Danielle Barnsley-Cervo

I blog. I rant. I overshare. I read. I play Mom, and Wife. Sometimes I drink too much wine. I always drink too much coffee. I have a "collection of pugs" who I feature in too many pictures to count. I write because I can, because I need to, and because I want to. It's my life in print. 

'Girls' Is Back and Defining the Nature of Female Friendship

Girls is back. Now in its 3rd season, the show continues to explore the friendships between four 20-something women living in New York City. Now Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, is in a committed relationship with her on off again boyfriend, Adam, played by Adam Driver. The last time we saw her in season two, she was suffering a mental breakdown about to be saved by her ex-boyfriend who ran shirtless through the streets of Brooklyn to be by her side.  All it took was one phone call and he came. ...more
HollyRosen DanielleBarnsley I think it gets criticized because it's not like other shows out ...more

'Girls' Is Back and Defining the Nature of Female Friendship

Girls is back. Now in its 3rd season, the show continues to explore the friendships between four 20-something women living in New York City. Now Hannah, played by Lena Dunham, is in a committed relationship with her on off again boyfriend, Adam, played by Adam Driver. The last time we saw her in season two, she was suffering a mental breakdown about to be saved by her ex-boyfriend who ran shirtless through the streets of Brooklyn to be by her side.  All it took was one phone call and he came. ...more
Here's what I love about the show: It's a show about four girls that are sometimes easy to ...more

Snow Day Busy-Work Required When School Is Canceled: Who Benefits and Who Falls Behind?

The call came during my first sip of coffee this morning. No school. Snow day. Most kids rejoice, but my oldest son frowned big. "But I want to learn!" I started spouting off all of the fun things the two brothers could do and get into today, knowing full well the wrench it threw into my own day. Promises of making a snowman, mugs of hot chocolate, and a snowball fight worked a little bit to turn his frown upside down. Then his face lit up. "Does this mean we get to do our Blizzard Bag today?" It was my turn to frown. ...more
The Learning Mama Yikes, what a lack of empathy. We don't ever have snow days here, but I ...more

Must-Follow Mondays: Fiction Writers

New authors are often encouraged to start blogging in order to gain exposure and readership. Sometimes, though, authors are bloggers before, during and after their novels enter the world....more
Great list!more

10 Bloggers Respond to Mrs. Hall's Letter with Thoughts on Slut-Shaming, Respect, and Selfies

As a mom of two boys, I have high hopes of teaching them many important lessons. Things like compassion and acceptance, the importance of education and hard work, the benefit of a leap of faith versus never trying due to fear of failure, and of course, respect. Respect remains one of those Big Things in our home -- for all people, in all ways, both physically and emotionally. You don't get to be a jerk just because you think you can, neither do you get to put your hands on someone else. As such, my gut-reaction to the now viral letter that Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls posting "seductive" selfies on Instagram and thus tempting her precious sons... well... I'm having a hard time with the general concept. ...more
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this roundup. There were some amazing responses out there, and I'm glad. Thanks ...more

10 Bloggers Respond to Mrs. Hall's Letter with Thoughts on Slut-Shaming, Respect, and Selfies

As a mom of two boys, I have high hopes of teaching them many important lessons. Things like compassion and acceptance, the importance of education and hard work, the benefit of a leap of faith versus never trying due to fear of failure, and of course, respect. Respect remains one of those Big Things in our home -- for all people, in all ways, both physically and emotionally. You don't get to be a jerk just because you think you can, neither do you get to put your hands on someone else. As such, my gut-reaction to the now viral letter that Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls posting "seductive" selfies on Instagram and thus tempting her precious sons... well... I'm having a hard time with the general concept. ...more
@JennaHatfield  @luna I think it was written before this piece came out.more

How I Let My Boys Play: Physical Play Is Not Wrong

She saw danger. She saw inappropriate behavior. She saw sticks pointed and park mulch flying at faces. She saw equipment being played with "the wrong way." Worst of all, she saw a mother on a cell phone not interceding. So she huffed up to me. I put down my cell phone. "They are playing with those really big sticks and throwing them at each other's faces," she announced. I asked, standing up, "Is the boy they are playing with your son? Would you like us to go talk to them?" ...more
Another, "and girls" added here. My rule in our home is that as long as no one or nothing is ...more

"Baby" Veronica Is Growing Up: ICWA, 2 Families, & Now an Arrest

After the Supreme Court decided against a biological father in the so-called “Baby Veronica” case two months ago, I found myself worried not just for the family in the case, but for adoption in general. Adoption is riddled with misunderstanding and the mainstream media tends to exacerbate the problem rather than clarifying. ...more
"Adoption disrupts families. No matter how loving and stable the new family, the original family ...more

Loaded Potato Soup Just Like Mama Makes

I don’t know what is up with the weather lately.  We have been getting so much rain this summer!Usually, we are talking about how much we wish it WOULD  rain during the summer, but instead, I find myself wishing it wouldn’t as much.One thing I crave when we get rain is SOUP, regardless how hot it is outside!  Not sure what it is, but my brain just seems to be wired like that. ...more
This looks divine! I'll be bookmarking this for my next mealplanning session!more

What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
I wrote about this on my blog because I was aghast that a mom would use her children as a ploy ...more