When Black History Month and S.T.E.A.M collide magic happens. If you follow me on Instagram or know us in real life you know S.T.E.A.M is life for Aya. What’s S.T.E.A.M you ask? Well, the acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and these are a few of her favorite things.


Needless to say, when we ran across GirlsCanCrate on Instagram we both fell in love. GirlsCanCrate is a monthly subscription crate filled with amazing S.T.E.A.M fun and inspiration galore. The crates come fully loaded with everything you need to complete each project.... I mean everything scissors, markers, and all. Not only do they provide power images of women but they are also very diverse, Aya can open up a crate at any given month and see someone who looks like her. I also love the ease of being able to provide Aya with the stimulation she needs without having to leave the house. As a mother of three, I welcome all things that make raising this bunch a little smoother.  

February's crate was all about the powerful poet Dr. Maya Angelou. Filled with fun facts and activities to go along with them Aya got to learn more about her history while also being able to be creative. There was an activity book, hands-on activities, which are her favorite, and so much more. Usually, her S.T.E.A.M projects are something she shares with her dad, but when her crate comes in the mail I make a point to share that time with her. It is all girl power! Even her little sister likes to get involved. Raising little black girls it's extremely important for me to instill in them that no matter what.... GIRLS CAN!

What's In King's Backpack

“You need to get up, get out, and get something. 
Don't let the days of your life pass by” -Outcast

As a family, we are always super busy. We make it a priority to get out on the weekends and explore all the dope things our city has to offer. Not only do we get quality time as a family but Da Bratt Pack gets to burn off some that no stop everlasting kid energy that I’m pretty sure would make me one rich momma if I could bottle it up and sale it. Well while these adventures are always fun they can sometimes be difficult for King. Things like noise, light, weather, large groups, all can be triggers for him so this is where King’s survival kit was born. These simple items make things so much easier for him so he can enjoy his time out as well. 

First thing first let's get into this Lego Bag. King is obsessed. Not only is it his favorite color but the Lego design of the bag is super dope. Did I mention how spacious it is on the inside, there is enough room to fit all his goodies with no problem. The shoulder straps are super comfy and the strap across his chest gives him extra support. It’s the perfect bag for him to carry along with us so mama doesn’t have to. You can find this adorable backpack, lunch bags, and even cinch sacks at Now to the actual kit itself. 

1. Shades- Bright lights are not his jam. If its too sunny or too bright he is extremely uncomfortable and who wants to be anywhere where you don’t even want to open your eyes?

2. Gum- I’ve noticed King uses gum as a stress reliever chewing gum relaxes him so whenever we are out we make sure to have gum. We also use it as a reward because it’s sort of his thing he LOVES gum… if we need him to do something and he doesn't want to do it it’s easier to just bribe the kid…. don't judge we have to be in survival mode sometimes….they outnumber us lol. 

3. Tablet- Ok so I know what some of you may be thinking… you all are supposed to be having quality family time…. well sometimes he needs an escape and I’m ok with that. When outings are lasting longer than expected and Aya needs more time to be stimulated while King is over stimulated we allow him to find a quiet place put on his headphones and go to happy place, which apparently is located somewhere in Minecraft

4. Headphones- That brings us to the wireless headphones. Too much noise and commotion can be overwhelming at times so these are a perfect way for him to tune it all out and relax

5. Drink- ok so you know when you are a kid having a good time and you get thirsty but you may not have anything on you to drink and you have two options continue to play or leave to get drink…well, King will always choose to leave. He doesn’t care if its a full on Minecraft party and we just arrived if he is thirsty he won’t be able to concentrate on anything else other than quenching his thirst. Now imagine the looks on his two non-thirsty sisters faces when King is trying to shut down the fun. 

6. Hand sanitizer- He hates germs end of story lol

7. Wallet- this is new to the survival kit. He received a wallet from his dad for his big 10th birthday and he carries it with him at all times, fully stocked with gift cards. He says he wants to be prepared in case we pass a game stop when we are out. 

Preparation is a major key! He feels better knowing he has his comforts, even though he may not even need them, and I feel at ease knowing he is comforted. 

Osmo Pizza Co.

Ok so have you guys ever heard of Osmo? Well, Osmo is a gaming accessory that has changed gaming for us with its hands-on features that bring real life and digital together. I first heard of this learning system from my seven-year-old daughter after they were introduced to it in her gifted class. When we received it in the mail she was beyond and excited and so was her older brother. A game they can both play together while also learning #mommywin for sure.

In honor of National Pizza Day! We were sent their Pizza Co. game to try out and I must say it didn’t disappoint. Not only does Da Bratt Pack LOVE pizza but they highly enjoyed running their own Pizza Shop. As a mom, I loved that they were working on their mental math skills and they didn’t even know it. Osmo will automatically adjust to your child’s ability so there is no need to worry if the problems are too advanced or not challenging enough.

Raising a kid with autism and one that is gifted it brings me joy when I can find something they can both enjoy together. Not only do they get to work on addition, subtraction, and fractions but they also get to practice how to pick up on nonverbal communication, something we are always working with King on. He struggles with picking up on what is going on around him socially, so this game provided the chance perfect practice. As you play Pizza Co you have to figure out how customers like their pizza from their facial expressions and body language. It’s said that play is the best way for children to learn and I agree. Osmo cooked up a good game with this one!

Oh and as a special gift download these Pizza Perfect Valentine's Day Cards for free  

Not So Basic Class Valentines

February is the shortest month of the year and also the busiest for our family. We kick the month off celebrating the birth of our first born and this year was a big one, double digits, the big 10! The next week is all about momma. Yes, I’m team Aquarius right along with my big baby. The third week quickly follows with Valentines Day leaving me little to no time to get da bratt pack class Valentines Card together. I mean we could also be basic and grab a box or two of those store bought cards, and trust me we have more than a few times, but when you are raising creative souls sometimes you have to think outside the box. Thanks to Be You & Own It, a dope coloring book company, I can serve up Pinterest worthy class Valentines with little to no effort. A click of the mouse and I’m done. #winning

*Oh, and did I mention they have the dopest coloring books for kids living life their way? I think I did. (mom brain) Adding positive books to your children’s collection is always a good idea…your little ones will love it and so will you. You can find these cool coloring books on amazon