I am an African (and other surprising facts)

Where do you come from?

Can you tell by my hair or my skin color or my eye color? Do I look like what you think of as an African? As with any race, nationality or ethnicity, many of the defining characteristics are only skin deep. Others do have their roots in genetics and it’s when we dive into our […]

Holiday Traditions Matter because…

Vintage elf

Everyone has holiday traditions whether they realize it or not. We tend to be creatures of habit but more than anything, I think we tend to be creatures of nostalgia. When I was growing up, the holidays were my absolute favorite time of the year. It was one of the few times we had family […]

3 Easy Ways to Stay Unstoppable as a Mom

Motherhood is hard

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I didn’t actually join the ranks of motherhood with that mantra in […]

A Story of Friendship

Emma on the pillow

I think the biggest naysayers when it comes to pets believe that we merely project our human emotions and sentiments onto our pets. But the biggest advocates for the unconditional love we get from our pets know better. In watching the relationships between my dogs over the past few years, I’ve come to understand a […]

#GivingTuesday and Why You Should Give

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Remember when it used to just be Thanksgiving? It was about the parade on TV and seeing Santa Claus at the very end. It was your dad watching football all day while your mother slaved away in the kitchen. It was when we stuffed the turkey because we didn’t worry about salmonella and we certainly […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like BLOGMAS

Blogmas 2014

If you were sitting on pins and needles wondering if the Blogmas Awards were going to go the way of the retiring blog conferences, the wait is over. BLOGMAS HAS RETURNED!   In case this is your first experience with Blogmas, let me ‘splain. When I started blogging waaaaaay back in 2009, I had no […]

That One Time on the Autobahn…

VW Golf

Some experiences in your life will always make you look back and wonder how you survived. For example, when I was five years old, I was playing in the woods with my three-older sister and her friends. We were exploring unknown territory as kids back in the 70s used to do. I clearly remember that […]

One woman’s harassment is another woman’s compliment

NYC Street harassment

Remember all the unwanted attention you got when you were younger, perhaps curvier? Remember how much you wished people would just stop with the attention and even compliments? Yeah, I don’t remember it either. In fact, I’ve always been short of attention when it comes to the opposite sex. I’ve never felt satisfied with my […]

Animals Lovers Find Paradise in Turks & Caicos Too {VIDEO} #BeachesMoms

Animals - Turks and Caicos

Hello. My name is Fadra and I’m an animal lover. I think it’s pretty obvious from my Instagram stream that my pets have pretty much taken over my life. But it’s not just pets that I love, it’s all creatures you find in nature (with the exception of spiders – just, no). While I was […]

Nothing But Flowers (in Turks & Caicos) #BeachesMoms

Flowers - Turks and Caicos

While I attended a conference last week at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I had an option to attend one of many excursions including: Sesame Street puppeteering, mixology, cooking, fitness, and horticulture. I lucked out with my first choice: an Island Exploration tour that included a stop at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). […]

I Could Have Been A Doctor (and other reasons I’m glad I went to college)

CWRU graduation

When I was avidly studying the college brochures that flooded my mailbox as a high school junior, I looked at every detail. Which college had the best majors. Which one looked like the most fun. Which one would be at least two states away from home. In the end, I was swayed by a slick marketing […]