What to Do When You're Bored With What You Just Wrote

Some days I write a post, stare at it briefly, and am overwhelmed by a generalized feeling of "meh." Does this ever happen to you? No, of course not. So you don't need to know these five tips for improving your writing. Never mind. Nothing to see ...more

Get a Free Conference Pass! It's the #BlogHerFood15 Call for Volunteers

It's that time! Our call for volunteers for #BlogHerFood 15! ...more

Listen to the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Audio Now Available

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Watch Gwyneth, The Pitch, #BlackLivesMatter & More!

The entire #BlogHer15 playlist is now available on our YouTube channel.  ...more

A Message to the Moms Whose Kids Are Not Heading Off to College

I've seen so many beautiful photos on my timelines this week. Moms are sharing pictures of their children heading off to college. I've enjoyed seeing all the pics of packing, dorm rooms, and tearful farewells as you drop your babies off at the university of their choice. I'm so happy for all the Moms and young adults embarking on the next phase of their lives. But what about the Moms that aren't making that trip? I wonder how they're feeling right now? ...more

How Low Testosterone Affects a Woman's Sex Drive

Low sexual desire, difficulty becoming aroused and lubricating during sex, and increasing difficulty in reaching orgasm are all common complaints of women in mid-life, and all are signs of low testosterone in women. Many people don’t realize that women’s bodies need the “male” hormone testosterone (T) in their system for optimal sexual function, just as do men. But recent studies have provided insight into how testosterone supplementation can be a safe therapy to improve sexual desire, arousal and pleasure for women....more

Once A Cheater? 5 Types Of Cheaters Revealed

We’ve all heard the saying, once a cheater, always a cheater… but is there truth in this rather cliché allegation?  Or are we condemning innocent men worldwide, who may have screwed up once or twice, to be bound in that big box of infidelity?  Obviously all men aren’t the same… or are they? ...more

Summer Peach Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting

Mariah and I kinda consider ourselves cupcake experts. And yes, that's totally a real thing....more
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I Was The Queen of Impractical Shoes

I think the general consensus is that teenage girls clomping along like camels in ridiculously high heels look more than a little absurd. They should probably be wearing sneakers, but high heels are a rite of passage—the mark of "growing up." These days the heels get skinnier and higher, and the dresses get shorter and tighter, as you progress from the one-inch heels on your first pair of "fancy shoes" into full-blown teenage fashion. Keeping everything inside the dress while trying not to twist an ankle becomes a tricky balancing act. ...more

I Found My G-Spot And It Wasn't All That 

Life's too short to be sad over G-spots. ...more

I'm Sad for the Roanoke Victims, But I'm Also Sad for Bryce Williams

It has been a long, exhausting and sad week for Roanoke, VA, to say the very least. I met my spouse in Roanoke. Our daughter was born in Roanoke. Most of my friends and news/advertising/marketing colleagues still live and work in the Roanoke Region. I lived there for eight years and when I think about my time in Roanoke, it holds so many beautiful and fun memories and despite the horror that has occurred there this week, which is the way I will choose to remember it....more

Why You Should Be a SheKnows Expert

What does it mean to be a SheKnows Expert? It's a question I've heard almost every single day as people learn about our growing community, where people share their passions and find new connections through the SheKnows audience. ...more

All Hail Serena Williams on Her U.S. Open Journey to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam

We are not worthy, but all eyes are on superstar Serena Williams as she heads into the U.S. Open ready to make history. If she wins, she'll attain a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four major titles in one year), which hasn't been earned since Steffi Graff did it in 1988.  The draw was announced Thursday and play begins next week.   ...more

5 Food Mistakes I No Longer Make

These 5 food products used to be a regular part of my diet, but I gave them the boot. What do you think happened next? Spoiler alert: I'm 20 pounds lighter, but more on that later. A favorite saying in the health and wellness community is "know better, do better." I think that pretty much sums it up. Obviously most of us want to be healthy and to make better choices, but sometimes we don't know where to start, or worse, we don't know what we don't know. So for those of you who are looking to make some small (and easy!) dietary changes, this post is for you. I hope it helps you reach your goals, or at least makes you think a little harder about what makes it into that grocery cart. ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

11 Things Low-Maintenance Girls Will Understand

This post is for all the low-maintenance ladies, who’s with me?Low -maintenance girls are better. Full stop. We’re easier to handle, more fun and I'd say somewhat rare these days.A girly-girl is something I am definitely not. I actually suck at been a girl. My laziness gets the better of me. I love the idea of looking like a contoured Kardashian but then I remember how much more I love my bed, and it wins, every time....more

What I Realized After the Virginia TV Shootings

At 6:45AM yesterday morning, television reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were murdered by a disgruntled former employee of their station WDBJ in Moneta, Virginia. They were killed on live television, by a man full of vitriol and hate. And we were witnesses. ...more

How I'm Helping My Kids Build Confidence

We're teaming up with the Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image. This is my take. ...more

Make Your Walls Pop With Colorful DIY Birch Tree Art

I was challenged to recreate one of my blog friend's DIY wall art.  So, I took inspiration from her birch-tree-painted wall and created colorful, dimensional birch tree canvas art.  This was probably the easiest DIY art I have ever created!...more

I Want To Get Married But He Doesn't

I'm in love with a man who doesn't want to marry me. He's a wonderful person and wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He's dedicated to making our relationship work. But marriage? Not so much. ...more

If He Doesn’t Respect Women, He Doesn’t Respect You

Have you ever been with a man and noticed the way he speaks about other women? Have you ever paid attention to the tone of his voice, the language he chooses, and the words used to describe other women? In relationships, we often focus on how our mates feel about us, how they treat us and how they make us feel. It is natural to want to be respected and held in high regard, but what happens when you notice that your significant other shows a lack of reverence for other women?...more

Roanoke TV Shooting: Making Sense Out of the Senseless

Like the rest of the world, I was stunned by the news coming out of Virginia early Wednesday morning.The murder of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was an unimaginable, senseless act of violence. Making it even more unimaginable was the fact that it happened live, on the air, before 7 a.m. for viewers and their horrified co-workers to see. Photographer Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, Image Credit: WDBJ...more

The Problem with Hollywood Father Figures

There is nothing quite like a good dad. We are interested in their stories, praise their body type, sing their praises in cheesy Instagram posts on their very own national holiday, and even use the term as a term of endearment for our favorite celebrities (dad AF, amiright?). ...more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Farmers Market Experience

I really love farmers markets, but I haven't always known how best to shop them. If you're like me, this list of how to get the most out of your farmers market experience might come in handy. Check out my four best tips! ...more

Facebook Got Us Through My Mother's Illness

Sometimes social media gets a bad rap. Sure, virtual gathering places can result in unnecessary drama and rants. But for me, social media – Facebook in particular - has been an instrument of support and friendship at a time when I needed it most. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

I Used My Experience As 'The Fat Kid' To Teach My Kids About Body Image and Kindness

We were driving the other day when my mind got blown. Kids never fail to freak me out in all kinds of ways. Here's what went down. ...more

How to Convince Parents Their Kids Don't Need Formal Preschool Over In-Home Childcare

Childcare providers everywhere have the same issue nowadays: Losing kids over the age of two to a brick building. That’s all it is really, a difference in the building....more

Yes, I'm The Friend Who Pees Her Pants From Laughing So Hard

Within any social group, people generally adopt a persona that defines their niche. In my family, I am known for two things in particular. I am the person who laughs so loudly that I can be singled out in the movie theater, and secondly, I am the person who laughs so hard she cries and pees her pants. This is a role that I willingly accept. ...more

How To Survive The Ashley Madison Hack, From Someone Who's Been There

I'll be honest, when the first reports that the group that hacked Ashley Madison did, in fact, release the user data, I was downright giddy. Having watched my own marriage fall victim to the site and it's purpose (though, honestly, it would have fallen sooner or later as obviously things were not as fixed as I believed and no website or lack thereof was going to replace the work needed from both parties) I felt slightly vindicated all these years later. ...more

Challenge: Praise Your Sweetie for A Month Via Texts!

My husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary just a couple weeks ago and we will be celebrating our 10-year dating anniversary this upcoming fall. We have had a wonderful, yet chaotic life together and I wanted to make sure that my husband knew how much I loved and appreciated him after all this time....more

How to Spot a Fake Designer Handbag

Summertime brings street fairs, flea markets and yard sales almost to your front door. Hitting the aforementioned events gives you a chance to spend time with friends and family while exercising. That’s what you tell everyone, but you know that you’re really looking for a deal....more

if You Gonna Fly don’t be Drunk On A Plane or Hawaii Five-0 won’t let you Fly!

Guess where I am right now? Well, OK, not right now if you’re reading this when this post goes live Sunday evening – if that’s the case I’m probably running around like a chicken with its head cut off doing … Continue reading → ...more

Creating a Family Photo Wall: The Point of All That Clutter

The family photo wall at the lake is much more casual than the one at home. The one at home includes nails and picture frames and matting. The family photo wall at the lake uses twine, thumbtacks to string the line across the windows, and mini clothespins to hold the photos ....more

Unfriending My Clutter

I'm a notorious clutterbug.I had one friend in high school who used to offer to clean my room for me....it was that bad. Ha. Looking at my dresser from where I'm sitting now, I can see the ol' habit in action: stray jewelry, two bottles of sunscreen, a pile of Canadian coins and a bottle of Febreze lying on its side ....more

Vegan Breakfast Biscuit

I have been meaning to make this Vegan Breakfast Biscuit forEVER but just never seemed to get around to it. .. ....more

Low-fat Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Tender chicken, fiber rich pasta, and fresh broccoli bake together in an ultra creamy, ridiculously healthy cauliflower sauce. Cauliflower sauce? Oh baby yes. I don't know if you've ever heard of cauliflower sauce but it's only the best ever. All the creamy goodness with none of the added fat. ...more

Russian Style Ravioli (Pelmeni)

Every country and nationality have their own type of raviolis of different sizes and with different ingredients: Turkish, Italian, Chinese, etc. I am Russian and, obviously, I have to give you the recipe of traditional Russian Style ravioli (we call them “Pelmeni”). It is a must have dish on a russian traditional holiday table. ...more

Carrara Marble Fireplace

We are really excited to share our latest client project that we just...more

Are You Scientifically Literate?

(Image source: skeptical avenger) Are you able to explain why stem cells are so important? Do you know why the moon has phases, or how old the universe is? Can you explain why the sky is blue, why the grass is green, or what carbon dating is? Do you know the difference between nuclear fusion and nuclear fission, or why it is hotter in Summer than it is in Winter?...more

Summer sink baths

Seems that four years olds do not like sink baths, or at least this four year old! Luckily, round two with Poppy went a little smoother. Normally bath time is enjoyable around our household, although you never know with kids ....more

Complete + Happy Home

“A complete and happy home is so much more than a series of pretty rooms. Between these two covers, we’ve captured everything we’ve learned at Apartment Therapy about decorating, organizing, cleaning, and repairs, so you can make and maintain your own fabulous home.” —from the Introduction of Apartment Therapy; Complete + Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan & Janel LabanI love home decorating and organizing books. I love peeks into people's homes, peeks into their style, peeks into who they are (because you can tell a lot about a person by their home) ....more