Erica Saville

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I was born and raised in the St. Louis area, but have been a proud Michigander for almost 20 years! I am an educator by day and a writer at heart. Mother of a sweet baby girl, I want to be for other parents the person I needed (and continue to need) in my parenthood journey. I hope to help parents of all ages connect with each other to build a supportive village. My husband and I enjoy taking trips to explore, hike and take advantage of what this world has to offer.
black breastfeeding

Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, intended to inform the public about the health benefits of breastmilk for infants. In addition to month-long awareness campaigns for all audiences, August 25-31 of this year is...
Juneteenth, detroit

What Juneteenth Means and How to Celebrate in Detroit

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“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” It’s the title of a speech given by Frederick Douglass in 1852, and is unfortunately still so salient today.  In his speech, Mr. Douglass addresses a crowd...
ISR, Infant Swim Resource

Why My Family Chose ISR: Infant Swimming Resource

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Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 ,? When you know better, you do better. Unfortunately, I know better because one of my dear friends lost...
local library, detroit, libraries

Rediscover the Wonder of Your Local Library This Month

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I’m sad to admit that I have sorely under-utilized my local library. When I think of the money I’ve spent buying books blindly and regretting that choice...well, you’re welcome, Amazon. I could have easily...
local business, small business, friends, detroit

My Favorite Local Business Is the One My Friend Owns

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I recently told one of my entrepreneur friends, “If you started a business, WE started a business.” Obviously I don’t have the financial obligations and risk that she does, but, I’m putting energy into...

Momming When You Hate the Cold: Simple Tips for Becoming a Fun Winter Mom

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I am not now, nor have I ever been, a cold-weather person. I like to joke (but also not joking) that as an African American woman, I am from a tropical people! Snow and...

What “Trolls” Can Teach Us About Covert Racism

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Listen, we watch a LOT of Trolls World Tour in this house. Somewhere around the 70th viewing, you start thinking more deeply about it than you should (in between the living room karaoke sessions). It’s...

What I’m Looking For in a Business as a Black Woman

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One beautiful thing that came out of 2020 was the appreciation of small businesses! We rallied around the importance of putting our money into our communities, supporting our friends and our neighbors.  As a black...

Wyandotte: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

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When I first moved to Michigan at 17, a lot of my social time was spent in Wyandotte drinking coffee and being hipsters at The Grind (now closed). "The Dotte" is largely a residential...