Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bad Goals Versus Good #Goals for 2015 (Working, Writing, Homeschooling, Personal)

Here are some bad goals for me to make for 2015:

  1. Go from 157 pounds to 100 pounds.
  2. Homeschool my kids so they are Harvard-ready by the age of 16.
  3. Make one million dollars.
  4. Travel the world.
  5. Make sure all my friends think I am the

Here are some better goals for 2015:

  1. Try to go to the gym to treadmill twice a week. Eat fewer sweets and cut back to two cups of coffee per day. Rest when I need it because when I am overly tired I tend to eat.
  2. Homeschool my kids consistently every day while still going on outings and field trips and having fun with them.
  3. Make $30,000 working solely from home with Younique, Jamberry, Scripted, BlogHer, regional parenting magazines, Amazon Kindle ebooks, blogging and whatever other small jobs come my way.
  4. Go to Colorado with the family during the first part of the year and New England during the fall.
  5. Make an effort to listen to my friends when they are talking to me. Be less selfish and focus on them more. Talk less and listen more. Be forgiving and less judgmental, yet honest. No small task!

Got goals? I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday, November 2, 2014 PAY and Submission Guidelines (Updated November 2014)

Welcome to another edition of Markets for Parenting Writers brought to you by ... me! If you'd like to check out dozens upon dozens more such markets, all paying, check out my reasonably priced ebook here!

Freelancers are welcome in all sections of Babble.

If you’re interested in writing for us, please follow these guidelines:

Use Babble search to see if your topic has been covered already.

If not, indicate in the subject line of your email what section of Babble your piece would run: pregnancy, baby, toddler, kid, mom, celebrity,prodcuts, or food. Mom is the general category subsuming mom/parent identity, health, and relationship issues.

Example subject line: Article for Mom: I Hate Going to the Park, Am I the Only One?
As concisely as possible, indicate if you’ve written for Babble before (include links to articles) and include 2-3 links to other things you’ve written. If you’ve never been published, that’s ok. Just let us know.

Tell us the topic of your piece in 1-2 lines maximum. If you can’t explain it easily, it’s not ready to pitch. Then explain your angle — your new contribution to the topic, what’s insightful/entertaining/counter-intuitive/poignant about your approach. For this, again, 1-2 lines maximum. Give us the first paragraph of the piece and then an outline of the rest. If it’s a list, include a few sample entries.

If the piece is already written, include it as an attachment. We are unable to accept articles that have been published elsewhere, including on personal blogs.

Only submit a piece once and please don’t follow up. Because of the volume of submissions, we can’t respond to everyone who writes us. If you don’t hear back, assume we decided not to accept it. Sorry about that.

Please direct all submissions to

Kerrie says: Found out from a source that they pay around $150 for a 800-1,200 word piece, and I don't know if they accept reprints.
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