Picture This! May's NaBloPoMo Is a Photo Celebration

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo May 2015 Prompts

The theme for May's NaBloPoMo is PHOTO, and this month only, you're getting two prompts for the price of one. You're getting a writing prompt, but you're also getting a photo prompt in case you want to go the visual route. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in May -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing though we've included a photo prompt those days!) ...more

NaBloPoMo May 2015 Blogroll

The theme for May is PHOTO. ...more
GatheringGraces We will!  The open thread will go up on May 1st in the morning.more

NaBloPoMo May 2015 Badges

The official badge for May 2015 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more
Whoohoo!  I like this month's NaBloPoMo! Here's an alternative badge I made - a bit more photo ...more

Will Paid Family Leave Be There When You Need It?

The irony: In order to go to the White House for the "Champions of Change for Working Families" event today, I had to do some fancy scheduling with my husband. It happened smack at the hour of school pick-up. "So if you go to work early, you can swing by and pick up the kids after school and bring them back to your office. And then I can drive out and grab them from your office and then go home to get our science fair stuff. And then if you make sandwiches and leave them on the counter, I can toss those to the kids..." ...more
TheSoccerMomBlog Such an incredibly frustrating story.  I'm sorry you had to go through that.more

Would You Pay for Ad-Free YouTube?

I am sure you have experienced this, too. You are reminiscing about a McDonald's commercial from your youth. (Didn't you also love the one where the campers walk to McDonald's in the rain pretending they're ducks?) You decide that you must show your children said commercial because you loved it so damn much that you can still sing the song. And you know that it must exist on YouTube because EVERYTHING exists on YouTube. You use the search bar, putting in key words: McDonald's, commercial, ducks. AND THERE IT IS! You are so close to watching those adorable campers from Camp Nippersink share some French fries! You click to watch, turning so you can see your children's faces as they enjoy it. And then you realize that they're watching 30 seconds of commercials. No, I mean, like commercials before the commercial. Like YouTube's commercials before they get to the McDonald's commercial. ...more
I don't think I'd pay because I don't mind them.  The exclusive content piece is different ...more

14 Easy Ways to Celebrate Find a Rainbow Day

It doesn't matter how many rainbows I've seen in the last 40 years. Whenever I encounter a new one, there's something about the phenomenon that makes me grab my camera and record it for posterity. Right? I can't be the only person who has random iPhone pictures of blurry rainbows. ...more

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Walk to Work Day

Every year my kids' school holds a Walk to School day in the fall. For those who live far from the school, they encourage you to park about a half mile away and continue your way to school on foot. For those closer in, they encourage you to walk the whole distance. The adult equivalent is held on the first Friday in April: Walk to Work Day. You may not be able to walk the whole way to the office or store tomorrow, but you may be able to park a half mile away and hoof it the last few blocks. ...more

How to Not Be a Social Media Fool on April Fools Day

If you don't see me on Facebook today, it's because y'all have lost my trust on April 1st. Last year's slew of fake pregnancy announcements still make me cringe. April Fools Day isn't about jerking people's emotions around. The best pranks get the person laughing, not crying. Unlike the pranks that you perform at home or in the office targeting one person or a small group, the ones you do on the Internet go out to everyone that reads your blog or follows you on social media. That's a pretty diverse group. ...more
April Fool's Day can help us laugh at ourselves... like the Selfie ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your April 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
If I could grow any food in my garden, it would be fruit year round. This includes all kinds of ...more