I love my city.  Pittsburgh, or shall I say Sixburgh, since the Steelers brought home six Superbowl titles, is a wonderful place to raise your kids.  We’re home to world-renowned health systems, award-winning schools, and you can’t beat the cost of living!  As a matter of fact, just last year, we bumped Honolulu out-of-the-way and were named the most livable city in the US.  Now, that’s pretty bad ass if you ask me, being that we don’t have any beaches.


Now, I have one more reason to call my hometown awesome.  Recently, I attended a Mocha Moms, Inc. interest group meeting.  (If you haven’t heard of this amazing organization, just click on the Mommy Minutes tab and read my one-on-one interview with Mocha Moms Co-founder and President Emerita, Cheli English-Figaro.)  About a dozen moms showed up, to find out how we can charter a chapter in Pittsburgh.  It reminded me of a college sorority, since we came together with common interests and goals.  Instead of planning to tailgate, we set up play dates.  Like a Greek organization, there is also a focus on community service and sisterhood.  Although the group is made up of mostly moms of color, membership is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background.  You also don’t have to be a stay-at-home mom to join!   The organization is even more attractive, since annual dues total only $20 to $40.


At the interest meeting, moms swapped stories, gave advice, and exchanged phone numbers.  Our host, Cythnia Levy-Mendoza, talked about her experiences as a Mocha Mom in Queens, New York and why she wanted to start a local chapter.


Want to charter a chapter in your city or become a general member?  Log onto www.mochamoms.org to find out how!




About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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