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Travel

 I write articles on travel culture and lifestyle, as well as travel advice and how-to pieces, destination guides, round-ups, and branded content campaigns. 


12 Ways Travel Helps Us Live Our Fullest Lives

Travel catapults you from your cushy net of familiarity into a vast planet of possibility. Observing how people live in Norway vs. Kenya vs. New Zealand shows you, above all, that there’s no one “right” way to do anything. Like the old adage says, there are as many ways to live as there are people in the world. When you travel, you gradually learn that every lifestyle has its own merits and challenges. 

17 Expressions You Need to Learn Before Coming to California

As in, “This club looks super sketchy. Let’s bail.” Sketchy means something is weird, off-putting, or even potentially dangerous. It also refers to behavior and people, not just places and situations. Another thing: You can also drop the ‘y’ and just say “sketch.” As in, “He was acting super sketch on our date, so I made up an excuse and left.”

10 Differences Between LA and Orange County

Small talk in Orange County revolves mostly around the weather, the most recent swell, and if a new restaurant opened up. In LA, you’re swapping commute stories, talking about your favorite vegan food truck, and dishing on which B-list celebrity’s party you got invited to last weekend.

10 Signs You Grew Up Spending the Holidays in California

Unless you’re one of the lucky Californians to grow up near our state’s gorgeous mountains, chances are good you weren’t frolicking in a winter wonderland around the holidays. If you lived close to the beach, you probably spent chilly December days digging your toes in the dark sand and trying (in vain) to get a mild tan by stripping bare in the weak winter sun.

13 Signs You Went to College in San Luis Obispo

If you lived in SLO during your 21st birthday, you probably spent your debut of newfound alcohol-fueled adulthood downtown doing the classic 12-stop bar crawl—complete with a handmade sign tied around your neck that listed all the drinks you had to down at each place.

7 Incredible US Beach Towns You've Never Heard Of

This country is blessed with some incredible coast and shoreline, and lots of it — over 100,000 miles, by some counts. Within that context, the idea of the “hot spot” beach town, where you have to fight for a plot of sand barely big enough for your towel, or contend with crowds of spring breakers, seems a bit ridiculous. Leave the hordes behind and check out one of these alternative spots — similar beauty and amenities, but a lot less hassle.

6 Historical Hotels in Norway That Will Blow Your Mind

When you think of Norway, several things might come to mind: glistening blue fjords, fresh salmon served over a bed of wild asparagus, friendly blonde people with perfect English, or rugged hiking excursions. But what probably doesn’t make the immediate list — and it should — is Norway’s wide selection of renowned historical hotels. Each one is set in a unique location, provides an unforgettable culinary experience, and is staffed with helpful, lovely people.

Global Terrorism is Terrifying. Here's Why it Makes it More Important Than Ever to Travel. 

As a citizen of the world it is my duty to meet the people who will teach me more about their culture and lifestyle, and who will act as ambassadors for their countries. I consider it a responsibility now more than ever to know the world intimately and to break down the racial, cultural, and stereotype-based obstacles that stand to divide us.

7 Reasons Your Next Trip Needs to be Norway

To say Norway’s culinary culture is impressive would not be giving the country its due praise. High-quality, locally-sourced food is everywhere. Whether you’re eating a fish sandwich on ciabatta bread at the gluten-free café Søstrene Fryd in Ålesund, trying the famous skoleboller (“school bun”) pastries at Bakeriet i Lom— the best bakery in Norway, or slicing into a traditional salmon starter at Festningen Restaurant in Oslo, you can guarantee happy taste buds.

7 Ways to Quickly Recover From a Travel Misadventure

It’s true that death, injury, and devastation don’t generally make for amusing stories. But it’s also true that many hilarious tales stem from wayward adventures. If you can find any shade of irony or humor in your travel dilemmas, laugh about them. Acknowledge the absurdity in losing every pair of underwear you packed to the strong Provençal breeze that shook the clotheslines they were hanging on. The very act of laughing will ease your tension and put the situation in perspective.

8 Things Americans Can Learn From the French

Whether you’re sipping coffee, searching for the right word to use in a sentence, drinking wine, dining out, or strolling through city streets, do so at a leisurely pace. Don’t be afraid to enjoy three hours of sidewalk people-watching with your café au lait.

9 Ways to Temporarily Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Create a food tour of your city. Rule out the places where you eat on a regular basis and head into unknown territory. There’s that Italian restaurant with the scallops and the Malaysian food cart on the corner... add them to the list. You can structure your tour with a theme — best tacos, most innovative ice cream flavors, most delicious dishes you can’t pronounce — or wing it. Either way, just make sure your taste buds have the chance to sample something fresh and different.

How to Decide Which Activities to Hit or Skip When Traveling

The task of deciding how to spend your days in a new city or country is a daunting one. Reading guidebooks, scanning Internet reviews and chatting with friends and family can make the process even more overwhelming. Do I really need to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Is it obligatory to visit the Acropolis when in Athens? Will I regret not scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef? These are questions all travelers struggle with.

5 Habits to Keep You Healthy While Traveling

Most cities have at least one or two local markets per week that sell everything from meat, produce and dairy to dessert, beverages and delicacies. These markets are often the best places to find fresh, local food for snacks, appetizers or meals. If you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, purchase ingredients at the market to cook a meal that caters to your unique palate and dietary preferences. If you don’t have access to a kitchen, pick handfuls of different foods like cheese, fruit, nuts or olives for a makeshift picnic or a healthy alternative to the chip stands and bakeries that beckon you.

The 7 Best Vacations For Your Body

If your idea of a vacation is getting sloshed at noon, eating your weight in chips and salsa, and then falling asleep in the sun, it’s time to start thinking outside the box. Yes, vacations are the perfect time to unwind and relax, but they’re also ideal opportunities to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Whether you like the idea of an all-inclusive wellness retreat, fitness boot camp, or health-conscious resort, we’ve got you covered.

10 Things People in California Are Weirdly Passionate About

Mexican food is California’s claim to fame and one of the top five reasons most of us locals could never live abroad permanently. We’ve got the best chilaquiles, fish tacos, and carne asada anywhere outside of Mexico, and we love to announce it to out-of-towners in the most hyperbolic way possible. That place across the street has the best homemade tamales you’ll ever have in your life. They changed my world.

12 Things Best Friends Did Together Growing Up in California

Either your parents forced you to learn proper water safety or you begged them to join because all your friends were doing it. Either way, you probably did at least a couple weeks of Junior Lifeguards when you were young, learning how to dive under waves, scan the ocean for rip tides, and administer CPR. You came home exhausted and totally sunburnt, but you were always stoked to be in it with your friends.

16 Unforgettable Moments You'll Experience in Santa Barbara, CA

Rolling up to the Boathouse on a Saturday morning (or afternoon) is the best way to kick off your weekend. Chilaquiles on your plate, a blood orange margarita in your hand, and an ocean view — it’s hard to top. Plus, it’s right in front of the dog beach, so you can bring your pets and let them run around, or just watch everyone else’s pups frolic on the sand. Adorable and free entertainment.

10 Superpowers You Gain Living in Paris

Being able to tune out the accordion player who zigzags and bops around not two feet in front of your face means you can also dismiss other artists you witness, whether in the metro or not. A man spray-painted in gold who wags his tongue at you while standing like the statue of David? You don’t bat an eyelash. The group of guys juggling soccer balls to music on the street corner? You just walk right by.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Santa Barbara, CA

Unlike most of the world’s mountain ranges, the Santa Ynez Mountains run from east to west, starting at the ocean and cutting inward along the Gaviota Coast. The ocean-to-mountain hiking and exploration possibilities are everywhere — think rock climbing, scenic beach paths, winding dirt trails, boulders, hot springs, and waterfalls.

Why Montréal Might Just be Canada's Most Underrated City

The city caters to every possible type of person — whether you like to spend the night dancing or chatting with your friends in a dim corner booth with a gin fizz in hand — offering everything from craft breweries and trendy cocktail bars to jam-packed dance clubs, jazz lounges, and cool concert venues.

20 Signs You Grew Up in Orange County

You still use typical Orange County surf vernacular, even if you never paddled out at San-O a day in your life. Words like “dank,” “sick,” “gnarly,” “rad,” and “chill” slip out of your mouth on a regular basis. Little kid beach-goers are called “groms,” Taco Tuesday gets you “super stoked,” and anyone who wears jeans to the beach is a total “kook.” And you’d rather be caught dead than use the word “hella” in normal conversation.

Why Americans Need to Slow Down and Make Travel a Priority

Traveling jolts you out of the state of numbness it’s so easy to fall into when you are perpetually busy. The act of traveling is akin to taking a basic course on the fundamentals of life: through mistakes, observation, and new experiences, you’re given the tools you need to be a successful, whole, and happy human being.

10 California Stories That Will Make You Smile for the Holidays

An elderly man in Fremont, California never leaves the house without a photo of his late wife, who passed away after 55 years of marriage. In-N-Out customers have regularly seen the man dining alone while staring at an older photo of him and his wife together. The man’s quiet display of devotion and love went viral and touched millions of people when an In-N-Out patron shared a photo of him on social media.

8 Simple Ways to be More in the Moment When You Travel

Peel your gaze away from whatever device(s) you’re connected to and look around. Take note of what you see: the subtle flecks of yellow in the floral tablecloth your mug of cider rests on, a teenage couple locked in a long, slow kiss against the bus stop, the nearby birds pecking at crumbs of bread in the cracks of pavement. It’s impossible to absorb the details around you if you’re engrossed in the content on a screen.

8 Things to Consider When Choosing Accommodations for Your Next Trip

Take some time to map out your vacation activities. Do you plan on sightseeing all day, exploring the outdoors, or taking a day trip? Maybe you enjoy relaxing with a book or sipping your morning cup of coffee with a view. How often you plan to actually be where you’re staying is a large factor in choosing accommodations that will give you the most for your money.

5 Easy Tips for Meeting Locals When Traveling

Remember the girl from high school who moved to Spain, developed a friendship with her Brazilian neighbor, then spent three weeks in Sao Paulo with his family for Christmas? Or what about your uncle—the one who has such a close bond with the local butcher that he gets free cuts of meat every Friday? Or your co-worker? Her Airbnb hosts in Thailand offered her free scuba diving lessons after she stayed with them for a week. Have you ever wondered how these types of people manage to score such exciting opportunities?

10 Ways to a Smoother Road Trip Experience

Don’t rely solely on GPS or Google Maps to take you to your destination or guide you out of unfamiliar territory. Bring an actual map with you for situations when you find yourself lost on back roads with no cell service and zero road signs. For a fun visual representation of your exact route, keep a highlighter or marker handy to chart your progress across the map as you drive.

15 Pro Travel Tips No One Ever Tells You

The real world of travel isn’t always glamorous. And while knowing how to take a stunning Insta photo is a skill, it won’t help you when you’ve lost your passport or wasted hours trying to find a meal and both your feet and your travel partners are revolting. No one talks about this side of travel — certainly no one brags about it on Facebook — so how do you prepare?

10 Stereotypes Us Californians Always Have to Deal With

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in California has a medical marijuana license or a pot dealer on speed dial. And we aren’t all whipping up batches of weed brownies for every occasion. Plenty of Californians love to mellow out and get high, but there are also a huge number of us who have never smoked at all, and even some who are actively against the plant.

10 Things People in California Love to Whine About

There’s one thing us Californians can all agree on: we hate when people refer to our state as “Cali.” We know everyone intends it to be a cute, endearing nickname, but to us it just sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Californians actually have a physical reaction to hearing the word — it’s something between a cringe, a shudder, and a sad shake of the head.

10 Superpowers You Have Growing Up in Southern California

Reversing into a tight parking space in one swift turn, gracefully slowing your eighty miles an hour down to a cool seventy when you see a cop in the distance, swerving into the carpool lane to pass someone going sixty-five on the 405—these are crucial skills here.

The 6 Best Places to See Along California's Central Coast

Located just a few hours north of LA and a few hours south of San Francisco, California’s central coast is one of the most beautiful and underrated areas in the state. With mountains and hiking trails, farmers markets, wine tasting, incredible surfing, camping, miles of unspoiled coastline and charming downtown areas, the central coast is California’s sweet spot. Here are the towns worth going for a day trip, weekend getaway, vacation or permanent move.

13 Things Everyone From SoCal Takes for Granted

There’s zero pressure in SoCal — especially if you live near the beach — to dress up, let alone change out of your sweaty yoga tank to go to lunch. Plus, the closer you live to the ocean, the more it becomes appropriate to wear your bikini inside a sandwich shop or walk barefoot (trailing sand behind you) inside a convenience store to buy ice cream.

How to Piss Off Someone From San Luis Obispo

California’s central coast is a burgeoning hot spot for wine harvesting and tasting. Wine merchants and connoisseurs have even started to call Paso Robles a “Little Napa.” And although SLO is lesser-known than its sister to the north, it’s got plenty of incredible wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms offering some of the best Chardonnay you’ll ever sip.

10 Reasons You Need to Head to Montreal in the Wintertime

Every year for a few weeks in February, the city comes alive for Montréal en Lumière, a festival designed to bring Montrealers together to celebrate the beauty and joy of Montréal in winter. The city really covers all its bases: a grilled cheese bar, an erotic art exhibition, an “around the world” tea tasting, a live ice carving, an interpretive dance show, a performance by local electro-pop sensation FOXTROTT — you name it, it’s there.

7 Underground Heroes Creating Positive Change in California

Leaving an abusive home is a challenge in its own right, but to leave with all your personal belongings and fond memories can be impossible if you’re doing it on your own. Aaron and Evan Steed, owners and CEOs of the moving company Meathead Movers, offer a helping hand for women and men eager to move out of abusive homes.

7 Ways Travel Improves How We Connect With People

One of the first things you discover during travel is that everyone has a story to tell. Your seatmate on the bus in Santiago was a Mormon missionary from Kansas who loved Chile so much he decided to stay past his two-year term. The woman who asks you for directions in Florence teaches neuropsychology in Finland, but decided to take a six-month sabbatical in Italy. Your Airbnb hosts in Montpellier are botanists who spent 11 years in Mali studying the indigenous plants.

5 Challenges of Teaching English in South Africa (and 3 things that make it all worth it)

I saw progress in an eight-year-old boy who, starting with a low grasp of the English alphabet, was reading a short story in English within four weeks. There was also the nine-year-old girl who stopped adding “ed” to the end of every past-tense verb and started correctly conjugating all her irregular verbs. And I’ll never forget the seven-year-old boy who went from struggling to count to 10 in English to volunteering every day to count to 100.

24 Hours in Laguna Beach

Drive North to Banzai Bowls, a little cafe that specializes in blended açai concoctions topped with fresh fruit and granola. Don’t worry about changing out of your workout clothes. Yoga pants, bikinis, and swim trunks are part of the city’s unwritten uniform policy. Go for the most popular order—a Maui Sunrise—or try the fuchsia-colored Pupukea. Order your bowl to go.

7 Helpful Tips to Know Before Moving Abroad

You bragged to handfuls of people, you read the online testimonials, you googled the cool stuff to do there, you bought your ticket and you packed your bags. You’re moving abroad. Whether for six weeks, four months, or two years, leaving your home country is at once exhilarating and terrifying. Excitement and anticipation grows with time, meaning that by the date of your departure, your expectations for enlightenment and fun like you’ve never known are sky high.

 

Home Living and Organization

I write articles and blog posts about everything from organization and decluttering to storage, moving, decorating, and home living.


Organize Your Storage Closet in 13 Glorious Ways

Without a solid organization system, storage closets often end up serving as the drop point for all the stuff you can’t fit anywhere else in your home. Before you know it, that heap of cleaning rags and kitchen appliances has become so massive you can barely shut the closet door. If the chaos in your storage closet has rendered it nonfunctional, don’t despair. You can turn it around with some thoughtful planning — plus a couple strategic wall hooks.

6 Signs You Are Too Grown Up For a DIY Move

 

There comes a time in everyone’s life when moving homes without professional help no longer seems like the logical choice. What used to be a common (albeit chaotic) undertaking now feels like an impossible feat. Here are six telltale signs you've graduated from the DIY move.

26 Dazzling Deep Cleaning Tips and Tricks That Will Make Your Home Sparkle

The start of spring means it’s time to crack open a bottle of rosé, don the jean shorts you haven’t seen since September, and — oh, yeah — break out your cleaning products. After three months of lounging around your house watching Netflix and cuddling your cat, some spring cleaning is in order. And we’re not just talking about decluttering. We’re talking about finally washing and scrubbing all the nitty-gritty, easy-to-overlook areas of your home.

15 Amazing Multi-Purpose Entryway Storage Hacks and Ideas You'll Love

Considering the fact that an entryway offers the first glimpse inside a home, it’s a seriously overlooked and undervalued area. Sure, your entryway might be small, sparse, dark, or narrow, but hey — it’s got major style and storage potential. Here are 15 amazing multi-purpose entryway storage solutions that will keep your home’s first and last impression on-point.

7 Ways to Make Room For Working Out at Home

When it comes to exercising, sometimes sweating it out at home is best. After all, it’s more affordable and convenient than a gym or workout studio, and you don’t have to worry about what you look like when you’re sprinting (or dying) on the treadmill. Here's what you need to know about making space for your home gym. 

The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering Your Kitchen

Kitchen stuff accumulates fast. Canned goods pile up, dishes double in volume, well-meaning gifts crowd your cabinets and before you know it, your kitchen looks like an especially bad episode of Hoarders. But it doesn’t have to be that way: With a little determination and practical planning, you can clear your kitchen of unwanted junk and completely transform your space.

13 Easy DIY Storage Solutions That'll Organize Your Entire Home

We’ve all fantasized about starting the perfect kitchen or closet remodeling project — the one that will add secret drawers, sliding panels, extra shelving, and hooks galore to our homes, magically creating space for all the stuff we can’t find space for. But here’s the hard truth: when you don’t have the time or funds for a full-on renovation, you have to get creative to maximize your available space.

How to Organize Your Linen Closet (11 Super Simple Steps)

We’d all love to have a linen closet worthy of a home design magazine, but despite our best intentions, these spaces often become the junk drawer equivalents for everything bed and bath-related. But fear not — with a little resourcefulness and creativity, you can say goodbye to your teetering stacks of towels and piles of hastily folded sheets.

11 Clever Kitchen Organization Ideas You'll Want to Try at Home

Lazy Susans are the little black dresses of kitchens: useful, versatile, convenient, and surprisingly stylish. They can do so much more than sit on the dining table and hold your napkins and condiments for a family dinner. Get creative and use Lazy Susans in different sizes and different areas of the kitchen. For example, put one in the corner of your counter to corral spices or condiments.

41 Moving and Packing Tips That Will Make Your Move Dead Simple

Hire your movers at least a month out so you can plan accordingly. If you have a flexible schedule, play around with potential moving dates and try to find the cheapest time of month to make an appointment. Moving companies are busiest on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.

4 Earth-Friendly Reasons to Embrace Minimalism

When you make the conscious choice to be more mindful of your spending habits and only purchase items you absolutely need, you naturally consume less. Our planet’s resources are precious and finite. Using large amounts of gas, plastic, and other non-recyclable materials on a regular basis contributes to our already dangerous deficit of resources.

5 Garage Essentials and How to Keep Them Organized

Whether you ski every winter, dabble in golf every few months, or surf every weekend, the garage makes a practical, convenient space to store your sports equipment. Big items like surfboards, snowboards, and skis can lean against the walls of the your garage with the help of racks, or be placed on ceiling rafters.

Stay Organized All Year With This Simple Tip

Every year, you make the same well-intentioned promise: to keep your house clean on a regular basis. But how do you take that lofty goal and turn it into something actionable? How do you take an expectation and transform it into a constructive behavior?

8 Easy Ways to Create Storage Space in a Small Apartment 

If the closets, cabinets, and drawers in your small apartment are maxed out, don’t stress — there are plenty of sneaky storage spots and solutions in even the smallest of spaces. Follow these eight tips to learn how to create more storage space in your home, plus maximize the space you already have.

19 Genius Ideas For Packing Your Home's Most Difficult Necessities 

When it comes to packing for a move, certain items are far more challenging to organize and load up than others. Some stuff is bulky, fragile, or just plain frustrating to deal with. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of clever packing hacks and tips for your most difficult home necessities.

How to Pack Everything For Your Move in One Day

Packing your place for a move is nothing short of daunting, especially if you’re in a time-crunch or you tend to procrastinate. It’s easy to feel totally stressed out (and maybe even panicked), but with a bit of prep work and some serious dedication, you can clear out your home and load up your car in one day. Here are 11 smart tips to help you pack your home as quickly and painlessly as possible.

10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Kitchen For Meal Prep

Meal prep doesn’t just help you save time and money — it can also lead to smarter, healthier eating habits. “If you have healthy foods at the ready, you’re more likely to opt for these over takeout or snacking through a meal,” says Amy Gorin, RDN. Here’s how to organize your kitchen to make meal prep a cinch.

6 Reasons Letting Go of Stuff is Hard (And What to Do About It)

Picture this: You decide to declutter your home, but despite your best intentions, 30 minutes into the project you’re surrounded by a pile of old college T-shirts, wearing a fedora you forgot you had, and sifting through your dresser drawer contents like they’re relics. We’ve all been there before. 

How to Easily Organize Your Closet Once (And Never Again)

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably decluttered and organized your bedroom closet many times over the years, and yet every few months it still ends up looking like a bull busted through your walk-in. Maintaining an organized closet will always be an ongoing process (because updating your wardrobe is an ongoing process), but there are certain things you can do to ensure you never spend more than 20 minutes rearranging your clothes ever again.

Minimalist Living Tips: 8 Essential Rules For Living With Less

Minimalist living is largely about the search for contentment, and contentment begins with gratitude for what you have. Focus on the beauty, convenience, and ease your stuff brings to your life, whether it’s a painting that makes you smile or a French press that jumpstarts your morning routine. When you feel grateful for everything you own, the desire to own more gradually disappears.

How to Sublease Your Apartment

Whether you’re spending the summer with family in another state or traveling overseas for an extended period of time, subleasing can ease some of the stress of paying rent while you’re away. But the actual subleasing process, while simple in theory, can often be complicated and slightly risky, especially if you don’t know your basic tenant rights and responsibilities.

20 Surefire Signs It's Time to Get Organized

Your obsession with twinkle lights aside, keeping Christmas stockings or plastic pumpkins lying around well into spring is a good sign you need to do a little decluttering.

How to Start Decluttering Your Home: 15 Actionable Tips From Certified Professional Organizers

The experts all agree: The best way to ensure you’ll actually start decluttering is to schedule it on your calendar. Pick a time frame that works best for you, but don’t worry about blocking off a full day for the job.

How to Decide What to Keep or Toss After Graduation

Whether you’re moving out of a dorm, shared house, or apartment, you’ll probably have a sizable collection of mismatched furniture, rusty desk fans, collapsible laundry hampers, or scratched plastic plates you have no idea what to do with. This is where it helps to have a vague idea of your plan after school. If you’re moving to another apartment in a nearby city, you may want to hold onto essentials like your bed or desk.

How to Rotate Your Wardrobe for Spring

To maintain a clean closet and not lose your sanity every time you want pick out an outfit, it’s crucial to make sure the clothes you wear on a regular basis are accessible, while your off-season clothes are out of the way and out of your mind. This means relegating your big, bulky winter items to the back of your closet if it’s large enough, or to a storage space if it’s not.

7 Things You Should Get Rid of Right Now

Rather than thinking in-depth about your clothing or shoe collection, just focus on getting rid of the items that you know don’t fit or flatter you. Toss the too-big t-shirt you bought because it was on sale, get rid of the pants that dig into your waistline, and donate the high heels that squish your toes. You won’t miss them, anyway.

13 Painless Ways to Organize, Store, and Get Rid of Paper Clutter

Paper clutter is one of the worst offenders. It accumulates quickly and can be totally overwhelming if you don’t deal with it on a daily basis. But, thankfully, all it takes to banish paper clutter from your home are a few clever tricks and well-implemented organization systems.

13 Extremely Easy, Eco-Friendly Organizing Tips For Your Home

Even if you already carpool to work, buy second-hand clothes, or pay your bills online, there are still plenty of small but impactful changes you can make to live a more environmentally responsible lifestyle. How? It starts at home — with your habits, routines, and organizational systems. Yep, you read that right. These 13 extremely easy eco-friendly organizing tips for your home will help you save money, control clutter, and reduce waste (the ego boost is just a bonus).

12 Stellar Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, and Pantry on a Budget

Good kitchen organization isn’t just about stacking dishes neatly. It’s about creating a smart system that makes your life as easy as possible. That’s why we put together this handy list of 12 simple and brilliant tips to perfectly organize your kitchen cabinets, drawers, and pantry.

14 Easy New Year's Resolutions That'll Keep Your Home Clean All Year

Unless you’re Marie Kondo or someone who, ahem, writes organizational articles for a living, you’re probably overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your entire home. It’s totally normal to want to sink into the pile of sweaters on your chair and resign yourself to living in chaos — but you don’t have to.

7 Super Creative and Cheap Ways to Store Your Luggage, Suitcases, and Carry-On

Ah, luggage. It’s bulky, clunky, awkwardly-shaped, and not nearly attractive enough to be disguised as a petite side table, despite what Pinterest might have us believe. Whether you’re a regular jet-setter or a “once a year visit to home” kind of person, you probably have at least one travel bag that claims precious space in your house or apartment. 

16 Amazing Beauty Storage Ideas You'll Absolutely Love

Picture this: It’s a hot, sweaty night and you apply a chilled eye cream to your skin — straight from the fridge. It may sound crazy, but eye creams, serums, lotions, moisturizers, and toners can all be stored in the fridge alongside your eggs and condiments. Besides the fact that these products have a great shelf life in the fridge (pun intended), their cooler temperatures can soothe your skin and reduce puffiness and inflammation. Two birds, one stone.

The No-Stress Guide to Moving in With Someone New

An easy way to feel at home with a new roommate is to make sure both your personalities are being equally represented in your space. That means giving one another the freedom to display decorative items or personal belongings like book collections, art, throw pillows, or souvenirs in areas you both deem appropriate.

How to Organize Your Bathroom in 7 Simple Steps

To give your bathroom a simple, elegant upgrade, decant things like shampoo, mouthwash, and soap into matching glass bottles. Pretty glass jars are also perfect for holding cotton balls, Q-tips, or bobby pins on your bathroom counter.

How to Organize Your Outdoor Space for Entertaining

Maybe you’ve got pool toys and squirt guns galore, tons of gardening tools or piles of sports equipment you don’t know what to do with. Don’t stress—finding a space to store your belongings just requires a little imagination and resourcefulness.

How to Organize and Arrange Your Book Collection

Book collections are one of the most overlooked home areas in need of organization. Even if you’re not actively scanning your shelves in search of a new book to read every week, having an organized space to house your favorite stories is the best way to ensure you’ll actually enjoy them. But it can be tricky to know where to begin.

The Gift of Service: 5 Organizing Projects to Do With Mom

Sifting through decades of accumulated clothes, handbags, and shoes is a very personal—often emotional—process, one your mom needs to feel ready and excited to take on. Instead of dictating the pace or weighing in on the merit of your mom’s blue velvet dress from the 90s, offer her your emotional support.

Why Winter is the Best Time to Move

Kids are back in school, upcoming holidays are few and far between, and downtime is plentiful. This means there’s more time to pack and organize your home without having to miss out on fun opportunities, cancel plans, or rearrange your schedule to squeeze in your move preparation.

 

Lifestyle

I write articles and blog posts that cover productivity, healthy living, beauty, wellness, mindfulness, self-development, and more. 


How to Stay Healthy While Working From Home

 

In theory, it’s easier to be healthy when you’re working from home. The reality, however, probably looks something like this: Slumped on your couch wearing workout clothes you never worked out in, tapping away on your laptop, and eating peanut butter out of the jar because you didn’t have the time or energy to make lunch. Creating a healthy work-life balance is hard enough when you work in an office all day, but it can be just as hard when work and life are happening in the same space. Find out how you can avoid the pitfalls and maximize the benefits of working from home.

The 7 Best Vacations For Your Body

If your idea of a vacation is getting sloshed at noon, eating your weight in chips and salsa, and then falling asleep in the sun, it’s time to start thinking outside the box. Yes, vacations are the perfect time to unwind and relax, but they’re also ideal opportunities to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Whether you like the idea of an all-inclusive wellness retreat, fitness boot camp, or health-conscious resort, we’ve got you covered.

9 Easy Ways to Limit Holiday Stress

Between parties, errands, gift swaps, and family dinners, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. But with a little preparation and smart planning, you can skip the dreaded holiday meltdowns and go straight to enjoying yourself. Follow these simple strategies below to combat stress and bring more peace to your celebrations.

11 Daily Habits That Could Be Causing Your Breakouts

You know the importance of a good skin care routine. But what happens when you think you’re doing everything right — washing your face before bed, religiously applying sunscreen, investing in every advanced formula cleanser — and you’re still breaking out? Your woes may stem from things you’re doing outside of your skin care routine.

9 Ways to Get Out of Bed If You're Not a Morning Person

Instead of silencing your alarm (phone) from a comfortable position beneath your cozy covers — a dangerous move which lets you stay holed up in your cocoon forever — give yourself a reason to actually get out of bed. Strategically place your alarm (phone) somewhere far enough away that you’re required to stand up and walk several feet to reach it when it goes off.

How to Unplug From Work When You're on Vacation

In the era of push notifications, reliable wifi, and remote offices, learning to actually disconnect from work has become a lost art. Even if you manage not to check your emails or answer calls during vacation, you might still end up spending your well-deserved time off in a mild haze of work-related anxiety.

6 Tactics For Dealing With Political Stress

Social media and the 24-hour news cycle have made it easier than ever to be an omnivorous consumer of information, obsessively gathering facts and opinions until you feel increasingly frustrated and helpless. The good news is that it’s possible to manage your stress around politics without deleting your social media apps or escaping to a remote island. These six practical strategies can help you find a healthy balance between staying informed and staying sane.

10 Foods That Double as DIY Beauty Products

Ran out of moisturizer? On a tight budget? Not a big fan of chemicals and additives in your beauty products? Don’t stress — just head to your kitchen. You can easily MacGyver foods you’ve got in the fridge into your own homemade skin care line. Here are 10 tasty foods that double as amazing DIY beauty treatments.

20 Quick Tips for Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Whether you’re inviting a small group of close friends or your entire extended family, hosting Thanksgiving is no easy feat. The planning process is overwhelming at best and downright chaotic at worst. Already feeling behind? Don’t sweat it — we got you. Just follow these 20 quick tips to get a jumpstart on hosting your friends and family.

20 Easy Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life

The next time you find yourself sitting around with a half hour to kill, pick up a book or your e-Reader instead of defaulting to your smart phone and scrolling through social media. Engaging with one story or idea, rather than bouncing between hundreds of little pieces of trivial, often irrelevant news, helps your mind stay calm, focused, and present.

Believe It or Not, There's A Smart Way to Procrastinate

How many times have you started an important task, only to find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram 20 minutes later ― and then chastising yourself for getting distracted? Because of common (read: inevitable) instances like this, most people have negative, guilt-inducing associations around the concept of procrastination. But Dr. Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist, says procrastination itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s how you approach it that determines whether it becomes a burden or a tool.

6 New Year's Resolution Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Weight-Loss Goals

Run a marathon, stop drinking diet soda, start meditating, get some calf definition — these might be just a handful of goals you have for the new year. It’s totally normal to want to reboot your life (and revamp your bod) come January 1, but before you go crazy with your New Year’s resolutions list, you may want to consider what not to do. Learn more about the most common New Year’s resolution mistakes — and how you can avoid making them.

Think Outside the Tree: Holiday Decorating For Small Spaces

Decorating for the holidays is overwhelming enough, but it’s especially tricky if your space is on the smaller side. After all, you want to give your home a festive vibe without ruining your decor or cluttering every available surface with reindeer figurines and plastic trees. But, here’s the good news: it’s totally possible to transform your small space with just a few simple changes.

13 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Lead a Less Hectic Life

Instead of spending 30 minutes under your sheets scrolling through social media, get out of bed and use that extra time to do something that makes you feel productive, rejuvenated, and prepared to take on the day. Meditate, read the news with your morning coffee, squeeze in a workout, take your pup for a walk, catch up on emails, make an elaborate breakfast, or just enjoy getting ready without feeling rushed. 


Nutrition and Fitness

I write articles that share clean eating tips, healthy recipes, workout advice, and more. 


Women Who Lift: Why Body Transformation Selfies Are Bulking Up

There’s a new fitness photo trend taking hold of the Internet. No, it’s not the sweaty gym selfie or the self-timed yoga pose pic. It’s a variation of the classic before and after weight-loss photo, with one major difference: the focus is not on losing weight, but rather on gaining strength. These new selfies show people, particularly women, sharing their evolution from slim to strong, thanks to strength training.

How Your Fitness Level Affects Your Sweating Habits

If you’ve ever wondered why you’re always drenched in sweat at the end of a boot camp class while your friend is barely glistening, fret not. Your heavy sweating could be a sign that you’re physically fit. Research shows that fit individuals, especially those who train for endurance sports like running and cycling, sweat sooner and more profusely than people who rarely get physical.

Can Walking Help You Lose Weight?

Walking might be the simplest form of exercise. It’s straightforward, requires no special training or fitness prowess. It’s also free, highly accessible, and usually very enjoyable, especially if you have a chatty friend by your side or a fun podcast to listen to. In short, walking is awesome. But is it an effective way to lose weight?

6 Important Things to Do After Your Workout

So, you had an intense workout. You legs are shaking, your mouth is dry, and your shirt is drenched. All you want to do is collapse on the ground and not move until you stop wheezing and your face stops beating bright red. But before you call it a day and throw in the sweat-soaked towel, there are a few crucial things you need to do to jumpstart your recovery process, prevent injury, and make sure you’re prepared for your next workout.

9 Mindfulness Tips to Eat Smart and Lose Weight

Mindfulness, the practice of directing your awareness to the present, is the latest buzzword in the wellness community — and for good reason. Not only can you use mindfulness to boost empathy, sleep better, and reduce your stress levels, you can also use it to better your relationship with food. Read on to learn how to harness the power of mindfulness to choose healthier foods, lose weight, and actually enjoy the process of eating — no guilt or self-judgment necessary.

The Best Strategies to Stick to Your New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight

If the new year rolls around and you’re ready to swear off alcohol, chocolate, and bread… for life, you’re not alone. It’s totally normal to create health resolutions following the over-indulgent holiday season. But this year, instead of giving up on your goals two weeks in, try implementing these easy (and surprisingly fun) strategies to help you stay on track to weight-loss success. New year, new you — for real.

Sleep In Thanks to This Make-Ahead Brunch

The holidays are stressful enough without having to wake up and cook a gourmet brunch for your friends and family. This year, instead of rolling out of bed in the dark and spending three hours flipping individual omelets for your guests, follow this simple plan for a delicious, low-effort make-ahead brunch that’ll have all your guests feeling warm and fuzzy.

The Truth About Potatoes: Do They Derail Weight Loss?

Spuds have gained a bad reputation among certain members of the health community. Those who stick to the low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet recommend avoiding them entirely. Still, plenty of nutritionists and dietitians argue potatoes can be a fine part of a balanced diet. So, what gives? Here’s some of the starchy truth.

12 Top Weight Loss Excuses and How to Stop Making Them

Truth time: The biggest barriers standing between you and successfully losing weight are the excuses you make that keep you from getting started. Making excuses for why you can’t stick to (or start) your healthy commitments is a common part of the weight-loss process. But now it’s time to develop techniques and strategies for busting those excuses so you can start making progress.

10 Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

When it comes to eating for weight loss, you’ve probably heard every piece of advice out there: Drink three glasses of grapefruit juice a day, eat egg whites for breakfast, or replace all your greens with kale. It’s a convenient strategy to latch onto one specific food in the hope that it will completely transform your body, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. That being said, there are certain foods that are healthier and more nutrient-rich than others.

Will Detox Tea Really Help You Lose Weight?

You’ve probably seen ads for a variety of detox teas in your social-media feeds. You know the ones: Photos with a prominent celebrity or blogger holding up a colorful box of cutely named tea next to their flat bellies, with captions like, “Love this tea!” or “So yummy and easy!” But is it really that simple? Could a tea detox — or teatox, if you will — be just what you need to finally lose the extra weight? The short answer: No.

12 Food Storage Tips to Make Your Groceries Last Longer

It’s all too easy to forget about your groceries until they start stinking up your kitchen, but here’s the good news: knowing how to store them properly isn’t rocket science.Not only does proper food storage prevent unnecessary waste (and sudden bouts of frustration), but it also lessens your grocery bill and minimizes the risk of a contracting a food-borne illness.

Are Low-Carb Diets Effective For Weight Loss? 

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of a low-carb diet. Namely, that you’ll experience rapid weight loss by ditching the bread basket and doubling down on a cut of steak. But a low-carb diet isn’t that straightforward in actual practice. Though the principle behind it sounds simple enough — less pasta! more protein! — the diet can be easy to misinterpret.

Does Lemon Water Work For Weight Loss?

For years, celebrities, wellness bloggers, and health coaches have touted the benefits of lemon water. They claim it kickstarts your metabolism and triggers weight loss — especially if you sip a warm glass of it first thing in the morning. But do the claims hold water? Does a simple glass of water with a little squeezed citrus actually possess magic slimming properties? 

How to Make Lower-Calorie Versions of Your Favorite Fall Flavors

Fall: the season to wear fuzzy socks, spend cozy evenings in, and nurture your unapologetic obsession with all things pumpkin. The only problem with these typical fall foods — other than the risk of overdoing them to the point where you don’t want to see another PSL ever — is that we tend to consume them in the form of calorie-rich desserts, processed snacks, and carb-heavy dishes.

Tips For Eating Healthy When You're Traveling

You’re about to get on a flight and your stomach is growling. After dragging your luggage around the entire airport terminal in search of something satisfying and nutritious, all you have to show for your efforts is an over-priced burger and fries. Eating healthy at the airport is no easy feat, especially if you’re cranky, jet-lagged, lost, or rushing to the gate to make your flight (or all of the above).

6 Weight Loss Tips to Help You Stay on Track in Any Situation

You’re three days into a new weight-loss plan when a friend invites you to her blow-out birthday party, complete with a bevy of fried appetizers, pizza, cakes, and unlimited champagne. You want to stay the course, but you also want to enjoy yourself — and the impulse to down a plate of crispy coconut shrimp is all too real. Sound familiar?

5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight, 20 Minutes at a Time

Committing to losing weight is a big enough challenge on its own, and even more challenging if you have a jam-packed schedule. You may think you need to block off a big chunk of time to hit the gym or cook meals from scratch, but that’s not the case. Even if you have just 20 minutes to spare, you can use that time to stay active, dial in your diet and make serious progress.

5 Smarter Snacking Strategies For Weight Loss

Snacking gets a bad rap in the weight-loss community, but that’s only if you’re munching on sugary, carb-heavy foods throughout the day (we’re looking at you, mini muffins). Smart snacking, on the other hand, can help you control your cravings, fill up on important nutrients and maintain your energy levels. Try these five strategies to help you crush your cravings.

7 Mistakes People Make on Low-Carb Diets and What to Do Instead

There’s an equal amount of confusion and hype surrounding low-carb diets. Research shows low-carb diets can be an effective way to shed pounds — although not necessarily superior to weight reduction results achieved by other diets, such as a low-fat or reduced-calorie diets. But, most low-carb eating plans aren’t as straightforward as the name might have you believe.

The 10 Best Workouts to Prepare For a Move

Loading and unloading bulky furniture and heavy boxes for an entire day can wear you out if you’re not prepared. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of trainer-approved workouts to help increase your strength, improve your flexibility, and ramp up your endurance. Here are 10 awesome exercises to make your move easy and injury-free. 

The Crazy-Busy Person's Guide to Weight Loss

You don’t need to quit your job and go to boot camp to successfully lose weight. You can shed pounds — slowly but surely — while continuing to hustle and keep up with your commitments. The key is learning to plan ahead and organize your day in a smart, efficient way. Before long, your weight-loss habits will become second-nature, not to mention totally worth the extra effort.

What IS Healthy About Thanksgiving Dinner?

Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to leave you feeling uncomfortably stuffed. There are plenty of naturally delicious and totally healthy Thanksgiving foods, plus tons of ways to make your favorite dishes lighter so you can enjoy leftovers all week long — no sweatpants required.

 

Culture and Opinion

I love writing articles and opinion pieces on personal growth, cultural observations, and societal issues. 


How I Balance Staying Informed and Staying Sane

When you feel like everything is spinning out of control, remember this: you have and will always have full control of your emotional state. It doesn’t serve you, nor does it help the people you’re trying to protect, to let anger and sadness rule you. What does serve you, however, is your determination to continue to seek out happiness and beauty in an unkind, unjust world.

A Love Letter to California

I don’t want you to change, California. What’s more, I don’t need you to change. It took me a while to realize it, but you are lovely just as you are. In a world full of tragedy and difficulty and selfishness, you are a bright light that offers people a chance to live with freedom, to cultivate their individuality, and to be close to mother earth. You are a literal and figurative place of eternal sunshine.

20 Easy, Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life

Sometimes you need to vent to let off steam, but complaining for complaining’s sake is counter-productive and can make you feel angry or upset in the process. If you have something to gripe about, follow it up with a solution that will minimize future complaining.

An Open Letter to My High School Cross-Country Coach

I’m a far better person because I was a runner in high school. Because I was dedicated to a pursuit that valued and rewarded camaraderie, strength and willpower. Because I was part of a team that saw me at my best and my worst. 

Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

But if there’s anything I know, it’s that change starts with the individual consciousness. Change starts by being aware of yourself and aware of the world around you. In times like these, when feeling lost and broken-hearted over a tragedy in the news becomes our default setting, it’s important to remember what we are capable of accomplishing.

6 Important Conversations I've Had With My Family Since Trump Was Elected

It’s in everyone’s best interest to look at facts and not get swept up in passionate rhetoric. Because when we’re better informed, we can view a situation from each of its potentially unflattering angles. We can be more understanding and empathetic to the perspectives that differ from our own. And when we’re sensitive to these different perspectives, we can find common ground and we can compromise. 

A Note to Those Struggling in the Wake of the Election

What does taking action look like? It looks like you, reaching out to the people in your life who’ve been most affected by the hate in this election and expressing your solidarity. It looks like you, promising — verbally, not just behind your computer screen — to participate in important conversations about serious issues, even if the issues don’t directly affect you. To vow to actively call out racism, prejudice, and sexism when you witness it. To agree not to cower away from confrontation when people’s lives hang in the balance. 

5 Ways to Improve Your Well-Being Through Communion With Nature

Take a cue from the natural elements around you. Move or be still according to the pace of life around you. Slow yourself down in the calm evening as the world hushes and pauses to watch the sunset. Let the bright, energetic morning hours invigorate you and motivate you to get your heart pumping. Adjusting to the forces of nature—like weather, time of day, and seasonal changes—teaches you to become more flexible, patient, and accepting of circumstances outside of your control.

Own What You Love: Why We Should Stop Using the Term 'Guilty Pleasure'

When someone asks what your guilty pleasure is, that person unintentionally insinuates that you do or like something you shouldn't be proud to broadcast. When you label your own habits or hobbies as guilty pleasures, you buy in to the same unnecessary and arbitrary rules of what is cool or socially acceptable

How I Learned to Come to Terms With Where I'm From

I learned I can define myself by what I love, not where I go. I can build friendships and discover other cultures and experiment with different ways of living no matter where I am in the world. I can be a woman of action and enjoy the occasional period of stillness. I can follow my bliss and still learn to be content with what I have. I can be a traveler and also appreciate the comfort of having roots.

In the Face of Terrorism, Why It's More Important Than Ever to Travel

As citizens of the world it is our duty to meet the people who will teach us more about their culture and lifestyle, and who will act as ambassadors for their countries. We have a responsibility now more than ever to know the world intimately and to break down the racial, cultural and stereotype-based obstacles that stand to divide us.

6 Lessons I Learned From Oprah's 'The Life You Want' Tour

When we pause to absorb and feel gratitude for the beauty in front of us, we realize that nothing is as urgent, desperate, or miserable as we build it up to be in our minds. We can still want and aspire to many things, but acknowledging the positivity in our current situations is the only foundation on which we can do that. Because how can we want more of anything if we don’t cherish what we already have?

Running in the Footsteps of Champions

It’s impossible to put four years of races, workouts, victories, losses, bad days, sore muscles and runner’s highs into a single sentence. These high school students have run thousands of grueling miles in extreme conditions and beat out thousands of other passionate, talented runners to be where they are.


 

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