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Learn how to kill lice while keeping calm for your kids

I checked her hair again and there they were — disgusting bugs eating my beautiful daughter's poor head…

And also my own head… And also my roommate's head. Basically three out of four people in our co-living household.

As I came to this realization I really wanted so badly to freak out. But I looked at my daughters little trusting eyes, and I realized that I didn't have that luxury.

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Why you should do a home photoshoot before you move out

I knew it was time to move out of our apartment. However, it felt wrong to just depend on my own memory and a few Facebook pictures to document such an important space in our life. When a friend offered to do a lifestyle shoot to add to her photography portfolio I leapt at the opportunity.

Here are the reasons why you should do a home photoshoot before you move…

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Why you should do a home photoshoot before you move out

I knew it was time to move out of our apartment. However, it felt wrong to just depend on my own memory and a few Facebook pictures to document such an important space in our life. When a friend offered to do a lifestyle shoot to add to her photography portfolio I leapt at the opportunity.

Here are the reasons why you should do a home photoshoot before you move…

How I'm using money to make a difference as a feminist

If you're feeling like you're not sure how to proceed as a feminist in the coming years, we love this idea from New York City Art Director, Kindra Meyer. This is her 3 step plan on how she's going to use money to make a difference for women by women.

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Learn how to kill lice while keeping calm for your kids

I checked her hair again and there they were — disgusting bugs eating my beautiful daughter's poor head…

And also my own head… And also my roommate's head. Basically three out of four people in our co-living household.

As I came to this realization I really wanted so badly to freak out. But I looked at my daughters little trusting eyes, and I realized that I didn't have that luxury.

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What the Germans can teach us about embracing negativity

I didn't realize until years after I moved back to the States, but the German outlook suits my personal view of life much better than the American one. I admire their unapologetic skill in taking the bad with the good. That means that negativity is not only normal, but totally healthy from their perspective!

Recent Food

It's not "ruining a diet," it's called "living life"

To tell people who are so committed to a part of their lives that it could be in jeopardy from a single hot dog (or an entire plate full of them) is ridiculous. And it's part of what is wrong with the "diet culture" in our society. It's not a fucking diet. It's just life…

The 5 super-simple things that'll help brew the perfect cup of coffee

I bought a coffee pot, and got to brewing. I thought to myself… How hard can it be? Measure out the right amount, throw in some water, hit the switch and you're good to go. Boy was I wrong.

After trial and error, here are the five simple things that'll help you brew the perfect cup of coffee…

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How to balance feminism with pragmatism in household chores

Both my partner and I consider ourselves progressive, feminist individuals. In most things, we are great about ensuring the we are contributing equally. The problem arises when it comes to the domestic sphere…

I don't want to be responsible for the majority of the domestic chores. At the same time, I don't think it is very feminist to force someone to do something they hate. Is there some way you have found balance in your relationships?

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I'm losing my baby fever

My husband still wants kid, but I've found my baby fever has started to fade. I love kids, but I sometimes find myself thinking, "Maybe I don't want this for myself after all." After a lifetime of wanting kids, it's a super-weird feeling.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what advice do you have?

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What NOT to do when your friends have a newborn

In the first couple of weeks after giving birth, I found myself showered with food, presents, and presence. But it was really after the six weeks passed that I found myself quite alone — people weren't visiting anymore, but it was still hard for me to get out with a newborn. This is the best time to be there for your friend. But here are some of my major don'ts, that you could help manage if you're there!

Can't spell vasectomy without team: how to give the perfect "snip gift"

"Taking one for the team"… "Vasec-Tommy"… "Can't spell vasectomy without team" Yep, when there's no push present because you've chosen to be childfree, sometimes you make t-shirts with the slogans above as part of your "snip gift" extravaganza. Our sales manager chica, Tiff, did just this for her husband and we've got the deets on how to make vasectomy day a much better day than it could be otherwise.

Recent Pets

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.)

Everything you ever wanted to know about hypoallergenic cats!

Should you be a cat lover, but suffer from cat allergies, you may be thinking that getting a cat may not be a great idea. Fortunately, there exist certain cat breeds that may trigger no, or very little, allergic reactions! These breeds are known as "hypoallergenic cats."

I am a cat lover and, because I suffer from cat allergies, I decided to share my knowledge related to hypoallergenic cats.

5 ways to get control over that tornado of pet hair

I have two dogs — a small fawn pug named Doug, and a giant yellow lab named Luna. I also had a yellow lab when I was growing up. I seemed to have forgotten the unbelievable amount of hair that Lab coats can shed.

It can be really hard to keep on top of all the pet hair. For the most part, it's just part of life. If I don't clean daily there will suddenly be tumble weeds of hair floating around the house. Every spring Luna's big hairy winter coat decides it's time to shed and next thing you know I am coughing up dog hair. But there are things you can do to help get control over that tornado of pet hair…

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How to stay happily married while renovating

Huh? Is this really a serious issue? Unfortunately, it is. And I have been asked about it multiple times, since my wife and I have completed four separate renovations and, even though we went through some tough spells, we're still happily married.

Here's what we learned along the way, and what we did to remain happily married while renovating…

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The best "life-changing" books to give as gifts

My friend Tiffany asked this question to the interwebs:

"What is the best book you ever received as a gift or bought for yourself? Not a beach read, but one of those page turners that changed and/or improved your life."

And the interwebs responded, and I thought I'd slurp them all up and deliver this comprehensive list of life-changing books to give as gifts. I'll go first…

Meet PancakeBot: The 3D pancake printer!

Do you ever see those videos of dads making awesome pancake designs and wonder… how will I ever be a good parent without the ability to make pancakes in the shape of whatever thing my kid is obsessed with at the moment!?

PancakeBot to the rescue!

Stop everything and look at this Cookie Monster bikini

Just look at it looking at you. It's totally staring right into your cookie-slaying soul, and saying, "you know you need this in your life. You didn't even know I existed until today, but now that you do… the whole world just seems to make sense again."

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