5 Adorably Spooky Halloween Treat Ideas

Sweet treats can get downright scary as Halloween approaches, and BlogHer food bloggers do not disappoint, with their gorgeous and ghoulish creations. Here are five of our favorites. Image: Courtesy of Cookies and Cups ...more

How You Know When There's No Going Back

“Transformation is never easy or painless, but essential to the growth of our soul.” Elizabeth Gilbert  ...more

Defending the End of 'Gone Girl'

SPOILERS AHEAD. BEWARE. My husband and I pretended to be wild young things last night and went to the late showing of Gone Girl. I've been excited about the movie for a long time, having loved the book, and my husband was game since he's a big fan ...more

5 Easy Ways to decorate Pumpkins

I love walking through my neighbourhood and checking out the fall decorations. I will always have a fondness for the traditional Jack-o'-lanterns I see perched on people's front steps, but I've never been a very good pumpkin carver. Luckily, pretty ...more

Surprising Statistics Show Family Leave Is Broken in the U.S.

In 2002, I had my first baby. Fortunately, I lived in California, which had just enacted its family leave fund. ...more

Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but wanting to be a singer, actress, and writer never left my mind. ...more

Lisa Steele on the Hampton Roads Show + More!

Lisa Steele, from Fresh Eggs Daily, was recently featured on her local NBC affiliate daytime lifestyle show, The Hampton Roads Show. ...more

In Honor of Rest: Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.” – Lin Yutang...more
DrCurly Meditation is a great way to 'don't do something, just sit there' - literally!  Even if ...more

How to Make a Haunted Halloween Playhouse for Kids

I love taking Halloween to the next level, and I love taking my kids along for the ride. I'm not saying I came up with the original idea of spray-painting an old playhouse to transform it into a spooky house—but I am saying that I added a few new funky spins on this Halloween classic I am pretty smitten with. Oh yeah, and the mini Halloween lovers in my house love it, too. ...more
Love this idea! Wish I had one when I was a kid! :Dmore

Can a Toddler Learn Anything from Yoga Class?

My daughter Emma and I attended her first toddler yoga class last week. The class was pretty much what you would expect for a course designed for 1-3 year olds. We barked as we did our downward dogs and alternated between mooing and meowing during cat-cow. The moms sang a cute song with “OM” in the chorus. Emma pushed me off the mat and tried to imitate the poses. The toddlers stole water bottles from each other. I laid quietly during savasana while Emma ran around the room, screaming at the top of her lungs. ...more
Oh!  I teach a yoga class for preschoolers (ages have varied over the years but generally 2-5) ...more

5 iPhone Apps That Will Help You Blog Better

From underused-but-definitely-there apps such as Notepad to ones you may not have heard of, such as Buffer, here are 5 apps that every blogger should have on their iPhone. (And most come for Android too!) ...more

Toxic Mold in My House Almost Killed Me

A post detailing how black mold in my house destroyed my health is a piece that I have been wanting to write for quite some time. It’s very long, but I've broken it down for you into digestible bites. There is also a quick rundown of symptoms and diagnoses for you on the last page, so feel free to skip to that page if you're in a hurry. So let's start at the beginning. I have spent numerous hours on Google trying to find answers to my questions about mold symptoms. If you came across this post from a Google search, you are probably experiencing some of the suffering that I have gone through. ...more

11 Important Tips for Parents When Your Child Comes Out

Step 1: Take a deep breath. OMG, right? Big news. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe you suspected this was coming. But you should still breathe anyway because you need do that to keep being alive. So this step applies no matter what. Get some oxygen into you. ...more
Reading your 11 makes my body tense, and not because I disagree. Great steps, and absolutely.more

Pumpkin Scalloped Potatoes

If you spend any time browsing recipes on Pinterest, you must be aware that we're currently in the season of All Things Pumpkin. Every year when this pumpkin mania arrives, I apologize to my readers for my lack of interest in sweet pumpkin recipes. But I do like savory dishes with pumpkin, and when I spotted this recipe for Pumpkin Scalloped Potatoes from my friend Lori at Recipe Girl, I decided on the spot that it was a must for an October Meatless Monday post. ...more

Leaning In Didn't Help So I Tried Twisting and Turning, Instead

"Lean In." I read the book. I was enamored with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s words. They spoke to me. It was like she had taken up residence in my brain and everything she said was meant for me and only me. I was inspired and the whole message made me want to lean even further in than I already had been leaning. After a few months of leaning I started to look like this: ...more

I Prefer Dating White Men: Does Race/ Ethnicity Really Matter?

My girls and I were having an all-out disagreement about why I liked white guys. I said it was a preference. The girls were of the opinion that I had been conditioned by society to hate black men. I pointed out that I loved my two black brothers and my dealings with countless other black men I had encountered and, uhm, experienced in my life. But they held firm, so I smiled and let it go. To put it down clearly, and never have to re-visit this issue again, my theory goes like this:...more
I say simply... "yeah, you're right. So what?" Until everyone stops making an issue of who ...more

Would You Wear a Vibrator While Running Errands and Let Your Partner Control It?

The We-Vibe 4 Plus, if you haven't heard of it, is definitely a breakthrough in the world of sex toys. Not only does its shape make for an ideal snug fit (it's shaped like a U, and sort of clips into place), it has a remote control for fun within the home, but also, and the best part of all, it can be synced to your phone, too. What does that mean? Your partner can be anywhere in the world and control the speed and intensity of the We-Vibe 4 Plus as you wear or play with it. I know! I was just as confused, skeptical, and all OMG, too. So, my husband and I decided to put it to the test. ...more
Looks good :)more

My October Stitch Fix: FALLing in Love Again

It's STITCH FIX TIME! Am I a little excited? YES I AM! Am I making super corny puns in the post title? Heck, YEAH! That's right: There's shouting. And arms waving. And even a bit of booty shaking. Because I LOVE doing these posts, and hearing back from you guys! ...more
Thank you so much!!more

You Can Be Anything You Want -- Except a Homemaker

Have you ever watched the show Wife Swap?The premise of the show is that two families switch wives for a week or two in order to see how the other family runs their household. The people that run the show obviously try to match up families that are polar opposites of each other, all in the interest of ratings and explosive confrontations. The country wife goes to the city and vice versa; the rich wife goes to the family who isn't making ends meet, atheist wife to Christian family, etc....more
Lol, that clears it up then.more

When School Asks You to Donate a Kidney, I Mean, Volunteer for the PTA

I have just returned home from our school’s first “PTA” meeting. I am feeling a bit mortified, really, at the way I behaved. I may have offended some people, and this was my first time meeting all the “middle school” parents. It's just that, having been told when someone asked me to become the “sixth grade class coordinator” that it was a “really easy, low key job,” I actually found myself gasping (audibly) for extra air so I wouldn't pass out in my kid's cafeteria when we got to item small “j,” under Roman Numeral X (ten), capital letter “Y,” regular number “8,” of the outline. ...more
I live in the south... have for two years. I'm still a foreigner here. I'm pretty sure my child ...more

6 Tests Every Woman Should Have as She Goes Through Menopause

As we get older, it seems like our visits to doctors become more and more frequent. An ache here, a pain there. Truth is, one way to reduce the number of doctor visits in perimenopause and menopause is to actually schedule a few crucial medical tests. That way, you can nip any pending medical conditions in the bud and get on with your, “I'm-not-gonna-let-this-hold-me-back” life. ...more
Great information Ellen!  If your doc doesn't know much about (or support) these tests, you ...more

I Can't Trust John Grisham After Hearing Him Defend Pedophiles, Can You?

John Grisham : former attorney, best-selling author, apologist for sex offenders who watch child porn. Grisham recently gave an interview to The Telegraph discussing the U.S. legal system, including what he sees as harsh punishments against men who "got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn." ...more
I'd seen a headline or two mentioning his comments, but I didn't wander into a story on it until ...more

FetLife and The Single Gal: Submissive Does Not Equal Doormat

So, I've been on FetLife for a little over two years now and some of the messages I get still surprise me. Even when the messages seem sensible, I check out their profile and am caught off-guard by how different it is from the message. I guess things shouldn't surprise me since new members are always joining (and there are douches everywhere), but they do....more
Great read. Interesting how even FetLife brings the worst out of people.more

Fun Tips and Ideas for Trunk or Treating!

Have you heard of Trunk or Treat? It's often an event sponsored by a church or community group as an alternative to Trick or Treating. A group of people gather, typically in a parking lot. They decorate the trunks of their vehicles, and instead of going door to door for candy and treats, the kids go trunk to trunk. As a host of a trunk you can pass out candy, prizes, have games like bobbing for apples, fishing for small toys, bean bag toss, ring toss, and so on. ...more
I have several themes in mind for the trunk or treat I just have to pick one.Which will be the ...more

Why Does Gay Porn Turn Women On?

People watch pornography to feel sexual desire and arousal. The sensation of sexual desire (being turned on) is more highly rated and sought after in studies than the actual physical experiences during sex, for both men and women. We love to feel horny! But what makes men and women feel turned on differs....more

5 Best Walking Dead Premiere Moments

Wow is The Walking Dead back! The show racked in 17.3 million viewers on Sunday night. It beat out Sunday Night Football for ratings. Does that register? Walkers totally beat out sports. That is just crazy, plus The Walking Dead is an AMC show and is not even on network TV. TWD just keeps getting bigger and bigger each and every year. Image: AMC ...more
It sure is ! It's awesomemore

DIY Budget-Friendly Star Wars Halloween Costumes for the Family

Our costumes have always been homemade. The problem with homemade costumes when you're me is this: I have absolutely no sewing skills. Sure, I can re-affix a button to a shirt, but there have been several times my sweet, talented sister Jenny has attempted to teach me how to use a sewing machine and I've almost killed both of us. Multiple times. ...more
Lol thanks! Sadly only Noah will be wearing a Halloween costume this yearmore

Do Colleges Support the Satya Nadella Effect?

As my kids prepare for college, I wonder about the role of universities play in gender disparities in the workplace....more

Knowledge Is Power: Don't Fear the Mammogram

"Hmm. What's this?" When you're in the exam room getting your annual pap, having a natural conversation isn't easy. One of the most awkward — but necessary — things a woman must do in her life is to willingly, by appointment, leave the comfort of her home to don a paper gown and get poked, groped and scraped in her most intimate areas by a near-stranger, all while making lighthearted banter as if they just sat down together to have a casual cup of coffee. ...more
Ultrasounds snd MRis are much better at detection but often overlooked.more

Online Dating Sites Didn't Work For Me

The first time I wrote a personal ad was because my therapist twisted my arm. It was four years ago, I was moving back to New York City and, as they used to say in the print days, “ISO” women. Image: Brett Jordan...more
Met my husband on a dating site, and we are a month away from our 2nd wedding anniversary with a ...more

How Do You Remember People's Names?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I am the worst at remembering people's faces. Just today I introduced myself to someone I already met. I've been like this my whole life, so I know it's nothing serious, like memory loss. How do I avoid these embarassing situations?Signed,Face OffCredit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr Creative Commons...more
an_eye4style Ha! Me too! Related to this share from yesterday: Do You Use Your Kids As An ...more

The One Fall Fashion Trend I HATE: Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits were made by the devil with the sole purpose of not letting women pee. Whenever I see a celeb on the red carpet wearing a jumpsuit, my very first thought is, "Is she wearing Depends?" Image: © MWP/ZUMA Wire ...more
Hey PJ-- I'm jumpsuit cursed, I have a long body and short stumpy legs so jumpsuits give me ...more

Intimate Partner Abuse vs. BDSM: Kink Only Hurts When You Want It To

October is Domestic/Intimate Partner Awareness Month...more
Safe, sane, and consensual. Without ALL THREE of these aspects, an individual /couple is not ...more

Do You Use Your Kids As An Excuse?

Do you ever feel like you hide behind your kids in certain situations? I know I do! I never used to leave the house in “work-out” clothes, and now I do it regularly and I don't even work out! Why don't I work out? Well, I have millions of excuses, and some of them involve my kids. See. It's too easy to fall back and use the “parent excuse.” At least it is for me. And yes, having young kids is time consuming. But they are not to blame for my decisions and priorities. ...more
My kiddo can longer be my excuse - she's out of the nest. So now I have to own it that I wear ...more

The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

I'm fortunate to have both a daughter and a son. What this also means is that I also get to battle all kinds of dumb messages about gender roles and crappy societal ideas. The messages my son will grow up hearing one day to "be a man" or "act like a man" sicken me and I'll save that for next week's post. Today I want to talk about my daughter and the garbage that all of our girls are forced to stomach everyday starting at an age when they can't decipher what is truth and what is complete shit....more

The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

I'm fortunate to have both a daughter and a son. What this also means is that I also get to battle all kinds of dumb messages about gender roles and crappy societal ideas. The messages my son will grow up hearing one day to "be a man" or "act like a man" sicken me and I'll save that for next week's post. Today I want to talk about my daughter and the garbage that all of our girls are forced to stomach everyday starting at an age when they can't decipher what is truth and what is complete shit....more

9 Ways to sell your House safely

Selling your house can spell a lot of trouble whether you do it yourself or hire a real estate agent. Agents have little training on safety and security and home owners even less so. Here are safety tips....more

The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

I'm fortunate to have both a daughter and a son. What this also means is that I also get to battle all kinds of dumb messages about gender roles and crappy societal ideas. The messages my son will grow up hearing one day to "be a man" or "act like a man" sicken me and I'll save that for next week's post. Today I want to talk about my daughter and the garbage that all of our girls are forced to stomach everyday starting at an age when they can't decipher what is truth and what is complete shit....more

Don't Make This Horrible Parenting Mistake

When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a singer. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be an actress. And when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a writer. As I entered my teen years, my ideas of what I wanted to be varied each year, but wanting to be a singer, actress, and writer never left my mind. ...more

Lisa Steele on the Hampton Roads Show + More!

Lisa Steele, from Fresh Eggs Daily, was recently featured on her local NBC affiliate daytime lifestyle show, The Hampton Roads Show. ...more

Things I Could Teach My Son but That He'd Be Better Off Learning from His Dad

Moms struggle with their full mommy plates. We struggle with how much we do (getting kids dressed, combed, fed, clean-toothed, packing lunches, putting shoes on the correct foot - ours and our kids', telling the kids to not bite each other, and going to work) and then take on even more (taking on projects, buying presents for birthday parties, making doctor appointments, rescheduling doctor appointments, cleaning up, making dinner, working out, finding time to have a glass of wine and chat with our husbands... and friends......more

Things I Could Teach My Son but That He'd Be Better Off Learning from His Dad

Moms struggle with their full mommy plates. We struggle with how much we do (getting kids dressed, combed, fed, clean-toothed, packing lunches, putting shoes on the correct foot - ours and our kids', telling the kids to not bite each other, and going to work) and then take on even more (taking on projects, buying presents for birthday parties, making doctor appointments, rescheduling doctor appointments, cleaning up, making dinner, working out, finding time to have a glass of wine and chat with our husbands... and friends......more

Blog Conferences are Terrifying

(This is very personal, and somewhat hard for me to put out there, but I don’t hold back on anything else, so the same should apply to this subject…)A few days ago I was having a conversation with a fellow blogger about a conference she was headed to. I’m always in awe of all the traveling my friends get to do, and this was no exception. She was flying from Pennsylvania out to California for the Fresh Summit Expo, a definite destination spot for a food blogger. I wistfully watched her tweets during the amazing event. And then, I felt like a loser....more