Shaniece James

Shaniece is a California girl living in DC. She discovered DC in 1995 when she came to study theater arts at Howard University and left DC for New York in 2000. Fast forward to 2008, she excitedly moved back to DC with her husband (found him in NYC) and daughter (grew her in Atlanta). She’s been living, loving, creating art and making connections in DC ever since! She now has two daughters (11 and 6). Shaniece enjoyed working in the non-profit/NGO sector for years until making the transition into full time chef, organizer, manager and volunteer (you know, a stay-at-home mom) and a part time artist, and occasional thrower of a good party. Shaniece loves family, reading, art, international relations and development, and building bridges. Exploring the world is very important to her and she loves to travel with family and friends.

Juneteenth: Why We Should Celebrate It Every Year

Why do we celebrate Juneteenth? Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the freeing of the last enslaved Africans in Texas in 1865. It is the United States' most widely celebrated holiday of the Emancipation of...
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Why I’m Ready to Go Back to Work

Back to work after years at home I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for almost 14 years. I was right there for every girls’ student conference, back-to-school nights, recitals, and scraped knees. I’ve been able to...

Deciding to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom

If you'd have known me in my adult youth, aka my 20s, you would never think I'd end up deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn't think my instincts were so great when...

My Autumnal Inspirations Fall Bucket List

Fall is most certainly one of my top two favorite seasons. My time living in the North East and Mid-Atlantic areas has made me appreciate all things autumnal. I love the weather, fashion, and...

Maintaining Joy During These Trying Times

What a time to be alive! We are experiencing so much emotionally, and maintaining joy is difficult because of it. COVID is one global issue. The beginnings of toppling racism and reforming criminal justice...

My Love of Books and Why I Love Read Across America

Storytime in My Life I love books with a soulful passion. My mother encouraged my love for books by purchasing any books I wanted; she never said no to my ask of a book. I...

7 Ways to Build Meaningful Relationships With Your Neighbors

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday month is always inspirational. The year is new, and we are all usually thinking of the best way to be our best selves. Let's start with being good...

How to Host an Easy Holiday Party That Brings People Together

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the first day of school after summer break. It's the Holiday Season! You will probably attend a party or two, but how about hosting...