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Hey Natalie Jean Wants You To Buy Her Book In Order To Win Her Book

Natalie Holbrook, hip and dreamy, has a book coming out March 17th. In an attempt to drum up excitement she has been doing giveaways all week, culminating in today’s big bonanza – a chance to win her ‘uniform’ of boots and Madewell jeans, and a copy of her book. Just follow her simple entry rules!

To enter, head over to one of these retailers…and preorder that sucker! Then go here and fill out the entry form. If you’ve already preordered, bless you! Lemme kiss your face! Go find that email and enter your confirmation number ASAP, you’re already in!

Yes, you read that right: Natalie wants you to prove you have purchased her book in order to enter to win a copy of her book. I’m not a lolyer…but isn’t that sort of thing frowned upon by the law?


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That Wife Will Become A Software Engineer

Jenna Cole, the ‘photographer’ who just three months ago was bragging about how successful she was, has announced she is going to pursue a different career – as a software engineer.

Jenna claims she and her husband ‘sat down as a married couple’ and ‘were able to tweak some things in a way that full-time employment outside the home feels like the right path to pursue’. She then basically blames her failure to get a real job until now on her peripatetic husband.

The biggest thing holding me back from this was that I didn’t want to start working full-time and then relocate to another state soon afterward. How can I be successful in my given career if I’m following my husband all over the planet while he does his thing?

Apparently her husband is now ‘happy where he’s at’, so Jenna feels confident she can ‘set ambitious career goals and work toward them’. First, she hopes to attend Hackbright – a ‘fellowship’ that promises to take women ‘from beginner to software engineer’ in 10 weeks – and says when she finishes the course she will ‘apply for full-time work in the Bay Area as a software engineer’.

As IT hiring managers along the west coast ready their ‘dis gon b gud‘ gifs, Jenna concluded by letting the industry  know ‘There are dozens and dozens of Bay Area companies that I would be thrilled to work for.’


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Catherine Connors Will Announce A New Project Soon

Catherine Connors, the bad haircut formerly behind such awesome wtf piles as Babble, is evidently “launching a new venture and announcing a new partnership” soon. She’s even sending out recruitment calls.

Hey, friends in publishing and media – I’m looking for talent recommendations. I have a couple of editorial positions (junior and senior) to fill, ideally in Chicago or DC area but will consider very talented candidates located elsewhere. Need experience in magazine publishing for more senior position (ideally, children’s/family publications), but also ability to bring digital strategy to the table.

She added “Oh, and: it’s not Disney. Remind me to provide some sort of update on my professional life at some point”. Cat Who Needs A Hat then vaguegrammed about some amazing leap into the ether of the stars which are aligning as they do when destiny happens in your heart and your soul begins to ascend with believing in Crystal Light and then me…or something.

Last year I made some decisions that put me on a highwire – or a tightrope, or a trapeze, or a cliff face, or in any case somewhere really high up and really scary but also really exhilarating. Somewhere I could touch the clouds. A place from which I could make great leaps and – maybe – take flight. And it was terrifying and thrilling but usually mostly terrifying, and today – TODAY – I put my feet on the platform / grabbed the bar / reached the ledge and was able to take a deep breath and go AHA! I MADE IT. And feel the wind whistle in my ears, and look down and feel a little bit (a lot) of vertigo, and have that moment of HOLY SHIT WHAT DID I DO. And, of course, shout for joy. Because I decided to fly, and discovered that I have wings…

She also tagged Jenna Elfman, lest anyone forget she’s bffs with a former famous person, and ended with the “Sorry to be vague. More of the story to come” crap bloggers love so much.

So basically she’s no longer at Disney and probably starting some new thing with Jenna Elfman? Or what? And why is she still in the US? Did she get a new job? I can’t figure out why anyone would hire her after her WOMP WOMP Disney Interactive tenure, but I guess anything is possible when you can purple prose your way out of any corner. At least this means ole Cecily Kellogg might get writing work again, amirite?


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Kate Tietje Wants You To Stop Blaming Anti-Vaxxers For Diseases

Kate Tietje, mother, is tired of everyone blaming parents who refuse to vaccinate for the return of previously eradicated diseases. In a screed titled “Enough is Enough with Blaming “Anti-Vaxxers””, Kate pulls out the usual argument that not that many people die from these diseases, so what does it matter?

The measles is just not a serious illness for most people.  We also know far, far more about it now than we did 60 years ago, and medical science has advanced quite a lot as well.  We know how to prevent the most serious complications now in most cases.  If we stopped vaccinating, more kids would get measles, and the vast majority with no issues.  We would not see rampant blindness (since vitamin A supplementation is easy to get and inexpensive).

Kate goes on to explain the world “would not see rampant death or encephalitis” and says “If the death rate was really 1 in 5000…and everyone got measles — we could assume about 4 million cases per year — that would be 800 deaths annually.” After telling readers to speak up because anti-vaxxers have a right to be heard, she then puts out a call for people to “report hate pages” that comment on the things anti-vaxxers say, calling it “hate speech” and “bullying”.

She concluded with an Edited to Add, responding to people who called her out for blithely dismissing the 800 possible people who might die.

Plenty of people are upset that I noted that we could see up to 800 measles deaths annually if no one vaccinated.  First, that will never happen — because unlike some people, I believe everyone should have a *choice* in their medical care, and many will choose to vaccinate.

Meaning, I assume, that it’s ok for people to stop vaccinating because they can just rely on the herd immunity of those who DO. Seriously, this sounds like something The Onion would write. Oh wait, they did.


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A Mommy Blogger Reality Show Is The Obvious Next Step


Now that their niche is being killed off by the rise of softly filtered ‘lifestyle blogging’, mommy bloggers are seeking new ways to stay relevant. Well now they can cling to a last shred of possible fame by applying to join the cast of a mommy blogger reality show.

A major cable television network and an award-winning television production company are on a nationwide search for Mom bloggers to feature on a new docuseries.

The call claims the “ideal candidate should be an active blogger with a big personality and a family who feels comfortable sharing its journey and experiences”, and hopes to cast “a variety of women and capture their everyday lives in a thoughtful and genuine manner”.

I can’t help but think this will be nothing more than “American Blogger: The Series”. I mean, would anyone REALLY watch this besides other mommy bloggers? I guess I just don’t get what would be television worthy about a bunch of middle class sahms posting to instagram all day. But I don’t get Honey Boo Boo either, so sure, why not.