These Healthy Alternatives To King Cake Will Save Mardi Gras!

Okay, Mardi Gras is in zero percent trouble. But, still. I know I’ve started off every week this year saying that I’m going to pull in the reigns on the junk food and yet somehow something magically pops up- holidays, birthdays, This Is Us devastation. So, I’ll take any healthier alternative I can get my hands on because, yes, in a perfect world, I would just munch on my kale chips and smile. But it’s Mardi Gras and I’M NOT MADE OF STONE. Go super healthy with a berry-on-the-bottom, green-on-the-top smoothie. Make a cheese and fruit plate with the traditional Mardi Gras color palette. Find out how to make this awesome-looking Mardi Gras slaw on The Runaway Spoon. Using pretzel squares, melted Hershey Kisses, and Easter-themed M&M’s in green, purple, and gold to get these nibblets. Or, using white chocolate, coat a traditionally shaped hard pretzel and cover it in sprinkles just like a proper king cake.   Once you have kids, Mardi Gras is never really what it used to be. And if you’re like me, that’s a really good thing because … well, I’m just happy I dodged all the Girls Gone Wild cameras is all I’m gonna say. These days, it’s as PG as possible and I’d have it no other way. Happy Mardi Gras <3  

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Easy Ideas For Elementary School Dr. Seuss Week That You Can Do Yourself At Home

My kids are in middle school now and have pretty much outgrown Seuss Week for the most part. But when they were in elementary school, they lived for it. Of course, I was always so busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I never really planned for it properly. We were always scrambling fifteen minutes before school started to come up with something that was remotely related to the appropriate Seuss Week days. Crazy Sock Day, Hat Day, Wild Hair Day, Wacky Wednesday, Mismatch Monday, etc… Some days we managed to piece together some decent ideas. Others… not so much. Then I’d drop my kids off for school and see that other moms -you know, the good moms who planned Seuss Week in advance-  who all but hired Mike Meyers to drop them off in the Cat in the Hat suit. So, here are some of the best ideas around the internet to giving you a running start and help your kids to have an awesome Seuss Week at school.

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Everything You Need To Prepare For The Best Week Ever: February 27-March 4

Don’t believe the hype. Good days don’t just fall from the sky. They’re planned and prepped for. Here’s everything to add to your calendar and keep in the front of your brain to make sure that when the bad stuff tries to take you out, you’re ready. This week, we’ve got everything from Seuss Week, a cheesecake-stuffed strawberry recipe, thoughts on the importance of taking solo day trips.

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Cheers!

Well folks, today is World Bartender Day!  Woo hoo!! This day is not to be mistaken for Bartender Appreciation Day which is celebrated on December 6th.  As a former bartender, I am very pleased that we have, not one, but two holidays dedicated to our services! When I first moved to Los Angeles, I worked three different waiting tables and bartending jobs.  While most of my friends were beginning their very stable careers and families back on the east coast, I was continuing my career in the service industry while pursuing my dreams as an actress on the west coast.  There were, of course, times when I questioned my decisions and compared my late nights to their early mornings.  I questioned myself as I watched them, one by one, meet and marry their husbands.  And, while I was busy getting people drunk (myself being one of these people), sleeping until 10am and working until 3am they were becoming pregnant and having babies.  Still, I pressed on and “followed my bliss”!  Lol. Why Lol?  Because, in your early twenties it’s less following your bliss and more trying not to fall on your face; at least for me.  My time in my twenties was full of heartache, turmoil, partying and extravagance and also with fun, excitement, growing, sheer beauty and of course–youth!! They say that youth is wasted on the young and as I look back at these photos, I would have to agree.  I mean, I am still young but I […]

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Daily Do-Gooder; February 21, 2017

I’ve been a habitual journal-keeper since I was a kid. I suffer from sometimes crippling ADD and I’ve found journaling and list-making to be one of the best and most effective coping mechanisms, not just in dealing with it, but in thriving with it.  It’s a ritual of mine, complete with page tabs and color-coded pages filled with daily tasks, reminders, lists, quotes, inspiration, notes from the day, and small mementos. I also use it to keep reminders and track of doing good deeds and reminders on things that I can do in the future. It has helped and increased my mindfulness ten-fold. I carry my Moleskine around with me everywhere – from meetings at work to the dinner table. People inquire about it all the time and often remark on how impressive the organization and concept is, despite being pretty common and insanely simple. But the more people remark on it, the more I realize just how much I depend on this system to get me through life. Sometimes it’s the only thing keeping me on track throughout the craziness of every day. It genuinely gives me something to look forward to, from the small joys of celebrating something as frivolous as National Pie Day to the massive gratification of looking at a completely checked-off task list. So, I’m going to try to incorporate the same general system here, in hopes that it can help and inspire others to get through their days in the same way. Feel free to […]

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Breast Isn’t Always Best

While I love all of the beautiful photos of women nursing newborns and am a huge advocate for breastfeeding, it is a FULL TIME job and not an easy one. With my son I had an extremely difficult time producing enough milk so I had to supplement with formula which pretty much made me feel like a failure. It was devastating to me. With Savannah, while I don’t have a problem producing this go around I have had extremely rough days. I am completely sleep deprived which is no bueno for anyone and she can get extremely fussy at the breast for reasons I have yet to understand. I had a major meltdown last Thursday when, after weeks of feeding fine, she would not latch. My three year old kept running into the room just as I would get her calm and just about ready to sleep and she would awake in a screaming fit. I then would yell at him to leave the room when all he wanted to do was play with me which made him scream and cry which, in turn, made me scream and cry and the cycle continued. My husband came home to a house full of tears and “suggested” I quit nursing. I did stick with it and eventually we fell into a calmer routine and things are back on track. But, man it was tough for a bit. I just wanted to share how difficult breastfeeding can be and you have to do […]

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16 Awesome Podcasts For Moms

I often complain that I don’t get to read as much as I used to. But like every other mom, I have about 5.7 seconds of free time every day and reading is one of those things that lands on the “want”  side of the priority list. And on the occasional days when the moon and the stars align and I do have enough free time to crack open a book (yes, I still prefer physical books when possible), I usually fall asleep within the first chapter. I believe this is what all those internet people refer to as “the struggle.” Yes, it really is real.

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