The Gifts You Should Be Giving This Graduation Season

Listen. I know everyone under their mother is going to want to run to the nearest Hallmark store and grab a Precious Moments ceramic doll with a copy of Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss this graduation season, but I'm here to scream a resounding, "NO!" ...more
Slapdash Diaries Exactly and RIGHT!? About those slip-ons? Seriously cute.more

7 Tips to Nail Your Own Headshot

In this age of social media and blogging, everyone should have at least one great headshot. Throw it on your blog, your Facebook account, your Twitter avatar, your LinkedIn profile: anywhere people want to connect a face to the name. ...more
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Even After Two Divorces, It Was Just a Break-Up That Changed Everything

We sat in my living room as we had dozens of times in the nearly six months we’d been together. He was smiling, the same smile I adored from the moment I first saw it on the lips I never wanted to stop kissing, the lips I loved watching as he talked....more
Good for you, Vicki!  Isn't that just the most liberating thing ever!  One of the greatest joys ...more

How to Help Your Hurting Child (When Everything Isn't Going To Be Okay)

My 11-year-old daughter looks like she just lost her best friend. Probably because in a way, she has....more
fushmush Thank you so much! I only wish you might not have need of it in the future.more

Why I Ask Lots of Questions And Think You Should, Too

Have you ever had a group email come in and know someone is going to have a question? And then five minutes later BOOM! There's that question. Hi! That's me. I ask a lot of questions and I think you should, too. ...more
I'm so glad that experience didn't stop you from asking questions in the future! - Denisemore

My Period and Me

At the school bus stop, in fourth grade, Julie Hoff asks me, "Do you know what menstruation is?" I want badly to impress her because she's older by two years and she's pretty, but I also don't want to say anything dumb, so I just shake my head. ...more

5 Essential Tips to Keep You Focused While Writing

This is the thing I say to myself most often: "Stop getting sidetracked and just write." As a blogger, I know that there are so many traps to suck up my time. It is really hard to avoid some of those tricky situations that often sideline my writing. ...more
Blonde with a Silver Lining  Yeah, I've been at this for 5 years and it's amazing that I am ...more

Fancy and Handsome: What We're Wearing to #BlogHer15

"Put your tie on, Mommy! It's so handsome!" she yells from her room. Even though I just picked up, there are clothes all over the floor. Again. There are always clothes on the floor. Dresses, skirts that twirl, and there should be one pair of shorts in that pile somewhere, but we can never find that one approved pair of shorts. Her clothes don't look like mine. She's six. She's so fancy....more
Tell Fancy a Meemaw in Kansas hopes we run into each other. :-)more

I Miss My 'Sex and the City' Days

The days, weeks and months after my husband left me were the worst time of my life. At age 58, after 18 years of marriage, I couldn't imagine a future without him. Therapy didn't help. Neither did Prozac. For me, only one thing could lift my spirits—"Sex and the City." The HBO series transported me back to the life I lived before I got married in the first place. Watching Carrie and the girls allowed me to imagine I was single and in my thirties again, on the loose in New York, hanging out with my friends. ...more

The Older We Are, The More Confident We Feel?

When I was younger, if you were a female of my current age who dressed sexily and seductively, in super-low-cut outfits and "f-me" stilettos, with a theatrical amount of makeup on your face, I would have totally wanted to be your friend. I would have found you daring and exciting, someone whose orbit I wanted to be in. I imagined you as being confident and bold, so much fun to be around, a woman—a feminist, I hoped—secure enough to dress as you wanted. "Co-opting the male gaze," so to speak. ...more
Oh my...talk about saying what I am thinking!!!  I am so over caring about what folks opinion of ...more