Ready To Try Meditation and Ditch the Drugs?

Meditation is as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression, a major study has suggested. Researchers at Oxford University say that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy stopped as many people from sliding back into depression as strong medication. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that encourages people to become more aware of the present moment and their own place in the world, to avoid thoughts spiralling out of control. The study followed 492 severely depressed adults over two years, half of whom received mindfulness training and the other half who stayed on anti-depressant drugs. It found 47 per cent of people taking medication … Continue reading Ready To Try Meditation and Ditch the Drugs?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s $29 Food Stamp Budget

"This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store — and this is what families who rely on SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) have to live on for a week," the actress wrote in the photo caption. "We're going to walk in their shoes and see how far we get." While some people are upset by this move, accusing her of being insensitive to those who are actually forced to live on such a tight budget, we think her intentions are in the right place. She did the best she could with the "allotted" money — buying real, … Continue reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s $29 Food Stamp Budget

How to make chalk paint

So I’ve heard about the glorious chalk paint for a few months now and decided to see what all the hype was about. If you love the shabby look you will l-o-v-e chalk paint. It gives you a nice chalky finish and makes distressing a piece of cake. One thing I love about chalk paint is it can be used on any surface. AND {bonus} there’s no need for sanding or priming your piece beforehand. Anything that saves me less steps–>I’m there! 😉   Continue reading How to make chalk paint

“Strong Is The New Pretty”

    Photographer Kate Parker doesn't want her daughters, Alice, 6, and Ella, 9, to be what society expects them to be. If they don't want to parade around in princess dresses, they don't have to. She wants them to be exactly who they are: "Loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, frustrated," as she puts it.   When Parker started this project, she really just wanted to record the memories of the girls' childhood. But then she started to notice a pattern in the images: The more she was able to capture the essence of their character, the stronger the images … Continue reading “Strong Is The New Pretty”

#ImNoAngel

It’s a great week to be a woman. Regardless of what size you are, the message of this new full-figured lingerie campaign, and the French legislation passed last Friday, is clear: sexy doesn’t have to be just one size. Let’s start with the new ad campaign everyone is buzzing about this morning, Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel. The ads are clearly a dig at Victoria’s Secret, which caps its sizes at XL and 40DDD and has promoted their lingerie using super-thin models alongside the caption, “Perfect Body.” The company has caught flack about this for years, and Lane Bryant’s latest splash capitalizes … Continue reading #ImNoAngel

Rebel Wilson

As it turns out, she created her bedazzled bra and skin-tight leather leggings ensemble to send a body positive message to women everywhere. “I think one of the good messages in the [Pitch Perfect] movie is that you’re all beautiful,” People reported her saying. “I think sometimes girls look at Victoria’s Secret models and think that they have to model themselves after that, but I really don’t think that’s the best, even though they are called ‘models,’ they’re not the best people to model yourself after.” On the back of her pants, the word “Think” was written across her backside … Continue reading Rebel Wilson