BlogHer At Home Giveaway #3: More Swag Bags and a BlogHer13 Pass

Are you having fun, BlogHer-at-Homers?I know I am. We love, love, love your participation in BlogHer at Home, and can't wait to keep hearing from you as we wrap up the conference. We hope that your participation will expand your view of the BlogHer Conference experience, content, and community. We also hope that have been making connections with each other -- sharing your blogs, your Twitter experience, and whatever other platforms are important to you. (Instagram, anyone? Let's see those shoes....more
I can't wait for BlogHer13! Both previous Chicago conferences have been awesome, and I'll be way ... more

Must-Have Beauty Tools

Ah, beauty tools. The things that make it easier for us to put our faces on in the morning, and clean them off at night. As I looked at my beauty setup, I thought extremely hard about what I could and couldn’t live without. There are seven beauty tools that I just couldn’t imagine not using. Many of these are perfect for my no-makeup days as well. Here’s my list of go-to beauty tools. 1. Tweezers ...more
I look like a zombie unless I use my eyelash curler and a coat of my new favorite mascara... ... more

Have Fun and Save Time by Creating a Beauty Routine

Oh, the dreaded resolution. Things you really want to do, and usually have every intention of implementing, but somehow, they bite the dust. When it comes to my appearance, I’m learning that I have to put more effort in. I don’t know how many times there has been some huge event I’ve attended, and it took me five hours to prepare instead of two. Why? Because I didn’t have a regimen that included the steps below. So, here are a few things that I’m hoping to become better at. 1. Use a skin polisher regularly ...more
My beauty resolution is to leave the house more often (I work from home) so I can justify the ... more

Father of the Year, or Creepy Man at the Playground

The other day Rob and I took the kids to the playscape at a nearby mall. Within five minutes, Rob was the pied piper to half a dozen kids who were alternately chasing him and being chased in a colossal game of hide and seek. Our boys, of course, loved every minute of it, and I loved watching how other kids were drawn into the mix. My favorite moment: twin girls followed him, saying, "Monster! Monster! Chase us!"...more
My husband's the same way. And when he tries to make friends with the moms at the park? Boy oh ... more

Putting the WAH! in WAHM

So I just got this fantastic new full-time job. It's my dream come true: I spend the day in great company, with smart, funny women who are creative, talented and bracingly honest. I get to use both sides of my brain: strategy and business brain and well as emo/writing/community/build-a-better-world brain. (Woot!) And I get a paycheck every two weeks. (I know, I'm pinching myself.)The other amazing benefit? I get to work from home. Let me tell you how totally amazing this is! ::insert crickets chirping:: ...more
For me the hardest part of working from home was realizing that because I was actually, you ... more

Saying Goodbye to an Online Alias

In May of 2005, I joined my first on-line forum to talk to and learn from other women trying to become mothers in unconventional ways. I sat and looked at the screen asking for a username for twenty minutes. A wave of anxiety washed over me and I knew that I could not, would not be using my real name in this forum. No harm. No one uses their real name. ...more
Thanks for sharing. I've been writing online under an alias since 2003 and have gone back and ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes: Share A Moment - Enter to Win $250

What is a Life Well Lived Moment to you? Is it when you feel confident because you’re looking your best? Does it happen when you’re feeling buttoned up, organized and on top of the world? Or does it come when you feel happy, content and in charge of your life? Whatever that moment, whenever it comes, however it looks to you -- we want to hear about it! Please share your Life Well Lived Moment below in the comments* to be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card. ...more
I try to have a daily Life Well Lived moment during the two hours between when I pick up my son ... more

Bloggers Visit Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. Win a trip of your own!

Zowie. I'd love to win a trip to Hawaii so my new husband and I can actually go on a honeymoon. ... more

How A Jane Austen Education Taught Me To Read

You probably don’t want me in your book club. I won’t want to read the books you do (and vice versa), and when it comes time to discuss our thoughts over cheese and wine, I will only be able to restrain myself for a few moments before I pull out my notes and ask the group if anyone else noticed the author’s conspicuous use of the word, say, “little” in the text, and was I alone in pondering what we should make of that choice? When met with silence I’ll flip through the color-coded sticky tabs I applied to the pages of my book, and then -- the horror!...more

Good point. Learning how to read is a great way to learn how to write as well. more

How A Jane Austen Education Taught Me To Read

You probably don’t want me in your book club. I won’t want to read the books you do (and vice versa), and when it comes time to discuss our thoughts over cheese and wine, I will only be able to restrain myself for a few moments before I pull out my notes and ask the group if anyone else noticed the author’s conspicuous use of the word, say, “little” in the text, and was I alone in pondering what we should make of that choice? When met with silence I’ll flip through the color-coded sticky tabs I applied to the pages of my book, and then -- the horror!...more

"Overwrought synecdoche!" What good is all our schooling if we can't drop that one every now and ... more