Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lifestyle Blogging

Sparkling Adventures Will Provide You With A “Gayby”


Sparkling Adventures, there are no words, has announced to the world she is once again pregnant. But she’s not regular pregnant, she’s cool pregnant. With a “gayby”!

I’m delighted to share publicly that I’m pregnant again — but the baby isn’t mine. I’m growing a child for close friends of mine who can’t naturally conceive and birth their own child.

Well that sounds wonderful, right? Surrogacy can be a wonderful, selfless act designed to provide people with a family. But Sparky didn’t want to have just any ole baby.

In the last couple of years, I’ve been growing in love for the gay community, and I knew having a baby with a gay couple would be a way I could make a meaningful difference in their lives.

That’s right, she purposely sought out a gay couple so she could have a “gayby”. She’s also thinking of the future for her own children – “I know that what I’m doing will augment our worldwide network of loving friends — my girls will always be welcomed in Ágúst and Ben’s home when they choose to start travelling independently”. And don’t think she’s doing it as a way to supplement her income, either:

I’m not being paid for the pregnancy in any way, although the fathers did offer. Without any contracts, payments or legalities, this isn’t a surrogacy — it’s a love affair! I’ve enjoyed a romance with a married couple, fallen pregnant to them and will birth their baby in their home. The fathers will pay for the home-birth midwife’s services, and I’m covering all our travel costs and living expenses.

I just…ok, look. I 100% in theory support what she’s doing. But the woman can barely provide for her own kids, so this all feels like some kind of stunt for high fives and attention. What do you hams think? Am I being too cynical here?


Mommy Blogging

Love Taza’s Candid Family Moments Sure Are Candid


Have you ever wondered how this new wave of pinterest-like mommy bloggers manage to get all those those TOTES PRESH “candid” moments caught on film so perfectly?

Now you know, thanks to an instagram video (has sound, so be sure to mute if you need to) shot by a friend of the Love Taza Family. The video shows what appears to be a typical day at the park for the children of a mommy blogger – going down a slide while their dad holds a huge camera in their faces all the way down, and mom standing to the side with her phone pointed at them, presumably recording the event for her instagram followers.

Just more proof that this “little family blog” is basically a professional stage show starring the kids, and directed by the parents.


Internets Lifestyle Blogging Mommy Blogging

BlogHer ’14 Apparently A Huge Womp Womp

Another BlogHer conference has ended, and from behind all the hype and hooplah some very interesting stories emerged. Some highlights:

On to the TL;DR…



Vlogger Michelle Phan Sued For Using Music, Claims She Had Permission

oh princess

Michelle Phan, allegedly Asian, is apparently being sued by Ultra Records for using music in her beauty vlogs without permission. Ultra wants Phan to disclose how much money the videos have made, and apparently wants all the profits.

But in a truly classy internet counter-offensive, Phan’s lawyers are telling TMZ she totally had permission to use the songs. Her “legal team” also says Phan will be filing “a lawsuit of her own” which should keep generating publicity for her for at least a year.

In other news, I had no idea this chick was now such a big deal that TMZ is covering her. I guess that Dr. Pepper commercial really shot her to the A List.


Mommy Blogging

CecilyK Would Like A Ride And Also Can You Stop For Burgers

Cecily Kellogg, the J. Wellington Wimpy of the blog conference circuit, apparently managed a plane ticket into SFO for the BlogHer conference in San Jose. Rather than doing some googling (it’s not like she’s a tech writer, folks) or setting aside money for a cab or Uber, she did her usual passy assy facebook hair twirling.


And, as usual, some poor soul stepped up to the enabler plate, telling Cecily “I can come get you if you want”. To which the queen of gratitude replied:


Did she seriously just grift a free ride from SFO to San Jose…and then ask the person to stop by a burger stand on the way? Can she honestly not make it 24 hours in California without shoving some Double Doubles into her swamp mouth?

ermagerd cheeseburgers

And no mention of buying the poor woman dinner or offering to replace her vehicle struts in exchange for her trouble. Behold, internets – this is what a successful, 45 year old blogger’s life looks like! Bumming rides from the airport and begging for fast food. Such aspirational! BlogHer ’14’s open post is going to be a trainwreck, I can already tell.


Internets Mommy Blogging

Ashlee Wells Jackson Supports Mothers If They Do Things Her Way

Ashlee Wells Jackson, has a legal team, has spent the last few weeks screeching about how social media should stop censoring images of mothers. But it seems a new dust up over her “Stop Censoring Motherhood” project has made it clear what she really meant was ‘only I am allowed to censor images of mothers’.

A young woman recently lost her baby at a few days old. In an effort to help herself heal and to show support for the “4th Trimester Bodies” project, she posted the standard black and white picture of a woman in black underwear shot used in the project.

Please go follow and support @the4thtribodies , and share share share.
This post isn’t for me, it’s for all the mothers in the world and the right to honor and appreciate all women’s bodies.

Unfortunately, Ashlee didn’t appreciate the show of support enough to let the image be. She promptly told the young woman to remove the post because it violated her trademarked hashtag and basically telling her if she wanted to participate in the project, she’d need to book a photo shoot through Ashlee.

I greatly appreciate your support and would love to share your story but this image violates my copyright and trademark and is taken VERY seriously. If you’d like to participate in @the4thtribodies PLEASE go to my website and find how to do so properly.

When other mommies and support groups called Ashlee out on this, she began claiming she reached out privately first, and said that instead of removing the photo the woman “sent hundreds of people to attack me”. She then began banning people and deleting comments disagreeing with her actions.


So…which is it? Is this a project to support real images of mothers and eradicate the shame of postpartum bodies? Or is it a trademarked, copyrighted business venture designed to increase Ashlee’s photography clientele and bring her some personal glory?


Mommy Blogging

Cecily Kellogg Is Taking Her Say Elsewhere

CecilyK, polarizing vortex of fail, has apparently been successfully elbowed out by Babble’s new editorial guidelines.


2 days after announcing that she basically just lost a big chunk of her income, Cecily posted that she would be attending Blogher again, even though she is “not speaking” and  “not sponsored by anyone”, and that because of losing her gig with Babble she’ll be “attending as a hobbyist, not a professional blogger”. Which totally sounds like a necessary expense when you lose a job and are trying to move.

Anyway, I guess this means we will no longer be treated to a Babble filled with wonderful posts telling us to shut up. What a shame. I can’t wait to see what mediocre content farm she makes her way to next.