Friday, February 23, 2018

How to Survive Whole 30 (I'm Halfway Through!)

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Spinach, smashed potatoes, and a turkey patty with mustard. (Hey, does it look like an English muffin with tons of butter or am I just having hunger hallucinations? LOL)

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My favorite snack: apples and homemade cashew butter

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A few of the Whole 30 essentials I rely on. (Top two photos by Pau Loyo Fernandez.)
If you're a regular watcher of my Instagram stories, you likely know that I'm in the middle of doing Whole 30! I wasn't psycholologically ready to do it during January like the rest of the world (lol), so I started February 1st. That means, I'm in the home stretch now! I'm planning to do a full recap after I'm totally finished, but I wanted to do a little check in now to talk about how it's going, what's worked for me, etc. Here it is, broken down into a little Q&A format.

First, what's Whole 30?
Quick summary in case you've been living under a rock: Whole 30 is a 30-day clean-eating plan where you eliminate all dairy, grains, legumes, sugar (and that's all sweeteners including maple syrup, agave, artificial sweeteners, etc), alcohol, and soy, as well as any baked goods with "approved" ingredients (i.e. pancakes made with coconut flour and almond milk). I know, I know--it sounds totally crazy.

Why did you decide to do it?
Because I'm a horrendous eater. With the exception of a few months, a few years back, when I did the Paleo diet (remember that?), and of course, random stints throughout my life when I briefly decide to "be healthy," I've been a longtime crappy eater. I love carbs, and I rarely crave vegetables or meats. I'm also in a long-term torrid love affair with dairy. I would be perfectly happy spending every day eating pasta and cold cereal, drinking Starbucks lattes, and having some sour gummies for dessert. So, I wanted to challenge myself to give up all of the crap I naturally gravitate to, while at the same time forcing myself to consume more vegetables and protein. And I wanted to see if I felt--or looked--any different after eliminating the not-so-great stuff and loading up on the good-for-you stuff.

So, how hard has it been? 
Honestly? Not that hard--most of the time. If I have a stocked fridge and a plan of what I'm going to eat, it's really, truly not bad. Most of the moments that have been difficult have been 1) random times when I haven't gotten to the store and my greens have gone bad or we're out of eggs or something and I just have no clue what to cook. Then suddenly I'm starving and thinking how easy it would be to whip up a box of mac n' cheese or grab a few crackers. Whole 30 is brutal if you're not prepared, but not so bad if you are. 2) Dining out. It's a huge bummer to go to a restaurant and avert your eyes from the pasta section of the menu or from the dessert your tablemates are getting, and then order a salad without cheese and a sad piece of salmon. And don't get me started on parties! So far, I've had three small cheats, and two happened at restaurants, one at a party.

How do you feel? 
Pretty good! But not like "transformed" or anything like that. You hear a lot of people talk about how they have so much more energy on Whole 30 or how they feel like a new person. That's not my experience--at least so far. For the first three or four days on Whole 30, I was exhausted. It was horrible! I felt like I could fall asleep at any moment! That did go away though, and ever since, I've felt like I have my normal energy levels. I'm also way less bloated in my tummy area. That happens very quickly--within the first few days.

Are you hungry all the time?
No. Most of the time I'm fine, but I am definitely usually famished right before a meal (and in a way I never was with "regular" eating--I just never let myself get that hungry). I've had two days so far where I've been weirdly starving ALL DAY, basically no matter what I ate. On those days, I just ended up snacking a little more (on Whole-30-compliant stuff), and just tried to deal. Luckily that has only been two days out of over 20 so far! Most days I'm fine with three meals and small snacks after lunch and dinner.

What do you eat for breakfasts?
Eggs. It's almost always eggs. I usually make scrambled eggs and then combine those with tomatoes, spinach, or bacon. And then sometimes, I'll have a Daily Harvest* smoothie, as well, in order to get some greens in. Smoothies are Whole 30 compliant (as long as they aren't made with dairy, sugar, etc), but they are frowned upon. The Whole 30 gods prefer you to chew your food, which I get, but sometimes you're busy or you hate straight kale, and a smoothie works for you. I don't do them every day, but I do have them a few times a week. And I always do the green-veggie-heavy ones (nothing overly fruity) and then mix them with coconut water or almond milk, and Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. On those mornings when I couldn't look at another egg, I would put dijon mustard on a slice or two of deli turkey and roll it up. (These are also one of my favorite snacks!) With Whole 30, you're supposed to get rid of the whole notion of "this is a breakfast food" or "this food is only for dinner," so this was one way I did that. 

*I'm obsessed with Daily Harvest, by the way, and will likely do a separate post about why they are so awesome. (So yummy! So healthy! Beyond easy!) But in the meantime, if you'd like to try them, you can get three free smoothies on your first order if you use this link. Definitely worth a try!

And what do you eat for lunches? 
Usually either leftovers from something I had cooked for dinner earlier in the week or a big salad. My favorite salad combo is arugula, proscuitto, sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and pistachios. Yum! I also love eggs for lunch and one of my favorite lunch creations is two eggs over easy, served over guacamole, cherry tomatoes, sausage, and hot sauce. But lately my most frequent go-to has been a turkey burger slathered with dijon mustard (no bun--duh). 

And what about dinners?
I try to cook a couple of times of week (but I definitely don't have the bandwidth to make something fully from scratch every single night--or even most nights). I've done various forms of chicken, steak, etc. I once made a fabulous spaghetti squash dish (recipe below), and if I want something quick and easy, I love spiralized zucchini noodles with Italian sausage, and jarred spaghetti sauce (just make sure it doesn't contain sugar--most do). 

Snacking is frowned upon (though not prohibited) with Whole 30, but screw that--I get hungry between meals! My go-to snacks are unsalted cashews, dried apricots, and (my ultimate favorite) sliced apples dipped in homemade cashew butter.

Any favorite recipes? 

Yes! I've been amazed how yummy a great Whole 30 recipe can be. These are few of my favorites so far, and all of these healthy recipes are truly delicious enough to make whether or not you're doing Whole 30. This chicken-sundried-tomato-and-spaghetti-squash casserole is surprisingly yummy, this Whole 30 chicken piccata is out of this world, this cashew butter is lifechanging (it tastes like frosting! But there's zero sugar!!), and this Mexican Shakshuka with Spiralized Sweet Potato is fabulous.

So that's where I am! I'll be back with a full report once I'm done with the entire program (FYI, I'm adding a day since I had a few cheats in there, so consider this a Whole 31!). I'll give tips and suggestions at that point, but if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to ask them here. 

And of course, if you've done Whole 30, I'd love to hear any tips you have, and I'd loooooove any suggestions for favorite recipes or snack ideas. Tell me below!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

16 Cool Things You Need To Click On Today

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This post was supposed to go up Friday, but then we went out of town for the weekend...and I forgot my computer. It was devastating! (Or, okay, maybe not devastating, but definitely very annoying.) Because of the lack of a computer, I did get more reading done, though, which was a plus! (I'm reading The Power, which is awwwwwesome.) So here we are today, and instead of reading these links over your lazy weekend, you can do so while you procrastinate on your first morning back after the long weekend. Sound good?

Quick recap: Last week was my birthday! It was pretty low key (which was fine by me), and was also marred by the horrendous tragedy that day in Parkland, Florida. (I caught the news of the shooting just as we were stepping into an Uber to go out for my birthday dinner.) As a mother--and, well, a human being--I just can't fathom how we've done nothing to make it even remotely harder for shooters to shoot people. I'm hoping this is the time. The Parkland kids are amazing, and seem to be making a big difference. That said, the only real hope for movement on this issue comes with the November elections. If the gun control issue (or any other issue) matters to you at all, you must vote. Register to vote now if you haven't, and then vote in November. It's the single biggest way you can help stop this madness.

Now, switching gears big time...! In the meantime, here's a few fun things to check out. Enjoy!

• Speaking of reading more, I'm making good on that 2018 goal! (And it wasn't just this past weekend.) So far this year I've read The Woman In The Window (a very good, suspenseful, fast read--I couldn't put it down!), The Bright Hour (beautifully written, also a fast read, and sad. If you liked When Breath Becomes Air, you'll absolutely love this),  Two Girls Down (I liked it though not as much as the others. It's very detective-y, Law & Order-ish, and is another fast read), and This Is How It Always Is (loved it--gives a new perspective and insight into a big issue I actually knew very little about).

Also: I just read a review of Red Clocks, and--ohemgee!--this book sounds amazing! It seems to be The Handmaid's Tale meets...conservative policies run amok. Just moved to the top of my reading list!

• Beauty product news: So, I have to tell you about Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which is insanely awesome. It looks like a clear gel (it's pretty much the exact look and texture of a makeup primer), and it completely--I mean, completely--disappears when you rub it in. And I don't mean that it becomes "lightweight" or "barely there" (terms we, admittedly, overuse in beauty writing). No, I mean that it looks and feels like nothing. NOTHING! It's completely invisible in both look and feel, and you are going to LOVE it.

• Come the warm weather, I pretty much want to live in this easy little day dress.

• I'm like a vampire when it comes to the sun, meaning I'm often in a rash guard, hiding under an umbrella, or both (#beautyeditorproblems). That's why this flouncy, long-sleeved J.Crew one-piece is calling my name. It's so different (I mean, have you ever seen a bathing suit like it??), but I'm so into it.

• Speaking of cute suits, I'm going on a beach vacation in just a few weeks (ahhh!), so I'm definitely in the market for a couple of new ones, and Bare Necessities has a bunch of good stuff right now. (Side note: I love that much of what they carry comes in bra sizes!) Really into this burgundy one-piece, this navy, polka-dot Miraclesuit (they really suck you in!), and (if Whole 30 works its magic...!) this sexy, bandage-style bikini.

• Do you, too, own an industrial-sized jug of Elmer's glue and way too much contact-lens solution? Is your Tupperware constantly being stolen? If so, you may have a kid obsessed with making slime like I do. That's why I related to this (hilarious) "Slime After Slime" video on a very deep level.

• Target now has a subscription box for baby clothes! Damn. I would have loved this. So cute!

• Rach Martino is one of my favorite Instagram follows. I loved following along on her photogenic, doing-it-all-for-the-'gram trip to Finland, so I also really loved this recap of her trip. (That igloo hotel though!)

• Ali's recipe for spiralized Mexican Shakshuka looks so yummy. And it's Whole 30 compliant! Making it asap.

• I made these (Whole 30 compliant, but not "diet" at all) garlicky smashed potatoes last night and they were SO gapped. (And easy!)

• This made me tear up.

• And this did, too.

And in case you missed it, I...

• Wore this pretty dress (which happens to be on sale!) to meet Christie Brinkley.

• Did a "mini" photo shoot--and walked away with these adorable pictures!

• Got thicker hair...from a shampoo.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Here's How to Get FREE Beauty Products!

My name is Alyssa and I'm a body wash hoarder. I mean, given my job, I'm a hoarder of many different types of beauty products, but I'm almost undeniably the worst with body wash. Maybe it's because it's a product that I use up relatively fast. Maybe it's because there are so many different, gorgeous scents out there. Maybe (probably?) because it's one category where it's always really fun to try something new.

So, whether you, too, are a body wash hoarder, or you just love trying new (freeeee!) stuff, you will love the deal I have for you today. Read on...

You've likely heard me talk about Grove Collaborative before, but if not: Grove is a site that carries natural products for home and body, and somehow, manages to offer these high-end, normally-pricy brands at very competitive, very affordable prices. (They carry lines like Mrs. Meyer's, Method, Caldrea, Seventh Generation, Acure Organics, Burt's Bees, and many more.)

The other awesome thing about Grove is that, from time to time, they offer these kind of unbelievably amazing, limited-time free gifts just for trying out the site. And I have a good one for you today where you can get beauty products for FREE!

I've partnered with Grove on deals before, but they've always been for cleaning products. (Fancy, "cool" cleaning products, but still.) This is the first time I've done a beauty deal with them, so I am really, really excited! (Beauty products are a tad more thrilling than counter cleaner, no?)

So, here it is: With your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative using this affiliate link, you will get the following (full-size!) items in your choice of scent for FREE:

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s body wash

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s body lotion

• Free loofah

• Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial (VIPs get free shipping on every order, free gifts, exclusive sales, and more)

*FYI, if you're already a Grove Collaborative customer, you aren't eligble for the deal above, BUT *if you use this link,* you'll get a FREE Grove lip balm!

You can cancel anytime, so honestly, it's worth at least placing one $20 order of basics like paper towels, laundry detergent, etc, and getting all the free stuff. Then you can decide later whether or not you want to continue ordering through them. (That's what I planned to do when I got my own deal way back when, but I've stayed on and I order so many of my products through Grove now. It's so easy!)

Are you guys already Grove customers? Are going to get the deal? Are you body wash hoarders like me?? Talk to me!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I Wore This Awesome Dress To Meet Christie Brinkley (And Now It's On Sale!)

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Dress (on sale!), Rebecca Taylor (also here and size 00 here). Booties, La Canadienne. Necklace (Tiffany--old. Similar herehere, here, and here). Lip color, Aveda Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Wineberry
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All photos (except for the last one) by Raquel Langworthy Photography

Back in December, I got invited to a really cool beauty event: It was the launch of Christie Brinkley's brand new makeup line (which actually just launched today!), where we'd be having dinner with Christie and then spending the night in the Mark Hotel. (As a mom who loves supermodels and is constantly woken up at 6:30am by one or both of my kids, this sounded like my kind of heaven!)

Now, I am not typically a light packer, but for some reason, this night, I really got it in my head that I was going to become one. I packed my favorite (but fairly small!) MZ Wallace camo bag with my pjs, a pair of undies and a different shirt for the next day (I'd wear the same jeans I came in), a pair of tights for that night, and a few toiletries. That's it! And then of course, I'd also be bringing my outfit for the big dinner with Christie: a favorite navy DVF dress. But I didn't want it to wrinkle, so I had it hanging on my closet door until the last possible second.

You can probably guess where this is going.

That evening,-I checked into the hotel an hour before the festivites started. As soon as I got into my room, I unzipped my bag to hang up my dress, and yep--the dress wasn't there. I had forgotten it. My fancy dinner with Christie was coming up ASAP and I was wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  

First, I panicked. Then, I ran out of the hotel to see if I could find something to wear--in record time. Luckily, the Mark is located smack in the middle of a lot of really great (albeit mostly very ritzy) stores on the Upper East Side. At this point, I had just over 30 minutes to find something, so I knew I probably only had time for one store. I noticed that Rebecca Taylor was literally across the street, so I said a quick prayer to the fashion gods and ran inside. 

I proceeded to run around the store like a mad woman, grabbing anything that might possibly work for the event, keeping in mind that whatever I bought also had to work with flat booties as they were literally the only shoes I had with me! I tried on six or so dresses, shockingly really loved four of them, and then decided on the one you see here

And you know what? I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It is really comfortable, it's super flattering, it runs true to size, and it can be worn a bunch of different ways (off-the-shoulder or on, with heels or flats, etc, etc). Best of all: Though I had to buy it full price, it's now on big-time sale right here, here, and here. (There are already limited sizes though, so run and grab yours before it sells out completely.) 

This dress was definitely the most panicked and last-minute purchase I have ever made. But it's gorgeous, and I felt great in it. Even next to Christie Brinkley. And believe me, that's no small thing!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Why "Mini" Photo Sessions Are Awesome

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Photos by Morgan Bayard Photography
Wanted to share a little photo shoot we did with one of my go-to photographers, Morgan Bayard, a few months back on an unseasonably warm day in November. It was a "mini session," which if you have kids, is really one of the best things ever.

Here's why: While I am perfectly content posing for anyone who wants to take my picture for hours on end (#blogger), both my kids (and, honestly, my husband, too) are not. With them, photo shoots have to be quick and to the point. None of them can possibly muster smiles, cooperation, and patience for anything close to the two whole hours that most photographers have as their minimum for portrait sessions. 

That's why "mini sessions" are so genius for us. If you're not familar with the concept: Photographers block off an entire afternoon in one location (for ours, it was Pier A park on the waterfront in Hoboken), and book individual sessions in 20-minute blocks. You show up ready to go, stand around awkwardly for a few minutes while the previous family finishes their session, and then jump right in when it's your turn.

You bribe your kids to smile, they begrudingly comply for 15 minutes while the photographer snaps away, and then by the time they start to really lose it, it's over anyway. (And honestly, mine barely managed to do that! One would smile, but the other wouldn't. Then the first kid would start to frown, while the other one finally decided to smile. I kept asking Morgan,"Do you think you've gotten anything good?!?") Still, if you have a good photographer, somehow you get lucky, and you end up with that one holiday card shot you needed, plus lots of adorable shots of the kids. In comparision to a full, private shoot, mini session pricing is usually very, very reasonable, too.

You just know the first photographer who came up with the mini-session concept had to be a mom, right? ;)

For more cute shots of my kids, check out the mini session we did with Morgan two years ago in the same location here. (omg, my kids look so young in it. Especially my daughter!). She also shot our family here, here, and here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I Tried The New Aveda Invati Advanced Hair Thickening System {Plus, A Giveaway!}

In partnership with Aveda

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Last year, I told you about my post-partum hair issues, and you can read about them here and here, but in summary: I had kid number one, lost a ton of hair, but it came back. A few years later, I had kid number two, lost way too much hair again, and didn't come back. Sure, my hair was still relatively thick (thank god I started life with a lot of it!), but it was nowhere near where it had been pre-baby. 

And maybe it sounds selfish to complain about lackluster hair when you have two healthy, adorable children to show for it, but 1) We all know hair is important and that it often relates directly to how confident we do or don't feel, and 2) Can't women have cute, healthy kids and good hair?!? This has been my quest ever since.

As I told you at the time, I started tackling my hair issues last year with the original Aveda Invati system, and was very impressed with my results. Well now, Aveda is launching a new version, Invati Advanced. They came to me a few months back, and asked if I wanted to try it early, but there was a catch: I had to commit to a full 12-week trial--using the shampoo and conditioner every time I washed and the leave-in product every single day. As someone who basically switches between multiple beauty products for my job, it was a big undertaking. 

But I was excited to give the products a real, honest chance to work (and I wanted thick hair again, post-baby!), so I signed on immediately. From then on, I carried those bottles everywhere--to and from blowout bars, workouts, on vacations--and I used them religiously. I was committed. 

And I experienced some pretty awesome results. 

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About a year ago, before I tried the Invati products, my hair looked so much thinner and flatter, and my part was so huge! (WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY TELL ME??) After I gave the Invati Advanced system the full 12-week trial, my hair felt and looked thicker! It had so much more volume, and my part is no longer as wide as the state of Texas. 

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The Aveda Invati Advanced system has three steps: the Exfoliating Shampoo, the Thickening Conditioner, and the Scalp Revitalizer. You use the shampoo and conditioner every time you wash your hair, and then the Scalp Revitalizer once every single day. With the previous Invati system you had to apply the Revitalizer twice a day, so this is a huge improvement and makes the whole thing that much easier.

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I love that the products are pleasant, easy, and contain naturally derived ingredients, and that the system fits so easily into your life. You're not adding a ton of steps into your beauty routine. And it works! Your hair feels noticeably thicker from the first time you use it, and over time, you start to notice that your hair is stronger and breaking less, so you're losing less hair when you brush, and that thinning spots are beginning to look less thin. Before long, you start looking and feeling a little more like the old you. 

Because let's be honest: It matters. Caring about how your hair looks does not make you superficial or silly or a bad mom. Hair is not just hair. When our hair looks really good--full, healthy, and bouncy--we feel so much more confident. I know I do. And having more confidence--feeling truly, fully condident--translates into every area of your life. When I feel confident, it really seems to make me better at everything I do, whether that's writing, blogging, or being a mom. 

Because I always, always strive to be a great mom. But I'm not ashamed to say I strive to be a great mom with great hair, too. ;)

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Me, my daughter, and my newly-fuller hair heading out for school dropoff. (BTW, if anyone is wondering, the "fur" on our hoods is faux!)
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All photos by Raquel Langworthy
Want to try the new Aveda Invati Advanced System? I'm giving away five sets over on my Instagram account. Click here to enter. (It's easy!) Good luck!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

16 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

This week was a flurry of beauty events and kid stuff. (In other words...kind of like most weeks!) I was "helping parent" in my daughter's class the other day, which was so much fun! It's really cool to observe how your kid acts in a school setting, so I highly recommend it if your school allows it, and you can swing it.

My kids also tried skiing for the first time this week! I stayed in the (very-crowded-but-much-warmer) lodge, but they did it! My daughter loved it (and is actually going back this weekend); my son tried it for about 15 minutes, fell on his butt once, then decided he'd rather be inside. Guess which one takes after mom?

This weekend, I'll be hanging out with the little dude, and hopefully doing a lot of reading and relaxing. I'm also checking out a Springstreen cover band tonight with some friends. Should be fun! Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope it's a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out in the meantime.

• These are my new favorite workout pants. I wear them for pilates--and then end up living in them the rest of the day. They are flattering, super comfy, and surprisingly warm. (I also love that the little detail down the side of the leg looks like leather, even though it's not.) And they are on *major sale* right now! I have the burgundy, but at this price, I am going to order the black (and maybe the oatmeal, too) today. One note: I recommend sizing down. I ordered my typical Athleta size (medium) and they were gigantic on me. I had to exchange them for a small. 

• I am dying to try this sunscreen. I mean, how appealing is the name "Unseen Sunscreen?!?" It's supposed to feel like n-o-t-h-i-n-g! (Plus this brand is top notch, so you know the protection will be very effective.)

• Earlier this week, I shared eight new books that are supposed to be amazing and are on my wishlist right now. Well, this is the first book I'm reading off the list, and already, it's hard to put down!

• You know those fur-lined loafer mules that it seems like every high-end blogger is wearing? Well, check out the TARGET version. They basically look identical!

• As I mentioned when I shared my 2018 goals, I'm starting a newsletter this year! It will be cool, I swear, and I promise not to clog your inbox. Won't you (please!) sign up here?

• I'm of the age where Sassy magazine was everything to me way back when. I had a subscription for years, would pour over each new issue for hours when it arrived, and spent way too much time dreaming of being chosen for the Reader-Produced issue. (Spoiler alert: I was never chosen. But years later, when I worked for ex-Sassy staffer Kim France at Lucky, I told her this, and she said: "Well, looks like we made a big mistake!" That felt really good--but junior-high me still would've loved to have been chosen!) ANYWAY, Sassy just turned 30 this year, which makes me feel ancient. Loved this look back.

• I too have very strong feelings about putting vegetables in mac n' cheese (DON'T DO IT), so the guy in this funny video feels like my spirit animal.

• For anyone stuck at home with their kids during the recent snowstorms, this Parenting Blizzed Bingo card will hit very close to home (and make you laugh!).

• Who knew Ellen Pompeo was the highest paid woman on TV? And who knew she was such a badass? This is an amazing (and refreshingly honest!) interview about speaking up for yourself--and getting what you deserve.

• One of my 2018 goals is decluttering. And while I'm sure my home will never look as perfectly organized and Insta-ready as the home of Lauren Conrad, hers sure is inspirational!

• And while we're on the subject of decluttering, I should probably Marie Kondo my kids' toys.

• I'm super late to the party, but I recently discovered YouTuber Jackie Aina, and I'm already addicted to her videos. She is hilarious--and so talented. But some of her videos also deal with serious topics (in a funny way!). This video was an eye opener to me. It's about the new foundation launch from Tarte and about how the shades in the collection were anything but inclusive. I love Tarte so much, but it was a good example of how companies in general need to try a lot harder. It's definitely worth a watch.

• Lists with productivity tips are usually deadly boring and not helpful. But there were some good ones here!

And in case you missed it, I...

• Shared my 2018 goals/resolutions.

Wore a $46 sweater and $56 boots. (And both are pretty darn awesome, right???)

• Gave five beauty-editor-approved winter skincare tips.

Have a great weekend!