• IP OOP Haul

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:14:54 +0000 At the end of July, I decided I wanted to start couponing again. Years ago, I couponed. I saw a few extreme couponing shows and decided that my life would consist of hoarding boxes of fruit loops and toilet paper under my bed because I got it for 62 cents. I wasn’t really good at it, and after a few weeks it died down. I can’t say what really sparked my interest in couponing again. It may have been that I was looking at ways to save a dime and couponing seemed the easiest way. The thing is, couponing is NOT easy. It’s actually…

  • We’re On The Run!

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:28:13 +0000 As I sat and watched the movie Panic Room, my mind began to wonder. For those that aren’t familiar, Panic Room stars Jodie Foster and it’s about her and her daughter trapped in their NYC panic room when three intruders break in. It’s an OK movie. What got me was that they had a panic room, and I was kind of jealous. Not because I want a bunker in case 45 starts WWIII (even though that may be needed real soon), but because that house is built with a secret room where you couldn’t hear cries for mommy and little fingers could slip under…

  • Audi 5000!

    I had the pleasure of visiting the USA headquarters of Audi the other day. I’ve never driven an Audi, so I hopped on the opportunity to drive around in one of the top luxury auto brands in the country. The most I knew about Audi was that their car emblem resembled the famous Olympic symbol and that they made cool concept cars. On the lot for me to drive were two compact SUVs (Q5, SQ5) and a 2 door coupe (A5). The visit started off with a presentation by Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, and an introduction to the newly remodeled vehicles. Scott explained how Audi fit into…

  • Made Ya Look! Mazda CX-9 Review

      On the hunt for a new 7 to 8 passenger SUV has been fun! It’s also been time consuming. If there was a machine that would just build the perfect automobile for me, grabbing features from various car manufacturers, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But alas, there is no such machine, so I must take the time to really test drive, research and strategize on just what the best car is for my family. Mazda trusted me with a 2017 Grand Touring CX-9 for a whole 7 days. This particular trim has a MSRP of $40,470 starting out the gate. When I got home from work, there was…

  • The Dodge Ball!

    So I’ve told you I am in the market for a new SUV for my family. I am still even toying with the idea of the PERFECT minivan. In my last post, I described some of the features that I’m looking for in my next vehicle. The only logical thing to do next is to test these requirements out in the real world. Sure a test drive at the dealership is great, but I need to see how a vehicle stands up to my family of 6. I need to make sure the kids can comfortably get in and out of the third row. Not to mention that third row…

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

    Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:55:02 +0000 I’ve hinted a few times that I am being proactive in my search for a new family vehicle. If you follow me on Instagram (@eitb_blog), my IG Stories have been filled with me going from dealership to dealership in hopes that I’ll find the perfect combo of great pricing, a car that is visually appealing and spacing to accommodate us all. I currently have a Nissan Pathfinder. This actually was my dream SUV since high school. I don’t know what about the style over 20 years ago appealed to me, but I was smitten. My heart sank a bit when they redesigned it from…

  • Gen Y & Gen Z Business Bodies

      It seems like the growing trend for kids these days is to try to make a name for themselves any way they can. With the explosion of social media use, kids are able to get out in front of the limelight almost immediately. While there are several kids that use platforms like YouTube and SnapChat to grow their fan base and capitalize on their instant success, there are others that are a bit more invested in stretching out their success. These are the young entrepreneurs of the Generation Y (Millennium) and Generation Z (Boomlets). As an esteemed member of Generation X, I was conditioned to go to school, get…

  • Gifts Mom’s Going to Actually Use!

    Mon, 08 May 2017 00:01:23 +0000 I’ve been doing this mom thing since 2001, so I’ve gotten my share of Mother’s Day gift. While I appreciated each and every one of them because they came from my child, I wasn’t sure how many hand prints I needed of my baby. Or finger print trees. Or tissue paper flowers. I mean, I have 4 kids. Multiply that times 18 years worth of Mother’s Day gifts at minimum and that leaves you with 72 different gifts. This year, I tried to find gifts that still allowed the child to be creative, but also didn’t require me to buy a vault to house…

  • Am I Skinny Yet?

    Fri, 05 May 2017 13:34:03 +0000 After church, I went to the local wing spot to pick some lunch up for my family. We had wings, fries and hush puppies. I was scheduled to go to brunch at 1:45p so I called myself not eating a lot. Well I ended up eating a lot. I was stuffed!! Then I had to get up 15 mins later and drive to brunch. I tried to convince myself that I would digest the wings in the 35 mins it took to get to the restaurant. Wrong! Didn’t work. I ended up ordering the brunch buffet, since it was restaurant week in DC. I…

  • House Cleaning 101….With Kids!

      I’ve been staring at a pile of clean clothes sitting on my chaise for about a week now. Say it with me, “I’ve been staring at a pile of clean clothes sitting on my chaise for about a week now”. *sigh* I want that pile of clothes to magically fold itself and place itself neatly in my drawers. I’m not lazy. I just don’t want to do it. But when I wake up in the morning, I say “imma get these clothes today”. Yet by noon, I’m sifting through them, to find something to put on. My house is sprinkled with “Imma get these…”. And while I have good…

  • Easy Peasie Veggies

    Mon, 01 May 2017 14:37:00 +0000 My kids like ice cream. My kids LOVE my spaghetti. My kids go crazy for my very berry smoothie! But would my kids still like, love and go crazy if they knew there was a bunch of veggies hidden in their favorite dishes? The older ones maybe, the younger ones probably not. My 7 year old has a firm “frown upon” policy for most veggies. So for the last week, I’ve been sneaking veggies in everything I’ve made for them. I even sneak it in the babies milk bottles. I’ve been using Easy Peasie green veggie blend powder! It’s virtually tasteless and really is…

  • Fresh! Fresh! Baby!

    Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:05:10 +0000 Online shopping isn’t new to anyone in 2017. Neither is online grocery shopping. With services like PeaPod delivery (Giant Food), groceries are only a click away for most people. But there is still a wait time. There isn’t same day delivery. You have to plan at least a day in advance to have your groceries delivered to your home. Even curbside pick up requires at least 8-10 hours notice for your items to be ready. But then that means you have to go out the house to pick up your items. With my busy schedule, I rely on online shopping. I’m always on the…

  • DIY Gifts for Mom!

    Mom’s love homemade gifts! I know I have a box in my room with all their homemade cards and treasures. I think my favorite is the card where my daughter referred to me as Beyonce and told me how beautiful I was. You know how much I love Pinterest. So I found my top 5 DIY projects, and are posting for you to try out. Click on the pictures to get details on how to make these awesome gifts! Personalized Planters Construction Paper Bouquet Craft Stick Pots Butterfly Feet

  • Repeat After Me…

    Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:49:58 +0000 Every Mother’s Day, moms across the globe are celebrated for the sacrifice of their mind, body and sometimes soul as it relates to raising their children. Some are showered with gifts that they may not necessarily want, while others are operating as if the day doesn’t exist. I’ve been a mom for 16 years, and I’ve had my share of Mother’s Day experiences. I do love my family, and I appreciate the acknowledgement on the day. I know I could very well be ignored on this day. My birthday usually falls on Mother’s Day, so it’s a crap shot on how the festivities will…

  • Fancy on a Budget!

      Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a retirement party for my mother. As you know I’ve hosted quite a few parties this year. All while trying to make sure that I didn’t deplete my bank account when it was all said and done. The decorations were simple but the one piece that I got a lot of questions on was the cake. The guest talked about how delicious the cake and the cupcakes were. They insisted that I tell them which fancy bakery I went to to get such a beautiful cake. I had to let them know that I didn’t have the budget for a very fancy…