How To Advocate For Your Children To Succeed

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How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed by Janeane Davis BOOK BLAST Janeane Davis, Superwoman, mother of 4, wife of 24 years, and friend wrote the book “How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed” in order to help parents use their skills and talents to help their children reach their own definitions of […]

Working On Perspective

Working On Perspective

Earlier today I called my husband in tears after a negative interaction with a colleague. He listened to me talk, and then confessed that he was really concerned about me. Over the last few weeks I haven’t really been eating, and my insomnia is back with a vengeance. He said that he wasn’t just concerned […]

Black Girls Don’t Swim?

Black Girls Don't Swim?

I never learned how to swim. It wasn’t high on my parent’s list of priorities, and when I became an adult, it wasn’t that high on mine, either.  There was a point in my life where I owned about 20 different bikinis. I would go to the pool or the beach, but sit my skinny […]

How Not To Freak Out About Kindergarten

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It seems so cliché to be anxious about Ayva starting kindergarten in a few weeks, but you know what? The anxiety and nervousness that I’m feeling about her starting grade school is real, and yeah, I’m freaking out a little bit. When Ayva started going to daycare at 3 months old, I was there with […]

Mommy Was There

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Last week was crazy. I spent most of my days with a knot in my stomach and my head throbbing with pain because of the stress of feeling like I needed to be two places at once. A huge conference for work that I was presenting at for the first time was happening 45 minutes […]

What To Do When: Your Husband Is Fine

What To Do When Your Husband Is Fine

My husband and I met at a conference in 2010. I was in the lobby on my computer with an attitude and looking a hot mess when he walked up to me and asked me to keep an eye on his bag. I should have said no. I mean, seriously, this guy was a stranger and […]

Back On The Menu Challenge At Build Pizzeria

Pizza at Build In Berkeley

Thanks, BEANO® +DAIRY DEFENSE™, for sponsoring this post and helping me put dairy back on the menu! Two lactose intolerant people walk into a pizza shop… Sounds like the beginning of a really bad date night, right? It didn’t turn out that way for Terrence and me, on a visit to Build Pizzeria in Berkeley the […]

Stay UNDER Grocery Budget? Yes! #GroceryChallenge

Grocery Budget Tutor

I’ve shared a lot about some of the financial struggles that I had as a former single mother. Even though my family is doing much better now, I’m still dealing with some of the challenges of being working poor for so many years. Thanks to my brilliant husband, I’m working on paying off debt, clearing up […]

Overcoming Perfection (Oh, and I wrote a book.)

Overcoming Perfection - Mama Knows It All

I remember the exact moment I became a perfectionist. I was in college, working part-time as an administrative assistant at a large pharmaceutical company. It was in the late 90′s when the economy was booming, and everyone with “manager” in their title had a secretary whether they needed it or not. My boss did not […]

Chilling And A Sweet’N Low Lemon Drop

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Our Sweet’N Low Lemon Drop was shaken up as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars My husband and I are the king and queen of the  after work wind down. Every night, at 7 PM PST, we put our child to bed, and the chilling commences. Some evenings we fire up the DVR […]