Blogger, Parent, Community Manager
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 beniceorleavethanks.com, 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 Brighterlife.ca, Rogers Redboard, in Today’s Parent, and The Toronto Star. Catch up with @ChickyMara on Twitter & Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
We forget because the good times are so good and we love being parents and the hard moments outweigh the ones that bring us joy (we hope). Anyways, it's not like we can give them back when times get a little tough, right?
This photo reminds me that Justin Trudeau is someone's child. That's his mother. Look at the joy in her face as she watches him in his moment of triumph. I see in her face how I feel about my kids and the great things I dream for them. It makes me tear up.
10/21/2015 12:30 EDT
Yes, there are elements in Fifty Shades of Grey that warrant discussion. However, we have to remember that these people are figments of E.L. James' imagination. She's no expert on the BDSM lifestyle and her scenes lack a certain accuracy. This is not what a healthy relationship looks like. You cannot fix a violent person with your love, nor is it romantic to be scared.
02/18/2015 09:33 EST
As a Jew, I feel sorry for Palestinians. Their plight is awful. They're at the mercy of a government who would see them dead if it would further their cause. You can be PRO Palestine without being ANTI Israel. You can be against this war and not be Anti-Semitic. Try to remember that when you ask Israel to lay down their weapons you're asking them to walk right into a gas chamber.
07/29/2014 01:08 EDT
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.
05/06/2014 09:08 EDT
Sure, you have a right to air your opinions. That's the beauty of democracy. But I've got news for you. You get more flies when you use your own hashtag. Highjacking someone's party to spread negativity doesn't get anyone on your side. Would you show up at a bar-mitzvah uninvited and complain that the meat isn't free-range?
03/19/2014 05:24 EDT
Once in a while it's refreshing for us to have an example of integrity, and of those stepping over the line getting called out for it. So, I say thanks to Toronto's erswhile mayor, Rob Ford, for providing me with some concrete examples of how not to act.
11/28/2012 05:44 EST
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.
11/09/2012 12:18 EST
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 should go.
10/19/2012 05:38 EDT
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