I used to have terrible skin. The Oil Cleansing Method singlehandedly turned my skin around. I used a mixture of castor oil, tea tree, and sweet almond oil, twice a day for several months then once a day until the oil and acne were under control. If I find my skin doing the most now, I’ll go back to TOCM and get my skin together.Read More
I feel like I've lost the reigns a bit with my weight and health. Have you ever looked in the mirror and not recognized yourself? Yeah, that is me, not to mention the side effects that I feel when I do not work out regularly. For me, that means, lack of energy, trouble sleeping at night, trouble getting up in the morning, lack of appetite, irregular bowel movements, and feeling out of shape.Read More
Mashed Sweet Potatos
Folow these instructions for my sage sweet mashed potatoes. This time around I️ used stock instead of cream and it was magically delicious. I️ also omitted the sage from the boiling process
For the brown butter simply melt 1/2 stick of butter on medium know heat in a metal or light colored pot. You want to have clear view of the color change as itnhappens. Swirl the pan occasionally to be sure the butter is cooking evenly.
As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. The color will progress from lemony-yellow to golden-tan to, finally, a toasty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat and transfer the browned butter into a heat-proof bowl to cool.
The milk solids will cook faster and you'll see them settle on the bottom of the pan like the dregs in a bottle of wine. When you transfer the brown butter to a new container, try to leave as much of this sediment in the pan as possible. You can also strain the butter through a fine meshed strainer or cheese cloth to remove all the particles.
Make sure that all the veggies are cut into even pieces so they cook evenly. You can use whatever vegetables, potatoes, or squash that you have in your house. Add two tablespoons of maple syrup or balsamic for extra caramelization.
What you'll need:
- tomatoes on the vine
- 3 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 1 red onion, quartered
- 2 tbs Fresh herbs (I used thyme, rosemary, and a little bit of sage)
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine veggies, spices, and oil. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
Roast for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through and browned.
Therapy has been an instrumental part of my emotional growth. It’s not that I don’t still feel anxious, but I feel like I know how to deal with it. I can name it, claim it, and own it now, rather than it owning me. Part of that anxiety is the feeling that I am never doing enough. This feeling of perpetual disappointment has been forever holding me back. It doesn't leave much room for much else. And let me tell you it feels good to make room for other things.Read More
It's hot AF. So I've been opting for flowy, breezy outfits as of late. It's my hopeless attempt to not be completely uncomfortable during my commute, because for the most part I'm freezing my balls off at work and melting my buns off on my to work. But alas it's a losing battle. I suppose dueling temps are the working girls eternal struggle. Anywho, here is what I wore.
It happens to all of us. You wake up and you feel like 💩. I used to roll my eyes when I saw all the self help memes about happiness being a choice… like stfu. But I truly believe that it is barring extraneous circumstances. There are times when you need to be present in your whatever it is that you are feeling. And there is a lot of pressure the get over things and count your blessings, blah blah blah. While this is very true sometimes it’s not easy to simply decide and that’s OK. Now, if this in not one of those situations then here are my tips for turning your day around.
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Step 1: Eat
Have a healthy snack. Emphasis on healthy, do not stress eat because that will make you feel worse.
Step 2: Hydrate
Drink lots of water, NOT coffee or another caffeinated beverage.
Step 3: Get Moving
Go outside and take a brief walk if you can to get the blood flowing. If not walk about the office or go in the bathroom and do some jumping jacks and power pose.
Step 4: Smile
You might look crazy but it’ll make you feel way better.
Step 5: Dance Party
I have several amazing playlist on my person at all times. Play some fun and maybe nostalgic music to a makes you feel happy. Music always transcends for me.
Step 6: Give Thanks
Get out of your own head and show some gratitude. Send someone who you are thankful for a nice text, FB message or call if you have time. It’ll make them happy and that will most definitely rub off on you.
Bonus: Make step six part of your bedtime or wake up routine. It is the fastest way to turn things around for me. If you journal write it down. If not start journaling, its good for you!
What do you do to cheer yourself up?
So I wrote an article about...(ahem) therapy. More specifically why I decided to go and a few things that I've learned during the process. It's live now on Simone Digital, check it:
Right now I’m listening to my last session on my phone. I’m half smiling half frowning. It’s weird to hear my own voice and I feel slightly nervous or maybe embarrassed about the story that I’m telling my therapist. I start by running through all of the things that I signed myself up for in January, including writing this column. I start talking about a dream I had about someone who really hurt me. I’m chuckling as I read the notes the I wrote down when I was experiencing it all.
It feels heavy and why am I laughing? In addition to my day job I have a slew of very time consuming projects that I’m working on executing in January. Who the fuck do I think I am? I ask myself this regularly, actually. But Let me back up. Why the hell am I here?
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I haven’t been on vacation for over a year. Well…a real vacation. You know when you go away for more than a long weekend. The point is this vacation was much needed!
This hotel was great. The location was perfect, the room was nice, and there was an amazing roof top pool.
|Years ago I fell in love with this dress on Etsy and asked the tailor to save every last bit of fabric that he could. I wore it to my 25th birthday party, which was just as epic as this dress.|
|"If I were hosting a game show at my house I guess it would’ve been appropriate"|
The cut is TERRIBLE right?! But the fabric, the mesh front, and the back out were enough to overlook the 10lbs of tulle in the shoulders alone. I had never seen anything like it.
I love that the fabric is not only beautiful but has so many great memories tied to it. I’ve been phasing out a lot of old shit that I still have from college and beyond mainly because my style is different, but I like holding on to just a few things like this.