Don’t forget the Sparkle!

We have all heard a million cliche phrases about the brevity of life.  And while we acknowledge that we are on this earth for only a moment, we often find ourselves focused on the “urgent” things that capture our attention any given day.  Making it through each day becomes the  task that we are often…

Passing Down the Sparkle

I’ve been blessed to give birth to a beautiful baby girl, Nina Nefertari. Nina was sent to us early November. I was lucky enough to deliver at a free standing birthing center where I was able to labor and deliver in a comfortable setting. While everything hasn’t been perfect, it’s been amazing getting to learn…

Baking the Blues Away

As any new parent will share, if they’re honest, there are good nights and bad nights with your new baby.  One phrase that has been repeated numerous times is “everything changes”. I am constantly reminded, that good or bad, whatever I am experiencing with baby will change. I especially keep this in mind when we…

Holidaze Hack: Homemade Cards

So you guys probably know by now how much I love the holidays.  There is just extra sparkle everywhere, especially in the spirits of those around you.  However, November/December can hit the pockets extra hard, especially for someone like me who LOVES to celebrate.  Celebrations and acknowledgements usually equal expenses.  When I was slightly younger…

Is that a + sign?!

“So, you’re pregnant…” (And when I say you, I mean me.. cause this is me talking to myself) “Okay, now what?  What are your next steps?”  To be honest, at this moment I had so many various thoughts racing through my head.  I thought about my husband and I trying and praying for this kid;…

Holidaze!

  Sometimes the holidays come and go, and we barely have a moment to enjoy. Traditions are a fun way to ensure you are creating lasting memories for all involved!  The holidays is always a fun time for my family. We cherish the moments we get to spend together uninterrupted and totally consumed by our…

Nurse of All Trades! 

My little sis has been the topic of conversation a couple times on this blog. Well this time I’m sprinkling Sparkle all over her graduation from Nursing School!! *does happy dance* For the last several years my sister has balanced her nursing classes and requirements with becoming a mother several times, getting married, managing a…

Grown up Sleepover! 

Sleepovers were always the best type of parties as a little girl! It meant a ton of concentrated time with your favorite people. You could stay up late and get lost on your own world! It’s a really personal and intimate type of party which usually leads to bearing your soul. Wheather endured by having…

Boy it’s CHILI outside!

How do you turn a boring, cold Saturday into a great time? Throw a party! Okay, maybe not a party… but get the ones you love together! On a non-descript November Saturday my husband and I woke up with nothing to do.  I guess we could have cleaned and/ or sorted through all the crap…

#SheSaidYes Part 2

Now that we’ve planned…it’s time to party! We spent months preparing for this weekend, and I was lucky that all the women attending wanted to ensure that Antonia had a great weekend! So after all of the planning, all that was left was the execution. However, if you’ve ever hosted an event, you know that…

Take a PIC baby, please!

Photo shoot of the newbie….   I do not believe there is anything more sparkly in the world, than a brand new baby! I mean, puppies and lit Christmas trees come close, but nothing beats that new baby smell! 🙂 I have been blessed with four little girls from my sisters, three little boys from…

#SheSaidYes!

In late Summer of 2005 I met Antonia. We were in the same orientation group of our freshman class at Boston University. She loves to tell the story this way ” You walked right up to me and said ‘you gone be my friend’ and we were friends ever since.” Her telling of that story…

The 3rd Annual Green Baby Sprinkle

A running joke in my family is my sister’s, Aaliya, growing family! In 6 short years she has managed to get engaged and married and have three beautiful little girls! For a while it seemed as if our growing family was unstoppable as well as the excitement and chaos! All of the planning and prepping…