It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

Take a chance, Talk to a Stranger #ChangeTheConversation

I was trying on clothes in the fitting room.  Stacks and stacks of shirts, jeans and dresses hung on the “Not This Time” hook, needing to go back because they didn’t fit.  Didn’t look right.  Didn’t make me feel good....more

I want to Die like Brittany Maynard

10 Unconventional Take-Aways from #BlogHer14

Yes, I’m home.  Along with 1800+ women (and a few men) that are going through the process of re-entry (#ReEntrySucks) in to their every day lives.  For me, I’m struggling.  Struggling to write something profound and heartfelt regarding my experience at #BlogHer14.  All I have left in me is silliness.  What heartfelt thoughts I did have made it in to my post for Chicago Parent that you can read HERE.  And since I wrote the ...more

Pathfinder Day: The Path to Business Owner #BlogHer14

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a Pathfinder Day at the 10th Anniversary of BlogHer's annual conference. Along with Erica Diamond from Women On The Fence, we covered an entire day on "The Path to Business Owner".  The primary purpose of the presentation was to create a conversation about the many options involved with blog monetization and help advise new bloggers on the ins and outs of this process....more

5 Unconventional BlogHer '14 Tips That You Simply Must Follow

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for a “Are you ready for BlogHer?” post that talks about things that you should do to your website, how many business cards to order, and what types of shoes to pack for the maximum amount of comfort during the conference, this isn’t it. I repeat, THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL “GETTING READY FOR BLOGHER” POST. ...more
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Taking Kids to See the Raunchy New Seth Rogan Movie 'Neighbors?' Who Does That?

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to see the new Seth Rogan – Rose Byrne – Zac Ephron comedy Neighbors and I still haven’t been able to shake a few things I saw in the theatre.I’m not talking about the movie itself (I’ll get to that in a minute).  I’m talking about the actual people that were IN the audience of an R-rated movie at 7pm on a Friday night. Image via Universal Studios ...more
Agreed.  Once you figure out it's not appropriate, don't you leave?  Movie theaters will usually ...more

I'll always Listen To Your Mother, Chicago

The 3rd edition of the Chicago “Listen To Your Mother” production is complete and to say I was blown away by this year’s show is an understatement.  While I wasn’t a part of the cast this year (you’ll remember that I talked about the audition process in an earlier post), I went to the show to not only support my friends Melisa and Tracey...more

It's Time to Move On

My house went up for sale this morning.It’s a voluntary choice – one that I made with a lot of tears and soul searching.  This is the only home that’s ever had my name on it.  The only home my two small daughters have called ours.  It’s the place where I built a life together with their dad.  The place I brought them home from the hospital to, standing in the front yard next to the stork that announced their birth.   This house has seen every bit of my life in the last eleven years....more

Parent Dilemma: Are Sleepovers A Good Thing?

Recently I received an email from the mother of one of my second-grade daughters classmates.  In it, she talked about the upcoming birthday of her child, how she was hosting a sleepover party, and would my daughter be able to attend on such-and-such a date....more