When I was little, I was an avid reader. (Despite my 100 challenge last year, I'm hesitant to describe myself that way now, because I find it difficult to find the time to read.) I used to read after school, before school and sometimes in the middle of the night with a flashlight (sorry, Mom). I remember one time I tried to read at the dinner table.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 16, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments
Take a moment and recall the sex talk you had (or didn't have) with your parents. I got mine from my Mother after an episode of the Wonder Years in which the main character gets the sex talk from his father. (Belated: Thanks, Mom!)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments
Little things in life are important. That statement shouldn't need an explanation, but I'll provide one anyway:
There's this amazing deli I visit near my office around once a week. Seriously, the chicken salad sandwiches are incredible - not too wet, not too chunky, just light, zesty and sweet. I should know because I get the chicken sandwiches every week, whether I…
For anyone who does not realize this: Mother's Day is a big deal. It is a chance to tell your Mom how much you love and appreciate her.
And, for me, (and with the help of a little technology) it is the chance to drive her a little crazy.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 21, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments
Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments
I read the term "media diet" the other day. (Is that a thing now?)
I have given some thought (probably not enough) to the foods that I prepare for my family and the ways to make them healthier, but I have never thought to apply the idea of "diet" to non-food items.…
I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Teddy asked me and…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:11pm — No Comments
If you couldn't tell from this blog, I love my Mom. (Hi, Mom!) I try to keep in touch with her - we do in-person visits, Facetime, regular phone calls and texts. I even sometimes play text games with her near her birthday or mother's day, where I will text pictures of my cat for a week until she tells me to stop it and send a picture of her grandson. (It's a fun game; you should try it with your parent of choice.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 27, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
Sometimes, I feel like I spend my entire day in front of a screen. I look at my blogs in the morning, then go to work where I stare at a computer all day, and I am usually on my computer at night as well. It's bad for my eyes, it's bad for my posture and it's bad for my family life.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 20, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments
As a parent, technology is often my worst enemy. Not only does it turn my son into a zombified video game addict half the time, but it also gives me gray hairs worrying about the prospect of someone sending a damn naked picture to one of my middle schoolers. (*Gasp!!!*) However, I'm starting to…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 18, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Remember the good old days when your kids would be perfectly happy with the giant cardboard box their gifts came in? Give 'em some markers, and they were entertained for…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 5, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Any parent who has survived potty training/toilet learning/whatever you want to call it deserves a medal, or at the very least, deserves to have that accomplishment listed on their resume. Parents who have survived potty training have acquired a bevy of skills which includes patience, high-stakes negotiation and grace under pressure. I believe that parents who have…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments
I was by a peaceful lagoon somewhere, having a glass of something multicolored and delicious with an umbrella in it. There was soft music playing and someone was approaching me to ask if I was ready for my massage, which I could have by the lagoon in a private cabana if I so desired.
Then I woke up to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 20, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
I remember the evening very clearly: We were out with my in-laws at a very popular Chinese food chain restaurant. It was packed with people and from the time we arrived until the time we got our food, it took almost two hours.
And my son, who was only about 22 months old at the time, was quiet and contented when the food finally arrived - all because he was playing an…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments
Added by Janeane Davis on October 31, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments
When I was little and I wanted to talk with my brother, I would yell for him (Sorry, Mom). To cut back on the noise, my parents eventually installed an intercom system (we lived in a big three-story house) so we could stop yelling for each other and start buzzing each other instead. That lasted about a week, and then we went back to standing at the bottom of the stairs yelling each other's names.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 15, 2013 at 8:54am — No Comments
I'm getting my niece a chemistry set.
Well, not now. She's still little. But when she is old enough, I plan on getting her a chemistry set and then help her create small explosions. (I have a feeling we'll be doing this at my house and not at my brother's.)
Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
** Mornings love me WAY more than I love them.
** This week's heat wave has made being a nudist seem a whole lot more appealing.
** I get more stupid with…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 19, 2013 at 6:45pm — No Comments
It is terrific to know that technology can help you be independent by putting a world of information in your hands. I am old enough to remember when computers were big heavy things that got put on a desk and never moved. Over the years I have seen them evolve into laptops, notebooks, tablets, PDAs and now Smartphones. One thing that has stood out for me with the evolving computer technology arena is that things are getting smaller and more powerful all the time. Today,…
Added by Janeane Davis on July 17, 2013 at 8:24pm — No Comments