A Conversation of Love & Second Chances

I remember the day like it was yesterday, the birth of our first child. He took what seemed like forever to come, but when I held him in my arms, I couldn't believe how perfect he was. I had imagined all during my pregnancy that chubby face, no hair, and pink skin. I pictured every second of those first days, every outfit, every photo, every sweet moment planned out. When his doctor came in to tell me that there was something wrong, I really … [Read more...]

My Brand: “codadiva”

My brand is codadiva.  I am one woman with three cultures.  I live them daily.  I bounce among the worlds of the hearing, deaf and CODA.  For those not familiar, CODA means child of deaf adults, and specifically refers to hearing children of deaf parents.  For me, CODA has a deeper meaning.  It is part of what defines me…the true ME. People have told me for years that my story is fascinating.  I went from taking phone calls for appointments at … [Read more...]

My Experience with Egypt’s Central Security Forces: Sahar Taman

Since Tuesday evening’s escalating protests in Egypt, my friends have been contacting me about my Facebook video and photo re-postings of the demonstrations.   They are confused about what is happening and why.  After all, for many of them Egypt is a tourist friendly destination offering the best of its ancient past wrapped in five-star luxury.  Yet, the situation in Egypt has always been complex and the depth of the Egyptian people’s anger at … [Read more...]

Tigerlily Foundation: Maimah Karmo tells her story

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, guest blogger and survivor, Maimah Karmo, shares her mission. Tigerlily Foundation’s (Tigerlily) mission is to educate, empower, advocate for and provide hands-on support to young women, 15-40 – before, during and after breast cancer.  Although women over 40 have higher incidences of breast cancer, younger women tend to have more aggressive breast cancers and higher mortality rates, therefore, … [Read more...]

My Home Just Became State-Of-The-Art with Home Monitoring*

By Guest Blogger: Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom Believe it or not, I’ve never had a home security system before. Coming from me, I know that sounds crazy, but for years I had dogs, which I always considered to be my alarms, as well as smoke detectors and CO detectors. Well, my dogs died and, what finally occurred to me is that while it’s great that I’m alerted that there’s fire, smoke or potentially high levels of carbon monoxide, no one else … [Read more...]

Lessons from Jill Hart: CWAHM

If you missed the amazing Jill Hart a few weeks ago...you are in luck!  You can check out her podcast at Also check out the tips she so generously shared for other moms working from home!  Thanks Jill! Ten Twitter Tips For Work-at-Home Moms Social Media is quickly growing into one of the most-used marketing tools for work-at-home moms. One of the largest social media websites, Twitter.com, can be an effective way to spread the word about your … [Read more...]

A Lesson In Creativity: Guest Blog By Dallas Woodburn

Tips to Boost Your Creativity When You’re Feeling Stuck Listen to Dallas on What's Your Story with Hilary Bilbrey As a writer, creativity is incredibly important to me. I feel fortunate to have found a career I am passionate about, and moreover one that allows me to escape into the magical realm of make-believe on a daily basis. Nurturing my creativity has not only made me a better writer, it has made me a better human being – more … [Read more...]