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    Quick & Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

    Hey, everyone! A day late, but I spent all day yesterday running around doing last-minute Christmas things, and today I had a photoshoot with a friend for family holiday cards, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.  I wanted to share with you guys my grandma’s basic Christmas cookie recipe. Cookies make great gifts for all the people on your list- they’re simple to make, easily customizable, and look really pretty in an inexpensive tin from Michael’s. The bonus? They bake in just 6-8 minutes, so just spend like an hour or two on these, and you’re golden (see what I did there). Here’s the recipe: Quick & Easy…

  • I Broke My Streak On MyFitnessPal
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    I Broke My Streak On MyFitnessPal

    This post isn’t actually on my editorial calendar for the month (don’t hold me to it, but this may be a 3 post week)!  I’m writing because a few days ago, I accidentally broke my 290-day streak of logging meals on MyFitnessPal. Initially, I was disappointed to come so close to the year mark- I even had a post in mind for when I crossed the 360 day threshold. In the time that’s transpired since, I’ve wrestled with whether or not I was going to address it, if it was even that big of a deal, and almost without meaning to, here I am.  I want to write this post…

  • How to stay sane during the holidays
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    How To Stay Sane During The Holidays

    Although the holiday season certainly is a joyous time of year, filled with friends and family, it’s also widely considered to be easily one of the most stressful periods.  Whether it’s financial woes, family drama, or workplace stress that has you down, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping your mental health at the forefront this holiday season. That may look different person to person, but there are a few key things to keep in mind.  Gifts don’t matter if you aren’t present.  I love this one. Too often, we’re concerned with showing our affection in materialistic ways, afraid of upsetting someone in even the most obscure of degrees.  So,…

  • 10 Secret Santa Gifts Under $25
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    10 Secret Santa Gifts Under $25

    *Note: This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the companies linked to below, just a list of my personal top picks 🙂 Hey! Long time no see- I wish I could say that I’ve been sick, or especially busy (although the holiday season is always hectic, both in terms of my work life and personal life). After a weekend spent NOT writing or scheduling posts, and instead watching every BBC Jane Austen adaptation, it’s time to get back on track.  Some work friends and I have been organizing a company-wide Secret Santa, and the names of everyone participating are going to be locked in as of…

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    What I’m Thankful For

    Happy almost turkey day, everyone!  I follow this mindfulness guru named Jack Kornfield, and subscribe to his semi-regular newsletter. I have to confess that I don’t always read them, but being that it’s a holiday week, the title caught my eye: Gratitude and Abundance.  Now, it’s strange, but my mind instantly envisioned a cornucopia, or “horn of plenty”. For those of you who may not know, a cornucopia is an object shaped like a goat’s horn, usually overflowing with the bounty of a harvest: fruits, nuts, etc. It’s a symbol of abundance and good fortune, and is commonly seen today as that weird-looking wicker centerpiece at many Thanksgivings, like the one…

  • Homestyle Lasagna Recipe
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    Homestyle Lasagna Recipe

    As I’m writing this, I’m so stuffed I can barely move. What am I stuffed with, you may wish to ask? Short answer? Lasagna. And because I love to share (and I mentioned in my last post that I was hoping it would turn out well), I wanted to post my recipe so all of you can bask in the feeling of a classic comfort-food recipe as the nights get colder. It’s a bit of a mishmash from recipes I picked up on the sides of boxes and tricks I learned from watching my grandma prepare dinner for the family, but I think it tastes unbelievable- and I hope you’ll…

  • 10 Stress Relief Tips For The Workaholic
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    10 Stress Relief Tips For The Workaholic

    Hi, it’s me, the queen of stress. ha, ha. If you caught the fake in that laugh, you’re prob right, because I tell you now, today I am stressed. I’ve caught myself going down this rabbit hole for a few weeks now, and I’ve kind of been lax to stop it. Usually, I am really good about practicing consistent self-care throughout the work week, but over the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve felt like I don’t have an “off” button. The holidays are right around the corner, which means that it’s a very busy time for marketers. The account I work on currently is ramping up, and I, in turn, am…

  • Easy 3-Ingredient DIY Face Mask
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    Easy 3-Ingredient DIY Face Mask

    Hey, hey! Today, let’s talk skincare. As many of you know, I suffer from chronically dry skin. I constantly find myself hopping from brand to brand, trying cleansers and moisturizers like no tomorrow. But I do love face masks- they are often chock full of wholesome products that have tried-and-true benefits for stressed-out skin. Plus, because they sit on your face for a longer period of time, they more effectively strip away oils, gunk, and dead skin cells, leaving your skin refreshed. But, in the interest of keeping it real, can we talk about the nerve of some skin care brands??! I don’t know about you, but spending an arm…

  • 5 Reasons To Work Out With A Significant Other
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    5 Reasons To Work Out With A Significant Other

    Hi, everyone. It’s been a really extended absence (even though my previous post was supposed to be my triumphant return to blogging) but in my defense, I have had essentially the plague for the last week, so not a lot of things got checked off the to-do list. Mike and I are starting a new training program Monday to get us both back into the gym before the New Year hits. We’ve been slacking a lot lately, but have settled on a possible solution: we’ll keep tabs on how often we hit the gym, together or separately, and put two dollars into a discretionary pool for each time. At the end…

  • Celebrating World Mental Health Day!
    Mental Health,  Personal

    Celebrating World Mental Health Day!

    Hey, everyone. It feels really good to be back on a regular posting schedule again. Do you know what else feels good? Living in a society where open discourse on mental health is emerging as a widely accepted- and encouraged- way of life. Seriously. It feels unbelievably good to open up my laptop, log on to the internet (which is a place historically fraught with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows) and find a growing community of boss babes and men in touch with their freaking feelings, talking openly and honestly about their struggles and their journey, and supporting one another. I’ve said in the past that I…