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Clear Skin After Hot Yoga

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December 17th, 2014 · Print Print

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Hot yoga is a great workout that can help you work up a sweat but unfortunately, sensitive skin can suffer when you’re putting in time in the studio.

Hot yoga (also known as Bikram Yoga) is performed in a studio that is heated to approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps to raise your heart rate and tire your muscles as you move through the yoga poses.

Between the heat and humidity, it’s a pretty vigorous workout.  I like to keep Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes in my yoga bag, so I can wipe my face and hands as soon as the workout is over.

After you cleanse, make sure to moisturize right away to lock-in hydration.  I love Simple Skincare’s Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer, which dries quickly and leaves your skin super soft!

Be sure to pack your yoga bag with lots of water, and stop if you feel dizzy or light-headed.  Have fun!

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introducing the silky hair dare!

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December 16th, 2014 · Print Print

I’m so excited to share this video I made of my experience with the new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line!  I’m always on the lookout for great beauty bargains, and these products are so nourishing for your hair and incredibly budget-friendly.  The whole line is available at Walmart, and offers a ton of bang for your beauty buck.

And Dove is so certain that you’ll love these products that they’re letting you try them risk-free with the Silky Hair Dare!  If you don’t love this line after one wash, they’ll give you your money back on  I know it’s tough to decide which new products to try, so this is a great way to try it out and see if it works for you!

My favorite product in this line is the Pure Care Dry Oil African Macadamia Oil treatment.  I love using oils in my hair — they add so much shine on the days when my hair is feeling dull and lifeless.  (Side note: people sometimes think that using an oil in your hair will weigh it down, and I don’t find that at all!  Look for a lightweight oil like this one and it should just add shine and body, not heaviness!)

And Dove wants to hear about your experience with these products!  Tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with #SilkyHairDare and let us know what you think!  And to learn more about the Silky Hair Dare, visit Dove’s section on!


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the most gorgeous holiday tablescape

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December 15th, 2014 · Print Print

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As you guys know, I love to entertain. 

Give me a free weekend with nothing on our agenda and I’ll figure out some excuse to have people over — sometimes with an hour or two of notice, sometimes with a month.  When I have the time, energy, and resources, there’s nothing I like more.

And I’ve learned something really important from many years of obsessive hostessing: your guests want to see you.  They’re not showing up to evaluate your home cooking or crafting as compared to Pinterest.  They want to hang out; they want to catch up.  They do not want you to be stuck in the kitchen whipping up homemade treats for them, all by yourself.

When we lived in New York, I learned this the hard way (sort of).  I invited a dozen or so friends over to our apartment, and just placed a tray of toasted baguette slices into our oven when the doorbell rang with the first guest.  Twenty minutes later, I had forgotten completely about those little toasts, and I was enjoying talking with a few friends when, suddenly, I smelled something… burning.

My homemade recipe was done-zo.  Or, more accurately, ha ha, it was toast.

And, you know what?  No one cared.

The party went on, I hung out with our friends, and the toasts were forgotten.  No one starved.

And from that, I learned my lesson.  The next time we invited friends over, I didn’t make everything from scratch.  I bought some beautiful items, laid them out in a pretty way, and everyone ooh-ed and aah-ed the same as they always did. 

I still love setting out the most beautiful dishes, and creating the prettiest table.  But lately — especially with a new baby, when my time is not just limited but essentially nonexistant — I’ve been embracing the beautiful things that are also easy

And on that note, let me introduce Shari’s Berries.  These beautiful little treats are stunningly gorgeous, and they’re literally the perfect thing to break out when you want to present a beautiful table with very minimal effort.

Also, they make chocolate-covered Oreos with Christmas decorations on them.  Are you sold yet?

I picked out some of my favorites for this post, but there are so many more beautiful options on their websites.  From handmade snowmen brownie pops to cake truffles in gift boxes with quirky little sayings, their website has everything you need to be the ultimate holiday hostess.

So sit back, relax, and don’t burn the toast. 

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