Everyday Beauty Products That I Love

It's been way too long since I've put together a "favorite things" list. With so many great products out there, it's so hard to narrow it down and say that I love just one mascara or just one hairspray... or just one of anything, really. But I've ...more

Because I Just Can't Handle Men Paying Attention to Me

Naturally, since I loved all the posts from last month's link up, I shared them via Twitter. Like Misha's post, where among other things she mentions how girls are taught that they are "distractions." It reminded me of this time in high school when ...more

Yes, There Is Arsenic in Rice

I wrote a post about why people should eat more rice, and a few commenters raised the ol' arsenic concern. Listen, it's a valid concern. Who wants to knowingly and willing consume carcinogens? If you aren't aware of the arsenic and rice issue, let ...more

Girls & People of Color: Why Are These Books Banned?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents ...more

iPhone's iOS8 Medical ID Could Save Your Life

Every time Apple releases a new iOS, I find something to geek out on a little bit. One time I fawned over the DND function. This time I am surprising even myself and not marking the new and native camera timer as my #1 feature for iOS 8. Nope. That ...more

10 Things Women Don't Want to Hear About on Dates

The dating world can be terrifying. First dates are tricky. Even the best of them have their fair share of awkward moments. There are just so many unknowns on a first date: the anticipation of how it will go; the potential to begin again; and the excitement of getting to know someone who could possibly become important in your life.Unless, of course, your date blabs too much about stuff he shouldn’t....more
SicilianQueen84 I absolutely agree that you want to see someone's true colors- and if they do ...more

On the Hunt for...Plaid Shirts

Love them all! Thanks for linking the sites :) I love the one from Zara!more

It's Over: I Had Sex with My Ex and Felt Nothing

After a breakup that almost destroyed me, I took to my bed for not just days but weeks. I wasn't just broken, but whatever is the next step worse than that, horrifically devastated, might be the most accurate explanation of the state of my mind and heart. As with anyone who's just experienced heartbreak, I was quite sure I wouldn't recover. ...more
Ha ha! That last time was when I knew that it was truly over. No more hurting over the break up, ...more

12 Tips for Getting the Best Out of the Farmers' Market

My fear of the farmers' market isn't the market itself, but rather the fact that I have no idea how to navigate it. There is a skill to purchasing those fruits and veggies just like there is a skill to shopping a flea market or a consignment shop. So I did a little research, and I've come up with some tips that will assist in making your farmers' market experience enjoyable and fruitful (oh, how I love a good food pun). ...more

Women on the Verge: Helping Women In India Come Into Their Own

Disclosure: I spent last week in India as a guest of Coca-Cola India, who brought me and seven other internet influencers there to learn about their work supporting women and girls, as well as sustainable practices around water. The trip was paid for in full by Coca-Cola, but I attended as a journalist and a longtime advocate for women and children in developing countries, and the reporting and opinions below are my own....more
What an incredible story. Great post!more

Do I Need Fireworks In Order To Have Fireworks?

If there’s ever been a sentence that gets on my nerves, it’s: “Today, I’m marrying my best friend.” Oh, shut up. But really, my ex-husband and I were as good of friends as you could ever imagine. For example, we had really similar weird senses of humor. You know how people start to look alike when they’ve been married awhile? Well, we’d react alike—usually in the most cynical, horrific way possible. ...more

My First Pregnancy Journal: I Was a Little Bit Nuts

Not too long ago, I found one of my pregnancy journals. Never heard of a pregnancy journal? It's a book in which expecting moms document the food cravings, nightly wacky dreams and monthly torturous weigh-ins of pregnancy. In other words, it's a journal full of writing, photo prompts and milestone documentation with which pregnant ladies torment themselves for the nine months before they get to start stressing about keeping up-to-date on writing, photo prompts and milestone documentation in the baby book. ...more
I think you were reading my pregnancy journal...we may be kindred spirits! It's so funny how we ...more

Why Are There So Many Stories About Girls and People of Color on Banned Books Lists?

It’s Banned Books Week, which hits especially hard for creators and fans of diverse literature. I learned last year that one of my favorite summer reads, the Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, had been called “dangerously obscene” by the Parents Action Council in Minneapolis....more
I find it interesting that the declaration of independence gives us the right to free speech and ...more

What If I Never Have Kids?

Society keeps telling us that time is running out and that if we are ever going to pursue motherhood, we should get on it sooner rather than later. I understand the science that supports this belief but I still can’t help but feel like it’s a scare tactic....more
natalied6579 Thanks for your comment! Do you remember a song from the group No Doubt, that said ...more

The Danger of "Comfortable"

I like being comfortable. Two-sizes-too-big sweatpants, no makeup, an inviting couch, a cozy cabin in the winter and a chick-flick on the screen. That’s the good stuff, the magic ticket to cloud nine in my mind. But ... wait for it ... being comfortable makes me uncomfortable....more
I think we are meant to be uncomfortable and have our routines shaken up from time to time. It ...more

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more
chickybabe and really??  your dad leaving makes you a gay man? so if your mom left you would be ...more

Two Women Made the MasterChef Finale, So Why Were Their Shoes The Focus?

This week, the two finalists from Season 5 of MasterChef competed for the title of America’s Best Home Chef. After first being chosen from a pool of thousands, these extremely talented, self-taught women withstood three months of grueling challenges to become the last ones standing. And, incidentally, they joined other women from the international MasterChef shows when they became part of the first women’s-only finale on MasterChef U.S. ...more
This is a classic example of overanalyzing and obsessing over something that has nothing to do ...more

Your Bag Won't Always Be This Heavy, Mom

My sister Nancy tells the story about a time when her boys were under two years old and, as mothers of young children often do to keep from going insane, she visited a friend. Besides her two sons, Nancy brought along with her a backpack she carried in lieu of a diaper bag. It featured many convenient compartments and was not covered in ducklings or whales as were most diaper bags in the late nineties. ...more
This is a really, really wonderful post. Thank you for sharing, and I am so glad that I read it ...more

Yo Ho Ho: 7 Ways to Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

Greetin's, ye buxom wenches. In honor o' Jack Sparrow, the Dread Pirate Roberts, and other scurvy dogs o' that ilk, we at BlogHer brin' ye a handful o' ways t' celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. ...more
Kim Court Me, too! Sounds so naughty. Mate.more

"I Have Stage IV Cancer and I'm Getting Married. Help!"

Most women have suffered great angst over planning their wedding day, and some even suffer from something called "post-wedding blues," but can you imagine what it would be like to be diagnosed with cancer in the midst of planning this special day?...more
My 'hat' is off to you.  You are an inspiration and beautiful inside and out! Carol (cancer ...more

Family Demographics Are Changing ... and So Are Our Children's Economic Opportunities

We’ve all heard about the growing numbers of breadwinner moms (40 percent of all U.S. households, in case you were wondering), but American families are diversifying in more than one way, and recent studies show that those changes aren’t just affecting our culture: Family structure may have a huge impact on the next generation’s economic opportunities. ...more

Halloween on a Budget: Make Your Own Adorable Costumes (and Save a Ton!)

I'm a crafty girl, so of course, I always make my kids' Halloween costumes. But even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body, I know you can make a costume this year (or at least vow not to spend an ungodly amount of money on a crummy costume at the store, okay?). I'll show you how—keep reading! ...more

My Daughter Wants Everything I Never Wanted and I'm OK With That

My 11-year-old daughter’s new favorite TV show is “Cake Boss,” a reality show about a bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, that makes the most extraordinary custom cakes for all occasions — especially wedding cakes, which are among their staples. Day after day, my daughter devours episode after episode, spellbound as the bakers decorate these wedding cakes: layers of vanilla and chocolate, roses and tulips, and two figures on top who uncannily resemble the real couple. Nevertheless, I’m not prepared (although I should be) for her question: “What kind of wedding cake did you and Daddy have?” ...more
I like reading how your daughter loves everything you didn't and not once do you try and point ...more

Rich Rum Chocolate Mousse Served in Shot Glasses

This came about as a result of having a bowl of egg yolks lying in the fridge from all the egg whites I used for the my Brandied Strawberry Pavlova (recipe coming soon). It turned out as a luxuriously rich mousse, that I confess I have eaten, regularly and unashamedly, in bed—no sharing, of course! ...more

There's No Such Thing As a 'Typical American Family'

The perfect American family is an idealized image. Mom, dad, boy, girl and probably a beloved and loyal family pet in there too. Father is the breadwinner. Mother is the loving nurturer who probably stays at home. This mold is reinforced by movies, TV shows and books. This family model is the nucleus of our nation. And much of our laws and policies and moral values are formed around preserving family. Welfare was first introduced as a way to encourage couples to marry. Health care benefits, tax incentives, they are all formed around incentivizing a static idea of family. ...more

Can iOS 8 Help Save Your Life? With Medical ID, Yes It Can!

Every time Apple releases a new iOS, I find something to geek out on a little bit. One time I fawned over the DND function. This time I am surprising even myself and not marking the new and native camera timer as my #1 feature for iOS 8. Nope. That title belongs to the Medical ID functionality found within Apple's new Health App dashboard. If you run, walk, bike, travel, drive, sit on the couch all day playing Frozen Free Fall, or walk to your mailbox with your phone, this could help save your life in an accident. ...more
Love this, thanks for sharing. Now to see if it's on my Ipod that I run with... since I don't ...more

35 Days With My Baby: The Greatest Gift I've Ever Had

I thought yesterday was the worst day of my life. I was wrong, and apparently I may be wrong again. There is absolutely no way to prepare oneself for the news that your 35-day-old baby may not survive. I have loved this little baby so deeply for 35 days, and I simply cannot fathom how I will go on in the fateful case that my baby does not survive. Credit: ljshoup. ...more
Thanks so much @food chick eats @ReaganRichardson and @LiveBySurprise. It's hard to leave her ...more

How to Chop an Onion Resentfully

1. Stare at onion. Realize how much you hate cutting onions. They make you cry, but not the reason normal people cry....more
EmiliePeck Coco Hipwood bluestmuse I know, right? ;-)more

5 Ways to Use Comments to Build Blog Traffic

I talk a lot about how important community is on my blog.  When I come there to write each day, it's with something that I hope is going to make you think because I want to start a conversation.  I don't know what this whole blogging thing would even be like without your commentary. There are plenty of ways to help build your blogging community, but one of the most important options is by commenting on posts you enjoy and responding to comments on your own posts.  As important as this is though, there are some misconceptions out there about how you should go about commenting. ...more
I like your tips very much, but still I have a problem with promoting my site or simply to boost ...more

5 Things Your High School Freshman Wants You to Know

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the movie tickets from my hand, and called over her shoulder, “I got Zoe, Mom, we’ll go grab our seats.” ...more
A great list, but I have and will again take away my teen's phone if they are using it ...more

A Disaster Just Waiting to Happen: Jet Lag, Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans and Excited Kids

This “Mistake of the Week” involves chocolate-covered coffee beans and blood, so if either of these make you squeamish, consider yourself warned. The Mistake Part 1: The Coffee Bean Wins ...more

How to Try on Life, One Experience at a Time

Say you need a new pair of jeans. You walk into a shop and find a pair you like. They have one in your size. Do you go ahead and buy them, or do you have to try them on first?...more
I just realized I'm a trier, too! Great article!more

Wednesday Night on NBC is Mom Cop Night

NBC has programmed a night featuring kickass women cops, and I'm all in. Debra Messing's new show The Mysteries of Laura premieres next week in the first primetime slot of the night, perfectly schedule to lead into Law & Order: SVU where Mariska Hargitay will be holding it down again in Season 16 starting next week. The night is closed out by Chicago P.D, which also will be premiering its new season next Wednesday. Tonight NBC will air a preview episode of Laurain the last slot of the night. ...more
It had a few funny moments, and a few dramatic moments, and the reveal was kind of smooth, but ...more

What Ramen Noodles Taught Me

I recently got to introduce my son to one of my favorite college food staples: Ramen Noodles. I watched him marveling at the length of the noodles, giggling as he dangled ribbons of noodles over his mouth, waiting to catch them and slurp them up in one go, and I couldn't help but join in his excitement. It wasn't long before I was sharing noodles with my son, trying to catch individual noodles in my mouth, each of us pulling random noodles from the bowl, trying to see who could get the longest and squiggliest on each attempt. Oh, how we laughed! ...more

Sausage & Sweet Potato Breakfast Scramble

I love breakfast scrambles with all different flavor combinations~ but this has got to be one of my favorites. ...more


I am ambling down the road with Sheba. The air is still and cool but the sun is shining through. I'm hard pressed to find words and ideas this morning. What story do I have to tell? Where do I start? The question comes up every morning....more

Unemployed Husband Queues 2 Days To Buy iPhone 6 For Wife Who Dumped Him

An unemployed man who had been dumped by his wife queued for 44 hours to be the first to buy the new iPhone 6 for his wife and to make her happy. But get this, she had kicked him out because of his obsession with gadgets!His wife Joanna had called an end to their 20 year marriage 'after she accused him of valuing material possessions over his family'. He 'then decided to make the peace and spend £800 on a new iPhone for her – despite being out of work' ....more

Ed Etc.

Sounds like another teacher abuse victim._____ ...more

Pulled Pork Recipe In the Slow Cooker

A super simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe. Watch how we make this pulled pork recipe in our Crockpot once and enjoy several meals in a week from it! Autumn, to me, is almost like the New Year ....more

Beauty Spotlight Weekend Links and my new game addiction

Nothing to Disclose Who else is addicted to Covet Fashion? ...more

My Instagram Life, 9-21-14

By Sheila Arkee A peek behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life, as seen through my Instagram account. It was a week of roaring hot temperatures, frozen fruit bars were a necessity! Iced coffee on Monday morning = true love ....more

#WeAreHere - Pregnant Alicia Keys Shares Nude Photo With Peace Sign On Baby Bump

Pregnant Alicia Keys shared this photo on her instagram page with the peace sign painted on her baby bump to draw attention to the 'We Are Here' charity movement she launched recently with a new single [click to listen] that talks about all the pain and violence in the world and how we can make a difference. She captioned the photo; "It’s you and me on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world. The #WeAreHere Movement begins today." ...more

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Phyrra has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don’t buy another mascara until you read this! Find out the Top 10 Nails Color for Fall over on polish insomniac! ...more

20 Month's: Palmer's Life

We are just 4 short months away from Palmer turning 2. Just 4 short months away from her being one year older.These days are so fun (and frustrating at times, but mostly fun). Palmer is developing into such an independent little girl ....more