3 Easy Tips for Better Pet Photos

For many of us, pets become much more than just pets. They are companions, exercise partners, therapists, fur babies, etc. There are those who just want to share pictures of their pets with their friends and family. For others, photographing their ...more

We Moved Away Thinking We Could Escape Racism

We left Louisiana to seeming escape the conservative views and the open racism in the South, but we were only deluding ourselves. We cannot run away from racism. ...more

What Your Kid's Teacher Really Wants to Tell You

It’s back to school time. Right now the excitement and energy are high, routines are new, and (most) kids and parents are happy. And then Meet the Teacher Night rolls around, and we get our first impressions of the person who will spend their days ...more

(VIDEO) Watch Demetria Lucas Interview Kerry Washington

Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, took to the main stage at BlogHer '14 and interviewed Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress, activist, and mom. These two women brought down the house. Their stellar personalities played so well off one another ...more

9 Tips for Packing Light

Now that most airlines charge to check bags, the words “carry-on only” are becoming more attractive. When packing for a trip, I’m in the “less is more” camp. My packing tips fit my comfort zone and the kind of traveler I am. Will they work for you? ...more

She’s White. I’m Black. And We Marched in Ferguson Together

Editor's note: Danyelle Little and Janice Person are St. Louis neighbors and friends who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri together earlier this week. In this post, Danyelle tells her story first, and then Janice follows with her story. DANYELLE LITTLE: YOU'LL FIND ME THERE ...more

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Your Class Reunion

Oh, all the beloved memories, non-judgmental chatter, considerate compliments, and pure excitement of the class reunion. Wait, what? That isn't the generalization of a class reunion?...more
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5-Minute Organizing: Manage Messy Wires With Washi Tape

We have just finished a week of cleaning and purging here at Sprout's House, and already the house feels lighter and brighter. The sitting room was one of the last rooms I tackled, and I nearly lost the will when I noticed this... Eek....double eek in fact! It was a tangle of wires along with layer upon layer of dust! ...more

Not Having Sex Made My Marriage Stronger

Marriage is made up of so many parts: companionship, comfort, kindness, patience, love, sex and understanding. Marriage is sickness and health and all the other trying promises we secretly hope our marriage will somehow escape. It’s making good on love when things feel scary and uncertain. ...more
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Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce and Zucchini Ribbons

I am overrun with zucchini, but there are so many good recipes out there that I just keep trying to keep up with the supply my garden is producing. Here's another way to use that yummy yet crazy-growing vegetable: Make some zucchini ribbons, and use them like you would lettuce. The taste? FABULOUS! ...more
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24 Ways to Surprise Your Partner and Keep the Fire Going

In a partnership? When’s the last time you surprised your significant other? Surprises are powerful ways to connect, add spark to your relationship, and communicate how much you care about the other person....more
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With the News On My Mind, Can I Get Excited About the Emmy Awards?

My friend emailed me to remind me to make my Emmy predictions for our annual awards night pool. Money is on the line! Also, the all important bragging rights. I just can't get it up for the game this year, though. ...more
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Announcing: Registration Open for Third Annual BlogHer PRO '14 Conference

Today we are thrilled to announce the return of the BlogHer PRO Conference. This December, the third annual BlogHer PRO will return to the Sofitel San Francisco Bay for two days of focus on your blogging business. Now in its third year, BlogHer PRO is an intensive event for professionally-minded bloggers looking to take their business, marketing, and technical skills to the next level. BlogHer PRO will focus on hands-on workshops designed to have you walk away better equipped to pursue success than when you came in....more
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On Food Allergies and the First Day of School: She Was Okay

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through the kindergarten parents clustered around the donut table in the courtyard. Sniffling while their little babies said the pledge of allegiance for the first time behind the closed doors. My carefully averted eyes giving them privacy and refusing to allow their emotions to affect me. I didn't stop for a donut—or a tissue. ...more
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Buying Hair at the Airport and Other Stories: Jenny Lawson's Keynote Interview at BlogHer '14

Jenny Lawson, the blogger and author behind The Bloggess, kicked off BlogHer '14 with a funny, witty, snort-laugh inducing, and real Keynote interview with BlogHer Co-Founder Jory Des Jardins. If you're unfamiliar with Jenny's story, it's really one that we love here at BlogHer. Maybe you've read her book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Did you know she met her agent because of BlogHer? Yup. It's the stuff blogger-writer dreams are made of, really....more
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5 Tips to Help You Pin Like a Boss

Over the last few years since Pinterest made its first appearance in the social media world, this website has grown to be most people's favorite resource for DIY, recipes, helpful blog posts, and more! If you work it the right way, Pinterest can grow to become one of your biggest daily referrals to your blog or website, and today I want to show you how to make that happen! ...more

5 Tips on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully secure the strap all on her own. I've seen the love and care she gives to all of her friends at school. I've observed how confidently she expresses herself to her teachers, family, friends, and us. I know all of these wonderful traits will take my little girl far in life and I feel so honored to be able to tag along for the ride. ...more

Why Shouldn't I Let My Leg Hair Grow in the Winter?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Do women still need to shave their legs in the winter months? I say they don't, but my friends all insist that I'm wrong and that I need to use a razor to stay smooth and feel sexy and attractive. Personally, I don't see the point, because I usually wear long pants and boots and it's not like I'm married or even have a boyfriend. What do you think? Hair or no hair?Signed,Princess Hairy...more
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Climbing Out of Grief: Terminal Illness Means Losing Him Twice

The first thing I lost was an emaciated dying man. ...more

How to Menu Plan With Veggie Boxes

The last few years, I've been subscribing to different veggie boxes or complete weekly menu boxes, to see what works for me. When I lived in my student town, there were different possibilities to subscribe to organic veggie boxes. To me, the biggest disadvantage was that it was a monthly subscription. Where I live now, there's a very similar system, but you can decide each week if you sign in for next week's box. I like that system a lot—but when I got pregnant, I jumped off, too tired to work out weekly menus based on what was in the box. ...more

GoDaddy & Mad Mimi: Why Email Marketing Is Important for Bloggers

Some of you got to meet the folks from GoDaddy at the Expo of BlogHer '14. Today the company announces its acquisition of email marketing start-up Mad Mimi, which was founded by a jazz musiciain who wanted to reach his peeps. We talked to Steven Aldrich of GoDaddy and Gary Levitt of Mad Mimi to find out why email marketing should matter to bloggers....more

The Breakthrough After a Breakup

“Each of our paths is uniquely perfect. Life presents us with what we need to grow.” Judith Orloff, M.D. The Ecstasy of SurrenderShe was crying daily, uncontrollably, in front of clients and behind closed doors. It had been several weeks since her break-up and she was feeling so out of control with her emotions that she thought she needed to be put away somewhere....more
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The One '70s Album You Should Share with Your Daughter

Quick: What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Marlo Thomas? For me, it’s That Girl and Free to Be You and Me. Apparently, not everyone remembers her the way I do, though: Me: I used to love That Girl. Marge: What girl? Me: Marlo Thomas. Marge: Marlo Thomas wasn’t in That Girl. What’s-her-name was in that show. Oh, what’s her name? You know the one who was in that show with Ed Asner? ...more
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The 7 Minute Sculpt: 7 Exercises You Can Do at Home

Whether you are looking for a quick workout on a busy day or to add to something you are already doing, such as running or power walking, these 7 moves/stretches can be done in your home or anywhere. The only equipment you need is a yoga or exercise mat. I recommend doing three sets of Moves 1 - 6. Do each one as described and then repeat two more times, followed by Move 7. ...more
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Take This Super-Easy 5 Word Blog Branding Test

You can't fly solo for this little challenge! You'll need a partner or a friend to help. If it's another blogger, you can run the test on each other's blogs. If it's a friend, be sure to say thank you, even if he or she looks puzzled. Just tell them to go with it. While this test may only take ten minutes, it can pave the way to you making adjustments on your blog so your brand rings truer to your five characteristics....more
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Street Harassment: It's Not Flattering

Street harassment is a serious problem women face everyday. And some new TV commercials might make you think differently about it. ...more
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When We Talk About Race, We Need to Talk About Institutional Racism

I often think about why we, as a people, are in the state we are in, and I'm frustrated by institutional racism....more
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A Guide to Road Tripping the American Southwest

The southwestern portion of the United States is home to some of the most breathtaking sights and locations in the world. With major attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas drawing millions of visitors a year, these states can be quite a “hot” spot. To really capture the beauty and vastness of the region, traveling by car to make sure to hit all of the great sights is a must. Here are a few tips on hitting the open road in the great American Southwest....more
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Help Your Child Understand Ferguson (And Other Tragedies)

I was six years old when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on a house in a residential neighborhood in the city. The house was inhabited by members of the group MOVE, a Black liberation organization founded by John Africa. There had been a lot of conflict between MOVE, the community, and the police for a few years. In May of 1985, the conflict escalated, and ended with a bombing and fire that killed 11 people (including children), and destroyed an entire neighborhood. I remember that night vividly. ...more
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When I Realized My Kids Are Good Kids

Seated at the fancy Grand Hotel, in Mackinac Island, MI, I started to sweat. A slight panic attack lurked in the back of my mind as I glanced down at the fine china on the table, the massive assortment of silverware stacked around the place setting, and our two young kids eyeballing them with wonder and mischief. We were on vacation and, on a whim, decided to bike over to the swankiest resort on the island and fork out a small fortune to stuff our bellies full with the lunch buffet. It was a gorgeous hotel, full of history and old-school luxury and expensive decor. ...more
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11 Ways to Organize Your Playroom for Moms Who Hate Toys, Playing, and Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your computer screen technically printable? Anyway…...more
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Watching TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? and Researching My Own History

Lately I've been watching a show on TLC called "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Largely sponsored by Ancestry.com, it follows various celebrities around as they trace bits of their family history.  Given my own history (and frequent lack thereof), I find this show fascinating.  Image: TLC ...more
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Yum! Almond Coconut Bars by Jenica Parcell

Jenica Parcell, blogger at A Slice of Style, demonstrated her Almond Coconut Bar recipe live on Good Things Utah's kitchen segment. ...more

Six Months Later – The Romance Checkpoint

This post is for the romantics - for those that actively pursue those passionate and romantic moments in a relationship.It has been six months since “V” Day and time to prompt all you lovers to check the romance gauge in your relationship. Here is a checklist to get you started. Image: Rennett Stowe via FlickrIn the past six months:...more
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Fashion Friday: Edition now with a 20% coupon code!

I’m super excited about today because the nice people at Bauble Bar have offered a 20% coupon code that you can use on any purchase through this Sunday the 24th. All you have to do is enter the promo code BIGMAMA at checkout to get 20% off all manner of great jewelry, plus Bauble Bar always offers free shipping and free returns. I took the liberty of picking out some of my personal favorites just in case you’re interested ....more

Vegan Stuffed Poblanos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce

OK, I'll admit, I'm on a bit of a cleanse. Every once in a while, something inspires me to clean up my act and eat cleanly for a while, giving my body a break. With all the bountiful produce so readily available this time of year, it's been so easy ....more

Back to School Lunch Box Ideas and A Giveaway

Wow, I know it’s cliche but where did summer go to? My daughter has one full week left before skipping of to fourth grade with her new clothes, books and of course her back to school lunch, so it’s time to Rock The Lunchbox...more

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My Body Is Fabulous

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7 Quick Takes about a special vintage dress, a hiphop wedding, and that moment when all your cards are declined at Wal Mart

— 1 — I’m back! I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been savoring my real life. I spend my mornings gazing out the window, prayerfully watching the morning sun filter through the clouds as I sip my coffee ....more

7 fun activities for toddlers using BUBBLES!

Looking for some fun activities for toddlers? ...more

I Didn’t Want to Imagine Being an Adult Still Living With a Disability

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jenny Hill for a summer series highlighting great bloggers who focus on disability. ...more

Charleston & Mount Pleasant {a recap in photos}

Hey Guys! We recently came back from a trip visiting...more

Is a mortgage a form of savings?

An excellent discussion emerged from my post about whether or not debt should be part of your budget, and that is: Is your mortgage a […] ...more