US Airways' Social Media Team Had a VERY Bad Day

US Airways committed the blunder of all Twitter blunders today, when someone on its social media team tweeted something inappropriate. I don't even know if I can tell you what it was, because my mother-in-law tells me not to share anything on the Internet that I wouldn't tell my grandma. And I simply cannot imagine telling my grandmother that US Airways tweeted a photo of a model airplane in a vagina....more
HILARIOUS. Thanks for catching me up on this! more

I'm Tired of Being a Mom

I was sure that motherhood was going to be so fulfilling. I mean, yeah, I knew it would be hard, but hard in a being-super-brave-through-tough-times-like-Florence-Nightingale sort of way, not hard in a grinding, miserable, I-hate-my-life way. Surely I would come out of those long, desperate, sleepless nights glowing with motherly love, just happy to have been able to offer my screaming child even a modicum of comfort. Surely I would be happy to sacrifice any and everything for my kid. Surely I would never, ever resent him....more
@bellejarblog  @ashleynkoch Oh, modern motherhood SUUUUCKKKKKKSSSS. We're really alone. And I ... more

17 Untruths Parents Believe About Non-Parents

1. Non-parents get to go to bed late and sleep in like parents used to before they had children.I do wish this were true, but it's not. Age, stress, and ill health are sleep-stealers, too, and I am lucky if I get four or five uninterrupted hours of sleep on any given night. In fact, I can't remember when I last did that. ...more
@KristenTsetsi I agree! When I was childless, my body WAS much better (chronic SI problem after ... more

Social Media and Tragedy: What BlogHer Does and Why

When disaster and/or tragedy strikes, BlogHer makes this call: Discontinue any scheduled or auto-sharing; discontinue unrelated tweeting, Facebooking, pinning, plussing, and more. Including headlines from all our many topic areas. Including promotional sharing for brand campaigns. We shut it down. And when we shut it down, we alert every BlogHer employee that we've done so, so every individual can be mindful about what they choose to share themselves....more
This is great. I've seen this in action, but I've never seen it spelled out as such (or so ... more

Do We Ever Really Leave High School?

Lissy Ryder, the main character in Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, never really left high school. She hit her peak during those four years and stopped growing and reaching. When she discovered there is life after high school it was a complete and total shock. While we may not all be like Lissy, I still see references every week online to things being just like high school....more
Absolutely! The world is a much kinder, less competitive and cliquish, more mind-expanding place ... more

Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
When I was in high school, I was fearless and confident and sure of myself. And clueless. :) Now ... more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
@anandi Me too! I've never really thought about this before, though I do regret not making more ... more

Delicious, Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I've shared a lot of recipes over the years with friends and family, but this is hands down the one that gets requested the most often. Honestly, I'm really surprised I haven't already shared it, if only to prevent myself from having to e-mail it to someone new. Forwarding emails is such taxing work, you know. I'd much rather sit and eat bon bons and watch Parenthood (do bon bons still exist?). ...more
This sounds like heaven to me. Sadly, my kids probably won't eat it and my husband would be ... more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
Anything by Led Zeppelin or Def Leppard. But I can no longer listen to either! I still like Pink ... 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
@Rita Arens Whoops, I meant $400,000 for such a house (to buy, not rent...not sure what it costs ... more