Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Teen Mom Turned Designer Makes Bikinis To Hide Pregnancy Scars

At 16 years old I looked at my body in the mirror and saw it covered with stretch marks and a body I was not familiar with. I was about 110 pounds before becoming pregnant, about 200 pounds when I gave birth, and I have no idea how much I weighed after giving birth (mostly because I wasn't really worried about my weight but more so other things).

"I'm never wearing a bikini again" I told myself. But that was it. I didn't think about starting my own bathing suit line but another teen mom did.

Altrichia Cook, now 28, felt really discouraged when she was looking for a high waisted bathing suit that would cover up pregnancy related scarring so she started her own line of swimwear.

You can follow her on Instagram, check out her website,  and order a swimsuit via email.

One of the most notable people who have worn her designs is Nicki Minaj!

A photo posted by Cosmopolitan (@cosmopolitan) on

Do not give up on your dreams and aspirations! You could be making swimsuits for celebs one day :) 

Read more about her story via Buzzfeed 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Needing breaks and taking them

Last month was a BUSY month. I was posting the 30DaysOfPositivity here, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest and it was A LOT of work so I gave myself a bit of a break.

Leilani and I were also in our last month of homeschooling and life just became a lot and I didn't really know what to say to you all, so I took a break.

I took a break from blogging (still kept writing) and also started to think very intentionally about what I want to do with the blog, how I want to change it, and how I want to upgrade it to be more of the space I want to see it become for all of us.
I'm still working on that part (business plans, calendars, partnerships, and all of that) but all in all I am excited to see how the space will expand, change, and grow for us all.

I took a break, but now I'm back.

Monday, June 1, 2015

#31DaysOfPositivity thoughts

The #31DaysOfPositivity for teen parents is "over". I say "over" because I will aways maintain this space as a positive space for teen parents as long as I can.

Now that the campaign is over I am very glad I did it.
I am glad that not only teen parents saw these messages but that everyone did.

I'm glad everyone saw these messages because they are true, necessary, and important. People reached out to me to tell me that the messages helped them in one way or another. When I was having a bad day (which happens more than people think it would) I would look at one of the images and read the message and think about the words for a while and they helped.

I wanted the messages of these images to reach you, help you, and encourage you in whichever way you needed. I also wanted to present alternative images for teen parents on the Internet since many of them can be very negative.

I hope these images helped.
I hope you share them if you feel the need to.
I hope these messages sink into your thoughts about teen and young families and you begin to change the negative aspects and thoughts you may hold about us.

I want you to ALWAYS remember:


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015