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Three Surprising Cold Weather Essentials for Healthy Skin

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November 13th, 2014 · Print Print


Cold weather can make you want to curl up and hibernate for a few months.  Between being stuck indoors, flu season, and fewer daylight hours, keeping your mood cheerful can be a challenge during the chilly months.  But as it gets cold outside, these tips will keep your spirits up until summer comes along again!

Relax in the Bath.  Bathtime isn’t a luxury for me — it’s a necessity.  When it’s frigid outside, sometimes the first thing I do when I get home is go straight to the bathroom and get the hot water going.  A few minutes soaking in a warm bubble bath does wonders for the mind and the body.  Be sure to apply a nourishing moisturizer like Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer afterwards to beat dry winter skin!

Ten Minutes of Mindfulness.  One of my favorite tricks to boosting my mood is to incorporate five or ten minutes of daily meditation.  It’s crucial in the winter months, when the winter blues can raise levels of stress and anxiety.  For just a few minutes a day, find a quiet place to sit and focus on your breathing.  You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes!

Whip Up a Delicious Dish. There are so many delicious vegetables in season during the colder months, it’s the perfect time to try your favorite root veggie dish.  I’ve been eyeing Elie Krieger’s Curried Pumpkin and Tomato Soup recipe — it looks like the perfect cold-weather dish.  And winter vegetables are packed with skin-loving nutrients — pumpkin is a great source of anti-oxidants like alpha-catotene, an anti-aging nutrient for great skin health.

Avoid Alcohol. Between holiday parties, sometimes it’s tempting to reach for a glass of wine or beer at the end of a cold winter day.  But alcohol dehydrates you, interferes with sleep, and take a toll on your immune system.  Instead of reaching for an alcoholic beverage, consider relaxing with a cup of hot tea or mulled cider.  Your skin will be healthier and more radiant if you do!

What’s your favorite trick for beating the cold weather blues?

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nursing mom style, at six months!

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November 11th, 2014 · Print Print


When our baby boy was a few months old, I did a post on breastfeeding style tips — and several months later, most of those tips are still things that I live by.  However, since breastfeeding style is a thing that I’ve thought about night and day (literally) for more than six months, I thought I’d add a few additions from months of experience!

And I’d love for you guys to add your own tips in the comments!  I’m always looking for new ideas, so you’re helping me as well as everyone who reads this.  In particular, those of you who’ve nursed through the winter months, please chime in! 

But from my perspective, here are a few more tips for breastfeeding style!

Stretch is your Best. Friend.

In my last post, I wrote a lot about low necklines and forgot to mention the most important part of all: whatever shape or silhouette you feel comfortable in, pick a fabric that has lots of stretch.  The tank top in this post is one that I actually bought while I was pregnant, and while it was very baby-bump-friendly, it’s actually even better for nursing.  I have it in half a dozen colors (it was $2, literally, from Forever 21) and I sleep in it every night.  (Because, sigh, at six months old, our baby boy is still waking up twice a night to nurse… so easy-access tops are crucial!)

Look for Machine-Washable Fabrics

No mom with an infant has ever worn silk and later though, “hey, that was a good idea.”  I have a really good friend who told me about wearing a silk blouse to her four-week-old’s pediatrician appointment… and if you can’t guess how this story ends, I’ll skip to the chase: it ends with a bodily fluid of her newborn baby all over that beautiful top.  Picking machine-washable fabrics is crucial for those weeks (er… months) when going to the dry cleaners is just not going to happen. 

Button-Down Tops are Key!

When our baby was born, it was the very beginning of summer in Texas, so my tips were more “tank tops” and less “sweaters.”  But as the weather has gotten cooler, I’ve dug out my cardigans and button-down shirts, and they are crucial for getting through these chilly months.  Honestly, wearing nursing-friendly clothes is much harder in the winter, so finding tops that keep you warm is important!  And for nursing moms who pump at work, blazers and button-down shirts are an absolute must. 

I have a longer post on our breastfeeding story coming up, so if this is the kind of thing that you’re into: stay tuned.  But if not, I have to say: breastfeeding style doesn’t have to come with the breastfeeding caveat: this outfit is something that I would have happily worn pre-baby, because, you know what?  It’s just cute.

Shop BURU White & Warren knit top, Forever 21 tank top, Brahmin bag, leather shorts. 




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Classic Cocktails, Remixed: The Pumpkin Parachute

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November 8th, 2014 · Print Print


Everyone loves a classic rum and cola, but do you know what spices things up a little?

Kahlúa and Cola. 

And do you want to know what spices things up a little further?

Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa and Cola.

I know.  It just keeps getting better and better and better.  This cocktail is a little sweet and a little spicy, the perfect drink to mix up when you want to curl up by the fire with your family or friends.  But it’s also a little bit of a novelty, the kind of drink that’s a little bit exciting. 

When you’re entertaining for the holidays, it’s always extra fun to add a seasonal twist to the food and drinks you’re serving.  I’m a sucker for recipes that include peppermint, gingerbread and pumpkin at this time of the year, and any time you can update a classic to make it a little bit seasonal, it’s extra special.  There are so many options for delicious seasonal drinks in the fall: try mulled cider with a splash of Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, or hot chocolate with a little bit of Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha for a deliciously indulgent treat.

And this recipe?  It takes a classic and makes it even better, a little richer and spicier and more fun.  I named it the Pumpkin Parachute to capture some of that seasonal and exciting spirit, and I can’t wait for you to give it a try!

And when you’re decorating for the holidays, don’t stop at just the typical pumpkin-on-the-doorstep!  Incorporate festive gourds and mini-pumpkins into your table décor, and use holiday ornaments to create festive place settings! 

Finally, I love to stock up on mini poppers for special holiday dinners: they’re a great conversation starter at the beginning of the meal!  Serve your favorite seasonal cocktail, a few small finger foods, and your guests will be in the holiday spirit in no time.

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Pumpkin Parachute

2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
3 parts cola

Pour Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice in a highball glass filled with ice. Top with cola. Stir and enjoy.

The best cocktails are sipped responsibly.  Don’t overindulge and never drink and drive!

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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