Hell is for Retail Employees: Open on Thanksgiving Edition

So, you think that retailers being open on Thanksgiving is a good idea. Oh, and that retail workers should be grateful for the chance to earn extra money, because hey, aren’t they making time and a half, and shouldn’t they actually be thanking their employers and the customers for giving them such a great opportunity?

First off, high five on perpetuating the notion that retail workers are a lower class of humans who couldn’t possibly appreciate having time to spend holidays with their families. We all really appreciate that whole perspective not having died out yet. Read More Hell is for Retail Employees: Open on Thanksgiving Edition

Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday

I shopped my first Black Friday nine years ago.  Before then my opinion of the whole thing was something along the lines of “You’ve got to be kidding if you think I am going to get up before dawn to shop with crazy people.” Read More Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday

Aunt Sally’s Holiday Guide to Nieces and Nephews: Gifts for Large Families

Three years before I became I mom, I became an aunt.

My first Christmas as an aunt, in 2002, I had one adorable nephew who was but a few weeks old.

Christmas 2003 found me an aunt five times over — I now had two nieces and three nephews to celebrate. Read More Aunt Sally’s Holiday Guide to Nieces and Nephews: Gifts for Large Families

Mom Bloggers Aren’t So Sugary Sweet

One of the reasons I’m happy to be here at Persephone is that I am able to break out of the mom-blogger mold. Are you familiar with such a mold? It’s the one where the at-home or at-work mom blogs about her kids and life, about parenting, about marriage, and more and more frequently, products and promotions that fit her family. She’s learned about branding, her Twitter avatar matches her blog header, and there’s usually a gmail account thrown in there too. That’s not all mom blogs, but that’s a snapshot. Read More Mom Bloggers Aren’t So Sugary Sweet