How the Totally Tubular Moms of the '80s Got Parenting Right

Thinking back on the '80s, I can’t help but smile. It was the decade. Big hair, flashy clothes and a whole lot of attitude! I feel fortunate to have been teen during one of the most pivotal times in history. But it wasn't the kids of the '80s who made this era great. Hells to the no! It wasn’t the music or the movies or even the idols we worshipped (I’m looking at you, Madonna!). True, those things were great, but what really made the '80s gnarly were our mothers. ...more
Hah! My hair is still in the '80s! I think the parents of the '80s (mine) were better at getting ... more

Why I Told My Daughter She Didn't Have to Go to College

"I'm not sure I want to go to college," my daughter said to me. I guess the look on my face made it pretty clear what I thought of that, and she hastily amended it with, "For the first year, I mean." "You want to take a year off?" I clarified. "Yeah. I just don't think I need to start right away." I chewed my lip, considering my words carefully. ...more
Hah! The title got me :) I have a senior in high school waiting to hear about several ... more

Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

As kids across the country are going back to school, Congress is also returning to work after a long summer break....more
Hunger is such a deterrent to learning. We're starting a food pantry at my kids' school this ... more

BlogHer Food '14 - Roommate, Carpool Buddy and More!

Do you need a roommate to help with travel expenses?  How about a carpool buddy?  All of this and more can be found here.  Simply post your needs and let the magic happen! Lori Lunavp, event operations

BlogHer Food '14 - Roommate, Carpool Buddy and More!

Do you need a roommate to help with travel expenses?  How about a carpool buddy?  All of this and more can be found here.  Simply post your needs and let the magic happen! Lori Lunavp, event operations

Sting Cuts His Children Out of His Will. Could You Do the Same?

I'm glad Sting didn't have a chance to talk to my dad before he died. He would have really poisoned my deal. Sting announced today that he wouldn't be leaving his $300 million to his six children, but intended to spend it instead; he said he expected them to make their own way in the world. He didn't want his children to have the albatross of trust funds around their necks. I understand but wonder. ...more
It seems that Warren Buffett has the same plan as Sting - not leaving an inheritance to kids. I ... more

7 Ways to Use That Container of Baby Spinach

These days, spinach doesn't come in one overgrown bunch, it comes in a clamshell. You know, those large, clear plastic containers stuffed with perfectly picked baby leaves.  I am sure you have bought one,  with ambitions to use all those greens, only to have it slowly wilt away in your refrigerator.  You meant well, you really did. Before you give up on spinach, one of the best foods around, let me give you some ideas, and recipes, for how to use it, before you lose it....more
Great tips - and tasty sounding meals! Spinach is awesome in a burrito, too, or in any wrap. ... more

There is WHAT?!? in Our Bread?

The lunch line at my local Subway store is long. The ads in the window tout the flatbread sandwich specials. I’m pleased that the restaurant has made a move to remove azodicarbonamide from the bread they use for their sandwiches. This chemical additive is banned in United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, though it is commonly found in American products.  It has been linked to causing asthma and other respiratory problems. ...more
Gena, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It's true that we all should be informed ... 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
All great tips! I'd also add that for #WordPress (notice the hashtag - or for those old folks ... more

Me and My Non-Smart Phone (The Day I Realized that I'm a Fuddy-Duddy)

My kids swear that we are the last people on earth to not have a data plan with our phone service. They might be right too. Having just a regular cell phone—texting option only—is such a rarity that when I recently tried to replace my old phone, the Pink Dinosaur, as my daughter called it, I couldn’t. AT&T offered only one model of phone without data plans. I call it extortion, a phone company’s empire forcing me to comply with their money-making scheme. My kids call it keeping up with the times. ...more
Your kids are not the last without cell phones....mine are! My teens still don't have cell ... more