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  • Women’s Health Magazines Lie to You

    The 8 Women Dream Project
    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My fitness dream takes a lot of studying. As fellow dreamers, you understand the constant focus that achieving your dream takes. There will be some research along the way. Sometimes you run across something in a women’s health magazine that pisses you off. I subscribe to several magazines monthly in actual paper form. Wired, Fast […] Related Posts: 4 Tips for Fitness Motivation Through the Holidays Fitness Challenge Video: Tone Your Arms Dream Fitness Advice From Around the Web Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths Warning: Dream Fitness May Include Weight Gain With Exercise The post…
  • Banks, Money, and the Expanding Women's Market

    amy cross
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Fri July 11, 2014 Banks, Money, and the Expanding Women's Market By Amy-Willard Cross The king may be in the counting house counting all his money, but these days, the queen is too. And some banks around the world have realized the power of the women’s market. Rebeccca Ruf is with The Global Banking Alliance for Women, an organization of 39 financial institutions driving women's wealth creation. Ruf says, "Even though there are a lot of different initiatives—there is a lot going on around employees, getting women mentored, all of these women’s networks; there is a lot of…
  • When Women Feel Better, Our Economy will Do Better

    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online
    Erin Kennedy
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Display Title:  When Women Feel Better, Our Economy will Do Better Subtitle:  Women don’t feel well. You may read that and think, “But I feel fine.” If you do, you're one of the lucky few. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/when-women-feel-better-our-economy-will... Align:  right Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • Are Breast Implants “Absolutely Safe”? OBOS Keeps Focus on Health Risks

    Our Bodies Ourselves
    Judy Norsigian
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    As New York subway riders know, advertising for breast augmentation is on the rise, with more explicit imagery than ever before. These ads are obviously good at attracting attention, but not so much when it comes to providing information. They never describe the risks, nor do they acknowledge the potential complications that can arise from breast implants. For all the facts, read this updated and expanded article that addresses the known risks and answers such as questions as what happens when breast implants break, do breast implants make women sick, and what if I need to get my…
  • Relational Skills: The Secret Sauce for Business Leadership

    Learned On by Andrea Learned
    Andrea Learned
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing “it” to the table, what “it” is has yet to be been given its full due. What I’m talking about are relational skills and traits. Things like practicing empathy and understanding communications nuances are the secret sauce for business leadership success. But, while these have long been typed as “women’s ways”…
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    A.R. & Proud

  • It's Always Nice To Be Thanked

    Lia Hollander
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    At the end of the last semester one of my very sweet students gave me this:and this:While all of my students thank me at the end of each class, it did feel nice to get an extra thanks at the end of the semester.Is there someone you are thankful for? Saying thank you may just make their day.
  • Get Back To It

    Lia Hollander
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Have I really not blogged for two months? Well, time flies when you are having fun. Let's see, since we talked last I have:* been to Madrid, Spain for a great family vacation* taught American English pronunciation for 7 hours a week at Clark College for 6 weeks* got hit by a car while driving my car* went to numerous doctor's appointments to find out what is now wrong with my shoulder* learned that a frozen water bottle feels great when held against my painful rotator cuff (shoulder)I've also read some books, watched way too much TV and spend time outdoors. The English program I followed for…
  • Use It Or Lose It

    Lia Hollander
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    My Spanish class in high school put together a special year book. Here is my page from it.I wrote this 22 years ago, and have no idea what it says. I had to look up some of the words in a Spanish dictionary. Why? Because I don't use Spanish every day and therefore I have lost a lot of what I learned. So, when you learn a new language, you'd better use it or you will lose it!
  • Love Your Butt

    Lia Hollander
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    March is ... well, was Colon Cancer month here in the United States. The Colon Cancer Foundation was showing a video to promote medical screening. But I see it as a video with 15 different ways to say butt!1. booty2. bottom3. derriere (French)4. tuchus5. bum6. behind7. tushy8. caboose9. keister10. rump11. buns12. patooty13. fanny14. money maker15. gluteus maximusYes, there are many more words to say butt. And yes, there is one that is used quite a lot. (It rhymes with grass.) But it can't be said on certain American television channels, so it was not included.
  • Say Thank You

    Lia Hollander
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    I recently send this email to Judy Gilbert, author of Clear Speech and Clear Speech from the Start. And because I love teachable moments, I wanted to post it so you could see an example of an actual email sent from one American to another. We don't know each other, so it is more formal than an email I would write to a friend. ---------------------------Dear Ms. Gilbert, (I don't know her marital situation, so I am using Ms.)I have been teaching ESL/EFL for a year. My TESOL certification program did not teach me anything about pronunciation. But I have had many students complain that…
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  • Savoring the Joys of Summer Eating

    Mireille Guilliano
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    © Shutterstock Bestselling author Mireille Guiliano offers up a delectable recipe concocted from her favorite seasonal fruits. Now is the season of summer produce markets and local fruits and vegetables. They are tastier than supermarket or out-of-season varieties, so you can eat less and enjoy more — surely good for one’s health! Additionally, they are good for the local economy and environment (less transportation by-products). I was shopping recently at an organic or “bio” market in the South of France and was taken aback by avocados from South Africa alongside local melons…
  • Liza Donnelly’s Cartoon of the Week: The Best Thing About Summer?

    Liza Donnelly
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Liza Donnelly, noted cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the editor, with her husband, Michael Maslin, of the book Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony by The New Yorker’s
  • Smartphones: The New Health and Fitness Tool

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Smartphones Rising in Fitness Unless your television has been turned off, it’s been difficult to avoid Apple’s latest commercial with a retro marching tune and lyrics “Go, you chicken fat, go.”  The catchy tune was written to kick-off President Kennedy’s debut of the Presidential Fitness Program in 1961. Fast forward to 2014 where fitness is still a challenge and smartphones have replaced tracking calories and weight by paper.  A look at the App Store shows thousands of apps in the Health & Fitness category.  From tracking your weight, counting calories,…
  • Meet the woman who made flying sexy

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Mary Wells Lawrence, wowOwow’s co-founder, and ‘Gypsy’, is featured in this fabulous article by Michael Kane in the New York Post.  What a genius! She was the real-life Peggy of “Mad Men,” the Queen of Madison Avenue, the woman who turned staid, safe airline advertising into “Coffee, tea or me?” Before Mary Wells Lawrence, typical ads for Pan Am or Continental simply displayed a 707. At the outset of commercial air travel, circa 1958, the jet itself was the exciting and exotic hook. Read More at NY Post
  • Bring Back Our Girls

    9 May 2014 | 11:53 am
    #BringBackOurGirls We stand with those who say #BringBackOurGirls. Bring Back Our Girls movement Weeks after the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, worried families and supporters have blamed the government for not doing enough to find them. Their cries have spread worldwide on social media under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. From regular people to celebrities, here are some of … Read More at CNN #BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls — Twitter (@WhoopiGoldberg)…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

    Andrea Learned
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    The following article, which originally published March 21, 2013 in Puget Sound Business Journal has been updated a bit. Conversations and articles abound on the power of social media. Many of those newer to the practice marvel about how something tweeted with a hashtag specific to an industry, for example, could have the potential to be seen by so many people. Often the business decision is made, on that point alone, to jump onto the two most familiar networks, Twitter and Facebook. Then comes the disappointment, and the myth busting truth: if you’ve got no existing “social”…
  • Relational Skills: The Secret Sauce for Business Leadership

    Andrea Learned
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing “it” to the table, what “it” is has yet to be been given its full due. What I’m talking about are relational skills and traits. Things like practicing empathy and understanding communications nuances are the secret sauce for business leadership success. But, while these have long been typed as “women’s ways”…
  • On Making Ethical Business Decisions: My Guardian Post

    Andrea Learned
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    If we knew what kept people from making values-based decisions in business situations in the first place, we could surely create the conditions that support increasing corporate social responsibility. So, what’s stopping us? A recent NPR story about UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business research conducted by Professor Laura Kray (studying behavior of MBA students) showed that men make less ethical business decisions than women. Needless to say, this made me wonder. As I wrote in my May 15, 2014, piece in The Guardian (Do women have stronger ethical business principles than men?): If the…
  • Profiles in Sustainability Leadership

    Andrea Learned
    17 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot more attention paid to women in CSR and sustainability. Needless to say, I’m all for it, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons. While I do have a deep marketing to women background (I co-authored a book on the topic), it isn’t so much that I celebrate the recognition for women. It’s more that I celebrate the stories of people demonstrating the universal leadership traits that seem especially critical in today’s economy. The various collections of stories about these women do something very important: they “norm-alize” a…
  • Social Media for Professional Development: The Next Wave

    Andrea Learned
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
      Knowing that social media integration is crucial for your company and knowing how much can be gained when individual leaders learn to comfortably engage with it are two different things. I’ve only recently come to understand the distinction, and particularly in relation to business-to-business (B2B) purposes. Social media engagement – as professional development – is the next wave in leadership. My own enlightenment came about during a lively phone conversation with a higher education leader who had challenged me to help her see why she should make time for writing blog…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Modern Day Slave Plantation Exists, and It’s Thriving in the Heart of America

    Kirstin Kelley
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Laura Dimon, Policy Mic - USA - It was 1972. Thousands of American troops were battling communist forces in Vietnam. Nixon had won re-election by a landslide, but Watergate would soon usher in his demise. Space travel and technology were advancing rapidly. Change was brewing across America, but one place stood still, frozen in time: Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola. When Robert King arrived that year, he felt as though he’d stepped into the past. Read More »
  • Call to end FGM ‘in this generation’

    BBC News - Home
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Parents face prosecution in the UK if they fail to prevent daughters undergoing female genital mutilation or forced marriage, under new measures.
  • Jakarta governor wins Indonesian election

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Election commission declares Joko Widodo as next president but main rival Prabowo Subianto calls election 'unfair'.
  • IAEA worried about slow progress in Iran nuclear probe: sources

    Reuters: World News
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog is concerned about Iran's current lack of engagement with an investigation into its suspected atomic bomb research, ahead of a deadline next month for Tehran to step up cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
  • Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim government

    Reuters: World News
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its "interim government" and form a new one within a month.
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan

    Erin Kennedy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Display Title:  11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan Subtitle:  Here are 11 incredible and indulgent vegan recipes. They may even have you considering becoming vegan. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/community/share/11-delicious-recipes-you-wont-believe-ar... Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Tune in to Michelle King Robson and Deepak Chopra Interview

    Erin Kennedy
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Display Title:  Tune in to Michelle King Robson and Deepak Chopra Interview Subtitle:  You won't want to miss this inspiring interview! Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Find Out More URL:  http://www.empowher.com/community/share/tune-my-interview-deepak-chopra Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Encouraging news for 60 Million people dating with Herpes.

    Amy Joyice
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The facts about Herpes: I was amazed to find out that 60 million Americans have Genital herpes! For such a common condition Herpes carries a lot of stigma, which I think is way out of proportion to read more
  • When Women Feel Better, Our Economy will Do Better

    Erin Kennedy
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Display Title:  When Women Feel Better, Our Economy will Do Better Subtitle:  Women don’t feel well. You may read that and think, “But I feel fine.” If you do, you're one of the lucky few. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/when-women-feel-better-our-economy-will... Align:  right Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • Every Woman Should Know about Dating with Herpes

    Amy Joyice
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Dating with herpes can be challenging, no doubt, but there are some key things you should know before you go out there searching for a mate. read more
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Is Your Website Set Up To Grab Clients?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Danielle Buffardi In this digitally-driven world, it’s imperative to have an eye-catching website. Unfortunately not every company has one of those, and if you’ve ever come across one – I bet you remember your experience with it quite clearly. Either it was set up to busily, or you couldn’t find what it was you […]
  • Interview with Carly Fauth — Head of Marketing for Money Crashers

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us about Money Crashers and your functions as head of marketing. Money Crashers is a personal finance website. It’s goal is to educate its readers and followers on ways to better manage money, including articles on saving for retirement, investing, cutting monthly bills, and budgeting, among many other topics. I’m responsible for all general […]
  • My Top 5 Business Blunders

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson When I started a new business after spending 17 years in direct sales, I thought I knew the keys to success, being self-motivated, having passion, and being willing to take risks as well as the importance of setting goals. Yet in retrospect, there was so much more I wish I had known. […]
  • 5 Tips to Make Social Media Marketing More Efficient

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Jess Weddle Social media marketing is practically a requirement for today’s work-at-home woman … but it’s also a giant time-suck. Don’t lie – you know you’ve logged onto Facebook to do a quick work update and ended up spending an hour scrolling through your news feed and commenting on your friends’ pics. There’s nothing wrong […]
  • 5 Tips for Getting Your Product Featured in a National Gift Guide

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dawn Berryman More than likely you are overloaded with pool parties, play dates, back-to-school shopping, and vacation planning. July is the heart of summer. So, why should you be thinking about the holidays now? Christmas in July isn’t just a marketing ploy to get you to spend money now, during a down-time in the […]
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    Women's Voices For Change

  • Farewell to James Garner, with an Iconoclastic Comment About Elaine Stritch

    Women's Voices For Change
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Garner’s Maverick was sly. Bruce Weber, writing in “The New York Times,” said, “You rooted for him because he was on the right side of moral issues, he had a natural affinity for the little guy being pushed by the bully and he was more fun than anyone else.” And . . . he was a hunk. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Appalachian Voices: Power to the People!

    Deborah Harkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Deborah Harkins This, I guessed, was a small band of activists who had grit and optimism, given that they’re fighting so massive an opponent—the entrenched, politically powerful coal industry. I found myself wondering, “Who ARE those guys?” [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

    Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Poetry Sunday: Summer Worship with the Godmother of American Poetry

    Women's Voices For Change
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Might you make time for poetry this summer? Is there any way to read Ms. Dickinson’s poem here and say no? [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Roz Reviews: ‘Tender Is the Brisket’

    Roz Warren
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Roz Warren Stacia Friedman, who has worked in the film industry, knows how to put a scene together, keep it moving, and keep the laughs coming. But her wit carries insight. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a […] The post Session Six: On Guilt and Helping appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday),

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It cannot be true. I double-checked the calendar to make sure I’m not off a year and I’m dumbfounded to find I’m not. You, my youngest, spunkiest, rascally-est child are six years old today. I think I mention this each year but some things are just worth repeating – repeatedly. I need to shoot straight […] The post Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday), appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Session Five: Quiet Companionship and Admitting When You’re Wrong

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My husband has a “shed” where he keeps his computer, exercise equipment, and any other “dude” thing he owns – complete with the head of an eight-point buck mounted to the wall. Truthfully, this “shed” is a man-cave – and it’s not a “shed.” It’s a detached addition to the house. I have a love-hate […] The post Session Five: Quiet Companionship and Admitting When You’re Wrong appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
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    Diva Marketing (Blog)

  • Beyond The Ink Smudge To Digital Relevancy

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Always in motion is the future”– Yoda She was the daughter. That meant she was a second generation newspaper publisher. Diane Everson, publisher of The Edgerton Reporter in Edgerton, WI wasn’t the only one whose newspaper spanned generations at the 2014 Inland Press Mobile and Social Solutions Conference last month. In the room, where I had the pleasure of talking about social media in newspapers, were people who had a passion for their papers and their industry. As I quickly learned, running a weekly or small community newspaper is not unlike owning a small business. Except ...
  • Second Screen TV - Research

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Picture this. It's been a stressful week and you're looking forward to a night of vegging out. The telly goes on and perhaps there is an adult beverage or two nearby. It's a scene played-out in many homes for nearly 70 years. Over the past few years a there have been a few changes in How we watch TV. On goes the TV set, you flip open your tablet and smart phone ready to watch. Only now you can chat with your friends about the show, play a few Walking Dead games and perhaps even buy that cute dress one of the actresses is wearing. Welcome to Second Screen TV and SocialTV. . A couple of weeks…
  • Fourth of July - Peachtree "Community" Road Race

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    In the wee hours of the morning traffic challenged Peachtree Street in Buckhead (Atlanta) experiences a few quiet hours before the mad rush hour/s begin. But not on the Fourth of July. Today the 45th Peachtree Road Race brought out more than 250,000 (60k official runners) people who woke up the city to take part in the world's largest 10K race. Unlike it’s cousin the Boston Marathon, The Peachtree, as it's fondly called, is not just a race for runners or even joggers. It’s a community experience where generations of family and friends often walk together to celebrate life. Even for the…
  • 7 Tips To Rockin' Facebook Engagement A La Frank Somerville

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    During my time heading social media at Cox Media Group I had the pleasure of working with some great folks. There was a special journalist, from California Bay Area KTVU, that was an inspiration when it came to understanding the importance of social media, how to build community and the critical nature of engagement ... especially on Facebook. Frank Somerville, main news anchor, topped 100K Facebook Likes; in fact as of this moment he has 120,059k Likes. As anyone who has built out a social network page can tell you this is no small feat. However, as we also have come to understand, Likes…
  • Social Share Shopping Dance

    8 May 2014 | 9:07 am
    The interweb and smart phones forever changed how we buy, what we buy, where we buy .. and who we take along on our shopping adventures. What makes social shopping work is something so simple but at the same time it’s often a challenge for brands to achieve. The Social Share. Sounds like the next viral video dance! One of the new ways to shop is taking your virtual entourage along. Your friends can be part of your shopping experience for seconds, a la SnapChat, or participate in in-depth discussions in Google Hangouts. For some folks social shopping is an amazing adventure. Still don't know…
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    Stirrup Queens

  • Going Rate for the Tooth Fairy

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    The Tooth Fairy allowed the ChickieNob to keep the tooth she lost at the White House.  You know, because it’s special.  Normally the Tooth Fairy snatches those suckers up: if you want the cash, you need to relinquish the tooth.  But the Tooth Fairy understood that this one had sentimental value. The ChickieNob has no […]
  • What My Child Lost at the White House

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    So, the kids went to cover the Kids’ State Dinner again at the White House on Friday.  (Click on that link to read their article!)  It’s obviously a mind-blowing, wonderful event that makes you want to go home and eat a salad. And then there was this. We were sitting in the press pen, waiting […]
  • 503rd Friday Blog Roundup (and the 8th Anniversary!)

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    So this is it. The 8th anniversary of the Roundup. 8 years, 403 posts, about 1600 posts highlighted. ******* Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email BUT, it is also an opportunity to point you towards a post that Keiko sent me. It’s a checklist every […]
  • The She Said/She Said of the Mockingbird Next Door

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    Until the brouhaha bubbled up to the surface, I wanted to read the new book by Marja Mills called The Mockingbird Next Door about living next to Harper Lee.  The journalist rented the house next door to Lee and formed a friendship with the author and her sister, Alice.  She claims that she had their […]
  • The Secret Trip

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The twins are in a computer programming club — think Girl Scouts but for engineering and coding — that I attend as well.  The ChickieNob was sharing a computer with a girl recently, and they were waiting for a dad to come by and help them with their wifi connection.  The girl tilted the top […]
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    Feminist Majority Foundation BlogFeminist Newswire | Feminist Majority Foundation Blog

  • Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. via Nancy Pelosi “For more than two centuries, we have strived, often at great cost, to form ‘a more perfect union’ – to make sure that ‘we, the people’ applies to all the people,” President Obama remarked before signing the order. “Many of us are only here because others fought to secure rights and opportunities for us. And we’ve got a responsibility to do the same for future generations.
  • Louisiana’s Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana. The Feminist Majority Foundation, in collaboration with the New Orleans Abortion Fund and the National Abortion Federation, has been on-site coordinating volunteers. Edwith Theogene, Feminist Majority Foundation National Clinic Access Project Organizer (left), pictured with pro-choice volunteers this past weekend. The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue…
  • New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees. via Shutterstock The clarification is a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell. The decision allows closely held, for-profit corporations to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for contraception - a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - if the corporation’s owners claim that providing coverage would violate a sincerely held religious belief. The clarification is…
  • Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were “medically necessary” and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid. via Shutterstock The law, SB 49, gives doctors a strict list of 21 reasons someone on Medicaid would qualify for a “medically necessary abortion,” pulling language from a 2001 decision by the state’s Supreme Court which declared that Alaska was required to cover abortion care for women in the Medicaid program when their physicians found them “medically necessary.”…
  • Research Analysis Finds Covering Contraception is Good for Business

    Feminist Newswire
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In a new round-up of private sector and public sector research, Guttmacher Institute dispels the myths surrounding the cost to businesses of insurance coverage for contraception. “Providing comprehensive coverage of contraceptive methods and services is not only sound public health policy,” Guttmacher states, “but also a savvy business decision.” via Shutterstock Guttmacher counters claims that covering contraception costs corporations. The evidence strongly suggests that the cost of covering all methods of contraception is outweighed by the savings accrued from…
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    Joy Unexpected

  • A Moment in a Marriage as Old as Dirt

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    He walked into the kitchen while I was finishing up the dishes. This Old Love by Lior came on. “This song reminds me of us.” I said as he walked past me. He had never heard the song. I walked over to him, wrapped my arms around his neck and looked up at him. I begin singing along while looking at his sweet face. “We’ll grow old together We’ll grow old together This old love will never This old love will never die” He smiled, buried his head into my neck. We stood there, slow dancing in the living room. I held him tighter as we swayed back and forth in time…
  • Choco’s Ride. Don’t Hate.

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    My husband decided to pimp out Gabby’s wagon so she could give her dog a ride in some shaded style. This was the result.
  • I’ve Still Got It!

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    I was in the kitchen roasting tomatoes and peppers to prepare fresh salsa for dinner. Gabriella and Tony were sitting at the kitchen table playing a game of Slap Jack. While I was roasting away, I heard the following Gabby: Come on Dad! Let’s go! Tony: Hold on. I want to look at your mama. She’s so pretty. Gabby: Okay, but please stop looking at her like she’s SUPER smokin’. *She turns to look at me* Gabby: Don’t get me wrong, Mommy. I think you’re pretty. But dad is looking at you like he’s about to drool! Twenty four years later and he still looks…
  • A Different Kind of Before and After

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    When you lose weight, especially a significant amount of weight, people love to tell you how! amazing! you! look! omg! It’s nice to hear because losing a significant amount of weight is not easy to do and it’s nice to be recognized for hard work, yes? But, if you should happen to stop losing weight and gain weight back, it’s hard to NOT feel ashamed and or embarrassed. Here’s the thing… EFF SHAME. EFF IT RIGHT IN THE UGLY FACE. In the past year, I had a traumatic friendship break-up, lost my job and a huge portion of our household income, injured my knee and then…
  • *Insert Inspirational Title Here*

    29 May 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Last year at this time, I was well into a year of doing boot camp. I was fit, I was strong, I was running, I was feeling and looking great. Then I lost my job. Then I injured my knee. Then I had to quit boot camp because I could no longer afford it. Then I injured my neck and my shoulder. Then I got depressed and I ate a lot of things that are unhealthy because they gave me temporary (false) comfort. Then I gained weight. Then I was overwhelmed with shame and regret. Then I finally made an appointment with my endocrinologist and cried in her office because I was back up to 197 pound and was…
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  • Blog Note

    Melissa McEwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    I'm taking a few days off. See you soon.
  • Open Thread

    Melissa McEwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by onomatopoeia.
  • Question of the Day

    Melissa McEwan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker BlueJean: "What's your most memorable scene from a movie from the past ten years? Not your favorite movie, necessarily, but the scene that comes to your mind most often."
  • Photo of the Day

    Melissa McEwan
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Jon Swaine:When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come.They offer residents whose supply has just been shut off a tempting deal. For $20, they will use their tools to turn the water main back on immediately, and illegally, sparing the household the agonising days spent without showering, cooking or flushing that have already been endured by at least 16,000 of their neighbours so far this year.It is only the most desperate action being taken in response to the beleaguered city's aggressive…
  • Gov. Rick Perry to Deploy National Guard to Border

    Melissa McEwan
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    [Content Note: Anti-immigrationism; racism; militarization.]Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced that he is sending National Guard troops to the US border to stop the inflow of undocumented immigrants, including a large number of children:The governor's office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas....Perry called the troops a "force multiplier" that would help DPS and other law enforcement officials deal with criminal activity by those entering the country illegally.The guard troops…
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  • Economics Tuesday 2: Learning about the Gender Gap in Wages

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This is a topic close to my heart and my brain.  It's also a topic which is almost always subject to a lot of wishful thinking.  Conservatives and anti-feminists argue that women just choose to earn less because they don't want to have risky or dangerous jobs and because they want to be with their babies etc.  Indeed, I frequently read that "everyone knows there's no gender gap in wages at all because men work harder."  On the other side of the political aisle, I frequently read that the whole gross gender gap in earnings is evidence of women not being paid the same for…
  • Research Monday 2: When Studies Are Retracted Or Fail Replication

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    These are important  concerns for those who popularize new studies.  They really should check when studies they have touted end up in the waste paper basket, and they should tell their readers that this was the case.  Otherwise people will remain misinformed.I have covered several examples recently.  Here is one on men's wallets and women's orgasms, and here is a general discussion of the many ways women's ovulation makes them act weirdly.  A specific example of one ovulation study is here.
  • How To Increase The Audience For Women's Sports? Show More Booty? A Re-Post

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:34 pm
    The post is here, with lots and lots of analysis.  It also talks about choice-feminism and what's wrong with the concept.
  • Why You Should Not Move to Scandinavia. A Re-Post.

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I put this one up again because it was popular.  It's a meditation on such questions as what makes countries good places to live in or not.  But it doesn't really address the question why some countries fail, why some governments are nothing but beehives of corruption and why some countries really have no functioning governments at all.
  • Who's Winning The Class Wars?

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Keep in mind that the US doesn't even mention the term "class."  But social classes still exist, and something like a class war is an ongoing project.  As long as the top classes are safely winning we don't hear it called "war," by the way.  Just the way things are.But the recent increases in wealth and income inequality have made the class wars more visible.  I write about the language of the right in this post from last fall. And this is what has been happening about income inequality more recently:  Even the Democrats can't agree whether it's good to talk…
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  • 5 Low-Pressure Ways to Make New Friends

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The best vitamin for making friends: B1. Author unknown Making friends can be difficult as you get older. Between working, taking care of  your children, or just general busywork, it’s hard finding the time to meet new people and make new friends with women your own age. You don’t want to come off as pushy or too excitable about making friends, but you still want to have that camaraderie with your peers. Whether you’re extroverted or introverted, you still have the chance to get out there and make friends in a low-pressure environment. Guest blogger ADRIENNE ERIN shares her girlfriend…
  • Reconnecting with Girlfriends | Guest Post from Allison Foster

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    “Friends are Treasures.” Horace Bruns Do you know the joy of connecting with a long-lost friend? There is something magical about locating and reconnecting with friends you haven’t been in touch with for years. Often, those are friendships that pick right back up wherever they were. They can be comforting in ways that new friendships haven’t yet grown into. They can remind us of who we are, where are roots are, and what is truly important. Guest blogger ALLISON FOSTER shares her story of reaching out and finding old and new friendships. It’s a good reminder for all of us…
  • Girlfriend Advice for When You’re Sad over Happy Things

    Debba Haupert
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss I was talking to a friend last week about a trip she’d taken recently. Actually, it was an event that she and a group of friends had been attending for many, many years. Always the same place, always the same hotel, always the same event with the same core group of girlfriends. She always looked forward to the event with great anticipation – a countdown that started months before the event. She mentioned a very particular, recurring feeling she had each year on the trip home. She described it as a feeling of…
  • Higher Interest Rates … Good or Bad News? Financial Guru Miata Edoga

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin Do you understand about interest rates, financial advice, and the bank’s decisions about money? I have a confession to make: I don’t always follow the financial news. Sometimes all the talk of interest rates and recessions and fiscal crisis and long term debt are completely overwhelming. Do you ever feel that way? That it’s hard to wrap your head around all the finance news? We are so grateful to have Girlfriend Guru MIATA EDOGA write about finances in a way we can understand easily – in a way…
  • 5 Little Friendship Reminders that make a BIG Difference | Be a Better Friend

    Debba Haupert
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely. Pam Brown has it right in her quote above. Friendships can survive droughts of attention, seasons of silence and years of neglect, sometimes – if you’re lucky. The relationship that makes women healthier, happier, less stressed, live longer, and feel more beautiful, needs a little help from time to time. With our busy lives, we often need a little reminder to realize how…
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    Prefers Her Fantasy Life

  • Showers, Beer, and Social Networking--Oh, My

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    In my fantasy life, I dream of having just one normal day.  Just one.While I was in the shower yesterday, reaching for the shampoo I saw this: Being a parent of two college-aged kids, I found this inappropriate on more than one level.  First, Yuengling is a crappy beer.  As an IPA Enthusiast, I thought my kids knew better.  Second, glass in the shower, not so smart.So then I did what any normal mom would do in this situation:  I snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook.When Older Son was in the kitchen making his morning coffee (at 1:30 pm), he told me to remove…
  • Conscious Uncoupling Schmuckeling

    12 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s early in the evening and we’re seated across the table from one another. Our laptops are open, our glasses of Stone IPA, full. For a moment, he lifts his up his Mac and shows me a viral photo on Facebook. We both laugh. In my fantasy life, the man across from me would close his computer. He’d take my hand and gently lead me upstairs. We’d put on some Miles Davis, whisper to one another in the dark, and fall into a deep sleep. There would, of course, be other things in between.But this is how it will be in reality: we’ll close our laptops and go upstairs, he to his room, I…
  • Longing For Those Good Old (Sticky) Days

    16 Jun 2013 | 9:37 am
    Have you seen that scene in Bridesmaids where the mom of three complains about her boys mausterbating all over the house? I love that scene. It's a relief to finally hear someone tell the truth about kids.At 17 and 15 mine are past that sticky blanket phase, but we got other things going on. Daughter convinced me that buying one of those tall cans of Arizona iced tea and getting one free was a good deal.  I'm not really in favor of buying drinks with no nutritional value, except beer, but I agreed.The following day, her younger brother expressed interest in the second can and I told…
  • Micro Brews, Spinach and Ex-husbands

    17 May 2013 | 1:54 pm
    What was I talking about?  Oh yeah, encouraging my kids to eat drugs. Well, here's another subject I get a D- in: Arguing in Front of the Children. As I mentioned, my ex-husband and I still live together.  It's called birdnesting.  The idea is, that since the kids didn't get a divorce, they shouldn't be shuffled from place to place.  With birdnesting, the kids stay in the house, and the parents take turns staying with them.  Only we don't take turns.  Cause we  can't afford it  think it's better for the family.  We each have our…
  • How Not to Talk to Your Teen About Drugs

    11 May 2013 | 6:17 am
    Something is terribly wrong in my household. Instead of me reprimanding my kids for what they say, they reprimand me.  I'm constantly getting, "Mom, you can't mention your love of beer on Facebook.  You're a teacher."  Really?  As if the two aren't part of a symbiotic relationship.I'm also told not to talk to my kids' friends about my politics.  "Please, mom. No lectures about factories in Bangladesh.  Just drive us to the mall."There is no backlash from teens in my fantasy life.Like the other day.  When I was watching a sitcom with all three of them and a…
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    Pink Lemonade

  • Dinner Diva: Fast Food is NOT Food

    Liz Gilbert
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Everyone knows that fast food isn't the healthiest option out there. However, with increasingly hurried lifestyles, it's easy to give in to the temptation to head to your local drive-through and pick up a quick meal. Complicating matters even further, brightly painted playgrounds and characters with friendly faces lure your children to fast food restaurants. And let's not forget those tempting plastic toys.But just how bad is this food? Can you even call it food? In one famous experiment, a New York City artist purchased a happy meal from McDonald's and took photos of it every day. By day…
  • 5 Common Space Bandits

    Liz Gilbert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Seeking less stress and more space? Here are 5 common space bandits that can take your space captive. Rally today, and get that space back! ClothesIf you're like most people, the clothes you wear on a day-to-day basis come from a mere 20 percent of the clothes in your closet. In other words, 80 percent of those clothes are just taking up space and never worn. Go through your closet and remove jeans, sweaters, blouses, skirts, dresses, shoes and coats that you never wear. Donate them today. Your closet will be ready to store any outfits you feel wonderful wearing, and you'll be helping out…
  • 30 Ways to slash your budget

    Liz Gilbert
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    We hear listen to the news every evening... stocks are down, prices are rising... hey, even the government can't make ends meet so we shouldn't feel bad. Having a household budget is so very important - especially in these rough economic times.If you don't already have a budget, it's time to set a realistic one for your household - and stick to it. If you need help setting up that budget, several budget planners can be found at Better Budgeting and, of course Flylady (choose the FACE Control Journal).If you already have a budget, chances are there are some things that can be cut in order to…
  • Playing For Keeps At Any Stage

    Liz Gilbert
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    by Maryanne Comaroto Q: Although I'm not jumping up and down at the prospect of dating online, I do want to get back into the swing of things with regard to finding a mate, and I do know that it makes sense to have a look at all my options. But I'm in my fifties now, feeling like perhaps I'm not as marketable as I was twenty or even ten years ago, and although my hormones are keeping up their end of the bargain, I wonder what kind of men will look at someone like me and see everything I have to offer. Any suggestions for attracting the right mate?A: This can be such a tricky situation, and I…
  • Weight Loss Wednesday - 5 Ways to Keep the Scale Moving

    Coach Jenn
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not much is as frustrating during an exercise program as when your results stop progressing. But it happens to everyone. When it happens to you, the solution isn't as obvious as you may think. While the logical answer is to kick your workouts up a notch, eat cleaner, or eat less, that might be exactly the opposite of what you should to be doing.What is the dreaded plateau?It's part of the body's natural process to hit a plateau because it's always trying to regulate itself. Its regulated state is called homeostasis. Your body is a creature of habit, but it doesn't care whether those habits…
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    Our Bodies Ourselves

  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

    Rachel Walden
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    If you’re a regular reader of U.S. news on reproductive rights, you’ve likely read stories by Robin Marty. A freelance writer and activist, Robin is co-author of “Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health And How We Can Change That,” and her smart writing and analysis has appeared in RH Reality Check, Rolling Stone and Bitch Magazine, among other outlets. Now she has an exciting new project in the works: Clinic Stories. With support from donors — who will become partners in the…
  • Are Breast Implants “Absolutely Safe”? OBOS Keeps Focus on Health Risks

    Judy Norsigian
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    As New York subway riders know, advertising for breast augmentation is on the rise, with more explicit imagery than ever before. These ads are obviously good at attracting attention, but not so much when it comes to providing information. They never describe the risks, nor do they acknowledge the potential complications that can arise from breast implants. For all the facts, read this updated and expanded article that addresses the known risks and answers such as questions as what happens when breast implants break, do breast implants make women sick, and what if I need to get my…
  • Collective Outrage: Commentary on This Week’s Supreme Court Decisions

    Rachel Walden
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    This week, the Supreme Court issued two extremely disappointing decisions with significant negative implications for women’s health and reproductive rights. The first – and the one that hits us closest to home – was the McCullen v. Coakley ruling that struck down Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone. OBOS’s home state had a law making it a crime to stand on a public road or sidewalk within 35 feet of any abortion clinic in the state. The purpose was to allow free access to abortion clinics without the yelling, physical intimidation, and other tactics…
  • Lancet Series Puts Focus on Midwifery Care

    Rachel Walden
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Lancet has released a major international series on midwives that focuses on promoting midwifery care in settings that currently have poor health outcomes for women and babies. The series includes four papers on midwifery and quality care — developed by a collaboration of academics, researchers, advocates for women and children, clinicians, and policy-makers – and five commentaries by notable midwifery advocates, including Carol Sakala of Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF). As Sakala wrote in an email NPWF…
  • Creating a Space for (Talking About) Breastfeeding in Public

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    By Amanda Barnes Cook Amanda Barnes Cook When I took Intro to Child Development as a clueless 19-year-old, it took me by surprise when the professor stood in front of a room of 100-plus undergraduates and told a story about her personal experience breastfeeding her children. She then asked us to get into small groups and discuss how long we thought babies should be breastfed. I remember turning to my neighbor and saying, “I dunno. When do babies get teeth?” At the time, I never gave this lesson a second thought. But looking back, I realize how meaningful this lecture was. It was brave of…
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    blue milk

  • Oh people complaining about babies in bars, I believe this is for you

    blue milk
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    This is very black comedy and very, very sharp from Mallory Ortberg in The Toast. Yo, dependency is a thing.
  • My latest columns (I’m behind in posting)

    blue milk
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I wrote this column in response to my editor asking me if parents like me, who write, worry about what my children’s future therapist will think about my parenting and articles: One does not like to dwell on permanent damage inflicted by self on children while one is tending to the work and family juggle. But guilt, like a fear of the dark, is something I have discovered you can’t really afford as a single parent. Anything that must be dealt with alone in the middle of the night should really be rationalised away as a priority. I have stopped fearing parenting mistakes the way I once…
  • For the political tragics who like smut

    blue milk
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I was delighted, and also a little bit scared, to be invited to submit a piece to the mock erotica/romance collection, The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary. Don’t say I never do anything nice for you. The Conquest: Sometimes the Political is Personal.  
  • On becoming boys

    blue milk
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:02 am
    You talk about how boys lose authenticity over time, or become less authentic and more performative, taking on roles rather than expressing what they really feel directly. But isn’t it good for people to learn how to be less natural in some ways? Toilet training for example; you don’t want them to do the natural thing, right? Absolutely; being socialized is not inherently problematic. Obviously we want to teach our kids to be appropriate so they’re not at a restaurant dancing naked on the table. You want to teach them to be savvy and strategic; you don’t want them to…
  • On sleeping together

    blue milk
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    Darkness, within the intimate confines of a bed, leveled social distinctions despite differences in gender and status,” Ekirch says. “Most individuals did not readily fall sleep but conversed freely. In the absence of light, bedmates coveted that hour when, frequently, formality and etiquette perished by the bedside.” We sleep together not because it’s fiscally responsible, but because we are affectionate beings. Our minds need rest, but our minds also need camaraderie and intimacy and whispering. From Jon Methven’s “Why we sleep together” in The Atlantic.
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    Simply Stated By RealSimple.com

  • 80+ Instagram-Worthy Travel Destinations

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Our friends at PopSugar.com have pulled together 83 unreal places you thought only existed in your imagination. They say, “We’re not kidding you — these travel destinations actually exist and aren’t a figment of your imagination. Be prepared to have your mind blown as you browse through these amazing photos.” To see the full list, click here. More on RealSimple.com: […]
  • 1 Small Reminder to Boost Your Happiness

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Five-Minute Beauty Tips 20 Fast Dinner Recipes 9 Ways to Cut Your Gas CostsFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Difference Between Men and Women, a.k.a. The “Lice Epidemic”

    Kristin van Ogtrop
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The scene: home office in my house The characters: me, my husband Time: last night, 9:45 p.m. Husband is lying on floor of home office, “stretching his back,” which I think is 80% watching TV and 20% actual stretching. An hour earlier we returned from taking our 16-year-old middle son back to the camp where he is working as a […]
  • The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance Are…

    Rachel Stein-Christensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What do a social media manager, a firefighter, and a law clerk have in common? Turns out, they might be some of the very best jobs for a healthy work-life balance. While a positive attitude always helps in achieving happiness at work, Glassdoor.com measured the work-life balance ratings that were shared on their site between July 2013 and July 2014. […]
  • It’s Easy to Be Patient When…

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com Understanding Nutritional Terms 40 Cool Drinks for a Hot Day Wedding Registry for Outdoor EnthusiastsFiled under: Daily Thought
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    Gadgets, fashion and tech for women – Gizmodiva

  • The Time Is Dancing Ballerina Clock by Meike Harde is the most beautiful thing ever

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    A quick glance at our wrists or down at our cellphones; we don’t give much thought towards the machine that is our timekeeper. Designer Meike Harde’s latest creation will force you to.. The Time Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Know Where Your Cat Lives lets you stalk your favorite internet kitties

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Haven’t we put our cats through enough? Sure, as humans living in the 21st century, we have all but given up any hope of privacy and security. But, why oh why, why.. I Know Where Your Cat Lives lets... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Superhero inspired Colognes look luxuriously powerful!

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    What would be a scent of a superhero? Well, all I can think of some musky masculine scent, here is a series of conceptual superhero ‘serum’ cologne bottles rendered by Charlotte,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Safelet Bracelet Saves You from Danger with a Button

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Ensuring ones safety is becoming the need of the hour, while you can’t live in inks start fear of being mugged or harmed there are simple ways to make sure if need.. Safelet Bracelet Saves You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nerds Need This: Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Bottle Opener

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Ok Doctor Who fans, I’d like to you take one look at the picture and tell me what this is without reading the whole thing and don’t pay attention to the title.. Nerds Need This: Doctor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Promote yourself. Netiquette reminders: Want to recommend someone else’s writing instead? Try the latest signal-boosting thread. we expect Content Notes as a courtesy to our readers for problematic content in linked posts and/or their comment threads (a habit of posting only triggering/disparaging links may annoy the Giraffe (you really don’t want to annoy the Giraffe)) extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting -  the idea is for the promoted sites to get more traffic.  If it’s a side-discussion that…
  • Weekly Open Thread with Norwegian Blue

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    He’s just pining for the fjords! A massive sculpture tribute to the Monty Python comedy troupe features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Just asleep RT @FastCoCreate: London [celebrates] Monty Python reunion w/ 50-foot dead parrot: http://t.co/OV2sudWr33 pic.twitter.com/Vcbpx1BXjE — CJ Delling (@CJDelling) July 17, 2014 For those unfamiliar with the famous Dead Parrot Sketch celebrated by the sculpture, you can watch it on the intertube. So, what have you been up to? What would…
  • Yes, but still: Dude plants a flag and claims a kingdom in Africa

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Yes, in the grand scheme of things, there are things of more urgent concern than one imperialist guy and his princess-obsessed daughter. But still, we have yet another entry into the saga of White Guy Plants a Flag in Africa and Calls Dibs: Jeremiah Heaton, who has three children, recently trekked across the Egyptian desert to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. The area, about 800 square miles, is claimed by neither Sudan nor Egypt, the result of land disputes dating back more than 100 years. Since then, there have been several online claimants to the…
  • Plan B’s label is wrong, not even remotely close to abortion

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Before we even get started: The universally accepted definition of “pregnancy” within medical science begins at implantation — at the moment a fertilized egg adheres to the lining of the uterus. That’s when pregnancy begins. Not at ovulation, not at ejaculation, not when the winning sperm meets the egg and wriggles its way in. Implantation. So misguided people who insist that pregnancy begins at fertilization are just plain wrong. Right wrong. And to be sure, they have a right to be wrong. They just don’t have a right to dictate national policy based on their wrongness…
  • People are awful: #JusticeForJada leads to more cyberbullying and Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ football priorities

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Content Note: drug incapacitation, sexual assault, victim-blaming, cyberbullying, ostracisation On Friday the news got worse on the appalling assault and social media shaming of Texan teenager Jada (via Jezebel): Over the last few days, the stomach-churning story of Jada — a 16-year-old girl whose rape was recorded and then shared and mocked on social media — has shown up everywhere. Now, Jada’s mother and a family spokesperson are claiming that Jada’s far from the only girl victimized by the people who allegedly drugged and raped her. And one other girl may soon be coming…
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    Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lover : Free Theater in San Francisco

    Lynn Friedman
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    In the spirit of gay closets opening everywhere, Eureka Theatre presents Terry Baum in Hick: A Love Story – The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt. I’ve heard the rumors that President Franklin Roosevelt’s wife was gay. The producers want as many people as possible to learn about this love story so they have made all performances free. “Terry Baum’s performance, while proudly lesbian, is also centrally human: about love, passion, silence and back to love again. This is what we need from art: To be made more alive again.” -Dr. Pamela Nichols,…
  • Lickety Split Lamb Lovers! It’s the 5th Annual Lamb Jam SF : Sunday July 13th

    Patti Mangan
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Top Chefs Compete Head-to-Head in the Fifth Annual San Francisco Lamb Jam SUNDAY, JULY 13 Fort Mason, San Francisco 1 – 5 p.m San Francisco’s top chefs, restaurants and local lamb fans will gather at the General’s Residence at Fort Mason for an afternoon dedicated to celebrating one thing, yummy in your tummy American lamb. Competing for the titles of “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice,” participating chefs will showcase their culinary skills by preparing a dish utilizing American lamb, with each dish being voted on by key media representatives and event attendees. The…
  • Loews Don Cesar: St. Pete’s Pink Palace

    Sheila Gaspers
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Etta James’ rendition of the classic 1940′s blues standard,”At Last”, keeps humming through my head when I think of the iconic Loews Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Perhaps, it is the property’s inspiring story of resilience or the romance of the era that makes the song ring true. Born from a developer’s dream of a beachfront castle, the Loews Don Cesar aka The Pink Palace blossomed into an iconic retreat and pampered playground for the privileged. The register included many high profile guests, politicians, literary giants and American aristocracy.
  • June 26: Gilt Pampering Party

    Teresa Rodriguez Williamson
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    On June 26, you’re invited to Beauty Company for the  San Francisco installment of the Gilt City Pampering Series, in partnership with La Marca Prosecco. You’ll sip premium prosecco as you’re treated to mini spa services, such as manicures, pedicures, airbrush tanning and brow and bikini waxes. Enjoy decadent hors d’oeuvres as Beauty Company’s talented aestheticians give you helpful skincare tips through various product demonstrations. Bring the indulgence home with a gift bag that includes items from La Marca, Ziesche Modern Apothecary, Beauty Company, Casetify, chloe +…
  • See a Broadway Play When You Travel… to Houston!

    Lynn Friedman
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The New York City tourist check list usually includes scoring tickets for a Broadway play. The word is out on how to find those tickets, either on-line, via telephone or standing in one of those day-of-show lines. Those visiting other major cities in the US might consider taking in an evening of touring theater. Ok, so what about a weekend in Houston TX, or Portland OR, or Appleton WI? Big city snobs may think Houston is all about line dancing and bbq, Portland means used books and Appleton is uh, really close to the Green Bay Packers home games. Turns out at any given time there are Broadway…
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    Notes to self

  • Baby registry with newborn essentials….

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I’m very excited to say we are getting ready to bring a new bub into our lives in the next few months. I fell pregnant alot sooner than expected, but I’m definitely not complaining! So now I’m organising things for the wedding (though most are done now) as well as thinking about everything we’ll need for the baby. My gosh I had no idea how many things you need to buy for a baby – just check out this list of baby registry essentials at first-time-mama that I’m using to tick of what I need and create my registry for the baby shower. It sure is going to be…
  • Wedding rings for a bride who loves pink

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The wedding is getting closer now, and it’s time to start looking for our wedding rings. My fiance is an avid hunter, and he wants to have a camo themed wedding. My answer to that was absolutely not, but I do want to try and incorporate a little bit of camo into the wedding in a tasteful way. And, he wants a camo print wedding ring – now I don’t love the idea but he will be the one wearing it so it’s not really up to me to put my foot down on that one. Not sure if he was joking, but he did try to get me to buy one of these pink bands for women on camoweddingguide.com…
  • Help around the house with a cleaner

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    With all the extra commitments I’ve added to my life recently (wedding planning being the main one!) I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with the house work and cleaning as well as dedicate enough time to these new commitments. I’ve always taken pride in having a nice clean house – maybe I even strive for the sort of perfection you see in the house featured places like better homes and gardens? Well my house doesn’t quite look like them, but keeping it clean and tidy is a must for me! I find I can’t relax, or really get much done with a messy, dirty…
  • Eyeshadow tutorials on Pinterest

    14 Nov 2013 | 4:21 am
    I confess – I am a total Pinterest addict! I started using it about 2 years ago now, and have been using it on and off since then. With the wedding planning, I’ve been using it an awful lot lately. I’ve come across a heap of awesome hair and makeup tutorials – they’re really great inspiratin to try something different with my look for once. This is one of my favourite makeup boards – it’s full of eyeshadow tutorials showing you exactly how to achieve the look on your own. Here’s to a refreshed hair, beauty and cosmetic routine thanks to…
  • Wedding! Time, speeches and the maid of honor

    1 Nov 2013 | 12:40 am
    If you’ve ever planned a wedding, I’m sure you can relate to the fact that for the year or however long you have leading up to the big day, wedding planning pretty much consumes your life. I personally quite enjoy it, mostly collecting all the pretty images for ideas and inspiration. Pinterest has definitely become by best friend for collecting all these images and discovering new wedding sites. Now I do have a maid of honor, and the MOH would normally help out with lots of the organisation, particularly for the bridesmaids. But my MOH is even busier than I am at the moment, she…
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  • You Tell Us: DI$COUNT TRA$H Tattoo Skirt

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    We would never tell you to wear something that reminds us of regrettable '90s tattoos - but when said item is covered in sequins, we have to take a second...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • G-Force Age Control Duo for Men

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Your guy might roll his eyes every time you voice concern about getting older, but odds are he's secretly worried about aging as well. Don't risk him dipping into your...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Potholder Kit

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Remember this toy from your childhood? You made your mother more brightly colored potholders than she knew what to do with. Now you can share that activity with kids of...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Brown Sugar Hand Cream

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    We know that brown sugar makes our chocolate chip cookies super moist, but apparently its hydrating powers also extend to skin. This Brown Sugar Hand Cream ($19) will leave your...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Zany Z Chair

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Don't look now, but there's a Zany Z Chair ($999) in the house! You'll never forget its name because a) the name is ridiculous and b) it's literally shaped like...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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  • It’s Been a Year

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    July is not my favorite month. Two years ago, I found out I had cervical cancer. One year ago (today), we lost our pregnancy to an ectopic rupture. These are not life events I have easily bounced back from. At the age of 19 when my father died, I thought that was the worst thing that could ever happen to me. At the time, it was. But that grief was different. It stretched like taffy, pulling me to a breaking point again and again. But this experience? It broke me. Shattered me in splinters of my former self. The last two years have been the happiest and the saddest of my life. Buying our…
  • Living In the In Between

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I haven’t wanted to write. In the last year I’ve closed myself up and tightened my circle of trusted confidantes which has essentially silenced this blog where I’ve (over) shared for nine years. It’s just all been so much, so nuanced, so extremely personal, that I couldn’t find the words to share it with you. But I feel compelled to try because I’ve been looking around for other stories like mine and I’m not really finding them. I know they have to be out there but is anyone talking about it? About what comes after losing a pregnancy and discovering…
  • Freestyle

    5 Jun 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Sometimes you find yourself cracking at the emergency vet office. It happens. At least, it happened to us. Because it’s day six of your in-law’s visit and week five of house guests. It’s month nine of your depression and two hours into your puppy barfing repeatedly until all that’s left is bile and fear. You’ve been married a year and seven months and cancer-free a year and six months. It’s been fourteen weeks since one of your best friend’s died. Shit’s been happening. This is an understatement. It’s hard to stay afloat when you feel like…
  • And And And

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    People ask me how I am coping with everything that’s happened. My answer to that is, I don’t think I am. I feel mostly disconnected from myself. I have angry outbursts, mostly with an audience of my poor husband or the damn pets. I’m a walking raw nerve. Little things that I could normally handle set me off into a downward spiral of anger. I can be going along with my day, the threads of myself barely keeping me together, when one set-back after another takes me to a dark place. The dog was restless during the night and woke us at 12:30 then again at 3:30 only to try to jump…
  • An Unexpected Good-bye

    19 Feb 2014 | 8:14 am
    Yesterday I got the call that my dearest friend, the infamous Kaply, had passed away. I still can’t believe it. I don’t want it to be true. We always knew that given all her health problems she would not live forever but she always struck me as immortal. That the fragile body she lived in was no match for her invincible spirit. As I’ve cried, I can hear Kaply, somewhat exasperated, telling me to knock it off. I think in all our years of friendship I maybe saw her cry once. Yet she was always seeing me cry and as much as it was not her style, she knew it was mine, and let me…
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    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

  • Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Women with histories of major depression are vulnerable during the transition to menopause and are at increased risk for relapse; however, we have less information on how this transition affects women with bipolar disorder. At the American Psychiatric Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting, researchers presented data from an observational study of 56 women between theg ages […] The post Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium, entitled Advances and Targets in Energy Balance and Obesity, took place on July 9-10, 2014. The post Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Effective for Hot Flashes

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    A recent meta-analysis concludes that acupuncture is effective for the management of menopausal vasomotor symptoms. The post Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture Effective for Hot Flashes appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Weight Loss Helps to Reduce Hot Flashes

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    About 70% of perimenopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes. A new study indicates that a behavioral program focusing on weight loss may help to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes. The post Weight Loss Helps to Reduce Hot Flashes appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • SSRI Antidepressants Not Associated with Cardiovascular Defects

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Over the last few years, we have reported on several studies which have suggested an  increased risk of certain types of cardiovascular malformations among children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy. The first reports suggested a link between cardiac septal defects and exposure to paroxetine; other, but not all, studies have also […] The post SSRI Antidepressants Not Associated with Cardiovascular Defects appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
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    Life in Transition

  • Dispatches from the Not-So-Empty-Nest

    Natalie Caine
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Natalie was recently interviewed for an article that appeared at Chronogram. You can read the article in its entirety at Chronogram.com. Below is an excerpt: In the wake of her own daughter’s departure for college a decade ago, therapist Natalie Caine, MA, recognized strife among her circle of fellow parents. Many, like her, were transitioning to childless households, and struggling in various ways. Depression, resentment, and regret abounded, and Caine wanted to help. She started Empty Nest Support Services, and has been counseling parents ever since. This July 4-6, she’ll be…
  • Nine Things to Consider Before Moving Into a Smaller Home

    Natalie Caine
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    As one of the Wall Street Journal Experts, Natalie’s blog was originally published at blogs.wsj.com. What advice would you give to couples who are downsizing? NATALIE CAINE: We downsized after I spent six days at my friend’s 500-square-foot apartment in Manhattan. I didn’t go to my friend’s to practice living smaller; it just popped in as a wonderful new choice. We had many discussions about moving, and the living small just turned talks into action. I returned to Los Angeles feeling invigorated to move forward. Our home of 15 years sold in 14 days. We put our furniture in storage…
  • What To Do When You Feel Unhappy?

    Natalie Caine
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
     “A Course in Miracles”, book by Marianne Williamson, suggests to ask, as a practice daily, “Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say and to whom?” Whether preparing for a change (empty nest, divorce, career, illness, loss) or sitting in it, people always ask what helps me? Sometimes weeping or simply stopping and resting, and sometimes nothing seems to help and then it does. One tool I use throughout a day, is a daily practice. I like change so I don’t always do same same.  Sometimes it is a silent walk in nature, a prayer like the…
  • Empty Nest, Now What?

    Natalie Caine
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    Congratulations, parents. Shoulders down. Your child is on their way to college. I have sat where you now sit.  Proud and excited.  It is bittersweet. Your children are packing up for their dreams. You are viewing an empty chair at the kitchen table.  Now what? How do you walk this major life transition? I remember that flight back home from the New York dorm, where my daughter began college, 3,000 miles from home.  I was alone in a plane, wheels up and my tears falling uncontrollably down. The flight attendant came over, “Are you alright? Can I get you something?”  I…
  • Father’s Day

    Natalie Caine
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    A dad shared with me, on the telephone, about his daughter leaving for college, “I don’t know if I have prepared her for catastrophes? Does she know how to take cover, to run fast, to scream?” He was feeling anxious about this major change around the corner. He felt the clock of connection ticking down and he wanted to assess what a father wants for his children. As he shared more and I offered suggestions, I asked, “What do you adore about your daughter?”  ”She is funny and perseveres no matter the hurdle.” “What do you think she adores about you?”…
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  • Defending Our Sisters

    Jamie Danno
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    With age and experience, I have learned that as daughters, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, etc., we all — irrespective of where we come from — want the same things.  We want our families to be safe, happy and comfortable.  We want our daughters to be better off. I so deeply desired a better a world for our daughters that I spent my early career in Washington, DC, to help break the glass ceiling for women. Dr. Julianne Malveaux and I wrote, Unfinished Business:  The 10 Most Important Issues Women Face. In 2005, my husband and I hired a nanny, Maria, whose family emigrated from…
  • Beach Bag Essentials for Miami Swim Week!

    Jamie Danno
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    One of the hot ticket events in the annual runway show calendar is just around the corner..Miami Swim Week takes place July 17-21, proving all is not dead in the 305 after winter season. Every July, throngs of models and journalists from around the world flock to South Beach to showcase the latest swimwear fashions trending for the upcoming year. Even a packed schedule of shows leaves attendeesplenty of time to relax poolside or on the pristine beaches Miami is so famous for. But, in this town they take their beach going seriously. And by seriously, I mean fabulously. Luckily, this year…
  • The Dating Game: Why Women Should Make the First Move

    Betty Confidential
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Traditionally, it’s expected that the guy make the first move in a dating relationship. However, none of our other dating tactics are traditional – people meet online, things like gender or race don’t decide whom you love (nor do your parents), and age gaps are no longer taboo. So why would this one trait continue to be considered ‘the way things should be?’ This isn’t to say that you can’t let him make the first move, but more to consider doing it yourself. There are many perks to making the first move; these are just a few: 1. Confidence Is King Women approaching men is…
  • Kiss Like You Mean It! A How-To Guide

    Betty Confidential
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Studies have shown that a woman discovers everything she needs to know about a potential lover from his very first kiss, and any guy who has tried to get to first base on a date knows it. Interestingly, it’s not just humans who show affection this way. Bonobo chimpanzees kiss on the lips, elephants put their trunks in each other’s mouths, and foxes lick each other’s faces — all as signs of affection. But why does our species kiss in the first place, and what’s the scientific, emotional and chemical reasoning behind it? Kissing looks different across various…
  • DIY Beauty Road Test: Treat Yourself to a Totally Decadent Caramel Facial (Recipe Inside!)

    Lucia Peters
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Confession: I’ve never actually done any DIY beauty treatments. I’m not totally sure why; I like to cook and bake, so usually my kitchen is pretty well stocked with things I could just as easily smear on my face as eat. I’m a sucker for the chocolate-caramel combination, though, so when I got wind of this DIY caramel facial inspired by a new treat from Hershey’s—their Simple Pleasures Milk Chocolate with Creamy Caramel candies—well, let’s just say that it seemed as good a time as any to give it a shot. Read How to Create the Water Marble Manicure And you know what? I’m REALLY…
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Road Tripping – Day #12

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    My brain is turning to mush. Is it really Day #12 of my road trip? What day of the week is it? Where am I? It’s all turning into one big road trip blur. (It’s a good thing I have all my photos to keep things straight!) I’m in Monterey, California now. Monterey, CA:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Yesterday, I traveled from Mendocino down through beautiful Anderson Valley. I’m gradually making my way towards home. California sure is a gorgeous state. It was raining when I arrived in Monterey. I checked into my hotel and took an…
  • Road Tripping – Day #11

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m in Mendocino, California. It’s nice to be back in my home state. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Mendocino before. (Unless I was here as a very young child.) It was a treacherous, white knuckle, drive to get here. I even had to brake suddenly for a fawn who decided to walk in front of my car. She was adorable. It’s beautiful here – forest meets sea. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I spent the afternoon of Day #11 hiking in Van Damme State Park. It was, quite simply, breathtaking. I’ll try to get some pictures…
  • Road Tripping – Days 9 & 10

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    There’s so much to update you on, And so little time (since I’m still on the road). I left my parent’s house and drove to the Oregon coast to shoot for a few days. I’ve been getting some great photos. The Oregon coastline is beautiful and very dramatic. Of course, I’ve had almost no time to upload and/or edit photos. I can’t wait to tell you all the great stories from this trip, but I want to do so WITH the correlating photos. Here’s a shot of me (my ass?) my son took yesterday. My son has been shooting my Sony RX 100 III on this trip. And, in case…
  • Road Tripping Day #8

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday was a “get things done” day. If you take an extended road trip, you have to have a day like that sometimes. I had a few minor things taken care of on my (still very dirty!) car. I did several loads of laundry. I researched hotels and locations for my return trip. I got some groceries. (Some of the groceries will be for a snack bag in my car as I drive home – some I purchased for my folks.) I gave my mom iPad, email, facebook, and texting lessons. I took photos of both my parents. I’ve been away from home for over a week. I needed a day to get my life somewhat…
  • Road Tripping – Day #7

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’ve been to Oregon more times than I can count. I’ve never experienced a heat wave here like I have the last couple days. (I think it hit 103F!) Yesterday morning, I tried to get some exercise before it got too hot. I went for a hike and quickly remembered why Oregon is close to my heart. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. It is so beautiful. There is so much nature here. It’s so very, very, green …! (I didn’t touch the vibrancy and/or saturation of the above photo.) I’ve been having a nice few days with my parents.
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  • my favorite summer job.

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  • i am depressed, and pissed.

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Let’s just get this out of the way. Yesterday I was lying in bed as I thought how much easier it would be if I just took all the pills in my medicine cabinet and ceased to exist. It’s been a long time since I’ve had those thoughts. So long in fact I thought it was a joke. Surely I can’t be back here? I’ve been good for over five years. Sure, I had a slip up here and there, but I’m good! See! Functioning! SO GOOD. Cody sat by my last week and said “You haven’t been well since November.” When I asked those closest to me what they thought,…
  • stuff we’re not totally screwing up at the moment.

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    It kind of changes things when you tell someone you’re close with that you’re leaving your husband. Maybe it doesn’t change things, but it certainly shows you how invested and in what ways a person is invested in you when you tell them a bit about what’s going on. To be fair, no one really knew. It wasn’t supposed to be a big to-do or anything, keep things as normal as possible. Which means in the aftermath a lot of people around me were probably left going “But wait, what?” You see, I’ve made a very conscious effort to not write or speak ill of…
  • defying the impulse to jump ship.

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I wish I could say that after two weeks of feelings and emotions my marriage is suddenly A-OK and that everyone can just move right along because there’s nothing to see here! Just a little blip on the radar of life! But I can’t say that because everything is not A-OK although we are very good at maintaining a sense of normalcy and pretending everything is good. Well, maybe pretending is a terrible word to use. Because we’re not pretending, we very much love each other and have a great vested interest in the well being of one another. Neither of us want to be done, but…
  • victoria’s vendetta.

    1 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
    I have always had a love/hate relationship with Victoria’s Secret. Her stuff is lovely, but overpriced and in all honestly, non-functional. Not to mention it’s all packaged and sold to us from the bodies of the most gorgeous and unrealistic teenagers Brazil has to offer. But still, every once in awhile a girl wants something a little frilly and impractical to flounce around in. I learned back in April that Victoria now has something close enough to my size, 32F, which she calls 32DDD and which I call “just small enough to give me a backache and cleavage of champions.”…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • Summer of Feminista: When amigas become familia

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes Lilian Coral, a novice at blogging, who wants to more actively dialogue with colleagues on specific issues around technology and improving the American social safety net. She comes to this work as a Colombian immigrant, raised and educated in the United States and deeply committed to social justice issues. It’s only fitting that I write about girlfriends a day after the death of the mother of one of my oldest girlfriends. In my home, my parents always encouraged my sister and I to prioritize family over friends. It was always about keeping everything in…
  • Janelle Monae at the Taste of Chicago

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    I will admit that I was not a huge fan of Janelle Monae before I found myself at her free-ish (lawn free, pavilion seats cost money) concert as part of the Illinois Lottery Anything's Possible Music Series at the Taste of Chicago on Thursday. I had heard of her (who really hasn't, right?) and all that jazz, but I never went out of my way to truly discover her. Well I discovered her on Thursday as if I had discovered chocolate by falling into a vat of fudge. It was that delicious.I now see why she has such passionate fans. From where we were sitting, we could see them. My favorite was a boy…
  • Summer of Feminista: For Valeria

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes April Lee. April is an anti-rape culture, sex positive activist located in Seattle. She is the founder of Modern Sex Culture blog. While April is not a Latina, SoF is welcoming her thoughts on this topic.   Most people didn’t think living with my step children’s mother was going to be a good idea. It’s a little crazy, sure. Two moms under one roof will conceivably get ugly. We have different parenting styles and lead pretty different lives. We have completely different backgrounds. She’s Brazilian. I’m American. I’ve just turned 30 and…
  • VLF is 7 today! And I'm launching a new project...

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yes, ma'am, seven years ago I launched this lil ole blog and today I have decided to launch a new project. One that has been brewing for a few years now, but was put on the back burner due to other obligations that no longer exist. AHEM...I present to you:The Feminist Princess Project: How I vaccinated my daughter against the princess phaseDon't get me wrong, this is not an anti-princess project. In our home, we have a healthy princess culture. How we got there is what I want to share with all of you over a short series of videos. I hope to launch the first one in the next week.This project…
  • Hermione heads to the UN

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Really, J.K. Rowling couldn't have picked a better actor to play Hermione than Emma Watson. Not only did Emma bring to life the plucky and wise hero of the Harry Potter series, but it seems that Emma and Hermione share a passion for justice.Emma has just been appointed as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador:"Being asked to serve as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling. The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply…
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    Tales of Wit and Charm, Where Sarcasm Comes Standard

  • Love is Weird

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Saturday afternoon, Chris and I were driving home after grabbing lunch. In an attempt to make idle conversation Chris asked, “What will you do someday when I die?” Because I’m SUCH a romantic, I didn’t skip a beat and said,”Kill myself, obviously. What will you do when I die?” He looked at me, as if in deep thought and said, “Probably build something.” Um, WTF, build something? I guess that’s fine, as long as it’s a shrine to me. Other posts you may enjoy. Or not, whatever. Chris Deserves a TrophyThe Sleeping Habits (or lack thereof)…
  • Baby Names

    18 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Today someone asked me if we had a name for the baby. Silly question, since I have named basically every inanimate object I’ve ever owned. “Of course we have a name! Right now I’m calling her Goddamn Fetus, but we are thinking of changing it in time for her birth.” At that moment I realized I am a monster and shouldn’t be allowed to procreate, but at least I’m a funny monster to some. Just not the person I was speaking to at the moment. But oh well, you can’t win over everyone. Other posts you may enjoy. Or not, whatever. Things Your Asshole Friends…
  • Things Your Asshole Friends Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy Symptoms

    27 May 2014 | 5:04 pm
    In an attempt to get our house ready for a tiny human that will be arriving in October, I took a couple much needed days off work. At 19 weeks pregnant, I have the energy to get shit done and wanted to take advantage before that disappears along with my waistline. A few hours into my de-junking project I got bored and ran to the grocery store to get that task out of the way. I raced through Harmons throwing basically anything vegetarian with protein into my cart and headed to the check-out line. Normally the cashiers are uber friendly, so it was really odd that the cashier barely spoke to me.
  • Procreation, It Happens

    5 May 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Pregnancy is so goddamn weird. And I’m not even talking about the weirdness that is happening to my body, but rather how people react. The most common reaction comes from my family to my husband. “Chris, we are just SO VERY proud of you.” Um, proud of him… for what exactly? Jizzing in their daughter/sister/granddaughter? Maybe it’s normal to tell an expectant father you’re proud of him, but to me it sounds so odd. How about being proud of me? I’m the one actually growing our daughter, and I’d like a parade… or at least a trophy. If that happens will someone please wake me…
  • The Sleeping Habits (or lack thereof) of Rosie Finlinson (aka Asshole Puppy)

    18 Mar 2013 | 8:00 am
    Saturday night Chris and I went to a friend’s house for the evening, where he regaled us with Rosie Finlinson stories. She’s absolutely the worst dog at night; if she’s on the floor she wants in bed with us. If she’s in bed with us, she wants us awake and does everything she can to make it happen. In hopes of getting our friends to truly understand what we deal with each night, we act out the scene. You really have to watch this video to feel our pain. Other posts you may enjoy. Or not, whatever. That's What She Said: Gearing Up for Another Camp OutThat's…
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  • Apprenticeship: A Positive Solution for America’s Future

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  • Are Staff Meetings a Waste of Time?

    Virginia Ginsburg
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
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  • 70+ Experts Reveal How to Expand Your Business with Social Media

    Susan Gunelius
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
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  • What is Bossy?

    Toni Nelson
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Woman Tribune

  • Tuesday Giveaway Linkup: July 8th – July 15th

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Welcome to another great week of fabulous giveaways! If you’re a blogger, use this space to help spread the word about the giveaways you are hosting by linking them up in the linky below. While you’re here, lend some support to your fellow bloggers who have linked up and enter a giveaway or two. Who knows, you just may end up winning some really cool stuff! Here are the specifics on how our Tuesday Giveaway Linkup works: add the direct link to your giveaway below; do not leave links to your blog’s main page, social media accounts, or affiliate links. This space is open to…
  • 6 Spotify Playlists to Wake Up To

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    The best thing about Spotify, besides being able to listen to virtually any music that has ever been released to the public and for free no less, is the ability to create and follow playlists. This feature has opened Spotify up to become the newest version of the mix tape; and there isn’t a person out there who doesn’t love a good mix tape. Here are 6 awesome playlists currently on Spotify perfectly tailored to start your day (and especially your Monday) off right. Songs to Sing in the Shower Amp up your morning by singing along to these classic hit tracks while you shower. 57…
  • Sundays are for Sharing: Running Safety, Beach Cupcakes, Ocean Themed Crafts & More

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fellow bloggers, I want to support you in what you’re doing! Every week I round up some of my favorite blog posts and invite you to do the same. Link up your posts at the bottom! Running is a great way to stay in shape, stress less, and boost bone health, but it can also be dangerous if you are a long-distance runner or like to jog through your neighborhood. Runners, walkers, and cyclists are at a high risk for being injured and even killed by motorists. Take these running safety tips to heart and make sure you’re practicing safe running. — A Dish of Daily Life You must throw a…
  • Make Awesome LEGO GIFs and Enter to Win “The LEGO Movie” DVD/Blu-ray #TheLEGOMovie [Closed]

    23 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    LEGO toys have been a childhood staple for decades. I played with the interlocking blocks and minifigures when I was a kid, and kids today not only have the luxury of more themed LEGO sets than one could possibly count from off the top of their heads, video games featuring popular characters who have undergone LEGO makeovers, and now even a full-length movie. The LEGO Movie is the first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure…
  • Tuesday Giveaway Linkup: June 17th – June 24th

    17 Jun 2014 | 1:44 am
    Welcome to another great week of fabulous giveaways! If you’re a blogger, use this space to help spread the word about the giveaways you are hosting by linking them up in the linky below. While you’re here, lend some support to your fellow bloggers who have linked up and enter a giveaway or two. Who knows, you just may end up winning some really cool stuff! Here are the specifics on how our Tuesday Giveaway Linkup works: add the direct link to your giveaway below; do not leave links to your blog’s main page, social media accounts, or affiliate links. This space is open to…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • The Emotion of Money

    Tara Joyce
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I want to share this fantastic example of how much we are motivated by our emotions when it comes to money, and valuing things. Ask yourself: Is the value of the Empire State Building high because the value of rent is high, or vice versa, is the value of rent high because the building is highly valued? What do you think? Does it change if I asked you to substitute WHAT you are valuing? Is the value of a cow high because the value of calves and milk is high, or vice versa, is the value of milk and calves high because cows are highly valued? In altering WHAT you are valuing, did your…
  • Pay What It’s Worth: The Book

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    After five years of experimenting with not setting prices, in Pay What It’s Worth: Building Your Sustainable System for Not Setting Prices, I introduce this pricing innovation and share integral strategies for creating a balanced exchange experience, empowering both your customer and you to fairly value what’s being exchanged. explore how an open pricing system with Accountability. Norms. Disclosure. creates and sustains a relationship of Mutual benefit. Exchange. Connection. between customer and creator shaping an economy of integrity for your business to be valued in and grow from…
  • The Thing That Means SO MUCH

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    A Calling I’ve always wanted to — and knew I needed to — WRITE a BOOK. If I knew anything about myself, I KNEW this. And this KNOWING was so powerful that it became incredibly painful. Resistance But I didn’t know how, so I tried to escape from IT. The pressure of IT. For a while. With time and practice, it became not so much the WRITING that weighed, but THE (unwritten) BOOK itself. As did my resistance to ALL THE MEANING I had now placed on IT. Nothing meant more than creating THE BOOK I always dreamed of, and so under this heavy weight IT sat stagnant. IT meant too much to…
  • Grace Clapham & Solonia Teodros: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    GRACE CLAPHAM & SOLONIA TEODROS Co-Founders of The Change School @TheChangeSchool Grace Clapham | Solonia Teodros We are: Changepreneurs My passion is for: Solonia: Helping individuals and organisations become global citizens through community engagement, social innovation, cultural understanding and human-centered design. Grace: Helping individuals maximize their potential, connecting sectors and cultures, bridging gaps, enabling and inspiring individuals and organisations to live more creatively and collaboratively for collective impact. Our business helps you: Our business helps you…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Cleaning Out Your Friendships

    Kylie Browne
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    For good times and bad timesI’ll be on your side forever moreThat’s what friends are for … That’s What Friends Are For  - Burt Bacharach *Riiippp* Until they’re not there for the good times. Or the bad times. Or maybe they’re only there for the bad times and drop you in the good times when things are going well for you & not so well for them. Hmmm … friendships can be complicated and we can outgrow them. Let’s consider some of the things that draw people together as friends: Common interests; kids, sport, hobbies, work, religion. History,…
  • Embrace the Power of Choice

    Kylie Browne
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    With our brand new challenge starting this week, 21 Days To Simplify your Life, there’s no better time to talk about the power of choice. Making a fast decision, feeling confident with it, let it go and move on. Each day we make a million decisions. Tiny, insignificant ones that barely register to more detailed, thoughtful decisions. Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.”  Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking For most of us, making a decision doesn’t need extensive research. Simply,…
  • Simplify Your Life – 21 Days To Regain Calm And Happiness

    Kylie Browne
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:47 pm
    It’s that time again! One of our favorite programs is about to run a live session. It’s the 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge – and it starts Monday 7 July (US time). Is The 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge For Me? Do you: Feel overwhelmed? Have too much stuff in your life? Have too little time? Wonder if your priorities are out of order? Feel you’re drowning in chaos? Find it hard to think straight because there’s too much on your mind? Then the 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge is for you! How Does It Work? Each day you’ll be given a…
  • Sick & working from home? Stay productive!

    Kylie Browne
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    We are well & truly into flu season here in Sydney and this week I’ve been crash-tackled by the bug. Restless nights, headaches, aches and pains, fevers, sweats. Urggghhh. Please, pur-leez my body, get well soon! When you run a business from home or have the flexibility to work from home a lot, you tend to build up a pretty good routine. You have to be accountable and responsible for managing your own day. However all good intentions go by the way-side when you’re feeling unwell. Whether it’s the dreaded flu, the common cold or a nasty bug, when you work from home all…
  • Managing Chronic Illness & Staying Organized

    Kylie Browne
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Often when we run our online programs we get comments from people who are afraid of falling behind.  Especially those people with a chronic illness. It depends how I’m feeling that day as to whether I can complete the task I can’t always complete the task so I’ll have to come back to it later I tried but couldn’t do it today, I’ll try again tomorrow They may sound like excuses to some, but to those with a chronic illness this is reality, not procrastination. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine,  ” More than half of Americans live with…
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    Everyday Baby Steps

  • Discovering What I Need in a Man After a Year of Online Dating

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    ** Disclaimer **  To any man I am currently dating or may date in the future, this is not an instruction manual or an itemized list of "must haves." I'm not idealistic or unrealistic enough to think you can pick and choose character traits of a partner as if they were items on a grocery list. This post is simply a personal reflection of what I've learned about myself regarding what's important to me in a romantic partner. I would never want another person to change simply to become what I desire them to be. Where's the fun in that?  ** End of Disclaimer ** I began the process of online…
  • Sometimes It's Best to Let Them Go

    18 May 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Recently, I told someone that I've seen a number of people come in and out of my life over the past year since my separation and divorce. That statement really struck something within me. It was a revelation of sorts. I realized that through my dating encounters, starting life on my own as a single mom and through some complex family issues, I truly have experienced a great deal of loss lately. I didn't realize until that moment just what an impact these losses have had on me and what a part they've played in the roller coaster of emotions I've experienced.  After giving it some thought,…
  • What I've Learned About Being a Single Mom

    4 May 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I'm 40, and I've been divorced twice. You'd think adjusting to being a single mom would be easier the second time around. Not so in my case. In fact, I think it's even harder this go around. After my first divorce, I held a regular job with decent pay and good benefits. I still struggled financially because daycare was expensive and my first husband was not in a financial position to pay child support at the time. However, I received a steady paycheck and never had to worry about how much money was coming in that week, unlike my current life as a freelancer. Also? I went from one relationship…
  • Everyday Baby Steps Has a New "About" Page!

    4 May 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I've been blogging here at Everyday Baby Steps since 2008. However, I can't tell you the last time I updated my "About" page. I know I had intentions to do so. That's why it was marked, "Under Construction" for the longest time. I recall noticing one day that the photographs of my family that I'd placed on the page were terribly out of date, so I took the old page down. Well, finally, I've updated my "About" page, and I must say that I'm quite pleased with it.  There are some things I may like to tweak here and there, but it's a good start for now. I've included a bit about myself and the…
  • Wall Stickers Bring Happiness

    4 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    * This is a guest post. I usually decorate my house hiring home improvement company. Yes, it is definitely a large amount of expenses for us. But recently, my friend redecorated their house. Do you know what they apply on the wall? It is wall stickers. They affixed different type of wall stickers in different room. For example, they decorated their baby's room with a cartoon animal zoo wall sticker. It is lovely. And in their spare time, they play games via this wall sticker. I think it's really a good idea for fun. Also, in their study, they applied a quotes wall sticker. It is a great way…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • 10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourself

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Christopher Starbeam and me post home yoga on my Affirmat. When you get off of your own case, you tend to ease up on everyone else around you. Which makes you way more fun to be around. Way more. Only good can come of that. You will probably be more accepting of the way people are. And by “accepting” I don’t mean that you stay in unhealthy relationships with narcissists (insane), or that you hire people purely for their potential (risky), or that you join the committee just to be a good sport (ugh). By “accept” I mean that you stop expending energy trying to change…
  • choosing feral

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    That tired beautiful animal in me needed to die, but not like a sacrificial offering. There was nothing forced about it. Death is necessarily aggressive to leverage you from one dimension to the next, but the gods made no demands. Instead, they waited at the crossing with garlands and rare oils to anoint her fur. She limped to the altar, an affliction from that time she fell in the trap, and she said to her creature friends I’m ready now, but I need you to lift me up and up and up they did lift her into the realm of Spirit Animals and Devas where she could give her life to every animal that…
  • New, little big deals. Is this the week you do what you’ve been scared of?

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    My friend Robindra promised he’d show me some DJ ropes (because I wanna spin and mix and stuff when I grow up). He got a gig in North Van and said I could tag along for the night. So I Facebook’d about it, mentioned the locale, said it was a great way to kick off my birthday week, and I put on my black high tops to head out. Jump cut to an hour into my shadow DJ lesson, skimming playlists and learning about bass lines, when a woman who’d been sitting at the bar the whole time tapped me on the shoulder. She handed me the most incredible bouquet of peonies and a card. “Hi Danielle,…
  • I hope you’re insatiable.

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re on your creative edge, you will continuously want more. True desire is full and insatiable. She is appreciative and ceaseless. She is present and she sees possibility everywhere. This is the divine paradox of intentional creating. You’ll love what you’ve got with all your heart today, and you will be ready for more tomorrow… and the next day. Click HERE to download this as a graphic.   The post I hope you’re insatiable. appeared first on Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life.
  • Skin, joy, boobs, and the right hair colour: My random & rarely dispensed beauty notes

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Photo by Christine Tremoulet From the incidental to the possibly profound, here are my tips for chicks who want to look even hotter (’cause you’re already hot, sister). SKIN I get some Botox-curious questions. (Do you? Have you? Would you?) My answer is: Nope, no Botox, no fillers, and no tucks for me. It’s mostly really great lighting and eyeliner (and BTW, the best eyeliner on the planet is by Marc Jacobs). I get solid sleep, eat clean and green (almost no processed foods), and try to dance almost every day (kitchen funk parties for the win), and really move my ass a few times a week…
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    The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC

  • Toot Your Horn Tuesday

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love when I have a Tuesday post and I can do a Toot Your Horn instead of a True Confessions. It does a girl good to do a little bragging every now and then, right? We just got back from vacation. We go up to Diamond Lake in Michigan with my family and my sister’s family for a week. The kids come and go through the week and at it’s max, we can have 23 people in the house at one time. That my friends, can get a little crazy. Everyone brings tons of food and drinks. It takes a lot of self control to not go absolutely nuts with the all the things available. I did a pretty good job…
  • Forget Pills: Eat Your Vitamins!

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    With so much focus on the Big 3 (Fats, Carbs and Protein), the importance of vitamins and minerals sometimes get lost in the shuffle. We all know vitamins are an essential piece to the overall health and wellness puzzle, and it’s much more important to eat your vitamins instead of relying on a multivitamin pill. Food trumps pills any day of the week, and unlike pills, whole foods sources of vitamins provide an array of macro AND micro nutrients that help your body thrive. Here’s a breakdown of the most common vitamins, why they’re important and how you can find them in clean, whole-food…
  • Fitness tracker review – Garmin Forerunner15

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s been all the rage lately. Even here at The Sisterhood. FITNESS TRACKERS.  As promised, I have for you today a review on the one that I purchased and have been using. And I must say, I love it! Back in May, I wrote a post on Fitness Tracker Fury based on a shout out to you all. I was in the market for a fitness tracker and wanted your input on what you thought was the best (or worst), and why. The results flooded in. Based on the responses, and my indecisive personality, I still wasn’t sure which one to go with. More people seemed to use a FitBit more than anything,…
  • Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Emotional eating is a topic that comes up frequently when talking about eating habits. Whether it’s related to stress, heartbreak, anxiety or boredom, many times we overeat to help distract us from emotional pain. We overeat, when in truth, we’re not actually hungry at all. We are lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else. As such, the power of forgiveness (whether you are forgiving yourself or someone else) can be hugely therapeutic when it comes to addressing the emotional ties, habits and addictions we have toward eating certain foods. If this…
  • Fitbit: Friend or Foe? Is your tracker hindering your weight loss efforts?

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    She nervously stands at the microphone before a group of people in the hazy basement meeting room in the local church, amid the unfolded metal chairs and half-empty Styrofoam  cups of rancid coffee. “Hi. I’m Mary. I am addicted to my FitBit. It has been 16 days in a row of reaching over 10,000 steps.” “HI MARYYYYYYY!” is the response, in uniform. Then, “Awareness is the first step.” Yes, I am addicted to my Fitbit. I am never without it. I confess it has made its way into a dream or two. Wearable technology is all the buzz lately in the fitness…
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    Oh Hey

  • GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 21-27, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a post by blog intern, Samantha. She was invited to attend the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up kick-off party. All opinions are her own. We were invited to attend GO TEXAN’s Restaurant Round-Up kick-off party last week at the Bullock State History Museum to sample some Texas-grown eats and drinks from various Austin-area companies. This year marks the 15th anniversary of GO TEXAN and the 7th anniversary of the Restaurant Round-Up and man alive do we have some great food in this city, y’all. I had amazing fried eggplant from Searsucker, an unexpectedly delicious zucchini flan…
  • A New Texas Classic: The Teagarita #CuervoTeagarita

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This may only be my fifth summer in Austin (which either makes me a flag waving native or an interloper, depending on your alliances), but I’ve long embraced two Texas classics: iced tea and margaritas. No gathering of friends or celebratory get-together with family is complete without either, so it just makes sense to combine the two into the Jose Cuervo Teagarita. The teagarita consists of a classic lime flavored margarita blended with Jose Cuervo Tequila and premium orange liqueur, then combined with refreshing iced tea. You’ve got the iced tea flavors, which are smooth and…
  • Worthy of the Week

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Worthy of the Week It’s the 100th Worthy of the Week! Can you believe it?! Leave a comment by the end of the day and I’ll send one of you a package with some of my favorite things! (Hint hint: Rebecca Minkoff.) Kids are funny. As a tea drinker, I’m definitely going to need these. Fly art. Eloise. At forty-six. What does the real Alex of OITNB say about Piper? It ain’t good. Neverland Ranch is just as creepy as you’d imagine. No. End of discussion. This list of forgotten 90s songs is crazy good. National selection nursery rhyme. I’d let my kids listen to…
  • Books or No Books?

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I may have stacks of magazines, but there’s a distinct lack of books in my home. What?! From the girl who reads a book a week? The same girl who is a Goodreads librarian? (I’m admittedly trying to make other book nerds jealous with that mention.) The one gives endless book recommendations? That’s right. I can’t stand the clutter. I have a modest stack of books to-read, but once a book has been read, it gets shelved on Goodreads and sold, donated, or passed on to a friend. Do you keep all the books you’ve read? Only your favorites? Or do you set your books free to…
  • Office Redesign with Clark+Kensington #HelloBeautiful

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Ace Hardware via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ace Hardware. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible! I spend a lot of time in my office, largely because my kitchen, living room, and office is one large open space. I may be overstating when I say “office,” it’s more like a work cubby, but the space gets great light throughout the day with windows that face east and west and has more than enough elbow-room. But for all…
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    YourTango | The Latest Smart Talk About Love

  • My Boyfriend Was Ashamed Of Me Because I'm Black

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    What I learned from interracial dating is that love is harder to find when you're a black woman. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • The #1 Way For Lesbians To Get Their Groove Back Online

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    NDN Video ID:  26438248 Dating after a long break is tough under any circumstance. Whether you've just gotten out of a long term relationship with your girlfriend or you've been focusing on other aspects of your life, the rules of dating change as time goes by. As a newly single woman, you're ready to mingle.. but the problem is you don't know how. If you've been out of the dating pool for awhile, it's completely understandable that you find it scary to step back in. However, you shouldn't let that stop you from finding love and having the time of your life.read more
  • Apply To Be Christian Grey's New Sex Goddess (Er, Intern)

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Anastasia Steele will probably go down in history as having the dream internship at Grey Enterprises Holdings. Filing invoices and fetching coffee orders? No, thanks. How about helicopter rides and lots of sheet-gripping, lip-biting sex with a debonair billionaire? Ever since you finished your copy of Fifty Shades Of Grey, you've probably been wondering to yourself, "Damn. How do I get an internship like THAT?" Rest assured ladies, someone (with some tech-savvy skills) has heard our collective prayers. In promotion for the upcoming flick, Universal just released The Fifty Shades Of Grey…
  • It's Science: Arguing Is Actually Good For Your Marriage

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Go ahead —knock him out! Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • Mixed Signals, Decoded

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you not sure where you stand with your new partner? Mixed signals can be hard to handle. Find out how to interpret them and what to do when they've been sent your way! Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
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    Female Forum

  • When a Partner or Spouse Dies

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The death of a partner is one of the most stressful losses you may face in life. When two people live together, they become emotionally dependent on each other to some degree. There are some couples who are so dependent upon each other that each partner feels like ‘a half’ and together they make ‘a whole.’ Other couples remain distinct, independent individuals inside the relationship and they are not very dependent on the other. The degree of your independence in the relationship will generally determine the grief work that you will have to undertake to come to terms with the death of…
  • Yes! Even You Can Keep Houseplants Alive

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    If you have trouble keeping even a cactus alive and healthy in your home, you probably have given up on houseplants. Yet, don’t give up on them. They are a very nice addition to a home and they give their growing areas personality. Houseplants are also good for the air. The good news is even people with black thumbs can successfully have houseplants—without killing them—if the right types of plants are selected and general care tips are followed. Easy, Hard-to-Kill Houseplants The following plants are hardy and you don’t have to be a master gardener to keep these babies alive.
  • A Guide to Setting Boundaries with Your Teen

    28 May 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The teenage years can be difficult on both parents and teenagers. Teens are ready to display their independence, yet they are still dependent on their parents. While teens may act like they can handle things, they are still developing their identities and having boundaries in place is necessary. Boundaries give structure and provide safety. They also help guide teens along the right paths as they progress into adulthood. Talk to your teen about the boundaries you are setting and tell them the reasons for each one. Teens are more likely to stay within their boundaries if they understand why…
  • 14 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

    28 May 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Many people are concerned about the cost of food. Purchasing groceries can make a severe dent in the wallet. With the continual rising costs of food, many people feel they have no choice but to opt for products that are less nutritious and more economical. Yet, you can have quality, nutritious food in your household on a regular basis, even if you are on a budget.  Determine how much money you have to spend on a week’s worth of meals and snacks. This will help to keep you on track when you make your grocery list. Next, plan out your meals and snacks for the week. When preparing your…
  • Preparations for Flying with a Pet

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    If you want to take your pet with you on a plane, but have never done so before, don’t let the planning and preparations overwhelm you. Here are some guidelines that will have you and your animal ready when the big day arrives.  Airline Pet Policies Call the airline you will be flying on and find out their pet policies and regulations. Each airline has a set of rules, and no two airlines will be alike. Some airlines will allow small dogs, cats, and birds to travel in the cabin with their owners as carry-on if kennels are small enough to fit under the plane seat. Other airlines will not…
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    She Takes on The World

  • Set Yourself Apart: Creating A Personal Brand When You’re Running A Business

    Natalie MacNeil
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    This blog post is being brought to you by Visa Small Business “You’re She Takes on the World!” That’s a common greeting I hear from people at conferences and events I attend. Natalie MacNeil has become somewhat synonymous with the She Takes on the World brand, and I am constantly examining where my personal brand and business brand overlap and where the two brands should be more distinguished. This is a common dilemma for solo entrepreneurs, who make up the majority of small business owners. I believe business owners should inject their own personalities and personal…
  • It’s Your Choice: The Antidote For Being Too Busy

    Natalie MacNeil
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven’t seen for a while and ask them how they’re doing and they say, “I am sooooo busy.” Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, “I’m really busy,” maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are. We are living in a very fast-paced world and I think we’re all feeling the pressure. I was recently in a café and heard a woman who was preoccupied on her phone tell her young daughter, “Mommy’s busy right now. Hold on.” Seriously, everything…
  • Should You Say “No” To Earning Extra Income?

    Natalie MacNeil
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Here’s a common scenario so many entrepreneurs ask about – say you’re a photographer whose bread and butter is taking pictures at weddings. You can always rely on that work for earning extra income, BUT you’d rather be creating your own curated shows and selling pieces. The wedding jobs just keep rolling in, which is great for your bank account, but not so great when you have no time left for what you’re really aspiring to do. Learning to say “no” to work that would earn extra income but that’s not in line with your business goals isn’t always easy, but taking on all that…
  • One Question That’s Going to Rock Your Business

    Natalie MacNeil
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re truly doing the right things to help your business succeed? Or if there’s another person you can delegate to who would be a better person to complete the task? I know I have, and it’s something I really struggled with. That is, until I discovered one very simple question that quickly changed the way I did business: “Why am I doing this?” The truth is, most tasks we do as business owners are things we like to THINK we need to be doing but we could easily get someone else to do them. If your business isn’t where you’d like it to be,…
  • Feel Like You’ll Never Be as Good as THAT Person?

    Natalie MacNeil
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Today I want to talk to you about a topic I’m really passionate about, something I like to call the North Star Syndrome. The North Star Syndrome happens when you fixate on someone else’s success to the point you think they shine the “brightest,” just like the North Star. (But guess what? The North Star ISN’T the brightest star in the sky, not even close!) And that other person you’re constantly trying to measure up to? Their “star” doesn’t shine any brighter than yours! People will ask me in interviews if I want to be “the next” so and so, and the answer is…
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Speaking's 11: TED says these 11 must-see TED talks will help you understand what the popular conference is all about. Four of the 11 are by women speakers.Oh, please: Have we reached the end of the line for the conference call? blames technology for all the…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Yulia Tymoshenko's "Heroes will never die"

    Denise Graveline
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    (Editor's note: From the day she appeared to give these dramatic remarks in February, I've wanted to include former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in our Famous Speech Friday series. Fortunately for me, another speaker coach beat me to the punch, and has graciously permitted me to reprint his post, and the remarks, here. John Shosky has worked in three presidential administrations.  He is president of Roncalli Communications in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Shosky is the author of Speaking to Lead: How to Make Speeches that Make a Differenceand The Words of Our Time:…
  • Gender Avenger tool helps you chart women speakers at conferences

    Denise Graveline
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    You can learn a lot on a train. A couple of weeks ago, I got on an Amtrak train heading north and tweeted--as I do--that I was in business class. The next thing I knew, Twitter acquaintance Susan Askew, one of the minds behind the Gender Avenger website, was letting me know she was in the same car. A long discussion about parity for women speakers followed, and Susan let me know that Gender Avenger's latest tool was soon to launch, and that it would give us all another option from tracking conferences with @NoWomenSpeakers.The tool's in beta now, so expect changes to come. But here's how…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Jargonauts, caution: Many executives lay the jargon on thickly, but you should avoid business jargon at work to maintain your credibilityI'll go with yes: Do women leaders walk a tightrope to be seen as effective and likable? asks a new book.Content…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Dominique Christina's "The Period Poem"

    Denise Graveline
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Don't mess with poets on Twitter. Activist and performance artist Dominique Christina is the 2012 and 2014 champion of the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and she used a spoken-word poem to slam a tweet full of shaming about menstruation. Here's how the poem begins:Dude on twitter says, quote, “I was having sex with my girlfriend when she started her period, I dumped that bitch immediately” end quote. Dear nameless dummy on Twitter: The sudden grief all your girls feel after the matriculation from childhood and the induction into a reality that they gonna have to negotiate you and your…
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    Parlour Magazine

  • Travel Bites: Cinematic Rome, Best WiFi & More

    Shannon Washington
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    What you need to know about travel today: Explore Rome through the lens of the film "The Great Beauty," get the skinny on the best travel wifi in the US and find the perfect beach to fit your travel personality.
  • Chikungunya: What To Know Before You Go

    Shannon Washington
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    There's a new(ish) viral disease in the Caribbean. It's name is Chikungunya and it really wants to return home with you. Here's how to avoid it.
  • Summer Tote Report: Beach To Street

    Shannon Washington
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Hitting the beach in a hurry is easy when your beach tote is already set to go. We're eyeing these seven cheap X chic styles to start the urban beach season off right!
  • Post Vacay Blues: 4 Ways To Deal

    Shannon Washington
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    We’ve been there. It normally hits in the early afternoon on the first day back in the “real world” after a memorable vacation weekend. Another unread email, more boring co-worker small talk and somebody wants you to do something that you have no interest in doing. It’s called post-vacation depression and while we may joke…
  • Parlour Travel Stories: A Dutch Red Light Special

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    So what exactly happens in Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District? A whole lot of...well...just watch this travel story video from Evita.
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    Premium Woman - Beauty , Fashion , Sex and Relationships

  • Sex and Self-Esteem

    Premium Woman
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    Sex taboos are disappearing. “A taboo,” says Havellock Ellis, “simply indicates something that is not done.” There are a number of things which were formerly forbidden in society. Huddling and cuddling in public were one. Now, they are no longer. Promiscuity, no wonder, is on the upswing. Youngsters are now ostriches. They coo and woo in public gaze thinking that no one is watching them. These modern ostriches care a damn for taboos of the past. They are rewriting moral codes. Pleasure is the motive. The sexiest song-and-dance sequences shown on various television channels add fuel to…
  • Sexual Harassment at Workplace

    Premium Woman
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Sexual harassment is a grave problem that is assuming increasing proportions throughout the world and across all cultures. Sexual harassment is unfortunately, a very common occurrence in workplaces. Irrespective of age, looks, academic qualifications, profession and marital status, sexual harass ment touches the lives of nearly 40-60 per cent of the women at the workplace and violates their basic rights to live and work with dignity. A congenial atmosphere is very necessary for effective working of the employees but sexual harassment can make women feel intimidated, uncomfortable and unsafe.
  • Dexterity & Decorum in Dating – Finding Partners of the Opposite Sex

    Premium Woman
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Believe it or not, a British mother has hit upon a novel idea to find a suitable partner for her daughter by publishing an article in a London newspaper – Who wants to date my daughter? The question has been intentionally constructed to sound similar to the popular Who wants to be a millionaire?, the original British TV quiz show that inspired the desi Kaun banega crorepati! The catch is that prospective partners need to send in a 500-word essay to Linda Adams, the mother, stating the reasons why they should be allowed to date Sabina, her 24- year-old daughter. [&hellip
  • Why eat out?

    Premium Woman
    21 Feb 2014 | 7:58 am
    Nowadays, eating at restaurants has become a pretty expensive affair. Every item on the menu has become costlier by a minimum five-10 rupees. Petrol prices are rapidly skyrocketing. Yet, I wonder to see the ever-swelling crowd of dinners and foodies at any little restaurant. This is indeed surprising. Cinema halls and multiplexes aren’t houseful any longer despite Indians being the most ardent cinegoers. Yet, all eateries seem to be bursting at the seams. This dining out culture has become an in-thing. I remember, it used to be a once-in-a-blue moon occasion when my parents would take…
  • Commitments Made Easier – How Not to Let a Break-Up Break You Up

    Premium Woman
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:11 am
    Falling in love and finding commitment are one of the beautiful experiences of life. However, the benefits don’t come across as easily as they might have in the previous century. In the fast-paced world of today, with options like e-dating and the liberty given by parents, youth is easily taking to being quickly involved. While there are abundant advantages, the downsides of being involved, at that young age, outweigh the former. Without realising one’s responsibilities, the required dedication gets missed. Moreover, with the plethora of options available for entertainment, boredom and…
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  • How Networking Can Change Everything

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Guest post by Georgina Stewart We all have a sizeable personal network, which can be made up of family, friends, neighbours, ex-work colleagues, or fresh acquaintances. While, in terms of a successful application, networking will often play a vital role. If an employer is uncertain about employing you, then a ringing endorsement from someone in your network can be the decisive factor. "It's not what you know, but who you know" is a general truth for a reason. It often happens to be true. Networking has always been important. In the age of social media it's also possible to build up contacts…
  • Where are they now? They're Still with Me!

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Yvonne and Susan at BlogHer by Yvonne DiVita "There she is! Oh my GOD! It's really her!" I wasn't the only one throwing my arms up with loud cries of excitement as I rushed across the gleaming lobby of the hotel, that fated day back on the ancient history days of that initial launch of the great BlogHer community. Women of all sorts flung themselves across the lobby, roaring like wild waterfalls, cascading into each other, full of sincere passion and delight, that morning. The rush was never ending, each woman eager to make sure she could find the right 'her' and 'her' and 'her'; so many…
  • Just Like a Girl

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Bloom Shopper diva blue by Yvonne DiVita *I received a free bike bag as compensation for this post. I received it because I wanted to test the bag out - I told the folks who sent it that I'd do an honest, genuine review. So, these are my honest thoughts on the Basil bag...  I do a good bit of traveling, as, I expect, do many of you. We travel for business and pleasure and generally bring that obtrusive laptop along because...well, we want to stay connected.  Until recently, I had not found a good laptop bag, one that was easy to carry, attractive (yes, I care about that stuff), and roomy. I…
  • Not Enough Women Business Leaders: Is it Our Fault?

    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Megan Totka Despite the fact that women now account for nearly 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, just 4 percent of the CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female – and women make up just 17 percent of Congress members and 12 percent of state governors. But why? A sttudy recently released from Florida International University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte doesn’t have the answers, either. Researchers set out to find the “why” behind the lack of women in leadership positions by looking at data from several previous studies and analyzing it. Some factors considered…
  • The Art of Poetry and Life in Your Business

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    And a child shall lead us... to step away from the dull, to be silly and outrageous, to live the poetry of our lives by Yvonne DiVita I've been recommending folks step away from their business books and their seminars, from their social media and their conferences; step away and find a quiet corner to read... something inspiring. A classic novel. A story about life gone wrong, saved by a child or a dog. And, poetry. Yes, even poetry. Poetry, so says Wikipedia, "...has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the…
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    Gotham Gal

  • Back to Berlin

    Joanne Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The first time we came to Berlin was December 2008 so roughly 6 years ago. The amount of construction and change that has taken place since then has been mind boggling.  Urbanization is taking place around the globe but because Berlin has essentially rebuilt itself since 1989 the change here is even more significant. Construction will be taking place here for decades to come.  This might look like an art installation but these purple/pink pipes are for construction sites to pump out the water before building.  Berlin is essentially built on a swamp so water must be pumped out quickly in…
  • Is STEM still a four letter word for women?

    Joanne Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    I can’t help but look back at my own education when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  I was asked by Ravishly to write something about the question is STEM still a four letter word for women.  Here are my thoughts. My parents were definitely not concerned or particularly interested in my education.  They trusted that I would just figure it out.  I was smart and I had to find my own way.  Not exactly what I would recommend as a parent myself but I had no choice. I was always good at Math and actually enjoyed Science.  The apple did not fall from the…
  • NewCo returns to NYC

    Joanne Wilson
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    I participated in the OpenCo conference last year in NYC.   They have now changed their name to NewCo and are returning to NYC October 1-2. What I really like about this conference is that is an “inside out” event.  The city becomes the event space.  Attendees can will go to companies around the city who have signed up to be a host.  They will spend roughly an hour touring the offices, talking about their product/vision and that is a bonus for the company and the attendees. Companies that have participated in the past were anything from small start-ups with 10 people to…
  • Undress Me

    Joanne Wilson
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    I posted the first video that Tatia Pilieva did called First Kiss where 20 strangers met each other and kissed for the first time.  There was something sweet and clumsy about the whole video.  I loved it. Now she has build on this theme with Undress Me.  20 strangers meet for the first time, undress each other and crawl into bed.  It is kind of brilliant.  Definitely worth the watch.
  • 24 hours in NYC…culture, culture, culture

    Joanne Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Fred and I returned to NYC from a week long conference on Saturday evening. I am really not in the city for the majority of the summer so getting in our culture fix was top on the agenda.  We got home around 515pm and were sitting in a theater by 630 to kick off the weekend. Our first film of the weekend was Obvious Child.  Loved the movie and btw a Kickstarter project.  A story about facing reality and growing up.  The main character gets pregnant and makes a decision to get an abortion.  A real film about issues that are never that cut and dry.  So good.  We then walked over to Perla…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car

    Da Vinci
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is teaching your children how to drive and be safe on the road. For many parents, it can be difficult to trust their child behind the wheel and allow them to have independence with driving.  Learning to drive is a big responsibility, to ensure that you... The post Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want

    Da Vinci
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’ve worked hard, it’s nice to spend a little money on a treat for yourself. However, it can be difficult to find the balance between responsible spending and indulgence. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when you are out shopping and see something you want. Has anythi... The post Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tall, dark, handsome and … brainy? Ladies love a man who is well-versed in philosophy and the latest Vampire Weekend album. What better way to represent that than to sport some stylish spectacles? The following four-eyed hipster celebrities are evidence that a good pair of glasses on a good lo... The post 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It

    Da Vinci
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    You’ve probably heard those fateful words, “You could put that on a t-shirt!” It sounds like a great idea, or so you tell yourself. You have great ideas, great designs. The world would beat a path to your door – or at least your brilliantly designed website – and soon everyone woul... The post How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire

    Da Vinci
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Timeless words to the wise from Shakespeare is that all the world’s a stage. Your words and dating campaign effort may have set the dating stage. Yet, navigating a first date impression can be a tricky affair. In fact, fashion experts caution that first encounters count clothes. The consensus among ... The post What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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  • skirt! After Work: Junior League Horse Show

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Join us on the first floor of the Red Mile Clubhouse for skirt! After work at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show!  Photo:  read more
  • skirt! After Work on the Lake at Palmer's Fresh Grill

    21 May 2014 | 8:37 am
    Join us for another fabulous skirt! After Work at Palmer's Fresh Grill. If you haven't been to this gorgeous location on Lexington's "hidden" lake, now's your chance! They offer the freshest seafood, steaks and chops, all expertly prepared and complimented by their exquisite wine list. They also offer small plates like spicy thai shrimp tacos, meatloaf sliders, and chipotle egg rolls. Photo:  read more
  • Make It Up Mama

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Check out this awesome blog post from Laura of Make It Up Mama. She recently visited Lexington from San Marcos Texas. She had great things to say about skirt!, and several of our favorite local businesses including The Crushed Violet, Meg C Jewelry Gallery, Mulberry & Lime and Third Street Stuff & Coffee. Thank you Laura -- Lexington loves you too! Photo: 
  • Get Gorgeous Greenery at The Junior League Plant Sale

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association's Mayfest is making the Junior League of Lexington's 2nd Annual Plant Sale Possible. THere will be guided tours at the lovely Bodley-Bullock House and an opportunity to shop an array of potted plants, hanging baskets, and assorted vegetables! Come by on May 10, 9am-5pm support our local communit and fill your house with some beautiful arragemens! Photo: 
  • Beauty in Sustainability

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Lexington Fashion Collaborative and Rubicon are hosting The Neighborhood Series Exhibit at The Lyric Museum May 9 to August 16! The LFC is known for constructing breathtaking garments, often from repurposed and recycled materials. This event was made possible through the support of Rubicon Global: North America's leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions. Join skirt! at this event and admire the besuty in sustainability wih displays such as Wearable Art and The Northern Lights. Photo: 
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Failing and First Drafts

    Misty W. Gibbs
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Misty W. Gibbs explores whether you need to fail or whether you just need a first draft... Fail fast and fail hard. Fail early and fail often. This message is drummed into aspiring entrepreneurs, almost like a badge of honor. The essence of the idea makes sense; you need to make mistakes to learn. And mistakes are unavoidable – you WILL make them. I have yet to meet an entrepreneur or businessperson who doesn’t have an answer to: ‘If I knew then what I know now…’read more
  • Startup Diaries: You Can't Do It Alone

    Kristel Kuit
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.read more
  • Redressing Gender Imbalance In The Boardroom

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Helen Croft and Agnes Bamford from The Results Centre discuss the under representation of women at the highest levels of business.read more
  • Startup Diaries: 3 Reasons Why You Don't Have A Million £ Business

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Shweta Jhajharia explains why over two and half million UK businesses are unable to break the coveted £1 million threshold and highlights three areas that might just hold the key. The majority of businesses never reach the £1M turnover mark – a level often used to benchmark firms. This is significant because most business owners, when they first started, envisaged not just a multi-million pound business, but a multi-billion pound business. Statistically, only 4% of business owners ever reach the £1M mark and further, only 10% of these businesses (that’s 0.4% of all business…
  • Women In Logistics - Awards 2014 - Winners Revealed!

    Lucy Catten
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On the 18th June, The Next Women reported on the shortlist for the Women in Logistics Awards 2014. Read more here. Well, a few weeks on and we now have great pleasure in being able to follow up on the winners.read more
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    Marcia G. Yerman

  • Republican Mayor Jim Brainard Believes in the Science of Climate Change

    Marcia G. Yerman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently met in Dallas to discuss how to move their cities forward in order to meet the challenges before them. Topics included energy related issues, the impact of pollution, and climate change. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy was on hand to take part in a panel, where she expressed how leaders could avoid the animosity surrounding climate change by stressing the related concerns of health, safety, and economics. One of the leaders focusing on the environment and sustainability was Jim Brainard, the five-term mayor of Carmel, Indiana. Brainard…
  • Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958 -1971

    Marcia G. Yerman
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    When I first walked into Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958-1971, I didn't immediately remember that the pristine space on Fifth Avenue was the site of an raucous opening I had attended decades ago for a 40th Anniversary Exhibition -- where Larry Rivers was present. Without the hecticness of a large crowd, there was a serenity that enabled me to see and be enveloped by the large-scale paintings (in addition to framed works on paper) in solitude, and with the advantage that an empty gallery allows. The premise of the show, as outlined in the press release, is to highlight a different time…
  • A Conversation with Freddy Rodríguez

    Marcia G. Yerman
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Photo: Jamaal M. Levine Every life has events of consequence. Those happenings impact and direct the future flow of consciousness. Sometimes, the ramifications remain beneath the surface. In other circumstances, the thread is easy to recognize. If you are an artist, such as Freddy Rodríguez, it manifests in your work. Rodríguez was born in the Dominican Republic in 1945. He came from a family of artists. His granduncle was Yoryi Morel, one of the founders of Dominican modernism. Creating art as a child, Rodríguez made masks for carnival from paper and starch. While…
  • New York City Businesses Do the Right (Green) Thing

    Marcia G. Yerman
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    It's easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges facing the environment. However, it's crucial to remember that we can all have an impact as individuals when our actions become collective. Even in a town as hectic as New York City, I have come in contact with businesses that are making a commitment to ensure that personal responsibility is an integral part of their practices. In the East Fifties, I happened upon a restaurant called Pizza by Certé. Despite a wide array of offerings from sandwiches and salads to soups and handmade pasta, I went for a basic Margherita slice. It wasn't until…
  • Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937

    Marcia G. Yerman
    16 May 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Artists are often dismissed as peripheral to society. Yet they continue on their way, attending to the path of their own visions. Often ahead of the curve, politically and culturally, they frequently function as commentators -- viewing society from the outside. In certain instances, they become players in historical events larger than themselves. Renée Price, Director of the Neue Galerie New York, wrote the following letter for the Degenerate Art exhibit brochure: In mounting this exhibition, the Neue Galerie aspires to shed new light on a very dark period of German history. Examining…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

    Laurel J. Delaney
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Sarah Hildersley, Regional Coordinator – South West, Overseas Business Networks Program, Business West , talks about her time in the Middle East and the opportunities which exist for UK companies. It’s important to highlight that women can do business in the Middle East. However, you should factor in the need to dress quite conservatively – I used to take a pashmina to meetings in Jordan, where it simply meant there would be less risk of giving mixed messages. It certainly helped reduce unwanted attention in the souks. Read the entire article:  Women Doing Business in the…
  • Resources for Women Who Export

    Laurel J. Delaney
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Women business owners face unique challenges as they look to exporting.   But let me share a tip with you on how to overcome those challenges. In early 2012, the State Department asked me to write an article about women energizing world economies. In it, I talk about my experience in starting and running a global business, Globetrade.com, and serving as a consultant to countless global women business owners. My key point: In order to gain self-confidence and overcome social attitudes, women need to network continuously, support each other, look for role models, update their knowledge and…
  • Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

    Laurel J. Delaney
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects. According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding…
  • Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province Women Entrepreneurs Collaborate

    Laurel J. Delaney
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Women entrepreneurs in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province are willing and able to actively participate in a new type of collaboration.   The three associations of women entrepreneurs sought to implement the Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province collaborative development strategy, a joint initiative of the three women entrepreneurs, and signed the “Women Entrepreneurs Association of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei letters of intent” Agreement. The move aims to combine the three regions’ women entrepreneurs respectively with the advantages of modern industrial division, to…
  • Join Laurel Delaney For An Export Webinar (9/18/14)

    Laurel J. Delaney
    22 Jun 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Plan in advance and register to participate in Laurel Delaney’s export webinar taking place on September 18, 2014 at 12 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.  The webinar is hosted by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).  WIPP is on the forefront of giving women-owned small businesses the tools and access necessary to be a part of the ever-expanding global economy.  Some facts from the SBA Office of Advocacy’s recent report, Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories: There are a growing number of small businesses exporting each year, and the data shows that a total of 304,867…
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    Vyne World

  • Healthy July 4th Meal Without a Grill

    Kailei Carr
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    I’m trying to get back on healthy eating. Last year, in getting ready for my wedding, I lost close to 15 pounds doing Paleo (if you aren’t familiar with Paleo, check out my post here). That lasted a while, but let’s just say I’m now almost at my starting point before Paleo. It’s a critical time to get this body back on track. So this week, I’ve been back on Paleo! Even though I don’t have an outdoor grill, I wanted make some burgers and get in the spirit of the 4th of July. So I made some chili lime chicken burgers (no bun), sauteed onions and…
  • [VIDEO] Black Women Run Hollywood

    17 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
    Oh, you didn’t know that Black women run Hollywood? Funny or Die created this star-studded video revealing the “real deal” about why Black women continue to play minor roles in Hollywood, depicting a secret society of entertainment heavyweights including Loretta Devine, Alfre Woodard and Tracee Ellis Ross. Even though it is a comedy, there is a lot of truth in the last line: “Remember, when Black women stick together, we are the most powerful force in the universe.” Black Women Run Hollywood from Funny Or Die    
  • Legendary Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Dead at 91

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    We are saddened to hear that we’ve lost another legend, Ruby Dee, who peacefully passed away yesterday in New Rochelle, NY at the age of 91. This award winning actress and dedicated activist also set a great example of a strong Hollywood marriage and professional partnership with her husband, Ossie Davis (passed away in 2005), who she shared her life with for 56 years. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Read more about Ruby Dee’s life and career CBSNews.com.
  • The Vyne Rewynd: Lupita, Halle, Shonda and More

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Here are some headlines you may have missed over the past week: 1. Lupita Nyong’o to produce and star in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah 2. Audra McDonald Makes History with Record 6th Tony Award 3. Shonda Rhimes’ Shares Wisdom in Dartmouth Commencement Speech 4. Melissa Harris Perry’s Lovely Tribute to Maya 5. Sherri Shepherd Questions ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Creator Mona Scott-Young on ‘The View“ 6. Yaya DaCosta Cast to Play Whitney Houston in Biopic 7. Halle Berry Ordered to Pay $16,000 Per Month in Child Support 8. Tyra Banks Lands New Talk Show 9. Tracy Morgan…
  • [VIDEO] Shonda Rhimes Shares Wisdom at Dartmouth’s Commencement

    10 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    On Sunday, June 8th, Shonda Rhimes spoke at the commencement for Dartmouth College, her alma mater. Apparently it is rare for an alum to speak at a commencement (she joked about how the others were Robert Frost and Mister Rogers), and Shonda did not disappoint. She was funny, authentic, candid and funny. Here are some of the key messages she shared with the audience: - Don’t be a dreamer. While others are dreaming, successful people are actually doing. - Don’t be an a**hole. - Find a cause you love and pay it back to the world. - Stop pretending hashtags are the same as doing…
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    Italian American Girl ™

  • Italian Summer Dinner Recipe - Roasted Italian Chicken, Organic Peas, Followed By Lavazza Coffee

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Author - Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar'Extra Virgin'Summertime is the best time to experiment with cooking especially since you can use fresh ingredients from your garden or farmers market.  This month I decided to try a Tuscan version of roasted chicken, which myself and mother made. We used a version of the recipe from the new cookbook from Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar called 'Extra Virgin.' In the book, they actually grill the chicken with a lemon juice, rosemary, arugula combination. My version was a roasted chicken lightly brushed with olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper…
  • Guest Speaking at Rider University on Digital Media and the Italian American Girl Site

    16 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
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  • Happy 84th Birthday To My Father

    25 May 2014 | 7:33 am
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  • Italian American Coffee - Lavazza Drip Coffee My New Coffee of Choice!

    1 May 2014 | 4:40 am
    Easter holidays have past and in any Italian household you know coffee is the most important element to any meal or desert after dish.  This month I was lucky enough to get some new Lavazza drip coffee blends from the Lavazza team.    What better time to start sampling than at a holiday time? This year, as I posted before my mother made her famous Italian biscotti and Easter pie.  I thought I would debut these newer coffee blends to accompany those deserts. I started out with the Perfetto blend, which is true to its name, there is an incredible aroma, which almost makes…
  • Italian American Girl - Garden State Film Festival 2014

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I'm on the board for the Garden State Film Festival and we had another great year this time in Atlantic City, NJ. The venues and parties were larger and lived up to the expectations.  Throughout the weekend there were over 184 films to see and Q & A sessions with industry leaders and actors from film. Overall, this year was amazing - looking forward to 2015. Here are some pictures with Laura Dern, Bebe Neuwirth and Ed Asner.
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    Ramble Ramble

  • Reasons I Wear Makeup

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    You guys know I’m into makeup, yes? Yes (everyone rolls their eyes at this DUH statement). It’s been something that has become a fun little hobby that I happen to take with me wherever my face goes, and it makes me happy. I kind of wish more people would get over whatever that THING is that makes what a woman does or doesn’t put on her face any of their business (I hope if you like makeup, you wear it because you like it. If you don’t like makeup, I hope you don’t feel like you have to wear it. Who ever (whom ever?) is the owner of the face should be the one who…
  • Last Day, First Day

    29 Jun 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Last week was J’s last day of preschool. They had a little graduation ceremony complete with caps and tassels and Pomp & Circumstance and, despite thinking the idea of a preschool graduation is utterly ridiculous in theory, in practice with my kid it was freaking adorable. Much like herding unruly cats. Jackson was a little ham, clowning it up during the songs, singing super loud, etc. It was super cute, and a good way to close out preschool. I thought I would cry, what with the whole “mah baybeeeeee is growing up!” aspect of it all, but despite one little tiny moment…
  • Snippets and Snippets and Snippets

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Someday maybe I’ll write something real again, but today is not that day. I am incredibly sunburned. This always happens on the first real beach day of the summer, when I forget what time feels like on the beach and suddenly 3 hours have gone by without me reapplying sunscreen while getting in the water/picking up the kid/towel drying/etc. This one is kind of funny, if only because there is a single white strip that goes straight down my chest with bright red on either side. I apparently got plenty of sunscreen in that one strip of my cleavage. Oh, and one knee is burned, but not the…
  • Parched

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:27 pm
    I’m a terrible water drinker. As in, I mostly don’t. No, really, except for my pregnancy/nursing days, when I have ice cream, and….that’s about it, I will admit most days I don’t drink a single glass of water. I drink other things (tea, lemonade, diet coke), but not so much on the water. I know. I KNOW ok? But some digestive issues, plus some skin issues, plus some “oh for heavens sake Ginger, just be a damn GROWNUP & drink your water” issues have led me to attempt to try and drink more water. I realize that a lot (most?) people are probably going…
  • Love/Hate Friday

    6 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I am TOTALLY stealing this from K, because this is about exactly where my brain is these days. Let’s hit it! Love: It’s Friday. Hallelujah. Hate: The fair starts tomorrow, which begins my summer of horrific commutes home. First the fair comes, then the Del Mar races start, and there are summer concerts, and, just, BLEGH. Traffic hell. Love: Almost my entire wardrobe for summer is maxi skirts & dresses. Which are basically just public appropriate pajamas. How much better can clothes get? Hate: I need more appropriate shoes. I hate shoe shopping. Love: Indie eyeshadows. I was…
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    Here We Are...with Luci

  • Getting Going with "Gone Girl"

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A Summer Reading HWA Book Review If you haven't yet had the chance to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, now is the time to find yourself a copy. Besides being a great summer beach read, the film adaptation is set for an October release and you'll want to read it prior to seeing the movie. If you are an avid reader, you might agree that most books don't translate well over to film because so much of the character development and plot nuance is lost. I may be wrong, and time will tell, but I'm betting this is one of those situations. Plus, you'll enjoy this novel much more before the twists…
  • Cuckoo for Coconut Oil: 10 Easy Beauty Uses For This Money-Saving Must-Have Natural Product

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
     Shades of Chartreuse ~ Freshly Green Tips™ By now you've heard about coconut oil and the hundreds of suggestions for its use. Maybe you've tried it, maybe not, or you bought a jar and it's sitting on your cabinet shelf waiting for you to experiment with it (several people have told me they bought and didn't use it but aren't sure why). Not to worry... I've been experimenting with this wonderful, inexpensive, natural product for the last year and it's time to share what I've discovered. As always on Here We Are, I tested easy ways to incorporate this must-have household product into your…
  • Take Flight: Join The Second Friend-A-Day-In-May Campaign

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    29 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Spring has sprung... and life feels full of possibilities! It was a very long winter for most. Now is the time to shed our heavy coats and spread our wings! Two years ago, I launched the Friend A Day In May Challenge and it was a wonderful experience. So fulfilling that I shared my own personal lessons from the first approach to this idea. Last year, I was surprised to find that when I didn't implement it I truly missed the rewards it reaped - connections, kindness, laughter, happiness - all the benefits of friendship. This time around, I'm calling it a "campaign" instead of a "challenge"…
  • Eat A Frog For Productivity... Just Do It To Get It Done

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    If you are a regular Here We Are reader, then you know that I live what I write, mean what I say, and say what I mean. When I came across this hiTask 7 Day info graphic, the "eat a frog" suggestion caught my eye. Not that I'm a fan of snacking on green reptiles, but the odd image is effective when applied to work tasks we often avoid. I knew I had to share it with you because after a long look at my TO-DO list, a fresh approach is as welcome as springtime tulips. If I'm experiencing this, then I suspect many of the busy women who read and listen to HWA are also in need of a post-winter…
  • Possibilities...

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:42 pm
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    Inter Press Service » Gender Violence

  • What Selfies Have in Common with the SDGs

    Julia Hotz
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    A teenage girl surfs the internet at a resource centre in Nairobi. Credit: David Njagi/IPSBy Julia HotzWASHINGTON, Jul 16 2014 (IPS) “My cousin was a very successful and distinguished student. She said that she finished high school with excellent grades and enrolled in college, but a month later, her parents forced her to leave school and burned all her books and studying material. So, the girl set fire to herself.” As gruesome as this particular story’s outcome may be, such a narrative – in which a female student pursues education and subsequently faces generational…
  • Time to “Drop the Knife” for FMG in The Gambia

    Saikou Jammeh
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Circumcisers in the Gambia publicly declaring that they have abandoned the practice of FGM. Credit: Saikou Jammeh/IPSBy Saikou JammehBANJUL, Jul 13 2014 (IPS) Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FMG). The practice remains widespread in this tiny West African country of 1.8 million people, but rights activists believe that their campaign has now reached the tipping point. Two years ago, GAMCOTRAP, an apolitical non-governmental…
  • OPINION: Obama’s Quick Fix Won’t Solve the Regional Refugee Crisis

    Michelle Brane
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A migrant child is escorted by a U.S. immigration enforcement agent. Credit: cc by 2.0By Michelle BranéSAN FRANCISCO, Jul 9 2014 (IPS) In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. The vast majority are fleeing their homes in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and risking their lives as they make long and incredibly dangerous journeys to seek refuge on our soil. The Women’s Refugee Commission has been closely monitoring this population since…
  • A Third Term for DR Congo President Expected to Wreak Social Havoc

    Badylon Kawanda Bakiman
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Rose Fungulana, a 53-year-old farmer, fears that if DRC President Joseph Kabila is allowed to serve a third term of office, there will be a rebellion that will increase the risk of sexual assault against women. Courtesy: Badylon Kawanda BakimanBy Badylon Kawanda BakimanKIKWIT, DR Congo, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) Proposals to review the Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitution to permit President Joseph Kabila to seek a third term of office, if accepted, will only plunge the Congolese further into poverty and insecurity, experts warn. “More than 60 percent of Congolese live on less than one…
  • OP-ED: Surging Violence Against Women in Iraq

    Zahra Radwan and Zoe Blumenfeld
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    Iraq’s latest surge in sectarian violence threatens to unleash a wave of new violence against women. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Jason W. FudgeBy Zahra Radwan and Zoe BlumenfeldSAN FRANCISCO, Jun 27 2014 (IPS) Shortly after their conquest of Mosul, young men armed with assault rifles went door to door in Iraq’s second-largest city, taking “women who are not owned” for jihad al-nikah, or sex jihad. From Jun. 9-12, women’s rights activists documented 13 cases of women who were kidnapped and raped by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or DAIISH,…
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    Modern B*a*g Ladies

  • Collecting Love Stories

    Kim Lampe
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    A woman contacted me through our Traveling Sanctuary Sisterhood Etsy store.   Her son’s preschool teacher was leaving due to health concerns.  She expressed what a huge influence she had been to her son.  She found one of our sisterhood bags in our store.  “I want to give her something special and I love this bag…it just spoke to me.” She wanted to know if I could gift wrap it and expedite the shipment. And this is what I love about owning a handcrafted business.  I have complete control over the extent I will take to deliver to a somebody who has trusted me to…
  • Upcycle a Pillow Sham into a Granny Chic Tote Bag

    Kim Lampe
    22 May 2014 | 10:57 am
    My sister Michelle showed me an idea she had for making a bag from a pillow sham she bought at a local resale shop.  She gave me a pillow sham and I started to experiment.  Here are the first three.  Two are available in our new Etsy store. Very nice Eddie Bauer Sham. I had to hand blanket stitch it together because it was too thick for the machine. Love how that turned out! Experimented with Tie Dye and Sharpies. Used two neckties as the straps. I'm using this bag to test the functionality. Loving it! Let's see how I made this bag. Some pillow sham’s back fabric overlap the…
  • How to Make Quality Hang Tags Using PowerPoint and Spoonflower.com

    Kim Lampe
    1 Nov 2013 | 11:53 am
    I am not mass producing Traveling Sanctuary Sisterhood Tote B*a*gs, as most are custom made.   I needed to come up with an attractive hang tag, but didn’t want to order a huge quantity, as I am still making changes to the content. I was using a postcard as the hang tag, but wasn’t completely happy with the how it was working with my product and brand.  I was also printing some supplemental paper tags which I was cutting out.  This was very time consuming and the ink is very expensive. I needed to simplify the content of the hang tag and find a way to economically print a small…
  • I Thank My Sisters. Our Journey of Self Discovery and Self Expression

    Kim Lampe
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:43 am
    My body of Self-expression, which cannot be separated from my experiences of others’ expressions.There is not one image here that I cannot connect to another persons expression. I am so filled with gratitude when I imagine the sisters that have been in my life.  I have a s(h)elf filled with experiences with amazing, courageous, brilliant, fun sisters.  Two pillars, one at each end, stand out.  One is from my childhood and one in from my middle age.  In large part they are the inspiration behind things I am putting my HEART into these days. In my memory Jana was the first person,…
  • Self Discovery You Own Measuring Stick

    Kim Lampe
    7 Oct 2013 | 6:10 am
    I have a theory.  The more we criticize ourselves the more we seek approval outside of ourselves. Maybe you grew up surrounded by others who criticized you.  It wasn’t about you. Maybe your parents only showed their love when you did something they approved of.  Parents are human. Maybe you believed unrealistic pictures in the magazines that said if you didn’t look like them you didn’t measure up. They were trying to sell you something. Think about all the training systems and institutions out there whose only feedback system is approval or disapproval all based on one…
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    Cultivating Capital

  • The Benefits of Green Business Certification

    Carolina Miranda
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    One of the questions that I get asked often as a Green Business Consultant is about the benefits of Green Business Certification. After all, the certification process takes time and effort to complete. Is it worth it? I would say so, and with close to 600 certified businesses, many would agree! These are some of the benefits to going through the process to become a Certified Green Business: Align your business with your values. Most owners of Certified Green Businesses go through the certification process because they already believe that minimizing their environmental impact is the right…
  • 10 Resources to Help Your Business Go Green in Alameda County

    Carolina Miranda
    4 May 2012 | 5:36 pm
    Business owners who follow the sustainability progression for East Bay businesses are quite lucky! There are a number of resources here in Alameda County that can help you to green your business: Stopwaste: Stopwaste is focused on reducing the waste stream in Alameda County. How do they do this? By offering technical assistance, funding assistance, and a wealth of resources to help businesses reduce what they send to the landfill. Recology: An employee-owned business that provides recycling, composting, and disposal services for businesses, Recology is a great resource. They’ll even do…
  • The Sustainability Progression for East Bay Businesses

    Carolina Miranda
    13 Apr 2012 | 11:41 am
    As a business owner in the East Bay, you are in a unique position with the sustainability options available to you. You have the opportunity to follow a natural progression to build a solid sustainability foundation for your business. There are two benefits in particular that you will realize by doing this. First, you’ll can start wherever you are, whether you’re just getting started in greening your business or you’ve already evaluated your environmental impacts. Second, each step naturally builds on the previous one, so the work that you do at one stage helps you with the…
  • Tired of Big Corporations? Check out B Corporations Instead

    Carolina Miranda
    18 Nov 2011 | 10:04 am
    When we look at some of the practices of large corporations – whether it’s an unwillingness to offer health benefits to employees or whether it’s environmental destruction – it’s easy to blame business in general. However, there’s a new type of corporation that seeks to change this. Not All Businesses Are Created Equal The truth is that not all businesses are created equal. Consider the following characteristics of Big Corporations: Legally required to focus first and foremost on maximizing profit Can operate largely without regard to how their business…
  • California Passes Benefit Corporation and Green Business Legislation!

    Carolina Miranda
    10 Oct 2011 | 9:04 am
    A couple of years ago, Governor Brown signed two important pieces of legislation that will help to advance socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the state: AB 361 and AB 913. AB 361: Benefit Corporations With AB 361, California joined a growing list of states that now recognize Benefit Corporations. The bill was introduced by Assemblymember Jared Huffman and created a “new, entirely voluntary type of corporate entity to let California businesses balance the pursuit of corporate profits with environmental and social goals.” Previously, corporations were required to…
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    Purposeful Woman

  • Advance Your Career with Gratitude

    JJ DiGeronimo
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Taking the time each day to be grateful for the people you meet and the opportunities you are afforded is an important part of being a Purposeful Woman. When we step aside from our day-to-day activities to look for the positive and find a way to be thankful, it helps to put things into perspective. In the popular Mitford series of fiction books by Jan Karon, the main character, Father Tim, has to take a drive for several hours. He decides that rather than listen to the radio during his journey he would spend the time being thankful. He starts by being thankful for his dog, and friends and the…
  • Where Do You Meet Purposeful Women?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    How often do you seek out the opportunity to network with other business women? Even though our schedules are filled with family, work and friends, the truth is that networking is an important part of our journey to create the life we desire. Often chamber and rotary meetings, although beneficial and important, are not the place where we are exposed to new business women. However, there are several national and international organizations specifically designed to bring purposeful women together for the opportunity to network, connect, learn from and encourage. Here are just a few that you…
  • You Deserve to Soar!

    JJ DiGeronimo
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was reminded today of a quote from Helen Keller that provides a beautiful word picture we must all remember: One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller We all deserve the right to soar; soar towards a goal, soar above the crowds, soar in our industry. The dictionary defines soar as follows: soar   sawr, sohr   verb (used without object)   1. to fly upward, as a bird. 2. to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird. 3. to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
  • Are You Swamped?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    How often do you find yourself uttering the phrase “I’m swamped.” Or perhaps you feel like you are too busy or you just don’t have the time to do one more thing -sound familiar? In a recent article by LEA MCLEOD, M.A called the 3 Phrases that Actually Make You Feel Overwhelmed, McLeod speaks to the “swamped” feeling. This used to be a favorite of mine. Invite me to lunch? Can’t, I’m swamped. Take Friday off? No way, I’m swamped. But now, I stay away from this one. If I keep saying I’m swamped, then I feel, well, swamped. I’m simply…
  • Are Thank Yous a Thing of the Past?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    When was the last time you received a thank you note in the mail? When was the last time you wrote one? In times gone by, writing thank you notes was a requirement of children after holidays and birthdays so show their appreciation. Wedding gifts were suppose to be thanked within a year of the marriage even though some marriages didn’t last that long. After an interview, job search gurus will tell you to write a thank you note the same day to the people you met and even provide specific formats for a formal follow up. But what about taking the time to jot down a simple message of…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • 6 Easy steps to break the worry cycle…

    Wendy Kerr
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s 2am again. For the 5th night in a row, you wake up. Your head is swimming with the same thoughts, the same problem over and over again. Countless hours are spent going over the issue and yet no solution appears. There never will be a solution magically appearing at 2am. You’re exhausted, tired and short on new ideas. From the experience of my own sleepless nights and that of my clients, I know that it’s extremely difficult to solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. This is because we get trapped in our patterns of thinking and reach for the most familiar…
  • Is your brand in need of an evolutionary or revolutionary change?

    Karen Haller
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    Have you ever found yourself looking at your business branding and thinking it’s time for an overhaul, a reassessment or a refresh? Your business could just be in evolution or revolution mode. A business brand is a living entity. As it evolves and matures over time you’ll find yourself going through phases of reassessment to ensure your business remains true, articulating its authentic personality and values in alignment for the products and/or services it stands for. Brand evolution is when you are looking to make small, incremental changes, tweaks to your current business branding.
  • How to protect your online content

    Suzanne Dibble
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    How to identify content theft and find your stolen content How do you protect your online content?  Content is king and these days any business who wants to go places puts an awful lot of time and effort into producing quality content. So it is particularly galling when one of your competitors comes along and rips off your last blog post that you spent hours putting together. So what can you do to identify content theft – after all the world-wide web is a big place… Well there are certain things you can do immediately to check on content that is already out there and whether it is…
  • Marketing: Getting back to basics

    Deborah Rowe
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Amongst other more lengthy descriptions, the Chartered Institute of Marketing defines marketing as “The management process responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably”.  It’s all about getting the right product or service, to the right people, at the right time, in a way that suits them and is at a mutually beneficial price. Without proper marketing it’s difficult for a business to get close to its customers and give them what they want. The good news is that many small businesses are already applying the basic marketing principles…
  • Finding the perfect fit for your ‘Business & Lifestyle’ … dream!

    Teresa Mitrovic
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Finding the perfect fit between a gorgeous lifestyle and a flourishing business is the stuff of dreams. There are a few remarkable people who seem to navigate life with such finesse they barely break a sweat, and there’s the rest of us who feel as though we’re standing on shifting sands trying to keep our balance while all around us chaos reigns. You’re not alone – everyone who strives to build a business and a home life comes face to face with finding their fit at some point in their journey – but there is hope, even when your business demands more time and energy than you…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • Hotel Review: DoubleTree Guangzhou, China

    Carol Margolis
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Guangzhou is the third most populace city in mainland China and serves as the northwest corner of the Pearl Delta. The Beijing Road area is well known for shopping and the Mall of the World is nearby. If shopping is your thing, this is a decent location. The DoubleTree Guangzhou’s location for cultural ‘shopping’ is also good. Two sites are must-see’s: The first is beautiful Yuexiu Park, a popular destination for locals who enjoy singing, dancing, and exercising. The park has a large play area for children and boat rides on the water. Entrance to the park is free but there is a…
  • Solo Cruising? These Cruise Lines Are Paying Attention to You!

    Carol Margolis
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    My mother’s 80th birthday is next year. My husband and I are looking at possible cruises to celebrate this milestone with her. Much of our conversation centered around the single supplement fees. We ran through the list of who we know who may want to be Mom’s roommate so as to avoid this fee – not asking Mom how she feels about a roommate she may not know beforehand! Luckily for us (and Mom who will not need to fret about an unfamiliar roomie), I saw this post over at Travel Weekly about the waiving of the single supplement by two cruise lines – Uniworld and European…
  • Photo of The Week: United Nations Geneva

    Carol Margolis
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    We recently booked a few nights at the InterContinental Geneva in Switzerland. I learned during check-in that the United Nations’ European Headquarters was just a block away, so I had to visit. This picture was from the first night we arrived in town, and I went back the next day for a full guided tour. The UN currently occupies the Palais des Nations, along with many other organizations working on varied global issues – The World Health Organization, International Trade Center, and the World Meteorological Organization just to name a few. The property was built in the…
  • Hotel Heritage Brugge: Towels and So Much More!

    Carol Margolis
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    The Hotel Heritage in Brugge has the best towels EVER! The kind you want to sink your nose into because they smell so amazingly fresh, then wrap the plushness around your body and never come out. Great, great towels! However, I know it’s typically not towels that are not the main feature you look at when selecting a hotel, so let me share more about the property: Comfy sitting room on the main floor has you feeling like royalty. A cuppa tea, please! Stunning dining room areas with a very nice buffet breakfast. Eggs, smoked salmon and big baskets of many types of breads and rolls will…
  • Hotel Offering: Yoga by the Sea

    Carol Margolis
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Here’s an item for the Hilton Garden Inn in Veracruz, Mexico hotel’s “Amenities” page that will have you wishing you were in Veracruz right now: Staying with us on a Tuesday night? Then don comfortable clothes and join us on the beach for a 7pm yoga and relaxation session. We’ll go for 90 minutes or more so you can really relax after a long day or work or play. Enjoy our colorful mats, Listening to the crashing waves And feeling the warm gulf breezes. Stretch your body, Learn relaxation techniques. Don’t worry that you may not know what to do. We’re…
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  • a tim burton themed bridal shower

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    My bridesmaids (and mother/soon-to-be mother-in-law) are amazing. Truly amazing. Earlier this year, Janelle (Maid of Honor) and my sister (Matron of Honor) asked me what time of bridal shower I envision. My fiancé sent me this video and I fell in love immediately. Now, I knew I couldn’t pull of a Tim Burton themed wedding but I could have a Tim Burton themed bridal shower. <3  ( read the rest of a tim burton themed bridal shower at bittensweetblog.com ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to a tim burton themed bridal shower | see more of foodgasms, love & life, merriments,…
  • go shawty, it’s yo’ birthday!

    30 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    At 30, I still haven’t flown outside of the US because I still have yet to apply for a passport. I still haven’t learned French. I still don’t like oysters, mussels, and clams. I still love the color pink. I still love cereal – particularly Lucky Charms and Fruity Pebbles. I still love trip-hop/”soundtrack” music. I still love ballet and wish I were a ballerina full-time. I’m still a big Tim Burton fan. I still wish I had superpowers… I’ve been thinking about this day for a few months now. I started looking back at photos, Facebook…
  • save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Finally, some wedding goodies to share! With all the hubbub of Pinterest and weddinggawker, it’s so easy to get caught up with all of the DIY & whatnot. I often worry that I’ll try something and it doesn’t exactly work out exactly as pictured/described. Buuuut… I really wanted to do something unique. ( read the rest of save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris at bittensweetblog.com ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to save the dates! ♥  #ronalynandchris | see more of love & life, merriments, parties/events
  • happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet!

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Hi. I know, I know. I’m celebrating my blog’s 4th birthday but I hardly spend time here. I apologize. I sound like a broken record, right? As one of my best gals explains, it’s so easy to become lazy when we have instantaneous sharing tools like Instagram and Twitter. I should use them to promote my blog instead. Shoot, I should probably call and visit people more too! :o) ( read the rest of happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet! at bittensweetblog.com ) { bittensweet } © 2014 | permalink to happy 4th blogaversary, bittensweet! | see more of love & life, merriments,…
  • oh happy january

    3 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    I always feel like as though January comes and goes. Am I the only one here? I thought the month was unproductive at first, but looking back, I did a lot! Took a trip to Richmond, VA to see my best gals. We went dress shopping for the bridesmaids, ate a fancy dinner at Bookbinders, saw the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and ate some more! Twas a fun (but short) weekend! I also traveled back to Virginia Beach for a weekend to celebrate my mom’s 65th! A trip back home isn’t complete without seeing my best friends like Katrina! Met up with Aly for a…
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  • Steps Tech Companies Can Take to Increase Gender Diversity

    amy cross
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Thu July 17, 2014 Steps Tech Companies Can Take to Increase Gender Diversity By Ann Lehman, JD  Suddenly, we're talking about diversity in the tech industry. Google released its diversity data recently, as did Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn. So have more established companies such as Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco.  No big surprise to anyone familiar with the field that women were underrepresented, especially in technology positions. The business case for gender diversity has been well established by McKinsey, Catalyst and Credit Suisse. Now the question is how do we create gender equality in…
  • One In Three Women

    amy cross
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Wed July 16, 2014 One In Three Women Wait for the Gif people-.....
  • The Sayings of Madeleine Albright

    amy cross
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Mon July 14, 2014 The Sayings of Madeleine Albright Madeleine Albright pin collection Wellesley College sayings quotes women ambition
  • Banks, Money, and the Expanding Women's Market

    amy cross
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Fri July 11, 2014 Banks, Money, and the Expanding Women's Market By Amy-Willard Cross The king may be in the counting house counting all his money, but these days, the queen is too. And some banks around the world have realized the power of the women’s market. Rebeccca Ruf is with The Global Banking Alliance for Women, an organization of 39 financial institutions driving women's wealth creation. Ruf says, "Even though there are a lot of different initiatives—there is a lot going on around employees, getting women mentored, all of these women’s networks; there is a lot of…
  • Watch Now: How to Lose Your Virginity

    amy cross
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Thu July 10, 2014 Watch Now: How to Lose Your Virginity What says "virgin" more than a pair of pure white panties—which is why the adult video star pictured above donned signature white panties for "Barely Legal." That story is just one of many explored in the film, How to Lose Your Virginity. Last year, we published a great interview with the director of this exploration into virginity and sexuality, which is worth a look if you missed it.  Now you can finally see the film thanks to Vimeo on Demand. It's only $4.99 to watch—or the price of a few condoms. Or check out the site with…
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    Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence®

  • Lose Track of Time [Business Flow]

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    One of the characteristics of being in a flow state according to famous researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is to lose track of time. Think about it — when you are doing something you love,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Signs Your Business Needs a Health Checkup (And They Are Not What You Think!)

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    When was the last time you sat down for 60 minutes or less and gave your business health the checkup it deserves? If you’re like most growing small business owners, the answer is…. “It’s so long I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Navigating Obstacles [Business Flow Video]

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    What happens when you hit obstacles? On the river, sometimes you have to portage because a dam or other obstacle which you cannot pass safely via the water stands in your way. In business we hit all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Choose [Business Flow]

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    By the very nature of choices…when we say yes to one thing, we say numerous no’s to other things. It’s called opportunity cost. The (cost) of opportunities we forego when we choose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Customer Service Transparent Enough?

    25 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    Everyone gives lip service to the importance of customer service, but few actually do it well. As a result, service gets “rubber-stamped” if delivered at all. Since your customers are human beings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Becoming you

  • Winter at The Clubhouse

    Kathryn Rossiter
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    About a year ago I reviewed a new local eatery called The Clubhouse and since then the restaurant has grown hugely in popularity. When they invited us back to try their new Winter Menu I was very quick to confirm as I knew from our past experience to expect good things! The Clubhouse is located at the Claremont Cricket Club in Constantia and is a great restaurant for a relaxed family meal. In recent months I’ve decided that as a family we need to visit a variety of restaurants – not just the traditional “kid-friendly” ones. When we occasionally go out for a meal I…
  • Timeless Travels: Kruger for Kids – Day 2 @ Africa on Foot

    Kathryn Rossiter
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Last week Monday I shared with you Day 1 of our Kruger for Kids diary and today I’m pleased to be sharing a bit more of our amazing trip. There are no lie-ins in the bush! As someone who loves a lie-in, I totally surprised myself on this holiday… once again I was up before dawn, before the kids in fact, both unheard of in my “city life”! After our 5:30am wake up we were quick to get ourselves and the kids kitted up in our warmest layers. And this time my husband took along the warm jacket I had insisted he packed After a mug of something warm to drink and a few rusks…
  • How to Wear… Leather Biker Jackets

    Kathryn Rossiter
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    When it comes to fashion, an item I have been hankering after for quite some time is a leather biker jacket. I take quite a few tips about what looks good and which items to add to my wardrobe by following some of my fave celebs, especially those that are also moms, and after seeing this particular item popping up quite a bit I added it to the top of my shopping list – except it’s not always that easy to find the perfect leather biker jacket when you need one! Until yesterday…. yes I popped in at Edgars in Canal Walk for a spot of retail therapy and there it was! Hanging…
  • What I… Laura from Harassed Mom

    Kathryn Rossiter
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Today I’m sharing my space with mommy blogger Laura who writes over at Harassed Mom about her life as a mom of 4 kids! WOW You can find out more about her here…. or read on! What I… Know Having children is the hardest job in the world, having two close friends is sometimes more special than having a hundred friends you don’t really know, you need to give back when you can, there will always be enough even when there isn’t, traffic is the sole cause for people’s high stress levels, being at home with my children is where I need to be. Love  My family, chocolate, hot…
  • Weekend Wanderings… Creation Wine Estate

    Kathryn Rossiter
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    A few weeks back we spent a lovely weekend at the beautiful Mosaic Private Sanctuary and on our way home from Stanford we decided to take a detour just after Hermanus and turned off at the rather aptly named Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (meaning “Heaven on Earth” in Afrikaans for my international readers ) Once you take this road you’ll understand why… As we would be passing right by Creation Wine Estate we phoned ahead to book a table for lunch so we could experience all the good things we had heard for ourselves! And we managed to get the very last one for lunch that…
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    Transformation Goddess

  • Divine Feminine Spotlight With Sheri Ponzi

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the Transformation Goddess Divine Feminine Spotlight for July! The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight is to share transformational stories of women who have learned to walk in beauty, with the strength, courage, and pleasure of claiming their feminine sovereignty. Today it’ my honor to introduce you to the incredible Sheri Ponzi. Sheri is […]
  • From Manic to Magic – A girls guide to creating freedom

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re an ambitious female entrepreneur or success driven career girl, it’s likely that at some point in today’s world you have experienced compromise when it comes to your life, body, financial goals or relationships. It can seem hard to have a successful business, and fulfilled life in equal measures and the balance might seem […]
  • Jump and Your Life Will Appear

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jump … And Your Life Will Appear is a step-by-step guide to clearing the path ahead so you can let go and make the change you need the most. With a series of effective exercises, coach and author Nancy Levin walks you through your fear, ushers you up to the moment of jumping, and helps you […]
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    My Savvy Sisters

  • You Don’t Have To Scam To Get Ahead In Life

    Te-Erika Patterson
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is for the women who call themselves savvy because they know certain shortcuts to help make ends meet. This is for the good hearted souls who believe that this is a dog eat dog world and the smartest dog will take the biggest bite. Please allow me for just one moment to share with a truth that will challenge you but also set you free. You do not have to scam others to get ahead in life. You really don’t. Just because you saw your mother gathering coupons, buying unnecessary items at no cost and then returning them for full price, doesn’t mean you have to do it. This is not…
  • Live In a Multi-Million Dollar Home For Half-Price

    Te-Erika Patterson
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    While on your way to building a great life for yourself, you may want to get a taste of it right now. How can you do that? Try becoming a Home Manager for a staging company. A staging company adds the live in look to homes that are on the market to be sold. They also have home managers to actually live in the house for a fraction of the cost of renting it just so when they show the home it will have a warm and inviting feel to it. There are of course, a few catches. You have to have enough of your own furniture to fill the entire house. You have to leave in the event that the house is being…
  • You Are Not A Sinner

    Te-Erika Patterson
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you believe that you were born a sinner? Who taught you that? Why would they teach you such a thing? It is very likely that the person who taught you that you are a sinner is simply repeating what was taught to them. For some reason, through the ages, people began to believe that the only way to get people to behave in a civilized manner is to try to instill fear in them of an eternal judgment in the afterlife. They are trying to scare you into obeying their rules by terrorizing you into believing that you are worthless and will be punished for all of eternity if you do not obey. Why…
  • Te-Erika’s Diary: Am I Too Independent?

    Te-Erika Patterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Today was an absolutely fabulous day! I spoke to my sons a few times, read lots of great articles had some very intriguing internet discussions that have since been forgotten and my chicken salad was the shit too! Anyway, in my absolute admiration for my current life situation, and gratitude for my wonderful boys, I came to ask myself if anything could ever get better. I don’t need it. Sure, it would be great to have more money but I am not starving. I love so many things about my life and one of the major parts is the fact that I enjoy so much solitude. I see people around me who crave…
  • How To Avoid The Friend Zone

    Te-Erika Patterson
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    What women (and some men) don’t understand about relationships is – sometimes giving your all to people who have not shown they deserve it, isn’t such a good thing. Of course we all want to release ourselves and to fully engage in that love feeling without abandon. But, to do this without making sure that the other person will be careful with your love is like allowing a random stranger to drive your car without a license. Who does that? So often, we meet someone we are attracted to and then feel the urge to prove to them how wonderful we would be if we were in a…
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    Hello Ladies

  • Thank Goddess It’s Friday

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    www.wavehooks.com If your life is anything like mine right now, weekends aren’t that much more relaxing than weekdays. And sometimes the shower is the only time I’m not interrupted by my kids or my iPhone buzzing and ringing.  So imagine my delight when a friend told me about wine holders for the shower. Alone time with Sauvignon Blanc? I’ll take it. Shower wine holders are $9.99 and available from Wine Hooks and Jimmy Hook. Have a great weekend ladies.   The post Thank Goddess It’s Friday appeared first on Hello Ladies.
  • Wage Gap at The White House?

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    President Obama signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act According to an analysis of White House staffer salaries done by The Washington Post, the White House has a gender-based wage gap. Per the Post analysis: the average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600 the average female White House employee earns about $78,400. more men hold higher-paying, more senior jobs in the White House than women do 87 men make more than $100,00 vs.  53 women According to White House officials quoted in the article, “men and women in the same roles at the White House are paid similar…
  • Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Decision Reading Round-Up

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Monday, with a 5-4 vote, a Supreme Court ruling granted closely-held, for-profit corporations the right to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote the dissent, said the ruling was, “a decision of startling breadth.”  Here’s a round-up of articles and posts about the decision, the implications for working women, and the reasons behind it: Laura Bassett at The Huffington Post wrote “Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent in Birth Control Ruling” Soraya Chemaly wrote at Time…
  • Lessons Learned from A Working Daughter: The Caregiver’s Checklist

    30 Jun 2014 | 10:23 am
    Two parents, four hospitals, one chipped tooth, fourteen days, countless bags of Twizzlers. Here are my lessons learned: If and when you find you’re not just a working mother you are also a working daughter,  these are the essential items you should have with you at all times in order to make the career/caregiver/parenting juggle more manageable: 1. A laptop and mobile hotspot Caregiving involves a lot of waiting – waiting for your patient to wake up from a nap, waiting in the ER, waiting to see the doctor, waiting for the test results. You can take advantage of that time if you are…
  • Special Offer: Mass Conference for Women

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    The 10th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women will be held Thurs., Dec. 4, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  This, along with the Simmons Leadership Conference, is one of the two best days for women’s leadership and networking in the Boston area. The conference offers workshops and panel discussions on leadership, managing change, finding work life balance and personal finance. Hello Ladies readers are eligible for the early bird registration price of $150 until online registration closes. Use promo code SG14MA to receive the rate. And register early; the…
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Connecticut Trans Teen Ignites Prison Reform Push

    Nicole Deniflee
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    First she was placed in an adult women's prison, now she's in a boy's facility. Supporters decry officials' indifference to her age and gender identity and are demanding a new law and a new prison commissioner.
  • Influx of Syrian Women Frays Turkey's Welcome Mat

    Léa Bouchoucha
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    As official "guests" in Turkey women trained as pharmacists and lawyers cannot find comparable employment. For less-educated, rural women, the conditions can be deplorable.
  • 3 Steps for Young Women to Maximize College

    Julie Zeilinger
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    A perfect college experience doesn't exist, but these steps can help improve that time period, as well as spur a lifetime of gender-norm-breaking, positive habits, says Julie Zeilinger in this excerpt from "College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year."
  • Female Bishop Ok'd, Senate Repro Health Bill Falls

    WeNews Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    The Church of England's governing body approved female clergy members as bishops. The first vote failed 18 months ago. Also, the bill to address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision permitting employers to refuse to cover some methods of birth control failed in the U.S. Senate.
  • Ending Child Marriage Starts by Knowing What Works

    Agnes Odhiambo
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Next week's major meeting in London on child marriage and FGM should emphasize evaluating and monitoring programs in these areas so we can more effectively promote girls' human rights.
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  • Fall in Love with Heirloom Cannabis Strains

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Heirloom strains like this Thai are exquisite! Fruity, floral, euphoric! These days it seems like there is a rush to the top in terms of churning out more and more hybrid cannabis strains many of which are very nice and quite powerful in terms of cannabinoid content, especially THC. But […] The post Fall in Love with Heirloom Cannabis Strains appeared first on .
  • Therapy in a Bottle is the Must-Have Hemp Brand This Summer!

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Rebecca from Therapy in a Bottle sent us some lovely samples to share with you today. I’ve written about her amazing work with cannabis topicals that are distributed in California dispensaries. Therapy in a Bottle has also launched hemp seed oil based products that are legal in all 50 states […] The post Therapy in a Bottle is the Must-Have Hemp Brand This Summer! appeared first on .
  • Tulsi & Turmeric: A Healing and Soothing Combo From Organic India

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Organic India recently sent us another sampler of their herbal products, Tulsi Tea and Turmeric Formula to review and try out in some of my new recipes. I want to give some detail about both of these herbal formulas because of their versatility as herbal remedies. Tulsi, otherwise known as […] The post Tulsi & Turmeric: A Healing and Soothing Combo From Organic India appeared first on .
  • The New Braiding Handbook – All the braids you need for summer festivals!

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, Ulysses Press sent us a copy of The New Braiding Handbook : 60 Modern Twists on The Classic Hairstyles By Abby Smith for review. I adore classic braid styles and this book does not disappoint! If you’ve ever wondered how to do those glamorous classic […] The post The New Braiding Handbook – All the braids you need for summer festivals! appeared first on .
  • Mika’s Lotion

    2 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The other day I made a new friend online, a really sweet lady named Mika that told me about her story living with rheumatoid arthritis, her journey with cannabis and her love of cannabis topicals. As you can imagine we had a lot to talk about! One sad fact about […] The post Mika’s Lotion appeared first on .
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    Women's Refugee Commission - Women's Refugee Commission - Blog

  • Obama’s Quick Fix Won’t Solve the Regional Refugee Crisis

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Editor's Note: Rather than recognizing the humanitarian refugee crisis, the Obama administration is responding as though it were an immigration issue, writes Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights & Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission. In recent months, an unprecedented surge of refugee women and children has been traveling alone to the United States to seek protection at our southern border. The vast majority are fleeing their homes in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and risking their lives as they make long and incredibly…
  • Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Jakir's story is not an isolated incident—and for many families, the process is even worse. Apprehended parents are not guaranteed a phone call to make care arrangements for their children. Children can end up in the child welfare system if both parents are apprehended, if the migrant is a single parent, or if another parent or caretaker doesn't know how to find them. Those children are why we've written our new guide: Detained or Deported: What About My Children? This in-depth guide is for migrant parents and their relatives, friends, advocates and lawyers. It provides step-by-step…
  • Losing Sleep Over Families in Immigration Detention

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    There have been a lot of sleepless nights at the Women's Refugee Commissionlately. Despite our best intentions of leaving work at work, our minds have been fixed on the Southern border, where a humanitarian crisis affecting primarily women and children is worsening by the day. Because of extreme and intensifying violence and organized crime in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, women with young children -- some as young as infants -- are fleeing for their lives. These families are fleeing domestic violence, forced gang recruitment and the collapse of economic and social systems. Countries…
  • On World Refugee Day, let's commit to make the prevention of violence against women and girls in conflict a priority

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The scale of violence committed against women and girls, mostly by men, constitutes a global crisis affecting all people and all societies. From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities. Some of the worst atrocities may appear in the headlines, but the majority of survivors' stories go untold. The global summit on sexual violence in conflict, convened last week by UK foreign secretary William Hague and UN special envoy…
  • Equal Nationality Rights: It’s Time to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:41 pm
    "Please, can you explain to me, because I don't understand. Why is there this discrimination? Why do they differentiate between men and women? I don't understand why?"(Kuwaiti woman married to a stateless man, who is unable to pass her Kuwaiti nationality to her children). In 27 countries around the world, women are unable to pass on their nationality to their children, or to their non-national spouses, on an equal basis with men. In over 60 countries, women face discrimination in their ability to acquire, change or retain their nationality on an equal basis with men. Such discrimination is…
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    Inspiring Pretty

  • Fourth of July Nail Art

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty A manicure has gone far beyond a simple application of nail polish to nail art. As we have mentioned before, we love nail art, and the birthday of declaration of independence of the United States is an ideal event to practice creating some creative nail art. To help you, I have some unique and creative Fourth of July nail art ideas for you to try out. There are many options to show off your patriotism through nail art. You can paint on Old Glory or creatively display stars. You can also take advantage of the day and paint on fireworks or  just show off the red, white and…
  • Fourth of July Fashion Ideas

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty It is difficult to believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner! It seems like school just got out last week. Summer is in full swing now, though, and I could not be happier. Like most people around America, my family is now getting ready for the Fourth of July.  Along with food, fireworks, the day calls for some special Fourth of July fashion. We women are fortunate in that regard, because we have so many options. Bonnie gave some beautiful and creative red, white and blue Fourth of July fashion tips before, and I think it is time to provide an update the…
  • Feeding My Cat

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty This post brought to you by Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine. As  a pet owner, I am aware of how difficult it can be to find a food that is both healthy and tasty for the pet. My cat, Ginger, is one of the most difficult animals I have ever dealt with in my life. I love her, but she is nearly impossible. She only wants cheap, tasty unhealthy food. I have tried amny different brands and flavors – even the overly-expensive, all-healthful, organic, blah blah cat food. I knew something had to change for her diet, so I decided to try the Purina ONE® 28-Day…
  • DIY Homemade Sunburn Remedies

    9 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty It may not officially be summer yet, but it already feels like August here in Los Angeles. We had a steady forecast of 90° days last week. That means a lot more time outside for me, including a trip to the beach. Now, I am tan (still slightly red) and ready for summer. I’m even developing tan lines on my feet from my sandals. Weirddd. Anyways, for those who do not tan quite so easily, though, I understand that this time of year brings a twinge of grief, because you have to prepare for sunburns every time you step outside. So, to help you enjoy the summer a bit more, I…
  • My Favorite CS Lewis Quotes

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty I like CS Lewis’s work as an author, but I like him even more as an intellectual and man. Personally, I find the stories of his good friend, JRR Tolkien to be much more entertaining to read. The timeless wisdom he has passed on to mankind through his personal deliberations, though, has given inspiration and food for thought for many people, including myself. I personally find comfort in many of his axioms for which he is well known. To pay small homage to this amazing man, I have chosen a few of his quotes that I love the most to share with you. Hope you enjoy! If you…
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    What's new on divine.ca

  • Sweet in Summer (editor`s pick)

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This summer is all about fun patterns, and we’re literally wearing our heart on our sleeve with this adorable H&M Patterned...
  • We ♥: Summer Salads (article)

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    5 inspiring versions found on Pinterest Whether it’s a dinner amongst friends or a quick lunch between meetings at work, salads are the ultimate...
  • Are You Sexually Adventurous? (quiz)

    20 Feb 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Do you stray from the norm, or stick with what you know?
  • FWB Tip (tip)

    1 Dec 2013 | 8:00 pm
    What’s the number one rule of having and a friend with benefits? Don’t have your buddy be a secret crush. Pair your unrequited love with awesome...
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    The 8 Women Dream Project

  • Women’s Health Magazines Lie to You

    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My fitness dream takes a lot of studying. As fellow dreamers, you understand the constant focus that achieving your dream takes. There will be some research along the way. Sometimes you run across something in a women’s health magazine that pisses you off. I subscribe to several magazines monthly in actual paper form. Wired, Fast […] Related Posts: 4 Tips for Fitness Motivation Through the Holidays Fitness Challenge Video: Tone Your Arms Dream Fitness Advice From Around the Web Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths Warning: Dream Fitness May Include Weight Gain With Exercise The post…
  • The 8 Most Inspiring Quotes About Travel

    Natasha von Geldern, Travel the World
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    From St Augustine to Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut, travel has inspired writers down the centuries.  Inspirational quotes have a way of shifting our perspectives and change the way we see the world and none are as mind-altering as those travel perspectives shared by famous authors through the ages. Today,  I’d like to share my 8 […] Related Posts: 50 Best Quotes about Travel Top 8 Quotes About Travel from a Travel Junkie World Travel Dreams: Why We Travel Travel Dream: Inspiration to Travel the World Dream Italy Travel? Win a Trip for 2 to Venice The post The 8 Most Inspiring Quotes…
  • 21 Traits of a Successful Person – Dream on!

    Kelly Swanson, Be a Successful Speaker
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yep. That’s me, back in high school.  Delicious, right? I think I still have those glasses. Check out the boobs. Not much to my advantage if you travel up to the face. Kind of like putting lipstick on a pig. Giving me a rack was like putting an alarm system on a Dodge Dart. Most […] Related Posts: Staying On The Funny Side…of Beach Trips Dreaming Sexy: Keynote Speaker’s Tale of Sexy Gone Bad Top 10 Mistakes New Keynote Speakers Make What Should Motivational Speakers Wear On Stage? Staying On The Funny Side…..of Beer The post 21 Traits of a Successful Person…
  • How To Connect To Your Audience

    Kelly Swanson, Be a Successful Speaker
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Number One Secret To Standing Ovations and Getting Booked Over and Over If you’re a motivational speaker, you know that your success depends on your ability to connect with your audience. And the number one secret to connecting with your audience is NOT the content. It’s not the marketing. And it’s not who you […] Related Posts: Where Do Motivational Speakers Find Stories? Keynote Speakers Need To Know Their Story Share Your Dream Stories Speech Writing: The 3 Column Template for Crafting a Speech How Do I Write a Keynote Speech? The post How To Connect To Your…
  • Dreamers: Believe In Thyself

    Sue Faith Levy, Empowering Young Women Around the World
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
      There’s a funny thing that happens to you when you decide to work go after your big dream — your mind won’t allow you to stay focused on the negative. When I first moved to our new home I kept telling myself to , “Believe that something great will happen” which allowed me to understand that […] Related Posts: Inspired Dreams: Rise Above It All Dream Advice: Why You Should Not Give Up on Your Dreams 5 Unexpected Ways a South African Dreamer Stays Motivated 3 Ways to Become More Positive Look on the bright side of your dream journey The post Dreamers:…
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  • Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car

    Da Vinci
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is teaching your children how to drive and be safe on the road. For many parents, it can be difficult to trust their child behind the wheel and allow them to have independence with driving.  Learning to drive is a big responsibility, to ensure that you... The post Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want

    Da Vinci
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’ve worked hard, it’s nice to spend a little money on a treat for yourself. However, it can be difficult to find the balance between responsible spending and indulgence. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when you are out shopping and see something you want. Has anythi... The post Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tall, dark, handsome and … brainy? Ladies love a man who is well-versed in philosophy and the latest Vampire Weekend album. What better way to represent that than to sport some stylish spectacles? The following four-eyed hipster celebrities are evidence that a good pair of glasses on a good lo... The post 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It

    Da Vinci
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    You’ve probably heard those fateful words, “You could put that on a t-shirt!” It sounds like a great idea, or so you tell yourself. You have great ideas, great designs. The world would beat a path to your door – or at least your brilliantly designed website – and soon everyone woul... The post How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire

    Da Vinci
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Timeless words to the wise from Shakespeare is that all the world’s a stage. Your words and dating campaign effort may have set the dating stage. Yet, navigating a first date impression can be a tricky affair. In fact, fashion experts caution that first encounters count clothes. The consensus among ... The post What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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  • Coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Here’s a digest of the daily coaching reminders I shared online this week. (For even more coaching advice, let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter!) It’s easier to resist than to grow. Know the difference between absorption and distraction. If you’re not learning, you’re slipping into irrelevance. Take it one step at a time. What’s your next step? Know the difference between judging and evaluating. If you’re not on a learning curve, you’re not learning. Know the difference between opinions and ideas. Further reading: Coaching reminders How my coaching client got a 40%…
  • Coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    top 10 reasons women hire a coach | AnnDaly.com Here’s a digest of the daily coaching reminders I shared online this week. (For even more coaching advice, connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.) Do the work. Everything else is gravy. Inaction is not a confidence problem. It’s an inaction problem. The question is not, “Can I do it?” The question is: “Can I figure out how to do it?” Stop whining about not being “confident.” Instead, work to become a better learner. Pay attention to your body. Your body is your early-detection warning system. Nothing…
  • How my coaching client got a 40% raise

    Ann Daly
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:50 pm
    My coaching clients inspire me every single day. So when the Jill Abramson story broke, I took to heart the courage and confidence of a young client who recently stood up for her worth. I wrote an Op-Ed piece to share her success story, and the Austin-American Statesman published it this past Sunday. In case you’re not a premium subscriber to the Statesman online, I’ve published the entire piece here. Please help spread the word of what’s possible by sharing this post all the women you know! We may never know for sure whether the dismissal of Jill Abramson as executive…
  • Coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:19 am
    A digest of the coaching reminders I shared online this week: The question is not: “Is it perfect?” The question is not: “Is it good enough?” The question is: “Does it work?” If you choose to suffer in silence, you choose to continue suffering. A leader stands by her good decisions, even if they’re unpopular. A leader is on constant high-alert for new experiences. And she embraces them wholeheartedly. People are not mind-readers. You have to tell them what you want them to know. (Want to get more updates? Click here to sign up for my blog and get the…
  • What you can learn in coaching

    Ann Daly
    16 May 2014 | 7:40 am
    Do you ever wonder what kinds of things you’ll learn in coaching? Eleanor, one of my rising-star clients, agreed to share her top-10 list: I learned to: 1.  relate criticism to my skills, not my self. 2.  let go, because there is no such thing as perfection. 3.  see that my career can be a lattice, rather than a ladder. 4.  understand that confidence doesn’t come from my ego; it comes from being useful to a team. 5.  value soft/smart power as well as hard power. 6.  make preparation a high priority in my new role. 7.  ask for clarification, when needed. 8.  see that what appears…
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  • Where in the World?!

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Unlike Ms. Sandiego, I haven't dashed off to parts unknown.  I'm still right here.  It's just summer.  And I've found myself with a second full-time job (planning our wedding).  That's not an excuse, more of an explanation :/  I'm going to try a little harder going forward to share at least one thing of interest per week.  And I am sorry for the silence.  Hope you're still here.And here's what I've been up to over the last month:Glimpses.{We bought tickets through How About We to the Museum of Contemporary Art's Tuesdays on the Terrace and it…
  • Showered With Love.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just under the wire on the week, here's my hometown shower post thrown by my mama and sister.  A tea party theme with special little details (like favorite books used as centerpieces!) and lovely ladies to catch-up with.   And there you have it :)  Have a wonderful weekend.xo. di.*images property of Diane Crary
  • Life Last Week | June 10, 2014.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    What a weekend!  I still need to catch up on sleep.  I'll have a full post of pictures from my gorgeous bridal shower, but in the meantime, here's some highlights from prep-work, family time and wonderful gifts.  Glimpses.{Watching my sister arrange the florals for my shower.  They were gorgeous!}{Final preparations for one of our shower games: who has C-Rex?}{High school girls at the showa}{Thank you gifts to mom and sister for a gorgeous shower}{"LOVE" books, a gift from the shower :)} {Amazing basket of new bathroom decor from my sister}{Triple Crown hopes,…
  • Summer Fridays | Tea Time.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    As you can see above, my bridal shower, hosted by my mama and sister, is this weekend!  So looking forward to seeing so many special ladies in my life all in one room.  Have a wonderful weekend.xo. di.*invite design by Peace Love Design*images property of Diane Crary
  • Life Last Week | June 2, 2014.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Happy June!  It's going to be a busy but very fun one.  To lead into it, we had another beautiful weather weekend here in Chicago.  Got in some wedding planning, lots of errands, a 5K run for the zoo, MALEFICENT in IMAX (which was pretty darn great, give or take the 3 good fairies.  WTF was happening with them?!  But Angie just killed it), and finished the week with The Red Viper v. The Mountain.  Oof.    Glimpses.{To always have peonies in your home is to know happiness}{Girl has problems, but Gwyneth's Avocado Toast is delish}{Running in 80 degree…
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  • Will You Watch?: Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong

    Witch Hazel
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Oprah Winfrey’s OWN is another step closer to becoming the Tyler Perry Network, thanks to TP’s latest series. “If Loving You Is Wrong” (written, produced and catered by Perry) premieres on OWN September 9th and will be his fourth on the network. The drama follows a middle class group of friends who look “normal” but… Secrets, lies and deception lie behind closed doors for a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. TP has three other shows produced for OWN, “The Haves And The Have Nots,” “For Better or…
  • NWA Flick Wants Black, Thuggy Actors & Poor Dark Skinned Girls

    Witch Hazel
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    The casting is underway for the minor players in the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and let’s just say the casting call has a way with words… a real racisty way with words. In a series of posts (both of which have since been deleted from Facebook), Sande Alessi Casting posted the kinds of actors they’re looking for, from “black and thuggy” to “poor” black girls. I mean, we know this film has hood roots and all, but there’s a way to word things without “wording” things. Nahmean? A second casting call asked for women, ranking them…
  • Brew Review: Moisturize Your Situation with Yu-Be

    Witch Hazel
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Keeping my situation moisturized is a top priority for me, especially in the summer when more of my skin is exposed. I’m usually a butter and oil potion lover but looking like you’re being basted in exotic oils is not cute in 90 degree weather. You wind up cooking your skin in all that grease. I needed a new option to keep the ash away, so I was pleasantly surprised by a nearly 60-year old product called Yu-Be that moisturized without being sticky, greasy or “too much” for summer use. Hop on over to my beauty review at Beautiful Brown Girls to read more about how this…
  • Brew Bits: Apollo Nida is Going Back to the Pokey

    Witch Hazel
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Phaedra Parks better brush up on her Sip N’ Send Off planning because her hubby is going back to his home away from home. Today, a Georgia judge sentenced Apollo Nida to 8 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release. He actually got off light since he was facing 30 years behind bars (*cough… he cooperated… cough cough*). All of this stemmed from Apollo’s conspiracy to commit bank fraud charges earlier this year. Apollo allegedly made up fake collection companies to access credit card info and that’s a no-no. Phaedra better sell some more donkey booty DVDs,…
  • Bridal Shower Boo Boo

    Fleur Delacour
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    I just received the biggest insult today; an Evite to a bridal shower. Why would this innocent gesture itch my anus, you ask? Because I don’t recall getting ANY save the dates or an invitation to the actually wedding! Call me old school but this is beyond de tackay! I would have preferred the Evite to read “cattle call for gifts” because that’s exactly what this trick thought. This e-stank, which wasn’t even Paperless post, is the equivalent to a Hollywood ‘couch’ audition with a gross, sweaty movie ‘director/producer’ where I leave…
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  • Life is not fair

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    When my ex (the one I wanted to marry) ended up getting married years before I did, I was angry and bitter. I felt that God wanted me to end the relationship, and since I (capital I) did the hard work of ending the relationship, I felt that I deserved to be married and happy before he was. But you know, life is not fair. I remember as a child we always talk about how things are not fair, and adults often told us that life is not fair, and we just had to deal with it. Lately I’ve been really thinking about how unfair life can be. Some people have more privileges than I do, and I have…
  • Other People’s secrets

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If I told you some of my deepest secrets you would probably think I was very strange, or you would be glad to know that there was someone else in the world that shared your peculiarities, and then you would probably want to be my friend… We all have secrets, every single one of us. The neighbor that looks perfect, and you wish you could be like, the lady in church who always seems to have everything under control, the woman whose kids are incredibly well-behaved, the smiling lady with the amazing husband…all of us, we all have secrets. So try not to be too harsh with yourself…
  • Worried? Change the station

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    worried? I’ve found myself worrying a lot lately. If there’s something to worry about, I’ll quickly begin worrying about it. If it’s something that can’t be solved, even better, because it means I can just keep thinking and worrying about it… It doesn’t matter what it is, cleaning the house, writing a blog post, safety of Nigeria, getting stuck in traffick etc. etc. etc. I was listening to an audiobook recently and the lady talked about changing the station. If you keep getting thoughts you don’t like, just change the station in your mind. If…
  • Peace and Confidence

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    ahh peace… just saying the word makes me want to take a deep breath, sigh and rest… I’m always working on being at peace with whatever situation, and wherever I am. It’s not easy sometimes because the things you think you’ve let go sometimes come back to you and you say to yourself “wow, I thought I let that go.” One thing I’ve noticed is that you can’t have confidence without peace. You can’t have good health without peace. You can’t have trusting relationships without peace. You  can’t have all that God has called you…
  • father’s day 2014

    15 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Father’s day to my father, the best father any girl could have ever asked for. A man who knows how to help a girl transition through the awkward phases of life – girlhood, ladyhood, wifehood – and still let her know that she is beautiful and wonderfully made, and a joy to be around. A man who sacrificed all for his children, even when his children may not have realized or appreciated it. A man who taught me the kinds of qualities to look out for in a man… Happy Father’s day to my future baby daddy, my husband… yeah we may not have kids yet, but…
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  • Meet The Women Of “Women Against Feminism” Through Their Selfies

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    While we were off celebrating the Mangina Award that a Men’s Rights Activist (or MRA) lavished on our guest contributor, John Marcotte, for being a proud feminist dad and supporter of women (GASP!), there was another anti-feminist storm brewing in social media land… but this one is estrogen fueled. Simply named “Women Against Feminism,” the movement’s mission is to offer a social media based outlet for “women’s voices against modern feminism and its toxic culture.” Its Tumblr and Facebook pages are an endless cascade of anonymous selfies of young women holding up signs…
  • Snarky Greeting Cards Reveal Sweet Sentiments

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    When a generic greeting card just won’t do the trick, check out designer Heather Abbott’s FINCH+HARE collection, which cleverly combines snarky with sweet messages that are sure to get a second look, or a stink eye. Using bold typography and folding techniques, the cards present offensive messages such as You are Awful, Santa Hates You, Your life is over, Quitter, etc., which when opened, reveal a much kinder sentiment. Heather, a mom of two from Portland, Oregon started making the cards, because she “loves mailing stuff, but there’s only so much I can mail myself.” She remembers a…
  • Emma Lazarus: The Woman Who Gave The Statue Of Liberty Her Powerful Voice

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    165 years ago today, on July 22, in 1849, famed American poet Emma Lazarus was born in New York City to a wealthy sugar refining family of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish descent. A writer from an early age, she went on to become part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite, and at age 34 penned the inspiring sonnet that would give the Statue of Liberty, one of the most recognized women in the world, her powerful voice. In 1883, William Maxwell Evarts, a senior statesman and lawyer who served as chairman of the American Committee for the Statue of Liberty, and author Constance Cary…
  • The Everyday Sexism Project, Because Sexism Still Exists

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Every day, women all over the world encounter sexism. It’s not always a big moment. Sometimes it’s a minor one, a brief encounter that gets pushed aside and ignored; uncomfortable moments that have grown to become a part of our daily lives. It was after experiencing a series of sexist incidents that Laura Bates had finally had enough and created The Everyday Sexism Project, a website that gives women a place to share their experiences of sexism, harassment and assault.  “People say sexism doesn’t exist anymore,” Laura says on her website. “But it really is one of…
  • Meet Saffron Lamb… The Original Spice Girl Gets New Start On Life

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    At 30-something years old, Saffron Lamb got a swift, life altering kick in the gut. The British born New Yorker, who traded big city life and a BA in Design and Illustration from The London College of Fashion for… L-O-V-E, was living in North Carolina, and suffocating in the confines of a cubicle as a paralegal for her husband’s family business, when their 10 year marriage soured and failed. The blow, while devastating, was also a serious wake-up call for the woman who had given up everything she once was. Feeling defeated, insecure, and altogether lost as the pieces of her former…
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  • Reframe Your Life Story. Five Steps To Stop Silently Screaming And Start Being Your Authentic Self (Part 2 of 2)

    Denise ONeill
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In Part 1 of this series, I revealed how for years I wore an “I’m fine” mask, shielding my pain, doubt, and vulnerability. I shared my discovery of how I had to study my imprints, thoughts and beliefs so I could overcome my self-defeating system. (If you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.) I know I’m not alone. Because let’s face it, like Alice in her Adventures in Wonderland, there are many days where you feel like you’re being led down a rabbit hole. Constantly having to hustle for your worthiness by performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving… there seems to be no…
  • Reframe Your Life Story. Five Steps To Stop Silently Screaming And Start Being Your Authentic Self (Part 1 of 2)

    Denise ONeill
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Five years ago, exhausted by life’s drama, I was determined to discover the secret to escaping the dark cloud that seemed to follow me wherever I went. Life had become a constant hustle as I constantly was trying to perform, please and prove my worth. Honestly, I was just struggling to keep up and survive. There were many days where I wondered if this was my karma because maybe I had done something terrible in my previous lifetime. A self-professed self-help junkie, I endlessly pursued the light in the midst of stale bread and sour milk kind of days. Outfitted with rose-colored glasses, my…
  • We’re Only Getting Started. What’s Next For You and It’s All About Women

    It's All About Women Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today It’s All About Women (IAAW) turns 4! Four years ago, we wanted women everywhere to realize how remarkable they were and wanted to help them create remarkable lives. YOU responded with a resounding “YES!” that you wanted that too. During the past four years we’ve touched 5 million women in 219 different countries around the world. Readers have messaged us that we have saved lives, families and marriages. We’ve heard that you share our stories and posts with the women in your lives. That you are inspired every day by what we offer…that it keeps you going…helps you to…
  • Are You Pre-programmed? (video)

    It's All About Women Team
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you remember what made your heart sing as a girl? Did you play with the boys or with the girls? At what age did it start to matter who you played with? How did hearing the phrase “like a girl” affect what you wanted to do? In this eye-opening video the common perspective on this phrase is turned on its head. The reactions of these girls are revealing. Watch and discover their interpretation of what “like a girl” means to each of them. Let all the wonderful women in your life know the power to live “like a girl” and turn today into a better tomorrow. Enjoy Tweet Pin It The post…
  • What is Your Calling in This Life?

    It's All About Women Team
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You are a strong, loving, one-of-a-kind woman and you are here on this earth to do something special that only YOU can do. The question is… Do you know what that is? Take just a few minutes out of your busy day to watch this deeply, inspirational video… It reveals the essence of gorgeous, gutsy women like Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Their words will shine like a beacon of light to help guide you toward finding your unique purpose… And doing what it takes to create the life you were born to live. Which one of the gorgeous, gutsy women in your life could use a dose…
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    The Indie Chicks

  • The Importance of Mentoring Young Women

    Chrystal Rose
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Before I became a business owner, I was working in an industry where I had the opportunity to manage a LOT of young women. I not only learned how to be extremely diplomatic, but I also realized over time that...
  • 5 Gifts for Your Ex – Give ‘Em the Farewell Gift They Deserve

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Ever had a bad break-up? Yeah, me either. Just kidding, we’ve all had at least one bad break-up. But, you know, after the initial anger, lingering depression, and crying, there’s a way to get back at that guy for screwing...
  • I Haven’t Showered (and Other Problems of the Overly-Ambitious)

    Chiara Mazzucco
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Or, How Being Overly-Ambitious Resembles Being an Unmotivated Loser) It goes without saying that drive and determination are two of the sexiest qualities an individual can have. But what if I told you they can also be a disgusting way...
  • Success Is

    Julie Zantopoulos
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Success is simple. Success is happiness. Success is fulfillment. Success is living a full life (in love, family, career, and all things that fuel you). Success is not a complicated end game. It’s not an unattainable goal that you strive...
  • Confessions Vol57

    The Indie Chicks
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    “I have a mad crush on one of my clients. He needs to know that all women do not cheat and are not all about money and wish I could show him. However, he’s too busy getting over the fact...
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    The Cosmopolitan Mommy

  • Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day – Free Chicken

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    That wonderful time of the year is back! Dress like a cow and get free chicken. Lol I know it sounds bizarre to anyone who has not participated before, but this event is really fun.  People get very creative and plus, who doesn’t like free food.  This Friday, July, 11, 2014, head over to your local Chick-fil-a (dressed like a cow of course) and grab a free meal (or entree). The rules are, if you dress from head to toe like a cow then you get a free meal.  If you are partially dressed then you get a free entree. Click the link below to print out your cow starter kit. Starter Kit
  • IHOP 56 Cent Pancakes!

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Ihop is celebrating 56 years July 8, 2014.  Head on over and grab a short stack for 56 cents. What a deal! From 7a.m. to 7p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, this deal will be available at participating Ihops.
  • Tia Mowry Reads Critics of Her Son

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Why do people feel the need to criticize celebrity children? In a recent tweet, Tia fires back at critics.  The tweet reads: Last I checked.. A penis is what makes a boy a boy…not Crees hair length… #word — Tia Mowry (@TiaMowry) July 2, 2014 I personally think that Cree is adorable no matter how long or short his hair is. His hair is always well kept and clean. Team Tia and Cree! What are your thought? Via Tia’s Instagram Last I checked.. A penis is what makes a boy a boy…not Crees hair length… #word — Tia Mowry (@TiaMowry) July 2, 2014
  • North West Verbally Attacked By Racist Woman On Plane

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    REPORT: Huffington Post After what turned out to be “the trip from hell” to Vienna, Austria, the Kardashians didn’t have an easier time on their first class flight home to Los Angeles, Kim revealed during the latest episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on June 29. After being accosted by a man in full blackface mimicking Kanye West at the Vienna Ball, Kim revealed that on their flight home a woman started screaming at her daughter North. “Mom had the baby, I fell asleep, I woke up to this woman screaming, ‘Kanye West’s baby!’ The woman…
  • Preschool Dolch Sight Words Flash Cards – Free Printables

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    School’s out but that doesn’t mean that the learning stops. Give your little one a head start. Sight words are some of the most frequently used words in the English language.   These words will help your child to learn to read more fluently.  Below are three sets of flash cards that you may print to use with your child.   Click below to download or print                   Preschool Sight Words Set 1 Preschool Sight Words Set 2 Preschool Sight Words Set 3
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    Wealthcare For Women

  • Take Off Your Financial Blindfold

    Russ Thornton
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know that if you’re blindfolded, it’s virtually impossible for you to walk in a straight line? Watch this short video for some background. As we learn in the above video, researchers and scientists have been studying this for decades. Here’s an article about it. And another. And if you want a song that fits nicely with today’s article, here’s “Circles” by Soul Coughing :) I first learned about this back in college. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior years. I took a road trip up to the barrens of New Jersey to spend a week…
  • A Financial Lesson From George Costanza

    Russ Thornton
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I’m an “alternative” financial advisor. In other words, I do the exact opposite of what most financial advisors do. And while the analogy is a little weak, I’m reminded of George Costanza from the Seinfeld TV show. As George recognizes in this 3 minute YouTube clip, it’s silly to expect different results if you keep doing things the same way you always have. I believe this concept is especially true with your wealth management, financial planning and portfolio decisions. If you – or your financial advisor…
  • The False Promise Of Average Investment Returns

    Russ Thornton
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once you begin to filter through the noise and information generated by the financial media, typical “top 40” advisors and other financial “carnival barkers,” you begin to see a few common threads. One of these threads, and the one you’re meant to believe holds together the intricate tapestry of your financial life, is the all important investment return. The higher the return, the thinking goes, the more money you make. And the more money you make, well, who would complain about that? I say not so fast . . . First of all, no one – let me repeat that . . .
  • Top 40 Versus Alternative Financial Advice

    Russ Thornton
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a time before on-demand streaming music services, iPods, MP3s, and even CDs, I would often spend part of my Sunday afternoons in Athens, GA, glued to my “boom box” with a blank cassette tape loaded up and my finger hovering over the record button. I loved making “mix tapes” for myself and my friends, although they were considered contraband and grounds for demerits at the Christian school I attended until 8th grade. On those Sundays, the radio was tuned into the local station broadcasting American Top 40. You know the show with Casey Kasem . . . Hey, did you know…
  • The Importance Of Lifestyle Financial Planning

    Russ Thornton
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    So did you think about the flag on Saturday? It was Flag Day, remember? If so, what came to mind? What does the flag mean to you? How about “success?” What does success mean or symbolize to you? Email or call and let me know. Toward the end of my article last week, I asked you to watch a short video. It was about 3 minutes long and revealed the REAL truth about money. The video also briefly introduced the concept of Lifestyle Financial Planning, or “LFP” in this email’s subject line. This week, I have another video for you to check out. This one’s…
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  • Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car

    Da Vinci
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is teaching your children how to drive and be safe on the road. For many parents, it can be difficult to trust their child behind the wheel and allow them to have independence with driving.  Learning to drive is a big responsibility, to ensure that you... The post Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want

    Da Vinci
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’ve worked hard, it’s nice to spend a little money on a treat for yourself. However, it can be difficult to find the balance between responsible spending and indulgence. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when you are out shopping and see something you want. Has anythi... The post Out Shopping? Questions You Should Ask Yourself When You See Something You Want appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tall, dark, handsome and … brainy? Ladies love a man who is well-versed in philosophy and the latest Vampire Weekend album. What better way to represent that than to sport some stylish spectacles? The following four-eyed hipster celebrities are evidence that a good pair of glasses on a good lo... The post 6 Smart Hipster Celebrities: Proving Women Love a Man in Glasses appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It

    Da Vinci
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    You’ve probably heard those fateful words, “You could put that on a t-shirt!” It sounds like a great idea, or so you tell yourself. You have great ideas, great designs. The world would beat a path to your door – or at least your brilliantly designed website – and soon everyone woul... The post How to Make a T-Shirt and Sell It appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire

    Da Vinci
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Timeless words to the wise from Shakespeare is that all the world’s a stage. Your words and dating campaign effort may have set the dating stage. Yet, navigating a first date impression can be a tricky affair. In fact, fashion experts caution that first encounters count clothes. The consensus among ... The post What to Wear On a First Date: Casual versus Semi-Formal Attire appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Woman's World

  • Sulakshana Monga – A Passionate Fashion Designer

    Neha Garg
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    A day back I got a chance to meet up the very miraculous fashion designer, Sulakshana Monga whose work just can’t be illustrated in a word or two. The lady doesn’t need any foreword, her work portrays it itself. She is a soulful lady who has attained pinnacles in her career but still very earthy. We have met over a cup of coffee in a nearby café in Delhi, I waited for the lady for 30 minutes, not because she was not on time but for the reason that I reached early. After reading and knowing so much about her I could not hold on my excitement for long and hence seated their…
  • How To Treat Our Body as Temple

    Eric Dunnes
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    The body should always be a treat as a temple. Young people may find it hard to view the body as a temple but as one gets older, she becomes more and more concerned of what the body can manage to do. The ability of the body is determined by how it is maintain and the attention it is given. The body's wellness is defined by not only exercise, but also a number of factors and tips that are not commonly obey. In as much as exercise and keeping fit formulas are involve, here are some of the tips that if taken to consideration as measures to maintain the body, it can play a huge role in…
  • A Voyage of a Chandigarh Makeup Artist – Priti Singh

    Neha Garg
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Whether you are a small girl or a young sassy lady, the love for makeup is undeniable for any. Tell me who doesn’t love make up or the perfection that it takes us too I am sure merely anybody could raise their hand and say yes to this (HaHaHa) We all love makeup and being a women, we have got every single right to love it till the last inch of it. Earlier people were only aware of beauty salons but now these makeup artists have changed every scene of the scenario. After interviewing a couple of artists, now I was sure what next I was looking for, I wanted to interview someone who has…
  • A passage of a Chandigarh Makeup Artist- Rabia Mehra Grewal

    Neha Garg
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Chandigarh's leading "Makeup Artist – RabiaMehraGrewal” is naturally charming with finesse to put the people around her at ease. Her ardor for her profession is visibly reflected in everything she pertain her expertise to. She is a renowned Makeup Artist and undeniably a great soul. Coming from an unusual mix of being born in India and studied in Melbourne she has always wanted to carve a niche for herself in a creative field like “Beauty and Makeup”. At a very young age Rabia has created a name of her own which is well recognized by many. She has even got a…
  • How Turmeric is Beneficial for your Face?

    Neha Garg
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
                                                                                                                                     Credit:ishafoundation Who doesn’t want to look beautiful or get a perfect glowing skin? But not everyone can afford salon facials or…
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  • JULY FAB BAG 2014

    Payal Pandya
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Hi Lovely Girls, I’ve got my July Fab Bag and I must say, I have got few great products in here. This is what I got:- Deborah Milano Ilrossetto Lipstick + Lipliner Iraya Wheatgerm Facial Massage Cream BioBloom Dandruff Control… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    How To Make Turmeric Tea To Reduce Pain and Inflammation. INGREDIENTS: 2 tBs of grated fresh turmeric root 1 tbs Raw Honey Lemon to taste INSTRUCTIONS: Take four cups of water in a pot and boil it. Add the turmeric.… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Hi Girls, How are you all, I am happy that yesterday I happened to watch ” The fault in our stars”. And I actually liked it and felt like crying in theatre Anyways, Earlier this year, I started to struggle… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hi Girlies,  Monsoon’s here but that doesn’t stop us girls from wearing all the new trends coz this great fashion app is right here for us Everything you ever wanted about fashion is right here in your phone. Here are… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Get Rid Of Blackheads In 5 Minutes Ingredients: Half lemon 3-4 drops of honey Pour the drops of honey on half cut lemon, rub the lemon on your face by emphasizing the black heads prone areas on your face. Leave… Continue Reading →
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    Of Means and Ends

  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rep. John Lewis recalls the time he was arrested for using a “white” restroom. Getting in arguments about voter fraud? Here are 7 papers, 4 government inquires, 2 news investigations, and 1 court ruling showing it’s largely a myth. An anti-choice activist admits that harassing women outside abortion clinics doesn’t change their minds. Oregon’s One Key Question initiative ensures that patients and doctors are talking proactively about reproductive health care needs. There is currently no quantitative data on police-perpetrated sexual assault. How the term…
  • Birth control is related to sex, and we should talk about that

    Rebecca Griffin
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    “Respectability politics” is a concept that plagues many social justice movements. Members of marginalized groups feel the need to prove that they are worthy of certain rights they want to be granted in order to win victory in mainstream society. It’s an understandable impulse, but it often ends up hurting a cause as well as the people fighting for it. Irin Carmon takes this on in the context of birth control access and makes a strong case against the overemphasis on medically necessary contraception:  In the wake of the Supreme Court recognizing an even broader right to…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A pro-choice activist has some fun at her local Hobby Lobby. Dahlia Lithwick on how the Supreme Court “chose not to see women this term, or at least not real women, with real challenges, and opted instead to offer extra protections to the delicate women of their imaginary worlds.” Jezebel skewers a ludicrous Esquire piece on the newly-found desirability of 42-year-old women. Birth control saves a lot of money. Sad, but not surprising: the NSA has been retaining a lot of irrelevant information about innocent people and spying on Muslim-Americans. Kelly Williams Brown expands…
  • Lucy Flores’ refreshing honesty about abortion

    Rebecca Griffin
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    It says something about our culture’s handling of “controversial” issues that at honest take on people’s common lived experience ends up feeling so refreshing. That’s one reason why the film Obvious Child has received such a rapturous response from many viewers, especially women (it’s also because it’s hilarious and Jenny Slate is wonderful- check it out).  An abortion story isn’t the same for every woman, but it is fundamentally a common experience in this country. Nearly three in 10 women will have an abortion by the age of 45; if people…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Kyle Buchanan at Vulture looks at the trend of casting women as mothers in age-inappropriate ways, and what it would look like if Hollywood did the same thing with men. All of the NSA revelations to date in one chart. 10 ways men can combat sexist entitlement. The Hobby Lobby ruling offers yet another reason why we shouldn’t have an employer-based health insurance system. A map of which countries subsidize birth control pills or offer them for free. Despite protestations that the Hobby Lobby ruling was narrow, the Supreme Court has ordered lower courts to rehear cases on denying…
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    The Single Diaries

  • Behind the Scenes of The Empowerment Project

    Jennifer Hacker
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Director Sarah Moshman and Co-Producer Ashley Hammen dish on the making of the documentary, The Empowerment Project. Last month Catherine and I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the female driven documentary, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things. The film seeks to answer the time-tested question, “What would you do if you […] The post Behind the Scenes of The Empowerment Project appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • The Single Diaries Guide to Online Workout Videos

    Catherine Abalos
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Four free fitness channels to follow on those busy days If you want something done, give it to a busy person. When I left my full-time job, I thought I would have all the time in the world to do everything I wanted to do: read books, soak up some sun, and work out twice […] The post The Single Diaries Guide to Online Workout Videos appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • How to Stay Safe While Traveling Alone

    Jennifer Hacker
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Planning a Solo Vaca this Summer? Shalini has 10 Tips to Help You Be a Smart, Single Traveler A few months ago, I decided that this was the summer I would go to Europe. The only issue was that I had no one to go with. For a while, I frantically tried to find friends to […] The post How to Stay Safe While Traveling Alone appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • Your Guide to the Hottest Summer Concerts

    Jennifer Hacker
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Summer Concerts You Don’t Want to Miss Last Thursday the Santa Monica Pier hosted its first Twilight Concert of the summer. Out of all the things I look forward to during these months, these beach-side concerts definitely score high on the list. It’s hard to beat cozying up with friends for a sandy sunset picnic […] The post Your Guide to the Hottest Summer Concerts appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • Single Girl Reads | All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe

    Catherine Abalos
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why you need to add Stephanie Simons’s All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe to your shopping cart immediately If you love The Devil Wears Prada, read Vogue religiously, or know every episode of The Rachel Zoe Project, you MUST pick up this book. Written “to all the girls who’ve ever wanted to shop, dress, eat, […] The post Single Girl Reads | All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe appeared first on The Single Diaries.
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  • All what you need to know before you get your first bikini wax

    Helena Negru
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Bikini wax is in full bloom, as the summer allows us to rock the bikini body we’ve worked on for the whole time. However, the idea of ripping thick hairs from down there is not only frighting, but can be dangerous as well. If it’s not done under proper hygienic conditions, a simple bikini wax can turn into a severe wound and might lead to potentially deadly infection. When you head to a bikini wax for the first time, everything becomes even more frighting and the risk for developing an infection is higher. To prevent this from happening, here areThe post All what you need to know…
  • Maria Kirilenko ended her engagement to Alex Ovechkin

    Helena Negru
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Making a name in the sports world as one of the best tennis players is a hard, long job, but pays off great, as you reach celebrity and gain fans. Getting engaged to anther sports star is dreamy – until it ends. This can be the resume of two of the DC’s power stars Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko, both professional sport players. The Russian couple had a broken dream Apparently, the decision to break the engagement was not mutual, but belonged to Kirilenko. She didn’t wanted to share her reasons with the press, but said she respects her formerThe post Maria Kirilenko ended her…
  • Relax Your Mind By Music Therapy

    Adity Bera
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Releasing your mind and throw away anxieties and stresses from your mind is an art. There are lots of techniques to relax your mind and body such as practicing yoga, stretching your muscles, eating chocolate and drinking lots of water. But science has proved that listening to the music also can relax your mind and body. Music has power to change your mood, listening to your favorite music can put you in a good mood. Music Therapy is an authentic way of relaxing your mind. Science says that you can make you mental abilities better by listening music. Music therapyThe post Relax Your Mind By…
  • The Great Lady Manda Aufochs Gillespie

    Adity Bera
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Manda Aufochs Gillespie is a Green Mama. She is a consultant, writer and environmentalist. She lives in Vancouver. She is also known as green mama. The reason behind green mama title is that she has dedicated her 15 years and worked in green fields. She is directly engaged with hundreds of parents through green living classes. She is consulting for homes and business through her writing too. She is an inspiration to people as well. Before handing over the advice to the people, she does lots of research and tries experiment on children and husband. Sometimes her husband get littleThe post The…
  • What Is Hurricane Arthur and What Are It Origins?

    Adity Bera
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hurricane Arthur is tropical storm. This is rapidly rotating storm system formed by a low pressure center, spiral arrangements of thunderstorm and strong winds which produces heavy rain. Symptom of hurricane is sea level changing’s. Hurricane Arthur are the heat engines, they take heat from the engines and convert it to the energy of their wind. They take thermal energy and convert it into mechanical energy. The fuel of this natural engine is moist and warm air. The storm takes the heat from the ocean’s surface and takes it into earth’s surface. They can travel thousands of…
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    Women Blog

  • Makeup Tips for Enhancing your Blue Eyes

    Marion Bryant
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    The eyes are the first facial feature that people notice about us. They are the window to our soul and they tell a story that nobody can understand that is why it is very important that they look their best. Our eyes should never be neglected when we do our makeup because they have the power to change our overall look. From natural look to something captivating, we should apply the right shade of makeup that will enhance the natural color of our eyes.Since you are reading this post, you must be looking for tips and guides on how to choose the perfect makeup that will suit the natural blue…
  • Importance of Work Life Balance for Women

    Marion Bryant
    26 May 2014 | 4:53 am
    Work life balance is very important to live a happy and successful life either you are a man or a woman. A man is the one who is meant to work outside and returns home to get care from his wife and family. He feels satisfied at work as he knows that his kids are safe at home with their mother. He do not have to worry about his alone parents at home because he believes that his sister will look after them. When it comes to a woman, things turn quite different. Women are the one who take care of all the matters going at the home. Their duties can never exclude looking after home, family and…
  • Food Safety Tips

    Marion Bryant
    23 May 2014 | 4:08 am
    Food is an essential component of our life. We earn, struggle and give ourselves a tough time to make some money so that we can feed ourselves and our family. It is one of the basic necessities of living beings. However, now a days, food is not only taken to satisfy the hunger but also the taste buds that crave for different variety of food cooked I different ways. Everyone talks about food, good places to eat and new recipes to try but no one talks about food safety tips. On one side we spend 80% of our income on food, on the other we are getting diseases and health issues by the food we are…
  • A Quick Guide to Buy Women Fashion Boots

    Marion Bryant
    20 May 2014 | 4:03 am
    Are you inspired by the colorful womens fashion boots? Do you think boots look great with all sort of dresses and you really need to have a lot of them in your closet? Are you unable to look as cool as the fashion models on the top of the magazine page wearing the women fashion boots? Here is a complete guide to buy the best suitable fashion boots for you. Before you buy anything, you need to realize that every woman has a different shape, size and body structure, therefore, you need to carefully determine what boot type suit you the best. Boots are cool no matter what you are wearing with…
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    Paris To Go

  • DIY Activated Charcoal and Homemade, Zero-Waste Eyeliner

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Activated carbon is a porous substance derived from organic material. For centuries, Japanese artisans have been burning plant matter to yield activated charcoal, renowned for its purifying properties. With the right equipment, you can easily make a zero-waste version of this versatile, natural product, applying its restorative properties to everything from soap to makeup and deodorizers. 001.Select a dry, fibrous substance with plentiful pores. I chose peach pits because they're in season.Fruit peels, nut shells, and husks are also good options.Traditional charcoal is derived from oak…
  • Tiny Closet Challenge Interview: "A Secondhand, 20 Piece, Parisian Wardrobe" by Alison Sherwood

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
     I first read about Alison Sherwood in this CNN article. The multimedia journalist and mother of two created the Tiny Closet Challenge, a six-week project that helps readers streamline their wardrobes. Sherwood is inspiring partly because she takes a realistic approach to minimalism, writing about what works and what doesn't, from the downside of downsizing to the simple joy of opening closet doors and beholding a calm, uncluttered, expertly curated collection. We're now on round two of the Tiny Closet Challenge, and Sherwood kindly featured my minuscule Parisian wardrobe on her…
  • La Cité du Soleil, Versailles: Solar Decathlon Europe

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Last week, I bundled up in winter clothes and headed to Versailles for Solar Decathlon Europe. The significance of the setting was totally lost on me- someone had to point out Louis XIV was the Sun King before I finally got it. Walking around Cité du Soleil, I imagined people in powdered wigs and coattails, fanning themselves in the summer heat, wheeling along in horse-drawn carriages. Exploring gleaming, palm tree-lined solar arrays while shivering under two coats and an umbrella was a unique experience I'll never forget.I have the most boring things, ever, to tell you about solar power. In…
  • View From the Gucci Table, Champ de Mars: Paris Eiffel Jumping 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
  • La Campagne à Paris: Rue Irénée Blanc, 20éme, Paris

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The home of designer Gherardo Felloni looks more L'Avventura than Moveable Feast, but its location couldn't be more Parisian- La campagne à Paris in the 20eme. During the Haussmann era, contractors used the former gypsum quarry to dump huge trucks of rubble and earth. As with Buttes Chaumont, the landfill posed a potential danger of mudslides, and city officials planted grass and trees to mitigate risk. The mairie soon commissioned Calvinist minister Sully Lombard to spearhead a low-income housing project on the site. Ninety-two homes were constructed for working-class families, displaced by…
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    Jennifer Stinnett

  • Admitting Your Mistakes

    Jennifer Stinnett
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s about admitting mistakes. It’s so interesting to me that this can be one of the hardest things to do. Admitting your mistake fights your egotistical instincts, pulls at low self-esteem issues and makes you want to hide behind a lie out of fear. Admitting your mistake, is overcoming a lot of emotions isn’t it? (There’s a great article about how to admit your mistakes by Lifehacker.org here) Some mistakes however, when we let go, seem to make the best outcomes. I’ve made lots of mistakes over the…
  • Tips For Bloggers Tweeting At Events

    Jennifer Stinnett
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    Getting to an event in any industry either as a blogger or even as part of your business (employee or business owner), actively using twitter at the event is extremely beneficial to you! Why use Twitter to Tweet during an event? Using Twitter while you are at an event is an easy and great way for you to network, listen to conversations happening within your industry and gain some exposure for yourself (business or blog)! Using Twitter can be a great source for Business Development beside LinkedIn. Twitter allows you to connect directly with those at the event you are attending (and an…
  • It’s Always About The Great People You Meet!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    31 May 2014 | 1:33 pm
    One of the things I greatly appreciate in life is the ability to meet and keep great friends. These friends are always there, like minded, ready to encourage and brighten your day! While at the CoffeeCon Event in Chicago – I got to meet some great new people I hope to call friends and catch up with long time friends. One long time friend is Vonnie from ChallengeU2Cook! I met Vonnie’s husband thru work at conference I spoke at in Michigan some time ago. Social media led me to connect with his wife. Warning: Vonnie’s Facebook page is dangerous, fabulous food photos come thru…
  • Happy Birthday to Me! I AM my Family!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    15 May 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Yes, that’s right … another year goes by and another year to get a little wiser! New interesting outlooks and new people to meet. Birthdays are awesome. Due to my previous religious background, I was taught it’s more important to honor a person’s death than it is their birth. Which I agree with … but I also agree to celebrate birthdays. Why? Because gratitude for being alive, being able to learn, and experience new things is what you should always celebrate. Birthday’s are a perfect benchmark to reflect on that! On my birthday – I make sure I do quiet…
  • You Shouldn’t Have To Tell Me Who You Are

    Jennifer Stinnett
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    There is a great book that I read some years ago called “Never Be Lied To Again” by Dr. David J. Lieberman. It’s a short, great example filled, read. I highly recommend it even if you aren’t in law enforcement. It’s a great read for interviewers, business leaders and everyday people like myself. I love using some of these techniques in customer service situations. Reading it will be eye opening and for me … it was a different view back into some personal relationships that gave me the closure I needed. One of the book explanations is the way people try to…
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