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Be Your Own Valentine

I have to admit—I love Valentine’s Day and the kitschy heart shaped boxes of chocolates, bouquets of flowers and sweet cards that are a part of it. It was probably my favorite holiday as a kid because you never knew who was going to confess a crush or become a secret admirer of you or your friends. Our class would decorate shoeboxes with all the hearts, cupids and lace we could muster and then everyone would deposit Valentine’s cards into the shoeboxes during the class party. It was quite sweet, really. Here I am—all grown up—and I’m still drawn to the […]

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It’s September. Are Your Beauty Habits in Flux, Too?

It’s September and the seasonal shift is upon us in the Mid-Atlantic. Crisp sunny mornings and pleasantly warm afternoons with unusually blue skies—I die for this weather. Yet as I try to stay in the moment and savor this transition, my body and mind are instinctively having one of those oh god winter is coming and the Almanac says it’s gonna be bad freak-outs. In response, I’m doing some simple things that are pleasing to my senses and will help me be more resilient and healthy overall. Here’s what I’ve noticed is changing… 1. I am putting more and more […]

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Great Advice From Dr. Christiane Northrup

*This post is from our archives, and it’s a timely reminder to take care. Last week Siobhan shared an article from Prevention with our dear friend Anna and me. It was written by Dr Christiane Northrup, a woman who has been a teacher to all three of us at different times in our lives, and for different reasons. If you have yet to read Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, you’re in for an eye-opening treat. This woman gets women. And while it’s not exactly news, it always bears repeating: Real beauty is the hard-won result of self-love and self-care. Sure, it’s clean […]

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Get Happier: Wish for Five Nice Things

*This post first appeared back in 2012, and we brought it back because it’s a fun way to start the week! The other night over dinner with friends, I invented a new game. As we tore into our appetizers of fennel salad, roasted cauliflower and Cabernet (yes, wine counts), we played a round of something I’ll call Wish for Five Nice Things. Our friends are good sports, and they know me well enough to just roll with this kind of cheesy forced-participation dinnertime activity when inspiration strikes. The three of us have played Say Five Nice Things together several times […]

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4 Ways to Cope With Holiday Stress

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. Maybe it’s because I’m now married, and two people’s schedules make life more complicated. Maybe it’s because I consider my friends part of my family and I want to celebrate with them. Maybe it’s that I live in Minnesota and the cold plus the limited hours of daylight are weighing on me. Whatever it is, December already seems like an effort. With a different holiday event (or two) every week from now until New Year’s, I’m feeling the stress and tiredness of the season even though we’re just a few days into the last […]

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