This morning, Mamma D and I took my best friend and confidant, Nikki (AKA her dog), on a kayaking adventure to Little Seneca Creek in Boyds, Maryland. Mamma D has lived in MD for 25+ years and I've been here for 18-ish, but neither of us had heard of the creek-- until D got the hot tip from active.com. Being that D and I are well-versed outdoor women with nearly 45 years of area experience between us, and that active.com is a totally secret website that no one has ever heard of, we obviously assumed that the no man, woman, child or domesticated animal in the history of the world had ever been to this exotic and completely confidential...Read More
Colorful, creative, punny and poetic protest signs from the 2017 Women's March on Washington.Read More
I asked dozens of women why they were marching in the Women's March on Washington. Check out my video to...Read More
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the Women's March on Washington in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, and I somehow landed a spot in the second row from the stage. While I couldn't see the front of the stage from where I was standing, I quickly learned that I was stationed along the VIP section so I did see countless celebrities.
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Ahh sweater weather. That magical time of year when Pinterest boards are aflutter with layering ideas and magazines are packed with a million and one ways to style your sweater (sweater/ jeans/ boots...Read More
As a closet nerd, I have many paper-bound books. But as an artist and visual merchandiser, a messy bookcase gives me borderline-intense anxiety. My home library contains many (Ok, mostly) books with brightly-multi-colored-eye-catching-neon spines (because I do judge books by their covers-- literally, not metaphorically), but looking at the books displayed all together in disarray stressed me out and makes me feel like I'm at an underground rave in 1980s London...Read More
Every Boy Scouts knows that preparation is the key to success; all Girl Scouts know that looking cute and bringing cookies never hurts; and everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarden (after school in my Daisy Scout meetings). Here are some tips and tricksI learned during my years in uniform, and some eco-essentials that will to help ensure you're a happy camper... Read more...Read More
Being a hipster is all about independence, and Independence Day is a hipster's chance to shine. Hipsters are too cool for family fun and backyard BBQs, obviously, but Main Street parades on single-speed bikes melt their hip-hearts like warm apple pie, and 4th of July fashion makes their American-Apparel-led pulses race like they're running a three-legged one...Read More
4th of July's all fun and games until... Actually, until nothing-- 4th of July's just all fun and games. To turn your backyard BBQ into a patriotic party, all you really need is a coat of paint (or an account on PayPal!). Etsy's full of Americana decor you can buy, but if you're feeling crafty, use the eco-cheapo tricks below and DIY your way to red, white, and blue garland and games, candles and centerpieces....Read More
Every year around July 4th, I face an internal crisis that has nothing to do with patriotism. Rather, it concerns my personal beliefs. You see, I strongly believe that costumes and flair make everything more fun, yet I believe just as strongly in the 3 Commandments of Mamma Nature: reduce, reuse, and recycle. And I'm also very cheap...Read More
Long gone are winter's cold nights and chapped lips, but now summer has a laundry list of epidermal ailments for us to deal with (there's always something, isn't there?!). So I scoured the online apothecary, also known as Etsy's Health & Beauty section, to find a little something for all of your skin's summer "somethings"... Read more...Read More
Say "yes" to boring, dime-a-dozen, bargain bin ring? No, thank you. You're a beautiful, one-of-a-kind woman with a sparkling personality and a healthy respect for your Mamma-- shouldn't your engagement ring be, too?...Read More
With so many big plans to orchestrate and small details to arrange, order, and organize for yourself before your wedding, it's hard to imagine that you have to outfit and accessorize six other women, as well. But fluster not, you blushing bride, because I've got everything you need for your bridesmaids right here...Read More
After a long, stressful day at work, you decide to make yourself a delic dinner to enjoy while you relax and binge watch Pretty Little Liars, so on your way home you pop into the store to gather ingredients and a bottle of wine. You're on a budget so you scan your Club Card to qualify your purchase for the $0.10 mail-in rebate (don't forget to buy stamps!), but since you didn't plan on...Read More
When I was looking for something to use as bookends, I found some old Julius Caesar busts at a thrift shop for $1. The price was right and I loved them, but when I put them on display I felt like my interior decorator was my dad (and that's a bad thing). So I popped open some spray paint, painted them bright blue, and now it looks like my bookcase was styled by Elle Decor.
Painted figurines are an awesome way to add a slash of color to your decor, and they're a super...Read More
This sexy beast is pretty much the puuuurfect man. If I could date him, I dream that we'd walk hand in paw through the forest and he'd show me his favorite paths and migration routes. When I got hungry, he'd hunt our dinner (and possibly me) and we'd enjoy a feast of uncooked venison under the stars before retiring to his huge mansion to...Read More
My first "adult" apartment was essentially a cave. It wasn't underground, per-say, it was more sunken-into-the-ground-and-also-nooked-up-againest-a-"cliff"-aka-the-parking-lot. The point is, it was really, really dark and a bear could comfortably hibernate in it.
So, as newly minted adults do, I went to...Read More