The Origin of My Eating Disorder

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders effect up to 24,000,000 men, women and children of all ages. Today, we'd like to welcome Bethany, an MGF reader who bravely came forward to share the origin of her lifelong struggle with eating disorders. Because her story is extremely personal and honest, we've changed her name for her privacy. ~Jessi~ No one is certain what causes an individual to suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, etc. There are many types of eating disorders … [Read more...]

Happy Anniversary (I took over…again)

It's amazing how time flies as one gets older. One second you're a newlywed and the next 12 years have gone by...but you still feel like you're a newlywed. This time 12 years ago, I was awake and getting ready to marry the woman you all know as mama...well, the Jessi one. Months of planning had culminated in a single day. (This is her husband commandeering her site again, btw.) I can remember that not a lot went right that day. It seemed that everything was happening too fast and anything that could go wrong did. I can honestly say that one thing that did go right was when I said “I do.” … [Read more...]

Coupon Tactics: A Beginner’s Lucky 13

This guest post is from my sister, Stephanie, who happens to be a rad employee at a wildly popular shopping spot. She's on the other side of enemy lines, so it's cool to have her unique perspective. Learn and enjoy... Jessi We've all flipped through the Sunday newspaper and seen coupons that would make everyday needs a little more cost savvy. Some of us have even watched Extreme Couponing with stars in our eyes as we've witnessed $1000 totals fall to $20 totals. The idea of saving such substantial wads of dinero can be completely intoxicating. Seeing couponing pros kicking tail … [Read more...]

Beneath the Murky Water

A True Comedy from the Archives of Stephanie- The Coolest Sister in the World Many of you know Jessi as the strong, heartfelt blogging mama with flair. She looks inside of herself and is ever-willing to show us all that beauty lies within, illustrate how courage can empower us through the most challenging situations, and teach us that laughter fixes all the cracks in our souls. Sometimes, laughter can get us through the most challenging (and frightening) situations we ever face. But you know what? Even Mama gets scared sometimes, with or without all that flair. Let us rewind to the good … [Read more...]

Saving Money Shopping Online

I'm delighted to have a guest post today from blogger and freelancer, Maria Rainier. She offered to share tips on saving money shopping online and I gobbled up the opportunity. Her ideas are great and my debit card and I are super thankful! ~Jessi We’d all love to have Lindsay Lohan’s unlimited black AmEx card and be able to shop at all the trendy LA clothing boutiques and have designers throwing clothes at us to wear at posh parties. Unfortunately, not only will most of us never even see a black AmEx card, but most of us will also be scraping together our pennies just to buy this … [Read more...]

To Mama With Love

Many of you have come to know Mama through her many months of posts. She often wears her heart on her sleeve and is willing to talk about the hardest and most painful parts of her life if it means it can alleviate someone else’s pain. I am her husband and unbeknownst to her, I have commandeered her website for one Valentine’s Day post to let all of you know just how special Mama is and to show you that she has much more than just flair. I first met her in 1997. She and several of her roommates came to my college dorm room to watch People Vs. Larry Flynt. I guess you could say Hustler … [Read more...]