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Guilty Joy: Mom dances over kids back to school

August 31, 2013 --

This viral video shows a familiar scene of mom watching her child board the school bus on the first day of school. What is unfamiliar is that soon after she starts dancing joyfully right there in the street helping to confirm how we all feel. Please watch below.

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Blogger mom goes viral with Miley Cyrus letter

August 29, 2013 --

mmblggr2013When you have 2.6 million visits in two days, you have struck a chord with America.  So did this small mom blogger who wrote a letter to her daughter against the Miley Cyrus display on the MTV Awards show.  The blogger was also featured on ABC News where you can see her being interviewed.   We felt inspired to share this colossal mom-blog moment with our bloggers.  Please read below:

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hangout like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.

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How to write a bad review?

August 28, 2013 --


by Jamie Brazil, Portland
Her blog
Author of Prince Charming, Inc.

How to write a bad review… or a very good one.  Let’s face it, in this day and age anybody with an internet connection can buy and sell pretty much anything.  So the art of leaving a review – whether it’s for a book, a hotel, a Zumba class, a blender, or whatever – is having the skills to make other consumers sit up and listen.

You are influential… if you are relatable to other consumers.

The idea for this post came to me because I got a BAD review on one of my books. These things happen occasionally, and I don’t take them personally, but something about this review FELT OFF. Rereading it, I realized the reviewer was so generic in her opinion that her review could have been copied and pasted to ten thousand other novels and no one would know the difference.  That’s a BAD bad review.

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Is blogging dead?

August 26, 2013 --


Terri Patrick
Oregon writer
Terri Patrick’s blog

Another world is dying, if you believe the buzz. It’s the World of Blog. It birthed, boomed, has reached its saturation point, and is now “statistically” imploding.  It is old media, irrelevant, and wordy. Blog World should be shuffled off to its retirement so it no longer embarrasses all who bought property in the neighborhood.

Oh, wait, that news has been clarified. It’s not the entire Blog World that’s dying, only the satellite Moon Blogs used by authors for book promotions, and connecting with readers, and networking with writers. The news is being spread (on blogs!) that this is no longer a valid venue for spreading news. My opinion, of course, is invalid as I’ve been active in Blog World for years and yet – gasp – have not been selling anything! The fact that I had nothing to sell is irrelevant, and the fact that I find blogs highly relevant is of even less interest to the doomsayers.

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Mastering the Complexity of Simplicity

August 23, 2013 --


by Shannon Ables
Portland writer

The Simply Luxurious Life

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” –E. F. Schumacher

Even as a young girl I desired simplicity. Less stuff, being free from clutter and able to move freely and use my imagination. It seemed so elementary to me that if one had less to take care of, less to worry about, fewer unnecessary problems to deal with, that there would be more time to do exactly as one wished. And as I’ve grown up, the lesson and this simplistic approach to living has become even more permanently cemented as I go about my everyday life (thus the motivation behind “simply” in my creation of The Simply Luxurious Life mission statement).

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My letter to my firstborn

August 21, 2013 --


by Jen Rouse
The Short Years
Oregon writer

To my dear not-so-little girl,

You were the prettiest baby anyone had ever seen. I’m not just saying that because I’m your mom. People used to ask if I’d signed you up with a modeling agency, because you were that bright-eyed and smiley and just plain gorgeous.

You talked early. You walked late. You were obsessed with books and magazines from the time you could grab for them. You had very little hair. You loved to grab at the plastic chicken on your Fisher-Price toy farm and listen for its familiar cluck. Oh, how I can still hear that sound.
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Entertaining at Home & 4 Happiness Stealers

August 19, 2013 --

4 Happiness Stealers.

by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer
Medford blogger, author, entertainer.

My husband and I recently heard Dr. Brene’ Brown, PH.D. speak at a conference and I loved her positive spin on life. Of course my mind goes directly to entertaining at home, and the message here at RE, that you can feel genuine happiness by opening your home to others.

Some people will say, I’m just missing out on stress, or I’ll be spending money I don’t have, or It’s just too much work. True, but I say, and I think Dr. Brene’ would agree with me, that “connection” is what the world is missing out on.

We all want to fit in, be involved, be loved, and get invited to the party. But when it comes to opening our homes, so many of us shy away.

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Heartfelt poem on love & OCD goes viral

August 15, 2013 --

By Evergreen,
Oregon blogger

Here is something different on the web — poetry! And video poetry. Neil Hilborn gave this stand-up poem from the heart which talks about his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and falling in and out of love. The poem is becoming a huge hit, and I think we should all watch it to learn a little about how others view the world and sometimes feel powerless over how they feel.

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7 tips to avoid shopping regret

August 14, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Portland writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

Teased by advertising, coaxed by magazine editorials and tantalized by your favorite fashion blogs, that certain handbag you’ve had your eye on continues to be at the top of your shopping list, yet the price tag is extraordinary, and you are understandably guarded as to whether or not you should make the purchase. After all, what if you end up not being happy with your purchase?

Shopping regrets, also known as buyer’s remorse, reportedly affects many of us as research has revealed consumers regret 80% of our discretionary expenditures and 35% of all returns are attributed to buyer’s remorse.

So what fail-safe strategies can we use to ensure we are no longer a member of this undesired club?

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My personal coffee rehab

August 13, 2013 --


by Jamie Brazil, Portland
Her blog
Author of Prince Charming, Inc.

Today I’m starting back into the fray, the email, the everything.  I feel like I’ve been away for a week, which I sort of have. Almost six days actually.  Who knew a fifth birthday party in Seattle could send me over the edge?

Yes, 5! As in my niece turned five years old and I landed in a self-imposed detox cycle the next day.

Detox is hell. The first three days consisted of the worst, most debilitating headache of my life. What was I thinking giving up coffee? I love the stuff. It’s my magic elixir. It added a layer of richness to my life, I looked forward to that first sip every morning.

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