Sarah Manley

AKA Cop's WifeMarried to the Detective 3 shorties : Peanut, 13  Boo, 8 and... read more

Who Do You Want To Be?

When we first met Lissy Ryder in Jen Lancaster's novel Here I Go Again, she didn't know who she wanted to be. She was still focused on who she had been. Her high school days has been her glory days, so why should she want to be any different than she was in her teens? During the course of the novel she learns that if you stay who you were, you'll never become who you are supposed to be....more
@megandemo One of the tips I hear repeated the most to aspiring writers is to read widely. ...more

Would You Like To Go Back In Time?

In Jen Lancaster's new novel, Here I Go Again, Lissy Ryder is given a potion that can help her right all her wrongs. Being the person she is, Lissy doesn't approach it cautiously. No, she throws it back like it's an espresso shot. When she wakes up and realizes she's back in the past -- back in high school -- she's elated. That would not be my reaction. ...more
@Karen Ballum  @MommyRachelle yes i think so tomore

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
Anything from Culture Club, Madonna, Duran Duran, or Wham! brings me right back to high school.more

Music Tells Your Story

One of the things I probably identified the most with in Jen Lancaster's Here I Go Again were the discussions between Lissy and Brian about music. When you are teenager, few things feel bigger than the music you listen to in high school. It becomes the soundtrack for that part of your life, and you carry it with you going forward....more
Anything from Culture Club, Madonna, Duran Duran, or Wham! brings me right back to high school.more

Saying Goodbye to an Online Alias

In May of 2005, I joined my first on-line forum to talk to and learn from other women trying to become mothers in unconventional ways. I sat and looked at the screen asking for a username for twenty minutes. A wave of anxiety washed over me and I knew that I could not, would not be using my real name in this forum. No harm. No one uses their real name. ...more
Gracie is my alter-ego. She's much more outgoing than I am.  And i didn't want the people that ...more

Snapfish at BlogHer 2011 – Join us!

This year, Snapfish by HP wants to celebrate great moments and photos with you.  We know how important photos can be to telling a story, creating a mood and expressing a feeling.  Share the best of your blog photography with us and you could be featured in the “Best of Blogs 2011” photo book.  Limited copies of the “Best of Blogs 2011” will be available for featured contributors to sign at our Snapfish BlogHer booth and will be ...more
I may be a little late to this party, but I would love to attend. I am definitely the digital ...more

UPDATED: Cindy Anthony's Testimony: Would You Lie for Your Child?

Yesterday, Casey Anthony’s mom, Cindy, dropped a bombshell on the Caylee Anthony murder trial. She said -- under oath -- that she was the one who searched for chloroform on the family computer. The prosecution has always used this as their form a smoking gun to prove intent on Casey's part. What now? ...more

I don't think I could. Not in that situation. I would owe my grandchild. And as much as I would ...more

I Want My Kids to Be Judgmental

In our society, we all kind of balk at the thought of judgment, judging or being judged. When I initially saw the title of Gianna's post at A Traveling Thought -- "The Importance of Judging" -- I shook my head and said, "What now?" As I read, however, I realized she had some great points. I think I still feel more comfortable calling it discernment than judgment, but it's pretty darn important to teach our kids some of these things. How do you teach your children to deal with -- and judge -- difficult situations? ...more
If only it were that simple...kids who are able to stand up to peers and state their beliefs in ...more

My Blog Got My Daughter Kicked Out of Preschool

On Friday, my daughter was expelled from her preschool. Why? Because I had a disagreement with the director -- and then I blogged about it. Here is the timeline of events. ...more
Oh I feel for you.  I'm a preschool teacher myself* and while I do believe that teachers, ...more

My Most Difficult Blogging Moment

I still remember the shock of it all, and how very personally I took it. I had told myself that it wouldn’t happen to me, that I wasn’t that type. Those kinds of things happened to others, the other kind of people. And, if it did happen to me, I wouldn’t be affected. Other kinds of people were pulled into that, but I’m not other kinds of people. I’m solid and rock steady and sure of myself. Turns out I was that other kind of people. ...more
LOL! You and I are a lot alike. I wrote a whole blog post in response to my first negative comment.more