The idea of changing up our lives and homes in a major way to live a greener existence is tempting for those of us who are, well, let’s just say it — freaking the hell out about the state of our planet. Replace all the plastic! Ditch all the toxins! Go vegan! Get solar! via GIPHY But, even though the motivation there is no joke — seriously, just look at how much trash you can save in a year with these swaps — the fact is that trying to make loads of big changes, all at once, doesn’t tend to…

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I love a cocktail as much as anyone. Well, maybe not quite as much as Jenn … but I sure do enjoy them. Sometimes, it’s great fun to experiment — to try new ingredients and find just the right mix. via GIPHY But other times, I just want simplicity. I want a nice, cold drink without having to haul out a bunch of bottles or needing to measure out lots of ingredients. And that’s where these potables come into play. They’re perfect for summer because they’re as tasty as they are simple! Austin Cocktails Austin Cocktails is a certified women-owned…

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There are a lot of specialty running items out there. Some you totally and absolutely need (like, a good pair of running shoes — always worth the price), and others that are, er, not so much (pretty much any tech wearable — like, they can be super awesome, but you don’t have to have them to get a good run in, ya know?). In the past, I honestly would have put running socks in the latter category. I mean, as long as you get a pair that wicks away sweat and doesn’t chafe, is there that big of a difference?…

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If I had the opportunity to offer up my number one go-to healthy meal, right now, I think I’d have to go with the Buddha Bowl (or power bowl, or food bowl … it goes by many names). It’s endlessly versatile — just pick your favorite healthy ingredients, roast or saute if necessary, and mix ’em up as you see fit. And it’s really easy to feed a diverse crowd if you have a nice variety and allow everyone to serve themselves. Plus, if you have fresh greens at the ready, you can essentially create a Big Ass Salad! While…

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Everybody likes to be happy, right? via GIPHY And I don’t know about you, but I can definitely say that it brings me great joy to make a friend smile or laugh. via GIPHY That’s especially true when it comes to friends who are going through something and are feeling a little down — or who maybe just need a reminder that, if they need a cheerleader, they’ve got one who believes in them wholeheartedly right here. But there’s more to being a good friend than just cracking a joke to lighten the mood. Sometimes, you need to make sure…

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Busy summer days call for easy, healthy snacks and add-ins — you know, healthy goodies that are easy to grab when you’ve got one foot out the door, or toss into yogurt or a salad when you want a little extra nutrition but don’t have the time to do a bunch of chopping. Happily, I’ve had a few tasty options cross my desk in recent weeks, so although I can’t actually share my snacks, I can share the deets on the treats I’ve been noshing on. Barùkas: Supernuts of the Savannah Want a snack that’s not just good for you,…

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There are things I truly dig about living in Florida — like the fact that I can pop over to the beach just about any time I want, whether it’s because I’m meeting friends for happy hour after work or want to do an outdoor workout while watching for dolphins. One of the downsides to living here, though, is the fact that we don’t have basements — and homes in my area don’t come with a ton of extra space or storage. So, while some of my friends in other parts of the country have all kinds of cool exercise…

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Sex positivity (meaning that sex, as long as it’s healthy and truly consensual, is a good thing) is something I think about a lot. Maybe not as much as body positivity, or busting diet culture, or, you know, tacos — but, well, I’m in the midst of writing a romance novel, and as I’ve delved further and further into that world, I’ve become far more aware of how sex and self-confidence and feminism intersect. I’ve also realized how often love scenes either a) use humor as a vehicle to show a character making safe sex a priority, b) make the…

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When you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world, it’s easy to focus on what the newest member of your family will need. From the diapers to the bottles to the clothes to the cute nursery design — it can actually be pretty fun to nest. And I have been doing a lot of that (see here). But, if there’s one thing I learned last time (besides this, of course), it’s that you don’t just want to be ready to bring that new person home; you also need to be as stocked up as you can be…

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Joining a wine club can seem like a no-brainer for those who believe that the only thing better than getting a fun package in the mail is discovering a fantastic new wine. But the traditional wine club — like the ones you join at a winery — hasn’t necessarily been quite right for everyone. Maybe you haven’t had a chance to visit wine country, so you don’t even know which winery you’d want to receive a regular shipment from. Perhaps you’re interested in a wider variety than a single winery tends to offer. Or you might have really specific tastes,…

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