You Don't Fit: The "One-Size-Fits-All" Trend Sets A Dangerous Precedent Beyond Body Size

As far as I am concerned, unless its written on a scarf, 'one-size-fits-all' is the biggest lie the fashion industry might ever tell. While on the surface ridiculously naive and discriminatory, it is more than a tag on a piece of clothing most of us will never wear....more

The Disappearance of Joy

What do you remember about kindergarten?I remember:...more

Things of which you are not obliged

It can be easy to get caught up in standards set forth by society. Every day  we hear a plethora of messages of what we should look like, behave like, think like, what we should believe, how we should eat, sleep, breath, and live our lives, and it’s usually in the name of how we should be to please other people.Well allow me to offer a friendly reminder …You are not obliged to be attractive.You are not obliged to be healthy.You are not obliged to be skinny.You are not obliged to have curves....more

Setting Your Own Blogging Standards

With millions of blogs in existence and everyone shouting to have their voice heard, how is a new blog supposed to get noticed? Happy Hippie Homemaker turns the idea of failure on its head, embracing the idea that her beloved site might fail by other people's blogging standards even though it succeeds within hers. And, I've got to say, I really love her blog standards. ...more
I think this is a great blogging attitude to have. To me, blogging is not about popularity or ...more

Waiting for Mr. Wrong?!

What a smack in the face that in this day and age, not only do we have to risk being heartbroken by those we considered Mr. Right, but to add insult to injury, we actually have to be sidelined and second tiered by those we don’t even really like and are only giving a chance because hey, ya never know. This insulting circumstance can make a girl want to stop the whole dating process altogether. I mean seriously, if it wasn’t for the free gifts and the retrospective amusement, I’d have stopped long ago.      ...more

I Am Not a Professional (but I try to act like one)

People who choose to blog about books don't tend to see themselves as "product review" bloggers, but in many ways we are. I don't see requesting and accepting new and not-yet-published books for "review consideration" as all that different from trying a new juice flavor or educational toy or chair or household appliance and writing about one's experience with it; books are products, too....more

The reviews that she complained about were not recent plus she had actually sent another book to ...more

Black Friday Temptations: U.S. Toy Safety Standards

Late Night Foray Laugh if you will (and I can almost guarantee you will by the end of this story), but I decided to brave the cold and go out to Toys R Us when it opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night....more

Defining My Love Standards

I want to be loved—I do. But I also want to love back. It’s not enough for someone to love me completely and unconditionally; I want to love him with the same depth and certainty. My desire to be loved does NOT outweigh my standards of love....more

National Academic Standards Draft Released

Earlier this week, a panel of experts charged by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with crafting a set of national academic standards for English and mathematics skills released the first official draft of the standards. The draft outlines those skills students are expected to have developed prior to graduating from high school....more

There is no reason why a child in Mississippi shouldn't have the same standards as a child in ...more

Quilts That Fit. The Industry Needs An Adjustment

Last week I bought a new mattress for one of our beds.  While the mattress and box springs had seen better times (I had purchased them in 1978!), they - and new bedding - were the only things I had seriously considered replacing in the room.  Until the new items were in the room, and the summer quilt was replaced upon the bed.  The quilt is coming up short. ...more


I agree referring to the older books and magazines is a problem. However, when I wrote ...more