His Soul Is Burned Into Mine: Moving On Without Someone You Love

It is sometime during the 4:00 hour. I am lying, wide awake, in my bed sucking on a lozenge because I can't stop coughing. I've got a toddler's head rammed between my shoulder blades. I'm hot from all the blankets and lovies my ten-year-old has brought into my huge king-sized bed with him. The house is quiet and feels a little emptier with Hubby on a business trip despite all of the company I have in bed with me. Edgie has been pushing Slim in his sleep, "Move over Slim!! This my bed." And I roll my eyes because, no, it's MY bed; I smile in spite of it. ...more
This is something every grieving parent should read. I can't imagine how difficult it is to ... more

[NEW FEATURE!] Must-Follow Mondays: This Week, Humor Blogs

Mondays are so.... darn Mondayish. So here at BlogHer, we decided to perk up that longest of weekdays with some Must-Follow magic. Each week, we'll make a list of some of our favorite blogs in different categories—humor, vegan with attitude, biracial and multi-racial families, you name it—to help you discover fabulous new voices (and some of the all-time classics) that you can follow right here on BlogHer. ...more
I'm speechless, but thrilled to be included on such a fantastic list - thank you! more

Robyn Welling's Anthology Hits #1 on Amazon as a Hot New Release + More

Robyn Welling of Hollow Tree Ventures co-wrote the just-released humor anthology You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth and Other Things You'll Only Hear From Your Friends In The Powder Room, and is proud to report that it's a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon. ...more
Thank you for the mention - we're all so proud of the book and how many laughs people are ... more

It's Almost Time to Listen to Your Mother

It's almost here! Mother's Day! And with it, the Listen to Your Mother show (sponsored in part by BlogHer) in 24 cities across America. ...more
May 2 in Indianapolis is going to be amazing - what a fabulous group of ladies! We're all ... more

"Why Don't Kids Like Me, Mom?"

Monday, after school, in a fit of frustration, my son declared, "I am sick of Fremont and Clarmar. Why can't I be anyone's best friend?" I paused, knowing he can be sensitive, knowing that he had a bad day/week/month, knowing that maybe it will be better tomorrow. "What happened?" "Well, sometimes it feels like the kids are mean. They don't really want to play with me. They don't want me on their team."...more
Oh, it's so heartbreaking when we can't protect our kids, or make things easy. What you told him ... more

Motherhood Made Me a Domestic Goddess By Necessity

Over time, however, I have learned to cook a wide range of dishes (I don’t really like scrambled eggs, so I had to branch out), and I even invested in a laundry basket. On the domesticity continuum, I now fall somewhere between mountain lion and house cat. I attribute this drastic improvement to having a baby. I now pour over recipe books trying to find the healthiest, tastiest recipes to feed my daughter, so that she can then fling these carefully-crafted delicacies onto the ceiling. Awesome....more
Woot - look who's featured on BlogHer!  Way to go!  Great post - I especially liked the ... more

Am I the Only Blogger Who Loves to Unplug?

I have a confession to make: I have no problem unplugging. Hello, my name is Rita, I work on the Internet, and I frequently leave the house without my phone. There, I said it....more
I really need to work on this - I love to unplug, when I can let myself do so guilt-free, but I ... more

Simple Tech Series #6: PicMonkey

I thought I was done with my Simple Tech Series, but alas, I have two more fantastic tutorials for you! I hope I have already cured your ails with Pinterest, Twitter, Blogger, Google Reader and the late Picnik. But, I didn't want to leave you on a low note with Picnik's sad news, so I am here to spread photographic joy! This week and next, I will post tutorials for Foto Flexer and PicMonkey. These are the best replacements for Picnik, hands down. So today I bring you... Tutorial Six: PicMonkey PicMonkey is brought to you by the creators of Picnik. It would seem as though I wasn't the only one upset with Google for killing off the best photo editing site on the web. A few of the creators banded together and came up with a photo editor that is simpler (if that was even possible!) and cuter. To upload a picture:...more
I love you so much for doing this post! I was among those taking up pitchforks and torches over ... more

Things Motherhood Has Taught Me (aka Things I Wish I Didn't Know)

I've been a mom for a while now, but I'm still frequently introduced to new (ridiculous shenanigans) challenges that test my (patience) parenting skills. These daily Mommy Moments often encourage me to (stab myself in the leg with a spoon) expand the toolbox of Mommy Solutions I have on hand. That way, I can really tackle these marvelous opportunities and become a more well-rounded individual (who frequently contemplates giving her kids up for adoption)....more
 @cookingwithkary  There's a case where the punishment fits the crime - or rather where the ... more

Things Motherhood Has Taught Me (aka Things I Wish I Didn't Know)

I've been a mom for a while now, but I'm still frequently introduced to new (ridiculous shenanigans) challenges that test my (patience) parenting skills. These daily Mommy Moments often encourage me to (stab myself in the leg with a spoon) expand the toolbox of Mommy Solutions I have on hand. That way, I can really tackle these marvelous opportunities and become a more well-rounded individual (who frequently contemplates giving her kids up for adoption)....more
 @dvorakoelling  Great answer - I'm afraid I know just what you mean!  Except my two words are ... more