Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Unlimited Weekly Metro Card Giveaway for teen parents in NYC

The MTA is raising fares again.

It's outrageous and makes getting around the city even more inaccessible for people who need it. 

About a month ago I remembered that not too long ago Leilani and I would walk for blocks and blocks because I didn't have enough money on my metro card to swipe us to get to where we were going AND a swipe to get home. 

As I walked down a stretch of blocks today I realized that I was walking these extra blocks by choice. A few short years ago Leilani and I were walking them out of necessity because I only had one more swipe left on my card.
I'm talking BLOCKS sometimes 30 or more.

The truth is that not I am very fortunate to no longer HAVE to do this and realized that while I could get mad and do nothing that I would instead get mad and do something about it. 

From now until September I will be giving away ONE unlimited weekly metro card a month to a mother 20 and younger in need of one. 

In order to qualify:
  • You need to be 20 and younger 
  • A parent 
  • Live in one of the 5 boroughs 
  • Be able to meet up in person to receive the metro card
  • Fill out the form /

If you would like to help donate so more metro cards can be given away please fill out this form. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

This Young Moms Gorgeous Baby Photos Remind Us Embrace Young Motherhood

Photos of early times in Leilani's life and my pregnancy don't exist too much for a variety of reasons but mostly because of the shame and stigma surrounding my pregnancy and parenting at 15 years old. For this very reason I LOVE how elaborate and creative teen mama, Isabel Moutran, is with these monthly photoshoots of her beautiful baby girl.

Seeing this young mama take amazing and gorgeous photos and memories of her daughter makes me so happy especially because as teen/young moms we are meant to feel ashamed of our motherhood.

With over 5K followers on Instagram it's easy to see why so many people follow this creative and loving young family. 

From beautiful maternity photos

To gorgeous newborn photos

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 I mean look at this!

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According to an interview with Buzzfeed the gorgeous photos can take a long time to plan since some of the props are handmade by mom.

You can follow this mama on Instagram here. 

Remember! Your pregnancy and parenting are amazing, gorgeous, and magical despite what anyone tells you.