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  • How to Talk to Girls | How to Approach Attractive Girls to Impress her

    Multi niche
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS Do you start stuttering and forgetting your own name any time you talk to girls? If so, then it’s time to kick up your game a few notches so you can hold your own in a conversation and catch a girl’s interest in no time at all. To talk to […]
  • Update

    A.R. & Proud
    Lia Hollander
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    My husband has joined the Department of State and has been welcomed into the 136thForeign Service Specialist Class. It begins at the end of January. We will be moving to Virgina soon and around Valentine's Day we will learn where in the world we will be posted. So stay tuned ...
  • The Day She Lost Her Jealousy at Barneys

    Sheila Nevins
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes and Margaret Gullen’s knees. The fancy girl’s high school required dark blue knee socks with the dark blue uniform. Margaret’s knees, or so it appeared to her, were dimpled in all the right places — whereas hers appeared to…
  • Leadership and Transparency 2015: The Social Media Imperative

    Learned On by Andrea Learned
    Andrea Learned
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    By the time “trends” get mentioned in the new year forecast blog posts, they can be little more “old” than “news.” Though forward motion is always worth celebrating, change usually happens more slowly. Take, for example, the call for more transparency in business leadership. While today’s startups are more likely to intentionally bake this into their corporate DNA, 100+ year old companies have a lot more embedded business culture to counter. Still, no matter the corporation’s size or embedded culture, the imperative of transparency really is, to be festive about it, “nipping…
  • A Muslim Cleric Walks Into a Gay Bar…

    The Women's International Perspective
    the wip
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    by Sally Kohn, The Daily Beast, USA – It’s hard to be a conservative in America these days. When fundamentalist Islamists terrorize innocent citizens, you tweet something about how we have to stop all Muslims from imposing their Sharia law on “us.” And when the Supreme Court announces it will review a set of cases on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, you freak out about gay people imposing their gayness on all of “us.” Of course, you don’t seem to mind imposing your intolerant version of Christianity on all of “us” and we let you try — because we call that…
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    A.R. & Proud

  • Update

    Lia Hollander
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    My husband has joined the Department of State and has been welcomed into the 136thForeign Service Specialist Class. It begins at the end of January. We will be moving to Virgina soon and around Valentine's Day we will learn where in the world we will be posted. So stay tuned ...
  • Get Around To It ... Eventually

    Lia Hollander
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I know, I know. Not blogging for months is not a good way to keep a blog alive. I've honestly thought about killing it. But with new life changes on the way soon, I may need it more than ever! (No, I'm not pregnant.)Quick updates:Still teaching English and loving it!Still healing from the car accidentStill not back in the pool. Maybe in 2015?!I'm currently working on an ESL presentation that I am happy to share with the word once it's ready. Stay tuned ...
  • Get Back In the Pool

    Lia Hollander
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    I think I'm finally at the point in my physical therapy journey where I can get back in the pool. However, to make sure I don't over do it, I won't bring my goggles and I won't bring my swim cap. But gosh, it will be nice to get back in the water.
  • It's Always Nice To Be Thanked

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

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

    Sheila Nevins
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Originally published in January 2008… She had always been slightly envious of other girls. It started with doll clothes in third grade. MaryLou’s doll had high-heels and a bikini swimsuit. Hers did not. This competitive nature continued, with more serious manifestations, into high school. At the elegant Pierrepont High, she longed for Ginger’s blue eyes and Margaret Gullen’s knees. The fancy girl’s high school required dark blue knee socks with the dark blue uniform. Margaret’s knees, or so it appeared to her, were dimpled in all the right places — whereas hers appeared to…
  • Lily Tomlin receives Kennedy Center Honors

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Is it any surprise that Lily Tomlin, our wOw woman, would be honored by the Kennedy Center? The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to American culture though the performing arts. Lily, your wOw community salutes you!! Watch the 37th Kennedy Center Honors tonight, December 30, 2014
  • Marlo Thomas Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Our very own Marlo Thomas was bestowed this nation’s highest civilian honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The honor is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”     Congrats to MAKER @MarloThomas on winning the Medal of Freedom for her world-changing work! Watch her story here http://t.co/fUl65wlZLr — MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) November 26, 2014   Marlo serves as national outreach director…
  • Joan Larsen Celebrates: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

    Joan Larsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . . A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!! The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house As the children became teens, it became not only a challenge but fun to outdo themselves We could see the pride in their eyes over their original creations and how could we not “ohh” and “ahh” over this? We deemed it strictly stunning ! Apple cider seemed a unique touch for toasting before the big meal and below the…
  • FIND ME – Finding Missing Persons Fundraiser in NYC

    Joni Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Recently, Mary Wells Lawrence and I joined the organization FIND ME. We learned about it from Peggy Rometo, once wowOwow’s astrologist/intuitive. Its mission is to find missing persons…in order to bring peace to their families and friends. The organization is different from any others I’ve known of. It utilizes forensic technology AND vetted psychics to create a unique force of diligent and dedicated professionals working alongside of the police. Their success rate has been astounding. I know there are many news stories (NPR, NBC News, etc.) in the works…but just…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Leadership and Transparency 2015: The Social Media Imperative

    Andrea Learned
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    By the time “trends” get mentioned in the new year forecast blog posts, they can be little more “old” than “news.” Though forward motion is always worth celebrating, change usually happens more slowly. Take, for example, the call for more transparency in business leadership. While today’s startups are more likely to intentionally bake this into their corporate DNA, 100+ year old companies have a lot more embedded business culture to counter. Still, no matter the corporation’s size or embedded culture, the imperative of transparency really is, to be festive about it, “nipping…
  • Get On Social Media To Become the “Source”

    Andrea Learned
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    “All things being equal” is quite an overused phrase, but there can still be gold in what follows it. Whether it’s a consumer’s evaluation of cleaning products or a way to differentiate potential business consultants, the reasons why one option is chosen over another is especially key in a world of choice gone wild. As a business thought leader, don’t you want “[your name here] is the best choice” to be the end of that “all things being equal” sentence? I got to thinking about this recently as it relates to Tweetchat guests, conference speakers, podcast interviewees and NPR…
  • Social Media and the Introverted Leader

    Andrea Learned
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The building conversation about introverts in the business world strikes a chord. Though few who have met me in person would guess it, I am one, with a capital “I.” Interestingly (and fortunately), using social media has been key for finding the balance that lets me think, work and connect most productively. Thanks to this tool, my ability to build a profile in my particular focus area, sustainability, is not hindered by the fact that I live in “remote” Seattle (compared to cities like NYC, Boston or San Francisco, I mean). Even with my strong introvert tendencies, I…
  • Why The C-Suite Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

    Andrea Learned
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Does your corporation intend to be in business in another 100 years? Adding a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to your C-Suite may make the difference. But do enough CEOs understand the sustainability role and why it matters? It’s not clear. A new report from The Weinreb Group, CSO Backstory II: The Evolution of the Chief Sustainability Officer, should serve as a wake-up call on that front. Though there has been progress, with 36 CSOs today, up from 29 in 2011, the importance of the role – which, to be clear, can either be in the C-Suite or report to it, depending on the…
  • Thought Leadership Development Through Twitter: My TriplePundit Interview

    Andrea Learned
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    TriplePundit.com caught up with me at SXSWEco a few weeks ago, and asked about using Twitter for thought leadership development. Especially for the sake of moving the sustainable business cause, I love to talk about its power (as you’ll see).   What I hope comes across in this video is that Twitter (or social media, in general) is not only a communications or marketing strategy tool. It is also an as-yet underutilized way to develop influence as a thought leader, and to elevate and amplify the industry conversation. The little known fun of it is that it is all about human-to-human…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Muslim Cleric Walks Into a Gay Bar…

    the wip
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    by Sally Kohn, The Daily Beast, USA – It’s hard to be a conservative in America these days. When fundamentalist Islamists terrorize innocent citizens, you tweet something about how we have to stop all Muslims from imposing their Sharia law on “us.” And when the Supreme Court announces it will review a set of cases on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, you freak out about gay people imposing their gayness on all of “us.” Of course, you don’t seem to mind imposing your intolerant version of Christianity on all of “us” and we let you try — because we call that…
  • Civil Society is to Nuclear Disbarment as Bordeaux is to a Lamb Shank

    Beatrice Maneshi
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Thus far, what has come from attending the nuclear disarmament abolitionist meeting — ICAN Vienna Civil Society Forum, is the apparent lack of students or activists from Russia or China. The concept that a ban on nuclear weapons or total disarmament happening anytime soon is, to say the least, — fleeting. Meetings such as ICAN although inspiring are completely unrealistic, BUT they are necessary and cannot be lived without. US Ambassador Robert Wood at the UN First Committee on October 20, 2014 stated “… unrealistic calls for immediate and total disarmament distract from and…
  • Under-reported conflicts seen affecting millions in 2015

    Reuters: World News
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack of pressure for change could have serious implications for millions of people, experts say.
  • Greece to seek ‘common ground’

    BBC News - Home
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    European Parliament President Martin Schulz says Greece will seek "common ground" with its European partners after meeting Alexis Tsipras.
  • Join The WIP for Women, Media, and Social Change

    the wip
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    The Women’s International Perspective, a publication of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, celebrates International Women’s Day with Women, Media, and Social Change, a fundraising luncheon to share The WIP’s accomplishments and our vision for the future. Singer, actress, and host Daisy Tormé will emcee this special event. Daisy is the talented daughter of Jazz legend Mel Tormé and British actress Janette Scott. Throughout her life, she has worked in almost every corner of the performing arts: Film, television, radio, stage, opera and much voice-over and…
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 5 Healthy Innovations You Should Look Out For in 2015

    Erin Kennedy
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Display Title:  5 Healthy Innovations You Should Look Out For in 2015 Subtitle:  Smart and savvy health innovations can help you get in top shape, feel great, stay inspired and save time this year! Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/healthy-technology/content/5-healthy-innovations-you-sho... Align:  left Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Danger: Texting Can Put Strain on Your Spine

    Erin Kennedy
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Display Title:  Danger: Texting Can Put Strain on Your Spine Subtitle:  Most of us lean over our phones while texting, unaware of the trouble it can cause our spines. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/back-pain/content/danger-texting-can-put-strain-your-spi... Align:  left Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • 6 Common Health Concerns of Millennials

    Jody Smith
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Millennials constituted one-third of the United State's population as of 2013. That makes this group the largest one in the country. Slide Title:  Alcohol Image:  Image Caption:  Auremar/PhotoSpin Image Text:  About 3–5 percent of young women are drinking more than seven drinks a week on a regular basis, considered heavy drinking, according to Millennialmarketing.com. Businesswire.com says that 6 percent of millenial women are drinking too much alcohol several times a week. About 44 percent of millenials in college have a problem with binge drinking, reported…
  • Join @EmpowHER for #HERchat!

    Erin Kennedy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Display Title:  Join @EmpowHER for #HERchat! Subtitle:  Participate in our women's health conversation on Twitter every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on URL:  http://www.empowher.com/herchat Align:  right Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • Not So Pretty in Pink: Too Many Women Still Die of Breast Cancer

    Misty Jacobs
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    If breast cancer has taken someone you love, chances are it was stage IV breast cancer that killed her. Image:  Image Caption:  B-D-S/PhotoSpin read more
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    jennster's blog

  • 2015 Signings!

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Here is a list of my signings. There is the possibility of ONE more awesome one being added, so stay tuned for that. *cough* Hawaii anyone *cough*I bring books to each signing for sale the day of the event, but of course you can bring your own. I look forward to meeting you and hope you can make it out to one of these!  :)  FEBRUARY 13, 2015 (please note this is a FRIDAY)SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA6:00pm - 10:00pm (followed by FSOG movie at local theatre)Embassy Suites100 Capital MallFacebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/loveandfiftyWebsite & Tickets:…
  • Nine things you might not know about me

    16 Dec 2013 | 12:25 pm
    I posted this on facebook and figured i'd post it on my blog as well. Why? Cause it's fun!  :) Nine things you might not know about me: 1- I used to work for Disney. Not DisneyLAND, but Disney- the company. I worked in the building that the dwarfs hold up in Burbank. I LOVED working there. It was pretty f'n magical.  2- I was a DJ on the radio during college at the campus radio station. I played music that scared the living piss out of me because it was dark and angry and filled with screaming lyrics i couldn't understand. So there would be all this YELLING and then i'd be all…
  • Happy Birthday Leah. Still Remembering You, Sal

    10 Sep 2013 | 10:59 am
    It's that time again. That time of year. I am not over it. I'm not past it. It still feels like yesterday. And even though I don't post on this blog that often anymore (I post on my author blog), I can't let this go by without reposting it all again.  I have to repost this every year. Because every year around this time i'm sick to my stomach. My heart still fucking aches. My eyes still water. I can't stand how horrifying this day was. I'll never ever forget how it felt. and I didn't lose someone I loved that day. Two years ago when I originally posted this, I was blessed to…
  • Pretty amazing giveaway happening on my other blog!

    24 Jul 2013 | 8:54 am
    If you love books, you have GOT to head over to my author blog and enter this contest!!!!  It's unbelievable!!!!http://writing.jennster.com/2013/07/10000-facebook-likes-celebration.html
  • The Game Changer and a GIVEAWAY!

    12 Apr 2013 | 9:26 am
    The Game Changer is coming out in two months people!  TWO! MONTHS! I know you all hate waiting, but it will fly by and be here before you know it and then we'll all be sad that we aren't looking forward to it anymore. Right?!  That's how I felt about Reckless by S.C. Stephens!  Counting down like crazy... waiting, waiting, waiting.. and then BOOM! It was here. And now it's gone. And it's sad.  (I love you Shannon)Anyway, I've started celebrating!  Why?  Because i'm really freaking excited! :) And I also want to showcase some talent I've come across since…
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    Mostly Lisa: Canada's Sexy Geek Blog

  • On “Popular” Web Photography

    Mostly Lisa
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Enveloped in Sandstone by Lisa Bettany on 500px A response to “Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up?” by Ugo Cei. As one of the photographers of those “popular” photos that left the author of this post “cold as a stone“, I have to say that not all photography is aspiring to be high art. Sometimes a photo is just a memory, or a moment, or in the case of my photo of Antelope Canyon, an attempt at taking a sweet photo of a cool location. I took that photo 2 years ago when I was just learning to how take landscape photos. I actually thought I…
  • 8 iPhone Comparison

    Mostly Lisa
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    In the past seven years, each new advancement in iPhone camera technology has made dramatic improvements to image quality. The iPhone 6 is no different. Besides being faster to shoot and easier to focus, the images taken with the iPhone 6 camera show greater detail and are significantly better in low-light. In this follow-up post to my iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 comparisons, I present an 8 iPhone comparison from all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including, the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the new iPhone 6 in a variety of situations to…
  • Introducing my new photo app, MagiCam

    Mostly Lisa
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    Link to the iTunes store We just marked our 4 year anniversary for Camera+ (12 million sold!) by launching a new, simply awesome, camera app called MagiCam. This app was a pure joy to create with the other members of the tap tap tap super team. All the details of the app and a few precious moments involving a hotdog with too much mustard & a goat selfie are in the video above. MagiCam is our response to users who wanted a simple, clean, one-touch camera app with the power of Camera+, but without all the sliders and buttons. All the complex editing happens background, so that users have a…
  • Lake Minnewanka Stars

    Mostly Lisa
    25 Jan 2014 | 9:19 am
    View large on 500px I saw stars! I was in the Canadian Rockies this past week and I completely fell in love with the landscapes around Banff and Lake Louise. I ran myself ragged photographing from sunrise to sunset and sometime after to capture the stars. I was fortunate to have some of the best weather they have seen in months. This was my very last shot just hours before my flight from Calgary. I couldn’t help grabbing a few last star shots above Mount Inglismaldie on a chilly -10C evening on a semi-melted slushy lake. It was bubbling and cracking under my feet as I took this shot. In…
  • Mystic Beach Cave

    Mostly Lisa
    8 Jan 2014 | 5:02 pm
    A view of yesterday’s shoot at Mystic Beach on the Juan de Fuca Trail, Vancouver Island from inside an epic cave. It was an incredible location for landscape and star photography. I rarely use my 15mm fisheye lens because most of the time, it’s, well, too fishy , but for things like this, it’s the coolest lens in my bag!
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • What Should I Do First? 7 Ways to Get Your Self-Employment Ducks in a Row

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Diana Schneidman If you are overwhelmed by your to-do list, be smart and take a few minutes upfront to prioritize. It takes only moments at the start of your workday, but you will accomplish what most needs to be done while enjoying peace of mind. When you work at home as a freelancer or […]
  • When Work is a Family Affair

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Christy Schutz I am in the midst of a professional transition. I left my advertising gig the end of December and decided to start the New Year at my husband’s small business. I am helping him do some general office management, accounting and process improvement stuff, but, more importantly, am focused on upping the […]
  • Interview with Susan Wenner Jackson – Co-founder of Working Moms Against Guilt

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about your blogging journey. I started blogging way back in 2006, soon after our first child was born. As an advertising copywriter, I used Working Moms Against Guilt as both an outlet for my own personal writing as well as a way to connect with other women who were new […]
  • 6 Reasons Why YOU Should Create an eBook

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Anneke Steenkamp The past few weeks I’ve been assisting a client in the editing and proofing phase of creating his eBook. Although eBooks have been around for ages, I’ve never really considered writing my own. For some reason I’m still seeing myself as a ‘beginner’ when in fact I’ve advanced quite a bit in […]
  • 9 Chat Agent Jobs You Can Do From Home

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna Back when I was in college, I worked for a telemarketing company. While the gig itself was flexible with it’s hours and it paid well, it totally exhausted me. More often than not, people did not want to converse on the phone (which I totally get), so I would have to […]
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    Women's Voices For Change

  • Fashion on Film—Must-See Films to Watch in 2015

    Women's Voices For Change
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    They've all done it: Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, and Diana Vreeland. They let the cameras into both their public and their private lives to capture their stake in the fashion world. The fashion documentary is quickly becoming the new trend in filmmaking. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Book Review: “Lighter As We Go”

    Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By Jane Moffett The book's authors assure us, through personal anecdotes, case studies, and findings from research on aging, mental health, and illness, that growing older can be a rewarding and enjoyable phase of life. [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 Internet this Week

    Women's Voices For Change
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    A look at the "perfect" (quotation marks intentional) woman's body over the past 100 years; The Onion.com posits, in a parody, the dismay of increasing number of men pressured to accept realistic standards of female beauty; and a video explores what happens when men realize they are harassing their own mothers on the street; a mom explores why "good moms" get hated on. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Documentary: “Every Revolution Is an Adventure”

    Alexandra MacAaron
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By Alexandra MacAaron "Art Is a Weapon" tells the story of Angel Wagenstein, 92, whose life and life’s work affirm that none of us should be satisfied simply watching history unfold around us. We are an intrinsic part of a greater whole. We must actively participate. [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: Tamoxifen and Menopausal Mood Swings

    Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D., a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington, addresses the concerns of a woman who is taking tamoxifen and wonders how that affects her disturbing menopausal mood swings. [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

  • So You Want To Slay Some Debt? (Hint, Hint: A Giveaway)

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Roughly ten years ago, I had the privilege of working with another educator who inspired me to be kind, loving and encouraging. She was one of my very favorite people. Ever. Still is. I remember Patty talking about her daughter who had just started a blog. Her husband was in law school and she had always liked to write. “What’s a blog?” I asked Patty because they weren’t nearly as mainstream as they are now. Goodness gracious, back then there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook was a new enterprise everyone thought would tank. Patty patiently explained and I…
  • When You Have Trouble Believing You’re Amazing

    Natalie Snapp
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thank you to my sweet co-leader, Bethany Grove, for writing today’s post! My quest for perfection feels like a never-ending journey. I started traveling a long time ago but it’s still not something I’ve been able to break free from – yet. While I was in college, my roommate and I laughed about my uncanny ability to be able to tell if something of mine was ever moved. The sad part? There was a lot of truth behind our giggles. In an instant, I would have noticed something amiss. The quest for perfection didn’t stop there either. Becoming a mother hasn’t changed my…
  • More Than Just Nourishment For The Soul

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (She’s winking because she knew a lot of life secrets . . . ) Last week, I shared the three main lessons I’ve learned from our sweet girl, Ellie – our yellow Labrador Retriever who died unexpectedly of cancer a few weeks ago. We spoke of the importance of play, how incredibly critical it is for us to just slow down and have fun with our families. I know I am guilty of just trying to get it all done so I can have some “me” time that sometimes, I get grouchy if stuff (i.e. family demands) get in my way. In my attempts to check-off the list, I check-out of real…
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    if you want kin, you must plant kin ...

  • It’s alright if you love me …

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Had an audio flashback yesterday that's still playing its tune today.
  • Fist in the Air in the Land of Hypocrisy

    30 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    My support for non-violent action isn't as much about the fact that I'm a "nice" person as it is about my desire for real dialogue.
  • Safe as Houses

    23 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last night I locked my front door. If you’ve read this blog for a minute, you know that I don’t lock my door. I do lock the big iron gate in front of my door, but not the door itself. This is part laziness, part habit from when the lock wasn’t working properly, part foolish, […]
  • List of Demands

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Stop telling me you're colorblind, that you don't see color, that you don't see me as black.
  • Gratitude and Grievances

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I am lucky enough that there are always things in my life to be grateful for. But this is 2014, and gratitude can't be the magic elixir that gets me through. Not today.
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    Stirrup Queens

  • 530th Friday Blog Roundup

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    Do you remember hoppity hop balls?  My friend had one when we were little, and I always wanted to play with it. We didn’t have one, probably because they’re an excellent way to crack your skull open. I went to volunteer at the twins’ school this week, and the gym teacher had taken out HOPPITY […]
  • The Restaurant Approach to Having it All

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    When I go to a restaurant alone, I order one meal off the menu, mostly because my stomach has limited capacity AND I hate to waste food.  Plus, there is the money factor.  And… you know… the normal thing when you go to a restaurant is that you order one or two items.  I think […]
  • IComLeavWe: February 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]
  • Life Without Kids Before Life Without Kids

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    I went back to write this comment, but it got too long, so I decided to put it here since it was post-length vs. comment-length. Mali had a really interesting mini-post about people referring to their time pre-kids as their life without kids; in other words, saying that they understood what it was like to […]
  • #MicroblogMondays 22: Onion Goggles

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* When I need to cut a lot of onions… like more than two onions… I wear a snorkel mask.  I skip the snorkel and just wear the goggles which cover half my face.  They’re really […]
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  • Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women’s Stories

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Tim Ryan, Democratic U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district, declared in an op-ed piece yesterday that he's changed his stance on abortion. Related posts: While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee’s Anti-Abortion Measure Passed Last Abortion Clinic in Cinncinnati Will Remain Open Ohio House Rejects Six-Week Abortion Ban
  • Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The United States restored its funding for UNFPA under President Obama in 2009. Related posts: 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion On World AIDS Day, UN Women Calls for Fast-Tracking Gender Equality to Stem Epidemic Groups Demand Gender-Responsive Climate Policy at UN Convention
  • Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both former football players, will hear their sentencing on March 6. Related posts: UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements
  • Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Leaders of the Mormon Church said it is promising to support housing and job protections for the LGBT community in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to others' behavior. Related posts: Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court Scripps College Will Now Officially Admit Transgender Women Activists Demonstrate Outside Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations
  • Sports Illustrated Runs Domestic Violence Ad Before Super Bowl

    Feminist Newswire
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Just days before the Super Bowl, Sports Illustrated has decided to run an advertisement on their site that puts a spotlight on domestic violence in the National Football League. Related posts: NFL and Black Women’s Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence
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  • After School Hugs and Kisses

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    When she is at school, he misses her. When she comes home from school, everything in his world is right again. It is the sweetest thing, really.
  • Photos: The Last Homecoming

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    This year will be filled with “lasts” for my son. His last Homecoming. His last season of high school basketball. Last Prom. My son has been blessed with a solid group of friends who have become like family. Some of them have played basketball together since Junior High (one of them since they were 8 years old.) They are all good students, they are smart, driven, loyal and they always have each other’s backs. This weekend was their last Homecoming. Of course, I brought my new baby with me and well, I took over 270 pictures. That sounds crazy, but my son was with a large…
  • Time For a Change

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I grabbed my camera and headed out for a drive last night because I was feeling restless and nervous about things. Photography always soothes my soul, so I thought I’d drive around with my camera, to see if anything photo worthy caught my eye. I drove past a church parking lot that I used to go to weekly for boot camp. The sun was setting and I noticed how beautiful the tall, white cross looked with sunlight behind it. I turned into the empty parking lot. I sat there for a few minutes, just looking at the beautiful sunset, thinking about life and people and all of the crazy, fun,…
  • “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
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  • Question of the Day

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suggested by Shaker BigDots: "What are some traits that you prefer/admire/desire in bosses or supervisors? (I'm asking because I have a lousy supervisor but have a hard time articulating what exactly I dislike!)"One of the things I always valued the most when I was working for someone else was a boss who trusted me. Who didn't feel obliged to hang over me all the time. That seems to embody lots of other related traits I valued: Not micromanaging, empowering me, treating me like I am intelligent and responsible, not getting totally bent out of shape if I needed to leave early or come in late,…
  • Of Course

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The now Republican-controlled Senate, with help from nine Democrats, has passed the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill, despite the fact that President Obama has pledged to veto it:Senators voted 62-36 on the bill to bypass the Obama administration's review of Keystone, five short of the number needed to overturn a potential rejection by the president. All Republicans present voted for the bill as did nine Democrats.Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Keystone would be…
  • What Is This

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    [Content Note: Police misconduct; police brutality; racism; misogyny.]A couple of videos, care of @elonjames:1. San Francisco Public Defender Jami Tillotson, a thin middle-aged white woman, is arrested at the San Francisco Hall of Justice on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by officers of the San Francisco Police Department, after she tells them not to unlawfully take pictures of two young black men.Video Description: Two young black men are standing against a wall inside a municipal building. Tillotson stands between them; as far as I can tell, she represents one of them but not the other.
  • Ain't Afraid of Ghosts. Terrified of Women.

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    [Content Note: Misogyny.] All credit to @Doubting_Tom for the headline of this piece.There has been a predictable and tiresome backlash ever since Paul Feig announced the cast of the all-female Ghostbusters remake. You know, the one we've been talking about for months, but apparently just wasn't real to shitlord misogynists until it was cast. Or something.Anyway. Among the mountainous trash heap of nightmare reactions from ideological dinosaurs, this was my absolute favorite bit of contemptible…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    I'm basically just a chaise lounge for the tiniest cat in the world.As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
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  • Friday Facts And Some Fun: On Marissa Alexander, Colleen McCullough, Scott Walker And Others

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:43 pm
    1.  This American Life has a segment on Internet trolling of comedian Lindy West and another segment about the complaints people make about vocal fry, but only when it's young women's voices which have it.  Both are worth listening.  The Lindy West segment links to the online nastiness in general and in a bizarre way to the question whether we need a different kind of language policing when the message sent is a simple IHATEYOUBITCHDIE.2.  New fragments of Sappho's poetry may have been found.   Her work is tantalizing because of its current scarcity despite the…
  • More on The Travails Of The Intrepid Factual Feminist: Deciphering Hoff Sommer's First Sexual Assault Myth

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I feel mean enough to share some of the work that the anti-feminists make me do*.  This example is about the first item Christina Hoff Sommers talks about on her vlog as sexual assault myths.It juxtaposes the one-in-five figure about college sexual assaults with a new figure which quickly flashes on the screen:  That one in 53 women experience sexual assault during the four years of college.  Before a quick look at a table which provides that number the vlog argues that a new report has come up with the "right" figure for the rate of sexual assaults during women's college…
  • The Language Police Is Coming To Get You

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    You may have read Jonathan Chait's opinion piece on the way language policing is perverting liberalism.I read the piece a few times, but I'm still not clear on how his different examples relate to the topic he wishes to address, and I'm not 100% clear on what that topic is (freedom of speech issues?  what hurts the liberals?  what hurts Jonathan Chait?).  They span a range of cases, from wrecking someone's house because of what a person wrote, via the demands for trigger warnings in some college courses and campaigns to have controversial campus speakers banned, to an author…
  • The End of Blogs?

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Andrew Sullivan is killing his blog.  Dylan Byers comments on that and tells us this:Sullivan was able to keep blogging alive (and lucrative) long after the era of blogs had come to an end -- at The Atlantic, at The Daily Beast, and, in recent years, through the funding of readers. It's also true that Sullivan's influence has waned of late. While there is still some demand for Sullivan's outspokenness -- he's at his best when he's arguing, aggressively -- there is far less demand for unspecialized aggregation. Sullivan deserves immense credit for keeping his project alive, but its days…
  • Mike Huckabee And Trash-Talking Women

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    This little snippet is worth thinking about, believe it or not:Appearing last Friday on Mickelson in the Morning, an Iowa-based radio show, Huckabee recounted the culture shock he experienced when hearing profanity in the workplace while working for Fox News in New York City.“In Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the f-bomb and use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Huckabee said. “In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women do it!”He continued: “This would be considered totally inappropriate to say these things in front of a woman.” But…
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  • Tandoori Chicken Bake

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    This dish may look spicy if you’re not familiar with us, but it isn’t at all. It’s just packed with delicious flavors. If spicy is your…
  • Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be a pain to cook. Instead of wasting your time, toss them all together with this simple stuffed…
  • Scalloped Potato and Broccoli Casserole

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Scalloped potatoes are fairly common, but this unique casserole recipe combines it with other vegetables and the delicious flavors of paprika. It will…
  • French Fry Bake

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Trust us, your kids will squeal with joy when you tell them they can have French fries for dinner. Little do they know you’re sneaking in plenty…
  • Western Crockpot Omelet Casserole

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    This crockpot recipe is another easy breakfast to keep in your arsenal of recipes. The cherry tomatoes and peppers add the perfect amount of texture…
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  • Valentine’s Gifts for Girlfriends

    Debba Haupert
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Happy Valentine’s Day Girlfriends! Who makes your life better every day of the year? And when (sorry guys) men come and go – who’s there for you? Show your girlfriend how much you appreciate her by giving her a Valentine’s Day gift to just show your affection, appreciation and admiration for the women who stay by our side no matter what our relationships are – or aren’t! Here are a few great girlfriend gifts for these wonderful girlfriends for Valentine’s Day: Sweetheart Tower – Surprise your girlfriend (or sweetheart, or both) on…
  • Valentine Girlfriend Gifts for under $25 :)

    Debba Haupert
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    You’ll <3 these Valentine’s Day (or birthday) gift ideas for your girlfriends! February 14th – that very special day – is right around the corner girlfriends. So just in time to show your appreciation for those girls closest to your heart, we’ve picked out a few, fab, fun gifts to say “Happy Valentine’s Day!” in a personal way. There’s sure to be something perfect (and priced right – $25 or less!) for those who make your life better by being your friends. Here’s a fun, friendly way to help your girlfriend stay organized and put a smile on her face. This…
  • Three Tips for LinkedIn (and a Great Bonus!)

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Active participation on LinkedIn is the best way to say, ‘Look at me!’ without saying ‘Look at me! ― Bobby Darnell Do you know how important LinkedIn is? These days it is almost impossible to be taken seriously in the business world if you don’t have a solid profile on LinkedIn. Here are 3 Great Tips for getting it right on LinkedIn. I’d been nagging my friend Amy for a months about updating her forlorn LinkedIn profile. She is very active on Facebook, but she’d been ignoring LinkedIn. Last week, we were talking about Chocolate and Life. In the middle of…
  • 3 Surefire Ways to Bust Free of Your Comfort Zone by Shelagh Meagher

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
    The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey It’s January. Remember that very exciting resolution you made when you’d had a bit too much champagne on New Year’s Eve? No, not the lose weight one (sadly the perennial favorite of women everywhere). I’m talking about the art class in Mexico, or the singing lessons, or that desire you have to join a theater production, or take a month off to live in Paris, or learn how to leap from an airplane voluntarily. Yeah, that crazy-ass adventure seemed like a great idea in the hazy optimism of New Year’s…
  • How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Going? | Girlfriend Guru Advice from Lisa McDaniel Brown

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Wow. It is already the middle of January, girlfriend! Where did those first couple of weeks go?! Are you still focused on your resolutions? Have you found new resolutions that actually work for you? Health and Fitness Girlfriend Guru Lisa McDaniel Brown hasn’t stuck to all her resolutions either. But she has made some discoveries which she shares with us this week. New Year’s resolutions—remember those? Perhaps you were one of the millions of people who, just a few weeks ago, vowed to work out more, give up sweets, and eat more veggies and fruits, yada, yada, yada. Maybe you even…
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  • 7 Home Environment Tips to Help Sensitive Children Flourish

    Liz Gilbert
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Dr. Idelle BrandContaminants are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, air, and inside our homes. Unless you live in the wilderness, it's difficult to avoid them. As we continue to bring modern technology and pollutants into our home, we continue to expose our children to invisible toxins affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health. Children who have high sensitivities and enriched sensory abilities are often acutely affected by things like light, noise, household chemicals, toxins in food, and even electromagnetic frequencies. Their developing…
  • How to Save on Super Bowl Snacks

    Liz Gilbert
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Super Bowl XLVI just days away, fans are starting to make plans for one of the best parties of the year. Anticipation for the big game doesn't only surround the battle for supremacy between the NFC and AFC, but also the chance to consume large quantities of French onion dip and other salty snacks. This privilege is afforded just a few times a year, so it's worth making the most of it. With Football fans -- both fanatic and fair-weather -- aren't the only ones gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday. Grocery stores in particular view the event as an opportunity to mark up party must-haves, and with…
  • Local Expert Gives Super Bowl party cleanup tip

    Liz Gilbert
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Super Bowl is great for fan and non-fan alike, the commercials are always a talker,  but the mess from the party…. it’s just a mess that needs cleaning up.  Most of it can be trashed or recycled, but if the furniture is messed up, that can call for an expensive game plan. So here are the top four ways Super Bowl parties trash your furniture and suggestions for cleaning it up.   1)      INK : Your buddy uses a marker to write down all the wagers in the scoring pool. Except the number “12” gets written on the couch. DON’T use dish soap or…
  • Super Bowl Party SOS: 14 Fast-Food Dinner Fixes

    Liz Gilbert
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    From SuperBowl parties to Valentine’s Day dinners, the coming months mark the start of a busy entertaining season. Whether you’re planning a last-second soiree or need a stand-in for a botched meal, TheDailyMeal.com comes to the rescue with 14 Fast-Food Dinner Fixes. To make entertaining a cinch, they’ve served up creative ways to use fast-food favorites—like Dunkin’ Donuts munchkins  and Chinese takeout rice—so you can craft a tasty menu and take all the credit. Some quick fast-food fixes include:·         KFC’s Grilled Chicken…
  • Healthy and Tasty Food Alternatives For Super Bowl

    Liz Gilbert
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    After a long, grueling season, Super Bowl XLV has finally arrived. This year, two teams will face off on the NFL’s biggest stage, and frankly it doesn’t get bigger than that. Now that the teams have been picked, the real question is what are you going to serve all your hungry friends and relatives come Super Bowl Sunday?Many will turn to the standard artery clogging, fat building, colon wrenching fare; however there are so many foods out there that are healthier and tastier than the everyday norm with the same amount of prep time. As such, Carl Germano, RD, CDN, a NY Board certified…
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  • Day +16 I Need You To Give Me Head...Help

    Petunia Face
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    You all know I am a planner. And vain. So naturally I've been planning my post-chemo look for when I return to my real world. I'm thinking headscarves, part Jackie O with oversized dark glasses, a little Brigitte Bardot, some vintage Sophia Loren with maybe a little Halston-ized Ali MacGraw for good measure. And because I have just a wee bit of time all by my lonesome to do things like repeat whatever the tv is saying in Hebrew and draw on my bare scalp with lipgloss, I also took some time to see how do-able this old Hollywood me would be, i.e. I am totally fucked and need your help. Granted…
  • Day +15 A Post 4,000 Years In The Making

    Petunia Face
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Today we visited Jaffa, the 4,000 year old city at the southern tip of Tel Aviv. Let me just say, Pharaoh Thutmose III, The Phoenicians, Babylonians, The Crusades, Philistines, Sultan Selim I, King David, King Solomon, King Richard (the Lionheart), the Book of Jonah, Joshua, Ezra, plus the myth of Cassiopeia and Persian Rule for good measure. You know the one about Demosthenes? He might be the only historical figure who has nothing to do with this, but he was the Athenian orator who suffered from a speech impediment. According to legend he stuffed stones in his mouth to practice his speech,…
  • Day +14 Inshallah

    Petunia Face
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    I knew we needed some fresh air when my dad repeated the word "coitus" over and over and over. It was because there is a mystery room that we can look into from my room, not a hotel room, but some sort of meeting room, we can't quite figure it out. We were eating dinner, chicken sandwiches, when my dad began to narrate that the way the man touched the woman's leg in the room across the way suggested something post-coital, so I told him never to say that word again. Coitus coitus coitus coitus, he said, just kept saying it, both of us punchy with counting down the days while also counting up,…
  • Day +13 Qwerty, And You?

    Petunia Face
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Today was a white crayon on a sheet of white paper. It was Dora the Explorer blinking at you, waiting for an answer. Today was actually reading the Terms and Conditions. Watching paint dry, staring at the wall, clichés...today was playing the quiet game all day. By myself. And winning.Today was a day so boring that I am going to say something really offensive, against my better judgment, mostly because it feels true. I feel like Anne Frank. Now before you get all tar and feathery on me, please know that I know how immensely horrific the Holocaust was, and that my situation is nothing like…
  • Day +12 How Many Times Per Hour Can A Rat Copulate?

    Petunia Face
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    Not to make you feel inferior, but 40.40 fucking times, that's how many times a rat can copulate per hour. And if you're wondering how this is germane to Israel or stem cells or the price of oil, I will tell you: it's because in my medically-imposed bubble I have become addicted to an app called Trivia Crack. I play at all hours of the day with people I know, sure, but more often than not with complete strangers. We meet up in the dark alleys of the www and spin the wheel of stupid facts. Quite frankly, I am so bored that had there been an app for actual crack, I would probably be doing that,…
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  • On divorce

    blue milk
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    When I’m broken I am whole Bjork in “The Invisible Woman: A Conversation with Bjork” by Jessica Hopper in Pitchfork.
  • “We could say that the poem is a lie detector.”

    blue milk
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Sometimes people say to me, “why should I read a poem?” There are plenty of answers, from the profound – a poem is such an ancient means of communication that it feels like an evolutionary necessity – to the practical; a poem is like a shot of espresso – the fastest way to get a hit of mental and spiritual energy. We could talk about poetry as a rope in a storm. Poetry as one continuous mantra of mental health. Poetry as the world’s biggest, longest-running workshop on how to love. Poetry as a conversation across time. Poetry as the acid-scrub of cliche. We could say that the poem…
  • My latest piece is in Meanjin and it’s about reading and love affairs

    blue milk
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I was very flattered to be a guest writer for Meanjin this week for their series on writers reading. I was told to be very reflective on my year and.. I was that. Eek. There’s a small child in the bed with us. I hold the sheet over me and reach down blindly to find clothes on the floor. Under the sheet I slip my underwear and t-shirt back on. So, this is dating now.
  • Daddy blogger/important novelist

    blue milk
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Apart from undermining the credibility of paternity leave what is the point of this? And Kate Harding has written the most perfect reply over at Dame Magazine.
  • 3 poems to read

    blue milk
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Some I’ve mentioned before but in case you missed them.. Minister for Women minister for putting your knickers into soak for washing your bra in a laundry bag for the stains that never come out for hanging those sheets out to dry anyway because fuck you Dear Amanda and Debbie the cake tin I’m using is square and it’s supposed to be round I think I married the wrong man I am trying to trace it back to the first wrong decision I made Letter for a friend Did you ever stand with your hands in the sink up to your elbows in soapy water staring out the window listening to the voices?
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    Gadgets, fashion and tech for women – Gizmodiva

  • Glow Headphones with Laser Light pulses to the rhythm of your music and also your heartbeats

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    Is that new tune you’re listening to something that’s making your heart dance? Share your joy with the whole world with the awesome new Glow Headphones, the first Smart Headphones with Laser.. Glow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bodily Candles: For the creepiest date from hell

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Isn’t dating hard enough? I now have to contend with the genuine fear that the next time I enter my date’s home I might be treated to a room full of creepy.. Bodily Candles: For the creepiest date... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get The Old World Charm Back with Moresque Light Collection

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:51 am
    Lights, we have seen many, but never have they been visualised as artwork. Moresque by Alessandro Zambelli captures the architecture of Alhambra and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to term it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • History of Body types as Old as 3000 Years Revealed

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Women and their bodies have been discussed for ages; for more than 3000 years to be precise and we all know for a fact that this won’t change anytime soon. In this.. History of Body types as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sensor Mirror with Tru-lux Light System is A New-Age Magic Mirror

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    Looking pretty is easy, what with umpteen number of makeup tools available these days. But what if your step one goes wrong and you look like a beast instead of a beauty?.. Sensor Mirror with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Marissa Alexander: Out of prison, still being punished

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    As noted yesterday, Marissa Alexander was released from prison yesterday. She has been, however, sentenced to two years’ of house arrest (after having spent three years in prison already), all for the crime of, nine days after having given birth, firing a warning shot at her estranged abusive ex-husband who was threatening to kill her (you can find this info, and the citations, on Wikipedia–I know we’re all pissed at Wikipedia right now, and for good reason, but I don’t see a reason not to trust the article). She had tried to escape through the garage, but the garage…
  • Marissa Alexander released from prison

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I have every intention of writing a longer post about this, but today got away from me. I just want to note that Marissa Alexander was released from prison today, and is now under house arrest for two years. More tomorrow, I promise.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    So, today, 1/27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this is the Primo Levi quotation making the rounds on my Twitter feed: It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere. – The Drowned and the Saved Nowhere is so “civilized” that its people can’t descend into rabid genocide; Until the Holocaust, Germany had won renown for the “German-Jewish symbiosis,” the way Germany and its Jews had created culture and lived together. I want to take this opportunity to talk about group…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

    25 Jan 2015 | 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)), Content Notes are not needed if your post title is already descriptive of problematic content. extended discussion of self-promotion links on this thread is counter-productive for the intended signal-boosting…
  • Open Thread with Running Basset

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This basset hound in action, chasing a ball, features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Leroy – Basset Hound A (44), uploaded to Flickr by Justin Beckley Shared as Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 2.0) 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? *…
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    Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

  • London: Snuggle down and deep for Oscar Week!

    Patti Mangan
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    We’re excited to announce that Oscar® Week tickets are on sale for week-long screenings of Oscar nominated films. See American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash, plus this year’s nominated Live Action Shorts, all in one glorious week of fantastic films. To celebrate, make it a champagne screening with a glass of Prosecco or champagne from £5; eat cupcakes adorned with the beautiful faces of your favourite nominees; take part in some super competitions; and make the ultimate entrance and walk down our own…
  • Texas Hill Country Retreat: Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, Austin

    Shelley Seale
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The beautiful thing about small bed-and-breakfast style boutique inns that are near a big city – especially a fun, happening “it” city like Austin, Texas – are that they make the perfect overnight or weekend getaway. You don’t have to go very far, whether you are a resident of said city or visiting there and looking for an “outside the city limits” area experience. Such is definitely the case with Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek. This perfectly situated little inn is only a 20 minute drive south from Austin, one of the country’s most popular…
  • European River Cruise; A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

    Sheila Gaspers
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    River cruising is now a widely popular travel option for exploring Europe’s quaint villages and historic treasures. There are many companies that offer competitively priced escape packages, but only a few that will truly deliver an enriching and intimate experience. “All cruises, especially river cruises, are not equal” – is a relevant cautionary call-out reminding us that a little research will keep us clear of any cruise catastrophes. As with hotel and resort properties, I have learned that there is a level of service and amenities that one just can’t live without.
  • A Letter From Sri Lanka…

    Teresa Rodriguez Williamson
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    When I first started TangoDiva—10 years ago! One of my goals was to connect women from all walks of life, one of our TangoDiva members I was lucky enough to connect with is Kalyani from Sri Lanka. We have never met, but throughout the years I have learned about her life. She is a single mom who is a banker. She sent me this email and I wanted to share it with you….. My Dear Teresa, I am sending the details and photos of the children who need helps. They live in a very rural village named GALENBINDUNUWEWA. It is about 32 miles away from Anuradhapura. I came to know about these children…
  • Seven Gift Ideas for the Seven Travel Divas in Your Life

    Christina Santos
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In the past, I’ve given you some insight about holiday gift ideas the “Indie” Travel Diva in your life, now with just seven days until Christmas, I present seven ideas for the other seven types of Travel Divas who may be in your life. For the Travel Diva who’s always on the go and likes to keep it packed just right: Checking in a bag is out of the question—she prefers to travel light and only pack a carrry-on. I suggest the ingeniously designed MINAAL Backpack: With its lie flat packing,  you can pack unpack faster, with easy access to all your gear—from any…
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  • A-ok Pin

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Peachy keen. Totally great. Everything is awesome. At least, it was until we got that earworm stuck in your head, huh? A-ok Pin ($55) by Casa Malaspina...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Zen Collection Cord Corral

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    While just about anything is better than staring at a pile of tangled cords, this Zen Collection Cord Corral ($65) is downright lovely to look at. It's got enough room...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Floral Lazer Cut Skirt

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    First, the bad news. Gap, Inc. is shutting down Piperlime. We know! It's bad news. So enjoy your Olivia Palermo edited picks now, because they're not going to be around...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Ficks Hangover Preventative Cocktail Mixer

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    With delish flavors like lemon and ginger, these bottles of Ficks Hangover Preventative Cocktail Mixers ($16) should be a staple in your home bar. Each time you mix up a...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Desert Rose Earrings

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    These Desert Rose Earrings ($318) look like they were made from a slice of stalactite from some magical cave where all the rocks are made of candy and you can...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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    Sizzle Says

  • Here’s Looking At You, Kid

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I wanted to say a proper good-bye. Thank you for the years of listening to my bullshit. For following my story and laughing and crying with me. Being a blogger shaped who I am. Writing helped transition me from a Californian to a Seattleite, from single spinster to married woman. It got me through good times and terrible times, being able to come here to share my story. My time here mattered. It’s been a long time coming but I know that it’s time to let go. Thank you for everything, friends. Maybe I will see you again someday. Until then, be brave and be kind. xoxo, SizzFiled…
  • Otis Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Today our little meatball turns one. A puppy is not for the faint of heart. Or the busy. Or the ones who have nice stuff and don’t want it ruined. Since Otis came into our life, we’ve ridden a roller coaster. From those first few nights where we took turns sleeping on the couch with him on our chest to the teething period that seemed to go on forever and our arms and legs looked like they had track marks to the destructive phase of acting out by eating books and holes in the carpet, we have loved this now-not-so-little puppy. He’s such a sweet pea. At the dog park he often…
  • 8 Will Be Great

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Dear Finn, Today you turn eight. Oh how the time has flown. Weren’t you just this little bundle? You’re eight going on fourteen. You’ve got smarts and attitude in spades. You swim like a fish, spending so much time in the pool you get prune hands. You’re great with animals. Otis, in particular, really loves you. Whether we’re doing yard work or watching movies, whatever we do together we have fun. Making you laugh is one of my greatest accomplishments. I hope your next year is full of adventure and laughter and wonder and friends and love. Everything good in life…
  • This kind of talk clears a lunch room.

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I have named my fibroid Francis. I figure I spend a lot of time thinking about her, she should have a name. Francis is 7 cm. She sits comfortably (for her) on the top of my uterus. My uterus that measures about 7.6 cm in length. She’s really made herself at home, even embedded herself within the lining. Her particular placement makes it so there is pressure on my bladder, so that’s fun to think you have to pee more frequently than you actually do. So not only is she constantly reminding me she’s there with that nonsense but once a month she makes what has been since I was 13…
  • It’s Been a Year

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

  • FDA’s new labeling rule: clinical implications

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The following post was first published in OB/GYN News. The post FDA’s new labeling rule: clinical implications appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Parent’s Suicide Attempt Increases a Child’s Risk of Suicide

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Previous studies have shown that children who have lost a parent to suicide are more likely to attempt suicide than children whose parents died unintentionally.  One obvious explanation for this finding is that the parents who attempt or commit suicide are more likely to have a mood disorder or serious psychiatric illness and that their […] The post Parent’s Suicide Attempt Increases a Child’s Risk of Suicide appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Opioid Prescriptions among Women of Reproductive Age (2008–2012): A Growing Problem

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    This report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was published yesterday and is a good, albeit alarming, companion to the post we published yesterday on obstetrical outcomes. The post Opioid Prescriptions among Women of Reproductive Age (2008–2012): A Growing Problem appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Opioid Abuse and Dependence in Pregnancy: Impact on Obstetrical Outcomes

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In a recent study, researchers looked at the rising nationwide trend of opioid abuse and dependence in pregnancy and obstetrical outcomes in this patient population.  Previous research has focused on neonatal outcomes, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome; however, maternal complications have not been well-studied.  In this study, data was collected from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), including nearly 57 million American women who were admitted for obstetric delivery between the years 1998-2011.  Overall 113,105 of those women (0.2%) were identified as abusing or being dependent on…
  • Folic Acid is Essential for All Women of Reproductive Age

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week was National Folic Acid Awareness Week at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), so this seems like a great time to remind women (and their caregivers) of the importance of folic acid in the prevention of birth defects. By taking the recommended dosage of folic acid daily, women will reduce the risk of neural tube […] The post Folic Acid is Essential for All Women of Reproductive Age appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
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    Life in Transition

  • I Am Doubting Myself

    Natalie Caine
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
     “Here it is the beginning of a New Year and I am already doubting myself.” Those are the words a sweet woman shared with me during our telephone conversation.  She had a fight with her spouse and a zero on her 8 day chart of starting something new. I want to remind you and me, that doubt is part of growth.  It is not the ALL of you. Maybe the bigger picture is you are practicing COMPASSION with yourself when you don’t do what you thought you would do or be. Maybe you are practicing saying, “I WAS WRONG and I AM SORRY. Another woman shared,” oh great way to start…
  • New View

    Natalie Caine
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    For me, happiness is effortless when I walk one of my favorite nature spots. I feel like a kid as I drive there, wondering what I will hear and see today.   It never looks the same and yet I have expectations of what might be.   Today, I got an unexpected view…two dolphins swimming side by side, not in unison, and still together. PS It is my marriage anniversary, so I was happy to see two together playing in the water.  One was jumping out of the water by a woman on her paddle board, twice, as if to be playing and entertaining her. I have not seen that before and I have been…
  • This Time of Year

    Natalie Caine
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    More than not, you focus on what needs fixed or what you need to do in the next year.  Add what you are good at that you want to remember to appreciate in 2015. Sit right where you are. Close your eyes. With awareness of your breathing, in and out, five times, next say out loud, “I have the gift of…… ” Here is a short list of I HAVE THE GIFT OF that I asked my clients, friends, etc. to say out loud. 1. Cooking creatively. 2. Helping others sort their priorities. 3. Getting over hurt feelings. 4. Loving deeply. 5. Living my values. 6. Doing my spiritual practices. 7.
  • I Think There Is a Larger Life for Me

    Natalie Caine
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    She never said that out loud before. End of the year brought her into deeper conversations with herself. I am grateful I was with her. Am I just settling for what I have? I asked her to name what she does have and doesn’t have.  I asked her to share what hasn’t come together that she thought would have by this time of her life: 1. I have two good friends 2. I am not really in love and am not alone 3. I am well respected and not so much appreciated 4. I do like myself 5. I am not as driven as before 6. My life could be more community based but how? 7. I don’t even know what to…
  • Tips For Finding Meaning in Retirement

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As one of the Wall Street Journal Experts, Natalie’s blog was originally published at blogs.wsj.com. When you are seeking new meaning and how to spend your time when you retire, it is normal to feel off balance, which can show itself in irritability, fatigue or negativity. Fear rises about longevity, being needed, what didn’t come together by now, and what’s it all about? For others, happiness lands right in their entryway, even though they don’t know what’s next. They simply feel freed to explore and not have a structured week. Retirement is a time to assess and reflect, take a…
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  • 20 Style-Savvy Workout Pieces

    Betty Confidential
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    20 Style-Savvy Workout Pieces From brightly-hued tops to patterned bags, we’ve found 20 gym-ready pieces that’ll make working out stylish and fun! -Diana Denza Chances are, one of your New Year’s resolutions involves shedding the pounds you’ve packed on during the holiday season. But let’s face it: Who wants to head to the gym in ratty, less-than-flattering old duds? Not us! And with these 20 pieces, you won’t have to. Get ready, ‘cause you’ll look and feel ready to take on the treadmill in no time!
  • The Day My Friend Endured a Tragic Blow

    Jamie Danno
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    In the spring of 2012, I was meeting with an old friend/colleague, Art, at his Capitol Hill office in Washington, DC. As we were making our way back from London to California, I was excited to introduce him to my twin boys (then 7 years old).  I was stunned and irritated when I arrived at the office and learned that Art was not coming into work that day.  So, I just carried on with my boys and another congressional staffer, who took us on a tour of the Capitol and the floor of the House of Representatives – a very cool experience for my boys. When I got back to California, I called up my…
  • How to Score a Date By Valentine’s Day

    Betty Confidential
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    How to Score a Date By Valentine’s Day Follow these four tips to make sure you have plans for February 14th. -Faye Brennan Yes, you’re single, but you’re not about to dress in all black and pout your way through Valentine’s Day. You can get a date for February 14th if you really want to – you’re young, smart, sexy and desirable… A total Betty. And all Bettys need to do to have plans for Valentine’s Day is to follow the advice of Whitney Casey, a relationship expert for Match.com and author of The Man Plan: Drive Men Wild… Not Away. Here, she shares four foolproof…
  • 10 Cozy + Chic Knit Sweaters to Snuggle Up In

    Betty Confidential
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    10 Cozy + Chic Knit Sweaters to Snuggle Up In Beat the winter chill with these 10 soft, snuggly knit sweaters. -Diana Denza If the frosty air has put a damper on your plans this season, it’s time to ditch those tees and invest in knit sweaters. From hues like mint green and metallic grey to bird and bicycle patterns, our range of trendy knits boasts something for everyone. With one of these 10 sweaters on your back, you’ll stay cozy through the wintry weather. 1. Ella Moss Dynasty v-neck sweater ($198, ellamoss.com). Indulge in the winter white trend while keeping warm with this v-neck…
  • 5 Reasons Why He Won’t Marry You

    Betty Confidential
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    5 Reasons Why He Won’t Marry You You’re getting tired of him waiting to be his wife, maybe he’s scared to pop the question? -Marcelina Hardy You’ve been his girlfriend long enough and you’re ready to become his wife. The only problem is that he won’t ask you to marry him. Understanding why he won’t gets under your skin as much as you asking him why he won’t gets under his. When you’re ready to take this next step in the relationship but he seems to take his old sweet time in the process, several reasons may be holding him back. The good news is that you can do…
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    Twenty Four At Heart

  • Fabulous Friday

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday, in the afternoon, clouds rolled in. Just before sunset, raindrops began to fall. My son and I drove to a bluff overlooking the ocean for a walk in the rain. The rain stopped and we oohed and ahhed at a beautiful full rainbow. Then the sun set in a series of spectacular gasp-worthy colors. It was amazing. In fact, it might have been one of the most colorful sunsets I’ve ever seen. And for once? I didn’t have my camera. I purposely left it home … not wanting to risk it in the rain. In a way, it’s a good thing. That sunset, with my son, will be forever etched…
  • This And That

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    I didn’t have time to write a “real” post for today, so …. •  My oldest son is still here.  It’s so nice to have him home.  I seem to be cooking a lot while he’s here.  He has several favorite mom-meal requests.  We’re also trying to get a lot of activities in before he heads back to North Carolina. •  Fred is such a good puppy.  He gets easier every day as he learns more and more.  He’s sleeping so much better at night.  He’s also doing amazingly well on a leash.  I’m really proud of the progress he’s making. •…
  • January 28, 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    It was so pretty here yesterday. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Two days ago we had rain, but yesterday was mid 70’s (23C) and beautiful. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Here’s a photo of Fred with his wet head from the rain the other day. Fred thinks rain is fun. He also loves the pool and the garden hose. In fact, I think Fred could play with a hose for hours if I let him. (It’s hard to explain the word drought to a 12 week old Newfie puppy.) He looks very grown-up in the above photo, but Fred is…
  • Life With a Newfoundland Puppy

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    On Sunday night the Santa Ana winds roared through the canyon where I live. They were loud. For those of you who have never experienced nights in a Southern California canyon during the Santa Anas … Well, my east coast and southern friends (who have) tell me “it’s worse than tornado winds.” I’ve never been in tornado winds so I can’t say. In any case, the sounds of the house groaning, debris flying outdoors, etc. must have kept Fred awake all night. I say this, because Fred kept me awake all night. By 6:05 a.m. (before the sun had risen), I collapsed on my…
  • January 26, 2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    It was a really good, but busy, weekend. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I had a lot of family and friends visiting. I love having my oldest son home for awhile. I made my “world famous” lasagna on Saturday. The bad thing about “my” lasagna? It takes all day to make. The good thing about it? Everyone who has ever tried it swears it’s the best lasagna they’ve ever had. The other good thing about it? It feeds a big crowd. Fred enjoyed having so many visitors to play with over the weekend. Fred is doing very well … I…
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    moosh in indy.

  • On Why We Don’t Always Wear Our Wedding Rings

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Cody once worked with a guy that removed his wedding ring depending on the type of customer he was serving. Cody and I both thought it was pretty smarmy and gross (and we still do) but we didn’t know much about marriage as we were wee babes ourselves. After our own vows and rings were exchanged, I can remember going to a wedding reception when Cody forgot his ring. I flew into a crying fit in the parking lot “HOW WILL ANYONE KNOW WE’RE MARRIED! PEOPLE WILL THINK WE’RE JUST ENGAGED! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?” So. You could say I was passionate about rings. Over…
  • he never gave up on me.

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    For the first time in our almost 14 years of marriage I have finally allowed myself to be completely and hopelessly in love with Cody. I’m so in love with him I struggle to find words adequate enough to encompass how I feel about him. When I talk about him I generally end up in tears because through everything, he never ever gave up on me. I have hated myself for so long, and in hating myself I tried to convince Cody to hate me so I could be even more justified in my own self loathing. Up until recently I never let myself believe that he truly did love me, he was only with me out of…
  • 2014 flu bye.

    29 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    We all ended up with various stages of the flu over Christmas, all of us except Addie. I take this as proof that she has officially outgrown that kid thing where they lick weird and random stuff. Vivi on the other hand, stand close to her for too long and she will for sure lick you. I’ve been stuck in a bit of a funk, the fourth annual Midwestern winter funk. A friend’s dad has been struggling with depression and anxiety for a long time, and earlier in the month he tried to take his own life. Her dad and I are very similar in how we experience our depression, and I wonder if there…
  • ten.

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:21 am
    Thanksgiving 2004. day one. one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. eight. nine. ten. Ten is a real kick in the face. Happy birthday my love. Spiders, cake, and princesses sum up your current existence perfectly. Copyright © 2015 moosh in indy.. This Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, the site you are looking at is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact mooshinindy (at) gmail (dot) com so we can take legal action immediately.Plugin by Taragana
  • NOTHING. JUST KITTIES. (vivi’s christmas list)

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I decided to go headfirst into this whole Santa thing, and you know what? I’m SO GLAD I DID. Last year Hallmark sent me a pack of Northpole Magic Mail but I didn’t do it for whatever overwhelming reason. Tonight I pulled it out as a test, I gave the wish list to Addie and asked her to fill it out for the entire family. “Vivi! What do you want Santa to bring you?” “KITTIES!” “What else?” “NOTHING. JUST KITTIES!” Addie took that as her cue to fill up the other 27 lines with her requests. She squeezed in a few for Cody, the cats and me…
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    Viva la Feminista

  • From Durango, Mexico to Mayor of Chicago?

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was ready to enjoy his first uncontested election. He had a few good books picked out that had been taunting him. Then he want to visit his friend Karen Lewis after her surgery. She greeted him with, "Sit down. You need to run." Lewis ran down all the reasons he was the best person to run for mayor of Chicago. And with that Chuy went home to discuss the idea with his wife. Her response?HELL YES!A few months and thousands of signatures later, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is building a coalition of community people who want to work together to make Chicago a better place to live,…
  • EVENT: Chicago Women's Mayoral Forum

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chicago Has A Women’s Agenda –Where Do Mayoral Candidates Stand On It?Hear What The Leading Candidates Have To Say at theCHICAGO WOMEN’S MAYORAL FORUMSaturday, January 24 | 2pm to 5pmChicago Temple | 77 West Washington StFeaturing:Mayor Rahm EmanuelAlderman Robert FiorettiCommissioner Jesus “Chuy” GarciaWillie WilsonModerator: Cheryl Corley, NPR CorrespondentRSVP: chimayoralforum.eventbrite.comBrought together by:American Association of University Women (AAUW) | Broadcast Ministers of Chicago | Chicago Area Women’s History Council | Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network…
  • #365FeminstSelfie End of Year Honors

    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congrats y'all! We won a few end of the year honors!First Colorlines named me as one of their 14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014. Then Blogher named me one of their 2014 Women of the Year.Yes, I do consider these OUR honors because, without all of you, there's no way that this project could be recognized. I had an idea, I put it out into the world and YOU respond without apology! Ok, some of you did apologize to your friends & families to prepare them for a year of awesome, but that's ok.So take a bow, #365FeministSelfie. We kicked ass last year. Not to mention Mayim Bialik took a liking…
  • Help Send "Locked Down, Locked Out" to Women in Prison

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Maya Schenwar's book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, has been lauded around feminist and progressive media:Alice Kim at Truth Out:Deftly weaving her own personal experiences with her sister’s incarceration alongside the stories of prisoners who she has been writing to over the last eight years, Schenwar illustrates the devastating effects of prisons on those who are incarcerated, their families, and our communities. With her book, she not only offers a searing analysis of the prison industrial complex but also possibilities for creating…
  • I guess you were in for #365FeministSelfie

    30 Dec 2014 | 10:59 pm
    A year ago I had a silly idea for a personal blogging goal. As I do with some of my posts, I added a "How about you?" at the end in an attempt to start a conversation. But in the era of social media, I knew that most conversation about a blog post happens on social media and not the comments section, so I didn't think much about it. I scheduled the post and waited.OK, I figured that a few friends would humor me and do it for a day or two. I never set up any systemic way to track how often the hashtag was used on any platform because I honest to gawd thought it would peter away. Now I get…
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    Women on Business

  • Give Your Office a Facelift

    Susan Gunelius
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:58 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
  • Ending Frustration At Work

    Ann Gatty
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    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
  • Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Helps the Global Economy

    Susan Gunelius
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
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  • 5 Ways an MBA Can Shatter the Glass Ceiling for Women in Business

    Sponsor Contributor
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Business Insurance

    Susan Gunelius
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
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    Woman Tribune

  • Sundays are for Sharing: Books, Valentine’s Day Goodies, Get Kitchen Organized, and More

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Fellow bloggers, we want to support you in what you’re doing! Every week we round up some of our favorite posts and invite you to do the same. Link up your posts below! At the start of every new year, seemingly everyone sets a goal to read more. Even if you’ve always been an avid reader, reading is something that has a tendency to always be put on the back burner as soon as life gets busy. If you’ve vowed to read more in 2015, here are 30 book recommendations that won’t steer you wrong. — Simply Stacie & Dear Crissy Raising daughters can be uniquely tougher…
  • Blueberry Lemon Bread Recipe + U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council #LittleChanges Sweepstakes #IC #ad

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Another new year is upon us, and with it comes a new set of resolutions that will hopefully stick longer than they did last year. Among those who make New Year’s resolutions, it is major lifestyle changes that sit atop most lists — eating better, being more active, and seeing the number on the scale steadily decrease. Where most go wrong,…
  • Tuesday Giveaway Linkup: January 13, 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    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…
  • Monday Morning Tunes: Beyonce

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    mp3waxx / Flickr Beyonce is queen. I think that at this point we have all come to accept this as proven fact, right? So as such, is there any other artist better to start your Monday off than the fierce, proud, and unwavering queen herself? I think not. Music has always been a kind of security blanket for me. Whatever I am feeling at any particular moment, there is a band, a singer, an album, a song that I can go to that conveys exactly those feelings. So in my attempts to make 2015 a more upbeat and productive year, as opposed to the thick fog of depression that loomed over me for much of…
  • ‘After’ by Anna Todd, and How a Newcomer Writer Scored a Book and Movie Deal the DIY Way #AfterSaga

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This post was written as part of a sponsored campaign in participation with One2One Network. All opinions are my own. I always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was in grade school and began creatively stringing words together, I knew that there was nothing else I wanted to do. I didn’t necessarily have to be the kind of writer who wrote books, although I suspect that at some point in my life that is a goal I will focus on more; I’ve just always known that I wanted to spend my days writing… something. So you would think that knowing where I eventually wanted to end up at…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • A (Creative) Culture in Motion

    Tara Joyce
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    I received this intriguing question recently from a reader; “Do you know where this (Cultural Creative) concept stands today?” Where do we, the Cultural Creatives, stand today? From what I observe, we, and our ways of being and doing, are growing quietly. More and more of us are learning about “Cultural Creativity” and resonating with it, and feeling inspired to more deeply connect with their values and others who share them. I notice that “Cultural Creativity” seems to have grown far larger than the words Paul Ray used (in 2000) to describe this growing culture and…
  • James Cervelloni: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    JAMES CERVELLONI Co-Founder, Partner and Certified Transformational Coach at Mindopoly Center for Personal and Professional Change in Rochester, NY Mindopoly Centre for Change @Mindopoly I am: a certified Changework professional with over 20 years of experience, specializing in Educational and Transformational Coaching. My passion is for: helping people discover who they really are behind the small story they have of themselves, and to find the One Thing they want most in life but rarely, if ever, get to have. I believe that the relentless quest for this One Thing is what drives everything…
  • Holding the Light

    Tara Joyce
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    You make a difference by being what you truly are. You change your world by being the light you naturally are and by holding onto it, no matter what externally flies your way. In living your True Nature, you support others in realizing theirs. Another can hurt you, or attempt to, but in knowing and holding your light, their is no need to reduce yourself in reaction to them — despite their desire for you to do so. Reacting to them with fear only results in you holding less of your light and in you feeling less than. The cycle of fear and of drama continues. When you can accept the pain you…
  • Joyful Holiday Wishes for You

    Tara Joyce
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    I love the magical feeling this season brings. While it may be snowing and storming (literally and metaphorically) outside our windows, within we have our love to keep us warm. May you enjoy and share in the warmth and cheer this magical season brings! All my love and my warmest wishes for a joyful and abundant 2015, Ho, Ho, Ho! photo credit: Bud Would you like to advertise on Rise of the Innerpreneur and reach new Cultural Creative business owners? Other articles that might tickle your fancy: Sending You Holiday Love A Magical Time of Year The Shape of Things @ElasticMind
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • 8 Tips That Help When Parting Ways With A Loved One

    Kylie Browne
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The following post was kindly written by one of our longest Get Organized Wizard members, Terry. How I Said Goodbye The following are things I did to have closure and say good bye to my first husband: 1. Write an article of the good and positive times you had together Make copies Purchase colored file folders and place the name on the tab For Christmas give as gifts to relatives and friends who knew him/her 2. Write a poem 3. Decide what to keep One outfit Jewelry Photographs Handmade arts and crafts Favorite stuffed animal Suitcase with items left in 4. Complete sorting out belongings…
  • 10 Things Organized People Do Every Day

    Kylie Browne
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    The Myth Of The ‘Born Organized’ Person You are not born with an organizing gene! With some people the skill does come more naturally, but it’s definitely something that can be mastered. What Organized People Do Every Day Here are a few things that organized people do every day… They have one to-do list and stick to it. You can find our free printable to-do lists here. They plan and prepare the night before. They establish morning and night routines that make their day easier. They can say no to things that do not fit into their daily plan. They systematically work…
  • Last Chance: Be Organized & Productive in 2015!

    Kylie Browne
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Our special offer on 2015 diaries will be closing soon. You can get our popular Goals & Priorities 2015 Diary and Organize-In-5 2015 Diary, both brand new for 2015, at the extra-special price of just $4.95 each. They’re normally $29.00 each – so that’s a discount of 83%! Make 2015 your most productive and organized year!
  • Organize Your Year With 52 Organizing Missions

    Kylie Browne
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Simply the easiest way to stay organized week after week. 52 Organizing Missions is now an online program. An achievable, motivating program of weekly 30-minute missions for decluttering, streamlining, simplifying, and organizing everything. There’s no better way to stay focused and organized throughout the whole year! It’s not too late to jump on board. You can start anytime of the year, but why not start now? Click through to see how 52 organizing missions could change your life! What Others Say About Our Programs Thanks for making this simple! There are plenty of these type…
  • 5 Essential Things To Do Before The New Year

    Kylie Browne
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The new year brings new hope and promise for a better life. As you make the transition, here are five things to do before the 1st January. Forgive Yourself For Any Mess Ups Regret can churn away at you and leave you less than your best. Try to break down the situation and find resolve. If you can’t do this, move on. Life is too short. As discovered by Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative nurse who recorded the epiphanies of the dying patients she cared for. Things you must do to avoid deathbed regrets. Choose Three Things You Want To Focus On Next Year  Remember to use SMART…
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    Danielle LaPorte: white hot truth + sermons on life

  • Instant gratification has gotten a bad rap.

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Why would you want to delay gratification?  Within the constraints of morality and maturity, you should do whatever you need to do to feel gratified in the moment. It may be as subtle as choosing a more positive thought or reminding yourself to smile. Maybe it’s taking two minutes in your car or at your desk to do nothing but fantasize. Maybe instant gratification is fifty sit-ups for an adrenaline rush, ordering dessert first, giving an unexpected hug, signing the lease, or telling your boss to shove it. Gratification builds the momentum, motivation, and muscle for the work that will…
  • Cheap easy. Quality easy. And The Myth of Endurance.

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:26 pm
    What would your life be like if you only did what was easy? It’s almost unsettling to go there, isn’t it? When I use to try to answer that question for myself I’d squirm a bit. Lazy dilettante. As if. What would I do with all that extra time I’d have if I just did the easy stuff? Hmmm . . . maybe I’d have more time to enjoy what I’ve got and to get more of what I want. Maybe things would be . . . easier. Ease. The concept confounds most of us. Here’s why: Pay your dues. Put in your time. Prove yourself. Check the right box. Stay the course. Meet expectations. Soldier on.
  • Nothing changes without me (a poem for open, terrified hearts)

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    my heart is so open I can’t tell if it is a gaping wound or a portal for everything that ever was and ever will be. I’ve learned to love the beautiful terror of eternity, and scenario planning how shattered I could be if the dark things got tall and if I fell backwards in my forgetting of the Light. But you can’t fall backwards in Space, You can only only only ever unfurl. More than anything, I’ve wed the certainty that nothing changes without me – not coal becoming diamonds not fertilizing eggs or migration patterns or medicine dreams. And what I thought was a net cast…
  • Please don’t punish yourself.

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    It’s hard enough to make your way in a world where you will be judged, daily. To overcome the intentional punishments inflicted by dark mongers; to find the right concoction for emotional wounds; and to rise from the simply deep heartache of not getting what you want — it’s anything but easy. It’s gruelling enough to be betrayed when you have been over-loyal; to feel like an imposter at the pretty party; to be seemingly alone in your looping fixations (you’re never alone); to feel like the star ship flew off and orphaned you in a cabbage patch of zygotes to be adopted by humans who…
  • The first ever Level TWO Desire Map workshops are happening soon! Set your goals with Soul. Vancouver, San Fran, LA, NYC + more!

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    THE DESIRE MAP WORKSHOP LEVEL 2. A course for connecting your Core Desired Feelings to your life’s intentions. Soul goals and heart-based planning. Now that The Desire Map Licensing Program is out in the world, Level 1 workshops are happening just about everywhere. Women (and a few cool dudes) from LA to Dublin to Tampa are gathering together for rituals and Core Desired Feeling aha’s. “After teaching over 45 retreats, this one was completely captivating in a way that I’ll never forget. Everything just grooved all weekend… The Desire Map process unfolded beautifully.” –…
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    Huffington Post

  • Google To Change Its Privacy Policy

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    PARIS (Reuters) - Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required Google to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years. The ICO investigation stems from a privacy policy implemented by Google in March 2012 that consolidated some 70 existing privacy policies into one and pooled data collected on…
  • The 50 Best Super Bowl Commercials Of All Time

    Andy McDonald
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    Hey, listen, it's cool. When it comes to the Super Bowl, you don't have to pretend to be interested in the game itself anymore. Admit it, you settle in for the commercials, and when the game comes back on, that's when you take your bathroom break.That's become a standard response for viewing the Super Bowl: "I just watch for the commercials." And networks and advertisers know this, of course, which is why the cost to advertisers is around $4.5 million per 30 second spot.More...
  • 8 Things You Didn't Know About The Super Bowl, Even If You Watch Every Year

    Todd Van Luling
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    Although you watch it every year, what do you really know about the Super Bowl?This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks are facing off in Super Bowl XLIX. The Super Bowl has a long history of memorable moments, and, with Marshawn Lynch's Skittles and the Patriots (maybe) deflated balls alone, even more memorable moments are certainly bound to happen this weekend.More...
  • Bernie Sanders Shows How Reagan Helped Destroy The Middle Class

    Michael McAuliff
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    WASHINGTON -- President Ronald Reagan remains a venerated figure in American politics, even as folks on the left have been taking a more critical look at his economic legacy in recent years.So perhaps it's not a surprise that Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders would not think well of the Gipper. But when Sanders took to the Senate floor Thursday evening to offer a broad vision for how to do something to help the declining middle class, he offered a stunning chart that showed just how poorly most Americans have fared during economic recoveries since the advent of Reaganomics.More...
  • Homemade Ranch Mix Is A Revelation For Dressing Lovers

    Julie R. Thomson
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The simple combination of buttermilk, herbs and spices has long been a favorite recipe. It's made salads that much more glorious, chicken wings something to write home about, and crudites worth eating. Ranch dressing has made many of our lives happier.We will always have a soft spot for store-bought ranch -- Marie's in particular -- but as always, homemade is so much tastier. When it comes to ranch, homemade means you can actually taste the buttermilk and herbs. And you can adjust it to your liking. Problem is, not all of us always have these fresh ingredients at the ready. Stephie, from the…
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    The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC

  • The Routines of My Life

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Lately, I’ve been looking at the routines of my life and trying to fine tune the things that I do daily, so that I can get more things done in each day and yet still have some much needed down time at the end of the day. I’m finding that the older I get the more I crave the routine in my day. I’m also finding that I need to start my day earlier than I want to if I am going to accomplish even half of what I want to accomplish. I used to be all about the spontaneous acts of the day but the busier I get and the older I get the more the routine helps me get through my day…
  • Lose the Love Handles: A FREE 28-Day Love Handle Shrinking Fitness Challenge

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The season of LOVE is upon us and honestly? I’m not loving these squishy love handles I’m carrying around at my sides. Love handles are among the hardest areas to trim and tone, but I’m determined to try! Are you with me? This 28-Day FREE fitness calendar features daily exercises to help you {and me!} fight the bulge! Love handles be gone! —>Make sure you also join our Facebook Lose the Love Handle Fitness Challenge event for daily check-ins and motivation! <— The Exercises We have 3 exercises for you this month: Russian Twists:  Sit your booty on the…
  • How Much is Too Much Running?

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:40 am
    Last week, I posted a question to our Run With the Sisterhood Facebook page, asking our readers if they had any questions for me.  I received a few inquiries that may appeal to our broader audience, so in my next few posts, I’m going to try to answer them.  (Keep in mind, I am not a certified coach or trainer and if you have specific questions related to injuries you should seek medical advice.) Sherre’ asked, “How much is too much running?”  She said she’s 43 and just started running a year ago.  Like some of us *cough ME cough* she’s hooked and wants…
  • NYNY Wednesday Weigh-in #4

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      Hi there fellow shrinkers. Can you believe we are heading into our final week of our New Year New You Weight Loss Challenge? Whether you are participating in this DietBet challenge or doing it on your own, today is the day we hop on the scale and see how things are coming along, one way or another.  Finish up this week strong, girls! Also we are nearing the end of our first month of the six-month long Lean & Mean in 2015 DietBet game. I am already regretting not joining both of these, especially the 6-month challenge. What a fantastic way to keep motivated over the long haul. Next…
  • Yoga for All!

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I like yoga. Scratch that. I love yoga. I used to attend classes at the gym but then my schedule got a bit crazy and finding time to go to the gym for one hour plus drive time on either side got quite difficult for me.  What’s a girl to do?  This girl turned to youtube, you know, that itty bitty website with millions of videos.  I did all kinds of searches, like….. Yoga for runners Yoga for hip flexibility Morning yoga Evening yoga Yoga for pre-run Yoga for post-run Yoga for runner’s knee Yoga for digestion (yes, really!) Yoga for strength Seriously, you can search yoga +…
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    Oh Hey

  • Worthy of the Week

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Worthy of the Week Is Britney Spears a feminist icon? Having been a fan since 1999 and seen her Vegas show twice, I say yes. The girl has her troubles, but she’s a damn hard worker and you never hear her say a bad word about anyone. My nose ring. Mine is so tiny that most people don’t even notice it and I still feel like a rebel. (Not really. It’s just another piece of jewelry that I like.) When two friends decide to date for 40 days. Grammar myths busted. 30 day minimalism challenge. I’m into it. So, Kate Spade Saturday and Piperlime are closing and GAP is…
  • 3 Easy Steps to Clean Your Closet

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    This year, I rang in the New Year by taking a four-day weekend solely for the purpose of cleaning out my closet. I hadn’t tackled this task since 2012 when I spent another long weekend changing all my hangers from a tangle of plastic to space-saving velvet hangers. One of my better life decisions. Both weekends were hard and frustrating. Tears were shed, brows were furrowed, and curse words were shouted. I needed every bit of those four days to sort through the rubble and regain control of my life. You may think I’m being dramatic here, but I am not. When my closet is in order, my…
  • Worthy of the Week

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Worthy of the Week I was super excited about Target’s New Plus Line, AVA & VIV until I saw the preview. It’s typical fat girl clothes with flutter sleeves, cheap fabrics, and flimsy belts. While I’m disappointed that three notable plus-size bloggers who know what good clothes are would give this line their blessing, I’m most disappointed to know that if this flops, Target is going to say “I told you so” and not try to improve upon their plus size clothes. Four Disney artists paint a tree. It’s way more interesting than I just made it sound. My…
  • Honey Plum Cream Cheese Spread #TheFeelGoodFruit

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    They say that by January 15th, most people have already broken or forgotten about their New Year’s resolution. I think that’s mostly because people are too hard on themselves. They set resolutions that are complete lifestyle changes instead of making small improvements and celebrating little victories until they achieve their big goal. So, instead of resolving to give up all processed foods and go paleo, start with making better snacking choices. By substituting sugary sweets with Amaz!n Diced Dried Prunes (Yes — prunes!) you ditch all those empty calories for extra fiber…
  • Worthy of the Week

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    via Girls is back on! Can you believe Hannah left without saying goodbye to Adam?! I’m so upset about that. Worthy of the Week Why you should always pay more for guac. Want a raise? Wash your vagina. (Somebody’s getting fired for this, right?) 52 places to visit in 2015. This is the first month since July 2013 that I haven’t flown anywhere and it’s making me antsy! How to fall in love with anyone. Now with a handy app! Snapped up this swing dress, because it’s going to be 90 degrees before you know it and nothing’s easier than a cotton dress and sandals.
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    YourTango | The Latest Smart Talk About Love

  • The Truth Hurts: 5 REAL Reasons He Dumped You, Doll

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    No longer content to just smile and start over, women want answers from the men who waved them goodbye. Luckily, one male writer was brave enough to offer up a few suggestions as to why guys dump girls they dig. We're not saying we agree with them, but listen up ladies. You'll need to know how to deal if on the receiving end of one of these excuses. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • Two Ex-Alcoholics Share The Secret To Sobriety AND Their Marriage

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Charlie and I met at a bar in 1986 (that's how you did it before Tinder). I was sitting at the bar alone, writing poetry and his friend had hooked up with a girl and he was bored so he wandered over and we started chatting. He was a poet too, and we hit it off. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • 5 Reasons You Need A Drummer Boyfriend (Says Good Ol' Science)

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    He's a natural born leader, has extraordinary stamina and other reasons why a drummer will rock your world. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • "I Love Him And Loathe Him" Confessions Of A 23-Year-Old Mistress

    emily rozen
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Inside infidelity: how a young woman fell into an adulterous affair with an older, married man. "This affair has gone on for eight months now and it just becomes more addictive. He's just too charming, his presence too intense for me to resist. To be honest, my will power is nothing to brag about. And it doesn't help that I'm falling in love." Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • Breakup With Brunch! 10 Easy Ways To Lose Weight As A Couple

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Your search for love is complete and now you're letting your looks go? You're not alone! Married (or cohabiting people) tend to settle into routines and become more sedentary than their single counterparts. Here's how to breakup with brunch and get fit ... together! Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
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    Female Forum

  • How to Maintain Your Libido When You’re Single

    2 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Whether you hate the show or love it, there’s a particular scene during season two of Grey’s Anatomy that every single woman in a dry spell can relate to. When Katherine Heigl’s character, Izzie, finally has sex after a long unintentional bout of celibacy, she finds she’s now hornier than ever. When trying to explains the feeling to another character, George, she asks him, “You know when you don’t have sex for a while, you sorta forget how good it is, and you don’t really need it as much?” He responds with no, saying that doesn’t happen to…
  • You CAN Wear Red Lipstick

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Is there a tube of red lipstick in your makeup bag? A lot of women say there isn’t. Many women avoid red lipstick because they feel they can’t pull it off. After all, red is a bold color. Yet, every woman can wear red lipstick. It’s true! There is a red lipstick for every woman. The key is choosing the correct shade of red and making sure the rest of your makeup is applied correctly. To discover which shade of red works for you, consider your underlying skin tone. If your base skin color has yellow tones, warmer reds with some brown undertones should work well. If your underlying skin…
  • Tips for Getting Past Those First Date Jitters

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Going on a first date with someone can bring about a case of nervousness and anxiety that can be hard to get a handle on and control. Whether you are new to dating or just heading back into the dating scene after a long hiatus, here are some pointers that you can put in your memory to help you overcome those jitters. Compliments If you feel tongue tied or at a loss as to what to say to your date, you can’t go wrong with a compliment. Everyone likes to be complimented. Compliments are a great way to break the ice at the beginning of the date. You can compliment your date on their appearance,…
  • The Female Orgasm: Have You Faked It?

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Let’s face the facts, we live in a goal-oriented, results-hungry society where achievement is measured—and that includes female orgasm. The truth is that it’s sometimes easy for a female to climax and other times it’s just not. Another truth is that on occasion women don’t worry about whether they orgasm and faking it is no big deal. Men, on the other hand, would generally freak if they discovered that their women were faking the Big O more times than not. Women are intuitive enough to know that sometimes their orgasms are more important to their men than to them. For some men,…
  • New Mom with a Low Libido?

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Do you remember a time when it didn’t matter where you were or what day of the week it was that you are your partner couldn’t keep your hands off of each other? Does the thought of sex never cross your mind now? Does the thought of having sex seem like another thing to add to the to-do list, does it feel like work? If so, your libido has dropped. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Many women in early motherhood report that their libido crashes to an all time low. The list of the reasons why a mother with a young child doesn’t have a robust libido is long—from hormones to…
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    She Takes on The World

  • My New Hire Checklist For Busy Entrepreneurs

    Natalie MacNeil
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today I want to talk about a crazy-exciting, but sometimes really challenging, time for your business… It’s that moment when you decide to hire a new team member. (Yay!) (And if you think you’re not there yet, I’d encourage you to reconsider. To grow your business, you need at least one person who can help you with the day-to-day tasks while you work on bigger-picture ideas.) Whether it’s the 1st or 15th person you’ve hired, though, it can be tough to bring a fresh face on board if you don’t have a new hire checklist or system in place for doing this. Honestly, I’ve heard…
  • How To Tame Guilt And Embrace Your Growth

    Natalie MacNeil
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Today I want to shift gears a little bit, and talk about something I really, really dislike, something that’s been making me feel a little bit uncomfortable lately… I’m talking about guilt — that guilty feeling that sets in as your business starts to grow.   This guilt comes in sooo many forms: not being able to go for coffee and lunches with everyone who asks, not being able to reply personally to every “Hello!” and “Can I get some advice?” note that lands in my inbox. It might sound silly – but it’s something I genuinely struggle with as She Takes On the…
  • How To Create Your Launch Calendar

    Kathryn Hocking
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    In part 1 of my 2-part series on successful launch planning, we discussed the six key things to keep in mind when planning your launch year. In this installment, I am going to take you through the different types of launch frameworks, when to use them, and how to create your launch calendar. So what are your main options when it comes to planning your launch calendar? Typical launch frameworks: Once a year (annual) — One very big pre-launch and launch process with enrollment once-a-year only. The benefits of this framework are high urgency and exclusivity. However, this approach is not…
  • Marianne Williamson’s Key To Confidence

    Natalie MacNeil
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    As an entrepreneur there’s been a big obstacle I’ve had to grapple with – as a brand, as a business owner, and as a woman, and I bet it’s one you’ve had to deal with, as well. Confidence. I think confidence is so crucial to your success as an entrepreneur that you will continue to hear me talk about it quite a bit and I love getting other people’s perspectives on confidence.   That’s why I was thrilled when at a recent Marianne Williamson lecture I was at, someone in the audience asked this question: “Where do I find the confidence to pursue big dreams and become…
  • 6 Things To Consider When Planning Your Launch Year

    Kathryn Hocking
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    It’s that time of year again. Entrepreneurs world-wide are heads down, figuring out their business “plan of attack” for the next 12 months. And if you’re like most of my clients, you might be planning how you can launch an eProgram in 2015. As an eCourse strategist, I come to the rescue of entrepreneurs who are struggling to plan their launch year for their ePrograms, and in this two-part series I am going to give you a step-by-step process for gaining clarity, creating a plan, and implementing your launch calendar.   The beauty of a launch calendar A launch calendar is a…
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • Famous Speech Friday: Maria Klawe on asking for salary increases

    Denise Graveline
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: Not long after the headlines appeared about this interview at the Grace Hopper Celebration in 2014, I asked reader and software engineer Cate Huston--who was present at this session--to write about the missing piece in the coverage. Of course, that missing piece was what the woman leading this interview said. It's not only important for the content, but because serving as a on-stage interviewer is increasingly among the public speaking roles you may be asked to take. As Huston notes in this post, you have more choices to make than simply asking questions when you're in this…
  • Talk About the Talk: Resa Lewiss, MD, at TEDMED

    Denise Graveline
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    (Editor's note: Talk About the Talk is our new series in which I ask speakers I've worked with to share their perspective on giving big or important talks. Resa Lewiss, MD, and I worked together at TEDMED 2014 on her talk about delivering ultrasound at the point of care, in the middle of an emergency situation--a new application of an old technology. Lewiss is an associate professor of both emergency medicine and radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.Backstage at TEDMED, speakers are told that coaching is available and they choose whether to avail themselves of it. Some…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    26 Jan 2015 | 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:The language of influence: If you present globally, it's important to know which languages will help you be most influential.Amen: A young woman tackles uptalk criticism and says: Stop telling women to talk like men.Bad grades: Healthcare conferences are still…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis: "Everything should be spoken"

    Denise Graveline
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Viola Davis is among my favorite speakers here at The Eloquent Woman and she's in the very small club of women with three speeches in our Index of famous speeches by women. This speech, in which she accepted an award at Variety's Power of Women luncheon in 2014, got immediate and widespread attention and is a great, short example of why I admire her so.Davis was being honored for her work with Hunger Is, which seeks to eradicate childhood hunger. And in this short acceptance speech, at a luncheon where the menu was no doubt fine, Davis managed to grab the audience's attention by taking them…
  • Do you have clinician's distance when telling stories? How to recover

    Denise Graveline
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    "Tell me more about that student," I said to the physician I was coaching. We were working on a story she could tell as part of a talk she'd be giving to donors. "What does she look like?""You mean her physical data?""Yes, but let's call it hair color, height, weight, freckles, whatever." And that's when I diagnosed my client with the only thing I'm licensed to identify: Clinician's distance when speaking to a public audience.You don't have to be an actual clinician to have this public speaking problem, though it happens more frequently among medical professionals, scientists, engineers, and…
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    Parlour Magazine

  • The Travel Seven: Michelle Sprott

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    She may be known as a 'Brooklyn Dime' but Michelle's good vibes reach far beyond New York. Get a glimpse into this globetrotter's travel style with her Travel Seven profile!
  • The Hustler’s Guide to Budget Travel

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    When it comes to financing your dreams, you can be a hustler or you can be at home.
  • Ethiad & Abu Dhabi: 10 Things To Know Before You Go

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Got your life, and tickets to Abu Dhabi thanks to the Etihad Christmas glitch? Our girl Nicole took the bait and just returned from Dubai, here she breaks down what to know BEFORE you go!
  • Carry On Style: Weekend Bags To Love

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Whether its a 24 hour getaway or a really long weekend, every woman needs a weekender bag that she can make work in any space.
  • Cuba: 4 Things To Know Before You Go

    Shannon Washington
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    For many American travelers, seeing Cuba with their own eyes is becoming more a reality due to recent legislation. Luckily, we've got the intel on what to know about Cuba travel before you go, straight from our co-founder's many experiences on "la isla."
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    Gotham Gal

  • Wrap up on Sundance

    Joanne Wilson
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    We had actually been out to Sundance many times but we never went to see the movies. The slopes are usually empty!  This year the snow is barely there.  The slopes feel a bit like April.  We also planned ahead and got tickets to more than a handful of movies thanks to our friends who joined us. The festival is incredibly well run.  Everything we saw is well done.  The acceptance process is rigorous and the percentage of movies accepted versus the ones that applied is quite small.  I believe most of what we saw got picked up which means it could be at a movie theater near you or…
  • The Full Rachet

    Joanne Wilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    I was on the Full Rachet recently.  It was fun to talk with Nick Moran who is insanely positive. Here is the listen.  
  • Ko

    Joanne Wilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    I have been to all the David Chang restaurants in NYC except for Ko.  Then Ko closed and reopened.  Kind of bummed I missed the first Ko but beyond thrilled I got to do the wine dinner at the new Ko.   The sommelier, Jordan Salcito first picked the wines and then the executive chef, Sean Gray (and of course David Chang) then put together the menu.  Some of the things we ate were honestly epic.  The wines were pretty damn awesome too.  It was a long meal and I will try and recall as much as possible.   The new room is fantastic. We began with some champagne that paired well with the…
  • Women’s Entrepreneur Festival, another year

    Joanne Wilson
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    As always I am so thrilled with the event.  It is incredibly empowering to be part of something where the energy level is ridiculously high.  The best part is that I really do believe that we are making a difference when it comes to women entrepreneurs.  It can be women who go on to build huge companies or to women who build life style businesses or even build out their non-profits. Over the years I have heard from women that felt the community and conversation gave them the power to take that leap into being an entrepreneur after staring over the edge for so long. The panels this year…
  • To Los Angeles we go

    Joanne Wilson
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    As always we plan in advance.  About three years ago we started discussing how great it would be to spend our winters in Los Angeles, CA when the kids had flown the coop. I was born in Los Angeles.  Our entire family has ties back to LA from an internship I did there for a semester in college (that Fred came along with me for and postponed his thesis) to my sister living there for four years to my Grandmother who lived in Laguna to my brother and sister-in-law who moved to LA over 10 years ago to raise their daughters.  We have spent lots of time in LA.  I always feel at home the second I…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • Movie Review: Black or White

    Da Vinci
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We live in a world where discussing race often makes people uncomfortable.  I’m a firm believer that until we can discuss and accept our differences, we may not be able to move forward in a positive way.  Just as the difference between men and women, race isn’t something that can be igno... The post Movie Review: Black or White appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating

    Hannah Whittenly
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Overeating can be the result of a wide variety of factors, ranging from habits that a person grew up with to nervousness or stress. When overeating is not addressed, those that are looking to lose weight, or become healthier will often find themselves at a complete standstill. Here are five ways to ... The post Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Movie Review: The Boy Next Door

    Da Vinci
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Let me start off by saying, while we all know Jennifer Lopez is not the best actress I was still pretty hopeful going in to see The Boy Next Door.  It’s taken me a few days to compose myself to write this movie review because I wanted to make sure I convey my disappointment clearly and I wante... The post Movie Review: The Boy Next Door appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively

    Da Vinci
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’re all hard working individuals, but the truth of the matter is most of us don’t really spoil ourselves throughout the year. As we continue to think about our goals for financial freedom, we also have to consider how to treat ourselves within a budget. For many, receiving a tax refund... The post Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby

    Da Vinci
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    In today’s society, more people are having children before saying “I do” and are beginning to raise a family outside of marriage. Although less people are worrying about walking down the aisle before having a child, there are many benefits to waiting until after the wedding day. Wh... The post The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    The Next Women - Business Magazine

  • Startup Diaries: Social Media or Bust

    Lorraine White
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lorraine White of Hashtag Collective talks to The Next Women about utilising Social Media for your business.read more
  • Inspiring Change Through Design – The ABURY Design Experience

    Andrea Kolb
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Harper’s Bazaar Germany is presenting this unique open call to international fashion students and emerging designers to preserve world crafts and culture.read more
  • Virgin StartUps: Help For Small Businesses

    Coral Turner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Having attended a Virgin Startup event, I say to fellow entrepreneurs ‘get involved’: it’s the best thing that you can do for you and your business.The line-up of female speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to share the ups, downs, and ultimate triumphs was more than just a rally call for female entrepreneurs to take their seed ideas, plant them, nourish them and watch them grow!read more
  • EntrepreneurCountry Global Forum – The Art of War – Sun Tzu

    Lucy Catten
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    3 February 2015 - 8:30am6:00pm Royal Institution of Great Britain, London Special Ticket Offer! On 3 February 2015, citizens of EntrepreneurCountry Global will come to the Royal Institution of Great Britain to share their stories of building their firms, engaging with David/ Goliath (depending on which one you are), overcoming near death experiences and getting to the breakthrough moments, and to get an update on the building of EntrepreneurCountry Global – that country founded to be the place where the future’s operating model for society and business already…
  • Tipping Points In Chocolate

    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl is a third generation social entrepreneur who works to evolve standards to influence food sovereignity and agroecology. She is the mother of BLYSSchocolate.com, which harvests cacao beans for foodies who expect more from chocolate. Here, she shares her predicted chocolate trends for the coming year. read more
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    Marcia G. Yerman

  • The Work of Artists Is Not Play

    Marcia G. Yerman
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    When the public reads stories in the media about visual artists, it is all too often about art stars that are selling their works for six-figure sums or an item detailing glamorous parties on the art fair circuit. A shot of reality is being offered at the CUE Foundation under the leadership of Cevan Castle, a public programming fellow who has organized a six-part series of talks entitled, "If it's Not work It Must Be Play." I attended the first two panels, Economists on Under-Compensation of Labor in the Arts, and W.A.G.E. -- How Creative Labor Should Be Compensated. The third, The Artists…
  • Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio

    Marcia G. Yerman
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Integrated into the exhibit Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio, are numerous wall-text quotes. Resonating deeply are the artist's words from 1989: "I've always wanted to be free in my life and art. It's as important to me as truth." While others in the art world were intent on categorizing Marisol's work within one particular school or another, Marisol continued to explore the subjects and mediums that spoke to the immediacy of her creative impulses. Born in Paris in 1930 to Venezuelan parents, Maria Sol Escobar has lived in Caracas, Los Angeles, Paris, Italy, and…
  • 2015 Climate Change Forecast

    Marcia G. Yerman
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    It's mid-December and I should be looking forward to the holidays and a brand new year filled with promise. But I'm worried. It may not seem sensible, but I've actually been having trouble falling asleep at night -- thinking about what is going to happen to the environment when the 114th Congress gets to work. Big campaign dollars from the fossil fuel sector reaped major benefits, and those who have been itching to cut the Environmental Protection Agency off at the knees now have a majority in both houses. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), climate denier extraordinaire, is poised to step into the…
  • Local Activism Pays Off

    Marcia G. Yerman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    The exciting news just announced that Governor Cuomo will ban fracking in New York State is proof positive that galvanizing the public about the health dangers inherent in the fracking process can move the needle and influence public leaders. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, and as I learned when I wrote about Lois Gibbs, mothers (and fathers) concerned about their children's well being will not be intimidated by the powers that be. One of the biggest takeaways from the People's Climate March was that it was not a one-off. Individuals from all walks of life, who are concerned about the future…
  • Egon Schiele: Portraits at Neue Galerie

    Marcia G. Yerman
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    In 1963, Dr. Alessandra Comini saw a small exhibit of Austrian Expressionists. It was her first time viewing the work of Egon Schiele. She described it as "an apocalypse that changed my life." It put Comini on a path to becoming one of the foremost scholars on Schiele and his oeuvre. Now, at the Neue Galerie through January 2015, Comini has organized an exhibition of Schiele portraits. Roughly 125 drawings, paintings, and sculptures comprise the show. I had the opportunity to interview Comini on-site at the Neue Galerie, and learned the back story of her journey. Comini related the impact of…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • National Women’s Business Council Helps Build Bridges for Women

    Laurel J. Delaney
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has released its 2014 Annual Report, “Building Bridges: Leveraging Research and Relationships to Impact the Business Climate for Women.” This report is a synthesis of our research and the implications of our findings for the women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our [NWBC] research confirms that the full economic participation of women and their success in business can significantly contribute to job growth in this country and is critical to the continued economic recovery. But, they also highlight the disparities and…
  • Bounce Back From Whatever Challenges Come Your Way

    Laurel J. Delaney
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Debra Engelhardt-Nash Debra Engelhardt-Nash was named one of the “The Top 25 Women in Dentistry,” amongst other extraordinary dentists, lab technicians, and researchers and educators recognized by Dental Products Report. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2015 Gordon Christensen Award, which acknowledges top lecturers in the dental industry.  But her life wasn’t an easy road to success. For Nash, “a lot of extraordinary experiences” runs the gamut from childhood, when she and her mother were homeless and living out of a car, to adulthood, when she recovered fully from…
  • Global Air Freight Market to Outpace World Trade Growth in 2015

    Laurel J. Delaney
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Increase of cross-border trade has been indicated to be one of the major drivers for cargo traffic in the year.  According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it expects global air freight markets to expand by 4.5% in 2015, outpacing the projected growth for world trade of 4%. As an importer or exporter, you have a choice to ship by air or by ocean.  If you need to move product fast, air is a top choice. Read:  Global air freight market to grow by 4.5% in 2015, says IATA Photo Credit: caribb Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Logistics/transportation Tagged: global…
  • Sizzle and Sparkle on SME Exports

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Laurel Delaney has published a book on exporting. Photo courtesy: Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times. A big thanks to reporter Sandra Guy (@SandraGuy) at the Chicago Sun-Times for the wonderful interview she did with Laurel Delaney:  The Sitdown:  Laurel Delaney see plenty of sparkle for Chicago exports. Be sure to read the the first part of the interview that starts with We are converting … because it involves Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)! Can’t wait to share what we have in store for WEGG.  Stay tuned.  Happy 2015! Photo courtesy:  Richard Chapman/Chicago…
  • Due to Challenges in India, Women Become Entrepreneurs

    Laurel J. Delaney
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    An all-women fish-pickle unit based in Chennai-India, operated and owned by Sea Dot, a self-help group of female fish workers whose communities were shattered by the tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, has become a way to build back lives for the women’s families after the destruction of their houses and fishing boats. Many of the women involved in Sea Dot have no other skills then to do what they are doing so the thought of losing their jobs is scary but not as frightening as what they have already been through with the tsunami. What the women have learned in the course of rebuilding their…
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    Ramble Ramble

  • Errands, and Being a Grownup

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    This weekend was a whirlwind of getting stuff done, much of which was focused on getting stuff ready for my office area. I ended up getting a desk at IKEA, and though it may drive me bonkers that my measurements didn’t take into account the base boards so it peeks around the wall by 1/2 an inch (seriously, I can’t believe I forgot about that, I’m pretty happy with it. I need to get a chair still, but the desk is put together and in its new home, and wow this is starting to feel more real. We ended up spend all of Saturday running errands, and then most of Sunday putting…
  • Whirlwind of a Week

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Things have been a whirlwind this week. I’ve been working like a madwoman at work trying to wrap everything up at work, and man is it exhausting. I may be excited to be leaving for a new adventure, but I also like and respect my current boss and my staff, and want to leave them with as little additional stress as possible. So I’m busting tail to try and get everything set up for as smooth a transition as possible. I know that’s practically impossible in reality, but I’m trying. On top of that, there’s the simple fact that I’ve been in the same job, in the…
  • I Accomplished My Biggest Goal of 2015 Already

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I didn’t make any official resolutions for this year, nothing I put down on paper anyway. I wrote out some general intentions for the year, but I didn’t give voice to the things I decided to try and pursue this year. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t…don’t…have some things percolating in my mind about changes, big and small, I want to make in my life in 2015. In that list of things percolating, there’s been a big one, the one on which a lot of other things hinge: finding a new job. I’ve been in my current job for more than 7 years,…
  • Saturday Night Snippets

    10 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    It’s insane to me that we’re only 10 days into 2015. I feel like it’s the end of January already, but….nope. We’re only just started this year. This makes me think it’s going to be a whirlwind kind of year. I’ve had to take entirely too many antibiotics the last few months. Related: do you have a probiotic you really like that isn’t, like, a gazillion dollars? We went to a birthday party for one of J’s school friends today. He & his family recently moved a couple of towns over “for more space.” OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, they…
  • The Next Evolution of Bring Back the Words

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    A long long time ago, I bemoaned my lack of writing, the loss of putting pen to paper (ok, fingers to keyboard) & letting the words spill forth. And then I decided to try and help myself, and maybe some others, by doing a weekly prompt link up. And then life got in the way, and it became not so much a link up, and then not so much weekly, and then just kind of not so much. And that was the rise and fall of Bring Back the Words. But, as is typical in the new year, I’m feeling the itch to write again. And after several other people said the same thing, the idea kind of sparked that…
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    Here We Are...with Luci

  • DIY Soothing Shower Vapor Disks For Cold and Flu Season OR An Anytime Spa Treat

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    DIY Shower Vapor Disks Cold and flu season calls for extra relief of stuffed up noses and sore sinuses. Besides using a Neti Pot, another natural, easy way to help move things along is to add homemade, inexpensive, soothing shower disks to your hot shower. Scented with essential oils, they release the beneficial aromatherapeutic vapors into the steam from the hot water as they dissolve. You may have seen similar, pricey aromatherapy shower tablets in the store; now you can save money and make your own! I've practiced a bit and here is my simple, cost-effective, DIY recipe; the entire process…
  • 2015: Be The Person You Want To Be

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Part 19 of the Here We Are Series:  Live Your Life Out Loud Another year, another month, another day to get this journey called life "right." Is there a right way? Maybe, or maybe not. We know that the manifestation of one's life is directly reflected by the choices they make in all aspects of life. So I suppose the answer is in making the choices that will manifest the best outcome for who you want to be. Each new day is a chance to begin again, no matter what yesterday held... BUT there is no better, brighter, or easier time than at the start of a new year to make definite, bold, and…
  • There Is Good In Life Every Day!

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    "Every day, be full of awareness of the beauty around you. Be full of gratitude for friends and family, for the goodness you find in others, for your health and all you're capable of. Be full of acceptance of yourself and others - without conditions or judging - knowing that differences and changes make life interesting. Appreciate the gifts of laughter and fun in your life, and find contentment in knowing that you can always control your ability to look on the bright side." By Barbara Cage. "There is good in life every day. Take a few minutes to distract yourself from your concerns; long…
  • Cranberry Butter: Whip Those Extra Cranberries Into A Sweet Butter Spread

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Thanksgiving is over and the last of the cranberry sauce is gone. Now what to do with those extra cranberries that didn't make it into the sauce? Freeze them... Right? Except six months later we find the Ziploc bag of berries in the freezer - uncertain if they are any good - we wastefully toss them. No more! Sure you could bake up a batch of oatmeal cookies or muffins, but what else can you do with them? How about trying my Cranberry Butter recipe? It's EASY and very tasty. Plus, it's pretty on the table AND a decedent way to reap the potent health benefits cranberries pack. To test my…
  • #KindredComments: Think Before You Type

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
    #KindredComments Graphic - Please share on your site and on social media! What is going on with the negative commenting on the Internet? Is there a solution? Are typed words the new bullets we must dodge living on the Wild Wild Web? If you run a website, use social media, or comment on others' sites, then this Here We Are Talk Show podcast #KindredComments: Think Before You Type is for you! {Clicking the link directly above will bring you to the podcast.} Join me and my guest, Staci Price Kresser, author of The Mom Squad articles on Here We Are, and social media consultant, as we…
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    Inter Press Service » Gender Violence

  • Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide

    Fabiana Frayssinet
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    On average, 21 adolescent girls in Argentina are victims of femicides every year, a growing phenomenon linked to domestic violence on the part of current or ex-boyfriends and husbands. Credit: Juan Moseinco/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, Jan 28 2015 (IPS)The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighbouring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.In most Latin American countries, the lack of broken-down official data on femicides – a term coined to refer to the…
  • Not Without Our Daughters: Lambada Women Fight Infanticide and Child Trafficking

    Stella Paul
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Lambada women, who never went to school, now keep vigil over young girls in the community. When a child stays away from the classroom for too long, they sound the alarm against possible child labour or trafficking. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulCHANDAMPET, India, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)At 11 years of age, Banawat Gangotri already has four years of work experience as a farm labourer. The child, a member of the nomadic Lambada community from the village of Bugga Thanda in India’s southern Telangana state, plucked cotton and chillies from nine a.m. until 5 p.m. for about a dollar daily.Every…
  • Pacific Islands Call for New Thinking to Implement Post-2015 Development Goals

    Catherine Wilson
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Organisations in the Pacific Islands believe that achieving the post-2015 development goals depends on getting implementation right. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonSYDNEY, Jan 19 2015 (IPS)As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of poverty-alleviation targets set by the United Nations, come to a close this year, countries around the world are taking stock of their successes and failures in tackling key developmental issues.The Pacific Islands have made impressive progress in reducing child mortality, however, poverty or hardship, as it is termed in the region, and…
  • Battle Heats Up Over Legalisation of Sex Work in India

    Neeta Lal
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    The view from a red-light district in India, where some three million sex workers are caught in the middle of a debate on legalisation. Credit: bengarrison/CC-BY-SA-2.0By Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Jan 16 2015 (IPS)Thirty-six-year-old Chameli Devi, a sex worker operating out of New Delhi’s G.B. Road – Asia’s largest red-light district, housing an estimated 12,000 of India’s three million sex workers – is an unhappy woman these days.A contentious debate over the sex trade in India, following a call for legalisation by the National Commission for Women (NCW) – a state-run body…
  • Boko Haram Insurgents Threaten Cameroon’s Educational Goals

    Ngala Killian Chimtom
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    A group of Nigerian refugees rests in the Cameroon town of Mora, in the Far North Region, after fleeing armed attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Sep. 13, 2014. Credit: UNHCR / D. MbaoiremBy Ngala Killian ChimtomMAROUA, Far North Region, Jan 14 2015 (IPS)“I’d quit my job before going to work in a place like that.” That is how a primary school teacher responded when IPS asked him why he had not accepted a job in Cameroon’s Far North region.James Ngoran is not the only teacher who has refused to move to the embattled area bordering Nigeria where Boko Haram has been massing and launching…
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    The WIN Online

  • How to Attack the Gender Wage Gap? Speak Up.

    The WIN Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    By JESSICA BENNETTNY TIMES – Annie Houle, grandmother of seven, holds up a stack of pink dollar bills.A workshop at the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx dealt with the many issues of the gender pay gap — and offered ways for women to negotiate about salary. Sain Mota, a participant, answered a question during the session.“How many of you know about the wage gap?” she asks a roomful of undergraduates, almost all of them women, at the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx.A few hands go up.“Now, how many of you worry about being able to afford New York City when you…
  • Rwanda 20 Years Later

    The WIN Team
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    By Jacqueline Murekatete | July 2, 2014A remembrance ceremony for families that were wiped out during the genocide. photo courtesy of GAERG (a Rwandan-based survivors’ organization)About three years ago, I returned to Rwanda for the first time since the 1994 genocide. Upon returning to the village where I grew up, I was both saddened and angry as I realized there was no sign my family ever lived there. Yams and cassava were growing in the same spot where my family’s home once stood. Horrific memories came flooding back.From April to July of each year, Rwanda and the world commemorate…
  • The World’s Bravest Photographer

    The WIN Team
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Danielle FriedmanWar photography is still a male-dominated profession—but a few women are breaking out. Danielle Friedman talks to Veronique de Viguerie, a rising star among photojournalists.Veronique de Viguerie was on her way to the Somali coast when the thought flashed through her head: What am I doing? It wasn’t the first time the young French photographer had sought out a risky assignment, but this was perhaps the riskiest yet.De Viguerie had sent a message to the group, who called themselves the Central Regional Coast Guard—even though what they did was hijack ships and kidnap…
  • Meet the Heroes Fighting to End Hunger

    The WIN Team
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Millions of Americans worry about going to bed hungry. Meet inspirational people who are working to change that. Their passion and generosity may spark you to mark a difference too.By Paula DerrowPower PairAlexandra “Finn” McFarland, 18, and Anna Ramsey, 18 • Woodstock, VTAnyone who assumes teenage girls would rather spend their time taking selfies than helping others hasn’t met Alexandra “Finn” McFarland and Anna Ramsey. In 2011, as ninth graders, Finn and Anna volunteered to deliver produce to Woodstock’s local food pantry through the nonprofit Change…
  • Women Who Inspire, and Surprise

    The WIN Team
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    HUFFPOST – On a beautiful sunny morning, I went down to the beach near The Somone in Senegal to buy fresh fish for dinner. I made my purchase and handed them over to the fish cleaner to scale and clean, then sat down next to some children to wait until she had finished.I pulled out one of our children’s books from Tostan’s new Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) module and started reading in Wolof to the young children sitting next to me. They were surprised and delighted and one boy, who obviously was attending school, tried to read along with me. Soon, more children…
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    MyLunaKiss.com Blog

  • #GIRLS...smurls!

    Tracy Lugo
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
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    19 Nov 2014 | 7:09 pm
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    13 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
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    Tracy Lugo
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
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    Purposeful Woman

  • How Satisfied Are You With Your Current Position?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    In a recent Job Satisfaction survey less than half of American workers are happy or satisfied in their current job.  According to the current edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, and for the eighth straight year, less than half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs. In 2013, the percentage of workers satisfied with their jobs was 47.7, well below the historical level of 61.1 percent in 1987. Increasing by a mere 0.4 percentage points from the previous year, overall job satisfaction continues to improve from its lowest point (42.6 percent in 2010), albeit at a…
  • #WomenWhoWork – Ivanka Trump Celebrates Purposeful Women

    JJ DiGeronimo
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Ivanka Trump has launched a new initiative – #WomenWhoWork – that shines the light on working women; who they are, what they struggle with, how they advance. From the website we learn: The modern working woman looks fundamentally different from women in previous generations. For the first time in history, we’re embracing the fact that our lives are multidimensional. We’re doing work we love, work that inspires us, and we’re also pursuing our passions and making them priorities. We sat with 12 amazing women to ask what work looks like to each of them. To join the…
  • You Don’t Have to be Loud to be Heard: The Power of Quiet Leadership

    JJ DiGeronimo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    Have you ever watched The View – morning talk show free-for-all started by Barbara Walters and currently hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace? Don’t tune in if you have a headache because it will only get worse as you try to make out the points each host is trying to make as they interrupt, shout, insult and talk over one another.  Regardless of who is on the panel, The View has been known for its loud, A-type personalities each trying to over shout the next to be heard. It is annoying, rude and hard to watch.  But we have been taught…
  • Alternative Leadership Roles for Purposeful Women

    JJ DiGeronimo
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    You are ready to take charge. You know you have the skills and experience necessary to be an effective leader but there just isn’t an opportunity within your organization. How do you become a leader when there isn’t an immediate opening? Look outside your 9-5 work day for ways to be a leader in your community. Have you considered politics? There are many ways you can start small and yet still make an impact: School board Councilperson Chamber Board House of worship – Committee or Board chair Girl/Boy Scouts – Advancement Leader Non-Profit Organizations Thursday Bram…
  • How Do You Self Motivate?

    JJ DiGeronimo
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Do you have a process for self-motivation, encouragement, and creating a positive emotional environment for yourself? Sadly, we can’t all walk out the door and head to the beach for thirty minutes on the beach praising the new day, so how do you create self-generated positive emotion? In an article from Brighter Step, author Rhana Kozak offers some information on the process of finding that positive emotion within ourselves. There are several ways people start their day in a positive space: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • The rise of the micro-entrepreneur

    Jayne Ryan
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Hi everyone, this morning I wanted to share this TEDx talk about the rise of the micro-entrepreneur, that Julie did at UCL back in 2013. It’s a testament to how much work Julie does behind the scenes of Women Unlimited, whether it’s speaking, judging awards, mentoring micro-business owners or spreading her message of ‘you can do it too!’ I love this talk, because it shows not only Julie’s journey, but it gives us ‘real world’ examples of people who have built a successful business by simply taking an idea (in their own small corner of the…
  • 5 Strategies for avoiding ‘Business Owner Burn Out’ or BOBO

    Wendy Kerr
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Michelle is in tears during our first mentoring session. “I’m just so tired” she says, her voice wavering. “I have tried everything, and I’m working so hard but nothing seems to be making a difference. I never thought running my own business would be so hard.” Sadly Michelle is experiencing BOBO – Business Owner Burn Out. This is something I see all too regularly with new clients, who are frustrated that there is little correlation between their effort and results. BOBO is a dangerous place to be for any business owner, especially those in the first few years of their business.
  • Ep30: The author entrepreneur business model with Steve Scott

    Julie Hall
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    In episode 30 of Micro Entrepreneur: the magic of thinking small, I had a great time speaking with Steve Scott, an author and entrepreneur who has written over 40+ books on Internet Marketing, Self-Publishing and Productivity, including his most successful books Habit Stacking and The Daily Entrepreneur. We talked about his business model and also his successful internet marketing history that eventually led him to his self-publishing career. Listen below or go to iTunes or Stitcher to Subscribe and download it to your smart phone play pause mute unmute Update Required To play…
  • The future of business is the “mesh”: Inspiring Ted Talks

    Jayne Ryan
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    This is a really interesting Ted Talk by Lisa Gansky – Entrepreneur. Lisa gives us her insights into the future of business and technology from the point of view that ‘sharing trumps ownership’, as a way for customers to consume services and products. Worth a listen (even if you’re not a tech head!)…and could well be a conversation starter if you’re brainstorming ideas for a new business or enterprise. Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh,” talks about a future of business that’s about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and…
  • Ep29: Mike Southon on how to create a successful microbusiness

    Julie Hall
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    In episode 29 of Micro Entrepreneur: the magic of thinking small, I had a great time speaking with Mike Southon. Mike is a serially successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and one of the world’s top business keynote speakers on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and sales. Listen below or go to iTunes or Stitcher to Subscribe and download it to your smart phone play pause mute unmute Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. This week’s guest Mike is co-author with Chris West of The…
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    Smart Women Travelers

  • What Else Do You Need To Know About Booking Your Hotel Room?

    Alana Johnson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    There may be one more thing you need to know about booking your hotel room. Regardless of how you book your overnight hotel accommodations, always become a member of  the hotel’s loyalty program before you make the reservation. Booking your hotel room-Executive King Hilton Bandung SmartWomenTravelers.com This can be very helpful to you in many ways, from better rooms to upgraded amenities. The more you stay at a particular hotel chain, the better the benefits. Some of these may include a nicer room, a better view, free bottled water, quicker check-in and checkout, access to the…
  • Uh Oh, I’m Gonna Be Late For My Flight

    Alana Johnson
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What if you are running late for your flight? Don’t panic. Or panic just a little but don’t get carried away. It won’t help you or anyone else. Here’s a little insider secret. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. Airline’s have been known to hold up a plane departure for certain elite status flyers or dignitaries. I’m not talking about an hour here, but if that passenger is running a few minutes late, the boarding doors may remain open a bit longer. Of course, these “special” travelers slink into first class so no one gets to see who they are but you know it is a passenger delay…
  • Holiday Road Trip Tips for You and Your Pets

    Carol Margolis
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Is that your dog with his head hanging out the car window? With millions of drivers on the road this holiday season, many family pets are traveling as well. Here are a few holiday road trip tips to get you and your furry friends on your way. According to AAA about 99 million Americans are traveling throughout December and January. Unlike previous years, 91% of those travelers are taking to the road. I’m inclined to believe this may have something to do with plummeting gas prices, which are lower than they have been in the past five years. In fact it is the longest period of continual price…
  • Planning a Surprise Trip for Someone – What You Need to Know

    Carol Margolis
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Most people like surprises. Well, the good kind anyway. Longtime readers may remember when I planned a surprise trip with my husband a couple years ago. He had no idea where we were going except for the daily clues. Each day in December, I posted another clue to where we were traveling. It was fun to plan, fun to read all the comments where we were going, and so much fun to give away the prizes at the end. So what’s involved if you want to plan a surprise trip for someone? It all begins with a destination. This might be something specific like Disney World, a cruise, a trip to the…
  • Airport Peace and Quiet? Check out the Airport Chapel

    Carol Margolis
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Extra time between flights? Stressed running through the airport? Worse yet, a flight cancellation that has you sleeping overnight in the airport? Where do I go when truly looking for a quiet place to relax, reflect, de-stress and yes, perhaps sleep, in an airport? The airport terminal’s chapel — yes, the chapel. Not only are the chapels inside airport terminals peaceful, they may also hold regular services which you may want to attend if you happen to be traveling through the airport. And, if you find yourself in a need of a ‘bed’ overnight, their pews and/or chairs…
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    Angela's Clues | Angela Santomero: Daniel Tiger, Blue's Clues & Super Why

  • Daniel Tiger & Creative Galaxy Take Gold

    Angela Santomero
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Parents’ Choice Awards help parents make informed decision. This time around, they’ve given gold medals to PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Amazon Studios’ Creative Galaxy!! The Parents’ Choice Awards provide a service to the millions of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers all over this country who are time-pressed and simply don’t have even a moment to pre-screen every product they give the kids in their lives. Since 1978, this is where the Parents’ Choice resource has stepped in. Needless to say, we are proud and…
  • Amazon Studios’ latest Preschool hit!

    Angela Santomero
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a little backstory on our latest pilot for Amazon Studios’ Sara Solves It. It features the brother and sister duo Sara and Sam on relatable mysteries that spring from the questions young children encounter in their daily lives. Each mystery is an interactive, math-based puzzle. Feel free to review Sara Solves It on Amazon Studios & be sure to let them know what you think during the 30 day pilot voting period!   xo Angela   Angela's Clues | Angela Santomero: Daniel Tiger, Blue's Clues & Super Why
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Angela Santomero
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    A cornucopia of thanks to all of you that give Daniel Tiger, Super Why, Blue and the rest of our imaginary characters an open door policy into your home. There isn’t a day that we take your trust for granted and we’re proud to meet the challenges of bettering the lives of children across the globe. Happy Thanksgiving one and all! xo Angela Angela's Clues | Angela Santomero: Daniel Tiger, Blue's Clues & Super Why
  • Daniel Tiger on NPR

    Angela Santomero
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Sincere gratitude to NPR, in particular Erika Beras, behavioral health reporter at WESA-FM, for your NPR Morning Edition piece: Daniel Tiger: Won’t You Be His Neighbor which aired this morning. I can’t begin to explain how grateful we are for our 36 million video streams per month! While high ratings and streams aren’t frowned upon around here, it’s truly because they serve as a testament that parents yearn for quality, “good for you” programming for their children. For many of us, such positive reviews help make the labor and the difficulties of work, take…
  • Do You Co-View?

    Alexandra C
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We love hearing from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood fans and many parents have been reporting that the strategies featured in each episode are not just helpful for their preschoolers, but also useful tools in their adult lives! References to the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood series draw parents to the Daniel Tiger series as much as their toddlers. Whether parents remember the original “Daniel Striped Tiger” puppet that Fred held in his show, or have a special place in their hearts for the original red trolley (Ding! Ding!), there are little nods to Fred’s series throughout…
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    The Paula G Company LLC

  • How Shared Hosting Works

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Recently I ran into a major problem with a client website. After much angst and several days of the inability to access it I got to the bottom of the problem. Of course the root cause is what I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3 Ways to Increase and Stabilize Your Cash Flow

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    Every business owner knows that cash flow is king. Without it, no amount of zeros on your top line revenue matters. Yet cash flow is the stormiest and most unsettling parts of being self-employed.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Myths That Lead to a Busy, Unproductive, Unprofitable Life and Business

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Everywhere you turn there is some expert telling you what you should do if you want to succeed. This is particularly true if you are a business owner. There is certainly no shortage of guru laden... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recap: The 12 Days of Lessons from a Website Redesign

    31 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Over the last two weeks I have taken you into the personal journey of launching my new website. In the series of articles called The 12 Days of Lessons from a Website Redesign, I have shared:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Celebrate & Spread the Word: 12 Days of Lessons from a Website Redesign (Day 12)

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Just because you build it, doesn’t mean anyone will notice. Don’t take it personally. Do something about it! There are times when it is absolutely appropriate to toot your own horn. This is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Becoming you

  • Have you got your ticket to Blog Boot Camp yet?

    Kathryn Rossiter
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    On Saturday 21 February – just 3 weeks from now – I will be running the 3rd BLOG BOOT CAMP blogging workshop along with my lovely partner, Lana Kenney from lanaloustyle. BLOG BOOT CAMP is aimed at teaching newbie bloggers and small business owners all the ins and outs of blogging and social media to inspire you to take your blog or business to the next level.   Here is a little bit more about the workshop… The goal of BLOG BOOT CAMP is to give you the tools you need to run a better, more successful, and creative WordPress blog or website. The course will cover tips for…
  • Tech Talk: Calpol’s Helping Hand app

    Kathryn Rossiter
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    Every mom out there has spent a sleepless night (or 50) not knowing what is wrong with her sick child and anxiously waiting for the sun to rise in order to phone the doctor for the first available appointment. Fortunately CALPOL® have developed a unique new app for that provides moms with a helping hand. In response to parents’ needs, CALPOL®s Helping Hand app includes a Symptom Checker which has essential information on the key symptoms for the most common childhood illnesses, providing easily accessible information while allowing parents’ to keep as much of their attention where…
  • It’s all about the eyes!

    Kathryn Rossiter
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Today I am sharing my space with my lovely sister-in-law Kirsten who is a very talented make-up artist and knows a whole lot about beauty and I often turn to her for advice about products and looks. Due to an abundance of products accumulating on my desk and a severe lack of time to trial, test, photograph and blog about everything, I thought I would ask Kirsten to give a few “eye” related products a whirl and let me know her feedback! So without further ado let me hand over to her to give you the low down on a few new eye makeup products…. Revlon Brow Fantasy Your eyebrows…
  • What I… Lauren from Fashionista CT

    Kathryn Rossiter
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Today I’m interviewing Cape Town Fashion Blogger, Lauren Campbell, who blogs over at Fashionista CT Blog. She is certainly one serious fashionista and definitely knows her sartorial stuff! Just last week I was coveting her gorgeous Michael Kors bag something stupid! (TOP of my fashion wish list for sure!) Anyway read on to get a glimpse of what makes Lauren tick and then pop on over to her blog to find out more… What I…. Know: There is hope in every situation. Love: Family, friends, fashion, adventure, blogging Read: Romantic poetry, online fashion magazine, fashion blogs…
  • WIN: A R1000 gift voucher from Edgars!

    Kathryn Rossiter
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Over the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in various Edgars stores in order to select a few items to write blog posts about, namely: How to wear a plaid shirt How to wear a denim jacket How to wear a polka dot top How to wear a leather biker jacket How to wear a striped top How to wear Boyfriend jeans How to wear gladiator sandals As you can see from clicking on the posts above I found some really great items on the shelves and have really got so much wear out of each and every item I selected! If I’m honest I wasn’t someone who really used to shop…
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    Transformation Goddess

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Brené Brown, Ph.D, first graced my life in her fantastic Ted Talk, The Power of Vulnerability a fews year ago. Since then It’s been a pleasure to read her books and watch her rise to the top of the personal development genre. In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten […]
  • Goddess Card Monday

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      Hey Beautiful! Welcome to Goddess Card Monday! I love beginning each week with a new goddess card message to inform the week ahead. Want to join me?  If you are called to choose a card, go for it! Click on the read more link to see which card you chose and to receive a free goddess […]
  • Divine Feminine Spotlight with Chameli Ardagh

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the Transformation Goddess – Divine Feminine Spotlight for January! 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 the soulful and beautiful, Chameli […]
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    My Savvy Sisters

  • 2015 Savvy Sister of the Year – Christina Rondeau

    Te-Erika Patterson
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    MySavvySisters.Com honors Christina Rondeau as Savvy Sister of The Year for 2015.  The women honored on our platform ranged from New York Times best selling authors to women’s advocates and entrepreneurs. All of these women have achieved their own versions of success and happily shared their success secrets with our readers. Christina was chosen from among all of the female entrepreneurs featured on My Savvy Sisters throughout 2014 because she best represents the spirit of My Savvy Sisters. Christina Rondeau created  a fitness club called RKBLive in Rhode Island. Her fitness club…
  • How To Stop People From Taking Advantage Of You

    Te-Erika Patterson
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You’re a giving person and your heart says help those in need. Sometimes it feels as though everyone needs help and you’re equipped to do it. You tell yourself that you’re lucky that you don’t have to depend on people and the ones who do just need a helping hand. After a while  you’re exhausted and frustrated because it’s not easy being the giver all of the time. Do you ever feel like you’re being taken advantage of? Do you have people around who continually tell sob stories or try to get you to give to them because they are struggling? Do you…
  • Why Women Are Never Satisfied

    Te-Erika Patterson
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    It’s sometimes seems like a never ending roller coaster. You bounce from desiring a boyfriend, to wanting an education. Then you decide you want a career and then a family and then a bigger home and then a better body and then a better job and then a better husband and then a better life. A woman could repeat this cycle many times and feel that something may be wrong with her when there isn’t. Why can’t a woman ever be satisfied with the life she has? Well, the answer is two-fold. On one hand it is simply untrue that a woman can not be satisfied with her life yet I…
  • The Problem With President Obama’s Free Community College Plan

    Te-Erika Patterson
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    On Thursday President Obama expressed a desire to make community college more accessible by offering tuition elimination for students who earn a 2.5 grade point average or better. While this plan may seem to be a delightful idea for those of us saddled with student loans, if we take a closer look at our own experiences, it won’t be as helpful as many would think. What happened when we graduated college? We looked high and low for those dream jobs we were taught would save us from a life of poverty. Did we find them? Hell no. Instead we became secretaries, interns and assistants, the…
  • PornHub Ranks Middle Eastern Vixen Mia Khalifa As #1 Porn Star

    Te-Erika Patterson
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Mia Khalifa on Instagram Congratulations are in order for Mia Khalifa, a 21-year-old porn star made famous for her sexual appetite in porn videos featured on Pornhub.Com. The Middle Eastern woman first came to the United States in her teens and quickly discovered a penchant for using her beauty and sexuality to earn income. Mia is a Lebanese Christian yet she sees nothing wrong with the career path she has chosen for herself. Her fellow Middle Easterners are outraged. According to some reports she has even received death threats. Coming from a society that  strictly prohibits women from…
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    Hello Ladies

  • State of the Union Highlights “Women’s Issues”

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to address several issues that would support working families. Pointing out that in today’s economy, “having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families,” Obama spoke about the need for affordable, quality childcare; paid sick leave; paid parental […] The post State of the Union Highlights “Women’s Issues” appeared first on Hello Ladies.         
  • 6 Ways Caregivers Can Access Work Flexibility

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    In the past six months, I have needed more flexibility from work than any other point in my career. Between both of my parents getting sick and moving to senior housing, and my two children joining more school activities and sports, I’ve had to reduce my hours, shift my schedule, and find ways to get my work done […] The post 6 Ways Caregivers Can Access Work Flexibility appeared first on Hello Ladies.         
  • Hope for Working Caregivers: More Employee Benefits

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    “Elder care is a lot like being a parent in some respects but without the joy.” So said Janet James, a working daughter, in a Washington Post article titled, “Aging population prompts more employers to offer elder-care benefits to workers.” While James’ comment is sobering, the article is hopeful and outlines a number of companies that are addressing the impact caregiving […] The post Hope for Working Caregivers: More Employee Benefits appeared first on Hello Ladies.         
  • 5 iPhone Apps for Caregivers

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    I maintained an Excel spreadsheet during my parents’ health crisis. At the height of the crisis it had 166 to-do items on it. Every morning I would review it and highlight the tasks that had to be done that day. There’s got to be a better way. There is. App developers are hard at work improving […] The post 5 iPhone Apps for Caregivers appeared first on Hello Ladies.         
  • Ignorant Legislator of the Week

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This week’s ignorant legislator award goes to Missouri State Representative Rick Brattin. First, he sponsored a bill requiring a woman to get a notarized signature from the father of an unborn child in order to obtain an abortion. Then, he made an exception for “legitimate rape.” But don’t worry, he wasn’t talking about Todd Akin legitimate rape. […] The post Ignorant Legislator of the Week appeared first on Hello Ladies.         
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    Latest articles from Women's eNews

  • Free Community College Opens Doors for Teen Moms

    Patricia Frazier
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    President Obama's recently unveiled community college plan can help young women out of the predicament of choosing between their futures and keeping their babies, says this commentator from Youth Narrating Our World, the teen writing initiative of The OpEd Project.
  • NFL's Domestic Safety Message Heads to Super Bowl

    Miranda S. Spivack
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    After a spate of domestic violence cases, the NFL has been airing PSAs timed to the big game on Feb. 1. Internally it is revising its player conduct policy and changing adjudication practices. "This is a long term effort," says one of its new safety consultants.
  • More Female Officers Defuse Violent Policing Style

    Hajer Naili
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Women on a police force are less likely than male coworkers to use excessive and deadly force, studies show, relying more on interpersonal skills. If policymakers knew the data, says one advocate, they'd "go on a hiring spree and hire more women."
  • Source: Veiled Women Targeted in Post-Hebdo France

    Hajer Naili
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    A spokeswoman for the Paris-based Collective Against Islamophobia says the group has registered at least seven physical attacks against veiled women. One of the victims, she says, is still hospitalized after suffering severe injuries.
  • 'Maid in Cambodia' Highlights Skills, Better Wages

    Kristi Eaton
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    With no protections or rights for domestic workers in Cambodia, an expat here has started a job training center that requires employers to pay a decent wage, provide one day off a week, offer paid sick leave and holidays, basic health care and an eight-hour work day.
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  • Will Cannabis Salves and Topicals Cause A Positive Drug Test?

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Hemp Seed Ointment – No cannabinoids, safe for drug tests! I’m going to answer this question today because there is so much confusion about it, when it really doesn’t have to be confusing or complex at all. I would never tell anyone that they will have a clean drug test after using marijuana salves or […] The post Will Cannabis Salves and Topicals Cause A Positive Drug Test? appeared first on .
  • Hemp Milk for Beginners!

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    You’ve probably seen boxed hemp milk on your grocer’s shelves. But, did you know that you can make this delicious milk at home for a fraction of the cost of the shelf-stable hemp milks available in the store? It’s true! And not only that, it tastes better! So let’s get started today! First, you are […] The post Hemp Milk for Beginners! appeared first on .
  • Golden Goat: A Perky Strain for the Fall Season

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Golden Goat is quite possibly one of the best cannabis sativa strains I’ve ever had; and I’m not a fan of Skunks (sorry!), which is part of the genetic makeup of this strain. The other interesting fact about this strain is that Golden Goat was not an intentional creation, but more of a “happy accident.” […] The post Golden Goat: A Perky Strain for the Fall Season appeared first on .
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
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    Women's Refugee Commission - Women's Refugee Commission - Blog

  • Five Years After the Haiti Earthquake, Let’s Prepare for the Next Disaster Before It Strikes

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and rendering almost 2 million homeless. Five years later, the country is still struggling to rebuild. Since then, natural disasters have continued, affecting millions more people around the world. Untold thousands have died, been injured or lost their livelihoods as a result. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable in disasters. If that is to ever change, steps must be taken before disaster strikes to address the particular needs of women and girls to ensure that they not only survive but…
  • 2014 at a Glance

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:55 am
    2014 has been an amazing year for the Women's Refugee Commission. Check out our new infographic and take a glance at what we were able to accomplish this year with your support. On behalf of the Women’s Refugee Commission, thank you so much. We hope that you will continue to support our work and allow us to accomplish even more great things in 2015.
  • End Militarism, End Gender Violence

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Every year, the international community marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, and this year's theme is "Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!" Militarism is both a direct and indirect cause of violence against refugee women and girls--they are vulnerable both to conflict and to the violence that militarism imbues in societies. 
  • Women, Peace and Security Debate: 2014

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On Tuesday, the Security Council met for the 14th time to hold an open debate on Women, Peace and Security. It was the first time that the theme of a Security Council open debate was about refugee and internally displaced women and girls.
  • Locking Up Family Values, Again: The Detention of Immigrant Families

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A young mother, Rosa, fled Central America this July after gangs violently threatened the family with kidnapping, the destruction of their home and death. Rosa and her seven-year old daughter, Ana, were detained at the Artesia Family Detention Facility shortly after entering the United States. Traumatized by conditions in her home country and the added stress of confinement, Ana was unable to keep down any food. Her weight loss became so extreme that medical staff told Rosa, they would force feed her daughter through a catheter. 
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    Inspiring Pretty

  • LushDecor.com $200 Gift Card Giveaway!

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty It is that wonderful time again, dear readers, when we try to make your week a little brighter by rewarding you with a giveaway, just because you are kind enough to come check out our blog. We cannot say how much we appreciate our readers, so we have teamed up with Lush Decor to offer you a $200 gift card to their lovely website. If you have not yet heard about Lush Decor, it is a lovely online store, which has mastered shabby chic decor home decor at a reasonable price. They offer bedding, curtains, showers curtains and more in many other styles as well. Regardless of what…
  • DIY Storage Ideas

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty Many people make New Year resolutions. Most people resolve to lose weight or to improve themselves in some way. I, on the other hand, am resolved to cut down on unnecessary items and also to organize my belongings in a simple and stylish way. I have organized my things before, but I am never happy with the results. My past DIY storage ideas have either not been practical or I have found them to be eyesores in my home. It is difficult to find a balance between appearance, practicality and price. However, given the limited amount of space in my small apartment, it is…
  • Wedding Photo Musts: The Bridesmaids

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    Inspiring Pretty So many elements of weddings focus on the bride and groom – and rightfully so – but this may put you at risk of leaving your closest friends out of many of your wedding photos. This simply will not do when it comes to your best girlfriends – your bridesmaids. After all, they are the women who are so dear to you that you asked them to stand by your side as you made lifelong vows to the love your life. You will want more than the formal post-wedding ceremony wedding party photos to remember them at your big day. You must capture the fun moments, the sweet…
  • Make Dinners Easier with Minute® Rice

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Inspiring Pretty The holidays are a stressful time. From shopping for the right gifts to traveling to getting along with the in-laws to the money spent on electricity, the last thing you want to worry about is putting together dinner each night. That is why Minute® Rice sponsored this post for me to discuss quick dinner options. Thankfully, Minute® Rice is here to simplify your dinner plans. With many easy-to-make rice options, Minute® Rice definitely has at least one recipe to help with your dinner plans! In fact, their website contains over 400 recipes using rice (which you can check…
  • Wedding Photo Musts: Wedding Ceremony Recessional

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty Since we discussed the bride and groom’s first kiss as husband and wife in the last post, it is only fitting to discuss what happens right after the “I do’s”: the wedding ceremony recessional. That is the moment bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife as they exit the ceremony. It is their first presentation as husband and wife and it is most definitely a moment that must be captured, so that it may live on forever through photographs. The wedding ceremony recessional is the classic moment where guests celebrate the the new…
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    The 8 Women Dream Project

  • Why Some Speakers Aren’t Getting Booked

    Kelly Swanson, Do Public Speaking
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
      Problems Getting Booked? I just don’t understand why nobody is calling me? Why is she making that fee and I’m not? How do I get the bureau’s attention? Giving a Speech is EASY. Getting the job is HARD. There is a general consensus in the speaking industry, that giving the speech is much easier […] Related Posts: When Learning Becomes Loathing What To Call Yourself As A Keynote Speaker It’s Not About Who Is The Best Motivational Speaker! Meeting Planner’s Perspective on Booking a… If You’re Not Getting Jobs As a Motivational…
  • HeForShe Makes me Grateful for Women’s Empowerment

    Sue Levy, Empower Women
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    Hello my Thankful Thursday dreamers! Today I am grateful for women’s empowerment. This week, my daughter dawned her first school uniform and it made me think about the kind of world I want available to her when she graduates. Will her world be welcoming to women and supportive of her dreams? At the same time my […] Related Posts: Empowering Women through Education Planting Seeds of Empowerment for Warrior Women South Africa Women’s Day 2014: Empowering Women to… Thankful Thursday: You are the Master of Your Fate iStock Photo and Alessandra Lariu Feast on Change The…
  • Who Owns Your Thoughts?

    Iman Woods, Therapeutic Photos for Women
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    One of the biggest challenges I face in my career to help women see their beauty, is overcoming the powerful sequence of thoughts that they have made undeniable truths in their minds. You have to ask who owns your thoughts? Nearly every client has a “problem” area that most others can’t see. Thoughts have power. […] Related Posts: Great Writing About Money Dreaming of a world without body shaming Don’t Be A Mean Girl Society of Beautiful Find Your Body Role Model The post Who Owns Your Thoughts? appeared first on The 8 Women Dream Project.
  • What Surviving a Blizzard Taught Me About Love

    Lisa Powell, Get Happy
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Harrowing journeys can teach you a lot about happiness, your dream journey and what is important in life.  This week, I’ve decided to share with you a story from 2011 where I found myself in the middle of a blizzard while driving to see my parents and what this experience taught me about life and […] Related Posts: A Tribute to My Heroes For Father’s Day, Part II Finding Happiness In A Nontraditional Christmas Finding Happiness In The Big Apple My Family’s Gift of Roots and Wings Finding Happiness in a Tropical Christmas The post What Surviving a Blizzard Taught Me…
  • Perimenopause Fitness: A New Fitness Challenge

    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Your fitness dreamer is about to share some very intimate details with you about finding fitness in your 40’s. If you are older you can commiserate, as many of my friends have. If you are younger I am passing on information I wish I had paid more attention to when I was in my 30’s. It’s […] Related Posts: 4 Tips for Fitness Motivation Through the Holidays Active Recovery: 6 Workout Ideas to Reduce Sore Muscles Workout Tips: Top 8 Fitness Mistakes Women Make Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths Who Else Wants To Keep The Weight Off? Try Weight Lifting The post Perimenopause Fitness: A New…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • Movie Review: Black or White

    Da Vinci
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We live in a world where discussing race often makes people uncomfortable.  I’m a firm believer that until we can discuss and accept our differences, we may not be able to move forward in a positive way.  Just as the difference between men and women, race isn’t something that can be igno... The post Movie Review: Black or White appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating

    Hannah Whittenly
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Overeating can be the result of a wide variety of factors, ranging from habits that a person grew up with to nervousness or stress. When overeating is not addressed, those that are looking to lose weight, or become healthier will often find themselves at a complete standstill. Here are five ways to ... The post Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Movie Review: The Boy Next Door

    Da Vinci
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Let me start off by saying, while we all know Jennifer Lopez is not the best actress I was still pretty hopeful going in to see The Boy Next Door.  It’s taken me a few days to compose myself to write this movie review because I wanted to make sure I convey my disappointment clearly and I wante... The post Movie Review: The Boy Next Door appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively

    Da Vinci
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’re all hard working individuals, but the truth of the matter is most of us don’t really spoil ourselves throughout the year. As we continue to think about our goals for financial freedom, we also have to consider how to treat ourselves within a budget. For many, receiving a tax refund... The post Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby

    Da Vinci
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    In today’s society, more people are having children before saying “I do” and are beginning to raise a family outside of marriage. Although less people are worrying about walking down the aisle before having a child, there are many benefits to waiting until after the wedding day. Wh... The post The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Ann Daly

  • Coaching: get a $200 discount

    Ann Daly
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    January is the best time to begin the coaching process, because, with all the buzz about the New Year, you are primed and eager to finally make those changes! If you’ve ever considered hiring a coach, I’ll make it easy for you: When you sign up this month for my eight-week private coaching package, you’ll get a $200 discount! Email me for details
  • Diane von Furstenberg: the secret to her success

    Ann Daly
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    The Woman I Wanted To Be is Diane von Furstenberg’s third book. And this time around, it’s not just about building a brand, it’s about building a legacy: “My goals had shifted. No longer was I striving to be financially independent. I was. I didn’t need to prove that the first time around wasn’t an accident. I had. What I wanted now was to turn a good company into a great company, to leave a legacy, something that would live beyond me. I had reached the age where you begin to think about what you leave your grandchildren and their children.” The 67-year-old designer, now…
  • Georgia O’Keeffe: the secret to creativity

    Ann Daly
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Georgia O’Keeffe commiserated with a young poet about how difficult it is to “listen to yourself and write from that.” Here’s what the painter advised — well before I talked about “doing 15 minutes of nothing a day”: She said the key is in free time. Give yourself an hour or two a day, all to yourself. Everyone has free time, but they don’t use it. I said I have time when I am walking to school. She said that wasn’t free; yes, I was walking, but I was walking to. That wasn’t free time. (From Weekends with O’Keeffe, by C.S. Merrill.) (PS…
  • Ann’s coaching reminders

    Ann Daly
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Here you go, this week’s compendium of coaching reminders. I hope they keep you going . . . or stop you dead in your tracks. “Seeing ourselves clearly is initially uncomfortable and embarrassing.” Pema Chodron Know the difference between what you’ve earned and what you “deserve.” “The most important thing is to have clarity. And it’s the hardest thing to have. It’s so painful, because that means you have to look at the truth.” Diane von Furstenberg Know the difference between what’s a cost and what’s an investment. Don’t use biology as an…
  • Thoughtful + intentional = confidence

    Ann Daly
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Parting is such sweet sorrow, and not just for Shakespeare. Saying farewell at the conclusion of a successful coaching engagement means that one more woman is owning her power and building the life or career of her dreams. That’s reason to rejoice! But, as I did this morning with “Moira,” it also means saying good-bye to someone I’ve grown quite fond of, and attached to. I’ll miss our weekly conversations, witnessing a smart and ambitious woman thoughtfully creating a life for herself and her family. Moira, an entrepreneur, is wise beyond her years, and here are…
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    World Of Female

  • When Your Girlfriend Talks, What Is She Really Saying?

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Its no secret that men have an incredibly difficult time understanding what women are really saying. Sure, they both speak the same language, but when a women talks, her phrases usually mean something totally different than expected. If you misread her, you could be in for a world of hurt, so we have assembled this simple guide to help you understand what your women really means when she speaks. *Note: If you have a bad memory, we suggest you to print this page out and keep it in your pocket. You never know when your girlfriend is going to spring
  • Car Accidents During Pregnancy: Risks and Prevention

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life; and, for most expectant moms, those nine months are a time for planning, dreaming and enjoying the experience of bringing life into the world. However, along with the excitement of impending motherhood comes a fair amount of anxiety concerning the health and well-being of both mother and child. Indeed, it’s extremely common for expectant moms to worry about every little thing, including issues and complications that are unforeseeable or unpreventable. Take car accidents, for example. Always cause for concern, crashes…
  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Husband Occupied on Sundays

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    10 Ways to Keep Your Husband Occupied on Sundays Now That Football Season is Over Football season has ended in the United States, and millions of men everywhere are in a depressed mood, wondering what to do now? For couples whose Sundays have been taken over by football from August through February, getting through every Sunday without football  in March, April, May, June and July can be a chore. Here are some ways to make Sundays more fun for your husband, and for yourself, until it’s time to watch grown men chase after the elusive pigskin once again. 1. Get creative
  • 5by20: The Coca-Cola Company is Changing Lives One Woman At A Time

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    Everyone loves a success story and it is always so heartwarming when we get to witness big business making a commitment to small business. In that arena, there are very few programs as awesome as the global commitment campaign, 5by20, from the Coca-Cola Company. As the name, 5by20, clearly indicates, through this program Coca-Cola Company plans to serve over 5 million women micro-entrepreneurs by providing them with crucial business assistance by the year 2020. Hence, 5 By 20! All around the world, women have played an essential role in the business community. However, just because they have…
  • Is Addiction the Same for Men and Women?

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    When it comes to health and wellness, we all know there are vast differences between men and women. And while the physical differences are the most obvious, lots of evidence points to differences in mental health, as well. Take addiction, for example. While it affects men and women in similar numbers, its effects on the sexes can be quite different. Keep reading to find out more about gender and addiction, as well as addressing these differences through treatment. How Addiction Differs Between Women and Men From cause to effect, addiction can vary wildly among men and women. First of all,
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    Witches' Brew | White Jesus Approved

  • Brew Bits: Richard Sherman’s Baby Bind

    Fleur Delacour
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Talk about timing! The Seattle Seahawks take on those cheating Patriots this Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX. Well Richard Sherman’s longtime girlfriend Ashley is expecting their first son any day. This could prove to be quite a conundrum for Sherman. I mean I’m a woman so I say you betta be bedside when that water breaks brother, but I’m sure some guys would see it differently. This could very well be the last time he plays in the Super Bowl, and if he skips it best believe that kid better never step out of line because he’ll be hearing this story forever! What say you…
  • Mya Is About Her Money

    Witch Hazel
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Mya is doing what she has to do to keep that mortgage paid and organic eggs in her fridge. The radio isn’t exactly checking for her these days, so a lady may have to body roll on stage next to a naked stripper, right? Mya put on the hits during a performance at Miami’s G5ive strip club on Friday, causing the interwebs to go nuts that the songstress and classically trained dancer would perform at de strih cluh. CLICK PIC TO WATCH (NSFW) CLICK FOR MYA SINGING CLICK FOR MORE DANCING Here’s how Twitter responded… It took Mya to hit a split and clap her thighs for people to…
  • Brew Bits: Rosie Exits + R&B Divas: Atlanta Done?

    Witch Hazel
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    After just four months on The View, Rosie Perez will not return to the show when her stint on Broadway is over. Perez was expected to take the month of January off to finish her role in the play “Fish in the Dark” and then return to the show, but Variety is reporting that she is not coming back. “Sources” say Rosie never fully caught the hang of the show’s flow or reading the TelePrompTer (shade!) but I’m guessing she’s the smart one who saw that the ship is sinking. FAST! And, don’t look for the R&B divas of the souf’ on your screen…
  • Brew Good Dude: Eminem

    Fleur Delacour
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    I love this story. One of my “Top Five”, Eminem, fulfilled a Michigan teen’s dying wish. Gage Garmo died Monday night, after a four year battle with bone cancer. Garmo’s friends started a Twitter campaign to let the rapper know that Garmo wanted to meet him, a Michigan organization then stepped to help. Em flew back and visited the 17-year-old one day before he died. R.I.P.
  • It’s a Wrap for VH1’s Sorority Sisters

    Witch Hazel
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    The legions of complaints and social media dragging worked because VH1 is bringing Sorority Sisters to a quick end. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: [T]he remaining three episodes of Atlanta-based “Sorority Sisters” are being burned off three in a row this Friday night. How badly does VH1 want to put this show into the grave? The final episode will start at the odd time of 11:10 p.m. and end just past midnight. Plus, it’s not even being repeated later that night for West Coast consumption. And Friday tends to be a relatively low TV consumption night. The move comes on the heels…
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  • What’s good about you

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    I know I know… you’re in shock! two posts in a row… well let’s just say I’ve had a bit of free time, and I’ve been thinking… and I thought I’d share… Anyway, so I was listening to this podcast and they were talking about how we usually focus on what we think is wrong with us and create New Year’s resolutions on that premise… but we often forget to think about what’s right with us, or what’s good about us… I was thinking about that, and I realized that it is sooooooo true, especially for us women…we focus…
  • Aaaaaaand We’re back! Happy 2015

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    I know, I know…I’m late as usual, and January is almost over, well let me tell you, January has been a very interesting month for me… for those of you who don’t know, I was preggo for most of 2014, and (finally) had the baby in November… so let’s just say things have been very interesting… For those of you telling your friends about my books (Impossible is Stupid, Because you deserve love), thank you so much, I’ve seen an upsurge of book orders in the past few months, and you best believe I’m using the money to buy my kid some clothes…
  • If He did it before

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If he did it before: I don’t know what it is about the human condition, but we are always so quick to forget all the amazing things that God has done for us. I find myself meditating these days on all the good things that God has done for me, and realizing that there is nothing to difficult or too scary, or too much for God. If God ever healed me before he has provided for my healing again. If God ever provided for my needs before, he is more than willing to provide for my needs again. If God ever gave me a good thing before He is eager to give me many more good things today. So instead…
  • What things soever you desire when you pray… believe

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I’ve been thinking about and meditating on this scripture lately: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Therefore I tellyou, all the things you pray and ask for–believe that you have received them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 People often say that God will give us all we need, but will not necessarily give us all we want. But the truth is that the Bible does not say that. The Bible says that Whatever we desire (wants) when we pray, as long as we believe, we will get it. No ifs ands or…
  • 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…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • 50 Shades of Suburbia: Gear Up For “Naked Month” at GIRLilla Warfare

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Valentine’s Day … 50 Shades of Grey (or 50 Shades of Highlights as we like to call it in Suburbia — I mean, really, who here does Grey?). Yes, it’s going to be a smokin’ hot month at GIRLilla Warfare, and we are going to tap into our vulnerability, our MOM-ability, our sexuality, our desires, our beauty, and our finances. So buckle your seatbelt, and put this on your Tuesday To-Do List kicking off in February: 1. “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman writes about how hurtful our kids’ rejections (You’re wearing THAT, Mom … Just…
  • Hot-Off-The-Press: ‘FUGITIVE COLORS’ Debuts In Paperback

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends – It’s been a crazy ride — juggling my book, the blog, and of course, THE FAM, but wouldn’t have my so-called life any other way. My award-winning debut novel FUGITIVE COLORS, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge on the “eve” of WWII, is now available in Paperback — with a whole new look. Pre-sales begin TODAY onAmazon, B & N, and IndieBound (pick your fave) … and for those who like to listen, check out the novel in audio. Of course … there’s still hardcover and Kindle versions. So…
  • GIRLilla Warfare’s 2015 “Top 10″ IN & OUT List

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: “The Beauty Babe”) From the explosion of Tinder Hookups to Kim Kardashian’s tabletop-sized butt, 2014 was truly a roller-coaster ride of seriously wacky pop culture and beauty trends. As the self-proclaimed yenta on all things trendy, I have consulted with my posse of experts to compile my Second Annual Beauty Babe’s IN & OUT List for 2015. 1. Competitive “Alpha” Yoga is So OUT, Authentic Mindful Yoga is IN. Full disclosure here … I have never taken a yoga class. This is due to my inability to touch my toes and the paralyzing fear of…
  • Wishing You & Your Family A Merry Christmas Filled With Joy & Laughter xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    24 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    May your Christmas sparkle with unforgettable moments of Love & Laughter, Peace & Presents, Family & Friends …  May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces who mean everything to you.   With Much Joy, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare
  • Happy Chanukkah — LIGHT IT UP With Latkes, Love & Laughter – xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends –  Spin the dreidel … Light the Menorah …  and Live it up on latkes for Eight Crazy Nights … May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces around the table who mean everything to you.   With Much Love, Joy & Laughter, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare 
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    Women You Should Know®

  • 12-Year-Old Defies The Odds Associated With Down Syndrome And Singing. Be Prepared To Be Inspired.

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Very few people with Down syndrome will ever be able to sing.” – Down Syndrome Education International. Well, this 12-year old girl won’t let those challenges get in the way of her dreams. Madison Tevlin loves to sing. Her commitment to learning vocal techniques and improving her skills in spite of the challenges she faces, is truly an inspiration. Performing a cover of John Legend’s song “All Of Me,” Madison defies the statistics and odds associated with having Down syndrome and singing. Hearing loss and short term memory are common effects of Down syndrome; the song has…
  • A Cheat Sheet For The Real-Life Women Featured In Lumberjanes Comic Series

    WYSK Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    By John Marcotte - Lumberjanes is easily one of the best all-ages books to come to comic-book stores in ages. And while anyone can read it, it has special importance for young girls. It shows girls that they can be the hero of the story and that it is OK to be different — without ever getting preachy or heavy-handed. Far from it, the book is a blast to read and stands on its own merits as entertainment, and it doesn’t resort to using morals or message as a crutch. The fact that it is subversively empowering for girls is just a bonus. Writers Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis have also…
  • The First-Ever Super Bowl Ad To Address Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    The chilling dialogue you hear is based on an actual 911 call. From the NO MORE campaign, and funded by the NFL, this is the first-ever Super Bowl ad to address domestic violence and sexual assault. A 30 second version of the PSA will air this Sunday, February 1, 2015, during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX. The post The First-Ever Super Bowl Ad To Address Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault appeared first on Women You Should Know®.
  • The Ohm-mazing Power Of Meditation… Here’s Scientific Proof For Why We Should All Be Doing It

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    In the latest, thought provoking video from the very smart people atAsapSCIENCE, they offer proof of the ohm-mazing power of meditation by breaking down its positive benefits from a cellular to a cerebral level. Now if only we could quiet our minds long enough to do it… The post The Ohm-mazing Power Of Meditation… Here’s Scientific Proof For Why We Should All Be Doing It appeared first on Women You Should Know®.
  • Apparently, My Butt Is The Issue

    WYSK Guest Contributor
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    By Rachel Brathen – I believe we should all live our lives in a way that’s true to who we are. For me, that means sharing what comes natural to me in the moment. Yoga and wine and beaches and airports and dogs and rants. It’s my life and it’s my responsibility to live a life of love, in whatever ways ring true to me. Today I went surfing and my friend snapped what I thought was a beautiful shot of me getting into the water, so I shared it. There is no filter here. No make-up. No wardrobe. No edits. Just me, my surfboard and the beach. Enter judgment. I’ve said it before –…
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    Its All About Women! | Its All About Women!

  • What Your New Year’s Resolutions Say About You…

    Denise ONeill
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Can you believe that it’s almost February? A whole month of 2015 has flown by and if you’re anything like me… This is about the time when all those resolutions and good intentions that have gone out the window…come back to “haunt” you! Told yourself you’re quitting sugar? You can still taste that delicious doughnut you had as a snack this morning! Made a promise that you’ll meditate every morning? You barely have time to breathe let alone count your breath as you rush through your hectic morning routine. So if you’re feeling a little disappointed and guilty about all those…
  • 5 Natural Ways to Fight Off Eczema

    Rachel Anderson
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    If you suffer from eczema, you want and need to seek relief. You can try expensive over-the-counter products or get a doctor prescription. These may work. But if you don’t want to slather chemicals on your skin… Check out these effective home remedies that help heal and soothe irritated skin from all types of eczema. Natural Eczema Cure #1: Bathe Properly Most medical professionals recommend short showers or baths to treat and prevent eczema outbreaks. Use lukewarm water to moisturize the skin, and avoid using bath bubbles. It’s advised to also limit using scented shampoo and…
  • How to Get Him Hopelessly Addicted to You

    Alex Carter
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Have you ever wondered how some women seem to be able to effortlessly get a man to shower his love, desire and attention on them? It doesn’t matter whether they just met or if they’ve been married for years… These women seem to know some kind of secret formula that gets their man to worship the ground they walk on and do almost anything they want. Plus, the guys just can’t get enough! They’re practically obsessed with these women. You’ve probably noted (maybe with a flicker of exasperation!) how men seem to fall over themselves to give these women everything they desire. So do…
  • 3 Keys to Creating a Life of Meaning & Purpose

    Kevin Schoeninger
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    When you make the decision to take charge of your life, it can feel empowering, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming! Perhaps you’ve experienced all of these emotions yourself: You’re taking better care of yourself (empowering), reading blogs and books on human potential and spiritual growth (exciting)… And realizing just how long the journey ahead of you might be (overwhelming). As if that weren’t enough, to add to these emotions, you find that even your thirst for knowledge has a downside — you feel bombarded with too much information! Cut Out the Clutter I know all about…
  • 7 Signs It’s a Cancerous Skin Mole

    Charles Davidson
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered about those skin moles on your body… Here’s a piece of trivia that might interest you: Most adults have 15 to 20 skin moles, somewhere on their skin. While most moles are completely harmless, which means they aren’t likely to cause any medical problems… Some can develop into various types of life-threatening cancers. So it’s a good idea to pay close attention to your skin moles and learn to tell the difference between the harmless moles… And the ones that are a hazard to your health. How Skin Moles Form All skin moles are caused by the melanocyte…
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    The Indie Chicks

  • 6 Lessons I Learned during My Divorce

    Terra Ash Bruxvoort
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    After marrying my high school sweetheart at 22 and divorcing at 24 my friends and family thought I’d lost my mind. I wasn’t able to make them feel much better when I couldn’t explain exactly why our marriage ended. I ... Read More The post 6 Lessons I Learned during My Divorce appeared first on The Indie Chicks.
  • What You Truly Need in Your Closet

    Britt Dussault
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the start of the new year not far behind us, it seems every fashion magazine, website, and blog is putting out yet another “10 Items Every Woman Needs In Her Closet” list. While they can be helpful, these guides tend ... Read More The post What You Truly Need in Your Closet appeared first on The Indie Chicks.
  • Am I Good Enough?

    Mari Corona
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The question “Am I Good Enough?” is a question that many of us may ask ourselves at some point in our lives. It is a question that especially comes up after a break up. One that we may sit with for ... Read More The post Am I Good Enough? appeared first on The Indie Chicks.
  • What It Means When You Can’t Stop Thinking about Your Ex

    Julie Zantopoulos
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    You have a crush and you just can’t stop thinking about him. Your phone beeps and your heart races. Oh God, you hope it’s him! You see his name in your inbox and you get butterflies, or you hear a ... Read More The post What It Means When You Can’t Stop Thinking about Your Ex appeared first on The Indie Chicks.
  • F*ck It and Get Out There

    Nada Qamber
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve always been the kind of person to run away from my problems; the kind to always hide whenever I get the sense that something in my life is about to drastically change. I would lock myself in my room, ... Read More The post F*ck It and Get Out There appeared first on The Indie Chicks.
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  • Throwback Thursday: “Where Did Our Love Go?” by the Supremes

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    It’s nearly impossible to believe, but prior to 1964, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard were known around their Motown label as the “no-hit Supremes.” But the women, who formed the Primettes (before signing to Motown as the Supremes) as a sister group to the Primes (who became the Temptations) when they were only in high school, definitely had the last laugh. “Where Did Our Love Go” became their first No. 1 hit in 1964 and it was all dazzling ball gowns, epic wigs, subtle choreographed dance moves, and international superstardom from there.Author: DAME
  • Dear Julie: “I’m Stuck In the Middle” + “My Friend's Breastfeeding Bothers Me”

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Tags: Dear Julie DAME’s Friendkeeper’s got advice for a woman playing therapist to her married besties, and another who can’t deal with her pal’s boobs in public. By Julie Klam
  • Entitlement Is Infecting Us With the Measles

    Kera Bolonik
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Tags: Parental Advisory Anti-vaxxers tend to be well-off and well-educated. And far more interested in the well-being of their kids than yours. By Kate Tuttle
  • What "Parenthood" Taught Me About Parenthood

    Kera Bolonik
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Tags: TV As the six-season drama wraps up, a father reflects on what he learned from watching Joel, Julia, "Bug," and Victor Graham work through their toughest times. By Scott Neumyer
  • Are We Finally Getting Down With Cunnilingus?

    Kera Bolonik
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Tags: Shameless Sex For so long, we’ve put our needs on the back burner. But our oral pleasure may finally be getting some much needed attention. By Rachel Kramer Bussel
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    Fifty Shades of Fantastic

  • Review - Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss vs It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Well everyone, please accept my apologies for such a lag in blog posts - but 2015 is a new year and we're back at again!Today I want to give you a review of both the Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss and the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss. The reason they're being reviewed together is to also compare them because some of their characteristics are quite similar. You'll see which one I prefer below. And links for purchasing them through Amazon are provided at the end for your convenience.Let's start with the Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss (pronounced "shan-tuh-kigh"). Description from…
  • More About Pilates

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    You may have seen the post I did about my Pilates reformer back in September (if not, you can read it here: Pilates Reformer - My Exercise Miracle) and I wanted to give you an update.This is still proving to be a fantastic form of exercise for me - especially the low impact cardio from the rebounder - no stress on my knees at all!  Since that post in September, I did purchase the head rest pillow - which I highly recommend - it makes your workouts so much more comfortable. I think it's around $30 and definitely worth it!Also, I discovered this 10 minute Arm Workout video for the reformer…
  • 2013 - A Year to Remember

    12 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    To my readers - I apologize for neglecting to post anything for a few months. We were blessed last year with our son getting engaged to his wonderful fiancé who we adore. And then 2013 ended with a bang when our youngest daughter and her fiancé announced after Thanksgiving that they had decided to push up the date for their wedding prior to his deployment in the military. As her default wedding planner, this gave me a mere six weeks to plan & execute the event. It ended up being an absolutely beautiful, intimate ceremony & reception, which was exactly what the two of…
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About a Colonoscopy But Were Afraid to Ask!

    18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    When we all reach the magic age of 50 it becomes time to get the dreaded "C" procedure ... drum roll please... the COLONOSCOPY. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can relax - I've had mine and it really was not a big deal. The anticipation of the procedure is much worse than the procedure itself. In fact, the before and after are worse than the actual procedure. But there are some important tips that I can give you to help make your procedure go as smoothly as possible (yes, pun intended, lol). These tips are the result of extensive research that I did before my own procedure. Some of…
  • Stay Calm & Get Your Mammogram!

    16 Oct 2013 | 7:00 am
    Ladies. This is very personal for me, so please listen. This is an important post to draw your attention to getting your annual mammogram. It has been a harrowing past two months leading up to getting my own results - please don't wait as long as I did.   August 30th began like any other day, ahead of me was a full check-list of things that I needed to get done, not the least of which was my routine appointment for my mammogram.  Even though I hadn't kept up with my mammograms on an annual basis and had in fact gone three years without one, I wasn't the slightest bit worried or…
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    Wealthcare For Women

  • A Lesson From Gaston Glock

    Russ Thornton
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thank you for all the replies and feedback from last week’s article about my adult developmental money model. I’ll be writing more about this concept soon, so please stay tuned. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Gaston Glock. In the early 80’s, the Austrian armed forces were interested in replacing a WWII-era pistol that had become obsolete. So they created an open competition and planned to award the contract to the winner. Gaston Glock, an experienced engineer, with no firearms experience or training, decided to give it a go. Glock had already worked with the…
  • Adult Developmental Money Model: Which Stage Are You?

    Russ Thornton
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    So the short version of what could easily become a long story goes like this . . . I had the good fortune of getting to know a great group of folks over the past couple of years. In this group was a CPA, a CFO, a manufacturer, an artist, an investment banker and a few other professionals, all of whom I’m happy to call friends. Each person in this group has made a lasting impact on me personally and professionally. They’re a smart bunch, and it was a continual learning experience. Today, I’d like to focus on just one of the people from this group. I’ll refer to him as…
  • Which Market Are You Referring To?

    Russ Thornton
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this week, I received an email from a client asking about whether the Dow (Jones Industrial Average) is a good indicator of the market. Here’s her question: Yesterday you mentioned that the Dow isn’t a good indicator for the market. How close is it to the funds we own and is there an indicator we can follow other than just looking at our accounts?  Do they both generally rise and fall at the same time or are they very different? Here’s my reply: The Dow Jones is only 30 companies, so it’s a microcosm of the overall market and not a good indicator of the broad…
  • An Important Lesson From Hickory, Indiana

    Russ Thornton
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Good morning. Today marks the first Wednesday of 2015. I hope your Wednesday and your New Year are both off to a great start. Imagine with me for just a moment . . . It’s 1952 in small-town Indiana. Let’s call this small town Hickory. A gentleman named Norman Dale arrives at the request of an old friend. Mr. Dale has come to Hickory to take the reins of the high school basketball team as their head coach. If any of this rings a bell for you, it’s because I’m describing the setting for the 1986 film Hoosiers. If you’ve never seen the film, I highly recommend it.
  • Spirit Of The Holidays

    Russ Thornton
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today is Christmas eve, and regardless of what you’re celebrating (or not) this season, I wish you, your family, and all your friends the happiest of holidays. And I hope 2015 will be your best year yet. Speaking of 2015, I’m taking next week off, so you won’t see a new weekly article from me, but if you’re starved for something to read, there are currently over 200 published articles on this website. I also have a “free resources” section and recently added a page of frequently asked questions (and answers). My next weekly article will be published on…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • Movie Review: Black or White

    Da Vinci
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We live in a world where discussing race often makes people uncomfortable.  I’m a firm believer that until we can discuss and accept our differences, we may not be able to move forward in a positive way.  Just as the difference between men and women, race isn’t something that can be igno... The post Movie Review: Black or White appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating

    Hannah Whittenly
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Overeating can be the result of a wide variety of factors, ranging from habits that a person grew up with to nervousness or stress. When overeating is not addressed, those that are looking to lose weight, or become healthier will often find themselves at a complete standstill. Here are five ways to ... The post Metabolism Realities: 5 Ways to Avoid Overeating appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Movie Review: The Boy Next Door

    Da Vinci
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Let me start off by saying, while we all know Jennifer Lopez is not the best actress I was still pretty hopeful going in to see The Boy Next Door.  It’s taken me a few days to compose myself to write this movie review because I wanted to make sure I convey my disappointment clearly and I wante... The post Movie Review: The Boy Next Door appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively

    Da Vinci
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’re all hard working individuals, but the truth of the matter is most of us don’t really spoil ourselves throughout the year. As we continue to think about our goals for financial freedom, we also have to consider how to treat ourselves within a budget. For many, receiving a tax refund... The post Ah Yes! Time For Your Tax Refund: 5 Ways To Spend It Effectively appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby

    Da Vinci
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    In today’s society, more people are having children before saying “I do” and are beginning to raise a family outside of marriage. Although less people are worrying about walking down the aisle before having a child, there are many benefits to waiting until after the wedding day. Wh... The post The Benefits of Waiting till after You Get Married to Have a Baby appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Of Means and Ends

  • Time to stop running from abortion rights

    Rebecca Griffin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Democrats have been playing defense on abortion rights for years. They embraced what felt to them like a reasonable compromise with “safe, legal and rare,” but that formulation ignores the reality of women’s need to access abortion care. Contributing to a framework that implies the only “correct” response to an abortion is regret and emotional turmoil reinforces abortion stigma and feeds the cycle that prevents us from having an open and honest discussion. As Katha Pollitt adeptly argues in Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, we should embrace abortion as a…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Comedian Liz Miele invents feminist sex positions. Brittney Cooper on “Selma” and the clueless white gaze. Why “Selma” is more than fair to LBJ. Bjork calls out sexism in the music industry. A teacher in Mississippi found a creative solution to get around prohibitions on demonstrating proper condom use. In another reminder about why focusing so much on women’s drinking is problematic, a football player’s lawyer is blaming “campus drinking culture” for rape.  Filed under: weekend reading
  • 42 years after Roe, some people want a fetus to have more rights than you

    Rebecca Griffin
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Forty-two years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that women have a legal right to obtain abortions. You would hope that after that many decades, a woman’s bodily autonomy would be respected and the issue would be settled. Of course, there are still many people out there who think a fetus deserves more rights than a full-grown human being. A prime example of this is a recently-released, supremely creepy anti-abortion video. The video shows three white Christian men all saying “I had an abortion.” They express regret and apologize for allowing the women in their lives to…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Rachel Rinaldo on how Islam and feminism are not at odds. The hilarious Jenny Slate talks about reproductive rights in the acceptance speech for her well-deserved Critics’ Choice Award. What Cosby, “Selma” and Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness. A pastor in Colorado stopped a woman’s funeral when he found out she was a lesbian. How “Selma” is a horror movie. The Toast tears down tropes of bad interviews with women writers. There are only three countries where your boss is more likely to be a woman. Aziz Ansari trolls Rupert Murdoch over…
  • Diving into the men-only swimming pool: the history of women in the US Senate

    Rebecca Griffin
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The female senator who kept to herself was derisively called “Silent Hattie.” The one who made a point of engaging and having a near-perfect record for voting was said to have a “fetish” for it. It should come as no surprise that the first women in the US Senate struggled to find their place in a male-dominated institution. Liza Mundy’s fascinating piece for Politico about the history of women in the Senate shows the trajectory from those early twentieth century days to the significant but incomplete progress we’ve made today.  There are still merely…
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    The Single Diaries

  • Our Favorite Posts

    Jennifer Hacker
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jen & Catherine Share Their Favorite Posts from The Single Diaries As we slowly wind down the site, there has been quite a bit of reflection on what The Single Diaries has meant to Catherine and I. We took some time to go back through our year and half of posts and pick out the ones […]
  • Our Year (and a half) with The Single Diaries

    Catherine Abalos
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What The Single Diaries taught us in eighteen months In eighteen months, we left jobs, enjoyed funemployment, explored our cities, dated, traveled, moved, discovered more about ourselves, and learned hundreds of lessons. Every week on The Single Diaries, we shared personal experiences and life lessons we found along the way after college. As we prepare to […]
  • Saying Goodbye to The Single Diaries

    Jennifer Hacker
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Time to turn the page and start a new chapter We can’t become what we need to be by remaining who we are. – Oprah It’s hard to believe we are sharing this post, but this will be our final month of The Single Diaries. This site has been such a huge part of our lives for […]
  • Your January Calendar| Single Girl Out ‘n About

    Jennifer Hacker
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Start the year right with a month of fun and festivities! Happy New Year! I can hardly believe 2015 is already here. It feels like each year goes by faster than the last. One of my resolutions for 2015 is to make the most out of every month. I’ve always considered January – March the […]
  • 5 Habits to Drop in 2015

    Catherine Abalos
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Catherine shares 5 habits to leave behind for the new year Over the years I’ve realized the power of positivity which, for the new year, usually means focusing on the goals we want to accomplish. However, during a very telling self-reflection after my job burnout last summer, I realized the only way to truly evolve […]
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  • Power #fitness: Tabata workout you can do whenever you feel like it

    Helena Negru
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Many women who want to exercise are stuck in a web of tricky questions, the main topic of them being what type of exercise should they take up, in terms of effectiveness and time management. “Spending one hour at the gym really equals with 5 minutes a day? Should I go for a medium intensity workout at the gym or for a high intensity interval training? Or a SMIT? And what is SMIT, in the first place?” If this sounds like you, skip the questions and go for a power fitness Tabata workout. It belongs to the high intensity exercises category and takes 15 minutes to do, but the afterburn effect…
  • Kids deal with body image issues as soon as 10 years old

    Helena Negru
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Body image issues are seen as being common in adults and teens, but a new study reveals that girls as young as 10 years old are already dieting. Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization which reviews the media content targeted to kids and young teens revealed their conclusions in a shocking study. The study proves that kids deal with body image issues as soon as they understand the concept of body image. This is related to the high exposure to the dieting and skinny role models shown in the media. 80% of all American girls under 10 had been dieting While the parents are unaware of their…
  • Nay Seal sniper Chris Kyle talks about “American Sniper”

    Helena Negru
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle stops by to talk to Conan O’Brien about his new book “American Sniper” The post Nay Seal sniper Chris Kyle talks about “American Sniper” appeared first on ✌ VIIVA.COM.
  • Check out Luke Bryan’s Tour Dates and More Exciting News

    Helena Negru
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Luke Bryan announced during a press conference that he is about to start his 2015 Kick the Dust Up Tour, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, May 8th , making his fans really happy. Luke Bryan’s Dust Up Tour The country star will be touring USA, covering Tennessee, Minnesota, Ohio, Detroit and California. He also announced that he’ll be doing two shows in big cities, so Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas fans will have a double share of music. Luke Bryan made another huge announcement for his fans, as he declared his last Spring Break shows will be held in Panama City Beach, Fl., March 11…
  • Woman degrading: forced to strip naked to prove she’s a woman

    Helena Negru
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Woman degrading is not uncommon nowadays, despite the fact we live in a century dominated by “politically correct”: we find signs of this practice all around us, ranging from the most common type, which is paying smaller salaries to women, compared to men. However, when woman degrading is merged with racism, you have a different sort of gender issues. Used to woman degrading since childhood Genoveva Anonma, an African footballer, born in Equatorial Guinea, struggled with woman degrading issues since she was a child. First, she had to face gender stereotypes, as she was the only girl in…
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    Paris To Go

  • Our Apartment Part III

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
        Emmanuel Vivier and Becoming a Parisian took these photos at our place (La Reine de l'Iode has a report). We lived months without a sofa, waiting for the delivery of a made-to-order Ploum. It ended up being too big in the apartment and we got the same couch all our friends have. My husband invited a few over to celebrate the occasion.When Americans don't have a lot of clothes or furniture, their home, wardrobe, and by extension, their life is deemed sub-functional. In Paris, stuff gets in the way. Parisians love to congregate in the kitchen or on the balcony, and…
  • Paris by Arrondissement

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    I'm prone to cry stereotyping at the slightest provocation- when Instagram shows me photos "popular in your country," for instance, and they're popular only in Thailand or Korea- but many Paris arrondissement guides are written by people so biased, their blood type is Abercrombie & Fitch. Don't shy away from Belleville and Chateau-Rouge for the leafy 16th. Here's a rundown of my favorites by arrondissement (you'll have to Google certain things. I'm not Wikipedia):  Other Attractions: The Louvre, Tuileries (Twee-luh-ree), Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Tour de l'Horloge du Palais…
  • Home Studio: Artist and Author Aimee Lee

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
      Joomchi, paper bricks"It's a bit of a disaster zone," Aimee Lee says of her apartment. "Please excuse the mess." The place is spotless. Though nearly a century old, it looks brand new and freshly scrubbed. Sunlight floods the windows and there's a nice, crisp smell to the air, not the cloying fragrance of aerosols or synthetic chemicals, just the faint, reassuring scent of a clean home. Lee arrived only a few hours earlier, after a trip to Japan and Korea and a grueling teaching schedule at Oberlin, so I don't know how she found time to meet me, much less tidy everything up.
  • Mason's Creamery

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
        Cleveland's had plenty of disappointments- it's the Candide of postindustrial cities- but food was always something to be proud of. When the whole world watched the river catch fire and the steel mill close and LeBron jerseys burn, at least we had microbrews, corned beef hash, and 5 lb. grilled cheese sandwiches keeping us warm during seven month-long Lake Erie winters. Mason's Creamery is one of those places that makes you forget the ghosts. Paris has Michelin stars and Cleveland has small batch ice cream shops where you walk in, the owners tell you their story, and…
  • Decluttering the Linen Closet

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Pinterest results for "linen closet declutter" reveal the dark side of penny-pinching- couponing and wholesale clubs turn soccer moms into Collyer brothers-level hoarders. Yushan villagers in China's Hubei province don't stock five 24-packs of Dial to reduce Costco runs, and their only connection with the outside world is a 1000-yard zipline 400 metres above the valley floor. If you need dividers, baskets, or organizers in your closet, you have too much.Simplifying linens is a secondary step towards a minimalist wardrobe. It's easier to part with towels and sheets than the flannel shirt…
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    Jennifer Stinnett

  • Meet Bo: My Obese, Deaf, Senior Adopted Dog

    Jennifer Stinnett
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Well 2014 is ending on a great note! I added to my little family a new addition – an Australian Shepard named Bo! (seen above) Isn’t he adorable? This past weekend, the Pet Alliance of Orlando ran a great campaign which allowed anyone to adopt a dog over the weekend for free. How generous was that? Especially since most of these dogs / cats being surrendered had to have vet checks, shots, medication, etc. All that came free if I adopted a dog! (or a cat for others) I had been planning on getting a dog since my Aussie Shepard / Border Collie mix moved on to the farmhouse of dogs in…
  • Happiness Around the World

    Jennifer Stinnett
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Many people work to be happy … happier if they make more money, happier if they have the perfect significant other, happier if they have a new home, happier if that have that job promotion … the list goes on! Interesting study done by the Happy Planet Index provides the following infographic on the state of every country and it’s happiness level. So who ranks as the number one place of happiness? … not the USA or Australia … in fact both countries are low on the happiness level. Check out the happiest place in our world and see where your country ranks out of the…
  • Santa Knew I’d Be On The Naughty List A Lot!

    Jennifer Stinnett
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Family is always something special. You grow up with them, live with them, go through turmoil with them, everything in your life is done with your family around in one way or another. This past month I had the opportunity to spend some time with my grandparents in Wisconsin. My grandmother has been going through old photos and provided me an envelope full of what I like to call … “vintage memories”. Because “Vintage Memories” sounds a LOT better than … pre-historic Jennifer years. In this envelope she had some of my early and elementary year photos. Like…
  • I Have A New Assistant – Evil Assistant No.1

    Jennifer Stinnett
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    I’ve been on a mission to improve my time management skills and to incorporate a more balanced lifestyle. All work and no play makes Jennifer a cranky girl. Part of this process has been to locate apps and procedures that can help my productivity and keep me on track! In the beginning of this year I had an iPhone and I loved utilizing Siri to schedule appointments. She was quick, got the information right and scheduled things on my calendar. I have since moved on to Samsung / Andriod. I do prefer Andriod but looking back … I miss Siri and some of the capabilities. Scheduling…
  • Week Six: Participate In Local Tourist Entertainment

    Jennifer Stinnett
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Well, keeping with my #20NewThings program I decided to do something a little goofy … participate in local tourist entertainment. Living in Orlando, Florida you may have expected me to head out to one of many numerous theme parks. Did I? No .. why? because I’ve been to them and we’re doing something new. So over to one of those discount everything sites, I found the local CSI Experience available for a price of $12 to participate. I was excited … a whole CSI event for $12?? Could it be true? It was … and it’s what I like to now refer to as CSI: Orlando.
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    Hers.today | Different news for different mood

  • Rodney Dangerfield

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    “Life is just a bowl of pits.”
  • Vivien Leigh

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    “Dear Lord, I’m so grateful I’m still loved.”
  • Matthew Arnold

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    “Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.”
  • Pat Conroy

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    “I’ve always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position.”
  • Henny Youngman

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”
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  • Simple Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy

    4 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It is imperative for women to understand their body as they enter different phases of their life, to and be able to foresee common problems that come with age. What the body of a... The post Simple Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • Weight Training For Women – Get Big Time Benefits

    3 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Why isn’t weight training for women more popular? Some women fear they will build too much muscle and lose their feminine shape. This isn’t true as women don’t have enough testosterone to make that... The post Weight Training For Women – Get Big Time Benefits appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • What All Women Should Know About Hair Extensions

    3 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    For many ladies, it seems that whatever you do, you just can’t get your hair to look like the one that your favourite Hollywood celebrity is currently sporting. You always have frizzy, dry and... The post What All Women Should Know About Hair Extensions appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • Dressing for Success – Style Extras

    2 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    STYLE EXTRAS If you want to add a spark of unique creativity to the clothes you wear then it’s all about choosing the right accessories. Beautifully cut neutral colored clothes can act as the... The post Dressing for Success – Style Extras appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • How To Wear Perfume Correctly – Get The Maximum Benefit From Your Perfume

    2 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    The right perfume goes a long way to helping you express your personality and become more attractive. You’ve probably spent a great deal of time and effort to select the right fragrance, as you... The post How To Wear Perfume Correctly – Get The Maximum Benefit From Your Perfume appeared first on 24Ladies.
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    Women Fitness Magazine

  • A Guy Reveals the First-Date Red Flags That Can Scare Dudes Away

    Women Fitness Magazine
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine Good-to-know info straight from the source. If you find yourself on a date with an upstanding guy (which I hope you do), then he’s probably doing more than switching his gaze between your face and your breasts and wondering if you two will be in bed in two hours. He’s actually listening to what you say and observing how your carry yourself on this first date. Hopefully he likes what he sees and hears, and nothing scares him off—but if you never hear from him again, there’s a good sign he noticed one of these red flags, all of which are completely…
  • See How Much the “Perfect” Female Body Has Changed Over 100 Years

    Women Fitness Magazine
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for this actress’s waist or that singer’s legs, remember this: The silhouette of the “ideal woman” changes year over year, so the physical qualities we embrace today are often at odds with those from previous generations. To prove our point, we’re taking a closer look at body ideals over the last 100 years—which shows that, as they say on Project Runway, “In fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.” VIA GREATIST Disco! Jumpsuits! Bellbottoms! This decade was…
  • Ways to Get Rid of Butt Acne

    Women Fitness Magazine
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine Active women are especially prone to buttne. Find out why—and how to say goodbye to the bumps.   Ever run your hand across your back side only to find that the skin is sporting some pimples? You’re so not alone. Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist, explains exactly what these little bumps are: folliculitis. “The bumps are formed by dead skin cells and bacteria in the hair follicles.” Well, that’s gross. And unfortunately, women who work out are particularly prone to buttne (read on to find out why). There is some good news,…
  • Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

    Women Fitness Magazine
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we’ve ever printed Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively forWomen’s Health by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn’t it be great if therewas a magical lower abs workout?), so you’ll burn more fat while toning up. Directions Do these workout moves three nonconsecutive days…
  • What Guys Really Think About Your Pubic Hair

    Women Fitness Magazine
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Women Fitness Magazine A new study surveyed men on down-there ‘dos. We seriously doubt any guy would retreat if he came to find you had the “wrong” downstairs hairstyle, but a new study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that most men prefer hair-free lady parts. For the study, researchers asked 1,110 college-aged men and women how they maintained their pubic hair, the reasons behind their styles, and how they preferred their sexual partners groom down below. It turns out, the vast majority of both men and women keep things tidy down there: Ninety-five percent of the study…
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    The Women Talk

  • Easy and Fun Valentine’s Art Activities for Kids

    Erica Loop
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Valentine's Day is coming up! Here are some easy and fun Valentine's Art Activities for Kids that you can enjoy as a family. The post Easy and Fun Valentine’s Art Activities for Kids appeared first on The Women Talk.
  • Valentine’s Day Treats to Enjoy with Your Loved Ones

    Rachel Cook
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    In case you are looking for some inspiration, here are some Valentine's Day Treats you can enjoy with your loved ones or your special someone. The post Valentine’s Day Treats to Enjoy with Your Loved Ones appeared first on The Women Talk.
  • Winter Fun Activities: Snow Science for Toddlers

    Erica Loop
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    Instead of just watching the snow from afar, your toddler can get hands-on and explore it with a science activity or two. These winter fun activities will help your child learn while having fun. The post Winter Fun Activities: Snow Science for Toddlers appeared first on The Women Talk.
  • Delicious Vegetarian Super Bowl Snacks

    Rachel Cook
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Football season is here! In case, you have vegetarian friends coming over these delicious vegetarian super bowl snacks are worth a try. The post Delicious Vegetarian Super Bowl Snacks appeared first on The Women Talk.
  • 10 Winter themed Books for Toddlers

    Erica Loop
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    When the weather gets too chilly to play outside, get one of these 10 awesome winter themed books for toddlers and snuggle up for a read-aloud story session. The post 10 Winter themed Books for Toddlers appeared first on The Women Talk.
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    Gracie Guru

  • Helping With The Divorce Blues

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    28 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The post Helping With The Divorce Blues appeared first on Gracie Guru. Many people feel that a divorce means that they have made a mistake or failed to create a happy marriage. But the truth is that divorce can happen to all types of people, in all kinds of circumstances. Like most of life’s curveballs, divorce can offer you an opportunity to understand, grow and make necessary ... The post Helping With The Divorce Blues appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do?

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    26 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    The post Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do? appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and my boyfriend has become been so clingy and it’s making everything harder on me.  I don’t think I want to break up because we have been dating for almost a year but I just need some space to be able to think about what I’m going through and ... The post Boyfriend Has Become So Clingy – What To Do? appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week.

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    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The post Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru. The post Time to declutter! Organize your closet, storage space, or garage this week. appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps

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    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The post How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps appeared first on Gracie Guru. A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. – William Shakespeare Friends are good, but great friends are awesome. So, what separates the two? Well, it’s definitely not magic. Being a great friend comes down to a ... The post How To Be A Stellar Friend In 4 Simple Steps appeared first on Gracie Guru.
  • I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career?

    gracie guru
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The post I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career? appeared first on Gracie Guru. Q: Within months after graduation I landed my first job in finance. I was ecstatic to be making some decent money after my poor college days and for awhile it was all enough for me. But in the last two years I have begun to feel stagnant in my role, and that has started to make me feel bad ... The post I’m not where I want to be. How do I progress my career? appeared first on Gracie Guru.
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    The Women Who

  • Karrie Keyes

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Celebrating Women For Who We Are at www.thewomenwho.com Karrie Keyes is a woman who knows rock ‘n’ roll. She is the monitor engineer for
 Pearl Jam, a gig she has held for over 20 years after starting out doing sound for punk 
bands in Los Angeles in 1986. She was mentored by Dave Rat of Rat Sound and worked with him to establish Rat Sound as the empire it is today. Karrie also worked as the monitor 
engineer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers 
from 1990-2000, as well as heavyweights like Sonic Youth, Fugazi, and Neil Young. How did you first find you were interested in…
  • Emily Toxward

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Celebrating Women For Who We Are at www.thewomenwho.com Emily Toxward describes herself as a word stylist, freelance writer, nosey journalist, and nagging wife who doesn’t worry about the ‘what ifs’. She is mother to three and runs Have A Laugh On Me, a blog about the frustrations and funnies of being a mum and woman, as well as her business Write Styling. What was the catalyst for you starting Have A Laugh On Me? I needed to express the many emotions that I was feeling as a mum who worked from home; the biggest of this was frustration! Being home alone with kids can be…
  • Sarah Walker

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Celebrating Women For Who We Are at www.thewomenwho.com Sarah Walker is a Melbourne-based photographer specialising in theatre production and promotional photography. Sarah is a finalist for the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize and took time out from her extremely busy schedule to chat about working as a photographer in the arts, her experiences both behind the camera and onstage as well her upcoming project, The Art Olympics. How did your passion for photography first come about and when did you realise this is what you were meant to be doing in your life? When you ask most…
  • Belle Brockhoff

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Celebrating Women For Who We Are at www.thewomenwho.com Belle Brockhoff started skiing at the age of three then picked up snowboarding at the age of ten. Three weeks later she won her first snowboard Interschool nationals and hasn’t looked back since. We asked this trickster what it was like to be at the Sochi Olympics and her role as a beyondblue ambassador. How did you first become interested in snowboarding, and decide to create a career of sport? When I was 9, my mum bought her first snowboard which I became quite jealous of and wanted one. So for my 10th Birthday I was given my first…
  • Anne Aly

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Celebrating Women For Who We Are at www.thewomenwho.com Anne Aly is the Founding Chair of PAVE – People against Violent Extremism and a board member of the Council for Australian Arab Relations (Dept Foreign Affairs & Trade).  She speaks with us about her motivations, projects and about the importance of social research, particularity as an influence upon Government policy. Your project Tweeting for God caught my eye, what was the catalyst for this research? There are a lot of assumptions made about social media and its influence particularly on violent extremism and terrorism. The…
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    Sweetie Bomb

  • How to Remove Clogged Pores Mark?

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The battle against marks and scarring from clogged pores can become a nightmare, and there is little that can be done for it on a budget. When the pores become clogged eruption can occur causing a pimple, and these can easily become open lesions. In some instances these lesions will lead to scarring. There are some things that you can do to reduce or eliminate clogged pores marks. Mind you, it is a process. You won’t do the treatment and see results in a week, but over time you will minimize and even eliminate acne scarring from clogged pores. When
  • What’s Really In Your Birth Control?

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Ladies, what is in your birth control can be pretty scary! These are things many of us cannot even pronounce let alone know what it is all doing to out bodies. In breaking it down we will explore what is the best birth-control out there, and which ones you may want to shy away from all together. Let’s face it, condoms are just no that great at protection alone. Note that they should be used regardless in the prevention of STD’s, but with birth control a little extra protection is definitely needed. After all, how many plan B’s can you
  • How Texting Affects the Quality of Your Relationship

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Many recent studies have indicated that texting can have harmful effects on your relationships. In its early phases, a relationship can suffer due to texting because it’s difficult to express tone via text. And if that’s the only way you and your new guy communicate you could be sending each other mixed messages. Some texting is obviously fine but make sure you put in plenty of face time and maybe the occasional phone call. MUST READ:  Preventing Infidelity: How To Avoid An Emotional Affair Later in a relationship, texting is still harmful. Couples that report that they used texting to
  • Which Recipe Did Beyonce Use For Her Lemon Juice Diet?

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Lemon juice diet has become very popular due to its amazing results. Beyonce an RnB singer confirmed on Oprah’s show to using it to lose nine kilograms for her role in the Dream girl’s movie in 2006. This diet’s recipe was first created by Stanley Burroughs in the year 1940 which is meant to clean the body off accumulating toxins and congestions. It has gained popularity due to the book written by Peter Glickman by the name “Lose weight, Have More Energy and be happier in 10 days”. MUST READ:  Lemon Juice Diet: The Bitter Taste of Otherwise Sweet Results
  • 5 Things to Do When You Find Out Your Man is Gay

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Making the decision to come out can be a tough one so if your boyfriend tells you he’s gay, there are a few do’s and don’ts that you absolutely must abide by. It may seems like the relationship is going smoothly and you’re doing regular couple-y things like moving in together and taking romantic trips and seemingly out of nowhere he tells you he’s gay. Break-ups are hard but this kind of break up is different. Here’s how to deal:      Support him. Like I said, coming out is hard- try not to make it harder for him. Listen to
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    Multi niche

  • How to Talk to Girls | How to Approach Attractive Girls to Impress her

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS Do you start stuttering and forgetting your own name any time you talk to girls? If so, then it’s time to kick up your game a few notches so you can hold your own in a conversation and catch a girl’s interest in no time at all. To talk to […]
  • Ovulation Symptoms | Know if you’re Pregnant or Not

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    OVULATION SYMPTOMS If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’re probably looking for signs of ovulation, in order to work out what day you’ll ovulate – so you can then have intercourse, hopefully resulting in a pregnancy. When you ovulate, you have a short window of time to conceive before the egg starts to die, so […]
  • Anger Management | Anger Control and How to Reduce Stress Pro Tips

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    HOW TO CONTROL ANGER Everybody gets angry on circumstance. If you are experiencing irresistible rage, however, it could be damaging your mental and physical health. It can also be indicative of underlying problems, such as anger management issues or mental disorder. It is really very important to control your emotions and calm yourself down for […]
  • How to Lose Weight | Weight loss Diet, Tips and BMI Index Calculator to Monitor at Home

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    How to Lose Weight: Fast, Easy Tips You know the drill when it comes to losing weight: take in fewer calories, burn more calories. But you also know that most diets and quick weight-loss plans don’t work as promised. If you’re trying to drop a few pounds fast, these expert tips will make it easy […]
  • How to Make Out with Your Sexy Girl Friend | Pro Tips on French Kissing

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    HOW TO MAKE OUT While kissing someone you like for even a few seconds can be electrifying or intense enough on its own, making out takes kissing to a new level. If you want to make out the right way, then you have to know how to sustain your passion, mix things up, and make […]
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