Let's Celebrate Laverne Cox: The First Transgender Actress with an Emmy Nom

I know that outrage at snubs leads the news when nomination lists are announced, and today's Emmy nomination list certainly contains some major omissions. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to take just a minute to celebrate a groundbreaking ...more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my ...more

How to Make Pretty & Refreshing Granita

It's super fancy looking, so it's perfect to serve to guests, and it's also really easy to make! You can use any fruit--mango, pineapple, peaches, berries --or even make it chocolate. Added bonus, you can make it boozy by adding white rum, vodka or ...more

Who Got You to Start Blogging?

During a previous Selfiebration #BlogHer14 Twitter chat, Carter Gaddis chimed in with something that made us all go, hmm. He said, "I haven't been to BlogHer yet, but if @mrdougfrench had a blogging family tree, I'd be a little twig out on the edge." ...more

Make Your Own Cooling Towels for Workouts

Need a way to cool down while exercising or doing yard work on 90-degree days? ...more

How to Plant a Pineapple + a Pineapple Pot DIY

Pineapples are still the hot summer design trend. Don’t believe me? Check Pinterest. In the spirit of the pineapple, I thought I would show you how to grow your own, PLUS make a DIY pineapple-riffic planter. ...more
Do you bring your pineapple plant inside in the winter?more

Watching High vs. Low Class Struggles in Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen

Cutthroat Kitchen is burning up the summer, off to a strong start with its fourth season on Food Network. I don't know whether to love it, hate it, or to make a bread pudding after tearing up my love-hate and covering it with an "I see your class struggles, First World" custard topped by a caramelized "WTF" glaze. ...more
Deb Rox Indeed!!more

Dear 'Unapologetically Fattist' Daily Mail Writer: I Am Unapologetically Human

The average newborn is 7.5 pounds. I came into the world at 10 pounds, so you might say I’ve been a Plus Size Princess since the beginning. I was eight when I began feeling bigger than the other girls. I was 12 when my pediatrician wrinkled her nose and bluntly told my mother that I was fat. I’ve been dieting, losing weight … and gaining more back ever since. ...more
Ahem! I am working towards adopting your attitude of being unapologetically human in the body I ...more

I Thought My Sister's Death Was a Lie

This spring I dreamt that my sister Bobbie wasn't dead. She hadn't committed suicide after all. She was coming home. It was 1966 again and I was 10 years old. She was 21, just like before, and I sobbed for joy when she came to the door, in her familiar beatnik style, looking somewhat detached and cold, but there. After all, I never saw her body — they said it was too far gone for me to see — so her death really may have been a lie, camouflaged amidst my parents' many other deceits. ...more

You Can (and Should) Set Relationship Boundaries

Recently, I was asked for advice from a beautiful twenty-something young woman who is helping me to rediscover fitness in my life. She needed some dating advice and I was flattered that she thought I could offer some helpful information to her. After all, it has been awhile since I was twenty-something....more

5 Unconventional BlogHer '14 Tips That You Simply Must Follow

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for a “Are you ready for BlogHer?” post that talks about things that you should do to your website, how many business cards to order, and what types of shoes to pack for the maximum amount of comfort during the conference, this isn’t it. I repeat, THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL “GETTING READY FOR BLOGHER” POST. ...more
I'm not going, but if I were, I would hope to run into you.more

Another Fun and Useful Conference Resource, Thanks to Our Sponsor Skype

Last week I announced the BlogHer Buddy System, brought to you by Official Communications Sponsor, Skype. Have you signed up yet? Have you accepted my Skype invite, so you can get added? Did you know you have to go to Skype to see your Skype invites and groups...it doesn't come to your email? Or did you know that, and you just don't want to connect to me?...more
cdrdash Yay :)more

How to Find Lost Items Using Psychic Powers (Really)

Approximately three months ago, I was losing my mind.Anyone who has planned their own wedding can probably relate to this. The stress of planning, combined with starting a new job and board exams had me at the point of total melt down....more
Rita Arens :( I was almost sure that my bracelet was gone forever. Losing something you love is ...more

The Most Important Lesson I Taught My Daughters I Learned from Halle Berry

When I hear the name Halle Berry, I immediately think of three things: her gorgeous face, her adorable pixie cut, and her messy break-ups. She is often in the press for her impeccable red-carpet looks, her cosmetic company endorsements, and her roller coaster of a love life. However, when it comes to giving parenting advice, her name doesn't appear on any lists that I know of. Nevertheless, one of the most important lessons I ever taught my daughters is a lesson I learned from Miss Halle Berry herself. Funny thing is, I doubt that she even knows what a perfect example she is. ...more

My Brother Took a Walk and Never Returned

You never think it will happen to you, not your family. Even the most paranoid and anxiety ridden of us never truly believe reality could be this cruel. We hear the news stories, we see the families huddled together, broken and scared, desperately hanging onto their prayers. We glance at the posters briefly, if we stare too long the picture might become too real and force us to imagine the nightmare. But then somehow, out of nowhere, everything we once knew shatters as we're dragged into one of life's horror shows. ...more
What a very moving post. My heart bleeds for you and your family. I'm so sorry. I hope you find ...more

Goodbye Milk: I’m Giving Up Dairy and Here’s Why

I've made the decision to join the ranks of those who have decided to give up dairy due to health reason. I know it sounds strange, yet with the research that I've done, it's one of the best decisions that I could make for myself and here's why. ...more
Good point and I am into Almond milk too since the writing of this post. Replacing dairy has ...more

Starting a Blog is Like Having a Baby

I know what you were thinking when you started your blog. You had a kid. It was hard. It was boring. It was stressful. So you decided, hey, I'll start a blog! That'll make me feel like my life's worth living again. But what you didn't know was that all the hard, boring, stressful stuff you were trying so desperately to escape wasn't going to end at your laptop. Oh no. It was only the beginning. Because having a blog is exactly like raising a kid. Exactly.* ...more

I Don't Need a Man to Walk Me to My Car. But I Want One.

One of the reasons I chose to live in this small town was its low crime rate. I know most of my neighbors (even if some of them aren't my favorite people in the world), and I've never felt unsafe. I often walk my dogs late at night right through the middle of downtown without a second thought in regards to my safety....more
Gentlemen of the World, rise up - we need you!more

Thrift Store Princess

Once inside the thrift store, I was in AWE. I wasn’t ready for the scent of mothballs hitting my nose, but my eyes had never seen so much beauty in one warehouse. This hideaway housed vintage pant suits, '80s-styled clutches, and a ton of sparkly jackets calling my name like a heavenly choir. ...more
Thank you both Doctor Pragati &blogqueendiane for taking the time out the read my post. ...more

Most Adorable DIY Crocheted Nursing Necklace

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently had a baby. She asked if I would be interested in seeing if I could make her a nursing necklace. In case you didn't know (because I had no idea before she emailed me), a nursing necklace is a long, chunky necklace made with wood beads and cotton yarn. (It can be made with plastic or other materials too, but the wooden ones are what my friend wanted.)...more

Will Having Sex Before a Big Game Help Your Chances of Winning? Maybe?

Well, it seems like our previous World Cup sex article was a bit premature. A new study is shutting down the debate on whether sex has an effect on a team's chances to win it all for their country. ...more

I Wanted To Hate Daycare But I Don't

I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, to be able to nurture my kids 24/7 from birth until school age. That was the goal. I have friends who can’t even fathom that fate. To them, it sounds like pure misery. They are great mothers and they love their children, but they love being able to split their time between work and home as well. The idea of being with their kids all day long sounds awful to them. ...more
The church I attended in Seattle had a child-care center. Once while there during a work day I ...more

What's Wrong With Pink LEGO? (Nothing!)

I'm going to post something a little (lot?) controversial here. I don't have a problem with LEGO Friends. I just don't. ...more
LindaCSmith I agree Linda! I feel these sets are adding diversity, not forcing anyone into ...more

The Best Fruit Smoothie Ever?

When I started this journey of finding the right combination of foods to make the perfect fruit smoothie, I tried many things and--yes--experienced some really bad smoothies. Yet, I'm so excited that I started this journey because I feel that I'm getting to the "perfect fruit smoothie" stage. Let’s set a basic foundation first. ...more

What Does Your Blogging Family Tree Look Like

During a previous Selfiebration #BlogHer14 Twitter chat, Carter Gaddis chimed in with something that made us all go, hmm. He said, "I haven't been to BlogHer yet, but if @mrdougfrench had a blogging family tree, I'd be a little twig out on the edge." Which started me off on a wonder trail: Who is part of my blogging family tree? ...more
My BlogMother is my friend who is no longer blogging but I have fairyblogfather and mothers now! ...more

I Get Cranky When People Call Me a Writer

When I chose to start a blog, I didn't do so because I saw myself as a writer, or that I could impress people with my way with words. Because I am not a writer. I'm a rambler. I write the same way I talk, which is usually fast and all over the place. I open an empty post box and it's like spitfire. ...more
Southernbellecharm you're so not alone! I think if I focused on all those tiny little mistakes ...more

Black Women, White Women, and Natural Hair

The burn of a relaxer on my tender scalp.The hiss of the hot comb against my untamed roots.The fear of moisture in all of its iterations: rain, sweat, ocean.The anguish of getting the most minor trim because length--not health--was paramount.These are the memories I carry of the never-ending battle to hide the state of my kinky hair. It's an experience belonging to sisters all over the globe, this fight to make our hair submit to societal standards of what is acceptable and proper....more
As a white woman, we are told through popular culture, the media, education, etc, that we are ...more

Mama Bear Moment: Your Kid Hurt My Kid

Seldom is there more anger than when a mama bear’s cub gets injured. Should a fellow kindergartner toss out a few typical teases, she’ll be forever labeled as a Mean Girl by the other mama bears, for certain. A boy who shoves another boy is a terrible bully. A child who hits must be hit at home. A kid who bites has “something wrong” with them. What is normal childhood behavior, and what is truly of concern? ...more
Thank you for sharing some excellent Mama Bear wisdom!more

More Wonderful BlogHer '14 Keynote Additions: Isabel Kallman, Kara Swisher, Nellie Bowles and Teneshia Jackson-Warner

The hits keep coming. Or, in this case, the awesome speakers do. I have four great additions to share with you today: Pathfinder Day Keynote Speakers: ...more
Outstanding speakers!more

Wino! DIY Coaster Made From Wine Corks

Having a husband in the wine industry means we have A LOT of corks lying around. No, it's not from all the wine we drink (I promise), but it is pretty cool. I mean, think of all the project possibilities! Today, we attempted our first cork project, and I will say these coasters came out pretty cute! So if you want to give it a try (I am sure you have some corks lying around, right?), here is how we did it. ...more

Help! Family Bickering is Going To Ruin My Vacation!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm soon headed on a vacation with my husband, kids and all his family. We are going to a beautiful place, and I know I won't be able to enjoy it because his family bickers non-stop. It's exhausting. Everyone does it. His parents, his siblings and their spouses. I don't even want to go except the kids and their cousins all have a great time. Ideas on survival?Signed,Can't We All Just Get Along?...more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
Read this blog and the comments, Angela Riddle. Interesting.more

Travel Tips: How To Pack and Fly Like a Pro

After I wrote about our travel snacks and how airline travel has changed, it made me think about how I prepare for my trips. I mostly fly for work trips. If my husband and I are traveling for pleasure, we drive unless we have the opportunity to turn a work trip into a vacation like we did in San Francisco. While I was sitting at dinner tonight, I thought about the tips I use to keep myself sane while traveling on airlines. ...more
A great guide for travelers. The invention of rolling suitcases has made life much easier than ...more

Why My Professor Gave Me an Extension: The Best Excuse Ever

Yesterday I read 10 Best Excuses Not to Do Something, written by Carol Graham of the blog Battered Hope. At the end, she asked her readers a question, “What is the best excuse you have heard or the best one you have ever given?” This triggered a memory for me....more
RenaMcDaniel Thank you Rena!  If your daughter goes into labor during finals, I would certainly ...more

A little work-in-progress!

I've been thinking of creating this sweet doll for a very long time!! I finally started her today by creating aluminum foil forms. I bought the cheapest, thinnest foil I could find too ....more

The Reason Some Relationships Last Forever

The best way to ruin your relationship? - Let fear and frustration take over....more

Kefee's Funeral Service and Burial Ceremony in Sapele [Photos]

Late gospel singer, Kefee, real names Evelyn Kefee Don-Momoh, has been laid to rest at her hometown in Delta State. It was a sad ceremony with everyone crying at the life cut short. But God knows best.May her soul continue to rest in peace ....more

4th of July in Nashville {Hot Chicken Festival & Downtown}

We took a road trip to Nashville for the 4th of July. I was on the internet last year and stumbled upon the...more

Bobbie Lou Fabrics Discount and Giveaway

Hopefully by now you are familiar with Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory - it's one of my favorite online fabric shops because of it's very unique selection of colorful, modern and contemporary fabrics. This shop is owned by Chelsea who named it after her grandmother who loved to sew, Bobbie Lou. Bobbie Lou's just moved from an Etsy shop to a new online shop ....more

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Low Carb Tacos + Giveaway

Mexican food is a favorite around our house. But now that I’m trying to eat a few less carbs, I’m having to make some adjustments. (...)Read the rest of Clean Eating Slow Cooker Low Carb Tacos + Giveaway (718 words) © The Gracious Pantry for Clean Eating Recipes, 2014. … Read More ...more

A chicken update | 10 Things I've Learned about Keeping Chickens

Lilly got two new young chickens for her birthday at the end of May. Joining Chiquita and Bandita (two of last year's birthday chickenistas), we welcomed Boosul and Clementine to the coop.After a few days of drama & hen-pecking, they smoothed things out & now the four of them go about as one happy little sisterhood....more

Autoimmune Gal, Sunshine, and Kryptonite

Yeah. Lots of kryptonite heading our way this week.... Head over to read a timely post by Autoimmune Gal in which she discusses the effects of summer sun on her autoimmune disease ....more

Man Candy Saturday - Flavor Bares It All in Sexy Bedroom Selfie

Flavor has a hot bod and he knows it. The question is, who is sharing that rumpled bed with him? Or is this a sub to someone, with those come-hither look in his eyes? ...more

Reach For Your Fitness Goals With This Helpful Advice

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