kid.  Little did I know that I would walk away from this experience learning more than the basics of iMovie.

July 19, 2014

Summer Essentials For Teenagers

Disclosure:  This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time.  Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

July 16, 2014

As Good As It Gets

I’ll be hitting a milestone this year.  10 years with my husband.  It doesn’t feel like ten years though!  I still adore him!  We were in TX last month on vacation and every time I watched him with our boys, I thought to myself, this is as good as it gets.  A lot can happen in 10 years:  Having two more kids, starting college in my 30s (actually we both did college while working!), getting married, buying a car, getting laid off and starting new business ventures.  All of which Chris was totally present for.  He has been my shoulder to cry on, mastermind to bounce ideas off on, my rock.

July 14, 2014

July 9th

We got home from our once-a-year family vacation at the end of June and it has just been disaster after disaster.  I don’t know how it started but getting off the airport parking lot shuttle to find a flat tire on our truck was not the business.  It was hot, we were all tired and hungry from traveling all day.  After Chris and Ty powered through changing the tire out, we found ourselves stuck in LA traffic for two hours and one dose of our truck’s check engine light coming on.  But I maintained, I was positive. Only two aunts have my number.  My mama’s sisters.  They mostly text me so when my phone woke me up and I saw Continue Reading »

July 12, 2014

3 Must-Have Gold Pieces

Disclosure:  The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content. Every woman, at some point in their life, needs to have a cute, custom nameplate.  I remember my very first one, it simply said my name, Xenia.  You know in case I forgot.  Just kidding, mom!  It was actually empowering for me then, my name in gold.  I felt special.  My mama kept me flossy since I was school aged.  Not with extravagant jewelry but the must-have gold pieces for every woman’s jewelry box.  I was Continue Reading »

July 9, 2014

Blaze Pizza is the BOMB!

I was on vacation when I got an email from Blaze Pizza inviting me to attend their grand opening a couple weeks ago.  I never heard of them and I never say no to pizza.  We got home to one of their pizza boxes cleverly used to ship us info and coupons.  Here’s what I learned:  Fresh house-made dough, prepared from scratch daily. Artisinal ingredients from inventive to classic. 180 seconds of fast-fire’d perfection!  

Debunking Invisalign Myths

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I knew since my oldest Ty was little that he would need braces.  His teeth were a mess.  I was always worried about the price tag and maintenance that comes with braces.  Scary stuff dealng with a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it.  He actually didn’t care about his teeth until he hit jr. high and insisted on getting braces then.  He begged us for Invisalign braces but I just assumed they were more expensive than traditional braces.  That’s definitely one of the biggest Invisalign myths and I was floored when I was quoted on how reasonable clear braces Continue Reading »

July 3, 2014

Share a Coke! One for you, one for me!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias  I don’t ever remember Summer being this busy for me.  I just got back from two weeks in Texas and seriously need a vacation from the vacation.  Not that I’m complaining about being busy cause it was a good busy but sometimes you just need to stop and treat yourself.   Go for it. Take an uninterrupted shower, get a pedicure, catch up on some reading, hit the beach… do something for you. I’m a simple girl, who wants to exude little to no effort right now – I just want to kickback and enjoy a Coke.  You know what would Continue Reading »

July 2, 2014

White Sangria Summer

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Gallo Family Vineyards and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own. My signal for summer was Chris wrapping up his Spring Semester last Thursday and the teens’ last day of school today. I am so ready for weeks of fun. I started planning our family trip months ago. We’ll be flying to Austin, TX to meet up with my parents (who are driving up from Houston) to celebrate my mama’s 60th birthday and 3 years cancer-free with her sisters and their families (they are driving in from Alabama and Dallas).