Melissa Ford

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The Glym.ph

I put the period in the middle of the name because I live in fear of my childrens’ Googling savviness. It began with needing to cut the ChickieNob’s nails. She was not in the mood to have her nails cut. . . ....more

6 Tips to Keep You Healthy and Happy at the BlogHer Conference

When you come home from the BlogHer conference, you will hopefully have a camera full of photographs, a pocket full of bloggie business cards, and a suitcase full of swag. But what you don't want to bring home is exhaustion, or even worse, a cold. Before you leave for BlogHer, check my list of things to bring with you or do while you're there in order to come home refreshed instead of drained. ...more
Denise Oh. Good reminder! I need to make sure I have hand sanitizer packed in my carry-on. ...more

Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy allowed the ChickieNob to keep the tooth she lost at the White House....more

What My Child Lost at the White House

So, the kids went to cover the Kids’ State Dinner again at the White House on Friday....more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
Melissa Ford Bronwyn Joy Please tell me you'll put that into a separate blogpost!! I'd love to ...more

503rd Friday Blog Roundup (and the 8th Anniversary!)

So this is it. The 8th anniversary of the Roundup. 8 years, 403 posts, about 1600 posts highlighted. . . ....more

The She Said/She Said of the Mockingbird Next Door

Until the brouhaha bubbled up to the surface, I wanted to read the new book by Marja Mills called The Mockingbird Next Door about living next to Harper Lee....more

Woohoo! Fake Name Usage is Now Allowed on Google+

Admit it, you've always wanted your Google+ name to be Blueberry Sunbeam, but you're a good girl and you play by Google+'s rules, so you used your boring, everyday name when you set up your account. Well guess what, average name user? You can finally use that brilliant name that came to you in a drug-induced Burning Man haze! Google+ has lifted their rule about using actual names on your Google profile. ...more
I use my ideal name which is Lilyofthewoods.  Much better than my real one.more

The Secret Trip

The twins are in a computer programming club — think Girl Scouts but for engineering and coding — that I attend as well....more

The Book Ruiner

This post contains Harry Potter spoilers....more