I write oodles of pieces for Babble, Mom.me and Fandango. When I'm not in front on my laptop, I'm playing dress up or debating the importance of My Little Pony with my 8-year-old daughter. I'm obsessed with Disneyland, coffee, cheesy detective shows, dinner, and the occasional good night's sleep. And I make an amazing cheesecake, yes, I'm pretty cool.
Police officers do many things for the citizens of our great country: They maintain order, they find your stolen car, they save lives, and in this case, they change diapers! This was all in a day’s work for the officers of the Dunwoody Police Department of Georgia.
What went down is this: Officers Kerry Stallings and Mark Steven responded to a call at a local Wal-Mart where a couple had been arrested for shoplifting. The parents had left their babies unattended in their car in the parking lot while they went to allegedly pilfer the superstore. When Stallings and Steven discovered the infants, it was evident that one was very much in need of a diaper change. Stevens, a father himself, jumped to action.
Nathan Entingh, a 10-year-old boy from Columbus, Ohio, pointed a finger at a fellow classmate and was suspended. Yes, that happened. But this particular fifth-grader was mimicking a gun and pointed it at a fellow student’s head, an act that went against the zero-tolerance policy that the school apparently takes very seriously. Now, I’m all for not promoting gun violence, but doesn’t it seem like the school has taken things too far?
Every day around lunchtime, I am slapped in the face with a huge pang of food envy. While my family does get delicious dinners, my midday meals pretty much suck. I’m a decent cook, and my daughter even claims that I’m the best chef in the whole wide world, but during my busy workday, lunch becomes a necessity rather than a meal to savor. This is when the food jealousy creeps in.
While scanning through my friends' Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds, I am left salivating after seeing photos of the amazing, beautiful foodthey eat for lunch. I should add that I have many a food blogger in my inner circle, so they're pros at making incredible meals and sharing the results online. So there I am. Staring at my own, lame lunch --which 9 times out of 10 is quinoa, hummus, lettuce, and egg. Yes, it may be healthy, but it ain’t pretty. And it's almost always the same.
Thank heaven for the hysterically funny new "Sad Food" trend!
Last year Catalina Clouser did something stupid and dangerous. The Arizona mother endangered the life of her child when she left her 5-week old infant in a car seat on the roof of her car ... and then drove off. The car seat fell off -- and, thankfully, the baby was found alive and well in the middle of an intersection. Yes, the MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION. Yup, this was a great big mom fail. One that she was arrested for. Not only did she endanger her child, but did so when she was reportedly high. She had allegedly been smoking pot, which any layperson can assume would contribute to this really, really poor judgment on Clouser’s part.This week, Clouser pleaded guilty to child abuse and misdemeanor DUI.
I had never heard of albondigas, or Mexican meatball soup, until I met my husband. This was a staple in his childhood home with his Latina mother making this soothing soup for her four children often. Whenever we go down to San Diego to visit, the first thing she asks when we arrive is, "Do you guys want some albondigas?" even before we exchanges hugs or hellos.
Throughout the years I have worked on mastering my own version of albondigas, which I make whenever one of us is feeling a bit under the weather or just if the mood strikes. It really does make us feel better if we’re sick and makes us happy even when we're not. I've taken liberties with the recipe I learned from my stepmother: I added in the tomatoes, got rid of the mushrooms, and threw in more spice. It's to the point now that my husband prefers mine to hers. Just don't tell her that -- promise?