Saturday, December 03, 2016

My Super-Personal (Like, I Own Everything On This Already) Christmas Gift Guide

1. Amazon Echo is a life-changer! It’s like having a personal assistant, researcher, news junkie and music fan with you at all times. Don’t forget to learn all the new things it can do. I could ask Wikipedia death dates for hours on end.

2. The Philips Hue lighting system is the most fun home-decorating purchase I’ve ever made. And as one of the reviews notes it lets you “live like Bill Gates for under $100.” Being able to create thousands of new, beautifully vibrant lighting systems all the time makes you feel like you’re living in a different fancy 5-star hotel every night.

3. Laser Stars Indoor Lights Show makes you feel like you’re living under a gorgeous ever-changing nighttime sky. This was a random buy during my phase of complete apartment overhaul a few months back. Here’s why I love it: In the bathroom, it makes you feel like you’re in a dreamy otherworldly spa, and in your bedroom it makes you feel like you’re in a planetarium.

4. Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Manhattan, is great! And if you’re not obsessed with New York neighborhoods like me they have tons of states and cities around the country as well. It’s also just a damn fine cutting board in general.

5. Photographer’s Edge, Photo Insert Card, is a fun twist on the holiday card. You can put your own 4 X 6 pic in there and send a beautiful homemade greeting to friends and family.

6. All New Fire TV Stick makes you feel like you’re living in the future, for real. You can synch it with your Echo and say things like, “Show romantic comedies” or “Play Game of Thrones” and your TV will instantly play what you’re looking for. Even better, you can take your stick with you to a friend’s house to play your shows there if you want.

8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera is such a blast! Photos come out perfectly vintage, and wow is it fun to have Polaroid-style results but with 2016 technology. So worth it for the price.

9. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is the highest resolution e-reader on the market. Even better, you only have to charge it every few weeks and it’s so easy on your eyes. It’s awesome to easily get lost in a book again.

10. GoPro Hero+ is a great entry-level GoPro if you’re itching to try out this amazing tech. I’m still learning how to use all the powerful features, but I can’t wait to capture footage underwater, do time-lapse and tinker around with the dash-cam recording when I travel.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Talking K2, Spice, Zoloft, Heroin, Mushrooms, Benzos, Klonopin, Weed and Music with Graham Smith

It’s been far too long! Graham Smith and I caught up a few months back, but as I say in the podcast, I quit Zoloft, so I was way too fucking depressed to do anything about uploading it. Hooray for self-care and getting back on track, so these long-lost gems are now seeing the light of day again. We talk drugs!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Don’t Go on Vacation Until You Vacation-Proof Your Relationship

“I have a little bit of a routine when I travel,” I warned my husband when we took a flight down South last year, our first time traveling to another state together. “I arrive at the airport two hours early, pack a bunch of snacks, I don’t check any bags, and I download a bunch of books on Audible ahead of time. Also, I get an Ambien script, meditate on the cab ride there …”

“A little routine?” he asked. “This sounds more like a cult initiation.”

I’m okay with that. If there were a cult of the Freakishly Overprepared Traveler Who Likes to Schedule Every Vacation Right Down to the Bathroom Breaks, I would join, no question. Because I am an enthusiastic vacation planner, and you should be, too.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The View Election Special

Just recorded a fresh post-election News Whore special that’s up on RiotCast now.

I referenced this clip which is up on YouTube analyzing our appearance on The View. Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What’s Your December 2016 Netflix Horoscope?

You love Netflix. You love astrology. Then you need to find out what your “Netflix horoscope” is for December!

Monday, November 28, 2016

30 Self-Help Books That Permanently Changed My Life

When I got divorced at the age of 30, my perspective changed dramatically.

Dark wrongness permeated, and somewhere along the way I realized: If everything is wrong, then maybe nothing is.

This is when I first gave the whole stupid embarrassing oeuvre of self-help a chance.

God how glad I am that I did.

My brain is totally different now, and I know that I control my happiness — not anyone outside of myself. I owe it all to these 30 books.

1. “The Breakout Principle”

2. “Awaken the Giant Within

3. “The Secret”

The Secret
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4. “You Can Heal Your Life”

You Can Heal Your Life
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5. “The Road Less Traveled”

6. “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”

7. “Many Lives, Many Masters”

8. “A Return to Love”

9. “How to Survive the Loss of a Love”

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10. “Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind”

11. “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life”

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
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12. “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma”

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
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13. “Courage to Change”

14. “Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing”

15. “Zero Limits”

16. “New Psycho-Cybernetics

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17. “Your Erroneous Zones”

18. “A New Earth”

19. “Women Who Love Too Much”

20. “Mama Gena’s School of the Womanly Arts”

21. “A Gentle Path Through the 12 Steps

22. “The Success Principles

23. “7 Habits of Highly Effective People

24. “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
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25. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
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26. “Love is Letting Go of Fear

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27. “iWant

28. “The Wounded Heart

29. “The Four Agreements

30. “Handbook to Higher Consciousness

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Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Great #CyberMonday Clothing Deals (Ending at 9 p.m. EST)

1. Miusol Women’s Scoop Neck Optical Illusion Business Bodycon Dress

Price: $60.00
Sale: $27.99

2. Miusol Women’s Retro Neck Houndstooth-Print Peplum 1/2 Sleeve Formal Pencil Dress

Price: $63.80
Sale: $29.99

3. PrettyGuide Women’s Vintage 1920s Sequin Beaded Scalloped Hem Flapper Dress

List Price: $89.99
Price: $26.69 – $34.99

4. Tom’s Ware Womens Casual Fit and Flare Floral Sleeveless Dress

Price: $24.99
Sale: $16.99 – $18.98

5. Tom’s Ware Women Slim Fit Zip-up Hoodie Jacket

Price: $41.99
Sale: $29.99 – $39.99
Sunday, November 27, 2016

My 5 Favorite Retro Dresses I’ve Bought and Loved from Amazon

1. Viwenni Women’s Scoop Neck Vintage Casual 1950’S Retro Dress

List Price: $59.99
Sale: $26.99

2. Missmay Women’s Vintage 1950s Style 3/4 Sleeve Black Lace Flare A-line Dress

Price: $69.99
Sale: $35.99

3. MUXXN Women’s 1950s Retro Vintage Cap Sleeve Party Swing Dress

Price: $59.99
Sale: $19.99 – $36.99

4. Missmay Women’s Vintage Retro Plaid Patchwork A-line Cocktail Party Dress

Price: $75.00
Sale: $35.99

5. Miusol Women’s Vintage 3/4 Sleeve Navy Style Belted Retro Evening Dress

Price: $69.99
Sale: $34.99
Friday, November 25, 2016

13 Reasons to Be Grateful You’re Single This Holiday Season

Some of my happiest holiday memories are of being single, hovered over a jigsaw puzzle at my parents’ house in San Diego while bingeing on documentaries, cable news, and Gouda cheese. Obviously, being married doesn’t omit this as an option, but it’s not quite the same when the Holiday Pressure Monster bears down on you in the form of gentle inquiries from relatives like, “Maybe if you took your headphones off, your husband could help with the edge pieces?”

Of course, I treasure all the new seasonal traditions I’m creating with my husband (last Christmas we slept until 6 p.m. and listened to Cypress Hill; henceforth, we’ve decided to make this “our holiday thing”), but I also know that the evidence proving why it’s great to be single this time of year is plentiful.

Friday, November 25, 2016

My Favorite Black Friday Deals (Ending at 2 p.m. EST)

#1 Hyaluronic Acid – Facelift in a Bottle #2 – 100% Vegan Professional Hydrating Serum

Price: $39.90
Sale: $14.95
With Deal: $11.82

#2 First Botany Cosmeceuticals Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil with a Glass Dropper

Price: $39.90
Sale: $14.95
With Deal: $11.82

#3 Adaptive Sound Technologies – Sound+Sleep, Sleep Therapy System

Price: $99.95
With Deal: $70.99

#4 Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent

Price: $139.99
With Deal: $99.99

#5 Just Love Critter Robe

List Price: $49.99
Price: $24.99 – $29.99