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Valentine’s Day For The Win: How To Make A Couple’s Holiday Awesome For Everyone

Ahhh amore. Nothing like a little romance, eh? That is, unless you’re single. Or single with coupled friends. Or coupled but in a rough patch. Or in a number of other scenarios that make this well-meaning holiday more messy than fabulous. Whether you love it or loathe it (or are somewhere in-between!), Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And while the first half of February and Valentine’s Day can…

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Health & Fitness

8 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

December is finally here! Which means that my Spotify is set to play carols non-stop, festive lights are going up and holiday goodies are everywhere. Grocery stores, farmer’s markets, our workplaces – everywhere we turn there are temptations that are just too good to turn down! This gauntlet of goodies would be enough to maneuver on it’s own, but December has a slew of stressful aspects. There’s the temperature drop…

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Self-love

Why Skinny Is Not a Compliment

Short. Thin. Tall. Fat. We learn the basic description words as kids. But over time – and with a lot of advertising by the diet industry and a ton of not-so-subtle Hollywood brain-washing – we start to associate feelings with these physical attributes. Suddenly looking (or “feeling!”) “fat” becomes dreaded while “you look so skinny today!” receives an enormous smile and an enthused “thank you!” in response. Our value as…

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Expat Adventures

When People Talk About Other People

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  • September 24, 2017
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I’ve been struggling with how to write about the following topic for a while now. Why? Because in writing this I feel like I’m inadvertently participating in the very action described in the title of this piece! That said, I think it’s an important topic, so bear with me and forgive any hypocrisy – I promise it’s a well-meant exception. A few months ago at a dinner with friends, I…

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Self-love

The #1 Thing You Should Be Updating This Fall

Ahh Fall. Fresh air – goodbye humidity! – fall fashion and, of course, the much lauded “sweater bod” that many of you have been missing all summer. This year, however, we all need more than a closet update to fit the changing of the seasons – we need a vocab update as well! Read on to see how casual terms could be hijacking your self-esteem without you even knowing it!…

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