wellness

How to Rehab Summer Skin

Have you ever had a doctor you just click with? I have, and I hold on to them for as long as I can. Dermatologist Barney Kenet is one of my longtime doctors. My mom’s friend recommended him to me when I was in college, and I liked him right away. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t try to sell me on Botox or the newest skin treatments.

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homestead

Adventures in Raising Honey Bees

Gen Raising Honeybees

A few years ago, our dear friends came to live with us until they found a new home. When they moved out, they sent us a pretty wild thank you gift: A hive filled with tens of thousands of bees! They are avid beekeepers and noticed that I was constantly peppering them with questions about their hobby. So, they thought they’d give me an opportunity to try raising honey bees

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family

Six Rules for Traveling with Kids

This summer was a doozy. What I thought was going to be a chill few months at home, ended up being a whirlwind of traveling with kids—from Vancouver, Idaho and California to cheering on the US at the World Cup in France. Some of it was for work and some just for fun, but I’ve always been a bit of a nomad and I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to get

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family

Water Safety For Kids

Gen Padalecki daughter swimming

Pools, lakes, swimming holes, rivers, beaches, waterparks. Summertime, especially in Texas, means being around water constantly. I love it, but it’s extremely nerve-racking with three kids all wanting in on the action and water safety is always on my mind. According to the CDC, drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death for children under 4 and a leading cause of death for ages 5 to 14. It’s every

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family

12 Books to Ease Back-to-School Jitters

  Ready or not, back-to-school season is here. Like most kids, my boys get a little nervous before the big day and I’ve found we’ve been able to work through some of their feelings with the help of some great books. Here are our family’s favorite books to ease back-to-school jitters. What are your favorites? 1. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex,

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fitness wellness

How I Make the Outdoors My Gym

I love a good spin class, but nothing beats exercising in the open air. Outdoor workouts always seem to go by faster and something about being in nature just soothes my soul and helps me get my head right. As a mom, I also find that if I make the outdoors my gym, it’s easier to squeeze in a workout because I can incorporate it into play with my kids. 

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family

Motherhood Unfiltered: A Q&A with Dr. Alexandra Sacks

I want to be an awesome mom. I want to wake up in the morning with endless patience. Meet all my kid’s needs. Be mindful and present as they grow up and help them feel empowered with each milestone. Pack Pinterest-worthy lunchboxes, be there for carpool and cheer them on at sports games armed with healthy organic snacks I whipped up straight from the garden. I want to cook wholesome

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family

Our Austin Date Picks

Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Padalecki share their favorite Austin date spots

Jared and I have been together for 11 years and married for nine. Throw three kids in the mix and a career that takes him to Canada most the year, and keeping the romance alive can be hard. As boring as it sounds, we’ve found that the best way to reconnect is to schedule a date night (or day) as often as possible. Our goal is weekly, but that happens

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wellness

Yoga flow to connect body and mind

We’re back from our whirlwind trip to Europe and the adrenaline rush of watching the ladies win the World Cup is finally starting to wear off—and the jet lag is setting in. After days filled with excitement, late bedtimes, and zero routines, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things here at home with varying degrees of success. This workout has been a great way to re-center and

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