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girls night!

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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One of my favorite things to do, party-throwing-wise, is to have a night in with my girlfriends.  I love going out, and I love spending nights with my husband, but sometimes you just need an evening with just the girls — whether it’s to catch up on everyone’s life, to vent about problems or challenges, or just to relax and enjoy a fun night together. 

I like to keep things simple when I throw a girls’ night — a light recipe, a bottle of wine and some non-alcoholic options to drink, and a fun distraction or two.  We have a projector that can be set up outside, so I always put on a total classic — Clueless or Girls Just Want To Have Fun — in the background!  Or, I love to break out the XBox for the night, and get everyone in to almost-Karaoke by playing Rock Band! 

And it’s almost too easy to set a pretty table — mix and match your favorite china and crystal, stock up on a few bouquets of fresh flowers, and whip up a healthy recipe that’s full of fresh, local ingredients, like Panzanella!  Your friends will love it, and it’s incredibly easy to make!

Panzanella

Panzanella

INGREDIENTS

2 pints cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow, cut in half
4 cups crusty bread (sourdough or french), cut into chunks the same size as the tomatoes
25 stems of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Toast the bread for about 3 minutes, until just crispy on the outside.  Mix everything together and let marinate, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Serve.

So those are some of my favorites!  What’s on your Girls Night agenda?

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Find a Secret Garden in Your City

June 11th, 2014 · 19 Comments

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Whether your city is filled with skyscrapers or a bustling Main Street, it’s important to find spaces that aren’t just concrete and bricks. A green oasis in a city, big or small, is crucial to help you recharge and de-stress.

Houston — the city I call home — has lots of beautiful green spaces, and there are more being built all the time, but one of my favorites is the new SkySpace installation at Rice University.

Artist James Turrell created the installation as a way to draw people’s attention to light, nature, and perception, and the result is just stunning. Every sunset and sunrise, a light sequence highlights the colors of the changing sky, and for a city-dweller, it’s an incredible reminder of the beauty and the awesomeness of the natural world that surrounds us.

And it’s an important reminder too, both for our bodies and our minds: Interestingly, research has shown that people who live in greener urban areas have better mental health. You wouldn’t usually think that your state of mind shows on your skin but it really does. Psychiatrist Dr. Josie Howard has studied the link between skin and wellness, and she says that your mental health can have a big impact on your looks.

So grab some fresh fruit, your favorite kind-to-skin beauty products (my favorite on-the-go staple is Simple Skincare’s Radiance Wipes) and head over to your city’s best green space for some relaxation and rejuvenation.

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City Mom On the Go!

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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When you’re a new mom, life doesn’t slow down, whether you live in a small town or a big city! Which is why always being on the go is actually fabulous for new moms, whether you’re strolling to your favorite coffee shop or taking your little one to the library or a park! 

It might seem like having a healthy holistic lifestyle and taking care good care of your skin is a challenge when you’re a new mom, but it’s actually pretty easy! Here are a few of my favorite tips.

Get Outside!

Whether you’re living in a concrete jungle or a suburban oasis, it’s important to get up and outside as soon as you and the baby feel ready for it. Taking a stroll around your neighborhood will give you both a change of scenery and some fresh air — just make sure to avoid the sun!  For moms, Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturized with SPF 15 is a great option, and for babies, make sure to keep them covered with a hat or canopy until they’re old enough for baby sunscreen.  Quick tip: Avoid the sun during its harshest hours, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to ease the toll on your skin!

Kid-Focused Culture

One of the most exciting things about being a mom is exposing your child to new experiences, and cities offer great opportunities for kid-centered cultural experiences!  Whether it’s story time at your local library or a music class filled with kid-friendly instruments and songs, city living offers wonderful opportunities for moms and babies!  An added bonus: many awesome activities, like street fairs and community events, are free or charge modest admission for the whole family!

Don’t Forget Mom!

As difficult as it is to schedule “mom” time, take advantage of city life for yourself as well!  Maybe you’re not dancing on tables at the hottest club (really, who wants to be doing that anyways?), but take the time to schedule a yoga class, a massage, or just a quick lunch with friends. 

Big cities and small ones often have great high schools and colleges, so ask around for recommendations for responsible and reliable babysitters and remember to take some time for yourself.  A happy mommy makes for a happy baby! 

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