Working with women – 12 reasons you’ll LOVE it

As a writer in the advertising industry, I’ve worked with mostly guys over the years, and while they’re great, I’ve really enjoyed the shift in our agency toward having more women on our teams. While women sometimes get stereotyped as being competitive or catty, I can assure you of two things: 1. those are equal opportunity traits – often more a reflection of … Read More

Best Fictional Female Outsiders

The boys have their Holden Caulfield, their Boo Radley and Ignatius J. Reilly. And yeah, I love those guys too. But where are the fictional female outsiders rebelling without a cause on behalf of disgruntled girls everywhere? We rounded up a few anti-social anti-heroines to lurk around the edges of the party with us or to share a smoke behind … Read More

30 things we’re loving in February

Feel like you’re just hanging in there till spring? Us too! Here are 30 things helping us survive the winter doldrums. Fondue –Whether you make cheese or chocolate, or cook savory meats and veggies in bubbling oil, fondue is a party in a pot. New blog post, coming soon. Aquaphor – We always have this skin-saving salve on hand. And … Read More

YogaGlo Review: Stretch your body, not your budget

One of my goals this year was to commit to a regular yoga and meditation practice. Actually this is my goal every year, and while I might do yoga a few times a month, I’m never consistent enough to really feel like I have an actual practice. I hoped signing up an online subscription service could change that. Following is … Read More

Auntie Heroes – This week’s roundup of fierce, fearless women

Women who defy conventions, shake up the status quo and succeed on their own terms? We call them Auntie Heroes and here are some standouts for this week. Gabby and her Girls, Baller Babes:  Congrats to The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team for winning its record-setting  100th consecutive game on Monday night. They haven’t lost a game since November 2014 (in … Read More

Secrets of a Social Drinker

If it’s true that you’re only as sick as your secrets, alcoholism was a terminal illness in my family. Only it didn’t kill my grandfather. He killed a child in a drunk driving accident and went to jail for five years. I just sat with that sentence for a long time wondering if I could actually share his story. His … Read More

Valentine Solo Acts

Whether you’re consciously coupled or steadfastly single, Valentine’s Day (or Anna Howard Shaw Day, if you prefer) is a great time to show yourself some love. Here are some great suggestions from the Aunt-bassadors on easy ways to celebrate your S.S. (Significant Self).  Whether you get a massage like Melissa, turn your room into a special space like Meghan or do … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Nicole’s love lessons so far. It’s okay to ask for what you want and need, and to be very honest and direct about it. If they don’t want to talk about things that … Read More

5 ways to develop an attitude of gratitude

I read something about gratitude on Pinterest that stuck with me. “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today. Wow. That’s when I got serious about developing an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude shouldn’t be a passing thought or every-now-and-then thing. It’s not that feeling of relief when the cop didn’t pull you over … Read More

When a friend goes missing

When I was in my twenties, I had a friend go missing. Penny* had married younger then the rest of us and had a two-year-old daughter, Allie*. One Tuesday, she missed picking Allie up from daycare. The next day, Penny’s husband Jim called her parents, saying he didn’t know where she was. “She didn’t come home last night?” Penny’s mom demanded. … Read More