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What Makes My Family Smile

Motherhood evokes all sorts of smiles: There’s the pure amusement at the latest silly thing your kid’s done, belly laughs from tickle fights, even the occasional smile through tears when you’re so proud of your children and the little people they’re becoming. My kids make me smile all the time, but the biggest one I can remember of late was when my younger son, Shep, gave me a painting he’d

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Power Off: How to Take a Digital Detox

Every Sunday, I try to go without my cell phone or social media—and as you can imagine, it’s harder than it sounds to detach from a device that’s practically become an extension of my hand, even if only for 24 hours. We’re so used to being “plugged in,” to knowing what our friends and family are up to every second of the day, and to feeling the pressure of getting

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Love, Gen: Unabashed Unplugging

When I first started to write this editor’s letter, I made a conscious decision to do it the old-fashioned way: I sat down at my desk with a pen and notebook in hand and jotted down my notes. It felt good to step away from the glow of my laptop for a couple of minutes, and to make writing a more sensory experience, feeling the paper as I wrote and

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Sunday Brunch Series: Bittersweet Chocolate and Walnut Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

Today’s Sunday Brunch Series combines two of my favorite things: the Pacific Northwest and a good breakfast pastry. I love the wild ruggedness of the coastline up near Seattle, seeing the outline of Mt. Rainer off in the distance, and, of course, the food. Give me a dozen oysters and a steamed Dungeness crab and I’m a happy girl. And while I usually try to eat pretty clean, there’s something

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What Makes You Feel Beautiful

In my editor’s note at the beginning of June, I asked readers to tell me what makes you feel your most beautiful. And you did, in droves (more than 1,000 comments between the blog and Instagram, to be exact!). First of all, thank you to all of you who commented. I can’t tell you how inspiring it has been to read through your responses. From everyday moments to personal stories

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Sunday Brunch Series: Breakfast Flatbread with Ricotta and Strawberry-Basil Jam

A part of me will always be a California girl at heart. Having spent the first 13 years of my life growing up in Northern California, we’d pick Meyer lemons and kumquats in my grandmother’s backyard, and fresh ingredients and a mix of local produce were staples in our family’s kitchen. (It’s partially why I love to garden.) It’s also one of the reasons why I love Gaby Dalkin’s blog,

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Living Well With Dr. Frank Lipman

I’ve had hypothyroidism for quite some time. It’s something that runs in my family. As I started to dig deeper into the disorder, I realized that it’s very much connected to the gut, and I wanted to explore the root of the disorder versus simply the symptoms and causes—which led me to the work of Dr. Frank Lipman. His new book, How to Be Well, is about more than gut

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Wellness from A to Z

I’ve always loved when magazines do A to Z features, because they’re an easy way to find inspiration. I thought I’d put together my own personal “Wellness from A to Z” to see if it might spark something for you…Let me know what you think of it!   Authenticity When we’re true to ourselves, we’re our most healthy.   Breath Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I remember to breathe. A couple

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Tips and Tricks to Combat Allergy Face

This post is sponsored by Zyrtec, but all opinions are my own. Spring is over and we are heading into the summer! Surprisingly enough, my allergies are still bothering me! After countless trial and errors, I’ve finally figured out a beauty routine that helps me look and feel my best during the sneezing season—along with a little help from ZYRTEC®. Honestly, the allergy med has been a lifesaver for me.

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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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