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  • A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky … (30 Stories – 12)

    if you want kin, you must plant kin ...
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    So this past weekend was the second round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge.  When I first mentioned this challenge a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t say that this is a multi-part challenge.  The first two rounds, everyone is in the ring, and everyone’s story is read by the judges and the top 15 […]
  • Enter to Win a Total Defense Kit from Nature Unleashed – Value $109.70!

    The Work at Home Woman
    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We’re excited to be partnering with Nature Unleashed for this earth-friendly giveaway! You can proactively shield your total environment by unleashing nature’s powerful work in your home to protect yourself and your loved ones with the all-inclusive ‘Total Defense Kit’ and tote bag – valued at $109.70! The kit contains: 1 Anolyte C™ (Cleanser) 32oz […]
  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

    Learned On by Andrea Learned
    Andrea Learned
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    The following article first published September 19, 2014 in The HuffingtonPost. Women may be leaning in, or at least talking a lot about what that means as business leaders, but they are not doing the greatest job getting their voices heard. Instead, men are still perceived to be narrating business. It follows that men have also taken the lead in using social media to build their credibility and gain influence. So, what’s stopping women leaders from using it to do the same? Just days back from participating in The OpEd Project, with all that organization’s compelling statistics on…
  • Christine Stark

    The Women's International Perspective
    Kim Amador
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Christine Stark is a speaker, organizer, trainer, and an award-winning writer and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee ancestry. Her essays, poems, and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was released by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble as a double manga CD. She is also a co-editor of Not for Sale, an international anthology about prostitution, trafficking, and pornography. She is a co-author of the groundbreaking “Garden of Truth: The…
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  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

    Sheila Nevins
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much to her own chagrin, Sheila Nevins will stop at nothing to preserve her teeth I have spent more on my teeth (most of us have 32) than on any of my weddings, expensive spa vacations, or my kid’s entire education. This toothy madness began in preadolescence, when I wore braces for some three years for a slight overbite (très shih tzu), which I owed to prolonged thumb sucking. This frontal bucking created a mouth made for remolding. My mother had wanted a perfect child and so I was rushed to an NYU dental clinic where trembling dental wannabes completed their education in my…
  • My iPhone Made Me Cry

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Are you befuddled by new technology? Do you long for the days of simple on/off switches and phones that simply ring hello? Do most appliances have too many options? Do tell.       My iPhone Made Me Cry An Interactive Poem I don’t cry at weddings I know the odds Sometimes I cry at funerals But always try to hold back my tears. Yet, my iPhone made me cry out loud Weep Uncontrollably Wet sobs and gasps. It refused to allow me to take charge And I’m a take-charge kinda gal. My iPhone hated me It hated my touch I tried each finger every which way Cutting nails, huffing warmth…
  • A Dog’s Dying

    Sheila Nevins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today our dog received a death sentence. I thought he had some tick disease and went to the gym. When I came back, I learned by telephone that he had a few weeks to live. The vet said his platelets were 500 times below normal. This son of a bitch, and he was one; this cancer had cornered the mutt of my dreams. It was a leukemia – lymphoma, blastoma, gastlioma, whatever – and there was no cure. All we could do was keep him out of pain. Cornwallis* is a dog, not a human being. I know that, and yet my human-heart is broken. So is my son’s. So is my husband’s. He’s family. My eyes are…
  • ‘Mrs. Bogart’ was a ‘straight-ahead lady’ and a ‘good broad’

    Dana Cook
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Remembering Betty Lauren Baby Bacall Bogartwith Kirk Douglas, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Rich, Larry Hagman, Bo Derek, Barbara Walters and others as collected and compiled by Dana Cook.  Cook’s collections of encounters with the famous have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals.  (cooks.encounters[at]gmail.com)   Schoolgirl crush? Kirk Douglas, actor …I went out occasionally with Betty Bacall, who later became Lauren Bacall. She was a junior at the Academy [of Dramatic Arts], not more than fifteen or sixteen years old. I was a senior, and had been…
  • 6 Tips For Coping When You’ve Forgotten Someone’s Name

    Gretchen Rubin
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin on creating your own personal happiness If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble remembering people’s names, or even how you know them. A few years ago, while at a chaotic birthday party for a three-year-old, I was on the brink of going over to some little kid’s father to say, “I think we went to college together.” Turns out it was Dylan McDermott! In ancient Rome, the job of the “nomenclator” was to whisper or announce the names of people as they approached a politician. My husband serves this function for me; he has an uncanny…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

    Andrea Learned
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    The following article first published September 19, 2014 in The HuffingtonPost. Women may be leaning in, or at least talking a lot about what that means as business leaders, but they are not doing the greatest job getting their voices heard. Instead, men are still perceived to be narrating business. It follows that men have also taken the lead in using social media to build their credibility and gain influence. So, what’s stopping women leaders from using it to do the same? Just days back from participating in The OpEd Project, with all that organization’s compelling statistics on…
  • Social Media IS Professional Development

    Andrea Learned
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Communications has a bad rap. Long (and wrongly) suffering a “soft skill” or lower priority taint, it – at the same time – is considered a key leadership strength. What? The disconnect has harmed the practice, and even seeing it as a “practice” or separate role has harmed the integration of communication into EVERYONE’s job.  Not to discount at all the importance of deeply trained marketing and communications professionals, but the power of their work is only further enhanced by more corporate leaders who can authentically (and comfortably) contribute. Therein lies the rub.
  • Forces Collide In Business and Sustainability

    Andrea Learned
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Who would have thought: that marijuana would one day be a legitimate business with energy efficiency issues that demanded resolving;* that a study would show how biking and urban transportation issues connect with societal good; or, that company culture and employee engagement around sustainability could really matter in home building.** In just the first hours of my morning today, I found myself noticing these connections (with the help of Twitter) and celebrating that this is the new world of business. All bets are off. If ever you’ve thought “I’ve got to open up my business…
  • You May Lead, But Do You Influence?

    Andrea Learned
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Who are the leaders in corporate sustainability? When you hear that question, do you think of an individual or a brand name? The average business-aware person would likely spout brand names like Unilever or Coca Cola, given the coverage they get for various sustainability related practices. But, does knowing that these corporations “lead” mean they also influence others in learning and furthering sustainability in the broader sense? Not necessarily. Individuals have much more power to influence. Consider Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman as a theoretical example. He represents a global…
  • 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”…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Christine Stark

    Kim Amador
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Christine Stark is a speaker, organizer, trainer, and an award-winning writer and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee ancestry. Her essays, poems, and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was released by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble as a double manga CD. She is also a co-editor of Not for Sale, an international anthology about prostitution, trafficking, and pornography. She is a co-author of the groundbreaking “Garden of Truth: The…
  • Back to school, or not?

    Stephanie Murti
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Yasmina Hatem, Now., Lebanon– Every fall, schools across Lebanon open their doors for returning students, however Syrian children are missing out on education as the country’s overstretched public school system struggles to find space for the young refugees.Out of 355,000 school-aged refugees between the ages of 5 and 17 registered by the UNHCR, only 90,000 enrolled in Lebanese public schools in the 2013-2014 school year. Read More »
  • EU to call on Russia to help stabilize Ukraine: statement

    Reuters: World News
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will urge Russia at a summit this week to do more to stabilize Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters, but diplomats expect no change in sanctions on Moscow in the near future.
  • Cote d’Ivoire: Ivorian Club Scene Fertile Ground for Teenage Pregnancies

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Yopougon -On Rue de Princesse, the main party street in Yopougon, a raunchy neighbourhood in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan, every second house has been converted into an outdoor bar and grill, a maquis, ready for the weekend.
  • Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic

    Jim Lobe
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Credit: Twitter/@AntDeRosaBy Jim LobeWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus.Concern about the potential threat posed by the virus has clearly grown over the past two weeks, especially after two nurses at a Dallas hospital who helped treat a fatally infected Liberian man contracted the virus. But a major…
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • The 7 Most Common and Serious Sleep Disorders

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Display Title:  The 7 Most Common and Serious Sleep Disorders Subtitle:  An estimated 50-70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep disorder. Learn more about the most common ones. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/sleep-disorders/content/7-most-common-and-serious-sleep-... Align:  right Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Indonesia gold mine for social networking

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Bangkok: Indonesia, with a population of over 250 million, has become a gold mine for social networking sites in Southeast Asia with a growing market of millions of users. Facebook founder Mark Zuc read more
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  • 8 Phrases You Shouldn't Say to Someone Who Has Depression or Anxiety

    Erin Kennedy
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Display Title:  8 Phrases You Shouldn't Say to Someone Who Has Depression or Anxiety Subtitle:  Don't know what to say to someone with depression or anxiety? Here are some phrases you'll want to avoid. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/mental-health/content/8-phrases-you-shouldnt-say-someone... Align:  right Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
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  • Get the Makeup Look from Steven Alan’s Spring 2015 Presentation

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    MAKEUP ARTIST KATEY DENNO AND MODEL; IMAGE: COURTESY OF BURT’S BEES We loved the celebration of the button-up shirt at Steven Alan‘s 20th anniversary collection for Spring 2015. Models looked effortlessly cool with their shirt-inspired looks and youthful makeup. Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to the Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. With this in mind, makeup artist Katey Denno created a beauty look that focused on youthful makeup with an emphasis on lips. Denno ensured models were glowing by using…
  • Our 5 NYFW Musts: How We Go from Morning to Night

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Fashion Week tends to be jam-packed for many editors, bloggers, buyers and stylists, but there are a handful of items that can make being on the go a considerably less stressful endeavor. Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno told us that “keeping lips hydrated and on-trend is always in fashion. NYFW is the perfect time to try something fashion-forward with your makeup and the most simple way to amp it up is your lip color.” Here’s a look at our must-have all-day lip color and four other New York Fashion Week musts. Burt’s Bees Cliché as it might be, there’s…
  • Your Guide to Wearing Burt’s Bees New Lip Crayons This Fall

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    After months of wearing lip balm and lightweight gloss, the move to deeper shades for fall doesn’t have to mean intensely rich lipstick. Make the transition with the latest lip crayon from Burt’s Bees. It comes in six different shades (perfect for any occasion) and will give you the pigment you want from a lip color, without the heaviness. Plus, it’s super moisturizing! Stash these anywhere, from your purse to your vanity at home — we promise you’ll want one of them on hand all season long. Makeup artist Katey Denno gives us her take: “Burt’s Bees’ new…
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Don’t be a Blogger Behaving Badly

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Rebecca Flansburg The online world/blogosphere is filled with tons of amazing tips and advice on how to be a super- dynamic-the-bees-knees-type blogger. However, I am fairly certain that there is not nearly as much information about what to NOT do available for those of us whose blog is an important part of their livelihood. […]
  • Enter to Win a Total Defense Kit from Nature Unleashed – Value $109.70!

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We’re excited to be partnering with Nature Unleashed for this earth-friendly giveaway! You can proactively shield your total environment by unleashing nature’s powerful work in your home to protect yourself and your loved ones with the all-inclusive ‘Total Defense Kit’ and tote bag – valued at $109.70! The kit contains: 1 Anolyte C™ (Cleanser) 32oz […]
  • Start Treating Your Blog Like a Business – 5 Reasons You Need Cloud Storage

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna Thanks to WD for sponsoring today’s post and for providing me with a My Cloud EX2 to use and review. When I began my blogging journey, I backed up my computer files on multiple flash drives. Yes, I know, not a good strategy, but I wanted to save money. But after […]
  • Pinterest is Perfect For Direct Sales Consultants

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Pinterest means Pin things of Interest on your bulletin boards. Pinterest is fun and profitable! After only a couple of pin boards and a few pins I quickly saw people coming to my websites from Pinterest. After just over a year it is the top social referrer to my website, even beating […]
  • You’re Personally Invited to Be a Work at Home Fashion Insider

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Holly Reisem Hanna This fall, CAbi is inviting you to experience the brand in a very special way through a live broadcast at one of their many viewing parties! You’ll get to engage with the CAbi Community, get a sneak peek of the spring trends, and find out more about working from home as […]
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    Women's Voices For Change

  • A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor

    Deborah Harkins
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do,... [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Wednesday 5: The Best of the Internet This Week

    Women's Voices For Change
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The NPR special series "The Changing Lives of Women" examines issues that speak to the broad interests of women; Monica Lewinsky is 'rebranding'; Sarah Thebarge, a 27-year-old breast cancer survivor, pays tribute to her wrinkles; a beautiful documentary captures Marie Wilcox and her effort to keep her Native American language alive; and a new book on Coco Chanel examines the designer's engagement... [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • True Confessions of a Netflix Binger

    Alexandra MacAaron
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Alexandra MacAaron Home alone with a terrible cold, I watched Showtime’s entire series "The Tudors" on Netflix. Not a season, mind you, but the entire series: 6 wives, 38 episodes. Every time I told myself I should get up, get to work (get a life), I’d fast-forward through the closing credits and Netflix would automatically push me into the next episode. It was marvelous. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Dr. Pat Consults: Binge Eating—the Causes, the Consequences, the Shame

    Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. A recent study suggests that around the time of menopause there is a second peak of onset of eating disorders. The good news is the binge eating disorder is treatable. [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: A Woman’s Viewpoint

    Women's Voices For Change
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This poem does one of the essential jobs of poetry. It takes a moment that might disappear and etches it into the reader’s consciousness as part of something larger, leaving us with a question that is much more powerful than an answer would be. [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

  • For When You’re Lost Between Here and There

    Natalie Snapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Just in case you need to be reminded . . . Somewhere between early-early morning and early-morning, Somewhere between the breakfast rush, hairstyling and the brushing of teeth, Somewhere between the shuttling of children and the kissing good-bye at the classroom door, is a mom who feels unseen and wonders if what she does matters. Somewhere between the “have a good day, I love you,” Somewhere between the stolen glances and the interrupted conversations, Somewhere between the fantasies of date nights long ago, is a wife who wonders if she’s still treasured and adored.
  • Mud Stories: Because There is Power in Our Story

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to listen to the above podcast (or read-on for more information) A few years ago, while I was attending She Speaks for the first time, I was introduced to a woman whose gentle and kind spirit emanated from every pore of her being. We chatted for a few minutes and I knew we were kindred spirits – and I was right. Except for the fact that she’s a Labor and Delivery Nurse, has five children, homeschools them all and writes on her beautiful blog. Yeah, Jacque’s one of my heroes. After She Speaks, we kept in touch via the Internet and I realized why I liked her so much:…
  • When He Stirs You to Serve The Least of These

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been happening for a while now, this stirring in my soul that something just isn’t right. A feeling that we’re living in discord, a feeling like we say one thing but then do another. A feeling that tells me what I already know but often try to squelch deeper so I don’t have to face the truth behind the nudge. The further up, further in I walk, the more I realize a hard truth: Jesus isn’t here in the flesh anymore. He needs us to do what He would do if He were still physically present on this earth. This is a hard truth because sometimes I don’t want to…
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    Diva Marketing (Blog)

  • Is Your Personal Brand Attracting the Right Audience?

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    This week it was my honor to present at South Wired 14, formerly known as Digital Atlanta. South Wired is the longest on-going social media/digital marketing conference in Atlanta. It was my pleasure to share the stage, as co-presenters, with Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe. South Wired is 5 days packed with smart people talking about issues of how to succeed in the ever changing and challenging world of digital marketing. Dorothea and I spent hours discussing what we could bring to the party that might be a little different and add value for the attendees. Our conversations led us to explore the…
  • Interview With American Marketing Association CEO Russ Klein

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    There's a new dude in town. Well in the world of the American Marketing Association. Russ Klein recently accepted the role of CEO for AMA and with that he now leads North America's largest professional marketing association. Of course, AMA dropped a media release which details Russ' credentials (impressive!). I was curious about the man-behind-the-logo. I felt I had a bit of a vested interest since my AMA affliation has a deep and long history from chapter president, to serving as facilitator of interactive and social media workshops and managing AMA's first virtual communities. One might…
  • Why I Write - Blog Hop "Old Fashion" Meme

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    When BBF Yvonne DiVita, author/founder of Lipsticking and BlogPaws, asked me to play along on an 'old fashion' blog meme or blog hop, I immediately said yes. Blog memes were popular before blogs were social media. So this post is not only fun but a bit nostalgia. I've always wanted to be a "Writer." However, I never really knew I was until I started Diva Marketing. Funny because I wrote all the time. I've always had/and have a little note book with me to jot ideas, impressions, thoughts. I write in coffee shops, on planes, on trains, in parks, in a car. I write most everywhere. With…
  • The Waffle House - A World Cup Battle To A Social Media Win With Meghan Irwin

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    The U.S.A. won against Belgium in the World Cup game. Well .. not really .. but sort of. The Waffle House, an American, iconic, southern, restaurant company, walked away with the social media trophy. Paying not one of the 75k dollar sponsorship fees, the Waffle House's followers organically helped score them the win via a social media waffle battle: sweet versus Belgium waffles. Many saw the battle unfold on Twitter but I wondered ... what was the back-story? How did it begin and what course of action did the Waffle House plan? Meghan Irwin, Waffle House, agreed to tell us what it was like…
  • 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 ...
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  • Options (30 Stories — 13)

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Options Wind-blown rain tore at Anthony’s jacket, finding the gap left by his missing button, secreting through his shirt and settling uneasily against his skin.  He increased his pace and ducked his head against the rain, curling as far inward as possible.  When he reached the office building, he took a minute to shake himself […]
  • A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky … (30 Stories – 12)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    So this past weekend was the second round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge.  When I first mentioned this challenge a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t say that this is a multi-part challenge.  The first two rounds, everyone is in the ring, and everyone’s story is read by the judges and the top 15 […]
  • Credit (30 Stories – 11)

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Credit On his way up the escalator at the mall, he slipped his press pass out of his back pack and looped the lanyard around his neck.  He thought for about the ten-millionth time, how happy his mother would be that he wrote for a living.  He wasn’t entirely sure how happy he was about it […]
  • The Summer Wind (30 Stories – 10)

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The Summer Wind She would have liked more time, Iliana thought, standing over Stan’s hard, almost ceramic-looking face at the funeral.  A few weeks, months.  But there was no time.  At least not for Stan.  He looked calm nestled in the cream satin, his perpetually red face dulled to a grey peach.  Someone had strung a […]
  • Chrysanthemums (30 Stories – 9)

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Chrysanthemums White and yellow Chrysanthemums in a thick explosion filled a wide vase at the center of a display of get well cards decorating the window ledge.  Chrysanthemums were Marty’s favorite, each like an exhuberant firework, like the flower world’s equivalent of jazz hands.  Mart bought them for Carla twice a week, had been buying […]
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    Stirrup Queens

  • Dear Godinterest, I’m Jewish

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today I got an invite to Godinterest, the Christian social media site.  It’s been around for a while (there was a HuffPo article about it back in May), but for some reason, they spammed the Internet today with enough Godinterest invites to get the site trending. I think it’s lovely that Godinterest exists.  The Internet […]
  • Spells, Salves, and Pills

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    On page 213 of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Quentin thinks while confronting the depths of his sadness, “Wasn’t there a spell for making yourself happy?  Somebody must have invented one.  How could he have missed it?  Why didn’t they teach it?” And I thought to myself: if there was a spell like that, I would […]
  • The 2014 Creme de la Creme List is Now Open for Submissions

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    It is the ninth anniversary of the little Creme de la Creme, where we celebrate our corner of the blogosphere. 97 bloggers participated last year. If this is your first time hearing about the project, this post should tell you everything you need to know. If you’ve participated in years past, you know how much […]
  • #MicroblogMondays 8: Last Name

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* I read a bunch of stories last week concerning Amal Alamuddin taking her husband’s last name, as if this was earth-shattering news.  For example, The Stir wrote, “She, arguably, has an even more successful and […]
  • I Made a Sonic Screwdriver Out of Toilet Parts…

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    …And it looks fantastic.  Plus it lights up. At least, I think it looks fantastic.  And the Wolvog flipped out over it.  I would love to be able to tell you how I made it except that I don’t know the names of any of the parts I used beyond washers and toggle bolts.  And […]
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  • Students Protest Fordham University’s Anti-Birth Control Policy

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school’s anti-birth control policy. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest
  • Doctors Warn That Measure 1 Would End In Vitro Fertilization in North Dakota

    Feminist Newswire
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Doctors at North Dakota's only clinic offering in vitro fertilization are speaking out to warn voters that Measure 1, a proposed personhood amendment in the state, would make the practice illegal. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes
  • Obama Administration Issues New Rule to Strengthen Response to Campus Sexual Violence

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    After the Department of Education's announcement of final rule on implementing changes last week, the Clery Act will now more effectively address and report campus violence. Related posts: New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault Violence Against Women Act Turns 20
  • Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Hulu, an online, ad-supported streaming service, has refused to run an advertisement from the "No on 67" campaign in Colorado, citing the company's policy regarding "controversial" political positions on issues like abortion. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
  • Afghanistan’s New First Lady Advances Women’s Issues

    Feminist Newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan’s new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women. Related posts: Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women First World Day Against Human Trafficking Encourages International Action Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
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  • “Modern Family” Fall Event at The Grove + a Giveaway!

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post. I was, however, offered to gift bags to give away to two readers and I always love the chance to give cool things away. Also? I love Modern Family and this sounds like a fun event and I was happy to spread the word. Next Sunday (October 26th) a Modern Family Fall event will be taking over The Grove. The event is free! There will be lots of fun activities for families, including an interactive corn maze, a pumpkin patch (with hundreds of art pumpkins) snacks, face painting and more! (Read more about it here.) I plan on taking the family for a few…
  • Photos: Birthday Party!

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    My niece and nephew celebrated their birthdays last weekend. I captured the day with my camera. These are a few of my favorite shots. The Birthday Girl The Birthday Boy Jump around! Girls just wanna have fun! Making a wish. Time for presents! Mama love
  • My Best Girl

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I love her free, playful spirit. I love that she think she’s too “grown up” to kiss me goodbye in front of her friends at school, but not too grown to ask me to swing with her at the park. She is the perfect mix of little girl and young lady. I imagine us swinging together, laughing at life when she’s in college and I’m old enough for senior discounts at restaurants and that thought makes my heart soar with joy. Loading Swings at sunset with my best girl View on Instagram
  • Shooting and Swinging at Sunset

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    She turned ten in August. I still find it hard to believe that my last baby is ten years old. Time is a jerk, for reals. Yesterday I asked her if she would go to the park with me so that I could take a few photos of her. I told her that by allowing me to photograph her, she’s helping me to learn how my new camera works and to become a better photographer. She’s not a big fan of having me take her photos because “I’ve been taking her pictures her WHOLE LIFE!” But she was so kind and said she would help me. But only if I let her play at the park after I was…
  • Sunday Funday at Olvera Street in Los Angeles

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    This weekend we decided to take advantage of Metrolink’s Weekend Pass and take the train to LA Union Station for a day trip to Olvera Street. (Union Station is only an hour and fifteen minute ride from where we live.) It was a beautiful day that I enjoyed because a) the skies were perfectly clear b) it wasn’t 100+ degrees. Olvera Street is directly across the street from Union Station. It’s a cool, colorful little place that makes me feel proud to be half Mexican. Things to do while at Olvera Street include: Admire all of the colorful, adorable things that you don’t…
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  • RIP Phil Barron

    Melissa McEwan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Phil, August 2008, at home.Yesterday, Phil Barron died very suddenly from complications of a bacterial infection that went septic.Phil wrote at his blog inauthentic (which was the successor to recursiveLoop, which was the successor to Philip Barron, which was the successor to Waveflux), was a former contributor at Shakesville (though always retained his account, in case he ever had anything else he wanted to say here), and was a popular presence on Twitter. This is just a document of his online life—the spaces in which he shared pieces of his offline life.Phil was married to M; together…
  • Open Thread

    Melissa McEwan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by a xylophone.
  • Question of the Day

    Melissa McEwan
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you made any close friends online? If so, tell us all about it! (If you are so inclined.) How and when did you meet? Have you ever met in person? What has the friendship meant to you?
  • Our Friend Phil

    Melissa McEwan
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I am so sorry to have to update this post with the news that Phil has died. I am absolutely gutted. My heart is aching for M, and for all of his friends and family and colleagues. He was so, so loved by so many people.My condolences to all of you who knew him. Please keep M in your thoughts.I will post more information as I get it, and I will write more about my friend Phil later.-------------Phil Barron, a dear friend, a terrific writer, and a former contributor to Shakesville, is in the hospital currently fighting for his life from a bacterial infection which has gone septic. His wife, the…
  • Open Thread for Ottawa Shooting

    Aphra Behn
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    [CN: gun violence, ongoing situation, Islamophobia. There are videos at the links which may not be safe to view. edit: Some CBC pictures in the live feed has included non-graphic, obscured pictures of victims.]The CBC is reporting on an ongoing shooting situation in Ottawa today:Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.MPs and other witnesses reported several shots fired inside Parliament, and a gunman has…
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  • More Men Are Raped in US Than Women?

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    You may have come across that assertion before if you have the habit of visiting MRA sites on the net.  I've seen it, but never found any sources for it, except for fuzzy hints that it's because of prison rape of men is not included in the general rape statistics.But the Gamergate led me to the tweets of one of its avid supporters, and the  result is that one of this gentleman's earlier tweets provided me with a source for the view that men are raped more often than women in this country. The link he so kindly provided is from October 2013 Daily Mail.  The crucial bit is at the…
  • On Mice and Men. Another Weird Research Popularization

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This one, from the UK Independent (though extensively available elsewhere, too), with the title:Man flu is real: Scientists say men have weaker immune systemsAnd this picture:  We are told that women have stronger immune systems than men.  We are then told that a study has shown this.  We then find out that it's mouse women who seem to have stronger immune systems than mouse men,  at least against the bacteria streptococcus pneumoniae: Scientists from Harvard University have discovered that the female sex hormone oestrogen fortifies the immune system, and men are suffering…
  • What Made Women Scarce in Computer Science Courses in the US?

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
     This NPR program is worth listening to.  It tries to find what happened around 1984 to cause the anomalous drop in the graph below for women in computer science:I'm sure other explanations are possible, but the one that program uses is a pretty credible one.  It consists of  looking at a particular time when computers became coded "male," a time when it first mattered that women and men beginning computer study courses at colleges had not had the same exposure to home computers. Before that date most people had not had that exposure.  After that date men were…
  • On Ebola And Panic

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    This is a good article on some of the reasons why our hind-brains take over when a new and poorly understood threat to our well-being or survival rears its ugly head (for comparison, check out my theory in the postscript of this post).Fear of Ebola is almost as difficult to treat as Ebola right now, or so I suspect, based on reading the comments to various articles and the articles themselves.  Because we lack information (and because the CDC and the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital also seemed to lack information or used information incorrectly), no amount of precautions seems…
  • The Gamergate Gets Nastier

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    For those of you who are lucky enough not to know anything about Gamergate, these three articles  offer a comprehensive (though much-diluted and sterilized) version of what has been going on:    The Future of Culture Wars*,   Why everybody is fighting and Misogyny.  The most recent female developer getting online threats is Brianna Wu.  This article shows the sort of gentle messages she received for a mocking tweet and the consequences to her and her family.It is hard to measure numbers on Twitter or social media in general.  This means that the number of…
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  • Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Enjoy this classic recipe curled up by the fire. These simple cinnamon donuts are amazing leftover, but they’re the best when they’re warm…
  • Fall Trendy and Bright

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    This fall don’t be drab and boring, be fun and lively. Continue your summer colors straight into fall with slightly darker shades and denser tones.…
  • Momma Gone Chic

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Get your chic fashion sense back into your wardrobe with these great pieces. Mix your pre baby wardrobe with your post baby wardrobe to get this midlevel…
  • Mom on the Go

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Check out these great moms on the go clothing. These pieces will be great for those moms out there that are getting ready in only a few minutes. These…
  • Pumpkin Pie Parfait “Shots”

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    No, we don’t mean shots of booze, we mean mini desserts! These outrageously simple, yet scrumptious little treats are a favorite around here.
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  • LA Fitness vs. Friendship – Who Wins & Who Loses?

    Debba Haupert
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    FRIENDS are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. – Henri Nouwen Funny how random things bring friends together. Like three years ago, after working out in LA Fitness in Oakley/Cincinnati OH for over a year, I happened upon a couple people I’d met in spin class. The spin classes didn’t fit with their schedules, so they just started spinning together on their own in the mornings. They invited me to join them. They invited anyone who was interested. And that has made all the difference. From that random invitation, a series of wonderful…
  • hAPPiness in the Palm of Your Hand – Happiness Journey for Girlfriends

    Debba Haupert
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Happy Today Girlfriend! This year we’re looking at Happiness as a goal for our selves and in ways we can contribute to our friends’ happiness. Our ‘happiness journey’ has lead us to … Is there a technological path to happiness? “Some Pursue Happiness – Others Create It.”               …
  • 3 Things that a Real Friend Tells You | Be a Better Friend

    Debba Haupert
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts A real friend knows how to make a friend feel loved, special, valued. In our journey to ‘BE A BETTER FRIEND,’ we believe there are three things that a REAL friend will tell you … 1. You’re Beautiful (Smart. Amazing. Inspiring. You’re __insert the perfect adjective here__). Positive, thoughtful and sincere affirmations NEVER grow old. Tell her the things you love about her, the qualities that make her amazing, the strengths she has that she may not even know. Tell her what…
  • 7 Simple Secrets to make Friends LOVE You

    Debba Haupert
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard Ever move? Get super busy with kiddos or work? Become ‘a little’ addicted to social media and spend all your time on your phone? Or dedicate all your free time to others? It’s easy to let these things happen. It’s life. It’s this time of your/my life, right? But, after the job, kids, phone, family, volunteering, exercising, cleaning, cooking, driving, delivering … sometimes ‘friends’ get lost. FACT: Female friendship makes women healthier, happier, less stressed,…
  • Happy Fall and Halloween Girlfriends! 10 Ways to Celebrate Falloween

    Debba Haupert
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween. ~Erma Bombeck We love Erma Bombeck. She had such a gift for women’s wisdom. Like: When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday. It takes a lot of courage to share your dreams with someone else. LOVE Erma! So glad she shared girlfriend advice with all of us! We’re celebrating FALLOWEEN this week on…
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    Pink Lemonade

  • A Christmas Tradition

    Liz Gilbert
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Smell is one of our most powerful senses...  Think about it - ever catch a whiff of something and all of a sudden a memory of long ago is triggered in your mind??  Happens to me all the time, a certain perfume can remind me of a summer filled with fun or the smell of the forest conjures up thoughts of camping in the woods with my family as a child.  And oh, the smell of gingerbread - well, we all know what kinds of wonderful Christmas memories that can retrieve from the depths of your mind.Chimney SweepPhoto Credit:  Joshua Ets-HokinThere's one more smell though, that can…
  • Weight Loss Wednesday - Do You Have a Sugar Addiction?

    Coach Jenn
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Welcome to another installment for Weight Loss Wednesdays. I was watching Dr. Oz the other day and his guest was a woman with a major sugar addiction. Through the foods she consumed, she was ingesting about 84 tablespoons of sugar daily. Can you believe it? With Halloween and other holidays on the horizon, I want to be sure to control my own sugar intake. How about you? What are your eating habits when it comes to sugar? Do you read labels? Do you realize how much sugar is actually in items that we don't consider "sweet"? Take pasta sauce for example; one serving can have 11 grams of…
  • 10 Minute Organizing Tricks

    Liz Gilbert
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Whoever thought you'd be able to get organized in just 10 minutes?! Here are a few simple ideas. 10 MINUTE CHORE BOX: Rather than spending hours organizing, and doing it all yourself, create a 10 minute Chore Box for yourself--and one for each family member, if applicable. Each person's box would contain specific chores or tasks that need to be completed. The chores are written on slips of paper, and take a maximum of 10 minutes each to accomplish. You can gear the tasks towards the person's abilities (e.g. while older kids can help out with vacuuming, a 3 year old may instead be responsible…
  • Dinner Diva: Fall in Love with Honeycrisp Apples

    Liz Gilbert
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Apples are one of my favorite snack foods, because they're delicious and a low-maintenance fruit to bring wherever you go. No peeling, all you have to do is pick them up and bite into them. But I'm going to talk about one type of apple in particular: Honeycrisp apples, my very favorite. Even the name of this apple sounds yummy, but what's even more enticing are the health perks!These refreshing fruits have a full flavor of sweet and tart and a lot of juice packed into one bite. The benefits of biting into one of these produce gems is the fiber and vitamin C, even in the skin, so don't…
  • All you need is love?

    Liz Gilbert
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    by Maryanne Comaroto Dear Maryanne: One of my best friends has been unhealthily obsessed with the same guy for almost four years (we're now seniors in college). They have hooked up intermittently over this time but have never been on a date or spent any platonic time together. He has never displayed any actual interest in her or her feelings despite it being incredibly obvious that she is very attached. She refuses to show interest in any other person.

My friend responds to this guy's booty call messages every single time, running over to his place even at 3am in the pouring rain. She is…
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  • Wadjda: A film about how things change

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
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  • Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
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    6 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • The Impermanence of Permanent Pink & Other Colors

    Petunia Face
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Some might call it a mid-life crisis hair choice, but I like to think of it as a pre-chemo-what-the-hell-I'm-going-to-lose-my-hair-in-January-anyway hair choice.Either way, it got me carded at Trader Joe's this afternoon, which is probably more due to the fact that 42 year old women don't usually dye their hair pink, but whatever. I'll take it. A cart full of Fuji apples, caramel soy ice cream and a no way from the checkout guy who I made blush with my downright cougar-y gratitude.Zoey, of course, wanted to dye her hair, too, and I decided to let her because we are on this adventure together.
  • Why I Can Never Go Back To That Monday Night Yoga Class Ever Again

    Petunia Face
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You know that feeling when you're a little/totally rattled, trying to get dinner started, homework settled, telling your daughter that no, she can't pick out what you're going to wear to yoga because even though it's called a sun salutation does not mean I can wear a sundress? That feeling? And then Bryan (or whoever your Bryan is) comes in the front door and you pass the baton to get to yoga on time? That feeling. Well stay with me here.Because that all happened and then I got to yoga, zipped off my sweatshirt, laid out my mat and got into Supta Baddha Konasana feeling like I had totally won…
  • Teresa Giudice and I Are Basically The Same Person Now

    Petunia Face
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    You know you've made a wrong turn somewhere when you start identifying with Teresa Giudice. But I have and I do and seriously--can you believe she got 15 months? What happened? You know she is asking herself that question, just as I am asking myself the same thing, i.e. how did this happen? That I have MS (still hard to say/write those words), that I am scrapping and scraping to leave my family to go to Israel for 6 weeks to have my immune system completely destroyed. I mean, right Teresa? What the fuck happened to us? You in your orange jumpsuit, me with no hair...We should totally be pen…
  • Like A Gyno Exam

    Petunia Face
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Once upon a time in my misspent early twenties I went to The Lusty Lady with my friends. I don't know why, really, except we were drunk and it was Valentine's Day, plus why does anyone go to The Lusty Lady anyway? So there we were, a bunch of sad, stupid girls crowded into a little peep show closet, or the quarter slots, can't quite remember except there was a woman behind a glass window in front of us doing stuff to herself and I was suddenly very extremely jarringly oh-no sober. What does that feel like? one of us asked her, and she looked at us kind of bored and without stopping what she…
  • Now For A Break From Our Regularly Scheduled Programming...

    Petunia Face
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Added to the list of things I never thought I would have to say to anyone: I told you not to close the Lego table on your penis! (See also: this is why we wear undies.)Then this: trying to explain why I will not kiss that particular owie. Never ever, sparkly object--Look! It's a month old jerkified Red Vine I found at the back of the cupboard and you can have it!And for those of you that might not have a child or a penis or both, I give you this genius life hack with Legos.  Off to corral my cords tout de suite (that's what he said).xo,S
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    Our Bodies Ourselves

  • How You Can Help Save Tennessee From Cutting Off Abortion Access

    Rachel Walden
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    As a lifelong Tennessean, I know it’s not the most friendly state when it comes to reproductive rights. And if a ballot initiative to curb abortion access passes this fall, it will get even worse. On Nov. 4, voters will be asked to amend the state constitution by adding the following language: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to,…
  • Our Kids, Our Selves: How to Discuss Motherhood As a Choice

    Guest Contributor
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    by Melanie Holmes “Back in my day, talk of sex was in the closet where it belonged!” Those words were spoken by my mom, who is in her 80s. Luckily, our family closet held a copy of the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” My mom bought the book for my oldest sister, and then she instructed each sister to hand down the book to the next. I vowed to handle the discussion of sexual health differently with my own kids. I divorced from the father of my two sons when they were preschoolers, and quite frankly, I wasn’t sure my ex would hold honest, thorough conversations.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers and the Myth of “Post-Abortion Syndrome”

    Rachel Walden
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    “Post-abortion syndrome” — the idea that abortion causes significant mental health damage — is not a real, evidence-based diagnosis. While individuals who have abortions may have a wide variety of positive and negative feelings afterward (as do women who continue their pregnancies), there is no sound evidence that having an abortion itself leads to psychological harm. Studies that anti-abortion activists claim support the notion are often methodologically flawed, or have been misinterpreted. How, then, did the notion that a “post-abortion syndrome”…
  • Yes Means Yes: California Adopts Affirmative Consent Standard

    Susan Sered
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    California Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed into law a bill (SB 967) making California the first state in the nation to require universities receiving state funds to use an “affirmative consent standard” for determining whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity. This move represents a paradigm shift from women as victims and potential victims whom we need to encourage to shout “no” a bit louder, to women as agents who have the positive right to engage or refrain from engaging in sexual relations when and with whom and under circumstances of their choosing.
  • Forum on Cross-Border Surrogacy, Adoption Attracts Scholars, Human Rights Activists and Policymakers

    Guest Contributor
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and OBOS’s Sally Whelan recently attended a conference on international adoption and surrogacy in the Netherlands. This post has been reprinted with permission from CGS. by Marcy Darnovsky In August, the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy took place in the wake of headlines about two disturbing surrogacy incidents in Thailand. In one case, an Australian couple was accused of abandoning their baby son, who has Down syndrome, with his Thai surrogate mother and returning home with his twin sister; the…
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  • The romanticising of cooking

    blue milk
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    I don’t particularly relate to all of this but man, I loved her turn of phrase: Cooking! Aren’t we past that? In 1982, Jessica Lange as Julie, the glamorous single working mother in “Tootsie,” became my ego-ideal when she sexily told Dustin Hoffman’s character that she was a “born defroster.” Lord, how I loved that expression. Women of the ’80s did not sweat meal prep for their little Amys and Scotts. They defrosted. They took children to diners and bars. They ordered pizza. That was ages ago. And I imagined that matters would only improve from there. By the time my son…
  • Wherever I went

    blue milk
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    “Wherever I went I felt like the last person awake in a room full of sleepers” Tim Winton’s Breath (2008)
  • Nice things that happened not so long ago

    blue milk
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
  • The universe has not been built to scale

    blue milk
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Oh my god, this poem by Dean Rader. Relational Self Portrait The universe has not been built to scale— everything is bigger or smaller than it seems: the sea, the hole, a ship, a sail, your line, the hook, your heart—that’s where the nail of desire drives deep. Sorrow can span a universe that is not built to scale even though rungs are strung from star to shell and back. We end of course where we began (that ship, that hole, that sea). And so we sail full speed toward the iceberg—too fast to tell if size or scale or course is plot or plan. The universe will not be built to scale. The…
  • What do you do if you’re 5?

    blue milk
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    What do you do if you’re 5 and your computer time is up for the weekend and now you want to sneak back on for some watching of favourite youtube clips while your mother is off reading in bed but you can’t spell much? You ask your mother, very innocently, if she can write the phrase “Lord of the Rings, War in the North” on a piece of paper cos no reason, really.
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    Simply Stated By RealSimple.com

  • Shonda Rhimes’ Secret to Success

    23 Oct 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 The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains Why Your Sibling is Good for Your Health (According to Science) 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • 1 Great Reason to Laugh Today

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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  • A Poetic Way to Think About Friendship

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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    Gadgets, fashion and tech for women – Gizmodiva

  • Bluesmart: The smart, connected carry on ensures you never lose your luggage

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Say goodbye to losing your luggage to irresponsible airlines forever! All hail the awesome new Bluesmart suitcase: the world’s first smart, connected carry-on! This smart suitcase can be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Smart Shoes let you call Uber with a click of your heels

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Never imagined I would get the chance to be a real life Dorothy – outside of a Halloween costume that is! That’s right, my own “Ruby” will someday whisk me away to.. New Smart Shoes let you call... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • PetCam: The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends by Chris Keeney

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Recently, GoPro released the Fetch – a GoPro designed specifically to be attached to animal collars. The idea was truly inspired, with fascinating results! Photographer and animal lover Chris Keeney... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Executive Building Brick Set: 24K Gold opulence for the serious collector

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    We know that there are people in the world who feel that toys are just for kids. However, people in the know will tell them differently! I definitely know more adults in.. Executive Building Brick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Voye Clutch keeps your iPhone accessible at all times

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Purses are basically black holes when it comes to phones, especially when you are expecting that ultra-important call from the boss! Say goodbye to frantic digging through purses and clutches with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • South Carolina: Swell for fetuses, less so for victims of domestic violence

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    [Trigger warning for domestic violence] In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman’s defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront “women thugs” who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Also in Florida, Marissa Alexander has repeatedly been denied the chance to use the Stand Your Ground defense against charges after she fired a warning shot above the head of her abusive husband. Shannon Anthony,…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    19 Oct 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…
  • Open Thread with Cheese Platter

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A plate full of yummy stuff I cannot eat for the next month or so features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne'er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly Open Thread, but consider whether your…
  • Quickhits: Ebola fearmongering, massacre threats, GassyGoat, who gets to pick up a gun and live?

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Still not feeling up to sitting in front of the computer for too long while convalescing from my hospital admission, but here’s a few things I’ve noted filling my feeds: * The media hyperventilation over the way over-stated risks of catching Ebola for those in the West (and the predictably awful racism on display amongst too many people who’ve swallowed the hype). Also too many people unwilling to accept that Ebola patients have privacy rights (h/t @amaditalks). * The specific threat to enact “another Montreal massacre” at USU if they went ahead with a talk from…
  • In defense of “bad” abortions

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most women don’t need to be told the story of a woman’s abortion (or two abortions) after forgetting to use birth control in the heat of the moment. Most of us know a woman who’s done that. About one in three women will be her — as quoted in the linked article, one in three women will have had an abortion by age 45, and by Guttmacher’s oft-quoted report, more than 90 percent had their abortion for reasons other than the standard rape-incest-health of the mother-fetal abnormality inconsistent with life that is more likely to get a pass. Statistically, several…
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    Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

  • Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa on Mythical Easter Island

    Shelley Seale
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    One of the most remote places you can visit on Earth is also one of the most mysterious: Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui in the native language. Dubbed Easter Island when the first Europeans landed here on Easter Day 1722, the island is the most isolated inhabited place on earth – farther from the next piece of land than any other settled place on our planet. Nearly six hours by air from mainland Chile, Rapa Nui holds some of the greatest mysteries known to humankind. It is most famous, of course, for the legendary statues that seem to stand guard around its coastline. Many people…
  • October 23: Special Cocktail Party Invite in San Francisco

    Teresa Rodriguez Williamson
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A few San Francisco’s notables are uniting for a very special evening to discuss human trafficking and ways to stop it. Did you know that San Francisco ranks #3 in the US for Human Trafficking? Come and meet Professor David Batstone, author of Not For Sale, who teaches USF’s Capstone Course in Ethics, and serves as Co-Professor in the Erasmus Program. Men, women, and children are sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor. This is happening globally, and domestically; in urban and suburban areas; in hotels, restaurants, and on street corners. Slavery is wrapped up in…
  • The Basics: A is for Apple. Rhode Island

    Cynthia Englsih
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    The Basics: ‘A’ is for Apple. by Cynthia English Fall. Changing colours from green to gold…to red…to orange. Crisp Air. Glowing fires. Pumpkins. Apples. Apples. Apples. Apples: Some say over 5,000 varieties exist. Others quote 15,000. Either way, that is A LOT of variety, especially, when one considers that of those thousands, only about ten actually make it to the supermarket for our hasty fruit purchases. That is one major edit— too major! Thankfully, over the past decade, interested, savvy, risk-taking, taste seeking growers have been committed to the art of heirloom…
  • A Coastal Classic: The Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa; Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    Sheila Gaspers
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The tranquil beauty and charm of Boothbay Harbor, a boating mecca, extends beyond the harborfront village and marina to a pristine and private paradise amidst stately spruces perched on a hillside of verdant green. No… not heaven… but heavenly. At first sight, one recognizes that The Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa has the WOW factor. The historic 52 acre property is a class act with style, sophistication and a surreal ocean edge setting that set it apart from the norm. My early evening arrival was graced by a misty fog clouding the approaching sunset. The afternoon rain…
  • Lobsters, Lighthouses and the Island Life: Portland, Maine

    Sheila Gaspers
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    My plan for an end of summer escape was focused on finding a nice mix of culture, coastal countryside and cooler temps. I was excited…no ecstatic…to exchange Florida’s steamy hot and humid weather for New England’s seaside charm and ocean breezes. Maine made the cut this go round meeting my trip criteria and travel timeline over other Northeast destinations. First stop of my five day adventure was Portland, Maine’s largest city and a historic harbor town nestled on the edge of Casco Bay. At first glance, the city is a dichotomy – eclectic, urban and edgy with a youthful…
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  • Smythson Wedding Planner Panama Notebook

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Forget something? If the idea has you waking up in a cold sweat, maybe it's time to invest in this Smythson Wedding Planner Panama Notebook ($80). It comes divided into...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Gold Flying Piggy Bank

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Think you'll meet that savings goal when pigs fly? Well, this Golden Flying Piggy Bank ($28) might get you a little closer. Put this sweet little guy someplace prominent to...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Senz Automatic Dazz Buzz Umbrella

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Getting stuck in the rain is bad enough, but getting stuck in the rain on an insanely windy day is far worse. But now you can bid farewell forever to...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Dior Diorific Golden Shock Leaf Effect Top Coat

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Glam up your mani by adding a golden glitter top coat ($28) to it. We bet a matte black for Halloween would look totally cosmic with a bit of shimmer,...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Dinner Hostess Top

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A true Dinner Hostess Top ($45) would be impervious to wine and tomato stains. Hell, the ideal one would make dinner for you, all the while suggesting witty anecdotes to...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

  • Anti-Epileptic Drugs and Risk of Miscarriage

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Do anti-epileptic drugs increase the risk for miscarriage and/or stillbirth? Many reports have demonstrated an association between the use of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy and increased risk of congenital malformations and pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia, preterm birth, and intrauterine growth retardation.  However, little is known about the impact of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) on the risk […] The post Anti-Epileptic Drugs and Risk of Miscarriage appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Prenatal Valproate Exposure and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which include childhood autism, autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, atypical autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders, are characterized by social and communication difficulties and by stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests. It is estimated that autism spectrum disorders affect about 1% of children. While genes play a significant role in the risk […] The post Prenatal Valproate Exposure and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Schizophrenia

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    With the advent of the newer, atypical antipsychotic medications, patients with psychotic disorders have been able to achieve greater symptom control with less disabling side effects. For women with schizophrenia, there has also been an increase in fertility rates over the last decade.  Previous studies have suggested that women with schizophrenia, as compared to women with no psychiatric illness, are at increased risk for pregnancy and delivery complications, including low birthweight, intrauterine growth restriction, and preterm birth.  However, most of these studies occurred at a time…
  • Stimulants Improve Cognitive Functioning in Menopausal Women

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Many women report cognitive difficulties — forgetfulness, distractibility, feeling foggy —during the transition to menopause.  While much attention has been devoted to the treatment of vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, less attention has focused on the management of the memory difficulties and other cognitive problems many menopausal women may suffer. In […] The post Stimulants Improve Cognitive Functioning in Menopausal Women appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Impaired Maternal Infant Bonding More Common in Women with Severe Postpartum Depression

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Maternal psychiatric illness can profoundly affect how a mother interacts with her child and is a risk factor for impaired mother-infant bonding, which may include a spectrum of difficulties: decreased maternal affective involvement, increased irritability, aggressive impulses, or, at worst, outright rejection of the infant (Brockington et al, 2006).  It is important to note, however, […] The post Impaired Maternal Infant Bonding More Common in Women with Severe Postpartum Depression appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
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    Life in Transition

  • A Checklist for Retirees Returning to Work

    Natalie Caine
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    As one of the Wall Street Journal Experts, Natalie’s blog was originally published at blogs.wsj.com. When you shift back into routines and accountability after being retired, a part of you fears you made a mistake and are trapped. Your inner doubter says that you took on more than you wanted to at this stage of your life and that you will be left out of the other life you developed that didn’t include a work schedule. You get to decide who to let lead you. Who do you want to listen to that speaks in your rushing head and heart? The mistake I see people making is that they don’t give…
  • The Empty-Nest Book Hatchery

    Natalie Caine
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Natalie was featured in the October 10th New York Times article “The Empty-Nest Book Hatchery” by Nancy M. Better. “Typically, it takes about a year to move on,” said Natalie Caine, a Los Angeles life coach who offers specialized counseling for empty nesters. “If it goes beyond that and you’re really suffering, you should consider professional help.” Click here to read the entire article at NYTimes.com The post The Empty-Nest Book Hatchery appeared first on Life in Transition.
  • A Disconnected Day Leads To A Decision

    Natalie Caine
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    She had been so happy having a week together, for one of her family’s joyous celebrations. When it ended, the void dropped her to unexpected tears. She felt left, unseen, standing alone in an airport line of strangers, with nothing to look forward to when she would return home, opening her front door, to the same same. A big change happened. As she flew back home, trapped, as she put it, with only herself on a dry, cramped airplane.   She pulled out from her black purse, a yellow notepad. She wrote fast, not sentences, phrases about fears, angers and disappointments. She wrote less…
  • Did You Know About Natalie’s Art?

    Natalie Caine
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Artists are gathering to welcome in the holidays.  This will be a really fun group of women.  I will be selling my photos and gift cards. Come join us. Your invitation is below. See you soon. ………….  Natalie Caine Thursday and Friday, October 16 & 17, 9am-6:30pm 516 Arbramar Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 $5 Entrance Fee and 20% of all proceeds go to benefit for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Los Angeles   Come fine one-of-a-kind treasures – vintage textiles, purses and bags, canvas totes, jewelry, dresses, treasure boxes, dyed panama linen straw…
  • Divorce

    Natalie Caine
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    She wanted to get a new perspective about being solo now that her divorce was final, but perspective was clouded by deep sorrow.  “Just say I am sorry, just say it wasn’t your fault, just say I love how you raised our kids, just say your smile lifted me on those over worked days, just say I honestly loved you, just say you taught me to brush it off.”  When you know what you want to hear to heal and you can’t get it, now what? She asked him to say anything personal about her and him that was positive. He couldn’t.  She wept. She wanted this pain to be over. She…
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  • Get the Halloween Looks: Cleopatra, Wicked Witch + More Beauty Tutorials to Take Your Costume to the Next Level

    Lucia Peters
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wowzers, Bettys—can you believe that Halloween is this month? In case you’re lost for what to be, we’ve got three fab beauty tutorials to help. These how-tos from our friends at INGLOT Cosmetics will have you all dolled up as Cleopatra, a Dia de Muertos sugar skull, or the Wicked Witch of the West in no time flat—with a glam twist, of course! All the products mentioned here can be found at inglotcosmetics.com. Read on for all the deets!
  • 11 Celebrities Who Have Had Real-Life Ghostly Encounters

    Lucia Peters
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In honor of today’s spooky holiday, we’re digging through the vaults and pulling this oldie-but-goodie out of the archives. There’s no time like Halloween for a good ghost story or two! We caught a lot of panels while we were at New York Comic Con this past weekend, but one of our favorites was called “Celebrity Ghost Stories: Fact, Fiction and Previously Untold Tales in Paranormal Pop Culture.” Celebrities? Ghosts? We’re in! Given by journalist/NYU professor/all-round “ghost guy” Aaron Sagers, this talk made our skin crawl with all sorts of real-life ghostly…
  • BOO! 13 Spooktacular Halloween Manicures

    Lucia Peters
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween is almost a month away! Not going all-out with your costume this year? Don’t worry—you can still celebrate with some festive nail art. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve rounded up 13 fabulous Halloween manis from around the web. We don’t know about you, Bettys, but we’re DYING (see what we did there?) to try them out!
  • 5 Secrets About First Dates – From Your Gay Best Friend

    Betty Confidential
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    I know men. I date them. I am one. I stare at them when they’re at work on high-rise construction sites. So, who better to tell you what goes on inside the male mind on a first date? And I’m gonna tell it to you straight. Well, as straight as I can. First dates are tricky for all of us. (Full disclosure: I recently went on an outing with a guy with zero conversation skills, only to later find out he was deaf and that I mumble too much to allow for proper lip reading.) Still, there are a few things all types of men agree on, straight, gay and mumblers alike: 1. Don’t be phone-y. Prior to…
  • Top 5 Foods for Sexy, Shiny Hair

    Betty Confidential
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Who doesn’t want shiny, sexy, young-looking hair? While we struggle with conditioners, glosses, salon treatments and flat irons to get our hair looking red carpet fabulous every day, there’s a more organic approach to gorgeous hair that we often forget: diet! The foods we eat can greatly affect how shiny, bouncy and thick our hair appears. Lock & Mane reached out to Dr. Michael Lorin Reed, a New York dermatologist and renowned expert in women’s hair health and disorders, for tips on super foods for healthy locks. He tells us that “a well balanced diet rich in B vitamins, iron,…
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Doggone It!

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I couldn’t resist using the above title for today’s post. I know a lot of you are waiting for puppy/dog news, but I think it’s going to be a very long wait. Train Tracks:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. People who have dogs with recent Newfie litters, And even people who are expecting litters in the next few weeks, Already have their puppies spoken for. That’s not to say something couldn’t (unexpectedly) change, but I don’t have any expectation of finding a dog quickly. The people I’m talking to, for the most…
  • Randomness

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I have almost this entire week free. A “free” week NEVER happens … but I had cleared my calendar thinking I would have a brand new puppy this week. I wanted an open schedule so I could bond with him, etc. Life is full of funny (and not so funny) twists. Laguna Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. •  On a positive note, I’ve met some REALLY nice people since having my Bad Breeder experience.  It’s a good thing too, because I  had given up  was about to give up on the human race. •  Every day I’m contacting a…
  • The Pet Adoption Process

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Did you know how difficult it has become to adopt/purchase/rescue a dog? I had a friend go through the process awhile back. He joked about it taking nine months, the “interrogation process” he endured, endless paperwork, etc. He said it was harder than adopting a child. Of course, he was joking – and I laughed right along with him. But, really … It’s become quite a drawn-out ordeal. I realize there are Bad People who were scooping up available dogs to use as dog fighting “bait.” (The very idea makes me ill!) And there are always lots of people who…
  • The Weekend Without Pictures

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I hope you had a good weekend. I went to see Gone Girl. It was really good. I had read the book when it first came out. I always worry movies will be disappointing compared to the books they originate from, but that was not the case with Gone Girl. I also went to a “Newfie Picnic” put on by the Southern California Newfoundland Club in Long Beach. I crashed their party in hopes of meeting “someone” who could put me in touch with “someone.” OK, I didn’t completely crash. I was invited by a woman I’ve met, but at the last minute she couldn’t…
  • The End of the Road

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Laguna Beach:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.
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    moosh in indy.

  • 929 words

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    You know that “picture paints a thousand words” cliche? I tried finding a thousand words about a picture when I was in Jr. High as part of some school assignment and you know what? It’s hard as hell to come up with a thousand words about a picture. But this one, (well, that one ^ up there ^) I may not have a thousand words about it, but I do have an awful lot of feelings about it. I may even have a few hundred words about it. I took this on Saturday at a pizza place Urban Spoon told us about in Brandenburg, Kentucky. We spent the morning at Squire Boone Cave where Addie and…
  • Vivi-isms

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    *farts* “Whoa, that was my butt waking up.” *seated at a very busy restaurant, large man walks by* “That’s a very big boy, I’ll bet he has a very large bellybutton on his butt. But you don’t. You have hair!” (Butt Bellybutton = Male Genitalia.) *Addie comes home from school, Vivi is very excited. She hugs Addie then disappears. Addie sits on the floor to do homework. A few moments later, Vivi shows up naked and waggles her bare rear in Addie’s face for absolutely no reason.* “Vivi! Don’t lick the walls!” “Why?”…
  • boatcation: on the boatgram edition

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Most of our time was spent on the water slides, can you tell? One major bummer is the big slides weren’t working for the first four days (half) of our trip. Since school was back in session, there weren’t many kids on board so it didn’t seem to be a huge priority to get it fixed, but the families who were on board were pretty bummed. The ship we were on, Carnival Sunshine, was actually retrofitted and relaunched last year (originally built in 1995.) While we could tell it was an older ship (based on layout) everything on it felt fresh and updated. There were a lot of…
  • photo mess? this life will bring you photo bliss.

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There has been one item on almost every to-do list for the past three years, chances are you have a similar one on yours — or at least the thought in the back of your mind. “I need to organize and back up all my photos and videos.” You with me? Good, keep reading: Since you’re still with me, chances are the thought of backing up and organizing all your photos fills you with a certain sense of panic or doom. For me, it’s the fact that I use 5+ devices to take photos and videos which makes the task — in a word — monumental. While my DSLR photos are really well organized, my phone…
  • boatcation: off the boatgram edition

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    What we did on each stop: Grand Turk: There was a beach and Margaritaville pool right off the pier, rather than taking a taxi to a more private beach we figured we’d go with what was there. The girls were able to witness a beer belly competition. So, that was fun to explain. (Free, aside from a little souvenir for my sister.) Puerto Rico (Old San Juan): You can find all that here. ($10 admission to the fort, $3 for pastries and $6 for water. Lots of water.) St. Thomas, USVI: We took a taxi to Magen’s Bay ($8 per person each way + $4 beach admittance for Cody and me.) This was our…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • I'm part of the 99%

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    of women who have used birth control. That is what a new t-shirt designed by Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva says. Sales of the shirts go towards supporting Planned Parenthood. Oh yeah, on the back it says, "It's My Business, Not Politicians." I say we wear these on election day!
  • Review: Ms. Marvel, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Thor

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I can't tell if my new habit of buying and reading comic books is a symptom of a midlife crisis (reminder, I turn 40 in December, send cupcakes & Southwest points!) or a reaction to all the awesome woman-led comics on the market. Let's go with the latter. I say that because 2014 has to be the year of the woman superhero in comics. While I am not a regular comic book reader, I do try to keep my ear open for news like this. So let's do this:Ms. Marvel: Launched in February 2014, this is the story of a teenage Muslim girl who obtains the powers and title of Ms. Marvel. Kamala Khan lives in…
  • Review: "They Came Together"

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a world of "Scary Movie" sequels skewering horror flicks, it was great to read earlier this year that Amy Poehler would take on the genre of romcoms. I was really looking forward to seeing this film that I let out a squeal when I was offered a review DVD copy of "They Came Together." While I laughed a lot, I was also a bit disappointed. The high points: The characters practically talked to the camera to point out which rom-com trope they would enacting. Especially the way Amy and Paul Rudd described each other in the opening scene. It was a brilliant piece of writing and acting. Then…
  • Space Camp: Post-landing thoughts about Day One

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is the proof! I made it to Space Camp and it was awesome folks. I could write for the rest of my life and not fully describe how awesome it was to be there. As I have said before, I was inspired to be an astronaut after the Challenger explosion so the shuttle means a lot to me. Thus being this close to Pathfinder, even if it was never built for space, was freaking awesome. Advance apologies for over using "awesome" in this post. Pathfinder does include two solid rocket boosters, genuine space shuttle main engine nozzles and a genuine external tank. So there's that.I seriously was so…
  • Further Thoughts on Sparkle Science

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I'll be talking Sparkle Science on The Morning AMp on Vocalo and then The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ on Wednesday.  From deviantart.comOn Monday I threw in my two cents on the "Sparkle Science" debate via an op-ed published by USA TODAY. Overall I've received positive feedback and more "thank yous!" than I expected. But in the midst of writing on deadline, I missed a few things, but I want to address the only push back I've read...so far.The first is that I framed the conversation in too much of a bifurcation of girlhood/femininity. I should know better as my daughter is certainly a…
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    Women on Business

  • What You’re Selling isn’t Always What They’re Buying

    Rosemary Nonny Knight
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/WomenonBusiness If you haven't already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/womenonbusiness
  • Boom in the Asset Finance Market Helps SMEs Grow

    Sponsor Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
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  • How to Create A Financial Model for Your Business

    Virginia Ginsburg
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
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  • 15 of the Best eCommerce Templates to Make a Selling Website

    Community Member
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
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  • Active and Reactive Approaches to Get a Board Seat

    Tracy Houston
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
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    Woman Tribune

  • Get Your Halloween Cat-titude On with this Julep Nail Art Tutorial

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    I am a HUGE fan of Julep nail polish. Can you tell? Halloween is such a fun time of year. It is a holiday that mandates celebrating in style. Whether or not you plan on putting together the perfect costume, nail art or even a simple mani can go a long way in getting into the Halloween spirit. I’m not so great when it comes to nail art, so I usually wear a single color. Today it’s Julep’s Leslie, a black and silver specked shimmer. The shimmer is subtle, but it’s just enough to make you give it a closer look. Julep put together a step-by-step Halloween nail art tutorial…
  • Tuesday Giveaway Linkup: October 21, 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every Tuesday, with your help, we’re rounding up some of the best giveaways going on around the blogosphere in our Tuesday Giveaway Linkup. Link up your ongoing giveaways using the linky below. Our preferred format for linking up is: Prize – End Date (Countries Open To) Please, PLEASE include the area(s) of eligibility your giveaway is open to. US only? US and CAN? Worldwide? Include it! It is so disheartening to click over to enter a giveaway only to find out it isn’t available to you. Give a Little Bit Find something that piqued your interest? Woman Tribune is all about…
  • Unlock Your Career Potential with Z Expressions Hospitality #ad

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a sponsored post. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own. tinafranklindg / Flickr Choosing the perfect career now is drastically different than ever before, primarily because of the evolution of our basic, everyday technology. Not only has it spurred entire industries to change the way they operate, but it has also become the key to unlocking limitless career potential. Entering into the workforce used to mean entering into a commute, rush hour traffic, long hours, not-so-nice competitive environments, and limited growth. This way of earning a living still applies to many, but…
  • Monday Morning Tunes: Chris Pureka

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    butohmedusa / Flickr I have been a huge fan of Chris Pureka for years. Many years. So many years, in fact, that I remember listening to her tracks on MySpace back when MySpace was the place to be and there was no Facebook. Yeah, I KNOW. Chris Pureka is aching, desperate longing wrapped in a soothing rasp. It is music that makes you turn inward, into your own history of love, loss, and the depths that make each of us undeniably human, until you begin to ache right along to the sound of the strumming guitar. I was an avid listener of Chris Pureka’s introspective stories since the first…
  • LEGO Finally Ends its Long, Nonsensical Partnership with Shell Oil Company

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    LEGO is one of the most beloved toy brands ever, and has been since the 1950s. Interlocking bricks gave way to thousands of playsets in every theme any kid could possibly think up, including towns and cities, space, robots, scientists, pirates, trains, Vikings, castles, dinosaurs, scientists, undersea exploration, superheroes, the Wild West, and even a minifig-scaled Star Wars Millennium Falcon in all of its 5,000+ piece glory. These prized toys have branched out to make up an entire wildly in-demand franchise. There are 90 LEGO retail stores and six LEGOLAND theme parks worldwide. Numerous…
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  • A Space for You = An Advertising Opportunity

    Tara Joyce
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’ve been lovingly writing Rise of the Innerpreneur for over six years now, and in that time, I’ve published over 397 articles. Man oh man, that’s a whole lot of time, energy, and love I’ve put into this little space on the interweb. Part of my experience with writing this blog has been handling the visibility it has brought, and the various forms in which it can arrive. One common theme as the blog’s visibility has grown is the increasing number of businesses approaching me about advertising on ROTI. To date, I have said no to these requests… In part…
  • Who Defines My Needs?

    Tara Joyce
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    I make a difference by being what I am. I add value to my world by being the light I am, and by holding onto this light no matter what externally arrives to me. To do this, I need to protect myself from the overwhelm of the external world. I need to protect who I truly am. I can not lose myself; and it’s important I acknowledge the force by which others may seem to want me to. I need ways to deal with the tension between taking care of my inner business and taking care of external affairs. As a child, it could be hard to know what was right — the authority figure who wanted me to…
  • The Truth About Our Darkness

    Tara Joyce
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    We don’t really have a problem with peoples imperfections. We don’t really hate the dark aspects we each contain. It feels like we do, but our feelings can be misleading sometimes. It’s easy to point out and judge another for the things that aren’t perfect about them. If you decide to take on this job, your list will easily become a mile long. We are not perfect, and you’re always going to be able to find evidence to back this truth up. No matter the person. What you really have a problem with, when you find yourself angered by another and their imperfections…
  • Dancing with Flow

    Tara Joyce
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    The flow doesn’t arrive until you break past your barrier. Your barrier appears as that “thing” you feel prevents you from starting. And that “thing” is the part of you that resists the activity, that says you can’t do it. You can. Once you start, despite this feeling of being blocked and unable, you will find your groove. You will get into your flow. Once you’re in it, from there, it becomes hard to stop. Our flow feels so good that we can begin desiring it non-stop, without realizing that without our wane, our time of reflecting and in-action, our…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • The Benefits to Downsizing and Living More Simply

    Kylie Browne
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The decision to downsize your home can be fuelled by various reasons: The kids have left home Retirement The loss of a spouse Financial strains The desire to live more simply. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a hard process for many. There are emotional strains to paring back your belongings and sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re caught up in the emotion. Dealing with decades of worldly possessions can be considered cathartic. However a lot of people find it overwhelming when it comes time to take action. Once the decluttering process starts, you…
  • Don’t Let Mess Ruin Your Productivity

    Kylie Browne
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Working from home and staying organized is a challenge many of us face. We hear from many people each week with frustrations about their home office: My office is a dumping ground. I moved into my new house 4 years ago and there are still unpacked boxes in my office space. Keely We just moved and my home office is a crazy maze of boxes half opened! TCC My home office has become a dumping spot for everything that doesn’t have a home elsewhere in our house. I am ready to grab control of the space and improve my productivity by having a space that makes sense for my business! Mandy We…
  • Solutions to Home Office Challenges

    Kylie Browne
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    What’s your biggest home office challenge? Towering paper piles Ineffective filing systems Unsatisfactory habits for dealing with all the clutter Dual room functionality that just doesn’t work. We can help you create your perfect home office – decluttered, streamlined, organized. That sounds good, doesn’t it! Join us for our next online program: 7 Days To An Organized Home Office.  It starts Monday 13 October (US time). 7 Days To An Organized Home Office Over the 7 days we’ll cover: How to reclaim your office space How to sort your piles of paper How…
  • Clear Closet Clutter Fast

    Kylie Browne
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Your Perfect Wardrobe Do you dream about a having a perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized? We can help you achieve that with our next online program 14 Days To An Organized Closet.  Starts Monday 3 November (US Time). This Program Will Help You Deal With The Practicalities Of: Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear Simplifying the way you think about your outfits Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear. Most importantly, the program will also help you unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t…
  • 6 Easy Steps To Staying Organized

    Kylie Browne
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    If you competed in the 2014 Disorganized Olympics*, would you receive a medal?  Merriam-Webster defines disorganized as: not arranged or planned in a particular way not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way.  For most of us who undertake declutter projects, satisfaction is short-lived.  You find that you have spent time and energy creating a clever system that will keep your home or workspace looking fabulous but in the blink of  day, you’re back to square one. * There is no Disorganized Olympics. I made…
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    Everyday Baby Steps

  • That Time I Unknowingly Dated a Married Man for Seven Months and the Lessons Learned

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you're my Facebook friend, you likely watched the saga unfold about a month ago when I found out that a man I'd been dating for seven months was married. I took to my wall with vague reference to the subject as an outlet, a way to vent. I didn't originally intend to disclose details of the matter. I was embarrassed that I could be so naive and blind. And for such a long time. I soon realized, however, that I wasn't the one who should feel shame. I gave of myself freely to this man. I was upfront about who I was, and I was supportive of who he was. It was he who was deceitful, manipulative,…
  • Tips on Preparing for College #JourneytoCollege

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience. My oldest is 15 and is entering his Sophomore year of high school! Where on earth did the time go? I hold a Master's degree in College Student Personnel and have actually worked as a college academic adviser. I know quite a bit about the developmental stages adolescents experience in college, the kinds of coursework they should take for most programs and the kinds of struggles they may face adjusting to higher…
  • 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…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • Anything goes Q&A with me. A spreecast THURSDAY October 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Because it’s time we got together.

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Kindness. Flexibility. Soul. This is what Team D puts into each and every launch. It’s all coming together. We launched an amazing new app that has people talking (ya—literally), we just opened pre-orders for Desire Map Licensing to all subscribers, and more’s on the way. In the spirit of re-centering and connecting, I’m hosting an 60-minute spreecast, where you can tell me what you need or ask anything at all. Anything. Desire. Money. Business. Open jam. Go. Here are the details: Thursday, October 23 11am PT / 2pm ET Access it on Screencast via THIS LINK only. Ask…
  • Desire Map Licensing is open for YOU. A business model for conscious prosperity.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      We opened the door to Desire Map Licensing for our “Inner Circle” members last week. The response was big. New Licensees are already watching their 2015 workshops fill up. And they are already earning affiliate money. Today, we swing the door all the way wide, so that YOU can join the Pre-Sale Event as well. Team D and I never miss an opportunity to give more, so we’re pouring on the pre-sale bonus love. Beauty + substance. The bonus includes a video intensive on group facilitation by Kate Swoboda + a live Desire Map virtual workshop with Lianne Raymond — as in YOU…
  • I implore you: Do not dumb down.

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Two weeks ago on our Beautiful Writers Group call, Linda Sivertsen and I got a really great question: “I’m caught in this trap between people saying, ‘You’ve gotta meet people where they’re at’ versus, ‘You have to show people what you know and then drop the bread crumbs and let the ants find you.’ What do you think?” Linda jumped in: “I only have one line, and then Danielle can take it,” she said. “Don’t dumb down. Don’t dumb down… Write what you know and what you believe and your audience will find…
  • Just Love. (My most epic declaration of desires and demands, inspired by Eve Ensler.)

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    With @djdrez . His beats. My words. It worked. You know what I want? I want JUST LOVE. Something so pure it transmutes my terror of not getting what I want into what I want the most: JUST LOVE. You know what I want? Every desire to be a prayer with wings flying directly to God and back to me, like a circle, guiding my every single word, guiding where my hands move on the keyboard and out in the world, over all the broken things begging for JUST LOVE. I want to know where I came from, how very ancient and dimensional I am. And in that fullness — so perpetually full — I will marry…
  • Unconscious acceptance. Which is to say, What shit are you putting up with?

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We do it for “love,” we do it for spirituality, we do it to polish our halos. We do it because some relationship books tell us to. We do it to look good. We become more … accepting. You KNOW I’m all for Love. The unbridled kind. The pure, bright Love that melts it all to rapturous clarity. That. And… I want to Love with my eyes open — eyes on my self worth, eyes on my dignity, eyes on what I deserve. So I’m way less “accepting” of… way less. If I seem less tolerant, it’s because I am. It may look “less loving” on the outside, but my love…
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    The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC

  • Mile 27 Marathon Recovery

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    This past weekend, I ran my 2nd full marathon.  This marathon was almost a year in the making – from the time I set a goal to run a sub-5 full, to creating a training plan, executing said plan, and finishing my marathon with a nearly 35 minute PR and 4:52 finishing time.  To say I had a very good October 19th would be an understatement.  If you’d like to read the race report, you can find it here. But, marathon training doesn’t end when you cross the finish line – at least not if you want to be able to move the next day.  What you do in the hours and days following…
  • Get Off Your Broom – Check In Week 3

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Get Off Your Broom: Week 3 – Check In   Today is Wednesday, so that means it’s time to “get off your broom” and check in with us! Stop right there and go weigh yourself and let us know how you are doing! This is week 3 for our Diet Bet, but even if you aren’t participating in the Diet Bet we still want to see how you are progressing in your goals for the month! Can you believe that today is the 22nd of October? This month (like all the others, this year) are just flying by! What goals did you set for yourself this week? Did you reach those goals? Or were you…
  • Tuesday Three’s

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      My fellow writer, Lisa, did one of these posts over the summer and I thought at the time, it was a neat and fun thing to try myself some day. Some Tuesday. See, it’s called Tuesday Three’s. She used the tabs across our SJ home page as inspiration to come up with a list of things to strive for in the coming weeks. I’ll take a stab at it. I need some motivation and writing things down here helps keep me accountable. Here we go: Weight loss: 1. Lose 5 lb 2. Hit a certain mile stone of a new “decade” on the scale. 3. Get to my WW meeting four weeks in a row.
  • Not All Sugar is Created Equally

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Oh sugar, if only you weren’t so tasty. And so toxic. How is one to reconcile our innate human desire for sweetness with the harmful effects of sugar consumption? By knowing that not all sugar is created equally, for starters. One of the biggest misconception in the world of weight loss and healthy eating is that all calories are created equal and therefore, sugar-is-sugar and sugar is bad. Wrong. The type of sugar and the source from which it came is infinitely more important than banning sugar entirely from coming within a 20 foot radius of you or your kitchen. Refined sugar is bad.
  • Pop Art Snacks Review & Giveaway!

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether it’s watching the newest episode of Scandal (#addicted – anyone else?), during my 6 p.m. economics class, or that lull between lunch and is-it-time-to-leave-work-yet?, I am a habitual snacker. I am a lover of munching between meals. Knowing this, I am careful to pick and choose what I nibble on so as not to pile up those calories that can lurk in vast amounts in several different snack foods. www.popartsnacks.com Imagine then, my foodie fascination, when I tried Pop Art Snacks Thai Coconut Curry Popcorn. Y’all, this wasn’t just popcorn, it was little orange-y…
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    Oh Hey

  • Houndstooth Must Haves

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I just love houndstooth. It reminds me of my Catholic school days of plaid uniforms, but way cooler. It’s graphic and edgy yet classic and preppy, you can combine it with just about any color, and a little bit goes a long way. I especially love the moody blue and black houndstooth combo, though I prefer to stay as far away as possible from the red and black combo. How do you feel about houndstooth? I don’t think it will ever go out of style. {top row} ModCloth flats $34.99 Zara scarf $39.90 {middle row} Old Navy tweed jacket $35 on sale! Forever21 shift dress $19.90 Old Navy…
  • Worthy of the Week

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Worthy of the Week Since I will never not be obsessed with leopard print, I need this Elizabeth and James cardigan. And speaking of leopard print, no one would ever guess these leopard pumps were from Target. I’d react the same way. 75 photos that will define the 21st century. SO GROSS! But so genius. What happens when second traders are treated to a seven-course $220 tasting meal. Awesomeness. That’s what happens. So, this exists. Thoughts? Chanel N°5 mini-film. Can we please make Jessie J happen? I love her. I didn’t have time for a This or That? post, but come on: $120…
  • 100 Ways to Chill Out

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The older I get, the more type-A I become. I suppose that’s a symptom of increased responsibilities and becoming more set in my ways, but combine that with my introvert tendencies and I’m basically a big ball of anxiety. Thankfully, I think I hide it well, but that’s due to my insistence on stopping to chill the hell out regularly. I know it’s time when I start clenching my jaw, losing sleep, compulsively making lists and checking my calendar, and feel an impending sense of doom. Whether through a conscious effort, like trying to always having a getaway to look forward…
  • October Beauty Buys

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been struggling with feeling a little blah lately, so I replenished my beauty supplies with some old favorites and a few new gems. I’m not one to go out and buy beauty products just to test them out — I like what I like and I stick to it — but I think I found some that were worth the risk. Did you try any new beauty products this month? What are some of your go to products? Any recommendations? Cricket Ultra Smooth Coconut Comb $6 — Infused with coconut oil to help tame tangles without combing out body. Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray $7 — My…
  • Worthy of the Week

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Worthy of the Week 73 questions with Reese Witherspoon. I have mixed feelings about her, especially since she mentions rollerblading twice, but I really like her hair and that she name-drops Tuna. Well isn’t she just a peach (Bellini). Skills we’ve lost to technology. Not mentioned, but I think the most important is cursive. 18 bad sleeping habits to break now. I am not kicking my dog out of bed. No way. No how. I’d buy one. (The title of the article is a wee bit dramatic, no?) Is anyone excited about Better Call Saul? I haven’t heard much buzz. We can dance. I like to…
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    YourTango | The Latest Smart Talk About Love

  • Why I'm Soooo Glad I'm Not a Serial Monogamist

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Spending time alone between relationships is the best way to learn how to be with someone else. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • I Volunteered At The Food Pantry For Years, But Now? I Eat There

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I used to volunteer at the Food Pantry, but now, after years of a bad marriage and the abandonment of a husband, I am the recipient of someone else's volunteer work. And my kids are too. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • 5 Celeb Inspired Drink Recipes That'll Spice Up Your Night

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    If you needed one more reason to love the fall season, we've got you covered! Check out Mamrie Hart's hottest drink recipes that are inspired by our favorite celebs. You definitely won't be disappointed! Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • When Sexy Turns Scary: 10 Things That Spook Guys In Bed

    amanda chatel
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Women aren't the only ones who are capable of being spooked in bed! Men, it seems, have just as many run-ins with some scary situations during the sexy times. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • Cold Feet? 3 Things To Ask Yourself Before Walking Down The Aisle

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    NDN Video ID:  27907324 Everyone has at least a few second thoughts when they're getting married. But figuring out if our cold feet are pre-wedding jitters or something so much more serious is where the real battle begins. After all, it's very easy to get caught up in the hype of the wedding and forget about the marriage that comes after it.read more
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  • You CAN Entertain in Your Small Space

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    If you have been avoiding entertaining because you live in a small space, put your fears to rest and just go for it. You don’t have to have a large apartment or home to have a small crowd of family and friends over for a get-together. Here are some tips to help you entertain in your small space. Guest List When entertaining in a small space, be realistic about how many people you can accommodate. Be sure to keep traffic flow in mind as people will be traveling around the inside of your home as they go from one room to another. You should also take into consideration how much room you will…
  • Helping Your Aging Parent with Memory Loss

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With people living to be older than ever, it is common for adult children to find themselves helping their elderly parents through the aging process. One of the more difficult things to face is realizing that a parent is experiencing memory loss. Memory loss is a direct sign of old age. In fact, by the time people are in their late seventies, roughly 10% of brain cells may be lost. This can result in a shrinking vocabulary, as well as a loss of math, verbal, and spatial skills. The way you interact and behave with a parent who is experiencing memory loss is important. Here are some things you…
  • Could You Be Depressed?

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    If you have been feeling emotionally down for a while and you are having trouble shaking off the feeling, it may be more than just the normal ups and downs of life that is bothering you. It could be depression. Depression is not a sign of mental or emotional weakness. Many things can bring depression on - such as stress, life issues, hormones, and more. No one is immune to it and anyone can develop it. The National Mental Health Association reports that in the United States alone, 12 million women are diagnosed with depression each year. It also states that one out of every eight women is…
  • Transitioning from Print Writing to Online Markets

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    If you are a freelance writer who writes for print publications like magazines and newspapers, you know that times are changing. Many print markets are going under as the Internet is taking over how people receive their information. If you want to advance your career and start marketing yourself as a writer to online markets, there are some things that you should know. Writing for print markets and writing for online markets are two different animals. And, how your articles will be found by the readers requires that you have some technical knowledge about search engines and how to write so…
  • 10 Things to Think About When Making a Birth Plan

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    If you are expecting a baby, the chances are high that the labor and delivery experience is consistently on your mind. No doubt you generally know what type of birthing experience you want to have and you’ve voiced it to your doctors. Yet, instead of just voicing your wishes to your health care providers, you should take it a step further and write up a birth plan. A birth plan is a tangible list of the decisions you have made regarding the birth of your baby. Making out a birth plan will ensure that your wishes are very clear and that everyone that is assisting you with your pregnancy,…
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    She Takes on The World

  • Feel-Good Money Making With Tara Gentile

    Natalie MacNeil
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Are you working hard enough to earn the income you desire?   Guess what? If you think you’re not working hard enough or doing enough, you’re buying into a myth. So many mega successful entrepreneurs know a little secret about this: Earning money shouldn’t be hard work. (Click to tweet!) In fact, this week’s Conquer Summit guest, Tara Gentile, believes making money should be a beautiful and easy thing, which I absolutely love. Tara, who’s the author of The Art of Earning Beautifully and the founder of Kickstart Labs, joined us for last night’s Summit session where we talked…
  • The Path To Freedom With Nisha Moodley

    Natalie MacNeil
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Gaining clarity and finding your purpose can be a real challenge, especially when we’re enmeshed in so much busyness in our day-to-day lives. But finding (and focusing on) your purpose every day can also bring great freedom and incredible personal success. This is something my friend Nisha Moodley and I talked about during our Conquer Summit interview last night.   Nisha knows a thing or two about finding out what’s true to the heart and creating a “sisterhood” to help each other gain inner wisdom. She is a coach, a community cultivator, a writer, a speaker, and a…
  • Emotional Freedom Technique For Busting Through Your Business Blocks

    Natalie MacNeil
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    What’s holding you back from the success you desire?   We all hold onto emotions and past traumas and heartaches that can affect us in so many different ways, and these blocks can actually prevent us from fully conquering in our businesses and in our lives. When I first heard about the emotional freedom technique (“EFT”), I’ll admit I was skeptical. But in learning that EFT is a powerful, drug-free, easy-to-learn, easy-to-use technique that can reduce stress or painful emotions associated with thoughts, past experiences, etc., I decided I had nothing to lose and gave it a shot.
  • 7 Ways To Get Your Groove Back After A Mess Up

    Natalie MacNeil
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today I’m bringing you the last installment in a very special, three-part series on self confidence, sponsored by Invisalign® clear aligners, and today we’re going to be talking about those big embarrassing, “I hope no one saw that,” screw ups that happen to all of us. More importantly, we’re talking about how to get over those screw ups, gain confidence and get your groove back after making that mistake — even if it was a big one! Have you ever botched a big presentation, introduced someone using the wrong name, or flubbed in front of an audience? If so, this video is for…
  • Confidence In The Presence Of Greatness

    Natalie MacNeil
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Today I’m bringing you the second installment in a very special, three-part series on self confidence, sponsored by Invisalign® clear aligners, and if you want to learn how to gain confidence and self-esteem when meeting totally amazing, mind-blowingly impressive people, this video is for you.   So, like everyone, I’ve had plenty of run-ins with people who’ve made me go all starry eyed and leave me tongue-tied. One time, I found myself sitting next to the legendary Iman at an event and I felt so so intimidated! I mean, with heels on she was like 7 feet tall, with the most…
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  • Trick or Treat

    Shaman Mother
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    October is the season filled with displays of witches, ghosts, skeletons and ghoulish items.  They represent the dark side of us all and the fears that permeate our minds.   Horror movies pique interests on watching the terror a person must face to survive.  The HBO series Dexter is an example. (He’s a serial killer that kills other murderers;  a hero and a villain, all at the same time.) Do we need to watch horror flicks to stimulate our fears and darkness when the daily news fills our minds with fear everyday?  Ebola flashes across the TV screen like a red flashing light warning us…
  • What is the T word?

    Shaman Mother
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trust, according to Webster’s dictionary is: “the belief in and reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc, of a person or thing.”  If you look back on your own life experiences, how many times your trust has been violated on many different levels of life?  I think every single one of us can share a story of how a trust was broken and how painful it was.  We can look at organized religions that have broken a sacred trust, as well as governments, banks, businesses, and personal relationships in which trusts are broken frequently.  You might ask ‘Is trust humanly…
  • The Joy of Eating

    Shaman Mother
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:41 pm
    Americans are obsessed with dieting; billions of dollars are spent by consumers on weight loss companies and diet literature.  Yet, one third of Americans are obese and out of shape.  Eating disorders are rampant on college campuses and women who are petite, lament how fat they are.  The new word for diet now is “CLEANSE” OR DETOX.  No one is happy with themselves, no matter what weight they are and the joy of eating is gone! Food experts are everywhere; everyone has an opinion about food: …..Do not eat meat it’s not spiritual. …..Raw food has all the nutrients in them so do not…
  • Integrity

    Shaman Mother
    8 Sep 2013 | 12:47 pm
    Integrity is an important virtue to cultivate. In our fast paced society many people over commit themselves and never follow through on their promises.  Honesty goes hand in hand with integrity like a harmonious chord.  People are conditioned to say what people want to hear, rather than speak the truth. Recently I made hotel arrangements with an online company that had “ Price Assurance”; I thought that this was the lowest rate possible.  I booked with them and then discovered I was over charged by hundreds of dollars.  The travel service told me that the hotel did not have the right…
  • Moment of Surrender

    Shaman Mother
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:14 pm
      Do you feel like life is one big struggle?  There is always some inner or outer conflict that seems to be upsetting our inner peace.  The lists of obstacles are endless: money, health, jobs, relationships, traffic, weather and so on.  I had a client come to me recently and tell me how tired she was of the struggle.  I decided to tell her this story.  A man discovered a chrysalis on his property one day.  Observing the progress of the metamorphosis fascinated him.   But after a period of time he watched helplessly as the caterpillar was struggling to be free of her encasement.
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  • From the vault: So, do you start sentences with so? If so...

    Denise Graveline
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    (Today, since the word "so" is taking a beating in others' posts, a more detailed and nuanced look at whether this is, indeed, a filler word you should omit. The original post appeared in 2010.)The word "so" brings out strong feelings, it turns out.  A public radio host who interviews scientists, when asked what they should do differently, sees it as a repetitive distraction. He says, "Stop starting every discussion with the word ‘so.’ You ask a scientist, 'Why is the sky blue?' and they say 'So...'."  On The Eloquent Woman on Facebook, Carolyn Bledsoe chalks it up to…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    20 Oct 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:Survey says: A new survey says that 70 percent of employed Americans who give presentations see it as a critical skill.Underling or underminer? When women manage men who don't respect women sheds light on a problem in the tech industry, but I've seen it in many…
  • 8 famous speeches by young women in The Eloquent Woman Index

    Denise Graveline
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    They ranged in age from 12 to 25 when they gave these famous speeches, but each of these young women had enough impact to make it into The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. From causes like education and the environment to personal revelations and skilled storytelling, these young women are speakers to watch. In each post, you'll find video, text and tips you can take from their outstanding speeches:Severn Suzuki's 1992 UN Earth Summit speech happened when she was just 12 years old, making her the youngest speaker in the Index. She cuts right to the point, schooling her elders…
  • Why "but all my slides are pictures" isn't a smart public speaking strategy

    Denise Graveline
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    When I'm coaching executives who are using slides in their presentations, I feel as if I've heard every excuse in the book. Most of them are designed to justify an enormous number of slides--often, too many to get through in one sitting. But of late, one excuse seems to recur with frequency, and I think it's a dangerous one: "But all my slides are pictures." And no, these speakers aren't photographers for National Geographic.I'm not a fan of all-or-nothing solutions in general, and when it comes to presentations, it's rare that they work. But what bothers me is the subtext I can hear behind…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    13 Oct 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 up, part one: Journalist Amanda Bennett gives a whole new meaning to "lean in" in this piece about how men talk over women and what you should do about that.Speaking up, part two: It's the 50th anniversary of Lady Bird Johnson's whistlestop speaking…
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  • All You Wanted To Know About Test Tube Babies

    Premium Woman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Infertility has always been an issue which has brought forth many social and psychological traumas in the society. A childless woman was considered a bad omen on happy occasions in the family. Advances in medical science have come to the aid of such childless couples with the development of various new assisted-reproduction techniques. These medical methods are technically called as assisted reproduction. Assistance in reproduction could be done in various ways. Ovulation induction: Ovulation, which is the release of an egg from the ovary, is not always a regular and predictable event. In…
  • 10 Fitness Tips for Women Over 40

    Premium Woman
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Life begins at 40, they say – especially for women. Thatʼs because it is at this age when women are almost through with their responsibilities and they now have enough free time to rediscover and relive their lives again. It is also the age when the metabolism slows down and needs a boost so that women can be fit and healthy in the coming years of their lives. When diets simply donʼt work alone and energy levels are certainly low, they need to be clubbed with certain food supplements and exercises so as to increase and enhance the metabolic rate. [&hellip
  • 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
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  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "It's great reconnecting," she said. Her voice boomed through the phone with a power that penetrated my entire body. It dominated her presence. I could see her speaking to me, through the miles between us, the phone line, the very air separating us. "I agree," I said, without anywhere near as much impact, I am sure. We talked business. We talked personal lives. We laughed. We shared a few stories. We took the frayed edges of our lost connection and began to repair them. The color of our lives improved. We went from gray to red... and variations between.  I find it…
  • Conversation with A Friend #friendshipendures

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Dr Lorie Huston and Yvonne at WIPIN by Yvonne DiVita   #friendshipendures “This is an amazing event,” she said as we met in the narrow hall of the exhibit area for BlogPaws Denver, 2010. Her blue eyes sparkled like a sunny afternoon in June. I have to admit, I was pleased with all the praise coming our way. The event was the second BlogPaws, here in Denver, back in our launch year. I remember the conversation so well because having someone of the stature of Dr. Lorie Huston compliment you is not something you forget. “Thank you,” I said. We shook hands. We talked a bit more about why…
  • Blogging is So 1999!

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita It may only be October but the New Year is looming. Somehow, once we hit September, the days and weeks pass by in a blur and before you know it, Jolly Old St Nick is arriving, with the celebratory night called New Year's Eve, hard on his heels. I wonder how St. Nick celebrates - does he just crash and heave a big sigh, and wait for his wife to bring him a beer? #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmm Over the last two years, as I've worked more intimately in blogging and programs with brands, over at BlogPaws, my emerging and strong community of pet people who blog or tweet or just connect…
  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "You're just so hard to work with!" Harsh words to hear. Especially given the fact that I'm not hard to work with. Yes, I am proud and confident and I can be domineering. But, I also listen well and 99% of the time try to see things from the other person's viewpoint. The incident causing this statement arose from an event that had happened several weeks prior. The person making the statement had worked with a competitor, a big competitor, to devise some online content that she now wanted ME to share.  I was surprised. I was confused. I was ... slowly, a bit angry. "I'm here,…
  • Can We Trust Women Empowerment Ads?

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Guest post by Katie Parsons By now you’ve probably seen the viral “Like a Girl” video ad from Always that features men and women from different age groups performing physical actions like running or throwing a ball like (you guessed it) a girl. The ad, directed by women’s rights documentary maker Lauren Greenberg, has been hailed as an empowering one for both genders by proving that perceptions of what women can and cannot do are vastly man-made. The ad joins a growing list of them that highlight strong, powerful women who are comfortable in their own skin, including those from brands…
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  • Dirty French

    Joanne Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Dirty French is the latest restaurant opening from the Major Food Group team; Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick.  They have been on the move for the past few years opening up new restaurants with an Italian slant.  This one has a completely different edge and they have hit the nail on the head. Located in the Ludlow Hotel on the LES.  A great vibe.  Large booths, tables, a long bar and an intimacy to the room.  The decor is great, the music is always a little louder than I’d like but good tunes. My camera was definitely on the fritz and of course I could not figure…
  • Saturday in NYC

    Joanne Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    The way we spent our Saturday is what I just love about NYC.  Walking, talking, exploring and bumping into people along the way.  We started out at the new Gansevoort Street Market.  We had checked it out on Friday night seeing vendors trying to get it together for the next day.  Located half a block from the first staircase that gets you on the High Line.  A really great addition to the neighborhood.  Fresh greens, Sushi Dojo, Champion Coffee and others.  20 vendors.  I had some sushi. Fred went with the tacos from Tacombi taqueria.  This pic is from the night before opening After…
  • Women’s Equality Party

    Joanne Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.  In 1972 this was passed in both houses of Congress and then went to the state legislatures for ratification with a deadline of March 1979.  Yet in 1977 only 35 of the 38 states needed to ratify the amendment came through.  And so, the ERA was never passed. I clearly remember this.  I could not understand what the big deal was.  How could the ERA not be passed?  It just seemed so ridiculous that anyone would not want to give equal rights to women and acknowledge that through…
  • Prospector Theater, Valerie Jensen, Woman Entrepreneur

    Joanne Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    My friend introduced me to Valerie.  She said that her energy and what she has built is worth sharing.  I emailed back and forth with Valerie and eventually got to talk to her.  There is no doubt that most entrepreneurs find a thread that leads them to starting a business.  The most successful ones are following their desires not something that they are struggling to come up with so they can start their own business.  Valerie began volunteering at Sphere an organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams.  Valerie did not realize it but she has been…
  • Vengo and the NYU Entrepreneurial Lab

    Joanne Wilson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Frank Rimalovski is the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Instititue  He has made quite an impact at NYU connecting them to the entrepreneurial community and helping NYU put some money back into some of their entrepreneurial graduates.  One of the companies that came out of NYU and that Frank and I both work with is Vengo.  Vengo is more than a vending machine it is a billboard that delivers products.  We had a board meeting this past week which took place at the new Mark and Debra Leslie eLab.  What a fantastic place.  There also happen to be two Vengo machines in there…
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  • Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the fabulous hair vitamin Hairfinity, and if you haven’t you’re in luck because today I’m going to discuss my current Hairfinity journey :). When I go the opportunity to review and check out this product I jumped at it because so m... The post Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Are you a scarf holder? Do you have tons of scarves, many of which you never actually wear? Are they all over the place? If you don’t like throwing stuff away, then you have to think of a way to organise your belongings. For example, you can use a scarf organizer. A scarf organiser becomes nec... The post 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

    Da Vinci
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parents today are constantly looking for great ways to keep their children entertained, stimulated and learning.  As a proud aunt and future parent, I take a great interest in what my nieces and nephews learn and digest mentally.  My niece Baylee just turned 4 and is one of the smartest kid’s ... The post Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes you need a night to bond with the ladies in your life. If you’re ready to hang out and have a blast with the girls, here are some fun activities to do together for a “Girls Night In”! 1. Spa Night You deserve some rest and relaxation. Gather the girls together and prepare to re... The post Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Grad school is a deeply enriching experience. It can also be a period of increased financial strain. Below are four suggestions, from a former grad student, on how to finance your advanced studies.   CREATIVE WORK ARRANGEMENTS  Some students quit their jobs to pursue graduate studies, but there... The post Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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  • Major Survey Maps the Current Nature of Business Angel Investing in the UK

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Business angel investing is changing. Once it was largely a solo activity, undertaken below the radar. Now angels are increasingly joining together in manager-led angel groups to invest together. New research from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School takes an in-depth look at angel investing in the light of these changes.read more
  • Launching Your Brand Through Video

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Markus Wilson, Co-Founder of London based video production company Phink TV talks to The Next Women about launching your brand through video.read more
  • Startup Diaries: From Charity Worker to Business Owner

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nancy Johnston, Founder of Tengri gives us her three top tips on starting your own luxury fashion brand.read more
  • Client Retention: The Key To Business Success

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the world of business and commerce, anything that’s new is going to cost you… including gaining new customers.read more
  • Women Helping Women: HER Fund

    Megan Foo
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Some of the most phenomenal women-focused nonprofit organizations I have spotlighted authenticate a simple yet powerful message: women’s empowerment can be secured only when women are united in a common fight toward gender equality.read more
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  • A Conversation With Derrick Adams

    Marcia G. Yerman
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    In September, "Derrick Adams: Live and in Color," opened at the Tilton Gallery in Manhattan. I sat down with Adams in Brooklyn, to talk about his work and career trajectory. We spoke at length, and went off on a few tangents -- including the Koch Brothers, The Wiz, colonialism, and the leadership of Bayard Rustin. At 44, Adams has plenty of exhibitions under his belt, both nationally and internationally. He received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has been in several shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Adams is included in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, which is…
  • 'Our Future, Our Choice' -- On the Ground at the People's Climate March

    Marcia G. Yerman
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    On September 21, I was present at a piece of history... the People's Climate March of 2014. It was a huge event, planned with precision, and broken down into six contingencies. The route covered two miles. My interviews began with people waiting for the bus, on their way to the west side of Manhattan. Harry Miller, a Buddhist marching to be a "brick in the wall of raising consciousness," raised concern about the "political nature" of climate deniers. Mary Ann Garisto, a nun and former biology and environmental science teacher, told me, "We are co-creators with God. Caring about the earth is…
  • Religious Groups Mobilize at People's Climate March

    Marcia G. Yerman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The countdown for the New York City People's Climate March is on. Taking place on Sunday, September 21, the preceding days will be packed with activities. Planned to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, global leaders and policy makers will be in town. The march is poised to become a history maker. The list of partnering organizations is extensive. It includes parent and family advocates, students, healthcare workers, environmentalists, anti-fracking supporters, political clubs, and members of faith based communities. Religious groups of all denominations will be represented by a…
  • Urge Pepsi to Stop Guzzling Tar Sands

    Marcia G. Yerman
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    In July of 2013, Moms Clean Air Force joined in an open letter to top North American businesses. The agenda was to strongly "urge" them to stop using fuel derived from tar sands sources. A call for an increase in "the efficiency of your vehicle fleet and shipping operations" was requested. The letter noted, "Extracting and upgrading a barrel of tar sands oil generates up to three times more greenhouse gas emissions than extracting a barrel of conventional oil." A 10-point fact sheet outlines the toxicity of this form of oil and the resulting ecological devastation from the extraction process.
  • A Conversation With Grace Graupe-Pillard

    Marcia G. Yerman
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Photo: Jamaal M. Levine In a refurbished synagogue in Keyport, New Jersey, Grace Graupe-Pillard works virtually non-stop creating art. The format varies -- paintings, video, drawing, and photography -- yet all are integral to her vision. Perhaps it is ironic that her workspace was previously home to an Orthodox Jewish congregation. Although Graupe-Pillard is adamant that she is an atheist, her sensibility is very much informed by the consciousness that came with having German refugee parents -- and relatives that perished in the Nazi death camps. Her work is infused with the concerns of the…
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  • Laurel Delaney’s Export Readiness Talk

    Laurel J. Delaney
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Filed under: Education, Exporting, Video Tagged: export readiness, Laurel Delaney, Utah Global Forum
  • Meet Sara Murray, a Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur 2014

    Laurel J. Delaney
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    buddi (https://www.buddi.co.uk/healthcare.php) British entrepreneur Sara Murray, 45, has been named one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014’ for her creation of buddi, the tagging system originally designed to locate lost children. Now used by more than 100 local authorities in the UK to help monitor the vulnerable, it has also been taken up by police forces on three continents to keep track of offenders.  Murray set up the firm in 2005 after temporarily losing her child in a supermarket. Congratulations Sara!  We are very proud of you. Read the entire…
  • Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas). WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western…
  • Jack Ma Says Chinese Women Are Becoming Superwomen

    Laurel J. Delaney
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Jack Ma, Alibaba At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th annual meeting in New York on September 23rd, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group (pictured), says: “I admire Chinese women because a large number of them are both responsible mothers and successful entrepreneurs,” said Ma, adding that Chinese women have become superwomen, many of whom depend on Alibaba’s entrepreneurship platform. China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange this month, has female employees which account for 40 percent of Alibaba’s staff, and…
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) Puts in Request: Women Entrepreneurs Should Increase Exports

    Laurel J. Delaney
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu recently met with women entrepreneurs associated with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association Nepal (FWEAN) to discuss export potentials and transit issues with neighboring India and Bangladesh. What came out of the meeting? In the meeting, officials of the ministry requested women entrepreneurs to increase export of products with maximum value addition. Further, MoCS wants to support women entrepreneurs on the development of products that have a competitive edge. Read more:  Women entrepreneurs told to…
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  • L’Oreal Acquires Carol’s Daughter

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Today beauty giant L’Oreal announced it is acquiring Lisa Price’s Carol’s Daughter. You may remember the story we did a while back about Carol’s Daughter stores filing for bankruptcy, though that announcement was related to retail stores, not the entire brand. You can see an excerpt from and link to the full press release from PR Newswire below: NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — L’Oreal USA announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Carol’s Daughter. Headquartered in New York City, Carol’s Daughter is a premier…
  • Upgrade Your Wardrobe: Fall 2014 Outerwear Trends

    Kailei Carr
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Fall is officially here so you know what that means: it’s time to shop! ‘Tis the season for boots, outerwear, tights and sweaters and we want you to look great in all of them. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fall outerwear trends for this season to give you a start. Leather jackets, capes and wrap coats are going to be all the rave this season, so if you don’t have them in your closet, now is the time to get them.              
  • 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.
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  • Happy Columbus Day - A Memorable Day For My Father Who First Came To America Over 56 years ago..

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
  • LIGABUE Italy's Record-Shattering Rockstar Announces American Debut - October Dates!

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    New York, NY — Renowned Italian singer, songwriter, film director and author Luciano Ligabue caps a record breaking quarter-century career with his first-ever concert appearances on the American continent.  Taking off from Manhattan's Terminal 5 on October 19th, the iconic performer makes stops in Los Angeles (October 22nd at the Whisky a Go Go) and San Francisco (October 24 at the DNA Lounge), before touching down at Miami's Grand Central on October 26th.  This US run of dates is a continuation of Ligabue's…
  • Upcoming Fall Italian American Events - Columbus Day Parade, Educational, Art & Fundraising Galas

    7 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    PARADE -- This year's Columbus Day Parade will take place in New York City in October, visit the Columbus Citizens Foundation web page for further details and dates. http://www.columbuscitizensfd.org/The parade is broadcast on the major New York networks such as NBC. **Photo Credit - http://www.columbuscitizensfd.orEVENTS --For upcoming events all around New York City, featuring musical events, educational lectures, be sure to visit the i-Italy Digital Project site for the latest updates and features.GALA -- In October in Washington D.C., The National Italian American Foundation…
  • Keurig K-Cup Coffee Machine and Lavazza Drip Coffee Giveaway

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    It's that time of year, when we have an exciting giveaway for one lucky Italian American Girl reader.  The team at Lavazza are presenting a fabulous giveaway, which includes this really cool and super chic Keurig K-Cup Mini, which if you haven't had coffee yet from a Keurig you're missing an amazing little coffee machine.   Lavazza is providing one lucky reader a chance to win this machine along with the Lavazza drip coffees for K-Cup version, which is fantastic!    In order to enter to win this cool little machine and Lavazza k-cups in drip coffee versions, please comment…
  • Growing Up First Generation Italian American

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Post by Italian American Girl.
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  • What I Learned While On Vacation

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Aloha! So nice to see you on this lovely little island…can I interest you in a Mai Tai? Wait, what do you mean this isn’t an island? And there’s no Mai Tai? What sort of nonsense is this? Hey, did I tell you guys we were going to Hawaii? For 6 days? For an actual, honest to goodness vacation? Well, we did! And it was amazing! And seriously, Hawaii is just utterly, almost indescribably, fantastic. But MAN, I did not want to come back. So, yeah, reentry from vacation is still kind of going on. Hard to imagine that coming back from a tropical paradise makes things like…
  • A Boy of Five

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Standing next to me, he fits right up under my ribs. It occurs to me that the last time that was true was a little over 5 years ago, but then it was more his feet bruising my ribs from the inside. Five years was forever ago, five years was just yesterday. He is so full of personality* these days. “OF COURSE we’re not going to have donuts for breakfast today Mommy, OF COURSE.” “Mommy, I just can’t talk about that right now.” “In a MINUTE Mommy. I’m busy with this.” “NO. I said NO.” *Personality, attitude, same difference some…
  • Bring Back the Words

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Someday maybe *I’ll* actually write something with one of these prompts, but my boss is out on medical leave, I’m going on vacation in a week and a half, and my kid is basically taking up pretty much all of my evening time, so….that time is probably not right now. BUT! I’ve had a request for more prompts, and I live to serve! 1.What’s something about you today that would totally shock 10 year old you? Why the change? 2. Highs & lows (whatever that makes you think of/want to write about) Alright, now do it to it!
  • Bring Back the Words

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I’m falling down on the job over here. Let’s get some prompts up, shall we? And don’t forget you can write about any prior prompt at any time! 1. Tell us about a product you’ve been loving or hating lately. 2. Sunset (whatever that makes you think of/want to write about) Now get to writing!
  • So Much For That

    3 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Well, it’s pretty obvious that I completely failed my August challenges. I at least feel like on the writing side, while I didn’t come close to my 5 times a week goal (HA!), I did manage to make 3 times a week pretty much every week. It’s not what I was hoping for, but it’s better than it was. I’ll take the failure that’s still an improvement. But oof, my commenting challenge. Yeah. That. Not so much. I don’t know WHAT it is lately with commenting. What ended up happening was I kept pretty much all the posts I *meant* to comment on in my reader, so by…
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    Here We Are...with Luci

  • Possibilities...

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
  • Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds How-To

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    If you like to munch on pumpkin seeds, then try this quick and easy way to make this healthy, nutrient rich snack! The roasting process is approximate, keep an eye on them so they don't burn, but don't overcook them if you want the nutritional benefits. Here are the notes from the slideshow (they sometimes are absent if you are reading this on a mobile device): 1. Wear an oven mitt when cutting the pumpkin for safety. It's a round object that can unexpectedly get away from you. 2. Be sure to wash and dry the pumpkin first. 3. Gently remove the stem and "hat" of the pumpkin, save for later. 4.
  • Eat A Frog For Productivity... Just Do It To Get It Done

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 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…
  • Cuckoo for Coconut Oil: 10 Easy Beauty Uses For This Money-Saving Must-Have Natural Product

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
     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…
  • Butterflies Are Free, So May You Be

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Every once in a while there is a fashion trend that goes beyond a current style to invoke a statement by the wearer. Personal style and fashion sense - beyond trends - are an expression on the outside of who we are on the inside. Over a year ago, I was looking for a butterfly ring, not a necklace, bracelet, or earrings, for me it had to be a ring. While no such ring landed in front of me at the time, this spring I was perusing the clearance jewelry at Old Navy and tah-dah, the sweetest butterfly ring appeared to light itself before me on the edge of the display. I knew, before I even tried it…
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    Inter Press Service » Gender Violence

  • OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

    Mark Lattimer and Mahmoud Swed
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Demonstrators in front of the White House call for greater U.S. intervention against ISIS to save Iraqi minorities, including Yazidi and Christians, from genocide. Credit: Robert Lyle Bolton/cc by 2.0By Mark Lattimer and Mahmoud SwedLONDON, Oct 18 2014 (IPS)Through all of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s campaigns of ‘Arabization’, they survived. The diverse Iraqi communities inhabiting the Nineveh plains – Yezidis, Turkmen, Assyrians and Shabak, as well as Kurds – held on to their unique identities and most of their historic lands.So too they survived the decade of threats,…
  • OPINION: The Survivors

    Yury Fedotov
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Yury Fedotov is Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and CrimeBy Yury FedotovVIENNA, Oct 17 2014 (IPS)Oct. 18 is the EU’s Anti-Trafficking Day, as well as the United Kingdom’s Anti-Slavery Day. These events offer a good opportunity to talk about human trafficking within Europe’s borders, but we should not forget that there are victims and survivors all over the world.People like Grace, not her real name, who grew up in a large family in Western Nigeria. On leaving high school her uncle lured Grace to Lagos with false promises that her education would continue. But instead of…
  • Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief

    Thalif Deen
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks at the opening of the 27th session of the Human Rights Council on Sep. 8, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2014 (IPS)After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point “in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more…
  • Q&A: “The Battle Continues”

    Joan Erakit
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Shahida Amin, a young Pakistani woman, brings her 10-month-old son to school every day. Credit: Farooq Ahmed/IPSBy Joan ErakitUNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2014 (IPS)The Programme of Action adopted at the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) included chapters that defined concrete actions covering some 44 dimensions of population and development, including the need to provide for women and girls during times of conflict, the urgency of investments in young people’s capabilities, and the importance of women’s political participation and representation.The…
  • Lack of Accountability Fuels Gender-Based Violence in India

    Stella Paul
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Women in the north Indian village of Katra Shadatganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where two young girls were recently raped and hanged. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulCHIRANG, India, Sep 30 2014 (IPS)On a bright March morning, a 17-year old tribal girl woke as usual, and went to catch fish in the village river in the Chirang district of India’s northeastern Assam state.Later that evening, villagers found her lifeless body on the riverbank. According to Taburam Pegu, the police officer investigating the case, her assailants had raped her before slitting her throat.The girl was a…
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    Stretch Beyond Stuck Sanctuary

  • How to Keep a Yoga Retreat Mindset

    Rena Hatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I just hosted my annual DeStress-Manifest Women’s Retreat. We ate lots of yummy, organic dark chocolate, did nurturing yoga, and tapped into ways to balance the body, mind, heart and spirit. Now that it’s over I wanted to share some strategies with those of you who couldn’t make it to the Oregon Coast this year. Here are some ways to Keep a Yoga Retreat Mindset everyday: Connect with your breath – If you are stressed or just caught up in the busy-ness of everyday, you can get disconnected from your body and your breath. Take a few deep breaths. It will ground you and bring you…
  • Secrets to Creating the Life You Want

    Rena Hatch
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    “More than any other factor, your life today is what you chose it to be yesterday. More than anything else, your life tomorrow will be a reflection of the choices you make today.” ~William E. Adams, Ph.D You are creating your life with your thoughts and your actions. You get to chose what you give your attention to. You get to chose where you put your energy. You are more powerful than you may realize. If you want to create a life you love, then don’t let your thoughts sink down into negative ‘story telling’. You know what I’m talking about. That story telling you do when you…
  • How to Activate Your Intuition

    Rena Hatch
    29 May 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Do you wish you trusted your intuition more? How might your life be different if you DID trust and listen to your inner wisdom? Well, your intuition, your gut instinct, your inner wisdom is always sending you messages. You may have just learned to ignore it. Or perhaps, like most of us, you listen to your noisy, ever chattering, rational mind instead. The rational mind is a fabulous tool when used consciously. It can help you come up with action plans and solutions to problems. But it can also keep you stuck in old ways of thinking. Intuition and inner wisdom can help you to make quick…
  • How to Rock Your Goals

    Rena Hatch
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Wish you could rock out your goals like it was nothing? Do you struggle to follow through with your intentions? Try these tips to setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals and you’ll be feeling like a rock-star-goal-reacher (okay, I know. Kinda lame. But you know what I mean)! Specific- Be specific about what you want to achieve. Break it down into smaller, bite-size goals. If it is vague and fuzzy you will be less likely to achieve it. If you are too general you will have no way of tracking your progress. So write down specific, small goals for yourself and you’ll be so much happier with the…
  • Top 5 Ways to Get Unstuck

    Rena Hatch
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Stop unhealthy mind-body habits with awareness and these 5 tips. We all get stuck in unhealthy mind-body habits because they are familiar and comfortable. There is a part of your mind, I call the ‘comfort-seeker’ that actually wants you to keep doing what your doing and avoid change at all costs. Do you know why? Because the comfort-seeking mind thinks old habits mean safety and change means danger. In order to over come the comfort seeker you must connect with your Authentic Sacred Self. You must remember the truth of who you are behind all the ‘programming’ and habits. You…
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    Purposeful Woman

  • What is Holding You Back?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    You are the verge of change; you can feel it, almost taste it and yet… Have you been in that position? You were ready to make a change; diet, exercise, education, faith, career and yet something holds you back. What holds you back? Some say that it is a fear of failure. Rather than try and perhaps fail, we protect ourselves by not trying at all. Fear of Failure A friend of mine has a daughter in the process of completing college applications. There is one school that she really wants to go to and yet she finds just about anything, including doing the dishes, more important than filling…
  • An Ugly Truth Exposed or a Misunderstanding?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Grace Hooper Convention (#GHC2014).  My topic “Leadership Strategies for High Impact Women” resonated with many mid-career women that desire the opportunity to take their next professional step forward yet are unsure on how to maneuver the current landscape. During my session, we discussed specific techniques to protect your schedule so you can align yourself and your actions to support where you want to go next. We also discussed how to effectively get out of your own way and other key strategies to advocate for your own…
  • Don’t Talk About It – BE About It

    JJ DiGeronimo
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Candace Benson, a woman in tech and founder of Camp Tech recently made this statement when talking about having a professional vision, “Don’t talk about it…BE about it.” What does that mean to you? To me, it means that I need to  stop procrastinating and start taking action. For some reason, this simple quote from Candace really struck a chord of honesty with me. So often we will have an idea and we run it by our friends and family. We want to examine it from every angle. We seek confirmation from our peers that the idea is a good one. We spend an inordinate amount of…
  • Trust Your Instincts

    JJ DiGeronimo
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Have you ever been faced with a situation and you weren’t quite sure of the right direction to take? Often when that happens, we’ll hear a little voice in our head, feel a slight gurgling in our stomach or just have a sense of something feeling a bit off. Don’t dismiss it. Trust those instincts when something feels just a bit off; whether it is about your health, a relationship or something to do with your career; you won’t be sorry. Care2.com offers up 5 Gut Instincts You Should Listen To. Call it “women’s intuition” but there is something to be…
  • Ronda Jameson, M.Ed Shares How She Brings S.T.E.M. Programs to Youth

    JJ DiGeronimo
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Ronda Jameson, M.Ed is the Director of STEM Education for Texarkana Independent School District in Texarkana, Texas. She has served in public and private education for 20 years. Ms. Jameson oversees a K-12 STEM program that has been recognized at both the state and national level. She co-wrote the curriculum framework for the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School, a state-of-the-art elementary campus that has been recognized as a model of excellence for elementary STEM education. The Morriss campus hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

    Carol Margolis
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    After I wrote the last blog about Ebola a couple days ago, a couple people emailed me to ask just what are the symptoms of this infectious disease. Yes, you could Google it or look them up on the CDC website but here are the symptoms in print. To get the answer, I went straight to the definitive source, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. They provide a list of symptoms which looks suspiciously similar to a host of other maladies. For example, they say to look out for headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Not much help so far. After all, this pretty…
  • Can You Use TSA Pre✓ for International Flights? It Depends.

    Carol Margolis
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Earlier in 2014 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expedited security program was expanded to include international flights. All international flights? Uh, no. Just those flights that depart from the U.S. on one of the agency’s partner airlines (Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America) and only if your flight is actually operated by one of these airlines. Does that sound confusing? Let me explain more on TSA Pre✓™ for…
  • You vs. Bed Bugs: Risk of Hotel Encounters

    Carol Margolis
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    I have travel thousands of nights over the years and, knock on wood, have had bed bug bites only twice and have never brought the critters home with me. Based on reports of how many properties have had problems at one or another time, I feel lucky with only being bitten on two occasions with minimal affect. In fact, I really don’t give much thought to bed bugs when staying at hotels, though I know my turn would change if they invaded my home. So just what are these bed bug things and are they really a problem? Bed bugs are nocturnal parasitic insects that have been feeding on the blood of…
  • Photo of the Week: Tokyo

    Carol Margolis
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Tokyo is a huge city. It’s so big that it seems impossible to get it all in one photograph, let alone the small percentage of the skyline that I managed to get in this photo. But it is beautiful, especially at night. Everything but the Bay is all lit up. Consider taking an evening cruise to take it all in. I got the chance to visit Tokyo last summer during my Six Weeks to Summer challenge. Eating healthy in Japan was much easier than some of my other destinations. Just looking at this photo, I long to be back in Tokyo. Want more time and money-saving travel ideas, tips for successful…
  • Where Was Skype When I Was First Traveling?

    Carol Margolis
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    So many aspects of business travel haven’t changed over the years, especially for parents. It’s heartbreaking to miss the first day of school, or a birthday or your child’s first steps. I know – I missed a lot. I so wish Skype or any of the other myriad of free or low-cost video tools had existed when my kids were younger. Instead, I thought I was state-of-the-art with my AT&T calling card! Then I advanced to having a pager and felt so much better that my kids could send me a message at any time of day or night. I still remember the feeling of being in power with…
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    All The Single Girlfriends

  • Living A Healthy Life – How Social Media Saved Me

    Debra Pearlman
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Start of a journey – highest weight ever A little over two years ago I began a journey toward a healthier life.  I started with bariatric surgery (lap band).  There were many challenges after the surgery, some related to my eating habits and some just related to being so out of shape for so long.  I struggled with what to eat and how much to eat.  At first things went quite smoothly…in less than two months I was down 30 lbs.  I got a bit cocky about things, complacent about getting to the gym and slipping into some old habits, like stopping on the way home from work for a…
  • Sustainable Eating #1

    Debra Pearlman
    29 Mar 2013 | 6:17 am
    Best extractor ever! Since my bariatric lap band surgery I’ve been eating a more vegetarian and gluten free diet. I’m a die-hard carnivore, but I have to admit, I feel better eating much less gluten (read starches like pasta, bread, even potatoes) and meat.   How have I incorporated this into my relationship with food?  First thing I did was buy one of those NutriBullets. My personal trainer suggested it and OMG! I love this appliance. I blend together a morning “green” smoothie to start my day. Morning Green Smoothie Ingredients Using 2 small handfuls of baby…
  • On Being Laid-up for 4 Weeks…

    Debra Pearlman
    13 Feb 2013 | 6:47 pm
    My beautiful air cast I recently had the pleasure of undergoing surgery on my torn Achilles tendon. The upside of the surgery is that I will be able to get back to all the things I love doing (hiking, kayaking, skiing).  The downside, I’ve had to spend the past 4 weeks either in bed or chair with my foot elevated (toes higher than nose, as they say). It all started years ago when I underwent surgery to fix a completely torn meniscus in my knee.  You’d think that would fix things, right?  Well, I was one of the 40 million who had little to no health insurance and what I did have…
  • Past Forward

    Rebecca Crichton
    2 Jan 2013 | 6:03 am
    The past year had a variety of big and little events that created shifts in how I see the world. On the surface they covered the range from surprising and hopeful, to difficult to scary. On the plus side: I gained increasing comfort with my new role as Executive Director of an organization whose mission is to help people age positively and creatively; I taught 3 new courses made several new friends, and have a stronger sense of myself as both a Leader and an Elder. The more difficult events included a surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma from my chin that was more invasive and more…
  • Happy 2013 .. On Your Terms

    Jane Genova
    1 Jan 2013 | 3:03 pm
    The 2012 Holiday Season for this Single Girlfriends is one of profound gratitude. My second breast biopsy came back negative. That is despite the fact that breast/colon cancer tends to cluster in families and that it does in my family. My eyes are okay. My teeth, at least the ones which matter, are keeps, for the current time. I also have learned to make friends, something I initially got the hang of in the Single Girlfriends. As we Baby Boomers used to say in our youth, “My dance card is full.” People are coming into my life, rather than my chasing them. Toby Bloomberg helped…
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    Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence

  • Why I’m burning down my website, and what I’m doing next

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    It’s true… I’m making some big changes here and I want you to come along with me (but only if you want to!). First off – let me tell you what’s up around here. As I shared in a short video  this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What I Learned from Hosting an Event

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I had the great honor of partnering with and hosting my mentor Andrea J Lee for a live event in Philadelphia in September (2014). While I have hosted mini workshops of my own before, I had never... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Roll with the Punches [Business Flow Video]

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sometimes stuff just happens.  The client doesn’t pay, registrations for your event aren’t what you hoped, cr*p hits the fan.  In today’s installment let’s talk about rolling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Have a Steady Stream of Leads (vs. Feast or Famine)

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    What business owner doesn’t want to avoid the roller coaster ride of feast or famine when it comes to having quality leads? Yet it can seem so hard to avoid. Solving this problem feels like the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From Storms Beauty Emerges [Business Flow Video]

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    After a storm, it is always calm, beautiful, and glorious outside. Yet within that storm it can feel like you will never make it through. In your life and business when you hit stormy weather –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Becoming you

  • Out of office: I’m at the Blog Olympics 2014 with Mr Price Sport

    Kathryn Rossiter
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Today I’m thrilled to be once again be taking part in the Blog Olympics hosted by Mr Price Sport at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. This year’s event promises to be even better than last year, which I find hard to believe as last years event was SO MUCH FUN! The day will consist of a series of eight events that teams from Joburg, Cape Town and Durban will compete in. All eight events will make use of their really funky Promaster range of sports equipment that is currently available in Mr Price Sport stores including the Afrisack, the Waboba Ball, the Zooper Ball, and the…
  • What I… Tahlia from Too Much Loveliness

    Kathryn Rossiter
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Tahlia from Too Much Loveliness is another one of the lovely bloggers I met at the Cape Town Bloggers Meetup – who knew there were so many of us right? Anyway she write an awesome food blog where she shares her favourite foodie finds around the Mother City. Some of her great loves include… cupcakes that make you smile, songs that you could fall in love to, sushi that you could eat for days, beaches that seem to mimic paradise and restaurants that make the ‘for my birthday I want to go here’ list. Find out more about Tahlia here: What … KNOW: Is that the world is a…
  • WIN a ghd Birds of Paradise Sunset styler worth R2380 from RetailBox

    Kathryn Rossiter
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    So lovely Becoming you readers. I have the BEST news for you today…. Yes, I am super excited to be giving away one of my all time favourite things in the world…. a ghd styler! Since my ghd styler has arrived in my life I haven’t looked back. It has made the world of difference in my life and even though it takes a few more minutes for me to straighten my super thick hair, I’ve discovered that it is ALWAYS worth it! Even my husband “suggests” I straighten my hair if I’m heading out to an event or evening with friends. If I’m lucky he’ll…
  • Karoo for Kids: Our stay at Samara Private Game Reserve

    Kathryn Rossiter
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    During the October school holidays we hit the highway and headed north up the N1 to explore an area of South Africa that we had previously only driven through… the Karoo! At 5am on a Sunday morning we piled our car high with bags, blankets and bodies and headed off on our next family travel adventure – a Karoo for Kids experience like no other! A stay at the exclusive 5 star Karoo Lodge in the Samara Private Game Reserve located in the Camdeboo region of the Karoo just outside Graaff-Reinet. As South Africans we were familiar with the Karoo and had driven through places like…
  • Summer Season Fashion Trends by Julie at Off the Rails

    Kathryn Rossiter
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Earlier this month I was invited to attend the Summer Season Fashion event hosted by Julie Ranzani from Off the Rails at Kelvin Grove. This event is held by Julie every 6 months and the idea behind it is that she educates women on the various fashion trends coming up for the season ahead and also gives them ideas on how to wear them, wear to shop and what to buy! I arrived and was blown away by the sheer number of women attending – almost 200! Around the edge of the ballroom were various stalls selling some of the items Julie would be referencing including Alessia Boutique, Willow tree…
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    Transformation Goddess

  • Money or Happiness: Which is More Valuable?

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    “Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in […]
  • Divine Feminine Spotlight with Carole Fogarty

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the Transformation Goddess – Divine Feminine Spotlight for October! The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight series 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’s my pleasure to introduce you to my favorite Australian, the […]
  • Meeting Kali in Kathmandu

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Today I’m honored to share a guest post from my gorgeous friend Lone Mørch. Lone is an Award-winning author, photographer & Rebel Priestess. Enjoy! Meeting Kali in Kathmandu Kali, the great goddess of creation and destruction, showed up on my doorstep during my divorce. Even though goddesses and gurus weren’t my cup of tea, I’d […]
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    My Savvy Sisters

  • Te-Erika’s Diary: The Process of Creation

    Te-Erika Patterson
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    So I’ve been doing a lot of creating lately while I try to keep myself afloat financially. I’ve been selling marketing ideas on Fiverr and I’m still trying to find a steady writing gig. I’ve created a few new blogs and I have to tell you about them too. First I created Moving to LA TODAY, which was created out of a need to offer information to people who are moving to LA. The idea was nagging in my mind for about a week after I created the Facebook page for people who are moving to LA, so they could connect with others and stop trying to socialize with me. Then the…
  • READER MAIL: My Internet BFF

    Te-Erika Patterson
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    To My Savvy Sisters, Some times we lose our way, we stumble, we fall, then just as we think it’s all over, someone comes along and with only a few words…picks us up and points us in the right direction. As an ‘older’ female, many woman have crossed my path and at some stage I’ve been inclined to say to myself, “now this one is a keeper, a BFF”, but it’s never been the case. With the current plethora of social media choices available to contact and chat with people, it’s not only easy to meet interesting individuals and engage in meaningful…
  • Te-Erika’s Diary: My Brain Is Tired

    Te-Erika Patterson
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    I swear. My head is about to explode. My brain hurts so much. I’m sitting here in my room with no shirt on after eating tuna and crackers and reading about 4 articles on marketing just to brush up on my skills. How can I move forward? What else can I do? I have tried every brilliant idea that I can think of and still my work goes unnoticed. I have: Written nearly 2,000 article published online Written 5 ebooks Written 3 porn ebooks Written 1 print book Created 3 documentaries Given away grants to women in need Put myself in danger for my stories Given up all of my free time and energy…
  • Ready For The Tables To Turn

    Te-Erika Patterson
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    Ok. So here I am. I’m 35. I’m STILL in the same financial situation I’ve been in since graduating college. I’m late on my rent. I had to borrow money from my friend for groceries and you wanna know what I did? I spent some of that grocery money on marketing for my other blog. Am I addicted? Yes. I am addicted to trying to make something out of my projects. So far, I put my whole heart into what I do and nothing has come out of it. Look at THIS blog, it has nearly 1,000 articles on it and 99% of them I have written myself. I do not know what to do at this point. I feel…
  • Don’t Let Their Silence, Silence You

    Te-Erika Patterson
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    When we’re going after our goals, we are often motivated by the cheering on the sidelines. Our parents, our friends and random strangers can come along and provoke that extra boost of energy that we need to continue to move forward in the form of compliments, pep talks and funding for our dreams. But what happens when you’ve been running the race toward your dream and all of sudden, no one is there to offer you a pat on the back, to cheer you on or to bail you out? What do you do when all of your loving fans and friends and family have moved on to focus on their own goals? What do…
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    Hello Ladies

  • It’s National Flex Day: Respect the Flex!

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Today is National Flex Day, a day intended to encourage employers and employees to unite behind the need for more flexibility. Flexibility is good for everyone – for working mothers, working fathers, working daughters and sons caring for aging parents, millennials seeking a balanced lifestyle, civic-minded people craving time to give back to their communities. So in honor of the day, remember to Respect the Flex. Flexibility is a two-way street. Respect the flex by: Ensuring your flex schedule meets, not only your needs, but your organization’s needs too. Understanding that…
  • Women’s Networking Events Not Working? Build Your Own Power Network

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Recently Ann Friedman, a writer for NYmag.com, questioned the value of women-centric conferences in article titled “Events for Powerful Women Don’t Empower Anyone.” These conferences, she notes, follow a formula. “Take a vintage feminist icon (Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda), a Clinton, a media maven (Arianna Huffington or Tina Brown, but probably not both), and three or four celebrities with a conscience (Oprah, Angelina, Geena, Meryl). Throw in (Sheryl) Sandberg — who is absolutely mandatory — along with a half-dozen women who run Fortune 500 companies.” I’ve…
  • Thank Goddess It’s Friday

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Thank goddess it’s Friday. And how about next week, you drink some coffee and help smash the patriarchy? And wear pink, while you’re at it. Have a great weekend.                 The post Thank Goddess It’s Friday appeared first on Hello Ladies.
  • Corporate Egg Freezing: The Good and The Bad

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    After news that Facebook and Apple now pay for women employees to freeze their eggs, several readers reached out and asked me what I thought of egg freezing as a perk. The benefit doesn’t bother me; the (justified) reaction does. Egg freezing can cost between $10,000 and $20,000 – prohibitive for many women. Amanda Hess writes in Slate, that offering egg freezing, “is good for female employees of these companies, who will now benefit from a fuller range of reproductive choices.” And Megan Garber at The Atlantic points out the egg freezing complements HR packages that already…
  • Scott Brown Misses Another Opportunity

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Senator Brown Senate candidate Scott Brown, campaigned at a UNH tailgate party last weekend where some students yelled misogynistic comments about Brown’s current and former opposition: New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Brown did not address the comments. The Seacoast Online ran a headline today asking, “What’s a candidate to do when supporters behave badly?” The answer is simple: denounce the behavior. A spokesperson for Brown issued a statement saying. “As the video clearly shows, he didn’t hear these comments and certainly does…
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  • Football Stokes Aggression, So Let's Stop Watching

    Lakshmy Parameswaran
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    This October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – it might be fitting to examine why men like Ravens' Ray Rice and Vikings' Adrian Peterson choose violence and how institutions such as the NFL contribute to their behavior.
  • 'Lights on Afterschool' Illuminates an Unmet Need

    Allison Stevens
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Working moms need afterschool programs that keep pace with our jobs. Despite a huge leap in enrollment since 2004, nearly 20 million children lack needed spots in these programs.
  • French Veil Ban Is Turning Muslim Women Off, Away

    Hajer Naili
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Tired of the polarizing effects of wearing the hijab after a 2004 ban and two more that followed, Muslim women in France are struggling to cope with a scarcity of social acceptance. Among the dozen women interviewed, some are thinking of leaving for good.
  • Cost and Fear Keep These Teens from STD Testing

    Landon Hudson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Only 22 percent of sexually active teens are taking advantage of health screenings for HIV, human papillomavirus or chlamydia. In online interviews teens from Michigan explain why that statistic holds true in their own lives.
  • bell hooks Reignites a Writer's Feminist Identity

    Danielle Henderson
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    "I felt like she'd been waiting out there, to help me make sense of my life," says Danielle Henderson about discovering hooks' work, in this excerpt from the book of essays "Icon." Suddenly being shut out for being a black woman made more sense.
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  • So Many Wonderful Things–Humboldt Edition

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This harvest season, I’ve really been in awe at some of the wonderful things happening in Humboldt. In case you didn’t know, Humboldt County is a notable cannabis growing region in California, and has a vibrant and rustic grow culture based in artisan values. This week Wonderland Nursery has started to offer high CBD cannabis […] The post So Many Wonderful Things–Humboldt Edition appeared first on .
  • CBD Salves and Topicals in Prohibition States? Read this.

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I’ve resisted for some time now putting up anything on Hempista Magazine that mentions anything about the CBD craze and the companies trying to cash in on this. I don’t want to give companies of dubious reputations any free advertising space, good or bad. But what has ended up happening over the past year is […] The post CBD Salves and Topicals in Prohibition States? Read this. appeared first on .
  • Marijuana Lotion for Pain Relief: A Soothing Workaday Recipe

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    It doesn’t matter what kind of job you do, whether you spend your day typing on a keyboard, waiting tables or loading big pallets onto trucks; those joints and muscles are going to ache from time to time! You need a soothing, workaday marijuana lotion recipe that can be used everyday, during the workday or […] The post Marijuana Lotion for Pain Relief: A Soothing Workaday Recipe appeared first on .
  • Party Season is Here! Halloweenies Unite!

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The holidays are finally upon us. Coming up to usher in the party season is a holiday favorite of ours, Halloween! We’ve got some great tips and ideas for blended Halloween parties this season. Blended, you ask? Why yes, instead of taking the kids trick-or-treating, and instead of going party or bar hopping, cook up […] The post Party Season is Here! Halloweenies Unite! appeared first on .
  • Hempy Tips for Fat o’clock!

    Hempy Mama
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Fat o’ clock is the time of week more people are disposed to comfort eating and it begins on Sunday evenings at 7pm. Comfort eating is the leading cause of weight gain in my home, but it’s no comfort hearing that the rest of the world suffers right along with me. Daily Mail has reported […] The post Hempy Tips for Fat o’clock! appeared first on .
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  • ExCom 2014: Global Refugee Priorities Decoded

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    "Never before in United Nations history have we had so many refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told government ministers and representatives gathered in Geneva to discuss the state of the world's refugees. This was the first time Ban Ki-moon had ever addressed UNHCR's Executive Committee (ExCom) and the first time in nearly 10 years that a UN Secretary General had attended the annual meeting. His presence was perhaps a reflection of the gravity and magnitude of the global refugee crisis: 51.2 million people worldwide currently displaced by…
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Day: Building Community, Saving Lives

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Disaster Risk Reduction has a very simple premise: don't wait until disaster strikes to protect people from devastation. Crises—both man-made and natural—create waves of displaced people, many of whose communities and resources have been devastated by past disasters. So it is the humanitarian community's responsibility to ensure that forewarned is forearmed, to help displaced populations prepare for future disasters before they strike. Conflicts and natural disasters often recur with recognizable and predictable patterns. Every civil war that began since 2003 was in a country that had had…
  • Empowering South Sudan’s First Female President

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    South Sudan’s first female president is living in a refugee camp. She is a teenager with a dream—and a daily routine that doesn’t include the camp’s makeshift school. Instead, she is responsible for household duties. She walks long distances to collect firewood. She stays home to care for her older sister, who has an intellectual disability. Yet from this hardened path, she nurtures aspiration. Like the adolescent girls in our own lives—our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters—her dream is strong. In a calm, confident voice, she shares it with me: Ayen wants to be the president…
  • The tragic cost of family detention: sexual abuse and assault

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The Administration's recent expansion of family detention comes at a tragic and horrific cost. This week, allegations of sexual abuse and assault were revealed inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new family detention center. I wish I was surprised, but unfortunately, this isn't the first time we have heard this. Rampant sexual assault inside detention facilities has been documented and reported for more than fourteen years.
  • Unaccompanied Migrants & Human Trafficking

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Congress returns today, September 8 to unfinished business: trying to pass a budget and respond to the President’s request for supplemental funding to address the increase of women and children coming to the U.S. seeking protection. When Congress left for its five week recess they had not reached a consensus on emergency funding for the crisis. Without approved funding, the Obama Administration was forced to divert funds from other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operations to meet the  immediate costs. This means that Congress needs to approve a spending bill as soon…
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    Naked Girl in a Dress

  • Life is Too Short To…

    Naked Girl in a Dress
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    We often hear of people hitting 50 and having a midlife crisis. The reality regarding midlife is that we likely hit that point in our 40′s based upon life expectancy. While that may seem depressing, it’s more a reminder for me to live my life fully. Since turning 40, I don’t... Click to read the entire post.
  • It’s Just Right

    Naked Girl in a Dress
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Sometimes people come into our lives who say they love us, and they genuinely mean it. And while we appreciate the sentiment, they love us in a way we don’t want to be loved or that doesn’t meet our needs. The realization–that we are loved in a way that isn’t really... Click to read the entire post.
  • On Being a Grown-Up

    Naked Girl in a Dress
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    I always get the thoughtful–sometimes challenging–questions from my kids while driving. Typically it’s when we have a long drive or a lot of traffic, which means I can’t escape the ones I am not quite prepared to answer. Asking me how babies come out of a mommy’s body... Click to read the entire post.
  • Finding Calm in the Crazy

    Naked Girl in a Dress
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    My life has been crazy this year. I planned a wedding, got married, launched a new blogazine, and merged two houses into one a couple of weeks before the wedding. And that was all in the first five months of the year. I went on to have the four younger kids here for a month, […] Click to read the entire post.
  • On Never Getting Old

    Naked Girl in a Dress
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    It is not length of life, but depth of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am never going to get old. It’s not that I fear aging, but rather don’t want to be that person. The one who stops living life as an adventure because they hit a certain age. I don’t ever want... Click to read the entire post.
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    Inspiring Pretty

  • Wedding Photo Musts: Your Something Blue

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty There are many sentimental elements and moments in a wedding worthy of being photographed. In case you missed our previous posts on the subject, we have thus far discussed the grooms first look at his bride, the father of the bride’s first looks and the blindfolded kiss before the wedding. I love the something blue, because it is a traditional element of weddings that has lasted for quite some time. As I have said in the past, I love traditions in weddings {and in general}, because they tie the past, present and future together. In terms of clothing, it does not get…
  • Awkward Halloween Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty We have been talking about so many lovely things lately, so I felt that it was only appropriate to change subjects to something a little bit less lovely and a little bit funnier. Seeing that Halloween is only a few short weeks away, I think that we should turn gears toward that holiday. Rather than attempting to celebrate the scariness of the night with decorations {as we have done here and here}, with food {like this and this} or through costumes for kids or adults, I want to enjoy the things that go wrong that night through awkward Halloween photos. If you have seen our…
  • 56 Comfy & Chic Autumn Outfits I’m Loving

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty Although it may not feel like autumn in Los Angeles right now {the temperature here was a blistering 99° yesterday}, but other parts of the country and world are fortunate enough to enjoy the season of autumn. The crisp, cool air and the leaves covering the ground in a beautiful yellow, orange and red collage – I am jealous of it all. It makes me want to turn up the AC to an uncomfortably cold temperature just so I can sip on some hot tea or cider and dress up in some of these fashions in preparation for the cooler “winter” months. Although I cannot wear…
  • Wedding Photo Musts: The Blindfolded Kiss

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty We are back discussing sentimental wedding moments. If you missed our previous posts, check out the grooms first look at his bride, the father and bride first looks. Today we are moving onto cute trend that I love. If you have not yet noticed, there is a pretty neat trend that is popular at the moment where the bride and groom come together for a private meeting before the wedding where they can meet. This may sound like it may be breaking with tradition, but it can be done in a several ways where tradition can still be observed. Sometimes the bride and groom meet behind the…
  • Wedding Photo Musts: Father and Bride

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty Last week, I discussed the grooms first look at his bride. We cannot overlook the sweet moment of the father of the bride’s first look at his daughter bride. It is just as tender as the groom first laying eyes upon his bride. These two men are both the main men in the bride’s life and their love is equally important – especially on the day where the bride traditionally leaves her parents and joins with her husband. It is always so sweet to see a father look at his adult daughter as if she were his little girl and that love permeates into photography. So,…
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  • Malala Yousafzai: Unlearning The Lessons Of Obedience

    Naaree Admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Born on 12th July, 1997, Malala Yousafzai had the courage to defy the Taliban in Pakistan and speak up for child rights and girl’s education, in particular. In 2012, she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived the ordeal and went on to become a messenger of change. Born to schoolteacher father, Ziauddin Yousafzai (also a Pakistani diplomat and currently United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education) and mother Thorpekai, she had been interested in social issues as a child. For the few first years of her life in Swat Valley, Mingora, Pakistan, she had been a normal kid,…
  • Lupita Nyong’o: Get To The Deeper Business Of Being Beautiful Inside

    Naaree Admin
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Lupita Nyong’o won the Best Supporting Actress in the 2014 Oscars for the film, 12 Years a Slave, but her journey has been a long and inspiring one. Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City in 1983 to Peter and Dorothy Anyang’ Nyong’o and is the second child among six siblings. During Lupita’s birth, her parents were in political exile and were only able to return to their home country, Kenya while Lupita was still a child. Image source: Wikipedia Later, Lupita’s father joined Kenya’s senate while her mother, who previously worked in the Family Planning department became a leading…
  • Naaree Interviews Woman Entrepreneur, Karishma Lalwani

    Naaree Admin
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    Born in Mumbai, and brought up in Lagos, Nigeria, Karishma Lalwani has been living in Mumbai for almost 10 years now. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sophia College at the age of 19 (she had a double promotion in school), she went on to do a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care only because always loved teaching little children. Karishma always knew that she wanted to be a counsellor right from the day she attended her first psychology lecture in college, and so she completed a Masters degree in Guidance &Counselling from SNDT Women’s…
  • 5 Tips To Achieve Your New Year Health Goals

    Naaree Admin
    26 Dec 2013 | 11:35 pm
    Many things change in the course of a year. Around one trillion of our body cells are replaced by new ones. I count it as nature’s way of telling us about the importance of a positive change, no matter how insignificant it might be. If our bodies can start afresh, then why can’t we make some resolutions to transform ourselves into better human beings. While moving ahead in 2014, try these 5 tips to achieve perfect health. Go easy on the booze Every year we decide to drink less but near the holidays and festivities, we tend to forget our resolutions. While rejoicing its hard to keep a…
  • Has Social Media Empowered Women In India To Speak Out Against Rape?

    Naaree Admin
    21 Nov 2013 | 7:08 am
    “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” ~ Dorothy Thompson, journalist When I first heard about the Tarun #Tejpal / #Tehelka scandal – where he molested a female colleague old enough to be his daughter – I was only mildly shocked. Why? Because it is no secret that powerful men like Tejpal are also powerful sexual predators. Since the beginning of human civilization, men at the top have abused their power to commit crimes of a sexual nature, with few repercussions, if any. But what heartened me today was the way public opinion supported the survivor (I…
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    The 8 Women Dream Project

  • Dreaming Backwards

    Iman Woods, Therapeutic Photos for Women
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    It seems my dream to show women they’re beautiful started long before I become a professional photographer. To keep myself grounded on my dream journey, I try to take time to reflect on how far I’ve come. It’s SO easy to reach a milestone and then focus on the next stage. Dreaming backwards helps you […] Related Posts: Top Photographer Iman Woods Dreams of Changing the Little… Five ways to feel beautiful now Happy Beauty is Timeless How To Empower An Empowerment Photographer to Feel Beautiful Changing Body Image and Self-Esteem with Pinup Art The post Dreaming Backwards…
  • Finding Happiness Even When Sad

    Lisa Powell, Get Happy
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have dedicated years of my life to the pursuit of joy. And discovered that joy is in every step, when I am living at my highest and best. Yet finding happiness in the times that are most challenging, finding joy even when I am sad, is what I may be the most proud of. Anyone […] Related Posts: Finding Happiness During Times Of Major Change Finding Happiness When A Big Dream Comes True Finding Happiness Through Living The Dream, Part III Finding Happiness When A Dream Falls Apart Finding Happiness in Taking on Big New Challenges The post Finding Happiness Even When Sad appeared first…
  • 7 Healthy Alternatives to Pasta That Don’t Suck

    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The fall air is crisp these day in Northern California. Despite our recent October heat wave, and drought causing lack of rain. The fog and early sunsets make even your fitness dreamer, me, crave a big plate of pasta. You’ve heard it from every corner of your fitness dream path: Avoid all white food. Especially […] Related Posts: Take Your Eating Plan Back To School Top 18 Healthy Snack Ideas for Fitness Fitness Tip: Taking Photos of Your Food Culinary Dreams: Marinate Food Like Friendships How to Fill Your New Home with Culinary Love The post 7 Healthy Alternatives to Pasta That…
  • Why Meaningful Work is What Dreaming Big is all About

    Catherine Hughes, Be an Online Success
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    In one of my favorite talks by my very favorite, best-selling author, speaker and journalist, Malcolm Gladwell, titled, Meaningful Work through Passion–not Genius Malcolm discusses what meaningful work looks like. When exploring what you are passionate about everyone often overlooks the obvious. It’s not uncommon for the people who feel lost and aren’t sure what they […] Related Posts: Your New Year’s Resolution: Dare to Do One Thing The Secret of Dream Money Life on Purpose: Quit Being Bored Once and For All You and I Both Profit When We Live Our Life Purpose…
  • 8 Best Travel Photos from the World Wandering Kiwi

    Natasha von Geldern, Travel the World
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    For all of you travel dreamers out there who, for whatever reason, haven’t booked your great travel adventure, today I am sharing a few of my best travel photos from my travels around the world. Taking a memorable travel photo involves deep caring for what you are observing. It’s more than thinking, “That’s beautiful!” It’s […] Related Posts: Travel Dreams: Okavango Delta Botswana of the Kalahari Travel dreams when it’s back to school How to write a travel ebook Moving back to London: A dream come true How You Can Save Money for Your World…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the fabulous hair vitamin Hairfinity, and if you haven’t you’re in luck because today I’m going to discuss my current Hairfinity journey :). When I go the opportunity to review and check out this product I jumped at it because so m... The post Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Are you a scarf holder? Do you have tons of scarves, many of which you never actually wear? Are they all over the place? If you don’t like throwing stuff away, then you have to think of a way to organise your belongings. For example, you can use a scarf organizer. A scarf organiser becomes nec... The post 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

    Da Vinci
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parents today are constantly looking for great ways to keep their children entertained, stimulated and learning.  As a proud aunt and future parent, I take a great interest in what my nieces and nephews learn and digest mentally.  My niece Baylee just turned 4 and is one of the smartest kid’s ... The post Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes you need a night to bond with the ladies in your life. If you’re ready to hang out and have a blast with the girls, here are some fun activities to do together for a “Girls Night In”! 1. Spa Night You deserve some rest and relaxation. Gather the girls together and prepare to re... The post Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Grad school is a deeply enriching experience. It can also be a period of increased financial strain. Below are four suggestions, from a former grad student, on how to finance your advanced studies.   CREATIVE WORK ARRANGEMENTS  Some students quit their jobs to pursue graduate studies, but there... The post Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Ann Daly

  • Diane von Furstenberg: success begins with clarity

    Ann Daly
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I can’t wait to get my copy of Diane von Furstenberg’s memoir this week. Until then, I’m binge-watching interviews with my favorite fashion legend. The best one goes back a few years, when she talked to gilt.com. DVF is a wise woman, and she keeps it real. She’s learned her life lessons well, and she shares them freely. Here’s the heart of of her philosophy, about clarity, strategy, and success: The most important thing is to have clarity. And it’s the hardest thing to have. It’s so painful, because that means that you can’t be delusional. That means you…
  • Coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:16 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!) Consider the mantra of a woman with one year to live: “No time to rush.” Know the difference between being judgmental and having good judgment. “You have to learn to take criticism seriously but not personally.” Hillary Clinton “If you do something wrong, say you’re sorry and move on, and don’t beat up on yourself about it.” Gay Gaddis If you’re asking, “Who’s to blame?” you’re asking the wrong…
  • Living a complete life

    Ann Daly
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Houston Woman magazine recently published my review essay of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). It’s an inspiring life story! It’s hard to imagine the depths of Margaret Fuller’s despair as she came of age, an intellectual prodigy in the early nineteenth century, expected to achieve nothing more than a suitable marriage. What had her father, Timothy Fuller, a lawyer and politician, been thinking when he exhorted his first-born child to “excel in all things?” “Mediocrity is obscurity,”…
  • Coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:39 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!) Meaning isn’t something you “find.” It’s something you create. Know the difference between attached and curious. A simple, timely apology is usually the best strategy. Repeated apologies prevent us from moving forward. Beware of anyone bearing the word “should.” Including yourself. You get what you pay for, and you get what you ask for. “As you label it, so it appears to you.” Pema Chodron Notice what happens when you…
  • Women we love: Linda Lehmusvirta

    Ann Daly
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I promise, this isn’t just a shameless ploy to get my garden noticed by “Central Texas Gardener (CTG).” It’s an early valentine to the woman behind my favorite gardening TV show, Linda Lehmusvirta. Linda began producing at KLRU-TV in Austin in 1983; she signed on with CTG six years later. She not only produces but also writes and edits the show, which is now broadcast in several PBS markets. And along the way, Linda has reaped awards from Garden Writers of America, Lone Star Emmy, and the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Gotta say, Linda has the…
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    World Of Female

  • 4 Ways To Get Rid Of Laughing Lines Without Surgery

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Have you ever given thought to those smile lines, or wrinkles around the mouth, that almost look like trenches on your face? These laughing lines can age you considerably, and wrinkles along the smile lines indicate the skin has started to lose its natural collagen and elasticity, the lack of which is causing wrinkles. Don’t get overwhelmed – many women don’t mind aging and consider the smile lines a proud part of the process, but sometimes it’s just annoying when they are all that is visible and the makeup builds in them. There are a lot of clinical solutions to
  • Does He Like Me? 10 Signs the Feelings are Mutual

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    How much easier were things when we were kids? We weren’t worried about money because money had no meaning to us. Our parents did their best to give us what we needed and boy, didn’t we take that for granted. Summer vacation was something to look for – two months with nothing to do but have fun and be young. If you wanted to know if a boy liked you, you simply had to get your friend to give him a note that read, “Do you like me? Check yes or no.” How innocent and sweet! Things are decidedly more
  • Cute Nicknames to Call Your Boyfriend

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Have you ever been around one of those couples who are really into public displays of affection? Whether you feel a twinge of envy or you think they should “get a room”, you can’t help but notice when those lovey-dovey duos call each other by cute little pet names. Maybe you have come up with a few of your own cute names to call your boyfriend, but you want to think of something new and different. Sometimes nicknames aren’t all that appreciated by the one being labeled by the moniker. You might have called him “sweetie pie” without realizing that
  • 50 Cute Messages to Send to Your Boyfriend

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    During the boring and hectic schedule of the day, receiving a cute message from one’s girlfriend makes every man smile and feel the love in the air. So, there is a handy list of Cute Messages to Send to Your Boyfriend so that you make his day by bringing a smile to his face and be on his mind all the time, no matter what he is doing. Even after the continual show of love and affection, still there is a need of such sweet litte surprises to get a little out of the blue arranement from the one you
  • An inside scoop on Strictly Come Dancing with Alison Hammond

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Strictly is back. One of the BBC’s most popular shows, Strictly Come Dancing will arrive on our screens for the 2014 series, bringing with it much heralding and excitement. Now in series 12, a lot of viewers may think they know what to expect from the show, but with Strictly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The show this year looks as fantastic as ever, despite the departure of the much-loved Bruce Forsyth. We have the BBC Radio DJ Scott Mills, singer Pixie Lott, Saturday’s member Frankie Bridge as well as Alison Hammond (check out more information here) all
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    a spot of whimsy

  • D + C | Our Wedding Trailer.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am back from the blogging dead (just in time for Halloween!), after an absolutely perfect wedding weekend and honeymoon in Hawaii.  It's been a tough transition back to real life, but receiving our wedding trailer from Andy Owen of Owen Video last night was the most amazing pick-me-up.    Diane + Conor I Wedding Trailer from Owen Video on Vimeo.I cry every time I watch it (which is an embarrassing amount since Andy sent it to us last night!).  Hope you enjoy as much as we do :)xo. di.*Wedding trailer by the amazing Owen Video
  • Big Girl Dress-Up.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oh my, what a weekend!  It was exactly the bachelorette celebration I wanted but somehow even better, because my ladies committed so awesomely to the Gatsby theme, because we had perfect weather, and because my sister did just an incredible job of planning it all out in advance to just the right degree.  We arrived at different times on Friday (not helped by the insane thunderstorms that passed from Chicago to Detroit that night), but don't worry, since we stayed up until 4 a.m. (whatttt I never do that anymore) we all got in lots of chatting and marg-drinking time :)On…
  • It's a Party, Old Sport!

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My bachelorette party, to be more precise, with a small substitution of the shores of Lake Michigan for East Egg and West Egg.  My sister has planned the whole thing (including these amazing invitations by Peace Love Design) with very little input from me, so I'm extra excited to see the weekend unfold!  It's our big summer blow-out (hoo-hoo!).We are just under a month to the big day.  Cannot believe it and cannot wait to see all these months of planning come together.Have a wonderful weekend.xo. di.*images property of Diane Crary
  • It's a Date.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hello friends, I'm checking back in to say hi and to show you one of the fantastic little items I've come across during my many (probably too many) Pinterest and Etsy wedding searches: Junghwa's Personalized Jewelry (created and designed by Amy Stewart)my favorite being the petite initial tags, pictured here with our initials and wedding date.  I tried to hold off on wearing it until our big day in October, but, well, I failed.  That's OK, right?    Happy Monday, and speaking of important dates - happy 2 year anniversary to my sister and…
  • Oops, I Did It Again.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yup, I disappeared on you for another month.  Blerg.  How about some images of this very cool art installation at the Tower of London to make up for it?  The ceramic red poppies (888,246 to be exact!) signify and are in honor of British and British colony fatalities during World War I.  Designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, the name gives me chills: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.The installation was unveiled in London just today, so if you're over there, go!  August 5, 2014 represents 100 years since the first day of Britain's…
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    Witches' Brew | White Jesus Approved

  • Brew Tube: The Shadiest Moments from Aretha Franklin’s Promotional Tour

    Witch Hazel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Aretha Franklin is on her promotional tour grind to move these kits. The Queen of Soul has that new album out where she covers the hits of other musical divas. So…she’s been up early, doing satellite interviews to spread the word. Some YouTube genius put together all the best clips of her shadiest interview moments and news anchors fawning and bumbling over the Queen. Get into this… Image via RCA Want more Witches’ Brew?
  • Brew Bits: Blood (literally), Sweat & Heels Brawl

    Witch Hazel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    If you’re a Bravo-ite, Bravotarian, Bravoian? like me, then you’re familiar with Blood, Sweat & Heels, the classed-up version of Bravo’s reality offerings that was supposed to show a group of 30-something black women making their way up the professional ladder in NYC. Wellll, if you watched, then you know the show got off to a rocky start, with yelling, public drunkenness, table dances and whatnot. The cast attempted to pull it together at the end of the season but it was clear the show was like 3 seconds from tap dancing on the line to ratchet at any given moment. Fast…
  • Brew Tube: Phaedra breaks her silence

    Fleur Delacour
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Photo: People Phaedra Parks pulled out her “we got company” accent to spill all the tea to Ellen about her failed marriage to Apollo Asunder.  After reminding Ellen that she has FIVE degrees, Phaedra said she did not know Apollo was ridin’ dirty during their marriage. How-and-ever,  Ms. Ellen hit her with the “buttah wasn’t he on parole when you met him?” DOUBLE BLOOP! #FIXITJESUS Watch a clip:
  • Doin’ the ‘Doe-eyed’

    Fleur Delacour
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I am so fixated with How to Get Away with Murder‘s Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch). I have never seen someone look that innocent and clueless, but yummy at the same. damn. time. I mean he definitely has to smell like milk and Gain detergent, the Mountain Breeze scent.  Al and Hit The Floor’s (Vh1) Taylour Paige, who also boasts a wide-eye “did I do that?” look at all times should have a non-threatening, innocent doe-eye one nighter…. of course with the lights on and covers pulled up mid-way and napkins on standby for “the thing”.
  • Brew Fairy Godmother: If I Was a Girl

    Elphaba Of The Brew
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Brew’s Fairy Godmother, guest blogs to  offer her thoughts on parenting in a crazy crazy world. A world where pre-teen  girls get back to school weaves…a world where a young man’s jeggings are so  tight you can see his future babies.  A world where “Fleek” is a word. – Witch E.   When I picked my daughter up from her first day of school last month, I couldn’t help noticing how much her classmates have grown since the last school year ended, especially the girls. A quite a few of them had the noticeable beginnings of lady lumps (check it OUT!). It helped…
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  • Pain that heals

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    We spend a lot of time running away from pain. I for one hate pain…I’ve always hated pain since I was a child. I remember that I would complain about every pain I had to my mother. It could have been something small or something large, but immediately I felt discomfort I would go running to her to fix it. I remember one time I was bending my pinky finger and told my mom that “mummy I feel pain every time I bend my finger like this,” to which she quickly responded “then don’t bend it like that.” I can understand why we don’t like pain, because…
  • Temptation is always lurking

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Temptation is always lurking, looking for access to your heart. You’re the only one that can protect your heart, because there will always be something that you can be discontented about. There will always be someone else out there that seems better in some regard. There will always be something that seems better. There will always be a situation that can get you thinking that life would have been better “if only…” It’s up to you to realize that even if life is not where you would like it to be, you can still be contented. It’s up to you to realize that the…
  • It’s all temporary

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes I forget that it’s all temporary. If I had known it would be the last letter or the last phone call I would get from my uncle, maybe I would have cherished it a bit more. If I had known it would be the last time I would hang out with some of my friends, maybe I would have made it count for more. If I had known that the pain from high school, or the challenges of college were all part of the process, perhaps I would have enjoyed it a bit more. If I had known that the heartbreak wouldn’t have lasted forever, perhaps I would have made the decision sooner, and moved on…
  • It’s just money

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I was watching a movie the other day and there was this guy who gets “adopted” by an anonymous wealthy benefactor, and tells him (through the attorney) that he can buy anything he desires. And so this guy goes on a buying rampage – rents a place, buys expensive clothes, shoes, books, joins expensive clubs etc. Then he ignores his old friends because they cannot spend as much money as he can, and they are not quite as “sophisticated” as he is (I mean of course everyone should know how to use a fork and knife – *cue sarcasm*) But as you can expect, the…
  • That you may have hope

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Romans. In Romans, there are so many instances where Paul talks about us being filled with hope… I am convinced that the reason God promises us so many things and why He provides so many things for us is not so that we can be happy, although he enjoys it when we are happy, but so that we can be filled with hope. Life can be so challenging some times. Some times things don’t work out the way you wanted them to. Some times people don’t act the way we want them to, or the we expected them to. When things happen that we are…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
  • Over-The-Top: Why Has High School Homecoming Morphed Into A Wedding Weekend?

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Perhaps I’m Old School, antiquated. But what happened to High School Homecoming, when it was actually about the kids and the dance? Never mind that I have three teenage daughters to outfit for The Ball … Yes, a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior (read: dresses, shoes, waxing, nails, makeup, and most importantly, HAIR). No, I will not bitch about what my ‘Day Of’ is going to look like; doing the suburban shuffle to three sets of photo shoots all taking place between 6 pm and 6:45 p.m., nor complain that I volunteered to have the “Sleep Over”…
  • Enough With The ‘iRude’ Teen Texting: Here Are 4 Rules for the ‘iGeneration’

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep. Allowing a student to get in the way of a binge episode of “Game of Thrones”, my phone kept beeping during critical moments of our favorite show. Jon Snow was in a tight spot. I love Jon Snow and The Husband was not pleased by the interruption. And I get it – when we sit down to finally relax at night, he hates the sound of the bleeps and rings, but with one of my own away at school and knowing my students work all hours of the night – I leave my phone on until 10 p.m.  Just in case. A symptom of what is known as the…
  • One Mom’s Fantasy: Abolish Middle School AND Eliminate the Drama

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr In an eight-day period, more than 200,000 parents from coast-to-coast (even from as far away as London, Australia, and Singapore) have read and responded to one particular GIRLilla Warfare blog: ‘Being ‘Left Out’ Hurts — Let’s Stop Social Engineering Now” http://girlillawarfare.com/being-left-out-hurts-heres-what-you-can-do/ Every blogger wants her blog to go viral … and when it does, bring on the bubbly, or as my colleague “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman would say, “Break out the Scotch, baby.” But in this case…
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    Women You Should Know®

  • Chevrolet Celebrates Mo’ne Davis With Spike Lee Written/Directed “Throw Like A Girl”

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    “If ‘throwing like a girl’ means a 70 MPH fastball, then maybe it’s the coolest thing a kid can do.” Chevrolet just officially entered the girl empowerment arena with the release of a new documentary (and a new commercial), written and directed by filmmaker Spike Lee, that celebrates 13 year old baseball phenom Mo’ne Davis. Titled “Throw Like A Girl,” it’s scripted as an open letter from Mo’ne to America that recaps the South Philly, honor roll student’s historic summer as the the first girl in Little League history to pitch a…
  • Courtney Church Discovers The Formula For Nerd-Chic With Periodically Inspired Brand

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It was a cold Rhode Island winter in 2010 that led Courtney Church to start scanning the Periodic Table of Elements. She wasn’t looking to bone up on her chem savvy; she just had the sudden urge to try to create words and phrases using the one and two-letter abbreviations of the elements’ names. Little did she know, this fun pastime would soon become the basis for a nerd-chic apparel and servingware brand she calls Periodically Inspired. By combining Ba (Barium), B (Boron), Y (Yttrium), Ge (Germanium), Ni (Nickel), U (Uranium), and S (Sulfur), the first phrase Courtney came up with…
  • FCKH8’s “F-Bomb Princess” Video Isn’t Offensive… It’s Exploitative

    WYSK Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    By Rebecca Hains - Yesterday, for-profit T-shirt company FCKH8.com released a video called “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” The video features five angry girls, ages 6 to 13, who express outrage at society’s sexist treatment of girls and women while decked out in princess attire. The video opens with the girls sweetly cooing, “Pretty!” while posing in their gowns and tiaras. But three seconds later, they switch gears and shout: “What the fuck? I’m not some pretty fuckin’ helpless princess in distress. I’m pretty fuckin’…
  • Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” Is Reborn Thanks To Italy’s Singing Nun Sister Cristina Scuccia

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25 year old, Sicilian native and Ursuline nun, made headlines in June when she won the 2014 season of Italy’s version of “The Voice” after wowing audiences, week after week, with her stripped down versions of 80s pop songs, while dressed in her conservative habit. This week, the gifted singing nun is back in the news, bringing music lovers to their feet, once again, and raising a few eyebrows, with the release of the video for her first single as an official Universal recording artist… Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” (circa…
  • Lord Of The Rings: British Designer Creates Literary Jewels From Pages Of Used Books

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    When British designer Jeremy May and his wife were celebrating their first wedding anniversary – the paper anniversary – he wanted to give her something really special. So he got to work making her a laminated paper ring using the pages of her favorite book. The result was an extraordinary piece of jewelry that subsequently launched an entire collection of literary jewels. Jeremy founded Littlefly Jewelry in 2009 and quickly developed a fan base of bibliophiles from all over the world by capturing the beauty of books in a way that no one had done before. As with that very first…
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    Its All About Women!

  • Discover the Secrets of Some of the Most Successful People in the World…and Achieve All Your Goals

    MaryEllen Tribby
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Awhile back I spoke at an event that Steve Wozniak also spoke at. As you can imagine, when it was time for Steve’s session, it was jam packed. Packed with attendees, vendors and all the other speakers. As I sat there and listened to Steve poignantly share the story of Apple and his relationship with Steve Jobs, I was enthralled. He started from their middle school years and went right up until the present, after Steve Job’s passing. It seemed like he did not leave out a single detail. He did it all from his head. There was no power point presentation, there were not even note…
  • 4 Keys to Boost Your Confidence and Achieve a Radiant, Youthful Look at The Same Time…

    Roxanne Feher
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    American society has pretty harsh guidelines for beauty. If you don’t quite fit into them it’s a HUGE shot to the feminine ego! However, confidence can carry you if nature has been somewhat stingy with her gifts. In fact beauty without confidence means nothing. So many conventionally beautiful women don’t feel happy about the way they look and lack the confidence it takes to achieve their potential in life. Meanwhile, no matter what your body size and how you look, a dose of authentic confidence can take you wherever you want to go! Don’t believe me?   Let me tell you about…
  • 5 Surprising Brain Facts You Need to Know for More Energy, Focus and a Sharper Memory

    Russell Lundstrom
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Do you think that losing energy, focus and even your memory, as you age, is an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life? The truth is, how you think your brain works and how it actually works may surprise you. Recently, I came across some studies that completely changed the way I think about my brain. I found that I have the power to completely change how my brain functions… And you can do it too. How? By concentrating on your brain health first. In order to optimize the incredible power of your brain and keep it healthy and happy for years to come, it’s important to truly understand how…
  • Your “Second Brain” Can Protect You from 170 Different Health Issues…

    Brett Hall
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You may think of your gut solely as the mechanism by which your body digests food. This is at best an extreme oversimplification! At worst, it is an ideology massively contributing to the health problems, weight loss struggles, and autoimmune disorders of millions worldwide. In reality, your GI tract is MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally your second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of your immune system. 100 Trillion Live Bacteria… You see, within your gut reside roughly 100 TRILLION living bacteria. That’s more than 10 times the number of cells you…
  • If You Think It’s Too Late, You’re Wrong! Here’s Why…

    Denise ONeill
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You’ve probably heard these words before “better late than never”… But have you ever stopped to think about them? What do these words really mean? To me, “better late than never” carries a profound message that I often forget… It’s never too late to go for your dreams, speak your truth, step into your light. Watch an amazing, unforgettable performance by an amazing, unforgettable woman called Janey Cutler, who stands strong as she faces a skeptical audience… And tough judges on Britain’s Got Talent. Janey sings a song called “No Regrets” and before she was halfway…
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  • Coming up from Rock Bottom

    Michelle Oeltjen
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    My 28th birthday. A day that should have been spent celebrating by having lunch with co-workers and going to the drive-in movies with friends turned out to be one of the most horrific days of my life. As I was...
  • Treat Yourself to These 9 Solo Dates

    Julie Zantopoulos
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    A true badass knows that she doesn’t need others to have an amazing time. In fact, sometimes it’s the time she spends with herself that’s the most amazing. Whether it’s a mini road trip, a pamper day, or bettering your...
  • How to Get Promoted: 5 Things To Do Right Now

    Renee Claybion
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s be honest, with the recession and financial crisis we’re facing today, most people are lucky to even have a job. For those who are lucky enough to still be employed, moving up can seem like an impossible feat. But...
  • An Open Letter to Renee Zellweger

    Chiara Mazzucco
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Dear Renée Zellweger, I’m afraid I owe you an apology. I, like many other people on social media, learned about your new face through a Facebook post, forcing me to guess, “Which Hollywood Starlet Is Now Completely Unrecognizable?” I’m a...
  • Reconnecting with Girlfriends

    Chrystal Rose
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We’ve all been there. Whether it’s because life has gotten too hectic or we’ve fallen in love, we’ve all become disconnected from our girlfriends at one point or another. Suddenly, months have passed and you realize you haven’t seen your...
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  • Renee, I Totally Get It. I'm About to Turn 48

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Tags: Beauty Standards No one’s impervious to the outrageous expectations we put on women in the public eye. Even in private, an eye lift doesn’t seem so bad. By Julie Klam
  • She Could Have Been Diane Sawyer

    Kera Bolonik
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Tags: News You Can Use Smart. Tenacious. Seductive. Jessica Savitch, who died 31 years ago today in a freak accident, was poised to be network-TV news's first female solo anchor. What went wrong? By Alanna Nash
  • Is There a Trick to Making Halloween a Treat?

    Kera Bolonik
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Tags: Parental Advisory Our columnist takes a nostalgic look at our most kid-centric holiday and why it has so many of today’s parents crying "boo." By Kate Tuttle
  • Girls Drop the F-Bomb in the Name of Feminism…and T-Shirt Sales?

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    By Lisa Butterworth Tags: Advertising
  • Remember When Snark Was Funny?

    Kera Bolonik
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Tags: TV Sitcom veteran Justine Bateman does. And in her brief, irreverent history of TV comedy, she pinpoints the one person who can save the overused comic convention from itself: Lena Dunham. By Justine Bateman
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  • Why Start With A VaporFi Pro Starter Kit?

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    What You Get For $49.99, customers receive a single 3.7-volt battery, 650mAh, which is about as slim as an Express but a little bit longer. A Pro arrives with a Pro-XL Cartomizer, wall adapter and charger, three extra atomizers, plus a manual and membership card. Cartomizers hold 1.5mls of liquid (about 50% more than an Express carto.) A mouthpiece is also supplied. Who Are VaporFi?- And Why You May Not Have Heard Of Them VaporFi may seem like the new kid on the block but I can assure you they a […]
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    Wealthcare For Women

  • Do You Know Your Investment Risk Score?

    Russ Thornton
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    About 20 years ago, as I was just beginning my career as a financial advisor, I thought about and discussed investment risk with clients like it was something out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I’m sure you remember the story of Goldilocks innocently breaking and entering into the home of a family of bears. After tasting their porridge and then testing the comfort of each of their beds, she settled on the “least extreme” choice. Not too hot; not too cold — just right. Not surprisingly, the Goldilocks Principle exists to describe our preference to avoid extremes…
  • What A POLST Is And Why You Need One

    Russ Thornton
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was recently speaking to my friend and colleague, Ronnie Genser of Bereavement Navigators. She asked if I was familiar with “POLST.” I told her that I wasn’t. Over the next 5-10 minutes, Ronnie explained what a POLST is and why everyone should consider putting one in place. I found the information so interesting – and important – that I asked Ronnie to spend some time with me on another phone call so I could record our discussion and share it with you. Below is a recording and transcript of a call between Ronnie and myself on September 30, 2014. Hit play on the…
  • 3 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Before Hiring A Divorce Attorney

    Russ Thornton
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Divorce is such an emotional experience, it can be hard to know how to determine which attorney has the potential to help you achieve the best outcome with divorce and custody issues. With that in mind, I spoke to Melody Richardson and Rachel Miller, experienced family law attorneys with Pachman Richardson in Atlanta, about the best questions to ask attorneys that you might select to represent you in your divorce. Their answers are below. 1. Is your practice limited to family law? Working with a lawyer who has a full-time practice in family law will guarantee that you’ll have a specialist…
  • Don’t Live The Deferred Life Plan

    Russ Thornton
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many of us have heard of or are familiar with the term “disposable income.” Investopedia defines disposable income as personal income minus personal income tax payments. But in my experience, I think many of us have a more practical definition. Most people I speak with think of disposable income as what’s left over after taxes, bills, mortgage payments, fueling up the cars, putting food on the table, etc. Of course, everyone’s situation will be a little different, but I think it’s important to consider your disposable income from Investopedia’s definition.
  • Use Evernote To Make Your Brain Bigger

    Russ Thornton
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today marks the beginning of October. Next thing you know, Halloween will be here. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. Then . . . it’s a new year: 2015 What are you doing to make the remainder of 2014 the best in can be for yourself and others you care about? And what will 2015 hold for you? Will it be your best year ever? Reply to this email and let me know. Who knows, maybe I can help make your plans a reality. Or perhaps one of the experts in my growing network can help. Regardless of your plans for the coming days, weeks, and months ahead, I think we can all agree that the overall…
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  • Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the fabulous hair vitamin Hairfinity, and if you haven’t you’re in luck because today I’m going to discuss my current Hairfinity journey :). When I go the opportunity to review and check out this product I jumped at it because so m... The post Taking The #Hairfinity Journey: My Thoughts and Results appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion

    Da Vinci
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Are you a scarf holder? Do you have tons of scarves, many of which you never actually wear? Are they all over the place? If you don’t like throwing stuff away, then you have to think of a way to organise your belongings. For example, you can use a scarf organizer. A scarf organiser becomes nec... The post 3 Great DIY Scarf Organizer Ideas: Fall and Winter Fashion appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids

    Da Vinci
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parents today are constantly looking for great ways to keep their children entertained, stimulated and learning.  As a proud aunt and future parent, I take a great interest in what my nieces and nephews learn and digest mentally.  My niece Baylee just turned 4 and is one of the smartest kid’s ... The post Creative Galaxy Review: How Did Baylee and I Like It #CreativeGalaxy #AmazonKids appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes you need a night to bond with the ladies in your life. If you’re ready to hang out and have a blast with the girls, here are some fun activities to do together for a “Girls Night In”! 1. Spa Night You deserve some rest and relaxation. Gather the girls together and prepare to re... The post Girls Night Guide: 10 Activities to Pamper and Bond appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School

    Da Vinci
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Grad school is a deeply enriching experience. It can also be a period of increased financial strain. Below are four suggestions, from a former grad student, on how to finance your advanced studies.   CREATIVE WORK ARRANGEMENTS  Some students quit their jobs to pursue graduate studies, but there... The post Creative Ways to Finance For Grad School appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Woman\'s World : India’s Prime Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Community

  • Top 4 Style Trends We Never Want to See Again

    Neha Garg
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    The Year? Entitle it 2014 – and every year seeing as, we have now come to the peak where “age doesn’t matter, colors don’t matter, season’s don’t matter” but the trends as always is the former priority to keep in mind. The world of fashion is a whirl twirl that spatters some fashion style out just as hastily as it embraces them. As a child, we have seen our mother’s wearing those bellbottom jeans pairing it with different colored shirts every day, they looked wonderful. The desire of wearing those jeans is still somewhere in us and we could…
  • Interview with Delhi Fashion Designer – Karishma Sondhi

    Neha Garg
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 am
    Delhi Fashion Designer “Karishma Sondhi” is arguably the most influential new designer of the moment, thanks to his legendary designs which fuse together hand-drawn prints and vivid color. She is an amazing soul and a fabulous designer who takes her inspiration from the surroundings. She could be new to the industry but her designs are well-known and are of very high quality with uniqueness in every wardrobe that she designs. In a personal-professional interview with “womnasworld”, this is all she has to say about her journey so far! Me: Shall we start the interview?
  • Interview with Delhi Fashion Designer – Gautam Gupta

    Neha Garg
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    There are people who are completely galled by the good fate of others. Then there are those who feel uplifted by it, walking away with a smile on their lips, and a song in their hearts. Gautam Gupta’s life that has been anything but ordinary, he has some kind of model of how to thrive in the lowering shadow of a legend. He started at a very early age and has attained heights today. He knows how to put the word – Fashion Designer into perfection, and he has done every possible thing to stand where he is today. Gautam Gupta is an Indian Designer and the founder of…
  • 10 Health Tips for Expecting Mothers

    Neha Garg
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    PREGNANCY, it happens to thousands of women everyday around you. On a daily basis you might hear that your friend, sister, cousin, neighbor, and many of your relatives are enjoying this blissful phase but when it happens to you. . OH MY GOD, you would believe that you are the most wonderful person on this earth and feel out of this world. Craving for food, a constant smile on your face, extra attention from family and relatives, happiness around, Pregnancy fills it all. Pregnancy adds amazing colors to your life, and makes you happy with every inch you gain. Make the stage more wonderful and…
  • Top Benefits of Coconut Water for your Hair

    Neha Garg
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    Coconut water is not just a plain drink to ease your thirst; in actual fact it is a natural and powerful drink that highly benefits your skin, hair and overall health. I love long strands and always preferred for the same, but as you know it’s not at all easy to get what you desire for. Same happened with me; I tried various shampoos, oils and other things but still did not see any major changes or advances. One day while I was searching all over the net about “Natural methods to grow your hair” I happen to stumble across many natural remedies and products to grow hair…
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    Inspiring Beauties

  • Beautiful

    Anthony Alde
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    BeautifulOrdinary People. Extraordinary Beauties. www.InspiringBeauties.com
  • Synthesis

    Anthony Alde
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    SynthesisOrdinary People. Extraordinary Beauties. www.InspiringBeauties.com
  • Botanical

    Jeylyn Japitana
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    BotanicalOrdinary People. Extraordinary Beauties. www.InspiringBeauties.com
  • Blend

    Anthony Alde
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:05 pm
    BlendCombine Together. A mixture of different things or qualities. Beauty Question : How do you maintain your beautiful face?Beauty Tips : eat vegetablesOrdinary People. Extraordinary Beauties. www.InspiringBeauties.com
  • Amazing

    Anthony Alde
    26 May 2014 | 9:57 pm
    AmazingCausing great surprise or wonder. Astonishing!Name : Monica FabianBeauty Question : What are your secrets for being happy?Beauty Tips : Start each day with a grateful heart.Ordinary People. Extraordinary Beauties. www.InspiringBeauties.com
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    Of Means and Ends

  • What’s at stake in this election

    Rebecca Griffin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    It’s midterm election season, which means an onslaught of frantic emails and late night TV jokes about how no one cares about the midterm elections. Without a presidential race at the top of the ticket (though frighteningly we’re already having the 2016 conversation), a lot of people are content to let this one pass them by. As with most elections, there’s a lot at stake, and the results will directly impact our lives. I could go on about control of the Senate, extremely close gubernatorial races and state legislatures that have passed everything from Stand Your Ground to…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    A great comic by Rasenth shows the damage sexism does to everyone. Is sex only for rich people? Mapping the New Jim Crow. (Californians: you can help do something about this by voting YES on Prop 47.) The casual use of tasers by law enforcement is horrifying. Why privacy matters, even if you aren’t “doing anything wrong.” Most Americans say they prefer having a male boss. Today in rampant sexism, a Republican politician says a candidate will lose because she’s “ugly as sin.” Amanda Marcotte skewers a guy on craigslist who has very specific ideas about how…
  • The police department’s margarita machine is on you

    Rebecca Griffin
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The tragic fates of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others have increased scrutiny of horrendous police practices. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took advantage of this spotlight to turn their invaluable form of comedic long-form journalism to the practice of civil asset forfeiture. The New Yorker featured an essential piece on the practice and people who are affected by this flagrant abuse of power last year. Dara Lind at Vox offers a helpful overview of the practice. On what police departments are doing with the money: In its ongoing investigation of civil asset forfeiture, the…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    photo via nymag.com Activists held a Michael Brown protest during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance. “It is past time to stop seeing Malala as simply the girl who survived, as a symbol. (The Times called her a ‘global emblem.’) She is a girl who leads.” The producers of the great new show Transparent say they welcome debate about casting Jeffrey Tambor as a trans woman. Good (bad?) news: court rules that gay marriage won’t lead to “sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.” 5.8 million Americans can’t vote because of their criminal records. A…
  • Ladies, here’s what right-wingers think of you

    Rebecca Griffin
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    photo via cnn.com Republicans have reportedly seen the writing on the wall and realized they need to change their ways to appeal to women. Most of the suggestions that have been made public are of course cosmetic and have little to do with changing policy. While thus far this election cycle there hasn’t been a “legitimate rape” moment, conservatives and their allies in the media have found ways both big and small to reveal what they really think of women.  You’ll vote if it reminds you of planning your dream wedding. Most women are too busy sitting on the couch…
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    The Single Diaries

  • 11 Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies to Watch this October

    Jennifer Hacker
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A List of  Classic Halloween Movies that Pack More Fun than Fright I love Halloween for exactly two reasons. The first reason is the costumes. I absolutely love a good excuse to dress up. If I’m being honest it’s at least part of the reason I joined a sorority in college (theme party anyone?). It’s also why I was […]
  • The 52-Week Challenge: I Failed, But Mission Accomplished

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Serial monogamist Kristelle Siarza made a promise to herself to stay single for one year. Read on to find out how she did. On October 22, 2013 I crossed unfamiliar territory. I became a single woman, moved out of my ex’s house, and decided to write a piece on this fabulous blog to challenge myself to […]
  • 3 Things I’ve Learned on My Way to Turning Thirty

    Jennifer Hacker
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As her 30th birthday draws near, Lauren reflects on the important lessons she’s learned along the way By: Lauren Sanchez In 136 days, at 5:05 p.m. CST, I’ll be turning 30. How’s that for a countdown? In all honesty, I’m not counting—I had to Google this information. But as I’ve gotten a bit older, I’ve […]
  • 6 Stylish Halloween Costume Ideas + Asos GIVEAWAY!

    Jennifer Hacker
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Score the Award for Best Dressed with These 6 Creative Costumes & Your Chance to Win a $25 Asos Giftcard   “What should I be for Halloween??” It’s the question we’re all asking ourselves right about now. This year we’re teaming up with Asos to bring you a set of costumes that will meet your highest of demands. These […]
  • Apartment Design Inspiration | Single Girl at Home

    Jennifer Hacker
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jen Shares How She Turned Her New House into a Home Last month my boyfriend and I made the big decision to move in together. We weighed the pros and cons of living with one another and in the end, felt that it was the right step for our relationship. Once we had made our decision, […]
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  • Some Common Problems That Teenagers Face In their Life

    Adity Bera
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Teenagers are the most important part of any nation. If the youth of a nation is healthy and is on the right path then nothing can stop that nation from becoming a successful nation. In other words we can say that the teenagers are the future of a nation. But unfortunately nowadays the teenagers are facing many problems, which are not only affecting their individual lives but also the future of the nation get into danger. Bullying, shoplifting and bulimia are the major problems among teenagers. Following are some common problems that teenagers face in their life. Depression is the most…
  • How To Change Bad Eating Habits?

    Adity Bera
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Human is considered as the entity of habit. We love to buy the same food from the same grocery store and we adore cooking the same recipes again and again. But if you are seriously concern about your health and want to eat the healthy food then you must leave all your habits of eating bad food. But the problem is that we do not want to leave our habits easily. But there are some steps following which one can change bad eating habits. If you are among them who want to change bad food habits and want to switch to a healthy diet, follow the below steps, they will surely help you. You cannot…
  • Monica Lewinsky Joined Twitter To Raise The Awareness Of Cyber Bullying

    Adity Bera
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Monica Lewinsky is a famous personality of the media. She is also running the campaign about the cyber bullying. Recently we got the news that Monica has joined the twitter just to raise the awareness about the cyber bullying. And in result she has got the extremely cyber bullied. The news came like fire that the Monica has joined twitter. After few hours of joining the Twitter she sent Washington into flap situation. At forbs under 30 summits in Philadelphia, Monica Lewinsky talked about her. She talked that how her reputation destroyed on the social media. According to her she is the first…
  • Banksy arrested – hoax or reality? Creator of inspirational graffiti stirs a hot debate

    Helena Negru
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The elusive creator of many inspirational graffiti, Banksy, was once again arrested. At least, this is what a US newspaper claimed a couple of days ago. But the same news was topping the internet stories one year ago as well, so where is Banksy and where is the truth? Fact: Banksy is free The first rule of the Internet – Don’t believe everything you read – proved to be true once again, as it turns out Banksy was not arrested and his identity is still unknown. The reports delivered by the National Reporter and copied with the speed of light by all newspapers, all over the world, were…
  • All the things you never knew your lady lumps pain could tell you

    Helena Negru
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Your lady lumps are more than tools for feeding the baby or “toys” for your partner: they can actually tell you lot of things about your own state of health, your physiological state and many more. Starting from the idea you already know that sore lady lumps could be sign of breast cancer or having your period, let’s tackle the lesser known things you can hear from them. Random pain in your boobs might signal perimenopause We all get soreness and pain in our boobs before we have our period, but when those pains and achy feeling pop-ups randomly during the month, you should pay extra…
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    Paris To Go

  • Anatomy of a Parisian: The French Girl Uniform

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
  • Le Journal Paris Guide

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Musée Gustave Moureau, 14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris Apartment-Atelier Le Corbusier, 24 Rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris (opens Friday)Jardin des Rosiers,35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeols, 75004 Paris (where my husband proposed)Kozy Salon Urbain, 79 Avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris (I walk past this every week, but my friends Stacy and Sara discovered it while visiting from the US. They have delicious gluten-free brownies for €3.50, the guys are so nice and let me put whatever I want into my own containers, and the pastry…
  • Our Paris Apartment

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
     We had a photo shoot of our place today. I didn't like the photographer very much and the pictures won't be ready until next month, so that's all I can say about that. In the meantime we'll make do with these. The apartment doesn't look anything like we imagined because a) we were working off Leboncoin finds, b) our renter's agreement limited modifications, and c) the radiators are placed stupidly around the rooms. It may be too spare for most people. For us, it's bright and sunny and we feel good whenever we get home and look at a clean, uncluttered space. On one side of the…
  • Zero-Waste Shopping Guide to Paris

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
     Health/BeautyAtelier Souris Verte: DIY makeup, hair, and body product workshops, bring your own containers (online classes available). Bio'c'Bon: Unpackaged savon de marseille, best price on baking soda.Biocoop: Carries the Mooncup in size B and unpackaged savon de marseille.Buly 1803: Bulk vegetable oils including apricot kernel, sweet almond, aloe vera macerate, açai, andiroba, tamanu, brazil nut, camellia, daisy, evening primrose, pracaxi, raspberry seed, grapeseed, rosehip, castor, tucum, tea tree, coconut pulp, prickly pear, pomegranate, and gettou. Loose poudres include…
  • Modern, Plastic-Free Trash Cans

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Patent Ochsner beech, stainless steel, and rubber lidded bin Wooden pedal bin, Hindsvik Shop, similar here (this would be a nice DIY)Powder coated steel bin, Grace Youngeun LeeUnited Receptacle Defender SeriesSteel and natural rubber, VippDon't stop reading! We have no trash can and we're thinking about getting one. When friends and family come over, they have garbage and need a place to put it; plus I think it will restore a sense of normalcy to the household, at least for my husband. A man can only take so much austere minimalism. If we get a waste bin, we'll buy it…
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    Jennifer Stinnett

  • If I Hear “Yeah But …” ONE more time …

    Jennifer Stinnett
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I realize my title may seem a bit harsh, but it’s truly how I’ve been seeing things in people lately. First of all, let me start by saying, I ALWAYS meet amazing people. The interesting thing about that …. sometimes it seems I’m the only one that realizes they are amazing! Every day people do things that amaze me and yet we all consistently sell ourselves short. We think we can’t become more, do what we secretly hope in our minds or move forward with a special plan we have. We’re all so full of excuses, so full of “yeah, but’s ..” Stop and…
  • Week Five: #20NewThings – Learn Coding

    Jennifer Stinnett
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Continuing on in my #20NewThings experiment … this one may not be something that I realistically sought out to do for my #20NewThings, but it is something that stretched my brain limits. I think I’d like to start off this blog post by saying that if you have the financial means and it makes sense to create a website for a business … you should always, always pay for a person of experience to design your site. In my case … I needed a re-design on this website which makes me no money … is just a means to write and when you put it on paper … it’s about…
  • How To Get Back To Happy!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Not many people in my life know my background. Those few that do I consider to be my good friends. Those are the people that stay in your life – going in and out at times – but always seem to come around despite their (or others) judgments about your or themselves. There are very few people like this in any persons life. I would suggest however, we all have them. My background is actually a rather humorous one. I’ll admit at the time I was going through the events, they weren’t so humorous – but over time and changed view – it’s something you can…
  • Week Four: #20NewThings – Go To A Bar Made Of Ice!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    I’m a native of Wisconsin living here in Florida. It’s been a great experience so far. Week Four is kindof a silly “New Thing”. Mission: go to an Ice Bar located in Orlando Florida. We purchased our tickets online and a group of four us headed down to the Ice Bar. The Ice Bar here in Orlando is a bar made entirely of ice. The cups, the seats, the tables, the bar and the bar stools … all made of ice. The fun part of this experience, beside going with a group of friends, is that you can rent fake fur coats. Yep … guys and girls … you can get your fur…
  • Taking Control of Your Inbox!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    If you’ve been following my adventures here and on social media – you know I’m always looking for ways to help with the amount of emails I receive. Having a business, allowing yourself to be easily contacted and the copious amounts of unauthorized email / newsletter signups – have created havoc with my inbox. You might remember my list of efficient tips for sending less emails back and forth here. Or you may have followed my endless article shares on ways to maximize email time and inbox usage. I’ve noticed this is an issue for many people. So share away I will…
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    Language of PMS

  • Love Yourself… Now.

    Amanda Ginsburg
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    During this time around, I have either felt like or been made to feel like I’m stupid on my period. I made a mistake, said something wrong, miscommunicated something, or whatever. Yet I have noticed a pattern in how society treats a woman PMS’ing or on their period. I’ve experienced hyper criticism, mean spirits, even hatred. Either it’s an honest mistake or the person dishing out these vibes feels that way about themselves, who knows. With all of this we can get pretty down on ourselves. But I do think that this time of month we particularly need to give ourselves love and…
  • PMS and Empowerment

    Amanda Ginsburg
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    PMS can be empowering. Symptoms can also be degraded and disrespected. Therefore, women really need to take good care of themselves this time of month. Getting lots of rest, take B vitamins, cut back on sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol and red meat is all very important, but also getting intense emotions out on paper, sculpted, painted…even scribbled. By taking care of ourselves, we get at least our self-respect back and the rewards are even more empowering. The work world has been hard on women on their periods, relationships are hard on women on their periods, socializing is hard on women…
  • Point of inflection

    Julia Robinson
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    drowning in surges of hormonal waves bomb thoughts of death explode by the kettle; as I sip sickly sweet tea my mind tortures me images of burning at the stake. Do other women go through this? I collapse in bed unable to stop howling to the stars veiled by the glare of the sun; unaware of reason for this bellowing pain. Pretending herodom I actually try to lift my head. Leaving behind a tear stained pillow I stumble around cruel ideas out of the room, disconnected from this floor where my feet ambulate and head into the woods. Another’s pace is walking me vertigo slow I am half blind…
  • Lightning Storms

    Amanda Ginsburg
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The slam of the door shot like lightning in my nerves. A sad rain cloud flooded my face Because you may leave me while I’m bleeding. These lightning rainstorms have broken many. Whether it’s about money, poverty, children or bitchery. So I took Birth Control Pills in order to chill, To carry sunshine in a warm smile. Then the convulsions, the acne, the fits of rage took me down the road of the Salem Witch Trials. So I went to the Doctor who told me to do Art not Science. I outgrew my symptoms through a great creative alliance! Now I have you and you have me. The Sun is shining in…
  • Working in the Village

    Amanda Ginsburg
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Fire me! Fire Me! Just go ahead and Fire Me! Cigarette burns like pillaged villages and I am screaming. Blood pours between my legs like hot iron being casted into knives and swords. I Quit! I Quit! I’ll go ahead and Quit! For these fireball hormones and these war zones only want to surrender to peace after all as I withdrawl into something bolder; a recovered soldier,a humbled artist that cries to sleep at night till the battles on the body is over. Hire Me! Hire Me! Just go ahead and Hire Me! I promise you Springtime and Lilly’s in the sun. The war is over, the village rebuilt…
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    Hers.today | Different news for different mood

  • George Burns

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “I spent a year in that town, one Sunday.” Source Source:: George Burns The post George Burns appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves.” Source Source:: Jean-Jacques Rousseau The post Jean-Jacques Rousseau appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.” Source Source:: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The post Henry Wadsworth Longfellow appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • Frank Carson

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “I don’t think my wife likes me very much, when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.” Source Source:: Frank Carson The post Frank Carson appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • Helen Keller

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Source Source:: Helen Keller The post Helen Keller appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
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  • Hello world!

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • How to choose a watch?

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Tick-tock, tick-tock … Some say that time heals, others – that time is money. Whatever the thought going through your mind at the moment, the clock in today’s hectic life, except necessity has become... The post How to choose a watch? appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • How to clean golden jewelry

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The maintenance of your golden jewels is not a complicated ordeal with too many scientific considerations and is applicable by the ordinary people. However, it does require some simple knowledge that you will find... The post How to clean golden jewelry appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • The history of the engagement ring

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Ever since the beginning of contemporary humans’ existence, people have used different symbols to express their attitude toward the ones close to them. The ring is the most widely used and recognized symbol of... The post The history of the engagement ring appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • The top 10 most luxurious jewelry brands

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The beautiful jewels are a big weakness of the women. The rich ladies have large collections kept locked in their personal safe. And no wonder that they keep them in a safe – the... The post The top 10 most luxurious jewelry brands appeared first on 24Ladies.
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    The V Complex

  • Anita Sarkeesian, Sexism, and the Internet

    Victoria Maxwell
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Back in 2012, Anita Sarkeesian (blogger and creator of Feminist Frequency) started a project called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a discussion on the disparity of gender in the gaming world. This kicked off a massive campaign against her and her cause, garnering harassment from males across the internet. She became plagued with hatemail, crude and horribly offensive comments on her videos, and impersonations mocking her views. Below are some of the comments she received. WARNING: Many of these comments include strong language and racial epithets. “so you’re a bolshevik feminist…
  • Crowdsourcing Ideas

    Victoria Maxwell
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Blog Action Day is October 16th The topic for Blog Action Day 2014 is inequality. I have decided to address the topic of sexism on the internet. That being said, I need your help! Please email me, comment, Tweet, Facebook, whatever your medium with your experiences of sexism is on the internet. If you have screen caps or links to specific examples, even better! Share anything you have. If you wish to remain anonymous, let me know. Let’s get sharing!  
  • How Not To Ruin Your Halloween Fun

    Victoria Maxwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
      It’s that time of year where people dress up, go to parties, and check out every haunted house they can. Halloween is a great time to have some fun and get scared. It can also be a stressful time with Thanksgiving and Christmas nearing. Here is a guide to help you navigate through this spooky season. Keep Your Senses       Halloween festivities abound, people like to party. And when people party, they get stupid. If you plan on going out and partying, have fun but keep your sense. This is especially true if you decide to go out to the haunted house events like…
  • Top 5 Halloween Movie Picks

    Victoria Maxwell
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    In keeping with my October/Halloween theme, I’ve decided to make a list of my top five movies to watch during the Halloween season. We all have our classics, these happen to be mine. So here they are, in no particular order. Hocus Pocus I feel like this is a childhood classic for most people. It’s hilarious and Bette Midler is fabulous as always. Not to mention this is before Thora Birch got kind of weird. Nightmare Before Christmas I’ve always been a huge Tim Burton fan, and this is one of my favorite Burton movies. It’s songs are catchy thanks to the glorious Danny…
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Victoria Maxwell
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It’s Time To Stop The Violence After all of the news lately about the NFL, I felt I should bring up that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That’s right, October isn’t just about breast cancer (though also very important). And domestic violence affects men and women alike. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. It accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the US. That’s unacceptable. The worst part is that many states are still…
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    How To Wear It

  • How To Wear Skinny Jeans

    How To Wear It
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    For most of us, skinny jeans are already part of our daily wardrobe; yet there is still a few of us who are not convinced enough to embrace it. If you are wondering, NO, you do not have to be skinny in order to wear skinny jeans.Today, we are going to encourage everyone, regardless of their body shape, to wear skinny jeans in the most possible flattering manner. The key is: Balance.Type of Jeans:You should wear dark washed denim jeans with big, not bulgy, pockets. We want to create an illusion of 'smaller' lower body. Ensure that your jeans fit nicely around your hips and waist.TopsA perfect…
  • How To Wear Céline Paris T-Shirts

    How To Wear It
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Designer Logo T-shirts have become specially trendy since a couple of years ago, particularly when branded Céline t-shirts started to be seen on famous celebrities and bloggers around the world.Regardless of the fact that the opinions about the trend were divided, we have decided to revisit the trend and compile a list of suggestions of how to wear a popular item such as the branded Céline t-shirt.Let's start by saying that a basic item such as t-shirt is very versatile and can be worn in a variety of ways and contexts. We have decided to divide our list by style and body shape.Style: Smart…
  • Mini Styling Consultation - Lindsay (Fictional Example)

    How To Wear It
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Lindsay is between 35-44 years old and works full time as a legal secretary.Hair is... auburn, long, wavy.Eye color is... dark brown.Skin tone is... light brown.Best body feature is... legs and arms.Worst body feature is... stomach.Frame is... petite.Style in three words: classic, intemporal, elegant.Favorite brand is: J.Crew.Favorite color is: black.Favorite item of clothing in her wardrobe: A little black dress.Pick a theme: Smart Casual.Suggested COLOR PALETTES Monochromatic : Triad :Analogous :Complementary :Tip: If Lindsay wants to wear neutrals, she can do it but she is…
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    Women Fitness Magazine

  • Tips for Feeling More Confident In Your Bikini

    Women Fitness Magazine
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine During the summer season there’s nothing better than strolling along the beach in your bikini proud of your sculpted and toned body. But unfortunately, only 20 percent of women feel confident in their swimsuits. Many of the unconfident women feel like they’re being scrutinized and judged by other people, especially by women. If you feel unconfident in your bikini, check out a few tips that will help you to feel more confident in your swimsuit! 1. Wear the bikini that fits you and your curves If you have large breasts, then a strapless bikini top may be a nightmare…
  • Most Important Rules of Safe Pregnancy Exercise

    Women Fitness Magazine
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine If you are nervous about working out when you are pregnant, don’t be! Exercising during your pregnancy has a lot of great benefits. It can help lift your spirits and prepare you for labor and childbirth. Rules for exercising during pregnancy are extremely important for every mom-to-be who wants to stay fit during their pregnancy! Read on to discover a few most important rules of safe pregnancy exercise. 1. Don’t start any new exercise program The first rule of safe pregnancy exercise is to avoid starting any new exercise program when you are pregnant. You should…
  • Bad Reasons to Have a Baby

    Women Fitness Magazine
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine There are a lot of terrible reasons to have a baby. Nowadays many young people start their families because they let themselves be influenced by some outside factors. And as a result, they might feel a certain amount of guilt or regret, in spite of how much they love their children. If you are going to have a baby, it must be because you and your significant other want to. Check out 8 bad reasons to have a baby. 1. Because time is running out Often many women feel that they must have a baby because time is running out. But it is actually a bad reason to conceive,…
  • Things You Really Don’t Need Any More

    Women Fitness Magazine
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine How long will it be before the wire, the watch and the pen are just things we try to describe to our incredulous offspring? Times change fast and yesterday’s essential item is tomorrow’s trash. Here are five things that were once must-haves, but have now had their day! 1. The Hotmail address Maybe you hold on to your Hotmail.com email address for sentimental reasons, or because your oldest clients still use it. Whatever your reasons, it’s time to make the switch! Hotmail.com has become the domain of spammers, email marketers and embarrassing aunties. Using a…
  • Ways to Cope with Your Parent’s Divorce

    Women Fitness Magazine
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine Parent’s divorce can be very hard, even if you are not a child or a teen. It may seem like your life doesn’t make sense to you and nothing can be done to help you feel better. You may feel frustrated, angry, stressed out or sad. You may feel relieved, especially if there’s been lots of fighting or tension at home. But don’t let this rule your life! Check out a few ways to cope with your parent’s divorce. 1. It’s not your fault One of the most important things you should realize is that your parent’s divorce is not your fault. If they were really unhappy in…
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  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Healthy During the Winter

    Rachel Cook
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Staying healthy during the winter can be tough. The chill in the air makes a warm bed seem extra cozy, and the thought of stepping out into the cold is almost too much to bear. Still, you owe it to yourself to maintain good health year-round, so here’s a few tips for staying healthy and fit even when the motivation to venture outdoors is hard to find. Easy Does It – The Chill Approach to Cold Weather Health Bribes Are Good Rewards and presents are perfectly reasonable motivators to maintain an enthusiastic approach to good health. I like to start the day with a hot breakfast, like…
  • How To Travel With Children Without Losing Your Mind

    Rachel Cook
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Recently I took a road trip around the big island of Hawaii with a couple of girlfriends. We had an amazing time stopping at various scenic locations along the way, snapping pictures and just basically looking for adventure around every turn. Photo Credit: Flickr As with any road trip, there were a few hiccups along the way – snacks, pit-stops, and the general “are we there yet?” type questions. All of this got me to thinking that if traveling with a few women was this sort of adventure in careful planning, traveling with children must be its own special kind of chaos. With the holidays…
  • Six Ideas for Banishing Sugar from Your Diet

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    21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    The World Health Organization released new guidelines on sugar intake in 2014: no more than 5% of total calories should come from added sugars. Photo Credit: Flickr This translates into less than six teaspoons of sugar per day. The obvious sugar sources—soda, candy, and sweet desserts—are usually easy to spot and cut out of the diet. However, a significant contributor to sugar in the American diet is from hidden sources. We often think that just because something doesn’t taste “sweet” that means there isn’t sugar in it. Here are six sugar-laden foods to avoid or replace: Make Your…
  • What to Wear to Your Maternity Photo Shoot

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    If you are planning to do a maternity photo session soon, you know what one most important thing you need to focus on – clothing!!! You want to make sure that the clothes you wear not only make you feel comfortable and but also make you feel stylish, confident and radiant, that you can carry with style effortlessly! Maternity session is the time to celebrate your beauty and capture the most blissful moments in your life. Question of ‘What should I wear to my maternity photo session’ starts lurking on your mind the minute you fix your appointment for your photo session. You…
  • How to Survive the Holidays Without Gaining Weight

    Rachel Cook
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    If you’re contemplating the perfect time to “cheat” on the diet then there’s no more opportune time or place than attending a special occasion or holiday party. Common excuses come up like “treating yourself”, or being “a little bit naughty”. Special occasions mark a time when people concoct all manner of reasoning to justify inhaling a monster plate of food they would normally never consider eating in one week, let alone one meal. The Real Trouble With Special Occasions Let’s be honest, special occasions are not really special. Christmas parties and gatherings…
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