Your Kid's Peanut Allergy is an Inconvenience

My oldest son came home from his first week of kindergarten with a letter stating that peanuts and peanut products were not allowed at school. What? He has eaten peanut butter sandwiches every day for years. What am I going to send for MY kid for lunch? He also loves peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars for snacks. What am I going to send for MY kid for a snack? What about MY kid? ...more
@KylieMJ I agree.  My kid has no allergies (she chows down on peanut butter and cashews almost ... more

The Stupid Things People Say When Mom Goes Back to Work

I remember the first morning that I went back to work after the birth of our oldest son. I packed his diaper bag just so. I dressed him in the cutest outfit, one of my favorites. As I walked through door of our babysitter's house and handed him to a woman I had interviewed meticulously, I felt as though she was taking my heart out of my body instead of just taking my baby from my arms. I didn't cry, mostly because I felt shocked that I had just handed over my baby to someone else for nine hours....more
I found "It will get easier" to be an extremely helpful and comforting comment, but I never took ... more

BlogHer Food Interviews: Your Brand + Your Causes

One thing that bloggers do quite well, especially food bloggers, is find ways to include their passions and their causes in their posts. For our BlogHer Food speaker interview this week, I asked the speakers in the Your Brand + Your Causes panel this question: Would you show us an example post of how you have integrated your causes into your food blog and share a few words about how either readers react or how you got to a point where you felt comfortable and/or compelled to share your cause?...more
Some fellow bloggers and I have found a really cool way to bring local causes and local bloggers ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your December Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily December NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Day 7: Relaxing (or trying to at ... 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
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90s Girl Groups We’d Love To See Make A Comeback

Since SWV has made a comeback, it got me to thinking about other girl groups that I missed from back in the day. You know the girl groups from the 90s that made all the songs that came to mind when you were mad with your man or those songs that made you remember why you were so in love with your boo.Here’s our list of top 5 girl groups from the 90s we’d love to see make a comeback:...more
En Vogue is still around! They're playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony in June! ... more

What To Expect When You're Expecting: More Than Just a Comedy

When you become pregnant, or really if you are just thinking about becoming pregnant, just about every women purchases the pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting, which covers just about every aspect of conceiving, carrying a baby, and even the first 6 weeks post giving birth. With 90% of pregnant women reading along, it was a no brainer to turn Heidi Murkoff’s book into a film about the trials and tribulations of pregnancy....more
I wasn't planning on seeing it, and I thought it looked stupid.  I ended up seeing it because it ... more

The Pros and Cons: Can We Even Afford a Second Child?

There are so many “pros” to having a second child. But then there are the “cons,” of course. And these days, with the economy being so horrible and showing few signs of improvement, the “cons” seem to sometimes speak louder than the “pros.” I mean, seriously, let’s put aside the conversation about the emotional and physical energy required in raising two children. Can we really AFFORD to have a second child?...more
The shape of your family shouldn't be determined by finances alone.  You would be able to find ... more

The BlogHer ’12 Agenda: Preliminary Session Schedule & ROYO Launch

Update as of March 31, 2012: We expect to announce Room of Your Own panels this coming week! Stay tuned! Today, we are thrilled to announce that our online agenda for BlogHer ’12 now shows our preliminary session schedule! Where once there were names of tracks in the various time slots, there now are names of actual panels! With descriptions and speakers soon to follow!...more
Where do the ROYO sessions fit in to the Agenda? Do they occur at the same time/alongside the ... more

Is Blogging Really "Writing?"

Originally posted at: http://fourunder4plustwo.blogspot.com...more
If your blog writing is thoughtful and intentional, then yes it's writing with a "W". I've ... more