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

Grow Your Blog With April's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more
Curly Bookworm You can always join along at any time in the month.  It's just the blogroll that ... more

Introducing the Femvertising Awards at #BlogHer15!

Today, we're thrilled to tell you about a new addition to the Voices of the Year community keynote at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us this July: the #Femvertising Awards. ...more
Oooh, very interesting idea.  I'm looking forward to seeing the nominees. more

Would You Let Someone Babysit Your Child Over Skype?

The New York Time's Motherlode had an article recently about the parenting trend to have someone occupy your child over Skype or FaceTime in order to free you to do other things in the house. Think of it like babysitting from afar. Like really really afar. ...more
Reading is a perfect activity for this. more

How to Use Your Fitbit to Get Back in Shape

Since I posted the picture below on Facebook and announced that my husband and I have lost about 135 pounds between the two of us, I've gotten several questions from friends asking for details: how we did it and how we used our Fitbits. So here goes. ...more
Karen Ballum Melissa Ford Can you also not connect yourself to anyone?  Because I sort of just ... more

How to Use Your Fitbit to Get Back in Shape

Since I posted the picture below on Facebook and announced that my husband and I have lost about 135 pounds between the two of us, I've gotten several questions from friends asking for details: how we did it and how we used our Fitbits. So here goes. ...more
This post made me rethink the fitbit.  I had said "never" to the idea of counting one more ... more

Angelina Jolie's Moving Essay About Removing Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes

I didn't think I would cry reading Angelina Jolie's essay in the New York Times about the surgery she recently had to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. But the tears started coming mid-essay. ...more
patriciaappelquist Yes, that is exactly why I cried.  Because I was -- once again -- grateful of ... more

Starbucks' #RaceTogether is the Frappuccino of Difficult Conversations

I nearly spit out my coffee this morning when I read about Starbucks’ new attempt to promote conversation about race. Announced in USA Today, the partnership between the newspaper and the coffee giant uses the words "race together" written on coffee cups in an attempt to stir up conversation about race in America. ...more
You know, I love the point you make about the history of salons and coffee.  I would be much ... more

NaBloPoMo March 2015 Blogroll

The theme for March is NEWS. ...more
sue@monshaw.com Denise beat me to it.  Let me know if you have other questions. more

14 Days of Chocolate ... 1 Incredible Recipe a Day

Maybe you're looking for a romantic recipe for Valentine's Day. Or maybe you've already acknowledged that the one true love of your life is actually chocolate. Either choice is totally valid, and either way, the first two weeks of February is a fortnight filled with rich, chocolatey goodness. Image: John Watson via Flickr Creative Commons License ...more
I'm sitting at my desk, drooling. more