Dear Amy Pascal: What Were You Thinking?

Amy, Amy, Amy. Boy, do we need to talk. In general I write these clever little letters to public figures who have behaved poorly (Mama June, etc.) where I have a polite build-up with some funny ‘isms that really get the reader going. It’s kind of my thing, if you will. ...more
Since this story broke I said two things that you said on this article: 1) she is a top ...more

The Day My Blog Ruined My Life

Okay, maybe it didn't ruin my life, but my misuse of social media threw me into a terrible controversy at my kids' school. Today's post is about irony. Well, irony and how I messed up my life and the lives of a few others. And how I'm sorry. So very, very sorry. I sit here thinking, analyzing and obsessing about the events that transpired a week ago and set in motion an unbelievable shit storm. As some of you know, I'm a health and development educator for adolescent girls. In fact, I have a whole presentation on cyber-safety and how girls should always be very careful about what they post online. But right now, I'm sitting here, stewing in my own shame. I imagine I'm feeling much like the 15-year-old girl who insisted she knew what she was doing when she texted her boyfriend a boob-shot that went viral. She intended it to be only for his eyes. ...more
jillpond I just realized that you may not even know the term "dooced." (Seems like forever ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thanks for sharing this! It's a great list. I struggle with writing headlines on my blog, Rudeysroommore

Confessions, December

It’s that time of the month again folks. No, not THAT time of the month. Confession time!...more

7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Christmas Gifts

Hooray, it’s Christmas season! But along with the warm fuzzies of twinkling lights, nostalgic Christmas music, and bell ringers outside every Walmart comes the one inevitable stress of Christmas…..Christmas presents. Now, if you’re a shopping addict that loves to ring up every item you cast your eyes upon using your 15 credit cards until the […] ...more

So Grateful – Short Term Loss of Income

There has been a change in my expected income for the foreseeable future. I certainly hope it’s for the short term, but to be honest, all it’s led to is a flooding of gratefulness. Yesterday afternoon, my ex-husband called me and simply asked…”Will you be able to get my babies (our two kids) something for Christmas?” I knew where he was coming from, I knew he was struggling financially ....more


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December Goals

I’m about 17 days late on posting these goals, but in my defense, I did write them up over Thanksgiving, just haven’t posted them on here yet. On the long list of things to do this month, writing on the blog keeps getting shuffled lower on the list. But as I’m about 99% done with all of my buying and wrapping, maybe that’ll change soon ....more

Toy and Baby Lightning Deal Picks for Wednesday [Melissa and Doug, Disney, More]

Another great list of Lightning Deals at Amazon today: Melissa and Doug, Fisher-Price, Chuggington, Disney Princess and more: 9:40 am ET:...more

Kids’ Clothes at 50% to 70% Off at Amazon

Amazon has a ton of kids clothing styles priced at 50% off or more. Girls 50% or More Off Girls’ Frozen Tops + Tees 50% or More Off Girls’ Cute Disney Sleepwear 60% or More Off Girls’ Disney Clothing Sets 60% or More Off Little Girls’ Sets 50% or More Off Baby Girls’ Disney Clothing Sets Boys 50% or More Off Marvel Boys’ Apparel 50% or More Off Boys’ Levi’s 70% or More off Clothing Sets for Boys Ends 12/26. This post may contain affiliate links ....more

9 People That You Must Include In Your Network to Prosper in Your Career

College students often dread the word network. I remember when I first heard the term, I thought it was ridiculous. Why should I become friends with someone just for what they could offer me? ...more

30% to 50% Off at with Coupon [Today Only]

Here’s a hot deal from Gap for you last-minute shoppers: Get 30% off two items,...more

Extra 20% Off Already Discounted LEGO Sets with Coupon [Last Day]

Here’s a LEGO deal for you, and there’s still time to get it by Christmas. Get an additional 20% off over 40 already discounted LEGO sets at when you buy three or more sets. Use coupon code...more