5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
Maybe she and the neighbors could make up gift bags and deliver them to the hood like Christmas ... more

The Infinite Sadness of Halloween: When Kids Choose Their Own Costumes

I'm feeling like maybe I've done all of this parenting stuff wrong. Maybe every choice I've made, every time I've encouraged our two sons to embrace their individuality, brought me to this point of infinite sadness. I fear there's no going back, there's no hope for change or a bright future. Nope. I've ruined everything. ...more
This reminds me of the year my beautiful princess decided to be a Zombie Cheerleader. Ugh.  I ... more

9 Tips for Quick Trips: How (and Why) to Pack Light

Now that most airlines charge to check bags, the words “carry-on only” are becoming more attractive. When packing for a trip, I’m in the “less is more” camp. My packing tips fit my comfort zone and the kind of traveler I am. Will they work for you?...more
I prefer to use backpacks on short trips, easy to carry and keep track of. When kids were ... more

I'm Not That Kind of Blogger

I've been blogging again for three weeks and feel like my space has been growing a lot in that short span. Not because I'm that awesome or anything. Mostly because I've been aggressively targeting people to stalk, sponsor, and write for me this summer. But still, new readers. Cool. So let's talk about the things you probably won't ever find here. AKA "Why I'll Never Be Popular" or "Reasons Why Pinterest is Not for Me." ...more
Totally in agreement on all of this, except I do have some cyte kid pics... more

Disappearing Stripper Boots... or Why Barbie Can Stay

Katie was brimming with excitement and, with brush in hand, couldn't wait to brush Barbie's long golden hair. As I removed the bits of plastic holding her in place, I couldn't help but notice the length of her dress (super short), the backless top of the dress, the black knee-high stripper boots, the heavy eye makeup. I immediately felt a twinge in my stomach. I was uncomfortable. ...more
Great post. I took a similar approach with my girl and we had no issues.  (Mind you this was the ... more

Geeking Out Over British Television

I have been a nerd since before it was hip to call yourself a nerd. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Luke Skywalker was my husband, I researched dinosaurs for fun, and I still wear glasses. What’s worse, is I am a total fangirl for British television. Perhaps it’s the actors or puffy shirts, but my most favorite television is the British-kind.Just to satisfy my excitement and share that with you, here is what to watch and when to watch! ...more
I am a huge fan of Sherlock, and have been a Dr Who fan since the original series was running on ... more

8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore my ratty Lycra shorts from the late 1980s and didn't care if I looked like a Richard Simmons reject....more
I thought it was funny and I don't go to gyms.  I do however have a few co workers with similar ... more

Take a Left at the Nipple Clamps

If you’ve ever shopped at an Adult Bookstore - and you know you have - you might’ve noticed there’s a real shortage of books.  I didn’t see any.  I wasn’t necessarily seeking out reading material, though.  Good thing. because I was only there to get a good gander at the film titles for my novel.  I swear....more
When I was in college I had a friend who worked in a porn store and I would wait for him to get ... more

Roger Ebert Challenged Us to Think About What Makes a Movie Great

RIP Roger Ebert: The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years, died on Thursday, April 4, at age 70, after a long struggle with cancer. Two days earlier, Ebert had announced he was taking a "leave of presence" from his job, writing: ...more
This is  a really excellent tribute to Roger.  I too grew up on "At the Movies."  Unlike a lot ... more
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