#ReadThisNOW: Your afternoon and evening update...

Oh, hey there. You are such a sweet, dear friend for swinging back by today. Thanks for choosing to #ReadThisNOW... and before we get too deep into things... let's start by finding some common ground... and agree together that this baby has the BEST HAIR EVER!!

Okay... now let's get into stuff that's been bubbling whilst I was not taking a power nap again today for the second day straight... 

First off... did you see this amazing new way to reveal the gender of your baby??!

There are six blue and six pink eggs in a carton. Eleven of them are hard boiled and one is raw. Each person has to slam the egg into their head until the raw one is cracked, revealing the gender.

#AmazingIdea... right??! 

There are a lot of women out there who love to blog about their life as a mom, which of course means they share a lot about their kids. So, what happens when those kids grow up? Well, one mommy blogger recently found out, and folks are not happy with how she’s handling things. 

Mommy blogger Christie Tate recently wrote an essay for “The Washington Post” in which she recounts her daughter telling her she no longer wanted her to use her for content on her blog. It seems after her daughter got a new laptop for Christmas she quickly found the countless stories about embarrassing experiences like potty training and more, not to mention pictures of her online, and confronted her mom, asking her to take down the content.

Well, Tate says she told her daughter that it was “not possible,” explaining, “Promising not to write about her anymore would mean shutting down a vital part of myself, which isn’t necessarily good for me or her.” Eventually, Tate gave her daughter a “veto right” for future pictures and details in articles, and agreed to stop using her daughter’s real name, but the Internet is up in arms over the mom’s lack of consideration of her daughter.

  • "Suppose your husband was a writer, and he wrote about his relationship with you and justified it in the same terms that you are using to write about your daughter,” one person wrote. “Maybe posted pictures as well. How would that feel?"
  • “How self-centered Christie Tate must be to think her daughter is her personal content mill,” another wrote, adding, “Get a dog. Start one of those food blogs. What a terrible, terrible person.”
  • Meanwhile, another added, “Now that your daughter is old enough to understand that you are violating her privacy, and she has asked you to stop, you should comply."

But Tate doesn’t see it that way, and insists giving up her writing about parenthood would be restricting. She believes it would just prove that mothers have to be “endlessly self-sacrificing.” Adding that continuing to write fights the assumption that, “As a mother, I’m not supposed to do anything that upsets my children or that makes them uncomfortable, certainly not for something as culturally devalued as my own creative labor.” 

Source: Buzzfeed News


Anyone with kids will tell you that there are a lot of things to consider when deciding where you want to raise your family. While a lot of people may stick to the state they grew up in, they may do better moving to another state, and a new report reveals which ones they may want to consider. 

WalletHub looked at all 50 states in the U.S., judging them on 49 different factors to determine which are the best and worst states in the country to raise a family. They looked at such key factors as cost of housing, share of families with young children, quality of local schools, and healthcare, as well as if there are opportunities for fun and recreation.

So, what state should you pick up and move to if you want to do the best by your fam? Minnesota tops the list, with an overall score of 65.32 out of 100, getting high marks for health and safety and socioeconomic rank, and landing in the Top Ten for education and childcare and affordability.

Top Ten Best States To Raise A Family In the U.S.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. North Dakota
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire
  6. New York
  7. Wisconsin
  8. New Jersey
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Nebraska 

On the flipside, New Mexico is considered worst state in the U.S. to raise a kid, with a total score of just 31.69, coming in dead last for socioeconomic rank and second-to-last for education.

The Ten Worst States To Raise A Family In the U.S.

  1. New Mexico
  2. Mississippi
  3. Louisiana
  4. West Virginia
  5. Alabama
  6. Nevada
  7. Arkansas
  8. South Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Georgia 

Click here to see where your state falls on the list.

Source: WalletHub