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  • 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…
  • 11 Healthy Reasons to Drink More Green Tea

    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online
    Rebecca Xu
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Green tea originated in China over 4,000 years ago and remains one of the most widely consumed herbs today. Slide Title:  Anticancer Properties Image:  Image Caption:  Igor Korionov/PhotoSpin Image Text:  Regular green tea drinkers have less bladder, esophageal, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. One study showed that women who drank two or more cups of green tea every day were 46% less likely to get ovarian cancer. Slide Title:  Relaxation and Calming Image:  Image Caption:  MonkeyBusiness Images/PhotoSpin Image Text:  Drinking green tea can reduce…
  • Branding Tips for Entrepreneurs Digital Hollywood

    Power Women | Online Brand | Linda Sherman | Its Different For Girls
    Linda Sherman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Personal Branding and Company Identity panel from Digital Hollywood October 22 with Dawn Nadeau, co-founder IAmElemental Toys; Julie Spira, CyperDating Expert; Debra Fine, CEO I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles; Kirsty Spraggon, founder KirstyTV; Liz Heller, founder Buzztone; Kate Neligan, founder SynergyTV Network. Moderated by myself, Linda Sherman, co-founder, Courage Group I will be posting the video archive of the session as it becomes available. Topics Covered: – Why your personal brand is important – Personal Brand transition – Power and Passion of current…
  • Thought Leadership Development Through Twitter: My TriplePundit Interview

    Learned On by Andrea Learned
    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…
  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi: A Remarkable Afghan Change Agent

    The Women's International Perspective
    Katharine Daniels
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    On October 29, the MIIS Community met Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a self-described ‘social entrepreneur’ from Afghanistan. Immersed in The WIP nearly every day, it is rare to meet a woman who can and does change the course of what I feel a certain future will look like. Yesterday reminded me that each of us has the opportunity to create social change and make the future a better place – one day, one article, or one student at a time. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi lights the way. Dr. Sakena Yakoobi speaks with Najia Lodin, MIIS student from Afghanistan. October 29, 2014. Photograph courtesy of the…
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  • 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…
  • The Price of a Million-Dollar Smile

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

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

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

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

    Linda Sherman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Personal Branding and Company Identity panel from Digital Hollywood October 22 with Dawn Nadeau, co-founder IAmElemental Toys; Julie Spira, CyperDating Expert; Debra Fine, CEO I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles; Kirsty Spraggon, founder KirstyTV; Liz Heller, founder Buzztone; Kate Neligan, founder SynergyTV Network. Moderated by myself, Linda Sherman, co-founder, Courage Group I will be posting the video archive of the session as it becomes available. Topics Covered: – Why your personal brand is important – Personal Brand transition – Power and Passion of current…
  • Models Beware Fake Agency Skype Scams

    Linda Sherman
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It is every parent’s nightmare. Their daughter is lured into having nude photos taken by a scam artist who then threatens her. It should be the nightmare of every model as well. Illustration by Ray Gordon Recently, a modeling site posted this alert to their models on their private profile portals: We have been notified from users, receiving messages from false agencies/businesses. Please be wary of who you talk too (sic), potential scams and false agencies.  We have disabled user messaging. Here is how to avoid it: Promises that sound like your dream come true of a modeling opportunity…
  • Personal Branding and Company Identity Panel Digital Hollywood

    Linda Sherman
    3 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    If you realize how important your personal brand is, you do not want to miss this panel. These six panelists have valuable insights to share from their rich experience in business, creating brands as companies and personally. We will appear at Digital Hollywood May 7, 10:45am in the Ballroom Terrace, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marina del Rey. Update: Same themed panel Oct 22, 2014 10:45am BallRoom Terrace, Ritz Carlton Transcript from Personal Branding and Company Identity Panel May 7, 2014 Our Personal Branding and company identity session is part of the Women’s Entertainment and Technology…
  • Personal Branding for Power Women Panel

    Linda Sherman
    21 Oct 2013 | 1:38 pm
    I am pleased to be moderating a great panel focused on personal branding at the upcoming Digital Hollywood conference October 23rd. Thank you Victor Harwood and Lori Schwartz for adding the very valuable Women’s Track to Digital Hollywood! The official name of this track is: Women’s Entertainment and Technology Summit. If you are in Los Angeles, I hope you will be joining us! My moderation style is to interview each of the panelists before a panel. I find this allows me to ferret out stories in advance and enables me to lead a quick moving interactive panel with meaty content. It also…
  • My Wonderful Trip to Mauritius with Francoise Morechand

    Linda Sherman
    24 Sep 2013 | 4:46 am
    This week several of my travel blogger friends are traveling to Mauritius as part of a trip called MyMauritius. You can find their trips on Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus and Instagram with the hashtag #MyMauritius. Of course they will be blogging as well. Melvin Boecher, owner of Travel Dudes describes the itinerary. As CEO of Club Med Japan, I had the pleasure of visiting many fabulous resorts around the world. Mauritius remains my favorite. Why? – Gorgeous beaches – Multilingual population – Combination of the best qualities of the French, British and Portuguese influences…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • 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…
  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

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

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

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

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

  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi: A Remarkable Afghan Change Agent

    Katharine Daniels
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    On October 29, the MIIS Community met Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a self-described ‘social entrepreneur’ from Afghanistan. Immersed in The WIP nearly every day, it is rare to meet a woman who can and does change the course of what I feel a certain future will look like. Yesterday reminded me that each of us has the opportunity to create social change and make the future a better place – one day, one article, or one student at a time. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi lights the way. Dr. Sakena Yakoobi speaks with Najia Lodin, MIIS student from Afghanistan. October 29, 2014. Photograph courtesy of the…
  • A Tourist in North Korea

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    by Kim Wall, The Atlantic, USA – It was early summer, a time for rice planting and balmy weather, yet North Korea’s first ski resort was open. Masikryong is a complex of nine slopes, imported ski lifts, and grand ambitions to host international tournaments. The nine-floor chalet had a mahjong room, swimming pool, sauna, and spa, complete with peculiar Japanese full-body driers. Its shop sold European ski gear, cheeses, chocolate cake, and Spam—most of it expired—plus a 16-liter glass bottle of traditional snake liquor, with two suffocated serpents tangled up inside. Besides the…
  • Unstoppable: Two Workers Risking Lives to Fight Bonded Labour in Sindh

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Dawn, Pakistan – A former bonded labourer and a doctor. A Hindu woman and a Muslim man with the same vision and determination; when they get together, you feel that anything is possible in Pakistan. I first met them last year while filming a television series in Karachi. The doctor was soft spoken and careful with his words, the labourer was loud and forceful. They both live and work in interior Sindh. They have both been threatened with force, one of them has been beaten numerous times and the other has never given in to pressure or bribes. Together, they…
  • Controversial mega-dam project cancelled

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    SANTIAGO (Santiago Times) According to Chile’s financial press, Endesa, a Spain-based multinational company, discarded a plan to build three hydroelectric dams on the river Futaleufú in the northern Patagonian region of Los Lagos. NGO Futaleufú Riverkeeper had fought against the project since its inception, but director Robert Currie warned that the dispute wasn’t over as Endesa still owns rights to parts of the fast-flowing trans-Andean river. Read More »
  • Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’

    BBC News - Home
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    An advance party of 10 Iraqi Kurd fighters have entered the Syrian border town of Kobane to join the battle against Islamic State militants, activists say.
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 10 Tips For Parents of Children With ADHD

    Rheyanne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    For parents of children newly diagnosed with ADHD, it may seem overwhelming at first to adjust your life to best accommodate your children. Slide Title:  1) Build a relationship with your child's teacher Image:  Image Caption:  PhotoSpin Image Text:  “It is critical that parents discuss what they have found to work with their child with the teacher so those methods can be utilized at school as well,” said Nekeshia Hammond, a licensed psychologist specializing in children, teens and families. “Similarly, parents should also listen when the teacher provides…
  • 11 Healthy Reasons to Drink More Green Tea

    Rebecca Xu
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Green tea originated in China over 4,000 years ago and remains one of the most widely consumed herbs today. Slide Title:  Anticancer Properties Image:  Image Caption:  Igor Korionov/PhotoSpin Image Text:  Regular green tea drinkers have less bladder, esophageal, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. One study showed that women who drank two or more cups of green tea every day were 46% less likely to get ovarian cancer. Slide Title:  Relaxation and Calming Image:  Image Caption:  MonkeyBusiness Images/PhotoSpin Image Text:  Drinking green tea can reduce…
  • 5 Ways to Enjoy the Fall Season and Stay Active

    Erin Kennedy
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Display Title:  5 Ways to Enjoy the Fall Season and Stay Active Subtitle:  Fall isn’t just about chunky sweaters, boots and pumpkin-flavored foods. Here are 5 ways to stay active and enjoy fall. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/5-ways-enjoy-fall-season-and-stay-activ... Align:  right Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Support Lines You Can Call in Times of Need

    Erin Kennedy
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Display Title:  Support Lines You Can Call in Times of Need Subtitle:  When looking for emotional support or assistance, support lines can help. Check out our list of resources. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/support-lines-you-can-call-times-need Align:  left Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
  • Domestic Abuse Needs More Awareness – Get Involved!

    Erin Kennedy
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Display Title:  Domestic Abuse Needs More Awareness – Get Involved! Subtitle:  1 in every 4 women in the U.S. is affected by physical violence. I know this to be true as I am one of those women. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/domestic-abuse/content/domestic-abuse-needs-more-awarene... Align:  left Weight:  -8 Text Color:  Black
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • How to Steer Clear of Work at Home Interruptions

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Anneke Steenkamp As a woman that is already working from home, you will know that we are all different. Apart from working in home offices worlds apart, having different freelance clients, and different sized families; we also work optimally in different ways. Some writers might need dead silence in order to focus, while others […]
  • Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Gary Dek So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you? Truth to be told, there’s […]
  • Being Brave Enough to Admit Your Own Deficits

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC  “I’m terrible at interviewing for staff and I’m very disorganized. I suck.” Those were words I never fully expected to hear from a business owner I was working with; she had come to me for help to streamline her business which was taking off. However, this owner was not fully […]
  • Interview with Kelly Wenzel – Founding Director with Stella & Dot and National Account Manager with Simply Hired

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us about your work at home position with Stella & Dot. Stella & Dot’s mission is to give women globally the means to style their own life on their own terms. With Stella & Dot, our celebrity coveted accessories brand is only sold through private trunk shows, personal shopping sessions and our ecommerce site. […]
  • Don’t be a Blogger Behaving Badly

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Rebecca Flansburg The online world/blogosphere is filled with tons of amazing tips and advice on how to be a super- dynamic-the-bees-knees-type blogger. However, I am fairly certain that there is not nearly as much information about what to NOT do available for those of us whose blog is an important part of their livelihood. […]
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    Women's Voices For Change

  • On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected

    Barbara Fertig
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Barbara Fertig When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?” [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: Women of Innovation

    Women's Voices For Change
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Elena Bodnar, doctor, creates a bra that can transform into a life-saving device; Isabel Allende talks about aging and staying passionate at 71; photographer Graciela Iturbide is featured in "Art21"; an irreverent reinterpretation of women having a terrible time at parties in Western art; and a biopic tells how Margaret Keane won credit for her artistic work back from her husband. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • I Climbed a Mountain: The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Oh My Goodness!’

    Eleanore Wells
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Eleanore Wells Can something be awesome and horrible at the same time? Apparently, because that's what this was for me. I really hated the climbing part; it was much, much tougher than many of us imagined it would be. But it was more awesome than it was horrible. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • COMPLEXION, Part II: Retinoids, “Wrinkle-Fillers,” Exfoliating, and More

    Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D. Recently, "Women’s Voices for Change" asked New York–based dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D., a member of our Medical Advisory Board, to develop a three-part series on skin care for women over 40. Here’s Part II of her series—COMPLEXION: Beyond the Basics. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Poetry Sunday: What Women Do for One Another

    Women's Voices For Change
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today Pamela Ahlen takes us inside a garage and into a scene many of us will recognize. Women gather when women are widowed, taking up the tasks that weigh too much for any one person to do alone. [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

  • The Good That Can Come From Halloween

    Natalie Snapp
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    *Originally published on October 31, 2013 So today is Halloween – some celebrate it and some don’t. I’m aware of the holiday’s pagan roots and yes, there are some parts of it I don’t love like scary werewolf faces with blood hanging from its fangs and anything that’s “dark.” But you know what I do love about Halloween? How it brings neighbors and friends together. We live in a neighborhood filled with children and Halloween becomes a two hour street party– it’s the last hurrah before winter hibernation begins. We gather for jack…
  • Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    So last week, I shared the first part of my story (entitled “Addiction, Abortion, and Finding God”) on an awesome podcast started by my friend, Jacque Watkins at Mercy Found Me. Today, Jacque released Part Two. I would love for you to join me there . . .  and please share with anyone who might need to know there is hope when they feel hopeless, love when they feel unloved, and faith when they feel faithless. Click here to listen to Part Two of my Mud Story . . . Thanks, friends.   The post Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Because When We Say Yes to God, We Say Yes to Building Our Family

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s so easy to live safe. And I’m so often guilty of doing it. We go to church. Talk to other Christians after it’s over. Attend Bible study. Use Christian phrases like “hedge of protection” and pray for our loved ones to have “traveling mercies.” We can have wonderful fellowship at women’s luncheons. We can teach Sunday School. We can go to a Christian concert. And mind you, none of this is bad. Unless it’s ALL we do. Though it’s certainly easier (usually) and feels like a great social club, living in a Christian bubble is not how…
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    Diva Marketing (Blog)

  • Is Your Personal Brand Attracting the Right Audience?

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

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

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    "Always in motion is the future”– Yoda She was the daughter. That meant she was a second generation newspaper publisher. Diane Everson, publisher of The Edgerton Reporter in Edgerton, WI wasn’t the only one whose newspaper spanned generations at the 2014 Inland Press Mobile and Social Solutions Conference last month. In the room, where I had the pleasure of talking about social media in newspapers, were people who had a passion for their papers and their industry. As I quickly learned, running a weekly or small community newspaper is not unlike owning a small business. Except ...
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  • Options (30 Stories — 13)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dear Prudence, Here’s What You Should Have Said

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    I usually like Slate’s Dear Prudence column.  I like advice columns in general, and I like Prudie specifically because she usually doesn’t coddle or mince words.  She gets to the point quickly, and that’s how I like my advice from strangers. By covering each situation quickly, she can get through multiple situations in the same […]
  • Other Kids in Baby Clothing

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    In the interest of space, and of perfectly good items going unused, we’ve given away most of our baby clothes.  I’ve saved a few pieces.  Okay, a lot of pieces.  Like all of their preemie clothing and clothes that hold special significance.  But for the most part, their clothes are less and less the tangible […]
  • IComLeavWe: November 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:54 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 […]
  • #MicroblogMondays 9: Seance

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* I love reading about Houdini.  I was interested in Houdini since I was a kid; even before I learned that he and his wife were infertile and remained childless. Around this time of year, articles […]
  • Trying to be Good

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    I decided to hop on the scale and see how much weight I’d put on over the last two years.  Actually, to make it more painful, I hopped on the Wii, which not only tells you your weight but takes your nice, slender Mii and dumps that weight visually on your cartoon body just to […]
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  • North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences warned voters that Measure 1 is dangerous for women and could fuel a physician shortage in the state. Related posts: Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado
  • UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    The United Parcel Service is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Related posts: Close to Two-Thirds of Cameroonian Women Have Unmet Need for Contraception More Investment in Women’s Health Needed as Africa’s Population Rises In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue
  • Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling

    Feminist Newswire
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1. Related posts: Federal Court Rules Alabama TRAP Law Unconstitutional Virginia Health Commissioner Recommends Amending State TRAP Law Study Finds Abortion Restrictions Adversely Impact Women’s Health Outcomes
  • The Japanese Government is Being Sued for Institutional Sexism

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    “No matter how much we contribute or how well we perform, we stand virtually no chance of advancing in our careers.” Related posts: UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights Afghanistan and US Finalize Bilateral Security Agreement
  • Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People

    Feminist Newswire
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state. Related posts: As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression Enforcement of Voter Suppression Law in Texas Uncertain Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court for Upholding Voter Suppression in Texas
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  • 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
  • My Best Girl

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

    Melissa McEwan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Purple Haze"'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.
  • Headline of the Day

    Melissa McEwan
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    [Content Note: Class warfare.]Number of Billionaires Has Doubled Since the Financial Crisis. The super-rich club has become less exclusive, with the amount of billionaires doubling since the financial crisis, according to a report from global charity Oxfam. There were 1,645 billionaires globally as of March 2014, according to Forbes data cited in the Oxfam report, up from 793 in March 2009. ...The report 'Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality' noted that the world's richest 85 people saw their wealth jump by a further $668 million per day collectively between 2013 and 2014, which equates…
  • Daily Dose of Cute

    Melissa McEwan
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
  • Good Grief

    Melissa McEwan
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is still considered to be a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, and I have no idea why. As soon as voters get a look at what this guy is really like, they're going to see what a reprehensible bully he is, and, although there is certainly a contingent of voters who get off on that sort of thing, it didn't work for John McCain and it ain't gonna work for Chris Christie.In the last two days, I have seen a video of Christie screaming at a Superstorm Sandy victim who was interrupting a press conference to "sit down and shut…
  • Discussion Thread: Whispered Warnings

    Melissa McEwan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    [Content Note: Sexual harassment and abuse.]Last night, after reading Melissa Martin's terrific piece, "Do You Know About Jian?", which Ruth also linked below, I was texting with Jessica Luther about it, and I told her: Reading that piece, I was thinking about all the professional (and educational, and social, and other) spaces in which women whisper warnings to each other about men who have already hurt women or have sent up red flags that they might hurt women. And then I thought about the traditional professional spaces in which I've worked, and how, in each one, the women have whispered…
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  • Wolf Whistles, Cat Calls And The Gauntlet of Compliments

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    By now you may have watched this video:Hollaback, an organization that wants to stamp out street harassment and intimidation (a.k.a. catcalls), produced a video in which it videotaped a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours this past August. A hidden video camera was placed in the backpack of a man walking in front of her, catching every catcall, whistle, and even one persistent character who walked alongside the woman for five minutes.The results are startling. According to Hollaback, there were over 100 instances of verbal harassment in that 10-hour walk, not including winks and…
  • Halloween Approaches

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    And I noticed how glum I have been on the blog during the last few months, and if not glum then overly neutral.  The reason, my friends, is in the stars. * Well, not in the stars as such, but partly in what's happening  (ISIL!  Ebola!  Climate Change!), partly in my own battle fatigue  (as in: "haven't I already written about this struggle some time during the last eleven years?", and: "did it make any f***ing difference at all?").   Yes, Virginia, sometimes I'm a pretty egoistic goddess, hoping that what I do matters more than a hill of beans in this crazy…
  • It's About Ethics In Game Journalism. A Parable.

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Some hardcore Gamergate supporters*  gathered for a party at a strip club.  Because the movement has been accused of sexism and misogyny, they made an effort to point out that ladies were present, and not just those ladies who offered lap dances or table dances for a fee, but female Gamergate supporters:The 8channers gathered at the club moved their chairs into a ragged line and gawked for a few obligatory minutes as a compact Asian dancer extricated herself acrobatically from a fishnet body suit, before forming into tight-knit clusters around small round tables. They were…
  • On Ebola Panic And Bitches

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Via ql at Eschaton, this CNN tweet about NJ Ebola quarantine got 37 responses:Out of those 37 responses five used the term "bitch," as in "quit bitching bitch" or "fuck that bitch" or "no bitch youre a walking plague" or "she needs to relax holy shit it's one thing criticizing but now she's sounding like a bitch" or "it's bigger then u .... BITCH."One tweet just stated "fucking women" and was favorited 43 times.This example is interesting because it is about something where the hind-brain takes over and tells people to panic, especially if those people lack the necessary information. …
  • Speed Posting 10/23/14: Hobby Lobby Goes to Guantanamo, Athletes Behaving Badly And Murder As The Logical Consequence of Romantic Pursuit

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    1.  This is probably the weirdest attempt to apply the Hobby Lobby decision to religious freedom:  A "high-value" Guantanamo detainee argues that his religious values are violated if female guards are allowed to touch him:Bin Attash, a Yemeni, is a devout Muslim whose religious beliefs prohibit physical contact between unrelated men and women. But a new policy at Guantanamo's Camp 7, the top-secret facility that houses more than a dozen former CIA captives, now requires female guards to have physical contact with the high-value detainees when escorting them to meet with their…
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  • Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    No, we don’t mean shots of booze, we mean mini desserts! These outrageously simple, yet scrumptious little treats are a favorite around here.
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  • 4 Fab Tips for Looking Stylish While Running Errands | Girlfriend Guru Donna Gamache

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality. Shawn Ashmore Love your style girlfriend! Today’s girlfriend advice comes from Girlfriend Guru DONNA GAMACHE, our fab fashionista friend. Sometimes, you know it girlfriends, we just can’t put on the best of the best outfit, but we still can keep our style … here’s 4 Fab Tips for Looking Stylish While Running Errands: Occasionally people ask me, “What do you wear while running errands?” Because of my profession it may be assumed that I run errands in a blazer and slacks. Guess what? I don’t. I want to be…
  • 10 Tips for Traveling in Canada with Girlfriends – Canada for Women’s Travel, part 1

    Debba Haupert
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    If you’ve seen me in the past month, I’ve told you about a wonderful Girlfriend Trip I took to Canada. Now, even if you haven’t seen me, I have to share because it is a great girlfriend getaway and it’s not even that far away!   I live in the Midwest but only recently visited Canada. (Last year with my girlfriend Julie for a tradeshow near Vancouver – it’s was very cool! And this year for a trip to Toronto and Wine Country – Niagara-on-the-Lake) I never thought a Canadian vacation would be closer than going to Atlanta! It is and it’s a…
  • LA Fitness vs. Friendship – Who Wins & Who Loses?

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

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

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

  • Weight Loss Wednesday - Find Your Fitness Inspiration

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I wrote about this topic about a year ago and thought it was a good time for an update. Do you realize that about 50% of people have given up on their New Year’s Resolution by the middle of the year. How about you? Did you set a goal that is strong enough and important enough for you to stick with it? Or, are you letting other things get in the way. Are you letting yourself get lower and lower on your priority list? It is easy to do for so many mothers. I did it myself for a few years after my children were born.An honest self-assessment is a good place to start. How many of you know…
  • Dinner Diva: Why Spicy Food is Good for You

    Liz Gilbert
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Some like it hot! And some like it spicy. Some like both at the same time! Whatever your preference, spicy food and in particular, hot and spicy food can rev your metabolism and put a little bounce in your step.The most common peppers, cayenne and chili, are part of the sizzling red pepper family that turn up on the heat for our taste buds and help out our hearts. They help lower cholesterol and statistics have shown that certain cultures that eat hot and spicy foods regularly have a considerably lower rate of heart attacks and strokes. Further, there are plenty of studies revealing that…
  • 10 Simple Daily Affirmations

    Liz Gilbert
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    A big part of getting organized is ensuring that you're doing the things that will . . . 1) help you to feel good about yourself each day, and 2) will help you reach your ultimate goals in life. First, it is important to know what you want in life. Perhaps some of your ultimate goals might include making a salary of $200,000 per year, running your own successful business out of your home, having a family, winning a specific award, writing a novel, etc. etc. Think about your ultimate goals. Write them down. Adjust this list as your goals broaden, or change.  Then, while you're in the…
  • How to Deal with the Halloween Candy Dilemma

    Liz Gilbert
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Well it's that time of year again: Halloween, the fulfillment of a child's dream, and the realization of a parent's nightmare. Well, maybe that's exaggerating a bit, but knowing that your little one has three pounds of candy sitting on the dresser in his or her bedroom along with dozens of wrappers scattered throughout the house can be a little disheartening. Not to mention the inevitable stomachaches, sugar highs, and then the sugar crashes.  How can parents prevent such unpleasant aftereffects of trick or treating? You don't want to be the Grinch, and make them throw all of their hard…
  • A Christmas Tradition

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

  • Charlie the Dog, 1998(?)-2014

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Charlie died on October 10th. As you know if you’ve ever read this site or looked at a single word I’ve written on social media, Charlie was our beloved dog, the greatest pet who ever walked this earth, blessed with the softest of ears and the most agreeable of dispositions. He was nothing but a joy to live with since we picked him up on a street corner 15 years ago. We had answered a Petfinder ad, knowing nothing about him other than that he had been neglected by his previous owners, and that he was a “sweet dog with soft ears who needs a chance.” (That’s quoted…
  • Let's go

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    After Michael Brown was murdered, I started reading. I heard the voices of my friends, rising up in rage. I read voices that were new to me and thought, that’s what needs to get read. This particular white lady should shut up and listen. But I also felt that silence implied an implicit acceptance of the terrible crimes committed—against Michael Brown, against Eric Garner, against Trayvon Martin, against Renisha McBride. And on, and on. This is unacceptable.    Henry is almost twelve. (Time marches inexorably and mercilessly forward; our amazement in the…
  • Sponsored post: summer reading

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This post is sponsored by Scribd.  I'm not a huge fan of summer, but I love summer reading. I grew up right next to the beach, which is a strange and hostile land when you’re as pale and unlikely to become a lifeguard as I am. I don't know how I went outside before serious SPF was invented, and even when science allowed me to venture out without bursting into flames, I preferred reading to camp activities like "archery" or "coming up with dirty alternate lyrics to 'My Sharona.'" On weekends, my bikini’d peers would cavort in the Long Island Sound, flirting with boys and…
  • Help for the hopeless (mouth)

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
      For most of my life, my mouth has been a train wreck. When I go to a dentist for the first time, they say things like, “I see we have quite a history!” and “Look at all this!”  For years, I would brush and floss diligently, only to somehow end up with more cavities than I have teeth. Especially after I had Henry. Pregnancy hormones, man. Also: caramels. Even before The Child, however, every cleaning was a gore-fest; every x-ray ended in the dentist tallying all the cavities to his assistant while I wept into my blood-soaked bib. Not surprisingly, these…
  • Forty five

    28 May 2014 | 8:32 am
      So I turned 45 today. So that’s a thing I’m doing. Also apparently beginning sentences with “so,” now. I’m pretty sure I resolved to stop that somewhere back in my thirties, but hell, I’m FORTY FIVE. I’ve earned the right. By the time I’m fifty I’ll be misplacing modifiers everywhere. At 70 I’m only going to write in all caps. Send my son texts in serif fonts. See if I won’t.  I turned 35 a few months after I began this blog, and I remember turning 35 more than I remember any other birthday because 35 was the first…
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    Petunia Face

  • Mother May I For The Love Of A Secret Sin Dying Between Friends: The Susannah Story, A Lifetime Original Movie

    Petunia Face
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I was thinking about how this blog reads a bit like a bad Lifetime Original Movie, what with all the cancer and the grief, a woman fighting to regain control of her life so she gets a drastic hair style. It could be called "Mother May I For The Love Of A Secret Sin Dying Between Friends," pretty much because those are the key words in any Lifetime Original Movie. I was thinking that maybe I could be played by Tori Spelling, although we look nothing alike, so perhaps Kellie Martin from Life Goes On? I mean... We both do the same wan victim look, except of course she wears her jeans much higher…
  • The Impermanence of Permanent Pink & Other Colors

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

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

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

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

  • Why Corporate Promotion of Egg Freezing isn’t a “Benefit” to All Women

    Rachel Walden
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Apple recently announced it was joining Facebook in covering costs for female employees who opt to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons. Both companies are providing up to $20,000; Apple as part of its fertility coverage, and Facebook as part of its surrogacy benefits. Despite the financial generosity, this might not be a good deal for healthy employees of these companies — or for women in the workplace in general. While some news outlets have addressed the high cost of egg freezing — at least $10,000 per ovarian stimulation cycle and $500 a year for storage…
  • How You Can Help Save Tennessee From Cutting Off Abortion Access

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

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

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

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

    blue milk
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Yes, factories have closed, people travel by car instead of buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts alone fail to explain the speed of our social collapse. These structural changes have been accompanied by a life-denying ideology, which enforces and celebrates our social isolation. The war of every man against every man – competition and individualism, in other words – is the religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who cannot prosper without…
  • The romanticising of cooking

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the Daily Thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Whole Grains 11 Apple Pie-Inspired Recipes That Almost Beat The Real Thing 5 Cute Trick-or-Treat Bags You Can Make YourselfFiled under: Daily Thought
  • A New Perspective on Being Unique

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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  • Happy Birthday, Bill Gates!

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
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  • How To Approach the Unknown

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

  • The Retro Timer: Redefining how we read time

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Who doesn’t love a bit of retro fun in their wardrobe? Nothing like something colorful and chunky to lift up a boring ensemble. London fashion studio Eley Kishimoto and American clothing brand.. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Uber Will Now Deliver Kittens To Your Office For One Very Special Day

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    On a really hard work day, what is it that helps us cope – a fifteen minute break of cutesy kitten videos of course! This National Cat Day, welcome the real thing.. Uber Will Now Deliver Kittens To... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Make Way for Dr Dre and Hello Kitty’s Urbeats Earphones

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    While Hello Kitty continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary we too would love to be a part of those by gettin home a very awesome pair of urbeats headphones. Beats by Dr... Make Way for Dr Dre and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Coffee Infused Aviator Blazer keeps Men Fresh

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Looking like James Bond is every mans dream and every woman’s dream for her man too. While many do succeed in looking like Bond for the first few minutes of the day.. Coffee Infused Aviator... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A line of baby toys lets them connect to their own Facebook account before they can even walk

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    So apparently the babies of tomorrow will be social media ready even before they learn to support their own necks! Don’t believe me? Check out Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Laura Cornet’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • “Fame-inism” for the rest of us

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    So. “Beyonce feminism.” Roxane Gay is against it. (Annie Lennox*, too.) [Update: See in comments why this statement isn't entirely accurate.] Let’s start at the very end — a very good place to start. Feminism should not be something that needs a seductive marketing campaign. The idea of women moving through the world as freely as men should sell itself. Agreed! I totally agree with her on that point. So let’s sit back for a mo and watch that happen. Any minute now. Nothing yet? We’ll give it a few minutes. In the meantime, we’ll discuss how that idea…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    What is the famous song “Strange Fruit,” by Abel Meeropol, a New York Jewish communist schoolteacher, and most famously performed by Billie Holiday, the immensely influential and important black singer, about? Lynching.  It’s about lynching.  It’s about whites lynching black people in the US South. See how easy that was?  Very few words. Here’s what Annie Lennox thinks it’s about: “Strange Fruit” is a protest song and it was written before the Civil Rights movement actually got on its feet, got established. And because of what I’ve seen…
  • Open Thread with Meerkats

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Meerkats feature for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. By Ashleigh Thompson (originally posted to Flickr as Meerkats) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne'er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette…
  • Don’t you get sick of those damned poor trick-or-treaters in your rich neighborhood?

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This week, an actual win from advice columnist Dear Prudence: Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets — mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service…
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    Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

  • The HA Factor for Ultra-Hydration c/o derma e®

    Sheila Gaspers
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Skin rejuvenation comes easy with the derma e line of natural skincare products. Hyaluronic acid aka the HA Factor is one of the beauty industry’s treasured secret weapons. HA is a natural sponge; one molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. As the body’s natural HA and collagen production decrease with age, it is important to add restorative and hydrating treatments to your daily regimen. Youngblood Beauty offers a perfect solution – a specialized anti-aging line designed with ultra-hydration in mind. Harnessing the power of hyaluronic acid, the derma e  day…
  • Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa on Mythical Easter Island

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

    Katie Palmer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    As the snow starts coming down and the weather gets colder with each day, all I want to do is curl up under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a good book in a five star luxury cabin. Too much to ask for? At The Resort at Paws Up Resort, they would say not at all. Paws Up Resort features a “Montana Christmas Vacation” option that includes staying in a rustically-chic cabin, excursions including snowmobiling or skiing to meet up with your own personal Santa, a Christmas Eve party, sleigh rides through the forest, and ice skating. This is just one of the options at Paws Up Resort. They…
  • October 23: Special Cocktail Party Invite in San Francisco

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Cornelia writes: "I am convinced the office I work at is trying to freeze us out with the air conditioning. I get cold really easily, and I'm finding that a...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Geometric Print Coat

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Darling with a pair of black leggings, boots, and maybe even a fur-lined hat, this Geometric Print Coat ($55) will put you in the mood to stroll around a winter...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Cities Toile Wallpaper

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Still saving up for that visit to the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower? We hear that. International travel is expensive for those of us bringing in modest salaries. If...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Bagnoschiuma Prosecco Bubble Bath

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Want to make your baths even more luxurious? Pour a bit of this bubble bath ($38) into the tub to make your bubbles smell like champagne. If you really want...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Chalk Ware Junk Drawer

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    You've got rustic chalkboards artistically situated around your house. Now you need something with which to write those all-important inspirational quotes on them. Skip boring sticks and pick up this...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

  • Pilot Study: Aripiprazole Added to Antidepressants for Postpartum Depression

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Augmentation strategies can be used to optimize response in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have not responded adequately to antidepressant monotherapy; however, we have no data on the use of adjunctive treatments in women with postpartum depression (PPD).   A recent study tested the effectiveness of antidepressant augmentation with aripiprazole (Abilify) in a cohort […] The post Pilot Study: Aripiprazole Added to Antidepressants for Postpartum Depression appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Older Moms at Higher Risk for Depression

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    A recent study from Canada has observed higher rates of depression in mothers who have children after the age of 40. The prevalence of depression after delivery was about threefold higher in women aged 40 to 44 years as compared to women aged 30 to 35 years. This relationship was even stronger after controlling for potential confounders, including education level, marital status, and chronic illness (adjusted OR 3.72; 95% CI 2.15 to 6.41). The post Older Moms at Higher Risk for Depression appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Anti-Epileptic Drugs and Risk of Miscarriage

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

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

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

  • He Hurts And She Didn’t Know It

    Natalie Caine
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
     A man shared with me that he felt numb in his relationship.  “What does that feel like, numb?” He quietly said, “without, without anything.” His story is not singular.  He would have gone on with his daily routine except that his girlfriend gave him a line, “wake up to yourself and then sleep with me.” She shares that she works on herself because it makes her feel safe.  She mostly relies on herself.  The unavailability of her partner was draining her because she needed some depth that went beyond work chat, goals, and dinner with friends, vacation, decorating, and morning…
  • Getting Over It

    Natalie Caine
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Mistakes. We think we can explain to ourselves why we did what we did and then let it go, but that is easier said than done. In our group each of us shared what happened during the week that triggered our inner critic. “I talked too much and wanted to listen more.  I over gave presents, rather than one gift.  I repeated my needs over and over to my husband, like seven times in a row.” Sounds silly, but the meal I cooked turned out so boring and tasteless.  I didn’t make the time to see my mom at the hospital every day, even though I went two days before.  I didn’t speak up…
  • A Checklist for Retirees Returning to Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • As October Ends …

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m turning 24 (twenty four!!) AGAIN on Sunday. Can you believe Sunday will be November 2nd? Where does time go? I don’t have any big birthday plans. Fred The Puppy was supposed to be my birthday present … oh well! (And now, today, I have to have a girly-procedure done.  I don’t expect it to be a big deal, but I’ve been told I should rest through the weekend.  Boo!  Hiss!) I thought you might like a peek at what October is like in Orange County. Hint:  It’s pretty much perfect summer weather, but without Orange County’s summer morning beach fog.
  • A Little of This, A Little of …

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Wow – where did October go? •  I decided to do physical therapy all by myself on Monday night.  I thought it would be a good idea because I’m not going to be seeing Paul Newman this week.  I texted him afterward because I was very proud of myself.  I don’t think he was at all impressed.  In fact, he told me not to hurt myself.  (So little faith in my pt abilities!!)   Um …?  His warning might have come a little too late  I suppose my make-believe masters degree in physical therapy isn’t quite up to par?  I won’t be trying that again anytime…
  • And Then I Bought A Crystal Ball

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday, I bought a Crystal Ball. The very thought makes me smile. No, I don’t think my Crystal Ball will help me foresee any great information about my future. But, wouldn’t it be fun if it did? I ordered it for an upcoming photography project. It should arrive this week. I am absolutely delighted at the very thought of a Crystal Ball appearing on my doorstep. (Just in time for Halloween too!) Apparently there are a lot of people who take their Crystal Balls quite seriously. I had no idea! Crystal Balls are supposed to work best if you “charge them” under a full…
  • October Is The Very Best Month

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    October is such a great month. It’s my favorite month to travel because it’s beautiful anywhere you choose to go. This year I canceled everything on my calendar for Fred’s arrival so I’m not traveling. As it turns out, Fred is not arriving. Boo Hiss to Puppy  Snatchers  Heartbreakers! But, I admit it’s very nice to be here in Southern California in October. In spite of a bad arm flare-up, I had a fun and productive weekend. And no, I don’t know what caused my arm to get so bad …. I’m sure I must have tried to use it without realizing it…
  • Mooning Over You

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    I watched the sun drop into the ocean last night … And the moon rise in the sky. It was a beautiful evening in Laguna Beach. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery.
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  • it’s been awhile.

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    How have you been? I’ve been well. For once this long silence wasn’t a result of depression, it was just a result of me doing other stuff. Nothing personal. It also hasn’t helped that Vivi is the epitome of toddler in every sense of the word, and I have to be constantly present for that child or she will lose a limb, chop the limb off another living creature or do some other irreversible damage to something I value (like the button she found in the car that turned on a light WE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW EXISTED.) I decided last night that if we rounded up a bunch of our…
  • 929 words

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

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

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

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

  • Illinois Feminista Voter Guide

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's that time again folks! And I have again put together some helpful tools to help you prepare for your visit to your polling place.1) Where to vote? Check out "Where's My Fucking Polling Place?" Not only will it tell you where to fucking vote, but also who you can fucking vote for:2) Who to vote for? Since we're feministas here, I don't think I need to say who to vote for in the Governor's race, but I will point out great places to look for endorsements for the other races.Judges: I put this first because most people do not take the time to get through the whole ballot to vote on judges. I…
  • Day 300 of #365FeministSelfie!

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    wow...Every time we hit a milestone I think the same thing. I cannot believe we made it this far.Three hundred days of selfies by people who call themselves feminists.What I have noticed over the course of these hundreds of days is the extraordinary way we are living our ordinary days. Many of us have kids and the selfies with kids show frustration, fear, love, and joy. Some of us are students, mostly in graduate school, struggling with imposter syndrome. Some of us are working on leading a healthier lifestyle. Some of us are just trying to get by. We express our feminism in different ways.
  • I'm part of the 99%

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

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

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

  • 5 New Leadership and Management Books You Can Read on a Plane

    Tracy Houston
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
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  • Are You in Business or Do You Just Own a Job?

    Rosemary Nonny Knight
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
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  • As a Woman in Business, Can You Really Have It All?

    Community Member
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
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  • When is a Director Independent?

    Tracy Houston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • The Strength of Approachability in Business

    Ann Gatty
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
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    Woman Tribune

  • Tuesday Giveaway Linkup: October 28, 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Every Tuesday, with your help, we’re rounding up some of the best giveaways going on around the blogosphere in our Tuesday Giveaway Linkup. Link up your ongoing giveaways using the linky below. Our preferred format for linking up is: Prize – End Date (Countries Open To) Please, PLEASE include the area(s) of eligibility your giveaway is open to. US only? US and CAN? Worldwide? Include it! It is so disheartening to click over to enter a giveaway only to find out it isn’t available to you. Give a Little Bit Find something that piqued your interest? Woman Tribune is all about…
  • ‘The Devil’s Hand’ is Out Now on VOD + iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    There is never a bad time for a scary movie marathon, but in the week leading up to Halloween it is a tradition of ours that isn’t taken lightly. After re-watching the classics no Halloween season should be without — “Night of the Living Dead”, “The Bad Seed”, and of course, “Hocus Pocus” — we go on a hunt for all the new releases and set our DVR and queue up Netflix for night after night of heart-pounding, mind-bending thrills. If you’re looking for a new movie perfect for Halloween, you’ll be excited to know that “The…
  • nibblr Wants to See Your “Hangry” Face for a Chance to Win a Trip to Napa Valley

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    We’re all familiar with that “hangry” feeling. When hunger gives way to anger and you pretty much turn into a monster no one can stand to be around until you’ve had a snack. I am all too familiar with this feeling. As a person with issues regulating blood sugar, I snack steadily throughout the day. Skipping a snack or not making healthy snack choices isn’t just potentially dangerous to my health; I get so hangry that my attitude could be potentially dangerous to the relationships with people in my life. I’m not even kidding. When I’m hangry, I look…
  • Get Your Halloween Cat-titude On with this Julep Nail Art Tutorial

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

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

  • The Work and Reward of Building Credit

    Tara Joyce
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I like to think about money as an idea in the form of credit. To get in the money game, I need to build up my credit. To build up my credit, I need to work on my inner and outer relationship with my self and money. My Outer Credit Work: identifying & communicating the value I offer (marketing my self and my business) growing my wealth (creating opportunities for higher pay and more abundance) caring for my wealth (managing my money and my self) My Inner Credit Work: connecting with the value I offer and the abundance of wealth I possess (transforming my thoughts, feelings, beliefs,…
  • A Space for You = An Advertising Opportunity

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

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

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

  • Decluttering After A Loved One Dies

    Kylie Browne
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    Barbara recently lost her husband of 45 years. “What am I going to do with all of his things”, she asked. Sometimes when a death is expected, a lot of sorting occurs before passing. People get the chance to go through their belongings and distribute possessions to family and friends. There is an opportunity to throw or donate items that are no longer useful, loved or needed. But often when death is sudden, a huge task is left to sort out possessions. This, coupled with the grieving of a loved one, can be most overwhelming. It’s an emotionally charged time.  When To…
  • Clear Closet Clutter Fast

    Kylie Browne
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Your Perfect Wardrobe Do you dream about a having a perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized? We can help you achieve that with our next online program 14 Days To An Organized Closet.  Starts Monday 3 November (US Time). This Program Will Help You Deal With The Practicalities Of: Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear Simplifying the way you think about your outfits Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear. Most importantly, the program will also help you unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t…
  • The Benefits to Downsizing and Living More Simply

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

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

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

  • Dear Men on Dating Sites, Don't Say Hi

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I've had this post in my mind for some time now. In fact, it started out as an overall "what not to do" post based on my experience with online dating. However, it's come down to this one very specific piece of advice because this is probably my biggest pet peeve. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it doesn't really bother other women. Though my friends tell me it's annoying to them, as well. So it's a thing for at least a few of us. I call it the Hi Phenomenon because I see it so often on the dating sites.  It may seem that I'm being picky or outrageous in expecting a man not to say hello when he…
  • That Time I Unknowingly Dated a Married Man for Seven Months and the Lessons Learned

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

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

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

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

  • What it takes to make good stuff in the world. Creativity, cadence, core desired feelings.

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    She’s 7×7 feet. Acrylic, oil stick, sweat. A story of freedom that wants to be completed. I’m in NYC a lot for business. The last time I went to The Met, I ran it in 40 minutes because I had a plane to catch. I’m in LA even more — it’s a quick direct flight, and I’ve fallen in love with Venice Beach. My last visit was meant for friends and Paolo Nutini. Then I crammed in a bunch of filming and came home spent. Again. (And, we had to scrap a bunch of the footage anyway. I got the message, universe.) I’m taking 2015 off of business travel. Deeeeclared! I’ve…
  • Anything goes Q&A with me. A spreecast THURSDAY October 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Because it’s time we got together.

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

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

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

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

  • Planksgiving: Do Planks, Give Thanks {monthly workout calendar}

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Along with the arrival of November, comes the season of giving thanks. Each one of us have someone or something to be thankful for, and this month we are going to add a pinch of thankfulness into our monthly workout calendar. You heard me! Each day in November, while we are busy planking {insert long groan}, we will keep our minds off the task at hand by thinking of what we are thankful for. Every single day during November{minus rest days}, you will hit the floor and plank it out. You already have the fitness calendar printed and hanging on your fridge, right? No? Go ahead, I’ll…
  • Lessons Learned

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    From the look of that bling rack, I’ve run a couple races in my short running “career” term used very loosely since I’ll never make a living by running.  The fact is, I’m a bit of a bling junkie.  Maybe it comes from never being athletic as a kid and missing out on all those soccer trophies, but whatever the reason, I love to run races.  Note – I didn’t say I love to race other people because I really don’t.  Probably because of that whole “never make a living by running” thing. In any case, I’ve run about 40 races (not…
  • Get Off Your Broom & Get Moving – Check in Week 4

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      Hello my beloved Shrinkers! Here we are with another Wednesday on the calendar. Time to assess the situation when it comes to the scale! This is the start of Week 4 for those of you who have been killing it in our latest DietBet game. How’s that going? Are you ready to finish out the final week strong. There’s money to be won, people!  I didn’t get in on this latest DietBet game but you can count on me being in the next one. They are super motivational! If you’ve never tried one before, join in the next time we kick one off down the line! If you are not…
  • Toot Your Horn Tuesday

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hello fellow shrinkers! Today is Tuesday, so that must mean it’s time to toot our horns. Time to be proud and tell everyone what awesome things we did this past week. If I hadn’t already written about it here on Friday, I would certainly be telling you all about my amazing 3 Dune Challenge. Climbing the three highest dunes at the Indiana Dunes State Park was awesome, but I need to move on. How about if I toot my horn about the super physical weekend I had? Yep, that’s it. I did the dunes on Thursday. I walked around Chicago all day on Friday and had over 20,000 steps on my…
  • 2nd Annual Sports Bra MEGA-Extravaganza Review + Giveaway

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It was so much fun to do this last year that we decided to do it again this year! Yes, it’s time for our 2nd Annual Sports Bra MEGA-Extravaganza Review + Giveaway, where we share with you our thoughts on some great bras and at the end, we giveaway ONE of each of them.  Totally awesome, no? First up…… Sturdy Girl *Miami* Sports Bra (Retail Price $66) Bra Sizes Available: 32C-38DD Bra Features: Runner’s World September 2013 Top Performer…..Flaunt your cha-cha-cha in our smokin’ hot V-neck shape Miami Bra. With its crisscross-back and pullover style,…
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    Oh Hey

  • #spon Dove Silky Hair Dare

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am, deep down, a short-hair type of girl. Most of my life has been spent with hair chin-length or shorter. Until I got it into my head around my 30th birthday (milestones always spark change, don’t they?) that I wanted long, flowy, mermaid hair. A couple years (and a couple of ill-fated haircuts later) and here I am. The proud owner of a head full of hair that falls to the middle of my back. And no idea what to do with it. I do know that a good shampoo is a must for keeping hair healthy and shiny and that the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Collection delivers with shampoo, conditioner, and…
  • Five Favorite: Blogging Apps

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How many of you are bloggers? I’ve been thinking a lot about the business of blogging lately and don’t want to get too meta by blogging about blogging if no one is interested. You’re interested, right? Because while I am convinced most of us are bloggers by now, I think you’ll find these apps fun and useful even if you aren’t a blogger. I’m not one of those bloggers who can blog on the go. I need quiet and concentration and snacks. But that doesn’t mean apps aren’t integral to my blogging process. I use them to stay social, edit photos, and…
  • Worthy of the Week

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    My sister kind of hates when I include her in my blog, but it’s a cute picture, right?! Worthy of the Week BIG news this week — Kristin and I are speaking at SXSW! More deets to come. If you’re looking for a Kickstarter to fund, Yoga Joes are worthy. Marcel the Shell is BACK! Guide to understanding the introverted. (Full post on this in the works.) It comforts me to know that even Emma Stone was an awkward turtle. That’s me. The power of no (and Jared Leto’s hair). I just learned that Mark Wahlberg used to be a not so nice person and I’m a little shocked.
  • Houndstooth Must Haves

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

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

  • Spread The Word: Science Says Gossip Is Good For You (Seriously)

    amanda chatel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    According to Dutch researchers, both positive and negative gossip about others can turn up the volume on our own self-reflection and self-evaluation, and in doing so makes us feel better about ourselves as well as forces us to be more competitive. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • A Man Reveals The Harsh Truth: What Catcalling Really Means

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In response to a recent viral story about the beauty of catcalling, a guy gives us the harsh truth about it. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • Model Citizens: 8 Celebs Who Are Serial Supermodel Daters

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It must really suck to be Billy Joel. While the singer's new "authorized biography" details some of the unsavory stuff of his spectacular life, like a suicide attempt, it also reveals that he has a predilection for dating supermodels. read more
  • 19 Reasons We Want To Be Taylor Swift's Best Friend

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Our perfect day would be hanging out with our BFF Taylor Swift, in the fall (obviously), while drinking pumpkin spice lattes in our maroon and mustard cardigans. All so basic and yet so perfect, which is why Taylor Swift would make the best friend ever. T-Swizzle's new album 1989 came out on Monday and the entire world is listening to it. There are a few haters, but the CD, which documents her big move to New York, has become an instant favorite. read more
  • The Secret 25% Of Women Would Keep From Their Loved Ones

    amanda chatel
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    A new study has found that more people than you'd think would, if they found out they had cancer, keep it to themselves. Twenty-five percent of women said they would probably keep such bad news to themselves, while 18% of men said they would consider doing the same. When it came to revealing the truth to their partners, 4% of women said they would not, and only 1% of men would also keep it to themselves. That's a pretty difficult secret to keep and, I imagine, one that would not have anyone's partner grateful that it was kept. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress…
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    Female Forum

  • You CAN Entertain in Your Small Space

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flawed And Fearless With Renee Airya

    Natalie MacNeil
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Flaws — we all have them. And many times, we keep them to ourselves, hidden from the light. But what if those flaws also held our uniqueness, our radiance? As my good friend Renee Airya likes to say, “Beauty is only skin deep; radiance is eternal.” (Click to tweet.) In this week’s Conquer Summit interview, Renee, who is a healer, coach, and leader of women, talks about flaws and the power of exposing them, sharing with us her journey from paralysis to a holistic recovery, the value of expressive entrepreneurship, and why she believes your most hidden flaw could be your…
  • Radical Self Love: Gaining Wisdom To Help You Conquer With Latham Thomas

    Natalie MacNeil
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    There’s a secret ingredient to the “special sauce” of building a business that so many of us tend to overlook as we hustle our way to success, but without it we risk never reaching our business goals and, even worse, losing touch with ourselves in the process. What is it? Radical self love.   Self love. It’s sumptuous, simple to put into practice, and shores up your feel-good reserves so you can power through those tough situations. (Click to tweet) And in this week’s Conquer Summit interview, fitness and lifestyle expert Latham Thomas is going to share her advice on practicing…
  • Feel-Good Money Making With Tara Gentile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Denise Graveline
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    Every talk or presentation has a job to do, and that job determines the content, delivery, and much more. There's no more of a workhorse presentation than the pitch, by which I mean any presentation where you're trying to persuade an audience to do something.In some cases, that means investing in your product. In others, you want to prompt votes, donations, or even a pay raise. But you want something from this highly specialized audience. Action must follow if your pitch is to succeed. For that workhorse of a presentation, there's a workhorse of a solution in a venerable--but highly…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Negotiating welcome here: Women negotiate better for themselves when they know it's okay to do so, new research says.Shark spark: Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran wasn't always so confident. Read how she conquered her fear of public speaking.Speechwriter…
  • Famous Speech Friday: 1994 lecture by Miep Gies, Anne Frank's protector

    Denise Graveline
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    I'm in Amsterdam today for the autumn conference of the European Speechwriter Network. I'm excited about the conference, and eager to see the Anne Frank house for the first time. As I do, I'll be thinking about Miep Gies, an adopted daughter of Holland.She died at the age of 100 in 2010, and her obituary in the New York Times notes something unusual about this woman speaker: She didn't begin her speaking career until she was in her 80s, after the publication of her memoir Anne Frank Remembered. The book shared her role in hiding the Frank family from the Nazis, as well as in…
  • From the vault: So, do you start sentences with so? If so...

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

    Denise Graveline
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Survey says: A new survey says that 70 percent of employed Americans who give presentations see it as a critical skill.Underling or underminer? When women manage men who don't respect women sheds light on a problem in the tech industry, but I've seen it in many…
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  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

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

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

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

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

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

    Joanne Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    We see movies all the time but I rarely write about them.  Dear White People is in a separate category.  I now know why A.O. Scott, the movie reviewer at the NYTimes wrote that every person should see this film, period. The film is Justin Simien’s first feature film and I can hardly wait to see what he makes next.  It is a comedy set on a college campus hitting on issues from race, privilege, power and diversity.  Dear White People is a radio show that is run by one of the main characters of the film, Samantha.  She herself is a product of a mixed marriage.  The show pokes at the…
  • Marta

    Joanne Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    When we first moved to NYC in 1983 we knew nothing about what neighborhood to live in.  In typical fashion which we did not realize was our typical fashion until later on we came in to NYC after traveling around the country in a car for 6 weeks and found an apartment in one day. It was the right neighborhood because Fred and I could walk to work.  Located on 28th and Madison in a new apartment building we rented a studio loft so our bed was accessible by a ladder.  Underneath that loft was a walk-in closet with a single bulb where we sat on two old trunks playing cards most nights until…
  • The hook-up generation

    Joanne Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    We have all read about the escalation of rapes that have taken place on college campuses.  There are so many conversations to have on this topic.  Are college campuses educating incoming freshman about safe sex and rape.  It is refreshing to see that women are actually coming out and saying this person raped me vs sweeping it under the carpet.  Unfortunately most campuses are not equipped to deal with the aftermath of these abuses as they would prefer to continue to sweep a rape under the carpet. Education is obviously key. Sexual education should begin at a very young age and in many…
  • Merge Lane, an accelerator focusing on women entrepreneurs

    Joanne Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Merge Lane is a new accelerator program out of Boulder focusing on women entrepreneurs.  The two women behind this are Sue Helibronner and Elizabeth Kraus.  They launched this program to bring more women into the startup community.  Elizabeth is an entrepreneur who has been doing angel investments for quite some time.  Sue’s career is just as impressive working as a CEO, President leading and selling multiple start-ups. The concept behind Merge Lane is to investment in women who will create high-performing gender-diverse companies.   Their thesis is built on data that…
  • Lemon Pistachio Cake, Huckleberry Cookbook

    Joanne Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    One of my favorite haunts in Los Angeles is Huckleberry Cafe.  The vibe is so LA and the baked goods are seriously off the charts.  Breakfast is my favorite meal there.  I was out there recently and saw their cookbook for sale.  It was calling out my name.  I read the entire book cover to cover on the way back to NYC.  I got inspired to bake up some goodies for the kids who returned for their fall break. I have been looking for a lemon pistachio cake recipe after tasting the one at Brooklyn Larder which I dreamt about for weeks on end.  This one is just as good.  Some of my favorite…
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  • How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m excited to bring this sponsored post to you from Credit Karma™ because credit scores are a topic that not too many people know about.  There are so many things we are taught growing up; from learning our colors and number to desire to go to college so we can get a good job we’re prep... The post How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    As people get older, it can be incredibly difficult to fight the test of time and sooner or later the body will start to drastically change. But while you may never be able to have the tight skin or sculpted body that you had in your 20s, there are still some things that you can do to keep your body... The post How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp

    Da Vinci
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As women we have so much pressure to look our best and be on top of things 24/7. While magazines and the media continue to show us the glam side of life, those airbrushed pictures don’t tell the true story of what women have to do to get there. Often times women don’t realize that that p... The post Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir

    Da Vinci
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I love reading romance novels, stories of magical intrigue and more.  I find myself whisked away from the boundaries of my own reality and immersed in those worlds.  Since I know a lot of our Lifers are avid readers, we’re happy to bring our latest giveaway.  We’re giving you a chance to... The post Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin

    Da Vinci
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you struggle with breakouts or skin irritation, it can be tough to find the right products that will clear up your skin and not create further irritation. Many products on the market today contain toxins and chemicals that can actually irritate your skin, rather than reducing blemishes or inflamm... The post Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Marcia G. Yerman

  • Ana Baptista: "Children of Color Are the Most At-Risk Victims of Pollution"

    Marcia G. Yerman
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Ana Baptista is on a mission to drive change. With a Masters from Brown University in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and a teaching post at the New School for Public Engagement, she is well-equipped to move the needle on the environmental issues facing marginalized groups in American urban settings. She brings a passion to her work, and the knowledge of how living in a specific locale can impact health. Growing up in Newark in the "Ironbound" district was a first-hand education for Baptista. "Bounded on three sides" by rail lines, its history includes not…
  • A Conversation With Derrick Adams

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

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

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

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

    Laurel J. Delaney
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in its fifth year, will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week. Are you attending? To learn more and to register, visit:  Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014  (Read the news.) Photo courtesy:  GES Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Announcement, Conference, global women…
  • Laurel Delaney’s Export Readiness Talk

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

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

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

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

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

    Kailei Carr
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Fall is officially here so you know what that means: it’s time to shop! ‘Tis the season for boots, outerwear, tights and sweaters and we want you to look great in all of them. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fall outerwear trends for this season to give you a start. Leather jackets, capes and wrap coats are going to be all the rave this season, so if you don’t have them in your closet, now is the time to get them.              
  • Healthy July 4th Meal Without a Grill

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    We are saddened to hear that we’ve lost another legend, Ruby Dee, who peacefully passed away yesterday in New Rochelle, NY at the age of 91. This award winning actress and dedicated activist also set a great example of a strong Hollywood marriage and professional partnership with her husband, Ossie Davis (passed away in 2005), who she shared her life with for 56 years. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren. Read more about Ruby Dee’s life and career CBSNews.com.
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  • Happy Columbus Day - A Memorable Day For My Father Who First Came To America Over 56 years ago..

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

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

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

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

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Post by Italian American Girl.
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  • Snippets

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There’s just no chance I’m going to make my original reading goal of 50 books for the year, especially since I’m only on #19. Soooooo with only a couple of months left in the year, I’m going to revise my goal to 25. I feel lame about that, but so be it. That being said, I’m on an audio book kick, particularly for non-fiction. I’ve realized it’s a great way to make my commute seem like it goes faster. In fact, five of my last seven books have been audio books, and most of those non-fiction. (I think I’m mostly just on a history/informational…
  • What I Learned While On Vacation

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

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

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

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

  • See What You Want!

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Part 18 of the Here We Are Series - Live Your Life Out Loud Everything begins by being imagined... What is it you want? Think it, See it, Believe it, Be It. Now is the time to ponder and create!
  • Getting Going with "Gone Girl"

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A Summer Reading HWA Book Review If you haven't yet had the chance to pick up Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, now is the time to find yourself a copy. Besides being a great summer beach read, the film adaptation is set for an October release and you'll want to read it prior to seeing the movie. If you are an avid reader, you might agree that most books don't translate well over to film because so much of the character development and plot nuance is lost. I may be wrong, and time will tell, but I'm betting this is one of those situations. Plus, you'll enjoy this novel much more before the…
  • Heart of Hearts

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Happy Valentine's Day If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day. ~ Attribution Unknown 
  • Take Flight: Join The Second Friend-A-Day-In-May Campaign

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Spring has sprung... and life feels full of possibilities! It was a very long winter for most. Now is the time to shed our heavy coats and spread our wings! Two years ago, I launched the Friend A Day In May Challenge and it was a wonderful experience. So fulfilling that I shared my own personal lessons from the first approach to this idea. Last year, I was surprised to find that when I didn't implement it I truly missed the rewards it reaped - connections, kindness, laughter, happiness - all the benefits of friendship. This time around, I'm calling it a "campaign" instead of a "challenge"…
  • Possibilities...

    luci@HereWeAreWithLuci.com (Luci Weston)
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
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    Inter Press Service » Gender Violence

  • Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial

    Luz Mendez
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Luz Méndez Gutiérrez is the co-author of the book Mujeres q’eqchís: violencia sexual y lucha por la justicia (ECAP-IDRC) (forthcoming). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Union of Guatemalan Women (Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas – UNAMG).By Luz MendezGUATEMALA CITY, Oct 28 2014 (IPS)On Oct. 14, Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled that charges would be brought against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q’eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco, and other serious crimes perpetrated in the…
  • Halting Progress: Ending Violence against Women

    Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    By Ravi Kanth DevarakondaGENEVA, Oct 23 2014 (IPS)As Juan Evo Morales Ayma, popularly known as ‘Evo’, celebrates his victory for a third term as Bolivia’s president on a platform of “anti-imperialism” and radical socio-economic policies, he can also claim credit for ushering in far-reaching social reforms such as the Bolivian “Law against Political Harassment and Violence against Women” enacted in 2012.“In many countries women in the political arena, whether candidates to an election or elected to office, are confronted with acts of violence ranging from sexist…
  • OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

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

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

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

  • How to Keep a Yoga Retreat Mindset

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lead the Mutiny

    JJ DiGeronimo
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Is there something you feel passionate about? Are you actively doing anything about it? It could be: A much needed neighborhood stop sign Equal pay for equal work Girls playing on varsity football teams Endangered species Eating healthier Are you leading the way or being held back by other’s expectations and points of view?  I found this clever little book by Jessica Hagy called How to Be Interesting in 10 Simple Steps. She uses Venn Diagrams and charts to quickly and easily make her point. In the chapter called “Grow a Pair” she brings up the idea of lead the charge: If…
  • Seek Out Networking Opportunites

    JJ DiGeronimo
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    At the Grace Hooper Conference (#GHC2014) I sought opportunities to make connections. I knew going in that the event would be packed with amazing women and I wanted to meet and learn from as many as I could. One of my most unique connections occurred in the Ladies Room at the sink…more on that later. Today I want to talk about the women that I met from AWeber. I was introduced to AWeber by a colleague and for the last year, I have been using AWeber to send out the Purposeful Woman newsletter among many other great initiatives. I chose AWeber because of its ability to create and manage…
  • What is Holding You Back?

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

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

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

  • Symptoms of Ebola When Flying

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

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

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

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

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

  • Living A Healthy Life – How Social Media Saved Me

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger! giveaway

    Angela Santomero
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Our Annual Halloween Photo Contest winner will receive a signed copy of the newly released  “Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger!” AND their winning photo will be posted on AngelasClues.com   a Rafflecopter giveaway To Enter:  “EMAIL” your child’s Halloween photo to Angela@AngelasClues.com “LIKE” Angela’s Clues Facebook Page HERE “FOLLOW” @AngelasClues on Twitter   The Winner will receive 1 signed copy of “Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger” and have their winning photo posted right here. All decision making will be…
  • GeekWire & Angela Santomero on Creative Galaxy

    Angela Santomero
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
      I recently talked to Seattle’s GeekWire boys, Todd Bishop & John Cook, about Creative Galaxy (Amazon Prime Video). They had some interesting questions about the unique, non-broadcast process and what makes the world of Creative Galaxy inspire a love of arts and creativity within children. In an age that unfortunately contains more than our fair share of sub par content and an abuse/overuse of technology, we cut through the clutter during this GeekWire podcast segment and dive right into how we can properly embrace and utilize new media for our kids development and enjoyment.
  • Joan Rivers & Fred Rogers

    Angela Santomero
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    “Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough” -Joan Rivers Angela's Clues | Angela Santomero: Daniel Tiger, Blue's Clues & Super Why
  • Back to School Daniel Tiger App

    Angela Santomero
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    September means none other than back to school time, so let Daniel Tiger help your child with some of their early learning skills! For a limited time, Amazon is offering a download of The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Day & Night App for just $1.99   The app, created by PBS Kids, has won a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award and is being recommended by the fine folks over at Parents’ Choice. Head on over to Amazon.com and download your copy today & have a great start of the school year everyone!!   Sections within this app include: Doctor…
  • Daniel Tiger Twitter Party Aug 14

    Angela Santomero
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    As you’re probably aware by now, our little Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be welcoming a new baby into his neighborhood tomorrow, Thursday August 14th. We are VERY excited about this BIG news! We will celebrate the new baby with a Twitter Party at 9-10 pm ET (Be sure to use #DanielTigerPBS). We will also be discussing important steps that new families might wish to consider when welcoming a new child into their home, especially in regard to siblings. We hope that the discussion will aid those families in similar situations & continue…
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    Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics: the most fun you can have with your (gym) clothes on

    Kathryn Rossiter
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    This time last week I spent the day in Durban taking part in the second annual Blog Olympics hosted by Mr Price Sport and supported by a host of other awesome sponsors. This was the second year the event has taken place and once again it was an amazing day filled with fun, friendship and friendly banter (or all out competitiveness… depending which team you were on!) The day consisted of various “sporting” events taking place in and around the Moses Mabhida Stadium using some of Mr Price Sports’ super fun range of sports equipment including their waboba balls, coaster…
  • What I… Lindsay from What Happened to My Body

    Kathryn Rossiter
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Another one of the bloggers I met a few weeks back at the Cape Town Bloggers Meet up was Lindsay who blogs over at What Happened to My Body. Her blog title made me laugh out loud and as you probably already realise she blogs about her life as a new mom! Read on to find out more about this Wife, Mother and Social media lover…. What I… KNOW I know that there is a plan and purpose for my life (for everyone actually), I also know that it has taken me a while to find my purpose but that’s also fine. I know that more than anything I love being a Mom. Its not the easiest but it is…
  • Fun family festivals this weekend: 1 & 2 Nov

    Kathryn Rossiter
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    In our family we love a good Family Fun Day outing and there are 2 awesome festivals coming up this weekend that look like they will make a great day out with kids! We will definitely be popping by one (or both)… Stellenbosch Slow Market Strawberry Fair This Saturday (1 November) the popular Stellenbosch Slow Market will be celebrating all things “strawberries” with the Summer Strawberry Fair from 9am – 2pm at the Oude Libertas Estate on the corner of Oude Libertas Road & Adam Tas Road in Stellenbosch. There will be everything from fresh…
  • Timeless Travels: Karoo for Kids – Tracking Cheetah on foot in the bush at Samara

    Kathryn Rossiter
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Last Monday I shared with your our first half day at Samara Private Nature Reserve located in the Karoo just outside Graff-Reinet and today I’m continuing with Day 2 of our Karoo for Kids trip… During supper of the previous evening we had chatted to our ranger and he got a better idea from us about our needs and expectations for the trip – if there were particular animals we wanted to see or things we were keen to focus on during our time at Samara. Tendai also checked with us about what time we were keen to get going on our morning game drive as he wanted to fit it around…
  • Interview with a Health Product Distributor

    Kathryn Rossiter
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    At a recent Mommy Matters networking breakfast I met Nina Hill, a very enthusiastic entrepreneur who is passionate about what she does and how it gives her the lifestyle she wants. After spending some time with this positive lady I thought she might be a great candidate for my next Women at Work series…. Read on to find out more about Nina, what she does and how she got there… Tell me more about yourself and what you currently do? I lived overseas for 15 years and 3 years ago came back to Cape Town with my family for everything that SA has to offer. I had met my husband in London…
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    Transformation Goddess

  • Self-Love Secrets

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Welcome to this month’s Transformation Goddess Book review of “Self-Love Secrets” by Evelyn Lim. I have had the pleasure of following Evelyn’s great work for the last 5 years at Abundance Tapestry where people come for her supportive guidance and Abundance Alchemy coaching. Evelyn became inspired to write Self-Love Secrets after receiving thousands of emails from people all over […]
  • Money or Happiness: Which is More Valuable?

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the Transformation Goddess – Divine Feminine Spotlight for October! The intention of The Divine Feminine Spotlight series is to share transformational stories of women who have learned to walk in beauty, with the strength, courage, and pleasure of claiming their feminine sovereignty.   Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my favorite Australian, the […]
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    My Savvy Sisters

  • GoPro Captures Street Harassment in New York? Girl, Please!

    Te-Erika Patterson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It is crazy to me that women find this offensive. All of this admiration and you get MAD? You call it street harassment? This is NOT street harassment, this is men vocalizing how the sight of her body makes their dicks feel in the most unobtrusive way possible, at least for their limited minds. This is men desiring a woman. This is men trying to get a woman’s attention. They are not taunting her and calling her disrespectful names. They are not harassing her, just acknowledging her existence and appreciating her beauty in the only way they know how. I bet when the attention stops you…
  • A Mother’s Biggest Mistake

    Te-Erika Patterson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    There is nothing quite like being a Mom. We get to watch as tiny human beings emerge from our bodies and then guide them as they grow. We often believe that if we do everything just right, they will avoid all of the heartache that we had to experience. We watch them, protect them and bestow all of our life’s wishes for happiness upon them. This is all well and good, who wouldn’t want to wish the best for their child? But, some Moms make a vital mistake in their well-wishes for their children that may lead to more harm than good. Moms, don’t turn your child into your…
  • What Do You Worship Every Day?

    Te-Erika Patterson
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Today as I spent nearly every waking minute sitting in front of this laptop I realized something that made me stand up, close the lid and walk away. I went outside and shook my head as I realized that the majority of my focus in life is this computer, my blogs and my online activities. I literally spend the majority of each day looking at my computer screen, studying ways to make my online businesses grow and thinking about my blogs when I am not working on them. I WORSHIP MY ONLINE LIFE. I wake up every morning with anxiety in my heart wondering how my traffic went while I went to sleep and…
  • Te-Erika’s Diary: The Process of Creation

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Halloween 2003. My son was 16 months old. I bought him the most adorable pumpkin costume and couldn’t wait for Halloween night. I left work an hour early that Friday so I could take him trick or treating. I had just told my childless-by-choice boss I was pregnant again and she was not pleased, so I didn’t dare leave before 4 p.m. Traffic in the city was horrible. Gridlock at every intersection. When I got to the Expressway, it was no better. I crawled a few exits and exited onto the street where my father grew up. It’s nice to be a native, I thought, and know the back roads. And…
  • It’s National Flex Day: Respect the Flex!

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

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    After news that Facebook and Apple now pay for women employees to freeze their eggs, several readers reached out and asked me what I thought of egg freezing as a perk. The benefit doesn’t bother me; the (justified) reaction does. Egg freezing can cost between $10,000 and $20,000 – prohibitive for many women. Amanda Hess writes in Slate, that offering egg freezing, “is good for female employees of these companies, who will now benefit from a fuller range of reproductive choices.” And Megan Garber at The Atlantic points out the egg freezing complements HR packages that already…
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  • Foster Care Grad: Nobody Is Supposed to Touch You

    Chandani Smith and Nicole Deniflee
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Gender-sensitive programs and therapies offer promise to female teens trying to cope with the hardships of being in foster care. Shavonn Wheeler knows from her own life all that can be lacking and generously reflects on that here.
  • 'Yes Means Yes' Is All Wrong for Harvard

    Wendy Murphy
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Harvard Law students who say "affirmative consent" will make campuses safer from sex assault are off track. They should be doing everything they can to assert Title IX, the best law there is for victims of violence "on the basis of sex."
  • Syrian Women in Lebanon Share Searing Memories

    Masha Hamilton
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Recently, in northern Lebanon, our organization, Concern Worldwide, took in the stories of Syrian women living as war refugees. "For so long I've wanted someone to come," said one. "I've been waiting to tell my story."
  • French Muslims Confront Menace Beneath Ban of Veil

    Hajer Naili
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    For generations France made little effort to include newcomers from its former colonies in North Africa, say critics. Now, two recent bans against religious veiling put French Muslim girls and women at the center of the country's simmering immigration debate.
  • Self-Help Books Moved Views from Nurture to Nature

    Lynn Roseberry and Johan Roos
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The self-help books of the 1990s changed popular opinion and the public began believing nature is more influential than nurture for differences between men and women, Lynn Roseberry and Johan Roos say in this excerpt from "Bridging the Gender Gap."
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  • 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 .
  • CBD Salves and Topicals in Prohibition States? Read this.

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    There is no humane way to detain families. Let me give you an example of why: 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 and are seeking asylum. 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 facility medical staff told Rosa that if…
  • Overlooked Among 50 Million Displaced Worldwide, Women and Girls Lose Out

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    This interview with Elizabeth Cafferty, WRC Senior Advocacy Officer, and conducted by Andrea ó Súilleabháin, was originally posted at Global Observatory. Mass displacement has become a significant feature of recent conflicts, as the number of people forced to flee their homes has passed 50 million worldwide, a level not seen since World War II. This is one of the reasons why the UN Security Council will focus on women refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) during its annual open debate on women, peace, and security on October 28, according toElizabeth Cafferty, senior advocacy…
  • ExCom 2014: Global Refugee Priorities Decoded

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

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

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

  • Life is Too Short To…

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wedding Photo Musts: Bride and Groom Holding Hands Before the Ceremony

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Inspiring Pretty We have looked at some of the most tender moments of a wedding, which must be caught on camera, such as the grooms first look, the father of the bride’s first looks and the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony. We have also discussed capturing the most sentimental article of clothing in the wedding – the bride’s something blue. Today, we are talking about a new trend that I love – the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony. It is similar to the blindfolded kiss, but instead of the bride seeing the groom as they kiss, neither person…
  • 50 Reasons Why I Love My Boyfriend

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Inspiring Pretty My boyfriend and I celebrated six months together this past week. Due to the fact that it is our first year together, we wanted to celebrate each of our milestones together. Both of us feel as though we have been together much longer than that, which I believe is to be taken as a good thing. However, our anniversary was a bit bumpy. We actually forgot on the day of anniversary that it was our special day. I thought it was the following day and he simply forgot until he texted me a bit later that day. Yeah, that was a little embarrassing. To add to that, we did not have…
  • Wedding Photo Musts: Your Something Blue

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

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

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

  • Malala Yousafzai: Unlearning The Lessons Of Obedience

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

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Best Gratitude Websites

    Sue Levy, Empower Women
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Hello my Thankful Thursday dreamers! This week I have much to be grateful for. I turned 31-years-young and I also celebrated my third year as a blogger. Milestones should always be celebrated my dear dreamers. I am grateful for all of you who wished me happy birthday through social media and also came to my […] Related Posts: Who Else Wants to Know the Science of Gratitude and How it… Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks: Top 8 Websites on… Can Practicing Gratitude Make you Rich? 16 Best Gratitude Quotes and Affirmations for Your Dream… The Key To a Happy Life is To…
  • How Failure is a Perfect Part of Dream Success

    Iman Woods, Therapeutic Photos for Women
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When dreamers first begin their dream journey we have this bad habit of comparing where we are with our dream to other people with similar dreams and then judge our own progress accordingly. This “comparing ourselves to others” habit infects us more often than we realize, with everything from weight loss to home decor. One of the […] Related Posts: Famous Photographer Dreams of Using iPhone 5 for Glamour… Body Image: Why Am I Never Good Enough? 1950s Portraits of Men 8 Top Goal Setting Help to Move Your Dream Forward This Year Top Photographer Iman Woods Dreams of…
  • Finding Happiness by Making a House a Home

    Lisa Powell, Get Happy
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve been following my posts here, dear reader, you know that I had to move twice this summer, and am just now getting settled into my new home, which is an apartment on a private park just blocks from the home I own. Turning a “house” into a “home” takes some time, energy and intention, […] Related Posts: Take Your Eating Plan Back To School Finding Happiness In the Friendly South Finding Happiness Even When Sad How to Fill Your New Home with Culinary Love Culinary Dreams: Marinate Food Like Friendships The post Finding Happiness by Making a House a…
  • Treadmill Workouts to Avoid Fall Fitness Pitfalls

    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hey fitness dreamers, it’s fall! This is the start of the holiday season and the toughest part of the year for sticking to fitness goals. Any runner will tell you that any time spent on the treadmill is pure hell. The days are getting darker heading into fall and we are losing the precious daylight […] Related Posts: 4 Tips for Fitness Motivation Through the Holidays Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths Fitness Inspiration: Ignore Distractions Until After Your… Top 8 Dream Workout Trends in 2014 Active Recovery: 6 Workout Ideas to Reduce Sore Muscles The post Treadmill Workouts to…
  • 10 Ways to Discover your Passion

    Catherine Hughes, Be an Online Success
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    This week I am wrapping up my series on how to find what you are passionate about for those of you struggling with finding your dream. I wrote that it’s probably because of some trauma that happened to you in childhood where you became disconnected from the tasks you loved playing. And getting to the […] Related Posts: A Map for Finding Your Passion and Working It This Year 6 Best Life-Purpose Books for Creating a Life You’ll… Make Your Dreams Come True By Following Your Passions If You Want to Find Your Dream Stop Looking For It Five Keys to Living A Life of Purpose…
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  • How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m excited to bring this sponsored post to you from Credit Karma™ because credit scores are a topic that not too many people know about.  There are so many things we are taught growing up; from learning our colors and number to desire to go to college so we can get a good job we’re prep... The post How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    As people get older, it can be incredibly difficult to fight the test of time and sooner or later the body will start to drastically change. But while you may never be able to have the tight skin or sculpted body that you had in your 20s, there are still some things that you can do to keep your body... The post How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp

    Da Vinci
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As women we have so much pressure to look our best and be on top of things 24/7. While magazines and the media continue to show us the glam side of life, those airbrushed pictures don’t tell the true story of what women have to do to get there. Often times women don’t realize that that p... The post Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir

    Da Vinci
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I love reading romance novels, stories of magical intrigue and more.  I find myself whisked away from the boundaries of my own reality and immersed in those worlds.  Since I know a lot of our Lifers are avid readers, we’re happy to bring our latest giveaway.  We’re giving you a chance to... The post Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin

    Da Vinci
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you struggle with breakouts or skin irritation, it can be tough to find the right products that will clear up your skin and not create further irritation. Many products on the market today contain toxins and chemicals that can actually irritate your skin, rather than reducing blemishes or inflamm... The post Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Ann Daly

  • 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…
  • Diane von Furstenberg: success begins with clarity

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

    Ann Daly
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Here’s a digest of the daily coaching reminders I shared online this week. (For even more coaching advice, let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter!) Consider the mantra of a woman with one year to live: “No time to rush.” Know the difference between being judgmental and having good judgment. “You have to learn to take criticism seriously but not personally.” Hillary Clinton “If you do something wrong, say you’re sorry and move on, and don’t beat up on yourself about it.” Gay Gaddis If you’re asking, “Who’s to blame?” you’re asking the wrong…
  • Living a complete life

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

    Ann Daly
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Here’s a digest of the daily coaching reminders I shared online this week. (For even more coaching advice, let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter!) Meaning isn’t something you “find.” It’s something you create. Know the difference between attached and curious. A simple, timely apology is usually the best strategy. Repeated apologies prevent us from moving forward. Beware of anyone bearing the word “should.” Including yourself. You get what you pay for, and you get what you ask for. “As you label it, so it appears to you.” Pema Chodron Notice what happens when you…
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    World Of Female

  • 4 Ways To Get Rid Of Laughing Lines Without Surgery

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

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

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

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

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

  • D + C | Honeymoon Part 1: Maui.

    diane @ a spot of whimsy
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Not that I wasn't expecting our honeymoon to be completely wonderful, but it somehow exceeded all expectations to become the most amazing trip of my life.  We spent the first 4 nights on Maui, then flew to Kauai for an additional 5 nights.  To avoid picture overload, I'm splitting them up over 2 posts, 1 per island.  Aloha!{Our first day}We landed late in the afternoon, immediately bought ourselves some fresh flower leis in baggage claim (love that), and headed to our hotel, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in our cliched (but awesome) rented white Jeep.
  • D + C | Our Wedding Trailer.

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

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

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

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

  • Back ‘n Forth: Tiny’s Purchased Peepers

    Fleur Delacour
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    All of Blackdom knows by now that Tiny Harris purchased some new eyes recently; because apparently that’s the new-new thing to do when you have a lot of cash and limited goals. I really don’t want to go all think-piece on you, but we’re obligated here to report this type of foolery and other crimes against humanity, our eyes and White Jesus. So I figured I would throw it out to Witch E for some back ‘n forth. And, leggo: Fleur: Why did she start there though? Elphie: Man self-hatred is confusing. I’d fix that top Elvis lip first…then my voice. I mean there…
  • Brew Bits: Teddy Pendergrass’ Passenger Speaks

    Fleur Delacour
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    I’m dating myself but late singer Teddy Pendergrass was everything to my mom and her friends growing up. I mean mom even had some Teddy Pendergrass jeans! That’s how hot he was. Oh, for you youngins picture Tre Songz in all his shirtless singing whiny glory x 2! In case you don’t know Teddy’s story; at his peak he crashed his Rolls Royce into a tree in Philadelphia and was paralyzed. The identity of his passenger was always somewhat of a mystery, but word on the curb was that she was transgendered prostitute. Needless to say, it was a wrap for all things Teddy after…
  • Brew Tube: The Shadiest Moments from Aretha Franklin’s Promotional Tour

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

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

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

  • Injection Intervention: How Far SHOULD We Go For Ageless Beauty?

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelecup (aka: The Beauty Babe) I turned 50 last month, and my friend Karyn turned 40. Now here is the shocking part of this statement: Despite our heroic efforts to defy the hands of time, neither one of us looks 30. I stare in disbelief at those fresh-faced photos of us from over a decade ago, and damn, we really DO look 10 years older than we did back then. Who is playing this dirty, rotten trick on us?  I know for a fact that Oprah PROMISED ME that 50 was the new 30. I naively believed her and all of the other pop culture gurus that insured us that we were the generation that…
  • Mean Girls, Mean Media: Attacking Renée Zellweger IS Middle-School Bullying in Drag

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    By Lisa Barr Here’s what is headlining the news this week: ISIS, Ebola, and Renée Zellweger’s face. The first two are crises; the latter – seriously? Leave the woman alone. In a Botox-obsessed nation, who are we to criticize a celebrity who by her own defense finally feels “peaceful and healthy”, and living her life her way. Why do we want to break her, a woman who has stayed out of the limelight for the past few years only to attend ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event a few days ago? The media and women nationwide have called out Zellweger for being…
  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

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

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

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

  • Not Alone Gives Women A Place To Talk About Their Abortions

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet it’s a topic that few women discuss openly. This was the case for women’s rights advocate Sherry Matusoff Merfish who spent her career fighting for women’s reproductive rights, but kept her own abortion and feelings of shame a secret from her two daughters until they left home for college. In 2013, Sherry’s daughter Beth wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times called “My Mother’s Abortion.” It was the overwhelming response to this article that inspired the women to launch Not Alone, an online community…
  • The Princess Problem: Available On Store Shelves Everywhere

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    “I figured if I could sum up what was wrong with the face of girls’ marketing today in one succinctly satirized image, it might make it easier for us to admit how we fail. And sometimes the best way to reveal something is to provide a fresh look at what’s already right in front of our eyes.” This is what David Trumble, Political Cartoonist and Author/Illustrator, set out to do when he embarked on his latest visual project in partnership with the woman who literally wrote the book on the subject of the limits and dangers of the Princess Culture mold, Dr. Rebecca Hains, a…
  • The Angry Uterus

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    - image via The Meta Picture The post The Angry Uterus appeared first on Women You Should Know®.
  • First Female-led Marvel Film Announced (Yay)… In Theaters Almost 4 Years From Now (Sigh)

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Good News: Carol Danvers has set a flight path straight into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The super heroine will make her debut in Marvel’s “Captain Marvel,” headlining the first female-led film from Marvel Studios. The Bad News: This giant, superheroic leap for womankind is almost 4 years away, as the movie-mold, glass-ceiling breaking blockbuster won’t hit theaters until July 6, 2018. That’s all we got because that’s all Marvel’s giving right now… so take from it what you will. But in the meantime, we can still cheer for our favorite Captain…
  • Talking While Female

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Childlike. Annoying. Squeaky. Frantic. Grating. Obnoxious. Not Authoritative. Why do women sound like they do? What happens when women try to change the way they sound? What do our voices say about self-image? Fascinating video narrated by NPR’s Selena Simmons-Duffin and animated by Kelli Anderson. The post Talking While Female appeared first on Women You Should Know®.
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    Its All About Women!

  • Transform Your Body in 2-Steps (Takes just 6 mins)

    Craig Ballantyne
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Do you ever feel like you’re too busy to look and feel amazing? That your work and family responsibilities are keeping you from ever feeling young, sexy and energetic again? If so, then I promise you’re NOT alone. As we get older, life gets more…complicated. And over time, that number on the scale keeps creeping up and we start feeling older.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You see, most diet and exercise plans are WAY TOO INTENSE to actually work.  I know that probably sounds crazy but hear me out for a second… If you’re over the age of 30, then you need an…
  • 4 Simple Rules That Will Change The Way You Approach Weight Loss Success

    Sue Heintze
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Have you been searching for a quick weight loss fix but ended up disappointed because you found nothing but failure? If so, it can feel like you’ll never lose the weight. Never see the number on the scale lower. Never fit back into those pre-baby jeans. Never feel good about the woman you see looking back at you in the mirror. I’ve been stuck there before. So we both know it can be a downright emotionally and mentally devastating place to be in. Here’s How True Change Happens The truth of the matter is that you need a little bit of patience to see meaningful and lasting change. Well I…
  • 5 Fantastic Body Sculpting Tips for Women

    Belinda Benn
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You’ve made the decision to sculpt your body the natural way… Now, you’re looking for ways to get great results. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this list of the Top 5 body-sculpting tips for women! With these powerful tips to shed fat and build muscle, you’ll soon be rocking a fabulous, toned body. Ready? Tip #1: Pair Body Sculpting Exercises with Good Nutrition You plan on doing cardio (preferably HIIT) to shed the fat. You’re going to do resistance or bodyweight training to stimulate your muscles. But you know what? All of this is wasted if you don’t pair your…
  • 6 Secrets to a Slimmer You!

    Jenn Edden - Premium Expert
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you know that if you suffer from sugar cravings, stomach bloat, mood swings, fatigue, dark circles under your eyes and stubborn weight… your body is giving you signs that it’s on toxic overload? So many women live with these health conditions thinking they are “normal” and should be something they have to deal with alone. They blame themselves for the anxiety or uncontrollable night time cravings, and definitely for their failed weight loss efforts. Does any of that sound familiar? If so, the good news is there are 6 secrets I’ve discovered that truly help alleviate the…
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    Denise ONeill
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever wished you could be in someone else’s shoes? Maybe she’s prettier. Maybe she has effortless success. Or maybe she has that amazing relationship you dream of having. This can be a treacherous line of thought because for every person we envy, there is bound to be someone else who wishes they could have what we’ve been blessed with. This simple movie is an important reminder that we should be supremely grateful for every little thing we have instead of gazing upon the “greener grass next door.” For the truth is, we can never know what someone else has been through. What…
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    The Indie Chicks

  • 5 Things Every Girl Who Dates an Asshole Should Understand

    Sarah Williams
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    We’ve all heard stories about an arrogant, self-centered man breaking a woman’s heart. He seems perfect in the beginning, but over time, things start getting complicated. His schedule becomes vague and his whereabouts are suspect and mysterious. He becomes withdrawn...
  • Send Jealousy Packing

    Miranda Hunt
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk on another typical Monday, doing the same, mundane work that you loathe, when your phone vibrates with a new text. You notice it’s from your best friend, so you waste no time opening...
  • An Introvert’s Guide to Coming Out of Your Shell

    Julie Zantopoulos
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    “Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen...
  • Break up and Move On

    Sherita McAdams
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Overall when it comes to reading advice on being forever alone single, dealing with men and dating/relationship advice, it normally goes in one little drunken ear and out the other. “Ten fashion trends men hate … NEXT “It’s a huge turn...
  • Understanding Domestic Violence

    Chrystal Rose
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    With domestic violence creeping up in the news and the world of sports, the ignorance around the subject has been burning in my ears and my eyes. I’ve felt so disappointed in people who passed judgment on the victims. It...
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  • Throwback Thursday: “Peek-A-Boo” and “Kiss Them For Me” by Siouxsie and the Banshees

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    We’re getting into a real spooky mood this week so naturally our thoughts turn to Siouxsie Sioux, the woman who rules over the blackest part of our heart with her goth-punk-pop magic. Born Susan Janet Ballion in the suburbs of London, Siouxsie decided she hated authority when her sexual assault was essentially ignored by every grown-up she knew. She turned to London’s gay discos for community and when the Sex Pistols hit the U.K. scene, Siouxsie, decked out in her signature studded leather bondage gear became a devoted fan, going to all their shows.Author: DAME
  • Dear Julie: Advice About Unemployment Insensitivity and Know-It-Alls

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Tags: Dear Julie DAME’s Friendkeeper helps a pink-slipped woman deal with her stress-causing friend, and tells another how to defuse her pal’s annoying “omniscience.” By Julie Klam
  • This Is Why I Didn’t Tell You He Was Beating Me

    Kera Bolonik
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Tags: First Person Understanding the mind-set of a victim of domestic violence is almost impossible to do. Unless, like this writer, you’ve been one. By Janice Fuller-Roberts
  • Can Kids Deal With Death?

    Kera Bolonik
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Tags: Parental Advisory In the wake of her mother’s funeral, our columnist knows that talking about death and dying with your children is about as dreadful as it gets. But it doesn’t have to be. By Kate Tuttle
  • Hey, Jian Ghomeshi, I Call B.S.!

    Kera Bolonik
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Tags: All the Rage A brief history of ridiculous things we've been asked to believe after famous men were accused of rape. By Kate Harding
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    Wealthcare For Women

  • Are Your Investments Dressing Up For Halloween?

    Russ Thornton
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So here’s a scary tale just in time for Halloween . . . When I’m asked to look at investment portfolios that have been assembled on a DIY basis or on the recommendation of a financial advisor, I regularly find index funds dressed up as actively managed funds. As you may recall from my past articles, index funds are low cost, broadly diversified mutual funds that invest in an index representing a broad swath of the investment market. For instance, you may be familiar with or have heard of an S&P 500 index fund. This is a fund that invests in all the stocks in the S&P 500…
  • 5 Mistakes Women Can Avoid Before Filing For A Divorce

    Russ Thornton
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Divorce ranks as one of the most stressful life events. The same could be said of the period that immediately precedes the decision to file for divorce. If you’re like most women in this situation, you’re stressed, unsure and scared. Objective, healthy decision-making doesn’t always flow from those emotional states. That’s why it’s important to avoid these five mistakes when considering divorce, according to Melody Richardson of Pachman Richardson LLC, family law attorneys in Atlanta, Ga. Richardson, whose practice exclusively consists of family law, is a firm founder with nearly 20…
  • Do You Know Your Investment Risk Score?

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

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

    Russ Thornton
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Divorce is such an emotional experience, it can be hard to know how to determine which attorney has the potential to help you achieve the best outcome with divorce and custody issues. With that in mind, I spoke to Melody Richardson and Rachel Miller, experienced family law attorneys with Pachman Richardson in Atlanta, about the best questions to ask attorneys that you might select to represent you in your divorce. Their answers are below. 1. Is your practice limited to family law? Working with a lawyer who has a full-time practice in family law will guarantee that you’ll have a specialist…
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  • How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    I’m excited to bring this sponsored post to you from Credit Karma™ because credit scores are a topic that not too many people know about.  There are so many things we are taught growing up; from learning our colors and number to desire to go to college so we can get a good job we’re prep... The post How Credit Karma Helped Me With My Credit Score and Finances appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age

    Da Vinci
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    As people get older, it can be incredibly difficult to fight the test of time and sooner or later the body will start to drastically change. But while you may never be able to have the tight skin or sculpted body that you had in your 20s, there are still some things that you can do to keep your body... The post How To Keep Your Body Looking Fit and Healthy At Any Age appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp

    Da Vinci
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As women we have so much pressure to look our best and be on top of things 24/7. While magazines and the media continue to show us the glam side of life, those airbrushed pictures don’t tell the true story of what women have to do to get there. Often times women don’t realize that that p... The post Tips and Tricks for Dealing With Pesky Hair Growth: #GoConfidently With Jolen #sp appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir

    Da Vinci
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I love reading romance novels, stories of magical intrigue and more.  I find myself whisked away from the boundaries of my own reality and immersed in those worlds.  Since I know a lot of our Lifers are avid readers, we’re happy to bring our latest giveaway.  We’re giving you a chance to... The post Enter To Win: THE HEIR CHRONICLES Prize Pack (includes speakers and more) #TheSorcererHeir appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin

    Da Vinci
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you struggle with breakouts or skin irritation, it can be tough to find the right products that will clear up your skin and not create further irritation. Many products on the market today contain toxins and chemicals that can actually irritate your skin, rather than reducing blemishes or inflamm... The post Just to Be Clear: 5 Unique and Natural Beauty Methods to Help Struggling Skin appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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  • Kalki Koechlin in Zara – Yeah or Nah

    Paayal Pandyaa
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    While we just caught  Kalki Koechlin too with Ileana for the music launch of their upcoming film ‘Happy Ending’ last night. Kalki was seen sporting a floral printed dress from Zara… which we thought was cute but not ambrosial considering the event of music launch. The dress had a high neck and long sleeves, out first impression was literally like a cute little english kid in a cotton frock. While she Kept the look simple and laid back and added a pair of brown sandals to finish out the look out with clean and minimal make up and a top knot. We think she could have put…
  • We’re loving Ileana D’cruz in Deme by Gabriella and H&M

    Paayal Pandyaa
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Here we caught this girl on ‘Happy Ending’ promotions for some music channel interviews earlier today. This plazzo freak girl gave us her third palazzo pants look back to back in 4 days, Ileana D’cruz paired her Deme by Gabriella pants with a cute peplum crop top from H&M. She chose to wear Jimmy Choo ‘Tebori’ sandals to compliment her crop tops’s yellow neck line and paired up a Maithili Kabre cut crystal ring. Unkempt hair waves and nude lips are compliment the look. We are in love with this plazzo and would like to grab one of this Maithili Kabre…
  • Priyanka Chopra in Pankaj and Nidhi outfit

    Paayal Pandyaa
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Priyanka Chopra was recently wearing a Pankaj and Nidhi outfit on the red carpet in Abu Dhabi attending the film festival there. She finished up  the look with Nitya Arora at Minerali earrings. She looked like a delicate fairy in the powder blue column dress with peach and white detailing on it. PC finished out her look with a high hair knot. We think as per the bold look and dress the dangling gold earrings looked a bit overdone with this dress, we loved the entire outfit as it fits so perfectly on her with the perfect length. A subtle chic or a vintage pair of earrings would have…

    Paayal Pandyaa
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
  • How to get the most out of Goa’s nightlife

    Paayal Pandyaa
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Situated on the west coast of India, Goa is one of the more popular tourist destinations the country has to offer. Although it is the smallest Indian state, the region has plenty of cultural and historical landmarks for visitors to explore, as well as offering a fantastic entertainment and nightlife scene. So if you’re looking to get the experience of a true night out in India, then Goa is the place to be. Heralded as the “best club in India”, the Club Cubana is a highly popular venue in the Goa region. Open each night of the week, the club attracts more of an up-market crowd, with even…
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    Of Means and Ends

  • What transgender people can tell us about gender discrimination in the workplace

    Rebecca Griffin
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    We’ve all heard a million excuses for why women aren’t advancing in the workplace. We’re not aggressive enough. We’re too aggressive. We’re just not as competent as the male candidates. We’re not “leaning in” enough. We make lifestyle choices that put us at a disadvantage in the job market. Basically anything but gender discrimination. It can be difficult to dispense with these excuses and prove discrimination, especially the kind that is often subtle or subconscious. Jessica Nordell points out one place we can look to see very clearly how…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Iranian women protest misogynist acid attacks. 16 things women were told they couldn’t do this year. Many people who grew up loving “The Cosby Show” don’t want to remember, but comedian Hannibal Buress reminded his audience about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Hari Kondabolu offers a compromise for dealing with the Washington football team’s racist name. Yes, mass shootings are occurring more often. Laurie Abraham talks about not regretting her two abortions and how those decisions impacted her life. Today in Islamophobia: a City Council…
  • What’s at stake in this election

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

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

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

  • Your Single Girl Goals | Fall Edition

    Catherine Abalos
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    5 Single Girl goals to bring to life this fall It’s hard to believe that another month is coming to an end. Halloween is tomorrow, which means the holiday season is looming, which means we will soon cross the 2014 finish line. You may not want to hear that, but I believe that acknowledging the inevitable is […]
  • Orange October in San Francisco

    Catherine Abalos
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catherine reflects on cheering on the Giants from San Francisco The last time I was home for the World Series, I was in high school. I remember visiting California Adventure that October and seeing a Giants sign hung proudly across the faux Golden Gate Bridge (to be fair… and especially since we were in Angels […]
  • Single Girl Brunches with the Best | Vilte S. Holstad of VilteCo.

    Jennifer Hacker
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ep. 3: Paris, PR, & Paving Your Own Way with VilteCo. Founder Vilte S. Holstad Single Girl Brunches with the Best | Vilte S. Holstad, VilteCo. from Jennifer Hacker on Vimeo. In this episode of Single Girl Brunches with the Best I caught up with Vilte S. Holstad, the founder behind the PR creative VilteCo. Our brunch […]
  • 11 Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies to Watch this October

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Serial monogamist Kristelle Siarza made a promise to herself to stay single for one year. Read on to find out how she did. On October 22, 2013 I crossed unfamiliar territory. I became a single woman, moved out of my ex’s house, and decided to write a piece on this fabulous blog to challenge myself to […]
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  • Spices and herbs which can speed up weight loss

    Helena Negru
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When you are looking to speed up weight loss you need to look no further than your own local herbs market, as there are plenty of spices and herbs which not only taste heavenly in our meals, but speed up the metabolism and literally melt the fat on the go. Ginseng is one of the most popular weight loss aid. In Chinese medicine it was, and still is, used to treat multiple illnesses, ranging from simple pains and wounds, to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer. The panax ginseng version is known for boosting energy level and helping you find some extra energy for your gym sessions.
  • Halloween top five recipes to haunt your taste

    Helena Negru
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Haloween 2014 is just around the corner, so let’s plan some great meals for the trick or treat visitors. No matter what type of ghost, monster or witch will haunt your home this time, serve them with these delicious treats and they will sure return with lots of spooky gratitude for the next Halloween. Here are top five most creepy-delicious Halloween recipes. Monster Eye-balls This simple recipe is perfect for calming down the evil spirits when they come to haunt you for Halloween. One interestingly healthy pick, the monster eye-balls are both delicious and great energy providers, so if…
  • DIY home remedies for pets

    Helena Negru
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    DIY home remedies are taking over the traditional medicines prescribed by doctors in the last years, as more and more people rely on vegetables and fruits to prevent and cure the common cold, sores and other small wounds, as well as infections. The fact that DIY home remedies are now being used on our beloved four-pawed companions is not a surprise anymore, but more of a natural consequence. To help you care for your pet, I’ve gathered the best DIY home remedies for pets in this article. Upset stomach When your pet-baby is vomiting or suffers from diarrhoea, use Pepto Bismol in…
  • Week’s Video: Who can distract this uber-focused kitty?

    Helena Negru
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week’s video is not as creepy as expected, but damn is funny. Cats have this special aura of being somewhat magical creatures, due to their sharp eyes and moody behavior, so they were immediately linked to witchcraft and so called “wise-women” during the Medieval Times. And the connection is still there, because we all avoid black cats and some people are determined to return home if a black cat crosses the road in front of them. But, with the Halloween near-by and the #caturday following closely this week, the video which managed to catch our eyes here at Viiva is this…
  • Who’s That Girl? Its Jess, NEW GIRL

    Adity Bera
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jessica day is the NEW GIRL in Nick, Schmidt and Winston’s life, she is here because she broke up with her boyfriend (who was a complete jerk btw) and became homeless, these three guys are her new roommates. The story starts from there, Nick is talented but lazy, his scenes with Jess are the best part of the show, Schmidt is a playboy who is also very successful at his job. He and Nick were also college roommates. For Winston, Jess is still finding out who he is, there is no chemistry with his girl friend anymore. But it still took him long to end things with her. Jessica and Nick…
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    Paris To Go

  • Fondation Louis Vuitton, Jardin d'Acclimatation Part II

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Two of my friends live in a Haussmannian duplex overlooking Fondation Louis Vuitton. Last year, they called it an abomination, but now that it's open, I think they really like it. I went back to see Lang Lang and followed neighborhood residents around the museum, listening for chatter. They may have said "C'est marrant," but the way they dressed for the occasion, lingered in the galleries, and snapped nonstop photos belied overwhelming enthusiasm. "We pulled my son out of school... I used a vacation day for this," confessed one mom. I guess Parisians never come out and say when they like…
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton, Jardin d'Acclimatation Part I

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Ellsworth Kelly Thomas SchütteCerith Wyn EvansGerhard Richter John GiorgioDial-a-Poem Fondation LV AuditoriumPierre HuygheNo one should criticize Frank Gehry for going too far with Fondation Louis Vuitton. The man is in his 80s. Let him do what he wants.
  • Zero Waste Stain Removal Chart

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    I wasn't allowed in the kitchen until last year, and my command of French is middling at best, but a lifetime of thrift shopping and being clumsy turned me into a stain removal expert the likes of Heloise. All you need are a few natural ingredients you probably have on hand. Pretreat stains as directed above, then wash with savon de Marseille and cold water- olive oil-based soap is magic on delicate fabrics and greasy stains. Our clothes are made from natural fibers, so I don't know if these work on synthetics. If you're wearing synthetic clothing, though, you have bigger problems than…
  • Gluten-Free Métro Map of Paris: Free Printable Download

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Click to download the Gluten-Free Métro Plan de Paris in PDF form. To read the original gluten-free guide to Paris, click here.Update: Kapunka II, Paris' first gluten-free Pad Thai restaurant, just opened at Métro Sentier.
  • Private Reopening of Musée Picasso, Le Marais, Paris

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
      This morning my husband was cold and tired and I forced him to bike to the Marais and take these photos. I'm a good wife. Musée Picasso closed five years and racked up millions of euros of debt only to reopen as a series of climatised rooms with pictures in it, some good- Massacre in Korea- some bad- Verre, Homme à la pipe attablé.  I visited with this New York Times article in the back of my mind. It suggests staring at a painting 20 minutes to three hours for increased well-being, but there was no "flourishing" for me today.Over 5,000 Cubist works, including…
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    Jennifer Stinnett

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love Yourself… Now.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jim Bishop

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.” Source Source:: Jim Bishop The post Jim Bishop appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • Rejected Author Bios

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. By Jazmine Hughes by Jazmine Hughes Jazmine Hughes is the contributing editor of the Hairpin. Jazmine Hughes is the contributing editor of the Hairpin, a digital magazine. Jazmine Hughes didn’t know the Hairpin was an digital magazine??? Jazmine Hughes trusts Matt Buchanan. Jazmine Hughes is contributing editor of the Hairpin, a digital magazine, and the main contributing eater of the cheese in her shared refrigerator. Jazmine Hughes loves cheese. She writes too, but you already knew that. Jazmine Hughes…
  • T Magazine: Paul Bettany on Directing His First Film and His Mission to Help the Homeless

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. By By ALEXANDRIA SYMONDS The actor and advocate discusses his forthcoming movie, “Shelter.” Source Source:: T Magazine: Paul Bettany on Directing His First Film and His Mission to Help the Homeless The post T Magazine: Paul Bettany on Directing His First Film and His Mission to Help the Homeless appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • James A. Garfield

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. “A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.” Source Source:: James A. Garfield The post James A. Garfield appeared first on Hers.today | Different news for different mood.
  • 7 Deliciously Brilliant Hot Chocolate Hacks

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Hers.Today is a newly-launched news site specially designed for modern women. By Sandra.Roldan Upgrade your cocoa from “good” to “whoa.” As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, nothing quite hits the spot like a mug of hot cocoa. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, but there’s a whole world of hot chocolate hacks that can really amp up the goodness! Try these ways to put a new spin on an old standby. courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie 1. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate There’s a reason Reese’s cups are so popular: Peanut butter…
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  • How to choose a watch?

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The beautiful jewels are a big weakness of the women. The rich ladies have large collections kept locked in their personal safe. And no wonder that they keep them in a safe – the... The post The top 10 most luxurious jewelry brands appeared first on 24Ladies.
  • 5 Effortless Ways To Improve Your Diet & Health Today

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There are about a million diets out there, each one promising to help you create the body of your dreams. Along with those diets there are countless theories on ideal micronutrient ratios, optimal calorie... The post 5 Effortless Ways To Improve Your Diet & Health Today appeared first on 24Ladies.
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    The V Complex

  • Anita Sarkeesian, Sexism, and the Internet

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

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

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

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

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

  • Get Motivated to Exercise Every Day

    Women Fitness Magazine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Women Fitness Magazine Need to know some useful tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise every day? I have a lot of great tips for you! I motivate myself to work out on a daily basis, even during my busiest times. I just can’t imagine my life without exercising! If you want to work out every day but find it difficult to do, check out these tips to get motivated to exercise daily! 1. Make exercise a part of your life Last week my boyfriend asked me to go on a date night and I suggested him a long run followed by a warm shower and then romantic dinner. He really liked my idea and we had…
  • Ways to Make Working from Home Successful

    Women Fitness Magazine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Women Fitness Magazine Looking for some tips to make working from home successful for you? You’ve come to the right place! Many people would jump at the chance to work at home, but it can be much harder than it seems. There are so many distractions at home, from watching TV to washing dishes. But if you really want to make working from home work for you, here are a few tips to follow. 1. Avoid watching TV and checking Twitter and Facebook It may seem impossible to work at home without checking Twitter and Facebook constantly or watching your favorite TV show. But if you want to make working…
  • Essential Things to Bring to Your Dorm Room

    Women Fitness Magazine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Women Fitness Magazine Essential things to bring to a dorm room can be different for every person, but my list is general. Packing for college may seem intimidating, but start it with a check list of items that you need in a dorm. Now, break it down into “wants” and “must haves.” This will help narrow down the essentials. If you are confused and you don’t know what to bring to your new dorm room, check out this list! 1. First aid kit First aid kit is a must-have thing to bring to your dorm room! You never know when you’ll need some painkillers, right? Studying is not a hanging out…
  • Natural Ways to Soothe Sunburn

    Women Fitness Magazine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Women Fitness Magazine During the hot summer months, it’s extremely important to look after our skin in the sun. Sure, it’s better to look for ways to prevent sunburn instead of looking for ways to relieve it! But, if you are at home and you find yourself with fiery sunburn, you may find you have a lot of things in your cupboard that provide natural ways to soothe sunburn. 1. Milk You can add a gallon of milk in a bath of cool water or you can use a cool compress soaked in milk, if you don’t want to soak in a milk bath. If you don’t have milk, you can apply cool plain yoghurt to…
  • Beauty Habits for Healthier Skin

    Women Fitness Magazine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Women Fitness Magazine What good beauty habits do you have? I’m always trying to better my beauty habits. It took a few months before I’d remember to exfoliate and moisturize my skin regularly, and a year before I broke off my nail-biting habit! Here are a few popular beauty habits for healthier skin you should develop… 1. Use coconut oil Coconut oil is something you should definitely have in your bathroom. One of the most popular ways to use coconut oil is after the shower. Rub it everywhere, and be sure to pat dry. You can also apply extra to such dry areas as knees, feet or heels. 2.
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    The Women Talk

  • 6 Quirky Wedding Ideas for Exciting Couples

    Anica Oaks
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    A wedding is a celebration of your love in front of all your friends and family. You want your wedding to be an expression of who the two you are as a couple. But what if a traditional wedding just doesn’t suit who you are? Well, no one said you have to stick with the same traditional wedding as everyone else. Exciting couples can make their wedding stand out and truly reflect their personalities by having a quirky wedding with one of these six ideas. Or maybe these themed weddings will inspire you to come up with your own quirky idea. 1. Secret Identity Wedding This quirky wedding…
  • How To Keep Your Fingernails Strong and Healthy

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Generally, everyone likes polished, well-manicured and clean nails. However, most people do not know that nails too need proper care. Basically, eating a healthy diet is very crucial for your nails, as well as the crucial body organs. You should consider including certain minerals, vitamins and many other nutrients in your daily meals so as to make sure that your nails remain beautiful and healthy. Take off nail polishes for some time Keeping your nails strong and healthy should begin by taking off any nail polishes you are wearing for a time period. This ensures that your nails get…
  • 4 Ways to Make Your Anniversary Unforgettable

    Anica Oaks
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
    Birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries occur every year. However, an anniversary is an intimate celebration. It demonstrates the joy of not one person or one event, but the appreciation and love between two people and their joined lives. Finding a sincere and meaningful way to demonstrate the importance of a life partnership is a challenge for many couples. While flowers and jewelry are beautiful tokens, an anniversary celebration should reflect the dreams shared between partners. A Weekend Away Anxiety abounds concerning the perfect anniversary gift. Often times, the perfect gift is not an…
  • Fashion Myths Mommies Need to Break Now

    Sarah Juzar
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Although, there is no certain rulebook for fashion but we all somehow limit ourselves to certain boundaries or to old myths. Some of these myths may have some authenticity in them but there are many fashion myths that are just meant to be broken. The myth that says, everything looks good in black; thus, making some plus size women wear black all year round, is nothing but mere words. We get that black, has the quality to make things look flatter and slimmer, but black is not the only color. Almost every dark color has this super power to hide what is not needed to be shown. Not just that,…
  • Working From Home: Become Your Own Social Media Manager

    Rachel Cook
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    There’s never been a better time than the present to start your own business from home. One of the easiest ways is by establishing an online persona, or area of expertise. Start small, with a blog, and build up from there as you grow into your guru status. Photo Credit: Flickr Look at beauty expert Gia Nasim, her claim to fame is the red oil responsible for her long, luxurious hair. She’s built a small empire around conditioning her hair regularly, that’s pretty awesome and says that you, too, can build a dream house out of a matchbox. The Basics of Social Media Choose a…
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