How I Get My Kids To School On Time

Life of a Mom

My mom level just went up a notch.  My son started real school.  This brings a whole new meaning to my role as mom.  Now there is (real) homework, drop-off, pick-up, PTA, school fundraisers, tests…I’m tired just thinking about it! When both boys were at the same daycare our daily routine was set and executed […]

August 22, 2018


Life of Leigh

I have said this numerous times.  When I found out I was pregnant I was SCARED!  After I had my son the comfort of the hospital was nice.  I could push a button and a very nice lady would come to the room, get my bundle of joy and let me sleep.  When he was […]

June 17, 2018


Life of Leigh

The relationship between a father and a daughter is special.  I don’t think there is another word that more perfectly describes my relationship with my daddy. My dad is a real-life hero.  He retired from the army and served in the Saudi Arabia war.  His mission to protect our country meant he was not able […]

June 16, 2018


Life of Leigh

Grandaddy Artis “Sug” Appling Sr. It was the day before my birthday.  I was 7 months pregnant in upstate New York.  Just me, my husband and our two year old.  Hundreds of miles away from our Floridian family.  Before I could get out of bed for work my father calls. My grandfather had passed away. […]

June 16, 2018


Life of Leigh

How would you feel if every time you entered a room you were announced?  Like there is a major concert and you are the headliner.  That is the way I feel every time I enter a room where my uncle is already there.  I enter the room and hear: “ALANDA LEIGH!” In my very first […]

June 15, 2018

Easiest Pinterest DIY…EVER

Life of Leigh

I often scroll through Pinterest admiring all of the innovative and beautiful DIY projects.  My home should be magazine ready!  That’s assuming I have the same skill level as them.  Let’s be honest, I don’t.  But a girl can dream.  So, when I found this DIY I was ecstatic!  It looked too good to be […]

June 10, 2018

A Letter To My Son

Life of a Mom

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years.  Mommy is so proud of the young man you are becoming.  You are kind, compassionate and have a genuine concern for others.  You’re not my baby anymore.  You’re my big boy going to big boy school.  I knew this day would come…just not so soon.  As […]

June 7, 2018

How I Get My Kids To Eat Veggies

Life of a Mom

How many times can a kid eat chicken nuggets before they get tired of them? Seriously, I want to know!  When I plan our menu for the week I am always looking for different dinner options for the kids.  Very seldom do they eat the same thing as me and my husband.  And, very seldom […]

May 29, 2018

Mothers I Love – My Mama

Life of a Mom, Life of Leigh

Writing this series has been amazing!  It felt good to memorialize the memorable moments I’ve shared with all the mothers in my life.  It came easy because I was truly writing from the heart.  Now that it’s time to do the same for the most important woman in my life, I’m stuck.  I don’t know […]

May 12, 2018