Seeing Color, a Resource That Offers Hope & Celebrates Culture

You do your best to lead by example: show empathy, be kind and don’t judge a book by its cover. But, what if you did see (ok, examine) the cover and used your examination to delve beyond the surface? That’s the exact question three women in D.C. are asking with their new resource, Seeing Color. The website, a compilation of essays on empathy, motherhood, and culture, challenges you to see color and to celebrate it. Find out why Seeing Color is a game-changer in 2017 and how it’ll make you feel slightly uncomfortable—in all the best ways possible.

What’s Seeing Color?
Color is actually an acronym for Celebrates, Open Dialogue, Loves, Offers Hope and Reconciles. Pretty smart, right? The project’s vision is to challenge readers to go beyond the surface or color of one’s skin and to celebrate the differences that make us who we are. The savvy women behind this website aim to create a dialogue that helps the greater community move closer towards social justice, community development and compassion.

So, Let’s Talk About How to Create a Dialogue
What better way to create an open, inclusive conversation around community, culture and color than to invite diverse stories? That’s just what Seeing Color is all about. You’ll find essays about the rich history of DC to social currency to motherhood. You may not agree with all of the perspective—or even be able to relate to them—but we promise you will get a taste of something new that’s thought provoking and sincere.

Don’t Take It From Us
The women behind the website, Autumn, Malisa and Ayren (Ayren also is the brains behind Red Tricycle DC), recently told us about how Seeing Color came to be and what readers can expect in the future. Read on to hear straight from them.

Red Tricycle: Tell us how you three women met
Seeing Color: Being present in the community really brought us together.  Autumn met Malisa at a community cultural kids program, and then met Ayren at church.  Autumn really connected with both these other amazing women who were fellow moms who also had a genuine love for people and commitment to somehow positively impacting the world.  Now we are the three amigos maximizing life by experiencing adventures together and being intentional about creating change.

RT: How did this new project come about? Tell us about the evolution of your idea and why you chose to launch Seeing Color now.
SC: While Ayren and Autumn were at a coffee shop spending some time away from the kiddos in order to work on projects in their hearts, Autumn was side tracked with a vision for the need to inspire conversation on the topic of the differences that make up people in this world.  To choose to celebrate those differences.  Autumn was personally frustrated with the idea that somehow being color blind was ok. Using blog as a platform to communicate a positive message to SEE people, to SEE color and learn to love and celebrate it would help take our culture in a positive direction.

RT: How does your role as a mother shape the direction of Seeing Color?

“Once you become a mother, that role plays a role in everything you do.  Of course as we contemplate important world issues and the role of our faith, and race, and culture, we certainly consider what this means for our children.  It may not play a role in the content we choose to include in the site, but it definitely plays a role in our passion and perspective when it comes to writing on this topic.” —Autumn Swain

“Motherhood shapes my everything—from the things I buy at a store to the way I write. I often try to see things through the eyes of my kids, which works well for Seeing Color because we, in essence, are reinforcing the idea of childlike curiosity. Kids are quick to notice physical differences in people (I.e. “I am brown, but my line buddy is peach”). But they are even quicker to look past the surface differences of a person to focus on more altruistic characteristics like friendship, fears, hobbies, and loyalty. When you acknowledge someone’s exterior, but then make a conscious effort to dig deeper, you get to the heart of a person; it amazes me everyday that kids just naturally get that, while we as adults struggle tremendously with the concept.” —Ayren Jackson-Cannady

“It hard for me to separate being a mother from anything else I do. The experiences I have with people are had through the prism of motherhood, usually with my children present, so the content of my thoughts about my interactions with others often includes children.” —Malisa Payne

RT: What can we expect from Seeing Color in the near future?
SC: Stories from people of all backgrounds that will challenge and inspire.  Contributions from men, women and youth regarding their experiences with “seeing color”.

RT: What do you hope to achieve with your new website?
SC: We hope to ignite new relationships that may otherwise not have been attempted or considered. Our hope is to motivate people to learn more about one another, be excited about engaging, and see real commitment to building unified communities.

We want all people to be able to benefit from reading the content. We want to inspire genuine conversation on the topic. We want to challenge people to consider how we all have limiting views and can benefit from learning from one another. We want people to know that our faith fuels our desire to volunteer our time away from family and other commitments in order to share a message of hope and love for people of different hues, experiences and preferences because it is so important for a more whole and healthy world.

RT: What’s your response to people who disagree with your stance or essays?
SC: Our response is to educate and empower people with information to expand their paradigm.  Understanding other people’s perspectives is very important to having a well-rounded reality.  We would encourage someone in disagreement to talk with someone of a different background and culture and get to know them.  When you know and value people from different backgrounds, you will no longer want to ignore their “color” and culture, but celebrate the uniqueness they have and the positive contribution difference adds to our world.

As Dr Suess says, “Don’t try so hard to fit in if you were born to stand out.”   Encouraging a colorblind society has nothing to do with looking at people equally.  It actually has the opposite affect.  Equality is embracing differences and acknowledges the equal beauty found in those differences.  Ignoring “color” is naturally viewing what someone has to offer as insignificant which does not support equality.

RT: Are you accepting submissions? What if someone wants to contribute?
SC: Yes! We would love to hear people’s stories and thoughts. If interested, people can email us at


Tell us—what do you think of Seeing Color? What do you find compelling about these stories?

— Erin Lem

photos courtesy of Seeing Color

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Creative Recipes for Leftover Easter Eggs

We proudly wiggle our dye-stained fingertips in the days leading up to the big hunt, but eating those hard-boiled beauties loses its appeal faster than the Easter Bunny can hop. Take a peek through the recipes below for creative ways to use up extra eggs—we’re betting the little ones will love the transformation!

photo: Dara Michalski via Cookin’ Canuck

1. Make-Ahead Wrap
One of the best things about this make-head, protein-filled wrap from the Cookin’ Canuk is that it can be made with any number of toppings—let your family’s palate be the guide. Get the recipe by clicking here.

2. Simple Deviled Eggs
What better way to use up Easter eggs than by making deviled eggs? These tasty bites are so easy your older kids can probably make their own version. 
Grab the how-to here.

photo: Katie Morford via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

3. Kiddie Cobb Salad
Want to do salad for lunch tomorrow? Well, hard boiled eggs are a cobb salad staple. Chop up a few eggs and add it to this kid-approved midday meal.

photo: Jun Seita via Flickr

4. Ramen Noodle Soup
Steamy ramen noodles are usually a family favorite. This recipe from Foodily calls for a hard boiled egg, along with corn, green onions, and other fresh ingredients. Click here to get your shopping list.

photo: Heidi Larsen via Foodie Crush

5. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches
Who needs to visit those yellow arches down the street when we’ve found this recipe from Foodie Crush? We know monkeys of all ages will make those extra eggs disappear in no time, once they’re sandwiched between some cheese and bacon! Click here for the recipe.

Mexican Meatballsphoto: Daring Gourmet

6. Mexican Meatballs
These are definitely a meal for your older kids—the ones with tastebuds raring for a little kick. Packed with flavor and bits of hard boiled egg, this hearty recipe can be found over at Daring Gourmet. We especially love the roasted tomatillo sauce!

Traditional Southern Chicken Saladphoto: The Kitchen is My Playground

7. Southern Chicken Salad
We love classic picnic dishes as much as the next person, and chicken salad is our go-to. It’s quick to make, easy to take, and we can eat it any sort of way. Midday snack? Yum. As a hamburger side? Perfect. In a sandwich? The Kitchen is My Playground has you covered.

Easter Egg Fried Ricephoto: Savor the Thyme

8. One-Pot Fried Rice
Spring seems to always be the busiest time of year. Between cleaning binges, afterschool activities, and blossoming gardens, one-pot dinners are a must. This guide to perfect fried rice from Savor the Thyme is bound to be a crowd-pleaser, with a host of vegetables, proteins, grains, and flavor.

                                                                                                         photo: Ditch the Carbs

9. Paleo Scotch Eggs
If your family ever needs a bite on the go (and store-bought granola bars aren’t hitting the spot), Ditch the Carbs has the quickest, easiest protein-packed recipe for scotch eggs. Just five ingredients for your five-fingered snack; your tykes have already hunted down the first item on the list!

Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches   photo: For the Feast 

10. Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches
These classic finger sandwiches from For the Feast require a certain level of dress up—oversized sunglasses, frilly skirts, floppy bow ties, and a fedora. It’s time for a tea party. Pinkies up, ladies and gents!

How do you use up your Easter eggs? Share with us in a Comment.

—Gabby Cullen & Stacey Liu

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Washington Episcopal School

Washington Episcopal School

“Washington Episcopal School believes that learning should be joyful, because academic excellence and happy children belong together. An independent, co-educational school for students from Nursery through Grade 8, WES is committed to helping every child develop his or her fullest potential. Our skilled, caring, and attentive teachers nurture the abilities and talents of each student. Our broad and enriched curriculum builds knowledge and strengthens moral awareness, self-reliance, and leadership. Our supportive community — true to Episcopal tradition — welcomes and celebrates a diversity of faiths and cultures. WES students stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it.”


-from Danny Vogelman, Washington Episcopal School
5600 Little Falls Parkway
Bethesda, Md 20816
Phone: 301-652-7878


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9 Hotels with Amazing Perks Just for Mom

If old-world California style with laid-back, luxury accommodations and unique activity offerings (mermaid pool aerobics, anyone?) sounds like your thing, then look no further than the iconic Hotel del Coronado, located in Southern California just off the coast of San Diego. With a spa that knows what a mom needs (their Mother’s Day offerings include Mommy & Me manicures, anti-aging facials, and a gemstone massage), and a Sunday brunch that some say is the best in the country (the gourmet bloody mary bar is adjacent to the design-your-own-donut station), the Del is the perfect escape for a solo artist or a mom with kids in tow.

If you’re flying solo  splurge on a 50-or 80-minute poolside Cabana Swedish Massage for $210 or $285.

If you’ve got kids in tow … turn the kiddos loose on a one-or three-hour excursions for the kids for a little alone time, then reconvene on the beach for a California clambake or s’more roast

1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, Ca 92118

photo: Hotel del Coronado

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5 Globe Projects You Have to Try

World travelers aren’t the only ones who want to go global: take a cue from these clever crafters and upcycle an old globe into something that will really make you spin. From gilded beauties to an IKEA hack, the following five projects are easier to pull off than they look. Click through the gallery to get the details.

What’s your favorite globe or map project? Tell us about it in a comment below. 

—Amber Guetebier

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Nannies Plus

Nannies Plus

Nannies Plus is a Bay Area nanny placement agency dedicated to creating authentic and impactful relationships between families and nannies.

We carefully listen to our clients in order to match them with nannies that fulfill their needs, and are aligned with their family values, personality, and care-giving style.  It is through this process that we have established a successful track record of creating long-lasting and treasured connections between happy families and nannies.

We are committed to crafting family teams that help kids to flourish, parents to feel assured and supported, and nannies to feel empowered and trusted.


-from Joy Colino, Nannies Plus
2323 Broadway St
Oakland, Ca 94612
Phone: 510-407-0363


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8 Quick & Easy Easter Treats

Easter Sunday is on the horizon. It’s time to channel your inner Amazon Prime goddess and whip up a few incredibly easy treats that your little bunnies will love. We’ve found eight ideas that take mere minutes but will look like they took hours. If only everything else was this easy. Scroll down to get started.

photo: Agnes Hsu via Hello Wonderful

Banana Sprinkle Pops
This frozen banana pop idea screams spring. You’ll need yogurt, pastel-colored sprinkles, and a fruit squeeze. Find out how to get the coating just right by visiting Hello Wonderful.

photo: Melanie Blodgett via Minted

Brilliant Bunny Bags
What’s easier than pressing the print button? We think these adorable bunny bags from Minted are the perfect solution to a busy parent’s holiday woes. Grab the free printable by clicking here.

photo: Lindsay Conchar via Life Love and Sugar

Easter Bunny Chow
Your favorite snack mix just got an Easter makeover. Filled with Reese’s peanutty goodness in every bite, this puppy chow from Life Love and Sugar is simple to make and will be a family favorite. Hop on over to Life Love and Sugar for the recipe.

photo: Courtesy The Baker Mama

Candy Kabobs
We think these candy kabobs are too sweet. You can use a selection of your kids’ favorite gummy treats and Peeps: The whole process should take 20 minutes or less. Hint: If you’ve got wee ones, be sure to cut off the pointed end of the kabob before adding the Peep. Find out why you’ll need cooking spray and grab the rest of the how-to over at The Baker Mama.

photo: Heather Shisler via Passion for Savings

Pinterest-Worthy Pudding Cups
This sweet pudding cup is super easy, and it’ll make you look like a Pinterest pro. Grab pudding cups (the bunny face shows up better on vanilla), googly eyes, pom poms, and a couple other basic art supplies before letting your littles make their very own Easter Bunny. Get the tutorial over at Passion for Savings.

photo: courtesy Reasons to Skip the Housework

Crackers as Carrots
Got a plastic bag? How about goldfish and ribbon? We love this simple idea courtesy of Melanie at Reasons to Skip the Housework. It’s easy to make and will make you look super creative. Plus, you can easily swap the goldfish out for carrots, orange jelly bellies, or anything else you think your littles would love.

peeps-smores-for-easterphoto: Angie McGowan via Eclectic Everyday

Peeps S’mores
There’s something about making s’mores that is super fun. Eclectic Everyday lays out the directions—all you need is graham crackers, chocolate, Peeps, and a microwave. Or, if you have a gas stove, you can roast your Peeps before sliding them between the graham crackers. Just make sure your kiddos are supervised at all times around the stove!

photo: Holly Webster via Flickr

Bunny Bottom Pancakes
With a little fruit and whip cream, this is an easy way to make your annual Easter breakfast even more special. 
Taste of Home shows you how it’s done.

Do you have any last minute Easter treat ideas to add to our story?

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