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Let's talk about the silence and uncertainty of possible infertility

I'd started off so optimistic… I was healthy and young, of course I'd get pregnant today or sometime soon. The longer it took, the less I believed that or my doctors reassurance. My mind became wrapped in a negativity I'd never known before.

It is absolutely, positively, fantastic that there is a growing movement of woman making it more socially acceptable to talk about infertility. What we're not talking about is what comes before that. The months of uncertainty, of wondering if you're infertile…

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…

Sustainability isn't always sustainable: Environmental thoughts from an eco poser

I wake up one day feeling like Captain Planet, and the next I'm considering buying paper plates for dinner. I know I'm not alone. It's the same mechanism by which any serious yet non-immediate threat gets pulverized in the gears of our everyday lives.

There will always be a sizable part of our psyche that we just can't convince to give a shit about something until it's pounding on our door. And I think there's an especially large, entirely intersectional number of us doing this with the environment.

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My husband wants space and I don't. Are we doomed?

My husband and I have been together for three years and always struggled with the balance of personal space. I don't need to be alone at all — in fact I hate it. He is the opposite and thinks we should live apart, feels smothered…

How can our relationship survive if he doesn't want to be around me 90% of the time? Isn't him wanting to live separately just the first step in ending the relationship? Or is it already over, and I'm refusing to acknowledge it?

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Let's talk about the silence and uncertainty of possible infertility

I'd started off so optimistic… I was healthy and young, of course I'd get pregnant today or sometime soon. The longer it took, the less I believed that or my doctors reassurance. My mind became wrapped in a negativity I'd never known before.

It is absolutely, positively, fantastic that there is a growing movement of woman making it more socially acceptable to talk about infertility. What we're not talking about is what comes before that. The months of uncertainty, of wondering if you're infertile…

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…

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When it's necessary to overrule a child's "no touching" requests

I am a pediatric nurse, and I was just worrying the other day about the message I was sending to a four-year-old girl during a treatment. She very clearly said "no," but of course it was necessary for us to treat her (nasal suctioning — totally not fun!).

I would love to hear more suggestions from parents about what works when it is necessary to overrule a child's wishes about their bodies.

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Your big boobs don't suck, your bra does: How to find the right bra size

I know the anger and depression that large breasts, and especially breasts in ill-fitting bras, can bring. I remember my teenage years with ill-fitting bras, and the shame I felt for myself and my breasts. After I found my right bra size, I was so happy with how my life improved that I decided to get trained as a bra fitter. And I want to help you find your correct bra size too!

Recent Life

Sustainability isn't always sustainable: Environmental thoughts from an eco poser

I wake up one day feeling like Captain Planet, and the next I'm considering buying paper plates for dinner. I know I'm not alone. It's the same mechanism by which any serious yet non-immediate threat gets pulverized in the gears of our everyday lives.

There will always be a sizable part of our psyche that we just can't convince to give a shit about something until it's pounding on our door. And I think there's an especially large, entirely intersectional number of us doing this with the environment.

Tips from a makeup artist: The 5 best face moisturizers

Good face moisturizers are everything. Everything. What I look for in a moisturizer depends on the skin I am applying it to, BUT as a makeup artist I am also looking for moisturizers that will not disrupt the makeup I intend to put over it.

Fear not! Even for the driest skin, there is a moisturizer out there that will soothe, heal and nourish the skin without disrupting your final makeup application…

Panic attack chronicles: Don't let your mental illness bully you

My husband drove us home in my car, sans groceries. I sobbed the whole way, shaking and panicking, and thinking "I'm such a weak fucking loser. I wonder if he'll leave me. I hope he does — he'd be better off."

But having panic attacks/mental illness doesn't make you unlovable, or a bad partner, as long as you are being proactive about caring for your mental health…

Recent Food

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…

Asian beef: A quick dinner recipe for a picky family

Do you need a quick meal you can throw together without measuring spoons? A pinch here and a splash there? Let me introduce you to my family's new favorite meal, a little thing I like to call Asian beef. (And it is also great for picky eaters!)

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My husband wants space and I don't. Are we doomed?

My husband and I have been together for three years and always struggled with the balance of personal space. I don't need to be alone at all — in fact I hate it. He is the opposite and thinks we should live apart, feels smothered…

How can our relationship survive if he doesn't want to be around me 90% of the time? Isn't him wanting to live separately just the first step in ending the relationship? Or is it already over, and I'm refusing to acknowledge it?

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Go off-brand & black-ops: How to have a baby on the cheap

Three days before I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, in an example of worst-timing-ever, I quit my job. Now nine months of being pregnant, broke, and bored loomed ahead. After the first (but not last) major panic attack was over, we realized we would have to become money-saving ninjas, embracing the second hand, the cheap and the wonky, and we would cope.

So now I'm in my second pregnancy, I'd like to share how we managed to keep down the costs of preparing for a newborn…

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Shit. I think I may be non-monogamous. Now what?

I can't deny it. I feel strong pulls to be emotionally, and perhaps down the road, physically involved with other men with whom I've developed emotional connections.

I recently told all of this to my husband. He met me with open arms and respects my feelings. But I don't know how to sort through these feelings I'm having towards a new lifestyle…

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4 ways to survive being an accidental stay at home mom

I am an accidental stay-at-home mom. It's not all roses however, as there was a learning curve to the two of us being home all day together. My husband now jokes that he was certain he would come home one day and my son and I would have divided the house in half with tape and claimed territories!

All joking aside, there are some great ways to help make the transition easier and to break the monotony of it all…

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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