6 Key Principles That'll Take Your Food Photography to the Next Level

When you decide to become a food blogger, there's probably one lesson that you learn far quicker than any other. The better your food photography, the more attention your photos will get, and the more successful your blog becomes. ...more

7 Steps to Writing Recipes Readers Will Love

Do you love to scour magazines, websites and cookbooks for recipes to share with your readers? If so, you’re in good company. It’s how many food bloggers find content for their posts. They also recreate dishes they eat at restaurants, are inspired by ...more

How I Diversified My Blogging Revenue

From 2008 to 2010, I was BlogHer’s Product Director, overseeing the roadmap for development of all online properties, including the ad network. When the company and I parted ways (amicably), I knew I wanted to create a new site with the intent of ...more

Food Bloggers Who Are Doing Linking Right

Every blog post provides an opportunity to make connections, whether those are to other posts on your own site, to posts on other food blogs, or to articles or pages that help explain a particular ingredient or technique. The world of blogs is built ...more

Is Your Vagina Lazy?

Is your vagina lazy?I know that, as a wife, mother and a semi-contributing member of society, my vagina’s productivity is something I worry about.  As a blogger, this is a question that often plagues me as I plan my day around yelling at my computer and pretending that I am not watching porn.  Especially now that I am over 40, and the primary function as a reproductive conduit is a non-issue – I know I could be finding a more practical daily use for my vagina than, say, shooting ping-pong balls at the cat....more
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How to Make Cashew Milk... It's So Easy

This cashew milk recipe is our go-to for homemade milk. We use it almost everyday in our smoothies. It's so easy to make, just throw six ingredients in the blender and that's it! ...more

How to Overcome Shyness & Social Anxiety

Feeling shy or awkward in social situations is understandable. Don't we all have a little nervousness before we go talk to that guy or girl, or get sweaty palms before giving a speech? For some, though, shyness and social anxiety may not be circumstantial, but constant. This can be very frustrating and hard to overcome, but there are some things you can do to help overcome your shyness and approach people in social situations. ...more

What Not to Wear to a Professional Photo Shoot

When it comes to a professional photo shoot, there are certain recommendations that you should follow in terms of what you should wear, especially if you're going to be taking professional headshots or photos for your website. In order to look your best and make the best impression on everyone, including the photographer, check out the tips below. ...more
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10 Survival Tips for Managing the Pain of Rejection

You are smart, pretty and completely datable, but guys don’t seem to want to stick around. You get a new haircut, lose weight, say all the right things to please them, bring little surprises and gifts, act the temptress, try being the girl next door. Nothing seems to work. Maybe you start lowering your standards, calling too often, ever-so-slightly chasing. Maybe you ignore the fact that he isn’t responding and make excuses for his non-attention....more
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How Do You Know If You're Bisexual?

There's no precise method to teach someone about sex. There's usually awkward phase in your adolescence during which you begin to experience these new urges you’re not used to, you find yourself aroused by another. Like many others, I was going through my journey of self-discovery to figure out my sexuality and how to become comfortable with these emotions....more

You Can Still Have Adventures with Endometriosis

I want to share a little something about me. I have Endometriosis. I know sharing something like this is a stray from the usual posts but I felt a strong urge to share for the simple reason that when I was going through the diagnosis and researching how to manage the illness, I found stories from others incredibly helpful. More helpful than doctors to be quite honest. Knowing I wasn't alone and learning from others about how they manage the illness was both comforting and useful. ...more
Any information you need on endo, feel free to ask me! I am well versed in the topic! Stay strong!more

I Have No Guilt Parenting Your Child in Public

It wasn't until I watched her — I never saw her face, but the way her shoulders slouched forward told me she was dejected, and the way her body moved told me she was crying — that I decided I had to step in; I had to say something — for her, for others, and for me. ...more
I have done it more than once. I will not tolerate bullying or bad behavior. My kids learn from ...more

5 Ways to Spread Love on the Internet Right Now

Today is Black Friday, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and in two days, it's Cyber Monday. Sunday doesn't get its own commercial holiday. I wish retail well and hope the next few days are good to them. But if you want to carry over the warm buzz of Thanksgiving and offer up some good cheer for shoppers to open when they get home from their gift acquiring adventures, I present my own version of Cyber Monday. ...more
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How Gloria Steinem Got Me Thinking About White Feminism

This week, I went to see Gloria Steinem “in conversation with” Cheryl Strayed. I put that phrase in quotes because really it was more like Cheryl Strayed davening at the feet of the icon, as many of us feminists tend to do (deservedly so). At eighty-one years old, Steinem was dressed in that perfectly put together uniform of hers that I still love: seventies-chic in all black, form-fitting turtleneck, wide-legged pants with a silver, low-slung Navajo concho belt resting on her hips. ...more
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Meeting the Parents This Holiday? Here's What You Need to Know

It's that time of year when families gather together to celebrate holidays with laughter, joy, gift-giving, and amazing food. You and the person you've been dating for the better part of the year (or longer) have agreed to meet each other's families this holiday season. You're not sure what is expected of you, but you're eager to make a great impression.Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your first holiday gathering with your significant other....more
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Sometimes We Have to Talk About the Hard Things on Social Media

I've seen it a lot lately. Statements from Facebook friends and Twitter friends about how the world is too divisive and too many negative things are posted. So from now on, they are only going to post happy, uplifting, fun things. I get it. Oh boy, do I get it. There is a lot of heartbreak and sadness in this world. But sometimes, not all the times, but sometimes, don't we need to talk about that bad parts of this world? Don't we need to speak up about things that might seem unspeakable in order to affect change? ...more
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How to Stop Sucking at Being a Host or Guest: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is here and for some reason, people choose this time of year to travel and visit... A lot. They bring their partners, kids, dogs, gluten-free/taste-free snacks and about 900 regurgitated political ideas they want to try out on family members they barely know.Image via Shutterstock...more

Giving Thanks for Spanxs

As most of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For those who did not know that, might I suggest a new calendar for Christmas this year? Every year around Thanksgiving I have a hard time deciding on a post. I am passenger #1 on the struggle bus here, folks. Do I post something sweet and meaningful that touches the hearts of the millions few that read this blog? Or do I come up with something short and somewhat slightly and/or entirely hilarious?  ...more
Cute post! Thanks for the giggle first thing this morning! Happy Thanksgiving!more

4 Disappointments I'm Thankful For

During this time of year, we’re always encouraged to take stock of the things we’re thankful for, and the positive blessings we have in our lives, like family, financial stability, children and jobs. But what about showing gratitude for the things in our lives that may be challenges, disappointments and let downs? How do we handle those? ...more
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5 Thanksgiving Foods Your Kids Will Talk About in Therapy

Ah, Thanksgiving... Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. ...more
I was a somewhat picky eater as a kid. I'm far less picky now. - Karenmore

Let's Eliminate Violence Against Women #OrangetheWorld

Find out what leaders around the world are doing to take a stand for women....more

10-Minute Ab Burner with Alternating Planks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. You may be sitting in traffic right now, or standing in your kitchen, trying to pull together a holiday meal. While it may be the last thing on your mind, I promise that you'll feel good if you make time for a quick workout. Today's ab burner takes a quick 10 minutes, but boy you'll feel it when you're done! Pin it now so you can have it ready to go once you pop that bird in the oven. ...more

Make Holiday Shopping Merry and Easy With These 5 Apps

It's almost time to put the phone in elf mode and get ready for the holiday shopping season. Here are five apps for managing the holidays from the palm of your hand, starting on Friday. ...more

Thanksgiving Side-Dishes That Will Make Your Heart "Beet"!

Turn the "beet" around and add some healthy and unique beet side-dishes to accompany your favorite holiday entrees. ...more
I made the last one, Rosemary Roasted Beets & Carrots. I love beets but wanted to try something ...more

Women Must Have Equal Access to Technology

Technology is empowering women and girls around the world to improve their lives and their communities. Just ask the female vegetable seller in Tanzania who now uses a popular mobile service to store and transfer money using just her cell phone—protecting her business savings from theft and increasing her control over spending. The Internet and mobile phones can dramatically increase a woman’s access to information and opportunity through access to online education platforms, job opportunities, e-banking, mobile health applications and expanded social networks....more
"... shocking absence of women in STEM careers portrayed in American television and film.,, out ...more

6 Tips for a Successful DIY Photo Shoot

After the post about my DIY Family Portraits, I have had a few questions about planning a successful photo shoot. Remember that I’m definitely not a professional. Just a mamarazzi, here! Nevertheless, here are my top tips for preparing for your own do it yourself family photo session....more

5 Services That'll Keep the Men in Your Life Looking Effortlessly Dapper

Use these services and you'll have the sharpest-looking man in the neighborhood. ...more

Refugees Welcomed at My Thanksgiving Table

My family has been in America for a long time, but someone's newness or refugee status doesn't bother me....more
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Do You Really Need to Know Why They're Crying? (Spoiler: Nope.)

New parents have it rough sometimes. Babies cry -- a lot. I've often found myself thinking it'd be so much easier if my little one could just tell me why she's upset. Then I could fix the problem and everything would be wonderful, right? Wrong. ...more
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12 Food Politics Terms All Food Bloggers Should Know

Every food blog post doesn't have to cover serious issues. But somewhere, amidst all the beautiful food photos against weathered wood backdrops and carefully written instructions guiding readers through a recipe, there needs to be room for and awareness of food politics when blogging about food. ...more
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5 Tips That Will Help You Reach Your Blogging Goals

Anyone who has read my blog regularly (thank you) knows that I am not exactly the most disciplined girl on the blogger block. But after years – seven, in fact – of doing things the hard way, I have finally given in and am using a blog planner. This has made such a huge difference that I've become quite obsessed with this whole planning concept. I've been reformed and all that jazz. ...more
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Carly Fiorina's Cancer Battle Makes Me Confident She Can Heal Washington

Dial back the clock to 2009, when I heard my doctor tell me that I had head and neck cancer. The diagnosis was brutal. "It's aggressive, and without surgery you have less than a year. Surgery may save your life, but it will significantly and permanently impact your ability to speak, swallow and eat."...more
As a three time cancer survivor I can honestly write not a snowball's chance in hell. Having ...more

5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
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I Did It!! #NaBloPoMo Day 30

I did it! I’ve written every day of National Blog Posting Month. I’ve learned about search engine optimization, and I renamed my blog at the beginning of the month. The old name really didn’t apply anymore. I had written a post entitled, Stepping Aside which explained some realizations I had arrived at over time. Women in their Crone phase of life are often dismissed as emotional and out of control. Menopause is a time of challenge, to be managed....more

Most Important Equipment to Add to your Home Gym

Are you tired of the hustle, bustle that’s a part of your commercial gym? Do you feel overcrowded when you are working out with others looking on and judging you? Maybe the travel time you have to put in to reach the workout center is affecting the amount of time you can devote to exercise. If you are facing any of these issues, then it might be time for you to consider making your own personal gym at home. This may sound a bit extreme, but remember that this is an investment that will continue to give you returns in the long run....more

15 Books Worth More Than An MBA

Mary C. Long, professional growth hacker & status quo disruptor  Ever consider going back to school for your MBA and then life takes over and you realize it’s not a feasible option? Or maybe you determined, wisely, that the $100,000 to $200,000 for a two-year program isn’t really worth it. Regardless of why, some folks apparently feel a little down about it – and they shouldn’t....more

Day of rest...

Our week celebrating Thanksgiving with family was a non-stop party. As our nieces and nephews went back to college today and Steve's sister's family returned to Utah, we were left with a quiet home. As soon as we got home from church the kids asked what cousins we were going to visit and were disappointed to hear that the party had stopped ....more

Parisian Street Life

The Bataclan Theater a Century Ago From The New York Times: Although the top of its Chinese-style pagoda no longer remains — it was destroyed in a fire in the 1930s — the building still functions more or less as it once did. From vaudeville shows to films, punk-rock shows, tango dancing and comedy acts, the Bataclan has evolved again and again to adapt to contemporary Parisian tastes. These images attest to the fact that there is something essential to the experience of living in Paris that involves spending time outside on its streets, whether to shop, observe, drink, eat, dance, talk or listen ....more

Mashed Potato Cones

These individual puff pastry cones are stuffed with mashed potatoes and resemble mini cornucopia. It’s a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes or a fun side dish for a party. I made these for Thanksgiving dinner ....more

Different Angles for Enhancing your Photography

These days, almost anyone can become experienced in the art of photography. With cameras available in even the cheapest of smartphones and numerous filter and editing apps, even someone with no background in photography can take a high quality and professional-looking picture. Yet, professional and skilled photographers are still in demand. Why? This is primarily because you just don’t need a camera for taking mesmerizing and unique photographs. There are also some other factors involved such as the different angles, positions, shots etc. that can contribute to the result....more

New Movies This Week: Krampus, Youth

We’ve had so many big movies released recently, like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” and “Spectre,” and this week there’s a little break before the biggies like “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” come out later this month. New movies this week include a scary Christmas tale and a movie about big things happening later in life. Let’s take a look at the new movies in theaters this week ....more

Cranberry Hazelnut Snowball Cookies

Cranberry Hazelnut Snowball Cookies – very easy to whip up, the perfect addition to a holiday gift bag. Snowball cookies just in time for the season! These are soft and fluffy, filled with dried cranberries and chopped hazelnuts ....more