What to Do When You're Bored With What You Just Wrote

Some days I write a post, stare at it briefly, and am overwhelmed by a generalized feeling of "meh." Does this ever happen to you? No, of course not. So you don't need to know these five tips for improving your writing. Never mind. Nothing to see ...more

Get a Free Conference Pass! It's the #BlogHerFood15 Call for Volunteers

It's that time! Our call for volunteers for #BlogHerFood 15! ...more

Listen to the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Audio Now Available

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Watch Gwyneth, The Pitch, #BlackLivesMatter & More!

The entire #BlogHer15 playlist is now available on our YouTube channel.  ...more

Summer Peach Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting

Mariah and I kinda consider ourselves cupcake experts. And yes, that's totally a real thing....more
Balancing Cinderella We hope you do! :)more

I Was The Queen of Impractical Shoes

I think the general consensus is that teenage girls clomping along like camels in ridiculously high heels look more than a little absurd. They should probably be wearing sneakers, but high heels are a rite of passage—the mark of "growing up." These days the heels get skinnier and higher, and the dresses get shorter and tighter, as you progress from the one-inch heels on your first pair of "fancy shoes" into full-blown teenage fashion. Keeping everything inside the dress while trying not to twist an ankle becomes a tricky balancing act. ...more

I Found My G-Spot And It Wasn't All That 

Life's too short to be sad over G-spots. ...more

I'm Sad for the Roanoke Victims, But I'm Also Sad for Bryce Williams

It has been a long, exhausting and sad week for Roanoke, VA, to say the very least. I met my spouse in Roanoke. Our daughter was born in Roanoke. Most of my friends and news/advertising/marketing colleagues still live and work in the Roanoke Region. I lived there for eight years and when I think about my time in Roanoke, it holds so many beautiful and fun memories and despite the horror that has occurred there this week, which is the way I will choose to remember it....more

Why You Should Be a SheKnows Expert

What does it mean to be a SheKnows Expert? It's a question I've heard almost every single day as people learn about our growing community, where people share their passions and find new connections through the SheKnows audience. ...more

All Hail Serena Williams on Her U.S. Open Journey to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam

We are not worthy, but all eyes are on superstar Serena Williams as she heads into the U.S. Open ready to make history. If she wins, she'll attain a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four major titles in one year), which hasn't been earned since Steffi Graff did it in 1988.  The draw was announced Thursday and play begins next week.   ...more

5 Food Mistakes I No Longer Make

These 5 food products used to be a regular part of my diet, but I gave them the boot. What do you think happened next? Spoiler alert: I'm 20 pounds lighter, but more on that later. A favorite saying in the health and wellness community is "know better, do better." I think that pretty much sums it up. Obviously most of us want to be healthy and to make better choices, but sometimes we don't know where to start, or worse, we don't know what we don't know. So for those of you who are looking to make some small (and easy!) dietary changes, this post is for you. I hope it helps you reach your goals, or at least makes you think a little harder about what makes it into that grocery cart. ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

11 Things Low-Maintenance Girls Will Understand

This post is for all the low-maintenance ladies, who’s with me?Low -maintenance girls are better. Full stop. We’re easier to handle, more fun and I'd say somewhat rare these days.A girly-girl is something I am definitely not. I actually suck at been a girl. My laziness gets the better of me. I love the idea of looking like a contoured Kardashian but then I remember how much more I love my bed, and it wins, every time....more

What I Realized After the Virginia TV Shootings

At 6:45AM yesterday morning, television reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were murdered by a disgruntled former employee of their station WDBJ in Moneta, Virginia. They were killed on live television, by a man full of vitriol and hate. And we were witnesses. ...more

How I'm Helping My Kids Build Confidence

We're teaming up with the Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image. This is my take. ...more

Make Your Walls Pop With Colorful DIY Birch Tree Art

I was challenged to recreate one of my blog friend's DIY wall art.  So, I took inspiration from her birch-tree-painted wall and created colorful, dimensional birch tree canvas art.  This was probably the easiest DIY art I have ever created!...more

I Want To Get Married But He Doesn't

I'm in love with a man who doesn't want to marry me. He's a wonderful person and wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He's dedicated to making our relationship work. But marriage? Not so much. ...more

If He Doesn’t Respect Women, He Doesn’t Respect You

Have you ever been with a man and noticed the way he speaks about other women? Have you ever paid attention to the tone of his voice, the language he chooses, and the words used to describe other women? In relationships, we often focus on how our mates feel about us, how they treat us and how they make us feel. It is natural to want to be respected and held in high regard, but what happens when you notice that your significant other shows a lack of reverence for other women?...more

Roanoke TV Shooting: Making Sense Out of the Senseless

Like the rest of the world, I was stunned by the news coming out of Virginia early Wednesday morning.The murder of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was an unimaginable, senseless act of violence. Making it even more unimaginable was the fact that it happened live, on the air, before 7 a.m. for viewers and their horrified co-workers to see. Photographer Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, Image Credit: WDBJ...more

The Problem with Hollywood Father Figures

There is nothing quite like a good dad. We are interested in their stories, praise their body type, sing their praises in cheesy Instagram posts on their very own national holiday, and even use the term as a term of endearment for our favorite celebrities (dad AF, amiright?). ...more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Farmers Market Experience

I really love farmers markets, but I haven't always known how best to shop them. If you're like me, this list of how to get the most out of your farmers market experience might come in handy. Check out my four best tips! ...more

Facebook Got Us Through My Mother's Illness

Sometimes social media gets a bad rap. Sure, virtual gathering places can result in unnecessary drama and rants. But for me, social media – Facebook in particular - has been an instrument of support and friendship at a time when I needed it most. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

I Used My Experience As 'The Fat Kid' To Teach My Kids About Body Image and Kindness

We were driving the other day when my mind got blown. Kids never fail to freak me out in all kinds of ways. Here's what went down. ...more

How to Convince Parents Their Kids Don't Need Formal Preschool Over In-Home Childcare

Childcare providers everywhere have the same issue nowadays: Losing kids over the age of two to a brick building. That’s all it is really, a difference in the building....more

Yes, I'm The Friend Who Pees Her Pants From Laughing So Hard

Within any social group, people generally adopt a persona that defines their niche. In my family, I am known for two things in particular. I am the person who laughs so loudly that I can be singled out in the movie theater, and secondly, I am the person who laughs so hard she cries and pees her pants. This is a role that I willingly accept. ...more

How To Survive The Ashley Madison Hack, From Someone Who's Been There

I'll be honest, when the first reports that the group that hacked Ashley Madison did, in fact, release the user data, I was downright giddy. Having watched my own marriage fall victim to the site and it's purpose (though, honestly, it would have fallen sooner or later as obviously things were not as fixed as I believed and no website or lack thereof was going to replace the work needed from both parties) I felt slightly vindicated all these years later. ...more

Challenge: Praise Your Sweetie for A Month Via Texts!

My husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary just a couple weeks ago and we will be celebrating our 10-year dating anniversary this upcoming fall. We have had a wonderful, yet chaotic life together and I wanted to make sure that my husband knew how much I loved and appreciated him after all this time....more

How to Spot a Fake Designer Handbag

Summertime brings street fairs, flea markets and yard sales almost to your front door. Hitting the aforementioned events gives you a chance to spend time with friends and family while exercising. That’s what you tell everyone, but you know that you’re really looking for a deal....more

DIY Singer Sewing Machine Desk

True confession: I am a garbage picker. It's a bit of an issue ... okay, maybe I am exaggerating slightly but 'tis true that this time when my neighbor was throwing out an old Singer sewing machine, I had to have it, just had to. ...more

How to Build Your Instagram Account

I avoided using Instagram for a very long time because I didn't know how to use it, and I didn't like the fact that it could only be used on your mobile. So I stuck to Facebook. But in this day and age, if you have a business, you have to be everywhere. With so many free social media sites, why not take advantage of it? So about a year and half ago I started an Instagram account, these are the things that I noticed straight away. ...more

6 Reasons You're Not Seeing Good Workout Results

You look in the mirror, and there are no visible changes. You're at a loss. Whenever you go to the gym, you feel like you're working harder than most of those gym rats in there, yet you don't see any progress. So what's the deal? I know that feeling, and it's a sucky one. Fortunately, there's hope! If the results aren't showing up like you've been hoping for, by simply making a tweak or two, you will finally begin to see all your hard work pay off. ...more

Tailgating Essentials

College Football starts next week. I am SO excited! It is my favorite time of year!!As much as I enjoy watching the games, my favorite part of football is the tailgating food.I am the "Tailgating Queen" ....more

Thank-you, Hatteras

This photo and the words below it are what...more

Decorating for Early Fall in the Family Room...

Our kiddos are getting ready to head back to school and the weather has started cooling down. Even though it's still officially summer, back-to-school time reminds us that autumn is right around the corner. Sun faded flowers, antlers, and a few pale pumpkins help transition our home from summer to fall......more

[Baby] My Pregnancy Essentials

As I am heading into the last few weeks of my pregnancy (hopefully) I thought that I would share with you some of the products and items that have helped me over the past nine months and things that I didn't bother with which hopefully those of you expecting will find helpful....more

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop Aug. 29

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient! Welcome to...more

How to make a fashion DIY Pom-Pon bracelet!

www.themorasmoothie.comThe Mora Smoothie's insight:Hello my friends out there, for this weekend I'm gonna post u a new fashion DIY, easy and fast to make. A bracelet whose inspiration comes directly from the new fashion shows....more

Weekly Menu Plan: August 30-Sept 4

Are you ready for another great week of recipes! I have a fantastic...more


I’ll admit I was super skeptical when Corey started slicing up a mountain of red onions. “You’re making what?” Well it turns out pickles of any form are so easy to make yourself. With a basic pickling recipe you can pickle just about anything from radishes to onions to cucumbers ....more

Supersimple cheesecake with raspberries

Goodmorning! Do you also feel that autumn is fast approaching? It’s always that undefinable thing in the air ....more

Practising self-compassion

I saw the light this morning in bed. Actually, I didn’t see the light,not literally, because the curtains were still closed, but you know what I mean. I was having a lazy Saturday morning lying in bed, reading blogs and books and articles on my iPad, with a nice cup of tea delivered by my husband. (Some of the joys of not having kids!) Two things came together for me. The first was a paragraph written by Brené Brown. You probably know I love her work on shame, as I think it relates very accurately to the experience of infertility....more