6 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman, Including "You're Huge!"

Okay, so I thought I'd just write a little note to set the record straight for people who are possibly unsure: Pregnancy is actually NOT an invitation to tell me I'm huge. While we're on the subject, telling someone they're huge is never okay, unless you are a small child with no grasp of tact or an inner monologue, mentally challenged, or a total a-hole. I have been pregnant three times and each time it's the same story....more
I had so many people comment on what I "should" or "should not" be eating.  Really?  I'm not ... more

Could Your Family Live Without Cable? Mine Is About To Find Out.

"Have you lost your mind? Get rid of cable? Did you fall and hit your head? But how could we watch Big Time Rush?? What's going to happen to Good Luck Charlie? Oh dear God no! We're begging you, mom, PLEASE don't get rid of cable!"Image courtesy of Shutterstock...more
I could give it up in one heart beat - there is not one single thing I watch on TV with any ... 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
Hello!  I so wish I could attend this conference - but I am thrilled there's another option for ... more

Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
Ugh.  It's so scary because you are not using anything with mal intent!  And, since it's on the ... more

Trudging Around with a Backpack of Guilt

I have a bad back. So you know what I don't need? A backpack of Mama Guilt. But do you know what I trudge around every single day? That darn backpack. "Was that the right decision? Did I spend enough time with each boy today? Will the way I yelled at the moron who cut me off -- and he was a moron -- scar them for life?" Tracy at Momaical wrote about the backpack recently and, near the end of her post, she points out that the only way to shed the backpack is to talk about our problems and our hurts, mom to mom. ...more
Katie - We are all in this crazy, wonderful, hideousness together!  Thanks so much for reading!  more

Dear Anonymous, This is Why Blogging Matters

To the anonymous commenter - it was just a little comment that you left on my Dear Overwhelmed Mom post - that post where I wrote about my overwhelming day and then share what I did during those moments of overwhelm. You left a comment that I felt did little to edify, encourage, understand, or even open discussion. "But I see you found time to blog." The nature of your comment undermines blogging. ...more
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!  It's nice to see this.  My husband always thinks I'm wasting time when ... more

Would You Confront Another Mom for Talking Poorly to Her Child?

A minute or so after we sat down I heard the mother scold her son quite loudly. Now, I am not one to judge other parents. Believe me, we are all doing the best we can. My first thought at hearing this was sympathy for her. I know that kind of frustration well. My daughter, the people watcher she is, tuned into her harsh tone immediately. Five minutes passed and the woman had now scolded the little boy for turning around, spilling food, grabbing food and talking. Throughout it all, I never even heard the boy's voice. The first time I heard him speak, was through his cry. That's when my daughter let me know that he was crying....more
Good for you!  We need to be role models for our children and teach them that bullying is NOT ... more

The "S-word" Is Not a Preschool Word (Even if Daddy Says It)

We attempt to watch what we say around them and make sure to mute the TV when they toddle into the living room after hours to ask for "just one more good night kiss." Yesterday while driving home from work/school/daycare, I was attempting to foster a sense of family time by asking my five-year-old diva how her day went. She proceeded to dish about how another little girl had said "the S-word" at preschool. My six-year-old responded, "You mean the word that dad always says? "Bull s-word?"...more
When I taught 4th grade a little girl came up to inform me a classmate had said "The C Word."  ... more

An Ode to Magic Eraser

My kid has written on the wallStickers on her favorite dollSomehow you can remove them allAn Ode to Magic Eraser Marker on the kitchen tableTo get it out you're more than ableIgnore warnings on the labelAn Ode to Magic Eraser ...more
 @motherofnine9  Vent away!  We can all relate!  I have cried over things that I thought were ... more

An Ode to Magic Eraser

My kid has written on the wallStickers on her favorite dollSomehow you can remove them allAn Ode to Magic Eraser Marker on the kitchen tableTo get it out you're more than ableIgnore warnings on the labelAn Ode to Magic Eraser ...more
 @Denise  :) more