No One Puts Plus Size Maternity Photos On Pinterest

While I was at Mom 2.0 at the beginning of May, I ended up in a bunch of photos. And since this is 2014, some of those photos ended up on Facebook. And because it's Facebook, I ended up tagged, which meant all my friends —from my 4th grade classmates to the girl who lived on my floor in college to my mother's second cousin who lives in Sweden—saw them. I did not like it. They were not flattering. They were candid, and that is what I look like in candid photos, but they made me sad. ...more
You look gorgeous! I'm also zaftig AND 8 months pregnant with my second child. I need to take ... more

11 Healthy Smoothies to Kick Off the New Year

Now that the holidays are over, we can get back to eating more mindfully. And for many of us, that includes eating more—lots more—fruits and vegetables. So break out the blender and get set with this list of smoothies to ring in your new year the healthy way. ...more
Elisa Camahort It's a little vinegar-y and definitely effervescent. People go cuckoo for ... more

The Unfortunate Death of Naptime

I’ve often wondered what the heinous world of no naps would look like and now that my oldest is three, I now know. Before the death of nap time, I use to have days where I would crash on the bed or couch when my children went down and think, “How would I make it through today without a nap?” ...more
My son is 2 1/2 and we are also experiencing the death of naptime. It is truly tragic! more

When Will It Be My Turn to Host the Family Thanksgiving Dinner?

Today we will not get to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while playing parade bingo. Our immediate four person family (and the dog) will instead spend the majority of the parade time slot driving to Pennsylvania to be with my side of the family for the holiday this year. Next year, we will split the day in half between my husband's mom and dad. Rinse repeat for the prior years, the years yet to come. While I am thankful for large families who want our presence and whose presence we want to be in, it is exhausting to always be the one to travel for the holidays. When will it be our turn to host a big holiday like Thanksgiving? ...more
I hosted my first Thanksgiving when I bought my first house, when I was about 30. I hope you get ... more

Announcing : BlogHer Food '14 in Miami

On Friday we announced the dates and venue for our sixth-annual BlogHer Food Conference:BlogHer Food '14 will take place on May 16 & 17, 2014 at the Hilton Miami Downtown....more
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Waiting to Get Pregnant and the Reality of Infertility

The infertility community is watching the push-back over Jean Twenge's article in the Atlantic unfold with a whiff of amusement.  There's Margaret Wheeler Johnson from Huffington Post questioning whether the whole article was just a matter of giving women what they wanted to hear vs. the truth.  Or Amy Klein in the New York Times pointing out that getting pregnant isn't the same thing as giving birth.  And then there's us, the women who landed on the wrong side of that 82%, who are infertile and find these articles about how long you can wait pointless: you simply don't know if you will be in the 82% or the 18% until you start trying to conceive.  And what are you going to do if you find yourself with that infertility diagnosis where your age really does matter when it comes to success rates? ...more
Whether it's infertility or recurrent miscarriage (my problem), I hope no one reading this ever ... more

Vegetarian Grilling: Spicy Black Bean Patties with Cilantro, Guacamole, and Tomatoes

I'm someone who has a hard time passing up a cookbook sale, whether it's online, in a store, or even at a yard sale. That's why I have a whole wall of cookbooks in my office! I can spend hours looking at cookbooks, and recently I was flipping through a book I'd gotten at a yard sale and I spotted a recipe idea that I adapted into these Spicy Black Bean Patties with Cilantro, Guacamole, and Tomatoes. ...more
@Elisa Camahort  @Kalyn Denny Try vegan mayo. My son is allergic to eggs, so I've experimented a ... more

5 Things I Want to Tell Nigella Lawson

On Sunday, photos were published showing celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being grabbed on the throat by her husband. The photos splashed over the internet showed him holding her by the throat and her leaving the restaurant in tears. It should come as no surprise that this story caught my attention. Ten years working with women escaping domestic violence leaves its mark on a person. I will always be a victim advocate even if I am no longer in the field....more
@CreoleContessa  @Mama Pants O Nigella's children are from her previous ... more

Do French Kids Really Eat Everything? Find Out How I Made Mealtime Fun Again

Have you read French Kids Eat Everything yet? It's already a game changer for us. With how much I talk (read: gloat) about feeding my kids real food, it might surprise you I have a lot to learn about teaching kids to eat well. Yes, I usually manage to get my kids to eat healthy food, BUT I have come to dread mealtime due to their whininess, messiness, disregard for normal decibel levels and decent personal space, and sibling rivalry that accompany every meal. I was becoming a cross between a hair-raising psycho and a punch-drunk lunatic at dinner, getting into immature discussions with my kids about who was going to get the purple plate and which child would be allowed to sing the third verse of the rainbow song. ...more
I have this book on my library queue now too. My 2-year-old is already exhibiting picky ... more

Where Have all the Moms Gone? How the Internet Wrecked the Local Community

I am writing this sitting at yet another empty park. Where have all the moms gone? Up until about eight or nine years ago, I could take my kids to the park and know that there would be another lonely mom looking for some adult interaction. Now, when I go to the park, it is me, my littles, and the lawn maintenance man. I think I have spent more hours in the company of the lawn maintenance man than any other adult in the last few years....more
Parenthood can be so isolating. I am so with you on that. However, my experience on the ... more