The Mortifying Reason I Addressed My Boyfriend as 'Hey Dude' the First Month We Were Dating

At the suggestion of a few friends, I’m doing something a little different today — that’s right, I’m talking adventures in love.One of my most memorable adventures was with my boyfriend, who (to my great shame) I almost broke up with a month after we started dating because I didn’t know his name.Yeah, you read that right....more
Haha, that was awesome. Sorry you had to go through that for a whole month.  I had been on a few ... more

5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
I always end up having too much candy to pass out, I live in the "bad area" my town and wish ... more

Big Girls DO Work Out: The Plus Size Princess Fitness Challenge!

I was 12 years old when I found out I was fat. I say "found out" because I was truly unaware. I stepped on the scale in my pediatrician's office and she moved that big black box to one set of numbers... then another. I climbed onto the doctor's table, feeling the nevereneding roll of tissue paper crinkle beneath me. Instead of continuing with my physical, my doctor launched into a speech about my weight. ...more
I think this is amazing, i will be following on instagram and twitter. more

Teens Will Be Teens, But Why Don't Those Girls Feel Bad About Stealing from a Girl Scout?

Take a moment (before I begin my manifesto) and watch the following video. It shows two girls who stole money from a 9-year-old Girl Scout -- and then basically blamed it on the other girl for having the money in the first place....more
Wow, seriously!! I am dumbfounded, no words what so ever after watching that.  I keep thinking ... more

Pranks or Not, What Happened to Teaching Kids to Say "Thank You"

Jimmy Kimmel is at his hijinks again, encouraging parents to prank their kids. This time, as the holidays are upon us, he asked parents to give their kids one present to open early -- but to make a spectacularly awful present. In the highlight reel, we see a few half-eaten sandwiches, an overripe banana, and gifts that boys said were “for girls” and vice versa. The last group had me rolling my eyes super hard, but the reaction from the children was somewhat... appalling....more
I don't have any children of my own and I myself love a good joke or laugh and I think kids in a ... more

Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater

I never thought I could feel such hostility towards a bunch a kids as I did the other day when we visited Santa's Village amusement park.  There was a Park District group in attendance.  The children all wore green shirts.   The place was pretty empty, so the lines were moving fairly quickly.Until the Green Shirts descended.Over and over, a Green Shirt would cut in line and then turn to convince other Green Shirts to join him.The first couple of times, I gave the kids a pass....more
Its such bad conduct when the adult supervision allows them to do this. You then know that they ... more

Enemy, Thine Name is Cake Pops

Cake Pops.  Peaking in popularity, they are everything a girl with a sugar habit could ever want: cute, tiny, delicious balls of sugar and cuteness.They are my enemy.  Cake Pops....more
I am right there with you about cake pops. At least your sticks stuck to yours. Mine did not. ... more

Ramadan: The Wealth of Charity

Ramadan starts next week, which means it is time for me to cleanse my pocketbook. No, I’m not planning to embark on any shopping sprees during the Islamic month of fasting. But I do intend to spend a lot more money than I would in other months of the year....more
I really enjoyed your post. Your zakat reminds me a lot of what I call "tithing" for my religion ... more

Banned Books Week: Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games"

When Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games was released in 2008 it caused a sensation. The young adult book that was Survivor meets American Gladiator meets guerilla warfare. Collins reported came up with the idea while flipping channels between reality television and coverage of the war in Iraq. In the novel children were pitted against children in a televised game of kill or be killed. It was the fifth most challenged book in 2010. ...more
To me I always thought Young Adult meant older teenagers and young 20 year old. I don't think I ... more