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Raquel Dennie
Austin, TX
Caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. Repeat.
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In this series, Buy The Book, you find book recommendations from three categories of books--picture books for early readers (Kids), biographies and chapter books for elementary aged readers (Pre-Tweens), and books suitable for adults (Adults)--one of each per week. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Home Girl Blog
Zack is seven. We pulled him out of Montessori preschool when he was three and a half years old to homeschool part time, which turned into homeschool full time. He is brilliant and came here with a few bells and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Home Girl Blog
Tish Hyman opened for Jill Scott in Austin last week. Let me just take a moment to acknowledge how much of an unfair measure of beauty and talent has been bestowed upon Jill Scott. All the stuff that came together... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Home Girl Blog
I realized that I'm a fan of Ed Sheeran. It snuck up on me. Like, there were songs that got stuck in my head, songs that I'd find myself singing along to that I didn't know I knew the words... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Home Girl Blog
Austin loves families! Especially families who want to get out and into the mix with the cool kids during big festivals and events like ACL and SXSW. There's no shortage of family-frienldy activities during those events and we take advantage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Home Girl Blog
Y'all know I stay feeling a way about race in America and when I saw the video for "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus, I had several strong, emotional reactions to the breathetaking performance by featured child dancers. Then, as usual, my initial reaction to seeing black children be great, was followed by a very strong desire to see them get shine and an equally disheartening understanding that America is not here to celebrate them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Home Girl Blog
Seaux. I took Zack to see Space Jam eight weeks ago, according to my Instagram pic. I posted this on my personal Facebook page two weeks ago when it happened, but had to share it over here. So six weekd... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
I followed my son and his friend around the Austin Steam Train today. They had loads of fun and no electronics were involved! Well, for them anyway. But I had to document this! It was old school fun on a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Maya Angelou left her mark on this world. Her legacy is forever, Renewed each time someone opens her books for the first time. She was here. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Clearly Beyoncé is a polarizing figure and folks understand the power of saying her name in an effort to be provocative. Bell Hooks paired two trigger words, "Beyoncé" and "Terrorist", which certainly got her name back into headlines. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
It's great to get and give presents on Mothers Day, but Mothers Day gifts are, hands down the most redundant. My Mothers Day was yesterday. I was eating sardines. Zack asked what I was eating and I said sardines. He... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
We are a SpongeBob-free house. I think it's a loud, ugly cartoon and I am the mom and can choose so we don't watch it. My six year old, Zack, has seen the show. He saw it once on a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Yesterday, Zack and I were invited to try out the Action Pack experience at Laguna Gloria. Laguna Gloria is an absoultely enchanting place, and now that the blue Action Packs are in the mix, kids who visit the grounds are... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Lupita Nyong'o has received another mainstream beauty stamp of approval. On the heels of the her becoming the newest face of Lancôme cosmetics, she has now been named People's Most Beautiful! The gatekeepers of beauty standards cntinue to give her shine and I am here for it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
One of the things I love about children's theatre is the learning opportunities it presents. I took Zack to see Stories of Frog & Toad at Scottish Rite Theatre Sunday. On the drive home from the show, my son had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
My son has always tinkered, but has never been interested in building anything according to specs. He has built simple exact models maybe twice in his six years of life. He has gotten LEGO sets for his birthdays over the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
image from Just... So dirty. Some music is just good for nothing but increasing the transmission of sexually trasmitted diseases and also potentially unwanted pregnancies. *And, secretly, I love it. *I totally do not support irresponsible sex practices, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
The Internet gave gifts this week. These are my favorites. 1. Beyoncé fans are the most talented. She posts videos of her fans being awesome on Facebook all the time. This one is just...just all of everything. 2. The POTUS... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
My first night watching House of Cards was a total accident. I already had insomnia and when I opened the iPad, the Netflix app was open. I switched it from Zack's profile to mine and House of Cards was staring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
So this happened. I was selected to participate in the Disney Side Home Celebration campaign. I received an awesome official Disney Traveler suitcase from sponsor, American Tourister. It's purple, my favorite color, which they learned when I filled out the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Twenty picture books, history books and chapter book series that will expertly diversify every child's book collection. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Sapiosexual (n)- a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others. Just like any person with eyesight, I know how to appreciate the aesthetics of a good looking man. But I've never connected emotionally with looks. Just like any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
What you are reading (probably) has nothing to do with your sex life, but this is a fun thing to do. I saw it on Facebook and my reply was way too long to post on Facebook without looking like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
Note: I post this annually, but there's an important excerpt and update this time. Where ever you are today (well, not today-today, because we all come together for rallies and marches and speeches today, but I mean on a regular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Home Girl Blog
I could have titled this post 'I'm Obsessed With Hunger Games', but that would imply that my deep interest is completely out of my control, but it is not because I can stop whenever I want. Hunger Games was my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Home Girl Blog