Erica Saville

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.
Juneteenth, detroit

What Juneteenth Means and How to Celebrate in Detroit

“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...
daycare centers

The Case for Daycare Centers

Why did we choose center-based daycare? I'll be upfront with you: after my daughter was born, our family didn't have the option for a relative to watch her during the work day. So yes, I...
black breastfeeding

Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31

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 25th-31st of this year is...

4 Travel Tips for the Pumping Mama

I recently traveled out of town without my five-month-old. While the trip was only about 40 hours, there was PLENTY to think about in order to accommodate my boobs and keep my supply regulated....
mental health

4 Tips From My Mental Health Journey

DISCLAIMER: The following post outlines the writer’s personal experience with mental health. It is not intended to act as medical advice. As always, please consult your doctor with any questions about how to improve...
local library, detroit, libraries

Rediscover the Wonder of Your Local Library

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...

DEI in Your Child’s School: How to Make It Happen

DEI is growing in prevalence in American culture and business, but what is it? DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each organization might define these differently, but broadly, this is the type of...
juggling holiday visits

Easy Tips For Juggling Holiday Visits

A lot of people have to manage significant stress when trying to make holiday plans that include everyone. I really want to understand it, but I struggle. I know this and I’m working on...

On This National Adoption Month

I just can't imagine my childhood without Joey, Jamie, Tasha, Quincy, Buster, Marlon, Faleana, Patricia, Crystal, April, Jessica, Shayla, or Ricky. Regardless of how old they were when they joined the family, these were...

Help! I Don’t Want to be a Sanctimommy

We’ve all seen her in a comment section. You’re feeding your kids the wrong foods, you’re doing the wrong extracurricular activities, you’re not dressing them properly. She’s the sanctimommy — and she has ideas for...