Renée J. Ross

My name is Renée and after working over a decade of working in public health I decided to work from home after the birth of my son. After taking the leap into independent consulting I quickly became enamored with social media and blogging. I am now a well sought after speaker, consultant, and freelance writer. Over the last year I've lost 50 pounds and chronicled my entire journey on my personal blog Cutie Booty Cakes. My weight loss story has been featured in Southern Living, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and on the local Atlanta NBC affiliate as well as on numerous websites. 

The First Year of Marriage is NO Honeymoon!

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom about marriages, that newlyweds embark upon a “honeymoon phase” during the very first year. When I was married, however, I think that phase lasted one or two months and then the serious challenges kicked in. This was something I was prepared for because before getting married, I talked to my married friends about their relationships. The vast majority of  them said that the first year was the most challenging....more
FeministaJones  Sounds like we have similar stories! One day we will have to sit down for a long ...more

Stumped for Valentine's Day? Try One of These 5 Unique Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and when I think of this particular day the first thing that pops into mind are gifts. I’m not talking about traditional gifts like chocolate and roses; no I have some other things in mind. As a matter of fact, these are gifts that you can enjoy with a special someone but the majority of them can be enjoyed solo. Yes, solo. I know all about solo celebrations because I’ve been single for many years now but single girls deserve love too.  If you don’t love yourself first, who else is going to love you??...more

Does Penis Size Really Matter?

It is the age old question. Does size matter? When we hear it, most of us immediately think about penis size. Many men are so hung up on penis size that even in early dating stages will provide commentary on their member....more
All of the responses to the issue of penis size assume that the female is the object of sex; it ...more

8 Health Myths Debunked (Including What You Can Catch from Toilet Seats)

There are numerous health myths out there that many people not only believe, but repeat to friends, family, strangers, and their children. One of my favorites is "don't leave your home with wet hair because you will catch a cold." Really? Last I checked, a cold is a virus and you have to touch or be exposed to the virus to "catch it." Being in the cold is not enough. Don't believe me? ...more
This is definitely a good read! It's good to know that truth behind the myths, especially if it ...more

More Women Are Saying "Yes!" To Cohabitation

After a two-year hiatus from graduate school, I decided at 25 that I wanted to complete my degree. I moved from New York back to Washington, DC took out enormous student loans (that I am still paying today) and started my life anew. Shortly thereafter, I met the “man of my dreams” -- and within months, not only were we talking about marriage but I was contemplating moving again to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was completing his Ph.D. at MIT. The decision was a difficult one. I wasn’t keen on the whole idea of “shacking up” because the old adage “why pay for the cow if the milk is free?” ran rampant in my mind during my moments of contemplation. But move I did. It was disastrous. We lasted three months living together, and although we were engaged five years later, I ended it before we walked down the aisle. ...more
I say: live together! That is exactly what I told my 26 year old daughter. There is nothing like ...more

Uterine Fibroid Surgery: What Going Under the Knife Is Like

I am having surgery on my uterus. It is a tricky situation, because fertility and the ability to reproduce are things that I and many women hold dear to their hearts. Although I am not planning to have a child anytime soon, I do value my ability to do so. But now, something's gotten in the way. Image: Renee Ross ...more
Focused ultrasound is another option for treating uterine fibroids that are causing problems. ...more

Holiday High Fashion Without the High Cost

Every year when the holidays come around, I am inclined to take a look at my closet and realize I am just not prepared. Without fail, as the temps drop my eyes wander to my limited wardrobe and I mentally calculate how I will be able to afford the outfits I’ll need for 10 days in New York, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Although it may not seem like a lot of money to many, last year I spent over $200 on a New Year’s Eve outfit. It was stunning but not very practical. Imagine me walking around the grocery store in 5 inch heels, an off the shoulder jumper and large hoop earrings. I’m sure I would turn heads but not in a good way! ...more
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My Top Five Books for Women Runners

During my downtime from running, I have plans to dig in to some running books written by and for women. If you are not a runner you will be inspired to run/jog/trot/walk (hopefully) by one or more of these books and if you are an experienced runner there is great motivation for you to keep going! Here are my top five books for women about running. ...more
@ReneeJRoss I'll send you a copy when it's released (in a ~month). Thanks for the follow and I ...more

My Top Tips for Staying Healthy During the BlogHer '11 Conference!

As I sit in my hotel room on the eve before the start of the BlogHer conference, I am smacking my lips in anticipation of all the delectable treats and drinks I will be indulging in while I am here. If you don’t know, in addition to the information packed conference sessions, good food is always served for lunch and there are COUNTLESS parties where we eat, drink and be merry while socializing with our blogging friends. But the good news is that if you are attending the conference you can still do things for yourself that will help keep you balanced. ...more
And don't forget your veggies! I think Chocolate Greens 8000 is a tasty & convenient way to get ...more

Infertility, IVF and other Unmentionables

In 2006, just barely a month and a half into my marriage I became pregnant. Having never been pregnant before and having sex on a whim when I was fertile, I doubted one time would be the charm. But it was. Sadly, I didn’t recognize the signs until I had spotting that never turned into a full period and it began to worry me. Having only been in the new city for a month and half, I did not have an ob/gyn so I called my doctor in NY. He told me to take a pregnancy test and lo and behold I was pregnant. ...more