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Aug 25 2014

Join Us Tonight While We Live-Tweet the Emmys

By at 4:20 pm

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The Emmys have finally arrived, which is especially exciting for us here at Kveller, because our very own Mayim Bialik is up for an Emmy–for the third time in a row! Also up is another talented Jewish actress, Lizzie Caplan, for her role as Virginia Johnson in “Master’s of Sex.”

Who will win and who will go home empty handed? What will the hottest red carpet trends be this year? After the whole dress debacle, what color will Mayim Bialik end up wearing? Will she finally win that Emmy? Can you spot the subtle Star of David on her jewelry?

We’ll be there with you live-tweeting and schmoozing all night long. So make sure to follow us @Kveller and let us know what you’re thinking.

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Nov 12 2012

News Roundup: Pregnancy Sick Leave, Elmo Allegations

By at 4:05 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

kevin clash elmo

- Pregnant women should get two months of sick leave–that is, before they have their baby–says a new Norwegian study. This is awesome, but unless you live in Norway, you probably can’t expect two months of sick leave :( (Science Blog)

- Want to read some of the best parenting tweets about the election? We like the one about mommy stealing daddy’s margarita. (Huffington Post)

- Kaytlynn Welsch, 12, and her younger sister, Heather Welsch, 10, regularly run–and win–13 mile trail races. Are their parents pushing them too hard? (New York Times)

- A study showed that kids only act generously when they think people can see. I guess kids are pretty savvy operators. (Washington Post)

- And in horribly sad news that we hope turns out not to be true: Kevin Clash, who voices Elmo on Sesame Street, is on leave from his job after allegations (which he claims are false) that he had an inappropriate relationship with an underage boy. (CNN)

Aug 9 2012

Twitter Chat with Anna Solomon TODAY

By at 10:02 am

kveller book club twitter chatGood morning, Kveller readers! Just wanted to remind you that our book club is in full swing. If you haven’t checked out our discussion about The Little Bride that started on the blog yesterday, please do, and remember to chime in with your own thoughts. And then be sure to join us on Twitter, today from 12 – 1 p.m. EST for a live chat with author Anna Solomon.

Here’s how it will go down:

Anyone who wants to participate should use the hashtag #kvellerlit on all their tweets. To easily follow along, click here. We’ll be asking Anna questions but also strongly encourage you to ask her your own questions, as well. To ask Anna a question, tweet at her @solomonanna. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, as we’d love to have as many people as possible participate in this great opportunity.

May 10 2012

Contest: 6 Word #MamalehDay Story

By at 1:33 pm

#mamalehdayIt’s unavoidable, whether you think it’s the perfect opportunity to express your gratitude, or just another Hallmark holiday. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we thought we’d have a little fun by hosting yet *another* contest. This one is for all you Tweeters out there, so get your hashtag fingers ready:

We’re looking for six word stories, all about moms. It could be your favorite Mother’s Day memory, an ode to being a mother, or an ode to your own mother. Whatever it is, we’re asking for it in just six words. Here’s an example (please don’t judge):

Gave me life, and homemade cookies.

To enter the contest, tweet your 6-word story @kveller along with the hashtag #MamalehDay. We’ll choose a favorite by Monday morning, and the winner will receive–drum roll please–a copy of Mayim Bialik’s book, Beyond the Sling!

Dec 19 2011

Here’s How a Twitter Party Works #Kveller

By at 2:59 pm
retro lady on the phone

A Twitter party? It's off the hook!

Dear Twitter Party Virgins,

Tonight is going to be OFF THE HOOK! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s going to be fun and there will be prizes and you can sit at home in your pajamas–while your kiddos sleep–and chat with friends.

Or as @luffjac says, A calorie-free Hanukkah twitter party for moms!” (Although I’ve heard some of my fellow #Kveller authors saying they will have copious amounts of wine available, the best part being that we don’t have to share it!)

Probably the best part is that we get the opportunity to “chat” with all of you @Kveller readers!  So if you don’t have a Twitter account, MAKE ONE!!  Even if it’s just to tweet with us!!

Never been to a twitter party? No problem. Here are a few helpful hints.

1. Once you’ve created an account, open one window as your “home” Twitter window (www.twitter.com)

2. Open a new window as your “chat” window, so that you can see the party conversation.

3. Put #kveller into the search window  at the top of the Twitter page. This will show you all of the people participating in the party.

4. You can click back and forth between the two screens. Type comments in your own Twitter feed and watch the party on the other screen!

5. This is VERY important. Everytime you want to add something to the conversation REMEMBER TO PUT #Kveller at the end of the Tweet (or somewhere in the tweet) so that everyone can see it (this counts towards your 140 character limit, so tweet wisely!).

For example:

Hi Everyone I’m so excited to chat with all of the awesome @kveller blog authors! #kveller

6. If you want to tweet TO SOMEONE you need to include @name and then they will know you are talking with them, like this:

@SWMama you are such an inspiration to Jewish mothers everywhere!

7. If you want everyone at the party to see this tweet to Carla (whose Twitter handle is @SWMama), tweet this:

@SWMama you are such an inspiration for Jewish mothers everywhere! #kveller

8. Also, be sure to check your @mentions (located next to your timeline tab on your Twitter homepage) to see if anyone is talking directly to you. Sometimes if it is a new person that you don’t already follow, it won’t show up in your Twitter feed!

If you have ANY other questions about tweeting or the #Kveller Twitter party – feel free to ask in the comments below.

Join us! Can’t wait to chat!

Hanukkah Twitter Party, Tonight!

By at 12:10 pm

party time calendarWe’d like to remind everybody about a major event going on tonight that you don’t want to miss. It’s Kveller’s Hanukkah Twitter Party, where we’ll be chatting about all things Hanukkah, and giving away four $50 gift cards to the amazing Magic Beans. Finally, a party that everybody can attend no matter where you live!

Get the full scoop at this link, where you can also add your Twitter handle to the comments section to be eligible for the prizes. You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook and help spread the word!

We’ll kick off the party tonight at 9 p.m. EST ((8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) and it will last for an hour, so be sure to prepare your fingers for some quality tweeting.

Looking forward to (virtually) seeing you there!

Sep 7 2011

#DailyKvell

By at 2:16 pm

Over the weekend I had an Upper West Side version of a Labor Day BBQ–that is, we went to Dinosaur in Harlem and ordered it to go. Back at my parents’ apartment, after scarfing down more meat and coleslaw than I care to remember, my almost-2-year-old daughter took a bite of watermelon, looked up at us, and declared: “I happy!”

I have no idea if she actually understands emotions or how to verbalize  them, though I’d like to think that in that moment, sated, messy, and surrounded by family, she expressed her first one and kinda knew what it meant.

So, I’d like to call that moment a #dailykvell.

And I’ll put it on Twitter.

And I’ll ask y’all to join me and do the same.

(And for those not-so-great moments, we have #dailykvetch, of course!)

See you on the other side. That would be Twitter, of course. We’re @Kveller. Say hi and shoot us a message–or a #dailykvell or #dailykvetch!

Feb 7 2011

Birth and Oversharing

By at 2:53 pm

Those who know me know that I am perhaps the least likely person to decry the phenomenon of “overshare.” I frequently employ the first person, both around the home and on the Internet. I post on Facebook so often that, when I found out that a place I’m going on vacation in a few weeks blocks Facebook, I fleetingly considered whether or not this trip was really for me.  (I’m going anyway – and you can be certain that I’ll report on that experience when I return.)

So you might think I’d be a strong proponent (see numerous articles, including Kveller’s post here) about live-reporting giving birth via Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Surprisingly, I’m  just not that into it. Is it overly contradictory if I share why?

Much of my affection for Facebook stems from the juxtaposition of two irreconcilable facts – I’m an insanely social person who works from home. Facebook is an easy way to slip into interaction with generally polysyllabic, interesting folk who have much to say about the world around them. It’s also, of course, an easy way to slip into avoidance and procrastination, but I’ll write that column another day (ha!). The point is that, used properly, Facebook is a welcoming vehicle for interconnectedness. Were it not for Facebook, a friend recently pointed out, I never would have known that she could easily provide me with a printout before my trip to Japan that read, in Japanese, “I do not eat shellfish or meat products. Please adjust my menu choices accordingly.” Were it not for Facebook, I wouldn’t be able to have the feeling of ersatz workplace and social contact.

All those things are good.  But there are points at which, at least for me, it feels equally good to circle the circumstantial wagons and draw the line of privacy.  When I got pregnant, my husband and I joked about when we would go public with the information and when we would go ‘Facebook public.’ There was a clear difference between the two. Telling our parents and siblings in that precarious first trimester felt much more responsible than courting the potential double horror of writing a Facebook status message of “miscarried today. L” And yet, when the amnio sounded the all-clear, I began crafting ways to spread the news to my nearest and dearest 1k friends, and loved the outpouring of joy and kindness I received in return.

Still, the experience drove home the difference between what is virtual and what is real. I want to share joys with the Facebook masses – not sorrows, which would demand a higher level of interaction and intimacy. There’s a level of risk in childbirth, addressed in recent articles as well, where the more casual media of electronic communication has no place. And even if all goes well, I want to share that first with the people to whom I am closest in non-virtual reality. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 16 2010

Tweet This

By at 11:26 am

"Twitter Mad" mother and her newborn son.

We’re all for media. Multimedia. Social networking of all kinds. I mean honestly, it’s our bread and butter here at Kveller. But even we have our limits.

That is why I find it unbelievable that Rachael Ince, also now known as  the “Twitter Mad Mother” sent 104 updates to her Twitter account while giving birth last week.

“I thought it might be a good way to document what happened and how I was feeling during the birth,” she told the Daily Mail.

It’s hard to imagine placing a phone call let alone tweeting during labor. My husband made the mistake of pulling out his iphone–once!– and I almost ripped off his head. (Sorry you never got to use that contraction app, honey!)

Had I tweeted my way through labor and delivery, it might have looked something like this:

9:42 Aweeeeeeeeeeoooooooooooooooooo

9:46: Grroooooowwwwwwwlllllll

9:51: Ooooowwwwwwwwwww. Where’s that friggin doula?

10:00 Take that birthing ball and shove it

10:15 Remind me why I don’t—-eeeeeeeoooooooooo—-want an epidural again?

And for those of you wondering what real birth tweets look like, here are the last three hours before the baby came.

3:07: Midwife said it’s time to get things moving faster so we’re off to pace the corridors. You may join us twitter!
3:19: Oooh this is working. More like every 5 mins now  3:37: Walking up and downstairs sideways. Like a crab. Only now I’ve exhausted myself!!!
3:58: Contractions slowed. Up a little since we came for a sit down and a square of chocolate. Must start walking again.
3:59: Determined to give birth today now so… Back we go. No time for phone charging. (hope it lasts)
4:30: Have asked for my first stage of soon relief – paracetamol. Partly cause I know I won’t get the good stuff until I’ve tried it.
4:40: I’m sure anyone passing my cubicle just then would have thought InceyDad was getting a special treat. So much panting
5:12: Off to get a bath running so tweeting will be in the hands of @Paulieofficial for a while.
6:02: Did NOT like the bath. Contractions in there were awful
6:10: Do not like this. It hurts. And they don’t have gas & air here. Have to be examined and sent to labour ward before I get it
6:28: Up we go to delivery. Emergency. She upset baby by poking him in the bed
At this point the baby’s heartbeat has dipped and Rachael is rushed into a delivery suite and gave birth to Elliot at 7pm after ten minutes of “proper pushing”

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