Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fashion Blogging Internets

RewardStyle Queen Is Baking A Princess

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Today in nothing’s sacred news, Amber Venz Box, the coppertopped overlord of RewardStyle, has announced she has a little liketoknowit in the oven. She and her husband Baxter Box are expecting a daughter this fall. Obviously the woman who invented Put A Monetize On It! couldn’t just throw up a twee post with some baby shoes or something – she put up a credit filled announcement party post.

I am elated to finally share some news with you that Baxter and I have been keeping secret for the last few months: WE ARE EXPECTING A BABY GIRL! Little B.B. will be joining us this fall!

The post included a giveaway for readers complete with yay follow 2 different instagrams and also tag a mommy you know, and a whole bunch of legal contest rules. Why just say ‘guess what, I had sex with Bento Box’ when you can contest sponsor the crap out of it, right? No word yet on whether there will be custom Baby Box shoes in which to attend the Rockstud Rodeo, but I’m sure that kid will be kitted out better than a Honda in a Fast/Furious movie.

Aw ok snark over, I’ve had some (all the) wine tonight and I’m a bit soft, so congrats to the obviously happy couple. Good luck little Baby Box and Amberlamps – and hooray for wannabe fashionable mommy bloggers! Something tells me a whole new world of affiliate cash is about to open up to you.

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Book Club Food Blogging Healthy Living Blogging

‘Gluten-Free Girl And The Chef’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

Today is a day like no other. Your life, quiet, stumbling like a small child in search of the truffles that have already been found by hogs. It will change today. It will change swiftly but it will feel endless, like a heartbeat between I love yous, or like the morning after you win a chili eating contest. Today you will breathe along with ‘Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef‘ by The Gluten-Free Girl Shauna Ahern, and also Daniel Ahern. I bring you this review as a gift. A gift from my heart to yours, because I love you all very much, and I enjoy reading books about healthy eating written by people who look about as healthy as a pan of Hamburger Helper. Yes. Let us begin.

On to the TL;DR…

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Lifestyle Blogging WTF

Jordan Reid Finally Saw Some Poverty, Wants To Tell You About Racism

Jordan Reid, self-proclaimed ‘writer’, is on her family roadtrip from NYC to San Jose. Along the way she decided to stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas for a ‘couple of days’.

I want to be clear: there are great things about the area. It is beautiful out there in the country…There is so much poverty. There is so much decay. And god, is there ever a lot of racial tension; you can practically feel it in the air.

The ‘liberal resident of a coastal state’ then described the horrifying situations she was exposed to in omgAR.

The hotel we stayed in – which was the second-nicest one in town, from what I gathered – had cockroaches on the floor, chipped walls in the elevators, trash on the mattresses, a two-foot-wide pool of water in the carpet from a leaky air conditioner, and burned-out lightbulbs. Outside the hotel sat a woman in a wheelchair wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt, smoking alternately from the long cigarettes she held, one in each hand.

This basically sounds like something from any number of New York City neighborhoods, so I’m not sure why she had to travel to Dixie to experience such upsetting sights. She goes on to say the ‘hotel received two visits from police officers within twelve hours (two that we knew of, at least)’; that she heard someone use the n word; that she and her family unwittingly rode in an elevator where someone had been pepper sprayed minutes before.

I can’t feel good about having gone to this place, and failing to show you what I really saw. Because there was a dark and ugly undercurrent hiding behind the facade of leisure…

Jordan is responding to the collective ‘wtf?’ of much of her audience by saying ‘it was important to write about it – if only for the reason that writing gets people talking’. Because obviously nobody was discussing poverty and racism in America until a white, upper middle class lady from a white, upper middle class suburb told everyone how awful poverty and racism are, and she should know because she made a choice to stay in a bad hotel that one time.

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Book Club Lifestyle Blogging

‘Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We were sent home at 1 today and I don’t have to be back in until Tuesday, so I thought I’d try to knock out the first half of this week’s Book Club this afternoon, then wrap it up tomorrow afternoon. Since I never finish them in one day anyway, amirite. I hope you have Monday off because we’re about to begin a journey into the land of beige that may require several days of recovery. Of course I’m talking about ‘Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home’, the second book by Emily Schuman.  Let us proponent!

On to the TL;DR…

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Healthy Living Blogging

Belle Gibson’s Mom Tells Her Side

Belle Gibson, the woman who faked cancer, gave an interview a month ago in which she basically blamed her terrible childhood for her actions. In the interview Belle claimed she never knew her father, was forced to care for her autistic brother, “didn’t have any toys”, and was “forced to take care of herself from the age of five”.

When I started school, my mum went, ‘My daughter is grown up now’. All of a sudden I was walking to school on my own, making school lunches and cleaning the house every day…It was my responsibility to do grocery shopping, do the washing, arrange medical appointments and pick up my brother…

Well now Belle’s ‘estranged’ mother has responded – and she says Belle is full of it.

What a lot of rubbish…Her brother is not autistic and she’s barely done a minute’s housework in her life. I’ve practically worked myself into an early grave to give that girl everything she wanted in life.

Belle’s older brother also chimed in, saying he is “really upset”, but that Belle “has always been like this”.

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Book Club Fashion Blogging

‘Already Pretty’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

It’s time once again for us to expand our hearts and minds with a moving tome by a blogger. This week’s life changing event is ‘Already Pretty: Learning To Love Your Body by Learning to Dress It Well’ by Sally McGraw of Already Pretty. I haven’t even opened the book yet and I’m already sighing, so let’s get started.

On to the TL;DR…

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Lifestyle Blogging Mommy Blogging

That Wife Knows How To Celebrate Motherhood

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Jenna Cole, America’s most overworked mother, had an amazing Mother’s Day. First she spent Mother’s Day Eve having one of her girl’s night outs. She had friends over to dress up and take pictures of themselves, then headed out for drinks where she took more selfies. Then she spent the day itself having yet more pictures taken of herself.

My request for Mother’s Day was photos of me. Me alone, me with the kids, even me with TH while T1 pointed the camera in our direction.

Of course she did a touching shout out to her own mother as well.

She’s vibrant, innovative, generous, and compassionate. I see so much of her in me as I grow older…

Ok, not so much as a touching shout out as a backdoor brag, but it’s Jenna so what do you expect. Still, it’s nice to see such an amazing mother take some much needed time for herself. Jenna Time is so rare!

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