Why You Should Be a SheKnows Expert

What does it mean to be a SheKnows Expert? It's a question I've heard almost every single day as people learn about our growing community, where people share their passions and find new connections through the SheKnows audience.  ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

What to Do When You're Bored With What You Just Wrote

Some days I write a post, stare at it briefly, and am overwhelmed by a generalized feeling of "meh." Does this ever happen to you? No, of course not. So you don't need to know these five tips for improving your writing. Never mind. Nothing to see ...more

Get a Free Conference Pass! It's the #BlogHerFood15 Call for Volunteers

It's that time! Our call for volunteers for #BlogHerFood 15! ...more

How Amal Clooney Changed the Way We Think About Marriage

 Are we all looking for a George or striving to be an Amal?First let me start off by saying I have so much respect for Amal Clooney and that the following disclosed trend is in no way her fault....more

(REVIEW) 3 Amazing Charcoal-Infused Cleansers That Love Your Skin

There’s been a buzz building about charcoal-powder-infused soaps for a while now. You can find charcoal-powder-infused soaps for men, women, babies, and yes, even dogs. The Ancient Egyptians used a messier form than what we use now for cleansing and for healing wounds....more

Join Us for 10 #BlogHerFood15 Instagram Challenges With Sarah Michelle Gellar

BlogHer Food is coming up on November 6 and 7 in Chicago. Our team is working hard behind the scenes to get ready to celebrate all culinary things, especially how to write and share about them. (Who am I kidding? That's just the tip of the iceberg!) We are excitedly anticipating this very special weekend in the Windy City -- if you haven't registered yet, click here!...more

Fathers Are the Other Half of the MotherHood

"The problem with you women," the senior partner at my law firm said, "is that you say you want to be treated just like men.  But you don't, really.  You want something different." Image Credit: David Bleasdale via Flickr...more

The 4 Worst On-Screen Births

One of the unexpected downsides to having a baby is that I can no longer watch Grey's Anatomy without wanting to throw my coffee at the screen. The same goes for Private Practice, Offspring or any other show that involves a lot of babies being born. Image: Warner Bros. Television ...more

5 Ways to Get Yourself Over Writer's Block

This page was white just before I started typing "this page was white," which, as you know, is a trick writers and bloggers use to just get past starting to write when the creative crumbs of creating cease to commence. I was recently reading Geronimo Stilton The Enchanted Charms: The Seventh Adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy as a bedtime read to my eldest son when I felt a connection from writer to writer with Geronimo. ...more

An Apology to Those I've Hurt While Depressed

I'm sorry. I know those two words seem so small, and they are. They are nothing more than nine simple, basic characters, but I don't know where else to start so I'm sorry; I'm so sorry. There are things I'm not sorry for, things I can't be sorry for. I'm not sorry for my illness. It is something beyond my control. It is a physical disorder as much as it is a mental one. But I am sorry for the years I've wasted feeling sorry for myself. I am sorry for the years I have tried to hide it, to keep it a secret. ...more

A Message to the Moms Whose Kids Are Not Heading Off to College

I've seen so many beautiful photos on my timelines this week. Moms are sharing pictures of their children heading off to college. I've enjoyed seeing all the pics of packing, dorm rooms, and tearful farewells as you drop your babies off at the university of their choice. I'm so happy for all the Moms and young adults embarking on the next phase of their lives. But what about the Moms that aren't making that trip? I wonder how they're feeling right now? ...more

How Low Testosterone Affects a Woman's Sex Drive

Low sexual desire, difficulty becoming aroused and lubricating during sex, and increasing difficulty in reaching orgasm are all common complaints of women in mid-life, and all are signs of low testosterone in women. Many people don’t realize that women’s bodies need the “male” hormone testosterone (T) in their system for optimal sexual function, just as do men. But recent studies have provided insight into how testosterone supplementation can be a safe therapy to improve sexual desire, arousal and pleasure for women....more

Once A Cheater? 5 Types Of Cheaters Revealed

We’ve all heard the saying, once a cheater, always a cheater… but is there truth in this rather cliché allegation?  Or are we condemning innocent men worldwide, who may have screwed up once or twice, to be bound in that big box of infidelity?  Obviously all men aren’t the same… or are they? ...more

Summer Peach Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting

Mariah and I kinda consider ourselves cupcake experts. And yes, that's totally a real thing....more
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I Was The Queen of Impractical Shoes

I think the general consensus is that teenage girls clomping along like camels in ridiculously high heels look more than a little absurd. They should probably be wearing sneakers, but high heels are a rite of passage—the mark of "growing up." These days the heels get skinnier and higher, and the dresses get shorter and tighter, as you progress from the one-inch heels on your first pair of "fancy shoes" into full-blown teenage fashion. Keeping everything inside the dress while trying not to twist an ankle becomes a tricky balancing act. ...more

I Found My G-Spot And It Wasn't All That 

Life's too short to be sad over G-spots. ...more

I'm Sad for the Roanoke Victims, But I'm Also Sad for Bryce Williams

It has been a long, exhausting and sad week for Roanoke, VA, to say the very least. I met my spouse in Roanoke. Our daughter was born in Roanoke. Most of my friends and news/advertising/marketing colleagues still live and work in the Roanoke Region. I lived there for eight years and when I think about my time in Roanoke, it holds so many beautiful and fun memories and despite the horror that has occurred there this week, which is the way I will choose to remember it....more

All Hail Serena Williams on Her U.S. Open Journey to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam

We are not worthy, but all eyes are on superstar Serena Williams as she heads into the U.S. Open ready to make history. If she wins, she'll attain a calendar Grand Slam (winning all four major titles in one year), which hasn't been earned since Steffi Graff did it in 1988.  The draw was announced Thursday and play begins next week.   ...more

5 Food Mistakes I No Longer Make

These 5 food products used to be a regular part of my diet, but I gave them the boot. What do you think happened next? Spoiler alert: I'm 20 pounds lighter, but more on that later. A favorite saying in the health and wellness community is "know better, do better." I think that pretty much sums it up. Obviously most of us want to be healthy and to make better choices, but sometimes we don't know where to start, or worse, we don't know what we don't know. So for those of you who are looking to make some small (and easy!) dietary changes, this post is for you. I hope it helps you reach your goals, or at least makes you think a little harder about what makes it into that grocery cart. ...more

Learn a Lesson With September's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

11 Things Low-Maintenance Girls Will Understand

This post is for all the low-maintenance ladies, who’s with me? Low -maintenance girls are better. Full stop. We’re easier to handle, more fun and I'd say somewhat rare these days.A girly-girl is something I am definitely not. I actually suck at been a girl. My laziness gets the better of me. I love the idea of looking like a contoured Kardashian but then I remember how much more I love my bed, and it wins, every time....more

What I Realized After the Virginia TV Shootings

At 6:45AM yesterday morning, television reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward were murdered by a disgruntled former employee of their station WDBJ in Moneta, Virginia. They were killed on live television, by a man full of vitriol and hate. And we were witnesses. ...more

How I'm Helping My Kids Build Confidence

We're teaming up with the Representation Project (of which I have always been a fan) and their new #BuildConfidence initiative, to talk about how we, as parents, can celebrate, inform and empower mentors who model positive self-esteem and body image. This is my take. ...more

Make Your Walls Pop With Colorful DIY Birch Tree Art

I was challenged to recreate one of my blog friend's DIY wall art.  So, I took inspiration from her birch-tree-painted wall and created colorful, dimensional birch tree canvas art.  This was probably the easiest DIY art I have ever created!...more

I Want To Get Married But He Doesn't

I'm in love with a man who doesn't want to marry me. He's a wonderful person and wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He's dedicated to making our relationship work. But marriage? Not so much. ...more

If He Doesn’t Respect Women, He Doesn’t Respect You

Have you ever been with a man and noticed the way he speaks about other women? Have you ever paid attention to the tone of his voice, the language he chooses, and the words used to describe other women? In relationships, we often focus on how our mates feel about us, how they treat us and how they make us feel. It is natural to want to be respected and held in high regard, but what happens when you notice that your significant other shows a lack of reverence for other women?...more

Roanoke TV Shooting: Making Sense Out of the Senseless

Like the rest of the world, I was stunned by the news coming out of Virginia early Wednesday morning.The murder of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was an unimaginable, senseless act of violence. Making it even more unimaginable was the fact that it happened live, on the air, before 7 a.m. for viewers and their horrified co-workers to see. Photographer Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, Image Credit: WDBJ...more

The Problem with Hollywood Father Figures

There is nothing quite like a good dad. We are interested in their stories, praise their body type, sing their praises in cheesy Instagram posts on their very own national holiday, and even use the term as a term of endearment for our favorite celebrities (dad AF, amiright?). ...more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Farmers Market Experience

I really love farmers markets, but I haven't always known how best to shop them. If you're like me, this list of how to get the most out of your farmers market experience might come in handy. Check out my four best tips! ...more

Facebook Got Us Through My Mother's Illness

Sometimes social media gets a bad rap. Sure, virtual gathering places can result in unnecessary drama and rants. But for me, social media – Facebook in particular - has been an instrument of support and friendship at a time when I needed it most. ...more

Should You Join the PTA? The Answer Might Surprise You

My first introduction to the PTA (or Parent Teacher Association) was through my mother's typewriter. Click, clack. Click, clack. My mother, co-president of the PTA, had volunteered to type up the recipe submissions for "Koala Kitchen," a cookbook put together and sold by the PTA as a fundraiser for my elementary school. ...more

I Used My Experience As 'The Fat Kid' To Teach My Kids About Body Image and Kindness

We were driving the other day when my mind got blown. Kids never fail to freak me out in all kinds of ways. Here's what went down. ...more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Reawakened</i>, by Colleen Houck

This week's Book Giveaway is Colleen Houck's novel Reawakened, the first novel in a "multibook series". (Note: this means I have no idea how long we'll have to wait for actual plot resolution. Sorry!) Reviewers keep favorably comparing Reawakened to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, so I'm excited ....more

Peaches and Cream Pie

A delectable pie made of fresh roasted peaches smothered in a rich, creamy vanilla custard. The... [[ This is a content summary only ....more

Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk over Rice

This is a savory simple ‘stroganoff’ recipe that uses garlic, mushrooms, onion, canned mushroom soup, fresh sage and ground elk burger served over cooked rice. Serves 2-4 Ingredients 1lb ground elk 8oz mushrooms sliced 1 small yellow onion chopped 2 garlic cloves diced 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped 10 3/4 oz canned mushroom soup mix 1/2 cup water Worcestershire sauce 2 cups cooked rice Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Heat skillet over medium heat. Add butter, onion, garlic and mushrooms ....more

Ice Music - The Scandinavian way of making art

Read more at http://bit.ly/icemusicscandinavian...more

We Tried To Paint Our Pup

It was a good idea in theory.Paints. Pups. And Pints.Pay $60 and you get a blank canvas, a couple of beers, and instruction on how to paint your pup ....more

Are amateurs the new professionals?

Read more at http://bit.ly/amateursasprofessionalshttp://bit.ly/amateursasprofessionals...more

Motivational Monday #120

Happy Motivational Monday! It has been a stressful couple of days, but I am happy to say that I have stayed on track with my calorie counting and exercise for another week. Our washing machine broke, as well as our wireless internet router, so yesterday I had to go out and buy new ones ....more

Shirohige Totoro Cream Puff Café

I've wanted to go to Shirohige, aka the Totoro Cream Puff café for quite a while now. ...more

Creamy Avocado Dressing (aka Guacamole Buttermilk Dressing)

For a new salad that I have been thinking about I wanted a nice and cool and creamy dressing and I was thinking about trying something a little bit different, an avocado dressing. I am so totally addicted to avocados and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy them! I was originally planning on including diced avocado in the salad but I liked the idea of a creamy avocado dressing even more ....more

Summer Sampler Mini Quilt Parade

Happy Monday...I know it's late in the day...but I promised a parade today, and so here it is! There were some lovely quilt photos that arrived in my inbox, and I'm happy to share them with you! I still need to put the binding on mine...just can't decide between fabrics! ...more