Back To School: Helping Children Set Goals For The School Year

The school year is well underway, and teachers have been busy setting goals and expectations for their students in the classroom.  But it’s also important to spend some time at home discussing what your children want to achieve this school year and what you expect of them. Continue reading

Back To School: 12 Questions To Get Your Kids To Talk About Their Day

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Today was officially J’s first day of school.  I can’t wait to pick her up to ask her how her day was just so she can reply, “good.”  Does this happen to you?  You want to know what your kids have been up to in school and all you get is a one word answer?   Continue reading

Back To School: Lunchbox Love

lunchbox loveIt’s back to school time already!  I’m always looking for creative ways to welcome kids back to school and what better way than to show them a little Lunchbox Love! Continue reading

Between Us: My Dad Doesn’t Like Me

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My dad doesn’t like me.  I know he loves me— but like me—not so much.  No, this is not a conclusion that I have come to based on the current state of our relationship.  He actually said it.  He doesn’t like me. Continue reading

Raising A Butterfly: The 4 Phases Of Parenting

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My daughter recently studied butterfly metamorphosis at school. When she came home with her completed project and explained each phase of their life cycle, I realized just how much parents have in common with butterflies. Much like butterflies pass through four phases of life before complete metamorphosis, we will experience four phases of parenting before our children become adults. Continue reading

Between Us: The Art Of Disagreeing

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My family was recently featured as The Coolest Black Family In America on Ebony Magazine’s website, Ebony.com.  I love the way the article turned out!  The writer did a phenomenal job capturing the essence of who we are as a couple and as a family.  After being interviewed for almost 2 hours, she was able to perfectly sum up what really makes our relationship work in one sentence: Continue reading

4 Tips To Spark Your Creativity

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been suffering from an acute case of constipation. Mental constipation, that is. I think the stress of getting settled in a new place, project deadlines, and a never-ending to-do list has caused a major blockage. My creative flow is at an all-time low. While this bout of constipation has been extremely frustrating, it is also a sign that it’s time to take a laxative. So here’s what I’m going to do…

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Making Your Relationship Last

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It’s Valentine’s Day!  Although I’m not a fan of this holiday, I know many of you are patiently awaiting your flower delivery and looking forward to a romantic evening.  While this is the day to “dress up” your love, take a few minutes to peel back those rose petals and make sure you have planted seeds to make your relationship LAST. Continue reading

Wedding Style: Vintage Chic

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photo credit: Nelson J. Photography

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I am so excited to share the story and the beautiful pictures from the wedding that I planned a few months ago.  The timing couldn’t be better as the wedding is currently being featured on essence.com! Continue reading

What Am I Waiting For?

red clockI’m down to the last bit of packing for our move and I’ve noticed something.  I have a ton of underwear.  I only wear a fraction of them on a regular basis.  I’ve mentally separated them into categories.  Please tell me I’m not alone here… Continue reading