I Have to Go Looking for the Fury: It's Not Outside My Window

Thursday at 7 p.m., thousands of Americans gathered together at vigils in memory of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the other people who have lost their lives in incidents of police brutality.  ...more

What Makes a Blog Appealing

You offer me something. It can be anything: knowledge, a feeling, a thought, a perspective, an inspiration, a connection. The ones that pull me in are the ones who share a piece of their world or knowledge with me in a genuine way. They always keep ...more

5 Tips to Start Yoga at Home

Yoga can be intimidating. I know; I was completely intimidated by it at first. I started yoga because I saw beautiful poses on Instagram and wanted to try them. When I did try them, they turned out to be harder than they looked. So, I started ...more

Rustic Tomato Zucchini Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Don't worry if your pie-making skills are not that advanced; this recipe has fantastic instructions for making pie crust in the food processor.  ...more

Class & Race Are Different: The Day I Got Schooled

I used to be what I would consider "white privilege neutral." I believed it existed, but I unknowingly had the wrong definition in my head. I thought that white privilege was class exclusive, and that it was really only financially pertinent.  ...more

5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know About Back to School

It’s back to school time. Right now the excitement and energy are high, routines are new, and (most) kids and parents are happy. And then Meet the Teacher Night rolls around, and we get our first impressions of the person who will spend their days with our precious babies. He/She will talk about homework, grading, communications, snack policies, schedules, and hopefully about what the goals are for the year. And if you are really lucky, you will acquire insight into what type of vibe the teacher will have in the classroom for that year. ...more

The One 70s Album You Should Share with Your Daughter

Quick:  What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Marlo Thomas?  For me, it’s That Girl and Free to Be You and Me.  Apparently, not everyone remembers her the way I do though: Me:  I used to love That Girl. Marge:  What girl? Me: Marlo Thomas. ...more
I had the opportunity to hear Marlo Thomas speak at a Book and Author Dinner a couple of years ...more

The 7 Minute Sculpt: 7 Exercises You Can Do at Home

Whether you are looking for a quick workout on a busy day or to add to something you are already doing, such as running or power walking, these 7 moves/stretches can be done in your home or anywhere. The only equipment you need is a yoga or exercise mat. I recommend doing three sets of Moves 1 - 6. Do each one as described and then repeat two more times, followed by Move 7. ...more

Take This Super-Easy 5 Word Blog Branding Test

You can't fly solo for this little challenge! You'll need a partner or a friend to help. If it's another blogger, you can run the test on each other's blogs. If it's a friend, be sure to say thank you, even if he or she looks puzzled. Just tell them to go with it. While this test may only take ten minutes, it can pave the way to you making adjustments on your blog so your brand rings truer to your five characteristics....more
I love your 10 minute touch ups and am so glad to see you on BlogHer!  Helpful as usual!more

It's (Not) a Scandal: Watch Demetria Lucas Interview Kerry Washington

Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, took to the main stage at BlogHer '14 and interviewed Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress, activist, and mom. These two women brought down the house. Their stellar personalities played so well off one another on stage, asking and answering the questions fans wanted to know....more

Street Harassment: It's Not Flattering

Street harassment is a serious problem women face everyday. And some new TV commercials might make you think differently about it. ...more
CaramelRell *sits my son down for a talk* -Momomore

3 Simple Tips for Better Pet Photography

For many of us, pets become much more than just pets. They are companions, exercise partners, therapists, fur babies, etc. There are those who just want to share pictures of their pets with their friends and family. For others, photographing their pets becomes a valuable source of income. Here are three simple tips to help you improve your pet photography. ...more

A Guide to Road Tripping the American Southwest

The southwestern portion of the United States is home to some of the most breathtaking sights and locations in the world. With major attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas drawing millions of visitors a year, these states can be quite a “hot” spot. To really capture the beauty and vastness of the region, traveling by car to make sure to hit all of the great sights is a must. Here are a few tips on hitting the open road in the great American Southwest....more
Sodona is beautiful, but if there was only one must see per state, I'd have to go with the Grand ...more

Help Your Child Understand Ferguson (And Other Tragedies)

I was six years old when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on a house in a residential neighborhood in the city. The house was inhabited by members of the group MOVE, a Black liberation organization founded by John Africa. There had been a lot of conflict between MOVE, the community, and the police for a few years. In May of 1985, the conflict escalated, and ended with a bombing and fire that killed 11 people (including children), and destroyed an entire neighborhood. I remember that night vividly. ...more
My children are a little older now so we've talked through several tragedies over the years. ...more

When I Realized My Kids Are Good Kids

Seated at the fancy Grand Hotel, in Mackinac Island, MI, I started to sweat. A slight panic attack lurked in the back of my mind as I glanced down at the fine china on the table, the massive assortment of silverware stacked around the place setting, and our two young kids eyeballing them with wonder and mischief. We were on vacation and, on a whim, decided to bike over to the swankiest resort on the island and fork out a small fortune to stuff our bellies full with the lunch buffet. It was a gorgeous hotel, full of history and old-school luxury and expensive decor. ...more
YES!!  Thank you for this!  There have been so many blogs and tweets from snarky bloggers about ...more

11 Ways to Organize Your Playroom for Moms Who Hate Toys, Playing, and Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your computer screen technically printable? Anyway…...more
I love your labeling technique! We used to have lots of trains with creepy faces on them but my ...more

Watching TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? and Researching My Own History

Lately I've been watching a show on TLC called "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Largely sponsored by Ancestry.com, it follows various celebrities around as they trace bits of their family history.  Given my own history (and frequent lack thereof), I find this show fascinating.  Image: TLC ...more
That's really impressive; very few people can trace that far back.  Good luck with uncovering ...more

Yum! Almond Coconut Bars by Jenica Parcell

Jenica Parcell, blogger at A Slice of Style, demonstrated her Almond Coconut Bar recipe live on Good Things Utah's kitchen segment. ...more

Six Months Later – The Romance Checkpoint

This post is for the romantics - for those that actively pursue those passionate and romantic moments in a relationship.It has been six months since “V” Day and time to prompt all you lovers to check the romance gauge in your relationship. Here is a checklist to get you started. Image: Rennett Stowe via FlickrIn the past six months:...more

Explaining Police Violence and Racism to Young Kids

As a black mother, I always knew I'd eventually have to talk to my son about race. I just didn't think it would be in the first grade....more
P.S. Candice, thank you so much for this post.more

8 Tips for Drawing Up a Will

It's not something we like to think about, parents or otherwise, but it is a serious and imperative document to establish once you have kids. The #1 reason people put off making a will is the cost associated with it. I'm happy to tell you that you can make a legal and binding will without forking out the cash to hire a lawyer*. ...more
As a parent AND an estate planning attorney, I think it's really terrible advice (especially to ...more

Make Gorgeous, Easy Graphics for Your Blog with Canva

People, please sit down, because I need to tell you about something awesome. People of the web, meet CANVA. Canva, meet the people of the web. Canva is an online tool where you can make beautiful web graphics -- without fancy graphic design software. Canva is fantastic. All bloggers should finish reading this post and then scurry on over to Canva and begin creating your first blog post graphic. But really it isn't just for bloggers.  It is for anyone who uses any form of social media. ...more
Canva is also amazing for presentationsmore

Create an Everyday Board to Promote Learning at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in order to help both of us out and turn her curious mind into actual factual learning, we made together an "Everyday Board." There are two important aspects of the everyday she needs and wants to know: Weather and Time. I broke them down on the board in 5 different ways. ...more
Boomer Grandparent Absolutely! Thanks!more

"Lesbian Bed Death": Fact or Fiction?

I first heard the term "Lesbian Bed Death" aka LBD when I was 18. Women would mention it and say that is was real, and it happened to women after they had been in monogamous relationships for many years.  I was never worried because I was quite young and was not in a monogamous relationship, so I didn't even give it a thought....more
Terri Lively I hear you girl!!!  My doctor's advice to me as I entered this part of my life ...more

Seasonal Eating: 6 Ideas for Summer Tomatoes

Have you grown tomatoes this year? I have never had such an abundant season of these luscious ruby and sunshine hued fruits. I always plant a variety of large, medium and cherry tomatoes, but this year some tomato seeds survived the winter in my soil and those grew, too. I am flush with tomatoes right now, and needed some ideas for using them up. ...more
So many reasons to love summer, but Gazpacho is one of my favorites. ...more

Who Is Smarter in Your Marriage?

My husband and I have different educational backgrounds. I really enjoyed all my years of school, made excellent grades and went off to complete college in less than four years. My husband's experience was different , as he doesn't have many fond memories of classes....more
I want to add that years of schooling don't necessarily mean smarter. Sometimes you can have ...more

Help! I'm Too Tired for Sex!

This week’s column is one giant sad trombone coming out of my pants. Sorry for the TMI but I used to be a total sex person (didn't we all?) and now I'm a born-again virgin (not really, but … you know). Someone asked that I address post-baby sex, and to be honest, I don't really want to because what is there to say? Image: ginnerobot Gross? Ew? No thanks? ...more
At 55 yrs and after raising 5 sons (one more at home still), we have more sex and more variety ...more

Talking with Hummingbirds: 10 Years Without My Mom

My eyes fluttered open at four o’clock in the morning and I found myself waking to the awareness of the brevity of life, my mortality, and the mystery of it all. A slightly uncomfortable feeling washed over me, a sadness. It was then that I remembered that it was the ten year anniversary of my mother’s death, and that realization was breathtaking for me. ...more
Be comforted in the truth that those we loved and loved us are always with us. I experienced the ...more

5 Clean-Eating Breakfast Ideas That You Will Love

Do you hate eating breakfast? Then don’t come over to my house. This meal will often have me making 12 servings of oatmeal, two or three dozen eggs, three loaves of whole-grain bread, a one-kilo tub of yogurt, or 24 whole-grain waffles, plus six to 12 cups of fruit … just for my 3 boys. If you think I’m joking—just ask PJ. ...more
Thank you for the recipes. I made the over-night oatmeal. Since my husband doesn't like melons, ...more

I Will Never Forget My First Love

I like to think that no matter what happens in our lives and how much time eventually passes, the one thing we'd never forget would be our first love. These past balmy nights, the ones that come with a soft wind blowing through my hair, take me back to my summer before college. I knew then I'd be leaving home at the end of August, and my high school boyfriend could also feel a change in the air. ...more
Thank you, BlogHer! People have told me I should answer yes, but I don't want to disturb this ...more

Your Average Child: Ordinary Isn't Bad

Wow. Look at the news. A 14-year-old girl just graduated from college. Hey, did you see that article about the 11-year-old girl who invented a chemotherapy backpack? How amazing is that? When you hear about news items like these you can’t help but wonder if your child will add something amazing to this world....more
I really love this post. My husband's oldest brother has four daughters all of whom are high ...more

Photos from the National Moment of Silence

Since unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, BlogHer’s Love & Sex editor Feminista Jones took to Twitter to plan a National Moment of Silence at 7p.m. EST/ 4p.m. PST today. ...more
Nordette Adams Thanks for sharing the video!more

I Don't Know What It Feels Like to Be Black in America, But I'm Listening

As I watch the coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart hurts.I don’t know how to process the flurry of emotions coursing through my body right now.How is this acceptable? How is this the right thing? How does this happen?...more
Too many young men without work and without all of the "things" they think they deserve. Same ...more

Who Needs a Dog? Get a Pet Dragon Instead!

A bearded dragon that is, and well truth is we have three dogs, but I digress. A year ago my parents decided to stop keeping fish in their 100 gallon fish tank and the lugged the dang thing to my house where it fits perfectly in my hallway. I didn’t want to fill it up with fish though; been there done that and was never very successful. We decided to make it a terrarium, and get a reptile. My kids' hearts were set on a chameleon, because who wouldn’t want a crazy reptile that changes color....more
the public should know that NO pet is a "set it and forget it" pet. don't understand why anyone ...more

Create Your Own 3d Heart Tags

Do you need a little something small but significant for your gifts? I thought these would be good to add to my ever-growing collection of tags as they can be gender-neutral depending on the colors you choose. Add a little white ink, flank the 3d heart with "I"/"We" and "You" to read as:I (or We)  <heart> youand you've got yourselves a sweet sentiment for your loved ones....more

Gluten Free Blueberry Peach Crisp

This dessert is truly the ultimate in summer sweetness. Bursting blueberries and ripe peaches baked to perfection with a crunchy crumble topping and a hint of nutmeg, is perfect served warm with a dollop of whipped cream. Summer is winding down and this blueberry peach crisp is a perfect way to conclude these beautiful long warm days ....more

Mercy Aigbe Takes Time Off Acting, Goes On Holiday With Her 2 Children

Mercy Aigbe shared these pictures of herself and two children enroute to the UK for some holidays and time with her family there.The hardworking actress calls the little boy her photocopy, and his teenage sister, her princess. They are certainly having fun. See more photos below.. ....more

back again.

that time of year. again. it seems to come quicker and quicker each time ....more

Have You Heard of People First Language?

What is People First Language? People First Language refers to the language our society uses to refer to people with disabilities. People First Language places emphasis where it should be, on the person and not the disability ....more

Question For The Masses: What Food Can You Not Eat Anymore?

When I was a kid, my Mom used to make us corned beef hash sandwiches on Wonder Bread with Miracle Whip. We'd have it for dinner sometimes, and I think I would have rather eaten a big, steaming plate of breaded donkey sphincters.BLEH.I loathed the stuff. And since leaving my parent's home, I have never eaten it since ....more

All Day Beauty Tips with Neutrogena

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. All opinions are mine alone ....more

An Omnivore’s Photo Food Journal

This is my first photo food journal since my big diet change from earlier this summer, but I thought you might want to see more of what I’m eating these days...more

Petal Pod Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting

Kate made this fabulous Petal Pod quilt. I have loved this pattern ever since I first saw it in, Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. It's so simple, yet so awesome! ...more

Yellow Banana Leopard Print

Today's look a bright yellow, Barielle Panama Pina Colada. ...more