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

It's 2016! Here's How to 'Train Like a Mother' and Hit the Road Running

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
goodnessmadness Glad to help. :-)more

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
I like that! - Denisemore

10 Excellent Chapter Books For Young Readers

There are no words to express the joy we felt when our 6-year-old son learned how to read on his own last year. Books have always been important in this house. (With a writer mother and an editor father, it's no surprise.) The Youngster has been read to since he was in my belly, and the nightly story time is still going strong. We've gone through tons of books with this kid, on everything from taco-loving dinosaurs to spaceships cruising by the stars. And now that he's an official Big Boy in the first grade and everything, his interest in chapter books -- more words, less pictures -- has grown. Big time. ...more
This is a good list. I'm going to recommend them to my daughter!more

3 Total Must-Haves If You're Trying to Win the 'Organized Parent' Award

So, we're here again, huh? Back to school. Back to the hustle. Back to the juggling act we parents take on whenever September sidles up beside us, talking 'bout, "May the Force be with you." And then you're like, "The cold never bothered me anyway." And Sept. chuckles and says, "Go ahead, make my day." And then you roll your eyes and shout, "Rosebud!" before remembering that you need to quit trading movie lines with the month of September and dive into packing those godforsaken lunches. But not before whispering, snidely, "How do you like them apples?" and cackling all the way to the kitchen. Yeah, no. Me neither. ...more
skye Totally! I have another portable charger that is fantastic! But it's super heavy and I lost ...more

And For My Next Trick ... Work-Life Balance

It starts at 6 a.m. Every morning, no matter what time I went to sleep the night before, weekday or weekend, it begins. My brain starts up, my eyes pop open, and I'm awake. More than awake, I'm on. It's a persistent stream of ideas; To-Do lists; reminders; goals; aspirations; turns of phrase, working titles, dialogue, and deadlines; appointments; house errands; if the weather will be kind to me on my run; random thoughts about the world and how I'm moving through it; and also how I'm guiding the way for my son to do the same. ...more
KateeBar7 Yes, I do have a writing schedule, though it changes depending on what I'm working on. ...more

How Charles Schultz Almost Quit Over His First Black Peanuts Character

When I read the fantastic story in the Washington Post about how Franklin -- the first character of color -- in the Peanuts strip changed comics history nearly 50 years ago, I felt heartened, hopeful, for the first time in a long while. ...more
I never knew this, and now I feel like I have to work it into conversation at every chance I get ...more