Eat Local: Rainbow carrots grown organically in Maryland.

  In the United States we’re becoming increasingly aware of how important our food sources are, beyond just choosing organic options from the produce isle at the grocery store. In fact, what I’ve learned over the past few years is that while organic stuff is good, you can eat just as healthfully by understanding where your food comes from, and also how it’s grown—even if it doesn’t hold the coveted USDA organic label. Eating Local So, in case you didn’t know, it’s expensive to be Certified Organic by the USDA. Small-scale farmers often don’t have the ability to pay for the…

10 Times Pumpkin Spice Sucked The Joy Right Out Of Fall

  Did you know that there’s such a thing as pumpkin spice guacamole?! I’m not sure why I’m surprised by its existence, because based on what I know about people and their obsession with all things pumpkin spice, there will literally be pumpkin spice everything by the year 2020. Pumpkin spice mascara? Probably. Pumpkin spice face scrub? Already a thing. People don’t even care about eating it anymore, they just want to rub it all over their bodies and live in it like some sort of pumpkin flavored invisibility cloak. Only, I see you, pumpkin spice addicts. And I can…

Visiting the New England Shore: so many memories to be made!

  I grew up spending three weeks at my grandparents’ shore house in Groton Long Point (GLP), Conn., with my mother’s side of the family. GLP was exactly what people picture out of a New England beach town: lots of cedar shake, plenty of Izod golf shirts, and so. much. seafood. I treasure those memories of visiting the New England shore, with the historic cedar shake cottages (big and small) that lined the beaches and lagoon, the sound of distant fog horns from offshore boats, and the crisp, pale, comfortable decor in which the interior of every house was dressed. GLP felt…

Julie Gaver: If we know one thing, it's that Julie Gaver lives up to the hype.

  For the past few years there’s been a name floating around my social and professional circles. People talk about this person often, and yet, we’d never met. When I’d mention that we had never been introduced, I was usually met with disbelief: “How is that possible? You two HAVE GOT to meet. You will love her!” And, after a while it got old. I mean, really? Can she actually be that amazing? Surely she wouldn’t live up to the hype. But she did, of course. If I know one thing, it’s that Julie Gaver lives up to the hype. This lady is a dynamo of energy…

Prioritize your tasks in one hour per week!

  A few years ago I stumbled across a strategy that forever changed how I operated my life. This strategy came from Kate White, the author of my two favorite career books: Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do and I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This. She was also the editor-in-chief of five major U.S. magazines, including Working Woman, Redbook and, for 14 years, Cosmopolitan. She. Is. A. Badass. And she’s filled with wisdom that any woman, in any stage of life, can benefit from. Drain the swamp as you slay the alligators. It’s not phrase you hear very often —…