The Importance of Being Reese

That One Time We Were In The O, Oprah Magazine

Yes, you read that title correctly. If you're on my personal Facebook page, you know by now that my family was one of the four families selected to participate in a special Thanksgiving article in the November issue of the O, Oprah Magazine. We were highlighted because our family has deep military roots and our love of Korean and Soul food make for one flavorful Thanksgiving dinner.

We had such an awesome time recreating our typical Thanksgiving traditions, but were a bit sad that Mr. A wasn't able to join us. But because the magazine is so awesome (and he called to video chat right during our interviews) he was able to make a small cameo in the online video, which you can see here:

If you didn't get a chance to grab a physical copy, you can still swing by the new and read more about us:

Until next time,


Back-To-School Ruler Cupcakes

Kick off a new school year with these easy to make Back-To-School Ruler Cupcakes! 

Another day, another school year.

I've admittedly been counting down the days until the beginning of the school year. Pre-kid me never really understood why moms feared the start of summer. Post-kid me knows all to well the reality of summer break when you're a mom.

But I digress.

To mark the beginning of a new school year, I've used my last bit of creative burst to whip up these adorable Back-To-School Ruler Cupcakes. Like them? Check out the instructions below.

5 All Natural Kitchen Cleaners That Actually Work

The kitchen is where I spend most of my time cleaning. For such a small space, it tends to get dirty fast. And since there's a baby in the house again, I'm especially mindful of all the chemicals in store-bought cleaners. Some of that stuff is enough to keep you awake a night, or at the very least, inspire you to make some changes in your cleaning habits.

Recently I've started mixing up my own cleaners and now I'm a bit obsessed. Not only are these cleaners chemical free, but they do just as good as job as the store-bought cleaners, and they're much cheaper to make. If you're looking to save a buck, or cut down on chemicals in your kitchen, try these 5 All Natural Kitchen Cleaners:

DIY Cardboard Creativity Box

A/N: This post is sponsored by Paper & Packaging-- How Life Unfolds® campaign. However, all thoughts, opinions and ideas belong to me and Little J. Enjoy!

When I was a kid, summer was like a mythological creature. I spent all school year eagerly awaiting it's arrival. The anticipation would build and build, until finally, it appeared. And then two weeks into summer, I was already bored and anticipating the arrival of the new school year. This went on for years. Rinse, recycle, repeat.

So I wasn't the least bit surprised when Little J started complaining about being bored last week and started to ask for more screen time. In fact, I was already two steps ahead of her and ready with a plan-- A creativity box.

It was perfect for two reasons: one, it allowed her a creative outlet. I've noticed in the more recent months she's started to form an interest colors, style and even a bit of decorating. Designing her own creativity box gave her the opportunity to tap into those new found interests. And two, it would give her the opportunity to occupy herself with something other than a tablet, or tv.

Lessons in Motherhood

"And the little prince said to the man, 'Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.'" -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

6 years of motherhood has made me realize that children are capable of teaching us more than we could ever imagine. I thought Little J had taught me everything I needed to know about motherhood. But now I'm starting to understand that every child that comes into your life has a new lesson to teach you. And sometimes, you have to relearn old lessons to create space for the new person in your life.

Going Back to School in Style with Justice #LiveJustice

This post is sponsored by Justice, however, all thoughts and opinions about how insanely cute their clothing is belong to me and my girl. Enjoy! 

I have a terrible habit of waiting until the last minute to kick things into Back-To-School gear. Every year, the first day of school sneaks up on me and catches me off guard. For that entire first week I'm typically completely in a haze, unorganized, and frantic. Especially when it comes to back-to-school clothing for Little J. By the time I actually get around to shopping, all the good stuff is gone.