Shamed By My Home Owners' Association for a Bike Ramp

Maybe I am just a hillbilly living in suburbia? ...more

Our New House Wish List

Chris starts his new job tomorrow, and we couldn't be more excited.  Once he starts, we'll finally be able to get serious about something we've been thinking about for a while - house hunting. Credit Image: Shashi Bellamkonda on Flickr ...more

Can I Get a Witness?

This is an open letter to people I have/do care about throughout my life who have either disregarded me, not seen my sexuality, or not seen my value and worth because of my weight. Some of these people I am still friends, even best friends, with but ...more

I Log Every Single Thing I Eat. Here's Why.

I've gotten a lot of questions about how I maintain my weight and what kind of diet I follow, so today we're going to talk a little about logging food and how it works for me and might (or might not) work for you. ...more

Get Ready for McDonald's Epic Closing Party with Rev. Run

Today, I am finally able to reveal the details behind the Closing Party for our 10th anniversary event, and it will be epic!We're thrilled that our longtime (six years running, thank you very much!) partner McDonald's is back to make the entire party ...more

Yes Virginia, I Am Christmas Shopping In July

I don't generally plan to start my Christmas shopping in July but every year, it seems to work out that way. Too many really cool things cross my path or I've saved a half dozen links and they all start to pile up in Evernote and that leads me to just go ahead and BUY now rather than waiting until the last minute. This actually works out really well since I can get a big batch of shopping done and my wallet (or gasp, credit cards) don't groan quite as much under the weight of all of the purchases in November and December. Take a look at some of the things I've bought (or plan to buy) this month: ...more
Here is a short review of three of these immersion circulators.  Nothing at all wrong with the ...more

An Anonymous Letter Told Me My Friend Is a Rapist

I used to own a bookstore in a small New England town. For me, it was the stuff of dreams: Business was good, the setting idyllic, the work minimal and the regular customers just odd enough to make things interesting....more
Even in an ideal situation where the author had not been molested as a child, this would be an ...more

10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
thlsralv So to you "having animals" (that verbiage itself is a clue you're not a pet lover, ...more

Showering in the City

I was back up in Chicago this weekend to celebrate our beautiful friend, Laura and her upcoming nuptials. It was a fantastic weekend of girl talk, laughter, wine and all things weddings. Friday...more

The Only Semi-Appropriate Photos of Our Trip to New Orleans

I’m back from New Orleans and I’ve got 349 photos and only about 17 that are blog appropriate. That’s the way a bachelorette party should be, right? So, in order to not incriminate the bride,...more

How Do I Minimize My Child’s Anxiety During Divorce

By Nancy Samalin You may be wondering, “How do I minimize my child’s anxiety during divorce?” Watch your words! As a parenting educator having worked with so many well-meaning, loving parents for so many years, I believe it’s a divorced parent’s...more

The inherent stress of vacations

Most of us know that we need to take a vacation from work. Vacations are important to our health and well-being. But they are also stressful, especially for parents. There's the planning, the activities, the worry about the fun that you will or will not have, and the exhaustion from traveling. ...more

snapshots from great falls park virginia

The best part of living in Northern Virginia is the endless opportunity to explore the surrounding area. This means I’m never bored on the weekends, and I also have something to show family members when they come to visit. Most of my July vacation was spent in Georgetown and New York City, but my sister and I slipped away to Great Falls Park Virginia to snap some photographs and enjoy the gorgeous views ....more

Whole Wheat Pancakes

For those of you that follow us on Instagram, you know that I am completing a 30 day Beachbody challenge by utilizing Shaekology and eating whole foods/clean eating. Our eating has improved immensely since moving to California as we do most of our shopping at the farmers market. However, we were still eating a lot of white flour which I knew wasn't good for my blood sugar ....more

Twosday LXXXV

When I’m Sad… I’ve found such comfort in the Humans of New York Facebook Page. I always feel better about humanity and life in general after spending a few minutes reading through the photo captions and comments. I’ll search for laughter in my favorite comedy favorites – @Midnight on Hulu+ or GDWH on YouTube ....more

One Dress: Wear Now or Wear Later

Shopping-wise, this is one of my favorite times of year (weather-wise, forget it). Fall styles are starting to show up in stores and online, and it’s fun to start mixing a few of the lighter pieces into my wardrobe. There’s a new Loft store in my neighborhood, and as I was walking by yesterday, I happened to notice a pretty dress in the window ....more

Making Friends Online

Like many folks who are active in social media or blogging, I spend a lot of time "meeting" and forming relationships with people online. All kinds of people, for all kinds of reasons. I've met employers through friendly e-mail exchanges, made quality acquaintances over Twitter, industry contacts through blogging, and actual friends via Instagram....more