Wellness

06.01.22

My Review of the Fitbit Luxe (Unsponsored)

As women and mothers, it is often the case that our health and …

As women and mothers, it is often the case that our health and wellness come last. Before I had kids, I didn’t make sure I drank enough water and got enough sleep. But when we’re not the best version of ourselves, we don’t function very well. Yet we keep going.

Wellness

04.04.22

Finding Peace in the Waiting

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for …

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for more, or waiting for something to happen. This in-between can come with some very complex emotions, and it can feel so lonely. I’m trying to find peace in the waiting while counting down the days to a …

Health

03.17.22

The Best Trader Joe’s Staples

Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s? The prices are great, flowers are affordable (and …

Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s? The prices are great, flowers are affordable (and beautiful) and it’s a go-to for snacks and easy weeknight dinners. I wasn’t doing in-person grocery store shopping for quite a while. Now that it’s safe again, I’ve been going every week or two for my favorites.

Self Improvement

03.13.22

How to Deal With Burnout

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your …

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your mind and body. When something that shouldn’t push you over the edge does, it’s time to think about whether or not you may be experiencing burnout. We feel the overwhelm, get less sleep, eat poorly, feel fatigue, …

Wellness

03.10.22

9 Simple Things You Can Do To Feel Better Today

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your …

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your coffee tastes better, and you have a productive day at work. Then there are the days (or even weeks) when everything’s off. I always allow myself to feel whatever I’m struggling with but try to turn things …

Wellness

03.02.22

7 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

The last few years haven’t been the best for our mental health, but …

The last few years haven’t been the best for our mental health, but there’s hope. We’re finding a new “normal” together. Pandemic and world/social issues aside, my daughter’s cancer diagnosis hit our family hard, and understandably so. Going through treatment while isolating from everyone we know and losing any sense …

Marriage

03.01.22

9 Things to Do Before Getting Engaged

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came …

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came up at within the first year of our relationship and more seriously around our one year anniversary. We knew where things were headed before deciding to move in together and that we would get engaged early this …

Wellness

02.07.22

Advice To My Younger Self

I spent most of my twenties and thirties worrying. I worried about being …

I spent most of my twenties and thirties worrying. I worried about being enough. About not being enough and about what others thought of me. I worried way too much about things that were completely out of my control. And about the little things, too. It was only a few …

Health

01.20.22

The 11 Best Paleo Snacks and Brands

I am a few weeks into paleo and wanted to share some of …

I am a few weeks into paleo and wanted to share some of what I’m eating, and why I decided to make this shift. The short answer is that I was in a food rut and needed motivation to put healthier food into my body. When I did Whole30, I …

Shopping

01.18.22

My Favorite Amazon Purchases

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and …

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and closets, and for most of my clean beauty essentials, too. But since becoming a mom, I have really relied on Amazon for our family essentials. This has only increased over the last few years because we’ve been …

Wellness

12.28.21

We Say “I Can’t Imagine,” But Can’t We?

It’s been almost a year since I shared a post on what not …

It’s been almost a year since I shared a post on what not to say to someone going through cancer treatment. In hindsight, the post should have been titled “things that are hard to hear during cancer treatment.” It wasn’t my intention to tell people what to say (or not …

Wellness

11.10.21

When Women Support Other Women (and When They Don’t)

As an adult, I hoped (or assumed) that cliques, competition, and bullying would …

As an adult, I hoped (or assumed) that cliques, competition, and bullying would be a thing of the past. Sadly, I’ve learned that some women make it a habit of judging, labeling, and critiquing other women. It’s a lot worse than anything I ever witnessed as a kid. I’m making …

Wellness

11.01.21

Finding Your Purpose And Becoming Who You Were Meant to Be

After years of overdoing it, something shifted. I was tired of feeling stressed, …

After years of overdoing it, something shifted. I was tired of feeling stressed, worrying about what others thought of me, and burning the candle at both ends. It consumed me in an unhealthy way, yet I kept going – business as usual – because that’s what people do. Today I’m …

Self Improvement

10.28.21

How I Slowed Down and Found Happiness

Life took some major turns for most of us since the spring of …

Life took some major turns for most of us since the spring of 2020. Things are still wildly different from anything I ever could have expected. Loneliness and peace – life is slower and simpler. I thought I knew what matters but now, I really know. 2021 has been a …

Wellness

10.19.21

Social Media Strategies to Improve Your Mental Health

Chances are that you follow a lot of people on social media. Some …

Chances are that you follow a lot of people on social media. Some bring joy to your life. Maybe they inspire you, their stories resonate with you, or they’re friends you enjoy following. But – and this has happened to all of us – what happens when that’s no longer …

Wellness

10.12.21

How I Find Joy in the Everyday

Life looks a lot different than I thought it would, but even when …

Life looks a lot different than I thought it would, but even when things feel difficult or lonely, I have found myself looking for simple joys in the everyday. We’ve faced what some would consider unimaginable, yet to others, we’re actually very lucky. I know that, too. Since we’re still …

Childhood Cancer

08.04.21

Why I’m Tired of Being Told I’m Strong

This might be a controversial post, but I owe it to the moms …

This might be a controversial post, but I owe it to the moms I’ve met on this journey. I owe it to those of you who want to best show up for the people you care about. So today, I want to talk about why I’m tired of being told …

Personal

08.01.21

The Lessons I Learned Starting Over in a New City

It’s been 11 years – more than a decade since I moved from …

It’s been 11 years – more than a decade since I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. Most of the people I know who relocated made the move for a job, partner, or had some sort of connection to their new city. Then there’s me. I made the somewhat irrational …

Self Improvement

07.07.21

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some …

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some big life changes. Like many of you, I spent most of 2020 just trying to get through the year. The pandemic forced us to slow down and take a closer look at how we live. It took …

Wellness

06.22.21

How I’m Reducing Stress and Anxiety

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve …

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve struggled with for most of my adult life. Most of us fear we’ll be judged or seen as ungrateful if we talk about anxiety, but being anxious doesn’t mean you’re not happy or grateful. Anxiety, depression, gratitude, …

Relationships

05.26.21

Your Wedding Questions Answered

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of …

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of wedding I wanted to have. In fact, given my difficult family dynamics, I always thought I’d elope. Being the center of attention is one of my least-favorite things. When I was getting ready for our ceremony, I …