I Just Want Some Jeans That Don't Show My Butt Crack

When my oldest was born, my mother came bearing gifts. Not for the baby, but for me. A pair of brown polyester trousers and a 3-pack of underwear. Those HUGE kind that double as a shirt. In fact, you don't really have to wear any other clothes, you're all covered....more
Men's jeans at Old Navy. I don't even bother with womens anymore.more

Is Finding Balance All It's Cracked Up to Be?

I've seen a lot of posts lately on blogs or in comment threads discussing "finding balance." "How do you find balance as a blogger?" "How do you balance your work and family life?" "How balanced is your social media vs. face-to-face interaction with people?" ...more
Almost always when I hear the phrase finding your balance, my brain seems to shut down. the ...more

What Do You Do ‘When Opportunity Knocks’? Here’s a 7-Step Plan

CNBC senior talent producer Lori Ann LaRocco built her success in the TV industry by creating a "trillion-dollar Rolodex"—an unparalleled network of trust with relationship industry leaders who give her the stories first. In Opportunity Knocking, LaRocco talks about how she created this network and succeeded in a competitive industry using what she calls the Opportunity Pyramid....more

Why You Should Never Cancel a Vacation

Earlier this month, I spent a Tuesday morning standing in a cemetary in sub-zero temperatures a six-hour drive from my house. Despite my hat, ski jacket and boots, I wasn't able to stand graveside as long as I wanted to, because I'd lost feeling in my feet. By Wednesday afternoon, I was 1,200 miles away from home, shedding my light jacket as I walked out of a southern airport. To date, it was the most bizarre week of my life....more
CaraBedick BlogHer I will! I'll be doing a session on grammar with whatnowandwhy , as well -- ...more

How My Kids Prepared Me for Being a Dog Owner

A lot of people say that having a dog is good preparation for being a parent. Well, I acquired my dependents a different order and I have to say that the reverse is true as well. I don’t like to think of my children as guinea pigs, but they did do an excellent job of breaking me in to become a dog owner. I’ve never owned a dog before and was never very interested in the idea. But exactly one year ago this week, my life was forever changed when a former colleague of mine posted this on Facebook: ...more
He's so handsome. I especially loved number four. Bo is a lucky dog. :) Our newest dog is so ...more

Calling Out Shame

I recently watched Brené Brown's Ted Talk, "Listening to Shame." As she described some of the messages shame tells us, I got noticeably uncomfortable and started to feel like I might cry. I am very familiar with feeling "not good enough" and questioning, "Who do I think I am?" ...more
Lisa Thomson  Thank you for your comment.  It's important that YOU are not any of the things ...more

Mom Confidence: Overcoming Perfectionism

During So You Think You Can Dance auditions, a 30-something mother of two young kids was asked why she was finally trying out for the show. She told the judges she has “mom confidence” now. She didn’t make it through to the Top 20, but her answer stuck with me because I get it....more
Nope. Screw it.more

Make More "ME" Time

Feeling stressed, drained and just, well, not taken care of!? Well honey, I have some good and bad news, the BAD is that it’s your own fault, and the GOOD is that since it’s your own fault, YOU CAN TOTALLY CHANGE IT! Whether it’s our friendships, our work relationships or our significant other, all too often we let ourselves take the backseat to outside priorities....more
I am right now!more

With Enrollment Deadline Looming, Sebelius Listens to Bloggers' Healthcare Stories

With the deadline for open enrollment for healthcare coverage looming on March 31, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius took the time today to speak with a small group of bloggers with questions to ask—and compelling stories to tell—about health insurance. ...more
A friend of mine lives in California and has been struggling to get work for several years, ...more

Housemate-Hunting Is a Little Like Online Dating

Three days after James moved in, we left him on his own in the house for the weekend. The ink was barely dry on our closing papers; we were still unpacking the 65 boxes of books we’d schlepped from Oregon....more
When we were a young couple with small children, post secondary degrees to earn, and tight ...more