Weekend To-Do


I don’t usually feature gifs, but this one was too good to resist. You MUST download Lady Gaga’s “Do What You Want” featuring none other than Miss Christina Aguilera (download HERE)

push-pop confetti

It’s not too late to celebrate your fresh start with a little push-pop confetti (image via DesignLoveFest.com)

let love in

Remember to have FUN and let love in this weekend and, of course, beyond (image via Refinery29.com)

wine cork memories

Start a new tradition. I love the idea of writing memories on wine corks and keeping them in a fun jar (image via ABeautifulMess.com)

winter fashion

Just because it’s a blizzard outside (ok, not here in LA, but still), doesn’t mean you can’t look chic (image via superficialgirls.com)

walnut and rosemary baked chicken

Try making this super easy (and fairly healthy!) walnut and rosemary baked chicken (image via MyRecipes.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?


Healthy Asparagus and Tomato Frittata

healthy frittata-2

As you guys know, I’m so NOT a cook.  But since I do work from home now, and I am in the middle of August Anarchy, I’ve been making a bigger effort to cook almost every meal at home.  The other night I was looking at Instagram and saw Sydne posted a photo of what looked like a frittata, but apparently was, in fact, NOT a frittata.  Regardless, her photo inspired me to use the veggies that I had in my fridge, asparagus and tomatoes, to make a delicious high-protein meal.  Here’s the recipe, which I adapted from a Better Homes & Gardens recipe.

Healthy Asparagus and Tomato Frittata

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 35 mins
  • Stand: 10 mins
  • Oven: 350°F


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 ounces fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside
  • Take asparagus, snap off and discard woody bases. If desired, scrape off scales. Cut into 1-inch-long pieces
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg product, sea salt, and black pepper, until well-mixed
  • Pour over vegetables in baking dish
  • Bake, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until slightly puffed and top shakes set
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving

Sautéd Kale and Avocado Salad

kale and avocado salad

You know when you feel like you want something to eat but you’re not quite that hungry?  I felt that way today, after eating a big breakfast.  It was around 2pm and I knew that if I didn’t eat then, I would be hungry by 4 and then my dinner schedule would get ALL KINDS of messed up. UGH, it’s a tough life, lol.  Anywho, I came across this recipe on Shape.com and it looks so good (and easy).  I skipped the quinoa and apple, since  I didn’t have any at home, but the combo of sauted kale and avocado is light and yet, I’m still satisfied.  Oh, and two words for you: truffle salt.

Cocktail Alert: Standard Watermelon Martini

watermelon martini

Watermelon is just the fruit of summer, and you know it.  I recently tested out this delicious watermelon martini recipe from Russian Standard Vodka and I’m completely obsessed.


  • 2 oz. Russian Standard Original
  • 2 oz. fresh watermelon juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • 1 slice of watermelon

Shake with ice and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with fresh watermelon.

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