Are You a Name Brand Family?

NameA few weeks ago, one of our neighbors came over with her son’s American Eagle hoodie. She says, “My son is in college and this doesn’t fit him anymore. You think your son might like it?” After taking a look, I thought to myself Yeah, it’s his style. I told her thank you and went inside to show my son. As he looked over the jacket, I said, “It’s American Eagle. Do you like it?” He looked up with a smile on his face and said, “Yeah, it’s cool, but what’s American Eagle?

Then it dawned on me… my kids don’t know name brands. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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10 Ways My Family Instills Prayer in Our Children

LucadoTreasuryThis week we received the newest book by Max and Denalyn Lucado Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers. As I flipped through the different prayers for children, a moment came back to me. I remember it so vividly.. the day my children stood hand in hand in the garage praying for me. This is a true story. One sunny afternoon, the kids and I came home from the grocery store. My oldest child, who was maybe nine or 10-years-old at the time, was the first person in the house as the rest of us gathered the groceries out of the car. Next thing I know he was running out screaming, “Mom! There’s a snake in the house!

I mean. Really? A snake?
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Curl Power: 5 Ways to Embrace Your Curly Hair

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Ever since I was a little girl, I battled my curly hair. More often than not, I hated it. I would hide it in a ponytail, bun, or under a cap. I just couldn’t figure out a way to style it. My mom used to tell me, “Just leave it alone. Your curls will dry and be what they are… CURLS!” This just didn’t fly for me. I did what she told me and I was left with a big ball of frizz. I will say, however, I DO live in the Houston area and the humidity is insane!

As an adult, I’ve come to REALLY love my curls. I know how to care for my hair, which products to use, and how to style it. You can see how my curls have evolved through the years above, but it wasn’t always the case. As a child, I didn’t see my hair as pretty and it affected my self confidence.

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‘Shake It Off’ Cop Brings Light to Police Departments Everywhere

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In a time where police departments across the country are getting a lot of negative publicity, one particular cop has brought light to the badge in a dashcam video EVERYONE is talking about. Master Cpl. Jeff Davis lip-syncs to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off,’ but why did he do it?  Better yet, what motivated the Dover Police Department to create the video?

It’s all about the power of social media.

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14 Valentine’s Day Coupon Codes That Give Back

ValentinesDayCouponCodesValentine’s Day is around the corner and shopping for those loved ones is in full force. Whether you’re looking to purchase chocolates, roses, jewelry, or greeting cards why not give back while you shop? That’s possible with Goodshop, an online shopping portal that donates a portion of your purchases to a cause in need when you shop thousands of stores. The best part? You get to pick which cause you would like to support! Check out these Valentine’s Day deals!

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Angry Birds are landing in Burger King Kids Meals

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Our family is busy. On any given weeknight we’re running around to basketball practice, Girl Scouts, youth group, or Bible Study. It’s pretty normal for us to eat-on-the-go. There are times I don’t have time to throw a healthy meal together. So, it’s not uncommon to head to one of the local drive-thru restaurants … mom is ordering and kids are playing their favorite games on their tablets or studying their spelling words. Yeah, it’s all about Minecraft and Angry Birds for us and now we’ll find our favorite Angry Birds at Burger King!
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‘The Boxtrolls’ are coming to DVD and Blu-ray January 20th!

311193K2_Boxtrolls_BDOring_2DShotRecently, I’ve found myself as a stay-at-home-mom again. For the last 3 years I tackled the world of news as a social media producer here in Houston. Now that I have more time with my family, we are looking for fun ways to spend time together. In comes family movie night! Nothing beats curling up on the couch with my kids and big bowl of popcorn.

This month a movie we have LONG anticipated watching is hitting store shelves… The Boxtrolls! Oh, and did we mention it’s been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature?

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When did treating women with respect become the joke?


I might be the only woman who hasn’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey.” OH, don’t get me wrong… I’ve had countless friends tell me how much I NEED to read this book, how much it will change my “personal” life. Yet, here I couldn’t open the pages of the book.

All the things I’ve heard really make me a bit uncomfortable. I don’t feel it’s healthy to put my mind or my heart in that place. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey” debuts on Valentine’s Day and I bet there will be tons of ‘Girl’s Night Out” evenings planned to see it and that’s ok, but how about a different kind of a movie? How about a movie about healing and chivalry? ‘Old Fashioned‘ debuts on Valentine’s Day too. As I researched more about this movie one particular line stood out to me, “When did treating women with respect become the joke?”

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Recipe: Easy Bake Lasagna Rolls

EasyBakeLasagnaRollsLately, our little family has gotten SO busy. Between youth group, basketball, girl scouts, and UIL competition we just don’t have a lot of time to sit down for a family dinner.

Since the kids were babies, it’s been very important to me to have a nice family dinner and I don’t want to give that up. So, I’ve been experimenting with easy recipes I can put together a head of time and pop in the oven when we have returned home from the chaotic evening schedule. One of our favorites I made this week are too easy it actually hurts to even feature this recipe. Lasagna rolls anyone?

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Go for happy. It’s allowed. And it’s ok.

SaraHappyLast week I had the privilege to be alone.

Wait. Let me get there. Let me explain. As moms, alone time is precious. I’m not talking alone time with friends or even alone time at the spa. I mean, alone time… in your home, the kind of alone time that forces you to really examine yourself and where you are in life. This is the alone time that will either A. Make you cry or B. Force you to want some sort of change in your life. In my case… it did both.

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