Did You Love Tig Notaro at BlogHer '14? See Her in Your City!

Comedian (and BlogHer '14 keynote speaker!) Tig Notaro announces her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour across the U.S. and Australia this fall and winter—including a breast cancer benefit on October 13 at Largo Theatre, where she had her ...more

How to Be Involved at School When You Work for the Man

It is back-to-school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade, and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten.  ...more

I'm Not Fighting Cancer, I'm Surrendering

I’m not fighting cancer. Even though there’s a grade 3 tumor in my breast, vaguely star-shaped and roughly the size of a quarter.  ...more

Why the Violence Against Women Act Matters

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. This historic law dramatically changed the way domestic violence, sexual assault, and crimes against women are handled and prosecuted across our country. ...more

Fall Fashion Trends for 2014

Now that summer is coming to a close, the tank tops and shorts will soon be packed away in order to make room for the coats, scarves, boots, and jeans. This fall season is full of new and old trends working together to create amazing fashion. Here ...more

9 Great Books to Inspire Creativity

I have a pool. With small children, this is a blessing and a curse: A blessing because my family enjoys swimming, and a curse because my family enjoys swimming—which means I need to be vigilant and sit by the pool all day even when I don't feel like swimming. ...more
I think I need to see if my library has the washi tape book.more

Lisa, Elisa, and Jory on the Power of Blogging, Favorite Moments, and 10 Years of BlogHer

BlogHer co-founders Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins sat down with genConnect at BlogHer '14 to talk about the company and the conference the community built. Do you know how BlogHer began? CEO Lisa Stone shares how it all started, and what it's felt like to watch the community grow (and grow and grow and grow). ...more

How to Try on Life, One Experience at a Time

Say you need a new pair of jeans. You walk into a shop and find a pair you like. They have one in your size. Do you go ahead and buy them, or do you have to try them on first?...more

Wednesday Night on NBC is Mom Cop Night

NBC has programmed a night featuring kickass women cops, and I'm all in. Debra Messing's new show The Mysteries of Laura premieres next week in the first primetime slot of the night, perfectly schedule to lead into Law & Order: SVU where Mariska Hargitay will be holding it down again in Season 16 starting next week. The night is closed out by Chicago P.D, which also will be premiering its new season next Wednesday. Tonight NBC will air a preview episode of Laurain the last slot of the night. ...more
I am stupid excited for this show, I think it looks wicked funny and well written.more

What Ramen Noodles Taught Me

I recently got to introduce my son to one of my favorite college food staples: Ramen Noodles. I watched him marveling at the length of the noodles, giggling as he dangled ribbons of noodles over his mouth, waiting to catch them and slurp them up in one go, and I couldn't help but join in his excitement. It wasn't long before I was sharing noodles with my son, trying to catch individual noodles in my mouth, each of us pulling random noodles from the bowl, trying to see who could get the longest and squiggliest on each attempt. Oh, how we laughed! ...more

Triathlon Tips: 5 Things to Do (and 5 Things Not to Do)

I was terrified to participate in a triathlon. What if I get kicked in the face?! What if I get trampled in the water? What if I tip over on my bicycle.  Actually, that last one happened, but at least it was during a practice run. ...more
iloveseble BlogHer we try to keep it real, glad you dig it.more

6 Clever Things You Can Do With Your Tablet

Tablets have come a long way even since the introduction of the Apple iPad in 2010. Though they we’re initially introduced as another mobile computing device, tablets have quickly become versatile products that have implications in everyday life. Tablets have gone beyond reading, writing and surfing the Web, and can now be used in many ways to make life just a little bit easier (or safer). ...more

6 Tips for Creating Your Own Paycheck Fairness Act

If we can’t get our elected officials to help us close the gender based wage gap, we’ll have to do it ourselves. On Monday, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, yet again. The bill needed 60 votes but fell short 52-40 with every Democrat voting aye and every Republican voting no. Two independent Senators split their votes....more

Conservative or Liberal: How To Stay Friends When You are Total Opposites

I have to admit I am conservative in my views on issues in general and very proud of it. I am open to other's viewpoints, and yet I value my own. I simply cannot stand "wishy washy" people; they are the worst kind of people to be around, always changing their minds like the direction of the wind or changing their opinion to please whomever comes into the room. I have many friends who are liberals. They have their opinions and I have mine, and yet, we seem to get along. How is that so? How is it that we can stay friends when we have such opposite views?...more

5 Reasons to Hit Fall Garage Sales

Fall isn’t only the best time to go apple picking, gaze at colorful fall foliage and think about costumes for Halloween. Fall is also a good time to hit your local garage and tag sales. Unlike spring and summer sales, depending on where you live, fall garage and tag sales are often chock-full of items to get you and your family decked out for the holidays....more

I'm Still Mourning Robin Williams Because I Couldn't Mourn My Schizophrenic Brother

The tributes have stopped and the world has moved on. I, however, continue to cry, question, and grieve Robin William's passing. I feel an overwhelming sadness for Robin, yet when my own brother died, I felt almost nothing.Am I still mourning Robin Williams because I could not mourn my brother?...more
I really liked this post.  Sorry for both of your lossesmore

How Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13 years old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged against my body. I hated it, wished it were different. I dieted, binged, overexercised. But, mostly I was just mean to it....more
This is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story.more

#TransformationTuesday: How an Internet Meme Helped Me Realize That I'm Happy

As an avid Instagram user, I always try to keep up with the latest trends. I don’t always participate, but as someone who loves social media and uses it daily both in my life and career, I like to know what’s popular. Social media is always evolving and changing, and it’s important to me to keep up with those changes. One weekly hashtag that I’ve had an interest in has been #TransformationTuesday. ...more
@Dianna-Brianne Fairchild It's such an important thing to early. I feel like today the idea of ...more

Dear Parent of Typical Children: Teach Your Child About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will learn, from you, how to understand disability. ...more
FireMom My kids go to a preschool with kids of all ability levels, which is nice because they ...more

Should Parents Get Sued for Their Kids' Crimes?

Last weekend, I caught my daughter and a friend in a tree house in someone else's yard when the tree house-owning family was not home. "You're trespassing!" I yelled at my girl. She told me the neighbor's second-grade son had given them permission to be in the tree house when he wasn't home, and her friend had persuaded her it would be okay. I don't approve of her playing the follower when it comes to screwing up. Just because she didn't think of it doesn't mean she didn't do it. My anger launched a longer talk about taking personal responsibility even when a fallback excuse exists. ...more
On the one hand, I agree that as parents it is our responsibility to raise law-abiding ...more

Being in Love is Like Doing a Load of Laundry

It's been said: Love is all we need.I think a hamper full of soiled clothes and a fabric softener sheet work just as well. Yes, indeed, a pile of panties and inside-out tube socks can teach us about love. I'm not a relationship expert, professionally anyway, but I 1) am divorced and 2) do the laundry. Turns out, there are parallels between love and laundry that can teach us um, a load, about relationships. ...more
Laundry is really a tiring task but when they are done with lovely fragrance of washing powder ...more

Actress Daniele Watts Was Handcuffed For… Kissing Her White Boyfriend?

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was detained by Los Angles police last week. The crime? ...more
They were treated equally. They didn't respond equally. You are missing the entire point.more

Hey, U2, Get Off Of My Cloud

Me in 1991: I spend the night camped out on a sidewalk in the tiny town of Palatka, Florida. The small downtown record store was one of those hidden treasures with an efficient staff where you had a chance to score a spot in the front of the line and therefore a chance to get tickets through their Ticketmaster system. I was fifth in line and I held my power position. Tickets went in a few nerve-wracking minutes.  I scored! I am filled with ecstatic joy from my badassery.  ...more
I don't care about it one way or the other. I'm not a big U2 fan, so it's sitting undownloaded ...more

Enterovirus Outbreak: Watch for These Signs in Your Children

There have been quite a few news stories out there about the “mysterious” respiratory virus that has been found in multiple states and has spread quickly to infect hundreds of children. An enterovirus has caused these children to get very sick very quickly, and many have required hospitalization for treatment. This virus has come out of nowhere and is spreading rapidly, especially considering the time of year. (During the winter this kind of outbreak would be more expected due to staying indoors, sharing items in school, etc.) What is the scoop on this virus and how concerned should you be for your children? ...more
Feel better soon!! Rest up :)more

Social Media Makes Me More Creative and Less Productive

I'll admit it; the more I use social media the less productive I seem to get.  At the same time, the more I use social media, the deeper I think, the more creative I get, and the more connected I feel.  So... sort of a catch-22.  Social media both detracts and enhances my life. I work from home, on a computer, so it is too easy to keep checking email, glancing at Facebook, and peeking at my Twitter stream.  I used to spend those moments when I was trying to figure out a plot line in a book lying quietly on the sofa, thinking.  Now I am much more likely to skim some status updates while I try to work out the literary situation in my mind. ...more
This is very interesting, thank you for sharing it with us.  I agree, social media can stimulate ...more

On Motherhood and Losing Myself

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital signs. After she finished, she said, “All right, now I’ll give him back to mom,” and I felt momentarily confused. Why was she handing my son off to my mother? Shouldn't she give him to me or my husband? ...more
I love this.more

8 Qualities Every Woman Should Look For in Her Dream Man

A lot of girls grow up dreaming about Mr. Right. He goes by many names – Mr. Perfect, Prince Charming, The One – but in essence, he’s a compilation of the ideal job, physique, and personality, as perceived by each individual girl. The problem is that our notions of the perfect prototype often hold us back from finding a true connection, since no real man can live up to those impossible standards. As we grow up, we realize that the qualities we previously overlooked are the ones that really matter....more
Agree with all your points, save one which I don't think is crucial - resourcefulness. I don't ...more

How to Be a Great Sports Parent

I'm a firm believer that youth sports provide a platform for learning many life lessons. Sports programs, for the most part, help young minds grow, expand, and develop kids' confidence and talents. ...more
Thank you, AmyBovaird! Appreciate your thoughts. I figured if it resonated with me, then it ...more

How You Can Freak Out Over Growing Pains: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

My ten-year-old started complaining about her knee about a month ago. Sometimes it was fine, and sometimes she dragged her leg around like it was someone else's, calling it her "bum knee" and ready to swap stories in golf course pro shops. I wrote it off to drama, because: tween....more
Me, too. Best of luck!more

He Loves Me Despite Myself

We lie side by side in the dark, and he whispers the same thing he whispers every night: "I love you, Celeste."I don't want to ask, but I do. Every night, the same question: "Why's that?"...more
Be strong and happy. Life is beautiful and so are you. Be happy with your man. Lucky you have ...more

"Transparent" on Amazon Is Your Next New Fall TV Binge

After suffering through the last season of The Fosters, ABC Family’s Little House on the Prairie treatment of parenting while gay, I was desperate to watch a queer series about queers and families made for grown ups. In other words, I wanted to see some boobs! No, that’s not really what I meant …. to say out loud. In other words, I wanted believable characters and nuanced plot lines and funny dialogue that was not taken out of my father’s shoebox full of cliché one-liners. ...more
Sounds interesting, but I didn't like Amazon Prime when I had it, so it's not worth the extra ...more

New Motherhood Is Hard Enough: Say No to Visitors

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's difficult. Don't believe anyone who says otherwise. They're lying. It's beyond difficult. For us, it all started when we took our son to his first doctor's appointment. ...more
Nicely elaborated blog and really that happens with almost every mom and we take it and bear it ...more

It's True: I Am a Horrible Friend

I am a horrible friend. No, really, I am a horrible friend. It's not that I am antisocial. It's not that I really don't like people. I use my husband as the excuse. Oh, I can't go to lunch with you because, well, Chris gets frustrated when I am gone. He does, but that is not the real reason....more
I stay close to those I feel safe with. They have proven their worth a million times over.more

Mothers Are So Embarrassing

It was my Meat Loaf moment. A few weeks ago, I took my two daughters to see a Broadway show starring Sutton Foster (who may not be a household name across the country, but for my two theater-obsessed kids is pretty much the coolest thing ever), a two-time Tony-winning singer/actress/dancer, and star of the late, lamented ABC Family series "Bunheads." After the show ended, we lined up with all the other theater geeks by the stage door to get her autograph. ...more
Very fun story - I think it's a rite of passage for mom's to embarrass their kids. I try to make ...more

Microdermabrasion: Info and Benefits

The skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from the environment and regulates our body temperature. Skin is made up of millions of cells. Each day thousands of these cells die, fall off, and are replaced by new cells from beneath the outer layer of skin....more

Workplace Ergonomics: How Surroundings Can Improve Creativity

October is National Ergonomics Month. Maybe not a big holiday on your calendar, but ergonomics can have a strong influence on the quality of our creative work. Having a good working environment can enhance creative thinking, and prevent the aches and pains we’ve all experienced after a long and intense creative work session....more

B is for Boo Boo's and Bruises: Essential Oils for the Owie Moments

Yesterday was the start of our Alphabetical journey into the ABC’s of Essential Oils for Health Concerns.  Use this link to read about “A is for Asthma, Essential Oils for Support and Prevention" and get caught up....more

The Lake by Tananarive Due: Review

The Lake by Tananarive Due is a short story, super short at 20 pages or so, and part of an anthology titled The Monster’s Corner. I picked The Lake because I wanted to read a spooky story for A More Diverse Universe that would work for Carl’s RIP and Jenn recommended Ms Due. I hadn’t read anything from Tananarive Due so this short work was a place to start and, hey, it’s FREE ....more

Drama on the High Seas!

Isla de la Plata, Ecuador, known as "the poor man's Galapagos".Here I am, in Ecuador, on a volunteer dive trip, and it is drama a...more

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Crostini

Raise your hand if you’ve purchased any of the following in the last week:...more

Raising a Chingona: Her voice (& Why it Matters)

Photo credit: Pauline Campos This girl. She drives me insane. Pushes every button ....more

Thank you letter

Dear God, I am really sorry that I’ve been complaining a lot lately.  I feel like I’ve been all wrapped up in the negativity and stress, and today I woke up very thankful (and a little guilty for being all wrapped up in the stress)....more

Why I stayed and why I left

I was 16 and he was the first boy to ever show any real interest in me. I was flattered and excited. Even though we were in the same high school and had a class or two together, we never really talked much until the night of a mutual friend’s sweet sixteen party.The party was held at a local hall that hosted weddings and proms. My mom had taken me shopping for a dress and I found a wonderful red velour dress that made me feel special. We couldn’t believe our luck when we noticed the price tag, $9.99, which was a bargain even in the 70s....more

Busy Bag Exchange

Like most moms of young children, I am famous for pinning hundreds of ideas and activities on pinterest for my child, and following through with about two of them. While going through my boards recently in an effort to come up with some new, easy at home activities, I was reminded of busy bags! The best way to describe a busy bag if you've never heard of it, is a self contained educational toy ....more