2014 What-Were-They-Thinking Gift Guide

Every year, we (like you) get hundreds of product pitches. The PR machine kicks into high gear around early October, and that's when we BlogHer staffers start sending the best ones around for everyone to enjoy. And by best, I mean, WTF?...more
The bacon armor and gooey louie are the BEST!!!  To me those really deserve a standing ovation ...more

Stop! You Can't Give 'You Have to F*cking Eat' to a Parent

Certain parenting truths exist that those who cling to their hipness after childbirth are loath to reveal. Being an adult gets harder as the children grow older and begin to understand what is really in your juice glass at their birthday parties. Do you remember the day you realized you could no longer Speak-n-Spell your way through conversations about Christmas presents, flu shots and blow jobs? Yeah. That extends to reading. As in kids who know how to read and who also live in your house....more
Give parents some credit. I bought Go the F to Sleep because I needed some comic relief from my ...more

Mike Brown, #Ferguson, and "You Should Have Seen This Coming"

I paused a DVRed episode of "The Voice" to listen to the press conference regarding the possible indictment of Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. My ten-year-old asked for an explanation, and I fumbled around for words before simply saying a boy was shot and left for dead on the street for four hours, and now they're not even going to charge the man who did it. She asked why. I didn't have an answer. "I don't know," I said. "He was tall. He was strong. He was black." I knew only the last sentence really mattered. I didn't used to think such things matter. I've grown up. I've been educated....more
Is it justice to indict against the facts so a community will not be destroyed by it's own ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thanks for sharing this! It's a great list. I struggle with writing headlines on my blog, Rudeysroommore

5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
femininecollective You're welcome.more

Have You Seen Kim Kardashian's Golden Globes?

I did not realize Kim Kardashian's butt broke the Internet. Late to the party, that's me. ...more
looks like two glazed doughnuts next to each other. It didn't break the internet. It gave the ...more

5 Products to Ease Your Travel Stress This Season

Both sides of my family live in Iowa. Every year, we travel to my husband's side somewhere in the Midwest (with seven brothers and sisters, it tends to be a rotating circle of interstate highway) for Thanksgiving and to my side in Iowa for Christmas. Every. Year. ...more
Love that nap pillow! As far as a favorite I already have, I really like my GoToob. Really basic ...more

3 New Panty Options for Your Visiting Aunt Flo

Menstruating ladies, gather around. Do you have special underwear for Aunt Flo?...more
Haha I am definitely in favor of old granny pannies for Aunt Flo. I just bought a ton of new ...more

Please Stop Panicking About Ebola

Earlier this week, the Kansas City local news teased to a potential Ebola case in the metro. Oops, no, maybe it was typhoid. Everyone freaked out, anyway. It is as though there has never been a contagious disease outbreak in the history of humanity. Listen, we have to stop the madness....more
Thought provoking and true.   We all need to get a grip.more

Why Writers Should Watch 'The Voice'

Last spring, my husband traveled seven weeks in a row for business. My ten-year-old daughter and I bonded with him over The Voice. ...more
I'm agree with you.more