Warning! Don’t Dress Like a Mom

“Mom, it wouldn’t hurt for you to dress up a little before you drop us off at school,” says my 13-year-old daughter. Don't Dress Like a Mom And by “a little” she means stiletto heels, coiffed hair, and full makeup.  Her fashion icon is a friend’s mother who has the audacity to be cool and put together by eight a.m.  She wears trendy pumps, coordinated jewelry and designer sunglasses--a true fashion aficionado.  Heck, I’m lucky to swing that on a long weekend.  What kind of mother wears three-inch heels to walk the kids to school? Not to be excluded from the conversation, my 10-year-old son chimes in, “Seriously, Mom.  It’s embarrassing.  Try to look better.” Who's he kidding?  Five … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Wedding By Planes, Trains & Automobiles

This article was contributed by Guest Blogger, Annette Langer. Planes My sister was getting married again, and I couldn’t wait to attend her wedding across country. My flight was delayed considerably, but we finally took off, and soon the flight attendant came by with the drink cart. I reached for the cranberry juice I’d ordered, our hands collided, and the overfull glass landed in my lap. After not so much as an apology, she offered me the nearby first class restroom to "tidy up," she said. (It was a shorter distance than leaving a cranberry trail all the way to the rear lavatory.)  She handed me a towel to sit on, but since the middle seat was vacant, I convinced her to switch that … [Read more...]

How to Send Your Daughter Off to College

Sending my daughter to college for the first time was as confusing as the mysteries of the teenage mind. Ashley is our first-born and my husband and I had documented all her firsts: first steps, first words, first day of kindergarten, first car and now, first child to attend college. We recognized that everything we had done up to this point was practice. Throughout the summer, we shopped together for college essentials like toiletries, colorful bedding, laundry baskets, eating utensils, and power cords. She selected her college courses on-line and searched for a roommate through the school’s Facebook page. She was ready to begin a new adventure and had marked off the boxes on the … [Read more...]

I’m the Humor Columnist at Generation Fabulous

It's official! I'm the humor columnist at Generation Fabulous!! I'm excited to be part of a team of terrific women like Sharon Greenthal, Chloe Jeffreys, and Anne Parris. Read more about how they got started at http://generationfabulous.com/generation-fabulous/ I also want to introduce you to my four new friends, Shannon Bradley-Colleary, Pamela Lutrell, Jennifer Wagner, and Susan Williams.They each bring a different skill to Generation Fabulous, including information about sex, women's issues, food and technology. Introducing Five Columnists Stacey Gustafson is a freelance writer, artist, blogger and stay-at-home mother. Her humor column "Are You Kidding Me?" is based on her suburban … [Read more...]

What to Expect When You Own a Hamster

When my kids were younger they begged for a hamster. For Easter we surprised them with a brown longhaired teddy bear hamster, the perfect gateway pet. We purchased all the essentials; modular habitat complete with tree house, tunnels and a wheel ($40.89), exercise ball ($23.98), and chew toys ($3.99). Our kids (sort of) played with Chubby Cheeks for about three months and then ignored him. But the real nail in the coffin, the hamster grew a tumor. Not just any tumor but one that oozed, a pus-filled weeping red disgusting tumor. "The Hamster Problem" Soon the hamster was living in the laundry room. Since I washed all the clothes, it became my task to feed and care for him. But after … [Read more...]

8 Things You Must Do If You Want A Sleepover At Your Place

If I'm having a sleepover at a friend's house or staying at a relative's place, I expect a few basic necessities. It's got to be worth the $59 savings at Motel 8 or I'll just crash there and risk bed bugs. Here are my 8 Things You Must Do If You Want A Sleepover At Your Place: Sleepover Rules You must own a real mattress for guests. Not a futon, beanbag chair, lawn chair or sleeping bag. Your computer needs to be circa 2010. Internet connection must be in working order. You need to guarantee me that you know the password. I expect the printer to have more than one sheet of WHITE paper. You do not own a cat. Not that I have anything against a cat. I do not want cat hair on my … [Read more...]

College Interns Gone Wild Makes a Splash

Although these college interns may not be the “Interns Gone Wild” you usually hear about, there has been a lot of buzz about other interns. From the crafty FOX news kid who brought us Captain Sum Ting Wong and Wi Tu Lo to the interns suing companies like MSNBC and Saturday Night Live, college interns have been making quite a splash. These interns are doing the same by bringing something else to the table, a hilarious video that sheds new light on internships in general and theirs in particular. My daughter is one of the stars and with enough views, her team gets a $100 bonus! Watch it now! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oht6F7-h4uQ   … [Read more...]

Charity and the Chump – Life Lessons for Teens

In an attempt to teach my fourteen-year-old son life lessons, in particular charity, I used every opportunity as a learning moment. He served meals at a food pantry in San Francisco, volunteered at Open Heart Kitchen and collected canned food for the needy. If there was a chance to help, he raised his hand. Life Lessons for Teens-Church Church needed volunteers at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, a community outreach program for those suffering from homelessness, hopelessness, poverty, and drug use. He worked side by side with other volunteers serving meals and packaging box lunches.  When he returned home, he relived his day with me and said, “We even ate lunch there. The … [Read more...]