Old Traditions Made New With #CanItForward Day

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my grandmother's kitchen. There was a big table with plenty of chairs for all the folks who would drop in to visit her all the time. In that kitchen, at that table, she mixed cakes while chatting with friends, started her mornings with devotion and Bible readings … [Continue]

Sweet Suite – At Home! #SweetSuite14 #BBNYC

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Many thanks to the organizers of Sweet Suite 2014 for the Box Of Awesome! They call it the "Biggest Night of Play", and for good reason. The Sweet Suite is an amazing, interactive, personal expo of the year's best toys that's organized by the talented Laurie Schacht, Charlene DeLoach, Joey … [Continue]

All That Matters

All That Matters

I've taken a lot of crap in my life. Disrespect. Discrimination. There have been times when I've continued in relationships where I had to minimize myself, or jobs where I felt that I was stuck even though I was being mistreated. I've second guessed and short changed myself. Lowered … [Continue]

Dinner And An Old Fashioned

Dinner And An Old Fashioned

This old fashioned dinner was inspired as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars Terrence and I have been married for 11 months this week, and it's already like we've been together forever.  We really can just relax around each other. I can't say it enough, we are definitely the … [Continue]

Energy For Kindergarten With @alternaVites Kids

Energy For Kindergarten With alternaVites Kids

Thanks to alternaVites Kids for sponsoring this post and helping Ayva have energy for kindergarten! My Ayva has a lot of energy. She wakes up at 6:30 AM, and can go all day without a nap. Even during the weeks this summer when she participated in dance camp for six hours each day, she'd still … [Continue]

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 … [Continue]

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 … [Continue]

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 little tail on a chair … [Continue]

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 her … [Continue]

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 away from my home, but Ayva … [Continue]