15 Black-Owned Candle Companies

15 Black-Owned Candle Companies

Candles really make the best gift. They make any space feel a lot more cozy and obviously also smell incredible. Whether buying for a holiday, special event, or just because, it’s a thoughtful, enjoyable gift for just about anyone (yourself included)!  Here’s 15 Black-owned candle companies to support and order from! 🕯️ Alexandra Winbush Luxury candles (also available in sets paired with loose leaf tea) SHOP / @thealexandrawinbush Light by Lo Hand-poured candles, inspired by powerful tunes SHOP / @lightbylo  ANTIK LAKAY Minimal and zen natural candles — also offer a quarterly Home Wellness box subscription feat. different candles SHOP / @antiklakay Copper Wings Candle […]

10 Ways to Support Someone Experiencing Loss

10 Ways to Support Someone Experiencing Loss

A few weeks ago, my grandpa passed away. I shared a little bit more about him in this post. While his death wasn’t unexpected, it was (and is) still really hard. It’s a big loss for our family. I  woke up in the middle of the night recently thinking of how grateful I was for big and small ways people showed up for me during this time and wanted to write it down. A few years ago I  wrote a blog post How to Support New Parents and middle-of-the-night me thought it would be important to share some ways to support those going through loss. Hopefully […]

My Grandpa

My Grandpa

I shared this on Instagram, but since my blog is a more permanent personal journal, I wanted to give an update here too. My grandpa passed away on Saturday, April 24. It’s hard to sum up what one person means to you in an Instagram caption or even a blog post, but here’s what I  shared about my grandpa: My grandpa passed away on Saturday afternoon. 💔 While it wasn’t unexpected and death never happens at a “good” time, I’m grateful I was already back home with my family during this time. This is a really big loss for our family. My grandpa, Ted, was […]

reflections: the loss of autonomy

reflections: the loss of autonomy

I’ve raised my voice at my kids. I’ve had adult temper tantrums. I’ve blamed my kids for my bad attitude and for sometimes just…doing things children do. I’ve had days where I didn’t like the way I showed up as a mom. I’m not as patient as I want to be. I’ve been so frustrated and annoyed and OVER IT. I was telling my therapist about a particularly bad day — one where I blew it as a mom. I cried as I told her I don’t want to be like this — an angry “bad mom.” She gently said, “you’re not a bad mom. […]

my faith journey & recent reflections on American Evangelical Christianity

my faith journey & recent reflections on American Evangelical Christianity

THE CHRISTIAN OUTSIDER: FEELING  “IN THE MIDDLE” & NEVER FITTING IN CHILDHOOD I grew up going to church. My dad was Catholic at the time, and often worked on Sundays, so my mom took us four girls to church by herself. That was my first time experiencing feeling “othered” at church. Everyone else showed up with both parents and I just came with one. I  often felt ashamed that only one of my parents identified as Christan; somehow this made me feel “less than” or “not good enough” from an early age. That somehow my Christian experience wasn’t as good or true or deep because […]

living room corner refresh

living room corner refresh

Hi! I’m so excited to share with you our refreshed living room! Well, a corner of it anyway. This room has never felt quite right to me and I’ve been on a mission to tweak this space so it functions a little better (hi, strategic storage and more floor space to play!) and looks a little better. We had a different sofa in here for about two years and while there was nothing wrong with it, the gray color made the room feel darker than it already is (with lots of wood trim!) and the ottoman took up too much space, so we could only […]