Why Yahoo Just Became Obsolete: CEO Marissa Mayer Bans Working from Home

Unless you've been living under a rock, if you're a parent you've probably heard the newest decree from Marissa Mayer -- the young CEO of Yahoo, who was hired when she was five months pregnant and notably took only a two-week maternity leave after popping out her baby, undoubtedly while being fanned by a her doula, a waiting nanny in tow. Her decree, uttered with all the certainty that an empress can have from her ivory citadel, was that no longer could Yahoo employees work remotely (aka from home, or anywhere else that's not the office) anymore....more
This angers me so much I can't even begin to state why. Thankfully, you've done it for me (and ... more

What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

These are two of my very favorite cookbooks. What are your favorite?? I want to know!...more
"Ripe" by Cheryl Sternman Rule is my fave one lately. Beautiful photos and great recipes that ... more

American Idol Revamp Leaves Judges' Panel Up for Grabs

We know that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler will not be returning for the upcoming season of American Idol, and even Randy Jackson's status remains up in the air. Speculation has run rampant regarding possible replacements for the latest displaced batch of judges....more
Was JUST confirmed that Mariah has signed on as a judge and that now, Randy Jackson is not yet ... more

Would You Confront Another Mom for Talking Poorly to Her Child?

A minute or so after we sat down I heard the mother scold her son quite loudly. Now, I am not one to judge other parents. Believe me, we are all doing the best we can. My first thought at hearing this was sympathy for her. I know that kind of frustration well. My daughter, the people watcher she is, tuned into her harsh tone immediately. Five minutes passed and the woman had now scolded the little boy for turning around, spilling food, grabbing food and talking. Throughout it all, I never even heard the boy's voice. The first time I heard him speak, was through his cry. That's when my daughter let me know that he was crying....more
I cried when I read this. Because I've been in your place Shannon, feeling helpless and unable ... more

How Asian Voters Could Swing the Election

What is the fastest growing racial demographic -- particularly in key swing states, that is keenly watching hot-button issues such as the economy, immigration and healthcare policy, and could play a key role in determining the outcome of the 2012 presidential election? Asian Americans, of course. What were you thinking? Exactly. ...more
Grace, kudos to you for writing this post. It's a post I've been hoping someone would write and ... more

Can a "Gilmore Girls" Fangirl Fall in Love with "Bunheads?"

Last month, I read a YA novel called Bunheads and discussed it briefly with my partner who mentioned that there was going to be a Bunheads TV show. I knew this, and whispered to myself, "created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (ASP)" -- and I'm pretty sure I sighed, too. Any Gilmore Girls (GG) fan will understand this....more
I'm SO happy you wrote this! I've been wavering on even watching Bunheads because I don't want ... more

Bidding You Farewell

They say all good things must come to an end, and I suppose that’s true in some ways. Next month, a major chapter of my life will wind down to a close as I shut my laptop one last time, breathe a sigh of contentment, and bid my BlogHer co-workers a heartfelt goodbye. Or, I expect I will be breathing a sigh of contentment. It could be a sigh of fear, or apprehension, or incredulousness at my own brazen actions....more
Wonderfully written, Jes. I totally admire you as a fellow Mom of a toddler. I'll miss you on ... more

Are Lego's New Toys Sexist? Or Do Girls Prefer Pink?

[Editor's note: When she was a little girl my daughter loved Lego. For hours she’d snap together cars, boats, spaceships and all manner of marvelously complicated things. Her brother, on the other hand, couldn’t have cared less about the seemingly male-oriented toys. So why then is Lego shamelessly pandering to stereotypes in its new line of toys? Margot Magowan at Reel Girls says it’s directly connected to the dearth of female characters in films. ...more
I have to admit, my first reaction to the new Legos for "girls" said two things to me: sexist & ... more

What Are You Doing for the Holidays this Year?

Do you love the December holiday season? Even though it can be chaotic and stressful, I still embrace the traditions and rituals that I grew up with. We enjoy decorating the house, hanging ornaments on the tree, and (can you hear that thundering herd of dinosaurs?...) sending paper cards by snail mail....more
Anything off the Charlie Brown Christmas album by Vince Guaraldi IS the sound of Christmas for ... more

Black Friday, Cyber Monday & the Economy: Are We Spending More or Just Earlier?

The numbers are in and retailers are feeling good this week after Cyber Monday's record-breaking spending in the U.S. From CNN: "There's a pent-up demand from consumers," Molyneux told a roomful of reporters in San Francisco on Tuesday. "There's a demand, and consumers need to feel that they can spend again." ...more
I agree with you Rita. I don't think consumer confidence is increasing or that our spending is ... more