How to Make Your Own Body Butter

I try to live a healthy lifestyle, making small choices that really make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. I try to think about what I put in my body and on my body, and the things we use around the house. One of those little steps is ...more

5 Questions Moms of Girls Should Be Prepared to Answer

Parenting is all about preparation. As long as you realize you'll never be fully prepared.  ...more

25 Tips for Small Shop Owners

Here are 25 tips for small shop owners I've learned from opening (and subsequently closing) my first boutique. Some are things I knew already and worked well, some are lessons learned the hard way. Owning a shop has been a lifelong dream. I went into ...more

The 2014 BlogHer Women and Social Media Study: Be Useful. But Be Human.

Today we're releasing Part One of the results from our sixth Women and Social Media Study, executed in partnership with Ketchum, and there is a lot of advice for marketers and influencers alike. ...more

Be Mindful This Fall With NaBloPoMo!

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

5 Easy Ways To Add Fall Decor Into Your Home

Last week was the official start of fall. I started to feel excited about the smells, the sienna-colored trees, and the seasonal celebrations. All these things create a beautiful atmosphere in my own house, but how do I incorporate the fall colors and smells into my home without breaking the bank? ...more
When I was a child, my mom would simmer cinnamon sticks in a saucepan about half full of water.  ...more

31 Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for World Vegetarian Month

World Vegetarian Month is a fabulous time to kick your cooking skills into high gear and experiment with new techniques and traditions. I've strolled through the BlogHer Publishing Network and and found one meatless dinner idea for every day of the month—they're all perfect fall flavors, and the hard part was choosing just 31! The diversity and creativity of our food bloggers floors me every time. Today is World Vegetarian Day, so let's get started right now! ...more

Flirting at Work? You Might Want to Think Twice About It

Since many relationships begin at work and eventually lead to marriage, flirting at work must have come into the equation at some point in the “song & dance”. Flirting at work sounds inappropriate, but let’s face it-- it happens. So what do you do when your coworker starts to flirt with you?We all know that employers frown upon romantic relationships at work out of fear of that “oh so scary” sexual harassment claim. And while it is a valid concern, most romantic relationships do not lead to sexual harassment....more

How Often Do You Change Your Towels (& Other Important Questions)

People sure have a lot of opinions about washcloths, towels and sheets: whether to use them, how often to change them, when to replace them, how nice they should be, and on and on. What do you think? Let's talk linens....more
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The Sandwich Generation: Me, In the Middle

The word “middle” conjures up many images. Some apply to my life, others do not. There's the middle child. Not gushed and gooed over like the firstborn, not pampered and spoiled like the baby, the middle child has been the subject of numerous psychological theories. Being the oldest sibling, my odd behavior fell under a different category. Middle school. Here, I was no longer treated like a little kid. Yet I still got to play before the responsibilities of high school set in. I was in that middle place so long ago, it’s like a different lifetime. ...more

I Am the Walking Dead and Other Reasons I Won't Miss the Baby Phase

Now that my little guy is about to turn one, I find myself relieved to close the door on the baby phase. Not only do I look like a cast member from the Walking Dead, but I act like one too. I'm exhausted, mentally and physically. At this point I would have to be insane to consider adding a third to the clan, but because I'm obsessed with babies, I change my mind on a daily basis. ...more
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3 Ways Yoga Makes Me a Better Employee

Recently, in becoming more intentional about the way I "look" not just on the outside but also on the inside I've started practicing various forms of yoga. I have been surprised at the short amount of time in which I've been able to experience the positive mental, physical, and emotional effects of yoga. ...more

What Time Do Your Kids Go To Bed?

We are not what one would call strict bedtime enforcers. Or maybe it’s more of: “OK, one more book” and “Yes, you can finish that chapter you’re on" and "OK, just finish the picture and then …” Image: woodleywonderworks AKA, we’re suckers. I get a lot of, “What time do your kids usually go to bed?” and I’m always, like, "Uh… well? It depends." And it does depend. ...more
Daughter is ten. I start the bedtime routine as early as 7:30, if she's had late nights, or as ...more

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles with Maple Cream and Speckuloos

It's pretty easy to fall in love with a Belgian Liege waffle. ...more

Skincare for Babies by Mustela

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf ofInfluence Central...more

52 Ridiculously Romantic Date Ideas for Any Couple

Who says the romance has to die after the honeymoon phase? (Well, all the experts do but what do they know anyhow?) If you’re serious about your relationship, chances are you already know how important date night is for long-term couples. ...more

Wonders of the World & Treat Yo’ Self Thursday {link-up #42}

f I won the lottery, I like to think that I’d spend the money in a very responsible way: pay off our student loans (which would take the bulk of the money, probably), invest, buy a house, and travel the world. But if I’m being honest, I’d probably spend the majority of it on travel. Specifically, I’d like to see some of the wonders of the world ....more

Scotland Before the Union

What was it like? From History Extra: Scotland on the brink of union was a fiercely patriotic nation cherishing a vivid concept of the realm as an ancient and honourable kingdom. If you’d asked many Scots of the time to relate their national story, they’d have told you a tale that began with an intrepid Trojan prince and a pharaoh’s daughter named Scota whose descendants established an unbroken line of kings in Scotland from 330 BC.Most Scots accepted that their nation was not a powerful or rich one, but they cherished its martial history, and the fact that it had maintained its independence for (it was thought) 2,000 years ....more

Benefit Push Up Liner GIVEAWAY!

First... congratulations to the winner of the Kiss Nail Art Starter Kit Sarita C. ...more

Mommy, Is it True Introverts are Rude and Mean?

"So here’s what I have to say to the quiet, stay-at-home, Meg from "Little Women" introvert: Get over yourself. Why do I have to learn how to handle you? Why do I have to hear about your inner workings? ...more

Cinnamon Cashew Butter

My family and especially my coworkers always laugh about my obsession with nut butters. On any given day I have an array of 3-4 different types within reach. Even at the office, I keep a few jars hidden in my drawers, what can I say it’s my addiction! Everyone has their own, mine is just a very healthy/obsessive relationship with nut butters. ...more

Baby Plum is 5!

Sweet Baby Plum turned 5 last Thursday. It was a super-busy day, but we managed to squeeze in as much fun as possible. We played at Chuck E ....more

Better Watch Out!

This past weekend we we shooting with the two Japanese guys who are currently over from Japan to implement some Toyota training. Apparently in Japan they don’t have access to guns. Only police have them ....more