10 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2021

The last time I wrote a post like this was in 2016 and some of the things I was hoping for actually happened like meeting the person who would eventually become my husband! Anyway, here’s my list for 2021 and they’re not necessarily in order.

1) Hopefully getting a little closer to some since of normalcy as Covid-19 vaccines become available.

2) Margaux turning 2 and her daycare cost decreasing!!

3) Reading more for myself. I’ve read a lot to Margaux (we’re almost at 1,000 books!) but I need to do more reading for myself.

4) Writing more in my journal.

5) Writing more on this blog.

6) Hopefully enrolling Margaux in swim lessons.

7) Setting up my home office instead of working at the dining room table.

8) Setting up the playroom in the basement.

9) Meeting financial goals that I’ve set for myself.

10) And finally, I hope to take better care of myself. Becoming a parent in December 2019, I feel like I have been “surviving” and not investing in myself. This means that I’m not at my best self but that is about to change.

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

Children’s Books with Characters of Color

Books with Characters of ColorGrowing up, how many books did you read as a child that had a person of color as the main character?  It feels good to see a character that you can identify with.  If you’re white, it might not even cross your mind since the norm is to read books with a white main character. I even looked up what are the top books of all time and can you guess how many of the 100 on the list were authored by a black person?  Continue reading “Children’s Books with Characters of Color”

Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 2

Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 2Today, I want to address some ideas that I think could possibly help race relations.  If you missed Part 1 to my series Guilty Until Proven Innocent, make sure you read that first to get a better understanding of where I’m coming from. Continue reading “Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 2”

Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 1

Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 1You might think that I made a mistake with the title of this post but I did not.  Presumption of Innocence, or better known as Innocent Until Proven Guilty, is a phrase that is often used not only in the United States but also in many other countries.  It means that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.  In other words, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime charged.  If reasonable doubt remains, the accused must be acquitted.

While this should be the case, it clearly is not meant for everybody here in the United States. Continue reading “Guilty Until Proven Innocent Part 1”

Homemade Baby Food

Homemade Baby FoodMaking homemade baby food is easier than you might think.  Before starting your baby on solids, speak to your baby’s pediatrician first to make sure that they are ready.

With a pediatrician’s approval, many babies are ready to start trying solids somewhere between 4-6 months of age. Before Margaux was born, my plan was to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months and then to slowly start her on solids. Well, none of that actually happened. At 4 months, Margaux appeared to be very interested in what Marquis and I were eating but I wasn’t quite ready to see my baby grow up and start eating food. Eventually, I decided to go ahead and start trying solids the day that she turned 5 months. Read on to see how we started Margaux on solids and my tips for other parents looking to do the same. Continue reading “Homemade Baby Food”