Salad potluck: the easiest, cheapest, healthiest way to avoid packing lunch

It started with a workplace baby shower with a salad potluck directive: everyone bring something you can put on a salad. As we stood around munching, while cards were opened, we thought, "Hey, this was REALLY easy, and it's healthy, too! We need to do this more often!" It helps us all eat healthier and it makes "packing lunch" as simple as throwing a random fridge vegetable or a bag of dried cranberries or can of black beans in your bag.

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How my silicone wedding ring represents marriage as a whole

After being diagnosed and struggling with Bipolar Disorder, I thanked my husband for all he had done, and I gave him a new wedding ring.

This one is silicone, and I have one to match. I still have my original gold wedding band, but my silicone ring now seems so much more of a real representation of marriage to me…

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The 3 ingredients to achieve the perfect work-life blend

I achieved a life goal at the age of 27, my dream job. Then I quickly discovered how unsustainable it was to channel so much of myself into work. I was told there was balance to be found. It was my introduction to the mythical concept of work-life balance, and I become obsessed with finding the right balance.

In my quest for balance I came across a transformative idea: it's not about the balance, it's all about the blend! Here are the three ingredients to my perfect work-life blend…

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How do you explain that your fur baby is more than "just a pet"?

I chose not to have human children and instead to have the four legged furry kind. A lot of people have a hard time understanding for me she is not just a pet she is FAMILY. Most of the time I can choose to ignore the people who say "it's just a dog." But, after losing my fur baby, I cannot ignore them anymore. How do I accept their caring when they don't get it? How do I help them get it? Or should I even bother to try?