Camping For People Who Don’t Camp: My Airstream Adventure

As much as I love the beauty of nature, I have no love of roughing it in the great outdoors. As a child my mother would jokingly mention the idea of sending me on a “wilderness adventure” in order to toughen me up and help get me over my irrational fear of insects. One year in college, my roommates gifted me with a t-shirt that read: My idea of camping is when room service is late. Despite what I like to think is my relatively laid back, down-to-earth personality, when it comes to travel and vacationing I can be very much the princess and the pea....more
WANT. Really, truly, this is my dream. I want to drive across the country with one. *swoon* more

The Time I Blew a Crazy Amount of Cash on Discontinued Lipstick

We've all been there: Faithful to a particular cosmetic item; loyal as can be. We've grown to depend on it day in and day out, and it has come through for us—pun intended—with flying colors. Then, one day...Poof! In comes word that said item has been discontinued....more
I bought a bunch of discontinued lipstick from a UK auction site over a decade ago. I'm still ... more

This is the Face of Depression

I was curled up in bed in my darkened room, watching television. I should have been in class that day, but didn’t feel like going.That day was April 20th, 1999 when 13 students and teachers were murdered at Columbine High School. That tragedy only fueled the sadness inside me. I was overwhelmed. Anxious. I couldn’t sit still. If I tried to relax, something inside would jump or twitch. It was awful....more
Thank you for opening up about this. You can't SEE depression and anxiety, but it is an awful ... more

The BlogHer '14 Closing Party, Brought to You by McDonald's and Featuring Rev. Run of Run-DMC!

Today, I am finally able to reveal the details behind the Closing Party for our 10th anniversary event, and it will be epic! We're thrilled that our longtime (six years running, thank you very much!) partner McDonald's is back to make the entire party possible. And they are pulling out all the stops. Photo Source: McDonald's ...more
I try to share my excitement for this, but all that comes out is, "ACK!" SO excited! more

We Need to Take a Deeper Look at Bullying by Teachers: How Do We Determine the Worth of a Child?

After writing this post on my blog yesterday, our family received a huge outpouring of support from the blogging community. So many people have reached out to say they have been there, or they're walking in our shoes and looking for answers. Collectively, I hope we find some. ...more
bmuserbher Trained teachers don't act like that without a reason and that is exactly my point. ... more

'The Fault in Our Stars' No-Spoiler Review or Why I Regret Staying Home Last Night

At first I thought The Godfather had been re-released in theaters. I knew I dropped my 15 year old daughter and her two friends off three hours earlier so they could see the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, but how else could I interpret this text?      "New favorite movie, indescribable." Image: Twentieth Century Fox ...more
luckylori11 Enjoy!more

Will You Still Love Me When I Have Chin Hair?

Silence. Uncomfortable sideways glances around the table. Finally, Emma broke through with the epic question, “You have chin hair?” “Of course I have chin hair! It’s one of the fun things that happens to us as we age,” I said with not a little bit of sarcasm. A small part of me was dancing inside that I eradicated it well enough for her not to have noticed, but I was determined not to let the real issue go. “Seriously, no one is going to offer?” Meanwhile, a look of horror slooooowly crosses over Emma’s face. She asked, slightly panicked, “Am I going to have chin hair when I get older?!?!?” ...more
I have said the same thing! I made a friend promise me that she would pluck my chin hair if I ...more

10 Disgusting Things Only A Mom Would Do

When you become a parent, you do so many gross things you never imagined.  It’s bad enough that you have to wipe the poop off someone’s butt for a solid two and a half years or so—but did you know you’d be wearing that poop?...more
Although I've caught vomit in my hands a few times, I can't touch snot...boogers yes, but not ... more

Don't Tell Me They're Not Real: Internet Friends Are Real Life Friends

Don't tell me they're not real. I left a comment on the most random blog post I had ever come across in my many times clicking the "Random" button on LiveJournal. The blogger replied. I replied. Then the blogger's friend replied. I looked at his avatar, this friend of the original blogger, and my eyebrow raised a little bit. The back and forth conversation went on all evening, one comment after the other. Days later, AOL Instant Messenger names were exchanged. Three years later, we stood in front of our friends and family and exchanged vows. ...more
They are SO real! And, anyone who says otherwise hasn't been to a BlogHer conference. ;) more

Forget Every 'Mad Men' Conspiracy Theory You've Ever Read

Mad Men is just two episodes away from wrapping up this half-season, which is flying by faster than Pete Campbell's hair recedes. Fortunately Mad Men is the type of television show that stays with viewers long after they see an episode or season—giving us time to think about the characters, the overarching story of America, and our personal reactions to the themes. After all, Don Draper is nothing if not a construct that helps us look at our culture in general, our parents in context, and our own development in relationship to both. ...more
I will be crushed when this show ends just as I was when LOST was over. I'm sensing a circular ... more