Using Social Media for Weight Loss

As part of my business and as a blog owner, I am on social media all the time. All. The. Time. It is the place to be to promote your business or to keep in touch with friends and family. It is easy, convenient, and on your timeframe. It may get bad press from those who feel a more intimate form of communication is lost due to the emergence of social media, but I disagree. I think it helps connect families, friends, and network. It gives a person a wider audience and more ways to connect. In my time online, … Continue reading

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

The weeks following my divorce were devastating to me. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. It took everything in me just to breathe. I had lost everything; my home, my “family,” my income, my dreams, and most importantly myself. My identity was so wrapped up in my role as a wife and mother that I didn’t know who I was now that I was no longer someone’s wife. I was barely functional and spent that time in a deep depression that I had little hope of pulling out of on my own. My parents begged me to get some counseling, … Continue reading

Help Me, Insurance Broker! You’re My Only Hope!

After becoming completely frustrated by my attempts to find affordable health insurance, I have decided to get some help. Today, I called an insurance broker in the hopes that she could help me in my quest to get insured. We are still at the beginning of the process. Could this work? Earlier today, I learned that the health insurance plan that I was recently approved for was way more expensive than I can afford. Needless to say, I was both disappointed and frustrated. If someone like me, who has a college degree, and who reads about insurance news every day, … Continue reading

West Memphis Three Freed – Part 1

Sometimes I think of a blog to write, but the category it belongs in may be a bit blurry. Many blogs I write could fall both within the Pop Culture and Green Living blog. Such is this blog about the West Memphis Three. In 1993, three teenagers – Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin – were accused of committing a horrible crime just across the river from my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Three eight-year-old boys – Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers – were found murdered. The three teenagers were convicted in what many later called a “witch … Continue reading

Domestic Violence Hurts Everyone

Tonight while working on my scrapbooking, I pulled out a picture that instantly brought tears to my eyes, and terror to my heart. Twelve years ago, my mother had to place her husband in a care facility. He had been in a car accident, sustained dementia, and had become abusive to the point of holding a gun on her and threatening her life. After she placed him, she asked me and my little family to come live with her. I moved in, bringing my husband, my little daughter, and my very pregnant belly. Her husband figured out a way to … Continue reading

Upcoming Disney Flicks

Because it’s the first month of the year I thought I’d take a look at some of Disney’s upcoming movies for 2011. I’m going to skip over highly anticipated films like the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Cars 2,” because I’ve posted about them before, and more general knowledge is known about them. Instead, I want to feature lower-key Disney movies, ones that are perhaps more bubbly fare than blockbuster bait, but should be enjoyable nonetheless. At the moment Disney’s got three such movies announced: “Prom,” “Mars Needs Moms,” and “Winnie the Pooh.” The first, “Prom,” is a blend … Continue reading

China Adoption Book Review Series: Kids Like Me in China

What does a nine-year-old think and feel about her adoption? What thoughts and feelings does she have on revisiting the orphanage where she lived during the first year of her life and meeting her caregivers? My recent China Adoption Book Review Series (The Lost Daughters of China, China Ghosts, and Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son Parts One, Two, and Three, has covered writings by adoptive parents and from researchers, journalists and academics into abandonment, orphanage care, and domestic and international adoption in China. With Kids Like Me in China, we get to hear from an adoptee. Ying Ying Fry … Continue reading

Does Michelle Obama’s Discipline Style Work for You?

In Barbara Walters’ interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, who she chose as the ‘Most Fascinating Person of 2009′, they had the opportunity to speak about parenting. Mrs. Obama admits to trying to spank her kids in the past but found it unproductive. She says that she now issues ‘lots of lectures’ in the place of spankings. I definitely understand where she’s coming from. While I am not against spanking, I can count the number of spankings I have given on one hand. For the most part, I found that spanking or the threat of it only works for some … Continue reading

Screaming Babies

I may have to buy a pair of earplugs if I want to protect myself from hearing loss. My 4-month-old has recently discovered that he can scream. He screams so loud, it feels like your ear drums are going to pop. He’s decided that screaming is a much more fun way of expressing himself than cooing or laughing. When we tickle him, when he watches TV, when he plays with his toys, or when he recognizes someone, he screams at the top of his lungs with delight. I’m surprised he hasn’t lost his voice yet! Until he finds a new … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Toddler Occupied on a Road Trip

Who says you have to break the bank to keep your toddler occupied on a long road trip? The following frugal ideas are simple, cost-effective, and will help you preserve your sanity while traveling to grandma’s house this summer: Make Your Own Books on Tape: Each year my mom presents my daughter with a backpack full of new books and cassettes of her reading each out loud. This is an ideal gift for toddlers who cannot read on their own. In addition to reading the words on each page, my mom describes the pictures, then instructs my daughter to “turn … Continue reading