10 Things You Can Learn ABout Me From My Instagram Feed

I love Instagram. I love how I can use the different filters to make me look like less of a hag in closeups. I love how I can play with the settings and turn a "just so-so" snap into something that looks like something taken by someone who actually ...more

Best Practices for a One-Night Stand

If you'd never have a one-night stand or think there is something morally corrupt about having sex with someone and never speaking to them again, this might not be the post for you.If you've had one-night stands before, or if you're considering ...more

When My Only Child Got Herself a 'French Mom'

Inching up the Air France security line, my daughter Amy blew me a kiss. A junior in college, boarding her first transatlantic flight alone, she was off to study at the Sorbonne. We both held back tears. She was apprehensive that the homesickness ...more

What's Your Defining Moment?

What do all these experts have in common? We all begin at that defining moment when we realize a passion and start to pursue it. Today, we're starting a conversation about our defining moments. They can be huge (as you'll hear in some incredible, ...more

Before You Can Find Love, You Need to Find Self-Respect

All my problems with love all led back to one person: me.  ...more

My Life Needed A Shake Up So I Hopped On a Harley with a Stranger

Ever since I watched "The Lizzie Maguire Movie" with my daughters more than a decade ago, I dreamed of riding a Vespa. Like Lizzie, I longed to zoom on the back of a fast bike, long hair flowing, with my very own Paolo. A few years ago, I got something even better—a whirlwind spin on the king of bikes, a shiny black Harley, with a strapping middle-aged man from Alabama at the helm. ...more

Mom of Teen With Down Syndrome Cautiously Celebrates DS Model Madeline Stuart

"I don't want Down syndrome," my 12-year-old daughter, D'Andra, told me one hot summer day. "I want it to go away, Mom," she said. I shook my head and told her that I couldn't tell an extra monochrome to disappear....more
@YesDearBlog BlogHer Thank you!more

11 Ways Men and Women See Money Differently

Growing up, were you told that men know more about money than women? According to one financial guru, men and women see money totally differently because of how they were raised. And, these opposing perspectives are the root of many money fights in relationships. For instance, women see money in terms of relationships, and men use money to keep score. Women are less likely to advocate for themselves if they're in financial difficulties. ...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, a year that bore witness to the brutal arrest of Martese Johnson, the announcement of tuition hikes th...more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
What bare faced cheek.  I can never get my head around people who think it's OK to dole out ...more

To All My Single Ladies: A Letter From a Young Mom to Her Single Friends

Dear friend, I know we haven't talked in forever—like 8 months. I know I forgot to send a birthday card. I know you see my blog posts and wonder how I have time to blog when I keep failing to call you for a phone date. I know it seems like I don't have time for you anymore and that I don't care about our friendship. ...more
aweee.....so cute... "I need you because your friendship reminds me that I am an individual. I ...more

The Lord Looks at the Heart: When My Son Became My Daughter

I am the mom of the little girl called A.J., who was recently profiled in the Kansas City Star. As surprised as I was to find my family in the paper, I am also incredibly proud. ...more
I applaud you !  Good for you. You listened to your daughter and let her be her.more

How a Diaper Bag Insert Turned into a Crowdfunding Site for Moms

About a month after having my son, Teddy, I had my first moment of (new) mom inspiration. Somehow in my sleep-depraved, poorly showered, deer-in-headlights state, I came up with a damn good idea....more
Elisa Camahort Thanks so much, Elisa! I hope this will inspire other moms to move forward with ...more

Triple Glowing Milk

Remember flavored milks? Those cardboard boxes of strawberry, banana, or chocolate milk, available at any corner store. I loved them, but these days, I am more interested in the healthier choices. ...more
These look and amazing. I'm inspired by your knowledge and creativity, Shanna, and the number of ...more

6 Inevitable Truths You'll Learn About Blogging

I've been blogging for over five years now. What started as a way to just write and share my thoughts has turned into so much more. Almost two years ago, I decided to focus on my blogging in a new, more serious way. When I started blogging, I had no idea that people blogged in the hopes of gaining a larger audience or as a way to showcase their writing. I was a bit naïve. Now I know there is a world of great writers expressing themselves through blogs. ...more
WOW...simple but on the fact, informative article indeed..nonetheless blogger also can be ...more

My Daughter Wants a Puppy. I Hate Dogs.

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My 11-year-old daughter wants to get a puppy. She really wants to get a puppy. ...more
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Guys, Can You Please Stop Kissing My Mastectomy Scars?

By Dori Hartley for YourTango.com I started to see a pattern in the men I dated and, ironically, their affection made me feel unloved. I don't know how it happened or where it started, but we've become this race of weirdoes who can't tell if we want to condemn a person because of their looks or worship them for the very same reasons....more

Let's Stop Using 'Just' to Justify Ourselves

Sometime last fall as the leaves were turning brown and the chill was starting to set in, I noticed a trend in many of my conversations. The word “just” came up more often than is likely to be natural. ...more
I'm working really hard to get just out of my emails.more

What I Learned From Dirt

I am practicing patience this week. Today a sunny, early spring day (we are off to a slow start in the notheast!), I headed straight to my garden. ...more

VIDEO: Disturbing Ads Blast Chile’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

In Chile, an abortion of any kind or for any reason can mean a prison sentence of up to five years.And a new ad campaign is offering gruesome advice to women seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy in Chile: the “accidental” abortion....more

What on Earth Is a Birth Plan?

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 cesarean was only used if a vaginal delivery was not available....more
We are taking classes, but I'm not going Duggar it with a 70 hour delivery.more

6 Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

I've heard it all before: stay-at-home moms with endless excuses, reasonings, logic and lies that we tell ourselves (and other people) of how and why we are the exceptions to many social norms. "I'm too busy as a SAHM to be able to do that during the day." "People should understand because I'm a SAHM." "Well, that's easy for her to do because she's not a SAHM." Ladies, it's all bull. It really is. ...more
Thanks for the article that really got people talking! Seems like people (ie moms) should just ...more

13 Things You Should Know About Trail Running

Since I've been training for my first trail half marathon, I thought it would be fitting to share with you a few things I've learned throughout the training process. While it's been a long and challenging three months of preparation to reach this little goal of mine, I just logged my very last long distance run before the big day – 12 trail miles to be exact. So that puts me just 1.1 miles shy of what the race will bring me. I may actually be able to pull this off. ...more
Once I found trails I never went back. (Well that's not true, I do some of my training on the ...more

How to Still Love Blogging After the Honeymoon Ends

When you first start blogging, you feel like you have so many ideas and so many things to say. You promise yourself you will blog every day and respond to every comment. Blogging will be the best thing ever. And for the first couple months it is. Your blog posts brim with excitement, and you look forward to having the chance to put your thoughts down on paper (meaning, on your computer). Fast forward a few months. ...more
Thanks - what is your favorite thing about blogging?more

How Far Would You Travel for Love?

People say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but how far is too far when it comes to a long distance relationship? ...more
My now Hubby and I had a long distance relationship for 2 years. I lived in Colorado I WAS HAPPY ...more

Summery Quinoa Salad with Blackened Chicken and Yogurt-Mango Dressing

A must-try recipe! I serve this delicious quinoa salad with blackened chicken and a Greek yogurt-mango sauce. It's perfect for summertime dining, in the house or on the deck. Healthy, clean and filling! QUINOA SALAD WITH BLACKENED CHICKEN Author: The Acci-"Dental" Chef Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 50 mins Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: ...more

Me, My Mom and Breast Cancer

No matter how many mother/daughter corduroy jumpers my mother makes for herself and me, or how many times we bake Christmas cookies, or fry homemade doughnuts together, we are never destined to have the same body type or body image. ...more

Mombod, Dadbod, Everyone's Bod is Awesome

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the recent “dadbod” phenomenon taking over social media. If you haven’t, essentially it’s a bunch of dudes who have a certain type of physique being celebrated and called attractive for that physique. Which is awesome – I’m all for body positivity of every sort....more

Who Will Tell the Stories of Children in Foster Care?

Being a mom blogger, I read countless stories about the antics of toddlers and the pain of watching babies grow into rambunctious tweens. I’ve written my fair share of 10 Things I Want My Child to Know articles and how being a mother has changed me. However, as a social worker who previously worked with foster children, I can’t help but wonder: Who tells the story of a foster child? ...more
cmillerrindy Well said! Thanks.more

Should I Thank My Cousin For Making My Crappy Wedding Veil?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just got married less than a month ago and everything is spectacular on that front. However, I have a little “Thank You Card” etiquette question. My cousin made my veil; a birdcage, which is important to note. She is a design school graduate and a professional haberdasher, so I trusted her. I wasn't just having her do a family favor. She also offered to make hair dealios for my bridesmaids (clips, pins, headbands and such)....more
SicilianQueen84 As the wife of a former videographer, I can tell you that in the early-ish days ...more

Why I Don't Always Put My Husband Before My Kids

A few days ago a young, newly married, Facebook friend of mine posted an article entitled Why My Husband Will Always Come Before My Kids by Amber Doty. In this article, Doty discusses her policy of always prioritizing the needs of her husband over those of her children....more
Great points and so well written.more

Tiffany McCauley Award-Winning Cookbook, Clean Eating Freezer Meals

Tiffany McCauley, blogger at The Gracious Pantry, won a bronze medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for her cookbook, Clean Eating Freezer Meals. ...more

This Shakshouka Recipe Transforms Poached Eggs Into a "Wow Factor" Meal

Have you heard of Shakshouka? It's is a famous egg dish with many variations, and versions of this are popular in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, and Israel. Shakshouka is one of those traditional foods where every household has their own preferences about the seasonings used to flavor the spicy tomato sauce used to cook the eggs, but I think this version of Shakshouka (or Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce on Toast) from White on Rice Couple looks like a perfect way of making this classic meal. ...more
I have a recipe for Mediterranean Style Shakshuka on my blog, so that's what I'll be sharing: ...more

An Open Letter to 'Grimm:' Victims Don't Fall In Love with Their Rapists

I watch very few TV shows. One of the few is Grimm. Yes, it has some uneven plotting but I don’t care; I dig it like a backhoe. Even when I roll my eyes at some of the stupid decisions made by characters to force a story-arc, I keep watching because I love the relationship between Rosalee and Monroe. I love that Sargent Wu is a short, Filipino badass. I love that Hank is the practical one and holds his own despite being without any supernatural skills. I love Truble despite the wretched moniker the writers came up with. ...more

Not a Good Enough Mother

 Its been a while since I have written anything about my Mom.It's not that I don't think about her anymore, in fact it is quite the opposite.She is on my mind every day. Her memories still dominate my life. Her absence, still a pain.  Yes, nothing has changed. ...more

Paneer Bhurji – Scrambled Indian cottage cheese side with onion, tomato and exotic spices

So here it comes. The Friday afternoon. With all its charm and glory, luring me into going to home and cook something comforting, indulgent and yet fuss free ....more

National Heat Awareness Day

Three weeks ago I shared a trick we’re implementing this summer as a safeguard against vehicular heat stroke. ...more

Creative Ways To Drink More Water

We all know that water is essential for our bodies to function properly and that we should be drinking it daily. ...more

Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Thick, chocolatey fudge brownies, topped with a rich chocolate cream cheese frosting and sprinkles! The perfect brownies to satisfy those chocolate cravings! Yay!! ...more

Dr Pepper Cupcakes

Fluffy and moist, these dr pepper cupcakes are my absolute favorite. The brown butter frosting takes them to a whole new level! I have seen numerous recipes for soda cakes/coke cakes in every corner of the Internet ....more

Friday Favorite: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Years ago, there was a big difference between drugstore beauty products and that of department and specialty stores. Consistency, longevity, ingredient list… you got what you paid for. No more, when many drugstore brands have better ingredients, better manufacturing practices, and make their products often in the same factories as their more expensive sisters ....more

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookie Dough Pretzel Dip

Hi friends! Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of my readers in the...more

10 Best Beach Inspired Projects

Woo hoo! It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means…the unofficial start of summer! Here, all of the grands are now out of school and the long, sunny days have finally started ....more