15 Marriage Vows I Didn't Know I Should Make

Knowing what I know now, vows are important. They remind us to keep holding on or they raise red flags to aspects of a relationship that need some attention. ...more

5 Things We Learned From Solange's Wedding

This past weekend, Solange Knowles (now Ferguson) taught all of us a thing or two about wedding planning and how to shine on your special day. I have been a fan of hers for years because she has always exuded an eclectic spirit and seemed very happy ...more

What Happened When I Tried to Blog Playing Dungeons & Dragons

I recently went on a deep undercover writing assignment. My goal was to infiltrate a local Dungeons & Dragons group and make them believe I could be one of them, just for one night, so that I could write about the shenanigans that are role ...more

Hello, Optimistic & Energetic Sagittarius!

That lucky old Sun bounces into Sagittarius on Saturday November 22, 2014. Ruled by “more is always best” planet Jupiter, this time of year is about livin’ large, taking chances, everything is great, the million dollar deal is done, “BIG”- ideas, ...more

Easy Starbucks-Inspired Red Cup Lattes You Can Make at Home

It's a very special time of the year. No, I'm not talking about the holidays. I'm talking about Starbucks red cup season! Alas, they are only here for a limited time and it's a busy time of year. It's not always possible for me to pop out to a Starbucks when I get a craving. Luckily, the internet has those moments covered. I was able to find speciality coffee recipes for all of our seasonal favorites. Click, brew, and enjoy! ...more

Beyoncé! Why I Need Her New ' 7/11' Video To Break the Internet

It's been a rough week.   Kim Kardashian's oily backside and everyone's reenactments of her Paper Mag photos are still trying to break the internet.  We're still waiting for a grand jury indictment announcement in Ferguson, where Gov. Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency and police are mobilizing.  ...more
I have to watch because she's been grating at me some and I just want to see talented and fun ...more

3 Wedding Traditions Single People Absolutely Hate

Weddings get on my nerves!Don’t disregard my opinion because I’m divorced, currently unwed, and over 35. To be clear, none of these things have anything to do with how I feel about weddings and hey, I actually planned one before.I’ve attended a LOT of weddings and, for the most part, they are all the same. Sure, some couples add culturally diverse touches, try a few of the new, trendy ideas, or buck one or two of the “traditions”, but most weddings follow the same rules and procession.That. Is. Borrrrring....more

How to Make Simple and Beautiful Fall Table Place Cards

Whether you're hosting rap stars or just family, these place cards will definitely liven up your table. The simple version is perfect all alone. I am weak when it comes to glitter and couldn't resist. Here we go....more
Love your enthusiasm! Glad I'm not the only one!more

How to Practice the Art of Online Shopping

When I tell my friends that I do the majority of my clothes shopping online, they look at me like I am crazy. Little do they know that I am the queen of online shopping!...more
90% of my shopping is online.  It is easy and I love getting mail!!more

Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt

If you’re a woman (I’ll give you a minute to go check), you’ve probably been told to be nicer to yourself. Be more accepting of you, don’t beat yourself up. If you’re a man who is not Stuart Smalley, you never have these kinds of conversations, and you should probably consider yourself lucky....more
Being estimable - I love that! And a rudeness to servers is a good indication of someone's lack ...more

Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes of All Time

Wouldn't it be fun to play Family Feud with the topic of Thanksgiving side dishes? If you haven't seen this American TV game show, two sets of extended family members square off against each other to try to predict what the most common responses are for a particular topic. I'm guessing the number-one response for Thanksgiving side dishes would be mashed potatoes or stuffing, but after that, who knows? ...more
all look really delish, I love your pictures, I wish my pictures come out that good :)more

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration: About Time? Or Too Much?

On Thursday night, President Obama made a long anticipated announcement about immigration reform. After a bipartisan immigration reform bill died in the House of Representatives, the president decided to take an executive action to change the broken immigration system. Image Credit: PBS NewsHour ...more
Bout time. More of course will be needed, but he acknowledges that and is calling on Congress to ...more

5 Things We Learned from Solange's Wedding

This past weekend, Solange Knowles (now Ferguson) taught all of us a thing or two about wedding planning and how to shine on your special day. I have been a fan of hers for years because she has always exuded an eclectic spirit and seemed very happy with herself. Her wedding day was no exception.   ...more

Would You Send a Gift When The Invitation Reads "No Gift, Please"?

Here’s a brain teaser: A girl receives an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation specifically states “no gifts, please”. Should the girl:a) run out and buy the perfect gift for the birthday girl; she’s no Scrooge  b) show up at the party empty-handed; after all, the invitation was quite clearorc) scratch her head and wonder what the phrase “no gifts” really means ...more
tea4tamara  I understand the other parents because I felt uncomfortable too, but I like the idea ...more

Does Any Woman Really Need Peach Scented Nethers?

So I was shown an article today about the possibility of peach scented girly bits. Yeah, you read that right.Oh, and it was developed by dudes.Thanks, dudes! Peach in woman's hands, Image Credit: Shutterstock...more
Ummmmmm...no. That'd be a definite no.more

PCOS and Weight: How to Get Your Groove Back

When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) earlier this year, the doctors game me all kinds of helpful (and alarming!) information about the condition.  What they didn’t tell me was that their diagnosis would trigger my long-dormant obsession with the bathroom scale, send me into a calorie-counting frenzy and give my self esteem a serious pummeling. ...more
Metamorphocity you are spectacular. ⭐️more

26 New Elf on the Shelf Ideas for 2015

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means a few things in our household: 1. Delicious, delicious foods will be enjoyed 2. Browsing through Black Friday ads and the start of Christmas shopping 3. Reese, our Elf on the Shelf, is returning!!! ...more

'Mockingjay' Takes Katniss to the Heights of Leadership

I probably don't have to remind you that Mockingjay, Part 1, opens this weekend. You are either more than ready for this third film in The Hunger Games adaptations (in which case you've probably already purchased your ticket), or you just aren't into The Hunger Games.  ...more
Yes! I love these movies so much! I already look forward to seeing Mockingjay again (just saw it ...more

8 Pinterest Promises to Get You Through the Holidays

It took me years to collect all of the essential cookbooks that a respectable kitchen ought to have. I’m talking about Julia Child’s, Moosewood, Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer. You know, the classics. After I became married, mortgaged, and with children it fell to me to create the magic of the holiday season. Since I am no wizard, I often turn to Martha Stewart, my pile of cookbooks, and Pinot Noir to make our holiday merry and bright. But then Pinterest happened. And now my holidays are a crapshoot. Don’t I know about elaborate scenes for Elf on the Shelf? Aren’t I making stocking stuffers out of Nutella or toilet paper rolls? Why am I not recreating the nativity scene with fondant and fermented bean curd? ...more
Ditto...I can't do it all. So, I shouldn't. But, sometimes when I scroll through Pinterest I get ...more

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
femininecollective You're welcome.more

How NaBloPoMo Feels... in 16 Pictures

This month is the largest National Blog Posting Month. If you are wondering what it is like to do NaBloPoMo, here's an explanation in 16 pictures. ...more
Good stuff!!more

Relax, Toddler Screen Time Is OK!

Feeling terrible about sticking your tot with the iPad for a few minutes just so you can brush your teeth? Fear not, Mom—new research is here to wash at least some of that guilt away. In a new guide released by Zero to Three, a nonprofit organization that conducts infant and toddler research, experts get to the bottom of the screen time debate more than ever before. Their goal? To find out just how "detrimental" screen time really is for kids, anyway. ...more

The Simplest, One-Minute Kitchen Hack: How to Core an Apple

It is apple season, and Pinterest is exploding with recipes. Apples are wonderful, but they have that crazy core, which can make prepping apples for recipes take forever. I don't have room for a big apple corer&dmash;but I do have something hidden in a kitchen drawer that works perfectly as an apple corer. ...more

Who Did My Mother Think She Was? A Strong Woman

My mother used to embarrass me when she'd pick me up from school. I was in the second grade and at 3:30 every day, my heart would pound out of my chest because I knew she'd be walking across the playground any minute. She was impossible to miss, rocking a velvet black turban, golden earrings, her hair combed in two deliberate black swirls of curls plotted on her high cheekbones, and cinema-red lipstick blotted to matte on her lips. I just wanted her to look like the other mothers who stood together waiting for their kids....more
Thank you for sharing. That was beautiful.more

Are You and Your Husband Having a Threesome with God?

I’m sending this one out to all my Christian sisters. I can hear you already:"That Chloe!""She’s leading all the nice Christian women astray! Again."No, I’m not.I’m here to help a sister (and my brothers in Christ) out.I could just as easily have titled this post, “Why I politely asked God if He could pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top just turn his back like a gentleman should so my husband and I could finally get it on in peace”, but that's a little long for Twitter....more

7 Time Management Tips for Work-At-Home Moms

I didn't choose to become a work-a-home mom almost 10 years ago, but it's turned out to function as a great fit for our family. I've had readers ask me how I manage to do it all and make time for my family. The ugly truth is: I don’t do it all. You should see the state of my kitchen. Okay, maybe you shouldn't look at the mound of dirty dishes or the piles of clean laundry waiting to be folded. Being a work-at-home mom allows me to drop my kids at the bus stop and greet them when they step off the bus. Plus I'm pretty happy with my office dress code: jeans and a cute top....more
Be flexible, I would have to agree with this and I would like to ...more

My Daughter Is Her Own Girl

While my eyes catch the bubbly, outgoing gals enjoying their friends in the school pick up line, my 7th grade daughter is standing off to the side, alone. She is a total introvert. In many ways, her anti-social behavior breaks my heart because she has a lot to offer, but it doesn't seem to bother her. She shows up to school wearing capri pants with Van Gogh themed knee high socks, Dr. Who t-shirt, turquoise Converse, and Harry Potter buttons on her backpack strap. She has her own style. ...more
KathyRadigan Thank you Kathy!  I truly hope you are right.  Thank you for your kind encouragement!more

Dear Other Room Mother: Your List Drives Me Nuts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My co-room mom for my daughter's first grade class is really high-energy. I'm glad she's not a slacker, but she is making me crazy with all her emails and texts! ...more
Hilarious! Mostly because I'm that high energy mom. Okay, not THE mom in question but just like ...more

My Cancer Meltdown Under the Maine Stars

It had to happen sometime, it had to happen somewhere. My cancer meltdown happened at my best friend’s family home in Maine. It was four days after my diagnosis, right after a late-summer dinner washed down with too many glasses of wine and a handful of Valium....more
oh I am so sorry---yes, what a mess...take good care of yourself.  I imagine your break down was ...more

Yikes! You Can Lose Your Hair From a Medication

"Wow, you have a LOT of hair." I can’t tell you over the course of my life how many times I’ve heard this sentence (or a variation of it). I’ve been a bridesmaid around seven or eight times, and when it came down to creating the schedule for girls getting their hair done the day of the wedding, I was always one of the first. I had a ton of hair, so I was inevitably going to take the longest. ...more
Yup Cyn - that's exactly what happened here (I wrote this post!). I normally am SUPER cautious ...more

That Time I Started Playing Dungeons & Dragons for a Blog Post...

I recently went on a deep undercover writing assignment. My goal was to infiltrate a local Dungeons & Dragons group and make them believe I could be one of them, just for one night, so that I could write about the shenanigans that are role playing games. I wanted to try something new, and my boyfriend kept going on and on about Pathfinder (which is an off shoot of Dungeons & Dragons, basically) so I figured hey, I could go for 4 hours and give it a shot, blog about it, and then move on. That was six months ago. The reason I didn’t write the blog post was because I’m still playing it and you know what? It’s really cool. ...more
I am a Dungeon Master, we've been playing for a decade. I still play once a month. D&D 5 is far ...more

Which Superhero Mom Are You? All of Them, Right?

Let’s just say it, moms are superheroes. Between the juggling work, school, activities, doing homework, keeping schedules, fighting picky eaters, wiping little tushies, shushing, chauffeuring, chasing, teaching and then finding time for ourselves on top of it all, we must regularly call upon a bevy of superhuman powers. We may not wear capes, or super tight spandex unitards, but we are a force to be reckoned with. And in case anyone wants to argue with that notion, how about we compare our skills to those of our favorite superheroes? ...more
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20 Fun Facts About Being 39

I am 39 years old. The big 40 is coming in April and I feel excited, nervous, proud, grateful, and again, nervous. I’ve already started thinking about what I want to do to celebrate the big day. Should I go to Vegas, Key West, Pentwater, Atlantic City, or maybe Traverse City?...more

My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Though the Turkey is the star attraction to the Thanksgiving meal, the side dish is the "Show" as far as I am concerned. ...more

Every Pair of Socks Tells a Story

I have written a post about my socks, but it is told in pictures.  So please go to my blog to see it in its entirety. http://mary-mann.blogspot.ca/2014/11/socks-as-memory-tool.html...more

Holiday Linkz Party

We are back with another week of the holiday Linkz party. Thank you so much for all the links and amazing response. ...more

How To Build A Fire - 6 Easy Steps

When my husband and I moved from southern Arizona (very AZ-like desert) to northern Arizona (very non-AZ-like mountains), I had a little bit of culture shock. One of the many things I needed to learn was how to build a fire!...more

Another Woman, Michelle Hurd, Accuses Bill Cosby Of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Michelle Hurd, an actress who's best known for her TV work as a series regular on “Law & Order SVU”, is the latest to accuse Bill Cosby of inappropriate sexual behavior. While she does not claim to have been raped, I think it’s brave of her, like all the other women, to tell the story at all. She also recounts a story from another woman who was not as lucky to get away.The actress says she's coming forward to share her personal account of being inappropriately touched by Bill Cosby as a stand-in on the set of “The Bill Cosby Show”, because of some comments she's been reading in support of the 77-year-old comedian ....more

E.L.F. Cosmetics 10 Piece Lipstick and Lip Gloss Set Holiday 2014 - Photos and Swatches

There are a lot of holiday makeup sets that are out in stores right now, but E.L.F. really has a great selection of sets. This is the holiday lip set that includes 5 lipsticks and 5 lip glosses for... This is just the start. ....more

Are You A Joyce Vincent?

In this National Blog Posting Month, I decided to pick my favorite work so far on my blog Negression. My eulogy of a total stranger, Joyce Vincent, remains the most personal piece of writing I have ever done publicly for the sheer emotional response I had to her story’s resonance in my life at the point when I wrote it. I think this chilling black female version of a “Sex in the City” tale will always stick out to me and beg attention. It is something I wish I had never had to write, because that means it would have never happened....more

Chalkboard Decorating

Chalkboard DecorPosted on November 22, 2014 by Amber in Arts & Crafts, ...more

1 Box,2 Box,3 Box, BREAK!

We didn't bring much with us, or so I thought. Just a fraction of what we own, just a small amount of plates/glasses, small kitchen appliances and mostly just clothing, food and work /school related stuff. One very small box of DVD's that was never unpacked ....more

Strawberries and Cream Meringue Cookies

Check out my blog for more recipes www.theculinarymama.comAs you know, I’m not a professional baker. So when I had the “brilliant” idea to workshop this recipe it took a few try’s to produce a result that I was happy to share with you guys.Now that I’ve done the work shopping, I can share a few handy hints with you to get this recipe right on the first try!...more