Sarah Jones' Amazing 'Women Can't Wait'

I would like to introduce you to Sarah Jones...and Lorraine and Nereida and Habiba and Anna and Praveen... and a dozen others.I want to introduce them all to you because they all deserve to be seen and heard, and they are—through Sarah ...more

Tinder Plus Upcharges the Older Ladies

If you haven’t heard the news about Tinder Plus, brace yourselves.The free dating app is going to be offering a new premium paid service. If you’re 18-29, you’re in luck! The service will cost a mere $9.99. But those of you about to celebrate the big ...more

Quick, Cheap & Adorable Easter Decorations

I have realized since we lived the student life for almost all our marriage, I don’t have very many decorations. I have decided that since my husband finished vet school last May, I am going to decorate better. ...more

Rape Culture at the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Survivors of rape should not have to hear rape jokes at medical facilities that treats rape survivors. But they do. ...more

A News Site Took My Instagram Photos

As soon as I logged into my Instagram, I learned that a news station in Cleveland, Ohio was sharing photos from our New Home Photoshoot (Part I and Part II). ...more

5 Spring Runway Makeup Looks to Try

I saw oodles of spring beauty trends on the runways. Some of them were applicable to "real life," and some were just plain scary. I've narrowed it down to five spring trends that are easy as pie to try, so shake that snow out of your hair and go for daisies and spring! 1. The No-Makeup (aka "The Natural") Look...more

Self-Care Isn't Selfish

I bought a tin of Marcona almonds, which are fried in olive oil and sprinkled with salt, priced at $8 for four ounces of nuts. That same week, I treated myself to a manicure and overpriced pressed juice. I regret nothing. These are minor indulgences, which remind me of my former life, back before I became a mom. More importantly, I've chosen to keep them as part of my life now, toddler and all. It wasn't always this way. ...more
I love this! I don't have kids yet (do doggies count?:)), but I do identify with this post. Work ...more

This Fun Twist on Taco Tuesday Involves ... Pizza Dough

I first saw a Taco Rolls recipe on Pinterest, and immediately I thought how simple it would be to re-create. I mean, Taco Rolls—how hard can it be, right? To be honest, I read the recipe once and assumed some things. I found the images on Pinterest were much more appealing than mine turned out. It reminded me of the Pinterest "Nailed It!" meme, that glorifies all those attempt that look nothing like the end goal. ...more

I Will Never Be That (Other) Woman

Sit down because I am about to get really personal.I loosely planned to talk running today but loosely is the keyword in this sentence.Just like I can't plan my meals in advance very well, I can't totally plan my posts either because I like to discuss what feels natural and what's on my mind at the moment....more
I feel so sorry for your betrayal. I wish you comfort and peace. Don't second guess your ...more

April 1st: The Day the Internet Changed My Life

No joke: Tomorrow is a very special and wonderful anniversary for me. Seven years ago today the internet helped me have a baby. Seriously. Wait. Do you not know this story? Oh, it's a good one. And it's nice to be reminded that the people on the other end of the wires and tubes and webs of our computing devices are as connected to us as we will allow them to be. ...more
Dresden, I didn't know this part of your story and all I can say is WOW! Anyone who thinks that ...more

Parenting Advice From a Mother With Almost Grown Children

Now that I am on the back-end of parenting, I look back at all the things I used to stress over and they seem silly. At the time I lay awake at night fretting over a litany of mistakes, issues and questions. ...more
I read this while laying in bed with my daughter (10 months) who is napping. I'm so grateful for ...more

Maybe I Really Am Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed Like the Authors in this New Anthology...and That's Okay

There's an overlooked back alley of the "Mommy Wars" that doesn't involve mommies, but is directly impacted by the embattled culture. Though women are no longer raising broods of children in heels and pearls, societal expectations exist to the point that couples who choose to forgo parenthood are barraged with questions and expected to explain their decision. ...more

Christina Berchini Teaches You What Not to Say About Street Harrassment

Christina Berchini of Hey, College Kid! recently had her post, "#HeForShe: What Not To Say When A Women Speaks Of Street Harassment," featured on Elite Daily. ...more
Thrilled to see this! Thank you, Blogher!more

Una LaMarche Talks About 'Unabrow,' Her Favorite Condiment and DIY Jean Shorts

Una LaMarche has been known in my head as The Sassy Curmudgeon since 2006. Lady is hee-lair-ee-ous....more

Beyond Ellen Pao: How the Male-Dominated Silicon Valley Culture Hurts Us All

While a San Francisco jury sided with venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination lawsuit, the four-week trial has given us a peek into exactly what kind of obstacles women face at big Silicon Valley venture capital firms and the broader startup world....more
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've been a startup founder and co-founder several ...more

You'll Love These Meatless, Paleo, Low-Carb, and GF 30-Minute Baked Eggs

I bet you've noticed it's spring, haven't you? We all get busy when winter's over, and if you're looking for a recipe for Meatless Monday, you want something that won't take long to get on the table. I swooned over this Baked Eggs Skillet with Avocado and Spicy Tomatoes when I shared the recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen. It can easily be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes—and the chile-spiked recipe is tasty enough that I'd happily serve it to guests for a meatless breakfast, lunch, or dinner....more

Are You Looking for a Way to Rekindle the Spark?

Perhaps it's been a while since you and your wife/ husband/ partner/ spouse/ girlfriend/ boyfriend got together, and maybe things are a little... stale....more

18 Extremely Helpful Resources for Blogger-Journalists

The resources below help me enormously when I work on news stories—whether working on a post about something in the news or doing original reporting. Bookmark and follow them, and you'll quickly become more informed, find story ideas, and add tools to your reporter's toolbox. ...more
Great resource! Thank you!more

15 Things I Don't Pay for Anymore

DH and I recently took a hard look at the things we thought we could live without, make ourselves or cut back on. ...more
OMG I am blown away by this.  As a "frugalnista" I am loving it.  I need to up my game and start ...more

Important Lessons Learned During Easter Egg Coloring

This past weekend I facilitated the coloring of Easter Eggs with my three and four year olds. The ordeal unfolded much like the way training an Angora rabbit to use a lint roller might. As with everything, it was a learning experience. I’d like to share some of the lessons I learned with you so that you might adjust your own egg dying session accordingly. ...more
As was evidenced by my husband getting bossy with the eggs...more

17 Important Things to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

I guess it is time to get serious. I take very little serious in life, so it is always hard for me to buckle down and get stuff done. But many would say having a baby is serious business. For me, it happens so often around these parts the hospital stay is like a mini vacation with room service and everything. Shall we treat it as such? Why not. ...more

Find Your Workout Match With These 8 Workouts

You cannot do the same thing for twelve years, let alone a lifetime, and stay motivated or challenge your body. Plus life happens and different life seasons have not allowed me the same time and flexibility in fitting in certain workouts. Here are 8 workouts that... work. ...more

Would You Let Someone Babysit Your Child Over Skype?

The New York Time's Motherlode had an article recently about the parenting trend to have someone occupy your child over Skype or FaceTime in order to free you to do other things in the house. Think of it like babysitting from afar. Like really really afar. ...more
Reading is a perfect activity for this.more

What Do You Miss About Being Pregnant?

Pregnancy is rough. It's hard on your body, it's hard on your emotions and it's just plain hard. But it's also an absolute beautiful time of life and one that, once you're out of, you kind of miss. Today, I'm focusing on the good parts of pregnancy, and sharing what other moms miss about being pregnant. "Me time. It's few and far between now that my baby is my number one priority!" –Katie R. "Eating whatever I wanted, and blaming it on 'cravings.'" –Claire D. ...more
Always getting a seat on the bus.more

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career

It can be scary to step away from your steady job to follow your dreams, especially when the passions you want to pursue aren’t connected to a salaried check. ...more
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Facial Exercises to Get Rid of "Resting Bitch Face"

Every so often when I'm at the computer, I look up, unwittingly catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror and am always surprised to see a furrowed brow and grumpy expression. I may be deep in thought, engaged in whatever it is I'm doing, but I look really pissed off. My 6-year-old granddaughter asked me recently what was wrong, to which I answered, "Nothing." I was sitting there reading peacefully, thank you very much. ...more
Michelle Candice, there's a cure!more

What Do You Mean, "WHAT'S A HAM BALL?"

All my life I've thought everyone had ham balls at Easter. That is, until this week, when I casually mentioned to my co-workers my need to pick up eight pounds of chopped ham so my husband could make his most-coveted holiday recipe for my extended family. This is odd? Other people don't know what ham balls are?...more
Never heard of them. Sound way too sweet and fatty.more

Being Sexually Submissive Doesn't Make Me A Bad Feminist

I would passionately state that I am a feminist. From day one, my mother raised me and my three sisters to believe that women could not only do anything, but that we could do it better than boys. She was pro-choice and discussed abortion at the dinner table. She marched in protests for the union she worked for. She encouraged her closeted lesbian friend to “come out.” ...more
Thank you! I struggle with this at times.more

Read This Before You Give a Bunny or Chick for Easter

Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years. ...more
Thanks, Ladies!  I think there are a lot of well meaning people out there that don't realize how ...more

5 Reasons Our Large Family Was the Coolest on the Block

I have read several articles lately about the downsides of coming from a large family, and I must say that after reading the first one, I was ready to write THIS post to set the record straight. I realize that everyone’s family experience is different and I honor all families no matter what their size, but I have a totally different feeling about big families. Even if you didn’t have the best home life, you have blood relatives who understand you and your life experience and who can understand the things that have helped you to become the person you are today. ...more
Jennifer, big families are great and kudos to you for raising a large family now.  Your children ...more

What Is Porn Teaching Us About Desire and Consent?

Anal sex.  Everybody's doing it... or so the internet would have us believe. In today's money shot culture, images of women being bent over have become commonplace....more
I have a feeling this answer isn't going to be popular, but part of the problem you're ...more

Here Are Your DIY Blogger Cliff's Notes From SXSW!

One of the things I learned early on as a crafter and entrepreneur is that business is business no matter what you are selling. ...more
Some wonderful tips here. I've made a list of things to consider, and right at the top of my ...more

Middle Age Snuck Up On Me and I Don't Like It

I turn 50 in a few months, and I wish you'd just shut up about it. I know I brought it up, but shut up, anyway. Middle age is not looking the way I thought it would, so I'd rather look away. I kind of figured by 50, I'd be dignified and pretty all-knowing, and possibly even wearing a monocle, like the Planter's Peanut guy. I mean, who's more sophisticated than that? ...more

Credit Cards Really Are Loans, Too

I'm frustrated by some of what I see in some of the personal finance forums I participate in, specifically when it comes to credit card use. Image: frankieleon via Flickr...more

My Cash Only Month Long Challenge

The last 3 months have been a whirlwind. Between going abroad for holidays, various expenses cropping up and....let's just face it, I like buying clothes! I am a serious shopaholic and despite setting myself a budget, and tracking my expenses, nothing seems to curb my shopping enthusiasm which isn't great for my wallet....more

Carrot Cake Scones

These Carrot Cake Scones are just about the easiest scone recipe out there!...more

My Dream of the Ideal White Kitchen

When Mike and I first got married we bought a cookie cutter house. The floor plan was already created;...more

Wordless Wednesday: April Calendar Shot

Spring has arrived in Florida and this shot makes me think of butterflies, Easter and the abundance of new life!...more

Fashion Over 50: Shopping for Spring

Since I started my Fashion over 50 posts, they have been really popular and recently I got a message from Debbie, another blogger friend I know who lives here in the Atlanta area. She asked me if I'd go shopping with her and help her pick out some new spring fashions. She said she is not good about getting outside her comfort zone and trying new things, so would I PLEASE go shopping with her ....more

Pregnancy | 37 Weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks (How are there only 3ish weeks to go?!) Size of Baby: A "winter melon" (?!) -- Approximately 19-22" and 6.5 lbs. I bet we'll get more precise approximations tomorrow! I have my first 3-D ultrasound tomorrow simply because my practice here in CLT doesn't have an ultrasound on record...soooo we're doing one tomorrow ....more

Sisterhood of the Something or Other

Sweet Julia from Grace Makes New tagged me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. ...more

fritzy is three!

Oh, Fritzy boy! It's this character's birthday today! He is T (ouseled) H (efty) R (avenous) E (ntertaining) E (atable) I just love this little squishy ....more

This Living Room Is Going To Get Done!!!

It’s hard to believe but somehow six months have come and gone and it is time once again for the spring edition of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at “Calling It Home”. This time I will be working on finishing the entryway and living room at Storybook Cottage. It truly is a bit of a challenge to try and complete a room design in just six short weeks ....more

Ristorante Flavio Velavevodetto - Prati {Eat Like a Roman}

When you live in Rome you get this email a lot. "I'll be in Rome next week and I want to eat artichokes and carbonara with you!" I love getting this email. I have a few trusty favorites that I rely on for the traditional Roman eating experience ....more