Everything You Need to Know about Sunscreen (and the Best Drugstore Sunscreens to Buy)

Summer is almost here, which means that it's time to think about sunscreen. It's also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to talk about protecting your skin. Each year, new evidence comes out helping consumers choose the best protection for their skin, and frankly, all this information is a bit confusing to juggle when looking at those bottles in the drugstore. To make it simple, I've broken down what you need to look for in a sunscreen, as well as how popular sunscreens match up against the guidelines. (Hint: that sunscreen you've been using for years could contain dangerous chemicals or be flammable!) ...more
I'd actually like to try to make my own sunscreen using carrotseed and a carrier oil. Has anyone ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Blogroll

The theme for June is READY, SET, GO! ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Prompts

The theme for June's NaBloPoMo is READY, SET, GO! If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in June -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

Ready, Set, Go! Get Ready for June's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Badges

The official badge for June 2015 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more

5 Reasons to Start a Weekly Series on Your Blog

I'm a big fan of weekly series. I have two that I do on my blog. The first is the Friday Blog Roundup, and I've been writing this weekly post for almost 9 years. 9 years -- every week! It's simply a way to share some of the blog posts that affected me over the course of the week, and hopefully get a conversation going with others about them; like a mini book club for blog posts. ...more
Interesting - I just stopped my Friday links post because it felt like it took a huge amount of ...more

6 Bloggers You Need to Read for World Crohn's and Colitis Day

Today is World Crohn's and Colitis Day, and of course, the day is meant to raise awareness for inflammatory bowel disease. Is there anyone better to teach about the ins and outs of these diseases than the people who live with them day in and day out? I've rounded up bloggers who are sharing their first-hand experience with Crohn's disease and colitis. I'd love to add your personal story to the list so the newly diagnosed can find information. So please add your blog to the comment section if you also write about Crohn's and colitis. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing my post!  It's not always easy to be so vulnerable about my ...more

The President Joined Twitter 3 Hours Ago!

President Obama, otherwise known as @Potus to his Twitter followers, joined the site three hours ago and his follower count is jumping by the thousands every few seconds. ...more
casinosonalia It states on the sidebar that the @BarackObama one is run by his staff and that ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your May 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Five Sentence Fiction – Diversions  ...more

19 Great Resources to Help You Understand Your Social Media Metrics

Hopefully you've been following our series about understanding metrics to grow your reach as part of BlogHer University, but in case you missed one, I've rounded them all up below so you can have them in one place. Plus I added some additional resources that will help you understand your social media metrics. Should you become obsessed with the numbers? Of course not because they don't tell the whole story of your blog. But metrics are a great place to begin when you want to know what works, what is a waste of your time, and what you can punch up and increase in order to get more traffic or better engagement. ...more
I'm bookmarking this, Mel! There's a ton of great resources here, especially for someone like me ...more