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December 4, 2013
THE ULTIMATE RIOTOUS RIOTBAR GIFT!
This set of six riotBars is the perfect introduction to this delicious dark chocolate collection, and is a great gift for a friend, host/hostess, teacher, or yourself . The set includes 2 bars of the BEST SELLING riotBar flavors. 85% PURE for the dark chocolate enthusiast, 70% coconut for a tropical getaway, and 70% quinoa for the ultimate CRUNCH! A flavor for every mood!
What makes the sweetriot riotBar so special? It is sweetriot’s very first Fair Trade Certified and Organic line. The sweetriot riotBar supports fair trade and sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America, which directly supports a better life for farming families through fair prices and direct trade.
• six single 3.5 oz (100 g) bars adorned with a riotous red bow!
• each bar has thirty squares.
• each of the squares is 21-22 calories-yum!
• surprise inside each wrapper!
• original artwork on every package!
• sweet thx to artist Lindy Gaskill and Claudia Cappelle.
kosher | vegan | no gluten or dairy ingredients
I love Fair Trade products. I love them even more since I try to eat organic, gluten-free foods. These chocolate bars are a slice of heaven! … Continue reading..
December 2, 2013
This is an essay I wrote a few years ago. As I muddle through holidays, a sick child, bad attitudes, laughter, and chaos, I needed to post this to remind myself and others how it’s the little things we do that teach our children about poverty, mental illness, and compassion in a way that they can see the world with their own eyes and learn the tough lessons about our world in a gentle and loving way.
The first time my friend took my daughter and me to try to find Willie I was nervous and hesitant about what we might find. My daughter had so many questions, as any eight year old might.
“Why are we going there?” Skye asked.
“Because I need to see him,” I responded.
“How does he get food?” she continued.
“I honestly don’t know, Skye. Maybe he looks in dumpsters, maybe the neighborhood looks out for him, maybe he asks for help.” I had no real answers. Skye and I have seen difficult times together—cereal dinners and Ramen Noodle lunches; I’ve sold my belongings on the front lawn just to pay bills, but we have never seen the truest of hard times. Then possibly … Continue reading..
November 30, 2013
As a woman gets older, thoughtless comments and insults (unintended or intended) can often have an impact on her self-esteem. OK, let’s stop writing in the third person here; it can often impact my self-esteem. 51 can be a precarious age, and it definitely is with me because so much of my life is changing as my oldest graduates from college and I’ve gone back to work full-time. Some dreams are still unrealized, and yet I’ve spend so much time pursuing that dream (writing/publication) that I’ve let other things go that I should have been paying attention, such as developing a daily exercise routine or a consistent skin-care regimen.
A few weeks ago I mentioned in a blog post that I had recently had some knots removed from my left arm. What I didn’t mention was the conversation I had with the plastic surgeon who removed them. He was a nice enough guy, but I’m not sure he realized how his words came across to me. He and his nurse started talking about a micro-dermabrasion treatment that she’d had recently at a related facility nearby. Feeling like I should join in the conversation, I asked about the procedure, which led … Continue reading..
November 29, 2013
Last week I gathered with a small group of friends in my home. They shared they’ve been feeling a sense of sadness—almost a mourning—that the world as we know it is gone. It feels as if we’re headed into a brave, new frontier and are literally creating the tools for navigating this new unknown landscape moment to moment.
We’re facing unprecedented levels of change, uncertainty and chaos. In this time when economic and political volatility has become a mainstay, we’re juggling parenting our parents, managing dual-income households, navigating globalization and living farther away from our families, fighting off digital overwhelm, dealing with fallout from natural disasters and the list goes on.
In addition to all these outward changes, we’re also being called to transform internally. Humanity is undergoing huge consciousness shifts and many of us are feeling the call to evolve and embrace a new way of being.
Across the board, the majority of my friends, colleagues, clients —and even my own family—are all navigating uncertainty and experiencing some type of transition right now. So how do we keep our sanity—not to mention sense of inner peace—in the face of so much change?
For many of us, living in the unknown can … Continue reading..
November 27, 2013
For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will converge, marking the first joint celebration of the two holidays aptly named Thanksgivukkah.
This year Thanksgiving Day will mark the first day of Hanukkah – the eight-day festival that celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors called the Maccabean Revolt. Since Hanukkah starts today at sundown, the second candle will be lit on Thanksgiving Day.
This “once-in-a-lifetime” holiday is being marked by Jews across America. They are decorating their homes with turkey menorahs known as “menurkies” and dreidels decorated with birds known as “turkels” to commemorate the special event. “I think it’s a nice way to integrate the two holidays,” Lori Rashty, a teacher at Detroit’s Hillel Day School, said. “Since we’re not going to see it again for 79,000 years, it’s kind of an exciting way for the kids to realize that it’s a special occasion for them.”
For those unfamiliar with the hybrid holiday, below are answers to common questions surrounding Thanksgivukkah:
Why Does Thanksgiving And Hanukkah Fall On The Same Day?
The Jewish calendar uses a 12-month lunar-solar calendar with an extra … Continue reading..
November 26, 2013
It’s easy sometimes to forget the little things, that’s a given. We get hurried and rushed around and forget to be grateful for simple things like running water, hot water, clean water. Or things like picking up a gallon of milk just because we want to, not because it’s our one time this month we are allowed to buy it. Or just be grateful for having friends or family.
But the little things add up to big things. If every pipe in your yard bursts in the same week, that’s a big thing. If you don’t have the $3 required to buy a gallon of milk, or you have to choose whether to spend that $3 on prescriptions rather than food, that’s a big thing. If your friends all live hundreds of miles away from you, or the most significant member of your family is terminally ill and won’t be home for the holiday, that’s a big thing.
It’s so important to be grateful for the little things, it’s true. But it’s also so important to remember that there are many, many, many who are battling the big things. Those of us who have been blessed with material possessions beyond … Continue reading..
November 25, 2013
I enjoy finding the silver linings. You might call me a cautious optimist, but as I write this I am fully expecting to be here in Columbus missing Thanksgiving with my father, brother, his wife, one of my nieces and her husband. I had planned on being there for the past two months, but it didn’t work out. I will be sad and I take full responsibility for that.
I’m sure I will be the subject of a conversation that starts off with “What the hell was she thinking?” To be fair to myself and in my defense, I had big dreams—I was certain I couldn’t fail. When I jumped off the cliff to chase my dream of working with adolescents, parents, and teachers I had a plan. I was in a supportive relationship, I had what I thought would be solid connections, I had brains, money saved, and most important I had a mission. I was building my business and supplementing my income by cleaning houses the first year, then I worked in a plastics factory for awhile during year two, I trimmed my budget to no debt, sold my car for a financial cushion and shared a vehicle … Continue reading..
November 24, 2013
This week it’s all about the Dad. A Dad who is making a change in his professional career, and moving on to bigger and better things, as is often said when one makes a positive career change. For my son, it’s more about a Dad who, as a result of a new, shorter commute, will not have to leave quite as early in the morning, and may, just may, be home a little earlier for dinner every now and again.
Friday was my husband’s last day at a firm where he was employed for 12 years, 10 months, and 21 days—numbers my son, who loves math, finds intriguing. His departure was both bittersweet and exciting. He will miss colleagues, and a place that was home away from home for 12 to 14 hours a day, for more than a decade, and an office where he once pulled an all-nighter for a client by sleeping on top of a credenza.
As we celebrated this new chapter in his career, we also reflected on the past 12 years, and couldn’t help but come up with a list of random factoids; some of which made us laugh, and others made us cry, … Continue reading..