I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, split an infinitive with insouciance, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.
This pedophile bus driver is SO busted. A private school bus driver was arrested for sexting a 14-year-old girl -- or anyway, someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The victim in this case was actually an undercover cop pretending to be a teen. Thirty-eight-year-old Elliot Provda is accused of sending the cop text messages that were "graphic and sexual in nature" and "included an invitation to meet for sexual activity in Queens [New York]." So much for that fantasy.
You almost have to feel sorry for the guy. He was double crossed into thinking an adult woman was a 14-year-old girl, and then he was arrested for making advances on a woman he could have hit on in real life without a problem. Except ... this is a guy who wanted to have a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old. So I don't pity him at all.
Not exactly the same pramWell look who was out and about the other day! Kate Middleton took Prince George out for a stroll through Kensington Gardens in their fab pram -- which just happens to be a navy blue $2,350 Silver Cross carriage. There she was, in sneakers, jeans, and a casual jacket, with her dog Lupo, looking just like any other mom we might know. Except, of course, just a wee bit more stylish, and there is that small matter of having the future King of England in that stroller!
Anyway, you can check out the action via PopSugar's photos of Kate Middleton and Prince George. They will make you swoon -- Kate shuffling through the autumn leaves with her little one. So sweet! And that really is a carriage fit for a prince.
A fresh evergreen Christmas tree, or an artificial tree? That is the question! I grew up with fake trees and had a perfectly happy childhood. But as an adult I've bought only fresh trees. I just couldn't quite bring myself to buy an artificial one ... that is, until I found out how many other moms are going with the perma-tree. The Prowl surveyed moms and found out a whopping 72 percent of you plan on decking an artificial tree this year. Check out the infographic below.
Contemplating going artificial this year? Here are a few tips for picking out the right tree and what to do with it.
Okay, you're thinking of giving a food gift, but you don't want to hand over a box of cheap drug store chocolate or, God forbid, one of those fruitcakes. You can do better than that! And I'm so glad you asked me for advice, because amazing, beautifully packaged food is something I spend a disturbing amount of time thinking about. Seriously, I have a problem. But my obsession can be your new gift list. Check out my picks for some of the best, most impressive food gifts you can give this year.
Baby, it's cold outside ... for some of you, anyway. A vicious winter storm is roaring through much of the west right now, and it makes me want to make everyone a huge pot of stew. But chances are, almost all of us are going to get our turn to weather a winter storm or two (or three or more) this season. Just so I'm prepared, I'm compiling the kind of slow cooker recipes that will make me feel warm and cozy through whatever storms are likely to blow through my area this winter.