Karen Agresti

I'm a writer and set decorator for film and digital media.


Scary Mommy

Choosing An Egg Donor Is A Lot Like Online Dating

Forty is not the new thirty when it comes to the youthfulness of your uterus, Fallopian tubes, and eggs. Believe me, you cannot Botox this problem away. Egg donor birth stories are where adoption was 30 ago — in the closet, veiled in shame and secrecy. Whispers of infertility and donor eggs are rarely confirmed with older celebrities sporting baby bumps and skinny jeans. Did they really? In 2010, approximately 18,000 women underwent IVF with donor eggs. It’s become the fountain of youth for ol
Oakland Local

Traveling with toddlers. Take the plunge.

Dear Fellow Passengers, We are your worst nightmare. We are the ragged, exhausted parents of two wild toddler boys who are about to pile into the row of seats directly behind you. We’ve barely survived the gruesome 10-hour flight from SFO to London, a three-hour layover and one epic temper tantrum over a denied escalator ride. You are in your right mind to look at us in horror. Trust me, we are equally dismayed about losing the lottery on the airplane seating chart—we don’t want to sit next to them either.
Oakland Local

Maker Faire, the mother of all inventions.

Hello Maker Faire, where have you been all my life? You are one sexy beast of a festival that celebrates art, science, technology, crafting and the DIY (do-it-yourself) maker movement. As a parent, I love you for being so damn family friendly. What’s not to love about motorized cupcakes, battling robots, and stilt-walkers delivering dreams. You seriously kick Disneyland’s ass. Last weekend’s Maker Faire in San Mateo drew an estimated crowd of 120,000 and over 1000 maker exhibits, with wildly