Keto diet: Possible dangers and unpopular opinion

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As someone who recently navigated the trials and challenges of menopause, quick weight loss ideas greatly interest me. (Sorry, ladies, but all the horror stories you hear about sudden onset of visceral fat during menopause are true.) It has been difficult for me to resist the temptations of converting my eating lifestyle to keto. The [ keep reading ]

Brain health: Writing in longhand is good for you

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Full disclosure: Because of my Mediterranean ethnicity and the fact that my paternal grandmother had Alzheimer’s, I worry about dementia. The thought of it scares me. In addition to my Nonna, I’ve known several people who suffered from mental decline in old age. In all cases, it was heartbreaking to witness. Beautiful, vibrant, funny, intelligent, [ keep reading ]

Drunk drivers: Steer clear if you witness these signs

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In my work as a legal copywriter, I often read and write about tragic motor vehicle collisions that result in fatality or life-threatening injuries. The causal factor in many of these incidents is drunk driving. I often pray for victims and their families, as well as for those whose irresponsible and reckless choices may have [ keep reading ]

Helpful learning tips: Old fashioned isn’t always bad

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Life is a learning experience. A brief review of the human brain is enough to leave me awestruck. As a parent, and perhaps, particularly as a homeschooling parent, I’m always looking for helpful learning tips. After all, one of our main goals in educating our kids at home is to help them reach their full [ keep reading ]

Creative ways to earn money: Poop alert!

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If you’re like many Hot Mess Press readers, part of your list for goals in 2020 might include thoughts about income. Are you trying to come up with creative ways to earn money? Who doesn’t want more money? I typically avoid thinking or talking about finances because I feel stressed when I focus on it. [ keep reading ]

My Father’s Humor Prepared Me for His Death

My Dad died about two and a half months ago. He was 89 years old. Though I love my Dad dearly and miss him every single day, somehow, I’m a bit surprised – and even a little ashamed – that the loss of him hasn’t completely gutted me. I’ve worried that I’m not grieving him [ keep reading ]

Do Men Need to Ask a Father to Marry His Daughter?

I got engaged on my 30th birthday. My then-boyfriend, now husband, and I discussed getting married before then, so the proposal was a surprise, but not totally out of left field. That discussion only involved the two of us because, as fully grown adults, it directly affected only us. Some of you reading may think [ keep reading ]

When to Throw Away Makeup

Every makeup-wearing person has one. The drawer/shelf/closet where old makeup products go to die. If you’re like I used to be (somewhat still am…) you think “I can’t just throw this away! I might need this exact outrageous color of fuchsia at some point in the future!” And that lipstick gets stowed away until the [ keep reading ]

New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Break

Can you believe 2020 is already underway? Seems like I’m still trying to catch up with my to-do list from 2019 (okay…2018)! If you haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions yet, don’t stress. The holidays can be so hectic that it seems like the entire month of January is a time for everyone to regain [ keep reading ]

How to set goals that you can accomplish

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Have you been having a great time ringing in the New Year? I hope so! It’s definitely hard to believe that it’s 2020. Do you feel stressed when you try to set goals for a new year? This might be because you have a habit of setting unattainable goals. When you want to set yourself [ keep reading ]


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