13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chaffing. So much chaffing.
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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming and sunny weather. But if you're a "thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chaffing. So much chaffing

No better feeling than 4 minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's #1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swim suit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chaffing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one size fits all" for plus-sized women. As if there's just one way to be plus-sized. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Turning your barn into a livable shed for your guests

If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.
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If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.

There are several reasons why you may want to do this. Maybe your home is too small to accommodate guests, or you have visitors coming over who need privacy (sometimes, too much closeness can be overwhelming).

It could also be for your kids to have some time camping out of the house. After all, every parent needs some breathing space from the kids once in a while. You could also use it as a place for working on projects away from the distractions of the home.

Whatever your reasons, here are 8 tips courtesy of shed building experts at Wide Span Sheds for converting your barn into a livable shed.

  1. Seal up holes and cracks –

It wouldn’t do for you or your guests to receive unwanted visitors such as roaches, squirrels and snakes while living in the shed. Your first port of call therefore should be to seal up all the cracks and holes you can find.

Sealing up cracks and holes also help prevent heat from going out and moisture from coming in. This is a small task that you can probably finish up in one day. If your shed is worn out or have rickety walls, you may need to have the walls replaced or shored up. You have to make the place as comfortable as you can for whoever will stay there.

2. Allow more natural light –

Depending on the size of the existing windows, you may need to install an alternative source for natural light. A good idea is to install a skylight in roof of the shed. This usually involves cutting out a part of the roof and fixing either a fixed glass or Perspex. You can also put up a movable window which can be opened to allow in fresh air. A skylight brightens up the shed and makes it more livable and comfortable.

If you are working on your shed during the rains, ensure that you fix the skylight properly to prevent water from dripping inside.

3. Install electricity –

Electricity is a basic necessity and you may need to install it in your shed to make it more comfortable. Even if you’re expecting outdoorsy visitors who enjoy the outdoors and natural light; at the very least, it can be used to charge phones, laptops and other devices. You or your visitors can also use it to power a small camp television set or stereo for entertainment.

You actually need overhead lights for reading and writing, as well as outdoor lights for evening activities. Electric lights in and around the shed is also an important security measure. Lighting your isolated shed prevents intruders and strangers from lurking around.

4. Add windows –

Sheds are usually built to serve as storage, so they may not come with windows. If your shed does not have a window, then you absolutely need to install some, at the very least, two. Without windows, the shed will be musky and unpleasant. Two windows positioned across from each other will allow for proper ventilation and good natural light. For most people, this is a simple enough task, but others may need to get an expert to handle this or every part of the project.

5. Give life to your shed with a new coat of paint –

Colours give life to anything, and your shed is no different. Regardless of how good your shed currently looks, a new coat of paint inside and outside would do a world of good. Since most sheds are tiny, this aspect will take only a small amount of time to complete.

You can choose a colour scheme that complements the main house, or you can go with a unique scheme if the shed is some distance from your home. Your colour choice however should be warm and welcoming.

6. Put in some basic furniture –

Unless you plan on spending your whole time in the shed on the floor, you need to put in some basic furniture. The type of furniture will be determined by the size of the shed and the purpose it is being refitted for. However, items like a chair or two, a table, a lamp stand, a couch or a bed are basic requirements. Some of these items can be gotten cheap from second hand goods store, or you can raid your basement for furniture you no longer use. Alternatively, you can build some of these items by hand, if you are comfortable getting your hands dirty and know a thing or two about building furniture.

7. Put in plumbing

Plumbing may be necessary if you intend to have a toilet or bath area in or around the shed. For sheds that are close to the main house, this may not be necessary. However, if you decide you need plumbing, setting up one will not be too difficult. You can simply install a rudimentary shower system. For the toilet, a simple portable toilet can serve, or you can go with a pre-fab toilet, like those used in motor homes and campers. Once you have your pipes in place, you can easily tap water from the main house source.

8. Personalize your shed and make it welcoming

Finally, after putting everything in place, you need to make the shed welcoming. Maybe add a few personal touches like your favorite foot rug, a couple of picture frames, a potted plant or even some basic amenities like a small TV set. Another way you can make your livable shed welcoming is to ensure that it is free from insects, bugs and mosquitoes. Nothing frustrates a sound sleep as much as insect infestation. It will be a good idea if you can fumigate inside and around the shed before your guests arrive.


There you have it, eight simple steps you can take to convert your barn into a livable shed. Not only is this a very easy project, it is also quite low cost. Once you are done transforming your shed, you will have the perfect place to keep visitors, and a ready getaway for a bit of quiet time.

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5 Reasons Why Galentine's Day Should Be Everyday

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'TIs the season of lovey-dovey instagram posts and Valentine's singing-grams in class. Don't get me wrong, I love love, but Galentine's Day is way more important than Valentine's Day. Facts.

1. Uteruses before duderuses.

2. Fries Before Guys

On Galentine's Day you can just veg out with pizza, popcorn, chocolate... whatever you want. If that doesn't sound like the best idea I don't know what does.

3. Chick Flicks before Dicks

Guys normally do not want to watch chick flicks. But your girls are always down for a good cry sesh during The Notebook.

4. You can wear sweats

If you are going on a Valentine's Day date, chances are you have to wear a bra. BUT, on Galentine's Day the attire is sweats and an oversized t-shirt.

5. Show your girls some love!!!

Girl Power!! The people in life who will always be there for you are your gals, so why not show them all the love!

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