What My 13-Year Old Niece Taught this Life Coach about Beauty

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Author UnknownDove® launched their Campaign for Real Beauty in 2004 after finding through research that only 2% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful. ...more

Don't Ban Camp Body Talk

On the back of the first head shot I ever had taken, it lists me with my full name, that I'm 14, and 5'5" (I guess I grew that last inch and a half sometime later). I have a "fun and casual" style, enjoy singing, acting and writing poetry (really, 14yo me?!?), and have brown hair. I like love songs, and my favorite place at camp is the Mercaz Chevrah. Because my first "head shot" was taken at overnight camp, by my counselors who created "Heartbreak International," the modeling agency that my bunkmates and I were supposedly integral participants in together....more

Written on the Body: Tattoos Tell the Stories of My Life

When I got my first tattoo, more than fifteen years ago, they hadn’t yet become as ubiquitous as opinions (i.e., not everyone had one). Whenever I brought up wanting to get inked, I was invariably talked out of it....more
Mine tells the story of a cheap drunken night. Lol.more

No One Puts Plus Size Maternity Photos On Pinterest

While I was at Mom 2.0 at the beginning of May, I ended up in a bunch of photos. And since this is 2014, some of those photos ended up on Facebook. And because it's Facebook, I ended up tagged, which meant all my friends —from my 4th grade classmates to the girl who lived on my floor in college to my mother's second cousin who lives in Sweden—saw them. I did not like it. They were not flattering. They were candid, and that is what I look like in candid photos, but they made me sad. **insert literally 1000 words I wrote then deleted about how being fat sucks here** ...more
These pictures are just as beautiful as any other maternity pictures I've seen.  I'm childfree ...more

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Do you look at photographs of yourself taken years ago and say, "WOW! I looked good"? Then, look at yourself now with a critical eye? Perhaps, we need to see ourselves as others see us.This social experiment is very eye-opening. I hope this video resonates for you and motivates you to begin appreciating your own beauty today.WATCH: Social Experiment Video...more
I've seen both these vids before and agree they are so impactful. Also agree that the way we see ...more

Run in Support of Muscular Dystrophy

Amber @ Fit, Foodie Runshttp://www.fitfoodieruns.com/2014/06/21/first-charity-run-mda-musculardy...When I attended the ZOOMA expo, I was chit chatting up a storm with the representative from MDA or Muscular Dystrophy Association.I don’t have any connections with anyone with this disease but my heart fell to the floor....more

Accessorizing the slubby mummy

Whenever I dropped my son off at his old school, I'd see another mother with a wardrobe problem. She'd often be dressed in pajama pants, over-sized t-shirts and flip-flops.I used to see this mother and sigh. What message does this mother send to her children with the way she dresses in public?...more

But Why Do You Care So Much? Combatting a "Victimizing" Culture

I bought a new dress yesterday at one of my favourite stores (who, incidentally, has decreased their plus-size section a rant for another day). I have trouble buying dresses because I’m short and fat, and a lot of them are too long, or too tight/loose in the wrong places, or look like bags on me. But somehow, this pretty little sundress ended up being the magical dress that looked really good on me, so I snapped it up.I was proudly wearing my dress today when a male coworker came up to me, unsolicited, looked me up and down, and said, “You look pregnant.”...more

The Importance of Personal Space

When I brought Bambino home from the hospital, The Don was curious about his new baby brother.  The one thing that he was the most curious of is when I breastfed him.  The Don would come over to the couch and would watch Bambino suck on my nipple.  Then The Don would lean closer and put his head on the nursing pillow, then he started to get too close as if he wanted to suck my nipple.  I told him to give me space when I'm nursing.  Almost every time I would nurse Bambino, The Don comes over and I would tell him, "When mama is nursing, what does she need?"  ...more

The Sex and the City Talk About Bikini Lines and What To Do Right Now.

Here's comedian Janeane Garofalo's thoughts on going Brazilian. Check it out: If you're like me you may be confused on current dictates and trends in waxing, depilatory, plucking, shaving,  lasering and just plain old "beautifying" of that most tender of areas.Perhaps you're wondering, now that summer is upon us, which is the best route to take once again, in order to tackle that most unwanted and errant hair....more