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Today I don’t want to be Mom- From the Trenches of Motherhood

Today is hard. Nothing in-particular has gone drastically wrong; sometimes it’s just hard. My 3 1/2 year old is acting his age and throwing milestone-appropriate tantrums and fits. His demands are rapid-fire and they are many. He feels everything VERY deeply and wears his emotions on his sleeve. Like, for example…his favorite socks are in […]

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What a Mom Looks Like

What do you picture when you hear the word, “mom?” Perhaps you picture yourself or the mom you wished you resembled a bit more. Well, today I’m happy to share exactly what a mom looks like. A mom is black, and she is white, and she is brown. And she thinks a lot about her […]

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Confessions of a Recovering Target Addict

When I told my husband I was giving up Target for the month of January, I don’t think he believed me. I’m not sure I believed myself. But then I posted about my mission on Facebook, and 85 reactions and battle cries of support later (with only a few people calling me crazy), I’m committed […]

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The Physicality of Motherhood | A Great Contradiction

My entire body hurts tonight. Aches deep down to the bones. I am tired. I am sore. Even my skin hurts. I have just reminded my five-year-old daughter again to please not jump on mommy. Please don’t climb on mommy. And it is in this plea that I am reminded that I was not prepared […]

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Instant Pot: Mother’s Little Kitchen Helper

You might have heard about this popular little kitchen “gadget”. It was the top selling product on Amazon’s Prime day this summer, there are more than 100 groups dedicated to it on Facebook, countless Pinterest boards dedicated to recipes and it’s the topic of many discussions in moms’ groups around the country.  Meet this popular […]

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The Power of Motherhood: We Will Rise Above Silence

Power. Either Spider-Man or Voltaire (casual 18th Century French philosopher reference) said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” (And, actually, it wasn’t Spider-Man, it was Uncle Ben).  Unfortunately, being powerful and popular can be two different things. The act of being powerful can be unsettling and scary: we’re just not used to it. As moms, […]

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Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs

Cold weather and comfort food just go together for me. That said, I spend the bulk of the Winter months eating food that sticks to my bones. One recipe, I tend to make over and and over, are short ribs.  Short ribs are cut from the chuck portion of the cattle resulting in a flavorful, […]

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How Stories of Diversity Shape Me as a Mom

I, like the majority of the world, had no idea about the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and the other “colored computers” of NASA. It is one of many American stories of diversity that have been lost along the way. The recently released film about the above mentioned women, “Hidden Figures”, couldn’t […]

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due: Thank You, Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition

A few months ago I walked into Meijer with my youngest, MJ. She was comfortably nursing in my ring sling and I was focused on my shopping. As I walked toward the carts an older black woman stopped me and asked: “Do you think she should be eating all out like that?” She wasn’t disrespectful […]

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