What I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Time to do a lil’ reflecting. As the holidays near, there’s so much to be grateful for this year. I’ve compiled a list below of what I’m especially thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. All of YOU. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for continuously reading my blog and checking in. I appreciate it more than you could ever know
  2. My family. I love them to the moon and back. They support me and love me unconditionally.
  3. The opportunity to live with my sister. How many people could say they do that in their adult life?
  4. My friends of 20+ years. Damn, that makes me feel old, but they’ve literally shaped who I am.
  5. My “work” friends. We may no longer work together, but boy did I make some of the best friends through my old job.
  6. My new “blog” friends. Blogging has opened me up to so many new people that just “get” me. We have the same interests and passions.
  7. Living in New York City. Sometimes I have those moments where I look up at the skyscrapers and think, “wow, I really live here.”
  8. Having a wonderful job. PR is such a large part of my identity and I am happy that I found a career I love.
  9. My Grandparents. Not many people can say that they have a set of grandparents whom are still alive. They love each other as much today as they did 70 years ago.
  10. The life I live. I’m thankful for growing up the way I did and the life I’m currently living. I never take it for granted.

What are you thankful for? Would love to hear in the comments below.

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5 Appetizers to Make for Your Holiday Potluck

With Thanksgiving around the corner and most of us already beginning to plan for holidays, I figured it would be a great idea to share some quick & easy recipes! Every year my friends and I host a holiday “potluck” where each of us bring a food item. We all chow down, indulge on wine and partake in great conversation. So whether you’re hosting a Friends-Giving or planning for a Chrismukkah gathering, I think you’ll find the below recipes both delicious and easy!

Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms 

Beer Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip 

Zucchini Tots

Pizza Bombs

Guinness Cheesy Bread

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Hitting Play on My Health

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an influencer activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed in my post are my own.   

So for those of you that have been following me, I’m sure you’ve heard me mention my hip pain (every time I say it, it makes me feel like a 90 year old).

When you suffer from hip (or even knee pain), life can feel like it’s stuck on “pause” and like you’re missing out on things you want to participate in. Even in your everyday life, the pain can make you tell yourself, “I’ll just sit this one out” or, “I’ll catch up with everyone later.” This happens a lot for me with various workout classes.

Take pilates or spin class for example, something I once loved is now really painful for me. Lately I’ve been asking myself, “how often joint pain is actually impacting my life?”

I’ve partnered with DePuy Synthes to “Hit Play” on my life and rejoin my friends in enjoying the things I love to do with them – like taking fitness classes on the weekends. So I vow to stop complaining (because I tend to do that with my hip pain) and to talk to a doctor about my treatment options.

I’ve been dragging my feet because I know physical therapy will be time consuming, but I can no longer sit back. I’ll find a physician in my area that can talk to me about potential solutions for my hip pain. Find out more at TimeToHitPlay.com and view the below videos!

Don’t forget to visit the“Physician Locator” online to find a doctor near you.

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Breathe In the Good Shit, Exhale the Bullshit

I’m all about positivity. You know that quote – Breathe in the good shit, exhale the bullshit? Well, I’m pretty sure it’s not about breathing in actual therapeutic air, but it should be!

I recently tried MONQ, which unlike topical oils or household diffusers directly inserts aromatherapy into your olfactory system. The design may mimic that of a cigarette, but don’t get it twisted – It has 0 tobacco, nicotine or artificial chemicals.

MONQ is the first portable diffuser that creates the most intimate aromatherapy experience for the user. You can feel the way you want, with multiple ingredients heated to the perfect temperature. All you have to do is just breathe! There’s no setup or cleanup.

My favorites are “Sexy MONQ” (pictured), which has jasmine, lime and patchouli and “Sleepy MONQ,” which has lavender, lemongrass and valerian. There’s 7 blends total, so don’t forget to check them out at monq.com.

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My Fitness Must-Haves + Keeping Clean with Cottonelle

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As you guys know, I like to keep it real on here. That means nothing is really off limits, including how I keep clean and confident during my fitness routine. That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Cottonelle®, whom understands the importance of feeling your best during workouts and fitness routines.

They understand that the struggle can be #real and we’ve all done it – gone commando in gym clothes. It’s just more comfortable! Who wants undies digging into your side when you’re already squeezed into spandex pants?! And let’s face it, underwear is literally the last thing you need standing in the way of nailing that inversion or setting a new personal record. The Cottonelle® with CleanRipple® Texture gets you so clean that it gives you the confidence to remove your safety net – your underwear. Yup, I said it.

Now on to the really fun part – let’s talk about my fitness must-haves for feeling fresh during a workout. Listed below!

  • A headband (to keep my hair from falling around my sweaty neck/forehead)
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • A breathable workout top
  • Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths

Now on to MORE fun stuff – Cottonelle® is sponsoring the upcoming Wanderlust 108 Festival in Miami, which is the world’s only mindful triathlon. The “field day for your mind, body and soul” brings together those in the community that want to remain self-aware and find inner peace. How cool does this sound?

The triathlon will bring together a 5K run (or walk), an outdoor yoga experience and a guided meditation – but with a twist. From DJs on the main stage to lawn activities like hooping, slacklining and acroyoga, to local food and craft vendors, there’s plenty to do when you’re not on your mat.

If you’re in Miami on October 22, I definitely recommend you create your own little “feeling fresh” workout kit and head to this amazing event!


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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.