Leslie Jones Meets Her Twin 


In today’s Tweet Beat, Leslie Jones stumbles upon a familiar face, Madonna visits all of Africa and Willie Geist is over it. Image via Leslie Jones. http://ift.tt/29zq2mL

A Few Things


Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? This has been a good one at our house. We decorated the tree and put twinkle lights in any dark corners. It’s been rainy and grey and foggy — which is about as wintery as Oakland gets — so we’ve had good reason to have hot […]

Bloody Mary Popcorn


This is what happens when popcorn meets the flavors of a Bloody Mary cocktail. The magic is a simple-but-strong spice blend made from tomato, oregano, a bit of citrus, oregano, and celery. And before we get to the recipe, I know the main question I’m going to get is about sourcing tomato powder. Look for […]

Error’d: Null and Vague


"UPS has sent my parcel to the corporeal equivalent of /dev/null," wrote Steve J.   "If the error message ‘recurs’, I don’t know how much support will be able to help me out," Travis writes.   "When IntelliJ seems to be second guessing it’s ability to detect file encoding," writes Felix V.   Eamon B. […]

5 Ways to Encourage Toddler Conversation at Mealtime


This post is brought to you by General Mills Cereals. In recent months, our family has worked with a Speech-Language Pathologist to help bring Quinn’s language up-to-speed. After having chronic ear infections for the first 20 months of his life, he had a Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy at Boston Children’s Hospital, which definitely made a difference in his overall […]

How To Stop Losing Your Socks in the Wash


One of the greatest mysteries in life? Figuring out where your other sock always disappears to in the wash. If it seems like you lose yet another sock with every load of laundry you do, you’re not alone. There are plenty of uses for those orphan socks you’ve already got lying around—but if you want […]

Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games


For Bean’s seventh birthday this past June, we made a big step and bought him a Disney Infinity.  I’m not a video game person.  I didn’t grow up with them in our house.  Chris did, but he wasn’t that into them.  But, neither of us were morally opposed to our kids playing video games.  We […]

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How To Stop Losing Your Socks in the Wash


One of the greatest mysteries in life? Figuring out where your other sock always disappears to in the wash. If it seems like you lose yet another sock with every load of laundry you do, you’re not alone. There are plenty of uses for those orphan socks you’ve already got lying around—but if you want […]

Get the Look: Modern, Minimalist & Earthy — Shop the Style


Erin and Tobin’s condo in Rhode Island is a perfect blend of minimal decor and bright, bold colors. The bright yellow backsplash and colorful poster in the kitchen contrast the white, modern IKEA cabinets, and the beautiful yellow lounge chairs in the "record room" add a pop of color to the light and airy room. […]

A Few Things


Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? This has been a good one at our house. We decorated the tree and put twinkle lights in any dark corners. It’s been rainy and grey and foggy — which is about as wintery as Oakland gets — so we’ve had good reason to have hot […]

House Stuff That’s Super On Sale Right Now


Ok, so this spur of the moment Friday post is all thanks to a gal named Kari on Instagram who messaged me and said “40% off capiz lamps at West Elm. Just saying’!” And, well, you know the rest. I lost my mind. And I bought a giant gorgeous chandelier that I can’t wait to lay […]

A Few Things


Hello, Friends! How are you? How was your week? This has been a good one at our house. We decorated the tree and put twinkle lights in any dark corners. It’s been rainy and grey and foggy — which is about as wintery as Oakland gets — so we’ve had good reason to have hot […]

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Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games


For Bean’s seventh birthday this past June, we made a big step and bought him a Disney Infinity.  I’m not a video game person.  I didn’t grow up with them in our house.  Chris did, but he wasn’t that into them.  But, neither of us were morally opposed to our kids playing video games.  We […]

How to Help Someone With Anxiety


In-depth suggestions for ways to help someone with anxiety. Source: Unsplash, Creative Commons Zero Helping someone with anxiety can be intimidating.  Often the anxious person feels completely overwhelmed by their anxiety, especially if they experience panic attacks or find themselves gripped by anxious thoughts (e.g., in health anxiety where the person has an obsessive fear of having or developing a […]

Breaking Out of the Make-Up-Break-Up Cycle


At 21, Rachel had been married, divorced, and now spent her Wednesday afternoons crying in the chair across from me. The timeslot, typically reserved for students in my ‘Psychology of Relationships’ class, had turned less into an academic forum for the discussion of course material and more into a safe space for the sharing of […]

Why You’re Miserable after a Move


Source: T Whalen/Flickr Creative Commons No one who packed up a U-Haul this summer would disagree with the notion that moving is a miserable experience. Whether you went 20 miles or 2,000, the sheer stress and exhaustion of packing up your entire life and setting it down again in a different place is enough to induce at least […]

Cluttering is a Relationship Issue


There’s no doubt that cluttering can be a form of passive aggressive behavior. When a person has difficulty expressing anger directly, they act out their anger by cluttering. Sometimes, though, cluttering is simply a response to the stress of life, when we simply don’t have time to put things in their proper place or throw out unwanted […]

Does Jealousy Help or Hurt a Relationship?


Everybody says Jack and Jill are a lovely couple. Jack is handsome, ambitious, and moving forward quickly in his career. Jill is attractive and intelligent, flourishing in her own. Someday, people say, they’ll have beautiful children. It’s the Saturday of Jack’s company picnic. They arrive at the park in the late morning and chat for […]

The Anti-Psychologists


I used to review Ph.D. dissertations for schools of professional psychology.  But I lost that job.  Typically, someone would turn in a mediocre piece of research, then spend the entire discussion section speaking of the underlying neuorscientific or brain mechanisms that explained their feeble findings. I would write: “The author not only knows nothing about […]

Why We Still Love ‘Please Kill Me’


Gillian McCain told me, “If I wasn’t an author, I think I’d want to be a therapist.” Should she choose to switch fields, McCain is off to a good start. Because with the book “Please Kill Me,” an oral history of the development of punk rock music, McCain and co-author Legs McNeil have delivered to […]

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