What I Love This Week

breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast with jam, avocado

There isn’t a soul alive who would describe me as a big sports fan. I’ve gone to my fair share of games, sure, but I can’t say I’ve ever watched a sport with any kind of commitment or regularity (harder to pull off than you might think when you’re from Massachusetts!). And yet, whenever I *do* watch some high-stakes game, like the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals say, I’m almost always moved to tears. It’s the strangest thing. I won’t have seen a single game that season and still I’ll find myself getting choked up just thinking of how hard the players are working, how much must be at stake for each team. If there’s even the slightest hint of an underdog, I’m openly weeping. Suddenly I feel all the intensity of the game, this strong second-hand joy for the winner and a pit in my stomach for the loser. The first time I noticed this, I was in high school—MANAGING the swim team (see how I got around the swimming part?). I would be at the end of the pool during swim meets, taking splits and inexplicably crying. All this to say: my emotions are on the line for Super Bowl LIII.


The Best Skin-Care Trick Is Being Rich (Don’t rub the money directly on your face.)

The moral halo around “good skin” isn’t a coincidence. The behaviors associated with a clear, even-toned complexion require those who want it to reject hedonism in a way that is still deeply ingrained as virtuous in American culture; that the wealthy have mastered the look reinforces capitalistic notions of success and who achieves it (the ascetic, dedicated, and hardworking). The journalist Jaya Saxena found as much when she investigated the connections between skin and poverty earlier this year. “We assume those at the top are there because they’ve done something right. And if they have straight teeth, toned bodies, and smooth skin, that must be ‘right’ too,” she wrote. “It’s not that we think having bad skin is a moral failing. It’s that we think poverty is.”

How to Help the Homeless During the Polar Vortex


Broken Harts
Do you remember that news story in early 2018 when a family of 8 drove off a cliff in California? It was unbelievably tragic. It had to have been an accident, we all thought. But the more we learned about the Hart family and the events of the crash, the more we recognized that it wasn’t an accident at all.

Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash.

The Dropout
I remember the first time Daniel told me about Elizabeth Holmes. She was the youngest self-made billionaire. She had an idea that would change healthcare, he said. And then, just a few years later, he told me about her again—only this time she was a fraud.

The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way?


The Real Housewives of New Jersey
I’ve been watching RHONJ since season 1 and I love it— in large part because many of the the women are related (truer in past seasons) so the relationships are more meaningful and the stakes are higher when they have disagreements. This season, Teresa continues to read people and situations in ways that would shock even sweet James, Danielle is as calculating and manipulative as ever, and Jennifer is proving to be both rude and out of touch. Margaret is my MVP because she seems to have a level of self awareness and a sense of humor about herself that the others don’t. Even when she does or says things she regrets, she’s able to apologize and move forward. Are you watching? What are your thoughts this season?


CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (for face and body)
I have very, very (VERY I SAID!) dry skin. And as luck would have it, it’s getting more sensitive as I age. James seems to have very sensitive skin, too, and a patch of eczema on his scalp. This cream, which you can use for face and body, is the best I’ve tried—and believe you me, I’ve tried more than a few. It’s rich and intensely moisturizing without being the least bit irritating or pore-clogging. It’s all I use on James now. But we’re not the only ones who like it; CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (also called “CeraVe in the tub” by fans) is a holy grail moisturizer for almost everyone over on the popular skincare forum on Reddit. And 5,000+ people agree if you look at Amazon reviews. Another perk: it’s affordable.


RoboKiller App
Do you get 2,000 spam calls a day like I do? Many with numbers eerily close to your own? It’s wonderful, isn’t it? I love when they call and wake my baby to tell me that I’m eligible for a loan I never asked for. RoboKiller is an app that automatically blocks over 1.1 million telemarketers and robocalls from ringing, even if they are spoofing or changing their numbers.
You can try it free for 7 days and if you like it, continue for $2.50-$3.99/month.


Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken with Broccoli Rice and Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Fajita Salad
Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Avocado Dressing
Szechuan Shrimp Stir Fry
The Ultimate Winter Bliss Bowls
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili
Healthy Salted Caramel Oatmeal

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3 thoughts on “What I Love This Week

  1. Chloe

    Can I just say, I absolutely love your podcast suggestions! Cold, Dr death were amazing and now am excited to listen to the ones you have out above. Thank you!!


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