Walking is the single most powerful thing a woman can do for her health. From Harriet Tubman to the women in Montgomery when black women walk things change. Vanessa & Morgan: Co-Founders Back in March, our Aunt Lisa invited us and a couple of other women to her house for a Harriet Tubman Day celebration where she introduced to us: GirlTrek. We had no idea what it was at the time but she asked us to come and we came to support and to listen. We discussed relevant and heart wre
This past weekend we hosted a SummerTime StoryTime Event,For the Love of Reading, with our friends and family. My son and I frequent story times at least 2X a week. Between Barnes and Nobles and the local libraries we have become story time regulars. After leaving Barnes and Noble one day, I thought it would be a little more enjoyable for me and my son if I was able to sit with adults that I knew and for him to play around afterwards with children his age. I love being outsid
One of the main traditions we always had growing up was singing around a homemade birthday cake for E V E R Y O N E’ S birthday. In our endlessly growing family there’s Recipe by Jacqueline Chin (Mom) Ingredients 3 sticks of sweet butter (softened) 2 cups of sugar 3 cups of Presto Self Rising Cake Flour 1 cup of milk 6 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Allow butter to sit out until soft in a large bowl. (Save butter wrappers for later) Preheat oven to 345 degrees. Once bu
The major transition that motherhood brings can certainly be a humbling shift toward the more positive virtues, like selflessness. Things that once seemed so important now pale in comparison to the motivation to ensure your children are provided for but like all things, balance is key. Body changes, sleepless nights and the stress of constantly caring for others can leave you feeling less than your best. Its no wonder “looking like someones mom” can have a negative connotatio
“EMBRACE WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE EVEN IF IT MAKES OTHERS FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE” CURLFEST: Curly Girl Collective is one of my top favorite festivals that I look forward to every year! For those of you who are not familiar with it. I’m about to put you on RIGHT NOW! CURLFEST is basically the mecca for afros, twist outs, braid outs, dreads and even beards. For the past four years, thousands of Natural Beauties have flocked to Prospect Park to network, show off their curls and educate
Paquilla Jones, aka PQ is an engineer, entrepreneur, grad student, artist, Nas lover && most importantly my “adopted” sister & bestfraaand. So let’s be inspired from all her #blackgirlmagic: Tell us about yourself. I like long walks on the beach and candle light dinners just kidding. I truly hate this question because how can you sum up 24 years of life and counting into a few sentences. So the most important things about me would be I am a young black woman from Prichard, Al
My name is Neelam Hakeem (@Neelam_) and I’ve always struggled with covering my hair because I’m obsessed with cute hair styles and I thought that covering it took away from fashionable looks I used to go for. My opinion changed drastically on #MuslimWomensDay as I trolled trough the hashtag becoming spellbound by the beautiful Muslim women and girls who slayed with extreme prejudice, modestly. It was at that moment that I decided to commit to modest fashion. I also wanted to
When this place became home…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- July 19, 2013 When, in one’s life does a new place become home? For me…it took about 3 months of nestling in Harbin, for it feel like home. As I walk to my 5:30 p.m. class around the corner, I know when to cross the street at the perfect time to ditch the holes and the puddles as I pass by the familiar scent of the bakery. Whenever I go inside, she knows exactly what I want–the chocolate almond cookies, sometimes coup
A day at the park…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- April 19, 2013 Going to the park on a semi nice day outside there is always so much to see. Old people working out, men playing MahJong or ChineseChess, women doing a Chinese fan form of tai chi, children crying to get what they want…, its great going people watching. There is so much to learn. I love every moment of my me-times at the park or just strolling the town. I had no idea this park was this close..it amazing what alit
Food, Food & more Food 🙂
Harbin, China Harbin, China- April 3, 2013 Oh goodness! At the start of this trip I just knew I was going to have a horrible food experience and come back home emaciated from malnutrition! BUT BUT I am learning to love Chinese food. At home, I didnt really eat the NY style chinese food because ot wasnt so healthy and usually made me sick. Thats not chinese food! Funny thing…the one day I had eaten something that looked and tasted slightly like somet
Things we take for granted…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 23, 2013 In the U.S , especially in New York, we take so much for granted.
1. Like being able to eat a variety of food from around the world within a couple block radius.
2. Hot water being integral in every household without the need of a water heater specifically for the shower.
3.An Oven! ( I’m find creative things that I can make in a rice cooker)
4.toilet paper roll holder – it falls and grts wet -_-
A quick Grand Tour of my hood…
Harbin, China Harbin, China- March 21, 2013 Everyday I’m woken up by this man or woman who rides his bike up and down the streets banging on the back of this bucket! At first, I had no idea what the heck it was and called it the ‘rooster of the north’ ..however I figured out that it was the make-shift recycling guys who are telling people that they are coming to collect the recyclables. hehehe.
My area of Harbin may not be the best looking pla