5 minute fix: Cleanse your life of holey socks

Elvis says.

I’m giving you a five minute assignment today. Go to your sock drawer, and chuck every single pair of socks that has a hole in it. This is a permission slip—nay, a demand to your better judgement—for all of the uber-thrifty folks out there. When we own something, we tend to keep going along with […]

Do you catch yourself playing small?

Playing Big, by Tara Mohr

You know how when you read a book that you love SO MUCH, you want to tell everybody about it? That’s how I feel about Tara Mohr’s new book, Playing Big, which launched just last week. I don’t share book reviews very often, but I know the women who read my blog are looking for […]

What’s for dinner, Aileen from Nourishing Happiness?

Blue Cheese Chicken Divine

This post is part of a series called What’s for Dinner?, in which I invite my favorite bloggers, business owners and online personalities to share with you their own go-to recipes, the favorite meals, snacks, drinks they make over and over again. You’ll get to meet some of my online friends, and we’ll all get some new […]

DIY: Clearing a clogged drain the cheap, non-toxic, (mostly) non-disgusting way

DIY method for unclogging a drain without Drain-o (for the times when there's something worse than a cat stuck in there)

Last week I was faced with a completely clogged drain. It had been draining slowly for a month or so. I mostly avoided it, saving the problem for “later”. (It’s so convenient!) One day, I got inspired to try a DIY method from a book. This involved shaking a cup of washing soda into the drain, […]

5 easy ways to help guests feel more at home

Bathroom baskets

Hosting guests is one of my favorite things to do, and with the holidays around the corner (I’m sorry to break the news, but it’s TRUE!), it’s time to start planning ahead for making your casa into a welcoming, hospitable nest for your beloved visitors. Here are some of my favorite ways to help guests […]

What if you treated everybody like a toddler?

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. Emily Dickinson.

(And no, this does not involve asking grown-ups if they have to go potty.) Part 1: The magic of new humans The moment I met my nephew Jameson was magic. Here was this brand new little person who was beautiful, tiny and could do absolutely nothing for himself. The fact that he was moving and […]

I’M SELF EMPLOYED! and other wonderful news


Sarah J. Bray sent an email this week about how she’s been spending a lot of time writing but not much Writing, and so she hasn’t been hitting the “publish” button much…and I read her words and thought, hey! Me too. I’ve been having tons of fascinating thoughts and ideas…but haven’t really had the capacity to publish […]

The barometer you didn’t know you had

What is the condition of your home telling you?

PART ONE This post began as a note scrawled to myself on a post-it: time to cook is a barometer for how well I’m taking care of myself. It was a night when, for the first time in weeks, I found enough time to enjoy putting together a big pot of goat cheese pasta for […]

Notes to my younger self

Notes to my younger self

I’m joining a bunch of other (awesome) bloggers to write Notes To My Younger Self to help spread the word about The Post College Survival Kit. We learned the hard way so you don’t have to! You don’t have to wait till your thirties for a better job, a cuter apartment, financial stability, better relationships + friendships.  […]

Teenage scars + sunshine + giggling at swear words

This has always made me laugh when I see it. Now, I totally get why.

[In case it's not mega-obvious from the title: this post contains some swears. You have been warned.] Not so long ago, I put some puzzle pieces together in my brain. The story starts when I was a teenager. My friends and classmates started remarking on how nice/smiley/optimistic I was. Somewhere around 9th grade, there were […]


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