6 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman, Including "You're Huge!"

Okay, so I thought I'd just write a little note to set the record straight for people who are possibly unsure: Pregnancy is actually NOT an invitation to tell me I'm huge. While we're on the subject, telling someone they're huge is never okay, unless you are a small child with no grasp of tact or an inner monologue, mentally challenged, or a total a-hole. I have been pregnant three times and each time it's the same story....more
The worst one I heard was "I'm sure you'll loose the weight easily once it's out. I did".... more

Rework What You've Got: #BlogHerTalks Upcycling and Repurposing

I have a secret; a strong desire to do something I’ve never done before and I’ve wanted to do it for many years. I haven’t told very many people, but it’s true. I want to repurpose furniture. ...more
I presume the reason that the spines aren't visible is to ensure a visitor doesn't take a fancy ... more

One Blogger's Pro Tips: How I Prep Food for the Week

Editor’s note: I try hard at meal planning, really I do. But just one peek at Cassie’s weekly food prep makes me feel hugely inspired and like a total slacker at the same time. The Back to Her Roots blogger says it took her just three hours to put everything together that’s in this photo, which is enough to keep her in healthful meals and snacks for a week. Cassie, I bow down to you. --Jane ...more
Incredibly organized but never going to happen in my house.  We've got too used to eating what ... more

Pin Pricked: A Cautionary Tale About the Dark Side of Pinterest

That's when I found a disturbing side of Pinterest I didn't know existed, one that anyone visiting Pinterest could casually stumble upon and innocently click. It was this one foray into this dark side of Pinterest that has completely changed how I view and interact with it as a social media platform. ...more
I love Pinterest but found the same thing...I clicked on a link only to find myself on a porn ... more

How to Organize Your Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is a powerful social media tool that has the potential to enhance your brand and drive significant traffic to your blog. Let's talk about how to organize your boards to make them visually appealing and useful to visitors. ...more
The tips are much appreciated.  I have all mine organized alphabetically, but will reorder them ... more

Portable Noah's Ark Felt Board

  I have been thinking about making a felt board using the story of Noah and the flood for quite some time. My family was not very religious growing up but I had a cardboard boat and plastic animals that I remember being really in love with. We have a cute wooden folk art ark but it is too fragile to actually play with. So, here's what I did....more
This is so cute.  You must be very pleased with the results! more

10 Dumb Pinterest Purchases

Editor's Note: I try to stay the hell off Pinterest most of the time, because it makes me feel slovenly and uncoordinated. So it was with great satisfaction I read The Dose of Reality's list of the 10 dumbest suggested purchases on Pinterest. Please to enjoy. -Rita...more
keke!  There are some very dumb things out there and you've certainly found 10 of the best..or ... more

Tell Us: How Has Social Media Changed Your Life?

Social media has literally changed my life to the point where it's unrecognizable at times from the life I led before I started blogging.  I still remember that first night, lying on the sofa while my husband set up my blog for me (I was technophobic and didn't think I could figure out Blogger).  I had no clue where I would end up just a few years later.  Forget career changes and published books; I had no inkling the amazing people I would meet along the way.  People I would have never met if not for connecting in cyberspace simply because our physical worlds were too far apart. ...more
I am so glad that social media's around.  I love writing but before didn't get the chance.  I'm ... more

Nie Asks: Do You Blow Out Birthday Candles?

Do you and your loved ones blow birthday candles out still? Or is that a dying tradition? What's your favorite birthday tradition? Tell me: I want to know! ...more
We do! And my favorite birthday tradition is taking pictures of all my cards lined up. more