Jill Sikora

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Does Your Love Life Epically Suck? Follow These 4 Steps To Turn It Around

Dating doesn't have to be so crazy-making.<p><i>Adapted from</i> Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World<i>, by Joanna Coles.</i><p>Most women I know apply their own set of accounting rules to their diet. You wave the bread away and hold the fries so you can have two mojitos instead and feel …

Relationships

7 Strategies to Make Grading Easier

Another approach, for more tedious assignments like tests, is to grade one question at a time. Grading all of the number 1s, then the 2s, etc., will …

Teaching

I'm as Flat as They Come, And I've Finally Figured Out How to Shop for Bras

I can count the number of times in my life that I’ve gone bra shopping on one hand. I’m 31, with two kids—and discounting my early teens, when a lacy and ill-fitting Victoria’s Secret bra was what I thought I needed to impress a boy (judge me if you will, I was 15), I never saw the need for one. …

I hired a stylist — and learned so much more than how to dress

'I've realized it's okay to invest in clothing that helps me feel like and express myself — my true self.'<p>We learn to dress ourselves around, what, kindergarten? It's not hard. You put garments on the parts that you don't want to get cold and that's it. Back then we didn't give much thought to how …

Minimalism

25 Phrases To Inspire Confidence In Your Child

<i>Originally published on</i> Motherly.<p>By Denaye Barahona<p>With healthy self-esteem, your child will flourish. In an era where kindergarten is the new first grade, children are being pushed to develop academic skills from an early age. Yet all the intellectual skills in the world are of little value …

Want your kids to talk to you? Try this...

If you want your kids to talk to you, don’t ask them questions.<p>Kids and husbands have a lot in common—both hate questions. Husbands don’t have the nerve to tell their wives how much they detest the <i>why</i> word. Kids? Boys will grunt a nonsensical response, girls will flash a dramatic eye-roll, and both …

Parenting

8 Strategies to Quickly Assess Prior Knowledge

Assessing students’ prior knowledge allows you to customize your teaching by anticipating their needs. Consultant Barbara Blackburn provides 8 simple …

Teaching

The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussion Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders

<i>Alexis Wiggins</i><p>About This Book<p>The best classes have a life of their own, powered by student-led conversations that explore texts, ideas, and essential …

Teaching

One Canadian School's Vision for Feedback-Based Assessment

Guest post by James Kardash<p>In February of 2016 I was moved to Mayfield S.S. as Principal. I spent that semester at the school observing dynamics, …

Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto

Last week, I attended curriculum night at my daughter’s school. In discussing the things the kids will be learning this year, the teachers handed us …

Advertising Industry

The 1-Hour Weekend Activity That Will Totally Change Your Week | Inc.com

The weekends are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation before another workweek starts. Taking time away from work helps with creativity, your mental health, and various other aspects of your well-being.<p>The weekends are also the time that high achievers and peak performers use to ensure growth and …

Productivity

Why My First Marriage Failed -- And Yours Might Too

If experience is the greatest teacher, then divorce may be the best education in what it takes to make a marriage work.<p>Below, divorced men and women share the biggest teachable moments from marriages that went south.<p>1. Opposites don’t always attract.<p>“Compatibility was missing from my first …

Relationships

The 4 essentials of a successful Genius Hour

Genius Hour projects may be open ended, but there are still some ground rules<p>What are you passionate about? What do you want to do more than anything …

Self-improvement

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

Pedagogy

This Study Hack From a Stanford Researcher Gets A's out of B+ Students

For educators, finding new ways to boost student performance in school can seem like a never-ending wild goose chase. A study published in April 2017 …

Teaching

Strength Training Tips | Women's Health

25 Strength-Training Tweaks That Will Get You RESULTS<p>Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference.<p>Getty Images<p>You can hit the gym and do biceps curls and triceps kick-backs until your arms are begging for mercy. But is your form #flawless? Is your focus on point? And are you …

The 7 Meal-Planning Methods That Changed My Life

The mom-of-six behind the popular website Wellness Mama shares how she manages to get a homemade dinner on the table most nights of the week.<p>Meal planning is the most important factor when it comes to adopting and maintaining a real-food diet. It’s easy to cook a quick convenience food or head to a …

Cooking

How to Achieve More By Doing Less (Really!)

What is the secret to having it all? According to leadership guru and working mother of two Tiffany Dufu, the answer is simple: Do way less. Sound impossible?<p>Tiffany Dufu's new book, <i>Drop The Ball</i> (to be released February 14, 2017), is part memoir, part genius guide to shedding the seemingly …

Parenting

What Exactly Does One Do With a $500 Nugget Ice Machine?

If you are a fan of nugget ice, also known as “Sonic ice” or “that good ice,” then I have some fairly exciting news for you. Thanks to the brilliant …

Kitchens

7 Fragrances With a Larger Cult Following Than Soulcycle

There's something to be said about a cult classic, particularly in the realm of fragrances. They're the type of scents you recognize with just a …

Beauty

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

Time Management

23 Small Things You Can Do Every Day That Will Make You Happier

According to a happiness expert.<p>We asked a happiness expert for some easy ways to feel great that don't involve buying a fifty grand watch, going to the Maldives, or dating a supermodel.<p>Step forward Andy Cope—a happiness expert and co-author of <i>The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence: How to</i> …

Happiness

This Caboodle-Like Kit for Grown-Ups Will Change the Way You Do Your Makeup Forever

It blew my mind and I have no doubt it will blow yours.<p>Ask any beauty editor and they’ll tell you the same thing: It takes something insanely cool and innovative to get them excited due to the fact that they’ve seen it <i>all</i>. For example, awhile back, spray-on nail polish was launched, and then more …

29 Bullet Journal Layouts For Anyone Trying To Be Healthy

Health never looked so good.<p>Here are some ~bujo~ layouts perfect for tracking your exercise, nutrition, sleep, and everything healthy in between.<p><b>Quick note</b>: The idea here is to get inspiration for layouts to track your own personal health and fitness goals — <i>not</i> to copy anyone's individual plans. …

Beauty Editors Reveal the Concealers They Can’t Live Without

We’ll save you the Goldilocks metaphor and just say this: We know how hard it is to find the perfect concealer. It has to cover, but not cake. It …

Makeup

Psst! Here Are The Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Beauty Products

What do Orgasm, Boy Brow, and Better Than Sex have in common besides cheeky names? Cult status, thanks to their ability to inspire lust in beauty …

Pedagogy

10 Night Creams ELLE Editors Swear By

Putting the "beauty" in "beauty sleep."<p>ELLE editors divulge the night creams, masks, and oils of their dreams.

Skin Care

This 30-Minute Evening Ritual Will Help You To Kick Life In The Ass

After a busy day, it’s quite challenging to wind down and get ready for a good night’s sleep. Too often I find myself working until late. And …

'How to Raise an Adult' is the best parenting book you'll ever read

<b>Former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims sets out a sensible guide for why and how American parenting needs to change, if we truly want our kids to</b> …

Parenting