Want to Write a Novel? The First Rule of Write Club Is: Read

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I absolutely adore books. By extension, I’m big reader. Always have been. I read for pleasure, yes, but I also read because it's vital to my career and identity as a writer. It's like the first rule of Write Club: Read. Read everything. Reading and writing are inextricably linked. They go together like PB&J. (Or peanut butter and bananas, if that's your jam.) Reading is where good writing is born and learns to thrive.   ...more
Man, I love reading. But as I'm working on this novel, I realized I simply cannot read fiction ...more

Celeb Trainer Robert Brace on Getting Fit and Fab For Spring

Ignore what the forecast is saying for this weekend in the Northeast, it's springtime! Which means it's also time to -- as our fearless and fierce leader Rihanna says -- work, work, work, work. Before we pull out our breezy and bright shorts, skirts, tanks, and tops and prep to strut under the sun, many of us want to shake off the winter bod -- and any extra pounds that came with it. So, we talked to New York's fitness expert and top celebrity trainer Robert Brace about how to successful pull-off the winter-spring bod transformation. ...more

10 Kids Books For the Reluctant Reader

"Mom, reading is my favorite thing to do in the whole world. I love it ... just like you do." Listen, it took everything in me not to melt and float away in tears of joy when my son said this -- without prompting. It makes me exceedingly happy to see this youngster get so drawn into a book he's reading that we practically have to cut deals with him to put the book down and go to sleep! But I know that not every kid is that into reading. Some young folks find it an instant bore and, when approached with the idea of reading a book quietly for 20 minutes, are like: ...more
I am glad that people are trying to get our newer generations interested in the wondeful world ...more

Our Interview With the Duo Behind 'Science of Parenthood'

We at BlogHer have long been entertained by the musings of Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, half of the duo behind Science of Parenthood. We caught up with Norine recently to ask her about her book, blogging with the intent of publishing a book and what's up next. ...more

Fitness Expert Jenna Wolfe's Smart Tips to Get Lean in 2016

Small steps can add up to big changes and an overall healthier life. That's what fitness expert Jenna Wolfe will tell anyone who will listen. And with her new book, Thinner In 30, the busy mom of two is putting some walk behind her talk. ...more

Here's How to 'Train Like a Mother'

I'm a runner. Although it took me a minute to settle into the actual title, I'm definitely all in on calling myself one now. Running takes work, determination, commitment, and -- especially as a mother -- balance, with a dash of selfishness, if we're keeping it real. The shorter version: Mother runners are no joke! ...more

6 Smart Gifts For Moms on the Move

Whether working in an office or managing the household as a SAHM, there's one thing that all mothers have in common: We are some busy so-and-sos. Like, legit out there juggling, multi-tasking, moving, shaking, and wheeling that mini van like it's a cruise liner. To show the mama on the move how much you appreciate her hustle game, here are six super cool gifts that she needs this holiday season. Or -- real talk -- treat yourself to one of these brilliant gifts this year. ...more
The S'well Bottles look really cool! I'll have to see if Father Christmas will bring me one :)more

Why I've Changed My Mind About Believing in Santa

All right. The Pumpkin Spice boat has cleared the docks. And it's pretty much a wrap on turkey dinners -- both of the struggle plate and hashtag-blessed variety. That means it's time to deck the halls, sprinkle everything with peppermint bark and gingerbread, and get onto the topic that parents of youngsters so enjoy debating. It's time to talk about Santa Claus. Or, more specific: Is this the year that we unleash the real deal about the man in the red suit? ...more
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I Just Need 21 Days For This to Stick (Beyoncé Told Me So)

It was our great philosopher in a bowler hat, Boy George, who said it best when he sang: Time won't give me time. It's one of those hard truths working mothers (hell, all mothers!) know too well. And for us WAHMs ... listen. The juggle is real. ...more
My Pen and Paper to the rescue. Thinking it in my head has not helped much.more

National Bullying Prevention Month: What Parents Can Do to Help

Whether it's online through social media or in our schools with your kids, bullying is getting worse and feels virtually inescapable. Parents, especially, are at the end of their ropes, trying to find solutions -- effective ways to face up to this rampant issue that is impacting of our children's lives in such a profound way. ...more
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