Make Your Own Cooling Towels for Workouts

Need a way to cool down while exercising or doing yard work on 90-degree days? ...more

Indra Nooyi's Work/Life Comments & Asian American Women

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the latest female executive to chime in to the never-ending discussion about balancing work and life.  ...more

Before & After: My Experience with Frownies for Wrinkles

Have you ever heard of Frownies? They are basically facial patches made out of brown paper tape. You just wet them, stick them on your wrinkles, and sleep with them! Today, I'd like to share with you my experience with Frownies.  ...more

3 Women of Color to Lead the National Education Association

On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history. ...more

Goodbye Milk: I’m Giving Up Dairy and Here’s Why

I've made the decision to join the ranks of those who have decided to give up dairy due to health reason. I know it sounds strange, yet with the research that I've done, it's one of the best decisions that I could make for myself and here's why. ...more
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Starting a Blog is Like Having a Baby

I know what you were thinking when you started your blog. You had a kid. It was hard. It was boring. It was stressful. So you decided, hey, I'll start a blog! That'll make me feel like my life's worth living again. But what you didn't know was that all the hard, boring, stressful stuff you were trying so desperately to escape wasn't going to end at your laptop. Oh no. It was only the beginning. Because having a blog is exactly like raising a kid. Exactly.* ...more

I Don't Need a Man to Walk Me to My Car. But I Want One.

One of the reasons I chose to live in this small town was its low crime rate. I know most of my neighbors (even if some of them aren't my favorite people in the world), and I've never felt unsafe. I often walk my dogs late at night right through the middle of downtown without a second thought in regards to my safety....more

Thrift Store Princess

Once inside the thrift store, I was in AWE. I wasn’t ready for the scent of mothballs hitting my nose, but my eyes had never seen so much beauty in one warehouse. This hideaway housed vintage pant suits, '80s-styled clutches, and a ton of sparkly jackets calling my name like a heavenly choir. ...more
I love thrifting, it feels like a treasure hunt! I agree with blogqueendiane, it makes it so ...more

Most Adorable DIY Crocheted Nursing Necklace

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend of mine who recently had a baby. She asked if I would be interested in seeing if I could make her a nursing necklace. In case you didn't know (because I had no idea before she emailed me), a nursing necklace is a long, chunky necklace made with wood beads and cotton yarn. (It can be made with plastic or other materials too, but the wooden ones are what my friend wanted.)...more

Will Having Sex Before a Big Game Help Your Chances of Winning? Maybe?

Well, it seems like our previous World Cup sex article was a bit premature. A new study is shutting down the debate on whether sex has an effect on a team's chances to win it all for their country. ...more

I Wanted To Hate Daycare But I Don't

I always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, to be able to nurture my kids 24/7 from birth until school age. That was the goal. I have friends who can’t even fathom that fate. To them, it sounds like pure misery. They are great mothers and they love their children, but they love being able to split their time between work and home as well. The idea of being with their kids all day long sounds awful to them. ...more

What's Wrong With Pink LEGO? (Nothing!)

I'm going to post something a little (lot?) controversial here. I don't have a problem with LEGO Friends. I just don't. ...more
LindaCSmith I agree Linda! I feel these sets are adding diversity, not forcing anyone into ...more

The Best Fruit Smoothie Ever?

When I started this journey of finding the right combination of foods to make the perfect fruit smoothie, I tried many things and--yes--experienced some really bad smoothies. Yet, I'm so excited that I started this journey because I feel that I'm getting to the "perfect fruit smoothie" stage. Let’s set a basic foundation first. ...more

Emmy Snubs, Who Cares? I'm Busy Celebrating the Triumph of Laverne Cox

I know that outrage at snubs leads the news when nomination lists are announced, and today's Emmy nomination list certainly contains some major omissions. But instead of focusing on that, I'm going to take just a minute to celebrate a groundbreaking milestone.  Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset, making her the first transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. This is huge. ...more
Laverne Cox is rapidly becoming one of my favorite actresses. She's one of the best on the show.more

What Does Your Blogging Family Tree Look Like

During a previous Selfiebration #BlogHer14 Twitter chat, Carter Gaddis chimed in with something that made us all go, hmm. He said, "I haven't been to BlogHer yet, but if @mrdougfrench had a blogging family tree, I'd be a little twig out on the edge." Which started me off on a wonder trail: Who is part of my blogging family tree? ...more
Love this so much!  Must make a blogging family tree!more

I Get Cranky When People Call Me a Writer

When I chose to start a blog, I didn't do so because I saw myself as a writer, or that I could impress people with my way with words. Because I am not a writer. I'm a rambler. I write the same way I talk, which is usually fast and all over the place. I open an empty post box and it's like spitfire. ...more
Now I feel better about all the mistakes I make.......every post.  :)  Glad to know I'm not the ...more

Black Women, White Women, and Natural Hair

The burn of a relaxer on my tender scalp.The hiss of the hot comb against my untamed roots.The fear of moisture in all of its iterations: rain, sweat, ocean.The anguish of getting the most minor trim because length--not health--was paramount.These are the memories I carry of the never-ending battle to hide the state of my kinky hair. It's an experience belonging to sisters all over the globe, this fight to make our hair submit to societal standards of what is acceptable and proper....more
SwirlQueen I thought that about them too. They look so happy together.more

Mama Bear Moment: Your Kid Hurt My Kid

Seldom is there more anger than when a mama bear’s cub gets injured. Should a fellow kindergartner toss out a few typical teases, she’ll be forever labeled as a Mean Girl by the other mama bears, for certain. A boy who shoves another boy is a terrible bully. A child who hits must be hit at home. A kid who bites has “something wrong” with them. What is normal childhood behavior, and what is truly of concern? ...more
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More Wonderful BlogHer '14 Keynote Additions: Isabel Kallman, Kara Swisher, Nellie Bowles and Teneshia Jackson-Warner

The hits keep coming. Or, in this case, the awesome speakers do. I have four great additions to share with you today: Pathfinder Day Keynote Speakers: ...more
Outstanding speakers!more

Wino! DIY Coaster Made From Wine Corks

Having a husband in the wine industry means we have A LOT of corks lying around. No, it's not from all the wine we drink (I promise), but it is pretty cool. I mean, think of all the project possibilities! Today, we attempted our first cork project, and I will say these coasters came out pretty cute! So if you want to give it a try (I am sure you have some corks lying around, right?), here is how we did it. ...more

How to Use a Whole Watermelon: Make Granita

What to do with a whole watermelon? ...more
That looks so good! I always crave watermelon italian ice in summer, and this is much healthier, ...more

Help! Family Bickering is Going To Ruin My Vacation!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I'm soon headed on a vacation with my husband, kids and all his family. We are going to a beautiful place, and I know I won't be able to enjoy it because his family bickers non-stop. It's exhausting. Everyone does it. His parents, his siblings and their spouses. I don't even want to go except the kids and their cousins all have a great time. Ideas on survival?Signed,Can't We All Just Get Along?...more

I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
Thankful I have never smoked, drank alcohol, or used drugs but as a teen, I sexually ...more

Travel Tips: How To Pack and Fly Like a Pro

After I wrote about our travel snacks and how airline travel has changed, it made me think about how I prepare for my trips. I mostly fly for work trips. If my husband and I are traveling for pleasure, we drive unless we have the opportunity to turn a work trip into a vacation like we did in San Francisco. While I was sitting at dinner tonight, I thought about the tips I use to keep myself sane while traveling on airlines. ...more
A great guide for travelers. The invention of rolling suitcases has made life much easier than ...more

Why My Professor Gave Me an Extension: The Best Excuse Ever

Yesterday I read 10 Best Excuses Not to Do Something, written by Carol Graham of the blog Battered Hope. At the end, she asked her readers a question, “What is the best excuse you have heard or the best one you have ever given?” This triggered a memory for me....more
RenaMcDaniel Thank you Rena!  If your daughter goes into labor during finals, I would certainly ...more

The Strip Club Wasn't What I Expected It To Be

Every time I passed the sleazy strip club with the neon “Girls Girls Girls” sign, I wanted to go in. I don’t really know why. I’m heterosexual (other than my small thing for Megan Fox). And I know it’s not politically correct to go to the strip club (I was raised with that “Free to be You and Me” album just like you were). And yet? Something was compelling me. I guess I just wanted to see me some titties, OK? ...more

I'm Not That Kind of Blogger

I've been blogging again for three weeks and feel like my space has been growing a lot in that short span. Not because I'm that awesome or anything. Mostly because I've been aggressively targeting people to stalk, sponsor, and write for me this summer. But still, new readers. Cool. So let's talk about the things you probably won't ever find here. AKA "Why I'll Never Be Popular" or "Reasons Why Pinterest is Not for Me." ...more
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We've Had Five Years of Wedded Bliss!

How do five years fly by quickly?When you have a partner in life who loves you completely, that you love as much in return.When you have someone beside you giving you support when the rough times happen....more
jayhawkmommy Of course! It really touched me and your love for your family and your husband was ...more

Is There a Negative Side of Encouraging Girls to Major in STEM?

If you're a woman, and especially if you have daughters/are thinking about having children, you've probably thought about the word "pretty." How boys are praised for—and get away with—their actions, and girls are praised for being pretty and ladylike. And how to navigate the whole body image jungle of what used to be just the teen years, but now possibly includes a girl's entire life through adulthood. ...more
thlsralv Ah, that is ridiculous!  Some people definitely need to re-evaluate their attitudes.  I ...more

3 Women of Color to Lead the NEA, the Largest U.S. Labor Organization

On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history: its membership elected three women of color as its leaders, and its first female head in 25 years....more
They've got my attention! As I was researching the article, I realized that I've known of Al ...more

The Perfect Safe Sex Care Package for College Students

In 2012, 30.4 percent of Americans over 25 had at least a bachelor's degree and 10.9 percent had a graduate degree. That's a big chunk of the country, but you wouldn't know so many of us have been to university given the sort of suggestions floating around the internet about what to put into a care package for our recent high school grads who are heading off to get their degrees. My version of a good care package is one that equips a young adult to make the right decision as often as possible....more
Wow! I had no idea all that stuff was out there. Where have I been? Oh, yeah, married for the ...more

How to Make Instagram Photostrips

I am obsessed with Instagram. I just can't get enough of the iPhone app. It's so much fun to take pictures and add fun little filters and effects. I like how it's also a mini-social network. Well, I love the app so much that I didn't want my favorite pictures trapped inside my iPhone for the rest of eternity. Don't they deserve to see the light of day, too?...more
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A BlogHer "First Time in Forever"

The following, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when you leave the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen in my car. I listen to it, sing by myself (loudly), and come up with weird crap to do. Case in point? Behold, our debut Blogging Betties Short—a BlogHer First Time in Forever.   ...more
Love it!!!!more

From Groundbreaking to Foundation

Construction has FINALLY started! They broke ground on our new house a couple weeks ago after an agonizing long 2 month wait for the permit to come back. Now we have a foundation! ...more

July Fourth Twenty Fourteen

And a week later, I get this post up. I may have gone overboard with the American thing this year. Oh well ....more

Menus for Kids

Ordering from a kids' menu used to be easy when my kids couldn’t read. But then 1st grade happened and my son learned to, so there’s no pulling the wool over his eyes anymore. Now he can plainly see the unhealthy options he has to choose from and he loves them all!...more

A Whale of a Good Time at the Vintage Bazaar

Is it possible that two weeks have already flown by since the latest (& greatest, IMHO) Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm?!...more

Styling a New Dresser and Gallery Wall

We recently added a new piece of furniture to our living room. This white dresser was the perfect addition to add some bright white to the room while providing additional storage. It makes the colors of the gallery wall pop completing the wall vignette I put together.The white dresser came from Sauder where they offer a wide of range of beautiful and affordable furniture ....more

Happy Fist Bump Friday

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to acknowledge the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together ....more

Listen First, Train Later.

 Photo by Patrick McMahan...more

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Turning your favorite pizza toppings into a delicious and cheesy pasta bake is a delicious dinner option. ...more

Friday Favs 7/11/14

Hey, did you know it's Nude Recreation Week? No? The weird thing is, neither did this baker: o.0 ...more

Sparkling Citrus Bourbon Lemonade

Sparkling Citrus Bourbon Lemonade - Orange and bourbon and lemonade, oh my!! This is your new summertime drink folks! The post Sparkling Citrus Bourbon Lemonade appeared first on The Kitchen Magpie ....more