Bring Your Kids! Announcing #Hatch at #BlogHer15

Through the Hatch program, SheKnows gives tweens and teens the skills to create fun, inspiring, thoughtful content; to be accountable digital citizens and to be mindful of their power. ...more

Announcing The Pitch, Live at #BlogHer15 on Saturday Morning

If you're a Shark Tank fan (and I totally am) you are going to love this keynote! ...more

Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Party Plan!

Continue your networking while you kick back at one of our official #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us parties! ...more

Don't Be Selfish By Having a Child-free Wedding

This summer, my husband and I have approximately 10,000 weddings to attend. OK, that's an exaggeration, but it definitely feels that way. In and of itself, our plenitude of weddings are a good thing. Drinks! Dinner! Butter cream frosting! The only problem with all these weddings this summer is that the vast majority of them don't include an invitation extended to our offspring....more
LaurenJadeLately thejennyevolution We actually had an evening black-tie wedding when we got ...more

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches: Black Twitter Demands Answers

Since the murderous acts of terror (which left nine Black people dead) at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina two weeks ago, six Black churches in the South have burned....more

What People Really Look Like Behind Appearances

The other day, someone asked me on Twitter about balance -- and I knew they weren't talking about my Wii Fit yoga score. They wanted to know what advice I had on getting it all done. It being, all of "it." I sat at the other end of the screen, surprised, because Wow, do I look like someone who has it all together?...more

A Letter to The Woman Dating My Husband

 Hey girl,I know it’s late but there are some things on my heart I needed to say so that you don’t ever forget. These things are as important as life and serious as death.Do you remember a few weeks back when you were walking down the hall in those home-only yoga pants carrying a basket of laundry on one hip and dragging a basket of toys with the other hand?  You had your head down when turning the corner and almost ran into a handsome stranger coming down the hallway....more

12 Marriage Dealbreakers

Most women get all up in arms about their husband cheating on them or getting gender reassignment surgery, but you know, honestly, that isn't what boils my bunny. I am totally cool with that. I say, go ahead—have an affair! Get a sex change! We've all got to follow our bliss. In my opinion, here's the real list of deal killers: ...more

Watch US v. Japan in the Final Battle for the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup This Weekend

After weeks of tournament play and a dramatic week of semi-final games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is culminating in two fantastic, final games on Saturday and Sunday. ...more
can't wait!more

How to Think Up Writing Topics For Your Blog

It's no secret that when it comes to blogging that content is key. The whole goal of having a blog is that someone will read it. To get people to your blog there has to be something worth reading. In other words, what's in it for your readers? If you're anything like me, you tend to wonder why anyone would want to read anything you write because nothing seems all that entertaining. But then I tend to be my own worst critic. Because I want to make my readers happy, I spend a lot of time putting together my editorial calendar. This is to make sure that what I'm planning on writing about people will find entertaining and informative. ...more

9 Patriotic Desserts to Make for the Fourth of July

Just as every fireworks display must end with a grand finale, every Independence Day spread must conclude with an over-the-top dessert. (Or, at least, that's my understanding of the official rules of this holiday.) Go with red, white, and blue colors, try some star-spangled sprinkles, or try an ingredient that pops in your mouth. ...more
So many good-looking treats for this weekend!more

Thanks Dad, For Teaching Me Everything!

The first time my father saw actual grass was at the Polo Grounds in the 1950s, when his dad took him to see his coveted baseball team, the then New York Giants, play. Born and raised in the Bronx, my dad's childhood was concrete and stickball, urban adventures that matched nothing like my suburban upbringing. My dad wanted to be a father. He wanted the opportunity to continue his own learning and share what he knew with his children. ...more

Should You Change Your Last Name After Divorce?

Should you change your last name after divorce?When I got married, I took my husband’s name just like so many women do.I thought that once divorced, it would be easy to go right back to my maiden name. But now... I’m not so sure. There is a problem: I have a child. If I go back to my maiden name, we will have different last names. I’m not really concerned about what others think, I’m just worried about what she thinks.Will she feel distant from me?Will she feel abandoned?Will she even care?...more
I took back my maiden name & will never change my name again. My name is MY name!more

Lyme Disease Feels Like Living With a Magic 8 Ball

Lyme disease feels as if you're living with a Magic 8 ball controlling your life. You really never know what you are going to wake up with in the morning. ...more

6 Easy Tips for Updating Old Blog Posts

Here's the problem, though. Out of a total of 230 blog posts on my site so far, only a dozen or so newer ones match my new aesthetic. As daunting and time consuming as it sounds, I've begun going through all 200+ blog posts to update the style. While I'm on each post, I run through a checklist to make sure they're updated for not just the aesthetics, but that they're an even better post with more relevant and high-quality content. Today I wanted to share with you all the checklist I run through on each blog post to make sure it is absolute best fit for my blog. ...more
cookingwithkary I'm not very familiar with blogspot because I started on wordpress.com. But I ...more

I Found the Path to Get Girls to Code

“You cannot be, what you cannot see”...more
Awesome!more

He Kept Saying, "Just Stop. You're Ruining Everything."

You never forget the first time you're confronted in the workplace by an undeniable feeling of ickiness. Sometimes that ickiness directly follows someone telling you that you're not okay how you are....more

Please Keep Talking About Charleston

In the week that my mother passed away, my inbox was flooded with emails of support and friendship. My community texted me, some even called, to tell me they were there for me and that I could count on them for anything I needed. It meant more than I can say to feel the support of people around me who stood by me, even if they had no experience with the pain of my loss....more

What Does Friendship Mean To You?

What makes someone a real pal? I mean, sure, there's a death in your friend's family, you show up for the funeral. She gets married, you go to the wedding. She gets sick, you show up for the sick part. (As long as said friend is not barfing. In the event of barf, I will leave something lovely at the door, but you will not see me till you're not germy. Sorry. It's a phobia.) I know all that, and I also know not everybody gets even those basics right. One guy turned down the invitation to my wedding because, as he put it, "Really, what fun am I going to have at your wedding?" ...more
I've had to go through the motions with this stuff too. Lately, I make an effort to detach ...more

You Can Travel Travel To Europe Without Spending Your Kids' College Funds

One thing you will always hear people complaining about is how expensive it is to travel in Europe. True, flights from the U.S. to Europe can be pricey, but once you are on the ground it is a whole different story. The Euro has been slipping for months now, and it is almost neck-and-neck with the U.S. dollar, which means you are no longer paying extra just to be in another country. Even Switzerland, where they don't even use the Euro, is running close to the dollar, although this notoriously expensive country is still pricey even when the dollar is up. ...more
I'm on my way to the airport now!more

Why No One Should Be Mad at Beyoncé's Vegan Diet Business

The Internet is pretty mad at Beyoncé right now. Earlier this month on “Good Morning America” she “unveiled” that her vegan diet helped her lose weight and keep it off her self-described naturally curvy body. Granted, this is not the breakthrough of the century. We already knew that Beyoncé has been sort of vegan for awhile now....more
With all due respect, as a farmer (who doesn't even raise livestock), it goes both ways --- ...more

10 Ways to Earn 'Cool Aunt' Status

It’s no secret that I love being an aunt to four beautiful nieces and one handsome nephew, who range in age from almost 4 years old to 19 years old. They each provide me diverse conversations, activities and memories to cherish. While my husband and I figure out if we want a child, and can have one, I find contentment with the love and laughter these amazing kids bring to my life. From the moment my oldest niece was born, my heart has been full. ...more
I earn cool aunt status because ... I'm a cool aunt.more

#BlogHer15 Closing Party, Brought to You by McDonalds, and Featuring Special Guests! (UPDATED)

Today, we are thrilled to announce the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us closing party!...more
Just....YES!! I love them. Thank you @mcdonaldsmore

What Got Me to Run for State Legislature

Five months ago, I ran for a seat in the Hawaii State Legislature. ...more
You are an absolute inspiration, Shay!  Thank you for all that you've already done.  The ...more

How to Build a Home Gym for Under $50

If you use your gym membership, great. But if you don't, you're throwing away that money each month. While you could create a home gym for as little as $25, if you have a little more money to spare, you can build a gym for the one time cost of $50. That beats out a monthly charge. I built my home gym over time, and you can totally do the same, which means that as you budget grows, so can your home gym. In no time you will have a fully stocked gym, and you can avoid the budget suck that an outside gym may cause. The items listed below are a great addition to any home gym and all provide you with an array of workouts that you can do at home but or on the go. ...more

How to Make a Cute Summer Skirt

If you want a cute new skirt to wear this summer but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, I have a great pattern for you. This skirt is so easy to make, you will want to make a bunch! ...more

Women Should Enjoy Having Orgasms as Much as Men Do

Double standards with dating are everywhere and now there's news published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that claims women don't really have orgasms but instead squirt out a little pee.  I'm here to debunk that.For women, orgasms don't come as easy as with men, but women can and should enjoy them as much as men do.Orgasms Can Relieve PainThere is some evidence that suggests orgasms can relieve all kinds of pain, including pain from arthritis, pain after surgery and even pain during childbirth....more
Okay, I am still totally stopped that the Journal of Sexual Medicine published news that said ...more

Connect With Other Bloggers With July's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more
I Love the theme. Happy excited to share my thoughts and experiences with my friends here.more

My Favorite Zoodles: Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles

Have you gotten on the zucchini noodles bandwagon yet? I admit I was kind of a late adopter of zucchini noodles (also called zoodles), but now I'm really smitten with them. I keep thinking up new ways to jazz them up with interesting toppings. ...more

What to Pack for a Trip to Alaska

This breakdown is strictly for summers in Alaska; winter is a whole other novel I could write. The most important thing to pack is layers. The weather changes faster than my opinion on what I want for dinner. You can seriously experience all weather varieties in one day. Rain, sun, wind, snow: It can all happen, even in the summer. So, layers, people, l-a-y-e-r-s.  ...more

#BlogHer15: Special Event Registration

Today we are announcing the process to RSVP for our #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us sponsored special events.What are sponsored special events?  These are smaller, more intimate events that take place at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us that allow sponsors to connect with attendees to talk about product launches, new services, social issues, or just plain informally network and have fun.At #BlogHer15 every sponsored special event has room for open RSVPs, but space is limited so it is a first come, first served process - with a twist....more
ElisaC BlogHer will do. Thanks.more

8 TV Shows to Binge-Watch While On Late Night Baby Duty (Or, Right Now)

Last week, I chatted with some colleagues about the television shows we’ve been watching. One of my co-workers is due with her first baby in a few short weeks and therefore looking for something to watch during those 2 a.m. feedings. She took notes on all the things we said we loved. ...more
Game of Thrones, Reign, Arrow, Bones, Royal Pain, Naruto, The Mindy Project, The Agents of ...more

Summer Treats at Whole Foods Market + A Giveaway!

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Northern California's...more

Happiness Boutique

necklace: c/o happiness boutique...more

A Day for Waterfalls!

The Blue Ridge Mountains are full of hidden wonders and hidden trails.If you don’t look closely, you just might miss that trail head that will take you to some of the most wondrous natural site on our planet.Waterfalls.I have a fascination for them….And I think my eldest son Jason has inherited his love of waterfalls from me --We went out on the four wheelers today in search of the best that Buck Mountain has to offer.The goal? To go UP to the top for the view DOWN – because I’ve never been to the top before!Did You Click to Read the Whole Story? ...more

BBQ Ribs with a Sticky Sweet Glaze

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Embracing Acceptance to move forward to your best life!

Acceptance to all that shows up in life is very hard for me. Intellectually I understand that we cannot control life's situations or others, we can only impact our life through our ability to control our own actions. Yes this is very simply put. Probably too simplistic but I think that shines the true light on our power to control what is around us by controlling ourselves.  Fighting this truth leads to stress, conflict, infinite drama that is not only unnecessary but harmful to our well being....more

Let Loose in the Power Chair

We've got Asher's power chair home from school and took our very first outing in the community with it. I feel like this is a milestone I should be cherishing, although I did forget my phone at home so didn't take any photos or videos. And besides, we only went to Superstore and the library, so it really wasn't that thrilling.I'd love to be able to report back and say it was amazing and everything I'd hoped for for his independence.But no, I can't exactly say that.Don't get me wrong - the independence was great ....more

Buns for When Pigs Fly

Shabby Chic Garden 1st Birthday Party

This lovely SHABBY CHIC GARDEN FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Aila...more

The Inspiration Gallery – A Weekly Link Party

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to check out this week’s Inspiration Gallery. Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone ....more

Next Time Someone Says Women Aren’t Victims Of Harassment, Show Them This.

Although these graphics have some strong language, I feel they need to be shared. I, myself, am a survivor of many of these situations and scenarios. If only more people understood these concepts, society might change ....more