Thoughts on Postpartum During a Pandemic

Thoughts on Postpartum During a Pandemic

I found this photo on E’s phone recently; I didn’t know he snapped it the day Winnie was born on February 13, 2020. It brings tears to my eyes whenever I see it because it feels like this version of me is so far away. It’s hard to believe this was in 2020. So much has changed in nine months. I couldn’t have imagined that weeks later, siblings wouldn’t come to the hospital to meet their new baby brother or sister, like Lucy did. I couldn’t have imagined that some women would labor with masks; some would have the traumatic experience of having a baby without their partner present. […]

5 Loloi Rugs I Own and Love

Symbology Rug in Ivory & Slate by Justina Blakeney for Loloi It seems like everyone on Instagram has this rug! This rug is a hand-tufted wool rug with such fun texture.  We had it in our family room and while I  LOVED the way it looked, it wasn’t the most practical rug to have in the busiest room of our house. Since the rug has such gorgeous texture and fluff, it sometimes would shed, so felt it would work better in a lower trafficked area of our home. We moved it under our upstairs bed, and we love it in this spot. I’ll try to […]

100+ Black-owned Kids Shops to Support on Small Business Saturday & Always

100+ Black-owned Kids Shops to Support on Small Business Saturday & Always

EDIT: Since sharing this original list, I’ve discovered and learned about even more Black-owned kids shops. While the add-ons aren’t shown in the photos, I’ve added the shop name, description, and links to IG + website below. The add-on shops are italicized.  100 Black-owned kids brands to follow and shop from! ✨  from books and toys to clothes and accessories to face masks and mealtime essentials, and much more — there are so many incredible shops to support! with the holiday season approaching, I  wanted to gently encourage you to consider ordering something from one (or many!) of these small shops. below, you’ll find 100 Black-owned […]

some of my favorite rugs from rugs usa

One of my go-to spots for affordable rugs is Rugs USA. This post is not sponsored — I  just get asked a lot about rugs in our home, so thought I’d do a dedicated post about different rugs we have and others I love! Anyway, Rugs USA is my usual go-to because you really can’t beat the quality for the price. In the phase of life we’re in, I  don’t want to spend a ton of money on expensive rugs from overpriced places like West Elm or CB2 and worry about them getting ruined. With kids and a dog, we spend a lot of time […]

20 Black-owned Shops Making and/or Selling Face Masks

20 Black-owned Shops Making and/or Selling Face Masks

I recently shared a blog post with tips for helping kids wear face masks, and wanted to follow up and share some Black-owned shops making and/or selling kids masks! One of the tips I shared was to let your child pick out a few masks on their own. well, here you go! There’s a ton of great options listed here, whether your child likes Disney characters or fun patterns or plain colors or tie-dye or anything in between. And as a gentle reminder, how and where we spend our money is a reflection of our values and shopping from Black-owned businesses is just one way […]

8 tips for helping kids wear face masks

8 tips for helping kids wear face masks

a few months ago, Lucy would cry and get scared when she saw someone wearing a mask. getting her to wear one felt impossible. but here she is — rocking her mask the entire trip without complaining. so proud of her! 🥳 for the longest time, I  thought we would never be able to convince her to wear a mask, but she has really adapted so well to the pandemic and this strange year. we still don’t take her inside a lot of places, but she knows that when we are inside or around people in a public place, she needs to do her best […]