Parenting

What Has Changed Since My Blended Family Broke Up

Parenting is hard. And in this landscape of uncertainty, fewer things are harder than becoming a blended family. Mom. Dad. Stepmom. Stepdad. Biological kids. Step kids. Joining two familial units that existed independently for any amount of time is no easy task. Two people with even slightly varying parenting styles and philosophies suddenly have to try to get on the…

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Parenting

How It Feels To Become The “Un-Fun” Parent After Divorce

Every Friday as I leave for work, I know that while I’ll see my oldest daughter when I get home from work, I won’t see my youngest again until Monday. The is the routine her father and I have unofficially adopted since our recent separation. She spends the week at home – since she has school. And then on the weekends…

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Lifestyle

How To Take Better Instagram Photos With Your Phone To Freshen Up Your Feed

I think the thing that helps my blog and social media feeds stand out most are my photos. I try to maintain an Instagram feed that is clear, colorful, and cohesive. I get a lot of compliments on my flat lay photography, and people often want to know how I do them. I’m spilling all my secrets. Here are some…

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Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parenting

I’m getting divorced. There, I said it.

I’m getting divorced. [Cue judgmental and shameful looks] That’s part of the reason my blogging has pretty much been on hiatus since December. But, I’ve realized that I’ve shared so much of my life and battles with those who take the time to read my blog, how could I not share this painful, yet transformative time in my life? Anyone…

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blog, Lifestyle

A Year in Blogging: What I learned and what’s ahead

What an insane year it’s been. And with the craziness of the upcoming holidays over the next couple of weeks, this will most likely be my last blog post of 2017. Wow, that’s bittersweet. I started this blog in February of this year. At the time I was just looking for an outlet for my feelings. I was newly diagnosed…

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Parenting

The Last Year Of Santa Claus?

Disclaimer: If you have a kid next to you who still believes in Santa AND can read, you’ll want to bookmark this for later. My youngest daughter still believes in Santa. She made her Christmas list, has been reminding me everyday that we need to drop it in the mailbox at the mall, and is looking forward to the jolly man…

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Mental Health

A Natural Disaster

Find this poem and more on my other blog: Musings of a Black Girl We are fire. Setting the world aflame. The spark between us like crimson embers. Our passion leaving ashen ruins in our wake. Embattled affection. Fault lines in fractured Earth. Shifting and quaking. Unsteadying the ground beneath our feet. A yearning Like frigid wind and stinging rain.…

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Mental Health

Complicated

My Mind and I We have a complicated relationship. I love the way we weavetogetherwords creating worlds. Writing ourself into infinite lives. How it recalls my dearest memories. My favorite food. My best friends. Some of my best choices. Many of my worst mistakes. I love how it talks my heart out of doing dumb things. Reminding it what happened…

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