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October Is #BreastCancerAwareness Month: Karen’s Choice

By Guest Blogger Karen Malkin Lazarovitz I was diagnosed with a BRCA2 gene mutation (breast and ovarian cancer gene) in December 2008. My lifetime risk of developing breast cancer was 87%, my risk of ovarian cancer; 45%. Now, I ask you, if you knew your chance of winning the lotto was 87%, how often would you buy a ticket? Or if…

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The 5 Stages of Grief

Happy Monday, girls! We're back in the groove today. The kids finally went back to school after last week's Jewish holidays, and I went back to the gym (five pounds heavier due to endless chopped liver, brisket and gefilte fish). You might recall one of my favorite guest bloggers on this site, Janet Tarasofsky. Her post titled 525,600 Minutes to Single…

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Wordless Wednesday: Shana Tova

Happy Hump Day! Tomorrow I will be in synagogue with my family observing Rosh Hashanah- our Jewish New Year. To our readers observing the holiday-- I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May this upcoming year bring you peace, contentment, and perhaps that jump off the fence. Staying true to bloggerland's Wordless Wednesday and the sharing of pictures…

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September 23, 2003: The Day My Life Changed Forever

The day was September 22nd, 2003. I was 28. Selfish. A workaholic. 9 months pregnant. And didn’t know just how my life would change the next day, at 5:40am on a Tuesday, September 23rd. When I heard the first cry, it literally took my breath away. I was instantly hooked. I hovered over his crib in the hospital. I watched…

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Striving for Balance

By Guest Blogger Alison Kramer We should probably begin by defining success. To me, it meant spending my days doing something I loved. Having the flexibility to be present for school concerts, sick days and summers. Travel. And rarely, if ever, being told what to do. If you look at that list carefully, you will note I am basically unemployable –…

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Freaky Friday

So, this is the deal, ladies. Our website got overtaken by hackers in Pakistan this past weekend. We then decided Monday morning to prematurely launch our new site redesign (it was the same amount of work to bring back the old site, or get the new one up and running). But maybe that was a mistake. We've been working on our blog redesign…

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Fall Fashion in Lauren’s Closet

As many of you know, I am the proud Brand Ambassador of Le Château, Canada's leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of contemporary fashion apparel, accessories, and footwear at value pricing for style-conscious women and men of all ages. I can usually be seen on TV, at red carpet events, speaking, working, or even at carpool in Le Château. So, I'm…

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How To Join The Women’s Entrepreneurial Club

We do a Wordless Wednesday all the time, so today I thought we'd do a Flashback Friday. So many different social media "isms!" Flashback to 2012, I was called upon as one of "America's Ultimate Experts" to share my advice for budding female entrepreneurs in the latest issue of Woman's World Magazine. If you are a woman thinking of starting your own business, here are some helpful…

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#WomenOnTheFence Celebrates Its 5th Blogiversary!

Today we celebrate the 5th anniversary of a blog that was born out of feeling stuck, on the fence, alone, confused, and wanting to create a space for women to get inspired, get off the fence, grow, succeed and thrive. You have made that happen. I am grateful for this community who has stood by me in my darkest hours,…

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Domestic Violence #WhyIStayed #WhyILeft

After TMZ released the video yesterday of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking his then girlfriend (now wife) unconscious with one single punch, victims of abuse began to come forward and tell their powerful stories in 140 characters or less: #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft. Their hashtags gave us a horrific but honest view into the dangerous and tragic world of…

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