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As a Black girl growing up in a predominantly Caucasian suburb, it was clear that I was different. None of my teachers or friends looked like me, and when choosing a doll at the store, none shared my brown...
It was December 2015. Our family moved from Florida to Grand Rapids, Michigan in the Spring. In mid-November, I gave birth to my second son, right before Thanksgiving and our first true snowfall. On this particular morning, he was...

Backyard Magic

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Our backyard is a magical place. Full of wonder, the tall grass and the giant playset lend themselves to plenty of adventure to be had. The best part of our yard, however? We have fairies. You read that right. Our...
When I first got pregnant I had very few things clear about my parenting goals. However, there were a few things I was clear about. I knew I was going to leave my job to become a SAHM for...
There's a Facebook video of my daughter Jody that went viral in our friend circle. She was three years old and on a ride at the local fair. It was one of those slow-moving boat rides where kids had...
Remember last April when planning for summer was exciting? Now, it is July, and you are ready to refinance your mortgage or figure out a suitable blood sacrifice just to get your kids out of your living room.  I’ll be...
“Mommy, can I have a hug?” This was the third time I’ve been asked this within a 30-minute timeframe, but I still smiled, held out my arms, and brought her in for a hug. My baby girl is a...
In the months leading up to my twins' birth, I was deep in the trenches of research. I constantly sought product recommendations and twin Instagram accounts to gather up ideas of what the best products out there would be...

Working Mom Summer

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May 31st rolled around this year in much the same way it always does in our house, with excitement and celebration. The last day of school was here, and everyone was elated—everyone except mom, and this working mom in...
I was a teacher for ten years, so when I decided to leave the classroom and stay home with my daughter, everyone assured me it would be a piece of cake. However, as far as I can remember, a...

Our Home Buying Drama

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I’ll be blunt. I’m still pretty bitter about our latest home purchase. I’ll preface this by saying that this was the first time we bought a home that wasn’t a new build, so this was all new territory for...
My son just finished fourth grade, and aside from me shaking my head, still wondering where the time has gone (everyone always said it would all go by fast, and I knew they were right, but still…), I have...
It's July, and we are so excited for everything going on in Indianapolis and surrounding areas this month. You and your family are going to have so much fun - there are outdoor concerts, ways to be creative together...
A frequent conversation I've had in the past year always surprises me. "How many kids do you have?" "I have two boys." "Oh, you can keep trying." "My husband got a vasectomy". "Whoa, no way?" "He would do that?"...

In + Around Indy

Indianapolis Moms Guide to July Family Events

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It's July, and we are so excited for everything going on in Indianapolis and surrounding areas this month. You and your family are going...