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My chat (off the slopes) with Mikaela Shiffrin!

My chat (off the slopes) with Mikaela Shiffrin!

I’ve always loved the emotional, heartfelt stories behind legendary athletes. Olympic Alpine Skier hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin has teamed up with P&G and Pantene to continue to celebrate the Thank You, Mom program, which pulled on the heartstrings of millions during the London Games. As part of the Thank You, Mom, campaign P&G is sponsoring the moms behind the athletes, as a tribute to the love and support they provide their children along their Olympic journey. Mikaela’s Raising an Olympian film debuted last week, it’s part of a series that pays tribute to each athlete’s personal journey – all the highs and lows on the road to Sochi through the eyes of their moms. I had the opportunity to chat with Mikaela last week — about the...

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How to solve the government shutdown (with dating advice)

How to solve the government shutdown (with dating advice)

A week into this RIDICULOUS government shutdown, I figured it was time to (hopefully) add a bit of levity to this awful situation. I wrote a fun piece for HowAboutWe on how to (again, hopefully!) resolve the government shutdown using classic dating advice. I hope you agree! If you have any other suggestions, I’m all ears!

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Trying to make sense of this government shutdown (Apparently they’re ‘on a break’)

Trying to make sense of this government shutdown (Apparently they’re ‘on a break’)

I won’t pretend I understand the bulk of the fiscal and political situation that has led to the current government shutdown. Obviously, I’m a fan of affordable healthcare. However, I’m also a fan of operational government and fiscal responsibility and all the other things not readily available right now. One thing I’m very familiar with living (and writing about) relationship drama – and listening to President Obama’s recent addresses, a lot of what he was saying rang strangely familiar! Irreconcilable differences It all started with a spending bill that has been going back and forth for weeks. You know how it is – you and your mate have this ONE topic you can never ever drop in arguments. And, of course, there was already trouble in their...

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The dangers of hate propaganda

The dangers of hate propaganda

Last night, as I often do, I tweeted along with my friends as I watched the Miss America pageant. I’ve always been a big fan of pageant culture — I was lucky enough to attend a few as media, and I’m really fascinated by the backstage antics and soap opera-esque drama. Also, I really liked Miss Congeniality. Like a lot. Watching the pageant, I was very taken by a few of the names and stories. Most noticeably, was Miss Kansas. This amazing woman, win or lose, would go down in history as one of the most memorable contestants ever — she was a member of the military, studying to be a dentist, and yes, beautiful. She had tattoos, she studied archery. She wasn’t the typical identity of a pageant queen. She was a picture of self-sufficiency...

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Tell me you don’t love me and I’ll bake you brownies (they’ll be delicious)

Tell me you don’t love me and I’ll bake you brownies (they’ll be delicious)

A few weeks ago, I was at breakfast with my dear friends Amber and Dina when we broached the topic of our emotional blind spots. Emotional blind spots are something I’m hesitant to label as a psychological “issue” – but in a sense, it is — and it’s one we ALL have to some degree. It’s that (often unhealthy) aspect of our personality that everyone in our life sees but we are “blind” to – or choose to perpetuate even once we know exactly what we are doing. My emotional blind spot: I can’t cope with people not liking me. I will, endlessly, try to work to win your love. Men, obviously, but people in general. And the best way to make me work extra hard for your love? TREAT ME LIKE GARBAGE. This went on for years with various relationships...

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The bright light that went into the darkness — in memory of “Dr. Jeff”

The bright light that went into the darkness — in memory of “Dr. Jeff”

Seven years ago, I blogged about a magnificent force that had just come into my life. Always the dramatic, I had titled the blog post From the Darkness, A Bright Light Emerges — it was tongue-in-cheek, of sorts, because it was about visiting a celebrity dentist and trying his whitening process. (Get it? Adorable, right?) Years later, I’ll never forget that moment when I first met Dr. Golub-Evans (or, I as I went on to call him, Dr. Jeff.) Greeting me, we chatted for a bit, and then he paused, looking at me. “Please don’t be offended, but you are the prettiest girl with the worst smile to ever come in my office.” At the time, I’m sure I was miffed, but Dr. Jeff was a visionary and went on to remake my smile using composite...

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Searching for ways to help — and make sense of the senseless — in times of disaster

Searching for ways to help — and make sense of the senseless — in times of disaster

It’s been a really hard week — both close to home, and for America as a people. Last week, I was home for a few days in between my Vegas and Wisconsin trips, and discovered some absolutely horrific news. You may have heard on the news about Emily Singleton? The young, beautiful Brooklyn girl who was found dead on the subway after being on the tracks for over 12 hours? It’s a terrible story. And no one is really clear about what happened, how she got on the tracks, and why she was there so long — and the news was sharing the story for hours that first day before they revealed her name. In fact, I didn’t find out her name until I arrived at my apartment that night. And found reporters hanging out outside the front door. Because I knew...

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How do you make yourself more attractive to date?

How do you make yourself more attractive to date?

(Without being too easy, obviously.) Last week, I wrote a feature for CompletelyYou.com on date night seduction tips — all really important if you get to that date night. That’s why for LovingYou.com this week, I figured I’d back up a bit. How do we nail that guy in the first place? And by nail, I mean pin down. Wait, that’s not going in the right direction… Before sex and seduction happens, we need that first interaction. How do you make him notice you? It’s not about sex, and it’s not even about great hair and smoldering lips – those matter too, of course. What is it about? I interviewed the experts – and they share! Here’s how to make ourselves more attractive to date — and date succesfully! If...

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Choosing to be happy — it’s not that hard, really.

Choosing to be happy — it’s not that hard, really.

Life is hard. You get to choose if you turn those tough moments into burdens or bolsters. It’s your choice that will define you.  It may sound odd, but this was a thought that popped into my head last night after a long day as I was trying to get to sleep. The thought felt important, so I jotted it in my bedside notepad and went back to bed, planning to revisit this morning. This morning, as I cuddle with my coffee — caffeine is indeed a source of happiness, my beloveds — I am  reminded of one of my favorite quotes attributed to Henry David Thoreau: “Happiness is like a butterfly: The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” And I...

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Creeepyyyy….are store mannequins secretly spying on us?

Creeepyyyy….are store mannequins secretly spying on us?

Not that I’m all about the whole nefarious side of shopping — brawls, shoplifting, crazy people, anything else you want to add to the list that sucks — but the concept that store mannequins may be spying on us? Kind of freaks me out. The mannequins, called EyeSee, are made by an Italian company named Almax. The EyeSee mannequins contain built-in cameras to watch shoppers and see what they buy, and also contain facial recognition software so they can remember you! Great. That’s even more attention than I can get a date to give me. Almax says the mannequins can help identify demographics attracted to store windows, including age, gender and race. ABC News shows how the mannequins works. (And, spying on us ain’t cheap – they go...

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