Get Ready for Ellen’s Design Challenge

January 16th, 2015

I have paint and primer all over my hands. And some on my knee. And I just found some on my forearm earlier. But it’s all for a good cause: I’m re-doing my bathroom. Yes, I could pay someone to do it, but I love DIY and home design, which is why I also love HGTV. Which is why when I got the opportunity to meet and talk to the cast of an upcoming design show on the HGTV channel for HGTV Magazine, I jumped!

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And here’s the really fun part: The show is the brainchild of Ellen DeGeneres, called Ellen’s Design Challenge. Check out my newest piece in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine to meet the six furniture designers who will compete on the show. The premiere episode is Sunday, January 25, at 9 pm. And believe you me, I’ll be watching.

—Amy

Dr. Oz Magazine: Where’s Your 4 a.m. Zen?

January 9th, 2015

Man, I used to be so good at sleep. If sleep was a school subject, mine was like recess: a break so stress-free, that by the time the bell rang, I was refreshed and ready to go. And then things changed overnight—literally overnight.

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Here’s what I mean: I can still fall asleep easily, usually dozing off with a book in my hands into a dreamy, deep slumber. But once a week or so, I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m.—sometimes because I heard a car alarm, sometimes because I have to pee—and instead of drifting back into Dreamland, my mind takes a detour through Worryville. Yep, that’s when I get the bright idea to stress about the work I have to do and the relationships I have to fix and the bills I have to pay. And the more I worry, the more awake I feel, and the more stressed out I get about how tired I’ll be the next day—you know, when I have work to do and relationships to fix and bills to pay! It can take me an hour or two to fall asleep again, and by morning when my alarm goes off, I’m groggy, foggy, and annoyed. Plus, those problems I tossed and turned over? They don’t even seem as big a deal anymore—and I’m mad at myself for losing sleep over them!

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Now, let me guess: This has happened to you, too, right? If so, check out my cover story for the January/February 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine: Turn Off Stress So You Can Sleep.

I got to speak with the biggest experts in the sleep and insomnia fields, who helped me understand 1) why we wake in the night 2) what’s keeping us up 3) how to fall back asleep and 4) how to avoid middle-of-the-night wake-ups in the first place.

The advice has helped me immensely in my own life, and I hope the piece helps you, too. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life to see if it works for you, too.

Sweet dreams,

—Amy

Jen Widerstrom Gets Us Going in 2015

January 9th, 2015

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There’s nothing like some good fitness advice to get us all started fresh for the new year. Which is why I was so personally excited to be able to meet up with Jen Widerstrom, one of the two newest trainers on The Biggest Loser, to pick her brain.

For all of our benefit, I wanted to get more of her inspiring health secretes firsthand. And after a chilled out sit-down in North Hollywood on a warm afternoon, here’s the result: a fun collection of some of Jen’s best advice.

Check out the January/February 2015 issue of Health magazine for all the goodies, including: The best and worst things we can do for ourselves in our health. The best way to bounce back after overeating. The one fitness move you can survive and thrive on. Or read it online here at Health.com: Jen Widerstrom’s Shape-Up Secrets.

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—Amy

Hilary Duff on “Fighting for Happiness”

December 5th, 2014

I love when someone I interview brings up the subject of happiness while we’re chatting, because—as you can imagine—it’s one of my favorite things to talk about! In this case, it was Hilary Duff, in the December issue of Health magazine. She was talking about her brand new album and her new TV show, Younger, both out in 2015, as well as her relationship, son, and healthy lifestyle.

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You can read the interview here, on the Health.com site: I Know What Makes Me Happy: Hilary Duff.

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-Amy

Olivia Munn Gets Fashion-y

October 28th, 2014

My latest piece was a fun one: I sat down with actress Olivia Munn for the ALEXA Fashion Special in The New York Post.

She’s a true character, this one—smart, cool, unique and humble—and I loved getting to know a bit more about her after her photo shoot. Check out my story on Olivia in the Post: Olivia Munn on Her Career and Fashion. And then check her out in The Newsroom in November, and in Mortdecai with Johnny Depp next year.

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—Amy

Bethany Mota and Her Kickass Confidence

October 28th, 2014

For this month’s cover of Seventeen magazine, I flew up to Northern California to sit down at home with YouTube star Bethany Mota.

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Bethany’s not only a YouTube star now, of course—though, uh, I think we can agree that 7.5 million subscribers is more than enough in this world? Still, she’s a powerhouse with boundless energy and big dreams. So she also has her own fashion and home line at Aeropostale and has been dominating on Dancing with the Stars. You can read some of the Bethany Mota story highlights here at Seventeen.com.

But for the most fun, check out the October 2014 issue of Seventeen to read Bethany’s beautiful advice about finding your voice and sharing it.

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—Amy

 

 

Once Upon a Time, I Interviewed Actress Jennifer Morrison…

October 8th, 2014

And she was awesome! The end.

Well, a little more than that happened over breakfast at the Chateau Marmont. And you can read all about it in this fun feature for The New York Post ALEXA fashion special edition. Read the full story “Jennifer Morrison Rules the Red Carpet” to find out the funny story of how the star of Once Upon a Time was getting by just before she got her first big break on television.

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And if you’re super bored or feel like killing time reading a few other profiles of mine, can check out some of my other pieces for The New York Post, including interviews with Abbie Cornish, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Francesca Eastwood and more.

‘Til my next published piece,

—Amy

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Shares How to Get Big, Bangin’ Confidence

August 6th, 2014

Talk about fun.

This month, I got to sit down in Beverly Hills for a laugh-filled and inspiring idea-filled dinner with The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting for the September 2014 cover of Women’s Health. Here’s a quick taste of the piece (you can read it here on the Women’s Health website).

Pick up the September issue to read it all!

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One of my favorite pick-ups from the story is this funny bit, shown here on ABCNews.go.com, in which Kaley admits that after she first chopped off her long, blonde locks, she was fussing with her bangs so much, she worried she looked like Justin Bieber!

Clearly, she looks nothing but gorgeous, but it was a hoot to hear about.

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—Amy

Julianne Hough Gets Real with me in Redbook

July 21st, 2014

REDBOOKJulianneHough_Page_1I had the most refreshing sit-down with Julianne Hough—dancer, actress, singer, choreographer, TV judge, producer and shoe designer. (I think I’ve covered them all.)

We got to chat for the August cover of Redbook magazine after her photo shoot at a house in Beverly Hills recently, and the former Dancing with the Stars champion wasn’t just nice, down to earth and real—she was also in a time of transition in her life that is all about letting her real self shine through, and she shared it all. You can see some of the piece online at Redbook.com in For Julianne Hough, Everything Has Changed.

If you grab the issue and read the whole piece, I hope you enjoy it. And if you get a chance to see her and her brother Derek in their “Move on Live” dance tour this summer, do it.

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—Amy

Some HAPPY LIFE CHECKLIST Tips for HEALTH

July 16th, 2014

I got to share some “Happiness Boosters” with Health magazine for their July/August 2014 issue. I offered 3 tips that I consider go-to happiness boosters, based on ideas in my latest book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss. Pick up the current issue of Health today to check them out.

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If you can’t read them, here’s another image of my “Pro-share” tips that will help you see them more easily:

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Here’s to a happy week.

—Amy