Bedroom August 27 2012

BonBon Break

NO REGRETS ::: The Girlfriend Mom

The question was, “Who, at 38 years old, chooses to walk away from 20 years in the entertainment business, to teach English as a foreign language? I walked across the Charles Bridge in Prague, the Czech Republic, as I moderated a press conference in my head. All the usuals showed up; confusion, pessimism, guilt, even that slut Pollyanna. I will admit that my decision-making acumen over the years hadn’t always been top notch. There was the time I attended film school, even though I wasn’t interested in film. Sorry Dad. Or the time I said, “I do”, when I absolutely didn’t. Again, sorry Dad. The list goes on and on, but let’s stay with this particular decision.

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About Dani: Dani has written feature films, and performed stand-up throughout Los Angeles. She is the author and star of several solo shows, and is the writer, director and star of the film, A Really Intimate Portrait… Of a complete unknown. Dani is also a Pilates instructor, and she lives with her Portuguese lover; a divorced dad of two. She’s The Girlfriend Mom, and on an impossible mission; to remain a girlfriend, (and naked), while domesticating herself for the kids. Dani’s writing appears in Pilates Style Magazine, and She’s the sex columnist at, Funny not Slutty and lives in Jersey, where she flaunts a wicked sense of humor and a lot of Lululemon. Find her at

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THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR ::: Holdin’ Out for a Hero

I’m not an overly negative person—at least, I don’t consider myself overly negative. So, when one of the founders of the BlogHer conference contacted me, inviting me to participate in an unprecedented fashion show with fifteen other bloggers, it surprised me just how cynical I was about the whole thing. It’s not that I wasn’t grateful for the opportunity I was being offered—the real problem was myself. And it was one that I would have to face head-on.


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About Laura:  Laura “Laurita” Tellado is a writer and health blogger. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She’s passionate about raising awareness about Spina Bifida, and quality of life issues, particularly through her blog, Holdin’ Out for a Hero.

She also blogs bilingually at Espresso con Leche.

Laurita directs the Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) Central Florida chapter, and won the “Best Latina Health Blogger” Award at the LATISM 2011 Awards. She serves on the board of the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida, and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

She credits God and her parents with inspiring her in everything she does.

Follow her on Twitter: @Laurita86  You can also “like” her blogs on Facebook: Holdin’ Out for a Hero page  and Espresso con Leche page. To book Laurita as a speaker for an event or to contact her regarding guest posts and other opportunities, please visit her site at


Chances are you or someone close to you has or will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Here are a few rules of etiquette to follow in that situation. Whether the person is someone close to you, an acquaintance or a nemesis, this basic list of dos and don’ts is one that will help you be a little more prepared for this event.

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About Rena: Rena Marrocco was diagnosed with advanced stage 3 breast cancer in August 2011. At the time of her diagnosis she was an endurance athlete and worked out all throughout chemotherapy. Her blog, Healthy Tatas, is dedicated to women’s breast health. Besides triathlon and blogging, Rena also is an artist, writer, gardener and home cook for her family, which consist of her husband, two sons, two stepsons, three dogs and three cats. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Morality from Loyola Marymount University.

In addition to Healthy Tatas, Rena has a political blog called The Liberal Diva. You can follow her on Twitter @HealthyTatas or @TheLiberalDiva.

SURRENDER TO YES ::: Awesomely Awake

I’m the woman who has all of those balls in the air. She sits at her desk working while logistically planning how to pick up the kids and rush to make dinner all before a school function in a single hour. Or, she’s eating dinner but planning how to finish her volunteer work. Or, she’s in the dentist chair cursing herself for not making long overdue haircut appointment.

Such is the life of a harried go-getter mom, as a good friend recently described me.

The practice of zen living doesn’t come naturally to any of us, especially not me.

But life is meant to be lived and if we’re always in the middle of one task thinking about another we’re not really living fully.

The solution for moms everywhere is very simple — maybe too simple for some of us.

Surrender to yes …

About Shawn: Shawn Ledington Fink is the author of The Playful Family. She has been using  mantras as she navigates being an intentional mother of twins, who are now 6 years old. A writer and journalist for nearly 20 years, she has a love of words and being a peaceful, playful and creative Mama. She loves inspiring other families to slow down and inject meaningful moments into their everyday life on her blog Awesomely Awake. You can find out more about her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.