Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game & Win!

Not that you all need any extra incentive, but this year at BlogHer Food we introduced a Selfie Game that was so much fun, we're doing it again at BlogHer '14. There will be prizes. There will be fun. And, oh yes, there will be selfies. ...more

8 Great Poolside Snacks

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and ...more

There's Still Time to Get 30% Off BlogHer Registration

Use promo code BHAFF14 to get our 30% off friends & family discount for our 10-year Selfiebration Anniversary Event this week in San Jose. ...more

5 Rules for a Successful Vlog

Bloggers know that there are certain "rules" to blogging that lead to increased traffic and interaction with readers.  Yet sometimes, when making that additional step to becoming a vlogger, we forget that the same rules apply. Creating a YouTube ...more

Download the BlogHer '14 Pre-Conference Guide!

Check out our 71-page, packed-with-goodness pre-conference guide, and download it to save some trees. See you in San Jose! ...more

Time: The Gift I Received After We Nearly Lost Our Son

My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie, which may or may not have something to do with Bill Nighy being in it; for some reason, that guy just cracks me up. At the end of the movie, the main character comes to the inevitable moral of the story moment, and it was one that hit me square in the BIG feels. ...more

I Don't Care if You Like it: I'm Going to Keep Showing Happy Pictures of My Family on the Internet

I post a few pictures like this one every day on Instagram and Facebook. I am one of those. One of those moms with a penchant for digital documentation. I am a constant chronicler. My family’s curator of all our good and happy times. But every so often I’ll see an article come through my newsfeed that dismisses my happy picture-taking-posting-to-social media-hobby. Or worse, one that condemns the happy sharing. It’s bad for my kids. It’s annoying. It’s a way to get blocked, hidden, un-friended, un-followed. It’s wrong in general. ...more

15 Great Answers to "Why Do You Blog?"

"Why do you blog?" or "Why did you start blogging?" are often the first questions asked in any interview with a blogger. They're very different questions, though, aren't they? Whether you've been blogging for months or years, why you started and why you continue may be fundamentally different things. As part of our 10-year anniversary Selfiebration, I scoured the Internet to find out what drives us to keep pressing publish....more

Congress Is Not Just For Old White Men - Moms Can Serve Too

The recent primary election brought the usual flood of campaign literature pouring through my letter slot. I had nearly tossed the pile into the recycling bin when I noticed something AMAZING.There was a large color photo of a Hispanic woman holding two tiny kids. The text began “As a mother of two children…” and was an endorsement for quality pre-K. It hit me – SHE was the candidate, and she was claiming her identity as a mother in her campaign for the state legislature. Had I ever seen such a thing before? Had it ever HAPPENED before?...more

Play the BlogHer '14 Selfiebration Game and Win! Fabulous! Prizes!

As you may have heard, we're having a little Selfiebration this week in San Jose! And in keeping with that theme, we can't wait to see the flood of beautiful, hilarious, awesome selfies that will stream to various screens around the conference venue—and also flow from within the walls of the convention center out to the broader BlogHer community via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, our blogs, and every other social platform.  ...more

Download the BlogHer '14 Conference Guide: Everything You Need to Know for San Jose!

In an effort to Go Green for our conference, we will not have a printed agenda on site. However, in addition to our amazing app (download it!), we have a digital Conference Guide for you to download, read, save to your tablet or smartphone, and/or print if you so desire. ...more

6 Tips to Keep You Healthy and Happy at the BlogHer Conference

When you come home from the BlogHer conference, you will hopefully have a camera full of photographs, a pocket full of bloggie business cards, and a suitcase full of swag. But what you don't want to bring home is exhaustion, or even worse, a cold. Before you leave for BlogHer, check my list of things to bring with you or do while you're there in order to come home refreshed instead of drained. ...more
Denise Oh. Good reminder! I need to make sure I have hand sanitizer packed in my carry-on. ...more

What's Really Killing Your Sex Drive?

People these days face a number of issues when it comes to managing their sex drives. They should think about how they can manage the sex drive problems that they are encountering. There are a number of important solutions that people have available to them. They can talk to professionals, read through publications and review how they can manage their sexual health. Couples can work through these problems together, providing a considerable amount of guidance to each other. They can even provide feedback and manage the different issues that they are facing. ...more
Thyroid. I have Hashimoto's, and it comes with decreased metabolism and sex drive. It's a pretty ...more

8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim. Savory Snacks Ham and Dill Pickle Bites ...more

I Forgot My Son's First Words and Lied About It

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation or an alphabetized library of scrapbooks as proof that my son did indeed take his first step or speak his first word. But, I can promise you that my now 15-year-old son is a walking, talking teen who can string sentences together and walk from place to place all by himself. ...more
I can totally relate.  My 4 year old (2nd child) asked me the same thing recently and I guessed, ...more

24 Help Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I don't have to commute, but being a work-at-home mom means I am also in charge of keeping the household running while keeping my business up and running at the same time. ...more
EmilySeamone Thanks for sharing!more

Lisa Fain's Article Was Featured in the New York Times + More!

Lisa Fain's article, "Eating Across Texas, Puffy Tacos to Frito Pie" was featured in the New York Times Travel section. Lisa blogs at Homesick Texan. ...more

Marbleized Metallic Fabric T-Shirt ... Made With Shaving Cream!

This summer, I'm seeing all things marbled popping up as a craft trend. I've mainly seen it in paper and on silk scarves. Recently, I gave this trend a whirl on a T-shirt, using shaving cream and fabric paint. You read me right, shaving cream! ...more

Shamed for a Bike Ramp: What's Wrong with My Home Owners' Association?

Maybe I am just a hillbilly living in suburbia?...more
Well, I was going to find out where they all live and closely monitor and photograph their ...more

Why I’m Scared of Divorce

I just got word that my Uncle Dan and Aunt Tina are splitting after nearly 20 years of marriage. I know statistics say that marriages—yours, mine, the neighbor’s across the street—have about a 50-50 shot of making it. Nothing new here....more
I hope she isn't holding things against her dad. Divorce is terrible for everyone involved. ...more

When Do You Give Up on a Television Show?

I've had it. I'm done. I tried, I really tried, but it's not for me. I'm abandoning HBO's series The Leftovers after four episodes. The show's storyline about the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the population, and about the tortured lives of those who remain, wasn't holding my attention and left me feeling unsettled and frustrated with its moody indulgences.  Like those two percenters who went somewhere, I'm tapping out.  ...more
I'm sticking with it but only because I've finished all of my Netflix shows and I'm not really ...more

HIIT: The Calorie-Burning Routine You Can Do Anywhere

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is rising in popularity amongst the masses at supersonic speeds. Besides body weight training, HIIT is the top fitness trend of 2014. This upbeat, fast-paced method requires dedication, commitment, stamina, and endurance, but the results are well worth the effort. ...more
I need a structured program, so that I know where to start...more

The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Great post. Scripts seem to find rape storylines easy to roll out, so there should be no reason ...more

Loving Beyond Gender: What Dating A Woman Taught Me About Dating Men

Long before I met my first girlfriend, I knew I had within me the capacity to love beyond gender.  I am attracted to every form; all our expressions of masculine and feminine. When I would tell people, they ask me to pick- surely I prefer one.  “I don’t,” I’ve insisted.There was a period where despite my insistence, I couldn’t quite be sure....more
FireinFreetown I had so many assumptions about men in relationships. We don't even have time to ...more

What Sort of Person Attends a Blogging Conference?

I watched via the internet (especially Twitter!) as the bloggers I was getting to know attended the conference again in 2011 (San Diego), 2012 (New York), and 2013 (Chicago). Each year I found a good excuse not to go. San Diego was the closest the conference got, but a blogging conference just wasn't for me. It's for people who make their blog into a business -- people who do reviews and are brand ambassadors and have tens of thousands of pageviews every month. It's for the bloggers who get hundreds of comments on every post.  Right? ...more
Lizz_Porter VERY SOON!!more

Top 10 Things I Learned at Last Year's BlogHer Conference

10. For several days following the conference you will amble around BlogHerized. Definition: The mind-boggling state of sorting through the Who, Where, Why and When of What you experienced at the conference. ...more
sharongreenthal Thanks so much for the tweet! Sorry I'll miss you this year.more

Grilled Vegetable Gyros

I'm always in favor of Greek food, and through the years I've certainly gobbled down plenty of gyros made with meat. ...more
I love greek food and have thought of this idea, I have to make this :)more

Hated the Commercial, Loved The Car: 2014 Cadillac ELR Plug-In Electric Hybrid Review

You remember the car commercial that aired during the Winter Olympics and the Oscars? The one with (Neal McDonough extolling the virtues of workaholic Americans accepting luxury cars as our reward in place of vacations like those lazy French bastards? You might have passionately argued for or against this commercial's message, but I bet you don't remember the actual car being advertised. And that's a shame, because the Cadillac ELR is a terrific car that, despite being a super-niche offering, more people should know about....more

10 Hilarious Tips For Surviving Your Son's Toddler Years

1. Learn to appreciate the word, "NO." Even if the question is, "Do you want a cookie?" your toddler will probably take this opportunity to make it clear that you are not in control. ...more
Nicole Rae and Tara-Lee Michaluk for you .... X2!more

What Some Women Really Think When Men Turn Them Down for Sex

 Have you ever been in the mood for sex, tried to seduce your man and he turned you down? It's a strange feeling for a Woman. We learn through the actions of some men, that they seem to always want sex. Not only through their obsession with pictures of half naked women and porn, but our experiences with them while they are courting us. We can't help feeling that their end goal is to get us in bed....more
Say hello Double Standard.more

After 7 Years Of Loneliness, I Still Refuse to Settle for "Mr. Wrong"

How many kinds of lonely do you think exist in the world? I’ve never actually asked myself before…it just popped up right now because I suddenly Susan wanted to address how lonely I was last year before I decided to go back online....more
I think you are justifying your loneliness, with your lack of wanting to "settle", because it's ...more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
FLOTUS Thanks for sharing! Who covered #KidsStateDinner? Kid reporters! Check out a kid’s view ...more

My Toddler Is a Mean Girl! How Can I Teach Her To Be Nice?

“No! Be gentle! Nice hands!” I hear myself shout, the contradiction of my words and tone evident to even me. But it is at least the tenth time that day I have witnessed my daughter aggressively claw at the face of another child. My sweet, cuddly, loving little girl is now a bully, somehow overnight. Image: donnie ray...more
My daughter is the bully too. Almost every night I pick her up from daycare I have to sign an ...more

Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E and K, copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, folate and iron. They also contain certain phytochemicals such as lutein, beta-sitosterol and glutathione which are proven to protect the body against certain diseases. Glutathione in particular SLOWS the aging process! ...more
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Intentional Walk by Allen Goodrich

 Title: Intentional WalkAuthor: Allen GoodrichPublisher: iUniversePages: 516Genre: FictionFormat: Ebook...more

Beware of Flight MH17 Facebook Scams

How low can scammers go? The latest is phony Facebook profiles that use identities of deceased victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17—claiming their credit cards were stolen from the crash debris....more

Cucumber cups with tuna filling recipe

Finger food for the summer: small cucumber cups filled with a creamy tuna+potato+olive+mayo mix. The light and refreshing taste of the cucumbers is a perfect match for the tuna filling. Secret ingredient: the potato. It gives extra body to the filling and doesn’t let the tuna overpower the mix. For tips, more details and everything else, please have a look at my blog...more

Most Toxic Superhero 2014

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! Yes, this superhero might be the epitome of courage, justice, and strength, but he might also be the biggest threat to you online....more

Victory's Banner: Good & Healthy in Chicago

Victory's Banner2100 W Roscoe St., Chicago, IL 60618 (773)665-0227victorysbanner.com/...more

Just a Note on What’s Happening with the Blog

Hi everybody! I just wanted to give you a quick “heads up” about what’s happening with the blog. I’m not posting a regular post today because we’re in the middle of migrating servers ....more

Almost There

As it turns out, I don't really like moving. Yes, I like having a brand new space to play with - especially when that new space is a house that is easily a million times nicer and more comfortable than our old place. But good lord this whole moving thing is taking forever ....more

A Look at my Sketchbook

I love sketching outside in the summertime! ...more

Strip of DIY Earrings

My niece got her ears pierced this year so I wanted to give her some new earrings for her birthday this month. Using my smallest molds I made a whole pile of them. Some of them even glow in the dark! ...more