Meet My Family

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by firsttimemom



Who knows me better than the woman who gave birth to me? The man who taught me how to climb a tree and ride a bike? The girl who kicked me out of her room and later became my best friend?

I interviewed my family for an About Me video for Diary of a First Time Mom! I entered it into the BlogHERlicious contest. Guess what? I won!

Let me know if I’m not alone.  Do you have kooky characters in your clan?


Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by firsttimemom


As you may know, when I’m not writing here, you can follow my adventures (or misadventures) through dating over at Black and Married With Kids. Over the past year or so, the creators and contributors have become my family. I jokingly call Ronnie and Lamar Tyler my blogging parents, although Lamar constantly corrects me and says we are the same age.  Through emails, phone calls and reading each other’s articles, the entire team began to build relationships. But we never met each other. You really don’t know someone until you see them in person. I thought some people were taller, and others were shorter. When we gathered in Atlanta for the Blogalicious Five conference, it felt like a family reunion. We cheered each other on. Heath Wiggins, who started blogging two months earlier, was selected to share his elevator pitch on stage. Christine St. Vil and Lamar Tyler made it to the finals in the Wells Fargo competition. And I won a video competition. Each time, the BMWK crew celebrated.


The show of support proved that networking isn’t always about what you can get rather what you can give. When people push each other to succeed, it opens doors for everyone.  I put this video together to illustrate how writing for BMWK is more than a job. It’s an experience.

Healing From a Traumatic Birth

Posted on: June 7th, 2012 by firsttimemom

When you were pregnant, you probably heard a horror story about another woman’s labor and delivery.  Perhaps she endured endless hours of contractions, an emergency C-section, or a placental abruption. Forty years after the birth of my cousin, my aunt still talks about the extreme pain she experienced.  She vowed never to have another child and to alert others of what their doctors may not tell them. Perhaps a complication has left you traumatized.  If so, a healing session could help you recover.  I caught up with Deena Blumenfeld at The Shining Light Prenatal Education Center in Pittsburgh, to find out how mothers are using meditation, mantra, and breathing exercises to heal from a traumatic birth.


Fertility Yoga

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by firsttimemom

Yoga can make you more flexible, relaxed, and toned, but can the ancient art make you a baby?  I caught up with Deena Blumenfeld at The Shining Light Prenatal Education Center in Pittsburgh, to find out how to breathe and conceive.


Mocha Moms Coming to Pittsburgh!!!

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by firsttimemom

I love my city.  Pittsburgh, or shall I say Sixburgh, since the Steelers brought home six Superbowl titles, is a wonderful place to raise your kids.  We’re home to world-renowned health systems, award-winning schools, and you can’t beat the cost of living!  As a matter of fact, just last year, we bumped Honolulu out-of-the-way and were named the most livable city in the US.  Now, that’s pretty bad ass if you ask me, being that we don’t have any beaches.


Now, I have one more reason to call my hometown awesome.  Recently, I attended a Mocha Moms, Inc. interest group meeting.  (If you haven’t heard of this amazing organization, just click on the Mommy Minutes tab and read my one-on-one interview with Mocha Moms Co-founder and President Emerita, Cheli English-Figaro.)  About a dozen moms showed up, to find out how we can charter a chapter in Pittsburgh.  It reminded me of a college sorority, since we came together with common interests and goals.  Instead of planning to tailgate, we set up play dates.  Like a Greek organization, there is also a focus on community service and sisterhood.  Although the group is made up of mostly moms of color, membership is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background.  You also don’t have to be a stay-at-home mom to join!   The organization is even more attractive, since annual dues total only $20 to $40.


At the interest meeting, moms swapped stories, gave advice, and exchanged phone numbers.  Our host, Cythnia Levy-Mendoza, talked about her experiences as a Mocha Mom in Queens, New York and why she wanted to start a local chapter.


Want to charter a chapter in your city or become a general member?  Log onto to find out how!