By Melissa Uhles
Are you looking for back-to-school shopping shopping tips?
When I was a kid my grandmother took me to what she’d called “The Dime Store” for supplies. The smell of rubber glue and feel of kid-size scissors filled me with a sense of great creative possibility.
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By Amber Roshay
Three months after giving birth to my son I decided I needed to lose the baby weight. I was still wearing maternity clothes. Not to mention that I never wanted to see myself in pictures, and I lacked energy for the most simple tasks.
A fellow mom friend told me that losing the baby weight took her years. She wished that she had made the effort earlier because she’d gotten used to the extra love. I decided then that I wanted to lose the 50 plus pounds I had packed on. I didn’t want to get used to me being a whole lotta woman.
By Melissa Uhles
When it comes to writing, I’ve had my pen in lots of different pots.
I’ve written novels, short films, plays, blogs, marketing, and web copy. Each time I dive into a new type of writing I try to read a book or two to get some advice. For example, writing a novel is vastly different from writing a screenplay.
And writing informational nonfiction for a small business’s website that is concerned with their SEO also requires a different skill set.
Aren’t we all lucky there is a book on every subject to help us out.
Here are my 12 favorites:
Parenting is hard enough during the school year when a teacher is looking after your child for part of the day. Sadly, the end of spring can signal a time of panic and pending doom for parents. Simultaneously, children are pining for the end of school and months of fun in the sun. Finding ways to survive summer with kids can be challenging but with a little help can be easier than you think. More
Finding time as a busy mom to shop for new clothes rarely happens. Not to mention, nothing is more exhausting than shopping with a toddler and an infant. But nothing I had in my closet fit me. I had lost 30 pounds. Now, I know this doesn’t sound like a problem, but nothing I owned was the right size. The other day my son pointed to me wearing white pants and said ghost. All I needed to do was carve out some eyes.More
by Melissa Uhles
Do you need alone time to recharge after socializing with new people and their children? Are you a one-on-one type of gal? Do you spend a lot of time thinking deep thoughts? If you answered yes, you may be an introvert. So how are introverts like us supposed to survive the social landmine known as the playdate? More
By Amber Roshay
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As a young adult, I lived in fear of pregnancy. In the small town where I’m from, enough girls became pregnant in high school that the saying “it’s in the water” wasn’t just a funny joke. Way before I became sexually active I knew having a baby young changed your life choices. I had ambitions. I wanted to go to college. I wanted to travel the world. I also believed I could have children later in life. My father had a friend who had a baby at 40. Her success left quite an impression on my twelve-year-old self. If she could do it, so could I.
It occurred to me the other day, as my toddler held me hostage on our living room floor, that I might be raising a teenager. In one hand, I held his leg to keep him from scooting away with a butt smeared with poop and in the other the overflowing diaper. The situation was precarious.More