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I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

Self Care For Beginners - 4 Easy Suggestions

In my 20s and 30s I used to brag about my invincibility. I would go non-stop and blithely pronounce to anyone who would listen that I intended to “sleep when I’m dead.” I know, I know. I was young and naive. The fact of the matter was that I rarely, if ever, took care of myself. I was always focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations I had of myself. I had a family to take care of! Dreams to achieve! Things to conquer! My high tolerance for discomfort meant I juggled all the balls I had in the air—but at…

Breaking Up With My Hair

Confession: I’ve had the same hair style since for nearly 10 years. I didn’t realize this to be true until a few days ago. While playing around on Pinterest I came upon a picture that I knew well. It was my someday-I’ll-get-up-the-nerve-to-change-my-style picture. I’ve had it on my radar for three years and I’ve always been to scared to actually get the cut. Yes, you read that right. I was scared to cut my hair. In my defense, I’ve had this hair style for a long time. I mean, I always thought I was trendy but mostly that is because I changed the color. (A lot.)…

In my life you won’t find extravagant spa weekends (although I’d take one) or Madison Avenue shopping sprees (although I’m certainly game) or European wine tours (oh please, oh please, oh please). For the most part, I don’t have the disposable income to indulge in lavish getaways, once in a lifetime experiences or pamper sessions. But  I try really hard to find little luxuries in everyday life. Which basically means I poll nearly every woman I know asking them for their recommendations on beauty, hair, relaxation, books, clothes, food, and on and on. A friend recently suggested that I start…

SEED small

It is mid-September yet I can already feel my skin drying out from lack of moisture. Ugh. Fall is far and away my favorite season but it ushers in with it a whole slew of beauty concerns. And standing at the top of the concern list is dry, cracked skin.  I’ve been a big fan of (seed) Body Care products for years now. I really love the owner’s personal story as well as the science behind the products that the couple creates together. I’m always thrilled to try out a new product of theirs and I am never, never disappointed. Their newest…

Not that I am anywhere near “Real Housewives” material, but I must admit that I attend a lot of galas in my community. When you work in the non-profit sector and run with friends who are amazing philanthropists, opportunities tend to open up. Not a shocker – I am a girly-girl. And as such, I put a lot of thought into what I plan on wearing to these events. Have a worn it before? Should I buy a new dress? What type of investment will a new ensemble require? Now, we’ve all  seen entertainment magazines where they pair two unsuspecting celebrities against…

I have, quite accidentally, stumbled upon the perfect summer dress. The High Shore Wrap dress by Fresh Produce. So versatile that I was able to wear it successfully to three very different functions – dinner at very upscale restaurant with colleagues, a blogger book party and a in industry function/awards social. It worked beautifully no matter the occasion or accessories. As flattering as it is wearable, the dress  is incredibly stylish yet it still feels similar to wearing pajamas. (Seriously. It is the most comfortable dress I own, sans my other Fresh Produce dresses.) The faux wrap is adjustable and ties for…

It is a tough thing, being a working mom. You feel guilty because you are not with the kids enough. You feel guilty because you are not at work enough. You need to take care of your husband, your family, your clients, your dog (or lizard in our case), your mother, your brother, your in -laws and every other person in the world. And in caring for everyone else, you forget to really care for yourself. Oh sure… you muddle through. You scrape by. You exist. But you don’t THRIVE. How could you? You are not taking care of the…

I’ve met and conversed with Ashley Judd a number of times in my life. When I worked in the music industry (a trillion years ago) her mother and sister were at the top of their game (The Judds), Ashley topped the Hollywood A list and was a constant presence in Nashville. (Where I lived and worked at the time.) She always impressed me, not only with her looks (which were unarguably stunning) but with her intelligence and wit. I routinely came away from our conversations with a new word or phrase that I would have to look up. (I used to joke about bringing a…

Wondering how my little teeth whitening challenge went? Tada! Are you seeing the above results? I know, right? I have to admit that I was more than a tad skeptical of the Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips when I pulled them out of the box. The whole concept was way too simple and way too affordable to deliver what it promised. But even this skeptic has to admit that the results speak for themselves. Truly easy to use. I put them on one evening, proceeded to read a book and in a flash …. DONE! My husband was…