Car Seats Need to be Simpler

Car seats are too complicated. This is the conclusion I've come to. Most people do not install their car seats correctly. The ones that are aware of this demand to have their seats checked by a professional, but often the "professionals" are not certified either. Most people who do not install their seats correctly don't know that they haven't installed them correctly. On top of that, most people don't use the car seat properly once it's installed, compounding the problem. ...more
So, disclosure, I'm a #BritaxSafetySquad member. But through this program I've actually learned ... more

Perfect Pitch

#BH13Pitch Panelists: Jenny Bradford, Joanne McGonagle, and Melissa Lanz >> MELISSA LANZ: Can everyone well, I can hear myself, so I know you can hear me. We're going to get started. And while we're having people stream in a little bit. I'm Melissa Lanz of the Fresh 20. And I'm here with we're going to introduce ourselves a little bit and then get straight into the session. ...more
FYI: Jenny Bradford and Joanne McGonagle are reversed in one portion of the transcript more

Do you have a Sheraton room to share?

If you already have a Sheraton room (double) you're interested in sharing...let's talk!  An opportunity just opened up for this cash-strapped baby blogger to attend BlogHer '13 (my first), but alas there are no more rooms at the Inn... :-)I'd hate for any of you to trip over me as I sleep on the sidewalk outside of McCormick Place, where we both might get hurt.  (You more than me, since I'd be closer to the ground.)  I am quiet, clean and just looking for a place to crash my head nightly from 07/25 - 07/27.

Vice President Biden and will.i.am Rock the Green Inaugural Ball

The Green Inaugural Ball was a blast: part rock concert, part political rally, part fashion show, and definitely part food feast....more
Sounds like a great evening! I am so impressed that it was nearly zero waste. This just proves ... more

My Parenting Pet Peeve: "If You Do That One More Time..."

I took the kids to the pool last night, and while they enjoyed the pool fun, I sat on the sidelines with a book and relaxed. I quickly found that the book was a decoy for the people watching that was about to go down. There was only one family at the pool with us, but between trying to figure out the dynamics of the family and just simply watching their curious ways, an hour had quickly gone by, and I had enough ammo data for today's post. This family preyed on the biggest pet peeve I have of parenting -- the biggest....more
I agree, we parent like you too - we read a book called Parenting with Love and Logic that ... more

BlogHer Conferences: Why I Go and What I Get from the Experience

A good friend of mine recently began blogging about marriage and asked me a few really great questions about my BlogHer conference experiences. These are great questions to ask if you're considering going to BlogHer, have already purchased your tickets and are experiencing anxiety, or just want to know what to expect. ...more
 @wdolderer terrible that I'm so late replying! I have taken my laptop in the past but it's ... more

BlogHer Conferences: Why I Go and What I Get from the Experience

A good friend of mine recently began blogging about marriage and asked me a few really great questions about my BlogHer conference experiences. These are great questions to ask if you're considering going to BlogHer, have already purchased your tickets and are experiencing anxiety, or just want to know what to expect. ...more
 @thedoseofreality you're so welcome, can't wait to see you there! Tweet me @_conscientious so ... more

BlogHer Conferences: Why I Go and What I Get from the Experience

A good friend of mine recently began blogging about marriage and asked me a few really great questions about my BlogHer conference experiences. These are great questions to ask if you're considering going to BlogHer, have already purchased your tickets and are experiencing anxiety, or just want to know what to expect. ...more
@@BehavioralChild Good question! I think I ended up defaulting to "I'm a green blogger", which ... more

Mommy wars: my problem-free philosophy

How to build blog traffic conscientiously without too many advertise-y promotions and without supporting companies who I do not believe to be socially responsible? It's been a challenge and a conundrum. What I need are better "numbers". Without these magical scores of readers, I supposedly cannot approach advertisers. Google AdWords won't even respond to my request to be an affiliate....more
@JennaHatfield aw, thank you - sorry this comment is late! more

Do Crying Kids Really Bother You All That Much?

I had an experience a few months ago, and then again last night, that gave me pause, and I'd really like to know: Do kids crying in public really annoy you? I mean, does that really bother people? I will admit, before my propagatory ship came in, I was the first person to belch out, "Ugh! Kids!" at any appropriate juncture. The mere mention of children and the possibility that I may have to share real estate with them automatically activated the Eye Roll/Melodramatic Sigh Reflex. I realized, however, that children were people, too, and I couldn't discriminate based on inability to control one's impulses, form a sentence, or wipe one's own tush, as much as my insides quaked to do so. I accepted children, much as I do reality TV stars, as a functional part of our society, and moved on....more
Oooh yes I am constantly worried that my kids are bothering someone, I also limit the places we ... more