See the Photos From #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us!

Keynotes, parties, the Expo and more!  ...more

Writing Prompts: Join Us in Exploring the Concept of 'KNOW' in August

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts August 1 and runs until August 31.  ...more

A Year After Eric Garner's Death, We're Still Wondering What to Tell Our Sons

Watch James Oliver, Jr.'s moving Voices of the Year presentation. ...more

How Majora Carter Brought Down the House at The Pitch

Majora Carter brought down the house during the inspiring The Pitch session at #BlogHer15. Her passionate description of her company, StartUp Box, which pairs tech companies looking for quality talent with entry-level employees in low-status ...more

The 2015 Voices of the Year Featured Honorees

They're here! Read on to explore the amazing work we featured at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year. ...more

How to Sew a Hooded Bath Towel

A hooded bath towel is for a baby, right? When my kids were little, one of the things I loved the most was wrapping them up in a nice big fluffy baby towel that had a hood on it and getting them dry after their baths. ...more

How the Totally Tubular Moms of the '80s Got Parenting Right

Thinking back on the '80s, I can’t help but smile. It was the decade. Big hair, flashy clothes and a whole lot of attitude! I feel fortunate to have been teen during one of the most pivotal times in history. But it wasn't the kids of the '80s who made this era great. Hells to the no! It wasn’t the music or the movies or even the idols we worshipped (I’m looking at you, Madonna!). True, those things were great, but what really made the '80s gnarly were our mothers. ...more

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book 'Between the World and Me' Bleak and Hopeless?

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me,  styled as a letter to his 15-year-old son Samori, the opposite of the song that has become somewhat of a rallying cry at some Black Lives Matter movement events, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”? ...more

So Hot Out You Just Can't Cook? Make This Mexican Chopped Salad

It's August, the month when temperatures soar and nothing sounds better than a cold salad for dinner. I especially love salads that have interesting ingredient combinations, like this Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing from Jeanette's Healthy Living. Tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, black beans, jicama, and cojita cheese. Yes, yes, yes. And just in case that didn't sound good enough already, Jeanette came up with a healthful and delicious-sounding Greek yogurt and avocado dressing to top it off. ...more

Why Do You Get Scared When You See Something Twitter Trending?

Chincoteague was trending. The little beach town where our family has spent its summers since Josh and I got married was trending on Twitter. I couldn't even wait for my computer to open. I Googled the town's name from my phone. I assumed there was a shooting. Barring a shooting, maybe a natural disaster closed the beach. Or a shark attack; there had already been so many strange shark attacks this summer. No, it had to be a shooting. Or a shark attack. Shooting. Shark attack. ...more

See All the Photos From #BlogHer15 Now!

They're here! Take a look at all the official photos from #BlogHer15 ... and click over to Flickr to download them—you're free to use them on your personal blog, so long as you credit BlogHer. #BlogHer15: Thursday night kick-off keynote! ...more

4 Blogs to Help You Find the Perfect Wedding Gift

I haven't been to a wedding in over five years. This year? I've been invited to FOUR! I can only attend two because of my schedule, but I want to at least try to send a gift to the couples whose ceremonies I will miss.It's easy for me to write a check; I know that's what I wanted when I got married. When a couple has lived together and/or has amassed full homes-worth of items, it seems like money is the best gift to help them get started with their new life as a united, legal entity....more

Thank You, Mark Zuckerberg, For Using Your Platform to Talk About Miscarriage

Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a father. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is pregnant, and they announced it on Facebook yesterday with the now ubiquitous photo of Priscilla's grinning face and their totally adorable dog. ...more

That Time My Grandmother Drove While Drunk

I sit on the butter-soft white leather in the backseat of Dithy's lavender Cadillac Coupe Deville with the wings on the back gripping the door handle. It is dusk, and we are on the way to her country club for dinner. My white knuckles ache with tension. Image: Rex Gray...more

Cooking Dinner Was Not In My Marriage Vows

My husband and I have been together 20 years now (married 19 years this summer). The other night I asked him how he knew I loved him. A simple question, right?His reply: “I know you love me because you make supper every night for our family, even though you hate it.”WORD....more
I dont hate cooking, I just cant come up with different ideas. we both work. and if he cant tell ...more

Don't Lie About Domestic Violence

Lying about domestic violence not only makes you selfish, but hurts the real victims who need help. ...more

What It's Like to Be a Target on the Internet Every Day: Brianna Wu and Shireen Mitchell at #BlogHer15

Brianna Wu is a video game developer. She’s an entrepreneur, a blogger, and a podcaster. For the last year, she has also been a target. She is often cited as one of the primary targets in an ongoing online campaign to intimidate, threaten, harass, and ultimately endanger prominent women in the gaming community. Brianna joined us at #BlogHer15 to share her experiences. ...more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

I Just Want to Play a Game or Check Facebook Without Being Harassed

While I was fending off alpha tigers in a magical world, I was also fending off a fellow gamer who has no regard for his treatment of female players. ...more

Let's Talk About Voice Choices That Are Worse Than Vocal Fry

Handwringing about women and vocal fry is back in vogue, and I've had enough of it.  Whether you call it a tic, a pattern, a learned affectation or a cultural gift from the Manic Pixie Pandora of Zooey Deschanel (who is typically used to illustrate articles about vocal fry), complaints and analysis abound.  ...more

3 Big Reasons to Rethink Wearing Flip Flops

Last month while shopping in Target, I witnessed a lady totally eat it. I helped her stand up and she said she had "slipped" on the floor. I saw the whole thing. Unless, she meant tripped when she said slipped and her flip flop when she said the floor, she lied like a rug. After I witnessed that little incident, I decided I would write a post on flip flops. ...more

How Do You Know What It's Worth to Blog Something Hurtful?

Needless to say a bigger conversation ensued where folks felt like they shouldn't hide their feelings, they should have the right to say what they want. Too many people are hiding their feeling as it is. And I agree. But my main question stands... What's it worth to you? You see, while we love this brave new world of blogging, and many of us use it as therapy creating whole communities of supportive folks, there is that moment that what you share will perhaps hurt someone that is dear to you. ...more

Can You Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?

I guess I'm at that age; I am not married or even engaged to be married. Despite this, weddings have seemed to take over my world during the past year.  Two of my best friends are getting married and I am in their weddings within two months of each other, and I am attending two other weddings with my boyfriend.  Two other couples we are close to just got engaged and are planning their weddings for next year.  Weddings seem to be the topic of conversation these days. ...more

No-Churn Oreo Mint Brownie Batter Ice Cream

How do you feel about food trends? Some I can get behind; some not so much. Chia seeds and quinoa everything? Not so much. One-pot meals and no-churn ice cream? Heck, yes! ...more

A Scrapbook Layout Start to Finish in 11 Minutes

I scrapbooked this week! It's been a while, but I had some time yesterday during naptime to record my first video(!) of my scrapbooking process. ...more

10 Things to Know for an Emergency Evacuation From a Family Who Lived It

Five years ago, my cousin, Kathryn, found herself loading up her car and her family under evacuation orders because of a local wildfire. We thought she'd be a perfect fit as a guest blogger for our preparedness series this year. So here it is, what you want -- and need -- to know to be ready for an emergency evacuation....more

Memories from Theater Camp

Dropping your kid off at summer camp can open up a Pandora's box of memories—your first kiss, making s'mores around the campfire. For me, it brings back a very particular memory about a very unusual summer, when a few hundred kids and I accidentally appeared in a sleazy sex comedy. Oops. ...more

Modern Day McCarthyism: Thoughts on Cecil the Lion and Dr. Walter Palmer

This week, the Internet blew up in justifiable outrage over Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer's killing of a beautiful and beloved lion in Zimbabwe named, Cecil, in what is called a "canned hunt". Dr....more

How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

What to Do With All Those Leftover Pretty Birchbox Boxes

If you're like me and love receiving monthly subscription boxes full of treats (beauty, food, crafts, etc.) then you probably have a stockpile going of leftover boxes that are taking up space....more
Great tip -- I have tonnes of Birchbox boxes... using them for storage right now but they ...more

Money Talks: How Being Silent About Finances Can Hurt Intimacy

Is discussing money a hot button subject at your house?Is your husband involved in business deals you don't understand?Even worse, does he withhold financial information when you ask for it?One of the women I interviewed for my book said, "He wants to have sex every night and I can't know what our net worth is? And I'm supposed to pretend it doesn't matter?"...more

How Minimalism Is Going to Get Me What I Want Out of Life

There’s something you should know about me: I consider minimalism to be a big part of my life....more

It's Okay to Talk About #BlackLivesMatter If You're White

Holding my phone in my hand as I completed the last of my voice text, I saw the flashing lights of the police car directly behind me.“Motherf***er”, I muttered as I replaced my phone on the hands-free driving cradle and proceeded to pull over, turning on to a side street from the busy main road and flipping on my hazard lights.As I reached in to my wallet for my driver’s license, with my phone blowing up with text messages, I thought to myself, “I’ll wait until he gets here to get my insurance card from the glove box”....more

Stop Guilting People About Snacks and Their Bodies

A few days ago, my boss purchased a fun little candy dispenser from Costco. We've been trying to make our office more welcoming for teachers to come work. So when she came across this awesome little candy machine, she went for it. We filled it to the brim with Peanut M&M's and mini Hershey bars and placed it by our door. ...more
tastefullykims Absolutely!!  It's a projection of their own anxieties about eating, and I ...more

How do you teach a child with dyslexia?

Understanding Dyslexia...more

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I realize it’s a sweltering hot time of year for many of us, but I couldn’t resist sharing this EASY 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe!...more

Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake

This blueberry cobbler dump cake is a sweet and easy dessert to make for any occasion. It’s also a little better for you than a traditional dump cake as it doesn’t used a canned filling. Dump cakes don’t have the most appealing name, but they sure are easy to make ....more

Let Me Start By Saying...

... I'm no expert. No, really. There is nothing that I could honestly say that I'm an expert at. I'm okay with that; there are plenty of brilliant minds, accomplished, and creative people out there to fill that bill: Expert   insert expertise here  . Nope, not me. I'm more of a, "Let's see what I can come up with in a pinch."...more

Cannoli Ice Cream

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard me profess my love for ice cream on many occasions. It is, without a doubt, my favorite dessert. I love making it almost as much as I love eating it, and this summer has had no shortage of homemade ice cream at our house ....more

Soaking My Aches Away

With my cranky knee lately, I'm appreciating my big bathtub more than I ever have before. I love to soak with my kindle in hand until either 1) I become thoroughly wrinkled; or 2) I've finished my e-book; or 3) My bathwater goes cold and de-bubbled.I'm also appreciating the Mother's day gift from one of my girls too - a whole selection of bathtub goodies from Lush. Yesterday I used this cute one ....more

Lise Watier EYEvolution Fall 2015

It’s all about the eyes and Lise Watier’s recent collection #EYEvolution has you covered this Fall. Limited Edition EYEVOLUTION EYESHADOW QUARTET...more

25 Minute Dinner Classic Sloppy Joes

I'm always looking for a new way to use ground beef or even ground turkey, we always seem to have it and it's so convenient to pull a package out and let it thaw while I rack my brain for something new to make. Classic Sloppy Joes, while not new, are certainly a nice way to change up the dinner menu. If you haven't had one since grade school it might be time to try Classic Sloppy Joes for dinner tonight ....more

Tortie Tuesday

Happy Tortie Tuesday everyone! Before I get started, Angel wanted me to pass along her thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday. We all made sure she had a great day which she certainly did ....more

[Eat] Elderflower Marshmallows

It's been a while since I've made marshmallows. In fact it was November 2013. Homemade marshmallows taste so much better than shop bought ....more