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Top 10 New Mom Mistakes

Being a new mom can be a real bitch sometimes. With all the love and excitement and cuddles, come other, less warm-fuzzy things. But general enjoying of the newborn experience is possible if you can focus on what’s important, and forget about fussy details and silly societal standards. To maintain sanity, avoid these top 7 new-mom mistakes. Read more

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A F#!*in Killer Fairy God Mother

malayCinderella didn’t need a fancy dress and a pumpkin with wheels to get the Prince; she just needed some support in realizing her potential so she could show up to the ball as the best version of herself. Her support came from a fairy godmother cloaked in a blue robe, carrying a wand. So when I needed some support in exploring my potential, I began the search for a fairy godmother of my own. She turned out to be a tiny tattooed Laotian woman with a white board and a laser pointer. Read more

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10 Tips To Having It All

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People will tell you that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met a slice of cake I didn’t take a bite out of.  I have it, and I eat it.  And it’s glorious.  So I say, bake yourself a giant cake, eat some, and share the leftovers.  Because in life, it IS possible to have it all.  It may not be easy, but it’s possible.  And while we each uniquely define the “all” that we desire, there are 10 sure-fire ways to go after it. Read more

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5 Things Iowans Love About Fall

autumn fallen maple leaves isolated on white backgroundI’m a life-long Iowan, and fall is my favorite season.  Let me tell you why. Read more

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My Soapbox: Kids These Days

bratHere’s the deal…baby-talk and constant coddling are crap.  I firmly believe that social norms have developed into a complete lack of progressive parenting.  Children’s mental, emotional, and social development is hindered by parents inability to be firm and verbal.  Suddenly our youth are dictating what goes on in their lives and it seems a lot of adults are down with just sitting back and watching their kids turn into asses. Read more

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Chronicles of a Sugar Addict: Part 3

Opened notepad and cup of coffee with donut on old wooden table. Top viewThey say that psychologically, your odds of successfully tackling a goal are much higher if you prioritize and do one thing at a time.  So, my commitment to rekindling my relationship with my health began with ridding my body of candy and desserts.  The first 2-3 weeks were rough, but successful.  And as the cravings subsided, I knew it was time for step 2: stepping up my game in the gym. Read more

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Sexting Savvy

sexy young woman lying on the bed and make a selfieThe world of sexting can be a difficult one to navigate.  With endless combinations of words, pictures, and videos, a person is left with their imagination and sexual prowess (or lack there of) to skillfully orchestrate a racy arrangement.  Think music; some prefer the intense sound of heavy metal, while others prefer playful pop tunes.  So today, I share some guidelines to help keep your sexting in tune.
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My New Favorite Websites

laptopI love sharing new products, places, and people I dig.  Today, I introduce you to 3 of my new favorite websites.  Home decor and furniture, workout gear, and photo editing made-easy and free.  Read on. Read more

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An Average Joe’s Guide To CrossFit Open Success

Fit Woman Lifting Barbell in GymFor the majority of CrossFitters, The Open is an experience, not a qualifier.  Most of us aren’t going to Regionals or Games, but it doesn’t change the fact that we invest time and energy to participating.  And knowing what mentality to have going into this worldwide event is important for anybody.  Athletes register, wait for announcements, and try their best when it’s “go” time, but addressing what success means for a typical athlete is often neglected.  So I’m providing top tips for guaranteed Open success for the “average Joe” athletes of the world.

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6 Tips For Avoiding A Lame Valentine’s Day

heartsI’m a lover.  A hopeless romantic.  So theoretically Valentine’s Day should be my jam.  But I find it all a bit tiresome.  Red and pink splattered about, shelves piled high with cards containing meaningless words, gross heart-shaped candy, and half-ass roses shipped out in bulk.  Is this the best expression of love we can come up with…a scheduled day filled with commercialized products attempting to strike love into hearts like a chubby cupid’s arrow.  It’s not the kind of romance I want.  To celebrate with a little more spunk than the lackluster barrage of cheesy crap, try these tips. Read more

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6 Tips To Spice Up Married Sex

feet of couple in the bedLet’s be honest.  Married sex is generally way different from dating or single sex.  There’s no intentional shift to boredom, but typically with marriage comes an array of new stresses.  Bills, your home, kids…the ravenous appetite for affectionate touching sometimes subsides or takes a back seat to other responsibilities.  And that’s normal.  But like anything in life, having a great sex life when you’re married might take a little work.  Follow my top 6 tips to spice up your marital bedroom meanderings. Read more

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Top 10 Best and Worst Christmas Gifts

art Christmas scene with tree gifts and fire in backgroundThey say it’s better to give than receive.  Sure.  But lets not fool ourselves.  There isn’t a person out there who doesn’t dig getting a really killer gift.  They also say it’s the thought that counts.  My theory is a little different.  If you thought things out, every gift would be a success.  And holidays prove that it’s possible to get some real turds.  So what are the best and worst gifts to give for Christmas?  Here are 10 steadfast tips for present purchasing. Read more

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9 Tips For First Date Success

first dateFirst dates can make or break a potential relationship.  And while some people might speculate that you’ll know in moments whether it’s meant to be, I’d guess most of those people are still single.  A relationship goes beyond a fleeting gut feeling or a momentary physical attraction.  It begins with a quick judgement (we’re human and we can’t help it), but thrives on positive experiences.  So even if you’re not into somebody in the first few moments, there’s no reason to shut the door and throw away the key.  And certainly no reason to be an asshole.  Create a positive experience, so there is opportunity if you choose to pursue.  Or even a new friendship or connection.  Here are a few simple tips for a successful first date. Read more

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8 Ridiculous Things To Be Thankful For

phoneTomorrow, I’ll get sentimental.  But today, I wanted to share my favorite ridiculous things to be thankful for. Read more

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10 Things To Do Before You Have Kids

Young Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top CarI adore my children, but with their births came drastic lifestyle changes.  Now unless you’re a celebrity or something, there are often limitations to your time, finances, and helpful resources like cleaners, nannies, chefs, etc.  So if you’re a non-parent, considering the plunge into procreation and child-rearing, be sure you tackle this list of things first.  Because once they arrive, your selfish endeavors will be put on hold.  For an extended period of time. Read more

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3 Steps to a Booty-ful Bum

bumMost folks aren’t in love with their backside.  But if you work at it, that bum might just become your best physical ASSet.  If a strong, bubbly butt is what you desire, I offer 5 steps to a damn fine derriere. Read more

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8 Habits of Happy Couples

happy-coupleIt could be said that no relationship is perfect.  It’s inevitable that throughout life challenges will befall you, conflict will arise, and and obstacles will present themselves.  So it’s less about the pursuit of perfection and more about perfecting how you pursue happiness with your partner.  Establishing habits that nurture the love between you and your significant other takes conscious effort.  Practice these 10 healthy habits on the regular for a happy romance.   Read more

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Friday Favorites

excited-girlNormally I talk about food on Fridays.  So although I’ll still incorporate some food into this post, today I feel compelled to share a few other things too because they rock my world.  So a few Friday Favorites. Read more

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Nude Beach Know-How: Guidelines For Skin-Bearing Success

BeachNudityI just booked a Caribbean cruise for my husband and I.  It’s not my first rodeo…some might call me a veteran having been on almost 10.  Although I always seek out new experiences, some destinations are regulars on the cruise ship hit-list, and beaches seem to top the list when it comes to traveler desirability.  More adventurous American travelers may be enticed by the luring ideals associated with nude beaches available at the popular French and Dutch islands.  Whether it’s the vision of endless droves of hot bodies, want to check off an item on the ole’ bucket list, or experience the liberation of complete freedom to shed all wardrobe in a public place, visiting a nude beach has a certain appeal.  When it comes to particular Caribbean island like St. Maarten, topless and nude beaches are common, but there isn’t necessarily a rule book when it comes to a concept so foreign to most.   To enjoy your naked stay and play, follow my top 5 Nude Beach Know-How guidelines.  Read more

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Dear Dad: A Father’s Day Feature

dad2From an early age I was a daddy’s girl.  There was an unexplainable and urgent need to please my parents; the first-born curse.  I had to be certain my father was proud of me in all endeavors.  And amidst my venture to claim his never-ending approval, I provided him many pain-in-the-ass moments.  I was not an easy child to deal with.  I got fantastic grades, excelled in sports, and never got in much trouble.  But I was mouthy, opinionated, and picky.  My flighty imagination ran about a thousand miles a minute, at 6 I thought I knew it all, and my sometimes questionable choices had the potential to threaten my future in ways I couldn’t recognize then.  But my parents never wavered in their support for me as a person.  Although it didn’t always feel like a favor, and although they weren’t my best buds, and although I challenged anything remotely beneficial to my future, they persisted in raising me the right way.  So as Father’s Day approaches, it seems only appropriate that my father know exactly what he means to me. Read more

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