I have strung words together for Kiwi Magazine, Babble.com, AOL, Parents Magazine and more. I live in upstate New York with my daughter, husband, dogs, and too many cats. I rock a cool 'do because I shave my head most years to fight children's cancer with the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Though my daughter is officially an elementary schooler, I'm pleased to report I've yet to give in to the curse of the appliqued mom sweater. Small victories, people.
Breastfeeding mamas have made the big time! Actress Olivia Wilde allowed photographers to take photos of her breastfeeding son Otis, standing (OK, technically sitting) arm-in-arm with other moms who "dare" to breastfeed in public. Not seeing the big fuss? Glamour magazine put Wilde on the cover ... and the breastfeeding shot in its spread on their cover girl.
It's official. You can breastfeed and still be a vibrant, sexy, fashionable woman. Isn't that what we expect to find in your standard women's magazine, after all?
Every year it happens. The school supply list comes in. I take one look, and I groan. Is it any wonder parents end up spending some $72.5 billion (yes, BILLION) on back to school shopping every year? Recycling your school supplies is darn near impossible.
It's not that we don't have anything worth recycling. In the last few days of school, my 9-year-old daughter came home every day with a backpack full of the detritus that had accumulated in her desk and locker over the year.
Leilani Rogers has breastfed four children. The Texas mom nursed her youngest child for 18 months. And for 18 months, she managed to schedule every outing, every doctor's appointment so she never had to nurse in public. In fact, it wasn't until Rogers, a birth photographer, began to take photos of breastfeeding mothers that she felt her own inhibitions about feeding your child out in the public's eye fall away.
It's why Rogers created the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP), an annual drive that draws hundreds of moms across America to allow themselves to be photographed ... while breastfeeding. This year's event kicked off in concert with World Breastfeeding Week, and the hashtag #PBAP2014 has already taken social media by storm, spreading photos of nursing moms across the globe.
Know you have a baby girl on the way? Congratulations! Now it's time to pick a baby name, and you'd be smart to pick one with a good history. You can't do better than a saint name -- particularly one of the patron saints who can look over your little one as they grow.
From Alexis to Zita, we've got you covered with 25 names for little girls inspired by saints. Each one is a patroness of something special.
Nothing says "I love you" quite like coming together to make a child, right? Yeah ... about that. Welcoming a baby into this world is a magical, mystical experience. That is up until the moment when you and your partner get into a rip-roarin' blow-out fight over one of the many (many, many, many ...) parenting issues you're suddenly facing.
Sorry to burst your love bubble, but there's nothing like being head over heels for your baby to make two people with differing opinions really butt heads. But if you're pregnant, you're lucky -- you still have nine months to get all this squared away!
Here they are ... the 30 arguments to have BEFORE it's time to bring that baby into the world: