Can Your Period Make You Sick?

I wasn't going to write anything today because I'm just not feeling very well.  It's nothing serious. I just have a little springtime cold that's nagging at me. It makes me feel tired and unmotivated. You know... even more than usual. But then I noticed something and I got curious and did a little research and learned something new so I thought I would share it....more

Sharon Day: Burdening Women With Misleading Information About ObamaCare

I’d like to take a moment to address the false and misleading claims made by Sharon Day in her BlogHer.com post ObamaCare: Burdening Women. If one reads through quickly, it seems as if ObamaCare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, has decimated families across the country. Day makes it seem as though women are having their health insurance stripped away and that these women are now going to have to pay exorbitant amounts for healthcare coverage if they want it back....more
@davenportdiy Some of her sources weren't necessarily poor ones, she just cherry-picked ...more

Why My Girls Won't Get Gardasil (the HPV Vaccine)

When I took the girls for their annual back-to-school physicals in August, it was to a new doctor. The pediatrician they grew up with had a few strikes against him including the fact that he is male and my girls are getting to an age where that feels weird.  He is also a professor at the local medical school which means his hours are limited in the clinic.  I did a little research, as much as is possible online, to find a new doctor who might be more open to my parenting methods (ie. ...more

And Here Comes The Shit

Secret Toxic Chemicals in Top Brand-Name Cleaners

Have you seen that SC Johnson commercial that’s on 24/7? The one about how they’re a family company committed to “honesty” and “transparency,” and that’s why they disclose all ingredients right down to fragrance? The truth is that they actually don’t actually tell you which fragrance ingredients are in products - which is scary, because we know there are some harmful chemicals in SC Johnson fragrances....more

Affordable Care Act Update: One Part Delayed; Open Enrollment on Schedule for October

Other aspects of the Affordable Care Act are still set to unroll on schedule, including many programs that specifically benefit women.  If you've had decent insurance for years, you may not be impressed with the offerings, but for the millions who have had sub-par insurance or have opted not to seek preventative care due to costs, these changes could mean life or death. ...more
Thanks for the update, Melissa. I know this is super confusing for a lot of people, but I really ...more

The Difference Between Women and State Legislators is One of Us Understands the Meaning of Autonomy

Oh you silly state legislators. Are you feeling OK? You’ve had a busy couple of weeks. Maybe you should lie down. Frankly, you seem a bit fuzzy and confused. Are you sure there is enough oxygen in that chamber of yours? You know, the chamber we the people pay for.I only ask because you seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time working to limit the rights of your constituency, specifically the females.(The females are the ones who are about to kick your asses, by the way)....more

I'm a PREVIVOR | preventative double mastectomy: my story of hope.

This topic has been a long time coming for me. Mostly because I knew it would take a lot of energy to write, and sometimes, a girl just wants blogging to be sorta easy. Well, besides the serious, heartfelt posts I write all of the time, but this is different. This is very, very personal to me. I realize I'm sharing this on the internet, but I ask that anyone reading please respect my feelings, my decision, and my intent. ...more