Middle Class Snack Kids

“Middle Class Snack Kid” is a term I made up for people who do not spend a lot on themselves on the whole, but are running themselves into the ground buying food and drink. I coined this term for myself because I needed to diagnose my disease —- the disease being that no matter how much money I make and how little it feels like I spend on myself, I am always living paycheck to paycheck. How can I be so damn broke all the time? Me! The person who doesn’t own a single piece of furniture that wasn’t given to her for free! The person who will wear one pair of jeans until they literally fall apart! The person who will wait until she looks like a crazy mountain woman before she will shell out $40 for a haircut!...more
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I Am An 'Unchurched' Christian

If you google the words "unchurched Christian", what you'll find is first, a Barna survey exploring the percentages of individuals who claim to be Christians but don't attend church, and second, quite literally thousands of blogs, articles, "Pastor's Corners", and comments from churched Christians on why *they* think these people no longer attend, why *they* think these people are in the wrong, and the most appalling dis...more
...Wonderful! As a Christian Buddhist, I LOVED reading this! I have walked some of the same ... more

10 Things Breastfeeding Advocates Need To Stop Saying

Editor's note: Today, BlogHer Publishing Network member Jamie Lynne Grumet of I Am Not The Babysitter bravely appeared on the cover ofTIME -- breastfeeding her three-year-old, under the headline "Are You MOM Enough?" The cover is generating quite a bit of controversy: It's shown up on Forbes under the title "Will TIME's Breastfeeding Cover Be Bad for Business? and on Politico as TIME Magazine's Provocative New Cover, to name a couple. Recently, Jamie wrote the below post for BlogHer -- a smart take by an attachment parenting and breastfeeding advocate challenging some of the behaviors she sees. Read her post, take a look at the TIME cover that's causing all the controversy, and let us know in the comments: What do you think? -- Julie One of the main reasons breastfeeding advocates are negatively judged by the mainstream media is their attack on formula feeding mothers as part of their defense. This really angers me, because I feel that some breastfeeding mothers are aiding in the attack and judgment of my family (a family that practices extended breastfeeding) through their malicious statements directed at formula feeding mothers. Photo Credit: Author. Here are 10 phrases all breastfeeding advocates should just stop saying:...more
...thank you for this! When I had my son, he had trouble latching, and I was not born with those ... more

..toddlers who wear pants that say "JUICY" across the butt, and other grumbles...

What in the world have we done to our women?Now I know...we are women. We know who we are and what we want and blah blah blah.This is not an article about bra burning, unshaven armpits, or poster board on sticks. It's about pride....more
 @eisforerin I understand alimony and divorce very well. I endured one personally. I went ... more

5 Excuses Parents Make for Their Bratty Little Children

Bratty children are a pain, and the only ones that can truly bring a difference in their attitude are their own parents. Sadly, not many parents want to do something about it, for them its easier to just make excuses.Below, I have listed the most common excuses parents make and what that could lead to. So go ahead and read. If you fit into any of the excuses below, then you really control the situation before it's too late....more
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Advice You Will Never Hear From a Career Counselor

Almost two years ago, I wrote my first blog post. As soon as it went live, I thought, I have quite possibly just ruined my entire life. ...more
...as a single mom trying to do it all, I can't tell you how much this post spoke to me. I am on ... more

...This is my Pit Bull Love Story...

This morning, I came across an article about a pit bull who protected a 3 year old girl who had wandered a mile from her house. The dog, Brownie, would at first not even let the rescuers near the girl. I smiled, and shared the article. Unless you have a pit bull in your life, you might not understand us. We have pits. We love pits. We defend pits to our deaths because we know the amazing animals they are. It goes beyond all the shows on Animal Planet for us. We have seen their magic. We have felt their devotion. We have gotten to know their hearts....more
...they are loves...through and through. All heart. more

Yes, That Photo Is Too Sexy for Any Yearbook

There is this big brouhaha going on about a Colorado high school student's yearbook photo. Sydney Spies, an 18-year-old Durango High School senior, and her mother are making the TV talk show circuit, claiming the teen's freedom of expression is being squelched....more
...sweetheart, dressing like that in the high school stairwell doesn't say "model". It says ... more

Fashion Industry, You're Fired.

Both music and fashion reside under an aging idea that they decide what is hot and what isn't. In reality, the big guns in both industries are severely out of touch with changing social climates. Old concepts don't hold true anymore. Runways don't decide beauty in clothes any more than they do in people, and people with normal average sizes have a harder and harder time finding clothes that are flattering/fitting because they are all designed for people considerably smaller....more
@MrsGreenberg Thank you! :) more

Fashion Industry, You're Fired.

Both music and fashion reside under an aging idea that they decide what is hot and what isn't. In reality, the big guns in both industries are severely out of touch with changing social climates. Old concepts don't hold true anymore. Runways don't decide beauty in clothes any more than they do in people, and people with normal average sizes have a harder and harder time finding clothes that are flattering/fitting because they are all designed for people considerably smaller....more
@tyskkvinna Uhg...I have been there SO many times! more