Mamanista! » Mommy Blogs

International Day of the Girl: For Women, Marriage Should Always Be a Choice

International Day of the Girl: For Women, Marriage Should Always Be a Choice

Everyone seemed to have an opinion about my engagement. I was only twenty, not even old enough to drink legally, when my college boyfriend proposed. I strongly believe women should decide if and when they want to marry, but sadly, the same sentiment is not shared around the world. My friends teased me for being a “child bride,” but real child marriage is not a laughing matter. Have you ever imagined your perfect wedding? For many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Mommy Blogs, Socially Conscious, Women's Issues

Tips to Fight the “Food Fits” with Guest Blogger Joey Fortman of Real Mom Media

Tips to Fight the “Food Fits” with Guest Blogger Joey Fortman of Real Mom Media

Now that kids are back to school and life is in full force it’s totally time to get down to business with the meals. I try as hard as possible to keep my son healthy, especially since I grew up battling the bulge. It’s not always an easy task to get your kids to really and truly understand the value of health and eating well! And if your house is like mine, you’re always fighting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Body After Baby, Feeding, Food, Guest Writers, Health, Mommy Blogs, Nutrition, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Tips, Uncategorized

Gone to BlogHer…Come to the Bloganthropy Panel!

Gone to BlogHer…Come to the Bloganthropy Panel!

Debbie and I are heading off to BlogHer this week. If you will be at BlogHer, please find us and say, “hello”! Most bloggers probably know Debbie from her popular and informative speeches at conferences (she hasn’t seen this…so I can brag about her here). I, on the other hand, rarely go to events…so I am VERY excited to see lots of people I know from online. Drop me a line on this post so … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Mommy Blogs

Can I Get a Picture Perfect Do-Over?

Can I Get a Picture Perfect Do-Over?

The second I walked in to drop my son off at preschool, I knew something was wrong. All the little girls wore darling party dresses and the normally tousled little boys had on neatly tucked-in button down shirts. On what I clearly had forgotten was picture day, my son, on the other hand, was wearing a too-large, kelly green shirt with a giant image of Kermit-the-Frog’s face. Since it was the last class … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Mommy Blogs

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

With a combined total of five young children, two careers, four blogs, and dozens of regular clients, Debbie and I have searched hard for work-life-family balance. We both admire Colleen Padlla of Classymommy.com and Audrey McCelland of Momgenerations.com for the paths they have trail-blazed, finding a way to be simultaneously successful in the family world and the working world, all from their dining room tables! New mothers can put years of hard work spent in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Advice), Featured, Mommy Blogs, Parenting Blogs

Easter Craft Egg-stravaganza

Easter Craft Egg-stravaganza

We’ll be doing a lot of crafting next week!  Good thing our fellow bloggers have plenty of egg-cellent ideas! Need a last-minute Easter Basket?  Cover an old Easter Basket with fabric (Holidash)  and I love this recycled carton Easter Basket craft from Sewing Crafting Sarah, and not just because I’m a Tropicana Juicy Insider, too. Or create a fun, themed Easter Basket with ideas from Holidash. Make a delightful Easter Grass Centerpiece. (Rosy~Posy) Celebrate Spring with natural Easter Egg … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafts, Easter, Featured, Mommy Blogs

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

When my son was a newborn, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook helped me embrace motherhood.  Written by the two bloggers who started www.rookiemoms.com, this passage in The Rookie Mom’s Handbook spoke to me: “Welcome to Motherhood…You’re a rookie mom. Untrained, no experience. That’s you. And that’s not an insult. Even those of us who spent our adolescence babysitting for other people’s children or who work as preschool teachers or pediatric nurses are in for some big surprises. We’ve never been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Activities), Books (Advice), Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Mommy Blogs, Mommy Gifts

Mamanista’s Going to BlogHer!

Mamanista’s Going to BlogHer!

On Wednesday, I’ll board a plane for the first time since my son’s birth in April 2008 to attend the BlogHer conference in Chicago. I would like to thank Medela for sponsoring my trip to BlogHer and WebmasterRadio.fm for their support. I am excited to meet fellow bloggers in person, but I’m also still in shock that I’m attending this event. Candace and I never planned to become “mommy bloggers.” When Candace’s daughter was born with a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breastfeeding, Charity, Mommy Blogs, Women's Issues

Why You Should Stop The Guilt Trip About TV Already…

Why You Should Stop The Guilt Trip About TV Already…

While I know a few moms whose children never watched any TV before they turned two and who strictly limit screen time for their older children to the occasional educational French cartoon, this standard of perfection can be next to impossible for the rest of us to meet.  The huge gap between experts’ advice and the actual viewing habits of American children demonstrates the need for some more realistic and pragmatic recommendations. So stop feeling guilty. While Mama Luxe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mommy Blogs, Parenting, Parenting Blogs, Video

Friday Playgroup: November 17, 2007

Her Pants Are So On Fire Izzy ponders how to teach her daughter not to lie. Some moms seriously bashed Izzy in the comments, but all she did was temporarily confiscate a favorite toy. What do you think? (IzzyMom) Paternity Test Men can be so weird sometimes, but at least Rebecca has a sense of humor about it. (Girl’s Gone Child) Activities That Encourage Reading (Part Two) Great advice from one of my favorite bloggers and a reminder that next week is National Children’s Book Week. (Scribbit) And This Will Help…What, Exactly? One mother’s thoughts on a nightmare PTA meeting. (Suburban Oblivion) The Truth About TIME-OUT Sound advice from a professional therapist on the importance of time outs. (Healing Little Heroes) Organic or Not? Is That The Question? After the WAHM/SAHM … Read entire article »

Filed under: Friday Playgroup, Mommy Blogs, Parenting Blogs