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I try really hard to only use beauty products that aren’t tested on animals. I constantly get questions about my eyebrows and they come compliments of this $7 eyebrow pencil. No bunnies were harmed in the process!

Oooh! What a perfect summer recipe: Frozen pineapple jalapeno margaritas

An extremely mellow Netflix show that may sooth our wearied nerves.

Fascinating! An interview with a woman who helps celebrities manage their money (and a great reminder that EVERYONE suffers from the comparison trap!)
I don’t want to blame anything on the Kardashians, but the pressure to emulate that lifestyle is infectious, and some of my clients don’t realize that other celebrities are getting a lot of stuff for free. There are celebrities who get paid to be courtside at basketball games, $25,000 or $50,000 just to sit there for two hours.

And not only that, they’ll get an entire box of designer clothes shipped to their house so they can pick out what to wear, for free. It’s impossible to keep up with that, but it’s natural to want to. My clients experience the same social pressures that we all feel, in normal life, except for them it’s amplified and more public.

Related: You can choose to want less

Everyone says these are amazing. Have you tried them?

I regret to inform you that the new(ish) John Mayer music video is extremely charming.

A friend of mine owns a property in Tulum and says this happens daily! Instagram’s Wannabe-Stars Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy

JUST AS I SUSPECTED! Writing A Book Did Not Change My Life.
It made me proud, yes, and it made me a little bit of money (less, trust me, always less than people imagine, especially when tax season comes around), but I am still the same messy, procrastinating, nervous, usually sad person I was before I completed what had, up until that point, been my lifelong dream.

Somewhat related: Money doesn’t matter if everything else sucks

My birthday is August 29th. Babe, if you’d like to do this for my birthday, I approve!

Hope you had a lovely weekend, friends!

A Weird Tip For A More Fulfilling Life: Make A ‘To Do For Fun’ List

Looking for to-do list ideas? Or productivity tips or happiness advice? Click through for a bullet journal idea you've never considered before!

Are you a super laidback human who’s great at relaxing? Are your evenings and weekends filled with picnics and movies and friends and reading in a hammock?

If that’s you, stop reading this blog post. It will do you no good. Instead, read this post about what Scout Finch would be like in 2015.

But are you one of those Type A humans who runs themselves ragged? Who struggles to uncouple their productivity from their self-worth? Who fill their days (and evenings and weekends) with one million tiny tasks?

If you are this person, I’d like to introduce you to one solution to your Type A problems: the To Do For Fun list.

Quite simply, a To Do For Fun list is a list of fun things you’d like to do with your evening, your weekend, or any free time that falls into your calendar.

If we make lists of duties and chores so we’ll remember to do them, couldn’t we also make lists of fun, unproductive things so we’ll remember to do them? Click To Tweet

I realize this might sound completely counter-intuitive, but sometimes if I don’t plan to have fun … I don’t. My lazy, unstructured weekend becomes an opportunity to organize paperwork, clean the fridge, and detail the car. And then once I‘ve worn myself down, I’ll fall into a Netflix coma.

Instead, what if I made a To Do For Fun list that looked like this?

Weekend To Do For Fun list

  • Sleep in
  • Go to the beach + get nachos at Sandcastle
  • Give myself a manicure
  • Make sweet corn ice cream

Even if I don’t do any of those things (which is fine, since it’s a To Do For Fun list!), I’ve taken five minutes to remind myself that this time is set aside for fun and relaxation. This time is not for never-ending chores, meeting other people’s deadlines, or putting everyone else’s needs before my own.

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True Story: I Reinvented Myself at 50

What does midlife reinvention look like? How do you re-imagine your life when your kids move out and your spouse dies in the same year? Click through one woman's incredibly inspiring story of changing your life at midlife!

What does it mean to reinvent yourself and your life at 50? I know sooooo many people who feel trapped in their lives or career and they’re not even 35! I LOVED this interview Judy and I think you will, too.

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Web Time Wasters

What’d you get up to this week, friends? We celebrated Independence Day the way the Lord intended: next to water, eating rippled potato chips with French Onion dip. This weekend, we took the boys up north to see my parents and we’re jumping off of docks, riding bikes, and generally living that #wholesomecountrylife.

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Why You Need A Bullsh*t Budget

What's is a bullshit budget? Want more money for things that make you happy? If you're looking for budgeting tips, click through and learn how to save money on things you hate.

I plop down on the deck with a freshly-made vodka gimlet in one hand and a print out of our bank statements in the other. I take a long sip and start working my way through our budget, line by line.

“Food. Utilities. Insurance. Bullshit.”

Now, I’m not saying that food, utilities, or insurance are bullshit. I’m saying we have an actual line in our budget labeled ‘Bullshit.’ 

We have a Bullshit Budget and IT IS TRANSFORMATIVE. I think you should have one, too.

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True Story: I lost my hand, leg, and sight to sepsis

How would you navigate life after a sepsis infection lead to the amputation of your leg and hand and loss of your eyesight? Click through for one woman story.

How would you navigate life if you lost your leg, hand, and eyesight to a surprise infection … while you were pregnant? How would you cope with re-learning how to walk, parent, be a partner after something like that? That’s exactly what happened to Carol in 2008. This is her story.

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