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

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

National Orgasm Day: Come One, Come All!

It's time to celebrate!!July 31 is National Orgasm Day!!Maybe.For several years now, there has been a bit of mostly online-based lore about celebrating orgasms on July 31. There was a website about it at some point, I'm sure, and we know that is all it takes these days to make a holiday real, right? The success of "Steak And Blowjob Day" is credited to the perpetuation of lore via online memes and yes, an official website. Let's just roll with it. ...more
Damn. I missed it. That figures.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 Choose, Store, Chop, and Cook Onions

Onions are a kitchen staple in the kitchen: Whether minced, diced, or sliced, they appear in almost every dish we cook. You can prepare them in all sorts of ways, and you can find them in almost every cuisine. Onions hold up well. They are often the first item on an ingredient list when starting to cook a recipe, and they're one of the vegetables that takes the most time to cook. ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

Feeling Stagnant? 5 Ideas For When You Need a Fresh Start in Your Life

Two years ago, after a summer of extreme downsizing, I moved from a small town to the city. I cut my hair, sold my piano, and stopped updating my blog....more

How a Crop Top Ended My Relationship

In all seriousness, my ex-boyfriend and I were going to break up eventually. I think my cheap $3 crop top from Forever 21 just sped up the inevitable. We had been living together for over a year and I was at my breaking point. ( I would try to estimate how he was feeling around that time but this isn’t his blog)Also if you think this post will be about how he made me feel insecure the night I wore a crop top, prepare to be disappointed. I bought the top about a month before I wore it out. I thought the sales associate neglected to put it in my bag....more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

I Don't Wear Makeup or Heels. But I'm Not Going to Tell You What to Do

It’s pretty obvious, once you get to know me, that I really am not much for traditional beauty standards. I rarely wear makeup; it’s mostly a sensory thing. (The feeling of blush and foundation on my cheeks makes me want to scream.) I don’t know how to do much with my long hair, so I learn a few easy tricks and then do them when I feel like it – otherwise it’s in a ponytail. And I’ve heard a lot about my choice not to wear makeup much or to keep my hair long but not really do anything with it. Trust me – I’ve heard it, from family, friends, and even some significant others....more

Amy, Simone, Tig and More: 6 Amazing Documentaries About Women to Watch Now

I spent the last week immersed in the lives of six compelling artists. After seeing Amy in the theater and watching Tig on Netflix, the magic of search and streaming algorithms began suggesting other recent documentaries about women. "You might also like this," those algorithms predicted, and they were right.  ...more

Summery Peach and Sweetcorn Salad, to Celebrate August

Summery, Sweet and Peachy...more

Coconut Noodles (or Zoodles!)

Coconut Noodles Video (Scroll down for printable recipe) //www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD5mk71v-0E I made this for a last-minute side dish to take to a pool party. I have the most best friends because they always welcome my food experiments as willing guinea pigs and even offer constructive feedback. Though this coconut noodle salad evidently needed no adjustments because it was gone in two seconds ....more

Monthly Snapshot {July 2015}

Oh my July, why you go so fast??? I spent about half the month away from home which of course made the last few weeks go by faster than normal. Or at least, they seemed to anyway ....more

12 Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Make this Weekend

12 Delicious Breakfast Recipes to Make this Weekend Breakfast…...more

August Mom-Made Specials

Welcome, August! It's hard to believe the kids will be heading back to school in just a few short weeks. Wow! ...more

Hello August!

Happy Saturday...and happy August. I'm still not sure where July went, but I know there is just one more month of summer, and I still have a lot of projects on my list! One thing I've been working on is this Jelly Roll Jam II quilt using the upcoming Prairie collection by Little Miss Shabby for Moda ....more

How I talk to my bi-racial daughter about her skin (spoiler alert, I haven't figured it out yet)

I finished reading Eleanor & Park and I can't stop obsessing over why it bothers me so much.Except my daughter told me this weekend that she didn't want to be part brown or brown anymore. ...more

Weekly Meal Plan for August 3 - August 9

Happy Saturday! I'm back with a fresh new meal plan for the week and it's making me hungry! ...more

Sensory Play with Essential Oil

My kids really love sensory play. ...more

Stubby the Feral Kitty Cat | Happy Caturday!

Stubby, our resident feral kitty cat. ...more