Fix-It Wednesdays: How to Repair Drywall

The house we live in was a complete mess when we bought it. It had not been updated since its original build date in 1954. You can imagine the avocado green appliances, linoleum flooring and mint green bathroom tile. We did a lot of cosmetic updating, all that our budget would allow, but we are still in need of some serious renovations. ...more
Thank you so much for this! Our towel bar got ripped from the wall by an exuberant child, and ... more

The 500 Blog Posts That Changed My Career

Sometime in June 2010, I pushed the "Publish" button on the 500th post on my blog. Those 500 blog posts changed my life – by helping me reinvent my career. In two and a half years, I went from stay at home mom to full-time journalist and blogger making a lot more than I ever did as a staff writer at a major daily newspaper. And it all happened because I blogged. ...more
I started blogging in 2008, mostly to save my sanity. I had just become an unwilling member of ... more

Mirror Moments: How Children Teach Us About Ourselves

Suddenly he burst into tears and cried, "It's not perfect!" He threw his head down onto his folded arms and continued to sob. I stood in silence with my mouth agape. Where did he learn that? Certainly, I had never said that word before. ...more

My firstborn daughter was just an infant, not more than a few weeks old. I remember looking at ... more

Yes, I'm Going to the Rally to Restore Sanity

And because people are on a hair trigger. People don't even read blog posts anymore. They just skim to see if the person is in agreement with their ideology, and if they're not, they unleash their displeasure on them. Twitter is no longer the fun place to discover what someone is considering eating for lunch. Now I need to wade through people writing inflammatory statements just to upset others. ...more

I'd love to be there via your sign! I desperately wanted to go, but as the mom of 2 (one of whom ... more

What the Neighbor Girls Did

This is a post about loss and riches. About tears despite immense gratitude. And about the kind of love for neighbor that binds us all together.   But first, let me tell you a story of how four little girls made a grown woman cry. ...more

Heartbreaking and inspiring, all at once. Sending prayers, and ... more

Staying Healthy: For Myself and for My Son

I have to be strong to be Leo's mom. Both physically and mentally. Not just now, but forever. My son needs me to be healthy and have stamina -- because however intense his needs are now, he will need as much if not more support when he becomes a man, and I need to be able to take care of him. He's almost ten, nearing puberty, nearer to adulthood than not -- I need to take care of health factors over which I have control, so that I can be here for him as long as possible. ...more

I really needed to hear this this morning. Last night ended with me in tears (is it all just too ... more

Introduce yourself!

Let's get to know one another? WHo's going to BlogHer in Chicago this summer? Who's interested in meeting up in real life?

Why wait until July? You're invited to get your BlogHer '09 on in 17 cities this June

Whether you're going to BlogHer '09 in Chicago or not, you're invited to a blogger meet-up in one of 17 cities this June. Thanks to some incredible blog-hostesses with the mostest -- with a little help from BlogHer.com's new party-starting Groups technology -- you can find out below where and when bloggers are getting together in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder/Denver, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto and Vancouver. ...more

Why wait until July? You're invited to get your BlogHer '09 on in 17 cities this June

Whether you're going to BlogHer '09 in Chicago or not, you're invited to a blogger meet-up in one of 17 cities this June. Thanks to some incredible blog-hostesses with the mostest -- with a little help from BlogHer.com's new party-starting Groups technology -- you can find out below where and when bloggers are getting together in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder/Denver, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto and Vancouver. ...more

Count me in. Do we just start a group?

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Blogs & Body Image: What are we teaching our kids?

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I'm an overweight mom with two daughters. I need to figure out how to handle this issue...for ... more