How to Go Vegan in 9 Easy Steps

SURPRISE! The blue-haired hippie is a vegan! Who'd have guessed it, right? There are a number of reasons why people go vegan, which is a post for another day, but in this one I'm going to assume you already have your reasons and are ready to take ...more

How to Avoid Holiday Health Regrets

You've been doing so well this fall. Summer was behind us and it was time to turn your priorities back to you: exercise, less wine, more healthy food, more time for you. And now, ugh, the holidays are coming up and you are afraid all your good ...more

2014: The Year of Being Obsessed With Obsession

Obsessives always have found safe harbor on the Internet.  ...more

These Speculoos Christmas Cookies Are a Party in Your Mouth

What could be perfect on your dessert spread this Christmas than homemade traditional Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies?  ...more

Some Thoughts On Hashtags & Solidarity

Have you been following #IllRideWithYou? ...more

Sexual Regrets: I Wish I'd Experimented More When I Was Single

Sometimes I’m standing in line at the post office or the grocery store—your typical hubs of domesticity—and I’ll see a man. A feeling washes over me, dropping down into my belly and lower. It’s a feeling of pure electric want, softening my brain and making my skin hum. Image: b4ssm4st3r...more

A Glorious Christmas Tradition: Chocolate Berry Cake and Magic Bowl

When I was little girl, my mum baked a lovely cake the day that we put up the Christmas tree at home. She continued this tradition from my childhood to this day. It's the most magical part of the holiday. Every year, Mum and I plan the day we were to spend together, baking, decorating the tree, and writing our wishes—which is another tradition in our family. ...more

10 Tips for Newly Single Moms

“Sit down and breathe deeply” is what I told myself six years ago, after I heard the voicemail between my ex and her business partner that clearly was not business. All I could hear were the birds chirping outside my window as my body started to go numb. I heard enough to know this was bad news for me, for us. ...more

Why I Was So Disappointed With The Ending of 'Serial'

I like things neat. I like things to have clean conclusions. The ending doesn't have to be positive or even what I want as an ending, but I do prefer there not to be any lingering questions. After listening to the last episode of season one of the Serial podcast, though, lingering questions may be all I'll ever have. ...more
I do not. Serial is journalism. It's real life. Real life isn't often tied up in a neat bow at ...more

4 Cute Holiday Outfits for Every Body Type

Holiday party season's in full swing: Your inbox and mailbox overflow with invites to work, family, friends and yes, even school dos. With family and friends, you can (mostly) get away with a work-to-evening outfit that's been living in your closet all season. We all get the itch to buy an outfit that'll wow future in-laws, clients or colleagues. Whether you're curvy, tall, petite, or average built, here's a killer holiday ensemble for you. ...more

Team Festivus vs. Team Treat Yo Self: Pick a Day for Holiday Survival

Alright, all you winter holiday celebrants. I hear your attempts at ho-ho-hoing, but I also hear a backbeat of something else. I hear you desperately trying to do whatever it takes to simply survive the holiday season somewhat whole and unburdened, refreshed instead of exhausted, and ultimately ready to embrace a rad new year. ...more
I guess I'm team Festivus, only because I'm too much like Ben to do Treat Yo'self.  Except I ...more

How To Teach Your Kids About Charitable Giving

Much earlier this year, an old and dear friend, SJ, gave each of my boys a Moonjar. It’s a three-part bank with dedicated compartments for saving, spending and sharing. ...more

5 Things I Want My Son to Know About Mental Illness

These days, I have it under control pretty well with medications. But it was some scary stuff back then. If my child ever had any of these problems that I have? Well, I feel like I would never forgive myself, that it would somehow be my fault. What if he found out about my condition, what if he found out about the thoughts? I feel like I might die if that happened. ...more
Thank you for posting this. I am also a mother struggling with several mental health issues. It ...more

How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
jcubed03 You and me both!more

What Was Your Best Tweet in 2014?

I once went to a party where the photographer was streaming images directly to a screen as she took them. So people paused in the middle of dancing to admire themselves dancing. Or paused from eating to watch themselves taking a bite a few minutes earlier. And we got to relive the whole party as we lived the party. That's sort of what Twitter's Year in Review feels like. ...more
I don't know if it was my best tweet, but it was the one that made me laugh the most.  My ...more

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis and the Unlikely Friendship

I didn’t like Gail, and Gail didn’t like me. If grown-up life is just high school replayed, the two of us had all the makings of a cafeteria girl fight. ...more

10 Reasons Why Single People Might Hate the Holidays

The holidays tend to be a pretty polarizing time: You either love them or you hate them. For so many there's the pressure of family get-togethers, big meals, and even bigger gifts. For others it's a magical time with snowglobe snow and an extra reason to spend time with your favorite people. I tend to swing between the two ends. One the one hand, I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. We spend it with one of my best friends and her family and no matter what we do we end up laughing until we cry and eating so much good food, stretchy pants are now a mandatory requirement. On the other hand, the holidays throw into sharp focus the fact that I’m alone. Every year I try very hard not to let that overshadow all the good, but it's still always there. ...more
For me the most difficult thing is having to constantly reply to everyone, including the cashier ...more

Make The Grinch's Who Hash and Delight Your Family

If you can't get the little chompers to down some leftover corned beef around Christmastime, this should do the trick. Print out the cool Who Hash label I've designed up, stick it on a container, pop out a green tablecloth, and serve 'em up, Dr. Seuss style. ...more
Animal Cubs eat humans, Humans eat Brownies. Therefore, Cubs eat Brownies. What a shame!more

Stop Telling Me to Get Married!

“When you’re young, everything seems so black and white,” I say to my friend. “As you get older, grey areas become more and more frequent.”Later, when the third person in two weeks tells me that I should get married, I find myself returning to this conversation. Did I ever dream, when I was young, of being married? I’m sure that I did, I mean, all little girls do, don’t they? And yet I don’t remember thinking much about it....more
moonsoar thank you, lovely!more

When You Meet Someone Who Also Lost a Twin Daughter

I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She has an au pair (a real one, from a foreign country and everything); I don’t even know a neighborhood kid that I could call to babysit. But we bonded anyway, over the shrill yells, mistimed choreography, and the joy of watching our daughters be a part of a team. And one day, we bonded over something else. ...more
This is beautifully written, Jennifer. It is sad the things that connect us sometimes...I know ...more

Do You Know the History of Policing in America?

Have you ever seen the movie Crash starring—among others—Don Cheadle (my celebrity crush), Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillipe and Terrence Howard? ...more
Rita Arens Me, too.  It was hard to watch, but I find all of this hard to watch/live also.more

5 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Office Party

It's creeping up whether we are ready or not: the holiday season! This time of year brings family and friends together. We get to shop a little more and not feel guilty, and we get to enjoy all the yummy food that comes along with the last several weeks of the year. ...more

The Comeback Kid: 6 Ways You Can Improve The Holiday Handover

No matter how much you know and trust that your child is safe, loved, and well cared for with your ex, it can be difficult having your kids away for a week or many weeks at a time. Being able to walk into your child’s room and see them sleeping or to be able to give them a hug whenever you feel like it are good, good feelings. However, handovers involve at least three people’s feelings and that can complicate things. Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible....more

5 Tips to Keep Your Blog From Being Hacked

I've been blogging since 2008. I thought I was knowledgeable about blogging. Boy, was I wrong. Out of the blue, my blog was hacked. I couldn't access it to fix it. I felt vulnerable. I felt helpless. I'm writing this post so you don't have to experience this for yourself. ...more
I use Updraft Plus, which backs up directly to Dropbox.more

Revamped and Restyled Retro Christmas Village

My mother recently gave me her old Christmas village. These little snow-capped ceramic homes decorated my parents' house all through my teenage years. My three-year-old son is slightly obsessed with the miniature "winter wonderland" displays at our local craft store, and Mom still had all the pieces of her village boxed up to pass on for Baxter to enjoy. The catch: I was not in love. I'm a Kitschmas kind of gal, and this village was way too traditional for my taste. Lucky for me, there is nothing a can of spray paint and some glitter can't fix. ...more
I have a sudden urge to go thrift store shopping to find things to paint.more

The Culture of Compliance: A Precursor to Rape Culture

In the spring of 1972 at Madison Junior High in North Hollywood, Calif., math teacher Robert Odian, also known as “Mr. Odious,” wrote a math problem about six feet high on the chalkboard and asked Beth Marron to solve it. Image: curiouseth...more

12 Incredibly Creative Latke Recipes to Try

These recipes all tweak the traditional recipes. They either lighten them up and go gluten free, or they swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes, or they run wild with ideas for for rainbow latkes, latke nachos, poutine latkes, kimchi quesadilla latkes and chicken waffle latkes. Which one would you make? ...more
Yum. Can't go wrong with potatoes and cheesemore

My Neighbor's Decorations Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more
This is a hard time Of year! Maybe she is hurting and this makes her happy!more

Before You Complain About That Crying Baby On Your Plane, Think About This!

Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough. Throw a baby into the mix and it’s enough to push even the most skilled baby whisperer over the edge. There is no shortage of advice for people flying with their children: /center>...more
Babies crying are the worst! Just experienced a 3 hour flight with one on Tuesdaymore

Make Sure Your Blow Jobs Don't Blow

Noggin DOs to Make a Blow Job Fun and not a JOB that BLOWSIf I ever run into a genie, my "world peace" wish would be that all the cum tastes like the cream filling of a twinkie, it doesn’t make you fat, and ingesting it cures cancer....more
I have been celibate for 15 years while taking care of my sick mother who died a year and a half ...more

Can You Guess What Happened at the Campground?

Every summer, my extended family goes on a great drunk-out I mean camp-out. Maybe it's my chronic aches and pains, or maybe it's because I'm the type of responsible drinker who can't let myself get wasted while caring for small children around fires and rivers, but I never have much fun, and my participation is sporadic. Also, the big selling point of shared meals and rotating kitchen duties doesn't appeal, because we're vegetarians and my extended family is exactly the opposite.It's all more work than fun, and I'm a big spoil-sport....more
amyreese Oh no! I hope you didn't have to drive far!! That reminds me of another story. Let's ...more

A Plea for Broken Hearts in Peshawar

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another." - Mother Teresa I keep coming back to this quote, partly because it never stops being true. But I also keep coming back to this quote, because we keep forgetting. I’m compelled to write today to implore us to remember....more
There is not a nationality that falls outside this plea for compassion. Our grief must extend ...more

These Speculoos Christmas Cookies Are a Party In Your Mouth

What could be perfect on your dessert spread this Christmas than homemade traditional Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies? These spice cookies are a huge hit in Europe, specifically Belgium at Christmas, but are now popular all over the world. ...more

Entertainment Trend of 2014: The Year We Were Obsessed with Obsession

Obsessives always have found safe harbor on the Internet. You can easily research all day and all night down the lowliest of rabbit holes, or you can find your tribe of geeks who are equally obsessed with your fascination with backyard bantams, Beyoncé or television shows that break the fourth wall. That's what this world wide web of wonder is designed to do. 2014 took the entire concept of "obsession" to the next level, though. ...more

NEEDS INTRO AND CLOSING what does it mean to biblically love...

Slightly adapted from Self Confrontation, A Manual for In-Depth Biblical Discipleship by The Biblical Counseling Foundation and John C. Broger. This means even when you feel like really explaining or expressing yourself, even when it's welling up inside out you, ready to burst, you are patient ....more

Beef Udon

My youngest son and I love this dish...more

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

The cookies are baked, the cards are mailed, the groceries still need to be bought. ...more

Relax, it's yoga

Yoga is the perfect holiday de-stressor for me. I love it and go as often as I can. This week, class was fantastic - challenging, but restorative with new poses and variations on old favorites. When it was finished and we rolled into the final relaxation pose, my body felt like a noodle. A noodle that would probably be sore the next day, but still a noodle....more

The Lipstick League asks What is a Good Hostess Gift?

Question of the Week: What beauty item would you consider an ideal hostess gift during the holidays? I think a really nice hand cream in a holiday scent makes a nice gift. Everyone has dry hands in the winter! ...more

Our Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014

Are you done with your Christmas shopping for 2014? ...more

Are You Taking Advantage Of All Those Sales

I just couldn't ignore all those sales as I was finishing up the last of my shopping. ...more

Leah Remini Finds Out Husband's Cheating On Ellen Show - Real OR Fake?

On 17 December 2014, actress Leah Remini appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and in a prank call segment, Leah somehow found out her husband was cheating. Leah Remini had suggested she call her husband Angelo Pagan, whom she stated was on a business trip, for an unspecified prank to which Pagan was not a party.However, a woman answered the phone, and Remini appeared to be surprised and seemingly became angry after she identified herself to the individual as Pagan's wife. On the other end of the line, the woman who answered seemed to say to someone there, "You're married?"The segment quickly cut away, leading many viewers to believe that the prank was cut short by Remini's discovery of her husband's infidelity ....more

Favorite Finds: 10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I’ve done a terrible job this holiday season....more