Announcing the #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us Call for Volunteers!

BlogHer volunteers can earn a free conference pass in exchange for their time. Check out all the details! ...more

The Pitching & Querying Advice You've Been Waiting For

This month, we'll be giving you an inside scoop on how to get your work published. ...more

Find Your Passion with February's BlogHer Writing Lab

Hit our Facebook group or just join us for the prompts to keep you writing this February. ...more

Grab Your Blog Bling for #BlogHer16

Get your attendee, speaker or sponsor badge today. ...more

Introducing the All-New StyleCaster From SheKnows Media

BlogHer congratulates SheKnows Media's StyleCaster on an updated look and exciting new functionality for trendsetting readers. ...more

How to Make DIY Picture Magnets

I've got another fun and quick project for you! These picture magnets make great memory keepsakes, gifts or even party favors. And all you need are a few supplies. I made this set as a present for my little sister, Tania, and her boyfriend....more
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For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via Shutterstock Here are some you may have heard: ...more

What Agents, Editors & Publishers Look for in a Query Letter

During my eight years as an acquiring editor at Seal Press, I saw every kind of query —- from the perfectly executed to those that belonged on a wall of shame....more
It is always nice to get an insider perspective on what editors look for and expect. I like to ...more

Sista, I Love You But I Hate Your Fake Hair

You may see it as a contradiction. I was even told off on Facebook by a fellow black “Sista” who was annoyed that I had made generalizations about Remy and other fake hair that is woven or glued onto the heads of so many of my girlfriends. She got mad, and I basically told her that just because I don’t like her hair, doesn’t mean I love her any less....more

The Great Netflix Conspiracy

The creator's of Netflix believed they were doing the world a favor when they punched the sky with their "I've got an idea" finger; they didn't consider their thoughtlessness when making this entertainment continuously available. They didn't think about the collateral damage. They didn't realize the adverse effects on creatives, who should be poured into their craft - not poured into How To Get Away With Murder....more
Ohhhhh... the humor AND truth in this! I would entitle mine, "How i watched the entire series of ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
Great writing!more

Yay, 'Scandal' and HTGAWM Are Back — But, Wait, Why Can't I Remember What's Going On?

Good news, Gladiators! The grand Thursday night Shondaland #TGIT line-up is back in play, with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returning after a midseason's break. Fantastic! Pop some corn, aerate some wine, and get ready to pick up where we left of with Annalise's... um, hmm? I can't seem to remember what, but it was good.  And Olitz was hot and heavy with the...wait, or did that happen with Jake? Was there a cliffhanger? ...more
BLESS YOU. Wasn't Annalise shot in the chest? Because he was too excited? I've forgotten.more

Pitching for Print: How to Approach a Magazine Editor

Do you dream of seeing your byline in the glossy pages of a magazine? While to some extent the tenets of pitching are universal, due to the nature of column inches and printing costs, magazines do have slightly different priorities. After writing for parenting and wedding magazines for several years, here are my top 10 tips for pitching magazine editors....more
This is incredibly useful information.  Magazines are the next big frontier for me.more

My Kids Keep Asking For a Pet (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)

I have two boys, they are 9 and 11, and they have finally put their foot with insisting their need for a pet. They’ve begged, they’ve pleaded, they’ve promised me the moon and the stars if only I will get them a pet. The thing is, I have a strong dislike of animals. ...more
This is hilarious and the wisest approach yet to that whole pet discussion. I have 3 boys and ...more

Do You Take Facebook Quizzes? You May Want to Rethink That...

Earlier this week I took a Facebook quiz to find out my IQ. My results were astounding. I scored higher than Nicholas Tesla, somewhere in the range of 170. But... I'm a teacher's kid, and I was frequently tested as a child. I know that my IQ is nowhere near 170. I think the quiz was reporting my seventh grade weight. Now here's the thing. The fact that I took this stupid quiz makes me think my IQ might be half to a third of what Tesla's was. You would guess I would see the irony in this. Taking a Facebook quiz is like filling your car with gas, making sure the oil is full, and offering the keys to the guy who just robbed the bank. Sure, go ahead, take a good look at my personal information. Of course, I'm as smart as Tesla. ...more

Bacon Roses: Your Step-by-Step Guide

I really wanted to name this post something more fun like...Because Nothing Says I love You More Than Bacon... or Because Men Don’t Give a Sh*t About Flowers, Cookies or Chocolate.....more

Apple Rose Pastry Puffs

Apple Rose Puffs are such fun to make. Impress your guests by using puff pastry to create an easy and elegant dessert perfect for any occasion. Apple Rose PuffsINGREDIENTS:...more

Easily Create Your Own White & Pink Manicure

Hi, everyone! I hope you've all had a great evening with all of your loved ones. I spent my evening with my boyfriend and his parents. It was very chill, but it was really nice to have a relaxing night for a change. ...more
White and pink - great combination .. looks very cute :)more

Is Valentine’s Day Just For Women?

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year; 85 percent of them are purchased by women. Yet it’s men who feel most of the pressure to spend money, sometimes lots of it, because their wife or girlfriend takes this day very seriously....more

5 Things I Wish I Could Do When My Toddler Starts Screaming

Impulse control. Four-year-olds don’t have a lot of it. Thankfully, 40-year-olds do (or at least we should). ...more
Thanks for sharing your experience and insights Mandy. My babies are still young to do that kind ...more

When Should My Daughter Start Wearing a Bra?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am in uncharted territory here and hoping you can help. My 10-year-old daughter is developing breast buds, and I was recently informed by a family member that she should start wearing a bra. What? First of all, a bra would do nothing in terms of support, and I don't want to start making her self conscience when she doesn't even have real breasts yet. Or am I missing the boat on this? ...more
I learned I should be wearing a bra when a guy in my class went to snap my bra strap and there ...more

6 Tricks to Get You Through the Valentine's Day Deluge on Social Media

Ah, Valentine's Day: The bane of the divorced woman's existence. Or is it? Here's the thing, we build up Valentine's Day and create expectations that simply are not always realistic. Add on a bitter divorce, learning to be single again, and it can feel like you're the last single woman among a world of hopeless romantics. The cinnamon hearts, chocolates, roses in the window all makes us heave a sad sigh. To top it all off, we have social media to add to the Valentine's Day mix. Even if you choose not to celebrate it, it's hard to avoid everyone else's Valentines mush on the internet. Facebook will be awash with romantic status updates. Instagram will be alight with diamond engagement rings. Pinterest is full of Valentine's date night ideas. ...more

10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps a Day

It is recommended that individuals get 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles) per day to keep you physically fit and ward off disease. Getting 10,000 steps a day can be extremely challenging especially when you work an 8am to 5pm desk job like me. I consider myself to be a pretty active person, but there have been days where I leave my office and have only walked 2,000 steps IN A WHOLE DAY! Here are some tips and tricks I have come up with to help you reach your daily step goal. ...more
Just move your arms back and forth quickly while your watching your favorite tv show. Lol!more

Why I Don't Want Kids

As a 30 year old woman, the topic of whether or not I want kids, when I plan on having kids, and why I don't want kids has been quite popular in the conversational rounds. Actually, me being 30 years old has nothing to do with the topic, because it's been asked over and over again since I was a teen....more
As a woman with bipolar disorder, my situation is even more complicated:

Valentine's Gift Idea for Him: Love Tickets

Hello!I hope y'all are having a great week! This past weekend, it was so nice to have the temperatures way above freezing to assist with melting all the crazy snow we got the other weekend.Since it's already February I wanted to share a special Valentine's Day freebie with y'all today....more

The Gluten-Free Pie That Will Make Any Man Propose

This pie recipe will always be near and dear to my heart. You may have seen it floating around the internet under the name Shoney’s Strawberry Pie, but in our home,  we call it "The Engagement Pie" or "The Pie That Will Make Any Man Propose".  ;-)...more

When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards could be shared this week. His little sister danced around behind us, waiting her turn at the Pinterest wheel of DIY. And I was about to lose my mind. ...more
Yes. We used to make Valentine'smore

Put More of Yourself into Your LinkedIn Profile

Your personal brand represents how you market yourself to the world. It's what comes to mind when people you know think of you, and it tells folks you don't know what you represent, offer or are a go-to person for. This post will share some of the ways you can use social networking tools like LinkedIn to cultivate, polish and reinforce your personal brand. ...more
Great tips, especially regarding the link URL. I'm hastening over to update! Thanks for sharing ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft projects for their kids to make at school, and meticulously assembling gumball dispenser valentines for their kids to hand out to their classmates. ...more
That is what I did too, Dollar Tree Valentines boxes and last night I had about an hour of my ...more

How to Choose a Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss

My favorite restaurant recently underwent a large renovation. It was necessary, as the place definitely needed an update, but I was crushed. This restaurant was my family's haven from noise. Every Friday night, almost without fail, we enjoyed a quiet, stress-free, delicious meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. And none of us had to worry about my hearing loss. Were we going to have to find a new place? ...more
Jan Wilberg Thanks for reading! It is so important to spread the word about hearing loss. It is ...more

4 Unique Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day has special meaning for so many people and there are several ways you and your loved one can celebrate it. If you’re on a budget, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time. If you’re adventurous, you don’t have to stick to the standard candlelit dinner with flowers and candy. Think outside of the box and make this Valentine’s Day the most special one yet with one of these unique date ideas....more

This Lesbian Supports Hillary Clinton for President

Let me be clear - if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, I will vote for him. I will enthusiastically support him. No hesitation, no bitterness, no hissy fits. Just pragmatic decisions to keep the country moving forward. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. However, I think Hillary is the better candidate. And I don't have to explain why....more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

How to Bring Your Blog Back to Life After a Long Break

I started blogging in 2009 and published steadily for five years. Between 2014 and 2015 I took a year-long hiatus from posting on one particular blog. Now I'm focused on getting that site back on track. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is its inherent flexibility when life happens. Likewise, when life eases up, blogging is a great way to reconnect. If you've experienced a similar situation it would be great to compare notes. This post discusses the steps I am taking to relaunch my blog. ...more

Fashion Friday: Edition happy valentine’s and president’s day

So this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. P and I have very romantic plans which involve me speaking at church while he drives Caroline to a soccer game. It’s exactly like a Hallmark card ....more

Your All-Natural Beauty “First Aid Kit”

Dry skin, frizzy hair, chapped lips… prepared for beauty “emergencies” no matter where you are with these DIY...more


I read with interest that author Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing author Cassandra Clare, accusing her of copyright and trademark infringement and false advertising. I have never read one of Kenyon's novels*, and our (limited) coverage of Cassandra Clare has been lukewarm-ranging-to-chilly, but I'm afraid Ms. Clare's unfortunate history of "borrowing" from other fantasy writers leaves her very, very vulnerable to accusations like these ....more

Friday Favorites – Mid February

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Shrimp Tacos with Green Chile Adobo

Sometimes I think I should rename the blog Annie’s Cinco de Mayo or something along those lines. My love for Mexican food seems to grow each day, and this is only amplified by the fact that the kids love it as much as I do. We would be perfectly content eating some form of Mexican food 90% of the time ....more

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

In Other Words Published by Random House Audio on February 9, 2016 Genres: Memoir Pages: 256 Source: Publisher Goodreads From the Pulitzer Prize winner, a surprising, powerful, and eloquent nonfiction debut In Other Words is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. And although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery had always eluded her ....more

boost your wellness with Nature Made + a giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central We’re halfway through February (already?!), so that means that for most of us, our New Year’s resolutions are (hopefully) in full swing. For me, I wanted to make simple changes to eat better, create something everyday and spend time outdoors each day, as well. For me, big, sweeping changes aren’t realistic; I’m more apt to lean towards small changes that will, over time, make a big impact ....more

Healthy Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles.

Miraculous things happen when...more

A Roman Fresco in London

From Smithsonian: The fresco was discovered at 21 Lime Street in the heart of London’s insurance district while a team from the Museum of London Archeology was doing...more