Meet Brandi

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Hello there!  I’m Brandi, an African-American mom blogger, the mother of a fabulous 5-year-old, and newlywed wife  to an outrageously loving husband (read our incredible love story).  My daughter and I recently moved to Oakland, California from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I had lived for almost 10 years. We love everything about the West Coast, from the farmer’s market to Disneyland, and it’s clear to me that we were absolutely destined to be California girls!

Who Is Brandi?

Nearly 5 years ago, I was a single mother living in Philadelphia and was looking for a way to both celebrate and  work through the challenges of being a new mom. I started Mama Knows It All to chronicle my own personal journey. This site has evolved, though, and now it is a resource for women all over the world who are looking for encouragement as they figure out what being a mom means for them. In addition to helpful tips and information, I share intimate stories about my life and my family to let other women know that regardless of their circumstances, they are not alone.

For just about a decade, I was a Creative Educator, teaching playwriting and drama to youth all over Philadelphia. I  also wrote interdisciplinary curricula, and created the D.R.A.M.A. Queens program (Dream Realizing and Mission Accomplishing Queens) to encourage positive self-esteem in girls and women. Uplifting girls and women comes naturally to me, and I’ve carried that same D.R.A.M.A. Queens attitude into Mama Knows It All!

Meet The Family

Ayva Grace
Ayva, my spunky 5-year-old is really the reason that I’m blogging at all. A lover of books, dancing, and all things princess, this kindergartener keeps me on my toes and makes the sun shine brighter in my world!

Terrence, our sweet Papa Bear, has taken to fatherhood like a champ. Calm and organized, he loves cars, traveling, and is the reason Ayva and I are USC Trojans and 49ers fans. A non-profit manager, his heart is as big as his handsome smile!

About The Blog

I had no idea when I first started this blog how much it would change my life! Since 2010, I have been fortunate to have opportunities open up for me like becoming a contributor on iVillage and Hello Beautiful, a brand ambassador for Stonyfield Yogurt, Hamilton Beach, and Little Remedies, and working with national brands like McDonald’s, Sears, Quaker Oats, and many more. I LOVE partnering with agencies on sponsored posts, reviews, press trips and experiences for brands and companies that my family and I authentically use in our lives.

In addition to working with brands, I put my love of social media to use in my role as a co-founder of the blogger support network, Pushing Lovely, and social marketing consultant for a variety of start-ups, individuals and agencies.

Top Mom Blogger

In July 2014, I was honored to be recognized as one of’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers!

It was the perfect way to kick off my 4th year of blogging!

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