I'm Executive Vice President of CafeMom, Publisher of The Stir, and co-founder of our newest site The Prowl. I'm the mom of two young boys who I'm raising in the fine state of New Jersey. I unabashedly adore reality TV (even the really bad shows), and use too many exclamation points(!) in my writing. Other fun facts about me: I love airports, hate small talk, read a TON of books, and I gave birth to an 11-pound baby at home.
One of the many (many) mysteries of childbirth is why nursing tops almost always double as maternity tops. Don't designers realize that once the baby is out, we are done (DONE!) with the maternity tops and ready to look unpregnant? Sure, we're not jumping back into our old clothes right away, but put the postpartum body in a flowy empire waist top and folks aren't going to know the baby's already out. There's nothing more awkward or mortifying than someone asking you for your due date when your 12-week-old is asleep at home. (Trust me!)
But, there are some stylish nursing tops out there. And yes, most of these are billed as maternity tops too, but I don't think anyone will be asking you how far along you are if you wear one of these ...
Back to school means back to packing lunches ... every darn day. And this year I get to pack two(!) lunches every day as my youngest enters full-day Pre-K. (How do you moms of more do it?)
To keep my spirits up, I've been rounding up some cool, fun lunchboxes on The Prowl. Lunchboxes that would make me smile each morning as I zipper them up and put them on the counter only to be forgotten by the kids then later rushed to school by moi. (Can you relate?)
If you're a regular reader of The Stir, you probably are noticing a few changes around here today. This month marks the third anniversary of The Stir's launch and we decided to give the site a little design update to celebrate. Never fear, it's the same Stir you know and love -- our look may have changed, but our sass remains.
We all hope you love the new design as much as we do (though we're sure you'll tell us in the comments if you don't!). Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing our stories today and for the last three years!
It's Halloween, the time of tricks and treats. On October 31, our little ones will be full of treats, so we decided they should have a little trick, too. This week we are highlighting four prankster moms and their costume tricks.
I knew my son would be upset when I punked him with a pretty ballerina/princess costume when he was expecting a badass X-Wing pilot costume. But, I didn't expect so many tears. SO. MANY. TEARS. There goes my mom of the year award.
But, once the tears started to dry and he found out it was all a joke, a pretty amazing thing happened. That costume suddenly didn't look so evil. It might even look nice enough to try on.
Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaThis past weekend, with fewer than 30 days until the election, to the huge defining day for her family and our country, Michelle Obama hosted a doggie playdate at the White House.
At the urging of younger daughter Sasha, they invited five friends, their parents, and their dogs over to give the Obamas' dog Bo some much-needed (according to Sasha, anyhow) dog interaction. The dogs tore up some flowers and there was some poop on the South Lawn, but the doggie date was deemed a success by all. The rest of the weekend was filled with discussions about an upcoming dance, a big science test, and homecoming.