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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,…

  • 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…

  • 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!
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    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…

  • garlic chicken ginger ramen, 8 cozy recipes for fall
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    8 Cozy Recipes For Fall

    Today is the official first day of fall, and actually the back half of this week marks the first time all month it’s been cold enough to need a sweater or light jacket out to the car in the mornings. No matter how much I whine about snow, I love this time of year best- the cool weather, the changing leaves, apples and pumpkin being in full season- something about the whole vibe just makes you want to curl up in a cozy sweater and watch the epic fall streaming lineup with a warm meal and the ones you love. I’m a pretty picky eater, but the one thing I’ve…

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    How To Stay Healthy As A Picky Eater

    No one likes being a picky eater. Either by nature or due to a bad experience with different flavors or textures, sometimes we just don’t like certain foods, and it is what it is. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for those of us that are more particular than others. Heck, I’d love to be able to eat certain foods- avocado and Greek yogurt, in particular, kill me since they’re each so good for you, yet I still cannot bring myself to eat them. Which brings me to my point- how can you make sure you’re staying healthy, even as someone who is a bit picker? Understand Portion Control. If…

  • la croix can, my facorite zero calorie drinks
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    My Favorite Zero Calorie Drinks

    Hey everyone, surprise surprise! I’m a day behind with this post. I actually feel good about writing and publishing this today and finally clearing my backlog of posts. Today, I want to talk about drinking- not alcoholic beverages, but just what we’re consuming to quench our thirst on a regular basis. What I’ve found after months of eating clean is that a lot of bottled beverages, teas, and juices, along with being more expensive than simply drinking water, are chock full of sugar, sodium, aspartame, and other no-no ingredients. I wanted to share a list of my favorite mineral waters and zero calorie drinks that have helped wean me off…