Posted by Becki King

Bloggers to Brands: Best Practices for Working Together

It’s not your mother’s marketplace out there. Brands in the Internet age market through bloggers and social media. It seems like a win-win: brands get the word out about their products through the authentic voices of people who really use them, and bloggers get to try new products, build business relationships–and yes, for some types […]

Collecting Family Memories in the Digital Age

Our kids are probably the best-documented generation in the history of the world. Not because they’re spoiled or because we’re helicopter parents, but just…because we can.   One short generation ago, when we were kids, taking pictures involved a little forethought and patience. Pictures were for “occasions.” Our parents had to buy film and flashbulbs […]

Succeeding as a Single Parent

Being a parent is hard. I don’t care who you are or how much money you have, or how smart you used to feel before you had kids. I’ve never met a mother who felt she had it completely under control, all the time.   Being a single parent has its own challenges, of course. […]

Oh, Snap: Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

Every year since my oldest was born, my husband and I have made a photo calendar of the kids as Christmas gifts for the grandparents. Consequently, we’re always on the lookout for “calendar shots” throughout the year. I remember one Easter eve. We were coloring eggs and my son was about seven. I wanted a […]

Music is Magical: Tackling Important Family Topics Through Song

Doesn’t motherhood just make you want to burst into song all the time? That’s how it makes me feel. Unfortunately, the song is usually “I Wanna Be Sedated” by the Ramones.   Chances are your experience of parenting isn’t all that much like a Broadway musical, either (and if I am wrong about this, please […]

Treat Yourself to a Home Spa Day

The last time I had a spa day in an actual spa was when I was six months pregnant with my first child. I really enjoyed it; I have no idea why I haven’t been back since.   Yeah, right.   It’s indisputable that few people need spa days more than moms. It’s also indisputable […]

Easy DIY Home Improvement and Decor

I have some dear friends whose motto regarding home projects is, “There’s a service for that.” If something needs painting, trimming, sprucing up–they’ve got somebody on speed dial to handle it. While that is convenient, it’s also expensive–and somehow, not nearly as satisfying as tackling a project yourself.   Today in The Motherhood, we talked […]

The Crowd-Sourced List of Places to Take Your Kids Before They Leave Home

In the book 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, author Karl Pillemer distills wisdom from over a thousand elderly Americans into thirty practical lessons we can all use to be happier now. One of them was to travel as much as possible, if necessary sacrificing other things we spend […]

How to Be Fashionable on a Budget

We all have that friend who shows up at a party looking like a million bucks. When we pull her aside to ask where she got her outfit, it turns out it came from everywhere–a shirt from Target,  a designer skirt and shoes she got on sale at the mall, a bangle bracelet she picked […]

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Raising Boys

When I was pregnant with my first child, I chose not to find out the sex of the baby until it was born. I had my suspicions about who I was carrying, and they were confirmed when the doctor called out, “It’s a boy!” I was thrilled, but I had a lot to learn (like […]

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