Does Makeup Make Up Me?

A weird thing happens when I am at work. I am a librarian at an urban high school. I have 11 individual, twelfth-grade, ladies that are my assistants each day. Here’s the weird part. Every single girl watches makeup tutorials in their spare time. They also speak about makeup like … I have no words to describe it… like it is a real part of who they are, and it is also what they have in common with other people.

They vary in myriad ways… as all of us do. But not when it comes to makeup tutorials or how they view wearing makeup. I noticed these commonalities, and because all parts of everything they do surrounding makeup is so foreign to how I view makeup, I started asking questions. Maybe this was generational? I asked all my assistants, my twelve year old daughter, and some coworkers how they learned to put on makeup, and what they think wearing makeup (or not wearing makeup) means.

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How To Be A #MomBoss: An Interview With A Work-From-Home Entrepreneur

As the daughter of entrepreneurs, I have always had the itch to work for myself.

After attending college for broadcast journalism, spending a few years in the cutthroat field (and discovering it wasn’t for me), getting married, having a baby, and wanting to be a stay-at-home mom while still earning a little money of my own, I began looking into the world of freelance and haven’t looked back! Truth be told, the thought of adventuring out on my own like this and trying to balance motherhood and work was completely daunting in the beginning, so I began reading interviews with smart businesswomen and/or fellow stay-at-home mammas who boldly ventured out into the world of working for themselves.

Hearing straight from these smart and flat-out amazing women was exactly the inspiration I needed to kickstart my now thriving writing (and part-time marketing) career, which is why I set out to interview one of my girl boss heroes. My hope in sharing this story is to inspire those of you who have a dream of owning your own business, working from home, earning a little extra money while raising babies, etc. to take a leap of faith and be your own boss, make your own hours, and do whatever it is you love to do!

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Fighting Against Bullying

My daughter was the victim of girl-on-girl meanness just before Christmas. For an unknown reason, her little clique of girlfriends stopped talking to her, for four long days. She didn’t tell me until their last day of the silence. She kept asking them if she had done something wrong. The girls would shrug and walk away. Then, it was over just as quickly as it started.

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Gaming: It’s Not Just Family Fun Anymore

The other day I embarrassed myself in front of my friend Katy.  We were reminiscing about Christmases from our childhood and family traditions.  Katy’s family always puts together a puzzle. She smiled as she told me that they all just take turns sneaking into the room to put a few pieces together, so each person is pleasantly surprised to find it more and more completed.

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Domestic Violence: Technology is Helping and Hurting

Recently, my community was rocked by a horrible incident of domestic violence.  One of my students went home to find that her step-father shot and killed her mother, and then he shot and killed himself. The news was and is absolutely catastrophic. The local news interviewed neighbors, and they spoke of well-known discord in the family.

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Technology is Bad for Note Taking!

I’m not sure where I was last April when this NPR article aired, but I know that I was in the kitchen last week when I saw it pop up on a friend’s Facebook page. I saw the comment from my friend’s page, first: “Taking notes with technology doesn’t work!” I rolled my eyes and then looked at the article’s title, “Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away.” Last, I saw that it was produced by NPR.

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The Time I Tried My Hand at Viral Video Recipes

If you have been on Facebook anytime in the last year, you probably noticed your newsfeed flooded with videos of delicious and simple looking meals, desserts, and drinks… If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here is an example:

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Flipped Learning

Confession: I have a hard time controlling my eyes. They roll when I am bored, angry, tired, and sometimes even when I am happy. All those memes about controlling your face? They are directed my way. My most recent eye roll of exasperation occurred last week at my sixth-grade daughter’s Back to School Night. Her math teacher said, “We are a flipped classroom.”

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I Let My Kid Watch TV… Am I Bad Mother?!

It is nearly impossible to log into social media today without either feeling like you’re a slacker of a parent or seeing some sort of parental shaming from the peanut gallery.

Look at what my 4-year-old and I made today: an organic souffle with ingredients picked straight from our perfectly weeded and cared for garden!

My 1 1/2 year old just painted a nearly perfect rendition of the Sistine Chapel ceiling while riding in the car today… isn’t it incredible?! 

“Well, I lathered my son up in store bought sunscreen before pushing him around in his Cozy Coupe, playing a grueling game of noodle ball, and eating cookie dough from the tube,” I think.

Anywhere near as impressive as made-from-scratch organic dinners and unbelievable works of art?

Probably not…

Do I dare share this little victory on social media?


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