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Celebrating Father’s Day

Marriage, like parenting, is messy, complicated, beautiful, emotional, and imperfectly perfect. We learn so much about ourselves through our relationships, for the people we do life with often hold up a mirror to our most triggering aspects. I experience wild comfort in knowing I married my best friend – someone who constantly reminds me that I’m enough, as I explore, evolve, and cultivate new sides of myself. As human beings,

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Gen’s June Lit List: Beautiful Reads

This month we’re delving into everything beauty-related, and while a lot of beauty books are makeup how-to’s (many of which I love!), I wanted to make this Lit List about more than makeup. The books I’ve chosen take a wellness-oriented approach to beauty, covering everything from a deep dive into skincare to the French approach to beauty. Beauty and good intentions go hand in hand, and I’ve found that these

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Love, Gen: I See the Beauty in You

Whether I know it or not, I’m always struggling with my definition of beauty— from aging, to perfectionism, to fat-shaming myself, to holding my cards close to my chest about getting my period every month to how often I indulge in “beauty” maintenance. In thinking about how I’d tackle this month’s theme, I realized that beauty doesn’t need to be a source of conflict. It doesn’t need to be our

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Self Love and Healthy Boundaries with Terri Cole

As women, we’re programmed to be caretakers, so much so that many of us put others’ needs way above our own, running ourselves ragged to make everyone around us happy. But when we’re stretched so thin, how are we supposed to take care of ourselves? Licensed psychotherapist and love and relationship expert Terri Cole calls this phenomenon the “disease to please.” Her passion is helping women set boundaries and live

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Resilience 101: How I am Raising Strong, Brave and Curious Kids

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Nexcare Brand. All words and opinions are my own. When I was growing up in the Bay Area, we played outside constantly—climbing trees, making up games, riding bikes, you name it. My parents pushed us to go, go, go, to get out there, explore and be curious. With their guidance, I grew up with a fearless spirit that took me from

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Sextrology: Superstar Astrologist Susan Miller on Love and Relationships

When things are feeling out of sorts, you’d think your phone would be the last place you’d find some much-needed grounding. But when I feel like I need a little guidance, I open up astrologist Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone app and check out my horoscope. (Full disclosure I read it everyday!) Susan’s readings have an uncanny way of being spot-on. Whenever I’m reading my Capricorn horoscope, I think to myself,

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Gen’s May Lit List: Let’s Talk About Sex

One of the places we can feel the most self-conscious about our bodies is in the bedroom. Even if you’ve been with your partner for a long time, like I have, being naked physically still comes with a lot of emotional triggers. It takes time to be comfortable with yourself and with your partner, but it’s a journey that can have some mind-blowing rewards, once you’re able to free up

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Sunday Brunch Series: Eggs on Toast with Prosciutto, Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Tomatoes

Since this month we’re talking about body positivity and what makes us feel good, here’s one thing I always look forward to: Sunday brunch. Not only is the food delicious, but it feeds the soul to catch up with family and friends. Life is a balancing act, and it’s important to splurge and find the positivity in things that make you happy. That leads me to today’s Sunday Brunch Series,

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Love, Gen: Let’s Celebrate Body Positivity This May

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My hands and my breasts. They’re the two parts of my body that—even on mornings when I look like garbage and the kids are throwing tantrums—I can say without an ounce of hesitation that I love. It’s taken me a long time to get there, but it’s because my hands remind me of the three babies I’ve held, of holding Jared’s hands on our wedding day, of the meals I’ve

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Treating Our World With Little Acts of Love on Earth Day

Seven years ago, my world changed forever.  Having Thomas, our first baby, made me more aware of my relationship to our world, and how our beautiful planet would need to not only provide for our children, but for our children’s children. Having kids made me aware of everything around me from the products I used in our home to the way we looked at consumption, our use of plastics, and

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