Do You Make Your Kids Hug?

I absolutely adore my children’s relationship with one another. They may not admit it, ever, but I know they are each other’s best friend. My daughter is nine and will definitely not admit it, but when I act like I don’t know who my son is or ...more

#BlogHer15 Early Bird Pricing Is Ending Soon: Register Now!

Early Bird pricing ends on February 28, 2015. Don't wait! ...more

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman.  ...more

DIY Scratch-Off Baby Gender Reveal Cards

I am 20 weeks pregnant! (Holy cow, where is the time going?), and we find out if the little peanut is a boy or a girl at our appointment on Tuesday. ...more

This Is Your Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing!

Last day for Early Bird pricing is February 28, 2015. ...more

I Spent 15% of My Salary on a Relationship "Coach" & All I Got Was a Lousy List

I spent 15% of my annual income (BEFORE taxes) on a dating/relationship coach. I won’t tell you the exact amount because A) You’ll know how much I make a year, and B) I’ll look like a total idiot.What I thought would be an intensive three-month program that would completely change my life was really six one-hour long phone calls, a CD, and a handful of emails…for 15% of my yearly salary....more

How Gwynnie Bee Totally Turned Me Around About Fashion

I was never into fashion … but then Gwynnie Bee happened, and suddenly I'm posting my outfit of the day on Facebook. Here's how the subscription works....more
I'm going to give it a shot!  Thanks for sharing!more

Thank You for Breaking My Heart

In my 26 years, my heart has never been broken by a guy. The boyfriends I have had, the men of my past, didn’t leave many scars when we moved on and went our separate ways. ...more
Yes, u are better for it:) Smile and go on. We all lose friends and get hurt. But life is like ...more

How to Make a DIY Pallet Bookcase

Decorating with pallets is one of the hottest fads right now....more

5 Reasons to Love Period Sex

Whether you find the idea of sex during your period gross or exciting is up to you. Perhaps colored by society – many cultures and religions consider it taboo – we shy away from even talking about it. But as long as you're prepared, sex during your period can be a great idea; just make sure it’s not the day you break out those white sheets!...more

Persistence Doesn't Have to Look Like Perfection

When I was in elementary school, as soon as something was boring, I'd stop. Just like that. Despite my teachers and my parents insisting that I was bright, I didn't believe them, because I always grew bored. I thought being bored meant being stupid, and because of that belief, I just stopped trying. I became a quitter. ...more
I totally agree with you about not quitting. Of course a novel after 15 years is better than no ...more

How to Make the Prettiest Kale, Peach & Almond Salad (Video)

What is my (and every other person's, it seems) favorite vegetable du jour? KALE, baby! There are all types of kale: curly kale, dinosaur kale (Umm, huh? Tyrannosaurus Rex? Oh, not that kinda dinosaur? Phew.), red Russian kale, and a few others. I love 'em all. Check out this video we shot of the making of this rockin' kale-peach-almond salad dish for your viewing pleasure!...more
You're making me want some kale and I errr do not like kale. :-)more

Asthma: Kids with Cat Allergies

Notice your little one sneezing a lot around the family feline? It could be a warning that the kid will need an inhaler before making it to double digits. Image: anomalous...more

When Dads Care for Babies, Their Brains Actually Change

The deeper I get into mothers' rights work, the more often I end up thinking about men and fathers. While there is no dispute that women, even now, do much more of the caregiving and homemaking than men, men's lives have changed both at home and at work as a result of women's leaps in education and employment outside the home. Changes in the activity of one gender are necessarily going to be felt, one way or another, by the other....more
I applaud this article. Not only does it shed light on some of the challenges Dad's face, I ...more

5 Things Reality TV Teaches Us About Relationships

Driving along this morning I didn't see a wreck but I definitely heard one.  I really didn't want to...but like any complete disaster I just couldn't bring myself to retune the radio. My favourite morning hosts revealed to a pregnant wife that her husband did, according to the results of a lie detector test, cheat on her. The meltdown was spectacular as the hosts, and the rest of Phoenix, listened in to what was probably the beginning of the end....more
Such a great post! Each one is so true, let's hope more people take it to heart.  I personally ...more

10 Great Mystery Series Featuring Kick-Butt Female Sleuths

It's still the doldrums of winter, a time when I like to settle in with a blanket, a cat on my lap and an easy to read mystery.  I love literary fiction, but sometimes I just want something that slides down easily, like a chocolate shake — not as good for you as green tea, but tasty never the less. ...more
Kerrifar Yes, excellent choice of author, I haven't read her in awhile but should go back and ...more

Everything You Need to Know About Tumblr

If you're like me, you probably have tried most of the social media sites out there. Tumblr, owned by Yahoo!, began in 2007. While it's been around, its popularity has definitely exploded in the last few years. The simplest way I can describe Tumblr is to call it a visual social blogging platform. You can create a blog and fill it with text posts, photos, videos and even audio files. And you can share (reblog) or like posts you find interesting. ...more
"...the next thing you know, you're looking at GIFs of a cat dressed like a shark and riding a ...more

Dear Teachers, Please Don’t Give Up On My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind everything you do say: You’re giving up on my kid. ...more
Very sweet, I truly hope your son finds a learning path that works for him! Have you ever ...more

Are You There, Mom? It's Me With An Awkward Question

The book Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, who recently celebrated her 77th birthday, is the reason behind my first “sex” talk with my mother. I don’t remember how old I was, maybe eight or nine when I read the book, but I do remember thinking that I was pretty savvy for knowing what a bra was. I guess that sounds fairly innocent now. Back then elementary school kids weren’t snapchatting pics of their privates. Anyway, I was proud of myself for understanding most of the material. ...more
My mom confirmed I was actually in the second grade when I read that book.more

White and Gold or Blue and Black? The Great Dress Debate

I woke up this morning to the great Dress Debate, or #DressGate, or as it's trending on Twitter, #TheDress....more
Julie Ross Godar It changes colors for me as well!more

Should You Use Typepad for Your New Blog?

When I started blogging in 2004, Blogger and Typepad were the major blogging platforms out there, and if you were really trying to prove yourself, you used custom templates on Typepad....more
You just reminded me that the reason I left Typepad was because of the lack of widgets. But I ...more

10 Tips for Running in the Cold

If you follow my blog, you know that I love running, especially during the winter. Do you know that exhilarating feeling of working out in freezing cold temperatures? The main joy of running for me is the time I have for myself. I'm able to clear my head and feel at ease with my body. Actually, the main joy might be afterwards, once I've taken my well-deserved hot shower and feel so unbelievably energised and rightfully proud that I have once again beaten the winter blues. ...more
Great tips here. I'm a newish runner. I see people running in the cold and wonder how they do ...more

Let's Make News with March's NaBloPoMo

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

The 5 Cutest Ways to Wear Gray Jeans

It's time I come clean about my latest style obsession: I'm in love with gray jeans. They're a great "starter color" for anyone who is thinking about diving into the world of colored jeans. Gray goes with pretty much everything, and they're totally age-appropriate for everyone! ...more

The Lessons an Unplanned Pregnancy Taught Me

I had everything under control, and then my pregnancy test turned positive. I was 21 years old. It’s a situation that virtually every woman has imagined herself in or avoided being in countless times over, so it’s probably easy to empathize with. Imagine being two months out of college, unmarried, no health insurance, no savings and a packed schedule of job interviews. You’re standing alone in the bathroom, and the positive pregnancy test your mother urged you to buy is lying on the sink. ...more
Thanks for sharing this, it's wonderful to hear from another young Mom. I found out that I was ...more

It's National Chili Day: Celebrate With a REAL Texas Recipe!

How long has it been since you've had a big, thick steaming bowl of REAL Texas chili? Well, that's too long. Here's an easy recipe for the real thing for National Chili Day today!...more
I feel ashamed to say that I de-Texasify my chili every time I make it by using ground meat, ...more

Will HBO's 'The Jinx' Seek Justice for the Murder of My Friend Susan Berman?

Robert Durst is linked to three deaths, and he had the chutzpah to pitch a television show about being suspected of getting away with murder. He was rewarded with a six-part documentary airing this month on HBO. Half of the episodes of The Jinx have aired, with three more to come. ...more
FernRonay it was her purse that was stolen. No, she got nothing back. That may be true about her ...more

The 10 Most Embarrassing Aspects of Pregnancy

As women, many of us pride ourselves in our composure, femininity, and grace. I like being the woman of my husband’s life. In his mind, I do not pass gas, I am patient and kind, smart and quick witted. I am his wife and his best friend. We are equals. However, when pregnancy enters the picture, all that flies out the window. ...more

What Do You Do If You Accidentally Curse in Front of Your Toddler?

Let me just start with me acknowledging that that some people are not going to like this post. The more I share on my blog about my mom-fails, the more people comment to me online about how horrible my parenting actually is. I fully recognize that I am not perfect, and in sharing posts like this, I am really trying to share my stories of what I have done (right or wrong), and hopefully I can help out other people who are going through the same things. ...more

The Ultimate Money-Saving Tip for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Some feel P.F. Chang's is discriminating against individuals with celiac disease because they charge $1 more per menu item that is prepared gluten-free. Here's what I think about the cost of GF food and the best way to save money....more
melaniehoglind great to hear from some like-minded folks! :) Thank you for your comment and I'm ...more

I'm Childfree by Choice and Have No Regrets

When I grew up, it was understood that I'd marry and have children. Yes, I could pursue a fabulous career, courtesy of the women’s movement. I could be a hard-charging executive as well as fecund earth mother. This was no longer the '50s, so I didn’t aspire to vacuum in pearls. In the '70s, we instead dreamed of having it all—and “all” included children. ...more
I agreed upon this article that being child free is a personal choice. Lot of people may judge ...more

How to Use Google Analytics to Grow Your Blog

Have you ever tried to check your blog stats and gotten overwhelmed with all the information and unfamiliar terms? Google Analytics can be seriously overwhelming. Today I’m going to walk you through some of the basics of Google Analytics (GA) and explain some of the confusing terms so you can track the growth on your blog! ...more
Yay thanks! I just signed up for GA this week and was lost.more

Why I'm Letting Go of Screen Time Shame

If you want to jump right into the belly of the parenting beast in 2015, just mention the words screen time: a term that only emerged in the last few years to encompass all of the electronics in our lives and how much we use them. ...more
You have no ideas what this means to me. I, too, have suffered from screen shaming. Not only in ...more

Lessons I Learned from Watching the 2015 Oscars

On the surface, there isn’t much to be learned from watching the Academy Awards. Sure, there’s the obvious, like “Birdman” is apparently good enough to win best picture and Patricia Arquette has to make more room on her mantel for another win for “Boyhood.” Also new information? Lady Gaga can really sing. Not to mention the annual reminder that celebrities sure do clean up nice (well, most of them). ...more

Poem of Madame Royale

From Tiny-Librarian: A poem that was written by Madame Royale while she was kept in the Temple Prison. It was written in her own writing, and is addressed to Madame Renée de Chanterenne, who was brought in to be a companion to her after her Aunt’s execution. «...more

Catching Up: Butterfly's 9th

Butterfly celebrated her 9th (9th?!) birthday in January. ...more

Spring Book-Page Art

On Etsy, I've noticed that there is quite a lot of book page art, with vintage graphics printed on dictionary pages. You can create a similar look at home with some free clip art, and an old book....more

The Visit| Five Minute Friday Challenge

Several months ago I joined a group of bloggers who for the last four years have a writing flash mob every Friday. This is the brilliant idea of sister blogger Lisa-Jo Baker which she titled Five Minute Friday. Every Friday Lisa-Jo gives a word prompt and bloggers have five minutes to write “unedited, unscripted, real” blog post based on the prompt. So here it is for this week's word--VISIT...more

Saturday Night Fever #76: A Farewell

Well, it’s the last edition of Saturday Night Fever, y’all. I know all of us are sad to see the party go! There is no link-up this week, but we do have some yummy features to share with you from last week ....more

Saturday Night Fever- Finale

Saturday Night Fever is a link party for other food bloggers to share their recipes. ...more

Best Buy debuts new wedding registry

This post was written by Genpink author: Nelli If you’re planning on getting married soon, I’m sure your To-Do list is many pages long. One task that may be hanging over your head is building your registry. While it’s typical to go to the big department stores for your household goods, don’t forget about the fun gadgets and technology you can also ask for, many of which are available at Best Buy ....more

A Week in Photos from the Garden Bloggers Conference February 25th - 27th

This past week I spent a few days in Atlanta at the Garden Bloggers Conference. I was so honored to have been asked to speak at the conference, sharing a stage with the likes of Nate Berkus, Bunny Williams, ...more

The War on Wheat

Last night a CBC program, the fifth estate, reported objectively on the anti-wheat trend in an episode called "The War on Wheat". They interviewed Dr. William Davis, author of the book Wheat Belly, Dr....more

Road to Triathlon-Becoming Comfortable in the Water

When I opened up my gift from my daughter on Christmas morning, she had a look on her face that was somewhere between giddy anticipation and unparalleled fear. She had already told me that I would either love it or hate it and try as I might I just could not figure out what she might have bought me. The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a rubbery gray “thing”. Having no idea what I was looking at, I pulled it out of the box and written in hot pink letters across the front were the words “Totes Adorbs”. Then it dawned on me…THIS WAS A SWIM CAP! Holy Horrible Moment Batman. ...more