Mini-Episode 8: Travel Skincare and Party Snacks

In this mini-episode, Kate and Doree hear about a listener's experience with OCD and anxiety, give advice on the best way to travel with your skincare routine, and talk about the best snack setup for a party. Then, the women find out how one listener accidentally recruited new Forever35 fans in the middle of an important work meeting.

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Amber's Candle Corner: Spireside - Smell Disney All Day

I’m a Disney person, i.e., a grown adult who happily goes to Disneyland sans children. Do I sing Disney songs to myself all the time? Yes. But I’ve evolved from “Part of Your World” to “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” so I’m showing signs of growth.

Previously, my Disney love didn’t go past visiting the parks and rewatching the opening on Beauty and the Beast on a loop. I never thought “Oh, if only my apartment could smell like ‘It’s a Small World’ water, churros, and waiting in line.” But when I saw that Spireside made Disney Parks themed candles, it was as if my heart had made a wish and that secret dream came true. In less lyrical words - I wanted to buy all of their candles.

In the past year and a half, I’ve sampled quite a bit of their inventory and want to share my very favorites with you (and a couple to possibly avoid).

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Mini-Episode 7: Hobbies and Helping Yourself

In this week's mini-episode, Kate and Doree discuss a listener question about finding hobbies in adulthood (and yes, Netflix should be considered a hobby). Then, Kate gives a listener advice about caring for yourself while you're caring for a terminally ill loved one. Later, both women respond to a voicemail about the conflicting feelings that occur when you're the recipient of sexual harassment in the workplace. 

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Amber's Candle Corner: Grandma's Kitchen

Candles are a huge part of my self care. Honestly, when I start feeling depressed or over-anxious, I light a candle and feel a little better. I’m not saying to head to Yankee Candle instead of your therapist, but candles can be surprisingly soothing when things get hard.

So, every week I’ll talk about a candle I love and I’ll try to give you some deep cuts from the fragrant wax world. Like, I’ll go way beyond Bed, Bath & Beyond. And all my recommendations will cost $40 or less (usually a lot less), unless my life is truly changed by a costlier candle.

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff! My candle of the week is:

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Facebook Roundup: Best of the Sephora Sale

The Forever35 Facebook group is abuzz with anticipation for the bi-annual Sephora VIB sale, and listeners have been sharing advice, wish lists, and filling their carts to make the most of the 15% discount. (If you haven't checked it out, come join the self-care party! Hint: The secret word is serums.) So today, we're rounding up the best of listener reccs and picks for the sale.

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Mini-Episode 6: Natural Deodorant, MLMs, and When Being Single Sucks

In this weeks mini-episode, Kate and Doree talk about how to politely say no to Multi-Level Marketing (MLMs) products and Doree expresses her reservations about MLMs as a whole. They also marvel at the consistent British use of "whilst" and recommend natural deodorants that really work. Then, the women answer an emotional email from a woman in her 30s who feels isolated in singlehood.

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Mini-Episode 5: Face Shaving and Extroverted Self Care

In this week's mini episode, Kate and Doree dive right into listener calls. They talk about peach fuzz (both light and dark), tiny razors, and making peace with mustaches. Kate gives her Doogie Howser-inspired lip care routine and they both discuss self care tips for extroverts.

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Mini-Episode 3: Beauty Boxes and Laser Hair Removal

On their latest mini-episode, Kate and Doree debate the merits of beauty subscription boxes — are they fun surprises to get in the mail, or do they just leave you with lots of clutter? They also give advice to a 23-year-old who's wondering whether she should add a retinol to her skincare routine, and Doree discusses her experience with laser hair removal (she is unequivocally pro).  Also, this is the essay that Doree mentioned on this episode.

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Kate's Ever-Evolving Guide To Meal Planning

In Episode 10 I talk (complain?) about my experiences (failures?) meal-planning for my family. While it's been a bumpy journey of dry muffins and rejected casseroles, I did want to share some of what I've learned along the way. Be warned: it is a work in progress! As we like to say on the pod, I am not an expert. But I am a working (from home) mom who has to feed two kids on a regular basis. These are the rules I'm trying to live by when it comes to cooking for my family (if you don't have kids, not all of these may apply to you, but hopefully you find something in here that helps). I'd love to hear what tricks you have up your apron.

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