Hurricane Irma and Other Natural Disasters

Hurricane Irma came through late last week. We’re still working to get our lives back to “normal”. Our family was in the dark until late last night. Fortunately, we have light! And cable! And internet! But, Hurricane Irma wasn’t my first natural disaster.   Northridge Quake The first was the Northridge quake. I was on […]

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Best Bladder Help for Women when You Need it Most #ad

This article is brought to you by my partnership with Always Discreet. Please enjoy! A year ago, I cheered that I had a bladder of steel. I would listen to friends and family discreetly discuss their incontinence issues and I would have an air of superiority that I did not experience bladder leaks. Then, we […]

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6 FREE Ways to Entertain Your Children this Summer in West Palm Beach

Happy 4th of July!   Half way through the summer and moms are already ready to send their kids back to school. If you don’t send your children to an all-day summer camp, you can quickly find it’s difficult to keep them occupied and still offer variety, every day, for an entire summer. Last year, I […]

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And we’re back… Turn it Up Tuesday!

I can’t believe we are almost through with one month of summer! Can you believe that 4th of July is next week? How’s summer going for you thus far? Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing posts with us as we celebrated Father’s […]

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Happy Father’s Day with Turn it Up Tuesday!

It’s official! I’m a real estate agent. I’m actually working three jobs while raising the family and I’m exhausted! I’m grateful for the extra cash, but I can’t wait for this quarter to be over! Are you looking for a home or know someone who is? Feel free to contact me or check out my […]

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3 Delicious Belly-Fat Burning Smoothies

Sick of doing all those crunches in an attempt to burn off all that belly fat? Try your hands at these awesome belly-fat burning smoothies. They are loaded with ingredients that fight the build up excess fat and decrease bloating. Kale smoothie with Blueberry & Pineapple Ingredients: 3 ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon […]

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National Money Smart Week(R) Campaign to Offer Free Financial Education

Thousands of free financial education classes and seminars for consumers will be held throughout the U.S. during Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Free Financial Education Classes are open to people of all ages at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, community organizations and government agencies throughout the country. They cover a wide variety of money-management topics […]

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Celebrating Earth Day with Turn it Up Tuesday!

We only have six weeks left of school! Where did the time go? There will be changes coming on this page, as soon as I get some things off my IRL plate. Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you so much for celebrating Easter with us here on Turn […]

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Step Into Spring: Essential “To Do’s” for Your Family

In the start of the spring season, our bodies are transitioning from the cold weather to a warmer climate. The reason behind this is that the air pressure is changing and our body system had now adjusted to the harsh cold that was recently upon us. Many people experience flu and coughs as the readings drop […]

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Get More Protein with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides #spon

I have received compensation in exchange for my honest review. Now that I’m more conscientious with my eating, I realized that I wasn’t nearly getting enough protein. For my current weight, I should be getting around 150 grams of protein! Even the best protein shakes average 20-30 grams. Drinking two a day is less than half of […]

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Skip the Kitchen! Food Delivery at the Best Price Using #GoBootler #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. It’s Thursday night. After a long day, which only ends after ballet class, basketball practice, and tutoring, you walk into a quiet and calm house. Too calm, in fact. And you realize something’s off, really off. Then, you realize what it is! Dinner is NOT cooking. […]

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You Need These Top 10 Finds from #ShiftCon

The following post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. In December, I went to my first blogging conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I was going to navigate it. Really, I was scared of the commitment and whether I was going to take this blogging thing seriously. I volunteered for […]

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I’m Attending #Shiftcon 2018 and You Should Too!

I told you yesterday that I went to ShiftCon in December. As ShiftCon was my first conference, I didn’t know what to expect. I know there would be some networking, some speaking and some seminars. For the first time, I was representing me, no company, no organization, just me. I will be going to the next conference in 2018 […]

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No Grocery Store, No Problem: Start Your Own Garden

I came across this super cute and relatable video about creating your own garden this week: Grow Food: Appetite for Change #ShiftCon Back in college, I crashed with my ex in the Jungle, which didn’t have a nearby neighborhood.  Then, I flashed back to #ShiftCon where Ron Finley (of The Ron Finley Project) spoke about planting […]

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4 Must-Haves for Your Home Gym #MakeYourMove With @Kohls! #ad

This post was sponsored by Kohl’s #MakeYourMove campaign to help you start your home gym. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. I know I’ve said it over and over again, I am working to get into shape. This last week, I lost 6.2 pounds! I know I won’t be […]

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Never Miss a Day of Vitamins with MegaFood!

Whenever I’m on a new eating plan, I am advised to take a multi-vitamin. This advice falls on deaf ears because I try to take them and I feel sick, no matter how much food I eat. So, when I saw a presentation on MegaFood’s vitamins, I was happy to try them immediately. MegaFood was […]

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A Glimpse of Hidden Figures

The commercials have been all over the place and I can hardly turn on the television without seeing an ad for this film: Hidden Figures I have to admit, I knew little about this story, or should I say stories. These three women were an integral part of history. The Women Katherine Johnson – the […]

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Our Lost Ones

2016 ended with a bang ~ and not a good one. This world lost a host of widely known celebrities that have shaped our lives – Carrie Fisher, a champion for female empowerment George Michael and Prince shaping many memories Big Ang, who brought us some great entertainment on Mob Wives just to name a few […]

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April Noelle’s Best Posts of 2016

I am counting the days of 2016 coming to a close for a lot of reasons, one of which being that I’m hoping we don’t lose any more of our beloved stars. Are you excited for 2017 or wishing you had more time in 2016? In either case, I wanted to share with you the best […]

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All New Amazon #PrimePhotos Features! {+Win a $500GC} #Ad

Amazon.com is providing the gift card prizes. Please read on for giveaway details. I would have to say that I was hesitant to get Amazon Prime, so less than a year ago, I sent out a Facebook question: Responses to this post really got me thinking and I joined shortly after. Amazon Prime Photos At the […]

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Filling My Heart with the Gift of Christmas Dinner

This morning, I spent several hours with one of my favorite non-profit organizations, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – West Palm Beach Chapter. We celebrated our annual gift of Christmas dinner, where we, as members, pour into three families and give them a prepared meal, followed by gifts for the whole family. The Gift […]

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Put Your Child in the Story {Personalized Story Books}

This review has been compensated by Put Me in the Story. Honestly, I am loving this new trend of getting personalized story books. I was able to personalize a lot of things as a child because April is so common and, well, it’s on the calendar. However, my siblings aren’t so “lucky”. They have beautiful names, but […]

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The Struggle is Real | My Weight Loss Journey #ad

This post is sponsored by OGX Fenix. I was compensated for this discussion. It’s been just over a month since starting my weight loss journey and I’ll have to admit, it’s been rough. I haven’t done a two-shake a day plan since college and boy, I wasn’t ready. Finding the Right Time for the Full Meal […]

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Thanksgiving Stay at the Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown

For Thanksgiving, my husband and I took the kids to Atlanta for a wonderful family dinner. Primarily we make the trip because my husband’s family gets together there and it’s a full-on family atmosphere from young to the old. What’s a little different is that I also invite my family to come so that we […]

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Be Stubborn in Your Vision {by Becoming an Uber Driver}

Now that my children go to their independent school, our household budget has changed immensely. Before, my husband’s income was adequate to support our simple household. But now, we need to be able to finance sending three children to non-public education. As early as last year, I’ve started working on my own ventures. So far, […]

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One Small Action to Support a Great Film

Early this summer, Jeff, my husband, and I met this couple: John and Jackie*. They are an older couple and we have learned to look up to them in a lot of ways. We were making dinner plans one day and we had an interaction that went something like this: John*: Are you going to […]

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Easy Beef Macaroni Recipe

I love my Costco. I go to Costco religiously. On payday, I head over and fill up my cart with goodies, which for the most part, is standard, with minimal changes. On that list is ground beef. We purchase the three pack of Kirkland Organic Ground Beef almost every trip. The problem, however, is figuring […]

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CompTIA #MakeTechHERStory

On our way up the coast, my husband and I started talking about our career choices. He’s an aerospace engineer. I’m a lawyer. I love a lot of things about the law, but it doesn’t spark my creative side. He asked me why I didn’t choose another career field since I clearly have passions in other […]

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My Journey Begins Here with OGX Fenix

**OGX Fenix inspired this journey and discussion. All opinions are my own.** I’ve been on a weight yo-yo ever since law school… scratch that, ever since college. Unlike most people, I dropped to my lowest weight ever my first year of college, 120 pounds. Unlike most people who struggle to make this weight, I felt […]

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Beautiful White Teeth For the Whole Family

**This post is brought to you by Southern Dental Care. All stories and opinions are my own.** Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first […]

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Flipped Water Glass Experiment from Outdoor Science Lab for Kids

Weekends can be tons of fun, but on some weekends, where the primary goal is to clean up after the recent hurricane, ideas and energy can fall flat pretty quickly. When I received Outdoor Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke, I was excited and hesitant. See, I have spent tons of time checking […]

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Nine Lessons Learned From Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew came and went with very little damage to me or anyone I know. Many people asked, “Is it serious?” As I mentioned in my last post, it is… and it isn’t. See fortunately and unfortunately, we live in a society with a lot of modern conveniences, plenty of sturdy buildings and access to television and […]

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Hurricane Matthew… Getting Ready for the Big Storm

**This is not a disaster preparedness post. For those coming for that, I have linked guides for actual hurricane preparedness.** If you aren’t on the East Coast, you probably haven’t heard much about Hurricane Matthews bearing down on the eastern seaboard, the largest in a decade. For this area, I believe it’s the largest since Hurricane […]

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Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases in West Palm Beach

Paint and wine parties are all the rage and deservedly so. For two hours, you sit with some friends, showcase some art skills you didn’t know you had and, of course, drink some wine. So, when one of these places opened up in my backyard I had to check it out. I had heard the […]

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Don’t Let Being Busy Stop You From Working Out!

I haven’t done a lot of fitness posts yesterday because (1) I’ve been sick, but more importantly, (2) I haven’t been working out. I find it hard to promote something that I’m not doing and quite frankly, I hadn’t hit the gym in a long while. Now, I’m back in the gym and I have […]

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Honoring Child Passenger Safety Week

Sometimes learning a new routine sucks, but sometimes it’s great. At our new school, the teachers help my daughters in and out of their car seats. I love that I don’t have to get in and out of the car and that someone else has to buckle them. One particular day, when a teacher was helping Butterfly […]

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What a Difference a School Makes

I know that until my girls were born, I was extremely active in my son’s school life. After having Bee, my first daughter, I slacked off. I did what I could from home, but it wasn’t much. Day One When I dropped off the children on the first day, I really expected to drop and go. […]

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They’re All Going and I’m Not Feeling It

Tuesday was the first day of school for all of my children. I was really excited in the preparation for the the “big day”, all of the shopping and newness of everything.  I loved meeting the teachers and talking about my children. However, after getting to school, I felt a bit differently. I was not […]

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Cruising to a Life Together | #FTSF

The Year 2007 was an eventful year for me. Jeff and I got married. We had our second son. We went on our first vacation as a couple. And much, much more. Our first vacation together was a cruise to the Bahamas. I had never been on a cruise and was so excited to go. […]

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My All Natural Fabric Softener Solution

The essential oil revolution has brought out numerous claims. Some are completely legitimate, some are just sales tools and others are straight out lies. Don’t get me wrong, I have a large variety of essential oils in my stash ready for many types of solutions. One solution that has always struck me as questionable, at […]

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The Phone Call that Opened New Doors

The phone call started a chain of events that no one could foresee. Maybe it was fate, maybe it was God, but the phone call that my husband made to his parents changed this entire school year, opened new doors and our eyes. After telling them what had happened at the other school, my husband’s […]

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Class of 2030: The Search for the Perfect School

This story begins at the end of last school year. For my son, Bunny, we decided to homeschool school him for the summer to see how he’d do. Traditional, public school wasn’t working and if I’m going to work this hard as a parent, I may as well do all of the work. We enrolled […]

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Blessings through a Pregnancy Story

One day, over five years ago, my husband and I made a conscious decision for me to become a stay at home mother with the birth of our next child. This was by no means his push, it was completely mine. Being a mom who did the majority of the cooking, cleaning and child-raising were […]

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7 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

Summer is almost over and I am desperately trying to feel comfortable in my own body. I would love to showcase an awesome bikini, but I don’t have that self-confidence to pull it off. Overall, I know that I’m not doing the best to lose weight, or more importantly, get the body that does make […]

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I Found A Neighborhood Hidden Gem: Gaines Park

Summertime is all about how to keep your kids occupied, still keep your sanity and your money. I really wanted my children to take classes, but their ages range from 2 to 12 and I don’t have the time or the energy to run them to different places with possibly conflicting times. We decided that swim lessons […]

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Midtown East, NYC {Summer 2016}

Have you ever had that weekend getaway that went exactly as planned… or unplanned? That was our Fourth of July weekend. So soon after our little NYC getaway in December, a good friend of mine (and podcast co-host, Kweyah) chose Queens, NY to get married. Since it was already an extended weekend, we decided to get […]

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6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

  I remember at one of Bunny’s first parties with his playgroup. He was about three and we were having a great time. One of the other moms asked him if he wanted some candy. He excitedly ran over to the vegetable platter and snacked on carrots and tomatoes. The moms all looked at me jaws dropped. […]

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Affordable Computer and Cell Phone Repair | iFixYouri {Review}

At a mom’s meeting, one of the moms mentioned that her husband worked at this place called IFixYourI. As someone who always seems to have a device (or few) that needs repair of some sort, my ears perked up. She explained that the owner started as an iPhone repair but has expanded to most electronic […]

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Understanding My Vision | Iconic Eye Care {Review}

Back in 2004 or 2005, I woke up blind. Initially, I thought it was that thing that happens to your eyes when someone flips on the light in the dead of night. But after a few minutes, I still saw nothing. Dark gray surrounded me.  Floating specks peppered my views. Many tests (and many doctors […]

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9 Tips for Saving on Back-to-School Expenses

As the kids go back to school, I can’t help but think about all the money that we, as parents, spend on our little ones. Unfortunately, our schools no longer have enough money to take care of some essentials, so the parents have to step in. But that doesn’t make it easy on our pockets. […]

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National Great Outdoors Month with Turn it Up Tuesday!

Did you know that this is National Outdoors Month? With the kids out of school, I’m getting out and about this month. What about you? Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing posts with us last week! Thank you for celebrating, remembering, and […]

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Taking Great Photos with Turn it Up Tuesday!

I really needed that extended weekend. I’ve been working late four nights a week and it’s wearing on me quickly. I have this schedule for another month. But to remember the actual reason for the day off, I remember those who have given their life so I can have mine. Welcome to a new week […]

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New Season, New Journey with Turn it Up Tuesday

I’ve got my real estate license ya’ll! So, on top of everything that’s going on in my life, I decided to take the plunge and sell real estate. What that means for you? I’ll be focusing this blog more on business and tips on managing money as a mommy and investing. I hope you’ll stick […]

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All Mixed Up

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, I haven’t written a personal piece in a while. So many life changes have been happening and I was struggling to figure out how to continue. Quite frankly, I was trying to figure out whether I would continue this venture, this blog. I haven’t known what to say here […]

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