Living Fearlessly, One Laugh at a Time With Poise Impressa #TryImpressa


In this life there are so many things that hold us back. From hugely looming fears like death or major illness to much smaller worries such as shame or embarrassment. What I find so curious about the little fears is the way we forget how universal they are. And where we might be quick to … Read more

The Crushing Weight of Destroying Another Human: America’s Real Fat Problem

This subject has been on my mind of course because of the recently released “Dear Fat People” video by Nicole Arbour (which I will not link to or promote in any way). I encourage you not to watch it. I can sum it up for you: Fat people are gross. And it’s like, she’s seriously … Read more

The Pilgriming Vine

I’ve been fairly obsessed lately with the voice of Basia Bulat. She’s so wholly original that I find it hard to make comparisons with other musicians. Embracing one of the widest ranges of traditional and obscure instruments I’ve ever seen, singing one song entirely in Polish just because she can, giggling with the most disarmingly … Read more

Your Manufactured Outrage is the Real Enemy of Freedom

I can barely come online lately, I can’t stand watching people tear each other apart over things that either don’t affect them personally at ALL or a week ago they never even thought about. I feel like politicians and the media have somehow brainwashed the masses into thinking they have to be on one of … Read more

Butterflies & Blue Skies Cupcakes!


Today the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to gay marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and making it legal across the entire nation. If this makes you upset, unhappy and rumbly-grumbly, guess what? I DON’T CARE. Haha. Go sit in your nasty little hate corner and cry. This seems like a perfect day … Read more

Craft Your Own Photo Collage #CMYK #MyPrintly


**This is a sponsored post made possible by MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are purely my own! I’ve recently had quite a few opportunities to play around on the MyPrintly website. The site is easy to navigate and they feature so many neat ideas, from cardmaking to gifts to celebrations and party … Read more

Dreft #Amazinghood & An Awesome Giveaway! $165 ARV. Ends 5/16 #DDDivas #sponsored


***This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine From the first glimpse of wet, wrinkly skin; the first wail; the first flash of the bluest eyes- my heart belongs to her. … Read more

Beautiful Cards from Hallmark: A Mother’s Day Giveaway! Ends 05-05 #LoveHallmark


As a child, I remember being slightly in awe of the Hallmark store. Something about the perfectly polished keepsakes waiting in glittering rows held a magic for me that I can’t quite articulate. The allure hasn’t faded in adulthood, either. Who wouldn’t love a store filled with things specifically made to show your love and … Read more

Hamburger Helper Recipe: The Perfect Hands-On Solution For Any Meal! #freebeef #helper


The last few months of the school year are always a wildly hectic time at our house, with end of the year testing kicking into high gear, spring and summer sports beginning, art projects, science projects…well, you get the idea. It can be difficult to find time to shop, let alone cook hot, nutritious meals … Read more

Gwyneth and the Attack of the Condescending Hunger Limes


As part of the #FoodBankNYCChallenge, celebrity chef Mario Batali recently gave Gwyneth Paltrow  the task of  feeding her family for one week on only $29 per person- equivalent to someone living on SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps.) The picture above shows the choices she made. How noble! How brave! Ms. Paltrow and her fans seem … Read more

Yummy Yammy® Sweet Potato Salsa Review + Giveaway Ends 03/27


**This is a sponsored post. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. Here at The Outspoken Yam, we support all yam-related endeavors, so this company was CLEARLY a match made in Miami. I was so excited that I actually signed up for it without really considering … Read more

Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash Giveaway! 3 Winners, Ends 04/15 #Dial #PurexInsiders #MarulaOil #DialMiracleOil


**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I have received free products to help facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. New Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash is infused with caring Marula oil for beautifully, soft skin. This new body wash is formulated with Micro Oil Technology for a … Read more

Give your makeup a makeover with Victoria Jackson® Cosmetics!


I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of Victoria Jackson® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.   I’m a fan of Victoria Jackson and her positive message of empowerment, putting forward the notion that makeup should be used to build confidence and enhance your own natural beauty- not as a mask … Read more

Madonna’s Rebel Heart #RebelHeart #O2O


Whether you love or hate Madonna, she is an iconic force that simply cannot be ignored. Her constant self-reinvention has helped her remain relevant for longer than most wanna-be pop chanteuses have even been alive. If her newly released 13th studio album Rebel Heart is any indication, she will also be sticking around long after … Read more

evian® Facial Spray Giveaway! 20 Winners, Ends 03/29


***This has been a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker. Yams, however, are notorious for their honest opinions. I have an awesome announcement to share with you from the Wilkes Group, distributors of evian Facial Spray! If you’ve been curious to try this product, you’re in luck. They are giving away two 5 oz Facial Sprays … Read more

Disney Villainess Party! #DisneySide


***I received free products to facilitate this post but all JUMPING UP AND DOWN WITH ENTHUSIASM is completely genuine! We recently had the incredible opportunity to host a Disney Villainess Party for the girls and their friends. Since we are all huge Disney fans, we were stoked beyond belief. To help get us in the … Read more

Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub Giveaway! Ends 03/02


*** This is a sponsored post and I received free products in exchange for my honest opinion. Zim’s Advanced Vapor Rub is an all-natural, petroleum-free formula that temporarily relieves cough due to the common cold; it can also be applied to sore muscles and joints for relief from minor aches and pains. It’s available in … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and Cookies!


I hope all of my sweet yams are feeling loved today…and every day! I spent the day cuddled up inside with the fireplace glowing, the snow falling prettily outside and the kitchen full of pink and red baking supplies I honestly don’t even care much about Valentine’s Day, I’m just a sucker for pretty, girly … Read more

Purex Powershot Detergent Review & Giveaway! Ends 02/27, 3 Winners!


**This is a sponsored post brought to you by Purex Insiders. I can’t quite decide if we’re the cleanest people who ever lived or the dirtiest- all I know for certain is that we generate vast mountain ranges of laundry. Anything that makes that task faster, easier or more efficient is truly a pure blessing. … Read more



The cardinals have been out in full force, jewel-colored flashes glittering against the stark background of snow.  I’ve watched this pair over the last year as they built their nest, hatched and raised a pair of boy and girl siblings to teenager-hood. It’s fascinating to see that even now the whole family stays together. I … Read more

AMI Clubwear $50 Giftcard Giveaway! #boots #shoes Ends 1/18


Pretty soon I will be posting my review of a pair of gorgeous boots from AMI Clubwear, but I wanted to let you in on my fabulous giveaway with them right NOW! They feature the latest trends in club fashion, sexy bodycon dresses, swimwear, wicked lingerie and the most outrageously perfect shoes. They generously offered … Read more

Penny Paperheart Doll Giveaway! #LoveHallmark Ends 1/12


**I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. The minute I saw Penny Paperheart from Hallmark, I was over-the-moon in love. She’s just utterly adorable and the sets she comes in are filled with the cutest, most spot-on details. The Deluxe Playset features a house-shaped storage box that folds out into a perfect … Read more

Real Coconut Shell Soy Candles (Made in Hawaii) Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/09


These Coconut Scented Soy Candles are such a cool idea, I knew I’d love them the minute I saw them! Not only are they made of highly scented 100% soy wax, they’re packaged so cleverly in actual coconut shells. I can perfectly imagine being washed away on a tropical isle, the sun glittering off the … Read more

Weird Beauty Moments: Thanks, Disney!

I was clearing off my reading table today, throwing out a bunch of fashion magazines, when I noticed an ad for Estée Lauder’s Modern Muse perfume. It reminded me of when I first saw their ads: I was convinced the name was Modern MOUSE. This notion stuck with me through a long session of staring at … Read more

Professional Cocktail Muddler Bar Tool Review + Giveaway! Ends 11/20


This Professional Cocktail Muddler from Btipsy is the perfect bar tool for the upcoming holiday season. I think it adds a bit of class and sophistication to at-home parties and gatherings. It’s visually very sleek and lovely, made of the highest quality stainless steel with  a grooved nylon head that will never corrode or pollute … Read more

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway! Ends 12/01


I love the flickering, warm ambiance and delicious scents that candles bring to my home. Especially as the days turn darker and chillier, I consider them among the list of essential supplies to keep me cheerful. Fuzzy soft blankets, chunky knit sweaters, suede boots, velvety pillows, stacks of unread books, hearty soups and breads, a … Read more

How To Be A Good Wife.


Take small mouthfuls of food, like a baby bird, and make sure to chew daintily with your mouth closed. Emma Chapman’s How To Be A Good Wife, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller, is punctuated by such glimmering diamonds of 1950’s marital etiquette. I felt an instant kinship upon seeing this- I remember copying similar advice … Read more

Warby Parker x Maiyet collaboration

  **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Looking for a pair of sunglasses that will soar above the rest? Then you’ll definitely want to check out Warby Parker’s new Bird sunglasses. These elegant, Italian-crafted sunglasses were designed from a Warby Parker … Read more

Lace-up Ankle Bootie $21.95 & FREE SHIPPING – 3 Ways to Style Ankle Booties


Styled Look Style Steals – 9/21/15 – Lace up Ankle Bootie $21.95 & FREE SHIPPING – 3 Ways to Style Ankle Booties w/code ANKLEBOOTIES. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase. Here are tips on styling ankle booties 3 different ways: I resisted the ankle boot for … Read more

Ohio Renaissance Festival!


Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill … Read more

NEW Style Steals – 8/31/15 – Transitioning Into Fall


NEW Style Steals – 8/31/15 – Transitioning Into Fall – (Cardigan Steal – $14.95) & FREE SHIPPING w/code MIXEDSEASONS This post contains affiliate links and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase. FALL IS ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE TIMES OF YEAR–THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS, PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS, AND BOOTS! OH HOW I … Read more