Should I Thank My Cousin For Making My Crappy Wedding Veil?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just got married less than a month ago and everything is spectacular on that front. However, I have a little “Thank You Card” etiquette question. My cousin made my veil; a birdcage, which is important to note. She is a design school graduate and a professional haberdasher, so I trusted her. I wasn't just having her do a family favor. She also offered to make hair dealios for my bridesmaids (clips, pins, headbands and such)....more
You sound like a really graceful and truly nice person. liked your idea, thanx for sharing.more

5 Easy Ways to be Frugal

When you think about being frugal, you probably think of planting your own garden or spending hours every day clipping coupons and comparing store ads. But that's not how being frugal looks for everyone. That's certainly not how it looks to me. I'd love to have a garden and clip coupons but my current residence doesn't have the space for a garden and I don't have near enough time in a day or even a week to clip coupons (I tried it). ...more

9 Tips to Make Period Sex Enjoyable

Before the 50 Shades movie premiered, uproar ensued because the director hadn’t considered including the infamous tampon scene in the movie. People either felt outrage at the missed opportunity to embrace period sex, periods, and women’s bodies or disgust over the scene itself. These reactions reinforced the mystery surrounding period sex so today I’m pulling back the curtain to show why period sex is something to consider and how to do it effortlessly....more
So well written!  I"m an advocate of this practice (well, advocate may be a strong word)  as ...more

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

I have always wondered what teachers *REALLY* want to say to parents, but can't. I get the impression they feel worried about telling parents the truth since these days some moms and dads are quick to blame the teacher for problems with their children. ...more
Love this!more

Would You Spend a Week in a Beach House With Another Family?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,A good friend of mine asked me if my family would like to rent a house with her family this summer. (She's already making plans for June. Very Type-A.) ...more
Great advice.  My family owns (read: my grandma died and left it to like 10 aunts, uncles and ...more

6 Important Lessons I Learned About Blogging

Starting a blog, I knew content was king, but there were so many other factors I had NO CLUE about. I have learned so much this past year. I couldn't possibly write down everything I learned, but I did narrow it down to these six lessons. ...more
Oh how I can relate to "Comparison is the Thief of All Joy." Like you I followed a few blogs. ...more

12 Things I'd Tell My High School Self

I had a terrible time sleeping the other night, and a lot of times when I can’t sleep, I think of random blog post ideas ... this is one of those posts....more
All so true!  I would tell myself to stop trying to please everyone and do what I want to do. I ...more

31 Days, 32 Revelations: Time

patriciaappelquist   Hi Patricia! Thanks for reading, A new post is up! Have a good one!more

5 Ways to Get Your Finances Back on Track After a Divorce

No matter the circumstances, divorce is an emotional roller coaster that often takes a long time to recover from. The upheaval of ending a marriage is stressful and overwhelming, even when the split is amicable.For women, the emotional stress is often accompanied by financial stress. Moving out, separating bank accounts, assuming insurance premiums, and paying legal fees all make divorce an expensive and stressful endeavor. In fact, many women stay in unhappy marriages simply because the financial burden of going it alone can be crushing. ...more
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), I can tell you that just about all of these ...more