Kristin Kaufmann

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Jordan Davis and Fears for Our Black Sons

[Editor's Note: On February 15, the trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis ended in the conviction of 47-year-old Michael Dunn on lesser charges, including second degree attempted murder, evoking memories the trial of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing. --Grace]...more
I hate that we have to write these types of articles. The sad reality, of course, is that we ...more

14 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts After You Publish

When you are working on a blog post and your hard work is finished, you click on "publish" and let your masterpiece go live, BUT you are not done yet! There are many steps you need to take to promote that post! All of the traffic coming to your blog will arrive by what you are doing to that post afterwards. The more you promote it, the more traffic and views you will get. Here are some steps you should be doing to every blog post to get maximum exposure! ...more
Thanks for the tips but, like kdkaren, I highly recommend against submitting your own comment to ...more

3 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT QVC WATCHERS (MY PEOPLE)

I recently read The Honest Mommy blog post, The As Seen On TV Addiction, where she chronicles her susceptibility to infomercials during the sleep deprived months after giving birth....more
Oh, I also got a good chuckle over your "QVC snob" part...I can totally relate. Whenever someone ...more

3 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT QVC WATCHERS (MY PEOPLE)

I recently read The Honest Mommy blog post, The As Seen On TV Addiction, where she chronicles her susceptibility to infomercials during the sleep deprived months after giving birth....more
Wow...thank goodness you brought this to light. I actually made my first QVC purchase when I was ...more

A 360 of my REAL House - A Photo Challenge

Well hello there. It's been a while. How were your holidays? And happy new year! I keep wanting to pop in and share things with you, but I just can't seem to get things together. There's either stuff everywhere, or it's too dark for photos. Or there's stuff everywhere AND it's too dark for photos (4:30 sunset, you can not go away soon enough!)....more
Love this...and I love your house. And, ummm, I'd love to join you, but I need to straighten up ...more

Why We Love Our Elf on the Shelf

Well here we are, not a day into the month of December and already I've seen more bitterness about what some moms do over others in terms of the Christmas season. I've already read an ugly handful of articles that mock moms just like me, with dozens of people patting them on the back. And you know what? I'm already sick of it. Sick of the idea that if someone decides something is right for THEIR family, that it must be how it should be done across the board, that somehow certain moms were granted with a supernatural knowledge that the rest of us poor souls were left without. I'm sick of it being OK to mock any mother that goes above and beyond what "you" are choosing (or willing) to do....more
Is it possible -- I'm just throwing it out there -- that those who "hate" on the whole Elfing ...more

You Deserve Free Tampons in Public Restrooms

It's whispered from woman to woman between bathroom stalls, a slight tinge of oh shit in the undertone: Do you have a tampon? From the New Jersey Turnpike to a Chili's in Sacramento, thousands of women find themselves daily with their panties around their ankles, cursing the fact that they're miles from their tampon stash. ...more
I love free stuff, but geez...I don't think it's fair to suggest I "deserve" them, for a number ...more

Twenty Years of Journaling

As a kid who read Holocaust memoirs and most every thing written by V.C. Andrews, I had this morbid fantasy about dying young and having my diary, you know, live on and touch the world. Well, thank gawd that did not happen. Because after perusing two decades worth of diaries this weekend, I can tell you with certainty, I'm no Anne Frank. I am, however, a prolific journaler. (Journalist?) ...more
I am SO jealous. I journaled off and on, throughout my life...from when I was young (probably ...more

It's All Sweet Until You Hit Level 350 on Candy Crush

You didn't think I was going to write every day in November without at least one post about Candy Crush, did you? It would probably be impossible. Especially when I have been stuck on a level for what feels like forever, and I have to talk about it with someone who will really care. Or someone whose eyes I can't see rolling as the words Candy Crush leave my lips. ...more
amanda75 I have been stuck on 65 for what seems like forever. And every time I try to master it, ...more

Does My Child Have to Be Better Because She's Black?

I've had teachers say it to me. Lots of my mentors said it. Once, a supervisor at work mentioned it. I've overheard folks telling their own children, educators telling other people's kids, and I'm sure that I've even said it a time or two in my years of teaching. ...more
I once wrote an article about this (an editorial, when I worked as a journalist)...about how ...more