(VIDEO) Comedian Tig Notaro Talks Cancer & Humor

Tig Notaro took the stage with BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page to talk life, personal setbacks, and what happens when you go viral—when you don't really know what going viral means. That's right. This not-on-Twitter comedian didn't ...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, ...more

(VIDEO) Watch These Leaders Talk Race, Gender, Feminism & the Internet

In 2013, with the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, talk about race, privilege, and what to do about it exploded on the Internet.  ...more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the ...more

Coming to BlogHer PRO '14 in San Francisco This December? Grab Your Badge!

We just announced BlogHer PRO '14 last week. It's taking place in San Francisco this December 3-4, and we're already so excited for this two-day intensive conference. We know you're excited as well, so we've made up some fancy badges for you to place ...more

Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

As kids across the country are going back to school, Congress is also returning to work after a long summer break....more

Hello Kitty is a Cat: My Open Letter to Sanrio

In case you haven’t heard, Hello Kitty is not a cat. Well, that’s what author Christine R. Yano was told by Sanrio (the company that owns Hello Kitty and her friends) when she was preparing her script for a Hello Kitty exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. ...more

Why I Wore My Swimsuit this Summer for the Sake of My Family

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the water! So simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do. ...more

15 Grilling Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

Labor Day marks the end of summer—and the weekend many of us host a blowout cookout for all our friends. Here are a ton of great recipe ideas to send off grilling season with a bang. BURGERS Image: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures ...more
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Midlife: Between Youth and Old Age

You think about things. You think about how your grandmother was younger than you when you were born. How your mother was younger than you when you had your first baby. How much of your life is behind you, at 52. Most of the big events — the wedding, the births of your children, their college graduations — those things are done. ...more

DIY // How to Make Back-Tab Bedroom Curtains

Today, I’m sharing how I made my own bedroom curtains with blackout lining. I went with a 84″x54″ length, and three blocks (pattern on the top and bottom). It’s SO gorgeous in person. I am in love!...more

What I Know About Marriage Helped Me Buy A Home

Our family just hit our third year anniversary in this home we live in. Three years ago, my husband and I went through the grueling process of house hunting, and the process was even further complicated by the fact that it was going to be an interstate move for us. Staying put was not an option because of my husband’s new job....more

New Season Breathes Life Back into Doctor Who

"Deep Breath," the title of Doctor Who’s season premiere, is more than just a reference to its featured villains (although, because said villains are cyborgs hell-bent on organ-harvesting their way to the status of "living," it’s a shame we won’t be spending more time with them). Based on the evidence, "Deep Breath" is actually a message to the fans, a warning that after several seasons of glossy explosions, love triangles, and soapy melodrama, their beloved show is about to head in a very different direction. ...more
Katy Anders  Thanks for your comment, Katy! I agree with you; based on the way they handled the ...more

18-Year-Old Cited for Waving Penis Out Car Window: Justified or Not?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if it were just me and Chris in the car or even my older kids. Obviously they already know what a penis is. ...more
I agree! This is also why I think the sex offender list should list the specific crime.   I ...more

Featuring Our Voices and Photos of the Year Videos: Grab Some Tissues and Watch Them Now

The Voices and Photos of the Year Community Keynote is always a highlight of the BlogHer conference. This year was no different, as 12 readers took to the stage to share their written words with their voices. Sometimes they trembled due to the weight and emotion of the piece, but these strong, well-written, and well-spoken women stood at that podium and spoke their truth. Additionally, we honored all of our winners for our first ever Photos of the Year with three amazing photographers present on stage. ...more

The Silencing of Sexual Liberation

We should consider ourselves fortunate that we live in a time when more people are openly discussing issues related to sex, sexuality, sexual freedom, and the promise of sexual acceptance for all, by all.  There was a time when any such discussion was considered "indecent", and certain behaviors were punishable by arrest and imprisonment. This current level of openness in discourse also allows for candid, often difficult discussions of sexual harassment and assault, though we cannot exactly say that has lead to more arrests and imprisonment for offenders....more
sosvoltaire Our sexual identites are constructed based on how we identify ourselves through ...more

Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I love that you know she wasn't judging you! It's so hard when we are tired/sick.worried ...more

How to Use Instagram and Make it Your Blog's Best Friend

If you read the blogging better series, you know that I am a H-U-G-E advocate of using social media to market your blog. I talk a lot about Facebook and Twitter, but it kind of begs the question: what about Instagram? The truth about Instagram is that it is one of the fastest growing forms of social media, especially where blogging is concerned. It might seem counter-intuitive because you’re using photos instead of direct links, but Instagram is really a great space to grow your audience. If you can take a photo with a phone, you can use Instagram. To help you get started – or to take your account to the next level -- here are a few best practices to follow. At least, follow these if you are looking to grow your audience. ...more
The great thing about blogging is that I'm always learning something. Of course I'm often way ...more

All the Things Wrong With a 9-Year-Old Accidentally Killing Her Shooting Instructor

On Monday, a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor as he was teaching her how to handle an Uzi at anArizona gun range and popular tourist attraction called Burgers and Bullets. Image Credit: CNN...more
I seriously doubt that she was "learning to handle an Uzi" with the implication that there is ...more

Comedian Tig Notaro Takes the Stage at BlogHer '14

Tig Notaro took the stage with BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page to talk life, personal setbacks, and what happens when you go viral—when you don't really know what going viral means. That's right. This not-on-Twitter comedian didn't realize people were tweeting and blogging a set of hers at Largo in Los Angeles, and woke up to an overflowing inbox, book deals, and you name it. She was baffled. ...more

Retiring Baby: When Your Little One Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that bear. He was a small guy, maybe three-years-old. He was going to bed and experiencing his typical nighttime anxiety, not wanting me to leave the room until he was fast asleep. I sat at the edge of his bed and picked up the little blue bear, and put it into his arms. He quickly cuddled it. ...more
We are the house of special stuffed animals, blankets, and other coveted baby stuff.  I can ...more

I Went On a Blind Date with My Husband and It Was HOT

Never let it be said that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. At 54 and 49 respectively, Henry and I have been married 14 years, together for 17. I know the map of his body as well as my own. His flat feet kept him out of the service. The large black mole on his right shoulder blade must be removed whether it’s cancerous or not. His luxuriously furred, muscular chest is his sexiest feature. His nose is shy, leaning to the right as if it would prefer to go unnoticed. ...more
This is hilarious! Kathy Muehlbauermore

4 Hot Fall Nail Polish Trends to Wear Now

Why wait until the leaves change color before you change your nail polish shades? As seasons change, so does your makeup....more
patriciaappelquist Gotta love brand loyalty! I have a pewetery gray Julep nail polish that I am ...more

6 Things to Do With End-of-Summer Tomatoes

Got tomatoes? Here's a rundown of ways to put up your maters, from basic canned tomatoes to salsa, ketchup and more.  1. CANNING TOMATOES ...more
Definitely! Don't forget diced and stewed tomatoes freeze and can beautifully!more

I Broke Up With My Best Friend

Three years ago, I broke up with my best friend. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done—we've known each other for thirty-five years. I know it was the right decision, but there are many days when I still miss her....more
Went through the same few years back. After we went out separate way, I realised that she is bad ...more

5 Online Dating Characters You Should Avoid

Online dating is becoming increasingly popular these days and for good reason. Finding a partner via dating websites can be very successful for thousands of singletons who are more comfortable being matched with people online than just heading out and about, and hoping they may bump into someone special....more

9 Easy Swaps to Help with Frugal Budgeting

[Editor's Note: This great list of suggestions spans clothes to food to utilities.]Budgeting and saving doesn't have to mean sacrificing. It might just mean making small changes or tweaks in what you've been accustomed to. Swapping should be easy and painless, it just takes creativity and preparation!...more

4 Ways You Can Push for Women's Equality EVERY Day of the Year

I was savoring my grilled salmon salad recently when my lunch partner’s casual comment made me drop my fork and get serious. "They've asked me to be board chair at the Brooklyn Museum, I'd be the first woman in their 100-year history. But I don't know if I can do it," Elizabeth Sackler said. "What do you think I should do?" ...more

Don't Worry, It Won't Always Be This Way

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look more like balloon animals than the trusty appendages that once carried me through my day, and the gynecologist visits are more frequent and far more intrusive. The doctor assures me, "The last few weeks are the hardest, but Baby's almost here. It won't always be this way." ...more
omosmom It's funny how even on the worst days I still find myself missing them a little after ...more

Heal with September's NaBloPoMo

As bloggers, our best tool for healing is the written word, so we are going to ask you to write your way towards healing this month. Whether you were emotionally affected by the shooting of Michael Brown, or have another event in your life where you need to find healing, we hope that you will take the month to write about your situation and take the words off of your heart. ...more

Interview: Travis Wall of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

This week is the finale of the 11th season of talent competition show So You Think You Can Dance, and I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the true dance stars to emerge from the show, dancer and choreographer Travis Wall. A Season 2 finalist who made his mark as a dancer, he soon returned as a choreographer—and at only 26 years old, Travis has been nominated for a choreography Emmy each of the past four years for his work on the show. ...more
Anita_Sarah Cool!more

Meatballs, Southern Italian Style

These meatballs are easy to prepare, the ingredients are affordable, and it’s the ideal meal for lunch or dinner. Your family will love it so much that you’ll want to make these often....more
Buon Appetito!more

My Real Job: I Am a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do.” ...more
It definitely is! Funny how 8 hr work away from home people consider their " jobs" to be jobs ...more

Refusing to Vaccinate Leads to Outbreaks

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. I get it. The decision to vaccinate yourself or your child is a contentious subject. Stacy Morrison's post at the beginning of the month (or more specifically the comments it generated) proved that point. This conversation is important and the facts are important - even if it isn't (in some circles) popular. The comments section got very heated, and I think Stacy did a fantastic job of staying above the fray without backing down on her stance. ...more
For those who argue against vax and ask why are they needed anyway if they work so well...think ...more

Labor Day Eats!

Ohh Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer. :( So sad that it is already here, it feels like we were just celebrating Memorial Day. It's not too late to whip up these awesome, healthy recipes, they're pretty quick and easy too!...more

Traveling - Holiday or Not - Incontinence need not be a show stopper!

I love holidays where there’s nothing much to do except relax at home.  But every so often, I love leaving home behind, so I can experience wonderful places and my friends and family around the world.  In fact, anyone who knows me thinks that I’m never home, although that’s not exactly true.  What is true, is that I love the entire adventure, including the part most people dread - the actual travel portion. I really enjoy air flight, appreciate all the technology that keeps us in the air (I still think it’s magical) and the beauty of the skies....more

Vinayaka Chaturthi 2014 Greetings!

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my readers! Hope everybody had a great festive time with family and friends This is our festival food prepared. Will be sharing the recipes soon ....more

Elk Backstrap & Mashed Potatoes

With one tag filled, we have been trying to clean out the freezer from last year’s cow elk and mule deer. We have one more antelope tag to fill here in the next week and 2 cow elk and 1 bull in the next month. That’s a lot of meat and we need all of the freezer space we can get ....more

everything dressing...

I'm not kidding when I call this recipe an "everything dressing"....more

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

An easy to make drink Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade that is light and refreshing. Perfect for company. We made Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade last weekend because it's one of our favorite drinks since it's so versatile....more

Selfie Series

Although my phone has a lock, you can still access the camera. This is what happens when you don't realize that, and your 4 year old gets ahold of your phone. I give you "Asher, the series of selfies": (Edited to only include my favorites from a cast of thousands) ....more

Random Updates: My Stupid DIY Mistake, Front Porch Results, Reader Hallway Suggetion & More

I have a post full of randomness for you today!...more

Amendola The Iotola of Rock-N-Rolla

Danny Amendola was just one of many receivers for Tom Brady last year. The team was looking for some help after losing so many players from the 2012 season, and others stepped up while he stayed pretty average. People in high stakes fantasy football are hoping that Amendola can fit in a little bit better and have success this year....more