Owning It

Do You Apologize for Your Accomplishments?At a young age, I learned to hide my gifts. I learned to be ashamed of my straight-A's. Well, that's a little lie. I didn't get straight-A's. I got straight C's in handwriting, and once--in Fifth Grade--I got a B in Religion, a grade which sent me into my first suicidal ideation episode. Right there, in the McDonald's parking, sitting in the station wagon, I wanted to die because of that unjust B....more
Denise Thanks Denise.Like I've been telling my nine-year old daughter, if we don't love ...more

Have You Seen Tree Change Dolls?

I'm so excited about the Tree Change Dolls! A mom has been removing the face paint on Bratz and turning them into realistic looking dolls in hand-knit clothes. This combines so many of my concerns as a parent: reduced consumer waste and a positive body image for my kids. Hooray! ...more
ohthesimplejoys Aren't they wonderful? I want to try doing a make-under on a doll, but I'm not a ...more

The Goodie Bag Mommafesto

I want to live in a world where we celebrate each other with hugs and cake and silly songs.A world where “I love you” slips easily off the tongue, and “Happy Birthday” is a heartfelt acknowledgement that we are so glad to be friends....more

12 Days of Christmas: The Betty Christmases

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It’s amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

Can You Guess What Happened at the Campground?

Every summer, my extended family goes on a great drunk-out I mean camp-out. Maybe it's my chronic aches and pains, or maybe it's because I'm the type of responsible drinker who can't let myself get wasted while caring for small children around fires and rivers, but I never have much fun, and my participation is sporadic. Also, the big selling point of shared meals and rotating kitchen duties doesn't appeal, because we're vegetarians and my extended family is exactly the opposite.It's all more work than fun, and I'm a big spoil-sport....more
amyreese Oh no! I hope you didn't have to drive far!! That reminds me of another story. Let's ...more

Twelve Days of Christmas Memories: 1

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory on Facebook for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It's amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

Inspiration at BlogHer14

BlogHer14 Was A Blast!!I went to BlogHer14 not really knowing anybody and a little nervous about whether I'd fit in. The whole experience was an exercise in trusting my gut, reaching out, making friends, and building connections. I left rejuvenated and doubly committed to making blogging an essential part of my life....more
I have not yet attended a blogging conference, but the positive energy that radiates off this ...more

Work to Live, or Live to Work?

Make Life WorkI was delighted to learn earlier today that The Huffington Post, BlogHer, and the Center for American Progress have launched the Make Life Work campaign!...more

That's Not Hummus!

I pride myself on healthy eating.It's my thing.But I've been slipping lately. I work from home. It's intense and hurried. I cram my work into the times my children are at camp and daycare, and I cram my food in, too.I love my job. I do. It's dreamy. I work on a cause I believe in, use many of my skills, and get to work from home with flexible hours at a respectable salary. I'm lucky. It's a privilege. Most people don't get to balance their profession, family, and personal time like I do....more
Avery Lane KylieMJ hahahahahahahaha!!!more

Top Ten List of (Never Exactly Completed) Top Ten Lists, in Reverse Chronological Order

Top Ten List of (Never Exactly Completed) Top Ten Lists, in Reverse Chronological Order10. Ways in which I am Like Your Depression-Era Grandma (mesh produce bags make great dish scrubbers!)9. A Husband's Guide to Scoring: From Clean House to Dirty Sheets in Ten Easy Steps (There is only one circumstance in which underwear should be left on the living room floor)8. Lessons in Patience and Creativity I Learned from the Neighbor's Dead Cedar Tree that Fell in the Yard...more