(VIDEO) Watch the Hilarious Jenny Lawson 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. ...more

She's White, I'm Black and We Marched for Justice & Peace in Ferguson

Editor's note: Danyelle Little and Janice Person are St. Louis neighbors and friends who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri together earlier this week. ...more

Register Now for BlogHer PRO '14 in San Francisco!

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. ...more

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

Would You Give Your Spouse a Hall Pass?

So I had the house to myself tonight, and although I could have done many things, I found myself over on the Huffington Post reading about the failed ALS Ice Bucket Challenges and Sarah Michelle Gellar's participation in her friend's weekend wedding, when this story of a cheating suburban mom caught my eye. ...more

What Happens After You Divorce Your Abusive Husband?

I’ve often rued the fact that there is no official step-by-step guidebook for divorcing your abusive husband, that you just do it with every ounce and muster of courage and drop of support you can find. I was lucky to have a strong support network, full of therapy and attorney friends, and including my official therapist and official attorney, along with my extended friends and family....more

How to "Tie-Dye" a Terra Cotta Pot

There is something very satisfying about intentionally dumping paint and watching it run. And at 50 cents a pop for a basic terra cotta pot, why not? Especially when the rainbow results are this cute. ...more

Peaches and Cream: A Healthy version

I love peaches. Just the word "peaches" makes me think of summer orchards in the country, full of plump, sweet peaches, ready to be picked and eaten. I consider myself one lucky girl when it comes to peaches, since I live in Georgia and near South Carolina. And you can bet I’ve had some of the best peaches this summer!...more

A New Tattoo: On The Art of Healing

It’s been a week since I had my 3 new (well, 2 new and a cover-up) tattoos done , and I’ve had a new observation. As I’ve watched my tattoos heal, I realize how much the process reflects not just the symbols I’ve inked into my body, but also how growth happens in life. Tattoos are art, and I believe there is an art in healing, too....more
Thank you for the compliment and for taking the time to read it.  Tattoos can be a beautiful and ...more

As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations

In the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to listen, observe, and amplify the voices of African Americans. As an Asian American woman, I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to be followed around by security while shopping or to be stopped by police while jogging in an unfamiliar neighborhood. ...more
Very well said, Grace!  I'm glad you're giving a voice to the Asian American community in this ...more

The ABCs of Back to School

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more
Excellent, Janie. I must admit I enjoyed a certain nostalgia in watching my grandkids return to ...more

3 Blogging Lessons I Learned from My Failed Blogs

I have had 5 blogs -- yes, 5 -- since the 90’s. My current one is the only one that survived. But with those closed blogs, there were lessons I learned that I didn't repeat with the next site, and I am here to share a few of them. Every day I learn something new with my website and blog. ...more
There are experts in blogging that say don't go broad but find a niche because of the abundance ...more

The 10x10 Presentations at BlogHer '14: 13 Videos You Don't Want to Miss

The 10x10 presentations made by long-standing community members rank as one of the highlights of BlogHer '14 in San Jose. These intelligent, witty, entrepreneurial, big-hearted, thick-skinned, been-there-lived-through-it-have-the-blog-to-show-for-it people took to the stage and shared the truth of their journey over the past ten years. We, the attendees, learned a lot and came away inspired by what our written word on the web can do. Make sure to watch each video as each speaker brings something important to the stage, to the table, to your listening ear....more

5 Yoga Poses to Create a Fresh Start

School is starting up again, but even if you're not returning to classes, many of us look at the fall as a fresh start. Invite peace and tranquility into your brain and restore your mind with this 5-part yoga practice. ...more
Kathy Benson I love how my teacher says, "yoga meets you where you are" -- even if where you are ...more

6 Ideas to Prepare Young Kids for the First Day of Preschool

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience at home. It's important to help kids feel confident and ready to tackle a new experience. Follow these tips to prepare for a great first day of school: ...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
Thanks!  Absolutely, I agree!  People drag their feet to get there but then realize this is ...more

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
I totally get this. I have chronic pain and without going into too much detail, it interferes ...more

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
That looks really delicious; I have always wanted to try Zucchini i might have to try this.more

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
Great ideas! I recently surprised my husband with a picnic in our living room, then brought out ...more

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
I went through and still go through the worries everyday with Holland's severe allergies. It's ...more

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

Climbing Out of Grief: Terminal Illness Means Losing Him Twice

The first thing I lost was an emaciated dying man. ...more
What a beautifully written post.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

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
You have just brought back a ton of memories for me. I'm going to go in search of this album to ...more

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
You are welcome!more

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
Sugar Free Ear Candy Hi there.  I would like a partner for this.  Let me know how to contact ...more

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
CaramelRell *sits my son down for a talk* -Momomore

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
Hear, hear!more

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
Tommy Baumgardt!!more

Sweet Strawberry Bread

I was looking to use up a pint of strawberries and my old strawberry cake came to mind. I decided to put a twist on it and make a loaf out of it! I had it as an evening snack with some low fat whipped cream ....more

Why do Docs Gloom-and-Doom me?

Why would I even want a doctor? I don’t get sick.Not unless you count being hit by a car and getting cancer. ...more

My 30 Day Challenge

It was almost 1.5 years ago that I wrote this post on being married for 5 years.  What made me think of it?  Well, I had a bunch of girls over a couple of weeks ago, and we were talking about how long everyone was married….when it came around to my turn, all the ladies that have been married for longer said, "about 7 years.  Have you felt the itch?"...more

Cross Country Road Trip Plans #1

source Hey guys! So Jeff and I have been talking about some major travel plans recently, so over the next month, I'll be sharing with you our 68 day cross country road trip that we want to take the summer after we graduate college. This is about 3 years away, but as we get closer, I'll be sharing with you actual itinerary's from the places we'll be going, but for now, let' s check out the route & locations! ...more

REVIEW | CND Vinylux Nail Polish

We are absolute makeup and beauty fiends here on The Girls on Bloor, owning way too many products to count. Last week, after a trip to the spa and a mini education on long lasting manicures, I was really inspired to go out and try CND’s Vinylux Nailpolish on a recommendation from my manicurist....more

SUMMER COCKTAIL | Berry Pineapple Twist

We were pinspired recently for this week’s summer cocktail by an amazing looking drink recipe called a Blackberry Pineapple Smash, originally created on food blog,What’s Gaby Cooking. We decided to take her blackberry-pineapple idea, and changed her lime juice to a sweeter orange for a refreshing berry pineapple twist concoction!...more

Weekly Love Letter for August 22nd, 2014

“Back to Tokyo! And it’s just as hot as I was afraid it would be. ...more

Twelve mile mental workout

Over the past four weeks, I attempted to do a long run at least six times. I would set out with full intentions of running 8+ miles, but I just didn't have the drive. That's one of the downsides of intuitive eating, I guess--since I don't earn any extra points or calories for running long, it's been hard to make myself JUST DO IT.This week, I really decided enough was enough, and I was going to do two 4-mile runs, a semi-fast 3-mile run, and a long run of 12 miles ....more

September PopSugar Must Have Spoiler

There is already a spoiler for the September PopSugar Must Have box! This beautiful scarf, with a $125 value! I received a scarf (a different brand) in last fall's PopSugar box and love, love, love it! ...more