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

Understanding Copyright and Fair Use

Image: Copyright, Shutterstock. The best part of having a blog is being a part of the greater blog community. And to be a good member of your community, it's important that you don't violate the copyright of other members of your community.  ...more

How to Make an Embellished Detachable Collar

Have you ever seen something in fashion magazines and are just sticker-shocked? I think I am CONSTANTLY. ...more

The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman

I am an outspoken woman. I'm outspoken in real life, and I'm outspoken on the Internet. I don't shy away from a debate.  ...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

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

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
Beautifully said!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
I did the same thing with my mother, after reading the same book! I asked her an innocent ...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

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

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
Great article! My husband has been gluten free for 35 years - his whole life - after being ...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
Thank you for this, it helps a lot!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

A Note, A Phone, and Faded Memories of Adoption

We looked through old papers tonight, pages of them, some in English, most in Spanish, documents pulled out of a torn white envelope, each one signifying some step in the adoption of one of our three children from Nicaragua. In the papers were names we had forgotten, names of people and places. ...more

Laura Love's Book on Soft Solder Techniques Coming Soon

Laura Beth Love of Dishfunctional Designs has a new book, Soldered Alchemy: 24 Jewelry Projects Using New Soft-Solder Techniques, available for pre-order. ...more
Thanks for sharing my good news! It was a great experience meeting with a New York Times editor!more

Do You Need to Rewrite Your Dating Rules?

So Tom is a great guy I met. He’s sweet, smart, well read, uses correct grammar, and he’s opening an art gallery. Perfect! The only thing about Tom is that he’s not the best communicator....more
Yes! I'm so happy you got good results! So far Tom and I are moving right along at a nice pace!more

Crazy chicken lady in the making?

I’m pretty excited about my chicken breeding program. So excited that I went and got 22 more chicks this week for the homestead. Our total number of chickens is now 59, yep fifty nine chickens! ...more

Gluten Free Mediterranean Pasta

I got this recipe from an old friend about 8 years ago. I’ve tweaked it to represent what I like and you can do the same thing! Here is what you need: 2 Chicken Breasts 3/4 Cup of EVOO {or your preference in oil} 2 tablespoons of minced garlic ...more

Food Friday: Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

Ever had a week when you crave just one kind of food - and don't grow sick of it? I have those kind of weeks often and this week if was Asian-inspired.I went to our local Asian market and grabbed maybe one of everything in the produce area (not really exaggerating - I'm like a kid in a toy store the moment I see a strange fruit or vegetable.) The result from my shopping trip: a week of vegetarian stir fries, Pad Thais, dumplings and rolls. Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings 1 small onion, diced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil 1 large carrot, peeled and diced 1 cup cabbage, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 scallions, chopped 3-4 Thai basil leaves, chopped 1 small handful of cilantro, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon hot dumpling sauce (you can find this at your local Asian market) 1/2 tablespoon sweet chili sauce 20 dumpling wrappers Start by heating a wok (or large skillet) with tablespoon of oil ....more

Why Is #thedress Going Viral?!

 Ok so I woke up today to see that "The Dress" is all over the internet.  One question, why is "The Dress" going viral?!  I do not understand how one dress could gather so much attention from the whole world, yet something important does not.  I can not believe how they made this dress so controversial when real world things are out there.  Who gives a rats ass about the color of some dress?  Apparently millions of people do....more

Graphic Photos of Blogger Hacked To Death In Bangladesh Emerge Online Amid Protests

Dr Aijivit Roy was a blogger and author who spoke out for free-thinking and campained for freedom of religion. Though based in the United States, he sought to bring change to his country of origin, Bangladesh. And now, while on a visit to the capital of that country for a book fair where he and his wife were to speak, he was hacked to death by religious bigots right on the street.Now, graphic and brutal images are currently being circulated by extremists on social media, which show Roy dead on a sidewalk in Dhaka, Bangladesh with his wounded wife, Rafida Ahmed, standing over his body ....more

How to Make a DIY Pallet Bookcase

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

Blood Orange Mojito

Blood Orange Mojito made with fresh mint, simple syrup, blood orange and lime juice. The perfect cocktail for any occasion! Happy Friday! ...more

Pounding the Pavement... Again

 Losing a job is a life changing event, whether by a lay-off, firing, a business deal gone south, illness, personal issues, or for any other reason. It is like coping with a death of sorts. It is death of your daily routine, of your steady paycheck, your benefits, your sense of self, and your sense of security. It is important that you hold on to who you are and most important that you keep your sense of humor. You have probably heard sayings that substantiate that you are not your job. Why that is true, your job plays a major role in your life. You spend most of your time there; you build relationships, and are part of a team. It is essential to balance work/life. In all honesty, we do tend to, at least partly, define ourselves by what we do for a living. So, how do you cope with the loss? Speaking from personal experience, there is no clear path paved for those of us struggling to find another “real” job. These steps have helped me....more

The Girl Behind Fox Hollow Cottage (part one)

This content belongs to, and is original to Fox Hollow Cottage and should only appear at The Girl Behind Fox Hollow Cottage (part one) I’m going to warn you right off the bat. I have a...more

Oh, Get Over Yourself Already!

I’m so over picture perfect parenting posts on social media....more