We’re doing a #NoCoffeeChallenge, but not all of us are ditching the caffeine. Instead, we’re opting for a better form of caffeine. Our breath smells better, our teeth are whiter… and we’re being scientific about our dosage. Check out the benefits of clean caffeine!Read More
Over the past couple of years, I’ve held on to my long hair. And because I’ve had to play around with the right mix of hair care before finding what finally worked, I thought I’d document some of my tips & tricks for your benefit. I’m no expert, I’m a real twenty-something trying to figure it all out, but I’m dedicated to doing so and sharing it with you. And hey, that’s what this blog is all about — we’re your partners in finding out what’s real, what’s worked for us, and what you can trust.Read More
Glutathione is a primary detoxifier, critical to every cell in your body. It’s so important for anti-aging, and acts to reverse cellular damage from lifestyle, diet and environmental factors. As we age, our liver produces less Glutathione, leaving us vulnerable to free radicals. Fortunately, Glutathione can be taken supplementally, but was once only available to billionaires and celebrities through expensive, painful injections. Until now!Read More
February 10, 2014. The day I fell in love. Senior year of college, I discovered the Weight Watchers cake when my best friend’s mom (I love you, Mrs. Klem!) made one for my friend’s 22nd birthday party. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this delicious creation -- it consists of combining a box of cake mix with a diet soda of your choice. By forgoing the eggs and oil, you are creating a lower calorie cake, thus hitting less Weight Watchers points. Although I don’t follow WW, this cake has been a hit among friends and family, and has worked its way into many birthdays and celebrations. For the past six years I have been tweaking the recipe by using different beverages of choice, such as Henry’s Hard Sparkling Soda (desperate times - but also delicious) and on more festive occasions, champagne, because #adulting.Read More
Deck the halls with boughs of holly… and Coll la la la la la la la gen!Read More
Feeling haunted by the bowls of candy and treats that pop up everywhere you turn? It may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to derail your health goals by eating bags and bags of candy because it’s the “one” day a year it doesn’t count. We thought we’d share some tips that are helping us stick to the healthy eating patterns that make us feel our best PLUS a recipe that we’re happy to “indulge” in this time of year.Read More
You are enough. You do enough. You have enough.
How can you actively tune into that feeling of abundance, fullness, ENOUGHness (it’s not a word, but you get it). The glorification of being busy is so overrated. Instead of measuring our success by full calendars and fat bank accounts, let’s redefine what it means to be, do, and have enough. We’ve compiled a few tips for doing so in this blog post.Read More
It is officially the first day of Fall and I am writing this from the Colectivo patio where I am enjoying my almond milk latte with a shot of pumpkin spice and the best pumpkin cranberry muffin in town. Autumn weekends in Chicago, need I say more?
I, similar to most, have an affinity for seasonal things – specifically anything in the realm of pumpkin spice. As soon as LDW hits, I find myself trying to incorporate pumpkin into just about anything I do. Pumpkin coffee orders, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin Rx Bars, pumpkin candles, you name it, I am here for it.
Thankfully, I am blessed to have a sweet friend who shares my same affinity for pumpkin. So much so, in fact, that she has her own blog centered around all things pumpkin. Enter, Maggie Michalczyk, better known as @onceuponapumpkin. For those of you who are not familiar with Maggie, you’ve been missing out.Read More
If you're like many of us, we're willing to guess it took a cup of coffee or two to get you out of bed and ready to kick-start your day. There's just something about the coffee aroma on a weekend morning. How do you take your coffee?
Here’s why you should cut out the milk (yes, even that non-dairy stuff!) and switch to a cleaner creamer.Read More
Multitasking. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it. We’re all guilty of it. Here’s the thing, multitasking can often feel really good, right? We’re getting more things done at once and all of a sudden we’ve freed up hours in our day for… more multitasking! But could this be a detriment to the health of our brain?Read More
Sometimes the best way to get on track if you've been off the wagon for a bit is to go on vacation. I know what you're thinking: who gets back on track while on vacation, but trust me - when everything you need is sitting in front of you - all measured out - it works!Read More
The Wedding Countdown continues! One and a half weeks from today will mark the beginning of the coolest life adventure with the best guy around. I keep pinching myself wondering if it’s all real! Being engaged is such a fairytale. But with all the planning and anticipation of a 15-month engagement, I’m so ready to just be married. Can any of you relate?
Many of you are also engaged (or have sisters, friends, cousins that are wedding prepping as well) and are wondering if I have any tips/tricks I can share (beauty, workouts, diet, stress management, etc). I thought I’d take a moment to quickly jot down some of my best secrets as the Big Day approaches! Here goes…Read More
A few months ago, I opened up regarding the struggles I have faced with my skin. I told you that for the past year or so I have struggled with horribly painful cystic acne. I was shocked by your responses - so many of you have dealt with and are currently dealing with the same thing. I’m so comforted to know that I am not alone.Read More
Summertime Chicago, no place like it. Lucky for you all, I have chosen to narrow down the highlights of summertime in this beautiful city to a top three (four, if you include choosing to forget the previous 9ish months leading up to summer as a highlight - also, do we need to comment on how MySpace permanently ruined my life by leading me to believe that everything in my life needs to be ranked? We should probably further analyze this at a later point in time).
My top three is as follows:Read More
With the current epidemic of chronic disease caused by inflammation, all of us should be following an anti-inflammatory diet because there are so many other environmental triggers we cannot control. Our diet is something that is always within our control. The foods you will read about are just a small round-up of examples that have been shown to prevent inflammation.Read More
Have you ever thought about the temperature of your food and how it affects your digestion? I recently started going to acupuncture on a weekly basis and was told by my acupuncturist that I may benefit from eating warm foods more often than cold/raw foods. Here’s a quick nutrition-packed recipe that makes this easy!Read More
I have a confession - one that I am no stranger to confessing. I have commitment issues. I am really bad at committing to things - workout guides, eating plans, consistently meditating, workouts... the list goes on - I will frequently do something for a period of time and then, just as quickly and eagerly as I started, I stop. My reason for stopping always differs - from getting bored (i.e. workout guides) to just being too busy (meditation).Read More
During my no-caffeine stint, I had been drinking hot cacao elixirs almost daily (read for recipe!). They did an excellent job of replacing my morning warm beverage, and I’d heard that cacao was a “superfood” of sorts...but I honestly wasn’t 100% sure why it had such a good reputation. Turns out, raw cacao is so much more than your average bar of dark chocolate.Read More
Skincare routines - we all have them. We all live by them (perhaps religiously). But do we really know if they're working? Beyond that, do we know what they are doing to our bodies under the surface? And lastly, are our routines all-encompassing - meaning, are we thinking about everything we're exposed to/consume and our skin is responding?Read More