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. ⁣
I listened. ⁣
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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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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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Like most of you, I...

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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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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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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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...

Quarantine Revelations from a Busy Super Mom

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In February you were so overwhelmed,
Between your business and family you were tired;
There never seemed to be enough hours in the day,
You secretly wished you could get fired.

The posts on social media, the news,
The politics, the economy and the crime;
All you wanted was a break,
You just wished for some extra time.

And then just like that, the world stopped,
A pandemic they call COVID-19;
Which forced you to stay home for months,
And you thought, maybe I can finally get the laundry clean.

But then the schools announced they’re closed,
You have to help your kids learn online;
But don’t worry, you’ll get tons of instructional emails from their teachers,
Reminding you to breathe and that we’ll all be just fine.

BE FINE?! How is that possible?
My schedule just got even busier than before;
I didn’t ask for these extra responsibilities,
I wanted less to do, now it seems I have so much more!

Although you’re working longer hours,
Being self-employed means you may run out of money;
You use humor to take your mind off things,
But the truth is, none of this is very funny.

And then a check arrives from the government,
They say to pay bills and put the rest away;
THE REST? WHAT REST?
It wasn’t even enough to pay the bills that were due today.

Your anxiety is at an all time high,
Your body just wants to stay in bed;
You might be able to get something accomplished,
If you could just turn off all the thoughts in your head.

Be right back, my daughter just walked in,
She wants me to go outside and play ball;
I told her I have too much work to do,
Go on out by yourself, be careful… don’t fall.

On my way to the kitchen, I spot her out the window,
Bouncing the ball against the door;
I realized that she looks so lonely,
Maybe I could take a break and play with her more.

She won’t be this small forever,
And usually she’s busy with her friends;
Now’s my chance to bond with her,
I should hurry before quarantine ends.

Imagine all that we can do together,
We can play cards or color or jump rope;
Give her a glimpse of what it was like when I was a kid,
And prove that in this time of isolation, there is also a great deal of hope.

What if the point of this quarantine,
Was to give us a chance to appreciate what we’ve got;
To make memories with our loved ones,
Focus on what we can do and not dwell on what we cannot.

Today I stop feeling sorry for us,
I’ll stick to my schedule, I’ll make a plan;
And realize I’m only one person,
It’s ok to do only as much as one person can.

And it’s ok to go outside,
Toss a ball or just enjoy the weather;
We all may be isolated in our homes,
But we are truly in this together.

My mind is racing. So much to do and no where to go. Finally sharing my quarantine revelations in a little poem.

XOXO
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  • khoingn
    April 24, 2020

    I pretty much love this. Very nice!

  • Melanie williams
    April 24, 2020

    Loved reading your honest and transparent approach to all this. It can be hard going for sure, but in time it will all work out xx

  • Kay
    April 24, 2020

    The current social distancing and quarantine could be hard on everyone – thanks for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings, we are all in this together.
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  • Daniel Sierra
    April 23, 2020

    Beautiful words and very inspiring. Being in lockdown with kids can be really challenging. Especially because many people think of this a productivity contest and you get flooded with messages of how to be more productive and sometimes you just one to get through the day. I wish you the best and it is true it is time to enjoy time with our kids.

  • Toni
    April 23, 2020

    I love this!! So beautiful and very inspiring!

  • Stephen
    April 23, 2020

    Very beautifully written, life has been so strange lately, but it’s important to look for the positives and make the most of the time we have with our family

    Hope you’re all well

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    April 23, 2020

    Such a beautiful but truthful revelation. Our lives were so busy already and we should step back, relax and take time off to see the little things in life which matter most like our families

  • Bella
    April 23, 2020

    What a lovely poem, this is such great post. thank you for posting this. adore it!!

  • Dominique Brooks
    April 23, 2020

    What a lovely and insightful poem! I have those thoughts too. I especially try to spend more time chatting with my senior son — he makes fun of me for it. I have found that I am so much busier than I was before!

  • Tracy
    April 23, 2020

    These are exactly the kind of roller-coaster emotions I’ve been having too. But I’m trying to let some things go and just sit down and play with my kids and read books. Might as well get the most out of this crazy situation, right?

  • Geetha
    April 23, 2020

    Nice poem based on current days. Thanks for sharing!

  • Fatima Torres
    April 23, 2020

    I strongly believe there’s a lot of opportunities with this quarantine. A change in careers maybe? A change in how we treat each other? Maybe even a change in ourselves. I’ve noticed I wasn’t giving myself the right self-care. I’ve been able to read more, connect with more people and even catch up with others.

  • the joyous living
    April 23, 2020

    what a terrific poem! I especially loved this stanza:

    On my way to the kitchen, I spot her out the window,
    Bouncing the ball against the door;
    I realized that she looks so lonely,
    Maybe I could take a break and play with her more.

    as a daughter, I would have loved to have my mom come out and play w/ me when I was your daughter’s age.

  • katrina Kroeplin
    April 23, 2020

    life has been so different for sure. i’m praying things will start to change soon. i know tention is high in our house a lot of days and it’s so hard.

  • Sarah Ann
    April 23, 2020

    This is such a good poem, you’ve summed up quarantine perfectly! It’s hard to think back to the days rushing around and constantly busy, seems like it was so long ago! And although it is difficult just now, I’m so glad we are all safe – it’s all we can wish for just now.

  • Reese Woods
    April 23, 2020

    I love the vulnerability you express here. Self-quarantine can carry so much personal guilt/pressure from ourselves to perform at a higher level right now.

  • Stacie Connerty
    April 23, 2020

    I REALLY love this poem! It sums up the past month or so perfectly. It has been stressful, but lockdown has also created some very special moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
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  • Stacie Connerty
    April 23, 2020

    Nice poem, and I love the sentiment. The past month or so has been very challenging, but sprinkled within that time there have been moments that I would not trade for anything.

  • Angelica Sereda
    April 23, 2020

    You’re so right, all we can do is all that we can do. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions for sure.

  • Soph
    April 23, 2020

    This is beautiful and so relatable- I hope you’re keeping well despite what’s going on and all of the additional stress!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  • Catalina
    April 23, 2020

    It’s a beautiful poem. It’s exactly what we are living today. Oh, yes all moms have more to do now!

  • Kate
    April 23, 2020

    I’ve always loved poetry and as a child wanted to be a poet. This piece was very inspiring and reflective of the times we are in. The conclusion to do something with a plan instead of wallowing was very impactful.

  • Sherry
    April 22, 2020

    This quarantine has been an adjustment but I believe, in the end, we will be better for it.
    “What if the point of this quarantine,
    Was to give us a chance to appreciate what we’ve got”
    These lines ring quite true for me.

  • We truly are in this together. Thank you for your lovely poem. Wishing you and your family well <3

  • Valerie
    April 22, 2020

    I love this. Things are a mess right now, but I am appreciating the break and time for personal reflection. Worrying about money is something I’m good at, but I am leaving it all up to whatever happens because yes, we are all in this together. Everything will work itself out as long as we don’t forget that.

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    April 22, 2020

    You are quite a poet, Heather! What a beautiful and powerful way to express your days!

  • Kim
    April 22, 2020

    I think you just put together what so many mom’s across the world are feeling right now. The Stress, The Joy, The Fear, The Hope.. so many contrasting feelings and as they keep telling us.. it’s a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. I have taken great pride in how our daughter’s have stepped up to being home schooling bff’s to their kids while keeping in touch with us old folks (me!) learing out our windows to see if their instacart delivery is here yet. Kudos to the parents of the world who are juggling, laughing and embracing the moments in the best way they can.

  • Lisa Joy Thompson
    April 22, 2020

    Each week brings new revelations and new highs and lows. We’re finding things we love and things we hate. But I love your sentiments and these will be great to look back on.
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  • chad
    April 22, 2020

    In all honesty, the first week was a little rough but now my wife and I are loving it and making use of all the extra time we have.

  • Jamie
    April 22, 2020

    What a great way to keep the memories forever. I love it.
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  • Amber Myers
    April 22, 2020

    So true. I am appreciating this time, but I’m also one of those people who needs alone time. So this has been tough!
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  • Cristina Petrini
    April 22, 2020

    It’s so beautiful for how you wrote these thoughts …

  • Talya Stone
    April 22, 2020

    Love this! This absolutely sums up my life right now. It’s been one crazy ride and continues to be!

  • GiGi Eats
    April 22, 2020

    I take this quarantine one day at a time and honestly, that mindset and way have living have worked just fine for me. I know this is going to be the new normal for a long while, so I am just embracing this so I don’t set myself up for disappointment.

  • Jessica Collazo
    April 22, 2020

    This quarantine will make us appreciate what we take for granted every day. Like family some quality time with them

  • Ashlee
    April 22, 2020

    I love this poem so freaking much! It’s the same for I think everyone right now. I don’t have children, but it was the same with my niece, nephew and my cousin. Took time from stressing about what I don’t have to enjoy them. Let the problems fix themselves, and playing with them brought me so many ideas on how to fix the problems, because I was relaxed and just happy. We all have to use this enforced time wisely.

    • Heather
      April 22, 2020

      I love that outlook, Ashlee! It’s true. We forget how much joy there is in being a kid for a bit!

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