I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
@jessicasalamon  @heybreezy  I think a lot of that depends on your area and your insurance type. ... more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
@GiGi7  I have a good friend in Canada ut getting stuff done is impossible, he came to the US ... more

I Am Pregnant and Uninsured in America

My health insurance ran out on December 31st. The nice lady with Cigna quoted me in the ballpark of $750 a month to maintain my insurance through COBRA for 3 months, which wouldn't have gotten me to my due date. No insurance company will take me because pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition. Like cancer. Not that it matters, since I can't afford self-pay coverage, anyway. Any plan I can afford has a deductible so high that if I did find myself in a situation in which I needed to use the health insurance, I'd go bankrupt, so, in the end, I don't see the point....more
You should call Cigna or another insurance again, maybe they didn't realize that you are in ... more

Putting an End to Social Media Shaming

About six months ago I realized a phenomenon on social media was really bothering me.  "Anonymous" photos of people committing societal, fashion or beauty sins being taken and uploaded to Twitter, Facebook, "People of Walmart"  style websites and personal blogs, all with the intent of mocking their questionable choices. ...more
I think it is a careful line there are MANY times I would love to snap a photo and be like wow ... more

Dear Sir, Please Do Not "Shush" My Child

Dear Sir, Hi. I’d like to introduce you to my son. His name is Charlie. He’s two-and-a-half. He’s just sat through a wedding ceremony, about 30 minutes of adult mingling time, and an entire room full of people finishing a nice meal. He only cried a couple of times, and he’s gone all day without a nap. It is now 7:30 PM, and there is a big, open dance floor waiting to get danced on. He’s the kid you just said “Ssshh, ssssshhhhhh, SSSSSHHHHHH!” to....more
I personally would not have taken a child who can't behave that long to a wedding but if you ... more

Radio Prank Gone Awry: Kate Middleton Nurse Found Dead, DJs Respond

The tragic news broke on Friday: Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital who answered a prank phone call from two Australian radio DJs posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles during the Duchess of Cambridge's stay for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, was found dead of an apparent suicide....more
I so get what you are saying, I don't think anyone could have ever guessed in a million years ... more

Put Your Kid On A Leash

Have you seen those kids in the mall or at the fair on a leash? It’s either on their wrist, or they use the backpack kind, which is supposedly more humane. I looked at those mothers and judged them. What kind of crappy parents need to put their kid on a leash? If your daughter is kicking and screaming in the middle of the grocery store, do the rest of us a favor and leave. Some of us have good kids that don’t act up in public. If your little darling doesn’t know how to behave, leave him home. I don’t want to listen to him whine....more
I would never use one but I also "usually" don't judge parents who do because I know that not ... more

I have a very serious question - Would you ever buy Barbie Brand shoes? And who actually does buy them?

I have a very serious question - Would you ever buy Barbie Brand shoes? And who actually does buy them? ...more
No, no, no! I do not will not have not cannot buy any item of clothing with a character on it. ... more

5 Truths About Blog Comments and Why Quality Content Is Still King

I have been blogging for over nine years now, and I've watched it grow from small groups of what felt like dear penpals to the vast, millions-strong sea of blogs we have now. What I find interesting, though, is that, despite all the changes that have happened with regard to weblogs over the last decade, certain questions about what we do come up again and again, and one of those questions is this: what is more important to you, writing well or receiving a lot of comments? ...more
I don't worry too much about comments, I read a lot more than I comment I just do not have time ... more

Deciding to Remain a Family of Three

I grew up the youngest of three. I have two older brothers. MCB is an only child. Growing up, I thought I wanted two kids. I never considered having just one. MCB thought she wouldn't have any kids, but quickly changed her mind when we met. When Roozle was nine-months-old, I read a post by our friends who wrote about choosing to have just one kid. Until then, we hadn't considered just having one. It's always about children, not child. ...more
I think you have to do what is right for you and your family. For us that means having a bunch ... more