I Thought My Sister's Death Was a Lie

This spring I dreamt that my sister Bobbie wasn't dead. She hadn't committed suicide after all. She was coming home. It was 1966 again and I was 10 years old. She was 21, just like before, and I sobbed for joy when she came to the door, in her familiar beatnik style, looking somewhat detached and cold, but there. After all, I never saw her body — they said it was too far gone for me to see — so her death really may have been a lie, camouflaged amidst my parents' many other deceits. ...more
TheBlackTortoise Couldn't have said it better. What a moving story. more

7 Misconceptions About NFL Wives, Players, and Their Families

It’s a given that wives of current NFL players and wives of former NFL players have one thing in common: Our husbands have beat incredible odds to play football at the professional level—only .218% of American men make it to the NFL. Beyond that, though, we’re all about as diverse as fish in the sea, even though others might think differently. Here are some of the most common misconceptions that plague us all. ...more
I have heard every one of these stereotypes, and I love that you kept it real and squashed them. ... more

Photography 102: Lighting

I've really started to take an interest in improving my photography lately, especially my lighting. Previously, I was shooting on our dining room table. Every time I took a shot, I had to move the table close to the window, and hope to goodness I didn't get reflections in the images I was taking!...more
I definitely needed this--I don't do any of it, but I'm sure it would help my photos. Thanks for ... more

How to Make Perfect Bacon Every Time

There are certain sights and sounds that are associated with cooking bacon.  The sizzle and pop of the fat while frying.  The smoky aroma that fills the kitchen immediately makes your mouth water or your stomach start to grumble.  Watching the meat slowly brown while carefully timing when to flip to keep the edges from burning.  The sweet relief of cold water as you try to calm the searing pain of the grease that just hopped out of the pan and beelined straight for your bare hand (always my favorite!). ...more
I'm drooling. more

How To Boost Your Site with a Blog Series

One of the best ways to become THAT blog to people is to take a page from the world of television and create a weekly or monthly series on your blog. I’m talking about a topic that you cover every week, every other week, every month etc., that your readers can look forward to. You can also consider a mini-series, where you choose a topic and create a certain number of entries that you will spread out over a period of time. There are several ways your blog can benefit by including a series. ...more
I'm really excited that you are bringing this up! I ditched this idea a few months ago because I ... more

What is Your Blogging Process?

I've kept a blog since the 90’s. It started as a teenage online diary and morphed into a college assignment. Within the last two years, I have redefined my blogging purpose; to build trust and share my wealth of public relation and social media knowledge with my audience. Along the way, I have created a process I use for composing my posts. This may work for you, or not. I am simply stating what I have found works best for me. So here is my blogging process... ...more
I actually just started blogging in Word on my honeymoon. There was a lot of downtime and no ... more

How to Build a Starter Spice Kit: For Every Kind of Cook

I have many food obsessions. Spice has to be one of them. A serious one of them. I think I can safely say I am a collector of spices. At present, I have more than 70 in my possession. A whole kitchen cupboard has been given over to this particular food obsession. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting flavours that will add to my dishes, give them that special something that only spice can bring. When I travel, I eat as much local cuisine as I can; the more exotic, the better....more
This is great! I feel like I have a pretty decent collection, but then I want to try a new ... more

7 Tips to Take the Perfect Selfie

You won’t miss a good self-portrait picture again if you use these tips. So go grab your smartphone because this post is going to rock your world! ...more
Ah, the chin! I'm totally trying these tips next time. My selfies are the worst. more

Make Your Gift to Other Bloggers the Gift of Comments This Year

If you ask people -- especially bloggers -- what it means to "blog," it's likely you'll get half of the answer: You write things on your blog, they might say. You share your thoughts with people in your own space, you might hear. People read what you have to say on a platform you've built, some may respond. And they'd be half right. The other half of blogging, the part that complements content creation -- the yin to the yang and the cream to the coffee -- involves content commentary on others' blogs. In the form of the mighty comment. ...more
I absolutely love this idea! I'm going to start soon. more

Dinner Tonight: One-Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein

A couple of months ago I noticed a One-Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta recipe all over Pinterest.  I tried it and liked it.  I think it’s interesting that you can simmer uncooked pasta, with some broth and veggies, and it will create an almost creamy sauce.  I decided to play around with this concept and I made a one-pot wonder version of chicken lo mein. ...more
My family will love this! Thanks for sharing. more