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The Positivity Chain

How are you doing? What has made you feel good this week? I wanted to share 10 things that made me smile, laugh and/or feel inspired. In case you missed past week’s Positivity Chain blog posts, you can check them out here and here! The Power of a Handwritten NoteNever underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Maybe it’s a little love note you leave on your partner’s bathroom mirror, or a cute card you send your bestie, or even a note you send to a complete stranger who is feeling lonely in a nursing home. The other day, I was down about something and I happened to check my mail, and noticed that a reader had sent me a beautiful handwritten note thanking me for a beauty giveaway I sent her. It was such a thoughtful, unexpected gesture and it made me tear up! Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie MixI have tried so many brownies over the years and let me tell you, nothing beats the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix. Even Bon Appetit agrees and wrote an entire article on it!!!!! A ton of you have been saying you buy it in bulk at Costco which is great if you live near a store. I get my Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix at our local market, but there are a few sellers on Amazon who have them in stock. They’re ADDICTING…I’m on my 4th box in a month! This is the brownie pan I use – and it’s on sale. Misfits MarketMy sister and her husband have been ordering produce boxes from Misfits Market for over a year and love what they’ve gotten. It’s such a wonderful concept and something I’m looking to try! Basically this company eliminates food waste by saving any misshapen fruits + veggies from being thrown out by farmers! These are all perfectly good fruits + veggies, but because of their slightly odd shape, most markets won’t take them. The boxes are SO reasonably priced (well below market prices) which makes it even better. What IfMy girlfriend who lives in LA sent me this text and I thought it was so profound. “California schools have been out for four weeks. Now that they’ve cancelled school for the rest of the year, students will miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education… But what if… What if instead of falling “behind” this group of kids are advanced because of this? Hear me out. What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing. What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet. What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower? What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home? What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of everyday? What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants? The previously under appreciated essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and healthcare workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?! What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life? What if they are ahead?” $15 feeds 55 Children in NeedOne of my favorite charities; City Harvest set up an incredibly easy + fast way to donate to those in need (it legit took me 10 seconds.) Simply text LUNCH to 20222 and YES to confirm, to donate $15 to City Harvest which feeds 55 children. The charge instantly comes from your cell phone provider bill, so you don’t have to input any payment info. Misery Loves Company PodcastThe Skinny Confidential podcast is one of my favorites and I had the honor of being on it in August! This episode about being positive during quarantine is a must listen. Foot MaskI just ordered this exfoliating foot mask and CANNOT begin to express the joy it brought me LOL. My feet are scary right now and this is SO NECESSARY! GiveawayEveryday on my Instagram @kattanita I do a gift card giveaway – all of the details are here. It’s been so fun seeing who enters and how you each use the gift cards! A New Martini RecipeLast weekend for Easter, T and I experimented with a few new martini recipes and made up this yummy one which tastes like a Bellini. All you need is: 1 shot peach juice, 2 shots vodka, splash of lemon juice. Shake over ice and enjoy. You can’t taste the vodka at all! Blair’s Home TourBlair recently shared photos of her Florida home and OMG it is so amazing! Bright, colorful, modern, cool just like her signature fashion style. Take a look and be prepared to be majorly inspired. Enjoy your weekend!
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The Positivity Chain

I’m excited to continue my new weekly series; The Positivity Chain, which highlights positive/happy/funny/inspiring things that caught my attention this week. Feel free to share anything in the comments below that caught yours!!! :) Podcast on Financial/Investing Tips For Women Over the years, I’ve felt frustrated because I’ve barely seen any financial advice or content that’s actually geared towards women! Grace and Becca’s Bad on Paper podcast recently brought on Sallie Krawcheck who is the Founder of Ellevest; a digital financial advisor for women. Sallie taught me so much in this episode in very simple terms, and really inspired me to up my investment game. My dog Charlie now resembles Rod Stewart I don’t know about any other dog mom’s out there, but my dog Charlie’s fur is starting to resemble Rod Stewart’s hair LOL. I’m tempted to cut his hair myself…but that could also end very badly, so I think I’ll just wait it out. New TV Stand Thomas’ birthday is on Sunday so I bought him this super lightweight 13 pound TV along with this chic acrylic TV stand to put in our living room for movie nights. Our living room set up is now more functional but still aesthetically pleasing!!! Dance Party to 90s music I made a Spotify playlist with all of my favorite songs from the 90s and have been blasting it and dancing around the house. I hadn’t heard some of these songs in legit a decade so it was really fun to revisit them!!! MEMORY LANE! Tik Tok I have yet to make any Tik Tok videos (I honestly feel like I’m too old haha!) BUT I have enjoyed watching a few select people’s videos. My friend Lou’s page is HILARIOUS – her videos have had me laughing all week. Under $40 Sweatpants I just ordered these under $40 jogger sweatpants. I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival! FYI I sized up because ASOS tends to run small and I like a baggy fit. Creativity Isn’t Dead My friend Krystal has been producing the most gorgeous, inspiring content all from her apartment building. This photo was particularly breathtaking! Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Liz always shares the best recipes – and I am SO excited to try this easy chicken pot pie recipe next week. Looks delicious! I’ll definitely be adding some biscuits on the side too!!! Stand Up Comedy Show If you’re looking for a good laugh, PLEASE turn on any of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco’s Netflix shows. He literally has me in tears from laughing so hard. A Healthy-ish Cocktail Add vodka to this lemon ginger slushy and you will be in heaven!
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The Positivity Chain

With all of the tragedy going on in the world right now, I wanted to start a new series called; The Positivity Chain, where I highlight positive things that connected with me this week. It could be something that made me laugh, an amazing charity, a helpful tip, or an uplifting article. Each one of these things made me smile, and I hope it brings a little joy to you during this time as well. The Positivity Chain Meditation My meditation teacher is currently offering 50% off her online class to anyone and FREE classes to any medical professional on the frontlines. This is a HUGE discount and if you’ve ever considered meditating, I can’t recommend this online course enough. It changed my life and I’ve been meditating using this method every day for 4 years now – you can read all about my experience here! PS their Self Care Center is full of free tips/resources to get you through this stressful time. A Positive Email Chain My friend Juliette brought back the art of the email chain and created one which actually inspired the name of this series. Basically you send out the email below, and in return you’ll get a few positive, uplifting quotes delivered to your inbox from friends of friends over the course of a few days. It REALLY brightened my day to find an email from a stranger that had a meaningful phrase in it. It was something so small, free, and easy, but honestly brought me so much joy for the entire day. So the chain goes something like this (tweak the intro as you see fit!): “Hi all! I started an email collective for an uplifting exchange through Women (and Male) Leaders. It’s a one-time thing, and we hope you will participate. We have included those we think would be willing to participate and make it meaningful.  Please send a poem/quote/thought to the person whose name is in position 1 below (even if you don’t know them/her/him). It should be a favorite text/verse/meditation that has affected you. Don’t agonize over it. 1.          Friend’s name here2.          Your name here After you’ve sent the short poem/verse/quote/etc. to the person in position #1, and only that person, copy this letter into a new email. In the text, move my name to position #1, and put your name in position #2. Only my name and your name should show in the copy of the new email. Then send the email to yourself and BCC (blind copy) 20 friends.  It can be a combination of work and personal friends – whoever you think might appreciate it. It’s fun to see where they come from and what they say. Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need encouragement. The turnaround is fast, as there are only two names on the list, and you only have to do it once.” Ina Garten IGTV Cocktail Recipe I’m obsessed with Ina, and this hilarious cocktail video made me laugh hysterically. So I rewatched it several times – it’s just TOO GOOD! Ina Garten Cocktail Recipe Spoof My friend Nick created this spoof of the video that had me laughing so hard as well!!! My Weekly Newsletter I’ve always had a weekly newsletter, but recently I added a weekly recipe to it exclusively for subscribers. It’s been so fun sharing some of my favorite recipes, seeing you make them, and thinking about which recipe to include the next week. I really look forward to it, and it’s reignited my love of cooking/sharing recipes again! 20 New Things To Try Meghan wrote a post called “20 New Things To Try” and shared some great ideas that I’m inspired to try myself! My Therapist Says IG Account This account CRACKS ME UP. So I’m constantly forwarding these to friends and vice versa. Zoom Happy Hours It’s been so fun having “virtual” happy hours with friends and family over Zoom. So it’s a great way to stay in touch and get that quality face time with the people you care about! City Harvest Charity This is a wonderful charity in NYC that I made a donation to with proceeds from my closet sale. I will be continuing to donate to them after each sale! How To Help Others During This Time Grace wrote such a lovely article on ways we can help others during this time with detailed charities, initiatives and links. Stay safe and healthy – sending you all so much love! Ulla Johnson dress (similar, similar)
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10 Fun Date Night Ideas

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and maybe you’re like me and over the same ol’ dinner plans. Or maybe you’re just looking for a few fun date night ideas. Either way, I wanted to share a few of our favorite date nights and ways to switch things up a bit. (Send this to your hubby! ;0) Fun Date Night Ideas Game Night We LOVE playing Scrabble and got a special edition board from T’s sister for Christmas. I’m insanely competitive and we keep an ongoing score! We drink martinis and have cheese while we play! Cozy Night In Make homemade popcorn (it’s so easy and makes ALL the difference – all you need are kernels, coconut oil, pink sea salt and a pot!), and put on a classic movie like Casablanca, Thomas Crown Affair, or any of the James Bond movies. Whip up an Italian Dish Even if you can’t cook – it’s fun to try with wine flowing and classic Italian music playing in the background. Make a big cheese plate to nosh on so you don’t get hangry before the food is ready! Try lasagna, chicken parm, and turkey meatballs. Staycation Get out of your day to day environment and book a cool hotel for a night! Meet at the lobby bar, and enjoy all of the hotel amenities – from the pool to the spa, restaurants and more. It will totally spice things up. Do Something Sporty Bond with your man over his favorite sport – and let him teach you a technique or two. Think tennis, golf, go-kart racing! Get Fancy Get all dolled up and pick a hotel lobby bar to meet at. Then book a table at a fancy restaurant you wouldn’t normally try, and end the night at a jazz or comedy club. Sushi Night When all else fails, head to your best local sushi spot. Everyone can find something they like at a sushi joint plus it’s a very shareable food. Sit back, relax, maybe order a sake, and enjoy! Channel Your Inner Picasso Head to the closest art store and pick up paint, brushes and canvases. Pick a theme – or throw any boundaries out the window and just paint whatever your heart desires! See where the wind blows ya! Take A Class A cooking class, a wine tasting, an olive oil sampling, or a cheese pairing class are all perfect (and yummy) ways to switch up your typical date night. Couples Massage T and I love to go to this hole in the wall place in West Village for cheap 1 hour massages. I think it’s legit $40 for an hour!!! It’s such a nice treat and way to unwind together.
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