(TUTORIAL) How to Edit Your Vertical Videos for YouTube

Want to get more traction with your videos? Follow this step-by-step guide to make them look fabulous on YouTube. ...more

5 Fun Things to Do While You're in Chicago for #BlogHerFood15

Build in a little extra time to enjoy all Chicago has to offer. ...more

Join Us in October for NaBloPoMo!

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

5 Reasons #BlogHerFood15 Is a Food Blogger's Recipe for Success

#BlogHerFood15 has a lot for anyone, but for food bloggers, this is the go-to conference of the year. ...more

#BlogHerFood15: The Mobile App Is Here

It's here ... the #BlogHerFood15 mobile app!...more

Breastfeeding: Been There, Done That, Not Doing It Again!

I consider myself intelligent and sufficiently educated. I know the laundry list of stated benefits to breastfeeding. I know it's the best. But, I don't want to do it. I'm scared. ...more

What I Learned From Hearing Grace Lee Boggs Speak

With her white hair, floral dress, and wheelchair, Grace Lee Boggs looked like she could have been someone’s elderly Chinese grandmother. But when she took the stage, the auditorium full of people who were used to being the ones talking — from veteran journalists to young YouTube sensations — leaned in to hear her every word....more

How I'm Trying to Bully-Proof My Daughters

My girls love to climb the trees at their school. As soon as they see me at dismissal, they hand off their backpacks and run away with their friends, sometimes stopping to see me for a quick chat or snack. Most often they're monkeying up the handful of trees lining the school's playground. ...more

10 Underrated Love Songs to Add to Your 'Love List'

I am Music.I was fortunate enough to be born to two parents for whom music was an essential element of life. I grew up in a home environment in which music always played and I grew up fully understanding the universality of musical communication....more

As a Teacher, We Need Gun Control, Not Code Red Drills

No matter how many Code Red Active Shooter drills we do, I don't think of school as a safe place to be....more

Why You Should Go to #BlogHerFood15 (Even If You're Not a Food Blogger)

In ten years of attending conferences and social media events, I can honestly say BlogHer Food conferences are my favorite—I think everyone should attend one. That doesn't seem like a radical statement, as I am both attending and speaking at #BlogHerFood15, except perhaps for this—I am not a food blogger. Nor do I intend on becoming one. ...more

5 Ways I'm Avoiding the Dreaded Blogging Rut

Blogging ruts are something every blogger faces. Whether it's lack of time, boredom, lack of creativity, a technology break or simply taking a step back and enjoying life, it will happen. On my original blog, it happened to me often. I would post pretty consistently for about 3 weeks, then crickets for weeks. Then consistency, followed by more crickets. I usually found myself in a rut for two reasons. ...more

How Creating a Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

Do you have a morning routine? Two months ago, a friend of mine (Ms. Nonhle Beryl) told me about her morning ritual and how it sets the tone of her whole day. Since then, I haven't been able to get it out of my head because I'm always stressed in the morning. ...more
Love this post! I truely believe that a good morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the ...more

I Have No Guns, But You Still Can't Take Them

I grew up around guns. Why can't we have "responsible" gun ownership?...more

How On Earth Did I Become One of THOSE Moms?

A few months ago, my very first friend had a baby. By that I mean that none of my other friends have babies yet (half are just getting engaged, and the other half are too drunk to find their phones). She was the first to become a mom. Throughout her pregnancy we talked about how she wanted a natural birth and how excited I was for her to be going through a midwifery group and to birth in their birth center. She went late, which is normal for first time moms (or, if you're like me, going two weeks late is my due date), and we talked about natural ways to induce labor. ...more

What's a 'Sleepunder'? (You'll Be So Glad When You Find Out!)

For her sixth birthday, my daughter wanted a sleepover party. She envisioned a 15-hour (at a minimum) gathering that would be filled with friends, hijinks, Frozen sing-alongs, and lots of ice cream. She saw it as first-grader Nirvana; I saw it as the longest night of my life (which is saying a lot considering I was in labor with her brother for 36 hours). Where she saw fun, I saw girls not sleeping or, better yet, kids waking up at 2 a.m. with tearful entreaties to be returned home. ...more

6 Ways My Husband Drives Me Bonkers

It's OK to mean well and not actually get anywhere. You know I'll end up forgiving you eventually. It's just, when you try to help, you're really doing the exact opposite. ...more

Gluten-Free (Baked) Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

I so went there... Fall is among us and I feel like a little kid who is seeing leaves change color for the first time.  I really don't think I could be any more excited to experience Autumn in all its glory, so naturally I'm going a little nuts-o with the Fall decorating and baking this year. ...more

Spitting Fire and Other Forms of Relationship Abuse

I Guess He Told Me!Received 12.3.14 at 12:22 PM: "My $200k will be for me and whom ever I get with!"Received 12.3.14 at 12:23 PM: "You got your punishment because I divorced you and I only have nine more month of alimony and then I am done giving you money! Hallelujah!"I didn't reply to either of these. I wouldn't take his phone calls....more
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How to Balance Blogging With a Full-Time Job

Learning how to balance blogging with a full-time job is something most bloggers have to deal with at some point. While many of us have the aspiration of one day being a full-time blogger, most of us don't start out that way. Instead, we blog as a side-hustle, sometimes for years, before we can make the leap. I started my blog a year ago. Sometimes it feels like that was an eternity ago! But compared to other larger blogs, mine is still a baby. So, at least for now, it has to be a side hustle along with my full-time job. My job is unique in that we have months at a time of absolute chaos, followed by months of little to no work at all. So during certain parts of the year, finding time to work on this blog is not a big deal at all. But during others, it takes my last shred of time and sanity to get my posts written. Luckily, the last year has given me ample time to nail down some tried and true strategies for balancing blogging with my full-time job. ...more

Which of These Lies Do You Still Believe About Breast Cancer?

I hate to tell you this, but you might believe a few lies about breast cancer. It's okay. I don't blame you for your lack of knowledge about this disease. Unless you've been through it, or have had someone very close to you go through it, it's not likely that you've learned all that you can know based on a few pink ribbon campaigns in October. There are a lot of things that I don't know much about either, but I happen to know a little bit about this disease. Because of my experience with cancer, I'm sharing the knowledge of my experience with you. I'm here to do a little myth-busting today. Think of me as your breast cancer equivalent of a Ghostbuster. ...more

What is “Normal”? Married Life on Second Shift

It’s Friday night and I logged on to Facebook and instantly saw six people going out on their weekly date night with their significant other. It looks like such fun, I think as I sit on my couch folding laundry. I still have two hours of solitude. My husband won’t even be home until 11:30 p.m. This is second shift life.  ...more

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Remember That Love Doesn't Hurt

The first time someone I (thought I) loved slapped me, I was stunned into silence. I was 16, he was 24, and while there were so many things wrong with our pairing, the physical and emotional abuse were the worst. How does a 16-year-old respond to a hard slap across the cheek in response to saying something he would later say made him feel like "less of a man", when he is bigger and is much stronger? My ears ringing, I paused, completely silenced and stunned that he would strike out at me rather than discuss whatever I said that upset him. It seemed excessive, and I found myself (oddly) doing more to make sense of it than process it as wrong....more
When I get caught up in the emotion of domestic violence situations, I feel overwhelmed with ...more

Why You Should Take the Plunge & Cut Your Hair

Let's face it, deep down you've already decided to go for it - you just need one last push into that salon chair. Do I think you should cut your hair? Hell yes! Here's why... ...more

How to Make a Fun & Sparkly Halloween Centerpiece on a Budget

For me, fall centerpieces are all about foliages, berries, pomegranates, persimmons, pumpkins, and mums. You know, classy grown up stuff. Even though Halloween lands smack in the middle of autumn, it's a totally different ballgame. I say it’s a time to bring on the glitter, glitz, paint, and get your spook on. This halloween centerpiece project is fun, sparkly, a bit out of the ordinary, yet very easy on the wallet. ...more

Umpqua Tragedy: We Need to Understand What's Behind Mass Shootings

As a blogger and news editor, I’m so weary of running these posts. Reactions to mass shootings at college campuses, like the one at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday. At elementary schools. At churches. At gurdwaras. At movie theaters. On live television. The mass shootings just become more and more common....more

Getting Lost is Our Family Tradition

There have been so many roads not taken, or mistaken, or taken wrongly—also highways, freeways, even hallways. Born without a sense of direction, like everyone else in my family, I turn left when I should turn right, can't tell the difference between east and west, and have been known to panic in hotel hallways. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost," he was not talking about the Clark family. We wander, all right, and we are lost....more

On the Power of 'You Can Do It'

I recently interviewed for something pretty major (crossing my fingers, toes and eyes that I get it), and during the process I was inspired to take this little blog of mine in a slightly new direction. Sure, I’ll still be sharing my parental rants, product recommendations and fitness tips with you, but I also want to share some pretty incredible lessons that I'm learning along the way as a Mom. After all, being a parent is TOUGH work. It's (literally) all fun and games making believe and singing silly songs, but the real meat of the job is no walk in the park. ...more

Now Let Us Praise Banned Books!

It's Banned Books Week again, that week cherished by bibliophiles and lovers of intellectual freedom, a time when the stupidity and bigotry of would-be censors is exposed to the light of day. Granted, a small part enjoying of BBW comes from a feeling of coalition; it's nice to meet others who prize big ideas over small minds but the core of the celebration are the books themselves. Banned books are some of the best stories in the world. ...more

How to Make an Amazing About Me Page For Your Blog

When I first started my blog, way back when, I didn't really think about having an "about me" page for my blog! I mean, I didn't want anyone to know who I was. I wanted to keep my blogger life private from my personal life, and I didn't want friends and family to find my blog. But about 5 months ago, when I actively started working on Glamorous Glitter and making my blog a priority in my life, I knew I needed an "about me" page to let my readers know who I am. Your "about me" page will turn out to be one of your blog's biggest and most used page on your blog. Why? Because that is where readers and brands will go to find out more about you and your blog. This is also where readers and brands will see whether they are interested in your blog. ...more

5 Tips for When You Feel Like Sadness From Inside Out

I've fallen and I can't get up. Again. Depression is a beast, and frankly, sometimes we just don't feel like dragon-slaying to get through the morning, let alone an entire day. I'm not talking about lighter days where we just need an extra hour of sleep because the kids kept us up, or when ruminating over that nasty stapler stealing boss at work begins affecting our relationships at home. I'm talking about the days we'd rather stay in bed with the covers pulled up over our head and even the meds or extra chocolate stopped working. I'm talking about when the sense of hopelessness begins to cement, and even prayers to God seem to be wait-listed. ...more

A Definitive Guide: Can I Wear These Leggings As Pants?

Well, the best time of year has arrived; pumpkin spice everything is on the shelves and in the air, Hobby Lobby is selling Christmas trees well before Halloween, and the assault on my eyes by women, who year after year, insist on wearing leggings inappropriately.     ...more

20-Minute Pomodoro (Tomato) Sauce

Nothing beats a lazy, slow-cooked Sunday bolognese filling the house with tempting aromas that draw the family to the table.  But if it’s a Tuesday night, that all day simmer isn’t really an option, is it?    ...more

Vegan Chocolate Cake from Gena's New Vegan Cookbook - from Food52

This is the perfect Chocolate Cake recipe for fall because it includes pumpkin puree in the luscious filling. This gorgeous photo and recipe is from Gena Hamshaw's new cookbook, Food 52 VEGAN: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen from the fabulous website Food52. Learn more about the cookbook and get this recipe for the most amazing fall chocolate cake..Read more » This is a summary, images and full post available on HHL website! ...more

Baby moccs.

Size 0-3 months on the left, size 6-12 months on the right Like lots of you (I assume), I love...more

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Oreo crust, creamy cheesecake layer, spiced pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream and chocolate ganache on top, sounds like a great alternative to pumpkin pie, especially for those cheesecake fans out there. When it comes to autumn desserts, there is no better solution than pumpkin. I started my autumn season for this sort of treats a few weeks ago, but not not on this blog ....more

A birth story - Baby Luke

This is a little long and "word-y" but for my record books :) We are SO happy this sweet baby is finally here and healthy! Gosh we love him so! While feeling a little down, ( the pregnancy emotions were getting to me :) my mom called me on Wednesday night September 23rd and told me she booked a flight for the next day (( Thursday )) to come be with me and keep me sane before the baby came :) I was so excited ....more

Lemon, Blueberry and Ricotta Muffins

Super soft and moist lemon scented muffins, filled with juicy blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze. Oh Em Gee, these are so good! I made them because I had leftover ricotta from a lasagna the other night and sheesh am I glad I did. ...more

FAR-West Venues' Choice Concert October 15, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center

On Thursday evening, October 15, FAR-West will kick off its 12th annual conference with the Venues’ Choice concert. Five venues from around the region, dedicated to presenting acoustic music year-round, will each present an artist(s) of their choice. The diversity of styles represented are indicative of the broad range of expression that makes the West such a rich cultural melting pot ....more


Oh wow. Just wow. I had no idea that the last time I blogged was July ....more