Posts filed under: MommiHood

Helpful Advice for Parents of a Child With Autism

Every parent wants to be the best they can be for their children, and when you’re parenting a child with autism, knowing what to do can feel like a mystery.... Read More

Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

May 2nd-May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week! “Teaching is a Work of Heart”: Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! Teaching is one of the most rewarding yet challenging professions. From early childhood... Read More

Mommi Moments in May

May is Mommi month! Have you made your plans yet? Mommination collaborated with several Mommi Influencers to compile a comprehensive list of all things Mommi. Highlighted below are several events... Read More

What does Mommi want for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is May 8th! Have you bought your gifts yet? Mommination recently polled our audience to find out what the most popular, desired and anticipated gift would be for... Read More

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Mommination strives to bring awareness to our audience during the month of April and throughout the year. Please proceed with caution if this topic... Read More

It’s the Aroma for Me: My Kitchen, The Happy Spot

It’s the Aroma for Me: My Kitchen, The Happy Spot For as long as I’ve been in the kitchen, I noticed how joyful people were to eat my food. If I... Read More

Is Your Secret, Secretly Killing You?!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We had a few contributors who were very brave to share their stories with us. If this is a sensitive topic for you, please... Read More

What To Know Before Buying Your Child a Pet

Pets of all kinds are fun to have in your home. They can teach your child responsibility and help with emotional development. Pets bring many benefits, but they also require... Read More

My Fitness Journey

My Fitness Journey I love working out, but I would be bored, I joined gyms, but I was never really motivated to stay because I went with someone else to... Read More

How I Landed My Dream Job

Where it all began Tech is not a space where you find plenty of black women so let me give you some background on how I ended up here. When... Read More

Women’s History Month: Six Ways to Celebrate as a Black Woman

March is Women’s History Month! As Black History Month comes to a close, the celebration continues. Ladies, grab your crowns, because it is our time to shine again! As one... Read More

A Tale of Two Pregnancies

They say no two situations are the same … whoever “they” are is right! Pregnant with my second child and its a whole new experience. First of all the daddies... Read More

Gal, That One Ain’t Yours!

My family My six brothers, one sister, my mom, and my dad all stayed busy doing their own thing. We lived in a moderate home in the Westend of Louisville,... Read More

Who’s Happily Retired, Raise Your Hand!

My name is Vicki and I am happily retired! I had worked for the federal government for thirty-eight years and I couldn’t wait to retire! During the previous ten years,... Read More

Fitish Mommi and Proud!

The good old days! My body has changed from that of the 17-year-old young girl in high school. As a student athlete back then, I took for granted the time... Read More

Who Said Learning Can’t Be Fun?

YEAH—I’M STILL HAVING FUN It’s been almost 25 years and I’m still in love with what I do. TEACH!!! Every week reflecting on what I’ve taught and thinking, “What can... Read More

Centering Relationships in Sexual Wellness (Part 3)

For the month of February MommiNation concludes our conversations about love, sensuality, and sexuality with reproductive justice activists Brittany Brathwaite, MSW, MPH, and Kimberly Huggins, LSW, MPH, MEd. Ms. Brathwaite... Read More

Claiming Our Right to Pleasure

February is a time when we think about love, sensuality, and sexuality. MommiNation sat down for a conversation about sexual wellness and pleasure with reproductive justice activists Brittany Brathwaite, MSW,... Read More

My Journey to Motherhood was NOT Pretty and Bright

My Journey to Motherhood was NOT Pretty and Bright Where do I begin? Let’s go all the way all the way back to 2010 I was in a fairly new... Read More

Work Life Balance: Is There Really Such a Thing?

Work Life Balance: Is There Really Such a Thing? In the corporate world the term Work Life Balance floats around and when I hear it, I give it the side... Read More

As for me and my household, we choose to be vaccinated

Surviving COVID-19 in 2020 I remember the surreal moment when I received a phone after taking a rapid COVID-19 test, that I was indeed positive. My positive diagnosis led to... Read More

Human Trafficking-Why You Should Stay Tuned into Your Teens & Tweens

Human Trafficking – Why You Should Stay Tuned Into Your Teens & Tweens January is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Since 2010, this month has been declared a... Read More

Touch Not My Annointed Ones

“Touch not my Anointed one…” Ever since I was a little girl growing up in the Caribbean, I always knew I was different. You’re probably asking yourself “what do you... Read More

Ways to advocate for an ambitious learning environment for your child

What is tracking? We all want to believe that schools are doing all they can to ensure our children thrive academically as students. But what if I told you that,... Read More

Grief Work: A conversation about Grief Therapy with Dr. Nyasha Grayman (Part 2)

Grief Work: A conversation about Grief Therapy with Dr. Nyasha Grayman (Part 2) MommiNation continues its conversation with grief and bereavement therapist Dr. Nyasha Grayman.  MommiNation: How, if at all,... Read More

Understanding Grief: A Conversation with Dr. Nyasha Grayman (Part 1)

Loss is an experience we will all have. MommiNation sat down with Dr. Nyasha Grayman, a bereavement therapist, to talk about grief, loss, and bereavement therapy. Dr. Grayman’s practice centers... Read More

Ready, Set, Build Your Mom Tribe

The fear of being alone Track season has officially started but it takes on a whole new meaning when you’re married to the coach and become a parent. When I... Read More

Moving Beyond Talk about Good Food and Bad food: A Conversation with Dr. Ashante Reese

Moving Beyond Talk about Good and Bad Food: A Conversation with Dr. Ashante Reese MommiNation: In the quest to get healthy a lot of us are trying to understand what... Read More

Helpful Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers

Being a parent of a teen driver can give you so much anxiety when you worry about their safety and well-being. There are so many sudden things that can happen,... Read More

Fun Activities To Help You Bond With Your Adult Children

There’s nothing more rewarding than watching your kids grow into well-adjusted adults. However, growing up means they depend on you less, and you may struggle to connect with them like... Read More

Why Your Child Might Be Struggling in College

When parents send their kids off to college, they hope they will enjoy their time away, explore a new setting, and discover new facets of their personalities. But some students... Read More

Simple Design Tips for Updating Your Child’s Bedroom

As your child gets older, their tastes change. Maybe they loved rainbows and fire trucks when they were smaller, but now they’re ready to transition into something new. Fortunately, you... Read More

Growing Our Hope in the New Year

Our quest for hope The new year is a time of hope and possibilities. That is true of all beginnings. We look into the unknown and we dream. We imagine... Read More

The Best Ways To Protect Your Child’s Health

For parents, the number one priority is the health and well-being of their children so that they can grow into upstanding, successful adults. For that reason, we understand you’re always... Read More

Working for Food Justice: A conversation with Ashanté Reese

Food and nutrition are political issues. MommiNation sat down with award-winning author, Dr. Ashante Reese, to talk about the politics of food. MommiNation: Dr. Reese, your research centers on food-justice,... Read More

Yueltide Yoga-Finding Time to Relax During the Holidays

We’re halfway through December and for many of us that means preparing for and celebrating the end-of-year holidays. Hanukkah is over. But Christmas, Kwanzaa and the joy of New Year’s... Read More

Fun Things To Do With Your Kids During School Breaks

Spring, summer, and winter too: school breaks mean bored kids. But there are multiple activities you can do with your children to teach them valuable life skills and provide an... Read More

How To Help Your Teen Feel Less Stressed

Raising a child in today’s world is no easy task, and finding ways to increase their quality of life can seem challenging. Our kids face discrimination and unique hardships daily,... Read More

Four Reasons Why ‘Jingle Jangle’ Provides the Light We All Need

Fun for the entire family Gather the whole family, make some cups of hot cocoa, and watch Netflix’s Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. This colorful, holiday musical hits the mark... Read More

Reasons You Should Check Your Child for Signs of Scoliosis

Being a mom means wearing multiple hats, and one of them is doctor. The reasons you should check your child for signs of scoliosis are because it is a common... Read More

Fun and Engaging Playtime Activities for Toddlers

Keeping your toddler preoccupied can be a challenge for even the most experienced parents. Finding the right project or game can be a fantastic way to use up kids’ seemingly... Read More

Innermission – Everything I Never Knew I Needed

Where do I start?! I guess I can start at what is Innermission. Innermission was created by 2 former Victoria’s Secret marketing employees Sara and Brooke. They took one idea... Read More

Ways To Encourage Your Child To Donate to Charity

Donating to charity is a great way to give back, and everyone should lend a helping hand when they can. Black mothers can inspire the younger generation to donate by... Read More

How To Prepare for an At-Home Water Birth

There isn’t a more intimate experience than having a home birth. Laboring at home allows mothers to relax in a familiar space and provides more freedom to move around. Many... Read More

Ways To Motivate Your Child To Do Better in School

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and we agree with him. Education helps us understand where we came... Read More

The Benefits of Technology and Child Development

Technology has never been easier to use than in modern society. It helps determine the daily schedule of every user, gives people a better understanding of the world, and brings... Read More

How You Can Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party

For most children, their birthday party is the highlight of their year. They get to be with all their friends, have a great time, and get cake and presents to... Read More

Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Practice Oral Hygiene

Getting your kids to consistently brush their teeth and practice good dental habits is difficult but absolutely paramount to establish at an early age. Because the process may seem like... Read More

What You Should Know Before Buying Your Kid a Ride-On Car

Christmas may still be a couple of months away, but when it comes to more expensive presents that you want to get your kids, it’s better to plan ahead to... Read More

Tips for Finding the Best Clothes for Your Kids

Clothes shopping with the kids can sometimes feel tedious and time-consuming. Worse yet, when the kids hit a growth spurt, it may feel like you’re at the mall every weekend... Read More

Benefits of Eating Dinner Together as a Family

There was once a time where families, and even neighbors, regularly ate meals together. These days, that’s becoming less and less common. Some families, especially those with kids old enough... Read More

Space-Saving Tips for When You Have a Newborn

When managing life as a new parent, we know it can become difficult to save space. To help improve your area, whether on the go with your baby or around... Read More

Ways To Encourage Child Brain Development

Children’s brains develop quickly. Therefore, it’s essential to keep your child stimulated. Although stimulation methods vary, we have a list of helpful brain development activities. If you need ideas, check... Read More

Fall Fashion Series – My Take on Mom Style

Sponsored by Zappos Why does “mom style” get a bad rap? Why do people hear that term and think frumpy, disheveled and anything but stylish? Now I didn’t say newborn-mom... Read More

Mommi Hacks

Morning Woes Ever have one of those days where you felt like you repeated yourself over and over again? Did you pack your lunch? Did you make your bed? Do... Read More

This Mommi is keeping her love for fashion alive

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom.  You can find out more about Nordstrom Styling Services HERE! I always thought my life was hectic and busy before becoming a mom, and... Read More

What About My Birth Plan?

Diaper bag ✔ Newborn clothing (my chunkster never fit into those newborn outfits lol) ✔ Hospital  bag✔ Newborn prep class ✔ Nursery ✔ Birth plan✔   With the support of... 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

My Fitness Journey: Living with Lupus

My Achilles heel I’ve always exercised, but I was never consistent. I started strong for the first couple of weeks, then gradually fade. It has always been my Achilles heel.... Read More

 Finding My Way back from Low Confidence

Where my story begins I’ll start my story when I had to move to my grandmother’s house after my parents separated.  Let’s just say she was not friendly in the... Read More

FINDING MY ATHLETIC SELF AGAIN

Finding myself again Summer 2021 is upon us and, I am ready for what’s to come.  Last year was a test of resilience and an opportunity of reflection.  During that... Read More

5 Self-Care Tips for the Busy-Body

Hey y’all! It’s International Self-Care Day, and you know your girl is BIG on self-care. One of the biggest misconceptions around self-care is that a lot of time is required.... Read More

 The Power of a Praying Mommi

Lord you gave me these children…now what? “Lord you gave me these children now what?” Many of us mommies can relate to this very question and spend our lives searching... Read More

Let’s Go Back To School!

It’s that time of year again! The time where summer is quickly coming to an end and it’s time to get back to reality. Although we’ll all miss the late... Read More

How to Talk to Your Husband About Your Dreams

You have big dreams. That dream could be writing your first book, starting a business, or running a marathon. Pursuing your dreams will make you feel more fulfilled. And definitely... Read More

The Ultimate Prize is Sisterhood

I cut my hair two weeks into the pandemic. Broken-down. Anxiety. Overwhelmed. Scared. I lost it. I walked into my bathroom. Grabbed the scissors. Cut four inches of my hair... Read More

Who said Mommihood was 5 STARS?!? Here’s my Mommi Review!

I’m three years in and here is what I’ve learned and my OFFICIAL MOMMI REVIEW! Mommihood is not for the faint of heart  Man oh man, I don’t know if... 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

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

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

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

How We Fostered A Love of Reading in Our Children

How We Fostered a Love of Reading in Our Children This post has been sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Books are hands down my... 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

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

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

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

7 Tips for Getting Back Into Dating After Divorce!

Description: Divorce is always a pain. If you want to handle it and move on, you are in the right place! Here, we’ll give you every detail on reducing emotional... Read More

3 Mental Roadblocks to a Healthier You and How to Overcome Them

Fitness. It’s one of those things where either you love it or you hate it. Quite honestly, most people either hate it or have a love-hate relationship with it. Very... Read More

Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Hey Mommies! Hopefully your fit mommi journey has been rewarding so far! If not, just pick back up tomorrow and give it your best! The main setback is always the... Read More

Eating Healthy in a Food Desert

It’s that time of year where everyone decides that some changes to their diet, love lives, careers, or what have you need to be reigned in. Something about out with... Read More

The Best Books I’ve Read All Year

I have always loved reading. As a little girl I looked forward to visiting my local library every three weeks to borrow new books. Reading was my escape. My love... Read More

“Unleash the Courage within You”

My Story Untold: From Victim To Survivor: Business Coach Overcomes Domestic Violence, Now Helps Women Make Six Figures “If I could tell my 17-year-old-self anything it would be that despite... Read More

The Perfect Christmas List for Any Mommi

Christmas is only a week away and some of us have yet to find the perfect gift for our loved one! Well, has MommiNation ever let you down before?! Of... Read More

Christmas May Look Different This Year – and That’s Okay!

Who Would’ve Thought: This year has taken us all by a complete spiral! Many people have lost their job, finding ways to make ends meet or maybe you’ve found yourself... Read More

That Cinderella Life Ain’t For Me!

That Cinderella Life:  It ain’t for me Growing up, Saturdays was the day you cleaned the entire house. The house literally shined from top to bottom. The smooth stylings of... Read More

Please Tell Me Why There’s an Elf on My Damn Shelf!

Okay, let’s play the game, Never Have I Ever… Ready?…. Never have I ever had an Elf on my Shelf…Now how many mommies had to drink to that? Welp, if... Read More

NICU Bonding Tips with Registered Nurse, Callie Douthit

Every parent dreams of the moment they get to hold their precious little one for the first time. Unfortunately, for some parents this moment never comes into fruition. When giving... Read More

“Born At 430 Grams-Casimir Maybe Small, But Mighty”.

The Big Day “It’s a boy!!!!” On May 18, 2020, my significant other, Bo, and I were so happy to learn that our expectant child would be a little prince.... Read More

Single Motherhood – A Blessing Or A Curse

Single Motherhood – A Blessing Or A Curse   Being raised by a single mom who did not depend on her child’s father financially or otherwise, motivated me to become... Read More

The Strength of a Single Mother

First off, the strength of a mother is unmatched, but it requires a little extra when you have to do it on your own. We always hear, “It takes a... Read More

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta!

Hey Mommies! So we all know it feels nice to get fancy some days and make a three course meal for the fam, but what about those days where you... Read More

Protected: Mommination Outreach Specialist

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Why every black mommi should care about what’s happening in Nigeria! #ENDSARS

“An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects... Read More

Meal Planning Success without the Stress!

Hey Mommies! Its Mommi Shaquanda here with a list of tips on how to make meal time a success without the the stress! Deciding what to cook every day for a... Read More

Mommination Presents The Call In

For those of you who’ve ever experienced challenges, barriers or unpleasant experiences related to friendships, this is the place for you….a judgement free zone where we unpack what friendship is... Read More

Learning how to swim in a pandemic is safer than you may think

Since the Pandemic hit in March, I have been very hesitant to allow my boys to do any of their normal activities outside of school. I recently made the tough... Read More

NICU NURSE to NICU MOM

Being a NICU nurse has been such a rewarding yet eye opening experience to me. Taking care of critical babies when they are most vulnerable, seeing them get stronger and... Read More

3 Reasons why I’m not letting this school year stress me out!

Are Your Stress Levels In The Red? We’re currently living in some crazy and unprecedented times. One of the major changes for Parents everywhere is our children not being in... Read More

What Does It Mean To Deschool???

I know this school year has a lot of us nervous, anxious and confused. Now more than ever is the time to join forces and support each other. I’m so... Read More

The BEST Way To Bond With Your ‘Students’ During the 2020 Pandemic School Year

  This week I had the opportunity to sit down with YouTube sensation, Jerusha Willenborg. Her video of a secret handshake that she shared with each one of her elementary... Read More

The “FIT MOM,” I Miss Her

Our son runs all day long… like literally if he’s awake he’s running. The other day I was keeping track of how many times he actually walked and it was... Read More

Abs with Sanya

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How to keep your peace in a broken world

The Beginning – How I knew there was a God Although I did not grow up in the church, I have always known about God for as long as I... Read More

A Fall From Grace: My Secret Struggle

Hey there! How are you? I cannot believe I’m about to share this with you, but the guilt is eating me alive. There is something I’ve been struggling with lately... Read More

How to Explain All Things Juneteenth to Karen, Becky, Amy and Friends…

To all the Karen’s, Becky’s, and Amy’s Out There….This is for You! Dear Karen et al., I know you’re accustomed to convenience and instant gratification, so I’ll make this one... Read More

Fathers Day Steak Dinner

How she feeds you is how she feels about you 😉 Ladies we all KNOW the way to a mans heart is through his stomach! So this Father’s Day let’s show... Read More

No Need To Drown…Just Keep Swimming

Water will not kill my daughters. I need them to be able to have the skills set to, if in danger, to save their lives. Mommy and daddy will do... Read More

From Motherless Child to Mom of Six

My name is Bella and I am a mom to six kids. Sounds impressive, right? Many people seem to think so. A lot of praise comes my way when people... Read More

#ThatMommi

Alright Mommies, I have a confession….now judge me all you want, but I tend to keep things a little too real, (like all the way 💯, I’m talkin above a... Read More

Surviving C-Sections: The Ugly Truth About the Unknowns of Childbirth

My first pregnancy was my “ignorance is bliss” chapter. I was only 23, so none of my close friends had babies yet. My mom was the only person I knew... Read More

Three Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Life as we know it has turned completely upside down. As an adult, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around this whole thing. Can you imagine how... Read More

Mommi Madness

Hey MommiNation! I’m dubbing March MOMMI MADNESS and here’s why: As an athlete and a huge fan of sports, I’ve loved the concept of March Madness. I could write all... Read More

“Mother By Choice, Not By Blood: A Look Into Life with White Parents”

Hi Loves! Motherhood comes in so many forms. You can become a mom in the most obvious way which is to give birth. Then there’s a host of other ways... Read More

My Love letter to Vanessa & the girls…

Dear Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka and Capri, The world lost a legend. A man that many revere as one of the greatest athletes of our time. To you, though, he was... Read More

Am I raising a colorist?

My daughter is growing up, before my eyes. She is an honor student, active in clubs and is a great singer and performer, not to mention a great big sister.... Read More

Quarantine Almost Ruined Us

There’s an old saying that says, “You never really know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Well, quarantine has taught me a totally different phrase. “You never really know what... Read More

Santa: Jesus’ Homeboy

Ah, It’s Christmas time and while the reason for the season is the birth of Jesus and I’m sure, like I have, you will sit down and tell your children... Read More

Parenting My Son, The Overachiever

I remember it like it was yesterday. The day my son was born was CRAZY, to say the least. It was also absolutely amazing at the same time. I will... Read More

Women & Weed: A Candid Conversation Part 2 – Motherhood

Welcome back! Hopefully you have read Part 1 in the Women & Weed series and are ready for Part 2 as we discuss Weed & Motherhood! Women & Weed You’ve... Read More

I’m Grateful For My Kids…BUT!

https://anchor.fm/mommyonthemove   The other day Lil Dre asked me if he was a mistake. I said absolutely not! You were more like an AND I…OOOP! If you know me then... Read More

Women & Weed: A Candid Conversation Part 1 – Pregnancy

Before we begin, for my novice readers here are some clarifying points (my experienced consumers can skip to the next paragraph 😊) Marijuana, weed, ganja… all the same thing in... Read More

To the Mommi Who Needs a Break

First Time Mommi I remember when I became a mom for the first time. Everything was exciting and new. Here I was 22 years old, barely married for a year... Read More

Mommi, Where Do Babies Come From?

Do you avoid the question? Is this an uncomfortable conversation for you to have? If your kids are at an age where you think it’s time to discuss, don’t wait... Read More

How to know when enough is enough…

As time went on, however, daily sex routines turned into once in a while. Date nights were a thing that happened on occasion and minor disagreements turned into full blown... Read More

Mourning Your Single Self

Congratulations! You are in the relationship that you always dreamed of whether you are married or just committed to the person of your dreams. You may have just found out... Read More

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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, my name is Roxanne Cowans  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... 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

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

Little Fires Everywhere; Opposing Styles of Motherhood

4 Moms, 4 Economic Backgrounds, 3 Different Races, countless Secrets… I just finished the 8 episode series Little Fire Everywhereon Hulu and the message resonated with me in many different ways.... Read More