What Should You Put in Your Query Letter?

Publisher Brooke Warner gives us the inside scoop on query letters. ...more

Announcing the #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us Call for Volunteers!

BlogHer volunteers can earn a free conference pass in exchange for their time. Check out all the details! ...more

The Pitching & Querying Advice You've Been Waiting For

This month, we'll be giving you an inside scoop on how to get your work published. ...more

Find Your Passion with February's BlogHer Writing Lab

Hit our Facebook group or just join us for the prompts to keep you writing this February. ...more

Grab Your Blog Bling for #BlogHer16

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Toronto Gave Drake a Key to the City in a Massive Case of Misplaced Hero Worship

Why has Drake earned so much praise--even a key to Toronto--even though he writes sexist and blatantly misogynistic lyrics? Living in the Greater Toronto Area, I hear a lot about Drake. The rapper hails from Toronto and has become something of a hometown hero. Here’s a sample of some of the respect and recognition he’s received around here: ...more

If You're Single This Valentine's Day, Don't Change a Thing

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a male co-worker about relationships and my state of singleness. Okay, if I’m honest, it was one of many conversations I had made this kind man patiently endure on this topic. After listening to me drone on about my horrible affliction for the gazillionth time, he asked with a voice of exasperation, “Amanda, why do you let being single define you so much?”I remember it like it was yesterday because it struck me deeply and I felt embarrassed.He was right....more

What Madeleine Albright Could Learn About Feminism From Beyonce's 'Formation'

As a 50-something feminist, I love Beyoncé. When Bruno Mars sang, “Stop. Wait a minute,” those flares shot into the sky, and the TV camera swung to reveal an all-female, black-clad drum line on the Super Bowl field, my heart rate zoomed into a whole new zone.“Alright, ladies, now, let’s get into formation,” Beyoncé commanded....more

Taking Care of Yourself After a Divorce

One of the biggest things any reading material or advice giver of those going through (or on the other side) a divorce will tell you is to start taking care of yourself! Take time to love yourself, treat yourself well - I mean, I've even seen date yourself! Honestly, this can kind be an eye-roll sort of task, especially when your ex has already moved on and you feel like a total single loser....more

Do I Have to Celebrate My Daughter's Feeding Tube?

February 7th to 13th is Feeding Tube Awareness Week. While I respect the Feeding Tube Awareness organization, especially its outreach to parents, I have mixed feelings about the awareness week. ...more

Before You Buy That Phone: Keeping Teens Safe Online

It is in the media again. A child murdered by an online predator who lured her/him through a social media account. As a parent of soon to be tweens, this has the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have been an iPhone customer for 4 years now, and we bought our iPad 2 years ago. So that made me a smartphone owner at the ripe old age of 36 years old. My youngest, at 5 years old, has see the iPhone and iPad for 4 out of 5 years of her life already. She will grow up in a completely different world than me. ...more
We got my tween a phone the summer before her sixth grade year when she got permission to be ...more

How to Make DIY Picture Magnets

I've got another fun and quick project for you! These picture magnets make great memory keepsakes, gifts or even party favors. And all you need are a few supplies. I made this set as a present for my little sister, Tania, and her boyfriend....more
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For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via Shutterstock Here are some you may have heard: ...more

Sista, I Love You But I Hate Your Fake Hair

You may see it as a contradiction. I was even told off on Facebook by a fellow black “Sista” who was annoyed that I had made generalizations about Remy and other fake hair that is woven or glued onto the heads of so many of my girlfriends. She got mad, and I basically told her that just because I don’t like her hair, doesn’t mean I love her any less....more
Sister, this was so on point. I too question that the need to adorn one's head with something, ...more

The Great Netflix Conspiracy

The creator's of Netflix believed they were doing the world a favor when they punched the sky with their "I've got an idea" finger; they didn't consider their thoughtlessness when making this entertainment continuously available. They didn't think about the collateral damage. They didn't realize the adverse effects on creatives, who should be poured into their craft - not poured into How To Get Away With Murder....more
Ohhhhh... the humor AND truth in this! I would entitle mine, "How i watched the entire series of ...more

The Bra's Lament

I'm certain we didn’t start out like this. You were so excited. You liked my tiny rose in the middle, a minor decoration, but detail enough. A little embellishment to hide under your clothes. You liked that I was simple and comfortable. I liked your curves and of course, your taste. You took me home and unwrapped me from the fine tissue paper. Caressed me. We studied in the mirror together how we complemented each other. ...more
Great writing!more

Yay, 'Scandal' and HTGAWM Are Back — But, Wait, Why Can't I Remember What's Going On?

Good news, Gladiators! The grand Thursday night Shondaland #TGIT line-up is back in play, with Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder returning after a midseason's break. Fantastic! Pop some corn, aerate some wine, and get ready to pick up where we left of with Annalise's... um, hmm? I can't seem to remember what, but it was good.  And Olitz was hot and heavy with the...wait, or did that happen with Jake? Was there a cliffhanger? ...more
BLESS YOU. Wasn't Annalise shot in the chest? Because he was too excited? I've forgotten.more

Pitching for Print: How to Approach a Magazine Editor

Do you dream of seeing your byline in the glossy pages of a magazine? While to some extent the tenets of pitching are universal, due to the nature of column inches and printing costs, magazines do have slightly different priorities. After writing for parenting and wedding magazines for several years, here are my top 10 tips for pitching magazine editors....more
As a former editor, I'd recommend not pitching the same idea to more than one magazine ...more

My Kids Keep Asking For a Pet (Spoiler Alert: Nope.)

I have two boys, they are 9 and 11, and they have finally put their foot with insisting their need for a pet. They’ve begged, they’ve pleaded, they’ve promised me the moon and the stars if only I will get them a pet. The thing is, I have a strong dislike of animals. ...more
This is hilarious and the wisest approach yet to that whole pet discussion. I have 3 boys and ...more

Do You Take Facebook Quizzes? You May Want to Rethink That...

Earlier this week I took a Facebook quiz to find out my IQ. My results were astounding. I scored higher than Nicholas Tesla, somewhere in the range of 170. But... I'm a teacher's kid, and I was frequently tested as a child. I know that my IQ is nowhere near 170. I think the quiz was reporting my seventh grade weight. Now here's the thing. The fact that I took this stupid quiz makes me think my IQ might be half to a third of what Tesla's was. You would guess I would see the irony in this. Taking a Facebook quiz is like filling your car with gas, making sure the oil is full, and offering the keys to the guy who just robbed the bank. Sure, go ahead, take a good look at my personal information. Of course, I'm as smart as Tesla. ...more

Bacon Roses: Your Step-by-Step Guide

I really wanted to name this post something more fun like...Because Nothing Says I love You More Than Bacon... or Because Men Don’t Give a Sh*t About Flowers, Cookies or Chocolate.....more

Apple Rose Pastry Puffs

Apple Rose Puffs are such fun to make. Impress your guests by using puff pastry to create an easy and elegant dessert perfect for any occasion. Apple Rose PuffsINGREDIENTS:...more

Easily Create Your Own White & Pink Manicure

Hi, everyone! I hope you've all had a great evening with all of your loved ones. I spent my evening with my boyfriend and his parents. It was very chill, but it was really nice to have a relaxing night for a change. ...more
White and pink - great combination .. looks very cute :)more

Is Valentine’s Day Just For Women?

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year; 85 percent of them are purchased by women. Yet it’s men who feel most of the pressure to spend money, sometimes lots of it, because their wife or girlfriend takes this day very seriously....more

5 Things I Wish I Could Do When My Toddler Starts Screaming

Impulse control. Four-year-olds don’t have a lot of it. Thankfully, 40-year-olds do (or at least we should). ...more
Thanks for sharing your experience and insights Mandy. My babies are still young to do that kind ...more

When Should My Daughter Start Wearing a Bra?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I am in uncharted territory here and hoping you can help. My 10-year-old daughter is developing breast buds, and I was recently informed by a family member that she should start wearing a bra. What? First of all, a bra would do nothing in terms of support, and I don't want to start making her self conscience when she doesn't even have real breasts yet. Or am I missing the boat on this? ...more
I learned I should be wearing a bra when a guy in my class went to snap my bra strap and there ...more

6 Tricks to Get You Through the Valentine's Day Deluge on Social Media

Ah, Valentine's Day: The bane of the divorced woman's existence. Or is it? Here's the thing, we build up Valentine's Day and create expectations that simply are not always realistic. Add on a bitter divorce, learning to be single again, and it can feel like you're the last single woman among a world of hopeless romantics. The cinnamon hearts, chocolates, roses in the window all makes us heave a sad sigh. To top it all off, we have social media to add to the Valentine's Day mix. Even if you choose not to celebrate it, it's hard to avoid everyone else's Valentines mush on the internet. Facebook will be awash with romantic status updates. Instagram will be alight with diamond engagement rings. Pinterest is full of Valentine's date night ideas. ...more

10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps a Day

It is recommended that individuals get 10,000 steps (roughly 5 miles) per day to keep you physically fit and ward off disease. Getting 10,000 steps a day can be extremely challenging especially when you work an 8am to 5pm desk job like me. I consider myself to be a pretty active person, but there have been days where I leave my office and have only walked 2,000 steps IN A WHOLE DAY! Here are some tips and tricks I have come up with to help you reach your daily step goal. ...more
Just move your arms back and forth quickly while your watching your favorite tv show. Lol!more

Why I Don't Want Kids

As a 30 year old woman, the topic of whether or not I want kids, when I plan on having kids, and why I don't want kids has been quite popular in the conversational rounds. Actually, me being 30 years old has nothing to do with the topic, because it's been asked over and over again since I was a teen....more
As a woman with bipolar disorder, my situation is even more complicated: http://wp.me/p4e9Hv-1Qmore

Valentine's Gift Idea for Him: Love Tickets

Hello!I hope y'all are having a great week! This past weekend, it was so nice to have the temperatures way above freezing to assist with melting all the crazy snow we got the other weekend.Since it's already February I wanted to share a special Valentine's Day freebie with y'all today....more

The Gluten-Free Pie That Will Make Any Man Propose

This pie recipe will always be near and dear to my heart. You may have seen it floating around the internet under the name Shoney’s Strawberry Pie, but in our home,  we call it "The Engagement Pie" or "The Pie That Will Make Any Man Propose".  ;-)...more

When Did Valentine’s Day Become a Kid Thing?

I sat in front of my computer, with my son standing to my right. We scrolled through Pinterest looking for Valentine’s Day printables. It was a few days before February 14, and word had gone out from the teachers at his school that valentine cards could be shared this week. His little sister danced around behind us, waiting her turn at the Pinterest wheel of DIY. And I was about to lose my mind. ...more
Yes. We used to make Valentine'smore

Put More of Yourself into Your LinkedIn Profile

Your personal brand represents how you market yourself to the world. It's what comes to mind when people you know think of you, and it tells folks you don't know what you represent, offer or are a go-to person for. This post will share some of the ways you can use social networking tools like LinkedIn to cultivate, polish and reinforce your personal brand. ...more
Great tips, especially regarding the link URL. I'm hastening over to update! Thanks for sharing ...more

Confessions of a Reformed Pinterest Mom on Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine's Day, which means that somewhere out there thousands of moms are frantically searching Pinterest for the perfect Valentine’s Day inspiration. They are making glittery Valentine’s Day slime, creating Valentine’s Day robot craft projects for their kids to make at school, and meticulously assembling gumball dispenser valentines for their kids to hand out to their classmates. ...more
That is what I did too, Dollar Tree Valentines boxes and last night I had about an hour of my ...more

I get it

I get it, Momma. I totally get it. Every day you wake up and try your very best ....more

Toronto Gave Drake a Key to the City in a Massive Case of Misplaced Hero Worship

Why has Drake earned so much praise--even a key to Toronto--even though he writes sexist and blatantly misogynistic lyrics? Living in the Greater Toronto Area, I hear a lot about Drake. The rapper hails from Toronto and has become something of a hometown hero. Here’s a sample of some of the respect and recognition he’s received around here: ...more

Chocolate Red Velvet Cheesecake for Two

Valentine's Day is this weekend and I have one more treat for you, a chocolate red velvet cheesecake for two! This cheesecake recipe is perfectly portioned to make two individual sized servings so it's great for special nights like Valentine's Day. With red being the colour of Valentine's Day this cheesecake is nice and velvety red and it includes not one but two kinds of chocolate, melted white chocolate and a blast of cocoa powder ....more

Faith, Prayer and a little bit of Funny.

Wow! You guys! Prayer and faith are real! ...more

If You're Single This Valentine's Day, Don't Change a Thing

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a male co-worker about relationships and my state of singleness. Okay, if I’m honest, it was one of many conversations I had made this kind man patiently endure on this topic. After listening to me drone on about my horrible affliction for the gazillionth time, he asked with a voice of exasperation, “Amanda, why do you let being single define you so much?”I remember it like it was yesterday because it struck me deeply and I felt embarrassed.He was right....more

We’ll Try Again Today! by Ree

This was my attempt at a family vacation photo yesterday after we arrived in Colorado. The two middle children had been goading each other, and right before I snapped it, Paige had decided to take the high road and ignore Bryce, who, as you can see, was still trying with all his might to drive her crazy while she sat there and smiled through the pain. Todd, meanwhile, wanted ice cream and was trying to corral his older brother so he could get the mint chocolate chip show on the road ....more

Party Gals Linky Party #16 | Valentine’s Day Ideas

“Welcome to the Party Gals Linky Party! ...more

Skating Fridays

Private Ice and a Star Encounter I was traveling for work last week and didn't want to lose any skating practice time. I did some research on the area's rinks and found out that there were 6 (!) rinks near my hotel. Holy cow! ...more

Easy Triple Berry Crisp

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

A few weeks ago I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00), mainly because I LOVED...more