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Mocha Dad

  • Last-Minute Shopping Hacks for People Who Hate Waiting in Lines
    I am a last-minute shopper. It is a badge of honor I wear with pride. I love the hustle and bustle of the crowded malls. I love the sound of Christmas music playing in the background as people scurry to snatch any remaining items from the shelves. I…
    - 22 Dec 16, 11:20am -
  • Top 10 Best Gifts for Dads
    Shopping for dads can be tough at times. What do you get for the guy who has everything? We’ve curated a list of the 10 best gifts for dads this holiday season to help make your shopping a little easier. 1. Kenmore 4 Burner Stainless Steel Lid Gas…
    - 17 Nov 16, 5:41pm -
  • It’s Time to Honor Our Veterans
    According to the 2014 U.S. Census there are over 21.8 million veterans in the United States. Members of my family are represented in this number. In each major conflict that America has been involved in, my family members have fought bravely and serv…
    - 9 Nov 16, 10:26am -
  • 4 Off-The-Beaten Path Family Travel Destinations
    I like to travel. However, I don’t like going to the same destinations all the time. I enjoy variety and I’m thrilled when I discover places to visit. I’ve added the following destinations to my travel bucket list and you should to. These fou…
    - 2 Nov 16, 8:45am -
  • Dad Time Weekend Sweepstakes
    Life is hectic, especially if you’re a dad. Between work, driving kids to their activities, attending functions, and doing chores around the house, there is rarely any time left for rest and relaxation. However, taking time to decompress is importa…
    - 28 Oct 16, 8:50am -
  • How to Plan a Guys Getaway With Your Sons
    Although I enjoying traveling with my whole family, I sometimes like to take my sons on a short trip for guys weekend. We like to call our journeys, MANcations. These mini-vacations give us time to bond, have fun, and create long-lasting memories. I…
    - 17 Oct 16, 8:36pm -
  • 6 Ways to Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping
    It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us. As I type this post from my office in Houston, TX, the temperature is 90 degrees (Jack Frost, where are you?). Nevertheless, I’m already making my holiday shopping plans. Here are a…
    - 13 Oct 16, 1:36pm -
  • Cool Mobile Tech for Busy Families
    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Families are busier than ever before. With work, sports, music recitals, and other pressing commitments, families must find creative ways to keep track of everything and stay connected to one another…
    - 11 Aug 16, 12:10am -
  • Sears Back-To-School Fashions
    My sons and I have a Back-to-School tradition. Each year, we go clothes shopping during Texas’ Tax-Free weekend. People always tell me I’m crazy to brave the crowds, but I love it. Shopping during this weekend is exciting, but it also marks the e…
    - 8 Aug 16, 10:43pm -
  • How to Stay Safe When Traveling with Children
    Travel is fun, enriching, and relaxing. It is a great way to connect with your family and teach your kids about the world. Unfortunately, the world can be a dangerous place and it is important to think about safety when planning your journey. By taki…
    - 25 Jul 16, 7:24pm -

My Brown Baby

  • Musical Healing: The MyBrownBaby Blackety-Black Spotify Playlist
    It’s quite simple, really: music heals. And right about now, we need some healing. When I’m in that kind of space, when self-care is paramount...The post Musical Healing: The MyBrownBaby Blackety-Black Spotify Playlist appeared first on MyBrownB…
    - 16 Nov 16, 1:04am -
  • When The Challenges Are Stacked: Raising My Black Daughter With Special Needs
    There is joy in parenting black children with special needs. But what happens when you have to educate her and everyone else about the double social stigma?The post When The Challenges Are Stacked: Raising My Black Daughter With Special Needs appear…
    - 15 Nov 16, 11:51am -
  • A Declaration For Children: Our Vow To Uplift Through Books
    With paintbrushes and pens in hand, we children's book authors and illustrators vow to use our work to seek equality, justice, and peace for children.The post A Declaration For Children: Our Vow To Uplift Through Books appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 14 Nov 16, 9:01am -
  • Trump Election: How To Talk To Your Kids About This Mess
    Oh, be clear: like many of you, the day after the Trump election, I woke up not quite sure what to say to the girlpies....The post Trump Election: How To Talk To Your Kids About This Mess appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 10 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • The MyBrownBaby YOU Want: Take Our Survey
    After eight years of bringing you posts that matter to Black moms, MyBrownBaby is stepping into a new chapter. Take this quick survey to help us retool. The post The MyBrownBaby YOU Want: Take Our Survey appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 8 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • It Matters: Vote in Tuesday’s 2016 Presidential Election
    This is our house—our America. And when our house is chaotic and disorganized and dirty, we clean it. Because it is ours. We own it. Vote. It still matters.The post It Matters: Vote in Tuesday’s 2016 Presidential Election appeared first on MyBro…
    - 6 Nov 16, 2:00pm -
  • My Black Son Could’ve Been Shot By Police In My House
    When her Black son forgets the secret word needed to turn off the burglar alarm, this mom imagines the very worst: police showing up to her doorstep.The post My Black Son Could’ve Been Shot By Police In My House appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 1 Nov 16, 12:01am -
  • This NFL Wife IG’d the Cutest Pregnancy Pic Ever—and Got Bullied For It
    By MARTAVIA WYNN Last month, I uploaded this pregnancy pic of my growing family. My intentions were to announce to my relatives and friends that we...The post This NFL Wife IG’d the Cutest Pregnancy Pic Ever—and Got Bullied For It appeared firs…
    - 31 Oct 16, 12:01am -
  • Beyoncé Jack-O-Lanterns Slay
    Look at these Beyoncé pumpkin carving templates!The post Beyoncé Jack-O-Lanterns Slay appeared first on MyBrownBaby.
    - 27 Oct 16, 10:55am -
  • Birds, Bees and Truelove: a Father’s YA novel Tackles Sex and Abstinence
    A respected children's book author opens up an honest conversation about sex by letting his son read his young adult novel, "The Making of Dr. Truelove."The post Birds, Bees and Truelove: a Father’s YA novel Tackles Sex and Abstinence appeared fir…
    - 26 Oct 16, 12:01am -

Black and Married with Children

  • 3 Ways to Fight for Your Marriage (and Win) After an Affair
    Affairs are messy. I’m not trying to be glib but for lack of a better word, messy just fits. Everything becomes a mess when a man, or woman, “puts asunder” what God has joined together in holy matrimony. When asked to write this article, I was…
    - 6 days ago 11 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • Here’s How My Life and My Marriage Changed When I Allowed God’s Plan to Take Over
    By: Angelique Redus-McCoy Two years ago, my family and I moved from our hometown to a city that, quite truthfully, had never been on our radar.  I left a job that I loved and where I felt loved. We left the home where we started our family, a home…
    - 7 days ago 10 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • Parents: Seek Advice or Parent on the Fly? These 5 Tips Could Help You Decide
    By: Dr. George James Is there a perfect way to be a parent?  Maybe you’ve read all the books, heard all the stories and watched all the videos.  At the same time, there’s a part of you that has tried to figure it out on your own.  It is normal…
    - 8 days ago 9 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • Did My Husband Cross the Line by Agreeing to Sleep with My Sister So That We Could Have a Baby?
    Dear Dr. Buckingham, Please help me work through my anger and disappointment with my husband. I married my husband who was also my high school sweet heart. We have been together 10 years and have had problems over the past two years because I recentl…
    - 9 days ago 8 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • Try These 3 Knock Out Punches When Fighting to Turn Your Marriage Around
    Were you deeply in love with your spouse when you got married? Most people are. Here is the person who you have taken the time to get to know, appreciate, adore, and then love. A future together feels right. So, you take the leap. You jump the broom.…
    - 10 days ago 7 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • 3 Heart Strong Ways to Stay True to Your Vow of Celibacy
    For a long time, celibacy was seen as a thing for nuns and priests, you know, people of the cloth. Anyone outside of these life choices was viewed as having a few screws loose if they opted to join this club. So, here you are. You’ve decided to be…
    - 13 days ago 4 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • 5 Financial Tips to Keep Money from Ruining Your Relationship
    By: Dr. George James Some say that money is the root of all evil while others believe the love of money is the source of all evil.  In loving committed relationships, money can become the evil that breaks the couple up.  In a healthy relationship,…
    - 14 days ago 3 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • 5 Easy Ways to Trim the Fat and Put Cash Back in Your Pocket
    A few days ago I renegotiated my Direct TV cable bill. After a quick ten minute call my bill was slashed by $60 a month for the very same cable package. I also got NFL Sunday Ticket thrown in for free. I’ll save $720 a year, after just a ten minute…
    - 15 days ago 2 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • Should I Keep Dating My Young Lady or Find Someone Older?
    Dear Dr. Buckingham, I am 35 years old and I am dating a 26-year young lady who has no job, but she is full of ideas. My fear is that she will rely on me. I am also fearful that about what society will say about the age gap between us. She looks youn…
    - 16 days ago 1 Aug 17, 6:00am -
  • 3 Ways to Take Your Marriage Off Auto-Pilot and Avoid the Crash and Burn
    There’s nothing like the excitement of a new relationship. I recently went to a friend’s birthday party and watched as she interacted with a gentleman I didn’t know. However, their body language said it all. His eyes followed her around the roo…
    - 17 days ago 31 Jul 17, 6:00am -

We Got Kidz

  • An Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece that You Can Make with the Kids
      Thanksgiving is fast approaching; and if it’s your turn to host the holiday festivities this year, you may be hard-pressed to find a few easy, unique, and creative ways to decorate your home. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be. Y…
    - 3 Nov 15, 9:00am -
  • 11 of the Worst Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids
      I’m sure we’re all familiar with how crazy and downright disturbing some adult Halloween costumes can get. (Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman couples costume?? Seriously??) The reality is that it’s very easy for some kid’s costumes to cr…
    - 18 Oct 15, 9:00am -
  • Here’s a Convenient Way the Prepaid Visa® RushCard Can Help You Manage your Budget
    It’s been a few weeks since I partnered with Visa Clear Prepaid and received my Prepaid Visa® RushCard in the mail. Since budgeting and grocery shopping for a family of four can be challenging, my plan was to add my weekly grocery budget to my car…
    - 20 Aug 15, 8:00am -
  • Natural Hair Kids Product Review! Aunt Jackie’s Girls [Video]
    The kind folks over at Aunt Jackie’s sent us their full line of Girls products for us to try. Of course we were eager to test them out and share our results with you guys. Check out this super cute video outlining how to use the products and our fa…
    - 13 Aug 15, 9:40am -
  • Saving Money and Sanity with the Prepaid Visa® RushCard
    I’m so excited! You guys are in for a treat as I’ve just teamed up with my friends at Prepaid Visa® RushCard to share with you a couple of amazing ways to keep your family on budget and more organized. Back in college, I used a prepaid card to h…
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:00am -

The Young Mommy Life

  • Monster High Dolls Make Christmas Come Alive
    This post is sponsored by Mattel on behalf of WomensForum.com. It’s the funniest thing. My kids will sit with their eyes glued on YouTube for hours if I let them, watching others (usually adults!) open up and play with popular toys and video games.…
    - 8 Dec 16, 12:28pm -
  • Monster High Dolls Make Christmas Come Alive
    This post is sponsored by Mattel on behalf of WomensForum.com. It’s the funniest thing. My kids will sit with their eyes glued on YouTube for hours if I let them, watching others (usually adults!) open up and play with popular toys and video games.…
    - 8 Dec 16, 12:25pm -
  • New American® Girl Character Encourages Girls To #LiftYourVoice
    This post is a collaboration between TheYoungMommyLife.com and American Girl. American Girl dolls are recommended for girls 8 and up.  I want my daughter to be able to see herself in her world. Since she was born I’ve searched high and low to surr…
    - 20 Aug 16, 6:27am -
  • Tackling My Emotional Eating Habits In The Quest For Better Health – #LifeIsWhy
     This post is sponsored by American Heart Association, but all of the opinions and stories are my own. “Mommy, how come every time we go to the grocery store we have to stop in the bakery section?” my daughter asked me a few months ago. I stoppe…
    - 30 Dec 15, 1:00pm -
  • Shop Cricket Wireless This Holiday Season + A Giveaway!
    This article is sponsored by Cricket Wireless. All opinions are 100% my own. I don’t know what it is about the holidays (maybe it’s all the gift-giving and get-togethers?), but without fail I start thinking about my budget and how I can save mone…
    - 11 Dec 15, 9:39am -
  • Three Ways Husbands Can Support Their Wife’s Transition To Natural Hair
    When I was pregnant with my son seven years ago, I decided to stop getting relaxers and start rocking my natural hair texture. I had no idea what my natural hair texture was, but I remembered that the last time I wore my hair as it grew out of my sca…
    - 8 Dec 15, 11:23am -
  • #TreatYoSelf: 25 Gifts Under $25 To Gift Yourself This Holiday Season
    I know so many of us are running around crazy, trying to ensure everyone else has a lovely holiday season. Prepping menus and racing to stores (maybe doing a little online shopping?) — whatever it is, it’s keeping us busy. And while many of us ar…
    - 4 Dec 15, 2:40pm -
  • How I Find Time To Bond With My Daughter Every Week
    I used to fret about getting quality time with my daughter, as she is at the stage where she prefers being curled up in the corner with a good book (she is my child for sure!) versus hanging around her mom all day. Sob. She’s entering that tween st…
    - 23 Nov 15, 11:13am -
  • Don’t Be Scared To Show The Real You
    Last week was a difficult week on many levels. Personal challenges were coming at me left and right and at one point, I burst into tears in public, sobbing quietly on my way to the car. I went home to do what I always do — get in the bed and cry pr…
    - 17 Nov 15, 9:12am -
  • “Mommy, She Looks Like Me!” The Dove Hair #LoveYourCurls Campaign Shows Why Representation Matters
    “Mommy, that little girl looks like me,” my daughter says, excitedly, tugging my arm to get me to turn my head as we cruise down the aisle of Target. A cute black girl with a halo of tight curls is featured on the signage in the girls’ departme…
    - 16 Nov 15, 10:13am -
  • Do You Wanna Be Happy? (The Secret Might Just Be Easier Than We Think)
    Every day for the past two weeks, I’ve listened to one song on repeat: Kirk Franklin’s newest single, “Wanna Be Happy?” If you’re tired of being the same If you’re tired of things not changing It’s time for you to get out the way Don’…
    - 30 Oct 15, 11:09am -
  • [GIVEAWAY] 4-Ticket Family Pack To The Great Lakes Science Center
    I was provided full admission to the Science Center for my family and four full admission tickets for a giveaway to my readers, by Great Lakes Science Center. As always, all opinions are my own. As my children are growing older and their schoolwork g…
    - 30 Oct 15, 10:12am -
  • My First Stitch Fix Box: Like “What Not To Wear” But Without The Humiliation
    Back in the early 2000s, my favorite show was “What Not to Wear.” I absolutely loved watching Clinton Kelly and Stacy London ambush an unsuspecting, fashionably atrocious woman and needle her into admitting that she needed help with her style cho…
    - 21 Oct 15, 1:14pm -
  • Caring More About How My Body Feels Than How It Looks
    This is a sponsored post by Fiber One and these opinions are 100% my own. Last year I published a piece on giving up my Netflix membership so I could sign up for a gym membership. The goal was to get active and do something about the bad habits I had…
    - 11 Oct 15, 7:12pm -
  • Are You Giving Yourself Permission To Be Happy?
    My 30th birthday is a little over a month away and this weekend, I took the bold step of purchasing two plane tickets (one for me and one for my hubby) to head to New Orleans to ring in 30 properly! Some of you might not realize how huge this is. I h…
    - 6 Oct 15, 11:19am -

Diary of a First Time Mom

  • Breaking Bedtime with #AlwaysDiscreet
    For the first time in my daughter’s life, she’s spending the summer away from her mommy. Up until now, her dad and I made monthly road trips, ensuring she spent quality time with both sides of her family on both sides of the state. Our shared agr…
    - 37 days ago 11 Jul 17, 2:42pm -
  • Pittsburgh Kids Summer Bucket List: Baseball & Breakfast
    Diary of a First Time Mom teamed up with Denny’s to share how you can score a free breakfast at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Dear Diary, Last school year, my daughter participated in her first (of what will likely be many) organized activities. She…
    - 43 days ago 5 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Healthy Hair Diet for Kids
    Dear Diary, Recently, I begged my two-year-old daughter Summer to eat her broccoli. She refused to pick up her fork. She told me that she couldn’t eat trees. Trees are nasty. She doesn’t understand that broccoli is good for her, especially her n…
    - 45 days ago 3 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Online Activities on Hot, Summer Days
    Dear Diary, I enjoy outdoor activities. I rarely break a sweat and soak up the sun. However my little girl is easily overheated. So when the temperatures soar, we seek shelter from the hot,  humid weather and take part in the air-conditioned activit…
    - 47 days ago 1 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Should You Schedule an Induction?
    Dear Diary, Wouldn’t it be nice to pick your baby’s due date? Maybe you want your little girl to share a Born Day with your late, great-grandmother. Or perhaps you want your son to celebrate his life with his father. Or maybe, you’re just sick…
    - 49 days ago 29 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • IVF: What One Mom Wants You to Know Now
    Dear Diary, Garmin should create a GPS to navigate the road to fertilization. Instead of entering an address, women could plug-in their age, medical information and family history.  The system could map out the fastest route to conception. …
    - 52 days ago 26 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • FREE MOM PRINTABLE: 6 Things Every Mom Should Say Everyday
    Dear Diary, My mom vocabulary is filled with words to uplift and inspire. I pour positive messages into my daughter, praying the words will take root in her heart and her mind. As she reflects on the things I say, she’ll grow into a beautiful, conf…
    - 55 days ago 23 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • HIV Positive and Pregnant
    Dear Diary, I’ve attended the funerals of five family members–my sister, my aunt, my two cousins and my nanny. I lost them all to HIV. As I mourn their deaths, I can’t help but wonder if I’ll be forced to once again say goodbye to other loved…
    - 57 days ago 21 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Surprising Breastfeeding Savings
    By: Shani St. Vil You’ll spend almost $10,000 on your baby’s first year, according to the thousands of moms who took a recent Baby Center survey. Before you throw your calculator against the wall, read on! One way to cut costs is to breastfeed y…
    - 59 days ago 19 Jun 17, 7:00am -
  • Top Travel Blogs for Families
    By: Shalene Dudley Dear Diary, Planning a vacation as a mom is much different than creating an itinerary as a single person! Water parks replace spas and zoos push nightclubs right off the list. But taking your new family on a vacation doesn’t mean…
    - 59 days ago 19 Jun 17, 7:00am -

Baby Making Machine

  • I’m Back… (Sort of): Here’s to December
    “This is my favorite time of year!” My daughter told me as we began unboxing our holiday decorations. My husband pulled down the tree and ornaments from the attic. “Is it your favorite time?” She does this a lot lately. She’ll tell me her f…
    - 29 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • An Interview with Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Disney’s “Moana”)
    She’s adorable, inspiring, and the youngest Disney Princess to grace the big screen. Walt Disney Studios is introducing 16-year-old (her birthday was yesterday!) Auli’i Cravalho to the big screen in Moana.  Auli’i Cravalho interview.  I’ve…
    - 23 Nov 16, 8:00am -
  • Thanks to Moana, I Finally Listened to Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda Interview
    Confession: I didn’t know who Lin-Manuel Miranda was until a little more than a month ago. I guess you could say I was living under a rock–Or just am not a huge Broadway fan. But you know what I am? A Disney fan. So when I read that the talented…
    - 22 Nov 16, 3:50pm -
  • Dwayne Johnson on Moana: ‘They did a tremendous job of representing our culture’
    When I shared the list of people I’d be interviewing during the the Moana press junket half of my friends seemed to be most excited about our interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the other half was most excited about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…
    - 21 Nov 16, 7:45am -
  • I’m Taking a New Approach to Christmas Gifts This Year
    Every year I seem to go a little above and beyond when it comes to Christmas gifts for my kids. This year I’ve been debating quantity versus quality and what they want versus what they need. I think I’ve come up with a good way to get a well-roun…
    - 18 Nov 16, 8:00am -

Cinco Mom

  • Check out this Fidgit Spinner Worksheet to Help your Kids Conquer Math
    Hey everyone, so I’ve been having Mommy Camp with my kids for the last week to keep them occupied during the summer since I’m home and have time off. For those who don’t know I am an educator with a MAster’s degree and teach elementary school…
    - 66 days ago 12 Jun 17, 11:01am -
  • The Battle for Metropolis Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia will Blow you Away
    Me and my crew got to test out the new Battle for Metropolis ride and needless to say, we were blown away! Six Flags Over Georgia’s  highly-acclaimed Justice League: Battle for Metropolis attraction is AH-MAZING! Get ready to take a 4-D highly int…
    - 67 days ago 11 Jun 17, 5:37pm -
  • Review: Trying Out Strawberry Laser Lipo at Spa810 in Buckhead
    Listen, if I could lipo out every ounce of fat I’ve got, I would. Even though though, if I could do a non-invasve procedure that gets rid of fat, I’d be on-board with that too. Let me say this: nothing truly beats out eating right and exercise bu…
    - 67 days ago 11 Jun 17, 4:14pm -
  • Brown Girl Magic Conference Kicked Off in a Big Way with Powerhouse Speakers!
    Thank you so very much for making the FIRST Brown Girl Magic, Activating Your Inner MAGIC conference, sponsored by Curls an event to remember! Just wow! Love, laughter, light, INSPIRATION and EMPOWERMENT! It was all there! The vision of Mikaela Sydne…
    - 67 days ago 11 Jun 17, 3:21pm -
  • Everything, Everything Movie and a Conversation with the Stars!
    Why are mom and daughter relationships so difficult? Many are but most times mommas aren’t trying to hinder their daughters lives by preventing them from having one. Enter the movie Everything, Everything, a wonderfully-made ode to motherhood and…
    - 91 days ago 18 May 17, 6:35pm -
  • Battle for Metropolis Opens May 26!
    School is almost out so what are you doing this summer? Well, Battle for Metropolis is opening at Six Flags on May 26th! Exciting! To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Six Flags Over Georgia is adding the popular and highly-acclaimed Justice League: Ba…
    - 91 days ago 18 May 17, 1:30pm -
  • Deborah Cox ROCKS as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard
    Chills! I got to see Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron in “The Bodyguard” at the Fox in Atlanta and from the opening of the show with a BANG, the show as a thrill! The Grammy nominated performer is starring in a new North American tour of the musical.…
    - 2 Apr 17, 8:23pm -
  • Hospital Worker Assumes Keshia Knight Pulliam is a Welfare Mom
    Being a mom of five kids, I know what it feels like to have people ASSUME that you have no money and that you are dependent on food stamps to survive. It’s truly a shame! Now Keshia Knight Pulliam, who is MORE THAN capable of caring for her new bea…
    - 5 Feb 17, 12:55pm -
  • Little Miss Dancey Pants encourages children to embrace their creativity
    In Little Miss Dancey Pants, the first book of the series, Addison a.k.a. Miss Dancey Pants, makes her debut! Addison is a lively and energetic little girl, who has a very hard time keeping still. Deep down, Addison knows she is a star, but it is not…
    - 5 Feb 17, 9:35am -
  • Your Daughters will Activate their Inner Magic at the Brown Girl Magic Empowerment Conference!
    We are so excited! Let the party begin! Brown Girl Magic is pleased to announce the  “Activating Your Inner MAGIC” Empowerment Conference and Mother/Daughter Dinner! The empowerment conference, Mother/Daughter Dinner will be held on May 7th 2…
    - 5 Feb 17, 8:55am -

Good Enough Mother

  • Good Enough Mother And Memorial Sloan Kettering: Breast Reconstruction Facebook Chat
    Good Enough Mother And Memorial Sloan Kettering: Breast Reconstruction Facebook Chat   A little over 10 years ago,  I was in the middle of a personal maelstrom. I had just lost my job and had made the decision to have a preventive mastectomy. But t…
    - 34 days ago 14 Jul 17, 2:23pm -
  • Good Enough Mother: Mazda CX-5, MX-5 Miata RF and The Joy Of Being Moved! (VIDEO)
    Good Enough Mother: Mazda CX-5, MX-5 Miata RF and The Joy Of Being Moved! (VIDEO)  (Disclosure: My travel and accommodations were paid for by Mazda USA. All opinions are my own)    How many times do you actually THINK about your car? I don’t mea…
    - 35 days ago 13 Jul 17, 11:19pm -
  • Good Enough Mother: Heels and Wheels.. Life Beyond The Mini-Van!
    Good Enough Mother: Heels and Wheels.. Life Beyond The Mini-Van! (disclosure: My travel expenses were covered by Heels and Wheels to attend this event.) Y’all.. lemme tell you something..  I have driven a mini-van or an SUV from the time my kids…
    - 37 days ago 11 Jul 17, 7:09pm -
  • Good Enough Mother Podcast About Nothing: Friendship
    Good Enough Mother Podcast About Nothing: Friendship Recently I have been thinking about friendship, mostly because I am envious of the relationship my daughter has with her friends. They have fun. They love and care for each other. They are PRESENT…
    - 45 days ago 3 Jul 17, 11:50am -
  • Moms Must Read: Five Hot Summer Reads
    Moms Must Read: Five Hot Summer Reads It’s Summer! That means long days, long nights and plenty of warm weather activities. One of my favorite summer activities, is reading. I love nothing more than to park myself under an umbrella or a shady tree…
    - 58 days ago 20 Jun 17, 6:04pm -

4 Hats and Frugal

  • How To Plan A Road Trip with Kids
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Clorox. Summer is all about the road trips. We hit the road any chance we can get, and with 3 kids in tow, it can challenging. From a 2 hour trip to see family, to an 18 hour trip to our favorite amusement park,…
    - 2 days ago 15 Aug 17, 7:59am -
  • My Hell-raisers
    News flash: I’m black. If my cocoa skin and afro didn’t give it away, I wanted to make sure I acknowledged this for you, so you’re sure. Being an African American woman in America means I don’t have the luxury to forget what and who I am. I s…
    - 3 days ago 14 Aug 17, 10:57am -
  • Our Homeschool Back-to-School Checklist
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Clorox. As a homeschooling family, we go about our back-to-school prep a little differently. There are some traditions still (cue the first day of school photo), but there are some  staples that we need that oth…
    - 7 days ago 10 Aug 17, 8:18am -
  • Making Time for Me – The Best Bladder Help
    This sponsored post is in partnership with Always Discreet. All opinions and experiences are my own. There has been a theme in my home over the last few months. The theme is “push Mom out of the house so she’ll do something for her.” I’m not…
    - 36 days ago 12 Jul 17, 12:13pm -
  • Beating The Summer Heat with Tweens
    This post was sponsored by AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola. The opinions are completely my own and based on my experiences. We love to take our kiddos out on parent/child getaways. Whether it’s a weekend away, or a quick trip to the movies, it’s impo…
    - 42 days ago 6 Jul 17, 8:15am -
  • Pottymouth and Stoopid – Talks about Bullying
    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jimmy Patterson Books. Our 11 year old son, Brandon, is a huge Jimmy Patterson fan. So, when we were asked to read the new Pottymouth and Stoopid by Jimmy Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, we jumped at the chance.…
    - 48 days ago 30 Jun 17, 3:13pm -
  • How To Have Summer Camp at Home
    When school gets out, are you the mom that goes into a panic over what to plan for your kids? Yeah, me too. Planning summer activities used to put me into a shame spiral, especially when I realized that we couldn’t afford to send our kids to summer…
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  • 5 Fun Facts about Disney Pixar’s LOU short film
    During our amazing #Cars3Event adventure, we were able to view the endearing and fun short film, LOU. LOU will be featured before Cars 3, and we has the pleasure to not only get a sneak peek of it, but interview Directors Dave Mullins and Dana Murr…
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  • No Laugh Challenge – Movie Quote Edition
    We love video challenges around the Martin house. One of my favorites was the 100 Questions No One Ever Asks challenge, which I wrote about a while back (and created 2 YouTube videos for). This time around, we wanted to do a challenge that Brandon a…
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  • Pixar Cars 3 Director and Producers Share All #Cars3Event
    It’s very rare we get to attend a full on Disney Pixar press conference. To be able to sit in an intimate room with Director Brian Fee, Producer Kevin Reher, and Co-Producer Andrea Warren, and ask them questions about Disney Pixar Cars 3 (which hi…
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  • Learning To Stand In My Light
    Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and had your heart break because it took you back to a place that you had moved on from? I do this a lot. There was a period in my life, my early twenties, when I was so unhappy with who I was. The w…
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  • Disney Baby Fun for Busy Little Ones
    Learn how Winnie the Pooh and Pals can make your time with baby more fun in this sponsored post! Wearing a Tigger Romper courtesy of Disney Baby It’s amazing how quickly time seems to pass when you have a newborn. After nine long months of pregnanc…
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  • How to Get Things Done as a Working Mom
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When I became a mom for the first time, I learned that there was an unspoken assumption that I had also gained sup…
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  • 5 Habits To Stop Stressing About Time
    Do you stress a lot about time? Find out about 5 habits that will help you stop in this sponsored post. They say time waits for no man, but I think they really mean that time waits for no mom. Seriously, I just had a baby at the end of spring and alr…
    - 25 days ago 24 Jul 17, 2:57am -
  • How to Create the Perfect Nursery
    Over the last few months, Terrence, Ayva, and I have been working hard to prepare our home to bring a new family member into it. From picking out nursery furniture, to washing and putting away little clothes, creating a nursery for our little boy has…
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  • You know you’re a breastfeeding mama when…
    Breastfeeding mamas have a lot of amazing similarities. Find out what they are in this sponsored post. Being a breastfeeding mama is one of the greatest joys of my life. Looking down into my sweet little boy’s eyes as he receives nourishment just f…
    - 28 days ago 20 Jul 17, 3:41pm -
  • Third Trimester Nesting Tips
    There’s so much to do to prepare to bring a new baby home, so it’s a good thing pregnancy lasts for nine months! The first trimester is typically spent in shock trying to get used to being pregnant. If you’re like me, you might have even spent…
    - 31 days ago 17 Jul 17, 3:49pm -
  • Prepping Pets for Baby with Zylkene
    Learn how to make introducing your baby to your pup easy in this sponsored post! #MyHappyPets When you’re getting ready to bring a baby home, there are a million things that need to be done. You work on his nursery, take childbirth classes, and men…
    - 35 days ago 14 Jul 17, 1:40am -
  • Did You Eat Lunch Today, Mama?
    You can #TearEatGo at lunchtime with Starkist Tuna and Salmon pouches! Learn more in this sponsored post. If I had a dollar for every time I forgot to eat lunch, I’d have a lot of dollars. I’d still be hungry, but I would be rich! I love food. Ca…
    - 35 days ago 13 Jul 17, 12:48pm -
  • 5 Sweet Ways for Dads to Bond With Their Babies
    When it comes to bonding with their babies, moms have it easy. After carrying a child in your womb for 9 months, and then being the sole source of nutrition (if you’re a breastfeeding mama), we get a lot of chances to get to know our little ones. I…
    - 36 days ago 12 Jul 17, 5:46pm -

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