Why I Like Animals More Than People

There’s an old family saying coined by my grandfather that goes, “You know I never did care much for people, but I sure do love critters.” It’s generally followed by one relative or another telling a story about a dog or cat they’ve rescued and an overly dramatic tale of heroics and bravado that went into it....more

10 Tips for Dressing Like Kate Middleton

It’s a struggle that starts in your mid-20s. How do you look young, stylish, and professional at the same time? The short answer: Follow Kate Middleton’s lead....more

12 Must-Have Tailgating Recipes

It’s that time of year again. The weather cools down, the days get shorter, and the leaves turn vibrant shades of reds and oranges. That’s right darlings, it’s football season! Many of us have been counting down since the beginning of August. Whether you prefer your college team or you choose the NFL we can always agree on one thing: tailgating. Since we all know that tailgating spreads are truly an artform we have compiled a list of our favorite, most delicious recipes to make your tailgate the best of the best....more

Broke-Girl Beauty: Why Baby Shampoo is the Best Face Wash

I have spent the last decade of my life as an endless tester of face wash products. I have naturally sensitive skin, and in my younger years I tended toward acne—never heavy, but I always thought even one zit was one too many. I’ve bought pretty much every kind they sell at the drugstore, Target, and Wal-Mart. I’ve had expensive, chemical-infused ones prescribed to me by dermatologists. I’ve bought them off TV. I’ve tried home remedies like baking-soda scrubs and all different kinds of oils. But the best face wash I ever used, I stumbled upon by accident: baby shampoo....more

Answering "And Then What?" In Long-Distance Relationships

Did you know that 14 million couples in the United States consider themselves to be in a long distance relationship? I didn’t. I also didn’t know that the average time it takes for those relationships to fall apart averages about 4.5 months. 32.5 percent of college relationships are long distance. 40 percent of long distance relationships end in a breakup....more
Oh, Darling! I can relate to this all too well. I had a long distance relationship with in my ...more

The Importance of Sucking At Life

Failure, by its very existence, is as important to life as success, for without one, the other means nothing....more
Well said. I was the student too who got upset if I got a B. Always did well and won awards ...more

Beaches, Bikinis and Body Acceptance

As a perennially plus-sized person, I have faced numerous wardrobe-related challenges over these past 21 years. Finding clothes that fit me is a constant struggle; many a shopping trip has ended in frustrated fitting room tears, with the largest available jeans forced halfway up my thighs. It’s impossible enough to find clothes above a size 10 or 12 in many popular stores, wherein plus-size sections remain a mythical fashion unicorn (looking at you, Forever 21)....more

10 Things I Don't Care About Now That I'm 29

I once cared deeply about these things. But I’ve gotten older and “wiser” (debatable), I’ve realized they just don’t matter to me....more
Couldn't agree more!more

Is There an American Right To Education?

Why does the United States mandate education up to the 12th grade, but not beyond?...more
And why does our public responsibility to children not start until age 5? Better to put ...more

This Is Not My Body

These aren’t my hips, breasts, calves, skin, or hair. The curves swallowing me whole, the sagging, the structure, and the shape, don’t belong only to me. They don’t tell my story....more
Love this...thanks for writing it!more