this is (my) real life


You are in the right place if you are looking for your daily dose of black boy and black girl joy, home style, parenting chronicles, creative musings, and stories about the disasters and miracles that go hand in hand with breathing. If you’ve ever wanted to work with me – you’ll also find everything you need here over the next couple of weeks! So welcome, I hope you stick around.

about reiko

I am a program manager, creative director and freelance DEI consultant in Texas with over 20 years of experience in education. Words, style, and parenting are three of the things I have been told I do well and I am finally embracing the “multi-hyphenateness” of it all!


Creativity is not something you do, it’s who you are. And over the years, I’ve been told I have the “eye”. The eye to breathe new life into an old dresser, or shop a closet for a brand new wardrobe. The eye to refresh a space virtually, or style a friend for national television. Zhooshing things up is one of my favourite hobbies!


Four years ago, I desired to transition out of the classroom and landed my dream job working in education. I continue to surprise myself with what I am able to achieve in this role and may or may not have discovered that I actually have a knack for proposal writing! (I guess that Journalism degree did not go to waste)


I may not be an expert on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion but I am an expert at raising my children. I bridge the gap between parent and educator (because I am both these things) to create resources and facilitate conversations that are sometimes imperfect, always honest, and let’s face it, a little bit awkward and frustrating at first.

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