Why I Wore My Swimsuit this Summer for the Sake of My Family

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the water! So simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do. ...more
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15 "Must Have" Books For The Perfect Childhood!

The other day my 22-year old daughter attended her first baby shower for a friend. When she asked me for some gift suggestions; having absolutely no idea that a sippy cup was not something found at a college frat party, it made me realize how long it had been since I'd been to a baby shower.  It got me to thinking about my "go to" baby gifts from years ago and it made me nostalgic for my own babies. ...more
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What Would Your Life Look Like Now If You Hadn't Started Blogging?

Ten years ago, I was two years out of my graduate writing program and just returning from maternity leave (I came back the week after the fourth of July holiday, come to think of it) to my product management job in corporate America. If I hadn't started blogging on maternity leave, I would not have written anything new in almost a year. ...more
I am so glad you started blogging, because otherwise I would never have known you... and THAT ... more

Becoming Minimalist: Why I'm Getting Rid of One Thing a Day

Becoming minimalist mainly started with my move to London. There's really nothing like an international move to make you reassess your belongings. In this particular case, I was moving from a rented apartment in New York to a rented flat in London with no family anywhere near either city....more
We were "serial movers" and thus had purged every few years.  Now, starting year ten in one home ... more

Taking It Too Far: Back Off the Girls in Prom Dresses

Last weekend, my best friend and I sat blissfully on a restaurant patio in seventy-degree springtime hoping a waiter or waitress might bring us drinks. While we waited, a group of high school kids dressed for prom started to make their way into the restaurant through the revolving door. One girl got her full princess dress stuck in the door, and my friend and I started talking about how much that must suck, hopefully it didn't leave a mark, how embarrassing, la la la. Then we heard the loud and inebriated ladies to our left commenting on the girls themselves after the kids had barely cleared earshot. ...more
Did you watch the kids after they entered?  Did they all take out their cellphones?  Did any of ... more

LIVE on CBS This Morning: #BlogHerPayHer

It's not every day we get to announce the State of the BlogHer Economy on national television. This morning it was my absolute pleasure to join CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell and Anthony Mason. Here's what happened: ...more
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Why We Hate the Trailer for "The Giver"

Both of my children read The Giver during their middle school years, as countless others did. It is impossible to overstate the importance of Lois Lowry's award-winning dystopian novel in shaping the Young Adult literature of the last two decades and in the hearts and minds of her readers since its publication 1993.  In many schools and homes The Giver is a literary rite of passage that echoes its own Ceremony of Twelves. Older kids see younger students with the book and nod at each other knowingly.  ...more
Heard Lois Lowry speak at the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend.  SHE loves the movie.  She ... more

Mommy? What Is Raping?

tippity tap tap tap *pause* tippity tap tap tapSo went the sounds of me Facebooking, hunched over the laptop while awkwardly standing up, one foot through the doorway and in to the kitchen so that I felt that I was successfully multi-tasking. And then came these words:"Mom? What's raping?"...more
Snowy day... 4:30pm... late to pick up his sister.... in the car, stuck in traffic.... silently ... more

BlogHer '14: Ticket Swap

Did you just find out you can't come to BlogHer '14 in San José?  Or better, than you CAN come?  This is the place for you!Post your need for a ticket or that you have one to sell and let the ticket swap begin.  Tickets can be exchanged free of charge until June 24 and after that date there is a $25.00 processing fee.Lori Lunavp, event operations

His Soul Is Burned Into Mine: Moving On Without Someone You Love

It is sometime during the 4:00 hour. I am lying, wide awake, in my bed sucking on a lozenge because I can't stop coughing. I've got a toddler's head rammed between my shoulder blades. I'm hot from all the blankets and lovies my ten-year-old has brought into my huge king-sized bed with him. The house is quiet and feels a little emptier with Hubby on a business trip despite all of the company I have in bed with me. Edgie has been pushing Slim in his sleep, "Move over Slim!! This my bed." And I roll my eyes because, no, it's MY bed; I smile in spite of it. ...more
Beautiful.  I carry a nine year old around on my shoulder, as you have Joey in your heart.  She ... more