Monday, December 30, 2013

Teen Mom NYC's Top Ten Post of 2013

2013 has been an amazing and eye opening year for me.
I've learned a lot about myself, my abilities, and I'm very happy with how the year as a whole went.

To end 2013 on a string note I have gathered the top ten most popular post of the year to share with you.

#1  New York City Teenage Pregnancy Ads

First up the post that started it all.... well not really but the post where I told NYC's Human Resources Department and anyone who agreed with them and their terrible ads to shove it. Things got pretty ugly in the comments section as people from all over poured in to talk shit however, more people stepped in to shut them up and tell them to take their trash talking elsewhere. (Love you guys!) 

Mother's day is a nice time of the year but even on Mother's Day the rude looks and glares don't stop so I decided to write a mother's day letter as who I am- a teen mom. 

Finally realizing and being completely okay with the fact that I can't give Leilani the family she wants was both empowering and liberating. 


#4 Traveling is an Educational and Enlightening Experience
We've done a lot of traveling and every time we go on a trip-near or far- we always seem to learn a life lesson and fall in love with life and family even more.

#5 Getting More Free Time During the Weekend
The words free time and parenting in the same sentence are kind of a joke but I was able to make getting more free time during the weekend a possibility by doing these few things.

#6 Pregnant and Parenting Teens Deserve to be Happy about Parenthood
So many ads and people in general love to think and behave as if teenage parents should and are never happy. I remember being pregnant and people basically telling me I should be depressed and sad the whole time because " I was ruining my life." One nurse provided me with the first happy moment of my pregnancy I ever had.

#7 10 Tips on How To Survive as a Single Mom
Being a single mom is amazing and difficult all at once. This year I learned and realized some tips that helped me not only survive as a single mom but THRIVE as well!

#8 Homemade Avocado Hair Mask Recipe
Homemade hair mask and healthy hair are awesome.

#9 Farrah- From Teen Mom- Waxed and Tweezed Her 3 Year Olds Uni-Brow
Farrah from MTV's Teen Mom decided to wax and pluck little Sophia's eyebrows this year because... well I'm not exactly sure why but this post was popular nonetheless.

#10 Tips on How To Deal With an Absent Parent
Growing and becoming more confident as a single mom includes learning how to deal with an absent parent. This year I learned and shared how I have come to deal with Leilani's 'father's' absence and be the best mom I can be in the process.

What is one of your favorite post of 2013? What would you like to read and see more of in 2014? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

FREE Tickets to Odyssey's Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure The Exhibition.

After a few of you expressed difficulty with entering the giveaways I changed the way to enter to something easier. Hope this helps!

Continuing on with the month of giving I present three awesome giveaways you can enter to win!
You can enter more than one of the giveaways below and ANYONE can enter.

image via NYC-e.com
Leilani and I had a great time at the Odyssey's Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure The Exhibition. We learned about and saw buried treasure. This indoor activity is great to get out of the house but not freeze in the process and enjoy learning some pretty awesome things about underwater exploration.

Leilani and I really enjoyed Zeus the awesome underwater exploration machine which finds the treasure, a simulated hurricane machine, and much more. Exhibition closes on Jan 5th so be sure to enter today!

To enter the other two giveaways click HERE  and HERE.
To enter leave a comment below in the comments section and like Teen Mom NYC on Facebook. Deadline is December 28th. Good luck!! 

Paul Mitchell Product Giveaway

After a few of you expressed difficulty with entering the giveaways I changed the way to enter to something easier. Hope this helps!

Continuing on with the month of giving I present three awesome giveaways you can enter to win!
You can enter more than one of the giveaways below and ANYONE can enter.

I gave one of these away earlier this year and I'm giving away an other! The set includes four of the favorite Paul Micthell Hair products in a travel size kit. Set includes: Shampoo, Detangler, Freeze and Shine Super Spray, and Fast Form.


Image via GoodHair. 

To enter the other two giveaways click HERE  and HERE
To enter leave a comment below in the comments section and like Teen Mom NYC on Facebook. Deadline is December 28th. Good luck!! 

FREE Copy of The Four Agreements

After a few of you expressed difficulty with entering the giveaways I changed the way to enter to something easier. Hope this helps!

Continuing on with the month of giving I present three awesome giveaways you can enter to win!
You can enter more than one of the giveaways below and ANYONE can enter.

First up is the book The Four Agreements.  I read it shortly after moving to the city and have read it more than once since. It's a great short and easy to understand book on how to not sweat the small stuff in life. Read more about the book here.
Image via Amazon
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). 

To enter the other two giveaways click HERE and HERE

To enter leave a comment below in the comments section and like Teen Mom NYC on Facebook. Deadline is December 28th. Good luck!! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program Fellowship

Image Via the Sierra Club 

Are you interested in the connections between reproductive health, family planning, climate change, and sustainable development? The Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program is now accepting applications for our Spring 2014 Fellowship, taking place in Washington, DC on February 8th and 9th, 2014!

I did the Fellowship last year and LOVED IT and highly encourage any teen mamas that are interested to apply! 

I learned so much, met amazing people from all over the world, was able to develop myself as an advocate while gaining knowledge, and till this day have a great network and connection with The Sierra Club. 

The Spring Fellowship Training offers young people and adult volunteers the opportunity to gain information and skills to effectively link these intertwined issues as leaders and activists on campus and in communities around the US.


After successful completion of the Fellowship, fellows will receive a stipend to implement their own campaigns to advance population, reproductive health, and environmental issues.
Please find the application here!

Applications are due by January 3, 2014 at 12:00am EST.
Please feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone you believe would be interested.
Any questions can be directed to population@sierraclub.org.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives and Organizations to Support this Holiday Season (and always)

Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives and Organizations  to Support this Holiday Season
As a freelancer I TRULY understand living in the space between doing what you love and sometimes getting paid on time for your work. It's hard, it's rewarding, it's draining, and wonderful all it once.
The mailbox struggle is REAL

I've been asking people to support freelancers and creatives this holiday season and realized I needed to make a list specifically for teen and young mom creatives and freelancers. Below are two list. The first is a list of creatives and freelancers who became mothers in their teens or at age 20. The second is a list of organizations that help support pregnant and or parenting teens.

This holiday season be sure to support at least one creative/freelancer who was a teen mom and one of the organizations that help us along the way!

If you know a pregnant and parenting teen these gifts are great for them, if you're a pregnant and or parenting teen ask your family and friends for something off this list. Whether you're a teen parent or not supporting freelancers and supporting organizations that help and support pregnant and parenting teens is great.


Teen and Young Mom Freelancers/Creatives to Support this Holiday Season 


Dr. Melanie Watkins's book: Taking My Medicine. "Taking My Medicine is a story of triumph -- overcoming the stigma of a teenage pregnancy and the journey to Stanford medical school." 
Dr. Watkin's website, Twitter, and Facebook.


Nicole Lynn Lewis's book: Glori. "Faced with tremendous obstacles including poverty, homelessness, an oppressive relationship and a drug-infested environment, Glori reveals the difficulties of surviving with a baby as well as the unforgettable triumphs and achievements along the way. 
Ms. Nicole on TwitterFacebook, and her personal website.

Alexandra Elle's book: Words From a Wanderer. "Words from a Wanderer" is a timeless and beautiful compilation of notes and poetry. This book was created with hopes of uplifting and encouraging readers in many ways."
Alexandra on Twitter

Tara Pringle-Jefferson's book: Make It Happen: The Young Mommy Guide To Creating A Career You Crave [Kindle Edition]. "This book is designed to help young mothers pinpoint their passion and find a way to pursue it that doesn't interfere with their role as a mom - in fact, it enhances it. Filled to the brim with tips and advice from other moms who've successfully built a career that fits their life, this is a must-have book for any young mother who is serious about building a career she can be proud of." 
Tara on Twitter, the blog The Young Mommy Life, and Facebook

Christy Herring's event planning services. The Divaz Network "[A]n event planning company catered to business revitalization and branding. Here at The Divaz Network, we are building a community of women entrepreneurs who are empowering and supporting one another in making their businesses a successful journey!" 
As well as Mommas and Munchkins. "a site for socialization of moms and their kids... with reviews, products, events and more!"

Ariel Gore's laundry list of books, Hip Mama Zine, and writing trainings and consulting. "Ariel Gore is the editor & publisher of Hip Mama and the author of eight books. Her latest, The End of Eve, chronicles her years spent caring for her dying mother. The memoir has been called “Terms of Endearment meets Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" 


Leslea's photography services: "Simply Classy Photography A natural light photography business in
Apopka, Florida (Orlando)  I know what's it's like to be short on cash but still want to capture my children growing up on camera so the packages are fairly priced...All photos are edited and placed on a CD for you to print what you like.
You can contact Leslea via Facebook, the company's website, and email.


Pregnant and Parenting Teen Friendly Organizations to Support this Holiday Season 


Nicole Lynn Lewis's Nonprofit: Generation Hope. "Generation Hope is a nonprofit organization that matches sponsors with teen parents who are attending college and are in need of financial and emotional support. " 
More about us. You can make a donation here

Massachusetts's Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. "We are the only organization in Massachusetts dedicated to ensuring that state policies and local programs effectively address the complex issues associated with teen pregnancy." 
More about us. Donations welcomes here.

The BETA Center. "With a focus on parenting, teen moms and at-risk families, BETA Center changes behaviors and lives. The agency offers a wide range of services to support children and families, increase healthy family functioning and prevent child abuse and neglect."
More about us. Donations page 

Resilience Advocacy Project. "Social Justice. A truly socially just society is one in which all individuals, irrespective of background, have equal access to the benefits of that society. All of our programs and policy initiatives aim to ensure that all youth have access to resources they need to maximize their potential and achieve their dreams." 
Be sure to check out their awesome teen dad program page.
More about us. Donations welcomed here. 

The Care Center. "Breaking barriers … lifting spirits … inspiring young women to excel intellectually and academically … providing access to arts and culture … supporting struggling young families as they move toward self-sufficiency … shifting from a community dealing with the challenges of poverty to one that is a leader in innovative education reform — these define the work of The Care Center." 
More about us. Donations welcomed here

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Young moms advocacy program. "Some young mothers have been, and continue to be, dehumanized and stigmatized by many for carrying their pregnancy to a full-term. We decided to create a young mother’s group to have a safe space for them to come together and find strength in each other while countering all these attacks."
More about us. Donations page

Alley's House. "There was a need within the community to provide services to teen mothers. Our mission: empowering teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring. We accomplish this by providing comprehensive case management services, tutoring and life skill workshops." 
Donations welcomed here

Covenant House. Covenant House has an international teen mother and child homeless shelter program. "Being a good mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world, and it's almost impossible when you are young, homeless, and without family. That is why our Mother/Child program was created to help these determined mothers and pregnant teenagers secure a brighter, more stable future for themselves and their babies"
More about the program here. Donation page here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

KMart and Sears FREE Store PickUp Option Makes the Holidays Less Stressful


As great as the holidays can be they also make for the busiest time of the year. Between shopping, school, your child's school and or daycare, untangling lights, wrapping the presents just the right way, keeping your child away from the candy canes on the tree-and the present hiding spot, and baking dozens of cookies for that Christmas party, your regular life doesn't press pause. 

This year however I have learned that some stores are making the holiday season a bit less stressful for us be offering FREE store pick up! That means you order your items online, select store pick up, and pick them up without having to have an epic Jingle All The Way fight scene for that last toy on the shelf with that super caffeinated soccer parent.

Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup, letting you shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you're ready). With in store pickup you'll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. The bow on top: You can have a friend or relative pick up your order and pay in store with cash. YES a different person can pick up the order for you! So when you feel like you need to be in two places at once you can actually sort of do that! 

How great is it that Christmas shopping can be done right from your home while your child naps so you don't have to get a babysitter to watch them for the time you would be shopping at the store. Plus you can log off knowing your shopping is taken care of and spend more time with your family or hiding in the bathroom for a break. (come one we all do it once in a while) 

Learn more about this awesome service at Sears: http://bit.ly/HL896t and Kmart: http://kmrt.us/1bmIoRk

Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart.

All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Meet Nicole Lynn Lewis founder of Generation Hope

Nicole Lynn Lewis is a former teenage mother, author, speaker, and the founder of Generation Hope a non profit based out of Washington, D.C. that supports teenage mother's in their pursuit to higher education.

I had the great honor of interviewing Ms. Nicole and love her honesty and positivity.

You can find Generation Hope and Ms. Nicole on TwitterFacebook, the organization's website, and her personal website. 


Let me know what you think about the interview below, on Twitter, or on Facebook! 


Monday, December 2, 2013

Win a FREE copy of Alexandra Elle's Book: Words From a Wanderer

To show appreciation for your continued support, encouragement, and for being you I am dedicating the month of December to giveaways! I will be giving away at least one gift each week during the month of December. Be sure to enter, encourage your friends to enter, and enjoy your giveaways!

First up is a book by former teen mom Alexandra Elle. Alexandra is a writer, creative, and over all inspiring, wise, and radiant woman. Her book is full of short poems and love letters to herself. Weaving self love with struggle, human flaws, beauty and encouragement all at once.

End this year and bring in the next year with love and positive affirmations.
You can find Alexandra on Twitter here.

Deadline to enter is DECEMBER 8th.


a Rafflecopter giveaway