Three Things No One Tells You About Backyard Chickens

Seven months ago, we brought home a dozen adorable, fuzzy, sweet little chicks. I had dreams of going into the backyard and grabbing fresh eggs in the morning. I could watch the hens pecking around in the grass, and it'd be a lovely urban farm/backyard oasis right outside my home....more
Ha! Oh yes! We have three (of six) VERY loud hens. They're super vocal. Oh dear. And, yes, we're ... more

Grow Your Community By Understanding Your Instagram Stats

Instagram provides users with a great way to build overall influence and reach via social media. Once considered just a simple way to share photos, Instagram provides users and brands looking to work with users a unique addition to the overall social package. ...more
stephliebold I might share a beautiful photo of some sort, food related or not, and let your ... more

3 Things Bloggers Need to Do Before the Google Update Tomorrow

It is important for all bloggers to understand the Google update coming up on April 21st. As in, tomorrow. Even if you do not pay much attention to your Google rankings, this update will still affect your page traffic and audience reach. If you are not a website owner or blogger, you may still find it interesting how Google is trying to create an even better searching experience when using your mobile devices. Here are three things bloggers need to do before the update on April 21st. ...more
Thanks for this easy-to-understand post. I checked my site (all good) and a few sites I help ... more

Running Is NOT My Therapy

I used to think this about running too. I'd see "running is my therapy" somewhere and think, "Yep, it's mine too." But then the other day I was feeling down. I was sad, sluggish, unmotivated. I knew that going for a run would make me feel better, both mentally and physically. And yet at that moment, running was just about the last thing I wanted to do. What I wanted to do was crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head, and take a nap. Which is exactly what I did. ...more
To be fair, actually GOING to therapy every week is a huge struggle for me. I make a billion ... more

How Do You Know It's Time to Leave a Facebook Group?

Anyway, while scrolling through the typical "Life is what you make of it," and "You're never too old to start" posts, the requisite eighty pictures of dogs dressed up as famous movie stars, and pictures of people on vacation in places I'd much rather be, I came across the post that made me do something I'd never done! I moved my cursor, hit "enter" and I not only "hid" someone's posts, but I also "left a group" I'd been a part of. ...more
I recently left a professional group I was in when someone threw out the r-word and no one ... more

#ToTheGirls: What Do YOU Want Girls to Know?

What do you wish your younger self knew? What do want your daughter to know? What do you want girls to know? I knew that young adult author Courtney Summers had a new book coming about shame. And how those who are shamed are silenced. I don't have to go far to look at how our society fails to protect girls against shame. We've seen in the news what that does to girls. How it slowly destroys them. I live in a society where everyone knew Rehteah Parson's name, but no one was allowed to say it. ...more
It took me awhile to think about what I wanted to say. I was struggling until you asked, "What ... more

How I Felt When a News Site Took My Instagram Photos

As soon as I logged into my Instagram, I learned that a news station in Cleveland, Ohio was sharing photos from our New Home Photoshoot (Part I and Part II) and asking their viewers whether the craze of photoshoots for first time buyers was a neat idea, or whether it was overkill. ...more
Actually, it's *NOT* legal. The "re-gram" apps don't change the fact you need to ask permission ... more

Do You Have Mommy Running Guilt?

About a year ago, I started distance running. I'm preparing to train for my third half-marathon, and once again, I'm feeling a bit ... guilty....more
I struggled with mommy running guilt for a bit at the beginning, but it was based on something ... more

How to Fight Your Running Jealousy

Last weekend, I ran my first 10k since I was in my mid-twenties. It was so long ago, I can't even remember what age I was the last time I ran a 10k, let alone what my time was. ...more
The only other person I really feel comfortable running with is my husband. We're currently ... more

Owning It

Do You Apologize for Your Accomplishments?At a young age, I learned to hide my gifts. I learned to be ashamed of my straight-A's. Well, that's a little lie. I didn't get straight-A's. I got straight C's in handwriting, and once--in Fifth Grade--I got a B in Religion, a grade which sent me into my first suicidal ideation episode. Right there, in the McDonald's parking, sitting in the station wagon, I wanted to die because of that unjust B....more
You should be proud. It was an honor to feature your post. THAT said, I struggle with owning my ... more