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3 Water Bottles We Love

Staying hydrated is essential for year-round health, but it's especially important in the summer months. Our bodies need a LOT of water to function correctly, so it's not really practical or sustainable to constantly drink from single-use plastic bottles. I'm pretty picky when it comes to a reusable water bottle. It needs to be easy to clean, convenient to carry and drink from, big enough to hold plenty of water, sweatproof, and leakproof. Oh, and it has to be pretty (of course). Believe it or not, there are lots of bottles that fit my admittedly long list of needs, and they make my water taste great too! Today, I'm going to share my shortlist of top contenders so that you can find your own perfect reusable bottle. ...

My Favorite 3 Ways to Brew Iced Coffee

Making iced coffee is not as simple as pouring a pot of coffee over ice. If you've ever tasted that kind of “iced” coffee, then you'll know it's usually a bitter, watery mess. Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways to brew great iced coffee at home! Below are three of my favorites. In a French Press Brewing iced coffee in a French press is similar to brewing hot coffee; it just takes longer! If you want to try this method, be sure to start it about 12-24 hours before you plan to drink it. Simply double the amount of coffee you would use for a traditional French press, and leave the grounds to steep in the fridge overnight. In the morning, depress the plunger, and pour...

My Favorite 3 Ways to Brew Hot Coffee

I'm a coffee snob, and I'm okay with admitting that. I haven't owned a regular drip coffee maker in years because there are just so many other fun and delicious ways to brew hot coffee! If you're stuck in a coffee rut, or you just want to try something different, switching up your brewing method might be exactly what you need to fall in love with coffee all over again. Here are three of my favorite ways to make a delicious cup of hot coffee. French Press The French press has gotten popular over the past few years because you can also use it to froth milk (hello, at-home latte!). I love French presses because they deliver a much richer, more flavorful cup of coffee than a drip...

Family Dinners: Seasonal Recipes Grown-ups and Little Ones Will Eat Up

If they're available to you, opting for fresh, in-season fruits and veggies is a great way to add some variety to your usual meal rotation. Below, I've rounded up five delicious recipes that the whole family will love, and each one utilizes fresh spring produce! Australia’s Best Recipes Chicken Avocado Fettuccine Even little ones will love this dish! Fresh avocados lend a silky, creamy texture to the pasta sauce, and the seasoned chicken on top offers your family some healthy proteins. The recipe calls for pine nuts, which I love (who doesn't enjoy a little crunch with their creamy?), but if your kids aren't a fan, you can always serve them in a dish on the side so that everyone can add exactly the right amount. Betty...

3 Must-Try Recipes Involving Coffee

Anyone who knows me at all knows just how much I love coffee. I will try anything coffee-related at least once, and I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy my favorite drink. Over the years, I've found several delicious recipes that incorporate coffee in one way or another. Some are sweet; some are savory, but all are good enough to earn a place in my recipe folder. Today I'm going to share three of my favorites with you! Farm Flavor Coffee Glazed Pork Ribs Coffee is just as good in savory dishes as it is sipped straight from your favorite mug. A bold, flavorful coffee can add amazing depth and complexity to savory dishes, especially if you're using it on meat. This recipe combines strong coffee with brown...

New Season, New Skincare: Tweak Your Routine for the Warmer Weather

When the weather has more mood swings than I do in a week, I know it's time for me to start changing up my beauty routine. I say goodbye to all of my heavy hand creams, thick moisturizers, and rich facial oils and start slowly rotating in my summer staples. It can be hard to figure out the right balance when it's time to transition your beauty routine, so I'm going to share a few of my favorite tips with you today. Switch from rich moisture to light hydration. As it becomes warmer (and usually more humid), even dry skin reaches a point where rich moisturizers are too much. If you notice that you're getting a little too shiny during the day, or your makeup starts breaking...

How to Tarot Read for Mental Health

As someone who has had her fair share of mental health struggles, I know how hard it can be to feel like you can't get in touch with your own emotions, thoughts, or intuition when you have a problem that needs solving. Feeling stuck and helpless in the face of a problem is so discouraging, and it can take an even greater toll on your life than the problem itself would otherwise. This mind-body disconnect can happen to anyone, so if it's happening to you, just know that you're not "weird," and you're not alone. For most people, it's something that ebbs and flows as we go through stages in life, and it's understandably most noticeable when we're facing stressful situations or serious life choices. One unconventional...

Welcome to the World of Tarot: Tarot Cards for Beginners

If you had told me five years ago that I would love tarot, I would have laughed. I've always been a practical, data-driven person, and to me, tarot was a bit too esoteric and "out there" to be useful. Tarot can indeed be an intensely spiritual and even mystical ritual for some people, but it can be so much more than that! For me, tarot is a wonderful tool that I can use to better understand myself, just like taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Enneagram test. Our minds are always looking for a way to tell a story or communicate a feeling, and it's often the case that words and data just won't cut it. Tarot is full of archetypes that our minds can...

Reframing Your New Year’s Resolutions

By now, we've made it safely through the first month of 2021. We still may not be totally sure what our new normal will look like moving forward, but we're all trying our hardest to be our best selves. For many, that effort to do better and be better often comes in the form of New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly difficult to stick with your resolutions, no matter how much you want to. This means that, if you've already broken one (or maybe all!) of your resolutions, you're far from alone. In fact, researchers have noted that at least 85 percent of people who made New Year's resolutions have broken them by now. Personally, I've never been a fan of making specific resolutions for...

Sleep Hygiene: Tips For a Better Night’s Rest

Sleep hygiene is a term that doctors and wellness experts use to refer to a collection of good nighttime habits that typically lead to better, more restful sleep.   If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep troubles, you've likely read all of the more popular tricks like, "no screens after 9 p.m.," or "only use your bedroom for sleep." I've read dozens of "sleep hygiene" articles, and almost all of them rehash the same tips with one or two new things thrown in.   My goal is always to offer you the best, most useful information possible, so I won't be putting a new spin on old tricks. While my tips aren't totally novel, I don't see them talked about very often, so I think they're worth sharing!   I...