Brooke Bernard

Brooke Bernard blogs most Wednesdays at http://www.mamasagainstdrama.com. And she's trying out Twitter (really, "tweeting"? It's such a silly word). Follow @BrookeBBlogs. Brooke started seriously writing in the fourth grade when she won a literary contest with a short story about being trapped in the library overnight. Every aspiring writer’s dream, right? 
After college, where she double majored in English and journalism, Brooke took an office manager position at a parenting magazine, simply to get her foot in the door. From there, she worked her way up to calendar editor and eventually editor. After several years editing various consumer and trade publications, Brooke bought some office furniture and started freelancing from home while bouncing a baby boy on one knee. 
Today, she’s the mother of two, still freelancing part-time and trying not to spill any wine on the computer keyboard while convincing her 5-year-old that the Facebook logo is her company logo. “Yes, honey, updating my status is serious business.”
Brooke and her very patient husband live with their son, daughter and two neurotic dogs way down south. 

Hidden Dangers of Food Dyes

In my quest to eat more real foods, I’ve become more conscious of how often I see synthetic food dyes in our world.  Halloween candy is already set-up in the stores and it’s a billboard for Red Dye #40. (Synthetic food dyes are listed with a #, like Blue #2.) In the past couple of years, I keep reading that food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children, eczema, ear infections, headaches, asthma, sleep issues and more....more
I have written about this more times than I can count! Let's continue to spread the word. ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
I think it odd that not a single family member of the accused showed up for his first court ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@MistyE Thanks for sharing that story, Misty. Wow. I don't know what to say. What a horrible ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@elaineR.N. I agree, Elaine. As challenging as it can be to drag the kids in and out just for ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@KimSanDiego Indeed, Kim. Unfortunately, I don't think castration does anything to help the ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@kikimojo We really can't live our lives in fear -- but we can be practical, I guess. It's OK to ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
An arrest has been made in this case: A 20-year-old groundskeeper at the apt complex who just ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@mommy2threegirls Thanks for reading! I'm sorry I had to put it into words, but I'm glad to help ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@kirstn Of course, you're right, kirstn. I obviously couldn't list every example of danger in ...more

The Loss of Jorelys Rivera and the "Possible, Not Probable"

This past weekend in a little city called Canton, just north of Atlanta, 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, was snatched -- in broad daylight -- from her apartment complex’s playground while in the care of a babysitter as her mother rested after working a nightshift. Then she was sexually assaulted and murdered. Her beaten body was shoved in a Dumpster. A special kind of trash can that compacted debris. She was found after a two-day search. The experts will tell the parents of Canton that what happened this past weekend to Jorelys is “possible not probable.”...more
@BoyMomBlogger You're welcome, BoyMomBlogger. I'm sorry it had to be written, of course. It is ...more