Explain This 'Birth Plan' Concept

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having a baby today is so much different than it was 20 years ago. When I was was pregnant 20 years ago, two birth plans existed: Vaginal delivery or cesarean. There wasn't a choice between the two. A ...more

How to Style and Hang a Modern Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are tricky business, especially for detailed oriented, type-A sort of people -- not that I know any of those sort of people, cough, cough. ...more

Why We Need Intersectionality in Feminism

A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow student Reem Hashim gave a speech at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy on the “Danger of Separatism.” The speech came at the tail end of a tumultuous year at UVA, ...more

10 Tested Tips for Time Management

As a mom of two active kids, wife of someone who owns his own business, published author, daughter, sister, aunt and traveling career women, time is at a premium for me, like I’d bet it is for you. ...more

10 Must-Haves to Take DSLR Photography to the Next Level

So you’ve mastered the basics of your DSLR, and now you're itching to stretch your photographic wings and be creative! Or have more control, or you just want to have fun! Today, I have 10 must-have items for your DSLR that will propel your ...more

This Tomato-Mint Gazpacho Reminds Me of the Day I Discovered Spanish Food

The first time I ate gazpacho was one of these authentically untraditional (rather unusual and un-Spanish, too) experiences. It wasn't that the gazpacho tasted untraditional (or unusual or un-Spanish). But where I found it—and the spot where I sat eating it—was a touch unexpected. ...more

10 Reaons I'm Glad I'm Done Breastfeeding

I breastfed my son until he was one year old and while I am so happy that I did, I am equally happy to be done. There are of course the sweet bits that I will miss, but a full year of making someone's food with my body was plenty. Here are ten great reasons to celebrate weaning. ...more
I nursed all 3 of my girls and I agree with EVERYTHING you listed! I felt that exact "freeing" ...more

The Incomparable Christy Turlington Burns Will Premiere Sneak Peek of New Every Mother Counts Documentary at #BlogHer15

Today I'm thrilled to announce yet another amazing "get" for the #BlogHer15 keynote speaker lineup: Social activist, model, and entrepreneur Christy Turlington Burns!  ...more
How exciting!  Wish I could attend, but looking forward to highlights of the event!more

Why the FDA Needs to Approve 'Female Viagra'

It’s been 17 years since Viagra—the “little blue pill” to boost men’s sexual function—was approved by the FDA. Since 1998, men have had the privilege of using Viagra to improve their sex lives....more
It is interesting to me, as a natural health practitioner, that you sought the help of doctors ...more

My Cousins Are the Sisters I Never Had

Among this gaggle of cousins were five girls who lived in Detroit, 90 miles away. A few times a year, they'd descend on my grandmother's house with my aunt and uncle in one fell (and loud) swoop. They'd fill it up with jokes and big-city coolness, and I was consumed with delight every second they were there. ...more

Women Don’t Need Men, But Can We Admit We Want Them?

Comic by Tatsuya IshidaThis comic is sadly true....more
I am agreeing to this but I am not anti- man women. I would like to admit that in the race of ...more

8 Family Rules That Made Me Comfortable With My Sexuality

I was fortunate enough to have a sex-positive upbringing, and I know firsthand the confidence and security in oneself that feeling OK about your body and sexuality can bring about. ...more

10 Best Vacation Songs For Your Travel Playlist

Music is a huge part of any traveling experience ,whether it be the CDs you listen to in the car or the songs you stream while laying on the beach. I am lucky enough to be going on my first ever tropical vacation next month, so I have been preparing every detail. I've loved putting music together that gets me into that beach holiday mindset. ...more

5 Ways I've Learned to Make Time

Almost three months ago, I wrote a post about shifting my language from “I don’t have time” to “I don’t make time.”...more
Michele@liferedesign Thanks!  That's a great question to ask yourself first thing.  I may try ...more

4 Elements of a Great Food Photo

Photography is different depending on your niche. However, there are four basic elements of a great photo that should lead you in the right direction, especially when you're trying to get your food photos noticed....more

Coconut Oil for Sunburns: Just in Time for Summer!

I am a big proponent for coconut oil. I slather the stuff on my skin; use it in my baking and as an agent for soothing sunburn. Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer, so when I came home from the beach the other day with a nasty sunburn on the backs of my legs (we’ve all been there, you know, that upper part near your butt that you always miss when you put on sunscreen), I decided to try a little coconut love. ...more
sonjafoust You could be right but I'm not sure that a sunburn is quite the same type of burn as ...more

I Dream In Muppet & Other Ways I Know I'm a Mom

Momfessions. We all have them, am I right? Things that you have found yourself doing only since becoming a mother—things that never even entered your mind before you brought a tiny human into the world.I want to share so many momfessions with you all, but I need you to know that I have stared at this screen for a sweet forever trying to come up with what to write. Not for lack of content, mind you, just—WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?...more
Tires! I didn't even think of that. Haha. Who knew "blow out" had so many interpretations?more

Yes, Even Supermodels Breastfeed

Supermodel Nicole Trunfio breastfed on set because her child was hungry. The photographer took a photo. The magazine published it. Step back. Watch the furry, the worry, the confusion, and dread as the world gasps and figures out how to digest this enormous event. Really? ...more

10 Ways to Make Your Blog a Welcoming Space

My friend, Cassie, is huge on fostering a sense of community on her blog, and I love that about her. Her approach to encouraging community got me to thinking. How can I make my blog a space where readers want to return to and at the same time, how can I make readers feel welcomed and valued? Today I thought I would share with you 10 ways to make your blog a welcoming space. ...more
Very nice tips! I especially take heart in #10. I agree and yet I read all over the net that we ...more

Save This Helpful Printable Kitchen Cheat Sheet

I follow a lot of blogs from all over the world. Most are food blogs, so I have to do a lot of conversions when making some of the recipes. Sometimes I don't have my computer available to do a quick conversion from cups to ounces to milliliters. I even have to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit. ...more
This is a great resource! Thanks.more

I'm a Mean Mom and I Don't Bluff

"If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." No attention was paid toward my words. I repeated, slowly, firmly and a lot louder: "If you aren't going to hold these toys, I'm putting them in the trash." She heard me. She heard me every time. No attention toward my words again — for the fifth time in 5 minutes. (I know because she'd look at me dead in the eye and then deliberately turn away, purposefully neglecting to react.) ...more
High five. I did this once at the airport. Told my then six year old to stop throwing the ...more

5 Things to Avoid Saying to A New Widow

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." -- C. S. Lewis, "A Grief Observed"Death is a topic that can clear out a room of even the most kindhearted people. Just mention any of the following words -- passing, mortality, funeral, burial, death -- and people get nervous. Very few individuals are comfortable with holding an honest conversation about death, and even fewer know what to say to a new widow....more

5 Tips to Get Lawmakers to Listen to You

How do we take our stories straight to our elected representatives to make the changes mothers need in the US today? At the Mom-mentum Leadership Conference in March I met Serena Liguori, Associate Director of Herstory, an organization that teaches marginalized women — including homeless, imprisoned, immigrant, disabled — to write and tell their stories....more

A Letter To the Man Who Molested Me

Maybe I made this whole thing up? Maybe this never really happened? We've seen each other socially for years and years. I've hosted bridal and baby showers for both your daughter and daughter-in-law. We spend most holidays together, your family and mine. How could I be so seemingly calm if something really happened? ...more
Wow, that is all I can really say! I don't know what to say honestly, but I know you are brave ...more

Watch Lily Tomlin Soar in 'Grace and Frankie'

Netflix recently announced that they are giving Grace and Frankie a second season. This is really good news for viewers like me who see a Lily Tomlin performance as a little bit of grace in and of itself. Only a few of our greatest stars can operate at her level, and this chance to see her in her own series is good luck I won't take for granted.  Image via: Netflix ...more
debontherocks Excited for the second season!more

6 Tips For Staying Sane When Moving With Children

Moving is daunting. Especially, when you have a bunch of kids in tow to cross the country (or ocean) with you. Your stress levels are pumping and the children get pesky as they don’t wan to leave, while you need to keep an eye on the movers and control everything on your checklist. ...more

Surprising Things I Learned in Foster Care Orientation

Now that my husband has started his career, it is time for us to start on our next journey. My husband and I have wanted kids for a LONG time. I have battled with my infertility ever since we tied the knot. In the last three years I have really accepted the fact of not being able to give birth to my own biological babies, so we have been preparing our heart for foster care. ...more

My Defining Moment: I Conquered My Eating Disorder

I know exactly when I became consumed with my weight. In 2001, at age 21, I had major surgery on my back (corrective surgery for scoliosis)....more

10 Tips for Re-Branding Your Blog

A couple of years ago, I changed the focus of my blog. Whether you're thinking of shifting your blog focus slightly or making a big change, these 10 tips for re-branding your blog will come in handy. ...more
Interesting points here, thanks for sharingmore

How to Get Fit for Yourself

As we head into summer, the article titles being shouted from the front covers of the magazines in the supermarket talk about getting beach body ready, as if there is only one type of body that deserves to be on the beach. We are constantly comparing ourselves to other women. We look at those magazine covers or women that we see walking down the street, wishing our clothes would fall across our body as they do on models. Sometimes, as we look at other body types, we start to lose confidence in our own. ...more

Challenge: How Have You Shown #CourageToday?

We're on Instagram asking you to share what you had #CourageToday to do, whether it's standing up for yourself or branching out onto a new journey or asking for something you want or just doing something you haven't done before. We'll be sharing our favorites! ...more

Stop Giving Me Gifts, People!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just threw a big party for my kid and got way too many gifts! People who didn't even come to the party are still dropping off presents. Is this the etiquette now? Am I supposed to be buying birthday presents for children even when my kid can't attend the party and we have RSVP'd "no"? This seems like overkill. Don't we all have enough stuff? Signed,Too Many Gifts __________________________________ ...more
Wow! Generous and thoughtful friends and acquaintances-the nerve of them!more

5 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me at Graduation

Over the weekend, I attended Sacramento State's Arts and Letters graduation ceremony. It was my first time on the faculty side and it surprised me how much fun I had watching so many of my students walk across the stage.I loved that the Communication Studies faculty lined the center aisle and shook hands and/or hugged every one of our graduates. (Next time, I might implement a High-Five policy because my hand is still sore from hundreds of shakes.)...more
@hazzeltoz I would love, love, love that!more

I Regret Circumcising My Son

A study was recently released that showed infants feel pain just like adults do, only they feel it more severely. Researchers put several sleeping infants through MRI testing, and poked them in their sleep. These pokes were not sharp enough to wake the babies, but were definitely sharp enough to register in the baby's brain. In fact, the severity of the poke registered in the baby's brain the same as a poke of four times that force registers in an adult. ...more
But what about the fact that it will keep him protected from many sexual disease, not to mention ...more

Reflections on the Past Year as a Working Mom

Well, my friends, the school year is almost done. It is so hard to believe. I remember last September so clearly and how nervous I was on the first day of school, my first day of being a full-time working mom--wondering if I'd like it, wondering how I'd do it all, wondering if I'd regret taking it on.I'm here to say I don't regret a moment ....more

Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar Rub

It’s a happy day for my husband when he finds out I came home with a steak from the grocery store. For whatever reason, we (I) don’t eat a lot of red meat, I think it may stem from my family not eating a lot of it in general when I was growing up. I have nothing against it, I just don’t have a natural desire to cook or eat it regularly…but the other day I did get a craving for a nicely grilled flank steak ....more

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Links!

Affiliate Link It's the time of the year to really rev up your sunscreen stash, and the new ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 is the perfect way to keep your face protected. This antioxidant-rich formula uses cutting-edge technology to custom color match all skin tones, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly impressed by its efficacy. Who doesn’t want their cheeks to bloom ...more


Naturally, we all brake for cute, cuddly cats and dogs crossing the road, but do you brake for other creatures? I do! (sometimes to the annoyance of drivers behind me.) What do they expect me to do? Run over wildlife? Geez....more


Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

Super Nachos with Avocado Sauce

Super Nachos recipe video (scroll down for printable recipe) //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISxNOLWUc2I There’s not a whole lot in the world that’s better than nachos. Even less in the world that’s better than SUPER NACHOS. I put it in all-caps for emphasis ....more

10 Examples of Log Walls

After my father graduated from college, he opened his own painting and wallpapering business and called it Community Decorating. He did this for a few years before becoming a math and science teacher, but he still kept the decorating business going for weekend and summer jobs. I worked with him during the summers when I […] The post 10 Examples of Log Walls appeared first on Town & Country Living ....more

Monthly Snapshot {May 2015}

Howdy, howdy – time for May’s monthly snapshot! These last few weeks have been quite good – busy, but then again, who isn’t busy?! Now, let’s take a little peek into my world the last few weeks ....more

Zarzour’s Café

I have been meaning to go to Zarzour’s Café since I wrote my first burger list in 2013 and a commenter declared my list invalid since I had not tried Zarzour’s, which is the oldest restaurant in Chattanooga, having opened in 1918. The problem is, they are not open on the weekend and they are only open 11-2 on weekdays. Plus, I wasn’t sure if they took credit cards (they do not) and I never have cash so I knew that visiting would take some planning ahead so I wouldn’t get caught without a way to pay ....more

Community Question: Time Spent on Elementary Subjects?

Community Question is a category inspired by you. Here and there readers write in with questions that are better served by the varied, experiential knowledge of those who read and contribute in the comments. Please respond to this post in the comments, but if you have a question for the community email it to Heather ....more