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  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

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

    The Women's International Perspective
    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    by Lyse Doucet, BBC, UK - The conflicts in Syria and Gaza are having a a devastating impact on the lives of children. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet who has been following the lives of six Syrian children, and who has just returned from reporting in Gaza, reflects on how war will shape the futures of young people there for decades to come. DoucetLyse Doucet Read More »  
  • 4 Things that Could Be Drying Out Your Skin This Summer

    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online
    Erin Kennedy
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Display Title:  4 Things that Could Be Drying Out Your Skin This Summer Subtitle:  We all want beautiful, luscious skin, especially in the summertime. Make sure you avoid these 4 causes of dry skin. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/skin-hair-amp-nails/content/4-things-could-be-drying-out... Align:  right Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • The Key To Repeat Sales: Follow Up

    The Work at Home Woman
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Do you want your direct sales business to be a success? If you do, repeat sales are the answer. Of course, you have to start with new clients. With a steady stream of new clients to keep your business moving forward then … The real key to lasting success and continued prosperity is […]
  • Movie Review: ‘And So It Goes’ (or, Gordon Gekko Meets Annie Hall)

    Women's Voices For Change
    Alexandra MacAaron
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Diane Keaton is earnest, sentimental, a little goofy. But the flibbertigibbet routine is getting tired. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas chews the scenery as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge. He seems to be having a grand old time—emphasis on the word “old.” [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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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

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

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

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

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

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

  • No Place to Hide for Children of War in Gaza and Syria

    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    by Lyse Doucet, BBC, UK - The conflicts in Syria and Gaza are having a a devastating impact on the lives of children. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet who has been following the lives of six Syrian children, and who has just returned from reporting in Gaza, reflects on how war will shape the futures of young people there for decades to come. DoucetLyse Doucet Read More »  
  • Better Management of Dead and Missing Migrants Needed in Europe

    Kim Amador
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    by Kristy Siegfried, IRIN, Kenya – As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb – to about 75,000 at last count – so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 800 migrants have died trying to make the treacherous crossing from North Africa since the beginning of the year. Read More »
  • Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Catherine Wilson, IPS, Italy - New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS. “If polygamy remained acceptable, wives would never speak for their rights and they and their children would continue to be silent victims of violence,” Dora Kegemo and Dixie Hoffman of the Women and Children’s Access to Community Justice Programme in Goroka, Eastern…
  • Police find 15 corpses in Baghdad in bloody start to Muslim Eid holiday

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police on Monday found the corpses of 15 people, including three women shot in the head in militia-style killings, a bloody start to the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said.
  • Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

    Reuters: World News
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.
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    EmpowHER - Women's Health Online

  • 4 Things that Could Be Drying Out Your Skin This Summer

    Erin Kennedy
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Display Title:  4 Things that Could Be Drying Out Your Skin This Summer Subtitle:  We all want beautiful, luscious skin, especially in the summertime. Make sure you avoid these 4 causes of dry skin. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/skin-hair-amp-nails/content/4-things-could-be-drying-out... Align:  right Weight:  -10 Text Color:  Black
  • Empowher: How to Tell Someone You Have Herpes

    Amy Joyice
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    How to Tell Someone You Have Herpes If you have accepted and come to terms with your diagnosis, that makes it a lot easier. When you’re comfortable, it comes across. read more
  • 5 Symptoms You Should Bring to the Attention of Your Doctor

    Erin Kennedy
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Display Title:  5 Symptoms You Should Bring to the Attention of Your Doctor Subtitle:  When symptoms don't improve, it's time to check in with your doctor. Here are 5 symptoms to keep a lookout for. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/wellness/content/5-symptoms-you-should-bring-attention-y... Align:  left Weight:  -8 Text Color:  Black
  • Dating With Genital Herpes

    Amy Joyice
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Now that you know you have genital herpes, you're out of the dating game, right? Absolutely not. read more
  • 11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan

    Erin Kennedy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Display Title:  11 Delicious Recipes You Won't Believe are Vegan Subtitle:  Here are 11 incredible and indulgent vegan recipes. They may even have you considering becoming vegan. Background Image:  Image Only:  No Description Background:  on Link Text:  Read Full Story URL:  http://www.empowher.com/community/share/11-delicious-recipes-you-wont-believe-ar... Align:  left Weight:  -9 Text Color:  Black
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • The Key To Repeat Sales: Follow Up

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Do you want your direct sales business to be a success? If you do, repeat sales are the answer. Of course, you have to start with new clients. With a steady stream of new clients to keep your business moving forward then … The real key to lasting success and continued prosperity is […]
  • Interview with Mindy McHorse — Freelance Copywriter

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!). […]
  • Want To Make More Money Online? It’s Time To Get Specific

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Angie Nelson Regardless of your service offerings, you can benefit from specializing. Freelance writers, graphic designers, virtual assistants and even social media managers are able to niche. That may mean working with a specific type of person or on a specific type of project. The possibilities are endless. And the reasons behind getting specific […]
  • Is Your Website Set Up To Grab Clients?

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

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

  • Movie Review: ‘And So It Goes’ (or, Gordon Gekko Meets Annie Hall)

    Alexandra MacAaron
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Diane Keaton is earnest, sentimental, a little goofy. But the flibbertigibbet routine is getting tired. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas chews the scenery as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge. He seems to be having a grand old time—emphasis on the word “old.” [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Dr. Pat Consults: “Fatty Liver”—What Causes It? How Is It Treated?

    Brian Landzberg, M.D.
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Brian Landzberg, M.D. "Is it true that the fatty liver I have can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer as well? How does weight cause the liver to fail?" [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Poetry Sunday: A Child Is Born

    Women's Voices For Change
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Here, poet Barbara G.S. Hagerty imagines empowerment through nomenclature—and leaves no doubt about her opinion of the ordinary. [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Molly Fisk on Birchsong

    Molly Fisk
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Molly Fisk When the birch snapped and woke me up, one of the 200 simultaneous swirling thoughts in my head—right after “Am I alive?”—was, “Hey! I can still hear!” [This is only the intro. Click the headline to visit Womens Voices for Change for the full post, links, other content, and more!]
  • Favorite Summer Indulgences from Stylist Cristina Ehrlich

    Women's Voices For Change
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    As we are now in the throes of summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 sweet indulgences for the season. This week we invited stylist Cristina Ehrlich to share with us her favorite picks. [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

  • Because God Is In Small Places, Too

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Yesterday I was flitting around the kitchen, delivering last minute instructions to a new sitter and gathering various items I would need for the too-many-errands-to-run-in-too-little-time day I was about to embark upon. Not surprisingly, I was running late. It’s those moments when I’m behind and feel like I won’t catch-up that make me want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head in surrender. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted Samuel who was watching me with intent, chocolate eyes, taking-in far more than I ever give him credit for. “Mom,” he said…
  • Session Seven: When You Can’t Fully Trust

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Trust. It’s a scary and comforting word all at once, isn’t it? Scary because it involves complete humility and vulnerability and comforting because when it’s present, it’s like wearing an old, comfy sweatshirt on a chilly, fall day. I’m pretty sure if we have a healthy relationship with God, we know we can trust Him, right? We put Him in a place of high honor and we revere and respect Him. He’s sacred. Ephesians 5:22 tells us, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” On page 163 of The God Empowered Wife, Karen…
  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a mother? I experienced a whole new level of guilt. There was a time not so long ago when I would discount guilt because, after all, it’s a useless emotion. But then I realized that the Holy Spirit can communicate with us through guilt. In Chapter Fifteen of The God…
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    Diva Marketing (Blog)

  • 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 ...
  • Second Screen TV - Research

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

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

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

  • Being Brave

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    I read Kaui Hart Hemmings’ new book, The Possibilities.  It’s about a mother mourning the death of her 22-year-old son in an avalanche, and the book begins with her reentry into her regular schedule; returning to work and relationships.  There were a bunch of lines that I noted in Charlotte, but the one that I […]
  • Finding Names

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    After my aunt died this winter, I continued to work on the family tree on my own.  It was slow-going and frustrating.  I had filled in everything I could find on my own, and now I was just randomly Googling combinations of names with the hope of finding an obit or some synagogue announcement that […]
  • IComLeavWe: August 2014

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:20 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 […]
  • No IVF For You: Cutting Off Infertility Treatment Coverage for LGBT and Single Women

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    I am somewhat stunned when ethicists propose policies that discriminate against groups of people.  The job of an ethicist is to hold society to a standard; to ensure that we’re comporting ourselves in a way that is just and humane.  So I question when any ethicist, such as Cristina Richie, asks society to create policy […]
  • 504th Friday Blog Roundup

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Ooooh, this is so trippy, but it totally worked for me. By this point, I get how he did it, but without touching the pause button or doing anything other than watch and play along (it’s only a minute video), tell me if it worked for you.  Make sure you watch all the way to […]
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  • Wisconsin Will Not Enforce Contraceptive Coverage Law If Employers Raise Religious Objections

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Citing the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) announced that it will no longer be enforcing the contraceptive benefit rule for employers with religious objections. via Shutterstock Current state law in Wisconsin requires companies with insurance plans to cover services including outpatient care, preventive treatment, prescription drugs, and FDA-approved contraceptives prescribed by a healthcare provider. According to OCI, however, the state will now allow employers with religious objections to birth…
  • Study Proves Texas Laws Have Significantly Reduced Access to Abortion

    Feminist Newswire
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a study in the medical journal Contraception finding that access to abortion has been significantly reduced since the state enacted it omnibus anti-abortion law HB2. via Shutterstock The study, released last week, details the striking impact that HB2 has had on abortion access in Texas. The researchers collected data on abortion services for the first six months after one of HB2′s four provisions, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, went into effect in…
  • Women’s Equality Party Launched in New York

    Feminist Newswire
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women’s Equality Party ticket. Former New York State Representative Kathy Hochul, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and the National Organization for Women-NYC announced last week they were launching efforts to create a Women’s Equality Party ballot line in the state. “The women’s equality party will send a loud message that women are paying close attention this election cycle,” said NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio. “Elected officials should understand that women’s economic empowerment can be a driver for our economy. Our health…
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

    Feminist Newswire
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By a vote of 12 to 6, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed to recommend ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the full US Senate. via Shutterstock “One hundred forty six nations and the European Union have ratified the Disabilities Treaty, but it will require American leadership to ensure the treaty’s protections become a reality,” said Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. “The treaty embodies the highest of American standards. From the U.S. Constitution, it borrows…
  • Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

    Feminist Newswire
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. FMF interns pose like Rosie the Riveter to show their support for the Equal Rights Amendment. The Congressional leaders cited the Supreme Court’s rulings in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and McCullen v. Coakley as key reasons for calling the rally. “Recent Supreme Court decisions have sent women’s rights back to the Stone Age,” Rep. Speier said in a release issued on Tuesday.
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    Joy Unexpected

  • A Moment in a Marriage as Old as Dirt

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    A federal appeals court has ruled Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional: A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of "segregation" that the Constitution cannot abide.The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, upheld a lower court's decision and extended an extraordinary winning streak in the federal courts for proponents of same-sex marriage.Legal challenges to state bans filed…
  • Open Thread

    Melissa McEwan
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by Otterhounds.
  • This Is What Has Been Happening

    Melissa McEwan
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    [Content Note: Abuse; harassment.]Over the past week, I have been talking to the contributors and moderators, as well as to Iain, to decide how to best to approach this situation. This post is being published with their consent and input.I have written previously about the abuse and harassment I've faced as a result of doing this job. But I've never spoken directly about the most active hate site, an outgrowth of another now-defunct hate site, the members of which have, for years, been obsessively documenting everything that happens at Shakesville.The people who run and participate in this…
  • Blog Note

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

    Melissa McEwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hosted by onomatopoeia.
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  • Economics Tuesday 3: Free Market Fairy Tales and Food Safety

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    You need to be careful when using the term "free markets."  For those who would check the box "free-market fundamentalist" in a questionnaire about one's religion, the term means a deus ex machina: markets as an infinitely wise and objective ruler of our lives, a divine power, something which manages things better than anyone else.  This religious view is extended to apply to all those things which non-market institutions usually manage, including the government (except for wars and legal enforcement of property rights).That concept has nothing to do with economics, by the…
  • Research Monday 3: Studying Gender in Brains

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Now this post (fried girl and boy brains), from last December,  was very hard to write, because it took me ages to research and  because it taught me a lot of unpleasant stuff about science politics in general.  These two posts (the "daring young man on the flying trapeze" and how to popularize gender science) address the popularization problems of studies of this type.
  • Something Rotten In Denmark, For Pickup Artists. A Re-Post

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The post is here.Horrible events relating to this concept have taken place since I wrote that post, and now I'm much, much more concerned about some of those Manosphere sites which completely objectify women or see them especially feminist women) as Devils Incarnate or as pieces of meat.   Because that's how soldiers have sometimes been trained, to de-sensitize them to the violence that is required from them later.
  • A Breast-Feeding Joke And Related Comments. A Re-Post.

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Here is the joke and the comments.  A recent debate about cases where women outside get masturbated at contained one comment (which I can't find now) arguing that breast-feeding and masturbation in public are no different!  If you disapprove of one type of activity, you should disapprove of the other type of activity.  So.
  • Letters From Vacation: Evolutionary Psychology As Religion

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    One university in Finland, the University of Turku, is now offering a minor in evolutionary psychology.  The write-up at the university pages tells us weird stuff.  I translate from the statements of Markus Rantala, the guy who is organizing all this: Evoluutiopsykologiaa sovelletaan laajasti eri tieteenaloilla yhdysvaltalaisissa huippuyliopistoissa, ja Turun yliopisto on nyt mukana eurooppalaisessa eturintamassa tarjoamalla evoluutiopsykologian sivuaineopintoja kaikille kiinnostuneille opiskelijoille, Rantala sanoo.My translation: Evolutionary psychology is widely applied in…
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  • 10 Lessons from BlogHer (or what you learn from thousands of Blogging BFFs & Khloe Kardashian)

    Debba Haupert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Finding my voice, continuing to put my voice out there — whether I get a comment on that post that gives me the goose bumps or not, I’m still a success. I don’t need to charge the 200. I don’t need it to be re-Tweeted 87 times. I just needed to say it and I just needed to press publish, and that to me is sometimes all the success I need. –Jenna Hatfield, Unmarketing Manifesto (from BlogHer 2013) There’s something incredibly powerful about being with thousands of like-minded women who have passion for their work, amazing creativity and voices that…
  • Friendships at Work | Career Advice from Girlfriend Christine Maddox

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. – Rumi Do you work with one or more of your fab friends? Do you wish you could figure out a way to work with those women who are so important in your life? We want to know all about how you handle the work/friend relationship. What challenges have you run into? What tips do you have for all our girlfriends who might be in the same situation? You can put your thoughts in the comments below (I really do read them!). Guest blogger and girlfriend CHRISTINE MADDOX shares some great advice about how to balance being professional with enjoying…
  • Taking a Break from: The Pursuit of Happiness

    Debba Haupert
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.  Guillaume Apollinaire We’re exploring HAPPINESS this year on Girlfriendology. We’ve looked at Girlfriend Advice for When You’re Sad over Happy Things, What happens when the Girlfriend Book Club ‘gets real?’, and On Being Sincerely Happy. But this week, we’re hitting the pause button on Happiness! By now you’ve likely discovered that this whole chasing, creating, growing and nurturing our happiness is a lot of work. So every once in a while it’s a good idea to take a break from the…
  • 5 Low-Pressure Ways to Make New Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Little Sayings to Help You Get Organized

    Liz Gilbert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    'Spring Ahead. Fall Back.' That little saying always helps us remember whether we should set the clock ahead or back one hour. Similar little sayings, are also great for helping you to get and stay organized. Here are just a few: A HOME FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE. Every item you have, no matter what it is, should have a designated home. For instance, the home for your magazines might be your magazine holder, which is located on your bookshelf. Or your home for your extra file folders and labels, might be the top shelf of your office supplies cabinet. If an item doesn't have a…
  • Dinner Diva: How to Chop an Onion (and a recipe)

    Liz Gilbert
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Onions are foundational for a lot of my recipes. Knowing HOW to properly and safely chop an onion will absolutely help you get your dinner on the table quicker! The way I do it is easier, safer and faster. Yes, I have a video demonstrating this important skill on http://www.savingdinner.tv/featured/tearless-onion-cutting/Here's how to chop an opinion, in 5 easy steps: 1) Wash your onion (yes, even with the skin on, always wash ALL produce)2) Cut off the end with the swirly paper top (that's considered "the end). Don't cut off the root end though, that holds the onion together. 3) Now cut the…
  • Oven cleaning 101

    Liz Gilbert
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Now is the perfect time to clean the oven - I know it's not one of the most glamorous jobs, but it will make your cooking much more efficient. You see, when your oven is clean, all of the hot air molecules bounce around inside the oven and onto your food, baking or roasting your food to perfection - but when the oven is caked with stuck on grime, the molecules don't bounce around, they just plain old get stuck in the muck - making cooking much less even and much less efficient (Thanks, Alton Brown, for teaching me this!). Begin your busy cooking season with a clean oven and your goodies will…
  • Making the mind the servant, not the master

    Liz Gilbert
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by Maryanne Comaroto Within your body (as opposed to your mind), you have a powerful internal system for finding out who people are. This "belly brain" or "intuition" is a pre-cognitive filter for more than 90% of the information that comes in from new people you meet. Your senses and your intuition work together to measure things like body language, posture, tone of voice, and eye movements in order to make a judgement call about whether or not you are in a safe situation, and to what degree you should allow yourself to open up to this person, or close yourself off. I'm sure you've had many…
  • Weight Loss Wednesday- Get on The Ball

    Coach Jenn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Greetings Pink Lemonade Fans. It's time once again for another installment of Weight Loss Wednesdays. Today, it's time to get on the ball. Have you tried it yet? If not, here's a little more about the wonderful stability ball.The stability ball is most commonly used for strengthening muscles by providing an unstable surface to exercise on. This forces the muscles to continuously adjust in order to maintain posture and keep balance.Stability balls are not associated with any one type of exercise. They have been used in weight training, yoga, Pilates and more. They are particularly useful in…
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    Our Bodies Ourselves

  • Do Healthy Women Need Annual Pelvic Exams?

    Rachel Walden
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    More than 60 million pelvic exams are performed each year, but a new guideline from the American College of Physicians suggests that for most healthy women, they’re not needed. The guideline is based on a 2013 systematic review conducted by the Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The review looked at the usefulness of pelvic exams in detecting non-cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and benign gynecological conditions and found that for most women there is no evidence to support the practice. For the purpose of the research, a…
  • Want More Quality Reporting on Abortion Rights? Partner With Clinic Stories

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

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

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

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

  • We need to stare vacantly into space more often

    blue milk
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    One way to counter this has been to attempt to recuperate the supposed vice of idlenessto hymn napping, daydreaming and sheer zoning out. Samuel Johnson is sometimes counted among the champions of faffing, perhaps simply because of the name of his essay series The Idler. Yet he looked sternly on occupying oneself with “trifles,” as he describes his dilettante friend Sober doing in one of those columns. The guiding principle of The Idler, as Johnson described it in the farewell essay, was to encourage readers “to view every incident with seriousness, and improve it by meditation.” So…
  • DAY 328: Things haven’t been the same since the apocalypse

    blue milk
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    This weekend we had a child to stay for a sleep-over and I am really a bit worn out and I wondered what we could offer in the way of fun things to do at our house. Because I can’t even get movies to play on the TV at the moment. And I don’t have the spare energy to figure it out nor the spare cash to pay someone else to figure it out. But it was Anne Lamott who said something like you play to your strengths as a parent and this is what I’m good at… pulling unusual ideas out of my arse. So, I remembered an abandoned house I’d noticed on my morning walks and I…
  • “all in the waiting”

    blue milk
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. – T.S. Eliot
  • For neither the rich nor the poor mother shall leave her child alone

    blue milk
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Child neglect is filtered through a lens of bias that makes black mothers and poor mothers particularly vulnerable …all the more so when they parent in public space. “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.” – Anatole France. For example. “Mother jailed for letting her daughter run free – at the playground” by Brentin Mock in grist. For the Harrell family, going to the playground is a luxury. The adults who could afford to be there that day assumed that her…
  • she got us almost through the high grass

    blue milk
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    my mama moved among the days like a dreamwalker in the field seemed like what she touched was hers seemed like what touched her couldn’t hold, she got us almost through the high grass then seemed like she turned around and ran right back in right back on in - Lucille Clifton
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    Simply Stated By RealSimple.com

  • 1 Saying to Inspire Productivity

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 5-Minute Hot-Weather Hairstyles (Seriously) 6 Ice Cream Sandwiches That Are Anything But Vanilla Why It’s Time to Finally Get Rid of Your LandlineFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Is This How You Secretly Feel About Work?

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com The One Type of Summer Party That Makes Everyone Happy 13 Dorm Décor Essentials 19 Side Dishes So Delicious You’d Never Know They’re Gluten-FreeFiled under: Daily Thought
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1 Small Secret to Success

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 9 Beautiful and Unbreakable Serving Pieces 16 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Party Wedding Flower FinderFiled under: Daily Thought
  • The Very Best Old-School Cleaning Products

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    What are your favorite go-to cleaning products? Soaps and scrubs that are oldies but goodies, or the latest and greatest products hitting supermarket shelves? Our colleagues at This Old House have pulled together their favorites. They say, “Many old-school cleansers boast more than eye-catching retro packaging and formulas that have stood the test of time—they also come with great stories […]
  • 1 Sentence to Inspire Greatness

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Get the daily thought in your inbox. See more inspiring quotes on our Pinterest board. What’s Hot on RealSimple.com 23 Healthy Recipes With Whole Grains The Best Stain Removers for Your Home 10 Sneaky Beauty Secrets Only the Pros KnowFiled under: Daily Thought
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  • Trial is underway for Renisha McBride’s shooter

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The trial of Theodore Wafer, the Dearborn Heights man who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride in the face when she knocked on his door for help after a car accident, started last week. He faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after he responded to McBride’s knocking by opening his front door and shooting her through the screen door. Wafer’s attorney said in opening arguments that Wafer panicked, thinking intruders were trying to break into his house, and shot at the “shadowy figure” on his front porch.
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Monday

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Apologies for being a day late. 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…
  • Open Thread with Marutaro

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Marutaro, aka The Cutest Hedgehog In The World, features for this week’s Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything* you like over this weekend and throughout the week. Marutaro the hedgehog portrayed in cat mode | via Neatorama So, what have you been up to? What would you rather be up to? What’s been awesome/awful? Reading? Watching? Making? Meeting? What has [insert awesome inspiration/fave fansquee/guilty pleasure/dastardly ne'er-do-well/threat to all civilised life on the planet du jour] been up to? * Netiquette footnotes: * There is no off-topic on the Weekly…
  • Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

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

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

  • A Diva’s Daily Dose of Health: Sprayology

    Sheila Gaspers
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
      Let me begin with a confession. Despite my good intentions to lead a healthy and balanced life, I always seem to fall short.  I am a determined diva who seeks out and stocks up on vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies and protein powders…only to remember the stash long after the expiration date. If this is not you, then you are indeed a better woman than most! For the rest of us, there is help. Sprayology offers a bountiful no-hassle boost to alleviate whatever ails you! The smartly packaged line of holistic and vitamin-rich oral sprays are safe, simple and portable!  …
  • Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lover : Free Theater in San Francisco

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

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

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

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

  • Baby registry with newborn essentials….

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

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

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

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There have been rumblings in the fashion world of the return of the scrunchie for quite some time now, but we've been diligently covering our ears. But now one of...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Polaroid Pic-300 Instant Print Camera

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Rumors of Polaroid's extinction have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, you can still purchase a modern incarnation of the classic photography instrument: the Polaroid Pic300 Instant Print Camera ($95). Snap...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • tarte Rainforest After Dark Limited Edition Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    tarte's new eye and cheek palette ($38) lets you channel the pretty colors of the rainforest without dealing with the humidity, bugs, and spiders the size of a hubcap you'd...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Raindrop Canvas Throw

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    This Canvas Throw ($145) is as rough and tumble and sturdy as a burlap bag, but way more comfortable to sit on. You'll plan on keeping this blanket in the...Visit Outblush for the full post.
  • Caramellissima Watch

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    We were so disappointed when we first spotted the Caramellissima Watch ($60) from Swatch and realized that it's not made from little candy pieces we can snack on during our...Visit Outblush for the full post.
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    Sizzle Says

  • This kind of talk clears a lunch room.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Antipsychotics and Pregnancy Part 1: Preliminary Data from the Australian Registry

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    This is the first part of a two part series on the use of antipsychotic medications during pregnancy. Atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite the increasing use of these medications in women of child-bearing age, there is still relatively little data regarding the reproductive safety and […] The post Antipsychotics and Pregnancy Part 1: Preliminary Data from the Australian Registry appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Self-Compassion: A Cure for Menopausal Symptoms?

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    About 75% of peri- and postmenopausal women have vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats; however, some women experience more distress or “bother” in response to these symptoms. A new research study suggests that certain personality traits may affect how women experience these uncomfortable symptoms. The post Self-Compassion: A Cure for Menopausal Symptoms? appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition

    MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Women with histories of major depression are vulnerable during the transition to menopause and are at increased risk for relapse; however, we have less information on how this transition affects women with bipolar disorder. The post Bipolar Disorder and the Menopausal Transition appeared first on MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.
  • Conference: 15th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

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

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

  • Dispatches from the Not-So-Empty-Nest

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

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

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

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

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

    Betty Confidential
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Why Summer Is the Best Season to Be Single Plus: 9 ways to embrace your single status this summer! -YourTango.com Don’t stress over your single status this season. Instead, embrace your freedom. The summer seem to amplify the cons of single life. Well, don’t worry you are not alone. It is amazing to have someone, but if you do not, we are advocating that you embrace your single status this summer. It is time to focus on other aspects of your life and stop stressing over when you will find that perfect person. Here’s how: 1. Plan thoughtful gifts. This year, put your…
  • 20 Eco-Friendly + Fair Trade Items to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe Now

    Diana Denza
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    20 Eco-Friendly + Fair Trade Items to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe Now The search ends here for the perfect eco-friendly flip flops, fair trade frocks, and everything in between! With the summer season in full swing, it’s totally normal to crave a few new closet additions. But if you’re going to drop the cash to look chic, why not do some good as you splurge? We’ve rounded up 20 fabulous accessory and clothing picks to help you stay socially conscious-–even as you hit the boardwalk! From eco-friendly, made in the USA flip flops to soft organic cotton undies, we’ve found ‘em all!
  • Using What You’ve Got to Get What You Want

    Betty Confidential
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Using What You’ve Got to Get What You Want A new study investigates how flirting at the bargaining table can make or break the deal. -Amanda Schupak, YouBeauty.com There may be no honor in sleeping your way to the top—but a little flirting along the way ain’t so bad. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics shows that putting your feminine wiles to work in negotiations can give you a better payoff than playing it straight. “Together, flirtation and friendliness comprise what we call feminine charm,” lead author Laura Kray, Ph.D., a…
  • My Date Hates My Pet – Do I Say: “Down, Boy” or “Stay?”

    Betty Confidential
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    My Date Hates My Pet – Do I Say “Down, Boy” or “Stay?” Sparkology’s dating experts weigh in on what you can do if your new guy and your pet are, well, fighting like cats and dogs. -Michelle Mazzarella As much as we love our pets, nobody wants to grow old only with their dog as a companion or turn into a crazy cat lady. You find yourself falling for someone who is just what you’re looking for except he’s not into cats, dogs or pets in general. What does that mean for you and your furry friend? Ten dating experts  weigh in with their advice on whether you should stick with your…
  • Defending Our Sisters

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

  • Monsoon Weather

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    We’ve recently had hot, humid, weather due to the Arizona/California desert monsoons. I’m not a fan of humidity. If I can, I hibernate until it goes away. Monsoon weather does make for striking photos, though. Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I took the above photo on Sunday. It rained a (very) little on my drive to the beach. In the photo, you can see the rain falling in the distance out at sea. Towards the end of my visit, the lifeguard pulled everyone out of the water due to an approaching lightning storm. Lightning storms don’t happen…
  • The Oregon Coast

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    When I was a child, my family vacationed in Oregon for a couple weeks most summers. One of my dad’s best friends had moved to Oregon after college. He owned a lot of acreage with rivers, and streams, and forests, and animals. We’d go visit and camp out on his land. It was kid heaven. (Apparently it was also adult heaven.  My parents decided to retire there.) Many of those trips also involved a few days of play on the Oregon coast. It was often cold and foggy, but that didn’t stop the beaches from being magical. I was fortunate to re-visit a lot of the Oregon coast while on…
  • Home Sweet Home

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Ahhh … it sure feels nice to be home. Orange County Sunset:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I keep flashing back to the spectacular beauty of the last couple weeks. I admit, I do so longingly. At the same time, I’m really looking forward to the weekend and getting my “real” life caught up. I, of course, have a zillion post-road-trip things that need to be taken care of. My biggest priority, however, is getting help for my bum arm. I’m seeing Paul Newman this morning and I might stay there  for the weekend   until he kicks…
  • Road Tripping – Day #14

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Today ends my (very long!) road trip. I leave beautiful Cambria and drive about six hours to get home. Sunset in Cambria:  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. I’m so glad I took this journey. The time with my parents was very overdue. I was able to visit some of the most beautiful places in California by driving instead of flying. A part of me hates to end this trip and return to reality. Another part of me is looking forward to a day without hours upon hours of driving ahead of me. It’s exhausting to be on the road every single day. I’m…
  • Road Tripping – Day #13

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m at an adorable Inn in beautiful Cambria. Yesterday I drove down Pacific Coast Highway (or as some people call it  PCH  Route 1) through Big Sur. It was beautiful … Big Sur (from Coast Highway):  Click on photo to purchase, or to view larger, in 24atHeart gallery. Just as beautiful, in fact, as it was when I drove UP the same route approximately two weeks ago. The water was looking very tropical in color – both my son and I commented it looked like “Hawaii” water. I saw a lot of whales. At one point, we sat on a bluff on the side of the road and watched…
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  • frogging and the fight.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Cody attempted to distract me several weeks ago with a camping trip. A few things we had going for us: 2006. Aww. - We were both raised on camping, nothing about it intimidates us and it’s one of the things we miss most about living in Utah. - We own all appropriate camping gear because we were raised in Utah and camping gear is just something you own when you’re from Utah. - The weather around here as been simply lovely. Polar vortex in Winter = Want to Die. Polar Vortex in Summer = Hey! My skin isn’t melting off! However, we had a few things working against us as well: -…
  • update, vices and diseases.

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Everyone has a vice for dealing with feelings. Booze, shopping, eating, drugs, sex, sleeping — or more beneficial ones like gardening, reading or working out. Mine has been sleeping for a long time — that is until last week when I began the switch to a new medication and sleep has become almost impossible. I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who takes a handful of pills each day. I want to take the absolute minimum and go on with my life. Lately it’s been half of my old medication plus half of my new medication plus birth control (because if my birth weren’t…
  • my favorite summer job.

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
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  • i am depressed, and pissed.

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

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

  • Summer of Feminista: Birthing a new world

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes one of my dearest friends, Amy, to the conversation...But anyone who knows Amy & me knows she is not Latina. So why am I letting her in? Just read her piece and I think you can agree that it is in the spirit of SoF. I am not a Latina. This was something I wrote to the goddess that writes this blog and she wrote back a short email that said, “Yeah, I figured that out 13 years ago!” The fact is, I didn’t even think about that when I volunteered to write here on this blog. I think that is part of who I am. I met one of my BFF’s online through mama…
  • Apply today for the FOCUS black women in tech Fellows program

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Did you know that there is a program to help support black women kick start their innovations? The digitalundivided FOCUS Fellows program is an intensive weeklong program that has a impressive track record of success: Over 30 percent of the black female startup founders who participated in the program have raised at least $50,000 in venture or angel funding and 10% have raised more than a half of million dollars. In contrast, studies have found that less than one percent of startups backed by tech investors were founded by African-Americans. The FOCUS Fellows program takes place in New York…
  • Summer of Feminista: One Good Friend

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today Summer of Feminista welcomes Lisa Quinones-Fontanez. She is an award winner blogger. Her blog, Atypical Familia, is a personal blog and family lifestyle site with a focus on autism parenting and work/life balance. Her writing has been featured on several websites including Huffington Post Parents, Yahoo Shine and KatieCouric.com. Lisa is also a contributing writer at Parents.com and Babble.com.“All you need is one good friend,” my mother used to say. But as a teenager, I liked being surrounded by friends. Going out in groups to the movies, the mall or just hanging out in the park…
  • I'm turning 40 this year and here's my birthday wish...

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    To finally make it to Space Camp!And when I let friends know they asked how they can help, so I'm posting this in case anyone reading this also wants to help me make my dream come true. I set up a GoFundMe page for my trip. As of my writing, I'm already over 20% towards my goal! That's a selfie of my Mother's Day gift Ella made me. I had told her to not buy me anything, but to just put the money she would spend in a jar. So she made the jar. And yes, added some money. So why Space Camp?Well, I've always been a big nerd for one. But what is curious about my nerd story is that my love of space…
  • Summer of Feminista: When amigas become familia

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

  • Love is Weird

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand and Business with Public Speaking

    Susan Gunelius
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/WomenonBusiness If you haven't already done so, update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. http://feeds.feedblitz.com/womenonbusiness
  • Working With Your Easy Brilliance

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    28 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
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  • Sponsored Video: Women Find Freedom as Entrepreneurs

    Susan Gunelius
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Developing a Career in Information and Communication Technologies

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    27 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
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  • Women on Business Welcomes Mary Isabale as a Contributing Writer

    Susan Gunelius
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
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    Woman Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Asking For Support

    Tara Joyce
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    I’ve heard it before. Maybe you have too. I’ve heard that in order to truly thrive, as a business owner, and as as human, I need to learn to ask for what I need. I need to ask for support. I’ve heard it before, and I’ll hear it again. And I’ll keep on hearing it because it’s true. And because it’s a lesson I need to learn. I need others in order to thrive. I can’t do it alone. We can’t do it alone. I need your help. And you need mine. However we choose to offer it to each other, our support connects us. As a reader, my words support you;…
  • The Emotion of Money

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

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

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

  • Stop Making Life Complicated!

    Kylie Browne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    Here at Get Organized Wizard we talk a lot about specific ways you can simplify your life. “Be More With Less” is a concept we believe in. Often we hear from members who say, But my life is so complicated, I don’t know how to simplify my life! Really? Really? Let’s look at some issues in life that keep us stuck in a complicated vortex: Regret. If you’re living with regret, chances are that you are not moving forward. Regret can be debilitating, and worth considering our top 5 things to do, to avoid holding onto regret. Over commitment. Taking control of…
  • Cleaning Out Your Friendships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Are you Future Ready? My most revealing, cosmic, girlfriend interview ever.

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    CLICK HERE to watch my interview with Navjit!   What do I really think about the “Goddess movement”? (Not a total fan, actually.) And the New Age spin on “being present?” (Bit of a racket, you know). And bringing in The Beloved (all in), and being “Future Ready” (are YOU ready?). Well if anyone can deepen and raise the cosmic conversation, it’s my masterful soul sister, Navjit Kandola. She is lucid as a diamond, fierce as Kali, and just as giggly as any best girlfriend. How are women creating the future? Like this: @daniellelaporte &…
  • Dive into your psyche. 3 personality tests for introspection.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A good personality test can help reveal the innermost workings of your psyche. Anyone who applies for a job with Team D takes these three tests. And, they’re kind of… fun.   What makes you feel strong? StrengthsFinder: Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham + Donald O. Clifton There’s a theory that you should overcome your shortcomings and try to compensate for your weaknesses. Well, we’re not having any of that. StrengthsFinder is about honing in on your core strengths and becoming better at what you’re already great at. Foster what comes most…
  • 10 positive consequences of NOT improving yourself

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

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

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

  • The Older Sister / Realizations

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I turn 60 in about four and a half months. I am taking this very seriously. I have a “60 bucket” that I am filling with experiences that I have pushed myself into. I’m stepping outside my comfort zone and trying new things. I’m not worrying about who thinks what. I’ve spent far too long worrying about that. I’ve also come to some realizations about life in general. I keep a collection of quotes that I go back to and read when I need to. I’d like to share some of my favorites with you. The old saying says that with age comes wisdom. Maybe it does! At…
  • My Extra SUNday from Lipton

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Back at the end of June, the wonderful folks over at Lipton introduced their “Win and Extra SUNday” promotion to our readers here at Shrinking Jeans.  The offered me a 120 minute household service, as well as another 120 minute service for one of our readers.  Lipton has partnered with Fancy Hands, a virtual assistant and concierge service, to find local businesses for the promotion.  In addition to the 120 minute household service, Lipton sent me several bottles of their Peach Iced Tea.  Yummy stuff – and I rarely drink flavored or sweetened tea! I wanted to give you…
  • Self-kindness Sunday

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What would having a little time to yourself do for you today? Not family time. Not catch-up-on-laundry time. Not clean-out-the-inbox time. I’m talking about time, precious time, carved out of the next 24 hours in whatever amount you can muster (20 minutes? 30? An hour?) devoted TO you BY you.  That is the thought behind Self-kindness Sunday. I posted about this last year but we have vastly grown in the number of ladies hanging out here at the ‘Hood since then, so I thought it was time to talk about Self-kindness Sunday again. We all know the demands placed upon us. Work , family…
  • Quinoa – an ancient superfood

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s gluten-free, it’s considered a superfood and it has taken the U.S. by storm. This description could actually be a variety of food products on store shelves right now, but I’m referring to quinoa. Salads, noodles, casseroles, breads – it can be found in several different forms and used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. Quinoa, a seed, is classified as one of the best superfoods on the market. Superfoods are loosely defined and include an amalgam of foods that are claimed to have extraordinary nutritional benefits, including high levels of antioxidants or omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Best Workout Playlist of 2014

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    It’s funny what a good playlist can do for a workout you really don’t feel like doing. It’s summer, and it’s hotter than hell in Texas, which means my motivation is running on EMPTY. It’s been awhile since we’ve put together an awesome workout playlist around here, and I was really feeling the need this week. So, I present to you the Best Workout Playlist of 2014!!! ;) You can run to it, walk to it, lift, or do bootcamp. Heck, if you clean your house while you’re listening to this workout playlist, your house will be twice as clean in half the time.
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    Oh Hey

  • This or That: Pom Pom Swim Coverups

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love a good bargain, but this one came about a little differently. Usually you find an item that you really really love but can’t afford and you hunt and hunt before jumping for joy upon finding a suitable, more budget-friendly, alternative. In this case, two nearly identical pom pom swim coverups are discovered, the cheaper one months before the more expensive version. I fell in love with this $20 Old Navy pom pom coverup this spring, which fueled my pom pom obsession, and snatched up two in every color. My eyes about popped out of my head this week when I stumbled across this…
  • How To Pick Ripe Avocados

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You probably don’t know this, but one of my super powers is the ability to pick ripe avocados. I don’t like to brag, but it’s true. I can pick a perfect avocado with 100% (-ish) accuracy. I’ve embraced this gift and have even included it in my online dating profile. Which may explain why…oh, nevermind. Here are my tips for how to pick ripe avocados… At the grocery If you want to eat your avocado in a few days… Choose a firm fruit. Relax your hand and touch your thumb to your ring finger — it should feel like the palm of your hand. Look for an…
  • Worthy of the Week

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Worthy of the Week The sad, strange story of Sandy Allen. 600 years of slang words for sex. “Bumpin’ fuzzies” didn’t make the list? In general, beards gross me out, but this is pretty fun. The New Yorker has removed its website paywall for the summer — get reading! A teensy bit obsessed with this bag. A tree planted to honor George Harrison was killed by…wait for it…beetles. The decline of Harper Lee. So very sad. Strangers dancing naked in public. Why not? 5 healthy dog treats. Stop feeding your furry friend Begging Strips. The pace of modern life…
  • Five Favorite: Green

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    I’ve been a bit of a Pinterest addict these past few months. A casual user from the coveted invite-only beginning, Pinterest has become oh so important to blogging that I knew I had to make it a priority and down the rabbit hole I fell. I have fifty-some odd Pinterest boards, but I tend to get obsessed with one or two at a time. Recently, it’s been all about my favorite color. Here’s my five favorite green pins… via Angus & Celeste via Indigo Crossing via Emily Henderson via Twigs & Honey via Other ©2014 Oh Hey. All Rights Reserved. Oh Hey sometimes contains…
  • GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up July 21-27, 2014

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

  • Courtney Love Dishes Some Exciting News On The Kurt Cobain Biopic

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Courtney Love released some (very exciting!) news regarding the biopic centered around Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post
  • 11 Secrets To Being Uh-mazing In Bed

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a working knowledge of 52 sex positions or a background in porn to be ridiculously good in bed. Instead, it comes down to more subtle (and realistic) factors that you may already posses. And if you don't, we're here to help you hone the skills you really need to blow your partner's mind. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post read more
  • 8 Celebrity Women Who Earn More Than Their Guys

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Sometimes the woman makes more than the man. There's nothing wrong with that! And it even happens in Hollywood. From Nicole Richie to Oprah, we've rounded up 8 celebrity women who make more than their significant other.
  • Show Just Enough Skin With These Sexy Off-the-Shoulder Styles

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    From sweet crop tops to sexy minis, this season is all about showing off some serious shoulder. Scoop up one (or all six) of these breezy styles to make a statement tonight.
  • 10 Crazy Things Guys Think You'll Do On A First Date

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Both men and women go into dates with a set of preconceived notions. Today, let's examine the ones that tend to screw women when it comes to dating. These are the expectations that make us tired, frustrated and a little cranky. So do yourselves a favor, and drop certain ideas. It'll do us all a solid. Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post:  Suppress Thumbnail from Showing on this post
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    Female Forum

  • When a Partner or Spouse Dies

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Three Small Business Tools We Can’t Live Without

    Natalie MacNeil
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Have you ever noticed that a lot of successful entrepreneurs recommend like, a million tools to keep their businesses running? How in the world do they manage all their management tools??!! You need tools to run your business, but don’t let your tools run you! (Click to tweet!) I know it can feel really overwhelming to figure out which small business tools you need, and which ones you can live without. In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to share with you the THREE (that’s right, just three) amazing tools that are absolutely essential to keeping my business…
  • Set Yourself Apart: Creating A Personal Brand When You’re Running A Business

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

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

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

    Natalie MacNeil
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re truly doing the right things to help your business succeed? Or if there’s another person you can delegate to who would be a better person to complete the task? I know I have, and it’s something I really struggled with. That is, until I discovered one very simple question that quickly changed the way I did business: “Why am I doing this?” The truth is, most tasks we do as business owners are things we like to THINK we need to be doing but we could easily get someone else to do them. If your business isn’t where you’d like it to be,…
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    The Eloquent Woman

  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

    Denise Graveline
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past:Stand up tall to speak: If you're a desk jockey, you'll need these 5 ways to rescue your slouchy posture and look more confident.Credibility crasher: Societal views about women undermine our credibility, starting with how we teach our kids that women are…
  • Famous Speech Friday: Theresa May takes the Police Federation to task

    Denise Graveline
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    I always thought it was odd that the initial focus when Theresa May took office was on her fashion choices instead of her policies, because Britain's Home Secretary is a decidedly unglamorous job. That's despite it being one of the four "great offices of state" in British government. The cabinet post is responsible for national security, immigration, policing, citizenship, and other internal affairs. But it's also seen as a poisoned chalice, the kind of appointment in which you're likely to be sacked for the deeds of others, as many of her predecessors have found. And May is one of only…
  • 'Be The Eloquent Woman' at my October speaking workshop in Amsterdam

    Denise Graveline
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    I'll be leading Be The Eloquent Woman, my day-long workshop on women and public speaking, as a pre-conference session at the European Speechwriter Network's autumn speechwriters and business communicators conference in Amsterdam on 23 October.The day-long workshop is designed to help women executives and politicians to improve their public speaking, using smart strategies that build on the information you get right here on the blog. You'll learn about the research as well as the realities that women face--the perceptions that stand in the way of your success and undermine…
  • The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

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

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

  • Around The World in 10 Cocktails

    Shannon Washington
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    If a jaunt to Thailand or Kenya isn't on your agenda, that doesn't mean you can't taste it. Explore the world with this selection of cocktails from around the world.
  • Travel Bites: Thai Villas, Turkish Deals & More

    Shannon Washington
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The phrase that gets you everywhere in Costa Rica, Turkish and Puerto Rican flight deals and much more with this edition of Travel Bites!
  • How I Do: Balancing Travel & Career

    Shannon Washington
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Think you have to choose between your career and a robust travel life? Think again.
  • Must-Have Gadgets for The Solo Traveler

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is important to travel with practical gadgets that will add convenience and safety to your adventure.  Here are #GeekTrek worthy MUST HAVES before you make your next big trip! -Ky Reef Stash Sandals (pictured above) So you want to dip in the pool/ocean but you are worried about your personal items.. Keeping an eye on hotel…
  • Travel Bites: Cinematic Rome, Best WiFi & More

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Frugga Smart Savings by Yvonne DiVita I am being compensated for this post, but I eagerly accepted the assignment because ... hey, it's shopping online! You KNOW the comments and opinions are my own. I only share with I believe, folks. So, who shops online? All ya'all do. Don't fool me! It's a woman's pasttime. I was writing about the whole shopping online, marketing online, and women way back in the early part of THIS century, way before the old fogies of that previous century got wind of what was happening. Women like shopping. I don't profess to understand why, even though I'm a woman, but…
  • 3 Tips for Kicking Butt...Even When You Don't Feel Like It

    Laura Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Laura Kay (formerly Smith), Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems Ugh. Divorce. Have you been through one, My Dear? I hope not. But, if you’re like a lot of us, you’ve been there ~ done that. Me too. In fact, recently ~ like this year. Believe me, one of my New Year’s resolutions was NOT divorce. Yet, here I sit. New name. New home. New everything. If you happen to be traveling down a rough road right now, I thought I’d share a few of the activities that have brought me through the past few months ~ albeit, somewhat tattered ~ but still whole. 1. Just do ONE day at a time. More…
  • Your Life #Trending

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess I was #havingdinnerwithfamily and then I #walkedthedog before I #hadicecreamwithfriends and finally I #saidgoodnight. Aaahhh, the hashtag, the measurement by which we gauge our life... or so it seems. Remember, back in the "olden days" when the hashtag was called the pound symbol and it indicated a measure of weight or the end of a book or article (if you were a journalist) or the symbol you pressed on a telephone keypad (remember those) when you wanted to get to a different menu? Or remember when it was just plain called the number sign. Today, the hashtag is…
  • #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Why I Write

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tom, me, and Caroline at the first BlogPaws by Yvonne DiVita    #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Robbi Hess, the blog manager here at Lipsticking, tagged me in a blog hop last week. Robbi writes several blogs but her most recent is a favorite of mine, All Words Matter. I'm mad I didn't start it first! (not mad, mad... you know... cause I can't be mad at Robbi, but mad in the, 'why didn't I think of that?' way) The blog hop started on Susan C Foster’s site and continues here, today. What to say... what to write... or, more to the point, what NOT to say or write. I could write all day about why I write.
  • Overwhelmed or Under Managed?

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita I hear folks are overwhelmed by technology today. Too much of this, too much of that, cringing when they hear, "There's an app for that!"  Information overload, in the form of technology that is always on, is ruining our lives. When everyone at the bus stop, the airport, the grocery store, the stoplight (in cars and not in cars) is glued to their cell phone, it's a clear indication that we, as human beings, are tuning out the wrong things in a misguided effort to tune in the 'right' things. Let's decide what the wrong things are, up front. Your Facebook page. It's fun to be…
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  • Last day in Berlin, dinner at Pauly Saal

    Joanne Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 am
    It has been a different kind of trip because we have been here before.  Instead of venturing out to a new place for breakfast every day we have just met upstairs in the hotel.  I have literally had the same breakfast 3 out of 4 mornings and for whatever reason today was not that good.  Toasted brown rye bread with avocado, chili flakes and a poached egg.  Weird how that happens.  Perhaps a new person in the kitchen. We went over to Voo Store because the girls had not gone yet (I went earlier in the week).  Afterward, as true soldiers, we walked 15 minutes in pretty much pouring rain to…
  • Victoria Wellman, Oratory Laboratory, Woman Entrepeneur

    Joanne Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Recently, I have not been consistent about doing the Woman Entrepreneur of the week every Monday.  I do realize how it resonates with so many as Victoria came to me through a friend who said you should talk to Victoria because she would be great for the Woman Entrepreneur of the week.  Right she was.   I think of artists, playwrights, book writers, people who are able to earn their keep on their creative brain as entrepreneurs.   Victoria took her creative passion and turned it into a business through a series of dot connectors. Victoria grew up in the Chelsea area of London.  Her…
  • Le Soupe Populaire and Otto Piene

    Joanne Wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    La Soupe Populaire is a restaurant in Berlin built inside an old brewery.  The vibe and feel is quite unique and in many ways defines the vibe you get from Berlin.  Everything has been constructed around the past. You walk into a building that is a bit of maze before finding the restaurant. You pass the bathrooms en route. There was an art exhibit below the restaurant which is located up in the rafters of the building. The menu is put into a book which is kind of cool.  An eclectic charm even down to the plates. This delicious plate is given to begin.  Bread and butter cornichons, tiny…
  • Berlin, Day 4

    Joanne Wilson
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I ventured out on my own today.  I decided to start my day at the local greenmarket that is only open on Thursdays.  There are many others around Berlin but I went to this one.  The hotel was having a hard time telling me the real story around my dinner reservation and I happened to walk by the restaurant en route to the greenmarket.  I stopped in and got the real deal and the manager figured out a way to get us in earlier.  So glad I happened to walk by.   Nothing like starting off the day knowing you are all set for the evening when traveling. The greenmarket is located…
  • Berlin, Day 3

    Joanne Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The day began having coffee with an investor that Fred knows in Berlin.  Interesting hearing her insight and knowledge of all the companies that are being built in Europe.  Also she talked about the communities around tech.  People who are interested in the tech space have flocked to Berlin.  Each company has people working there from so many different countries.  There are other areas that have tech communities but Berlin and London are probably the top of the life.  Kind of like SF and NY although we are seeing LA and Chicago ramping up over the last few years. Jessica and Emily…
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  • LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the movie trailer for LUCY came out I was super excited and couldn’t wait to check it out… I mean how can you go wrong with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman?  I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta screening for LUCY which was hosted by Kandi Buruss who you may know from X... The post LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most people only think of herbs and spices as “flavor boosters,” and just add a sprinkle or dash to their food to enhance the taste. But herbs are actually among the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide you with vitamins and minerals, help boost your immune system, and can even help remove t... The post Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 7 Reasons to Go Back to School after a Bachelors Degree

    Hannah Whittenly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Going back to school after getting a bachelor’s degree can be a new opportunity to pursue bigger and better goals. It could also open new doors for you and give you a new outlook on life. Here are seven reasons to go back to school after you’ve graduated from a four-year institution. 1. ... The post 7 Reasons to Go Back to School after a Bachelors Degree appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Got Wrinkles? Give Your Face A Splash Of Freshness With Alurent #Alurent90SecondBeauty

    Da Vinci
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Here at Your Life After 25, we’re big on embracing and loving yourself… however, I don’t see anything wrong with making sure you look your best. People always associate wrinkles with getting older, but the truth is the expressions you make and if you’re not taking care of you... The post Got Wrinkles? Give Your Face A Splash Of Freshness With Alurent #Alurent90SecondBeauty appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car

    Da Vinci
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is teaching your children how to drive and be safe on the road. For many parents, it can be difficult to trust their child behind the wheel and allow them to have independence with driving.  Learning to drive is a big responsibility, to ensure that you... The post Six Things Your Child Should Know When Learning to Drive a Car appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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  • Favoroute.com: The First Online Market Place For Personal Travel Guidebooks

    Lucy Catten
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On the 17th July 2014 the world’s first digital market place for independent and interactive travel guidebooks, favoroute.com, went online. World travelers can find an abundance of travel guidebooks that are completely independent and composed by the traveler him/herself. Travelers can choose (or share!) their favorite travel guides based on their specific wishes and be inspired by professional travel bloggers and travel journalists.read more
  • Startup Accelerator Metrics: Where to Find Prototypes Worth Time & Money?

    Adriana Galue
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Startup NoiseIt is a well-known fact that startup competitions are growing at a high rate globally. From incubators and accelerators to corporations fostering their own competitions, the hunt for disruptive technological ideas seems to be endless. In a world of startup noise, how are interested parties finding prototypes of what really matters? Adriana Galue investigates.read more
  • StartUp Diaries: From Big Corporate To ‘Going it Alone’

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kirstie White shares her journey and the lessons she has learned from the major corporate world to following her childhood dream of becoming her own boss. The first business I built was ‘Kirstie’s Candy Corner’. It was basically a sweet shop where I created my own sherbet and sold it profitably. The only problem was that I was just seven years old! From there, the entrepreneurial spirit just grew, and the following is a speedy journey through my career and specifically how I started in the big corporate world, but just couldn’t fight that inner entrepreneur. I hope you identify with…
  • Failing and First Drafts

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

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

  • The Military Battles Climate Change

    Marcia G. Yerman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama's carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change--and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate. In case you missed the report issued in May by the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board, which is comprised of sixteen retired Generals and Admirals from all branches of the services, the findings are grim. The research is a follow up to a 2007 report. Seven years later, the new title is "The Accelerating Risks of Climate Change." Underscored are the "severe risks…
  • Republican Mayor Jim Brainard Believes in the Science of Climate Change

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

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

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

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

  • Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Empowering Kenyan women. It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund: A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons. Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya? Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally…
  • Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

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

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

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

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

  • Healthy July 4th Meal Without a Grill

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oh hai there

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    So, um, oops on the whole posting to the blog thing. Let’s catch up a bit, shall we? Right now, I’m a ComicCon widow–N.C. has a booth at SDCC this year, and so he’s down there at the show and I’m up here with the child. For the most part it’s no big deal, but tonight when I had to battle J to get his homework done (not because it was beyond his ability, just because he was being squirrely), I KINDA wished I was able to switch places with N.C. just for a little bit. And you guys know I don’t love conventions and trade shows. That’s how annoying…
  • Reasons I Wear Makeup

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

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

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

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

  • Getting Going with "Gone Girl"

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

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

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

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

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

  • Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea

    Catherine Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The PNG Government has recently introduced legislation to outlaw polygamy and increase the country's rate of official marriage and birth registrations. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonSYDNEY, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS. “If polygamy remained acceptable, wives would never speak for their rights and they and…
  • OPINION: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations

    Sucharita S.K. Varanasi
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    Rape survivor Angeline Mwarusena. Reparations, both monetary and non-monetary, can provide emotional, psychological, physical, and economic relief for the pain, humiliation, trauma, and violence that sexual violence survivors have endured, according to Physicians for Human Rights. Credit: Einberger/argum/EED/IPSBy Sucharita S.K. VaranasiBOSTON, Jul 24 2014 (IPS) Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station…
  • ‘Zero Tolerance’ the Call for Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

    A. D. McKenzie
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Fatema,15, sits on the bed at her home in Khulna, Bangladesh, in April 2014. Fatema was saved from being married a few weeks earlier. Local child protection committee members stopped the marriage with the help of law enforcement agencies. Credit: UNICEFBy A. D. McKenzieLONDON, Jul 23 2014 (IPS) Heightening their campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls, United Nations agencies and civil groups have called for increased action to end child marriage and female genital mutilation. At the first Girl Summit in London Wednesday, hosted by the U.K. government and UNICEF, delegates said…
  • Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

    Julia Hotz
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Female genital mutilation (FGM) traditional surgeon in Kapchorwa, Uganda speaking to a reporter. The women in this area are being trained by civil society organisation REACH in how to educate people to stop the practice. Credit: Joshua Kyalimpa/IPSBy Julia HotzWASHINGTON, Jul 23 2014 (IPS) As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into…
  • What Selfies Have in Common with the SDGs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Benefits of Green Business Certification

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

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

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

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

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

  • Delegating Your Way to Success

    JJ DiGeronimo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    How well do you delegate?  We have all found ourselves saying “If you want something done right you have to do it yourself,” but is that really the case? One business executive that I encountered has grown her business by delegating everything that “isn’t her genius.” Think about that for a minute. What do you spend your time doing that someone else might be able to do on your behalf? Housework, shopping, filing, paperwork…so many of your daily tasks that can be taken off your list of responsibilities to allow your time to be freed up to expand and focus…
  • Advance Your Career with Gratitude

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

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

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

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

  • Balancing business and family – how do you do it?

    Grace Marshall
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    It’s a challenge, no doubt about it. Children can be demanding, unpredictable and all-consuming. Come to think of it, so can a business. If you’re growing a business and a family at the same time, sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough of you to go around. It’s a learning curve for sure, and the more I work with different clients on this, and the more I deal with it in my own experience, the more I find that there is no one-size-fits-all perfect formula for balancing business and family. Some people find that strict boundaries work for them. Others will say…
  • Superwoman or Super Bonkers?

    Katie Day
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Your epitaph reads: I wish I’d spent more time doing the housework and looking after everyone else Yeah right! Like that’s going to be your wish. So, has the 21st Century really given us women what we want? Can we really be superwoman and ‘have it all’ or is it our time to find the balance in our lives and ask for what we want rather than assume we have to be brilliant at everything? How do you take your foot off the pedal and slow down? We are all so busy ‘doing’ that it seems impossible to pause for even a second and actually think about what we really want. So let me give…
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  • 10 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

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    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    The importance of time management is never taken seriously by most people till they end up in a crisis situation. With good time management it will be possible to balance your work, reduce stress and increase productivity. With productivity playing such a vital role in the success of any business or in the lives of people it is natural that good time management has an even greater role to play. Here then are the Ten tips to success. 1. Plan Your Work Plan your work on a monthly, weekly and daily basis. This will make you aware in advance what you are in for. Prepare a to-do-list every day and…
  • 6 Easy steps to break the worry cycle…

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

  • Hotel Review: DoubleTree Guangzhou, China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creative Galaxy’s a Winner!

    Angela Santomero
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Hey parents. Remember when you first had a baby? That feeling of waiting and waiting to meet the baby and then she’s finally here!   Well, premiering a new show is NOT like that.   Premiering a new show is like loving your baby up for 4 years and then they finally go to preschool and share their brilliance with the world.   Premiering a new show is like THAT!     I want to thank all of you who welcomed Creative Galaxy with open arms.   I want to thank all of you who responded to the hard work from my team at Out Of The Blue Ent & so many other talented…
  • Creative Galaxy Premiere June 23!

    Angela Santomero
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Creative Galaxy!! Tonight’s the night of the big premiere. So excited to hear what everyone thinks of Out of the Blue Enterprises latest show for Amazon Studios. Much more to come!! xo Angela Angela's Clues | Angela Santomero: Daniel Tiger, Blue's Clues & Super Why
  • How to discuss Scary Events with your Child

    Angela Santomero
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Superheroes with the power to read, salt and pepper shakers that talk and toe tapping strategy songs are a large part of my day. They serve as a means to help preschoolers share, cooperate and enjoy their environment that they are a part of. So, how do we talk to kids about the not so enjoyable..the troubling and scary events that occur in the real world? Less is more. The best course is to answer the questions in a clear, concise way. Don’t offer up extra information. And for the very little ones, it’s best to shield them from what’s happening all together (an easy way to do this is to…
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Renewed

    Angela Santomero
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:27 am
    PBS Kids Renews Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. I literally just sent a note to Nicole, a mother of two year old twins. In the message, I explained that there’s a lot of love poured into Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and while, like any other business, there are challenging times where it’s necessary to fight for what you believe in, knowing who our audience is and receiving such incredible feedback like hers helps so very much. I honestly believe that we treat the characters as our own children and have the utmost of respect for yours..we hope that comes through in the…
  • Act like a man

    29 Jan 2014 | 8:13 am
    Act like a man! What does that even mean? Especially today.   It means A LOT. Especially since I have two daughters.   It definitely doesn’t mean what I thought it meant when I was making that mysterious transformation, into becoming a man. That’s certainly because most old fashioned attitudes teach our young men to stifle who they truly are and make life changing decisions for often absurd reasons and superficial rewards. That sounds like the opposite of manly to me.   I saw the poignant but powerful documentary from The Representation…
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  • America's Young People

    amy cross
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Mon July 28, 2014 America's Young People comic deportation immigrants children deport cartoon Rebecca Cohen Old White Guy John Boehner republicans
  • Both Roads Taken

    amy cross
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Wed July 23, 2014 Both Roads Taken Sue Wagner, a co-founder of Blackrock, gave the 2014 commencement address at Wellesley College--her alma mater. Last week, Apple named her to the board--the second woman member.  So it's fitting to return to her most popular quote of the day--a reworking of Robert Frost.  The line after this, Wagner said, "and that made all the difference." 
  • Steps Tech Companies Can Take to Increase Gender Diversity

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

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

    amy cross
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Mon July 14, 2014 The Sayings of Madeleine Albright Madeleine Albright pin collection Wellesley College sayings quotes women ambition
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    Business Growth through Intuitive Intelligence®

  • What is Your Business’ Heartbeat?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Do you know the heartbeat of your business at any given time? You might even wonder sometimes, does my business even have a pulse? Much like your heart emits a pulse every minute of every day for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lose Track of Time [Business Flow]

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

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

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

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

  • A meeting is not a surprise party...send out an agenda in advance!

    Karen Adamedes
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    How many meetings do you go to in a month, week or even each day?And how many of those are a joy to attend?A really valuable use of your time? Where you feel that the organizer is well prepared and put some thought into the time they have asked you to devote to the meeting?I'm guessing not all of them? In fact, I'll say it's likely to be very few of them? (Sad but probably true!)Based on the general feedback about meetings – many are if not unorganized and a waste of time, at least considered to be not as useful and productive as they could be. (I'm being nice…
  • It's nice to be thanked for a job well done

    Karen Adamedes
    17 Oct 2013 | 6:31 pm
    by Karen AdamedesIt's very rewarding when you know you've put your all into a project, or even your day-to-day work and someone not only notices, they take the time and effort to say thank you.It doesn't always happen and every task does not necessarily deserve an accolade. When it happens though, it's very much appreciated.You might not be able to control how and when you are thanked. But it's within your power to be the 'thanker'. To notice when someone has put in an exceptional effort, achieved extraordinary results or has just been helpful.It could be flowers or a sweet treat, it could be…
  • How often do you need to socialize with work colleagues?

    Karen Adamedes
    13 Feb 2013 | 3:56 pm
    How often with colleagues?By Karen AdamedesAccording to a recent poll on the Huffington Post article "Women and Alcohol: Does Mixing Drinking With Work Help or Hinder Your Career" over 80% of us think that drinking with colleagues is a good idea.  45% of respondents said that 2 drinks were the maximum, whilst another 38% agreed that you need to follow the cues of your office culture and if everyone else catches up for drinks you need to as well - to show you are a team player. The question they didn't ask is how often do you need to catch up with work colleagues in a social situation? We…
  • 5 People You Need On Your Career Team

    Karen Adamedes
    22 Jan 2013 | 1:30 pm
    Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.netBy Karen AdamedesNobody stands up at the Oscars, the Golden Globes or any other event where individuals are recognized and says in their acceptance speech, "Thanks, I did this all myself!".Not only would this be seen as arrogant (to say the least) but the reality is, it's not true or even possible. No one can really "shine" without the expertise, coaching, knowledge or help of others.When Morgan Freeman won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby he said, "I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything…
  • 5 Truths about Performance Reviews. Are you ready for yours?

    Karen Adamedes
    10 Jan 2013 | 7:20 pm
    By Karen AdamedesPerformance Reviews can mean more (or less) money in your pocket January. Whether this means snow, cold and long winter nights or sun, beach and bbq's (depending on your part of the world), for most people who work for organizations January means... the performance review!Different countries and companies work a variety of financial years...but January is the most common time for either an annual appraisal or half yearly review.A meeting request appears in your inbox for the meeting with your manager. Do you groan and say "Oh no, not again" or clap your hands and yell…
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    Becoming you

  • How to Wear… Summer skirts

    Kathryn Rossiter
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty tired of the wet winter weather. I’m very much a sunshine girl and although I love dressing in the layers of winter, I far prefer the ease of wearing a little less. Think summery skirts! So, even though summer seems like a while away I thought I would do a little fashion trend forecast and share with you some of the hottest skirt styles to be wearing this spring/ summer! From the sweet and playful skater to the figure-hugging mini, there’s a skirt to take you from the pool to the party… The Mini Summer’s shortest skirt…
  • Timeless Travels: Kruger for Kids – Day 3 @ nDzuti Safari Camp

    Kathryn Rossiter
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    After two lovely days spent enjoying the Africa on Foot camp it was time for our transfer with Enoch to nDzuti Safari Camp – another lodge located about an hour away but also in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. Upon arriving at nDzuti (“Place in the Shade”) we were welcomed warmly by Bruce and Judy Meeser, the couple who run the camp, (and who have spent the past 30 years living and working in the bush!) And we were introduced to their daughter Sabre and her boyfriend, Justin, who were to be our rangers for the first night – and…
  • Celebrate Women’s Day with Dance

    Kathryn Rossiter
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    This August the Cape Town City Ballet will be performing Three’s Company on Women’s Day – Saturday 9 August – for one performance only at the Artscape. This year, the company invited two other leading Cape Town-based dance companies, Jazzart Dance Theatre and the Cape Dance Company, to join in the celebrations. In the spirit of co-operation and unity, all the stars of dance in Cape Town will be together in action for the first time and the programme of three individual works will showcase the talents of three young South African choreographers. Jazzart will perform Tracing…
  • Motherhood

    Kathryn Rossiter
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I must admit that whenever there is change in my routine – for instance the recent school holidays and now back-to-school – I find myself in a weird place when it comes to my role as a mom. I am so grateful that I am able to work from home and essentially be a full time mom for my kids when they are home from school but it is not without it’s challenges. More often than I’d like to admit I find myself feeling frustrated with this life choice… Now I just want to reiterate that my blog is a place for positivity and upliftment so I don’t usually rant or moan…
  • Women at Work: Interview with a Book Author

    Kathryn Rossiter
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Melissa Delport is a wife and mother of 3 young children but that hasn’t stopped her from following her dream to become a published author. Her latest work – The Legacy Trilogy – comprises of 3 books. The Legacy (book 1) and The Legion (book 2) are available on shelves now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015. An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion. “I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it…
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  • Getting Real About Having It All

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My good friend and publisher, Linda Joy introduced me to author, Megan Dalla-Camina a few months ago. Linda knew that Megan’s story would be supportive for the women who read our blog and book reviews.  She was right! I resonated with this book so much. Megan and I have loads in common. We both walked away from high-powered six-figure […]
  • Divine Feminine Spotlight With Sheri Ponzi

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

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

    Te-Erika Patterson
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    While out on a date this past Friday evening, I strolled past Psychic Jude on the Santa Monica Pier. I love psychics and believe wholeheartedly in the ability to hear, see and feel information that is not gleaned through natural means. I believe everyone has this ability to some degree yet most either believe that it is wrong to acknowledge this gift or it is hidden because of the illusion of life. Regardless, I offered Psychic Jude $10 to see if she had any information for me. What kind of question did I have? You know I wanted to know about my career since I have been adamantly working and…
  • Te-Erika’s Diary: Wishing For A Business Partner

    Te-Erika Patterson
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    Tonight I was reading and was completely inspired in a new direction to market my brand and the work that I have done. I am always inspired but I don’t have the financial resources or the knowledge to push most of my ideas into action. I am so smart. I am so creative. I have the genius that it takes to really push ideas forward and the talent to maintain it but I don’t have the social skills to meet the right people to earn the right money to make my ideas a reality. This sucks. I know they say no woman is an island but I really do feel like one. There’s no one I can talk to…
  • ADVICE: Everyone Bullies Me Including My Boyfriend’s Family

    Te-Erika Patterson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    Te-Erika, I have a huge problem. I am 22yrs old and I am very lonely. I do believe, it is only right to take a good hard look at myself. I do a lot of self reflection, and I have recently came to the conclusion that it is impossible for me to make good friends or even associates. I believe that its not because I do anything but because of the way that I am perceived. I’m nice, bubbly, supportive, happy, ambitious and also a god fearing woman. Im not loud, I dont start trouble and I love inner peace. I have a boyfriend of a year and 5 months, but I cant seem to click with the women in…
  • You Don’t Have To Scam To Get Ahead In Life

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

    Te-Erika Patterson
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    While on your way to building a great life for yourself, you may want to get a taste of it right now. How can you do that? Try becoming a Home Manager for a staging company. A staging company adds the live in look to homes that are on the market to be sold. They also have home managers to actually live in the house for a fraction of the cost of renting it just so when they show the home it will have a warm and inviting feel to it. There are of course, a few catches. You have to have enough of your own furniture to fill the entire house. You have to leave in the event that the house is being…
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    Hello Ladies

  • Thank Goddess It’s Friday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Insurance for Eating Disorders Inadequate

    Annetta Ramsay
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    As health reform is getting implemented and taking practical shape we must have coverage of this killer illness that applies to all phases of needed and critical treatment.
  • Happily, Teen Lifeguards Say It's Not 'Baywatch'

    Karly Matthews
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    While an occasional male swimmer may ogle them, female teen lifeguards express satisfaction with the work and pay. "I stand my ground, enforce the rules and call people out, no problems come my way," says one.
  • Obama OKs LGBT Protections; Women Scarce on Boards

    WeNews staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    President Obama signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT federal employees. Also this week, a report finds there's a lack of women at the top of companies that make and market products to women.
  • Gender Stereotypes Reinforced Post-9/11

    J. Ann Tickner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    As with other wars, masculinity was back in vogue in the United States after 9/11, while women virtually disappeared from newspaper pages and TV screens, says J. Ann Tickner in this excerpt from "A Feminist Voyage Through International Relations."
  • Video: Refugees Flee Myanmar, Seek Peace

    WeNews staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Refugee women of the Karen community in Myanmar describe their struggle to bring about a peaceful return to their homeland and peace in their own domestic households. Produced by American Jewish World Service.
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  • Fall in Love with Heirloom Cannabis Strains

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tienes un nuevo mensaje

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Hola, melchior.ibiza ha comenzado a utilizar IQ Elite y te ha escrito un mensaje. Para leer el mensaje antes de que caduque, haz click en este enlace: a.iqelite.com/entry/new_message/2fdc5f6b7dae20c1f44e1b0e258a8c2d3fda9e1f544b80bfb/2cd3d49746d83c489c32f35fdb0f71f44b80bfb/?hg=3IYRhrysGw ¡Lee tu mensaje antes de que caduque! Saludos, El equipo de IQ Elite
  • Tumblr, tienes un mensaje de Melchior Arnold

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Hola Tumblr, Tienes un mensaje de Melchior Arnold en IQ Elite para ti. Haz click aqui a.iqelite.com/j/hRfp5O/4ln/?hg=PmklaT1nWs para leer el mensaje El equipo IQ Elite
  • It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s...

    31 May 2013 | 1:18 pm
    It still feels like 2013 never really started. That’s probably a sign that I am still fucked up. Five months into the supposedly new year, the year my life is supposed to begin anew or something like that, and I have been living in standstill since I don’t even know when. Berlin is lovely and depending on who you ask, I have been waiting weeks, months, years to be here. Moving countries wasn’t a mistake, yet I can’t shake this persistent feeling that I have arrived too late to a party thrown in my honor. The perfectionistic side of me will not relent. She says I would have been…
  • The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker

    17 Apr 2013 | 12:50 pm
    The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker: A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose…
  • Boston

    15 Apr 2013 | 1:51 pm
    I couldn’t get out of Boston soon enough when I was in the midst of leaving the country in January. I wanted nothing to do with the city any longer, and I felt like there was nothing left for me there. But of course there’s something I left behind, or I wouldn’t be this upset, this much of a wreck that I interrupted a family dinner to shove a smart phone in my boyfriend’s face. Surprisingly right now, I actually miss Boston. I even wish I were there. I feel something I didn’t think I was capable of feeling anymore. Homesickness. Powerlessness. I don’t know,…
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    Women's Refugee Commission - Women's Refugee Commission - Blog

  • Adolescent refugee girls in Tanzania at the forefront of change

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Sifa Mateso's father passed away when she was in primary school. Her mother was left alone to care for her and her sibling. At age 14, Sifa decided to get married. "I thought I could make a better life and assist my mother and my sibling," she explains. "My mother faced many difficulties. The situation at home was getting worse every day." Soon after her first child was born, Sifa's husband began to abuse her, both physically and emotionally. She divorced him, packed up and headed back home with her child. Read the blog by Kulsoom Rizvi of the International Rescue Committee, about an…
  • A Step in the Right Direction: New Commitments to Disability Inclusion in Refugee Settings

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Last year in Lebanon, my colleague Emma met 16-year-old Zeinah*. Zeinah, who had recently arrived as a refugee from Syria, had been shot in the back while shielding her 3-month-old baby as they were fleeing the city of Homs, leaving her unable to walk and wheelchair dependent. Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.
  • Obama’s Quick Fix Won’t Solve the Regional Refugee Crisis

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

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

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

  • Fourth of July Nail Art

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspiring Pretty Every girl obviously dreams of her wedding day and plans it out at least a little bit in her head. Equally, though, she thinks about her proposal. Being asked to be married is nearly as important as the day you get married. Most women have an idea of how they would they would like to be proposed to, but the vast majority of women would also like to be surprised. This can be quite the daunting task for a man. A heartfelt and sincere proposal is always best. But, if you would like to add in some flair along with it though, here are some ideas you can try. If she loves books,…
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    What's new on divine.ca

  • Our Evening Uniform (editor`s pick)

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Because we don’t want anyone to ever notice our underwear, let alone a shaper, underneath our dress, we try and avoid anything underneath that boasts...
  • The Smart Guide to Shopping Sales (article)

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When everything is on sale (or almost), some of us start spending without thinking. Others avoid stores altogether, given that sales sections can often...
  • Are You Sexually Adventurous? (quiz)

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

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

  • Finding Happiness When A Dream Falls Apart

    Lisa Powell, Get Happy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I always go after my dreams, diving in fully and giving it my all. Most of the time, I achieve what I set out to achieve. Every once in a while, a dream falls apart. That does not mean this dream will not be realized in the future in a different form, so really it […] Related Posts: Finding Happiness When A Big Dream Comes True Finding Happiness Through Living The Dream, Part III How Spring Cleaning Helped Me Get a New Start on My Dream Finding Happiness Through Dream Ups and Downs Finding Happiness in A Hallmark Holiday The post Finding Happiness When A Dream Falls Apart appeared first…
  • Fitness Inspiration: Ignore Distractions Until After Your Workout

    Heather Montgomery, Get Fit
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Fitness inspiration is something I am always looking for. If you look at the #FitnessInspiration or #fitspo tag into consideration on Instagram and Pinterest I am not alone. Follow Heather’s board Fitness Inspiration on Pinterest. Why do we need fitness inspiration in our lives? Things in life are easy when all the stars line up. […] Related Posts: 4 Tips for Fitness Motivation Through the Holidays Treadmill Workouts To Spice Up Your Dream Fitness This Fall Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths Does Trying a New Fitness Class Scare You? Fitness Dream Challenge: Should You Workout Today? The…
  • A dream golfing vacation

    Natasha von Geldern, Travel the World
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I love combining a vacation or travel plans with my sporting enthusiasms. This week I visited a travel destination that would make any golfer’s heart skip a beat. Truly a dream golfing vacation destination! As an 8womendreamer I particularly loved the philosophy of the Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort: “We want you to feel like you are […] Related Posts: World Travel Dreams Puerto Rico: Escape to the Caribbean Girlfriend Getaways: Travel Dreams at Lake Morey Resort Embrace Summer Travel Dreams with a Romantic Getaway to… 8 Things Not to Miss on Your Dream Europe Trip Best 5…
  • How To Tell A Story With Power

    Kelly Swanson, Do Public Speaking
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Another Day At The Pool So my son comes running up to me at the pool and says, “Mom! I need money for the confession stand!” “Well, you haven’t been very good this year,” I said, “Here’s a twenty. And don’t tell them that Mommy has rum hidden in her pool bag!” How the story really […] Related Posts: The Secret to How Keynote Speakers Get Standing Ovations Keynote Speakers Need To Know Their Story Motivational Speakers Focus On Why As Much As How When Hecklers Say You Suck Where Do Motivational Speakers Find Stories? The post How To…
  • How to Find Hope by Having a Grateful Heart

    Sue Levy, Empower Women
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Thankful Thursday, dreamers! This week I am grateful for hope. Motivational speaker, Dale Carnegie once said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” After my daughter was first born I decided to start my […] Related Posts: South African Dreamer Inspires 170 Girls With 5 Steps to… A Dream Come True: Published in Oprah Magazine Who Else Wants to Meet a New Dreamer from South Africa? 12 Dream Answers From International Speaker Sue Levy 5 Ways to Pursue the Best…
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    Your Life After 25:

  • 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the Outlander series To Start!

    Da Vinci
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. All opinions are 100% mine. If you keep up with my live tweeting you’ll notice that I tend to enjoy movies and shows that contain political, religious, and historical intrigue. When I saw the trailers and promo for Outlander I KNEW thi... The post 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the Outlander series To Start! appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 5 Essential Oils Perfect For After The Gym

    Da Vinci
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    After your strenuous workouts, your body has lost carbohydrates, burned hundreds of calories, and torn muscles. Hence, in order to make the most out of your efforts and see lasting results in your body, consider the after workout cool-down to be as important as the work-out itself. The following are... The post 5 Essential Oils Perfect For After The Gym appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Let’s Be Cops Hits Theaters Soon: Check Out The Trailer! #LetsBeCops

    Da Vinci
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Summer has been going by super fast, but there’s still quite a few awesome movies coming out.  One that comes to mind is “Let’s Be Cops”.  When I saw the trailer for this, I was cracking up and knew I had to share.   Let’s Be Cops has a versatile and funny cast, wh... The post Let’s Be Cops Hits Theaters Soon: Check Out The Trailer! #LetsBeCops appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the movie trailer for LUCY came out I was super excited and couldn’t wait to check it out… I mean how can you go wrong with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman?  I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta screening for LUCY which was hosted by Kandi Buruss who you may know from X... The post LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most people only think of herbs and spices as “flavor boosters,” and just add a sprinkle or dash to their food to enhance the taste. But herbs are actually among the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide you with vitamins and minerals, help boost your immune system, and can even help remove t... The post Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Ann Daly

  • Coaching reminders

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Help Your Child Control Asthma Symptoms

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    When you have a young child with asthma, taking steps to control symptoms can help your child avoid medical emergencies and lead a healthier, happier life. As your child grows... Read more »
  • 10 Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The death of someone you love is always a life-altering event and negotiating the sadness and loss you experience can be complicated. Today’s fast-paced world doesn’t tend to hit the... Read more »
  • What to do when someone dies

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 pm
    It is a very difficult time when someone we love and care for has passed away. There are many tasks however that need to be carried out when someone dies... Read more »
  • Move Over Men: The Successful Women of The Web

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    The business world has long been a male dominated industry. It wasn’t until 1972 that Katharine Graham became the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company, that being The Washington... Read more »
  • Fashionable Health: Protecting and Healing Sun Damaged Skin

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Here at “My Favorite Things,” we talk a lot about the amazing fashions available for the plus-sized woman, like sporty swimwear to get you ready for sun and sea and... Read more »
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    a spot of whimsy

  • Where in the World?!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will You Watch?: Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Changing The World, One Sandwich At A Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Erin Dinan wanted to change the world, but wasn’t sure what she, as one person, could possibly do to make a difference. It was a simple sandwich and a chance encounter with a homeless man that gave her the clarity and inspiration she needed, and her nonprofit, One Sandwich at a Time was born. The mission of the organization is to “create a global understanding and empathy for the homeless population by bringing together the community to feed the homeless… one sandwich at a time.” After graduating college, Erin decided to pack her bags and explore the world. Her travels took her to…
  • Leatherdos… The MacGyver-esque Hair Clip That Doubles As A Wrench, A Screwdriver And So Much More

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Remember how MacGyver was always able to get himself out of a life or death jam using random, ordinary items like duct tape, a paperclip, and a stick of chewing gum? Well, we’re pretty sure TV’s most resourceful secret agent (1985 – 1992) would trade his trusty Swiss Army Knife for Yaacov Goldberg’s Leatherdos, a multi-purpose hair clip that doubles as a whole bunch of super handy, mini tools. Made of stainless steel, the Leatherdos clip is a fully functional barrette that’s designed to solve so much more than a hair emergency, which MacGyver’s signature mullet could…
  • Get Your “Fix” From Norma Vally… Ask A DIY Question. The Toolbelt Diva Will Answer.

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jean B was confused by countertops. Anna L had a bum electrical outlet. Sharon needed less pop on her glossy pink staircase. Laurel said, “No more!” to her popcorn ceiling. Nina wanted to clean her oven without nasty chemicals. AJ was grossed out by showerhead buildup. V White was looking to get creative with accent tiles. Melissa Martine wanted to refinish a flea market find. Sue Wilson imagined outfitting her attic in denim. Wynonna wanted to prep her house for vacation. So what did all of these smart WYSK readers do? They turned to home improvement expert Norma “Toolbelt…
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey… As A Feminist Fantasy

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    By Tatsuya Ishida from June 21, 2012 The post Fifty Shades Of Grey… As A Feminist Fantasy appeared first on Women You Should Know®.
  • Fix-It Friday: “Help! My Ring Went Down The Sink Drain!” How To Rescue Anything From Your P-Trap

    Norma Vally, WYSK DIY Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    My nieces and nephew are visiting with me this week, and although there are 3 bathrooms in the house, they all want to use my bathroom, of course. Yesterday, the little one came running to me, eyes as wide as dinner plates, totally panic stricken. “Aunt Norma…” then the tears started gushing. I was finally able to decipher through her half words and gasps that she dropped my ring down the sink drain… and not just any ring… my fire opal, amethyst, and diamond birthday gift ring. I could see she was bracing for my reaction. She must have thought I was crazy when…
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    Its All About Women!

  • From Self-Criticism to Self-Celebration (New article Part 4 of 5)

    Denise ONeill
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to Part 4 of this 5 part series on the key to Unlocking a Remarkable Life where you feel Worthy and Beautiful every day. Part 1 – Choose yourself Part 2 – What is your Programming? Part 3 – Take Back Your Worth In the last article of this series we discussed the first two steps for restoring your belief in your self-worth. If you missed the previous articles click the links above. In order to help you understand the third step I took, I want you to do something for me. Read through the mantras I’ve listed below. Notice which ones resonate with you, which ones…
  • Take Back Your Worth (New article – Part 3 of 5)

    Denise ONeill
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Part 1 of this 5 part series on the key to Unlocking a Remarkable Life where you feel Worthy and Beautiful every day discusses the importance of choosing yourself first. If you missed that article you can read it here. Part 2 identifies your programming. I’m a big fan of the word Remarkable. It means worthy of notice and attention… worthy of being extraordinary and uncommon. Is that how you’d define yourself right now? Before I went through my own dramatic transformation, there wasn’t a chance I’d ever use any of those words to describe myself. When I was at my emptiest, I pretty…
  • What is Your Programming? (New article Part 2 of 5)

    Denise ONeill
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Part 1 of this 5 part series on the key to Unlocking a Remarkable Life where you feel Worthy and Beautiful every day discusses the importance of choosing yourself first. If you missed that article you can read it here. Once you decide to choose yourself and acknowledge your importance, you need to look at the ways you might be holding yourself back. I’m not suggesting that you’re willingly holding yourself back (though that’s sometimes the case – and we’ll get to that in a bit). But it’s important to understand the subtle ways you doubt your abilities, and more importantly – why…
  • Why Not Choose Yourself? (Part 1 of 5)

    Denise ONeill
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the first in our five-part series:  the key to Unlocking a Remarkable Life where you feel Worthy and Beautiful every day. What is the first step in designing a better life for yourself? You need to decide to put yourself first. I’m not saying kick all your other obligations to the curb. If you have kids, or a significant other, or parents or pets or friends who rely on you – then of course, you still need to be present for them. However, as a Spiritual Life Coach what I have discovered is that too many women ignore their own needs to the point where they define themselves…
  • Reframe Your Life Story. Five Steps To Stop Silently Screaming And Start Being Your Authentic Self (Part 2 of 2)

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

  • Getting Fit: 5 Easy Ways to Sneak In Exercise

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    This weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday. And for someone who blogs about being fit, I did not make healthiest choices…can you say ice cream cake? No big deal, I’ll eat some salads and get a couple runs in. But...
  • You’re a Shitty Girlfriend. Period.

    Chiara Mazzucco
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    You know the old, often uncalled for, married man jokes? “Ha! That’s the most play her lady parts have seen in years!” he says as his wife gets jumped on by a puppy. Men every where can’t all be wrong, can they? Well,...
  • Keep Fighting

    Julie Zantopoulos
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    So you’ve taken our advice and gone out there to conquer the world only to come back with your tail between your legs. Oh girl, that’s not how it works. There’s a saying that there’s not such thing as overnight...
  • Confessions Vol58

    The Indie Chicks
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    “I don’t get it, I really don’t get it, why does my bf still keeps emails and pictures of his ex girl friend who got married off. The thought just kills me, I think he still likes her but won’t...
  • Saturday Link-Up

    The Indie Chicks
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Time for Link-up Saturday! We know you’re a busy little badass, but that shouldn’t mean missing out on articles you love every week, should it?  We’re putting together this week’s best reads for you so you don’t have to go...
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    Wealthcare For Women

  • Conservative Versus Aggressive

    Russ Thornton
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    How do you define the word “conservative?” What about “aggressive?” These are words that get tossed around a lot in my line of work, but I think they can hold very different meanings for different people. In fact, it reminds me of this line from The Princess Bride. For example, you might think of “conservative” as having minimal exposure to the stock market and owning mostly CD’s at the bank. Someone else might think of “conservative” and have more (or most) of their investments in a low cost, diversified total stock market portfolio…
  • Take Off Your Financial Blindfold

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the Outlander series To Start!

    Da Vinci
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is written by me on behalf of Time Warner Cable. All opinions are 100% mine. If you keep up with my live tweeting you’ll notice that I tend to enjoy movies and shows that contain political, religious, and historical intrigue. When I saw the trailers and promo for Outlander I KNEW thi... The post 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for the Outlander series To Start! appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • 5 Essential Oils Perfect For After The Gym

    Da Vinci
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    After your strenuous workouts, your body has lost carbohydrates, burned hundreds of calories, and torn muscles. Hence, in order to make the most out of your efforts and see lasting results in your body, consider the after workout cool-down to be as important as the work-out itself. The following are... The post 5 Essential Oils Perfect For After The Gym appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Let’s Be Cops Hits Theaters Soon: Check Out The Trailer! #LetsBeCops

    Da Vinci
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Summer has been going by super fast, but there’s still quite a few awesome movies coming out.  One that comes to mind is “Let’s Be Cops”.  When I saw the trailer for this, I was cracking up and knew I had to share.   Let’s Be Cops has a versatile and funny cast, wh... The post Let’s Be Cops Hits Theaters Soon: Check Out The Trailer! #LetsBeCops appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the movie trailer for LUCY came out I was super excited and couldn’t wait to check it out… I mean how can you go wrong with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman?  I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta screening for LUCY which was hosted by Kandi Buruss who you may know from X... The post LUCY: Movie Review and Screening In Atlanta #LucyATL #LucyMovie appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
  • Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet

    Da Vinci
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most people only think of herbs and spices as “flavor boosters,” and just add a sprinkle or dash to their food to enhance the taste. But herbs are actually among the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide you with vitamins and minerals, help boost your immune system, and can even help remove t... The post Why Herbs And Spices Are Valuable To Your Diet appeared first on Your Life After 25:.
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    Woman's World

  • Top 10 benefits of Green Tea Daily

    Neha Garg
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    "It's the healthiest thing I can think of to drink," says Christopher Ochner, PhD.  Tea is measured as the most beneficial from ancient times but it is only in the recent times that the medicinal and genuine benefits of Green Tea have been explored. Green tea is now known as the most favorable and valued drink consumed in the world. Green Tea doesn’t taste good to many of us, but when we would get to know the greatest health benefits of drinking green tea we surely would drink cups of it. My sister used to drink green tea every day and has told me number of times that…
  • Sulakshana Monga – A Passionate Fashion Designer

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

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

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

    Neha Garg
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Chandigarh's leading "Makeup Artist – RabiaMehraGrewal” is naturally charming with finesse to put the people around her at ease. Her ardor for her profession is visibly reflected in everything she pertain her expertise to. She is a renowned Makeup Artist and undeniably a great soul. Coming from an unusual mix of being born in India and studied in Melbourne she has always wanted to carve a niche for herself in a creative field like “Beauty and Makeup”. At a very young age Rabia has created a name of her own which is well recognized by many. She has even got a…
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  • India Online Fashion Week – All Set for the Launch on 25th July 2014

    Payal Pandya
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    Jabong presents India Online Fashion Week, the World’s First Online Shop-able Fashion Week, where you can enjoy the fashion show and purchase all the elements of the entire look – be it the apparel, the accessories or the styling, at… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Hi Fresh Minties, How are you all doing,  I hope you too will be enjoying the rainy day like me… Sitting in my balcony, sipping team while enjoying the rain, watching the people with rain coats and umbrellas! This LIFE… Continue Reading →

    Payal Pandya
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Hi Girlies, How are you all doing? Well, I am so excited for my upcoming trip to Goa. I have visited few countries but believe it or not, this is the first time I’ll be there and to go with… Continue Reading →
  • JULY FAB BAG 2014

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

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

  • Women won’t be fooled by GOP attempts to hide anti-woman policies

    Rebecca Griffin
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    In the understatement of the century, the New York Times reports that “Republicans acknowledge that their communication on women’s issues has been inadequate.” Their solution involves training candidates to try putting a sheen on their unappealing policies: It was not on the public schedule for the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting at the stately Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. But inside a conference room, a group of conservative women held a boot camp to strengthen an unlikely set of skills: how to talk about abortion. They have conducted a half-dozen…
  • Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

    Rebecca Griffin
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    While I was on vacation, I was kindly nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award by Kelsey DeMelo over at respect thy #selfie project. I’m belatedly getting around to passing it along and letting you know about some great bloggers you should check out.  respect thy #selfie project: Starting out by returning the compliment, Kelsey has great posts about body image. She has an interesting piece up about unhelpful exercise advice for women, pointing out that “We should be encouraging others to be healthy, no matter what that might look like. Health comes first. Image…
  • Weekend reading

    Rebecca Griffin
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A performance artist satirizes the use of scantily clad women as accessories. John Oliver and some muppets explain the US’s broken prison system. More discrimination in the name of religion: the Department of Education grants a religious exemption for a university to deny on campus housing to a transgender student. A chart that shows the rapid rise in incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system. Fill up your Netflix queue with 50 essential feminist films. “I’m terrified of dying like Eric Garner.” A luxury apartment building in New York is…
  • The education of street harassers

    Rebecca Griffin
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    You have to wonder at the thought process (if there is one) behind catcalling. What does a guy expect is going to happen? The few times in the past that I’ve confronted people who’ve sexually harassed me, the main reaction was utter surprise that someone was responding to them at all, particularly in an angry manner. They cowered and offered apologies, but I never dug in to the question of why.  Callie Beusman at Jezebel covers the story of a woman in Minneapolis who has been confronting harassers and taping their reactions. Their answers reveal some shockingly (or maybe sadly…
  • Weekend reading

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

    Catherine Abalos
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After 9 years in Los Angeles, Catherine reflects on her decision to move to San Francisco I moved to Los Angeles in 2005, fresh out of high school and ready to tackle my first taste of freedom. The rivalry between the Bay and L.A. was palpable among my friends at LMU, and shortly after starting […] The post Leaving Home for Home appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • Cleaning Out Your Closet (and Shopping Your Wardrobe)

    Catherine Abalos
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    5 Guidelines to Discard Items + 6 Classic Pieces to Keep When Cleaning Out Your Closet Admit it. It’s the middle of the summer, and you still haven’t gotten around to spring cleaning. If you read All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe (or even just my book report on it), you might have the urge […] The post Cleaning Out Your Closet (and Shopping Your Wardrobe) appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • Super Foods You Aren’t Eating (But Ought to Be)

    Jennifer Hacker
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    6 Super Foods that Need to Be on Your Grocery List Now!   Single Girl Super Foods by jenhacker on Polyvore   I think it’s safe to say that both Catherine and I maintain healthy obsession with food. There is little that can get in between us and a great meal at one of our […] The post Super Foods You Aren’t Eating (But Ought to Be) appeared first on The Single Diaries.
  • Behind the Scenes of The Empowerment Project

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

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

    Adity Bera
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In our daily life we face hurdles which cause stress. There are many tools for relaxing our body and mind, like stretching your muscles, take a deep breath, drinking water. Listening music to overcome the stress is also an effective tool. Relaxing music heals our hearts. Everyone loves to listen to music. We listen to music when we are sad, we listen to music, when we are happy and we listen to music when we are sad, feel and empty. But not every kind of music relaxes us. Science has proved that listening a relaxing music brings down your bloodThe post Refresh Yourself by Listening Relaxing…
  • Be Careful From Listeria

    Adity Bera
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are humorous types of bacteria. Some gives benefits and some are harmful. Listeria is a type of harmful bacteria. Listeria is a special kind of bacteria that contains ten species. It is found in soil and water and some animals. It can also found in cattle’s and poultry. It can be contemporaneous in raw milk and foods that are made from unhealthy milk. It is much different than many other germs because it is the one that can grow even in the cold temperature. Listeria is destroyed by cooking and heat treatment. Listeriosis is a disease caused by Listeria that canThe post Be…
  • American Writer Kristien Del Ferraro

    Adity Bera
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Kristien Del Ferraro belongs to America; she lives in New York City. She completed her high school education from New Hartford High School (1993-1996) and joined Syracuse University for graduation (1996-2000). She completed the BFA, Advertising designing Course from there. Kristien Del Ferraro is currently working in the Advertising and marketing area. She has worked in many companies; she has worked in Arc Marketing as Account Coordinator. Her past experiences are ; Senior Director of Digital and Social Media Strategy at Humongo (Powered by Source Marketing), Digital Marketing Services…
  • Inspirational Quotes Which Will Help You Be More Productive

    Helena Negru
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We live in a highly competitive world, where being productive is crucial for long-term success in career. Economic struggle which forced us to reduce the expenses to the minimum also alters our productivity, as it is hard to stay focused when you know you won’t be able to pay the bills at the end of the month. Here are inspirational quotes to the rescue! Being motivated at work gets really hard when you need to tighten the belt. Moreover, your boss will go all mad about any tiny detail, because he is also stressed out. And your colleagues might turnThe post Inspirational Quotes Which…
  • Woman Blogger tips: personal branding via iPintoo

    Helena Negru
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Personal branding is a relatively new feature and it is used by marketers and other people who need to keep a high profile in the online medium. But personal branding is so much more and can help one create a strong, reliable reputation on the internet and promote his/her blog. Multitasking social media platform iPintoo is one of the many social media platforms where you can create an account and start adding some information about you. But, it has an unique feature: you can review people! This can be used in so many ways to build your reputation online andThe post Woman Blogger tips:…
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  • Makeup Tips for Enhancing your Blue Eyes

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

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

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

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

  • L'Officine Universelle Buly 1803, Rue Bonaparte

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Trés discret, with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it entrance and pretty green awning, Buly is a restoration of famed parfumeur Jean-Vincent Bully's historic maison. Readers of César Birotteau (which should be taught at every business school) are already familiar with Bully's life, the inspiration behind Balzac's titular character. Somehow the story of a peasant whose meteoric rise ends in misfortune resonates with me even more now that I face the vicissitudes of bourgeois life every day. For plastic-free toiletries and bulk oils, look no further; all production methods and packaging are straight…
  • Interview with Aliona Doletskaya, Crillon Hotel, Paris

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
  • Zero-Waste Summer Beverages: Homemade Ginger Beer and Violet Lemonade

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    GINGER BEER150g ginger, unpeeled2 tablespoons sugar2 liters water1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice1/4 teaspoon active dry yeastGrate ginger finely. Combine with 0.5L water and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Steep one hour before straining, if desired. Pour in a glass bottle; add yeast, remaining water, and lemon juice. Shake gently. Store in a cool, dark place 2-3 days, until fizzy. When fermentation occurs, store in refrigerator immediately to prevent explosion. Seriously, I forgot about this once and found shards of sticky glass everywhere.
  • DIY Activated Charcoal and Homemade, Zero-Waste Eyeliner

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

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

  • Admitting Your Mistakes

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

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

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

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

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