Say "Candy Hearts!" With Valentine's Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! ...more

Join Us for February's NaBloPoMo

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

Why You Should Run, Not Walk, to the Public Library

I’ve got THE BEST money-saving, freebie deal to share with you today. This is the big one, friends. A completely legit, no-coupon-code required, money-saving deal that will blow your mind. ...more

Why We Have Diversity Problems in Tech

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth. ...more

How to Make Healthy Homemade Ginger Chews

Ginger is a fabulous aid to digestion, and these Homemade Ginger Chews are great for warding off those sugar cravings. Ginger chews are simple to make; I used agave nectar and coconut instead of sugar. Simple, sweet, and a hint of spice, just like a good life! Homemade Ginger Chews...more
This is great! I will definitely be trying these. Thanks :)more

How to Pop Some Color Into a Monochrome Outfit With Accessories

The weather is being nice and cooperative these days. Weekend temperatures have been a little more mild, which works for me because I do my photo shoots over the weekend. Initially, I envisioned an all-gray outfit, because I'm a big fan of monochromatic looks, and they typically work beautifully. For whatever reason, for this particular outfit, I just felt like something was missing. So I decided to add little pops of color via the accessories: a blanket scarf, my bag, and my shoes. ...more

Parenting In a Digital Age: Great Advice From a Millennial Mom

The summer before sixth grade, I got a new Tamagotchi and my very first screen name. I was now Petunia886, and as often as I could (or the phone lines would allow), I instant-messaged friends like GotMilk554, tinkered around with my Angelfire HTML coding and wasted hours searching for the perfect blinking .gif image to capture the ~*BFF-ness*~ of my friendships. ...more

"Dexting": Are You Dating via Text Messages?

It says a lot about your life when the guy that you've been "dexting" can predict what you are doing on your night "off" from life.I should take a minute to explain. My night off is when Luc takes Summer for the day or overnight or both. I could typically use this time to reinvent myself or go out and live the life that a twenty something girl should be living. Instead, I decide to just uncork a bottle of wine, put on some sweats, and veg out while watching Vampire Diaries. Total waste of time, but hey, we all have our things. Right?...more
Wow--yes all of it is so true!  I think you have to think of it as an emotional affair, rather ...more

36 Questions: Brilliant or Bull?

In the 12 hours after that New York Times Modern Love blog came out about the 36 questions that can make you fall in love with anyone, ten people sent the article to me. Basically the premise is this: You're supposed to meet with a stranger, ask each other this list of questions - which are grouped into three sets - and then stare lovingly into one another's eyes for four whole minutes. (You can blink - I think?) Twenty years ago, psychologist Arthur Aron put two straight people in a room in a lab, had them ask each other these questions, do the whole creepy stare-thing, and six months later they were married. (Wow!) ...more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more
MelissaKaye Aww! I wish! I'll take Boston any day -- even in four feet of snow. :-) And I'd love ...more

My Super Fun and Sometimes Punny Birth Playlist

This is the story behind my Flippant Birth Playlist. It seemed like a funny birth playlist was necessary this time around. I didn’t have birth music when I delivered Flintstone at home four years ago. Being at home, I figured if I wanted to listen to music, I’d just have MacGyver put it on. Didn’t end up wanting any music anyway. ...more

Make These Pepperoni-Garlic Knots on Game Day

These delicious Pepperoni Garlic Knots are loaded with pepperoni, red pepper flakes, garlic, and two different cheeses. Baking them in a cast iron skillet gives them a wonderfully crisp crust‐you've got yourself a winner!...more
It looks easy and amazing... I will try it as following your steps.

How to Make This Easy Needle-Felted Heart Banner for Valentine's Day

Needle felting is one of those crafts that seems really daunting, but is actually very easy. If you can poke something with a needle, you can do needle felting. My first adventure into needle felting was inspired by some wool hearts I had left over from another Valentine's Day project. I just knew I could repurpose them into something new and cute. ...more

How Do You Feel About Maternal Assisted C-Section?

An Australian mother to nine children took an active role during the c-section birth of her 10th and 11th children. After doctors cut open Gerri Wolfe, 41, she reached down to her lower abdomen and pulled out her twin daughters, Matilda and Violet. Image: BeautifulFreaks The so-called "maternal assisted cesarean section" was all a part of the plan, but only after Wolfe convinced doctors at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales, to step back and let her do the actual delivery. ...more

AHS Freak Show: Was it Good for You?

When I originally wrote about the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, I had no idea how wrong I would actually be about the storyline, about the characters —basically about the entire season. ...more

The Playlist that Pulled Me Through Cancer Treatment and Recovery

It’s weird when the music you love stops sounding good to you. It’s happened to me before, once after a terrible breakup, and once during an awful day job, writing adventure travel brochures for the elderly. The breakup ruined The Band’s entire discography for me, and the copywriting gig ruined Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It’s been years, and I still can’t get through “Up on Cripple Creek” or “Simply the Best” without breaking into a cold sweat. ...more

6 Ways My Standing Desk Is Making My Life Better

My job is killing me! And making me feel like a hippopotamus. At least that's what all the recent research is showing. ...more
Just curious, how high is the surface of your standing desk? I am setting up new office space ...more

Jonathan Chait’s 'Not A Very P.C. Thing To Say' In a Nutshell

In this week's New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait discusses in his essay Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say how hard it is to be a white man these days. In case you don’t have the time or moral energy to read his 5,000 word opus of angst, here’s a brief rundown....more
BlogHer He needs to read this: Having no empathy for people who ...more

Make Something With February's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more
I like! But posting every day seems scarily overwhelming... but a challenge is a challenge!more

Extremely Stupid Reasons a Parent Will Fire a Childcare Provider

Childcare is a tough gig. Twelve to thirteen hours a day, five days a week, providers work with no lunch break, no smoke break, and on most days, overtime with no pay. There are no benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment, 401K or disability, unless the provider pays 100% of the premiums and pays a higher rate because she has no group to join for a group rate. On top of all of it, providers have to put up with the very worst behavior from clients, because if they don’t, they risk being fired without pay. ...more
tomcopeland  I took it as referring to state subsidy's for childcare? When the state pays a ...more

Terrified of Having Twins? Advice From a Twin Mom

There will be easy days and there will be hard days. How you respond to them makes all the difference. People will ask you what you want for baby showers and the like. Ask for gifts of meals, help around the house, or with holding babies so you can sleep or shower. And diapers. Trust me, you won’t regret it....more
Good advice! Esp. about not needing two of everything in the beginning. We had so much stuff we ...more

Marriage: It's Going To Be "We" From Now On

My dress had a scoop neck made of a hundred pounds of sequins and lace. My husband later told me it looked like a fresh blanket of snow. Each sleeve weighed about 20 pounds and left purple welts on my shoulders. It hurt so bad that Mark had to run back and forth to the hotel ice machine for ice compresses. Image: Alexandra Rosas...more

Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am....more

The Most Important Question to Ask On a 1st Date

When dating with a purpose, the single most important question you should ask and be able to answer honestly on your first date is what are you looking for? It’s never too early to get your intentions out of the way and see whether they align with a new or potential partner....more
Gael Breton Thank you Gael. We really should be setting the tone for our relationship as early ...more

Why You Should Run, Not Walk, to the Public Library

I’ve got THE BEST money-saving, freebie deal to share with you today. This is the big one, friends. A completely legit, no-coupon-code required, money-saving deal that will blow your mind....more
Love the library!more

Preparing For The Blizzard ... in California

The Snowpocalypse is upon our nation....more

21 Quotes to Help You Survive Infertility

Each week I interview men and women who are infertility survivors. I'm amazed and inspired by the insight and advice they share, and every now and then, I like to put the best pieces of wisdom all in one spot. A few months ago I shared 34 Infertility Quotes, but I've interviewed 21 more people since then. So here's the best of my most recent interviews. Enjoy! ...more

Thoughts on Diversity in the Tech Industry... From a Black Computer Scientist

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth.This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words. Then I wasn't even sure if I should say anything at all, since it may ruffle some feathers. In the end, I didn't care. Some things need to be said. Most people think it, but few say it. I'll take one for the team....more
fpmorrison great points, thanks for commenting! To be clear, I do have my own company, and I do ...more

Blizzard Fun: Make Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream, or snow cream, is super easy to make. Here in New England, as in much of the country, we’re buried under an ever-expanding blanket of fresh snow. One way to keep away cabin fever is to make tasty treats. If you have little ones home from school, they’ll have fun making this with you. You can use other flavors of extract besides vanilla too. Peppermint would work really well. ...more
I agree. there's too many unknowns to be making snow cream this day and age. sad.but it's true.more

Great Quotes About Raising a Child to Inspire You

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children. ...more
pinesandpalmettos That's a good one! Taking risks is important. :)more

Goodbye 'Parenthood': Michelle Hancock Marks the End of the Show + Other News

Michelle Hancock, who blogs at Mind of Meesh, had her goodbye tribute to the show Parenthood featured on Mamalode. Pilar Hernandez of En mi cocina hoy had her cookbook, Del blog a la mesa, recognized as Best New Cookbook in Chile 2014. ...more

6 Tips for Writing a Great Love Letter

If you are in a relationship, you might be looking for a new way to show your partner how much you treasure them. Putting effort into relationships helps them thrive, evolve, and become an even more poignant source of joy. Rather than scribbling your name at the bottom of someone else’s words, why not write your own sweet and spicy love letter?Find a quiet place. Use a humble pen. (~Paul Simon)...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children improves their vocabulary. It builds their attention span in a way that time on the iPad or a video game doesn't. ...more
Web to Succeed, you will be able to look forward to reading Old Yeller with your son.  The great ...more

Fried Chickpea & Bacon Salad w/ Creamy Feta Dressing

A salad that eats like a meal with pan-fried... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more


It's going DOWN with these bad boys. I know I just shared a brownie recipe but C'MON, MAN. You can never have too many raw vegan love bites.. ....more

Up In The Air

I am not and have never been anything even approximating an athlete. I happen to be blessed, however, with athletic friends who are determined to keep me healthy, even if it kills me. ...more

DIY tether

Whew! Yesterday was a much-needed break from the computer. I was awakened at 4:45 in the morning in the most nerve-shattering way, though ....more

What I Wore- Pinspired Black, Brown and Leopard

Dress- Target, Cardigna- Loft via Twice, Scarf-, Boots- JC Penney I'm joining in the Audrey's Style Challenge at Putting Me Together again. This weeks challenge is to wear something you pinned on Pinterest. This is a common occurrence for me since I am always using Pinterest for style inspiration ....more

Suge Knight Involved In Hit And Run - Victim Dead

According to breaking news reports, musician Suge Knight was involved in a hit and run in which he ran over a man, who is dead. The argument causing the hit and run took place on set of a film/documentary being shot in Compton, California, which the likes of Game, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube are all involved in ....more

Day 29: How do you define success in your life?

The Mission Statement:...more

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins {Healthy + Flourless}

Gluten-free and healthy lemon chia seed muffins. The chia seeds could also be replaced with poppyseeds for a delicious traditional lemon poppyseed muffin. These muffins are free of refined white flour, oil, and butter ....more