Plastic Easter Egg Pineapple String Lights

What do you do with all those plastic eggs after the Easter bunny has made his exit? Mine seem to accumulate in my yard, making me crazy. I have painted them with puffy paint, used them as dinosaur egg molds, and filled them cinnamon—and ...more

What to Do With Leftover Ham

Leftover ham is something that's pretty easy to use when it's winter and Ham and Bean Soup sounds like a great idea -- but if you're cooking ham for Easter and warmer weather has arrived, you may need to get a bit more creative. Luckily, there are ...more

What's in My Diaper Bag

Happy April! The sun is shining bright and it's finally warm! Can't wait to take a walk around the 'hood once Sofia wakes up from her nap. Lately, she hasn't been much into sitting in the stroller. Yesterday evening, our own little mini-Hulk ...more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection. ...more

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Eggs

Reese’s peanut butter eggs are the absolute best!  Everyone has their favorite Easter candy, and peanut butter eggs are mine.  As a kid, my Easter basket was stocked with the chocolate-covered, peanut butter-filled ...more

You Can't Force a Guy Into A Relationship

There is absolutely no way to make a man commit to a relationship to you, at least not any relationship that you actually want and in which you will be happy. The best part of being in a relationship is knowing that you're connected to someone who chose to be with you, of his/her own free will and with no reluctant sense of obligation. Who wants to be with someone who needs to be coerced or dragged along unwillingly?...more
I have been married for many years and dated my husband for 6 years before we got married and I ...more

Did Your Barbies Play "The Bad Game"?

My favorite doll when I was in second grade was a soft-featured, frizzy-bunned, slightly plump version of Barbie. (She was less expensive than an actual Barbie because my mother saved money every way she could, and my toys were often cheaper versions of popular playthings.)...more

Five Ways to Use a Leftover Ham Bone

So you're going to save that Christmas ham bone, right? (Wait, you did get a bone-in ham, right? Right?? If not, next time, okay?) Whatever you do with the meat, once you're down to the bone, it's time to get out your biggest pot. We're gonnna cook and a ham bone, well, it's 100% flavor and it's 100% free. Image: Clemson via Flickr ...more
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Is "Scandal" Ruining Your Sex Life?

I just discovered the television show Scandal on Netflix. Yes, I know that I’m coming (pun intended) to the Oliva Pope/President Fitzgerald party waaaaaay late. But I’ve come to the party with a vengeance. I’ve managed to watch all 40+ episodes that have aired to date in the last six weeks. ...more
Hahahaha!  I too LOVE Scandal.  I am 1 episode behind and it is waiting for me on DVR.  I wait ...more

Attend Hogwarts from Your Living Room, and Other LARP Websites We'd Like to See

It turns out that joining an online course for Hogwarts is a lot more exciting in theory than it is in practice. The creators of Hogwarts is Here didn't account for the idea's popularity, and merely enrolling took me over an hour as the server kept giving me 503 messages. This LARP (live action role playing) site allows players to enroll as themselves, a new character, or an existing character in the book, and then complete all the Hogwarts coursework, including 3-foot-of-parchment essays. ...more

What Is Happening to the Jews of Donetsk, Ukraine?

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. According to the Memorial de la Shoah, up to 1.5 million Jews were murdered in Ukraine between 1941 and 1944. The genocide of Ukrainian Jews is known as the "Holocaust by bullets," because the Nazis did not bother to gather and deport people to concentration camps or death camps....more
M.M.J. Gregory Hopefully, there won't be any follow up incidents.more

Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. ...more
debontherocks Thanks, Deb! Was just thinking I need some good Double X TV in my demo. Hope all's ...more

Lighter Deviled Eggs Two Ways: Thai Red Curry and Wasabi

Easter is by far one of my favourite holidays, and not just because of the egg decorating! It’s a time of new life, awakening and newness–just the line of thinking we need after the awful, awful winter we just had. Long before the Easter bunny came hopping along, eggs were given as gifts on Easter Sunday to commemorate rebirth and the end of Lent. What a treat that must’ve been after the forty egg-free days leading up to Easter! ...more
Yummie_Nation yo heather & Craig Hoppy Easter! thnx for overtime #womanbehindthecurtain ...more

SURVEY: What Would Your Dream Work/Life Balance Look Like?

We all feel the stress of too much to do and not enough time—and possibly the most time-pressed of us all are parents with full-time jobs. Some companies are attempting to address these work-life challenges to make more productive employees who stick around longer. Sabrina Parsons, the CEO of one of these companies, will be featured in a segment of Al-Jazeera America's program America Tonight on Monday, April 24. ...more
My company has a "Work Your Way" policy which is quite nice - no set hours but most people ...more

Home Workout: Gliding Disc (or Hand Towel!) Boot Camp

I love using the gliding discs in my boot-camp classes, but my clients and students don't love them because the discs literally kick their butt. Still, I had to develop a gliding disc boot-camp workout for all my frugal exercisers that really want to get in shape. If you don't have gliding discs, use a hand towel (if you have tile or wood floors) or a plastic frisbee (if you have carpet). And then get ready for a cheap, intense workout. ...more
Thanks for the article.  I plan to try it since I have my own gliders.more

Kirsten Dunst, I've Got Your Back

Kirsten Dunst recently got blasted for some comments she made about gender roles and just because someone doesn't agree with her, does not mean Kirsten is "kind of dumb about it."  But according to Erin Gloria Ryan in Jezebel, Kirsten is indeed "kind of dumb about it" since she apparently favors traditional male and female roles within a relationship. ...more
HugoMMRabson iamwoman2013 prairiewifeinheels  @blogher I like your mother! :)  It comes down to ...more

Flipping Off the Voice of Doubt in My Head

Philip is a terrible bird watcher. While the rest of the group advances along the path, my son plops down in the middle of the trail to play with rocks. ...more
I love what you shared!  I too have a big issue with "that voice in my head".  I know it is ...more

Park Moms: Observations from the Playground

At the playground, Kay goes off to play with the first kid she sees (shy she is not), and I get to people watch. Here are some of the personalities I've noticed at the park. Which one are you closest too? ...more
intentionalmom  Me too! I'm more like, hey, go for it! Jump in the mud puddle, you're washable! :)more

How to Make Chocolate Easter Egg Baskets

Are you entertaining family and friends over the Easter weekend? Do you need a quick recipe that will feed the masses, taste delicious, and even better, that the kids can make?!  ...more

What Do You Mean, "WHAT'S A HAM BALL?"

All my life I've thought everyone had ham balls at Easter. That is, until this week, when I casually mentioned to my co-workers my need to pick up eight pounds of chopped ham so my husband could make his most-coveted holiday recipe for my extended family. This is odd? Other people don't know what ham balls are?...more
lol love the humor written in.  Funny husband you have.  I'm from Minnesota and have had ham ...more

Plus-Size Woman Wears Bikini in Miami; World Does Not End

"It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes." ~Sally Field ...more
I loved this!  You looked great! Gives me inspiration to keep on my path of living healthier!  ...more

The First Year of Marriage is NO Honeymoon!

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom about marriages, that newlyweds embark upon a “honeymoon phase” during the very first year. When I was married, however, I think that phase lasted one or two months and then the serious challenges kicked in. This was something I was prepared for because before getting married, I talked to my married friends about their relationships. The vast majority of  them said that the first year was the most challenging....more
FeministaJones  Sounds like we have similar stories! One day we will have to sit down for a long ...more

11 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

I speak at conferences and do some teaching, and the questions I’m asked the most about are about social media and blogging. At a recent conference, someone in the audience suggested I put a blogging tips article online that I could link to for writers’ reference. Great idea. I’ve been writing for the Internet for a decade, so these are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. ...more
Thanks for the tips. Very helpful. I have purchased my own unique URL but struggle with getting ...more

Do You Trust Your Teen Alone with Members of the Opposite Sex?

What would you do if your child asks if he/she could spend a few hours at a friend's house without any adult supervision? Would it matter if the child he/she was hanging out with was of the opposite sex? As a mom of a 15-year-old daughter, I have had no problems over the years of letting my child spend time with her friends, boys and girls, so long as I knew the parents and if a parent was present while my daughter was with their child. ...more
Dear Momofacrew, Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate your opinions regarding co-ed ...more

How to Blow Out Easter Eggs (and Dye Them Naturally)

I don’t dye hard-boiled eggs (although you can certainly do that, if you like). I prefer using “blown” eggs, so that I don’t need to worry about spoilage and I can use them for a good long time (sometimes a month leading up to Easter) in arrangements throughout the house. Here's how to blow them out. ...more

'Orange Is the New Black' Teases Us With a Trailer and More

The next season of Orange Is the New Black won't drop until June 6th, but Netflix cares about me (and you) and our OITNB obsession, so they released a new trailer and promotional video to help us make it to the finish line.  ...more
BlogHer LOVE Orange is the New Black!!! Wish season 2 would hurry!!!!more

What's In My Diaper Bag: Toddler Edition

Happy April! The sun is shining bright and it's finally warm! Can't wait to take a walk around the 'hood once Sofia wakes up from her nap. Lately, she hasn't been much into sitting in the stroller. Yesterday evening, our own little mini-Hulk continually thrust her entire body forward in an effort to break though the straps. Obviously the stroller won and she was pissed. We plopped our dog in the there, Sof held the leash, and everyone came out a winner. ...more

Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
Didn't take the test but found this article extremely interesting.  Thanks for sharing.more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection....more
KathyBoutin  Thanks for sharing, Kathy!  Today, I was feeling that overwhelm creep up, so I ...more

The Semicolon Project: Continuing Our Stories One Choice at a Time

Today I found out about a brave movement called The Semicolon Project. Participants in this project are drawing tattoos of semicolons on their wrists to raise awareness about depression and self-harm. There was a time in my life when I didn’t want to live anymore. I was incredibly hopeless. I was afraid to wake up in the morning because when I opened my eyes I knew that I would have to face the day. If you haven’t struggled with depression, it’s hard to understand these feelings. But they are incredibly awful and real. They are debilitating. ...more
I love this anti-suicide anthem from Twenty One Pilots Migraine I-I-I I've got a migraine. And ...more

5 Festive Easter Treats: Hot Cross Buns, Cupcakes and More!

Easter treats aren’t just for kids. And though we’re not beyond snagging a chocolate or two from our kids’ Easter baskets, what we really look forward to are treats like Hot Cross Buns and festive holiday cakes. Here are a few recipes from BlogHer’s food bloggers that would brighten up any Easter table. Hot Cross Buns Image: Courtesy of Foodness Gracious ...more

Social Media Makes Finding Love Online Easier for Seniors

A lot of people see their senior years as a time to just take care of grandchildren, play Bingo, do aquarobics, and reflect on memories. But what does this mean for your body and mind? Most people will reach the age of retirement looking forward to having all the time in the world to do what they please. Some spend time doing what they always dreamed with, only to find that after a short period of time they are bored. Then, they don’t know what to do and their health starts to decline....more

My Mother-in-Law Won't Apologize!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I've recently had some upset with my MIL.  Although I have apologized for my part of the disagreement, she is incapable of saying the words, "I'm sorry." What's the deal with people who can't say I'm sorry—like ever?!  And how do I restore good family relations when she won't do her part to smooth things over and move forward? ...more

I Was Sexually Abused At An All-Girls Summer Camp

Even now, at night when I close my eyes, I can sometimes still hear her. Footsteps crunching on the gravel path, growing louder as she nears the cabin. There’s a pause as she inhales and exhales one last drag on her Salem before crushing it out in the dirt. The screen door whines as she teases it open. Then she tiptoes across the rough wood floor to my bed, and on clear nights her body casts a shadow over mine in the moonlight. ...more
I'm curious about one thing, did it affect your relationships after the abuse? If you had the ...more

Remake: Springtime Watercolor Skirt

Springtime is officially here and I’ve been SO inspired by watercolor prints as of late. I’ve been seeing all kinds of gorgeous dresses in stores… Watercolors galore!! (from L-R, Rhyme Los Angeles $98, Isaac Mizrahi $138.50, Kay Unger $700) …that I wanted to create my own version! ...more

Meow Monday

Today, in addition to the cat pictures, I am going to tell you a little bit about how we adopted them! ...more

BBQ Margarita Chicken Tostadas with Sweet Jalapeño Margarita Salsa.

This is what every Monday needs. The post BBQ Margarita Chicken Tostadas with Sweet Jalapeño Margarita Salsa. appeared first on Half Baked Harvest ....more

Because of Him

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I hope you felt peace, love and gratitude. I hope you were close to the ones you love ....more

Quinoa Side Dish with Mushrooms, Green Onions, and Parmesan (Gluten-Free, Meatless)

Mushrooms, scallions, a tiny hint of soy sauce, and Parmesan make this quinoa side dish sing with flavor. I know some people still aren't familiar with Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), a trendy type of seed from South America that's eaten as a grain....more

Baked “Fried” Chicken

A few weeks ago I came across a recipe for Oven Baked Southern Fried Chicken that just made my mouth water. I’ve made crispy baked wings before, but I’ve never made them in such a way that they look just like deep fried chicken. (...)Read the rest of Baked “Fried” Chicken © Kirbie for Kirbie's Cravings | A San Diego food blog, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh ...more

Pink Kool Kitsch on eBay!

By RetroRuth Hey guys! So, I decided I would try to fill Sara In AZ’s shoes for a bit while she and Mike are working on their dream time-capsule because, frankly, I miss those posts. I need my shopping fix! ...more

It Was Grand

It's funny, isn't it? Somehow a holiday is wonderful no matter where it's celebrated as long as those we love are with us. Yesterday, I learned a valuable lesson: my kids and their spouses can and did throw a fabulous holiday bash ....more

Happy Resurrection Day!

Happy Resurrection day- I hope everyone was able to spend this day with family and friends.  Let us remember the whole reason for this beautiful day.  That Jesus defeated death and is sitting this very day in heaven!  Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me! I am praying for you! Miss Wanda#thankyouJesus#prayingforyou#lifeisgood...more