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When a couple of my friends were diagnosed with dairy allergies and lactose intolerance, it made me think differently about how I shopped--what would I do if I couldn't just casually reach for a container of Kefir, crumbled feta cheese for my lunchtime salads, or
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Kohl's plus-size swimsuit from Fatshionista

If you're anything like me, you steer far clear of the traditionally frumpy fat-girl fare of most large department stores, but aren't necessarily ready for the studded-leather or plunging-neckline, belly-hugging lines of progressive specialty retailers either. That leaves us middle-grounders with a big gap in our shopping repertoire, which, for
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I used to love wearing strappy summer dresses, with sorbet-colored skirts swaying just so as I walked. Once I'd gained enough weight to make thigh rub an issue, dresses gradually fell from my wardrobe, supplanted by Capri pants and Bermuda shorts. Add to it the belly I gained and never got around to losing after
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You never know who you'll meet on a girlfriend getaway

It's vacation season for many, with great weather and kids out of school as families head off to water parks, resorts, and campgrounds. For moms like me, it's also girlfriend getaway season, because it's easier to leave the kids with our spouses/partners/relatives without factoring in school
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Hey, we've stuck pretty tightly to our promise to leave weight loss out of FGG content, and focus instead on living a good life right now no matter where you are on the scale (or where you want to be). After all, the blogosphere is stocked full of weight loss-related blogs, men and women struggling
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Enjoying a first: lounging and reading at the pool

On the first day of summer, the solstice marking the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, I'd like to talk about laziness. Not the unproductive sloth that gets us into trouble, but some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Are you getting enough? I know I'm
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Homemade Peanut Butter by little blue hen

We are advocates of mindful indulgence here at FGG, as our Foodie Fridays columns demonstrate. And what's more decadent than the rich, heady aroma and taste of really good peanut butter? Once relegated to lunch boxes with a dollop of Welch's grape jelly,
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The cravings begin the moment I see the first posters marking the return of the farmers market to my town: tangy, succulent tomatoes just firm enough to eat like an apple, the drippings splattering onto the sun-dried pavement beneath my bare feet. My dreams of perfect tomatoes transport me to childhood summers in
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Ouch, by Dyanna

Most of us have (ahem) been burned before: maybe we've held a garage sale, attended a nephew's outdoor graduation, or stepped out to pull some weeds "just for a few minutes," only to feel the burn a few hours later. If you're me, you went kayaking for the first
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Cute, casual pants are a great staple for every wardrobe


I'd describe myself as less "fashion challenged" than "generously erring on the side of comfort." Jeans or capris + long- or short-sleeved tees = one happy me. I do love finding unique, feminine blouses and dresses for special occasions, but for everyday? Low-key is my fashion
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