3 Things You Need to Look at in Pinterest Analytics

As a blogger, one of the best (free!) tools we have available to us is Pinterest. For many bloggers, Pinterest is the number one source of traffic to their blog. ...more

How to Take a Dress From Play Date to Date Night

I can totally see myself going to a play date wearing this dress by itself with my Converse slip-ons on a sunny spring/summer day (If such a day ever makes an appearance here in Michigan!). But I can also see myself swapping the slip-ons with a ...more

6 Healthy Swaps to Get You Ready for Summer

It's April and that means spring and summer are right around the corner! Time to check in with yourself and really look at how those resolutions are coming along. Be honest: are you on your way to a healthier month, year, and life? I hope so!  ...more

How Do You Remember Your Online Passwords?

I have a pretty good memory for where I put my keys and my shoes. But when it comes to remembering passwords, I am literally at a loss for words. Words, letters, numbers, symbols... I have no idea what order I put them in. ...more

No More Pocahontas Fantasies: Tanis Parenteau on Native Women & Sexual Assault

1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. ...more

Chambray Every Day: How to Style It for Every Season

Chambray Every Day: How to Style It for Every Season ...more

10 Tips for Staying Connected with Your Husband

For most families, life is starting to get crazy.  If you have children from preschool through high school, you're probably feeling inundated with school project projects, sports, recitals, and end-of-the-year activities.  Even if you don't have school-age children, you know that many activities - work, church, community and volunteer - swing into high gear in the spring....more
Thank you so much for this! My fiancee and I are actually planning a wedding for next year and ...more

Pass Along the Good Karma

"Someone special helped me when I needed it and I passed the good karma onto you."...more
What a beautiful story and so very true. Kindness doesn't cost a thing, but its affects can be ...more

What We Learned When We Adopted an Old Dog

A few years back, my daughter had her heart set on adopting a dog, but my husband’s memory was still vivid with the array of crusty droppings in the backyard, yellow-stained grass peppering his lawn and tumbleweeds of fur hair floating across our cherry hardwood floor that once belonged to our beloved lab mix, who passed at the age of twelve....more

Care Instructions for Your New Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant

Adding plants indoors has a number of benefits -- improving air quality, helping with cabin fever, warding off Seasonal Affective Disorder, and offering additional design elements. ...more

The Problem With Calling the Black Widow a Slut

You might have seen that Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner during a press junket responded to a question about Black Widow's romantic interests in Avengers: Age of Ultron (not saying who, SPOILERS, but it was brought up to them because in prior films it seemed like her interests were aimed at Captain America and Hawkeye) and both men joked that she's a slut, a whore, and she has a fake leg (which painted people with prosthetics as being something unattractive)....more
Inappropriate? Yes. But when your job is to be "on" all the time and everyone is hanging on ...more

10 Helpful Tips for Safe Summer Runs

It's definitely easier to stay active in summer, but it's also important to respect the heat and stay safe. Here are 10 tips that will keep you safely running through hotter temperatures. ...more

Why You Should Ditch Social Media Buttons on Your Blog

Ditching social media buttons sounds like blogging insanity, right? After all, aren't we supposed to engage daily through social media if we ever expect our blogs to go anywhere? I've always heard that social media is the secret to successful blogging. Maybe yes and maybe no. While it's true that many bloggers became successful through social media, I think that is becoming more and more difficult every day. ...more
This is a great insight. So true about email vs social media. In addition, on Instagram, which ...more

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
This is a conversation I'm interested in. There is a window where they are preschool age when ...more

Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ...more

Dealing with the WTF of 'Grey's Anatomy' Grief

The problem with recovering from the grief of a death of a major character in a Shondaland show is that you have many, many emotions to calm. Sadness and the pain of loss, of course.  The ache of nostalgia overtakes you in the inevitable cascade of flashback scenes. You've known this character for years! ...more
Omgoodness people...it's a tv show!more

I Just Don't Like Sex

By Dori Hartley for YourTango.comI have a friend who claims to be an asexual. Asexual is a word that, to me, suggests a single-celled organism. Isn’t an asexual a creature who divides in two — or some kind of dual-gendered seahorse who fertilizes and carries his/her offspring to term? So I asked her what she meant by this claim and she said, “Well, I just don’t partake in sexual activity.” It seemed simple enough, yet I still couldn’t quite grasp this seemingly unnatural lack of sex-drive. “Ah,” I said. “So you’ve taken a vow of celibacy?” ...more
Yes and that's why some men have lovers outside of marriage.  But then perhaps the wives like it ...more

11 'Right' Reasons to Get Married

This is a very important question and sadly, I don't think many people actually ask themselves this question until it's too late. Lets talk about the "right" reasons to get married:...more
cheezlouise Thank you! I look forward to posting more.  Feel free to contact me if you have any ...more

Follow the Ladies of Prey As They Take on the World Championship of Taxidermy

A dead bird in the hand feels like a grenade: cold, compact, loaded. On a Saturday morning at Prey studio in downtown L.A., eight taxidermy students — a grab bag of artists and curious amateurs, all but three of them women — lower frozen European starlings into kitchen sink baptisms. They take scalpels to the specimens.  ...more

Sick Days Provide Focus In a World Gone Blurry

The days all start the same. My wife is the first one up, and she isn't quiet about it. Then the household menagerie begins their matinee performance: The cats run and scratch and meow and jump and bounce and run some more. The dogs spin their heads in time to the frisky felines, their necks adorned with tags of domesticity, jingling like a band of sleigh bells turned to 11. ...more

I Want to See a World Free of Violence Against Women and Girls

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words…...more
Absolutely powerful, my dear. I may not know you personally, but know that I am proud to know ...more

How to Build Your Personal Brand in 6 Steps

People want to do business with people, not businesses. There is a sense of trust when someone is seeking assistance and they are able to get help from someone they can rely on. ...more

What Was in My April Birchbox

I opened my Birchbox packaging this month and saw that the box was made from Rifle Paper Co. and just about died with excitement. I think my dog still has some hearing loss from all the squealing! ...more

The Best Basic Cream Cheese Icing

You know what makes me angry? People who buy icing....more

How to Make a Sweet DIY Moss Garden

This DIY project quite literally fell into my lap. It all began with a wild windstorm that passed through this last weekend....more

3 Things You Need to Look at in Pinterest Analytics

As a blogger, one of the best (free!) tools we have available to us is Pinterest. For many bloggers, Pinterest is the number one source of traffic to their blog....more

How to Add a Profile Picture to a Wordpress Blog

Your avatar is your profile picture. You can set your avatar to display next to a comment you leave on a blog or a forum, rather than the anonymous, default logo. Your avatar could be a photo of yourself, or your company's logo. ...more

Which TV Daughter Has It Worse: Paige Jennings, Sally Draper or VEEP's Catherine Meyer?

What a tough season for daughters on television. The young women on some of the best television shows are delivering nuanced performances as they confront the corruptions and miserable failings of their parents. It is both cathartic and brutal to watch. ...more
I had the exact same thought this week. First I thought how relieved I am for Sally that she's ...more

10 Things Your Kids Need to Know

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of a death. Her face turned gray and her voice shook as she tried to console the bereaved person on the other end of the phone. "Oh honey, you can't blame yourself," and, "I'm so sorry. This is such sad, sad news." And then, "Well, you never know, he might reschedule. Maybe he just got busy."...more
Liesl Garner Glad it was helpful, Liesl!more

Dear Mom, You Gave Me A Voice

How do loss and grief become a blessing? I’ve said before that writing is how I heal. And never is the weight of grief more lifted than when I’m writing letters to my mom. Dear Mom, ...more
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I Think of First Marriages As 'Rough Drafts'

I can never help crying when a bride is coming down the aisle. Mostly, I cry because I'm shallow—nothing makes me happier than seeing the results of a woman spending anywhere from months to years on the way she's gonna look for one fleeting afternoon. ...more
I think that list was meant to be humorous, but it just comes across as bitter and sad. What she ...more

Will Our Neighbors Hate Us If We Build a Swimming Pool?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,We are planning to build a pool in our backyard this summer. I know it's going to be loud with a lot of dust. ...more
Yeah, invite them over when it's done, and remember you're increasing neighborhood property ...more

I'm a Great Mom. Most of the Time.

There is nothing I love more in this world than being a mother. Really and truly, being my little girl's mommy has been the best thing to ever happen to me. But dammit if I don't sometimes feel like I'm doing a crap job of the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, most of the time, I think I'm a pretty kick-ass mommy. But every once in a while, usually when I'm exhausted or stressed out, I make mistakes (or choices) that have me questioning my qualifications for this gig. Like that time my toddler locked me out. Or... ...more

Quick & Easy 3-D Hand Art

 Now doesn't that look absolutely cool? I'd been looking for a cool way to start crafting away with my newly bought fresh Sharpies and found this idea being pinned away madly on Pinterest....more

Fish Tacos

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ~ Tom Robbins...more

Learned to Easily Handle Annoying , Rude or Toxic People

Most of my life I have always worried about my verbal interactions to others, mentally monitoring my conversations with people, was I being rude, hurting their feelings, speaking out of turn, even if I was dealing with a person who did not regard me in the same manner....more

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Dinner Menu 4/27 - 5/3

This week I'm going to utilize some meals that I've had in the freezer. (Mainly from dishes that I've made too much of and have stuck in the freezer, rather than saving for leftovers that end up getting trashed because no one eats them.) Between you and me, I've frozen them in dishes that I need, so let the unthawing begin! On Monday we'll have lasagna roll ups and salad ....more

April Art Roundup: Baymax, Ninja Turtles, Baby Vader, & More!

Time to share the fruit of my shopping labors from MegaCon 2015's Artists' Alley! And hey, my gain is your gain, since I collected lots of prints for the give-away board!I don't think I'll be able to fit everything into one post, but let's see how far we get, shall we?Starting off with a new find for me: Jacob McAlister of You Found Jacob, who does some ridiculously fun pop portraits: I kept coming back to stare at that fabulous squinty-eyed Stitch, and finally bought a small die-cut sticker of him to frame. You can get one at Jacob's Etsy shop for $4, or all his prints are only $14 each ....more

A Beautiful Gift from My Sister

I’m writing to you from Hartford, where I’m ensconced in my hotel room. Soon, a day of rehearsal will begin and then I’ll head home around 7 tonight. By the way, since...more

Hanging Mason Jar Posies for Mother’s Day and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received Ball Jars in exchange for creating this post. ...more

Sour Cream Pound Cake

This Sour Cream Pound Cake is so moist and has a rich buttery vanilla flavor that is hard to resist! Eat it plain or deck it out with chocolate and sprinkles! ...more

Top 5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Blogging is awesome in so many ways. We have a supportive creative community we interact with every day, we get to use our creativity and express ourselves with virtually no constraints. ...more

Penne Rigate Garibaldi

I made this for dinner yesterday, and it was memorable in every way. It's a highly-perfumed dish of chicken, mushrooms, onion, and garlic, all bathed in a red wine-and-cream sauce, and spooned over gluten-free pasta. Here's the simple step-by-step: Note: A relative sent me a recipe called "Rigatoni Garibaldi" some time ago ....more

Handmade Lemon & Peppermint Hand Scrub

I have a super easy and quick handmade Lemon and Peppermint hand/foot scrub for you today, a perfect gift for Mother’s day. I’m excited to be joining some of my favorite friends to celebrate this special day. ...more