5 Important Life Lessons from 'My Big Fat Fabulous Life'

One of my recent guilty pleasures is the TLC show My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The show follows the life of Whitney Thore, a self-proclaimed 'fat ass and bad ass'. I admire Whitney for being comfortable in her body and truly wish I could have the same attitude about mine. While being inspired by her story and her attitude as portrayed on the show, it dawned on me that how she lives her life can be applied to my writing as well. As a matter of fact, anyone who's pursuing a passion can apply these same 5 lessons from Whitney, regardless of what that passion is. ...more
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You're Invited: SheKnows Media and PRI Announce News Incubator #womenslives

Hi everyone: I'm excited to announce—and to invite you to join—the #womenslives initiative, a media partnership between Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows Media, BlogHer's parent company....more
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The 15 Best WordPress Plugins for Newbie Bloggers

Are you just starting out on WordPress.org and not sure which of the 35,555+ plugs to install? Don't worry, you aren't the only person thinking this because I was thinking the exact same thing when I first started. Here are my top 15 WordPress plugins that I have found useful and most beneficial to the UI and flow of my website. ...more
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8 Easy Tips to Balance Parenting and Blogging

I have been known to spend too much time on the computer. The phrase my husband tells me is "unplug yourself." But it's important for bloggers to spend time with their family. It is easy to get swallowed up by your blog and all the work it takes. I sometimes consider it job. I sometimes would rather be at home trying to make money by working on the blog instead of being at work. Coworkers do not always understand what I am talking about when I talk about my blog. Maybe only other bloggers can understand blog talk. So this is how I structure my post-work blogging time. ...more
I ignore my kid a lot. He is pretty self sufficient though.more

How to Make a WordPress Child Theme in 11 Easy Steps

Recently I was caught between a rock and a hard place. I either had to accept the security risks of using an out-of-date WordPress theme, or I had to figure out whole child theme puzzlement so that I didn't lose the customizations I'd made to the parent theme (Twenty Fourteen theme, in my case). ...more
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Parenting In a Digital Age: Great Advice From a Millennial Mom

The summer before sixth grade, I got a new Tamagotchi and my very first screen name. I was now Petunia886, and as often as I could (or the phone lines would allow), I instant-messaged friends like GotMilk554, tinkered around with my Angelfire HTML coding and wasted hours searching for the perfect blinking .gif image to capture the ~*BFF-ness*~ of my friendships. ...more

Make Something With February's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more
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Announcing BlogHer Food '15 and the Call for Ideas

Today we are excited to announce the BlogHer Food '15: Experts Among Us conference! ...more
I'm very happy that BlogHer Food will be in my hometown Chicago this year and in November.  I ...more

Why Canva Is an Incredible Tool for Adding Text to Graphics

By now you know one of the best ways to hook a reader is by pairing your amazing content with amazing graphics. One way to create those graphics is by adding text to your images. But how do you do that without expensive software or online membership fees? My go-to solution is Canva....more
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