Archive for January, 2012

January 23rd, 2012

SOS: WordPress for Dummies has Met it’s Match

SOS: Send WordPress help, stat!

I am not insecure about my level of intelligence. I am reasonably well-educated—more so than many, not as well as some. But I read. I write. I have articulate conversations with intelligent individuals about religion, politics, economics, the arts. I can contribute ideas and think creatively. I have studied logic. I am strategic. And I definitely do not suffer fools gladly: I have virtually zero tolerance for stupidity. Especially in myself. Which brings me to the point of this little tirade: There is one thing, and one thing alone, that reduces both the size and functionality of my brain to that of a pea: Technology. To be more precise: Code. I spent the better part of the morning trying to update my ‘other’ Web site. You know, my day-job, career-oriented, required-to-promote-my-company-and-maybe-earn-a-living Web site, the one that I should, in all honesty, devote far more attention too. And after several hours of hard work, research, writing and re-vamping, a simple download was all that was required to make it complete. One poorly navigated thematic update later, and this is what my site now says:

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January 19th, 2012

The Perfectly-Fitting Sports Bra, from Someone Who Knows

Running Sports Bra from Bare Necessities

By Cindy Prosser, Guest Blogger

My entry into the modeling world took an unexpected turn when I agreed to model underwear at the young age of 20. While twenty is actually considered “old” in the modelling business, it felt very young to me when I was presented with the oportunity to stand around in very little clothing, in front a very large crowd (who knew taking photographs took so many people?). In the end, I said ‘Yes’ to the job, headed down a new career path, and quickly developed a level of self-confidence I hadn’t expected. Soon, I was immersed in the world of undergarments. I was surprised to learn what a great gift the perfectly-fitting bra truly is, and they became the #1 item on my Christmas gift-giving list!

During the last five months of my modelling career, I found myself exclusively modeling sports wear—an equally empowering and invigorating experience—and this was when my passion for sports bras was sparked. But life threw me another curve, as life often does, when I found out I was pregnant. My modeling days came to an end, but pregnancy gave me the opportunity to not only give birth to the best thing that has ever happened to me, but to also look at the world of undergarments from a new perspective: As a researcher and writer. Today, I get to write about all things bras, underwear, lingerie, nightgowns (and more!), and I absolutely love every minute of it.

Now, about those sports bras… read more »

January 10th, 2012

Saying Good-Bye to Punxsutawney Phil

Good-bye, Punxsutawney Phil

By Heather Von St. James, Guest Blogger

Throughout my life, I have been called an eternal optimist. I have always believed that the glass is half full, not half empty. I am blessed with the ability to see the best in any situation. But my optimism was sorely tested on November 21, 2005, when I heard the three words that no one ever wants to hear: You have cancer. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a life-threatening form of cancer, just three-and-a-half months after the birth of my precious baby girl. I was only 36 years old.

When you are diagnosed with cancer, you have two choices. You can curse God, ask “Why me?”, and spend your time immersed in bitterness and self-pity, or, you can choose to accept the diagnosis and get ready for the fight for your life. I chose the second option, and I have never looked back. I was determined to make the best of this situation, to fight as hard as I could, both for myself and for my child, and to use my positivity to help others along the way.

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January 5th, 2012

My Clean Slate

My 2012 clean slate

If you have been following my Tweets of late—and if you haven’t, Tsk!Tsk!, you can follow me on Twitter by clicking  http://twitter.com/theknowitallmom—you will know that I have been suffering from the January Doldrums. This is an affliction I fall victim to every year, after the family-and-friends-and-fun-filled extravaganza of the holidays comes to an anti-climatic end, and I am left to pack the twinkly lights and glitter-covered ornaments into their dusty, cardboard cases, stashing them away in a dingy basement corner, along-side other forgotten relics like tattered yearbooks and the figure skating medals I won when I was ten, until the hype and anticipation of the holidays returns next year and they re-emerge to assume their rightful glory. To quote myself, circa January 3, 2012:

The January doldrums are here. It only took 3 days. Missing Little Miss (school), Darling Husband (away on work), friends and family. Rainy day. Head cold. Blah.”

That pretty much sums up my mood. If I had had the space, I would have added a sad face, just for effect.

And yet, here I am, two days later, updating my blog, editing not one but two guest blogger submissions, writing again, and generally getting busy. Doldrums or not, a new year also brings a new set of goals, desires, obligations, and a renewed sense of zeal. I begin this year blissfully unemployed. The contract that pulled me away from my blog, that interrupted my yoga practice, that all but eliminated lunch dates with friends, that interfered with family time, and that generally invaded way, W-AAAY too much of my head-space, is now over. Done. Finito. Complete. I am free. I feel like I have been handed early parole for good behaviour, and I cannot take it for granted.

And so, my friends, with my head cold lingering and the Doldrums temporarily at bay, I wish you a very Happy New Year. I am raising my favourite old coffee mug, one quarter full with luke-warm coffee, to toast all of you, and to celebrate an up-coming year of many unknowns, ‘lots of opportunity, and a clean slate upon which I can create whatever I want. Cheers!

January 3rd, 2012

Get Published by The Know It All Mom

Recently, I have received many inquiries about guest posting on my site. The Universe is trying to tell me something. The message: Get back to the beginning. When I started this blog, my intention was to create a forum for parents everywhere to share their experiences, ideas, challenges, successes, frustrations, questions and concerns. But I am not good at delegating. I have tried to carry the blog myself, which has lead to months of fervent activity, followed by periods of complete inactivity. As I freely admit on my About Me page, I don’t actually know it all, but I’ve always believed that together we can figure it out, sharing a few laughs, and maybe even a few tears, along the way. So let’s share.

Beginning, in January, 2012—that means NOW folks, for all of you writers and wannabes out there!—I will be accepting submissions for publication. If you would like your creative non-fiction writing to be considered for publication on The Know It All Mom, here is what you need to do:

  1. Email your story ideas or completed pieces that have NOT been published elsewhere to tkiam@theknowitallmom.com.
  2. Type the word SUBMISSION and your word count in the subject line of your email, please, otherwise your work might just get lost in the plethora of email that finds it’s way to me, and that would be sad. :( Submissions must be creative non-fiction. Although I love to read poetry, short stories, and most genres of fiction, the Know It All Mom is not the place for these children to find a home.
  3. Keep submissions under 500 words. Longer pieces may be considered, but only if the content cannot possibly be covered effectively without saying more.
  4. Expect to be edited. This is in no way an indication that you are not a talented, gifted individual with the literary genius of Jane Austen, but rather a simple fact that it’s my blog, I like what I like, and I reserve the right to post things only after I am 100% satisfied.
  5. Do not send attachments. Please copy and paste your submission into the body of your email. Attachments can be cumbersome. They don’t open, they lose formatting, and are generally a pain in the butt. Pasting text directly into your email simplifies everything. Attachments will not be opened. Thank you in advance.
  6. Make sure your work is thematically consistent with the Know It All Mom. To understand who I am and the mandate behind my blog, the About Me page is an excellent place to start. Note that I prefer anecdotal, personal stories of life as a mother/woman/wife/daughter/sister/friend/parent. Itemized How-To or Top-Ten-type lists are NOT my favourite. I’d rather read how you developed the list than the list itself. I like honesty. I like writing that comes from the heart with a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach. I do not like self-indulgence. This is a fine line to walk, I know, I tip-toe along it every time I sit down to compose something. Still, it must be done. I like people with opinions, even opinions I do not share. Disagreement is essential to dialogue, so take a stand and tell me what you think. If you can make me laugh, great! If you can make me cry, that’s good, too. To familiarize yourself with the type of stories I am interested in receiving, read some of my posts, e.g., Confession Time, Coming from a Place of Yes, or One Joint is One Too Many, or better yet, read some of my published pieces found here: Writing. If you are still in doubt, email anyway. The worst that can happen is that I say, “No.”
  7. Do not expect an immediate response. I will respond to you, I promise, but as we all know, “Life is what happens while we’re making other plans.” (John Lennon said that, I think…anyone know?) In other words, I plan to get back to everyone as quickly as I can, regardless of the outcome of your submission, but only after the realities of my day-to-day life as a wife, mother, chauffeur, chef, laundress, etc., have been managed.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you very soon. Happy writing!