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Motherhood Right Now: Something Oak Said

posted on: May 23, 2017

While this blog started off as a documentation of my personal journey in motherhood, so much has taken place since we started. Naturally, the blog moved along with life's events. So much so, I often forget to talk about what's new in motherhood. Or I just chose to not discuss, as a way of truly being present with River and Oak.

But something happened last week, and I couldn't ignore it and it made me feel so proud, that I went on to share it with whoever would listen....

How To Make A Home In 650 Square Feet

posted on: May 19, 2017

I often get asked questions about how we make a small space work for a family of four, and while I often feel like I don't have clear answers to that question, it feels good to open up about it a little. My beliefs in home are rooted in having everything feel comfortable and spacious while staying a bit stylish. In the day to day, I don't notice how much I've sort of "made it work."

Our apartment was featured on Domino last week, and I'm sharing a bit on all of the above. If you're in a small space or looking to downsize, I hope you find the feature inspiring.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Natural Hair Diary: Rachel Cato

posted on: May 18, 2017

Rachel is a mother, educator, and powerful force when it comes to uncovering the power that we all have in the strands of our own hair. A few months ago, she let welcomed us in her Brooklyn home to shoot her and her daughter in their natural rhythm. Today, she shares more about her locs, what she hopes to teach her daughter, her transition process, and her personal hope for the media when it comes to natural hair.

5 Rules Of Affection With Kids

posted on: May 16, 2017

When River was younger, we had no specific rules when in came to affection. Like most things, we just went with it. As both River and Oak have grown, and the way they've shown us and their friends their love, our conversations have shifted to work with their stages of life.

Here are just a few boundaries we've developed that seem to be working:

1. We ask for hugs and kisses. Hugs and kisses aren't required for family or friends. If we would like one, we ask.

2. Apologize and ask again. Sometimes I forget while we are playing, and then quickly correct myself. It's important that they know they always have a choice, and that they have to offer others the choice as well (though we make it clear, mommy and daddy are always open and ready for kisses as long as we aren't sick).

3. My body. Your body. We started this conversation years ago, when River had a friend that often found it hard to assess boundaries. By giving children statements like, "My body is my body, and your body is your body," they're able to articulate requirements. No matter if it's a friend, family member, or stranger, awareness and articulation is key.

4. Real kissing is for families. If kindergarten has taught me anything, it's that I should never underestimate the conversations that are being had away from adult ears. Naturally, there comes a time where kissing a crush seems like a good idea. For now, centering conversations around "families" and "grown ups" and not so much the layered definition and variations of love, has been perfect.

5. Don't kill curiosity. Keep conversation. I want my children to always feel safe coming to me with whatever they feel they need to. My goal is to never embarrass them, and to always be open to explaining everything, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me.

3 Madewell Dresses For Mother's Day

posted on: May 4, 2017

 Mother's Day is a little over a week away, and my mind is set on how comfortable I want to be this year. In the past, I've taken to floral vintage and sheer something or another, anything that made me feel extra special. This Mother's Day, I just want to run around with the kids in a simple and comfortable dress.

Here are a few options from Madewell if you're feeling the same: