4 Things You Need to Know About Pinterest's New Smart Feed

While you were busy cooking up the latest recipe or crafting a hot, new DIY project you found on Pinterest, the engineers of that platform were cooking up and crafting something of their own. And, unless you only follow a handful of pinboards, we bet you didn't even notice. If you have become familiar with the Facebook Newsfeed that only shows you select content from a select few friends, you will already understand Pinterest's Smart Feed; a new algorithm that decides what you see. You no longer get pins in chronological order, and you might not see what someone has pinned at all. Some pins are still shown to you based on who you follow, but Pinterest now determines the value of a pin and assigns a score based upon it. The higher the score, the more people will see your content. ...more
Those are great tips people should already be using! Although I have to add that I seriously ... more

Community School Supplies? Absolutely NOT!

And so, here we are with school about to start up again – hey, if you live in southern Indiana, many of our schools started up last week! This is the time of year I like to re-run my post about community school supplies and how they are of the devil. Yes. Satan himself thought up this concept. Here we go: =====...more
Our elementary school does a combination of shared supplies and personal supplies, and I don't ... more

No, Really! Show Us Your Selfie!

We've been doing a lot of reflecting about blogging, what it means to us, where we started, where we are now, and the everything in between during our Selfiebration. But do you know what we haven't discussed? Or reflected on? Or shown each other? Our selfies. Like, literally. Your selfie. ...more
This was me on the day I turned 37 years old (last year), getting ready to go to the BMV and ... more

Celebrating Your Birthday on Facebook Is Awesome and Frustrating

Complain all you want about Facebook but you cannot deny it - - There's really nothing better than celebrating your birthday on Facebook! It's hard not to smile as you watch all of those birthday messages roll in. You certainly don't get that kind of feel-good experience from Twitter or Pinterest. ...more
Last year was my first attempt at answering all of them. I don't think I made it through the ... more

The Official BlogHer Olympic Team Uniform WTF Panel

Today, BlogHer convened an important editorial panel to discuss a breaking news item of extreme social media significance: Olympic team uniforms. ...more
Now, I saw the beaver scarf and for some reason immediately thought Honey Badger. And then ... more

Help! My Cat Can't Pee -- Run, Don't Walk, to the Vet

If your cat can't pee or poop, take it seriously. His or her life could be at stake....more
My first Siamese, Mishka, had this same problem. He developed it the first time at 2 years old, ... 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
Yes, I'm finding out the same thing about parental input. It feels as if the school district ... 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
I am SO glad they don't do this in our school district, and I'm so frustrated for you. All of ... more

The Day I Divorced My Husband’s Name

Names make the news all the time. Just weeks ago this world waited with bated breath and whispering humbleness for the name of the new prince of England to be announced. People are still mocking baby North West’s parents (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) for the joke they seemed to have pulled off. It wasn’t that long ago that Cher, Madonna, and Prince ruled the world with no last names at all, the latter going without a name entirely for a while.   ...more
I never took my husband's name and we're all OK with it. His only request was that the kids have ... more

The Day I Divorced My Husband’s Name

Names make the news all the time. Just weeks ago this world waited with bated breath and whispering humbleness for the name of the new prince of England to be announced. People are still mocking baby North West’s parents (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) for the joke they seemed to have pulled off. It wasn’t that long ago that Cher, Madonna, and Prince ruled the world with no last names at all, the latter going without a name entirely for a while.   ...more
@FeministaJones I totally understand that decision. Back in the 70's, my parents divorced when I ... more