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Don't know what to do next? Here's what you can do to fight white supremacy

With the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, we're hearing many white people expressing the sentiment that this is not the real America and that they are shocked this could all be going down in 2017. The reality is that this absolutely IS the real America and has been since it's inception. If you're a white person, it is up to you to carry the burden of fighting back.

If you're feeling helpless and don't know what to do next (like I certainly did), here are some things you can do to fight white supremacy and Nazis in America and beyond…

World making you feel old? Here's why I'm not letting it

Did you happen to see this 60th birthday boudoir shoot we posted recently? It's deliciously sexy and makes age seem irrelevant, so much so that it sent a couple of our staff members into look-inward-mode about aging. It was a tiny reminder that age is just a number and you don't have to succumb to those being-old tropes if you don't want to. For me, it was a reminder that we don't have to pre-age ourselves (AND especially not have it thrust upon us by our peers).

Find out how much of the eclipse you'll see from your ZIP code

You know about the big upcoming solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21 (dubbed "the Great American Eclipse") that will span the US? Everyone across the United States will be able to see the sun disappear behind the moon in some form. This time around, only those within the epically-named "path of totality," from Oregon to South Carolina, will be able to witness the eclipse in full. But most of us will be able to see some part of it. That's where this tool comes in…

A cheeky, practical guide to recognizing housing discrimination

Unfortunately, not all discrimination is overt, and seeming innocuous questions about your faith, marital status, or even pets (to name a few) have been used as grounds for discrimination. Familiarizing yourself with your rental rights and what to look out for.

Although the federally mandated Fair Housing Act provides comprehensive framework curbing housing and rental discrimination, every renter should be aware of these five signs your rental application is discriminatory…

Recent Home

Find out how much of the eclipse you'll see from your ZIP code

You know about the big upcoming solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21 (dubbed "the Great American Eclipse") that will span the US? Everyone across the United States will be able to see the sun disappear behind the moon in some form. This time around, only those within the epically-named "path of totality," from Oregon to South Carolina, will be able to witness the eclipse in full. But most of us will be able to see some part of it. That's where this tool comes in…

A cheeky, practical guide to recognizing housing discrimination

Unfortunately, not all discrimination is overt, and seeming innocuous questions about your faith, marital status, or even pets (to name a few) have been used as grounds for discrimination. Familiarizing yourself with your rental rights and what to look out for.

Although the federally mandated Fair Housing Act provides comprehensive framework curbing housing and rental discrimination, every renter should be aware of these five signs your rental application is discriminatory…

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It's been six months since leaving my husband for another man…

It has been six months since I left my husband for another man… Six months that I have been paying for my choice through reduced access to my most amazing children ever. Six months that I have been experiencing the utmost happiness, while also experiencing the most gut wrenching guilt. Six months where I have stayed silent on this topic because of the guilt and fear of being judged for what I did.

I'm not staying silent anymore…

Finding affordable gender-neutral fashion

We received a question from a reader asking us to find inexpensive gender-neutral fashion:

"I recently have come out as genderfluid, and it's so helpful to see others going through it as well! Any chance of a fashion roundup of affordable gender non-conforming clothes?"

This has proven to be more difficult than anticipated…

Recent Life

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Don't know what to do next? Here's what you can do to fight white supremacy

With the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, we're hearing many white people expressing the sentiment that this is not the real America and that they are shocked this could all be going down in 2017. The reality is that this absolutely IS the real America and has been since it's inception. If you're a white person, it is up to you to carry the burden of fighting back.

If you're feeling helpless and don't know what to do next (like I certainly did), here are some things you can do to fight white supremacy and Nazis in America and beyond…

World making you feel old? Here's why I'm not letting it

Did you happen to see this 60th birthday boudoir shoot we posted recently? It's deliciously sexy and makes age seem irrelevant, so much so that it sent a couple of our staff members into look-inward-mode about aging. It was a tiny reminder that age is just a number and you don't have to succumb to those being-old tropes if you don't want to. For me, it was a reminder that we don't have to pre-age ourselves (AND especially not have it thrust upon us by our peers).

Finding affordable gender-neutral fashion

We received a question from a reader asking us to find inexpensive gender-neutral fashion:

"I recently have come out as genderfluid, and it's so helpful to see others going through it as well! Any chance of a fashion roundup of affordable gender non-conforming clothes?"

This has proven to be more difficult than anticipated…

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13 pieces of plus sized gym advice for newbies

It is hard being the fat girl at gym sometimes. Some things I do to help cope, include reminding myself I'm not the only bigger person there, coming up with a goal for my session, focusing on other things, wearing clothes I love…

Trust me, I have a long list of tricks up my sleeve to get through as a plus sized gym newbie!

Recent Food

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Meat eaters and vegetarians CAN happily live together

When my meat eating husband asked me to move in with him his biggest anxiety wasn't about splitting bills, or any of the other typical issues that new couples worry about. His major worry was about my vegetarianism, and how he could go about eating what he wanted to without upsetting me.

I've never made a big deal out of him eating meat. However, when he brings meat into our home, there are a few things I ask him to do to make me more comfortable with it…

Easy Instant Pot recipes for your new cooking obsession

We used our brand spanking new Instant Pot for the first time the other week, using a very easy first timer recipe. And now we're hooked! It's Megan-simple and quick. And now I want MORE easy Instant Pot recipes (bonus points for being healthy). So I put our a request on Facebook, and got these responses. (And then I want to hear yours!)…

Homemade labneh & ricotta: How to make soft cheese at home

I want a recipe that is economical, better than what I can buy, and suitable for the easily distracted. A tall order, it would seem, but after a quick search and a flick though some old books, I found three likely candidates: labneh, ricotta, and paneer.

My paneer was underwhelming, but the other two cheeses were a roaring success! Here's how to make soft cheese at home…

Recent People

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I want a permanent "weekend relationship." Is that possible?

Recently, I found a great guy who is just like me and we clicked immediately. He lives some 200 miles away and we basically have a weekend relationship. I really love it that way and so does he. We don't take it as a "phase," though. We're looking at it more like a perfect relationship pattern.

I do hear warning voices, though, telling me that this isn't a "real" relationship. So I wonder… are there other people out there living in a similar weekend relationship pattern?

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I hate my nickname and just can't shake it

My name is Catherine. I was named after my maternal grandmother who went by "Kitty." When my mother was looking to nickname me as a baby (since I guess that's what you do with more formal names?), she settled on "Cathy" since she felt that something like "Cate" was too weird. And Cathy stuck. Forever. Despite my first attempt to change it back at the age of eight and the many (many) attempts after. I just can't shake this name that I don't like and with which I don't identify…

Recent Pets

How to throw a pawsitively perfect dog birthday party

If you think that pets are part of the family, why not throw them birthday parties, too!? Don't worry if you don't know your pet's actual birthdate, you can celebrate their "gotcha day" or "adoptiversary"!

Here's how to plan the perfect party for your pet…

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Did you know that litter box services exist!?

Maybe you're like me and you're sick of cleaning litter boxes. Or maybe you have an illness that sucks up all of your energy. (If you have limited spoons, do you really want to use them on cleaning?) Or maybe you're running a business and raising kids and taking care of your parents and volunteering and you literally don't have time to clean litter boxes. I'm here to tell you that you have options…

How to stop a dog from eating too fast

My dog INHALES her food. She doesn't even bother chewing it! Is anyone else is dealing with this? If so, I've done some research, and here are the ways I'm told that you can stop a dog from eating to fast. (And one thing to do if nothing works.)

Recent Do It Yourself

The cold never bunny'd me anyway: How to DIY this Elsa bunny for Easter

I'm knitting Easter bunnies for my daughters and nephews this year. I decided that rather than get each kid a new stuffed bunny each year (which is what we've done up to this point) I'd just make them new clothes each year.

Since my two year old nephew is completely obsessed with Frozen (and really all Disney princesses) I decided to make him an Elsa Bunny…

Tactile warmth and friendliness: The joys of refinishing radiators

While some people may dislike them for their industrial appearance and sturdy presence within a room, I love radiators' tactile warmth and friendless and the simple beauty of a molded decorative radiator. And, after a little TLC, our salvaged radiators are truly beautiful! Have a few radiators in your home that need some love, or are looking to install some? Here's some tips and tricks to beautify your radiators…

Recent Shopping

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Behold the most absurdly cute purses that you can actually buy

I have had the same large wallet since college and it finally broke. So sheeet, I needed to know buy a new purse. I still haven't found The One yet, but I sure did find about a million that I wanted to buy. The world of absurdly cute purses is vast and eye-popping. I figured I'd share a few of my favorites in case you too are in search of a statement clutch, purse, or wallet to let everyone know that you too are a 12-year-old at heart.

Happy Donut Day: Fill your eyes with these delicious donut themed gifts

Happy Donut Day! Is it just me that geeks out over food-themed days? I thought I'd take this as an excuse to do another dorky themed gift roundup (AKA. one of my favorite things to do) and also talk about donuts. My favorite kind is boring, but amazing: The plain with chocolate glaze. What's your favorite kind? And while we're thinking about favorite donuts, here's how to fill your eyes with them, even if you can't fill your stomach with them…

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