10 After-Baby Tips for Husbands Everywhere

I just felt overwhelmed while my husband was well-rested, energetic, and relaxed. Until one day, my frustration got to the point where I got upset when he wasn't helping out with the baby.  ...more

The Unique Awesome of Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro did a set at BlogHer '14, then she opened up about life, comedy, and breast cancer. ...more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond.  ...more

Facebook Forces Us to Use Yet Another Smartphone App

It's like colonizing your phone, one app at a time. ...more

How to Make Your Own Citronella Candles

It's that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios.  ...more

Fond Memories of My Hometown Pub

My hometown, Saginaw, Michigan, boomed in the late 1800s as a big logging hub, and as a result still has a lot of cool-as-all-getout old buildings down around the river. One of these, for as long as I can remember, has been a bar called the Hamilton Street Pub....more

Shopping List: 5 Must-Have Natural Beauty Products

My interest in using natural beauty products has definitely increased over the past few months. I've begun to explore different, more natural products to replace the go-tos that I've been using for years. Here are a few of my new must-haves. ...more

Home Organizing: How I Finally De-Cluttered Every Room in the House

My life/stuff was driving me crazy. CRAZY! So I took care of it, and made my life and home a whole lot more functional and organized. Each area I organized taught me an important organizational lesson that I needed to have under my belt before tackling the worst part of the house: my office. ...more
Ahh, some great ideas here. I'm planning on de-cluttering the next few days because it is ...more

It's a Boy! Unbiased Information About Circumcision

There is a skeleton in the back of my skeptic closet. A gnarly thing, decrepit and long dead. It lived when my daughter was but a babe. During that time, I came across a storm of information about how harmful vaccines could be. ...more
Im from New Zealand and its not the norm to do it here. A lady from work had to drive to another ...more

Why Are We Shaming Rape Victims and Not Shaming Rapists?

We have allowed a heinous and inexplicable culture of rape to flourish on our college campuses. Last week, the New York Times ran an exhaustive front-page account of an 18-year-old girl who was raped at a fraternity on the campuses of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. The story was as much about the small, liberal arts school’s mishandling of the case as it was rape on campus. When will we stop blaming the victim? Why aren't the boys committing the crime being publicly shamed?...more

I Don't "Owe" You Sex

Sex is not something that is “owed” to you, or anyone for that matter. Sex should be enthusiastically offered and exchanged in a mutually consenting manner; if people are reluctant or unwilling, that should be the end of it, at least at that point in time. Unfortunately, the idea that some people may owe other people sex—or any kind of attention—is pervasive and rather dangerous. ...more

How To Name Your Book Club

Howdy Bookworms! A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by the fabulous Annabel Smith and she asked what my most popular post of all time was. ...more
JoulesDellinger I've always been rather partial to "Books and Boozing" but "Studs and Suds" has ...more

11 Gorgeous Chocolate Chip Desserts That Go WAY Beyond the Cookie

National Chocolate Chip Day is upon us! What's that? You seem to remember celebrating this holiday already this year? Ah, no, Grasshopper. National Chocolate Chip COOKIE Day falls in May, while National Chocolate Chip Day is August 4. Are we not blessed to live in such a world as this? In honor and respect, I submit 11 relentlessly delicious chocolate chip treats for when you're ready for something crazier than a Toll House cookie. ...more
BlogHerFood Even more reasons to love chocolate chips desserts!more

Why You Should Be Concerned About What’s Happening At The Arizona Border

My recent visit to the Arizona-Mexico border showed me that the situation is not what I thought it was....more

Breastfeeding in Public Has Made Me a Better Mom

When my first son was born, he spent several weeks in a NICU and was fed breast milk through a feeding tube. Once we were able to bring him home, learning how to breastfeed was unbearable for both of us. So after four difficult months we quit. When my second son was born he latched on within minutes. And 11 months later he hasn’t let go. Lucky for him, I am a SAHM now, which means that he has unfettered 24-hour access to his favorite binky: my boobs. And since he has emotionally bonded with my chest it feels unfair to me to deny him when he initiates his need to eat or his desire to be comforted when he is over tired or hurt. ...more
BlogHer Nothing wrong at all w/nursing in public. A child's needs are important. However, I have ...more

Community School Supplies? Absolutely NOT!

And so, here we are with school about to start up again – hey, if you live in southern Indiana, many of our schools started up last week! This is the time of year I like to re-run my post about community school supplies and how they are of the devil. Yes. Satan himself thought up this concept. Here we go: =====...more
jeffthomassr1 Yep, and I agree with her!more

Why Adults Need Diverse Books Too

Why aren’t we reading more adult fiction by writers of color or about the non-white experiences? As much as the news outlets like to tout it, reading isn’t dead. At least once a week, a Facebook friend will ask for book recommendations. Social media has made reading more social. We share status updates about our current reads, rave about books we love, and even track our reading progress all through social media. ...more
I've heard so often that publishers worry that people won't buy novels about characters of ...more

Happy World Wide Web Day! Celebrate Online

Do you know what today is? Well, you likely guessed from the title of the post (rather than being a brainiac who likes to spell in binary for the fun of it) -- it's World Wide Web Day. But do you know why we celebrate it in August? Anyone? Anyone? It's because the first time people could go online was August 23, 1991. 23 years.  Think about how much your life has changed in the last 23 years. ...more
I recall being online before 1991.  I think I got a taste of it first in college in 1981. ...more

Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? ...more

An Affair Strengthened My Marriage

It began as a typical Saturday night out with my closest women friends. But on that particular evening as we sat, laughed and talked in a popular New York restaurant, acquaintances were seated nearby celebrating their friend Alex's* birthday. They invited us to join their table for a toast, which turned into several. When the house music came on and everyone headed for the bar, Alex — handsome and playful — took my hand and led me to the dance floor. ...more
We never know what life will bring us to or through.  Kudos to all of you who have the perfect ...more

10 Things to Do While Waiting for Test Results

1. Knit. Can’t tell you exactly why you should knit, except that I’ve noticed that some extremely resilient people knit during the hardest of times. Even in that book Tale of Two Cities, the women knit their way through crazy revolution (and transmitted secret messages). So, when waiting – Knit. Of course if you are like me it’s more like 1) Find knitting needles and yarn, 2) Try to knit, 3) Abandon knitting. ...more
Bumpyboobs And I'm so glad you had good news after your particular wait. Terrific news.more

Easy Photo Cheat: DIY Backdrops

When real life is photobombing your blog photos, it’s time to take action.   That action is easier than you think—and, with little to no cost, you can stop a less-than-attractive real life from ruining your next fabulous blog photo. DOMESTIC DETRITUS ...more
Ooh, these are some great ideas. I've always wondered how people get them so clear. DUH! Thank you!more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Take Control of Your Inbox in 15 Minutes

How many emails do you have in your inbox?  After I crossed the 5000 unread email mark, I decided it was time for a major inbox-cleaning. ...more
Check it regularly, but since I use Outlook 2013, not until home from work.more

Is Instagram the Modern Mother’s Little Helper?

​There is a lot to thank social media for when it comes to the raising of children; the support, the information, the near constant photography. I’ll freely admit it: I’m thankful for the advent of apps like Instagram: For a mama like me, it’s a total game changer when it comes to housework. When I was young, if we wanted to share the moment that our babies took their first faltering steps across the lounge floor, we had to stick our heads out of the front door and shout at Peggy across the road to stop hanging out her washing and come see....more

Why I Don't Feel Guilt as a Working Mom

As women and as mothers, we naturally carry guilt. Some more so than others maybe, but we all do it. At one time or another, we all have something that creeps up into our lives to make us feel guilty as parents. My biggest battle with guilt comes in the form of being a working mom. While I enjoy working and wouldn’t have it any other way, from time to time I have this little voice in the back of my head that says, “You should be making the sacrifices necessary to stay at home with your child.” That little voice isn’t always so nice....more
BlogHer You shouldn't. Every individual & their needs are different. Love your family, work ...more

Let's Get the Senate Back to Work

America's growth remains stagnant, so why are there 338 bills awaiting action in the Senate?...more
MarshaBlackburn RepReneeEllmers : Blackburn Has Worn Out her Welcome! Why Ppl from Texas/ South, ...more

Summer of Orange: Sheer Top + Fluted Orange Skirt (on Super Sale!)

It’s the Summer of Orange, I swear. It’s all I’m wearing these days, guys. I’m sorry…? Nah, not really. I love this color, especially when it comes in neon form. Means not only do I stand out in a crowd, but I also can earn some extra cash directing street traffic. ...more
This outfit, especially those shoes, is amazing. I love the color combo!more

We Have a Beehive. We Just Don't Use It for Honey.

There is every likelihood that the honeybees swarming in and around the cantaloupe and squash blossoms are ours. Our Girls. Those industrious ladies who shack up in the hives my partner, Kel, and I put together two years ago....more
CatherineTheWriter Thanks, Catherine - I hope you get your bees someday (soon)!more

My Love/Hate Relationship With '50 Shades of Grey'

I'm about to admit something that I'm not entirely sure is smart to admit: I like erotica....more
When does he ignore her safe word? I thought she only used it once and he completely flipped out ...more

My Son Hates It When I Run In the Morning

Every morning it’s the same thing: Should I stay or should I go? This debate is about my running, but it’s not a question of do or don’t. I’ve been a dedicated runner for many years now, so there’s no wrangle around that. Come rain, shine or wretched wind chill, I will be hitting the open road and putting in my mile time. The choice factor has to do with another title I hold around here: mother....more

Avoid the Rapids When Canoeing!

Of all the topics that our river guide, Mike, covered before we started our five-day canoe trip on Utah’s Green River, it was the mention of Cataract Canyon that stuck with me the most. I remember wanting to ask him more questions about how we’d know where our pick-up point would be out there in the wilderness, so that we wouldn’t get carried away into some of the world’s roughest rapids. Would there be signs or maybe a Starbucks?...more

National Orgasm Day: Come One, Come All!

It's time to celebrate!!July 31 is National Orgasm Day!!Maybe.For several years now, there has been a bit of mostly online-based lore about celebrating orgasms on July 31. There was a website about it at some point, I'm sure, and we know that is all it takes these days to make a holiday real, right? The success of "Steak And Blowjob Day" is credited to the perpetuation of lore via online memes and yes, an official website. Let's just roll with it. ...more
It is quite easy to orgasm during intercourse if you have had extended foreplay of the type that ...more

10 After-Baby Tips for Husbands Everywhere

When I become a first time mother, I felt stressed, tired, sleep deprived, and frustrated. I just felt overwhelmed while my husband was well-rested, energetic, and relaxed. Until one day, my frustration got to the point where I got upset when he wasn't helping out with the baby. I would tell him that he wouldn't come to help me when the baby cried constantly or come and offer to watch the baby because I needed a rest. My husband would tell me, "You didn't ask me," or "You need to let me know if you need a break." ...more

Happy August!

Happy August, all! I’m still around. I’ve been doing summer things, like learning how to use my camera ....more

Spooky Dancing Man

I've had a great summer so far (and I say so far, because I still have an entire month before school starts and I'm sick of already hearing people say back-to-school...more

Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale : Lingerie Edition

People! Serious public service announcement...  You only have THREE full days to make it to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before it ends.This is crunch time people!While I go to Nordstrom for everything, I especially love their lingerie department.  That may be because an old roommate of mine worked in the lingerie department and turned me into a fanatic but never-the-less, I'm addicted....more

Picking a Dance Studio for a Budding Ballerina or Dancing Diva

As parents start getting ready for back to school, it’s also the time when many parents start looking at and enrolling in extracurricular activities.  I’m not the type of mommy who puts my kids in tons of after school activities, but I am really particular about where I put my kids....more

80--- Split Pea and Sweet Potato Burgers with Caramelized Onion and Feta Aioli

Some veggie burger recipes can be time intensive. ...more

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

It’s started....more

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating

I bet you know at least one success story of a cyber-romance that ended in love and marriage.  But, I’m sure you’ve also heard at least a dozen online dating horror stories.  So, what’s a girl to do?  Whether you are contemplating online dating or have been using it for awhile, I hope you find these tips helpful....more

I Lie to My Doctors

 As a person who has had chronic illnesses all of her life, I’ve seen my fair share of doctors. I’ve lied to most of those doctors. I haven’t done the type of lying that most would expect. Instead, I’ve regularly underplayed what’s wrong with me. Some people may think that means I enjoy being sick--I really don’t. I just don’t like doctors thinking that I’m drug-seeking or malingering. Unfortunately my choice to lie to doctors means that I don’t get the kind of healthcare that I need or deserve. ...more

July is Over!

I have to be honest with you guys. ...more

Jamberry's Retiring Wraps List: Going, Going, Gone!

So here is the long awaited Going, Going, Gone! list from Jamberry. Below I am posting two sheets but there are more .. ....more