See the Photos From #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us!

Keynotes, parties, the Expo and more!  ...more

Writing Prompts: Join Us in Exploring the Concept of 'KNOW' in August

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts August 1 and runs until August 31.  ...more

A Year After Eric Garner's Death, We're Still Wondering What to Tell Our Sons

Watch James Oliver, Jr.'s moving Voices of the Year presentation. ...more

How Majora Carter Brought Down the House at The Pitch

Majora Carter brought down the house during the inspiring The Pitch session at #BlogHer15. Her passionate description of her company, StartUp Box, which pairs tech companies looking for quality talent with entry-level employees in low-status ...more

The 2015 Voices of the Year Featured Honorees

They're here! Read on to explore the amazing work we featured at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year. ...more

Can You Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?

I guess I'm at that age; I am not married or even engaged to be married. Despite this, weddings have seemed to take over my world during the past year.  Two of my best friends are getting married and I am in their weddings within two months of each other, and I am attending two other weddings with my boyfriend.  Two other couples we are close to just got engaged and are planning their weddings for next year.  Weddings seem to be the topic of conversation these days. ...more

No-Churn Oreo Mint Brownie Batter Ice Cream

How do you feel about food trends? Some I can get behind; some not so much. Chia seeds and quinoa everything? Not so much. One-pot meals and no-churn ice cream? Heck, yes! ...more

A Scrapbook Layout Start to Finish in 11 Minutes

I scrapbooked this week! It's been a while, but I had some time yesterday during naptime to record my first video(!) of my scrapbooking process. ...more

10 Things to Know for an Emergency Evacuation From a Family Who Lived It

Five years ago, my cousin, Kathryn, found herself loading up her car and her family under evacuation orders because of a local wildfire. We thought she'd be a perfect fit as a guest blogger for our preparedness series this year. So here it is, what you want -- and need -- to know to be ready for an emergency evacuation....more

Memories from Theater Camp

Dropping your kid off at summer camp can open up a Pandora's box of memories—your first kiss, making s'mores around the campfire. For me, it brings back a very particular memory about a very unusual summer, when a few hundred kids and I accidentally appeared in a sleazy sex comedy. Oops. ...more

Modern Day McCarthyism: Thoughts on Cecil the Lion and Dr. Walter Palmer

This week, the Internet blew up in justifiable outrage over Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer's killing of a beautiful and beloved lion in Zimbabwe named, Cecil, in what is called a "canned hunt". Dr....more

How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

What to Do With All Those Leftover Pretty Birchbox Boxes

If you're like me and love receiving monthly subscription boxes full of treats (beauty, food, crafts, etc.) then you probably have a stockpile going of leftover boxes that are taking up space....more
Great tip -- I have tonnes of Birchbox boxes... using them for storage right now but they ...more

Money Talks: How Being Silent About Finances Can Hurt Intimacy

Is discussing money a hot button subject at your house?Is your husband involved in business deals you don't understand?Even worse, does he withhold financial information when you ask for it?One of the women I interviewed for my book said, "He wants to have sex every night and I can't know what our net worth is? And I'm supposed to pretend it doesn't matter?"...more

How Minimalism Is Going to Get Me What I Want Out of Life

There’s something you should know about me: I consider minimalism to be a big part of my life....more

It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

Stop Guilting People About Snacks and Their Bodies

A few days ago, my boss purchased a fun little candy dispenser from Costco. We've been trying to make our office more welcoming for teachers to come work. So when she came across this awesome little candy machine, she went for it. We filled it to the brim with Peanut M&M's and mini Hershey bars and placed it by our door. ...more
tastefullykims Absolutely!!  It's a projection of their own anxieties about eating, and I ...more

How Choose, Store, Chop, and Cook Onions

Onions are a kitchen staple in the kitchen: Whether minced, diced, or sliced, they appear in almost every dish we cook. You can prepare them in all sorts of ways, and you can find them in almost every cuisine. Onions hold up well. They are often the first item on an ingredient list when starting to cook a recipe, and they're one of the vegetables that takes the most time to cook. ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

Feeling Stagnant? 5 Ideas For When You Need a Fresh Start in Your Life

Two years ago, after a summer of extreme downsizing, I moved from a small town to the city. I cut my hair, sold my piano, and stopped updating my blog....more

How a Crop Top Ended My Relationship

In all seriousness, my ex-boyfriend and I were going to break up eventually. I think my cheap $3 crop top from Forever 21 just sped up the inevitable. We had been living together for over a year and I was at my breaking point. ( I would try to estimate how he was feeling around that time but this isn’t his blog)Also if you think this post will be about how he made me feel insecure the night I wore a crop top, prepare to be disappointed. I bought the top about a month before I wore it out. I thought the sales associate neglected to put it in my bag....more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

I Don't Wear Makeup or Heels. But I'm Not Going to Tell You What to Do

It’s pretty obvious, once you get to know me, that I really am not much for traditional beauty standards. I rarely wear makeup; it’s mostly a sensory thing. (The feeling of blush and foundation on my cheeks makes me want to scream.) I don’t know how to do much with my long hair, so I learn a few easy tricks and then do them when I feel like it – otherwise it’s in a ponytail. And I’ve heard a lot about my choice not to wear makeup much or to keep my hair long but not really do anything with it. Trust me – I’ve heard it, from family, friends, and even some significant others....more

Amy, Simone, Tig and More: 6 Amazing Documentaries About Women to Watch Now

I spent the last week immersed in the lives of six compelling artists. After seeing Amy in the theater and watching Tig on Netflix, the magic of search and streaming algorithms began suggesting other recent documentaries about women. "You might also like this," those algorithms predicted, and they were right.  ...more

19 Difficult Questions About Parenting

There are occurrences in parenting that are puzzling to the mind. Sure, there are probably scientific reasons or results to a study that may help to explain some of these parenting phenomena, but still, moms and dads everywhere are thinking to themselves, what in the hell? Parents of little ones, do these unrelenting questions sound familiar? 1. Why do they hate to sleep? ...more

Renee Bergeron and the Superhero Project

Renee Bergeron, who blogs at Little Earthling Blog, had her personal photography project, The SuperHero Project, go viral recently - including an article on Today.com. This project is designed to give the gift of professional photography to special needs families. ...more

The Coolest Lentil Salad for a Hot Summer Day

Have you ever given much thought to lentils? These tiny but tasty legumes are one of the earliest cultivated crops used by man, and lentils (also called pulses) are used extensively in vegetarian recipes all over the world. ...more

How to Make Pottery Barn Knock-Off Sweater and Fur Pillow Covers

Don't ya love Pottery Barn? I could shop there every day if I had a huge spending budget for home decorating. But I can't. I love their pillows, especially those cozy ones....more

6 Ways to Be a Gracious Bride

Every engaged gal fears being called the B-word.  You know which one I’m talking about.  The one that insinuates that you’re being selfish, controlling, and/or unrealistic.  I’ll be honest – when you’re planning your wedding and things aren’t going quite as you had thought they would, it’s actually not all that difficult to slip into the role of a Bridezilla. ...more

The One Nosy Question That Can Send a First-Time Mother Reeling

When are you going to have another baby? I get this question quite often lately from everyone from co-workers to family members and even the check-out lady at Target. It's just small talk, and I understand that completely. It's one of those things that just naturally comes up in conversation. ...more

Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn't What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the "model minority" myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research. ...more

You Don't Have the Right to Serve My Kid Alcohol

Four young guys, high school students and month-ago graduates, were involved in a terrible car accident in which two of them died and one of them remains in the hospital. Alcohol was found in the car and at the party which they left. ...more
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13 Easy Posts That Will Get You Over Writer's Block

It's happens to all bloggers at some point. Blogger's block. You want to write a post. You feel like you need to write a post. You sit down to write a post. And the mind goes blank. You've got nothing. The harder you try, the more your brain freezes. Sometimes it's an indication that you need a break. Frequently, though, it's a temporary thing and all you need is a little inspiration (or a few tips) to get going again. Here are 13 tips to help you overcome blogger's block. ...more
Thank you for this. I am new to blogging and already feel like I have writers block. I think ...more

Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain attempted to swim up through the Jell-O of sleep and break the surface of consciousness. "A cardinal," I said."Cardinal," Joe mumbled, about one syllable behind me."Well I saw a baby one of those fall out of a tree," Benjamin continued."What?"...more

DIY Star Wars Rebels Lightsaber Party Favors | Star Wars Party Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Our visit is

Our visit is coming to an end. FlapJilly and her parents will have to get by without live-in sitters and errand runners. The grandparental units will have to survive without this: It's not going to be easy on any of us ....more

West Virginia / Pittsburgh Recap Part III: The Physical Activity Portion of the Trip

We packed all of our physical exertion into the last two days of our stay: hiking, shuffleboard, rafting, horseback riding (for one of us, anyway), and yoga. On Tuesday we decided to go hiking. We left our Ergo carrier in my car at home, which was a bummer ....more

Cleveland Market OOTD

I wore this to the West Side Market and the zoo during a recent weekend trip to Cleveland. It is a new dress from Eshakti and although I like it very much I admit it wasn't the best dress for traveling. I learned that it is very prone to wrinkles, as evidenced above ....more

Links I Like: 7.31.15

Happy Friday! It's supposed to be a steamy Seafair weekend here in Seattle. We finally caved and bought a portable A/C for our home office, it was impossible to get any work done in the afternoon and evenings otherwise ....more

Can It Forward Day is Almost Here!

Join us on Saturday August 1st for International Can-It-Forward Day! Now in its 5th year, Can-It-Forward Day will...more

Meckel Memo

Kev has been home from the hospital and doing fine for over two months. Having the diverticulum removed (although we always refer to it as a Meckel because that's so much more hilarious) solved his health problems and he recovered perfectly from the surgery. He is back at 100% function at work and home and I'm really grateful.But some days I feel like it's still happening ....more

Friday Favorites (7/24)

via Happy Friday!Another week to fly by, can you believe it's almost August already?...more

60 Healthy Breakfast Recipes {The Crafted Collective}

I can’t believe it’s Friday already....more

Super Cool Canvas Art // Gallery Direct

I spend a lot of time moving furniture and painting rooms to get our house looking more like a home. One area that I haven’t paid much attention to until recently is the art hanging on our walls. I’ve been rocking the same posters and prints we had in our apartments just after college ....more