A Mother, Separation & Quarantine

She waves goodbye to him from the front door then turns on her heels to throw herself into my arms, “I missed you, Mama.” I brave a big smile, hoping my cheeks cut off the tear ducts. Oh, how I missed you too, sweet one. Olive is two, I’m twenty-nine, and two weeks into quarantine…

Eating Disorder Pregnancy

I was five months into eating disorder recovery when I discovered that I was pregnant. It wasn’t totally unexpected – there was an element of predetermination in our first pregnancy, which I was thankful for. What I didn’t expect, however, was the fact that it happened fast. Faster than I had probably hoped. I knew I wanted children,…

In Conversation With Bolaji Idakoji of Khojo Kids

First, I need to ask, how are you doing mama? I am not okay. This phrase has been floating around recently, but allow me to explain why I feel this way. I have outstanding Black men all around me. Some older, some younger, and it troubles me that I feel helpless in preventing them from…

Colours of Black Beauty

Black says I’m beautiful Black says I’m hurt Black says I’m happy Black says I shine Black says I’m alive Black says I’m magic Black makes me proud Black shows my strength Black knows I’m equal Black has empathy Black respects my grind Black unites my people Black says no to pain Black wants to…

This French Luxury Baby Brand is Blending Art and Modernity With Functional Essentials

Born in 2016, Atelier Choux Paris is a new French “Maison” created for millennial families. The brand is known for their instantly recognizable, whimsical aesthetic across clothing, GOTS certified organic cotton swaddles (“carrés” or squares) and bedding along with a growing range of lifestyle products. With their lively illustrations by acclaimed Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson,…

Honoring the Mother

How do we honor the mother? We often use flowers and cards, we pick gifts from shelves, and counters. We purchase shiny necklaces, and perfume, hoping she sees that through these objects we are grateful for her. The things we chose to honor her with are symbols of what we can’t or don’t say every…