A lovely & brown 20-something year old living life as happy as possible. Chronically ill/disabled, ridiculous artisan soapmaker, writer and all around hopeful human being.
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blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Two Mrs. Gibsons…

is author Toyomi Igus’s tender and touching tribute to the two most important women in her life, her Japanese mother and her African-American grandmother. In it, Toyomi celebrates the richness of growing up biracial. From her grandmother’s big bear hugs to her mother’s light caresses, from playing with her grandmother’s fancy Sunday-meetin’ hats to trying on her mother’s kimono, the author conveys the warmth of these special relationships.

Toyomi Igus…

published her first children’s book in 1991. To date she has authored six children books, including When I Was Little and Great Women in the Struggle (Just Us Books); Going Back Home (Childrens’ Book Press), winner of the American Book Award and the Skipping Stones Honor, and I See the Rhythm (Childrens’ Book Press), winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, Multicultural Children’s Book Award, and the Jane Addams Picture Book Award, and her very personal Two Mrs. Gibsons (Childrens’ Book Press), which remains on educational recommended book lists around the country.

Igus was one of the featured writers in To the Young Writer: Nine Writers Talk About Their Craft by Hank Nuwer (Franklin Watts Press, 2002). She was also inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 for her work in promoting literacy among children.

(Source: iseetherhythm.com, via fuckyeahmixedbeauty)

Newest sugar scrub! Organic sun dried rose petals (by yours truly of course), coconut oil, fine grade sugar and topped with calcium based glitter (aka natural glitter!). Testing this out! #beauty #bathandbody #natural

I know I haven’t been logging in to tumblr a lot lately so, there are several message in my inbox I need to reply to!
I’ve been busy lately and attempting to achieve certain goals as well.


Most of what you see is through my instagram (weirdwildwonderful) or it is a queued item.

I’ll be back back as soon as as I can.

Much love!

I promise this isn’t take out! I am probably going to make a separate acct for all the things I cook but this went down today. Sweet & spicy sesame chicken and broccoli. It’s sooooo good! The sauce is oooey gooey thick and made with raw honey. Plus brown rice, I’m excited for dinner. #food #glutenfree #cooking #yummy

I promise this isn’t take out! I am probably going to make a separate acct for all the things I cook but this went down today. Sweet & spicy sesame chicken and broccoli. It’s sooooo good! The sauce is oooey gooey thick and made with raw honey. Plus brown rice, I’m excited for dinner. #food #glutenfree #cooking #yummy

Okay, but it’s not just about getting paid to prance around in a princess costume

amaninyc:

lyrique86:

Let me tell you a story.  Once at a party, I had all the little girls sitting around me and I was asking them about their favorite parts of all the princess movies.  The birthday girl was sitting next to me, and tells me, “Princess, your skin is the same color as mine.”  I smile and agree, and try to move the game along, but she interrupts and says, “Your skin is brown and you’re a princess.  It’s the same color as mine, but you’re a princess.”

“Well, if my skin is brown and your skin is brown, and I’m a princess, then you must be a princess too.” I tell her.  And then I spent the next 10 minutes assuring all the black girls at the party that yes, they have lovely skin and yes, they can be princesses with me.

This happens at most of the parties I go to.  I have had my arm stroked, my hair patted, my skin color commented on more times than I can remember. I am not simply hired out to entertain a bunch of cute little girls dressed in poofy skirts who want to play with a big girl in a poofier skirt.  I am hired out because I am an affirmation. For these little black girls (and boys!  I’ve dazzled a few of them too) Princess Tiana is proof that for once, they can be special BECAUSE of the color of their skin, not IN SPITE OF.

Adding some of her pictures for emphasis.

So, my babe got his new glasses today and um, yum. Seriously. #handsome #moc

So, my babe got his new glasses today and um, yum. Seriously. #handsome #moc

seraphica:

Kim Kelley-Wagner has two daughters who were adopted from China. In everyday life, they have been subjected to horrid statements from people - to their faces, to their mother as they stood by her, etc. In this photo collection, shared on her blog, Kim and her daughters (Lily and Meika) put these ignorant cruelties front and center. [x]

"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."

We’re cute a$$fuh

We’re cute a$$fuh

Grandma p singing You Are My Sunshine :] #family #music #singing

Meeting more of the babes fam and uncle larry is a bad ass bbq master! #bbq #oakland #family

Pomade made by me… first use by babe :] babe likes it makes it look more healthy very light hold and great shine without looking greasy #pomade #curlyhair #dapper

suzani:

The Samarkand Bride, Uzbekistan. Self-portrait, 2005

suzani:

The Samarkand Bride, Uzbekistan. Self-portrait, 2005

(via metaphoricaloracle)

Shirtless handsome bearded man kissing growing cute kitten? Yeah it’s gonna be a good Sunday :) #goodmorning #bluecats #love #life #atthecottage

Shirtless handsome bearded man kissing growing cute kitten? Yeah it’s gonna be a good Sunday :) #goodmorning #bluecats #love #life #atthecottage

I’m Still Here

I haven’t written anything substantial in many weeks now.
Maybe months? I’m unsure but there has been so much change going on internally and so much rage, pain, confusion, excitement, hope and downfalls.
So much happening around me, to me, by me and by others.
Some days I feel so very alone and like I have no purpose and others I feel like I am filled with pure energy and endless possibility.
Then there are days that I feel grief so hard it drowns me.

Dear Creator, after all this time and all these hurts and miracles, I am still here.

Please, let the lump be completely benign.

Please, help me truly let go of those who do not love me enough, who hurt me.

Please, help me find chosen family. A semblance of normalcy and support.

Please, help me see myself how others see me.

Please, please, please help me remember all that is good and blessed in my life.

Please let me love fully.

Nube the kitten’s favorite spot to sleep just had to be the boobs of course. #kittens #dddpillows #bluecats

Nube the kitten’s favorite spot to sleep just had to be the boobs of course. #kittens #dddpillows #bluecats