Flank Steak: The Delicious, Budget-friendly Beef

When David and I first started dating, I invited him over for steak tacos. This was way before he learned to trust me on all things food-related, so when he saw me slicing up a flank steak, he was skeptical. “If I’m going to have steak, I just want steak.” Eight tacos later, his heart was mine.  While steak may … Read More

Jessica Jones: Your Next Netflix Binge

(Spoiler-free!) Ready to spend the long holiday weekend binge watching Jessica Jones on Netflix? Trust me, way more satisfying that that third helping of sweet potatoes. Here are my spoiler-free thoughts on the show. Jessica Jones stars Veronica Mars-alum, Krysten Ritter as a super hero turned private eye in this dark and disturbing 13-episode series. It’s refreshing to see Ritter play … Read More

So You Want To Be A … Freelance Journalist

I’m not the only auntie who wants to share some hard-earned experience with you. Meet Clair, a freelance journalist who writes mostly about science, drinks, music, bartending and food. She’s got some great advice on how to get assignments, pay those pesky self-employment taxes and manage the stress of a feast-or-famine income. Tell us about your career path. What did you … Read More

How to Handle Destructive Criticism: The Stop, Look, Listen Method

Now that we’ve talked about how to take constructive criticism, we should probably look at the flipside: the kind of criticism that tears you down instead of builds you up. It can come from a boss, a teacher, a friend, significant other or even yourself. Since the good kind of criticism can sting almost as the badly as the bad … Read More

Insanity Workout: Week 1 Check In

Sweat, sore muscles and Stockholm Syndrome – that’s what my Insanity workouts are made of. Last week, when I slogged through the Insanity Fit Test, I knew I was in for a hard week, but I had forgotten that it would be so much harder every single day. When getting out of bed is a challenge, pushup jacks are an impossibility. Suffice … Read More

Baked Potato Perfection – See Why Skins Are In

People, please! Stop hollowing out your baked potatoes and tossing those yummy skins. When you get to college or out on your own, food can be scarce and money even scarcer. You’ll value every morsel on your plate. The humble baked potato is a filling, inexpensive meal-unto-itself. And though some will vilify white potatoes, they’re actually a good source of fiber, … Read More

So You Want To Be A … River Guide

I’m not the only auntie who wants to share some hard-won experience with you. Meet Becca, one of the first women guides on Western whitewater. She turned her fourteen seasons as an oarswoman on the Colorado and other rivers into a collection of essays about whitewater guiding, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, as well as a novel, Junction, Utah (2014 Willa Literary Award Winner for … Read More

Handling Constructive Criticism – The Stop, Drop and Roll Method.

A few years ago, the ad agency where I work hired a female junior writer. I was thrilled, not just because I had someone to dump all my busy work on (though the appeal of that cannot be understated), but also because managing another writer was a new and unchartered territory for me. Amy was twenty-four and smart. A little reserved, … Read More

Insanity Workout – Fit Test

This summer, work seemed to take over my life and I slacked off my workouts big time. No, I never gave them up completely – otherwise we’d be talking about insanity of a whole different kind. But I did have far too many “something is better than nothing” weeks and I’m noticing too much lap under my laptop. Now I’m … Read More

An Awkward Sex Conversation We Need to Have

Masturbation is the perfect example of one of those awkward sex conversations I’d like to have with my niece Emmi, but I know her head would explode and I’d be picking brain matter of my hair for weeks. Growing up Catholic, all conversations about sex were awkward, which is probably why I called lady parts “maginas” till I was twelve. It’s … Read More