How to Make Perfect Caramel Apples

Have you ever made Homemade Caramel Apples? I'm not talking about dipped apples made with those cute little caramel squares that you buy in packages in the supermarket. I'm talking about REAL, honest-to-God caramel apples that you make from ...more

4 Sources for Fabulous Plus-Size Jeans

After spending some four hours in a department store with my mom today, I realized that there are some great plus-sized (size 12+) jean choices out there ... if you can afford them, that is. What about us girls who want great fit, but can't ...more

Why I Blog Under a Pseudonym

My friend Karen announced her move from her semi-anonymous blog to her real-name space. I wish her all the strength and healing she can find in combining her separate pieces into one whole. I've always written under a pseudonym, and I have no ...more

How to Keep Your Pets From Getting Scared on Halloween

Holidays can be a stressful time for our pets, and each one brings a new set of challenges. Halloween is no exception. A few simple tweaks to your Halloween routine, however, can go a long way toward keeping your pets safe. ...more

How Our Workplace Policies Are Keeping Women Poor

Beyoncé—a performer, working mother, and American icon— shows many of us the woman we want to be. But to state the obvious, we can’t all work it like Beyoncé. Literally. We can’t work, raise a child, and pay our bills like Beyoncé can, because ...more

Expand Your Understanding of Down Syndrome

The month of October is a month to highlight Down syndrome. In this month, perhaps you became familiar with a child, a teenager, an adult with Down syndrome. Before my son was born, I knew nothing about it. I couldn't even recall ever meeting a person with Down syndrome. Then, everything changed. You don't have limit your time of learning to this month of awareness, yet it is a time to make an effort to understand, even a little bit, about Down syndrome and the families it touches. ...more
WomenTricks It is so simple and beautiful to understand others. It is where we break down walls ...more

Pumpkin Spiced Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Pepitas

There are several kids in our neighborhood who cannot eat the traditional Halloween candy. I learned of this several years ago when they came trick-or-treating at our house and as I was filling up their bags, one of the little girls, with a quivering voice and eyes welling up, said, "I can't eat that." Ever since I have made a special treat just for them on Halloween. ...more
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Just Another Day of Fighting the Fat

At the tender age of 13, I twisted my body around in front of the full length mirror I'd purchased from the nearest K-Mart for $6.99. I used the business end of my inaugural pair of platform shoes and to my mom's chagrin, proceeded to hammer the mirror to the back of my bedroom door. Seventeen magazine and the stick-thin models contained within its glossy pages began a residency on my nightstand years before the walking hungry began gracing the pages of trash magazines like Us and In Touch. ...more
Wow! I too can relate.I have lot over a 100lbs and everyday it feels like the "battle" will ...more

8 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Getting Married

 I wish I had known.......more

I Hate the Things You Love, Can We Still Be Friends?

I cannot tell a lie. Maybe it's because I've never been good at lying. Or maybe I'm still traumatized from that time in 1986 when I told my mom that I was going to a late movie with friends but went to a party instead and awoke the next morning to a note that said simply, "Call me at work about last night."  Regardless of the reason, I am all about telling the truth...even when it gets me in trouble. So, today, I have a few things I must confess to you. ...more
NinaBadzin BlogHer BWAH HA HA! Perfect response.more

Polls Show Support for Early Education. Will Voters Agree Nov. 4?

On November 4, voters in many states will decide on ballot measures for early childhood education, and recent polls report that most Americans support making preschool more accessible for all. The surveys show that voters in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Georgia view early learning as a priority at both the state and national level. Image Credit: First Five Years ...more

25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know

A while back, one of my now dear friends, Kari Kampakis, wrote an article titled, "If I Die Young." The article, in a nutshell, is a list of life lessons addressed to her daughters in the event something ever happens to her. I love Kari and her writing, and that post really resonated with me. She also encouraged others to do the same. ...more
It All Matters Mom Thanks for reading, Erin! It's one of my favorite posts to date. I'm sure ...more

Can a Cell Phone Be a Teaching Tool for Your Tween?

A few weeks ago, my eleven-year-old daughter received a text message from her friend asking for a favor. Her friend "broke up" with her "boyfriend" and wanted my daughter to text him a nasty message. Of course, my daughter agreed; that is until I took control of the situation. Credit: goodncrazy....more
Think of the cell phone as candy and junk food.  Do you leave it lying around all over the place ...more


Stephanie Mann discusses the bloody siege on that dark day in Irish history. According to the conventions of 17th century warfare, a besieged city that refused a summons to surrender and was then taken by storm could expect no mercy. Cromwell regarded the massacre at Drogheda as a righteous judgment on the Catholics who had slaughtered Protestant settlers in the Irish Uprising of 1641, a view that was probably shared by most Protestants at the time ....more

Of Fruit Flies and a "Writer's" Self-Doubt

Yessssssssssssssss!! YESSSSSSS! I screamed and hoped none of the neighbors heard me in my ecstatic state.In as much as I'd like to keep you thinking that there is shock value to this post, let me stop you right here and sanitize whatever's going through your mind....more

A Whole New Light

The seasons are changing, the weather is getting warmer and the arrival of summer is imminent. While this is an amazing thing, it also represents some risks for you and for your home. A little sunlight is wonderful, it helps create a welcoming and outdoorsy atmosphere in any space. However, too much sunlight can be detrimental to any space and to the people inhabiting it....more

A Christmas giveaway!

What would you do with an extra $500 to spend this holiday season? How about I make the answer to that question a little easier with your chance to win $500 Paypal Cash in the Santa $1,000* Paypal Cash Giveaway! Thanks to some amazing friends and supporters of A Peek Into My Paradise we were able to come together collectively with a CASH PRIZE of $1000; which will be awarded to two very lucky winners of $500 each through Paypal Cash! ...more

Of Fruit Flies and a "Writer's" Self-Doubt

Yessssssssssssssss!! YESSSSSSS! I screamed and hoped none of the neighbors heard me in my ecstatic state ....more

First ever #WODSwap!!

Okay, so this is an idea I have been throwing around for a while and thought I may as well jump on it and see how it goes! Sparked by the idea of dropping in at boxes while traveling, and by the awesome connections I’ve made via social networking with Crossfitters, I wanted to find another way to connect bloggers, tweeters, Crossfitters, workout-ers, anyone who likes to sweat, with each other, plus have a chance to get some new gear! My idea is this: Every month, you get matched up with another person who loves to WOD (You can WOD at a box, at home, in a globo gym, honestly, don’t even need to be someone who Crossfits!) ....more

Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Scones, anyone? What about pumpkin scones? With a delicious glaze and crushed pecans? ...more

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Waffles with Turkey Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

So this coming Thanksgiving we are spending time with Dave’s sister up in Portland, Oregon. Well Beavercreek to be exact. It is a perfect slice of heaven and I love their property ....more

New Disney Tomorrowland Trailer #Tomorrowland

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. Be sure to check out the exclusive feature on New Disney Tomorrowland Trailer From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever ....more