Holiday Wrap Up

It always feels like we anticipate Christmas and the December holiday season for months yet when they do they come, they tend to leave us briskly. There is something to be said for awaiting Christmas morning and remembering the joy you felt as a kid. I don’t know many adults who have the same anticipation as they had in their childhood days but that’s normal.

Hopefully as adults we are serving as givers of joy to those who may need it, to adults and children alike.

This smile did not come from possessing a material “thing”, it came from being surrounded by unconditional love and the joy of others around her.
The older I get, the less material things I need and the more I seek intrinsic feelings of contentment and peace. Love/Peace and Happiness. Candles: DW Home

The smiles this holiday season should truly come from our interactions with people and from new experiences. A soft plush pillow doesn’t hurt either. Pillow: Nordstrom Rack Tassel: Dollar Tree


But when we do give, give with a good heart.

Our elf came in the form of a preteen (almost teen) girl this year.



We loved lounging and opening presents Christmas morning in our Hanes, men’s pajamas. It’s super comfy, warm but breathable and the solid grey color is perfect for adding your red or green Christmas accessories.

The holidays were spent at home, very much in the comfort of the bed or the couch. There was no better way to spend the days. Well, the beach is always a good idea but this is NYC so it’s not in the cards for me. Maybe next year.

Photos: John Ricard


Low Carb? No. Slow Carb: Weight Loss Edition

For the month of November, my goal is to lose a few pounds before the holidays creep up on me. Yup, Thanksgiving, and Christmas sneak up on me like a thief in the night every year without fail. Well this year, I’ve devised a plan to cut off the holiday pounds before I even think of piling them on. It’s pure math, numbers. If I can lose a few now then I can afford to indulge in a hearty and savory meal or two. Plus, hopefully, I’ve put in enough work for the month that I won’t want to undo my hard work and indulge in every meal wholeheartedly.

I came across a blog/twitter post from Tim Ferriss recently that introduced me to a slow carb eating plan in order to really drop pounds rapidly. The plan is to eat a very limited variety of protein, veggies, and beans. It’s super simple. It looks a lot like the Atkins, Low Carb plan we all know but the addition of beans is a new concept for me. I love beans and they are packed with protein. The stern rule is to not have any white carb. Like any.


These delicious, crispy truffle fries…I can’t have any.
I can still have my black coffee (no sugar) to help me get through the day.


Clearly, this isn’t a sustainable plan and should not be followed beyond a month. It’s important to have a balanced eating plan and the low carb and even this slow carb plan ain’t it. The overall goal is to eat right and exercise but sometimes a girl needs a jumpstart. I need to see the number on the scale decrease. It’s motivating to see movement.

Oh, and don’t forget self-care. It can come in any form that is comfortable for you and should fit your lifestyle and budget. There is no need to buy a pricey plane ticket just to say that you took that vacation and post that passport picture on IG. If you can afford it the jet away but we can’t always flee. We can indulge in a home message (from your significant other) or spruce up your space and make your house feel like a home.


Take a long bath and then slather some awesome oil on your skin. @Sheamoisture
Upgrade your living space with a vibe that fits your lifestyle. @consort






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