A New Look for This and That With Calandra!

Have you noticed anything different about This and That? Yes, we’ve redesigned our blog! We said goodbye to the dark background and HELLO to a bright, fresh page, complete with a banner and new slogan – “Be Beautiful…Be Healthy…Be You!” Feel free to let us know how you like the new look! NEW FEATURES! –…

Sometimes all it takes…

is apples.  Last weekend my family went apple-picking.  Being a fan of food and where it comes from I wanted my daughter to learn that apples come from trees, just like we showed her in May that strawberries can be picked off of low bushes.  But apples brought me back to North Carolina, where my…

Watching From a Distance

While on family vacation in Florida, I have been able to do something I rarely get to do these days – watch my children from a distance. I have a boy and girl, ages 5 and 3, respectively. When they aren’t in school, they spend all their time under the watchful eye of my husband…

Guest Post: We Are Family…?

Here’s another post from This and That’s new Contributor, Jasmine Ratliff… Calandra and I are cousins because my grandmother and her mother are sisters. I think technically that makes us second-cousins (she and my mom would be first) but regardless, we know the connection. In the past year, though, I found new family in unfamiliar…

Guest Post: Confessions of a former Afro-girl

Please welcome my first guest-blogger, my Cousin Jasmine…Give her some love! Very early in Calandra’s video blogging, she based an entry on a question her new-mom cousin asked about going on intuition vs. advice. That new-mom cousin was me, Jasmine Ratliff. Recently I asked Calandra if I could occasionally contribute to This and That as…

Adventures in Traveling: Part I

This morning, EARLY this morning, my husband and I packed up suitcases, snacks, toys, and DVDs and began our long drive from New York to my sister’s house in South Carolina. Oh yeah, we also packed up our 3- and 5-year old! LOL After staying with her a few days, we’re packing her in the…