Wellness

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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My Favorite Loungewear

We’ve all been spending way more time at home than usual, so I wanted to share some of my favorite loungewear pieces. These are all affordable, soft, and flattering! Best Cozy Loungewear Workout/everyday black leggings These ALO leggings are a DREAM. They’re high waisted and legit the best leggings I’ve ever worn. They run true to size (I wear a small), although if you’re short, I would size down. I wash them normally and even put them in the dryer, and they’ve held up beautifully. I LOVE that they don’t slip down when I’m being active and don’t squeeze your waist in the wrong places like so many other leggings do. Loungewear set I lost the top of this set, but I wear the pants ALL the time. They feel like pajamas (the material is SO soft), but look like nicer than your typical pajama bottoms so I don’t feel guilty wearing them around the house during the day. They run true to size! Cozy joggers I have 2 pairs of these because I wear them 24/7. They’re the perfect soft, cotton jogger that doesn’t pinch at the waist. They run true to size, and are acceptable to wear out in public for a casual grocery run or to walk your dog! Sherpa jacket This fuzzy jacket sold out at Nordstrom, but it’s still in stock in multiple colors here! It’s so thick and cozy. I LIVE in this on chilly days. The fact that it’s cropped makes it 10x cuter than any other sherpa jacket! This is a less expensive option. Long cardigan I have this cardigan in grey and it’s the perfect, basic long cardigan to throw over leggings and a t-shirt. Long sleeve bodysuit I have this bodysuit in 2 colors and it’s beyond flattering on and goes with everything. There’s something about wearing a bodysuit that makes me feel more put together – especially when I’m home working. The V-neck version is great as well! Crew neck sweatshirt You can’t go wrong with this $10 crew neck sweatshirt. It comes in tons of colors and is a best seller for a reason. And this cream crew neck from Stripe & Stare has quickly become a favorite – it’s legit the softest thing I’ve ever worn. Henley shirt I bought this shirt in the short sleeve white version, long sleeve white version, and white sleeve tan version. Such a classic style, that looks perfect tucked into sweats or jeans. Slippers These slippers are to die for. Your whole foot is covered in warm, soft shearling – YES PLEASE! Also love these! Nip covers I’ve been wearing these for years, and usually opt for them over a bra. They’re seamless, comfortable, and hassle free. I cannot recommend them enough! Shop the rest of my favorite cozy loungewear pieces below!
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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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20 Easy Meal Ideas

There’s something so special about a home cooked meal. And in the last year since moving back to NYC, I honestly haven’t enjoyed enough of them! There are so many wonderful restaurants here, as well as great take out options, so pre-quarantine I was eating out almost 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, it was GREAT, (…and I can’t wait to enjoy them after this!), but 1. it was getting insanely expensive, and 2. I was constantly dehydrated because of the amount of salt that was being added to the food. What’s nice about making your own food is that you can control how much salt, butter, oil, etc. goes into it. Plus it can be very therapeutic and fun! In the last 9 days, I’ve made every single meal at home, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been cooking because it’s really forced me to get creative! We were eating pasta almost every night for the first few days, and got super bored of that quickly, so I started experimenting and playing with different flavors. One night we will have an Italian dish, another night it’s Mexican, then Japanese, Greek, etc. I am by no means an expert in the kitchen, and actually barely have any patience when it comes to cooking! I like dishes that are quick and easy, but still super flavorful. These are some of my no-fail, simple meals that anyone can make at home. Why You Need An Instant PotFYI many of these recipes have been adapted and tweaked by me to work in an Instant Pot. If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, order it right now. It’s the absolute best cooking device I’ve ever owned and cuts down your meal prep time significantly – often by an hour. Seriously, it makes rice, soups, cooks meat, etc. in only 12 minutes – you can’t beat that. Oh, and everything turns out so soft, moist and flavorful!!! Easy Meal Prep IdeasPesto + Zucchini Noodles (optional add Pasta)You can easily get pesto premade at the market, but I love making my own with fresh basil (it lasts up to a week in the fridge, or you can also freeze it.) For zucchini noodles, you just need a spiralizer! Butternut Squash “Mac and Cheese” (Vegan/DF)This recipe is so easy and delicious! It’s gluten free if you make it with gluten free pasta. Veggie Packed Marinara over PastaAn easy way to sneak veggies into your meal is to chop and saute carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions (or whatever you have in the fridge), then add in a store bought marinara sauce like Rao’s, and mix in pasta. Chicken + Wild Rice StewIf you have an instant pot, this will be much easier! Either way, pre-cook the wild rice and set aside, then add chicken, chicken broth, celery, carrot, oregano, salt, and pepper to the instant pot and click the “Soup” setting which takes about 10 minutes. Once that’s done add the wild rice and you’ve got a fiber packed soup. Tanita Teriyaki Chicken + Coconut White RiceI shared this recipe on my IG Stories and it’s been a HUGE hit! So glad you gals are enjoying it! Teriyaki Marinade recipe: 3/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp minced fresh garlic, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger, 1 tsp sweet rice wine (you can find this on Amazon or at grocery stores), place all ingredients in a plastic bag with your meat of choice (works for veggies too!) and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge, then cook however you please. Coconut Rice (best in Instant Pot or rice cooker): 1 cup white basmati rice, 1 1/2 cups water, pinch of salt, 1 tbsp coconut oil, press rice setting. Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup as the Greeks say)This is one of my favorite soups! There are a ton of different recipes online, I kind of made up my own and adapted from this one. I use my Instant Pot to speed things up and saute the carrot, leek and onion first, then add the broth and chicken and click the “Soup” setting. Once it’s done I transfer it to a pot, and pour 2 ladles of broth to the egg/lemon juice mixture. I like to add lemon zest to this mixture as well. I cook the rice separate in the Instant Pot. Once that’s done, I pour some of the soup over the rice and top with feta cheese – it’s SO GOOD! Turkey ChiliI use my Instant Pot for this as well, because it really speeds up the whole process. I don’t like beans or peppers, so I adapted this recipe and omitted them, but obviously if you like them – add them! My friend Camille just shared this vegan chili recipe which looks tasty too! Chicken Noodle SoupEasiest recipe ever – just saute carrots, celery and onion until they’re soft, then add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 lb chicken breast, salt, pepper, and any spices you have on hand (oregano, parsley, and a TEENY bit of turmeric are all my herbs of choice) to your Instant Pot and click the “Soup” setting. Cook pasta separately and add once it’s done! Turkey Burgers + Sweet Potato FriesAdd a little bit of butter and herb mixture (again I love using dried oregano and parsley) to ground turkey and make into a patty, then cook. Thinly slice sweet potatoes and toss in olive oil, then bake at 425 until golden brown (usually about 30+ minutes for me depending on how thin you cut them.) Greek SaladThis is a great lunch option, I just get romaine, big chunks of feta, olives, and toss together a simple vinaigrette! Corn ChowderThis Ina Garten recipe is DIVINE. So creamy and so rich – my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Over the years, I’ve adapted it slightly to work in an Instant Pot. I half or sometimes quarter the recipe since it feeds so many people, and I omit the potatoes since I prefer it without them. While it is easier to use frozen corn, the fresh corn tastes better, and you can usually find fresh corn easily at any market. Salsa Shredded Chicken TacosThis is the easiest, most flavorful way to season chicken! Simply buy a jar of salsa and dump it into your Instant Pot, along with a 1/4 cup of water, a tsp of oregano, and 1 lb chicken (or veggies.) Cook on high for 10 minutes, shred chicken and eat with corn tortillas! Fried Rice + Veggie Stir FryI don’t eat pork or red meat, BUT this recipe just tastes SO MUCH better with bacon. It really is the secret sauce. Take 3 strips of bacon, chop them up, cook them and let the fat render. Then add 1/2 chopped onion into to the fat and cook until the onion is soft. Then add chopped veggies of your choice and cook until they’re soft. While you’re doing this, cook white rice and set aside. Once it’s cooked, add the rice to the bacon/veggie pan. Stir for 5 minutes, and then add about 1 tbsp soy sauce, and a pinch of pepper. Make a hollow well/opening in the center of your rice mixture and crack 2 eggs. Scramble/cook the 2 eggs in the hollow until it’s slightly firm, then incorporate into the rice mixture. Homemade PizzaYou can of course make homemade dough, or you can buy frozen pizza dough. If you’re super lazy like me, then just buy English muffins and make mini “pizzas” with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Throw them in the oven and you’ve got yourself a meal! Salmon + AsparagusThis combo is so simple and so yummy. I love searing both sides of the salmon in my Le Creuset pan (which PS is 40% off here!) for 5 minutes, then placing it in the oven (it’s oven safe!) with the salmon, and asparagus drenched in olive oil for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Searing it makes the outside crispy which really adds a nice texture to the fish. Chicken Marsala over Egg NoodlesMy dad always makes this for me every time I go home. TBH I haven’t made it for myself yet, and still need to find a good recipe (this one looks pretty good), but I LOVE the flavor of this dish. Mushrooms, cream, broth, chicken, all over egg noodles – mmm! You can find egg noodles at any market (obviously you can use regular pasta or even rice), but egg noodles really do add something special to the dish! Chicken Pot PieThis is another Ina Garten recipe that will impress anyone who tastes it. It’s a labor of love, but totally worth it. Forewarning it’s a very rich, creamy dish, and not low on calories haha! I highly recommend using low sodium chicken stock as I’ve found it to be too salty if you don’t! Breakfast for DinnerMix things up and make scrambled eggs, an omelette, toast, waffles, pancakes, or whatever your favorite breakfast foods are for dinner! Grilled Cheese + Tomato SoupThis is a childhood favorite combo of mine. My favorite cheese for this is Tillamook extra sharp cheddar – hits the spot! Romaine + Watermelon Radish salad with Homemade DressingIf you’re craving a light salad, this one is effortless. Get romaine, chop up a colorful watermelon radish, and top it with my homemade dressing. My homemade dressing recipe (makes 1 1/2 cups so save extra for the week!): 3 tsp dijon mustard, 2 tsp honey, 1 small shallot finely diced, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 lemon juice, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of pepper. Did I convince you to buy an Instant Pot yet? ;) What are some of your favorite meals to make at home? Would love to know and try them myself! If you make any of these share them with me on IG and I’ll post to my Stories! Enjoy!
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