Find Your Glow In 2015!

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This holiday season I’m feeling so much gratitude – I’m so happy to have spent an early holiday celebrating with my family in Arizona and my boyfriend’s in California [soaking up some rays in mid-December doesn’t hurt either!]. We have a wonderful family here who we spent our actual holiday with here – and to top it off, have had an incredibly sunny and warm [in the 40s – warm for DC this time of year] Christmas. Now that the holiday frazzle has passed, I’m able to finally spend some time focusing on what I…

Homemade Doggie Treats

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This time of year we’re running around with our hands and heads full of lists naming present after present for our family and friends – but we can’t forget our furry friends, too! I am a dog lover through and through, and even though my schedule and apartment don’t permit me to have a pup of my own, I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by dogs on a daily basis – at work and at friends’ homes. So, I had to make sure I took a little time out of the crazy busy schedule this…

Baked Sweet Potato Latkes

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One thing I absolutely love about food is the memories you can create with certain meals, or how meals can bring family & friends together. Food associated with tradition is fascinating to me – there is a warmth that traditions bring, which is why this time of year is usually so special. So, I wanted to take a stab at a healthy version of traditional latkes – or potato pancakes [depending on where you’re coming from]. For all my Jewish friends, Hanukkah began a few days ago. As a part of the tradition, foods fried in oil…

[Morning Meals] Gingerbread Pancakes

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Holiday love is in the air! Despite the stress of the holiday season, there is something super special about the tree lights, family festivities, and the smell of cinnamon & hot cocoa in the air. No matter what holiday you celebrate, the cheer in the air is contagious for everyone! We’re on the last day of our trip now, and its been an incredible time away. Brunch is a specialty of my boyfriend & mine, so we decided to make a fun morning spread for my family as a last hoorah before we head back East….

Beat The Stink: DIY Deodorant

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Over time I’ve worked really hard to reduce the chemicals I’m exposed to in my daily life. I only wear talc-free mineral makeup [if any], rarely get my nails done at a nail salon [hello, chemical overload!], clean the house with non-toxic products, and I stopped wearing deodorant. Whaaa? The last one might have been a shocker. Anytime its brought up in conversation [which isn’t often, by the way], I’m usually left with bug eyes and questions: Don’t you smell? What do you do when you work out? Although it may be daunting for some,…

[5 Ways…] To Reduce Holiday Stress

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I’m so there – I’ve got the holiday frazzle. You know, when you can’t concentrate because you’re thinking of the 10 to-do lists scattered around your house. You have to still put up your holiday decorations and your credit card’s on the verge of combustion from overuse. Even Christmas tunes can’t sooth your spinning head. Yeah, I’m definitely there. My boyfriend and I are actually heading to California to see his family, and then Arizona to see mine, tomorrow. We’ll be gone over the next week & a half, and this past week has been crazy – substantially adding to…