Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft ...more

Should Childcare Providers Be the Experts in Everything?

With more and more states requiring childcare providers to fill roles they were never trained to fill, providers are struggling to provide a well-rounded set of child development services. As providers most of us never went to college for a degree in ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

Fitess Expert Jenna Wolfe's Smart Tips to Get Lean in 2016

Small steps can add up to big changes and an overall healthier life. That's what fitness expert Jenna Wolfe will tell anyone who will listen. And with her new book, Thinner In 30, the busy mom of two is putting some walk behind her talk.  ...more

We're All Fighting a Battle, So Let's Be Nicer to Each Other

“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” I’ve often heard this quote by Plato (or some variation of it) for years. Here’s the thing, though; I’ve never really put much thought into its meaning or relevance. I mean, I understood ...more

For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via Shutterstock Here are some you may have heard: ...more

What Agents, Editors & Publishers Look for in a Query Letter

During my eight years as an acquiring editor at Seal Press, I saw every kind of query —- from the perfectly executed to those that belonged on a wall of shame....more
It is always nice to get an insider perspective on what editors look for and expect. I like to ...more

The Great Netflix Conspiracy

The creator's of Netflix believed they were doing the world a favor when they punched the sky with their "I've got an idea" finger; they didn't consider their thoughtlessness when making this entertainment continuously available. They didn't think about the collateral damage. They didn't realize the adverse effects on creatives, who should be poured into their craft - not poured into How To Get Away With Murder....more
Great post! I'm guilty as charged :-)more

I Took My Last Family Vacation for Granted

The last vacation I took with my parents and sister was to Puerto Rico in July 1996. I just graduated from NYU, newly dating my later-to-be husband. My sister was madly in love with her then boyfriend and played Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on loop the whole time. My parents, still two years shy of their quarter-century divorce, met some fellow Russians vacationers and got drunk. My sister and I moped around like teenagers, missing our boyfriends, and avoiding our parents....more

Women Driving Excellence #WDE16 #CAS16 #Chicago

4 years ago, I had the honor and...more

Weekend Favorites

It's seven degrees today. Or -4 with windchill. Whatever you prefer.I will not be leaving the house, no thank you ....more

Six Ice Cream Sandwiches for your Valentine

Chai Ginger S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie...more

Make these parenting mistakes and you’ll keep living paycheck to paycheck

This post first appeared on Are you making more money than ever, yet still living paycheck to paycheck? If you’re a parent, the likely culprit(s) are...more

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

photo credit:...more

Beginning again... and again


$10 off $50 at BabySteals and KidSteals [Beco, Angel Care, Stride Rite & More]

Take an extra $10 off your already discounted baby and kid gear order of $50 or more at Kid Steals, Baby Steals and the other Steals sites this weekend. Use coupon code PRES16 at checkout. You’ll find Beco carriers, an Angelcare Monitor, Stride Rite shoes and more ....more

3 Hot Mega Bloks Price Drops [Up to 51% Off]

Don’t miss these Mega Blok price drops at Amazon right now. This Mega Bloks Despicable Me Castle Adventure Set...more

JTV Jewelry & Giveaway!

So often Valentine's Day is centered around a significant other, when I think it is much better to focus on anyone who is special in your life. I recently talked about this in my post about the Galentine's Day Brunch my friend hosted for a bunch of her girlfriends. It was fun to just have some girl time and talk about appreciating our friends and loving ourselves....more