A collection of articles spanning my nearly 15-year writing career. Topics include news, content marketing, features, parenting, travel/Disney, entertainment, tech/social media, and more. 

The Golden Rule of Weight Loss | FatDag

I want you to imagine something. You know someone who has made a commitment to losing weight and getting healthy. For months, this person works hard to keep track of eating habits, starts moving more and even drinking lots of water. Others have started noticing all the positive changes and making all sorts of compliments. Then, suddenly, something changes. This person stops going to the gym quite so often. The healthier food choices start to slip. And, the numbers on the scale creep upward. N

These Audio Storytellers Are The Newest Way To Tell Your Child A Story

In today’s digitally-driven world, parents can find it challenging to pull electronic devices out of their kids’ hands. Even young children are consuming increasingly large amounts of screen time. In fact, “mobile media time” for children up to 8 years old tripled from an average of 15 minutes per day in 2013 to 48 minutes per day to 2017. As parents search for new ways to engage their children beyond a screen, a new trend is starting to emerge: audio storytellers. Pinterest reported a 126 perc

You Can Find The Perfect Book To Read With NPR's 'Book Concierge'

Finding a great book to read among the millions out there on the shelves can feel a bit like tracking down a needle in a haystack. All of those stories can overwhelm even the most-well read customer. Whether you’re looking for an awesome read for yourself or as a gift for the avid reader in your life, you can now reach out to a book concierge thanks to National Public Radio. Since 2008, NPR has compiled its Book Concierge at the end of each year to help bibliophiles (the fancy word for book-lov

Alton Brown Says Most Kitchen Gadgets Are 'Useless'

Ah, kitchen gadgets. They look sleek and cool. Plus, they save us time, sweat and tears as we labor long hours in the kitchen, right? Well, maybe not so fast. “Good Eats” host and cooking connoisseur Alton Brown has come out strongly against most of these modern culinary marvels. In fact, he told “Food and Wine” exactly what he thinks about the latest, greatest gizmos for gourmets. “Ninety-nine percent of things that people buy in the kitchen, they don’t need,” Brown said in the interview. “The

'America's Got Talent' Champ Darci Lynne Farmer Has Some Sweet Plans For Her $1 Million

What does a 12-year-old newly minted millionaire do with her new found fortune? Ventriloquist and national sensation Darci Lynne Farmer won the “America’s Got Talent” season 12 title on Wednesday. Throughout the season, she seemed to handle the pressure like a total pro. Still, you have to wonder what went through her brain as she stood on that finale stage waiting for the big announcement. Farmer admitted her nerves almost got the better of her. “I was so stressed out. That was the longest 30

21-Year-Old Documents Her Amazing 160-Lb. Weight Loss On Instagram

Need some motivation to go to the gym today? A 21-year-old woman named Jessica’s simple choice one day propelled her to a 160-lb. weight loss! Known now as getfitwjessica on Instagram, this young lady has inspired hundreds of thousands of people with her personal posts. She started her weight loss journey at more than 320 pounds. “At the end of February 2016 I decided to get up and do something about my weight,” she said in a YouTube video posted in April. “I was tired of being lazy and feeling

25 Activities To Add To Your Mother-Daughter Bucket List

The mother-daughter connection is special. But until I had my own girls, I never realized how powerful the bond feels and how it changes you. My girls are now 19 and 15. One has gone out on her own and the other is racing to keep up with her older sister. Yet I feel like we’re just starting to get to the really fun stuff with the things we do together. If you’re a mom looking to make special memories with her “little girl,” or a daughter looking to bond with mom, we have 25 ideas to consider ad

Pet Owners Who Abandoned Animals During Hurricane Irma Will Face Prosecution

In the days and hours leading up to Hurricane Irma‘s landfall in Florida, thousands of residents moved quickly to evacuate. Unfortunately, during the evacuation, people had to figure out what to do with their pets. For some residents, their pets simply couldn’t come to the storm shelters. So, owners surrendered their beloved pets to local animal shelters. Sadly, though, other owners didn’t show as much care or compassion. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control received dozens of calls about

Why This Horse Named, 'Patch' May Become Your Kentucky Derby Favorite This Year

Every year, it seems like one or two horses take the spotlight in Kentucky Derby coverage. Usually it’s the horse’s speed or breeding that pulls the media’s attention. This year, though, a special horse has captured the public’s attention for a different reason: Patch is missing his left eye. Patch, like most competitive thoroughbreds, has racing in his blood. His father is 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. The 3-year-old horse has one of the most renowned trainers in the equestrian world:

Get Instant Amazon Credit With Amazon Trade-In Program For Electronics, Phones And More

Need a little extra money for your holiday shopping? Amazon is willing to give you instant credit for items that you either don’t want or need anymore! The Amazon Trade-In program has been around for awhile, but it no longer requires shoppers to wait 10 days to receive credit for the items they want to trade in. This is awesome news for those looking for some fast money. Amazon accepts trade-ins on phones, video games and consoles, books, DVDs, cameras, CDs, wearables (like watches) and other
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