Friday Finds

1. Two-Toned Knotted Necklace | Old Navy 
2. Allory Slip-on Knot Sneakers – A New Day | Target 
3. Knot-Front Knit Beanie | Urban Outfitters 
4. Double Brass Knott Bottle Opener | CB2 
5. Knotted Pony Holder Set | Anthropologie 
6. Sol Sana Nina Wrap Slide | Urban Outfitters 
7. Knott-Detail Dress | H&M 
8. Knot Cotton Throw Pillow | All Modern 
9. Macrame Black Plant Holder | CB2

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Odds and Ends

1. You guys! My friend Kristen and I launched a podcast this week about self-care, and we made it into iTunes Top 100 on our first day! You can check it out here. #whatthewhat (New episodes every Wednesday.)

2. I love Linda Rodin. Would kill for that hair as I age. (Going gray is one of our topics in next week’s podcast. What say you? Kristen colors and I am letting mine grow in naturally. #embracethegray)

3. “Christian ministry” types are not my cup of tea, but this guy is really speaking to me lately.

4. The only sale I get reeeaaalllly excited about every year is happening right now. (Ends today! Check out my fave picks here!)

5. When is it the proper time for a black man to protest? The Daily Show nails it.

6. Some really cool coincidences. What are the odds?

7. Saudi women still cannot do all of these things. Wow.

8. Looking to get a little more organized in your closet? A great closet-cleansing trick.

9. Loving the newest CoverGirl! Another hair envy situation.

10. Stubborn eyeliner and/or mascara? I’ve been waiting for this all my green beauty-loving life! (Safe for contacts too!)

11. I love Jane Fonda and I love Luvvie, so this was a no-brainer.

12. Do you know an emotional mugger? You know the type…always bringing you down or sabotaging your peace of mind? Here are great tips to defend yourself.

13. This right here is the best thing I’ve seen in awhile. “Do what you want to.”

14. You don’t need to be a “chill girl” if that’s not your vibe. Embrace your true nature, ladies!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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Hurricane Caregivers: Assisting Hands Fort Myers Takes Their Business Personally

This is the second post in a series of stories from our franchise owners in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. In our first post, Tricia Winiecki shared her story of her caregivers in Naples (Read the full story here).

In Fort Myers, Florida, President Robert Thomas provided stories on a number of caregivers and staff members who selflessly served during the hurricane.

  • Caregiver Jackie W took a Medicare waiver client to her home and provided care there until the storm is over.
  • Joanne R took a client to home when her client’s home lost air-conditioning.
  • Chelsea M arrived at a client’s home found that a tree at fallen under the house and caused damage, and she arranged a contractor to go over and fix the damage.
  • Connie Y was very persistent in persuading a very stubborn client to evacuate to a shelter. Finally the client agreed to move to the shelter just in time for the storm.  Connie stayed with the client for over 48 hours until relief came.
  • Our on-call scheduler Georgia D had the office phones rolled to her and when the office lost power we were unable to divert phones to anyone else.  Thus she had the phones for four straight days and she herself had to evacuate with her family to Mississippi.
  • Our regular scheduler Carole F worked extremely hard to contact all clients and caregivers before the storm, and then arrange emergency care for all clients that needed it during the storm.  She then braved the office with no working phones, electricity or air conditioning, to keep the business running after the storm.

Thomas said, “We feel very blessed to survive the worst in hurricane 50 years in Florida with homes and business mainly intact, and with a such a devoted and professional staff making sure our clients were safe. Thanks so much to them all!”

We are thankful for the efforts made by our team in Fort Myers, and continue to pray for the staff, clients and families of Florida. 

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Selfie Podcast is now live! Here’s what we’re talking about . . .

Selfie Podcast launched today! It’s been a long time to get here, but my longtime friend (and video partner) Sarah James and I launched our partner about the quest for self-care. We wanted this podcast to be a real, vulnerable conversation about how we take care of ourselvse, and why that simple idea can sometimes be so difficult. We are proud to be a part of the Life, Listened network of podcasts. Here’s the official description:

Selfie is a podcast about self-care and other shit. Sarah James, a lifestyle blogger and self-help aficionado, is joined by bestie Kristen Howerton, a writer and psychotherapist, as they tackle the tricky and often elusive aspects of caring for ourselves. Their weekly conversations explore questions like: Why don’t I eat the way I should? How do I get enough sleep? What aspects of my personality make self-care tricky? And what’s the best way to deal with pubic hair? From the silly to the serious, Kristen and Sarah are taking a vulnerable and often humorous looking at body, mind and spirit . . . and maybe a touch of the random, all while looking at the distractions and defenses that keep us from caring for ourselves like we should.

In our first episode, we are talking about sleep . . . a component of self-care that both Sarah and I have struggled with mightily. Why is it so hard for us to achieve this basic human need? We also give an intro to the Meyer’s Brigg’s personality types and self-care for introverts vs. extroverts. And face-shaving for women . . . it’s a thing. And we are talking about it.

You can listen to our first episode (and also episode #2 on hair, 

body positivity, and inution vs. sensing) on itunes here.

  Links We Mentioned in Episode 1
  • We talked about the brilliant Arriana Huffington Sleep Book, which has all kinds of information about the importance of sleep and how to get more of it.
  • Both Sarah and I are huge fans of this particular sound machine. It’s low-tech but creates a perfect wind noise.
  • If you are looking for apps to calm you down or help you sleep, we love the calm app. And when we are away from our beloved sound machines, this app is great for hotel room white noise.
  • In our next few episodes, we are talking about the Meyer’s Brigg’s personality types. If you’ve never figured out your type, check out this Meyer’s Briggs online test for free. It’s fascinating and informative.
  • Thinking of dipping your toes in the brave new world of female face-shaving? Thinking of dipping your toes in the brave new world of female face-shaving?  The Tinkle razors are your best bet.

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Wednesday’s Child: GQ

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday’s Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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It’s My Favorite Sale of the Year

Fall. Crisp air, changing leaves, pumpkin spice…SHOPBOP’S FALL SAVINGS EVENT.

This is the one time of the year I get really serious about shopping at Shopbop because you can save a fair amount of moolah, my friends.

Here are some of my favorite Fall picks!

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The Shopbop Event Of The Season Code is EOTS17 – get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more. Ends September 29th!

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Hurricane Caregivers: Assisting Hands Naples Go Above and Beyond

While many of us watch the devastation of Hurricane Irma unfold on television and online, Assisting Hands Home Care franchise owners in the state of Florida are experiencing it first hand. We reached out to our Family of Franchise Owners to see how they were doing, and we are amazed by their responses. This is the first post in a series on the Florida offices and the staff members that gave back.

Tricia Winiecki, owner and president of Assisting Hands Home Care Naples sent us this update:

“We are doing well and for the most part suffered minimal damages.  Many are still without power, water and phone service but our community is working hard to rebuild as quickly as possible.  FEMA, Salvation Army, The Red Cross, and the US Army are all here helping which is really awesome to see!”

Winiecki shared the incredible stories of caregivers who endured less than ideal conditions to assist their clients. 

“We had 15 caregivers that stayed with clients in their homes and special needs shelters. A few were even evacuated with their clients out of town or to other facilities as the predicted storm surge worsened. These caregivers were amazing in the care they provided and the conditions they tolerated – some sleeping on blow-up mattresses or the floor, no electricity, blazing heat, crowded conditions, etc.  As of today, we still have one client that was evacuated to Orlando with a caregiver and not able to come home as of yet. They have been gone for 13 days and probably won’t be allowed to come home for at least another week. The dedication these caregivers have shown has been inspiring and heartwarming to say the least! We are lucky to have them.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Florida.

Caregivers and clients of Assisting Hands Naples

Caregivers and clients of Assisting Hands Naples Caregivers and clients of Assisting Hands Naples Caregivers and clients of Assisting Hands Naples

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Making self-care attainable when it comes to vision care

This post was sponsored by   VSP® Vision Care

I’ve talked a lot about how self-care is elusive to me . . . how I struggle with taking the time to take care of my own needs. It seems like I’m always juggling the needs of others, while putting myself on the back burner. The old “put the oxygen mask on yourself before putting it on your children” analogy? I’m failing at that.

One of the areas I’ve always struggled with, in terms of self-care, is my health. I put off going to the doctor. I avoid the dentist. And my eyes needed help for years before I finally broke down and made an appointment for an eye exam.

I think it’s really easy to put off eye exams because so many of us don’t have the insurance to cover it. While I struggle to make appointments with my doctor, I’m at least motivated by the pang of guilt that I’m already paying for health insurance. But for my eyes, I didn’t have coverage, and in additional to being avoidant, I was also fearful of the unknown costs. My parents have had to hold items away from their face to be able to read small print for as long as I can remember, and I am now doing the same thing. I’ve also had to make the font on my phone bigger to be able to read it.

I think a lot of women in my age and stage of life are in the same boat. I’ve talked to so many other moms who’ve noticed their vision is not what it used to be, but they are flailing in terms of what to do about it. They are buying reading glasses but not really getting a professional opinion.

I finally got my first eye exam last year, and I’m so glad I did. I learned that I had a number of issues that needed correction far beyond the “readers” I kept buying myself.

Yearly eye exams are an easy and important way to protect your eyes and overall health. A routine eye exam can help detect signs of other health conditions, like diabetes, a brain tumor, and high cholesterol.

It’s also really wise to get eye exams for our kids, as vision can be one of those silent issues that doesn’t appear in really obvious symptoms. Sometimes, people have vision issues without even realizing it, or they can manifest in symptoms that don’t directly point to eyesight (like a lack of focus at school or regular headaches.) According to the American Optometric Association, one in four children in the U.S. has vision problems which could impair learning.

We are heading into the height of open enrollment season. If vision coverage is something you’ve been needing, VSP is a great solution. VSP is the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company that is focused on expanding access to eye care and eyewear. You can get coverage that includes a comprehensive eye exam, glasses and/or contacts, and low out-of- pocket costs. It won’t solve the entire conundrum of self-care that so many moms struggle with, but it can make one aspect much more attainable.

This blog post is sponsored by VSP® Vision Care, the nation’s only not-for-profit vision care company. Talk to your employer about getting started with VSP this open enrollment season.

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