Mara Shapiro
Mara Shapiro is a social media miss fancypants, blogger, mama and wife. Proof that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself, she's a former marketer and customer experience trainer who now practices Community Manangement and the fine art of wordsmithing. She shares inappropriate slices of life, recipes, books and products she loves at, and is co-editor of BrazenWoman, a fabulous new lifestyle Blogazine specifically for women over 35. She has been a featured guest on CJAD Radio Montreal, The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Bonbon break, Blogher, Huffington Post live, SocialNorth, and CTV News Channel, and has been quoted on, Rogers Redboard, in Today’s Parent, and The Toronto Star. Catch up with @ChickyMara on Twitter & Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Entries by Mara Shapiro

Rainbow Glitter Helped Me Forget What It's Like to Have A Teen

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:41 PM

You know how they say that after childbirth the endorphins take over your pregnancy brain and erase all of the painful memories leaving only the good ones so that you'll be open to going through the ordeal again?

I think all of parenthood is like that. Amidst all the remembered...

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Justin Trudeau Is Our Next PM But He's Also Maggie's Son

(15) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Usually I steer clear of talking about politics. It's partly that I don't feel I know enough about the nuances of political and economic intrigue to make an intelligent contribution to the conversation. But it's mostly because I can't stand the negativity that gets spewed when people start airing their...

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Fifty Shades of Grey Is Not About Domestic Abuse

(77) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:33 AM

I shy away from controversy. I'm firm with my convictions, but choose to not air them publicly. Unless I can't hold back. Like now. Because contrary to popular opinion, I don't believe Fifty Shades of Grey is domestic abuse cloaked in a risque BDSM romance.

Who am I to say?...

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When My Daughter Says 'Mom, Everyone Hates All the Jews Now'

(30) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:13 PM

"Mom, everyone hates all the Jews now."

What's a mother to say when she hears her daughter make a statement like that? This is 2014 and not 1939. We live in Canada, not Hitler's Germany. But when we drive along a main thoroughfare and see swastikas spray painted on bus...

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How I Survived 21 Years of Marriage and Still Want More

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Ever wonder how they do it? I mean the older couples you see in the park, at the store, holding hands in the mall? What makes it last? How do they get there, how do they survive each other?

Soon, my marriage turns 21. It will be able to order...

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Treat People On Social Media As You Would In Real Life

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Last week I wrote a post about mom bashing, and how women judge and gang up on each other. But I think that what I was trying to communicate --how we use social media to treat each other badly -- got diluted because I used such a controversial...

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How Rob Ford Taught My Kids Integrity

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 12:26 AM

Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

In my house, integrity is a big deal. It doesn't matter whether we're talking about cheating on a test, treating a girl with respect, stealing, or just acting with a strong compass of right and...

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Should You Tell Your Teen You Were a Wild Child?

(33) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 12:06 AM

My husband and I continue to debate one issue (well, besides every issue because obviously opposites attract). I'm not talking about Tomato Tomahto. I'm talking about how much to disclose.

To our teenagers.

About my wild child former self. You know, the drugs, sex, booze, and rock and...

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Whose Fault is Our Culture of Bullying?

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:53 PM

I can't stop thinking about Amanda Todd. Why she died, why nobody stopped the kids who were bullying her, how her cyber-stalker wasn't caught or prosecuted, why her parents seemed to be in the dark.
I'm struggling because I want to lay blame. And I don't know where it...

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