Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game & Win!

Not that you all need any extra incentive, but this year at BlogHer Food we introduced a Selfie Game that was so much fun, we're doing it again at BlogHer '14. There will be prizes. There will be fun. And, oh yes, there will be selfies. ...more

8 Great Poolside Snacks

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and ...more

There's Still Time to Get 30% Off BlogHer Registration

Use promo code BHAFF14 to get our 30% off friends & family discount for our 10-year Selfiebration Anniversary Event this week in San Jose. ...more

5 Rules for a Successful Vlog

Bloggers know that there are certain "rules" to blogging that lead to increased traffic and interaction with readers.  Yet sometimes, when making that additional step to becoming a vlogger, we forget that the same rules apply. Creating a YouTube ...more

Download the BlogHer '14 Pre-Conference Guide!

Check out our 71-page, packed-with-goodness pre-conference guide, and download it to save some trees. See you in San Jose! ...more

Congress Is Not Just For Old White Men - Moms Can Serve Too

The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING.There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature. Had I ever seen such a thing before? Had it ever HAPPENED before?...more

Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game and Win! Fabulous! Prizes!

As you may have heard, we're having a little Selfiebration this week in San Jose! And in keeping with that theme, we can't wait to see the flood of beautiful, hilarious, awesome selfies that will stream to various screens around the conference venue—and also flow from within the walls of the convention center out to the broader BlogHer community via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, our blogs, and every other social platform.  ...more

Download the BlogHer '14 Conference Guide: Everything You Need to Know for San Jose!

In an effort to Go Green for our conference, we will not have a printed agenda on site. However, in addition to our amazing app (download it!), we have a digital Conference Guide for you to download, read, save to your tablet or smartphone, and/or print if you so desire. ...more

6 Tips to Keep You Healthy and Happy at the BlogHer Conference

When you come home from the BlogHer conference, you will hopefully have a camera full of photographs, a pocket full of bloggie business cards, and a suitcase full of swag. But what you don't want to bring home is exhaustion, or even worse, a cold. Before you leave for BlogHer, check my list of things to bring with you or do while you're there in order to come home refreshed instead of drained. ...more
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What's Really Killing Your Sex Drive?

People these days face a number of issues when it comes to managing their sex drives. They should think about how they can manage the sex drive problems that they are encountering. There are a number of important solutions that people have available to them. They can talk to professionals, read through publications and review how they can manage their sexual health. Couples can work through these problems together, providing a considerable amount of guidance to each other. They can even provide feedback and manage the different issues that they are facing. ...more
Thyroid. I have Hashimoto's, and it comes with decreased metabolism and sex drive. It's a pretty ...more

8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim. Savory Snacks Ham and Dill Pickle Bites ...more

I Forgot My Son's First Words and Lied About It

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation or an alphabetized library of scrapbooks as proof that my son did indeed take his first step or speak his first word. But, I can promise you that my now 15-year-old son is a walking, talking teen who can string sentences together and walk from place to place all by himself. ...more

24 Help Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I don't have to commute, but being a work-at-home mom means I am also in charge of keeping the household running while keeping my business up and running at the same time. ...more
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Lisa Fain's Article Was Featured in the New York Times + More!

Lisa Fain's article, "Eating Across Texas, Puffy Tacos to Frito Pie" was featured in the New York Times Travel section. Lisa blogs at Homesick Texan. ...more

Marbleized Metallic Fabric T-Shirt ... Made With Shaving Cream!

This summer, I'm seeing all things marbled popping up as a craft trend. I've mainly seen it in paper and on silk scarves. Recently, I gave this trend a whirl on a T-shirt, using shaving cream and fabric paint. You read me right, shaving cream! ...more

Shamed for a Bike Ramp: What's Wrong with My Home Owners' Association?

Maybe I am just a hillbilly living in suburbia?...more
Well, I was going to find out where they all live and closely monitor and photograph their ...more

Why I’m Scared of Divorce

I just got word that my Uncle Dan and Aunt Tina are splitting after nearly 20 years of marriage. I know statistics say that marriages—yours, mine, the neighbor’s across the street—have about a 50-50 shot of making it. Nothing new here....more
I hope she isn't holding things against her dad. Divorce is terrible for everyone involved. ...more

When Do You Give Up on a Television Show?

I've had it. I'm done. I tried, I really tried, but it's not for me. I'm abandoning HBO's series The Leftovers after four episodes. The show's storyline about the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the population, and about the tortured lives of those who remain, wasn't holding my attention and left me feeling unsettled and frustrated with its moody indulgences.  Like those two percenters who went somewhere, I'm tapping out.  ...more
I'm sticking with it but only because I've finished all of my Netflix shows and I'm not really ...more

HIIT: The Calorie-Burning Routine You Can Do Anywhere

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is rising in popularity amongst the masses at supersonic speeds. Besides body weight training, HIIT is the top fitness trend of 2014. This upbeat, fast-paced method requires dedication, commitment, stamina, and endurance, but the results are well worth the effort. ...more
I need a structured program, so that I know where to start...more

The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Great post. Scripts seem to find rape storylines easy to roll out, so there should be no reason ...more

Loving Beyond Gender: What Dating A Woman Taught Me About Dating Men

Long before I met my first girlfriend, I knew I had within me the capacity to love beyond gender.  I am attracted to every form; all our expressions of masculine and feminine. When I would tell people, they ask me to pick- surely I prefer one.  “I don’t,” I’ve insisted.There was a period where despite my insistence, I couldn’t quite be sure....more
FireinFreetown I had so many assumptions about men in relationships. We don't even have time to ...more

What Sort of Person Attends a Blogging Conference?

I watched via the internet (especially Twitter!) as the bloggers I was getting to know attended the conference again in 2011 (San Diego), 2012 (New York), and 2013 (Chicago). Each year I found a good excuse not to go. San Diego was the closest the conference got, but a blogging conference just wasn't for me. It's for people who make their blog into a business -- people who do reviews and are brand ambassadors and have tens of thousands of pageviews every month. It's for the bloggers who get hundreds of comments on every post.  Right? ...more
Lizz_Porter VERY SOON!!more

Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year's BlogHer Conference

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more
sharongreenthal Thanks so much for the tweet! Sorry I'll miss you this year.more

Grilled Vegetable Gyros

I'm always in favor of Greek food, and through the years I've certainly gobbled down plenty of gyros made with meat. ...more
I love greek food and have thought of this idea, I have to make this :)more

Hated the Commercial, Loved The Car: 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Electric Hybrid Review

You remember the car commercial that aired during the Winter Olympics and the Oscars? The one with (Neal McDonough extolling the virtues of workaholic Americans accepting luxury cars as our reward in place of vacations like those lazy French bastards? You might have passionately argued for or against this commercial's message, but I bet you don't remember the actual car being advertised. And that's a shame, because the Cadillac ELR is a terrific car that, despite being a super-niche offering, more people should know about....more

10 Hilarious Tips For Surviving Your Son's Toddler Years

1. Learn to appreciate the word, "NO." Even if the question is, "Do you want a cookie?" your toddler will probably take this opportunity to make it clear that you are not in control. ...more
Why so gender specific, every one of these applies to my granddaughter ;)more

What Some Women Really Think When Men Turn Them Down for Sex

 Have you ever been in the mood for sex, tried to seduce your man and he turned you down? It's a strange feeling for a Woman. We learn through the actions of some men, that they seem to always want sex. Not only through their obsession with pictures of half naked women and porn, but our experiences with them while they are courting us. We can't help feeling that their end goal is to get us in bed....more
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After 7 Years Of Loneliness, I Still Refuse to Settle for "Mr. Wrong"

How many kinds of lonely do you think exist in the world? I’ve never actually asked myself before…it just popped up right now because I suddenly Susan wanted to address how lonely I was last year before I decided to go back online....more
@apples56r BlogHer DatewithLucy  Thank you so much for reading and sharing. I'm so glad you ...more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
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My Toddler Is a Mean Girl! How Can I Teach Her To Be Nice?

“No! Be gentle! Nice hands!” I hear myself shout, the contradiction of my words and tone evident to even me. But it is at least the tenth time that day I have witnessed my daughter aggressively claw at the face of another child. My sweet, cuddly, loving little girl is now a bully, somehow overnight. Image: donnie ray...more
My daughter is the bully too. Almost every night I pick her up from daycare I have to sign an ...more

Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E and K, copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, folate and iron. They also contain certain phytochemicals such as lutein, beta-sitosterol and glutathione which are proven to protect the body against certain diseases. Glutathione in particular SLOWS the aging process! ...more
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Our New House Wish List

Chris starts his new job tomorrow, and we couldn't be more excited.  Once he starts, we'll finally be able to get serious about something we've been thinking about for a while - house hunting. Credit Image: Shashi Bellamkonda on Flickr ...more
Laurend1985 Oh wow, you really got lucky - definitely can't pass that up!  And that's a good ...more

6 Fabulous Body Scrubs You Can Make at Home

Exfoliating scrubs are one of the easiest beauty products to make at home and only take a few minutes to mix together. Most of these scrubs use coconut oil as a base, so if you don't have any you'll want to grab some from your grocery store. Once you've made your first body scrub you'll wonder why you ever spent all that money buying them. ...more
Great recipes!more

I Am Not Your Fat Friend

This is an open letter to people I have/do care about throughout my life who have either disregarded me, not seen my sexuality, or not seen my value and worth because of my weight. Some of these people I am still friends, even best friends, with but this is my truth. These stories are not personal attacks, but rather examples of how thin privilege operates on interpersonal levels between friends, lovers, and the people we interact with. I am not necessarily placing blame—I am telling part of my story....more
Marianne, I am not putting anyone down. I am just speaking about my experience being fat growing ...more

Boiled Potatoes with Olive Oil, Basil & Mint Recipe

This boiled potato recipe, with olive oil and fresh herbs, couldn’t be simpler, but the flavors will convince you to make this side dish several times each week. This recipe is straight out of my mum’s playbook, and it’s always amazing to me how something so simple can taste so good. When I was a kid, small new potatoes often turned into a simple side dish ....more

Gourmet hot dogs

Gourmet hot dogs Today I am pretending I’m American because today is National Hot Dog Day in America and hot damn, I love me a good hot dog. The soft, almost-sweet roll, a good sausage with that proper ‘snap’ and delicious condiments. What’s not to love? ...more

It's Baaaaaack!

You can buy your very own here....more

Exterior Paint Reveal!

I'm a regular gal, living in a regular house. ...more

Family Time - Omoni Oboli And Her Family Take Hollywood For US Vacation

Omoni Oboli, her husband and sons are currently in California USA for their summer vacation and they are spending most of it at the Universal Studios.Perfect place for her as an actress but mostly for the kids, loads of fun stuff to do.See more pics below.. ....more

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Cookbook Review + Worldwide Giveaway

We had a bit of a heat wave in the Northwest few weeks ago and that meant I felt like having loads of cold vegan ice cream and frozen desserts, but the idea of making my own vegan ice cream and/or frozen dessert that is gluten-free, soy-free and grain-free sounded even more appetizing than some store bought dessert. So I turned to dessert queen Aimée Ryan’s first published vegan cookbook, “Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Vegan & Grain-free Ice Creams & Frozen Treats” for some ice cold relief. Based in Surry, in the South East of England, the lovely Aimée makes homey desserts (some are vegan) while also being the creative force behind the crafts & food blog Wallflower Girl ....more

Nigerian Teenager Arrested In New York After Killing Brother And Battering Mother To Coma

18 years old Nigerian boy Charles Okonkwo Jr residing in Dix Hill, New York who reportedly has a history of psychiatric problems killed his 15-year-old brother and brutally beat his mother a respected physician -into a coma over the weekend.Charles Okonkwo Jr., has been charged with assault on his mother, Chinwe Okonkwo, 52, Saturday in Dix Hill, New York, but does not yet face charges on the death of Bradley Okonkwo.Mrs Okonkwo, a Brooklyn doctor, has received the Congressional Leadership Award and runs Hope Outreach Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promote public health in Brooklyn and across the world.Medical examiners could not immediately determine Bradley Okonkwo's cause of death and are doing more tests to try to determine how he died.Charles Okonkwo Jr. was arrested Saturday night shortly after the attack was discovered. He had fled the family home in his parents' BMW X5 SUV, but was spotted by police just a short distance away from the crime scene ....more

The Perfect Panna Cotta

I'm a dessert kind of girl who usually opts for sweets over savory. But I realized that I've never really shared anything about food on the blog, apart from a few snippets of the dishes I'm loving each month. Well, while I was in South Africa, the hubs fell in love with a delicious panna cotta dish ....more

{30-Minute, No Rise) S’mores Cinnamon Roll Cake

A 30-minute, no rising required S’mores-flavored cinnamon roll cake filled with miniature marshmallows, miniature chocolate chips, and graham cracker crumbs. This cake is covered in a marshmallow frosting that will melt in your mouth! Another day of S’mores week! ...more