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Enjoying the Small Things

  • newPompom Christmas Necklace

    Pompom Christmas Necklace

    Repeat after me: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is… If you’ve seen Elf, you know that sentence ends with “singing loud for all to hear,” but I’m going to give you some other options so that you have a little smorgasbord of cheer to…
    - 6 hours ago, 15 Nov 18, 7:08am -

Football and Crowns

  • Five on Friday...

    Five on Friday...

    What's up buds? Yay it's Friday! Although, I am not even sure I really get weekends anymore.  Our life is so busy right now, I feel like I never stop working on my To Do List. Today I am linking up with the crew for the 5 on Friday link up.  If you…
    - 17 Jan 14, 12:19pm -
  • Christmas Days and New Year's Eve!

    Christmas Days and New Year's Eve!

    Continuing with my top 10 of 2013 and getting caught up...9. CHRISTMAS!!!  We had such a wonderful Christmas season! The kids are at great ages and we are having a blast!  Every year I say it and I probably always will, but this was the best year y…
    - 9 Jan 14, 3:58pm -
  • 2013 Top Ten, errr Eight....just a little late!

    2013 Top Ten, errr Eight....just a little late!

    Hey, hey remember me??!  My name is Rachel Brown and I once blogged here.  Okay, that is done.  And not awkward at all ;).So I stopped blogging for awhile.  Life got really busy and I could not justify spending time on it.  Then once one is so b…
    - 3 Jan 14, 5:07pm -
  • Five on Friday - Fall Fashion!

    Five on Friday - Fall Fashion!

    Happy Friday y'all!!!  I am linking up again with Darci and the crew!Today's Five on Friday is all about Fall Fashion! This past weekend I bought Glamour's 1,001 Best Ever Fall Do's and Don'ts and OMG - I actually loved it and got something out of…
    - 6 Sep 13, 10:55am -
  • All a Mother's Heart Can Handle

    All a Mother's Heart Can Handle

    Blog hiatus thanks to some of the busiest weeks of the year = one big post with lots of pics and me crying about my kids growing up too fast...shall we? :)In one single week this year, Owen turned 7, the kids started school, Bree turned 4 and we had…
    - 5 Sep 13, 11:49am -
  • 5 on Friday

    5 on Friday

    Well it has been a hell of a week and I am calling it a win if I can get one blog in for the week....so here is our week in 5.... ONE - This week was all about football!  Owen had his first scrimmage Monday night and last night was his first REAL…
    - 2 Aug 13, 10:44am -
  • My FIRST 5 on Friday!

    My FIRST 5 on Friday!

    So I have been reading all my fave bloggers' posts every Friday and they are linking up with the fun crew doing Five on Friday. I am loving it!  I finally had a Friday where I had a few hot seconds to do my own this week!!! FIVE: Check out at my bra…
    - 26 Jul 13, 1:28pm -
  • 4th of July is our FAVORITE

    4th of July is our FAVORITE

    It was a great July 4th this year.  A really really great one!
    - 25 Jul 13, 2:53pm -
  • This Season

    This Season

    So if you follow me on insta (if you don't you should! I post tons of cute pics all the time :) ), you know that I took down Suburban Strut.  It was not an easy decision and it was one I thought about for a long time.  I am not trying to make the b…
    - 25 Jul 13, 2:53pm -
  • Routine Cravings

    Routine Cravings

    This Summer has been a great one.  We have had tons of fun, made great memories and enjoyed the kids being home with an easier schedule.But let me be honest. I need the routine back like Owen Brown needs bacon - I am craving it!!  I received my new…
    - 25 Jul 13, 2:53pm -

Free Range Kids

  • newWhat Our Concentration on School Shootings Is Doing to Us — and Our Kids

    What Our Concentration on School Shootings Is Doing to Us — and Our Kids

    Our response to school shootings is creating its own damage, says Megan McArdle in The Washington Post. How and why to keep perspective, discussed over at Let Grow! Photo from Wikimedia Commons, by ZiggyFan23.
    - 1 hour ago, 15 Nov 18, 11:17am -
  • Zebra Sighted in British Parking Lot (or the Equivalent)

    Zebra Sighted in British Parking Lot (or the Equivalent)

    When people are training to be doctors (I’m told), they are instructed, “When you hear hoofbeats, assume horses, not zebras.” The idea being that most likely they are seeing something very common (say, a cold) than something outlandishly rare (…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 7:50am -
  • A Mom Returning from Germany Fears She Will Have to Helicopter Her Kid

    A Mom Returning from Germany Fears She Will Have to Helicopter Her Kid

    A mom returning from Germany to the U.S. worries she will have to helicopter her child because she can’t buck the social norms. We understand. So at Let Grow, we have created two social-norm changing initiatives that are easy, fast and free. Check…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Nov 18, 3:15pm -
  • A Tiny Free-Range Town in Vermont Raises 11 Olympians

    A Tiny Free-Range Town in Vermont Raises 11 Olympians

    What does it take to make an Olympian? Ask the town of Norwich, VT — or Karen Crouse, the reporter who wrote a book about how they raise their kids there! An excerpt is over at Let Grow.! Slalom over!
    - 7 days ago, 8 Nov 18, 12:37pm -


    I guess the news cycle just can’t wait a few days. If it did, almost every Halloween horror story it breathlessly reported would be proven false. Like the one we discuss today over at Let Grow. Come knock on our door!
    - 9 days ago, 6 Nov 18, 11:30am -
  • Kid’s World Got Bigger, Dad’s Got Easier

    Kid’s World Got Bigger, Dad’s Got Easier

    It may be hard to “Let Grow” the first time and let your kids do something on their own, without you. But afterward your life gets easier and your kids’ world gets bigger. Today there’s one small, quick story over at Let Grow, where I hope yo…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Nov 18, 5:28am -
  • The Trifecta of Halloween Myths — Debunked!

    The Trifecta of Halloween Myths — Debunked!

    Quick read over at Let Grow! Just click here! And happpppppy Halloween!   Photo from Unsplash by @sasotusar
    - 16 days ago, 30 Oct 18, 10:47am -
  • Kids Have About a Third Less Endurance Than They Had In 1998

    Kids Have About a Third Less Endurance Than They Had In 1998

    A sort of shocking, sort of sadly predictable study of 300 10-year-olds in Britain found that they were 20% less strong and had 30% less endurance for things like hanging from a bar and doing sit-ups than they had in 1998. Come talk about it over at…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Oct 18, 4:10pm -
  • This is News??? Taxi Fails to Pick Up 12-Year-Old from School at Appointed Time

    This is News??? Taxi Fails to Pick Up 12-Year-Old from School at Appointed Time

    The media is so desperate for stories about children outside alone in the big, wide world that the CBC — Canada’s NPR —  did a piece about a boy, age 12, not picked up when he was supposed to be, and how mad this made his mom. Come over and ta…
    - 21 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 11:50pm -
  • Thank Goodness! The Hayride Safety Tips Every Parent NEEDS!

    Thank Goodness! The Hayride Safety Tips Every Parent NEEDS!

    Because there is almost no other Halloween activity to warn us about, one industrious site has come up with Hayride Saftey Tips — as if hayrides are on par with the Apollo missions. Read about them at Let Grow and hop on the discussion!
    - 22 days ago, 24 Oct 18, 12:06pm -

Girl's Gone Child

  • Speaking of my husband, Hal Isaacson; 7/1/74 - 10/27/18 - Forever

    Speaking of my husband, Hal Isaacson; 7/1/74 - 10/27/18 - Forever

    It's been almost a year since I've posted here and while I feel like a stranger in a strange land sitting down to type in this old familiar box, I wanted to share the speech I wrote for Hal at his memorial service yesterday, and this seemed like the…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Nov 18, 7:47pm -
  • 11 Gifts that Empower Women and Girls

    11 Gifts that Empower Women and Girls

    The following post was written in partnership with my incredible friends at To The Market -- one of my favorite online destinations for year-round gift-giving.***This holiday season,  it is increasingly important to me that the majority of the money…
    - 10 days ago, 5 Nov 18, 8:01pm -
  • the grass cannot be greener on the side it will not grow

    the grass cannot be greener on the side it will not grow

    - 21 Sep 17, 1:37pm -
  • when to howl back

    when to howl back

    I used to call out to her frantically. "Bo, come back! WAIT, WHERE ARE YOU GOING!?" I didn't want to lose her so I would dress her in bright colors or wild prints that were easy to spot against crowds. In those days I could barely make out her sil…
    - 8 Aug 17, 11:55pm -
  • The Month(s) in Moments: April & May

    The Month(s) in Moments: April & May

    Some incredible things that happened over the last two months, in no particular order: my brother-in-law got married to someone we all adore and the girls wore flowers in their hair. Archer turned twelve years old. Our couch (and bed) finally came af…
    - 5 Jun 17, 3:42pm -
  • In defense of complicated coffee orders

    In defense of complicated coffee orders

    The following post is sponsored by Little, Brown and Co and the new book Penguins of America -- written by bestselling author, James Patterson and his son, Jack, who came up with the idea for this book when he was five years old. Congrats, Jack and J…
    - 2 Jun 17, 12:41pm -
  • We did it! Because of you. THANK YOU.

    We did it! Because of you. THANK YOU.

    A few hours ago, our Pans kickstarter campaign came to an end. I watched the clock as it ticked down and had one last ugly battle cry -- of which there have been many -- over the last four weeks.Over the course of 28 days, 21 hours and eighteen mi…
    - 30 May 17, 5:58pm -
  • sprinting toward the finish line...

    sprinting toward the finish line...

    We are in the home-stretch with just over four days to go of our Kickstarter campaign and as of this morning we have TWO angel backers who are EACH coming through with 5k if we can get 250 more backers by Saturday, 9:30am PST.  So! If you haven't ba…
    - 25 May 17, 4:24pm -
  • in transit the scenery blurs

    in transit the scenery blurs

    1. He turns twelve tomorrow. An age that is as between as it gets. I remember when he turned ten, feeling like, here we go... and now, here we are, pushing through space between months and years and numbers that mean more than they did, even last yea…
    - 22 May 17, 2:40pm -
  • PANS on Kickstarter is Now Live! Thank you so much for your support!

    PANS on Kickstarter is Now Live! Thank you so much for your support!

    photo by Angela Boatwright after our tease shoot in January Yesterday, a little after 9am, our Pans Kickstarter campaign went live.  ED: I meant to post this yesterday but in typical HA HA OH, YOU fashion, I had to pick a "sick" child up from schoo…
    - 3 May 17, 12:13am -




  • Breastfeeding Diaries

    Breastfeeding Diaries

    Today I am over at The girl in the red shoes talking about my breastfeeding journey so far.Check it out HERE.Also, I am have been MIA lately. Life has been crazy! Riley is 5 months and on the move. Brayden has been having some seizures and had an MRI…
    - 19 Feb 14, 1:28pm -
  • Baby Weight

    Baby Weight

    Loosing the baby weight the second time around has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. Only third to having a sick child and my high risk pregnancy with Riley. The day I found out I was pregnant (12-31-12) 154lbsThe day I delivered (9-10-…
    - 30 Dec 13, 9:46am -
  • Catch up

    Catch up

    Our holiday season has been great so far. We wanted to make a point to focus on us and our family and what we want. Makes for a much less stressful holiday season. We are excited for our first xmas as a family of four and having Riley's first xmas.…
    - 18 Dec 13, 3:09pm -
  • Happy Holidays and a Birth Announcement

    Happy Holidays and a Birth Announcement

    Hope you are having a magical holiday season!
    - 15 Dec 13, 9:29pm -
  • 3 months old (and MIA)

    3 months old (and MIA)

    I guess I really have been MIA when I noticed my last post was Riley's 2 mo pictures, LOL.  Riley is 3 months old!!! Big girl is growing so fast.Wearing 3-6mo Gap/ON and 6mo Carters. Diapers size 2. She likes to sit (assisted). Her head control is a…
    - 12 Dec 13, 2:44pm -
  • 2 months old

    2 months old

    Ok kiddo seriously, I want to keep you tiny.Which we surpassed about 4 weeks ago. Girlfriend has had a major growth spurt and looks like a 4 mo old to me. She looks bigger in pictures and is still a new little babe but holy cow she's big for 2 months…
    - 12 Nov 13, 7:52pm -
  • Life Lately.....

    Life Lately.....

    Sitting down to write these days is a luxury. Good thing for Instagram, its quick and simple.Little miss Riley is such a doll and growing like a weed!! We have moved into 3-6 clothes. She looks like a baby now and not a newborn. She is smiling, sucki…
    - 4 Nov 13, 6:30am -
  • Canvas Winner
    The winner of a FREE 8x10 canvas is:Sarah @ Classy and FabulousCongrats. Please email me and I'll get your code to you.livelovelaughblog at yahoo dot com
    - 1 Nov 13, 6:30am -
  • Canvas review and GIVEAWAY

    Canvas review and GIVEAWAY

    Recently I teamed up again with Easy Canvas Prints and as always I love my canvas! I am obsessed with my canvas collection and this is a great addition.I love this picture of the kiddos and this is going to look beautiful hung up!We are also giving a…
    - 25 Oct 13, 6:00am -
  • T Shirt Review

    T Shirt Review

    We recently had the opportunity to create and review a custom t shirt from allied shirts. Since D loves his T's I let him design one for himself.It turned out really great. The site is really easy to use and it comes fast! Always great to partner wit…
    - 24 Oct 13, 9:19am -

PBS Digital Studios: THNKR (YouTube)

  • https://youtube.com/devicesupport


    https://youtube.com/devicesupporthttps://youtube.com/devicesupporthttp://m.youtube.comFrom:YouTube HelpViews:336067540ratingsTime:03:56More inHowto & Style
    - 2 Jun 15, 8:00pm -

Pigtail Pals: Redefine Girly!

  • Q&A With “Powered By Girl” author Lyn Mikel Brown
    “Powered By Girl” is part critical commentary on a “lean in”, “TEDified” view of girl power and versions of the “exceptional girl” breaking down barriers on her own when in actuality they have benefited from a support system of adults…
    - 13 Sep 16, 9:07am -
  • Girls Who Change the World and the Women Behind Them
    Book review “Powered By Girl”, Lyn Mikel Brown. Author Q&A to come tomorrow! Every page of my copy of “Powered By Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists” (Beacon Press) by my colleague Lyn Mikel Brown is highlighted like the photo…
    - 12 Sep 16, 2:01pm -
  • Finding Dory Is Perfect, Except When It Isn’t: Gerald and Becky
    This weekend “Finding Dory” opened to enormous box office success, which is important for a sequel driven by a female character. My family and I join in on the positive reviews, we all really loved the film. Except for one really important part.…
    - 20 Jun 16, 7:15pm -
  • You Are Needed To Shine
    A late night request to my community — Whether you are awake late into the night with me now or you read this in the morning or days later, I need something from you.   For two days I have had women messaging me, telling me they too were raped. Th…
    - 8 Jun 16, 3:37am -
  • Little Girls and Dangling Earrings
    Originally written May 8, 2015 (Thank you, Facebook, for the tour through Memories!). Updated May 10, 2016.  Here’s the thing about rushing our girls prematurely through girlhood – if they act like miniature teenagers during their childhood they…
    - 11 May 16, 9:40am -
  • Sexism From The Back Seat: What Women Want
    While driving with my children this morning we heard an obnoxious morning radio program ask a trivia question for listeners. “What do forty percent of women wish they had?”   My kids – my kids, who live in the epicenter of media literacy, crit…
    - 3 May 16, 5:44pm -
  • Daughters, Boyfriends, and Terrified Dads
    My kids, ten and eight years old, both have their first crushes. Nothing more than “playground love” and I can see why my kids are crushing on the other two individuals. I adore the other children, they are great kids with fun personalities. Whil…
    - 2 May 16, 1:50pm -
  • File under I Need Feminism Because…..Twin Peaks and Bosses
    I need feminism because…My husband is at dinner with his boss and his boss’s boss at a restaurant where the waitresses dress like this. The name and logo of this fine establishment are a play off women’s breasts. The company’s website  invit…
    - 5 Apr 16, 8:54pm -
  • Mom and Daughter Question the Gendered Difference In Boys’ and Girls’ Clothing Sizes
    If you’ve shopped for children’s clothing in the past few years you understand not all things are created equal. Despite parents loudly supporting moves to get away from gender stereotypes in the children’s marketplace and a new bunch of small…
    - 22 Mar 16, 7:27pm -
  • Big Shake Up In the Princess World
    A big shake up in the world of twelve inch princesses – the license for the Disney dolls has shifted from one toy giant to another. What does this mean for the toy industry, but more importantly, what does this mean for your child and the marketing…
    - 8 Jan 16, 3:17am -

San Francisco Chronicle: Poop Files

  • Super-Crafty Halloween Contest winners are here!
    First of all, let’s agree that the word “winners” is misused here. Because when people are taking the time, effort and historical research to dress their kids up like Hunter S. Thompson and Frida Kahlo, there are no losers. But there must be wi…
    - 3 Nov 15, 7:13pm -
  • Super-Crafty Halloween Costume Contest – entries are here!
    Every year, I tell myself that the Super-Crafty Costume Contest couldn’t get any better. And then, on the eve of the contest, someone sends a photo of their 3-year-old dressed as Nux the War Boy from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and all is right with…
    - 30 Oct 15, 2:21pm -
  • Super Crafty Halloween Costume Contest 2015 – enter now!
    The Poop parenting blog has been on hiatus for something like 12 years, and both my kids are in their 40s now. Mostly these days I’m writing 4,000 word history articles for the San Francisco Chronicle and 140 character tweets. I’m not even sure t…
    - 19 Oct 15, 7:24am -
  • Super-Crafty Halloween Costume Contest – the winners are here!
    Before we start, apologies that these winners are being announced so late. I know that historians looking back on this will have no context to the tardiness, but just trust me, it’s freaking late. Pretty sure I saw someone putting up Valentine’s…
    - 6 Nov 14, 1:17pm -
  • My favorite pro-Giants costume of the 2014 World Series run
    This is the time of year that I sit at my desk reading incoming e-mails, with my face frozen in a permanent grin. Since we put out the call for entries last week, I’ve been receiving dozens of Super-Crafty Halloween Costume Contest e-mails, and onc…
    - 27 Oct 14, 2:29pm -
  • The Super Crafty Halloween Costume Contest returns!
    I haven’t written on The Poop in something like 47 years, I’m pretty sure my own kids have left college and are “finding themselves.” Our original blog banner with the little baby head appears to be missing. But our annual costume contest is…
    - 23 Oct 14, 8:19am -
  • Thunderdome of Sappy Parenting Commercials … help us pick two finalists!
    Here’s how this crazy experiment came about: I was watching TV with my wife and suddenly found myself in a big fat puddle of embarrassing ugly cry, thanks to an Extra Gum commercial about birds and college and heartbreak — something like that. It…
    - 22 Jul 14, 7:37am -
  • Field Trip: 5 Reasons to Visit Legoland
    There are a lot of amusement parks out there. Not all of them sell mouse ears in the gift shops. If the general, well, awesomeness of “The Lego Movie” wasn’t enough of a reminder, we’re here to make the case for driving right past Anaheim thi…
    - 3 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Field Trip: Camp Mather Survival Guide
    As the summer vacation season arrives, we revisit our Camp Mather survival guide, originally published in 2012. Despite last year’s devastating Rim Fire and some related water issues, not much has changed at San Francisco’s 90-year-old family cam…
    - 5 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • D’oh, a deer: Capturing the video and missing the parenting moment
    Perhaps I watched “Footloose” too many times in the 1980s and 1990s, but I anticipated that my biggest parenting struggles would involve knock-down-drag-out battles between myself and my kids. Even when I still was a child I knew I wouldn’t be…
    - 27 May 14, 1:16pm -

The Guardian: Children's Books (< 7)

  • Why political books for kids are more popular than ever – and six you should definitely read
    Children’s literature with a political message was once frowned upon, but now it’s everywhere, with authors writing about everything from eco-socialism to redistributionAll children’s books are political, because everything is: to walk the unde…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Nov 18, 11:39am -
  • The Magic Pudding can still make us laugh even after 100 years
    A bohemian whose work was often censored, Norman Lindsay’s book of delightfully nasty characters and superb illustrations became a beloved children’s classic“Eat away, chew away, munch and bolt and guzzle/Never leave the table till you’re ful…
    - 21 days ago, 25 Oct 18, 1:00pm -
  • Browse a bookshop: Moon Lane Books, south London
    Bestsellers and recommended reads from the newest member of the Moon Lane familyMoon Lane Books opened last April as part of Moon Lane Ink, a not-for-profit company that recently won an independent bookshop innovation award for its work improving equ…
    - 39 days ago, 7 Oct 18, 6:00am -
  • Matilda, stay young: it’s bittersweet to see Roald Dahl’s hero turn 30 | Cressida Cowell
    Quentin Blake’s depictions of Matilda as an explorer and astrophysicist highlight how slow progress is in the real worldQuentin Blake’s new illustrations for the covers of Matilda, celebrating 30 years of the book, provoke a mixture of emotions,…
    - 45 days ago, 1 Oct 18, 5:06am -
  • Fiction for older children reviews – many happy book returns
    With a host of popular characters back this autumn, picking up from where you left off has rarely been more funIt’s easy to be sniffy about franchises, especially when they absorb all oxygen and shelf space. But there is such pleasure in catching u…
    - 52 days ago, 24 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • The Magic Pudding: 100 years of Norman Lindsay's classic – in pictures
    Norman Lindsay wrote The Magic Pudding reportedly to settle an argument with his friend Bertram Stevens, claiming children preferred to read about food than fairies. The book, about the adventures of Bill Barnacle, Sam Sawnoff, their new friend Bunyi…
    - 55 days ago, 21 Sep 18, 7:26pm -
  • Is my Jewish three-year-old too young to learn about antisemitism? | Hilary Freeman
    I stand by my decision to read my daughter a children’s version of the Anne Frank story, but some of my friends have objectedMy three-year-old daughter, Sidonie, stared for a moment at the illustration in the storybook I was reading her at bedtime.…
    - 84 days ago, 23 Aug 18, 5:30am -
  • Julia Donaldson: ‘If I have an idea for a new book, I slave for hours’
    The Gruffalo author on her creative and domestic routine – and how she gets to sleep at the end of itI sleep for eight hours; I go to bed between 10.30pm and midnight, and read modern fiction by writers like Sarah Waters. I don’t have to turn off…
    - 4 Aug 18, 3:00am -
  • Want the kids to read more? 15 modern classics for all ages
    From greedy dogs to shimmering dragons and from dance competitions to grisly murder – these books can inspire a lifetime of readingFrom bedtime stories to bribes: tips to get your child reading moreThe Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillian a…
    - 27 Jul 18, 4:00am -
  • The best recent fiction for children
    A magical trio of books, including a Hogwarts for baddies, and a ‘frenemy’ tale of a schoolgirl swimmerThe first decision a children’s author needs to make before putting fingertips to keyboard is whether to invoke hocus-pocus, or not. Done bel…
    - 3 Jul 18, 3:00am -
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