Single parenting is different. You do with two hands what most families do with four.
Nia Lawrence and Single Parents Everywhere
Even so, I love being a single mom. Cameron and I have lived together as a duo since day one and I became a solo parent when she was 8 months old. My daughter and I have a special bond. We protect each other and have so much fun navigating life in New York City. I think we’re especially close because most of our family and close friends live in Chicago, my hometown. We’re growing our NYC family every day together and exploring the city every second we can.
I wish I could give her more. More energy. More activities. More love. But in the end we simply need the confidence to know that our love and our families, though they may look different than others, are more than enough. And while I champion single parents, and I see how hard you work and sacrifice. I’m sharing a few of the biggest struggles I’ve dealt with as a solo parent.
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It’s so easy for moms to forget that our work is never-ending, physically taxing, and constant. It’s also easy to forget that we’re deserving of the occasional breather….so matter how small. That’s why, this summer, I’ve stocked my freezer with as many flavors of Haagen-Dazs ice cream as I could find at my local Stop & Shop. (See coupon info below)
Almost 20,000 nauralistas and friends gathered in Prospect Park on July 21st for the annual Curl Fest 2018. Curl Fest is the ultimate beauty festival for natural hair. I’ve never seen so many beautiful afros, bantu knots, curls, locs and braids in one day. Sponsors and vendors such as DevaCurl, Eden Body Works, and Cream of Nature showcased tents selling products, doing live hair tutorials and demos, and hosting games and giveaways!
Last week I had the delightful opportunity to attend a Floral Design class and lunch in Tribeca through Airbnb Experiences. Experiences are excursions or other activities designed and led by local hosts. Hosts give guests unique access to places and communities in their city. Check out the site to book one in your own city or while you’re on vacation!
Last year I lived in black and white graphic prints. It made getting ready so easy. You can’t go wrong when everything in your wardrobe is black, white or gray. This summer, however, I’m experimenting with color. Lots of it!
Beets are such a great way to get in extra vitamins. They’re chock-full of essential everyday nutrients like vitamin B, iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium. Beets contain health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. There are tons of ways to cook them. Check out the recipe below and continue to scroll for 3 methods to prepare beets for any recipes weather you like them roasted, steamed, or boiled.
Every once in a while I have to take my daughter with me to an evening event. I’ll make the exception if the event is relatively kid friendly and on the weekends. I want my daughter to be comfortable in all settings….weather she needs to introduce herself to an artist at his gallery opening, or to new kids at a birthday party. We have to have the social skills to handle it all!
I’m so happy to announce that I was featured as the June Mom of the Month by the app Amazing.She.Is!
AMAZING SHE IS is an app that supports women and motherhood. produces a platform for mothers to value their strength, beauty, and innate power they possess turning their dreams into reality. Through powerful words of wisdom, MOM Blogs, MOM Of The Month & more, the goal is to empower mothers to be the best for themselves and the families they’ve created.
I love living in New York City. There’s inspiration for absolutely everything everywhere you go! Being able to expose my daughter to exhibits, museums and galleries is so important to me. I want to ensure that she has a well rounded and diverse perspective of the world.
If there’s one thing you need to add to your checklist this summer, it’s a trip to Coney Island! There are activities for all ages, making it the perfect weekend destination for the whole family. The beach, the boardwalk, 3 amusement parks and an aquarium—what’s not to love!? No matter where you are in the city, Coney Island is easily accessible by subway. The N, Q, D, or F will place you exactly one block away from the boardwalk!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a style feature. It just warmed up in NYC and I’m finally able to shed the layers and get into some of the spring and summer styles my west coast friends have been rocking for months! I’m happy to announce that I’m packing away the leggings and looking forward to dressing with more intention 🙂
The Lawrence Family Guide to Bedtime:
Fill her humidifier, crack the window, 2 bedtime stories (with gusto), take away 1 pillow, give her 2 sips of water, turn on the nightlight, add 1 extra blanket, spray 3 pumps of lavender mist, find her stuffed bunny, tuck them in, turn out the hallway light, promise there are no monsters, 3 kisses, run and don’t look back.
I dress for comfort. Always. There’s no exception to this rule. I don’t believe in restrictive clothing or shoes that pinch my feet. I don’t wear my legs out when it’s cold outside. I just want to be happy in my clothes and comfy in my skin. When I’m uncomfortable I’m miserable…waiting for the day to end so I can get back into my sweats and under my blanket. So when I find a dress that I can wear in public that feels like a nightgown?? A win, for sure.
I’m so honored to have been invited to the Dance Africa Media Reception again this year. My sister, Arin Maya was my trusty plus one and we had a wonderful night at the kickoff of Dance Africa 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal.
What I’ve learned in my daily struggle to get a delicious dinner on the table….you can’t go wrong with quiche. I mean, it’s eggs in a pie crust…. Quiche has been a fan favorite in my home for years because of how easy it is to make and how little I have to fuss with baby girl to get her to eat it. I thought I had exhausted all possibilities and tried every recipe combination known to woman. That was until I attended the dinner party of a good friend, Dionne Christopher.
I love the hint of savory herbal flavors in summer drinks such as basil, rosemary and mint. I’ve spent this long winter/cold spring testing out different smoothie and drink recipes for fun. I love experimenting with fresh herbs, and mixing in different syrups and fruit purees.
I’ve finally settled on my signature summer mocktail and I’ll be serving it at this year’s Mother Day brunch. (Can you believe Mother’s Day is 2 WEEKS away?!) We’re keeping it small and simple this year and I’m responsible for wowing the crowd with my fun brunch-friendly mocktails.
As a comfort enthusiast, I stay fully dedicated to being comfortable in my clothes 100% of the time. Ok, 1000% of the time.
As the Creative Director of my own design studio, I spend half of the day at home on my laptop designing magazines, event invites and collateral, taking conference calls and sometimes taking the midday nap 🙂 As the full time mom to a Kindergartener, I spend half of the day on the playground at school pickups, chatting with parents, teachers and school administrators, entertaining my 5 year old, cooking, cleaning and guiding my kid through pages and pages of homework.
I invest in outerwear because we spend SO much time walking around NYC. This signature red plaid peacoat has been a staple for warmer winter days. From classic to glam….a tartan inspired coat like our favorite featured below makes a statement and provides serious versatility all season long. Continue to scroll for 3 ways to style this adorable Cat & Jack coat. Basics, for everyday, a playful spin with lots of accessories and a glammed out look complete with mommy’s fur stole.