10 After-Baby Tips for Husbands Everywhere

I just felt overwhelmed while my husband was well-rested, energetic, and relaxed. Until one day, my frustration got to the point where I got upset when he wasn't helping out with the baby.  ...more

The Unique Awesome of Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro did a set at BlogHer '14, then she opened up about life, comedy, and breast cancer. ...more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond.  ...more

Facebook Forces Us to Use Yet Another Smartphone App

It's like colonizing your phone, one app at a time. ...more

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

It's that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios.  ...more

Fond Memories of My Hometown Pub

My hometown, Saginaw, Michigan, boomed in the late 1800s as a big logging hub, and as a result still has a lot of cool-as-all-getout old buildings down around the river. One of these, for as long as I can remember, has been a bar called the Hamilton Street Pub....more

Shopping List: 5 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products

My interest in using natural beauty products has definitely increased over the past few months. I've begun to explore different, more natural products to replace the go-tos that I've been using for years. Here are a few of my new must-haves. ...more
A combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar works great instead of shampoo and ...more

Home Organizing: How I Finally De-Cluttered Every Room in the House

My life/stuff was driving me crazy. CRAZY! So I took care of it, and made my life and home a whole lot more functional and organized. Each area I organized taught me an important organizational lesson that I needed to have under my belt before tackling the worst part of the house: my office. ...more
Ahh, some great ideas here. I'm planning on de-cluttering the next few days because it is ...more

It's a Boy! Unbiased Information About Circumcision

There is a skeleton in the back of my skeptic closet. A gnarly thing, decrepit and long dead. It lived when my daughter was but a babe. During that time, I came across a storm of information about how harmful vaccines could be. ...more
Im from New Zealand and its not the norm to do it here. A lady from work had to drive to another ...more

Why Are We Shaming Rape Victims and Not Shaming Rapists?

We have allowed a heinous and inexplicable culture of rape to flourish on our college campuses. Last week, the New York Times ran an exhaustive front-page account of an 18-year-old girl who was raped at a fraternity on the campuses of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. The story was as much about the small, liberal arts school’s mishandling of the case as it was rape on campus. When will we stop blaming the victim? Why aren't the boys committing the crime being publicly shamed?...more

I Don't "Owe" You Sex

Sex is not something that is “owed” to you, or anyone for that matter. Sex should be enthusiastically offered and exchanged in a mutually consenting manner; if people are reluctant or unwilling, that should be the end of it, at least at that point in time. Unfortunately, the idea that some people may owe other people sex—or any kind of attention—is pervasive and rather dangerous. ...more

How To Name Your Book Club

Howdy Bookworms! A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by the fabulous Annabel Smith and she asked what my most popular post of all time was. ...more
blogqueendiane Happy to help! If you need some specific suggestions, just drop me a line, Naming ...more

11 Gorgeous Chocolate Chip Desserts That Go WAY Beyond the Cookie

National Chocolate Chip Day is upon us! What's that? You seem to remember celebrating this holiday already this year? Ah, no, Grasshopper. National Chocolate Chip COOKIE Day falls in May, while National Chocolate Chip Day is August 4. Are we not blessed to live in such a world as this? In honor and respect, I submit 11 relentlessly delicious chocolate chip treats for when you're ready for something crazier than a Toll House cookie. ...more
BlogHerFood Even more reasons to love chocolate chips desserts!more

Why You Should Be Concerned About What’s Happening At The Arizona Border

My recent visit to the Arizona-Mexico border showed me that the situation is not what I thought it was....more
A well written and very informative post!more

Breastfeeding in Public Has Made Me a Better Mom

When my first son was born, he spent several weeks in a NICU and was fed breast milk through a feeding tube. Once we were able to bring him home, learning how to breastfeed was unbearable for both of us. So after four difficult months we quit. When my second son was born he latched on within minutes. And 11 months later he hasn’t let go. Lucky for him, I am a SAHM now, which means that he has unfettered 24-hour access to his favorite binky: my boobs. And since he has emotionally bonded with my chest it feels unfair to me to deny him when he initiates his need to eat or his desire to be comforted when he is over tired or hurt. ...more
BlogHer Nothing wrong at all w/nursing in public. A child's needs are important. However, I have ...more

Community School Supplies? Absolutely NOT!

And so, here we are with school about to start up again – hey, if you live in southern Indiana, many of our schools started up last week! This is the time of year I like to re-run my post about community school supplies and how they are of the devil. Yes. Satan himself thought up this concept. Here we go: =====...more
Wouldn't this create a culture where parents refuse to buy school supplies for their children ...more

Why Adults Need Diverse Books Too

Why aren’t we reading more adult fiction by writers of color or about the non-white experiences? As much as the news outlets like to tout it, reading isn’t dead. At least once a week, a Facebook friend will ask for book recommendations. Social media has made reading more social. We share status updates about our current reads, rave about books we love, and even track our reading progress all through social media. ...more
skyekilaen Thanks for sharing!more

Happy World Wide Web Day! Celebrate Online

Do you know what today is? Well, you likely guessed from the title of the post (rather than being a brainiac who likes to spell in binary for the fun of it) -- it's World Wide Web Day. But do you know why we celebrate it in August? Anyone? Anyone? It's because the first time people could go online was August 23, 1991. 23 years.  Think about how much your life has changed in the last 23 years. ...more
I recall being online before 1991.  I think I got a taste of it first in college in 1981. ...more

Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? ...more

An Affair Strengthened My Marriage

It began as a typical Saturday night out with my closest women friends. But on that particular evening as we sat, laughed and talked in a popular New York restaurant, acquaintances were seated nearby celebrating their friend Alex's* birthday. They invited us to join their table for a toast, which turned into several. When the house music came on and everyone headed for the bar, Alex — handsome and playful — took my hand and led me to the dance floor. ...more
Amazing! Could feel the excitement, the guilt, the end result of an affair. Great blog!more

10 Things to Do While Waiting for Test Results

1. Knit. Can’t tell you exactly why you should knit, except that I’ve noticed that some extremely resilient people knit during the hardest of times. Even in that book Tale of Two Cities, the women knit their way through crazy revolution (and transmitted secret messages). So, when waiting – Knit. Of course if you are like me it’s more like 1) Find knitting needles and yarn, 2) Try to knit, 3) Abandon knitting. ...more
Bumpyboobs And I'm so glad you had good news after your particular wait. Terrific news.more

Easy Photo Cheat: DIY Backdrops

When real life is photobombing your blog photos, it’s time to take action.   That action is easier than you think—and, with little to no cost, you can stop a less-than-attractive real life from ruining your next fabulous blog photo. DOMESTIC DETRITUS ...more
Ooh, these are some great ideas. I've always wondered how people get them so clear. DUH! Thank you!more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Take Control of Your Inbox in 15 Minutes

How many emails do you have in your inbox?  After I crossed the 5000 unread email mark, I decided it was time for a major inbox-cleaning. ...more
Check it regularly, but since I use Outlook 2013, not until home from work.more

Is Instagram the Modern Mother’s Little Helper?

​There is a lot to thank social media for when it comes to the raising of children; the support, the information, the near constant photography. I’ll freely admit it: I’m thankful for the advent of apps like Instagram: For a mama like me, it’s a total game changer when it comes to housework. When I was young, if we wanted to share the moment that our babies took their first faltering steps across the lounge floor, we had to stick our heads out of the front door and shout at Peggy across the road to stop hanging out her washing and come see....more

Why I Don't Feel Guilt as a Working Mom

As women and as mothers, we naturally carry guilt. Some more so than others maybe, but we all do it. At one time or another, we all have something that creeps up into our lives to make us feel guilty as parents. My biggest battle with guilt comes in the form of being a working mom. While I enjoy working and wouldn’t have it any other way, from time to time I have this little voice in the back of my head that says, “You should be making the sacrifices necessary to stay at home with your child.” That little voice isn’t always so nice....more
Happy mom = good mom. Kids know when something is up. I know stay at home moms that are ...more

Let's Get the Senate Back to Work

America's growth remains stagnant, so why are there 338 bills awaiting action in the Senate?...more
MarshaBlackburn RepReneeEllmers : Blackburn Has Worn Out her Welcome! Why Ppl from Texas/ South, ...more

Summer of Orange: Sheer Top + Fluted Orange Skirt (on Super Sale!)

It’s the Summer of Orange, I swear. It’s all I’m wearing these days, guys. I’m sorry…? Nah, not really. I love this color, especially when it comes in neon form. Means not only do I stand out in a crowd, but I also can earn some extra cash directing street traffic. ...more
This outfit, especially those shoes, is amazing. I love the color combo!more

We Have a Beehive. We Just Don't Use It for Honey.

There is every likelihood that the honeybees swarming in and around the cantaloupe and squash blossoms are ours. Our Girls. Those industrious ladies who shack up in the hives my partner, Kel, and I put together two years ago....more
CatherineTheWriter Thanks, Catherine - I hope you get your bees someday (soon)!more

My Love/Hate Relationship With '50 Shades of Grey'

I'm about to admit something that I'm not entirely sure is smart to admit: I like erotica....more
When does he ignore her safe word? I thought she only used it once and he completely flipped out ...more

My Son Hates It When I Run In the Morning

Every morning it’s the same thing: Should I stay or should I go? This debate is about my running, but it’s not a question of do or don’t. I’ve been a dedicated runner for many years now, so there’s no wrangle around that. Come rain, shine or wretched wind chill, I will be hitting the open road and putting in my mile time. The choice factor has to do with another title I hold around here: mother....more

Avoid the Rapids When Canoeing!

Of all the topics that our river guide, Mike, covered before we started our five-day canoe trip on Utah’s Green River, it was the mention of Cataract Canyon that stuck with me the most. I remember wanting to ask him more questions about how we’d know where our pick-up point would be out there in the wilderness, so that we wouldn’t get carried away into some of the world’s roughest rapids. Would there be signs or maybe a Starbucks?...more

National Orgasm Day: Come One, Come All!

It's time to celebrate!!July 31 is National Orgasm Day!!Maybe.For several years now, there has been a bit of mostly online-based lore about celebrating orgasms on July 31. There was a website about it at some point, I'm sure, and we know that is all it takes these days to make a holiday real, right? The success of "Steak And Blowjob Day" is credited to the perpetuation of lore via online memes and yes, an official website. Let's just roll with it. ...more
It is quite easy to orgasm during intercourse if you have had extended foreplay of the type that ...more

10 After-Baby Tips for Husbands Everywhere

When I become a first time mother, I felt stressed, tired, sleep deprived, and frustrated. I just felt overwhelmed while my husband was well-rested, energetic, and relaxed. Until one day, my frustration got to the point where I got upset when he wasn't helping out with the baby. I would tell him that he wouldn't come to help me when the baby cried constantly or come and offer to watch the baby because I needed a rest. My husband would tell me, "You didn't ask me," or "You need to let me know if you need a break." ...more
I am married to a man who loves to parent our children of all ages, but especially loves ...more

Bitter Kolanut Is NOT A Cure For Ebola But It is Still Good For You

Bitter kola does NOT cure Ebola as many have been saying since someone discovered an article by the BBC dated August 5, 1999 which details on-going research by Nigerian Dr. Maurice Iwu.Unfortunately, like the Ministry of Health in Nigeria states in their tweet above and even the American CDC and WHO agrees, there's still NO known cure for Ebola.However, bitter kola is widely available and has been used by many for various purposes. It is not harmful and may actually be helpful to keep away infections.Below is the BBC...more

Also, I'm very sorry Lotus. :( I know how awfu...

Also, I'm very sorry Lotus. :( I know how awful invalidating mothers are. Is it possible to stop living with her and keep her at an arm's distance without completely cutting her away? ...more

Barbie: Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs & Business Bursary Program

When I was a little girl I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to be the Boss. I wanted to run things, I wanted to own businesses, manage...more

I agree. Eden, you are THE best role model for peo...

I agree. Eden, you are THE best role model for people healing from abuse ....more

OJB Jezreel Speaks On Being Married To Three Wives and Having Eight Children

OJB Jezreel has always been married to his three wives - June, Mabel and Korede - but it was only recently it became news.This was following his first wife's donation of one of her kidneys to him after he suffered kidney failure and publicly begged for funding for his treatment.Speaking in a recent interview, the producer and musician says he won't advice anyone to marry three wives but said it was his destiny. I don’t think it has anything to do with fame. There are people without fame yet they married more than three wives ....more

orange creamsicle kale stem smoothie {giveaway}

Don’t throw out your kale stems! Use them to make this creamy, sweet Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie from the beautiful kale cookbook, “Let Them Eat Kale” by Julia Mueller....more

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

Good bye, buddy ol' pal.....sniff...... Guys. I'm going through a major relationship crisis right now ....more

Useful Tips for Effective Diet and Weight Loss

There is a major agreement of accumulation online roughly fast and losing unit but a eager deal of it is of no use to number of us regularised folks since we retributory don't feature the clip to spend on our diets! Lots of new things much as our occupation, lineage life, and time in pervading get before making meals and exercising. Though we may anticipate that whatever of the existing message most fast isn't distinguished, we really poorness of us oftentimes dismiss is how steady we eat....more

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Whole Body Vibration Machine GojiPro

GojiProI am pretty invariable on this nonsense in our house as we try to eat integrated, we try not to possess sweets in our concern (because I Testament eat them as I possess a sincere pleasing GojiPro...more