My Alternate Three-Word Bio Is: All. About. Community.

We're big fans of the three-word bio here at SheKnows Media. Check out our email signatures. Check out my social profiles. Today my official three-word bio changes....more
Woo hoo! I'm so happy for you, proud of you and eternally grateful that I had the fortune to ... more

A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more
I am proud to know you and to have worked for you, and with you, among this wonderful community ... more

An Open Letter to Typical Parents on the First Day of School

Dear Typical Parent, Hi there! I saw you this morning at the bus stop, taking pictures of your kids in their new clothes with shiny backpacks and haircuts. My son was the little guy with a hole in the back of his shirt where he ripped out the label because he couldn't stand the feel of it against his skin. He had last year's backpack even though the zipper is broken, because it's familiar to him and he was also wearing last year's shoes because he doesn't grow much and they feel just right. Kids with autism like things that are broken in. ...more
You? Are a good mama! more

11 Sweet and Fun Back-to-School Family Traditions to Start Now

Before I had kids, I imagined the first day of school as a 1970s movie with hazy lighting and dramatic music. Kids would cry as they climbed onto the bus, banging their hands against the windows, seeking escape. Parents would celebrate; the wine bottles opening the moment the bus turned the corner. Now that I have kids, I've learned that the back-to-school season is very different. ...more
Thank you for sharing that kindness matters. It means so much! more

5 Reasons Why I Love Being Divorced

I love being divorced! Going through divorce wasn't fun and coming to the decision to leave my marriage wasn't a feel good moment. But when someone looks at me with their sad face and says, "I'm so sorry to hear about you and ____ getting divorced", I say, "I gotta tell ya... being divorced is actually pretty great." Here's five reasons why I love being divorced: 1. I actually have time to work on a relationship. ...more
Oh, yes - #3, #4 and #5 especially! more

Privileged: My Story of Legal Immigration

I'm an immigrant living the American dream. I own a house in the Austin suburbs, work full time in IT, and am raising twin daughters. The kids are in both the dual language and gifted programs at our local public school. We go to church every Sunday. We've hosted Girl Scout events in our home. I'm divorced and slowly digging myself out from legal debt after an ugly custody battle, which is less dreamy, but altogether American....more
Thank you for acknowledging your privilege, Sadia. more

10 Important Reasons to Drink More Water

Your body is made up of 60% water which is required to keep cells, tissues and organs functioning. However, we constantly lose water through sweating, urinating and breathing. So, when we are dehydrated, it affects the performance of our normal body functioning. Here are 10 major reasons why we must concentrate on drinking more water. ...more
I drink SO MUCH water every day and can feel ALL the detriments if I don't. I am tired, short of ... more

The Evolution of What BlogHer Has Come to Mean to Me

We constantly change. And as much as I would love to do what I usually do after a BlogHer conference, which is to write a humorous post, I find myself being pulled instead to tell what this annual conference has come to mean....more
I love this. I love you, too. more

10 Sharp Answers to the Most Annoying Mom of Twins Question Ever

"Are they natural?" I am a mother of identical twins. We are instant celebrities on such red carpets as the grocery store checkout aisle and the pediatrician's waiting room. ...more
I just want to say how great it is to see your face on my BlogHer page, Sadia! You made me ... more

3 Things Bloggers Need to Do Before the Google Update Tomorrow

It is important for all bloggers to understand the Google update coming up on April 21st. As in, tomorrow. Even if you do not pay much attention to your Google rankings, this update will still affect your page traffic and audience reach. If you are not a website owner or blogger, you may still find it interesting how Google is trying to create an even better searching experience when using your mobile devices. Here are three things bloggers need to do before the update on April 21st. ...more
I just installed the Jetpack plug-in on my WordPress site and it works like a charm! more