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September 7, 2017

Before & After: Kybella Double Chin Treatment

I started my Kybella journey this spring with cautious optimism. If there was a way to ward of my genetically inclined double chin, I was going to try it. The before/after pics on the Kybella site were bananas—dramatic but natural with no Real Housewives-esque side effects. “You’re the perfect candidate,” said derm Bailey Lee. “No amount of diet or exercise is going to get rid of that fat pad under your chin, and your skin is still elastic enough to respond to treatment.”

For the first time in my life I was proud of my little fat pad.


We did a total of three Kybella treatments but used fewer vials/injections to minimize swelling. For context: the average patient requires 3 vials whereas Dr. Bailey only used 2 vials on me each time. So my results are more typical of two treatments.


This is after two treatments or four vials. We forgot to take them after the first round but this is similar to what you could expect. I’m red from icing up for my third session. We could’ve definitely stopped here, but Dr. Bailey thought she could achieve an even more defined jawline with a third round. And she was right!


You can see that any remaining fat is gone! The results are subtle each time (which is a good thing for those of us afraid of change . . .) but collectively the final before/after is dramatic. You can really see it at this angle too—the money shot!

A lot of you have asked about the recovery and it’s really no big deal. I looked like a bullfrog for a few days but icing your chin and neck regularly really helps, as do scarves and turtlenecks! The swelling is no longer noticeable after a week but you won’t appreciate the full effect for a month. The only pain you’ll experience is during the treatment itself, and it lasts about 10 minutes. Totally bearable. As for how long results will last, Kybella permantely destroys the targeted fat cells. Age and time will take their course, and I’ll undoubtedly have to tackle sagging skin at some point, but as long as you don’t put on weight, consider that double chin gone for good!

Cost varies by patient but an average for two treatments is $2,400. Again, this assumes more vials than I used.

Kybella is offered by derms and some medispas. To find a provider in your area visit  If you’re in Minnesota, I can’t say enough about Dr. Bailey. She offers consults at Associated Skin Care Specialists, 763-571-4000,

Questions? Comments? Just do it! 


September 5, 2017

s2 ep8: Katie Jasper of Prescribe Nutrition Returns

Prescribe Nutrition founder Katie Jasper is back with more food for thought. Hers was the most popular episode of Season 1. Some of you listened to the episode multiple times. Many of you asked me to bring her back. And I think it’s because Katie not only has a gift for debunking diet trends and myths—but she’s one of us. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. In this week’s episode Katie takes on food shaming, mindful eating, and the reverse detox program that Prescribe is now offering to us all for FREE.


Prescribe Nutrition (now FREE!)
–Book a private one-on-one session with Katie:
SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth)
The Ketogenic Cookbook

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August 31, 2017

The Best Retreats and Conferences for Creatives

The Best Retreats and Conferences 2017-2018 //

The number one piece of self-care advice I give to my self-employed, entrepreneurial friends is this: relish in your independence and your freedom to work when and where you want, but don’t forget the importance of human connection. Not only is collaboration and conversation good for our creativity, but its important for our soul, too, as “woo-woo” as that sounds.  It’s important that we make time for coffee dates. Invite friends over for a work-day. Join local groups or a co-working space to get yourself out of the house at least a few times a month. And, if you can manage it, sign yourself up for a retreat or conference that really connects with your passions. Below is a list of retreats and conferences that are on my radar for the year ahead:

Create & Cultivate – 3x per year / Various Cities / a movement for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams.

The Collective Europe – October 5-8. 2017 / Barcelona, Spain / a tech-free retreat in the mountains of Barcelona, Spain, that aims to connect you with the creative minds around you.

Soul Camp – October 24-28, 2017 / Sanger, CA / a hippie summer sleepover for adults!

Yeah Field Trip – February 22-26, 2018 / El Capitan Canyon / a collective festival where art + soul meet body + mind.

SXSW – March 9-18, 2018 / Austin, TX / Music meets the best in the biz with a huge variety of topics and brainfood.

Do you have a favorite retreat or conference that you’ve attended in the past and really connected with? Please share!

Background photo via Andrew Neel on Unsplash.

August 29, 2017

Food Doubt is Real—But it Doesn’t Have to Be

Confession: I am constantly thinking about what I’m currently eating and what I’m going to eat next. Partly because I love food, but mostly because there’s so much noise out there about what foods are good for you and what foods aren’t. One day avocados are the best thing ever, the next they’re too fattening and hard on your heart. One article says drink a glass of wine a day, the other says don’t. My food doubt is at an all-time high, people!

And I’m not alone: research conducted by Special K revealed that women spend 61 minutes every day second-guessing their food choices. That’s an hour trying to decide what you “should” eat, regretting what you eat, wondering if a bad choice was “worth it,” or figuring out how to balance an “indulgence.” It also adds up to nearly 15 days a year—more than most of us get in vacation! Ugh.

As someone who runs a business from home, I can’t afford to spend time second-guessing my food choices. I’ve been taking back my day by keeping energizing options on hand. For breakfast, which I often eat in bed while catching up on the news, I’ve been devouring Special K Nourish cereal.

Chock-full of satisfying nuts, dried fruit and fiber-rich whole grains, it’s a delicious and nutritious way to start the day. Special K cereals deliver various nutrients, making them a no-brainer way to get a dose of iron, folic acid and vitamin A and C. (Note: the Nourish cereal also makes an excellent bedtime snack!)

When the afternoon cravings strike, I reach for Special K protein snack bars. Woah. What tastes like chocolate, cherries and (salted!) peanuts and go together for the sole purpose of driving me wild is actually a wholesome, 150-calorie protein powerhouse.

I love these bars. I don’t know how they do it and I don’t care, but as long as they are on hand I know that I’ll be productive until dinner.

Do you struggle with food doubt? Join me and #OwnIt by taking back every second and eating with confidence.

Brought to you in partnership with Special K. As always, opinions are my own. | PHOTOS: Eliesa Johnson

August 28, 2017

S2 EP7: Erin Anderson, Energy Alchemist & Life Activator

Erin Anderson is a gentle soul with a powerful gift for awakening our soul’s DNA. In addition to reiki, aura clearing, chakra balancing, and gemstone healing, Erin practices something called Life Activation, a 4,000-year-old ritual that unlocks your spiritual blueprint so that you can live with more joy and meaning.Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not. Our episode kicks off with someone who experienced Life Activation with Erin on a profound level. You’ll want two of whatever she’s having.

Erin Anderson, The Goldrunner
Book a Life Activation session with Erin
Find a Life Activation practitioner near you
Fall Equinox Gemstone and Meditation Mini-Retreat (Sept. 21)

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