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Living Beautifully on a Budget

  • 10th December
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Model Gisele Bundchen shares this photo of her breastfeeding her daughter Vivian on Instagram Tuesday morning. 
She wrote, “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready.”


Model Gisele Bundchen shares this photo of her breastfeeding her daughter Vivian on Instagram Tuesday morning. 

She wrote, “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready.”

  • 20th November
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Good morning. This is a Rube Goldberg machine made out of toys, featuring three girls age 6-8, one of whom is rapping a rewritten “Girls” by the Beastie Boys.

It’s called The Princess Machine. The social Princess Machine flattens important, heroic women and makes them two-dimensional and unimportant. This Princess Machine is made out of princesses (among other things) and shows that girls are so much more than that — they can build, invent, and create, and they can do it with traditional femininity or without. It’s their choice.

Your move, patriarchy.

You think you know what we want, girls.
Pink and pretty it’s girls.
Just like the 50’s it’s girls.

You like to buy us pink toys
and everything else is for boys
and you can always get us dolls
and we’ll grow up like them… false.

It’s time to change.
We deserve to see a range.
'Cause all our toys look just the same
and we would like to use our brains.

We are all more than princess maids.

Girls to build the spaceship,
Girls to code the new app,
Girls to grow up knowing
they can engineer that.

That’s all we really need is Girls.
To bring us up to speed it’s Girls.
Our opportunity is Girls.
Don’t underestimate Girls.

behind the scenes stuff including interviews with the girls omfg they’re so fucking precious I can’t

Excellent remake of the lyrics to The Beastie Boys song.

…but the toy this advertises is pink. -___-

The song writer and toy maker should have talked.

We bought this toy for my niece for her birthday (which she *loved* by the way) and it’s not a toy I would say is pink, but there is pink in it. [as soon as I get off my iPhone and on a real computer I’ll edit this and post a photo].

The point isn’t so much as pink or not pink, but that boys toys are for building and thinking and creating and girls toys are for nurturing and learning social skills. Goldie Blox is an attempt to give girls a toy that appeals to them by incorporating a story that also challenges their engineering skills.

Anyone who is curious should go watch the initial kick starter, which is really moving. There’s a line where the creator says (and I’m paraphrasing here) “89% of engineers in the world are male, but 50% of the population is female - so if we want things to get better in our world, we need women to help fix things.”

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  • 30th October
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Ramshackle Glam (Tumblr): Playing Dress-Up


Back in my acting days, my specialty was drug-addicted prostitutes. I’m serious: I could play “distraught and speedy” like nobody’s business. There was a period, however – around when I turned 25 – when all of a sudden a rash of law-type shows started getting put on the air, and suddenly all…

All of this

  • 28th August
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  • 19th July
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Sexy is inherent in a healthy appreciation for food, in having the energy to romp with your beloved, pick up your baby, cook dinner for your friends, go for a run, or simply take a gentle walk to the market. Sexy is in feeling sated, having options, and feeling alive.
cookbook/memoir of Sophie Dahl (via projectjenny)
  • 27th June
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Babyproof Your Marriage: 10 Things New Dads Need to Know About New Moms — Nashville Marriage Studio



Our first lesson is on the 10 Things New Dads Need to Know About New Moms. Some of this is so “duh, Marie” it hurts, but we all lose parts of our brain during the newborn phase especially so it wouldn’t hurt for you New Dads to print this handy dandy list off and read it every 5 or so minutes:

  1. New Mom feels ugly. There are so many conflicted feelings about how she feels about her body right now. On one hand, she truly believes she is one of the most amazing creatures to walk the earth. I mean, her body GREW A HUMAN BEING. But on the other hand, she feels gross. Her body feels stretched out and saggy and things are leaking. Add to it the inability to spend more than 2 minutes in front of a mirror and the fact that most of her clothes don’t fit right now and you have one ugly feeling mama.This is a great time to be very vocal about how you feel about her appearance. When she looks particularly beautiful nursing your new baby, tell her. When she’s standing in front of the mirror with tears in her eyes because nothing fits look her in the eyes and list off all of the things that make her beautiful. She needs to hear these things from you right now.
  2. New Mom is obsessed with this baby. She is smitten. Even if she’s going through PPD and isn’t completely bonded to the baby she still thinks this little thing is pretty cool and will be taking pictures and posting them to Facebook faster than you can say “Goo Goo Ga Ga”. She’s like a school girl in love, and she can’t get enough.New Dad, you are probably going to feel like a third wheel for a little bit. I know it’s hard, but it isn’t personal. This is simply part of a family.
  3. New Mom is scared. One word: SIDS. It’s terrifying that you could be doing everything right and still have things go horribly wrong. Becoming a mom is the first time many women are confronted with the fact that, well, life happens. Things can go wrong despite all of your best efforts. And this isn’t just with the extreme of SIDS.It’s with expecting to sleep train your baby and finding out she has colic and only wants to be held and nursed.
    It’s with expecting to breastfeed and co-sleep and cloth diaper and still not feeling that bond that you were told you’d experience.
    It’s with expecting to want to be with your baby FOREVER and realizing you’d pay large amounts of money for someone to just take him away so you could read a magazine.

    She’s scared because things don’t always go as you expect. And when you accuse her of being irrational or hormonal, while it may be true, it certainly doesn’t help. Listen to her feelings, respect her feelings, and remind her (with your words) that you’re right there beside her. She needs to hear it.

  4. New Mom feels defensive. There is so much advice in this world and it’s coming from everyone. Her mom thinks she should go back to work. Your mom thinks she should breastfeed longer. Her best friend that had a baby 5 weeks earlier constantly lets her know the right way to do, well, everything. Let’s not even talk about the books she read and those dumb Bump newsletters.All of this advice can create a defensive mommy. She is already scared (see #3), and feels like this advice is a testament to all of the things she’s doing wrong. Be her cheerleader and remind her to listen to her gut. This baby was given to her, and no one else, after all.
  5. New Mom can’t get mad at the baby. Logically, New Mom knows that the reason she can’t sleep and why her house smells like milk is because of this baby. This precious, adorable, sweet baby that she just can’t get mad at no matter how zombie-like she feels. So she takes that frustration and points it at you, New Dad, like you’re the one waking her up at 2 in the morning for cuddles and milk. This might not be my best advice, but I’d say this is a good time to be a punching bag for her instead of trying to make a case for being mad at the baby (pointing at a newborn and yelling “He started it!” isn’t going to win friends or influence people).
  6. New Mom has nothing to wear. This ties into #1, but is more about frustration than sadness. Her pre-baby clothes don’t quite fit. Her maternity clothes fit, but that’s just sad. And she doesn’t want to buy anything because “I’m not going to be this size forever… am I?” Go shopping with her and tell her she’s pretty.
  7. New Mom needs protection. I think women always want their men to be protective and assertive (see the success of Fifty Shades of Gray), but I think this need goes into overdrive when she becomes a New Mom. She doesn’t want to be the bad guy telling people they can’t come over. She doesn’t want to fight with the insurance company because they incorrectly raised the deductible. She doesn’t want you to be at work all day or zoned out in a video game.She wants to be protected. She wants you to create a barrier between her and the outside world. She may be the naturally assertive one in the relationship that normally handles the in-laws or tells the cable guy where to shove it, but I am pretty sure you’d win big points by stepping in and saying, “Let me handle this”.
  8. New Mom needs permission to rest. Most women go into motherhood truly believing they can do it all. That all those other moms with dirty houses and cranky babies just didn’t know what they were doing. Our Supermom Complex leads to burnout and fast. The worst part is that most moms refuse to cry uncle and take some time to ourselves.Give your New Mom permission to rest. Point out that the baby is sleeping, that you cleaned the kitchen, and that she needs to take a nap or at least enjoy a couple chapters from Tina Fey’s Bossypants because it’s hilariousWhen she tries to argue remind her that you’re protecting her… from herself.
  9. New Mom needs to be asked what she needs. I’m writing this from my point of view and experience as a New Mom. I know that a lot of this was experienced by a lot of other New Moms, but the very best way to find out what you  need to know about your New Mom? Ask her.
  10. New Mom really loves you. She loves watching you become a dad. She loves hearing how this new little human is changing you. She loves that the little human has your ears and toes. It might not seem logical, but every time you bond with that little baby you’re bonding with her. She is getting a front row seat to her family being born and there is no better foreplay in the world. In 6-8 weeks. Promise.

omg this x100000000000000000000000

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  • 18th June
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  • 18th June
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Step 310: There are very few perfect jobs. For now, look for a good one.



A reader asks: 23 year old + A.A, B.F.A, A.A.S degrees = lack of job satisfaction. Just can’t seem to figure it out, what is one to do? Can’t reasonably be a fulltime student for the rest of my life. So, what should one do to ensure finding the right career that ensures job satisfaction most of all and a comfortable living?

Bad news first: the answer to your question will not be in this (or any!) blog entry. “How do I find a satisfying, lucrative career that suits my needs?” is akin to “Where will I encounter my soulmate?” Some false premises are at play.

Some people find their soulmate. And other people find jobs that pay them $150,000 a year to fight the good fight and still have time for rich and satisfying home lives.

But … that does not happen in your 20s. If ever. So for right now, the real question is what is most important to you? Is it money? Pursuing your passion? Doing something you’re uniquely good at? Something that pays the bills but doesn’t eat your life?

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Love this blog. The entitled generation needs to hear this kind of thing once in a while.

  • 14th June
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Black Bean Burgers

This week I made black bean burgers. I don’t really use a recipe, just throw together whatever i have around, but they’re usually pretty good!

Here’s what I used:

Black beans (half puréed, half whole)
Rolled oats (food processed with the puréed beans)
Sautéed onions
Shredded cheese
Fresh minced garlic
Chili powder
Pinch of salt

I topped them with tomato, arugula, and fresh chunky guac!