After School Art Project

After School Art Project Inspired By #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

After a six hour day at pre-k, A.J. comes home and he's pretty wound up. His energy level is still high after playing, learning and reading with a class of 17 other kids. Do you find that your children are excited or tired after school? I was excited about the opportunity to get a sneak peak at a new show, Creative Galaxy that's available exclusively with Amazon Prime Instant Video. The goal is to … [Read More...]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide 300

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Now Accepting Submissions

Before you know it, the holidays will creep up as soon as Halloween is over. To help you this season, I'm hosting a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Now through December 20th, I will review gift ideas and share exclusive discount codes for your shopping pleasure. You can also watch the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Show online here - live! RSVP on the Mommy Talk Show Facebook page for the show Tuesday, November … [Read More...]

Joyce at Blackish Screening

[VIDEO] New ABC Show black-ish: Don’t Compare it to The Cosby Show! #blackishABC

Check out my YouTube video showcasing why I hope people won't compare the new ABC Show black-ish to The Cosby Show and keep reading for more details on the show including its controversial name. New ABC Show black-ish Video recap: "I feel like I’m especially qualified to tell you to make this distinction as a child who was raised in the 80’s, grew up in NY and actually saw a live taping of … [Read More...]

Product Reviews

Coughing and Wheezing at Night

When Our Son Started Coughing and Wheezing at Night, This Really Helped!

This is a busy week for me. I've attended back to back blogging conferences in Atlanta and now we're leaving for Orlando where I'm moderating a panel at The Niche Parent Conference (#NicheParent14) on getting media attention for your brand or why. So why was I surprised that some weird bug caused A.J. to start coughing and wheezing at night? Coughing and Wheezing at Night I'm trying not to panic about the … [Read More...]

How to Straighten Natural Type 4C Hair ~

How to Straighten Natural Type 4C Hair with #AvedaNaturallyStraight

Even though I went natural in 2009 and stopped using chemical relaxers to straighten my hair, I was reluctant to straighten my hair using a blow dryer and flat iron. I’d heard horror stories about damage from other naturals who’d gone a little too heavy with the heat. But in the last year I’ve learned How to Straighten Natural Type 4C Hair. First, I was a hair model at an Aveda concept salon here in Atlanta. Now I’m … [Read More...]

Bissell Symphony All-in-one Vacuum and Steam Mop Review

Bissell Symphony All-in-One Vacuum and Steam Mop Review

Now that school is back in session and your children are out of the house for several hours a day, have you looked around your home and thought. “This place needs a deep clean!”  I have!  Our floors are always in need of attention, even though I try to remind my family and visitors to remove their shoes. Since my husband cooks his dinners late at night, I often find “presents” like crumbs or diced vegetables on the … [Read More...]

Tablet Trio Karate WAHM

[VIDEO] T-Mobile Free Data Helps Balance After-School Activities and Work at Home Mom Duties with #TabletTrio #CollectiveBias #Shop

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser #TabletTrio. All opinions are mine alone, based on my experience as a work at home mom. Our school year got off to an unconventional start. Here’s some background on what led me to find the perfect after school activity for my pre-k student and how T-Mobile Free Data is helping me juggle it easily. In August, we enrolled in the same … [Read More...]

Talk Show Topic

[VIDEO] How to get a Free EpiPen Coupon ~

Summer Survival Series: [VIDEO] How to get a Free EpiPen Coupon

Part of surviving this summer includes being ready for emergencies including allergic reactions to foods, bug bites and allergens. As a food allergy mom, I'm sharing how to be prepared for emergencies in case you or your children need an epipen. This video explains how to get a free epipen coupon through December 31, … [Read More...]

[VIDEO] My Interview with Actress Busy Philips on Gywneth Paltrow’s Comments about Working Moms ~

[VIDEO] My Interview with Actress Busy Philips on Gywneth Paltrow’s Comments about Working Moms

I had the opportunity to interview actress Busy Philips from ABC's Cougar Town as a special guest on Huffington Post LIVE. She's a new spokesperson for Banana Boat sun protection. Side note: I bought some Banana Boat products at Target on sale last week and got a $5 Target gift card I hope to give away soon. Back on … [Read More...]

Atlanta Area News

Happy 70th Birthday Heifer International #BeyondHunger ~

Happy 70th Anniversary Heifer International #BeyondHunger

With four major grocery stores less than five miles from our home, we have such easy access to affordable food that it's hard to fathom how vastly different it is in other parts of the world. At a 70th Anniversary Heifer International celebration at the Carter Center, I just learned how the organization is fighting hunger and supporting farmers around the world. 70th Anniversary Heifer International At … [Read More...]

Beet Smoothie

I Drank a Beet Smoothie and I Liked It!

Thanks to a recent visit to the Tropical Smoothie Café, first based in Florida and now in Atlanta, I tasted a Beet Smoothie and I liked it! You can find it listed as UnBEETable Berry on the menu. I don't like beets in their uncooked and unprocessed form. Neither does A.J. But we slurped down the beet smoothie along with some other healthy menu options at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Sandy Springs. Keep reading for my … [Read More...]

Fall 2014 Atlanta Kids Consignment Sales ~

Fall 2014 Atlanta Kids Consignment Sales

      I’m a little late with this list, but I know it’s worth it for parents to shop consignment sales each season. Here’s a list of Fall 2014 Atlanta Kids Consignment Sales in October you can still attend. Read closely for each date, guidelines etc. MOPS Children’s Consignment Sale Dates: Friday, October 3rd from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.;  Saturday, October 4th from 9 a.m.  - 1 p.m. Address: … [Read More...]

Figuring Out 40

The Over 40 Friendship Prayer #FiguringOut40 ~

The Over 40 Friendship Prayer #FiguringOut40

I debated how to tackle this subject of female friendships once you turn 40 (or you may have noticed issues in your 30’s). In the last month I've had two significant friendships change. I won't go into the details of who did what to whom or who's right or wrong. Those things are all subject to interpretation. But what … [Read More...]

5 Things I'll Stop Saying in the New Year ~

(VIDEO) 5 Things I’ll Stop Saying in the New Year #FiguringOut40

Happy New Year! While many of you are jogging and working out, I admit I'm not…yet. Instead, I'm focusing on ways to change my attitude and outlook for 2014.  So much of what we say determines how we look at things. I've shared with you my challenges with depression, even though I've had an amazing 2013. Going forward … [Read More...]

Great Things Happened to Me in 2013, But I Was Still Depressed #FiguringOut40

Great Things Happened to Me, But I Was Still Depressed #FiguringOut40

I know a lot of you are working on resolutions for 2014, but I'm still focused on 2013. Although it was a great year for me professionally with this parenting talk show and and other opportunities, I was still depressed for most of the year. Still Depressed Yes. I suffer from depression even though I have - an … [Read More...]

Deals & Discounts

$50 My Family Dollar Giveaway

Celebrate @MommyTalkShow Reaching 8K Twitter Followers with $50 Family Dollar Gift Card Giveaway

Whoo hoo!! I’m so happy that this week I reached 8,000 Twitter followers and to celebrate I’m giving away a $50 Family Dollar Gift Card. It’s thanks largely to many of you who I’ve connected with in … [Read More...]

Save on Back to School Eyeglasses from JCPenny Optical ~

Save on Back to School Eyeglasses at JCPenney Optical

As the parents of a near-sighted child with a drooping eyelid who's been seeing eye specialists since he was a newborn, I thought we were darn there everything about eyeglasses for kids. That … [Read More...]

Back to School Savings with Groupon and Living Social ~

Back to School Savings with Groupon and Living Social

This week I struck up a conversation with a mom in my neighborhood at the frozen yogurt shop. She had a tablet and books on her table. This mom was on a mission. I asked if she was using the yogurt … [Read More...]

Shopping at Kroger Helped Me Pay Less Than $3 Per Gallon for Gas ~

Kroger Fuel Points Helped Me Pay Less Than $3 Per Gallon for Gas

I've been a dedicated Kroger shopper since I discovered the grocery store in 2002 when I moved to Mississippi. Now that I'm a wife and mom in Atlanta, I'm shopping at Kroger even more to feed my … [Read More...]

Three Ways to Save on Summer Essentials at Target #TargetColors ~

Three Ways to Save on Summer Essentials at Target #TargetColors

This summer I've been shopping at Target at least once a week to save on summer essentials. I'll tell you what's always on my shopping list and the three ways I save big every time I walk out of those … [Read More...]

Parenting News

Navigating the NICU: 4 Lessons from a Mother of Twins ~

Navigating the NICU: 4 Lessons from a Mother of Twins

I asked my friend Brittany Mackey to write today’s guest post about her experience as a mom of premature twins – to offer advice on navigating the NICU: “There are two! You’re having … [Read More...]

Tresemme Walgreens

Get Runway Ready Hair with TRESemmé® at Walgreens #ad

  You would think that for Fall my schedule would calm down a bit. Actually it's quite different. I just attended the Type A Parent Blogging Conference in Atlanta, I'm getting ready for Bloggy … [Read More...]

Type A 2014 Badge

Type A Parent Conference 2014: 30+ Thoughts About #TypeACon

I just returned from the Type A Parent Conference 2014, which is one of the largest parenting blogging conferences in the country, but I didn’t have to travel very far. The conference was at the Grand … [Read More...]

Walgreens and Dove Want You to Share Your Real Beauty with #BeautyIs #ad ~

Walgreens and Dove Want You to Share Your Real Beauty with #BeautyIs #ad

Every morning I face a big decision -  make up or no makeup?  In a post-mommy world of working at home, I'm more inclined to to with no makeup because I don't have to worry about sweating it off or my … [Read More...]

Win Influencer Pass to Niche Parent Conference Instagram Video Contest #NicheParent14 -

Win Influencer Pass to Niche Parent Conference: Instagram Video Contest #NicheParent14

      I’m delighted to share that I’m attending the Niche Parent Conference Oct. 16 - 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World, as well as moderating a panel on booking media interviews for … [Read More...]