Get to Know Lily James as Cinderella

credit: Louise Bishop/MomstartLily James is a name you need to know. Although some of you know her as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey, she now takes on the big screen - in a huge way - as Cinderella in Disney's new live-action feature film. ...more

That Time A Baby Brand Gave Away Candy Pills And Why It Was Wrong

I know, my posts about Blogher go on and on. But really. This needs to be talked about.Bright Starts - you know, the baby product company? - had these sealed bags at their booth at Blogher '14. I assumed it was maybe a baby toy and some PR information. Boy was I wrong.That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pans out... (Dodgeball)...more

Meeting Angelina Jolie to Talk About 'Maleficent' and Motherhood

You could sense the quiet excitement in the room as we waited for the iconic Angelina Jolie to arrive. It was like every one of the 25 bloggers who were in attendance - along with the Disney PR reps we work closely with - were so nervous we didn't know what to do with ourselves. You could hear a pin drop, but if we had opened our mouths the squeals of delight might shoot out an bounce around the walls like a bucket or rubber balls kicked over. ...more

A Mother's Guilt

Lately I have been feeling down on myself as a mother. I know what you are thinking. "Yeah, who HASN'T?"See, my life is very typical of a mother. I am a stay at home mom and wife, I handle the day-to-day chores that come with this role, like cooking, cleaning, etc. On top of this, I have this site that is part of my livelihood. But first and foremost I am a mom to two kids. Twins, no less....more
No, you are not the only one.  We have 4 boys and I'm constantly second guessing myself and ...more

Losing a Pet: Lucy's Last Day and How I Told the Children

I decided I needed to have a conversation with my twins about our dog Lucy's death the day before we had her put down.I honestly didn't know what to say, how to approach it. I decided that the best thing to do was to be completely honest with them. I told them that Lucy is very sick. Riley said we need to take her to the doggie doctor for medicine. I told her that the doctor can't help her this time. Sometimes doggies get so sick that they can't be fixed. ...more
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Somewhere Down the Line He Became My Dad

It's been one month since I last saw my father-in-law alive. He died in the middle of the night April 16th after a 2 1/2 year battle with mestatic melanoma. I haven't blogged since his death. I do want to take a moment and put out there what kind of person Dave was. ...more
Cancer certainly does suck. Beautifully written thank you for sharing. So sorry for your loss. I ...more

Bullying - Erik's Story

(Please note, I will be referring to Erik as she, because that's how she prefers it) ...more