6 Tips for Creating Your Own Paycheck Fairness Act

If we can’t get our elected officials to help us close the gender based wage gap, we’ll have to do it ourselves. On Monday, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, yet again. The bill needed 60 votes but fell short 52-40 with every Democrat voting aye and every Republican voting no. Two independent Senators split their votes....more

What You Need to Know Before You Start a Business

I was having lunch yesterday with a new friend, and she had a bunch of questions for me as she was at the really early stages of getting her start-up up and running. At first I was inclined to say I didn't have that much more experience than her, but as we started getting into the conversation, I realized how incredibly much I had learned in a short six months. And I figured it would be nice to capture that journey of realizations. So here they are!...more
Starting a business can be a great thing but one has to expect the unexpected and when one does ...more

Giving Up the Mommy Guilt

It has not escaped my notice that women with children often express regret about their performance as mothers. I remember coming back from my own (partially paid) maternity leave, and for two months, driving to drop off and pick up at two different day care centers, doing my work, running the household, rocking the baby, mothering the four-year-old, and feeling like a total failure at everything I did. (Yes, I had a husband at home, but he left early for his office, and came home late, getting in his hours and pushing for professional advancement.)...more
Thank you for putting words to how I feel right now...! I am the mother of four little boys - ...more

5-Minute Rice and Bean Casserole with Avocado-Lime Guacomole

And now it's time for another uber-cheap, yet perfectly amazing meal.When you think beans and rice, you think cheap, but you don't think fabulous, do you? Well, now you can. You probably also don't think 5-minute ....more

In the world of Save. Spend. Splurge.

ONE. Love shopping? Love DESIGNER shopping? ...more

How to Team Build and Decorate Your Office in All in One Week

If you’ve scoured Groupon recently, like I do every night before bed, you’ve probably seen one for a “painting party.” Most of these parties involve going to a bar or restaurant and painting your little hearts out while sipping on wine and munching on appetizers. Though, there are some painting parties that come to you. And these make for a great in-office team building afternoon!Here’s how our party went down, and, in the process, we ended up with a new office:Start with wine and cheese. ...more

‘Tis the Season For Seasonal Help

Do you have the pulse of your business when it comes to your workforce? There may be four quarters in a year but that doesn’t mean they all have the same staffing needs. Each year you may be faced with staff vacations, illness, maternity leave or regular upticks in business that require more hands on deck. Here are some common “high seasons” to consider:...more

It All Comes Full Circle: From Writing to a Gash and an EKG and Back to Writing Again - Part II

Part IAs I completed the change-of-major form, I still hadn't answered the question of what I want to be when I grow up. I was still far-removed from pursuing writing as a career; I was unaware of a “writing” major, and the thought to write magazine and newspaper articles never dawned on me.* And although I could still envision myself at a white desk with sharpened pencils and protractors drafting blueprints, architecture as a career no longer seemed so glamorous. It was suddenly laborious. And dangerous with those weapons and all. ...more

It All Comes Full Circle: From Writing to a Gash and an EKG and Back to Writing Again - Part I

I never thought to seriously pursue writing as a career before last year. Never mind I wrote many short stories as a child. Never mind I took AP English in high school, delighting in my creative writing assignments. Mere childhood hobbies, right? And never mind I always read anything that captured my attention, which is still the case, by the way. ...more

There’s an App for That: Poacht

So what do you think? Leave a comment and let me know! Poacht app – Photo credit: poachtapp.com So turns out there are quite a few things you can do on the down low, including looking for a job without alerting your current employer you may be coveting greener professional pastures ....more

Work It: Circle Skirt

So what do you think? Leave a comment and let me know! Circle skirt – $29.99 – jcpenney.com Everyone (gentlemen may abstain) needs an easy, flouncy and feminine skirt to transition from Summer to Fall, and this circle skirt form JC Penney may be just it! ...more

Why Blogging Can Help Your Career (Or Get You A New One…)

Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and share your thoughts! ...more

Five Things Friday

1. I've been scraping the bottom of my moisturizer bottle for a few weeks now, and usually manage to get just enough out of it. ...more