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Happy Healthy Chickpea Snack

I saw this delicious-looking roasted chickpea recipe by Holley Grainger and just had to try it. I love chickpeas anytime, anywhere, so it was clear this snack was meant for me. It’s basically just regular roasted chickpeas, and then flavored one of three ways. Super simple – even I could do it! The flavor suggestions on Holly’s site were Buffalo, G...

Amazing Memorial Day Weekend Sales!

Memorial Day is finally upon us and there are some absolutely amazing sales that I’m so excited about sharing so that you can get some unbelievable deals! First of all, check out Gucci ! They’re offering 40% off some of the most fabulous items, including this beautiful Swing small leather tote bag (in several colors, but the fuschia and so...

Finishing My Home Sweet Home

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that major home renovations can cause you to lose your mind. Like literally go insane. Kind of a home-decor version of Bridezilla . But (and it’s a big but), if you can actually withstand the time and aggravation involved, you will likely find the process – or at least the finished result – t...

Finding My Home Sweet Home

In the 22 years that I’ve lived in NYC, I have lived in 15 apartments. For real. No, it’s not that I love the process of moving so much, but for many years my first husband and I bought, renovated and flipped apartments for a nice profit. That was back when the real estate market was still somewhat “affordable” and long before the economy crashed. And e...

Heaven on Earth

I’ve been to heaven on Earth. It’s called Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, and it is a transcendental experience, as well as truly a sight to behold. The island of St. Lucia is gorgeous itself: a 27-mile long island nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with bright blue water and lush foliage around the Piton Mountains. But staying a...

A Real Beauty Tutorial!

If you’re anything like me, you spend hours watching makeup how-to tutorials on YouTube, amazed at the end results and not understanding why you aren’t always magically transformed after following along. So when I was invited to the launch of the brand new Map My Beauty app, I couldn’t wait to go. First of all, the founder and CEO, Annabella Daily, ...

Calming the Kids

There’s a reason my kids have bedtimes, and it’s not entirely just so they get enough sleep. It’s also so that I can have some time to relax and decompress in the evenings, after being up to my ears in homework, dinnertime, arguing, yelling, showers…you get the point. So I was not amused when my 12 year-old son came into the living room a few nights ago a...

DIY: All Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Do you usually feel like you have to break out the rubber gloves and mask to prepare yourself for the overwhelming bleach-y scent when you're cleaning your home? I do! Well, part of that may be so I don't ruin my manicure, but sometimes the scent of the cleaners I use are pretty strong. And since I like to try to keep things clean, and find myself wip...

DIY: All Natural Glass Cleaner

Even if you’re not one of those people who goes out of your way to avoid toxins in your home (I’m certainly not), you still might actually enjoy doing some of your household work with your very own, good-smelling glass cleaner. I used to laugh at people that would do things like this, but believe it or not, it’s way easier – and a bit more fun – than yo...

The Top 5 Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

It’s almost spring! In case you weren’t watching with bated breath, Punxutawny Phil, the weather prophet extraordinaire, did not see his shadow this year. Therefore, we’re bound to see an early spring. This is great news for the millions of women out there who, like me, have been struggling with a head of dry, damaged hair. Sound familiar? If you’re ...

5 Awesome Essential Oils for Gorgeous Skin

So this $72 million Johnson & Johnson baby powder verdict, huh? While it’s huge and shocking, it’s also really not that surprising. I mean, you had to know that it was only really a matter of time before we’d find out that our beloved baby powder would be yet another toxic item that can kill us. I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t been on...