Stop Trying to Sell Me Stuff

Dear Mouthy Housewives, There's a mom in my neighborhood who won't stop sending me emails about her latest business venture. First she was a "movie producer" and was sending unsolicited updates about her projects, then she became a spa party hostess and kept inviting me to her events and now I see that she's a personal trainer trying to get customers. She's a really nice person, but I don't know her very well and don't like getting this glorified spam....more
what dumb advice. Simply reply to the email and say "can you take me off the list, I'd prefer to ... more

Week 1: Explore and Win a BlogHer ’11 Conference Pass

In September, we introduced you to the new design. We are thrilled by the enthusiastic feedback we've received. Since then, we've continued to make improvements (with more to come in 2011). We'd love for you to dig in to and tell us what you think. And since it is the season to give, we also want to offer you a chance to win some great prizes after you've taken a twirl around the site. Each week until the end of the year, we’ll be offering a chance at a fabulous prize for your feedback! ...more

I would love to win this - I had a blast in 2008 and will have 2 books and a product-line to ... more

I love you, but I can’t STAND to be around your kids

I used to be good friends with Charlene and her husband, Ben. I mean GOOD friends. We partied in college, where we met. We kept in touch. Charlene and Ben even moved up to Sacramento, where I was living at the time, mostly on a whim, and the four of us—Charlene, Ben, me, and whoever I was dating at the time—played. We camped, hiked, talked over coffee, over beer, at the beach, over BBQ. We spent Thanksgivings together. We were close....more

It's not really your place to "regret their family."

That said, this issue only becomes ... more

Controversy Over The New Emergency Contraceptive Approved By The FDA

I recently wrote a post about the controversial proposal of making birth control pills available over-the-counter, and in even more controversial news, on Friday the FDA approved a new (prescription only) emergency contraceptive. This new emergency contraception is not the morning after pill, but it's not an abortion pill either. ...more

I'm with you. I believe emergency contraception has the potential to DRASTICALLY reduce ... more

My Trip to 1600 Pennsylvania: The White House Is Enthralled With You

Editor's note: Political Director Erin Kotecki Vest and BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page traveled to Washington D.C. to present to Republican staffers and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett today. To see the presentation, "Women and Social Media," scroll down to the bottom of the post. I'm going to be the first to admit that I threw up just before heading to the White House. Granted, I have a stomach condition and this is not hard to do...but nerves were really getting the best of me. ...more

They know who we are? How wonderfully exciting!


Is Public Education Socialism or Why Should I Pay For Your Child?

I double checked my copy of the Constitution from the ACLU and my copy from the Cato Institute. Education is not mentioned. There is no constitutional reason for the federal government to provide education to anybody. It is not in the Amendments either. ...more

Kinda wish you would have more blatantly applied this argument to healthcare. But, then i've ... more

I Believe in Bedtime, Baby

Bedtime is my favorite time of day. I look forward to bedtime throughout the day, the feeling of my sheets, my favorite pillow. Ah, coo. I don't remember if I fought bedtime as a child, but I'm sure I probably did. Kids are weird -- they don't mind frigid water if they want to swim, they don't mind melted chocolate if they're hungry. They certainly will resist sleep even if their eyes are at half-mast and they're fussing like babies. ...more

I'm so pro-bedtime! We went on a month and a half vacation to my parents and siblings and I ... more

You are Perfect Just As You Are.

I learned of Operation Beautiful last week, and reacted with such a glowing buzz of love for the world that I asked to step away from my normal beat and draw the world of BlogHer into its positive embrace.  As I sat down to begin writing, however, I realized this would not go where I thought it was going.  Buckle your seatbelts, we're in for a bumpy ride.  ...more

 My personal mantra is borrowed from The American Monk I think, 

Every day, ... more

BlogHer of the Week: Mom-101

Did you know we have a woman on the inside in the roiling debate over how bloggers work with marketers, write about products and disclose advertising relationships to readers? If you've ever read her blog, you've likely figured out that Mom-101 has a day job. What you may not know is that Blogger Liz Gumbinner is a pro advertising writer with an inside line on what marketers and ad agencies really think of social media, of blogging, of paid reviews, and, yes, of "mommybloggers." ...more

I thought free stuff was amazing and exciting at first.

Then it started piling up on my ... more

Losing Your Job When You're Pregnant

As the unemployed/underemployed rate continues to climb in our shrinking economy, pregnant women face particular challenges.It's not just about finding a job-- always difficult when you are pregnant-- but it's also about the health insurance. Will it still be there when it's time to deliver? ...more

I was fired "layed off" basically FOR being pregnant. Turns out ... more