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Uterine Fibroids

What your mama never told you about fibroids…

We’re still on the fibroids topic, and there’s more to come. Here Mabel Bashorun breaks fibroids all the way down…

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Gentle ways to teach young kids about Slavery in America

Our goal is to raise clever, confident people and the foundation for that is truth, no matter how painful. Here are some fun resources to get the job done.

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Africans and pregnancy: Bey can share, you can’t.

Why African girls don’t share pregnancy photos all over “Ingragram”…

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Book Review: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Book Review: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor [Video]

I’ve talked before on the podcast about my little collection of books I’m saving for my daughters, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry will be in it. Check out my quick book review on why you should own this classic.

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Weekending: National Portrait Gallery

Flying Solo with the kids

Does fear of flying solo with the kids keep you from venturing out, adventuring, doing all those things you want to do? Join me on my journey of letting go of all that…

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Watch Intore: A film (and exclusive interview) about Rwanda, identity, healing, and reconciliation.

On the heels of America’s most divisive election, I had the opportunity to screen Intore, a captivating film about how music and dance are being used to help further the cause of reconciliation in Rwanda following the horrific 1994 genocide.

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Competitiveness in Education

Why Environment Matters: The benefits of competitive learning environments for children

Is competitiveness key to an excellent education? Why I think why looking for a competitive learning environment where it’s cool to be smart, matters.

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White savior, you’re not the enemy…but you’re not the hero either. An observation from Hidden Figures the film.

It seems praise and sometimes credit is handily given to the individuals with the power to fix a problem, but are they the real MVPs?

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Be Charitable: A few worthy and reputable causes that could use your cash (or company matching dollars).

Our community is gifted with natural kindness, but formal giving isn’t in our DNA, or is it? Here are some reputable causes you can list on the company matching form that directly our community.

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Sexy Gratitude

When I was 15, I made a list of all the qualities I wanted my future husband to have and stuck it in my Bible never to be looked at again. I don’t know where that Bible is or that…

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6 Ways to Still Save Money When You Have Children

Children impact finances in a major way. Check out some tips from Bola Sokunbi on how to keep a little more in your pocket, even with kids.

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Minimalism

The Minimalist Mindset for Career and Life Success

What is minimalism and how can it help you in your career? Check out the latest post from our resident AfriGen career columnist.

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African food lunchbox ideas

If you pack a child a lunch…it must contain Jollof Rice.

Some lunchbox ideas for African kids who absolutely dislike sandwiches.

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back to school advice

Foolproof Advice on Back-to-school, Motherhood & Family for AfriGen moms

None of our families look like whatever hit Cosby Show-like family-centered sitcom is on TV at the moment. But here’s some smart advice to help you figure out your own way as we prepare for back-to-school and back-to-work.

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Ayo Books Giveaway

Can you teach your kid a language you barely speak? + A GIVEAWAY

It’s important to expose the kids to African languages. Ayo Books is here to help. Enter for a chance to win! It’s simple, just follow us on instagram and tag a friend.

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No blinking allowed.

I missed the sign on this motherhood journey that says, “No blinking allowed.” A little reflection on my beautiful baby who turned six this week.

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Afrovational: Imagine Greatness

Imagine if a generation of African children were raised with smarts and cultural pride? What would our future look like? Are we the change we seek? Read these inspirational words by Esi Cleland-Yankson

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Afropolitan Motherhood A guide to raising culturally balanced children

Afropolitan Motherhood: A Guide to Raising Culturally Balanced Children

Afropolitan motherhood is unique. Unlike our parents who emigrated west for a better life, with strong cultural roots intact, we were born and or raised in the West. Though we are mostly immersed in culture by growing up African, we…

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Book Review: So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

Mariama Ba’s Classic novel So Long a Letter was read and, yes, I loved it! So watch the review. A long letter of wisdom and reflection about self, marriage, and motherhood. This novel discusses all the values and perspectives African women…

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Happy New Year!! Hello 2016!

If we sent out holiday cards this year, this is what they would probably look like…maybe a little more coordinated: But as always, the bloopers are more fun (especially the ones with jelly all over Ollie’s face): Happy New Year!!!!!

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Kindness…Pass It On

Maybe it’s the time alone I spent in Ghana, or the romantic getaway Ev and I indulged in shortly after coming back from the motherland that has me inspired to be kinder. Rough patches are inevitable Before I left for…

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Book Review: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

I followed up Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account with her debut novel Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. It was an easy read, I read this in one night! The follows the lives of 4 morroccans as they make thier way accross the straight…

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Book Review: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

I finished the first book on my Autumn reading list. It was a good read, one that gave a powerful description of what could’ve really went down during the Spanish explorations of the Americas. What makes this particularly special is…

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Did growing up African cramp your halloween style?

It’s a few days before Halloween and I see ghosts and goblins everywhere! This year, Ellie chose to be Piccachu and Ollie is trick-or-treating as Rainbow Dash. I don’t decorate for Halloween, but my kids do dress up, carve pumpkins, and…

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African Folktales: Introducing Anansi Stories

I made an interesting observation. Have you’ve noticed how African folktales use animals and nature to tell stories that impart wisdom, ethics, and highlight moral dilemmas? Anansi stories are an example of this. They are funny stories embedded with lessons through the…

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difficult convos at work

How to hold difficult conversations with your boss, co-worker, or loved one

Holding a difficult conversation with a colleague or your manager can be difficult. There is a lot of hand-wringing, pacing, or pep talks from your best friend or mom to help you through the conversation. I have had many tough conversations…

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This & That No. 10: An Afropolitan Autumn Wishlist

It’s officially Autumn, and I have a few things on my home wishlist to spruce up the place a little. There’s nothing like an Autumn fresh flower arrangement, a cute little wreath and some spiced African Red tea to make me feel…

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5 African literature books I’m cozying up with this Autumn

Kinna from KinnaReads hooked me up with an exciting booklist for this Autumn. (I can’t wait to get started on it!) It’s chilly outside, and I want nothing more than to sip on some hot green tea and read a good book….

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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali— Why Africa Preferred Oral History over a Written One.

For a long time, I believed Africans would be better off, if someone with foresight had just written everything down. By “everything”, I mean our collective history. I know I’m not the only one who hated being in history class, eager…

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5 Tips for Handling Salary Negotiations

You hit the interview out of the park and now it’s time to talk money and rewards! The salary negotiation stage can be a bit nerve-wrecking but it is also your opportunity to drive the hiring process and confidently state…

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Our Kindergarten / First Year Curriculum

It’s been two full weeks now in our First year curriculum. I’m using a hodgepodge of things to teach History, Arithmetic, Language Arts (Reading, Phonics, Writing, Grammar and Spelling), Music, Art, and Science. Based on Ellie’s reading ability, and comprehension…

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Why traveling with kids is good for you

Why traveling with kids is good for you

I posted some exciting photographs of our time in New York City with the kids. It’s was exciting and adventurous, but I want to remind myself that some days were spent like this: Children set the pace for how fast…

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This & That No. 9: Black Education

Some videos that inspired me this week: By Dr. Boyce Watkins: By. Dr. Claude Anderson:  

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Afropolitan Voices: Why I chose to stay home

This is a post from July 2012, and a For Harriet contribution. I really like this piece and I think it’s perfect for a new column on this blog called Afropolitan Voices; a space to read about the challenges, triumphs,…

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A few tough Interview questions, and tips to nail them!

I am often asked for the best answers to tough interview questions. Here are a few tough questions and tips to nail them! Tell me about yourself? Don’t: start with “I was born in….” “I am from…” it is not…

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This Week in Homeschool: Music Appreciation and Be Bop

Ellie gets one-on-one piano instruction from a sweet little old piano teacher in my neighborhood. She loves it, and we can tell she does from the way she pounces on the keyboard we have at home every other day. Like…

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3 food bloggers you should follow on IG

This & That No. 8: 3 Food Bloggers who rock my Instagram Timeline

This week’s This & That is dedicated to the foodie mavens who rock my iG timeline. What?! These food bloggers inspire me, check them out! @Veganista_Stockholm Plantbased always • Gluten & sugar free as much as possible • Amy is an…

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Need Confidence at Work? Here’s a Silver Bullet

I have always been a confident person. Being the only girl in a house full of rowdy boys toughens one up in a New York minute. But like anyone, my confidence faltered a bit in the workplace when faced with…

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This Week in Homeschooling

This Week in Homeschooling, we read “We All Went On Safari” and did some geography, math and nature studies from that. She got to find Tanzania on her sticker map, with added another layer of fun to geography studies. Ollie…

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This & That No. 7: Inspiring Black Homeschoolers RoundUP

Here’s a list of my favorite Black Homeschoolers on IG and beyond. @LivingMaat Create. Inspire. Balance: Dedicated to inspiring & supporting Nubian women with their creative & holistic growth towards becoming a Living Ma’at! Follow her on instagram and check out…

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DIY summer camp

How to structure an easy DIY Summer Camp at home

Summer’s almost over, but happy to begin the new school year. We spent summer in our DIY Summer Camp and it was fun and structured with something to do everyday. Many parents dread the long unstructured summer days. But I encourage you…

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We are the curriculum

A funny thing happened Sunday evening. Ev was sprawled across our bed, Ellie and Ollie were tackling him, the way they always do. I had on my new Nina Simone t-shirt, I had purchased that afternoon while from Eastern Market while with my…

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Bring your Authentic Self to Work

That convo at the coffee maker in the kitchen on Monday mornings is pretty much routine: “How was your weekend?” “What did you do?” This question posed by your coworker, supervisor or some intern from the marketing department always makes…

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This and That No. 7

1. Watch Can’t wait to watch this! Check out this trailer and tell me you aren’t excited to watch this too! Generation One takes a hard look at the numbers, giving historical context to early wealth creation in the Black…

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Understanding Malcolm X

I just finished reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It’s an amazing book! One of the best autobiographies I’ve read yet! It reads like a movie (Alex Haley transcribed it), and it colorfully illustrates the mental awakening processes of a person;…

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Natural hair in the workplace

Natural hair at work: change the system by being yourself

I spend my days interviewing a lot of folks. 99% of the time after interviewing a woman of color she compliments my natural hair and shares that she is natural under her wig too, or that she has pulled her natural…

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This Week in Homeschooling: Back to school Haul

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This & That No. 6

Go Still I Rise: The Maya Angelou Film Festival is a programme of screenings that celebrates the life and work of world-renowned and legendary author, poet, actress, professor, singer, dancer, playwright, director, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou who passed away at…

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How to Homeschool when you work Full-time

Studies show that money doesn’t buy academic excellence any more than it does happiness. Students who receive personal, engaging instruction in a learning-rich environment do best, regardless of if they go to school full time or not. The more individualized…

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Mommy retreat in Baltimore

Plan a mommy retreat to prevent burnout

It’s August, and summer is winding down. We’ve had an eventful summer so far and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. But first, let me tell you about this mommy retreat I’m planning. A whole weekend all…

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Community Service at Work

If you are a minority or a woman who is up the ladder in the workplace, you have a responsibility to the other women and minorities in the office. Don’t think serving at a soup kitchen is your only option…

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This & That No. 5

Watch This beautiful mashup called the Evolution of Ghana Music by Adomaa. She covers popular songs from the 60s through present day. The styling and vocals are beautiful. I just love her remix of popular music by Kojo Antwi and…

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Why Black Parents should take Education into their own hands.

The hardest decision I’ve had to make is whether or not to send my kids to public school. This decision became one to consider during this time of reading relevant, mind-sharpening books. A time when studying history, literature, and becoming…

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The PoC in the room

I am usually the only, or one of two, Person of Color (PoC) in senior executive meetings. I let this fact stand in my way of speaking up, interrupting others to make my point, voice my dissent or displeasure. I…

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An observation and why museums should be in your education mix

On a recent family field trip to the National Air and Space museum at the Smithsonian, I noticed how busy it was for a Thursday afternoon. Sure there were foreign tourists, and some school-field-trip kids, but most of the visitors…

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This & That: No. 4

Image source Watch A candid discussion between (my new favorite youtuber–thanks Mabe!) Jouelzy (love her popsnark episodes) and Evelyn from the internets. This conversation about Africans vs. African-Americans is a fresh perspective on the contentious comparison we’ve all heard before. I’ll…

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Preschool Graduation

Graduation happened in May. So proud of my girl! She’ll miss her friends but she’s looking forward to Kindergarten.

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6 parenting lessons from The Cosby Show

6 things The Cosby Show taught me about parenting

I grew up in the sitcom era. My favorites were Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Living Single, Boy Meets World, Full House, Family Matters and later Girlfriends—but my favorite of all time was (and still is) The Cosby…

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This & That: No. 3

Shop Cute Afropolitan Kids style by Isossy Children I found this image on Pinterest and squealed a bit from the cuteness. I love the simple cuts, bold fabric and funky sneaker remix. I love everything about the image; a perfect example…

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The Famished Road (Discussion)

“Things are changing too fast! No new will. Cowardice everywhere! Selfishness is eating up the world. They are destroying Africa! They are destroying the world and the home and the shrines and the gods! They are destroying love too.” –The…

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Teach the babies on this afropolitan life: Wangari Maathai

Teach the babies: Wangari Maathai

Spring is here, and it’s Women’s history month. Two perfect reasons to read Wangari’s Trees of Peace to the little ones. I have a love, hate relationship with springtime. I love the feelings of new beginnings and growth, as flower…

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Great Speeches: The African Genius by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

[Image source] In my fanatic following of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, I’ve quickly come to learn that he was more than  the first president of Ghana, who accomplished much. He was a transformational figure in how he inspired thought. He sought…

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This & That: No. 2

Netflix: Half of a yellow sun When Chimamanda’s Half of a yellow sun novel came out on film, I was one of the first to go check out the special screening during the African Film Festival in Silver Spring. The…

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ABC March Selection: The Famished Road

It’s March, and I’ve had my eyes glued to Ben Okri’s The Famished Road. A friend suggested in for bookclub as an African Science Fiction selection so it wasn’t my pick. I’m not a sci-fi fan, but this book has…

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Self-nurturing strategies

Embracing Morning’s Peace

I’m learning that I do best when I don’t linger in bed, and step right into morning’s peaceful embrace. Be it 3am or 5am…or 8am…(no judgement zone) I’m a morning person, and depending on what time of morning I wake,…

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Discussion: My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid

Some describe Jamaica Kincaid as an angry writer. I see her as poetically observant and intense. Unfortunately, many observant and intense personalities are relegated to sleep under the “angry” blanket. Jamaica, too. I really enjoy her poetic style of observing things and…

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Setting up an African-Centered Classical Education Homeschool Curriculum

Let’s talk about what I’ve been up to with the girls homeschool situation. Firstly, Ellie goes to preschool for three hours, 3 days a week because she’s an extrovert and thrives off other kids energy. That’s how I see it….

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February Book Club Selection

Inspired by my recent trip to Savannah, Georgia and Black history month, I’m reading The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano aka Gustavus Vassa, the African. His picture on the upper right corner of this history marker on…

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MLK day Activities

I watched Selma last week. It was powerful to say the least. The most poignant scene in the film, for me, was when Common’s character and a few other of MLK’s advisors/friends were getting down to breaking the job up;…

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January Book Club Selection

I know it’s late, but this is what we’re reading here on the blog for the month of January. I really like the way Jamaica Kincaid writes; very poetic. Well, this is the second book from this author that I…

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Zenzele (Discussion)

Zenzele is definitely going down as high school required reading in the “Afropolitan Academy;” how I now refer to my home school situation. I’ll be tagging all required reading for future reference, that way it’s easy to pull up in the future. Back to the book. Zenzele…

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Christmas 2014

This Christmas was delightfully light. I don’t know if it was because the only people we bought a few gifts for were the girls, or because we didn’t rush out to visit family after opening presents and breakfast. All I…

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Why I’m Homeschooling

It’s early and rainy. It’s Christmas Eve. I don’t have much planned other than to snuggle up with the family, eat a good meal and watch the girls open up presents. Ev and I decided not to exchange gifts this…

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Black and african veganism

Black Vegan Voices; resources for African Vegans

Eating plant-based is more than what I eat. It’s about a holistic way of looking at my physical, mental and spiritual being. There are tons of vegan cookbooks and other vegan health books but I could never really find resources on…

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This & That: No. 1

Shopping Dogon Yoga Mat I love yoga, but I hate how bland the mats can be. This mat, I stumbled upon on Instagram, from Selamta Yoga. Inspired by the Dogon tribe from Mali via Kemet.  marries my love for African culture and…

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This Afropolitan Life Book Club: December Selection

  “Each one, teach one”—an African American proverb I don’t have a “100% vegan” label stuck to my forehead anymore, for various reasons, but I am a 100% believer in the power of a plant-based diet. My path from veg-curious,…

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African Cities Bag Giveaway Winner

And the winner is… Amma Mamma!! a Rafflecopter giveaway Amma please contact me to collect your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! Check back for December’s awesome giveaway. Cheers!

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Your money is your power

The aftermath of Mike Brown’s murder, and subsequent freeing of his murderer sparked deep sadness and anger in my heart. After seeing numerous #boycottBlackFriday tags on social media, I went to sleep and woke up grateful that my generation is…

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Why not…go natural?

As Thanksgiving approaches, I wrestle with whether or not to celebrate it. I find the meaning behind the holiday and the lies we’ve been taught about it disagreeable, so I’m trying to figure out a way to deal with it….

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Weekending: Good books, good food, and other simple pleasures

  Simple Pleasure # 1. Good BooksOn Friday, I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up Sefi Atta’s News from Home, a gift a friend ordered for me for my birthday. I spent way too much time in there,…

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Flashback Friday – Thanksgiving 2011

Oh how my family has changed since 2011… I was determined to get the perfect picture for our Christmas cards on this Thanksgiving… …nobody warned me how hard the endeavor is. Check out the full post here, complete with bloopers….

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What are the Benin Bronzes?

(Image via) I saw one of these famous brass relief artworks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Art during my last visit. I also saw a disturbing old photograph of three English soldiers sitting in undershirts, surrounded  by a pile of…

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Why “Things Fall Apart” is so important

Things Fall Apart Ask any (West?) African to name an African literary classic, and you’ll unhesitatingly get “Chinua Achebe” or “Things fall Apart.” It’s a given. But why? Things Fall Apart, was published in 1958, during a time of self-assertion…

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Oral history is history, listen to the old people

Do you know your lineage? I mean really, really know where you’re from? Sure, we all know where we’re born, most of us know who our parents are, and some can trace their family history up and as far back…

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Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween! I decided, both girls would be ballerinas this year. Why? Because her cherub choir director asked that we choose one costume from an approved list for the christmas presentation in December. I chose for her to be a ballerina….

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A collection of greats every Afropolitan should know

The Afropolitan Academy: A collection of people and events you must know

My foray into African fiction has put me on a quest for more knowledge about African history, literature, music, culture…art. Who are our greats? Afropolitans don’t learn about them conclusively in western public schools–hell! Some African heroes have even been…

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Weekend-ing: My Afropolitan Tribe

Crowd-stopping Live Gogo band ROCKS OUT off the metro in Chinatown This weekend kicked off at the movies with my tribe of girlfriends to see “Dear White People” followed by three hour discussion at a nearby restaurant. Of course the…

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Flashback Friday: Backyard Fall Photoshoot

I took some Fall photos in the backyard one crisp September morning and I promised to share. Ellie’s “Alex the Lion Dance” (from the Madagascar 2 movie)Enjoy…your weekend!    

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Flashback Friday: Happy Birthday Ollie!

Dear Ollie, You turn two today! I remember the first time we met… My first impression was “she’s so small,” smaller than I remember your sister being. You were a perfect, fragile, wrapped up little bundle. I couldn’t tell your…

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Establishing Roots

This week’s busy-ness gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling about our community. Between schlepping Ellie off to piano lessons, preschool, soccer lessons, and now, choir practice, I couldn’t help but feel our roots begin to spread in our sleepy…

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Autumn Traditions

Autumn starts tomorrow… The crisp air blowing inside through this window feels good… September’s light is perfect for photoshoots, so this morning, my subjects and I went outside. Here’s a sneak peek: We don’t really have any fall traditions besides…

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It’s easier the second time around

Just a mental note. I dreaded potty training a second time around. Not that the first time around was particularly difficult. What I hated was the constant bathroom visits…as soon as we left the house…stepped into a store…or generally anywhere…

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La Rentrée

The French have a peculiar way of describing this time of year when school starts and we all reluctantly wrap up summer and get back to routines; it’s called “la rentrée.” A reentry into the world of responsibilities and structured…

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Book review: Voice of America by E.C. Osondu

Just finished this gem. I’ve had my head in some interesting books this summer. The blog has suffered for this, but, I’m enjoying the break. Voice of America is a book of short stories by a very talented writer; E.C….

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What staying home taught me about money, Part II

Homemade Tortillas We pay for convenience. I know that. But I didn’t really see how much convenience I was paying for until I became a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). In this role, I see how removed we are from the basics and…

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Always grocery shop with a plan, Part I

Six weeks ago I challenged myself to do better with our household budget. You know, plug the leaks. This goal boiled down to doing better with what and how we ate. Here’s how I used to do it: I’d wait…

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Mondays

I love Mondays. They are my most productive days. I follow FLY lady’s system for Monday’s chores. I wake up at 6am, shower, get dressed down to my shoes and proceed to declutter. I wipe down the bathrooms and make…

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A little bit of parenting-book advice, A little more Intuition

It took all my patience not to shake Ellie today. Olivia picked up Ellie’s abandoned, crumpled up, rainbow drawing from the breakfast table. Ellie idled in the adjacent seat, oblivious to Ollie’s impending infraction. They waited for breakfast. Ellie recognized the piece…

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Reject consumerism: The “Use it Up” principle

I bought this canvas from a flea market. I fell in love with her haunting gaze. Evans is creeped out by it, but she shall linger in my basement no more! I hung her up in the foyer…to scare away…

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Vegan Scones and houseguests

I’m never eating another Panera Bread scone again! Have u ever had a real scone? I mean one not glazed over with sugar glaze? Straight out of the oven homemade scones taste AMAZING! Even better when they’re vegan. My 4…

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The fourth of July

Recently, I resolved to celebrate holidays, no matter how small or insignificant. Okay, well maybe most, not counting holidays like Columbus day, president’s day and other excuses for a day off. “Keep it simple” is my motto when it comes…

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Fathers Day Weekending

Ev came home to a warm reception. Ellie and I made a welcome home bunting and made him some yummy dinner. Olivia cooked him dinner from her toy kitchen set and he prefers her cooking to mine on occasion. Saturday…

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When the man’s away…

The girls and I play! It’s been an eventful couple of weeks since I decided to explore the town with the girls. Until recently, I dreaded leaving the house alone with two children in tow. I guess I’m finally getting…

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Take care of what you have

I’m grateful for this beautiful house to raise my children in. I am blessed. I will make it into the home of my dreams, even if we do decide to pack up and leave it eventually. For right now, I…

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Explore your neighborhood

  I came out of my funk I talked about on the last post, and I identified things I could do, to take control of my circumstances. In the spirit of blooming where I’m planted (for now), I’ve decided to…

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How Maya Angelou helped me out of my Mommy Funk.

Maya Angelou died today. I did the expected. I posted her picture on my InstaGram page, commemorated her life with my circle of friends and meditated on her view on Christianity. It always stuck with me: “I’m taken aback when…

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An African City explores veganism

Foodie Friday: Returnees in “An African City” explore African veganism and vegetarianism

Young, highly educated Africans are returning back to their home countries in droves. Affectionately called “returnees,” they are building and rebuilding entire industries and alleviating the brain drain Africa has faced for decades. Science, government, tech industries are thriving, global…

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Happy Birthday Beautiful

Today was Ellie’s fourth birthday! I can’t believe I have a four year old. I would say, “I can’t believe how time flies,” but I won’t. Time flew alright, and I’m happy with where we are in the development of…

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hausakoko

No, you won’t find “koko” in the dictionary.

I made some Hausa koko this afternoon for Olivia and myself. Ellie wandered in and decided she’d like a taste. She left the room and returned with her own spoon a minute later. “Mommy, what are you eating?” “Koko,” I…

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Chapter 2014, page 1 of 365

I like Januarys, fresh starts and new year resolutions. And I’m happy to be in 2014. A few big things happen this year: I turn 30. (What? I know.) Our little family is taking our first of many big international…

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Halloween 2013

This Halloween was eventful but fun and easy. Ellie was a sweet little doggie and Ollie inherited Ellie’s panda costume from 2010. Since Halloween was on a Thursday this year, we started the holiday in Ellie’s preschool class for their…

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First Day of School–Ever!

Yes, I’m late! But better than never, right? Of course I had a first day of school photoshoot for my brand spankin’ new preschooler. I can say for sure that she LOVES school and I LOVE dressing her up every…

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Memories in my Bible

As I sat and waited outside the yoga studio this morning I noted how arriving half an hour before hot yoga class was a prime opportunity to do some daily devotion and reflection. I made a commitment to work on…

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Planning Mode: how to plan for your goals

Meal planning is nice, but it requires discipline. Something I’m hard pressed for when it comes to my food. I love food, fresh cooked food especially. I fantasize about the yummy smell of our evening meal wafting through my home…

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A day in the life of a ballerina

I thought I’d share some of what we do around here on Wednesdays—ballet school! A day in the life of a little ballerina.  Showing me the ballerina “twirl.” After ballet school, you can spot a ballerina make-believe cooking—in mommy’s pots…

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Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s backyard

My neighbor’s backyard is immaculate. It seems every time I look over there—which is often—there’s something different blooming. When we first moved here in the dead of winter, that flowering oasis looked tiny, scraggly, and dead. It looked like she…

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Find fun wherever you are

We’ve longed for the beach around here, haven’t made it there yet this summer. But we found the closest thing to it 20 minutes away from home: the little beach on the river. The kids and I enjoyed this little…

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Our new Fourth of July holiday ritual

At about five years old, I remember spending Fourth of July on the national mall. We spread blankets and had a picnic. Running around in anticipation of the evening’s fireworks is the memory ingrained in my subconscious. It was just…

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Our Housewarming Party

This past weekend we finally had our housewarming party. Friends and family made our home a bit warmer and we were so grateful they braved I-95 traffic for the occasion. Well, most of them did; traffic was so bad my…

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Starting to feel like home

DIY benches! Build from scratch by the ever-talented hubs. Can’t wait to focus on the screened-in deck area. I’m thinking Miami meets the suburbs… The hubs picked out and ordered all these rugs. They are sisal and the are soooo…

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Father’s Day 2013 in Pictures

Father’s day this year was peaceful, calm, and blissful. This year, Ellie, Ollie and I made their dad a quick framed card for his new basement office. Ellie loves the lion King so finding this perfect lion card did just…

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coming-of-age stories of African women

This book was slow to start but it was GOOD. It was definitely refreshing to read a coming of age story where sexual exploitation wasn’t the main issue for girls growing up in Africa, but rather a little known hard-to-place-your-finger-on…

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A soul-nurturing weekend

This weekend was soul-nurturing to be brief. Starting with Ev’s much anticipated return home from a week-long work engagement in Oklahoma City, very early (3am), Friday morning. Followed by some early morning running at a beautiful park with one of…

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The day I met my favorite author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This lady is amazing! I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at Politics and Prose in DC last week. Meeting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and having her sign all my copies of her books, was the highlight of last…

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Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend was productive; we got a lot of little house projects done; our house is starting to look and feel like home. My cousin from [ghanaianveganist.com]() returned from her forever-and-a-day, 2-week trip from Ghana with lots of goodies and…

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Big landscaping plans

I’m in love with my backyard; steep hills, slopes, weeds and all. Since we moved here, I’ve waited impatiently to see what’s already growing and this spring has been chock full of verdant surprises. With the help of some gardening…

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An ordinary day in pictures

I opened my eyes to this scene this morning: Fingerpaints turn out to be more work than it’s worth on cleaning day. My guest bathroom door: Laundry for daayyyyssss: I really thought we inherited a strawberry bush when I saw…

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Harvest time!

I didn’t think we would see this day:Yes, those are sweet peas! Ellie and I picked our first three peas this morning. I didn’t have high hopes for our first attempt at vegetable gardening, but I take that doubt all…

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Can’t even be mad

I went upstairs to wake Ellie up from her nap and she met me at the top of the stairs with a big mischievous grin and a crooked nap-time diaper. She eagerly informed me of her proud achievement: managing to…

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When all else fails, tie ‘lappah’

(‘lappah’, ‘wrappah’, ‘ntoma’…it’s all the same thing) I admit, I’ve been sleeping on the tie-your-baby-on-your-back thing. Ellie was fine in a sleepy wrap (front baby carrier), but Olivia will have none of it. To free my hands, and get things…

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Our Preschool Decision

We finally decided on what we’ll do for preschool:

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Is it spring yet?

Looks like it from inside, but looks are definitely deceiving. It’s still chilly outside. I’m impatiently waiting for Spring to arrive for a number of reasons: one, to see how much sunlight my garden will get once all the trees…

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Big girl report: Ellie turned 3!

The secret is out

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Sometimes it’s easier to just talk about it

Due to my perfectionism, I haven’t had it in my to blog; even if that meant just writing out a couple of sentences. Besides, as crazy as life is right now, rather than write, let’s talk about it! Check out…

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Ordinary Days

It’s been pretty ordinary around here. 10 years from now I’ll look back and remember the big things, but how lovely it would be to look back and remember how we spent our ordinary days… Today I spent all afternoon…

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A few of my favorite things

A few of my favorite things: A dining table to eat Nutella sandwiches on. No more crumbs all over the living room floor. Thank God! Nice neighbors who bring treats. We’ve had brownies, fudge and homemade trail mix bars brought by…

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A cute video of Olivia I’m sure you’ll enjoy

Olivia loves rice milk and cereal

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Little house on a hill: Moving into our new home

I’ve been off to a slow start in 2013, here on the blog, for good reason; we moved! We had about 6 weeks between the date we closed on the house and when our lease on the apartment was up….

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Camera Dump: the week in pictures

“The Ollie-monster was a lady bug this week. We couldn’t help ourselves. Reminds me of this picture of Ellie from this post: Keeping up with some good reads: I’m reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s really good and…

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Flashback Friday and our new home tour

This is a shot of our very first apartment. We rented this crazy lady’s tight, but cozy, one-bedroom condo. It had tons of natural light coming in from all the windows! I loved that. We lived here for 3 and…

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Our most memorable Christmas yet

I couldn’t resist those toes (sorry). Evans ceremoniously dug in Ollie’s stocking on her behalf. As you can see, I had to explain that some presents were Ollie’s very early in our gift-opening session… Hint, hint. (I don’t drop hints…

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Christmas 2012

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A legacy of service: The first politician in my family

The first politician in my family is a woman—she’s my mom. There’s a long list of political junkies in my family. Starting with (from what I know) my grandmother. Grandma Grace loves her some Bill Clinton. You wouldn’t be want…

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Smile for the Ollie Cam

The Ollie Cam came on and the mammarazzi clicked away. She was serving up smiles to her daddy all day and I caught a few:  

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Holi-daze 2012

This Christmas will be very special for reasons I’ll reveal soon, and after we counted our many blessings at thanksgiving, we returned home to put up the Christmas tree. Christmas decorations are fairly simple at my home. A pre-lit tree…

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Thanksgiving 2012

  This Thanksgiving was special. We spent it at my in-laws’ home. All five of sons came home for the holidays; Evans with me and the kids, two with their fiancees, one home from college with his girlfriend and the…

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28, and great!

I read somewhere that odd numbers are easiest to remember. I guess that’s why I received so much love on my birthday yesterday; the eleventh. Friends and family, near and far, called to wish me a happy one and I’m…

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Olivia Update: 2 weeks old

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It’s our 5th wedding anniversary!

The Obamas celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary yesterday. We celebrate our fifth today. I guess October is a good month to get married. We’ve gotten to 5 years of wedded bliss, and no, I don’t have a five year itch;…

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Beginnings of a Book Club

We’ve been on a Chimamanda Adichie kick so far in our African Literature journey. The girls and I decided to make it official and have a monthly book club meeting to discuss all the juicy details of fiction and explore…

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Summer is still clinging, but fall is callin’

Ellie and I made a fall wreath this year. We picked some pinecones, I wired each one to the old wreath and we painted and glittered it together. I also got around to putting out some seasonal decor; a bit…

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When daddy cooks

Usually, I do the cooking around here. But there are days when I welcome the break in our regularly scheduled programming for Evans’ special culinary creations. We’ve been eating lots of special creations lately. Evans circa 2008 (before babies, isn’t…

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Let’s Cook!

Me: “Ellie what are you making?” Ellie: “I’m making ‘wunch for dinner!” Me: “Alright then. What’s for lunch?” Ellie: “Jollof Rice!” — A candid conversation in the kitchen, August 1, 2012 Ellie loooves to help. Especially in the kitchen. I…

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Flashback Friday: Computer Love

Ellie LOVES computers. Here she is gleefully sharing her father’s computer. He was a bit unwilling. But she insisted and kept following him around each time he moved it to get away from her. She’s a veritable pro on the…

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Ordinary Days and Vegan Eats

The weather these past couple of days have kept us outside. Just the way I like it. Somebody even got to take her tricycle out for a ride. She could pedal all by herself—downhill. She still working on steering so…

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The dignity of old age

My soul cries every time I see America’s old people, retirees, in minimum wage jobs. In college there was this old man who worked in the dining hall busing tables. He was old and fail enough to be my grandpa….

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Happy Summers and raising All-Weather children

Happy belated first day of summer! It has been really hot these past couple of days, 100 degrees plus already. Yikes! Too hot to go outside weather. Now how many times have I said that already? Twice. You remember when…

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Chef Ellie makes Yogurt cake all by herself

It’s been an eventful week around here. Ellie baked her first cake all by herself! She’s been wanting to do a lot of things by herself lately, I expected it, so I let her. We made a Yogurt Cake a…

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College Boy; summer orientation

We took my brother up to his new school last week. He starts this fall and I will say that taking the trip up there made everything very real for all of us-until last week it was all just a…

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Ordinary days

It was nap time, and after hours of talking to herself, this is how the conversation finally ended.

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Preschool Picasso

As if I couldn’t wait any longer to start receiving kiddie art work. What do people do with them? I know folks don’t keep them all! It’s the begining of a nice problem to have; too much art work and…

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33 Things I’ve Never Told You

I lived in Ghana for 5 years, between the ages of 11 and 16. I learned the language and I can speak it. I speak Krio too, although I never lived in Sierra Leone, my mother’s side of the family…

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Ordinary Days

Sesame Street Mornings

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Easy Toddler Activities

“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common…

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The calendar hunt

I searched everywhere for a calendar today. I went to the mall with my 3-foot sidekick in search of one of those calendar kiosks only to learn the chap had packed up his tent and left the day before. Wow….

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First real snow of the season

A perfect reason to snuggle up with the ones you love.

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Ordinary Days

Just so I don’t forget how I spent my days 50 years from now. After all how you spend your days is how you spend your life, right? reading some books we got from the library full of beautiful brown…

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Christmas Morning 2011

my not-so-little brother

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Merry Christmas!

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African & African American Literature

As the year comes to an end and I reflect back on it, I am happy to say I have read, learned, and grown so much over the last 18 months. I had no intention of setting out on a…

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Real men color.

Et, Voila! The finished product.

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Days like this…

…I am so grateful for the family that I have. I’m grateful everyday, but times like these highlight the love and warmth we’ve been blessed with and make life feel really good. These aren’t the best shots (they’re flooded with…

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Woman of a Certain Age

Are there words to describe how grateful I am to have you as my mom? Me thinks not. Happy Birthday beautiful! Portrait A child draws the outline of a body. She draws what she can, but it is white all…

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From nursery to big girl room

I’ve been busy. Busy decorating Ellie’s room into a big girl space. I never imagined myself sewing pillowcases and whatnot. Motherhood is a transformative experience I tell you. Here’s a sneak peek at my progress so far. I got the…

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Monday Inspiration

“Our greatest fear as individuals…should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”—Tom Kizziar

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When’s the last time

…you spent the morning splashing in rain puddles?

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Grateful for Grandmas with Gusto

I’m grateful for eager grandmas ready to babysit whenever we (I?) need a break… …and she comes back smelling like Sulpher 8 and Queen Helen’s Cocoa Butter. (YOU know what I’m talking about.) Clean, happy, and overfed. Love it. Yesterday, Ellie…

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Grateful for the “buts” in life

I’m grateful for Ev. He reminded me that sometimes the “buts” in life often mean there’s better in store. Let me explain: We’ve gotten serious about purchasing a home. But we’ve run into a few pre-qualification snags. I got disappointed,…

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Another fun thing we do together sometime after Thanksgiving dinner is put up the Christmas tree. It’s good to know I’m not the only one excited about this event. It was all hands on deck. Of course to Ellie, at…

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Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 We had a family photo shoot before we headed out to Evans’ brother’s home. I got a few good shots here, but I got many more bloopers so I thought I’d share! Take one: This one would’ve been…

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The ties that bind

“Real life often frays the ties that bind families. Some families are separated by distance, others by estrangement and obligation.”-Sarah Ban Breathnach We spent Last christmas with family. It was fun and all of us cousins had a great time…

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Flashlight Fun

It’s amazing the things little kids find amusing. Ellie goes berserk when a light from the sun or a shiny object reflects onto a wall. So true to form, a tiny glimmer of sunlight reflected on the apartment wall, she…

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Quote of the week

“May today bring you peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are both of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts…

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A view from my window

The fields are harvested and bare, And Winter whistles through the square. October dresses in flame and gold Like a woman afraid of growing old. —Anne Mary Lawler My mornings begin with this beautiful view of changing leaves in golden…

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Made momma proud

Finally tried two strand twists in her hair, and it came out beautifully.  

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Mrs. Griswold.

We went shopping for eyeglasses and Ellie put these on. They were prefect! Seeing her in these little round Mr. Scrooge glasses reminded me of the episode Rudy acted as Mrs. Griswold, the mean bank owner, in the Cosby Show.

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11-11-11

I’m not big on birthdays. I stopped counting the years. A running count is unnecessary in my opinion. What we celebrate in birthdays–one’s birth, has already happened. It’s done. You’re here now. Celebrating year after year after year seems a…

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Halloween 2011

Ellie: “T(w)ick or t(w)eat?!” Me: Treat!! My baby was a pumpkin this year. The sweetest  warmest one in the block! Now one could resist the cuteness and I she made out like a baby bandit!

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Kinky Curly Toddlers rule!

I love it when her hair is like this. Wild, natural and free. I got my first perm at five years old. My mom’s class assignment (cosmetology school). She didn’t have a mannequin head, so she used me instead. I…

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Halloween 2011

We’re ready for Halloween around here. Costume? Check. Candy corn? Check. Chilly weather? Check. Muaahahaha!

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Quote of the day

“If you look at your child, you will see his questions before you hear them” Serere oral tradition (African quote)

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“I’m a big girl now!”

What’s this?? Pen marks on the couch?! It’s official, life with a toddler has begun. If your baby can say “maaww-meee! I poopo” then it’s time to get that toilet seat and cut the diaper gig. We’ll see how this…

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Autumn 2011 and Mini Me

I”m grateful for peace, love and happiness. I’m grateful for the significant things, like Autumn, homemade wreaths and Mini Me. Love you bug.

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Oh what fun!

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Ponder this

Came across this comment left on ted.com and I liked it. Indicative of the sometimes paralyzing effect of too many options or choices. “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From…

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Trip to the mall

    At the mall getting over cabin fever hurricane Lee left us with.

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Smells like Sunday Morning

Smells like sunday morning at my house… …chocolate chip pancakes

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Light & Airy

This morning we woke up to no electricity. I looked out my bedroom window and noticed the cloudy sky. I observed how the leaves on the tree danced in the soft breeze. I felt at peace. Genuine quiet. Not the…

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The Mommy Remedy

The weather changes already and it’s only the day after Labor day.  It’s a welcomed change but not all the yuck that comes with it. Like the little cold Ellie managed to wrangle out of a brief playdate she had…

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Labor Day 2011

Labor Day! The unofficial start of autumn. That’s what I celebrate anyway, the start of autumn. By this day, I can’t wait for summer to take its leave and make way for the unofficial beginning of the year.  There are…

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Earthquake 2011

My account of the historic D.C. Earthquake of 2011? Why, I was lounging on my patio, indulging in a quick read while Ellie napped… Then, I felt the building rattle. I thought it was the dastardly dog that lives above…

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Preschool decisions and a visit to Clemyjontri park

I start my internship at the Smithsonian this September, and the question of whether or not to enroll Ellie in preschool has been nagging my subconscious. I did some school visits, read through a whole bunch of literature, did my…

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Helping hands

At 17 months she’s so helpful. Yesterday, I asked her to help me wipe up a wet spot on the kitchen floor. She yanked the dish towel off the oven and furiously got to work. I said “thank you!”, she…

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Learning to Sew

I’m teaching myself how to sew, and I’m so proud of how my very first project turned out. Turns out sewing is a pretty calming hobby. I made a throw pillow with some curtains from our old apartment. I love…

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Couch to 5k

Dreaming of my favorite run path this morning. Tomorrow I start week three in the couch to 5k program!

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Inertia be gone!

Pounding the pavement this morning. I made a vow to engage in fun activity for 60 minutes a day and I’m so proud of myself for following through this past week. I’m doing the couch to 5k program and I’m…

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College Bound

  My brother lives with us for the summer until he’s off to college and I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with him before he’s on his own forever. Yikes! I can’t believe how much life…

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The Physics of the Quest

“…I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough…

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Family, Love & Holidays

I’m grateful for a cool family. Ellie is so fun and full of charm. Evans is super smart, hilarious, and patient. I feel like I’m the center of his world. And there’s hardly a dull moment in this home, even…

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Happy Independence Day!

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It’s summer-and the livin’s easy

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Sleepy Afternoons with a loaf of bread

I wish all my afternoons are like this: complete with google reader and lots-a Pugliese bread and olive oil.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo 2011

Homemade Chipotle-style Veggie burrito bowl. Mmmm…Yum! She’s Miss Independent now and insists on feeding herself, can we say messy?

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Enjoy your summer. It’s happening right now.

“Enjoy your summer, you hear? Winter comes soon enough.” -Ruby Dee, All About Us In a rush to plan, figure out, and dream up what’s next, I forget to enjoy what I have right now. And right now, I have all…

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Ellie’s First Birthday Party

Simple, at home with a few good friends and family. Perfect.

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Letter to my daughter on her first birthday

I love it when my hubby bakes (vegan) chocolate chip cookies! I came home to this pretty sight: Ellie loves them too. As you can see she’s getting lots of practice for the big day next week; she turns 1!…

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Random thoughts: cleaning schedules, movies and Weight Watchers

1. I think maintaining a house cleaning schedule is for type A personalities. Naturally, I never thought I’d see the day I succumbed to one until I experienced the peace of mind that comes with a clean kitchen sink at…

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Struggles of full-time parenting

Are we there yet?
I’m struggling to find the everyday joy and gratitude in parenting 24/7. I want to have most of it together so bad, but I fall short of being organized, and reaching my own expectations as a mother. My expectations are somewhat high. I see myself waking up early, having my day planned out, mindfully spending time with my little one, and doing fun things with her (so she’s tired enough to sleep through the night), and finally recognizing the joy and beauty each situation brings.

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My Legacy as a Mom

“Grace comes in to remind us that even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant, or even boring things are the things our children will remember long after we are gone. Bike rides, bubble baths, making cookies, singing silly songs loudly, hide-and-seek…

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2010, A year of new beginnings. Indeed!

Evans and I dubbed 2010 “the year of new beginnings” last new years eve. What can I say, we were expecting our first child so naturally the new year felt heavy with good fortune. The year has come full circle,…

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My life in France–book review

I’m reading My Life in France by Julia Child. It’s unbelievably funny and thought-provoking. Reading it takes me back to when I spent a summer in Paris in absolute bliss! After the first chapter/section describing “la belle France” and a…

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Enlightened Sips of Tea

I’ve seen the light. All teas are not created equal. Period. Introducing this delicious blend from Teavana called Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom Tea–it’s devine. After trying a sample at the specialty tea shop in the mall, I splurged on…

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Celebrating a new chapter in my life and awesome hair

I had an awesome hair day at yesterday’s grad recognition reception, but one can’t tell from these pics–you’ll just have to take my word for it.

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Plan. But plan to be surprised.

One more exam to go. It’s my last one. I’m so proud of myself for seeing myself through grad school. It’s been a foggy journey really. I don’t quite remember the ride. All I feel is a sweet sense of…

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Confronting My Confrontational Hair

I’m sitting in the examination room at my doctor’s office. My hair is a mess. A dry, tangled, wild poof ball on my head. I couldn’t do anything to it this morning other than slap a head band in the…

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Ellie’s first Christmas

The lights are on at our house! It’s Ellie bear’s first Christmas. Yay! I was entirely too anxious about what her reaction would be when we plugged in the tree for the first time. Here it is: Poor baby! Sleepy…

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Bored Outta My Mind.

So I took pictures.    

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Ellie’s First Halloween

       

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Growing Pains

I’m a good mom. But I was a better mom before today; greater before I had Ellie. Go ahead and say it: “I told you so.” Yes, I you told me. Now I will try my best to never, ever criticize another…

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Pint sized Trouble

If mischief had a middle name it would be Ellie. “Hairballs?? Hairballs, Ellie?? Do they look delicious to you?! -Evans She’s got the crawling and climbing thing down-packed and she’s into everything. I love it! All in a day’s work.

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Fathers be good to your Daughters

Evans-isms “When I meet the Big Guy I only have one question: Do we pick out parents or is it all by luck of the draw? Like, do some kids come out thinking, damn! I shoulda stayed in line longer!…

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Hints of Character

Don’t let this picture fool you. She’s tough as nails. What does this mean? It means she protests each time grandma comes over to cuddle. It means she ups the crying ante whenever I approach her crib after she wakes…

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At the Playground.

Took Ellie to the playground. The highlight of my day.

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How I (try to) make fitness a priority?

Workout first thing when I wake up. That’s the only way to do it. (check out the pile of laundry (to the right) I need to tackle right after I shred)

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Little Girl! I want my bed back!

This is where you’ll find Ellie most mornings… hijacking my side of the bed.

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Our not-so-perfect 4th of July

The day started out great. I went to church by myself because Ellie and Evans were had the sniffles. It was nice (and peaceful). I wore my new Trina Turk shirt for the first time…nice to be able to dress…

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Christmas in July

Quite Literally. It’s been so hot and humid outside, I can’t help but long for the cool, cozy days of Fall. Of course, I can’t think about Fall without thinking about the holidays. I absolutely love Thanksgiving, and my Christmases…

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Around the world and back again

I’ve been out of commission lately. Hey, who can blame me? It’s summa time! My bestie came to town from Seoul, South Korea, for four days and it was good catching up with her. I missed her so. It’s as…

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My Memorial Day: Chaotic Clutter

I’m bored. Baby Elise is asleep, my house is a mess and I’m unmotivated. So much needs to be done but I can’t bring myself to do anything and yet I’m bored out of my mind. I’m fighting the urge…

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On Borrowed Time

Look at those feet… They’re beautiful. Plump, soft and supple. I can sit here and smell them all day. They smell good. I won’t be long before they’re scuffed up, dry, worn and calloused. Squished into tight, trendy shoes you…

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6 parenting lessons from The Cosby Show

Family Goals: The Cosby Show

Growing up I loved the Huxtables. I loved the characters, the kids, the situational challenges, but most of all, I loved the warmth. The Huxables were my idea (and the rest of America’s) of the  quintessential family. Family. A loving,…

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My week in Pictures

Ellie Bear got her ears pierced

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Organization is key to Motherhood

My mind is fuzzy. Subconsciously, I have a bunch of things to do and I’m fighting for clarity. I. must. write. everything. down. The key to motherhood–being organized. I’m learning rather quickly how important being organized is and it took…

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Link Love: Beads, Braids, & Beyond

In an older post I described some of the things I look forward to doing with my daughter and watching her hair blow in the wind was one of them. I must admit that while I look forward to that,…

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My worst nightmare

My daughter has eczema. Eczema, the bane of my existence. I’ve had eczema since infancy. I remember wearing tights in the summer because my eczema was so bad. It got better as I got older, but nothing will erase the…

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Getting ready for Baby

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Friday Favorite: Aschobi Designs

Yesterday, I talked about image styling for Africhic designers. Aschobi Designs does an excellent job in this arena. Not only are her designs impeccable, but she really knows how to showcase the best of them using natural resources and lots…

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Friday Favorite – KUA Designs

Don’t you just love a girl with style? Not only are these clutches GOR.GE.OUS, her creative marketing makes me want to go online and buy a whole lot of her clutch purses! Ruby Buah’s collection makes me salivate. I mean,…

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Phylicia Allen Rashad Smile and Speak

Channeling Claire Huxtable

Now here’s a concept. Remember Claire Huxtable’s magical way of speaking that made everyone feel at ease—or dumb—depending on whether you were on her good or bad side? She just seemed so graceful and sure of herself all the time….

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Do the right thing.

Real Cost: Real Value I had to make an important decision today; I chose to let go of a condo we had our eye on for the past six months. It was a hard to even think about it, but…

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2010: The year of New Beginings

It’s 2010 everyone, and we’re drinking (sparkling apple cider) to: a new addition to our family, no more credit card debt, no more car loan debt (on both cars), finishing up my masters degree, healthy lifestyles, and simply living within…

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Parenting Lessons from my Childhood: Friendship

After my mom and step dad’s bitter divorce, my mom became a bit recluse, and understandably so. She felt betrayed by her friends, family, and especially her ex-husband. I never had or got to go to sleep-overs (well, probably because…

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Food for Spirit

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner…

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emerging African artists "fortify" by artist Dawn Okoro

Collect lovely Art

Happy Birthday to me!!! I turn 25 today. I couldn’t have gotten a better present; Ev got me a signed print of my favorite art piece from  artist Dawn Okoro. Yes indeedy, I’m getting the “Fortify” print numbered and signed…

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Coming From Where I’m From

My name is Clarissa (a.k.a. Yedei). My life’s mission is to discover, speak and inspire genuine self expression through design (More on this in a later post). I’m multi-cultural; Ghanaian American or American of Ghanaian decent (However we call it…

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It’s a…Girl!! It’s a Girl!

I’m so excited to announce that we’re having a Girl! The news totally took us for a loop because we were so sure we were having a boy. Before we got pregnant, we nicknamed our future child”Caleb.” Caleb this…Caleb that……

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Pregnancy: 19 weeks

I’m 5 months pregnant but I don’t look it. I’m in a weird inbetween stage where I can still be mistaken for fat. I’m embracing it though; at least I can still fit into some of my pre pregnancy clothes–snugly–but…

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Walk Slowly

There was a time in my life when I felt free. I felt gorgeous in my skin, like the most beautiful carefree person in the world; at peace with myself. I wish I knew, back then, that I had found…

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Facebook Envy

Have you succumbed to Facebook Envy? One thing that’s come up often in conversations about Facebook with friends is how easy it is to keep comparing yourself to your Facebook friends. Half the time you find yourself trying to piece…

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Artist Spotlight: Dawn Okoro

Ever since I came across Dawn Okoro’s work ( I forget where), I’ve been obsessively in love. I’m absolutely mesmorized by her fearless use of color and the simple yet dramatic subjects.   And my absolute favorite: Seriously if this…

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