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It’s Time to Up Your Smoothie Game

Are you getting what you actually need from your smoothie? Let me rephrase: Is your body getting what it actually needs from your smoothie?   Though smoothies and acai bowls have seen a recent resurgence as of late, I sometimes wonder if your typical fruit smoothie is enough. That's why it's time to up your smoothie game. If you're using morning (or noon-time smoothies) as an excuse to pack in the fruit (and in turn, pack in the sugar!), then you're going about your smoothie all wrong.   Smoothies can be an...

A Guide to Traveling in West Hampton, NY

It's been a minute since I traveled and even more minutes since I actually did it for pleasure. Recently, I took a four-day vacation and ventured to the Hamptons to live out my summer days writing, reading, enjoying good company, and reveling in the beach scenery. This mini-staycation is something I would recommend to anyone, most especially if you're overwhelmed, creatively stifled, or looking for a release.   The Hamptons are just a 40-minute drive from my permanent (current!) residence on Long Island but until this year,...

How to Take Control of Your Finances

FMoney isn't important but it does equal freedom. Being financially unburdened is like turning 16 again when you're finally able to hop in a car and go anywhere. Having security in your finances means options and options are power.   The first rule of money, at least in my eyes, is that you're not allowed to compare your financial situation to someone else's. For a long time, this was my fiscal hamartia; I always wanted to compare bank accounts, salaries, allowances, and it ended up hindering me more than it...

Are You Truly Happy? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you happy with your life — with who you are as a person and where you are in your life? I've been giving my happiness an exorbitant amount of thought lately. Actually, I've been giving it exorbitant amounts of thought ever since my boyfriend Matthew passed away in December. I want to ensure that I am happy and if I'm not, I'm taking the necessary steps to arrive at happiness. Don't you think everyone deserves it — true, actual happiness? I definitely do.   But for reasons elusive...

Design an At-Home Office Workspace

Having a workspace makes all the difference if you're looking to get some work done while at home. Whether you're writing a novel, working remotely, or just trying to get your bills up-to-date and paid, the environment in which you're getting all this done can affect your productivity greatly.   I work from home full-time as a freelance writer and digital strategist, so if I did not have a concrete workspace, one that was a separate entity from the bedroom in which I sleep, read, and get...

How to Protect Your Skin in Summer

Summer is finally here and I've never been more excited to literally do nothing. It's glorious. But though I've been a total pool bum (beach bum status coming soon), as of late, living it up on my swan float with barely a care in the world, summer skincare has been something that's really heavy on my mind.   Taking excellent care of your skin gets super tricky around this time. Summer is a horse of a different color when it comes to skincare, so adjusting your routine...

5 Unexpected Benefits of Hiking

For a girl who's not so big on cardio, one of my all-time favorite ways to exercise is full of cardiovascular benefits. I'm, of course, talking about hiking, a pastime of mine that has not only helped me live a healthier lifestyle, but that has also lead to invaluable friendships, an education on my local environment, and a deeper appreciation for both nature and life.   Hiking is a great work-out for so many reasons; it gets you outside, it gets you exploring, and it can be...