My Mother-in-Law Won't Apologize!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I've recently had some upset with my MIL.  Although I have apologized for my part of the disagreement, she is incapable of saying the words, "I'm sorry." What's the deal with people who can't say I'm sorry—like ...more

Four Fun DIY Easter Bunny Crafts

I don't know about you but I went from thinking Easter was weeks away to being shocked to find out it's almost here. I started decorating Easter eggs and I've planned my Easter dinner but that's all I've done. My Easter plans are currently lacking in ...more

Me, A Hot Glue Gun, Too Much Time, and Some Peeps.

I stopped in my tracks, stared at the Peep on the dining room table, and fully realized something I should have thought of years ago: Peeps are the cockroaches of the candy world. That Peep had been sitting there for weeks, slowly turning into a ...more

8 Websites I Visit Every Day

This post is for my fellow bloggers—especially those who may be newer to blogging and still figuring it all out. I have only been blogging for about five or six months, and since it took me quite a while to figure out which blogging sites held ...more

When Job Burnout Is a Good Thing

As strong, driven women who are bold enough to step into leadership roles, we work our butts off to succeed. But as time goes by, we often fear that if we pause, we’ll fall asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, this attitude can cause you to miss out ...more

Is "Scandal" Ruining Your Sex Life?

I just discovered the television show Scandal on Netflix. Yes, I know that I’m coming (pun intended) to the Oliva Pope/President Fitzgerald party waaaaaay late. But I’ve come to the party with a vengeance. I’ve managed to watch all 40+ episodes that have aired to date in the last six weeks. ...more
Laurend1985  It is hot hot hot.  I always leap on my husband after watching an episode.  He's ...more

Attend Hogwarts from Your Living Room, and Other LARP Websites We'd Like to See

It turns out that joining an online course for Hogwarts is a lot more exciting in theory than it is in practice. The creators of Hogwarts is Here didn't account for the idea's popularity, and merely enrolling took me over an hour as the server kept giving me 503 messages. This LARP (live action role playing) site allows players to enroll as themselves, a new character, or an existing character in the book, and then complete all the Hogwarts coursework, including 3-foot-of-parchment essays. ...more

What Is Happening to the Jews of Donetsk, Ukraine?

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins at sundown on Sunday, April 27. According to the Memorial de la Shoah, up to 1.5 million Jews were murdered in Ukraine between 1941 and 1944. The genocide of Ukrainian Jews is known as the "Holocaust by bullets," because the Nazis did not bother to gather and deport people to concentration camps or death camps....more
M.M.J. Gregory Hopefully, there won't be any follow up incidents.more

Two Fiery Shows About Women and our BFFs

We haven’t had a profound shortage of female bonding orientated programming as of late. Girls on HBO, for example, is a gritty, realistic show about the real life jealousies and issues that develop between friends as they navigate the waters of young adulthood. But as much as I love it, it’s about women much younger than myself, and as much as I try to relate to Hannah, Marnie, Jess and Shoshanna, I realize that that the similarity factor can only go so far. ...more
debontherocks Thanks, Deb! Was just thinking I need some good Double X TV in my demo. Hope all's ...more

Lighter Deviled Eggs Two Ways: Thai Red Curry and Wasabi

Easter is by far one of my favourite holidays, and not just because of the egg decorating! It’s a time of new life, awakening and newness–just the line of thinking we need after the awful, awful winter we just had. Long before the Easter bunny came hopping along, eggs were given as gifts on Easter Sunday to commemorate rebirth and the end of Lent. What a treat that must’ve been after the forty egg-free days leading up to Easter! ...more
I have never made them but I'm pinning the recipe and sharing this with my girlfriend.  I will ...more

SURVEY: What Would Your Dream Work/Life Balance Look Like?

We all feel the stress of too much to do and not enough time—and possibly the most time-pressed of us all are parents with full-time jobs. Some companies are attempting to address these work-life challenges to make more productive employees who stick around longer. Sabrina Parsons, the CEO of one of these companies, will be featured in a segment of Al-Jazeera America's program America Tonight on Monday, April 24. ...more
My company has a "Work Your Way" policy which is quite nice - no set hours but most people ...more

Home Workout: Gliding Disc (or Hand Towel!) Boot Camp

I love using the gliding discs in my boot-camp classes, but my clients and students don't love them because the discs literally kick their butt. Still, I had to develop a gliding disc boot-camp workout for all my frugal exercisers that really want to get in shape. If you don't have gliding discs, use a hand towel (if you have tile or wood floors) or a plastic frisbee (if you have carpet). And then get ready for a cheap, intense workout. ...more
Thanks for the article.  I plan to try it since I have my own gliders.more

Kirsten Dunst, I've Got Your Back

Kirsten Dunst recently got blasted for some comments she made about gender roles and just because someone doesn't agree with her, does not mean Kirsten is "kind of dumb about it."  But according to Erin Gloria Ryan in Jezebel, Kirsten is indeed "kind of dumb about it" since she apparently favors traditional male and female roles within a relationship. ...more
prairiewifeinheels  @blogher Agreed.  If feminism wants women to be strong and independent and ...more

Flipping Off the Voice of Doubt in My Head

Philip is a terrible bird watcher. While the rest of the group advances along the path, my son plops down in the middle of the trail to play with rocks. ...more
viaChristinah Thanks. Was surprised to have it happen again so soon. Laughed, though, to see the ...more

Park Moms: Observations from the Playground

At the playground, Kay goes off to play with the first kid she sees (shy she is not), and I get to people watch. Here are some of the personalities I've noticed at the park. Which one are you closest too? ...more
Love this!  It's so funny how we can morph from one to the other.  When I just had one child, I ...more

How to Make Chocolate Easter Egg Baskets

Are you entertaining family and friends over the Easter weekend? Do you need a quick recipe that will feed the masses, taste delicious, and even better, that the kids can make?!  ...more

What Do You Mean, "WHAT'S A HAM BALL?"

All my life I've thought everyone had ham balls at Easter. That is, until this week, when I casually mentioned to my co-workers my need to pick up eight pounds of chopped ham so my husband could make his most-coveted holiday recipe for my extended family. This is odd? Other people don't know what ham balls are?...more
ritaarens Also, I can't wait to hear how Honeybeast's turn out! ;) welike2cook ~Melisamore

Plus-Size Woman Wears Bikini in Miami; World Does Not End

"It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes." ~Sally Field ...more
Love your look and your bikini.  Wish I had the chutzpa to be an old lady with saggy skin in a ...more

The First Year of Marriage is NO Honeymoon!

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom about marriages, that newlyweds embark upon a “honeymoon phase” during the very first year. When I was married, however, I think that phase lasted one or two months and then the serious challenges kicked in. This was something I was prepared for because before getting married, I talked to my married friends about their relationships. The vast majority of  them said that the first year was the most challenging....more
FeministaJones  Sounds like we have similar stories! One day we will have to sit down for a long ...more

11 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

I speak at conferences and do some teaching, and the questions I’m asked the most about are about social media and blogging. At a recent conference, someone in the audience suggested I put a blogging tips article online that I could link to for writers’ reference. Great idea. I’ve been writing for the Internet for a decade, so these are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. ...more
These are all great tips which I also teach in my Blogging 101 and 201 classes.more

Do You Trust Your Teen Alone with Members of the Opposite Sex?

What would you do if your child asks if he/she could spend a few hours at a friend's house without any adult supervision? Would it matter if the child he/she was hanging out with was of the opposite sex? As a mom of a 15-year-old daughter, I have had no problems over the years of letting my child spend time with her friends, boys and girls, so long as I knew the parents and if a parent was present while my daughter was with their child. ...more
Dear Momofacrew, Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate your opinions regarding co-ed ...more

How to Blow Out Easter Eggs (and Dye Them Naturally)

I don’t dye hard-boiled eggs (although you can certainly do that, if you like). I prefer using “blown” eggs, so that I don’t need to worry about spoilage and I can use them for a good long time (sometimes a month leading up to Easter) in arrangements throughout the house. Here's how to blow them out. ...more

'Orange Is the New Black' Teases Us With a Trailer and More

The next season of Orange Is the New Black won't drop until June 6th, but Netflix cares about me (and you) and our OITNB obsession, so they released a new trailer and promotional video to help us make it to the finish line.  ...more
BlogHer LOVE Orange is the New Black!!! Wish season 2 would hurry!!!!more

What's In My Diaper Bag: Toddler Edition

Happy April! The sun is shining bright and it's finally warm! Can't wait to take a walk around the 'hood once Sofia wakes up from her nap. Lately, she hasn't been much into sitting in the stroller. Yesterday evening, our own little mini-Hulk continually thrust her entire body forward in an effort to break though the straps. Obviously the stroller won and she was pissed. We plopped our dog in the there, Sof held the leash, and everyone came out a winner. ...more

Let’s Talk About White Privilege

White privilege. It's a touchy subject. The term is often bantered about among racial equity discussions, but among the people who could be described as having it? Not so much. Recently, there have been quite a few posts from bloggers—white bloggers, to be specific—about this topic. BuzzFeed even published a quiz How Privileged Are You? in which people can test just how they measure up. ...more
Didn't take the test but found this article extremely interesting.  Thanks for sharing.more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection....more
KathyBoutin  Thanks for sharing, Kathy!  Today, I was feeling that overwhelm creep up, so I ...more

The Semicolon Project: Continuing Our Stories One Choice at a Time

Today I found out about a brave movement called The Semicolon Project. Participants in this project are drawing tattoos of semicolons on their wrists to raise awareness about depression and self-harm. There was a time in my life when I didn’t want to live anymore. I was incredibly hopeless. I was afraid to wake up in the morning because when I opened my eyes I knew that I would have to face the day. If you haven’t struggled with depression, it’s hard to understand these feelings. But they are incredibly awful and real. They are debilitating. ...more
I love this anti-suicide anthem from Twenty One Pilots Migraine I-I-I I've got a migraine. And ...more

5 Festive Easter Treats: Hot Cross Buns, Cupcakes and More!

Easter treats aren’t just for kids. And though we’re not beyond snagging a chocolate or two from our kids’ Easter baskets, what we really look forward to are treats like Hot Cross Buns and festive holiday cakes. Here are a few recipes from BlogHer’s food bloggers that would brighten up any Easter table. Hot Cross Buns Image: Courtesy of Foodness Gracious ...more

Social Media Makes Finding Love Online Easier for Seniors

A lot of people see their senior years as a time to just take care of grandchildren, play Bingo, do aquarobics, and reflect on memories. But what does this mean for your body and mind? Most people will reach the age of retirement looking forward to having all the time in the world to do what they please. Some spend time doing what they always dreamed with, only to find that after a short period of time they are bored. Then, they don’t know what to do and their health starts to decline....more

My Mother-in-Law Won't Apologize!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I've recently had some upset with my MIL.  Although I have apologized for my part of the disagreement, she is incapable of saying the words, "I'm sorry." What's the deal with people who can't say I'm sorry—like ever?!  And how do I restore good family relations when she won't do her part to smooth things over and move forward? ...more

I Was Sexually Abused At An All-Girls Summer Camp

Even now, at night when I close my eyes, I can sometimes still hear her. Footsteps crunching on the gravel path, growing louder as she nears the cabin. There’s a pause as she inhales and exhales one last drag on her Salem before crushing it out in the dirt. The screen door whines as she teases it open. Then she tiptoes across the rough wood floor to my bed, and on clear nights her body casts a shadow over mine in the moonlight. ...more
I'm curious about one thing, did it affect your relationships after the abuse? If you had the ...more

My Name Is "Jennifer." All Eight Letters, Please.

“Do you go by Jennifer or Jen?” asked a fellow blogger also named Jennifer. I felt immediate relief and kinship with this woman I had just met. After all, only another Jennifer would understand how loaded and important this simple question could be. ...more
I feel the same way about Brittany. Close family/friends/friends from my childhood can call me ...more

Four Fun Easter Bunny Crafts You Can Make

I don't know about you but I went from thinking Easter was weeks away to being shocked to find out it's almost here. I started decorating Easter eggs and I've planned my Easter dinner but that's all I've done. My Easter plans are currently lacking in Easter bunnies but here are some crafts that can change that. Sock Bunny...more
Love those cute and simple ideas for Easter!more

Despite My Fear, I'll Be Cheering at the Boston Marathon Finish Line

Editor's Note, 4/16/14: One suspect is in custody after two backpacks left near this year's finish line yesterday were detonated safely. This post was written before those events were reported. The marathon is on Monday. We're having the anniversary of last year’s bombing and subsequent days of confusion and unknowing and “shelter-in-place." The rehashing of all of it has been going on for weeks. I don’t know what TV and local newspapers are doing. I do know that our local NPR station, WBUR, has had nonstop talk of it, at least in the mornings. I know there are art projects and documentaries and Sports Illustrated did a photo shoot at the finish line last Saturday....more
I try not to live in fear as it is not of God.  Terrorists will not win - they will not scare us ...more

First Horseback Ride at

Selva Negra. We had the chance to go for a horseback ride while at Selva Negra for the weekend. It was supposed to be thirty minutes and ended up nearly being an hour ....more

Strawberry Cream Scone Recipe

A new post from She Wears Many Hats. This Strawberry Cream Scone Recipe is a great recipe for creating the perfect sweet bite for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee. Scones haven’t always been a favorite of mine, but ever since making Cream Scones a few months back, things have changed considerably ....more

The Saturday Simmer: Vegetarian asparagus soup recipes (hot and cold)

I know I'm rushing the season a bit, but I just can't help it. I adore asparagus, and as soon as it starts to show up in the grocery store -- from who-knows-where -- I lose my resolve to wait until May, when I can buy local spears at the farmers' market. If you're impatient like I am, or if you're lucky enough to live in a place where you can get local asparagus now, this Simmer is for you ....more

Blogging from A to Z Challenge - Q is for...

I'm tangling from A to Z - Q is for... ...Qian-long ...Quare ...Quib ...more

How to Make Chocolate Bunny

Make your own chocolate bunny with just two simple ingredients! Perfect for gift giving for Easter! Chocolate bunnies have always been a tradition in my family for Easter ....more

Mexican Corn on the Cob

This is the best way to serve corn on the cob, brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with chili powder, cotija cheese and lime juice! I absolutely love corn on the cob. It’s the one thing I really look forward to when we go to the local farmer’s market ....more

The Perfect Digestive Biscuit

From The Guardian: Originally conceived as a medicinal aid for the digestion-obsessed Victorians, the fact it's not allowed to be sold under that name in the US should tell you everything you need to know about the healthful properties of the average digestive biscuit. I'm not knocking the commercially produced variety – they're comfortingly familiar, even if certain big brands keep meddling with the recipe in the name of progress – but when palm oil features in the ingredient list, it's hard not to wonder whether you might be better off if you made your own. Get the recipe right, and you're set for life ....more

Finding Your Place in the Blogosphere

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by...more

Arisi Upma | Broken Rice Upma

I am happy that there are always somethings that you hear and feel surprised. That there are still stories that you hear about your parents and feel so good about it. That's exactly what happened when Amma made this Arisi Upma and recollected her memories associated with this Upma....more

He is Risen! Celebrate Jesus Christ our Savior!

 On Sunday many will celebrate the Easter holiday with family and friends, sharing Easter eggs, Easter dinner, and chocolate bunny rabbits. Some will be dressed in pastel colored clothes and watch children enjoy candy-filled Easter baskets....more