Tag Holidays

How to Not Hate Yourself Long Enough to Enjoy the Twinkle Lights

The holidays are exhausting in every way, good and bad. And for everyone they’re tinted with memories of the past, good and bad. No matter what, don’t forget that what Catherine O’Hara reminds the airport attendant in Home Alone, it’s also “the season of perpetual hope.” So, by jingle, I have hope that I won’t always hate myself. That’s my determined Christmas wish. In the last few years since graduation, I’ve come a long way. I was fortunate enough to have the time to tackle my anxiety, depression, and PTSD head-on. Skilled therapists, mentors, family members, and other close confidants helped guide my ambition away from external rewards and turned it inward to securing my mental health. No one close to me would deny how hard I’ve worked. Overwhelmed at first, I broke it into sections. I remember the moment: my mom was sitting in the bathtub with the door

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7 Ways to Beat the Post Holiday Blues

Whether you had the holiday out of a storybook, or were left feeling a little let down, the holidays can give you a run for your money in your spirit department! Here are some cheerful ways to turn “now what?” into “what’s next?” and bypass those holiday blues. RELATED: Rethink Your Resolutions: Writing Goals With Soul Get Out Your Notebook It may sound cliche, but right after the busyness of the holidays is a great time to take inventory on the past year. What were you pleased with? What do you have on your radar to accomplish? What is something new you’ve been wanting to try? Set some goals and intentions to get excited about and also take the time to do a mental health check in. Making out a list with ideas like this can inspire you to spark something new, revving up your zest for jumping out of bed. Here are a few inspiring options for

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5 Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays

The holidays are a time of extra work, projects, events, cooking, shopping and everyday life in between. All that being said, while the season does bring a great deal of joy, it’s also a time for a tremendous amount of stress! Traveling for the holidays, buying gifts, staying on a budget, and making spectacular feasts can be enough to send someone over the edge! Here are my fool proof tips for managing stress during the crazy holiday season. 1. Plan ahead I am a big proponent of planning, in case you haven’t noticed by now. Planning your schedule ahead of time will help you get through it with ease. See what is on your calendar for the week then plan accordingly. For example, if you know you’re going to be crunched for time, plan to make some easy crock pot meals to get you through the week. Or, buy that hostess gift online to save you time running

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy Around the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, let the holiday festivities begin! Holiday parties, charity events, extra school events for the kids, family and friends gathering to celebrate and of course shopping and socializing! It’s overwhelming and truly a wonder any of us survive. Once it is all over, we look down and realize our pants don’t button – how did that happen?! However, never fear, here are some fool proof tips to get you through the holidays happy, staying healthy and without gaining all that holiday cheer. 1.) Plan Your Life We know the holidays are coming and all of the extra events are already on our calendar so start strategizing now. Map out when you can make it to the gym or do home workouts. Block off that time just like any other appt that you would not cancel. If possible, get a friend or co worker to be an accountability buddy through the holidays to ensure you

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Red and Gold Jingle Bell Ombré Nail Art Tutorial with Julep

If you’re starting to feel the holiday vibes, then you’ll want to check out a new nail art tutorial with the amazing beauty gurus at Julep. This gold-and-red ombre nail look will bump up those festive feelings and get you ready for Turkey Day. Especially for those of us who are totally ready to show off some holiday sparkle! And, did I mention it was easy? You don’t have to be a nail artist to create this shimmery look. This tutorial uses look uses two polish shades from the new Jingle Bells Welcome Box – which you can get for FREE when you join the Julep beauty box subscription. When you join, you’ll get a box of on-trend, gorgeous, and good-for-you products delivered to your doorstep every month. If you’re already a Maven, you can snag these colors in in their Very Merry Polish Duo gift set (this can be purchased if you’re

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The Key Report: Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

All our favorite must-have delights to fill your stockings with this holiday season!     1. Lifetherapy – Chill Pulse Point Oil Roll-on Perfume; Awaken your senses, live positively, Choose your MOOD ($48.00, lifetherapy.com) 2. Clickless – High Heel Protectors; Love & protect your heels ($12.95, beclickless.com) 3. The Topping Tree – Large Vintage Flower Hair Clip Handcrafted by Jewel of Denile; Handmade hair accessories that tell your stories ($4.99, thetoppingtree.com) 4. Nikki’s Magic Want – Makeup’s Best Friend; Finally reaching all of your make-up is magical! ($9.95, nikkismagicwand.com) 5. Amboni Organics – Coconut + Shea + Vitamin E 50ml Hand & Body Lotion; Simply good food for your skin ($16.95, amboniorganics.com) 6. Kutula Kiss – Kayla Gypsy Mama collection bracelet; Kiss the world($25.00, kutulakiss.com) 7. Wallflower Design Company – Lea for iPhone; Quality handmade device cases with a pop! ($19.99, wallflowerdesignco.com) 8. ella + mila – Naughty Not Nice Nail Polish; Polish With Love ($10.50, ellamila.com)     ### For feature interest, image and/or interview requests contact for any of the above brands: Allyn Lewis press@allynlewis.com

The Key Report: Key Holiday Gifts

‘Tis the season for holiday gift guide prep! Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite finds with all of the details you need to make curating your gift guides just a bit easier. We hope you love these items as much as we do!   1. Amalie – The Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer uses elements from nature to boost your natural beauty ($39.00, www.amaliebeauty.com) 2. Vienna Victoria – Lala Necklace, made with Swarovski Elements ($80.00,www.viennavictoria.com) 3. Peachy Keen Perfume – Torrey Pines 60ml Eau de Parfum, Sexy Fall & Winter Fragrance ($48.00, www.peachykeenperfume.com) 4. All’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe – A Fashion Editor’s Rules on Shopping for Love by Stephanie Simons, THE must-have style book of the season ($16.95, www.amazon.com/Alls-Fair-Love-Wardrobe-Editor) 5. Tidal Cool – Chic Grey Cape, Gorgeous must have for the cold weather ($110.00, www.etsy.com/shop/tidalcool) 6. Lucy Marie Denim – Cigarette, features “Lucy Lift” technology in the rear as well as contoured waistband ($117.00, www.lucymarie.com)

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