Mom is A Dirty Word Documentary


You read that right. Motherhood is a rite of passage many women look
forward to - and while new Moms would never want to give up their
children, they often realize that what they have given up instead is
career, self-respect, and ultimately their IDENTITY. Titles they use to
represent themselves pre-baby: Executive, Manager, Artist, etc. are
transformed into "Stay at Home Mom" or "Working Mom."

MOM IS A DIRTY WORD is a feature documentary currently in production.
Directed and Produced by Samantha Rife, MDW explores the negative
cultural motifs and inflexible public policy that punishes Moms in
America. Through interviews with real-Mothers and experts including Ann
Crittenden author of "The Price of Motherhood," MOM IS A DIRTY WORD will
remove the veil that society has kept over our Moms for far too long.

As expert, Susan Maushart, explains:

"It is no exaggeration to say that we owe it not only to our own mental
health but to the very future of the species to take motherhood
seriously, to strip off the masks we have been wearing, and to see with
clear eyes and speak with open voices about the realities we



Gettysburg, PA - January 23, 2015 - Feature documentary "Mom Is a Dirty
Word" explores the negative cultural expectation of Motherhood in the
media and proposes that inflexible family measures in public policy make
being a Mom in the U.S. more difficult than ever. The documentary treads
on unfamiliar and controversial territory: from breastfeeding in public
and unscrupulous judgment of post-baby bodies to the ever-widening
economic chasm that makes one wonder if raising children is a luxury
only for the rich. In a nutshell, America is anti-Mother and therefore

"Mom is a Dirty Word" is the brainchild of producer and director
Samantha Rife. Through one-on-one interviews with Moms, Dads, and
experts, Ms. Rife raises questions she never considered before becoming
a Mother herself, such as: "Do Mothers sacrifice their identity for
their children? Is this their choice?" And, "Does capitalism put
emphasis on career at the expense of Family?" Explains Ms. Rife: "Of
course my husband and I expected certain challenges with the birth of
our first child. But I never imagined that society would challenge my
very identity and ability to support my family."

The documentary delves into what many claim to be the contradictory
nature of how Mothers are stereotyped. "American culture worships, and
at the same time demonizes Mothers," says Ms. Rife. "Once you become a
Mom, there is an implicit understanding that you can no longer be sexy,
that you're selfish for maintaining a professional job, or if you
stay-at-home - you're given a pat on the back for your sacrifice but
considered boring, less competent, and not worth listening to. "Mom is a
Dirty Word" demonstrates that Mothers are people: with real people

Currently in production, the feature documentary explores how Mothers
are represented in pop culture, including the origins of Mother clich├ęs
and "Mommy Wars" arguments such as "stay-at-home-Moms" vs. "working
Moms." The doc also illuminates how lawmaking decisions negatively
impact American families. "Sadly, I came to learn I wasn't the first
person to notice unfair treatment towards Mothers - that there is a term
for the prejudice: it's called Motherism," explains Ms. Rife.

Set to debut in 2016, Rife is excited to wrap up production on her film.
"Most people are surprised to learn that among wealthy nations, the
United States fails in almost every measure to support Mothers. And when
you fail to support Moms, you fail to support children, families, and
communities. Moms need more support - and it's going to take a lot more
than a Hallmark card. This film will make a difference."

A Kickstarter campaign will launch on January 23rd to raise film
production funds.

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Director and Producer, Samantha Rife, has been on both sides of the net.
While 8 months pregnant, Ms. Rife was laid off from her full-time
employer. Since then, Rife has given birth to two children - and has
negotiated between; SAHM to part-timer, to full-timer, and entrepreneur,
while caring for her husband and brood.

If you'd like more information about the "Mom Is a Dirty Word"
Documentary Project, or if you're in the DC, Maryland, Virginia, and
Central PA region and would like to be interviewed for an opportunity
for your story to be included in "Mom is a Dirty Word" documentary,
email the director, Samantha Rife at

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Going The Day WIthout Electronics

For many kids, SUMMER means freedom. Freedom to sleep in and hang around most of the day. With the way technology is evolving,  we don't see many of them without electronic devices of some sort. It's easy to see how they can become so involved in them. As adults, we have the same problem with putting down the phone or stepping back from the computer.

Now here goes the "when we were your age" part.. we didn't have the option  to sit inside all summer. I'm not sure about your neighborhood but in mine we were told to go outside. We would wake up, race out the door to see what friends were already out there. You knew when you had to go in b/c the  streetlights would be on or your parents would be yelling your name. I would always be jealous of the kids that got to stay out a little later.

Fast-forward life to my kids... they wake up and walk right to the computer. They will stay at the computer until you remove them. (usually with a struggle). The kids I would sit for in the summer would complain there was NOTHING to do when they were told to go outside. Mind you there were 2 acres of land (including the neighbors yard), every piece of sporting equipment you could imagine, bikes and plenty more to do. Yet after 15mins, I would find them sitting on the porch looking miserable with cellphones in their hands.

After the 1st week of summer, I could no longer take it. The fix... I sat each kid down and had them give me 10 things they'd like to do ( less kids increase amount) and I would sort them onto colored paper. Categories included, places to go, things to make (snacks/crafts/meals) and things to do. I rolled each paper up and picked from the last 2 categories during the week and places to go when we everyone together. Everything on the list was also free of electronics and you could not use one during the time. Each day we did a few of the activities BUT they still had video games/TV time.

As the next couple weeks passed, I noticed them expressing more excitement about going outside. Now it was my time to step back into the picture once I knew I wouldn't hear "I'm bored" every couple minutes. The activities we made were no longer being used and I was setting things up for the day. Summer isn't very long and as a kid (or adult), that's when you should make lots of memories. Since they were no longer dependent on electronic devices it was time to make my move.

Go The Whole Day Outside and NO Electronics

I will admit I did use my phone to take a couple pics (Capture the memory, don't interrupt it). Some of the things we did outside... set up targets around the yard with different obstacles for a nerf gun target challenge, relay races, smores by a fire, water balloon fights, and different sporting games like basketball and soccer. At one point the kids wondered off into the woods to build a fort. Yup I really just said that. The 15 mins and bored kids were now actually BEING KIDS and not zombies.

In this fast moving world, we tend to loose site of the little things. I can tell you it was just as tough for me to cut down as it was for them. This summer I encourage you to pick at least 1 day, where you go outside for the day and just ENJOY it without the distraction of  any electronics. Make and capture memories to look back on. One day the kids will be gone and you'll have are the memories.


Out of the Fog: Post-Divorce Coping Strategies When Your Children's Father Has a Personality Disorder [Kindle Edition] Book Review Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

It's been a awhile (around Christmas) since I've put up a post for my readers. During this time I should share, that 2 days after Thanksgiving my husband came to me and asked the kids and I to leave. The thoughts that go through a wife/mothers head when they hear this before unimaginable. Lucky for me, I had wrote a lot of post and made some money so I had enough to get my 4 & 5 yr old Christmas gifts.

At the time I was a little confused on how a father could do this to his kids before the holidays. It didn't take more than 3 days for me to realize he had a girlfriend and all the pieces started to fall together. I was never angry about it not working out with us, I was angry at the way he was treating the kids.

Once he moved us into a 1 bedroom apart (he lives in a 5 bed home), I figured it was time to start back posting. The 1st offer for a review I received was ....

 2 Out of the Fog: Post-Divorce Coping Strategies When Your Children's Father Has a Personality Disorder [Kindle Edition] Book   

Lisa Kroulik, Freelance Writer

About The Author and Product

" Ending a marriage or a serious relationship is never easy, especially when children are involved. Even in the most amicable of break ups, people are certain to experience intense emotions like anger and sadness. When the former partner is a narcissist or has another serious personality disorder, moving on from the relationship is especially challenging. People who finally found the courage to leave their emotionally abusive partner may feel discouraged by having to remain in contact with him due to the kids. These exchanges can be as crazy making as they were when the victim of emotional abuse still lived with her former partner.

Author Lisa Kroulik divorced a narcissist over five years ago and lived to tell about it. As with her previous books, she uses an example from her own past relationship to show readers the types of situations they may encounter while attempting to co-parent with someone who has a personality disorder. Before doing so, she offers a helpful guide on the ten known personality disorders to assist women who are emotionally struggling in the aftermath of ending an unhealthy relationship. It is affirming for readers to know there is a name to describe the way their children's father still behaves.

After highlighting the characteristics of each personality disorder, the author discusses situations she has dealt with in the years since her divorce from her children's father. Recently separated readers may find themselves nodding in agreement, or they may remember the story later when their former partner attempts the exact same thing. Some of the topics Lisa Kroulik discusses include:

• Dealing with the ex's new girlfriend
• Communication tips when dealing with the personality disordered
• Child support challenges
• Providing children tools to handle their father's emotional manipulation
• Relationships with former in-laws
• Getting past feelings of hate

The author offers readers practical advice on what to do in these common situations without giving power to the former partner. She takes a humble, been there and done that approach to everything she shares in this book. Rather than count down the days until their child becomes an adult, readers can learn to detach from the crazy and enjoy life. After all, it is pointless to leave an emotionally abusive relationship only to continue the cycle in post-divorce parenting."

This book has definitely helped and I would fully recommend it, if dealing with any of the issues above. You can find it on Amazon

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Living in a house w/ a man , teen boy, a 4 and 5 yr old and 2 dogs, I was more than happy to review a product called Smelly Proof Bags. As a stay at home mom, the cleaning mainly falls on me. We all know how kids clean *dirty socks behind beds so I thought this would be a great product for my household. When I open the product I wont lie I was sketchy on it. The bags don't feel or look like a Ziploc bag. Even when I tried to tear the side, it would not. The bags also had no smell so it's not like the trash bags that smell like flowers.

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    Off To College But Not Out Of Reach -Guest Post by Josh Lovison CEO of @SnugNote

    Have a son or daughter off at college, and anxious to know they're doing okay? Here's a few things to keep in mind to help you stay informed.


    Shift the conversation

    One of the biggest challenges for parents after their kids leave for college is finding the right balance in communication. The best way to stay informed is from your kid directly - and here's two tricks to help smooth that conversation.


    1. Try discussing things going on back home. Sharing information first opens the door for reciprocity, and makes a conversation flow more easily.


    2. Validate your student's experience instead of using judgment phrasing. If your student confesses being stressed out about a test, some parents might rightly point out that the student could have better prepared. But by simply validating the stress instead of trying to "fix" it, you'll keep your student from going on defense, and keep the communication channel open.


    Both of these techniques are employed by trained listeners, from psychologists to FBI interrogators.


    Use social media

    While "cyber-stalking" your student is never a good idea, there are some ways to stay in the know about what's going on in their lives.


    1. Keep up a weekly email exchange with your student. More than a week may be a bit too much work, but one email a week isn't too much to ask, and will leave room for a summary of events.


    2. Follow the school's Twitter and Facebook pages. A lot of colleges have social media accounts for events at the school, and residential activities. Following these accounts will let you know when there are going to be concerts or other interesting things happening on campus, which creates the opportunity for informed (but not invasive) questions.


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    One of the best ways to stay informed without seeming like a helicopter parent is to use a solution designed exactly for that.


    SnugNote  makes it extremely easy for your student to check in each night with reminders and a 5 second check-in. It sends you a report each morning that lets you know your student got home safe, but keeps the time they check-in secret, so that you can have peace of mind without your student feeling like they are giving up their privacy.


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    Frank Giustra, President Bill Clinton's Close Colleague, Joins US Oil Sands Board By @Steve_Horn1022


    Frank Giustra - key power broker and close colleague of former President Bill Clinton - has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of U.S. Oil Sands, an Alberta-based company aiming to develop tar sands deposits in Utah's Uintah Basin.
    U.S. Oil Sands - in naming several new members to its Board - also announced it has received $80 million in "strategic financing" from Blue Pacific Investments Group Ltd., Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. and Spitfire Ventures, LLC.
    The funding will help get the ball rolling on "tar sands south," a miniature but increasingly controversial version of its big brother to the north, the Alberta tar sands. Giustra will likely help in opening the right doors for tar sands industry interests in the United States. 
    Giusta is best known for his work in the worlds of uranium mining and minerals mining, though he has dabbled in the Alberta tar sands finance world once before,lending upwards of $20 million in capital to Excelsior Energy. He serves as CEO and President of Fiore Financial Corporation. 
    The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative is an arm of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (the Clinton Foundation). Giustra sits on the Clinton Foundation's Board of Trustees.
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    What’s With Latest Smartphone Photography Technology Lens

    What does photography mean to a person? Does it simply mean clicking pictures or does it mean something more? The concept of photography is evolving every day. New types of DLSR camera are coming up with updates every other month. Even the Smartphone mobile companies are outfitting their cameras with DSLR technology that is literally changing the entire picture of photography. Now, everybody has access to professional cameras and professional photography technique.

    What’s New

    Recently, Sony has launched one of the finest lens accessories of the year, along with Z1 handset. One of the features that Sony is planning to come up with selling 2 stand alone sorts of lenses that can be connected with Smartphone mobiles through the help of wi-fi, making it very easy to obtain amazing quality pictures.

    These devices are compatible with both iOS and Android handsets, thus making them altogether a unique and new sort of product to be categorized. This announcement has been made along with the news of launching a Smartphone that is equipped with a camera of 20.7 megapixel feature. The sensor is even larger than what usually a Smartphone sensor really is. The main plan of Sony is to ensure that the handset Z1 is accessed by a large audience than many Smartphone companies are planning to.

    Not So Attractive

    There are a number of speculations regarding the whole structure of the lenses. Many people are of the opinion that it might not be convenient for the common people to carry the lenses along. They are also saying that it might be pretty hard for the company to find buyers for the lenses. It is true that trade analysts along with photography experts are regarding this step a new revolution and interesting, but there also remains the risk of it being launched in the market this instant.

    According to them, user will be more inclined on buying DSLR camera than buying some Smartphone mobile with additional camera options, as DSLR provides better picture quality. Many experts are also agreeing that had the price of the lens been less than 100 pounds, then photographic geeks would have definitely bought it. However, the buzz is that these lenses would be quite expensive than what normally is expected from camera lenses.


    The lens is equipped with a 10x optical zoom camera, which has a resolution of 18.2 MP. The features itself proclaims that with the lens, you will be able to take pictures from close-ups and landmarks. The second lens that is QX100 is equipped with 3.6 X zoom and a mighty sensor with resolution up to 20.2 MP. The aperture of the lens is about f1.8, which means it will allow more light to get through it, which furthers ensures that the users will be able to click pictures even in low light as well as with very shallow focus option. 


    The lens comes with a manual focus feature, which is not seen in other lens. Both the lens makes sure that shaky hands do not alter the image quality. They are also featured with link-up to tablet or phone option, if they do have features like NFC chip. An extendable clip is what can help the users to attach the lens with differently sized Smartphone mobiles.

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    The Flip Side Of Obama’s Keystone XL Delay by @Steve_Horn1022

    Even as President Obama cast a veneer of caution over the Keystone pipeline’s northern half, he quietly expedited dozens of similar projects. By Steve Horn | September 7, 2013
    The Republican-controlled House is voting today on a measure that would strip the president’s authority on Keystone XL pipeline approval, allowing Congress to push the project through before completion of the environmental impact study. (Photo/Matt Wansley via Flickr)
    While President Obama made a big deal out of delaying the northern half of the Keystone pipeline’s construction, he compensated by signing an executive order to expedite similar infrastructure projects everywhere else. (Photo/Matt Wansley via Flickr)

    Large segments of the environmental movement declared a win on Jan. 18, 2012, the dawn of an election year in which partisan fervor reigned supreme.

    On that day President Barack Obama kicked the can down the road for permitting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline’s northern half until after the then-forthcoming November 2012 presidential election.

    “Northern half” is the key caveat: just two months later, on March 22, 2013 – even deeper into the weeds of an election year – President Obama issued Executive Order 13604. Among other key things, the order has an accompanying memorandum calling for an expedited review of the southern half of Keystone XL stretching from Cushing, Okla. to Port Arthur, Texas.

    The day before, March 21, Obama flew on Air Force One to a pipe yard in Cushing – the “pipeline crossroads of the world” – for a special stump speech and photo-op announcing the executive order and memorandum.
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