My goal with You Need To Know About… was to expand the content of my blog beyond my usual topics (travel, style, etc). Current events and politics are two passions of mine that I’ve blogged about sparingly. And while I’m not looking to change that drastically, I do plan on introducing news stories that I think you really do need to know about in this series (not too often – one post every few months or so). Also, if you just want to see a gorgeous woman take down two old fuddy duddies, with grace and intelligence, then keep reading!
Let me kick this off by saying I’m not a Fox News fan. If I watch a news network, it’s MSNBC, and only Morning Joe or Hardball at that.
So color me shocked when Sheryl Sandberg shares this link on her Facebook page. It’s none other than Megyn Kelly, questioning conservative pundits Lou Dobbs and Erik Erikson, on some disarming statements they made.
In a nutshell – a recent Pew study states that women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households today. Compared with the 11% in the 1960s, it’s a drastic change. A good one, some would think. #leanin
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Writing this post somewhat makes me feel like the pot calling the kettle black, given the sorry state of my diet as of late. But before I went off the rails this past weekend, I have been good. Oh, so good.
Eating at least one salad a day, snacking on vegetables instead of my beloved tortilla chips and queso, restricting meat-containing meals to a few times a week (versus daily)…I honestly couldn’t tell you who I had become. Me, the girl who used to live on pizza and wings, Taco Bell and Dunkin Donuts.
Lately, I’ve been devouring (in addition to copious amounts of green juice) impeccably researched, well-written tomes on the sorry state of the S.A.D (Standard American Diet). Naturally, these books would frighten anyone into a plant-rich diet – but what’s shocking that after eating so clean for a while, you really can’t handle the bad-but-so-good foods you once craved. These days, my taste buds salivate over a spicy qunoa and vegetable salad, cold buckwheat noodles tossed with tamari and filled with a rainbow of bell peppers, and chia seed pudding made with almond milk, raw cacao, and stevia.
Hell, I’m even making my own sushi.
This isn’t to say that I’m going to say goodbye to my beloved indulgent foods. But they’ll be consumed more like a treat (and not a regular meal). And while I first balked at the thought of saying goodbye to my weekly pad thai delivery, I quickly began to crave my own healthy take on it.
I’ve read stacks of books focused on bad foods and new ways to eat healthfully, but here are my favorites:
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Given that most of my family is in health care & life sciences, the technical terms come flying when we get together.
So it’s no shock that my family, when addressing my shopping addiction, diagnosed me with shopaholicism. It’s a thing, people. And I have it bad.
The only cure I’ve found is to marry a financially responsible person who forces a strict budget upon you, and reviews all expenses against the budget every week. Having to justify formerly regular BaubleBar or Shopbop purchases to my husband helped cure said shopping addiction quickly. But I never lost my love for browsing.
Which makes Pickie so great. A personalized, shoppable magazine, it curates your personal interests and preferred shopping websites into a gorgeous platform that makes
buying browsing a breeze. And it costs nothing to “wishlist” an item – something I do far too frequently.
I also had the pleasure of sharing my summer selections as a Pickie guest editor – go check them out here.
Do you have a shopping problem? You can admit it here – this is a safe space . How do you control your spending? I’m in desperate need for new tips and tricks, so COMMENT below and let me know!