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Mercury Retrograde: Susan Miller’s Tips on How to Deal

Even when I don’t know Mercury is in retrograde, I know Mercury is in retrograde: My keys go missing, I can’t find the one document I need, a supposedly well-laid plan with the kids suddenly falls apart. It’s as if the universe is playing tricks on me, and in some ways, it is. Astrologically speaking, what happens is that a couple of times a year, Mercury speeds past Earth (its

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July Lit List: Beach Reads

There’s nothing quite as relaxing—or a better escape, in my opinion—than paging through a book (no matter where your reading nook may be). The beauty of a beach read is that you don’t have to think too hard about it, but that also doesn’t mean that beach reads have to be mindless. There are so many titles I’d like to dig into this year, but I’ve rounded up a handful

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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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Chatting Motherhood, Makeup & More With Whitney Port

Though it would be nice to indulge in a leisurely beauty routine every day, life with kids just isn’t set up like that. For many of us, there’s family, there’s work, and also just a general lack of time to have “beauty regimen goals.” Thankfully, I always have my go-to Burt’s Bees products so that I can salvage a little me time while also getting the kids where they need

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Dive Into This Summer’s Best Swimsuits

Happy 4th, everyone! I consider the Fourth of July the official kickoff to beach season, so I rounded up some of my favorite swimsuits from this year’s collections. Whether you’re a one-piece girl, a sporty swimmer or a two-piece loyalist, there’s something for everyone here that will make you look and feel confident on the beach or at the pool. ONE-PIECES Summersalt The Deep Dive (Or this TAVIK Chase one-piece)

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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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