Worst Halloween Candy: Is there such a thing?

worst halloween candy, many bins of candy

Apparently there is such a thing as a worst Halloween candy. This is the candy a Trick-or-treater will throw away or trade first. Each year, different organizations take polls and surveys to come up with the top ten best and worst candies, supposedly in an effort to help parents when they go out shopping for [ keep reading ]

Why You Need a Foam Roller for Your Workout

I’m an avid exerciser and lately, I’ve been dealing with some pain and tightness in my right hamstring. I am pretty good about stretching after a workout, but no amount of it seemed to alleviate my discomfort. Someone suggested I try using a foam roller to fix my problem, and I was skeptical. How would [ keep reading ]

What It’s Like to Be a Writer and Suck at Writing: A Lesson in Rejection

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I was putting the finishing touches on what was sure to be one of my best articles ever. A 1200 word masterpiece full of wit and personality.  With a smug, satisfied grin on my face, I leaned back in my chair admiring my work. I thought to myself, “This is sure to go viral”. This [ keep reading ]

If not for the bee sting, I might join your cause

bee sting, bee on wood surface

At first I thought I had grabbed some thorny weed that pierced my work glove and into my finger. The pain intensified with the realization that it was a bee sting, not a thorn. I won’t lie: when the bee stung me, I let go with a diatribe of profanities as if the little bugger’s [ keep reading ]

Hay fever: Warning to those with curtains and carpet!

hay fever, curtains, carpet, toddler

I love autumn. Living in the woods of south central Pennsylvania is like existing inside a great masterpiece painting during October. Each day brings added delight with new tones of gold, orange and red. It’s also ‘sweata’ weatha’, which is an added bonus! (Cue hot cider and cocoa, campfires and crisp evening air!) There is [ keep reading ]

Should the Braves Change Their Name?

For years, many sports teams have been the subject of controversy for using Native American imagery. Though they’re far from the only offenders, the Atlanta Braves are frequently at the center of this criticism. Some people think that every reference to Native American culture (the Tomahawk Chop, the logos, the team name) needs to go. [ keep reading ]

Cute things that make you say ‘awwwww’

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There are certainly days when it seems like the world could use a lot more cuteness. I recently drove through a nearby town (I live in the woods, so  I don’t really have a town.) and every person I saw looked miserable. It almost became a source of distracted driving because I found myself scanning [ keep reading ]

Aging gracefully: I like me better when I’m with me

aging gracefully, woman in white dress

How old are you? This question has prompted many a jaw to suddenly drop, especially if those asked happen to be women. Oddly, I’ve never been offended by the question. If, however, you ask me about aging gracefully, I start to get a bit nervous. What does that mean, anyway? Aging gracefully is a rather [ keep reading ]

Don’t go to bed angry. Are you nuts?

go to bed angry, angry wife in bed

Probably the worst marital advice I ever got was never to go to bed angry at my spouse. And I’m sure I heard it from more than one person. If I had taken that advice, I would have spent the first 10 years of marriage in a sleep-deprived haze that would likely have meant the [ keep reading ]

Housecleaning tips and why I like to binge clean

Housecleaning tips, dust mop

We humans like to binge, but it’s a word that definitely carries negative connotations. You wouldn’t want to go on a gambling binge, for instance. If you know the potential disastrous repercussions of binge drinking, there’s no need to admit it to our Hot Mess Press community. That’s your business and hopefully, it was a [ keep reading ]


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