Top 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners

I'm excited to finally get this post written! I frequently get emails asking for advice on starting a blog, and I always wish I had the time to respond with a really helpful answer, more than just a paragraph. Now I can direct readers to this post. There's obviously a lot more I can learn about blogging, but I definitely have a few thoughts I can share. One of these days I'll do a post about blogging beyond the basics. Until then... ...more
That you for the great advise! more

5 Steps Toward a Nontoxic Home

We are exposed to toxins on a daily basis, but just how much depends on the foods we eat, the furniture we sit on, the lotions we decide to put on our bodies and the products that surround us.The degree to which we potentially put our children’s health at risk depends on the different products we decide to bring into the house. Their exposure to toxins begins before they are even born. Whatever we inhale or ingest can have a lasting effect on our children....more
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Oversharing and Facebook: Have You Reached Your Limit?

Think about this: If someone presented to you, say, eight or so years ago, the opportunity to connect with former friends, colleagues, classmates, neighbors, and even teachers, via a simple-to-use, enjoyable technological interface, how would you have responded?...more
Well said. I struggle with my love/hate relationship with Facebook on a daily ... more

Won't You Please Go to Sleep??

deux-chi via FlikrSleep time has been a bit of a struggle in our home recently.With a nod to Adam Mansbach's "Go the --to Sleep"......more
I take it that means you can relate? ;) more

I Need a Woman Cave

   Something is missing in my life and I know what it is.  I need an escape. I love my family and my time with them, but I need a place where I can get away from time to time and have a complete thought. I need a woman cave. I’m not terribly crazy about the word “cave”--it conjures up hairy knuckles and scratching sounds--but I’m not witty enough to think of an alternative, so it will have to do for now....more
 @dvorakoelling I like the way you think! more

I Need a Woman Cave

   Something is missing in my life and I know what it is.  I need an escape. I love my family and my time with them, but I need a place where I can get away from time to time and have a complete thought. I need a woman cave. I’m not terribly crazy about the word “cave”--it conjures up hairy knuckles and scratching sounds--but I’m not witty enough to think of an alternative, so it will have to do for now....more
 @cookingwithkary That sounds like a wonderful woman cave! ;) more

I Need a Woman Cave

   Something is missing in my life and I know what it is.  I need an escape. I love my family and my time with them, but I need a place where I can get away from time to time and have a complete thought. I need a woman cave. I’m not terribly crazy about the word “cave”--it conjures up hairy knuckles and scratching sounds--but I’m not witty enough to think of an alternative, so it will have to do for now....more
 @victorias_view A parlor would be great for a woman cave! more

Harmful Chemicals in Our Daily Personal Products

I recently spent some time on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and came away surprised and concerned over the worrisome chemicals found in many of the personal care products that we put on our bodies every day. Image: ☺ Lee J Haywood via Flickr   Here’s a short list of contaminants (and related health concerns) I have gleaned from the site: ...more
I always assumed the government (FDA) monitored the ingredients in products more closely than it ... more

Harmful Chemicals in Our Daily Personal Products

I recently spent some time on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and came away surprised and concerned over the worrisome chemicals found in many of the personal care products that we put on our bodies every day. Image: ☺ Lee J Haywood via Flickr   Here’s a short list of contaminants (and related health concerns) I have gleaned from the site: ...more
 @edavis I always assumed the government (FDA) would monitor ingredients closer than it actually ... more

A Little Bit of Perspective

Like most people, I  occasionally find myself in the trap  of "Keeping Up with the Joneses".  It's so easy to whine about the fact that we can't take that vacation this winter because the windows needed to be replaced, or bemoan the fact that my closet is a shadow of what it once was. In these trying times in our country, so many people are without work, health care, or even a home to live in.  That in itself is enough to put things into perspective.  ...more
 @Aminchicago Thanks for sharing both!  I look forward to seeing them both. more