Reinventing The Feel #NakedMoms

Reinventing The Feel #NakedMoms

I can remember the exact moment I changed from being Brandi to Brandi, Ayva's Mom. It was on the day of my ultrasound to determine my unborn child's gender. When I heard the words, "It's a girl!", my life was forever changed. My heart exploded, the agape love switch turned on in my brain, and I haven't been the same since. That day marked the start of my reinvention. Not just a change from the way I saw motherhood, but a change in the way I saw myself. Quite frankly, before I became a Mom, I … [Read more...]

Finally Finishing #runDisney #DisneySMMoms

My #runDisney Experience

I don't have a bucket list. When I was in my 20's, I did, but as I got older, I realized that so many cool experiences exist in the world that I don't even know about, why limit myself to only the things that I know? Life is my bucket list. Since adopting that philosophy, the most amazing things have happened to me. Most recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a Fun Run with runDisney and run through Disneyland and California Adventure before they opened as part of the Disney Social … [Read more...]

Simple Ways Moms Can Encourage Their Families To Live Well

Simple Ways Moms Can Encourage Their Families To Live Well

My mother is the fastest walker I know. After years of hustling and bustling as a pedestrian in Philadelphia, she can easily do a mile in 8 minutes walking. Once, when visiting her from college with some of my friends, we struggled to keep up with her pace, and vowed then and there to start working out! I was reminded of my mom's athleticism when browsing through United Healthcare's Generation of Wellness and LiveWellAndPassItOn websites. The sites were created as a resource to encourage healthy … [Read more...]

Growing Up Mama #NakedMoms

Mama Knows It All

At the beginning of my motherhood journey, I was a tad bit tentative. I was already dealing with some "about to be 30 and single" growing pains before I had Ayva. After she was born, there was a period of self-doubt, guilt and shame, that had it gone without being handled, could have greatly affected the type of mother that I would become. My biggest issue? Fear of being a stereotype.  I wanted Ayva to have the same opportunities and experiences as a child from a two-parent family, and I was … [Read more...]

We’re Not Going To #BanBossy


There's a new girl power initiative spreading across the internet that's backed by some of the world's biggest bosses. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In has spearheaded the #BanBossy movement to stop girls from being branded as bossy, and to encourage them to become leaders. Now y'all know I'm all about uplifting women and girls, but I'm not convinced that bossy needs to be banned. For me, it's not a matter of the mission of the campaign. I think it's great. Absolutely, … [Read more...]

Practicing Patience

Practicing Patience At Bedtime

Today was a long day. I had tons of work to do, several meetings to attend. To top the day off, I had to drive Ayva to our church, during rush hour, about a 1/2 hour away. Then come home. Then go back and get her a couple of hours later. Needless to say, I'm exhausted. When we came home, Ayva put on her jammies, and right before I was getting ready to kiss her goodnight and go in my room and crash, she said, "What about our Bible story?" A few nights ago, we started a nightly Bible lesson, and … [Read more...]

How To Be A Better Wife in 20 Minutes Or Less

How To Be A Better Wife in 20 Minutes or Less

Whoever said the first year of marriage would be the most difficult, clearly never met my husband. We are just about at the halfway mark, and things are still going really, really good. I don't worry about jinxing things because both of us are working hard to make sure we're keeping the other happy. Both Terrence and I are learning to be submit ourselves to each other, to be humble, and most importantly, to compromise. 10 Things To Say To Your Husband Every Single Day  Here's an example. … [Read more...]

10 Things To Say To Your Husband Every Day

Words of Affirmation for Your Husband - Mama Knows It All

There's a new trend among married folks that I agree with completely. Instead of the "ol' ball and chain" stereotype that used to define matrimony, men and women are treating marriage like a gift (because it is), and their spouses like a prize (because they are). Nowadays, wives aren't belittling their husbands for laughs. I mean, some may try, but if they're lucky, a sistergirl pulls them to the side real quick and sets them real straight. Sitcoms showing the long-suffering wife tolerating … [Read more...]

What Are Your Soul Goals?

What are your 2014 Soul Goals?

I just finished making my vision board for 2014. I know, I know. It's so cliché and overdone, right? All of these lists and vision boards and one word posts. You get it. New year, new me and all of that. It's totally not necessary for me to write yet another blog post about how hard this year is going to rock. And yet, here I am. Another blogger writing another blog post about how hard this year is going to rock.  You know why I'm writing it? I'm not doing it for pageviews or headpats (although … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Moms Can Learn From Beyonce

10 Lessons for Moms from Beyonce

Last Thursday, Beyonce, superstar that she is, released a self-titled album completely out of the blue. How she was able to surprise hundreds of thousands of fans with 13 songs and 17 videos is a mystery to lots of folks, but not to me. I mean, she's a Mom, right? And (in my Phaedra Parks from the Real Housewives of  Atlanta voice) everybody knows that Moms can do anything! Love her or hate her, there are plenty of lessons that fellow mothers can learn from Beyoncé. … [Read more...]