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#effyourbeautystandards: The number on the scale does NOT define me

This has taken a lot of lady balls to post. But you know what?! #effyourbeautystandards! People may make assumptions about me — the way I dress, the way I carry myself — but let me tell you my story… I have struggled almost my whole life with poor self image. It was a lot worse growing up; it started very young in my pre-teens and it affected everything I saw in the mirror, not just my body. It's only been in my adult years where I've truly started to accept me for me.

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7 tricks to save that dying houseplant in your living room

Are you a notorious plant killer? Have you ever bought a beautiful, exotic looking houseplant and displayed it proudly in your home only to realize two weeks later that the leaves are turning brown and it has completely wilted? Before you throw that dying houseplant into the compost pile there are some things you can do to try to save it.

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Netflix and chill, plus 6 more reasons why you should have a pet rat

Have you wanted a pet, but weren't sure you had the time to care for a dog? Or maybe you don't know if you want the 15 year commitment of a cat. Fish are great, and easy, but they don't do much. Ferrets are cool, but they may not be legal where you live. Frogs are cute, but they can't cuddle while you watch Netflix. The solution is rats. And before you say, "Ew!" keep reading.

Recent Home

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7 tricks to save that dying houseplant in your living room

Are you a notorious plant killer? Have you ever bought a beautiful, exotic looking houseplant and displayed it proudly in your home only to realize two weeks later that the leaves are turning brown and it has completely wilted? Before you throw that dying houseplant into the compost pile there are some things you can do to try to save it.

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How can you repurpose an old suitcase?

My parents flew over to visit for Christmas and left behind a scruffy old suitcase. The thing is, the suitcase is actually pretty cool, and I'd love to find a way to repurpose it and use it in the house somehow. Any ideas on how to repurpose a cool old suitcase in your home?

Recent Life

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How to survive as a substitute teacher

Teaching is in no means an easy profession, and supply teaching adds extra stresses and challenges. You are doing an important job, and need to take care of yourself in order to be successful at it. I'm now in the thick of my third year, and thought I would share a few tips and tricks to those just starting their education careers, or those considering this vocational path…

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Makeup basics from a makeup artist: When to throw away makeup

Yes, that is a trash bag filled with makeup. Why would I commit such an atrocity? Because it was time. Sadly, all good things come to an end and for a lot of the makeup now residing in that trash bag, their end actually came and went a while ago yet I was still holding on. It can be difficult to purge old makeup, but purge I did and purge you must. There comes a time when you have to let go, and here's why and how…

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25 body-positive and feminist New Year's resolutions

With so many companies trying to seasonally body-shame us into buying their products, while promoting the marginalization of minorities using New Year's resolutions as a catalyst, how can we stay positive this New Year? I've compiled a list of positive New Year's resolutions that are either feminist, body-positive or all about essential self-care. Enjoy!

Recent Food

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These 3 recipes will save your clean eating goals

If you're starting 2016 off with some goals to eat more whole, clean eating foods, we've got you covered. Last week we talked about lots of hacks for eating more healthfully at home including planning, coupons, and cooking from scratch. This week we're here with some recipes to fuel your fire for those home-cooked meals. They're colorful, easy, and will make your taste buds super happy.

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Nerdy nibbles and cereal crusts: kid-at-heart dessert recipes for the child in all of us

Hello food-loving friends! Over on my recipe blog, Bijoux & Bits, I've been featuring some recipes that would appeal to any kid: superhero cakes (in this case, Guardians of the Galaxy!), cereal crusts (Fruity Pebbles!), and Star Wars cookies (of the "Chewie" variety!). Here's the scoop on each in case you're in need of something tasty to tempt your kids and of course, your own cranky-pants kid at heart.

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Make these mini reindeer cupcakes for Christmas

I ran into these mini reindeer cupcakes the other day, and I totally fell in love. Not only were they adorable, the combo of sweet and salty was delicious. You should totally make these mini reindeer cupcakes for Christmas, or to bring to your next holiday party! Here's how…

Recent People

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Breast pumps & messy rooms: The newborn photos I wish I had taken

When my son was born I was already a photographer. I knew I wanted and needed to capture these first few precious weeks. So, apart from arranging for a photographer to come and take a few, I also prepared all my gear and resolved to practice taking the most perfect newborn pictures.

What I didn't know then was those "cute-baby-on-a-white-blanket-curled-up-in-a-perfect-pose" pictures would not be the ones I will treasure in five years time.

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Postpartum anxiety, devastating prenatal diagnosis: What to expect when parenthood isn't what you expected

The thing is, no one really knows what you should expect, when you're expecting. More often than not, the things you experience as a parent are not what you expected. Sometimes they're beautiful. Sometimes things are not so wonderful — Postpartum Anxiety. A devastating prenatal diagnosis. An abortion… So, what do you do when pregnancy or parenthood isn't what you expected?

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Becoming a wife and mother: What's going to happen to my identity?

The kind of questions my husband and I get are totally different. People ask him, "Are you ready to lose your freedom?" while people ask me, "Are you ready to be a mother?" Maybe it's just the way these jokes and comments and questions stacked up, but it doesn't feel like I can just "lighten up." Any confidence I had in myself to ignore what people were saying quickly dissipated, and one of my newest and biggest worries was born.

As I grow in my relationship with my husband and future family, what's going to happen to my identity?

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How a deceased fantasy writer helped me explain death to my 4-year-old

Death is a scary question. It is the scary question. It's your first real encounter of the inevitable as a child; the day you realise, because you live, you are going to have to die. Petrifying! I didn't want to dismiss it with the old Catholic one-liners that I was fed as a child, but I didn't want to traumatise my child any further with whatever half-baked, uncharted belly flop into the pool of hippy parenting my brain was feverishly trying to piece together.

Recent Pets

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Netflix and chill, plus 6 more reasons why you should have a pet rat

Have you wanted a pet, but weren't sure you had the time to care for a dog? Or maybe you don't know if you want the 15 year commitment of a cat. Fish are great, and easy, but they don't do much. Ferrets are cool, but they may not be legal where you live. Frogs are cute, but they can't cuddle while you watch Netflix. The solution is rats. And before you say, "Ew!" keep reading.

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What a dying dog and annoying parrot taught me about loyalty

It's sad to say this, and I'm only saying this in retrospect, but I learned more about myself by watching my dying dog and annoying bird interact in that moment than I have by crying during an identity crisis. Maybe that makes me shallow or selfish or naive. Maybe I'm just not looking deep enough, I don't know. But I learned a lot about loyalty from their interaction.

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Is it possible to keep cats from chewing cords?

We have a pair of one year old, neutered, male kittens. They are amazing cats — friendly, cuddly, and affectionate. They're practically perfect except for one giant problem: They chew cords. Any suggestions on how to break our cats of this cord chewing habit once and for all?

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Owning dairy goats: How I became the "crazy goat lady"

I am an Agricultural Science teacher, and a homeowner, complete with eight whole acres to use for sustainable farming. While the garden was put in, and laying hens purchased (chickens are the homesteading gate way drug), I couldn't forget my fascination with the dairy goats I had met! So I began researching…

Recent Do It Yourself

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How can you repurpose an old suitcase?

My parents flew over to visit for Christmas and left behind a scruffy old suitcase. The thing is, the suitcase is actually pretty cool, and I'd love to find a way to repurpose it and use it in the house somehow. Any ideas on how to repurpose a cool old suitcase in your home?

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Gift your buddies cute-yet-easy embroidered gifts

Want to give your friends and family something unique and hand-made, but don't really have the skillz to pay the crafting billz? What about finding cute but totally easy embroidery patterns? That brown bird pattern looks as adorable as it is simple. I would hang the shit out of that on my wall.

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6 cozy, chunky knit home decor items you can DIY (with free patterns!)

If you've taken a stroll through any trendy home goods store lately you may have noticed that big chunky knits (and crochet!) are having a moment. For those of us who like to knit or crochet for fun this is great news, since chunky yarns knit up really fast and there are hundreds of yarns and colors to choose from. Here are six free patterns for chunky knit home goods…

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How to make your own Borax-free laundry soap

This recipe is Borax free, Naptha free, perfume and dye free, and about as gentle as it gets. It's great for babies, people with allergies or sensitive skin, and doesn't leave residues. Natural laundry soap is great for hard and soft water towns. And if you DIY it, it costs five times less than commercial detergents, and you can use less of it!

Recent Shopping

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Coffee bean storage containers with style

Do you need to find a way to store coffee beans so that they don't go bad before you can consume them, but also you want your coffee storage to be visually appealing too? Me too! Enjoy enjoy the fruits of my coffee bean storage container search. Here were some of my favorite finds…

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Melting cats & rainbow unicorns: uncommon gifts from UncommonGoods!

Wanna know a little secret about my gift-shopping prowess? I generally head to UncommonGoods the moment I start my "awesome gifts on the internet" search. This year, just in time to get your holiday shop on, UncommonGoods has joined forces with me as one of our sponsors! So I get to gush about some of the unique gifts that cut just about melt your face with all the awesome…

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