10 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

I have been inspired to write about this topic because I see so many people use all (and I mean ALL) of their tax refund as soon as the funds are available inside of the account....more
I actually volunteered at a VITA site a couple of years ago, and those were the responses I ...more

8 Easy Tips to Balance Parenting and Blogging

I have been known to spend too much time on the computer. The phrase my husband tells me is "unplug yourself." But it's important for bloggers to spend time with their family. It is easy to get swallowed up by your blog and all the work it takes. I sometimes consider it job. I sometimes would rather be at home trying to make money by working on the blog instead of being at work. Coworkers do not always understand what I am talking about when I talk about my blog. Maybe only other bloggers can understand blog talk. So this is how I structure my post-work blogging time. ...more
I ignore my kid a lot. He is pretty self sufficient though.more

Stop Using the "P" Word, People!

At every age and every stage, this word finds a way to creep in.It has the same effects on us - whether we are learning how to draw, ride a bike, picking out our wedding dress, holding our first child, or juggling the craziness that is parenthood or a thriving career....more
Inspirational! I used to want everything to be perfect. Now I embrace my imperfections (& accept ...more

10 Foolproof Good Habits for People With No Willpower

Yes ... you can claim a happier and healthier you in 2015!...more
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Which Silly 70's Stuff Do You Miss?

Barry Gibb, my personal hero (shut up!), once said that to this day, whenever he walks by a barber shop, he just assumes he can go in there and buy some Brylcreem. He hasn’t needed it in 40 years, but still he thinks, “I wonder if they have any Brylcreem in there?” Image: Dennis Bocquet That’s exactly how I feel about the products of my youth. You know what I thought of the other day? ...more
The 70's sure I recall..Do you remember running home to watch "Dark Shadow"...or shower to ...more

The Playlist that Pulled Me Through Cancer Treatment and Recovery

It’s weird when the music you love stops sounding good to you. It’s happened to me before, once after a terrible breakup, and once during an awful day job, writing adventure travel brochures for the elderly. The breakup ruined The Band’s entire discography for me, and the copywriting gig ruined Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It’s been years, and I still can’t get through “Up on Cripple Creek” or “Simply the Best” without breaking into a cold sweat. ...more

6 Ways My Standing Desk Is Making My Life Better

My job is killing me! And making me feel like a hippopotamus. At least that's what all the recent research is showing. ...more
Sounds great!  I built a standing desk but had trouble getting used to it and cut it down to an ...more

Extremely Stupid Reasons a Parent Will Fire a Childcare Provider

Childcare is a tough gig. Twelve to thirteen hours a day, five days a week, providers work with no lunch break, no smoke break, and on most days, overtime with no pay. There are no benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment, 401K or disability, unless the provider pays 100% of the premiums and pays a higher rate because she has no group to join for a group rate. On top of all of it, providers have to put up with the very worst behavior from clients, because if they don’t, they risk being fired without pay. ...more
I don't think it has changed but I was told that a subsidy client can keep their child or ...more

Preparing For The Blizzard ... in California

The Snowpocalypse is upon our nation....more

Thoughts on Diversity in the Tech Industry... From a Black Computer Scientist

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth.This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words. Then I wasn't even sure if I should say anything at all, since it may ruffle some feathers. In the end, I didn't care. Some things need to be said. Most people think it, but few say it. I'll take one for the team....more
@kid_OYO KaporCenter hackthehood my msg needs refining why? cause you disagree? or cause it's ...more