Five Mother’s Day gifts that you’re going to want to steal 1

I got my mom something pretty cool this year, but I keep running across items that would be wonderful for moms (or anybody!) who needs a little cheer right now. I know it’s supposed to be a day just for your mom, but I’m a big supporter of the “It Takes a Village” style of parenting, and I feel like there are a lot of people out there who deserve to be celebrated for all the mothering they do. But also, some of this stuff is awesome. If you need a treat… well, I won’t tell if you don’t.   […]

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5 things I’ve learned about learning to read tarot 2

Learning to read tarot cards is not an easy task. I’ve been trying, and here’s what I’ve come to understand: While each card has a meaning, the meaning is still subjective. A lot of factors go into determining what a tarot spread is saying. First, you have to think about the spread in terms of how it’s responding to the question or audience. Second, you have to think about how the cards relate to one another. Third, there’s the “gut feeling” element: if you’re looking at a spread and you just feel compelled to blurt an answer that’s not presented […]


She started hydrating more… what happened next probably won’t surprise you. 2

What you probably don’t know about me is that I don’t drink enough water. It’s not that I’m one of those people you see on TV who cling to a bottle of Mountain Dew 24/7. It’s that all of the water I have access to on a regular basis tastes like trash. The water in my apartment tastes like a mouldy basement, and the ice it makes is like concentrated basement flavour mixed with stale fridge. The water at my office is better and filtered right in front of me, but the ice is pretty awful-tasting. We can never keep enough gallon […]

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Modcloth Stylish Surprise Spring 2015

I nabbed some Modcloth Stylish Surprise items during their spring bonanza, and I lived to tell the tale! What it is: Modcloth clears out their inventory by offering their goods as mystery boxes at pretty amazing discounts. Dresses are $20 each, Apparel and Shoes are $10 each, Apartment Goods and Jewelry are $5 each. Pretty good, considering that their product prices tend to be boutique. They sell shoes and clothes by size. Since they’re clearance items, the sizes can be misleading, so you risk getting something that doesn’t come anywhere near fitting, as was my experience last time (4x is apparently […]


Walmart Beauty Box

Another month, another Walmart Beauty Box! (Cost: free, just pay $5 shipping/handling.  So it’s $5 haha)

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Ipsy March 2015 2

Makeup is in bloom, or something! Another month, another Glam Bag from Ipsy! (referral link)


Eating without a gallbladder 4

I had my gallbladder removed in July 2013. My digestive reality has changed a lot since then. I thought I’d share a bit about how I’m living without a bile reservoir! Let me start by saying that I’m extremely lucky to be one of the “normal” cases. My digestion isn’t the same as what a person with a gallbladder would experience, but I don’t have any of the most uncomfortable or inconvenient lingering effects. I know someone who does, and I have nothing but heartfelt sympathy for those who have to deal with near-constant diarrhea and discomfort. Y’all are rockstars. I […]

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Fifty Shades: The Movie! 2

So I watched the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. (PS No, I didn’t buy a ticket -coughcough-) I watched it with my boyfriend, who had not read the books.  (Well, that’s not entirely true–he did read large passages of the first book to me. In a Cajun accent, because that actually somehow makes more sense than Jamie Dornan’s broken brogue…) Regarding the plot/direction: The plot of the books is thin, so I didn’t expect the movie to feel more robust. What I did not expect is how much the movie assumed you’d read the book and knew what the hell […]


How I deal with migraines 3

I get migraines at least once a month.  Mine are hormonal, so until I slog my way through menopause, my migraines will be like really inconvenient clockwork. I thought I’d share how I deal with them. YMMV. • Know Your Triggers: My migraines are hormonally-triggered, so there’s nothing I can avoid to avoid migraines. But you might be more lucky. Journal what you eat/drink and your habits. You might spot a pattern. Some people experience migraines as a part of an allergic reaction, often to things like chocolate. Some people experience them when they eat too many rich foods. You […]

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YMMV: Four Letters to Make Advice More Meaningful 1

My advice to everyone: learn to automatically append “Your Mileage May Vary” to every piece of advice you’re given.  Even this. Every time you hear a piece of advice, think it: “Your Mileage May Vary”. Just because the advice was shared with you doesn’t mean you have to take it or that you’re even expected to. Advice is a bonding interaction that helps people feel closer and helpful. People love feeling wise and feeling as though their experience will be beneficial to others. Much advice is given not as a practical solution but as a comfort or note of optimism. Some […]