Stop Taking Pictures of Memories You Aren't Really Making

As fast as they excitedly walked up to drive the tractor, they were equally rushed to leave it. In that moment, it dawned on me for a repeated time: we are constantly so busy getting the best pictures for the notorious annual Facebook celebrations that we are forgetting to have the memories that drive these pictures in the first place. "Go sit on that pumpkin! Put your face in that scarecrow head hole! Hold your pumpkin and smile in the great lighting! Ok let's go home and upload these..." ...more
I'm a photographer. For me, taking photos is part of being in the moment. I really don't care ... more

Find Your Flock: Birds of a Feather at BlogHer '12

Whether you go in seeking bloggers who write about the same things you do, or you decide to crash someone else's table because you realize it's time to make new friends or you find the courage to host your own niche table, we invite you to join us on Saturday AM for the 2012 Birds of a Feather breakfast. You'll have had all day Friday to meet and mingle, and on Saturday, you'll be able to meet up with your flock-of-choice, enjoy breakfast together, and maybe make plans for the rest of the conference day, or Sunday on the town in New York....more
Absolutely LOVED meeting all of the MilBloggers (military family bloggers) at the Room of Our ... more

Birds of a Feather | Milbloggers

If you’re hoping to meet others in your niche at BlogHer ’11...If you’re a little afraid you might not be able to find your tribe at BlogHer ’11...If you’re intimidated by the networking at BlogHer ’11...Since BlogHer’s inception in 2005, we’ve hosted community meet-ups at each conference called Birds of a Feather. These are small, informal gatherings where you can meet others in your niche, network with new tribe members, build relationships with others who share your passions, and find new-to-you bloggers to read!

I Turned 30 Without My Mom

I turned 30 today. My heart isn't heavy about it. Actually I'm happy to have an excuse for the gray hairs, a reason for having a grocery cart full of kids and the ability to tell you how to get out every stain known to man. 30 is going to be good, I can tell already. The one thing that my heart is extremely heavy about is that I had to enter this new decade of my life without my mom. My entire family and friends celebrated with me, called me, emailed me, and bombarded me, everyone except my mom. ...more

I'm in a similar situation so I know just how hard it is. It's even harder when you have those ... more

Clinton Kelly Interview: TLC's "What Not To Wear" Ambushes a Parenting Blogger

Amanda (aka Dumb Mom who writes the blog Parenting By Dummies had been nominated for a fashion intervention by her best friend. It was all going down at the Newseum. TLC's "What Not To Wear" had selected Amanda for an ambush style makeover (airing tonight). She was going to have to pack up her wardrobe, bring it to New York City, and shop by the rules set by style gurus Clinton Kelly and Stacy London. I was in on the secret -- and got to ask Clinton Kelly a few questions, to boot....more

This is just all kinda of awesome, Devra! And who could resist you? (-; more

The Day I Understood My Grandmother's Pain

I look back now and realize the similarities. Her very round, rosy cheeks. The fingers she could not straighten. The endless hours of sitting next to her while she rested. My grandfather's devotion to her, getting her whatever she wanted and needed despite years upon years of trials and tribulations, the reality of marriage. A similarity in which I would normally find comfort sends chills down my spine. Similarities I hope will end soon. ...more

If anyone can conquer lupus, you can, Erin.
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Aiming Low, Mamapop and MOMocrats on How Group Blogs Are Different

There are obviously benefits to a group blog that you simply can't get with a personal blog. A multitude of points-of-view come together to present a more three-dimensional view of the world. It reaches a wider audience because it's a communal effort to increase traffic. And more writers means that the blog continues with less daily work on an individual level than a personal blog would need. ...more

I've made some life long friends blogging with MOMocrats and the now defunct DC Metro Moms. ... more

Smiles brighten mornings. Toaster Strudel brings the smiles. Tell us how you brighten your family's day for a chance to win $1,000!

Smiles brighten mornings and Pillsbury Toaster Strudel frozen pastries can help you bring the smiles! In just minutes you can make your kids smile by serving them a warm, bakery-fresh pastry that they can decorate! ...more

The tickle monster can *always* make even the grumpiest of kids smile. Sometimes I bust out the ... more

BlogHers Remember Elizabeth Edwards

It was hard news for a lot of BlogHers to learn that Elizabeth Edwards died today of cancer at 61, just one day after announcing on Facebook that she was discontinuing medical treatment after a long battle with the illness. An accomplished lawyer, author, and the wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards spoke at BlogHer '07 in Chicago, where she answered bloggers' questions, and a lot of us got to meet her. ...more

I know that's silly because I've never even really met her. But I felt like I knew her. Because ... more

(UPDATED) Lift a Blogger's Post? But Honestly, Cook's Source, You Can't Do That

In yet another case of misunderstanding blogging, Cook's Source magazine reprinted a blogger's piece without her permission. But wait! It gets better! When the author of the piece inquired about it, she was told by the editor that everything on the Internet is free domain. And! The author's piece was in need of so much editing, the author should compensate her for a job well done. I'll wait while you stop boggling. Done now? I'm not. ...more

"Well, here I am with egg on my face! I did apologise to Monica via email, but aparently it ... more