I May Have Made Myself Unfriendable

My longest friendships are with women I have known since childhood … and who currently do not live anywhere near me....more
Me too! Why is it so hard?? more

The Other Side of the Weight Spectrum: Being Too Thin

This is not a pity party. I am relatively healthy, of sound mind (albeit occasionally debatable). I love myself, I do. I practice self worth in front of my girls, never complain about my [under]weight. I am happy and free and in love with my body in front of them. Oh, I can give the performance you've never imagined. But inside my head? Ugly. Skinny. Tittyless. Meatless. You're always cold because you don't have enough meat on your bones. No one wants you. Your husband is pretending. Your girls are destined to follow the skinny path. Make them some potatoes. ...more
Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. The "you're so skinny, i hate you" comments are not fun to hear.  Why do ... more

10 Reasons Why Running a Marathon Is Like Having a Baby

I feel like I should add a disclaimer right up front: No, I have not yet had the opportunity to push a child out through my lady parts. ...more
I love this so much! I'm 2 weeks away from my first marathon and am FREAKING OUT.  It's all ... more

Paying Tribute to the Winter Running Buddy

I am a huge wimp when it comes to cold.  I hate being cold. Hate it, hate it, hate it.  A strong word for strong feelings.  My morning can be ruined with a cold shower. I won't swim if the water is tepid and am often the buzzkill when it comes to late night night skinny dipping parties. Not that I've ever had one of those.  But if I were to have one, the water would have to be hot.  ...more
I hate the cold too!  I wrote a longer comment on your blog :) more

10 Things Breastfeeding Advocates Need To Stop Saying

Editor's note: Today, BlogHer Publishing Network member Jamie Lynne Grumet of I Am Not The Babysitter bravely appeared on the cover ofTIME -- breastfeeding her three-year-old, under the headline "Are You MOM Enough?" The cover is generating quite a bit of controversy: It's shown up on Forbes under the title "Will TIME's Breastfeeding Cover Be Bad for Business? and on Politico as TIME Magazine's Provocative New Cover, to name a couple. Recently, Jamie wrote the below post for BlogHer -- a smart take by an attachment parenting and breastfeeding advocate challenging some of the behaviors she sees. Read her post, take a look at the TIME cover that's causing all the controversy, and let us know in the comments: What do you think? -- Julie One of the main reasons breastfeeding advocates are negatively judged by the mainstream media is their attack on formula feeding mothers as part of their defense. This really angers me, because I feel that some breastfeeding mothers are aiding in the attack and judgment of my family (a family that practices extended breastfeeding) through their malicious statements directed at formula feeding mothers. Photo Credit: Author. Here are 10 phrases all breastfeeding advocates should just stop saying:...more
Also, if your baby is getting pneumonia because he can't handle the flow of liquid from your ... more

When Public Breastfeeding Goes Too Far

I can assure you that my nursing adventures never, EVER garnered accusations of "sexualizing breastfeeding!" My bra size went from a 34B to a 38L. When the boob buffet closed, I was at a loss. Truth be told, I still miss it. When I see a nursing mother, I don't think "look at that smokin' hot breast" or "how dare she show her ladies in public!?!?" I sadly think, "I will never breastfeed a baby again." Maybe I have breastfeeding PTSD?...more
This was not where i anticipated the story going.  I loved it!  I hope you have since recovered :D more

Trend Alert: Floral Prints on Black!

[Editor's note: This adorable trend reminds me so much of the 90's it hurts ...but in a good way. Floral print Docs?!?! I had them! Its return lends itself to the younger generation but I found certain pieces (like this vintage floral print skirt) bridge the generation/trend gap - Maegan Tintari | Style Editor] ...more
I just bought a floral print dress--black background, red and white flowers.  It's a grown-up ... more

Gluten-Free? Not if You Ate at Damian Cardone's Restaurant!

Here in the United States, it's estimated that 1 in 100 people suffer from Celiac Disease. And something like fewer than .5% of people have a true wheat allergy. But add it up, and that's still a whole lot of people who may find themselves dangerously ill if they happen to eat wheat. It turns out that chef Damian Cardone took it upon himself to decide that gluten is good for everybody, and then he bragged on his Facebook wall about how he served regular high-gluten pasta when diners ordered gluten-free. ...more
I have been tested for everything and have been cleared of all of it.  But clearly, there is ... more

My Afternoon Of Reading (Or Trying To)

A photo essay about what happens when one woman tries to read on the farm. It seems the animals did not approve of her reading choice. ...more
That is so cute! Everyone has an opinion, eh? more

How to Give your Page an Edge on Google+

Now that Google+ Pages has launched you might be asking yourself, do you really need another page for your business? The answer is yes. Though there is a lot of debate on whether Google+ is going to be a truly competitive social network for Facebook, there is one area that Facebook cannot compete and that is SEO.SEO (search engine optimization) is one of the most powerful tools that Google+ has to offer a business....more
@Lauren Macewen Here's the address, thanks for adding me! ... more