Follow Along From Home with BlogHer & Skype

This year, we're moving the party from Twitter to Skype, BlogHer '14's Official Communication Partner! We've had great success and fun with the BlogHer Buddy System, we and realized it would be a perfect place for HomeHers to connect. ...more

Getting Nervous for the Conference? Lean on a Skype Buddy

It's called the BlogHer Buddy System, and it is brought to you with the assistance and technology of our Official Communications Sponsor for BlogHer '14: Skype.  ...more

Dating Women Showed Me I'd Been Sexist with Men

Long before I met my first girlfriend, I knew I had within me the capacity to love beyond gender.  I am attracted to every form; all our expressions of masculine and feminine. When I would tell people, they ask me to pick- surely I prefer ...more

Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogHer '13

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more

Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game & Win!

Not that you all need any extra incentive, but this year at BlogHer Food we introduced a Selfie Game that was so much fun, we're doing it again at BlogHer '14. There will be prizes. There will be fun. And, oh yes, there will be selfies. ...more

My Sister Is Melting Because She Won't Wear Shorts

Dear Mouthy Housewives,How can I get my sister to wear shorts? It's 100 degrees outside already this summer, and she insists on wearing jeans every day. She says she's more comfortable that way, but I know it's because she's embarrassed that she's not skinny. She feels that she looks bad when she shows her legs. I don't think she looks bad, and I want her to not be so hot and sticky. What can I do to help her?Signed,My Sister Wears the Pants in This Family...more

I'm Head Over Heels In Love (...For the 4th Time)

I've been IN love about three times... until now. This is the fourth and probably the scariest of them all! Whenever I date someone, I normally wait on them to drop the 'L' bomb and if I feel it is right, I say it too. The thing that many people do not realise, is that there is a HUGE difference between loving someone, and being in love with them....more

Realizing the Comforts of My Color: Thoughts on White Privilege

She came from nowhere, it seemed, and slipped away in the same smooth and silent way. We were at the donut shop's counter, being treated to coffee by one of the people we were visiting.  His wallet was out, and suddenly she was there, at his side, all creased chocolate skin and curls spiraling with gray and—this is what has stayed with me—dark and haunted eyes. Image Credit: Christine H. via Flickr...more
Oh my goodness, I have been trying to write this very piece for a couple of weeks. (Yours is so ...more

The Search For My Lost Cat Gets Hot

Yesterday, I was just about to leave for work when my phone rang. "Hi, is this the person with the lost cat?" Image: Metro Centric...more
my husband's a firefighter so this story made me LOL --hope you find your cat soon!!more

Time: The Gift I Received After We Nearly Lost Our Son

My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie, which may or may not have something to do with Bill Nighy being in it; for some reason, that guy just cracks me up. At the end of the movie, the main character comes to the inevitable moral of the story moment, and it was one that hit me square in the BIG feels. ...more
Thank you for sharing this. My four year old has a rare heart defect that wasn't diagnosed until ...more

I Don't Care if You Like it: I'm Going to Keep Showing Happy Pictures of My Family on the Internet

I post a few pictures like this one every day on Instagram and Facebook. I am one of those. One of those moms with a penchant for digital documentation. I am a constant chronicler. My family’s curator of all our good and happy times. But every so often I’ll see an article come through my newsfeed that dismisses my happy picture-taking-posting-to-social media-hobby. Or worse, one that condemns the happy sharing. It’s bad for my kids. It’s annoying. It’s a way to get blocked, hidden, un-friended, un-followed. It’s wrong in general. ...more
I love it when people post about their families. The pictures make me happy. I have 9 nieces and ...more

15 Excellent Answers to "Why Do You Blog?"

"Why do you blog?" or "Why did you start blogging?" are often the first questions asked in any interview with a blogger. They're very different questions, though, aren't they? Whether you've been blogging for months or years, why you started and why you continue may be fundamentally different things. As part of our 10-year anniversary Selfiebration, I scoured the Internet to find out what drives us to keep pressing publish....more

Gain BlogHer '14 Connections Without Leaving Your House: Introducing BlogHer at Home From Skype

Six years ago, BlogHer at Home was created by community members Nic (@mybottlesup) and Jenn Jacura (@PrincessJenn) as a way to connect non-attendees during BlogHer '09. What began as a way to have a conversation turned into a party. Of course it did! BlogHers know how to have a good time. ...more
Thank you!!! I've been keeping my eye out for how to follow at home, in addition to Twitter and ...more

Congress Is Not Just For Old White Men - Moms Can Serve Too

The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING.There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature. Had I ever seen such a thing before? Had it ever HAPPENED before?...more

Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game and Win! Fabulous! Prizes!

As you may have heard, we're having a little Selfiebration this week in San Jose! And in keeping with that theme, we can't wait to see the flood of beautiful, hilarious, awesome selfies that will stream to various screens around the conference venue—and also flow from within the walls of the convention center out to the broader BlogHer community via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, our blogs, and every other social platform.  ...more

Download the BlogHer '14 Conference Guide: Everything You Need to Know for San Jose!

In an effort to Go Green for our conference, we will not have a printed agenda on site. However, in addition to our amazing app (download it!), we have a digital Conference Guide for you to download, read, save to your tablet or smartphone, and/or print if you so desire. ...more

6 Tips to Keep You Healthy and Happy at the BlogHer Conference

When you come home from the BlogHer conference, you will hopefully have a camera full of photographs, a pocket full of bloggie business cards, and a suitcase full of swag. But what you don't want to bring home is exhaustion, or even worse, a cold. Before you leave for BlogHer, check my list of things to bring with you or do while you're there in order to come home refreshed instead of drained. ...more
Denise Oh. Good reminder! I need to make sure I have hand sanitizer packed in my carry-on. ...more

What's Really Killing Your Sex Drive?

People these days face a number of issues when it comes to managing their sex drives. They should think about how they can manage the sex drive problems that they are encountering. There are a number of important solutions that people have available to them. They can talk to professionals, read through publications and review how they can manage their sexual health. Couples can work through these problems together, providing a considerable amount of guidance to each other. They can even provide feedback and manage the different issues that they are facing. ...more
Thyroid. I have Hashimoto's, and it comes with decreased metabolism and sex drive. It's a pretty ...more

8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim. Savory Snacks Ham and Dill Pickle Bites ...more

I Forgot My Son's First Words and Lied About It

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation or an alphabetized library of scrapbooks as proof that my son did indeed take his first step or speak his first word. But, I can promise you that my now 15-year-old son is a walking, talking teen who can string sentences together and walk from place to place all by himself. ...more
Janethpaez So glad I'm not the only one. If you say it with conviction you should be good. LOL. ...more

24 Help Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I don't have to commute, but being a work-at-home mom means I am also in charge of keeping the household running while keeping my business up and running at the same time. ...more
EmilySeamone Thanks for sharing!more

Lisa Fain's Article Was Featured in the New York Times + More!

Lisa Fain's article, "Eating Across Texas, Puffy Tacos to Frito Pie" was featured in the New York Times Travel section. Lisa blogs at Homesick Texan. ...more

Marbleized Metallic Fabric T-Shirt ... Made With Shaving Cream!

This summer, I'm seeing all things marbled popping up as a craft trend. I've mainly seen it in paper and on silk scarves. Recently, I gave this trend a whirl on a T-shirt, using shaving cream and fabric paint. You read me right, shaving cream! ...more

Shamed for a Bike Ramp: What's Wrong with My Home Owners' Association?

Maybe I am just a hillbilly living in suburbia?...more
oh yes, many HOA are just a bunch of incredibly annoying control freaks ... some states have to ...more

Why I’m Scared of Divorce

I just got word that my Uncle Dan and Aunt Tina are splitting after nearly 20 years of marriage. I know statistics say that marriages—yours, mine, the neighbor’s across the street—have about a 50-50 shot of making it. Nothing new here....more
I hope she isn't holding things against her dad. Divorce is terrible for everyone involved. ...more

When Do You Give Up on a Television Show?

I've had it. I'm done. I tried, I really tried, but it's not for me. I'm abandoning HBO's series The Leftovers after four episodes. The show's storyline about the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the population, and about the tortured lives of those who remain, wasn't holding my attention and left me feeling unsettled and frustrated with its moody indulgences.  Like those two percenters who went somewhere, I'm tapping out.  ...more
I'm sticking with it but only because I've finished all of my Netflix shows and I'm not really ...more

HIIT: The Calorie-Burning Routine You Can Do Anywhere

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is rising in popularity amongst the masses at supersonic speeds. Besides body weight training, HIIT is the top fitness trend of 2014. This upbeat, fast-paced method requires dedication, commitment, stamina, and endurance, but the results are well worth the effort. ...more
DailyHIIT (you can look up their website) has 30 day challenges and beginner programs explaining ...more

The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Great post. Scripts seem to find rape storylines easy to roll out, so there should be no reason ...more

Loving Beyond Gender: What Dating A Woman Taught Me About Dating Men

Long before I met my first girlfriend, I knew I had within me the capacity to love beyond gender.  I am attracted to every form; all our expressions of masculine and feminine. When I would tell people, they ask me to pick- surely I prefer one.  “I don’t,” I’ve insisted.There was a period where despite my insistence, I couldn’t quite be sure....more
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your perspective. I wrote something similar to ...more

What Sort of Person Attends a Blogging Conference?

I watched via the internet (especially Twitter!) as the bloggers I was getting to know attended the conference again in 2011 (San Diego), 2012 (New York), and 2013 (Chicago). Each year I found a good excuse not to go. San Diego was the closest the conference got, but a blogging conference just wasn't for me. It's for people who make their blog into a business -- people who do reviews and are brand ambassadors and have tens of thousands of pageviews every month. It's for the bloggers who get hundreds of comments on every post.  Right? ...more
Lizz_Porter VERY SOON!!more

Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year's BlogHer Conference

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more
sharongreenthal Thanks so much for the tweet! Sorry I'll miss you this year.more

Grilled Vegetable Gyros

I'm always in favor of Greek food, and through the years I've certainly gobbled down plenty of gyros made with meat. ...more
Greetings All!! I am of Greek heritage (big time) go to "Cheffie Cooks" and become a member of ...more

Hated the Commercial, Loved The Car: 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Electric Hybrid Review

You remember the car commercial that aired during the Winter Olympics and the Oscars? The one with (Neal McDonough extolling the virtues of workaholic Americans accepting luxury cars as our reward in place of vacations like those lazy French bastards? You might have passionately argued for or against this commercial's message, but I bet you don't remember the actual car being advertised. And that's a shame, because the Cadillac ELR is a terrific car that, despite being a super-niche offering, more people should know about....more

10 Hilarious Tips For Surviving Your Son's Toddler Years

1. Learn to appreciate the word, "NO." Even if the question is, "Do you want a cookie?" your toddler will probably take this opportunity to make it clear that you are not in control. ...more
Yep... Seems about right!more

What I Learned In A Cab.

I hopped into my first cab ride, on my first New York trip, with my first experience of the hustle and bustle of that crazy place. I loved it. I made it a goal that I would spread shine in New York City by getting to know the people who surrounded me ....more

Do You Know Who You Really Are? Your Identity in Christ is Who You Really Are!

People are becoming so consumed with the notion of becoming instantly famous. There is not a day that goes by I don’t hear of someone taking “selfies” or posting pictures they hope will go viral and make them instantly famous....more

Clark+Kensington OPI Color Palette in Miami Beet + a Giveaway!

My living room has been largely untouched for awhile now, and I was looking for a way to add a quick and easy pop of color....more

No Sew Bed Canopy

WARNING: This tutorial is a complete re-enactment, the materials are real, the actors are fake, and the end results are fab. Ok, ok so we all know I’m not the best at writing tutorials, mainly because I always forget to take photos of the process. Mainly because I’m too busy winging it anyways, and I […] The post No Sew Bed Canopy appeared first on The Lilypad Cottage ....more

Kim Kardashian Flaunts Bikini Body Again, Pumps Up Husband Kanye's GQ Style Shoot

Kim Kardashian just posted another bikini picture, after a tabloid report that she has been abandoned by husband Kanye less than two months into the marriage.Kim also gushed about Kanye's style in his recent GQ photoshoot, saying; "Love this shoot Kanye did for GQ. Best part is all these clothes are from his own closet and he put the looks together! It represents his style so much #GQ" I think this couple are very solid, they were even enjoying some days in the sun with their baby daughter just a few days ago ....more

The South In Your Mouth

   The South In Your Mouth ...more

the easiest skirt ever

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted the perfect floral skirt. She had been obsessing all spring and summer long over skirts like these three from her...more

Corn Jalapeño Dip

So I wanted a dip to go with this taro chips here and could not think of a better dip than corn dip. You know why? Cause it is Corn season and they are dirt-cheap at the supermarket or farmer markets right now ....more

Washoe County School District Gossip III: Martinez Video

With KRNV: The board acts like a gang of thugs. Par for the course for that district ....more

Create It Thursday #64 (Plus Features)

Welcome to this week's Create It Thursday! I loved the ideas y'all shared last week...here are a few of my favorite ones!...more