Overnight Heroes: Military Caregivers Need More Support

Yesterday I learned some sobering statistics about military caregivers from Joining Forces. 5.5 million Americans are caring for ill or wounded service members and veterans. Of those 5.5 million, 1.1 million of those spouses, parents, and friends are ...more

Mascarpone Spinach Pasta

I'm guessing quite a few people starting thinking about comfort food when April 15 comes every year, and for everyone who can use a little culinary diversion on Tax Day Eve, I'm recommending this delicious-sounding and comforting Mascarpone Spinach ...more

Step Off Health Secretary Nominee Burwell's Outfit

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled ...more

'American Blogger' Still Isn't Getting the Outrage

There is something truly beautiful in two creatives supporting one another through their art the way the Weigands do. And as Casey Leigh noted in today's post, titled "Response to the American Blogger Controversy" they never imagined that ...more

I Can't Believe I Made My Own Butter

I never thought the day would come when I would make my own butter!  I thought it was all about milkmaids dressed in long petticoats and churning endlessly in wooden barrels.  When I realised that all that's to it is to overbeat cream, I ...more

My Daughter Is Infatuated with Boobs

My youngest tries to cop a little feel. Until recently, she'd be sitting on my lap for a snuggle and before I knew it, she'd have her hand pulling down the front of my shirt to peek in, her fingers reaching in. Or during story time, her head nestled on my unsuspecting shoulder, she'd reach over and squeeze one. And then she'd laugh. A big, guttural guffaw. I'd gently take her hands away. Those are mommy's privates. I'd turn my head and she'd try again. I'd repeat myself. Those are mommy's privates. ...more

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 this year, I converted some yellow eggs into pineapples. ...more
thatgirlrei LOL those lights are indeed very cute!more

Touching Cover of "I Touch Myself" to Inspire Breast Self-Exam: Singer's Last Wish

A year ago in April, new wave rockstar Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls died from breast cancer at the age of 54.  Like me, you've probably sung along with her on their 1990 hit "I Touch Myself,"  or at least added it to a mixtape now and again. ...more
I've seen this video circulating on Facebook this week and it's incredibly moving.more

When Getting Burned Out Is a Good Thing

As strong, driven women who are bold enough to step into leadership roles, we work our butts off to succeed. But as time goes by, we often fear that if we pause, we’ll fall asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, this attitude can cause you to miss out on the opportunity to live a truly incredible life. Rather than running from feelings of burnout, you should follow them....more

Just 4 Ingredients: DIY 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 candies.  I loved them then, and I love them now....more
MemorieswithMom BlogHer yum!!more

Dating While Pansexual

I'm queer.It's an ongoing conversation with myself. As I learn more about the woman I am-- likes, dislikes, the kinds of relationships I want, and the politics I embody-- the clearer my self-portrait becomes. My queerness is not the sole factor through which I am defined or viewed, of course; it is so deeply ingrained in who i am but it is not some "difference", the way a lot of straight (and queer) ppl view being not hetero....more
dopegirlfresh I like this.more

Is It Difficult Coaching PeeWee Soccer?

Um… yeah…. ...more
Just in case I ever happen to have to coach again, does anyone have any advice on how to keep ...more

Send in the Clones and Binge Watch Orphan Black

Season 2 of Orphan Black airs April 19th and you may be asking yourself, “Self, should I binge watch the first season so that I'm ready to tune in to Season 2, or should I let this series pass me by like I did (insert series everyone tells you to watch but you’re too far behind now to ever catch up)?” Well, we watched all 10 episodes of the first season in a couple of days last week and we have some thoughts. ...more
Genie Gratto Virginia DeBolt  MAX HEADROOM! I didn't realize that either. Whoa.more

Taking It Too Far: Back Off the Girls in Prom Dresses

Last weekend, my best friend and I sat blissfully on a restaurant patio in seventy-degree springtime hoping a waiter or waitress might bring us drinks. While we waited, a group of high school kids dressed for prom started to make their way into the restaurant through the revolving door. One girl got her full princess dress stuck in the door, and my friend and I started talking about how much that must suck, hopefully it didn't leave a mark, how embarrassing, la la la. Then we heard the loud and inebriated ladies to our left commenting on the girls themselves after the kids had barely cleared earshot. ...more
Honestly, anyone who dressed up for something in the 80's or 90's better keep their mouths' ...more

6 Tricks to Get Bloggers TV-Ready

I've no doubt that many of you reading this get nervous, as do I, before going on TV or radio.  So I want to share a few things I learned to help me get a grip on my nerves before I went on this show. I really do think they helped. ...more

How My Mother's Strength Helped Me Say Goodbye to My Son

When she took my dying son from my arms, I let her. I held my breath until I felt myself leave my body, only coming back because my baby needed me. I ignored the chemical smell of the hospital and instead focused on how much my son’s hair curled like his father’s. I watched my mother whisper prayers to him and adjust his newborn hospital hat making him look presentable, as if he were getting ready for a special meeting. She took a tissue from her purse, wet it with her spit and wiped the blood from the punctures in his little hands and arms. ...more
Really beautiful story. I am sorry to hear of your loss and inspired by your mother's example.more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.  Image Credit: Consumerist Dot Com via Flickr ...more
classyblacklady  Thank you and good for you for calling them out, too!  You're right, if more ...more

Thrift Store Makeover: An Out-of-This-World Console Table

One night, right before closing, I decided to pop in a Goodwill. Dedicated thrifters believe that first thing in the morning and late at night are often the best picking times—and the theory held true on this night. In the back of the store was a long and low mid-century console bench … for a steal. I had long been on a quest for the perfect table to put behind my very low-backed Jonathan Adler sofa, and this piece really fit the bill. There was a table, a bench and a drawer. I knew that, with a little TLC, this table was just what my living room needed. ...more
Space DOES make everything cooler.more

The Cult of Organics: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

At a playdate with a group of mothers, I once horrified an impossibly hip, young mom by telling her I refused to eat organic food because it was too expensive and that I felt I wouldn't be buying a better product. The look of shock on her face made me wonder if I had suddenly experienced a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction. After glancing down to make sure I wasn't flashing anyone (and to check that Justin Timberlake wasn't lurking behind a bush), I tried to calmly explain my position on organic versus conventionally grown food. ...more
Here is the thing. Genetically modified food contains truncated proteins and, like trans fats, ...more

5 Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

My husband and I have made a big decision— we’re selling our condo! I’m lucky that my father is a Realtor, so that process is easy. But the condo market  is tough, especially given our location. Being marketers, and growing up with a real estate agent father, I know that you only get one shot at a good first impression. I remember looking for condos three years ago, and it astounded me how awful some of the photos were. After choosing some places that looked decent, we were shocked yet again to find a stark contrast between the pristine photos and unkempt property we visited....more
Love this! Moving in a year from our 1300-square-foot home with 5 kids and we need to do ALL ...more

Get Nicki Minaj’s MTV Movie Awards Look for Less

Nicki Minaj dropped the wigs and crazy outfits and opted for a sleek, chic look. The American Idol judge looked like a goddess in head-to-toe Alexander McQueen. This outfit is perfect for a hot date night or big event. And don’t worry about the high price tag—I've found the perfect look for less. ...more

US Airways' Social Media Team Had a VERY Bad Day

US Airways committed the blunder of all Twitter blunders today, when someone on its social media team tweeted something inappropriate. I don't even know if I can tell you what it was, because my mother-in-law tells me not to share anything on the Internet that I wouldn't tell my grandma. And I simply cannot imagine telling my grandmother that US Airways tweeted a photo of a model airplane in a vagina....more
Oh my goodness, I am rolling with laughter!!! Ooops. I would hate to be their PR today. Then ...more

Gallowayed: How I Ran, No Walked, No Ran My First Half-Marathon

When I was a freshman in high school, I went out for track. I hadn't actually run at all before I did it. It was sort of a lark. The first day of practice, the coach told us to run an easy mile. All the other girls headed out, talking to each other as they went. I followed along as best as I could, but never having run a mile before except for the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests, I thought I might die and ended up back at the track gasping for air, my lungs on fire. Then, as I would almost every single practice until the weather warmed up, I coughed until phlegm came up, thoroughly embarrassing myself. So I quite shocked myself on Saturday when I ran my first half-marathon. ...more
Julie Ross Godar  The peeing was totally the best part. Afterwards, the peeing.more

How My Daughter Made Me Feel Better About Going Back to Work

So, I'm going back to work. Full time. ...more
not ever is it easy.I'm going back to work after 14 yrs and its been a rocky road for me.I have ...more

Mais non, Monsieur, I Would Not Like France's Email Ban

I'm aware that a lot of people are jealous of the new labour agreement signed in France that will go into effect if approved by the Labour Ministry that states that workers cannot check their work email nor can their employer contact them after hours.  Though there isn't a firm cut-off time, the hour is set to ensure that employees can relax the full minimum regulated time of 11 hours while they're away from work.  So no checking email on the weekend, no quick phone call from the boss while you're sitting down to dinner, and no text messages received right before you go to bed. ...more
If I had a 9-5 job, this is a concept I'd really appreciate. And I think perhaps for freelancers ...more

I Lost a Part of My Breast to Breastfeeding

I believe in breastfeeding. I’ve seen all of the stats. I’ve read all of the research. I know it’s what I’m supposed to do, if I am able. ...more
After nursing five boys, I had no idea this was even a possibility! I was diagnosed with ...more

Autism Post Roundup: Add Your Best Posts

April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to understand autism than through your words?  Blog posts can give readers a panoramic view of the experience since autism differs from person to person.  We've created a roundup of posts on BlogHer and personal blogs in case you missed them the first time.  They'll take you from hope to frustration and back again.  They bring in all the members of the family and the community.  And they provide a rallying cry to make this month about more than just awareness. ...more
StinkerBabies Awesome! Nice reminder that your words matter.more

Suicide Is Not Selfish

I don’t want to hear another person say that suicide is “selfish”....more
msheathercook BlogHer & the blogger FeministaJones writes about specifically blogged about ...more

Want a Happy Relationship? Jump With Two Feet!

Romantic love comes in many forms and naturally goes through different phases.Your relationship may have started off bursting with passion and now be feeling a little drab. Ebbs and flows are a part of life, and are no exception when it comes to the heart.However, are you fully embracing the one you’re with and offering your best self?...more
Loved the article!more

About My Panic Attacks: I've Always Been a Nervous Person

From as far back as I can remember, I have been what you’d call a nervous person. Shivery poodles seem laid back in comparison....more

5 Worst Times To Be Single

Sometimes being single friggin' sucks. Before you roll your eyes at me, let me also state that if you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I in no way feel you need a man to complete you, be happy, or live a fulfilled life. I have been happily single for over four years now and have written over 50 blog post demonstrating that.With that being said, there are definitely times when being single does, in fact, suck! ...more
Thank you so much! ♡ BagLadiesmore

I Was Once a 90-Pound College Student, Too

Is 90 pounds an unhealthy weight for a college student? Yale University seemed to think so, when medical staff put third-year student Frances Chan on watch, telling her to gain weight or risk being suspended. ...more
Lovely piece that all women can relate to. Thanks!more

3 Reasons to Catch Up on 'Continuum'

Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I'm here to convert you. First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It's from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing. ...more
captiv8ed  Glad you enjoyed it!more

But We Grew Here: What It Feels Like To Leave A Family Home

And then he said: Let’s sell the house and move to a new one. My life has not been the same since. What was my husband thinking? Fast forward seven and a half months to our accepted offer. This moving thing was really happening. What were we thinking? Do you have any idea how hard it is to move when you have children? But we did. We boxed and hauled. Load after load. Most of the time, with whiny kids in tow. Then we paid muscles to come relocate the heavy stuff. Finally. Everything was at the new place. And the old place was empty. ...more
We are only the third owners of our home, built in the early 1900's - the growth chart on the ...more

Organic Kettle Corn

Delicious buttery, sweet popcorn! You remember loving this as a kid right? Now that all the research on GMO has come out, it's hard to fully enjoy this tasty treat without feeling guilty (at least for me). That's why I've come up with an organic kettle corn that is healthy and doesn't require the use of a microwave (I've been microwave free for almost two years and I love knowing that none of our food is cooked with radiation)....more

Black & White Interiors: Color Combination that makes an Impact

Last week I posted on the classic color combination blue and white, and today I thought I'd post on the bold color duo that you can never go wrong with: Black and White.   Again, black and white continues into this year as on of the color trends for 2014....more

Potato Stacks with Garlic and Fresh Thyme

I remember being excited that Easter was going to be celebrated on the latest possible date this year. I was looking forward to green grass, spring flowers, and warm temperatures. ...more

But it was totally worth it

It's now been a little over 4 weeks since I had back surgery, so I'm far enough away from it to be slightly introspective. Overall, I'm glad I went with the surgical option. I did a ton of research before having the surgery and I thought I had a good idea of what to expect in the "post surgery" period ....more

LinkedIn Business Features – Bringing It All Together

In last last weeks’ post, LinkedIn’s Features for Business I discussed how Company Page Analytics, Sponsored Updates and Targeted Updates are powerful tools for ...more

The Dark Side Of Grandma

She's been gone for a while ––traveling to far away places and living large. And today is her birthday.Happy birthday, Mamacita!**Click image to read full article**...more

Dress Over Jeans for Work

Let’s give it up for jobs that don’t have dress codes! When I first re~entered the work force, I remember wanting a job that required business casual attire: skirt, hose, and pumps. It made me feel all grown up, you know, after years of wearing nothing but oversized tees, scrunchies, and sweat pants ....more

Chicken and Pesto Panini {Gluten-Free}

A creamy and flavorful panini made with chicken, pesto, cheese and mayonnaise. A tad more sophisticated than the grilled cheeses I lived off of in college...more

Slow Roasted Cumin Lamb & A Middle Eastern Easter Menu

Cellophane-wrapped baskets brimming with pastel-hued eggs and Cadbury bunnies, sneakily positioned on my dresser mid-slumber. Usually a little card signed by the Easter Bunny himself. That was Easter for me as a kid ....more

What is Glycogen Depletion Training?

After I mentioned that I did not fuel or drink water during the 20 miler last weekend, I got a few questions about the reasoning behind it, so I wanted to share my thoughts (and in more than a sentence or two on IG or twitter). Let me preface this post with a few things. […] ...more