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.
Seeing your ex get full custody of your child might be one of the toughest things a mom could face. But there's a right way to respond to such an obstacle ... and then there's hiring two guys to kidnap your daughter. Any guesses which route a Missouri mom facing a host of criminal charges is accused of taking?
Cops say Elise Deboutez met two men at a party and offered them her car if they'd kidnap her 1-year-old back from her father, who'd been awarded emergency temporary custody of the little girl two months prior. What happened next is downright terrifying.
The Academy Awards might have played it safe by inviting Ellen DeGeneres back to host the show this year, but after Seth MacFarlane managed to offend just about everyone in 2013, who can blame them? By reputation alone, Ellen promised us an Oscars show that would be hilarious but a tad bit more wholesome than the previous year, and she delivered exactly that ... along with three pizzas to the biggest stars in the first few rows of the crowd.
DeGeneres made her mark with a series of stunts -- from the pizza she had delivered to the star-packed selfie she tweeted in a bid to get the most retweets ever, but she had a fair share of regular old jokes in there too. Here are some of the best ... and the absolute worst.
Poor Jennifer Lawrence. It's starting to seem like the American Hustle star is just one of those women who should not put on a dress ... ever. Thought it was bad last year when JLaw fell on her way to the Oscars stage? The actress had another epic fail at this year's Academy Awards, but she didn't even make it inside the Dolby Theater before it happened!
Heck, Lawrence hadn't even gotten the chance to walk down the red carpet before she had her most memorable disaster of the night. Dressed in red Dior, the best supporting actress nominee was getting out of her limo when ... bam!
Does your child have an imaginary friend? Don't be ashamed to admit it -- nearly half of kids do, and scientists long ago decided that it might actually be good for our kids in the long run. But if you're a little freaked out by it, well, you're not alone.
It's not always clear whether kids are making up imaginary friends because they're so creative or if there's some spooky supernatural stuff going on in their house. Don't believe in ghosts? Maybe this will change your mind ... parents have confessed online to some of the creepiest things kids have said about their imaginary friends, and some of it is bound to keep you up at night!
Of all the things that have to change after you have kids, the amount of time you have to devote to yourself is near the top of the list. Goodbye good night's rest and an hour or three to luxuriate in a bath on a weekend before going out. Hello sleepless nights and throwing your greasy hair up in a ponytail. Beauty routines when you're a mom are often all about what's quick and easy and what you have on hand.
Which, believe it or not, is a LOT! Look around your house -- you may not have the money to splurge on yourself anymore, but your house is brimming with baby beauty products ... which aren't just for baby. Turns out everything from baby oil to baby shampoo can be re-purposed to do some pretty awesome things for mom too.
If you're into saving money (and who isn't?), these beauty hacks will change your life, Mom!