BlogHer, Huffington Post Join Forces to Address Work/Life Conflict. Join Us!

We have all been there. Or, more accurately, not been there. We have missed a soccer game, an important day at school, a key doctor appointment for a sick parent. ...more

How to Make a Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

I have been wanting to do this project for over a year. This pallet has literally been sitting in my backyard just waiting for me to get motivated ... and I am thankful I finally did! After much Pinterest educating, I tackled this long-overdue ...more

Looking for the Voices of the Year Posts? We've Got Them Right Here.

Whether you were there or not, we've re-released the lists of posts from our 2014 Voices of the Year and Photos of the Year Community Keynote. Check them out! ...more

(VIDEO) Watch BlogHer's 'I Am BlogHer'

BlogHer '14 kicked off with a video that showed us in words and pictures and—most of all—faces what it means to be ... us. The community.  ...more

The Calorie-Burning Workout You Can Do Anywhere

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is rising in popularity amongst the masses at supersonic speeds.  ...more

50 Shades of Grey: Day-to-Night Style Guide

Simple ways to take your shades-of-grey style from day to night, from skater skirt to bodycon dress. ...more

5 Pinterest Boards for Paper Artists to Follow

Disclaimer: If you end up on Pinterest for hours today, it's clearly not my fault, because I'm only telling you which boards to follow. I'm certainly not telling you to scroll all the way down through all of their awesomeness, through the forest of instructional blog posts and how-tos and DIY goodness. That's on you. :) ...more

5 Ways To Give and Receive More Oral Sex

About 60% of married Americans give and receive oral sex, but many want to receive more oral sex than they are getting. Why aren’t people bagging the oral sex they want? Usually, this comes down to one of three things:a gross factor,an uncertainty factor, orselfishness.Image Credit: Viktor Hanacek ...more

Bits of Wisdom and Inspiration from BlogHer '14

We learned a lot at BlogHer '14. We laughed. We cried. We danced. We networked with brands. We made new friends. And, quite often, we sat in the audience as smart, accomplished women shared bits of their stories, bits of their journeys with us. It's that, the sharing, that always makes BlogHer such an amazing experience....more

Yes Virginia, I Am Christmas Shopping In July

I don't generally plan to start my Christmas shopping in July but every year, it seems to work out that way. Too many really cool things cross my path or I've saved a half dozen links and they all start to pile up in Evernote and that leads me to just go ahead and BUY now rather than waiting until the last minute. This actually works out really well since I can get a big batch of shopping done and my wallet (or gasp, credit cards) don't groan quite as much under the weight of all of the purchases in November and December. Take a look at some of the things I've bought (or plan to buy) this month: ...more
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BlogHer, Huffington Post Join Forces to Address Work/Life Conflict. Join Us!

We have all been there. Or, more accurately, not been there. We have missed a soccer game, an important day at school, a key doctor appointment for a sick parent. Or we have had to make impossible choices: sending a feverish child to school, fingers crossed he won't get worse, so you can go to work; putting off doctor appointments you know you need because you don't know how to fit them into your work schedule; going back to work just weeks after your baby is born because your family simply cannot afford to go without your salary....more
Love this. I'm glad to see these topics promoted in such a very public and comprehensive manner ...more

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl

When it's too hot to turn on the stove, either grilling or using the slow cooker are my preferred ways to cook and keep the kitchen cool. On a hot day earlier this summer I made this Slow Cooker Spicy Brown Rice and Black Bean Cheesy Bowl, where the rice is cooked in the slow cooker with onions, canned black beans, diced green chiles and seasonings. I had the wild idea of cutting up some string cheese and stirring in the last half hour of cooking, for bites of melted cheese throughout the dish, but skip the cheese if you want a dish that's vegan. ...more

Bridging the Thigh Gap: Crossfit Got Me Over My Thigh Hate

When I was seven years old, my mother proudly showed me the space between her thighs as she stood with her feet together. Yes, my mother had achieved the coveted thigh gap. Even being so young, I was in awe. I couldn't believe such a thing was possible. My thighs collided at the knees. ...more
So, my 16-y-o daughter has always hated her thighs, although a successful athlete with enviable ...more

Reforming Play-dough: What to Do with Other Peoples' Expectations???

We all do it, we expect things from other people and when we don’t get what we were expecting we feel disappointed. Now this blog isn’t about how we need to keep our expectations in check although that is true, it’s about other people’s expectations of us??? How should we handle what others think about us and expect from us???...more

Adoption and Fundraising: When Money to Breaks Down Systemic Barriers for Families

Aselefech runs for family preservation. There are a number of factors behind why I was placed for adoption. ...more

The Vintage Faire

This past weekend, I set up at a show in...more


"I have a little bit of a sore throat," I announced to my husband today."Hmm.""Did you know that Ebola is a thing again? What if I caught Ebola while we were in Miami? Miami seems like the type of place that I could catch Ebola.""Ebola, Ashley? ...more

It's funny how some distance, makes everything seem small.

"and the fears that once controlled me, can't get to me at all"   Ok, since my daughter's birthday we have had an almost daily showing of the movie Frozen. Last week my excuse was that I was finishing up my online statistics class. This week.....I won't even pretend like I have an excuse.  I do not follow the 2 hour screen time rule that strictly....more

Thrifted Lamp Makeover

Today’s post is short and sweet, and goes to show that a little bit of spray paint can go a long way! Thrifted Lamp Makeover I found this little guy at a thrift shop a while back for a mere $2. I sorta have an obsession with lamps ....more

Crispy Fish Sticks

This crispy fish stick recipe comes from Cooking Light magazine. Instead of using tilapia fillets, I used cod fillets instead and found that they worked great! I think cod is also a light white fish and works well breaded ....more

Yosemite National Park Family Vacation

I’ve been itching for a family vacation this summer. We haven’t had any big plans on the calendar this year so I threw out the idea to take a road trip and everyone embraced it with open arms. HOO-RRAY! ...more


Chic For the Week – 2

Welcome to another installment of Chic for the Week, where I share a couple shopping picks that have been on my mind lately. Did everyone have a good weekend? I had a blast at the Portland Bloggers’ Annual Picnic, and then took Lil Tot to a screening of Despicable Me 2 out on the Commons after dusk, eating buttery popcorn are laughing at Steve Carrell’s accent ....more