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IMPORTANT WEEKEND QUESTION: What's Your Craziest Black Friday Shopping Survival Story?

7 hours agoLifestyle : xoJane

Whenever I think of Black Friday shopping, I also think of that ultra-tragic scene in The Lion King that seals Mufasa's fate and Simba's Hamlet complex/hero's journey:I'm not claustrophobic and I'm not scared of crowds, but on Black Friday all bets are off and I stay in my apartment, twitching the... Continue reading

Say Anything And Everything You Can't Say To Your Relatives In This Thanksgiving-Ish Open Thread

yesterdayLifestyle : xoJane

All of us at xoJane are scattered across the country doing various Thanksgiving things with family and friends (hence the above doctored image) so this Open Thread will be brief, varied, and scattered. As we all know, Thanksgiving can be stressful. We love our families, but we don't always... Continue reading

My Friend Died Homeless and I Owe Her a Debt of Gratitude I Can Never Repay

yesterdayLifestyle : xoJane

“Jodi died on Sunday afternoon.”I read the message, then sat stunned as sobs welled up in my throat. Although I was devastated by the news, I was also not surprised, for I knew the dark hole that Jodi had spiraled down into — a hole that I could very well be in myself were it not for her.I met Jodi... Continue reading

5 Amazing Things I Learned About Me From My Break-Up

yesterdayLifestyle : xoJane

I spent the summer in a state of flux. My 7-year relationship was struggling, and I was desperately trying to find a way to fix it. In early September, a month after we renewed the lease on our apartment, he ended it. I was devastated and lost, but buried under all that pain, and hurt, lay a... Continue reading

It Happened to Me: My Breast Reduction Prevented Me from Breastfeeding

yesterdayLifestyle : xoJane

When I was 18, I chose to have breast reduction surgery. I developed early, and always hated my breasts. They were too big for my body, caused back problems, and brought attention that I never wanted. I knew that I wanted to be a mother, and that I would want to breastfeed my babies. It... Continue reading

Come Talk Turkey and Traditions In This Very Special Thanksgiving Open Thread!

2 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

Hello everyone! Welcome to this very special Thanksgiving open thread. This is actually the first open thread I've ever done, and I'm pretty excited about it. Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday, because -- like myself -- it is very food-centric.I have a pretty big family with many branches... Continue reading

Everyone Needs to Stop Bagging on Hillary -- And I'm Not Even Voting for Her

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

In America, where election cycles last over a year, we're so deep into the 2016 cycle that people are already dropping out of the presidential race, but two front-runners for the Democratic nomination are dominating headlines left and right. The battle of democratic socialist versus Washington... Continue reading

I'll Be Spending Thanksgiving Alone in a New Place With No Furniture -- But It's Not All Bad

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

So, I live in Alexandria, VA, now. I like it so far; it's a beautiful place, if a cold one. The weather is definitely outside my usual experience but I bought a wool coat and I've got a scarf and a hat (though I haven't adjusted to wearing the hat yet). I need gloves. It all seems funny to the... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Was in the Bridal Entourage At My Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

As I stand outside the hotel room where one of my best friends is getting ready for her wedding, I feel just as bubbly as the room-service bottles of Prosecco sitting next to the door. A friend opens up into the door the suite, and I practically burst. In this moment, she looks beautiful,... Continue reading

Pins, Prints, & Patches: Your Girl Gang Gift Guide

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

Quick review: Men are the fucking worst. So are the holidays, now that I think about it. Gift guides are pretty bad, too... But you know what are great all year round? Girls.One of the only things that gets me through the boring, stressful obligation of picking out gifts for the people... Continue reading

UNPOPULAR OPINION: We Chose Attachment and Gentle Parenting

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

I have always been interested in parenting, and raising children gently. I was a nanny and preschool teacher before having children of my own, and I always naturally used attachment parenting techniques. It’s what always felt right to me, and what I thought was best for the children. When my... Continue reading

I Watched a Mom Get Thrown Out Of a Feminist Lecture

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

“Whose child is that?”My breath caught in the middle of my throat, slamming back to the familiar pit-of-the-stomach tumble that all mothers know so well. The call-out — aimed at a mother who dared bring a toddler into the room for an academic lecture — was a jarring reminder of where mothers stand... Continue reading

How to Be Thankful -- 4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude In Your Life and Feel Happier

3 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

I don't know what's gotten into me, but I'm feeling extra self-helpy lately. I'm going through some big life changes, and it's motivating me to do some recently neglected work on myself — meditating, working my recovery program, taking a hard look at and working on my flaws, developing faith in the... Continue reading

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Roasts of All Kinds

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

Greetings, friends! Welcome to yet another crispy and crunchy installment of Recipe of the Week! Last week we were gabbing about the best part of Thanksgiving: the side dishes.As usual, everyone did a bang-up job, but the winner was a cheesy, squashy casserole from Heina Dadabhoy, which was also... Continue reading

I Love "Master of None" For Shedding Light on the Real Life of Third Culture Kids

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

While binge watching Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Netflix-based co-creation Master of None, I fell in love with the storyline, the cast, and the quirky, true-to-life randomness of the show. However, it wasn’t until I had a recent conversation with a group of Indian-American childhood friends that I... Continue reading

How Taking Selfies With My 4-Year-Old Niece Taught Me About Confidence

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

I am completely obsessed with my baby niece. Ever since she was a little goober, fresh out the womb, I’ve fawned over her. I first met her in 2011, arms open, smile on my face, and my smartphone ready to catch a pic. She’s now four years old and I still can’t spend time with her without... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Landlord Rented Me His Foreclosed House, Took All My Money, And Ran

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

A few years ago, my husband and I were living in a tiny motel room with our two-year-old daughter. I was six months pregnant and we had just made a cross-country move for my husband’s new apprenticeship. We rented the room for a month while searching for a place to live. The selection was... Continue reading

I Started Working From Home and Now My Fiancé Expects Me to Clean and Cook

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

It’s 9 a.m. on Monday morning and I’m well into my third cup of coffee. It’s just the start of the workday for most, but since my desk is a mere 20 feet from the bed, I started answering emails around 7 a.m. It’s been just a few months since I started working from home full-time. I was laid off... Continue reading

My Tampon Fell Out in Front of the High School Softball Team I Coached

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

As I finished my pitch to the catcher, my pelvic muscles squeezing for more power, I felt something fall out of the leg of my shorts. I remember thinking, “What the bloody hell?” It was, in fact, hell – a bloody form of hell here on earth, anyway. There, with a soft “thunk” on the soft brown... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Haven’t Used a Public Bathroom in 4 Years Due to OCD

4 days agoLifestyle : xoJane

I've had severe OCD (other things too, although they're largely irrelevant to my four-year abstinence from communal toilets) since I was a child.I'm not sure that the kind of debilitating OCD I have is hugely relatable to the masses, but I've always found that the more I go on about it, the more... Continue reading

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