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

Harper Lee Agrees to Publish Second Novel 55 Years After 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Fans of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, long have mourned that Lee only published one book. Lee's publisher HarperCollins announced today that a missing manuscript from Lee's first novel Go Set a Watchman was found and will be published in July.  ...more
I feel the same way.  My spidey sense tells me that someone is taking advantage of her.  ... more

NaBloPoMo January 2015 Prompts

The theme for January's NaBloPoMo is HABIT. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in January -- 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!) ...more
CneyWndlton You can cross-post OR you can just post on your site OR you can just post on ... more

NaBloPoMo January 2015 Blogroll

The theme for January is HABIT. ...more
trippingtiffies You can do it even without signing up.  And the list always reopens at the end ... more