Four Lessons on Dealing With Disappointment

A friend I care about very much hit me up recently. She had been promised an amazing opportunity, the kind of thing she was aching to do to further herself personally and professionally. And then at the last minute, the opportunity fell through. "I'm trying not to cry at my desk," she admitted. I knew exactly how she felt. At my old job, there were many days where I had to shed tears in the bathroom, or in the parking lot, crouched down between two cars (before I had a car of my own to cry in). Yes. ...more
Trying to meet disappointment with gratitude...it's an ongoing ... more

12 of My Favorite Resources for Living with Style

Has it been a year in Life Well Lived already? The other experts have shared some really great tips and links this month, and I’ve got a few to add to that list. Here are 12 lifestyle (fashion/beauty/food/DIY) resources that always keep me coming back for more. ...more
Love finding inspiration on the web! Read about a few of my favorite sites ... more

Battling Your Arch Enemy and Other Tips to Frame Your Face

I have to be honest, I’m often lazy with my makeup routine. There are times when I just don’t want to be bothered. There are also times when I only have four minutes until I have to leave the house. On these days, I fill in my brows and throw on a bit of liner and mascara. My entire look changes instantly. Framing the face can easily take your look from blah to alive! ...more
Brows & scarves! ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 6: Share A Moment and Enter to Win a Kindle Fire!

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching March 1. ...more
I feel loved when I open my inbox to find a series of emails from girlfriends far away - we ... more

Have Fun and Save Time by Creating a Beauty Routine

Oh, the dreaded resolution. Things you really want to do, and usually have every intention of implementing, but somehow, they bite the dust. When it comes to my appearance, I’m learning that I have to put more effort in. I don’t know how many times there has been some huge event I’ve attended, and it took me five hours to prepare instead of two. Why? Because I didn’t have a regimen that included the steps below. So, here are a few things that I’m hoping to become better at. 1. Use a skin polisher regularly ...more
Definitely simple skincare for me - I'm getting back to basics with my beauty routine - ... more

Ketchup is a Vegetable & Other School Lunch Oddities

Every now and then I'll happen upon a comment about ketchup being a vegetable. It's usually sarcastic and I've never really known the origins to the phrase. I can thank Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars for clearing it up for me. It seems that in the 1980s there was a directive put forth by the government that looked at reclassifying ketchup (and relish!) as a vegetable. This would have allowed schools to cut out a serving of actual vegetables from school lunches. Scary, isn't it? ...more
I agree - we do get focused on the latest nutrition data, and forget a bit of our common sense. ... more

Do You Really Know What Your Kids are Eating at School?

While filming Two Angry Moms and writing Lunch Wars Amy Kalafa found many surprising things in school lunches. Some of the caffeinated beverages and fried foods in the school cafeteria were expected, but learning just how much of this junk food was being served at school was surprising. Things like candy being used as a reward in the classroom made her realize that kids were exposed to a lot more junk food than even she thought. ...more
I think that visiting your child's school is a great idea, but I also think there's a simple way ... more

Lunch Wars: School Lunches I Have Known

As I read Amy Kalafa's Lunch Wars, I keep having flashbacks to school lunches I have loved. Or loathed. It depended on the day, really. It seems to me like a good place to start discussions about Lunch Wars -- the school lunches we have personally known. ...more
The only stand-out for me about elementary school lunches is from the 2nd grade. Salad was ... more

Heinz's New Ketchup Packet: A Step In The Wrong Direction

Earlier this week, Heinz announced the nationwide retail launch of their Dip & Squeeze® Ketchup packets, which had already rolled out to restaurants. Noel Geoffrey, Vice President-Heinz Brands, said this was in response to the "universal need for convenient, portable packaging." ...more
I find it difficult to believe that this is going to CHANGE people's habits - the reality is ... more

A Little House Fun Five

Now that I've been home from my mini-vacation/BlogHer Food 11 trip for a few days, I'm almost feeling "normal" again. I did not read a single book, or even a single page of a book, during the entire trip!