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“Must Read” #MichLit Author, @DesCooper, Know The Mother…. will touch the soul! #MotownMom

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

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While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

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A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

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Mother’s Monday: A Mother Never Forgets by @DeannaKahler #MotownMom

I’m a proud mom of a wonderful daughter who joined my family through adoption. But that’s only part of my story. The truth is there were two before her. I was pregnant twice and sadly lost both babies as a result of miscarriages. Like many women, I will never forget these unborn babies or the experiences I had. They will be a part of me always. Since October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time discuss how losing a baby affects a woman and how we can all be more understanding and supportive to these grieving moms.

There are truly no words to describe what it feels like to lose a child. It’s a devastating, heartbreaking experience that you never forget. I remember feeling sad, angry, frustrated, anxious, depressed and very alone. What made it most difficult is that friends and family often didn’t understand the depth of my pain. They failed to realize that although I never saw, met or held my babies that they were still very real to me. They were my children, and I will remember them always. Many women who miscarry feel the same way. So, how can you better support them during this difficult time? Here are some tips for helping a woman who is dealing with a pregnancy loss: Read the rest of this entry

[video] Parenting By Instinct – The Karen Walrond @chookooloonks Show – Episode 2 frm @cafemomstudios #motownmom

I enjoy cafemom on YouTube and wanted to share the Karen Walrond Show. More details below.

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There is so much advice out there for parents, but some experts believe that moms might already know the right things to do! Today, Karen speaks with Dr. Laura Markham, author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” ( about how to raise your children by following your own instincts.

Karen Walrond is an award-winning lifestyle, travel, inspiration and photo blogger ( In this show, she speaks with moms and experts about her belief that what makes us different makes us beautiful — and may even be the source of our superpowers.

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FAMILY EVENT: 2012 Southfield Festival of Hope July 12-15th via @jillblackwell

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2012 Southfield Festival of Hope


Southfield, MIHope United Methodist Church will present The First Annual Southfield Festival of Hope, taking place at 26275 Northwestern Highway on July 12 – July 12, 2012, and featuring the largest carnival production in the midwest, come on out and have some fun there’s something here for everyone.  Four days of great rides, games, live entertainment, step show, and our delicious Soul Food Alley.

Donors for the event include St. John’s Providence Hospital, Ram’s Horn, S.E.T. Enterprises and other donors. The Southfield Festival of Hope will have nightly live jazz entertainment as follows:

Thursday: Serieux 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: Renowned saxophonist Randy Scott 9:45 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: Al McKenzie and Penny Wells 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.,
Sunday: Testimony Sings – 8:00-9:00 p.m. / LaToya Turrentine & Favor’s Voice – 9:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Additionally, a Greek Step Show on Friday evening, dance troops, gospel choirs, and much more! There will be fun for the whole family.

Festival Hours
July 12 & 13 – Thurs. / Fri. 4:00pm – 11:00pm
July 14 & 15 – Sat. 12:00noon – 11:00pm / Sun. 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Carnival admission: Free
All day wristbands for rides $20
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FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick #motownmom

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick

Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick

Congratulations, Mom! You’ve read books about what to expect when you are pregnant, how to care for your newborn, and tips on raising your children. Finally, here’s a book for all moms who devote their time and energy to everyone else, yet inevitably leave little for themselves. Time for mom-Me is a book that shows you how to include your needs in your daily schedule. As a successful mom and personal coach to mothers with children of all ages, Mia Redrick teaches mothers that “Self-care is not negotiable, but necessary to be the best you, as well as the best parent.” Mia helps moms realize their dreams and aspirations, while showing them how to thrive at mothering as a result of self-satisfaction. Her proven strategies help mothers everywhere find time, grow personally, self-connect and assign meaning to their lives. Practical and inspirational, Time for mom-Me will teach you powerful strategies for taking charge of your life.


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Metro Parent CoverKids Search VIA @glamorousmoms #motownmom

Metro Parent CoverKids Search

Do you have a little cutie that needs to be on the cover of a magazine? If so, bring your child to the 2012 Cover Kids search on April 21 & April 22, 2012.  The search will be held at two local locations; Westland Mall and TheVillage of Rochester Hills.  Scouts from The Talent Shop will be will assessing the contestants based on their self-confidence, poise and personality. Every child who attends will be treated like a star and is welcome to enjoy the CoverKids VIP Fun Zone which will include face painting, airbrush tattoos and DIY T-shirts.  Each child will also be able to take home a commemorative photo.  The winner of the contest will be announced in September.

Children ages infant to 12 are welcome to attend. The cost is $25 per child before April 1, 2012. $30 after April 1st. Special rate for twins and multiples is $35 for the group. Metro Parent representatives and The Talent Shop scouts are looking for children in their natural beauty so please do not put make-up or costumes on your child.




How to Budget: The Rich Mama Family Budget Planner (The Rich Mama Series) via @amazonkindle FREE today!


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Let the Rich Mama teach you and your family how to get on a family financial plan that will help you learn why and where your spending money. Do you always find that you have more month than money? If so, this guide is for you – it will once and for all help you figure out your spending “issues” and help you fix them. Do you spend all your income and then some? Is your monthly budget sabotaged by the little things? Or the big things? What’s holding you and your family back from total financial freedom?

As a mom, you’re responsible for the majority of household spending. You can make a significant contribution to your family’s financial bottom line with just a little planning.
You will learn:
* Why families spend money on stupid things
* How to stop spending money on the dumb stuff and on the right stuff
* How to build a Family Plan that helps you prioritize your spending
* Exactly how much money should be spent where
* Templates and charts to help you track spending and build a budget
* Find out how to automate your spending and budgeting so you don’t even have to think about it
* Learn that living richly isn’t about how much money you make
Armed with knowledge of your spending power, this guide will walk you through planning a budget that makes sense for your family. Whether you need to get out of debt, want to save for college, or buy a vacation home, the Rich Mama Family Financial Fitness Plan will help you identify your spending sinks, your spending priorities and how you can use a budget to build wealth today.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 129 KB
  • Publisher: GirlMogul Media (October 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
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  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Article: Making the Most of Motherhood – Tips For New Moms

Expert Author Ebele Agu

Some women become mothers without the realization of the mixed blessings or the responsibilities of the role they just got into. While motherhood brings joy to those who want it and understand what goes with it, it can bring depression to a lot of other women hence the term postpartum depression which occurs in about 10% of pregnancies within a few days or even month after delivery. Its prevalence rate is approximately 1 in 679 or 0.15% or 400,000 people in USA (Source: Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet).

Becoming a mother is a role that one should be mentally and psychologically prepared for. Unfortunately no matter how one prepares for motherhood, we are not always ready for the relentless crying, sleepless nights, unknown ailments etc that comes with the baby package. Some of us develop coping mechanisms, others research to be better informed, and others have a great support system. Whatever you have, some of the tips below will ensure that you understand what to expect as a new mother:


    1. Arm yourself with information: with many resources out there, it is not difficult to find the issues you may be dealing with. While scouring the pages of books or website, remember you may be inundated with information overload. This can be contradictory and confusing, make sure that any information you receive and you want to try out is verified.
    1. Do not compare yourself to the mother next door: you want your baby to have the best of toys/gadgets imaginable. Note that too much stuff does not result to the smartest kid on the block. Focus on the love and attention that your baby craves from only you and give that. Most of the toys will not be used and you will end up spending money unnecessary. Another area of worry for most new mothers is that the mother next door lost all baby weight within two months and you after six months post delivery are still struggling. Realize that all bodies are different; doing such comparison will only leave you more upset.
    1. Comparing your baby to other babies: there is a reason that milestones are given a time frame. If your child does not walk at 10 months like your sister’s son did, wait till at least 15 to 18 months before you hit the panic button. If your child did not talk at 18 months wait till at least two before you seek a speech therapist. I know more than one kid including mine that didn’t really speak a lot till four years old and they are all doing well no.
    1. Give yourself a break: you are not a supermom, and there is no award for that yet, till then you need to ensure that you not only take care of the baby, you also need to take care of yourself. Consider this, if you do not take care of your health or well being, who will take care of your family if something happens to you? To avoid being unhappy, make sure you schedule ‘me times’ for yourself.
    1. Have a support group: when I had my second son, my support group which consists of a group of wonderful women helped me through the first month and above. I did not have family around me, these ladies ensured that I didn’t have to worry about feeding my immediate family and concentrate on taking care of the baby. Your support group could be your family or your friends; they are also the people that can help you babysit so you can have time for yourself.
  1. Prepare meals ahead: one tip that I learned and will definitely use if number three shows up is making meals ahead that will come in handy for 2-4 weeks after the birth of your child. If you have a large freezer, this is a great strategy to use. It frees your time to do other things and the rest of your family can just heat and serve without needing you. If you have to go back to work, preparing meals ahead and freezing ensures you eat homemade meals more often than processed or dining out. It is also okay to prepare baby food in batches and freeze to safe time when you need it most.


Whatever is the case, motherhood comes with a certain delight that is better experienced than told. There is no one size fits all method, do what you believe is best for your baby, you and your family.

Ebele Agu is a mom to two energetic and adorable boys ages 4 and 19mths. I am always searching for ways to improve the lives of my family and those around me.

She is a teacher, who wants the best for the kids she teaches. I have a passion for education and to do what is right for everyone.

To read my musings, find me at

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Article: 3 Things Every Parent Must Consider via @ebony_12


Expert Author Ebele Agu

If you are a parent, with at least a 2-year old, you may have asked yourself if there is a child’s manual out there. Unfortunately, there isn’t.

Parenting is not easy; it fills you with doubts and unanswered questions. It is also a very fulfilling and humbling experience. I have two boys, a four-year old and an 18 month old. They are both very energetic and they wear me out. I am a working mother, which compounds the effect of the toll they take on me. I still love them dearly and like every parent out there, must consider the following:

    1. Their well-being: From the day a child is born, the child has to at least eat and be clothed. Unless you decide to use cloth diapers, you also have to consider diapers in your budget. While you might spend about $30 in cloth diapers, you will spend an average of $500-$800 in diapers for the first year of your baby. If you choose to breastfeed only, you will reduce the cost of formula. You can also combine breastfeeding and formula feeding to bring down cost. There is also a cost associated with toys. There are some toys that can be done away with if you have a tight budget. Better still, you can get creative and hand-make toys for your child.
    1. Education: This is a strong consideration as soon as a child is born. If you are a working mother, you will budget the cost of daycare till preschool. Then you have to decide if your child will attend a public/charter school or a private school. Regardless of what type of school your child attends in their early life, a college education is what most parents wish for and this is rising yearly. “The average cost of a bachelor’s degree is $25,143 per year at a private college and $6,585 at a public college or university, according to the 2008-09 reports released by the College Board. About 56 percent of students pay less than $9,000 in tuition and fees per year, the board found, while only 9 percent pay more than $33,000. These averages do not include room and board.” Source: The Average Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree on
  1. Raising the child right: This is the one part that has little or no monetary value and in my opinion the hardest. Depending on what you consider a “good” kid, every parent has different parenting skills to raise a well-mannered and respectful child. Some resort to spanking, others to time outs, and others to both. One thing is certain; you are the role model of your children. They will learn a lot more from you than any other person. Based on this, regardless of whatever disciplining methods you choose for your child, maintaining a consistent and constant positive behavior in front of them is imperative to their well-being.

While being a parent may seem difficult and daunting, it is fulfilling and shouldn’t be disparaged. When you become a parent, do know that you have a good task ahead of you.

Ebele Agu is a mom to two energetic and adorable boys ages 4 and 19mths. I am always searching for ways to improve the lives of my family and those around me.
She is a teacher, who wants the best for the kids she teaches. I have a passion for education and to do what is right for everyone.

To read my musings, find me at

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Article: 5 Housing Cleaning Tips for the Busy Mom #mmm via @ebony_12

Expert Author Ebele Agu

Most of us run pillar to post daily to coordinate our lives from family to work to friends and for some people like me, throw in studies and other side gigs. Like this isn’t enough, we have to keep our house clean, no excuses. How can we achieve that? Some of you at one point or another have wondered and pondered on what you need to do to maintain a well balanced life, which includes and well-kept home.

A clean home is the pride of any one most especially moms. You want to be able to entertain without the embarrassment of having a not so clean home. You want to be able to keep your house germ free and your children healthy. You want to be in a very relaxed and comfortable home after the day’s hustle and bustle. First things first, clean your house a bit each day so as not to be daunted with a huge mess you will have to work extra hard to clean. Some of the other things to consider for a clean home are:

    1. Set up a schedule: there will always be crucial jobs like cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming. Have a schedule to help you focus on what you need to do each day of the week. Break the schedule into daily, weekly, monthly, annual and seasonal tasks. Remember having chunks of work to do at a time makes the job feel less daunting.
    1. Set a timer: everyday set a timer to tackle 10 or 15 minutes of work. If your kitchen counter top is messy and you figure it will take you about 10 minutes to wipe it down, set your timer, and do the job. When the timer goes off walk away. You would have done something for the day, instead of worrying and wondering when and how you will get it done.
    1. Delegate: if you have a family with children, engage them and assign chores to them keeping in mind their age and what they are capable of doing. You not only get the house clean, you are teaching them life long lessons on collaborating and cleaning habits. They also learn the lesson of teamwork. It seems like a win-win to me.
    1. Avoid Procrastination: this is the number one mistake most of us fall into. We look at the mess and decide we are not up to it, afterall we just came back from work, have a report to type, have a paper to submit, have to make dinner. The list goes on and on and the home is neglected. Attending to spills and stains as soon as they occur ensures that you stop a bigger problem from occurring in the future and the job is done right away. Remember first things first clean up in bits and the tasks will not feel so profound that they can’t be tackled.
  1. The power of multitasking: examples will be, while you are making dinner, clean the counter top as you go along or clean out the refrigerator. While the clothes are in the washing machine, pick up and tidy up the rooms or fold previously washed clothes. If you are able to juggle a few tasks at a time, you will able to prune your list and help you get a cleaner house faster.

Applying these tips will ensure your house is clean most of the time, you have more time for yourself and family and it will contribute to your inner peace and self-worth. Best of all, cleaning will be stress free, straight forward and easy.

Ebele Agu is a mom to two energetic and adorable boys ages 4 and 19mths. I am always searching for ways to improve the lives of my family and those around me.
She is a teacher, who wants the best for the kids she teaches. I have a passion for education and to do what is right for everyone.

To read my musings, find me at

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