Check Out Mari’s Latest Scholastic Kids Press Blog Post On Gardening!

My Mari has been hard at work at her gig as a Scholastic Kids Press reporter, using her free summer vacation time to write stories for Scholastic’s online news service. Her latest piece, “Planting A Garden With My Mom,” about our annual ritual of hooking up the container garden on our back deck, is up on the site, and I’m so very pleased to share it with you. Here’s a snippet:

One of my favorite summer activities that I always look forward to is planting our annual garden with my mom. Since our backyard is very shady, we can’t plant the flowers in the ground, so we plant them in pots. The end result: colors everywhere!

Mari! Rocks! Socks! Please click here to read Mari’s Scholastic blog post in its entirety; two snaps, a twist and a super juicy e-hug for those who take two secs to leave my baby a word of encouragement beneath her super cutie story.

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Ahhh that looks like Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden! Kudos. I’ll go and check that post out now.

  2. Sorry to steer away from the post, but may i say that Mari looks JUST like you in this picture… 😀

    • Denene@MyBrownBaby

      *squeals!* Thanks, 4evame! Everyone says she looks EXACTLY like her dad, but when I look in that face, I see me! Tee hee!

  3. Mari is a doll and one great writer, reading her story makes me want to go and load up the car with plants and fertilizer and get started on that summer flower bed I’ve been putting off. Thanks for the much needed motivation Mari, and the beautiful picture of your plants.

  4. Way to go Mari. You are a true inspiration to kids…especially mine. I love your writing. Keep up the good work.

  5. I LOVE the new look! Have I been asleep forever? And I adore this post. I love gardening AND children, and this warmed my heart.


  6. Loved this!

  7. What a delightful article Mari, and you and your mom did a fabulous job with the garden!

  8. Kia Morgan Smith

    Mari you ROCK! You are definitely a role model already! I can’t wait to tell my daughters about this article so they can read for themselves and so I can brag on you. You are setting an example for my little 4, 7 and 8 year old daughters! I want to show them how beautiful brown girls who look like them can be so awesome and smart and can do great things even at a young age. I bet this will motivate them to want to be like you. And you are exactly the kind of girl I’d love for them to aspire to be! Keep up the great work! MUAH!

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