Letting Go of the "Mom-Shell" and Accepting My New Body

Every now and then I come across an article and say, “Sister, you are speaking my language.” One of these stories came out a few days ago. Before I get to it, here’s a little background. I once had a Twitter message from some guy I didn’t know that said. “Lisa are you pregnant? If not, diet, diet, diet.” I wasn’t pregnant. But I had given birth to my second child about six months earlier. Yes, that’s a real tweet. Yes, I thought as I stared at the portly man’s Twitter photo, “What the !(@?” And yes it bugged the heck out of me....more
Live and let live.more

BlogHer12: Everyone Has a Voice

Back when I was in college I didn’t know how to cook and I certainly didn’t know how to bake. There was one exception:  I could make a strawberry cheesecake.  Somewhere I had picked up a recipe book and taught myself how to make my favorite dessert. I would wow and impress potential boyfriends with the one and only thing I knew how to make.Fast forward to last weekend. I went to BlogHer12, the largest gathering of women bloggers in the United States....more
What a fabulous exchange. Lovely.more

How to get baby to sleep through the night

ParentsDesk.com recently sat down with sleep consultant Annika Brindley of Annika’s Little Sleepers. She shared with us her top tips for getting baby to sleep through the night.1.   Sleep is a learned skill...more
Hi, I read your comment that you are going to BlogHer for the first time. I would love to meet, ...more

See pics of Beyonce & Jay-Z's new baby

Beyonce and Jay-Z did something very un-celebrity like.  Instead of selling their first baby pictures to a  major magazine, they posted the pics online and shared the link with the world.They have a very beautiful little girl.The pictures come with a note from the Carter family- For More:http://parentsdesk.com/2012/02/11/beyonce-and-jay-z-show-off-their-beaut...     ...more

Why 2012 is a good year to have a baby

If you want to have a child who is innovative, enterprising, brave, passionate and successful, have a baby in 2012, according to ancient Chinese superstition.Why?  It’s the Year of the Dragon, a year that’s considered to be the most auspicious of animals in the Chinese 12-year zodiac cycle.The Los Angeles Times reports some hospitals and doctors are bracing for a spike in the birth rate this year. They’re already seeing an increase in the number of couples signing up for in vitro fertilization. http://lat.ms/yVBIUF...more

Should smoking be banned in cars?

Fewer teens are exposed to secondhand smoke than in previous years.But it’s still a problem. That's according to a new study in the Journal Pediatrics which found 1 in 5 non-smoking kids, grades 6-12 are inhaling someone else’s cigarette smoke in a car.   To read more:  http://bit.ly/xSSJ1kHere are 5 reasons why smoking with your kids in the car is a bad idea, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  http://1.usa.gov/5aEqiK ...more

Today I wore Red

Today I wore red in honor of National Go Red Day.  This month the American Red Cross is drawing attention to the #1 killer of American women: heart disease.  This hits home for me.  My mother’s mother died of a heart attack at the age of 44. My mother died of a heart attack at the age of 57.  Both women were not overweight.  They were non-smokers.  But they both suffered from high blood pressure.  They both died suddenly....more

Sugar: Toxic or Tame?

Ok here’s my disclaimer:  I like chocolate cupcakes.  I like ice cream pies from Baskin-Robbins (particularly the pralines & cream ones).  My 4-year gets a chocolate donut once a week after church on Sunday.   I let him drink the kids hot chocolate from Starbucks. He eats cookies sometimes and birthday cake when we’re invited to a classmate’s party.  We don’t avoid sugar like the plague. But we don’t serve dessert with every meal either. ...more

The Death of the Public Library?

Some deaths are quick. They happen before anyone can really react. Some deaths are drawn out, the uncertainty lingering.   With slow deaths there are hopeful moments, spikes of optimism, but the trend sadly is generally downhill.  I fear the slow death route is happening to public libraries in this country. ...more

I am not a title

I read this interesting piece in the Washington Post by Janice D'Arcy.  It's a great read.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/mommy-blogs-what-are-they-and-how-much-do-they-matter/2012/01/28/gIQA0VQUbQ_blog.htmlIt asks the question:  Should women who blog about issues related to childcare and parenting simply be labeled "mommy bloggers" and is the term demeaning?...more