NaBloPoMo September 2015 Prompts

The theme for September's NaBloPoMo is LESSON. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in September -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo September 2015 Blogroll

The theme for September is LESSONS! ...more

NaBloPoMo September 2015 Badges

The official badge for September 2015 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more

Why You Should Always Travel With a Backup Pair of Glasses

So we go rent bikes for a ride around the nature reserve. I'm standing there in my helmet, waiting for the guy to help me get a bike, when I decide to switch my glasses. I start to pull my glasses from my face, but it feels all wrong. It feels like glue being stretched across my face, and I can hear the people around me gasping. The lens in my glasses falls to the ground, and I hear the boy at the bike shop say, "Whoa... that sucks." ...more

Are You Sending Your Child Back to School with a Cell Phone?

The age of cell phone spotting has begun in our house. During dinner, the twins provide me with a list of kids in their school whose parents have bought them cell phones. Over half of the list sounds highly suspicious, mostly because they are the children of parents who have sworn that they wouldn't provide their child with a cell phone pre-high school. A few others are probably trying to pass off an iPod Touch as an iPhone. But there are other elementary school kids who do have cell phones because I've seen their cell phones. Yes, I just wrote elementary school. ...more

Why I'm Not Posting About Back-to-School on Facebook

I love seeing pictures of your kids, I really do. I'm not just saying that because I hope that it will ensure that you don't unfriend me after I write the rest of this post. I really mean it: your kids are damn cute. But I don't know if I'm going to post anything about back-to-school this year on Facebook because I'm already overwhelmed by the wall of back-to-school photos in my feed. ...more

Fun Ideas to Kick Off Back-to-School Lunches

The worst part about returning to school is returning to the lunch time struggle. Every morning, we look through the pantry and refrigerator, trying to find something for the kids to bring to school. It doesn't help that my twins are picky eaters, and it seems like the only things they enjoy eating requires heating in a microwave. We also don't have a lot of time in the morning to make elaborate meals. I've been spending the summer months rounding up some cool ideas for back-to-school. ...more

Why Do You Get Scared When You See Something Twitter Trending?

Chincoteague was trending. The little beach town where our family has spent its summers since Josh and I got married was trending on Twitter. I couldn't even wait for my computer to open. I Googled the town's name from my phone. I assumed there was a shooting. Barring a shooting, maybe a natural disaster closed the beach. Or a shark attack; there had already been so many strange shark attacks this summer. No, it had to be a shooting. Or a shark attack. Shooting. Shark attack. ...more

Thank You, Mark Zuckerberg, For Using Your Platform to Talk About Miscarriage

Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a father. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is pregnant, and they announced it on Facebook yesterday with the now ubiquitous photo of Priscilla's grinning face and their totally adorable dog. ...more