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
Ohhhhh... the humor AND truth in this! I would entitle mine, "How i watched the entire series of ...more

why God let me suffer

My sophomore year in high school was probably the toughest year concerning my mental illnesses. I wasn't too uncomfortable around my peers in middle school but that seemed to shift once I entered high school. I was much more insecure in my new environment. I could barely listen during lectures because my pessimistic thoughts were ringing through my head and the anxiousness that accompanied them just made things worse. I was convinced that everyone saw my every flaw; they were picking me apart just as I was. You know the saying you are your own worst enemy?...more

Embattled Women: The New Military Draft

Imagine that you, or your daughter or granddaughter, have an appointment to register for the draft. By law, it may become a requirement for young women to do so.In December 0f 2015, the Pentagon made an historic announcement that it was opening combat roles to women. Despite the U.S. longstanding code that restricted women from combat, women often were in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last fourteen years. But now it’s official policy—the decision made approximately 220,000 military jobs available to women....more

How Millennials Can Make Extra Cash Working From Home

As Millennials, we do not like to be told what we can and can’t do, which is why we find ways to get what we want, pretty much when we want it. This often times means making some spare change to do the stuff that actually interests us or picking up a side job that will help fund these outside activities.If you fall in this boat and are at a loss for how to put more money in the bank, here are a few ways you can make some extra dough working from home, so you can get out of home and party like money ain’t no thing....more

How Millennials Can Make Extra Cash Working From Home

As Millennials, we do not like to be told what we can and can’t do, which is why we find ways to get what we want, pretty much when we want it. This often times means making some spare change to do the stuff that actually interests us or picking up a side job that will help fund these outside activities.If you fall in this boat and are at a loss for how to put more money in the bank, here are a few ways you can make some extra dough working from home, so you can get out of home and party like money ain’t no thing....more

How Millennials Can Make Extra Cash Working From Home

As Millennials, we do not like to be told what we can and can’t do, which is why we find ways to get what we want, pretty much when we want it. This often times means making some spare change to do the stuff that actually interests us or picking up a side job that will help fund these outside activities.If you fall in this boat and are at a loss for how to put more money in the bank, here are a few ways you can make some extra dough working from home, so you can get out of home and party like money ain’t no thing.Exercise Entrepreneurship...more

Reflections In The Mirror (...or My Sobriety - Day 592)

Yesterday was a particularly rough day.It was one of those chew you up, spit you out, and then run you through a wood chipper for fun kinds of days that left me mentally drained, physically exhausted, cranky and depressed.   Add to that a grueling 60 minute-long drive on the freeway with all of my bestest friends, and I found myself just about at the end of my rope....more

A Whirling Dervish In my Sewing Room

I've heard that artists can get so lost in what they are doing, their studios become a disaster area and they lose entire days to their craft, not coming up for air until their pieces are done.Lunatics, I've always called those people. Until I look at what happens when I sew from an idea in my head....more

Vacation Remembrance

And boy do I need another one. Vacations have not been a part of my adult life and I want to change that. They may only be once a year, for now, but I think for me they are necessary. Step away from the computer, forget about work and just enjoy the moment!...more

A Night Unleashed

Last weekend CB and I had the absolute treat of participating in, "A Night Unleashed" with Rover. Rover is a site that every pup parent absolutely needs to know about....more

Nordstrom Sale Must-Haves

Happy Friday, my friends! The Nordstrom Winter Clearance sale started today and there are a few things that I rarely buy full-price and always buy at Nordstrom's sales. Here's where you can save the most: 1 ....more