Another long hiatus but I swear, in honor of a new season and what we hope is the end of winter for good, this feature will be back with more regularity like the title suggests!
This week Disney Interactive announced huge cuts including the end of BabyZone.com, the 3 year old Spoonful site that delivered daily inspiration for fun, food, and parenting, and layoffs that cut 25% of the staff. The 700 people that were laid off include the talented team I worked with as a writer for Babble. So if you know of any sites hiring online editors, I have a few names to pass on to you!
Getty Images announced that they’re allowing bloggers to use their images for free as a way to combat piracy but while it may sound sweet, it definitely comes with some strings attached. Michele McGraw shares How to Embed Getty Images for Free and the pros and cons of doing so. It’s a must read!
Have you heard? TSA is on Instagram! Their official feed may only have 58 photos so far but it provides a fascinating inside look at some of the items confiscated at airports around the country (spoiler: lots of guns and knives disguised as all kinds of objects) and a chance to meet the dogs of the TSA. If you want to know more about what was confiscated and where, the TSA also has a blog! Their Week in Review posts detail the number of artfully concealed prohibited items, miscellaneous prohibited items, stun guns, and firearms along with which airport they were found, caliber, and whether they were loaded or not. Oh, and there’s an abundance of helpful travel advice too.
Fascinated by space? Tune into the premiere of National Geographic Channel’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey tonight – Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. If there’s a burning question that your kids have for an astronaut, now is the time to submit them to be considered to be answered through National Geographic’s Live From Space global television event which will be broadcast live from the International Space Station on Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Astronauts on the Space Station will be answering viewers’ questions that can be submitted via Instagram photo or video using the hashtag #HelloFromEarth. Questions submitted for consideration can be viewed through the #HelloFromEarth gallery.
Tired of awful images cluttering your Pinterest feed? Me too! Thankfully Kris Cain of Little Tech Girl provides a tutorial for Creating Pinterest Worthy Blog Content.
As parents, we’re always looking for ways to raise confident kids. My good friend, Elena Sonnino, shares some wisdom we learned from Julia V. Taylor at our most recent #TalkEarly Summit. Her Tips for Raising Confident Kids is a must read and I’ll be posting about this topic this week too!
Tis the season for dog adoptions! All of a sudden everyone is adopting puppies which is fabulous! We adopted #OlivertheDog when he was 3 and Amy Bradley-Hole shares tons of useful advice for anyone who is thinking about adopting a dog of any age in What You Should Know About Adopting a Pet.
Mad Men fans! Season 7 is coming and Dresden (my go-to for all things celebrity and entertainment!) helps decipher the teasers over on Babble.
Every mom who leaves her family for “that thing” will appreciate The Onion’s Report: Mom’s Got Her Thing Tonight.
If you’re struggling with bedtime issues in your house, know that you’re not alone. Panda parents find it just as hard to get their cubs to sleep. Fast forward to 2:45 for some panda parenting bedtime prowess as mama bear gets her seven month old back to bed at the Taipei Zoo!
Finally…This really fabulous teen has made it to the semi-finals in a local talent competition and I’d love your help in advancing him to the next round by just watching his amazing acoustic Let it Go performance. He’s really incredible and his performance will make you smile. Thanks!
Have a great week!