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Tree Day, or our Christmas Before Christmas tradition

The end result of our Tree Day is the best of both worlds:

We get to have Christmas our way, with the just two of us, and when the real Christmas rolls around a couple of weeks later, we get to spend quality time with our families. It also serves to make the erection of the Christmas tree decorating its own special ritual, when it could be seen as just a chore.

Is there yoga for people who can't do yoga?

On my rheumatologist's recommendation, I don't do yoga, because if I stretch too far I'll damage my joints. However, I would really like to find something else that combines meditativeness with motion. Is there a "yoga for people who can't do yoga"?

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Tree Day, or our Christmas Before Christmas tradition

The end result of our Tree Day is the best of both worlds:

We get to have Christmas our way, with the just two of us, and when the real Christmas rolls around a couple of weeks later, we get to spend quality time with our families. It also serves to make the erection of the Christmas tree decorating its own special ritual, when it could be seen as just a chore.

Is there yoga for people who can't do yoga?

On my rheumatologist's recommendation, I don't do yoga, because if I stretch too far I'll damage my joints. However, I would really like to find something else that combines meditativeness with motion. Is there a "yoga for people who can't do yoga"?

I have a mother with a personality disorder

I know many people can relate to the guilt, anger and destroyed self-esteem that can resulted from a parents' manipulative behaviors through-out childhood, without me even having to rant about the exact ways my mother's personality disorder attempted to destroy her kids. There are as many ways to deal with someone like my mom as there are unhealthy relationships. I would like to share my experience with a mother with a personality disorder, in the hopes that it might resonate with someone.

Keep in mind, I am not an expert. But here is how a bruised kid somehow grew into a happy, confident adult…

Recent Life

How full-time RV-ing is helping me learn to be flexible

I am a type A person. On good days, these traits make me organized and on top of things. On bad days, they make me controlling and unable to cope well with change. Usually, that means planning my life in a way that it is more-or-less predictable. In part, hitting the road was part of a plan to gently push myself towards being okay with the unfamiliar. Here's how full-time RV-ing has helped me learn to be flexible…

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."

What are your favorite fashion blogs?

Lately I have been having a hard time with my wardrobe. I'm a former thrift store junkie, but I, unfortunately, don't have the time to sift through the racks at the thrift store or even the local vintage shop. So I feel like I am a bit stuck in a fashion rut.

Are there any good fashion blogs you can suggest?

A tragedy survivor's 9 keys to happiness

I've survived a lot: a tragic house fire, multiple severe car accidents, abuse as a child, multiple suicide attempts, my biological mother abandoned me, etc. I have a learning disability and other mental illnesses, as well as a very rare, incurable bone disease.

Given all I've been through, you'd think I'd be miserable. Quite the opposite, however. My keys to happiness are simple…

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10 gorgeous judgement-busting photos of tattooed parents

Sure, in recent years, tattoos have become more common, but they can still carry a negative connotation.

The people in my "Tattooed Parents in Everyday Society" collection are parents who have been judged by those that do not know them. Many of these parents own small businesses, are tattoo artists themselves, are a part of a military family, and raise amazing kiddos. They just also have this amazing art on their bodies…

Recent Food

The secrets to a perfectly fancy-pants cheese board (spoiler: it's dead easy)

I recently assembled a dry run of a dead simple fall-themed cheese board for the upcoming holiday season that I desperately want to share with you. It's one of those party staples that taps into our inner Lunchable desires while still being totally lush. It's like cheese and crackers gone upscale. The best part is you just have to slice a little, arrange a little (which you know we love!), and serve.

Recent People

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Why I can't get over the Trump election, as a survivor of sexual assault

During this election cycle, I was sexually assaulted by a man that I had told just hours earlier, "I don't like you. You're the type that just takes what you want." Now that type of man is my president-elect. So this is more than losing an election. It's more than Donald Trump.

It's that I thought this country was getting better, and it's a smack in the face to realize that it's not.

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Chronic pain, depression & bread-winning: Is it selfish to have children?

I am 28 and the sole breadwinner in my household, my husband is long-term unemployed with chronic back pain and is unlikely to be meaningfully employed anytime in the foreseeable future. We both have mental health issues. We have been trying to conceive for over a year with no luck as yet, and I have been wondering more and more whether having a baby is a good idea.

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10 gorgeous judgement-busting photos of tattooed parents

Sure, in recent years, tattoos have become more common, but they can still carry a negative connotation.

The people in my "Tattooed Parents in Everyday Society" collection are parents who have been judged by those that do not know them. Many of these parents own small businesses, are tattoo artists themselves, are a part of a military family, and raise amazing kiddos. They just also have this amazing art on their bodies…

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7 ways to deal with your chronically late friend

After a year of dealing of my friend's lateness to most events, a mutual friend and I held a mini-intervention. There wasn't an ultimatum, but the premise was that Things Had To Change. Unfortunately, the thing that had to change was me.

So here are my tips for dealing with your chronically late friend…

Recent Pets

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…

Hangin' with my homebees: Our experience with "beekeeping lite"

We just received, what feels like, the most unusual wedding present in the history of matrimony. My new mother-in-law gave us a beehive — complete with ten thousand happily buzzing inhabitants.

So, if anyone is thinking of getting a beehive, here is what I have learned so far…

Recent Do It Yourself

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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…

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here's my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

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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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Two really important words: GLITTER GROUT

Two words. Two really important words: GLITTER GROUT. Seems like you can get them as an additive or pre-made grout. And, in my heart I feel it could range from '70s dream kitchen to mermaid bathroom, from a unicorn-themed mosaic table, to a TARDIS blue and sparkly starlight grout-ed garden path…

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