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I can’t tell you how often I think to myself, “How did moms
function before the Internet?” You can get just about anything online, which
can be delivered anytime. How did our moms do it when they couldn’t get
anything online? For me, there isn’t a day that goes by without me ordering
something from Amazon. From last-minute birthday gifts to books, and now
groceries in some cities, they seem to have it all. Well, almost.
Now, according to Reuters, Amazon really will have it all. That’s because you’ll soon be able to hire a
babysitter through Amazon. Sure, there are other local online babysitting
services currently available, but now you’ll be able to get school supplies, a
vacuum and a babysitter all in the same place.
I don’t mean to be a major convenience buzz kill here, but I
feel like there are some things we shouldn’t buy online — like babysitters. I
know tons of people do it, but I can’t help but wonder if I should actually
meet the total stranger with whom I’m entrusting the safety and well-being of
my children before I actually entrust them with the safety and well-being of my
I want convenience as much as the next mom, but there are some
things I just don’t think you should get online. Besides babysitters, here are 9 other things to watch out for.
It probably wouldn’t be too hard to fill out your prescription online and order
some new specs. But either I have the world’s most finicky face or glasses are
really hard to pick out. I’d love the
ease of glasses delivered to my house, but then who will answer me when I ask,
“Do these glasses make my nose look fat?”
Bras: Sure we all
have our go-to brand and size, but let’s just say that with time and children
comes a shifting bra size. I want to get my bras in person. If nothing else, I can’t
miss the humiliation of having the woman who has worked there for a century
flicking my boobs around like a raindrop while she measures me for my actual
I know ordering groceries online is all the rage, but I have the kind of luck where I’ll get a bag full of bruised fruit.
lighting in department stores sucks, but trying on a swimsuit in person is a
necessary evil to actually getting one that fits. Plus online, everything looks good when it's shown on a
supermodel. On me? Well, let’s just say that same swimsuit seems to look
different. I want to try it on before I pay for it.
Jeans: In my
mind, those super skinny jeans look great on me. In reality, they only look
good on me from the ankles down. So since jeans are tough to fit, I’m not
ordering mine online. I’m sucking it up, sucking it in and heading to the store
with the biggest selection. Hopefully, I’ll find the pair that looks great
on a mom who doesn’t want mom jeans.
Hats: Wearing a
hat can really go either way depending on the hat. You can either look like a
cool hipster or a mom who hasn’t washed her hair and needed to cover it up.
Either way, hats need to be tried on to see if they look good.
Produce: I know
ordering groceries online is all the rage, but I have the kind of luck where
I’ll get a bag full of bruised fruit. And we all know there’s no possible way
to get a child to eat a fruit with a bruise.
pets are cute online, but in person that cutie could actually be Cujo. So if I’m
going to get a dog or cat (which I’m not), I’ll be checking it out in person before I
bring it home for my kids to not play with.
Tons of people do it. I’m not going to be one of them. When it comes to stuff
that I put in my body and has the potential to kill me, I’ll spend the extra10 minutes to get the right information I need so I don’t off myself trying to
avoid going to the doctor.
Paint: Picking out paint is difficult enough in
person. The color never looks the same on the wall as it does on the
swatch. So imagine just how bad a choice you could make when that swatch is your computer screen, which you
haven’t washed in years. And since there might be no return policy on
online paint purchases, I’ll go ahead and head to the paint store.