Coping mechanisms for when you can’t even

We asked the Aunt-bassadors, those fierce, fearless women of all ages who make up our advisory board, to share their favorite coping mechanisms for when life gets too crazy. They had some awesome suggestions for keeping your shit together or at least pretending you are. Get the Feels Sherri: Sometimes a good, long cry helps me just get it all out to let the good back … Read More

Horror movie makeover – Se7en ways to be scary beautiful

Sometimes, the things we do in the name of beauty sound downright horrific – shooting Botulinum toxins into our faces, burning our skin with lasers, letting fish eat the dead flesh off our feet. Seriously, Wes Craven has nothing on your dermatologist or that sketchy day spa down the street. Well, the good news is, you don’t have to go … Read More

Gingery Coconut Carrot Soup Recipe

Your favorite ginger Morgan and I are still on our road trip to Asheville, NC, but we have a fantastic recipe for Gingery Coconut Carrot Soup to share in our absence. The star of this velvety smooth coconut carrot soup is spicy ginger (and lots of it), but a pinch of nutmeg makes a delicious cameo. It’s that little extra something people won’t immediately … Read More

We Be Trippin’ – Spring Break Road Trip to Asheville, NC

Sorry for the blogging hiatus. Morgan and I have been crazy with school and work, respectively, earning us both a well-deserved spring break road trip. (One of the perks of being an auntie – I get to go on spring break!) Tomorrow we’re loading up the Subaru and hitting the road for Asheville, North Carolina for a DIY wellness retreat. … Read More

YogaGlo Review: Stretch your body, not your budget

One of my goals this year was to commit to a regular yoga and meditation practice. Actually this is my goal every year, and while I might do yoga a few times a month, I’m never consistent enough to really feel like I have an actual practice. I hoped signing up an online subscription service could change that. Following is … Read More

Secrets of a Social Drinker

If it’s true that you’re only as sick as your secrets, alcoholism was a terminal illness in my family. Only it didn’t kill my grandfather. He killed a child in a drunk driving accident and went to jail for five years. I just sat with that sentence for a long time wondering if I could actually share his story. His … Read More

When a friend goes missing

When I was in my twenties, I had a friend go missing. Penny* had married younger then the rest of us and had a two-year-old daughter, Allie*. One Tuesday, she missed picking Allie up from daycare. The next day, Penny’s husband Jim called her parents, saying he didn’t know where she was. “She didn’t come home last night?” Penny’s mom demanded. … Read More

Choosing adoption – Danielle’s story

At 26, Danielle reflects on a choice she made at 15 – to put her baby up for adoption. One of the scariest times in her life turned out to be one of the most fulfilling. This is her story in her own words.  I found out I was pregnant when I started to feel ill. Not typical morning sickness, … Read More

Body “Positive” or Body “Pretty Sure?”

As a follow-up to Madi’s post about body acceptance , the Aunt-bassadors, our advisory group of more then 50 fierce, fearless women, weigh in with their own perspective on body image. It’s something we all still deal with in our own way. Sometimes, when it’s too hard to be body “positive”, the best we can hope for is body “pretty sure.” Mary E: I … Read More

Fat is my frenemy

I am a plus-size freshman at the University of Alabama – a size 22, to be exact. Yes, that is a gentle increase from the size that most girls my age are, and that’s okay. When some people think of someone who is plus size, they think “fat”. That is the most disgusting, terrorizing three lettered word out there and … Read More