GoldieBlox is Making Toys to Turn Girls Into Engineers

I think this is what it must have felt like to watch the first moon landing or the first television broadcast...I just found out about GoldieBlox, a company whose slogan is "Disrupting the pink aisle." What I am about to write makes it sound like I am part of the GoldieBlox marketing team: I have no connections to GoldieBlox whatsoever, I am just a woman blown away by the idea that there is a commercial I would be excited to show my daughters. ...more
I LOVE the commercial, but I think as a concept, GoldieBlox needs a little work. Have you read ... more

Siblings and Autism: How Are Kids Affected by Special Needs Brothers and Sisters?

It's a question that not everyone asks or even thinks about, unless you are the parent to more than child and especially if you are a parent of a child with special needs and a child/children with no special needs. How are your other children affected by your aspergers child?...more
I just came across this post for the first time and after reading all the comments I wanted to ... more

The Hidden Costs of Private Preschools

I am familiar with meltdowns in Target. I have two small children, after all, so I expect to leave Target in a blur of tears, whining, crying, and threats to never, ever return. When I got an unexpected opportunity to go to Target by myself, however, I wasn’t prepared for the meltdown that ensued....more
This is true in our area as well. I realized by saying yes to everything, I was putting other ... more

Mr. President, Your Family Is Not More Important Than Mine

Recently, in an appearance on the morning chat show on CNN, Jessica Yellin revealed that President Obama has not done more outreach to Republicans because he wants to spend more time at home as a family. I give him a great deal of credit for wanting to be a hands-on dad. That is a wonderful thing. I mean that sincerely. He brought those two girls into the world and he is responsible for them. They deserve to have a childhood....more
Unless you have a copy of the president's schedule in front of you, I don't believe you can ... more

Dear Mitt Romney, Here's My 47% Story

In 2003, I was unexpectedly pregnant. But, oh, I was in love with my child. I began working at a low-paying job, at all kinds of stupid hours, so I could provide for my child, for myself. I did sign up for Medical Assistance through state assistance because my employer did not offer (affordable) insurance, but I didn't sign up for Food Stamps or Cash Assistance through the state of Pennsylvania because certain groups of people made that a shameful action. I believed I was stronger and better than people who needed such things. I was going to Make It in the world, without help, without assistance. Ah, how pride cometh before the fall. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was at work when I started to feel a little woozy. My back hurt horribly, and not in an "I'm Pregnant and Achy All Over Way." I wasn't even showing yet, so it wasn't even an "I Gained Too Much Weight Already And My Back Hurts." I knew it was different. I felt whiny, but I left work early, ate a sandwich, and took a nap in my modest, self-funded apartment. I woke up with a fever of 104. After calling my doctor, I went straight to the Emergency Room. ...more
 @tonyaFL  @JennaHatfield How much money did you make when you were 18?  Was it enough to pay ... more

Dear Mitt Romney, Here's My 47% Story

In 2003, I was unexpectedly pregnant. But, oh, I was in love with my child. I began working at a low-paying job, at all kinds of stupid hours, so I could provide for my child, for myself. I did sign up for Medical Assistance through state assistance because my employer did not offer (affordable) insurance, but I didn't sign up for Food Stamps or Cash Assistance through the state of Pennsylvania because certain groups of people made that a shameful action. I believed I was stronger and better than people who needed such things. I was going to Make It in the world, without help, without assistance. Ah, how pride cometh before the fall. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was at work when I started to feel a little woozy. My back hurt horribly, and not in an "I'm Pregnant and Achy All Over Way." I wasn't even showing yet, so it wasn't even an "I Gained Too Much Weight Already And My Back Hurts." I knew it was different. I felt whiny, but I left work early, ate a sandwich, and took a nap in my modest, self-funded apartment. I woke up with a fever of 104. After calling my doctor, I went straight to the Emergency Room. ...more
 @tonyaFL The point is that according to Romney's definition, she is part of that 47%. It was a ... more

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We Want to See Your Holiday Hot Mess

Ding, dong! Company's here! Have you hidden your dirty socks in the oven yet? We know the economy's in the tanker and nobody has money for a pre-holiday cleaning service or even an extra stainless-steel garbage can to house all that discarded wrapping paper. You know what? We love you, anyway. So throw another catalog on the fire and gather close, because it's time now to have some fun. Over the next three weeks, we invite you to photograph your house at its worst. And we mean WORST. ...more

Actually, it's clean. With a 2-year-old and newborn, I've managed to wash all the clothes. ... more