Time's Running Out to Submit Your Best Work From 2014!

Submissions for Voices of the Year close on February 9.  ...more

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

What Vaginal Steam Baths Are Really Like: An OB/GYN Weighs In

You gotta love Gwyneth Paltrow. She's always so ahead of the curve when it comes to things like cooking. And conscious uncoupling. And parenting. And vaginal steam baths. ...more
I find it very counterintuitive to learn that the two herbs that the author mentioned that are ...more

I'm Not an Idiot: Measles Outbreak, Vaccine Debates, and Your Name-Calling

When it comes to the vaccination debate, I don't usually "go there." I feel like we are all trying to inform ourselves make the best decisions for our families in a world full of misinformation brought to us by people more interested in power and money than the health of the general public. ...more

I Was Wrong About the Asperger's Storyline on 'Parenthood'

Dear Ron, Jason, all the writers and every member of the cast of Parenthood: I’m sorry. I owe all of you an apology. A big one. Back when your new show Parenthood premiered (how could that have been six seasons ago? seems like forever, yet not long enough) I underestimated you. ...more

How to Make a WordPress Child Theme in 11 Easy Steps

Recently I was caught between a rock and a hard place. I either had to accept the security risks of using an out-of-date WordPress theme, or I had to figure out whole child theme puzzlement so that I didn't lose the customizations I'd made to the parent theme (Twenty Fourteen theme, in my case). ...more

How to Lose the Pregnancy Weight

As a fitness fanatic, one of the hardest aspects of pregnancy for me was the weight gain. Regardless of exercising four to six days a week and eating the healthiest I ever had in my life, I still packed on a hell of a lot more weight than what is considered "normal." ...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
samanthamarieB I did not know that ginger is a cough suppressant!  Thanks for the tip :)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
awwrote yeahno.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. http://www.fairbuying.com/more

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: http://tmblr.co/ZLvgpx1bvJDEL 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
Right?! People kept giving us 2 (even FOUR) of the same thing!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
MomOfAllCapes BlogHer Thanks for sharing and if you make them, we'd love to see the results!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
Diane DeBella thank you so much for that! This post was on my mind for the last year or ...more

Easy Vegan Cranachan In Only 5 Ingredients

I hope you guys like all things Scottish because I can guarantee you that since moving to Scotland a year and a half ago, I have only fallen more in love with this country. It’s been a while since my last Vegan In Scotland post, for which I feel pretty bad because there’s nothing I […] ...more

My First BlogHer Post and 16 weeks pregnant!

It's all so exciting... starting a new blog. It's like starting a new job - except you don't have to get out of bed, and I'm not getting paid (kudos to those who have made a career out of blogging - I've only written one sentence and feel pretty awesome, so to get paid for this must feel amazing!)...more

5-Minute Blender Salsa Fresca

So the BIG GAME is approaching and it kills Brad and I that we can’t watch it with the rest of the world. It’s tough for football-loving folks to be in a different time zone. Okay, okay I.. ....more

Dwarf Woman Works As Stripper, Soon To Marry Her Tall Fiance

A dwarf woman who was bullied at school, and now works as a stripper, is planning to marry a soldier almost twice her height. Kat Hoffman who suffers from a medical condition caused by slow or delayed growth is sure that “everybody is sexy in their own way and personality is all that matters.” And she proves her words with her own life.The 26-year-old was teased at school for being a dwarf, but now she has found love and works at the stripclub under her alias of ‘Kat the Midget Stripper’. Speaking about her work, she says, “Despite the bullying I was always proud of my body and by the end of the night I was on stage in the nude – it was such a buzz.”Continue reading » ...more

Why Taxes on the Rich Need to Skyrocket to 90 Percent

Sure people are going to "teach" for free. In your fucking dreams, you crook.He thinks spending more money on kids of those he feels are inferior to him should be tutored for free by retirees, probably teachers, whose pension funds this crook leeches.You know, slavery is supposed to be illegal, but this eastward truly does us a service by saying publicly what neolibs say privately ....more

What Vaginal Steam Baths Are Really Like: An OB/GYN Weighs In

You gotta love Gwyneth Paltrow. She's always so ahead of the curve when it comes to things like cooking. And conscious uncoupling. And parenting. And vaginal steam baths. ...more
I find it very counterintuitive to learn that the two herbs that the author mentioned that are ...more

Pita Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I used to cater small parties, and almost every single time, I would make homemade pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus....more

50 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes

As promised earlier this week, I have scoured the internet (and my own website) and put together one delicious, mouth-watering...more

vegan raspberry coconut smoothie...

I've got Valentine's Day on the brain big time. Maybe it's because I love the holiday so much (any excuse to have a date night out with Bill and buy each other cheesy cards and gifts is alright by me!) or maybe it's because it's our last Valentine's Day as just a husband and wife. Either way, I keep thinking about it, wondering what it'll be like (I'll be soooooo pregnant), wondering if our little man will be here beforehand, etc etc ....more

Using Sex Toys After Pregnancy

A while back, we talked about whether or not it was safe to use sex toys during pregnancy. But even after pregnancy, toys are a great way to take care of yourself. Better yet, they can even help you get back into being intimate with your partner. Whether you're using them alone or having your partner use them on you, here's a brief guide to using sex toys after giving birth....more