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4 Glamourous Ways to Simplify

The very nature of simplifying has a certain bit of glamour and style to it. Knowing that what you have is exactly what you want and nothing more is decisive and chic; it says to the world “I know who I am and I love it”. Right along with that are a few specific things you can do to simultaneously simplify and bring some elegance to your daily life, and who doesn’t want that? 1) Wear lip color in your shade. Lipstick has a magical way of pulling your entire look together, and a lip color that is reliably all your own does that and more. Think Taylor Swift and the red pout she’s rocked on the red carpet for years. The color just makes sense on her because it is her; she doesn’t quite look herself without it. Lipstick can do the same for you, and help you simplify at the same time. My suggestion is to find a bold color you love and wear it every day. Choose a bold color for two reasons; 1) Why not? 2) A bold color can be layered to alter your look from season to season; for example, Taylor could rock the red in the winter time, layer it over a sheer gloss in the spring to lighten things up, mix it with a shimmery bronze in the summer, and blend it with a rich plum in the fall for a moody autumn look. One lipstick worn year round = less makeup you…

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19 Ways to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Daily Diet

I love pasta. Like seriously love pasta. I have an eat-it-seven-days-a-week type of love for pasta, and I especially love that on a busy weeknight I can have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes. I also know I need to eat vegetables; a pasta-only diet just won’t cut it nutritionally. Until recently, I had never clued into the fact that marinara sauce is like 95% vegetables (well, fruit, but let’s not get technical.) Maybe the rest of the world already knew that and they can roll their eyes at me, but this realization has been universe altering in our home. If I keep a light hand with the parmesan, and maybe choose whole wheat pasta, I can claim full servings of vegetables (1/2 cup sauce = 1 serving) along with my penne and declare dinner a nutritional success! The American Heart Association recommends for the average woman 3 – 4 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day, so we have a healthy hill to climb. Eating more marinara is just one way of upping your daily servings of fruits and vegetables; here are 19 more of my favorite ideas for doing just that. On your way out the door in the morning, toss a banana in your bag along with a granola bar for breakfast. Whole banana = 1 serving Use real avocado and fresh salsa in your homemade guacamole. ½ cup = 1 serving Pile your turkey and cheddar high with romaine and…

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9 Ways to Drink More Water

Staying hydrated has numerous benefits for our everyday lives; it can make losing or maintaining a healthy weight easier, enhance the feel and appearance of our skin, help us fight off fatigue, and improve our ability to think clearly. There are great perks to being a water-junkie but getting enough can still be a challenge. Here are 9 ways to make sure you get all the H₂O you need. This post contains affiliate links. 1) Know how much water you need. It is much easier to reach a goal of “more water” if you know how much more you need to drink. There are different calculations out there but my favorite is to multiply your weight (in pounds) by 2/3 or 67%. This will tell you how much water (in ounces) you should aim to drink each day. For example, a 165 pound person (165 x .67) should drink about 110 ounces each day. Remember to also adjust for activity level. For every 30 minutes you spend active you should drink another 12 ounces. 2) Track your goal. Want to know if you’re getting enough? There are many ways to track how much you’re actually drinking. There are several Etsy shops that sell stamps and stickers for your planner, and my newest discovery has been the free Daily Water app I downloaded to my phone. You can set a custom goal for yourself (which is perfect when you know how many ounces to drink) and mark off each glass/bottle throughout the…

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