Alison Thomas

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5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket

It's time to cuddle up with some Netflix and knits!<p>It's that time of year when staying indoors while snuggled up in a blanket all day sounds better than having to go to work or do errands, especially if it was this chunky knit blanket that people on Instagram are obsessing over.<p>This new knit …

20 Grab-and-Go Recipes For the Busiest of Mornings

When you're busy, portable breakfasts make all the difference, and there are so many options that'll get your day off to the right start. Here are 20 ways to make it possible to eat breakfast every day, from freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches to yogurt parfaits and more recipes that you can make …

Breakfast

7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable — but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to …

Self-improvement

What We Really Want -- And Almost Never Get: The Secret Desire That Makes or Breaks Relationships

Most couples come to see me to learn better communication skills, or at least that's what they say in the first session. But what gets described as communication problems are usually, in fact, listening problems. Truth is, we're not very good listeners; we don't know (and are not taught) how to …

The Art of Forgiveness: 10 Steps to Handling Betrayal With Elegance and Grace

Somehow it's easier to recover from a betrayal that comes from your arch nemesis or someone you don't respect. You almost come to expect it from them and you're somewhat prepared for an emotional assault.<p>It's the people who are closest to us that have the capacity to inflict the most pain. How …

How To Crochet A Bracelet

3D "Puffy" Crochet Heart

Introduction: 3D "Puffy" Crochet Heart<p><b>Good morning everyone! =)</b><p>My name is <b>Edgar</b><i>(a.k.a. Garo)</i> and i hope that you're having a great day! =)<p>In today's …

Why Anxiety May Be Your #1 Frenemy

Have you ever had a friend that makes you tear your hair out, but you can't shake off?<p>Even though it would make life simpler, most of us know that we can't necessarily escape our frenemies -- or our anxieties.<p>A frenemy, by definition, is someone who is both a friend and enemy. They bring out the …

10 Rules of Fighting

The workplace often brings out conflict. When you are passionate about your work and good at your job, you're not always going to agree with everyone. In fact, conflicting viewpoints are part of what makes a workplace creative and productive. But conflict doesn't have to ruin your day or damage …

My Q and A With Sleep Specialist Rubin Naiman on Paying Attention to Our Dreams

Dr. Rubin Naiman doesn't want to just raise awareness about the importance of sleep. He wants to change the way we think about it, by blasting through the assumptions and misunderstandings that have for so long defined -- and limited -- the conversation.<p>A clinical assistant professor of medicine at …

Why Aren't You Making Your Own Bitters?

Got the itch of a true cocktailian? Then you’ve no doubt wondered how to make a batch of bitters.<p>The little dropper bottles filled with the essence …

Bitters

15 Foods You Should Never Eat. Ever.

Seriously, steer clear.<p>Hard-and-fast food rules royally suck. But some foods can seriously mess with your health.<p>"It doesn't mean you'll get sick, get cancer, or die if you eat a dangerous food once," says Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which …

Embracing the Conscious Death of Relationship

We are so sensitive and avoidant about death in this culture, aren't we? Not only about the death of the body -- our own, and those we cherish. But avoidant about the ongoing deaths we meet in our lives: the continuous endings of forms, of stages, of chapters, of relationships. And understandably …

Where Does the Love Go?

One of the reasons so many relationships don't last is that we confuse "falling in love" -- the temporary, emotional, hormone-infused high -- with the act and art of loving, the sacred work of relationship. Additionally, our culture of immediate gratification and the "grass is greener" syndrome …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

The Key to Feeling Heard, Every Time!

Who's the best listener in your life? You know, that person who just gets you. Don't you wish you could clone him or her?<p>Yet other times, you might feel like a broken record, repeating the same message over and over -- to people who seem tuned out. And no matter how important your topic or how …

Do You Engage in Conscious Combat or Are You Just Fighting?

Conflict, especially in relationships, has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years and for good reason. Unresolved differences are the source of an awful lot of physical, mental and emotional distress. Many couples have concluded that arguing and fighting is painful that it's better to avoid …

Martha Stewart's Genius Guide To Making Every Type Of Chocolate Chip Cookie

Martha Stewart has been full of surprises lately. She dares to say what everyone else is thinking about Gwyneth Paltrow, she's admitted that she knows how to roll her own joints and the woman even owns and operates her own personal drone. Also, shockingly, the domestic goddess is seemingly …

Homemade Linen Spray

Linen spray is one of life's little luxuries, but you don't have to have a luxurious budget to make your own. If you've got five minutes and a few …

9 Things Good Listeners Do Differently

Despite being taught the importance of listening from a young age -- think about how many teachers have asked you to "put your listening ears on" -- the truth is, most of us aren't as good at the skill as we ought to be.<p>Research shows that the average person listens with only 25 percent efficiency …

The Secret to Dropping More than 30 Pounds Fast

Tap into the power of negative training.<p>Almost everyone who's lost weight has eventually put the weight back on. Why this cruel reality? It's simple, really: During the first months of any diet, your body loses both fat and muscle. Then, when you gain back the weight, you add back only fat because …

10 3-Minute DIY Salad Dressings You'll LOVE

These are so simple, we're not sure you could even call them recipes.<p>Sure, you like the <i>idea</i> of homemade salad dressing. Who wouldn't want to top their salads with a French or Asian dressing that tastes amazing and is free of scary ingredients? The only problem is that some dressing recipes are so …

Crocheted Case

If you have basic machine-sewing skills and can crochet the simplest stitch, this pouch is a cinch to make.

13 “Modern” Crochet Necklace Patterns

I came across this little gem of a round up whilst blogging for the jewelry blog. I thought it would be most suited to the crochet blog. The designs …

Your Secrets Are Destroying Your Relationships

Why do relationships deteriorate over time? What causes people to disconnect and drift apart? I'm not just talking about intimate relationships between married couples and partners; I'm talking about all relationships. What is causing this epidemic of disconnection? Why can't we maintain a deep …

A Simple Question That Will Change Your Search for Love

Most dating advice focuses on the skills of seeking, not the skills of loving. Apps, events and websites offer endless opportunities for meeting, but as I describe in <i>Deeper Dating: How to Drop The Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy,</i> until we learn how to choose healthy intimacy …

All Aboard the Love Revolution Train

Having a strong relationship is the number one desire of so many people, and yet few are taught how to create one. Rather, most people are shown how exactly <i>not</i> to have a strong relationship.<p>People are running around starving for love, shielding themselves from it, and suffering in love as a</b> …

An Introvert's Open Letter to Extroverts: 5 Things You Should Know About Me

Photo Credit: silvia sani via Compfight cc<p>Dear Extrovert,<p>First, let me start by thanking you for being in my life. You are the yang to my yin. You get me out more, meeting new people, having new experiences and stretching my comfort zone. You help color my external world with a vast richness that I …

Conflict Strategies for Nice People

Do you value friendly relations with your colleagues? Are you proud of being a nice person who would never pick a fight? Unfortunately, you might be just as responsible for group dysfunction as your more combative team members. That’s because it’s a problem when you shy away from open, healthy …