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Living: How the church community helped influence and steer the young Bobby Bones, helping make him who he is today. What’s in your Faith Toolkit: Using productivity in our spiritual lives. A note from small-group prayer meetings in the Bronx in the age of COVID-19.
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Personals: Suggested revisions to etiquette. What we get wrong about happiness. Stoic lessons on time management. Gwen Stefani’s old interview where she talks about faith in the midst of her dark moment. “Does God See Me?” by Sara Hagerty. Warren Buffett’s true measure of success.
Wellness: Ovarian cyst symptoms.
Parenting: Books for parents who want to have adventurous kids.
Relationships: How to truly love someone.
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Personals: International cleaning traditions, for your inner Monica Geller. Fabulous watches for yourself or to gift. How to survive the holidays by Radiant NYC. How to do the holidays based on your enneagram. The art of intellectual disagreements.
Wellness: An article on what society sees as achieving peak wellness, and how most of it is nonsense. The best natural French cold recipe. A cleansing beauty oil recipe. Epigenetics and the science of gene expression. Managing stress with Ayurveda. People with this wake-up time are happier and more productive.
Relationships: Advice on pruning toxic relationships in a Christian way. Positive childhood experiences that can help combat negative childhood trauma. What to do when your long-term relationship starts feeling a bit disconnected or off. A must read: Three words that will ruin a relationship (by the author of Fair Play).
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Seasonal: Fall and harvest decorating ideas.
Finances: All about compound interest. This piece has great investment tips.
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Wellness: The most important lab tests to have your doctor run. Five ways you didn’t know how dehydration is affecting your body. How to go vegan on a budget. How to deal with your period at night. (We don’t talk about this enough). Why sparkling tea is healthy and delicious. How dish detergent may hurt your gut microbiome. Gynostemma tea benefits. Sleep myths.
Personals: You are worth more than many sparrows, on Pegactive‘s website. Joanna Gaines on wholeness and balance. Perell’s learn like an athlete and his spreadsheet to guide you on how to train like an athlete in other areas of your life. Four ways to grow in your current season, by Sierra Scott. How gratitude can transform your life.
Relationships: Six types of boundaries and what healthy boundaries look like. Tips from a marriage researcher. A woman on the one word that transformed her marriage. How to foster, and not kill, creativity in children. An interesting piece on if men carried purses and the pressure women feel to clean up messes and always be prepared. Why women around the world are delaying marriage.
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Career: Red flags to spot in an interview.
Living: Natural swimming holes to add to your summer travel list.
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Finance: How to start investing.
Please pray and donate to Kim O.’s GoFundMe, to help pay for her cancer bills.
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Personals: Tips for self-evaluation. Thirty-six timeless pieces on Amazon. My favorite piece in this edition: Your practical guide to deep work. Ways to learn to enjoy being alone. Ways to mindfully connect with nature.
Beauty: How to get thicker hair, naturally.
Finances: How to budget your money. A great way to make yourself a budget that will last.
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Personals: Married women do more housework than single moms. Here is the reason why and how we can change that. How women are more than mothers. A perfect piece as you reflect on Mother’s Day, and what it means to be a daughter of God.
Beauty: Glowy makeup.
Finances: Best tips on how to manage each paycheck.
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Relationships: Your spouse needs to have other friends.
Living: Inspiration for wedding gift guides when planning your wedding.
Finance: Tips to be a better investor.
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Personals: Increasing happiness and productivity via “lights” spreadsheets. The most common writing mistakes we should watch out for. How to turn rejection into an advantage. Why we procrastinate, and what it tells us about ourselves.
Relationships: How to help children who have experienced trauma.
Finances: Ways to spring clean your bank account and finances.
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Wellness: The slow carbs that are better than low carbs. How to use Gua Sha to tackle tension and aging. There is a natural remedy that can be used for yeast infections. The Dot App— the hottest new form of birth control in town. A body acne map.
Relationships: Therapist tools for step parenting.
Beauty: Common beauty issues explored.
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Relationships: For couples– your day is not done until…
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Finances: Financial rules to follow at every age.
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Wellness: The benefits of the NAC supplement (I take it every day, and it changed my life). It helped me balance my hormones, but it is good for many other things. The emotional side of treating chronic pain. The connection between depression and late risers. Five yoga poses to relieve period cramps.
Living: Growing joy.
Beauty: The best beauty products to get your skin through winter.
Style: How to layer clothes stylishly in this winter cold.
Stay warm! xx
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Finances: Five lifestyle tips to save more money.
Living: Reasons to visit Philly in the winter.
Relationships: A brilliant piece on how your marriage goes beyond just you and your spouse.
Career: Three interview questions you weren’t prepared for.
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Wellness: Tips on how much you should sleep when you are sick, for a speedy recovery. (Is it just me, or does everyone seem to be under the weather?) How to make your period better. May the troubleshooting begin.
Personals: Self-control, and why it matters. Things you can do to disrupt your routine. How to tell if you or someone you know is an empath. How to find quiet time, from my friend Emily’s new site. Check it out.
Journalism: A wow piece on Spain and its Franco era wounds. Awesome reporting.
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Wellness: How to have your own wellness retreat day. More info on period coaching. (Make it one of your goals to know your body and its systems better, this year. Especially, brush up on your period). Affordable superfoods. The annual Goop detox is here. How often should you be replacing your sports bras? Foods that regulate hormones. The stress epidemic: here is what you need to know. How to add fermented food to your diet.
Personals: How to do elimination planning. The state of being stuck, and why it matters. Sarah Scott Pape’s Reflect and Rejoice Guide. Guidebooks for meditation, sleep and healthy habits. How to learn: The Spacing Effect.
Living: Vegan matcha overnight oats. Yum. Martha Stewart interviews a minimalist. How to be more creative in the new year. Luxe products on Amazon under $20. A guide on charities to donate your gently used items to. Things to toss from your home, after the holidays.
Career: Unrealistic work expectations that may sabotage your career or happiness.
Relationships: Activities to do with your kids.
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Wellness: Some great recipes to try to get you started on your wellness journey.
Relationships: What to learn and do when you experience a breakup.
Career: Some 82 unexpected ways to end an email. A professional way to be unique.
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Beauty: Bathing rituals.
Relationships: The important principles behind the five love languages.
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Seasonal: Ideas on how to build the perfect gift box. Tips to avoid overspending during this season. How to not ruin the holidays. Eleven ways to make your house look cute, this winter season. Tips for the holidays, if you have an autoimmune disease. A reminder to seek out holiday magic.
Personals: Some deep and motivational Oprah quotes for ya. A beautiful interview with the artist, Athena Calderone. Garance and her journey to being her own heroine. Why it’s worth wasting a little time.
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Seasonal inspiration: Stephanie from @makingjoyahabit writes about the seasonal craziness and staying centered on Christ. Rainbow Plant Life’s vegan holiday gift guide. Atelier Doré’s monthly theme is coming home, and I wrote my own take on it (for those who feel the stress). And here is an excellent piece on managing grief during this season. How to give a good gift, according to psychology. Amy Elaine writing about God with us.
Relationships: Three signs you need emotional boundaries in your life. Calling out offensive behavior, while still exercising compassion. Some of the most important things in relationships. What to do with the family, when boredom strikes.
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Personals: How to decline an invitation. Elements of a good thank you card. Four questions to help make you a productivity superstar. Working smarter not harder. Advice for those who want to change their lives.
Relationships: Some of the realest marriage advice from Rachel Hollis.
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Giving: Would you like to support an adopted family at the YMCA? Check out this Amazon wishlist, and all giving will go directly to the families. For more info check out the @cinnamegs IG. A gift guide for those who need ideas, for their immediate family and friends who don’t have lists.
Humor: Martha Stewart in an Uber will make you laugh. It’s an experience we can all relate to.
Relationships: Garance writes about a fresh perspective on breakups.
Career: Organization hacks.
Wellness: How to destress before the holidays.
Beauty: Winter skincare tips.
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Light: Lavender Vines’ Bible overview.
Personals: Here are 25 things more important than the likes you get on Instagram. Fourteen people in your kid’s life that you should be thanking, but aren’t. Find your gratitude calendar, here. What to do about the mental health issues that stem from social media use.
Career: How to find a job and score that interview in this day and age. (It’s about getting past the computer/software screener).
Style: Outfit inspo. It’s cold!
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Seasonal: What to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. First idea: Indian spiced sweet potato soup, just in time for soup season from the lovely Nisha, at Rainbow Plant Life. Tablescape ideas for Thanksgiving. Ideas of what to do this November, by Camille Styles.
Beauty: Major inspiration from Violette, the queen.
Wellness: Nutritionist tips for the holidays (because we all indulge a bit more than usual). The Drybar folks are bringing us a wellness stop to add to our list. Self-care, my friends. (Coming to a city near you).
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Living: How to do a proper table setting. Just in time for the holidays. (I found the way Reese Witherspoon explains it in Whiskey in a Teacup super helpful). Love a good etiquette moment. Personality types and types of spending. Outfit ideas for the transitional weather.
Relationships: Christian couples and money.
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Weddings: Tips from a florist about what not to do.
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Beauty: The secret(s) to healthier hair.
Living: A miso soup you will keep coming back to. Gift boxes for everyone on your list (amazing gift ideas)!! Light breakfast ideas for days when you know you are going to eat a lot for dinner (like Thanksgiving). Mood boosting color for your space.
Travel: Best things to do in Montreal.
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Personals: The Bella Twins keep inspiring us, every time. They are vulnerable, hardworking, and I can’t wait to see all they conquer, next. How to practice gratitude. For those who are seeking freedom…
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Personals: Books that will inspire you in gratitude. Toxic behaviors that we can have, without necessarily being toxic people. Let’s check ourselves. How complaining rewires your brain for more negativity. A piece on equality and sexual assault.
Wellness: Thoughts from a wellness-minded entrepreneur. Everything you should know about preventing breast cancer. Embracing our relationship with our breasts. Signs that you have healed your inflammation.
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Career: Why some women are intentionally invisible at work.
Tech: Google Inbox will apparently change all of our lives.
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Wellness: Garance Dore speaks about depression and her own personal journey. Seven natural ways to boost your energy, this fall, from FloLiving. The power of a “mental health shelf“. Eight foods to relieve stress. Eight of the most common reasons women go to therapy. There is no shame in asking for help.
Personals: The books that changed our childhood (I am sure you will find one on the list that will make you sigh with nostalgia). So, it was New York Fashion Week (#NYFW). Catch up on the (street style) lewks, via Man Repeller. Let’s bring street style back, my people.
Relationships: Giving your spouse the benefit of the doubt, and how it changes everything, by Gary Thomas (marriage expert).
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Career: Healthy habits for a productive day (I loved the printable).
Beauty: A review of a revolutionary lash serum (I am intrigued).
Living: The best gifts on Amazon.
Finance: This fall, take control of your money.
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Personals: Candice Kumai in Forbes revealing the secrets to success. Things the author wished she knew before living alone. A Harvard study on happiness. The Hot Young Widows Club— have you heard of it? An interesting perspective on grief and love lasting forever.
Relationships: How to accept a compliment. Monica Gary tackling the subject of forgiveness. The truth about on-again, off-again relationships. Subtle signs of relationship abuse. (We need to talk about this more).
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Wellness: The go-to meal Jessica Biel makes when she is too tired to cook. An interesting map from the NYT that shows at what age women have their first child, by region, in the U.S. Why the annual pap smear will no longer be needed.
Living: Want to support women-owned businesses? Here is a list. Should we make our own directory of all of your businesses?
Relationships: How to leave a toxic relationship. Family friendly movies for the family night. The most romantic cities in the U.S. What happens when you ask what burdens another is carrying. Four keys to mindful parenting.
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Style: Ideas of what to wear for that fall wedding. Zara shoes for autumn. Common shopping mistakes to stop making by 30, according to The Zoe Report. Summer-to-fall transition outfits by Man Repeller.
Relationships: What you need in a friendship, based on your Myers Briggs type.
Career: Great books for career inspiration.
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So jam-packed with August goodness.
Wellness: Caffeine-free energy boosters. Candice Kumai featured in Bon Appetit. Healthy foods that may be causing you brain fog. An in-depth look at probiotics for all that ails you. More on your microbiome and hormone health. TSC on magnesium. (It’s the thing you didn’t know you needed). Treating vertigo. Vitamins for your metabolism.
Beauty: Best antioxidant serums. Breast implant illness and symptoms. An important PSA for women. We don’t talk about this enough. As many of you know, this year I transitioned to natural non-toxic deodorant. Obsessed. Here is more about it, from the nontoxic beauty queen, Alice.
Living: The most serene spot in every state. A look at Martha Stewart’s daily routine. Collective swoon for the Magnolia Hearth and Hand fall Target line. Six mindful styling tips for your home, and how to make sure your home is safe and healthy for you (people are still finding asbestos). Guest bathroom essentials.
Relationships: What will your boyfriend or girlfriend be like as a spouse? Find out how to know, here.
Career: Toxic job recovery. It’s a thing.
Travel: The Greece guide from Bec and Marissa (Twice Blessed).
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Relationships: The mindset/ tendency we can all have that is a happiness killer.
Personals: Why making the decision can be the most important thing (you actually don’t need more time).
Finance: Paying off the student loans (women of color have the most student loan debt because they are getting educated). Don’t forget to check out our finances section, for more resources. Forbes featuring how this entrepreneur is teaching millennials about finance.
Career: The guidelines for befriending colleagues. Why the right time to start is now. The “I look like a _______ (fill in profession here)” movement. Women changing the stereotypes and breaking molds. How to be a millennial manager who manages people who are older. How to stand out in a work meeting. Make your own business card (and the reasons why you should).
Style: White shirt outfit ideas that are perfect for late summer.
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Spirituality: “We are for you” by Lincoln Alabaster, the host of the Evidence of Things Screened podcast about film and faith, delivers a powerful message about waiting, your future and the truth about God’s role in all of it. You won’t be disappointed. (This is a video, but it’s available in podcast form under Church of the Advent Hope on iTunes).
Career: Are you ready to be a manager? An important assessment on what your leadership style is. Do you know yours? How to navigate the job search. (Yes, even when it gets draining). The Career Contessa is a place to start.
Living: Picnic basket menus for those late summer evenings.
Style: The fab fashion from the classic, The Parent Trap.
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Personals: Gopnik (the brilliant journalist) addresses immigration, France’s World Cup win and the strength of diversity. Stuff you can do solo in this summer heat. Explore your creativity, and be reborn.
Finances: A special feature on finance is coming, but while you wait, check out this great piece on tithing.
Relationships: Gary Thomas explores the common difference between single men and women. The legacy of the narcissist parent. LavenderVines and the 21 Day Love Challenge. You up for it? Should we do it together and report back? And lastly, clearing toxic relationships.
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Personals: Why finding your passion is the “lazy” approach to life. (Finding your purpose just got real, and surprise surprise– it’s not about being comfortable). Valuable life lessons from Hilary Kerr. How to delegate outcomes and not activities. Being Elliot on living in the present. Top Five to Thrive from the Type A Checklist.
Wellness: Food swaps you will want to try. Results you will see when you focus on gut health. The best and worst foods for breakouts. Because #solidarity. How to eat well and for health, when it’s at odds with your culture. (Like when you go vegan, and your grandmother is still trying to force-feed you chicken). The connection between gut health and insomnia.
Living: French decor tips for those of you getting ready for the next season. A little redecorating never hurt anyone. Affordable wedding dresses for the no-fuss bride. It’s wedding season. Tips for hosting a stylish summer party. Thinking about buying a home? Here is the breakdown on renting vs. buying. What we own shows who we are. This is not new, but it’s always interesting.
Happy weekend. xx
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Wellness: Six nutritionist approved snacks for when desperate times call for desperate measures.
Personals: What your Type A personality means for your health. I read this because clearly, I am Type A. How to boost your energy in these heat-drain months. Life accomplishments that are not having a baby or getting married that deserve to be celebrated. I couldn’t agree more.
Living: Spiced rice pudding recipe alert. The perfect cool-off snack. Atelier Doré takes us upstate. So much inspiration here (especially if you appreciate old world vibes). Laila Gohar and her crispy dill potatoes in the New York Times.
Happy weekend, lovelies!
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Wellness: How kombucha can help clear your skin.
Career: Ambitious people on work-life balance. This piece blew my mind. It’s very unlike anything you have ever read.
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Relationships: Dealing with contempt.
Style: How to wear a neck scarf this summer.
Podcast: Erwin McManus (pastor at Mosaic). He is on fire. Available on iTunes.
Wellness: The staple in your kitchen that is contributing to bacteria and food poisoning.
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Relationships: The mental health impact of getting married later in life.
Career: What if there were no more job interviews? This is now being considered.
Tech: My friend did a TED talk on artificial intelligence. Learn from his brilliance.
Podcast: A new gem in the audio world– the Doctor’s Farmacy.
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Podcasts: Wabi Sabi by Candice Kumai. Episode 2 was everything. She is a great storyteller, and as real as it gets.
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Wellness: A great Forbes piece on how we can use apps like My Flo (period tracker) to increase our productivity. Things to know if you quit birth control. Peganism, what it is and why it’s all the rage. Traditional Chinese medicine self care rituals. Natural remedies for cold and flu. What every woman should know about PCOS and Endo.
Travel: Must see destinations in Europe.
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Spirituality: Remember that God is a God who sees us, no matter what the circumstance.
Personals: An Honest Life Blog posted a powerful piece on loving who you are. The power of affirmations and positivity. Three shifts in thinking that can change your life. Sazan discusses the beauty of imperfection.
Relationships: How to stop others’ projections from affecting you and how to recognize it. How to stop being a defensive person. I found this piece to be fascinating. I think that when you work with difficult people often, this is a necessary skill.
Beauty: The best natural beauty products on Amazon.
Style: Stylish tips from Southern women.
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Personals: Nine habits that set the tone for the day. Next, how to stay positive around negative people. The things people can determine in about 4 seconds after meeting you. How to celebrate what I think is the best month of the year! May!!
Relationships: All about Gilmore Girls, and the fact that they were actually co-dependent. It was a fascinating piece about relationships and how they can turn unhealthy, even when they look fine at a glance.
Career: Things learned from a career coach.
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Relationships: Amanda Booth on the joys of life that she has experienced through her son’s down syndrome.
Style: The timeless outfits that we’d still wear from Rachel Green’s closet (Friends).
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Relationships: A great post on why it’s worth honoring God in your relationship.
Personals: How to stop treating life like a competition; an awesome post from The Wholehearted Woman. What to do if you are struggling with financial PTSD. A list of things they don’t teach us in school, which help us succeed.
Career: Work uniforms of successful women. How to change careers. (We are young and change is good). Mindfulness at work, for when you are praying and it all hits the fan. Other practical little tips to go along with prayer.
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Health and Wellness: Best foods for best brain function. The wonders of collagen. I have been really into facial massage, and how it can help with lymphatic drainage and stress headaches. Dining out can expose us to more hormone disruptors.
Relationships: Dealing with toxic people (how to know who is toxic and how to deal).
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Health and Wellness: The wonders of aloe (and the fact that it keeps blood sugar in check). Tips to balance your hormones. Lately, I have focused on hormone health. I can’t stress enough how important it is. The “dirty dozen” list of produce is out. Dr. Gottfried talking about how aging well has everything to do with emotional wellness.
Career: A lady boss is on the May 2018 Vogue cover: Amal Clooney.
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Relationships: Sabrina Peters and 10 things she has learned about marriage. (You will read and share this one!)
Travel: Some tips for the wanderers.
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Financials: Good debt vs. bad debt.
Living: How to entertain on a budget.
Career: How to ace your next interview.
Personals: Are money and confidence interchangeable? How iPhones impair our brains, even when we aren’t on them. (Scary). The details on gratitude. (And the type of gratitude that really makes us happier).
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Personals: A bit of humor from Garance Doré.
Relationships: All about the pit in your stomach.
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Beauty and Wellness: Sephora’s list of the best natural beauty products. Get the natural stuff, and keep racking up your points! “The Dirty Dozen,” list of endocrine disrupters. (Perfect for guiding some spring cleaning). The health benefits of collagen (going beyond skin).
Parenting: Why mom’s should embrace (not resist) their changing bodies.
Relationships: The beauty of a rebuke, and the changes it can lead to. (If you love someone, you call them out).
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Spirituality: Taking the limits off of God. (Video).
Beauty: Alice Panikian’s non-toxic beauty routine.
Food: Vegan Easter recipes. Spring, come to us!
Style: I loveee MPG’s everyday wear (especially their office stuff). It’s clean and minimalist. For every thing you buy, part goes to charity to feed a child. The quality is excellent.
Career: How millennial women are handling burnout.
Decor: Plants that will elevate any bathroom.
Parenting: All about children and their social development.
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Entertaining: Getting those high tea vibes before spring.
Financials: Lessons learned after paying off a student loan.
Career: Managing workplace conflicts.
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Health: Why fermented foods matter. Julianne Hough opens up on natural remedies and comforts for her endometriosis. The best natural makeup products, as listed by Man Repeller. All about hydration (how much water is really enough?).
Home: Five areas to keep clean in your home (that are often overlooked).
Season: 28 things to do before spring beckons us outside for warm sunshine (the snow is melting). If you find yourself dreaming of spring, Gal Meets Glam has some gorgeous colorful shots from her time in Palm Beach.
Spirituality: Why Christians are mean, and what it means (and why it needs to change).
Relationships: Ways to avoid a breakup. (Really, they are tips for a healthy relationship).
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Spirituality: Christine Caine at Passion 2018 was fire!
Personals: One of the most important questions of your life– this is a good one. An open letter to her body and period, by Garance Dore. Lena Dunham shared thoughts on motherhood after her hysterectomy (Endometriosis awareness month is coming, ladies).
Relationships: A simple tip to increase happiness. Julianne Hough on endo and married life, because #goals. Melissa Wood shared her thoughts on dropping the health snobbery and living your life (and letting your partner live his).
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The treats from the week included:
Financials: Stacy London On Her Year of Going Broke
Self-care: Our own Modern Witness Pegah O. talked about treating yourself this Valentine’s Day, with Girl & the Bay.
Personals: The dangers of perfectionism, as investigated by The Washington Post. Keep your head up, on tech ruining manners and moods. Dealing with low self-esteem, from the Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine.
Spirituality: How God awakens us, thoughts sparked by Thomas Merton and digested by yours truly.