NaBloPoMo #11: Unplanned

He was as planned as planned could be. As a child of assisted fertility, every phase of his conception was watched closely, scheduled down to the minute. When he divided into eight cells, I got to see him under an electron microscope, my eyes wide with wonder as I realized I could tell him about this someday. ...more
I have a 10 yr old son with Autism and this line:   "With a little guidance and a lot of backing ... more

BlogHer At Home Giveaway #2: Now, Some Gifts From Our Sponsors

We at BlogHer are very lucky to have the support of some oustanding sponsors, who make our affordable and content-packed conferences possible. So it's no surprise that when they learned that we'd be creating an at-home conference experience for so very many of you out there, that they'd want to share some goodies with you, too....more
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BlogHer At Home Giveaway #2: Now, Some Gifts From Our Sponsors

We at BlogHer are very lucky to have the support of some oustanding sponsors, who make our affordable and content-packed conferences possible. So it's no surprise that when they learned that we'd be creating an at-home conference experience for so very many of you out there, that they'd want to share some goodies with you, too....more
Hi, I'm Tara and I am most interested in all of it! I really wanted to be there this year but ... more

BlogHer at Home Giveaway #1: The BlogHer ’12 Swag Bags!

It's been two weeks since BlogHer at Home for BlogHer 2012 kicked off, and things are going great. There are hundreds more followers, some fun chatter already, and excitement about sharing in the fun of the BlogHer Conference experience from wherever you happen to live. We know though, that while this Twitter community will be something special, there's nothing quite like being at a BlogHer Conference. So along with connecting and sharing from the comfort of our laptops or on the go on your smartphone, we thought it would be nice to bring a little bit of the 3-D conference experience to you. This means we have some prizes, by the way. We hear you might like those....more
I tweeted about this giveaway https://twitter.com/tarasview/status/228991617581871105 more

BlogHer at Home Giveaway #1: The BlogHer ’12 Swag Bags!

It's been two weeks since BlogHer at Home for BlogHer 2012 kicked off, and things are going great. There are hundreds more followers, some fun chatter already, and excitement about sharing in the fun of the BlogHer Conference experience from wherever you happen to live. We know though, that while this Twitter community will be something special, there's nothing quite like being at a BlogHer Conference. So along with connecting and sharing from the comfort of our laptops or on the go on your smartphone, we thought it would be nice to bring a little bit of the 3-D conference experience to you. This means we have some prizes, by the way. We hear you might like those....more
I WISH I was attending BlogHer this year but alas, I can not. I'm @tarasview from ... more

I'm No Lunch Artist, but At Least She's Eating (Some of It)

I had grand dreams of creating amazing lunches for my Kindergartener this year. I made a Pinterest board with fun, awesomely shaped lunches. Angry Birds! Mario and Luigi! Look, a fire truck! With less than a month left in our school year, all pretense has fallen away and the poor, neglected child takes a sandwich, some pretzels and a fruit he doesn't hate every day. Do you know why? Because at least he'll eat it, unlike the carefully crafted works of lunch art. I was devastated for all of two minutes. Deanna at Maple Leaf Mommy shared a similar revelation recently: at least her daughter is eating, right? ...more
I think that I am a HUGE success in the lunch-making department if my kids actually eat their ... more

The Child That Is, The Child That Isn't

Recently, the mother of a special needs child wrote a post that went viral on the Internet. My post wasn’t triggered by the blog, but rather a follow-up comment by the author. She remarked that someone had told her she should mourn her daughter and get over it. (That’s my paraphrase.) Now, her daughter didn’t die -- she was born with special needs, so to some, the word “mourn” may seem like an odd one. But when you have a child with special needs, you do mourn. You do....more
that was beautifully said. I have a special needs son and I totally get it. I'll just sit here ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 3: Share A Moment and Enter to Win $250

Sometimes it is the smallest of moments that have the biggest impact on our lives. Perhaps it's laughing with a good friend because you share a sense of humor. Maybe it is the simple pleasure of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. It could be the spring in your step and swagger in your walk because you are wearing that pair of boots that you love. What are those little moments in your life that add up to a feeling of Life Well Lived? Please share your Life Well Lived Moments in the comments* below to be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card! ...more
There are so many moments for me- simple things like a delicious cup of tea, a hug from my kids, ... more

Her First Bad Touch: When Children Get Violated

One day, when my 10-year-old daughter got home from camp, she turned to me and said, "Today, in the pool? A man came up and grabbed my butt." Inside, I froze, but on the outside, I remained casual. "Oh, really? Tell me more." "I was standing in the shallow end, and this man walked up behind me, and squeezed my butt." "What did you do?" I asked, continuing to remain calm. "I was so surprised. I didn't know what to do. I didn't say anything, I just walked away from him." She squirmed with embarrassment. "Did you tell anyone at camp?" "No, you were the first person I felt like I could trust."...more
you know what- the same thing happened to me as a child and I didn't ever tell anyone! Good for ... more