Book Review: Kickass Single Mom

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest You and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children by Emma Johnson is a must-read book for newly-divorced moms unsure of what to do next with their finances, career, and relationships with your ex-spouse and children.

Creator of, Emma Johnson uses her experience going through a divorce with children and starting her own business,  to encourage newly or soon-to-be divorced moms how to navigate finances on a single budget and obtain financial independence.  She also helps to dismiss “mom-guilt” for those moms returning to work either out of necessity, desire, or both.

Not only does this book cover finances, but it is also extremely practical advice on the dos and don’ts of co-parenting and dating again with kids.

l’d definitely recommend this to any newly single mom.  This book can give you some great ideas to move forward and not be afraid.  It lays out a plan to get you started, to help you feel confident and have power to move on and be strong.  The financial, emotional, and sound career advice is relatable, encouraging, useful, and even inspiring at times.  If you are feeling nervous about your finances and unsure about what to do next during this difficult time – this book is definitely for you!

Purchase your copy through Amazon here.

(On a side note: If you are not going through a divorce, but are trying to balance finances on a single budget (even if it is not your own), this book has plenty of useful information as well.  I found the chapters on reducing debt and starting your own business very motivating and applicable.)

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Mobile App To Energize Your Workout

Creating your own workouts at home is convenient and budget-friendly, but it can be a bit boring at times.  And, for some people (like me) it can be tough to stay motivated through the end.

There are a lot of free workout programs on Instagram (see our favorite here) which are great – but toggling between the video, circuit instructions, and your phone timer can easily break up your momentum. Well… there’s an app for that!

Seconds, a free mobile app, is an interval timer for HIIT, Tabata, and circuit training workouts.  Plug in your moves, the time for each interval, time to rest, add your music, and you are ready to go!  The app will tell you (yes, tell you) what move to do, what move is coming up and count down the last few seconds of each move.  This is a cool way to energize your workout!

The free version is fine, but if you have a circuit routine you like and want to save, you’ll want to upgrade to the Seconds Pro Interval Timer. The cost is $4.99 and if you think you’ll use it, I really think it’s worth it.

Here’s a screen shot of Seconds Interval Pro

If you use it, let us know what you think – or if you are using another app you like, tell us too.  We love to try out new apps if it will keep us motivated!

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Happy Friday!!!

Great Beer and People at Sibling Revelry


No, that is not a misspelling.  It’s not Sibling Rivalry,  but Sibling Revelry.  Revelry is defined in the Google dictionary as “lively and noisy festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol.”  Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

Lively and festive was the vibe we got when we walked into Sibling Revelry for our tour.  A few people stood talking and laughing behind the long, wooden bar with a plethora of beers on tap while a dog named Cooper ran playfully in and out of the taproom.  Haley, the marketing coordinator at Sibling Revelry, introduced herself and then introduced us to Wally Weiss, the Assistant Brewmaster who would be giving us the tour of the brewery.

Wally grabbed the beer he was sipping, and guided us into the back to walk us through the beer-making process.  We started by climbing ladders to look inside the massive mashing tun and lautering tun, and we  learned about boiling the beer and adding the hops near the end to avoid too bitter of a beer.

“One of the reasons Pete and I get along is because we don’t like bitter beer.”  “Pete” we learned is Pete Velez, the Head Brewmaster who we later met during our tasting.  When we talked to Pete, he described the smell of brewing beer as “delicious.”

But, before I get side-tracked, let’s get back to Wally.  We finished our tour after seeing the fermentation tanks, the gigantic refrigeration unit and the canning process.  Did I mention they have the capacity to can 51 beers a minute?

We also learned that they pride themselves on self-distribution.  “We have six salespeople and two full-time drivers.”  All of who are getting the word out about Sibling Revelry.  Apparently, it’s working.  You can now find Sibling Revelry in nineteen Ohio Heinen’s grocery stores.  It’s also available for purchase at their Brewery and throughout Northeast Ohio in bars, liquor stores, grocery stores and in many local restaurants.

Sibling Revelry kegs

Moving on to our favorite part, it was finally time to taste the beer.  Ashlee and I were given a wooden tray in the shape of Ohio designed to hold seven smaller beers.

What was so impressive was the vast difference in options like the Lavender Wit which is a really light beer to the Coffee Red which is similar to their popular Red Ale “with a lightly roasted and sweetened coffee finish”.  Their seasonal beer was Yet Another Pumpkin, which I assumed I wouldn’t like, but left considering it one of my top three picks!  This has me looking forward to their winter seasonal release, Pecan Brown Ale, which will ship out November 1st.  I also enjoyed their IPA and Noble Sibling which they made in collaboration with Noble Beast Brewing Co. of Cleveland.

Ashlee’s top picks were the cream ale Sabatico, Lemongrass Saison (we later learned is Gluten-free ), and Coffee Red which they collaborated with the Cleveland craft coffee roastery  duck-rabbit.

It became apparent that Sibling Revelry isn’t just about making good beer.  They are about collaboration and community too.  Take for instance their Tuesday Trivia Night, Taproom Music Nights, seasonal parties for all ages, Balance and Brews (yes yoga and beer), Sip and Savasana Yoga, an impressive food truck line-up and more.  Check out the Events page at Sibling Revelry for full details.  We will definitely be going back for one of their fun events!

So, whether you want to learn about wort, lautering, or how hops affect the taste of beer, or you just want to sit back, sip a beer, and enjoy the revelry – head over to Sibling Revelry in Westlake – trust us, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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Lady’s Manhattan

What’s all the fuss about Manhattan’s?    After our visit to Tom’s Foolery Distillery, we were inspired to make our own version – The Lady’s Manhatten.  It turned out really amazing:

Lady’s Manhattan:

– Ice
– Lime wedge
– 1 Shot Bourbon – We prefer Tom’s Foolery Bourbon!
– 1/2 Shot Chambord (raspberry liquor -yum)
– Soda Water

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in a shot of bourbon, 1/2 shot of chambord, and fill remainder of glass with soda water of choice.  Squeeze the lime in your drink and throw the wedge in  – with authoritAY – like Ashlee does in the video below:


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Almond Joy Snack


We know we can’t sit around eating Almond Joy candy bars,
but we can treat ourselves with this yummy snack to trick our brains into thinking we are having something bad.
Try adding these three ingredients to a container of choice, shake to mix it up and enjoy your healthy almond joy!


Ingredients for Almond Joy snack



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An Edgy Workout Outfit that Doesn’t Break the Bank

 Black and White Fitness Outfit
Here are some great accessories that can add an edgy look to your fitness wardrobe.  All of these items can be found at Nordstrom Rack –  click on the links below to purchase or shop around at your local retailers for a similar look.


 Let’s start with tops.   I love high necks, so we’ve given you three options above.  Personally, I love skulls, so this Betsey-Johnson Flower Crown Skull Racerfront tank  is perfect!   But, if you are looking for a classier version of a high neck workout top that still looks awesome with edgy pants, try the Lorna Jane Tash Excel Tank in white.   You can also go with the plain black C & C California racerback tank which goes with everything because of the cut of the top.


These Z by Zella shredded black tights will add instant edge to your workout outfit. Period.

The best part about all of these tops and pants?  They are each under $40!


Sneakers?  I love all black sneakers, but these Gel Kayano Asics rock.  But for all of you Nike fans out there – try the Nike Juvenate Pebbled Leather Sneaker – which is a a pretty cool sneaker too.
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