Hunting. Killing. Kids. Food.

Yesterday I went for a run along my usual route.Around familiar corners and through the prettiest neighborhood I came across a car with a sticker on the back that said, "It takes a HUNTER to make a HUNTER!" and below, "Become a hunting mentor."In the backseat was a gigantic rubber turkey. I jumped, it looked so real.I jumped and then I made a face.A disgusted face.I hate dead things and I really hate hunting.I know all the usual reasons that people are pro-hunting....more

My Favorite "No Makeup" Makeup for the Over 40 Gang

For years I've been low key when it comes to my makeup, preferring the no makeup look to a face-full of color.My arsenal's gotten even smaller since the birth of my twins five years ago; sunscreen du jour, Mac's Omega shadow brushed on eyebrows (since 1991) and some sort of lip balm (the latest, Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick in Rosey)....more
I am a total beauty junkie and always want to try the latest and greatest products. However, I ...more

Six Steps to Starting a Social Media Business

In college (twenty years ago) I took a course called "Better Business Practices," where having a plan was lesson number one.At the time of this course, however, I had my eyes on New York (a different plan) and didn't pay enough attention to the good advice of Mr. Knowledgable Teacher.These days, floating in between two worlds; the married stay-at-home-mom world and the your-own-your-own-babe world; I realized I'd better get serious about what it is I'm choosing to do with my time....more

Let's Not Go to Twitter Jail

For a girl whose biggest fear is getting thrown in jail, the fact that Twitter sent me to what I consider to be their juvenile detention version, leaves me underwhelmed and un-ammused.I'd love to claim total innocence, but getting "busted" because I chose not to read the directions makes me as guilty as a real social media felon.Who knew there were Twitter directions? Not I, until now.For people who don't use Twitter the entire thing seems ridiculous (yes, I follow people I don't know)....more

Better Tools Make Better Artists - Children and Art

A couple of months ago I pulled out my Prismacolor markers; a Christmas gift I'd received from mom a few years back, but hadn't yet found time to play with.Like moths to flames, my five year olds begged to use them, but I was hesitant. Prismacolors are not cheap.At roughly $60.00 for my set ($400 or so for a real professional's case), I tried to keep them far from little hands. But after agreeing to allow their use, all of us sitting and drawing together, the quality of the medium (and the art that resulted) made the decision to hand them over a no brainer....more

GIRLS, Parenting, and the Mistakes We All Make

I read a blog post yesterday, written by a well-educated mother named Jessica Smock, who despite enjoying the television show Girls, found herself so "horrified" by the behaviors and flaws of the fictional characters portrayed that she viewed the program as a "valuable learning tool on how to parent."...more
As a person in the "Girls demographic" (I guess that would be female, 20-something) I really ...more

House of Lies Grammar Mistake

With all of the crazy weather keeping me home on the nights that I'm supposed to leave so that Daddy can have Daughter Duty, I've been missing my Sunday night programming, usually watched under the heated blanket over in mom's cozy, warm bed....more

The "Denial is Not a River" Diet

Did you know that it is entirely possible to run a marathon in March, but by January be unable to sustain two miles at a non-embarassing pace?Did you know that you can eat upwards of 6,000 calories in a day and pretend that you don't feel full or sick?Are you aware that you can tell yourself lie after lie, like saying that you aren't weighing yourself because it messes with your head, when the truth is that  you don't want to be held accountable for your actions?...more

The Denial is Not a River" Diet

Did you know that it is entirely possible to run a marathon in March, but by January be unable to sustain two miles at a non-embarassing pace?Did you know that you can eat upwards of 6,000 calories in a day and pretend that you don't feel full or sick?Are you aware that you can tell yourself lie after lie, like saying that you aren't weighing yourself because it messes with your head, when the truth is that  you don't want to be held accountable for your actions?...more

Building Your Website by Choosing the Right Theme

Content is key, but so is the place where your precious work lives and breathes. If you are like me, you continue the search for the right theme; the template (or home) where your ideas are held for viewing. Personalization is so important.If you think about it, which you might not if you are a casual web user, many sites are so familiar that you don't even realize the careful thought that went into putting them together. Yet there is comfort in knowing you've arrived at your intended destination ......more