10 Tips for Safe Summer Runs

It's definitely easier to stay active in summer, but it's also important to respect the heat and stay safe. Here are 10 tips that will keep you safely running through hotter temperatures. ...more

Dealing With 'Grey's Anatomy' Grief

The problem with recovering from the grief of a death of a major character in a Shondaland show is that you have many, many emotions to calm. Sadness and the pain of loss, of course.  The ache of nostalgia overtakes you in the inevitable cascade ...more

The Best Quick & Easy Frittata

I've been focusing on quick and easy recipes for Meatless Monday over the last few weeks, like a super-quick chickpea dinner and … another super-quick chickpea dinner (can you tell I like chickpeas?). ...more

11 'Right' Reasons to Get Married

This is a very important question and sadly, I don't think many people actually ask themselves this question until it's too late. Lets talk about the "right" reasons to get married: ...more

Quick & Easy 3-D Hand Art

 Now doesn't that look absolutely cool? I'd been looking for a cool way to start crafting away with my newly bought fresh Sharpies and found this idea being pinned away madly on Pinterest. ...more

What #BlogHer15's 'Experts Among Us' Really Means for You

This year, at our annual conference celebrating women in social media, we are dramatically expanding our mission now that BlogHer is part of the larger SheKnows Media family. This transformation starts with our name and our theme: #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. In 2015, we're dedicating the BlogHer conference to the incredible expertise and inspiration women are delivering to each other every day via social media. ...more

What More Can We Say About Baltimore and Freddie Gray?

Tonight there is unrest in Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a spinal cord injury after an arrest by Baltimore police. Gray is now dead. We've been here before, haven't we?...more
Yes - "Change will happen faster if all of us speak, all of us react. It's true our experiences ...more

How to Make Your Friends a Garden Seed Envelope Gift

Craft this fun DIY garden seed envelope gift as a simple housewarming or Mother's Day gift! This is a fun and easy activity to get the kids involved in....more

Will the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General Bring Justice for Black Women?

Loretta Lynch made history when she was sworn in as the 83rd attorney general of the United States of America. She is the first African-American woman, and only the second woman, to hold the position and is certainly cause for honorable recognition....more

8 Steps to Becoming a Crazy Bird Lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable....more
I, too have become bird obsessed after a bird eeder was placed in our yard. Awesome, isnt it? ...more

Sexual Assault, How Far We Haven't Come

I lived on New York City’s Upper East Side during the terrifying days of the Upper East Side rapist. I had attended so many self-defence workshops put on by the NYPD that I had become quite the padded crotch-kicking expert. They would have us act out scenarios in which we were threatened with sexual assault to teach us how to defend ourselves. They encouraged us to be vigilante, to avoid risky situations where we could, but then what to do if we ever found ourselves vulnerable....more
I'm sad to say that's it's a similar story to quite a few of us. But through dialogue and ...more

Cute Mini Papel Picado Banner Craft for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Texas. So big that I decided to decorate a tree for it. ...more

How To Build a Gift Closet & Give More Generously

When I was younger, I thought I was the first person ever to have come up with the idea of a permanent stash of gift items you keep in your house for those "just-in-case" moments. I pictured a chest of drawers with purchased and homemade gifts and gift wrap for those inevitable birthday party invites my future children would have. ...more
reillysmom16  I think that's such an awesome idea.  We don't have kids yet, but I know I will ...more

What Transgender Allies Can Learn From the Bruce Jenner Interview

I have a confession: Reality TV isn’t really my thing. I tried to watch Bruce Jenner and the clan in a few episodes of “Keeping up With the Kardashians” and definitely couldn’t keep up....more
(Cross-posting this reply here, since this was originally a Facebook comment, but I would like ...more

How To Overcome Birth Regret

Birth regret is poison. I drank a lot of that poison. IF I had demanded the c-section, IF I hadn’t been cavalier about being able to push him out, IF the on call doctor had been more insistent, IF this, IF that, and back to the beginning. The loop was suffocating and unproductive. ...more

Picture This! May's NaBloPoMo Is a Photo Celebration

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

Your Sex Life Should Be Free of Regrets

“I just wanna fuck.”How often has this though crossed your mind, when you’re sitting next to someone who seems like a pretty wild ride in the sack?...more
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Chambray Every Day: How to Style It for Every Season

Chambray Every Day: How to Style It for Every Season Who doesn't like a good chambray? It seems like anywhere you look, chambray is the common denominator in a variety of outfits. Its versatility makes it a must-have closet staple for every fashionista. It goes with pretty much anything and can be worn in all seasons.In case you were wondering, chambray is a lightweight, plain-weave cloth initially made of linen but later applied to cotton and even silk. It's typically blue, but can come in any color....more

10 Tips for Staying Connected with Your Husband

For most families, life is starting to get crazy.  If you have children from preschool through high school, you're probably feeling inundated with school project projects, sports, recitals, and end-of-the-year activities.  Even if you don't have school-age children, you know that many activities - work, church, community and volunteer - swing into high gear in the spring....more
nursemommylaughs Thanks so much! I hope that a couple of the ideas will work for you.more

Pass Along the Good Karma

"Someone special helped me when I needed it and I passed the good karma onto you."...more
What a beautiful story and so very true. Kindness doesn't cost a thing, but its affects can be ...more

What We Learned When We Adopted an Old Dog

A few years back, my daughter had her heart set on adopting a dog, but my husband’s memory was still vivid with the array of crusty droppings in the backyard, yellow-stained grass peppering his lawn and tumbleweeds of fur hair floating across our cherry hardwood floor that once belonged to our beloved lab mix, who passed at the age of twelve....more

The Problem With Calling the Black Widow a Slut

You might have seen that Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner during a press junket responded to a question about Black Widow's romantic interests in Avengers: Age of Ultron (not saying who, SPOILERS, but it was brought up to them because in prior films it seemed like her interests were aimed at Captain America and Hawkeye) and both men joked that she's a slut, a whore, and she has a fake leg (which painted people with prosthetics as being something unattractive)....more
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Why You Should Ditch Social Media Buttons on Your Blog

Ditching social media buttons sounds like blogging insanity, right? After all, aren't we supposed to engage daily through social media if we ever expect our blogs to go anywhere? I've always heard that social media is the secret to successful blogging. Maybe yes and maybe no. While it's true that many bloggers became successful through social media, I think that is becoming more and more difficult every day. ...more
We should get together sometime if you'd help me figure out how to set it all up. I get your ...more

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
Anyone who says that is trying to justify their own decisions. They're just insecure. We all ...more

Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ...more

I Just Don't Like Sex

By Dori Hartley for YourTango.comI have a friend who claims to be an asexual. Asexual is a word that, to me, suggests a single-celled organism. Isn’t an asexual a creature who divides in two — or some kind of dual-gendered seahorse who fertilizes and carries his/her offspring to term? So I asked her what she meant by this claim and she said, “Well, I just don’t partake in sexual activity.” It seemed simple enough, yet I still couldn’t quite grasp this seemingly unnatural lack of sex-drive. “Ah,” I said. “So you’ve taken a vow of celibacy?” ...more
I can't even imagine... thank you for a different perspective. It is hard to wrap my head around ...more

Follow the Ladies of Prey As They Take on the World Championship of Taxidermy

A dead bird in the hand feels like a grenade: cold, compact, loaded. On a Saturday morning at Prey studio in downtown L.A., eight taxidermy students — a grab bag of artists and curious amateurs, all but three of them women — lower frozen European starlings into kitchen sink baptisms. They take scalpels to the specimens.  ...more

Sick Days Provide Focus In a World Gone Blurry

The days all start the same. My wife is the first one up, and she isn't quiet about it. Then the household menagerie begins their matinee performance: The cats run and scratch and meow and jump and bounce and run some more. The dogs spin their heads in time to the frisky felines, their necks adorned with tags of domesticity, jingling like a band of sleigh bells turned to 11. ...more

What Was in My April Birchbox

I opened my Birchbox packaging this month and saw that the box was made from Rifle Paper Co. and just about died with excitement. I think my dog still has some hearing loss from all the squealing! ...more

The Best Basic Cream Cheese Icing

You know what makes me angry? People who buy icing....more
Normally I'm in complete agreement. But cream cheese icing? Arrrrgggghhh it always splits on me. ...more

How to Make a Sweet DIY Moss Garden

This DIY project quite literally fell into my lap. It all began with a wild windstorm that passed through this last weekend....more
It is beautiful! Funny, how we get inspired. I love it.more

How to Add a Profile Picture to a Wordpress Blog

Your avatar is your profile picture. You can set your avatar to display next to a comment you leave on a blog or a forum, rather than the anonymous, default logo. Your avatar could be a photo of yourself, or your company's logo. ...more

Which TV Daughter Has It Worse: Paige Jennings, Sally Draper or VEEP's Catherine Meyer?

What a tough season for daughters on television. The young women on some of the best television shows are delivering nuanced performances as they confront the corruptions and miserable failings of their parents. It is both cathartic and brutal to watch. ...more
I had the exact same thought this week. First I thought how relieved I am for Sally that she's ...more

10 Things Your Kids Need to Know

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of a death. Her face turned gray and her voice shook as she tried to console the bereaved person on the other end of the phone. "Oh honey, you can't blame yourself," and, "I'm so sorry. This is such sad, sad news." And then, "Well, you never know, he might reschedule. Maybe he just got busy."...more
I'm not intending to take away from all of the good in this post, but she doesn't know what this ...more

Monday Morning Inspiration

CLICK HERE to view my very first vlog. ...more

Olive Green Dolman.

Easy spring + summer outfit choice: a swingy t-shirt dress and leather wedges. ...more

A Kinder Gentler Mom

I belong to several Mommy groups on Facebook. Several for older Moms...and several more for just Moms in General. I love these groups for many reasons. Not just for questions posed and ingenious answers that follow, but for the sense of community these groups give me. As I mentioned, I moved my life from Florida to Massachusetts right after the birth of little O. I have no friends here yet. I have no support close by except my Mother-in-law, god bless her!..and some awesome family that are a phone call away. But no daily friends to chat with and compare baby notes with....more

It Isn't A Race!

Life is not a race. It is not a competition.  The one who dies with the most friends, the prettiest home, the best figure, or the perfect marriage does not win.  That one who spends their entire life in competition, whether real or self-imposed, simply misses life.   I, personally, am an extremely non-competitive person.  Non-competitive to the point that I even avoid most board games as seeing people's ruthlessness and competitive sides truly horrifies me....more

Go The F*** To Sleep

I bought this book when my son was very young as a joke, after hearing about hilarious it was.  After reading it, I actually thought that it exuded a sort of genius.  My favorite thing about this book is the combination of poetry and excellent illustrations that at first glance are completely unrelated. ...more

Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others....more

What #BlogHer15's 'Experts Among Us' Really Means for You

This year, at our annual conference celebrating women in social media, we are dramatically expanding our mission now that BlogHer is part of the larger SheKnows Media family. This transformation starts with our name and our theme: #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. In 2015, we're dedicating the BlogHer conference to the incredible expertise and inspiration women are delivering to each other every day via social media. ...more

Mint Julep Mocktail

When you host a party for friends and family, it's always fun to have a special cocktail for the event;  something to go along with the theme of the party.  And, it doesn't always have to be an alcoholic drink.  Just a fun, signature mocktail for the evening!...more

Society6 Shop is Open!

watercolor wild flowers in vase 16″...more

E.L.F. Eye Refresh Review

First things first, let's take a minute to talk about that super artsy photo up there. I positioned some clear rocks in the frame to sort of look like ice, since this product is supposed to provide a cooling effect for your under eye area. How's that for creativity? ...more