Posts filed under: MommiHood

Camping Trip Must Haves

My husband loves the great outdoors, I could totally do without it. The beginning of our relationship was filled with him trying to get me into outdoor sports as much... Read More

Oops… we did it again!

Please stop the Britney song you are playing in your head and let me tell you my story. When J and I married, we were in the middle of getting... Read More

Eating Healthy on a Budget

My job is to feed a family of 8 people. Feeding them is the easy part, feeding them healthy, organic, unprocessed food, now that’s the fun part. I get a... Read More

Us vs Everybody!

In a time where it feels like the world doesn’t want to see positive images like this..it begins to feel like, “Team Lewis vs. Everybody!” It’s a challenge between wanting... Read More

A Letter to my Black Teenage Son…

My son, the names change (often) but the way you are viewed (in this society) will not. Every day that you get dressed, you unknowingly put on an invisible shirt... Read More

MWB: Momming While Black

At a young 10 years old, my son Dre was called a nigger in school by a classmate. This is being a black mother in America. Nothing will ever prepare... Read More

I’m A Black Mom in America & This sh*t isn’t Easy

Being a Black Woman Became harder when I Became a Mom… What it means to be a black Woman in America becomes increasingly harder when you become a black Mom... Read More

Cloth Diapers, Who would have thought?

Who would've thought that I would use cloth diapers? ​Not with Baby #4. Well, ​Yah I did it​.​ You're probably wondering why the change. Especially because he was over the... Read More

After Labor, Now What?

The feeling of bringing a child into the world is an indescribable feeling, and cannot be compared to anything else in life. It's almost unreal, supernatural, simply magical! To feel... Read More

Am I Ruining My Kids?

I know, I know, it’s the age-old question that every mom deals with. “Am I ruining my kids?” I have yet to meet a mom that feels like they have... Read More

End of Summer Activities Before Fall Offically Begins

There are just two weeks left until school starts for my children, and I am going absolutely mad. I have run out of things for the children to do, and... Read More

My Open Letter To My Daughters

Realizing this, I said this year as my daughter turns 10, I wanted to start writing letters to her 2-4 times a year that when she is older she can... Read More

Ten Things To Do While Pregnant UNAPOLOGETICALLY

You’ve found out you are pregnant, Congratulations… I hope. This news, in most cases, is the most shocking, scary and beautiful news you will receive in your life; at least... Read More

The Selfish Reason I Stopped Breastfeeding…

If you’ve been following me and my writing for any length of time you know that I am a proud breastfeeding mama! I mean I was so excited that with... Read More

School is starting and I’m NOT mad about it…

I was at Tori’s open house last night, fighting the Florida heat as well as trying to maneuver the 4000 people that were also attending. As I was standing outside... Read More

I’ll Submit When you Learn to Lead

I’ve had this conversation more than a few times in my life, and I don’t think it’ll ever make sense to those in denial. I’ve been asked in the past... Read More

I Don’t Listen and I Talk Back – A Blog About Submission

Who wears the pants? Years ago, when Dre and I were just dating I asked him “Babe, do I try to wear the pants in this relationship?” to which he... Read More

#BossMommies at the ElevateHer Crawl

The opportunity to see a room full of passionate, hard-working, and business savvy black women cannot be described in words. As you know, we believe that it takes a Nation... Read More

SAY MY NAME, SAY MY NAME (or not)

MOMMI, MOMMI, MOMMI the name we will hear forever until we depart this earth, but OMG can’t our children understand how to use it sparingly?!?  Now don’t get me wrong,... Read More

ElevateHer 2019

Black Women our Power is our Influence If you attended the XoNecole ElevateHer Crawl then I am almost certain you’re still full from the inspiring experience! There is nothing like... Read More

MommiNation’s 25 Baby Registry Must-Haves

Creating your baby registry can be fun and exciting, or it can be a huge frustration. In many cases, soon after we mommies jump into the deep sea of baby... Read More

My 2019 Kid Friendly Summer Bucket List

As a single mommi, I am always looking for ways to entertain my one-year-old daughter. Most days it’s usually just me and her around the house lounging but this summer... Read More

Unexpected Family Friendly Travel Spot… Miami!

It’s that time of year where we take our kids on a little vacation to enjoy summer a bit, away from home. Unexpectedly this year, I ran into passport issues... Read More

We Need Her!!

Being raised to be a strong and independent woman, I never understood how important relationships other women were. When conflict would arise with those that I associated with, it was... Read More

5 Tips to Consider for Summer Camps

Let the Summer Fun Begin Summa Summa Tiiiime!!!!…. And here comes all the flyers, emails, and newsletters for all the variety of summer camps for the kiddos to have a... Read More

Life After Divorce

Divorce is something you will never forget, no matter how hard you try to, at first life is a whirlwind. There's a lot of adjusting and a lot of worrying... Read More

Beat The Heat: 5 Ways to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Although it is possible to prevent hot car deaths, kids are still dying in hot cars at an alarming rate. According to a Forbes article, 2018 was the deadliest year... Read More

Body after Baby

It never fails, you always seem to find yourself pregnant at the same time as someone famous. So, you watch their pregnancy as you are watching your own. They aren’t... Read More

My 12-Year-Old is Dating

I don’t know what happens in 7th grade, but apparently that is when hormones start to rage. Let me preface this by assuring you that when it comes to dating,... Read More

Two under Two

Two under Two My Sister and I are the best of friends. We are 15 months apart and grew up very close. I always wanted the same for my kids... Read More

Breastfeeding & Sex – The great divide

Breastfeeding, the most beautiful and natural experience that many mothers will have with their little ones. While I’m not here to debate if breast is best, when making the decision... Read More

Motherhood; No Experience Necessary

The excitement that I was to become a mom for the first time settled in quickly. I read nearly every self help book on motherhood I could find. What to Expect... Read More

Cooking with Yolande: Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

As moms the responsibility of what everyone is going to eat falls on us most of the time. That can become a burden really quickly when you work all day,... Read More

10 Fun Things to do this Summer

School’s out for the summer!! If you’re following this blog (thank you by the way) you know that we’re a big family. Party of 8 coming through! Having such a... Read More

Love Personified

I remember one thing that I’ll never forget that I asked him one day when he was walking down the stairs. I said to him “Is it ok if I... Read More

10 Great Books to Read to Help Prevent the Summer Slide

Hallelujah for the summer! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting down to the lazy days of summer. Long gone are the days of waking up early and following... Read More

Emulating the Athlete

The ponderer, wonderer, and dreamer in Iyabo started to think deeply… What drives these really fit men and women athletes to keep going, never give up, and score victory after victory?What... Read More

My husband & I date other people!

You hear it time and time again, put your spouse first. Leave to cleave, yada yada yada and we do put each other first. However, we also understand the importance... Read More

3 Kids Later: My Nappily Ever After

3 Kids Later:  My Nappily Ever After Anyone else remember watching the cult classic, early 2000’s reality tv gem, John and Kate Plus Eight?  Remember her “soccer mom” super short,... Read More

Summer Break is Upon Us

Another Year Gone I can’t believe this school year is complete! My daughter has just completed another grade, 1st grade and we’re on to 2nd…that quickly! I remember when she... Read More

Cooking with Yolande: Sweet & Tangy BBQ Chicken

As moms the responsibility of what everyone is going to eat falls on us most of the time. That can become a burden really quickly when you work all day,... Read More

Why Would You Ask Me That?!

“Are you carrying twins?”“Is that a boy?”“Why are you breastfeeding in public?”“Have you seen the study on the negative effects of carrots?”Okay, I made that last one up, but as... Read More

Dear Mommies

I write this to you because I’ve been hoping that someone would say it to me. Let me start by being completely transparent. Being a mom is the absolute greatest... Read More

Interacting vs Occupying Our Kids’ Time

This past weekend I took my 20-month-old son to see Sesame Street Live, we were accompanied by one of my good friends, her son who is close in age to... Read More

Teaching Kids the Value of Budgeting

Unfortunately money doesn’t grow on trees. I really wish it did. Because of this painfully obvious fact, when you have a large family like ours, budgeting is necessary. Turning homeschool... Read More

We’re Black, But Our Kids are Definitely Irish!

We’re Black, But Our Kids are Definitely Irish! If I only had a dollar, no, THREE DOLLARS, for each time someone asked me if they’re triplets, well, maybe I could... Read More

Our Children Are Our Responsibility…

Disclaimer: The details of Maleah Davis’ case are still unraveling so information in this blog may later be proven to be out of context. It is written from a point... Read More

Mommi Kim K Gets a Pass

I gained a new level of respect for Kim Kardashian's parenting.  She understands that even though her kids are biracial, in this society, they are considered black. They are being... Read More

Mommi, Your Purpose is Magical

I’ve been on a journey to finding my purpose. Sure, it sounds like something so simple and obvious but it isn’t. It’s actually a life changer. I think it would... Read More

Why I Created MommiNation

Everyone says it takes a village to raise a child and they’re so right, but what they aren’t saying is that it takes a NATION to support a mom!I needed... Read More

Avoiding Mother’s Day Envy

Last year, at work I overheard some older ladies talking about what they wanted for Mother’s Day, a woman replied, “I just want a day to myself, I want my... Read More

Motherhood: Is it a Life Sentence?

I Fell In Love With A Rasta Man! I met my husband in February 1982 I was 19. He was my older brother's best friend, so he was always around.... Read More

Single Mom: Some Call it a Struggle, I Call it a Blessing

Single Mom, I know how it feels to desperately want your child’s father active in their lives. But believe me when I say you should be thankful for both the... Read More

How to be a Motherless Mother

Someone told me that I should blog about being a mom without a mother.  First, I thought no one wants to read about that but then I began to think... Read More

7 Lessons I’ve Learned in the First Year of Motherhood

I’ve made it through my first year of motherhood! Sh*t that was fast! The first year as a single mom has been a beautiful nightmare. One of the most rewarding,... Read More

I Became a Mom and Stopped Being a Wife

  When AJ was born we were so in love with this little miracle God had blessed us with. We hugged and kissed him, never put him down. We watched... Read More

Healthy Mommi…Healthy Baby After AIDS!

Cake, Cake, CAKE...CAKE! (Rihanna Voice) LOL...Noooooow who said that because I was diagnosed with AIDS that I can’t have my mommi, mogul, wifey cake AND eat it too? Well, unfortunately... Read More

Post Baby Body Blues

What can I say, it’s an age-old complaint. My postpartum baby body is giving me the blues. I’ve always been very petite, maxing out at 125 lbs as my “big”... Read More

Bringing Home TRIPLETS!

I felt like I waited for this day forever and couldn’t wait to get home, but now the day has come and I didn’t want to leave the hospital. I’m... Read More

“He’s an Adult, Now What?” 

What only feels as if a year has gone by and he's the Oldest of 6, Driving his own car, knee deep in SAT's, Senior Prom and deciding on "What... Read More

Aspirations of Being a Stay at Home Mom!

With the weather finally breaking, I’m starting to feel flooded with working mom guilt all over. Working 2 jobs has always made me feel like I just don’t spend enough... Read More

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Spring Break: Or Maybe it Is!

Many of you reading this blog may identify yourself as a Millennial parent. And with that title comes quite the burden, as our generation is widely criticized as being... Read More

Trick-or-Treat: Halloween for Millennial Moms

Trick-or-Treat: Halloween for Millennials Happy All Hallows’ Eve! What a time for “Trunk or Treating!” (Because, let’s face it, pretty much NOBODY kicks it old school, house to house, trick-or-treat,... Read More

Live to Give

As we wake up every single day, we are given breath so we can give to others.   Can you remember the last time you gave selflessly to someone?  ... Read More

Potty Training 101

So here’s the thing, I don’t want to sound like a know it all or anything, but I think after successfully potty training six kids, I may have the secret... Read More

Black Breastfeeding Week Celebration – A Gallery from the Pauls

Here’s to Black Breastfeeding Week… In honor of the end of Black Breastfeeding Week, I am sharing a gallery from my first encounter with breastfeeding. Most women who give birth... Read More

“4th Quarter” Fall Bucket List

Happy Fall, y’all from the 3 Paul’s in a pod! Even though the temperatures in South Mississippi don’t reflect it, Autumn season is in full swing. In the South, we... Read More

Reasons to Attend Your HBCU or College Homecoming

Reasons to Attend Your HBCU or PWI Homecoming For most universities in the South, be it HBCUs or PWIs, I’ve found that for either, the holy grail of post-graduate festivities is... Read More

Strong Mommy

Stability Finances Self Sufficient Quality time Extracurricular activities Food shopping Laundry What’s Eli doing?   Just a snippet of the list of concerns that run through my head any given... Read More

Losing My Mind Over Ketchup

My ketchup ran out a couple of weeks ago and no matter how many times I’ve stopped by the market I forget to get more. Certain things my son eats... Read More

I’m Listening

Just recently two different people, on two different days, at two different places commented on my Parenting style while observing me and my daughters dynamics. I felt it was something... Read More

Divorce, Debt, and Doubt

The 3 dreaded “D” words we never want to discuss…but it’s real! No woman wants to admit she’s headed towards a divorce, in the middle of a divorce, or newly... Read More

Another Baby After Eight Years – What Was I Thinking?!

The bond between my daughter and her stepdad made me less negative to the thought of having another baby after eight years.... Read More

Career or Kids: The Twins I Almost Chose Not To Have.

In 2006 and I was ranked #1 in the world. It was my third year running professionally and everything was going how I envisioned. So many great things happened that... Read More

Women Can’t Raise Men

I did not need validation from anyone else. I knew I was doing an amazing job, with or without a man in the house. My son was respectful, loving, caring,... Read More

My ‘Conversations’ with Queen Bey

First off, let me say buzz buzz. I am part of the Beyhive! I know how the hive will come for you as an outsider speaking upon the Queen. So... Read More

Why Black People don’t adopt but why WE should!

Here is the deal! Blacks don’t adopt! Especially when you look at the statistics of our caucasian counterparts. And here is the sad truth! African American children are the largest... Read More

My unforeseen best friend, Teresa

“Nobody can ever love you like I do. Not because they won’t try, not because you aren’t worthy but because I am your mother.” I remember hearing this growing up... Read More

The day(s) I became a Mom…

It was surreal, indescribable, it was Magical!Seeing my baby for the first time rocked my world! I couldn't do anything but scream and cry, she was perfect! I couldn't believe she... Read More

I’m a Mom…and Four Other Reasons I Need Therapy!

THERAPY... for reasons unbeknownst to me, there’s this stigma in the black community that the T word is negative. Think about all of the specialist that you see throughout... Read More

My Single Mom Dating Struggles…

As I consider the idea of dating again, I ask myself, are there any helpful rules or guidelines for dating as a single mom? In all honesty, I was never... Read More

Prenatal Depression

I had always heard people talk about postpartum depression, but I'd never heard much about prenatal depression. Like many mothers, I often worried about depression after giving birth that the... Read More

Girls Trip 2.0

She was set on driving in one car together but we couldn't fit both strollers in her car. This was the start of going to dinner becoming a stressful... Read More

How Love And Marriage Found Me The Second Time Around…

Before we go any further, I must let you know after my first marriage failed, finding love and getting married again was far from my thoughts. Rooming separately, but still... Read More

Motherhood Chose Me

Heyyyyyyy! Tina checking in! If you follow me on Instagram then you know I’m completely obsessed with my babies. Like could they be any cuter?! As cute as they are,... Read More

Helping Kids Deal With Death

When someone we love dies, we often lose a little piece of ourselves. While we know death to be inevitable, it is often our children who don’t understand the finality... Read More

Journey to Discovering Our Child Had Autism Part I: Her Dramatic Entrance

Keeping our baby and this issue of blood a secret, we bled heavily for six additional weeks. To our amazement, the baby’s heartbeat continued to get stronger, and she began... Read More

My Public Apology to my Brother-in-law! The Mom I Was Sure I Would Be vs. The Mom I Am!

I was adamant, confident, borderline obnoxious about the mother I would be and no one heard it more than my brother-in-law, Tyrell. He was the first of our close friends... Read More

I Married a White Man: Here are 3 Things I Learned

It is important to note that this blog is not a generalization of a race as that would neither be wholly accurate or responsible. However, the statements are true for... Read More

10 Ways Social Media Has Impacted Our Parenting – MommiNation Mashup

I have to actually tell myself don’t record this moment, just be present and enjoy it with my son! There’s this constant pull as an “influencer” to always get content,... Read More

DEAR WHITE MOM’S: WHAT I NEED YOU TO KNOW….

Dear White Moms, You are my friends. You are my sisters. We are the same in more ways than we are different, but there are a few things that I need you to know. I have... Read More

Why Am I Still Trying to Figure This Parenting Mess Out?

All three of my kids are in different sports and activities. Managing a full-time job while being a wife feels like the hats keep piling on. Mommi hat, wife hat,... Read More

Tips to Help Survive Motherhood

It has taken me a little over 13 years and 6 kids to figure out that I don’t have all of the answers for the many obstacles motherhood has thrown... Read More

6 Ways to Leave Your Family Behind…and get ME time

As moms we do not have a lot of (or any) time to ourselves. However, here are a few quick escapes I suggest for your own sanity. Your household can... Read More

A Raisin Almost Got Me Locked Up!

Since I have become a mother, I have never felt so inadequate, so consistently unprepared and small. Daily, there are constant reminders of things in which I have no idea... Read More

My biggest leap of faith: Becoming a stay-at-home mom

After I prayed this prayer, I was not too thrilled with the answer. I had a deep feeling in my gut that it was best to stay home. I... Read More

Motherhood: Can You Balance It All?

Heyyy Friends! My name is Antoinette Faltz-McQueen. I’m a Wife, Mommi, and Social Media Strategist! I remember in January of 2017 I started feeling nauseous while my 1 year old... Read More

From 6 Figure Chick to Stay At Home Mommi

I was one of those lucky people who always knew what I wanted to do. It wavered once or twice as far as my career choice, but was always my... Read More

Divorce Didn’t Define ME…I am More Than Enough

Hey, it’s Roxanne and I’m so excited that you are here! I do hope I’m not alone with this one but have you ever felt different…. like you do not... Read More

He Wants Another Baby. I Don’t. Whose Feelings Matter More? (Part I)

I’m at a crossroads in my marriage. One where each road is a potential path to resentment. You see, my husband wants a 3rd child, and well…I don’t. Let me... Read More

Motherhood: MY BIGGEST INSECURITY!

I became a mother at 19. I had my 2nd child at 27 and my 3rd at 32. My journey through motherhood has been quite the experience. Having a child... Read More

Babies Come from Sex!

I told his dad that if he was able to logically come up with a question he deserves to hear an honest answer and we both agreed with that... Read More

Trip-WHAT?!? Be careful what you wish for… How we went from two to FIVE!

Hey Mommies, Have you ever feel like you had everything you wanted in life and your life couldn’t get any better? That’s exactly how I felt. I married to my... Read More

5 Fun and Flirty Date Night Ideas

“Friday is date night. What do you want to do?” “Hmm. I don’t know. What do you want to do?” “Ummm, it’s YOUR turn to plan the date.” “Oh yeah.... Read More

Mommy Emergency Car Kit Tips

With the winter months upon us, now is the perfect time to create an Emergency Kit for your cars! As a mommy of 4 all under the age of 10,... Read More

My 3 Year Old Secret!

Let’s just get it out the way now, I must confess, when I found out I was having a girl, I cried!!  Now, before you judge me, hear me out.... Read More

Not a “Baby Mama” But 3 Things I Am.

For black women there seems to only be two options. Either you’re happily married with children and a family, #relationshipgoals or you’re a lonely, bitter, “baby mama” #babymamadrama. Many times,... Read More

Three Things I Would Never Admit (Out Loud)

Thing number 3! I don’t always like my kids! Don’t get me wrong - I have 4 gorgeous children! I mean, check them out!... Read More