The Importance of Being Reese: 2018

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.

Build-A-Bear: Pay Your Age Day

Now normally I'm not a deal blogger, but every once and a while a deal so good comes along that I feel compelled to share. Especially after having such a wonderful experience recently at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Concord recently.

Tomorrow, July 12th, Build-A-Bears all across America will open an hour early for a special day called Pay Your Age Day. This means, your child can build a stuffed animal for the price of their age. So, if your kids are 3 and 6 for example, you’ll only pay $3 and $6 respectively for each of their furry friends.

This is a HUGE deal because if you've ever been in a Build-A-Bear store (which let's face it is basically a requirement for parenting) then you know certain bears can be a bit pricey. Tomorrow, however, that will change.

5 Ways Great Wolf Lodge is Perfect for the Whole Family

A/N: This post is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, however, all thoughts and opinions about how awesome it is are truly my own. 

I admit, we've  lived in Charlotte for nearly 5 years. In that time, we've driven past Great Wolf Lodge hundreds of times. We've even seen the Groupons countless times. We've visited the website several times. And at least once a year, we get incredibly close to actually booking a night. Only to change our plans at the last minute in favor of the beach or mountains. After being invited to spend the day At Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte this past week, I'm kicking myself for not going sooner.
The cool thing about Great Wolf Lodge is that once you're there, you're there. You don't have to do much planning, or even set one foot outside the lodge to have fun. Once you walk through the doors, and into the lobby, your vacation begins.

So if you're like me and have had your doubts about whether or not Great Wolf Lodge is worth it, this post is definitely for you! Here is what you need to know about Great Wolf Lodge.

These Last Few Months

Wow. It's almost hard to believe that my family has managed to pack everything into these last few months. We've managed to cram what has felt like a decade worth of major life changes into a few short months. And I can't really say it's all been good.

As many of you know, we recently became a family of 4. And then very quickly became a family of 3 once again. A few short weeks after Baby J was born, Mr. A deployed. For months we were on pins and needles hoping that he would be here to witness the birth of his son, and thankfully he was. But when the Army comes calling, you don't really have much say. We were very blessed that he managed to spend a few short weeks with his son before deploying. I managed to nearly blind them both trying to capture as many photographs of the two of them together before their time together was over.

How I Overcame a Decreasing Milk Supply

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You know those commercials that show the new mom looking lovingly at her new babe, effortlessly breastfeeding in a rocking chair in their perfectly coordinated nursery? Of course, their hair and makeup are meticulous, they have no bags under their eyes, and have somehow managed to revert back to their pre-baby weight in two days. Three months into breastfeeding kiddo number two and I can officially tell you that those commercials are nothing like the reality of breastfeeding. Which is how I ended up supplementing with Enfamil NeuroPro™ to help get us through this rough patch.

Hello World

Baby J was born early Saturday morning on January 13th. 

Both me and my babe are in good health after a difficult delivery and pregnancy. 

Stay tuned for our birth story, but for now, say hello to the latest addition of The A Team. 

With love,