In 2016, I had a fire lit under me. I remember being so passionate about doing my part in the fight against racism. I thought I was saying and doing all of the right things to get through to others. But then I replied to someone’s “Black lives matter” quote with “All lives matter, stop dividing us (something along those lines).” And people started replying to me in the most negative way. ⁣
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I was honestly so confused. Didn’t they know I was on their side? ⁣
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So instead of continuing to try to prove my point, I reached out to a friend from high school and asked her if she would explain what I had done wrong. And even though she didn’t have to, she did. And I understood immediately why what I said was absolutely the wrong thing to say. Thank you, Kendra!⁣
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If you are using the term “all lives matter” in response to anything that is going on in our country right now, I implore you to research why it’s wrong. There are a number of articles and graphics out there that explain it brilliantly. One being the picture of two houses, one on fire and one perfectly fine. But a person is spraying water on the house that isn’t burning down, while saying “all houses matter”. Of course they do, but right now, we need to focus and save the one that is burning down. ⁣
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For a lot of us, this is new and as we continue to fight, we will make mistakes, as I did years ago. But as long as we are learning from those mistakes, and growing as people, it’s ok! Recognize where you’ve gone wrong. Learn why. Continue to educate others. We are stronger together. ⁣
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Yesterday, I read. ⁣
I watched. ⁣
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And even if every single other person in this country did the same thing on #blackouttuesday, it didn’t magically change the lives of black people overnight. It was only 24 hours. That shouldn’t surprise you. ⁣
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We still have work to do. ⁣
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We need to continue to read, continue to watch, continue to listen, continue to share... Continue to teach our kids and have the uncomfortable conversations with those around us that still don’t understand that this isn’t about all lives. This is about black lives. This isn’t about not being a racist. This is about anti-racism. ⁣
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Continuing to educate ourselves and others so that things will change speaks louder than any black box ever will. ⁣
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Will you stay silent or will you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight? ⁣
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Art by my 14 year old daughter, Lucia, who has been more vocal about this situation than many adults. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough #teenartist #digitalart #loveoneanother #cometogether #antiracism #keepgoing #keepgrowing

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Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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But staying silent can be misinterpreted too.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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#istandwithyou #changetheworld #unityindiversity #bethechange #bethechangeyouwanttosee #justiceforgeorgefloyd #georgefloyd #stopracism #endracism #educateyourself #teachyourchildren #standupforwhatsright #wecandobetter #dobetter #standtogether #icantbreathe #enoughisenough #enough

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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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The marathon begins today at 11am EST and ends Sunday night.. so grab your popcorn and tune in with us. Don't forget to check out our stories where we'll be sharing what it's like to watch a movie with us (almost as entertaining as the movies themselves). #LifetimeLoyals  #LifetimeTV #LOM30 ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxietyrelief #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #anxietysucks #anxietyattack #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthblogger #mystory #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #anxietyproblems #mentalhealthblog #anxietyproblems #dontsufferinsilence #mentalhealthhelp #changeyourthoughts #mindsetmatters #anxietyisreal #affirmations #positiveaffirmations #affirmationsoftheday #affirmation #positivethinking #quotesdaily #quotestoliveby #positivequotes

I don’t know who needs...

Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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Head to the blog (link in bio or swipe up in stories) for the easy to follow recipe. ⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously...

I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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#pinkdrink #starbucks #starbuckscups #copycat #copycatrecipe #strawberrymilk #coconutmilk #starbucks☕️ #foodstyle #foodpassion #foodography #foodinsta #foodielife #foodielovers #instafoods #kidfriendly #yummyyummy #foodielifestyle #deliciosa #recipeinspo #easyrecipes #recipeshare #musttry #musttryfood #recipeoftheday #recipeideas #foodstagram #foodstyling #imadethis #madewithlove

I’ve gotten so much positive...

In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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#scavengerhunt #activitiesforkids #activities #outdooractivities #outdooractivity #familytime #familyadventures #thingstodo #thingstodoinquarantine #backyardfun #printables #freeprintables #funtogether  #familybonding #funtime #kidscrafts #craftymom #craftersofinstagram #imadethis #makeityourself #craftygirl #stufftodo #familyactivities #neighborhood #familyfitness #kidsactivities #kidsactivity #homeactivities #thingstodoathome

In case you missed it......

Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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Although our city is slowly...

Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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Back in January, we visited...

Transforming Our Home School Space at Home with Cricut Joy

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

When we were told that the girls schools were closing until at least May, and they would be doing their schoolwork online, a lot of things went through my head. Change isn’t easy for a lot of people, especially kids that are used, and thrive because of routines. I wanted to make the transition as easy as possible and make sure that they stay organized so they can get their work done quickly and efficiently. So we set up a little study area in the living room and I personalized their distance learning tools and supplies with my new Cricut Joy!

Cricut Joy is a pint-sized powerhouse making it easier – and faster – than ever to personalize your life with practical, everyday projects. I love that it’s compact, so it doesn’t take up much space at all! With its precision blade, Cricut Joy cuts lots of materials in any shape you say – everything from vinyl and iron-onto cardstock, peel-and-sticklabel paper, and even that construction paper you already have at home.

I’ve been wanting a Cricut for years! I was always a little intimidated by them and thought that it might be difficult to use. After using it for the first time, I was hooked. Their system makes everything so easy. Just choose the color, line weight, and your favorite font. It’s literally just finding or creating a design, inserting the vinyl (or material you are using), clicking a button and watching Cricut Joy work its magic. That’s it!

I spent the morning personalizing these little storage bins and pencil cases, one for each of my daughters. These stackable storage bins hold their laptops, headphones, notebooks, worksheets and pencils. They pull out their storage bin every morning and then pack it up and stack them when the school day is over. It’s helped them to stop misplacing important things and they love that each bin has their name on it!

cricut joy next to a laptop

cricut joy cutting out letters

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cutting & writing machine. Here’s why:

  • Personalize just about anything.
  • Works with popular materials.
  • Draws any shape and writes in a variety of styles.
  • Compact, portable, ready to go.
  • Longer and repeated cuts.
  • Bluetooth®built in.
  • Easy-to-learn app for desktop, iOS & Android.
  • Works offline.
  • Flexibility to upload your own designs.
  • Includes 50 free projects.
  • Support when you need it.

personalized storage container

personalized pencil case

Now that we’ve completed this project, we are already working on some new things. With the extra time we have, the girls are coming up with fun projects that they can create with our new Cricut Joy!

Next up, the girls are creating cards to mail to friends and family. It’s so easy! They just choose the right design, put the pre-scoredcard on the mat, and let Cricut Joy do the rest! Then they’ll spend some time writing good ol’ fashioned letters to those that they miss the most. Imagine all of the smiles when they receive a handmade, handwritten card in the mail.

If you’ve been wanting a Cricut machine of your own, now is the time to get one! You can purchase yours (as well as the supplies you’ll need) on Target.com!

What will you create first?

This new normal can be a lot for our kids to deal with, but thanks to Cricut Joy, we are staying organized in a fun way!

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  • Shannon Gurnee
    April 17, 2020

    I really wish I was more crafty! This looks like an awesome tool to have in our home.
    Shannon Gurnee recently posted 5 Things To Consider When Shopping For A New MattressMy Profile

  • Lavern Moore
    April 17, 2020

    This is an awesome product. Always wanted a cricut

  • Peachy
    April 16, 2020

    Now I think I should have gotten myself a Cricut!

    • Heather
      April 16, 2020

      It’s not too late Peachy! You can get one at Target.com!

  • Soph
    April 16, 2020

    This is such a cute idea and such a thoughtful step to try and resume some sense of normality!

  • Piathought.com
    April 15, 2020

    Oh gosh, I love this so much! Are you familiar if this is available in the Philippines? We wanna buy!

  • kumamonjeng
    April 15, 2020

    Wow, I love personalize my stuff with different designs and names printed on them as well. Love this idea so much.
    kumamonjeng recently posted How’s life in Singapore during Covid 19 Circuit Breaker Measure?My Profile

  • Monica
    April 15, 2020

    This looks like such a fun machine to have! I love labeling things.

  • Melanie williams
    April 15, 2020

    Oh wow how cool is this. such an amazing way to make organising the home exciting x

  • Fatima Torres
    April 15, 2020

    This is awesome. We are always looking for ways to improve our organization at home. Cricut seems like a great way to help do so around the house.

  • Maia BG
    April 15, 2020

    I have been debating whether or not to get a cricut for years now. I am obsessed with crafty gadgets but then I never use them. This however, seems like something that could be really useful and fun for the kiddos.

    • Heather
      April 15, 2020

      I am exactly the same way. The good part about this one is that it’s very compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

  • Angela
    April 15, 2020

    I had never seen this before! Such a great idea, I am going to look into getting one!!
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  • Cha
    April 15, 2020

    I haven’t heard about the Circuit Joy, but I bet their products are awesome – perfect for crafters!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    April 15, 2020

    I have always wanted to have a Cricut. Well, actually, I am saving up for one. Hopefully when this crisis is over, I would have saved enough. I want to tap into my creative side too!

  • Toni
    April 15, 2020

    That is so cool! Makes me want to get a Cricut right now!
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  • What a great way to personalize things. I’m not a crafter, but I have heard of Cricut. It’s such a multifunctional machine.

  • Ana Rose
    April 15, 2020

    It sounds like the Cricut Joy is great for all ages. I think that it is a good idea to boost the kid’s creativity, especially now when we are all staying home.

  • Catalina
    April 15, 2020

    This Circuit Joy is exactly what we need for our home. We have a lot of spaces and things to mark!

  • Lisa
    April 15, 2020

    This is a great way to keep everything organised, and it’s very cute cutting tool too!

  • Kileen
    April 14, 2020

    This sounds like such an awesome and convenient tool to have around the house! I would love to have one of these!!

    Kileen
    cute & little
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  • the joyous living
    April 14, 2020

    i have heard so much about cricut joy. it sounds like such a fun product for craft-y indivdiuals. and definitely better than the plain standard labels.
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  • Matt Taylor
    April 14, 2020

    That is so cool! So many things you can do with a Cricut machine.

  • Kathy
    April 14, 2020

    That is such a great idea. I really need to get a cricut. I have seen so many amazing ideas.

  • Sherry
    April 14, 2020

    I am the type of person who loves to label things. Using the Cricut Joy makes labeling so much prettier than a label maker. I really need to invest in one.

  • Jamie
    April 14, 2020

    I’ve heard about a lot of people who love this new Cricut! My fave is still the Maker. How fun to transform your space, though! 🙂
    Jamie recently posted Get Ready for Spring with Wayfair!My Profile

  • Mimi
    April 14, 2020

    That sounds fun, I’d love to personalise my thing

  • Brianne
    April 14, 2020

    I love the way these turned out. I think it’s so important to make sure everything is organized to keep the kids on task. That looks really good!
    Brianne recently posted Must Have Kids LoungewearMy Profile

  • Amber Myers
    April 14, 2020

    I’ve heard great things about the Cricut. I might have to get one. My kids would enjoy making cards.
    Amber Myers recently posted Hey, It’s OkayMy Profile

  • Tara Pittman
    April 14, 2020

    This is one handy machine. My boys would love for me to personalize their school items

  • Sandra
    April 14, 2020

    This looks incredible! The possibilities are endless! I’ve read so many good things about Circuits it really makes me want to get one
    Sandra recently posted Real Talk: Going home is not easyMy Profile

  • Norafiqin
    April 14, 2020

    OMG I love this! This is definitely something that I’m going to recommend to my elder sisters with 3 kids and 2 kids each so that they can have some help in the house during this time.

  • Melissa Cushing
    April 14, 2020

    Cricut products are seriously wonderful for crafters and I have to say I love mine! I am loving the look of these wonderful stickers that you created and it looks amazing added to their school baskets to keep everything organized. Love this and am going to check this out for myself….so thank you!

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