Lauren Wayne

Lauren Wayne of Hobo Mama, writer and natural parent. Riding the rails with my husband, Crackerdog Sam, and our hobo kids, Mikko Lint Picker, born June 2007, and trampin' Alrik, born May 2011. Trying every day to parent intentionally and with grace. 

My Blogs

Emmy Awards 2013: The Red Carpet Fashion Recap

I hear that people watch television shows and go to movies. I, however, watch fashion. I am much more fluent in the designers' names than I am the actresses' (because men's awards-show fashion, no matter how much they try, does not a headline make), so please know that this post is very much all about my favorite sport—red-carpet commentary—and not so much about the shows themselves, though I certainly have my favorites. ...more
@Rita Arens That's what I was thinking. The dress itself I love, but it is doing her coloring no ...more

Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
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Missing My Mom: The Real Consequences of Drunk Driving

Two Wednesdays ago, she called me while I was napping. I usually don’t answer my phone when I’m napping, but this time, instead of hitting the red button, I chose the green one instead. “Hey, I’m taking a nap with Eva. Can I call you back?” She told me, “Sure, that’s fine.” I then fell into a deep sleep. I woke up two hours later, and in the rush to prepare dinner, I forgot to call her back. ...more
I'm so, so sorry. Your mom sounds like an awesome person, and this is such a moving tribute to ...more

5 Chic & Flattering Summer Dress Styles

Dresses are the quintessential fashion item for easy dressing in the summertime. Who has time to worry about separates? Not only are they easy and (literally) breezy, but the perfect dress can do amazing things for your body if you wear them in flattering shapes. Here are five of my favorite dress styles for the summer....more
I love that A-line, too! You're inspiring me to figure out what dresses I can wear this summer. ...more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
Oh, also, even though in my state, *group* health insurance is required to cover pregnancy and ...more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
I'm so sorry. That sucks. :-/   We're self-employed so pay our own health insurance. When I got ...more

Is Your House Above Average?

Do you ever drive through your city and stare at houses both larger and more magnificent and smaller and more terrifying and think to yourself, "What is it like to live there? Is that just me?...more
Wow, our mortgage is quite a bit more, and our square footage and bedrooms quite a bit less. And ...more

How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
Yes!!! I was surrounded by feminists in college … and all of them went on to take their ...more

Would You Feel Cheated if Your Check Was Rounded Up?

If you went to a store and your total bill was rounded up without your knowing it, would you feel cheated? ...more
When we lived overseas, the military stores always rounded to the nearest nickel. It was too ...more