Did You Make an Impact Online in 2014? Submit to VOTY!

EDITED ON 01/19: See below for clarification on the definition of submission categories.Today, we kick off your nominations for the Voices of the Year, our annual celebration of the most inspiring voices in our community. From these nominations will ...more

What to Watch When You Want a TV Binge

Some of my northeastern friends are thrilled to be snowed in, some are being pummeled, and others are disappointed their accumulations weren't higher. All agree, though, that along with French toast supplies, this blizzard calls for a good TV binge ...more

Snowboarder Chloe Kim Is the Youngest Person Ever to Win at the X Games

In another life, I'd love to be a expert snowboarder, but in this life I'll have to settle for living vicariously through Chloe Kim. Over the weekend, 14-year-old Chloe Kim became—not only the youngest woman or the first Asian ...more

Announcing BlogHer Food '15 and the Call for Ideas

Want to speak at BlogHer '15? Tell us your ideas. ...more

How to Add Text to Images With Canva

By now you know one of the best ways to hook a reader is by pairing your amazing content with amazing graphics.  ...more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more

My Super Fun and Sometimes Punny Birth Playlist

This is the story behind my Flippant Birth Playlist. It seemed like a funny birth playlist was necessary this time around. I didn’t have birth music when I delivered Flintstone at home four years ago. Being at home, I figured if I wanted to listen to music, I’d just have MacGyver put it on. Didn’t end up wanting any music anyway. ...more

When Your Heart Says Its Final "Goodbye"

I broke up with Nick two weeks after we signed a lease for a new apartment. We had dated for four years, and lived together for five. He was very dear to me, probably much more so than I’d ever admit to. He was my first long-term boyfriend. The first boyfriend I lived with. The first to introduce me to his parents, to go on vacation with me, to tell me he wanted to marry me someday....more
I can so relate to this.  Your heart will never be the same as I have learned, but you just go ...more

Make These Pepperoni-Garlic Knots on Game Day

These delicious Pepperoni Garlic Knots are loaded with pepperoni, red pepper flakes, garlic, and two different cheeses. Baking them in a cast iron skillet gives them a wonderfully crisp crust‐you've got yourself a winner!...more
It looks easy and amazing... I will try it as following your steps. http://www.fairbuying.com/more

How to Make This Easy Needle-Felted Heart Banner for Valentine's Day

Needle felting is one of those crafts that seems really daunting, but is actually very easy. If you can poke something with a needle, you can do needle felting. My first adventure into needle felting was inspired by some wool hearts I had left over from another Valentine's Day project. I just knew I could repurpose them into something new and cute. ...more

Will I Be Eating Cat Food When I'm 80?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I find myself worried about finances all of the time lately. We're doing okay, but it seems like we just keep getting bill after bill and our savings never goes up. ...more

How Do You Feel About Maternal Assisted C-Section?

An Australian mother to nine children took an active role during the c-section birth of her 10th and 11th children. After doctors cut open Gerri Wolfe, 41, she reached down to her lower abdomen and pulled out her twin daughters, Matilda and Violet. Image: BeautifulFreaks The so-called "maternal assisted cesarean section" was all a part of the plan, but only after Wolfe convinced doctors at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales, to step back and let her do the actual delivery. ...more

AHS Freak Show: Was it Good for You?

When I originally wrote about the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, I had no idea how wrong I would actually be about the storyline, about the characters —basically about the entire season. ...more

The Playlist that Pulled Me Through Cancer Treatment and Recovery

It’s weird when the music you love stops sounding good to you. It’s happened to me before, once after a terrible breakup, and once during an awful day job, writing adventure travel brochures for the elderly. The breakup ruined The Band’s entire discography for me, and the copywriting gig ruined Tina Turner’s greatest hits. It’s been years, and I still can’t get through “Up on Cripple Creek” or “Simply the Best” without breaking into a cold sweat. ...more

6 Ways My Standing Desk Is Making My Life Better

My job is killing me! And making me feel like a hippopotamus. At least that's what all the recent research is showing. ...more
I didn't expect my employer to be agreeable to it either, especially since I didn't have a ...more

Jonathan Chait’s 'Not A Very P.C. Thing To Say' In a Nutshell

In this week's New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait discusses in his essay Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say how hard it is to be a white man these days. In case you don’t have the time or moral energy to read his 5,000 word opus of angst, here’s a brief rundown....more
BlogHer He needs to read this: http://tmblr.co/ZLvgpx1bvJDEL Having no empathy for people who ...more

Nicole Kidman on Hollywood, Paddington, and Being Pushed Places She Hasn’t Been Before

Nicole Kidman has a resumé full of intense roles, but she’s the first to talk about the importance of choosing her films carefully. ...more

Make Something With February's NaBloPoMo

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

Extremely Stupid Reasons a Parent Will Fire a Childcare Provider

Childcare is a tough gig. Twelve to thirteen hours a day, five days a week, providers work with no lunch break, no smoke break, and on most days, overtime with no pay. There are no benefits, such as health insurance, unemployment, 401K or disability, unless the provider pays 100% of the premiums and pays a higher rate because she has no group to join for a group rate. On top of all of it, providers have to put up with the very worst behavior from clients, because if they don’t, they risk being fired without pay. ...more
I think everyone needs to find the right provider for them. I was a pre-school teacher in a ...more

Terrified of Having Twins? Advice From a Twin Mom

There will be easy days and there will be hard days. How you respond to them makes all the difference. People will ask you what you want for baby showers and the like. Ask for gifts of meals, help around the house, or with holding babies so you can sleep or shower. And diapers. Trust me, you won’t regret it....more
Good advice! Esp. about not needing two of everything in the beginning. We had so much stuff we ...more

Marriage: It's Going To Be "We" From Now On

My dress had a scoop neck made of a hundred pounds of sequins and lace. My husband later told me it looked like a fresh blanket of snow. Each sleeve weighed about 20 pounds and left purple welts on my shoulders. It hurt so bad that Mark had to run back and forth to the hotel ice machine for ice compresses. Image: Alexandra Rosas...more

Say "Candy Hearts!" Valentine’s Day Photo Booth Props

Create your own unique Valentine's Day photo booth artwork! It's the perfect activity for a creative Valentine's Day card for Grandma, a fun crafting party, or those cabin-feverish winter weekends when the kids start going crazy by 10 am....more

The Most Important Question to Ask On a 1st Date

When dating with a purpose, the single most important question you should ask and be able to answer honestly on your first date is what are you looking for? It’s never too early to get your intentions out of the way and see whether they align with a new or potential partner....more
Gael Breton Thank you Gael. We really should be setting the tone for our relationship as early ...more

Why You Should Run, Not Walk, to the Public Library

I’ve got THE BEST money-saving, freebie deal to share with you today. This is the big one, friends. A completely legit, no-coupon-code required, money-saving deal that will blow your mind....more
I would rather give up my credit card than my library card.  My library provides (wait for it)  ...more

Preparing For The Blizzard ... in California

The Snowpocalypse is upon our nation....more

21 Quotes to Help You Survive Infertility

Each week I interview men and women who are infertility survivors. I'm amazed and inspired by the insight and advice they share, and every now and then, I like to put the best pieces of wisdom all in one spot. A few months ago I shared 34 Infertility Quotes, but I've interviewed 21 more people since then. So here's the best of my most recent interviews. Enjoy! ...more

Thoughts on Diversity in the Tech Industry... From a Black Computer Scientist

Let's be clear about one thing from the start: I'm a Black female with a Ph.D. in computer science. No shade, Sheryl Sandberg, but I've been "leaning in" since birth.This topic (and blog post) has been a long time coming. I wasn't sure, at first, how to best put my thoughts to words. Then I wasn't even sure if I should say anything at all, since it may ruffle some feathers. In the end, I didn't care. Some things need to be said. Most people think it, but few say it. I'll take one for the team....more
The solution is both simple and complicated. In addition to (or maybe even instead of) trying ...more

Blizzard Fun: Make Snow Ice Cream

Snow ice cream, or snow cream, is super easy to make. Here in New England, as in much of the country, we’re buried under an ever-expanding blanket of fresh snow. One way to keep away cabin fever is to make tasty treats. If you have little ones home from school, they’ll have fun making this with you. You can use other flavors of extract besides vanilla too. Peppermint would work really well. ...more
I agree. there's too many unknowns to be making snow cream this day and age. sad.but it's true.more

Great Quotes About Raising a Child to Inspire You

I recently gave birth to my second child, and it has caused me to think seriously about the ways in which I want to raise my children and the type of childhood that I want them to have. I've reflected on the philosophies that guide my thinking about children, and I've chosen five quotes that I love which best define my own personal philosophy about teaching and raising children. ...more
pinesandpalmettos That's a good one! Taking risks is important. :)more

Goodbye 'Parenthood': Michelle Hancock Marks the End of the Show + Other News

Michelle Hancock, who blogs at Mind of Meesh, had her goodbye tribute to the show Parenthood featured on Mamalode. Pilar Hernandez of En mi cocina hoy had her cookbook, Del blog a la mesa, recognized as Best New Cookbook in Chile 2014. ...more

6 Tips for Writing a Great Love Letter

If you are in a relationship, you might be looking for a new way to show your partner how much you treasure them. Putting effort into relationships helps them thrive, evolve, and become an even more poignant source of joy. Rather than scribbling your name at the bottom of someone else’s words, why not write your own sweet and spicy love letter?Find a quiet place. Use a humble pen. (~Paul Simon)...more

10 Great Read Alouds for Your Young Valentines

One of my goals in life is to spend quality time with my family. Reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. In addition to building great memories, there are many academic reasons to read aloud. Reading to children improves their vocabulary. It builds their attention span in a way that time on the iPad or a video game doesn't. ...more
Web to Succeed, you will be able to look forward to reading Old Yeller with your son.  The great ...more

When Did Being a Good Mom Turn Bad?

I remember the moment well. About four years ago I invited a little girl over to play with my kids. Her mom dropped her off and we chatted while the kids played. Then she told me she'd be back in an hour. About seven minutes later, apparently our basement full of toys became completely uninteresting, and three little people carrying a science experiment book confronted me. "Pleassssssse can we do something in this book? We won't make a mess," they begged. ...more
Kristin, you took the words right out of my mouth!more

5 Plank Variations to Add to Your Workout

One thing my readers ask me often is as a busy entrepreneur and mother, "Are there exercises that can be done in a few minutes, that actually make a difference?" Yes, there are! I love planks! Talk about a full body workout, in a few minutes. You may know planks for their core transforming powers, but did you know that you can work your whole body as well. From your shoulders to your legs, planks can transform your body, and you only need a few minutes because the variations are challenging and result producing. ...more
MrsMuffinTop lol, you can bookmark at the end of your browser too! Thanks for reading...more

Why I'm a sucker for charm bracelets

I’m a sucker for sentimental, romance, and anything that invokes positive emotions and memories. That may be why charm bracelets have always appealed to me. There are so many styles of bracelets and thousands of charms available. Each charm can hold a special meaning to the wearer, and even the purchaser if it’s a gift....more

Why I'm a sucker for charm bracelets

I’m a sucker for sentimental, romance, and anything that invokes positive emotions and memories. That may be why charm bracelets have always appealed to me. There are so many styles of bracelets and thousands of charms available. Each charm can hold a special meaning to the wearer, and even the purchaser if it’s a gift....more

wellness: my experience with acupuncture.

Hey friends! So this is a post I’ve been wanting to share for a while, but I was hesitant to “go there.” So many of you asked for it, though, so here it is. If you’re not into women’s medical/hormonal issues – AKA probably if you’re a guy – ...more

Will He Ever Leave His Wife?

Reader beware — This is a Lisa rant.  Read at your own risk.  Just saying.Jennifer met Thomas on a work project.  They worked for different companies, but were assigned to work closely together on a contract project for almost three months.   Within the first few days Jennifer knew there was chemistry between them.  They didn’t talk about their personal lives, but it was pretty obvious what his status was.  Thomas wore a wedding ring....more

Carbs, Protein, Fibre and other Fun Facts

What are carbs you ask? Carbohydrates are a source of energy. When eaten, the body converts most carbohydrates into glucose (sugar), which is used to fuel cells such as those of the brain and muscles. Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients (nutrients that form a large part of our diet) found in food – the others being fat and protein....more

Thrift Style Thursday: White Out

Could it be? Three weeks in a row abiding by my New Years Style Resolution to re-wear thrifted finds from the past? I adore this dress, but truth be told, haven’t worn it nearly as much I should ....more

Could She Be The One? My Mommy BFF?

You guys. I just had THE most perfect second date. ...more

The "Blue" Collection :: Handmade Homedecor Accessories

I am ultra excited to present my new collection here today. I made these designs exclusively for the Monsoon Mela by Red Earth, curated by Himanshu Verma in New Delhi at the Alliance française....more

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I Won’t Be Happy Until...

I hear it all the time.  It goes something like this.  “My goal weight is 130 pounds.  I was there when I was 24 and haven’t seen it since.  I’ve tried a thousand different diets.  I’ve hired a trainer.  I’ve taken a dozen different courses.  I’ve taken pills.  They made me crazy.  I know what I need to do.  It should be working, but it’s not.  I just can’t get there.  I can’t lose the last 25 pounds.”...more