Kirsten Woollenweber

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Literacy needs to begin in the home at birth, experts say

It all starts at home. With one in four Alabamians being illiterate and 60 percent of children across the U.S. not reading on grade-level, children …

Education

I Spent a Year Reading Only Books by Women and I Think It Changed My Life

My New Years resolution back in 2014 was to read only books by women for a year, and I think it was the only resolution I’ve ever made and stuck to. Last year, I read 68 books, all written by women. While my reading preferences skew heavily toward contemporary fiction, I also read a lot of …

How I Overcame Bipolar II (And Saved My Own Life)

<i>(Author’s note and disclaimer: The following piece</i> <i>details my story of overcoming a serious and potentially-fatal mental illness, bipolar II, between the years of 2000-2007. I have decided to write this story now, painful as reliving some of the history is, in order to provide inspiration and</i> …

20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand

Do you love a highly creative person? Check out these 20 things to help you better connect with them.

4 Steps to Finding Joy and Happiness in Your Bipolar Life

It's no secret that living with bipolar disorder can be tough. Even with medications and psychotherapy, symptoms don't always dissipate. So just how do you live a full and happy life despite this chronic condition? The key lies in the practice of a simple concept called mindfulness.<p>Mindfulness is …

Healthy minds

A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.<p>But it's not just about the occasional one-off feel good factor. Being active has a whole range …

Self-improvement

Women's Pants and Shorts

Slide 0: LEIA PANTS<p>Quick SHOP<p>$58.00<p>Perfectly comfortable for lounging, yet pretty enough to wear out on the town. Relaxed fit, drawstring pants in a …

Clothing

Coping with the pressure to parent perfectly

When did being a parent become such a drag? In the “Mad Men” days, kids made Manhattans for their parents. Now I’m pouring orange juice into a …

This Is The Most Popular Parenting Hack On Pinterest

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How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius

There is a interesting story about how Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist, developed the ability to produce remarkable work in just minutes.<p>As the story goes, Picasso was walking though the market one day when a woman spotted him. She stopped the artist, pulled out a piece of paper and said, …

The 7 Easiest Ways Ever to Improve Your Diet

You won't even notice these changes—swear!<p>Of course you know that eating healthy is a lifelong goal—but that doesn't mean that it takes ages to make it happen. In fact, there are tons of quick, easy ways to be sure you're eating well that basically involve zero effort. Here are a few to get you …

Fit for Life: Nature or Nurture?

When it comes to exercise, there are generally two types of people. There are those who approach working out as a chore, and those who see it as a treat.<p>The question is: Can you go from one group to the other? Can couch potatoes become gym rats?<p>I think they can. I know I did.<p>I spent the first half …

How to Gracefully Accept a Compliment

Most people love to be noticed, but few know how to accept a compliment gracefully. Instead, they downplay the compliment or reject it entirely.<p>When you receive a compliment from someone you admire, your first reaction may be to deflect the attention. For example, when a friend expresses their …

HIV Outbreak in Indiana Tops 100 Cases

More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles, and officials said Friday they're trying to combat unfounded fears among drug users that they could be arrested if they take part in a needle-exchange program …

Your Pressure Habits - -Do They Help or Hurt You?

The values of forming good habits and breaking poor habits has become a popular topic ---but for sure, not of new importance. Ever since man learned that checking the security of his sleeping quarters ensured that he'd wake up in the morning, the value of good habits has been clear---they provide …

Alcohol Dependency in Our Family and How We Struggle With It

He was in his 50s when he died. We put all of his earthly possessions into three banana boxes and placed them into the trunk of our '63 Chevy station wagon. The key to the single (twin bed) hotel room was returned to the front desk clerk. Ironically, this was the same job he once held before …

How Many Likes Are Enough?

As a therapist who enjoys writing, several years ago I decided to hop on the blogging bandwagon. Having received a moderate number of <i>likes</i> and positive feedback, it seemed for a while that nobody was worse for the wear and maybe a few people even benefited. Then came the day when one of my blogs …

Born to Be Good

I have been very inspired by the research done over the recent years demonstrating that even as infants we are wired to be cooperative and helpful.<p>At the Max Planck Institute of Leipzig, Michael Tomasello and Felix Warneken have established that children, from the age of one who are just beginning …

9 Eating Habits That Are Derailing Your Weight-Loss Efforts

The worst part: You probably think they'll help you drop more pounds.<p>The occasional dietary splurge isn't what really thwarts most women's weight-loss efforts. It's the so-called "healthy" weight-loss strategies we use, convinced they'll help us cut calories, slim down, and get healthier—only to …

How to Become a Morning Workout Person

New research helps morning workout fiends to lose weight faster. Tips on how to join them<p>Put down the banana, rise-and-grinders: According to a new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who exercise early in the morning on an empty stomach burn more fat than those who …

Fitness

Easy dinner recipes: More ideas to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month. Melted cheese on crisp bread -- is it any wonder grilled cheese sandwiches are one of our favorite comfort foods? While it may be hard to beat the perfection that is ooey-gooey melted cheese between two crisp pieces of bread, we do have some ideas to help you …

A 4-Step Plan to Satisfying Salads

<i>By Anna Stockwell, Epicurious</i><p>To really understand my four-step process when building a great salad, I have to first explain how my brain works in relation to food. I crave food not just by flavor but by texture and temperature. In creating a new recipe or a meal, I imagine how I want each bite to …

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Forgive me, belly. I’ve done you wrong. I mean… I’ve done you so so so <i>right</i>, but wrong wrong <i>wrong</i>.<p>I’ve done you with too much macaroni and cheese. …

Sometimes You Just Need Pudding; Here Are 11 Recipes

Chocolate, vanilla, rice, and tapioca—we love all pudding equally. Here are 11 great recipes for it.<p><b>There's something very comforting about pudding</b>, whether it is of the chocolate or rice variety. It's just you, a bowl, and a spoon, ya know? We feel you. Here are 11 recipes to satiate that need.

Dessert

The Best Brownies Recipe {Thick, Fudgy, Chewy and PERFECT!}

<i>Looking for the best homemade brownies recipe? Yes, really. This from scratch recipe is everything: Fudgy, chewy and with that awesome brownie</i> …

Dessert

16 matcha recipes for anyone green to the latest culinary craze

Matcha is the latest food craze you might not know about, but one taste and you'll be hooked.<p>This ancient, finely milled green powder has been a …

11 of Your Favorite Kid Foods, All Grown Up

Let's be honest: No matter your age, you're never above a gooey grilled cheese sandwich or piping hot bowl of mac and cheese. Here are eleven grown-up versions of your favorite childhood classics, so you can eat like a kid without compromising the air of adulthood.<p><b>Gnocchi Mac and Cheese</b><p>The only …

All Gussied Up

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven.<p>2. Use a fork to pierce the potatoes several times all over (this …

Olive oil and Orange Cake

Directions<p>Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9-inch round cake pan.<p>Remove the zest from the oranges and juice one of them. Set fruit aside for …