I've Taught My Daughter to Hate

“Boo! Hiss!” That is what my daughter will yell out whenever we drive by a McDonald's or a Burger King. On occasion, she will also stick out her tongue at the massively popular fast food chains. And you know what? This behavior totally warms my kale-eating, Greek yogurt-loving, grass-fed beef burger-grilling heart.  Image: greg westfall ...more
How will this kind of attitude translate to friends outside your healthy little bubble? Is she ... more

Health Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Would a Man's Appearance be Criticized This Way?

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
Lisa Owen Sophia_Tending I wrote for MSN Money for seven years. Sometimes commenters would ... more

Health Secretary Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Would a Man's Appearance be Criticized This Way?

So if you haven't heard yet, my friend and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell was nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. It's a huge, demanding, pressure-filled responsibility, and Sylvia's experience and skills are a very good fit for the position....more
Anonymity breeds animosity.  If anything, I'd be more intrigued by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, ... more

Getting Past Internet Snarking (or, My Crooked Teeth Made a Stranger Puke)

The bizarre thing is that though we’re incredibly critical of women’s natural imperfections, we can be twice as brutal in criticizing women who go about trying to fix them. If I HAD gotten my teeth fixed and that picture was of me with perfectly white and straight teeth, I just have this feeling that I could have just as easily been criticized for looking fake (And if not that, then I’m certain it would have been something, because they also convinced themselves that a stray strand of hair from my bangs stuck to my cheek was an eyebrow down to my chin). ...more
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. The hell with the naysayers. They must have small, ... more

I'm Freezing and My Husband Cares More About the Heating Bill Than Me!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Our house is always cold in the winter and my husband refuses to turn up the heat because he's cheap. Well, that's what I think, anyway. He says 69 degrees is warm enough and that I should just put on a sweater and stop complaining. It's making me really resent him and wonder why he's not concerned about my comfort. What can I do?Signed,Frozen Schmozen ...more
I live in Anchorage, Alaska and work at home. Our thermostat is generally at 62 degrees. When ... more

I Was Called a Bitch This Morning

I was called a bitch this morning.By a very nice-looking young man in a football jersey riding a homecoming parade float.This was because I didn’t stop to let the float he was on turn into the parking lot.I looked behind me. There were no cars after me. I knew the float would easily turn after I passed.So I gave a little wave of my hand.Then I heard from my open sun roof:“I wasn’t waving — I was telling you to stop, bitch.” ...more
If calling a woman a bitch is how "outstanding" young men act, then yep, I'm throwing stones. ... more

Help! My Mother-in-Law Wants To Control Us With Her Money

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My mother-in-law uses money to control her kids. Until recently, she didn't really bother us with it. Last week she deposited money into our account after we explicitly told her we didn't need it. To be clear, we aren't wealthy by any means, but we work hard, budget and certainly don't need that type of drama in our lives. Short of hitting the ATM and throwing a wad of cash in her face (I do actually care about this woman), what can I do about this? I feel totally disrespected but also a little ridiculous for complaining about getting cash. Am I completely crazy? ...more
How about using it the money to start college funds for your kids (or future kids)? Tell her the ... more

Help! My Mother-in-Law Wants To Control Us With Her Money

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My mother-in-law uses money to control her kids. Until recently, she didn't really bother us with it. Last week she deposited money into our account after we explicitly told her we didn't need it. To be clear, we aren't wealthy by any means, but we work hard, budget and certainly don't need that type of drama in our lives. Short of hitting the ATM and throwing a wad of cash in her face (I do actually care about this woman), what can I do about this? I feel totally disrespected but also a little ridiculous for complaining about getting cash. Am I completely crazy? ...more
I suggest starting college accounts for your kids with this money. Tell her how much you ... more

I Say We're Adopting, You Say...

Last week, I went over to my friend Katie's house to swim in her pool. I came in, dropped my bags and burst into tears, right there in her living room, wearing a swimsuit. The reason? I had just been at the school subbing that morning, and a woman who I'm sure is very nice in real life had said some terrible things to me about adoption. I do not understand why this is. But it's about the 90th time that it's happened to me....more
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Pay For Christmas NOW With This One Little Trick

Every holiday season, I watch my friends frantically trying to figure out how they're going to pay for Christmas. They save up chunks of paychecks a few months before, they max out the credit cards, and if they're lucky enough to get a Christmas bonus at work, you can bet it won't be spent on themselves. And then in January, they wail about their enormous credit card bills or how they got a late fee from the electric company when they had to pay the bill a bit late because of, y'know...Christmas. ...more
Buy the gift cards on the secondary market and you will save 3% to 20%, depending on the ... more