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Maxi dresses you can wear anywhere

Genevieve Padalecki wearing a maxi dress

Schools out for summer and I am officially ready to dress like it. Screw early morning wake-ups, rushing grumpy kids out the door and dressing like I don’t give a sh*t.  I can’t wait to sleep in (even just an extra 15 minutes!) and enjoy summer—and my summer uniform: maxi dresses. Long flowy dresses are my warm weather staple, perfect for a day in the sun with my family or

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5 Life lessons from running my first marathon

It’s officially been one month since I crossed the finish line at the Boston marathon with tears streaming down my face and legs that felt like jello. Nothing went as I’d planned—like most things in life—but I still wouldn’t change a thing. Now that it’s all over, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. After months of nonstop training, it’s a little strange to have so much free

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Homemade Sweetness: Mother’s Day Cake

Mothers Day Dessert - Gluten-Free Cake

Some years I’m all about taking some “me time” on Mother’s Day, but this year I’m craving more family-filled days like the ones I grew up with. To celebrate our mom, my siblings and I would take over the kitchen and make stacks of homemade pancakes and bring her Constant Comment tea in bed (her favorite). The mess we made drove her a little crazy, but she couldn’t help but

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Mother’s Day Gifts That Empower Women

Gen enjoying with her daughter Odette

I love an excuse to treat the mothers who inspire and support me in my life. And what better way to celebrate them than with thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts that also lift up and empower women? From improving maternal care and mental health programs to life-changing job opportunities for female entrepreneurs, each of these unique Mother’s Day gifts help to better the lives of women around the world in ways both

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A Total Body Workout You Can Do At Home

Genevieve during her full body workout routine

When I began marathon training, it seemed like the perfect excuse to skip my weight workouts. Because, let’s be real, who has time to run that many miles AND strength train?? But, I quickly learned that all that running required some serious support—and not just from workout buddies. I was getting injuries—the main one being my knee—and realized that keeping my strength was critical to keeping my body healthy. I

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The Five Reasons Why I Run

To be honest, I thought I’d hang up my running shoes for a few weeks (or months) after the marathon was over. But when Lululemon asked me to participate in their campaign to promote running with purpose, I couldn’t resist lacing up again. I truly believe that running has the power to change your life. It’s why I ran the marathon for Dream Big! And it’s why I’ve been sharing

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Giveaway Special: How to live every day like it’s Earth Day

Gen holding a box of organic food from Imperfect Produce

Happy Earth Day! It’s a pretty big holiday around here—as it should be. Nature gives us so much. The pure joy of getting lost in the mountains, swimming in a lake, running through oak-shaded trails or walking down a city street filled with cherry blossoms on a spring day—not to mention the obvious, like air to breath and food to eat. I want to leave this world a better place

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My guide to surviving marathon training

26.2 miles isn’t just 26.2 miles. It’s 1,000s of miles of training to support the actual race. That’s a lot of pavement underneath my feet. When I signed up for the Boston marathon I walked into it with little knowledge. I foolishly figured I would just run weekly and eventually have enough mileage, strength and endurance to cross the finish line. But I realized early on that going the distance

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Cool Kid Gifts

With three kids, six nieces and nephews and an endless stream of birthday parties for school classmates, I’m always on the hunt for cool gifts for kids. The trick: Finding something that the littles will love AND won’t make their parents hate me. (Hello, singing dog guitar.) As my kids will tell you, noisy electronic toys seem to mysteriously lose their batteries around here (sorry, not sorry). I think the

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Running with Purpose: Miles For Dream Big!

We are a week away from the Boston marathon and I’m feeling READY to cross that finish line—and kiss these early morning runs goodbye. I’m hoping I can inspire you to join me in my final training push. Not only do I need the encouragement, but together we can do even more to help girls achieve their athletic dreams. How, you ask? I’ve created a special Now & Gen 5K

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