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I cannot stop looking at photos and watching videos of the amazing women, men and children marching around the world yesterday. These photos give me chills! I am so happy to hear the marches were peaceful and everyone stayed safe. I believe (no matter your political party or feelings about the new president) it’s important to stand up and fight for human equality. I’m proud to be an American and a women.

Check out the simple, but powerful, posters from by For All Womankind. All the proceeds go to the Center for Reproductive Rights and Emily’s List, two not-for-profit organizations. I love the one I shared above.

Internet Must Read

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I know you’ve seen a million lists on the internet of “things you need to do.” I recently came across one that is worthy of sharing. A lot of them are basic, everyday, good habits I should be practicing – and I am going to start incorporating them ALL into my life starting today. Check out the original article here.

26 Tiny Things You Need To Start Doing For Yourself This Year

1. Use good-quality moisturizer on your face every morning, every night, or, if you live in a dry, cold climate, both.

2. Unfollow all of the Instagram accounts and Facebook friends that make you feel like shit. Unsubscribe to all of the random-ass e-newsletters that show up in your inbox even though you don’t remember signing up for them.

3. Color. Adult coloring books are becoming increasingly popular because they’re amazing. (Yes, that’s subjective, but you’d be amazed by how relaxed you can feel coloring in a beautiful and intricate page with colored pencils.)

4. Set aside time to just sit by yourself and be silent. Schedule yourself into your day. Use the time alone to meditate, read, breathe, take a bath, or, if you’re really exhausted, to take a nap.

5. Write down what you’re going to accomplish at the beginning of every work day (or the night before, if it will help you sleep better).

6. Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. You don’t need to only ingest health foods, but make a conscious effort to drink a lot of water, and balance out your meals.

7. Save more money. You don’t have to aggressively save every month, but make a conscious effort to give yourself a savings goal, and then try to meet it. At the end of each month, evaluate whether you actually followed through.

8. Dress appropriately for the weather. You don’t need to look like a knockout in a hat, gloves, scarf and parka. You just need to stay warm.

9. Stop to smell the flowers when someone is selling them at your local market.

10. Reading one article per day that you really enjoy.

11. When you talk to your mom, dad, siblings or friends on the phone, actually take the time to tell them what happened during your day. Ask about their day. Don’t spend the entire conversation looking at your work emails.

12. When there are important software updates for your phone or computer, download them when you’re supposed to. You’ll waste less time wanting to throw your phone against the wall because it’s loading so slowly.

13. When someone offers you a bite of their food, say yes.

14. Assess your flaws on a regular basis. Realize what you’re doing wrong. Keep your own behavior in check.

15. But don’t be too hard on yourself. When you’re incredibly harsh on someone, realize that you could’ve approached the situation in a kinder way. When you put in a really hard day of work and not everything goes according to plan, don’t beat yourself up over it.

16. Make popcorn on the stove top.

17. Look nice on days when you have nothing special going on. You don’t always have to dress up for a date, or an important meeting. You don’t need to dress up just for the compliments. Pick a day, and dress up because you wanted to look good.

18. Buy quality ingredients at the grocery store so that you’re excited about the food you’re cooking for dinner. Nothing brightens up a meal like pesto, good bread, or a fresh vegetable.

19. Get a lot of sleep when you’re not feeling well. Stop running yourself into the ground when your body feels weak, you have a bad headache, or you feel a cold coming on. Listen to your body and get into bed. Make yourself some tea. Have some Vitamin C.

20. Listen to comedy in the car, or on the Subway. LOL while no one is watching.

21. Take a workout class you feel completely ridiculous signing up for. Try hip hop, zumba, or kickboxing. If you can’t get a friend to do it with you, just be brave and go alone.

22. Stop showering every day (unless you have really thin hair). It’s better for your skin and your hair if you shower less frequently. You don’t need to grow dreads (though feel free to), but you should try washing your hair every second day.

23. Re: hair care, use the over-ripened avocados in your fridge as shampoo every so often. Your hair really will turn out shiny AF.

24. Smile at little kids. Smile at adults. Stop pursing your lips at strangers who are walking on the wrong side of the street. All you’re doing is giving yourself premature wrinkles.

25. Sit up straight.

26. When you’re listening to someone talk, actually listen. You will get so much more out of your experiences with people if you’re fully engaged, instead of only half-listening while you think about what you’re going to say next.

Friday Favorites

So much information out there on the world wide web, so little time to discover it all. Here’s a line up of what I’m bookmarking this week:

  1. The real Madewell story. It’s more than just a J.CREW “sister store.”
  2. 25+ apps to make your everyday easier. Yoga class at home? Yes, please!
  3. Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto recipe from my favorite food blog, Pinch of Yum. It’s about time I tackle risotto.
  4. I can’t get enough pictures of fall in New York City:

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Images via here, here, here, here and here.

Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites

What I’m loving on the internet this week:

00368-Katie-del-Castillo---TheEveryGirl_0This apartment tour on The Everygirl. U.S. Army Captain Katie del Castillo’s D.C. apartment is stylish and whimsical. She is the perfect example of strong and beautiful.


I hate that we look at women who choose not to run a country as having given up. I get angry that, when a woman decides to hold off on gunning for a promotion because she wants to have a baby, other women whisper that “she’s throwing away her potential.” That is when we’re not supporting our own. Who are we to put such a limited definition on success?
-Zosia Mamet


♥ What does winning mean to you? Every woman has a different definition of success. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just because another woman’s definition is different than yours does not mean you’re unsuccessful. Take a step back and decide what’s right for you. I enjoyed reading Zosia Mamet’s take on the subject here.

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♥ Recipe to try this weekend: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. A healthier take on wings.

Have a happy weekend!

 

 

Friday Favorites

It finally feels like spring in Michigan! Just in time – I’ve been in a rut.

Below are some internet finds that are catching my eye today.

7dfaf9dfa23de01aa5ebf8f1caadf484Color inspiration from a beautiful rock formation

d83b49d34e1485fd605ddc293b8d2dafThe perfect summer heel: Nine West Goshdarn Open Toe Sandals, $79

f0a26fb5f5624bfd78b06747ca2f419bRecipe to try: Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach and Feta via two peas & their pod

Lake_Michigan_Beach_4On my wish list: LAKE MICHIGAN BEACH print by Gray Malin

Happy Friday!

 

Sunday Best

Today I am going to share a handful of my favorite things I have learned about, have experienced or that I enjoyed over the past week.

thelostartofmixingA book about friends, relationships and food? Sign me up. I pre-ordered this book today. I read a few reviews and it sounds like the perfect heart-warming, savory read for sitting beside the pool.

theheatTwo of my favorite leading ladies. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are the perfect duo for this comedic spin about a special agent and a cop. Not as funny (or real) as Bridesmaids but much more enjoyable than Identity Thief.

nailpolishjarA new way to display nail polish. I picked up this hurricane jar at HomeGoods for $12.99.

quoteA quote to live by.

Cheers to a fantastic June. I am looking forward to a lot of weekends spent by the pool in July!

Summer Inspiration

It’s been awhile. I know. I need to become more dedicated to my blog. But to ease back into it, I thought I would share some summertime inspiration. Enjoy!

summergimletDelicious twist on a classic, tequila gimlet.

summerfestI hope to participate in something like this.

avocadochickensaladA summer recipe: avocado chicken salad via Paula Deen

summerhairAnd finally, summer hair inspiration via