Food Bloggers, Take Note: This Is the Writing Advice You Want to Hear

#BlogHerFood15 Speaker and SheKnows advisory board member Kat Kinsman on writing, cooking and eating. ...more

Why You Should Go to #BlogHerFood15 (Even If You're Not a Food Blogger)

Karen Ballum love #BlogHerFood conferences and ... she isn't a food blogger. Find out how what she learns at the conferences helps her succeed in her career. ...more

The #BlogHerFood15 Mobile App Is Here

Your best resources for connecting with your fellow attendees and keeping track of all the events affiliated with #BlogHerFood15 next month in Chicago. ...more

(TUTORIAL) How to Edit Your Vertical Videos for YouTube

Want to get more traction with your videos? Follow this step-by-step guide to make them look fabulous on YouTube. ...more

5 Fun Things to Do While You're in Chicago for #BlogHerFood15

Build in a little extra time to enjoy all Chicago has to offer. ...more

Creepy Dummy Halloween Makeup Tutorial & DIY Costume

Well, here it is... Halloween. That both dreaded and long-awaited time of year, when we strain our poor brains and abuse Google and Pinterest to find the best costume for the most creative holiday of the year. It's okay though, because we LOVE it! But wouldn't it be great to find a costume that we can make with what we already have? And one that wouldn't ruin or stain our clothes in fake blood? Uh, YES!  ...more

Don't Forget to Do These Vital Things Online Before #BlogHerFood15

One of the best things about attending a BlogHer event is the connections you make with other attendees....more
Do your social profiles share who you are and what you care about? Here's how to doublecheck, an ...more

Gender Equity: It's Good For Lasting Peace

In a world where extremists place the subordination of women at the centre of their ideology and war tactics, the international community and the UN should place gender equality at the heart of its peace and security interventions....more

An Open Letter To My Future Daughter-in-Law

The wedding invitation came in the mail a few days ago. It was embossed with ornate green lettering requesting my presence at the ceremony that will join you both in matrimony. My baby boy who only just yesterday was playing with Legos and wearing velcro tennis shoes will be a married man in less than five weeks! My heart is being tugged in a million directions. I have seen the way he looks at you. I've heard him talk about you. You two are a perfect fit. This is true love, my dear. I know that. He is ready for this step, but as his mother, you must know that I was his first. ...more

Why I'm Thrilled About the New Nicholas Sparks Novel 'See Me'

I will never forget the first time I read The Notebook. I was roughly Allie's age, a 15-year-old going on my first date, a dreamer and romantic, a love-washed girl. I hadn't read books regularly since about fourth grade, and The Notebook sparked me back into reading. Dear Nicholas had so many romantic novels I didn't know about. ...more

Check Out Kathy Strahs's New Cookbook + More!

Kathy Strahs, who writes Panini Happy, is now self-publishing a new cookbook, The 8x8 Cookbook. ...more

Surviving the 'Hard Part' and Clawing My Way Back to Joy

"This will be the hard part." The words were spoken with a hush, gently and quietly as the dim lights softly flickered in a darkened hospital room as I held my six-and-a-half-month-old child, his last breath taken hours before. After spending nearly seven months in a pediatric cardio thoracic ICU with my infant son, the hard part should have been behind me. And yet, it wasn't. I knew it, but I didn't want to know it. ...more

13 Tips to Make Halloween Decorating Cheaper

For some people, it’s all about the candy. For others, the costumes. I love Halloween decorations. Why? They’re fun. They’re kitschy. They make me feel like a little kid all over again. ...more
Last year I used a piece of wadding from an old pillow and made some spiderwebs around the ...more

Those Racist Halloween Costumes: It's Not Political Correctness, Just Respect

I'm not a prognosticator, but I can predict it with a fair degree of certainty: sometime in the next few weeks, there will be people who post pictures of themselves dressed as Blacks/Hispanics/Native Americans/Asians in a stereotypical way for Halloween. Then everyone will momentarily descend into outrage, defense and offense until November when we'll all take the 30 Days of Thankful Challenge leading up to Thanksgiving....more

9 Tips to Get You Writing the Perfect Article Pitch

As a former magazine editor-in-chief, widely published journalist and writing coach, I've been on both sides of the desk when it comes to pitching an article or personal story. As an editor, some were easy to assign, because they filled in all the details and got me excited about the story, and others fell into the reject pile rather quickly. Whether you want to write a personal essay, or a scientific, medical or business article, a good pitch letter with a great spin on a topic, a timely element, a celebrity connection, or an unusual personal experience will get you the attention of an assigning editor. Here are my tips on how to write a pitch that will get you published. ...more

7 Steps That Will Get You Through Flu Season Intact

You've probably started to see the commercials, received the mailers, perhaps even heard the pharmacy robo-calls telling you to get your flu shot. 'Tis the season, by which I mean, flu season. For the United States, flu season runs November through April which puts all of us at risk of contracting the flu very soon. But, there is no need to be alarmed. You can survive flu season if you keep a few simple concepts in mind. ...more

What's the Definition of Motherhood? (Spoiler: Insanity)

My first serious boss, at my first serious job, used to repeat it over and over. It was a mantra to try new approaches, to work harder, to get the job done. A few years later, when I was now the serious boss, I used to say the same thing to my team, expecting creativity, diligence and success. ...more

My Alternate Three-Word Bio Is: All. About. Community.

We're big fans of the three-word bio here at SheKnows Media. Check out our email signatures. Check out my social profiles. Today my official three-word bio changes....more

A Toast to Building Movements and Challenging the Status Quo

It’s nearly a year since BlogHer and SheKnows Media joined forces, and I’m excited to share that BlogHer, Inc. is now completely in the capable hands of SheKnows Media and CEO Philippe Guelton....more

5 Essential Tips for Modern Kinky Dating

Over the last 2-3 years, there has been a lot of buzz about BDSM, kinky sex, D/s relationships and the like, as the centuries-old alternative lifestyle came to the forefront via mainstream, super popular books and movies. This emergence prompted many people to research and learn more, to dabble and explore, and to open up more publicly about things they could not perhaps explain prior to being given the right language and community support....more

How Slinging Drinks At A Strip Club Improved My Sex Life

I had never even been to a strip club before I found myself unexpectedly bartending in one. A month before I had walked out on a high-pressure assistant position, and even though I was miserable and my health was rotten, I felt like I had failed. I didn’t have any sort of career plan to speak of or any strategy for financial stability, and all around I felt like a pathetic lame ass....more

Are You Attracting The Partner You Deserve?

We seem to hold other people to higher standards and expectations than we personally live by or even come close to meeting ourselves....more

How to Get Ready in a Flash and Still Look Amazing

My husband always brags that I get ready quicker than any woman he has ever met. After watching my mom and best friend get ready for a night out, I can see why he said that. I have always boasted about the speedy way I go from undone to dolled up. There are a few techniques I use to help me pull it all together in a flash. Trust me, I have been able to master the art of getting ready and so can you with these helpful tips. ...more

5 Simple Steps to "Fall Cleaning" Your Mind

For me, fall always feels more like a season of renewal than even New Year's does. And seeing that autumn is the new "hip" time of year, I'm apparently not alone on that stance. Who can say why the past decade or so has generated a sudden manic appreciation for pumpkins, but I'm not going to snub my nose at it. ...more

Apple-Cinnamon Spiced Breakfast Smoothie

It’s finally fall ya’ll!! You know what this means right? Cool, crisp temperatures, good prime-time TV, and spice filled drinks. ...more

Waiting For the Day I Can Be an Artist Again

This post first appeared on Semi-urban Mom. I recently had the pleasure of visiting an art studio with my daughter, who was invited to a birthday party there. It was your typical little storefront art studio: walls crowded with completed works of art, paint splatters on the concrete floors, the smell of tempera and modelling clay in the air. It was enough to make me want to puke. ...more

How to Make a Dollar Store Halloween Spider Vase

The dollar store can be a really great resource for making holiday decor items. You can get a really great looking finished product for only a few dollars!  ...more

'Hotel' Is Finally the American Horror Story That's Too Repulsive for Me

The creeptastic anthology American Horror Story has been always been a cringefest. It's certainly not for everyone and can crash and burn more than once in a season, but overall it usually offers provocation mixed with inventive stories, fabulous performers, stunning visuals, and a deliciously campy point-of-view.  I look forward to the upcoming seasons just to see what Ryan Murphy concocts, and anticipating this fall's AHS: Hotel was no different. ...more

6 Ways To Be A Better Friend When They Need You Most

I've recently had something sort of rotten happen: the man I live with and I are calling it quits. Even worse, we have to live in the same house together for a few more weeks before I can move out. I know everyone's got problems, and most of them are worse than mine. But right now this pretty much feels like the worst thing. I just feel so bad. During times of extreme duress, people tell you to lean on your friends. "Surround yourself with people who love you. Now is where your friends can really come through." Or where they fail you miserably....more

I Surprised Myself When I Became an Extended Breastfeeder

When I was pregnant with our first daughter, I knew I wanted to nurse. Like many moms, I chose one year as my goal. In retrospect it seems somewhat arbitrary, but that's the number you always hear, so that's where I placed a big red X in my mental calendar. Fortunately, breastfeeding came easy to us, and I relished the bonding aspect of it tremendously. Shortly after her first birthday, we started introducing cow's milk—again, because that's what you do, right?—and within a month, she was pretty much fully weaned....more

I May Miss New York, But I Will Never Miss the Cat-Calling

Though I now live in North Jersey, I put in my time living in Queens and Jersey City (which we considered a borough of Manhattan -- I mean seriously, it is) for seven years. I have also worked/trained/performed in NYC since my dad started taking me to auditions when I was ten. ...more

10 Ways to Strength Train with a Pumpkin

It's officially the season of Halloween decorations, too much candy, and pumpkins! We all know I love celebrating a season or a holiday to the max, and October is one of my favorites thanks to the ever useful pumpkin. Last year I did a three-part workout series using pumpkins on a tennis court, and I thought it would be fun to revisit the workouts to combine them for one epic pumpkin strength workout. You will need at least one pumpkin or a heavy medicine ball to complete. (I'm pretty sure a pumpkin is easy to come by this time of year.) ...more

What Peeple Totally Got Wrong About the Internet

Suddenly, an app with a great deal of financial backing is on the horizon, and it essentially stands for the opposite of my goals on social media. As much as the founders would like to believe otherwise, I believe this app will only promote an outlet for under-regulated personal attacks and the general approval of emotionally-driven judgments about people in our lives. In other words, I am not a fan. ...more

On Scoliosis and Unfunny Flashbacks to 'Sixteen Candles'

I sit and watch as Fashionista tries out a tumbling class. She is the type who would like to be on the Pom Squad when she gets to seventh grade and would like to perfect her cartwheels. I secretly sneer at cheerleaders. Glorified strippers, I call them. To be honest, this is mostly due to the fact that my husband dated a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader years before I met him. But I pretend it is purely out of feminist sentiment. ...more

Finding Balance as a Writer and Home Schooling Parent

Life is all about finding balance, however, once you do it always seems to change.  I recently went back to work. All the kids were in school and my days belonged to me. After a long summer, it was nice to own a chunk of my time again. And I was looking forward to some extra spending money for books and cupcakes. I mean clothes and school supplies for the kids....more

Rotating carousel cake - a little video !

I know we are deep in Fall right now but I love to remember the warm n sunny summer we had this year. My sister and her hus came over to visit us for a whole week 1stweek of July and then Manish’s parents stayed over with us for 2 whole months and later his sister and family with their 2 month-old baby boy, Dhyan came over and stayed for a month. So we had a lovely family time throughout this summer and my lil’Appu couldn’t have been more pleased with so many people to pamper and play with him ....more

“I wish that could just be a book…”

“Oh boys, I need to tell you something sad.” “What mama?” “You know our neighbor? ...more

Salted Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cups

The pumpkin spiced everything obsession always catches me a bit off guard each year, laying into us before September's end. ...more

On the real value of time

‎"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." Henry David Thoreau ...more

Tuna Melts In a Bowl

Tuna melts are one of my favorite comfort foods. When I started a paleo diet this summer, I came up with some grain-free alternatives to my favorite foods. Following a paleo or gluten-free diet does not have to mean giving up the foods that you love to eat ....more

Princess Nagger and the Annual Fall Tradition #WW

Every year around the first weekend of October, Princess Nagger and I make a trek to find corn stalks, hay bales and pumpkins to decorate the front porch for fall. I tend to do a more ‘generic’ fall decor that … Continue reading → ...more

8 Ways to Make Your Child's Birthday Special

This morning The Maestro and I dragged ourselves out of bed really, really early—like, before 6:00 am early—to give our newly minted 15-year-old breakfast in bed. She leaves to early morning seminary by 6:25 every morning, and we wanted to be sure her birthday celebrations started early!On our way up the stairs, we noticed that Sophia had been a busy bee after bedtime last night, creating a special birthday trail of love for her big sister. My heart always melts to see my children doing nice things for one another, but I especially love how they want to make each other's birthday celebrations meaningful ....more

Creative Pumpkin Recipes [Link Party 127]

With these creative pumpkin recipes from our featured bloggers this week, you can have pumpkin for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Doesn’t that sound like heaven? Welcome to Moonlight & Mason Jars #127, y’all ....more