What I Learned From Dirt

I am practicing patience this week. Today a sunny, early spring day (we are off to a slow start in the notheast!), I headed straight to my garden.  ...more

What I Learned From Dirt

I am practicing patience this week. Today a sunny, early spring day (we are off to a slow start in the notheast!), I headed straight to my garden.  ...more

Quinoa Salad With Blackened Chicken and Yogurt-Mango Dressing

A must-try recipe! I serve this delicious quinoa salad with blackened chicken and a Greek yogurt-mango sauce. It's perfect for summertime dining, in the house or on the deck. Healthy, clean and filling! QUINOA SALAD WITH BLACKENED ...more

Dear New Mama: There Are No Rules for Parenting

Dear Future (and Even New) Moms, I wanted to take a moment to share with you all things motherhood. It’s been over 18 years since I first became a mother. And it’s been 15 months, since I last became one. Being a mom times four, I feel like so ...more

Why I Don't Always Put My Husband Before My Kids

A few days ago a young, newly married, Facebook friend of mine posted an article entitled Why My Husband Will Always Come Before My Kids by Amber Doty. In this article, Doty discusses her policy of always prioritizing the needs of her husband over ...more

Can Your Marriage Survive "Through Sickness and Health"?

When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated.  We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage.  We launched right into having a family, but not a small one. One cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to dig out of and turn around into forging a life that is both comfortable and stable. ...more
As a long-time married person and observer of married folks, I'm betting that your husband is ...more

7-Ingredient Red, White, and Blueberry Mascarpone Tarts

Grab yourself some blueberries, because I have a sweet little treat just perfect for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. These pretty little red, white and blue goodies have a sweet mascarpone filling and a fresh, homemade blueberry sauce. Top each with a fresh raspberry to create that patriotic look! ...more

What's in my Birchbox? May Edition

This month's Birchbox was curated by blogger Cupcakes and Cashmere. I'm a fan of her work, but the box was almost a miss for me … except for two DREAM products I'm delighted with! ...more
Hi Whitney! I liked your post!  I have thin hair as well and the sea salt spray didn't do a ...more

Josh Duggar Shows Why We Should Not Minimize Molestation

Some people are downright gleeful that the Duggars’ aren’t so perfect and are celebrating their "fall from grace." Did I miss something? We are talking about a young man who molested young girls, right? Who cares how it makes his family look? What about his victims? ...more
Yeah, treat stick hands bad to see what god gives you bad.... You believen the devil you ...more

6 Books Every Woman Should Read for Asian Pacific Heritage Month

The New York Public Library recently published a list of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Adults, and I was dismayed to find geishas and shoguns but so few titles that actually help raise awareness of the lived experiences of Asians in the United States, which is the goal of this designated month Some books were written by Asian authors, but not really about the context of being in America. And yet others were just problematic. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, really?...more
I've only read 3/6 ... putting the rest on my to-read list now!more

After Divorce, When Do You Know You've Had Enough?

I was eleven years old when I was invited to an elderly neighbor’s house for tea.  My mother dressed me in the nicest outfit I had for the occasion and made sure I knew enough etiquette to get through the event without embarrassing myself (or her). As she buttoned the collar of my crisp white shirt I asked her, “How do I tell Mrs. Kinsey if I don’t want any more tea?My mother smiled and smoothed the ribbon in my hair.  “Honey, when you don’t want any more, just lay your hand gently over your cup and tell her you’ve had enough.”...more
I'm not saying marriage should be easy but I am saying that it shouldn't be hard. Whenever ...more

How to Style and Hang a Modern Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are tricky business, especially for detailed oriented, type-A sort of people -- not that I know any of those sort of people, cough, cough....more

The Five Best TV Shows of All Time

Like any American kid raised in the middle of last century, I spent a great many hours in front of the TV. I don't know how people such as Benjamin Franklin or Dolley Madison had any fun at all in their childhoods. What was better than ignoring a beautiful day to hunker in a dark TV room with old Bugs Bunny cartoons? Nothing, that's what....more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on. ...more
Well said! Thank you for this! Couldn't agree more and it's good to see I'm not alone. \U0001f600more

6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for me was definitely feeling like my old life was over and there was this vast unknown of what a "normal" day as a mom looked like. Not to mention what a normal week, month, year, etc. would entail. Needless to say it's a huge life change and can be a little overwhelming. ...more

How to Create Fun Blogging Business Cards

Want to know how to create fun business cards that you can pass out at your next blogging conference? ...more
Awesome post and great ideas! Thanks!more

Think Twice Before Renting a Car Seat on Vacation

You've done all the planning and spending, and you're finally embarking on a much-needed family vacation. You've even reserved a rental car with a car seat for baby, so that you don't have to lug yours. So smart! Unless it's not, of course. While rental car companies offer infant and toddler car seats as an "added convenience" (and at an additional charge, of course), it turns out that the reality may be worse than you could've possibly imagined. ...more
Totally with you on the Radian.  We take ours right on the plane with us - it's a ...more

My Life Needed A Shake Up So I Hopped On a Harley with a Stranger

Ever since I watched "The Lizzie Maguire Movie" with my daughters more than a decade ago, I dreamed of riding a Vespa. Like Lizzie, I longed to zoom on the back of a fast bike, long hair flowing, with my very own Paolo. A few years ago, I got something even better—a whirlwind spin on the king of bikes, a shiny black Harley, with a strapping middle-aged man from Alabama at the helm. ...more

Mom of Teen With Down Syndrome Cautiously Celebrates DS Model Madeline Stuart

"I don't want Down syndrome," my 12-year-old daughter, D'Andra, told me one hot summer day. "I want it to go away, Mom," she said. I shook my head and told her that I couldn't tell an extra monochrome to disappear....more
VilissaThompson  WELL SAID!!!  Completely agree.  Regarding the weight issue (hers or anybody's) ...more

11 Ways Men and Women See Money Differently

Growing up, were you told that men know more about money than women? According to one financial guru, men and women see money totally differently because of how they were raised. And, these opposing perspectives are the root of many money fights in relationships. For instance, women see money in terms of relationships, and men use money to keep score. Women are less likely to advocate for themselves if they're in financial difficulties. ...more
I think your list is spot on. I wish I had been taught better habits about money. My husband ...more

Why We Need Intersectionality in Feminism

A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow student Reem Hashim gave a speech at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy on the “Danger of Separatism.” The speech came at the tail end of a tumultuous year at UVA, a year that bore witness to the brutal arrest of Martese Johnson, the announcement of tuition hikes th...more
All of this, and especially the highlighted section! ...more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
Actually, not sure what you mean.more

To All My Single Ladies: A Letter From a Young Mom to Her Single Friends

Dear friend, I know we haven't talked in forever—like 8 months. I know I forgot to send a birthday card. I know you see my blog posts and wonder how I have time to blog when I keep failing to call you for a phone date. I know it seems like I don't have time for you anymore and that I don't care about our friendship. ...more
aweee.....so cute... "I need you because your friendship reminds me that I am an individual. I ...more

The Lord Looks at the Heart: When My Son Became My Daughter

I am the mom of the little girl called A.J., who was recently profiled in the Kansas City Star. As surprised as I was to find my family in the paper, I am also incredibly proud. ...more
You are an awesome parent! I salute you!more

How a Diaper Bag Insert Turned into a Crowdfunding Site for Moms

About a month after having my son, Teddy, I had my first moment of (new) mom inspiration. Somehow in my sleep-depraved, poorly showered, deer-in-headlights state, I came up with a damn good idea....more
Elisa Camahort Thanks so much, Elisa! I hope this will inspire other moms to move forward with ...more

Triple Glowing Milk

Remember flavored milks? Those cardboard boxes of strawberry, banana, or chocolate milk, available at any corner store. I loved them, but these days, I am more interested in the healthier choices. ...more
These look and amazing. I'm inspired by your knowledge and creativity, Shanna, and the number of ...more

6 Inevitable Truths You'll Learn About Blogging

I've been blogging for over five years now. What started as a way to just write and share my thoughts has turned into so much more. Almost two years ago, I decided to focus on my blogging in a new, more serious way. When I started blogging, I had no idea that people blogged in the hopes of gaining a larger audience or as a way to showcase their writing. I was a bit naïve. Now I know there is a world of great writers expressing themselves through blogs. ...more
WOW...simple but on the fact, informative article indeed..nonetheless blogger also can be ...more

My Daughter Wants a Puppy. I Hate Dogs.

Dear Mouthy Housewives,My 11-year-old daughter wants to get a puppy. She really wants to get a puppy. ...more
There are also organizations that train service dogs that need foster families for the first ...more

Guys, Can You Please Stop Kissing My Mastectomy Scars?

By Dori Hartley for YourTango.com I started to see a pattern in the men I dated and, ironically, their affection made me feel unloved. I don't know how it happened or where it started, but we've become this race of weirdoes who can't tell if we want to condemn a person because of their looks or worship them for the very same reasons....more

Let's Stop Using 'Just' to Justify Ourselves

Sometime last fall as the leaves were turning brown and the chill was starting to set in, I noticed a trend in many of my conversations. The word “just” came up more often than is likely to be natural. ...more
I noticed this in my writing, but because I prefer active sentences I take out unnecessary words ...more

What I Learned From Dirt

I am practicing patience this week. Today a sunny, early spring day (we are off to a slow start in the notheast!), I headed straight to my garden. ...more
Your labor from your garden is worth it.more

VIDEO: Disturbing Ads Blast Chile’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

In Chile, an abortion of any kind or for any reason can mean a prison sentence of up to five years.And a new ad campaign is offering gruesome advice to women seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy in Chile: the “accidental” abortion....more

What on Earth Is a Birth Plan?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having a baby today is so much different than it was 20 years ago. When I was was pregnant 20 years ago, two birth plans existed: Vaginal delivery or cesarean. There wasn't a choice between the two. A cesarean was only used if a vaginal delivery was not available....more
We are taking classes, but I'm not going Duggar it with a 70 hour delivery.more

6 Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

I've heard it all before: stay-at-home moms with endless excuses, reasonings, logic and lies that we tell ourselves (and other people) of how and why we are the exceptions to many social norms. "I'm too busy as a SAHM to be able to do that during the day." "People should understand because I'm a SAHM." "Well, that's easy for her to do because she's not a SAHM." Ladies, it's all bull. It really is. ...more
blissisrandom News flash: somebody can bring up uncomfortable topics without shaming other ...more

Main Ingredient Monday- Styrofoam

Welcome to Main Ingredient Monday! 1 Main Ingredient + Tons of Creativity = 20 "New" and amazing projects ________________________________________________________________________________ Faux pallet art from Lolly Jane ...more

Why The Duggar Abuse Scandal Matters

On Friday my daughter wrote a blog post about the Duggar sexual abuse scandal. I posted it on Facebook. And both of us had a whole pile of criticism thrown at us ....more

Life's a not-always-picture-perfect journey

I'll never get tired of perspective-type views down long hallways or pathways. This particular one may seem to be more Soviet-era drab than most, but it serves as a reminder that not all parts of the journey will be perfect. And lovely or not, it's how we choose to hold our heads up along the way that determines how successfully we'll ultimately be as we pass through them ....more

Greater love has no one than this…

On this Memorial Day we remember. Bravery. Fear ....more

It’s Going to Happen

The other day at work while on my lunch break, I was looking at different pregnancy announcements online, just for the fun of it. I already know exactly what I’m going to do if when the time comes, but it was fun to just sit and look at all of the ideas other families have [...] The post It’s Going to Happen appeared first on Life Abundant ....more

Strawberry Cupcake Bites

Quick and easy to make, here’s a sweet recipe for Strawberry Cupcake Bites you can feel good about serving. They’re filled with fresh strawberries and drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze. There’s nothing better than the sweet taste of summer fruit ....more

DIY Citrus Bath Paint Recipe

We love finding simple ways to make bath time even more fun. ...more

Vintage Hankies ~ 3 Ways

The past couple weeks I’ve spent more time in the garden and less time in the house. We had a bazillion weeds that were out of control and I knew if I didn’t get them pulled quickly, they’d take over the entire yard. We also managed to get our vegetable garden planted ....more

How to Create Your Own Treadmill Desk

First let me say if you aren’t following me on facebook you should....more

Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Happy wedding day to my little brother and his beautiful fiancé! I'm so excited to celebrate this special occasion with them today. Also a very happy Memorial Day and THANK YOU to all of those who have served our country! ...more