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How to Choose the Right Bike for You

“How many back squats does it take to make it to the top of the hill? I wondered as my pink Paul Frank beach cruiser crept up East Broadway Street and boob sweat pooled. Between heavy breaths I planned weighted lunges and extra spin classes to help the cause… before noticing the lean hipster boy speeding by me on my right. Within seconds his leather backpack became a speck in the distance as his skinny legs effortlessly pedaled past in sweat-free, pressed khaki pants. WTF. Sundays ...

How to Make an Old School Easter Lamb Cake

This was the first year that my old school Easter lamb cake has made it to the office with its head still intact. And my Grandma would be proud. While some people received jewelry, others furniture, and my brother her antique Saltines container, I fought for and won the old school Easter lamb cake. As a result, I have held up my end by baking the traditional Easter lamb cake year-over-year. However, this year was the first that I have finally done it without countless toothpicks ...

Avocado Shamrock Protein Smoothie Recipe

Lyle the Leprechaun visited my brother and I every year. On March 17th I would wake up with a small jar of green glitter sitting next to my bed with a note from him saying, "Happy St. Patrick's Day." This glitter was everything. I'm not sure if I thought it was magic fairy dust or Lyle's glitter eyeshadow, but I coveted it. And likely brought it along in the car as we went to McDonald's to get our traditional Shamrock Shake. 20 years later and Lyle is still sending me goodies; however, ...

5 Things to Consider for Your Running Routine

For the past 15 years of my life I've consistently run as part of my fitness routine. Until the last year of my life. This is what my friend and I established over FaceTime a couple weeks ago when I updated him on my life. What was supposed to be a catch up about Marketing turned into an unexpected set of focus items by the end of the FaceTime session. "You have three goals for the month of March," Cody said through my MacBook screen. "Attend networking/startup events, write for other ...

For Guys: How to Do Valentine’s Day

What do blueberry pancakes and rhinestone Hello Kitty bracelets have in common? Nothing... except everything. Valentine's Day can be rough for guys. I know this because as February nears, I can expect the same Facebook and/or text messages to enter my inbox before Super Bowl invites are even received... "Hey Annie, I was wondering if you could help me with Valentine's Day for (insert friend's name)" - her semi-boyfriend, boyfriend or husband. Every year I provide the same ...

6 Essentials for Your Reading Corner

"That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading hasn’t been at the top of my list of things to do in the past couple months and neither has completing the reading corner of my bedroom. It’s been prioritized below household necessities like “bed frame”, “dining chairs” and “kitchen bowls.” Even fuzzy accent pillows for the couch ...

How to Create a Home Office for Under $500

I'm the type of person who doesn't fully move into a new home until it's time to move out. That also makes me the type of traveler who doesn't unpack from a trip until it's time to pack for the next one. With each adventure I tell myself that things will be different this time around. But it never works out that way. Realistically, it probably won't until I have a family someday, forcing me to be more responsible either out of care and concern or to avoid shame. Knowing this about ...

Southwestern Quinoa and Butternut Squash with Chicken

WE HAVE A MICROWAVE! After 10 months of being too stubborn to purchase one for our Los Angeles apartment ("We really shouldn't be using a microwave anyway...") my roommate's coworker gifted us her daughter's from college. If I stop to think about this too long I'm freaked out about the direction my life is going. Even in college I had a brand new microwave with the works, but I'm just going to focus on being ecstatic. While in theory one would think that you can reheat food just as ...

Peaches & Cream Protein Overnight Oats

I don't think I'm getting enough protein. This is not scientifically proven and could very much be in my head. However, when my gym shorts aren't as filled out in the back as I would like them to be and my thighs feel like they're jiggling (yes) for the first time in... ever, I'm going to blame it on protein powder instead of turning 29. Plus, with summer here and no A/C in our Los Angeles apartment, I've felt like eating something cool for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note: I accide...

The 7 Best Restaurants in Hollywood

They do the twin thing really well. I was impressed since first Instagram-stalk with these two bloggers, the Garsow twins. Being the girl who is guilty of telling her parents when she was little that I wish I was an only child, I've always wondered what type of anxiety I might face with an identical twin. How do you date? Do you like the same things? And what if you don't? Photo by Dana Lynn Pleasant Before moving to LA I was already scoping out bloggers in the area, and the Garsow ...