We Try It: Resisting Candy Crush

When I first started seeing a ton of activity on my Facebook feed from a game called Candy Crush, I figured it was another Farmville or Mafia Wars. Not really my style, so no big deal. Then I noticed that Candy Crush is a “match-and-drop” puzzle game, and I realized I was totally and completely screwed. Read More We Try It: Resisting Candy Crush

What You Need to Know About Tornadoes

It’s tornado season in the United States once more. Since tornadoes are largely unpredictable and can be incredibly dangerous, it’s important to know as much as possible about them so that you can be prepared when bad weather strikes. It’s important to remember that, while tornadoes are most common in the center of the U.S. and throughout the South, they have been reported in every state (and on every continent except Antarctica) and that most states have had deadly tornadoes. Slate has a cool but somewhat sobering interactive map of every deadly tornado in the U.S. from 1950 through the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013. However, even if you live right in the heart of Tornado Alley, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor that you’ll never actually be hit by one. Read More What You Need to Know About Tornadoes

Garbage in My House is the Mother of Invention

So I have a vice I’m not particularly proud of: soda.

I drink a lot of it. Mostly because the hours I work are weird and without the sweet kiss of caffeine and high fructose corn syrup I’d be a zombie. This leads to a lot of plastic soda bottles. Now you can be a normal person or recycle them, or an obsessive compulsive gardener and try to figure out a way to use them. Since I began writing for P-Mag I always try to figure out new ways to save space in the garden, or new ways to garden without using any traditional green space. Read More Garbage in My House is the Mother of Invention

Instructional Books on How to Marry an English Lord

So do you want to be that American girl who bags an English lord, but who doesn’t know where to start? Relax – the list of books below should supply some much-needed instruction on becoming the next Countess of Nonesuch.

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Weekly Anime Review

We got some awesome action this week, both Majestic Prince and Shingeki no Koijiin were really good in that category. Chihayafuru and Yamato had “cooldown” episodes. The Gargantia had conflict as a theme, but it didn’t really involve combat as much as yelling, stubbornness and greed. Read More Weekly Anime Review

So You Are Considering International Adoption: What You Should Know

Several years ago, my husband and I adopted two children from an African country. I am a researcher by trade, so I did my best to figure out what would be needed (in addition to the financial part). I took parenting courses. I learned how to deal with a transracial family (before anyone freaks out, transracial is the term used by adoption agencies and the U.S. government to describe the phenomenon of children of one color being adopted by parents of another color). But nothing prepared me for what I was going to face. Read More So You Are Considering International Adoption: What You Should Know