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My First Newsletter

My first newsletter went out yesterday and I’m so excited to share it with you! It’s a little about my personal story and where I am right now following a pharmacy career pause to focus on family. This newsletter will normally only be available for subscribers but I wanted to post the first one here […]

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Things That Bring Me Joy While Social Distancing

I wanted to share things that bring me joy while social distancing. They’re all minor individually but together, they’re helping me retain parts of myself and my old life. I hope this list gives you some ideas if you also sometimes struggle with this new way of life.

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Pregnancy & COVID-19: FAQ

Pregnancy and COVID-19 FAQs: what does it mean to be pregnant during a global pandemic? Was I more susceptible to getting coronavirus because I was pregnant?

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10 Rules of Being a Freelance Writer

With freelance writing, comes a freedom uncommon to most other professions. Of course, there is a price to pay with that flexibility – uncertainty, constant doubt of oneself, little money, unreturned emails. When you think you’ve hit your ultimate low and there’s no way you can go on, you receive a reply on your second follow-up email. Your pitch gets picked up. Someone genuinely connects to your work. There is light. In the meantime, there are rules to being a freelance writer that I have slowly learned over the past year.

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Making Sense of Clean Beauty

Understanding what clean beauty means is not an easy endeavor. I started including more clean beauty content on the blog because I think it’s important to provide evidence-based data so you as a consumer can educate yourself, recognize potentially toxic ingredients and decide how to incorporate clean beauty in your own life. If you do, the question becomes how does one make sense of clean beauty with all the misinformation and fear mongering present in the market?

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8 Ways to Decrease Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Single-use plastic like a water bottle, restaurant utensils, a straw or a grocery bag don’t seem harmless on their own but their environmental impact is tremendous. Globally, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute and up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year. Half of all plastic is designed to be used once and thrown away. Single-use plastic has become a major component of our everyday lives and we’re consuming at an alarming rate. From shampoo bottles to storage containers,

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Skincare // Winter Edition

For me, beauty starts with skincare, especially in the Winter when your skin is dry, red and itchy. The foundation of any beauty routine is taking care of your skin and giving it the nutrients it requires

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Lipstick Without Lead

So why the concern and need for nontoxic lipstick? A high-level background: When a report from the FDA showed trace amounts of lead in lipstick and other cosmetics,

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My 10-Minute Hair Routine When I Need To Get Ready Quickly

As a mom of two and one on the way, taking my time getting ready is quickly becoming less and less realistic. Lately, I’ve been embracing my curly hair, thanks to a 10-minute hair routine that has taken me all of my teenage and adult life to perfect.

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How I Created My Own Digital Detox (and it Worked)

When was the last time you went through the day without checking social media? On a recent vacation, I accidentally went the entire week with minimal phone use and I secretly loved it. It wasn’t intentional and I didn’t plan on going through a psuedo-digital detox but we were so busy with the kids that I didn’t have much time to browse social media. And I was okay with that.

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Self-Care is More than Just a Bubble Bath

The term “self-care” is thrown around often, especially when it comes to holidays like Valentine’s Day. I’m not one to pass up a bubble bath and mask night but there is more to self-care than the latest beauty product. A face mask will fix many things but it won’t fix the work you need on the inside.