Fifty Shades of Pain

A few weeks ago I attended a Cafe Mom party tying in to the Blog Her 12 conference that was happening in NYC at the time. It was a great chance for me to meet the editors I've been working with for months now. I always feel it helps, no matter what the business, to make face time with the people you work with remotely. I had a great time at the party and am definitely glad I attended. And not just because of the free food and free booze... The only rough part, however, was when my editor Suzanne grabbed me by the arm and rushed me through a maze of ...

Get Your Kids Off the Couch and Outside to Exercise – Zamzee Review & Giveaway

Our first walk with the Zamzee activity meters was in a local park. You'd think with all the video games my kids play, that they'd each weigh 600 pounds by now. But if you ever watch Jason play the Wii, you'd see why he actually loses weight playing video games. He just never stops moving! But in general, my kids hate the outside. They're just not into sports and other than drawing mazes on the driveway with chalk, they couldn't care less about breathing in the fresh air. That's why I was super excited to try out Zamzee after I met with them at the recent Blog Her convention in New ...

Our Annual Family Trip to Woodloch Pines in the Poconos Rocked As Usual

This past weekend, my family packed up the car and headed to Hawley, Pennsylvania for a mini vacation. This marks the third year in a row that we visited Woodloch Pines with my wife's entire family (her two sisters' families and my in-laws). It's basically four days of campy fun for eight adults and seven kids. Thankfully the weather was near perfect. It rained just once, on Monday for about half the day. But other than that, we all had an amazing time. The kids just love spending a few days with their cousins, doing all sorts of crazy fun things like Go Karts, Bocce tournaments, paddle boats, basketball, a huge ...

8 Reasons Why Being Your Own Boss Isn’t the Greatest Job in the World

I've been working for myself for about five years now. And while being my own boss certainly has its privileges, it also has some serious downsides. I know a lot of freelance writers who'd easily agree, especially when it comes to the whole "feast or faminine" part of the job. Some months you're just rolling in the dough, and others, not so much. Anyways, besides the straight-up obvious salary part of working for someone else, there are certainly a lot of issues with being self-employed. I figured I'd rattle off a big ol' list for you, just in case you thought my days were always filled with double rainbows, chocolate walls, and ...

Are You Concerned With Underage Drinking?

I can't remember when I had my first beer. I do recall being a teenager and mowing our lawn on a super hot summer day. My dad would be doing yard work and while he wasn't (and still isn't) a big drinker at all, he'd enjoy a cold beer every now and then. He always said nothing was as refreshing as an ice cold beer right after you finish some yard work. He definitely let me have a sip when I was a teenager. And I definitely remember almost gagging and spitting it out before running inside for a Coke. I really wasn't the party type in high school (read: nerd), so ...