Coming to BlogHer PRO '14 in San Francisco This December? Grab Your Badge!

We just announced BlogHer PRO '14 last week. It's taking place in San Francisco this December 3-4, and we're already so excited for this two-day intensive conference. We know you're excited as well, so we've made up some fancy badges for you to place ...more

Join Us Now to Effect Change for Every Family

Do you ever feel like your job is taking over your life? Or keeping you from living your life? Feel like you're missing major family events, or making challenging choices when it comes to caregiving for either the young or the elderly in your family ...more

How to Make Gold Jewelry Bowls

I have seen some darling jewelry bowls available for sale on some of my favorite flash sale sites, but when I found these little gold china bowls at Home Goods the other day I figured it would be crazy simple to just make a set for myself. And, since ...more

Michael Brown and The Politics of Respectability

If we are honest, many African-Americans waited with baited breath hoping that Mike Brown was not killed while committing a crime. For many of us, it's our worst nightmare. That is, giving white America the fuel to say that our senseless death is ...more

How to Make Healthy Peaches & Cream

I love peaches. Just the word "peaches" makes me think of summer orchards in the country, full of plump, sweet peaches, ready to be picked and eaten. I consider myself one lucky girl when it comes to peaches, since I live in Georgia and near South ...more

I Went On a Blind Date with My Husband and It Was HOT

Never let it be said that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. At 54 and 49 respectively, Henry and I have been married 14 years, together for 17. I know the map of his body as well as my own. His flat feet kept him out of the service. The large black mole on his right shoulder blade must be removed whether it’s cancerous or not. His luxuriously furred, muscular chest is his sexiest feature. His nose is shy, leaning to the right as if it would prefer to go unnoticed. ...more
That is as cute as can be!  What a GREAT idea!  It sounds like it was so darn fun!more

4 Hot Fall Nail Polish Trends to Wear Now

Why wait until the leaves change color before you change your nail polish shades? As seasons change, so does your makeup....more

6 Things to Do With End-of-Summer Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? Here's a rundown of ways to put up your maters, from basic canned tomatoes to salsa, ketchup and more.  1. CANNING TOMATOES ...more
Definitely! Don't forget diced and stewed tomatoes freeze and can beautifully!more

I Broke Up With My Best Friend

Three years ago, I broke up with my best friend. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done—we've known each other for thirty-five years. I know it was the right decision, but there are many days when I still miss her....more
I just did the same thingmore

5 Online Dating Characters You Should Avoid

Online dating is becoming increasingly popular these days and for good reason. Finding a partner via dating websites can be very successful for thousands of singletons who are more comfortable being matched with people online than just heading out and about, and hoping they may bump into someone special....more

Comedian Tig Notaro Takes the Stage at BlogHer '14

Tig Notaro took the stage with BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page to talk life, personal setbacks, and what happens when you go viral—when you don't really know what going viral means. That's right. This not-on-Twitter comedian didn't realize people were tweeting and blogging a set of hers at Largo in Los Angeles, and woke up to an overflowing inbox, book deals, and you name it. She was baffled. ...more

9 Easy Swaps to Help with Frugal Budgeting

[Editor's Note: This great list of suggestions spans clothes to food to utilities.]Budgeting and saving doesn't have to mean sacrificing. It might just mean making small changes or tweaks in what you've been accustomed to. Swapping should be easy and painless, it just takes creativity and preparation!...more

4 Ways You Can Push for Women's Equality EVERY Day of the Year

I was savoring my grilled salmon salad recently when my lunch partner’s casual comment made me drop my fork and get serious. "They've asked me to be board chair at the Brooklyn Museum, I'd be the first woman in their 100-year history. But I don't know if I can do it," Elizabeth Sackler said. "What do you think I should do?" ...more

Don't Worry, It Won't Always Be This Way

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look more like balloon animals than the trusty appendages that once carried me through my day, and the gynecologist visits are more frequent and far more intrusive. The doctor assures me, "The last few weeks are the hardest, but Baby's almost here. It won't always be this way." ...more
Thanks, I needed this tonight. I'm sitting here after putting my five and a half year old and a ...more

Heal with September's NaBloPoMo

As bloggers, our best tool for healing is the written word, so we are going to ask you to write your way towards healing this month. Whether you were emotionally affected by the shooting of Michael Brown, or have another event in your life where you need to find healing, we hope that you will take the month to write about your situation and take the words off of your heart. ...more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the former. I yelled at a stranger's kid at the resort pool on vacation and I'm not sorry. I have two children of my own—and I use the term loosely because my "kids" are 13 and 16. Still, I understand that kids are free spirits, and vacation hysteria is a real thing. ...more
Glad you did! Good for you!more

Interview: Travis Wall of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

This week is the finale of the 11th season of talent competition show So You Think You Can Dance, and I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the true dance stars to emerge from the show, dancer and choreographer Travis Wall. A Season 2 finalist who made his mark as a dancer, he soon returned as a choreographer—and at only 26 years old, Travis has been nominated for a choreography Emmy each of the past four years for his work on the show. ...more
Anita_Sarah Cool!more

Meatballs, Southern Italian Style

These meatballs are easy to prepare, the ingredients are affordable, and it’s the ideal meal for lunch or dinner. Your family will love it so much that you’ll want to make these often....more
My husband grew up in Cameroon and in France and he complains about the American meatballs.  He ...more

5 Products to Ease Your Back & Neck Pain

Did you know back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work? I know there are few things that will get me away from my laptop faster than a back pain flare-up. If you or someone you care about struggles with back pain, here is the guide for you. All of these products have been road-tested by me or someone to whom I sent them. ...more

7 Leaders Talk Race, Gender, Feminism, and the Internet at the BlogHer '14 Closing Keynote

In 2013, with the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, talk about race, privilege, and what to do about it exploded on the Internet. In addition to the important discussions about race, gender and feminism came to the forefront in the past year on social media, most notably in the appropriately viral hashtag #yesallwomen....more

Join Us NOW! We Can Make Life Work: For Everyone. For Every Family.

Do you ever feel like your job is taking over your life? Or keeping you from living your life? Feel like you're missing major family events, or making challenging choices when it comes to caregiving for either the young or the elderly in your family because of work commitments? ...more

My Real Job: I Am a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do.” ...more
Thanks so much @DynamicNewYou and Jessi Hosper!  I really was taking my role for granted until ...more

Refusing to Vaccinate Leads to Outbreaks

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. I get it. The decision to vaccinate yourself or your child is a contentious subject. Stacy Morrison's post at the beginning of the month (or more specifically the comments it generated) proved that point. This conversation is important and the facts are important - even if it isn't (in some circles) popular. The comments section got very heated, and I think Stacy did a fantastic job of staying above the fray without backing down on her stance. ...more
preheatyourcrayons Expat Mum Very interesting thought! Honestly I hadn't even considered that ...more

Get Over Your Fear of Free Weights

I've enjoyed working out at home for a while now. I don't have to worry about crowds or what I look like. I don't even have to wear clothes. I did weight training at home with what we had in the house, but I wanted to lift heavier and branch out to different exercises. So after four weeks, I forced myself to enter the free weight zone at the gym. It was really hard at first. I felt like a flopping fish out of water. It took me a good two weeks of going almost every day before I started to feel more comfortable. ...more
I would also add to your list, on many of the plated weight machines, there are directions on ...more

5 Ways Running Makes Us Better Parents

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful moments. ...more
Sherry and Desi, Thank you for your encouraging comments! Erinmore

Only a Few Delights in a Predictable Breaking Bad/Modern Family Emmy Sweep Year

This year's Emmy Awards needed some major fixing by Scandal's Olivia Pope. Or needed to be bailed out by The Good WIfe's Alicia Florrick. Or needed major voodoo from American Horror Story's Angela Bassett. It definitely needed less Seth Myers, more humor. less Weird Al HeCan'tSingovich, and better music overall. It most certainly needed to be commandeered by Tina and Amy, though most things do. ...more

Stories and Photos That Show What Racism in the U.S. Looks (and Feels) Like

Sixteen days after he was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, thousands of mourners packed the church for Michael Brown's funeral, while thousands more watched online. ...more
I am sad for Michael Brown, not because he was "murdered", but because he chose a path that led ...more

Get Your Blog Badge for BlogHer PRO '14

We just announced BlogHer PRO '14 last week. It's taking place in San Francisco this December 3-4, and we're already so excited for this two-day intensive conference. We know you're excited as well, so we've made up some fancy badges for you to place on the sidebar of your blog... or wherever you so choose....more

Thrift Store Princess

Once inside the thrift store, I was in AWE. I wasn’t ready for the scent of mothballs hitting my nose, but my eyes had never seen so much beauty in one warehouse. This hideaway housed vintage pant suits, '80s-styled clutches, and a ton of sparkly jackets calling my name like a heavenly choir. ...more
Oh, my, yes! I love thrifting! I've gotten a whole new wardrobe for about $20 during the last 4 ...more

Human Addiction to Pornography

The deepest looks into the intmacy of other human beings, I believe, is a subject of common intrigue. We watch romantic films, read romance novels, and try to imagine ourselves in the arms of the attractive protagonist. Where, however, does this obsession jump to a level of perversion and deviancy? It seems to be a fine line we true to walk. We hide what our natural desires might be for the fear of being cast out as a pedophile or sick individual....more

Skipping College & 9 Other Things We Did to Buy a House at 24

We've been planning and preparing for this moment for years. Working hard, saving harder, and the day has finally come. We're able to move out of our third-story, two-bedroom apartment and into a home with enough rooms for each child to have one and a backyard where they can play....more
It's very admirable. I just wish when a child of theirs would like to go to college someday, ...more

Ferguson and Voter Suppression

I suspect St. Louis County, Missouri, has a voter suppression problem....more
nordette_verite owillis You must be reading some other tweet and responding to mine. Or you ...more

Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl from Kalyn's Kitchen

This Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl from Kalyn's Kitchen has a base of spaghetti squash, something I rediscover in the fall every year. ...more
dcusentino Hope you enjoy!  And truly, spaghetti squash is so user friendly.more

Back to School Coffee? Obviously the PTO Hates Parents

I woke up this morning with a little spring in my step. In three days, my peaceful, boy-free house will be reclaimed for seven whole hours a day. Yippee!! I will pop out of bed like a songbird and start belting out, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” (This holiday medley also makes an appearance during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) Back to school means back to sanity. ...more
I was PTA president for a few years (I worked full time as well) and I know one reason is to ...more

Ask a Yoga Question

Pin it! Question 1:...more

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I calculated the price of home lunch verses school lunch. I had to mentally know that I am saving money by sending a home lunch or I was about to give in and have all 5 kids take school lunch this year. That is, until I realized it would break the bank and I couldn't stomach that much of my food budget going to tater tots and chicken nuggets ....more

What To Do When You Get Your First Stretch Mark?

One of the concerns of a pregnant woman is the appearance of those dreaded stretch marks. Women go to extreme measures to prevent them, but little do they know, it’s genetic!...more

Best Anniversary Ever.

(This is a repost. This post was doing weird things when I published it a few days ago, so here it is again. Read the next post for a general update and links to other posts.)...more

Sex, Media & Feminism - My Open Letter to Beyonce

Dear Bey, I jumped off your bandwagon. Before any of your bees come a stingin' in reply to my post, hear me out. I was sorta cool with the whole, "I transform into another person, and this other being comes out of me and I named her Sasha Fierce". I defended you against all the "Illuminati" drama that surrounded you after watching your documentary and seeing how many times you attributed your success to God. Now though, it's just not worth it to me. ...more

Content Upgrade

Exclusive Bonus: Download 25 of my all time favorite vegan and gluten free recipes. The post Content Upgrade appeared first on avocadopesto ....more

Minecraft Birthday Party

This awesome MINECRAFT BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Vanessa...more

20+ Ice Cream Treats!

Has the heat got you down? I’m sharing over 20 of my favorite ice cream treat recipes to cool you down! Oh you guys…not even playing, it has been miserable here in Arkansas ....more

Create It Thursday #69 (Plus Features)

Welcome to another Create It Thursday party! Y'all shared a ton of great ideas...more

Spice Up Your Marriage – 4 Ways Stilettos Can Help

A little while back I asked my husband this, "Is there any way that I can be a better wife for you?"...more