ok, let me start by saying I’m by no means a “beauty blogger”. However, I have tremendous respect for beauty bloggers because they search far and wide for the very best bronzers, blenders and more. 

I mean… have you seen their mountain high stacks of eye shadow palettes and YouTube contouring tutorials? For real- mad respect. Those how-to videos take time and help a hell of a lot of ladies (like myself) who don’t know a thing when it comes to applying, blending and highlighting.

Makeup is an art, I’m just no artist.

It’s definitely a beautiful way for women (or men) to express themselves while confidently playing up their natural beauty. I’m 100 percent behind that, and therefore I’m not a beauty blogger, nor a makeup hater.

But I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that makeup just isn’t my thing.

I’ve spent countless hours applying and searching for the right makeup for years because I felt I HAD to. Dropping an entire paycheck at Sephora was never, euphoria. But I was so concerned with what I looked like, if my pimple was showing through my concealer and if I looked tired or run down, that it was a necessity. 

Back in the day I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, class, or (helllll no) out to dinner without a hefty layer of concealer, foundation, and bronzer. I mean, I’d do it sometimes, but I always felt super uncomfortable in my skin, and would come armed with a huge pair of sunglasses to divert attention. The “ugh I’m bare-faced and look like crap” thought was in the back of my mind the whole time I was out. 

Let’s rewind to college days, AKA during the days of heavy foundation and concealer. I was on the largest campus in the country. There were like 70k students so let’s say 45k females. You know, just a few of us. And let me tell you, Arizona State lives up to its reputation that ASU girls are, pretty, pretty. 

I saw fellow female Sun Devils wearing false eyelashes and extensions to class and thought to myself- “WTF?! How have I not figured out how to do that / make it look good / make it look even semi natural / not like a Halloween costume?!?!?”

I felt like I was missing some “girl gene”. I felt like because I never knew how to apply these make up and beauty hacks,  I was just a plain Jane. Or, the fact that I had no interest in learning how to meant that I was doomed. (Don’t worry, that’s not the truth if you’re feeling the same).

But despite my lack of interest in all things super-girly, I laid the concealer on thick, took to tanning beds (let’s not even talk about that right now), and only caused myself more blemishes in the process, and created the cycle of…

1) break out 2) breakout leads to need for more toxic makeup clogging my pores / “covering” my blemishes 3) leading to more breakouts. 4) Repeat. 

Needless to say, this comparison trap where I was looking at other’s makeup routines and effortless contours was doing NOTHING for my self-confidence and I was starting to resent the whole makeup thing because it wasn’t about art or creativity or self expression. It wasn’t even that fun or a “hobby” I enjoyed.  

Fast forward to today…

Below I’ve listed EVERYTHING I own makeup wise. Every single thing fits in one, yes ONE – small bag. I mean come on, that’s pretty minimal right?? 

I use:

  • mascara
  • bronzer / blush duo + a brush
  • CC cream
  • eyeliner (when I’m feeling REAL fancy)
  • 1 Anastasia Eyebrow filler-inn-er thing < told you, not good at this stuff> 

I only have 1 mascara, 1 bronzer / blush, 1 cc cream, 1 eyeliner, and a couple tinted lip glosses. 

I’m. Not. Lying. 

Well, I also have like two lipsticks and 1 small eyeshadow palette from my mother – but those don’t reside in the bag. Talk about freeing. I remember when I had drawers in my bathroom full of so many random bottles and expensive products. 


Well, I did. And my outlook did.

Now, I choose to focus on the ROOT of the “problem”.

I hate to use the word “problem” or “problem area” to describe my skin (it’s only your largest organ, so why don’t we give it some props) but my acceptance of my skin started when I looked to the source rather than the reaction. I now try to be proactive-  through my diet and skin care routine.

My lack of confidence around my skin and dependence on makeup was rooted in the insecurity and fear around my face breaking out. So, let’s stop (or lessen) the breakouts and let our true skin shine through, shall we? 

Below is how I broke up with makeup + my everyday skincare routine…

  1. Environment switch: Well; I’m not going to say that moving away from college didn’t help get me out of the constant comparison trap and ground me a bit. But if you’re not able to pick up your life and  relocate OR start fresh in a new place .. see step two below. 
  2. Surround yourself with people who don’t give a shit: No, not people who don’t give a shit about you, people who care so freaking much about you they don’t think twice when you show up to happy hour without any makeup on. They’re to excited to spend time with you, hear your jokes, share their stories with you, etc. 
  3. Prioritize your diet, exercise, water consumption and sleep: The drugstore skincare aisle won’t tell you this while looking at acne-fighting scrubs. They’ll tell you nasty ingredients like benzol peroxide can fix anything. Try some sleep, some veggies and tons of water and then….
  4. Invest in your skincare : Now that you’re not investing hundreds in concealers and eyeshadow palettes, stick to the purest, high-quality, non-toxic skincare imaginable. I like Frank and Whit, more about them and my routine below.
  5. Believe in nature’s (skin) medicine:  Do you know charcoal, rosewater, matcha green tea and oatmeal can do WONDERS for skin? Stick to REAL ingredients – things you can pronounce or recognize if you saw it on a shelf.

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Here’s my weekly skincare routine…

Everyday: Cleanse

Everyday: Moisturize

Scrub: 5x per week with Franklin and Whitman

My FAVORITE of ALL the new Franklin and Whitman products? The scrubs. And that’s a bold statement, but I’m sayin’ it. 

I used to be sooo into the Fitler Square, and I still use it once a week or so, but the Midtown Village has won me over. I honestly have seen a huge difference in how even my skin tone is, and the glow after using this scrub is unreal.

Worried that 5x is too much scrubbing? For you, it could be. But Frank and Whit’s products are much more gentle then the plastic micro-beads found is “scrubs” you may have used in the past. The coffee in the midtown village is SO finely ground, like… think of super soft sand. It’s very gentle. The Fitler square is a bit more rough as it’s a sugar scrub, so 1x per week works best for me when using that one.

Body Scrub: 3-4x per week with Franklin and Whitman

I like the Midtown Village Body scrub as well – see a theme here with the coffee? I love coffee, and I love how soft my skin is after using this scrub. 

Fair warning : Your shower will be covered in coffee grounds.

Mask: 2-3x per week with Franklin and Whitman

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Oak Lane

is the most mild of Frankin and Whitman’s masks. It’s made with turmeric, cacao and activated charcoal. I like to use this if I mask a 3rd time in a week, because it’s gentle.

Queen Village

is my FAVORITE. It’s perfect for my combination skin because the oatmeal moisturizes while the activated charcoal detoxes and deep cleanses, and the aloe vera soothes. I find it leaves me glowing – leaving no need for makeup. I’ll do it the night before a date with the BF or going out with girlfriends.

Spruce Hill

This one is for a DEEP cleanse. I find it to be the most drying, but it’s great to use every few masks, to really draw out impurities. It’s made with matcha, activated charcoal and pomegranate.

Midtown Village

There’s also a NEW mask out – and it smells like a vanilla latte. It’s fair trade coffee, vanilla, and activated charcoal. The Midtown Village mask is the perfect addition to the face and body scrub.

Because face masking can get a little messy… I like to use the face mask bowl set from Franklin and Whitman. It’s a bowl to stir your face mask, a spoon to help measure the dry mask (add a touch of water at a time until you reach a good consistency) then apply with the brush. It makes it much easier to apply evenly. 

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Steam: 1x per week

Usually on #selfcaresunday, I go all out with the scrub, followed by a steam, a mask, then moisturize. Four steps, but my skin has never been better. I like the Cobbs Creek Steam best.

Bonus: They are amazing for when you’re feeling under the weather. I love using them when I feel a cold coming on.

You simply fill a large bowl with some of the steam, add hot water, and put your face over the bowl, then tent a towel over your head and soak in the steam for about ten minutes. Sounds complicated, but I promise you it’s not. 

I can also promise you that you’ll be sweating after ten minutes of steaming, but do it for your pores!


Whether a beauty blogger, or self-proclaimed makeup minimalist… skin and confidence start with the source. You should NEVER feel uncomfortable in your skin or feel any blemish MUST be “fixed”, but rather feel empowered to make lifestyle changes to find what works for you, and reach a place where going out with a bare face feels freeing rather than terrifying.

I truly believe that finding a solid skincare routine that works for YOU, combined with a clean diet (plants, plants, and more plants) + beauty sleep and a hearty dose of self-love and confidence, and you’ll be ditching the layers of makeup in no time. 

To grab your own Franklin and Whitman products, head to their website and use the promo code below…

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To read more about F&W, where they’re made (PHILLY!!!) cruelty-free committment, and social mission for rescue dogs, read here


A lot of you all know I moved into a new apartment in February, and for those of you who sent congrats and checked in on the moving process- thank you!! 

After taking some time to settle in, I wanted to share a couple ways I’ve made the new space feel more like home!

I’m thrilled with the new apartment, not only because it’s mine (thanks pops for letting me crash while I worked my butt off on GOOD for a few months!), but also because I now have the chance to be mindful about the new products and “things” I purchase to fill the space. 

I really wanted to have less “stuff”. I didn’t bring my entire closet, in fact I probably cut that in half (more on my minimalist mindset with clothing in this post), and I finally parted with the million worn out t shirts and no-longer-loved leggings. 

In addition to less junk, I wanted to make my home feel healthier and more sustainable.

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I think many times health begins with food. The desire to live more consciously or to use cleaner ingredients and products may first start with the transition to organic spinach and berries, then slowly beauty and household cleaning products, and then finally everything from the furniture you decorate with to the bedsheets you sleep on each night. Truly any purchase can be a more compassionate, holistic or all around more mindful choice, it just takes a bit of research and time. 

I’m realizing that literally everything I purchase is essentially, a vote.  It’s the ballot I cast to the big bad world of marketing ($$) about what I’m willing to buy and support. 

Listen, as someone with a marketing background I can tell you that there’s a reason fast fashion, disgraceful factory conditions, chemicals / toxins in make up and processed foods exist…

…They make the process less expensive and therefore more profitable. That’s it. And at the expense of your health or the employees who work to create the products. Not good. 

I really wanted to find a balance between making my new home feel beautiful and comfortable, and do this consciously. Enter Boll and Branch. 

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I knew I wanted to start with the bedroom as its a place to recharge and rest. Rest is critical to your health. That could be a post in itself. 

I notice such a difference when my sleep pattern is regular and I get to bed before11pm. I’ve already made a rule (with myself) that my laptop does not enter the threshold of the bedroom, ha! Silly? Maybe- but it works. 

That said, I wanted to be sure that my bedroom felt relaxing and was filled with products I could believe in and trust. Like Boll and branch bedding that is luxuriously soft and cozy, and made with organic cotton and is fair trade certified. To read more about Boll and Branch, and their values as a company – read more here. 

I highly suggest you read more about fair trade, what it means when a product is certified fair trade, and the lengthy, difficult that process brands go through to receive this stamp of conscious approval. 

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Ralph is also enjoying his new conscious home

Here are 3 ways I make my bedroom feel more tranquil, as well as healthy, conscious and sustainable. 


I talk a lot about the power of a green smoothie, but this time, I’m talking plant-based decor. House plants are amazing for purifying the air and bringing life to a room. 

I bought a ton of succulents and a cat palm which feels tropical and gives the room a more boho look. 

I’m becoming a proud plant-lady, and although I’ve always kind of sucked at keeping plants alive, I’m determined. 

I love walking into my bedroom and seeing something bright, fresh, and green, and a room full of natural life. Like I mentioned above, since moving in I’ve REFUSED to bring my laptop into my  bedroom and it’s made all the difference in maintaining my routine and the tranquility of my bedroom. 



My pink salt lamp is my second favorite in my room. Also fantastic for purifying the air, the lamp is also meant to improve sleep and moods. I have found my sleep quality is better with the lamp, and you can read more about the benefits of this home accessory here. 


 Boll and Branch helped me put together this beautiful bed look using their organic sheets (I LOVE the shore color) as well as a soft white duvet and cozy knit throw to complete the bed look. I filled the bed with tons of pillows and Euro shams so when I head in for a good nights sleep, it 

There’s something about sleeping on organic cotton that makes sense to me. You eat wholesome food, you can use clean, non-toxic beauty and skincare products on your body, why not wrap yourself in organic cotton after a shower or lay on soft organic sheets while you sleep? 

It’s the next choice that takes a mindful, sustainable or compassionate lifestyle a step… further. It wasn’t my first step in living well (food was), but I’m enjoying learning about new products and brands who value this lifestyle and transcend it’s message and beliefs beyond the food. 

Boll and branch has many sustainable options for the bedroom (and bathroom) with simple, timeless bedding in a variety of gorgeous colors. Shop one of my favorites, the shore colored sheet set, here.  Their team is incredible helpful in answering any questions around style, organic cotton, as well as their process and mission to change the textile industry. 

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Shop my Boll and Branch Bed Look:

Duvet Cover

Shore Sheet Set

Banded White / Shore Standard Sham

Hemmed White Euro Shams

Grey Cable Knit Throw

I was gifted the Boll and Branch products featured in this post, but all opinions are my own. 


Ahhhh the dreaded chill of winter. I find that post-holidays- the brisk air is no longer festive and fun, it’s just draining! January and February tend to drag and although I get sick far less often then I used to (hey, probiotics thanks!) I do find they when I come down with something -it’s usually this time of year. 
The old me would just grab some cold medicine, cough drops and throat spray over the counter. Yuck. Not only is everything in those temporary remedies unnatural and unnecessary- it doesn’t cure anything. 

The body speaks to you- constantly. Feeling under the weather is the body’s way of saying “excuse me!!!” And asking for the rest and care it needs. That said, we live busy lives and being sick can really suck. So I wanted to write about a recent bug I caught and how I choose to react when winter decides to run its course on my immune system. 

Here are the five things I do to beat the winter bug…


Sleep is incredibly powerful for your energy (obviously) moods, immunity, and more. It’s the OG medicine. Pray you get sick on a weekend, don’t set an alarm; let yourself skip your workout, and just sleep. If you can’t take off work or sleep in, make it an absolute priority to shut down earlier for another hour or two of zzz’s. 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

I really can’t say it enough. DRINK FLUIDS. I remember growing up my mom always responded with “drink water” or “have a cup of tea” when I complained of ANY ailment. Even if it was a twisted ankle, she just knew hydration cured all. 

The beverages I crave?… 

Warm water with lemon and ginger and raw honey. Amazing for sore throats and the lemon has plenty of vitamin c. 

Green juice. Go for super green blends with low sugar for all the nutrients. 

Raw coconut water. I almost always drink coconut water when I’m sick. I just feel it instantly rehydrates me and gives me some energy and electrolytes my body is craving 

Seltzer water. Bubbles feel soothing for a tummy ache, but that doesn’t mean grab some soda (insane amounts of sugar and chemicals)

TEA! Probably the number ONE soothing and healing beverage I crave when I’m not feeling well is tea. Like the Traditional Medicinal’s teas I picked up recently at Walmart. 

Find some of Nature’s Medicine.

This idea of mother nature’s medicine cabinet brings me to my favorite tea brand, Traditional Medicinals. They use only the best ingredients.

Traditional Medicinals is 100% non-GMO and 98.9% of the botanical raw ingredients used are certified organic. Because would you want your blend of tea to be previously sprayed with tons of pesticides and chemicals? No thanks. That doesn’t feel healing at all.

When I woke up with a sore throat and aches I decided to head to Walmart. Super easy as it’s down the street and let’s face it, accessible to pretty much anyone, anywhere. 

I knew they carried Traditional Medicinal’s tea, and by the way, props to Walmart for stepping it up with their healthy food game- I also grabbed a bottle of kombucha and some organic apples and oranges to snack on. 

I head to the tea aisle to find these quality teas at a reasonable price. I went with throat coat – a blend of licorice root, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root. Every ingredient in this tea is certified organic. SCORE. I felt better knowing I skipped the pharmacy section for a more natural remedy to soothe my scratchy throat.

I also grabbed Echinacea Plus, because it’s a great immunity-boosting blend of Echinacea and I figured it would be a great prevention for the next time I start to feel under the weather. 

Eat well.

clean green smoothie

When you’re feeling sick, always up your green smoothies and eat whatever whole foods your body is craving. I’m always sure to eat plenty of healthy fats, too. If it’s a stomach bug- do your best to still eat throughout the day and stay fueled. Eat light but often to keep your body from feeling weak. And refer to #2 above.

Comfort / Care for yourself.

Fuzzy socks, a good movie and a cute dog go a long way when it comes to comforting yourself when you’re sick. Wrap up in the coziest clothes you can find, get some magazines, fire up a new Netflix series  and chilllll. 


Be sure to check out Traditional Medicinals in Walmart – they have amazing varieties for not only immunity and colds, but detoxification, and more.

And if these natural remedies don’t help comfort you during a cold, a little giveaway might….

 $250 Walmart Gift Card !

**This post was sponsored by Traditional Medicinals, however all opinions are my own**


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Well guys, there’s no denying I’ve been absent lately. Like, I missed all the awesome obligatory New Year reflection post opportunities which I was genuinely pumped to write.

That said, it’s always goal of mine to BRING MORE to this blog and to produce more content.

But that’s the thing…we are always looking at our output. What we can produce, give, contribute, and accessing how to be everywhere all the time.

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My energy to post has been lacking for the past few weeks. I’ve been feeling kind of guilty about it, and telling myself I SHOULD be posting. I SHOULD be able to juggle all these projects, and I SHOULD make the blog more of a priority.

I pretty much SHOULD’ed all over myself the month of December.

My lackluster attitude toward blogging has nothing to do with a lack-luster love for Kalein it or my readers- actually quite the opposite and that’s why I decided not to beat myself up about it.

To put it simply, I didn’t want to give you half ass content.

Half ass content doesn’t come from the heart. In fact it doesn’t even come from a full ass. It’s not inspiring to read and it’s not helpful. So, why??

I waited until I had something to say instead, and and I realized while waiting for something to come to mind, that maybe OTHER bloggers or creatives were feeling this exact same way. Maybe they too were getting overly fixated on what they should be doing on top of everything they ARE doing as they chase after a new project or goal unrelated to blogging.


That’s why I’m back with 3 signs it could be time to focus in, prioritize, or streamline… for real.

ONE: When you’re overwhelmed but continue to give back in other ways.

Maybe you coach others, or sell products with your blog, or write books. Maybe you’re speaking at live events, on a podcast, or hosting small workshops in your community.

Blogging is about providing value through creative content.

It’s about giving something back to your readers no matter how small or large the audience, readership or “reach”.

During this blogging break I’ve tried to kick it up a notch and still provide help, value and support. I’ve done this by remaining consistent on social media, and have tried to throw some smoothie and salad recipes in captions to give followers a chance to remake my dishes. I had a chance to collaborate with Christina Rice on the Actually Adultish Podcast about a topic I am so passionate.

I hosted a couple (unsponsored) giveaways through IG cause who doesn’t love some free stuff? I offered a QA via IG stories about recovery, all the while keeping up with The GOOD SCTY and very exciting planning of the first GOOD Festival in April.

So long as you’re providing value to your audience, responding to readers and followers, reaching out to other bloggers in the community, and planning new ideas (for when time does free up) – you’re doing enough! 

TWO: When your heart is pulling you in another direction (for now)…

Woah, woah let’s not get ahead of ourselves, my blog is like a baby to me. It’s my child, I love it.

It wasn’t easy to make this thing. It’s not a breeze determine what my brand was and then to make mistakes and learn from them. Create content, try out recipes, learn to take the photos, figure out what SEO is, decide how to monetize through collaborations with brands and so on and so on and so on. Woah. HOURS (like a shit load) and hours have gone into creating Kalein it and I’d never abandon it.

That said, it’s a more mature baby of mine. Ugh, sorry can’t think of another analogy.

The GOOD brand is a newborn, something so new it needs an incredible amount of attention to nurture and get right. If you are a blogger or creative who’s planning to expand on and build your brand, or has ever launched a new area of your brand/business- say a podcast or a book- it definitely takes over the majority of your time while you LEARN the process of raising a new baby all. over. again.

That’s when you have to make a hard decision…

Because if your heart is practically singing because you have a NEW idea that excites you in the same way your blog did when that idea was first born, you better go for it.

Follow that idea, think about the BIGGER picture, and the longevity of your brand, and know that your cool, teenage, totally quasi-independent blog can handle a break for the time being.

Breaks, burn out, or lack of posting will never change the fact that the blog is your baby, or a message to your readers that you don’t care. Just refer to #1 above. Kalein it has led me to new friends, new opportunities, new challenges, and a new definition of myself as a creative and entrepreneur. I’m SO grateful for it, and that will never change. 

THREE: Your creativity is at a standstill… DON’T force it.

No half-ass content. No filler posts. No nonsense. Less is more sometimes, and maybe it’s the new year getting to me, but rather than over-extending, over-promising, and over-scheduling, slow down.

less is moreI’m moving in two weeks, I have freelance work I do BTS, I have an average of 3 calls a day for the festival alone… like, I’m still working everyday. Not having the ability to develop 3-4 new recipes and posts a week doesn’t mean I gave up or got “lazy”, feel me? However, because I have other projects in the works that I’m always trying to think creatively and strategically about, I’ve learned over the last month that it’s tough to have that same brain power for the blog and new content here.

All that OVER-ing I mentioned above would only lead me to under-preforming, under delivering, and underwhelming my audience with content that wasn’t.. special. Boooooringggg.

Again, give back in other ways, don’t keep giving half ass conteyoga and green juicent.

FOUR: Last thing, You. Are. Human.

You can’t be everywhere at once. Blogger Burn-Out will happen sometimes. That’s ok, give yourself the time to breathe, re-focus, restructure to come back stronger then ever and take care of you every day. Go to yoga, make yourself delicious meals (even if you don’t have time to blog about them) and live well, everyday. ESPECIALLY important if you blog about WELLNESS!


So, while you’re in this transitional phase remember two things…

Your worth. I’ve been more selective with partners, less worried about pleasing everyone with a prompt reply to the emails in my inbox and more aware of MY reality right now. You need to get realistic with what is feasible and (realistically) possible to accomplish in a day.

& You are still a good mom (LOL)- No, really as a blog mom. To the kid moms out there you rock, too! But your blog is an extension of YOU and the fact that you created an audience is pretty damn special, no matter how often you post.

Oh, and join me at The GOOD Fest, so you can see where the hell I’ve been and see ALL the work I’ve been up to! xoxo


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the most last minute gift guide…ever??

T minus 5 days until Christmas and here I am giving you gift ideas?? Well, I haven’t done my shopping yet, and in case you’re in the same boat, here are some products I just absolutely adore.

All of them promote health and wellness (obviously) but most of them also give back, utilize sustainable resources and material, or stand for a cause.

Remember the reason for the season!!

I thought about not posting this guide but then remembered the plethora of random gift cards and cash you could be receiving over the holidays, and maybe you want to treat yourself! So for that reason, consider this a Favorite Things for a Healthy 2017 guide, rather than a GIFT guide.

For the girl who lifts (or the girl who doesn’t. Or a guy. Anyone!)…

Ora Organics:

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What is it: a line of plant based supplements ranging from vegan probiotics to protein powder and fish-less omega sprays.
Why it’s great: Ora Organics uses only the best ingredients that are sourced with integrity, nutritionally potent, completely plant based, and beautiful packaged / marketed (hey, I appreciate that kind of stuff). They make a great gift for a fitness fanatic or wellness junkie.

For the girl who’s ALWAYS on the go…

Mission 360

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What is is: A online fitness membership that streams online classes like yoga, meditation, and more.
Why it’s great: It’s perfect for those who travel a lot, moms who can’t make it to the gym, or anyone that needs an additional resource for when life gets in the way of you making it to your favorite studio. The platform is easy to navigate making it a breeze to find just the class you need that day to get your OM on.

Want 20% off your membership with Mission 360? Use code OWNYOURMISSION!

For the super chill fashionista…

Jord Watches

What it is: Beautifully made watches made from wood that are stylish, fun, and unexpected.
Why it’s great: These watches are great for an organic, laid back, everyday look. They also are a great gift if you’re looking to give a special gift that someone could wear everyday. I wear the Fieldcrest Series in Zebra, and you can find that watch here!

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For the lady who knows style can be cruelty free…

Pixie Mood Handbags

What is is: a line of fashion forward cruelty free handbags and accessories.
Why it’s great: they are so reasonably priced! I love them. They are the perfect cruelty free gift for an animal lover. Plus buying an accessory for someone is so much easier than clothing! To read more about my favorites from Pixie Mood, head here.

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For those who take hydration seriously…

Soma Water Pitchers

What is is: Sustainably made water pitchers that filter your water while giving back to others.
Why it’s awesome: Beautifully designed plant based filters that not only make water taste great, but Soma gives water to those in need through a charity, CharityWater.Org. The pitchers are also BPA free and made with sustainable materials.


Healthy Human Tumblers

What it is: Insulated Stainless Steel Tumblers in fun colors.

Why it’s great: Besides being all over Instagram (don’t tell me you haven’t seen it on IG stories!), they are legit. They truly keep hot drinks hot for hours, and cold drinks chilly. I take mine everywhere with lemon water and chia seeds.

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For the skincare/ beauty product addict…

S.W. Basics

What it is: a line of skincare that uses only 5 ingredients or less, no BS.
Why they’re great: The products are so clean, I truly trust them. Everything works well and looks cute next to your sink (important). I like the make up remover and toner best.

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Franklin and Whitman

What it is: all natural skincare company based in Philly! They have masks (favorite), bath soaks, botanical steams (so cool!) and more.
Why they’re great: I could go on for days. This cruelty free skincare company uses amazing ingredients like turmeric, matcha, cacao and activated charcoal. They also give back to dogs. Case closed, best ever. Read more about them here.

If you want to grab some for friends and family (or yourself) use KALEINIT15 for 15 percent off any and every product from Franklin and Whitman.

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For the home chef:

A Cookbook!!

I. Love. Cookbooks. Read more about my obsession and favorites here. But some new cookbooks have caught my eye and I just have to add to the list…

  • Eat With Intention by Cassandra Bodzak
  • Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon 
  • Nutrition Stripped Cookbook by Mckel Hill

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Why cookbooks are awesome: Who buys hardcover, beautiful books for themselves? Not often enough! I find that usually people will skim blogs and Pinterest, hey, no issue with that! But there’s something about a cookbook that feels more… Special.

Other GOOD Stuff…

GOOD. A Wellness Festival Tickets:

What it is: Philly’s FIRST wellness festival dedicated to good vibes, a community of like minded women, and incredible content / workouts from speakers and instructors. It happens to be

Read more about the agenda, and buy Early Bird Tickets to the festival here.
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GOOD. The SCTY – Seasonal Membership:

What is is: 50 bucks gets you access to all the materials  (forever) plus access to Jess (a holistic health coach) and I during the 3 months- everyday!! In our private FB group we host giveaways with great products, answer questions daily, and offer additional tips, tricks and recipes not in the PDF’s. It’s a tribe of like-minded women, there to support one another on the journey to health!



Brrr. It’s officially winter and I’m COLD. Why do I always seem shocked when winter rolls around and temps drop? Am I the only one who goes, “WTF it’s soooo cold” as if it’s never happened before? Just wondering… 
Anyway, I’ll be whipping up all the warm soups I can this week. The carrot ginger soup below is featured in the Winter membership of The GOOD SCTY!  Materials (recipes, meal planning tips, private FB group access, giveaways, grocery guides, and more) will be released on January 1 (ahhhh, I wonder what marketing team came up with that one!)

And in other news, I’m heading to LA this Saturday, so sunny skies (and a beach!) are on the way. I. Can’t. Wait. I asked for suggestions via IG the other day and heard so many amazing tips. Thank you!!
Now, the topic of each Sunday in December… self-care. Why self-care this time of year? It felt right. You’re being pulled in every directions and therefore you have to take care of YOU, too. cause you can’t pour from an empty cup, and tis the season to give. 

warming up with carrot ginger soup cause I’m freezing! Find this recipe and more in the GOOD Scty!

Last week, we went over actions. AKA the things you can actually DO to take care of yourself. I broke it down into 4 categories. active self-care, spiritual, social, and creative. All incredibly effective depending on what kind of care you need throughout the month. 

To get up to speed on last week’s self-care topic – check it out here. I received some amazing feedback from some of you about the series and thank you so much!

Now in the second week, I’m going to dive into our WORDS.

The spoken, the silent, and a couple tips on how/when/where you can incorporate affirmations and how to make affirmations and compliments feel less forced or awkward.

I think the topic of negative self-talk is particularly important this season because we can become plagued by comparisons. We see a lot of people, (in-laws, old friends) and it’s easy to get down on ourselves when we begin to compare our lives to their success, perfect outfit, and hot new boyfriend. 
the comparison trap? it’s BS. it will get you no where, and that’s why positive self talk, and affirmations are the best way to combat this sometimes instinctual response. 
I’ve found that when I affirm myself, and compliment others, I feel.. happier. It brings on more confidence, more compassion for others and less overall anxiety.

Affirmations can be… awkward at first. To give yourself a verbal pat on the back can feel bizarre at times, so that’s why I believe they can be spoken or silently said to yourself. Both incredible effective as each time it is said, it helps re-wire and re-program the negative thought patterns so deeply engrained.

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stressed or not, you can’t deny that december is pretty beautiful…

How to create affirmations perfect for YOU.

Start with your intention.

Intention usually implies what you want MORE of, or LESS of. Example, if you want MORE work-life balance you may say something like “I will commit to making my time with friends and family a priority. I deserve to balance my time, and enjoy myself for all the hard work I do”.

It’s not a “ugh, i’m working all the time and my friends and family can’t stand it, and I’m totally not taking care of myself, what is wrong with me?!?” kind of thought. That won’t get you anywhere. It’s affirming yourself that you do work hard, you do deserve MORE, and you will create space for more down time and relaxation/fun in your life as a result.
Now, the LESS statements.

Usually I find that the affirmations that release or ease anxiety around something are the LESS themed affirmations. You might want less negative thoughts about your body, less fear of the unknown, less sadness around a breakup, less pressure to figure out what you’re doing post grad. You want a breather, and a little less on your plate, so to speak.

Let’s take for example your body image and thoughts around appearance. If you want LESS negativity around your body, you’ll craft something that promotes more love and compassion to your body as it is today, in the present. Examples of more affirmations:

– I am beautiful and unique.
– I am perfectly imperfect.
– My body is healthy, strong, and allows me to live a full and vibrant life.
Another tip? Buy a new journal for writing gratitude lists (more on that in upcoming weeks) and affirmations in. Try not to let it become your notebook for to do’s or grocery lists. Get something beautiful that you’ll feel happy seeing every time you go to write.

use words you would use in real life.

If you wouldn’t tell someone they are “radiant” or “a gift from spirit” don’t say it to yourself. Sometimes people think affirmations mean some poetic statement that could have come from the mouth of Deepak.  I’m a no nonsense kind of girl. Telling myself “you are a freakin badass” sometimes resonates more with me than something super spiritual. Bottom line, speak to yourself in a believable, approachable way.  How are you supposed to believe you’re amazing if you’re not sounding like you

when and where to affirm yourself.

Literally anywhere, anytime, and every time you need it. That’s the best part. They can be spoken out loud (they are very powerful this way) but depending on situation and environment, you can say them to yourself throughout the day. There’s no limit, there’s no minimum, although the more it happens the faster you’ll believe it and the sooner you’ll FEEL the change in your thought patterns. 

I like to say them while I meditate most. I time it with my breath and find it helps me stay more present and mindful in the meditation practice. Breathe in (I AM), breathe out (XYZ). With each inhale and exhale time the affirmation so it can flow. You can try these short affirming statements instead of a traditional mantra like “om”. 

Other ways/places? When you’re in a situation that is testing your patience, or when you wake up in the morning. You can even write something on a post-it note and place it on a mirror or another surface / object you look at daily. 

compliments…like messy buns, don’t force them.


we need to stop the gossip-y culture that women have gotten so accustomed to. a compliment is obviously amazing for the recipient, and feels damn good to hear, but it’s also fantastic for the woman giving the compliment. it feels good to be kind, so  let’s do it more.

I don’t have a clear cut instruction on how to compliment. My only thought is that we need to work more on keeping them real.  When someone gets a hair cut or new color, obviously a compliment on the change feels great. It’s expected almost, and therefore not that impactful because let’s face it… every woman will say “OMG loveeeee the new cut”.

Why not take compliments a step further and actually say. something. “I like your shirt!” “OMG you look gorgeous!” are very kind, yes. But they don’t have much depth. Here’s a comparison to tell you what I’m referring to…

A: “Loving the new haircut, girl!!”

B: “Love the new cut! Looks amazing on you and I really admire how you’re not afraid to change it up and take a risk, girl!”

See? Just say something about someones CHARACTER. congratulate them. tell them they are a hard working, intelligent person. tell them when they are kind and inspiring you. tell them when you’re excited for them. 

Above everything though, DON’T compliment if you don’t mean it. Is there anything worse than hearing a sympathy compliment?? If you’re relying on compliments (especially appearance) while doing the small-talk dance at a Christmas party, read this awesome blog post about small talk.

Speaking of negative talk and the gossip culture between women, I have been really excited about a movement by Katie Horwitch called WANT: Women Against Negative Self Talk. Katie will be speaking at the GOOD Festival! I really can’t explain my excitement. She has done some incredible work around this topic of negative self-talk. If you’re not following WANT or the WANTcast – hurry.

What do you think? Ready to affirm yourself, compliment others, and see how it effects your holiday cheer?

Your challenge this week is as follows… 

Monday and Tuesday : Write down 10 affirmations. 

Wednesday and Thursday: Read the list at least 3x each day. 

Friday and Saturday: Compliment at least one person each day. With a REAL one, like discussed in this post- not just a “I like your shirt!”. 

Sunday: Work on your next list, say the list another couple times, and challenge yourself to compliment even more. And check back for week 3 of the holiday self-care tips! 

And if cooking is a form of self-care for you and since we’re in the thick of the holiday entertaining… here are a couple recipes from the archives you might enjoy! 

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Mocha 

Cranberry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

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cranberry beet detox smoothie.

I’ve been using Love Beets for quite some time because all of their beet products are DELICIOUS and have become a staple in my fridge. I’m really excited to partner with them in creating this super simple and seasonally inspired smoothie.

I feel like the holidays provide you plentyyyy to do. Like, go choose a christmas tree, “oooo and ahhhh” at christmas lights, wrap presents, bake cookies, etc.

Cooking beets and cleaning up the aftermath?  Eh, not on my holiday to do list, to be honest. Side note- if you know of a way to cook beets that isn’t messy, hit. me. up.

I’m a firm believer in EASE. I personally love to cook, and enjoy spending time in the kitchen, but not everyone does. That’s why I want to prove that simple, healthy recipes (and products!) exist for the more novice chef.

Speaking of cooking, this AM smoothie doesn’t quite qualify. It takes only 5 minutes, is packed with beets, apples, and cranberries (hello, seasonal!) AND has a kick to it with cinnamon and ginger.

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this smoothie’s got spice! 

not going to lie, the addition of ginger and cinnamon give this cranberry beet smoothie a kick! especially with naturally tart cranberries.

the banana and beets mellow out the spice, and add a sweetness without added sugars. just adjust the amount of ginger to your liking! 

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Lastly, the balancing benefits.

Beets are great for blood purification and liver detox (too many glasses of bubbly at that holiday party?) ginger is amazing for digestion, cinnamon great for regulating blood sugar (cravings), and cranberries and powerhouses for antioxidants.

That said, holiday treats happen. And they should! I think depriving yourself is NOT a good idea at all. It’s not loving to your body, and only leads to negative thought patterns around food and social times. No good. 

Just eat the treats mindfully, savor and enjoy them! And then balance it all out with an AM dose of fruits and veggies. Like this smoothie.

I’ve noticed that by starting the day with real, whole foods, I typically gravitate toward more pure foods for the remainder of the day. And if I don’t, oops! Start fresh tomorrow with another incredible smoothie.

Typically in the winter people opt for warm oatmeal bowls and quinoa porridges on chilly mornings. I still crave my mason jars full of chilly smoothies. Can’t help it. It’s a routine I’ve established and can’t seem to shake.

I find that by adding the warming spices, like cinnamon and turmeric, it makes my winter breakfasts feel more… festive (plus these spices are just so good for you).

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If you’re on the lookout for Love Beets products and are curious what to try first, of course the organic cooked beets are a favorite of mine. I keep them stocked for smoothies like this recipe as well as slice them up as a salad topping.

I also enjoy Love Beets juices and their white wine and balsamic beets, too. Check out all their beets here. 

Also be sure to follow Love Beets on Instagram! And if you try this recipe, comment below, or tag me on IG! 

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** this post sponsored by Love Beets, however all opinions are my own **


Guys, holidays are weird. They stir up a lot of emotion in people. That’s why I thought some holiday self care tips would do us some good. This time of year, there’s joy, cheer, tradition and a lot of love. It’s beautiful and contagious and just plain awesome.

But if we’re getting real, all that excitement can be a bit draining- it’s A LOT  to make every holiday party, see every loved one, pick all the perfect gifts to give friends and family, effortlessly wrap them like you’re Martha freakin’ Stewart, and stay healthy and happy (and rested!) during the process. And if you’re more of a perfectionist, you might pressure yourself to practically become one of Santa’s Elves come December 1st.

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Although I wish I was Buddy the Elf, I’m sadly not and I think the holiday hoopla really stirs up a lot of expectation to be so. damn. happy. 

The MOST important part of this time of year is to be present. Both in the company of others and with yourself. Enjoy it…. The holidays only comes once a year after all. But also cut yourself some slack if your sister’s, best friend’s, son’s gift ends up being not the most innovative. 

You’re going to be GIVING so much of yourself this month. It’s important to remember that you won’t be your BEST self for your loved ones during this time unless you’re being good to YOU as well.

There could be some not so cheerful stuff going through your head this month. Such as missing a love one who’s passed, or challenging your negative beliefs about food and your body when there’s food – EVERYWHERE, or just feeling a bit lonely this Christmas (divorce and break ups happen…) when that mistletoe is staring you in the face. Who came up with that tradition, anyway?

These kind of feelings are okay, too.

Speaking of traditions. Usually when one is disrupted due to a circumstance like I listed above, that can kind of bum us out, understandably. Time passes and things change. And we as human beings can be a little put off by change. Noooo, really??

Let’s face it, for a lot of people the month of December doesn’t look like a Christmas movie. Real life is still going on. Like careers, kids and more. There’s a magic in the air no doubt, and the decorations and traditions are fun. But responsibilities don’t pause, bills don’t take a break, and your social calendar is more crammed than it’s been in months.

Again, all the more reason to prioritize your self-care routine this month. It’s merited, it’s deserved, and every Sunday of December I’m going to show you how to do it. 

Each week we’re gonna take self-care a step… further.

Below are the 4 topics we’ll be discussing in December. I start with the basics, our actions. Then we go a bit deeper with words, followed by core beliefs (and why they can be so triggered during the holidays) and lastly how it’s actually a form of self care to dream of a future full of comfort – plus it’s perfectly timed with the New Year around the corner.

Part 1: Actions. The first, and most simple step.

Part 2: Words. The spoken and the silent.

Part 3: Beliefs. What you think you become.

Part 4: Dreams. Manifesting a life full of comfort.

So let’s jump right into part 1, shall we?  First week of December, we’re going to think about our actions and how small acts of love and care for ourselves can replenish our energy to give.

Challenge yourself to find NEW ways to care for YOU. Beyond the pedicures, cups of tea and bubble baths (although those are all fantastic). I broke down the types of self care activities into a categories below. 

Let’s start with ACTIVE self-care.

The stuff you actually doooo (or spend a little money on).

Examples include:

At home spa day- XMAS style. Light candles that are holiday scented, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your bath water.

Work out! Go to a fitness class you haven’t been to before. I suggest hot yoga- warms you right up from the winter chill!

Wake up 20-30 minutes early and dry brush, oil pull, and drink warm lemon water. 

Order a healthy meal delivery or grocery deliver. Take the pressure off, but know you’ll be eating well.

Buy yourself flowers. Arrange them. Put them in the place you spend the most time.

Drink some greens. Make smoothies and fresh green juice. 

Listen to a great podcast. 

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my favorite face mask from Franklin and Whitman. – Use KALEINIT15 for 15% off any F&W Product.

Get yourself some winter-y loose leaf teas. Make yourself a cup of tea mindfully.

Volunteer. Materialism is in the air. Give back, and you’ll feel incredible.

Go listen to live music. I’m not sure why, but I’ve (pretty much) never seen a live performance I didn’t enjoy. 

These are the somewhat typical self-care acts we think of that include pampering, doing something comforting or fun, or trying a new activity. These are fantastic for the days you want to just make yourself feel special, and when you want to invest in yourself (both through time or money).

Next up, SPIRITUAL acts of self-love/care.

Things you can do alone, simply, silently and without very many things. 

Examples include:

Meditating for a full 20-30 minutes. Ahhhhh. Learn how to make this less challenging here. 

Reading a book about mindfulness, meditation, self love. What I’m currently reading? The Untethered Soul. I waited until I felt ready for this one, and started it last night. It inspired this series of posts!

Coloring a mandala.

Praying or writing to a higher power (the universe, God, that’s up to you).

NAPPING! Sleep cures all. So does a laugh.

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More specifically, a gratitude journal (SO important this time of year)

Yoga! Doesn’t need to be a class. It feels amazing to flow freely and just go with it.  OR sit in child’s pose or legs up on the wall pose with hand at your heart and the other hand on your belly. Listen to your breath.

Unschedule something. Take a commitment off the list – I suggest something work related.

Go for a run or walk without a phone or music. Notice the noises around you.

Write affirmations. **More on how to do this next week!

Sing your heart out to Christmas songs in the car (yeah… I consider this spiritual)

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These self-care suggestions are great for when you’re feeling tired, worn down, frazzled, over committed, and cynical. Cause it happens! If you find yourself getting easily frustrated by the holiday traffic at the stores, or just can’t imagine the thought of going over to your cousin’s for drinks, probably a sign you need to check in with yourself. Use them to replenish yourself emotionally, to quiet your mind, and prepare for the next round of holiday commitments!

SOCIAL ways to care for yourself.

Because it feels amazing to be in the company of those who lift you up.

Examples include:

Facetime someone who lives far from your home (I do this with Sapana of Real and Vibrant a lot, ha!)

Call your grandma. Don’t laugh! It brings grandparents (or any older family member) SO much joy, and will make you happy, too. And don’t tell me you don’t forget to call her sometimes!

Go for a long brisk walk with a friend. Snow on the ground? Bundle up and link arms with your bestie. Just get moving (and chatting).

Make xmas shopping a day with your girlfriends. Don’t run out to the mall after work one day when you’re already dreading it. Bring some friends, help each other find the best deals, take a break for lunch, and make the whole experience less stressful.

Host or put together a dinner for friends. Everyone does it for Friendsgiving in November, let’s try it again in December.

Plan a holiday movie night. Snuggle up with the boo, wear fuzzy socks or themed PJS, make hot chocolate. Turn on your favorite Christmas Classic – the whole nine. Nobody is judging you for being a kid again.

Plan a new tradition with someone. Go out and make something up and promise one another you’ll do it again next year.

These kind of self-care activities are the REASON for the season. To spread love and kindness to those who love you. With the emphasis on tradition and cheer this time of year, chances are these types of self-care will feel really fulfilling and it’s the stuff memories are made of. Because do you really remember the gifts you received growing up? Nah….

 CREATIVE acts of love and kindness.

Gets your out of your comfort zone, into your creative zone, and sparks joy.

Examples Include:

Make your own beauty products – Try the book Homemade Beauty for Ideas

Spend the day with your camera. Keep it in your bag, capture anything and everything that brings you joy. Feel free to use your phone.

If you’re like me, editing photos on various apps (VSCO, Snapseed,) can be really…fun. Maybe it’s the blogger in me, but download these apps and play around with your favorite shots. Don’t worry about the instagram. Just have fun.

Get in the kitchen and cook. Experiment. There are a few recipes on this blog if you need inspiration…


find these cranberry walnut baked oatmeal cups in the GOOD scty!

Draw. If you suck, who cares? If you don’t suck… keep drawing/painting/creating.

Do an activity you used to love as a child. I used to take ballet and ride horses. What’s your thing?

Make your own gifts for co-workers and friends. Or make your own ornaments or decorations. Note: This is only self-care if you enjoy DIY projects, not if you think it’s what you should like doing. 

Write. Write letters, write blog posts, write poems. Just write.

These types of self care build confidence. Creative activities put you in your “flow state” which is incredibly therapeutic and very mindful. 

The challenge this week? Find time to do two things from the list above, in two different categories. Maybe you’re used to social or active self-care, so try creative.

 If completing two is a breeze, do two more from the remaining lists.  Schedule it in your calendar if you must. Don’t allow all the OTHER things on your to do list keep you from having an enjoyable, relaxing, and self-loving week.

Comment below which you’ve tried in the past, what you’re committing to this week, and what you think of the idea to GIVE to yourself, to be your best self for the others in your life this season?

And get ready to tackle WORDS – the spoken and the silent self talk, next self-care Sunday! 


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adulting is hard… this lentil bolognese is not.

I’m not in college anymore (sigh), but I do appreciate a simple, no nonsense, 20 minute recipe like this ridiculously easy lentil bolognese. Recently I was on the Actually Adultish Podcast. The hosts, UCLA students Nina and Christina of Addicted To Lovely asked Jess and I a lot of questions about how to stay healthy in college, how to know when you’re exercising is too much (is it becoming an obsession? might be too much!), and more tips for college health nuts. 

It really brought me back to my college days. It inspired me to make an adult recipe, that a college student can handle without any cooking experience, and still find yummy. Because what’s more adult than making your own pasta sauce rather than settling for a jar?

Only about two years ago I was living on my own with a few roommates and trying to figure out how to stay healthy without spending a ton of money, or spending all day in the kitchen. It was a little daunting. I tried to meal plan, prep a couple lunches at a time (salads in mason jars were my jam) but I never really felt confident in my skills.

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I wish I had this recipe back then. This lentil bolognese recipe is great for meatless monday and completely college approved. It’s absolutely fool proof, plus I offer some short cuts to make this recipe ready faster, and more simple. 

back at ASU when I would cook, it was usually a vegetarian meal. want to know why I used to cook a lot of veggies, grains and rice in college? 

cause you CAN’T get it totally wrong. you can over cook or undercook veggies- and still eat them. they won’t be the best you’ve ever tasted, but they sure won’t make you sick. pink chicken? no good. rubbery pork chop? ewww. 

so not only is it healthy to fill your meals with veggies and plant based ingredients, it’s also great for someone who is a real novice in the kitchen and just learning the ropes.

the 5 recipe starter kit.

If I had any advice for college ladies who want to start to cook for themselves, learn to make this lentil bolognese, a fried rice or stir fry, a quinoa salad, a green smoothie combo you love, and an overnight oat recipe you can prep the night before your AM class. that’s 5 recipes. very do-able, especially with one being a smoothie, I mean come on….

then fill in the gaps with snacks like almond butter and apples, kale chips, and avocado toast.

now let’s get to the delicious bolognese! traditionally bolognese is made with ground beef, but this one is made filling and hearty with lentils. lentils are a total superfood. they also put the whole “how do you get your protein?!?” question to shame with 20 grams of protein per serving.  I buy frozen organic lentils. they are WAY easier and faster than cooking the lentils from scratch. But, if you buy a bag of uncooked lentils, you’ll have meals for pennies- and you can still make this recipe in less than thirty minutes. 

this recipe is:

gluten free

dairy free


CHEAP to make

PACKED with protein and fiber

full of veggies

hearty and comforting

great warmed up as leftovers

perfect for impressing the hot guy down the hall (oh this??, I’m just making homemade sauce… no biggie…)

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the holidays are here!…

…and I have not made ANY recipes for thanksgiving. I first off, I apologize. The GOOD Society, and The GOOD festival are keeping me very, very busy. One of the reasons I’m excited for a few days or family, relaxation, and FOOD of course. I realize I am going to need to cook something this week, that”s why I’ve put together a round up featuring some of my favorite bloggers and their incredible Thanksgiving dishes. 

I found my favorite for each category. so appetizer, salad, side dish, stuffing, main course, dessert (duh!) and even a festive cocktail to sip.

I know I missed MANY great options, and as I was looking around for my favorites I could have gone on forever. but, here’s the gist of my ultimate Thanksgiving meal thanks to some of my favorite bloggers.

an app while you cook: spicy sweet potato hummus.

everyone needs appetizers set out while finishing the thanksgiving feast. the guests are gathering in the kitchen, and something to nosh on pre-dinner is a necessity. I can’t wait to make this spicy sweet potato hummus from the Cookie and Kate. Kate, is so freakin’ talented. her pup Cookie is adorable, and I’m so happy I found this simple recipe that I can bring to Thanksgiving dinner.
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the salad: roasted acorn squash salad.

this one is from yours truly. I’m bringing this salad with me to thanksgiving dinner because I can’t get enough of it. I’m always a fan of B.Y.O.S. (bring your own salad)- it guarantees I’ll get some greens, and I can then share a healthy dish with the fam. I think the shining star of this salad is the dressing- maple cinnamon and dijon mustard may not sound like a typical dressing combination, but it’s damn good. 

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the side: spiced brussels sprouts. 

My best internet friend (and I MEAN it when I say good friend- also internet friends are a thing now) and new blogger babe, Sapana, recently launched her blog! I was anxiously awaiting the day that she would debut her gorgeous site, Real + Vibrant, because now I can recreate the beautiful dishes she makes on Instagram. These brussels sprouts make a perfect side dish. They are seasonal, spiced, and will easily sway any family member who doesn’t like this veggie to give brussels another shot.

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the stuffing: wild rice and mushroom, v + gf

woah. stuffing has always been my FAVORITE of all the decadent thanksgiving dishes. I’m really obsessed with this gluten free and vegan version by Megan of Detoxinista. I love the idea of using wild rice. And the mushrooms as a substitute for meaty sausage is genius. Anything seasoned with thyme and sage this time of year is perfection, and Megan added apple and cranberries for a touch of sweet. I’ll be stuffing myself with this come Thursday.

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the main dish, sans turkey: vegan pot pies.

turkey was never a favorite of mine. but my mother’s super comforting and insanely delicious chicken pot pie?? different story… it’s ah-mazing. I found this recipe from the vegan recipe queen, Dana of Minimalist Baker, and what I loved about it was not only that it resembled my mom’s signature holiday dish, but it also allowed you to make individual portions in the ramekins. 

this way, if there are only a couple veg eaters around the dinner table, you can make just enough for them. and they look cute!  

It’s also ready in an hour… so, certainly less labor intensive then the turkey.

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the grand finale: vegan pumpkin pie.

to be honest… my Thanksgiving, I’m kind of pumpkin-d out. I feel like these days the pumpkin spice parade begins in like… August. But, it’s thanksgiving which means a pumpkin pie is absolutely necessary. What I love about this recipe from Sam of It Doesn’t Taste like Chicken (how good is that name), is that it’s vegan but also SIMPLE to make. 

I love making main dishes, salads, soups and snacks. I tend to prefer to cook savory rather than bake, but that’s just me. I certainly still love EATING baked goods. But when I found this recipe and saw how simple and easy it was to put together, I had to add it to this list. 

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the sips: mulled white wine.

a day long feast with family usually calls for a cocktail… am I right? I love Gimme Some Oven’s photography style – and even though many of her recipes I have to substitute gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients, I still find inspiration from her gorgeous photos and always delicious presentation. This mulled white wine looks festive. mulled wines and sangrias can be made in a large batch, making it easier for a host who’s juggling literally a million dishes to serve, too.
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the morning of (or after): pumpkin pie overnight oats.

you’ve done enough cooking, but still feelin’ the thanksgiving vibes the next morning? before you start diving into leftovers for lunch, make these overnight oats from moi. plus they take a total of 2 minutes to prepare… so I promise I’m not giving you anymore unnecessary cooking.

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there you have it. a round up of healthy recipes from food bloggers who kale it with their recipes and photography. I’m always thankful for these blogs (and many others!) as they provide me drool-worthy recipe ideas, were some of the first blogs to inspire me to get my ass in the kitchen, and help me in taking the leap to start a blog myself. 

I’m also incredibly thankful for each and every reader. thank you, thank you!

have a happy and healthy holiday. xo


Ah!! Mindful eating. One of my FAVORITE topics. This book is one I could not wait to review. I truly have NEVER found a book that so closely shares my feelings toward food, body image, and the importance of setting an intention behind each meal.

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Cassandra Bodzak has been someone I follow for awhile- I found her when I first started blogging on Instagram and fell in love with what she stands for. She makes meditation and mindfulness approachable – which I love.  

For those of you unfamiliar, Cassandra is a meditation teacher, kundalini yoga instructor, Aprecity.com founder, Eat with Intention TV Host, and now… author!  

Cassandra asked me to not only preview her book before it was released, but review it for all of you. 

Eat with Intention is part cookbook, part meditation guide, part memoir, fully amazing. Let’s discuss what you can expect from this unique book! 

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first, let’s get real. 

in the beginning of the book, Cassandra walks readers through various stages of her life, from childhood to her college days and describes what she was experiencing at that time and how it effected her behavior and thoughts around food. she’s honest and open about the experience, making it all the more relatable to read.

I enjoyed reading about the ebbs and flows of her struggles with food  because I feel that so many women can relate to experiencing shameful moment(s) where they felt “fat”, “worthless”, or uncomfortable in their skin. It makes us realize we are NOT alone.

creating a well-rounded relationship with food. 

Cassandra breaks it down into 3 areas that together, allow for a beautifully abundant and positive relationship around food and our body. She explains that food, mediation, and self care (my favorite!) can all come together to create a relationship based in joy and acceptance rather than shame or guilt. 

How freeing does that sound? To get out of the comparison trap among other women, to let go of the negative thoughts that plague you from living your best life, and find freedom at each meal. That was what I so badly wanted while recovering from my eating disorder- and through mindfulness exercises and mediation I was able to find that freedom. It’s really beautiful to read Cassandra’s words as she shares her experience overcoming the negative patterns as well. 

I guess what I’m saying is, Cassandra is right, these practices CAN work and can allow you to heal your relationship with food, if you’re open to this new way of approaching each meal.

What I wish I had when I started my journey with mindful eating and reversing the negative self talk was Eat with Intention’s gorgeous recipes, visualization exercises, and Cassandra’s wealth of knowledge around the topic. It would have been amazing to find a book like this. Something so focused on my goal of not only living more mindfully and incorporating self care,  but specifically around food.

mantras with each meal. 

I really loved the detail of adding a corresponding mantra with each meal. Dependent on the ingredients used, type of meal (example cozy and comforting, fresh and light), Cassandra came up with a simple mantra for each. To savor not only the flavor of each bite but the intention behind nourishing yourself. Some examples are…


Cassandra also adds breathing exercises, meditations and visualizations to each recipe, making each page truly unique. I loved her suggestion of using the book like a deck of tarot cards, allowing yourself to stumble upon the dish and the mantra your soul needs for that particular day. 

the whole foods recipes you’ll find…

speaking of recipes… the food! Each is a plant based, whole meal, perfect for anyone who wants to eat to fuel themselves and nourish themselves from the inside out.  Eat with Intention offers gorgeous photos of recipes that are simple to prepare, but should be done with… intention! plate it well (I obsessed over Cassandra’s beliefs that plating food beautifully makes it more enjoyable), and use some of Cassandra’s tips to eat the meal mindfully, to gain the most nourishment and satisfaction from it as possible. 

Feast your eyes on some of the food from the book…

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Yogi Bowl // Photo from Eat With Intention

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Mini Carrot Cakes with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

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Brussels Sprout Tacos

Clearly I’m a big fan of Eat With Intention. I’m so excited about it because it’s in line with the values I hope to promote through Kalein It. Mindful eating, positive self-talk, and a healthy relationship with food which allows you to stop obsessing, but rather live your fullest, most genuine life. 

I applaud Cassandra for not only dedicating herself to providing a beautiful and tasty cookbook of recipes, but a honest and approachable guide to meditation and mindfulness. By combining the two, I believe Eat with Intention will bring a great deal of compassion to readers who need to care for themselves, and bring awareness to the importance of a meditation practice, a habit of self care, and a mindset shift around food. Because food is sacred- to be appreciated, rather than feared!

Ok, the best news? Cassandra will be presenting at The GOOD Fest!! I’m thrilled to announce that we are hosting her at our inaugural event.

Cassandra will be opening our morning sessions with a group meditation and visualization exercise, as well as answering the audience’s burning questions around mindfulness, meditation and what mindful eating means/how to incorporate it into each meal! 

To follow Cassandra head to her Instagram @cassandrabodzak, or check out her website.