Things Making Me Happy: 10.19.20

Things Making Me Happy: 10.19.20

Happy Monday!  I’m oddly looking forward to this week, a week that still feels like a blur…eight months in to COVID quarantine.  On Saturday I dropped off my election ballot and, my god, did that feel GOOD…then I had a socially distanced picnic with a few friends; I live for my friend picnics and I’m feeling very lucky to live in LA where we can continue to do them even through the winter months (so sorry east coast and midwest).

Anyway, I’ve been toying with the ideas of doing a “things that make me happy” type post on a weekly basis…and given that we can certainly ALL use a bit of happy on a COVID Monday, I want to see how this goes 🙂

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Re-creating my favorite salad from college

Re-creating my favorite salad from college

Because I ate this salad at least three times a week my senior year of college and it still tracks…


4 Products That Will Make You a Better Person (and Help the Planet!)

Because we should always try to be our best selves and, of course, save our planet…


4 Healthy Comfort Food Hacks

woman sitting on her couch and eating Healthy Comfort Food Hacks

Because there’s no way I’m totally giving up pasta or chocolate chip cookies…


How to cure a hangover


Hangovers obviously suck and, as we/I get older, they get worse and WORSE.  And then there’s the recovery time…let’s just say not so good.  In honor of New Year’s Day, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite go-to hangover cures. These aren’t scientific by any means, but they sure work for me.

french fries

French fries: my all-time favorite food.  I always say “no matter how full I am, there’s always room for french fries” and god do they help a nasty hangover. (image via Pinterest.com)


In New York we call it “seltzer,” everywhere else calls it “club soda” or “soda water.”  Whatever you want to call it, it’s my go-to drink that I’m convinced helps with hangovers. (image via Pinterest.com)

veggie omelette

Eggs are actually proven to help with hangovers due to the fact that they contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver.  How’s that for cheap science? (image via FitSugar.com)

hangover pizza

Speaking of eggs, this “hangover pizza” is a great cure-all. (image via WasabiPrime.blogspot.com)

My latest piece for Shape.com: Healthy One-Pot Meals


Many of you might know that I recently started freelancing for Shape.com and it’s quickly becoming a big obsession for me, e.g. researching and learning about healthy recipes.  Yes, I said it.  The girl who literally never cooked anything aside from pasta (until maybe four years ago) is now writing articles about COOKING.  It’s a big accomplishment for me, both as a writer AND as a 30-year-old who used to literally live on NYC Chinese takeout and salads from Chipotle.  Ok, so I still probably get salads from Chipotle at least twice a week (they are GOOD, guys), but at least now I can feasibly make simple and healthy things for myself.  Case and point, THESE recipes for healthy one-pot meals.  Tell me, what are your easy go-to meals?