12.30.13 Parenting
Juggling kids and Xmas holidays
Juggling kids and Xmas holidays

amandabioThe holidays are an especially crazy and stressful time of year. It’s even more crazy and stressful for parents who have children home from school for vacation. If you’re a parent who also has a job, how do you juggle your kids needs and your own work/life commitme... read more

12.29.13 Truth & Wisdom
Scrap the Resolutions and Review
Scrap the Resolutions and Review

Sadie BrownI’m going to start this piece with something I never use: a negative. I’ve had a DIRE few weeks, and I never, ever, say that. When I say I’m not okay, my friends’ look panicked because this does not happen; it’s like the Queen saying ‘bollocks’, impossible. A domino effect of ... read more

12.26.13 Wellness
Maybe It’s Not Okay
Maybe It’s Not Okay

taylorharrisonIt seems strange, as I look back, it has taken me 24 years to admit something might be wrong. I have been categorized as crazy, overly emotional, bitchy, cold, rude, too much, not enough. I think I accepted these labels because I am a woman. I’d think, “women are always super emotional” or ... read more

12.23.13 Parenting
The Santa Claus Issue
The Santa Claus Issue

amandabioThe holidays are quickly approaching, and Santa Claus is on a lot of peoples’ minds.  Lately I have started feeling dishonest telling my children that Santa Claus exists. So, I’m curious to know your thoughts. How do you handle the Santa Claus issue? At what age do you think it’s ... read more

12.19.13 Parenting
Life as a Working Mom
Life as a Working Mom

c-brandiWhen my daughter was born, I declined any help. My job as editor of DietsInReview.com allowed me to work exclusively at home. How hard could it be? I’d work between feedings and naps, often with her strapped in to the Bjorn while typing away with my laptop perched on the bar in the kitchen... read more

12.16.13 Truth & Wisdom
Working Mothers
Working Mothers

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 9.55.31 PMAs a guest on The Conversation, Donna Karan spoke with Amanda about having a working mother and the effect it had on her as a child. The issue of balancing work with parenthood is a common topic of discussion and debate.  Gender often plays into the conversation as well, considering men are rarely ... read more

12.13.13 Parenting
Love And the Unqualified Daughter
Love And the Unqualified Daughter

conversation-drexlerMy daughter is adopted, 21 years old and a very beautiful and very tall young woman. A neighbor once noticed her statuesque frame, and I said “she takes after her mother.” It was a joking reference to my not-so-statuesque height of five feet four inches. And my neighbor said: “Oh ... read more

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