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Women, Anxiety and Stress


I got to speak at length with Dr. Alicia Kaplan who’s the medical director of the Treatment Center for Adult Anxiety and OCD at Allegheny Health Network. Dr. Kaplan counsels women of all ages and says their stress and anxiety vary based on what stage of life they’re in. Most younger women, who are in their child raising years, are trying to balance work and family life. While midlife women are experiencing changes in their…

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Our Spring Favorites


Hello, friends! We’re ready for warmer weather and sharing the staples we pull out now and use until fall. These wood Adirondack chairs from Target look terrific, are well made and come in several colors. This umbrella is one of our best-selling items. We have it on our deck and recommend it to everyone. My go-to cocktail this season is my version of a skinny margarita. I put a large ice ball in a short…

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My Melanoma Diagnosis


Hi friends! If you’re here, you saw my Instagram and Facebook posts and are interested in more information. First off, I went and saw dermatologist Dr. Eddie Mount at AHN McCandless. He is wonderful! I was referred to him by my PCP (North Hills Internal Medicine) after going in to see them about the mole. In addition to what I shared in my social posts, Dr. Mount said melanoma moles are the “ugly duckling” moles…they…

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What We’re Loving This Week!


This polka dot slip dress (it comes in several other colors) is fantastic! I love the feel of the material and how it just cascades down the body. You can wear it with sneakers and a jean jacket for a casual look or throw on heels for date night. It’s only $49. Mark and I just bought these wood Adirondack chairs that are foldable. Yes, foldable. We got the light gray color but there are…

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Pelvic Floor Therapy And Why It Matters!


If you’re reading this, you probably saw my Instagram post. 🙂 I’m so excited to talk about pelvic floor therapy with you because 1 in 3 women have pelvic floor dysfunction (isn’t that crazy?!) It was so eye opening to interview AHN therapist, Colleen, who’s been working with women for the past 15 years and does pelvic floor therapy everyday herself! Colleen says most women who see her have these kinds of symptoms: painful sex, peeing…

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Summer Is Here!


We are full swing into summer and loving it! Here are our must haves for the season… Mark’s favorite swim trunksCourtney’s big sun hatOur favorite beach towelsThe best outdoor umbrellaSunscreen

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What We’re Loving This Week!


You’ve been asking for it, and I’m excited to share a list of my current favorite books! I’m on a kick lately of fiction thrillers and mysteries. Can’t get enough! “The Survivors” by Jane Harper / “Paper Ghosts” by Julia Heaberlin / “When You See Me” by Lisa Gardner / “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner / “Catch and Kill” by Ronan Farrow / “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides / “The Searcher” by Tana…

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Summer Travel Giveaway with the PA Turnpike!


Who’s ready to travel this summer?! WE ARE! I know you are too, and so I’m teaming up with the PA Turnpike for a great summer travel giveaway! You could say Mark and I are Road Pros when it comes to traveling the PA Turnpike. We’ve been E-ZPass customers for about 10 years. We used to live in Irwin and always traveled back and forth on the Turnpike to visit family and go out in…

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My COVID Testing Experience


I got really sick about 2 months ago. It came out of the blue and I was down for the count. Worried I might have COVID, I went to GS Labs on McKnight Road. I did their rapid tests and thankfully, I didn’t have COVID (wooo!) I talked to the customer service folks before I went (they were so nice and helpful) and the staff on site was great. Fast forward to this week, and…

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The Vaccine And Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Fertility


Let’s dive right into ALL YOUR QUESTIONS about the vaccine as it relates to pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding. Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher is the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine & Primary Care Institute at AHN and she has so many wonderful insights and answers! Q: Any more data on how it affects eggs or fetuses? Scientifically we know that it has no effect on eggs or fetuses. The vaccine does not cross the placenta….

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