The 5 B’s to a successful bedtime routine for your baby!

I’m often asked, “How do you do it?” I don’t know if they mean survive single mom hood or ever have a moment to myself. The answer is clear; a good bedtime routine. I like to call it my 5 B’s. It works like a charm and I never have to worry about my daughter, Kianna going right to sleep. We’ve all heard the horror stories and seen the Super Nanny episodes where the kids get out of bed, slam doors, whine and cry and refuse to go to sleep. I did NOT want that to be me! Here are my 5 B’s.

1.  Bath (every other night is just fine)

2. Bottle (we call it “Bobby” but it’s a sippy cup of warm milk now)

3. Brush (been brushing her teeth since I saw the first one come in)

4. Book (2 books)

5. Bed (done, works like a charm. I sing and hum her favorite melody as I leave)

Kianna peacefully asleep after reading to herself.

Kid Friendly Food Truck Festival

People often wonder if Key West is a place to raise children. I used to wonder the same until I had one. When I first lived here in 1994 I would have never considered having a family here.  Now that I’ve returned and have a child it’s a whole new vision that I have of my new hometown.

Today is the first Food Trucks in Paradise Festival and we hope this becomes an annual event.  I’m so excited about this event because from 11-5 today there will be multiple food trucks, other great vendors, great music, and to make it even greater benefit to the community, a percentage of all sales goes to local charities. Hope to see you all there!



Where have you been?

Kathryn, Jack, Kianna, and Katelynn

I know, I know, I got engaged and then poof I was gone! I moved in with my fiancé, then we bought a new home and now it’s under construction. We traveled to Atlanta during the Summer and during Christmas to visit family. The girls started school full time and we started planning the big day. It may not sound like much but it is. Many of life changes can be difficult to adjust to and believe me, never did I think I would be where I am today and being grateful everyday doesn’t seem like enough. I feel like I’ve been given a great big blessed ball and I’m trying to figure out how to play it.  I sit back now and say, what’s next?  The world of social media is evolving and many of my local friends are also finding out they too can make a living creating content for businesses. I sit back now and think what is my next big move? How will I evolve and create the life I want? Taking care of our girls is wonderful and I love being home with them after school to do homework and extra curricular activities. But what is it that is going to make me fill fulfilled and be more of a contributor to our family?