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Tips for Getting Your Children's Book Manuscript Published

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In the four years that I have been illustrating Fancy Nancy, I have had the opportunity to meet literally thousands of people who love children's books, which is a real perk for me. I adore speaking to new people and swapping stories. And invariably, wherever I go, people tell me that they have written a children's book, or they know someone who wants to be an illustrator, and they look to me for advice. Although I don't have all the answers - everyone's success story is different - I do have some basic tips and bits of advice for those of you who are interested in trying to get a children's story published.

Posted on 03/21/2014 | Continue Reading

Single Mom Walking

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Dear Single Mom Walking: My boyfriend wants me to do a lap dance for him and he even said he'd buy me a pole. He says it's a huge turn on for him. I want to please him but is it worth the shame and the pain? Signed, There Has To Be Another Way

Posted on 02/08/2011 | Continue Reading

Mean Girls 2...Movie Alert

If you are a fan of the first "Mean Girls" movie, you'll want to tune into "Mean Girls 2" on ABC Family on Sunday, January 23rd at 8PM ET/PT. Be sure to stay tuned at the end of the movie for a special PSA with actress Meaghan Martin on bullying and its impact. ABC Family has partnered with STOMP Out Bullying™ to help speak to the heart of the issue. For more information on "Mean Girls 2" visit www.abcfamily.com.

Posted on 01/22/2011 | Continue Reading

We Made the Journal News

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Gotta love it when you start your Sunday morning with a google alert that takes you to a really really nice article. Today I was profiled by the Journal News and I have to say, I think I'm going to have permanent smile on my face. Visit their website to take a look...

Posted on 01/16/2011 | Continue Reading

Alma's Goat Cheese Casserole

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What better way to start the day than with this easy and delicious crustless egg dish. Save the calories for the coffee cake later....

Posted on 01/13/2011 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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There are few items one can make when snowed in, but fortunately, this carrot soup is primarily made with staples from the fridge and pantry. Great with a hot , fresh bread.

Posted on 12/28/2010 | Continue Reading

Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

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Who likes freaky vegetables? The broccoli romanesco is one of the coolest looking veggies I have ever seen, so much so, that I hate to cut it up. Alas, dinner called and I needed to make a dish so I decided to incorporate it. Here is the result and I hope you like it!

Posted on 12/23/2010 | Continue Reading

Sigourney Weaver: Extraordinary Role Mommy

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I recently got the chance to interview one of my favorite leading ladies of all time - Sigourney Weaver who starred in the Lifetime original movie Prayers for Bobby. The film premiered on the Lifetime network on January 24, 2009 that is now available for sale on DVD.

Posted on 12/17/2010 | Continue Reading

Enter to Win a Fisher Price Bigfoot Toy!

Here at Role Mommy, we're always happy to share the inside scoop on how you can win free toys for your kids. And from now until December 15, Fisher Price is giving consumers the chance to win one of their hottest toys of the season....BIGFOOT! In fact, while you're hurriedly trying to get every gift on your list, you can enter to win a free Bigfoot - all you have to do is install the app on Facebook, post your Bigfoot mood to your profile, and it prompts you to enter the contest. The sweeps ends on December 15th so enter now and you could be a winner!

Posted on 12/10/2010 | Continue Reading

Organized Thanksgiving Entertainment

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With Thanksgiving only a few days away, let's get you organized with some added ingredients that will spice up your Thanksgiving family time. These ideas will get your entire family sharing around your Thanksgiving dinner table by playing some simple games and activities.

Posted on 11/24/2010 | Continue Reading

Semi-Prepared Dinner Ideas

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My kids have a lot of homework lately which does not leave me a lot of time for din-din. Sometimes I need to take a short cut and have a semi-prepared dinner but still feel virtuous by making it semi-healthy. Try this ready made pizza dough vegetable roll on for size...

Posted on 11/04/2010 | Continue Reading

Halloween Sneak Peak: Regis & Kelly Costumes

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It's that time of the year! On October 29, "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" presents "LIVE's" REALITY BITES AGAIN: CHOMPED FROM THE HEADLINES" Halloween spectacular. No show does Halloween like LIVE, and this year, they'll feature more than 30 costumes spotlighting the most talked-about names in pop culture, including the Kardashians, characters from "Modern Family," the kids of "Jersey Shore" and many, many more.

Posted on 10/28/2010 | Continue Reading

Latest Lifetime Moms Post: Making Memories with the Stars

Hop on over to Lifetime Moms where I share behind the scenes stories featuring Michael J. Fox, Ellen Pompeo, Nate Berkus, Sharon Osbourne and more!!!

Posted on 10/23/2010 | Continue Reading

Fall Essentials Coupon at Old Navy!

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This season's hottest looks are 30% off (40% off for cardholders) at Old Navy from Oct. 23rd-28th Fall is in full effect and as the temperature starts to drop, it's the perfect time to vamp up your family's Fall wardrobe....

Posted on 10/21/2010 | Continue Reading

A Great Brussel Sprouts Recipe from Alma Schneider

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I have a new found love for Brussel Sprouts. I really enjoyed roasting them but now I shred them and saute them. So quick and easy, nutritious and delicious. I hope you like them!

Posted on 10/05/2010 | Continue Reading

A Mexican Getaway by Marcie Pickelsimer

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I'm beginning to think that living in Mexico might not be so bad as long as I can live at the Del Palmar Flamingos and had my food delivered to me poolside everyday. I don't think Jenny Craig would go for it though and with all the money I've been paying her lately it would be such a waste, wouldn't it? Oh, but I could dream.

Posted on 09/28/2010 | Continue Reading

Money Matters by Susan Hirshman

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Here at Role Mommy, we are pleased to announce a new eight week financial advice series featuring author, corporate executive and money expert Susan Hirshman. Susan is the author of the brand new book "Does This Make My Assets Look Fat." A former financial executive, Susan breaks down the concept of money, investing, budgeting and puts it into terms any woman can understand.

Posted on 09/22/2010 | Continue Reading

Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe

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Summer is almost over but you can feel like you are at the shore all year round with this easy and flavorful chowder that can be a meal in itself with some bread and a nice side salad. I'll be looking forward to this when the Fall winds blow....

Posted on 09/07/2010 | Continue Reading

Alma's Chipotle Corn Salad

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'Tis the season to eat corn but I, for one, like to cut mine off the cob because of some unpleasant memories involving corn and having braces at age thirteen. Few frozen foods excite me as much as my own corn, cut off the cob, frozen in an airtight ziploc and later defrosted to make this delectable salad with a kick once all the awesome summer corn is gone. Take the time to shuck and cut some of those kernels off those cobs for later-you'll be glad you did.

Posted on 08/21/2010 | Continue Reading

Podcasts are Us...Courtesy of Cinch

We had a lot of fun this weekend with our family and if you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in my car, now is your chance. Listen in to my conversation with my hilarious husband...

Posted on 08/10/2010 | Continue Reading

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11/28/2009: The Role Mommy Fave Five - Nintendo Edition!

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07/07/2009: We've got a winner!

07/07/2009: Essay and Artwork Contest for Kids

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07/01/2009: The Parentville Fave Five

06/25/2009: Brand New Site for Busy Moms...ReferQuest

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04/02/2009: The Friday Fave Fives

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03/30/2009: Fave Five Tuesday

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03/25/2009: The Thursday Fave Five

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09/20/2008: Kids Pick the President Giveaway!

09/12/2008: A Very Cool Contest...

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08/22/2008: Weekly Writer Shout Outs

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07/29/2008: Three writer Shout Outs!!!

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06/30/2008: Giveaway Monday

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06/24/2008: Tuesday Writers

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06/17/2008: Writer Tuesdays

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