Joi B

Joi was born and raised in San Antonio. After a brief pit stop at the University of Texas in Austin, Joi moved to Houston in 1994 and began checking boxes off her never ending to do list. During this time and in no particular order, Joi taught a little bit of everything between first and eighth grades, got married and then divorced, completed grad school, birthed a few babies – Ferris {November 1997}, Warren {December 1999} and Laylah {March 2006}, moved an old lady into her home – Granny {January 1925} started working in Human Resources, served an excessive amount of time (on boards, in booster clubs, team momming) as a crazy sports momma, and learned a lot of life lessons. Joi is known for her unabashed honesty, always present sense of humor and her #TeamTooMuch style of doing everything. On most days, you can find her caught up in her love/hate relationship with politics, feeding her Facebook addiction, or counting the number of days until her last child graduates from high school.

No Mods Needed :: My Personal Black Hair History

It happened again. She told me that she likes my hair in a bun. Then she added, or pulled back in a headband. I don't think she likes it in its upright, extended position....
Confessions of a Conflicted Cupcake Connoisseur | Houston Moms Blog

Confessions of a Conflicted Cupcake Connoisseur

I woke up one morning... and I was fat.  OK... my not-so-shocking-confession :: It didn't really happen overnight. In fact, I spent quite a bit of quality time acquiring this weight. I watched it happen....
Stay Strong and Love Big:: A Letter from Me | Houston Moms Blog

Stay Strong and Love Big :: A Letter from Me…to Me

Twenty-one years into this journey called motherhood and I still sometimes feel like I'm on the remedial track. When there are triumphs - it's easy to know that you are doing it right. But...

Voting and Other Things We Teach Our Children

Midterms are coming. People picking teams. A Nation ripping at the seams. Oh, do not worry; THIS is not THAT kind of article. I have no intention of engaging in party politics or attempting...
My Journey from Dorms to Death and the Gift of Time | Houston Moms Blog

My Journey from Dorms to Death and the Gift of Time

It happened seven days ago. In complete conflict with my maternal instincts, I packed up my youngest son, drove him a hundred miles or so from home to a strange city, and then left...
Back to School Prep:: How to Score an A+ at Spirit Week | Houston Moms Blog

Back to School Prep :: How to Score an A+ at Spirit Week

It is the eighth month of the year... the one when sane, rational, model parents begin the quest for deals on back to school clothing, lunch prep ideas and completion of the school supply...
Forty Two Days and Cupcakes :: Acceptance of Childless Summers | Houston Moms Blog

Forty Two Days and Cupcakes :: Acceptance of Childless Summers

I stayed married several years longer than I should have. Because... holidays. Those sweet golden days sandwiched between long monotonous stretches of work and school. Summers and Christmas and Thanksgiving and Spring Break... they...
Hurricane Season is Here Again:: Let's Get Ready | Houston Moms Blog

Hurricane Season is Here Again :: Let’s Get Ready

With hurricane season upon us, it is a good time to reacquaint ourselves with this meteorological menace. In true Jeopardy fashion - the answers are the questions and the questions are the answers. Play...

My Unexpected Bundle of Joy

After having three children and reaching the age of 46, I was pretty certain that my parenting days were numbered and that there would be no new additions to our home. But I was...