Jo Conklin

Jo Conklin

Jo Conklin is a full-time psychology student in Atlanta, Georgia. Her long history of eclectic interests and a passion for research informs her writing, which explores topics ranging from social justice and gender or sexual identity issues, to gardening, cooking, home remedies, lifehacking, urban exploration, alternative spirituality and living gluten-free. After 11 years of administrative work with the State of Michigan, she quit in order to attend college and pursue her dream career in social psychology. She moved south in 2012 with her partner and two cats, and spends her spare time on hobbies (reading, sewing, gardening and crafting), home-making, and volunteer work with homeless LGBT youth.
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  • How to Make Your Kitchen Gluten-Free
    One of the biggest sources of gluten contamination comes from your own kitchen. A thorough cleaning and re-stocking can guarantee a safe place to prepare and eat food when you're gluten sensitive. The same tips apply for other allergens (corn, soy, etc.)
  • Three Easy DIY Easter Table Decorations for Under $5
    Three easy craft projects for the Easter season, with a total cost under $5.00.
  • How I Plan to Pay for My iPad Mini
    Using the 50-30-20 budgeting plan, saving up for an iPad mini is much less fraught than if I lived beyond my means. I already have money budgeted for wants, and some of it goes toward the iPad Mini each month.
  • What You Might Not Know About St. Patrick's Day
    St. Patrick's Day is March 17, and the holiday is full of myths, legends, and alcohol. Here are some things you may not know about the beloved symbols of St. Patrick and his saint day.
  • A Gluten-Free Long Weekend in South Haven, Michigan
    Don't let gluten sensitivity keep you from spending a long summer weekend on the Lake Michigan Shoreline in Van Buren County, Michigan. The mix of music, nature, and fresh food is a perfect getaway.
  • How I Learned to Train With Free Weights
    In the pursuit of exercise that was actually fun, I found that a community college course on weight training was my best and least expensive option.
  • 3 Hot Recipes for Leftover Salsa
    Pico de gallo (fresh salsa) is delicious, but is only good for a day or so. Here are three ways to add the fresh, healthy taste to meals the next day.
  • Snowpocalypse on the Sidelines
    I spent Tuesday in Atlanta watching the icy conditions bring the city to a halt. My faith in humanity was restored thanks to the efforts of volunteer rescuers from the SnowedOutAtlanta Facebook group.
  • Five Lessons from a Receptionist
    Receptionists serve as the first impression for a business or agency. By checking your ego, empathizing with customers, taking on opportunities and leaving your work at work, you can offer exceptional customer service as a receptionist.
  • Make Fabulous Frozen Yogurt at Home
    With an ice cream maker and very few ingredients, you can make frozen yogurt at home so creamy and delicious that you may just give up ice cream. Includes tips for enhancing flavor and consistency, creating savory flavors, and storing leftovers.
  • Gathering Food: The Edible Dandelion
    Explore the health benefits of this free, abundant food. How to correctly identify, safely gather, and cook dandelions. Includes a recipe for sweet and spicy dandelion greens, perfect for mid- to late-summer.
  • Seven Sweet Twists on Savory Summer Vegetables
    Vegetables normally prepared in savory dishes can also be used in desserts to increase nutrition and explore fun new flavors. Avocados, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, black-eyed peas, red peppers and cucumbers are given a sweet makeover for summer.
  • Create a Flavor Base for Your Summer Dinner Party
    Creating a simple base of fresh vegetables flavored by a few fruits and fresh herbs can give you a complete regional menu with minimal fuss and expense.
  • 3 Tips for an Easy, Delicious Summer Dinner Party
    The fresh, plentiful produce of summer makes it a great time for a dinner party. Good planning allows you to enjoy the company of friends instead of being trapped in the kitchen. Allowing guests to contribute makes for an easy-going, festive evening.
  • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac Rash: How to Feel Better Fast
    The urushiol oil found in poison ivy, oak and sumac causes a severe, painful, itchy skin reaction in 85% of the population. The rash is generally treated at home using oatmeal, baking soda, and cool compresses to reduce symptoms and aid healing.
  • Three Things Every Volunteer Should Know
    No matter what agency you volunteer for or what you do, there are things all volunteer opportunities have in common. Getting your needs met, pacing yourself, and having realistic expectations of people will result in a better volunteer experience.
  • How Jury Duty Tried My Faith in the Justice System
    Excited about my first jury duty, I found disappointing shortcomings in the working of the justice system, including the lack of jury direction, inability to ask questions or take notes, and the clearly unequal quality of prosecution and defense.
  • How to Overcome Dental Anxiety
    Fear of the dentist affects 1 in 5 Americans. When that fear develops through the process of classical conditioning, choosing the right treatment can get you back on the path to good oral health.
  • 4 Gluten Free Breakfast Options
    Breakfast is a challenge on a gluten-free diet. New, easily available cereals, bars, baked goods and fruit offer the breakfast you've been used to without a lot of work. Here are four options for a quick and tasty gluten free breakfast.
  • Cleanup Continues After Severe Thunderstorms North of Atlanta
    Severe thunderstorms on the Northern and Eastern borders of Atlanta caused significant damage, and the efforts to clear roads, repair traffic signals, and restore power continues in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.
  • Five Tips for a Sane Ikea Shopping Trip
    Five tools to make a trip to Ikea fun and profitable, instead of exhausting and stressful.
  • A Warehouse Doesn't Always Mean a Deal
    Sometimes a warehouse club can be a great bargain, but not always. Consider things like space, use, expenses and brand comparison to find out if a membership is worth the cost.
  • Five Tips for Gluten-Free Baking
    With the right equipment and know-how, you don't have to give up your favorite baked goods when you have to give up gluten.
  • Moving Long Distance with a Cat
    After driving 900 miles in a moving van with two cats, I learned a lot of lessons that will help you reduce your cat's stress during a long-distance move.
  • Gluten Free Living: When Your Pets Make You Sick
    When pets eat food with gluten, they create a cross-contamination risk for Celiacs and others with gluten sensitivity. Check your pet food ingredients and change brands to keep your pets from making you sick.
  • My Plus-Size Wardrobe on an Undersized Budget
    Using sales, thrift stores, sewing, and professional alterations or tailoring, you can accumulate a high quality, well-fitted plus size wardrobe for surprisingly little money.
  • Gift-Giving Guide for Work and School
    What do you give? How much do you give? Who do you give to? When the envelope or e-mail comes around the office, or when your child's school year is ending, here are some general guidelines to help you decide the perfect gift.
  • 5 Tips for Home Decorating
    You can discover and interpret your own personal decorating style through the use of an inspiration board, and use inexpensive tricks like decluttering and painting to give a room a new look.
  • First Person: Student Loans Are How Dreams Are Subsidized
    I took unsubsidized federal Stafford loans to return to school in my 30s. While I will rack up an enormous amount of debt before I am finished, it is worth it to follow my dream.
  • Six Money-Saving Gluten-Free Tips
    Six cost-cutting tips to bring down the price of eating gluten-free, based on four years of experience shopping and cooking for a gluten-free household.
  • 10 Do's and Don'ts When a Friend Comes Out
    Most people want to be as supportive as possible of a friend who comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer, but many don't understand what their friend is experiencing or expecting. Here is a handy guide to understanding.
  • Stomach Bugs: How to Feel Better Fast
    A guide to recovering quickly from illnesses that cause vomiting and nausea, including food poisoning (E.Coli) Norovirus, Gastroenteritis, and stomach flu. It is important to control the nausea, re-hydrate, and avoid further irritation to the stomach.
  • Five Tips for Memorial Day Camping in Michigan
    Whether you hit a state park or private campground, a Memorial Day weekend camping trip takes some extra planning to have a great family weekend.
  • Bones: Season 9 Should Be the Last
    Despite my nostalgia for the great first seasons of Bones, I have to admit that the show peaked in its third season, and continues to decline.

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