The Definitive Guide to Packing for #BlogHer13

OK, so the title of this blog post might be a bit presumptuous.Does going to my very first BlogHer conference last year in New York make me an expert on packing for the event?Probably not. But I’m a practical girl, and I thought I’d throw my advice out into the blogosphere as we get closer to the big event in Chicago.You know, because there aren’t any other bloggers writing about BlogHer ’13 right now....more
Great Post and I love the philanthropic emphasis. You hit all the key ingredients for packing. I ... more

Gut Bacteria in Autistic Children Differ From Non-autistic Children

 @SunbonnetSmart.com  You're so right. I saw that you'll be at BlogHer, I hope to meet you in ... more

Proud Virgin

I will be among the thousands of bloggers crowding the halls of BlogHer 2012 this August. You'll recognize me as I'll be the one looking simultaneously ecstatic to be child-free, and totally, helplessly lost. Wait, that doesn't make me unique? Good!...more
You're hilarious and I hope to meet you at a Purell station or around the fun at BlogHer!  My ... more

My Daughter, the Bully

When my daughter was in second grade, she spent most of her free periods lording over the playground. She decided what games were played and who played them. She decided who was “in” and who wasn’t. She decided if your Disney princess tee shirt was cool or so last year. On many days, she sent girls home crying to their mothers. The teachers told me she was a very self-determined little girl. The other parents told me she certainly knew her own mind. No one told me she was a bully. ...more

Lisen,

It took courage to post this, thanks. I was thinking about how difficult it is for ... more

Pregnancy and Body Image

When I engage in cardio workouts at my gym, there is nothing I like more than a mindless magazine. (Unless I run. Then I can't consume junk food for the brain because it's too hard to focus on a page while on a treadmill. If I run, I love me some mindless television, like America's Next Top Model or I Love New York.) Fortunately, my gym often offers issues of Us Weekly, InTouch, and/or People to its sweaty members for their guilty workout pleasures. ...more

That's right. Flat tummy immediately and large breasts.  Truly an impossibility for 97% of ... more

Pregnancy and Body Image

When I engage in cardio workouts at my gym, there is nothing I like more than a mindless magazine. (Unless I run. Then I can't consume junk food for the brain because it's too hard to focus on a page while on a treadmill. If I run, I love me some mindless television, like America's Next Top Model or I Love New York.) Fortunately, my gym often offers issues of Us Weekly, InTouch, and/or People to its sweaty members for their guilty workout pleasures. ...more

Thanks for this post. This is something I deal with as a Ob nurse practitioner.  Women are ... more

The value of family dinners and giving our children presence

What if there was one thing you could do to lessen the likelihood that your child would get involved with smoking, drinking or doing drugs; lessen his/her chance of developing obesity; and help him/her do better in school? What if that thing was as simple as having regular family dinners together? ...more

Happy to see Mom Central mentioned, since I'm the "Health Mom" there.  I posted on ... more

Alzheimer's and Caregiving -- A Daughter's Story of Love

This week I had the great opportunity to talk with author Mary Ellen Geist.  Several years ago Mary Ellen was described by the New York Times as the: ...more

Thanks for a great post on a sensitive and difficult topic.  I've found that families don't ... more

Scenes from the Gynecologist's Office

So this week I had the joy of my annual trip to my OB/GYN. Well, I use the term "annual" loosely, because since I got an IUD (and so I'm not running out of birth control pills), it's really difficult to remember when I'm supposed to go, much less motivate myself to get there. And my doctor changed medical groups, which meant I had to change medical groups to see him, which my insurance took a month to do. But. Annual-ish gynecological exam: Done. ...more

Hi Liz,

Loved your post. I insert lots of IUDs in my practice. I always use anesthetic ... more

Teen Sex Happens: More Often Than We Want to Admit

Recently we have been reminded by candidates in both parties that the candidate's families should not be targets of media scrutiny. Some say it's politically incorrect. Some say it's just common sense. I agree. Today I'm not talking about a specific teen, I'm talking about teens in general and the increase in teen sex.  ...more

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