Thanks for visiting brownmamas.com to get to know me a little better. Well, I’m Muffy Mendoza, the sole female energy in a house of 3 handsome boys (14,7,8) and one awesome husband. I am also the mama-in-chief here at brownmamas.com. In addition, I’ve founded a support group for Black moms called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas. We have a Facebook group of over 1,000 moms and an active in-person group of over 100 moms.
I started brownmamas.com and Pittsburgh Brown Mamas because I began a journey to enjoy motherhood and I wanted to find out if others Black moms where enjoying their journey too. Well they are! What started as 3 moms getting together on weekends has ballooned into a fully functioning support group that host bi-weekly meet-ups and events. In short, I’m having tons of fun with my new mama-friends. What’s great about this is I feel like I’m thriving now, and I’m hoping to inspire other moms-of-color to do the same.
On my blog/website/notebook (whatever makes you comfortable) I write about a myriad of things. Raising my three boys, homeschooling, my relationship with my hubby, guides to living in Pittsburgh, running Pittsburgh Brown Mamas and the #GoodMama Campaign, as well as gardening and just being me. I know that’s a mouthful. But, that’s me. I do a lot. I’m known as a motherhood advocate in Pittsburgh and just finished reclaiming a vacant lot in my neighborhood. This year, I’m beginning a journey to home school my two younger sons. I’m not sure how this will go, but I will surely blog about it along the way. To learn more about the work I’ve done as a community ambassador and public speaker, click here.
Here’s a link to my media kit. Got more questions? Send me an email, I’ll hit you back — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Mendozas
Here’s where I introduce you to my crew. The Mendoza household is a male-centered one. As much as I prayed for a girl it just didn’t happen. It’s just me, my husband and our three sons. I am surrounded by vikings. (Literally, my youngest son once yelled “This is Sparta” while wrestling with other boys as the playground.) We love video games, movies, I love reading everyone else loves for me to read to them and fixing up our crib. We live in the nation’s most livable city, Pittsburgh. Without further ado meet my crew.
ME! I’m the Queen of this crib. I love everyday life. Cleaning hacks, gardening and learning how to cook is what I’m into right about now. I spend most of my social life with my mom and sisters or hanging out with the mamas of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas. I love finding new trails to hike and parks to visit with my three sons. I’m a girly, girl (I was raised with all girls in the house.), but my sons have forced me to spend most of my time playing video games with them or playing in the dirt in my garden. I seriously love gardening. I grew watermelon for the second time this year and got a total of SIX watermelons in my garden. That’s pretty good for a mama who lives in a city that’s cold half of the year. I have a passion for helping Black moms enjoy motherhood and everyday life. I unapologetically blog for Black moms. They’re my sistahs and after having grown up around such great Black women, I believe I owe them my life. That’s me in a nutshell.
One man to rule them all. This is Mack my devoted hubby. My dad affectionately calls him Count DeMone (get it count the money) because he’s very frugal and counts every dime like it’s his last. He is an avid movie watcher originally out of NYC. Seriously, name any TV show on Netflix and I bet you he’s watched it. In addition, he’s the most patient, most kind and most stubborn man I’ve every met. I’m glad he’s mines.
This is Jai our oldest son. Jai is a cross between Bill Nye the Science guy and Huey from the Boondocks. He likes to know a lot of stuff and starts most of his sentences with “Did you know?” He is the head of the viking squad and loves to fish, read and find ways to save money to buy new video games. He’s a good kid.
Lil’ Mack is listening to you, but he doesn’t want to hear anything you have to say. He just wants to play the XBOX. He sports a sign daily that says “Will Work for Video Games,” and when he’s not on the game he can be found surfing YouTube to find new ways to beat the game. His other hobbies include beating grown-ups in Call of Duty and Soul Calibur, going to The Exchange to buy more video games and dreaming about video games. His favorite video games: Minecraft & Dragon Ball Z – all of them. He’s a quiet smart, kid.
Phil can run, jump and play with the best of them. He has been picking out his own clothes since he was 1-year-old and refused to wear anything but sweat pants until he was 6. He loves his big brothers, but if you cross him he will jump on your head from the staircase and give you the Komayamayah (or whatever they say in Dragon Ball Z). He loves Dragon Ball Z and he and Lil’ Mack are always playing with Bionicles.