Why Wedding Dresses are like Cocaine

I was never a girlie-girl. When other girls were playing Hop-Scotch or Barbies, I was at the local pond catching frogs. My mother would occasionally sew me a dress and I would reluctantly wear it a couple times, although it was usually made for a particular event to which it was a necessity to wear it.I was very good at ruining pretty things. I can even recall at my mother's wedding, I had ripped the lace hem clear off my flower girl's dress and my Aunt was frantically sewing it back on in the limo while I was completely hysterical. Shit!...more

Bikini Confidence

Bikini Confidence is a big part of getting ready for bikini season. Probably the most important. You can eat right and exercise all you want, but if you don't love your body and have confidence in who you are then bikini season will always be dreadful. I'm tired of hiding behind a towel at the pool....more

Yes, I'm a Liar

Jennifer: Ok, I admit it. I don't tell the truth a 100% of the time. I don't mean to lie or stretch the truth, but it pops out and even as it leaves my mouth I know that it is not exactly the truth. Turns out I'm not alone, I recently read an article about the 'Top 30 things Women Lie About.' Survey in this article revealed that 97% of women tell "harmless" lies, every now and again....more

Aches and pains: They do serve a purpose

"Bringing awareness to your body, to its unique reactions and processes, and to its symptoms and strengths, sets you up for growthful insights....more

For People Who Know Me Who Read My Blog

Shhhhh. *Glances about furtively* I have to be careful with what I say here. It has recently come to my attention that you are not the only person reading my words. There has been, it seems, a very large leak in security. ...more

If my family read my blog (other than the cooking blogs) they would be aghast.
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Forgiving Myself for How I Got Here

I will not claim or embrace this body. It is not the way that I want it to be. But it is time to forgive myself for how I got here. A round stomach that stretched with three babies from the inside out. Thick arms that surrounded those babies with all of the warmth and protection that I could physically muster. And then some. And full legs that swayed many-a-sleepless-night to soothe their sweet souls to sleep. These thoughts are fluid, easy to accept as the battle wounds of motherhood. ...more
Oh, a most excellent post! I came over to read a friend's post and saw the title of yours and am ...more

Objectification: no longer gender specific

It seems I hit a nerve last Friday with my discussion of the objectification of women. We all know it happens....more

Body Talk: Too Much and What's the Point?

Recently, I was asked to take part in a survey on weight loss.  I was turned off by the topic because it’s one that has become so trite.  Uncertain about how to give an insightful response on such a mundane topic, I skimmed through a few responses from other community members.  I was happy to see that I was not the only one who was perturbed by the subject.  Funny, but one of my favorite responders, Heidi, felt the same way.  According to Heidi, magazine editors seem to think that women are obsessed with the latest diet crazes and that all we do is sit around and ta...more

All Over the Web Today!

I'm so happy and honored to be blogging in two places today. I hope you'll go check me out, but more importantly, that you'll get to know both of these amazing blogs and add them to your reading list. First, I'm a guest poster at Curvy Yoga. Come read my article about how yoga helps me to help Ruby build a strong self-image....more

Big Announcement: When dreams come true

About a month ago I got a crazy idea. Fortunately I have an amazing husband who was on board right away. But before anything could happen we had to clean out the chicken coop. Yes, we have a chicken coop. We have lived here for nearly 18 months. We have carefully avoided the chicken coop during the entire year and a half. It wasn't hard to avoid, this place was (is?) a fixer upper from the start. We have had to haul of truck load after truck load of junk. Since the coop was enclosed the mess within was easy to ignore....more