Brooke Preston

Brooke Preston is a midwest-based writer, editor and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Real Simple, The Cut, Men’s Health, Paste, McSweeney’s and more. She is a faculty member at The Second City, where she teaches satire writing. Follow her on Twitter at @bigu.
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How a Book Reviewer Builds Quality “Me-Time” into Every Workday
While this year certainly has its challenges, here’s a silver lining: People across the country now working at home have saved an average of 54 minutes on their daily commute. That’s nearly an hour saved each day from the grind of gridlock. Before you pile another meeting or errand on your schedule, consider this: What if you used those 54 minutes just for you?We love a good sheet mask as much as the next person, but don’t be afraid to think bigger.
Dec 16, 2020
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This Fashionista’s Daily Rituals Will Keep You Grounded in a Crazy Year
It can be hard to stay calm and organized in a year that’s felt anything but. But for all the curveballs virtual learning and working from home have thrown us, there is the occasional bright spot. Case in point: People across the country have saved an average of 54 minutes on their daily commutes. Stop right there! Resist the urge to pile more meetings and must-dos into those minutes. We believe they should be spent doing something for you.
Dec 15, 2020
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How a Busy Mom Added Nearly an Hour of Self-Care to Her Daily Routine
After the year we’re having, we could all use a break—and perhaps no one more so than parents. As it turns out, it’s impossible to keep a tidy house when everyone is always home living, working, and virtual learning in it! While it can feel like there’s never enough time to pack in everything on our to-do lists, here’s some encouraging news: Based on data from the U.S.
Dec 14, 2020
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How to Design the Perfect Holiday Tablescape — and Use It All Season Long
This year, as we celebrate the holidays from the comfort of our own homes, we have the opportunity to make new memories and start new traditions. We’re going all out, creating cozy and festive spaces throughout our homes. And we’re leaving no surface bare, including our tabletops.Gatherings will be smaller, but they can still be plenty festive. We plan to make our holiday tables feel elegant and special, incorporating trendy-yet-timeless decor from Garnet Hill.
Nov 24, 2020
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How to Add Comfort and Joy to the Most Overlooked Space in Your Living Room
Like all things 2020, the holidays are going to require some creativity. We’ll be forming new traditions and making new memories. While it may not be the holiday you pictured, it can still be plenty special. And that starts with making your home merry and bright. Since we’re celebrating from the comforts of our own homes — emphasis on the comfort — we’re leaning into all things cozy and adding joy everywhere possible.
Nov 24, 2020
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Gerri Phillips Spends Her Perfect Night In with Food, Fun, and Family
Perfect Night In is a series where we ask actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond how they’d spend the ultimate luxury—a blissful evening at home.Gerri Phillips loves to connect with people. The Louisiana-based lifestyle maven and mother of two has built an enthusiastic following, empowering women with her warm, motivating posts and covering everything from parenting to personal style.
Oct 30, 2020
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This Is the Unexpected Place to Find Unique Handmade Goods — and You Already Shop There
Unless you’re living under a rock in a cave wearing earplugs, you already know Amazon. But you might not yet know about Amazon Handmade, the site’s online store where makers sell quality handcrafted goods. It also has the quick shipping on thousands of items that you’ve come to expect from Amazon, which is not typically found on other handmade platforms.
Mar 26, 2020