Yum! Chocolate Berry Cake and Magic Bowl

When I was little girl, my mum baked a lovely cake the day that we put up the Christmas tree at home. She continued this tradition from my childhood to this day. It's the most magical part of the holiday. Every year, Mum and I plan the day we ...more

Stay Warm Without Overheating With These Tips

Forecasters are predicting that it is going to be another really cold winter. Which means that if you are continuing your workouts in the fresh outdoors, you need to be protected from the elements. Here are a few things you can do to stay warm as ...more

10 Reasons Why Single People Might Hate the Holidays

The holidays tend to be a pretty polarizing time: You either love them or you hate them. For so many there's the pressure of family get-togethers, big meals, and even bigger gifts. For others it's a magical time with snowglobe snow and an extra ...more

4 Last-Minute IOU Gifts for Mom

Lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. Plus, IOUs give the gifter a plethora of thoughtful choices that can have a huge positive impact on a mama's life. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's ...more

What If We Didn't Sexually Shame Our Daughters?

I'm from the Bible belt region of the U.S.  and I was raised in the Southern Baptist church. I had two very loving and well-meaning parents who they themselves were raised in this same environment. I'm sure that some of the memories I have of ...more

Would You Listen to a Christmas Podcast of Someone's Family Meal?

The first season of Serial just ended, which means the collective Internet is scrambling for a new podcast to listen to and discuss. I've been mostly filling the empty space with a backlog of Nerdist podcasts, which is essentially Chris Hardwick sitting in a room, chatting with various guests, mostly in the tech or entertainment industries. ...more

4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

Do You Invite the Whole Class to Your Kid's Birthday Party?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,So what's the etiquette on birthday parties? Do you have to invite your kid's whole class? Or can you just invite your child's close friends? We are new to the area. I don't want to piss people off before we have even gotten settled, but we don't have limitless resources.Signed,No Birthday Drama MamaImage: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr Creative Commons...more
At the last two schools my kids have gone to, you have to invite the whole class if invitations ...more

Tips for a Stress-free Christmas Dinner

It's the most wonderful time of the year—yet many of us have a sense of impending dread at the thought of having to cook a fabulous Christmas dinner. The options are endless and dizzying. Somewhere along the way, the concept of a tasty home cooked meal shared with the people you love gets lost, replaced by panic and overcomplication. If this all sounds familiar, then maybe my tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner can help get you back on track. ...more
great tips and did you know that most slow cookers now have the take out pots so I use those for ...more

6 Hacks for Gift Wrapping

It doesn't take much time on Pinterest to find works of art when it comes to gift wrap. You'll see beautiful bows, magically coordinated papers, and perfectly folded corners. As much as I love to ogle these gorgeously wrapped presents, gifts look a little different under our tree. Family interests (superheroes, pirates, Tinkerbell) determine our paper choices, not the latest Pinterest trends. Our corners usually aren't perfect. And usually, we don't even have bows! ...more

An Absolutely Adorable Daddy Daughter Reading Streak: Your Quality Time Matters

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”- Thich Nhat Hanh Princess. Beautiful. Sweetheart....more

5 Empowering Gifts for Girls

The older my daughter gets, the harder it is to find just the right Christmas presents for her. At seven, she's done with Princesses, done with Barbie, and done with Polly Pockets. What else is there? I've bought her books, learning apps she can play on my phone, and clothes galore. So this Christmas, as I grapple with what to buy her, I started thinking that the best presents for my daughter are not material, tangible, or store-bought....more
These are all excellent suggestions. When I first read the title I assumed the gifts would be ...more

Silent Night, Blogging Night: an Open Thread For a Quiet Internet

If you have places to go and people to see, the slowing down of the Internet near Christmas is a godsend because, for once, there is no chance for FOMO. You can't fear missing out when there is nothing to miss out on. For a few days around the holiday, the Internet gets strangely quiet. Twitter is pretty much whispers. Facebook is just a lot of cursing about the difficulty of putting together toys. Instagram is photographs of people's trees or Christmas table. Blogs aren't updated. And Ello... well... Ello pretty much stays the same. ...more
Elisa Camahort Oy... was it hard to find someone to fix the furnace this time of year?  Were a ...more

10 Tips For Helping a Loved One Through Depression

My husband practically whispered it. "Honey, I don't know what to do to help you right now." "I don't know either." I think back on those horrible days I spent fighting to get out of my own dark well. Nothing else hurts that bad. I'm brought back to it every single time I hear someone else is fighting their own demons of depression. As a psychologist, I'm often asked, "What can I do to help my spouse/child/friend who is depressed?" While the answer of every person suffering through depression might be a tad different, in my experience, the answer always comes back to the need to feel loved, accepted, and not alone. ...more
I really appreciate your passion for wanting people to be informed about depression. This ...more

6 Reasons Why Sharing Your Boyfriend Will Boost Your Self-Esteem​

News that NBA player Lou Williams has two girlfriends recently made ripples across the internet. While many people might expect that NBA players would secretly play the field, most weren’t ready for the shocker that both of his girlfriends not only know about each other, but are friends as well....more
SwimPatricia Dogs are always a good idea. ;) -Momomore

Which Keepsakes Help You Hold On To Family Memories

When my husband’s favorite aunt had to be moved into a facility for Alzheimer’s patients, we went to her apartment to rummage through the mire of her life. Being quite the stylin’ professional, she had closets packed with clothes, shoes, coats and bags, as well as a fine collection of antique furniture. There were also loads of books and photos and a dining table overflowing with bills, papers and handwritten notes to herself—to remember the things she knew she’d forget. ...more
Tears. I have tears stinging my eyes when I read this. I don't have much handed down as far as ...more

Quiz: Which Christmas Movie Mom Are You?

At this joyous time of year, many things are top of mind in terms of importance: Family, giving, and kindness to name a few. If you're a mom, you probably have a few other things on your mind like keeping Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on a repetitive loop, referee-ing fights over whose turn it is to do the advent calendar, and trying to volunteer to bring paper plates instead of tiny finger sandwiches to your child's preschool class party....more
I wrote the quiz and I'm Anna Smith from Meet Me In St. Louis.  Which are you?more

2014 Women of the Year

Another 365 days has gone by! 2014 proved to be a year in which our online selves became increasingly merged with our offline lives, whether it was in the radical act of posting selfies, in binge-watching TV or streaming podcasts, or in determining what we read or how we teach our children. The common thread that connects many of the notable women of the past year is how they used their Internet lives as an extension of their work, whether they are entertainers, activists, or athletes. ...more
What about Elizabeth Warren?more

This Holiday Season, Give Yourself The Gift Of Self-Care

The Holiday season is upon us. When you are a Mother, that means “busy” and “stress.” But does it have to? Are you really doing anyone any favors if you burn yourself out before the Christmas dinner is served? What are you teaching your children about self-care and kindness? If Mommy has a nervous breakdown Christmas Eve, is it really going to be a Silent Night? I for one am taking back the holidays and saying yes to self-care this season. ...more
Love this! Self-care is where it's at! I love the idea of being your own best friend. I have ...more

Why It's So Hard to Show Up at Church

I woke up this morning, picked up my phone, clicked on the little notes icon and typed these words: I miss church. I do....more
Charity Craig Can I get an amen?! Even from the couch?! <3 ya!more

Jessica Dimas Was Featured on Huffington Post + More

Jessica Dimas, who blogs at Pig & Dac, was featured on the Huffington Post for her post, "I Was Taught To Be Ashamed of My Sexuality." ...more
Alycia you and Tawnya are so supportive, thank you guys!!!more

20 Food Blog Trends That Need to Die in 2015

Honestly, people, we don't know why we even bother. We do the very hard work of reading all the blogs and spotting all the hackneyed trends for you, and for what? We've officially lost the war on stripey straws, mason jars, quinoa, and pumpkin spice. But we're still fighting the good fight, so we've rounded up a whopping 20 food blog trends that got so tired that we can't even. (And you shouldn't either. Or maybe you should. Whatever. Be that way. ) ...more
Very funny, I enjoyed this read!more

The Incredibly Cute Last-Minute Gift Guide for Cat Lovers

If you're like me, then you love cats and people who love cats. You also love cute things, and hate holiday shopping. Fortunately, I've done the footwork (paw work?) for you. These adorable kitty-themed gifts will arrive by Christmas if you order now—and if you've procrastinated to the very last minute, you can order some fun gift certificates to arrive via email. MEOW! ...more
That scarf and that comforter set!  WANT!!!more

What to Get Your BFF (at the Last Minute)

Today I'm going to share with you all some gift ideas that I'm thinking about getting some of my girlfriends when we do our gift exchange. I'm not saying everyone would like to get the products listed below, but I know all of my friends and even myself would be more than happy to receive at least one of them!...more

The Coziest Squash Risotto You'll Eat All Winter Long

Winter is officially here! Last week, I declared that December is Winter Squash Month over here at Meatless Mondays, and I've found another very interesting butternut squash recipe that I bet you'll like. This Cozy Harvest Risotto from Happy.Healthy.Life includes butternut squash, apple, sweet potato, and celery. Kathy bums up the flavors with fresh, seasonal herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme. Then she tops this vegan risotto with almonds (and a splash of non-dairy creamer, if you want it) for what she calls "an elegant and surprisingly easy winter meal." ...more
Sounds great.more

How My Awesome Cat Has My Back After My Divorce

I grew up a dog person. When I went off to college, my poor mother got her heart broken because half my calls home involved me asking her to hold the phone out so the dog could hear me....more

When the News Leaves Me in Despair, Art Saves Me

When a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown, I felt hollowed out by sorrow and grief over the lack of justice that washed over me. I cried on my husband's chest, asking him to tell me how we were going to protect our three Black boys from such a system... and from people who believe it is within their rights to cut the lives of Black men and women short for whatever reason they deem necessary. He didn't have an answer....more
Beautiful. The art, the words, you. Thank you for sharing and for being such a strong voice. XOXOmore

8 Things to Do With Your Submission If It Gets Rejected

Anyone who has been submitting writing for any length of time has most likely gotten a rejection (or just never heard back) from a site they submitted to. I've had plenty! Don't get frustrated; the universe is just telling you it belongs somewhere else (or so I tell myself). Be sure to keep track of where you have submitted things to help you manage what to do with it if you get a rejection or no response. Here are some options for your rejected posts that may end up being even better than your original submission intent! ...more
Thanks for your useful suggestions. I always find your ideas practical.more

Can Your Partner Have Friends of the Opposite Sex?

In recent interview for Stella Magazine, recording artist Mary J. Blige said: “All females for me, all guys for him. There’s none of that, ‘Oh, that’s my female friend. Oh, that’s my guy friend.’ No. Not in a marriage, I’ve never seen that work.”...more
Eh. I do understand the no new friend rule. Ultimately though, when having these convos, it has ...more

Sexual Regrets: I Wish I'd Experimented More When I Was Single

Sometimes I’m standing in line at the post office or the grocery store—your typical hubs of domesticity—and I’ll see a man. A feeling washes over me, dropping down into my belly and lower. It’s a feeling of pure electric want, softening my brain and making my skin hum. Image: b4ssm4st3r...more
I'm guessing we are about the same age, coming to maturity during the late 70s and early 80s -- ...more

A Glorious Christmas Tradition: Chocolate Berry Cake and Magic Bowl

When I was little girl, my mum baked a lovely cake the day that we put up the Christmas tree at home. She continued this tradition from my childhood to this day. It's the most magical part of the holiday. Every year, Mum and I plan the day we were to spend together, baking, decorating the tree, and writing our wishes—which is another tradition in our family. ...more
Oh my goodness, it was amazing! Beyond yummy! Not sure how to post a photo of it.more

10 Tips for Newly Single Moms

“Sit down and breathe deeply” is what I told myself six years ago, after I heard the voicemail between my ex and her business partner that clearly was not business. All I could hear were the birds chirping outside my window as my body started to go numb. I heard enough to know this was bad news for me, for us. ...more

4 Cute Holiday Outfits for Every Body Type

Holiday party season's in full swing: Your inbox and mailbox overflow with invites to work, family, friends and yes, even school dos. With family and friends, you can (mostly) get away with a work-to-evening outfit that's been living in your closet all season. We all get the itch to buy an outfit that'll wow future in-laws, clients or colleagues. Whether you're curvy, tall, petite, or average built, here's a killer holiday ensemble for you. ...more

Team Festivus vs. Team Treat Yo Self: Pick a Day for Holiday Survival

Alright, all you winter holiday celebrants. I hear your attempts at ho-ho-hoing, but I also hear a backbeat of something else. I hear you desperately trying to do whatever it takes to simply survive the holiday season somewhat whole and unburdened, refreshed instead of exhausted, and ultimately ready to embrace a rad new year. ...more
I am 100% Team TYS! (I can't survive the Feats of Strength for Festivus, and I like to by shiny ...more

NEEDS INTRO AND CLOSING what does it mean to biblically love...

Slightly adapted from Self Confrontation, A Manual for In-Depth Biblical Discipleship by The Biblical Counseling Foundation and John C. Broger. This means even when you feel like really explaining or expressing yourself, even when it's welling up inside out you, ready to burst, you are patient ....more

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I am so thankful for each of you and all of your support throughout this past year. I truly hope you have a wonderful Christmas and have time to spend with those you love most ....more

Would You Listen to a Christmas Podcast of Someone's Family Meal?

The first season of Serial just ended, which means the collective Internet is scrambling for a new podcast to listen to and discuss. I've been mostly filling the empty space with a backlog of Nerdist podcasts, which is essentially Chris Hardwick sitting in a room, chatting with various guests, mostly in the tech or entertainment industries. ...more

4 Super Simple Tips To Clean Up The Holiday Clutter

Merry Christmas! Now that you've unwrapped all the presents you carefully chose and purchased over a series of months, you get the joy of... cleaning it up. Yay? Don't fret. The following simple tips will help you organize the mess in quick fashion, leaving you with more time to sit and enjoy the rest of your holiday. ...more

On Christmas

I hope you were all snuggled in your beds last night with visions of sugarplums dancing in your heads and that all the sugarplums you desire and hope for and need are under your tree. Or in your heart. Today and always ....more

10 Things Cats REALLY think about Christmas

If your cat could talk, he would have a lot to tell you when it comes Christmas. The tree, the presents, those crazy Christmas balls than taunt him dangling from the tree. Then there are those awful costumes, those hats, those jackets, those sweaters ....more

Happy Holidays 2014

Wishing you a wonderful holiday! To all of my readers, Thank you for making this year the best year yet on Spoonful of Flavor! Have a wonderful holiday ....more

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas From The Diaz Family

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. We are taking a few days off this week and spending it with family on the west coast of Florida. Many blessings to celebrate this year, that's for sure ....more

merry christmas 2014...

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Savior's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining ....more