Sign Language Challenge

I meant it when I said I’m all for you guys sending challenges my way. Please do keep them coming because I’m always game (unless it has to do with elephant dung because been there, done that.) I love this email sent-in by Jess. She’s absolutely right — many of us take the time to learn new languages, and learning how to sign is just as important.

Hey Jules,

I love that you take every challenge into consideration because it shows how strong you are and how willing you are to anything. Anyways, I grew up with deaf parents but I am hearing. I had to learn sign language growing up in order to communicate with my parents. I notice that my parents, including other hearing impaired people have faced discrimination. There are a lot of people in our world who do not take the time to learn sign language. So my challenge for you is to learn sign language to show people that we have to work together and not discriminate people.

Thank you for being you!

Jess Continue Reading


Get Crafty With These DIY Bath Bombs

What’s more divine than a long, relaxing soak in the bath? Not much. Do you know someone deserving of a little rest and relaxation? These DIY bath bombs are a thoughtful, feel good, smell great gift anyone will appreciate (even if that deserving person is you).

• 1 cup baking soda
• 1/2 cup citric acid
• 1/2 cup Epsom salts
• 1 tsp. water
• 2 tsp. essential oil (my personal favorites — rose, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, chamomile)
• 3 tsp. oil (I like olive oil)

Optional Ingredients:
• food coloring
• dried flowers

You’ll also need:
• bowl
• glass or jar
• whisk
bath bomb mold

1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl. Use the whisk to blend.

2. In a glass or jar, blend all liquid ingredients.

3. Slowly pour the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring as you add it in.

4. Once blended, pack the mix tightly into the bath bomb mold and let it dry.

Voila! Definitely experiment with colors, scented oils and dried flowers or berries. And please tag me in your pics! I’d love to see your creative concoctions!


A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Meditating sounds simple enough, but the truth is it can be really hard! Finding zen isn’t easy when we’ve got a list of places to go and things to do. As it turns out, quieting your inner chatter is actually a practice, and like most practices, starting small is the best way to get it right.

One of my favorite instructors at SoulCycle, David Zint, is famous for getting his riders to tap into a higher power during class. If anyone could teach me how to be there mentally, it’s him!

I asked David to share with us the mental workout I am lucky enough to experience in his classes, but in a way we can do it at home. Please let me know how your ten-minute meditation goes!


Most of us have heard the benefits: The peace. The calm. Reduced stress. The mental clarity. Regulated moods. More productive. Being more grounded. More present. Happier and yes — healthier. All from one practice: Meditation.

Yet many of us, myself included, resist it, criticize ourselves when we are doing it, fall out of practice with it and sometimes even fear it, because we just don’t know how to do it.

Let’s start simple and small. Ten minutes. That’s all it takes. Ten minutes a day. Put aside the time either early in the morning before you begin your day or at night to unwind — if you really want to bookend your day with calm and clarity then do both morning and night meditations. Let’s get started! Continue Reading


How Meal Delivery Changed My Life

There are times when life gets so busy that between work obligations and personal plans, it feels like I’m juggling way more than I’m meant to handle. You might have heard I’ve just signed up to guest star on ABC’s new comedy “Speechless,” and while I’m absolutely thrilled to play Miss Bloom, an enthusiastic choir teacher, I know between all the things I have going on personally and professionally some major adjustments will have to be made in order to perform at my best.


As you guys know, last year I “unplugged” and had a zen getaway with my sister Marabeth. It was exactly what I needed to get my priorities back on track, and it helped me prioritize my health more than I had been because of my hectic schedule. Nutrition (and food in general!) is extremely important to me, so when my calendar really gets cranking planning my healthy meals is the first thing to go wayside.


On those days, I’m super grateful for meal delivery services. I don’t know if you’ve tried any, but the one I’m doing now with The Ranch Daily has been a total game changer for my schedule and eating habits. Their freshly made, organic meals are gluten, dairy, GMO and meat free — plus they’re incredibly delicious!


There is so much value in having my meals ready to go, knowing they’re nutritionally balanced and made with my tastes and preferences in mind.


I highly recommend you give your to-do list a break while doing something fantastic for your body by trying a healthy meal delivery service! You’ll be so glad you did!



When my friend and hair stylist Riawna arrived to the Dancing With The Stars set last week we immediately burst into laughter.

She was wearing one of my favorite outfits — or, was I wearing hers? I can’t remember. Regardless, we were both wearing one-piece denim jumpers by Forever 21. Riawna and I obviously agree, one and done is the way to go!

A simple, stylish one piece is not only comfortable, it’s ridiculously convenient. You can forget about the stress of putting together an outfit when all you have to do is grab a few accessories and go.

To join in on the one piece twinning style, click on your favorite look below!!


30-Day Challenge

We all have something that we say we should do differently. I know I should be avoiding screens 45 minutes before bed. Studies have proven the blue light from televisions and phones suppresses the production of melatonin, keeping us awake longer.

But we both know it’s not that easy! Sometimes it feels nice to fall asleep to a movie. And how hard is it not to check email or reply to texts just before heading to sleepy town? I know from experience that while habits are hard to break, it starts with one small step.

For this challenge, let’s each choose a habit we not only know we should change, but something we could change to better ourselves and do it for 30 days! In the end, we’ll either have adopted a new way of living or we’ll decide it wasn’t for us. Either way, we’ll feel great knowing we made a change with good intentions and that we have control over our vices. It’s a win/win! Continue Reading


Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookies

I’m so excited to have Meghan Rosko back with one of her amazing cookie recipes and design tutorials! She always makes me feel like I could make something beautiful, and no matter how my batch turns out I always have a blast trying!

Besides, even if your icing skills aren’t going to win awards anytime soon, the cookies are still insanely delicious.


Fall is one of the best seasons for flavor combinations, and what better way to celebrate the leaves falling and cooler temperatures than with a Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookie recipe.

To add an extra layer of fall fun, I decided to decorate these cookies into festive little pumpkins!


Here’s the recipe:

Recipe for the Cookie Dough (yields about 2 dozen cookies):
• 1 cup of butter (room temperature)
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
• 5 tsp. apple cider
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 cups flour
• 1 tsp cinnamon Continue Reading


Mad For Bags: 3 Fun Fall Trends

Handbags are getting some serious attention this season as far as accessories go. Most designers went for a very specific and textured look this season. Velvet has taken over accessories in general. Bags, shoes, boots, and other staples are all featuring the soft stuff. Come to think of it, most of the fall trends for purses are all about fluffy or cozy materials.

Here are three bag trends I’m loving right now:

1. Faux Fur
At first, I wasn’t so sure about this style but after some online research, I found appreciation for the “furse.” Is it right for say, brunch? Maybe not. But it could be really cute with a sweater and booties. Or even with the right dress. The only thing I’d avoid with this bag is wearing any other furry clothing or accessory because that would just be too much.

2. Heirloom
Maybe it was passed down to you from your grandmother, or maybe it was on sale last week. Either way, these precious vintage (or inspired) pieces are versatile and chic. I give them a definite thumbs up. Continue Reading


Ask Jules: Should You Eat Before Hitting The Gym?

For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!


I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?

Continue Reading


DIY Coffee Lip Scrub

Chapped lips are one of the most annoying things that can ruin a beautifully made up face. We can cover blemishes, enhance overly plucked brows, and add an extra layer of cream to dry skin. But when our lips are cracked, it feels like there’s not enough balm in the world to save them — and that’s because there’s not!

The best thing to do is treat your self with an occasional lip scrub to exfoliate the stuff that needs to go before you soothe and protect your pretty pout.

In honor of National Coffee Day, I decided to share one of my favorite DIYs using coffee grounds. Continue Reading

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