May 7 2013
Need some Mother’s Day gift inspiration? We’re asking our contributing editors the three things they want (and the one thing they can’t actually buy). Here’s what Mayim Bialik is hoping for this year.
I actually don’t do “gifts” like this for Mother’s Day. It’s not my thing–but here are three things I do need…
1. New flats
I wear flats a lot. And I wear black a lot. It’s sort of Converse or flats like these 24/7 except when I have to go to some red carpet event or the Emmys or something. I wear flats most days of the week and I constantly wear them out. These are a bit more than I like to spend, but it’s Mother’s Day, right? Let’s go crazy.
2. New robe
I like a fuzzy robe. Unfortunately, I have found that the softest ones tend to be kind of pricey which is why I would never buy this for myself because I am very stingy with myself. But look how soft it looks. And cozy. And I am a person who really likes baths and it’s so nice to put on a fuzzy soft robe after a bath. And I also am always in some state of needing to do laundry so sometimes it’s so great to put on a robe after throwing everything you are wearing into the wash rather than change into clothes especially if you’ve just worked out and don’t feel ready to shower or put clean clothes on your dirty body. Also, since I am stingy, I go to great lengths to not turn on the heat if I don’t need to, so a cozy robe makes you feel warm and cozy so you don’t need to turn on the heat. Given all of that, I still won’t buy one for myself. But it’s something someone should buy for me, obviously.
3. The essential little pink tool kit
I am a divorced woman. He got the toolbox in the divorce. I need some tools. Not just the basics, either. I need the whole shebang, so that if I want to assemble something or if Fancy Assistant Brandon and I want to assemble something or if the next door neighbor who happens to be a contractor and has been helping me with some stuff needs some tool and doesn’t want to go to his van, I have it handy. I need this toolbox. And I like the pleasant colors. I like that they thought of my feminine instincts when they designed this tool box. I want it.
The one thing I want for Mother’s Day that you can’t actually buy:
*By purchasing any of the above items through Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will go to support our work at Kveller. It’s a Mother’s Day mitzvah!*
Oct 31 2012
Halloween is kind of a tough one for Jews. Less openly Christian than, say, Christmas or Valentine’s Day, but not as ecumenical as Thanksgiving. There’s scary costumes and candy, and a vaguely pagan-y narrative. So how does it play out for Jews?
Here at Kveller we’ve given you a few different perspectives on this issue.
The Jewish Take on Halloween:
A summary of different Jewish positions on Halloween
Mayim Bialik tells us why Halloween isn’t for her, but how she still makes it fun.
Carla explains why she doesn’t like Halloween, but still does it up with her family anyway.
Oct 26 2012
This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.
- Making A Fabulous Birthday Party With Just One Hand. Mayim Bialik only has one hand to run her family these days, so she couldn’t handle baking a birthday cake from scratch. Her improvised solution? An ice cream sundae bar, complete with a 1950s soda jerk costume.
- Why We Chose A Jewish Day School Over Public School. Avital and her husband put off making a decision about their children’s schooling for as long as they could. Between public school, montessori school, and Jewish day school, they had several good options, and while Avital was leaning toward the Jewish school, her husband wasn’t leaning with her. Read about how and why they ended up at a Solomon Schechter day school.
- Can We Afford Jewish High School? One family that has been sending their kids to day school through middle school now has to make a decision about high school. With a double curriculum and a massive price tag, the choice isn’t going to be easy.
- Shopping For My Daughter’s First Bra. Have you ever said a blessing in a department store dressing room? This mom (and rabbi) took her daughter bra shopping, and celebrated the beginning of womanhood with the shehecheyanu prayer.
Jul 19 2012
Talk about kvelling! We’re over the moon to share the news that Kveller blogger Mayim Bialik has been nominated for an Emmy. She’s up for best supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.
Also nominated from Big Bang is Jim Parsons, yet he seems to be more excited for his co-star Mayim than for himself. He tells TVLine:
“I was jumping up and down — I kid you not… I love her so much… I went to call her immediately but I didn’t have her number — isn’t that weird that I don’t have her number yet? I don’t think she wants me to have her number, which is OK. I still love her.”
Um, Jim? Pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you had her number. I mean, here she is kissing your face on a screen at Comic-Con.
We send our biggest mazel tov to Mayim. There is no one more deserving!
Read up on Mayim’s life at her blog on Kveller, and then check out her post about pumping on the set of Big Bang.
Jul 11 2012
We know many of you have been dying to get your hands on Mayim Bialik’s new book Beyond the Sling, but if your hands haven’t gotten it yet, maybe your ears will. That’s right, we’re giving away three copies of the audio version of Beyond the Sling over on Mayim’s blog.
While it’s not in Mayim’s voice, you’ll still get all of her juicy wisdom straight for the source herself. The giveaway ends this Monday, the 16th, so head over to Mayim’s blog today and enter to win!
Jun 1 2012
Dear Mayim fans,
Down and out about your fearsome leader taking a little break from Facebook? Craving more insight from Mayim on a daily basis? How about a whole book of it?
That’s right. It’s about that time to give away some more copies of Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik. It’s just like Facebook, minus that whole “Face” part.
We’re giving away copies to three lucky winners. To enter, head on over to that beloved Facebook and become a fan of Kveller. We may not be the same as Mayim, but we promise to share all of her articles, plus other great stuff from our amazing writers and hilarious pictures. Once you’re a fan, also leave a comment on this post so we know you’ve entered. Oh, and if you’re already a fan of Kveller (thanks!), just skip right to the comment part.
We’ll choose three random winners next Wednesday, June 6th, so enter now!
May 25 2012
Yesterday, Mayim told us that she was taking a break from Facebook because of all the negative comments she has to deal with. Today, Jordana Horn pleads with her to rethink that decision:
And I do mean “dear”! I’ve interviewed you, I’ve argued with you, and I’ve learned from you. It’s a great honor being a Kveller contributing editor with you.
You are an awesome person. I’d go so far as to call you an aishet chayil–and have actually done so in print–which means a woman of valor, whose value is beyond rubies. We don’t agree on a lot, but you are a deep, kind, intelligent and thoughtful person and I feel so grateful and fortunate for our friendship. Read the rest of this entry →
May 18 2012
Do I get bonus points for using cloth diapers?
I think I may be missing the point.
I’ve been reading up on attachment parenting and caught Dr. Sears on TV the other day. Besides the fact that “attachment mothering” seems a more apt description, most of what it describes seems fairly sensible, if, to my way of thinking, not absolutely necessary. Looking back, I guess I practiced most of this method without calling it AP, or even knowing of such a thing 20-plus years ago. This method of parenting infants fit my style and value system and I was home full-time. I did hold my babies when they seemed to need holding, tried to learn to understand their cries, breastfed, co-slept (it was so much easier for night feedings), and didn’t let my infants “cry it out at night.” Heck, I even used cloth diapers through 3 ½ kids! Read the rest of this entry →
May 4 2012
Have you guys heard of Mayim Bialik? She’s an amazing actress and writer and mother and OH YEAH, has a blog on Kveller?
We thought it was about time to share some Mayim love by giving away free copies of her brand new book, Beyond the Sling, to three lucky winners. Alls you gotta do to enter is sign up for our semi-weekly e-newsletter, and then drop us a note in the comments below. If you’re already signed up for our newsletter (yay!), just leave a comment, and you’re good to go. We’ll choose three random winners next Thursday, May 10 (which happens to be the air date of the season finale of Mayim’s hit show, The Big Bang Theory. Have you heard of it?), so enter today.
Sign up here, comment below, and good luck!
May 1 2012
The New York Times “Room for Debate” section has tackled a topic near and dear to many of our readers’ hearts: Has women’s obsession with being the perfect mother destroyed feminism?
Among the featured debaters (along with Erica Jong and Bringing up Bebe author Pamela Druckerman) is Mayim Bialik, who argues that attachment parenting goes hand in hand with feminism.
What do you think? Can you be a feminist attachment parent? Read Mayim’s full debate here and then throw in your own two cents.