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Happy Mothers’ Day

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So after I ate my annual Mothers’ Day breakfast-in-bed courtesy of my daughter, I lazily watched my favorite: home renovation tv.

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, I stumbled upon Two Chicks and a Hammer. It is a new home rehab show featuring a mom and daughter duo in Indy. Karen and Mina rehabilitate devastated homes (17 in their town) and now they’ve moved on to the next town.

They are super cute. I could NOT work with my mom, but it works for them. And I loooove seeing women who are proficient with power tools. They are literally breaking down walls that still define gender roles! Love it.

Check them out on HGTV
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#TwoChicksandaHammer

 

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She Rocks Rough & Tough With Her Afro Puffs

 

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Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff is the creator of The Adventures of Moxie Girl, a comic book about a young, female superhero. McGriff won $16,000 for her creation at a crowdfunding festival in Jacksonville, Fla.

The protagonist is a girl who uses a magical shampoo that turns her curls into super-powered Afro puffs. Her mother revealed that Natalie was having problems loving her hair and that was the origin of the story.

I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read. She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words. – mother, Angie Nixon

I will be ordering comic books for some young girls in my life and you can too, as well as other Moxie swag! Wanna see more in this series? Contribute today!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Arts, Entreprenuership, Fun, Girls, writing, Youth

 

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Father Daughter Time

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I love it…

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Family, Girls, Youth

 

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Sophia Says, Show Me the Money!

Well, not really. But nine-year-old Sophia raised some good points and just in time for Equal Pay Day, the day of the year that it takes a woman’s salary to catch up to her male cohort’s (since we still make 0.79 cents to a man’s dollar). Isn’t it time for women to be represented on U.S. currency?

An online grassroots campaign, Women on 20s, took up Sophia’s cause and launched a viral push with the same goal. Founders Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone launched the campaign website in February. The final women chosen to grace the $20 bill are: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and first female Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. Cast your vote today!

Once online voting determines a winner, Howard plans to ask our President to create a new $20 with the chosen woman. The goal? The new currency in circulation by the year 2020 – the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote.

BTW – Sophia’s choice is Rosa Parks.

 
 

Top 10 for 2014

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I haven’t done this in a while, but everyone loves a Top 10, so I thought I’d oblige. Personally, I’m looking forward to 2015 because 2014 has been awesome for me! For anyone who is going through a rough time, be encouraged! Know that it is only a season and it will pass.

These are the top posts, as far as you are concerned!

10. Top 10 Reasons Why 2011 Sucked – Okay…I was in a place when I penned this post…

9. Fruitvale Station – No surprise that this made it with the last five months we’ve had. I’m looking for the corner, so that we can all turn it.

8. 100 Days – Civil disobedience…I love it! Approaching his birthday, guess who else would have loved it…(hint: January 15th)

7. Spare the Rod – WHOA!!!!! I got in trouble for this one. A mother didn’t like my opinion and yelled at me… How dare I share my opinion on my blog…

6. Turkeys Are Done – This is dedicated to all my breast cancer survivors and to those who lost the battle. Together we WILL Save the Tatas!

5. Rant: Bring Back Our Girls – And they are still gone…WTF!!!

4. Family Tattoo – Y’all know how much I love POTUS and the first fam. How much more regular can you be not wanting your daughters to get tatted up!!!!

3. Orange – This one surprised me. There must be some fellow “artistics” in the house!

2. RIP Mike Brown – The jury is NOT still out on this…no indictment. Let’s see if the Feds can do any better. Either way, this makes me sad and bone tired…but, I am inspired that so many, especially the young, are showing their outrage. Let’s keep on it and make some demands.

Drum roll please!!!

And the top post of 2014….

1. New Rules for Women in Combat – I must have some service members and/or families following my blog! I am honored and thank you for your sacrifice. It makes me feel good that an older post still gets so many views. A virtual salute to you.

#BringBackOurGirls #MikeBrown #HandsUpDontShoot #policebrutality #veterans #SaveTheTatas

 

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Cool Nerds

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Here I go again…

I have always encouraged my daughter to wear the moniker “cool nerd” with pride. This article highlights females who are just that. Several are STEM pioneers. My inner feminist is showing….

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Career, Education, Girls, Youth

 

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Science Girl

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A colleague sent this article to me this morning. I quickly forwarded it to my daughter with the subject line, Go Science Girl Go! This has our inside joke since her passion and command for science really began to reveal itself in middle school. As a writer, I was fascinated that she easily flexed parts of her brain that caused me such angst in school…she did NOT get it from her mama!

My daughter’s brain is a thing of beauty that works in mysterious ways. Don’t get me wrong, this has not always produced harmony between us. However, now that she is in college and coming into her own, I can appreciate it on a more regular basis. :)

Research and conducting experiments gives her the rush that finding the perfect word to evoke a particular emotion gives me. I am grateful that her teachers and the schools that she attended nurtured this love of science. So many girls still get re-directed from STEM in subtle ways. The stats remain dismal. Many thanks to the organizations and programs that realize what women and girls can bring to these industries.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Career, Civil Rights, Education, Girls, women, Youth

 

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