The Condom Broke! I Want to be Tested for Everything!

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I would be taking more vacations to tropical beaches! When I hear this, what I also understand is that the person wants to be tested for every sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD) ever known. By the time, the person comes in to see me, I can offer up a few tests that will help them know if they contracted an infection.First, let’s talk about what you should do immediately if the condom breaks?...more
Also, make sure to use lubricant. It reduces the risk of the condom breaking. more

Any Canadian Bloggers here?

I'm sure there are. Thought this could be a way to find some :) I currently live in Bainsville, Ontario but grew up in the Montreal area and lived there until 2 years ago. Come pay me a visit :)Leading from the HeartCamping Out with Tracy & Jack 

Now I need to figure out what to do with a bunch of grated maple cheddar.

Now I need to figure out what to do with a bunch of grated maple cheddar. ...more

How about using it on top of crêpes or on a slice of apple pie ? In a grilled cheese with pear? more

Losing My Parents, Losing My Voice

I've been trying to start a blog for a couple months now. In theory, this should be no big deal. I used to have one, for six years. And I'm a natural-born oversharer. I've brazenly talked about my failures as a wife and as a single parent on morning TV. My Facebook status updates have been a detailed record of life's minutiae, from the delight of freshly highlighted hair to the irritation of traffic jams. And once a month in the editor's letter of the magazine I ran for six years, I'd craft a simple piece, whether about my promises not to overschedule and overanticipate for the holidays or about my sense of loss for having had only one child, that would resonate with the 10 million women who might read it....more

I'm so sorry for the loss of both your parents. Thank you for sharing your story.
Huge hug in ... more

American Woman Sends Back Russian Child, Russia Calls for Halt on U.S. Adoptions

The New York Times headline screamed out the fear that sits in the back of the mind of all parents who choose to build their families via international adoption: Russia Calls for Halt on U.S. Adoptions. The reason? A Tennessee woman, Torry Ann Hansen, who sent her 7-year-old child back to Russia alone with a typewritten note explaining why she wouldn't be parenting him anymore. ...more

Maybe it's a good thing he's not with that woman anymore. She sent him back alone by plane with ... more

Traffic Building and SEO

Elise Bauer's series on traffic building is a must read - even for those who have been blogging for years. How to Build Traffic - Intro How to Build Traffic - Content How to Build Traffic - Community How to Build Traffic - How People Find Your Blog

It's Not Me, It's You - the Art and Sadness of Friendship Break-ups

Years ago, during a particularly difficult time in my life, I spent the day with a friend. She didn't have a car, so I picked her up and took her to lunch and shopping in a nearby city. She complained all day long. She had to walk to work. She hated living in the city. The grocery near her was terrible. And oh, enough about her - what did I think about her? I was a counselor - didn't I have any advice? She never asked me how I was doing, or responded to anything I said about how much my life may or may not have sucked at the time. ...more

I certainly have not handled my friendship breakups well. I wish I had reak WikiHow before ... more

The $100 Question: Do You Splurge in Spring? Tell Bossy for a Chance to Win!

Welcome to The $100 Question, where fellow BlogHers are asking questions and every answer could be worth one hundred dollars! Let's meet today's host: I Am Bossy is a humorous pop culture blog, featuring one-stop shopping in topics that range from product tutorials to celebrity gossip. ...more

In spring, I splurge on new clothes and new shoes, on pedicures and haircuts. I splurge on a ... more

Are Mommybloggers Represented Fairly in the Media?

Think you're a good parent, one who knows how to balance your own needs with those of your children? Think again. Other mothers know more about what's good for your family than you do and they're not afraid to tell you. Welcome to the world of mommyblogging. ...more

I know women judge each other. I know mommybloggers are no different. But I just don't get ... more

It's Just a Cupcake: Only Store-Bought Treats in Schools?

Here are my daughter Marti Pearl's cupcakes. Twenty-four strawberry-on-strawberry with rainbow sprinkles, a job my very precious nearly-three-year-old took quite seriously, sprinkling three or four at a time, which left her adorable little hands color-speckled and sticky. She loves to bake, so much so that she asks to make cookies or cupcakes every. single. night. And she's great at it! For a child her age, she has an amazing understanding of what it takes to make the food we eat, and I'm so proud of that. ...more

That is disappointing !
Store-boughts are stale, greasy or/and dry, empty of excitement and ... more