We Are All The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

Yesterday, I started the 7-minute workout, the latest fitness craze made popular by an article in the NY Times. According to the article, “exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10.” So, when IContinue reading “We Are All The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”

The Bully in My Head

The topic of today’s blog post (bullying) comes from my involvement with TeamTEENAuthor.  TeamTEENauthor is a group of YA writers committed to speaking directly to their teen readers through essays, personal stories, and videos about age-relevant topics (with a small side dose of public humiliation). In other words, we don’t just want to write for you, we wantContinue reading “The Bully in My Head”

Happy Me Day to Me

I did my birthday right this year.  I informed my husband that I’d buy my own presents, told him what kind of cake I wanted (something fun made from Rice Krispie Treats) and picked the restaurant where we dined.  The end result?  I got exactly what I wanted. But the best gift I gave myselfContinue reading “Happy Me Day to Me”

Shave It for Later

I was only twelve years old when I begged my mother to let me start shaving my legs.  She said I was too young, I whined and pleaded, and ultimately, she sat me on a folding chair in the backyard and slathered my legs with Nair. Part rite-of-passage, part torture session, my introduction to theContinue reading “Shave It for Later”

The Coolest Teddy Bear in the Universe

Inside the caustic exterior, I’m a pretty sentimental person. Show me a video of an animal befriending and/or helping an animal of another species and I’ll weep like a newly crowned Miss America.  I’ve been known to tear up when the national anthem is played at youth sporting events, and I feel like my heartContinue reading “The Coolest Teddy Bear in the Universe”

Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?

Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?  My 7-year-old son has the solution!  Just grab a hammer and start smashing, and soon you will unravel a world of hidden treasure. Did you know that it takes 3 minutes and 24 seconds to unravel one 30-minute VHS tape end to end? TurnsContinue reading “Ever wonder what to do with all those old VHS tapes?”

Hidden Treasures in Your Very Own Home

It’s five days past Christmas, two days past Hanukkah, and my seven-year-old son is officially done playing with all of his new toys.  Sigh. Of course it’s my fault for buying the kid so much stuff in the first place.  I’m the sucker who indulged every request in his letter to Santa, except for the hamster—theContinue reading “Hidden Treasures in Your Very Own Home”

We are the Champions

In a few hours I’ll be heading off to a Junior Lego League event with my son.  And even though the email assured me this event is NOT a competition, it also mentioned that there WILL be prizes.  Because, as any modern parent knows, our kids are all winners, all the time. I’m not trying toContinue reading “We are the Champions”

Can’t We All Just Agree? (An Open Letter to America)

  Dear America,   Can’t we all just agree to put our own personal agendas aside for once and try to work together?  Most of us seem to behave ourselves pretty well in our day-to-day lives (the occasional toy store stampede death aside).  Whether we’re inviting the weird kid in class to our child’s birthdayContinue reading “Can’t We All Just Agree? (An Open Letter to America)”

Flashback Friday: The Great T-Shirt Experiment

If one t-shirt is good, 19 must be really awesome!  As a mom, it’s easy to blur the line between  Things Our Kids Do That Are Wonderful Only To Us versus Things That Have Actual Entertainment Value For People Who Did Not Give Birth To Them.   My undeniable bias aside, I believe this video succeedsContinue reading “Flashback Friday: The Great T-Shirt Experiment”