Mommy Was There

Ayva Dance Show

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 […]

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 […]

Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween […]

Getting the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires

Eagle Goodyear

In 2003, I drove from North Carolina to Philadelphia to start a new job. Immediately upon arriving in the city, I ran over a huge pothole. Nervous that I had busted a tire, I got out of the car and surveyed the damage. My tire was fine. Awesome! Unfortunately, the Philly streets offered many, many more […]

Happiness Is: My Essence Fest Experience #CokeEssenceFest

Celebration Wall - Essence Fest

The Essence Music Festival celebrated 20 years this past weekend. Last year, 500 thousand folks were in attendance, and this year, I was fortunate enough to be in that number. I was invited by Coca-Cola to attend the “Party With A Purpose” as a VIP Mom Blogger, and it definitely tops my list as one […]

Don’t Get Dragged: Why I Don’t Take Blogging For Granted

2don't let the smiles fool you

Six years ago, as a pregnant single mother, I walked out of Social Services crying because I was turned down for every single service I’d applied for. Food stamps, utilities assistance, transportation voucher. I didn’t qualify for a thing. I worked full-time, and although I didn’t make enough to cover all of my bills, it […]

Just Married? New Baby? Need Health Care?

Little Girl Wedding

This post is sponsored by Element Associates. Remember a few months ago when I shared information about Affordable Healthcare? I hope that you all were able to get registered before the deadline. If you weren’t, no worries, because open enrollment will begin again in November. Until then, however, did you know that certain qualifying life […]

Take Care, Caregiver


I love being a grownup. The freedom  to do what I want when I want is totally worth having lived those awkward high school years. Each year, I feel like I’m growing more into myself, and I feel really grateful to be alive and healthy. The only downside to being an adult and getting adding […]

My Maya Angelou Memory

Phenomenal Woman

It’s one of those memories that I had forgotten about until just today. When I woke up this morning, and learned that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed, I was immediately taken back to my 9th grade talent show. I was in Philadelphia at the time, and my friends and I performed Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” in […]

{Video} Flip Flops Are Not Shoes…And Other Summer Myths Debunked!

Memorial Day is in a few days, and I know that everyone is starting to get into their summer mode. Before you head out into the sunshine, though, I want to debunk a few summer myths for you. Don’t be mad at me, though, I’m just telling the truth. And all of these things, you […]