All The Things I’ve Learned About Maternity Leave

All The Things I’ve Learned About Maternity Leave

Last week I wrote about some of the lessons I’ve learned during my pregnancy journey. I mentioned that maternity leave benefits suck—especially in America. I know this isn’t really news to anyone—or rather I hope this isn’t news to anyone, because awareness leads to progress. But it wasn’t until I was pregnant and actually in need of … Read More

I Don’t Understand Why I’m Only Just Learning These Things About Pregnancy And Maternity Leave

I Don’t Understand Why I’m Only Just Learning These Things About Pregnancy And Maternity Leave

Okay, I know. That’s a long title. But the word count resembles the depth of my frustration. I mentioned in my last post that I’m pregnant. Obviously, we’re so excited and already love this little guy so much–even though I could live without the karate moves under my ribs–but there are also so many things … Read More

Why “Buy American” Isn’t The Ethical Answer

Why “Buy American” Isn’t The Ethical Answer

  Late last year I came across some minimalism readings that made me interested in “living with less.” A vague interest in purging the unnecessary quickly lead to a commitment to shopping ethically and minimally. My interest quickly escalated after learning about the effect of fast-fashion on the environment and impoverished communities around the globe. It … Read More

Stocking Stuffers She’ll Actually Use Under $10

Stocking Stuffers She’ll Actually Use Under $10

It’s my absolute favorite time of year (with the exception of my birthday)—it’s Christmas! Eric and I are big gift givers. We honestly start Christmas shopping in August—yup, we’re those people. While the shopping is fun, watching our money slowly dwindle away isn’t so fun. My beautiful, smart and hilarious friend (no joke, her Snapchat stories … Read More

While I Understand Their Frustrations, I’ll Never Understand Their Vote

While I Understand Their Frustrations, I’ll Never Understand Their Vote

It goes without saying that I’m surprised by the outcome of this election. My surprise quickly turned into sadness, anger, and hopelessness. Which was hard to swallow, because the night before I was hopeful. I even wrote about it. I took the day after the election to feel sad. It was my right to feel sad. So … Read More

Today I Have Hope

Today I Have Hope

Today is finally the day. On the surface, it feels like I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this day, but truly I’ve been waiting 25 years. America has been waiting centuries. It’s Election Day, but more importantly, it’s the first time Americans saw a female presidential nominee from one of the two major … Read More

Red Nail Polish And Feminine Pride: I Gave Myself Permission To Be A Proud Black Femme

Red Nail Polish And Feminine Pride: I Gave Myself Permission To Be A Proud Black Femme

When I was about four or five years old, I was obsessed with my mom’s makeup. I was enamored with her nail polish in particular. I used to sneak up to her bedroom when she was downstairs and paint my nails like I saw on TV. I was enamored by the color, the texture, even … Read More