03
Dec 17

Brilliant Gifts Under $20 When a Card Just Isn't Enough

When it comes to close friends and family, buying gifts is often a lot easier. You know them, and you’re probably willing to spend a little more (not just money, but time and effort) to get them a gift that they’ll really love. But for everyone else on your list—when a card just doesn’t feel like enough on its own—there are small things you can do that they’ll definitely appreciate.

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24
Nov 17

This Holiday Weekend: Perhaps The Most Important Thing You'll Do This Year

Hopefully your belly is full, and perhaps the dishwasher is too, loaded with dirty plates and cups —all the markers of a good Thanksgiving holiday and leftovers. You might be a little tired today too, especially if you’re hosting a bunch of guests, cooking a huge meal, or driving a long distance to spend the day with friends and family. In the wake of so much activity, I’m here to remind you not to forget this one small, yet also big, thing.

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11
Nov 17

What Your Birth Month Says About Your Home

The driving force in how you decorate your home—and really just how you live in it—is dictated most often by your personality. Who you are as a person impacts what art you hang, how you set up your rooms, how often you host people, your cleaning tendencies, and how you unwind at home. But your personality can also be impacted by when you were born, and much like your zodiac sign, the month you were born in can reveal a lot about you.

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09
Nov 17

All the Hardest Things About Adult Friendships (And How to Deal with Them)

Among the list of myriad things that get more difficult as you get older–like sitting up from a low chair or touching your toes–is making and maintaining friendships. I know my own relationship dynamics have gotten a bit more difficult than just sharing a juice box at recess.

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22
Sep 17

Forget About Work-Life Balance and Try This Instead

The pressure to do it all, have it all, be it all, and still have a perfect home to throw Pinterest parties in is pervasive and leads inexorably to talk of multitasking and time management. Balance, to me, is finding a way to spin all the plates on all our appendages. But if minimalism is a counterpoise to physical excess, then taking things out of our schedules must be the antidote to busyness and the key to being present. Here are some ways to practice presence in your daily life.

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13
Sep 17

How To Feel Like a New Person in 15 Minutes

Here’s the thing about falling into a funk: it’s hard to shake it off. Sometimes you can trace your mental and emotional shift to a specific trigger, such as a breakup or being laid off from your job. Other times, it’s an intangible feeling that hangs over you like a fog. Either way, life loses a bit of luster.

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12
Sep 17

Is Your Kitchen Sink the Key to Happiness? Yes, According to This Fan-Favorite Cleaning Plan

Do you follow the FlyLady? If not, here’s a little backstory: the FlyLady is a site dedicated to organizing and cleaning your home, started by Marla Cilley. The site gets its name from Cilley’s old username from her first online endeavor, and is equal parts an homage to her love of flyfishing and an acronym that means “finally loving yourself.” (Oh, and fair warning if you’ve never visited before: the website looks a bit like a relic from 2001, but honestly that adds to its charm!).

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26
Aug 17

The New, Supremely Satisfying Way I End My Day

Most of us take on a lot of different roles in life. You’ve got to be the housekeeper, bookkeeper, nutritionist, chef, personal shopper, stylist, events coordinator, therapist, bodyguard, CEO and assistant of You, Inc.—all the time, around the clock. Oh, and cheerleader too, if you hope to have the stamina and enthusiasm to do it all over again tomorrow.

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