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

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

Finding Scary-Good Deals on Second-Hand Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes don’t get a lot of wear, so it’s pretty easy to find great deals on gently used costumes on the second-hand market, especially if you start looking NOW....more

Garden Studio- Getting Started on Paper

Out growing a dedicated studio is frustrating but, also rewarding.  The rewarding part comes from all the knowledge gained over the years, that then also leads back to lack of space with equipment and bench tools gained, filling in the small space... making it crazy frustrating to work in. November 2013 was the last blog update about the space and where we were heading....more

What didn’t survive

Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it ....more

Do these 5 things to communicate better

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to get fired.” “Why do you think that?” “My boss completely lost it...more

Stock Watch: $APPL

Let’s talk about Apple....more

DIY Glitter Brush Organizer

I recently made myself a DIY glitter brush holder. Admittedly, I don’t wear makeup that often. However, I was running into a frustrating problem whenever the makeup urge did manage to strike… I couldn’t find my brushes! ...more

Debt Update – September, 2014 – Hope

Well, it’s been a while since I did a debt update....more

working in a professional kitchen: week two

"you know it's madness to do burger day on a monday."i look around. what are you talking about? burgers and fries? seems like the simplest thing in the world, a natural choice for coming in on a monday with no prior prep done....more