Bring Your Kids! Announcing #Hatch at #BlogHer15

Through the Hatch program, SheKnows gives tweens and teens the skills to create fun, inspiring, thoughtful content; to be accountable digital citizens and to be mindful of their power. ...more

Announcing The Pitch, Live at #BlogHer15 on Saturday Morning

If you're a Shark Tank fan (and I totally am) you are going to love this keynote! ...more

Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Party Plan!

Continue your networking while you kick back at one of our official #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us parties! ...more

Love Was the Lie I Kept Telling Myself

I remember the first time I thought I was in love. I knew, then, that this was it. This was all I needed. He was THE ONE. He had perfect skin, a killer smile, and was the funniest of all of his friends. He wore the best clothes and he when we spoke, he made me feel like I was the most special, beautiful girl in the whole world.I was 11. We were in the 5th grade. And… he didn’t exactly know how I felt about him, mainly because he was “going steady” with another girl who was a lot prettier than I was....more
FeministaJones BlogHer Gorgeous piece - thank you.more

Homemade Grilled Jucy Lucy Burgers

These homemade Jucy Lucy Burgers will be the biggest hit of your summer cookout! They ooze with cheese and delicious flavor—what more do you need!? ...more

Make This Chic Painted Popsicle Stick Basket

Popsicle stick crafts have come a long way, baby. What we once thought of strictly as a camp craft for kids has been elevated to an all-new level by savvy crafters. You can do pretty much anything with popsicle sticks, it turns out—like this cool tramp art-inspired basket I whipped up. ...more
Beautiful art! I love what you've done with this!more

Your Marriage Works Better When You Compromise

Since the moment I said "I do" eight years ago, my life has changed more in the fact that some of the scenery is different but not so much the life that we started together. Some of the friends we had then are no longer in our lives, new jobs, my stepson is gone and a little more noisier with two small children in the house.The 24-7 Married Bliss MythIn today's society, there are so many people looking for that 24-7 married bliss without any bumps in the road. But the moment it stops being all flowers and chocolates, then too many people decide to bail out like marriage is just a stunt car and it's as easy to leave as saying,"tuck and roll."Marriage is about compromise, friendship, passion, supporting one another in the good, bad and horrible times, still remembering each other if/when you decide to have children and just keeping in mind that flowers and chocolates may end but there is often something better for those who are just patient....more
What a lovely post! We have been married 40 years and it's been all the things you listed. From ...more

No More Misty Copelands: Why I'm Hoping For The Last Of The "Firsts"

 Major League Baseball founded in 1903. Color line broken by Jackie Robinson in 1946. 43 years. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) formed in 1957. Color line for Grammy win broken by Ella Fitzgerald in 1958. 1 year.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) formed in 1927. ...more

I'm Proud To Have Raised Such An Amazing Daughter

The first time I realized that my daughter was actually mothering me, she was all of 7 years old. We were at a summer pool party thrown by my ad agency's creative director—a mom herself, who loved kids. She was swimming with my daughter Lillie, who was playfully splashing her. "Take it easy," I called to Lillie. "That's my boss!" ...more
Sounds like you raised a great person!more

6 Exercises to Try For a High Intensity Training Workout

When you hear "high intensity training" what are the first words that come to mind? Terrifying? Daunting? No, thank you? What if I told you that you could complete a full body strength workout to complete exhaustion using high intensity training in just 30 minutes and not have to do it everyday? Exciting, right? ...more

Don't Let Perfection Stop You From Blogging

I've been working really hard at my blog for over a year now. I write, I post, I research topics. I do the whole Google Adwords thing. I do what I'm supposed to do to grow my blog readership. Like most bloggers, I do sometimes fall into that horrid blog envy trap. You know the one that has you trolling other sites late at night and wondering why your blog isn't as popular or slick as theirs. Your eyes dilate and you get sucked into the void of envy. "Her blog gets more traffic." "Her blog looks better." "She's a better writer than I am." That's a no win situation that can make you spiral downward. Blog envy doesn't help your blog. But no, blog envy isn't what's ruining my blog. Trying to be perfect is killing my blog. Here's how the craziness of perfection is choking the life out of my blog and maybe yours. ...more
Great points and oh so true, I try and remember todays papers, tomorrows chip paper, better to ...more

Patriotic Red, White, and Blue French Tip Manicure

I just realized that the Fourth of July is this weekend. Where, oh where does the time go lately? I decided that I would dedicate this week to different patriotic nail art looks. I had to scramble to get done, but I love how it turned out! I went for a twist on the typical French manicure for this look. ...more

Don't Be Selfish By Having a Child-free Wedding

This summer, my husband and I have approximately 10,000 weddings to attend. OK, that's an exaggeration, but it definitely feels that way. In and of itself, our plenitude of weddings are a good thing. Drinks! Dinner! Butter cream frosting! The only problem with all these weddings this summer is that the vast majority of them don't include an invitation extended to our offspring....more
Chaunie, YOU are the selfish brat. I'm amazed anyone would want you at their wedding.more

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches: Black Twitter Demands Answers

Since the murderous acts of terror (which left nine Black people dead) at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina two weeks ago, six Black churches in the South have burned....more

What People Really Look Like Behind Appearances

The other day, someone asked me on Twitter about balance -- and I knew they weren't talking about my Wii Fit yoga score. They wanted to know what advice I had on getting it all done. It being, all of "it." I sat at the other end of the screen, surprised, because Wow, do I look like someone who has it all together?...more
goodinthesimple  This is so true. I remember finding out that someone I often wondered about, ...more

A Letter to The Woman Dating My Husband

 Hey girl,I know it’s late but there are some things on my heart I needed to say so that you don’t ever forget. These things are as important as life and serious as death.Do you remember a few weeks back when you were walking down the hall in those home-only yoga pants carrying a basket of laundry on one hip and dragging a basket of toys with the other hand?  You had your head down when turning the corner and almost ran into a handsome stranger coming down the hallway....more

12 Marriage Dealbreakers

Most women get all up in arms about their husband cheating on them or getting gender reassignment surgery, but you know, honestly, that isn't what boils my bunny. I am totally cool with that. I say, go ahead—have an affair! Get a sex change! We've all got to follow our bliss. In my opinion, here's the real list of deal killers: ...more
This is ridiculous. When did marriage stop being a relationship between two people, where they ...more

Watch US v. Japan in the Final Battle for the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup This Weekend

After weeks of tournament play and a dramatic week of semi-final games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is culminating in two fantastic, final games on Saturday and Sunday. ...more

How to Think Up Writing Topics For Your Blog

It's no secret that when it comes to blogging that content is key. The whole goal of having a blog is that someone will read it. To get people to your blog there has to be something worth reading. In other words, what's in it for your readers? If you're anything like me, you tend to wonder why anyone would want to read anything you write because nothing seems all that entertaining. But then I tend to be my own worst critic. Because I want to make my readers happy, I spend a lot of time putting together my editorial calendar. This is to make sure that what I'm planning on writing about people will find entertaining and informative. ...more

9 Patriotic Desserts to Make for the Fourth of July

Just as every fireworks display must end with a grand finale, every Independence Day spread must conclude with an over-the-top dessert. (Or, at least, that's my understanding of the official rules of this holiday.) Go with red, white, and blue colors, try some star-spangled sprinkles, or try an ingredient that pops in your mouth. ...more
Here is my 4th of July ...more

Thanks Dad, For Teaching Me Everything!

The first time my father saw actual grass was at the Polo Grounds in the 1950s, when his dad took him to see his coveted baseball team, the then New York Giants, play. Born and raised in the Bronx, my dad's childhood was concrete and stickball, urban adventures that matched nothing like my suburban upbringing. My dad wanted to be a father. He wanted the opportunity to continue his own learning and share what he knew with his children. ...more
Thank you for saying that!more

Should You Change Your Last Name After Divorce?

Should you change your last name after divorce?When I got married, I took my husband’s name just like so many women do.I thought that once divorced, it would be easy to go right back to my maiden name. But now... I’m not so sure. There is a problem: I have a child. If I go back to my maiden name, we will have different last names. I’m not really concerned about what others think, I’m just worried about what she thinks.Will she feel distant from me?Will she feel abandoned?Will she even care?...more
I took my maiden name back! My dad was thrilled!more

Lyme Disease Feels Like Living With a Magic 8 Ball

Lyme disease feels as if you're living with a Magic 8 ball controlling your life. You really never know what you are going to wake up with in the morning. ...more

6 Easy Tips for Updating Old Blog Posts

Here's the problem, though. Out of a total of 230 blog posts on my site so far, only a dozen or so newer ones match my new aesthetic. As daunting and time consuming as it sounds, I've begun going through all 200+ blog posts to update the style. While I'm on each post, I run through a checklist to make sure they're updated for not just the aesthetics, but that they're an even better post with more relevant and high-quality content. Today I wanted to share with you all the checklist I run through on each blog post to make sure it is absolute best fit for my blog. ...more
This is great advice and right on time! I'm in the process of re-branding to fit with my ...more

I Found the Path to Get Girls to Code

“You cannot be, what you cannot see”...more
Amazing job. Bravomore

He Kept Saying, "Just Stop. You're Ruining Everything."

You never forget the first time you're confronted in the workplace by an undeniable feeling of ickiness. Sometimes that ickiness directly follows someone telling you that you're not okay how you are....more
''Or a recipe for people who die young of cancer and heart attacks because of the build-up of ...more

Please Keep Talking About Charleston

In the week that my mother passed away, my inbox was flooded with emails of support and friendship. My community texted me, some even called, to tell me they were there for me and that I could count on them for anything I needed. It meant more than I can say to feel the support of people around me who stood by me, even if they had no experience with the pain of my loss....more
Thank you, BlogHer.more

What Does Friendship Mean To You?

What makes someone a real pal? I mean, sure, there's a death in your friend's family, you show up for the funeral. She gets married, you go to the wedding. She gets sick, you show up for the sick part. (As long as said friend is not barfing. In the event of barf, I will leave something lovely at the door, but you will not see me till you're not germy. Sorry. It's a phobia.) I know all that, and I also know not everybody gets even those basics right. One guy turned down the invitation to my wedding because, as he put it, "Really, what fun am I going to have at your wedding?" ...more
I've had to go through the motions with this stuff too. Lately, I make an effort to detach ...more

You Can Travel Travel To Europe Without Spending Your Kids' College Funds

One thing you will always hear people complaining about is how expensive it is to travel in Europe. True, flights from the U.S. to Europe can be pricey, but once you are on the ground it is a whole different story. The Euro has been slipping for months now, and it is almost neck-and-neck with the U.S. dollar, which means you are no longer paying extra just to be in another country. Even Switzerland, where they don't even use the Euro, is running close to the dollar, although this notoriously expensive country is still pricey even when the dollar is up. ...more
I'm on my way to the airport now!more

Why No One Should Be Mad at Beyoncé's Vegan Diet Business

The Internet is pretty mad at Beyoncé right now. Earlier this month on “Good Morning America” she “unveiled” that her vegan diet helped her lose weight and keep it off her self-described naturally curvy body. Granted, this is not the breakthrough of the century. We already knew that Beyoncé has been sort of vegan for awhile now....more
With all due respect, as a farmer (who doesn't even raise livestock), it goes both ways --- ...more

10 Ways to Earn 'Cool Aunt' Status

It’s no secret that I love being an aunt to four beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew, who range in age from almost 4 years old to 19 years old. They each provide me diverse conversations, activities and memories to cherish. While my husband and I figure out if we want a child, and can have one, I find contentment with the love and laughter these amazing kids bring to my life. From the moment my oldest niece was born, my heart has been full. ...more
Sarah Mellem ? :-)more

Pow-Wow in the Pines (The last one... I think)

I wish I had some flag-waving, Uncle Sam patriotic pic for you today.I don't.But I do have the last (I think) of the pow-wow pics. It's kinda my favorite. The movement captured here in combination with the color is more than I hoped to capture.Come to think of it, I guess it's more patriotic than anything else I could have posted.Happy U.S.A. birthday! ...more

Zip lining is our non scale victory

Willie and I always said when we lost the weight, we would do some things like go to China, travel more and go zip lining. I’m two years past hitting my goal weight and we still didn’t zip line. Today we finally enjoyed the view from the tree tops at Shelby Farms ....more

Vacation Knitting

Upside down life

Today I'm checking in again with my next yoga progress report. I have decided to do this at the beginning of each month, to stay motivated and accountable....more

Fireworks

I'm going to keep this pretty short, because I'm spending the weekend with Jerry and the kids. Hopefully everyone had a nice July 4th today!Last night, Jerry and I ended up taking the kids to see the fireworks. The State Park does them, and the park gets really crowded with people arriving all day long to claim a spot on the beach for the fireworks display ....more

June Create - completed under the Wire

Such a good idea, it seemed at the time. Spread all the pieces and begin. How many times have you spread yourself too thin? Thought you could handle it, and then felt overwhelmed? Where to begin, how to begin? Scary isn't it?...more

Birth Weights

A Week in Farm Photos June 28th - July 4th

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Today's the day we celebrate our independence and the rights that most of us enjoy to raise animals and crops and support our family in a sustainable, self-reliant manner. This week marked our first garlic crop, our first batch of homemade mayonnaise of the summer and all kinds of great photo opportunities! ...more

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings I love taking really naughty pub food and making it practically guilt free, you still need a little restraint here, portion control and not eating the skin is key (sorry!). Serves 4 ¼ Cup honey ¼ Cup cold water 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp sriracha sauce 6 Cloves garlic, crushed 900g (2 lbs) chicken wings, split Preheat your oven to 400. Whisk together the honey, water, brown sugar, salt, pepper, sriracha and the garlic; set aside ....more