Slow Cooker Taco Dip

I first discovered Ro*TelĀ® nacho dip as a teenager. I fell in love! Ever since then, I've had a love affair with queso dips. My favorites are at Mexican restaurants, but I'm not limited to those. If it has cheese, I'm usually happy. Of course, I find it easiest to make the Ro*TelĀ® dip so I make it often. I'm always on the lookout for a good variation or something new.  The other night, when the bracket was announced for the NCAA tournament, my husband and I decided to make appetizers Read more [...]

“Mommy, We Need to Watch Netflix”

My little girls love television. It's a fact I've grappled with and decided to let go of the guilt. Well, most of the time. I do try to limit the amount I watch, but it doesn't stop their love for the medium.  Each morning I will leave the T.V. on for 2-3 hours with programs that they enjoy. We usually have a "set" routine, starting with PBS favorites like Curious George and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, then we move over to Disney Jr. to watch Doc McStuffins, Sofia Read more [...]

The First Full Day of Spring

Yesterday, it finally happened. Spring arrived. While I enjoy snow and don't mind the cold, I was done with winter. I needed warmer temps and the opportunity to take my girls outside more. And, happily. Spring came. But instead of spending the first full day of spring outside (it was warm enough with the sun shining), I spent the day inside. My oldest daughter, Ginny, woke up several times the night before in tears. It turned out her right ear hurt as did her throat. After giving her some children's Read more [...]

A Sense of Pride

Whenever someone asks me what my proudest moment is, I draw a blank. Every. Gosh. Darn. Time.  It's not that I'm lacking in pride or haven't had moments. I've worked hard at a lot of things in my life and feel proud when I make a goal or see someone I love do the same. But none of these moments leave me feeling any more proud than another. I don't have a proudest moment. Instead, I have lots of moments that I remember with a sense of pride.   Learning how to roller skate for Read more [...]

Rodan + Fields Final Review and Giveaway

This review is part III in a 3-part series. If you would like to read the first two parts of the review, follow the links below: Skin Experiment: Rodan + Fields Review Part I 30 Days Later: Rodan + Fields Review Part I  Sixty days ago, I started an experiment of sorts. Amy Hogue, a consultant for Rodan + Fields and my sister, asked me to review the skin care line for my blog. I was reticent at first for a few reasons; the main one being that if it didn't go well, I didn't want to Read more [...]

St. Patty’s Day in Savannah

When deciding on what graduate school to attend to study psychology, back in 1993, I narrowed my choices down to a few areas encouraged by my then-long-distance boyfriend, a long-time friend enlisted in the Army and serving in Alaska. He would be getting new orders the summer before I started graduate school, and we hoped he would get assigned to a base close to me.  After sorting through multiple options (and ruling out some California schools I was really interested in) and going on a campus Read more [...]

Yes, I Am a Feminist

On this, International Women's Day, I feel the need to come out of the "closet" (so-to-speak) and admit that I am a feminist!  Those who know me are probably laughing out loud right now, saying to themselves, "What closet, Denise? We've known that about you for years!"  True, true. However, I feel the need to say it on my blog, a mommy blog; a blog about a stay-at-home mom trying to survive motherhood. A belief seems to exist that a stay-at-home mom can't be a feminist. Feminists Read more [...]

Stop Fat-Shaming!

The other night, Kelly Clarkson appeared on Jimmy Fallon. They performed memorable duets together. I loved it! The performance was amazing and made me smile. Win, win. While I noticed that Kelly had gained some weight (and wore a less than flattering outfit), I didn't give it much thought. After all, I'm no Skinny Minnie, and, besides, who cares. A few days later, I noticed comments on a clip from the Tonight Show with the performance. Most comments stated how much they loved what they saw and Read more [...]

Chicken with Lemony Green Beans and Potatoes

Before I met my husband, I secretly hoped that I would find a man who loved to eat the dark meat on chicken. I don't like dark meat. It's only white meat for me, so I figured having a man who liked dark meat would be perfect. We could eat a whole chicken with no issue.  However, I had no luck in that. I met Chris and fell in love with him before I asked that all important question, "What's your favorite? White or dark meat?" He let me know he loved white meat and couldn't stand dark meat. Read more [...]

The Magic Kingdom

When my husband, Chris, and I told my parents we would visit them in February, we discouraged them from making plans to visit Disney World. It isn't that we don't like "the happiest place on Earth." (Well, my husband isn't a fan but he doesn't like any theme park because he hates crowds.) I just feared that we would be limited due to my pregnancy. After I did some research and found that my pregnancy would not limit me at the Magic Kingdom, we gave our consent to make plans for a trip to Disney Read more [...]