Social Media for Social Good in 2012

I’ve seen tremendous social media good in 2012.  Like others, this year I found myself using my blog, Twitter, Facebook, even Instagram, to give back. I now write with two organizations, The Mission List and Charitable Influence, using social media to champion social causes. Perhaps, once and for all, we’re putting the notion of someone being “just a blogger” to rest. Be the change. Blog the change. ...more
This is so true.  Technology and  social media have totally changed the way we raise awareness ... more

The Truth About Wine Labels

So today I was reading the label on my wine bottle, which is not something I usually do because, let’s be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference between “oaky” and “elmy” (is that a thing?). I am no wine connoisseur—I mostly choose my wines based on their price and label. Trader Joe’s is great for choosing wine. There are maybe 8,000 different kinds of wine for under $10. And truth be told, I generally stick to the under-$6 vinos anyway. Why spend a bunch of money when I wouldn’t even know the difference? ...more
I love Trader Joe's wine.  How's this for a recommendation:  "Take long, full sips to dull the ... more

Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater

The latest headlines surfacing today on the Lance Armstrong doping scandal got me thinking about cheating.  I’m not a cyclist nor am I really familiar with the sport, so I wouldn’t dare try to pass judgment or spew meaningless opinions on that situation.  But I think it’s safe to say that most people have encountered cheating at some point in their lives, whether it be in sports, academics, marriage, kids’ activities, you name it....more
Have you been faced with a "nobody will know if I cheat" situation? If so, how did it turn out ... more

Have You Ever Issued a Laundry Ultimatum to Your Family?

How many of you have ever yelled a ridiculous sounding ultimatum in the midst of some household fight, either with the kids or your partner? I'll raise my hand, but I'll admit that I giggled at my Mrs. Howard's recent ultimatum. Oh man, I'll have to keep this one locked in my brain for the future! ...more
It's a mystery....  more

Have You Ever Issued a Laundry Ultimatum to Your Family?

How many of you have ever yelled a ridiculous sounding ultimatum in the midst of some household fight, either with the kids or your partner? I'll raise my hand, but I'll admit that I giggled at my Mrs. Howard's recent ultimatum. Oh man, I'll have to keep this one locked in my brain for the future! ...more
Wow, finally someone else who feels the same pain I do...  Laundry is always a sore subject in ... more

Enough with the Mompetition, Okay?

In the world of parenting, I am a noob. You'd think now that Little Man is four, I'd have achieved a moderately higher rank by now. But alas, I have only one child. And he is only four. And I am *gasp* a young mom. Only 26. I mean, my kid is alive now... but from all the unsolicited advice and thinly veiled threats, I wake up every morning thinking Child Services might be staked out in front of my house waiting for me to make a wrong move....more
Amen sister!  I like the way you think.     more

This Working Mom Roller Coaster Needs Tighter Seat Belts

As I boarded my roller coaster of emotion Tuesday morning, I felt pretty good. I told myself returning to work from maternity leave would be different this time around. I really believed it would be easier because this isn’t my first experience. I know what to expect. I know what problems came up the first time, so I already have solutions prepared. At least I thought I had prepared for whatever could come up… The universe had a different message for me....more
 @inthemomlight I couldn't agree more.  I had to send my son to daycare at 9 weeks.  We're a ... more

This Working Mom Roller Coaster Needs Tighter Seat Belts

As I boarded my roller coaster of emotion Tuesday morning, I felt pretty good. I told myself returning to work from maternity leave would be different this time around. I really believed it would be easier because this isn’t my first experience. I know what to expect. I know what problems came up the first time, so I already have solutions prepared. At least I thought I had prepared for whatever could come up… The universe had a different message for me....more
Bummer...  I had high hopes that returning to work and daycare after baby #2 would be easier. ... more

When Your Baby Is Diagnosed With Down Syndrome

I often receive emails from moms whose children have been newly diagnosed with Down syndrome who find our blog. They are reaching out, looking for hope. They want to know if what they are feeling is "normal," if the feelings they are having about their baby with Down syndrome will change. I love receiving emails from these people because I was one of them at one point. I was the one looking for hope, wanting to know if there was light at the end of the tunnel. I know exactly how they feel, and I'm thrilled to tell them that I think their feelings are totally normal and that it does get better! ...more
A dear friend of mine learned her first baby would have Down syndrome when she was still ... more

not-so-terrible twos

This morning Liv woke up, slipped out of bed, padded across our apartment to our room and to my side of the bed. It took all of my strength to will my eyes open and muster a smile. "Hi sweetie.""Mom," she whispered, "there'sth a dinosthaur in my room!" Liv is two years old. She has grown several inches in the last few months and multiple times a day, I am startled by what I see behind her beautiful, wide-set eyes. She understands the world around her. Interprets it. Mimics it. And feels it. ...more
Perfect timing for me to read this!  Yesterday I posted a blog entry about a recent, ... more