Family

I’m Getting Divorced, and Learning I Have Value

I am Getting Divorced and Learning My Value The Laine List

In a matter of days the papers will be delivered to my mailbox. I will be divorced. My husband and I have been together for 17 years. Half of my life. My entire adult life. I’m not sad about the divorce. I’m sad that I feel like I missed out on so much of my life. That I spent so much time feeling like I had nothing to offer. That I had no value. I thought I had a pretty good idea of who I was and what I wanted out of life when I was 18 and we began dating. Let’s be real, people. … {CONTINUE READING...}

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Food and Drink

Versatile Creamy Avocado and Jalapeño Sauce

Versatile Creamy Avocado Jalapeno Sauce Featured Image

Last week I was craving, CRAVING something creamy and spicy with crispy melted extra sharp cheddar cheese. For days. So finally I thought it would be great to put my new gluten free tortillas (really good by the way) to good use and make a creamy enchilada casserole for dinner. The issue is I don’t like red enchilada sauce, only green. The other issue? Not a single store in my town carries green enchilada sauce or any of the ingredients used to make it. What’s a girl to do? Grab a jar of … {CONTINUE READING...}

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip (Blue Cheese Optional)

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip Elaine Griffin Featured Image

I use Greek yogurt in a lot of recipes. Smoothies, salads that require a creamy dressing, smoothies, and I've been working on a banana bread recipe, just to name a few. Like many people, I also use it as a sour cream substitute to top quesadillas and baked potatoes, or really anything requiring sour cream. One of my favorite, and I think most versatile ways to use Greek yogurt is as a substitute for sour cream in ranch dip/dressing. What I love about this recipe is it can be adapted to make a … {CONTINUE READING...}

Crock Pot Meals Reloaded: Chicken Fajitas

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Like many people, I'm totally into crock pot meals now that the cold weather has arrived. It's so nice to know that at the end of the day, you have a warm, and hopefully healthy meal to settle down to. When I cook in my crock pot, I tend to cook in large batches, using simple and budget-friendly ingredients. I freeze leftovers for another time, sometimes for a straight up leftover meal, say, if it is something like soup or chili. One thing I've been experimenting with is making a dish that is … {CONTINUE READING...}

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BlogHer Features and Syndications

WordPress Theme Review: Default Theme, Thesis, Headway, Genesis, and Elegant Themes

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Gone are the days of web designers starting from scratch when designing a site. With so many themes and frameworks, we now have a good chunk of the coding done for us, and all we have left to do is customize based on the customer needs for functionality and aesthetics. How do we decide which theme or framework to offer our clients? The pros and cons to all themes and frameworks vary depending on the designer and the customer needs. Here are some pros and cons to a few of the most popular … {CONTINUE READING...}

Shedding the Baggage and Owning the Catwalk at BlogHer ’13

Elaine Griffin, BlogHer '13 Fashion Show

I have always thought of myself as a fat girl. I was the girl who never had a real boyfriend. Who, in spite of outward appearances, never really had a whole lot of confidence in my looks. At 34 years old, I still struggle with confidence and my appearance. So, so many of us do. Like many women in this new dawn of anti-fat shaming and embracing what makes us all beautiful, I am recognizing the strength of my body. The amazing work it has done, and will continue to do. It – I – am … {CONTINUE READING...}

NaBloPoMo: Let’s Do This

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Do you guys remember when I participated in NaBloPoMo last year? For those who don’t and have no idea what I’m talking about, go visit the NaBloPoMo site on BlogHer. In short, NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is a challenge to write. One post a day for the month; it helps get the creative juices flowing, and it’s a darn good way to build your community of blogging contacts (friends) because not only are you encouraged to write, but you are encouraged to read other NaBloPoMo posts. Last … {CONTINUE READING...}