Abou el-Yazed and Karate in Egypt

Abou el-Yazed returned to karate after marriage and childbirth, which just isn't done in Egypt. ...more

I May Have Made Myself Unfriendable

My longest friendships are with women I have known since childhood … and who currently do not live anywhere near me. ...more

Standing Up for the Selfie

Today I'm going to address the selfie movement. I will be the first to admit that I used to hate the selfie. I would make fun of those who posted selfie after selfie. I bought into those articles that said people who took selfies suffered from ...more

The 20 Worst Pick-Up Lines of All Time

Pick-up lines are hard: At worst, they can be mortifying, offensive and creepy; at best, pity-inducing. Yet men still persist in using them for whatever reason. Unless you really know what you’re doing, don’t try to use any of these corny and really ...more

Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

The Best Way to Celebrate Seuss Day? Greens, Eggs and No Ham!

Happy Seuss Day! Today's the birthdate of Dr. Seuss, the wildly creative American author who taught so many kids to love reading. If you have kids or grandkids in elementary school, they're probably having some fun activities to celebrate the day. I'm a huge Dr. Seuss fan, and when I taught elementary school, our cooks would serve the kids Green Eggs and Ham on this day, made by mixing eggs with green food coloring and then scrambling them with ham. ...more

I Spent 15% of My Salary on a Relationship "Coach" & All I Got Was a Lousy List

I spent 15% of my annual income (BEFORE taxes) on a dating/relationship coach. I won’t tell you the exact amount because A) You’ll know how much I make a year, and B) I’ll look like a total idiot.What I thought would be an intensive three-month program that would completely change my life was really six one-hour long phone calls, a CD, and a handful of emails…for 15% of my yearly salary....more
Whoa Lady, you really spelled it out!  I am happily married and started reading this because I ...more

How Gwynnie Bee Totally Turned Me Around About Fashion

I was never into fashion … but then Gwynnie Bee happened, and suddenly I'm posting my outfit of the day on Facebook. Here's how the subscription works....more
You had me at "free shipping"! It's been fun watching your style unfold on Facebook, but this ...more

Thank You for Breaking My Heart

In my 26 years, my heart has never been broken by a guy. The boyfriends I have had, the men of my past, didn’t leave many scars when we moved on and went our separate ways. ...more
Yes, u are better for it:) Smile and go on. We all lose friends and get hurt. But life is like ...more

How to Make a DIY Pallet Bookcase

Decorating with pallets is one of the hottest fads right now....more

5 Reasons to Love Period Sex

Whether you find the idea of sex during your period gross or exciting is up to you. Perhaps colored by society – many cultures and religions consider it taboo – we shy away from even talking about it. But as long as you're prepared, sex during your period can be a great idea; just make sure it’s not the day you break out those white sheets!...more

Persistence Doesn't Have to Look Like Perfection

When I was in elementary school, as soon as something was boring, I'd stop. Just like that. Despite my teachers and my parents insisting that I was bright, I didn't believe them, because I always grew bored. I thought being bored meant being stupid, and because of that belief, I just stopped trying. I became a quitter. ...more
I totally agree with you about not quitting. Of course a novel after 15 years is better than no ...more

How to Make the Prettiest Kale, Peach & Almond Salad (Video)

What is my (and every other person's, it seems) favorite vegetable du jour? KALE, baby! There are all types of kale: curly kale, dinosaur kale (Umm, huh? Tyrannosaurus Rex? Oh, not that kinda dinosaur? Phew.), red Russian kale, and a few others. I love 'em all. Check out this video we shot of the making of this rockin' kale-peach-almond salad dish for your viewing pleasure!...more
You're making me want some kale and I errr do not like kale. :-)more

Asthma: Kids with Cat Allergies

Notice your little one sneezing a lot around the family feline? It could be a warning that the kid will need an inhaler before making it to double digits. Image: anomalous...more

When Dads Care for Babies, Their Brains Actually Change

The deeper I get into mothers' rights work, the more often I end up thinking about men and fathers. While there is no dispute that women, even now, do much more of the caregiving and homemaking than men, men's lives have changed both at home and at work as a result of women's leaps in education and employment outside the home. Changes in the activity of one gender are necessarily going to be felt, one way or another, by the other....more
This is very interesting. I see this in my own husband, who is an extremely hands-on dad. I ...more

5 Things Reality TV Teaches Us About Relationships

Driving along this morning I didn't see a wreck but I definitely heard one.  I really didn't want to...but like any complete disaster I just couldn't bring myself to retune the radio. My favourite morning hosts revealed to a pregnant wife that her husband did, according to the results of a lie detector test, cheat on her. The meltdown was spectacular as the hosts, and the rest of Phoenix, listened in to what was probably the beginning of the end....more
Such a great post! Each one is so true, let's hope more people take it to heart.  I personally ...more

10 Great Mystery Series Featuring Kick-Butt Female Sleuths

It's still the doldrums of winter, a time when I like to settle in with a blanket, a cat on my lap and an easy to read mystery.  I love literary fiction, but sometimes I just want something that slides down easily, like a chocolate shake — not as good for you as green tea, but tasty never the less. ...more
Kerrifar Yes, excellent choice of author, I haven't read her in awhile but should go back and ...more

Everything You Need to Know About Tumblr

If you're like me, you probably have tried most of the social media sites out there. Tumblr, owned by Yahoo!, began in 2007. While it's been around, its popularity has definitely exploded in the last few years. The simplest way I can describe Tumblr is to call it a visual social blogging platform. You can create a blog and fill it with text posts, photos, videos and even audio files. And you can share (reblog) or like posts you find interesting. ...more
"...the next thing you know, you're looking at GIFs of a cat dressed like a shark and riding a ...more

Dear Teachers, Please Don’t Give Up On My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind everything you do say: You’re giving up on my kid. ...more
Very sweet, I truly hope your son finds a learning path that works for him! Have you ever ...more

Are You There, Mom? It's Me With An Awkward Question

The book Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, who recently celebrated her 77th birthday, is the reason behind my first “sex” talk with my mother. I don’t remember how old I was, maybe eight or nine when I read the book, but I do remember thinking that I was pretty savvy for knowing what a bra was. I guess that sounds fairly innocent now. Back then elementary school kids weren’t snapchatting pics of their privates. Anyway, I was proud of myself for understanding most of the material. ...more
My mom confirmed I was actually in the second grade when I read that book.more

White and Gold or Blue and Black? The Great Dress Debate

I woke up this morning to the great Dress Debate, or #DressGate, or as it's trending on Twitter, #TheDress....more
Well this is weird.  Every time I see this dress at first it is while and gold, THEN when I take ...more

Should You Use Typepad for Your New Blog?

When I started blogging in 2004, Blogger and Typepad were the major blogging platforms out there, and if you were really trying to prove yourself, you used custom templates on Typepad....more
You just reminded me that the reason I left Typepad was because of the lack of widgets. But I ...more

10 Tips for Running in the Cold

If you follow my blog, you know that I love running, especially during the winter. Do you know that exhilarating feeling of working out in freezing cold temperatures? The main joy of running for me is the time I have for myself. I'm able to clear my head and feel at ease with my body. Actually, the main joy might be afterwards, once I've taken my well-deserved hot shower and feel so unbelievably energised and rightfully proud that I have once again beaten the winter blues. ...more
Great tips here. I'm a newish runner. I see people running in the cold and wonder how they do ...more

Let's Make News with March's NaBloPoMo

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

The 5 Cutest Ways to Wear Gray Jeans

It's time I come clean about my latest style obsession: I'm in love with gray jeans. They're a great "starter color" for anyone who is thinking about diving into the world of colored jeans. Gray goes with pretty much everything, and they're totally age-appropriate for everyone! ...more

The Lessons an Unplanned Pregnancy Taught Me

I had everything under control, and then my pregnancy test turned positive. I was 21 years old. It’s a situation that virtually every woman has imagined herself in or avoided being in countless times over, so it’s probably easy to empathize with. Imagine being two months out of college, unmarried, no health insurance, no savings and a packed schedule of job interviews. You’re standing alone in the bathroom, and the positive pregnancy test your mother urged you to buy is lying on the sink. ...more
Signs are pointing to decade-long droughts within the next century. While your descendants are ...more

Will HBO's 'The Jinx' Seek Justice for the Murder of My Friend Susan Berman?

Robert Durst is linked to three deaths, and he had the chutzpah to pitch a television show about being suspected of getting away with murder. He was rewarded with a six-part documentary airing this month on HBO. Half of the episodes of The Jinx have aired, with three more to come. ...more
FernRonay it was her purse that was stolen. No, she got nothing back. That may be true about her ...more

What Do You Do If You Accidentally Curse in Front of Your Toddler?

Let me just start with me acknowledging that that some people are not going to like this post. The more I share on my blog about my mom-fails, the more people comment to me online about how horrible my parenting actually is. I fully recognize that I am not perfect, and in sharing posts like this, I am really trying to share my stories of what I have done (right or wrong), and hopefully I can help out other people who are going through the same things. ...more

The Ultimate Money-Saving Tip for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Some feel P.F. Chang's is discriminating against individuals with celiac disease because they charge $1 more per menu item that is prepared gluten-free. Here's what I think about the cost of GF food and the best way to save money....more
melaniehoglind great to hear from some like-minded folks! :) Thank you for your comment and I'm ...more

I'm Childfree by Choice and Have No Regrets

When I grew up, it was understood that I'd marry and have children. Yes, I could pursue a fabulous career, courtesy of the women’s movement. I could be a hard-charging executive as well as fecund earth mother. This was no longer the '50s, so I didn’t aspire to vacuum in pearls. In the '70s, we instead dreamed of having it all—and “all” included children. ...more
I agreed upon this article that being child free is a personal choice. Lot of people may judge ...more

How to Use Google Analytics to Grow Your Blog

Have you ever tried to check your blog stats and gotten overwhelmed with all the information and unfamiliar terms? Google Analytics can be seriously overwhelming. Today I’m going to walk you through some of the basics of Google Analytics (GA) and explain some of the confusing terms so you can track the growth on your blog! ...more
Yay thanks! I just signed up for GA this week and was lost.more

Why I'm Letting Go of Screen Time Shame

If you want to jump right into the belly of the parenting beast in 2015, just mention the words screen time: a term that only emerged in the last few years to encompass all of the electronics in our lives and how much we use them. ...more
You have no ideas what this means to me. I, too, have suffered from screen shaming. Not only in ...more

Lessons I Learned from Watching the 2015 Oscars

On the surface, there isn’t much to be learned from watching the Academy Awards. Sure, there’s the obvious, like “Birdman” is apparently good enough to win best picture and Patricia Arquette has to make more room on her mantel for another win for “Boyhood.” Also new information? Lady Gaga can really sing. Not to mention the annual reminder that celebrities sure do clean up nice (well, most of them). ...more

A Note, A Phone, and Faded Memories of Adoption

We looked through old papers tonight, pages of them, some in English, most in Spanish, documents pulled out of a torn white envelope, each one signifying some step in the adoption of one of our three children from Nicaragua. In the papers were names we had forgotten, names of people and places. ...more

Poem of Madame Royale

From Tiny-Librarian: A poem that was written by Madame Royale while she was kept in the Temple Prison. It was written in her own writing, and is addressed to Madame Renée de Chanterenne, who was brought in to be a companion to her after her Aunt’s execution. «...more

Easy Flan Recipe

A new post from She Wears Many Hats. This Easy Flan Recipe is a delicious ending to any meal and so perfect for preparing ahead when entertaining. There are not many things better in this life than sharing a meal with great friends ....more

20 Minute Vegetable Orzo Pesto Soup

It’s March already. Almost spring. I tend to prefer the cooler months, so I can’t say I’m super psyched about this, but I do always feel a little perked up around this time of year when we start getting a bit more daylight ....more

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

This post really has nothing to do with sustainable living, unless it is to point out the incomparable value of a life lived right. ...more

Roasting marshmallows

My son was staying home from school. Since the reason was a tummy ache he was required to rest for the day and not engage in his regular activities, all of which involve some kind of computerized device. After a long drawn discussion over being so unfairly deprived of the activities he had been accustomed to, guess what he rediscovered?...more

Farro Risotto with Mushrooms and Winter Greens Pesto

Whitney Reist Hooray for the arrival of March! While February was a fun month that brought the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and red carpet-watching parties, I will welcome the beginning of March with excitement for all things spring. I’m ready to start working out outdoors again, can’t wait to bite into some fresh Spring asparagus, and am.. ....more

Want to build a business based on your lifestyle? Check out these tips from Reese Witherspoon

Happy Monday, fabulous!I hope you had an awesome weekend! The weather here in Oakland, CA has been so amazing. I'm hoping that we can get some more rain, but in the meantime I am sooo loving the sunshine....more

Sausage and Tortellini Skillet

Happy Monday, everyone! That weekend blew by way too fast - and the funny thing is that I think we mostly just sat around relaxing the whole time. Still, it sped by ....more

BRAD PITT Movie Quiz: Wednesday Night!

It’s March, and you know what that means…it’s time for a big, bad Brad Pitt movie quiz! Actually, March has nothing to do with Brad Pitt. Ha ....more

What if Dove used their corporate influence to encourage brands to #hirebeautifully?

Doves latest selfesteem boosting campaign partners with Twitter to “shift the conversation toward positivity” by encouraging women to #speakbeautifully. Seems nice enough, I guess. But, is this what women really need? Is a self-esteem workshop and beautiful speech the answer to finding our voices and confronting the debilitating political, social and economic policies that are demoralizing us? Consider that one in three American women (that’s 42 million of us) live at the poverty line and almost 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women with zero paid sick days....more