That’s what SHE said: how grocery shopping is evolving with the times, more ridiculous “fashion” trends from Nordstrom, profiles of “strictly platonic” personal ads and so much more…

Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing.)

Why I Refuse To Join A Moms’ Group by Danielle via Romper

“Sure, my friends without kids may have a difficult time completely understanding what life is like with a child, but I value their friendships now more than ever. Not only have they been there for me from the beginning — from partying to parenthood and every moment in between — but they constantly remind me of who I was and who I still am, sans kid and sans parenting responsibilities. They’re my connection to reality, my foot in the earth, a reminder that my life isn’t just about the awesome thing my kid did or the small number of hours I’ve slept or how mind-numbingly difficult potty training is. They help me see things beyond myself and my kid and my new life as a working mother.”

34 Hilariously Honest Cards For Pregnant Moms-To-Be from Caroline via The Huffington Post

“Giving a card is a great way to congratulate a loved one on her pregnancy. But sometimes the sentimental messages found in the greeting card aisle don’t quite capture what you want to say to the mom-to-be.”

Some of my favorites:
“It’s a bit startling to see the familiar text of Craigslist ads—which can often seem to have dropped out of the sky, with their strange syntax and their unfamiliar details—next to the faces of the people who actually sat down and typed them out…

Garritano’s portraits seem to acknowledge that it is an act of bravery, especially in America’s feel-good, can-do culture, to admit that you might be lonely, although, of course, many people feel that way. “I’m just a bit lonely tonight and looking to hang”; “Just bored”; “just want to meet cool people that are fun and down to earth,” his subjects write. “I really don’t like to be alone, but I hate even more the fact that I can do something about it and still choose not to.” There are hundreds of Strictly Platonic ads on Craigslist, and when Garritano met with his subjects he often asked if they had received responses to their listings. Most of them had.”

The photographer Peter Garritano pairs the familiar text of Craigslist ads next to his photographs of the people who actually sat down and typed them out. The man featured here posted an ad with the subject line “Are you taking the time to enjoy the moment? - m4w.”  seeking-1a
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“No matter how much we think ‘they’ve got this’, they don’t. Life is not black and white, and adolescence is the murkiest of grays. We cannot rest on our laurels, no matter how great our kids are – they are navigating a mine field. Kids do dumb things, but many stupid choices don’t have the dire consequences too many families are facing today in eye of this epidemic…
My son would tell you he had a nice childhood. He played baseball and soccer and took karate. We had a good relationship. He knew his parents loved him, and – he did know better. What made him make bad choices in spite of knowing better? What changed from the age of 14 to the age of 16, when the drinking began? Murky gray. Minefield.”

“Rickles worked long and hard to develop his style and craft to be able to push the boundaries and get away with truth under the banner of humor. In a relationship, however, whether it be a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, sister or a friend, if you think you are being funny and they aren’t laughing then you might have gone too far…

Rickles was good at giving you the punch and the painkiller at the same time. If you went to his show you were basically giving your permission to be verbally attacked, if he saw fit. When you are in a relationship, people think they have permission to take a shot, but that is not always the case. Be aware of your partner’s reactions, or speak up if you are feeling unfairly made fun of or ridiculed.

And remember, there really was only one Don Rickles.”

Reebok Advertises a $425 Sweaty T-Shirt to Rival Nordstrom’s Mud-Caked Jeans from Joseph via Fortune

“Nordstrom—which in the past has sold leather-covered stones for $85—was widely mocked on social media for its $425 Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans. According to the product description on the brand’s website the jeans, which are decorated with an artificial mud-looking coating, “embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working.”On his Facebook page Mike Rowe, host of TV show Dirty Jobs, instead described them as “a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic.”

“In almost every town, there’s a Stop & Shop, Piggly Wiggly, Pick ‘n Save or some other variation, maybe Kroger, Jewel Osco, or Albertsons. These traditional stores are what we think of when we think “grocery shopping.”

But the face of grocery shopping is changing, rapidly and drastically. In fact, many of us are already starting to forgo brick and mortar stores all together.

We might order delivery right from our phones, based on the meals we’re about to cook. We might go to specialty markets to buy organic foods, local groceries and more, or we might shop in bulk to get better deals and more options.

In the last few years, the way we buy food has experienced a renaissance of sorts. There are many new ways to grocery shop—some you might not have even thought of (and some that are coming your way soon)! Get prepared for the new ways to shop and save on modern groceries.”

Source Link: That’s what SHE said: how grocery shopping is evolving with the times, more ridiculous “fashion” trends from Nordstrom, profiles of “strictly platonic” personal ads and so much more…

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog ,


Friday Finds

1. Canvas Bath Accessories | CB2
2. Geo Stone Bath Coordinates | Target 
3. Brass Trinket Bath Caddy | Anthropologie
4. Nautical Animal Canisters | West Elm 
5. Rubber Coated Black Bath Accessories | CB2
6. Fleur Bathroom Collection | Pier 1 
7. Graydon Marble Bath Accessories | Crate & Barrel 
8. Acacia Vanity Accessories | Bed Bath & Beyond
9. Faceted Metal Bath Accessories | Restoration Hardware  

Source Link: Friday Finds

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog ,

Instagram Roundup

Looking back on this week’s special memories captured on Instagram…

Trying on outfits for our 80’s prom tomorrow night. #shirtlessmark@markhowerton @chadmarkley

Fun night celebrating this girl. (Will celebrate her real birthday next week seeing Hamilton in New York City!)


This is my hair in it’s natural state. Tonight our PTA has an 80’s prom so I washed it and let it airdry into it’s full frizzy glory. My hair is always a flatiron away from looking like a bad 80s perm. There have been about 10 neighbor kids in and out of the house today, and Karis is quick to explain my hair to each one that arrives, because I guess it’s just that embarrassing for her. 😂

My friend @tshoxenreider‘s fun and inspiring book about her family’s adventures traveling the globe with three kids is only $3.99 on Kindle right now. Go snap it up! Such a great thought-provoking read. #athomeintheworld

80’s Prom!

My friend on the right is wearing my actual prom dress from high school. (It . . . uh . . . it was a little snug on me.)

More silliness from last night’s 80s prom. @gergerdee_z @cleezy@shesgonnalive @markhowerton@chadmarkley

Last week I kicked off a video series with the fabulous Leslie Dixon – a sex educator with a passion for helping parents empower their kids to make good choices when it comes to puberty, peers, and sex. We are going to be chatting again today live on Facebook at 3 PM PT, and specifically talking on the issue of how to start the sex talk with younger kids. Come join us! We will also try to answer your questions.

We made it!

I brought her to New York for her birthday but I want her to stop playing her DS so we can explore the city, so I’m an asshole. #assholeparent

India’s rocking her Schuyler sisters shirt in anticipation of tonight. Work!

Girl power.

Subway vibes.


At some point, I’m going to write a post about how to eat well in New York with picky kids. Chelsea market is one great solution. I’m eating Israeli food while the girls eat plain bagels. 👍

Walking the High Line

No understudy! Ben Platt fangirls in the house!! @dearevanhansen

India found her happy place


Source Link: Instagram Roundup

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog ,

What I want you to know: Shit happens, we’ll be okay

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post was submitted by “E”.

“I’m laying in my bed trying to figure out how the H I got here.

This week has been full of mediocre-ly bad news: check engine light on, need a root canal, gained even more weight, water heater pump is out and the garage flooded.

None of these things is overwhelming by its self or impossible to deal with, but all together and WHAM, it feels like too much to handle. And honestly, the one that gets me the most is the weight gain. I’m feeling pretty peeved at my body. I’ve always known I had angry lady parts, but in the last year I have felt the wrath.

As a 31 yo, single dame, I really love talking about hormonal issues, but seriously they are driving me nuts.

Oh sorry ’bout that, did my hair just fall out on you? That’s how it effing started, a bald spot that got bigger. Is it alopecia or an thyroid? No, it’s testosterone taking over my body.

I noticed the weight gain and I tried to fight it, I thought I had gotten my weight in control and I was going to win this battle. Then the hormone problems coupled with mass moves to the Arctic then back to the Midwest and now I have even more problems.

Yesterday, my doctor said (after I found out I’d gained another 5 pounds this month) that my body is currently turning everything I eat into sugar and that I have high liver levels. Coupled with high testosterone and I’m the ideal date.

Excuse me while I take one medication to make sure my hair doesn’t fall out again, one to bring down my insulin levels and fingers crossed for the liver.

Here’s what I want you to know: sometimes shit happens and we gain weight. Maybe sometimes we could do more about it, but other times were just tryin’ make it through the day.

As I hide behind bushes and try not to make it into any family portraits while humming Hillsong and reminding myself that I can be like Kelly Clarkson and hold me head high, I’m struggling over here.

And just in case you are too, I thought I’d let you know. Shit happens, we’ll be okay.”

Source Link: What I want you to know: Shit happens, we’ll be okay

Original Source of this article: Ruth Davis’ OC Blog ,

Odds and Ends


Goodness, I’ve slacked on the Odds and Ends the past few weeks, so I bumped up this week’s queue for ya.

1. This artist with synesthesia paints songs. Very cool.

2. Sadly, the founder of the semicolon tattoo project died at 31, but her memory lives on.

3. OMG. Please stop forcing your favorite TV show on me.

4. Who knew bacteria could be so beautiful?

5. Late-night comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump.

6. Can’t stop listening to this album. Seriously on repeat ALL DAY.

7. Marriage tweets that only those of us with several years under our belt will understand.

8. This made me cry. Screens, man.

9. You guys, pool season is almost here. I need this pronto.

10. Speaking of summer time activities, these beach/pool blankets are the best.

11. 17 books read in 24 hours or less. Have you read any of them?

12. When pixels collide.

13. This woman is my hero. Calm, cool, and collected.

14. Girls and their frenemies. Not looking forward to this with my daughter.

15. “Here’s the thing. If you buy into a false narrative that the body is controllable, that illness can always be prevented, then by proxy you are left with a disturbing, damaging, erroneous conclusion: the belief that a person’s disability is their fault.” This is such a fantastic read.

16. Been feeling the urge to grow the bangs just a bit. Thinking of some curtain bang action this summer.

17. “Or are they relying blindly on apps or potentially alternative facts that they’ve mined from a quick Google search and are evaluating without proper context?” Good article about green beauty…but it goes both ways. Not really feeling the fear mongering going on in regards to non-toxic beauty lately. Make informed decisions for YOU.

18. You guys, letter spacing is REALLY important. Ha!

19. Um, Hemingway didn’t say that. Nor Kafka. #quotecredibilty

20. To stay married, embrace change.

Happy Friday to you all! We are heading to Austin for the weekend where I will eat all the tacos.

image credit: maddy nye

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