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My Fall Playlist

Six months into this global pandemic, music is still helping me cope. Here is my fall playlist, featuring a mix of upbeat tunes and songs that calm my brain.

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Workouts You Can Do Anywhere: Arms

The third workout in our series focuses on biceps, triceps, and shoulders. This 10-minute circuit is genius because you can do it anywhere, you don’t need any equipment, and you are guaranteed to feel the burn. (My triceps were on fire after filming this video.)

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Workouts You Can Do Anywhere: Booty

For the second video in our Workouts You Can Do Anywhere series with my friend and trainer Michelle Kuhnreich, we are focusing on my favorite body part: the booty! Since I’m a runner, I need strength and power in my lower body, and since I’m a busy mom, I need to work out those areas quickly and efficiently. At just 10 minutes long, this workout is the perfect way to

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How We Traveled Safely

After three months in quarantine, we made the calculated risk to drive from Austin to New Mexico to Utah to Idaho to Montana and back. Keep reading for a look at how we traveled safely.

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7.20 What’s On My Nightstand: Camping Edition

After three-and-a-half months of quarantining, I wanted to take advantage of the open road and try to find a new horizon for our family. While it seems like an odd time to consider a summer vacation, I find that I do my best thinking when I can get outdoors and into nature. I knew the change of scenery would do us (well, me) good. Traveling by road with three children

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What It’s Like to be a Doctor on the COVID Frontline

I’m eternally grateful to all the brave doctors, nurses, and frontline workers who are facing COVID-19 head-on every day. One of them is my husband’s cousin Jeremy Padalecki, who is an ER physician. He works in freestanding emergency rooms throughout Texas, including in Corpus Christi, Austin, Round Rock, and Bryan.  Personally, watching Jeremy graduate from medical school and witnessing him become the doctor he is today, I can attest to

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6.20 What’s On My Nightstand

Y’all (as we say in Texas), this has been quite the month! COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be easing up—cases in Texas are on a very fast rise—and we are all taking a hard look at ourselves and the racial bias in this country. It’s a heavy time, but I hope in a few years we can look back on Summer 2020 and be proud that we forged ahead with a

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