Jaipi Sixbear

Jaipi Sixbear

Jaipi (pronounced J.P.) is a published author, regular contributor at Yahoo! and a multi-topic columnist at Examiner.com. Jaipi also ghost writes for several clients and coaches writers new to web writing and marketing.
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  • Chronic Illness Changes All the Rules
    I used to be a real go getter. I still am inside. The problem is that chronic illness changes all the rules.
  • Digging Ditches With Lupus
    Do you have Lupus? Do you love gardening, like me? If so, you might benefit from what I learned while digging a ditch for my floral bed border this morning.
  • Playing in the Online Writing Ballpark
    What do writing and baseball have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Consider this list of baseball basics applied to the online writing game. Then, it's game on, whatever ball park you play in.
  • Refinish Hardwood Floors the Quick, Eco-friendly Way
    How can you refinish hardwoods quickly without all those toxic chemicals? Is there a solution that won't ban you from your home for days at a time?
  • Five Ways to Naturally Even Your Skin Tone
    Sure, you can use cover up to even your skin tone. It's a great illusion. But what if you're looking for more natural, permanent solutions?
  • Common Core Sends Parents Back to School
    Common Core math techniques have many parents questioning their own math skills. Kids can no longer rely on their parents to help with homework questions unless their parents have been trained in Common Core. What's the average parent to do?
  • Why Humane Vegans Don't Eat Humanely Raised Animal Products
    If vegans chose their diet for humane reasons, why is it they don't eat humanely raised animal products?
  • What's a Militant Vegan?
    Why do some other people call vegans militant? What are some ways we can work to change that image?
  • Disconnecting With Chronic Illness
    Do you let chronic illness define you as a person? Is it time to take back your life?
  • The Vegan Tofu Reliance Myth
    I've been told quite often that this friend or that could never be vegan because they don't like tofu or can't eat soy. No matter. Eating a vegan diet does not require the consumption of soy. That's a myth. Here's the truth about soy and the vegan diet.
  • Coupons Don't Always Work, What Does?
    I simply don't buy most of the items that are featured on coupons. I don't buy processed foods or ready-made items. Here's a couple other reasons I don't use coupons often, plus some things that really save me money in the grocery store.
  • Easy “as Is” Pallet Projects for the Gardener
    Pallet projects are quickly gaining in popularity. What if you don't have time to tear down all those pallets? Well, the good news is, you can use them “as is” for many garden projects. Here's a few simple ones to try.
  • Celebrating Cinco De Mayo Vegan Style
    Whether you're trying to accommodate one family member or many, there are plenty of delicious Mexican style foods and philosophies you can incorporate into your vegan Cinco de Mayo celebration.
  • Green Spring Cleaning With Messy Roommates
    Having messy roommates presents a real challenge when spring cleaning season hits. How will you conquer the mess without offending anyone or resorting to using harsh chemicals?
  • Five Things That Ease My Chronic Pain Naturally
    If you have chronic pain, chances are, you're tired of chemical solutions. You'll want to follow doctor's orders, of course. On the other hand, there are natural ways to ease chronic pain. Here's a few that I use successfully.
  • Fighting Chronic Illness - Be Patient With Critical Loved Ones
    Try not to get too upset with friends and family when they expect you to be “normal”. They don't understand what you're going through. Believe it or not, that's a good thing. It means they don't have to suffer like you do. Isn't that great?
  • Easy Ways to Enhance Your Landscaping
    While landscaping is hard work, there are things you can do to perk up your exterior without spending a lot of time or money. You might be surprised what a few cheap simple fixes can do to change the appearance of your landscape.
  • The Vow Online Writers Make and Break Daily
    Writing is a job that requires enormous amounts of self discipline. Unfortunately, most writers are inherently freedom oriented. As a result, there is one vow made and broken in the course of a writer's day. What is it and how can we break the cycle?
  • Exercising With Chronic Illness
    I get asked how I manage to work out while dealing with Lupus and Rheumatoid quite often. Here's what I tell my friends about my experiences exercising with chronic illness.
  • Understanding Chronic Illness From the Outside
    It's hard to understand chronic illness unless you have it. Here's some insight that may help.
  • 5 Interesting Reasons Gardeners Love the Rain
    Of course, we all know that rain waters the garden. That's no surprise. Can you think of some other reasons a gardener might love to see the rain? I certainly can. Here's my top 5.
  • 5 Clever Eco-Friendly Garden Solutions
    Looking for cheap, eco-friendly solutions for common gardening issues? These simple, yet clever, solutions can help.
  • Can You Make a Good Income Writing Online?
    Can you make a good income writing online? Over the last 7 years, I've been asked this question many, many times. What is my answer? Well, that depends mostly on you.
  • Growing Onions Successfully From Seed
    It’s almost harvest time for everything in the garden. Those onions you planted from seed are just little wisps blowing in the wind. Why is growing onions from seed so hard? What could you be doing wrong?
  • Raised Bed Preparation Tips for Optimum Success
    Raised beds made it possible for me to enjoy my favorite pastime without injury. Along the way, I've learned a few things about raised bed gardening that have made the process more productive and more enjoyable. Here are just a few.
  • Growing an Awesome Vegetable Garden on a Small Budget
    With all the GMOs, pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in food, who wouldn't want an awesome vegetable garden? Unfortunately, gardening isn't as cheap as it once was. How can you grow a vegetable garden that feeds your whole family and then some?
  • Do Roll Out Seed Mats Really Work?
    Have you ever seen those roll out seed mats in the department store? Some gardeners might look down on this type of thing. Well, I'm not above trying them out. When I did, here's what I discovered.
  • Benefits of Conventional Vegetable Gardening
    If you have no physical limitations, conventional, straight in the ground gardening is an option with many benefits. All it takes is a shovel, a little compost and a willingness to get your hands dirty.
  • Using Flower Bulbs as the Main Attraction
    Bulbs will make up the main part of my flower garden, once I get it planted. Using flower bulbs as our primary floral plantings will help us in numerous ways. Here's a few.
  • Writing Experience Gained From Reading
    What is there about being an avid reader that makes a good writer? What writing experience can you glean from reading?
  • Finding Inspiration in Chronic Illness
    Struggles can have a positive impact on a person. Here are some of the things I've found inspiring about being chronically ill.
  • Meeting Your Life Goals Through Chronic Illness
    There are ways you can work around chronic illness to meet your life goals. Things may not go as planned, or as quickly as you had planned, but you can do it. Here's how.
  • Handling Lupus: Relationship Issues
    Lupus is a pretty tough cookie. Luckily, I chose the right guy to be with. On the other hand, it isn't all luck. There are ways we both work to keep our relationship strong. Here are some tips that might help you do the same.
  • Writing Outside Your Realm of Expertise
    How do you write about things you don't have experience with? More importantly, how do you do so with prowess and enthusiasm?
  • Writer's Tips – Finding the Positive in Rejections
    Here are some ways to turn those rejection notices into something that's not only positive, but spectacular!
  • Make the Most of Writing When Angry
    You shouldn't discount anger as a writing catalyst. It can be very inspiring. You just have to use a little tact.
  • Tips for Dealing With Reynaud's Syndrome
    Reynaud's Syndrome is a not so wonderful little side effect of Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. It causes your extremities (fingers, and sometimes, toes) to turn white, lose circulation and grow incredibly cold.Here's how to keep symptoms at bay.
  • Writing With Lupus
    Are the symptoms of Lupus keeping you from doing your writing job? Here are a few issues that Lupus might throw at you and how to handle them.
  • Dealing With Appetite Issues From Chronic Illness
    It's vitally important to get all the nutrition you can when chronically ill. Here's what I do to make sure I get all the nutrition I need, whether I'm hungry or not.
  • Writer's Tips – Don't Trash “Bad” Content
    I never completely trash bad content. Here are some of the things I do instead.
  • Writer's Tips: Keeping Up Appearances
    There are a lot of reasons why you should get up and get dressed in the morning, even if you work at home. You may not need the high heels. On the other hand, keeping your appearance is a positive thing.
  • Writing Quality Articles Faster
    How do you get those articles written as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality? Here's how to write quick quality content for the web.
  • Meeting Deadlines With Writer's Block
    Why is it that your old friend, writer's block, always comes to visit when you're up against a deadline? Whatever the reason, you're going to have to show it the door if you want to get paid this week. So, how do you work around it?
  • Dealing With Difficult People - the Constant Salesperson
    Maybe they constantly point out things they could take care of around your house. Maybe they simply have low self esteem and are constantly selling themselves. Whatever the issue is, it can be quite annoying to have them around. What can you do?
  • Writing Vegan Articles for Traditional Websites
    Getting vegan articles approved by traditional editors isn't always a bowl of organic, free trade, chocolate covered cherries. You can't blame editors for rejecting articles that won't fly with mainstream readers. What's a vegan writer to do?
  • Writers: How to Prepare for a Website Closure
    There's no telling when your favorite writing venue may disappear from the web. It's best to write for sites that have a long-term history, like Yahoo!. That being said, what if your favorite place to write suddenly shuts down? Would you be prepared?
  • How to Avoid Writing on Vacation
    A writer is a writer all the time. Turning off your writing thought process is difficult, if not impossible. How about when you go on vacation? What can you do to focus on having a good time, rather than writing about it?
  • When Writing Interferes With Family Time
    How can you make sure your writing job doesn't interfere with family face time?
  • Practicing Self Discipline as a Freelance Writer
    Self discipline may be the last character trait you think you'll need as a freelance writer. It should be the first.You have to be able to sit at that keyboard and write, even when you'd rather be doing anything else. How can you do that without fail?
  • Keeping Your Online Articles Interesting Over Time
    Keeping your content interesting over time isn't easy, for sure. Is there anything you can do to hold the interest of your readers when you've been writing for many years?
  • Writing a Personal Experience Article That Doesn't Sound Like a Blog
    There's a fine line between blogging and article writing. Your editor doesn't want you to cross it. Yet, that same editor wants you to inject a bit of personal experience into your article. How are you supposed to do that without sounding like a blogger?
  • 5 Ways Facebook is Ruining Your Life
    Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. Can a simple social networking site really make you that miserable? It certainly can. Here are 5 examples.
  • Beach Vacation Rained Out?
    Chin up. It can't rain the entire time you're there, can it? Meanwhile, there must be something you can do to save your vacation. Is there any way you can still feel the aura of the beach when the rain keeps you from soaking up the sun?
  • 5 Reasons for Writers to Edit Their Old Online Content
    For the last several months, I've been editing my old content. I have literally thousands of online articles under my belt. Many of my writer friends have asked why would I put myself through such torment. Here's my answer.
  • Writing a Well Rounded Article
    These days, people expect a bright and cheery perspective from online articles. Is it possible to create a well-rounded article that's both positive in nature and factually accurate?
  • Making Your Online Writing Job More Interesting
    While the idea of typing out content in your pajamas at home may sound like a great way to make a living, it can become monotonous. What are some ideas for increasing your enthusiasm for your stay at home writing career?
  • Easy Vegan Super Bowl Food Suggestions
    Coming up with fun and easy vegan snacks that liken super bowl foods can be tough. Here's some vegan super bowl foods that resemble traditional favorites without the meat and cheese.
  • Live Richly Below Poverty Level by Downsizing Your Lifestyle
    There are many ways you can lead a wealthy lifestyle when your funds are less than adequate, no matter your definition of success. Here are ways you can live like the “well to do” even when you're not.
  • Common Misconceptions About Vegans
    There are a few individuals who see vegans in a not so positive light. Here are some common misconceptions about vegans that I have come across frequently in my journey toward a kinder life.
  • Online Article Writers Tips – Increasing Productivity the Easy Way
    When it comes to writing online, there will be good days and bad, just like in every other job. Still, there are simple ways to increase productivity when those creative juices are flowing.
  • Unique Valentine's Day Activities in Colorado
    It's Valentine's Day in Colorado. You and your sweetheart are tired of the old routine. You're thinking there must be something more original you can do. Let's start on the slopes.
  • Veganism as Part of a Spiritual Path
    Living a vegan lifestyle involves more than just changing what you eat. It's more of a spiritual journey than that. Here's why.
  • What Sitcoms Teach Children
    Children learn from what they live and observe. Television is obviously a major component of American life. So, what influence is it really having on your kids?
  • Minimalism Saves Work
    The more stuff you have, the more work it takes to maintain it and the less time you have to live your life. Could paring down your personal possessions actually save work? You bet.
  • Online Writers Wave Goodbye to SEO
    SEO and LSI are still viable for now. Still, many successful online writers I know don't really use them. Search engine revisions have made it unnecessary. While it may be difficult to get used to this new way of writing online, I say good riddance.
  • What to Do with the Kids After Christmas is Over
    Christmas is over. Christmas vacation isn't. It's just a few days after the holiday. The kids are already tiring of their new toys. While it's certainly up to them to entertain themselves, sometimes they need a little help.
  • Vegan Junk Food Still Junk
    Every day, I see recipes for lovely vegan cheesecake, fried vegan foods and other vegan junk food. Those things are bad for you, just like conventional junk food. They may not be as bad, but they're definitely not something you should eat all the time.
  • Social Networking for Writers - Valuable or Waste of Time?
    What? Social networking is vital to online writers, isn't it? After all, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking sites are how we promote our work. How could we possibly do our jobs without them?
  • Ways to Look Thinner in Pictures
    People tend to be more critical of themselves than they are of others. On the other hand, if you've gained a few pounds, there are at least some ways you can make yourself look thinner in pictures.
  • Creating a Positive Zone When the Negative Seeps In
    You hear it all the time. Remain positive. Reject negativity. Let's face it, that's easier said than done. How can you remain positive with all this turmoil around you?
  • Online Article Writers Tips – Single Venue Writing
    Why should I waste time writing for a venue that doesn't pay well, when I can publish the same article on another site for a bigger payoff? Now that I know which venue works best for me, I prefer to stick with it.
  • Water Shortages Caused by Factory Farming
    We are using up our water supplies faster than mother nature can recycle them. Many people underestimate the impact mass production of meat and dairy for human consumption has on our water supply. Here's why it's so bad.
  • Charitable After Christmas Contributions That Cost You Nothing
    During the holidays, we're strapped with taking care of the less fortunate in our own friends and family circle. Luckily there are ways we can contribute to local charities after Christmas that won't cost us anything but a little time and effort.
  • Maintaining Friendships as a Vegan
    Probably the most challenging thing one faces as a vegan is maintaining friendships with non-vegans. It's pretty rough to say the least. How can vegans sustain old friendships with non-vegans?
  • Clean Faster, Better With Baskets
    There are ways to clean using baskets that you may not be aware of. All of them help you clean and organize faster. Let's start with the pick up basket and go from there.
  • Self Assurance Repels Naysayers
    I'm switching from defending myself to promoting the things I know are right. As I progress toward this goal, I notice more and more that being self assured is the best way to beat the naysayers. Here's why I think it works.
  • Keeping Your Hobby Business Fun
    As the months go by, your fun hobby business may become as much of a bore as your regular job. That's why it's important to be flexible, inventive and creative with your business structure, products and services.
  • Finding New Hobbies When Chronically Ill
    Since being diagnosed with Lupus, I've had to give up a few of my favorite hobbies or change the way I approach them. When chronically ill, you may have to change hobbies or tweak the ones you have. Here's a few examples.
  • Lighten and Brighten Up Indoor Décor for Summer on a Budget
    In the summer, you want to open things up to the light. Doing so can really brighten your outlook. Not sure what changes make the most impact? Working on a tight budget? Here's 5 things I do every summer that really make a difference.
  • Choose Your Writing Venues Wisely
    Are you character driven, agenda driven or dollar driven? All these factors and more determine the type of writing venue you should be contributing to. Choose your venues carefully to avoid regrets.
  • Celebrate Halloween Absolutely Free with Kids
    Believe it or not, you can celebrate Halloween absolutely free with kids. Plus, it's a lot more fun.
  • Cleaning Up the Writing Queue
    There's some good stuff in you writing queue. Why not make it a practice to spend one day a week (or a month) going through those archives? You can turn all those old thoughts into gold. Or at least, a little bit of green.
  • Good Writing Karma Amidst Chaos
    We have a houseful of people and pets right now. Having this experience has taught me to find peace amid chaos. Here's how I do it and how you can too.
  • Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Love
    Should you throw a traditional Halloween party with sugar filled treats for your kids? Or do you think serving healthy food is the way to go, despite kids' protests? Why not meet in the middle?
  • What's Healthier and Cheaper Than Using Coupons?
    I don't use coupons much. I don't need to. I get more nutrients for the price without them. Here's how.
  • Personalizing Home Décor on a Budget
    Ignore those silly home shows. You bought your house to make it yours, not someone elses. Who cares what people think? After all, isn't that the whole point of owning your own home? Here's a few unconventional ideas for personalizing your home.
  • Avoid Fluoride Toothpaste with Inexpensive Kitchen Ingredients
    Are you worried about the dangers of fluoride in your drinking water and dental care products? We all know about brushing with baking soda. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired in the flavor dept. Here's some other inexpensive dental care ideas.
  • Naturally Degrease Your Fixer Upper Kitchen Surfaces
    Here's my best tricks for degreasing a fixer upper kitchen naturally.
  • Cat and Dog Hair Solutions that Work
    One of the most frustrating things for animal lovers is the amount of hair they have to deal with. That stuff is everywhere. There are several tips that can help with clean-up. But first, why not try a little preventive medicine?
  • Southwestern Corn Planting – Do it like the Anasazi
    Recently, I had the good fortune to visit some local cliff dwellings. While there, I learned how the Anasazi planted corn in drought conditions. Why not take a lesson from the past when it comes to gardening in the future?
  • 5 Inexpensive, Natural Dandruff Cures
    Got flakes? Are you sick of using expensive shampoos, creams and lotions to rid your head of embarrassing dandruff? It's even more frustrating when you spend all that money for mediocre results. Luckily, I have a 5 better solutions for you.
  • 5 Ways to Encourage Hair Growth when Toxic Meds Cause Hair Loss
    Are you on medications that cause your hair to fall out? I am. When I became sick with Lupus and started taking powerful meds, I found a few ways to curb the hair loss.
  • 5 Awesome Shower Cleaning Tricks for the Physically Limited
    Since becoming physically limited, one of my most difficult challenges is cleaning the shower. It's hard to bend over. It's impossible to scrub with any dexterity. So, how do you clean the shower when you can barely get your shoes on?
  • Why Stop at Veganism?
    There's so much more to Veganism than just diet. It's a whole different way of life. If you're going Vegan, whether for health or ethical reasons, why not change your whole lifestyle to reflect those values and concepts?
  • Recipe Free Vegan
    I like to call myself a recipe free Vegan. You see, in our house, we're more into grazing than anything. We feel it's better to eat as close to nature as possible. Here's how we do it.
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Vegan Diet Simple
    Does Veganism have to be complicated? How can you simplify your Vegan diet?
  • Buying Power - What Do You Pay For?
    Let's face it, my people, the world's decisions are based on what you buy. So, what are you paying for? Money rules the world these days. Whatever you say yes to with your purchases is a vote for continuance.
  • Best Non-coffee Coffeehouse Drink for Vegans
    I'm living with a coffee fanatic. Unfortunately, I'm not a coffee drinker. Plus, I'm vegan. So, when he wants to go to the coffeehouse, what do I drink?
  • Avoiding Meat and Dairy Temptations as a Vegan
    Just a few months ago, I transitioned from Vegetarian to Vegan. Around the same time, my partner, Gary, decided to go from Omnivore to Vegetarian. Food temptations are a definite challenge. Here's how we tackle the cravings on a daily basis.
  • Refining Your Vegan Diet for Optimum Wellness
    Believe it or not, you can be vegan and still not be healthy. There are lots of foods that come under the definition of vegan. A good vegan diet is supposed to be healthy. Is yours?
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