Caregiving, Cookies and Self-Care by MJ Santangelo

Caregiving, Cookies and Self-Care By MJ Santangelo I’m a wife, a mother of two, a caregiver for my mom and a struggling author. I love warm barely cooked chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. Oh, who am I kidding sometimes they don’t even make it to the oven! I don’t endorse eating raw cookie dough, you know because of salmonella blah, blah, blah. Anyway, seven years ago, due to some new diagnoses my mom’s health became too much for her to manage on her own. So I stepped in to help. I quickly found myself thrown into a balancing act I was not prepared for. When looking back on those first few years when my life turned itself upside down I remember one of my biggest fears … [Read more...]

Proud Quitter – Guest post by Kari

Starting on Monday. What an ideal concept, right? Like Monday is the automatic reset button for everything and anything you've ever started or attempted to stop in your life. Diets. Quitting smoking. Exercising. Mending fences with someone. We've all said it but I wonder how many people have actually stuck to it. I can say that, for myself, I have failed miserably at most things I have said this about except quitting smoking. I loved everything about smoking. I loved the act of buying the packs of cigarettes, slamming them unopened on my palm to "pack" them (apparently this helps them burn longer), unwrapping the cellophane, and lighting it up. There was nothing like the first … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Weed Smoking Mom – Guest Post by Jen

I am Jen. I am a bestselling author. I smoke pot. I am the mini-van driving soccer mom with 4 kids and I do it on the reg. I would love to tell you I don’t do it when I’m responsible for other people’s kids, but I’d be lying. High is my normal. I have smoked pot since I was a teenager and now in my mid-40s, I still smoke. Daily. I am not a hippie. In fact, I am that normal suburban wife you see in your local Kroger. I’m room mom. I’m on the PTA and the school band board. My husband coached our son’s little league team and he smokes it daily as well. He goes to work high and is a very successful accountant. We don’t drink often (maybe 6 drinks a year at most). We don’t take … [Read more...]

“Such a Pretty Face” – Guest Post by Author Amy Queau

"Such a Pretty Face" - Guest Post by Author Amy Queau “She has such a pretty face. She’d be gorgeous if she just lost some weight.” That was the first time a guy had ever given me a compliment. I heard it from his girlfriend, my friend, and I thought, “Wow. I guess that’s the only way a man is going to love me. I’d better get started.” I was 12. My name is Amy. And what I can tell you now, at 41 years old, is that it doesn’t matter. It has never mattered. I’ve spent more time trying to love myself than wishing someone else would love me. I’ve been to hell and back, and back again. I’ve spent years wishing I was someone else and then spent even more wishing I was my old self again. … [Read more...]

Rock Bottoms and Long Hair by Author Magan Vernon

A year ago I was going to an author event and showing of Fifty Shades Darker. I had nothing to wear besides Mom clothes so I went to Target. I told myself that I was plus size and was going to just dress myself cute because there was no reason a plus size girl shouldn't be able to be cute. Then sticker shock came in as I had to buy the biggest size pair of jeans and shirt I ever had and the price was over $50. I told myself small changes, I'd be all right. I looked in the mirror and told myself in my size twenty jeans and 2x shirt that I was curvy but cute. I ignored that the jeans were actually kind of tight. I ignored that I hated what I saw. I put on makeup and then played with … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Angelisa Stone

I wrote a children’s book. Not to make money. Not to get rich and famous. Not to win any awards. I did it to simply carry on a tradition that my mother started with us when we were children. I wanted more people to share in the joy of what we’ve always done, The Wishing Santa. My daughter is five-years-old. For a treat for all of her classmates in her kindergarten class, I went in and read them the book. They liked it. One boy picked his nose. Another girl stood up and showed me how her dress swirled out. Emersyn, my daughter, said the words aloud with me—she’s heard it quite a few times. But when their teacher told them that I was the writer and creator of the book, you would have thought I … [Read more...]

We Are Who We Are Guest Post by Melissa Collins

Guest post from Author Melissa Collins: I recently saw a Facebook post from one of my long-time friends who wrote that her six-year-old daughter came home from school one day complaining that she was “fat.” Now, I had only just had lunch with my friend and her daughter over the holiday break and I can one-thousand percent testify to the fact that her daughter is most definitely not fat.  She is intelligent and creative, shy but inquisitive – in short, she’s pretty much a dream come true. But even if she was “fat”, would her “fatness” negate all of those things. Does being “fat” make you less intelligent? Less important? Less worthy of love? No, it doesn’t, but somewhere along the way, … [Read more...]