8 Pinterest Promises to Get You Through the Holidays

It took me years to collect all of the essential cookbooks that a respectable kitchen ought to have. I’m talking about Julia Child’s, Moosewood, Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer. You know, the classics. After I became married, mortgaged, and with ...more

What Do You Think of Facebook's Thank You Videos?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Facebook has unrolled a new video algorithm which culls moments out of your timeline and allows you to say thank you to someone on your Friends list. ...more

The Plight of My Youngest Child

Some days I feel like I've got things pretty under control. On those days that the children mostly got along with one another, and the laundry is mostly washed and mostly folded (if not mostly put away) and I've prepared a dinner that is mostly ...more

20 Fun Facts About Being 39

I am 39 years old. The big 40 is coming in April and I feel excited, nervous, proud, grateful, and again, nervous. I’ve already started thinking about what I want to do to celebrate the big day. Should I go to Vegas, Key West, Pentwater, Atlantic ...more

Connecting With the BlogHer Community About #Ferguson

BlogHer is a diverse community and never was that more evident than in our recent Twitter chat about #Ferguson. ...more

How Good is Your Love Life Without Sensuality?

I’ve been thinking that "Love" and "Sex" need rebranding.I think that this divide is reflected all over the web. What if I want to write about something flirty or sensual? Do I categorize that as sex? What if it has no S-E-X in it—is that misrepresentation? I mean, it might not be romantic enough to be considered love.Love has gotten a bad rap. It’s practically become a four-letter word in some circles, just like that other four-letter word in other circles. I think that’s largely because of what people associate love with—the negativity....more

What Do You Mean I'm "Spoiling" My Child?

You know what really grinds my gears? The seven words I'm willing to bet every mother has heard at some point or another: You are going to spoil that child. ...more

Fantastic & Fun Ideas for Your Hunger Games Party

With the release of Mockingjay I decided it was a great time to repost about the Hunger Games party we had in 2012. David (BEN!'s brother) is visiting and planning to go see it while he is here. Me? I love pretty much any kind of themed party. ...more

10 Christmas Wreaths You Can Make

When I think of Christmas wreaths I tend to think of evergreen boughs with ribbons and pine cones. They are the ones I buy almost every year and every year I think how I really could make my own. I went looking for homemade wreaths and I found that many of you already make your own. What really surprised me was how I fell in love with these 10 less traditional wreaths. There will always be a place for evergreen boughs, but I may need to work one of these wreaths into my holiday decor. ...more
This inspires me to start looking around more when I take the dogs out or when I am getting my ...more

What Is the Best App on Your Phone?

So what's your favourite app? I love peeking at people's phones and seeing what apps they couldn't live without. Since I can't see their phones, I had to ask this nosy question of all the other editors at BlogHer via email. Luckily, they answered me, and I got a few new ones to download. And now I'm turning over the question to you: what is the one app that you gush about? That you love love love. That you tell other people to download? Even more than finding out about new apps, I love hearing how people are cleverly using existing apps; even simple ones like Notes. So chime in with your best tips (and apps!) in the comment section. And don't worry that we're asking you to choose just one: we can spread this appiness every month. ...more

Thanks to Exercise, I Feel Better Than I Did 20 Years Ago

It was in 1985 while attempting to ski and smoke at the same time that I realized that if exercise's twain and my twain were ever to meet, it'd be in a dark alley and that one of us wasn't coming out alive. Though friends say my attempt that snowy morn was hilarious (sort of an Alpine version of hari-kari), it was all the excuse I needed to give up, and for the ensuing 30 years I've lived with the motto, “You've got to show your body who's boss.”...more
Congratulations and I loved the first line ski and smoke at the same time was a great hook for me !more

How to Make Ugly Holiday Sweater Hama Bead Coasters

Perler beads, hama beads, melty beads: These wee little tubes of plastic go by many names. Traditionally thought of as a children’s toy, one quick look at Pinterest will clue you in that plenty of crafty adults have caught melty bead fever....more

Finding Love "Beyond The Lights": A Conversation with Writer-Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Love is a comfort. Knowing someone loves you gives you courage and confidence in yourself. I want to share what I have with others so they know that it is possible. – Gina Prince-Bythewood...more

Man's (and Woman's!) Best Friend!

This post is picture-intensive so I'd like to invite you to click this link to the original blog post that I created earlier today.  It's worth it, I promise. http://melaniespickett.com/mans-and-womans-best-friend/http://melaniespickett.com/...more

How Good is Your Love Life Without Sensuality?

I’ve been thinking that "Love" and "Sex" need rebranding.I think that this divide is reflected all over the web. What if I want to write about something flirty or sensual? Do I categorize that as sex? What if it has no S-E-X in it—is that misrepresentation? I mean, it might not be romantic enough to be considered love.Love has gotten a bad rap. It’s practically become a four-letter word in some circles, just like that other four-letter word in other circles. I think that’s largely because of what people associate love with—the negativity....more

Femi Kuti Is Not The Father Of Two of His Children - Paternity Test Shows

Femi Kuti, son of Fela Kuti, and Afrobeat top musician in his own right, has revealed that he is not the biological father of two of the five children he believed were his. And this he only found out about recently after he did DNA tests to ascertain the paternity of the children.Continue reading » ...more

Pink Blush Floral

Pink Blush Floral Top//Nordstrom Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans//Pink Rock-Studded Heels//Pink Purse, Similar//Mac Pink Lipstick//Aviators, similar//Gold Bar Necklace// Happy Black Friday Everyone!!Ry, Aliah and I took a road trip down to Arizona to visit my parents for Thanksgiving weekend!We have missed them a lot, and are having so much fun with them here. They are serving an LDS mission and it's been fun so far to have them show us around and meet the people that are in lives now!I am so excited to bring to you a loop giveaway with many other bloggers and Pink Blush!Pink Blush has so many beautiful options for any occasion. This top was one of my instant favorites! ...more

Black Friday Sale Info

Happy Black Friday! I'm going to be spending the day doing a little decorating and a little sewing. If you're doing any on-line shopping today here are some great deals you should know about ....more

Thanksgiving for the win.

Yesterday was a perfect day....more

Feminism Fridays: I am my own woman

Original image by Zack Roif ...more

Some Articles to Note

Houston has turned into an armpit, and you can thank the kowtowing to filthy rich interests for the sad state of affairs._____In case you missed it, Rolling Stone had a widely publicized article about rape at the University of Virginia campus, primarily happening because of the drunk and rape culture of the fraternities. It might be time to abolish these useless clubs once and for all, for starters.Campuses need to take rape and other forms of sexual assault a lot more seriously than they do. Currently too many campuses are more interested in CYA than they are to make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice.The article is disturbing, to say the least, and is worth reading.Related articles can be found here, instead of me listing them all one by one._____ ...more

Maheeda Is Goddess of X In Latest Nude Instagram Pictures

Singer and glamor mode, Maheeda has set her Instagram fans on fire with new and completely nude pictures which she posted of herself, and then deleted it minutes after. She tagged the pictures ‘Goddess of X’.Continue reading » ...more

A Triumph of Human Spirit

When checking early this morning the last theme for Photo 101, I disliked it from back to front. The 'Triumph' word sounds full of grandeur and arrogance. Don't ask me why; maybe a shrink can explain it better. I just perceive it as a bit Hollywoodish and over the top....more