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My gender identity is confused and I'm okay with it

I should probably start by identifying my gender, but that is… complicated. I am a female, physically. What I identify as is where it gets blurry.

As a teenager, in the early nineties, I had no internet to help me figure it out. And, as a broke young adult in the new millenia, I still didn't have the amazing resources and web connection of, "Hey, my specific gender identity has a name and I'm not alone!"

Creating a life vs. becoming a mom: thoughts on adoption and surrogacy

I have never thought of myself as motherly. Never wanted any part of it. I'm 26 now, and have always known that I didn't want children of my own. But when I was 19 I had a surprise pregnancy. I was careful, but life happens. Long story short, I chose adoption. I knew I couldn't do it and wanted the best for my little person…

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Sleep hygiene: protecting your sleep and your sanity during an information war

A friend mentioned that in order to combat her news-triggered anxiety, she was focusing on creating nighttime and morning routines to help protect her time in bed as precious and not to be fucked with. Basically, she's making rituals to protect the sacred space of FUCKING SLEEPING.

This is what's known as "sleep hygiene," and of course it's important all the time… but maybe extra important during times like these, when the cultural anxiety is through the roof. You can't get shit done if you're exhausted. Sleep is crucial.

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…

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Why is minimalism so damn bright white?

I've been reading a lot more blogs about simplicity and minimalism when it comes to fashion, wardrobes and homes. And a commonality that I keep seeing is white, black and neutrals. Don't get me wrong, I love a good black and white, especially in fashion. It's classy and clean. But I am a vibrant and colorful person, and I need that in my home! Why is every single blog about minimalism and decluttering seem to think people want a pristine white decor?

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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…

Recent Life

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.

Recent Food

How to make wheat and dairy-free blender muffins

Sometimes nothing satisfies like a warm muffin. I love this recipe because not only is it dairy and wheat-free, it is also void of refined sugar and has just a trace of oil. Even better, you whip it all up in your blender!

Recent People

Creating a life vs. becoming a mom: thoughts on adoption and surrogacy

I have never thought of myself as motherly. Never wanted any part of it. I'm 26 now, and have always known that I didn't want children of my own. But when I was 19 I had a surprise pregnancy. I was careful, but life happens. Long story short, I chose adoption. I knew I couldn't do it and wanted the best for my little person…

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What teachers want you to know about helping your kid with homework

As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, I rarely use homework for grades. I simply use it to ensure the kids understand what they have learned. I actually prefer it when parents do very little "help" because it generally is the parents coming pretty darn close to doing the work for them.

But of course you want to help your kid learn! So here's how I would advise you on helping your kid with homework…

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.)

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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…

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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…

Recent Shopping

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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