He Didn’t Marry Me For My Math Skills


My husband is the money guy in our relationship. Me? I'm way too much of a hippie to be bothered with things like the bottom line. When you're married with a child, though, that flower child attitude about finances isn't going to work. Before we got married, we sat down and really hashed out our … [Continue]

When Your Child Is The Only Black Girl

The Only Black Girl: Helping Your Child Fit In Without Losing Compromising What Makes Them Special

Welcome visitors from Essence.com! I hope you enjoy this post and others here on my site! Get a sense of who I am by checking out my About Me page. I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to visit! For two years since we moved to Oakland, Ayva was the only Black girl in her school. … [Continue]

A 49ers Fan Walks Into A Craft Store…

San Francisco 49ers

Thanks to Verizon for sponsoring this fun 49ers party! I can admit it. I'm a fickle football fan. Three years ago, I bled green for the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, when living in Philly, you don't have much of a choice. Relocating to Oakland gave me the freedom to pick a team based on their … [Continue]

We Got Married Despite The Statistics


My marriage to Terrence never should have happened. If we really assess the situation, we probably never should have met. I was a single mom with a broken heart who was in no way ready for love. He was a hurt bachelor who had vowed to never get married. I lived in Philadelphia. He was in San … [Continue]

Sweet’N Down Low Mug Cake

Sweet'N Low Mug Cake

I'm snacking on the down low as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars I have a question for the Moms out there, and I want you to answer honestly. Who among you has waited for HOURS until your child was absolutely, positively asleep before pulling out a sweet snack so that … [Continue]

Coffee House At Home With NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. They say good things come to those who wait. Well, that's fine and good, and normally I'm a pretty patient person. When it comes to my … [Continue]

Potato, Sausage and Pepper Frittata

Potato, Sausage and Pepper Frittata

This delicious recipe post is sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage. Monday is typically pizza night at our house. There's something about the first day back to school and work after the weekend that pushed dinner waaaaay down the priorities list. The thing is, Terrence is kind of tired of pizza, and … [Continue]

How Ayva Got Her Name

How Ayva Got Her Name

It's been a little over a month since Ayva started kindergarten, and I'm incredibly amazed at the young scholar my baby girl is becoming. Every week she comes home with all of the work she's completed in class in a folder, and it's hard to believe that she does that much in less than 6 hours each … [Continue]

Teaching Kids About Fire Safety with Sparky The Fire Dog

Teaching Young Children Fire Safety

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the great folks at NFPA & WeAreTeachers. This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and as Ayva is now in kindergarten, it's the perfect time to be really intentional with lessons about fire safety. Does your child know what to do if there's a fire in … [Continue]

Family Fun At The Sacramento Zoo

Ayva and the zebra

This past weekend, Ayva, Terrence and I jumped in the car and headed to Sacramento for a quick overnight getaway. Every once in awhile it's nice to just go, you know? We hit the road without telling Ayva where we were going and made our first stop at the sweet Sacramento Zoo. The zoo has been around … [Continue]