6 Key Principles That'll Take Your Food Photography to the Next Level

When you decide to become a food blogger, there's probably one lesson that you learn far quicker than any other. The better your food photography, the more attention your photos will get, and the more successful your blog becomes. ...more

7 Steps to Writing Recipes Readers Will Love

Do you love to scour magazines, websites and cookbooks for recipes to share with your readers? If so, you’re in good company. It’s how many food bloggers find content for their posts. They also recreate dishes they eat at restaurants, are inspired by ...more

How I Diversified My Blogging Revenue

From 2008 to 2010, I was BlogHer’s Product Director, overseeing the roadmap for development of all online properties, including the ad network. When the company and I parted ways (amicably), I knew I wanted to create a new site with the intent of ...more

Food Bloggers Who Are Doing Linking Right

Every blog post provides an opportunity to make connections, whether those are to other posts on your own site, to posts on other food blogs, or to articles or pages that help explain a particular ingredient or technique. The world of blogs is built ...more

10 Survival Tips for Managing the Pain of Rejection

You are smart, pretty and completely datable, but guys don’t seem to want to stick around. You get a new haircut, lose weight, say all the right things to please them, bring little surprises and gifts, act the temptress, try being the girl next door. Nothing seems to work. Maybe you start lowering your standards, calling too often, ever-so-slightly chasing. Maybe you ignore the fact that he isn’t responding and make excuses for his non-attention....more

How Do You Know If You're Bisexual?

There's no precise method to teach someone about sex. There's usually awkward phase in your adolescence during which you begin to experience these new urges you’re not used to, you find yourself aroused by another. Like many others, I was going through my journey of self-discovery to figure out my sexuality and how to become comfortable with these emotions....more

You Can Still Have Adventures with Endometriosis

I want to share a little something about me. I have Endometriosis. I know sharing something like this is a stray from the usual posts but I felt a strong urge to share for the simple reason that when I was going through the diagnosis and researching how to manage the illness, I found stories from others incredibly helpful. More helpful than doctors to be quite honest. Knowing I wasn't alone and learning from others about how they manage the illness was both comforting and useful. ...more

I Have No Guilt Parenting Your Child in Public

It wasn't until I watched her — I never saw her face, but the way her shoulders slouched forward told me she was dejected, and the way her body moved told me she was crying — that I decided I had to step in; I had to say something — for her, for others, and for me. ...more
I have done it more than once. I will not tolerate bullying or bad behavior. My kids learn from ...more

5 Ways to Spread Love on the Internet Right Now

Today is Black Friday, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and in two days, it's Cyber Monday. Sunday doesn't get its own commercial holiday. I wish retail well and hope the next few days are good to them. But if you want to carry over the warm buzz of Thanksgiving and offer up some good cheer for shoppers to open when they get home from their gift acquiring adventures, I present my own version of Cyber Monday. ...more

How Gloria Steinem Got Me Thinking About White Feminism

This week, I went to see Gloria Steinem “in conversation with” Cheryl Strayed. I put that phrase in quotes because really it was more like Cheryl Strayed davening at the feet of the icon, as many of us feminists tend to do (deservedly so). At eighty-one years old, Steinem was dressed in that perfectly put together uniform of hers that I still love: seventies-chic in all black, form-fitting turtleneck, wide-legged pants with a silver, low-slung Navajo concho belt resting on her hips. ...more
I took my daughter to see Steinem when Gloria was turning 80 and I was turning 50. My daughter ...more

Meeting the Parents This Holiday? Here's What You Need to Know

It's that time of year when families gather together to celebrate holidays with laughter, joy, gift-giving, and amazing food. You and the person you've been dating for the better part of the year (or longer) have agreed to meet each other's families this holiday season. You're not sure what is expected of you, but you're eager to make a great impression.Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your first holiday gathering with your significant other....more
FeministaJones One of my reasons for being single is to avoid meeting the family of the woman ...more

Sometimes We Have to Talk About the Hard Things on Social Media

I've seen it a lot lately. Statements from Facebook friends and Twitter friends about how the world is too divisive and too many negative things are posted. So from now on, they are only going to post happy, uplifting, fun things. I get it. Oh boy, do I get it. There is a lot of heartbreak and sadness in this world. But sometimes, not all the times, but sometimes, don't we need to talk about that bad parts of this world? Don't we need to speak up about things that might seem unspeakable in order to affect change? ...more
BlogHer Thank you Think social media can reflect our real lives, a mix of awful things we need ...more

How to Stop Sucking at Being a Host or Guest: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving is here and for some reason, people choose this time of year to travel and visit... A lot. They bring their partners, kids, dogs, gluten-free/taste-free snacks and about 900 regurgitated political ideas they want to try out on family members they barely know.Image via Shutterstock...more

Giving Thanks for Spanxs

As most of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For those who did not know that, might I suggest a new calendar for Christmas this year? Every year around Thanksgiving I have a hard time deciding on a post. I am passenger #1 on the struggle bus here, folks. Do I post something sweet and meaningful that touches the hearts of the millions few that read this blog? Or do I come up with something short and somewhat slightly and/or entirely hilarious?  ...more
Cute post! Thanks for the giggle first thing this morning! Happy Thanksgiving!more

4 Disappointments I'm Thankful For

During this time of year, we’re always encouraged to take stock of the things we’re thankful for, and the positive blessings we have in our lives, like family, financial stability, children and jobs. But what about showing gratitude for the things in our lives that may be challenges, disappointments and let downs? How do we handle those? ...more
Totally agree.  Except on the 'arguments with spouse' point, sadly, ours are never productive IN ...more

5 Thanksgiving Foods Your Kids Will Talk About in Therapy

Ah, Thanksgiving... Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving. ...more
I was a somewhat picky eater as a kid. I'm far less picky now. - Karenmore

Let's Eliminate Violence Against Women #OrangetheWorld

Find out what leaders around the world are doing to take a stand for women....more

10-Minute Ab Burner with Alternating Planks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. You may be sitting in traffic right now, or standing in your kitchen, trying to pull together a holiday meal. While it may be the last thing on your mind, I promise that you'll feel good if you make time for a quick workout. Today's ab burner takes a quick 10 minutes, but boy you'll feel it when you're done! Pin it now so you can have it ready to go once you pop that bird in the oven. ...more

Make Holiday Shopping Merry and Easy With These 5 Apps

It's almost time to put the phone in elf mode and get ready for the holiday shopping season. Here are five apps for managing the holidays from the palm of your hand, starting on Friday. ...more

Thanksgiving Side-Dishes That Will Make Your Heart "Beet"!

Turn the "beet" around and add some healthy and unique beet side-dishes to accompany your favorite holiday entrees. ...more
I made the last one, Rosemary Roasted Beets & Carrots. I love beets but wanted to try something ...more

Women Must Have Equal Access to Technology

Technology is empowering women and girls around the world to improve their lives and their communities. Just ask the female vegetable seller in Tanzania who now uses a popular mobile service to store and transfer money using just her cell phone—protecting her business savings from theft and increasing her control over spending. The Internet and mobile phones can dramatically increase a woman’s access to information and opportunity through access to online education platforms, job opportunities, e-banking, mobile health applications and expanded social networks....more
"... shocking absence of women in STEM careers portrayed in American television and film.,, out ...more

6 Tips for a Successful DIY Photo Shoot

After the post about my DIY Family Portraits, I have had a few questions about planning a successful photo shoot. Remember that I’m definitely not a professional. Just a mamarazzi, here! Nevertheless, here are my top tips for preparing for your own do it yourself family photo session....more

5 Services That'll Keep the Men in Your Life Looking Effortlessly Dapper

Use these services and you'll have the sharpest-looking man in the neighborhood. ...more

Refugees Welcomed at My Thanksgiving Table

My family has been in America for a long time, but someone's newness or refugee status doesn't bother me....more
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Do You Really Need to Know Why They're Crying? (Spoiler: Nope.)

New parents have it rough sometimes. Babies cry -- a lot. I've often found myself thinking it'd be so much easier if my little one could just tell me why she's upset. Then I could fix the problem and everything would be wonderful, right? Wrong. ...more
Hey, thanks so much for sharing my post! Now, if anyone has any advice on how to deal when your ...more

12 Food Politics Terms All Food Bloggers Should Know

Every food blog post doesn't have to cover serious issues. But somewhere, amidst all the beautiful food photos against weathered wood backdrops and carefully written instructions guiding readers through a recipe, there needs to be room for and awareness of food politics when blogging about food. ...more
Genetic modification and selective breeding are not the same thing. Selective breeding ...more

5 Tips That Will Help You Reach Your Blogging Goals

Anyone who has read my blog regularly (thank you) knows that I am not exactly the most disciplined girl on the blogger block. But after years – seven, in fact – of doing things the hard way, I have finally given in and am using a blog planner. This has made such a huge difference that I've become quite obsessed with this whole planning concept. I've been reformed and all that jazz. ...more
Thanks for sharing! I definitely agree with all of your advice. I personally love handwriting my ...more

Carly Fiorina's Cancer Battle Makes Me Confident She Can Heal Washington

Dial back the clock to 2009, when I heard my doctor tell me that I had head and neck cancer. The diagnosis was brutal. "It's aggressive, and without surgery you have less than a year. Surgery may save your life, but it will significantly and permanently impact your ability to speak, swallow and eat."...more
As a three time cancer survivor I can honestly write not a snowball's chance in hell. Having ...more

5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
Laura Kosloff Thanks for chiming in! I'm glad it makes sense.more

Quick & Easy Turkey Gravy

This Easy Turkey Gravy is rich and delicious but simple enough for even the novice cook. ...more

What Kinds of Therapies Actually Help Autistic Kids?

At two-and-a-half, my autistic son spoke more often than several other kids in his regional center-funded speech and language class. Two years later, several of those kids talked non-stop, whereas my son continued to speak only occasionally, and mostly kept his own counsel. We parents of those kids constantly compared notes, as parents of autistic kids often do, about the differences in our kids' speaking abilities. Which different therapies and interventions were our kids receiving? How did they make a difference, and why? ...more
SR states: "There’s no one answer, because of our inability to predict how autistic kids ...more

Top 5 Shocking Moments in the 'How to Get Away With Murder' Winter Finale

Last week, the addictive TV thriller How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) blew fans away with its midseason winter finale. The ABC show, which is a part of the “Thank God It’s Thursday (TGIT)” Shondaland roundup with Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, spent every episode flashing back to the events leading to lawyer Annalise Keating (portrayed by Emmy Award winner Viola Davis) bleeding from a gunshot wound on her current clients’ living room floor. While the revelation of the shooter was shocking, it was not the only OMG moment of the night. ...more

I'm a Single Woman in My Thirties - Am I A Cliche?

I've been angry, recently. And sad. Yes... I'm sad.  Because I'm lonely. I'm thirty-four and single. And I'm not quite sure how I got here....more
I'm 38 and I am still single, and yes, I went through the same experience. The first thing I did ...more

Getting a bit more fit...

Thanks to my FitBit, I not only feel tired, but I also have proof that I had a terrible night's sleep last night....more

The Frost Is All Over

I don't know about you but after all the 'excitement' of Black Friday I'm exhausted. And I haven't been anywhere! As it's Sunday I feel in a relaxed mood and so I thought I'd share with you a beautiful new song which will ease you into your Sunday....more

How to Wear Sparkly Leggings on a Winter Day & More Sale Picks

Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving Weekends have been lovely so far. We’ve spent our Thanksgiving and most of the weekend with friends at Sunriver, a mountain town in Oregon. It was a complete winter wonderland; and I’ll share with you today an outfit I wore during dinner ....more

Scraping Away at Ghiberti’s North Doors

Last week I had the rare opportunity to dedicate myself for two days to a feature story in Florence, the restoration of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s North Doors on the Florence baptistery and the making of a replica. After becoming discouraged about … Continue reading → The post Scraping Away at Ghiberti’s North Doors appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}

MONDAY Brown Sugar Ham Rolls TUESDAY Slow Cooker Jambalaya WEDNESDAY Taco Breakfast Casserole THURSDAY Pizza Stuffed Shells Gorgonzola Garlic Bread FRIDAY Skillet Chili and Rice {One Pot} Bacon Cornbread SATURDAY Cheesy Honey Mustard Chicken Caesar Green Beans Homemade Chicken Rice-A-Roni SUNDAY Brunswick Stew The Best Homemade Cheesecake Follow Plain Chicken's board Weekly Menu on Pinterest. CONNECT WITH PLAIN CHICKEN ...more

Thrift Shop Shakedown (99¢ makeover and a new video series!)

Hey y’all, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. I had a great...more

Silver Pennies Sundays Link Party (146)

Are you guys having a brilliant weekend? ...more

Some Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales You Might Have Missed

This is a quick post to tell you about a few Thanksgiving weekend sales that I'm not sure if you've heard about or not. You've GOT to visit...more

12 Holiday Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving is officially over, the holiday bird has been smoked, enjoyed and made into delicious sandwiches. Now we can all start decking our halls without fear of judgement! I have loved looking at all the inspiration for holiday decor ideas on Pinterest and in our own block party ....more


Every year since my diagnosis, as I'm planning our holiday activities I have found myself thinking Next year I'll feel better and this will be easier. It's a strategy that gets me through those nasty post holiday crash times.But this year, I have given up on that sentiment. I'm limping around because of killer knee and leg pain and am still struggling to regain my energy levels from a few months ago; which is certainly not better than last year ....more