How to Make Easy Red-Cup Lattes

It's a very special time of the year. No, I'm not talking about the holidays. I'm talking about Starbucks red cup season! Alas, they are only here for a limited time and it's a busy time of year. It's not always possible for me to pop out to a ...more

Dear Other Room Mother: Your List Drives Me Nuts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My co-room mom for my daughter's first grade class is really high-energy. I'm glad she's not a slacker, but she is making me crazy with all her emails and texts!  ...more

Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes of All Time

Wouldn't it be fun to play Family Feud with the topic of Thanksgiving side dishes? If you haven't seen this American TV game show, two sets of extended family members square off against each other to try to predict what the most common responses are ...more

Mike Brown, #Ferguson & "You Should've Seen This Coming"

I paused a DVRed episode of "The Voice" to listen to the press conference regarding the possible indictment of Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. ...more

Does Store-Bought Pie Dough Compare to Homemade?

Are you a homemade crust user or a store-bought crust user? I put some store-bought crusts through their paces, and updated the prices for 2014. ...more

Ferguson: Connecting with Our Community on Twitter

BlogHer is a diverse community and never was that more evident than in today's Twitter chat about Ferguson, the racial tensions stemming from the shooting of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed him....more

We Must Speak Up Because #BlackLivesMatter

Heart heavy, I forced myself to go to bed last night.Part of me wanted to throw the covers over my head and cuddle with my husband. To lose myself in some mindless television. But I couldn’t stop scrolling through my Facebook feed as my friends shared the same hurt, anger, and frustration that welled inside of me. More reason to hold my black husband tighter. More reason to check just one more time on my biracial children sleeping peacefully in their beds....more
nancyleong Thank you for sharing! #Fergusonmore

The Ferguson Case Goes Way Beyond What Happened at the Police Car

Yes. I have given Officer Darren Wilson the benefit of the doubt, considered that his version of events may be true. And yes, I did read Darren Wilson's Grand Jury testimony about the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. I read it because I like to read documents first-hand and not have network talking heads or biased prosecutor Bob McCulloch tell me what to think. ...more
I also agree with you.more

Top 10+ Gifts for Artists

I love writing the artist gift guide every year. It's like window shopping for all of the things I'd love to find under my tree. So many cool things to make. So many pretty things to look at. So much awesome art. Scroll through some of my favorites this year. I hope my favorites help you find the perfect gift for the artist or art lover in your life. ...more
yep -- no such thing as too many sketchbooks.more

Announcing a BlogHer PRO '14 Fireside Chat with Entrepreneurial Icon and Tech Founder Caterina Fake

This is an anouncement of a BlogHer PRO '14 keynote speaker, but bear with me while I reminisce. Eight years ago, BlogHer '06, our second conference, took place. One of my clearest memories of that year is the pride I felt in featuring a triumvirate of blogging pioneers who were early bloggers, were amazing and entrepreneurial women in tech, and most thrillingly had each co-founded one of the fundamental tools in use at that time for bloggers like us. ...more

How I Went from Breast Reduction Surgery to a Mastectomy

My first breasts were cartoonishly big, and maybe the only two things about me even slightly aligned with the current female beauty standard where we’re all supposed to look like a video game animation....more

What's Behind My Tears Over Ferguson

No indictment against the man who caused the death of Michael Brown. No need to investigate further, it just happened.A crying lump in my throat threatened to push its way into tears. I swallowed it back and sat glued to the coverage.I'm still ferreting out from where the threatening tears were coming....more
JoAnneApple We live in a broken world, but we can mend it piece by piece with our words and ...more

After Ferguson: We Are All Here

Better writers than me will discuss the events in Ferguson. They will be able to articulate things that I cannot. I only know a handful of things: Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons...more
Thank you, that is very kind of you to say, I appreciate it.more

Why I Hate The Elf On The Shelf

I'm not happy about this post. I love mocking ridiculous things, but I feel most comfortable poking fun at stuff I like. Things like my college football team, my kids' quirks, my brother's ability to get free stuff from anyone he meets, and how my mom identifies herself by name when she leaves me a message. "Oh, hi Amy. This is your mom. Susan." My favorite target is myself. But today I turn my disdain outward, to a society that complains about consumerism and too many commitments, but spends $30 dollars for the privilege of managing the "magic" of a cheaply made stuffed elf during the busiest month of the year....more
I don't believe the initial intent was that Elf on the Shelf was a naughty elf.  I need to pull ...more

How to Say Thanksgiving Grace

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

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

10 Delicious Homemade Spice Blends to Spice Up Your Christmas Gift Giving

Christmas is a time when budgets are stretched, people are busier than usual, and we're all looking for some type of unique gift idea that will be a hit. In my cooking adventures, I often mix up spice blends to use for certain recipes. A few years ago I hit on the idea of making large quantities of one of my favorite spice blends from that year and giving it as Christmas gifts for neighbors, co-workers and friends. ...more
Great idea! I love the photo of the small jar with the decorative paper on the lid. Very cute.more

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Dinner Be Your Last Meal

Don't Wash Your Turkey. It Could Kill You! You know what's even a worse Thanksgiving fail than politics at the dinner table, salt in the pie instead of sugar, or being stuck in #Snovember? Salmonella. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year. That's 48 million people. 128,000 hospital visits. 3,000 deaths. Whoa. ...more

Juliana Loh Talks Macau, Food, and Travel

Juliana Loh of Chicken Scrawlings was recently featured on a talk show on Macau's national TV channel, discussing food, Macau, travel, and blogging. ...more

How My Son Improved His Health & Changed His Risk Factors

Turns out sugar and processed foods really are very bad things. Or, at least they are for my autistic teenage son. Eliminating those foods (mostly) from his diet was a big part in Leo going from being at high risk for type II diabetes, pancreatitis, and heart disease just a year ago, to him having none of those risk factors at all today. ...more

When Silence Serves No One in #Ferguson

I have been feeling hopeless, broken, disheartened with the racial disparity in America. But giving up does nothing for change. A radio story I heard this afternoon while listening to Ferguson‬ coverage, reports that in Wisconsin, White Americans are more likely than Black Americans to have used drugs, yet Black Americans are arrested for possession three times as much as Whites. ...more
Beautifully said. Thank you.more

14 Ways You Can Save Money at Amazon

[Editor's Note: Want to let your keyboard do the shopping this holiday season? Check out these great tips for saving at Amazon.]...more
You forgot the number 1 tip: don't shop at amazon at all. Lots of Love Verena Fiona | ...more

How to Make Your Own Unique Christmas Countdown

When I was growing up, my family had a Christmas countdown made out of beads. Every day I made sure to move a bead until it was Christmas. ...more

Birthdays and Holidays: Can You Fit It All In?

We just finished up two birthdays in a seven day period, all the week before Thanksgiving. Sometimes the birthdays fall the same week as Thanksgiving, and once in his seven years, our youngest son celebrated his special day on Thanksgiving. It's hard sometimes. ...more

5 Minutes With 5 Products: Your New Lazy Everyday Makeup

I don’t know about you, but when I wear everyday makeup, I want it to take as little time as possible. I’m a master of trying to figure out shortcuts to my beauty routine just so I can spend five more minutes in bed (it makes a difference when it’s like 8 a.m.)....more

His Name Was Tamir Rice

His name was Tamir Rice.He was 12....more
So very tragic....it's so senseless...I believe every police dept should wear body cams and that ...more

I'm More Than "Just a Stripper"

 Please find below my response to an experience that is unfortunately quite common for pole dancers like myself. The details are specific to my most recent “Regina George”, but after a number of years of being deeply in love with this sport, the mean girls all tend to blend together.Dear “Regina George”,The other day you called me out for being “just a stripper”. I was offended, but not for the reasons you think.“Just”A few questions for context, if you please:Who are you to limit me, exactly?...more
I read your post and I congratulate you for taking the high road. The world has trained us all ...more

Talking With Women About Their Obsession with 'Serial'

CUE MUSIC: Bad Dream (the theme) by Nick Diamonds ME: For the last two weeks, I've spent every working day trying to understand why Serial is so popular. Or technically, why are my female friends obsessed with this podcast? ...more

10 Things You Shouldn't Say at the Thanksgiving Table, and What to Say Instead

Two topics seem to dominate the morning shows during Thanksgiving week: what is the most fattening thing on the table, and how to create the most decadent holiday menu. Is it just me, or does it seem counterproductive to dish on the heart-attack-inducing fat and calories in sausage stuffing while also talking about how to make the very best stuffing?...more
Very nice. One of the reasons I'm glad we live far away from all extended family. Of course, ...more

Hate Marshmallowey Sweet Potatoes? Try This Recipe With Feta and Sumac

Hate Marshmallowey Sweet Potatoes? Try This Savory Recipe With Feta and Sumac It's the Monday before Thanksgiving, the most sweet-potato centric holiday of all in the U.S., and this week I'm giving you an ultra-easy sweet potato recipe for a Meatless Monday treat. Sweet potatoes always go on sale right before Thanksgiving, so you might have a few extra ones on hand. ...more

What Do You Think of Facebook's Thank You Videos?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Facebook has unrolled a new video algorithm which culls moments out of your timeline and allows you to say thank you to someone on your Friends list. Unlike last December's year-in-review video, which culled out the best moments from your year, Facebook's "Say Thanks" campaign tries to find the overlap between two accounts, sometimes with very touching results and sometimes in ways that make coffee shoot out your nose. ...more
I LOVED THIS!! But I wouldn't have known about the campaign if not for you. FB didn't alert me ...more

The Plight of My Youngest Child (Or Why I Am A Horrible Mother)

Some days I feel like I've got things pretty under control. On those days that the children mostly got along with one another, and the laundry is mostly washed and mostly folded (if not mostly put away) and I've prepared a dinner that is mostly nutritious and mostly homemade, and we've all sat down together to mostly enjoy one another's company... I feel pretty good about myself. ...more
Love! I'm mom of an only child and I think sometimes he tires of my hero worship. Four kids is a ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thats a great list! Thank you:) We recently found out about Portent Title Maker - I recommend ...more

7 Reasons to Never Start a Relationship in Winter

Winter arrived early like an unwanted relative and dumped record amounts of snow as if to announce, “Put away the jeweled flip-flops, Sweetheart, and grab a coat before you freeze your assets.”Because I’ve been around the block many times in all kinds of weather, I’m here to give unsolicited but helpful advice if you intend to enter into a new relationship.Here are some reasons you should never start dating during cold weather:...more
So cute! Love this post.Upcoming Christmas and the crazy family introduction? LOL.more

Take Your Turkey and Stuff It: Four Thanksgiving Foods That Should Be Banned

Here we find ourselves once again at the season of Thanksgiving. This week, we’ll travel to be with friends and family, count our blessings, watch football, and possibly most importantly, sit down at a table and eat a truly ungodly amount of food.Let’s talk about that food for a sec. Kaythanx.I’m risking being called out as the worst American since Benedict Arnold for the declaration I’m about to make, but blog traffic is always down around the holidays, so what they hay: I effing hate Thanksgiving food....more

Because It Is Time to Act!

Take Your Turkey and Stuff It: Four Thanksgiving Foods That Should Be Banned

Here we find ourselves once again at the season of Thanksgiving. This week, we’ll travel to be with friends and family, count our blessings, watch football, and possibly most importantly, sit down at a table and eat a truly ungodly amount of food.Let’s talk about that food for a sec. Kaythanx.I’m risking being called out as the worst American since Benedict Arnold for the declaration I’m about to make, but blog traffic is always down around the holidays, so what they hay: I effing hate Thanksgiving food....more

French Provincial Chest Makeover #2

So I shared with you a few days ago some furniture prep and cleaning tips, and gave you a peek at my new makeover project:I came across this gorgeous french provincial bedroom set this summer while responding to an ad on Craigslist for a cast iron bed. ...more

My Michael Brown. My Trayvon Martin. My Son.

Last night, I had to drive to Shreveport to meet my sister but I had been anxiously awaiting the public reading of the verdict. It takes me close to an hour to make that drive and since I couldn't check Twitter and Facebook, I thought I'd listen to the local radio stations for word. Before I could hear it on the radio, I got a phone call from my 19 year-old son....more

Hot Apple Pie Dip

This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s certainly that time of year where gatherings are happening and parties are being planned. Nabisco has asked me if I’d like to share one of their recipes with you, and a few of my own party tips ....more

A Craftberry Bush Christmas - Joss & Main Hostess event LIVE

It's here! Craftberry Bush's...more

Life Lately, Vol. 3

Things going on lately:(You posted again, mom? WOW! Let me check my Feedly for an update.)I've been going to the gym at 5:00 am to get some much needed mommy time/endorphin time that starts the day off right for me ....more

The Hopeless State of Today

Last night, I along with thousands across the country, watched as Prosecutor Robert McCulloch read that a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Jr. I knew in my heart what the conclusion would be, but I was hopeful....more

The Hopeless State of Today

Last night, I along with thousands across the country, watched as Prosecutor Robert McCulloch read that a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Jr. I knew in my heart what the conclusion would be, but I was hopeful....more