Top Holiday Toys via eBay/Huffpost

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eBay.com & Thehuffingtonpost.com asked for my top kid gift this holiday season, I sound like a total capitalist, to which I’m not – but most of all, I feel like a true success when I watch my boys play a board game – they focus, read directions and have fun without technology – it’s so validating. I know you moms get it, and dads!!

“Haute Drop-Off blogger Mara Menachem plans to prepare her kids for the business world with the assistance of a classic board game.” Click on the link to read about my holiday toy pick, and other top mom bloggers…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/8-bloggers-reveal-the-holiday-seasons-trendiest-toys-to-thrill-your-kids_us_582621e2e4b02d21bbc89bf4

“Dad Bods” Make Me Very Mad. My HuffPost Rant.

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“I am so annoyed (can you tell by my photo). I’ve been reading all the hype surrounding the new term coined by women, “the Dad Bod” in an attempt to make men feel better about their slightly “out-of-shape, I’m-a-dad” body. After hearing this moronic news report, I almost left my spouse to go back to my days at my all women’s college and make my lesbian experimentation a reality. Do I truly hate men? Or do I despise women who constantly give men credit for doing absolutely nothing?” 

Click on the link to read the rest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/dad-bods-make-me-very-mad_b_7698724.html

Still Going Strong. Me on Backpack Love.

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Fashion Shots: Barbara Myers

“My eyes lit up: was this my mom, or a fashion-forward fairy in disguise? I untied the bag and inside was a little nylon backpack with an oversized no-name logo glued (more like super glued) onto its back pocket.  I knew it was a horrible knockoff of what I really wanted, but no matter..”

Fashion Notes: Backpack: Prada, www.prada.com  and Vintage Army, Leggings: Target, www.target.com, Cuff: Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com, Glasses: Chanel,www.chanel.com, Kicks: Converse, www.converse.com Jean Jacket: Free People, www.freepeople.com, Gray Heels: Zara, www.zara.com

Click on the link below to read the rest of my piece..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/post_7137_b_5024002.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

HuffPost Comedy. Bumper Stickers, Original Status Updates.

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“Before status updates on social media, bumper stickers on cars acted as a person’s semi-permanent status update. Growing up in a family who all drove Volvos, bumper stickers of the liberal variety would have been a perfect accoutrement to our vehicles. But adorning your Volvo with stickers was an unwritten “no no” in the Menachem household. Because of that, I admired the various messages people displayed..” Read the rest by clicking on the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/bumper-stickers-the-origi_b_6313254.html

How I Dodged Barbies & Boy Bands. Haute Huff Post.

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“Though I never finished reading Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye, the character Henry still haunts me, with visions of his horrible acne and his sweating body beneath a wool army school uniform. But I will never know what happened to Henry, because like religious freaks who burn books, I have older brothers who would steal them when deemed inappropriate for their little sister. My brother Seth lent me his copy of Ham on Rye and he immediately took it back, after I started asking questions about the sexual nature of the book. This is what brothers do, and for this, I am grateful and semi-illiterate.”

Click below to read the full article…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-i-dodged-barbies-and-_b_6024126.html

 

I Stand with Gwyneth, Will You? My Huffington Post Piece.

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People have a mean habit of metaphorically kicking a celebrity in the stomach, when they are usually at their lowest. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of negative comments about Gwyneth Paltrow, interestingly not toward her soon to be ex-husband, Chris Martin. They announced their divorce to the world, using a new phrase “conscious uncoupling,” and quickly were on the receiving end of judgement. (click on the link below to read the article)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-stand-with-gwyneth-will_b_5469791.html

 

Haute Post Workout. Mara’s tips in HuffPost.

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San Rafael, California. February 2014. Fashion Shot by Barb Myers

“Many of you love to poke fun of mostly mothers who wear workout clothing all day, and begin to look like one another.  Look, we all are squeezing a lot in our days, and showering and/or changing is asking a lot, isn’t it? Or is it more the thought of someone seeming like all they do is workout, and having the luxury of such choice…we can discuss that in another forum :)…

Click below to read the rest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-to-be-a-style-icon-in_b_4898418.html

 

Naked. Group Dressing Room. Haute Loehmann’s.

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“Yesterday while changing in a ladies’ locker room at a San Francisco Gym which caters to an older clientele, I watched an elderly woman struggle to hook her bra (don’t be mean, have you ever tried hooking a bra with over 5 hooks, with watermelon size boobs?).  So, I offered to help of course, fortunately for me she didn’t speak English, and I had time to realize how weird my offer seemed.  But to a girl who spent half her childhood in the group dressing room at Loehmann’s, this act of “zero boundary” kindness is not weird. ”

Please click below to read the rest of my piece…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/everything-i-learned-i-le_b_4726991.html

Haute HuffPost. Naked in San Francisco. Read it.

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“……We entered Whole Foods and merrily filled our cart with the overpriced fare, while observing the quiet nature of the people. I found myself “shushing” my kids as if we were in a library getting a dirty look from the quintessential librarian with the tight bun and thick glasses dangling at the end of her nose, except here the librarian was cataloging free-trade coffee and used chopsticks from recycled timber to hold together her dread locked bun.”

Click on this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/stand-publicly-naked-in-san-francisco_b_4175014.html to read the FULL article in The Huffington Post