The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman

I am an outspoken woman. I'm outspoken in real life, and I'm outspoken on the Internet. I don't ...more

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs

It's getting to that point in the winter where it's hard to remember a time when Toronto didn't seem ...more

It's Okay If You Don't Want to Be a Parent

“This above all: to thine own self be true”. – William Shakespeare ...more

Why I Should Host the 2016 Oscars, By Tig Notaro

An open letter from the comedian herself. ...more

I Stopped Judging So Quickly While Dating Online

When I was growing up, whenever there was an obligatory occasion like a wedding or a bar mitzvah, ...more

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The 5 Cutest Ways to Wear Gray Jeans

It's time I come clean about my latest style obsession: I'm in love with gray jeans. They're a great "starter color" for anyone who is thinking about diving into the world of colored jeans. Gray goes with pretty much everything, and they're totally age-appropriate for everyone! ...more

The Lessons an Unplanned Pregnancy Taught Me

I had everything under control, and then my pregnancy test turned positive. I was 21 years old. It’s a situation that virtually every woman has imagined herself in or avoided being in countless times over, so it’s probably easy to empathize with. Imagine being two months out of college, unmarried, no health insurance, no savings and a packed schedule of job interviews. You’re standing alone in the bathroom, and the positive pregnancy test your mother urged you to buy is lying on the sink. ...more

DIY Scrapbooking Paper Projects That Have Nothing To Do With Scrapbooking

I'm a scrapper and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Have you taken a gander at scrapbooking paper and accessories recently? Ya, I know I was surprised at the hip super cuteness myself. The best thing about all the fun paper, wood chips, badges, and bling is that they don't have to be used in a scrapbook. Even if you have no interest in genealogy, that does not mean you won't enjoy these clever projects using scrapbook paper. ...more
Super cute ideas, and I always have a ton of paper around. Thanksmore

Food

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It's National Chili Day: Celebrate With a REAL Texas Recipe!

How long has it been since you've had a big, thick steaming bowl of REAL Texas chili? Well, that's too long. Here's an easy recipe for the real thing for National Chili Day today!...more
CookingwithBrittany Thanks so much. Chuck roast is perfect... doesn't it make a big difference ...more

The Ultimate Money-Saving Tip for Your Gluten-Free Diet

Some feel P.F. Chang's is discriminating against individuals with celiac disease because they charge $1 more per menu item that is prepared gluten-free. Here's what I think about the cost of GF food and the best way to save money....more
Great article! My husband has been gluten free for 35 years - his whole life - after being ...more

No-Fail Lunch Winner: Baked Tarragon Chicken Salad

I can always eat chicken salad. I find myself making a special trip to the market at lunchtime on many days, to stand in front of the deli counter case, waiting on someone to magically appear and fill up a tiny little plastic tub of chicken salad. Screw that! I'm making my own homemade chicken salad....more

Family

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The Lessons an Unplanned Pregnancy Taught Me

I had everything under control, and then my pregnancy test turned positive. I was 21 years old. It’s a situation that virtually every woman has imagined herself in or avoided being in countless times over, so it’s probably easy to empathize with. Imagine being two months out of college, unmarried, no health insurance, no savings and a packed schedule of job interviews. You’re standing alone in the bathroom, and the positive pregnancy test your mother urged you to buy is lying on the sink. ...more

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. ...more

The 10 Most Embarrassing Aspects of Pregnancy

As women, many of us pride ourselves in our composure, femininity, and grace. I like being the woman of my husband’s life. In his mind, I do not pass gas, I am patient and kind, smart and quick witted. I am his wife and his best friend. We are equals. However, when pregnancy enters the picture, all that flies out the window. ...more

Style

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The 5 Cutest Ways to Wear Gray Jeans

It's time I come clean about my latest style obsession: I'm in love with gray jeans. They're a great "starter color" for anyone who is thinking about diving into the world of colored jeans. Gray goes with pretty much everything, and they're totally age-appropriate for everyone! ...more

How to Display and Organize Your Jewelry

Here is a post that covers organizing, storage, and decorating all in one. ...more

How to Make a DIY Peter Pan Embellished Detachable Collar

Have you ever seen something in fashion magazines and are just sticker-shocked? I think I am CONSTANTLY. As an engineer, I am always curious about how things are made ... and as a cheap-O, I am always curious if I can do it myself for less....more

Love & Sex

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The 20 Worst Pick-Up Lines Of All Time

Pick-up lines are hard: At worst, they can be mortifying, offensive and creepy; at best, pity-inducing. Yet men still persist in using them for whatever reason. Unless you really know what you’re doing, don’t try to use any of these corny and really stupid, pickup lines.20 -That dress would look great on the floor next to my bed.This line is most used when a guy is looking for a booty call.19- Save water. Shower with me.Again, another line guys use for a booty call.18- Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?...more
Ladies be happy you are still at an age that men are handing you pick up lines!  As an ...more

What's the Deal With "Steak And Blow Job Day"?

When I first heard about "Steak and Blow Job Day," I cracked up laughing. My husband of seven months insisted that this "holiday," celebrated on March 14, was a day for men to be treated special. He said that I had to cook him a steak and give him a blow job to show him my appreciation. Since these were two things I did regularly, I shrugged him off; what made March 14th any different? He then asked, "Well don't you want extra special things on Valentine's Day? Don't I get you flowers all the time?" I had to admit that he had a point, so I humored him and looked online for more information because I wasn't convinced he wasn't pulling my chain. ...more
Uh..oh, my husband is on the Internet ALL the time sharing selfies, (lol), so I'm definitely in ...more

Online Dating: I'm Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

When I was growing up, whenever there was an obligatory occasion like a wedding or a bar mitzvah, we'd all pile into the car and my father, God rest his soul, would say, "Let's get this good time over with." I've thought of that before each of the gazillion dates I've been on since I divorced five years ago (and I use the word “dates” very loosely). It's exactly the way I feel about meeting and greeting my potential Prince Charmings. ...more

DIY

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DIY Scrapbooking Paper Projects That Have Nothing To Do With Scrapbooking

I'm a scrapper and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Have you taken a gander at scrapbooking paper and accessories recently? Ya, I know I was surprised at the hip super cuteness myself. The best thing about all the fun paper, wood chips, badges, and bling is that they don't have to be used in a scrapbook. Even if you have no interest in genealogy, that does not mean you won't enjoy these clever projects using scrapbook paper. ...more
Super cute ideas, and I always have a ton of paper around. Thanksmore

How to Display and Organize Your Jewelry

Here is a post that covers organizing, storage, and decorating all in one. ...more

How to Make a DIY Peter Pan Embellished Detachable Collar

Have you ever seen something in fashion magazines and are just sticker-shocked? I think I am CONSTANTLY. As an engineer, I am always curious about how things are made ... and as a cheap-O, I am always curious if I can do it myself for less....more

Blogging & Social Media

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How I Went From Hating Selfies to Loving Them

Today I'm going to address the selfie movement. I will be the first to admit that I used to hate the selfie. I would make fun of those who posted selfie after selfie. I bought into those articles that said people who took selfies suffered from narcissism or a mental disorder. Before you hate on my (past) selfie-hating self (wow, that was a mouthful), I'm happy to report that not only do I no longer hate them, but I actually take them. So how did I go from hating on selfies to partaking? ...more
I would love to feel more confident and I do dress up with the fancy flats and my "good jeans" ...more

Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use

Image: Copyright, Shutterstock. The best part of having a blog is being a part of the greater blog community. And to be a good member of your community, it's important that you don't violate the copyright of other members of your community. ...more

How to Use Google Analytics to Grow Your Blog

Have you ever tried to check your blog stats and gotten overwhelmed with all the information and unfamiliar terms? Google Analytics can be seriously overwhelming. Today I’m going to walk you through some of the basics of Google Analytics (GA) and explain some of the confusing terms so you can track the growth on your blog! ...more
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News & Politics

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How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. ...more

The Paradox of the Outspoken Woman & Why She Bothers Men

I am an outspoken woman. I'm outspoken in real life, and I'm outspoken on the Internet. I don't shy away from a debate. I have Opinions, big ones, on anything from TV shows to social justice. I like discussions, and I am happy to sit down and go through a subject with a fine-tooth comb to pick out nuances and discuss them with like-minded folks. For me, the Internet has been great for allowing me to find and learn from all kinds of people. But there's another side to it....more
This is a great article, I can definitely relate to how you feel. Though, I have to say that ...more

How The Academy Awards Lived Up To The #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag

After winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as a single mother in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette said one of the boldest feminist statements I've ever heard at the Oscars. But her comments afterward, along with so many other elements of the show, left a lot of people shaking our heads....more
GREAT wrap-up Grace. BOOM: "I'm more concerned that casual remarks at high-profile events like ...more