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About Raising Naomi

The Francis family enjoy a picnic together There is so much more to a woman’s pregnancy experience than the biological changes. From the level of care received to the physical environment in which she is growing her tiny human; it all impacts the overall experience and frames an opinion on life.  For first-time-mom Semone Hoilett-Francis,… Continue reading About Raising Naomi

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Bye Bye YouTube Kids: Why I banned the platform on my daughter’s device

When my husband and I introduced our daughter to devices, YouTube Kids was one of the first platforms we used to engage her digitally. To us it was easy to use and housed tons of content targeting children of all ages, which we thought was more than perfect. We were wrong.

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4 Reasons Why You Need A Family Photoshoot

There is just something about a picture that makes it an instant time machine. When you look at it, you’re immediately brought back to the moment captured, remembering everything - the emotion(s) you felt, what you did that day, who you were with and the list goes on.   It’s true what they say - "a… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why You Need A Family Photoshoot

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Happy New Year; Thanks for your Support 

Photo by Darlene Alderson on Happy New Year, Villagers! Thank you for rocking it with me in my first few months as a blogger. Your support meant alot to me and was truly appreciated.  Next month will mark 1 year as a blogger and though I am new to this, and still have much… Continue reading Happy New Year; Thanks for your Support 

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Pregnancy: Sometimes there are sacrifices

The ups and downs of pregnancy can be a sure ticket to giving yourself or anyone around you whiplash; one moment you’re overwhelmingly happy, the other you’re so frustrated, you can barely think. And while pregnancy is different for each person, ultimately, the journey sees women sacrificing something for a peaceable few months. For this… Continue reading Pregnancy: Sometimes there are sacrifices

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Pregnancy: A Journey to Total Bliss

Kimara Caballero-Morris carries her baby girl with grace. For each woman it is different. It is one of life's mysteries if you ask me. The result or destination is usually the same but that journey to getting there, is quite literally another story. For instance, if her pregnancy was anything to go by, Kimara Caballero-Morris should… Continue reading Pregnancy: A Journey to Total Bliss

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Pregnancy: The Good, the Bad, the Frightening

Audia is about ready to pop Pregnancy is one heck of an experience. For some it’s butterflies and all things lovely, for others it is an experience that allows you to learn alot about yourself, your body and its strength. But no matter the encounter, the journey to parenthood is motivation enough to push (see… Continue reading Pregnancy: The Good, the Bad, the Frightening

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What it’s like being pregnant: JC’s Story

In my first trimester, my stomach was my alarm clock. I vomited bile almost every morning before getting ready for work. The toilet bowl and I had a standing appointment. By the time I got to the office, I would feel like myself again until I got hungry. She (spoiler alert, it’s a girl!) was not pleased when she was hungry.