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75 Insanely Clever DIYs Every Parent Will Wish They Knew About Sooner

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11 signs you lack emotional intelligence

<b>Related: 10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life</b><p>Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90% of top performers have high emotional …

My Fertility Detox Isn't Perfect Because...Beer

I don’t have many bad habits, but there are some. There are vices I would like to give up long before I am met with double lines, a plus sign, or a smiley face on a positive pregnancy test. I don’t drink as often as I used to, since it takes me two full days to recover from just four drinks, but I …

These 5 Workout Moves Will Give You the Best Sex of Your Life, And I Should Know

Seven months ago, at 30 years young, I stumbled into the greatest sex of my life. For me this is huge, mainly because my day-to-day as a professional sweater often leaves me too exhausted in the eve to want to even pleasure myself, let alone somebody else. I've had my share of relationships and …

Remember That Time Feminism Prolapsed My Uterus? Well, I Fixed It!

I have a prolapsed uterus, something I wrote about a few months ago. My OBGYN suggested Kegels to start. She mentioned physical therapy but said if I didn’t get better, I might need a pessary, a device inserted into my vagina to hold up my uterus.<p>Needless to say, I started doing Kegels every day. …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Peed Myself Right Before Going Onstage

I was never a popular kid in school. I was pretty shy when meeting new people and I was (and still am) an introvert. I was loud and probably annoying with my friends, but it took me a while to get to that point. How I became a theater kid, I’ll never know. I think I just needed an elective and …

How I Became a Morning Person in Just 5 Days

It only took a full work week and three alarms (but who's counting?).<p>I've never been a morning person. So when my husband Nathan and I got a dog several years ago, I had it all worked out: Lexie would wake us at 6:30 every morning, eager to hit the dog run, and I'd hop out of bed, ready to start …

Alicia Keys: "I Know How It Feels to Have a Face Full of Bumps and Pimples"

The singer keeps it real about her skin.<p>If you've had perfect skin your whole life, consider yourself #blessed (also teach me your ways!). But if you're one of the 50 million Americans who struggle with the most common skin condition in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Dermatology, …

I Lost 130 Pounds — but to Stay This Way, I Won't Ever Eat Carbs Again

After trying every diet imaginable, I had to go for something more extreme.<p>My mom never struggled with weight. She always has had an incredible figure, so she didn't really think about sugar or fat when she fed us kids. Like most parents in the '80s, it just wasn't on her radar but it did start to …

This Woman Got Pregnant TWICE in 10 Days

Her husband called it a "hole in one," because of course.<p>When Kate Hill of Brisbane, Australia, became pregnant with twins, she joined the ranks of just 10 other women in history — she got pregnant <i>twice</i> within a span of 10 days. It sounds crazy, but in an interview with Australia's <i>Today Tonight</i>, …

I Found Out I Was Pregnant While Working in a War Zone

When I had kids, I joined a group of risk-taking women pushing the boundaries on motherhood.<p>In the summer of 2010, I wanted potatoes. I saw them before me as I went about my day, and in my mind, they lived on a plate soaking with butter and freckled with salt, their brown, crispy edges rising …

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I Remarried My Abusive Ex-Husband and Then Divorced Him Again

My husband, Tim, and I were first married in 2001 after meeting in an online chat room and dating for a year and a half. In our seven-year marriage, we had two children: a boy and a girl. He seemed to have a genuine interest in art and I was attending college for graphic design and was fascinated …

Being a Mom Is Hard. Being a Mom With ADHD Feels Impossible.

I know I'm a good mom, but when it comes to the never-ending checklist of parental responsibilities, I'm constantly falling short.<p>As I type this, I'm sitting in my living room surrounded by what feels like every toy my 4-year-old owns. We were running so late that I opted to put him to bed over …

I'm a Fit Chubby Girl and I'm Sick of People Telling Me I'm Unhealthy

Magazines and Instagram photos of girls doing headstands on surfboards in the middle of the ocean promote the idea that there is only one type of fit body, but I'm living proof that that's not true. I spend 30 to 60 minutes six days a week doing everything from kettle bell to High Intensity …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Dad Died The Day After I Had My Baby

I was prepared for a lot with baby number two, I mean, we’d been there before so I was going to kick childbirthin’ butt this time around. Of all the scenarios I played in my head, anything at all that could possibly happen, I never imagined what actually did. I would have been less surprised if …

I Had My Ovaries Removed But They Grew Back

I thought that having a total hysterectomy would be the end of my life-long struggles with endometriosis and ovarian cysts. I was positive this surgery would, once and for all, close the chapter of my life that had been nothing but a pain in the ass (and lady bits). I was ready to turn the page and …

A 3-Step Plan For How to Stop Hating Other Girls (And Maybe Even Love Yourself More)

If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re a lady, or lady-adjacent. And, if you’re a lady, you probably know other ladies. Probably, you know lots of other ladies. And maybe you get together with your ladyfriends once a week for a knitting circle where you braid each other’s hair, make daisy …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Threw Up Every Time a Boy Touched Me Until I Was 20

When I was 13, I was lucky enough to win a scholarship to a folk camp in the mountains of North Carolina. This may sound like an innocent youthful adventure, but it was actually a trip to a banjo-themed den of iniquity in which I tried my first beer, went skinny-dipping for the first time, and let …

7 Incredibly Important things I Wish I Had Told My Husband As He Was Dying Of Cancer

At 27, I found myself in an unfathomable situation when my husband was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. To say we were devastated would be an understatement.<p>He was only 31 and our lives were just beginning. With two young children, the only resolution we were willing to accept was a cure. We …

“I'm Not Pregnant, This is Just My Belly" — and Other Awkward Body Conversations with Strangers

If there is one thing I hope to pass along to those of you reading this, it would be to not make assumptions about other people's bodies. We will never know where that person is on their journey in accepting or not accepting their body — and if for only that reason, we should nix this chatter from …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Uncle Thinks I’m the Antichrist and it Broke Up the Family

I haven’t seen Uncle in seven years. When I imagine him now, all I see are bad bits: the hot red veins bulging out of his crew cut, a six-foot-something monster. I see him crouched in front of the TV with a beer in hand. He watched two things: football and news. He overcooked everything he laid …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Dated a Terminally lll Pathological Liar

I learned he was a liar in the hospital courtyard. My eyes were parched from crying. His mother placed her hand on my back. <i>I’m sorry,</i> she said. <i>If you were my daughter I’d tell you to go right now.</i><p>He had lied about everything. What he did. Who he was. Later I realized that he was a thief, an …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Still Blame Myself for My Little Brother's Death

Normally I don't share this story. It's that piece of my history I come to every now and again and think to myself, “Wow, my whole life changed in that one moment. “<p>You don't realize as an adult the echoes of your past can have the resounding impact on you throughout your life. As a kid you only …

When Introverts and Extroverts Attract

In the early stages of a relationship between an introvert and an extrovert, the personality differences can charm: The introvert may be intrigued by …

Understanding INTJs in Relationships and How The INTJ Gets Along With Other Types

What are INTJs like as partners?<p>In relationships, the INTJ is loyal but independent. INTJs can be almost scientific in choosing a mate and make …