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Gratitude and Social Media: The Secret to Loving Your Life (just the way it is!)

A couple of months ago, my BFF turned my attention to a local Instagrammer with a seemingly perfect life. She had a beautiful house, a gaggle of adorable children, a witty way about her, and a successful business. She had it all, according to her Instagram feed. Intrigued by the sound of her success and rags-to-riches story, I dove headfirst into her feed when I got home. And then I cried for forty-five minutes. Now, quick disclaimer about those tears. I was in the thick of a huge transition into a new job, totally overwhelmed, worried about never achieving my blogging/book-writing dreams, …

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My Secret Weapon for Avoiding The Pink Tax

I’m sure you’ve heard of the pink tax, though it’s not really a “tax” at all. It’s been proven that women pay more for certain products and services than men do, and sometimes significantly more. We’re talking everything from razors and toothpaste, to toys and dry cleaning costs. It’s even gone as far as ink pens, which Ellen Degeneres famously ripped apart on her show. This phenomenon (…but is it really a phenomenon?) is known as the “pink tax”. It’s a name which refers both to a color universally associated with women, and also to the fact that the pink version of, …

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The Ten Best ‘Single Girl’ Thanksgiving Recipes

A couple of years ago, I used one of my now famous beer bread recipes as a means of distracting my entire extended family from discussing my recent breakup. Them: “We heard about you and ____! I’m just so sorry. What hap-“ Me: “Have you tried my beer bread?”  And you know what? It worked like a charm. I learned then what I’m about to pass along to you: Girl. What you bring to Thanksgiving matters. And maybe you’ve got an incredibly sweet family that does nothing but brag about your many accomplishments and wouldn’t DREAM of asking you, yet again, if …

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Product Review: An All-Natural Shampoo I DON’T Hate??

The last time I tried an “all-natural” shampoo, the kind with zero sulfates and no parabens, I could barely get it rinsed out of my hair. It felt like trying to wash my thick, wavy hair with mildly soapy water. I swear, my hair was dirtier coming out of the shower than it was on the way in. So when my new friends at Maple Holistics got in touch with me about trying some of their all-natural beauty products last month, I was wary. I’m committed to only recommending products on my blog when I TRULY like them, regardless of whether it …

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The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Holiday Overwhelm

Two years ago, I spent the vast majority of Christmas Eve with rubber gloves and a sponge. It was the worst. And ya’ll, I don’t even have kids. I don’t even have my own house. And I still spent my favorite day of the year cooking, cleaning, throwing gifts into tattered gift bags, and feeling anything but Christmas cheer. So, what went wrong? What goes wrong for so many of us women, who feel like we have to make this holiday? It’s the usual culprit: overwhelm. We’re continuing our series on overwhelm (first post here) by talking about all the many things …

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10 Amazing Ways to Treat Yo’ Self This Halloween

I’ll tell you straight: I don’t really like dressing up for Halloween. I know. THAT, from a former theatre teacher? What kind of person (who used to dabble in costumes for a living) wouldn’t like to dress up for Halloween? I’ve decided it’s because October is always so busy for me that it catches me by surprise, and I never have time to get anything together. I really do love the fall season and Halloween is part of that, but I don’t yet have kids to take treat-or-treating. And if Halloween is on a week night, I can’t go out anyway. In …

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Fancy for Fall– Here’s My FAVORITE Online Boutique!

(This post may contain affiliate links!) I’ll be honest, most of my fall vibes involved boots, leggings, and an oversize something. That’s the beauty of fall, right? It’s cozy. But keeping a fancier look for fall in your closet is a good idea too. You never know when you’ll have a wedding, or a fancy brunch date, or are just feeling fancy. I about died over this look from one of my absolute favorite online boutiques. The vibe is adorable and the quality is always fantastic. Also, the owner’s hair is the stuff of dreams. My accessories are from my pals at …

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5 Signs You’re Living in a Constant State of Overwhelm

Overwhelm. My least favorite feeling. Nothing stops me in my bouncy, productive tracks like the sudden feeling of being overwhelmed. And I’ll admit, I think I struggle with overwhelm on a more than average level. Not because my life is busier than everyone else’s (everyone is busy), but because I lived with overwhelm as my norm for years. So now, the mere feeling of being overwhelmed throws up all kinds of red flags and before you know it, I’m convinced that my whole life is falling apart. If you’re living in a near constant state of overwhelm, you need to know about it, …

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3 Reasons to Shop Boutiques + a Giveaway!

(Looking for info on today’s giveaway? Scroll to the bottom of this post!) I wrote about my love for shopping local in this post, but today we’re talking specifically about boutique shopping! Nowadays, boutiques are much more accessible than they used to be. The majority of local shops have websites, and more and more of them are ditching the storefront and selling their goods exclusively online.  So even though I literally JUST bought a pair of black skinnies from Madewell.com, my closet and jewelry rack have more boutique finds than ever. Here’s 3 reasons YOU should be shopping local and online boutiques …

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4 Easy Ways to Get Your Skin Glowing

image via When I was little, I used to mercilessly tease my big sister about her acne. I assumed that my day would come, that I would eventually contend with difficult skin, and she could tease me right back. Well, I never really had acne. And now I feel like a jerk. My skin has always been more dry than anything, but because it’s been a lower-maintenance aspect of my beauty routine (my HAIR being the highest), it’s only been recently that I’ve realized how much I was abusing it. The good news is, a few simple changes can drastically change the …