Divergent

divergentWhile I was in Florida with my family I saw Divergent, a new action film holding one of the top box office spots for the third weekend in a row. The movie is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult novel about a dystopian post-apocalyptic society that is divided into five factions based on human virtues: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent) and Dauntless (brave). Keep reading…

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Boston Stronger: One Year Later

Boston Strong - photo courtesy of Amanda KohnYesterday, Boston celebrated the 118th Boston Marathon, marking a little over a year since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. For the first time in 31 years, an American (Meb Keflezighi) won the race, finishing with a record time of 2:08:37, the second fastest time in the race’s history for an American. Nearly 36,000 people (about 9,000 more than usual) participated in yesterday’s race, running to honor the four people who lost their lives and the 264 others who sustained serious injuries last year. Keep reading…

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The Beauty of Silence

appsWhether it’s the iconic Apple ringtone going off, the clicking of fingers on a keyboard, the ping of a Facebook notification, the chatter of someone on their Bluetooth, or the load volume coming from the flat screen TV—we’re surrounded by noises from technology. In this digital age, we’ve learned and have become comfortable with a new meaning of the word “noise”. Keep reading…

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No Body Shame

PCOS BlogWhat began as a series of YouTube videos called “A Fat Girl Dancing” has now exploded into an international movement that has raised awareness about the many misconceptions surrounding weight and the devastating effects of body shame. This sensational campaign was started by a twenty something woman (Whitney Thore) and her co-workers who believed that she could promote the idea of self-love and acceptance. However, this movement isn’t just another story about loving your body; it’s endorsed by a woman who just happens to have PCOS. Similar to many other women diagnosed with PCOS, Whitney’s self-esteem fluctuated with the numbers on the scale. Lack of confidence and self-doubt ultimately threatened her goals and dreams. Keep reading…

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Vegetables!

vegetablesEven though national nutrition month is over, good nutrition and eating right is important all year long. An important part of eating right is making sure you incorporate vegetables into your daily diet. Vegetables contain essential nutrients that we need in order to stay healthy and do all the activities we want to do, so here are some ways to make sure you are getting those essential nutrients while enjoying the taste at the same time! Keep reading…

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Educate Yourself About Autism

em and jamesThese children, teens, and adults are not weird, stupid, slow, or the r word. They may seem different from you or me, but in reality they are just extra special. My brother James lives a normal life filled with love. He loves sports and Disney movies. He could kick your bum in Xbox or Playstation. He loves walking our dog Max, and he’s incredibly artistic. He loves old spice and his clothes to match. He loves to impress his girlfriend and make her feel special. Most importantly, he has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen. Keep reading…

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Learning to Drive

driverAs the end of my senior year is approaching, there are a few goals I have in mind, and getting my driving license is my top priority. A lot of my classmates at school got their license at the beginning of junior year (last year), but I never felt like I was ready to get it, nor did I have the time. Living in Boston, I’m very fortunate to have access to all different routes of public transportation to get to and from school and work, or to just go around the city. For this reason I never had a major incentive to get my license, but I did envy my older sister because she got her license as soon as she was eligible. Keep reading…

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PCOS: Chat with Us!

PCOS BlogBeing diagnosed with PCOS can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. It can help to talk with trusted friends but sometimes they don’t understand because unlike you, they don’t have to deal with PCOS 24/7.What if there was a place where you could go to get your health and nutrition questions answered by experienced health care providers, plus talk with other young women who have PCOS? There is! Keep reading…

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Target’s Photoshopping Mess

targetPhotoshopping, digital alteration, photo enhancement, and digital manipulation are all tools used in the fashion industry to portray the ideal woman. Many believe that these tools are used to “perfect” an image with the help of technology. As consumers, we don’t necessarily realize how much these images are actually altered to fit some unrealistic, stereotypical view of a woman. It’s not just on the cover of high fashion magazines such as Vogue or Elle; it’s in music videos, on TV, in movies, and on your favorite brands’ website. Digital manipulation is everywhere. Keep reading…

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

spicesHappy Nutrition Month! This year’s theme for national nutrition month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. There are many ways to spice up your dishes, and that’s exactly what I am going to tell you how to do. Dealing with spices can get overwhelming. If you’ve ever walked down the spice aisle at the grocery store, you know what I am talking about; there are so many to choose from… and some you’ve never heard of! How do you know which spices to pick? Which spice tastes good with which foods? It takes a lot of practice to get the hang of spices and their flavors, so start out slow! Keep reading…

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