The Importance of Being Reese

How to Be the Perfect Mom

10 simple ways to be the worlds most perfect mom


If you've ever hung out in the comment section of every major parenting blog ever, you know by now that literally millions of perfect moms exist seemingly for the mere purpose of schooling us mediocre moms. So in an effort to tips the scales a bit, I'm here to provide you with 10 super easy ways to be a perfect mom. Really it's so easy, anyone can do it. Don't believe me? Give it a shot.

On The Go with Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

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My on the go beauty routine with  Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

When you’re living the mommy dream, sometimes basic beauty routines can take the backseat to life. Lately, my super-secret mommy weapon is Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, which is why I’m so excited to partner with them for this post. Dove Advanced Care is refreshing enough to rejuvenate me, and small enough to travel with me on the daily. Which sounds crazy, but as a mother, some things are a given, for instance:

1). When you are in a rush, your children will inevitably move as though they are stuck in a vat of molasses, with cement blocks strapped to their ankles.
2). Yoga pants will become an essential part of your wardrobe.
3). Your purse will become storage for all of your children, your husband, and in some cases, your family pet.
4). As a mother, you will sometimes forget to take care of basic beauty routines, such as, but not limited to: shaving, showering, applying makeup, and sometimes, even putting on deodorant (hey it happens, I'm not judging).

SoBakeable: A Monthly Fix for your Sweet Tooth



Confession: I'm a choc-holic. Cookies. Cake. I can't get enough of it. Unfortunately for me, summer is around the corner, and my metabolism has come to a screeching halt since I hit 30. Still, an occasional fix for my sweet tooth is necessary to keep me from going off the deep end and going on a nightly binge. Which is why I'm so excited to feature SoBakeable this week.

If you've been a longtime follower, you know I'm a big fan of subscription boxes. It's always fun to come home to an unexpected surprise every now and then. Enter SoBakeable, a monthly fix for your sweet tooth. SoBakeable is similar to other food subscription boxes in that the ingredients all come pre-measured and packaged neatly for easy baking, but it's got a pretty sweet twist to it.

DIY Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap

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DIY Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap




Disclosure: I've partnered with the Vaseline team to share my thoughts and ideas for how you can incorporate self care into every aspect of your daily beauty routine. All thoughts, opinions and photos belong to me unless otherwise stated. Enjoy! 

Confession: I have the world's driest skin. It's flaky, it peels, and it makes me incredibly self conscious. As a result, I tend to carry lotion with me EVERYWHERE.

In my purse: Check
In my car: Check
In my backpack: Check
One my side of the bed: Check

Winter has been known to cause my skin to dry out, so every year, between the months of October and March, I make an extra effort to incorporate lotion into my everyday beauty routine. I'm a firm believer that self-care begins with skin care, Even so, my dry skin gets extra dry during the winter. So I swapped out my go-to lotion and started using Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ lotion, and oh what a difference it has made.

The Day My Daughter Rejected My Blackness



"Mommy, I don't want to be black like you." 

It came so unexpectedly, in the bath and beauty department of Target, while I was precariously perched on one foot attempting to get the last Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from the shelf overhead.

Almost instantly, I could feel the eyes of strangers upon me. It was as though a spotlight had suddenly appeared overhead, and dozens of shoppers spontaneously generated behind me, all eager to see how I would screw up this moment.

Any second I expected a voice on the intercom to come on alerting the oblivious shoppers to the incident.

"Attention Target shoppers. We have a black mother dealing with an identity crisis on aisle 3. I repeat, we have a black mother dealing with an identity crisis on aisle 3."


Homemade Snow Paint


It's not often we get snow in the South. So when we do, we like to take advantage of it. This morning I woke up to the soft crunch of footsteps walking in the snow. I'd fallen asleep on the couch anxiously awaiting the first snowfall of the season, but by 11 PM, a thick sheen of ice covered the grown with no snow in sight. I fell asleep feverishly praying for snow. It's hard enough being trapped inside all weekend, but toss in a 5 year old who's upset because there's no snow, and it's pretty much unbearable.

So you can imagine my excitement when I woke up to snow. Not much. But certainly enough to keep a 5 year old happy, and a mom sane.

Luckily, I had hit up the store in anticipation of our snow day. After grabbing the typical snow day essentials: soup, hot cocoa, and wine (hey, priorities), I headed to Michael's to come up with some fun snow day activities. Unfortunately every store in within a 100 mile radius had already sold out of sleds, so I figured I'd better come up with something to keep Little J distracted.