#BlogHerFood15 Saturday Keynoters Talk About Thriving Through Change

Achieving long-term bloggy happiness means adapting and thriving through change. Get pro tips from these five food blogging superstars at #BlogHerFood15. ...more

Join Sarah Michelle Gellar in Our #BlogHerFood15 Instagram Challenge!

BlogHer Food is coming up on November 6 and 7 in Chicago.  ...more

Why You Should Be a SheKnows Expert

What does it mean to be a SheKnows Expert? It's a question I've heard almost every single day as people learn about our growing community, where people share their passions and find new connections through the SheKnows audience.  ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Single Mother, Yes. Victim? Never

My daughter is nearly a year old, and how the time goes by, a river that doesn't stop flowing. I wish I could capture some little drop of the water to keep forever, but that's not how it works. And there are some polluted parts of the river that I wish could be washed clean with the rest, but they come back and haunt me from time to time. ...more

5 Ways to Do Maternity Leave Right

You have a new baby and your parental leave has begun! All those blissful weeks ahead of bonding and relaxing. My well-timed July baby meant lazy afternoons lounging by Coleman Pool and al fresco lunches with my unemployed friends. Maybe I’d finally get around to painting the downstairs bathroom. Maybe I’d take up sewing. Maybe I’d make jam or learn how to infuse vodka with the fruits of our four plum trees. Maybe I would seek help for -- what’s the medical term? Oh, right, my severe state of delusion. ...more

Family Forgoes Capturing Amazing Moments Because They Can't Figure Out GoPro

We sold everything we owned, bought a sailboat and set sail out on adventure as a family of four. Of all the items we sailed off with on our 45-foot sailboat, the new GoPro Hero 4 was sure to capture countless amazing memories to be cherished forever. Maybe even in the next lifetime. ...more

How to Create Quality Videos Using Only Your SmartPhone

Beautifully shot videos with a GoPro or DSLR are all the rage these days. But what if you only have your SmartPhone on hand and still want a beautifully shot keepsake video? Not to worry! ...more

Love at First Look? I Don't Think So

I don't believe you can spot someone across a crowded room and, based on looks alone, recognize him or her as your future partner. Maybe in the "good old days"—or in any number of rom-coms—but not anymore. People seem to have become awfully complicated. Nancynance via Flickr...more

I'm So Honored to Count Labor Legend Dolores Huerta as My Mentor

To write about one of the most prominent women in American history is no small task. No matter how many statistics, historical dates or cool tidbits one manages to list, the probability of coming up short can be extremely high. That thought keeps flashing through my head as I sit down to write about Dolores Huerta. ...more

5 Reasons Single Moms Shouldn't Date Dudes Without Kids 

There are valid reasons why dating a Dude Without Kids (DWK) is the most awesome thing ever. But before you start shacking up with a DWK of your own, you might want to check out these words of wisdom. ...more

Which Wedding Mementos Should you Keep?

Our wedding was one of the best days of my life (DUH!) but we don’t have a lot of space so I had to be choosy about what mementos I kept and the things I threw out. I wasn’t sure if I would give away my dress because I was so afraid that I wouldn’t have any mementos, but when I realized after the wedding ALL of the wonderful things I have as mementos it was such an easy decision to donate my wedding dress.Here are the 5 things I decided to keep:...more

Why You Need to Ditch the Idea of a "Goal Weight"

It's normal to have a perceived number that we all think that we should be. It's what we want to see when we step on the scale. Typically those thoughts will come from a number that is calculated telling us that in order to be "healthy" there is a specific weight that determines that. Take your BMI (Body Mass Index), for instance, which is simply a calculation of your height and weight which tells you if you're in the "healthy" range. For the majority of my disordered eating days I was considered "healthy" therefore there wasn't a push for me to make any changes. Half of me was relieved that could continue living the controlled life I was, but the other half was crying for help. ...more

Can You Really Learn Anything by Applying Magic Sauce to Facebook?

This week on Facebook, I got an eyeful of perfection. Smiling kids in new clothes, backpacks firmly on both shoulders, moments before they marched into a new school year. If I only went by Facebook, I would have thought that everyone else's child was having a smooth and happy transition into a new year. But the face-to-face conversations told a different story. I didn't encounter one person who said anything positive about their back-to-school experience. Friend drama, overtired tantrums, annoying classroom placements: the conversations told a very different story from the pretty Facebook world. I don't know which one is closer to the truth. ...more

Every Adoptive Parent's Worst Nightmare

In August, Rose O'Donnell's daughter went missing. She was found and returned; drugs are rumored to have been involved. And then on her 18th birthday, Chelsea O'Donnell left Florida with her birth mother. O'Donnell is said to have cut her daughter off financially and is holding her daughter's birth certificate and social security card. The adoption world is in an uproar. An adoptee! Returned! To her birth mother! Whoa. ...more

Jazz Up Your Living Room With a DIY Yardstick Side Table

I was looking for a way to jazz up (or rather tone down) the orange wood in two mismatched side tables we've been storing in the attic. I wanted to do more than just paint the side tables to match -- something that would add a bit of character. ...more

Dear Friend: I'm Sorry I Unfollowed You on Facebook

I'm going to take off all my clothes and stand in the white light of the sun for a minute: Once, I unfollowed someone on Facebook. Someone I actually know in real life and really like, and am friends with. ...more

5 Things Your Kids Want You to Remember After School 

School has started for some. Activities and homework will be back in gear, though sometimes I wonder if activities ever cease to slow. Before you go scheduling your Kindergarten or 6th-grader in multiple activities, keep in mind a few things from their perspective: ...more

Dear Mr. President, Will You Speak Up For Fallen Police?

Dear Mr. President,I want to start of by saying that I highly respect your position and that I can understand that you have quite a ton on your plate – homeland security, our economy, attempting peace relations with other countries, the works. I get it....more

I'm Not Special, I'm Ordinary

My grandmother was picking me up from elementary school once, and when I got to the car, she told me, "I watched you come down the hill with all the other kids, and it was like you had a special light—shining just for you." I'm an only child, and on one side of the family, an only grandchild and niece. I not only had a special light, I had a special sun. I believed I was the center of the universe. ...more

Super Sweet Throwback: Watching the Early Episodes of 'The Carol Burnett Show'

Carol Burnett is my all-time favorite television artist. That's saying a lot, because I also love Lucy to bits, and bow down to Tina, Amy, Oprah, Diane Sawyer and Mariska Hargitay as TV gods who mean a great deal to me. But no one compares to the legendary Carol, who is important in every way, and her impact on television, comedy and women's empowerment in the entertainment industry is undeniable. Image: © Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com ...more

3 Helpful Habits That Teachers and Bloggers Can Share

My time as a teacher has made me a better blogger, but it has nothing to do with subject matter and everything to do with organizational skills. Here are three tips that help me as a teacher that also apply to being a blogger. ...more

Redecorate! How To Design a Room Using a Color Palette

One of the first steps in designing a room is choosing a color scheme. The internet is full of color palettes with real paint colors ready for anyone to use, but once you choose a palette, what is next? ...more

The Truth About Waist Training

In addition to the sudden celebrity fascination with overly lined lips and bold brows, waist-training has become the latest body-modification fad. ...more

Is Keeping Your "Cookie" in the Jar Unrealistic?

I am on strike and it’s nothing new. When I am single I usually do not partake in casual sex. Honestly it’s a bunch of effort creating a false sense of intimacy with a guy, so we can have real sex.  Creating false trust with a man is like watching sand fall through an hourglass, it’s just a matter of time before something shady goes down....more

9 Kids' Board Books That Won't Feel Like Bored Books to Parents

Before I had Ella, I didn't I realize how many weird children's books are out there. I had images of us happily reading for hours, tickled pink by the wide array of stimulating prose and lovely illustrations we would encounter (okay, that's a little much). I was mostly thinking about the classics, like Goodnight Moon, or The Runaway Bunny. While we have had a lot of fun reading together, I've realized that a lot of kids' books are just plain boring or annoying! And, of course, those are often the ones they decide to become obsessed with, right? ...more

In Pursuit of the Perfect Vegan Backpack

“Maybe you’re trying too hard.”...more

Some Men Believe Their Kids Deserve More Than the Kids Of Working Moms

I worked for a man who talked a lot about how hard he had to work to make enough to keep his wife home with their daughters and how important that was to him. I took the job because it offered early morning hours (from 4 am – 12 pm) that allowed with me to be with my kids the majority of the day. After working for the man for more than six months, I put in a written request to leave early three days a year, so I could continue to be a room mother in my kids’ classrooms and volunteer at the Halloween, Holiday and Spring party each year. I was dismissed the next day without explanation....more

How to Survive Living With a Roommate for the First Time

For most of us, going off to college and living in a dorm room is the first time we have a roommate (at least one that isn’t a sibling). It’s a huge adjustment! It was an even bigger adjustment for me because I don’t have a sister, so I wasn’t used to living with another girl (besides my mom). All in all, I loved living in a dorm. I loved bonding with a roommate and having another freshman there who was also brand-new to college and nervous. I loved it even more my sophomore year when I chose my roommate and became really good friends....more

How Do I Get My Kid To Sleep in His Own Bed?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, Our son is almost 4 and still sleeps in bed with us; right there between my husband and me. It’s awful. No one's getting any good sleep, and sex is basically out of the question. How can we gently take back our bed? Signed, From the Edge of the Bed ...more

I Cut My Mother Out of My Life to Protect My Child 

I've reached a crossroads in my life, and have chosen a difficult, but necessary path. After a lifetime of emotional manipulation and abuse, I've decided to completely cut my mother out of my life. ...more

What They Don't Tell You About Menopause

The low point of the day was The Photo. For some reason, my friend wanted to take our picture in front of the sand sculpture, something that we have never done before, and then post it on Facebook for the entire world to see. I avoid having my picture taken, especially since going through menopause. ...more

Is My Blog My Midlife Crisis?

I heard some information on the radio a while back that said you are most likely to encounter a midlife crisis around the age of 42. It will last roughly 5-6 years, during which time your tastes in music will get significantly younger. Once those 5-6 years are over, they will change back. This information worries me. Not just because 42 is getting uncomfortably close, but because I've always liked music that 12-year-olds like. How will I know if I'm having a midlife crisis? Am I having one right now? What are the other signs? ...more

Kim Davis and the Rule of Law

I am flabbergasted when I hear Conservatives say that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis deserves to be in prison for not upholding the law. Christians are not bound by evil or unjust laws. Should Christians respect abortion, which is protected by the law? ...more

Checking in from Italy!

Buongiorno,That's, "good morning" in Italian! As you may already know, today we're checking from the start of a 2 week vacation in Italy. We're staying in the Umbria region in a remote stone farm house that sits atop an olive grove overlooking the small historic town of Assisi ....more

In the world of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I still really love this Etsy tote I bought.. Believe it or not, I think sugar dating is perfectly fine as long as both parties […] ...more

Parmesan cheese: like or dislike?

Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, and favorite cooking gear. The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell. Am I a parm snob? ...more

Spinach and Havarti Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are so meaty and if prepared correctly, they can be just as satisfying as steak (almost ;)). One of my readers, Greg, wrote in telling me he had used the marinade from my grilled mushroom skewers...more

Current Treasures

Original photo via wyhman on unsplash Currently loving. blogging. It has been so long since I’ve actually been in the game and I’m so happy to get back into it ....more

The Things They Carried

This book reminded me of how necessary it is to go out of your comfort zone sometimes. This book reminded me that, no, I don’t normal read “war books,” but sometimes you need to take a risk and read something that is not your normal genre. This book reminded me that while it may not seem like I could relate to a Vietnam war vet, I would be wrong ....more

Modern P&W vs Traditional Worship

From Fr. Christopher Smith: P&W essentially views active participation as everyone doing, singing and feeling a certain way about God when at Mass....more

You can’t always get what you want. And that’s not a bad thing.

Life is quite funny.By God’s grace, D recently found a new career opportunity in NY. What this means is that after six years of what was supposed to be a year of living in New Jersey, I’m heading back to Brooklyn and taking this Jersey Boy with me. His friends think I’m elated. I’m happy, but it is bittersweet....more

Five on Friday

I know, not a very strong come back on the blogging, haha. I will be aiming to post more than once a week!...more