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Internet Slowdown Day

You may notice loading symbols all over the internet today. Even (especially?) internet giants like Netflix, Etsy, or Kickstarter, along with smaller websites (like this one!) are participating in a movement to protect the internet as we know it. Here’s an article with a good list of FAQ’s about the Net Neutrality situation. It’s really, […]

Giveaway Winners Announced!

There were 29 separate entries in this giveaway and I drew winners according to comment order via The two winners of 50 Nude Women DVDs are Sara and Annie. The winner of the MargLenn Naturals gift set is Amy. Congrats, guys! I’ll shoot you guys emails asking for your mailing addresses in just a […]

Last chance to enter the giveaway!

A long story involving hoards of geeks at Comic Con, a stupid humid heatwave, and an small army of mosquitos left me pretty much inhuman (to differing degrees of happiness – I quite liked the Comic Con bits) over the weekend. That means you still have time to enter! I’ll close the comments tonight and […]

SOAM Birthday Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again! The earth has circled the sun eight times since I started SOAM one day while my little children were napping. Now my children are all big and almost teenagery and SOAM is a worldwide website with more than 100,000 visitors every month. Since SOAM started all those years ago […]

WAHMs Advertise Here!

Pretty much ever since SOAM began I wanted to create a space to help as many WAHMs (or WOHMs!) reach as many customers as possible. Other small businesses, too, but, because SOAM is about motherhood, I feel especially endeared to mom-run-businesses. It’s only taken me six and a half years to finally get around to […]

I’ll be on the Today Show! I need you!

The Today Show is planning to air a story on SOAM this Friday morning. They want to interview some moms who have participated by posting their story here on SOAM. Here are the details – they want recent submissions. I think within the last few months. They want moms who still have young babies, under […]

Are you in New York?

I’ve been talking to another reporter today who’d like to do a story. She’s looking to interview moms in the New York area who have participated in SOAM and maybe also TIAW. Email me at and I’ll forward your email to her.

Who Needs The Letter Between O & Q Anyway!

Also! Who needs question marks! These things are not imortant to my keyboard. Including a number of other items necessary for creating entries here. While I take my comuter back to the reair and make them fix this, I wont be able to make entries. Be back ASA~ hoefully. *sigh*

The Body Image Revolution Has Begun!

Sandy Kumskov of How To Love Your Body sent me an e-mail recently about a free teleseries online all about body image and everything that goes into it. It’s called The Body Image Revolution. Right now I am listening to Cyndi O’Meara talk about healthy foods from an anthropological perspective (not unlike Nourishing Traditions, from […]

And the Winners are….

…Marissa C and Allison! I realize there are simpler ways to determine a winner, but I’m running on exhausted today and for a number of reasons that seem too much effort to explain, it turns out the more tedious method also happens to be the one requiring the least brainpower. My son – the one […]

A Birthday! And a Giveaway!

In honor of SOAM’s upcoming fourth birthday, I am hosting a DVD giveaway! I happen to have a couple copies of 50 Nude Women which the producer, Margot, is refusing to let me pay for because she is clearly completely awesome. I first became aware of this short film through one of SOAM’s readers several […]

Your Body, Part 2

Now that you’ve shared what you would change about your body, I want to know what you LIKE about your body. What parts do you find most beautiful and why? UPDATE: Closing comments now. Thanks for sharing!

Your Body

You’ve found your Fairy Godmother and she wants to know how you would change your body if you could. Would it be your belly? Something unrelated to childbirth – like your nose? Would you change nothing? Share your wishes in the comments below. UPDATE: I am closing comments to the entry now. Thank you for […]

Technical Problems

My stinkin’ router died. Or something. Feel free to curse it from afar. It deserves it. Until I can take it out in a field and go all Office Space all over it, posts here will be dependant on if and when I can find free wireless in a child friendly space. I can do […]

New Article – Need Your Help!

Matador Life — a blog about thriving in life between travel — wants to include your photos in a photo essay on Mother’s Bodies. In this essay, we seek to focus on the normal process and body changes associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood. Send your photos or questions to Leigh Shulman @

Moms in Orange County, California!

I have been corresponding with a reporter from the OC Register – she’d like to get in contact with some moms in the area so, if you are willing, can you please contact her? Her info is below: My name is Courtney Perkes and I’m a reporter at the Orange County Register. I’m interested in […]

Giving Thanks

Here in the US we are gearing up for our biggest harvest feast. While traditional images of pilgrims and cornucopias permeate decorations everywhere I go, I would like to take this a bit deeper this year and encourage myself – and you – to look at the so-called flaws in my body and consider them […]

Happy Veteran’s Day!

We have had many a submission from a military wife, and a few in the service as well. Thank you, to those who serve our country, to the wives and families who sacrifice so much for us – thank you all for all you do!

Twitter – Should I Open an Account?

People have told me that I should have a Twitter account for SOAM and I have considered it, but I am unsure how much, exactly, I would have to say. What do you think? Would you follow? What would you like to see tweets about?

Site Maintenance – Done!

The site will be down this Saturday (June 6) for scheduled maintenance. Just FYI. Update – The site is back up and running. If you notice any bugs, please let me know at Thanks!

New Server

They moved us to a new server last night and while I think everything looks good, if you find something wonky, please e-mail me at and I will let my host know. Thanks!

Promoting the site

The Shape of a Mother has been featured in the media worldwide, but has received less attention here in my own US than in other countries. My friends have started a campaign to get the site featured on Oprah, by writing letters and passing the idea on. I feel awkward promoting myself like this, but […]

Back Online and Technical Problems Fixed!

Many, many thinks to my friend Graham who worked very hard yesterday to update the blogging software for me. The site was down for a few hours, but is back up and better than ever now. Luckily for us, this also solved our upload problems so I will get right to work on all those […]

Downtime this weekend

Just a quick note to let you all know there will be some downtime this coming weekend as we perform some scheduled maintainence. Thanks for understanding!

Small Technical Difficulties

For some reason I cannot upload anything so if you have sent me pictures via e-mail it will take me a little while to get them posted. Thanks for understanding!

TV Documentary! (Do you live in San Diego?)

I have spoken on the phone and in e-mail with two women, including Alex, the director, about this project. Here is a message Alex has written that she would like me to share with you: Hi there, I’m writing from a TV production company in the UK regarding a documentary we’re making about pregnancy and […]

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