20 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Mom

In keeping with tradition as well as honoring its altruistic roots, why not celebrate Mother's Day with environmentally friendly gifts? Mother's Day is a day for all mothers-- including our majestic Mother Earth, the mother we all share.

Believe it or not, Hallmark did not invent Mother’s Day. Yes, the corporations inevitably usurped it for themselves, but Mother’s Day was initialized by a woman named Anna Jarvis, who struggled to protect it from commercialism her entire life. Mother’s Day is rooted in philanthropy. It was a day for women to freely tend to …

How Defunding Planned Parenthood Damages Men’s Health

It's name "Planned Parenthood," labels it as a center for two parents; categorizing this healthcare service as a women's issue overshadows the crucial healthcare it provides for men. Lesser known are the many services Planned Parenthood offers men and couples. Rather than stress the negative effects of defunding Planned Parenthood on one gender, it is much more lucrative to focus on both genders, both parents. Men rely on this healthcare service as much as women directly and indirectly.

Trump’s signature has (once again) ignited global concern about the state of women. Today, Thursday 4/13, President Trump signed a bill that gives states the option of defunding their Planned Parenthood programs (New York Times). Planned Parenthood is a global healthcare provider that offers medical services associated with reproductive health. It has become a symbol for …

17 Tiny Bathrooms That Inspire Smart Design

The biggest thing in home design right now is tiny houses. Tiny homes seem to be the result of today's wellness trend. A tiny home lifestyle subscribes to simplicity, sustainability and cleverness. However, learning to live in a small space is nothing new. Apartments, RVs, studios, trailers, just simply having too many folks in the family have been inspiring the tiny home lifestyle for generations. One of the most frustrating elements of a modest home is the bathroom, which tends be one of the smallest rooms in the house, susceptible to the use of all family members and guests. When your husband needs the sink to shave, your daughter needs the toilet, and you haven't even brushed your teeth yet, a small bathroom can turn into a disaster. But with a bit of clever design, a tiny bathroom can be practical and lovely.

It feels like the biggest thing in home design right now is a very small thing: tiny houses. Tiny homes seem to be the result of today’s wellness trend. A tiny home lifestyle subscribes to simplicity, sustainability and cleverness. However, learning to live in a small space is certainly nothing new. Apartments, RVs, studios, cottages, trailers, …

The Ultimate Fight: My Depressed State of Mind vs. My Normal One

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as logical, realistic and correct. My depressed self thinks my authentic self is naive, frivolous and in denial.

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as …

How to Wear High Top Sneakers with Style: Starring Cara Delevingne

I had no interest in fashion when I was younger. I was such a tomboy." The super model and film star, Cara Delevingne once said these words. Because Delevingne began her career with modeling (including for the very feminine and sexy lingerie line, Victoria's Secret), it's a surprising comment. However, once you take a quick glance at her natural street style, it's easy to see that she is innately a tom boy, a sassy and sparkly one.

“I had no interest in fashion when I was younger. I was such a tomboy.” The super model and film star, Cara Delevingne once said these words. Because Delevingne began her career with modeling (including for the lingerie line, Victoria’s Secret), it’s a surprising comment. But a quick glance at her natural street style, shows that she is innately a …

Friday Favorite: THE BEST Women’s Surf Movie

Leave a Message encompasses my whole female surfing vibe. These athletes rip while maintaining their personal identities and styles. The video profiles each surfer before showing them carve out. They’re styles are super diverse. I personally love Laura Enever’s sequence. She fits in fashion to her surfing somehow. The soundtrack is a total upper. Leave …

What It’s Like To Be Stalked in Graduate School

When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn't realize it. The stalker was a classmate in our program. This complicated the situation because as students we are all forced to work together and share contact information for group projects and school events. Initially the flood of emails I was receiving from this one person arrived enmeshed with all my other emails, camouflaging the oddity of his behavior. When his next avenue of communication became texting, I really started to feel the burden of being stalked.

Being stalked is like getting locked into a room that no one knows you’re in. It can feel incredibly isolating because it’s a solitary experience. The stalker, obsessed with you, only affects you, making it difficult others to fully empathize. When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn’t realize it. The stalker …

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